Taylored Expressions Release Week! Day 1

Hey hey! It’s time to start sneaking for Taylored Expressions new October Release?!  And it’s all about Holidays!

This first card features the new Jolly Holly Background, Pine Clippings, and Handlettered Holiday 2 Sentiments & Dies. Goodness–How fun is this background?! And the best part: Lightening fast! Don’t get me wrong, I can spend a couple hours on a card, but when you get super fun results fast, it’s just magic!

I added a few layers of ink here to get a sort of resist effect. I stamped it with both Sea Salt and Sugar Cube and then added the greens and reds on top with the little stamps that come along with the background to fill it in! So fun to do!

Next up, I was able to use this awesome new stencil called Modern Holly Layering Stencil. This stencil is magical to use–I just love the effect! 

There are three layers to this stencil and you can super easily line them up with the guides on the side, producing sweet results very easily! I would also recommend Pixie Spray if you haven’t used it. It is a light tack that holds the stencil down, just enough to keep it in place while you blend, but not enough to leave a residue on your project. It cleans off your stencil easily or you can leave it on like I do for the next project. It is amazing stuff!

Think of all the color combos you could layer up with this!? I just loved this one so, so I went with the traditional sort of colors.

I thought it would be cool to have a teacher holiday card–I never have time or the energy to getting those made on time! 🙂 I’m looking forward to giving this one to my son’s teacher at Christmas!

Of course, I used the Petite Scalloped dies for both of these too!I Pretty much always use those, don’t I? Ha! ❤ them! 🙂

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Merry Little Christmas Card:

Teacher Card:


Be sure to check out the TE Blog!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas! Every order placed between October 3rd – October 6th will earn DOUBLE crafty points to apply to a future purchase! Plus, receive FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $25 OR $5 off shipping for residents of Canada with the code CANADA5. 

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

The New Release will be available Thursday, October 3rd! And there is a new website! It is fantastic and improved! So be sure to check that out too.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the rest of the Taylored Expressions Creative Team projects. Sure to be fantastic! 🙂 

See you back here tomorrow!

Jill

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Happy Halloween!

Hppe your week is starting off great! I’m here to share another card with the September goodies from Paper Smooches ♥️!! 🙂

Today: This fun Halloween card using the new Pumpkin and Ghost Dies and sentiment from Face Off so fun! 🙂
I created this background blending on oxide inks in different colors and adding the star stamps from the set in gold and black, along with some ink splatters.
I thought this turned out to be a fun Halloween card to pop in the mail! Looking forward to that!

Links:

Paper Smooches New Release: Pumpkin and Ghost Dies and Face Off. 


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week!
Psssst, by the way, we’ll be sharing new October Paper Smooches soooooon!!!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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STAMPtember with Paper Smooches!

Oh Happy Day! Paper Smooches has a festively autumn collaboration with Simon Says Stamp for STAMPtember!! You can find this Paper Smooches Deco Fall set HERE.

I love that these are solid images that can be stamped in fall colors …or any colors!!

First up I have this sweet card heavily inspired by my friend Lori last weekend. She made a set of beautiful cards that has clearly stuck with me, because I created this inspired by her cards. ❤

I masked off a center portion of this card and blending on some ink, scoring it to polish if off. I added this sweet acorn after I fussy cut it out.
I just thought it turned out so sweet. 🙂

Next up, is the all about Autumn card! I used all the fall colors on it–my fave!

Welcome Autumn! Love these sweet leaves! They make quick work of festive cards. 🙂

I added some stitching to polish it all off. 🙂 This PS  Deco Fall set is a fabulous set to celebrate Fall!

You can find allllllll things STAMPtember HERE! And Simon Says Stamp HERE!

Thanks for Simon Says Stamp for having me along again to celebrate this STAMPtember collaboration with Paper Smooches! ❤

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy STAMPtember!

Take care–Jill

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STAMPtember with Tim Holtz!

Today, I’m sharing a card with Tim Holtz’s Simon Says Stamp  STAMPtember set! You can find this  set by Tim Holtz HERE.

I was with friends this past weekend and a bunch of us created a card with this set to share. A big shout out to my friend Latisha who took this photograph for me. You can tell I didn’t take it because it looks so lovely! 🙂

I added some watercolor craziness and stamped this dude on there. Perfect for Halloween! 🎃

There is nothing about this photo that looks like it came from me, right?! Ha! The stamp set was my friend Nichol’s, that she shared with us. It’s not my usual style. There is no stitching because I was away from home. AND it’s not my photography. But, as I tell myself all the time, it’s good to fly out of your comfort zone now and again or else you get stuck in it forever.

