Ellen Hutson’s Winter Release!

Today the Winter Release from Ellen Hutson is available and it is SNOW much fun! There is a little something for everyone to create with in this one, for sure! 🙂 And there is a FREE GIFT with qualifying purchases–see the end of my post for details.

Naturally, the first set I had to use was Julie Ebersole’s new Sweet Surprises set  and (Sweet Surprises Dies). Because: Bear. I stamped and die cut a bunch of these sweet surprises out to color with Copic Markers. I then die cut them all with the Sweet Surprises Dies.

Of course, once I saw this sentiment in the Sending Holiday Cheer by Julie Ebersole (Julie: Again!! 🤍)  stamp set, well, that was that. Haaaaa! The little bear was going in upside down! Poor guy 😊–But this is my current mood too, so it’s perfect! Double ha!! It’s fine. We’re Fine. Everything is fine. 😂

(This little bear is the teeny tiny version of my little buddy from one of my all time faves: All Inside (All Inside Dies).)

I created the tone on tone snowflake background with the new die set called Snowflake Die set (go figure 😊) I have found that I am a bit of a snowflake snob over the years… that one is too pointy, that one is too intricate, etc. etc…. BUT THESE– ❤❤❤!! I love their simplistic shapes and that they are all the same. Which I know is counterintuitive to the nature of a snowflake and all, but there is something about having them all be the same and available in different sizes that is VERY appealing. Plus, I like their rounded tips. 😉

I added some stitching to those and wammo! All set!

I am definitely enjoying this whole new Winter Release from Ellen Hutson and I hope you are too! I will be back this weekend with more to share! 🙂 I can’t wait! I need a week off to create with these fun goodies. 🙂

*Please note that the gift is automatically added to qualifying orders/while supplies last.

One quick list all together for the Winter Release from Ellen Hutson:

Thanks for popping in!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Gel Printing from Taylored Expressions!

Today, there is a NEW Kit available over at  Taylored Expressions! The Gel Printing kit is AWESOME and really, really fun! If you have never tired Gel Press (like me) before, you’re going to become quickly addicted. I couldn’t stop making prints!

For all my cards, I only used the paint in the kits. You can achieve a WIDE variety of colors from just these tubes of pain, as you can see below.

This was so fun how it turned out. Be sure you relax and enjoy the process on the Gel Press. Many of us struggle with control while creating (me!) and this is not the place to worry. 🙂

Stencils ahoy! This one below is the new Willow Stencil and the one above is the new Trendy Triangles stencil.

I finished this one off the the Petite Rectangle Stacklet and some black bits.

Lastly, I used the Dizzy Daisy Stencil to really go off the rails for another fun one! It’s great to try all the things when gel pressing!

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. Hooray!

Here’s the TE scoop:

If you love the idea of printing your own patterns in a variety of colors and designs then you’re going to love what you can accomplish with our Gel Printing Kit! Gel press printing is a technique that uses a gel printing plate (a soft and sticky plate made out of a polymer material) and a medium, like acrylic paint or dye-based inks, to create artistic prints and patterns. Everything in this project kit was hand-selected by Gel Press expert Lydia Fiedler to get you started creating unique gel press backgrounds for your cards!

The Gel Printing Kit retails for $69 and includes:

  • One 5″ x 7″ Gel Press Plate
  • Five 4 oz tubes of acrylic paint (blue, magenta, yellow, pearl metallic white and titanium white)
  • 20 sheets of Gel Press Paper (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
  • One 4″ Soft Rubber Speedball Brayer
  • One 2 oz bottle of gel hand sanitizer (for removing paint residue from the plate)
  • A hinged Gel Press Storage Tin (7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 1″) 

Once you complete your kit purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with a link to the exclusive class video on YouTube. Watch it as often as you like and learn some great gel press printing tips and tricks while discovering inspiration for more designs!

In addition to the Gel Printing Kit, we are offering a new background stamp, several new stencil designs, and packages of Gel Press Paper! You can use the new stamp and stencils with your gel press or for other paper crafting projects.

I’ll be back to update all my supply lists later! 🙂

Hello Card:

Red Hello Card:

Nope 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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Stamp Joy Exclusives now available!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today!  It has the products from the Spring Virtual Stamp Joy event! And they are good ones, for sure!

