Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clowns & Clouds...Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day One!

July Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Friday, July 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 GIVEAWAY, on Thursday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker's Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor's blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments close Thursday 7/30 at 7pm PST for the drawings.
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Holy Cow, it's nearly July! This means fireworks, picnics, fun in the sun, and best of all, another Taylored Expressions Release Week! Is this going to be a fun few days, or what? Today I have two super cute sets to sneak peek. First up though, a big welcome to our new Baker's Dozen member, Melody Rupple! You can catch Melody's amazing work on her blog, A Paper Melody.
My first project features the soon-to-be released Life is a Circus (illustrated by the talented Doug Applegate for the Apple Doodle Ink line of stamps) and is chock-full of circus fun. For my card today, I decided to do a variation on a tent card, bringing to life a juggling clown balanced carefully atop an elephant on a tightrope! To give the illusion that the clown is really juggling some pretty heavy items, I used a thin strip of acetate to hold the sentiment ball up in the air. The "tightrope" is some baker's twine hooked between two posts (these are from Hangin' Out, which many of you are familiar with)!

Next up is a really darling set called In the Clouds, which is another in the wonderful Whimsical Wishes line illustrated by Nancy McKinney. I love hot air balloons *hint*--check in tomorrow for a twist on a new set -- but how clever and original are these blimps? Plus, the coordinating Blimps & Banners Die set makes cutting these babies out a breeze.

My mom-in-law actually gave me this idea when she saw this set (a perk of letting my family stay with her!) and so I made her a set of luggage tags! I purchased a very inexpensive set of self-laminating clear luggage tags and created these little cuties by just printing the text on my computer. The new Lime Twist MME patterned paper was picture perfect (or, you can try out the fabulously huge Cloudy Background Stamp) and these are such an easy way to create a gift for someone you know who travels.

BEAN NOTES
Tightrope Birthday Card
  • Stamps: Life is a Circus; pole from Hangin' Out (Taylored Expressions)
  • Cardstock: Choice Snow (TE); Bermuda Bay, More Mustard (Stampin' Up!)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
  • Patterned Paper: Lime Twist Fly a Kite (My Mind's Eye)
  • Coloring Medium: Sketch Markers (Copic)
  • Dies: Star Border Taylored Die (TE)
  • Fibers: Baker's Twine (The Twinery)
  • Accents: Clear Accetate (generic)
Fly Away With Me Luggage Tags
  • Stamps: In the Clouds (Taylored Expressions)
  • Cardstock: Choice Buttercream (TE) 
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
  • Patterned Paper: Lime Twist Fly a Kite (My Mind's Eye)
  • Coloring Medium: Sketch Markers (Copic)
  • Dies: Blimps & Banners Taylored Die (TE)
  • Alterable: Clear Luggage Tags (generic)

I hope you enjoyed today's sneak peeks. Tune in tomorrow for some birds and boys, but in the meantime, don't forget to check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen for some spectacular inspiration!




32 comments:

Taylor said...

So so clever, Regina! I can't believe your circus card...it's amazing!! And the luggage tag is such a clever and useful project!

Cassie said...

Luggage tags?! Now that is awesome, Regina! You always have such clever ideas :D

Karen Giron said...

Look at how clever you are!! I love that you added the hangin' out clothes wire to your card! That is soooo creative! You luggage tags are adorable! What a fantastic idea for summer travel!

Rachel said...

EEEKKK!!! So cute! Love the luggage tags~adorable!

And the tightrope card~ AWESOMENESS!!!

Jillisgram said...

You girls are getting so clever! Love your cards.

Steph Herbert said...

Brilliant! Love what you did with the stamps! Thanks for much for sharing. :)

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Fabulous cards! Just love the circus card. So colorful. and love the elephant on the tightrope! The luggage tags are such a cool idea too.

Ann Schach said...

Regina...You are always so clever and creative! Today's creations are no exceptions! Adorable!

Susan said...

Very out of the box thinking on this card and luggage tags. Love them!

Jami said...

The luggage tags are so cute and clever! And I gasped when I saw your tighrope card - AMAZING!

Melody said...

Your circus card is amazing!! And I love the luggage tag idea!

harrahx2 said...

Wow is the only word that comes to mind. Amazing card!

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness!! What a fun circus card! A clown juggling on an elephant balancing on a ball on a tightrope, girl you've outdone yourself!! (I think that every month!!) Super fun!!
The luggage tags are such a sweet idea and they are adorable too!!

margie c said...

Wow! What a super cute Circus card! I love how you 'balanced' them all :)
and what sweet tags! Very creative and inspiring, thanks!

Rose said...

You are amazing Regina!!! This is SOOOO ADORABLE!

Sharon in Arizona said...

How creative are you, Regina!!! That circus card is just way too cute!!! In fact, both cards are just adorable. Thanks for sharing, Hugs, Sharon :o)

Lori Kae said...

FABULOUS!! I really like the dimension of the card elements and the luggage tag is just plain cute! :)

JessicaK said...

These are fantastic, Regina. That circus card and juggler - what a cool technique with the acetate.

dclouser said...

Love those luggage tags! They would also make cute birthday party invitations.

Imke said...

Fun cards !!

Sankari W. said...

Girl..... I had to go to the dentist after I saw your card - because my jaw hurt when it dropped to the floor upon seeing your tightrope card - Holy GENIUS!!! What an amazing creation!!! Simply fantastic and that luggage tag is awesome clever and so practical!!! YOU soooooooo rock!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Jules said...

Those luggage tags are precious!

Pattie said...

Such brilliant and beautiful projects! I am in awe of that circus card...how clever of you to combine them all in a balancing act!!! And the luggage tag - fabulous!

Monika/Buzsy said...

These are awesome Regina. Your card is just amazing! Love the cute images and how you built that circus scene. Fabulous coloring too.

AShu93 said...

What fabulous projects! The card is INCREDIBLE & the luggage tags are such a great idea.

Debbie Carriere said...

Oh my! That circus card is amazing!! The luggage tags are a great idea, too!!

stephanie said...

WOw!!! Your card and luggage tag are so amazing! Very creative! I really like what you did! Thanks for the inspiration!

kurlygirl said...

Oh wow! Love the juggling clown!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Your circus card is OUT of this world Regina! You are AMAZING! LOVE your luggage tag too!

Carla Bazhenow said...

You in the clouds card is just fabulous!!! Your circus card is just doggone amazing lady!!! Love it. You should start a series of these!!! Hugs,

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

That circus card is amazing! WOW! Love the luggage tag too. . .how clever!

Danielle Lounds said...

Wow! You come up with the most amazing imaginative projects Regina! Love your juggling card and those luggage tags are neat!