Easy Strips + Exclusives Release at Taylored Expressions Today!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today–Some goodies that were released at Stamp Joy in October are being released and some exclusives that were previously unavailable to purchase. These are some of my fave releases!

EASY STRIPS! This might be one of my favorite TE products of all time. Maybe. 🙂 These dies cut strips of paper in perfect 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch strips. Believe you me, I know… we can cut these ourselves on our paper trimmer. BUT these have that rounded perfection and uniformity that makes projects shine. Gah, I love them!

First up, this is a pretty straightforward design in classic fashion and the results are always delightful! This is a combo of rainbow Easy Strips in 1/4″, alternating with 1/8″ Easy Strips in Sugar Cube.

The frame is cut with the Frame in Frame 2. It’s a great and quick way to shape a card!

Next up, I thought it would be fun to arrange all the different strips sizes in a random fashion with a different pattern here. The possibilities are literally endless!

The sentiment is die cut with the letters in Cap It Off Alpha and the Sunshine is from Building Blocks- Be Bright. I wanted to keep the sentiment simple and small to let the strips steal the show! 

I have die cut a boatload of these strips and plan to use them often. I find I use things more if they are ready to go. Strippin’ in the craft room! 😂😂

Next up, the Balloon Party stencil layering set is available! This is a fun layering set that I loved using last year when it was a gift with purchase.

For these cards, I made one panel and then cut it in half to gain TWO cards! LOVE that! I chose a color palette that wasn’t rainbow (that is hard to resist with this stencil!) and I like the way it turned out.

So easy to make two cards! Boom!

I used the Simple Strips-Birthday to add these quick sentiments and done!

I stamped the On the Block-Happy using different greens to create an ombre look–turned out fun!

Here’s a quick look at the cards I made last September using the Balloon Party Layering set:

Ok…last share today is the now widely released Flourishing Frame die. I decided this was perfect for a wedding card using the Framed Script Mr. & Mrs.

This is a very different color combo for me (Blue Corn, Dijon and Cupcake), but it is growing on me. 🙂 Oh, I also used the Fine Line Leaf stamp that I have been itching to use. I need to use that more though yet. 🙂

Here’s another card I made last year with this Flourishing Frame:

Here’s the scoop from TE:

With the purchase of any 3 Easy Strips dies (any combination of the Easy Strips – 1/8″ die, Easy Strips – 1/4″ die, and Easy Strips – 1/2″ die), you will receive an Easy Strip Stack pack FREE. The Easy Strip Stack includes cardstock in multiple colors sized to match the Easy Strip dies. You get three sheets of each of the following colors: Fruit Punch, Guava, Sweet Potato Pie, Pineapple, Lime Zest, Cilantro, Confetti Cake, Blue Raspberry, Blueberry, and Eggplant.

Also, with any purchase of $75 or more (before tax & shipping), you will receive a FREE Mini Slim Envelope Valentine pack. The envelope pack includes 2 each of Cupcake, Pink Champagne, Strawberry Milkshake, Lollipop and Watermelon Mini Slim envelopes.

**Both promotions run now through Sunday, January 23rd or while supplies last.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below  🙂

Easy Strips HI card:


Easy Strips Hello card:


Balloon Party card:

Flourishing Frame card:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE fun from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by–Hope you all enjoy stripping in your craft room too! 😂🤣

Take care 🙂

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Valentines Treats and Kids!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today and it’s a continuation of the Valentine’s Release! But this time, it is alllll about treats and giving and kids! Oh how I love to gift little treat ditties! 🙂

Let’s get started with the new Critter Clips-Valentines today. You can make these into little clips for the tops of your lil’ packages or envelopes… OR another possibility  (of many) is to do what I did and add them to little tags for giving.

I thought it would be fun to use a sweet little valentine’s color palette, but you can make these traditionally and use them anytime on cards, tags, etc. I plan to give these to my coworkers for Valentine’s Day, so I am I am already set to go! Love that!

I stamped the little treat totes with the Ticks & Tacks Background, which let me tell you, is simple and perfectly sized. The Valentine Tote when flat is just two stamps of a background stamp and it FITS PERFECTLY! Love when that happens! I need to grab another pack of these little totes–I love having something like this on hand for gift card giving as well. 🙂

I can’t tell which little critter is my favorite, but I look forward to making these again very soon!

