Thursday, September 3, 2015

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Rise, Shine & Celebrate

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

I have one more peek for you.

This release is all about celebrations.  The paper, the Little Bits dies, the sentiments.  I decided to bring them all together into one celebratory card.  I used one of the funny sentiments from Another Year Older but I made the rest of it nice to offset the sarcasem!


I had never used the Color Block Cutting Plate before. As much as I love to work with dies and little scenes, it's the perfect backdrop!  I filled in a number of squares with paper from the new Hello Happiness Paper Pack. The little scalloped square is part of the cutting plate - each square actually comes with smaller dies to fit inside.  I filled the square with Little Bits - Confetti and Candle.  The rest of the squares are the new Happy Birthday Banner, Little Bits - Cupcake, Little Bits - Ice Cream Sundae and Bloomers 3.


If the birthday celebration hasn't been exciting enough, there's even more news.  We have a new challenge blog starting today - the Share Joy Challenge.  And guess who the coordinator is - the incomparable Jen Shults of Deconstructing Jen fame.  (Did anybody else go into mourning when The Deconstructed Sketch shut down?  Now we know why!)  A new challenge will open every Thursday at 7 a.m. PST and the first one is live now! 

Each challenge will include a sketch and one other thing - players can use one or both. 

I had no doubt what stamp set that I would use. There's another new Grumplings set with this release - Grouchy Grumplings.  It's a nice general set that will make the recipient of your card smile. (I know a set with "grouchy" in the title is an odd fit for a share "joy" challenge but this image definitely made me grin.  Plus I have a friend who is famous for not "shining" and this will go out to her when she needs a smile.)  Because there was yellow, blue and green in the challenge, I pulled out the rise and shine grumpling and created a little sunrise scene.  I did attempt to follow the sketch - but I totally forgot the strip down the left side.

Rise Not Shine

I adore the Grumplings!!

STJ Rise Not Shine CloseUp

And I adore challenges!  Hope to see you playing along (after going shopping!!)


Still Younger

STJ Rise Not Shine Copics
The TE Store carries Copics.


  1. Wow!! these are both so Adorable Kim!! LOOOOOOVE you first one with the colorblock cutting plate! So CUTE and Clever! I need to pull that cutting plate out and put it to use!! ( As soon as I get everything unpacked, lol ) ;-) And our Grumblings card is so Darling! looks like me in the AM before I have my coffee lol! Great job with the sketch too! 8-)


  2. This is adorable Kim! I love all of the goodies you tucked into that nifty frame. And the grumpling...too much fun!!!

  3. These are GREAT Kim! I love your card with the color block cutting plate! You rocked that! Your Grumplings card is awesome... brilliant thinking with the bent arrow die! Thanks for joining us for the first Share Joy Challenge and for your crazy nice comments. :)

  4. Super, super cute!! I LOVE that fun color bock die. That little grumpling is so FUN!!

  5. ADORABLE! And I echo that sentiment!!! Sure to bring a smile to a friend!

  6. so cute. I just love those grumplings. Great idea to put the sun behind him.

  7. So much FUNshine here@ These cards brought a huge smile to my face. I am itching to get my TE quilt die out and use it now! xx

  8. Your color block cutting plate card is jam-packed with celebration! Fabulous! And the grumpling is just sheer genius! You're going the extra mile in convincing me I need those little creatures!


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