Taylored Expressions: Hey There Kit Release!

Happy Tuesday! Today, we are having some big fun celebrating the Hey There Kit Releaseย from Taylored Expressions! This kit is available over at Taylored Expressions NOW, September 29th!

Let’s jump right into a card, shall we?! I thought this first one would be a bright ray of sunshine to receive in the mail . ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey There!

Next up, I thought I’d have some fun with the delightful inside greetings. I used the Dotted Ray Stencil to create a ray of rainbow dots. It turned out so fun and it was pretty easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the background, I just strategically used the Hey There Sunshineย  stencil to create a full array of rays. Does that even make sense? Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

And how about a Mini Slim card? This one turned out fun with a bit of a retro vibe. The stencil blocking is super quick and sooooooo easy to do, but what a cool effect it creates–right? Gah–soooo fun!

I went back and added some stitching to all the letters afterwards. Once I started that, I had to do them all. Haaaaa! Took a little bit of time, but it’s a fairly safe gamble with all block letters that are straight. But I still hold my breath, since basically the card is done before I add the stitching. ๐Ÿ™‚

It might have ended up to be one of my favorite cards of the bunch.

I thought I’d mix it up a bit with a HEY HEY HEY card– and worked out swimmingly. Basically, I stamped the Hey part and then did this totally 80’s color combo with the stencil. Adding these black strips helps conceal the die cut edge below. You can trim that down pretty straight and tight, but this little strip made it more of a clean look.

This makes me want to get out my hair crimper and my leg warmers. โค

Lastly, I’m sharing a card that I’m still not sure I like–haaaaa! I think its because the pen lines aren’t super duper straight. They aren’t meant to be of course, but it goes against the clean hard line vibes of the set.

However, I do love that sentiment of a big squeeze! ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this new kit would be fabulous to take along somewhere if you want to craft on the go! A couple of blender brushes, a few ink cubes and BAM–you’re in business! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just don’t forget your address book.

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

Hey There Raysย Card:

Big Hugsย Card:

Hey There Mini Slim Card:


Squeeze Card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

Hereโ€™s everything included theย Hey There Kitย โ€“ which retails for $70:

  • Hey There Stamp & Stencil Combo set
  • Hey There Shadow die
  • Hey There Sunshine stencil
  • Dotty Ray stencil
  • Good Vibes stamp set
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Envelopes
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team and Guests! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have fun with this new kit! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Honey Bee Stamps: Autumn Afternoon!

Today, there is a Autumn Afternoon NEW RELEASEย fromย Honey Bee Stamps!!! And it is FULL of Fall goodness! I can’t wait to use the things!

This Honey Bee Stamps die is calledย Lovely Layers: Maple Leaf Stand Alone Diesย and I paired it with a sentiment from the new Hello Fall set and of course, used an ol’ fave, the A2 Scallop dies . ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved piecing this! It’s always like a puzzle and I did a quick video of the process I’ll share below. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thankful for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the quick fast video I did below: I’m very fast. haaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoy Fall as much as I do! I hope this year it lasts a long time because we are going to need it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out all the latest over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog HERE. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can find all the links to these goodies over at Honey Bee Stamps and direct links below!

Here’s all the fun I used with links to Honey Bee Stamps. You can find the whole release of Autumn Afternoon HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!ย 

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fall Release from Taylored Expressions

Happy FALL! Oooooohhhh it is so my favorite for all the reasons–except Pumpkin Spice. I don’t do Pumpkins Spice. haaaaa! I am happy for those that do though–THIS is your time! But I digress ๐Ÿ™‚ This release, albeit a bit smaller, is definitely a fave because I just love making Fall cards. The colors are always so warm and cozy to me.

All these new products are available from Taylored Expressions today, September 22nd!

First up, I have this card using the new Modern Tree–which I absolutely โค ! I can’t wait to make more cards with this for so many occasions. I think it is extremely versatile. Birthdays, Thinking of You, Sympathy….and of course, FALL! Like I did below. ahhhhh!

For this I first cut out a panel with the Mini Slim Petite Scallop die. Then, I stamped the tree stem in Chocolate Truffle on the two angles and then did all the other colors (Mulled Wine, Sweet Potato and Honey) with the Layering Stencil.

