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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Season of Gratitude

It’s a season of gratitude, and this week’s Taylored Expressions release do not disappoint. You’ll be sending all of the special thank yous with these beautiful products. 

First up is my favorite of the week, Four Seasons. I love this beautiful stamp, stencil and foil it product suite. Perfect for any and all seasons. I had fun creating  fall and winter cards! 

I used some color inspiration from a fall shirt for this card, and I love how it turned out. This color combo is Tropical Punch, Sweet Potato, Blueberry, Pineapple and Mulled Wine. My Grateful Greetings sentiment is from the coordinating Foil It panel and popped up on vellum.

Here is a second example of this beautiful Four Seasons product collection with a winter scheme set on the Buffalo Plaid background stamp. The color combination here screams, “look at the beautiful snow outside”.

I’ve paired Gumball, Cookie Monster, Tropical Punch, and Macaron. Happy Medium gel added through the stencil gives it just the right amount of sparkle. I’ve used the adorable Be Joyful sentiment, also from the Grateful Greetings stamp set and finished the card off with TE Enamel Dots.

Let’s turn our attention back to full since I did not mean to jumpstart the snowstorms. This gratitude card features the gorgeous Mosaic Maple and Mosaic Oak leaf dies. I’ve kept the die cuts simple and added my sentiment and splatter with the beautiful new Buttercream Premium Ink from TE. This long awaited color takes a prominent place in my ink collection. This rich neutral was worth the wait!

My last card features the Mosaic Maple backdrop die (there are two dies with each leaf – the mosaic cut-outs and the backdrop. I’ve blended with Mulled Wine, Guava, Sweet Potato and Pineapple Inks and spritzed the blended leaves with TE Watercolor Shimmer. These leaves are the perfect way to send a sweet fall thanks to your friends or family.

I love creating a variety of looks from one set of projects – bright and vibrant or smooth and subdued, Mosaic Leaves are perfect!

I hope you’ll have time to see other design team projects this week. So many fun things to explore. The Ginkgo Suite was a favorite of the team.

Right now through Sunday, August 28th (or while supplies last – this bundle is in limited supply!), when you purchase the Ginkgo Bundle (Peace & Hope Stamp & Die Combo set, Ginkgo Background stamp, and Foil It – Ginkgo panels), you will get gold embossing powder FREE! This is a great bundle of products perfect for your fall projects, sympathy cards, and more!

I hope you find some inspiration while surfing today! What are your favorites of this release?

How about some cute BOOs?

I’m all for cute BOOs, and the new Taylored Expressions release delivers!

I’m really a cutsey (not creepy) Halloween type of person! I G-G-Ghost Stamp & Stencil Combo with the Ghost Gang Die and Clear Combo pair perfectly for adorable quick greetings!

Here I’ve used the stamp and stencil combo in pretty purples – light ink blending in Macaron and Dried Fig for a ghostly base and added the cute Boo Backer die in Oreo with clear Happy Medium gel for sparkle. Finally, my little Ghost Gnag friend is soaring to new heights with a little Mini Wobble.

If you like my card, you’ll love the BOO BUNDLE! Right now through Sunday, August 14th, when you purchase the Boo Bundle (Boo Script + Backer die collection, G-G-G-Ghost Stamp & Stencil Combo set, and Ghost Gang Die & Clear Combo set), you will get Bits & Pieces – Halloween Stars & Sparkles FREE! It’s great bundle to jump start your Halloween crafting! Offer valid while supplies last.

I had a ton of fun making shaker and interactive cards for this release. Here, I paired the Mini Slim Infinity Shaker with Eat Drink and Be Scary! I use the MISTI stamp positioner to arrange the stamp, and inked up one section at a time to get different colors of ink across the panel. My shaker is full of spiders cut from the Little Bits Spider Die. So fun!

In saving my favorite for the end, I love the new Foil It Spider Web panels paired with the Boo Backer word die and Little Bit Spiders. It’s the perfect clean and simple card because the foil does all of the work!

