I hate to play favorites1, but I'm thinking this has been my favorite release since I became a member of Taylored Expressions' Bakers Dozen. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing with every single stamp and die I've used thus far, and (happily!) I still have a few more to test out, like the Graphic Greetings Thankful image and the Flutter-Bys, Open Scallop Border, and Luggage Tags2 dies. Not only that, but I'm looking forward to going back and working again with the sets/dies I've already used; that's when (as a designer) you know the release is a home run.
A stamp set you might be surprised that I am LOVING is the VINTAGE DREAMER set. Me and vintage? We typically go together like ice cream and onions, but this set is so easy and elegant on its own, that even I can pull it off. For example:
Isn't that CHEVRON CUTTING PLATE just the coolest? Very on-trend, and the patterning combinations you can make with it are endless. I cut one layer out in Choice Snow White Cardstock, and then I cut another layer out with PTI's Raspberry Fizz cardstock. The white became the 'skeleton' of the background, which I 'fleshed out' by piecing rows of raspberry in the larger chevron spaces.
I heat embossed the sentiment panel in white (love the Art Deco looking flower and flourishes that surrond the label image) on Bermuda Bay (SU!) card stock, then popped up a the actual sentiment on a hand-cut fish tail banner. I debated whether to use the "Celebrate", "Thanks", or "Hello" sentiments that come with the set, but I opted for "Dream" as graduation season will soon be approaching, and I think this works well for new graduates.
Ready to see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen and our guest designer, Broni, are spotlighting today? I know I am - I'm truly in awe of their mad skillz!
Supplies available from Taylored Expressions:
- Ink: Versamark, Pink Passion (SU!)
- Paper: Bermuda Bay (SU!), Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
- Accessories: Stampendous White Opaque Detail embossing powder, Jody Morrow's foam boosters
1. Who am I kidding? I love to play favorites. I routinely tell each of my boys that he's my favorite when he's being particularly sweet or pays me a compliment. Conversely, I also say things like "I wish I'd had Carter first then quit..." or "Why didn't I leave well enough alone and stop after I had Truman?" when they're being especially obnoxious. Of course, they pay about as much attention to me when I say those things as they do when I suggest they go play in traffic or with matches; they think I'm kidding. And, most of the time, I am.
2. I'm especially giddy about the Luggage Tag dies -- awesome, awesome gifting possibilities with these. I received some adorable laminated baby tags when Truman was born. At least, I thought they were cute at the time; they were basically just little business cards with his name on them in a computer font. NOTHING like what I can make with these fabulous dies now that I'm a bona fide papercrafter!