Monday, January 7, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Sneak Peek: Bless your Nest & Cupid's Arrows

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions 2013 Release Week Celebration! Today we are kicking of the first release of the new year with some super sweet sneak peeks!! I had so much fun stamping with these cute images and dies! Today I have two projects to share - one from the stamp set Bless Your Nest (isn't that a sweet name?!) and the second from the stamp set called: Cupid's Arrows - both designed by the sweet Nancy McKinney. I love that both of these stamps have dies that coordinate with the stamps - the possibilities drive my brain into a dizzy state!

This first card is from the Bless Your Nest stamp set - and it uses the coordinating Bless Your Nest dies from Taylored Expressions. I sponged some clouds and then stamped the tree branch onto the sky and popped up the stamped nest onto part of the branch. The sentiment was cut out with a circle nestability with some punched out hearts at the top and then I added a corner on the bottom of the stamped image with the same DP as the top of the card and then added some ribbon on the side with a sprig of roses tied with twine with the little bird from the stamp set on the middle of the twine bow:

 Here is a close up of the image - I loved creating some felt eggs (check out all the awesome colors of felt that Taylor has: Taylored Wool Felt) in the nest - I double stacked each egg so that it would pop out more in the nest:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Choice Snow White from Taylored Expressions
Stamps: Bless Your Nest stamp set from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal
Accessories: Bless Your Nest coordinating dies from Taylored Expressions, Prima roses, twine, circle spellbinders, satin ribbon, pearls, heart punches, Taylored Wool Felt and dimensionals.

This is such a sweet stamp set - with sentiments perfect for a new baby, a new home, birthday or just because :) For my second project, I created a card using the new Cupid's Arrow stamp set - SO cute! I love the little quiver with the arrows and the seriously cute Cupid's Arrows Dies that coordiante just perfectly with this set or any other stamp set! Most of the time when I am making a card, I usually don't have a plan, I just start stamping with an image that catches my eye and then go from there - and it was like that with this card - I LOVED the quivers and so I started there and cut out the white space near the arrows and then kept using the die cuts I was making using the coodinating dies and it was fun putting this card together - kind of like a puzzle :) All the papers and ribbon are from the Valentine's Day Project Pantry (which features papers from the Bo Bunny Love Letters Collection):
I stamped the bow image and then poked some holes to string some baker's twin throw to create the "string" part of the bow (as you can see, I am very technical when it comes to my archery :) lol!) I then added a heart and arrow (with a little bit of gloss)  by using the coordinating dies :

 I love the different hearts that are in the dies - so many options to choose from - I cut out two of the long skinny hearts and put them side to side (blue and pink representing my DH and moi :)and added some gloss to them also. The target I stamped with both both red and pink inks and then popped up the pink circle onto the target that was popped up to a circle punched out of blue paper:

And my most favorite part of this card is the quiver - I LOVED stamping it and then coloring it with copics. The area around the arrows were cut out and I also cut out the strappy part of it (is that what it's called? handles? the hanging thingy? and then put it over flag sentiment that I cut out using the Banner Stacklets (perfect for banners and sentiments - woohoo!) And I also added a wee bit of glitter to the heart and some gloss to the quiver and some bling to the bottom scalloped edge:

The Valentine's Day Project Pantry comes with all the coordinating cardstock you will need to create easy and fun projects and it also comes with the sweetest and fun coordinating ribbon - it was so hard to choose which ribbon I wanted to use for the card that I decided why choose!! lol! I put an eyelet on the corner of the DP and then threaded the ribbon from them to create a corner ribbon treatment:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Cupid's Arrow from Taylored Expressions
Paper: Valentine's Day Project Pantry (containing Bo Bunny DP (Love Letters), Bazzill)
Ink: Memento Love Letter, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cupid's Arrows Dies from Taylored Expressions, Copic Markers, Corner Rounder, Ribbon from the Valentine's Day Project Pantry, Eyelets, dimensionals, bling, Glossy Accents and Spellbinders Circle dies.

With the new year comes some new faces to the design team - some long time TE design team members have stepped down- Karen, Melody, Jodi and Regina - please check out their amazing work - they are truly wonderful people and artists!! And joining the team are some amazing crafters each with their own amazing style!! Please welcome Carole, Lynnette, Tammie and Kerri to the design team. And now, I can't wait to see what amazing creations the design team and guest designer Anna Wight have created with all the different stamp sets and dies that are being peeked today - please hop over with me and check them out:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Please hop over tomorrow for release day party peeks :)
Ciao for now,
Sankari :)


Wanda G (stampcat) said...

GORGEOUS! I love both of your cards, and thank you for showing close ups of all your wonderful details. The twine is the perfect touch! Have a great day Sankari!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

WOW!! The details in your cards is amazing!! The nest card is absolutely darling -- love the eggs!! And the love card is simply amazing. Truly enjoyed seeing these!

Jami said...

Sankari - as always your projects are a feast for the eyes. I love all of your details. I especially love the felt eggs (such a great touch!) and the twine you added to the bow.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful cards. I just love that quiver sentiment.

Shelly said...

Seriously? Sankari, your cards are awesome! Love the felt eggs, soooo sweet and your colors/coloring in your quiver card are gorgeous! LOVE! Hope you're having a wonderful day, hugs!

Jill Norwood said...

Wow! Stunning cards! I am pinning away! So fun to see these new sets in action! So much to LOVE!

Jennifer Shults said...

Sankari!!! These are both gorgeous! You have such a way with embellishments... I need you to teach me, lol. LOVE bird layered on the roses of your first card and there's so much I love about the second one I could write a book! AMAZING!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Fabulous card, Sankari! Love the felt eggs on the first and the second one is stunning!

Tammie E said...

Your cards are truly inspiring, Sankari! I could sit and stare for hours!

Shannon White said...

Wow Wow Wow!!! Miss Sankari, your projects always make me smile!! I Love every Fabulous detail and element you put together! Just so Darling and Whimsical! Love your sweet felt eggs and Mama bird watching from the roses!! Too Cute and So many fun detail on your quiver card too! Just always a treat to visit! 8-)

Big Hugs

Davi said...

Amazing creations!! I love the dimension of the nest on the first and the little felt eggs. All the fun elements on the second one with the shininess is delightful :)

Kerri said...

WOW, Sankari!!! There are so many awesome details to look at with these cards! I just love your amazing designs and your attention to detail! Your first card is gorgeous and so sweet with those felt eggs and I love your use of the dies on the second. You rock!

Karli said...

Heart them both~ so Cuuute!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Just beautiful cards, Sankari! Your creations always make me smile!