I added some stitching, the twine and then this sweet sentiment from the Handlettered Thanksgiving set. I wish I had made a bunch of these all at once. How many times have I said that? ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I made this fun little Pumpkin Pouch! This little felt number arrives all cut out and ready for you to make. It doesn’t get any easier than this, my friends. I think these would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table this year.ย  You could make little tags/placecards for each guest and it would then act as a sweet little gift too.

For this tag I used the previously released Apple Stacklets and the new Tag Team-Thanksgiving set. I used several different ink colors and all the little leaf stamps. So fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Also, here’s the inside scoop: The promo this week, September 22-27–while supplies last, will be $5 off the Modern Tree Stamp & Stencil Combo (reg. priced at $35).ย 

Give Thanks card:

Pumpkin Pouch:

All these products are available Today, September 22nd over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Happy Fall–enjoy it while it lasts–It is always too fast!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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The Cutest Video Hop EVER: 2020!

Hola and welcome to our stop on The Cutest Video Hop Ever for 2020!ย  My son and I are VERY excited to be joining Emily Leiphart for our third year on this fun YouTube Hop, inspiring the next generation of crafters!ย  We hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids–or in my case, watching my son craft! Ha!

Thanks so much to our very generous sponsors who have donated SO MANY PRIZES! ๐Ÿ™‚

My only contribution to his card was stamping and diecutting all the images (aka “beautiful photos of some cute little bears”) for him ahead of time. As you will notice, he is not short winded as this video started out at 20 minutes–ha! I edited it down to 10 minutes, so don’t panic! (yes, I know that is still tooooo long. ๐Ÿ™‚ ). You’ll be able to tell, he handled all the rest (and then some) himself. He likes to chat and has a lot to say–with bits of advice about crafting, but I think it applies to life too, often. ๐Ÿ™‚ . He is such a fun kid and quite the natural, which I’m thinking is completely opposite of me if I did videos? who knows! ha! โค

Please note: I do not make videos. For those who do, bravo once again!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is our video โค :

Here is a photo of my son’s card:ย He used Lawn Fawn’s Snow Much Fun Stamp set HERE andย  Snow Much Fun dies HERE.

This turned out oh so sweet and I love all his thinking behind the colors and his descriptions about being patient, etc. โค He’s such a stitch!

Here is a list of the awesome guests on this hop! If you get lost, click on Emily’s blog down below and you’ll get back on track! ๐Ÿ™‚
Emily Leiphart
Catherine Pooler
Jenny Colacicco
Jill Dewey Hawkins <–you are HERE.
Caly Person
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Samantha Mann
Evelin Teeย 
Jessica McAfeeย 
Tenia Nelson
Ujjwal Gupta
Laura Bassen
Laurel Beard
All of the artists’ YouTube links are found over on Emily’s Blog HERE. Please remember that comments here on my blog, while greatly appreciated, are not eligible for the giveaways below. You must leave your comments on YouTube. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning.
Also, while E didn’t get to make another card with another set we were gifted, I thought I would make a couple myself to share. (His video would have gone into the 60 min zone! ha!) This is a fun set from Catherine Pooler! The set is called Sentimental Fruit HERE and the Sentimental Fruit dies are HERE. Thank you, Catherine & team! ๐Ÿ™‚
I enjoy some pun and I enjoy some fruit! ๐Ÿ™‚
I could use a bunch of this one to send. ๐Ÿ™‚
Orange You Cute! I masked off some simple stripes behind theseย  citrus delights with some more scoring.
So fun! I used all Catherine Pooler Inks HERE too.

Complete hop details are also on Emily Leiphart’s blog! Be sure to head over there! ๐Ÿ™‚

We want to thank Lawn Fawn, Tim Holtz and Catherine Pooler for sending us goodies to craft with! What fun we had!

