June 2, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 3

June Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Friday, June 3rd at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department in the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets on Thursday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Special Early Bird Offer on Release Day for the first 15 orders over $100.  It's TOTALLY SWEET!
  • 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 all 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 6/2 at 7pm for the drawings.
Today's theme is American Heartland and I'm so thrilled to show you these new sets!  First up is a set from the Apple Doodle Ink line called Green Acres, a set of 24 stamps that are sure to get you chuckling!  This set is perfect for those masculine cards as well as some friendly humor.

I see a lot of John Deere tractors in my neck of the woods, so I was instantly drawn to this little image.  I wanted to place it in a field, so I added 3 layers of cardstock I punched out with the Grass Border Punch and I sponged the blades of grass with some Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The tractor is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copics.  I added little accents with the Cloud Duo and Scalloped Eyelet Border dies.

Did you happen to notice the embossed background?  It is made with the new Chicken Wire/Wood Grain Impression Plate.  These impression plates are double sided, so you get 2 choices of impressions for one price!  The plate is big enough to emboss a standard 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" sheet of cardstock and works fabulously with the Embossing Pad Kit.  I used my Big Shot and sandwiched my paper like this: bottom tab (not tab 1 or 2), cutting plate, Impressions Plate, cardstock, embossing pad kit, cutting plate.  Works like a dream!

The patterned papers are part of the Garden Variety collection by Cosmo Cricket and the layout is MOJO184.

Up next is another Apple Doodle Ink petite set, Uncle Sam - a set of 5 stamps featuring our favorite penguin.

My card is a take on Sweet Stop's SSS110 and I started by stamping the penguin in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copics.  I love his little sparkler and I don't remember the last time we used sparklers - I miss them!  I love 4th of July here - we always hang out at the park all day, playing games and grilling and then watch the city fireworks, crossing our fingers the kids don't cry. haha! 

My darling daughter jumped in this month with a cute little project she made for her little sister.  It's a book about the farm with all the farm animals and the farmer. 

Taylor has put together a Kids Summer Fun Pack, which is packed full of fun items, all for just $9.95!
  • 5 sheets of 8.5" x 11" cardstock
  • 10 sheets of patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers Berrylicious collection
  • 10 Choice Snow White image panels
  • 10 white envelopes
  • 1 ring-bound chipboard book (5 pages)
  • 3 yards of ribbon 
  • 1 sheet of alphabet and border stickers
  • Assorted round & apple brads
  • Assorted flat fruit slice embellishments

Avery did everything herself, I'm so proud of her!  She designed the pages and glued the paper onto the chipboard and even colored with my precious Copics!  She did such a fabulous job.  We had a funny moment as we were stamping together.  She was finishing up her farmer page and accidentally stamped the OH Crop sentiment upside down.  We both looked at each other and said, "OH Crop!!" at the same time.  LOVE her! 

So she patched him up and now he's good as new!

Here are the dies I used on today's cards:

Stop on by to see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen have whipped up for you today, and don't forget to comment in order to enter into the TE prize drawing!
Thanks for stopping by -

recipe -
oh crop card
stamps: green acres (taylored expressions)
paper: ivy (bazzill), pear (bazzill), glow (bazzill), jetstream (bazzill), choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, garden variety (cosmo cricket)
ink: memento rich cocoa, memento tuxedo black
accessories: chicken wire/wood grain impressions plate (taylored expressions), copic markers, cloud duo & scalloped eyelet border dies (taylored expressions), yellow ric rac, felt chicken, circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), grass border punch (martha stewart)

celebrate card
stamps: uncle sam (taylored expressions)
paper: brilliant blue (su!), real red (su!), choice snow white (taylored expressions), kraft cardstock
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, crystal twinkles (taylored expressions), rectangle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders)


  1. Karen, I LOVE your hay! That is so amazing! And your wreath card is just darling. Love the layout! XOXO

  2. Oh WOW! These are so cute! Love the scene you've created!! How fun is that! You've created a darling 4th of July card with this sweet little penguin!

  3. oh TOO cute, Karen! I love the little farm puffie and the chicken wire plate (both of which I forgot to use on my card... so forgetful lately!). And I love the simplicity of your Uncle Sam card! Perfect!

    P.S. Where is Avery's project? Tell her that I loved what she created!!

  4. Absolutely fantastic projects! Love your work!

    Julie L.

  5. SHUT up! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your farm card girlie! What a MAGNIFICENT layout and design!!! Your penguin is SUPER cute too! Avery is GORGEOUS and I LOVE her cards! SO cute that you both said "Oh Crop"!

  6. I love the little chick addition!
    Very creative cards! Love the colors used.
    So glad I ran across the Baker's Doz.

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. Love the first card!! The sentiments are too fun!! Great penguin card too. Your daughter is gorgeous and has killer eyes! Daddy better have a big shotgun LOL! Tell her her cards are great :)

  8. Karen, awesome cards! Love your take on the Sweet Stop sketch. Thanks for playing.

  9. The tractor field card reminds me of my home farm. Sweet cards. You little chef's project is fantastic inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Love the tractor, just too cute! And the penguin is adorable as well. Please tell Avery that her farm book is adorable!

    Chris L.

  11. Could that rooster embellie be any more cute?! I think NOT.

  12. So sweet love it!And the little chick so cute..your daughters card are super too!

  13. Avery's book is the sweetest! What a wonderful and fun idea for a book!

    Your cards are fabulous! Love that lil patriotic penguin :)

  14. The felt chicken is so cute! Love your cards and your creative kids!

  15. Love your cards, they are FABULOUS! And Avery is so cute with her little book!

  16. I adore the sentiments in the Green Acres set too! And that chicken wire embossed background you used is the perfect compliment. Avery's flip book is terrific, she did a great job with the Copics!

  17. Hi Karen! What a great post! Your daughter is just adorable...such a cute picture! Your farm card is off the charts adorable!!!

  18. I just LOVE that farm card.....so perfect!

    Avery did a fantastic job too!

  19. Wow love the farm scene and the little felted chicken is too cute. Your daugther did an awesome work on her cards. Love seeing kids into crafts. Great work.

  20. awesome release day again..and the "LITTLES" are rockin the release as well....too adorable

  21. I HAVE to have that tractor and embossing plate...this is going to turn into an expensive little visit to your blog for me. LOL That is the most adorable and funniest card EVER!! Did you make that little chicken? Your daughters project is adorable (please tell her that I loved it) and I had a good laugh over you both saying "Oh Crop!!" LOL

  22. Avery, I LOVE your book and the Oh Crop! story made me laugh out loud!!!!! Karen, love that John Deere tractor and the field of wheat!!

  23. LOVE!!.. LOVE!!.. and LOVE!!!.. Oh and "Oh Crop!" Don't telly your Gorgeous Avery this.. BUT.. BUT.. she's used PINK!!.. I know GASP!!!.. bwhahaha... So she's not totally allergic!! bwhahaha..
    These are ALL amazing!!!

    xx SJ

  24. Ok, I am absolutely in love with your farm card!! Absolutely GORGEOUS and I LOVE that you used the grass punch to make all that wonderful hay. Genius I tell ya!!
    Avery, you did a WONDERFUL job with your book for your little sister!!! And could you be any cuter? Nope, don't think so!! Love that you and your mom both said, "oh crop!" LOL!

  25. Sweet, sweet cards Karen. Love the new TE images... and Avery's project is awesome! :o)

  26. Cute cards! I absolutely <3 the tractor one!!! -Sam :-)

  27. These are adorable, Karen! And Avery did a FABULOUS job! Look at how sweet she is!

  28. such an enjoyable blog, congrats :)