Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek-Day 1-Discover Your Wings

Today the Baker's Dozen is sharing projects made using the brand new set Discover Your Wings. I have lots of info to share today so grab a coffee and please stick with me...there's a prize announcement at the end! ;)

Every three months Taylored Expressions introduces a new set in the TE Giving Tree Program. Discover Your Wings is the new charitable set, designed by Nancy McKinney. The set will be available for purchase in the TE Store on Friday, December 4th from 8am PST. Proceeds from the sale of this gorgeous set ($7 from every set sold) will be donated to the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation (more on this in a sec.). The possibilities for this set are endless with the beautiful butterfly, dragonfly and flower images, not to mention the wonderful sentiments that are included in Discover Your Wings. I can see myself using it any time I need an uplifting card, or how about a classy graduation card, and it would make a beautiful set of notecards too!

Here's a little more on the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation. It's a charity that serves families dealing with infant death. Their mission statement is "To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family's healing process by honouring their child's legacy." NILMDTS administers a network of almost 7000 volunteer photographers in the US and 25 other countries. This is a wonderful charity that Taylored Expressions is honoured to support and I would encourage you to learn more about them by visiting their website.

I have to say that I had never heard of this charity until Taylored Expressions brought it into the spotlight. Thankfully I've never had to deal with an infant death and I can't even begin to imagine the loss a family feels. But that's what I love about the TE Giving Tree...they bring charities into the spotlight and I get to be a part of supporting these charities just by doing what I love, stamping!

How about a few details on my cards. On the first one I stamped the butterfly with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Choice Buttercream then again onto the Spring Fling patterned paper and I paper pieced the inside of the wings. I coloured the outside edge with a purple copic. Only the butterfly body is adhered to the circle so I could bend the wings up. The layout is Mojo115. I used my Fancy Tags to cut out the sentiment then sponged it with Memento Desert Sand and added two brown Zva crystals (leftovers from the crystal swirl on the circle. For the background I ran the paper through my textile Cuttlebug folder then sanded it lightly. The card base measures 5.25 inches square and there's plenty of dimension because each layer is on foam tape.

The second card whipped up super quick! I inked the flower image with Memento Sweet Plum and Memento Cantaloupe then coloured the stems and leaves with my artichoke marker and stamped it onto Choice Snow White. I layered it with the following Prism colours: Frosted Amethyst, Herbal Garden Dark, and Papaya Puree Medium. The layout is today's Splitcoast sketch, SC257. The butterfly was stamped with Memento Grape Jelly. I added some Diamond Sitckles and Black Flower Soft to the flower centers and two purple Tiny Twinkles on the diamond squares. The center panel is popped on foam tape and so is the butterfly.

Are you ready for the prize announcement? I know you deserve it!!!
Come blog hoppin' with me to see what the Baker's Dozen girls have cooked up with Discover Your Wings today.

Be sure to leave some love along the way because one lucky commenter will win a Discover Your Wings stamp set!!! How cool is that?!?

All you have to do is leave a comment on each Baker's Dozen blog today for the best chance to win! One lucky winner will be chosen at random from all of the comments on one of the blogs, but the trick is that nobody knows which blog it will be! You have until 6am PST on Thursday to enter. The winner will be announced Friday morning on Taylor's blog.

I'll see you back here tomorrow for day 2 of Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

42 comments:

Karen Giron said...

WOW, Karen! I love the 2 completely different looks you have given your cards - the first is so elegant with the swirls and bling and the second really pops with all the color you added. I love that look! Awesome!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

BEAUTIFUL cards, Karen! I LOVE that patterned butterfly!

Sankari W. said...

WOWOWOW!! Karen you create such amazingly beautiful cards and these are amazing!!!I love the butterfly on the first one and the way you did the flowers on the second one is fabulous!!! You are amazing chickie!!!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Taylor VanBruggen said...

Very pretty, Karen!! I love the unique layout on that second card and the patterned butterfly on the first! Gorgeousness!!

Craftin' in the Rain said...

love both cards, and your bling on the first one. Great job!

Steph K (booga3) said...

WOW, these are both SO amazing, Karen!

the whimsical butterfly said...

WOW Karen-these are both so gorgeous and I love how different they are from each other. Beautiful set-I couldn't be more excited about it!!!

Leslie said...

Beautiful card and beautiful charity - have to go and get some kleenex now!

Dana White said...

Kar these are stunning - can't wait to see the entire set!

Margaret de Witt said...

Karen, your first card is simply stunning and your second card is super pretty. Such different styles/ looks and both are so fabulous.

Also, I love your new profile pic - you look fantastic.

Krista said...

Your cards are both so cool. The first one is amazing. I love the distressed look of your background. It is gorgeous.

Jackie Pedro said...

Oh my word.....These are gorgeous, Karen! You must look at my cards as they are eerily similar to yours....I used the same mojo sketch for one and I inked up the second card just like your second card....GMTA? LOL!

Jami said...

Oh that first card is just so perfectly elegant - love it! And I also love seeing that big image inked up with colors like that - so pretty and simple!

Nancy L. said...

your card is amazing, love that butterfly!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

OOOOOOOOOOOH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Oh Karen...both of these are simply GORGEOUS! LOVE the texture and dimension on the first card, and the second is AMAZING with all the colors! LOVE!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Pretty cards Karen. Love the great colors you used and the blings on the first one... great images, of course!

Olivia M. said...

Beautiful cards each different but great details.

Angel said...

WOWSERS! Both of these cards are so pretty! LOVE this set!

pam said...

Great JOb. Love your cards.

thestampinglady said...

Your cards are just stunning. I love the different vibe from the colors of the two cards. Thanks for sharing.

Jen Tapler said...

Beautiful!! Both of them.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Both cards are fantastic, Karen....but I'm especially lovin' that first one! Oh my the texture and the colors are sooooo rich and gorgeous!! Beautifully done!

Sandra said...

great cards!
Love your use of colors.
Sandra

Sharon Harnist said...

Beautiful cards, Karen! I love the paper pieced butterfly on the first card and the embossed/distressed background! Your 2nd card is so bright and pretty ... I can't wait for spring! Great use of the black FS!

Jessica said...

These cards are stunning! What a beautiful set!

Leanne said...

Stunning cards, Karen. I love the sanded textile background. And the little gem on the tag is just the right touch.

Lea L. said...

Gorgeous!! I love the embossed and sanded background on that first one!

♥Lea

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Both are lovely, but your first card is my FAVE! Brilliant idea to emboss the background DP. The rhinestone swirl is the perfect touch.

sparkling stamper said...

RHinestones always make me happy! Beautiful work!!!

Sue D said...

Great cards--I really like the crystal swirls.

Danni said...

Love, love, love these!!

leenda said...

Beautiful artwork!

Nancy said...

Karen, gorgeous again! I found the silhouette image is great for quick cards. You've shared two very different looks...love it!

Laura.K said...

I love yove your cards. And those stamps are just gorgeous.

Teri said...

LOVE the background of your card! How pretty. TFS!!

AShu93 said...

Beautiful cards! I love the colored flowers, yet yours are so different from another I saw on the hop.

lillianchild said...

That background is stunning, as well as the bling and tag - LOVE IT!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Wow, all the cards have been exceptional. Love seeing all the interpretations of cards.

Annette Pagnusat said...

I love how you used the bling on card one, and card two is so fresh and spring-like.

Kelly Braund said...

Wow, these are both very pretty!

Donna said...

WOW! I love your cards, what a great way to showcase this set with the markers & kissing!

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