Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks - Day 1

Good Morning Everyone!!!

I am so excited because of the stamp sets that Taylored Expressions will releasing this Friday, December 5th at 8amPST and all of the yummy sneak peeks of those sets that are starting from today on! Every 3 months, Taylored Expressions introduces a new stamp set in the TE Giving Tree Program, where a $7 from each stamp set will go to a particular charity. This is one of the reasons that I love being part of Taylored Expressions because it is so wonderful to know that I am helping to make a difference by supporting these charities and also by getting more awareness to the wonderful works that these charities do.

Today - all of us will be showing samples from the beautiful stamp set Discover Your Wings (designed by the awesome Nancy McKinney) and a percentage of the proceeds of this beautiful stamp set will go to benefit the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization also known as NILMDTS. This amazing foundation is a charity that administers a network of almost 7000 photographers in the US and 35 other countries who volunteer their time to gently provide a helping hand and healing heart to famillies who have suffered the loss of an infant by offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitve manner. NIMLDTS is there for parents and famillies to help them in thei healing, bring hope to their future and to honor their child. They belive that it is through rememberance that a family and truly begin to heal. Taylored Expressions is honored to help support the work of this wonderful charity, I encourage you to go to their website and learn more of their wonderful work.

This is an organization whose work went right to my heart for many reasons - most of which are hard for me to talk about - and maybe I can in the future - but for right now - all I can say - is that I am so happy to support and organization that supports families to heal after an infant has passed away - what an amazing treasure they are giving that family and what a beacon of hope they are to help in this way. In the Sioux Falls Hospital where Taylor's SIL works, their neo-natal hospital gives cards with a dragonfly on it to famillies who have lost their children at the hospital as a sign of hope. Taylor will also be sponsoring a card drive for anyone who wants to send anything dragonfly related to donate to this hospital. Knowing this - that the dragonfly symbolized hope - I made this card for today's sneak peek - I love the dragonfly stamp and covered the wings in chunky glitter.

I wanted to create a matching ornament/ hanging diorama to go with this card - so I created this from this cutie patootie metal tin - which can be pierced with a crop-a-dile and then you can insert an eyelet and this allows you to thread a ribbon through and hang it up....

I covered the bottom of the tin with some Flower Soft and loved the feel of a meadow of flowers that this sweet butterfly is flitting about in :)

Here is a picture of the card and tin together as a gift set to give to someone special - for me the most important thing is to always dream - to have goals - to work towards them and to always know that dreams do come true....

Card Ingredients and Project details:
Paper: Kaiser Kraft and coordinations cardstock for the base
Ink: color box chalks, Memento Grape Jelly, Pear Tart and Desert Sand
Stamps: Discover Your WIngs
Accessories: dimensionals, stickles, chunky glitter from Martha, flower soft, metal container from my amazing friend, ribbon from stash, spellbinders, brad from Kaiser Kraft, bling from K&Company.

I loved making this hanging diorama and so I had to make another ornament with the beautiful sentiment: See Beyond - and loved embossing this gorgeous butterfly - I am hanging this right near my desk where I can always see it - and always remember that there is a Greater Beyond in this journey of life and to always remember the preciousness of this life:

Project Details:
Paper: American Craft
Stamps: Discover Your Wings
Accessories: frame, ribbon from stash, EP bridal and bling from Kaiser

My last project - is something a little different - it has some Kraft in it (I am a total Kraft newbie :) I love these papers called Fancy Pants Kraft Kuts Girl Collection - that Taylor has in the store - and couldn't wait to emboss this gorgeous stamp image that is in this set of the flower silhouettes - I CASED this gorgeous card that Taylor made for the last TE sketch challenge #92 using these papers. The butterfly is paper pieced and I have to say that I love how this card turned out:

Here is a view from the side - the embossed images are actually quite sparkly - but it is a little hard to tell - love the feeling of embossing:

Card Details:
Stamps: Discover Your Wings
Ink: Memento Aquamarine ink
Accessories: Sakura white gel pen, Spare Parts curly q's, circle punches, corner chomper, dimensionals, embossing powder, bling from Kaiser Kraft

The sentiments in this set are so inspiring - they can be for encouragement, for sympathy, for a thinking of you kinda card and I love how all of the different card making techniques that are also possible with this set like embossing, emboss resist, paper piecing, coloring, water coloring - and I can't wait to make more...

Speaking of making more - please check out the awesome creations from the Baker's Dozen this week - I know that they will amaze you!!! And Guess WHAT!!! You can WIN this stamp set!!! All you have to do is to leave a comment on each designer's blog for a chance to win!!! One lucky winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Friday morning on Taylor's Blog!!! You have until 6am PST on Thursday to enter you comments!!!

Donna Baker (at the Stamp a Sweet Impression Blog)

and of course!: Taylor VanBruggen

Thank you so much for stopping by my little ole corner today!
Please stop by tomorrow for Day 2 of sneak peeks!!!
Hugs!
Sankari :)

47 comments:

Karen Giron said...

WOWIE!!! Sankari! You amaze me every time I come visit your blog - I am loving the embossed background on the first card and the little butterfly in the clear container is so beautiful! Clever idea with the little swirly clips too! I never know what to do with those - LOL! Awesome cards and projects - you rock!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Holy Smokes, Sankari! All such gorgeous creations! Just awesome!

