Just Keep Swimming!

Happy Fourth of July! I thought I’d share a fun little summer holiday card today! This one goes in the mail tomorrow! ❀

For this card, I used Ellen Hutson’s Beach Lady (and the coordinating dies HERE), Pattern Play, and the sentiment from Mermaid’s Tail.

I colored the crabs blue with Copic Markers and stamped the little pattern with a bit of an ombre-like look. I think this card screams summer! So fun! πŸ™‚

Have a great and safe holiday!! πŸ™‚

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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Taylored Expressions: Blends!

The exciting news popped last week about the new Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes! I hope if you were interested in them, you were able to order a set. If you wanted to order, but the dots didn’t connect in time, you can sign up HERE to be notified when the next batch is available to order!

Today, I’m here to share fun color combos you might like to try with the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes! (There’s a fun post over at Taylored Expressions today!)

This first blend is: Lemon Meringue, Sweet Potato, and Plum Punch.

This second blend is: Granny Smith, Pineapple, and Blue Raspberry.

This third blend is: Guava, Pineapple and Pumpkin.

And lastly, this blend is: Pineapple, Cookie Monster, and Earl Grey.

I really enjoyed making these different combos blend together. Each one with very different results. My goal was to try something I wouldn’t normally default too, and I loved the results! The last one, my biggest experiment, is my favorite! Never thought it would work to use Earl Grey– and then it ends up being my fave–go figure! πŸ˜‰

So, I made it into a fun card:

This little dude seriously makes me laugh!! πŸ™‚

I think this card is a RIOT! That bunny and his look is just priceless! What a fun card to make! I colored him with Copic Markers pulling the colors from the background in. I think of this card often now and how mixing it up had unexpected success. πŸ™‚

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

Let’s Get it Started card:


Ink Blends:


All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

I hope you are inspired to pull all those inks off the shelf and give them a spin–together! πŸ™‚ Have fun getting inky!

Be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions Blog HERE for all the fun and more blender projects from the amazing Taylored Expressions Creative Team! πŸ™‚ Such fun to see–they make AMAZING things!

Thanks so much for stopping by — happy blending!! πŸ˜‰

Jill

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You Are My Sunshine!

Happy Friday! Before the Paper Smooches (very fun!) July Release debuts next week, I wanted to share one more card that is one of my favorites of the June Paper Smooches release available HERE! πŸ™‚

For this card, I used the new Sunnyville and Sunnyville icon dies! This little sun hugging this little cloud is just one of my faves of all time from Paper Smooches. It is soooo adorable! πŸ™‚ Kim has such a great way of designing these little cutie stamps! πŸ™‚

I mean really, could this be any sweeter? I colored them with Copic Markers and die cut them out, adhering with foam adhesive. (THISΒ is the foam tape I’ve been using a lot–very inexpensive!)

Paper Smooches: Sunnyille, Sunnyville Icon Dies, Flaunters. The rest of the new release is HERE!

As I mentioned, the new Paper Smooches July Release is next week! We are having our Design Team hop on July 6th–so be ready!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by today!

Take care–Jill πŸ™‚

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New Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions!

I hope you enjoyed my post yesterday to share the news for the new Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes! I cannot stop blending since I received them!  ❀ And you all are clearly as excited as me, because the Blender Brushes were so popular and sold out the first day! The great news is, they will be restocked as soon as possible, so hold steady!

Just a quick review again: The bristles are white, so you can see the color you put on them, the handles are COLORED in rainbow colors!! AND there is a Turning Caddy to store them!!  πŸ™‚ Check it all out over at Taylored Expressions now! Yay! ❀

I’m very serious when I say I have been ink blending up a STORM lately! πŸ™‚  Here’s another card I made using them:

I colored the bees with Copic Markers and die cut them out. I hear embossed the Dizzy Dots background in white and ink blended using different blues after that. When I finally stopped myself from blending (ha!), I die cut the background into hexagons for a fun bee backdrop! ❀

Bzzzzzz! This was a fun one to make, for sure!! πŸ™‚

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

You Rock Bees card:

These products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

Be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions Blog for the latest information. πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by again and happy blending!! πŸ˜‰

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Blender Brushes!