Next up, there is a new Simple Tags-Valentine’s which makes gifting 1-2-3! I made a bunch of these because they are so quick and easy. These are perfect for a few chocolate hearts and you can easily slide them in your coworkers inbox or your kids lunch bag. ❤

And these little Polka Dot Treat bags are adorable! I love how my teammates stamped the bags! You’ll have to check that out too, because so simple and adds a little something. 🙂 I’m going to have to order another pack of these too. Shhhhh. 😉

I thought it would be fun to double tag them, so I used the Mini Slim Swiss Hearts stencil and stenciled some cardstock to cut using the Simple Tags die. Truly, these could not be faster. OR you can embellish them and add lots of details with a white gel pen, or some bits, or some TE Glitter! Gah–So fun!

Last up, might be the CUTEST!! And I love anything that I get to reel my son in for. ❤ It’s the Kids Scratch Off Valentine’s Kit!

My son colored in a bunch of Valentine’s in preparation for giving at school on the 14th of February. These are the perfect level of crafty goodness for him because they don’t need to take a lot of time to color in…. OR if your kids love to color, imagine how they can embellish these further!

He decided to stamp the envelopes with the little stamp set inside. He set it up on the MISTI and just changed up the colors for some, but otherwise, 1-2-3!

The little scratch off part is just a sticker you lay over the answer. Super easy to do.

I think this kit is adorable and it all comes in this sweet little easy to gift box. 🙂 I love having my son make his Valentine’s. It adds a lot of personal touch for his school friends.

Here’s the scoop from TE:

Right now through Sunday, January 16th you can earn a FREE pack of 24 Valentine Treat Stickers ( 6 each of 4 different designs) with any purchase of $75 or more (before tax and shipping). Share the stickers with friends for Valentine’s Day or use them to seal up treat bags, envelopes, and more!

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special for your children, students, grandkids or neighbors with our adorable Kid’s Scratch-off Valentine Kit! Everything you need to make 25 cards comes packaged in a kraft box with a custom sticker, including:

  • 25 3″ square card bases (5 each in Lollipop, Strawberry Milkshake, Pineapple, Blue Raspberry and Jelly Donut) 
  • 25 white 3 1/4″ square envelopes
  • 25 pre-printed 2 3/4″ square joke cards (5 each of 5 different designs)
  • 25 scratch-off sticker strips
  • Valentine clear stamp set (6 stamps)
  • TE Premium Mini Ink Pad in Oreo
  • 1 3/4″ round acrylic block

Simply color the images on the joke cards, adhere a scratch-off sticker strip over the punch line, tape or glue the joke card to the card base and then stamp the back of the card base and the envelope using the clear stamp set, ink pad and acrylic block!

Limited quantity available

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below  🙂

Critter Clips Valentine’s tags & treats:


Simple Tags Valentine’s treats:


Kids Valentine’s Kit:


Find the TE Blog Post HERE with a boatload of fun inspiration from the TE Creative Team! 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by–happy treating!

Take care 🙂

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: 2022 New Release–Valentines!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today–the first of 2022! It is the Valentine’s Release! Set aside all the Christmas goodies for now and let’s get to making some ❤ cards, shall we?!

First up, there is a new Gus & Gertie set! Gahhhhh! One of my faves from TE is Gus & Gertie–so cute! This one is called Gus & Gertie Best Buds. They are too!

I used the Half a Heart stencil set for the background (released last year and still a go to!). I cut out that panel with the Arched Stacklets. I created a very simple scene using the Build a Scene-Heart Fence and the cloud from the Rainbow Cloud Duo. I love how this color combo came out–I thought it would be fun to try and I am definitely going to use it again: Toffee, Mint Julep, Peaches n Cream.

Gus & Gertie are just the CUTEST!

Next up, this is a fun one and there is a promo for it! (Be sure you scroll to the end of this post to read all about it.)

This one is called Donut Days and let me just say, they had me a Donut. To boot, there is a new Stacklet set called Box Top Stacklets which makes a perfect Donut box. I can see using this for MANY things though.

I stamped all the donuts out and then cut them with the Donut die. I used the Gingham Background to create a fun donut box in the traditional donut box bakery style. (Did anyone watch the documentary on Netflix called the Donut King? So interesting!)

Of course, I thought it would be fun to add acetate and as long as I am doing that, I might as well make it a shaker! 🙂

The sentiments are new from the Mini Strips set called Donut Worry! Love sentiment strips!

