Hey there crafty friends! Today the Baker’s Dozen and I are back with more birthday bash fun and lots of inspiration! All of the new products will be available for purchase starting Thursday, September 5th at 8am PST. In the meantime, you’ll want to set your alarm for 6pm PST tonight for our Facebook Preview Party. Regina will be hosting the fun and games as she shares an early peek at the new goodies. And everyone who joins in has a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the TE Store! If you’re not one of our Facebook fans, click here to ‘like’ us before tonight!

Before I get to my projects, as promised we have a fun party game planned for each day of our release complete with some fabulous prizes. Remember the game I Spy? Well, today we’re playing our version of I Spy. Here are the clues and the details on how you can play along for a chance to win:

How to Play:
1. Visit each of our Baker’s Dozen design team blogs 
by clicking the links below.
2. Find the designer who created each of the five projects mentioned in the clues above.
3. Send your answers to contest@tayloredexpressions.com 
with the Subject: i-Spy
4. To be eligible for our prize drawing, entries must be received by 
11:59 pm on Sunday, September 8, 2013.
TWO lucky winners will be randomly chosen from all entries with at least 3 correct answers to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the TE Store!

Next up on our party agenda is inspiration and it is SPOOKTACULAR! Halloween is my favorite holiday for stamping so my mind has been spinning with all the fun new stamps and dies for Halloween. I really love making special little treat sacks and so the stamp set Bag It & Tag It was born! These little treat sacks will be for Madi’s daycare buddies:

I started with 3″ x 4″ muslin bags which will be available in the TE Store starting on Thursday morning. I’ve been making a lot of trips to the fabric store with my mom lately to pick out fabrics for crib bedding that she’s sewing for the baby’s room. I really stink at sewing, but I love looking at all the fabrics. It’s probably best that I can’t sew or I would have a second crafty addiction. I couldn’t resist some adorable Halloween prints and this is my version of sewing. I purchased some light canvas/linen fabric, stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black, and then used iron on material to attach the cute fabrics and the stamped images to the bags. I need to do some more testing to see if there’s an ink that will provide a darker/crisper image on fabric, but I’m still super happy with how these turned out! Here’s a look at all of the bags I made:

And these are the supplies that I used on my bags:

Another of my favorite things to do for Halloween is decorate! And I love to stamp my own decor. Last year I made this wall hanging with the Fa-Boo-Lous stamp set and I loved how it turned out. This year I decided to make my own ornaments for my sparkly black Halloween tree using A Spooky View stamp set, the new Gothic Window die, Gothic Accessories dies, and Label Stacklets 5 dies.

I started by cutting the windows from black cardstock and embossing them with several coats of Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped the window scenes with Versamark and embossed them with black embossing powder. Then I cut the scene out with the coordinating Label Stacklets 5 die and used my Copic airbrush and Cloud Border Die for the cloudy backgrounds. I backed each window scene with the next largest Stacklet cut from patterned paper in our Halloween Project Pantry kit. I also added bats, cat, and pumpkin to the scenes using the Gothic Window Accessories die set.

 I picked up the spooky googley eyes at Michael’s. This tag was inspired by the window scenes I’ve often seen in house windows in our area. Something like these window decals
Here are the supplies I used on my Halloween tree ornaments:
I hope you liked my spooktacular inspiration! I know the rest of the Baker’s Dozen gals have their own spooky sweets to share. Don’t forget to write down your guesses to the iSpy clues as you hop along and check out the eye candy!