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It’s time for the Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge. This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum. Each month we have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for February is:

Recipe for success! When you sit down to create a card just for fun, for the pure joy of stamping, without any type of assignment or deadline, what steps do you usually take?  Tell us how you get started and take us along on your creative journey.

I usually like to get started using a sketch or stamp that gets me inspired.  From there I’ll pick out basic colors or a paper collection I want to work with and see if it feels right together.  Kind of funny, huh?  It has to feel like it coordinates or I have a hard time making it work.  My style tends to be CAS and I love anything that has a clean and crisp look with a main focal point and subtle details.

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I am in LOVE with the Elegant Butterfly Overlay and Silhouette Stem dies and chose to use Silhouette Stems 3 for my cards today.  I love how clean the cuts come out…aren’t they pretty?

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I was inspired by Tammie’s GORGEOUS cards in THIS post and used He Is Risen (another one of my favorites) for my sentiment.  I applied Glitter Glass to the Elegant Butterfly Overlay and love how it keeps the CAS style.

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I had so much with this card that I made another one using Graphic Greetings Redeemer and used vellum for my die cut.

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Do you see how these cards are similar, have different colors and stamps, but keep the same style?  This would be great for mass producing a lot of cards using different stamps and dies, but the same overall layout.

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Here  are the products I used today:

HeisRisenpkg GraphicGreetingsRedeemerALC silhouettestems3 ElegantButterfliesOverlays Whitenew Sticky Strip

Check out what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen has to show you!

Thanks for stopping by!