Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop

I’m sorry my project isn’t up yet but I had a very rough night so I’m sleeping in. As my pregnancy progresses, it gets harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep! I’ll have my post up later though, just a bit late. My apologies.

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Welcome to my project for Taylored Expressions Blog Hop! I am happy to announce that I have found out the gender of my baby. I still can’t believe it because this pregnancy is so different in so many ways than the other two. But this baby is boy #3! Whew, I am going to be one busy momma! AND I won some stamp sets from TE via the Moxie Fab blog and I just had to use them. But how to incorporate a baby project with this month’s theme, Collectors Anonymous?

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Didn’t take me long to settle on an altered Keepsake Box because I do tend to collect lots of ephemera for my scrapbook pages and I am always losing stuff unless it ends up in a special place! Like baby clothes tags, photos other people take and give me, ribbons from gifts, tags, cards etc. So this little box was perfect! I love that it has no separate lid but rather the top closes with a magnet.

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I stamped the tiny sheep from Bringing Home Baby on the kraft background using Champagne Versamark ink. I cut them apart and arranged them in a triangle shape for easy background stamping. Aren’t they cute? The shimmer is hard to see but I love those little sheep anyway. I paper pieced the bear and accented him with a Copic marker for some shading. I hand cut the heart mat.

The box is nice to cover, the box collapses which makes the edges easier to cover as the raw edges can be tucked in and hidden when the box is assembled. You might have to see one to know what I’m talking about. The sides are covered in the same paper the heart was cut from. And since the box is white, no need to cover every edge or paint it first. Of course  you could if you didn’t want white but the surface is nice and smooth so I would recommend a very light, quick sanding if you want to paint it.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Bringing Home Baby, Beary Special-TE
Ink: Antique Linen Distress, Chocolate-SU!, Champagne Versamark
Paper: blue DPs-Anna Griffin, brown DP-SU!, kraft CS-SU!, natural CS-PTI,
Accessories: Perfect Package Card Box-TE, heart die-PTI, vintage buttons-stash, ribbon-stash, Copics E71,77, Labels 8 Nesties



Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop-Beach Clothes Line

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So glad you hopped on by to my project! The theme for the blog hop this month was Sending You Sunshine and boy, are we getting summer weather here in Southern Ontario! With the humidity, it is supposed to be 47 C later this week. YIKES!

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I used Hangin’ Out Beach and Hangin’ Out for my card today. I prefer to use the boxer shorts from the latter for guys swim trunks because they have no pattern making it easier to layer over patterned paper. Everything was stamped on patterned paper except the tree top and coconuts. I used plain cardstock for them. Then I used Copics for shading to make them look more 3-D.

The sand and shells are by Mudd Puddles and if you Google them, I’m sure you can find them online. They make the best sand and shells that come in little pots in glue so they are ready to use. One small note: I bought mine a year ago and they were starting to dry out! So I added some water and shook them (gently with the shells) to reactivate the glue. Definitely check yours out if you have some and add water if needed.

If you enjoyed my project, I hope you will subscribe. Both RSS and email options are on my sidebar! Thanks! I hope you have fun visiting the other blogs on the hop!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: TE, tab punch stamp-SU!
Ink: chocolate chip, Baja-SU!, Antique Linen Distress ink
Paper: It’s late, I can’t remember the manufacturers! Lime Rickey, Splash, kraft, olive CS-SU!
Accessories: Copic markers, Taylor’s Twinkles, Pink Divine Twine, foam dots- Jody Morrow, BBQ skewer, sand, shells-Mudd Puddles, tab punch-SU!



Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop-Worst Day at the Beach

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Welcome to another TE blog hop! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the projects before mine! The theme this month was masculine cards. I have to admit, I used to be afraid of them but when you live in a house with 3 guys you have to get good at them pretty quickly!

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The sentiment came out a bit light, in case you can’t read it, it says, “The worst day at the beach is better than the best day at work.” AMEN! So, how do you make a beach themed card without using any beach themed stamps? Well, you start by using the boxers from the Hangin’ Out set and stamp them on patterned paper to make swim trunks. Then you steal the worst day sentiment from the Crafty Expressions set. And since ‘at the beach’ isn’t an fill-in option, you use JustRite stamps! Cool huh?

If you like my card, I hope you will visit again to check out my work; I have subscription thingies on my sidebar. If you’d like to see some of my blog hop projects from previous months, just click on the Blast tag at the bottom of this post. I love your sweet comments, I’m feeling yucky today and almost didn’t participate so even a short comment would make my day!

Enjoy, Rebecca

TE, JustRite
Ink: chocolate, not quite navy-SU!, Vintage Photo Distress ink
Paper: all DP and CS-CTMH
Accessories: border strip-PTMH, Labels4, square Nesties, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copic B45



Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop–Life is Like a Wave…

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Another Blast from the Past blog hop; this month our theme was Clean and Simple. Not too hard right? Ugh, I agonized over it! I don’t always but this one was tough. Of course, I was super busy so that was probably why. Once my brain is revved up, I have a hard time thinking CAS.

