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  • At Taylored Expressions we are celebrating our 4th Birthday and youโ€™re invited to our Birthday Bash!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, September 6th at 8am PST. You’ll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department.
  • Sneak peeks Monday through Wednesday and the party continues with spotlights Thursday and Friday – lots of inspiration!
  • Check the Current Specials on Thursday morning to find out how you can earn a FREE Belated Birthday A la Carte stamp or a FREE You Take the Cake full-size stamp set. Birthday Bash Specials will award you FREE stamps with purchases over $50 and over $150.
  • 2 WAYS TO WIN!
  • 1. You Take the Cake Contest Go to Taylor’s blog to get all the details on how you can win two stamp sets of your choice by guessing which illustrator contributed each image in our You Take the Cake Sampler Set.
  • 2. Join us on Facebook for an early reveal of all the new stamp sets Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST. Leave comments during the party for a chance to win one of the gift certificates weโ€™ll be giving away!

We have so much to show you this week, this is our BIGGEST release ever with 17 new stamps and stamp sets and 7 new dies and die sets! This release is so big that we extended our Birthday Bash into 5 full days of fun and inspiration. How exciting is that?!?

Sept29

This card uses a new set called Oh Rats and is so punny! How many times could we all have used a card like this?

Sept28

I stamped the image onto Choice Watercolor card stock and colored the image with Distress Markers. I LOVE how these markers watercolor! The Curly Border die is also part of the new release and is such a fun and versatile die! Be sure to see how some of the other Baker’s Dozen used this die, you’re going to love it!

Sept27

The best part is that these stamps come with a matching sentiment for the inside of your cards. The dp is MME Hootenanny and is a wonderful paper pack!

This shows ALL of the Belated Birthday A La Cartes (BBALC) and you’ll be able to choose one for FREE with a $50 purchase through Monday, September 10th. Details will be posted on the Current Specials page.

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Sept23

This pocket card was made with our first ever sampler set showcasing the designs of all of our illustrators. Also, this set will not be available for sale until after the October release, however, for now it will be FREE with any purchase of $150 or more. This set has so many wonderful images in it that will quickly become your go to set for all birthdays. How sweet is this cake?

Sept19

Sept18

To make this pocket card, I folded a Mini Lunch Sack to create “pockets” and sewed the sides shut. I used Chalkboard sticker paper and the Frame It Up 1 die and the clip from the Notepaper & Clipboard die to make the mini chalkboard note. You can see from this last picture how the pockets were created before the dp was added.

Be sure to head to Taylor’s blog today to get all the contest details. Play along and guess which designer contributed which image to be entered into a drawing for two stamp sets of your choice! Also, go see what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen has to share, you won’t be disappointed!

Charmaine Ikach
Jami Sibley – DT Coordinator
Jen Shults
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Melody Rupple
Regina Mangum
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Stephanie Kraft
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess
Carolyn King (Guest Designer!)

Thanks for stopping by!


Last week Purple Onion Designs had a birthday sale and who was I to say no to a sale? Here are a few CAS cards I made using some of the goodies that found their way to my house. ๐Ÿ™‚

Purple Onion Designs

Purple Onion Designs

Purple Onion Designs

These cards were watercolored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers on to some yummy Fabriano. I love the look and feel of Fabriano and forgot I had this in my stash. 4 boxes to be exact!

Purple Onion Designs

Purple Onion Designs

I used Rustic White (Papertrey Ink) for this card, another one of my favorites for card bases. I can’t wait to play around more with these adorable stamps! Thanks for stopping by!


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

The theme for August is:

PROJECT RUNWAY! Do you watch this show? It’s perfect for creative types like us! On PR, the designers are given crazy challenges each week and asked to maintain their own personal style or point of view in their creation.

So, what’s your stamping style or point of view? Would you consider your style to be CAS (Clean and Simple), Cutesy, Graphic, Vintage, Elegant, Layers & More Layers, or what? Describe it any way you like, it’s your style after all! Today’s challenge is to show us a couple of different projects using the same supplies. Show us one CAS card and one Fancy Fold card while still retaining your own personal style as much as possible.

My style tends to be CAS. I love that CAS cards can have the smallest details, yet still stand out. I admire how easy it is for some to do layered cards, but for me, I have the hardest time making them. Even my layered cards tend to be CAS in some way or other! ๐Ÿ™‚

Creativi Tea Aug Studio Challenge 1

Creativi Tea Aug Studio Challenge 2

Creativi Tea Aug Studio Challenge 3

Even though these cards are completely different, I was able to keep a CAS feel on them, even with the fancy fold card. I love the use of white on my cards and find it relaxing to be able to use it. My fancy fold card is called a Spring Card and I used this tutorial I found on SCS. I’ve never made a Spring Card before and really had fun with it! It’s a unique way to give a card and the recipient will be sure to love it!

I used CreativiTea for both of these cards and adore how sweet these images are. They were colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. The more I use these markers, the more I love them!

The layered card also uses Imaginisce Hello Cupcake and a handful of versatile dies.

Be sure to check out the creative styles of the rest of the Baker’s Dozen! What style suits you best?

Charmaine Ikach
Jen Shults
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Melody Rupple
Regina Mangum
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Stephanie Kraft
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess

Hope you had fun today! Thanks for stopping by!


Hello, everyone! Today I’m sharing an older (and gorgeous) set from Taylored Expressions. I adore this tea set and think it makes not only beautiful cards, but it’s also perfect for gift sets.

CreativeTea1

I stamped my images on to Choice Watercolor Cardstock with Ranger Archival ink. I usually use Memento Tuxedo Black ink for most (if not all) of my stamping, but when it comes to watercoloring, Ranger Archival ink is perfect because it doesn’t bleed. I didn’t heat set it but I know some people do. Versafine is another ink that’s good for watercoloring, though you’ll most likely want to heat set it.

This cardstock blends watercolors beautifully and I love the thickness of it. The quality is excellent and I was able to go over some spots several times without worrying about my cardstock breaking down and getting mushy.

CreativeTea2

I colored my images with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and have to say that I love these markers! I used them with a watercolor brush/pen. The colors were wonderful and I love that you can have soft or bold shades of the same color. These markers are not a perfect match to the other lines of Distress Inks, however, I do think they compliment them beautifully and offer even more blending goodness. ๐Ÿ™‚

For this card, I used Creativi Tea and Life Saver (sentiment). I love the paper pad too, MME Hootenanny, which has so many gorgeous papers! I layered my image with the Medium Layered Doily Die, which is such a pretty die! The ribbon is from August’s KI Kit and was a perfect match with the patterned paper.

The supplies that were used today:

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!