BLACK FRIDAY at Taylored Expressions

Black Friday deals for DAYS! And this beautiful freebie, Winterberry Background is available with any $200 purchase through Sunday, November 27 at Taylored Expressions.

There are plenty of daily deals through the holiday weekend, but I wanted to share the simplistic beauty of Winterberry Background. Here I’ve paired it with the Burlap Background (with a tone-on-tone Dried Fig ink) and the Splatter Background (heat embossed in Gold) for a simple thank you card.

After creating my backdrops on both Dried Fig and Buttercream cardstock, I used the 1/4″ Easy Strips die to create a small strip that I heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder to cover the seam of the Buttercream and the Dried Fig cardstock meet.

Background stamps are a go-to for me when creating! Layering them make it easy to create cards with design depth and interest. Background stamps also make it easy to create cards in multiple. Here, I’ve paired the backgrounds with the gorgeous sentiment set, Grateful Greetings, heat embossed in Fine Gold Embossing Powder.

I hope you enjoy special times with those you love this holiday season and find plenty of creative inspiration!

Happy shopping!

Season of Craft: Stencils

The Taylored Expressions Season of Craft sale continues with amazing sales each day, and today we are featuring one of my favorites: STENCILS! Stencils have become one of my favorite GO-TO tools to add color pop, depth, design, and even dimension to all of my cards!

Today only – Sunday, November 20, 2022 – Stencils are all 30% off at Taylored Expressions!

My cards today feature the Celebrate Triple Slim stencil set in colorful pinks and purples with a visit from our dear friend Millie. This little image is from Millie’s Birthday Bash! The background design of these stencils make it easy to turn any simple image into the star of the show!

The birthday candles and coordinating die are my favorites! Here, I’ve popped the candles up on foam and added Tiny DIamonds to the stenciled flames for a little extra sparkle. So fun!

The top two right-side designs feature the coordinating Foil It panels for easy and almost instant class!

I’ve linked the products used here below. I hope you are able to take advantage of the different daily deals now through November 23rd in Taylor’s Season of Craft!


Season of Crafting

It’s the most wonderful season of crafting that happens all year! Wonderful sales on your favorite Taylored Expressions products – something for everyone! This lets you spend less time chasing deals and more time CRAFTING!

Today, I am featuring projects made with Taylored Expressions Premium Inks for gorgeous blends, and if you need to stock up with new or extra colors, now is the time at 30% off.

To create this card, I used the awesome Create-in-Quads Peaceful Pines and a rainbow of premium inks to create a winter wonderland of cards perfect for any rainbow-loving friend. This card features the miniature forest panel, TE Arched Stacklets and Snow Globe Builder Dies. This faux shaker is pretty, but easy to make and flat to mail. I simply cut a 2nd Arched Stacklet piece from clear acetate. I added Bits & Pieces – Sparkly Stars between the layers. The acetate is glued along the bottom, hidden by the Snow Globe Builder piece.

For my second card, I created a rainbow Christmas tree shaker card with Frame-in-Frame 3 and Scalloped Rectangle Stacklets and clear acetate. Clay snowflakes, sparkly stars and Snow Flurries sequins fill the frame for a fun Christmas Wish.

Sentiments from Foil It: Merry & Bright round out both cards.

Take advantage of the Season of Crafting today with TE Brand Ink specials today (Tuesday, November 15) and other sales throughout the season through November 23rd! You’ll love picking up special gifts for others or filling your own stocking and still have plenty of time to do your own crafting!

Stenciled Backgrounds: Easiest Ever

Sharing something to make your crafting life easier today! The Taylored Expressions team is sharing fun new products in collaboration with Brutus Monroe: the Stick and Stamp Mat, the Brutus Monroe Blending Buddy, the exclusive TE Mini Slim Blending Buddy, and the Mat Mist Cleaner..

The Stick and Stamp Mat holds your cardstock and stencil taught while you blend to help create beautiful smooth transitions. For this card, I used the new Swirly Roses Stencil and the exclusive TE Mini Slim Blending Buddy to protect the Sticky Mat.

After blending, I added a few black splatters with TE Liquid watercolor in Oreo and Taylor’s Tiny Diamonds. Love how the pastel colors blend right in with the shades of green and aqua from the super soft ink blending.

Tips: 

Use only Mat Mist to clean the Stick & Stamp Mat. never use a cleaner like Dawn Power Wash as it will strip the stick. 

To lift cardstock from the mat, simply and gently bend the corner to release the paper and peel. Never use. Poke took to scrape the paper loose. 

Cover the Stick and Stamp Mat with the plastic film when not in use.

