New Mini Slim Essentials from Taylored Expressions!

Happy Tuesday! Its a snowy one for us here in the Midwest for sure! Today, there is a fun and somewhat of what I deem a “staple” release over at Taylored Expressions! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s all about the Mini Slim size and some extra fun and cuteness too! The new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are new to the concept of a Mini Slim, let me just give you a quick briefing. It is in the same vein as a slimline card, but smaller and if you ask me, WAY more manageable. I love this size and it’s a fun twist to my normal go to of A2 or 4bar cards. AND there are new essentials available today at TE, which I must pop over and order myself–envelopes, sticky notes and TOP FOLD CARDS! โค

Ok, on to the cards, yes? First up, there is a new window shape for the Mini Slims: Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Hexagon! So fun!

For this card, I first die cut everything. To get the little Hexagon frame for the inside layer, I just die cut the two hexagons together, resulting in this little narrow frame. Very easy to do! ๐Ÿ™‚

I stamped the little cuties with Oreo ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I stamped a sentiment from the Just Sayin’ stamp set on each layer as well, adding little hearts from the Hearts die.

I really wanted to keep this one very simple. I don’t know about you, but the more complicated something gets the more I become disinterested.ย  Now, that’s not to say I won’t spend hours designing cards. MUCH different. Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh I love how these little cuties turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚ So sweet!

Next up, there is a fun new Alpha set called Cap it Off Alpha and they are delightful! You can either use both layers, the inside layer or just the outside layer. I’m certain the TE Creative Team will have plenty of examples to show off today, so be sure to check them all out. ๐Ÿ™‚

I had to make this card for my friend. HAD TO! I am actually going to make another one (or ten) because it is so perfect and cracks me up. The sentiment strip is from the new Simple Strips-Snarky. Absolutely the best! haaahaaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also love that background stamp I used called Dizzy Dots Background— I have been wanting to use and bam, here it is! ๐Ÿ™‚ too funny!

Lastly, I have this sweet little heartfelt number. This one uses the new Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate and the just previously released Hearts A Plenty Background Cling & Clear Combo. I didn’t get to use these hearts last month, so I seized the opportunity here.

These sweet sentiments are from the new Just Saying stamp set and work perfectly on these little framed openings. The background stencil I used is the Mini Slim Stencil – Swiss Hearts. Love that little number.

I thought I would use a fun combo of Sprinkles, Salt Water Taffy and Peaches n Cream to mix it up a bit. I think I can send this card any ol’ time to lift someone’s day. โค

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Here are all the details:

January 26th through Sunday, January 31st (or while supplies last), you can get the Little Critters Mini Slim Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Little Critters stamp set, the Just Saying stamp set, and the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate die.ย The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, January 31st.

Penguin Card:

Nope Card:

Heart Card:

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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New Simple Strips and Mini Strips!

Welcome to a very fun release day over at Taylored Expressions! ๐Ÿ™‚ The new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! ๐Ÿ™‚

This release was clearly made just for me! haaa! Not really, but I do love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ All the snark just makes me laugh. And who doesn’t need that about now?

For the first one, I used Love from Max and Millie along with the New Simple Strips- Snarky. Max is so perfect for this sentiment! He is sooooo thrilled with people.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the Rough Draft Background for the little panel along with the Notebook Paper die. The Grass Stencil created the perfect base for Max to sit on. The heart antennae though–tooooo funny! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I busted out the Mythical Grumplings to use thisย  Sentiment. I cannot tell you how perfect this is for a few of my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh that Angry Unicorn is so so not into it. โค I cut the strips for this one with the Asymmetrical Die.

Last up, I thought it would be fun to use one of the Hot Flash Grumplings to express the struggle. This sentiment is from the new Fun & Funny Mini Strips and I love that little set, right along with the SS Snarky. ๐Ÿ™‚

I always laugh when these little funny sentiments are paired with sweet colors and flowers. So I used the Floral Fields Background tone on tone here, blending on colors with theย  Masking Stencil-Square as my guide.

To finish it off, I added some stitching, some bits and some score lines. I love the silliness of the whole scene and can’t wait to mail this one! โค

I hope you find yourself laughing as you read all the new sentiments available. I had to stamp and die cut them in bulk, right out of the gate because I knew I’d be using them often. AND I even put them in the Simple Strips Storage Container straightaway so I could find them easily. Who am I? Ha! Each one I read, I really just laugh out loud. I can’t wait to use them ALL! โค

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

Max Doneย Card:

Angry Unicornย Card:

Chickย Card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

There is also a release of NEW Sticker Labels for the Mini Strips collection! And there is a ย special promotion that includes 15% off all Mini Strips stamps* (*excluding the new Fun & Funny).

