June 30, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 2

July Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Friday, July 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY, on Thursday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker's Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor's blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments close Thursday 7/30 at 7pm PST for the drawings.
Did you enjoy yesterday's peeks?  Be sure to hop around and comment to enter your name into a drawing for a TE gift certificate - woohoo free stuff! 

First up today is an amazing set called Birds of a Feather, illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes line.  I just adore her images!  This set has 17 images and sentiments that can take on very different looks, from Shabby Chic to Clean & Simple.
For my card I used Jen's Sketch For You to Try for June and used the Birds & Branch Dies to create the little strip along the bottom.  The Birds & Branch Die set was specifically designed to coordinate with Birds of a Feather and I love the different looks you can achieve with the different bird images.  I chose to use a more silhouetted feel for the birds, but added a little rhinstone for their eyes.  The ornate birdcage is stamped in Dark Brown Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink and I colored the heart in with a Copic (RV32).  The flowers are stamped in Deep Lagoon Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink and I cut them out and added a little rhinestone center.  The bow was made with the Bow Easy and glued on the top of the cage with a glue dot.  The Stella & Rose collection of papers goes really well with this set - I used the Gertie paper pack for my card.

Here is the inside - I stamped it simply and added another cut out flower on the branch.

Next up is a new petite set illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Moka Collection.  Meet Moka Justin!
I am loving this new Moka!  He's just perfect for tween boy birthdays.   I stamped this card simply and kept the layout free of ribbon and bling - you know boys.  I did add some stitching tho *wink*.  The layout is Taylors TESC141, which looks like it was made for a Moka!  I stamped Moka Justin in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copic markers.  The Seeing Stars Die set and the Star Border Die go so well with Moka Justin too!  I used the Seeing Stars Die to add the layered stars out of Lime Twist Fly a Kite paper and the 3 little stars at the bottom are from the inside of the Star Border Die.  I can't even tell you how excited I have to have stars dies!! 

Here's a peek at the inside - just super simple and added the star frame from the Seeing Stars Die

Here are the Taylored Dies I used with today's projects:

The rest of the Baker's Dozen have lots more to show you!  Don't forget to leave comments along the way to increase your chances of winning a TE gift card!

Thanks for stopping by!

anniversary birds card
stamps: birds of a feather (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, chocolate chip (su!), choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, stella & rose gertie (my mind's eye)
ink: colorbox fluid chalk ink - dark brown, deep lagoon
accessories: copic markers, aqua satin ribbon, bow easy, crystal twinkles (taylored expressions), birds & branch dies (taylored expressions), circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), foam tape

birthday star card
stamps: moka justin (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions), not quite navy (su!) cardstock, lime twist fly a kite (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, star border die (taylored expressions), seeing stars dies (taylored expressions), large corner rounder, foam tape


  1. A Moka Justin, haha, that is fabulous! I know a few young girls who would love this! Great cards, Karen :D

  2. Oh My WOrd! Your birds of a feather card just blew me away! SOOO stunning and gorgeous and beautiful! love the colors and the sweet bow on top - and your little Moka Justin is simply awesome! Love those fun colors and super cute star embellies!!!
    Beautiful Karen!!!
    big hugs!
    Sankari :)

  3. Your cards are fantastic! That Moka Justin is colored to perfection and the colors/kraft are the perfect showcase for that image. Your bird card is gorgeous... love how you used the branch underneath the birdcage... it works so nicely! :-)

  4. Fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Your cards are FANTABULOUS!! From CAS to wonderful layering, coloring & papers. Love it!!

  6. Moka Justin! He's so rockin' cool! Definitely a must have for my boy collection :)
    and your Birds of a Feather card is lovely! I love how you used this layout and added the stitching! Very inspiring, thank you!

  7. Great cards...inside and out!!! Love how the blue color just pops on the birds card! Beautiful!

  8. I love the "love" bird card! Soo pretty!!! The Justin..B.. card..every little girls dream! Love them both!

  9. OMGosh-your cards couldn't be cuter! such fab designs- i LOVE these new stamps & dies!

  10. These are so cute and your coloring is fabulous!

  11. Hi Karen, what very lovely cards you have created!!! Your colors are just perfect for both cards. I'm very fond of bird cages and yours is beautiful. Isn't this little guy just adorable!! Thanks for sharing, Hugs, Sharon :o)

  12. Hellllo MokaJustin! You're very welcome here :D. Very cool masculine card.

  13. Love both of these!! Great colors, so crisp! Love Moka Justin - too cute!

  14. Great coloring on these cards. Love them!

  15. Fabulous cards Karen! So many fabulous details on the birdy card and your stacked star diecuts on the Justin card is inspired! :)

  16. Your bird and cage card is just divine! And what a cool dude Justin is... (Looks like my oldest)LOL!

  17. Oh MY WORD!!!! skdjhfljdljflje!!!.. You know what that is.. Right??!!.. UM.. WoW!!!.. Your first card is STUNNING.. actually one of my FAVEs of yours EVER!!.. and that's sayin' something considering all of your cards are my FAVE!!! I can't even speak.. and you know how difficult that is for me.. hehehe.

    GORGEOUS.. absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    xx SJ

  18. LOVE your bird card...the diecut branch and bird are amazing! Biebs ROCKS! Your coloring is OFF the charts!

  19. LOVE the bird card! Pink and brown. . .just beautiful! The the Biebs card is just too cute!