Monday, May 4, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks 1: Let Freedom Ring

It's day 1 of sneak peeks for the May release from Taylored Expressions!!  My cards today are about the "sweet land of liberty!" using a variety of patriotic themed images.

Be sure to check all of the other designers starting on the Taylored Expressions blog because there is just too much for one designer to show off in just a few days.

All the products that I have used are linked at the bottom, but remember that new products aren't live until Thursday, May 7th, 7 a.m. PST.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.

For this first card, I have recreated my city!  I have lived in the Denver, Colorado area for all of my adult life.  I thoroughly enjoy the mix of city - with its theaters and restaurants and shopping - and the outdoors - with its hiking and skiing.  Pictures of Denver give a fabulous picture of this mix.

So when I saw the Downtown Border die, I knew that I needed to pair it with the previously released Build a Scene - Mountain and Build a Scene - Rolling Hills to create a city scene.

Taylored Expressions Downtown and Mountains

I added a sentiment from the new set Of Thee I Sing because it so captures what I feel with this scene.
Taylored Expressions Of Thee I Sing

I love the detail in each little die.  Here's a close-up of the flag with the city in the background.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Flag

For my family, we have two different but fabulous ways of celebrating the 4th of July.  Sometimes we stay in town.  We actually live a little southeast of Denver at a higher elevation (5900!) that lets us look down on the entire city and see the Rocky Mountains across the horizon.  Fireworks on the 4th are quite an experience because we can see a dozen or more shows from our house.  They are far away - but they cover the horizon.

On the other hand, we have a little condo in the mountain town of Frisco, Colorado.  Frisco does the 4th the old-fashioned way.  It starts with a pancake breakfast with the firefighters, then a small town parade full of children with decorate bikes.  There are fishing derbies and arts/crafts shows and concerts in the park.  Then at dusk, everybody walks out their front and heads down to the marina to watch the fireworks shot off over Dillon Reservoir.  That's an up close and personal experience!  One year we sat on our sailboat and the fireworks were right on top of us - literally raining down debris. (We didn't do that again!) 

This next card captures the more old-fashioned, country feeling of the 4th with its mason jars and pinwheels.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits on 4th

The Little Bits - Pinwheel is a fun dimensional look.  I stuck it in the Little Bits - Mason Jar cut from some light blue vellum.  The lid and the pole (which is actually from Little Bits - Flag) is from silver metallic paper.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Pinwheel

I used the previously released Frame in Frame Cutting Plate to frame my jar.  I added a little embossing for interest using the new Corrugated Embossing Folder.  The sequins are from Summer Nights Sequins - it includes various blues, reds, whites, silver and clear.  The paper is from the Summer Nights Paper Pack.  Did you know you get Taylored Expressions paper in two ways: a pack of the patterned paper, or a matched kit which includes the patterned paper and coordinating cardstock.

Now that you are in a patriotic summer mood - but sure to check out all of the other sneak peeks starting out with the Taylored Expressions blog.  (And leave a comment for a chance to win!)


Remember - links to new products won't work until Thursday!

My Country 'Tis of Thee


  1. What fabulous projects, Kim! Love how you've shown off the pretty new products and told a bit of your story at the same time. Fun!

  2. Adore the skyline with the mountains in the BG. Denver is similar to Vancouver that way :) Great second card too - watching fireworks from the water is amazing (did so from a friends boat once) but not fun if you get the fall out!

  3. Wicked beautiful cards! Love the pics also, thank you!

  4. Wow, both your cards captures the 4th of July feeling very well! Like the city scene with mountains, the old fashioned feel or should I say authentique feel of your second card is just FAB. You've had quite some memorable moments with the fireworks. :-)
    You're so privileged to live in such a gorgeous country with those beautiful mountains! The Netherlands is just sooooo very FLAT!
    Thanks for sharing!


  5. Two marvelous celebration cards, Kim...and your photos/descriptions of the 4th of July celebrations *really* make me want to come your way. I love fireworks...

  6. LOVE them both!!!! The first is my fav!

  7. Your cards are fabulous and your post is as well! I love CO and the skiing men in my family think it is ShangriLa! I had the best filet mignon ever at at place called The Mint....I think it is in Frisco or Dillon!

  8. A terrific pair of cards Kim!! I like your majestic purple mountains!!

  9. I like the idea of recreating your own city from a photo!

  10. These are fantastic Kim! I love your purple mountains - that is just a brilliant idea and your pinwheel is so sweet!


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