Abstract Kit from Taylored Expressions

Today, there is a NEW Kit available over atย  Taylored Expressions! It’s call the Abstract Kit and it has endless possibilities! There are so many different ideas and color combos I can think of with these stencils alone. Gah! ๐Ÿ™‚

I started out using the stencils mostly with different color inks. I chose a more Fall inspired palette, mostly because I was all about the autumn colors when I made these.

I used the Frame in Frame 2 die and a combo of the stencils with the stamps to create little piles in the corners.

I love cards like these because I feel like there are endless possibilities to colors and configurations with these. This makes them fun to mass produce and super for making and gifting card sets!

The stamps are fun to add on top of each other or just as little bits here and there. These are so simple but yet they were so fun to design.

AND for the record, I used Avocado ink… and I’m not sure I have ever used Avocado before? Is that possible? ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished off both of these with some twine and some stitching. โค

I also wanted to use the Subtle Sprigs die set ย additional die cuts, Branch Out die set, you can add on to your kit.

For this cardย  AND the next, I also branched out (wink wink) and used the Dijon cardstock! Again, have I used this before? I really stretched my color windows for this kit. ๐Ÿ™‚

I die cut from both the Dijon and the Sweet Potato Pie, piecing everything back in again. For the backgrounds on both my cards, I used the Shiplap Background stamped with Mushroom.

The Shiplap Background is in that must-have category for me. So versatile! I also used Plum Punch! Seriously, who am I? I clear embossed the sentiment on Vellum to make them stand out a wee bit more

And once again, I finished these off with some twine and stitching. ๐Ÿ™‚

This kit is easily one of my faves. I know I probably say that often, but thinking about using all these graphic stamps and stencils on my other projects so easily, makes my little crafty heart sing. ๐Ÿ™‚

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Here’s the TE scoop:

Hereโ€™s everything included in the In the Abstract Kit โ€“ which is available for $72:

  • Abstract Accents Stencil & Clear Stamp Combo set
  • Bitty Blender Brushes โ€“ set of 2
  • Subtle Sprigs die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Beautiful Soul stamp set
  • Bits & Pieces โ€“ Black Rhinestones
  • 6 A2 Envelopes: 1 each of Toffee, Poppy Seed, Sweet Basil, Avocado, Salt Water Taffy, and Oreo
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

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

Kit add-ons available to purchase separately:ย additional envelope seals (set of 10) and the Branch Out die collection.

Abstract Stenciled Cards:


Abstract Die Cut Cards:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more abstract inspiration from the TE Creative Team! They are SOOOOO good! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Halloween Release from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today for Halloween!! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‚ This is always a fun release and makes me long for crunchy leaves and layers of clothes… because our Fall is often really cold in the morning and then by noon you are sweating bullets. Ha! But I digress… on to the new Halloween Release!

First up, I have this spooky little glittertastic number! For this, I used the new Jack-O-Lantern Stencil with the Glitter Grab and TE Glitter. I was quite sparkly when I finished.

This sentiment is from the previously released Handlettered Halloween. I stamped it on Eggplant and clear embossed for some interest. I die cut the Frame in Frame 2 die with the TE Glitter Cardstock. I love how that made quick work to create a sparkly frame!

Next up, these fun little treat Halloween Critter Clips and with glassine treat bags! And then there are these stickers too! Gah, always enjoy the stickers! โค

I used the TE Halloween Felt Bundle felts and adhered them on some Oreo Cardstock for heft. This extra step also made it easy to attach them to the clip. I love the spider best maybe? Don’t tell the other spooky cuties though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

He’s too funny! Naturally, I had to add some google eyes to these guys too. ๐Ÿ™‚

These are going to be so fun to give to coworkers this Halloween. Though, I might eat the candy and replace it closer to Halloween…? shhhhh…

And lastly, I thought it would be fun to make this shaker card with the new Sugar Rush lil lollipops.

This was a fun one to make. I decided to die cut the lollipops out and then re-insert them into their negative cardstock. This just made it easier to use the stencils on them to create the designs. It allowed me to know a little better to center the lollipop. And yes, do not adjust your screen–I did make a lavender lollipop. ๐Ÿ™‚ I masked off the sticks to create stripes.

I thought this would be extra fun as a spiral and a shaker card. These could easily be made into Halloween colors as well. All the Sugar Rush treats would be super fun for tags–especially for treats!

