Monday, April 11, 2022

Taylored Expressions - Easter Cards

Hello, friends! Holy Week is upon us, and I am preparing to send out Easter cards to my family and friends. I was happy to get a chance to play with two different sets of Easter stamps from Taylored Expressions. Let's get right to it!

My first two cards feature the "Spring Wreath" Layering Stencil and coordinating dies (for one version). The sentiment on the outside of the card is from the "Handlettered Easter" set, stamped in black ink and then embossed with diamond embossing powder for some sparkle. The Bits and Pieces Drip Drops were the perfect finishing touch. 

The wooden plank background is an Impression Obsession image stamped using Hero Arts Soft Wheat ink. All other inks used in these projects are from Taylored Expressions.

The next version of this card is the same as the first, except this time I die cut the wreath and popped it up on black foam for dimension.

Inside the cards, I added a sentiment from the "The Inside Scoop - Easter Blessings" set. 
How versatile! I love this stamp set so much!


For my second trio of cards, I used the same sentiment sets noted above, but this time I designed the card base around the "Third Day Border" die and "Here Comes the Sun" stencil. Using a variety of TE inks and some masking, stenciling, and in some cases paper-piecing, I came up with three different versions of a similar card design. I can't decide which I like best!

On this version, I used a glitter pen to add glitter to the sun rays...a very subtle effect.

All of these cards have this sentiment on the inside...

I hope those of you who celebrate it have a very blessed Holy Week and a glorious Easter. 

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Paper Players - Thanks

Hello, friends! I'm here today to share a card I made for the current "clean and simple" challenge this week at The Paper Players (PP583). Laurie chose the theme: blooms!

When I saw the prompt, it made me think immediately of my Taylored Expressions "Autumn Array" stamp and stencil combo set. I paired it with a TE "Signature Thanks" die cut from gold foil paper and mounted on black foam for dimension.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day,

Friday, February 18, 2022

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Deck the Halls

Hello, friends! I'm popping in today to share a clean and simple one-layer Christmas card. 

I'm playing along with the February challenge hosted by Chistine at CAS Christmas Card Challenge to make a winter scene.

I made sure to keep it clean and simple by making a one-layer card with lots of white space and no kind of card!

I love this sweet Penny Black image paired with this large scripty My Favorite Things sentiment. The subtle ground, blue sky shading, and subtle snowflakes set the "winter scene."

The design team made some fabulous cards for this sure to check them out here.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! #422 - Christmas

Hello, friends! I'm happy to be back on the blog today, this time to share a Christmas card that I am entering into the current Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #433 - Christmas.

I love this sweet image from Penny Black (I'm not sure of the name of the stamp set, but if you know please tell me!).  It paired perfectly with a large sentiment from the My Favorite Things "Handwritten Holiday" set. 

I added ultra fine glitter to the ornament to give it some extra shine!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!


Monday, January 31, 2022

PP576 and Taylored Expressions Stenciled Birthday

Hello, friends! I wanted to stop by to share a set of three birthday cards I made while playing with my Taylored Expressions inks and stencils. I'm also playing along with the current The Paper Players PP576 - Tic Tac Toe Challenge from Joanne - I went down with die cut-birthday-stencil on all three cards, but I'm offically entering the second card pictured (with the scalloped edge die cut border).

I received this fun stencil as part of the TE Advent Calendar this year.  Every day for the month of December I enjoyed opening my Advent Calendar envelope, and this fun stencil was one of my favorite calendar items. (There were two stencils in the envelope...I will have more cards to share using the other stencil soon!) The colorful enamel dots were also part of the Advent fun!

One of the things I love about this little stencil is that it fits perfectly inside the TE "Scalloped Circle Masking Stencils," so that the smaller stencil image looks "framed" when you ink them up together.

Here are the three card variations I made, using a variety of TE mini ink cubes and blender brushes, and with the help of Pixie Spray so the stencils stayed in place:

The sentiment is from the TE "Anytime Expressions" sentiment set that was free with purchase a few months ago.  I must say this is one of my go-to sentiment sets!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Have a great day, 


Friday, January 21, 2022

Taylored Expressions "Full of Flowers" Birthday Cards

Hello, friends! I'm stopping by today to share two birthday cards I made using some of my Taylored Expressions supplies. These were so simple to make even though they look involved! 

My card bases feature the Taylored Expressions "Foil It - Full of Flowers" which I foiled using my Scotch laminator and Deco Foil (gold and pewter) found here. I added color to the card bases after I foiled them using distress inks and the TE "Full of Flowers" layering stencil. I die cut the edges and adhered to kraft card bases. 

The birthday sentiment is from the TE "Diamond Botanical" set, and the dots in the background are from the "Sketchbook Bouquet" set. 

I die cut the frames around the sentiment using gold foil paper and the TE "Frame in Frame 2" cutting plate. The shine of the foil paper accents the foiled background nicely.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Taylored Expressions "Ray of Sunshine" Birthday Card Set

Hello, friends! I'm here today to share a card set I recently made featuring the Taylored Expressions "Ray of Sunshine" cutting plate, a birthday sentiment from the "Itty Bitty Sentiments" set, and a pack of patterned paper that has been in my stash for too long!

I started out by pulling out eight coordinating papers from the American Crafts "Hip Hip Hooray" paper pad. I die cut each paper and laid them all out in a row. I also ran the die through using black and red glitter papers so I could use the frames. 

Here is what the die cut papers and the black glitter "frame" looked like before I started to assemble my cards:

I began to mix and match the pieces onto various coordinating card bases, and before I knew it I had a set of colorful cards ready for sentiments! 

I am always in need of birthday cards, so I stamped the same birthday sentiment for all of my cards and popped them up with foam in the center of the cards.  I am so pleased with the results!

My favorite of all the cards is the one featuring the black glitter frame. I think it makes the colorful patterned paper pieces just pop!

The red glitter frame is also fun!

Here are close-ups of the rest of the cards:

I am so happy that I finally used the papers in this paper pack...I have had them in my stash for years. (I guess I was hoarding them until just the right project came along!)  I hope to be able to do this again wth other coordinating patterned paper packs I have...they sure take the guess-work out of knowing what colors and patterns will go together using this die!

Thanks again for stopping by...I do appreciate your visits!  Take good care,