I used the Star Foil with the Minc Foil Machine to create the background. The Boo Backer word was cut with TE Sticky Sheets and the covered with foil for a fun sparkly twist. I think the Petite Scallop layer just adds to the fun!

Finally, this week, adding to the Halloween cute-ness, Gus and Gertie are back…and FREE! Here I’ve used the Circle Stencil with Macaron Premium Ink and Clear Happy Medium to create the background and framed Gus and Gertie with Frame-in-Frame 3 for a fun whimsy look. So quick and cute… FREE – details below.

This week only our FREE gift with any $100+ purchase is the Gus & Gertie – Halloween Stamp & Die Combo set! This adorable set features our favorite dog Gus and his buddy Gertie the bird dressed up as a bat for Halloween! The set also includes more bats and three Halloween sentiments along with dies to cut out the images. Offer valid while supplies last.

Are you loving the Halloween cuteness as much as I am? I’ve got more to share all week. Follow me on Instagram for Halloween cards all week!

Hey, Sunshine

Hey, Sunshine! Yes, I’m talking to you! 😉

Sharing previously released EXCLUSIVES today for Taylored Expressions, and these have been some of my favorite products and cards created in a while! All of the goodies I’ve used are linked below.

With a variety of staple dies and sentiments, you’ll reach for these staples over and over again. I’m loving the ability to pull these timeless exclusives out of my stash

My first card features my well-loved Gel Press, Speedball Brayer, and Pinata Inks. Here I used the PInata Alcohol Inks on the Gel Press to create an abstract background that I lifted with White Acrylic Paint onto Gel Press Paper. I just sprinkle the inks on the Gel Press, shift them around by rolling the brayer over the top and then use the Air Puff Tool to dry the top of the plate. Once that random layer of inks is dry, drop one drop of white paint in the center of the mess and spread it out to a think layer with your brayer. While the white paint is wet, cover the plate with a piece to Taylor’s Gel Press Paper, and rub over the top of the surface with the Just Press Tool or the palm of your hand. Lift while the paint is still wet to reveal a masterpiece.

TIP: When choosing colors, look for 3-4 colors that connect to each other on the color wheel for seamless, beautiful blends.

After pulling my print, I stamped the single word SUNSHINE from Building Blocks: Ring Around the Word. I cut that piece with Modern Label dies (LOVE THESE!) and added that to the sweet HEY from Ring Around the Word dies. The scallop die-cut border from Frame-in-Frame 3 fits perfection. I applied clear Happy Medium to my white die cut pieces and allowed to dry. Then, I simply stacked all the pieces together, off-setting the big HEY focal point and added white Tiny Diamonds.

I’m in love with the Modern Sentiment Label dies. Here I’ve embossed a beautiful sentiment from Anytime Expressions in gold and added the sentiment over a layer of leaves cut from the Tropical Leaves dies. Using the soft TE Blending Brushes, I blended ink in a variety of Mint Julep, Lime Zest, Sprinkles, and Salt Water Taffy Premium Inks on the leaves cut from Sugar Cube cardstock. I layered these over a white panel cut with the Pierced Diamonds Cutting Plate and added Clear Drip Drops. Inside I stamped a sentiment from The Inside Scoop: Sympathy.

If you are loving these new staple products as much as me, check out the TE August promotion: Right now through Sunday, August 14th, place and order of $40 or more of our newly released exclusive products in the TE webstore and receive a $10 off coupon to use on your next order of $25 or more! Your coupon will be emailed after a qualifying order is placed. One coupon per customer. Coupon valid through 8/31/22.

Stay cool while creating friends! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Candy Cane Lane

The weather outside is frightful, and the AC is so delightful. Since there’s no place to go, let creativity flow, let it flow, let if flow. Welcome to Christmas in July with the adorable and exclusive Candy Cane Lane Kit from Taylored Expresssions!

I loved creating with this kit. The candy canes are the PERFECT size, and the stripes stencil makes it easy to add stripes and to line up the dies for perfect cuts. So fun!