The Simple Strip sentiment is from the SS Thanks set. I stamped that on Toffee and white heat embossed it. Actually, I did this way back. I am a big fan of stamping a lot of Simple Strips at once and then storing them in the Simple Strips Storage Containersย  until I need. Nothing makes my cardmaking day like having an embossed sentiment all ready to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the scoop from TE:

Free envelopes stickers promotion:
With any purchase of Halloween products (old and new!) of $75 or more, you will receive a FREE pack of envelopes and custom Halloween envelope seals. The pack includes 10 envelopes (2 each of Candy Corn, Pumpkin, Oreo, Toffee and Sugar Cube) and 10 exclusive envelope seals (these seals are not available to purchase).ย This offer is valid through Sunday, August 15th, or while supplies last.

Free class promotion:

When you purchase the Spooky Collection (Jack-o-Lantern Cutting Plate, Jack-o-Lantern Stencil, On the Block โ€“ Boo and On the Block โ€“ Boo Shadow) through Sunday, August 15th, you will get a free exclusive 2-card video craft along class with Taylor!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new Halloween goodies to use right away making two different cards at your own pace! Watch the videos as often as you like and learn some new cardmaking 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, as well as a Tips & Tricks Download that you can use to jot down notes as you watch.

Although Taylor 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, Aug. 15, or while supplies last.

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

Jack-o-lantern Glitterย Card:

Critter Clips-Halloween:

Sugar Rush Treats Card :

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

Thanks so much for stopping by –have a sweet and spooky week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Merry Blooms Kit from Taylored Expressions–Merry Merry!

Today, there is a NEW Kit available over atย  Taylored Expressions and it is VERY Merry! And very Bloomy. Is that a word? It is now. ๐Ÿ˜„! This kit is the perfect scenario if you just want to create a good stack of cards and get ahead for your holiday card mailings. It’s all there for you, you just need ink! ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to try out a couple different things with my cards here today.

First up, let’s talk about this card, because I think it might very well be my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so different from anything I have made and honestly, I’m not entirely sure how it happened. ha!

For these flowers, I used the following ink colors, blended on with TE Blending Brushes: Sea Salt, Salt Water Taffy, Confetti Cake, Potato Chip and Mushroom. I started first with the Sea Salt adding that down to create kind of a base and a good white shadow, if you will. On top of that I went very lightly with the other colors. I have seen blue poinsettias, but I am not entirely sure about them, so I gave these a white with a tinge of blue hue.

I used the stamps in the Merry Blooms Clear Stamp set to add all the details to the individual pieces. For the leaves, I inked the background stamp with a bunch of different greens and even some yellow.

The sentiment is from the Clearly Crafty Joyful Season stamp set and then I used the coordinating dies (which need to be purchased separately from the kit) to die cut it out before adhering with a couple layers of cardstock underneath.

I added this vellum frame using the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets and the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. I am digging how this turned out. It is not only full of holiday cheer, but it also says winter to me–cozy winter! The good kind of winter. ๐Ÿ™‚

I finish everything off with some stitching and Clear Drip Drops.

Next up, I made a few tags using the Pierced Tag Stacklets and added one to the TE Clear Treat Boxes. For these I went to more of a traditional holiday red, using lots of different TE Reds and pinks. I even used Mulled Wine, which I admittedly do not use too often, so that’s always fun for me!

I white heat embossed these little sentiments on some strips of Sweet Basil cardstock. Looking forward to using these tags at the holidays for sure!

On these tags and both of my cards, I also used the Spattered Background and white heat embossed that. I like how it gives it a snowy wintery look. I could use this background on most every card, I think. โค

Lastly, I have this card, using more of a Spearmint looking set of leaves. I also used Mint Julep. This green combo is delightful.

I added some Silver Glitter to the center of these Poinsettias. Again, I also used the Spatter Background with some Mushroom ink to add little extra bit of goodness. I used the Frame in Frame die to create this panel. I added a nest of silver thread behind the sentiment to tie into the silver glitter. So festive!

Of course, I love these envelope colors in this kit and the stickers. Always the stickers. But I’m going to need some more Dijon envelopes. How do I not have these already?

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. Here’s the TE scoop:

Hereโ€™s everything included the Merry Blooms Kit โ€“ which is available for $69:

  • Merry Blooms Stamp, Stencil, & Clear Combo set
  • Perfect Poinsettia die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Joyful Season stamp set
  • Bits & Pieces โ€“ Red Pearl & Gold Drip Drop Mix
  • 6 A2 Envelopes: Sugar Cube, Toffee, Cherry Pop, Mulled Wine, Djion, and Cilantro
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

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

You will be able to purchase additional envelope packs, envelope seals, the new Bits & Pieces โ€“ Red Pearl Drip Drops, and the Joyful Season die collection separately.