Next up, we have this fun lightbulb of love set called Love Lights which I adore! I used the Foil it panels and foiled it background in Aqua foil. I thought this color combo was another different one for me, and I like it too: Lavender Glaze, Sweet Potato and Cookie Monster–in conjunction with the Aqua foil. Fun!

The sentiments are from another new Mini Strip set called Watts of Love. Can’t even. 🙂 It is very tricky for me to photography foiled cards, but hopefully you can kind of see it in the photo below. 🙂

I used the Frame in Frame 2 die–because I always do. 🙂 I am going to be making this card with the Glow in the Dark medium from TE very soon! Can’t wait! 🙂

And last up for today, there is a new cutting plate background which is the BEES KNEES called Stitched with Love Cutting Plate. I used this along with a couple of Max & Millie sets that were previously released.

Technically, these cats are both Max, but no one needs to know that but you and me. 😉 I thought this card was a trip. haaaa!

The Hearts on the background actually cut all the way through, so you can gather up a bunch of tiny little hearts, but I decided to adhere them all in for this look. This cutting plate is the best! So simple and lovely.

By the way, there is a NEW gift with purchase over at TE this month month–it is called Good Hearted Background and it is a background full of ❤ ! ❤ this one! No pun intended. 😉

(this Typewriter set above just retired, but I thought I’d share this card anyway because of the fun heart background.)

Here’s the scoop from TE:

When you purchase the Donut Days Collection (Donut Days Cling & Clear Combo set, Donut Days stencil, Donut Days die, and Mini Strips- Donut Worry stamp) through Sunday, January 9th, you will get a free exclusive video craft along class with Heather!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new goodies to use right away making a card and tag set at your own pace! Watch the video as often as you like and learn some new crafty tips and tricks!

Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with links to the class video on YouTube.

Although Heather will recommend extra supplies (ink, cardstock, embellishments, etc.), you can use anything you have to make these projects uniquely yours!

Hurry! This offer is only valid through 11:59 pm (CT) on Sunday, January 9th, or while supplies last.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below  🙂

Gus & Gertie Best Bud card:
Donut Days card:


Love Lights card:
Stitched with Love card:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with LOVES, I mean, LOTS of inspiration from the TE Creative Team! 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by–let the season of sharing a little ❤ with friends, family and strangers begin! We can all use it, I’m sure.

Take care 🙂

Jill

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Ellen Hutson’s: 12 Days of TAGS!

Today, I am helping to celebrate the 12 Days of Tags with Ellen Hutson and it couldn’t be more fun! I love holiday tags! Well, full disclosure, I just love tags period. 🙂

(If you are looking for my Taylored Expressions post, please click HERE.😊 )

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, I naturally gravitate to using Julie Ebersole’s  Sweet Surprises set  and (Sweet Surprises Dies). I colored the little bear with Copic Markers and then die cut him and his candy cane with the Sweet Surprises Dies. He needed someone to look after him, so I used original Bear from  All Inside (All Inside Dies) and all his accoutrements from Bear Ware 2.

This sentiment is from Tag It-Christmas and the tag I used is from the awesome  Farmhouse Tags set. I created the polka dot background using the Wonky Backgrounds set (essential!) and used strips of scrap cardstock to create the stripes. I think this turned out oh so cute! These little bears get me every time!

(This little bear is the teeny tiny version of All Inside (All Inside Dies).)

Here are all the details from Ellen Hutson to get in on the fun:

This year, we asked 24 talented designers to create a tag inspired by a favorite Christmas carol. Their clever – and sometimes humorous – tags are sure to inspire. But their awesome tags are only half the fun; we always look forward to seeing what our designers’ tags inspire YOU to make, and we welcome you to join the fun by creating tags inspired by each day’s song (with a chance to win a shopping spree at ellenhutson.com to boot)!

Here’s a link to the whole  Winter Release from Ellen Hutson.

One quick list of just the Ellen Hutson products I used today:

Thanks so much for joining me here today. Be sure to check out the Ellen Hutson Blog today to see what Amy made! 🙂 I can’t wait to see Amy’s tag (sure to be super fun!) and what everyone creates! Thank you to Ellen Hutson for having me along today–TOO fun!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Create in Quads from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today! It is the Create in Quads: Snowflake Stencils! I am sooooooooo excited about these! The stenciling is super fast and then boom, four cards! These are even easier using the Create-in-Quads Paper Packs. (Not essential for creating, but just helps streamline your Quad stenciling. 😉)

For these cards on toffee, I used Poblano Pepper, Sugar Cube, Mushroom, Earl Grey and Fruit Punch inks.