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I’m afraid the colours aren’t super accurate, I am struggling with editing this week. The pink is Hibiscus Burst, the green background and in the sentiment is celery by SU! Every photo I’ve struggled with has had both pink and green in it so maybe that’s why?

Anyway, in case you can’t read the sentiment, it says, “Life is like a wave. You can’t change the way it breaks, but you can change the way you ride it.” The surf board was coloured with Copics and the bottom edge was cut with a PTI edge die.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Enjoy, Rebecca

TE Hangin’ out at the Beach
Ink: pink-SU!, black Memento
Paper: Hibiscus CS-PTI, white CS-TE
Accessories: Copics RV04, YG03, BG05, SU! markers pink, celery, turquoise, foam dots-Jody Morrow, EK Success punch, PTI edge die



Baby Favour Tin–Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Time for another Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop! This month the theme is SPRING!

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When I think of Spring I think of babies, I guess mostly baby animals but since I I have no TE animal stamps, I went with human babies! Wouldn’t this tin be cute for a baby shower favour? You could put the baby’s or the mom’s name along the bottom.

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I used the pennant stamp from Hangin’ Out along with the tiny flower and the sentiment. Shame this photo is too washed out, I have the hardest time getting soft colours to look right. The little flowers were coloured with Copics G21, Y35 and I blended R11 and RV10 for the pink. It keeps the pink from being too peachy or purpley. The blue dots in the corner are brads and I used my Big Bite to go right through the metal of the tin lid to attach them.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop! See below the recipe for the rest of the bloggers all showing you fabulous projects this month! If you enjoyed this post, I hope you will subscribe to my blog, you can become a Google Follower, sign up for RSS feeds or receive emails in your inbox, all on the sidebar. You can also click on the Blast from the Past TE blog hop tag at the bottom of this post to see my other blog hop projects. Thanks for visiting.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Hangin’ Out-TE, Alphabet-Hero Arts
Ink: all SU! except Memento brown
Paper: CS and DP-SU!
Accessories: tin-stash, punch-EK Success, Scor-Tape, Big Bite, Brads-Making Memories, Twine-PTI, ribbon-stash, Copics, foam dots- Jody Morrow



Let’s Hang Out! ~ TE Feb Blast from the Past Blog Hop

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Another fun blog hop for Taylored Expressions! This month the theme was Go Green.

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I’ve been looking through my mom’s decorating magazines and found one with the most lovely room done in a lively yellow-green, soft pink and bright pink with lots of white. I would show it but I am getting a migraine and just want to post quickly and go to bed.

The flower was made from 4 die shapes; I split each in 2 for an 8 layer flower. After splitting, I punched a hole, spritzed with handmade spray using Perfect Pearls and crumpled them. Then I partially dried them with my heat gun. I gently uncrumpled them and recrumpled them where I needed more creases then I continued to dry them. I flattened them just a bit and threaded them on to a long pronged brad. All that was needed was a bit of fluffing and you get the flower you see here! I used both sets of circle Nesties using 4 of the 5 smallest, excluding the very smallest.


The card is a gatefold card which made getting the ribbon on straight very easy! Once I glued on the flower, the panel underneath needed a notch cut from it so it would slip under the flower neatly so I cut a notch using an oval Nestie. I wanted foam dots under the whole panel but of course, I didn’t want the right side to stick to the card or it wouldn’t open. So I added the foam dots and punched little flowers out to place over the adhesive. This way they don’t stick to the card and it still looks nice from the other side when open.

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs in the blog hop! If you enjoyed this post, I hope you will subscribe to my blog, you can become a Google Follower, sign up for RSS feeds or receive emails in your inbox, all on the sidebar. You can also click on the Blast from the Past TE blog hop tag at the bottom of this post to see my other blog hop projects. Thanks for visiting.

Enjoy, Rebecca

TE Hangin’ Out
Ink: memento black, celery-SU!,
Paper: celery, pretty in pink, white CS-SU!, Hibiscus Burst CS-PTI, DP-DCWV
Accessories: foam dots- Jody Morrow, oval and scalloped circle Nesties, Copic G24, brad-stash, ribbon-May Arts, Perfect Pearls, Divine Twine-Etsy



Winged Matchbox

Another Swap-Bot swap to make a matchbox with a focal point that has wings.

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I just love this little bear. And don’t those wings look so cute stamped in gold embossing?

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There isn’t too much to say that isn’t answered by a recipe.

Enjoy, Rebecca

TE Beary Special
Ink: Antique Linen and embossing Distress inks
Paper: brown DP-SU!, Aqua DP, pink CS-PTI, kraft CS (sleeve base)-SU!, tracing paper (wings)-stash
Accessories: gold EP-SU!, Brown EP-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, heart brad-TE, Copic E71


Taylored Expressions Blog Hop–Mini Puppy Gift Box

I am a huge fan of making little boxes. I bought the pattern for this one from My Time, Made Easy; it is called Tuckered Out. Cute name huh?

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Isn’t that puppy cute? The box was fun to make but, as usual, I noted a couple of problems. I really wanted it to open from the top but the tab wouldn’t stay tucked in! No idea why, I checked to make sure that I had scored in all the right places and I had. So I glued it shut and now it opens from the bottom. I noticed that one of the sides didn’t line up quite right either and I am pretty darn precise. But it is cute enough that I don’t mind making adjustments.