I could not be more exited to share this news and post for Taylored Expressions Blender Brush Release! I am telling you these whole kit and caboodle is a cardmaking game changer!! I have been busting with this awesome secret for what seems like FOREVER!  ❀

The bristles are white, so you can see the color you put on them. BUT most excitingly, the handles are COLORED in rainbow colors!! Oh good gravy–I’m telling you, I eeeeeeped with delight in seeing them! But WAIT there’s more…. there is a Turning Caddy to store them!! And/or just spin them for fun, like I often do!! πŸ™‚ Check it all out over at Taylored Expressions now! Yay! ❀

Naturally, I could not WAIT to use them ALL!! And now, I can’t stop! Here is a fun card I made using them:

I had so much fun making this card and then adding the stitching!! Eeep!! The blending with the new brushes was effortless so much easier with the colored handles to know what I was grabbing! But, now that I am posting it, I see I forgot the I’s tittle! Oh good gravy!! I am going to need to add that. How did I not notice it til now? ack.

I just love how this turned out overall. The brushes make it so fun to blend and truly, the white bristles, colored handles and turning caddy are just icing on the cake!! So fun and so pretty to use! πŸ™‚

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

Kindness card:


All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

Be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions Blog HERE for the latest and for information about FREE Shipping and how to get a FREE gift!! πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by this week and happy blending!! πŸ˜‰

Jill

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Love Birds

Happy weekend! There is something NEW from Paper Smooches available now HERE! πŸ™‚

Stencils!! There is the new Cloud Stencil and the new Flourishes Stencil! I have cards using them in the next release, but for now, I just whipped this one up HERE using the Cloud Stencil for fun and the Daily Marker 30 Day!

I hope you’ll enjoy the new stencils as much as I am!! So cool and easy to work with.

Tonight, I’m sharing a card using the new Vespa Die and Feathered Friends (with Feathered Friends Icon dies). Also, I used the Mirror Blocks for the mirror image of the cute bird! This Vespa–I want to create a bunch of colors of them and then ride them! If only! πŸ™‚

I blended the background on simply with inks and colored the cutie birds with Copic Markers.
Love Birds! πŸ™‚ Too fun!!

Paper Smooches: Vespa Die, Feathered Friends, Feathered Friends Icon dies,Β Mirror Blocks The rest of the new release is HERE!

I hope you check out the stencils and enjoy them as much as I do!! πŸ™‚

Take care–Jill πŸ™‚

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Matcha!

Hola! Thought I’d pop in quick to share a fun little card using Ellen Hutson’s So Matcha (and the coordinating dies are HERE). My friend and I still laugh at saying Matcha, so I had to make and send her a card. ❀

I colored everything with Copic Markers and because I don’t have the dies, I just trimmed her outΒ  using good old fashioned fussy cutting! πŸ™‚

The background I blended on some ink to a Neat & Tangled Geometric Blooms stencil. This isn’t the same one, but it is in the same vein called Hexastar.

I was excited to send this–because real mail is THE best! ❀

Also–exciting news today as the latest addition of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine just came out! It’s the Summer Issue and it is seriously DELIGHTFUL!!!! I have three fun cards in this issue! Two all about rainbow action and third involves Vanilla Ice! Yup! Eeeep! If you don’t already know, the designers are amazing and the writing and the way this magazine is put together is just so fantastic!! It’s incredible to be included…truly! ❀

You can always get the printed issues that can be mailed to you with a subscription or you can find them at Barnes and Noble too! You can follow the SCT Blog HERE and check out this latest issue HERE as well!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your Summer has kicked off to an amazing start! Happy Summer! πŸ™‚

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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