Hopefully you can find all the images of the cards my crafty friends made with this set too–over at Simon Says Stamp. Because, let me just tell you, they have MAD skills!! ❤

You can find allllllll things STAMPtember HERE! And Simon Says Stamp HERE!

Tim Holtz’s stamp set is HERE. Mr. Holtz is sure to have done amazing things with this set of his to show you!

Thanks to my crafty friends for the laughs this past weekend. And thanks to Simon Says Stamp for for a great STAMPtember!

Thanks for stopping by–

Take care–Jill

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Hello Pumpkin!

Happy Friday! I’m here to share another card with the NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches ♥️!! 🙂

Today, I am sharing this sweet little number using two new stencils: Buffalo Checked Stencil and Autumn Stencil. This cutie sentiment is from Face Off so fun! 🙂
The cute little faces!! I just ❤ them!

I overlaid the stencils to just get cute little buffalo checked pumpkins, blending on some inks. This sweet little sentiment finished it off  from Face Off!


Links:

Paper Smooches New Release: Autumn StencilBuffalo Checked Stencil, Face Off. 


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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STAMPtember with Honey Bee Stamps!

Fun news! Honey Bee Stamps has a beautiful collaboration with Simon Says Stamp for STAMPtember!! You can find this lovely set called Fall Beauty HERE.

The main feature stamp can hold the card on it’s own, so it doesn’t take much to make it shine. I think there are going to be some awesome examples of this lovely colored!

I kept things simple, because I wanted to make a card set.

I fussy cut out the edge of the stamp after white heat embossing it. I love when detailed stamps are kept simple–the stamp does all the work!

Fall Colors: Perfect!

These sweet sentiments make it easy to complete the simple cards!

Lastly, because I love Fall, I had to make a fall card to use this sentiment. For this I squished a bunch of Distress Inks to create the mish mash of color.

I white heat embossed the one leaf repeatedly and added some splats and stitching to polish it all off.

Autumn changing is beautiful! My FAVORITE! 🙂

Again, here is the full set, Fall Beauty, so you can see all the lovely!

Honey Bee Clear Stamps FALL BEAUTY STAMPtember 2019 Exclusive Preview Image

You can find allllllll things STAMPtember HERE! And Simon Says Stamp HERE!

Thanks for Simon Says Stamp for having me along again to celebrate this STAMPtember collaboration with Honey Bee Stamps! ❤

One additional little note: Honey Bee Stamps created a special stamp set to support relief efforts of Hurricane Dorian. You can see the set and pre-order that HERE. It’s called Hope Anchors the Soul.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your STAMPtember!

Take care–Jill

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We Love Boo!

Happy Friday! There is a NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available NOW ♥️!! 🙂 Once again, another release full of delights! 🙂

Today, I’m sharing a card using the new Face Off and Best Witches Stamps and Dies . Our son’s birthday is tomorrow, so I thought this was perfecting fitting to share today! 🙂
I just think these little guys are adorable and then when I added the little guy from the Best Witches set, I just thought, oh goodness, that is TOO cute! The first part of the sentiment is from the Dude Sampler and then I stamped the *Boo* from Face Off!
I made the background by masking off the cutie ghosts and using the Hot Dots Stencil. Gah! 🙂 So stinkin cute! Just love the Paper Smooches little critters and fonts! ❤

Links:

Paper Smooches New Release: Best Witches Stamps and Best Witches Dies ,and Face Off. 

Previously released: Dude Sampler, Hot Dots Stencil.


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Happiest Eleven to Taylored Expressions!

Welcome to our last big celebration this week of  Taylored Expressions rocking 11 years! 🙂

This first card features the new Gifted Background, Gifted Background, Simple Strips – Birthday, and Gifted Cutting Plate.

This is such a celebratory card with the BackstoryBirthday Background white heat embossed to bring it all home.  🙂

I decided it would be fun to color (Copic Markers) all the gifts and then use the negative as a template to adhere all the gifts back on with foam dimension adhesive. It ended up working out and I squealed when I finished! SO fun!

The die cutting all the gifts out at once–FABULOUS! I added some stitching to polish it all off. ❤

The new stencil makes SUPER quick work of coloring this Gifted Background. I have a card on my desk I need to photograph and share….It was sooooo fast!! 

