February 1, 2011

Taylored Expressions Previews: Day One!


Hi everyone!! Happy Tuesday!!

Welcome to the first day of previews for the latest (and totally FABULOUS) release from Taylored Expressions.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the latest set in the TE Giving Tree collection, Cozy Cottages! Each time Taylor introduces a new set for the TE Giving Tree, it really makes me proud to design for a company that does so much for charity!

For the months of February, March and April when you purchase this set you'll be helping to support Habitat for Humanity.

Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem – decent housing for all. Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing, having built more than 350,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.75 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide. Please visit http://www.habitat.org/ for more information on this incredible charity. Taylored Expressions will donate $7.00 to Habitat for Humanity for each Cozy Cottages stamp set sold in the next 3 months.

As with all the sets in the TE Giving Tree, this stamp set will come in one sheet and you simply need to cut and trim out the stamps. This allows Taylored Expressions to be able to donate more to charity.

This set is ADORABLE...I LOVE all the images and sentiments! For my project today, I created this DARLING (if I say so myself) frame using another new product that will be availabe @ Taylored Expressions, Darcie's Acrylic Frames! Now, those of you that frequent my blog may be aware that I am not the biggest "alterer" around, but I had SO much fun making this, and I plan on ordering oodles of them to create gifts.

Do you spy some new and AWESOME Taylored Dies on my project? That's right!!! I've used TWO new dies on my Home Sweet Home Frame, the Cloud Duo (LOVE) and the Picket Fence Border (LOVE).

All the patterned paper on my card is from Little Boy by Echo Park Papers. I created the "grassy hills" with the green polka dot pattern and stitched it on my sewing machine. I created the sky with a cloud template and then added the die cut clouds on top of that. I colored the house with Copic Markers, cut it out and popped it up, just like the clouds, with Foam Tape.

I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black right onto one of the "hills" and then added the picket fence along the bottom. It was SO fun and so easy to make!!!

Here are the Taylored Dies I've used on this project:

Taylor is also releasing a DARLING coloring book created with images from Cozy Cottages! The Tiny Chefs have gotten in on this and Meredith had SO much fun coloring in her book! She used my Copic Markers to color and I cannot even believe what a FABULOUS job she did! (I know you are all gasping that I let her use my Copic Markers, but she is VERY good with them). Here is a picture of her with her colored page...this was her favorite page in the book!

Make sure to hop around and check out what the rest of the Baker's Dozen have created with Cozy Cottages, and the new Taylored Dies, right here:

Charmaine Ikach
Danielle Lounds
Donna Baker
Jackie Pedro
Karen Giron
Karen Motz
Melissa Sauls
Nancy McKinney
Regina Mangum
Sankari Wegman

Taylor Vanbruggen
Tori Wild

Thanks SO much for stopping by!! I hope to see you tomorrow for even more peeks!!

Stamps: Cozy Cottages from Taylored Expressions
Paper: Choice Buttercream (TE) and Little Boy (Echo Park Papers)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Soft Sky (SU!)
Accessories: Darcies Acrylic Frame, Copic Markers, Cloud Template, Cloud Duo Die, Picket Fence Border Die, Sewing Machine and Foam Tape



  1. Jodi!!! Meredith is SO adorable with her page - and she totally ROCKS the copics just like her beautiful mama! Please tell her she did a fab job coloring!! Love your altered frame and love the clouds background that you created along with the clouds dies on the top of them! SO cool!
    Gorgeous creation girlie!
    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)

  2. oKay--I admit it, I did gasp a little bit at the thought of letting my kids use my copics! You're a BRAVE mommy! :) She did a fabulous job though and I LOVE the frame-- that yellow stripe paper looks great and I Love, LOVE the rolling hills and all the clouds. Gorgeous!!

  3. This is super cute, Jodi! Meredith did an amazing job and I can't believe you let her use your Copics! Great job with the Copics, Meredith! Your picture is beautiful!

  4. That frame is ADORABLE!!! OOH, I just love the little scene you created, and the shape of the frame is fabulous! Yes, you are a much braver mama than I am. Avery(my Avery) can stick with Crayola:)

  5. What a sweet project! Love the colors and patterns and just how HAPPY it is! And Meredith is so cute - she did a wonderful job on her coloring page. She'll be a Copic expert in no time!

  6. How cute is Meredith!!!! Emily will be so jealous :). Love the altered frame. Such a cute scene.

  7. Fab frame Jodi! love the rolling grassy hills. Meredith's picture is sweet!

  8. this is too stinkin' cute, jodi...so bright and cheerful!

  9. awww... that frame is super cute, Jodi! gotta love those dies!! and wow! your girl is amazing at coloring already! fabulous coloring. wow! i am a fan!!! =)

  10. Oh my cuteness on your little scene with the perfect house,fence, hills, and clouds!! Meridith did an awesome job coloring her page as well!! ☺

  11. Love how cheerful and welcoming your frame is. Great job to Meredith, what a beautiful colouring job.

  12. This frame and picture are fantastic!! And Meredith's picture is awesome!!

  13. This is just ADORABLE, Jodi! I LOVE your frame and Meredith is just too CUTE! What a beautiful job she did!

  14. Such a beautiful card. I love it. all those little perfect details. The nice choice of colors. perfect. Just perfect.

  15. She's going to be a crafter! :o) Great coloring job little on.
    What an awesome project Jodi. Love the new die and the images. :o)

  16. Oh my goodness, how cute is Meredith??!! What a fabulous job with her cutest little mushroom cottage! Love it! I love your sponged clouds behind the cloud dies and that darling cottage on the hills - gorgeous!

  17. Love your sweet Cozy Cottage, you got a lot of stuff packed into that sweet frame. Your little artist in training did a beautiful job, beautiful work Mom/Mentor!

  18. Look at sweet Meredith!! She looks so proud! Oh, and I also let my girls use my Copics......

    Your frame is so ADORABLE!! Love the scene you created!

  19. LOVE your frame, and you are a BRAVE woman letting her use the Copics. AWESOME pic of her, she is such a peach!!

  20. Would you look at that sweet face! Meredith is so cute, and her page is wonderful! I love love love your frame. So sunny and brilliant. XOXO

  21. Jodi!!! I LOVE the fun colours on your frame and Meredith's colouring is amazing!!! Give that little sweetheart a hug for me!!


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