Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks - Day 2 !!!

December Release At a Glance

  • It's Petite-a-Palooza as we introduce A DOZEN new Petite stamp sets, plus one new A la Carte, from every stamp collection available at Taylored Expressions.
  • Tuesday is Calendar Day as we showcase FOUR new TE calendar products - all perfect for gift giving!
  • Wednesday is Card Kit Day as we introduce FOUR new Taylored Card Kits available just in time for the holidays!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the second day of Petite-a-Palooza sneak peeks from Taylored Expressions where today Taylor will be showcasing all the new card kits, along with more new Petite Stamp sets - all of which will be available tomorrow at Release Day! Each of the card kit includes 10 solid cardstock bases, 10 neutral cardstock image panels, envelopes, patterend paper, ribbon, pearls and all the ingredients come in the awesome new Petite Storage Cases! There are 4 new kits to choose and along with these kits and I used the Basic Grey Indie Blooms Card Kit for my card today. Taylor has designed three new Petite stamp sets that come with coordinating dies! These are the Fly your Flag stamp sets (3 different *te* stamps, each with 7 rubber images, plus 1 coordinating die!).

For my card today, I used Taylor's sweet little design from her Fly your Flag-3 stamp set and used the coordinating die to cut out these cute little flags. I stamped the flag three times in three different color inks and then cut them out with the coordinating die. Each flag was wrapped around a bamboo skewer (could also use a toothpick or rolled up paper) and then I used the You're my Type stamp set to spell out the word: "Yay" which I punched out with the 1/2" circle punch and then popped onto my flags with some dimensionals.

Card ingredients:
Paper: Basic Grey Indie Blooms Card Kit from Taylored Expressions
Stamps: Fly Your Flag 3 stamp set,  It's a Banner Day 1 stamp set and You're my Type stamp set  from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Memento Tangelo, Memento Cantaloupe, Memento Ladybug Red, Memento Bamboo leaves
Accessories: Fly Your Flag 3 coordinating die, It's A Banner Day 1 coordianting die and Pennant Border Die all from Taylored Expressions, liquid pearls white, Scorpal, Spellbinders circle, dimensionals, 1/2" circle punch and glue dots.

I used the It's a Banner Day 1 stamp set to create the wavy banner on the bottom onto which I stamped the sentiment: "celebrate" which is from the Fly Your Flag 3 stamp set. I finished it off with the Pennant Border Die at the top  too coordinate with the ribbon, the orange and blue circle - all of which are from the Basic Grey Indie Blooms Card Kit.

I can't wait to check out all the gorgeous creations from all of the stamp sets that are being peeked today by the design team! Please hop around with me and check them out!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Please stop by tomorrow for Release Day Fun!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

PS - here are the dies used today:


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks Day One!

December Release At a Glance
  • It's Petite-a-Palooza as we introduce A DOZEN new Petite stamp sets, plus one new A la Carte, from every stamp collection available at Taylored Expressions.
  • Tuesday is Calendar Day as we showcase FOUR new TE calendar products - all perfect for gift giving!
  • Wednesday is Card Kit Day as we introduce FOUR new Taylored Card Kits available just in time for the holidays!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to the first day of the December release of stamps from Taylored Expressions!!! This release focuses on all petite stamp sets perfect for so many occasions! As you hop around today - you will see all kinds of new petite stamp sets ready for your crafting happiness along with different calendar products that will get you organized for next year and/or will make the best gift to give to someone special! Today, I am showing a sample form the sweet petite stamp set Snowflake Wreath which is perfect throughout the winter months and is also a great option for a holiday cards! 

For my calendar project, I used the awesome Perpetual Occasions Calendar which helps to keep track of all your birthdays/anniversaries each month - and the best part is that since these occasions don't change - you can keep the cute calendar forever! :) I decorated the December page with the sweet Snowflake Wreath stamp set which is part of the seasonal wreaths collection from Taylored Expressions designed by Nancy McKinney and concepted by Jami Sibley. I stamped the snowflake wreath and cut it out and then attached the ribbon on top of it. I used one of the snowflakes in the stamp set and stamped it with different colors to create a background for the calendar: 

 Here is a closer peek at the notebook - this is something that you hang on the wall or keep by your office desk - which is where this little notebook is going :)

Perpetual Occasions Calendar
Paper: Snow White Choice cardstock
Stamps: Snowflake Wreath by Taylored Expressions
Inks: Memento Inks: Danube Blue, Bahama Blue, Cat's Eye Platinum, and Ladybug Red for bow
AccessoriesSeasonal Wreath die from Taylored Expressions, Kaiser bling, corner puncher MS, Spellbinders, White opal liquid pearls, ribbon from stash, star punch from MS in the center, dimensionals

