Monday, January 07, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Sneak Peek: Bless Your Nest

Hey there and welcome to our sneak peeks for the January Release at Taylored Expressions! Today the Baker's Dozen and I are sharing sneak peeks of ALL of our new stamps and dies... that's 8 stamp sets and 10 dies! All of the new products will be available tomorrow at 8am PST in our Fresh out of the Oven department. We're kicking things off with a fun Preview Party on our Facebook page tonight at 6pm PST. Regina will be sharing full images of all the stamp sets and giving away several gift certificates so set your alarm and stop by tonight! Then we'll be continuing the festivities with three more inspiration packed days Tuesday through Thursday!

The photo above is just a little peek of what I've been working on with our new stamps and dies. The Bless Your Nest stamp set is gorgeous! Nancy did an amazing job with the detailing on the nests and I'm in LOVE with the nest die. I have a little idea in mind for a 'just hatched' card when my sister has her baby in February but for this project I had a different person in mind.

I have a friend who loves birds. She loves all styles of birds, but the more vintage and shabby chic the better! I've seen these beautiful domed nest decorations floating around Pinterest so I decided to create something similar along with a matching card as a birthday gift for her. Psst... Happy Birthday, Jami! I hope you like it!

I bought the cake dome, moss, nest, and eggs at Michaels and then used my paper-crafty supplies to decorate it. I stamped the small bird to fit inside a metal frame charm from my stash, added lots of burlap twine, and a resin flower. The nest behind the framed bird is the new nest die cut that I was telling you about. It's awesome!

I also decorated the lid of the cake dome with natural burlap twine wrapped around the handle and the medium layering doily die:

I've been using lots of kraft cardstock and burlap twine these days. I think Jen Shults' kraft cardstock obsession and burlap twine use are rubbing off on me! So it actually wasn't that big of a surprise when I grabbed more kraft cardstock and burlap twine for the card.

The branch and outlined leaves are one stamp and then the solid fill-in for the leaves is a separate stamp. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up, but the good news is that you don't have to color inside all of the leaves with this quick and simple stamping option! After describing all that, I'll say that I also went back with my Copics and added some highlights to the leaves. I just couldn't 'leave' them alone! *grin*

For my second project I decided to get an early start on Madi's Valentine treats for her friends. I used the Stuck on You set filled with adorable hedgehogs and an idea that I got from the fabulous Shannon White. When I met her for dinner back in October she sweetly presented me with the cutest little sucker treat. I filed that idea away for later and pulled it out again when I realized how easy it would be with our new Tuck & Close Notecard die. Here's a look at the treats:

I cut out the Tuck & Close Notecard from Classic Red cardstock, punched a hole in the fold to accommodate the sucker stick and tucked the flap closed with a glue dot to hold it all together. On the back I stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" and hand-wrote "Love, Madelyn" on them. They came together really easily. The most time consuming part was coloring all the hedgehogs! Here's a look at the open treat with the sucker inside:

So there you have my sneak peek projects for today! I hope you see something you like! As I mentioned before, we're sneaking peeks at 8 new stamp sets and 10 new dies so you'll want to stop by the Baker's Dozen blogs to see all the goodies!
I'll be back here tomorrow for the big release and more inspiration! 

Bless Your Nest Dome Decor & Birthday Card Supplies
Stamps: Bless Your Nest, Branching Out sentiment only - Taylored Expressions
Paper: The Sweetest Thing Tangerine (My Minds Eye) , Choice Buttercream CS (TE) Kraft CS, Suede Brown Dark CS
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle (Tsukineko), Versamagic Ocean
Accessories: Lace Chain Border Die, Bracket Frame Die, Bless Your Nest Dies, Medium Layering Doily Die (TE); Copics, Foam tape, corner chomper, natural burlap twine, frame charm, resin flower, pleated newsprint border (Bazzill), other decorating supplies (nest, eggs, dome) from craft supply store 
Stuck on You Valentines Supplies
Stamps: Stuck on You (TE)
Paper: Choice Snow White CS (TE), Classic Red, Doodlebug Love Birds patterned paper
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Tuck and Close Notecard (TE); Classic Circles (SB), Copics, Foam tape, Stardust Stickles, glue dots (to hold the notecard closed on the back), hole punch (to make room for the sucker stick), flat Valentine heart suckers  



Jami said...

*rocks and claps*
As I'm reading, I'm thinking "is that for me? is she talking about me? I HOPE she's talking about me!" YEA!!! Can't wait to see it in person! Oh and the suckers - yes I need to make some of those for sure!

Stacy said...

Love your projects! Can't wait to get my hands on those hedgehogs!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

Hi Taylor! I always love your projects, but today's are just over the top!! Jami is a lucky girl! :-) It's all just perfect and the way your photographed everything is great too. See ya soon! Yay!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Oh my gosh, adorable!! Your gift and card for Jami are soooo perfect! And those little sucker treats!? LOVE!!

Jill Norwood said...

Oooh! I love the adorable gift and card you made for Jami! And those sweet little valentines are adorable! So fun! :)

Shelly said...

Taylor, Jami will LOVE this gift set, how sweet! Love how you used the medium doily die and twine for the cake dome, such a nice touch! Love the lollipop holders too, I'll definitely be doing this for my kiddos too. I'm loving this release! Hugs!

Jennifer Shults said...

Oh my! Your decorated cake dome is so fun! I can see lots of projects that would be great for that and I love your matching card! You and Shannon are killing me with the lolipop covers... such a great idea! I'm totally going to be doing that soon!

Stephanie Kraft said...

What a darling gift set! Love the sweet cake dome and all the sweet embellishments! The Valentine treats are darling - clever way to use the Tuck & Close Notecard die!

Danni said...

Beyond amazing!!

Tammie E said...

Wow, Taylor, awesome projects! Love how you embellished the cake dome and personalized it with the matching card! I am sooo going to CASE you and Shannon with the sucker idea for the Tuck & Close Notecard smart! See you soon!

Shannon White said...

Oh Wow Taylor!! What a Fabulous gift for Jami!!! I know she is totally going to LOVE this!! and don't feel bad, I think Jen's kraft and twine obsessions is starting to rub off on me too! lol ;-) Love your Gorgeously decorated cake dome and Fabulous card! And Yay!! I was hoping either you or Jami would join me in the lollipop holder treats! Yours came out soo Adorable with the Sweet little Hedgies! Love them! 8-)

Big Hugs!

Sankari W. said...

Ummmm.... hello FABULOUS!!! I love the sweet little spring nest (such a hope that this winter will be over soon) and I love the way you did the doily on the top of the glass lid - beautiful!!! Love that gorgeous coordinating card and that little set of sweeties is TOOO cutie!! Love your gorgeous projects!!!
xoxo Sankari :)

Kerri said...

What a GORGEOUS gift for Jami!!! I love those sweet speckled eggs, and your card is FABULOUS! I so wish I had thought about making lollipop covers out of the notecard die! Will definitely be making some of those in the near future:)

Carol Dee said...

I am always looking for afforadable treat for my bus kids. Handing them a plain sucker seems, well cheap! These folders make them something special. I may have to give it a try for 50 kids!!!
(Maybe I better get started already!) LOL. TFS hugs...

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Just beautiful, Taylor! And I LOVE those lollipops Valentine treats! This might be what we're making this year! ;)