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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ Also, I just love this sentiment! πŸ™‚

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. ❀

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. πŸ™‚

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!! πŸ™‚ I have to laugh because he let the camper go and run down the hill!!Β  ahhhh! πŸ™‚ Run and catch it little dude!!

The little On the Road -Camper combined with the Fluffy Friends is perfect for a laugh! πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚


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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! ❀

Haaaa! He’s so funny!Β IΒ  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! πŸ™‚

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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?

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Taylored Expressions meets Laurie Willison!

Oh happiest of crafty days today to finally share this AWESOMENESS!!! My friend, Laurie Willison thought up this fantastic and oh so handy new set of stencils and they are available now from Taylored Expressions! I’ve waited so long to say this, so I will say it again: These stencils are available over at Taylored Expressions now! 😊

My first card today uses one of the new circle stencils in a different way than I’ve mostly used them for. And let me tell you how quick this is! Imagine the possibilities! Gah!!

I recommend spraying the stencils with Thermoweb’s Pixie Spray for quick and easy up stick to your cardstock. (You can also simple secure with Purple Tape.) I then just wipe the stencil clean with a dry cloth between blending on colors and it goes really swiftly!

I love the simplicity of these stencils and the ease of them. Rainbow action for the win! πŸ™‚ I used a sentiment from the Handlettered Sentiments and coordinating dies. Those are a fave set!

Next up, an example of what I pretty muchΒ  use these awesome stencils for all the time–masking off a frame on my card fronts. I have always used a t-ruler, pencil and post-it tape/notes. Yes, this method is still just fine. But NOW, soooo quick and easy with these stencils. PLUS, I don’t have to erase pencil lines–and risk smearing inks. AND I don’t get pencil lines trapped under ink! Hooray!!

Of course, I had to use theΒ  Set the Scene Clouds with these stencils. For a full stencil, I put the stencil on the bottom and the masking stencil over top. But because these clouds are in strips and you have to move them, I did the masking stencil on the bottom and the clouds on top. Naturally, Big Grumpy had to make another appearance with his little sign of too peopley! Which just makes me laugh every time. πŸ˜‰

I love that you can create this layered look in one layer, if you wanted to! These stencils are an essential cardmaking staple in my mind! πŸ™‚ Way to go, LDubs!! ❀ I’m excited for Laurie and Taylored Expressions that this all came together! πŸ™‚

The stencils have etched lines to show where to put your card panel or card base. One outline is for a full A2 card and the other is for a “typical” card front panel (matte, if you will), 4 x 5.25.

Here’s a little tip: You can rub in a little acrylic paint into the grooves and it make the lines more evident without interfering with the use of the stencil in anyway. And the paint stays on there. I used white, but you could use any bright color you want to create contrast.

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

Choose Joy card:

Too PeopleyΒ card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

Also, there’s this little bit:Β The bundle includes all four shapes for $48 plus receive a free roll of 1/2″ purple tape with the purchase of the bundle from Oct. 22 – Oct. 27.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions blog and Laurie’s Blog today too. They are both sure to have amazing things to share! So happy your creative idea is now a thing I have on my desk, Laurie!! ❀ πŸ™‚


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Taylored Expressions: December Release!

Welcome to Release Day forΒ Taylored Expressions December Release!

This first card features the new sentiment set which clearly is right up my alley. It’s calledΒ Shenanigans and it is full of funny sentiments to send to friends and family. πŸ™‚

This little cutie dog is from the new Punny Notes set–seriously fun! πŸ™‚ I colored him with Copic markers and brushed on a little landscape for him to stand on before scoring the panel and adding the stitching. I have to make a couple of these and send them to friends that would probably get a kick out of them. ❀

Next Up, I usedΒ You Make My Heart Soar with theΒ Accordion Heart. How sweet is this new set? And that Accordion Heart makes me happy!

Again, I colored this bike with Copic Markers and die cut it out. I embossed the background with the Petite Scalloped Square Stacklets. I used the Set the Scene – Cloud Stencils for the background texture and of course, finished it all off with some stitching! It so adorable floating through the air! πŸ™‚

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


You Make My Heart Soar:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

If you missed my previous posts for Taylored Expressions December Release Week, check those out by these links: Day 1Β ,Β Day 2 or Day 3.

Thanks so much for stopping by this week and I hope you enjoy the new release from your own crafty table soon!

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