It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions and it’s our 6th Birthday too!  I hope you’ve been enjoying the celebration this week.  There’s still time to play in the Challenge and of course, now it’s time to shop!  Remember that there is a FREE stamp set with matching die {Think Happy Thoughts} that will come with your purchase of $50 or more.

Today I have several samples to show you featuring the Spooky Tree Cutting Plate.  As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not really into Halloween, so my first response when Taylored showed me this cutting plate was “Meh, it’s ok.”  (Now, I will say that all the samples the team has made makes me see the spooky fun in the original idea!)  But as I thought more about this plate, I began to think about my most favorite and beloved Shade Tree Cutting Plate and I thought of all the possibilities a simple tree image presents.  I knew I needed this cutting plate!  And here’s why:

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Green trees with a summer sunset.  I spritzed the trees with a pearly spray that looks super cool in person (but of course does not show in a photo!) and sponged the background with several colors of ink.  I used the Build a Scene Rolling Hill dies to create the rosy red hill.  Sentiment is from Many Minis – Occasions die cut with Designer Mini Tags.

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Kraft trees for fall.  This time I brayered the background with a K-pad and added a sun, birdhouse and sign (Birchtree Accessories), along with grass from the grass border die.  On this card I spritzed the pearl spray over the sponged background.  Just no way to show it in a picture!

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White trees for winter with a blue sponged background and some red birds ( Birds and Branch, Birch Tree Accessories ).  Once again I used the Designer Mini Tag dies and this time Many Minis – Holidays for the sentiment.  Seriously if you don’t have those two Many Minis sentiment sets, you really need them!

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More white trees, but this time for spring.  This card was totally inspired by a card created and given to me by my sweet friend Cindy Lawrence.  For this look, after using the cutting plate on white cardstock, I die cut just a portion of it with a Spellbinders circle die.  Then I created a separate frame piece with that same circle die plus another slightly smaller circle die.  You might notice a slight brown shadow.  That’s because I first tried this with brown cardstock, but didn’t care for it.  I already had my pieces glued together including the background paper from the Double the Fun Paper Pack.  I was not about waste that paper, so I just glued the white right over the op of the brown and I did it just slightly off so that the brown would look like a shadow. Then I adhered a bunch of Doodlebug Sprinkles for a touch of fun. The background was created with the Zig Zag Embossing Folder.  The die cut “happy” was created with the die from the new FREE set Think Happy Thoughts.  I decided not to finish off the inside for now, because there are just so many possibilities with this cute little set.  I’ll just wait till I actually need the card!

I hope my samples today have given you just a little taste of the many many things you can create with the Spooky Trees Cutting Plate.  And don’t get hung up on that name – it doesn’t need to be spooky at all!

The Baker’s Dozen has cooked up tons of awesome samples today.  To get the blog roll and get hoppin’ head on over to the TE Blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

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This week Taylored Expressions turns 6!  Wow – time really does FLY!  I am thrilled to be able to jump in to the on-going celebration this week.  There are a ton of super cute new products coming out tomorrow (Thursday September 10th) and I have a few peeks for you today and will be back with more tomorrow.  Plus there are ways for you to play along…more about that at the end of the post.

The first thing I have to show you today was created with two new die sets: Test Tube Caddy Die and testtubehalloweenJami (Small)You’ve Been Framed – Halloween.  As you know, Taylor is a huge fan of Halloween, but me…not so much.  That being said, I just couldn’t resist these dies and the treats possibilities they hold.  (Plus there just might be more Framed dies in the future…just maybe….but you didn’t hear that from me!

I used the Hocus Pocus Matched Kit (new from TE) along with the dies to create this cute and spooky little treat.  TE also has the Test Tubes and I filled them with pumpkin flavored M&M’s.  Yes, pumpkin flavored.  The jury is still out on them at this point, but the colors were just perfect and for a crafty girl, that’s really all that matters, right?

My next project features the Double the Fun Matched Kit and a really fun new cutting plate called Up, Up & Away.

I’m truly so excited about TE’s new patterned paper packs and I know you’re going to love them along with the matching smooth, solid cardstocks!  The patterned paper comes loose in a pack rather than gummed together, so you never have tearing issues and it’s a nice substantial heavy weight.

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The Up, Up & Away Cutting Plate comes with separate extra balloon dies making it so easy to customize your balloons any color or pattern you like.  The stamp set I used for the sentiment is the new In & Out Birthday.  I’m super excited about this go-to birthday sentiment set.  It features paired sentiments in several different font styles.  You’ll want to keep this set close at hand to finish off cards made with just about any stamp set!  Here’s the inside of my card.

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And I have one more card to share.  This one is for the Triple S Challenge on the TE Blog where you can play along and win a $250 Gift Card to the TE Store.  Nope, that is not a typo…I said $250!

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This card also features papers from the Double the Fun Matched Kit and sentiments from In & Out Birthday.  And look at that adorable little cake.  That a new die set – Little Bits – Cake & Stand!  And here’s the inside of this card.

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Part of the Challenge this week includes taking a selfie holding your sketch card.  Oh my – my selfie turned out pretty bad, but here goes anyway.  Got to play along!

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Here’s what happening this week at Taylored Expressions:


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 [email protected] 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.
5. 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.

Free with $50 Purchase:

To celebrate our 6th year, we’ve designed a special party favor, Think Happy Thoughts. 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.

To take the blog hop today and see all the fabulous samples from the Baker’s Dozen, head over to the TE Blog for the Blog Roll.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my projects!  I’ll be back tomorrow with several cards made from one new die.  I hope you’ll stop back by.

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