There is a bunch of new rainbow goodness in this release that I cannot wait to use myself! But let’s get started with what I did use today, shall we?!

First up, I have the Kaleidoscope Cutting Plate which was super fun to make. I was inspired by… can you guess? Good n Plenty candy! 🙂

I also used two sentiments from the A Few Phrases set, which is a small little set that packs a punch with a bunch of well used sentiments.

This took a wee bit to piece all the Good n Plenties in 😉 , but I think in the end it was SO worth it! I love to do this while watching TV because you don’t have think–you just need to match up the puzzle pieces and be sure to NOT lose them! I finished this off with some stitching and some Cosmic Bits. 🙂

Also, in case you missed it–there is a NEW gift with purchase over at TE this October month–it is called Winter Village. You can check out all the cards I made with this stamp on my post from Tuesday: HERE.

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

Kaleidoscope card:


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

Thanks so much for stopping by –I can’t wait to use those rainbows too!

Take care 🙂

Jill

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Hanukkah Release from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today !!  It has a handful of goodies to celebrate Hanukkah! What a wonderful release to add to your collection to celebrate Hanukkah.

Today, I used the new Get the Word Out- Happy and Get the Word Out – Happy Shadow along with a few previously released products. Funny enough, even though this is a Hanukkah release, as discussed above, I ended up making more of a Holiday Season card.

To create the background I used one of my SUPER faves, the Modern Holly Layering Stencils with greens and Guava. I then die cut the Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stacklets with that. To finish it off, I die cut the ombre Happy along with the On the Repeat-Holiday and popped those in the Frame in Frame 2 die.

I just love the way the greens come out on this stencil and I just have so much fun layering these stencils. I finished this with some stitching and some Clear Drip Drops… which reminds me that I need to purchase some more of those, since I am running low! ahhhh!

Also, one more thing while I have you–there is a NEW gift with purchase over at TE this October month–it is called Winter Village and it is a good one! I haven’t seen a free gift that I haven’t like yet! Anyway, I wanted to share a few cards I had made with it here:

I thought this one worked wonderfully to just sent a Season’s Greetings type card. The new Arch Stacklets frame a scene perfectly!

This next card is sort of any time kind of card–Welcome to the Neighborhood! I kept this one pretty simple too. (This sentiment is from the OH MY WORD – HELLO set.

The tag is from the Pierced Tag Stacklets–a long time FAVE! 🙂

Lastly, more of a Christmas card, if you will, but using alternate color scheme that I think I would normally reach for with Christmas cards?

Oh how I loved how soft and sweet this one turned out!

Here’s the scoop from TE:

Right now through Sunday, October 10th you can get all of the new Hanukkah products in one click! The ‘I Want it All Bundle’ retails for $82.50 and includes:

  • Foil It – Hanukkah
  • Bright Hanukkah
  • Bright Hanukkah Dies
  • Simple Strips – Hanukkah
  • Get the Word Out – Happy
  • Get the Word Out – Happy Shadow
  • On Repeat – Hanukkah
  • Exclusive Glitter Cardstock Pack (4 sheets each of Dark Blue, Light Blue and Silver)

Offer valid from 9am (CT) on Oct 5 through 11:59 pm on Oct 10 (or while supplies last)

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

Modern Holly card:


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

Thanks so much for stopping by –I’m definitely looking forward to making some Hanukkah cards for friends this year!

Take care 🙂

Jill

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Another WCMD card using the new Ellen Hutson set!

I hope you didn’t miss World Card Making Day this past Saturday! I Ellen Hutson has this   super new  set  called Bear Ware Grand Tour and  more!This card of course uses the new Bear Ware Grand Tour set (and coordinating dies). And I also used the new Planet Surface dies to create the little world he is sitting on.

Ciao bella! This time, he is in Italy, or just come from there, maybe more likely. 🙂 So fun! 🙂 He brought his pasta along too… teehee!

