Hey there, crafty friends! Happy May Day! Anyone planning to deliver May Day baskets today? It’s cold and wet here, but we’re planning to brave the weather and deliver some smiles later this afternoon! My girls helped make their May Day treats this year and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you next week. But first, it’s time to dig into our sneak peeks for May! I’ve got lots to share this week as the creative team and I have been working hard on our projects showcasing 14 new stamp sets and 13 new dies. We’re getting ready for summer holidays with new products for dad and the 4th of July, plus we couldn’t leave out the little men in our lives especially as we get ready to welcome a little man into our family later this month! So let’s get started!

All of the new products will be available for purchase at the TE webstore starting on Thursday, May 4th at 7am PST.

And in the first order of business I want to make sure you know about our special offer for the May Release! For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Space Cadet Stamp & Space Cadet Dies Bundle!

If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 82 Crafty Points on the purchase of our Space Cadet Stamp & Space Cadet Dies Bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, May 7, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site: www.tayloredexpressions.com.

Here’s a look at a project I made using the Space Cadet stamp set with the coordinating dies:

You’ll notice in the image of the stamp set that it includes the cutest little space critters, but there was one image just calling to me as I sat down to create my card…the cow being abducted by aliens! *giggle* I knew I wanted to create a nighttime farm scene so I started with a watercolor technique for the backdrop of the scene.

I began by smooshing several colors of Distress Ink onto an acrylic block (Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Broken China). I spritzed the block with water and smooshed it onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. I dried it with my heat tool and continued to add layers of color until I was happy with the backdrop. Then I used our new Twinkle Twinkle background stamp to add the starry details embossed over the watercolor background with white embossing powder.

Then I began die cutting pieces for the rest of my scene. Typically when I set out to build a scene on my card, I cut all of the pieces and arrange them on my backdrop until I’m happy with how things look before adhering anything. If (or should I say when) I decide I don’t like the color of something or want to try a different arrangement I don’t have to rip the entire card apart.

Here’s a look at the new products I used on this card in addition to the Space Cadet stamp set and coordinating dies:

My next projects feature flying objects of a different kind… superheroes! I made both a boy and girl version of my card for our niece and nephew’s birthday coming up later in the month. I packed a bunch of new products into this design and I love how they all work together so well:

I started by die cutting one of my stand by favorites, the Colorblock Cutting Plate, from Sugar Cube cardstock. I arranged the inner pieces and began stamping them with the new Dizzy Dots background. For the boy version I used Cherry Pop, Lemon Meringue from TE and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink. For the girl version I used Lollipop, Lemon Meringue, and Jelly Donut. Here’s a look at the Dizzy Dots background:

Our new Downtown Border underlay (a companion to our previously released Downtown Border) makes adding lighting to the windows a breeze. So I used a portion of the Downtown Border on each of the cards. The superheroes are from the My Super Hero stamp and die combo and I colored with Copics and die cut with the coordinating die.


Pow & Boom were stamped and die cut with our new Pow, Boom, Wow! stamp set and die cut with the coordinating die set. As one last step, I decided to personalize the cards with the initial of their first name using our Initially D & N along with the new Label Stacklets 10 shape.


That rounds out the new products we have for today’s sneak peeks, but before you head out, I have a prize to give away! Each day this week I’ll be posting a Question of the Day. Just take a minute to leave a comment with your answer for a chance to win one of our new products before you can buy it!

Today I’m giving away the Twinkle Twinkle Background stamp!

As I mentioned above, it’s super cold, windy, and wet here so I need to live vicariously through others who might be experiencing nicer weather. And if you’re experiencing similar (or worse) weather, let’s commiserate!

Leave your comment before Wednesday, May 3rd at 11:59pm PST. One entry per person. Each comment will also be entered into our Grand Prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate! Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday, May 4th, 2017.

Our fabulous creative team has more inspiring projects to share with you using today’s featured products so make sure you click below and visit their blogs!