Taylor VanBruggen said...

WOWZERS!! So much beauty to behold! I adore both of the hanging pieces you made and you certainly look like a Kraft pro with that last card! I love the beautiful embossing on the Kraft ledger cardstock! You ROCK!

Steph K (booga3) said...

Wow! Your creations are all beyond gorgeous!

Craftin' in the Rain said...

Wow you are amazing! Such wonderful cards and projects.

the whimsical butterfly said...

You are.....just WOW. WOW WOW WOW!!!! These are ALL so stunning I don't even know where to start. I LOVE the card and container, the beautiful frame...all of it. What a true talent you are-so unique and FUN!!! This is a GORGEOUS set-can you tell I'm a LITTLE excited it has butterflies???? ;) and what a wonderful cause. So heartwarming!

Krista said...

Beautiful projects! I love the wings on that dragonfly, gorgeous.

Margaret de Witt said...

Oh Sankari - stop, just stop - you always have incredible creations and you never seem to stop at just one to share come release time - Noooo - you post several LOL

Jami said...

You've done it again girl! WOWZAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's all so so so pretty - my favorite is that little tin ornament - awesome!

Karen Motz said...

Seriously...TWO ornaments???!!!!!!!??? You are AMAZING!!! I LOVE the little hanging metal tin with the flower soft meadow...swoon!!! Everything you made is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, but I'm stuck on that one! :)

Lori Craig said...

AMAZING!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Holy flippin guacamole girlie!! As usual, STUNNING projects! I just said, out loud, (at work), oh...that's gorgeous, when I clicked on your post! My personal fav...the card and ornament combo...exquisite work my friend!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Sankari, you out did yourself again! Fabulous cards and that matching ornament is just the pretties. TFS!

Angel said...

VERY pretty projects. I don't think you can go wrong with this set from what I have seen. I love what you did with the 3 swirl clips on that last card. VEry creative!

Olivia M. said...

All I can say is WOW! I don't know when you sleep..LOL!

Jackie Pedro said...

Fantastic, Sankari! These are all so beautiful, but I especially love the Kraft card! You don't look like a Kraft newbie at all!!

pam said...

Ar nusual you went beyond anything I could have ever thought of doing. Great Job!!!

Anonymous said...

holy croly, Sankari . . . abso-smurfly beautiful!

Cassie_lu said...

very inspiring. love the ornament the best i think.

Jen Tapler said...

Holy Wow girl!! Amazing!! Nobody goes above and beyond like you! I seriously don't know where you pull all these ideas out of!! AWESOME!!

thestampinglady said...

What awesome projects for an awesome cause. I just loved your little dream container and everything else too--LOL. You have such a wonderful talent--thanks for sharing.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Seriously, girl....where DO you find the time?? These are awesome!

Sandra said...

lots of wows tonight! Love your work!
Sandra

Sharon Harnist said...

Sankari, you blow me away! I LOVE your chunky glitter dragonfly card, especially how you used the tag for the dream sentiment. Both of your butterfly ornaments are gorgeous -- I'm speechless! And I just might have to check out those neat Kraft Kuts -- the embossed flowers are beautiful on it!

Lea L. said...

Wow...these are beautiful! I am seriously loving the butterflies in this set!

♥Lea

Jessica said...

WOW! These are amazing!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

OMGoodness, Sankari, you outdid yourself! What beautiful projects... and so creative. Your artwork is just as beautiful as your smile!

sparkling stamper said...

OMG, the card and tin are awesome! What a wonderful cause. I work at a children's hospital with families of medically fragile children. This is a fantastic program, wish we had it here.

Danni said...

Stunning!!

Sue D said...

Great projects-I especially like the ornaments.

Pat's little corner of the world said...

O My what great projects..I love the way you used the swirl clips...I got to have this set..I love coming here to see what you and the rest have come up with..I'm really into Taylor's things now

Nancy said...

Sankari, you always give so much with these sneak peeks! The details, textures and your signature style are gorgeous.

leenda said...

WOW! This is one amazing blog hop! Your artwork is AMAZING, very creative & inspirational! Picture perfect!

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

Sankari!!! These are so amazing and beautiful I'm actually lost for words.

xx SJ

Laura.K said...

wow. I love that ornament.

nasuha ahmad helmi said...

beautiful cards sankari!! i love the blue and brown butterfly card most!

Teri said...

Wow! You did a lot of work here! All beautiful too! TFS!

AShu93 said...

Love the beautiful sparkly dragonfly!

mom2christopher said...

Love your projects! So festive! :) Kathy

mom2christopher said...

Lovely projects! You are so detailed with you work! :) Kathy

lillianchild said...

So many beautiful techniques in your projects - stunning Sankari ... just stunning!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I have enjoyed going to all the sites and visiting and seeing what's been done with this set! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Robbin said...

What a beautiful stamp set....I love butterflies!!!

Luanne said...

Your use of flower soft is gorgeous! I love these sets, and you've made them even more enticing with your beautiful cards.

Annette Pagnusat said...

Your projects are all delightful. And so many!!

Kelly Braund said...

These are all gorgeous!

Donna said...

WOWZA! what amazing projects, I especially love the ornament you made with butterfly in the meadow. so sweet. But then I also LOVE the frame you made yourself to remind you of what is to come.