Once again, I colored everything with Copic Markers and die cut them all out. This time he had to hold the Leaning Tower of Pisa and his little camera! 🙂 I die cut the Planet Surface and then used the A2 Piercing Plate 2 to give it some extra texture. I created the background using the previously released Nordic Cross Cover and added some stitching to finish off the fun! Ciao ciao ciao! ❤

You can find the new World Card Making Day release HERE with the Bear Ware Grand Tour and Planet Surface dies available.

If you missed my post on Saturday, please find that one HERE!  Too cute! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Celebrating WCMD with Ellen Hutson today!

Today is World Card Making Day! I don’t know about you, but this is a fun day! I seem to always be busy doing something that doesn’t involve cardmaking, but I’m hoping 2021 is my year to celebrate in true form! And let me tell you, Ellen Hutson has just the set to enjoy a smile today! I ADORE this set! 🙂And on with my card! 🙂

This is the new set released today for WCMD: Bear Ware Grand Tour set (and coordinating dies). Gahhhhhh! I squealed when I opened my mailbox and then yelped when I opened the envelope. It is TOO MUCH! 🤍🤍🤍 I was so excited. First up, a little buddy for All Inside (and All Inside Dies) and then he (and really THEY) have all these new things to use and hold. I love!

I colored everything with Copic Markers and die cut them all out. I love to have a little pile of fun to choose from in order to create. I kept everything else very simple blending on a faint background after masking and then added a few splats. I mean, he is holding the London Tower and the Eifel Tower, like stuffies. TOO cute and fun! 🙂

I’ll be back again in a couple days with another card featuring this new Bear Ware Grand Tour set AND other new set Planet Surface and the previously released Nordic Cross Cover and A2 Piercing Plate 2. If I’m super lucky, I’ll be back again before that with another card I made today! 🙂 Let’s hope the day is a fun one to create for everyone. ❤

You can find the new World Card Making Day release HERE with the Bear Ware Grand Tour and Planet Surface dies available. I’m off to the shop the 20% off sale at Ellen Hutson myself HERE!

Thanks again for stopping by! Have a great day making!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Christmas Release from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has their big Christmas Release today !!  It’s a big one filled with all things Christmas, Winter, Holidays and Festive fun! 🙂

I can’t wait to use all the things to craft my little holiday heart out. But for now, let’s get to what I have made so far, yes?

First up today, I have the new Little Critters Christmas + coordinating dies. I also used the previously released Circle and Square Window Frames.

The background is created with the Backstory Christmas Background embossed in white on Sugar Cube. It’s not very apparent in these photos (because white on white), but in person, it gives it that little extra something.

Everyone is colored with Copic Markers and the panel is cut out with the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets. Gah these little guys are TOO cute!!! And the best part is they can be used all winter long! Or heck, even in the summer with their friends, Little Critters! 😊

Next up, we have the super fun Trendy Tree Farm. I was pretty darn excited to get this layering stencil set. I love the modern feel of this fun set and anything with layering stencils you know is just going to fun and easy to create with! I paired this with the new Merry & Bright sentiment set + dies.

I used the following inks on the stencils: Guava, Cupcake, Peaches n Cream, Pineapple, Lemon, Mint Julep, and Blueberry.

The background is created with the previously release Twinkle Twinkle Background embossed on white using Mint Julep cardstock. I die cut the panel out with the Frame in Frame 2 die. I thought it would be fun to stamp the trees and sentiment in Blueberry to mix things up a bit. OH and also, I die cut all the Trendy Trees out with the Trendy Tree Farm Cutting Plate–boom! All at once! SCORE!

Lastly, I used the new Beautiful Baubles dies. These dies coordinate with the previously released Beautiful Baubles Layering Stencils. So now you can die cut these out and use them individually. I did just that here, creating a little bundle of ornaments.

To create this frame, I die cut Pineapple cardstock with the Mini Slim Thin Frame Cutting Plate. I used the Beautiful Baubles Add Ons for the sentiment and the little ornament topper.

In my continued effort to mix up my color pallets, I used Sweet Basil, Lollipop and Pineapple for this card. I thought it turned out fun with a little different twist! 🙂

Christmas Cards! Always a fun time of the year! 🙂

Here’s the scoop from TE:

With any purchase of new release products of $75 or more, you will receive a FREE pack of envelopes and custom Mistletoe envelope seals. The pack includes 10 envelopes (2 each of Mulled Wine, Cherry Pop, Peapod, Sugar Cube, and Toffee) and 10 exclusive envelope seals (these seals are not available to purchase). This offer is valid through 11:59PM Central Time Sunday, October 3rd, or while supplies last.