I choose December for my calendar month because it is one of the biggest months for me in terms of birthdays (4 in our family), along with the anniversaries of 2 dear family friends and of course all the holiday parties, teachers thank you gifts and Christmas Eve and Day! Anything that will help organize this month is something that I will take! I can't wait to organize and decorate every month! You can create a whole year calendar just using all of the Seasonal Wreaths from Taylored Expressions - this coordinates with the Seasonal Wreath Taylored Die and the Basic Bow Taylored Die.)  Here is a list of all of the other seasonal wreaths to fill up your yearly calendar:

Wreath Calendar:
January - Snowflake Wreath (NEW) or 4th of July Wreath colored for Winter/New Year's
February - Wreath of Love
April - Spring Wreath
May - Strawberry Wreath (NEW)
September  - Apple Wreath (NEW)
October  - Spooky Wreath
November - Autumn Wreath
December - Wreaths of Joy

I can't wait to decorate each month with all of these seasonal wreaths! I can't wait to see what everyone has created with their different calendar projects today - please hop around with me and check out these wonderful creations from all of these amazing details:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Please stop by tomorrow for some more yummy sneak peeks!
Sankari :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Taylored Expressions Tag Hop

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Black Friday Tag Hop!!!  We're celebrating the biggest shopping day of the year with a Tag Hop and a HUGE SALE!
  • Hop around for tons of inspiration for your holiday tag making. Link list below.
  • One lucky customer will win a set of 10 tags (one each of the tags featured in today's hop.)  Everyone who places an order at Taylored Expressions Friday - Monday (11/25 - 11/28) and writes"I want those tags!" in the comments section of the order form will be entered to win.  The winner will be announced on Taylor's blog on Tuesday 11/29.
  • Introducing Tags & Tag-a-longs so you can quickly and easily create your own tags inspired by today's samples.
  • Black Friday Sale - enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2011 on any order Friday through Monday to save 10-30% off your entire order!  HURRY! The earlier you shop, the MORE you SAVE!  Details on the TE Store homepage.

Hi Everyone, 

Hope you had a special and lovely Thanksgiving! We are on our way to spend time with some very special friends for Thanksgiving and I am so looking forward to some down time. Today we are doing a Tag Hop where we got together to create some tags - perfect for some holiday making fun! And Taylor is making it super easy to get started on your holiday tag making and card making with some amazing deals!!

I used the Sparkle and Cheer stamp set - one of my all time favorites to make my set of tags:

I used the Cosmo Cricket mini deck 6x6 Social Club collection for my tag and used the sweet little dove from the Sparkle and Cheer stamp set with the lovely sentiment: Celebrate the Season. As some of you know, I am a huge fan of liquid pearls (it is an addiction!) and I was so excited when Taylor started to carry the Viva Decor Pearl Pens because they are just like liquid pearls, but the ends are just fabulous and they are much easier to hold and control the speed of applying dots or color to your project. I used the Magenta Viva Decor Pen to add some dimension to the leaves that the dove is carrying and also on the red paper. Check out all the Pen colors here!

I love making tags - they are just such a great, quick and fun way of personalizing a gift and check out HOW easy it will be to get your tag making on with this awesome Tags & Tag-a-Longs kit! Each set of tags comes with color coordinated ingredients to create your own personalized tags - Check out all the details on Taylor's blog - this is one super awesome deal!!
    Along with this awesome set of kits of tags, there are huge deals in the Taylored Expressions store today!!! Perfect and in time for your holiday card making!!!

    Check out all the beautiful tag creations that these amazing ladies have created for today's hop!

    Taylor VanBruggen
    Jami Sibley
    Charmaine Ikach
    Jen Shults
    Jodi Collins
    Lori Craig
    Melody Rupple
    Danielle Lounds
    Sankari Wegman

    THank you so much for stopping by! WIshing you a wonderful Black Friday and sweet weekend!
    Big hugs,

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Holiday Diva Dare - Day 3 -Merry and Bright!

    HI Everyone,

    Today over at the Verve Blog, I am the hostess for this month's Diva Dare where the theme is: A Handmade Christmas! The theme is pretty broad and can be interpreted in so many different ways...from a lovingly made card, to heartfelt gifts and homemade decorations!  With the Holidays right around the corner, this will be the perfect time to get a jump start on your card and gift making!