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful individuals and companies who have donated overย $1000 in prizesย for this fun event! The winners will be randomly chosen fromย allย comments left on each of our videos. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Comments will close onย Thursday, October 1, 2020, 11:59 P.M. EST and will be announced on Emily’s Blog on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Here is a full list:

Tim Holtz 3 $75 Prize Bundles (U.S. only)
Jennifer McGuire Ink 3 Share Handmade Kindness Goodie Bags
Gina K Designs $100 gift certificate
Catherine Pooler Designs $50 gift certificate
Concord & 9th $50 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn $50 gift certificate
My Favorite Things $50 gift certificate
Scrapbook.com $50 gift certificate | White Storage Bin with Rainbow Tabbed Dividers + White Tabbed Dividers
Simon Says Stamp $50 gift certificate
Spellbinders $50 gift certificate
Studio Katia $50 gift certificate
Trinity Stamps $50 gift certificate
Waffle Flower Crafts $50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson $35 gift certificate
Penguin Palace C45 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh 2 $30 gift certificates
Clearly Besotted ยฃ25 gift certificate
Heffy Doodle ยฃ25 gift certificate
Avery Elle $25 gift certificate
Hero Arts $25 gift certificate
Honey Bee Stamps $25 gift certificate
Kalyn Kepner $25 gift certificate
Sunny Studio Stamps $25 gift certificate
The Gray Muse $25 gift certificate

WhOOOHOOO! Some GREAT prizes, don’t you think!? WOW!

Be sure to check out Emily’s YouTube Channel.ย Thanks again, Emily! โค It takes an amazing amount of time and effort and it is so worth it to see the kids create! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by and for all your kind words to me in the past. My son definitely loves to hear from his “viewers”! Haaaa!

Your next stop is Caly Person HERE!ย Be sure not to miss Caly’s stop or anyone’s–the kids are all so fun!

Jill and my little buddy E โค

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STAMPtember with Honey Bee!

I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the Honey Bee Exclusive Release for STAMPtember!! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog HERE to see more about this stamp set releasingย  from Simon Says Stamp/ Honey Bee Stamps NOW! ๐Ÿ™‚ This stamp set is called On My Mind and it has a coordinating die you can order as part of the combo if you’d like.

This set is a sweet wreath perfect for Autumn or really any time, depending on the colors you choose to use. I decided to take a slightly alternative route and create a watercolor card using the floral part of the wreath for a border around.

I laid down a few layers of watercolor and then white heat embossed over the top. I think if I did it again, I’d let up a little to keep more of the yellows, but you just never know with watercolor, do you?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to check out all the goodness over at Simon Says Stamp and find all the goodies there! The Honey Bee Stamps/SSS set On My Mind HERE. If you are thinking of ordering it, don’t delay!

There are a limited amount of these On My Mind stamp sets and dies available and if sometimes if you wait a wee bit too long (ask me how I know!) …POOF! They are gone! ๐Ÿ™‚ The exclusive collaborations are selling out in record time this year, so act fast if you can.

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to join in the ย STAMPtember Fun with Honey Bee!! Be sure to check it all out!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Happy Birthday, Taylored Expressions!

Today is the day to celebrate Taylored Expresssions Birthday!! Hooray!! Happy Birthday TE! Happy Dozen!! ๐Ÿฅณ

All these new partytastic products are available from Taylored Expressions today, September 8th! Yay!

First up, I have a sweet little birthday card featuring the new Millie’s Birthday Bash. How cute is Millie in this new set, sneaking some cake?!

Eeeep! I colored her with Copics and die cut her out. I used the sentiments from Millie’s Birthday Bash and from Tag Team Birthday.

I added allllll the shaker bits too, to make it a REAL party and stamped all the festive little images from the Tag Team Birthday in lots of colors on the back of the shaker window space. I created this window with the previously released Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Square. It worked out well! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I made a fun party card using the new Bokeh Stencil Background. This stencil has so many fun things ahead! Lots of possibilities. I also used the Building Blocks – Happy Additions. The Building Blocks are so fantastic to just use for EVERYTHING!!

For this Bokeh, I did the first layer in Sugar Cube and that creates sort of a base for effect when you blend color over top. It’s pretty cool in person. ๐Ÿ™‚ At the end, I blended Salt Water Taffy over the top of that, and it just sort of brought out a little more pop. It is definitely not apparent in the photos, but thought I’d mention.

