Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks - Day 1 !!!

Hi Everyone!
Guess what week it is: its Awesome Week :) ! That's right it is release week at Taylored Expressions and this week the Baker's Dozen will be previewing some totally awesome stamp sets this week! On the menu today are some amazing and  lovely stamp sets that have been designed by our lovely Nancy McKinney and ALL will be released this Thursday at 8am PST:

  1. Dream Big (Full Sized) Stamp set - perfect for graduations and big dreams!
  2. Treasure Life (Full Sized) Stamp set - comes with an assortment of apothecary jarts and wonderful setniments
  3. Apothecary Shelf A La Carte - gorgeous shelf for displaying all the apothecary jars
  4. Apothecary Taylored Die Set - awesome dies that coordiante with the set above or for individual use
  5. Stars Impression Plate - beautiful embossed impression plate


Today I made a few projects using the awesome Treasure Life stamp set and the Dream Big stamp set

Treasure Life Stamp Set:

I love these sweet Apothecary jars! They are just so lovely and I couldn't wait to put it on this sweet apothecary shelf. I stamped the shelf and colored it in with copics and added a little glaze. Then I stamped the lemons, bird's nest and rocks onto a sheet of Choice Snow White Cardstock and then kinda eyeballed where the jar should go and stamped them on top of the items (if I could find my stamp-a-majig in this messy craft space of mine I would have used it, but you can also do it with a lined stamping block) Each of the jars were colored cut and glazed and then I put it on the shelf with some dimensionals.
I love these papers and I don't usually do distressing (just a lot of stressing - lol :) but I did a little distressing on the edges and then paired the sentiments with a line of buttons held by a line of sticky tape: Here is a close up of the jars (love all the different sizes in this set - can't wait to use them all!)

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Treasure Life from Taylored Expressions (Available this Thursday)
Paper: Lilly Bee Picket Fence (Tiny Tablet)
Ink: Rich Coco from Memento Inks
Accessories: row of buttons (from stash), liquid pearls (Bisque and Buttercup), glaze, dimensionals, Caribbean Satin ribbon

After seeing the bird's nest stamp in this set, I was inspired to create a display for our dining room table with a bird's nest.  So I made this little trio with the gorgeous sentiment: Treasure Life.

Project Ingredients:
Stamps: Treasure Life by Taylored Expressions (available this Thursday)
Inks: Rich Coco Memento Inks
PaperLilly Bee Picket Fence and from stash
Dies: Two Taylored Dies: Butterfly Trio and Keeping Tabs dies from Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Fancy Tags (Spellbinders), Caribbean Satin ribbon, crimper, bling, liquid pearls and twine

I love these sweet display stands and in the first one I created a birdhouse scene with some moss, river rock and birdies. In the second - there are some dried rose buds (they smell so good!) and in the last some malted eggs (which are ridiculously good and yummy!).  For each display, I created a label using the Keeping Tabs die set from Taylored Expressions and attaching it to some twine.

And on each one of the tabs, I stamped something different on it. On the first one, I used the Butterflies trio with the Keeping Tabs die and on the second and third pedestals, I stamped a mini label that is in this stamp set: (I used, love and laugh) Here is a closer look at each of the stands:

The two things that I love about this project is that it was quick to make and that now we have a lovely yummy display to look at when we are eating (and by the way, that jar of malted eggs was much bigger when I started this project... they are sooo good!)

Dream Big Stamp Set:

The second stamp set that we are previewing today is called Dream Big and it is perfect for your favorite grad (whether they are graduating from Pre-school or highschool or college) and is also perfect for going after your dreams! I used the awesome circle stamp and the lovely little graduation cap in this stamp set and paired it up with the yummy Schoolhouse papers from October Afternoon:

I can't believe how quickly the year is going by and that graduation is right around the corner. I made this one for my little wee man who is going to be graduating Kindergarten this year and going to the big school and starting 1st grade in the fall (excuse me a minute while I take a moment to cry about that)... okay - back to the card :)

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Dream Big (Available this Thursday)
Paper: October Afternoon (Schoolhouse)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ladybug red
Accessories: circle nesties, button from stash, Baker's Twine, Taylored Dies: Scalloped Eyelet border

I love these papers and cut out the apple border and the pencils from one of the DP and then tied some baker's twine around it with a big red button from embellishment and added a border from the Scalloped Eyelet border die from Taylored Expressions.

I loved making each of these projects and love how sweet the sentiments and images are in each of these sets! Sooooo sweet - and speaking of sweet - please check out all the sweet and lovely creations from the Baker's Dozen from the menu for today!

Nancy McKinney (illustrator extraordinaire)

    Thanks so much for stopping by today - please hop back in tomorrow for Day 2 of previews!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)


    Taylor said...

    OMGoodness... so fabulous! I just keep staring at your apothecary shelf... so realistic... so stunning! And your beautiful jars... will you come decorate my house!? Love your cute grad card too!

    Karen Giron said...

    GASP!!! You always amaze me with the projects you put together and I think you may have outdone even yourself with these! LOVE the display you created, holy moly! And the card with all the glaze and bling detail is amazing and I'm totally loving the pencils and layout for your grad card. Yum! You rock!!

    Nancy said...

    A bit of beautiful overload here, Sankari! WOW! So did you already have the jars or did this stamp set send you shopping? So amazing! Back to the card...LOVE the distressed shelf and glazed jars. So signature Sankari!

    Nancy said...

    Missed the grad card...I love how you've made if for a younger grad, the layout, your colours and fabulous details.

    Pat R said...

    Wow, wow, wow to every inch of these two cards!

    Jodi Collins said...

    I seriously do not even know where to begin! Your shelf/jar card looks REAL girlie! LOVE all the texture and distressing! I ADORE all of your adorned cake platters...you are SO amazing! I am with Taylor...can you come over and decorate my house?????

    Jami said...

    OH MY!!!!!! Love the rich deep colors and vintage feel of that Treasure card! And that centerpiece display is KILLING ME! I want one now sooooo bad! Love that!

    Jami said...

    Oh and your grad card is darling - love it with that chalkboard background!

    Karen Motz said...

    WHERE do you come up with all these fabulous ideas??? OMG!!! The apothecary card is stunning...the shelf looks so distressed and antique!!! LOVE the little tags you made for the display and that grad card is spectacular with the cut out pencils and the patterned paper in the center of the circle!!!

    Janine - Ellabella said...

    OMG!!! How you do that!
    Amazing work! Hugs Janine

    Karli said...

    Holy Moly! Wow! These are gorgeous! right out of some tres chic boutique ;) beautiful cards as always sweet Sankari. Hugs~

    Melissa Sauls said...

    WOWWOW!!! Oh my goodness Sankari I just have no idea where to begin! Every single thing on this page is just positively STUNNING!!!! Wow...let me just go and pick my jaw off the ground right now. And yes, can you come and decorate my house too?? :)

    Jen Tapler said...

    Shut up. You are out of control. Seriously. These creations are too perfect. Love them. But those glass cake stand things you decorated? I'm gonna have to call you out on those. Why do you even have those? Because I know you aren't baking cakes to put inside them. What kind of people have 3 cake stand things just sitting around all beautiful like just waiting for the perfect stamp set to be released so she can whip them out and decorate them and make this stunning dining room table decoration thing. ha! And don't try to tell me Keith is filling them with baked goods on the weekend. I know he is like the freakish not-Joel / Joel-twin and cooks and stuff. But because I know that, I also KNOW he's not putting shit in glass cake stands after he cooks it. ;-) You rock my friend. Love you.

    Regina Mangum said...

    Oh Sankari, why do we even try, LOL! You are so incredible. I adore your projects. You keep things fresh and fun and beautiful every month. Just GORGEOUS! XOXO

    Danielle L. said...

    Sankari - You leave me speechless with awe! You rocked both of those sets with your samples and then you make that perfect bird set in real apothecary jars?! Wowsa! :)

    Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

    Absolute TOTAL gorgeousness, my friend! WOW!

    Anonymous said...

    Again, speechless!!!