New Happy Hex Monogram Card Kit & Fun with Kids!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend and survived Monday! 🙂

Today, we are having fun sharing the New Card Kit from  Taylored Expressions! It’s called the  Happy Hex Monogram Kit and it is perfect for making personalized cards to send. Or, you can make a card set and gift them! The fun little perk that they are the newer Mini Slim size makes it even more delightful.

Let’s get on with the cards! First up, I made this card just using the Happy Hex Mini Slim Stencil in the kit. I started out with one color and then moved the stencil around according, blending on a new color with a different brush in each shift. These are always like little puzzles for me to figure out and I think they are fun to try 🙂

To create the panel I used the Mini Slim Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, which is from a previous TE Release.

I added the sentiment fro the Happy Hex set to simply to finish it off. I think it turned out fun and I there are so many options to make here!

Next up, I used the Hexagon Dies from the die set in the kit called Happy Hex. I cut out all different colors of TE Cardstock and spent too long arranging them. ha! I couldn’t decide how I wanted it to lay out, so I’m glad in the end I finally made up my mind. And now, I have these examples to follow, if I want to make more. 🙂

I added in the graphic hex stamps in Oreo to mix it up. I’m digging the end result, especially after being away from making them for a few days. Funny how that works, right?

For the stickers on these, I heat embossed the sentiments on them. You can also use just Oreo and let them dry well or use Staz On. However, I forgot how much I don’t like the smell of Staz On, so I did not go that route. (I have to laugh that is my reasoning though.)

I added a few Clear Bits to each card too to finish them off in the end.

With all these everyday sentiments to choose from, making a set was fun and simple to do.

I made a little tag using the Typewriter Alpha set and the Stitched Tag Stacklets. I added a few Hexagons and some twine and done! The clear box comes with the kit, so it couldn’t come together more smoothly in the end. 🙂

Envelopes in fun colors (also included in the kit) and it is a gift ready to go!

Below are my supplies for these cards, but be SURE to keep scrolling for some cuteness BELOW! 🙂

Stencil Hex Card:

Set of Cards:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Here’s the scoop on the Hex Kit:

Here’s everything included the Happy Hex Monogram Kit – which retails for $48:

  • Happy Hex Mini Slim Background stamp
  • Happy Hex die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Happy Hex Add-ons stamp set
  • Clearly Crafty Typewriter Alpha stamp set
  • Happy Hex Mini Slim stencil
  • 6 Sugar Cube Top Fold Mini Slim Card Bases
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Mini Slim Envelopes
  • 1 Mini Slim Clear Card Box
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Next up, something super fun, especially for my kiddo! 🙂 There is a fun new kit for Kids for Valentine’s Day too! This kit has the sweetest little illustrations that are both punny and fantastic to color! My son loves to have the whole paneled colored apparently. I have to giggle at that!

Here he is in his PJs crafting over his Winter Break. He is so excited about giving these out and wants to order more! I might need to get marker refills first. ha! 🙂

E decided to adhere the stickers that are included in the kit to the inside for his classmates. Or, as he likes to say, as the “prize”! Turns out this was actually Taylor’s intention for the stickers, so perfect he thought the same! ❤

I am hoping he will let me color one or two myself.  shhhhh 😉


Here he is with all the panels colored, before he assembled them into the precut little “card base/envelopes”.

We wanted to show the stickers could also be used to decorate the outsides too. The kit come with the Happy Valentine’s Day stamp as well as To and From and sweet little hearts. Of course, E decided to omit extra hearts because he’s in Fourth Grade now and a boy. ha! 🙂 Also, they generally ask them not to include a “To” on their valentines, so he omitted that little stamp.

Here he is with his collection all ready to go! Now, he just needs to make the rest and he’ll be ready! They are so easy and fun to color, he is looking forward to it. Getting to use Mom’s Copic Markers is also a big hit!

He’ll likely take them to school in these TE Storage Boxes along with the case. ❤

It’s the perfect year to have your kids makes their Valentines. I’m guessing we aren’t alone in that we are home a lot more and it’s great to have something creative and productive to do together. And by together, I mean, Mom gets all the supplies out and in the end, does most of the clean up. 😉 But I am ok with that because it doesn’t involve any kind of screen time. Hooray!

