Monday, September 28, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 1: Mangers and Ornaments

It's day 1 of sneak peeks for the October release from Taylored Expressions!!  This release is all Christmas and winter and it is fabulous!  It's sweet, it's elegant, it's funny, it's Christian - you'll see a little bit of everything. 

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, October 1, 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.

I'm starting today with a fabulous die called Away in a Manger. Does it get any more perfect for Christmas? I love that you could make it elegant; you could keep it soft and sweet; you could tons of detail; you can keep it clean and simple - and it always makes a statement.

TE Away in a Manger Diecut

I backed the die cut with the previously released Starry Night Cutting Plate and added some silver glitter paper.  The sentiment is from the previously released Sing of the King which is full of lines from all of our beloved Christmas hymns. I put it on a banner that I cut using Banner Stacklets 1. I cut it once then flipped the die around to cut the other side.

To be clear, the stitching isn't on the die. That's another new die set called Stitched Circle Stacklets, so you can choose whether or not to add the stitching.  The stitched circles also allow you to cut paper the right size to go behind the die cut. The red paper is a scrap that came with a very subtle pattern - I thought it gave a very elegant look.

TE Away in a Manger CloseUp

Another set of dies being released is the Ornament Overlays along with the Ornament Accessories. There are five ornaments and I love them because they sit between the line of elegant and cute so you could go either direction. I used a patterned paper from the new 6x6 pack Build a Scene - Christmas, then matched the ornaments.

TE Ornament Overlays Diecut

I sprinkled them with a few silvery snowflakes cut from the new Little Bits - Snowflake Confetti. (As the week goes by, you'll see that I use these snowflakes a lot - it's handy to have these itty bitty snowflakes!)

The sentiment is a sneak of a sneak!!!  The In & Out Christmas set will be introduced tomorrow.

TE Ornament Overlays CloseUp

Get ready to see some Christmas joy and head over to the Taylored Expressions blog to see all sneak products today and then hop to each of the designers blogs for a wide variety of peeks!  Enjoy!


Links to new products will not work until the release on October 1.

Away in a Manger

Merry & Bright

I have linked to the 6x6 paper pack, but Taylored Expressions also sells a Matched Kit which includes coordinating cardstock.  I do need to point out that I did not use the pink cardstock that comes in the kit.  It's a softer pink and since my pink ornament was the focal point of my card, I went for a slightly deeper color.


  1. Love that nativity die!! Gorgeous Christmas card. Ornaments are fun too

  2. Peaceful and wonderful! I love both cards! Beautiful colors and a bit of shine makes them so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. beautiful cards!!! LOVE them both, but those ornaments really made me smile.

  4. Your cards are just gorgeous! I love the one with the Christmas ornaments - -the colors are perfect!
    Take care!

  5. Oh wow!! These are lovely. The Nativity is just so precious and the ornament card is so fun with the unconventional colors. Great design!!

  6. Pretty cards Kim, love the Nativity!!

  7. Both cards are beautiful, Kim, but the first captures my heart...the essence of Christmas is conveyed with stunning it should be...


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