a Winter Noel and a Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes Blog Hop! Christmas crafting is among my favorite of favorite activities, and I the addition of this Layer It Cardinal die in the fall release made me smile. Like many families, the cardinal was a special sign to my grandma, and now I think of her every time I see one.

I used my blender brushes and the Taylored Expressions masking stencils to create this soft blue background with Confetti Cake and Gumball TE Premium Inks. Before I lifted the mask, I gave it a spritz with Liquid Shimmer mixed with water in spritzer – I love the Nuvo Spritzer – even, fine mist. LOVE. I’ve been using my extra to spritz my Christmas Cactus plants… time to order more! lol

Next, I cut the Layer It Cardinal die and the Pine Clippings die from watercolor cardstock and painted them with TE Liquid Watercolors. I mixed a little pink with Cherry POP for a cooler red, and these are a series of layers of color to build depth. After painting, the pine boughs are splattered with a bit of liquid white watercolor for snow. So easy!

Something fun to share today is the TE Holiday Gift Guide! So, just go ahead and hand your significant other or kids the link… For every $100 they spend, you’ll get a $20 voucher to be used in January… oh who am I kidding!? Just order what you want! LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I know the rest of the hop team has lots of pretty paper goodness today, please check them out:

WHATEVER! Stamp Camp

Whatever Stamp Camp April 2020

Do you need a crafty retreat? A weekend full of crafting and fun?  Join Laurie Willison, Nichol Spohr, and Lori Craig, along with 16 new crafty friends, for Whatever  Stamp Camp in quaint Newton, Kansas at the famous Whatever Craft House!! 

Thursday evening April 2 – Sunday, April 5, 2020

Weekend Details:

The weekend includes: 

  • lodging in one of the adorable Whatever Craft House bedrooms
  • all of your meals and snacks 
  • a card class and supplies with instructions each day 
  • DIY craft projects each day 
  • make and takes 
  • lots of fun surprises
  • cost is $575 per person.  (excluding airfare or travel expenses)

Payment Details

The initial deposit, due immediately to secure your spot is $100.  The initial deposit is non-refundable.

The 2nd payment of $225 is due February 1, 2020, and the final payment of $250 is due March 1, 2020.  Any cancellation within 30 days of the event are non-refundable.

Purchase your spot at Whatever Stamp Camp by clicking on the PayPal button below.



There are only 16 spots and they will go fast so grab your spot now!  First come first serve!

Once we have a full house, you will be sent a link with further instructions! Can’t wait to see you! 


Whatever Stamp Camp  Hosts

Nichol Spohr

Hi stampers! I’m Nichol Spohr and I’ve been paper crafting for about 19 years and have been involved in the paper crafting industry in some fashion since 2002. I started out as a scrapbooker who dabbled with stamping and over the years have evolved into a card maker who uses stamps on just about every single thing I create! I’m passionate about stamping and die cutting and getting the most out of my supplies. I enjoy sharing, inspiring, and teaching and regularly share video tutorials on my YouTube channel. You can always see what I’m up to by visiting my blog: https://nicholspohr.com/


Hi! I’m Lori! I’ve began papercrafting in 1998 by dabbling in scrapbooking because I enjoyed cropping with friends, but quickly transitioned to stamping & card-making. I call it “crafty therapy”, and my family calls it “necessary for household harmony”.

I have worked full-time in papercrafting since 2007 as the advertising manager for Splitcoaststampers.com, designer, blogger, in business development, and as a Copic Marker instructor in the US and Canada. 

As much as I love paper and ink, the many fabulous friends I’ve met on this incredible journey are (by far!!) my favorite thing about crafting, and I can’t wait to share this weekend with you in my native Kansas! 

You can find me on my blog: www.loricraig.com

and Instagram: @wheatfield_designs

Laurie Willison

My name is Laurie Willison. You can usually find me crafting away in my craft room while the kids are in school!  I am an RN and Travel Plannr. I live in Kansas with my husband and our 2 kiddos.

