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!

Four Fun Foil It Projects

The Taylored Expressions team is sharing fabulous Foil It projects today. Talk about the fastest WOW! card you’ve ever made! You’ll love these new Foil It panels for instant classy cards. Pair them with a simple sentiment, and you are well on your way to beautiful handmade cards that are sure to make the recipient feel loved.

I have four cards to share today, and all of the products I’ve used are linked below.

I think the Foil It panels offer striking simplicity. Here I have partnered the Foil It: Mini Slim Spring Spray panel with Foil It: On Occasion sentiments. I love the gold pairing with the red poppies that are colored with OLO alcohol marker. Peaches and Cream cardstock cut from Petite Scalloped Mini Slim Stacklets made the perfect backdrop for my simple panel. It’s finished off with a few Gold Drip Drops.

I loved the Foil It: Mini Slim Bontanical panels with rich fall colors. I used the coordinating masking stencil to blend Avocado Premium Dye Ink in the center opening, and finished the card with the scripted With Sympathy sentiment from the Mini Slim Botanical Sentiments.

I added splatters using Chocolate Truffle Premium Dye Ink and a small paintbrush plus Gold Drip Drops before raising the panel with foam strips on a Toffee Cardstock base.

The one thing I love about the Foil It panels is how easy they are to use. I do think the heat applicator makes a difference. I started my foiling journey several years ago with a 3M Laminator, and then upgraded to a Royal Sovereign laminator. Neither machine gave me consistent results. Last fall I purchased the Minc Machine from TE, and I’ve been so, so happy. I get beautiful results with the full variety of foil colors that Taylored Expressions offers. The Minc was a solid investment. If you are in the market for a Minc, I’ve mentioned a special for that machine at the end of this post.

If you are loving the foil look, check out this special from TE:

Through Sunday, June 26th, purchase 5 or more Foil It packs from Taylored Expressions and get a free metallic foil (our choice of Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, or Copper) FREE! It’s a great time to stock up and collect the Foil It packs that you have had on your wish list! Offer good while supplies last.

I love stained glass windows, and the Foil It: Right Angle panels and coordinating stencils help you create an effortless stained glass look.

Here, Candy Corn, Lollipop, and Pineapple Premium Inks create the soft look of stained glass, and the foiled lines create the leading. After cutting my panel with the Arched Stacklet Die, I softened the look by adding it over a Sugar Cube cardstock panel that was embossed with Floral Vine Embossing Folder. A few sprigs from the Branch Out die and a gold embossed With Sympathy finish this off.

One of my favorite TE dies is the Thanks die and backer plate. It is a simple, beautiful finish for so many cards. Here I’ve put it over the Foil It: Paradise panel that is colored with OLO alcohol markers.

The frame on this card is part of the Free with $100 promotion die for June. I LOVE this die set – it’s a beautiful way to finish and frame card edges.

Get Started with Foiling Kit:

Are you ready to start foiling, but don’t know where to begin? We have you covered with the Get Started with Foiling Kit. The kit includes:

  • 3 rolls of Deco Foil (1 roll each of Gold, Amethyst Watercolor, and Rainbow Shattered)
  • 4 oz. jar of Glitter Grab
  • 2 stencils (Delightful Daisy and Floral Points)
  • Deco Foil Toner Sheets pack
  • Foil It – Paradise pack (12 panels)
  • 1 Stencil Pal

Purchase of the Get Started with Foiling Kit gives you access to our virtual Intro to Foil Class taught by Susan Block. Susan will go through all of the basics with you to get you started with toner based foiling and foiling with our Glitter Grab using stencils!

Add on a Mini Minc machine to the Get Started with Foiling Kit for 10% off!

Offer valid while supplies last.

I hope you find some beautiful inspiration with the fabulous foil release this week! It’s going to be a hot one in the midwest, so let’s just stay inside and craft! Deal? Deal!

Have a great day!


