Thursday, September 3, 2015

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Rise, Shine & Celebrate

It's here!  All of the new products from Taylored Expressions are available!  Also be sure to head over to the Taylored Expressions Blog for a few more sneak peeks and, if you've been leaving comments, see if you are a winner of the giveaways.

I have one more peek for you.

This release is all about celebrations.  The paper, the Little Bits dies, the sentiments.  I decided to bring them all together into one celebratory card.  I used one of the funny sentiments from Another Year Older but I made the rest of it nice to offset the sarcasem!


I had never used the Color Block Cutting Plate before. As much as I love to work with dies and little scenes, it's the perfect backdrop!  I filled in a number of squares with paper from the new Hello Happiness Paper Pack. The little scalloped square is part of the cutting plate - each square actually comes with smaller dies to fit inside.  I filled the square with Little Bits - Confetti and Candle.  The rest of the squares are the new Happy Birthday Banner, Little Bits - Cupcake, Little Bits - Ice Cream Sundae and Bloomers 3.


If the birthday celebration hasn't been exciting enough, there's even more news.  We have a new challenge blog starting today - the Share Joy Challenge.  And guess who the coordinator is - the incomparable Jen Shults of Deconstructing Jen fame.  (Did anybody else go into mourning when The Deconstructed Sketch shut down?  Now we know why!)  A new challenge will open every Thursday at 7 a.m. PST and the first one is live now! 

Each challenge will include a sketch and one other thing - players can use one or both. 

I had no doubt what stamp set that I would use. There's another new Grumplings set with this release - Grouchy Grumplings.  It's a nice general set that will make the recipient of your card smile. (I know a set with "grouchy" in the title is an odd fit for a share "joy" challenge but this image definitely made me grin.  Plus I have a friend who is famous for not "shining" and this will go out to her when she needs a smile.)  Because there was yellow, blue and green in the challenge, I pulled out the rise and shine grumpling and created a little sunrise scene.  I did attempt to follow the sketch - but I totally forgot the strip down the left side.

Rise Not Shine

I adore the Grumplings!!

STJ Rise Not Shine CloseUp

And I adore challenges!  Hope to see you playing along (after going shopping!!)


Still Younger

STJ Rise Not Shine Copics
The TE Store carries Copics.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 3: Thanks & Scribbles

It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the September release from Taylored Expressions!!  Day 3 of our sneak peeks moves into autumn with a Thanksgiving set and a number of dies to create fun animals - little and big enough to Sack it!!  There's also a fun new set of flowers with funky circles and scribbles.

Be sure to check all of the other designers starting on the Taylored Expressions blog because there is just too much for one designer to show off in just a few days.

All the products that I have used are linked at the bottom, but remember that new products aren't live until Thursday, September 3, 7 a.m. PST.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.

With this release, there is another addition to the Block Party line - Block Party - Thanks.  I love these dies as a way of putting the sentiment in the spotlight while creating a nice area to create a scene.  In this case, I couldn't resist Little Bits - Raccoon.  Plus there are now trees in the Build a Scene series (I used one as a tree and one as a bush.)  Finally, brand new teeny, tiny Little Bits - Leaves


Here's a close-up of this charming raccoon.


In a totally different look and color scheme, I created a card using the new Scribble Flowers.  How fun are these?  And they seemed like such a nice complement to the sentiment set that I used yesterday - C'mon Get Happy.


These aren't the only scribbles in the set so there are dozens and dozens of ways to create fun flowers. Or maybe it's not a flower - that funky cross-hatch die is calling my name as a background!


Be sure to head over to the TE Blog to see the rest of the sneak peek products for today - and don't forget to enter for your chance to win prizes.


Raccoon Thanks

I used a natural cardstock background and a variety of grays that I had in my stash for the raccoon.

Sending you a Smile