E’s Kid’s Valentine Kit Cards:

Here’s the scoop:

Everything in the Kid’s Valentine Card Kit that retails for $28:

  • 25 Pre-cut Tuck & Fold Notecards – 5 each of Watermelon, Lemon Meringue, Candy Corn, Peapod, Cookie Monster
  • 25 Pre-printed Coloring Cards (sized to fit on the inside or outside of the notecard)
  • 1 3/4″ Acrylic Block
  • Mini Watermelon ink cube
  • 25 vinyl stickers that coordinate with the Coloring Cards – use these to seal your Valentines or give them as a Valentine gift!
  • Small clear stamp set that includes a ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ sentiments, ‘to:’ and ‘from:’ words, and several small hearts
  • Everything is packaged in our Tag Along Tote

A Valentine Card Kit Add-on that includes the Coloring Cards, Pre-cut Tuck & Fold Notecards, and stickers (25 each) is also available to purchase.

Have fun with both these kits! We sure did! 🙂

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

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

Take care 🙂


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The new releases are available at Taylored Expressions today! 🙂

Valentine’s Release from Taylored Expressions!

Happy 2021!! I am so hopeful for a better year! And on that note, let’s celebrate something FUN!! Today,  Taylored Expressions is releasing Valentine’s Day goodies!  There is a cute new Max & Millie and a new Gus & Gertie! Eeeek! 🙂 The new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! 🙂

Let’s get on with the projects, shall we? First up, we have this cutie new set called Love From Max & Millie. And I just had to use this snarky little Max–doesn’t his expression absolutely say it all? haaaaaaaaaa!!

Couple his expression with this sentiment and it is snarky perfection that just makes me laugh! 🙂

I used the Circle Masking Stencil with the new Mini Slim Swiss Hearts stencil. I love to create a solid background and then overlay a tone on tone pattern. It’s usually a win. I kept the rest very simple by just adding some stitching and score lines. I thought Max did all the work on this one! haaa! 🙂

Next up, I have this sweet little valentine to give to someone you love. This one uses the new Pennant Parade-Valentine in fairly traditional Valentine’s colors. These sweet little pennants are too cute with their little patterns and you can die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I created this background with the Masking Stencil Square Windows along with the overlay of Lots of Love stencil to create the hearts. I added some quick splatters and stitching to finish off this heartfelt card.

Lastly, I have one of my faves, as always, Gus & Gertie! This time the latest set is called Gus & Gertie Ride On. 🙂 I cannot wait to use them in all their little  traveling forms. The car! The boat! ❤

While I think this set can absolutely be used for Valentine’s Day, I love it because it can also be used any time! (Well, truthfully, I think any of these sets can be used anytime!) Gus & Gertie are always a win because if even if you don’t like to color, you can still add a smidge and you’re good to goi, with little effort.

I colored Gus & Gertie with Copic Markers and die cut them out. I thought my son would like a little skateboard shaker action, so that is what I did with the Stitched Circle Stacklets and Linen Background stamp. Totally tubular! 🙂

Lastly, I created a background with the arrow from the set Tag Team- Valentine. I also love a good pun, so the “board together” is delightful little addition to his cutie card! 🙂 I love little Gertie’s little hat. Adorable!

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

Max & Millie Card:

Pennant Parade card:

Gus & Gertie card:

Here’s the scoop: Right now through Sunday, January 10th (or while supplies last), you can get the Hearts a Plenty bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Hearts a Plenty Cling & Clear Combo set, the Hearts a Plenty die, and the Fill in the Blank – Love Cling & Clear Combo set. The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, January 10th.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

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

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

Take care 🙂


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Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks: Day 2

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

This first card cracks me up–because Sarcasti-Chick has a new wardrobe this winter season: Sarcasti-Chick’s Winter Closet. I decided she needed the cute sweater and obviously a heart headband. Obviously. 🙂 I colored everything with Copic Markers.

I also used the forthcoming Framed Roses Cutting Plate. I thought it would look awesome embossed and it does!! ❤ how that turned out. 🙂

So fun! She’s a crack up!

The next cards, might just be my favorite from this release? Maybe? Ha! 🙂 I just think these puntastic new Punny Note Valentines are adorable! They were super fun to color. I am looking forward to my son using them to make a few fun valentines too. 🙂

I stamped these with Oreo ink and colored them in with Copic Markers. The Scalloped Notecard die is about the cutest little card maker ever. So sweet!

All these cut little clouds and bits are from the Notecard Accessories die set.

These little envelopes are the 3 x 3 Envelopes. I want to make all the mini cards! 🙂

I also used the Mini Mail stamp set to create all the fun envelopes that go along with these lil’ cards. I thought it would be fun to add a little color action on them. They were fun to make as well. I just had to remind myself that I could not blend Copics on them, so I had to take it easy on the blending. 🙂

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


Punny Valentines:

You can check out all these products, make your lists, and then purchase them Thursday morning, December 6 at 9 AM CST.