    The Dare - is to make something handmade for Christmas and post it (please check out the Verve Blog for more details!) AND you can totally score some new yummy Verve in the process!!!

    I answered the dare by making a little banner to hang on our front door. I have always enjoyed making handicrafts that can be hung on our door and our kids get so excited for the next season with a new doorway banner or wreath. After Thanksgiving, I am excited to hang up this little snowy banner on our door using the Bright Spirits Stamp set. I love this sentiment: "May your Spirits be Bright" and the sweet little star shape that can be both a flower or snowflake. I created a little ornament that I saw while surfing awhile ago and then saw again made in our LSS (hi Cynthia!) and couldn't wait to add as a big rosette to the banner:

    Here is the center piece of the banner - I created a double star and used the Winter Fun Die set that has this beautiful tree to create little icicle pennants for the top: 

    I had some glittery snowflakes from a previous project that I added to the center of the large rosette and then layered the sixpoint snowflake (large and small) from the Bright Spirits stamp set into the middle and added a little button to the center:

    Here is a side view of the banner and the layers:

    Project Ingredients:
    Papers: Yellow Bicycle Winter Twig
    Inks: Memento Danube Blue
    AccessoriesWinter Fun Die Set from Verve Stamps, snowflake punch from MS, dimensionals, Spellbinders, red tacky tape, pearl embellishment from Want2Scrap, ribbon, jumbo eyelets from WeRMemory Keepers, Chipboard and liquid pearls

    I loved this challenge and love making home decorations! I am so excited to hang this on the door after Thursday and surprise my little ones with a new door hanger and get ready a beautiful season of Merry and Bright Spirits!!! 

    Please check out the Verve Blog for details on how to play along and win some new Verve and also everyday for the next two weeks there will be a new treat from one of the DT with a project with this challenge!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!
    Big hugs
    Sankari :)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Blast From the Past Blog Hop #17: Thankful for You!

    Hi Everyone,

    Every month Taylor has a customer blog hop for all the fans of Taylored Expressions  where all TE fans can play along with previously released stamp sets. I used this month's sketch (optional) to create a card for one of my children's teachers - for whom I am so thankful for - she is seriously the best and he absolutely adores her and is excited to go to school everyday because of the fun and learning that she brings to the classroom. For my card today, I used the Celebrate Life stamp set from Taylored Expressions and used the Medium Scallop Border Die die and the Scalloped Eyelet Border Die and the newly released Mini Leaves Die

    I loved making this card for someone as special as her and kept the accents to a minium - just a little outlining of liquid pearls around the edges and a sweet little bow. I die cut the circle out of white cardstock and also out of the DP and then cut the DP circle in about half and adhered it to the white cardstock. I then lined it with the Scalloped Eyelet border die so that the center circle would have a little bit more "Fun-ness" going on and then finished it off with one of the leaves that cut out of the DP:

    Card ingredients:
    Paper: Buttercream Choice  cardstock, Cosmo Cricket (Circa 1934)
    StampsCelebrate Life stamp set from Taylored Expressions
    Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
    Accessories:  Medium Scallop Border Die die, Scalloped Eyelet Border Die and the newly released Mini Leaves Die from Taylored Expressions, liquid pearls, dimensionals, Spellbinders, ribbon from May Arts

    I can't wait to see what everyone has created using all of the awesome stamps that Taylor has released every month! It's always so much fun to stop by and check out everyone's wonderful creations! Please check them all out here and stop by Taylor's blog for more info on how you can join in on the fun next month!

    Thanks for stopping by today!
    Sankari :)

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Verve After Party!

    Hi Everyone,

    Every monday after the Verve Stamps Release, there is an after party on the Verve Stamps blog where each of the Design Team girls show one of their favorite creations that they made during the release. This is one of my favorite posts because I love seeing everyone's post release favorites all in one place! My favorite card is one using the Bright Spirits stamp sets and decided to go all blue on the card (blue monotone) and keep it all a bit simple. I used the Journey paper collection from Authentique and used different DP's from this collection that would harmonize all the blues together.

    I stamped the ornament and then paper pieced it and colored it with copics before popping it up over the stamped ornament. The organment was then layered onto layers of Spellbinders and the sentiment was put under two edgers of blue DP and finished it off with a hat pin the side:

    Card Ingredients:
    Paper: Authentique
    Stamps: Bright Spirits from Verve Stamps
    Inks: Memento Bahama Blue and Danube Blue
    Accessories: silver ribbon, liquid pearls, Spellbinders, rhinestones, hat pin and spinger (copics and dimensionals also added)

    I can't wait to see what all the other girls have picked as their favorite creation! Please hop over with me to the Verve Blog and check them out! And don't forget that there is some yummy sale prices over at the Verve Stamps store:

    Thank you so much for stopping by today!
    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Happy Birthday Cupcakes!