Here, the candy canes take center stage. I could be making candy canes for days as the stencil is slightly oversized from the candy cane die. This makes it so easy to line the die up and cut with perfect alignment. I love how the entire candy cane is colored with no white edges around the color.

I’ve paired the candy canes with a sweet holly backdrop in Mint Julep and Pink Champagne colors on a Petite Scallop Rectangle layer and added circle window. I added a few splatters of snow with Sugar Cube pigment ink spritz of glimmer using the TE Shimmer Liquid Watercolor.

For my 2nd card, I arranged the candy canes in a heart pattern on the holly backdrop and accented with the Sweet Stripes Cutting Plate. I chose a more traditional Cherry Pop red and Granny Smith green for this card, and I love the bright vibes but I’ll be using the Sweet Stripes cutting plate again and again with a variety of colors.

My candy canes and sentiment are embossed with the new Peppermint Red Embossing Powder. The bright, vibrant red of this embossing powder is gorgeous, and it’s got some scented flecks in it that smell so good when heated up. You’ll be loving the smell and craving cocoa while you craft.

Also speaking of peppermint, don’t miss the adorable peppermint embellishments. They are perfect for a shaker card or accents. So sweet, but not edible – for decoration only. 🙂

Catch a quick peek of the glitter envelopes included in this month’s kit. The glitter is smooth to the touch on these, and I consider them a treat. So shiny and gorgeous. The perfect wrapping for a special card.

Do you see my Christmas tags coming together? I’ll try to finish those up and share soon! Love how easy it is to create with another Taylored Expressions Kit. This versatile collection of goodies is available while supplies last. So do not delay if you want to get started on your holiday crafting!

The Candy Cane Lane Cardmaking Kit retails for $55, comes in a zippered pouch with a custom sticker, and includes:

  • Peppermint Kisses Stencil & Die Combo set
  • Clearly Crafty Seasonal Sentiments stamp set
  • Seasonal Sentiments die collection
  • small pot of Bits & Pieces – Peppermints
  • A2 Envelope Pack (6 envelopes, 2 each of: red glitter, silver glitter, and Sugar Cube)
  • Envelope Seal Pack (6 seals)

Limited quantity available

Most items are not available to purchase individually. You will be able to purchase additional envelope seals (pack of 10), Red Peppermint Scented embossing powder, the Sweet Stripes Cutting Plate die, and Bits & Pieces – Peppermints separately from the kit.

To be notified of new kit releases, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Stay tuned for another fabulous kit next month!

One more Christmas surprise to share! Right now through Sunday, July 31st, save 20% off of our Glitter Cardstock. Stock up on all of your favorite colors to add sparkle and shine to your holiday projects and more! You’ll love this for adding sparkle and shine to your holiday crafting in the coming weeks. Offer valid while supplies last.

TE Made for Me

When I’ve taken the time to create a card, I love having a personalized stamp for the back that let’s the recipient know I’ve hand-crafted this card just for them. Today, the TE team is sharing a collection of new Made for Me personalized stamps. So fun!

Right now through Sunday, July 24th, get 50% off a personalized stamp design with the purchase of a personalized stamp design at full price when you shop TE Made for me. Personalized stamps make great gifts for your crafty friends and family – and for yourself too! Choose from our 15 new designs along with our previously released favorites. Note: Custom stamp designs ship in approximately 6 weeks.

I think I’ll be adding at least two of these new stamps to my collection! So many cute options!

For my card, I’ve paired the Sketchbook Blooms stamp and die set. My flowers are embossed with white embossing powder, colored with OLO Marker and cut with the coordinating die. The flowers and sentiment are popped up on a white embossed panel that features the Floral Vine Embossing Folder. All of these elements, layered on a white base cut with the Petite Mini Scallop Stacklet die. I love the white-on-white look!

Take a look at the Made for Me personalized stamps and let me know which is your favorite.

Thanks for stopping by!

Get those cards in the mail!

