Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TE Holiday Hoopla Blog Hop!!

Taylored Expressions is hosting a Holiday Hoopla today, and I'm excited to be a part of it! You should have arrived here from Nancy McKinney's blog. If you didn't (or if you get lost along the way) you can head back to the beginning at Taylor's blog for the full list of participants. There are 22 designers showcasing Christmas/Winter/Holiday stamp sets from TE with samples that include all sorts of projects from cards to gifts and beyond! We want to inspire you to get your holiday crafting and card making into high gear! Be sure to stick with me all the way to the end of the post to get a coupon code for 25% off all holiday stamp sets at Taylored Expressions!

The set that I'm showcasing is Wings of Joy. I love it because the images and sentiments are so sweet and whimsical! They are perfect for cards, tags and all sorts of holiday projects! Today I chose to make a 8.5" x 11" scrapbook layout.

I had a few photos of my DD, Sabrina, from last year that I have been wanting to capture on a scrapbook page. Each year she receives a multitude of gifts from generous friends and family, and each year our little family is blessed by her infectious smile and sweet disposition. The two smaller photos are of her testing out her new camera (top) and karaoke machine (bottom). Along with the photos, I added a few of the happy images and sweet sentiment from Wings of Joy, which I thought were a perfect compliment to the story that I wanted to tell.

Here are a few details shots:

Title of Christmas Joy -- "Christmas" created by using Thickers (letter stickers) left over from the TE May Key Ingredients (I have used these on a lot of projects and I still have plenty left for make more cards and layouts!). "Joy" created by stamping the sweet image from Wings of Joy, coloring it with Copic markers and die cutting it using the Take Note 3 die. The Take Note label is popped up with foam tape for a little added dimension. I added some rhinestone flourishes under the label for some festive bling.

Birds holding garland image and sentiment:

Here's a complete look at Wings of Joy:

Creating for this hop caused to me to go back and look at some of my previous creations, and I wanted to share one of those with you today too. One of my first TE stamp set purchases was Home Sweet Home and to this day it is still one of my favorites! I was honored to be a Featured Cupcake Sampler of the week nearly 3 years ago and made a couple of cards and a layout using Home Sweet Home.

To see my original post and for more details, please click HERE to go back to my original blog post.

Are you getting in the mood to stamp? Be sure to check out Taylor's 12 Days of A Handmade Christmas Video Series for lots of easy gift ideas.

Now, who loves a SALE? Use Coupon Code HOOPLA2011 to get 25% off the following holiday stamp sets (released in 2009 and 2010) at Taylored Expressions now through November 2:

The coupon code is case sensitive. Follow these instructions to apply the discount to your order:
1. Add the desired stamp sets from the above list to your shopping cart.
2. Insert the coupon code into the Promotional Code box.
3. Click the Update Cart button. Your discount should now be applied.
4. Proceed to checkout to finalize and submit your order.

Your next stop on the hop is to the fabulous, Lori Craig's blog. You will not want to miss what she has to show you!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!

Christmas Joy Layout Supplies ~
Stamps: Wings of Joy (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions), Everybody Loves Christmas (Echo Park)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Take Note 3 die (Taylored Expressions), Circle punches (EK Success), Markers (Copic), Thickers letter stickers (TE May Key Ingredients), Rhinestone flourishes, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.