Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Studio Challenge!

It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge. This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum. Each month we have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.  This month's question is:

Helpin' out a newbie! It's so exciting when a friend discovers the joys of stamping. But do you remember how overwhelming it was to decide what to get when you were new to the craft?
You have a {hypothetical} friend who started stamping less than a year ago and she is loving it! She has some Christmas money burning a hole in her pocket, and she has seen your fabulous TE creations, so she is asking for your advice on what stamping supplies to purchase. So let's hear your sage advice!

This is such a good question!  I wish someone had given me advice when I first started stamping:)  Ok, say my friend has $75 and would like to know what I would recommend buying at the Taylored Expressions Store.  I would start off by suggesting a stamp set that has a lot of versatility like Bless Your Nest!  

Bless Your Nest

This set is perfect for Birthdays, Thank Yous, New Baby, New Home, etc.!  I would also suggest some fun dies like the Banner Stacklets 1 Dies.  

Banner Stacklets 1

These are so perfect for making different layouts and also for adding your sentiments. Very versatile and so popular right now!  She would definitely need a border die because a beautiful border adds so much interest to a card.  My current favorite is the Lace Chain Border Die.  

Lace Chain Border

Finally I would recommend some patterned paper with colors that she loves like the Authentique Lively 6x6 paper pad.  

Authentique -  Lively 6x6 Bundle

I adore this dp!  When I sit down to make a card I usually start with 3 things.  The stamp set I want to use, some dp to draw my color inspiration from, and a fab sketch.  The Deconstructed Sketch by our very own Jen Shults is always my first stop when I'm looking for a good sketch:)  

So that comes to about $70.00.  Throw in a new Copic, or another paper pad and you are at $75.00 and you get FREE SHIPPING~Woohoo!

Here are a couple of samples I made using the supplies listed above:

First I made a sweet card for a couple moving into a new home (hopefully that will be us this year!)  I used Bless Your Nest along with the Banner Stacklets 1 Dies, the Lace Chain Border Die, and the Authentique Lively dp!  The layout is the Deconstructed Sketch #74.  Here's a close up:

I put the sentiment on the inside.  I stamped it and then cut it out using the Banner Stacklets 1 Dies once again.  I just cut one end, and then the other:)

This next card was made for a friend of mine who is expecting twins!

It is her first pregnancy and they are so very excited:)  I'm just glad it's her and not me LOL!  The layout is the Deconstructed Sketch #77.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the Baker's Dozen suggestions are!  I can't wait to see either!  Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope your day is fabulous:)

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Bless Your Nest
Paper:  PTI Kraft and Dark Chocolate, Authentique Lively
Ink:  SU Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories:  Circle, Oval, and Blossom Nestabilities, Banner Stacklets 1 Dies, Lace Chain Border Die, Sewing Machine, Ribbon, Foam Squares


Tammie Edgerton said...

Both cards are awesome, Kerri! Love that border die too!!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Gorgeous cards, Kerri! LOVE the colors you used! I'm sure your friend will thank you for your suggestions! :)

Danni said...

Wonderful cards !!

Lynnette said...

These are so pretty, love those rich colors. Great twins card, such a wonderful idea:)

Shannon White said...

Fabulous Advise an selections Kerri!! LOVE your Darling Cards!! Both are soo Pretty & Cheery and Love the rich colors too! 8-)


carole (TruCarMa) said...

Gorgeous cards and great advice, Kerri! I LOVE that bright & fun Authentique paper - I've never seen it before. Adding it to my list of things you girls are enabling me to buy today... :)

Anonymous said...

Really gorgeous creation Kerri!! Love the colors!! :) Thanks for sharing!! Have a happy day! Smiles and Hugs - *Vicki*
*My Blog - Stamp Smiles

Kelley said...

Beautiful cards, Kerri. Hope you get to send the new home card to yourself!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerri!
I loooooove your choices, and your cards are simply fabulous! Great job on the challenge. :-)

Unknown said...

Wonderful cards, Kerri! Love all of your choices - colors, stamps, dies!

Stacy Morgan said...

Both are very pretty. that is great advice for a newbie too.

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