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

Taylored Expressions has a New BIRTHDAY Release today !! ย Taylored Expressions is 13 years old, so now officially a TEENAGER!! ahhhh! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Happy Birthday to TE!! ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆโœจ๐ŸŽˆโœจ๐ŸŽ

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย 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 belowย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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New Interactive fun from Taylored Expressions!

There is a new release over atย  Taylored Expressions today and it is an exciting one–Theater Fold Cards! AND lots of new goodies that work well with this concept or for any card, as you’ll hopefully see below too! ๐Ÿ™‚

This fantastic Hello is from the Oh My Word-Hello set and it has quickly and efficiently worked it’s way into my most used pile. LOVE. IT. I stamped Hello with a few different color ink pads to achieve that ombre look.

 

TE is creating and packaging the little side Theater Fold panels for you to purchase. Yes, you can absolutely cut, trim and score these on your own, no problem. But I’m telling you, order them. ๐Ÿ˜‚! You will be glad you did. They are making them in Sugar Cube and Toffee and they will save you time because the accuracy is already done for you–sold! And I don’t know about you, but if I can just grab and create, I will make more of these vs. having to cut and score and measure. It’s by no means hard, at all, I’m just keeping it real. ๐Ÿ™‚

You then use the Theater Fold Die to create both the frame and the two little strips that the panels slide through to open up (They are on the underside, so you cannot see them in the photos). The strips have the score lines impressed so there is no guess work there. Easy peasy! Simple adhere those two strips and slide these pre-cut, pre-scored Theater Fold panels through and voila!

I created this lovely floral frame with the Best Buds Stamp and Stencil set, which I have also been using a lot lately (see my Mother’s Day cards in my feed HERE). It’s so quick and easy to get a background. I colored in the leaves with different green Copic Markers on this card. ๐Ÿ™‚

This sweet little image inside is from the new Bitty Borders stamp set and I also used the new coordinating Bitty Borders die. This new Bitty Borders set is chock full of cuteness–you’ve been warned! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am digging this Peaches n Cream and Sprinkles combo a lot lately. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the inside, I used the Here Comes the Sun stencil with both Lemon Meringue and Pineapple inks blended in. At first I only had the back panel and and then once I assembled it, I thought hmmmm that needs to go up the sides. So I sprayed my stencil with Pixie Spray and laid it right over I stenciled before and added the rays on the side. When I was finished, I was so glad I did! What a fun effect that makes inside with this cool Theater Fold.

I added a Lavender Glaze little heart from the Hearts die and done. When interactive cards take too many steps or layers or time, I lose interest pretty fast. I love to make them, but rarely go back to make another. THIS ONE, however, is 1-2-3 easy, especially if you have the Theater Panels already cut and scored from TE. Bing Bang Pow done! LOVED that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I used the Oh My Word-Birthday stamp and the sweet candles from the Bitty Borders set to create this Birthday card. I am wishing I had made a stack of these so I could actually get my birthday cards out on time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Again, I hopped on the Peaches n Cream & Sprinkles bandwagon I seem to be aboard and colored the candles with Copic Markers. I used the Mini Slim- On the Dot stencil to create a little background interest.ย  Again, I used Sprinkles at the bottom of the panel and faded up to Confetti Cake…then Salt Water Taffy, for the topmost color.

I made the panel using the Petite Scallop Square Stacklets and the more recently released,ย  Diagonal Stitched Squares. These two sets of stacklets, along with the Rectangle versions of each are used often in my cardmaking, in case you haven’t noticed. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are always a good addition. I stamped the Happy Birthday twice. I stamped it once directly on the panel for the Happy and then again with a dark to light ombre on some Sugar Cube before die cutting it out. I love the idea of making these and mailing Birthday cards on time– ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I HAD TO use this cutie little rainbow stamp from the Bitty Borders set. I kept things pretty simple. In doing that, I know I can go back and make more without feeling overwhelmed with aย  lot of work or steps. Always a win in my book.

For the background, I die cut the second size of the Frame in Frame 2 die. Then, I used the Set the Scene- Clouds with Sprinkles ink gently. Once I finished that, I added a few ink splatters. I colored the cutie rainbows with Copic Markers and used foam tape to adhere them, after stamping this sweet sentiment from the Oh My Word- Thank You set.ย I will use that one often! ๐Ÿ™‚

I added some stitched and adhered both the little rainbows and the whole panel with foam adhesive. Done! These new Bitty Borders would make quick work of making a card set for gifting. ๐Ÿ™‚

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below to make things easier. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s the scoop from TE:

You’ll be ready to start making interactive Theater Fold Cards when you purchase our Theater Fold Starter Bundle, available for a limited time only! The bundle includes one Theater Fold Frame Die and two sets of our Theater Fold Flaps (one each in Sugar Cube and Toffee), as well as a 6×6 Paper Pack in Playful Patterns – Bold!ย The Theater Fold Starter Bundle is available through Sunday, April 23, or while supplies last.