The Happy is stamped in an ombre effect, using the two colored inks. The TE inks always play nicely for this technique! Give it a try if you haven’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I have this sweet little birthday card with these awesome sentiments from Tag Team Birthday all stamped to create the background. I did this free style with an acrylic block and just eyeballing it. I can’t say if I’d ever get this good of a result ever again using his technique, but this block font in the Tag Team Birthday lends itself nicely to making it happen! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used these new little critters from the Life of the Party set. I created the windows with some vellum, Sugar Cube, On the Dot-Mini Slim Stencil and the Stitched Circle Stacklets. They turned out fun and I hope I remember to do this again! ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored the cute critters with Copic Markers.

For this next card, I used the new Candles Layering Stencil and the sentiment from Counting Candles Add-Ons. I love that this could be used so quickly to make cards in bulk! I actually should really be doing that ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚ The easy layers of the stencils make it so fun to see the quick results.

The layering stencils include the festive stars that can all be added in yet another color– Go Crazy! Mix it up! I kept mine pretty tame though–haaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

Birthday cards is something you can never have too many of! So to enjoy making them is key! I love to color, but sometimes you just need a stack of cards ready to pull from. These are them–Ba Bam! :

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

Millie’s Birthday card:

Happy Card:

Tag Team Birthday Card:

Counting Candles:

All these products are available Today, September 8th over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Happy Birthday to Taylored Expressions–here’s to many more candles ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Fall Bear Ware!

Today, I’m here to share a fun couple of cards using some Ellen Hutson cuteness! They are not new, by any means, but always fun!

First up, I used Ellen Hutson’s Bear Ware 2 (and coordinating dies HERE) and of course, the original, All Inside with dies HERE! I also used Bear Ware 4 and Bare Ware 4ย dies HERE–I don’t know that I have before? How is that possible?

This little guy is always fun and makes up these sweet little cards to pop in the mail! โค Pies on a head? Why not? He’s fit to be pied. ๐Ÿ™‚

The backgrounds are from the set called Wonky Backdrops. This set is always a winner! ๐Ÿ™‚ย . The sweet little embellishments: Crystal Clear Droplets.

I hadn’t used this little All Inside guy lately, and well, I missed him! Plus, he clearly loves Fall too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up is the cute Halloween one! I couldn’t decide which little accouterments to use from Bear Ware 2, so I used most of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Who doens’t love a purple little kitty cat? ๐Ÿ™‚ย  A Beary Happy Halloween!

I colored all these with a very loose watercolor on Bristol paper using the Karin Markers! The Karin Markers are so fab because they stay nice and boldly/brightly colored. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick recap of the goodies I used–all with links if you want to find for yourself:

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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SSS STAMPtember 2020!

I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the 2020 party of STAMPtember!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am using the new CZ Design Deco Squares Cling Background stamp! I decided it would be super fun to use the Karin Markers on it and watercolor allllll the rainbow goodness! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also used the previously released SSS You’re Doing Awesome die.

It’s far from perfect, but with watercolor, I think you have to let that go early on. I even used a lavender and a deep violet, which is basically against the grain, in my world. haaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog HERE to learn all the things about the celebration this month. Be sure to use the code in the image above for your order from Simon Says Stamp and getย your gift! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the Simon Says Stamp products I used:

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to join in the 2020 STAMPtember Fun!! Be sure to check it all out!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Happy Mail Bundle!

Happy Tuesday! I just wanted to pop in super quick to share there is something newย  (and super FUN!) today from Taylored Expressions ! And I personally cannot wait to snag one! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Mail Bundle: This is a rainbow-themed collection of products that Taylor has curated to inspire crafters to share joy with others through their handmade cards. It comes in one of TE’s fun zippered pouches and includes envelopes, card cushions, sticky notes, envelope seals, rainbow foil tape and a rainbow pen.

September 1-6: All orders of $75+ will receive a free 6×6 Patterned Paper Pack in Rainbow Brights.

The stickers alone, I’m alllllll in! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to mail cards and this will be perfect to do so–tuck all your cards you want to mail in the zipper pouch to keep together and grab for on the go too!

These are all available from Taylored Expressions today, September 1st! Happy September!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more information ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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