August 28, 2012

Taylored Expressions Studio Challenge

It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge. This is a monthly 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 theme for August is:

PROJECT RUNWAY!  Do you watch this show?  It's perfect for creative types like us!  On PR, the designers are given crazy challenges each week and asked to maintain their own personal style or point of view in their creation.

So, what's your stamping style or point of view?  Would you consider your style to be CAS (Clean and Simple), Cutesy, Graphic, Vintage, Elegant, Layers & More Layers, or what?  Describe it any way you like, it's your style after all!  Today's challenge is to show us a couple of different projects using the same supplies.  Show us one CAS card and one Fancy Fold card while still retaining your own personal style as much as possible.

I would describe my style as very clean and somewhere between CAS and Layers & More Layers.  I love layering patterned papers with cardstock and die cuts, but I think I keep my cards on the simple side.  I always admire the cards out there with lots and lots of embellishments and details, but when I try to copy the look, I definitely over-do it.  So my theory is keep it simple and move on.

My first card for today's challenge uses Life is a Circus and it is definitely CAS.

I do struggle with CAS cards.  I always want to add another layer of patterned paper, but since we were challenged to make a CAS card, I jumped in with both feet.  The card base is Kraft Cardstock and then I popped up a layer of Choice Snow White Cardstock with Foam Tape.  I stamped the sentiment and tickets in Memento Lady Bug and then cut out the sentiment with a circle Spellbinders die and fussy cut the tickets.   I added the Star Border Die underneath and then called it good!

My next card uses the same cardstock and stamp set and I made a Side Step Card.  I've never made one of these before and I was surprised how easy it was!

I stamped the elephant and lion in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then fussy cut them out after coloring them with Copic Markers.  I stamped out the tickets and little pedestals for the elephant and lion, then cut them out as well.  Then I simply glued them to the little layers of the steps.  So fun!

You can see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen have been up to and see if you can guess their style:
You can find these fabulous items in the TE Store:

recipe -
stamps: life is a circus (te)
paper: kraft (te), choice snow white (te), life of the party 6x6 (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black, memento tangelo, memento lady bug
accessories: copic markers, circle/scallop spellbinders dies, star border die (te), seeing stars dies (te), sewing machine, thread, foam tape 


  1. The sidestep card is PERFECTION! cute! Way to go, Karen! The CAS card is really cute!

  2. Hi Karen!!! LOVE both of your beautiful creations! The CAS card has just the right amount of 'stuff' on it - it's so so SO perfect! I have never made a side step card before - yours is so great!!! Happy Challenge Day!

  3. adorable, I love making side step cards yours rocked sooo cute!

  4. These are both awesome Karen! I love the side step card... just the perfect amount of everything in that card and I just love that CAS card... perfect too!

  5. Your side-step is FABOOLOUS!!! I love love love your style, Karen, and always have! The CAS is just perfect. XOXO

  6. These are both darling, Karen! LOVE your side-step card and all of the fab elements you added to it!

  7. Wowie Miss Karen! These are both Fabulous!! LOVE your Adorable Sidestep card! Wow!! and your CAS card is So Perfect! Love your Fabulous Style! 8-)


  8. I must say it...shut UP girl! these are FANTASTIC!!! LOVE that stair step card and seriously, your CAs card makes me swoon!!! AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!

  9. WOW! Love your CAS card, the tickets are the perfect touch! And look at that perfect stitching on the step card, LOVE! Love the sweet animals and your gorgeous coloring too!

  10. Your CAS card is genius! I could never come up with that! Love your Side Step Card. So many wonderful details. I have never made one of those. I will have to give it a try.

  11. I like this card, all details remind me of a circus atmosphere.

  12. Fabulous cards! Great job with the CAS one. I could never tell you struggle with CAS. You look like a pro. Your second card is just adorable.