July 24, 2012

Taylored Expressions Studio Challenge

Taylored Expressions is introducing a new monthly challenge for the design team:  The Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This will be an opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for July is:

You are stranded on a desert island. The good news is that you find a fabulous stamping hut well-stocked with papers, inks and other stamping supplies, however you only have the 5 stamp sets you brought with you in the luggage you managed to salvage. So tell us, what stamps sets did you bring and why?

First, I would have to grab Love Grows Here.

I think I would miss having all the different seasons throughout the year if I were on a tropical desert island, so Love Grows Here would help keep those seasons close to me.  I made a little something using the happy little beehive tree from the set.  I started by stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it with Copic Markers.  I used some Sweet Day 6x6 papers from Echo Park and the MOJO250 sketch.

Here are 5 stamp sets I'd rescue from my sinking ship:

Love Grows Here: I need me some seasons!

 Friendship Blooms: I need to have a flower set with me, especially one with leafy green branches.  I love the different petal shapes and sentiments, and of course they have coordinating Taylored Dies!

In the Clouds:  I adore these little blimps and banners and there are sentiments for all sorts of occasions.

Green Acres: I'm all about 'corny' humor, so I would definitely bring this darling set along, just to make me laugh some coconut milk out my nose.

Woodland Winter:  I'd need to have this set with me so I can dream of white Christmases, and snow, and aspen trees, and my beloved mountains.  These little cuties make me smile!

Hop on over and see what the other Baker's Dozen designers are choosing to save:
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recipe - 
stamps: love grows here (te)
paper: kraft (te), choice snow white (te), sweet day 6x6 (echo park)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, scalloped eyelet border die (te), circle/scallop spellbinders dies, fishtail flags stax/sentiment strips die-namics dies (mft), lemon drop buttons (mft),  ladybug twine (doodlebug inc), sewing machine, thread, foam tape


  1. Love Grow Here is on my list too! Darling card, love the layout.

  2. Holy cow girl! You knocked this one out of the park and THEN SOME! Seriously WOW! Love the papers and the colors and the fabulous tree texture. And that Mojo layout is PERFECT for this card.

  3. OMG! OMG! OMG! Heart palpitations BIG time! This is also one of my favorite sets. Love how you colored this and all of those fabulous flags!! Swooonn!

  4. Wow! Your card is gorgeous and I LOVE how you colored this sweet tree!

  5. OMGosh! This is So Darned CUTE Miss Karen!! 8-) LOVE your Awesome coloring and the Fab mix of dp's too Wow! And What Super picks too! 8-)


  6. That's one of my faces, too, Karen! I love love love your coloring...this is adorable! XOXO

  7. Woweeeeee! Your card is beautiful, I love how you colored it, so pretty!

  8. What an adorable card, Karen! I love that set too! Loved reading about your 5 choices too!

  9. That was cool Karen! I love the Green Acres set. Blame the country girl in me. Thanks for the share and what a lovely card!

  10. Awesome post!! I picked Love Grows Here too - love that set. What a great challenge. Cannot wait to see next month's already! Have a great day Karen!