Thursday, February 5, 2015

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Calla Lily Bouquet

It's here!  All of the new products from Taylored Expressions are available!  Also be sure to head over to the TE Blog for a few more sneak peeks and, if you've been leaving comments, the winners of the giveaways.

I have one more sneak peek set for you - but I've tucked in a few extra cards.

The set Calla Lily Bouquet was previously released, but new to the store is the coordinating die.  I adore coordinating dies - although I could have easily made a card like this without the die, being able to pop it up adds so much dimension.


I used a piece of designer paper from the new For Peep's Sake pack and the other cardstock is Peapod and Lemon Meringue.  

The card itself is 3 1/2" by 5 1/2" which is a good, eye-pleasing size and it also allows me to let the calla lily vase go off of the side - another great reason for coordinating dies!

I hesitated for awhile in showing you my next two cards.  The entire focus of this release has been Easter which is a time for rejoicing, but so many of the products are also perfect for sympathy cards and praying for you cards which can be so difficult to make.  Since I make cards for our church, I seem to make more than my fair share of these type of cards (although they are much easier to make when they are simply for sale on a card rack vs. for family and friends.)  All of the Christian dies and stamps in this release can easily be used for sympathy cards also.  This first card is exactly the same as my cheerful Easter card, but with much more muted colors.


Then I couldn't resist showing you one more of the At the Cross die series - this is At the Cross 2.

Pray Hope Trust

The wood paper comes from the Woodgrain Textured Cardstock Pack.  The cardstock is Sweet Basil, Granny Smith, Peapod, Lemon Meringue, Candy Corn and Pumpkin.  The sequins are from the new For Peep's Sake Sequin Pack.

When I saw that this release had multiple cross dies, I immediately ordered two previously released sets from TE  The first is Care and Comfort (there's also Care and Comfort ii).  It's full of elegant script sentiments for difficult times - you can see it on my first sympathy card.  The second set is Faith in Bloom which you can see on my "pray hope trust" card.  The set has fun florals and a more contemporary look to the sentiments.  You'll be seeing more of these and of the cross dies, because I definitely do a lot of this type of card.

The inlaid technique on this cross looks fantastic but can be a bit of pain, particularly with the itty-bitty pieces. I used a sheet of double-sided adhesive that covered about half of the back of the white cardstock so that I could just lay down the pieces and they would be adhered.  For the bigger green pieces, I just used tweezers, but even my micro-tweezers couldn't get a good grip on the tiny orange pieces.  So I cut a small part of the cross, lined it up and used a paper piercer to push the small pieces down to the adhesive!

Pray Hope Trust Inlaying Small Pieces

I do hope you have seen something you like these last four days on my blog or any of the rest of the design team.  The TE Store is now open and all of the new items are available.  Happy shopping!


Calla Lilies for Easter

Calla Lily Easter Copics

Calla Lilies in Sympathy

Calla Lily Sympathy Copics

Pray Hope Trust


  1. Beautiful cards Kim! I love that you made a smaller card so the lilies could spill over the edge!!

  2. That lily stamp is amazing! And your cards are just as amazing.

  3. Gorgeous creations, Kim! I agree, the coordinating dies are great for adding dimension and for opening up positioning options with the image on the card. Great tips for that beautiful cross with the inlays too! So pretty!

  4. Beautiful cards Kim. Especially love the Calla Lilies. The soft coloring looks wonderful. You are right... those images are perfect for sympathy cards too... and sadly, we all need those too...

  5. Stunning cards Kim and I love that you show how to put those itty bitty pieces in without losing them. You are just amazing.

  6. Oh Kim what beautiful cards you have shared for this release. I totally adore the lillies and they are very much at the top of my list I think :)

  7. Gorgeous cards and so meaningful.
    The Calla's are very versatile en gives your cards some elegance. Flowers always have a 'soothing' effect when used on sympathy cards I think.
    Thanks for the inspiration, and for showing the inlaid technique! Very helpful. :-)


  8. Stunning cards, Kim, and thanks for the tips on intricate dies. . .they can be a pain, but your end result is amazing :)

  9. I am now craving some new dies after seeing you use both so beautifully! Hugs xxx

  10. All these cards are beautiful. I like that you used easter products for sympathy cards. I don't send out cards for Easter so I like that I would have an option to use them for sympathy cards. It is a way to stretch your stamps!!


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