Celebrate is right!   I’m doin’ a little happy dance this morning! 

Not only is it Day #2 of the Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks, but the set we are featuring today is MINE!!!  Well, it’s not exactly mine…I’m just so excited…it’s the very first stamp set I’ve ever completely concepted.  I’m so fortunate to have had the chance to work with Taylor and Nancy McKinney to get this set from my head into actual rubber!!!

So I was in the shower several months ago and this idea came to me for an all ocassion stamp set with some framed main images that included a sentiment big enough to really carry the front of a card.  Plus I wanted each image to have at least 2 sentiments for inside the card along with a coordinating little decorative element for backgrounds, inside, envelopes, etc.  I sat down and sketched out my idea.  I totally cannot draw – which is why I love stamping so much – so I sheepishly sent my elementary school drawings to Taylor.  I was beyond thrilled when she said she loved the idea and would pass it on to Nancy to work her design magic on it!  After an incredible team effort we are introducing Sweet Ocassions!  Honestly this is a dream come true for me.

Sweet Occasions will be available tomorrow morning ( Friday12/4) at 8:00 am PST.  You can enter to win this set – see the details at the end of my post – it’s easy!  In the meantime I have a few samples to share with you.  The first one is what I originally thought of when I pictured this stamp set – simple one layer cards that you could make in a hurry or when you need sets of cards for gifts.


It doesn’t get much simpler than this, but stil cute, right?  I just stamped the *thanks* image on TE Choice Snow White cardstock and colored it with Prisma Pencils and blended with gamsol and stumps (haven’t done that in forever!)  I added a some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the letters with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and a red Rain Dot to the cherry.  I scored some lines using my Scor-Pal and cut little slits with a craft knife for the ribbon.

My next sample is a little more my regular More is More style and features my favorite color of cardstock – black.


I had some Melon Mambo DSP from SU and wanted to create a card in the combo of Melon Mambo, Black and white.  I stamped the *friend* image on black cardstock with white craft ink and heat embossed it with white ep.  The letters and the little flower were filled in with Pink Sparkly Fluff using a quickie glue pen.  The border of the heart was colored with a white gel pen and covered in Frosted Lace Stickles (it looks more white and less silver IRL.)  The image frame was paper-pieced.  The separate little flower was stamped on the black panel inwhite craft ink.  The flourish bling is from a pack of shaped ZVA crystals and the clear rhinestones around the scallops are Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles.  I used Nesties rectangles and Scalloped rectangles to cut and mat the image (I beleive these are on order and will arrive soon in the TE Store.)  These images work wonderfully with the Nesties, but they are also very easy to trim out by hand which is what I did in the set below.


I have a special class coming up next week for my Club girls and we’ll be using the SU Sunny Day Scrappin’ Kit.  I had all the stuff out from making my class samples when my TE rubber arrived and I thought it looked great with Sweet Occasions so I whipped up this set.  Card bases are Confetti White and the images are stamped on the same using black craft ink and heat embossed with clear ep.  Each image was watercolored with an aquapianter and ink from SU markers smeared onto a cd.  Notice the hint of black cardstock on each card?  I love black with brights – really makes them pop.



Little special touches on this card are Crystal Effects on the dish, Stardust glaze pen on the letters and ice cream toppings, red stickles on the cherry.

Each image has at least 2 coordinating sentiments.  Inside this card could say:

*Happy Birthday with a cherry on top!*


*success is oh so sweet*









The little special touches here are Crystal Effects on the frosting (yep that heart is supposed to be a sugar cookie in keeping with the whole *sweet* theme), orange stickles on the flower and stardust glaze pen on the letters.


Inside this card might say:


*you make life sweet*


*that was sweet of you*


*I’m so glad that you’re my friend*










Didn’t Nancy do an awesome job on that sweet little gingerbread house?  I wanted to include a *congrats* in this set because I’ve had so many friends buy houses and move in the the last couple of years.  I added glitter to the snowy roof and stardust glaze pen to the letters.

Possible sentiments here are:


*on your sweet new place*



*success is oh so sweet*



so-sunny-thanks-jami-09-custom.jpgThe little touches here are stardust glaze pen on the letters, red stickles on the cherry and pink sparkly fluff on the frosting!


