Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day 2

August Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Monday through Wednesday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, August 4th 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.
  • Angel Bundle Prize Drawing: We're very excited to be supporting the Angel Tree with Joy to the World, the newest set in the TE Giving Tree Program.  If you'd like to be entered to win our Angel Bundle Prize Pack (Joy to the World Full Sized Stamp Set, Angel Kisses Taylored Card Kit, and the Musical Swirls Taylored Impression Plate) simply click over to the Angel Tree website and find the answer to this question: "Name the founder of Angel Tree." (You'll want to read the touching story of how Angel Tree got started while you're there!)  E-mail Taylored Expressions with the answer in the subject line of your e-mail by Wednesday at 6pm PST.  The winner will be announced on Taylor's blog at approximately 10 pm PST Wednesday night.
Welcome back for Day 2 of sneak peeks!  Today we're introducing two new stamp sets, two new dies sets, a border die and an impression plate! 

First up is Embrace Beauty.  Embrace Beauty was concepted by Jami Sibley and illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes Collection.  It is a full sized set including 9 images/sentiments.  It was designed for use with the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis dies, Spellbinders Classic Circles and a 1 3/4" Circle punch.  It coordinates perfectly with the Summer Afternoon and Discover Your Wings sets.  If you love silhouette images, you'll LOVE this set!  Isn't it gorgeous?

For my card, I used the Uncommon Collection from Authentique along with the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis dies and Spellbinders Classic Circles to create my card.  I stamped the image in Walnut Stain Distress ink and die cut the image.  I added some stitching and pearl to embellish. 

The second set we're introducing today is a set that I concepted!  I never thought I would concept a set, but I've always wished for a ladybug stamp set with coordinating dies so one night I drew some images and sentiments and sent it to Taylor and she actually liked it!  So, I hope you do too!  Taylor illustrated the set and she did an AWESOME job of bringing my idea to life!  In fact, she made it even better than my idea!  Bugabee is the new set!  And Bugabee has two coordinating die sets!  They are the Bugabee Bug Dies and the Bugabee Flower Dies! There is even a Lots of Dots Impression Plate  and Grass Border Die that go along with the bug theme perfectly! 

Bugabee is a full sized set complete with 27 images/sentiments!  You can combine layers with the stamps and die cuts and add big, bold sentiments for a happy card! 

For my card I used the Lot of Dots Impression Plate for the background.  The patterned paper is from the Happy Go Lucky Collection from American Crafts.  I stamped the bee in black ink onto pale yellow cardstock and die cut him using the Bugabee Bug Dies.  I die cut the wings out of vellum.  The flower was die cut using patterned papers from the Happy Go Lucky Collection and the Bugabee Flower Dies.  I also used the Grass Border Die to die cut the grass!

TIP:  I have a tip to share with you regarding these dies.  It's actually something I do when I have a set of little dies like this.  Sometimes it's so hard to keep track of the dies along with their alignment tools, so I started this little system and it works well for me! 

Sets of little dies like these come all connected and you break them apart before using them.  I decided to create myself an "alignment sheet" of both the Bugabee Bug Dies and Bugabee Flower Dies using a piece of plastic sheet that came in some packaging that I decided to hang on to.  I put the two die sets onto the plastic sheet still connected and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  This left me with a guide for ALL of the dies, all on one sheet.

So now all I have to do is line up the particular die cut image from the sheet with my stamped image, mark the holes, line up the die and run it through my machine!  I find it much easier (and faster) than searching for the coordinating alignment tool.  :) 

I hope that's a helpful tip for you!  To see more using the sets we've introduced today, please visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen! 

Danielle Lounds
Jami Sibley
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Melissa Sauls
Melody Rupple
Nancy McKinney
Regina Mangum
Sankari Wegman
Taylor VanBruggen
Tori Wild
Wanda Guess

Thanks for stopping by and please come back tomorrow for even more! 


Jami said...

Congratulations on Bugabee! It's a darling set! Love the vellum wings on your bee today! And that was a great tip for the dies!!! Love that idea! Your EB card is beautiful - you and I were kind of on the same wavelength on that today. :)

Jodi Collins said...

Congrats on Bugabee sweet Charmaine! It is SO darling and I ADORE how you added vellum wings! GENIUS!!!

Karen Giron said...

I absolutely adore this Bugabee set and the dies are brilliant! We got to play with them at CHA and I was addicted the minute we started stamping. So cute! Your card is just delightful and I love your Embrace card too - love the stamping on the patterned paper!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

LOVE!!! Awesome set you designed for us to play with! Your cards are both adorable for today and love the tip about the dies. This is going to be a favorite set! have a great day. :-)

Melody said...

Great cards! Love all the pretty pink on Embrace. I just love the Bugabee set!! It is just so cute, so many options!!

Regina Mangum said...

Congratulations, sweet Charmaine! I LOVE THIS SET and I'm so glad you came up with it. Your tips on the dies is so cool! AND, your EB card is just stunning. XOXO

Vicki Dutcher said...

You go girl! Congrats on your new fun set!!

Jenny said...

I love this set!! The added vellum wings are priceless;) Thanks for the tip on diecutting! Sounds like a great idea!

Billie A said...

Really cute sets I love the bugs and the vellum wings. Great cards.

Natalie said...

Cute set, congratulations!! Fabulous idea, love that it coordinates with the dies.

Jessie/knightrone said...

These new dies are the COOLEST!! LOVE these!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Charmaine! I met you at the Stampaway convention in Ohio. I did not realized until today, that the set I liked the most was yours!! should have bought it and have you sign it for me!!! anyway it was really nice to meet you all over there and I wish I can see you all again next year!!



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