September 10, 2019

TE 11th Birthday Celebrations!

Starts today! Taylored Expressions turned 11 this month. Huge congratulations to Taylor and team for the huge success. Wishing you all many more to come.


As part of the celebrations, TE is releasing a mini release. The products in this release is Birthday themed of course! So I am so excited to share projects using the new release products.

Today I have two new projects to share. The first project uses the new Gifted Cutting Plate and Gifted background stamp.

Presents card

The Gifted background stamp coordinated with the Gifted Cutting plate and there is also a stencil that coordinates called Gifted 🙂 I love this because I can use the gifted background stamp with either the stencil and/or the cutting plate. And I can use the cutting plate with stencil only. Such a cute and functional idea! Love it. On my card, I used the Gifted stamp with the cutting plate. I stamped, and coloured the gifts using copic markers, then used the cutting plate to die cut them out. I also die cut four more white panel using the cutting plate to use the gifts die cuts to stack and glue under the coloured gift die cuts.

I adhered the negative panel on the card base. and inlaid all the gift die cuts back in plate. The gifts have dimension on them so they pop up. For the sentiment, I used the one of sentiment from Simple Strips Birthday stamp set. I heat embossed all the sentiments on Oreo cardstock and used the Simple Strips die to die cut a whole lot of sentiments. I used one of the sentiment strips on this card. I added highlights using white gel pen.

Presents card closeup1

Presents card closeup


The second project is my favourite one in this release. The new products I have used are called Big Cake stamp set with its coordinating die and Simple Strips Birthday.

_Birthday cake card

I love this big and beautifully detailed Big Cake stamp set. How gorgeous are the details. The size of the image is big that it will be THE focal image on the card. You do not need anything else. The candles are seperate images. So you have a choice to use the candles or not.

I smooshed the TE liquid watercolors on watercolour cardstock, then stamping the images using Oreo hybrid ink and colouring the details using copic markers to make them pop. I will list all the liquid watercolors I used in the supply list below. I added white details using white gel pen. Then using the coordinating die, I die cut the big cake and candles out. I glued the candles to the big cake.

For the background of the card, I used the Streamers embossing folder from TE to dry emboss the panel. This adds subtle interest, dimension and texture to the background instead of just the plain white panel. I trimmed the panel and adhered to the card front using craft foam. Then adhered the big cake die cut on top of the embossed panel using foam adhesives. The sentiment is from Simple Strips Birthday stamp set stamped in Oreo hybrid ink on Candy Corn cardstock. Using the Simple Strip die, I die cut them. I used three of the sentiment strips on the card. Thats the card done.

_Birthday cake card closeup1

_Birthday cake card closeup


All these new products and many more will be released on Thursday the 12th September at TE website. BTW, have you seen the new website? Its beautiful and very friendly to use. 😉

We’re celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here’s how you can jump in on the celebration!

1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)

2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+

3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 

Offers valid 9/10 – 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You’ll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards! 

During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressions will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customer’s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care. Read Louise’s story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today. I will see you tomorrow with day #2 projects of Taylored Expression birthday release.

September 9, 2019

TE Blender Brushes Projects and Pre-Order Info

Hey everyone, Hope you all are having a great weekend and happy Monday to everyone on the other side of the planet. I have a few projects I like to share using Taylored Expression Blender Brushes and I also have some new information on the brushes to share.

But first, have you seen TE’s new website? It is amazing. So beautiful and very user friendly. I love it. Check out TE store if you haven’t. TE will start accepting pre-order for the new Blender Brushes starting September 12th. Here are some important information from TE blog regarding the pre-order:

  • Blender brushes will be arriving in waves over the next several months & it is important that you note the estimated shipping date in the description on the product page when you place your pre-order.
  • Please include only the blender brushes and caddy in your order. If you have additional items to order, we ask that you place a separate order for those items.
  • When you purchase the blender brushes and caddy together, you will receive the cleaning tool FREE through September 16th or while supplies last.

If you missed out on the gorgeous and functional TE blender brushes, then here is your second chance. I love mine and am sure you will love yours too.

I have couple of projects to share using these blender brushes. The first one uses the Simple Strips stamp set and dies. This series of stamp set and dies are a must have in your collection. So easy to stamp out a ton of sentiments and the one die cuts them all out. Perfect!

What I did was to use TE dye inks and Blender Brushes to blend the colours on sugar cube cardstock and die cut using the Simple Strips die. Then I adhered them using foam adhesives on a Sugar Cube panel. I adhered this panel on the card base. The sentiment is from Simple Strips stamp set which I white heat embossed on Oreo cardstock and die cut using the coordinating die. A few white nuvo crystal drops to finish off the card.

Blender Brushes die card for day #3

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Blender Brushes die card for day #3 closeup


TE Blender Brushes
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TE Blender Brushes Storage Caddy
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Simple Strips Background
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Simple Strips Die
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TE Premium Ink – Lollipop – Full Pad
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TE Premium Ink – Candy Corn – Full Pad
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TE Premium Ink – Lemon Meringue -…
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VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
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TE Premium Cardstock – Sugar Cube
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TE Premium Cardstock – Oreo
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TE Foam Tape, 1/8″
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Nuvo White Crystal Drops
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TE Fine Detail Embossing Powder – White
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I also have a second project using the blender brushes and an older die called Downtown Border die and Set the Scene Clouds stencil along with the Simple Strips stamp set and dies.

BB Diecut video card

I used the Clouds stencil and TE Earl Grey dye ink to make the clouds background with blender brushes. Then I sponged a rainbow of colours from TE on Sugar Cube cardstock strips. I chose Lollipop, Granny Smith, Lemon Meringue, Candy Corn and Cookie Monster. Then die cut the strips with Downtown Border die. Now I layered glued them on a scrap paper before adhering them on the background panel before adhered the panel to the card base. The sentiment is the leftover from the previous heat embossed sentiments from Simple Strip die cut using the coordinating die. That is it. Card is finished.

BB Diecut video card closeup

BB Diecut video card closeup1


For more details check out TE store and Blog. And thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. This month is TE’s 11th birthday. We are celebrating the birthday from tomorrow (Tuesday) with lots of fun inspirations and prizes. Keep tuned! Have a lovely day everyone!

September 4, 2019

Merry Christmas!

This is my first Christmas card for the season. Hooray! I have made a start! Lol! This beautiful Poinsettia background stamp from Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember release inspired me to make the start. I watercoloured the background stamp and throughly enjoyed the process. So here is the card I made with the new Poinsettia background stamp.

Merry Christmas card #2

I stamped the image on Bristol Smooth cardstock using black ink which is watercolour compatible. I used MISTI to stamp and get good coverage. Then I used Zig clean colour brush pens in pink and green to coloured the poinsettias. I added the pink to the bottom and centre of each petal and green to the edges of the petal. Using the water brush, I blended the colours. Then I added dots using the pink brush pen for tone on tone effect, followed by white gel pen. Using the largest stitched wonky die, I die cut a stitched panel out of it. I adhered this panel on a kraft card base using craft foam for dimension. The sentiment is from an older Christmas stamp set from Simon called Retro Christmas. I simply stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on a strip of kraft cardstock and layered it with gold glitter cardstock using foam adhesives before gluing on the top of the poinsettia panel. That is it! Card is finished. I have a broad strip of the coloured poinsettia left over after die cutting the panel. I think I will use it to make another card and share. Here are some closeups of the card.

Merry Christmas card closeup

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Merry Christmas card closeup


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today. Have a lovely day!