New Simple Strips and Mini Strips!

Welcome to a very fun release day over at Taylored Expressions! ๐Ÿ™‚ The new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! ๐Ÿ™‚

This release was clearly made just for me! haaa! Not really, but I do love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ All the snark just makes me laugh. And who doesn’t need that about now?

For the first one, I used Love from Max and Millie along with the New Simple Strips- Snarky. Max is so perfect for this sentiment! He is sooooo thrilled with people.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the Rough Draft Background for the little panel along with the Notebook Paper die. The Grass Stencil created the perfect base for Max to sit on. The heart antennae though–tooooo funny! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I busted out the Mythical Grumplings to use thisย  Sentiment. I cannot tell you how perfect this is for a few of my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh that Angry Unicorn is so so not into it. โค I cut the strips for this one with the Asymmetrical Die.

Last up, I thought it would be fun to use one of the Hot Flash Grumplings to express the struggle. This sentiment is from the new Fun & Funny Mini Strips and I love that little set, right along with the SS Snarky. ๐Ÿ™‚

I always laugh when these little funny sentiments are paired with sweet colors and flowers. So I used the Floral Fields Background tone on tone here, blending on colors with theย  Masking Stencil-Square as my guide.

To finish it off, I added some stitching, some bits and some score lines. I love the silliness of the whole scene and can’t wait to mail this one! โค

I hope you find yourself laughing as you read all the new sentiments available. I had to stamp and die cut them in bulk, right out of the gate because I knew I’d be using them often. AND I even put them in the Simple Strips Storage Container straightaway so I could find them easily. Who am I? Ha! Each one I read, I really just laugh out loud. I can’t wait to use them ALL! โค

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

Max Doneย Card:


Angry Unicornย Card:

Chickย Card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

There is also a release of NEW Sticker Labels for the Mini Strips collection! And there is a ย special promotion that includes 15% off all Mini Strips stamps* (*excluding the new Fun & Funny).

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Halloween!

Are you in the mood to get the Autumn things out? While I am holding on to Summer this year more than ever, but I am ALWAYS ready for Fall. It’s my favorite! On that note, today I’m here with fun Halloween goodness from Taylored Expressions! I love seeing all the Halloween cards the TE Creative Team made, so be sure to check them out over on the TE Blog with links to their blogs too!

These are all available from Taylored Expressions today, August 25th! Yay!

First up, of course, always a fave, Big Grumpy…and he’s all dressed up for Halloween with Big Grumpy Halloween!! ๐Ÿ™‚

This sentiment though! haaaaaaa!!!! Did you see the little graphic up there at the top of this post? That’s Melody’s super cute card. Another funny sentiment. ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored everything with Copic Markers and die cut them out before. I blended a mix of violets and purples (gasp) over a panel using the TE Rectangle Masking Stencil. Keeping the stencil on, I stamped adding to the previously released background Bare Trees Background. It turned out pretty spooky if I do say! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I have this fun little pumpkin banner card made with the new Pumpkin Patch stamp + die set. This is a full background stamp you can stamp and then add all the stems and cute faces to. You can also die cut out the individual pumpkins, which I love!

I added them each to the Pennant Stacklets die cuts that I stamped with Sugar Cube on the new Linen Background stamp ( โค ). I created the background for this panel with the new Mini Slim Spider Web stencil in Toffee and of course, the TE Rectangle Masking Stencil.

The sentiment on this card is the Mini Strips-Halloween cut out with the Mini Strips Die. These little pumpkins come about 1-2-3 with this quick stamping system! For more fall related projects, you don’t need to stamp the faces if you choose not to. Love these each time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I have this sweet little Mini Slim card featuring the new uber cute set Spooktacular and Spooktacular Dies. I love the little stamp sets from Much Sketch every time–adorable!

I couldn’t decide which image to use first and then I ended up using two of the adorable ghosts that I colored with Copic Markers. Again, I used the Mini Slim Spiderweb Stencil to create this background with Lavender Glaze ink and the TE Blending Brushes. I also used the previously released Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Square and the Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets.

This is the inside. I just had to be sure I oriented the spider webs correctly. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It’s a little party on the inside of the card too then! ๐Ÿ™‚

The sentiments are from the Pennant Parade – Halloween. I so love those fonts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I thought I’d share these sweet little pumpkin treat holders using the new TE Project Kit – Pumpkin Candy Capsule! I am so excited about using these for Halloween. Treat containers are always super fun and these are SO quick, easy and super fun to make. I want to make more! ๐Ÿ™‚

You just stick on the little faces and rub them on. They rub on and adhere beautifully! I highly recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚ The you add the cute cork topper stems with the sweet felt leaves… a wee bit of twine if you’d like and voila! Adorable!

Don’t forget the candy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also decided I needed an acorn, so I covered one of the container toppers with brown microbeads using decoupage glue. I might find microbeads all over for a little while….shhhhh! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gah–I do love Halloween treats! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Oh and also, there’s this fun little package deal:

Big Grumpy Halloween card:

Pumpkin Bannerย Card:

Boo Mini Slimย Card:

Pumpkin Treats:

All these products are available today, August 25th over at Taylored Expressions!

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

Trick or treat! In August! Have fun making sweet or spooky Halloween cards! I say the more cards we can make and send this year, the better! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Mini Slims!

Hello and Happy Monday to you all! Today, I’m backย  with some new SUPER FUN stuff from Taylored Expressions! I am definitely excited about this new size card to use. It’s in the slim line idea, but on a smaller scale–MINI SLIMS–one that speaks my language! Hooray! โค

These are available from Taylored Expressions tomorrow, August 18th! Let’s get this party started!

First up, I made this sweet little Tri-fold card. You can purchase the Tri-Fold cards pre-cut and folded from TE, which Iย  recommend doing. All the folds are then accurate and ready to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

There is also this super handy and essential little pack of goodies: Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Square. The templates make centering and squaring up this die cut window a breeze! (They also create great masks!) Everything is thought of for you. This card is then THREE layers of Birthday fun! I also used the new Mini Slim Stencil – On the Dot, which is clearly a fast fave, because you’ll see it on a couple projects here today and more in the future. Wink. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Celebrating YOU! I thought it would be fun to layer all the different colors with the Mini Slim Stencil – On the Dot too! It’s a nice simple intro into this card layout. Be sure to check out the rest of the TE Creative Team for their awesome cards though–good gosh! They are amazing and will make you go ahhhhh! ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, I used the cute patootie little Max & Millie stamp set colored with Copic Markers. ๐Ÿ™‚

I created a little paper bow with some Cupcake Cardstock too. It was totally random, but fun to do! โค

Next up, I have this sweet little love note card using the new Mini Slim Windows stencils. Here’s an example with the Circle one.

This little yeti from Mythical Grumplings is a crack up, right? Gah–he kills me! ๐Ÿ™‚ This also has the new Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets which I was so happy came outย  with this release too–because I may or may not use it on almost all my cards….shhhhh! ๐Ÿ™‚

I just did a little double stenciling with some Cupcake ink. I can’t wait to send this one. โค

Next up, I used the Mini Slim Windows stencils, using the Square one this time. I shifted this stencils and flip flopped the inks to create this overlaid effect with the stencil/inks. I โค how it turned out and I can’t wait to do this again. The card is flat (great for mailing) and relatively simple, but the layers of ink add an interesting effect.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I also then just left the square stencil on to stamp the flowers from the Spring Stemsย set, creating a silhouette feel.ย  I finished this card off with a sentiment from the Simple Strips-Sympathy.

This card also used the new Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets and the new Stitched Mini Slim Stacklets. They layer up beautifully! ๐Ÿ™‚

And lastly, I had some fun creating this unicorn/pegasus card with the Dreamer set.ย  I thought it would be fun to try the reverse of the Circle stencil from the Mini Slim Windows stencils to create a space to stamp and color these little cuties. The little circles come with the stencil and I just kept them on there with some temporary adhesive.

I combined this with the new Mini Slim Zig Zag Stencil and again (shocker!), the Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets. It’s a fun card for sure and I already mailed it to a friend! Wow! โค

This NEW TE Mini Slim size is fun and refreshing to work with. The envelopes to coordinate with them make them all that much sweeter too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Max & Millie Birthday card:

I Really Myth You Card:


Loving Thoughtsย Card:

Dreamerย Card:


All these products are available Tomorrow, August 18th over at Taylored Expressions!

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

Have fun with this new size and enjoy some perks as you get the envelopes and such!

Tomorrow through Sunday, August 23rd, the more you purchase of the new Mini Slim Trim-fold Card Bases and/or Mini Slim Envelopes the more you save!

  • Buy 3-5 Trifold Card Bases or Envelopes, save 10% on each
  • Buy 6-8ย Trifold Card Bases or Envelopes, save 15% on each
  • Buy 9+ย Trifold Card Bases or Envelopes, save 20% on each

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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TE Quad Colors!

Hello and welcome to a fun week over at Taylored Expressions! It’s time to give your “color go-to choices” a shake up! The TE Creative Team has really enjoyed this exercise of Quad Colors to get out of our “normal” go-to colors! Such fun! Here are all the colors below. Be sure to check out all the fun over on the TE Blog and links to all the cards!

Today, I will start out with the Quad Color called Dublin.

I thought it would be fun to create a background with a masking stencil using this combo–because–well, they blend like butta’ together! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love this little unicorn and pegasus–Dreamer! They are so stinkin’ adorable. I colored them with Copic Markers and added all the little extras to make the card extra fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I just love this sentiment! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I have the Quad Color Paris:

I love how this card came together so swiftly and lovely. This is perfect to send someone when they just need a little pick me up. โค

Believe it or not, I do not consider myself a pastel person, so I was thinking I’d struggle with this overall pastel combo….but nope! This card came together quickly with the help of the set Spring Stems. This set has so many stamps to choose from, but I decided on simple with a repeating leaf.

I stamped everything out and then added some stitching and kept the rest pretty clean. ๐Ÿ™‚

In a stark contrast to the perky colorful Quad Color Combos I have already used here today, now I switch over to the Quad Color called Patagonia:

I actually like using grays and such, so I think there are several possibilities with this one too. For this card, I used the Toffee color as my neutral vs. my usual, Sugar Cube. I thought it was fun to make a laughable card:

What have I done? haaaaa!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to laugh because he let the camper go and run down the hill!!ย  ahhhh! ๐Ÿ™‚ Run and catch it little dude!!

The little On the Road -Camper combined with the Fluffy Friends is perfect for a laugh! ๐Ÿ™‚ I colored him Copic Markers. I also die cut the hills with the Snow Drifts die and added some Toffee ink with the TE Blender Brushes before stitching over the top. The Here Comes the Sun creates the perfect subtle background for this fun scene.

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below. Also, here’s a sweet little reminder below about shipping you might want to take advantage of this Crafty Month…possibly. Maybe? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Unicorn Card:


Thinking of You Card:


Camper card:


All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions! I hope you have time to check out all the Quad Color fun too! The TE Team has made a super fun array of lots of different cards with these!! And then, there is also this:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Crafting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Grumpy Unicorn

Hello! Happy Sunday! Lots of time at home for us ahead, so I made a fun card to share using Taylored Expressions Mythical Grumplings set! So fun!!

Love this set! โค

Haaaa! He’s so funny!ย Iย  blended on Cupcake ink with the TE Blender Brushes and stenciled over the the Stencil Strips-Clouds stencils. I colored him with Copic markers.

Here’s a quick little video link below of me making most of the card. I am not a video person, so let me lower your expectations now before you watch it! ๐Ÿ™‚

JillDHawkins on Instagram

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

Unicorn card:

All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions! We all need to stay busy, don’t we?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jill

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The Creatures, the Myths, the Legends….

Welcome to a super fun Leap Day Release for Taylored Expressions ! Be sure to check out all the fun over at Taylored Expressions now!

All my cards today feature the oh so cute, and OH so funny, Mythical Grumplings. This set is a kick, if you ask me. โค

First I start out with the Yeti!

Haaaa! He’s so funny! But so sweet, yes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

These new bits are THE BEST! If they are up your alley, I recommend maybe getting an extra pack “for a friend”..wink wink. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also used the Neighborhood Border as I thought this would be fun little scene for the Yeti and his sentiment.

Next up, I had to use that cutie dragon too. He looks so happy. Haaaa!! I blended on some inks with the TE Blender Brushes and stenciled over the the Scattered Stars stencil. This one is simple and super fun in my book–my fave. That sentiment is everything–ย  haaa! โค

And this card has another of the newer bits too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of fun Copic coloring.

Lastly, here is my son’s favorite–as he says, “the angry unicorn”! haaaa!!

I cannot read this sentiment without laughing every single time. It’s so cheeky and oh so funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also thought it would be fun to repurpose the Gatefold Reveal 2 to make a shaker card. Perfect fit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Yeti card:

Dragonย card:

Unicornย card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions! Gahhhhh! I am so glad to finally share these. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by–Happy Leap Day!

Jill

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