Inside might say:

*that was so sweet of you*




*you make life sweet*


And just wait till you see the adorable fonts Taylor and Nancy used for all the sentiments.  Pure sweetness!  Plus the tiny coordinating images – oh my! 


I have a ton more ideas, but that’s all my samples for today.  I can hardly wait to see what everyone has…Come blog hoppin’ with me to see what the Baker’s Dozen girls have cooked up with Sweet Occasions today!


  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Dawn Easton
  • Donna Baker
  • Jackie Pedro
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Karen Motz
  • Laurie Schmidlin
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Sharon Harnist
  • Taylor Van Bruggen
  • Be sure to leave some love along the way because one lucky commenter will win a Sweet Occasions stamp set! How cool is that?All you have to do is leave a comment on each Baker’s Dozen blog today for the best chance to win! One lucky winner will be chosen at random from all of the comments on one of the blogs, but the trick is that nobody knows which blog it will be! You have until 6am PST on Friday to enter. The winner will be announced Friday morning on Taylor’s blog.I’ll be back tomorrow with a new TE product – Taylored Card Kits.  Thanks for stopping by!


    55 Responses to “Taylored Expressions December Sneak Peek Day #2”

    1. Sankari Says:

      CONGRATULATIONS JAMI!!!! I love that this came to you when you were in the shower!!! Usually when I am in the shower – I am still half asleep!!! lol!!! I LOVE EACH and every one of your cards! The one in black is amazing!!! And i love how each card has so many sentimental possibilities!!! It is just fantastic!!!! Congrats girlie! I am doing the happy dance with you today!!!
      Big hugs!
      Sankari 🙂

    2. Taylor Says:

      WOOHOOO!! Congrats, Jami! Another brilliant shower idea! 😉

      All of your cards are so perfect and unique! I love all the blingy on that second card and your set of cards is A-MAZING! Who wouldn’t want to receive that as a gift!?

      Looking forward to many more of your “elementary school drawings”! 🙂

    3. BellaG Says:

      really sweet cards!!!! you rock!

    4. Lillian Child Says:

      I just love the bright colors you used on these card creations – just makes a person smile!

    5. Barbara Staradumsky Says:

      I just adore this new set! It has so many things for so many different occasions!

      Barb S.

    6. Sharon Harnist Says:

      Jami, I LOVE this set — what a fabulous concept you had!! I know you are thrilled to see it come to life and I LOVED working with it! I adore your one layer card idea — so fresh and easy but with loads of impact! I ALMOST did the exact layout as your red/black friend card — GSMTA!! Love the color combo and paper piecing! Love your card set layouts and that white space you visualized — fabulous for this set! Congrats, sweet friend!

    7. Jodi Says:

      YIPPEE!! Congratulations my friend! I ADORE this set and I am sure EVERYONE else is going to LOVE it too! All of your samples ROCK!!! I have to admit, that first CAS card…totally LOVE it!!! WOOOO HOOOOOO!!

    8. Cassie Says:

      Such darling samples ;D

    9. Shawna Says:

      And we’re excited too Jami! This is an awesome set! LOVE your samples.

    10. Karen Says:

      Yay Jami!! I love this set and can’t wait to show it off tomorrow! Your cards are just darling and I love the bright papers (one of my faves!) – I really like the embossed images too – they really pop! Congrats Jami!

    11. Veronica Says:

      All of the cards are ridiculously adorable!

    12. Krista Says:

      Your cards are so cute! I love your set 🙂

    13. Wendy K. Says:

      WOW! All your cards are amazing, I can’t even pick a favorite!

    14. waterpixie Says:

      CONGRATS, Jami!!! So proud of you!! What a cute set idea and all your samples are darling!!!!

    15. Barbara Says:

      FROM YOUR #1 “STUDENT”—–WOW – OH MY GOODNESS———-HOW ADORABLE – Can’t wait to see all your samples in person—-B in Blfwr

    16. Michelle Says:

      Congratulations, Jami! This is a darling set, and your ideas/samples are fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration.

    17. Nancy McKinney Says:

      CONGRATS…you make life sweet, Jami. ; )

    18. dianne shiozaki Says:

      Congratulations Jami!!!

      🙂 Best wishes in your new venture!