Life is Better in the Summer

My creative life is certainly better this summer as I join the Taylored Expressions Design Team for regular monthly releases! I’m so excited to be joining this group, and to work with fabulous products. It’s been so inspiring, and I can’t wait to share my products for this week’s summer release! The new products are available NOW with a full shopping list at the bottom of my post!

I am kicking off my release projects with the fantastic Pool Party stamp set and stencil. I used Colbalt Teal Open Acrylic paint and my gel plate to create a great water background and floating oasis for my sun-loving cuties.

The background was created with a layer of acrylic paint on the gel plate, spread smooth, and I topped it off with the Pool Party stencil. I used a piece of bubble wrap with small bubbles to lift paint from the open areas of the stencil, they I pulled back the stencil and let the whole thing dry on my gel press. When it was dry, I used a thin layer of white acrylic paint and Gel Press Paper to “lift” the print. So fun!

My Pool Party patrons are colored with Polychromos colored pencils. They are the perfect size for creative coloring!

I used an extra aqua paint Gel Press print and the fabulous Hello Sunshine stamp set to create a clean and simple card. The little flip flips from the Pool Party set were abandoned at the edge of the pool. The ‘life is better in the summer’ is my mantra. I’m 100% a summer girl.

My second set of projects were created with fun new Triple Slim Boho Stencils, new TE ink colors and Blending Brushes. The Triple Slim concept is fantastic because you are able to use the set of 4 graduated design stencils to create on background that is easily cut up to create three coordinating cards.

My color combo was a surprise to me, after just messing around. I love the way Avocado, Banana Cream Pie, Passion Fruit, and Macaron all played together for this bright and fresh look!

I used this panel from the Triple Slim Panel along with this awesome Half Dots Stencil. I love the variety of colors and the clean look of this panel in white. So much variety in a clean and simple design. My sentiment is from the new set Boho Hellos. Just the right mix of fonts for simple, yet thoughtful, messages.

You Are AMAZING! I used the Rainbow Drip Drops to accent my colors on the Boho Background, and I loved how they picked up color from underneath and shifted their appearance.

Happy Birthday with a little black sentiment, Black Drip Drops and splatter for interest is a simple favorite of mine from this fabulous release!

I’m calling it Boho Trip Slim Stencils for the win! It’s an easy way to create multiple cards with coordinated looks, making it an awesome choice for building up your card stash or creating gift sets.

Thank you for stopping by today! I’m so happy to be a part of the TE Creative Team, and I can’t wait to see their takes on this amazing release, and I’m looking forward to sharing more as time goes by!

Pinkfresh Studio Dahlia Blooms

Welcome to the March

Pinkfresh Studio blog hop!

So many beautiful new pretties today from Pinkfresh Studio! I’ve been in the craft zone, and I have two cards to share today!

There’s just no one quite like you.

First up, I am sharing the beautiful Dahlia Suite, complete with Dahlia Washi Tape <swoon> in this gorgeous soft pink that is perfect for spring! The washi tape works perfectly with the Dahlia Washi Die and sentiments from the Dahlia Washi Stamp.

I’ve layered my blooms on cardstock cut with the Sparkling Diamonds Die and added a Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame. It’s finished off with Sparkling White Glacier Crystals.

For my second project, I was thrilled to create my base frame with the brand new Hexagon Hot Foil with the new Hexagon Dies. I love the thicker lines of the hexagon foil plate. It makes for a substantial base to hold your images and sentiments.

I’ve stacked my hexagons full of Rainbow Washi Florals, using the Rainbow Floral Washi and the Rainbow Floral Washi Die for blooms that flow seamlessly across the card. Love the ease and color of this collection!

How do you feel about some prizes?

The Pinkfresh Studio team will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. 

But that’s not all!

We will be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop. The winners will be selected from among the comments! Pinkfresh Studio will pull the winners & post them on April 5, 2022 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please check and claim your prize within 2 weeks of the April 5th posting!