I have been stamping since 2007, when a sweet friend of mine introduced me to the world of ink, stamps and paper and have been blogging and crafting ever since. I have had the pleasure and honor of working on several amazing design teams over the years and have had so much fun in the process.  My favorite part of this hobby has to be the people. I have made lots of amazing friends, lots of whom I have had the chance to meet in person! We are excited to have you join us for this crafty weekend!

Find me over on my blog: https://soapboxcreations.blogspot.com 

and Instagram: @laurie_willison


The Falliday Six-Pack

It’s a super fun time at Splitcoaststampers with lots of great Falliday Fest challenges this week to get you into the spirit – and ahead of the curveball for holiday crafting. I’m hosting a fun challenge today. You can get all of the details HERE. I hope you’ll join us for the fun!

This is a set of tags I made in a flash with the new Speed Tagging single stamp and die from The Greetery. SWOON on stamping and cutting so much pretty at one time!

Super easy and impressive with the coordinating die that cuts and embosses sweet details into each tag with a single pass through the die-cut machine.

Love the colors that I’ll pair with white and kraft wrapping paper on December 23rd. LOL  These Pinecones from Taylored Expressions have become my holiday favorite go-to! I usually line the steps up on my MISTI and cut a slew at one time. I have about a dozen left on my desk, ready to go for my next project!

Including these so you can see all of the extra tags I have from three inks and passes with the Speed Tagging stamp and die combo. SET.

I hope you’ll join my challenge this week. I’d love to see all of your creative tag ideas! Happy Stamping this week! I’ll have more to share tomorrow!


Holding You in my Prayers – Square Masking Stencils

Thanks for stopping by on Day 3 of projects to showcase the new Masking Stencils from Taylored Expressions.

I must confess that several times in the last few weeks, I’ve sent store-bought-cards to people I care for. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed in any way, the thoughts are what’s important, but that has driven a little bit of my theme this week in creating cards that are easily mass-produced, or at minimum made in multiples because handstamped is always my preference to send. The Masking Stencils are awesome for that!

My first card features Wildflower Background and Sympathy Strips (which were a gift to me at Stamp Joy a few weeks ago – coming soon!) with the Simple Strips die. My background was created with the small Masking Stencil – Square and Confetti Cake ink, splattered with Sugar Cube ink and spritzed with Liquid Watercolor Shimmer. The background layer features my favorite embossing folder ever, Dotted Lattice.

Next up, I have needed several cards that speak peace and promise over a friend, and this small dove die is perfect for that. I created my background by blending Peaches ‘n Cream, Cupcake, Lavendar Glaze and Gumball inks inside the largest Masking Stencil – Square with Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes and splattered with Sugar Cube ink from a paintbrush.

I also blended a second piece of cardstock that I used to emboss and die cut the sentiment at the same time! I added a few scored lines across the bottom for visual weight, and called it done. Like my Christmas card yesterday – it would be easy to crank out a half dozen of these bases in 15-30 minutes. #winning

Finally, I have a simple fall hello with my favorite Plum Punch ink blended inside theMasking Stencil – Square. I added a leaf and a sentiment from Simply Stamped Leaves. 

There is plenty of inspiration today from the TE Team… I would love to thank them for inviting me to celebrate my friend Laurie Willison and these fun, new tools this week. Be sure to visit them for more fabulous ideas:

Thanks for stopping by!

Glory to the Newborn King

Welcome to Day 2 of ideas to celebrate new Masking Stencils from Taylored Expressions! I love that Taylor was able to work with my dear friend, Laurie to bring this idea to life!  While these stencils quickly became a favorite tool for me, I’ve really been inspired by all of the projects I saw shared yesterday! Loved all of the ideas!

As the calendar shifts closer to November, of course my card-making brain starts thinking about Christmas cards – pretty but mass-produceable Christmas cards. That’s what I feel like I am sharing today.

In years past, I would never have attempted a design like this for mass-production because of the time-consuming tape off for the clean square background. So really, this year, Taylor has brought two awesome products to simplify and speed up this technique: Masking Stencils and Blender Brushes.