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The puppy was stamped on light brown CS and lightly shaded with Copics. The white button is a vintage button, the brown one is from Basic Grey and the aqua one is from PTI. I braided the handle from PTI twine.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop. If you enjoyed my project, I hope you will subscribe, there are thingies on my sidebar!



Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: Beary Special and Beary Special Accessories- Taylored Expressions
Ink: chocolate-SU!, Antique Linen Distress ink
Paper: natural CS-SU!, DP-PTI
Accessories: buttons, white twine-as above, natural twine, template-as above, tag die-Quickutz


Baby Blessing Card for Taylored Expressions Blog Hop


10:55 I can’t believe I am down to the wire with this one. I’ll add more details after this basic post is up. ETA: I had so much fun creating this card, I say that a lot don’t I? I guess that is simply because I enjoy my craft so much!! LOL!!

baby blessings TE blog hop

I actually created one very similar but boy-themed card for www.Swap-Bot.com that I loved and as it was part of a swap, I mailed it away. Sadly, I was silly enough to mail it WITHOUT taking a picture first! Seriously??? And I also made a really cute tag to go along with it. {{SIGH}}

I dyed the seam binding ribbon myself using SU! reinkers, blush blossom and pretty in pink. I hand cut the grass fringe after cutting the CS’s edge with a scalloped paper punch. I used my Copic Airbrush system to create the background using Eclipse tape masks with the cloud dies from PTI. I don’t usually take photos during the day so my photo box set up never works in the day time. It isn’t too bad with editing but the bear and the kraft CS aren’t quite so orangey IRL.

The button isn’t supposed to be tipped up, but as I literally finished it, threw it in the photo box and photographed it 5 minutes before the posting deadline, I hadn’t noticed to fix it! I also just noticed that one of the clothespins on the diaper cover snuck behind the ‘clothesline’. I’ll have to glue those in place I guess.

The onesie, bear’s tummy and the frilly diaper cover are all paper pieced with touches of Copic for detail and shading. If you notice, the DP’s flower is right in the middle of the image. Not an accident! I used sharp tipped, non-stick scissors to cut away the rubber from the center of the stamp so I could see the paper through it.

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Thanks for hopping by. If you just stumbled upon this blog hop, do start back at the beginning and check out all the links. This is a customer blog hop so you get to see creations by all of us who didn’t make the design team! Just kidding; I didn’t apply! But I am certainly will next time! Seriously, it is for all of those of us who love TE to get a chance to show off our work using their stamps. If you liked my project, I hope you will subscribe by email or RSS feed. Both are on my sidebar, the RSS one towards the bottom and the email one towards the top. You can see my project from the June Blog Hop here!


Enjoy, Rebecca

Hangin’ Out-Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento brown, Antique Linen Distress ink, night of navy-SU!
Paper: DP-SU!, kraft CS-CDS, white CS-SU!, white and ivory CS for Copics-TE, pink CS-PTI
Accessories: seam binding ribbon-Etsy, button, cloud die and twine-PTI, scalloped punch-SU!, BBQ skewers-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics B12,32,45 (airbrushing),  E21,33,35, W-1, R20, Y38, Eclipse tape-Ellen Hutson


Cute Monster ATC for Swap-Bot

Have you seen the movie, Monsters Inc? I LOVE that movie, the monsters are so interesting and different and then there is the story of course, melts my heart to see those ‘scary monsters’ with that little girl. Anyway, that was my inspiration for this ATC.

cute monster ATC
I coloured them all with Copics, then I texturized the purple one with blender rubbing alcohol sprayed on my stamping rag, previously a washcloth. The result is subtle but interesting. I love how they pop on the black but of course, that presents a problem since their tail, legs and feet are too tiny to cut out. I had already used the copper EP to emboss the sentiment so it was a natural progression to use EP for their legs! I tried to only ink their legs and then I used a tiny paint brush to brush away the excess EP so it wouldn’t show underneath them if you look from an angle.

Like the top hat? I originally stamped it in black when I thought that I was going to put some sort of DP underneath the monsters. But when I decided to use the plain black background, I needed to change it. TIP: So I put some two-way glue on a little scrap of paper and allowed it to dry. Then I stuck the hat on it and pressed it into my Versamark ink. Then a quick dip into the silver EP then I heated it with my heat gun and voila! A perfect silver hat! No finger prints or tweezer marks.

I placed red line tape around the outer 3 edges of the card and applied splotchy, imperfect glitter. Then I tapped off the excess and applied another colour to get this fun border. The purple shows up pretty well in the picture but what looks yellow is really a fun, bright, almost fluorescent green! Very monsterish! Both colours are MUCH brighter in person!!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Monsters INK-MFT
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, black CS, SU!
Ink: Memento black, Versamark
Accessories: glitter-Art Institute, redline tape, foam dots- Jody Morrow, silver, copper EP-SU!, tiny twinkle-Taylored Expressions, Copics: V04,06,09, R17,29, YR04,07,16,68, Y38, YG03,06, G14