Here’s one more sample using the new Artisan Feathers Stencil and the Stick & Stamp Mat. I love the crisp edges of the ink blend that are made possible with the stickiness of the mat holding the paper clean to the stencil.

Stenciled backgrounds are one of my favorite ways to create! I can’t wait to see the rest of the team projects today! Thanks for stopping by!


TE Friendly Filigree Kit

I love sitting down and creating multiple copies of a special card so I have more to send and give. When I find a kit that pushes me along in that direction without having to put too much time and thought into the design process – it’s fantastic! Introducing, Taylored Expressions’ Friendly Filigree Cardmaking Kit!

This month’s Taylored Expressions Stamping Kit includes gorgeous products with this amazing Filigree Background design and a new All Together sentiment set with beautiful typography for some of your most used greetings. It’s kit perfection! With the addition of a few stems cut with gold cardstock from Subtle Sprigs, these cards came together lickety-split.

The kit ($10 off through October 27!) is packaged in a zippered pouch and includes:

  • Friendly Filigree Background stamp
  • Friendly Filigree Frame die
  • All Together – Occasions stamp <– I LOVE THIS STAMP AND DIE COMBO!
  • All Together Occasions die
  • Clear Card Box
  • A2 Envelope Pack (6 Toffee envelopes)
  • Envelope Seal Pack (6 seals)

I’ve included an add-on in my projects, the Friendly Filigree Foil It Panels in Tropical Punch, Blue Corn and Mulled Wine. Gorgeous colors for fall and winter.

I also love the small Friendly Filigree Small Frame Die. In my projects, I used it as a label and as a window for quick and easy sentiment placement.

After creating my cards, I paired them with the coordinating Toffee Envelopes and put them in the clear card box provided in the kit. I wrapped the box with a piece of Toffee cardstock cut with the Gift It Belly Band and added one of the kit “Just for You” seals.

If you enjoy kits, you’ll love the classic elements of this one. It’s perfect for thank you, birthday, and sympathy social notes!

Most kit items are not available to purchase individually. You will be able to purchase additional envelope seals (package of 10), Foil It – Friendly Filigree panels, Foil It – All Together Occasions panels, and the Gift It Belly Band die collection separately from the kit.

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Sweet and Simple Perfect Packages

Today is a fun day for Taylored Expressions as the team shares adorable papercraft products designed for quick wrapping ideas that are perfect for gift certificates, special small items, and appreciation gifts for teachers and service workers. We call it the Perfect Presentation Collection!

First up today, I want to share the adorable All Tucked In – Holiday Windows made to compliment the All Tucked In Treat Box Die. In just a few quick passes in your die cutting platform, you have adorable treat boxes that are perfect for special chocolates or small gifts.

Each assembled box measures 2 1/4″ wide x 2″ tall x 1″ deep. I’ve dressed the window with a simple panel inside the box in a complimentary color to showcase the holiday cuts. So sweet, and super simple.

Compliment them with TE’s Christmas Candy Capsules that are already pre-cut for you from a gorgeous collection of papers, and you have the perfect little candy vignette. Leave this near your door, and grab from the stash when you need a quick thank you or thinking of you gift for service workers or neighbors.

My candy capsules are complimented with tags cut from All Together Christmas Stamp and Die. The collection really does make the sweetest and easiest collection of treats.

Next up, I want to share a fun card created with the new Woodland Reindeer Silhouettes stamp and die set with a fun new foil product that does not require a heat source of any kind. If you love the look of foil, you will really love the Woodland Reindeer DecoFoil Adhesive Transfers.

Silhouettes are perfect for mass production because they are easy and efficient to stamp in the MISTI. Here I’ve stamped the leaping reindeer and sentiment from Avocado Premimum Ink and then accented with foil.

Simply cut and place the foil transfer anywhere on your cardstock and run through your die cut machine without a die for even pressure. Peel the protective cellophane sheet, cover with foil – shiny side up, and roll through your die cut machine again. I put my cardstock between 2 pieces of copy paper when I roll through. Lift the film and voila!

My panels are accented with foiled snowflakes from the same collection . Add decorative layers of clean cardstock and an easy foil to your envelope for a fast, fun, and festive holiday wish.

Finally, it’s a collection of the sweetest tree tags from today’s feature, the Tree Lot Bundle! I’ve cut from felt using the Get Thready – Tag Tree die and quick-stitched with shimmery light effect embroidery floss.

Grab these adorable dies in the Tree Lot Bundle for free floss, and you are on your way to the cutest little bundles of cute thinking-of-you gifts with perfect presentation.

I cut a double back layer from Buttercream Cardstock – one to attache the tree and one to write my message. This allows the recipient to easily remove the clean tag I’ve written on and re-use the handstitched tree.