Glory to the Newborn King features a stenciled backdrop with the Masking Stencil Squares and a feature of Gumball, Plum Punch, Blueberry and Jelly Donut Taylored Expressions Premium Ink. I’ve brushed the background with my Blender Brushes.en I like to use Taylor’s Sugar Cube cardstock or Bristol smooth for this blending method >>> like butter.

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New Blender Stencils from Taylored Expressions

Very excited to be sharing a brand new product this morning from Taylored Expressions – in collaboration with my friend, Laurie Willison! If you do any kind of ink blending, you’ll love these stencil masks for basic shapes that allow for beautiful one-layer cards!

In collaboration with my friend Laurie Willison, Taylored Expressions is releasing 4 shapes today for blending stencil backgrounds: ovals (as show on my God of Hope card above), circles, squares and rectangles.

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Farmhouse Lantern for All Seasons

Thrilled to be sharing a few projects today featuring a new set available tomorrow from Taylored Expressions called All is Bright. I was immediately drawn to the lantern because I have several decorated lanterns here at home that I love to switch around for the seasons.

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WOW! It seems like everyone else loved the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes as much as I did yesterday! SOLD OUT OF THE FIRST RUN in 12 hours! No one will be disappointed! Promise!

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A Brush with Destiny

Excited to share a new tool today that I think you’ll love! Several months ago, Taylor shared a new product with me: Blender Brushes specifically formulated for smooth application of stamping ink with handles that are colored in rainbow order for easy ink identification?! YES, PLEASE!

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I am thrilled to share a few projects today celebrating the first product release of designer, Heather Nichols for Taylored Expressions! Welcome!

Heather, Taylor and I have been stamping friends for many years, meeting each other at Splitcoaststampers close to 15 years ago! I probably had a little shriek-fest when I learned Heather had  joined the TE team.

The card above features Heather’s new set, The Tassel with The Tassel die. The stars are stamped in Sugar Cube on Cherry Pop cardstock. The mortar board and “celebrate” are stamped in Cherry Pop on Sugar Cube cardstock. My favorite element is the Banner Year die in black cardstock with white Banner Year die cut numbers. A fun, clean design that is easy to customize to nearly any school color combination!

The second card I want to share with you features Heather’s new Feather stamps and sentiments. I’ve always known Heather as her Splitcoast user name, Pine Feather – or Pine for short, so it was no surprise that she’d have this beautiful collection in her inaugural release!

This card features Simply Stamped Feathers and coordinating dies in Salt Water Taffy, Peaches and Cream and Toffee. The sentiment is from the new Wild and Free, and don’t you just love the feather stenciled in the background?

My favorite element of this card is the Shade Tree cutting plate in Toffee cardstock. I cut the trunk off of the tree and turned the die cut on it’s side. Love that vine look up the left side of the card.

Today, I’m very happy  to have completed many cards in April for all of the graduations I have coming up! My daughters are a junior in high school and a freshman in college, so we have a lot of family friends graduating this year. I love that I can easily match the cards to school themes. I made this card for our friend Taylor who will be attending Missouri Valley College next year!

The above card feature Heather’s new stamps The Tassle and Star Fall Background with The Tassle die in Candy Corn and Jelly Donut. I added some silver metallic stars, but after adding the photos, I see they appear black.  oops.

Another new stamp from this release is the Grid Background stamp! I have wanted a grid stamp like this for about a year, and I was so happy to see this one in Taylor’s new release. Here I stamped the grid in clear embossing ink and heat embossed with white. I used the square to watercolor, and I love how it turned out! The sentiment is the Thanks die cut from black cardstock and Thanks background mixed media die cut from vellum.

Super fun way to do mindless watercolor and turn them into little works of heart!

One last card to share today featuring The Tassel and Star Fall Background. So fast and fun in a Pineapple and Oreo combination. This one is in honor of my Alma Mater, the Wichita State University Shockers!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog  today! I do have two more projects to share tomorrow. It’s a close call, but they may be my favorites! I hope you’ll stop back by!