I’m sure you are ready for more inspiration, please visit my blog hop friends for many gorgeous ideas using products from this fabulous release:

Thanks for hopping by! Good luck on the prize entries!

More Creative Cuteness in 2022

I have a goal to put more creative cuteness into 2022, and I’m kicking it off with one of the means to that goal early in the year! I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited to work with the amazing Ink Blot Shop design team, celebrating new releases and overall cute stamps all year long! I love Tifany the owner, and I adore her clean, cute product line. This is going to be fun!

One card to share with you today that uses the ADORABLE Fat Cats, Solid Sayings, and Accents! I’ve colored Fat Cat and cute tweety bird with Polychromos colored pencils, and I’m love the Accents to add interest (like the wallpaper background and scalloped edge!) without adding bulk.

I’ll have more cuteness to share soon! What are some of your new year crafting goals?

Thanks for stopping by!

Pink Fresh Studio: Watercolor Wonder

Happy New Year, Stamping Friends!

Back in the fall, I had the privilege of spending an entire weekend taking a set of classes from Pink Fresh Studio just for fun! The classes were lead by some amazing women in the stamping industry, and it was so relaxing to just follow along, stamp and paint, die-cut and glue, add a few sequins here and there. I pretty much stuck to the presented designs all weekend, and I LOVED IT! I hope the Pink Fresh Studio team plans another event sometime soon!

I followed the student guide for both of my cards, and it was so fun to watch the water and color just roll across the paper, morphing into these beautiful flowers. The set is called Cosmo Bunch, and this class was taught by the amazing, Emily Midgett.

The Mini Slimline Scallop Rectangle Essentials Die was a gift in the class swag, and it’s already gotten quite the workout! I used Daniel Smith Watercolor for both of my cards, and I love the floral image, but I think the sentiment on this card may have been my favorite thing. So many times I can envision sending a card with this sentiment.

Yesterday was heavy, put it down.

May the new year be brighter, contain more color and inspiration for you and yours!

Fun with the Gel Printing Kit from TE

Gel Press Fun with the Taylored Expresssions Hexagons and Gel Printing Kit

2021 will be remembered as the year I fell in love with my Gel Press! It’s fun to play around and super relaxing to pull print after print with a combination of paints, embossing folders, stencils and odd textures from around the craft room.

I created this card with the new Taylored Expressions Gel Printing Kit paints, the Honeycomb Stencil, the Floral Vine Embossing Folder, and the Happy Hex die & stamp combo.

The TE Gel Printing Kit features the fabulous Gel Press and comes with paints, gel printing paper, brayer, storage tin, and plate sanitizer for $69. Now through October 17th, receive a free class with the purchase of the kit! I’ve learned so much from the class instructor – I think you’ll LOVE it!

This is a quick shot of the print I pulled with the Floral Vine Embossing Folder texture before I cut it up with the Happy Hex die to create accents for my Honeycomb Stencil Panel.

Be inspired by visiting these great designers:

What is your favorite thing to use to create texture on the Gel Press? I can’t wait to see what you create with your Gel Printing Kit!

TE Christmas Release

Today I am sharing projects made for the brand new Taylored Expressions Christmas collection! I love getting a jump start on my holiday crafting, and I loved the variety of themes within this release.

For this card, I used the Festive Fir die with an embossing pad kit to get a crisp impression of the die detail without cutting through the cardstock. I added a masked rectangle frame and added a border using A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate. The card features a foiled sentiment from the newest collection of Foil It items in the TE Store and white TE Tiny Diamonds.

The Weary World Rejoices

Next I used the Arched Nativity Cutting Plate with Arched Stacklet Dies to create a framed night sky nativity scene.

The Weary World Rejoices

I created my scene with Blue Corn, Gumball and Jelly Donut TE Premium Inks blended on Sugar Cube cardstock using the Arched Masking Stencils from the I Want It All Nativity Bundle. Then I used the Twinkle, Twinkle Background stamp and Sea Salt TE Premium Ink to “lift” the stars from the ink blended background. Love this tip I learned from Noriko Fairchild.

