August 29, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 1

September Birthday Bash and Release
  • At Taylored Expressions we are celebrating our 3rd Birthday and you are invited to our Birthday Bash!
  • Sneak peeks Monday through Wednesday - lots of fun eye candy and inspiration!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, September 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Every order placed Thursday - Monday will include a FREE Party Favor. Details coming Thursday morning..
  • To celebrate our 3rd Birthday, you have 3 WAYS TO WIN!
1. Help Spread the Word! Grab our Birthday Badge from Taylor's blog {insert link} and post it on your blog for the week. Then come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog to let us know you're spreading the word. You will be entered into a drawing for a $25 TE gift certificate.

2. Join us on Facebook for an early reveal of all the new stamp sets Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST. You will have until 8 pm PST that night to comment to enter to win each new set.
3. Join us in our SCS Forum for a contest that will begin Thursday morning. In the meantime you can see Baker's Dozen sneak peeks there and chat with us!

Happy Monday everyone!  I have a couple of fun little cards for you today - and it's all about birthdays!  First up is a cute new set concepted by our very own super designer, Sankari Wegman!  Meet Build a Treat Borders - a set of 5 delicious borders illustrated by Nancy McKinney.  This set of 5 borders (they're about 6" in length) is sure to bring a smile and you will have so much fun making your own backgrounds and accents.

I started by stamping the solid cupcake border in Colorbox Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink on Choice Buttercream Cardstock and then cut them out with the coordinating Build a Treat Border die - GASP!!  Super fun and super easy!  I love that this border set comes with both solid and open images, so you can stamp quick or color your images in for more detail and personalization.  Since my cupcakes were all chocolate, I added some Chocolate Pearls for cherries.  The papers are from a new 6x6 pad I picked up called Away We Go from My Mind's Eye.  So cute!  I used the Small Scallop Border Die for the scalloped edges and then added the sentiment from Build a Treat, which is also available on Thursday morning.  The layout is Jennifer Shults' DS16.

Up next is It's Your Birthday a la Carte, one of 3 A la Carte stamps we're releasing this month.  This single image stamp is illustrated by the fabulous Nancy McKinney and is only $5.95! 

I grabbed my Lime Twist Life of the Party paper and created a birthday gift tag card with my a la carte.  I thought it would be fun to make it look like the tag was part of a birthday present, so I wrapped some sparkly ribbon around the cupcake paper and added a little bow.  Voila - gift wrap.  LOL!  The image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics - simple coloring today, no shading.  Super quick and super fun!  I added some Island Lagoon Rhinestones for some accent and popped everything up on foam tape.

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

And here are the Copic Markers I used with the It's Your Birthday a la Carte:

The rest of the Baker's Dozen have lots for you to see today, so don't miss a single stop!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

recipe -
Lil' Cupcake Card
stamps: build a treat & build a treat borders (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice buttercream (taylored expressions), coastal (bazzill) cardstock, away we go (my mind's eye)
ink: colorbox dark brown fluid chalk ink
accessories: chocolate pearls (kaisercraft), baker's twine, circle/lacey circle nestabilities (spellbinders), small scallop border die (taylored expressions), build a treat borders die (taylored expressions), foam tape

It's Your Birthday Card
stamps: it's your birthday a la carte (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist life of the party (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, island lagoon rhinestones (kaisercraft), green glitter ribbon, foam tape


  1. Oh my goodness Karen these are fantastic! I love how you used the border stamps/dies on the first one... that is a fantastic idea and you ROCKED the sketch!!! Thanks for using it!! I love the bold bright colors of the second one... so festive! HUGS!!

  2. OOOO sooo lovely! I love the idea of having the gift as giftwrap and then the sentiment as the tag - on your card! SOOo fabulous Karen! ANd that chocolate border of cupcakes is beyond yummy - and the cherries are chocolate covered too?! Awesome!
    big hugs you fabulous Karen you!
    Sankari :)

  3. AWESOME! Your Birthday a la carte card is such a great idea! Also love your cupcake borders... that idea is brilliant! Have a great week Karen!

  4. Great cards!! Love how you stamped the cupcakes on the first card! And I LOVE how you made the sentiment into a tag!

  5. Wowza my friend!!! I loooove what you did with the border die and with all those chocolate yummy sweet treats, and of course, the baker's twine treatment! And your birthday card with tag is just perfect!! I love that layout...hmm, i may need to "borrow" that next time! heehee :)

  6. Karen, you are, as ever, the queen of the perfect card design! I love love love those chocolaty cupcakes and the tag card is so sweet! XOXO

  7. Super sweet, super cute cards! Love the birthday "tag" great designs!

  8. Karen, these are both just ADORABLE! Love the layout and how you stamped the silhouette cupcakes on the first! The second is so fun and happy! Makes me smile!

  9. I adore the way you put the bday a la carte on a tag as part of your layout! And your use of that border stamp - inside a circle - it's so clever and so cute!

  10. What a cool way to use the border stamp-- such a great idea and it looks fabulous!!

  11. SHUT the front door girlie! LOVE how you used the cupcake border die!! That is GENIUS to the max! LOVE!

  12. WORD! You rocked both of these sets! I love how FUN these cards are!