Free class:
When you purchase the Create-in-Quads Mistletoe Card Class Collection (Create-in-Quads – Mistletoe Layered Stencil set, Clearly Crafty Modern Holiday Greetings stamp set, Create-in-Quads Paper Pack – Sugar Cube, and Create-in-Quads Paper Pack – Toffee ) through Sunday, October 5th, you will get a free exclusive 8-card video craft along class with Taylor and Heather!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new holiday goodies to use right away making eight (!) different cards at your own pace! Watch the videos as often as you like and learn some new card making tips and tricks while discovering inspiration for more designs!

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

Although Taylor and Heather will recommend colors for ink and cardstock, 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, October 3rd, or while supplies last.

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

Little Critters-Christmas card:


Trendy Tree card:


Beautiful Baubles card:


Find the TE Blog Post HERE with a holiday box full of inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by –I hope you too enjoy turning on the Christmas Music and crafting away!

Take care 🙂

Jill

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Wheatfield Dreams from Taylored Expressions

Today, there is a NEW Kit available over at  Taylored Expressions! The Wheatfield Dreams kit is designed by my friend Lori Craig and it is as delightful as her previous two kits: Field Notes and Field Notes 2. This one is a nod to Lori’s home state of Kansas and it is a delight!

I started out getting super crafty with all the watercolor colors. I first embossed the new wheat stamp and then added a bunch of watercolors and blended around. I used the new Honey and Mulled Wine watercolor.

This kit has lovely sentiments in it too. I stamped this one on a small piece of torn vellum and heat embossed it before stitching it on to finish off the card.

I finished it up by die cutting with the Petite Scallop Rectangle stacklet, naturally. 🙂

Next up, I thought it would be a fun twist to do a rainbow color wave with the Burlap Background in the kit and some partial die cutting.

I used the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and layered this up to match. Now, I’m thinking I might have liked to layer it up with foam tape. Next time maybe. 🙂

I added some score lines to the card base and kept the rest fairly simple. I finished off both of these with some twine and some stitching, which I find fitting for this kit.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. Hooray!

Here’s the TE scoop:

Here’s everything included in the Wheatfield Dreams Kit – which is available for $69:

  • Wheatfield Dreams stamp set
  • Wheatfield Dreams die collection
  • Burlap Background stamp
  • Foil It – Wheatfield
  • Mini Embossing Powder – Copper
  • 6 A2 Envelopes, 2 each of: Honey, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Limited quantity available. Most items are not available to purchase individually.

You will be able to purchase additional envelope seals (pack of 10) and new TE Liquid Watercolor colors (Honey, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil) separately.

Watercolor Card:


Rainbow Wheat Card:


Find the TE Blog Post HERE with sunflowery inspiration from the TE Creative Team! Another well done sketched stamp set, Lori! Thank you for sharing your talents for all of us to enjoy and stamp stamp stamp! 💛🌻

Thank you for stopping by! Take care 🙂

Jill

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You say it’s your Birthday–It’s TE’s Birthday Too!

Taylored Expressions has a New BIRTHDAY Release today !!  Taylored Expressions is 13 years old, so now officially a TEENAGER!! ahhhh! 🙂 Happy Happy Birthday to TE!! 🎁🎈✨🎈✨🎁

To celebrate, TE has a bounty of things going on this month–you definitely want to check out the Taylored Expressions Blog this month. Lots of challenges and giveaways and all sorts of goodness!

For now, let’s get to this fun new release, shall we?

First up, we have the new Sweet Shoppe Stencil & Clear Combo that is a tasty little delight! Anything that layers this easily to give such fun results: I’m all in!

The Cupcakes themselves are created with the layering stencils. That simple lovely effect you get with just using a heavier hand with the same ink is genius! So easy to use and this makes them so fun to create!

Once you have your cupcakes all set up, then you can use the clear stamp set to go back and add sprinkles and all the details, if you so desire. Even without them though, they are sweet enough to eat! 🙂 Check out all the ink colors I used in my supply list below–a rainbow!

