Friday, April 12, 2013

Authentique / Taylored Expressions Project Blog Hop Day 2!

Taylored Expressions and Authentique have partnered together for a fun blog hop featuring some of the new Authentique collections and TE stamps & dies. Some of the designers on both teams have created projects to share with you for this 2 day hop! Welcome to Day 2! If you missed Day 1, you can start hopping HERE.

If you'd like to start at the beginning, today's hop begins at Taylor's blog, HERE. If you are hopping in order, you should have come from my incredibly talented Baker's Dozen teammate, Wanda Guess' blog. I have a couple of projects to show you, so get comfortable and settle in for a bit!

Authentique was quite generous in supplying us with their gorgeous products (thank you SO much!), so I made a couple of projects! My first one is a layout that I created using the Authentique Strong collection. It is perfect to capture moments between Sabrina and her dad. In my layout below, I included a few photos from a recent spring break trip to Guadalupe National Park. The layout tells the story of how Sabrina isn't the biggest fan of hiking, but luckily she has her dad to help her through it.

I loved combining the beautiful patterns and elements from the Strong collection with some TE stamps and dies. I layered a couple of patterns ("enduring" and "handsome") and stitched them together. For my title, I added a Stamp Blocks die cut from the collection. It reads "You're the BEST". To complete the rest of the title, I used the Poster Graphic Alpha to die cut "Dad" (I used paper from the 8x8 collection and chipboard to make my letters thicker).

The graphic circle splash is from You're My Hero. I stamped it a couple of times to the left of my photos. Here's a detail shot:

In the shot below, you can see the "Dad & Me" circular die cut (from Circles & Scallops) and I added the date to a die cut from Hinges & Tabs. I used the Notepaper & Clipboard Die and stamped the Notepaper lines before I hand wrote my journaling.

Finally, on the lower part of the layout are more words to support my journaling. I stamped you're my hero (also from You're My Hero) onto the backside of the one of the Stamp Blocks die cuts, added it to a banner (using Banner Stacklets 1) and popped it up. "Wonderful You" is part of the patterned paper. And the Daddy's Girl postage stamp is also from Stamp Blocks.

My next project is a set of simple tags using the Authentique Hope collection. All sentiments are from TE's Happy Heart stamp set. I also used several TE dies and some word stickers from Authentique.

For each tag base, I die cut the largest die from Tag Stacklets 1 onto chipboard and set those aside. Next, I created the "tag top" by layering different patterns from the Hope collection. I added a scallop (using the Medium Scallop Border), stitching and tied some twine around the centers. Once I finished those steps, I adhered my tag top to the chipboard base with red line tape to create a sturdy tag (this also helps to hide the stitching and twine on the backside). Each sentiment was stamped onto Choice Buttercream cardstock, then die cut and popped up with foam tape. I tied twine bows and added a button to the top of each tag.

Here's a look at each individual tag (you can see the tiny word stickers better):

Above sentiment: used Spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies.

Above sentiment: used Label Stacklets 1 die.

Above & below sentiments: used Label Stacklets 2.

SALE and GIVEAWAY information

  • Taylored Expressions is offering a coupon code TENOFFDIES. You will save 10% off any in-stock dies. The offer is good from April 11, 2013 until 11:59pm CST on April 19, 2013. Please note that the code is case sensitive and not available on wholesale orders.
  • There will also be an Authentique/Taylored Expressions prize pack (this will consist of a mix of Authentique products and TE dies ---> which if you aren't already aware, coordinate wonderfully together)! The winner will be chosen from comments on ALL blogs over the two day hop. You have until Monday, April 15, 2013 @ midnight PST to leave your comments.
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    Your next stop in the hop is Kay Fatula's blog. She makes the most gorgeous projects, so I'm sure you will enjoy! If you get lost along the way, here is the complete hop order:

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    You're the Best Dad Layout | Supplies:

    Authentique products used:
    Collection: Strong
    "handsome" 12x12 paper
    "enduring" 12x12 paper
    8x8 paper bundle
    Circles & Scallops die cut paper accents
    Hinges & Tabs die cut paper accents
    Stamp Blocks die cut paper accents
    Titles & Phrases die cut paper accents

    Supplies from the TE store:

    Stamps: You're My Hero, Notepaper A La Carte (Taylored Expressions)
    Ink: Memento Toffee Crunch, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko); Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
    Accessories: Taylored Dies: Banner Stacklets 1, Notepaper & Clipboard, Poster Graphic Alpha (Taylored Expressions); Star brad, Mini clothespin, Chipboard, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.

    Happy Heart Tags | Supplies:

    Authentique products used:
    Collection: Hope
    "await II" 12x12 paper
    "faith II" 12x12 paper
    "lavish" 12x12 paper
    "adorn II" 12x12 paper
    "elements" 12x8 stickers

    Supplies from the TE store:

    Stamps: Happy Heart (Taylored Expressions)
    Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko), Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
    Accessories: Taylored Dies: Tag Stacklets 1, Medium Scallop Border, Label Stacklets 1, Label Stacklets 2 (Taylored Expressions); Standard Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Buttons, Natural burlap twine (May Arts), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.