Theater Foldย Card:


Happy Birthdayย Card:


Rainbow Card:


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

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week ahead!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Let’s Celebrate!

Happy Day to you! We are officially in the hot zone of summer now!

I thought I’d share a few cards I made a couple weeks ago using products from The Greetery . One is similar to my last Greetery post and the others are new using party fun! And pssssst–there is a SALE over at The Greetery NOW through tomorrow, July 2nd! Be sure to check it out HERE.

These first two cards use the The Pinwheel Party Bundle from The Greetery . My original thinking was I was going to just try out the stencil and then go back and use colors I picked. But once I finished these “test runs” I thought, well, these aren’t tragic! I’ll use them! Next time, I’ll think through colors vs. just grabbing randomly to try the stencils. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think these are festive!

Good for a birthday or just anytime to celebrate, right?

Party!

Lastly for this card, I used the Oopsie Daisy Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies, HERE and HERE. I also used the Just Mason Around Stamps HERE and Coordinating Dies HERE. The sentiment is from the Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You stamp set HERE.

The green and the peach might be my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can check out my other Daisy cards in THIS post HERE.

I used Taylored Expressions Stripes Stencil set for the backgrounds. Love those!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Velcro Shoes…

Happy Sunday! I’m just popping in with a funย Taylored Expressions card I made for a friend’s birthday. She also appreciates said humor, so I’m thinking she got a laugh out of this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the Hip Hop Bunny, lots of Simple Strips and the Confetti Toss Background. I colored him with Copics eons ago, and he has been sitting on my desk looking at me. So finally, this snarky little dude made it on a card. ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the TE Rectangle Masking stencil and TE Blending Brushes and voila! ๐Ÿ™‚ Birthday fun! I’m thinking now, I maybe should have put a color after “Let the Celebration Begin:”… haaaa! But it’s enjoyable nonetheless. โค
These products are available over at Taylored Expressions!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Happy Birthday!

Hello –Happy Saturday! I’m here today to share a new card I made using ย Honey Bee Stamps!!! You can find the whole of the NEW RELEASE HERE.

For this card, I used Honey Bee’sย new Balloon Alphabet, Balloon Numbers, Candle Coverplate, and Buzz Stamp Set. What a fun way to celebrate a special birthday!

Personalizing cards made specially for the recipient is so much fun! Now my goal is to locate this card again when it’s my niece’s birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚ haaa!

I die cut the Candle Coverplate twice; once in white and I put the same die cut underneath in black to create some easy depth, giving the whole card front a little oomph.

I added a little gradient color to the letters and then coated them with Glossy Accents, leaving them to dry overnight. I also added a little gradient color to the card base, under the Candle Coverplate.
I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Buzz Stamp Set and white heat embossed it. I added the sentiment and Balloon Alphabet on with foam tape. To finish it off, I added a few Bokeh Lights Confetti Mix.

I hope Elise likes this card โค ! That is, if I can locate it to send later this summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the new Honey Bee Stampsย goodies I used with links:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope have a great weekend!

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Happiest Eleven to Taylored Expressions!

Welcome to our last big celebration this week ofย  Taylored Expressions rocking 11 years! ๐Ÿ™‚

This first card features the new Gifted Background, Gifted Background, Simple Strips โ€“ Birthday, and Gifted Cutting Plate.

This is such a celebratory card with the BackstoryBirthday Background white heat embossed to bring it all home.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided it would be fun to color (Copic Markers) all the gifts and then use the negative as a template to adhere all the gifts back on with foam dimension adhesive. It ended up working out and I squealed when I finished! SO fun!

The die cutting all the gifts out at once–FABULOUS! I added some stitching to polish it all off. โค

The new stencil makes SUPER quick work of coloring this Gifted Background. I have a card on my desk I need to photograph and share….It was sooooo fast!!ย 

Next up, I have a sweet little birthday card using the new Birthday Basics and the previously released Star Fall Background. It’s so festive!

I stamped the balloons once and then partially stamped them a little darker on one side with the next darkest ink. I love that look it gives in the end.

I don’t know about you, but I never have birthday cards ready, so this release is super inspiring to get that changed STAT!

Be sure to check out all the fun the Creative Team has made to celebrate TE’s 11 years!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Gift Boxes Card:

Make a Wish Card:


Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Here’s some info direct below:

We’re celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here’s how you can jump in on the celebration!

1.ย Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate!ย 

Offers valid 9/10 – 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You’ll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards!ย During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressionsย will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customerโ€™s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care.ย Read Louise’s story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!

Thank you for stopping by all this week! Be sure to see what I shared Tuesday HERE and yesterday HERE!! One last Happy 11th to Taylored Expressions!! Here’s to so many more! โค

Happy Stamping!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins

11 years and counting at Taylored Expressions!

