Monday, August 29, 2016

It's time for sneak peek and a birthday celebration for Taylored Expressions

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Today is the start of sneak peek of new releases from Taylored Expressions. And it is also Taylored Expressions 8th Birthday! Its a wonderful milestone for Taylored Expressions. I wish Taylor and TE Happy Birthday and many more years of success!

Today's sneak peeks feature two new birthday stamp sets and dies. The first stamp set to sneak peek today is called Bold Balloons. This stamp set also have matching dies.

I love balloons! Everybody loves balloons. This set has four different shapes of balloons and three sentiment threads. Very cool. Here is my card using the stamp set and dies.


I have simply stamped the big oval balloons from the stamp set using Pink Champagne, Cookie Monster, Saltwater Taffy, Lollipop and Mint Julep dye inks from TE. Then used the coordinating dies to die cut them out. I cluster glued them adding black twine behind them.

For the background of the card, I have embossed TE Lollipop cardstock with new Streamers embossing folder. LOVE the variety of streamers. I layered the balloon cluster on a vellum scalloped layer die cut using a die from Frame in Frame die set.


The sentiment is white heat embossed on Oreo cardstock, trimmed and adhered on the card front. I embellished with sequins from various TE sequins collections.

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The second stamp set I am sneak peeking today is If Balloon could Talk stamp set and die combo.

This is a cute stamp set in the sense that you can add faces to the balloons and make it your own. How cute? I have couple cards to share using this stamp set. On the first one I have used the happy face on the balloons and clustered them.


I have stamped, watercoloured and die cut the balloons from the stamp set. I die cut a white cardstock using the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. I sponged Salt Water Taffy dye ink on the centre of the white stitched panel.Then adhered the balloon die cuts on top. I stamped the sentiment below the cluster. I also stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of paper, cut out the banner birthday from the sentiment and foam adhered on the sentiment on the panel.


One the card front I adhered the pink pattern paper from Hello Happiness 6x6 pattern paper pack and foam mounted the white panel on top of it. Finally embellished with gold sparkly enamel dots from Doodlebug. I also brushed clear shimmer on the hats of the balloons.

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On my next card, I simply stamped the balloons on watercolor paper and water coloured the balloons using Zig Clean Brush markers.


I let the watercoloured balloons background be the highlight of the card. So I simply white heat embossed the sentiment on Oreo cardstock strip and adhered on the card front using foam adhesive. Then used the clear sequins from Build a Scene Halloween collection to embellish.


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Hope you like my projects. Taylored Expressions is celebrating its 8th birthday with some fun party favors! These include everything from the exclusive WISH BIG stamp & die combo set to patterned paper packs, ink, and more! Visit the TE Blog (include link: for all the special offers and for your chance to win a fun prize!

Check Taylored Expressions Blog for more details on today's sneak peek products and design team inspirations. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Check in tomorrow about more.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Simon Says It's Hip to be Square!

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Make For the Border Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

It's Hip To Be Square

We are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
I have taken this challenge in the literal sense and made a square card. My card is 5"x5".

Sending Big Hugs #1

I die cut masking paper using a square die and masked the centre of the card with the masking paper die cut to the centre of the card. Then I used MISTI to stamp layers of tropical leaves from Tropical Leaves stamp set. I have double stamped many of the leaves to get even coverage. I have used Simon Says Stamp Lucky, Jelly Bean, Willow, Malibu Blue, Melon, Sunshine and Hot Lips inks and Delicata Gold Pigment ink. Then I removed the masking paper. There was a bit of bleeding as I had double stamped and also stamped layers. Masking paper do not hold that much of ink from stamping. To fix the bleeding, I used my black fineliner and drew the border inside. This added a nice frame and contrast.

sending big hugs closeup

I stamped the greeting from Big Scripty Greetings in the centre using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.  I felt the card needed a bit of dimension. So I stamped and die cut images from Tropical Leaves images and clustered adhered them diagonally opposite to the sentiment.

Sending big hugs flat #1

I LOVE how colourful this card turned out. Hope you like it too.

So now it's YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven't subscribed by email you may want to so you don't miss out.

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You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw


We also have a Kids Vacation Challenge running for the whole month of August, CLICK HERE to go directly to the challenge where you will find all of the details plus you will see what our Junior design Team created!

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