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Love You Too: Simon Says Stamp

Hello! Sharing a couple cards from Simon Says Stamp sweet new release called Love you Too! This lovely is called Wonderful Banner. You can find the whole release HERE.

I used Karin Markers on this card on the Wonderful Bannerย for watercolor. The Karin Markers have amazing pigment! ๐Ÿ™‚

I made a second card–thought I’m not sure I love it?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, same stamp: Wonderful Banner.

You can find all the goodies I used over at Simon Says Stamp! The new release is called:ย Love you Too! Have fun shopping!

Link to products used below at Simon Says Stamp:

Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping!

Take care–Jill

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New Happy Hex Monogram Card Kit & Fun with Kids!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend and survived Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, we are having fun sharing the New Card Kit from ย Taylored Expressions! It’s called theย  Happy Hex Monogram Kit and it is perfect for making personalized cards to send. Or, you can make a card set and gift them! The fun little perk that they are the newer Mini Slim size makes it even more delightful.

Let’s get on with the cards! First up, I made this card just using the Happy Hex Mini Slim Stencil in the kit. I started out with one color and then moved the stencil around according, blending on a new color with a different brush in each shift. These are always like little puzzles for me to figure out and I think they are fun to try ๐Ÿ™‚

To create the panel I used the Mini Slim Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, which is from a previous TE Release.

I added the sentiment fro the Happy Hex set to simply to finish it off. I think it turned out fun and I there are so many options to make here!

Next up, I used the Hexagon Dies from the die set in the kit called Happy Hex. I cut out all different colors of TE Cardstock and spent too long arranging them. ha! I couldn’t decide how I wanted it to lay out, so I’m glad in the end I finally made up my mind. And now, I have these examples to follow, if I want to make more. ๐Ÿ™‚

I added in the graphic hex stamps in Oreo to mix it up. I’m digging the end result, especially after being away from making them for a few days. Funny how that works, right?

For the stickers on these, I heat embossed the sentiments on them. You can also use just Oreo and let them dry well or use Staz On. However, I forgot how much I don’t like the smell of Staz On, so I did not go that route. (I have to laugh that is my reasoning though.)

I added a few Clear Bits to each card too to finish them off in the end.

With all these everyday sentiments to choose from, making a set was fun and simple to do.

I made a little tag using the Typewriter Alpha set and the Stitched Tag Stacklets. I added a few Hexagons and some twine and done! The clear box comes with the kit, so it couldn’t come together more smoothly in the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

Envelopes in fun colors (also included in the kit) and it is a gift ready to go!

Below are my supplies for these cards, but be SURE to keep scrolling for some cuteness BELOW! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stencil Hex Card:

Set of Cards:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Here’s the scoop on the Hex Kit:

Hereโ€™s everything included the Happy Hex Monogram Kit โ€“ which retails for $48:

  • Happy Hex Mini Slim Background stamp
  • Happy Hex die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Happy Hex Add-ons stamp set
  • Clearly Crafty Typewriter Alpha stamp set
  • Happy Hex Mini Slim stencil
  • 6 Sugar Cube Top Fold Mini Slim Card Bases
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Mini Slim Envelopes
  • 1 Mini Slim Clear Card Box
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Next up, something super fun, especially for my kiddo! ๐Ÿ™‚ There is a fun new kit for Kids for Valentine’s Day too! This kit has the sweetest little illustrations that are both punny and fantastic to color! My son loves to have the whole paneled colored apparently. I have to giggle at that!

Here he is in his PJs crafting over his Winter Break. He is so excited about giving these out and wants to order more! I might need to get marker refills first. ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

E decided to adhere the stickers that are included in the kit to the inside for his classmates. Or, as he likes to say, as the “prize”! Turns out this was actually Taylor’s intention for the stickers, so perfect he thought the same! โค

I am hoping he will let me color one or two myself.ย  shhhhh ๐Ÿ˜‰


Here he is with all the panels colored, before he assembled them into the precut little “card base/envelopes”.

