Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Taylored Expressions September Studio Challenge

Hello! It's time for the September Taylored Expressions 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.

The theme for September is:
We’re continuing our month-long TE Birthday Bash celebration with a special birthday-inspired Studio Challenge! Sometimes all we need to help us create is to simply see something that is beautiful, cool, or unique. Did you know that Taylored Expressions has over 30 boards on Pinterest filled with crafty eye-candy? We’d love to have you follow us at http://pinterest.com/tayloredexpress.

Today’s challenge: choose a photo from Taylor’s Birthday Inspiration Pinterest Board to inspire a stamped creation!

I used this photo of Taylor's sweet daughter, Madi, as my photo inspiration. What drew me to the photo was the banners, her darling polka dot dress and that yummy rainbow cake!

Here's a layout that I made with a recent photo of Sabrina:

I added a banner to the top by piecing strips of diagonal striped patterned paper onto the Pennant Border, trimming it and popping it up with foam tape. For my title, I used the Whimsy Alpha and Whimsy #'s. I love the look of white on white, but sometimes the words don't stand out as much that way, so I stitched the words onto the layout. I also wanted the number 10 to stand out more, so I die cut it 5 times out of patterned paper and twice out of chipboard and adhered all layers to create a thicker effect. I added a small wood embellishment and sticker along with handwriting the date. Here's a detail shot:

Please visit these Baker's Dozen designers for more inspiration:

Are you ready to play along? There are several ways to do so, from simply having some fun on Pinterest to playing along and creating a stamped project. You will have a chance to win a copy of the 2013 Taylored Expressions Catalog & Idea Book (a $9.95 value)! Although you can always browse the TE store and gallery to see product and inspiration, it is sometimes nice to have a hard copy book to look through for ideas and inspiration. Please hop over the the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details on how to enter!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies from the TE store:

Paper: Choice Snow White (TE), Snap Color Vibe (Simple Stories)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Pennant Border, Whimsy Alpha, Whimsy #'s (TE); Love wood embellishment (Prima), Camera sticker (Simple Stories), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.