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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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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More Fun with Ellen Hutson’s Winter Release!

In case you missed it, Ellen Hutson has a new Winter Release available now and its packed with holiday and winter goodness! So fun! Hopefully you have seen some projects out and about on the interwebs.

Today, I’m sharing a card using the new Sending Holiday Cheer  set by Julie Ebersole and Holly Jolly Christmas by Julie, as well as the previously released A2 Piercing Plate 2. The Fa La La & Tree are from the Holly Jolly set–stamp and Holly Jolly Die.

How FUNNY is THIS? The snarky sentiment is from Sending Holiday Cheer— I kinda wanted to cross out the “Just Kidding” to make it even more snarky, but I refrained. 😂

I used the A2 Piercing Plate 2 to create the background about the scored lines, giving it some subtle texture. Then I stamped the stars with Golden Glitz Delicata. To finish it off, I added some zig zag stitching.

I’m looking forward to making more with the new Winter Release from Ellen Hutson!  I’ve been under the weather here myself, but look forward to getting back to all the things ASAP!

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

If you missed my previous post from last week, check that out HERE because it is another funny sweet card there.

One quick clickable shopping list all together for the Winter Release from Ellen Hutson from both my projects:

Thanks for popping in again!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Handmade for the Holidays from Taylored Expressions!

Today, there is a fun NEW Handmade for the Holidays release that is all about Gift Giving — Ornament making Kit, tags and lots of other fun goodies available over at  Taylored Expressions!

Let’s get to it shall we?

These first ones, Accordion Trees, are fun to make and I have plans to make them in bulk. I want to make a rainbow of trees, so I’m going to need to order more stumps! haaa! And fortunately, we can!

These trees take up a very small footprint of cardstock, which is awesome because one strip will do it. I added background stamps to the trees. I used the Berries & Boughs Background, Diagonal Diamonds Background and the Ticks & Tack Background. I went with tone on tone, so Granny Smith, Guava and Pineapple. You simply cut out the tree three times and fold on the impressed crease, glue together and done. You could even fancy these up by trimming the trees. Fun!

The little star comes with the die, so I just die cut those out and added them to the top. The Fast Grab Glue works great for these and dries quick and clear. I might have taken my photos too soon…shhh. But I promise, the glue is clear now.

I actually cut out tags to add to these, because I thought it would be fun to add them to the holiday table as place settings. But then I left them on my desk vs. adding them. 😂 But the Itty Bitty Tags are perfect for this.

Next up, is a very fun and FAST little new release item: Simple Tags Holiday. These Simple Tags come in preprinted toner cards on Sugar Cube and Toffee. The amazing part: The die cuts alllllll the tags at once. Boom. Done!

So first you select your cardstock. I did both. Then, if you want, you can run it through your Minc with foil. I used Silver Foil. HOWEVER, you do NOT have to foil them. You can also just use them as pre stamped messages. You could stamp with background stamps or ink blend them or whatever you want.

I then used the Simple Tags Holiday Layering Stencils to add on the Happy Medium-Glitter. I used both Gold and Red. The trick for doing this is to not be in a hurry. You have to layer one paste, let it dry and then layer the other paste. The result is worth it!

So fun to have the dimension of the paste sparkle in person. The Nuvo Media Spatula makes this quick work.

I then saved the foil I used on the tags and put that on another tag, getting the reverse of the foil. In other words, the whole tag is silver and the words, where the toner previously grabbed the foil, are not. Hopefully the picture below explains this better than I just did. ha!

And lastly, there is a fun new ornament kit: Deck the Halls Ornament Kit! My son and I had fun making these!

We learned very quickly that you need VERY little paint and want to use very little paint with the stencils on the wood slices. Here is my son doing the the painting. 🙂

Pro tip: Pixie Spray makes the stencils stick to the wood slices! It’s awesome how they stick! The best part about this kit is EVERYTHING you need is included in it–The wood slices, the string, the stencils, the paint, the daubers… You just grab and go! Perfect if you are visiting kids and you want a sweet little craft to grab and go. The only other thing I would grab is the Pixie Spray. 😉

Here are a few close ups of our ornaments:

Too fun…I love when something ALL comes together and you just grab it and make! We kept ours pretty simple, because that’s how he does things. My son told me we need to order more wood slices, ASAP! 🙂

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

Here’s the TE scoop:

When you purchase the Foil It – Simple Tags Collection (Foil It – Simple Tags Holiday – Sugar Cube, Foil It – Simple Tags Holiday – Toffee, Simple Tags Holiday Layering Stencil set, and Simple Tags die) through Sunday, October 24th, 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 holiday tags at your own pace! Watch the video as often as you like and learn some new tag 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 (ink, foil, 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, October 24th, or while supplies last.

Accordion Trees:


Simply Tags:


Deck the Halls Ornaments:


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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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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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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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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Make Merry from Simon Says Stamp!

I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the new Make Merry release!! Happy Holiday season–let’s get the cardmaking started!

For this card, I’m using the NEW Slimline Christmas Wafer Die and it is delightful! It comes with the backer outline, so I was excited to use this cardstock strip technique! Whenever I get a good blocky font, I can’t resist! 🙂

This clean and simple card is ready to mail! The trick on this long slim card is to keep the stitching straight, if that is the intention. Which it was on this card for me. 🙂

I love a card with stripes of color and lots of white! Everytime! 🙂

Here is the Simon Says Stamp product I used:

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

Happy Holiday Cardmaking season!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Holiday Fun with Right at Home!

Good Day to you! Hope your weekend has been a great one so far! Today, I am sharing a handful of cards I made with the recently released Bells and Baubles and Fa La La from Right at Home! Gah!! I not only love the fun choices one has to build these ornaments and baubles, but I completely adore this font!  You can check out Right At Home’s most recent release HERE! There are some cutie sets there to color too! ❤
I just stamped and stamped and stamped my little heart out, using all the Catherine Pooler inks that Right at Home carries. You can find them all HERE.
My first card is full of Cheer!
I love this festive feel– It is fun for the holidays but non-traditional. Fiesta! 🙂
Here are the inks I used:
Next up, I used more details of the baubles for this one:
Again, not traditional colors, but I thought it was a fun combo and I liked the result. I also thought it would be fun to use a dark blue, Juniper Mist on all these vs. a black.
Here are the inks I used for this one:
Lastly, I made a card using just bits and pieces of this builder stamp set. I like to stretch sets outside what they might typically be used for, and these stamps could easily be used for a birthday, hello, or whatever kind of card. Think of the color combo possibilities! 😉
I just polished this off with a few little splatters for fun. 🙂

Here are the inks I used for this one:

There is also a coordinating die set for this Bells and Baubles set. You can find that one HERE. I was going to use the dies for these stamped images (below) I had in progress, but I forgot to wait to stamp the tops of the ornaments. They have their own die cuts. Hopefully I can finish these panels and make them into cards for the holiday season too!

I hope you have been busy creating lots of holiday fun too! I’m looking forward to having some more time later this month to create more with this awesome never-ending-possibilities-set!

Thank you to Nicole for having me along to create! Always a treat! ❤

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Jill 🙂

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