Anyone else with just a tad bit of anxiety over actually mailing a card you’ve spent 2 hours making? Will it arrive? Will it arrive safely?

I have some fun new Taylored Expressions products to share today that help protect and instruct mail carriers I love for my cards to arrive in style, and I love that Taylored Expressions has a line of products that make it cute.

The Milky Pop white gel pen is one of my favorites for bright TE Preimum Envelopes. The ink really does POP off of the paper, and it’s an unexpected look that says, something different is inside this envelope! And, the craft washi tape and Rainbow Sticky Pads keep me on point!

NON-MACHINEABLE is the preferred wording over hand-cancel to the USPS, so the Share Joy stamps is perfect. I simply line the individual stamps up in my MISTI and stamp them several times. They make an accent that stands apart from the hand-written address and still looks cute!

Flap Fiair is great for finishing off the back of my envelopes, then I add a cute TE Envelope Seal. It is are good to go! Helps the USPS know how to handle my card, and it lets the recipient know immediately that someone other than the utility company is thinking of them!

Get those cards in the mail, my friends!

New at TE – The Bee’s Knee

Hello Sunshine! I’m back with something BEE-utiful! In fact, it’s the adorable Bee’s Knees Kit from Taylored Expressions!

The Bee’s Knees Cardmaking Kit retails for $74, comes in a zippered pouch with a custom sticker, and includes:

  • The Bee’s Knees Stamp & Stencil Combo set
  • The Bee’s Knees die collection
  • Clearly Crafty What’s the Buzz? stamp set
  • Honeycomb Cluster die
  • A2 Envelope Pack (6 envelopes, 2 each of: Oreo, Sugar Cube, and Honey)
  • Envelope Seal Pack (6 seals)

Limited quantity available

Most items are not available to purchase individually. You will be able to purchase additional envelope seals (pack of 10) separately from the kit.

To be notified of new kit releases, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Stay tuned for another fabulous kit next month!

The Bee’s Knees Stamp and Stencil Combo pair perfectly for an adorable backdrop to so many different sentiments in your collection. I chose Boho Hellos from the TE June release, YOU ARE AMAZING.

Using the wing stencil, I first created the wings with Oyster Premium Ink and Blender Brushes on Sugar Cube cardstock. To give the wings an iridescent shimmer, I added TE Happy Medium. Love the Happy Medium because it dries smooth without tack, and adds just the right about of shine.

This is my favorite kind of card to make – a clean and simple layout with an unexpected punch or two. The shimmer wings add just enough interest for the recipient to tilt the card back and forth several times. I finished my panel with a large scallop layer from Frame in Frame 2 cut from Oreo cardstock and Black Drip Drops.

I can’t wait to stick this into one of the fun black envelopes with cute seal (both included in the kit!) and address this one to an amazing friend with the Milky White Gel Pen. AH-MAY-ZING

My personal favorite from the Bee’s Knees Kit is the adorable honeycomb die. So many options to use the honeycomb by itself, adding the inset hex pieces back into the honeycomb piece, or even use the honeycomb piece as a stencil. I’ve created my hive using Banana Cream Pie, Pineapple, and Honey cardstock. It’s the perfect backdrops for sweet diecut bees created with the clear stamp set included in the kit.

Again, another sweet sentiment from a June release, I’ll be using hello, sunshine over and over. In another favorite design style, I’ve put my bees and beehives together on a Pierced Lattice Cutting Plate backdrop cut from Sugar Cube. I finished it all off with a Sugar Cube frame from the June Free with $100 set and Clear Drip Drops.

So, with that, I’ll wish you a bee happy kind of day! If you like this kit, please do not delay, it will sell out!

PTI: Graceful Butterflies

Quick message to share something fun today!

I’m part of a beautiful Instagram Hop today to celebrate Papertrey Ink’s June release! So many pretties to look at and so many gift certificates to be won. The hop starts HERE. Check it out for your chance to win!

I love this white-on-white cardstock with the new Graceful Butterflies stamps.

Good luck on the hop, and thanks for stopping by!