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™‚

Jill

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Like Gnome Other TE Kit!

Happy Tuesday! Today, we are celebrating the NEW super cuteness of theย Like Gnome Other Kit Releaseย from Taylored Expressions! This kit is available over at Taylored Expressions NOW, December 8th!

The gnome stamps, Like Gnome Other are about the cutest! There are coordinating dies to match. Love. Them.

I colored them with Copic Markers and I thought they turned out a-ok. I do struggle with Red Copics though! ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

This first one uses the cute fence called Build a Scene Fence and Hill. This fence is the bees knees with it’s little hearts! Gah!

I used the Set the Scenes-Cloud Strips for the clouds and the little hill I blended with some pale ink. Just a hint of green.

These two! โค

Next up, I have this shaker card with these cutie little hearts. (I’m going to need some more of these….shhhhh). I used the Stitched Circle Stacklets to create this window.

I used the background stamp in the kit called Cable Knit Background. This stamp is so cozy! I adore these little mushrooms though! Eeek! They are called: Layer It: Toadstools. She’s so cute peeking in! โค

I might have to make a card just with the Toadstools. ๐Ÿ˜‰ OH and the stickers!! OMGoodness–I โค THESE! So fun!

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

Life is Betterย Card:


Peeking Inย Card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย I hope you love this cute kit as much as I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Field Notes Kit Release!

Happy Tuesday! Today, we are having some nature fun celebrating the Field Notes Kitย Releaseย from Taylored Expressions! This kit is available over at Taylored Expressions NOW, August 11th!

The Floral set, Sketchbook Florals, is designed by the super talented Lori Craig and I am so excited for her!! These stamps are lovely Sketchbook Florals and the size of each is very manageable to create sweet cards or projects with. The sketchbook theme is evident in the design of these stamps and they evoke nothing by lovely, calming thoughts in my mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s hop right into a card, shall we? This first one is one of my favorites. I can’t decide why, but I think it has a very soothing affect.

I used the Square Masking stencils and more masking to create this one. I stamped the flowers on the card, as well as on some masking papers to use. This card isย  created in a simple layering system and it goes very smoothly. ๐Ÿ™‚

With detailed floral images, I find it is often easy and welcoming to leave the rest of the card simple. I think I may need to go back and make a few more of this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I spent a good deal of time usingย  some TE Watercolors. Pretty sure I still have quite a stash of flowers on hand. โค

The background stamp in this kit is called Rough Draft Background and its truly an instant fave for me! I’m probably going to have to hide it from myself so I don’t use it on all my cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the TE Masking stencils-Rectangles and did some blending and stamping inside thatย  space with Granny Smith and Sweet Basil before removing it. It creates a crisp mask EVERY time! โค

I watercolored this flower with the TE Watercolors and added some TE Shimmer to the mix to create a little sparkle. Of course, you have to take my word for it, because this photo will not capture that. ๐Ÿ™‚

The little tag in the kit is perfection to tie on with a little twine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Paired up with the envelopes in the kit and stickers, and boom, mail a card to someone you love.

Next up, I have another one I watercolored simply with the TE watercolors. This might be my fave from the dozen or so I watercolored. ๐Ÿ™‚

I created a simple background using the TE Blender Blushes and the Frayed Edge Stencil on a wonk. This is another fave card from this release. I am laughing because it is mostly Lavender Glaze, and generally speaking, lavender is not a fave of mine. But I do quite enjoy this lovely shade TEย  shade and is so fitting for this series of cards: Perfection!

What a lovely sentiment, and I paired it with this sweet little date stamp also in the kit. I can’t wait to send this and commemorate August 2020 for a friend! โค

Next up, I wanted to try and use a flower with just a little tad of Copic color to add just a hint of yellow. Paired once again with the Rough Draft Background in B&W, I enjoy this fun and different look.

I die cut the circle background with the Stitched Circles before finishing it all off with some stitching and the Clear TE Bits–which I cannot get enough of!

Here is another card using a TE Masking Square Window Stencil. A little ink blending with the TE Blender Brushes and then the stamping of this lovely detailed Floral from the kit: Voila! I just love a clean and simple card. โค

I cut out the panel with the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and add a little stitching to finish it all off.

Next up, I like to call this one my dried very special flower. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! I am not entirely sure how I feel about this flower being Toffee, but I must tell you, it does look better in person. I added a lot of TE Shimmer to this flower and it has that soft sparkle in person that sort of makes this card, if you will. ๐Ÿ™‚

Either way, like or dislike, I am sharing because I do enjoy this background created with the TE Hexagon Masking Stencil and the the little dot stamp in the kit. This little dot stamp is the bees knees and it is one of those stamps you find yourself using often to just add a little something to a background so simply. It creates a lovely backdrop for these floral images!