    19. milu Says:

      hi Jami
      my favorite card is Friends
      love the colors!

    20. loricraig Says:

      OH JAMI! Congratulations! I know how excited you are for this release! Your cards are darling. I’ll be snagging this, for sure. Can’t wait to play! Hugs! and WELL DONE!

    21. Jenn Says:

      I’m so proud of you and EXCITED for you, Jami. SWEET and CUTE stuff!
      P.S.: please don’t include me in the drawing! I’ll order a set when I order me some crafty cuppies. . .:D

    22. Lisa Smeaton Says:

      Great job, my friend!

    23. dawnn Says:


    24. Regina M Says:

      Wow! You have been very busy indeed. I love the simplicity of that first one. Your cards are all adorable.

    25. Luanne Ford Says:

      Your whole collection of cards are adorable. So fresh and great colors! This is a CUTE set!

    26. Mary A Says:

      Totally awesome! Congratulations on your dream, realized!

    27. Cheryl Says:

      This set is so awesome. I love all your samples! You chose great colors – so bright and pretty!

    28. lynn Says:

      what a wonderful post, jami! congrats on making your dream come true!

    29. jan farnworth Says:

      wonderful collection of cards great inspiratation.

    30. Laura.K Says:

      wow. So sweet cards. And s many. Thanks. Thanks.

    31. Tina Lohrman Says:

      Congrats… How sweet it is!! Thanks for sharing!

    32. Shelley Says:

      Congratulations Jami!!! Love your designs!!! Very cute sample cards! 🙂

    33. Tracy Says:

      Brilliant idea Jami. I agree the best ones do come in the bathroom. 🙂 I can’t wait to see the whole set!!

    34. HEIDI BRAWLEY Says:

      AWE!!! You did a really awesome job on all these cards!!! I love how bright and colorful they all are!! ~Heidi

    35. Jackie Says:

      I am so proud of your new venture, you did a great job. You are very talented and you have fun at the same time.

      Love you


    36. Stephanie Kraft Says:

      Wonderful creations, Jami! A big congrats to you! It must be so thrilling to see your ideas in rubber!

    37. Lisa Hjulberg Says:

      Congratulations Jami! This is such an awesome stamp set… you must be over the moon! And with good reason! I shall definitely be putting this one in my basket tomorrow.

      Hugs and high fives,

    38. Candace Mitchell Says:

      I love this stamp set! I must have it! You have some awesome eye candy here on your blog…love everything you did with the set!

    39. Kelly Braund Says:

      Wow wow wow! These are all amazing! This set just looks adorable! Congrats, I would love to see some of my ideas in rubber someday!

    40. Linda C. Says:

      Congrats Jami!! Your new set is going to brighten the day of a lot of people! Great job & fabulous artwork!

    41. Sandra Says:

      what fun cards!
      thanks for sharing

    42. Jen Says:

      Jami, what a cute set. GREAT JOB!!! I think I *need* that set….the only problem is waiting for it to come!

    43. Tanya P Says:

      Love your cards! Love the colors. These new stamps are just too cute

    44. Chris L Says:

      Your cards are wonderful–and so is your concept for the stamp set, so glad you sent Taylor your drawings!

    45. Annette Pagnusat Says:

      Looks like this is going to be such a fun set!

    46. Alexis Hilgert Says:

      Oh wow!! Congrats and what a CUTE set!!!

    47. tami Says:

      congrats and I really love your cards and of course the set is awesome. Woo Hoo!!

    48. Michelle Says:

      Great cards! I love the fact that some of them are so simple, easy to make.

    49. Ann Says:

      Congrats on this set! It’s a really great look & I love the colors you used with them.

    50. Sue D Says:

      Congrats–you had a wonderful idea with this set!

    51. Charmaine Ikach Says:

      WOW! Every single card is just fabulous, Jami! I really love what you’ve created with this set!

    52. Darlene L Says:

      Wow–what a great idea for a set–congrats. Lov’en your examples.

    53. Linda Ellington Says:

      You must be so proud. As you should be, this set is wonderful. What a great concept, so glad you were able to put your idea into a stamp set. Congrats to you and the design team. Thanks for all you do.

    54. Jackie Pedro Says:

      Congratulations, Jami!! I ADORE this set!!! Your cards are fantastic!!

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