Make sure to check out my fellow design team treats, so many adorable to share today! How are your holiday gifts and treats coming along? Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to create a few cute things to share.

Falling for World Card Making Day

It’s World Card Making Day! Love celebrating this hobby I’ve enjoyed for 24 years! Today, Taylored Expressions has a special Triple Slim Stencil to celebrate, and it’s a beaut!

The Falling For You Triple Slim stencil makes fast work of colorful fall greetings in a trip of coordinating patterns.

Here, I’ve paired Mulled Wine, Sweet Potato, Tropical Punch, Confetti Cake, Pineapple, and Raspberry Sorbet for this coloring Autumn Blessing. TE Blender Brushes make fast work of the ink blending, and the reveal when you pull back the stencil is just dreamy.

The Taylored Expressions bundle today includes this sweet greeting set and coordinating dies. It’s perfect for a night of creating or a gift to give.

In honor of World Card Making Day, the first 1,000 orders will receive this free paper pack – perfect for all of your fall greetings!


CHRISTMAS GOODIES from TE

Wishing you Glad Tidings of Comfort and Joy today! I know… it’s still summer here in the midwest, but I’ve got a jump start on my Christmas cards with fabulous new products from Taylored Expressions brand new Christmas release! So many beautiful things and accent items this week with lots of bundles that include awesome seals and accents!

My first projects are created with the new Triple Slim Layering Stencil Holly Holiday! I love the clean, graphic look of these panels, and I’ve accented with Snow Flurries sequins and Gold Drip Drops.

The Triple Slims make creating fast and fun with three cards for basically the same amount of effort! Love having this in my collection for fast and furious mass production!

Here’s the first of several bundles to share with you – The Holly Holiday product bundle includes the Triple Slim Holly Holiday Layering Stencil set, Foil It – Mini Slim Holly Holiday panels, Cleary Crafty Signature Sentiments stamp set, Merriest Christmas stamp set, Merriest Christmas die collection, Foil It – Merriest Christmas panels, and FREE coordinating envelope seals (3 designs, package of 10).

Next up! The adorable Tiny Town and Snow Globe dies to pair with the Arched Stacklet dies that were released last year for Christmas! I love how it all works together!

I diecut all of my Tiny Town pieces and blended with Blender Brushes and TE Premium Ink, and then I used the Fresh Snow Happy Medium to add gentle sloping snow on my buildings and trees. Finally, I started assembling with the snow drifts in the Snow Globe Builder set as my backdrop. I filled my shaker card globes with sequins from Snow Flurries and the tiny clay snowflakes. So fun!

My shakers were adhered to Salt Water Taffy cardstock that had been stamped with the gorgeous pine bough background in the Thrill of Hope set – free this week with a $100 purchase!

Here’s a closer look at that full background stamp, A Thrill of Hope! Right now through Sunday, October 2nd, you can earn the A Thrill of Hope stamp set with a purchase of $100 or more. The stamp set features a pine bough frame with a pop-out Christmas sentiment! Offer valid while supplies last.

My sample, shown here, was created by inking the pines in buttercream ink, and the inside sentiment in mulled wine and olive inks. After inking the sentiment with the TE Premium Ink, I covered the sentiment with Versamark and then clear embossing powder.

Another fun package this week is the gorgeous new Peace on Earth bundle! I love this one, and I plan to make quite a few of these for my own Christmas cards, the gorgeous die makes the mass production easy!

In the beautiful bundle, you will receive the die, the sentiment set All is Calm and beautiful seal stickers to use on the assorted cards you are able to create.

Finally, I’m sharing a fun card and envelope combo created with the new set, Endless Christmas! Several sweet options in stamp set that also allow for easy duplicate cards. Here, I’ve done a simple layout on a piece cut with the Diamond Piercing Plate. The piercing plates are a beautiful addition to any card without additional bulk!

PRODUCTS FROM THE HOLLY HOLIDAY BUNDLE


PRODUCTS FROM TINY TOWN CARD


PRODUCTS FROM A THRILL OF HOPE BUNDLE CARD


ALL IS CALM CARD


HAPPY BIRTHAY, TAYLORED EXPRESSIONS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAYLORED EXPRESSIONS!

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite crafty companies! Happy Birthday, Taylored Expressions! 14 YEARS we’ve been celebrating amazing crafty goodness and innovative ideas to make crafting easier and FUN! So many fun things to share today! You are in for a treat! All of the products I’m sharing today are linked at the bottom of this post for easy browsing in the TE store.

First thing, I’m sharing a fun birthday bundle made with one of my favorite products of the release! The Get Thready Bundle for only $49!