The panel is created with the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets….ALWAYS a go to! ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you tired of cards yet? Can we ever be? ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I thought it would fun to try and layer this Frayed Edge Masking stencil in different colors to create a background. In doing that, I wanted to be sure the flower still stood out on its own. Once again, I went with keeping the flower B&W, with the goal for it to stand out. It’s sort of counter intuitive, if you ask me, but I think it works. ๐Ÿ™‚

If there was ever a set this B&W technique works, it is this detailed Sketchbook Florals set by Lori.

I created a little different composition with this layout and then added a few TE Drip Drops to this one with some stitching to finish it all off.

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

With Sympathy card:

Hello (Pink) Card:


Adopt Natureย Card:

Thinking of Youย Card:

Sending our Love Card:

Thanks so Muchย Card:

Thanksย Card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team and Guests! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! Big props and Congrats to my friend Lori Craig for illustrating this amazing Floral set and helping to cultivate this lovely TE Field Notes Kit. I hope I have shared a few ideas to use it different ways and that you all enjoy it as much as I do! Beautiful โค !

Have a lovely week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Frosty Kit Release!

Welcome back! Today we are having fun celebrating the Frosty Kit Releaseย from Taylored Expressions! This set is available over at Taylored Expressions TODAY, July 21st.

Talk about super cute cards created in a jiffy! THIS KIT!! Throw in a few inks and take the pouch on the go! While you can color the snowman, they are snowmen, so really, you don’t have to! Boom! Lots of cuties stamped and ready just like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

With one swoop you stamp all the cute snowman heads. Then you can just use that panel as a background OR you can die cut out all the little Frosty heads, add a body and voila! (Pssssst–You may consider grabbing an extra (or two or three–ha!) Frosty Head die. It’ll make it all go that much faster!

One of the most brilliant things, (well, it’s all pretty brilliant if you ask me) is that there is this stencil in the kit that you overlay and it fits perfectly in the space between all the Frosty heads! ๐Ÿ™‚ OR you can just use it independently, like I did on this card below:

For this card, I did add little bodies to all the cute heads–I love that they have different expressions. ๐Ÿ™‚ This card is my family so I typed out our name and printed it off my computer. Then I die cut it with the Sentiment Strip Duo die in the kit.

This went pretty fast once I had it designed, so I could see making a stack of these and sending them out at the holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also used the TE Masking Stencil Circles on this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfect backdrop!

Next up, I have this fun shaker card! I used the Heart Stacklets dies to create a window that I added the TE acetate to, along with the Distress Glitter and Vanilla Creme mix.

The two little hearts are from the Little Bits Hearts die, and if you don’t have this die, I highly recommend tacking it into your next order. I have no idea how I did not have this die until recently. All those hearts in one shot! โค These Bits & Pieces – Snowflakes inside my card are slightly different than the ones that come in the kit. You will not be disappointed with the cute ones in the kit!! I need MORE! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also used some Nuvo sparkle with the stencil on this one. The Nuvo spatulas are clutch when using this goodness… along with washing or at least soaking your stencil ASAP after applying. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is also a handful of envelopes included in the kit, so you add your cute stickers (also in the kit and mail away!).

For this card, I played it pretty straight forward, but I so love that you can change the hat band colors on all your cards however you see fit! I think it would be fun to do some warm beachy colors if you live a warm climate. The possibilities! โค

I stamped out the Let it Snow and then I scored and folded the strips to pop them up a bit. Or you can just leave them straight, especially for the longer sentiments. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope to find some time soon to create some holiday tags with this cute too! 1-2-3 done! ๐Ÿ™‚

The new Taylored Expressions Frosty Kit is so fun!ย  And perfect for these HOT days! ๐Ÿ™‚

The details: Here is everything included in theย Frosty Kitย – which retails for $65:

  • Frosty Background Cling & Clear Combo stamp set
  • Frosty’s Head die
  • Frosty’s Body die
  • Frosty stencil
  • Winter Wishes Clearly Crafty stamp set
  • Sentiment Strip Duo die collection
  • Bits & Pieces – Snowflakes
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Envelopes
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Aย  few items will be available to purchase separately from the kit: Frosty’s Head die, Bits & Pieces – Snowflakes, and extra envelope seals.

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

Frosty Shaker card:


Let it Snow Card:


Hawkins Familyย Card:


All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a frosty week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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ALL the Rainbows from Taylored Expressions

Oh it’s another day of colorful FUN over at Taylored Expressions! RAINBOWS and much more!!!! All the fun is available over at Taylored Expressions Today, July 7th right HERE!!

A whole lot of sweetness, that’s for sure! Some of the newly available products are from the previously released Somewhere Over the Rainbow Kit. You can see more cards ideas in my post for that HERE. Others are being released for the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚ And oh boy, are they cute!

For these first two cards, they are using all the same products and colors, but isn’t it amazing that they look quite different? Or is that just me?

This is the Over the Rainbow Die, Rainbow Cloud Duo and Over the Rainbow stamp set.

This one is a little different order and I love it!

For these cards, I embossed theย  background with TE’s Cloudy Days Embossing folder and then inlaid the felt die cuts. I added some stitching to finish them off.

These clouds are the perfect finishing touch. There are two cloud dies in the kit. One is simple and the other has the little pierced dots on it. The dots don’t show up on felt of course, but on cardstock, they are a great detail!

I do love the TE Wool Felt! It cuts like butta in a die cut machine, just in case you haven’t ever tried it.

Next up, I am using this super sweet new set of stamps called Brighter Days. Warning: Adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

I created this background with the Rectangle Masking Stencil and just the Heart layer from the Puppy Love Layering stencil set.

I colored the rainbow with Copics and added in to the panel along with some stitching. I think this turned out to be a sweet and cheery card in the end.

Next up, this sweet little shaker with the cutest cloud! I gave the cloud some googley eyes to add to the fun and super cuteness. Inside the shaker card is the TE Sparkly Stars and Vanilla Creme shaker bits.

For the background, I added some very faint stenciling with the Splash stencil for some “rain” if you will.

Gah! It’s so fun! The shaker bit added something a little extra. โค

Next up, this sweet little umbrella! Showered with Love! This could be great for an every day kinda card or wouldn’t it be fun for a wedding shower or baby shower too? Changing up the colors a bit could change the entire feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored the one umbrella with Copics and die cut it out, adding it with foam adhesive to the background of umbrellas. I recommend stamping the panel and then putting the one you colored on top. This will help with placement–I’ve learned this lesson many a times. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally, I have these sweet rain boots with the RAINBOW!!

I used the Square Window Masking stencil with Earl Gray ink for the Brighter Skies sentiment.

These new illustrations are just the sweetest and sure to brighten any mailbox or doorstep you send it to. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just love the rainbow goodness! โค

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

Felt Rainbow cards:


Rainbow Shower card:


Cloud Shakerย card:


Showered with Loveย card:


Rain Bootsย card:


All these products are available TODAY, July 7thย over at Taylored Expressions. Have fun checking it all out! But wait, there’s more:ย You’ll receive a pack of Taylored Expressions exclusive Rainbow Brights foil free with purchases of $50 or more! OH and I LOVE that foil! ๐Ÿ™‚

Find the TE Blog HERE with more inspiration! โค The Creative Team will Rainbow Delight YOU!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you find a rainbow today too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Farm Kit Release!

Welcome back! Today we are celebrating a fun release for the Farm Kit Releaseย from Taylored Expressions! This set is available over at Taylored Expressions TODAY, June 30th.

These little farm animals are adorable and the bonus is, their heads and bodies are two different stamps. The fun of this is that you can tilt their heads however you’d like and you can add the TE Wobblers! And they are included in the kit.

First up, I had to use the horse and the barn. I colored everything with Copic Markers and fussy cut out the barn. For the background, I used the new Grass Stencil (hooray!) as well as the Set the Scene-Cloud Stencils I already had. I die cut all that out with the Frame in Frame 2 die.

I love this punny sentiment, and of course, the fun sticker that matches when I pop it in the mail! ๐Ÿ™‚

There is a handful of envelopes included in the kit, so you are all set to make and send these fun cards out straightaway!

Next up, I had to use the sweet little cow. And to make her even sweeter, I used the Gingham Background stamp in the kit and did so in Cupcake. To create just this rectangle of inked space, I used the TE Masking Stencils-Rectangles and blended in some Cupcake ink first, using the TE Blender Brushes. After that, I stamped the Gingham stamp tone on tone again using Cupcake. Because I left the Rectangle Masking Stencil on, it really only stamped in the center of the area, and I liked the look of that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s an Udder Birthday!! Gahhh! I do love puns! ๐Ÿ™‚ I added some scoring and cut it all out with the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets.

I thought this little cutie was so sweet and would be fun to receive in the mail for one’s birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I had to get this little Chickie on a card! ๐Ÿ™‚

In addition to the grass stencil, I used the Hexagon Masking Stencil and the Here Comes the Sun stencils to create this background for my Copic colored elements. Just Chicken In! I โค it! ๐Ÿ™‚

The new Taylored Expressions Farm Kit Release is so fun! I so enjoy all the little goodies inside and that they are all in a great pouch with the cute Farm Kit sticker on it. This makes it easy to store and keep them all together. I have this one next to my previously released TE Rainbow Card Kit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Neighborly card:


Udderly Card:

Chicken Card:


All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions!

Theย Farm Fresh Kitย includes everything that you need to create cute farm themed projects that include the cutest bobble head farm critters! The kit retails for $89 and includes the following supplies:

  • Gingham Check Background stamp
  • Farm Fresh stamp set
  • Farm Fresh Critters stamp set
  • Farm Fresh Critters die collection
  • Set the Scene – Grass Stencil Strips set
  • 6 Mini Wobble Springs
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Envelopes
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch (the zipper color will vary) with a custom kit label

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Hot Flash Grumplings!

Welcome back! Today we are celebrating a fun release for the Hot Flash Grumplings from Taylored Expressions! This set is available over NOW at Taylored Expressions today, June 20th. Hot Flash: It’s the first day of Summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this whole set up is a crack up. I wanted to elude to a “rising tide”, if you will and hopefully this little bar graph I created with the Masking Stencil-Stripes does just that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee spilling, back off. Stay away! ๐Ÿ™‚

What a fun set to make friends silly cards and send them a laugh!

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

Hot Flash card:

All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a GREAT summer!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Cat Lover’s Release!

Welcome back! Today we are celebrating a new release for the Cat Lover’s out there from Taylored Expressions!ย All the new products will be available over at Taylored Expressions tomorrow, June 16th. This release is full of sweet little feline friends!

For my first card here today, I used the new Max & Millie set– Be warned, it’s adorable!!

I mean really? How cutie patootie is this little critter!!? And this sentiment is perfection for this sweet image!

I used the Circle Masking Stencils in combination with the Polka Party stencil. I just did a double mask. ๐Ÿ™‚ It turned out fun and I love the idea of the cheese imagery being mimicked.

Next up, I used the new Loyal Friend stamp set. On this card, I think we could say I did a triple mask? Ha! I used the Rectangle Masking Stencils to create an overall border. Then I used the Heart Masking Stencil to create the heart. I used both positive and negative on the Heart Stencil, masking where I wanted the hearts and paw prints to be and not be.

The Puppy Love Layering stencils work perfectly to create a sweet backdrop for the message on this card. (just don’t tell the kitties it’s called Puppy Love. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Such a heartfelt sentiment to send someone who really needs it.

I’ve really been into the Cupcake and Sprinkles colors lately…wondering if I am craving baked goods or just these colors? ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

I highly recommend Pixie Spray in combo with your TE Blender Brushes to make all your stenciling action a little more fun and easy peasy! ๐Ÿ™‚

One last card for today–this cutie little mouse from the Max & Millie set! He wanted to send a smile! ๐Ÿ™‚ I colored him with Copic Markers and die cut him out.

I used the Hinged Insta Frames and the Lots of Love stencil to create a little space for him on this card. ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished it off with some stitching and some Drip Drops. He’s ready to mail! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Max & Millie card:


Loyal Friendย card:


Sending a Smile card:


All these products are available tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16th at 9am centralย over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Patriotic Release!

Happy non-official Summer! We are sneaking a new release  today for  Taylored Expressions! All the new products will be available over at Taylored Expressions tomorrow, June 2nd. This release is full of fun patriotic pride–but also can be used for everyday events too!

For my first card here today, I used the new Masking Star Stencils and the new Mini Strips- Patriotic! Yessss! New Mini Strips!

I also used the just previously released Plaid Layering Stencil over top the Masking Star Stencil. Double stencil action! This turned out so swimmingly! ๐Ÿ™‚

Too keep the Masking Star Stencil train going, check out this alternate way of using it for everyday fun! I thought this was perfect to send a friend that just helped make me laugh along the crazy ride lately. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also stamped the Fireworks Background-Stamp to help create a *twinkly* background–just the background stamp alone stamps awesome for backgrounds. I used two sets of Simple Strips for this card’s sentiment–Simple Strips- Friendship and Mini Strips-Life Saver. For this card, I also used the Masking Stencil-Rectangle & TE Blender Brushes to create a little color fade in the background before scoring around it to frame it further.

