4th of July Release from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today and it is full of Summer Goodness–it’s the 4th of July Release! ๐Ÿ™‚ It not only celebrates all things patriotic, but it also gives us products to thank those who are serving and have served. And of course, if you take a step back and imagine all the things in different colors, they can be used for many occasions beyond the patriotic theme. ๐Ÿ™‚

First up, we have Mr. Uncle Sam. Can we call him Mr. Uncle Sam? Not sure, but either way, these cutie little images in the Uncle Sam Stamp & Stencil Combo that Heather whipped up are perfect to celebrate!

This set is similar to those in the past, with a larger red rubber background stamp and then the stamps to fill in all the little things super easy. You do NOT need to color–love that! I mean, I love to color, but there is something satisfying about just stamping in all the fills and done! ๐Ÿ™‚ And there are A LOT of fills to choose from. I stamped out a whole bunch, and then I ended up using three with the same top of hat fills in the uppermost row. How does that happen? haaaa! I finished this off with some stitching and some Drip Drops for added 4th of July sparkle and done! ๐Ÿ™‚

I created the background with the Full Circle-Patriotic stamp white heat embossed. I die cut that circle out with the Stitched Circle Stacklets. To create the card base, I cut strips of cardstock and then die cut that with the Petite Scallop Square Stacklets. I popped everything together with some foam tape and added some Drip Drops for interest and boom, Happy 4th of July! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, there is a SUPER fun new Rotating Stencil called: Superstar Rotating Stencil…go figure! ๐Ÿ™‚ This gives the look of several layered stencils but with only ONE stencil! You just blend in your colors and rotate. Repeat four times and whammo! Done!

I thought it would be fun to veer off the patriotic path and make a sweet card, perfect for our son! Of course, I pulled out Gus & Gertie to help this task be executed. The NEW Building Blocks sentiments from the Building BlocksBrave Editions helped this come together in a flash!

I used lots of colors to make this extra STARtastic! Cherry Pop, Candy Corn, Lemon Meringue, Cilantroย and Blueberry.

To finish off the panel, I used the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, along with the Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. I love how sweet this turned out! โค

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below to make things easier. ๐Ÿ™‚

Uncle Samย Card:

Superstar Stencilย Card:

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

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

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Taylored Expressions: Blends!

The exciting news popped last week about the new Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes! I hope if you were interested in them, you were able to order a set. If you wanted to order, but the dots didn’t connect in time, you can sign up HERE to be notified when the next batch is available to order!

Today, I’m here to share fun color combos you might like to try with the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes! (There’s a fun post over at Taylored Expressions today!)

This first blend is: Lemon Meringue, Sweet Potato, and Plum Punch.

This second blend is: Granny Smith, Pineapple, and Blue Raspberry.

This third blend is: Guava, Pineapple and Pumpkin.

And lastly, this blend is: Pineapple, Cookie Monster, and Earl Grey.

I really enjoyed making these different combos blend together. Each one with very different results. My goal was to try something I wouldn’t normally default too, and I loved the results! The last one, my biggest experiment, is my favorite! Never thought it would work to use Earl Grey– and then it ends up being my fave–go figure! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, I made it into a fun card:

This little dude seriously makes me laugh!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this card is a RIOT! That bunny and his look is just priceless! What a fun card to make! I colored him with Copic Markers pulling the colors from the background in. I think of this card often now and how mixing it up had unexpected success. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Let’s Get it Started card:

Ink Blends:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

I hope you are inspired to pull all those inks off the shelf and give them a spin–together! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun getting inky!

Be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions Blog HERE for all the fun and more blender projects from the amazing Taylored Expressions Creative Team! ๐Ÿ™‚ Such fun to see–they make AMAZING things!

Thanks so much for stopping by — happy blending!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks: Day 2

Welcome back to Day Two of Taylored Expressions June Release Week! If you missed my post yesterday sharing day one, I’ll link you up down below. ๐Ÿ™‚

This first card features one of the cutest new sets:ย  Floaties. โค ! That little bear is so adorable there in his little flamingo floatie! I colored them with Copic Markers. I just want to live in in this card about now!

I created the wave background using the new Build-A-Background: Waves and using several different colored TE inks! TE inks have such a nice range and always give me the look I want! ๐Ÿ™‚

I blended the sky on using Distress Oxide inks, thinking I was going to splash it with water. Until I realized I didn’t use watercolor paper and then I decided not to. Ha! So I’d have just used TE inks Lemon Meringue, Pineapple and Candy Corn if I did it again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I have a lovely blended number using the new Splash Stencil. Ahhhhh!

I adore this sentiment from Do Something Creative and pretty much live by this rule. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is rare that I don’t sit down and create something every evening. ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t this stencil super cool with it’s flow– Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I die cut heart for the sentiment. this was slightly tricky because I knew I was going to leave this reveal in the panel, but I didn’t want the heart to look stretched. So I laid it out, exposing the reveal how it would be so the die cut was exactly right. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Floaty Card:

Creative Everyday card:

These products, make your lists, and then purchase them Thursday morning, June 6th,ย  at 9 AM CST.

Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blogย to answer Taylorโ€™s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

If you missed my post yesterday for Taylored Expressions Day 1 of this Sneaks Week, check that post out HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! See you back here tomorrow because I’ll be sharing Day 3! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great Tuesday!


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Taylored Expressions: April Release!

Welcome to Release Day forย Taylored Expressions April Release! All the new products for April are available over at Taylored Expressions now! Yay!

My first card features the NEW Color My World stamp set. โค

I am a forever fan of black and white and a little pop of color! As simple as it is, it always feels crisp and refreshing to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

The sketchy feel of this map steals my LIKE, big time! ๐Ÿ™‚ And how perfect is this sentiment? I could give this to so many people! โค

Next up, I have a sweet little number that can be used for so many occasions! I wanted to see if I could make it ultra versatile and I think I did just that. Maybe not so much for a man’s birthday, persay, but so many other occasions!

I love that Heather created these patterns larger than the banners, so you can stamp them and cut them so much easier than if you had to line up the patterns with the banner shape. Delightful in so many ways!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I added a little Toffee strip and stitched all the banners on together. Again, a different color combo for me overall. Just love experimenting with color combos! It’s often the ones I think are going to be not-so-great that are my faves! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

You Make the World card:

Celebrate card:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by this week!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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