We wanted to show the stickers could also be used to decorate the outsides too. The kit come with the Happy Valentine’s Day stamp as well as To and From and sweet little hearts. Of course, E decided to omit extra hearts because he’s in Fourth Grade now and a boy. ha! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, they generally ask them not to include a “To” on their valentines, so he omitted that little stamp.

Here he is with his collection all ready to go! Now, he just needs to make the rest and he’ll be ready! They are so easy and fun to color, he is looking forward to it. Getting to use Mom’s Copic Markers is also a big hit!

He’ll likely take them to school in these TE Storage Boxes along with the case. โค

It’s the perfect year to have your kids makes their Valentines. I’m guessing we aren’t alone in that we are home a lot more and it’s great to have something creative and productive to do together. And by together, I mean, Mom gets all the supplies out and in the end, does most of the clean up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I am ok with that because it doesn’t involve any kind of screen time. Hooray!

E’s Kid’s Valentine Kit Cards:

Hereโ€™s the scoop:

Everything in the Kidโ€™s Valentine Card Kitย that retails for $28:

  • 25 Pre-cut Tuck & Fold Notecards โ€“ 5 each of Watermelon, Lemon Meringue, Candy Corn, Peapod, Cookie Monster
  • 25 Pre-printed Coloring Cards (sized to fit on the inside or outside of the notecard)
  • 1 3/4โ€ณ Acrylic Block
  • Mini Watermelon ink cube
  • 25 vinyl stickers that coordinate with the Coloring Cards โ€“ use these to seal your Valentines or give them as a Valentine gift!
  • Small clear stamp set that includes a โ€˜Happy Valentineโ€™s Dayโ€™ sentiments, โ€˜to:โ€™ and โ€˜from:โ€™ words, and several small hearts
  • Everything is packaged in our Tag Along Tote

A Valentine Card Kit Add-on that includes the Coloring Cards, Pre-cut Tuck & Fold Notecards, and stickers (25 each) is also available to purchase.

Have fun with both these kits! We sure did! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have a fabulous week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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The new releases are available at Taylored Expressions today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Valentineโ€™s Release from Taylored Expressions!

Happy 2021!! I am so hopeful for a better year! And on that note, let’s celebrate something FUN!! Today, ย Taylored Expressions is releasing Valentine’s Day goodies!ย  There is a cute new Max & Millie and a new Gus & Gertie! Eeeek! ๐Ÿ™‚ The new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s get on with the projects, shall we? First up, we have this cutie new set called Love From Max & Millie. And I just had to use this snarky little Max–doesn’t his expression absolutely say it all? haaaaaaaaaa!!

Couple his expression with this sentiment and it is snarky perfection that just makes me laugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the Circle Masking Stencil with the new Mini Slim Swiss Hearts stencil. I love to create a solid background and then overlay a tone on tone pattern. It’s usually a win. I kept the rest very simple by just adding some stitching and score lines. I thought Max did all the work on this one! haaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I have this sweet little valentine to give to someone you love. This one uses the new Pennant Parade-Valentine in fairly traditional Valentine’s colors. These sweet little pennants are too cute with their little patterns and you can die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I created this background with the Masking Stencil Square Windows along with the overlay of Lots of Love stencil to create the hearts. I added some quick splatters and stitching to finish off this heartfelt card.

Lastly, I have one of my faves, as always, Gus & Gertie! This time the latest set is called Gus & Gertie Ride On. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot wait to use them in all their littleย  traveling forms. The car! The boat! โค

While I think this set can absolutely be used for Valentine’s Day, I love it because it can also be used any time! (Well, truthfully, I think any of these sets can be used anytime!) Gus & Gertie are always a win because if even if you don’t like to color, you can still add a smidge and you’re good to goi, with little effort.

I colored Gus & Gertie with Copic Markers and die cut them out. I thought my son would like a little skateboard shaker action, so that is what I did with the Stitched Circle Stacklets and Linen Background stamp. Totally tubular! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I created a background with the arrow from the set Tag Team- Valentine. I also love a good pun, so the “board together” is delightful little addition to his cutie card! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love little Gertie’s little hat. Adorable!

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

Max & Millieย Card:

Pennant Parade card:

Gus & Gertie card:

Here’s the scoop: Right now through Sunday, January 10th (or while supplies last), you can get the Hearts a Plenty bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Hearts a Plenty Cling & Clear Combo set, the Hearts a Plenty die, and the Fill in the Blank โ€“ Love Cling & Clear Combo set. The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, January 10th.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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