Also, 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 Blog to answer Taylor’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 December Sneaks Week, check that post out HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! Hop on back tomorrow because I’ll be sharing Day 3! 🙂

Have a great Tuesday!


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The Cutest Video Hop Ever!

logo_finalHappy ❤ Day, and welcome to The Cutest Video Hop Ever!  My son and I are VERY excited and grateful to be joining Emily Leiphart for this fun hop celebrating 5000 subscribers on her YouTube channel but, more importantly, inspiring the next generation of crafters!  We hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids, as much as we enjoyed creating these projects to share with you.  We are also proud to have two very inspiring young crafters joining us on their own YouTube channels.

I prepped everything, and my son colored all the critters. Afterwards, he excitedly shouted, in a *chop chop* fastion, “Ok, let’s make the video!” I started to explain what the overall plan was, and he said he wanted to do it all on his own, HIS way. Perfect! (But I wasn’t sure what to expect! haaa!) He started, finished twenty minutes later (including our glue mishaps), and that was that! 🙂  Bam! 🙂

Please note: I have NEVER crafted a video before, so be warned. From the filming, to editing, it is all new to me. My son however, seems to be a natural at the instruction. Who knew?!

Here is our video ❤ :

Here is a list of the awesome guests on this hop!
Jill Dewey Hawkins 🙂 You’re here


Complete hop details, including all participant links, prize list, and store coupons are on Emily Leiphart’s blog! Be sure to head over there! 🙂

The following is a list of sponsors and their PRIZES!! Whoooooot! 🙂

Catherine Pooler Designs, two $25 gift certificates
Ellen Hutson$50 gc + 10% discount code “craftykids”
Just ME Digital Stamps, 4 digital files, winner’s choice
My Favorite Things$25 gift certificate
Neat & Tangled$25 gift certificate
Paper Smooches$50 gift certificate
Pretty Little Studio$25 gift certificate + 10% discount code “prettylittle”
Simon Says Stamp$25 gift certificate
Sunny Studio Stamps$20 gift certificate
Technique Tuesday$25 gift certificate
Winnie + Walter, two $25 gift certificates

The winners will be randomly chosen from all comments left on each of our videos. Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 and winners will be announced on Emily’s blog on February 24, 2017. Winners must be subscribed to Emily’s YouTube Channel.

Here are the photos of my son’s valentines and a handful of valentines I made! ❤
I think these are so stinkin’ cute! Our family and his friends are going to love them! 🙂

He put pom poms on that little Paper Smooches sheep! So cute! 🙂

I laugh because he colored this one Technique Tuesday fox fairly traditionally, and the other is a party! Also, one gets all the Tootsie Rolls? LOL. Love it! 🙂hawkins_tt-valentines

Here are a few cards I colored using Elena’s new Just Me Digital Stamps–so stinkin’ cute!! 🙂
I colored all these with Copic Markers. The images are so sweet, and it is easy to download and print them yourself! Another first for me on this hop: Digital Stamps! And…now I want them all! LOL 🙂hawkins_jill-smore2
These frame dies and the heart dies my son used, are all from My Favorite Things. hawkins_jill-smore_01
Oooops, a little stitching blooper on this one above! shhhh! 🙂
This Technique Tuesday card is made with the Long Love die. It is super delicate, so I recommend using one of the sticky papers so you can die cut all at once to adhere. The hearts are from the Heart Strings die. Awwwww love. 🙂

And, last, but not least, is this valentine using Paper Smooches I Love You die and the For You tag die. This one is for my hubby, so I thought the gray was perfect to “man” it up a bit. This is a fun die for many occasions! 🙂

I want to give a HUGE HUGE thanks out to Emily, for first, being crazy enough to ask my son and me to join this hop. And secondly, for her encouragement to make this video and edit it. I can’t say whether or not I’ll ever craft another video, but I will say it was a very good thing to try. (I embedded this video link above and felt so accomplished! LOL!!). My son will likely request to make another 🙂 . I always enjoy a challenge…Even if I did miss a typo in the video. Bwaaahaaaa! I did that on “purpose”… wink wink! Thanks again, Emily! 🙂

Thanks for joining us today…be sure you hop on to Laura Bassen (& leave comments too for a chance at the fantastic prizes!). Laura’s videos are inspiring and I always find myself laughing out loud! Her daughter is sure to add even more fun! 🙂

Signing off!

Jill and my little buddy