Thursday, September 11, 2014

Think Happy Thoughts

How about a Taylored Expressions sneak peek of Little Bits balloons and Think Happy Thoughts??
It's Thursday and I on the list to show you the newest release from Taylored Expressions and lucky me I get to work with a word die "Happy".  I couldn't resist the tiny balloons and sequins either. hehe

 After I made a "boy" card I knew I had to make a "girl" card and it was pretty easy since the Double the fun paper pack had both colour groups. :)
Note: I don't have spray bottles of colours so I had to improvise to create the splatter background.  It was easy since I have a lot of stamp pads.  I just squished the cover of "Sweet leaf" ink pad till it left colour on the inside of the cover.  Then I added a few drops of water mixed it around with a Bristol brush (hard crunchy brush) and flicked the colour off the brush onto the white cardstock. :)

This petite stamp set includes a very “happy” coordinating die and will be FREE with orders over $50 beginning on September 11th – September 21st. One free set per customer, while supplies last at Taylored Expressions!

Paper-Double the fun: Taylored Expressions
Dies:Little Bits Balloons -Taylored Expressions
Sequins: Double the fun (Girl)-Taylored Expressions

Thanks for visiting, crafty friends! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers! See all the details HERE

Monday, September 8, 2014

TE Birthday bash kick off

Hello crafty friends – I’m excited to start this week with some fun sneak peeks for the Taylored Expressions September Release. And this month’s release is extra special for the following reasons:

  • It’s TE’s sixth birthday!
  • To celebrate, along with new stamps and dies, we are releasing our very own line of patterned paper and coordinating cardstock, as well as our own Embossing Folders.
  • Visit the TE Blog for a fun sketch challenge with a $250 prize gift certificate. 

Are you wondering about this fantastic prize I mentioned earlier? For your chance to win a $250 Gift Certificate to the Taylored Expressions Store, you must complete ALL of the following: 
  1. Create a card using the sketch pictured. While we love to see them used, TE products are not required for participation.
  2. Take a photo of you holding your card (or have a friend take it for you.)
  3. Add your photo to the TE Blog using the InLinkz link-up on this post. If you would prefer to email us your photo, send it to with the Subject: Triple S Challenge
  4. Share some joy by giving or sending your card to someone! Leave a comment below telling us the name of the lucky recipient.Complete all steps by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, September 14, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. Limit one entry per person.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sam E. Snowman

I have some really exciting news to share with you.  Tomorrow A Jillian Vance Design will be releasing my first ever die set!!! Eeeek.  I had some time to give it a test run and I couldn't be more please.  My new wood grain stamp is coming tomorrow as well, at first I was a little nervous about it but once I started stamping I fell in love.  It's not you typical skinny wood grain stamp this one is big and bold.  It definitely has a whimsical playful look to it.  I hope you like it as much as I do. :)

Here we go with Sam E. Snowman die set and my wood grain background

Now I've got some cards made by using the "empty" or negative space the die leaves.  I used clear card stock to behind the snowman so I could glue the scarf and buttons on, now everything looks like it's floating on the card.

Check out my other stamps here.
Sam E. Snowman die

Friday, August 22, 2014


I feel so lucky to be the Guest Designer for Taylored Expressions.  Not only do I get their adorable stamps to work with but I also get to use stamps and dies I wouldn't normally use.  Pushing my boundaries is a great way to kick start my mojo :)

 I added little gems (finger nail gems) to decorate the butterfly body. I die cut the image in white and coloured the butterfly yellow.  It looks like I missed some spots. :)

Dies-BeautyLies Within, Floral Eyelet border: Taylored Expressions
Paper-Project Life
Stickers-Project Life
Markers- YR21, Black 00

If you sticker isn't the right colour then colour over it with the colour you need.  Colour over the letters and allow to thoroughly dry,  then remove the excess paper.  To make applying the letters easier apply a strip of prepositional sticky tac over the word and apply in position

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Franks candy is GOOOOD!!

 The first card is just bursting at the seams with candy corn!! I also created the border with the stitching stamp. I coloured the little Frank image and cut him out to adhere him to the inside of the (after I stamped the sentiment)
 For this card I used the muffin stamp and heavily embellished it with sequins die cut stars and charcoal twine.  The cut out star was created by cutting the small star then centering a larger star over the empty star space and die cutting again.
  This guy was really fun to make since I love cupcakes and so does he.  I drew the little pumpkin face on his t-shirt  with a black Copic multi liner. The pattern papers are from a Halloween theme Project Life pack.

Copic Markers
Charcoal twine- The Twinery
Dies-Banner: A Jillian Vance Design, Stars: Spellbinders
3D foam squares
Wood veneer stars- Studio Calico

Monday, August 18, 2014

Out Foxed

Another Tuesday and I'm ready to share some things I made using the New Out Foxed stamp set from Whimsie Doodles.  First here's a Mini Bag I decorated by creating a scene, I was going for a sunny blue sky in an open field look.
My next project was created to decorate my new Z Becky Brown hand bag :)  I wanted to re-create the sky and field from the Mini Bag above and added the trees from the Oh Nuts! stamp set.
Stamps-Out Foxed and Oh Nuts: Whimsie Doodles
Dies-Mini Bag: A Jillian Vance Design
Handbag- Z Becky Brown

Friday, August 8, 2014

Adventure Land peak

Wow I can't believe another whole week has gone by.  Did you enjoy the Taylored Expressions blog hops??  I hope so.  Today I have a peek at some cards I made using the TE Adventure Land stamp set.  I'm so glad I got this set as I can see many bright fun cards being made in my future. I think they'd make perfect cards for kids. Wanna see their full potential?  Hop on over to the 

Copic Markers
Paper-Summer Lovin'-Carta bella

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Taylored Expressions hop Day 3

Good morning and welcome to day 3 of the Taylored Expressions sneak peek blog hop. 
The Baker's Dozen and I are sharing sneak peeks over the next several days before all of the new products are available for purchase at the TE Store on Thursday, August 7th at 7am PST!

I used 
Smarty Pants Stamp Set
Smarty Pants Coordinating Dies
Talk Nerdy to Me
and the pencil topper die

I used the stamp set In Other Words to make this card.

 Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Be sure to visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen for more sneak peeks of the products being showcased today!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

DIY Coffee Table

 Today I completed my first Pinterest DIY and turned a wire wooden spool into a personalized coffee table.
I started by sanding the "table". I tried to get most of the markings off. You can still see them but that's ok with me.  :)
Next I purchased White Wash paint and gave my table two coats.
Next I designed what I wanted to stencil on the top of the table.  I used my Cricut and Sure-Cuts-A-Lot to cut out my design.  Then I pulled off all the lettering and decorative parts to create a stencil.
Position the stencil on the table top and paint empty spots by babbing Black tole paint using a course or stiff brush.  I used two coats.

Lightly peel back the stencil and Ta-Da!!
Here's a full view of the top of my coffee table with my cat Puss photo bombing me :)

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peak

Hi everyone it's sneak peek time over at Taylored Expressions and I thought I'd start it off with some cute little treat bags using the Smarty Pants stamp set.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog  each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Don't forget to visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen for more sneak peeks!

You'll be able to find all of our new products at the TE web store starting on Thursday, August 7th at 7am PST! In the meantime, we'll be showing off the new products and offering prizes right here on the TE Blog!

  • Today we're giving away Mischief Maker - Back to School and the Little Bits - Eyeglasses die set. 

    Enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog post before Wednesday, August 6 at 11:59pm PST. One entry per person. Each comment will also be automatically entered into our Grand Prize drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday, August 7, 2014.