When I was in the first grade my class made a tapestry wall hanging with burlap and yarn. I chose a Mickey Mouse pattern, and I LOVED that project! I loved learning to stitch on the fabric, and I really loved the way the thick yarn popped off of the burlap. I remember giving it to my grandma as a Mother’s Day gift. Such a sweet first memory that I have of working with textile art.

This card today is a nod to that creative adventure so many years ago. I used the TE Burlap Background on Toffee cardstock with the Get Thready: Sunburst Cutting Plate and the Bold Birthday Greetings. And, full circle to memories of my grandma, I pulled some embroidery thread from her collection that now lives in my craft closet.

To create the sentiment, I blended Mulled Wine, Cherry Pop, Candy Corn, and Pineapple Premimum Inks on Sugar Cube Cardstock, and then cut the words with the Bold Birday Die. I cut the Bold Birthday Backer from Sugar Cube Cardstock and layered the two together. The whole panel is framed with Frame-in-Frame Scallopes Die cut from Sugar Cube.

If you’d love to Get Thready with TE – Right now through Sunday, September 18th, purchase the Get Thready Bundle  that includes Get Thready – Sunburst Cutting Plate die, Bold Birthday die, Bold Birthday Backer die, 4 colors of embroidery floss, 4 floss bobbins, and tapestry needle) and get access to the LIVE class on Facebook (Friday, September 23 at 7:00pm) with Taylor (If you aren’t able to attend the class live, a replay will be available to view afterwards)! In this exciting virtual class, you’ll learn how to use the Get Thready – Sunburst Cutting Plate die using all of Taylor’s tips and tricks! Get Thready Bundle available while supplies last.

It wouldn’t be a birthday without a great stash of birthday cards, so I used the new Triple Slim Celebrate Stencils and Happy Hooray Dies to create my next card! I love the way the TE Premium Inks layer on this card to create the illusion of transparency on the balloons.

The TE colors used here: Plum Punch, Lollipop, Passion Fruit, and Jelly Donut. Not my normal go-to with the pinks and purples, but I do love the bright pops of color!

Here’s a second card I created with the Triple Slim – Celebrate Stencils and the Triple Slim Celebrate Foil It cards. So quick, easy, and classy. That’s my kind of stamping!

Next up, I got a little punny business going on with the new Bun-derful Birthday! Shells… buns… both a conduit to goodness! Inhale tacos, exhale negativity!

I used the Triple Slim Celebrate Stencil to create the green confetti background, and my tacos are colored with OLO Marker then cut with the coordinating dies. I put everything together with a layer cut from Mini Slim Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets.

Last but not least today, I’ve got a fun infinity shaker card using the Big Birthday Foil It Acetate sheets (that I simply run through my Minc laminator for beautiful results). I layered that over a sponged stripe background in rainbow colors, sprinkled some confetti-made-easy that was cut from the Confettie Maker cutting plate and put the whole stack inside an A2 Infinity Shaker Panel.

All of the birthday goodies are LIVE in the Taylored Expressions store! I can’t wait to see what you choose and create with your favorite products from this release! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday to YOU, Taylored Expressions! Thank you for 14 years of fun memories, and here’s to many more years of creative fun!

Thank You in Bloom Kit

I do love a good all-inclusive kit, and if you do too, you’ll LOVE the August kit from Taylored Expressions! Thank You in Bloom! It’s the perfect mix of innovation and sweetness for fast thank yous for anyone on your list. I love tools that make things easy for me, and the one stencil blending for many of the flower elements and the one-pass die-cutting is a win-win!

I love all of the elements of this kit, and the Rose Gold sequins are so, so pretty. The perfect soft, not brassy gold.

This one-stop shopping $64 – Thank You in Bloom Cardmaking Kit includes:

  • Thank You in Bloom Stamp & Stencil Combo
  • Awesome Blossom Layering Stencil
  • Awesome Blossom die
  • small pot of Rose Gold sequins – MY FAVORITE
  • A2 Envelope Pack
  • Envelope Seal Pack

For my second card, I created a shaker and used the elements from the Awesome Blossom stencil and die combo to cut many quick small elements for inside my shaker feature.

Lots of glimmer, shimmer, and shakin’ while still a relatively flat card to mail. These are totally my jam! I mean, every $.60 we save on postage is $.60 more for stamps, am I right?

I hope you love the Thank you in Bloom Kit as much as I do! You’ll love the ease of pulling these elements together for quick, beautiful cards.

Limited quantity available – if you love this kit, don’t delay!

Most items are not available to purchase individually. You will be able to purchase additional envelope seals (pack of 10) and Foil It – Thank You in Bloom panels separately from the kit.

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