Happy Release Day! All the new August products are now available in the TE Store.  Plus DTDG is still going on over at SCS.  Before you head off to shop, Taylor’s team has a ton more inspiration to share.  I have a card using two really fun new stamp sets:  Smarty Pants and Talk Nerdy to Me.  Being married to a Rocket Scientist, I adore the combination of these two sets!

Happy Birthday to my favorite nerd! 😉  The books image has 4 books, so I just used my stamp-a-majig and stamped them several times to create the top and bottom borders.  The smart little canine was stamped and colored with copics and cut out with the matching die set, then popped up on foam tape.  I colored his glasses with a clear glaze pen.

Here’s the inside.

You may be a nerd, but your MY NERD!

Fun, huh?

Let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Talk about serendipity!  This week is both the Taylored Expressions August Release (products available Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. PST) AND it’s Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers.  In order to play DTDG, you just need to be a Fan Club member at SCS.  It’s easy to join and the week full of challenges is a ton of fun!  I can’t say much about specific challenges, but both of my TE preview cards today were also created for DTDG Challenges.

If you’ve been around my blog much, you know how much I love the TE Shade Tree Cutting Plate so it’s no surprise that I’ve been hankering for even more stamped scenes to use with the plate.  Taylor and Emily did a wonderful job on Made in the Shade 2!  I have a couple of samples to share today.

This autumn card is for Lori’s challenge and it was inspired by a card created by Michelle Zindorf.  If you’re a Fan Club Member, you can see her card here. The background was brayered and sponged.  The Shade Tree Cutting Plate was used with rust colored cardstock, then I used a brown copic marker to color over the trunk and branches.  The little scene was colored with copics too.

My next card is a spring/summer picnic scene.

I sponged the sky with two colors of blue ink over a die cut made with the TE Cloud Border. The Cutting Plate was used twice – once with kraft cardstock and once with green.  In this case, I cut all the leaves off the kraft version and layered it over the green one.  This is one of my favorite ways to use this Cutting Plate.  The blossoms on the tree were created with the Flower Box Sprigs & Flowers die set. I used a stylus on each one over a piercing mat to give them dimension, then added red Liquid Pearls to the centers.  Isn’t that little puppy picnic scene so sweet?

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.

Let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today:

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the hop and have a great day!