Thursday, February 4, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day 2

I'm back today to share the next exciting development at Taylored Expressions - Stamps A la Carte! One of the hottest sellers in the TE booth at this past CHA Super Show was the new line of single images you can purchase for only $6.95 each. These sweet images are the same top quality deeply etched pink rubber you love. For February we have 8 irresistible Whimsical Wishes Animals in Love! To coordinate with the 8 Animals in Love images, Taylored Expressions is offering a full size set of sentiments, Animal Love Sentiments. The Stamps A la Carte and Animal Love Sentiments are fabulous for your year-round lovey-dovey cards.
For my first card I chose the Whales and paired them with the row of hearts and sentiment from Animal Love Sentiments. All the papers and ribbon are from my Valentine Key Ingredients.

The Whales are coloured with copics and the entire image is cut out with Labels Three Nestabilities. I added gloss to the hearts with my clear Glaze pen. To pierce around the edges I left my Nestabilities shape in place and used the inner edge as a guide.

I wanted a completely different look for my second card so I reached for my Basic Grey Origins 6x6 pad and let those colours guide me. The Owls seemed like a perfect choice for browns and greens.

I stamped the Owls once with Memento Rich Cocoa onto Choice Snow White then again with Memento Tuxedo Black. I cut out the brown tree, added a little colour to the hearts and gave them a sprinkling of glitter. Then I coloured the black Owls with copics and cut them out as well. I added a little detail to their tummies by drawing in scallop lines with my colourless blender (I went over the lines three times, letting them dry between). I had this idea to add a real branch for them to sit on but I was making this card in the evening, and it was dark out, so I wasn't about to go foraging in the back yard (we back onto a forest) and chance running into nocturnal creatures. So, I created my own branch by wrapping a few pieces of hemp with brown thread...voila...instant branch! The Owls are popped for dimension and also so the branch would fit under them. The sentiment is part of the Animal Love Sentiments set and the buttons are from my stash.

I know the rest of the Baker's Dozen has plenty more eye candy to share so I hope you'll pop over and visit their blogs.

See you tomorrow with more Animals in Love!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

14 comments:

Sankari W. said...
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Sankari W. said...

Karen! - these are da bomb beautiful!!! I LOVE those whales and the way you did the hearts (the coloring on them is FABU!)! But your owl card - knocked my socks off - get OUT - with the hemp/brown thread/branch creation!!! (by the way - I was totally cracking up about your hesitation to encounter any nocturnal creatures by foraging for a branch in the dark! lol!! you are too cute!) LOVE the colors and the way you added the hemp bow!

Seriously Karen - you simply rocked the forest with this card - it is all the way up there with the donut card!!!
(also - I was totally cracking up over the HOly Hannah Montana comment yesterday - that is my new exclamation now!!!
YOU ROCK K!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Taylor VanBruggen said...

These are super adorable, Karen! I just adore your whale card...the piercing around the image is a fabulous touch! And I love the BG Origins paper paired with the owl image...so fun!

Alex said...

WOW!! These are gorgeous cards Karen!! I love all the piercing around the edges, looks fabulous!! These new little stamps are adorable!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Leslie said...

Very nice! Love the twiney, twig branch - very clever!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

My word...I totally love both...there is no way I could choose a favorite! These are UBER adorable Saucy!!

Dawn Easton said...

Karen, these are both fabulous girl! I love the glossy hearts! I need one of those pens! Your popped up owls are adorable too!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Just gorgeous, Karen! The coloring is awesome. . .I HAVE to get those whales! TOO TOO CUTE!

Stamp and Smile said...

Beyond CUTE Karen!!! LOVE the shinny hearts, paper piercing and all the stitching! Both cards ROCK... :)

Amy Sheffer said...

Cute, cute, cute!!! Love those shiny hearts on the whale card, and those owls are too cute! Fantastic details!

Ann Kranitz said...

OMG!!! That whale card is just over the top ADORABLE!!! I just love every single inch of it!!!

Melissa Sauls said...

Oh hold the phone, I AM IN LOVE with the owl card!!!! ABsolutely ingenious it is just perfection in every sense of the word!! Ok...I love the whale card too....just love it all!

Karen Giron said...

SOOOOO cute! I LOVE the owl card with those fun colors and buttons and the ribbon on your whale card is SO clever!!

Sharon Harnist said...

OMGoodness, these new stamps are adorable and your cards are wonderful, Karen!!