Taylored Expressions: June 2019 Release Day!!!

Hello, Everyone!!!

Hooray, for it is Taylored Expressions June 2019 Release Day! The entire new release is now live at the TE webstore for you to purchase! Be sure to click on the link and visit to see even more inspiration!

Today, I have two card projects to share with you featuring two new TE background stamps: Create in Color Background stamp and Wildflower Background stamp. Background stamps are probably my favorite type of stamp, therefore, I am excited to share these with you!

Let’s get started…

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Taylored Expressions: June 2019 Release Sneak Peeks, Day 3!!!

Good Day, Crafty Friends!

Wow! This week is passing by quickly! Today, is Day 3 of Sneak Peeks for the Taylored Expressions June 2019 Release. This release will go live TOMORROW (Thursday) at 09:00 CST on the TE webstore.

I am always thankful and super appreciative of those who have committed their lives to serving our country and protecting all of us. Sometimes there are no words or enough words to express my gratitude. I love when there are stamp companies who design such products to honor all those who are serving in our U.S. Military. Thank you to all who have served, who are serving, and those who have lost their lives serving and protecting.

Here is what I have created for you all to see today…thanking the many, many individuals who deserve it all! 🙂

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Taylored Expressions: June 2019 Release Sneak Peeks, Day 1!!!

Good morning crafty friends!

Wow! Taylored Expressions has done an amazing job at creating such wonderful products for you to enjoy this summer (and beyond)! They have most definitely knocked it out of the park! The TE June 2019 Release will go live on Thursday, June 6th, at 09:00AM CST on the TE webstore! Set your clocks!

Today, I have three projects to share with you. *BAM*! All the supplies I used will be listed below in order of how I share each project. Now, grab your coffee and a small snack…as I hope you will enjoy what I have to share with you today…

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Taylored Expressions: Happy Birthday to You!

Hello and Happy Monday!

Thank you for joining me today! Happy, Happy Birthday to all those May Birthday’s!!! Can you believe May is already coming to an end? Where has 2019 gone? It’s gone by SUPER FAST, that’s what I know!

Today, I have a card project featuring a beautiful bouquet of flowers with an added bit of a shaker element for a birthday card.

Let’s get started…

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Does the flower bouquet and jar look like it pops off from the background?! Yup, I have all the tips and tricks for you today! This card project showcases a couple newer stamps sets released from TE: Brimming with Love and Brimming with Love Sentiments.

I love these coordinating sets because you can use them together or separate. Also, the solid color stamps give such an artistic look without any work. I am a perfectionist and this allows me to let loose a little. This set is good for mass producing as well!

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Here is how this card was created:

  • I created a top-folding, A2 card base from TE Earl Grey cardstock.
  • Then, I used the TE Brimming with Love stamp set to create the floral jar look. It was so easy to do because all the solid stamps within the stamp set coordinated perfectly with the main image. All I had to do was pick a few colors for the flowers and leaves.
    • All the colors I used are listed below in the supply list.
  • Once the images were done being stamped and colored, I used masking paper to cover the entire image in order to use the TE Topsy Turvy stencil to add a light design in the background.
    • Using blender brushes, I used TE Earl Grey dye premium ink to lightly add in a light colored background around the floral image.
  • I did NOT use the coordinating die, but instead I cut out the inside of the jar myself to create a small shaker element. I thought about putting in a water pouch, but decided not this time. HA!
    • Once I cut the inside of the jar out, I adhered a piece of acetate behind it. I also created a water-like look (with TE premium dye inks) on a separate panel to go behind the jar part.
    • The back of the entire panel was covered in foam adhesive to not only create a shaker window, but to pop the entire panel off the card base.
    • TE Shaker Filling – Vanilla Creme was utilized for the shaker bead part, which added a bit more of a water-like look!
  • Next, I took a small bit of ribbon I had in my stash to create a double bow. There was a small bit of space under the floral bundle that fit perfectly for the double bow! 🙂
  • Lastly, I took a couple Copic markers (B000 and C0) to outline the floral bouquet.
    • By doing this, it gave the entire image the look of dimension…as if the image popped off the background. Ha, as if I used the coordinating die to cut it out, right? 🙂 Sometimes when you don’t have certain supplies, one improvises!

That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed my card project today! Please continue to stop by and see what I have to share with you. I’d love to hear from you and/or see what inspires you to create!

Have a terrific day,

-Noriko

Card Project Supply List:

Copic Markers
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TE Premium Ink – Plum Punch – Full Pad
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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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Heat-Resistant Window Acetate
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TE Premium Cardstock – Earl Grey
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TE Premium Cardstock – Sugar Cube
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TE Premium Cardstock – Confetti Cake
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TE Fine Detail Embossing Powder – Black
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TE Premium Ink – Confetti Cake – Full…
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TE Premium Ink – Lime Zest – Full Pad
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TE Premium Ink – Blue Raspberry -…
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TE Premium Ink – Pineapple – Full Pad
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Topsy Turvy Stencil
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TE Shaker Filling – Vanilla Creme
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Versamark – Watermark Stamp Pad
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TE Premium Ink – Earl Grey – Full Pad
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TE Premium Ink – Fruit Punch – Full Pad
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Brimming with Love Sentiments
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Brimming with Love
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Taylored Expressions: Teacher Appreciation

Happy Monday!

Today, I have a card project to show all the appreciation I have for teachers! In the past, I have had amazing teachers…people who have made a difference in my life. They have also instilled in me encouragement, kindness, and the willingness to keep working hard for what I want!

Thank you to all those that continue to inspire others through teaching!

