Monday, January 4, 2016

Taylored Expression Sneak Peek 1: Hens & Monkeys

It's day 1 of sneak peeks for the December release from Taylored Expressions!!  This month is Petite-A-Palooza - a release full of Petite Stamp & Die Combos!  There are so many new combos this month - today I'm showing off hens and monkeys.

Be sure to check out 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, January 7, 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.

These little stamp and die combos are a fabulous addition to any collection - a nice set of stamps with multiple images and sentiments plus the die to cut it out!  I wanted to start these sneak peeks with a set that is just plain fun - Happy Hens Stamp & Die Combo. The set comes with these two hens, a single dancing hen, the hen house and three sentiments.  The fence and barn is from an older set called Made in the Shade (which actually coordinates with a full-size tree die called Shade Tree) - but isn't it great that it all works together!


I saw the layout of this card in my mind and I had the barn scene and the hen house stamped and ready to color when it occurred to me that it would be really fun if I left it in black and white like a cartoon!! (That's an unusually creative step for me!) Those two hen friends really pop on all of that black and white. To add some interest, I used the new Chicken Wire Embossing Folder along the bottom.


Another really fun set is the new Monkey Business Stamp & Die Combo. Just by the name, you can tell this one's going to be fun! I went a little sweet - thinking ahead to a niece's birthday - but there's also a funny little monkey with a banana and a beanie hat with a spinner that I'm going to be using for my teenager's birthday!


I used a number of the stitched dies that have been released over the last few months - the squares, circles and banners. I love the finished edge of a stitched die. I also used an older die called Love Tree just to add to the sweetness of that monkey!  Then just a few Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles for color.


This is a fun release - I hope you like it so far!  Be sure to head over to the TE blog and leave a comment for a chance at a prize. And check out the rest of the design team. It amazes me each and every month at the wide variety of cards and other projects that come out of this group. Come back tomorrow for some hope and smiles!


Links to new products will not work until January 7th.

Just Chicken In


It's a Monkey Party



  1. Very fun cards!beautiful creations

  2. While that little monkey card is cute, and I love the way you've created your design to highlight her, I have to say that those chickens are just about the funnest things ever! Amazing card! Love the black and white background, and that fun chicken wire embossing folder. Great idea to let those birds shine! Two fun cards, and I can see these biddies in my basket in practically no time! Great cards. Bev

  3. How CUTE!! I LOVE the first one with the black and white background and the colored chickens. Totally fun. The second one with the little monkey is totally sweet!!

  4. The hens are too much fun and the monkey card adorable!!

  5. Cute cute cute! The chicken card is over the top adorable!

  6. So stinkin' CUTE! Very clever to leave one not totally coloured in. I LOVE that one! Very good job!

  7. Oh my! These are totally adorable!!!!

  8. Your niece will adore receiving a sweet monkey card, as will your son with a 'guy' version, complete with a spinner beanie. Hope to see that one once it's done! The hens, though...oh my stars! Kim, totally fabulous! Love the yellow biddies in the black/white farmyard! Ingenious...and down-right smile-making!


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