Sinceย  Taylored Expressions is celebrating 11 years, let’s keep this party rolling! ๐Ÿ™‚

This first card features the new Birthday Background, Birthday Basics, Simple Strips โ€“ Birthday and the previously released Hip Hop Bunny. If you have followed my taste in humor, you know this card absolutely puts me in stitches!! I laugh all over when I see this again!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

The Hip Hop Bunny alone, with his oh so pleased look–and then insult to injury, Another Year Closer to Velcro shoes–I cannot stop laughing!

The TE Blender Brushes made super quick work of this background of course, and I love that easy blend with the TE dye inks. His little hat all tipped completes his look of great *joy*! I threw some silver thread behind him and added some stitching, as always. I just think he’s a riot. Hot Stuff. I die.

Next up, I have a silly little number using the new Big Grumpy sentimentย and the previously released Little Monsters.

The weirdest thing about this card is how that blended background sort of glows in person. I don’t even know how I did it and I’ll likely never accomplish that again. ha!! This Here Comes the Sun stencil with the Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes and dye inks is delightful.

I have the perfect friend to send this one to! โค

Be sure to check out all the fun the Creative Team has made to celebrate TE’s 11 years!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Velcro Shoes Card:


Weird Card:

Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Here’s some info direct below:

We’re celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here’s how you can jump in on the celebration!

1.ย Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate!ย 

Offers valid 9/10 – 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You’ll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards!ย During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressionsย will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customerโ€™s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care.ย Read Louise’s story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to see what I shared yesterday HERE!! And of course, come back tomorrow for more! The Creative Team is sure to dazzle us all! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

See you tomorrow!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Taylored Expressions is Celebrating 11!

Happiest of craftastic Birthdays to Taylored Expressions –TE is celebrating 11 years! And lucky us, we get to party! ๐Ÿ™‚

This first card features the new Big Grumpy Stamp & Die Combo, Big Grumpy โ€“ Birthday and Big Cake. This bear speaks my language! ๐Ÿ™‚ The sentiments in this set are SO FUN!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Isn’t he soooo funny with his grumpy little face and this sentiment—TOO fun! The background with the candles from Big Cake is a perfect accent the “bonfire” feel. haaaaa!

He looks all innocent on this pink card–I find that a laugh in itself.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up, I have a fun new card using the Party Pennants Background and Simple Strips – Birthday.ย 

If you are unfamiliar with the Simple Strips Background, I highly recommend checking them out because they are ingenious and awesome. And this one works with the original die. This is the new one, Simple Strips – Birthday.

I also used the new die, Caps Lock โ€“ YAY, which is right up my alley–because I love this simple block font. I colored the background with Copics and added some stitching for a fun little touch. ๐Ÿ™‚ A shout out to my sewing machine for being good and not messing up my cards on the last step. I mean, it has happened, but I am guessing it is generally a user error? Maybe? Wink.

I used the Petite Scalloped dies for both of these too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to check out all the goodness the Creative Team has made to celebrate TE’s 11 years!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Bonfire Card:

Yay Card:


Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Here’s some info direct below:

We’re celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here’s how you can jump in on the celebration!

1.ย Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate!ย 

Offers valid 9/10 – 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You’ll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards!ย During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressionsย will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customerโ€™s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care.ย Read Louise’s story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!

Thank you for stopping by today! And don’t forget to be sure to check out the rest of the Taylored Expressions Creative Team projects. Sure to be awesome! I love to share these projects and be a part of the fun! Happy Birthday, TE!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

See you back here tomorrow!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins

STAMPtember 2019!

September is a month of many things in my world, and one of the fantastically fun things for me is: STAMPtember from Simon Says Stamp! Today is the Blog Party!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I’m sharing a card I made using the new Scripty Happy Birthday Die. This Happy Birthday die can pretty much be used for all Birthday cards, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ™‚ Check it out HERE.

This Scripty Happy Birthday die has the back plate, which makes it PERFECT for shaker cards!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I added a bazillion little sequins and bits from my stash. I can’t even tell you where they are from, because I just kept throwing colors in! ๐Ÿ™‚

I scored the panel and added some stitching for added texture. I would super love to receive a colorful happy card like this, so I’m hoping someone else will too!

Be sure to check outย  the SSS Blog HERE to get in on all the prize action, links, and PARTY!! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find allllllll things STAMPtember HERE! And Simon Says Stamp HERE!

Thanks for Simon Says Stamp for having me along to celebrate this STAMPtember! โค

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your STAMPtember!

Take care–Jill

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Happy 13th Birthday, SCT!

Good Afternoon to you all! I wanted to pop in and share that I have a project over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog today–and I’m in fantastic company! We are celebrating SCT’s 13th Birthday! Check it all out HERE!

Here’s a sneak!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Such a joy to be sharing over there today–lots of GREAT birthday ideas this week on the SCT Blog! Check it out!

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 the latest issue HERE as well!

Happiest Birthday to SCT!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great rest of the week! โค

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

instagram: jilldhawkins