Let’s get started with today’s project…

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I pulled out an old technique that I’ve done before. Sometimes when you are in a crafty funk…use an old technique and renew it! Roughly two years ago when I started my journey with Taylored Expressions, I created this Poinsettia shaker card (shown below).

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I took the concept in the photo above and applied it to my new card project! So different, yet very similar! :D! Again, don’t be afraid to use something you’ve already created.

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How I created this project:

  • I created an A2 sized card base from TE Sugar Cube cardstock. I also created a thin frame (from TE Lime Zest cardstock) utilizing the negative leftovers from die-cutting a stitched rectangle.
  • Next, I used a masking technique to stamp all three apples from the TE Apple of My Eye stamp set. I loved all the statements within those three apples, so I had to use all of them!
  • Once I finished my stamping, I used the TE Apple Stacklets to create the shaker window out of TE Pineapple cardstock. This part is a bit tricky, but can be done! I die-cut the largest apple first and then overlapped the smaller two apples in order to get all three apples in the window!
    • Helpful Crafty Tip: In order to line up the coordinating apple dies, I used a light source so that I could align the dies up with the images onto colored cardstock. One could also use an electric die-cutting machine if they have the option available. I just love finding other uses for my dies!
  • Once the shaker window was created, I used the TE Lots of Stars embossing folder to give the background a little more “umpf”. I love texture, dimension, and depth to my cards!
  • Then, I adhered acetate behind the star embossed panel before filling it with shaker material. I just added a little bit so that one could still see the lovely sentiments.
  • Lastly, the stems/leaves and sentiment were adhered to the card project using foam adhesive. Again, by popping these parts up gave the card more depth and dimension!
  • Viola!

Hope you have enjoyed my card project today! If you’re interested in more teacher-themed products…check out the TE Foil It – Cardstock Apple of My Eye Sentiments on the TE webstore. They are a set of amazing pre-printed and pre-tonered images on 80lb white premium cardstock that one could foil with Deco Foil transfer sheets and a laminator! :D!

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

-Noriko

Card Project Supply List:

Embossing Folder – Lots of Stars
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TE Premium Cardstock – Sugar Cube
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Apple Stems & Seeds
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Apple Stacklets
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TE Premium Cardstock – Lime Zest
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TE Premium Ink – Lime Zest – Full Pad
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Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
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TE Premium Cardstock – Blue Raspberry
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TE Premium Cardstock – Pineapple
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TE Premium Ink – Cherry Pop – Full Pad
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TE Shaker Filling – Vanilla Creme
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Foam Tape Roll – 1/8″ Thick
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TE Fine Detail Embossing Powder – White
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TE Premium Ink – Chocolate Truffle -…
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Versamark – Watermark Stamp Pad
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Apple of My Eye
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Simple Strips Background
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Taylored Expressions: Mini May Release

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Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Are you ready for a super cute monstrous Mini May Release from Taylored Expressions?! It is now live! Go visit the TE webstore to view all the products released in this Mini May Release, which includes brand new Father’s Day themed stamp set!

Let’s get started on my interactive monster birthday card project…

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Of course, I guess it wouldn’t be a card from me without some type of interactive element! I just love the element of surprise for the recipients of my cards! :D! This card project and color combo was inspired by the thoughts of my crazy, wild, lovable nieces and nephews. They are full of energy, spunk, attitude, and cuteness!

Don’t forget to visit my Instagram account (@flourishingcreations) to see a video clip of this card in action! Above, is a series of three pictures to visualize how by pulling a tab reveals another cute monster!

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Here’s how I created this card:

  • I started with inking/stamping/coloring the cute monster images from the new TE stamp set, Little Monsters, with TE Oreo ink and Copic markers. I chose bright colors and then coordinated my cardstock with my Copic marker colors. 🙂
    • Helpful Crafty Tip: I find it helpful, for myself, to choose my cardstock colors before I color. I have a lot more Copic colors than paper colors. Before, I would color an image and then not have the colored paper to coordinate with the images. I disliked being stuck in that crafty situation!
  • The best part of this stamp set is that it comes with coordinating dies! After I colored the images, I die-cut them out!
  • Next, I set up the card layout and it’s layers. The top panel was created with TE Scattered Stars Stencil, TE Pineapple premium dye ink, and TE Pineapple cardstock.
    • I used blending brushes to apply the ink onto the cardstock through the stencil.
  • I created a matte layer with TE Lime Zest cardstock and then the card base from TE Blue Raspberry cardstock. The stitched circle frame was created utilizing the TE Stitched Frame Stacklets 2 die set and TE Candy Corn cardstock.
  • To create the interactive element, I engineered a hinge with a pull tab.
  • Lastly, I stamped/heat embossed the little monster birthday sentiment onto a thicker strip of TE Fruit Punch cardstock and placed the colored images around it.
  • Viola!

Hope you have enjoyed my little monster birthday card project today! Taylored Expressions is graciously giving FREE US shipping – click the picture below!!!

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Have a monstrously-amazing day!

-Noriko

Card Project Supply List:

TE Premium Ink – Oreo – Full Pad
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Stitched Circle Stacklets
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TE Premium Cardstock – Sugar Cube
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TE Premium Cardstock – Candy Corn
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Copic Markers
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Stitched Frame Stacklets 2
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Scattered Stars Stencil
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TE Premium Cardstock – Lime Zest
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Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
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TE Premium Cardstock – Blue Raspberry
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TE Premium Cardstock – Pineapple
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TE Premium Ink – Pineapple – Full Pad
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Foam Tape Roll – 1/8″ Thick
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TE Fine Detail Embossing Powder – White
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Versamark – Watermark Stamp Pad
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TE Premium Cardstock – Fruit Punch
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Little Monsters Stamp & Die Combo
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