PLEASE NOTE: The Joyful Season die collection (for the sentiments) is an add-on purchase that is available to purchase separately. It is not a part of the kit.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Card:

Pinks Poinsettia Card:

Poinsettia Tags:

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

Thanks so MERRY much for stopping by!

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Taylored Expressions: Very Cherry Kit!

Today, there is a NEW Kit available over atย  Taylored Expressions. This one is moving into my top faves very quickly because it is not only sweet and delightful, but it is so easy to use and create lots of fun cards. And it seems my recent mission is to create a stack of cards all at once and have them ready to use, so this Very Cherry Kit is really helping me on that mission. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

First up, let’s talk Rainier Cherries. I LOVE to eat these little summer gems and have yet to have a single one yet this year. How is that possible? Well, anyway, I decided I would create them on a card instead.

I wasn’t entirely sure how to do this, so I just went for it using Potato Chip, Pinkย Champagne, and Guava on the cherries. I love how they turned out in the end. At first I was thinking the lines of ink were bugging me, but then I embraced it and now I want to recreate this effect. ha!

I wish I had stamped a few more of these at the same time. But I did create a few backgrounds, so I can fill them in easy enough someday soon! I used the overlapping sweet little heart stencil and blended on some Gumball ink. It was a risk because I wasn’t entirely sure I would like the blue hearts. Thank goodness I loved the result! Phew! ๐Ÿ™‚ I die cut that panel with the Frame in Frame 2 die (shocker, I know!). I die cut the Open Scalloped Circleย in Blueberry and then stamped the sentiment on Vellum to put that in the center. This card took a little more time than the following two, but I thought it was well worth it and plan to do it again…now that I’ve done the harder work to figure it all out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up, I have these sweet little Thank You cards. I love the simplicity of these cherries and how you don’t need to add too much to make them shine.

I die cut the Petite Scallop Square Stacklets to create that panel before adding the Open Scalloped Circle die from the kit. I also added several scoring details to all these pieces to give a little texture on each piece of background.

I think these could be simplified even further if you wanted or I think even making them verbatim wasn’t that intensive. I have a pile of cherries stamped and ready to go on my desk, so I might just go ahead and make a few more of this design. ๐Ÿ™‚

To polish it all off, I added some stitching and Clear Drip Drops. Oh and the stickers!!! Ahhhhhh I always adore the stickers. I have quite a stash of them now, because I rarely send a card out without them. So now, I need to grab a few more of these sweet cherry stickers too! Especially for all my summer cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. Here’s the TE ๐Ÿ’ scoop:

Hereโ€™s everything included the Very Cherry Kitโ€“ which is available for $65:

  • Very Cherry Cling & Clear Combo set
  • Very Cherry stencil
  • Clearly Crafty Cherry on Top stamp set
  • Cherry on Top die collection
  • Open Scallop Circle die
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 A2 Envelopes: 2 each of Cherry Pop, Strawberry Milkshake, and Peapod
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

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

Rainier Cherry Card:

Cherry Duo Cards:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more cherry-ific inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Oh and a quick little note–If you haven’t seen the July gift with $100 purchase over at Taylored Expressions this month yet, I thought I’d share here. It is a SUPER FUN one! It’s called the Summer Vibes Background and it is a summertastic red rubber background that is TOO FUN to stamp! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can find the details HERE.

And I had to make two cards! If I had more time that day, I could have make a dozen! โค

Thanks so cherry much for stopping by!

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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!

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Taylored Expressions: Teacher and Grad Release!

One of the cards I make the most is Teacher cards and so for me, it’s a fun day atย  Taylored Expressions –there are lots of new goodies to celebrate all the Teachers and Grads in our lives! ๐Ÿ™‚

First up today, I am using the new Full Circle-School. I stamped it, heat embossed it and then I die cut it with one of my most used stacklets for such occasions: Apple Stacklets.

I decided this would be fun on a Mini Slim card and so I used both the Mini Slim Stitched Stacklets and the Mini Slim Petite Scallop Stacklets. I also stamped the Full Circle-School in tone-on-tone with Toffee ink on Toffee cardstock. I seem to use Toffee often on Teacher cards? I think that might be because I like it with the Red Pepper apple. ๐Ÿ™‚

I added a bit of twine to the stem after I blended on some green inks. I white heat embossed the sentiment on vellum and stitched that on the panel. Before I adhered everything to the card base, I decided to blend on some Sugar Cube ink to the Oreo top fold Mini Slim card. To finish it off, I used the new Cosmic Bits!

