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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 May is:

What is your favorite time of the year?  Some of us love the sunshine and heat and summer, while some of us long for the crisp cool air of fall.  Do spring flowers make your heart sing or is it snow and the smell of pine needles that makes you jolly?

Tell us about your favorite month or season and also tell us about your favorite time of year to stamp.

My favorite time of the year?  All year round, I love all the seasons!  But if we’re talking about when I feel most inspired then I would have to say during the summer and fall.  Winters here in MN can be rather long…ahem…and this year we actually had snow several times in the beginning of May!  Now that is nuts.  So, when summer finally shows up we are more than ready for it!  

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For my calendar project I used From my Window because it reminds me of when we lived in Jersey.  It was just the two of us then, without kids, and we’d take long weekend drives, to see the Amish country, shops, and visiting historical sights.  We still take drives as a family, but they are unfortunately cut short as I have a child who gets car sick.  I love taking pictures and I always had my camera with me, scoping out the best places to stop.  The Arched Window is one of my favorite dies and I cut the “panes” out of it so I’d have a full view.   I love this sentiment from Moka Skylar and have used it more than once for different occasions! I finished it with Mini Toppers.  The  Mini Tear Off Calendar is so cute and easy to change once the month is over and of course, you can change the background to match the season you’re in with the Desktop Calendar Case.  

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My second favorite time to stamp is in the fall.  For as long as the winters are here, we have gorgeous colors and foliage in the fall. There’s no better feeling than getting cozied up by the fireplace with a mug of steaming cocoa and something yummy in the crockpot.  I love the scenes in Made In the Shade and they fit my 6×6 calendar page perfectly!  I did a little paper piecing for the grass and kept it simple with blue skies and colorful pumpkins.   Frame Your Imagination is such a cool stand and can hold a lot of pages, calendar pages, scrap pages or recipe pages!   These stands are also wonderful for gift giving and are fun to customize.  Be sure to check out the full Calendar section to get you started!  

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Check out what inspires the rest of the Baker’s Dozen!  Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine Ikach

Jen Shults

Kerri Michaud

Sankari Wegman

Shannon White

Shelly Mercado

Stephanie Kraft

Tammie Edgerton

Taylor VanBruggen

Wanda Guess