Holiday Cards

Happy Weekend–I don’t know about you, but I might still be digesting Thanksgiving! 🙂 Now, we head straight into Christmas, don’t we? It’ll be here in a FLASH! I created two cards today using Honey Bee Stamps. These are all new goodies from the Holiday Cheer Release. You can find all the fun Holiday goodness HERE. Also the Honey Bee Stamps BLACK FRIDAY SALE is on still today–but don’t wait–20% off your whole purchase!

For this card, the trees are from the Farmhouse Tree Builder set. The sentiment is from the Country Christmas Wreath and  Joy set .

I love how these colors came together on this one. I wasn’t sure, but I really like it in the end. ❤

Next up, I thought pink trees would be fun, so I ran with that. Once again, I used the Farmhouse Tree Builder set and the sentiments all from the Joy set . The little stars are from the set Country Christmas Wreath.

It feels very tinsel tree to me–anyone else? 😉

Looking forward to using these cards for gift card giving this season. 🙂

Check out all the latest over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog HERE. 🙂 You can find all the links to these goodies over at Honey Bee Stamps with direct links below.

Here are links to the products I used from Honey Bee Stamps: (And don’t forget the Honey Bee Stamps BLACK FRIDAY SALE!)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good weekend!


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Let’s put it on the Calendar, shall we?

Happy Tuesday! Today, we are enjoying the NEW Release of the the Handcrafted Calendar Kit from Taylored Expressions! This kit is available over at Taylored Expressions TODAY, November 10th! Let’s have some fun making stuff and getting ready for 2021! Who’s with me!?

This kit has every month appropriate stencils included in it and they are oh so delightful and FAST! I loved debating over what to do with each one. In the end, I created a unified look with some simple blending for each. I used a boatload of my Taylored Expressions inks over the course of these six months I created.

Of course, I decided to go Big Grumpy for the calendar because what’s better than a little laugh when you look at the calendar each time? 🙂

I colored A LOT of Big Grumpies for this. ha!  So glad too because I was cracking up in the end. 🙂

All the little stamps that are included in the kit are fun to mark all the occasions you have to celebrate/remember each month. 🙂

For the months, I white heat embossed them all together and then just added with foam tape to each month.

Big Grumpy gets extra grumpy around the holidays. ha! 😉

The wood hanger that comes in the kit is super easy to use because it is held together with magnets. So you just pull it apart and put the current month in. Or you can keep several months in there if you’d like. With my foam tape, I’d probably just put in one at a time. ❤

Such fun to give as a gift! This one took a little time, but you can simplify them so easily with the fun stencils and using anything else you have in your stash–or just the stencils and months! I think I might try that myself…. hmmmmmm. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this kit as much as I did!  You can even make yourself one and purchase an extra or few to gift this holiday season! Who can’t use a calendar? Yay for useful gifts 🙂

Enjoy! 🙂 This is a fun one for sure! ❤

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


Calendars are one of our favorite crafts to make, and one of our favorite gifts to give or receive. This year, we’re offering this exclusive Handcrafted Calendar Kit to help you get ready for 2021! It includes everything you need to make a customized 5″ x 8″ calendar designed to hang from a magnetic walnut wood hanger. It comes packaged in a plastic clamshell box with an exclusive kit sticker (perfect for gift-giving!), and includes:

  • Walnut Wood Hanger Frame (includes 12″ length of leather cord)
  • 5×8 2021 Dated Grid Calendar (12 individual 5″ x 8″ sheets printed on 100 lb. Sugar Cube cardstock)
  • Stencil Strips – Calendar (set of 12, numbered to correspond with the months of the year)
  • Group Text – Months stamp
  • Group Text Die
  • Clearly Crafty It’s a Date stamp set

Most items not available to purchase separately. Limited quantity available.

The items that are available to purchase separately for this kit release are: 5×8 2021 Dated Grid Calendar, the Walnut Wood Hanger Frame5×8 Clear Calendar Boxes, and the Stamp & Style Pouch.

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team ! ❤

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have fun with this new calendar kit–let’s plan ahead for some fun! 🙂

Take care 🙂


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Holly Jolly Release from Simon Says Stamp

I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the new Holly Jolly release!! My cards are more of the gift giving idea… a whole set whipped up in a jif!

I made two cards to share today. I think I’ll either send these or add to the set and gift it this holiday season. 🙂 I used the new Simon Says Stamp Embossing Folder called Peony Bundle. These sentiments are both from the Concord & 9th set called Sew Pretty.

I kept it very simple beyond the embossing on both….adding some embossed lines, stitching and simple sentiments.

I created the next one in a peach color. I think the embossing folder is so lovely it just doesn’t need much more. 🙂

Dear Friend ❤

So lovely and simple to create. ❤

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to join in Holly Jolly release! Be sure to check it all out >> HERE <<. 

Have fun creating!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Did someone say…New Year?

