Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beauty and Bees...Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day Two!

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.
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Happy Tuesday! Today is Day Two of sneak peeks for Taylored Expressions and I have two projects to share with you. The first features a lovely set concepted by my friend Jami Sibley and illustrated by the super talented Nancy McKinney called Embrace Beauty. These are gorgeous silhouettes and as soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to make a gift set of candles for a friend. I embossed the images with some copper embossing powder and die-cut them out before matting with the Fleur de Lis Spellbinder dies that were used to coordinate the design. I added some raffia around some simple candles found in my local craft store and voila! I had a beautiful and easy to make gift.

Next up is a really fun set, Bugabee, which is illustrated by Taylor herself from a concept by my fellow Baker's Dozen teammate, Charmaine Ikach. A big congrats to Charmaine for coming up with this darling set, which features bees, ladybugs, flowers, and sentiments -- plus, there are coordinating dies! For my happy thank you card, I stamped the flowers before adding some nice, fat bumblebees (my son's favorite) and used the dies to also create some wings out of vellum. The grass was made using the soon-to-be released Grass Border Taylored Die -- how fun and easy is it to create a nice field of grass? 


Embrace Beauty Candle Set
Stamps: Embrace Beauty (Taylored Expressions)
Cardstock: Choice Buttercream (TE); Really Rust (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Specialty Paper: Vellum (PTI)
Dies: Fleur de Lis Doily Motifs and Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Fibers: Raffia (generic)
Alterable: Candles (generic)

Bee Thanks Card
Stamps: Bugabee (Taylored Expressions)
Patterned Paper: Lime Twist Life of the Party (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko); Rose Red, Sage Shadow, Bermuda bay, Really Rust (SU!)
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Really Rust, Wild Wasabi (SU!); Choice Snow (TE)
Dies: Grass Border Taylored Die (TE)

Hope your day is filled with beauty and happiness (and a friendly bee or two!) Tune in tomorrow for more sneaky peekies and in the meantime, check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen today for more fun.


Jami said...

I love love love that candle project! So simple and soo soo beautiful! What a wonderful gift that would make! And your Bugabee card is so fun! Love the bright colors and those vellum wings!

Karen Giron said...

Copper Embossing you say? Oh My! That is just gorgeous! Love the way you've dressed up these candles! Your bugabee card is just darling - love the vellum wings!

Anonymous said...

What a FAB idea with the candle decorations! Awesome! LOVE your happy Bugabee card - and the way you put all the flowers across the page. Lovely! Have a good day Stamping Bean!

Jodi Collins said...

NO way! The candle wraps are SO fabulous and I LOVE the vellum wings on the bees!

Melody said...

The candles are a wonderful idea! So pretty elegant! Your Bugabee card is so sweet! I too love the vellum wings.

Ann Schach said...

Oh my gosh...what adorable bees! I love the candles, too! What a neat way to dress them up for a gift!

JessicaK said...

O-M-G! That copper embossing is amazing; it looks so real!

Billie A said...

Great idea for the candles. Love the colors in the card and great images.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Gorgeous Embrace Beauty candles. . .love that idea! And your Bugabee card is so stinkin' CUTE! I LOVE it!

Aman said...

I love the flowers and will have to try this myself!