Are you feeling left out because you can’t make it to the CHA Craft Supershow this week?  Well some of the Baker’s Dozen and I were feeling the same way, so we got together to create some fun Taylored Expressions shopping specials of our own.  Because you know…


We’re throwing our own little party and you’re invited!  

Each of us perused the TE Store and  

chose a favorite product to bring to you  

at 20% off!!


My PickPicket Fence Border Die

Wanda’s Pick: Crafty Cuppie

Jodi’s Pick: Sweet Celebration

Karen M.’s Pick: Wings of Joy

Tori’s Pick: Sprinkled with Love

Regina’s Pick: 1/16″ foam tape & 1/8″ foam tape

Charmaine’s Pick: Take Note Die 3

Melissa’s Pick: Kitschy Kitchen Cardstock Stickers Homemade and RetroTag Collection


PLUS We’re bringing you the actual Show Specials to you so you can feel like you are there!

  • Purchase any 4 full-size stamp sets (including those on sale listed above) and receive a FREE Mini Binder Box! (Do not add the Binder Box to your cart, it will automatically be included in your package upon shipment.)
  • The first 10 orders each day (Thursday – Sunday) beginning at 8am PST will receive a free A la Carte stamp of our choice.
  • All orders placed  Thursday through Sunday will be entered into a random drawing to win our CHA Prize Package (pictured below) which includes two exclusive stamp sets never available for sale.  This prize package is valued at over $100! The winner will be announced on Taylor’s blog on Tuesday. 


Shipping Notes

  • Shipping is suspended from Monday July 18th through Monday July 25th while the TE Crew is away at CHA.  Shipping will resume on Tuesday July 26th.
  • Remember that shipping is FREE on all orders over $75 within the United States every day! 


My choice was the picket fence die because it’s so versatile.  I’m continually amazed at the cards created by the Baker’s Dozen using this die.  My sample above was the 3rd card we made in my class last week.  Seriously, if you don’t have this die YOU NEED IT!  And 20% off is a great deal!  Think of it with outdoor sets like In the Park, A Day in Paradise,  Garden Party Critters, etc…with florals…with blimps…with hot air balloons…and on and on!

My card features the new stamp set In the Clouds (withthe coordinating die set) and Alphabet Soup – Girl papers from My Mind’s Eye.  We hand cut the rolling hills and used the cloud border die both on the front of the card as well as the inside.  Notice that’s the same cloud die, but since it’s 6″ long, we just used different ends of the die for a different look on the inside.  Cute, huh?  I love that fresh fun color scheme with the pops of red!

I believe several of the mice girls are planning to post new samples featuring their sale picks, so you might want to hop around to check them out.

Glad you could join us!  Hopefully our little party wil help ease the pain of not being at the SuperShow in Chicago for all of us!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  Thanks for stopping by.

CHA Winter 2011 Los Angeles

February 11th, 2011

Hey there!  Friday night and I’m just waiting for the Rocket Scientist to get home from a business trip, so I thought I’d sit down and try to get some of my CHA photos posted for y’all.  I really didn’t see the whole show.  I felt like I saw everything until I got home and started realizing all the booths I somehow missed.  It’s a big show…even though it’s smaller than the first couple of years I attended…it’s still a BIG show!

Trends – the first thing I noticed was cabbage roses…lots of them…fresh updated versions of them, but cabbage roses all the same.  Maybe I noticed them because my first home (a one bedroom condo I bought as a single 20-something) was decorated in cabbage roses and it takes me back!  In any case, I was thrilled to see them in several paper lines.  The second thing I noticed was lots of forms and versions.  The overall thing I noticed – that made my heart happy – was a fresh version of vintage/shabby chic.  I am a shabby chic girl at heart even though my stamping hasn’t really reflected that in awhile…it’s something I’d like to get back to.  I don’t necessarily have photos of all those things, but that’s what struck me as we walked the show.

Ok –  I’ll try to keep the jabbering to a minimum and just show you some of the products I felt compelled to photograph. Click on any photo to see it larger.   Let’s start with paper collections.  Oh so many beautiful collections.  Here are just a few…

My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of the show was Girls Paperie.  They have 3 new lines (I’m not crazy about the one with the orange in it, but I love the other two.)

