September 3, 2012

Taylored Expressions Sneek Peek | Day 1

  • At Taylored Expressions we are celebrating our 4th Birthday and you’re invited to our Birthday Bash!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, September 6th at 8am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department.
  • Sneak peeks Monday through Wednesday and the party continues with spotlights Thursday and Friday - lots of inspiration!
  • Check the Current Specials on Thursday morning to find out how you can earn a FREE Belated Birthday A la Carte stamp or a FREE You Take the Cake full-size stamp set. Birthday Bash Specials will award you FREE stamps with purchases over $50 and over $150.
  • 2 WAYS TO WIN! 
  1. You Take the Cake Contest  Go to Taylor's blog to get all the details on how you can win two stamp sets of your choice by guessing which illustrator contributed each image in our You Take the Cake Sampler Set. 
  2. Join us on Facebook for an early reveal of all the new stamp sets Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST. Leave comments during the party for a chance to win one of the gift certificates we’ll be giving away!
This is such an exciting release - TE has 17 new stamp sets releasing later this week!  Plus another 7 dies & die set combos - there is so much to show you, we are extending our usual 4-day peeks into 5 days!

I have 2 cards for you today - first up is Shooting Stars.    

You may recognize this cute image - it is a previously released stamp and the Baker's Dozen is giving you a peek at both the new Belated Birthday a la Carte stamps as well as the much loved a la cartes currently in the TE Store.  I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored him with Copic Markers.  After stamping the sentiment over the sheep & star image, I cut the whole thing out with a Circle Spellbinders Die. 

I decorated the inside as well -

I stamped the sheep again, omitting the  shooting star and then stamped the other sentiment at the top of the panel, giving enough room for a personal note.

Here are all of the adorable Belated Birthday images -

Here is the fun part! You will get one Belated Birthday a la Carte FREE with a $50 purchase through Monday, September 10th!!

Next up is a new set, You Take the Cake.  This is the very first compilation set featuring 15 images and sentiments from all of the TE illustrators - Doug Applegate, Nancy McKinney, Emily Burger, Jessie Oleson and Taylor Van Bruggen.

This set will not be available for purchase until October, but you and earn it for FREE with any purchase of $150. 

I started by stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers.  I used some Hootenanny 6x6 Paper from My Mind's Eye for the background papers and then made my own background with the new Curly Border Die in Choice Snow White Card Stock and then fussy cut the image out and popped it up over the background with Foam Tape.  I cut out some flag banners and stamped the HB2U on the kraft, then tied a yellow ribbon around the Basic Buckle Die for a fun embellishment.  The layout is Jen Shults' DS66.

Please stop on over to Taylor's Blog for all the fun details on how you can earn your freebies and don't forget to check out what the Baker's Dozen whipped up for you today -
Here are the new Taylored Dies I used in my projects today:

You can find these fabulous items in the TE Store:

recipe - 
shooting stars card
stamps: shooting stars a la carte (te)
paper: kraft (te), choice snow white (te), hootenanny 6x6 (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, circle/scallop spellbinders dies, red hot buttons (mft), sewing machine, thread, foam tape

hb2u card
stamps: you take the cake (te)
paper: kraft (te), choice snow white (te), hot fudge (mft), hootenanny 6x6 (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, circle/scallop spellbinders dies, basic buckles die (te), curly border die (te), yellow grosgrain ribbon, sewing machine, thread, foam tape


  1. Fabulous---what a sweet belated bday card. Your coloring is wonderful and i love all the wonderful details on the second one!

  2. Wonderful, Karen! Love the sweet sheep card and the present card is SO fun with the curly border background!

  3. Karen - wow - I love the way you colored that little sheep. Might seem like a simple thing, but I'm very intrigued! I love that image and you kicked it up a notch! On your second card, that curly background on the dark cardstock is so cute and clever!

  4. Love how you colored the sheep! Love your layouts and I love the HB2U embellishment is so cute!

  5. i ♥LOVE♥ your cards! you are such an incredibly NEAT and precise stamper... and your coloring is amazing!!! i like how you decorate the inside of your cards, as well, such a nice touch; i'd've never thought of doing a sort of "watermark" image of the same stamp... but what a fabulous effect! ♥

  6. AWESOME!!!!!! I love all the curly borders together! ACK - so going to steal that idea! Your sheep is totally adorable and I love the inside of that card. What a great release! :-)

  7. Soo Adorable Miss KAren!! LOVE your Awesome coloring on that sweet little sheep! and the curly border BG panel on your Take the cake card is Awesome! LOVE it!! 8-)


  8. Karen, that sheep is SO adorable! I love how you colored him, so sweet! Love how you used the curly border and the sweet bow too!

  9. These are FANTASTIC Karen. I love the way you colored the sheep on the first card and that second one with the brilliant coil border echoing the coil on the cake... so perfect. LOVE THESE!

  10. Wow, I love both your cards Karen! Your colouring on the sheep is fantastic!! On the birthday card I adore the way you used the curly border die and LOVE that little embellishment flower/bow thing-a-ma-jig! You always have such bright and cheery cards and your papers are always perfect!

  11. Karen, I LOVE how you colored that lamb! And the curly border background is absolutely brilliant. LOVE LOVE LOVE! XOXO

  12. Oh my Karen! So much fabulous-ness I don't know where to start! Your sheep actually looks furry... so cool that you did all that with Copics! And I love your bday card with the curly border in the background of the image panel!

  13. Darling cards! Both the shooting stars/sheep and the b.d. cake card are fab! Great images, paper choices, sketches. :)

  14. Forgot to say how much I LOVE the curly border bkgrd paper! Too cute and clever! :)

  15. These are AMAZING!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE both of these!!