Its release week over at Taylored Expressions and this week and let me tell you - this release just about has knocked off my socks with its amazing awesomeness! Taylor will be releasing a TON of new stamps, dies and a special project pantry on Friday at 8am PST - so get ready for a week of fun sneak peeks! Today the Baker's Dozen will be previewing two new stamp sets that Taylor will be releasing - one is called New Beginnings and the second is called Rest & Renewal (I love how these two sets coordinate with each other!) along with some awesome new dies (yay!) one called the Frame it Up die (yay!) and the second are a trio of butterfly dies (yay!).
Today, I am showing you some projects created with the New Beginnings stamp set which I was excited to concept and even more excited to see transformed into actual rubber! Taylor designed this stamp set and it is part of the "te" collection and I can't even tell you how much I have loved to work with this set! I love the start of a new year - and the feeling of freshness that it offers. I love the sentiments in here because they are so encouraging and positive. They can be used for giving a friend who is going through a hard time some encouragement, they are wonderful for creating a journal (especially about goals and new beginnings), awesome for scrapbooking and the roses and butterflies in this set are my faveeeeee! This stamp set has 13 rubber images which includes: 4 awesome quotes and 2 title sentiments, there are 3 butterflies in this set that match the butterfly dies (yay!) and there are two gorgeous roses - one that is solid - so all you have to do is ink it up and there is one that is an outline - so you can color it or paper piece it. There is also a large frame image that is 2.75" x 4" which coordinates with the Frame it Up die (yay!).
For my first project, I thought I would start with a little gift for me - from me :))) LOL! I wanted to create this for the new year - not only to write my goals for the year - but to journal more. With my kids and running to work and home - its hard for me to journal - so I decorated a small journal that I can keep in my purse and write in as I wait for the kids at school.
I love the size of the frame because it is larger and can fit both larger sentiments and flower images and it is so nice to have a larger frame stamp that you can use for the front of a journal. This die also works beautifully and coordinates with the Rest and Renewal stamp set that you will see peeked from some of the Baker's Dozen DT. The trio of butterflies are awesome that they coordinate with the stamps in the New Beginnings set, but also because you can use them to cut out felt, DP, vellum, etc! (yay!)
For my next card, I wanted to use one of my fave quotes - it is sooo inspiring - I used the sentiment and kept the frame vertical and then inked the solid roses and matched it with the Leafy Branch die from Taylor's store. There is something so encouraging after reading this quote and sometimes when I feel overwhelmed or when there are more clouds than sunshine in my life - it is so nice to read this quote and know that I can create the life I want - I just have to dream it and then go for it - and why not aim for the highest of whatever it is that you want - I love the feeling of this sentiment and its such a great sentiment to give to someone else who might be having a hard time - or even for a college or highschool graduate - to inspire them as the head for the next step in their life's journey :) I love how the butterfly dies go with the stamp set and also how you can just use them on their own. The littlest butterfly is cut using the small butterfly die:
For my last card, I used another gorgeous sentiment for the new year and added a wee bit of glitter to the roses with a little bit of ruffled ribbon and liquid pearls. I love this sentiment - and love all the possibilites that are waiting ahead this year!
Here is a picture of all three projects together: