Christmas Release- It’s here! From Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today –and it’s the big one– The Christmas Release! Be sure to check out allllllll the products on the Taylored Expressions website, alllllllllllll the projects on the Creative Team’s blogs AND all the fun promos going on. Phew! Merry Christmas indeed! 🙂

First up, the new Triple Slim Layering Stencils – Holly Holiday. There are accompanying Foil It – Triple Slim – Holly Holiday (but I did not use those today). I love the foil it panels–they look cool, add a little extra something and take out one little tiny step if you are making a lot of cards. Anywho–on with my cards!

I chose to go with a bit of a different color scheme for my cards–It’s Peaches n Cream, Sweet Potato, Poblano Pepper, Mint Julep and Spearmint. I was a little apprehensive, wondering if these would be a fail as Holiday cards, but in the end, I quite like it! Something different and yet still festive!

I used the Mini Slim Stitched Stacklets and Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets to add a little sweetness to each card as well.

A few paint splatters to give a little somethin somethin to each card before I added the stitching to each and finish them off. 🙂

Oh this sweet little winter bird! The sentiment set I used on all three cards is called Merriest Christmas and it has the coordinating dies too! 🙂

Next up, we have the Thrill of Hope stamp. And here’s the scoop on that one:

In addition to the product bundles, we are offering an exclusive holiday freebie that you can only earn during this release week:

Right now through Sunday, October 2nd, you can earn the A Thrill of Hope stamp set with a purchase of $100 or more. The stamp set features a pine bough frame with a pop-out Christmas sentiment! Offer valid while supplies last.

And here’s my card!

This background stamp is easy to use because the sentiment pops out and you can ink that separately from the pine boughs. Makes the color inking WAY easy! I added Little Bits-Stars in Pineapple with a little sparkle on top!

With the pop out, I found it fun to do a little ombre on the sentiment itself (Rose Water, Cupcake, Strawberry Milkshake and Guava) and then I could use a few different greens on the boughs (Granny Smith, Cilantro and Sweet Basil).

Here comes the cute! This little penguin set is called Dancing in the Snow! And the best part about stamping penguins? They are mostly black and white… So a little Copic Coloring on all their accoutrements and done! 🙂

Oh they are cute! I masked off this oval using the Masking Stencils – Ovals and used Lollipop, Sprinkles and Cookie Monster. It automatically creates that purple hue too, which is a fun little perk of ink blending.

I added some Twinkles using the Twinkle Twinkle Background and some glistening snow with the glitter. Turned out fun and festive for Winter! 🙂 (The sentiment is included in the Dancing in the Snow set. 😉 )

Here’s a quick little card up next–I love these too! 🙂 This one uses the new Flap Flair Holiday and the new Endless Christmas set. The Endless Christmas is also perfect for envelopes like the Flap Flair Holiday.

I stamped the Flap Flair Holiday on the card front with a little ombre flair and then put the Endless Christmas snowman right on top. I colored him in with a little Copic marker, just to give him a little extra oomph. Finished him with a tiny little pom pom. 🙂

I might have to make a few of these into Thank You Notes at the holidays. ❤

Are you still with me? We have one more big one! This next set is created with the Create-in-Quads: Peaceful Pines and it makes rainbow trees a snap. Who doesn’t like rainbow trees in the winter?

Oh and before I forget, there are also Foil It panels to go with this set as well! Yay!

I used all the fun rainbow colors on these for sure!

These sentiments are all white heat embossed on Oreo. This sentiment set is awesome because you stamp them all and bam die cut them all too! It is called All Together Christmas.

I created all the little snow flakes with the new Happy Medium Fresh Snow and added some Pearl Glitter for a little extra flair. 🙂

These are so fun to make–think of all the color combos you can do! Love that!

Here’s the scoop from TE: (and there is a lot, so buckle up!)

There are three bundles available that include FREE coordinating envelope seals and an exclusive holiday freebie for $100+ purchases.

We have put together three different product bundles to jump start your Christmas crafting! Each bundle includes a coordinating collection of products plus FREE envelope seals. The product bundles are available through Sunday, October 2 or while supplies last. Here are the details for each bundle:

The Holly Holiday product bundle includes the Triple Slim Holly Holiday Layering Stencil set, Foil It – Mini Slim Holly Holiday panels, Cleary Crafty Signature Sentiments stamp set, Merriest Christmas stamp set, Merriest Christmas die collection, Foil It – Merriest Christmas panels, and FREE coordinating envelope seals (3 designs, package of 10).

The Peace on Earth product bundle includes the Peace on Earth Cutting Plate die, All is Calm stamp set, and FREE coordinating envelope seals (2 designs, package of 10).

The Peaceful Pines product bundle includes the Create in Quads Peaceful Pines Layering Stencil set, Foil It – Peaceful Pines panels, Happy Medium – Fresh Snow, and FREE coordinating envelope seals (2 designs, package of 10).

And of course, the A Thrill of Hope I mentioned previously above. 🙂

I loooooooooooove all the stickers! Be cool. 🙂

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below  🙂

Triple Slim Holly Holiday cards:

A Thrill of Hope card:

Dancing in the Snow card:

Endless Christmas card:

Peaceful Pines cards:

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

Take care 🙂


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Fire up the Minc–New Foil Fun from TE!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today with a boatload of new Foil It Panels! This has been my recent go-to for making card sets. It adds a lot of fun really simply and elegantly. Plus, let’s face it, I just love to run the panels through the machine with all the foils!

First up, I have a duo using the Gathered Greenery Foil-It panels and the Branches & Blooms Foil-It panels. Both of these are foiled in Silver foil to keep them easy to add color too. Though, I think any solid color foil works to add color too. I mean, why not, right?  🙂

The Gathered Greenery card I used the Rectangle Masking Stencil on. I blended on yellow and green inks–super easy. This is a great way to add some pop with no dimension.

It allowed me to then add the flower from the Planting Happiness set and the sentiment from Foil It – On Occasion, which is also new!

The Branches & Blooms card includes a sentiment from Simple Strips In Reverse – Everyday Occasions which I also foiled in Silver.

I colored this with Copic Markers and I love how soft it turned out!

I backed the sentiment with Easy Strips–all the sizes!

Next up, I have the Mini Slim Botanical–I decided to foil this one in Denim and add the rosey pinks of Guava and Cupcake to the background.

I silver heat embossed the Mini Slim Botantical Sentiment on Vellum and stitched that on the inside, adhering it all with foam tape for some oomph!

I thought this one turned out lovely and I had wished I made a few more at the time! ha! Always.

Lastly, I have the new Foil It-The Right Angle with an edgy card. Ok, it’s not edgy but it is on the right angle. Bwaaahahahhaa! Ok moving on… 🙂

I thought I’d try out a new color way for this one: Dijon, Poblano and Mint Julep. I like it–it can be used for men and women… score!

Once again, I used the Simple Strips In Reverse – Everyday Occasions for the sentiment. I wanted some stars, so I cut all the Little Bits-Stars out of the remnants of the above Simple Strips. It just takes a little patience and determination and you can get well over a dozen stars out of the scraps. So I stashed those away for the future. 😉

It reminds me of stained glass for sure!

Lastly, I thought I would share the card set I made to gift to a friend. These panels, Foil It-Full of Flowers, were previously released, but they are still available and the foiled sentiments are the new ones called Foil It – On Occasion (The On Occasion die was previously released and works for these too!)

I just gave these to her and I do believe she loved them as she said she was going to stash them. 😂

That little added touch of foil is fun fun! And with the stencil to coordinate–color, color done! 🙂

I kept them simple with just a touch of added stitching to round them out. This will make them easy to mail. Don’t forget the TE Envelope Seals!

Such a great little gift to give! 🙂

Here’s the scoop from TE:

Right now through Sunday, June 26th, purchase 5 or more Foil It packs get a free metallic foil (our choice of Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, or Copper) FREE! It’s a great time to stock up and collect the Foil It packs that you have had on your wish list! Offer good while supplies last.

Get Started with Foiling Kit:

Are you ready to start foiling, but don’t know where to begin? We have you covered with the Get Started with Foiling Kit. The kit includes:

  • 3 rolls of Deco Foil (1 roll each of Gold, Amethyst Watercolor, and Rainbow Shattered)
  • 4 oz. jar of Glitter Grab
  • 2 stencils (Delightful Daisy and Floral Points)
  • Deco Foil Toner Sheets pack
  • Foil It – Paradise pack (12 panels)
  • 1 Stencil Pal

Purchase of the Get Started with Foiling Kit gives you access to our virtual Intro to Foil Class taught by Susan Block. Susan will go through all of the basics with you to get you started with toner based foiling and foiling with our Glitter Grab using stencils!

Add on a Mini Minc machine to the Get Started with Foiling Kit for 10% off!

Offer valid while supplies last.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below  🙂

Gathered Greenery card:

Branches & Blooms card:

Mini Slim Botanical:

The Right Angle:

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

Take care 🙂


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Taylored Expressions: A2 vs. Mini Slim

Happy Tuesday–just popping in to share some Taylored Expressions fun today! Today, the TE Team is focusing on inspiration to show how to use one product to create cards in two different sizes (both A2 and Mini Slim).

First up today, I am using the new Counting Candles Layering Stencils. I decided to first make this on a Mini Slim card and so I used both the Mini Slim Stitched Stacklets and the Mini Slim Petite Scallop Stacklets.

These Counting Candles Layering Stencils make quick work of a festive card with fun results quite easily. And I am allllll about the easy! 🙂 You can pick a bunch of different colored inks and create a fun result using several or you can keep it simple with just a few! I went pastel crazy! 🙂 The new little blending brushes make it even easier to do.

I added a little Stickles to the center of the flames too and in person, you can see it much better than in the photo. 🙂

Next up, I did a similar candle approach but this time I cut it out and decided I was going to make a shaker card. I offset the circles this time, just to mix it up a bit.

I colored Millie from the Millie’s Birthday Bash stamp set with Copic Markers.

Nothing says Happy Birthday quite like a shaker card, right? ❤ I just offset the circles and used the TE Foam Strips to create the shaker window, adding the Rainbow Sprinkles, Sparkly Stars and Hearts. Easy peesy.

Oh and all the little sentiments and details are from the Counting Candles Add-On Stamp set.

These both turned out Birthdaytastic and the stencil works wonderfully on both sizes of cards: A2 and Mini Slim. It’s fun to see them side by side in the end. 🙂

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

And here’s the scoop:

If any of the main products that the TE Creative Team used on their projects caught your eye, we are making them available to you for 30% off through this Sunday, May 9th or while supplies last. Here are the sets included in the sale:

Counting Candles Cards:

Be sure to find the TE Blog Post HERE with the always amazing TE Creative Team!

Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!

Take care 🙂


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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 at  Taylored Expressions –there are lots of new goodies to celebrate all the Teachers and Grads in our lives! 🙂

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. 🙂

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! 😂 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! 🙂 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Next up, I thought it would be fun to use this sentiment. Also usuable for so many occasions. 🤣 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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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.  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 – Hooray stamp
  • On the Block – Hooray Shadow die
  • Congrats die
  • Building Blocks – 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, 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!  And thank you to all the Teachers who have made the best of a tricky situation. Congrats to the class of 2021!

Take care 🙂


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Taylored Expressions: Easter Release

Today is a Hoppy  Day over at Taylored Expressions! 🙂 Spring is coming and there is a new release from Taylored Expressions today! Let’s Hop to it, shall we?

First up, I thought I’d share this card using the new  Bunch of Bunnies and Oh Hoppy Day! Eeeeep these cute little  Bunch of Bunnies that are shaped wood bunnies are just the cutest and I want to put them on all the things for Easter!

For this card, I stenciled on the bunny Oh Hoppy Day background quite simply using Sugar Cube ink. I painted the Bunch of Bunnies just using white acrylic paint. After that, I decided which sentiment I wanted to use from the Mini Strips: Easter and paired it with a bunny of many colors (using Copic Markers for the stripes) to complete the sentiment. ❤

I would send this card out any time of year, not just at Easter. 🙂 The little Pom Pom tails though–too cute!

Next up,  I have the new Jesus Script die with the Jesus Script backer die. I paired this with the sweet Pierced Lattice Cutting Plate (which I feel I am going to be using  A LOT!) and a few little flowers from the Spring Wreath dies.

I even used Lavender Glaze for this card because it seemed the right thing to do with this sentiment.

The sentiment strip is from Simple Strips: Easter Blessings. This new Simple Strips is full of lovely sentiments to use this Easter.

Next up, I have the fun new Playful Plaid Background. I decided I would stamp and emboss it in white and the use the Stencil Strips-Clouds to create another layer to the background. I don’t really know how these ideas come to be as I am making things, but voila in the end, here they are! 🙂 ha!

This new background is indeed playful and I can see using for a variety of occasions. Baby cards, winter cozy cards, well, pretty much anything!

I decided I wanted to use the Peep sentiment from the  Mini Strips-Easter. And once you choose a Peep sentiment, what is one to do? Well, Peeps of course–aka The Little Bits Marshmallow Bunnies dies!  I love the iconic Peeps at Easter. And while I am not a super fan of eating them, per say, I do enjoy having one little yellow bunny Peep and biting off their ears.  shhhhh.  Oh for Peeps sake! 🙂

This would be a card which would be able to be produced in multiples fairly easily. 😉

Next up, I have the card that might possibly be my favorite of this release. This card uses the new Springtime Smiles set. And naturally, it includes the oh so cutest little stamps. I had to use this little bunny tooshie because it’s too adorable!

For the card itself, I die cut and layered up lots of the TE Mini Slim goodies. I used the Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets and the  Stitched Mini Slim Stacklets to create these frames/layers.

I used the carrot to create a fun background, coloring those and the bunny in with Copic Markers.  One of my favorite parts of this card though is the inside where I used the Set the Scene-Grass stencil to create a little place to stamp this sweet sentiment. (Apparently I really like this sentiment because I didn’t even realize I used it twice til I had taken all my card photos–ha! 🙂

I love nobunny butt you! Can’t even! 🙂 To create this green grass, I used both Granny Smith and Cilantro.

I originally thought I’d just stamp the carrots in Candy Corn and Sweet Potato Pie to create a patterned background and then I ended up coloring in all the carrots with Copic Markers. Definitely a different look that I usually create just stamping in Oreo, but a fun change! Oh I also masked a frame around the stamping/coloring so I wouldn’t be outside the range of the Stitched Mini Slim Stacklets frame.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

There’s No Bunny Like You Card:

Jesus Script Card:

Peep Card:

Springtime Smiles card:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more crafty inspiration from the TE Creative Team! Sure to be filled with Springtime Delights—can’t wait for Spring!! ❤

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a lovelyweek ! 🙂

Take care 🙂


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