Anyone else ready to celebrate a NEW YEAR like NEVER BEFORE? I am!! So let’s get the 2021 Party started early! We are doing just that over at Taylored Expressions today… These products are available today, November 3rd! 🙂

First up, I have my main man Big Grumpy and he is SPOT on with this fun new sentiment which is a FREE Download! You must enjoy the sentiments in this set–so so funny! This one is just the truth. 🙂

I colored him with Copic Markers and added the background using the Star Masking Stencils and the little stamps from the Tag Team Birthday set. I thought it turned out so festive, especially considering how grumpy he is! ha! I also added a little Stickles Gel to the part of the Stars to give it some shimmer! 🙂 Oh, and his little hat is from the Big Grumpy-Birthday set.

Next up, is the new Party Popper Stencil. This one reminds me of popping one of those confetti things and watching it spray out! 🙂 I used the recently released Pastel Blender Brushes. ❤

And instead of being disgruntled about 2020, I went with a Hello New Year sentiment using the previously released Over the Rainbow Sentiment (for the “hello”) and the NEW On Repeat: New Year!  You get a hand full of New Year sentiments all in one swoop! Dig that a lot! 🙂

I decided to make it into a shaker with the cutie’s from the set Life of the Party. This card ended up screaming Party! New Year! So fun! 🙂 This would be great to receive to welcome in 2021! A party in the mail!

I have high high hopes for 2021, so here’s hoping! 🙂

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

Big Grumpy New Year card:

Hello New Year card:

All these products are available TODAY, November 3rd over at Taylored Expressions!

If you live in the United States, don’t forget to VOTE today! 🙂

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! ❤

Here’s to a better year ahead–and if your 2020 was a great one, this will still be good, right?

Take care 🙂


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Hang In There!

Today, I am back to share some more cuteness from the Autumn Afternoon release from Honey Bee Stamps! These little squirrels! Gah!

The cutie squirrels and the sentiment are from the  Nuts about You set with coordinating dies HERE. The little fence, grass and clouds are  from the die set Horizon Slimline Borders. The itty bitty leaves are from the die set aptly named Itty Bitty Leaves. And all the patterned paper is from the pad called Harvest Festival. I don’t have many sheet of it left and that is making me nervous. ha! 🙂 Lastly, of course I used the A2 Scallop dies .I can’t seem to NOT use those. 🙂

I colored the squirrels with Copic Markers. I added some ink to the clouds to give a little oomph to the layers of those. But overall, I let the patterned paper do the work for me. The clouds are ideal and the fence is so sweet!

These cutie squirrels are too fun and I love the autumn feel of this card. 🙂

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

Here are the links to the products I used from Honey Bee Stamps. You can find the whole release of Autumn Afternoon HERE.

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


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New Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions!

Exciting news from Taylored Expressions today! NEW BLENDER BRUSHES and a super fun tool tray to hold the New Pastel Blender Brushes…and so much more! I need alllllll the trays! 🙂 They are so cute and practical!

Also, there is a boatload of new Stencils added to the Taylored Expressions catalog today! Stencils for days! So awesome because stencils are versatile, affordable and always easy to store. Little perks!

Let’s start with a card using the new Criss-Cross Stencil. I love stencils like this–it’s the best of both words…graphic with movement! 🙂 I had to pair it with the cutie patootie Gus & Gertie set and a Simple Strip from the set Simple Strips-Friendship.

I adore the Rainbow Cloud Duo and definitely don’t use it enough, but it made an appearance here to complete the scene. 🙂

Next up, I have a fun little birthday card using the new Falling Happy Stencil and Millie’s Birthday Bash!

This stencil is designed so you can stencil the word Happy falling down the page. I decided it would be fun to use it as a layering stencil to create all the different bobble colors in the word Happy. It’s easy to line up, so it was pretty simple. I think I started with Lemon Meringue each time, just so I’d have a base layer outline to add upon.

I colored Millie with Copics, added some score lines and Clear Bits to finish it all off. 🙂

Next up, I have this funny little Christmas card using the new Mini Slim Cable Knit stencil. This one is a fast fave to be used for so many occasions.

For this, I used not only the new Pastel Blender Brushes, but I also used the previously released green one to blend the bottom a little darker green. I have been itching to use this sentiment from the Big Grumpy Christmas Set, so I had to fit that in here too. The little panda is from the Hot Flash Grumplings set, paired with a coat from Sarcasti-Chuck’s jacket. I did a little creative engineering to make it all fit. 😉

Lastly, I made a card using the new Mini Slim Sunray Stencil. This one is definitely going to get a run for it’s money around here.

I keep thinking of using the Modern Tree and I thought it paired perfectly with this Sunray Stencil. 🙂

I used the previously released darker green brush again to polish off the last set of leaves before adding some stitching and some twine. This is a great card to send to just lift up someone’s day! ❤

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

Hang In There Friend card:

Falling Happy card:

Ho Ho No card:

Sending Sunshine card:

Everything is available Today, October 20th over at Taylored Expressions! I hope you enjoy the new Brushes, Tool Tray and the new stencils as much I have. 🙂

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! ❤

Happy Blending!

