Taylored Expressions Studio Challenge

It’s time for the Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The theme for August is:

PROJECT RUNWAY!  Do you watch this show?  It’s perfect for creative types like us!  On PR, the designers are given crazy challenges each week and asked to maintain their own personal style or point of view in their creation.

So, what’s your stamping style or point of view?  Would you consider your style to be CAS (Clean and Simple), Cutesy, Graphic, Vintage, Elegant, Layers & More Layers, or what?  Describe it any way you like, it’s your style after all!  Today’s challenge is to show us a couple of different projects using the same supplies.  Show us one CAS card and one Fancy Fold card while still retaining your own personal style as much as possible.

Well I’m not going to lie, this challenge threw me a little bit. I tend to have a very eclectic style that molds for whatever stamp set I’m using or what I’m in the mood for that day. After thinking about it through I have to say the one thing that comes through in all my work is that it’s all very precise, even if it’s distressed and messy it’s still really precise, lol. Is that even a style?? You know that and kraft paper, distressed edges, doodling, detailed coloring and lots of twine – maybe a bit boho and rustic, can you have a clean and precise boho/rustic card, LOL!

So here are my two cards… one very CAS and one that’s more typical of what I make on an everyday basis.

For my two cards today I used Love Monsters. I really love this set and I thought it would work well to demonstrate two different styles because it has a bold graphic style.

After really thinking about what I was going to do I decided on a MojoMonday Sketch that I could alter to make both a CAS card and a dressier card.

(sorry this pic is a little washed out… I had photography issues)

 I think both of these are pretty typical cards for me. I really love CAS designs and try to weave them into my card routine pretty frequently. The second card is definitely more my frequent “style”… lots of distressed edges, doodling, detailed coloring with minimal embellishments but always with the twine. 😉 I can’t say that I struggled really with either one of these… usually I struggle with CAS more but this one just worked (at least I think it did) without a lot of stress getting things where they should go. For my more Jen card I made an easel card, you can find information on how to make these here. All in all I think the coloring is probably what ties them together the best and makes them both me cards, lol.

Here’s a peek at the set I used:

Now you must head off and see what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen has in store for you today… I know I can’t wait to see!


Hugs (CAS) Details:
Stamps: Love Monsters (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Choice Snow White Cardstock, MME On The Bright Side One
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small, foam tape, Best Glue Ever, googly eyes

Hugs (Easel) Details:
StampsLove Monsters (Taylored Expressions)
PaperChoice Snow White Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, MME On The Bright Side One
InkMemento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small, foam tapeBest Glue Ever, googly eyes, Prima Distress Tool, Sharpie Pen, shipping twine, Tim Holtz bulldog clip


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