Star Birthday

August 20th, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend.  I managed to clean off my stamping table which always makes me want to stamp.  🙂  Here’s a birthday card I made for a great friend of ours.  He’s a graphic designer, so I figured he could handle some bold colors and patterns.  LOL!


This card features the new TE stamp set Doodle Notes plus the Notepaper A la Carte stamp and the Notepaper and Clipboard Taylored Die set.  I am so in love with this clipboard die idea right now along with the Notepaper and Grid Paper A l a Cartes…I mean…MINIATURE OFFICE SUPPLIES!!! Love it!


I stamped the Notepaper image onto TE Choice White cs by inking it up with Pool Party ink and then using a Riding Hood Red SU marker direct to rubber to color the line down the side of the stamp.  Then I die cut it.  I stamped the Doodle images in Memento black ink and colored with Copics.  Of course you have to be mindful that the Pool Party ink will smear.  I covered the star with yellow stickles.  The back piece of the clipboard is simply a rectangle of Espresso cardstock with the corners rounded.  I shaped the clippy die cut by wrapping it around a pencil and then popped it up on a foam dot.  Row of stars was created with the TE Reach for the Stars Border Die. Finishing touches include Bronze Viva Pearl Pen, orange Kaisercraft rhinestones, and brown Doodle Twine.  Patterned paper is Echo Park.

I didn’t take a photo of the inside as I was rushing out the door to church with this card in hand.  Inside it says “Birthday Wishes” and there is another diecut star border.

It’s funny, when the Doodle Notes set was in development (concept by Jen Shults, illustrated by Nancy Mckinney) we talked about it being primarily for creating notes for kids’ lunchboxes. Sounded cute, but I assumed I wouldn’t  have much use for it.  However, I LOVE this set.  It’s SO FUN and really super versatile.  I just love it when that happens!


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Happy Release Day and Happy Shopping at Taylored Expressions.  All of the new August products are now available in the TE Fresh Out of the Oven Department.  Once again I’m playing along with the Baker’s Dozen to show off all the new goodies.  We’ve each created a couple of new projects for you and I know you won’t want to miss a thing!
My first project today features the new full size stamp set Mark Your Spot (A collaboration between Taylor and Nancy for the Whimsical Wishes collection) and the coordinating Mark Your Spot Bookmark Taylored Die.  I’ve been wishing for a bookmark die for awhile now, so I’m really excited to have this cute one.  And the stamp set is loads of fun too!
First I die cut the boomark from TE Choice white cardstock and stamped various images from the stamp set.  I colored them with copics and then covered the entire bookmark with Versamark ink and kaleidescope embossing powder and heat embossed the entire thing.  It’s SUPER SPARKLY!  I’ve really been on a kick of doing this Faux Diamond Dust technique lately!  I don’t like the way the copic bleeds through and shows on the back of white cardstock, so I cut a 2nd bookmark from black cardstock and adhered the 2 together for a more finished look. I love how quick and easy it is to make bookmarks.  I actually have several more started on my stamp table right now.
My second project today features my new set *GRIN* illustrated by Doug for the Apple Doodle Ink collection, Happy Trails.
I’ve been wanting a notebook or journal to keep in our 5th wheel, so I can document different RV parks as we stay in them.  I’d like to jot down notes about the place, highlights of the trip and maybe add a few photos.  I had this notebook with the teal edge and teal elastic band in my stash (purchased at Target quite some time ago) and it seemed to fit the bill just perfectly.  I had so much fun decorating it with the Airstream Trailer image from Happy Trails which I colored with copics (R46, Y35, C1, BG11, BG34, BG49 B97) to coordinate with the October Afternoon 9 to 5 plaid background paper.  The strip on the right in from the Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6×6 collection.  I wanted to keep this pretty simple and flat so I added interest with TE Scallop Border dies (medium and large), plus I added a ribbon, button and the tag created with the Mini Tag die set and a sentiment from the stamp set.  I can hardly wait to go on another RV trip and use my new journal!
Now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up!
Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the Current Specials page in the TE store while you’re there! I hope you have a great day!

Happy Wednesday!  I’m back with Day 2 of the Taylored Expressions August Sneak Peeks.  Everything will be revealed on the TE Facebook page tonight at 6pm PST during the Preview Party (stop by for lots of chances to win a prize) and then everything will be available for purchase tomorrow morning at 8:00 am PST in the Fresh Out of the Oven Department.

Today we are featuring all the new Taylored Dies in our samples.  The die set I used is called the Notepaper and Clipboard Taylored Die Set.  It was designed to coordinate with the 2 new A la Carte stamps: Grid Paper (used on my project) and Notepaper and of course you can use it on it’s own as well.  The first die cuts an ATC sized piece of notepaper and the second die cuts the clippy part of a clipboard.


