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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 or theme so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The theme for October is: 

Never Felt Better!!

Felt is all the rage in crafting.  It’s so thick and soft and gives that special warm and cozy feeling to fall and winter projects.  TE has 21 yummy colors to choose from, but do you ever just stare at all that felt and think, “Hmmmm…what should I do with it?”

Hey everyone, I am so excited to use FELT in today’s project!  I love using FELT as it adds such rich texture and a warmness that is so so cozy!

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Today I used Sack It Penguin with some yummy felt for a yummy treat bag!  I think this Penguin is so adorable…who wouldn’t want to receive this with a few goodies tucked inside?  Instead of using the scarf, I used Mix & Match Bows and love how it it a perfect fit for him.  I also used Very Merry Scallop & Outlines for the non-traditional candy cane.

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I added a few Kit Kats to a Clear Treat Bag and tucked them inside.  I might have eaten a few of these highly addictive treats while making my sweet little penguin!  

One of things that I’ve been asked is how I keep my felt adhered to my projects.  I use Scotch 3M Tacky Glue to adhere my felt, but have also used double sided tape (it works, but not recommended for a permanent fix) and sewn felt to my card stock.  Others have used Tombo Mono Multi glue.  

For the penguin, I kept my felt “stiff” by cutting the shape again out of card stock and glued the felt to the card stock.  This extra step offers support of the felt and gives your projects a clean line/image.  

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You’re in for a real treat today…go see the rest of the Baker’s Dozen’s FELT inspiration!  Click HERE to see ALL of the colors of FELT!

Carole Burrage

Charmaine Ikach

Jen Shults

Joan Ervin

Kerri Michaud

Pattie Goldman – Guest Designer

Sankari Wegman

Shannon White

Shelly Mercado

Stephanie Kraft

Tammie Edgerton

Taylor VanBruggen

Wanda Guess

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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 or theme so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for August is:

The Sky’s the Limit! There are so many ways to create sky backgrounds for our cards and projects.  Often times, our blog readers are left staring at a beautiful sky and asking “How’d she do that?”

Show us one of your favorite ways to create a pretty sky background and make sure we know how to re-create it!

I loved this challenge as I’ve seen some pretty amazing skies from my Baker’s Dozen teamies!  I decided to use stenciling and airbrushing for my sky and I’m going to show you a quick step by step.

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I decided to make some puffy, fluffy, clouds, and Build A Scene Swirly Clouds were perfect for this!  I have Ciao and Sketch Copic markers and while my airbrush is made to work with Sketch markers, I adapted my gun with half of a 3D foam square. It holds the Ciao marker securely and makes airbrushing a breeze.

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I die cut the Swirly Clouds and added a little smattering of tape to hold my “stencil” in place.  Time to airbrush away!  You can use a variety of colors but for my card, I used B02.  

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Once you’re happy with the color, carefully peel your “stencil” away, die cut a few more clouds and attach them using 3D foam squares.  I love the layered look of the clouds!

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I finished my card using Build A Scene Rolling Hills for the grass and this adorable bike from Bikes & Trikes.  I am in love with the “Wheee!” sentiment and thought it was perfect for my scene! 

ShellyAugStudioChall8Be sure to see what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen has whipped up for this month’s challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine Ikach

Jen Shults

Joan Ervin

Kerri Michaud

Sankari Wegman

Shannon White

Shelly Mercado

Stephanie Kraft

Tammie Edgerton

Taylor VanBruggen

Wanda Guess

Supply List:


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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 June is:

What’s on your summer reading list?  Are you a big reader or not?  If you are, what books have you read lately that you would recommend?  Do you have a favorite author or genre? How about something for sitting out by the pool, or the beach, or even just the backyard…some nice light summer reading? 

Do you use fancy bookmarks or do you dog-ear your pages?  Or, do you use an e-reader? Everyone can use bookmarks and they make great favors and gifts.  Let’s see a little inspiration!

Hey everyone, I’m back with the Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge for June and what a fun challenge!  I LOVE to read but I tend to read in spurts.  With 4 kids and homeschooling there’s not a lot of hours left in my day to read.  I used to do most of my reading in the summer but so far, I haven’t managed to do that either.  🙂  When I am able to read, I like to read it all.  I especially like autobiographies, fiction, non-fiction.   Ten or fifteen years ago I read a lot of Stephen King, James Patterson and science fiction.  Now I prefer autobiographies (The Blood of Lambs and Stolen Innocence are two that left an impression on me), Christian books and good fiction.  

I bought a 2nd generation Kindle when they were available on pre-order and was nervous I’d miss the feel of holding and smelling an actual book.  I was surprised to find that it wasn’t that big of an adjustment and reading in bed was so much easier!  No more trying to balance heavy books/pages (especially when I was tired and should have been sleeping!) and I had hundreds of books at my fingertips.  Now I read on my iPad or iPhone.

The bookmarks I made aren’t for me, they’re for my kids.  Because we homeschool, we have a lot of books that are read on a daily basis.  The kids have their own books that are read separately and we go to the library regularly so they always have something new and interesting to read.  They are always looking for bookmarks and they’re usually scraps of paper or torn napkins/papertowels.  I made a mini set of bookmarks, perfect for their smaller books and easy to put on the bookshelf for everyone to find.   

