Friday, March 5, 2010

Whimsical Wishes Celebrates One Year!!

Well, today is a very exciting day…it’s release day when all of the stamp sets and products you’ve seen this week are available in the Taylored Expressions store. But it’s also because I’m celebrating a year of illustrating the Whimsical Wishes line and working with Taylor! We started with Branching Out, which is still one of my favourites. I thought I’d post a challenge today with a terrific prize, which you can read about at the end of this post.

First, here are a few projects showcasing a new download you can purchase and one very special limited-edition digital set you can earn free with purchase this weekend. I printed the Eggstra Special Image Sheet on transparency for the window in my Easter Egg Hunt box and included the sentiment from Favorite Peeps. We love our Cadbury mini eggs in our house—I can’t tell you how many we’ve already eaten and it’s not even Easter! I used PTI’s timeless template For Keepsake but resized it 110% before printing, then cut the egg opening in both the lemon tart and hibiscus cardstock pieces. The butterfly is cut from the same Basic Grey urban prairie / patchwork quilt patterned paper I used for the lid and the lower trim.


My next project turned out just the way I imagined. A box of fresh note cards for each season. You’ll notice I added one of my favourite images from Favorite Peeps by masking in my Spring card. The box is a Silhouette download (horizontal heart gift box by Loni Stevens) but I removed the heart in the template before cutting with my silhouette. Then, I cut the window with my nesties (Labels 1) instead to coordinate with the note cards, stitched around the outside and inserted a transparency panel that I printed for the occasion.

I coloured all of the images with prismacolors and gamsol to coordinate with the Prima Marketing Just Corina / Dude Collection / playful paper I used. Paula, how did I do? I feel much more confident laying on the colour after taking Paula’s class on last Sunday at Stamping Bella.



With any purchase in the TE Store through Monday, March 8th, you'll receive a FREE Whimsical Wishes Image Sheet - Whimsical Wishes Throughout the Year that includes these 4 never-before-seen seasonal images and 4 coordinating sentiments. But wait, there’s more… the first two sets released in the Whimsical Wishes family last year were Branching Out and Branching Out Coordinates. For the Anniversary Sale, these 2 sets are on sale for 25% off only through Monday, March 8th. Since these two sets were originally part of the TE Giving Tree charitable program, they come in sheet form attached to EZ Mount. You will need to trim them out when you receive them.

Are you ready for some fun? In a year’s time, I’ve illustrated 22 sets. I have little teasers for 10 of these sets but not necessarily shown at exact size—that would be too easy! Can you guess which ones? Do you own them? I’ll either use the random integer thing or I’ll draw out of a hat or something allowing a chance to win for anyone who correctly matches each picture with its name (you’ll find the names at Taylored Expressions). Taylor is giving a free Whimsical Wishes set of their choice to the winner!! You might not see your comment appear--don't worry, I had to moderate comments today because some of you are just too smart (or have all of the Whimsical Wishes sets!). Please check back on Sunday when I close the contest at 7pm. Here goes…

If you haven't already seen what the TE Baker's Dozen has cooked up today, you don't want to miss them: Alex Maldonado, Carolina Buchting, Charmaine Ikach, Donna Baker, Jackie Pedro, Jeanie Witmer, Jodi Collins, Karen Giron, Karen Motz, Melissa Sauls, Sankari Wegman, guest designer Amy Sheffer and Taylor Van Bruggen

Thanks so much for spending time and celebrating with me today!
~Nancy

22 comments:

Sankari W. said...

Congratulations Nancy on the first year Anniversary of your amazing designs!!! I absolutely LOVE your images and wanted to express a HUGE thank you for all that you do!!! Thank YOUUUUUUU!!!! Your cards are just beautiful!! I ADORE the four season gift card set that you created (your coloring is amazing!) and the sweet little egg treat box is sooo lovely and yummy!!! What an array of beautiful projects!!! Just lovely!!!
Big heart hugs :)
Sankari :)

Laura said...

CONGRATS Nancy! You are an amazingly talented woman and I just love using the stamps you created. Here are my answers to your SUPER fun game. Have a great weekend...:~)

1. Fresh Flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys Will Be Boys
4. Branching Out
5. For The Love of Cupcakes
6. Discover Your Wings (OR could also be Celebrate Life; either one)
7. Beary Special
8. Chillax
9. Punchy Potions
10. The Places You'll Go

lleonard1226@sbcglobal.net

Donna said...

Happy Anniversary Nancy! You know I love your style-your cards and egg box are superb! I know all those images *wink*

Karen said...

So I own most of these :)
1: Fresh Flowers
2: Favorite Peeps
3: Boys will be boys
4: Branching out
5: For the love of cupcakes
6: Discover Your Wings
7: Beary Special
8: Chillax
9: Punchy Potions
10: The Places You go

Thanks for a chance to win
Karen Jones

Monika/Buzsy said...

Congratulations Nancy on your 1st year anniversary! Fabulous desings! I truly love your sets! :o)
Here are my answers: 1. Fresh Flowers 2. Favorite Peeps 3. Boys Will Be Boys 4. Branching Out 5. For the Love of Cupcakes 6. Celebrate Life or Discover Your Wings 7. Beary Special 8. Chillax 9. Punchy Potions 10. The Place You'll Go

Karen Motz said...

Nancy, you're designs are fabulous and you KNOW I love everything you create, my friend!!!!! What a FUN contest!!!

Karen Giron said...