I finished this card off with a sentiment foiled from Simple Strips Reverse Christmas, an embossed frame using the Floral Vine Embossing Folder, Bits & Pieces Sparkly Stars in the background sky, and spritzed the black pieces with TE Liquid Watercolor Shimmer.

Celebrating the Greatest Gift of All

Again, I reached for the Festive Fir Die. I first cut the tree from Salt Water Taffy Cardstock and Green Apple Cardstock. The Green Apple cardstock was covered with a Sticky Sheet before cutting. After cutting and peeling away the top layer of protective film, I sprinkled the Green Apple pieces with Sugar Cube Glitter. Then I lifted each piece, peeled the back sticky layer and inlaid the pieces into the Salt Water Taffy layer of cardstock.

Celebrating the Greatest Gift of All

I added a little detail in the corners of a base layer of Green Apple Cardstock with the new and finished it off with a sentiment foiled from Simple Strips Reverse Christmas – cut with the Sentiment Strips Die.

Season’s Greetings: Wishing you a joyful season filled with love and peace.

My next card features elements from the Merry Blooms Stamps and Stencil Combo that is being released as individual items today. I used Blender Brushes to apply the floral blooms and the stamp to add the background foliage. My card features a scoreline accent and set on the Petite Scalloped Rectangle diecut layer. How fun are the Tiny Diamonds to add a little petal center glitz?

Merry Christmas

Here I’ve used the Trendy Tree Farm stamp and masking stencil combo for a quick and easy card with the Merry Christmas sentiment from the set

Merry Christmas: Peace, Rejoice, Hope, Love, Noel, and Joy

I added trees with the stencil layers and then did a simple Gold Embossing Powder layer over the top with the stamp set. Again, I’ve added TE’s Tiny Diamonds for a little glam – I love the size of these Tiny Diamonds! Just a little sparkle and they won’t get caught up in the postage machines.

Season’s Greetings

One more mini slim card featuring the Merry Blooms Stamps and Stencil Combo. I’ve used a variety of Mini Slim dies to create the frames on Green Apple Cardstock – Mini Slim Thin Cutting Plate Frame and Mini Slim Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets with more TE’s Tiny Diamonds. (Love those!)

Season’s Greetings

My last card features the Trendy Tree Stamp & Stencil & Die combo again – the elements of this kit are available individually. This was a quick and easy card. After stenciling the trees, I added Happy Medium Glitter through the window and dropped in tiny Bits & Pieces Sparkly Stars and Bits & Pieces Full of Hearts. So easy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour through my Christmas card projects. Love the different style options from Taylored Expressions, truly something for everyone.

Find much more inspiration from these fabulous designers:

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Pinkfresh Studio September Release

I’m excited to be guest designing for Pinkfresh Studio today and sharing new product projects. You are in for a treat as this release features an innovative new item foiling fanatics will LOVE!

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop! We are so excited about this release, and I was honored to create projects to share with you! If you are following the blog hop order, you have arrived from the blog of the fabulous Lea Lawson. The full blog hop list can be found HERE.
Before I tell you about my cards, I have two fun things to share that are special:
  • First, Pinkfresh Studio is offering free US shipping on all orders $75+ from September 27th to October 3rd.
  • Second, Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop. More details below!

How would you like to see my projects? The Blooming Branch collection is a beauty. I went with a late-fall vibe in blues and browns. The first step was to stamp and emboss the image from Blooming Branch Stamp Set in gold and then fill in color with the coordinating Blooming Branch Layering Stencils. Love the depth of the images with the layered stencils – so easy to line up!

Finally, I die-cut the Blooming Branch image with the Blooming Branch Die, and then I pulled the Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame die and sentiments from the Dahlia Bunch stamp set to finish off my card.

