TE Exclusives–Now available…

The exclusives that Taylored Expressions offered with purchase of $100 or more are all NOW available for purchase! I always love this release because there are such fun things that I have been wanting and didn’t snag in time. 🙂

These are the following items released:

  • January: Hi Hey Hello Background
  • February: Bursting Blooms Stamp Set
  • March: Itty Bitty Sentiments
  • April: Mixed Blooms Layering Stencil
  • May: Gathered Stars Die
  • June: Summer Vibes Background 

And the background in this list above are amongst my faves from the freebies offered at Taylored Expressions these last months!

On with my cards, shall we! For these the main fun is die cut using the Off the Hook die! Gah this is so much fun.

For all my cards, I used Lollipop, Cookie Monster and Lemon Meringue cardstock–I had to laugh because when I shared these, I couldn’t help thinking 80’s! The 80’s called and I answered!

I stamped the Hey Hey Hello background on Sugar Cube cardstock with Earl Grey ink and pieced that on all three cards, about half way. I then added stitching to each with my machine.

The sentiments on all of these come from the Simple Strips: Snarky. Of course. Because that is one of my favorites for a laugh! 🙂

This Off the Hook die cut is super easy to use and I’m all about that. Complicated die cuts are awesome but I know myself and if it is too much, I tend to not use them as much. But this one came together 1-2-3!

I used the Diagonal Stitched Rectangles on all of these to pull the other thing together, also while framing the main event.

I have to share this quick little story, speaking of phones:

I had a little girl come into my work office the other day and ask what the phone was. I had to laugh because of course she may have never seen a phone before. I’m sure her parents have cell phones and that’s that. The things you never think about. 🙂

I’m Done with People. These sentiments cracks me up and I have friends that I know fully appreciate the snarky humor as well. ❤

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Here’s the scoop from TE:

Now, through Sunday, August 29th, save 30% on our select summer favorites! If you have had your eye on some of these stamp sets, die, and stencils, now is the time to add them to your collection and save at the same time!

All Off the Hook/Hi Hey Hello Cards:

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

Also, in case you missed it, TE has a new Exclusive gift available with $100 purchase. I LOVE THIS STAMP! Here are my cards using this background stamp called Sealed With Love:

Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s Off the Hook! 🙂

Take care 🙂


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New Mini Slim Essentials from Taylored Expressions!

Happy Tuesday! Its a snowy one for us here in the Midwest for sure! Today, there is a fun and somewhat of what I deem a “staple” release over at Taylored Expressions! 🙂 It’s all about the Mini Slim size and some extra fun and cuteness too! The new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! 🙂

If you are new to the concept of a Mini Slim, let me just give you a quick briefing. It is in the same vein as a slimline card, but smaller and if you ask me, WAY more manageable. I love this size and it’s a fun twist to my normal go to of A2 or 4bar cards. AND there are new essentials available today at TE, which I must pop over and order myself–envelopes, sticky notes and TOP FOLD CARDS! ❤

Ok, on to the cards, yes? First up, there is a new window shape for the Mini Slims: Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Hexagon! So fun!

For this card, I first die cut everything. To get the little Hexagon frame for the inside layer, I just die cut the two hexagons together, resulting in this little narrow frame. Very easy to do! 🙂

I stamped the little cuties with Oreo ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I stamped a sentiment from the Just Sayin’ stamp set on each layer as well, adding little hearts from the Hearts die.

I really wanted to keep this one very simple. I don’t know about you, but the more complicated something gets the more I become disinterested.  Now, that’s not to say I won’t spend hours designing cards. MUCH different. Ha! 🙂

Oh I love how these little cuties turned out! 🙂 So sweet!

Next up, there is a fun new Alpha set called Cap it Off Alpha and they are delightful! You can either use both layers, the inside layer or just the outside layer. I’m certain the TE Creative Team will have plenty of examples to show off today, so be sure to check them all out. 🙂

I had to make this card for my friend. HAD TO! I am actually going to make another one (or ten) because it is so perfect and cracks me up. The sentiment strip is from the new Simple Strips-Snarky. Absolutely the best! haaahaaaa! 🙂

I also love that background stamp I used called Dizzy Dots Background— I have been wanting to use and bam, here it is! 🙂 too funny!

Lastly, I have this sweet little heartfelt number. This one uses the new Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate and the just previously released Hearts A Plenty Background Cling & Clear Combo. I didn’t get to use these hearts last month, so I seized the opportunity here.

These sweet sentiments are from the new Just Saying stamp set and work perfectly on these little framed openings. The background stencil I used is the Mini Slim Stencil – Swiss Hearts. Love that little number.

I thought I would use a fun combo of Sprinkles, Salt Water Taffy and Peaches n Cream to mix it up a bit. I think I can send this card any ol’ time to lift someone’s day. ❤

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Here are all the details:

January 26th through Sunday, January 31st (or while supplies last), you can get the Little Critters Mini Slim Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Little Critters stamp set, the Just Saying stamp set, and the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate die. The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, January 31st.

Penguin Card:

Nope Card:

Heart Card:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more crafty inspiration from the TE Creative Team! Always good stuff! ❤

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week! 🙂

Take care 🙂


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New Simple Strips and Mini Strips!

Welcome to a very fun release day over at Taylored Expressions! 🙂 The new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! 🙂

This release was clearly made just for me! haaa! Not really, but I do love it! 🙂 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.  🙂

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! 🙂

Love it! 🙂

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

Oh that Angry Unicorn is so so not into it. ❤ 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. 🙂

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 the  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! ❤

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! ❤

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

Max Done Card:

Angry Unicorn Card:

Chick 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  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! ❤

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week! 🙂

Take care 🙂


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