The sentiments are from the new Winter Blessings sentiment set and there are coordinating dies too.

I also had to use a little Gus & Gertie: Holiday Adventures. They are OH too cute!

I die cut the Open Scallop Circle out of TE Vellum to create a subtle backdrop for the sentiments.

They all turned out so wintery and delightful. This is a GREAT way to make a card set for gifting!

I finished them all off with some stitching and some  Clear Drip Drops.

Next up, I used the Sugar Cube Create-in-Quads Paper Packs to create a set in Sugar Cube. I wanted to see if I could keep this set REALLY simple, so I eliminated the stitching. I don’t think I will do that again because they truly feel incomplete to me–ha! Creature of habit.

Initially,  I set out to make a set of Rainbow Snowflake cards but I got sidetracked mid stenciling and forgot my plan! Ha! Anyone else ever do this? 😋 So anywho, I ended up with this funky pastel set…

But I do enjoy how they turned out, so it’s all good! 🙂

I used the Frame in Frame 2 die set, along with the Petite Scallop Rectangular Stacklets. I created a simple way to add a little something without going crazy. 🙂

This set of cards is made with the Get Cozy set. I love the font in this set along with the simple block layout. Right up my alley. 😉

I decided use Strawberry Milkshake for the card bases. I added some embossed lines on some for a little extra.

I added a little simple silver thread to this card. I broke my SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE rule just this once for this card. 🙂

If you missed the first set of Create in Quads Stencils created, those are called Create-in-Quads – Mistletoe Layering Stencil. This is the newest set, and I’m guessing FAR from the last! Such a cool and brilliant idea.

By the way, there is a NEW gift with purchase over at TE this month month–it is called Anytime Expressions and it is a great set of sentiments for any time of year:

This is also using the Best Buds Layering Stencil Set and the Like Gnome Other stamps and dies.

Here’s the scoop from TE:

When you purchase the Create-in-Quads Snowflake “I Want it All” Bundle (Create-in-Quads Snowflake Layered Stencil set, Winter Blessings stamp set, Winter Blessings die collection, and Clearly Crafty Get Cozy stamp set) through Sunday, December 12th, you will get a free exclusive video craft along class with Taylor!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new goodies to use right away making projects at your own pace! Watch the video as often as you like and learn some new card-making tips and tricks!

Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with links to the class video on YouTube.

**Although Taylor will recommend extra supplies (cardstock, ink, embellishments, etc.), you can use anything you have to make these projects uniquely yours!

Hurry! This offer is only valid through 11:59 pm (CT) on Sunday, December 12th, or while supplies last.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below  🙂

Create in Quad Snowflakes: Toffee cards:


Create in Quad Snowflakes: Sugar Cube cards:


Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by –I’m definitely looking forward to making LOTS more winter cards this season!

Take care 🙂

Jill

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Taylored Expressions-Black Friday

Tis the season of deals and shopping, right?   Taylored Expressions has oodles of sales, deals and freebies to get you in on the action!

Not only is there the 20% off store wide, but when you add the Doorbuster options and gifts with purchase, look out!

I am sharing a card I made using the Branches & Blooms background stamp.

I stamped the background using Granny Smith, Peapod and Cilantro. I then colored in the background using Copic Markers.

For my sentiment, I used an ombré of pink inks and the set that is a gift with purchase called On Occasion.

This background is one of those versatile ones I can see reaching for often. Even stamping tone on tone or using Sugar Cube to create a subtle backdrop.

These products are available over at Taylored Expressions

Check out all the Black Friday scoop and Deals throughout the weekend HERE.

The sale starts at 6pm on Thursday 11/25 and goes through Sunday at 11:59pm CST. 

— 20% off sitewide (some exclusions apply)
— Double crafty points for insiders and super fans
— $10 off Stamp Joy Spring Virtual coupon included in every order 
— Plus exclusive freebies for orders of $100, $200, and $300 or more

 Branches & Blooms Card:

https://ldli.co/e/m5mlx1o

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of inspiration from the TE Creative Team and more scoop on sale!

Thank you for stopping by!

Jill

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TE, Season of Crafting: Stencils!

