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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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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