Alrighty–now…Let’s switch gears to that Fireworks Background-Stamp and Stencil–Just a warning–it’s super fun and very addictive. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used this Stencil and Stamp combo to create a fun Birthday card! Who wouldn’t want a festive display of happy for their big day?

This combo in ingenious…. First, you stamp the Starry Background. After that, you take one of the Firework stencils and line it up with the stars. (It doesn’t matter which one you use first.) After that, you take the second stencil and repeat. The beauty is: You can create different color sprays for each firework. Sure did love that and had so much fun thinking of all the different things to make!

For this one, I added a little Nuvo sparkle action to create some more pizazz!

Next up, I’m back to the Patriotic vibe. This one uses the new Starry Background Stamp along with the Starry Stencil! Another great set to create a layered look. You can just stamp the Starry background and be done by coloring it or blending over it entirely or some many other things! OR you can use the Starry Stencil with the stamp, like I did to create a pattern…. or blend all the stars with the same color ink. So many possibilities, just to name a few!

Bonus–there is a die that cuts all the stars out! I didn’t use it here, but it’s pretty awesome for a 1-2-3!

I first stamped the Starry Background with Versamark and then added clear embossing powder over top. After that, I sprayed my stencil with Pixie Spray (Pixie Spray is clutch!) and blended on all the inks with the TE Blender Brushes. I just masked off the surrounding stars a bit to protect them from the other colors. Super easy to do! I finished it all off with some more sentiments from the forthcoming Mini Strips-Patriotic.

And I have one last card for you here today–this one again uses the Masking Stencils Stars and Mini Strips-Patriotic very simply.

I wanted to keep it simple because I thought if I had a design I liked that was fairly simple and flat for mailing, I might make a handful and actually get them out this summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the TE Blender Brushes again here and just simply covered up the stars I didn’t want to blend with some post it notes. Blend, blend and done! I also added a little Nuvo sparkle to this one to finish it off.

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

Plaid Star card:


You Made it Better card:

Happy Birthday card:


Starry Background card:

Happy 4th of July card:

All these products are available tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2nd at 9am central over at Taylored Expressions

Also–here’s a little inside scoop direct from TE:

Get the Stars & Strips Bundle for only $30 from June 2nd – June 7th (or while supplies last). And no, that’s not a typo… it’s STRIPS for the sentiment strips! The Stars & Strips Bundle includes the Fireworks Stamp & Stencil combo and the Mini Strips – Patriotic stamp.

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration! โค The TE Creative Team has me seeing allllll kinds of stars this release–good gracious! They are a talented group!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week and you’re inspired to make a few Patriotic and/or celebratory projects too!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Father’s Day and Pet Release!

Hello and happy day! We are sneaking a new releaseย  today forย  Taylored Expressions!ย All the new products will be available over at Taylored Expressions tomorrow, May 19th.ย This release is full of fun stamps for Dad and for your favorite little furry friends!

This first card is I used the new Gus and Gertie set. I cannot get enough of these little cuties! I stamped and colored them all–twice. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the background I used the new Plaid Layering Stencil. I switched it up a bit and used in a different way that I thought would be a fun change. ๐Ÿ™‚ I almost just kept it with the Blueberry stripes, because that alone was delightful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gah โค Gus and Gertie!!

Next up, I am sharing another little cutie pup card…. You’re Dog-Gone Amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ย This one uses the new Simple Strips-Woof, Paw Prints and the cute pup from Swinging By!

Isn’t this new puppy cute too? He’s from the new set Swinging By. I colored him with Copic Markers. I went with Cool Greys for him, but I normally uses the Neutral Grays. I used the Heart Stacklets to cut out the heart after stamping it. It works swimmingly.

Next up, I used the new Brushstroke Basics, Building Blocks-Him and Inside Scoop-Him. I stamped the first sentiment on the tag and heat embossed it. Then I decided where I wanted the tag trimmed down to and ran it through the die cut machine again, cutting the tag a big shorter. It’s a quick trick to customize your tag sizes.

I thought these cute little hearts (Bit and Pieces: Have a Heart) were the perfect finishing touch before adding everything down with foam adhesive. For the background on this card, I used the new Plaid Layering Stencil and just sort of mixed it up to create a plaid background. I love this new stencil set! So may possibilities and super easy to use.

Also, apparently I really like using Blueberry ink for this stencil because I did it twice this month! ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the sweet staying on the inside of this card–the Inside Scoop-Him set. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Gus and Gertie card:

Husbandย card:


Dogย card:

All these products are available tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th at 9am centralย over at Taylored Expressions!ย 

Find the TE Blog Post HERE for today with more inspiration! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

Follow me on Instagram: jilldhawkinsย ๐Ÿ™‚