Isn’t it all just positively YUMMY?  And here I am with the make & take I did at the booth.  This was one of the few times I actually stopped for a make & take and I did it just because I wanted a little sample of this paper.  It was a really cute project too and I wa so proud of myself that I didn’t ruin it before I got home.  LOL!

My second favorte collection was probably 5 & Dime by October Afternoon.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a really good photo of it…here’s their display wall.  (Can I just say that as a card maker it drives me a little nuts when the paper manufacturers show almost all scrap layouts?  Sorry, just had to get that out. ahhh I feel better.)

I was excited to learn that friend and fellow Dirty Dozen Alum, Julia Stainton, has a line coming out with Lily Bee called Picket Fence.  Here it is:

Super cute, huh?  I was so intrigued at how she was able to work purple in with the more traditional red/blue Summer colors.  Here are 2 more lines from Lily Bee that are also cute:

Crate had 2 collections I really liked – Emma’s Shoppe and Portrait.

We’ve all been loving everything Echo Park does and they have 3 new collections on the horizon.  I have photos of 2 of them.  For the Record is my favorite – love it.  Summer Days is fun too.

And here’s some pretty stuff from Sassafrass. Notice the roses?  🙂

People have asked me what was new and exciting at the show.  There didn’t seem to be any really big innovations, but there were a few small new things that everyone seemed very excited about.  First were Glubers by Cosmo Cricket.  When I first saw them I thought they were silly, but after hearing buzz about them we went back the next day and did the make & Take with them.  As soon as we tried them we were in love.  Essentially they are just HUGE flat glue dots – perfect for making all sorts of large flowers from ribbon, fabric and paper…like the ones in these photos:

That’s the hem of a dress. Pretty cool, huh?  These will be a ton of fun to play with!  We made flowers from just tron strips of fabric in the M&T.

The next product innovation that I was over the moon about was also the thing that seemed to have the MOST buzz of the show – Nestabling by Want 2 Scrap.  These are rhinestones and pearls in shapes to match lots of the Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Can’t wait to get my hands on a bunch of these babies!

We were also really excited about Viva Decor Pearl Pens.  Somehow I didn’t get a photo of the actual product, but I did get some of the projects in the booth. They are washable on fabric and they make beautiful very round pearls.

You’ll hear a lot more about these when Taylor gets them in at the TE Store.  In fact she’ll be carrying almost all of the products I’ve shown you.  Some things start shipping this month and some things might be as long as April.  Hopefully you’ve already seen the fun acrylic frames by Darcie’s in the TE Store.  I just had to snap some photos of the incredibly cute samples in the Darcie’s booth.

Cute, huh??

One more really interesting product was a line of stamps from Germany from a company called LaBlanche.  The stamps are made from silicone rather than photo polymer and they are attached to a dense foam block.  The images are very detailed and artistic.  Very intriguing!

I’m not sure what happened, but I got very few people pictures.  I was shocked when I downloaded my photos…I could have sworn I took more, but I must have just posed for other people’s cameras!  LOL!  Here’s one of Taylor, Linda (Taylor’s mom), and me at We R Memory Keepers (makers of Cinch, Corner Chomper, Crop-a-dile) where they gave us these cute hats.  Unfortunately my eyes are half closed, but it’s the only photo I got of the 3 of us and this is who I spent almost the entire time with.

Taylor and I ran into Debbie Olson when we were at the Lily Bee booth.  She had come to chck out Julia’s line also.  I managed to get a quick pic snapped.  At 5’9″ I’m not used to being the short one!

And here I am at dinner Saturday night with Taylor and some of my California stamping pals – Rachel, Jen, Lisa, and Leann.

Survived another CHA!  Sorry it took me so long to share the photos.  Tell me what your CHA favorite is – either from the photos above or from other photos you’ve seen.  What are you excited about?

The Rocket Scientist has landed and should be home any minute, so I’m going to run.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!