Next up, I thought I’d veer from a typical Teacher card color palette. I love how this turned out! I used the new I Pick You stamp and stencil.

I used Confetti Cake with the stencil and stamped the apples with Granny Smith, Cupcake and Toffee. I love these stamps that have the coordinating little dies for cutting out the little apples (or pumpkins, snowmen, etc. in the past). Pretty sure I definitely need to order another little apple die.

I thought this was a fun and a slightly different way to put on the sentiment. Of course, in true Jill style, I used the same sentiment on both cards today! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I don’t know how I do that, but I do it all the time. However, I promise there are lots of great sentiments in this set besides the one I used, twice! haaaa!

Oh and I stamped the Inside Scoop- Teacher on the inside and completely forgot to take a photo of that. Another thing I do all the time! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ack!

And BONUS TIME!! There is a NEW Big Grumpy Grad download to make some fun celebratory cards for Graduation and really, for anytime. There are a few sentiments that work for everyday congrats too, which I love!

I was laughing so heard when I read this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored Big Grumpy-Bear with Copic Markers and then masked off this background area before using the Confetti Toss stencil and Stickles-Nebula paste. I love that Nebula paste because it has these cute little stars in it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I thought it would be fun to use this sentiment. Also usuable for so many occasions. ๐Ÿคฃ Congrats you took out the trash! Here’s a card! I kid, but you know what I’m saying. I love this little bit of snark for everyday or for those Grads with the same silly sense of humor too. ๐Ÿ™‚

I made this background with the Masking Stencils-Stars (I used it and shifted it around a bit to use it again) and the Diagonal Stitched Square Stacklets. So fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

This sentiment is a trip. And if you haven’t used these Free Big Grumpy sentiments before, it is very easy to do. Check out the information for printing and stamping them over on the TE Blog and website.

I colored Big Grumpy on both with Copic Markers.ย  These two are some of my all time faves of my TE stash.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

And here’s the scoop:

Get the Hooray Bundle for 15% off the retail price! The bundle includes:

  • On the Block โ€“ Hooray stamp
  • On the Block โ€“ Hooray Shadow die
  • Congrats die
  • Building Blocks โ€“ Well Done stamp
  • Simple Storage for Building Blocks case

The special introductory price of the Hooray Bundle is available Tuesday, April 27th, through Sunday, May 2nd,ย or while supplies last!

Thank you Apple Card:

Thank You Teacher Card:

Big Grumpy Cards:

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!ย  And thank you to all the Teachers who have made the best of a tricky situation. Congrats to the class of 2021!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Taylored Expressions: New Blender Brushes!

Super itty bitty big news over atย  Taylored Expressions today–there are NEW Bitty Blender Brushes and they are oh so very cute–they are BITTY!! AND a new White Brush and a Black Brush! Is our collection complete? I’m not sure ๐Ÿคฃ ! ๐Ÿ™‚

First up today, I am using the new Rainbow Repeat. I love this new stencil!! eeeeek! The possibilities! I blended on Cupcake, Peaches n’ Cream, Granny Smith, and Sprinkles. Once I blended all those on with the new brushes, I came back and filled in the rest with Lemon Meringue.

I thought it would be fun to use the little unicorn from the Little Critters set. I colored them with Copic Markers and then fussy cut them out. This sentiment is from this set too. I white heat embossed it and strung it across a frame from the Frame in Frame 2 set.

Next up, I used the new Delightful Daisy stencil. Using the new small brushes, it is fairly quick and easy to ink up the flowers individually. I didn’t mask off anything. Instead, I used complimentary colors in case there was any cross contamination.

I figured this would be perfect for a Mom card–I would use this card for Mother’s Day, but I think it can be used any time as well. โค

The sentiment is from the Mini Strips – You’re the Best set. I die cut that with the Asymmetrical Mini Strips die. I used the On the Block -Mom stamp and die. For the background, I used both the Scalloped Circle Masking stencil and the Masking Stencil Circles stencil, in conjunction with the new Delightful Daisy stencil.

I wanted to make one more card with the Rainbow Repeat Stencil. This one I used the Rainbow Repeat Stencilย in conjunction with the Square Masking Stencil. AND…. are you sitting down? I dropped a hint of purple in there with the Eggplant. Who am I?