I’m back again as the fun continues over at   Taylored Expressions, celebrating the Season of Crafting! Today, I am sharing one Stencils! AND STENCILS are 40% off TODAY only! This is a SALE–be sure you snag them early because the sale is only for today. 🙂

Taylored Expressions has a PLETHORA of Stencils to choose from and the best parts to me are their versatility, they are affordable and super easy to store. Big fan. Win win win!

For this card I used Mini Slim Candy Cane Stripe stencil. I also used the stamps: Handlettered Holiday 2 (and dies) and Fluffy Friends Holiday (and dies).

I threw some sparkly TE Pearl and Cookie Monster Glitter down there on the bottom to create a snow drift and some chaos, which seems fitting for this little guy. I colored him in with Copic Markers. For the sentiment from Handlettered Holiday 2, I sort of did a gray ombre with Mushroom, Earl Gray and Poppyseed.  Something different. I layered two sets of Lollipop cardstock below it to give it a little oomph off the card base. 🙂

I blended the stencil on twice. Once with Cupcake and shifted it to blend on Mint Julep.

This little guy cracks me up. I can feel his pain. 🙂

All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions

Here’s the TE scoop:

40% off on STENCILS today only! Don’t delay!

Mini Slim Stencil Card:


Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thank you for stopping by!

Jill

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Over on the Ellen Hutson blog today!

Today, I’m over on Ellen Hutson Blog to enjoy some more fun with the Winter Release from Ellen HutsonI’m sharing a couple fun cards for the season, but I think the one could be used anytime? These products are mostly all from the Essentials by Ellen Winter Release.

I have lots more photos and some inside scoop over there, so be sure to pop over HERE and check it out! Such fun to make these! 🙂

Here are the supplies I used on my cards today. You can shop all the goodies over at Ellen Hutson. Tis the season to craft and treat yourself too! 🙂

Thanks to Ellen Hutson and her fantastic team for having me as a guest today! I love making all the things with EH! 🙂 🤍

Wishing all those who celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving this week! Hope you catch a little nap after all the yummy foods. 🙂

Take care–Jill 🙂

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TE, Season of Crafting: Calendars!

The fun continues over at   Taylored Expressions, celebrating the Season of Crafting! Today, I am sharing one of my favorite things to give–Mini Tear Off Calendars! Sale on Calendars today–40% off–WOW! 🙂

These are super easy to make in bunches and I always love giving a practical gift that people can use. These are little coworkers gifts, or stocking stuffers, or little gifts if you have a group of friends over. I like to put magnets on the back so people can use them on their file cabinets or refrigerators.

Taylored Expressions sells these little Mini Tear Off Calendars in packs of 10 and they are really affordable. I always buy two packs with big dreams of making 20. I need to order 2022, but as you can see, I have them ready to give! whooooot! 🙂

I used a bunch of different stencils and inks–Definitely look at my supply list below to link to which stencils and colors I used. SO MANY! 🙂

I love blending ALL the colors!! Stencils: Roundabout, Go with the Flow, Folk Art Tulip, Mini Slim Cable Knit, A New Leaf.

I used both Folk Art Phrases and Good Vibes for the sentiments on these.

I think these will be fun to give and should be well received–I hope! 🙂

Here’s a little close up of just one. 🙂

All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions

Here’s the TE scoop:

40% off Calendars! Be sure you do this ASAP because after today, the sale is over. 🙂

Calendars:


Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thank you for stopping by!

Jill

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TE, Season of Crafting: Stacklets!

There is a fun over at  Taylored Expressions for next week + to celebrate the Season of Crafting! I sure hope it is the Season of Crafting in my world! Cooler temps mean it’s time to get crafty. 🙂

Today, the focus is on Taylored Expressions STACKLETS. And let me say, without hesitation that TE Stacklets really are my staple of staples. It is rare I make a card without a Stacklet set. 🙂

I used a handful of Stacklets on this card: Stitched Circles, Petite Scallop Squares and Diagonal Stitched Square Stacklets.

For my stamps, I used Chasing Rainbows and Simple Strips-Friendship for my sentiment. This turned out so sweet! I can’t wait to send it out.

All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions

Here’s the TE scoop at the Season of Crafting link HERE. Check it all out so you don’t miss a day of deals you have been waiting for! 🙂

Stacklets Card:


Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thank you for stopping by!

Jill

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