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I used the Heart Favor Box die to hold my bookmarks ( I cut the top flaps off of the box) and used the Bookmark die as my ‘base’.  I also used a variety of stamps (and I could have used many more!), Ride the Wave, Delightful Day, Delightful Day Conversation Bubbles and Fruity Friends.

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Here they are in the box.  The kids are already using them and I need to make more!  

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Be sure to see what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen likes to read!  Thanks for stopping by!

Carole Burrage

Charmaine Ikach

Jen Shults

Joan Ervin (Guest Designer)

Kerri Michaud

Sankari Wegman

Shannon White

Shelly Mercado

Stephanie Kraft

Tammie Edgerton

Taylor VanBruggen

Wanda Guess

 


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 October is:

Good things come in small packages! The holiday season is upon us and between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas there are a ton of opportunities to create and give little treats, gifts, and party favors. Please show us something you’ll be giving this year.

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I have found that although my friends love it when I make them cards and gift sets, they love it more when I can fill their tummy with something yummy. I made a little gift box filled with pistachio cranberry biscotti. My friends always love a good treat to eat and I love to make it for them. This is for my girlfriend who is always doing something thoughtful for me, whether it be a phone call, texts me a funny picture, or shares her time with me. This is her favorite biscotti and I’ve been asked for this recipe many, many times. I also made some chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to go with it…and might have even had a few myself!

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For those of you who want it, here’s the link to the Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti (All Recipes)…where I found the recipe years ago.

I used this TUTORIAL on SCS to make the treat box and the image and sentiment are from A Bushel & A Peck. The patterned paper is October Afternoon Cakewalk and it has such a nice, vintage feel to it.

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Do you want to see more inspiration? Check out what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen has to share!

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. Are you ready?

The question for September is:
Within Arm’s Reach – What do you keep within arm’s reach at your stamp table? Show us what you have access to without leaving your seat. What organization methods do you use? Tell us which ones you love and which ones you’d like to change.

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I don’t have a lot of room or space to stamp in and this is where I spend my time working. I do have 2 armoires that are stuffed and need to be cleaned out…but we’ll save that for another day! 🙂

I have an L-shaped desk and bought this table/drawer unit from Ikea. I love the space and the drawer unit really holds more than you’d think. Here are some of my drawers.

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Individual wood stamps.

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Ribbon!

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Yummy TE embellishments!

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I keep the TE stamps and 6×6 paper pads I use most in these boxes I bought from Joanns. They fit perfectly and make it easy to flip through when I’m looking for something specific. For stamps that are seasonal I keep them in the TE Mini Binder boxes. I love that they can hold 4 full sized sets and are easily labeled.

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THIS post explains how I made the 12×12 magnetic storage for my dies. I quickly realized that I needed my dies out where I could flip through them, so I transferred them to a basket. I have about 20 sheets of dies in here with plenty of room for more. One of these days I will get the rest of my dies onto sheets and put in with the rest, but for now, any new dies I get are stored this way. I’m a die addict, don’t all my TE dies look yummy? 🙂

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This is where I keep my full sized Tonic cutter and Scor-Pal. I keep my mini Tonic cutter under my table and Scor-Buddy on the CD shelf on my table. I love looking at the pictures my kids drew for me…and the picture of my hubby when he was little.

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I keep my Copics in two of these bins. I’ve seen the bins at Joanns (in the summer) but I bought mine at Target. They are convenient and portable!

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I use this spinner all the time! It keeps the tools I use most at my fingertips and holds so much! My daughter loves mine so much that she has one on her birthday wish list.

I generally like to keep my area neat and organized, but to be honest, most times it looks like a tornado had a hay day with it. It’s not unusual to have 5 or more projects going on at one time and sometimes I have to clear out one area to start/continue/finish a project. When I use my Silhouette Cameo or KNK Maxx, everything gets moved around to accommodate my laptop and whatever else I need for the project. I’d love to have a studio to work in, but for now, I’m happy with what I have. Crafting keeps me sane in a world that’s otherwise crazy…good, but crazy!

Curious what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen stamping areas look like?  Check it out!

Hope you had fun today! 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! 🙂

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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!



Yay! I’m so excited to share with you a fun new challenge! It was so fun looking at the sets I have and getting to share some of my favorites.

Taylored Expressions is introducing a new monthly challenge for the design team: The Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge. This will be an 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 question for July is:
You are stranded on a desert island. The good news is that you find a fabulous stamping hut well-stocked with papers, inks and other stamping supplies, however you only have the 5 stamp sets you brought with you in the luggage you managed to salvage. So tell us, what stamps sets did you bring and why?

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I chose these sets based on the the cheeriness of them.  After all, if I’m on a desert island, I’d want to share some island cheer with everyone, right?   I packed Adventure Land, Bon Voyage, Bikes & Trikes, Make it Amazing, and It’s Your Birthday ALC.   Good thing I packed enough sets to spread the love, I might not want to be rescued since I have a fully stocked stamping hut!

My card uses Bon Voyage, a funny coincidence, since I’m stranded here!  I stamped the ship onto Choice Snow White card stock with Tuxedo Black ink and colored the image with Copics.  I used Echo Park’s Sweet Day patterned paper with the Wave Border die and the Waves/Bubbles Impression Plate with the Cloud Duo dies.   Aren’t the swirly clouds cute?   The anchor is from the Anchor and Preserver die and tied with Doodle Twine.

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Here are the sets I chose:

                        

And the dies I used:

Curious to see what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen picked?

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 as much fun as I did! Thanks for stopping by!