I thought this turned out fun adding this sentiment from the Simple Strips-Crafty set. I so enjoy that set! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I just got a bunch of my Simple Strips organized in their Simple Strips storage containers over the weekend. So happy to have them easily accessible!

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Here are all the details:

The I Want it ALL Bundle retails for $75 and includes the following:

  • Bitty Blender Brushes (set of 6)
  • Bitty Blender Brush labels
  • Black & White Blender Brushes (set of 2)
  • All 6 new stencils
  • 8.5โ€ณ x 11โ€ณ Grid Paper Placemat Pad

The special introductory price of $75 on the I Want it ALL Bundle is available now through Sunday, April 25th, or while supplies last!

Rainbow Repeat Card:

Mom Card:

Rainbow Repeat Crafty Friend Card:

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!ย  I hope you love the new TE Brushes as much as I do!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Taylored Expressions: Butterfly Wishes + Buttoned Up Kids

Today, there are two fun new Kits available over atย  Taylored Expressions. There is the new Butterfly Wishes (which I LOVE) and the new Buttoned Up Kids Kit, which my son LOVED! We were both loving life here with these kits.

First up, there is the Butterfly Wishes kit which I cannot say how fun it is to use the stencils alone in the kits! ๐Ÿ™‚

And don’t even get me started on the stickers/seals!! But I digress…

Anywho–so as long as I was stenciling away, I thought it would be smart to make a few panels. Which turned into about six total, but I only finished four here. So first, you stamp the little butterfly bodies and antennae on your panel. This part of the kit is called: Butterflies Stamp & Stencil Combo.

On the white panels, I used Mushroom ink and on the Toffee panels I used Sugar Cube ink for their bodies and antennae. Then it is very easy to line up the butterfly wings to the bodies because the stencils are etched, creating an extra visual. The first layering stencil has either the top or bottom of the butterflies wings and then the second has the other half. So you can create different gradients or use different colors entirely on the different parts of the butterflies! This is quite fun because the endless possibilities and combos! Gah! โค

On the Toffee panels, I first laid down a layer of Sugar Cube before applying the color inks. This allows the color inks to sit atop the Sugar Cube and I think creates a more vibrant color ending.

I wasn’t super careful to line up my stencils overtop of it either, so you can see the Sugar Cube poking out there underneath, which I actually wanted. I might even offset it more next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love using a rainbow of colors to create these blends too! I used the Frame in Frame 2 dies to cut them all out.

AND there is a whole other stamp set, Clearly Crafty Butterfly Wishes stamp set, is meant to add even more detail to these cutie little butterflies. AND dies for the Butterflies: Butterflies die collection.ย I however, didn’t even use them on these cards and they are still delightful. Be sure to check out the rest of the Creative Team‘s projects to see how lovely projects are adding those detailed stamps.

The sentiments in the Clearly Crafty Sweet Sentiments set are all included in the kit as well. Perfect array for making card sets! I just heat embossed mine on vellum before stitching them on.

Next up, I have a fun little kit designed with kids in mind: Buttoned Up Kid’s Kit. My son, who is ten years old now (correction: ten and a HALF), doesn’t have the threshold that he used to with cardmaking. We’d spend several hours making things. Now, his attention span isn’t as long to hang with Mom. Ha! So this card kit is PERFECT for him!

He made these four cards quite quickly. If you have kiddos that have longevity, think of all the fun little details you can add to these as well! โค

His favorite part was putting the buttons on. The kit includes Glue Dots and that makes it super easy to adhere the buttons so they don’t go anywhere.ย  You just give the Glue Dots a good rub over and the friction/heat from your finger adheres the dot to the button’s surface well.

One can even put the buttons as the centers in the flowers, but my son decided that flowers don’t get buttons. haaaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

This one above was his favorite and he brought it to his teacher the very next day! These are perfect for anyone, anytime. Teacher Appreciation, a Coach, a friend, a caregiver, Grandparents, etc. etc.! And there are plenty in the kit to make several cards!

He loves to use Mom’s Copic Markers! ๐Ÿ™‚

I think we both loved this kit because it makes it so easy to create these cards. We didn’t even need to be in my craft area to access a bunch of supplies, because everything we used was in the kit already (except the MISTI and the handful of markers he chose, of course.) I’m keeping the kit all together so we can just pull the whole thing out to create more when we need them.