For my project I stamped the Grid Paper A la carte in light blue ink and die cut it with the Notepaper die.  Then I mounted it on a piece of kraft cardstock with the corners rounded to be the base of my little clipboard.  I die cut the clippy from gray cardstock and adhered it with a foam dot for dimension.

I used Jen’s August Sketch For You to Try for the layout featuring papers from the Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6×6 collection.  The sweet images are from the new stamp set Doodle Notes.  I know you are going to adore this set concepted by our own Jen Shults and illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes line of TE stamps.  I stamped the images over the grid background and did a little copic coloring.  I also added Sparkly Fluff to the cloud.  The heart was stamped on a scrap and cut out and adhered with a foam dot.  This card makes me smile and I hope it makes you smile too!

Now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up today:

Charmaine Ikach


  • Jen Shults
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melody Rupple
  • Regina Mangum
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Shannon
  • Shelly Mercado
  • Stephanie
  • Taylor
  • Wanda Guess
  • Thanks for stopping by.  I do hope you have a sunny day!

    It’s time for the Taylored Expressions August Release. I’m excited to play along with the Baker’s Dozen in some fun sneak peeks before all the new products are available in the store on Thursday morning at 8:00 am PST.  In the meantime we have lots of fun new stamps and dies to show off.
    Today the team will be featuring 5 new stamp sets along with some new A la Carte stamps and new Taylored Dies.  I’m especially excited about the set I’m working with today because it was one that I concepted for TE and Doug brought my ideas to life in the Apple Doodle Ink collection of rubber stamps.  I can’t tell you how much I love working with Taylor and how much I appreciate the opportunity to have my ideas brought to life!!
    This new full sized set us called Happy Trails. And here’s the first card I made when I opened the package.
    As many of you know, we have a 5th wheel trailer.  It’s quite large and modern, but ever since we got it I’ve been enamored with more vintage trailers like the tear drop style you see here and the airstream you’ll see on my next project (to be shared later in the week.)
    To create the scene above, I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto kraft cardstock.  The mountains were stamped twice to reach across the entire card.  I masked the mountains to sponge some sparkly chalk in the sky and reverse masked them to sponge some ink on them before adding Liquid Pearls for the snow.  The station wagon and trailer were colored with Copics and I added Glossy Accents to the windows..  The road is made from the new Chevron Border Taylored Die set and October Afternoon 9 to 5 paper.  I rounded the corners on the kraft panel and sponged white pigment ink around the edges before adding some red Doodle Twine.  The whole panel was then mounted onto a kraft card base using foam tape for dimension.
    This stamp set just makes me smile and I look forward to playing with it lots more! Now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today!
    Thanks for stopping by today!  Please plan to attend the TE August Preview Party tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6:00 PM PST on our Facebook page.  You’ll get to see all the new sets and have a chance to win them as well.  It’s really a fun time!  Don’t be late!

    July Stamp Class

    August 6th, 2012

    Happy Monday!  Yes, I am well aware that it is August!  I seem to be running a little behind in several areas of life and I have not yet shared the projects we created in my July stamp class.  Previews for the August Taylored Expressions Release begin tomorrow, so I thought I bet get my act together and get these July projects posted!

    First up is a really cute card featuring Under the Sea and the Faux Diamond Dust Technique (kaleidescope embossing powder used here).  The main image panel was inspired by a card created by Baker’s Dozen Designer Shannon.  Her card is much more involved and quite spectacular which was great inspiration for my simpler class card.  Paper is Echo Park.  This card is SO sparkly in person!!


    Next up is a simple Genie Bag created with some SU dp and the Taylored Expressions Petal Pop-up Dies.  I adore Genie Bags and will be forever grateful to Jen del Muro for coming up with the idea several years back!  This one is quite small.  I used small white lunch bags from Smart’n’Final and cut the tops down.  The dp panel is 4.25″ x 5.5″ and the handle was punched with an SU oval punch.  I love that you can make these whatever size meets your needs.  The tag is a TE Mini Tag and the sentiment is from the Daisy Bouquet Petite set.


    The final project we created was an easel card…my very first easel card.  Yes, I was reading the tutorial on SCS the afternoon of class to pull this together.  LOL!  And I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  The card features TE stamp set Oops-a-Daisy and the Fence Border Die.  The bloom was first inked with a Melon Mambo pad, then the ink was removed from the center with a Q-tip. Then the chocolate ink was added from a SU marker direct-to-rubber on the stamp. I think this would have also been beautiful with Faux Diamond Dust added to the panel!  If you haven’t tried an easel card yet, I’d encourage you to go for it.  It’s really easy and has quite a WOW result!

    So, those were our 3 projects for July.  Even though I have a bunch of ideas swirling around in my head for my next class, I’ve decided to skip August.  I’ll be back at in September though!  I hope you’ll come back and visit me tomorrow as I have a new TE stamp set that I’m super excited about!!!


    Thanks for stopping by!