Monday, August 31, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 1: A Birthday Celebration

It's day 1 of sneak peeks for the September release from Taylored Expressions!!  Day 1 of our sneak peeks celebrates birthdays.  This is a very special month at Taylored Expressions as they celebrate their 7th birthday! 

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, September 3, 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.

Today is all about celebrations!  I'm starting with a great new cutting plate called "Presents".  It's equivalent to an existing plate called "Up, Up and Away" which I used here.  Up, Up & Away has balloons up in the upper left corner with open space to add sentiments, etc.  The new Presents Cutting Plate has presents in the lower left corner.  They both come with dies to cut backgrounds - so this new Presents plate comes with four three rectangular dies that fit behind the presents and a die that fits behind the bow (I didn't use that one on this card.)


Obviously I made this a giant shaker.  First, it's really easy to do with this cutting plate because the frame that is cut gives you room to easily add the dimensional adhesive.  You simply cut the plate, add your present backgrounds, adhere acrylic behind the whole thing and then run your dimensional adhesive along all of the sides.  FYI - being a really cheap person, I ran dimensional adhesive behind the presents, to keep the sequins out from behind them.  This let me use less sequins.  Second, LOVE the new sequins - Hello Happiness.  Multiple colors, shapes, sizes and patterns.  I did use a full quarter of a bottle in this shaker but I think it's worth it!

Here's the whole card.


There's a special sentiment on this card. To celebrate our 7th year, Taylored Expressions has designed a special party favor, One & Only You. This petite stamp & die combo set includes a "you" coordinating die and will be FREE with orders over $50 beginning on September 3rd – September 13th. One free set per customer, while supplies last.

As much as I love the sequins and the sparkle of the first card, there is so much more to do with the Presents Cutting Plate. How about an elegant card?


The sentiment is a sneak peek of a sneak peek!  It's from a flower set with sneak peeks starting tomorrow!!  But I just had to pull it out because I thought the curls on the sentiment worked well with the curls of the bow.  The embossing is the Take a Number Embossing Folder and is also new this release!

Let's go really crazy with this cutting plate!  Did you know it's less than four months until Christmas? Ugh.  So here's an easy way to do Christmas cards.  A patterned paper, then coordinate the presents - and you've got a card!

TE Presents Cutting Plate - Christmas

I think I got carried away with the Presents Cutting Plate, so let's move to an absolutely charming new stamp set - Balloon Buddies which also has a matching set of dies.  Check out this elephant getting "carried away"!


Behind the elephant I added another new product - Skinny Mini Party Borders.  I used each of the four borders (or banners) behind the elephant.  The paper is from the new paper pack - Hello Happiness


Don't forget to head over to the TE Blog to leave a comment for a chance to win and to check out all of the other new release items and design team cards. And come back tomorrow - I'll be showing off some amazing new sentiments and dies.


The links to new products will not work until release day!!

Celebrate You with Sparkles

Elegant  Celebration

I used silver glitter paper from my collection.

Christmas Celebrations

The paper is from an older 6x6 pad by Echo Park - Christmas Cheer.  The Christmas green present is just a scrap of cardstock from my stash.

Getting Carried Away

I have linked to the new Hello Happiness Paper Pack.  There is also a Matched Kit with the same paper and coordinating cardstock.

The TE Store carries Copics!


  1. Lots of great ideas. Love your shaker present card as well as the Christmas paper behind the presents. Those sequins are really pretty.

  2. Super cute cards, Kim! I love all of the different ways you used the presents cutting plate! And that little elephant is totally adorable!

  3. Love seeing more than one project with the same die - it gives us great ideas about its versatility!

  4. Thank you for showcasing the versatility of the Presents plate in various ways. Each card: sheer delight! As for the balloon-lifted wee ellie - truly adorable!

  5. Lots of cute cards! They look so different with different paper and colors! I NEED Those sequins!

  6. Oh my!! You have been busy!! I love that you used some of the same supplies but made the cards so completely different. I also love those fun sequins you used. Great projects!!

  7. Wow - you have been busy! Thanks for sharing other holiday uses for the present die. Move the shaker card!

  8. Delightful Kim, all of them delightful!!


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