Take care 🙂


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I Count You Twice…

I hope you have had a moment to check out all the new goodness  in the Autumn Afternoon  RELEASE from Honey Bee Stamps! I sure do love Fall!

And to that end, one of my favorite sites on this earth is the Colorado Aspen Trees in Fall. Good gosh–they are gorgeous and someday, I’m going to travel there every fall to see them 🙂 Or live there. 🙂 So this one goes out to all my friends in Colorado. ❤

This Honey Bee Stamps set is called Hello Fall. And as almost always, I also used the A2 Scallop dies . 🙂

Goodness, I do love those yellow leaves, as far as the eye can see! I stamped with a couple different yellow inks for these, and then when back over them with a couple other different yellows to give the edges a little punch. I couldn’t decide if I wanted them lined up or not, so I guess I waffled. Some are and some aren’t. Ha! Gotta love the creative process. 🙂

This sentiment makes my heart sing! 🙂

Check out all the latest over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog HERE. 🙂 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

My previous post with a fantastic new  Honey Bee Stamps die can be found HERE.

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

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Wild About You

Good Morning!

I’m starting my day standing on an overcrowded train this morning, so here’s hoping the week gets better from here! 🙂

Last night I thought I’d make a quick card. Well, almost two hours later, I finished. 😂

But I wanted to use all these critters on this new Hello BluebirdJungle Littles” set. This set was a gift at our recent crafty weekend, and it is full of fun! ❤️

I stamped and masked away, and then colored everything with Copic Markers. My spacing on the ground critters could be a little better, but it’s ok. 😉 I like to call this a *one-off-layer* card (because of the card panel, it’s not a one layer 😉). I feel like with the advent of dies, I don’t make too many one layer cards anymore? And there’s no room for error when you do! 😬 Ha!!

I made this next card below while on said crafty weekend ;). I wasn’t on my home turf, so no stitching or too many extra details, but I adore this little sloth so much! ❤️ Eeeeep! So cute!

Again, I colored with Copic Markers and then fussy cut him out. I was gifted some twine and patterned paper from my friends Amy, Laurie, and Lisa–and those all worked out perfectly to add a lil’ something. 🙂 Thanks friends!

Well, I think that covers it all for now! Thank you again to Hello Bluebird for this sweet set. Be sure to check out them out HERE and all their cute sets! 🙂

Take care and have a great week!

Jill 🙂

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Being Kind

Happy Sunday all!

Just popping in with a quick post to share a card I made last night. We are planning to give this to the secretary at school because she defines kindness. ❤️

For this, I used the oh-so-perfect set from Concord and 9th: Kindhearted and the Kind die. I used this stencil that I’ve had forever from The Crafters Workshop. Perfect! I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide to blend it on the panel. I found this tiny heart in my *diecut leftover stash*, covered it in Glossy Accents, and added it to Chicago. 🙂 I finished the whole card off with a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and some stitching!

I thought this turned out delightfully and we can’t wait to give it to her. ❤️

Have a great Sunday ALL!

Jill 🙂

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Naturally Inspired SOA Release Day!

Happy Release day for the Naturally Inspired The Stamp of Approval Collection! You can check out my blog post for the Blog Hop earlier this week HERE. Such rainbowriffic cards there and also links to all the other amazing designers cards! The collection is now SOLD OUT, so be sure to head over to the address below to stay in the loop!


I’m sharing a couple more cards here today to celebrate!!

For this card, I used the Spiro Doily dies, Best Die, and Simply the Best Stamp Set. I used pastel colors, which I do not do often. But in person, they look so soft and sweet. Tricky to photo! 🙂

I loved inlaying this die! Think of all the color combos you could whip up! 😉 And I ❤ the Best Die. Perfect font, size and so many uses!

I thought I’d try to “man-up” this collection up a bit. Hence, I made this card:

This one uses the super sparkly Wanderlust Embossing Powder formulated just for this collection! SUPER sparkle!

The main images on this card are from the Medallion Mix-Up Stamp Set. The sentiment is again from the Simply the Best Stamp Set. I also used all Catherine Pooler bold  inks. Those can be found HERE.

I used the inks: Grass Skirt, Lime Rickety, and Melon Ice! Not to mention my a fore mentioned favorite, Tutti Frutti!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the fun made from this collection’s contents! I sure enjoyed making them! You could craft for days! 🙂

Thank you again for stopping by today! Many thanks again to Catherine Pooler for having me along, and for the team’s help with all the details! It’s been a pleasure hanging with everyone this last month. Be sure to check out Catherine’s Blog HERE for more fun!

I look forward to seeing what everyone creates with this fantastic collection!!

Happy creating!

Jill 🙂

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