Yay Nancy!! Congratulations on your first year of Whimsical Wishes! I have had SO much fun bringing these images to life on my cards and I can't wait to see what you are dreaming up next! I love your little card set - it's wonderful!! These little digi-stamps are SO much fun!

michib2006 said...

Woo hoo - I think I figured them all out!!
1. Fresh Flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys will be Boys
4. Branching out
5. For the love of cupcakes
6. Discover your Wings own it :)
7. Beary Special - own it:)
8. Chillax
9. Punchy Potions
10. The places you'll go - own it :)

Yippee - would love to win another Whimisical Wishes set.

LaurieJ said...

Congratulations on 1 year of Whimsical Wishes! Here are my answers to your contest.
1. Fresh Flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys Will Be Boys
4. Branching Out
5. For the Love of Cupcakes
6. Discover Your Wings
7. Beary Special
8. Chillax
9. Punchy Potions
10. The Places You'll Go
Hope I got this right!

Joan said...

Happy Anniversary- and wow these projects are fantastic. I love the cards you've created with the new set.

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

Congrats on your anniversary! Here are my answers to your fun giveaway:
1. Fresh Flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys Will Be Boys
4. Branching Out
5. For the Love of Cupcakes
6. Discover Your Wings
7. Beary Special
8. Chillax
9. Punchy Potions
10. The Places You'll Go
Boy, did you almost stump me on #3! Very fun!

Natalie said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, looking forward to seeing the new creations!

Natalie said...

What sweet artwork!! They just bring a smile to my face! I've enjoyed seeing the beautiful creations that people have done with your Whimsical line.
Here are my guesses:
1. Fresh flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys will be boys
4. Branching out
5. For the love of cupcakes
6. Celebrate life
7. Beary Special
8. Chillax
9. Punchy Potions

FYI: Thanks for the opportunity to win, but I do not own any of these sets so you can imagine the time I've just spent trying to figure them out!! If I got them all correct, that is (almost)reward enough!! lol

Liz said...

You've designed some beautiful sets. I only own a few but would love to add to my collection. Thank you for the chance!
1. fresh flowers, 2. favorite pees, 3. boys will be boys, 4. branching out, 5. for the love of cupcakes (my new favorite!), 6. celebrate life, 7. berry special, 8. chillax, 9. punchy potions and 10. the places you'll go.
Too many favorites!
Liz

Kelly Braund said...

Wow! I just love all your sets, you are so very talented! I WISH I had every set to play with, unfortunately I only have 2 TE sets so far :( Even when I can get another it will be a difficult choice! Here's my list, thanks for the chance!
1. Fresh Flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys Will Be Boys
4. Branching Out
5. For the Love of Cupcakes
6. Discover Your Wings
7.Beary Special
8. Chillax
9. Punchy Potions
10. The Places You'll Go

Kelly Braund

Sharon said...

Happy Anniversary. I hope that my answers go through(I couldn't see how to post them).
1)Fresh Flowers 2)Favorite Peeps 3) Boys Will Be Boys 4) Branching Out 5) For the Love of Cupcakes 6) Discover Your Wings 7) Beary Special 8) Chillax 9) Punchy Potion 10) The Places You'll Go
Sharon Gullikson sharon.gullikson@gmail.com

Carolina said...

Huge congrats Nancy!!! Wanted to not only congratulate you but thank you for sharing your amazing talent with all of us. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

Beautiful card set...love this set and how you used them here. I had a blast creating with them! Huge congrats again and hope you have another amazing year.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

OH MY GOSH, such fabulousness, Nancy! I LOVE that box. . .I'm going to have to take the heart out of mine. What an awesome idea. . and the cards are GORGEOUS! That egg box is just, like, WOW! So totally ADORABLE! Happy Anniversary Nancy! I have LOVED working with your stamps!

Melissa Sauls said...

OMG!!! LOVE every single one of your creations!!! Know what I love more though? Your artwork!!!! Congratulations on your anniversary with Whimsical Wishes and I look forward to celebrating many more years with you!! :) Thanks so much for all you do!

Jess Willison said...

Congrats on a year of amazing stamps!

Here goes!
1. Fresh Flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys will be Boys
4. Branching Out
5. For the Love of Cupcakes
6. Discover Your Wings
7. Beary Special
8. Chillax
9. Punchy Potions
10. The Places You'll Go

Thanks so much for a great opportunity!

Jodi C. said...

Well, this was HARD for me because I don't have any!! Mostly because I recently found TE and they are not currently in the budget, but it was LOTS OF FUN!!! Your art is amazing and I can't WAIT until I can start stamping with it!!! Such FUN and versatile sets!!! LOVE THEM. Don't know how I would choose, I guess I would just have to! LOL!!!
1.fresh flowers
2.favorite peeps(this one was the last and SO HARD for me...I felt REALLY dumb when I realized what they were!! hehe)
3.boys will be boys
4.branching out
5.for the love of cupcakes
6.discover your wings
7.beary special
8.chillax (LOVE IT!!!)
9.spooky expressions
10.the places you'll go
THANK for the fun game and the chance to win!!!
Jodi

Candace said...

Hi, Nancy!! I knew most of them, but this was a tough little puzzle! You draw such amazing stamps, and I just love Taylored Expressions! Thanks so much for this opportunity! I own probably about half of these...definitely need to get some more! :)

1. Fresh Flowers
2. Favorite Peeps
3. Boys will be Boys
4. Branching Out
5. For the Love of Cupcakes
6. Celebrate Life
7. Beary Special
8. Chillax
9. Spooky Expressions
10. The Places You'll Go