I’ve been dreading this announcement, but the time has come to say
farewell to the TESC. When I began my blog several years ago I decided
to start a weekly Cupcake Challenge to spread my love for cupcakes in
papercrafting. When I launched Taylored Expressions in 2008, the cupcake
challenge developed into the TE Sketch Challenge where I “discovered”
many of the talented designers who have served and are currently serving
on our fabulous Baker’s Dozen Design Team! The sketch challenge has a
special place in my heart along with all those who have joined alongside
me throughout the years to make it a reality week after week!

time for me to close the chapter on the sketch challenge, but you know
what they say… “When one door closes, another one opens.” Who knows
what will be next!? *wink* And in the meantime, we still have the
calendar challenge, kit club subscriber challenge, and lots of ways for
you to get involved and win fun prizes from TE!  A huge thank you to the
amazing sketch crew (past and present!) who have provided us with
inspiration from week to week as well as Jen Shults and Sankari Wegman
for giving us fabulous sketches to work with this year.

is our last sketch challenge post and we’re determined to go out with a
bang! So here are 4 NEW sketches and details on how you can participate
to win one of 5 prizes:

a card using any (or all) of the above sketches as inspiration. You’re
not required
to use TE stamps to play. The deadline to be considered for the prize
drawing is Friday, June 1st. We will draw random winners for the
following challenges:

  • One winner from each sketch to receive a $10 gift certificate to the TE Store.
  • One lucky person who participates in ALL 4 sketches will receive a $40 gift certificate to the TE Store.

Link your card using the Mr. Linky below and number your entries
if you plan to participate in all 4 sketches. For example, I would put
“Taylor VanBruggen #1” for my first upload. This is how I will be
tracking who has participated in all 4 sketches. 

more thing before you head out to get busy on your cards! Today we have a
special Top Chef, Rosemary Dennis, who is joining us for our final
sketch. Her creations are always so gorgeous and it’s totally fitting
that she was the winner of our final Top Chef honors! Here are a few
interesting things about Rosemary: 

1.  If you were deserted on an island, what 3 card making items would you want with you?

I only get to take three things? Is that in
addition to cardstock, stamps & ink??  hee hee!  Boy.. that is a
hard one as there are so many things that I don’t think I could be without
when it comes to papercrafting “grin”!  The basics like cardstock,
stamps and ink are a must, but if those are already on the island, then I
would definitely be taking my cutter bee detail scissors, ribbon and
patterned paper.  I absolutely adore my cutter bee scissors and own four
pairs!!!   Ribbon is my favorite embellishment and I could probably
figure out a way to add it to almost anything.  And patterned paper….
what’s not to love about that???  There are so many things you can do
with patterned paper! 

2. What is your favorite stamping technique?

One of my favorite stamping techniques is paper piecing.  It was one of
the first things I figured out when I started stamping.  I’m
basically a self-taught stamper (never been to a stamping party in my
life!) I didn’t even know it was called paper piecing until i saw
something on splitcoaststampers about it.  I just knew that I enjoyed
stamping images on paper, cutting them out and then adding them to my
papercrafting projects!   One of the reasons I enjoy paper piecing so
much is I find doing all the detailed cut work that is involved very
relaxing… weird, I know!!
3. When it comes to stamping – Less is more? Or more is more? 

When it comes to stamping,
I’m a less is more kinda person than
a more is more.  I love to make clean and simple (or as a blogging
friend likes to say clean and stunning) cards.  But when the mood takes
me I can definitely turn into a more is more person!   Especially when I
have a really fun sketch that lends itself to lots of layering.  But
even when I do make a more is more card, it still tends to be on the
simple side.  I’m just no good at adding lots of embellishments to

Thanks so much for sharing your craftiness with us, Rosemary! I know
you’ll all want to head to Rosemary’s blog and the blogs of the rest of
our amazing sketch crew to check out what they have to inspire you with
these last 4 sketches! Here are the links for the final players:

I know it probably feels like you’ve been scrolling FOREVER, but I want to share the card that I made using TESC160. I’ll keep it short and sweet! Madelyn has a new baby cousin and Jon and I are the proud aunt and uncle of the newest addition to the VanBruggen family! I made this card as congratulations. I used patterned paper from the Doodlebug Sugar & Spice 6×6 Pad, Baby Girl Doodle Twine, Crystal Twinkles, and Onesie Twosie stamp set.

Thank you again for all of your support of the TESC throughout the years! I hope you’re able to find some time to join us for the last hoorah!