Apparently, the more is more with regards to adding buttons…. add ALLLLLL the buttons! haaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

We might need to get some more cards to make! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m thinking this would make a sweet birthday gift for a little creative friend too. โค

Goodness, I adore this kit. Streamlines cardmaking for kids and encourages giving! And THESE STICKERS? YES, please! ๐Ÿ™‚

Such fun we had! The Kid’s Kit is so reasonably priced and all set to grab-n-go for kids to take with them! Be sure to grab the Hip Hip Hooray stamp set if you need that too–sold separately.

Here are all the details with my supplies below:

Hereโ€™s everything included the Butterfly Wishes Kitโ€“ which retails for $55:

  • Butterflies Stamp & Stencil Combo set
  • Butterflies die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Butterfly Wishes stamp set
  • Clearly Crafty Sweet Sentiments stamp set
  • Diamond Jewels
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Toffee A2 Envelopes
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

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

Kid’s Buttoned Up Kit:

Hereโ€™s everything in the Buttoned Up Kids Kit that retails for $25:

  • 12 A2 sized card bases (2 each of: Cherry Pop, Lollipop, Candy Corn, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry, Cookie Monster)
  • 12 custom envelope seals
  • 12 pre-printed A2 card layers (3 each of 4 designs)
  • 12 Sugar Cube A2 envelopes
  • Approximately 2 oz of buttons
  • 1 glue stick
  • 175 glue dots
  • 1 plastic storage case with a sticker

**The Hip Hip Hooray stamp set that is designed to coordinate with the Buttoned Up Kids Kit is available to purchase separately.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Butterfly Card Set:

Buttoned Up Kid’s Card Kit:

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!ย  These butterflies are just too fun!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Hey, Crafty Friend!

I’m here to share another project with the new Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes! You can sign up HERE to be notified when the next batch is available to order!

I so enjoy making and mailing Crafty Friend cards, so I decided it would be fun to make another one! ๐Ÿ™‚

This card makes me soooo happy! I love the colors and how it all turned out. I just blended on one color, cleaned the stencil, relocated the stencil and repeated with every color (see below for colors).

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

Hey Crafty Friend:

Check it all outย over at Taylored Expressions! These brushes are constantly spinning on my desk– โค them!!

The Taylored Expressions Blog can be found >> HERE, to keep up with all the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by — happy blending!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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A Sweet Little Set!

Hello crafty friends–today, I’m sharing a cutie lil’ย Taylored Expressionsย set of note cards and envelopes to send . ๐Ÿ™‚ Just yesterday, I was able to take full advantage of a snow day and get many handmade cards ready to send to friends and family. It is something that always lifts my mood. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have found some inspiration over on the Taylored Expressions blog this past week with all the great sets the Creative Team has made–I have for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used TE’s Give Me a Sign set for these cute little critters. I simply cut up some cardstock strips to add a little color behind the sweet tags.

I added a smidge of Glossy Accents to each to make their cute noses.

For the envelopes, I used the recently released Mini Mail. I colored them simply with colored pencils.

This little fox might be my favorite. โค

Or maybe this cutie giraffe? Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚ Who am I kidding, I think they are all adorable! I also like that you can switch up the critters and sentiments–so many possibilities!

Give me a tag and some kraft cardstock, and I could be set for a long while. ๐Ÿ™‚

Because these little guys are not too large, they are easily colored quickly with Copic Markers.

I also used a little quick stencil work on the envelopes for fun.

I think they all came together for a sweet little set, ready to address and send! ๐Ÿ™‚

I stamped these all with Oreo ink and colored them in with Copic Markers. I die cut and scored the card panels with the strips of cardstock, adding the sweet tags on top with some twine.

Also, one other fun little tidbit, before I share my supplies… An opportunity to order a personalized stamp for all the projects you put so much love into! โค

There is a TE Pop Up shop where you can order your own personalized stamp? I was so excited to be gifted this one from TE. I am thinking I might need to order another… wink wink. ๐Ÿ™‚

Theย Personalized Pop-Up Shopย goes through this Sunday, February 3rd, so make sure to order your own today! There are 4 different designs to choose from and you can customize the stamp with your name, website, etc. Click here to get more details and to order your stamp today!

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

Bear Card:

Raccoon Card:

Giraffe Card:

Fox Card:

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are inspired to make a handful of cards and send them out to brighten the mailboxes of your friends and family as well.

Also, be sure to check out the TE Blog! I’ll see you back here soon to celebrate the next forthcoming release from Taylored Expressions! ๐Ÿ™‚


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