April 5, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 1

Hello and welcome to another week of Taylored Expressions sneak peeks!  The Baker's Dozen is giving you a little preview of 3 new sets and coordinating dies today:
  • Dream Big Full-sized Stamp Set
  • Treasure Life Full-sized Stamp Set
  • Apothecary Shelf A la Carte Stamp
  • Apothecary Taylored Die Set
  • Stars Impression Plate
First up today is Dream Big, a set of 26 images and sentiments illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes line.  All of the images are made of deeply etched rubber on EZ Mount, cut out and ready to stamp.

With graduation season right around the corner, Nancy has whipped up a fun set to help you out with not only your graduation cards and gifts, but any occasion that brings on a change in one's life.  I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut them out with circle Nestabilities.  I embossed the kraft and red cardstock with TE's new Stars Impressions Plate, which is double sided and gives you 2 fantastic patterns.  You can see how to use the Impressions Plates in this tutorial Taylor created.  Just one pass through your die cut machine using the Embossing Pad Kit is all you need to do - super easy!
Next up is Treasure Life, another set designed by Nancy McKinney with 23 images and sentiments that can be used for every occasion.  Each sentiment is in beautiful script and the jar filler images can be used both inside and outside the jars and coordinate beautifully with the new Apothecary Shelf A la Carte stamp as well as Apothecary Taylored Die set.

I stamped 3 different jars and then using a stamp positioner I stamped the filler items in the jars.  I used the Take Note Die 3 to cut the image out.  The papers are Stella & Rose Hazel and I tucked the sentiment underneath the ribbon after cutting it out with the Favor Frame die.

There is much more eye candy out there for you today, so hop on by and see the rest of the Baker's Dozen:
Thanks for stopping by!

recipe -
graduation card
stamps: dream big (taylored expressions)
paper: black, kraft, choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), stars impressions plate (taylored expressions), black satin ribbon

treasure you card
stamps: treasure life (taylored expressions)
paper: watermelon (bazzill), birchtone dark (bazzill), stella & rose hazel (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), take note die 3 (taylored expressions), favor frame die (taylored expressions), savannah buttons, gray satin ribbon


  1. Soooo pretty, Karen! The stars impression plate looks fabulous on your top card... great colors too! And I love your apothecary card...such a clever way to do the sentiment with the favor frame die! I'm definitely storing that idea away! :)

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE your grad card and your embossed background and pop of colour! Your jars and treasures are lovely, Karen. Yummy ribbon. ; )

  3. Beautiful cards Karen! Love the simple striking look of the grad card and the Treasure Life card is just lovely. The way you used those dies is just the perfect touch!

  4. Karen - you SOOO rock! I LOVE your creations - that Grad card rocks! Seriously awesome - love the colors and the embossing -wow! The Treasure Life card is simply gorgeous - sooooo pretty - love those lemons and the sentiment on the jar - so beautiful - and the bird's nest is sooo pretty in there - beautiful shadowing girl - gorgeous!!!
    Sankari :)

  5. These are GORGEOUS Girlie! LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors, papers and layouts! I LOVE the embossed panels on your grad card!!! GORGEOUS!

  6. Tooo too cute Giron!! Love the grad card and how gorgeous the embossing looks and your apoth jars are just fabulous!!

  7. These are both PURE Karen G style!! Simple and sweet!!! Love how you highlighted the jars with blue!!

  8. That Impression plate is a must have! Love your layout for that graduation card!

  9. Love the graduation card with the cool embossing!
    The die cut the jars are on is Fantastic
    Very cute cards

  10. WOW, both cards are awesome, beautiful graduation card and your apothecary jar's are so realistic looking, like I'm looking at an old photo of my grans', beautiful work.

  11. What an elegant grad card! I love the colors you chose! And I love the different patterns on the I Treasure You card!