The background on this Mini Slim Card I created with the Mini Slim Swiss Dots stencil and the fun stamps from the new Piece of Cake stamp set. The sentiment is from the new Mini Strips-Birthday. I think I used every sentiment in this Mini Strips set this month? ha! 🙂 Good stuff!

Next up, I have this fun shaker card using the Piece of Cake die and all the new Tiny Diamonds in Bold and Pastel! I thought this one turned out fun with all the colorful layers. TE actually auctioned this one off for charity–I hope it was able to raise some money. 🙂

This isn’t difficult to make by any means, you just have to be precise with cutting your foam tape to get in between the cake layers. Also, I used the die upside down, but don’t tell anyone ;).

The sentiment is again from the Mini Strips-Birthday set. Eat All the Cake!! 🙂

And one more card for today–it’s a funny one using the new All Inside-Snarky Birthday. (Which, incidentally, I used on the other birthday cards here today, but then forgot to take pics–I ALWAYS forget to the photo the insides!! gah!)

How true is this sentiment? Seriously embarrassing. haaaaa!! I also use a festive fun new stencil called the Sprinkles Rotating stencil. And that’s excactly how it works. Set it up, blend some ink, rotate, rotate, rotate and voila! I used a few different colors per rotation, but using just one would be perfect too!

The cute little car is from the Punny Notes set. I love that little set of cuteness and find myself reaching for it often. I colored the car with Copic Markers. Excuse me while I go turn down the stereo. 😂

Too fun! There is a boatload of other new goodies in this release, so you’re definitely going to want to check out the rest of the Creative Team’s projects and follow along for the rest of the month. Today is actually my son’s birthday, so we’ll be celebrating ourselves here today! 🙂

Here’s the scoop from TE:

Right now through Sunday, September 19th (or while supplies last), you can get the 13th Birthday Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Piece of Cake Layered Stencil set, Clearly Crafty Piece of Cake Additions stamp set, and Piece of Cake die collection. The discounted bundle price is only available through 11:59PM Central Time on Sunday, September 19th.

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

Cupcake card:


Piece of Cake Shaker card:


Getting Old Radio card:


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

Thanks so much for stopping by —Happy 13th Birthday to Taylored Expressions!! What a fun celebration to have–Lucky 13!!

Take care 🙂

Jill

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More Projects with the EH FALL Release!

I’m back using some more Fall goodness from the Ellen Hutson Fall Release! I hope you have had a chance to see all the projects on Instagram and the Ellen Hutson blog using the new Fall Release! I have enjoyed them and need to peruse more because there are so many I have yet to see, I’m sure. 🙂

First up today, I am sharing these cards using the new Pumpkin Season (and dies). I want to decorate with all the pumpkin things NOW! But it is still 90 degrees here today…. seems wrong. Ha! So I will make cards instead. These are very basic, but I enjoy that sometimes so I can make more of them and send them out. 🙂

For the background, I used the new Nordic Cross Cover and I’m a super fan of this die. I can safely say I will be using it a lot. A LOT.

The Pumpkin Season set comes with both a solid pumpkin stamp and an outline pumpkin stamp. I actually used both for these pumpkins before die cutting them out after. A few different shades of colors and done. 🙂

Next up, I have these fun little treats using the new Bat Hugger die. I wanted to make a candy corn bat with little black feet, so this was fun. I also used the new A2 Piercing Plate to give everything a little extra texture.

AND naturally, some googley eyes! 🙂 I am planning to make a banner using the bats, so hopefully I get that done before Halloween and can come back and share. 🙂

And lastly, I have some Holiday Treats! I think these would be super fun in all the colors, so that’ll be another one I hope to get to before Christmas–we’ll see! 🙂 These are super easy to make with the new Pyramid Box Die. Two passes through the die cut machine and quick assembly to hold treats, cash (who doesn’t love cash in a pyramid?) and so much more. Or just to decorate. 🙂

I hope you have enjoy the new Fall Release from Ellen Hutson too! It’s always such a fun one! Check it the entire Ellen Hutson Fall Release HERE!

OH and if you missed my post last week–check that out HERE. A few more Halloween projects–too fun!!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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