    Hi Everyone,

    Hope you had a great weekend! This one was packed with activities and events - and today we had a birthday party for my friends son and daughter - so I thought it would be fun to make a card for both of them that was the same, but different :) I used the awesome stamp set Build a Treat from Taylored Expressions and used my favorite cupcake combination (they are both solid images so makes it fun and quick to stamp). I also have a whole box of 6x6 pads that I haven't used since last year (hangin' my head down in shame) and so I picked out one of my Basic Grey paper pads and used the combo of papers that had more green and blue in them in one card and on the other card more reds and pinks.

     I love that it was made from the same paper pad - I kept the layout simple - just oval cut the image and popped it up on Labels 20 and then onto the Frame it Up 1 die from Taylored Expressions and added a little pennant from the Pennant Border die from Taylored Expressions:


    Here is picture of each of the cards. I love this sentiment: Happy Birthday Cupcake - I stamped this and cut it out with a Tag label and then strung a ribbon through it:

    Here is the second card - I love this sentiment: "For my Favorite Lil' Cupcake" Awwwww, how cute is that sentiment?! I love it - I did the same layout and kept the layout the same with the liquid pearls around the border of the oval and tag:

    Card ingredients:
    Paper: Lime Rickey from Basic Grey and Buttercream Cardstock
    Stamps: Build a Treat stamp set from Taylored Expressions
    Inks: Memento Inks (Danube BLue, Bahama Blue, Bamboo Green, Lilac, Rose Red, Angel Pink and RIch Cocoa and copics)
    Accessories: Frame it UP 1 die and Pennant Border die from Taylored Expressions, Spellbinders Oval and Labels 20 dies, liquid pearls, tags, dimensionals, copics and ribbon from stash

    I loved making these cards together and loved it even more to give it to the kids today at their birthday parties :) The winter birthday season is creeping up on me - it feels like there are so many December birthdays - I need to get stampin' now! :) Can't wait to make more!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!
    Sankari :)

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Verve Stamps: Holiday Spotlights Day 4

    Welcome to our final Holiday Spotlight Hop!  Last night we released 2 new stamp sets, 5 plain janes and 6 dies to coordinate with new and old Verve holiday sets!  All of the new products we've been showcasing this week are available now in the Verve store! Be sure to leave a little comment love as you take one last stroll through the Diva and Guest Diva blogs. One lucky commenter from today's hop will win the ENTIRE Release! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and deadlines.

    Hi everyone!!!

    The release party last night for the November Release of Verve Stamps and Dies was amazing - so much fun and full of fun and exciting news too ;) (you can check out the party here) and today we are doing our final day of blog hops where the team is showing a creation from one of the new release - I peeked this letter wooden block set at the end of the party and thought I would also show it here today.

    It uses the Bright Spirits stamp set, the Santa's Helper stamp set (with cute little Rudy), the Winter Tree Plain Jane stamp set, the Glad tidings stamp set from last year and the coordinating Snowflake Tidings dies, and the Sweet Scallop dies.

    I took blocks about 2x4 blocks and sanded them down and painted them a metallic copper and then adorned it with the St. Nicks Fancy Pants paper collection. The letters were cut out of glittery red paper on the Cricut and then popped up onto the white papers. On each of the blocks I tried to use a different stamp or die combo and a different element - I truly LOVED making this and smile everytime I walk by it :)

    My kids also love it - except every morning I see it rearranged in new ways - they are trying to see what new words they can spell from the word "peace" ha! Love their creativity :) here is a top view of the blocks, some have bling on it, some have ribbon, and one has a ruffled ribbon trim to it:

    Please check out all of the amazing ladies on the hop today - and you could win the whole release by dropping a little love on their blogs! Sweet! 

    Thank you to everyone who so kindly left comments on my blog during this release week! You guys are the sweetest - and you beyond make my day with your kind words and encouragement!!! Big hugs!
    1. Julee8. Sankari
    2. Andrea9. Teresa
    3. Vickie {Guest}10. Charmaine
    4. Amy11. Tosha
    5. Maureen12. Wanda {Guest}
    6. Laurie13. Jackie
    7. Gretchen {Guest} 

    Thank you so much for stopping by today!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Sankari :)