Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge - July

Hi Everyone,

Today I am excited to be part of a new challenge from Taylored Expressions called the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge!!! This will be an opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more. The question for July is:

You are stranded on a desert island. The good news is that you find a fabulous stamping hut well-stocked with papers, inks and other stamping supplies, however you only have the 5 stamp sets you brought with you in the luggage you managed to salvage. So tell us, what stamps sets did you bring and why?

Well, first of all - what a great way to be stranded on a desert island: with my crafting goodies! I love that my hut is well stocked with all kinds of goodies - but its hard to only choose 5 of my favorite Taylored Expressions stamp set!! So in choosing a set, I thought back to what set is the most fun one to stamp with for me - and that set for me is Hangin' Out - I just love this stamp set because it works for both baby themed cards, friendship cards, congratulations cards, anniversary/lovey cards and has so many options with all the ways it can be used! One of my favorite stamps in this set is the dress - it is open so that you can color it or you can paper piece it - I paper pieced it with papers from the MME - Lost and Found (Rosy) collection that I used on the rest of the card. I had so much fun creating this card using the Hangin' Out stamp set for my Studio challenge today: there is something about this dress gently billowing in the wind that makes me so happy :)

 I rounded the bottom corners and created a little scallop frame to the top and added a little sun to the top left corner and adhered a little button from my stash to the middle. The hills were handcut out (alternating the stripes into vertical and horizontal patterns) and then I added a little grass to the edges of the hills. The clouds were made using the Cloud Border die and then sponging with ink and I finished it off with a wee bit of liquid pearls and some bling on the clothesline:

I also used the Small Scallops die, sponged the clouds using the Cloud Border die and made the sun using the Garden Party Blooms Die Set 2  from Taylored Expressions for the top portion of the card. Here are the dies I used:


You can also check out all the cards created from this stamp set in the TE gallery

that the DT have created since the Hangin' Out stamp set was released!! Also you can check out all of the other Hangin' Out sets from Taylored Expressions HERE!

So what are the other four that I picked? Well, let me tell you it was hard because I love every stamp set - seriously - they are all so perfect and so much fun - it really was hard to choose and narrow it down to only 5! So here are 4 more of my favorite stamp sets that i would love to have with me on a desert island in no particular order :) 
I still remember when this stamp set came out - I was so excited at the ease in which you could create really simple and quick cards because all of the images stamp solid - so all you have to do is ink it and stamp - adda sentiment and boom - instant card and all the sentiments were so cute and beauti-font-iful! here is a look at this stamp set and one of my favorite cards from this set (check out all the creations from the Tweethearts stamp set in the TE gallery from the DT here:

You can't be on a desert island without have some desserts right?? LOL! The other favorite stamp set is all about cupcakes and is called Build a Treat Stamp set and like its name, I love that there are countless possibilities in how you build your own cupcake! Here are one of my favorite cards using this set and you can check out all the creations using the Build a Treat stamp set in the TE Gallery right here!

One of my most favorite stamp sets to be releasers was the Branching Out set (which has a Petite coordinate) but works so well with every single stamp set! I love these stamps because of how they look - so much fun whimsy!! I love that you can create a card with just the branches or paper piece the tree like I did in this card or color it in - or use another different tree! So many options! Check out all the creations using the Branches Out stamp set in the TE gallery!

This is one of my favorite cards that I made using one of my favorite stamp sets: The Places You'll Go (Based on the awesome Dr.Seuss's wonderful book!) that promotes the joy of reading! I LOVED making this card, which was inspired by the movie UP (where the house flies assisted by a zillion balloons!). I especially love this sentiment from this set and used stamp images from 4 other TE sets to create this card: 

It is so much fun to create cards by mixing and matching the different sentiments and images together and I love how all of Taylor's stamp sets do exactly that!!!

Please check out with me how the rest of the Baker's Dozen DT answered the July Studio challenge and I can't wait to see what their favorite 5 stamp sets are!

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


Karen Giron said...

LOVE that billowy dress - how fun is that? I love the creativity you bring to your cards. So cute!!

Melody said...

This set made my list too! Love the hills!

Jen Shults said...

Sankari you always blow my mind with the creative things you come up with. I love this card... the layers of grass and the sun... perfect to go with that gorgeous dress and scene. Seriously wow!

Unknown said...

Just fabulous! LOVE the sweet scene!

Shannon White said...

Wowie Sankari! These are all Just Awesome projects! LOVE them all and your Terrific favorite Five picks too! Such Fantastic eye candy here! 8-)


Shelly said...

Your card is so pretty...all your cards are simply gorgeous to look at! Love the sets you chose!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

So, so cute, Sankari! I just LOVE what you do with that set! That dress looks so real!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

WOWZERS!!! I love all the cards you posted today - so much fun to see your beautiful work! What a great challenge! :-)