Happy Tuesday! Today is the first day of sneak peeks and release week for Taylored Expressions.  The Baker’s Dozen has some adorable stuff to show you and I’m happy to play along today.  I love the Graphic Greetings series that Taylor has been creating.  The new one this month is “Thankful” and it’s a must-have.  I know I’m going to get a ton of use out of this A la Carte stamp.  Lookie…I already have!

My birthday was one month ago yesterday.  How awful is it that I haven’t gotten my thank you notes out yet?  Well, they can go out now.  I had a little thanks-fest at my stamp table this past weekend. I had fun creating these 8 cards with a very limited array of supplies.

What you see pictured here, plus some black cardstock, TE Choice Snow White cardstock and various rhinestones and pearls is everything I needed for these cards.  In fact, I only used 4 sheets of patterned paper from the Doodlebug Hello Spring 6×6 pad. And do you spy a new Taylored Die? Yep.  That’s the new Open Scallop Border.  I have a feeling I will be using it A LOT!

Here are a few individual shots of some of the cards.

Design Tip #1: Since I knew the design would be simple and the sentiment is the star of the show, I chose to heat emboss it.  What stamper doesn’t remember the absolute magic that occured the first time you witnessed heat embossing.  I still think it gives that little extra wow to a simple card!  I keep my most used embossing powders in little plastic containers (like the on in the picture above – under the ink pad).  That way I can just use a spoon right over the container and never have a mess to worry about.

Design Tip #2: Throw away any black embossing powder you might have!  Embossing Buddy or not, it’s almost impossible to avoid stray specks of that nasty black stuff.  I much prefer using a black pigment ink (SU Craft used here) with clear embossing powder.

Design Tip #3:  When using these Graphic Greetings try die cutting with Spellbinders Rectangles.  The largest die in the Classic Rectangles Small set is the perfect size.  It might seem like extra work to die cut all of the sentiment panels, but I find it easier than trying to get them trimmed straight any other way.


Design Tip #4: Sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to find just the right adhesive for narrow strips like this new Open Scallop Border or the edges of the TE Cutting Plates.  I found that the Plus Pen Tape Runner is perfect with it’s 1/6″ strip of adhesive.  It comes in a bundle with refills and a larger Spin Eco tape runner.  I’ve been using both of them quite a bit lately and I really like them.  The bundle is a great value too!


Now it’s time to see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up!  We are welcoming a new Guest Designer and I know you’re going to love her!

Broni Holcombe – Guest Designer

Carole Burrage

Charmaine Ikach

Jami Sibley <–that’s me

Jen Shults

Kerri Mchaud

Sankari Wegman

Shannon White

Shelly Mercado

Stephanie Kraft

Tammie Edgerton

Taylor VanBruggen

Wanda Guess

Thanks so much for stopping by!



14 Responses to “Taylored Expressions March Sneak Peek: Thankful”

  1. Carole Burrage Says:

    Oh, wow! I love your card set, Jami, and THANKS for the tip about the Nesties & Graphic Greetings stamps! That is going to save me so much time from here on out. Actually, I love all of your tips, especially the one about keeping your embossing powder in the containers – my tidy tray never gets totally clean, and so stray bits of powder end up contaminating… (and you’re so right about the black ep).

  2. Lori Craig Says:

    WOW. WOW. WOW. Those are beautiful, Jami! Love them heat embossed and those bright papers are the perfect paring. So, so cute!

  3. Sankari Says:

    Such a beautiful set of cards – Love those fun papers and putting it against the black card stock really makes those colors pop out – love the flowers in each card – so lovely!
    Big hugs!

  4. Stephanie Kraft Says:

    Wowee, Jami! Love these wonderful cards! The embossed graphic and black frame/border really make these pop!

  5. Tammie E Says:

    Ooohhhh, Jami, these are all total awesomeness! I love the tips you shared…I put my EP in a big container too but I hadn’t even thought of using a square Nestie with the Graphic Greeting! Now I can’t wait to try it! I love the bright papers you chose and am impressed by the limited supplies!

  6. Shelly Says:

    Jami, these cards are beautiful! Love the embossing (black is messier to work with, but it looks so nice!), your friends will love your thank yous!

  7. Melody Rupple Says:

    What a GREAT card set Jamie.

  8. Wanda G (stampcat) Says:

    YOWZA! You have a lot to give thanks for! 🙂 Awesome card set. I love the crisp black with all that color…makes it really pop! Happy Release Week dear Jami!

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  10. Shannon White Says:

    Wowie Jami!! These are Fabulous!!Such a Super Set of Thank you cards!! Love the Cheery dp’s and Super layouts!! So Perfect for showcasing the Thankful Graphic Greeting!! Super tip on the Black EP, you are soo right, even with an embossing buddy I end up with stray specks! I’m going to try your suggestion next time! 😎


  11. Barb O. Says:

    Jami, Gorgeous, clean and simple cards! Love the colours.


  12. Broni Says:

    Wow, Jamie, I really, really love these cards! How perfectly the black sentiment and trim pop with all the beautifully rainbow colored papers! Let me say it again…I LOVE these cards!!

  13. Charmaine Ikach Says:

    Oh I just LOVE these, Jami! What a fun way to get some thank yous done and that sentiment is PERFECT!!

  14. wholesale glass beads Says:

    Great post! I’ve thought about starting my own design blog for years but always had some sort of excuse stopping me. Hopefully the inspiration sticks!

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