Up next, I paired the Dahlia Bunch stamp and stencils with the fabulous new Solid Hot Foil Plate. This foil plate innovation is a game changer that allows you to use the remnant from your heat foil plates for a negative foiled image, eliminating waste and doubling your foil fun.

The new Solid Foil Plate allows you to quickly use the negative foil pieces left over from the first foil plate print, in this case, the Diagonal Stripe Cover Plate.

Not only does it mean no waste of the negative foil, it makes for quick and easy multiple cards. See the slight variation in the background foil design. Love it! Here, the Dahlia Bunch Layering Stencil and Dahlia Bunch Die is paired with the Pinkfresh Studio Fancy Oval Die on top of the foiled backgrounds. I added sentiments from the beautiful set, Perfect Sentiments.

Finally, I love the gorgeous new Inna Alphabet Die and Inna Alphabet Foil combination. The alphabet has gorgeous detailed stencils, but here, I’ve used the Solid Hot Foil Plate to use the negative foil print of the alphabet.

I finished this card by adding JOY on top of the Leafy Circle Die, a label from Fancy Label Frames, and a base layer created with the Diagonal Stripe Hot Foil Plate.

PRIZES! Pinkfresh Studio has generous prizes up for grabs to blog hop visitors! Up for grabs are TEN $25 gift certificates chosen from visitors who comment on blog hop participant blogs. Winners will be announced on October 5th on THIS PAGE. It is the winner’s responsibility to claim his/her prize within 2 weeks. Good luck!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, and now, on with the blog hop fun! If you are following the hop in order, your next stop is the talented Maria Wills. You can find the full list on the Pinkfresh Stamps Blog. Enjoy!

Introducing Wheatfield Dreams

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m passionate about living in the Midwest. I find a raw beauty in fields that stretch to the horizon, and I’m in love with our summer and fall seasons here. I think our prairies and prairie flowers are a calming gift, and they my preferred subjects for cardmaking, painting, and sketching.

Today, I’m thrilled to share my latest illustrated stamping kit from Taylored Expressions called Wheatfield Dreams and a few samples that I’ve created! It’s even more special to be a part of Taylor’s 13th Birthday celebration month! Wheatfield Dreams follows two previous sets in my Field Notes Series, Sketchbook Florals and Sketchbook Bouquet. This limited kit includes my new stamp set of the same name with coordinating dies, a beautiful burlap background, 12 fabulous wheatfield foil panels, Copper embossing powder, envelopes and TE matching seals all served up in a fabulous zippered pouch. The kit retails for $69 and is only available from Taylored Expressions while supplies last.

In this card, I’ve used the Foil It Wheatfield panel heated with Deco Foil – champagne color. I love the richness that foil brings to a card!

I created ink blending over the foil panel with Confetti Cake Ink and added Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter from Ranger in the kernels of the wheat. The foil panel was trimmed down and adhered to a Confetti Cake cardstock base back-stamped with clear embossing ink for a watermark and splattered with white paint. I added the large Signature Thanks die cut from TE’s gold foil cardstock and a frame from my favorite accent die set, A2 Thin Frame cutting plate. This frame is a perfect complement to any card design. The thin-line frame finishes the design with no added bulk or weight. I love it!

As with all of Taylor’s kits, I love the coordinating seals and envelopes. The packaging for the card ends up being a real treat to hold in your hands.

It would not be a wheatfield inspired kit without a sunflower. Fun fact, in the midwest, wheat is harvested in the spring – early June, and our sunflowers do not usually show up until late August. No matter about that, they are hand-in-hand for me. Here, the sunflower was heat embossed on watercolor paper and painted with Taylored Expressions Liquid Watercolor colors (brand new: Honey, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil) and Chocolate Truffle.

To help launch the kit this month, in addition to the rockstar line up of designers on Taylor’s team, I asked four designers I adore to help me celebrate. Please visit:

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you feel a joy in our shift of seasons and find plenty of time for things that bring a smile to your face. If you need me, I’ll be stamping! Have a GREAT DAY!