Next up, I have a sweet little birthday card using the new Birthday Basics and the previously released Star Fall Background. It’s so festive!

I stamped the balloons once and then partially stamped them a little darker on one side with the next darkest ink. I love that look it gives in the end.

I don’t know about you, but I never have birthday cards ready, so this release is super inspiring to get that changed STAT!

Be sure to check out all the fun the Creative Team has made to celebrate TE’s 11 years!! 🙂

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Gift Boxes Card:

Make a Wish Card:


Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Here’s some info direct below:

We’re celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here’s how you can jump in on the celebration!

1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 

Offers valid 9/10 – 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You’ll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards! During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressions will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customer’s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care. Read Louise’s story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!

Thank you for stopping by all this week! Be sure to see what I shared Tuesday HERE and yesterday HERE!! One last Happy 11th to Taylored Expressions!! Here’s to so many more! ❤

Happy Stamping!

Jill

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11 years and counting at Taylored Expressions!

Since  Taylored Expressions is celebrating 11 years, let’s keep this party rolling! 🙂

This first card features the new Birthday Background, Birthday Basics, Simple Strips – Birthday and the previously released Hip Hop Bunny. If you have followed my taste in humor, you know this card absolutely puts me in stitches!! I laugh all over when I see this again!  🙂

The Hip Hop Bunny alone, with his oh so pleased look–and then insult to injury, Another Year Closer to Velcro shoes–I cannot stop laughing!

The TE Blender Brushes made super quick work of this background of course, and I love that easy blend with the TE dye inks. His little hat all tipped completes his look of great *joy*! I threw some silver thread behind him and added some stitching, as always. I just think he’s a riot. Hot Stuff. I die.

Next up, I have a silly little number using the new Big Grumpy sentiment and the previously released Little Monsters.

The weirdest thing about this card is how that blended background sort of glows in person. I don’t even know how I did it and I’ll likely never accomplish that again. ha!! This Here Comes the Sun stencil with the Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes and dye inks is delightful.

I have the perfect friend to send this one to! ❤

Be sure to check out all the fun the Creative Team has made to celebrate TE’s 11 years!! 🙂

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Velcro Shoes Card:


Weird Card:

Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Here’s some info direct below:

We’re celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here’s how you can jump in on the celebration!

1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 

Offers valid 9/10 – 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You’ll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards! During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressions will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customer’s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care. Read Louise’s story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to see what I shared yesterday HERE!! And of course, come back tomorrow for more! The Creative Team is sure to dazzle us all! 🙂 

See you tomorrow!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Taylored Expressions is Celebrating 11!

Happiest of craftastic Birthdays to Taylored Expressions –TE is celebrating 11 years! And lucky us, we get to party! 🙂

This first card features the new Big Grumpy Stamp & Die Combo, Big Grumpy – Birthday and Big Cake. This bear speaks my language! 🙂 The sentiments in this set are SO FUN!! 🙂

Isn’t he soooo funny with his grumpy little face and this sentiment—TOO fun! The background with the candles from Big Cake is a perfect accent the “bonfire” feel. haaaaa!

He looks all innocent on this pink card–I find that a laugh in itself.  😉

Next up, I have a fun new card using the Party Pennants Background and Simple Strips – Birthday. 

If you are unfamiliar with the Simple Strips Background, I highly recommend checking them out because they are ingenious and awesome. And this one works with the original die. This is the new one, Simple Strips – Birthday.

I also used the new die, Caps Lock – YAY, which is right up my alley–because I love this simple block font. I colored the background with Copics and added some stitching for a fun little touch. 🙂 A shout out to my sewing machine for being good and not messing up my cards on the last step. I mean, it has happened, but I am guessing it is generally a user error? Maybe? Wink.

I used the Petite Scalloped dies for both of these too! 🙂

Be sure to check out all the goodness the Creative Team has made to celebrate TE’s 11 years!! 🙂

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Bonfire Card:

Yay Card:


Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Here’s some info direct below:

We’re celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here’s how you can jump in on the celebration!

1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 

Offers valid 9/10 – 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You’ll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards! During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressions will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customer’s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care. Read Louise’s story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!

Thank you for stopping by today! And don’t forget to be sure to check out the rest of the Taylored Expressions Creative Team projects. Sure to be awesome! I love to share these projects and be a part of the fun! Happy Birthday, TE!! 🙂 

See you back here tomorrow!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins