TE, Season of Crafting: Stencils!

I’m back again as the fun continues over atย  ย Taylored Expressions, celebratingย the Season of Crafting! Today, I am sharing one Stencils! AND STENCILS are 40% off TODAY only! This is a SALE–be sure you snag them early because the sale is only for today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Taylored Expressions has a PLETHORA of Stencils to choose from and the best parts to me are their versatility, they are affordable and super easy to store. Big fan. Win win win!

For this card I used Mini Slim Candy Cane Stripe stencil. I also used the stamps: Handlettered Holiday 2 (and dies) and Fluffy Friends Holiday (and dies).

I threw some sparkly TE Pearl and Cookie Monster Glitter down there on the bottom to create a snow drift and some chaos, which seems fitting for this little guy. I colored him in with Copic Markers. For the sentiment from Handlettered Holiday 2, I sort of did a gray ombre with Mushroom, Earl Gray and Poppyseed.ย  Something different. I layered two sets of Lollipop cardstock below it to give it a little oomph off the card base. ๐Ÿ™‚

I blended the stencil on twice. Once with Cupcake and shifted it to blend on Mint Julep.

This little guy cracks me up. I can feel his pain. ๐Ÿ™‚

All these products are available over at Taylored Expressions.ย 

Here’s the TE scoop:

40% off on STENCILS today only! Don’t delay!

Mini Slim Stencil Card:

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

Thank you for stopping by!


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Masking Stencil Essentials Release from TE

This is another great release overย  at Taylored Expressions today! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s one of those releases which is awesome because it contains a lot of the essentail things we need for cardmaking all the things! These are all available atย  Taylored Expressions today!

First up, we have the Scalloped Circles Masking Stencils! I love all the scallops, in case you haven’t noticed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I actually used double stencils on this. First I used the new Scalloped Circle Masking Stencil and then after I laid down a basic level of ink, I overlapped the Hot Spots stencil. I kept the Hot Spots in place using a piece of tape, like a book flap just to make it easier and create a cohesive background that I didn’t need to shift twice, like I did with the Scalloped Circle. I’m sure that makes zero sense, but if you were to try this, you’ll probably figure it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

This little Gus is from the Gus and Gertie set (+ coordinating Gus & Gertie dies)ย  and the sentiments are from the Building Blocks: Be Bright set. I love how this fun card turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gus is one of my faves.

Next up, this optical illusion card. If it wasn’t a sentiment strip, this would be a one layer card! And I keep thinking it isn’t. ha!ย  But it is!ย  For this, I used the new Rectangle Scalloped Frame Masking Stencil and it made this awesome dimensional look with just the stencil.

I used two of the Petite Scallop Rectangle stencils together, blending in some Toffee ink. After that, leaving the “frame” I created with the two stencils, I stamped the Wood Plank Background stamp with Chocolate Truffle and Mocha over top. After that was all set, I left the stencil on and blended in the background with the different colors before stamping the Spring Stems. I wish I had added a little darker ink around the top and sides to create that same dimensional look that is created at the bottom, but live and learn. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to remember this technique, especially for cards that need to be mailed. It creates dimension without adding bulk. The Simple Strip sentiment is from the Simple Strips-Sympathy set.

Next up, there is a new die set which adds a great detail to your cards. These are the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets and come in different shapes. For all these cards below, I used the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets. But there are also Diagonal Stitch Square Stacklets in this release!

For this card, I also used an all time fave, the Over the Rainbow die in conjunction with the Rainbow Cloud Duo dies. I love the simple and subtle detail theseย  Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets add so easily.

I also needed a handful of Thank You cards this month, so I created all of these with the previously released Modernย  Mosaic Stencil (using Pineapple, Lemon and Earl Gray on one and Mint Julep, Pea Pod and Cilantro on the other.)

These came together pretty quick overall and I have already used most of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, the Simple Strips-Thank You set is the perfect fit along with the Big Thanks set.

I thought I had a favorite combo, but in the end, I like both of these scenarios equally. ๐Ÿ™‚

I only wish I had doubled my batch. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank You cards are the cards I send most and I love having them ready to go so I can be more timely. I don’t always succeed, but I try! ๐Ÿ™‚

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Scalloped Circle Masking Stencil Card:

Scalloped Rectangle Masking Stencilย Card:

Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stacklets Card:

Thank you card set:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more crafty inspiration from the TE Creative Team! They all made fun projects, as always–I was able to sneak peek a couple of them already. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have an awesome week ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Christmas Release from Taylored Expressions

It feels like we just celebrated the Autumn release, but as you know, the holidays come in hot and fast and before you know it, we have no cards made! You’re in luck because today we are celebrating the new (and available!) Christmas Release from Taylored Expressions today, October 6th! It’s the biggest release! Over 40 new products!! ๐Ÿ™‚

First up,ย  I thought I’d get the party started with a little HO HO HO! ๐Ÿ™‚ This card features the new Candy Cane Stripe Stencil along with the new Fill in the Blank & St. Nick Cling & Clear Combo. I always love the sets with the multiples (snowmen, pumpkins, and now Santas!) and this fun Candy Cane Stripe Stencil is a fast fave! ๐Ÿ™‚

These little cuties and their faces! Gah! So cute! This worked out really well for a Mini Slim card. I also used the 1″ TE Masking Stripe Stencil.

Next up, always a favorite: Big Grumpy Christmas!

Silent Night…Good. haaaaaaa!!!! I so feel this Big Grumpy. Especially when my son was younger. I just really wanted to sleep through the night. So. Bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

Funny enough, I kept moving all these images around and low and behold, unbeknownst to me, I ended up with mittens in my cocoa! Oooops!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Shhhhh. For the background, I used the previously released Twinkling Lights Embossing Folder. Big Grumpy gets me. โค

Next up, let’s switch it up to some retro Christmas fun, shall we? This is new Beautiful Baubles Layering Stencils. This one is fun and makes me think of the ornaments from when I was a kid.

A totally different color pallete for me, which I am always a little proud of–stretching those color muscles. I love the font in the Add On set–the retroness–soooooo fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

These would be easy to make a bunch of fairly quickly. And we all know that we need this ability come the Holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I have another one of my faves: Gus & Gertie! This time, they are on a Gus and Gertie Holiday Adventure!

So stinkin’ cute! I thought a shaker would be fun! So I added allllll the things! ha! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also embossed the background with the Cross stitch Embossing folder. This embossing folder is always a go to for any wintery card. ๐Ÿ™‚

I tied a little silver thread to the banner so Gertie could pull it along! This is a fun one in person because is super cute and well, shaker. โค

Next up, let’s revisit the cutie Santas, shall we? The St. Nick Cling & Clear Combo creates all these little Santa heads, so you can just go on creating and creating, 1-2-3! I used the stencil in the background. It’s intended to fit between the Santa Heads if you stamp them all on a panel, but I thought I’d mix it up a bit and use it on the background several times over.

I added a few of the TE Clear Bits and boom! Done. (If you’re on the fence, the clear bits are a must!)

And last, but definitely not least, I used Tag Team Christmas set to create these fun tags. I can never have enough.

This year, I added some stars from the Starry Background cutting plate and stamped them with the patterns in the set. The patterns fit perfectly!

I went with a green and pinks color palette, throwing in a little Sprinkles for fun! I can’t wait to use all these. They crack me up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

HO HO HO card:

Big Grumpy Silent Night:

Baubles card:

Gus & Gertie card:

Santa Merry & Bright card:


All these products are available Today, October 6th over at Taylored Expressions!

Also, here’s the scoop: Through October 11th, the Beautiful Baubles Bundle (Beautiful Baubles Layering Stencil + Beautiful Baubles Add-ons) will be $30 as a bundle! Don’t wait!

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

Happy Holiday card making season! Enjoy it! โค

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Fall Release from Taylored Expressions

Happy FALL! Oooooohhhh it is so my favorite for all the reasons–except Pumpkin Spice. I don’t do Pumpkins Spice. haaaaa! I am happy for those that do though–THIS is your time! But I digress ๐Ÿ™‚ This release, albeit a bit smaller, is definitely a fave because I just love making Fall cards. The colors are always so warm and cozy to me.

All these new products are available from Taylored Expressions today, September 22nd!

First up, I have this card using the new Modern Tree–which I absolutely โค ! I can’t wait to make more cards with this for so many occasions. I think it is extremely versatile. Birthdays, Thinking of You, Sympathy….and of course, FALL! Like I did below. ahhhhh!

For this I first cut out a panel with the Mini Slim Petite Scallop die. Then, I stamped the tree stem in Chocolate Truffle on the two angles and then did all the other colors (Mulled Wine, Sweet Potato and Honey) with the Layering Stencil.

I added some stitching, the twine and then this sweet sentiment from the Handlettered Thanksgiving set. I wish I had made a bunch of these all at once. How many times have I said that? ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I made this fun little Pumpkin Pouch! This little felt number arrives all cut out and ready for you to make. It doesn’t get any easier than this, my friends. I think these would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table this year.ย  You could make little tags/placecards for each guest and it would then act as a sweet little gift too.

For this tag I used the previously released Apple Stacklets and the new Tag Team-Thanksgiving set. I used several different ink colors and all the little leaf stamps. So fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Also, here’s the inside scoop: The promo this week, September 22-27–while supplies last, will be $5 off the Modern Tree Stamp & Stencil Combo (reg. priced at $35).ย 

Give Thanks card:

Pumpkin Pouch:

All these products are available Today, September 22nd over at Taylored Expressions!

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

Happy Fall–enjoy it while it lasts–It is always too fast!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Happy Birthday, Taylored Expressions!

Today is the day to celebrate Taylored Expresssions Birthday!! Hooray!! Happy Birthday TE! Happy Dozen!! ๐Ÿฅณ

All these new partytastic products are available from Taylored Expressions today, September 8th! Yay!

First up, I have a sweet little birthday card featuring the new Millie’s Birthday Bash. How cute is Millie in this new set, sneaking some cake?!

Eeeep! I colored her with Copics and die cut her out. I used the sentiments from Millie’s Birthday Bash and from Tag Team Birthday.

I added allllll the shaker bits too, to make it a REAL party and stamped all the festive little images from the Tag Team Birthday in lots of colors on the back of the shaker window space. I created this window with the previously released Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Square. It worked out well! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I made a fun party card using the new Bokeh Stencil Background. This stencil has so many fun things ahead! Lots of possibilities. I also used the Building Blocks – Happy Additions. The Building Blocks are so fantastic to just use for EVERYTHING!!

For this Bokeh, I did the first layer in Sugar Cube and that creates sort of a base for effect when you blend color over top. It’s pretty cool in person. ๐Ÿ™‚ At the end, I blended Salt Water Taffy over the top of that, and it just sort of brought out a little more pop. It is definitely not apparent in the photos, but thought I’d mention.

The Happy is stamped in an ombre effect, using the two colored inks. The TE inks always play nicely for this technique! Give it a try if you haven’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I have this sweet little birthday card with these awesome sentiments from Tag Team Birthday all stamped to create the background. I did this free style with an acrylic block and just eyeballing it. I can’t say if I’d ever get this good of a result ever again using his technique, but this block font in the Tag Team Birthday lends itself nicely to making it happen! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used these new little critters from the Life of the Party set. I created the windows with some vellum, Sugar Cube, On the Dot-Mini Slim Stencil and the Stitched Circle Stacklets. They turned out fun and I hope I remember to do this again! ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored the cute critters with Copic Markers.

For this next card, I used the new Candles Layering Stencil and the sentiment from Counting Candles Add-Ons. I love that this could be used so quickly to make cards in bulk! I actually should really be doing that ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚ The easy layers of the stencils make it so fun to see the quick results.

The layering stencils include the festive stars that can all be added in yet another color– Go Crazy! Mix it up! I kept mine pretty tame though–haaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

Birthday cards is something you can never have too many of! So to enjoy making them is key! I love to color, but sometimes you just need a stack of cards ready to pull from. These are them–Ba Bam! :

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

Millie’s Birthday card:

Happy Card:

Tag Team Birthday Card:

Counting Candles:

All these products are available Today, September 8th over at Taylored Expressions!

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

Happy Birthday to Taylored Expressions–here’s to many more candles ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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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™‚


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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™‚


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