A2 to Mini Slim with Taylored Expressions Bouquet Whimsy Stamp Set and Die Collection

Hi Friends & Happy Tuesday! Hope you are having a great start to the new week! The Taylored Expressions Creative Team is sharing fun ways to turn an A2 Design into a Mini Slim Design using the same stamp set and die collection. I’m sharing bright and cheerful floral A2 to Mini Slim cards using the Bouquet Whimsy Stamp & Die Collection. 

I don’t know about you but our spring has been a little gloomy and I needed a little pick-me up so I brought the sunshine into the craft room with bright and colorful ink colors and a bouquet of happy flowers. 

The A2 Design

For the A2 design, I did a little second generation stamping and color overlapping directly to a white card panel using Fruit Punch, Candy Corn and Pineapple inks for the flowers and Cilantro ink for the stems. Then I added the polka-dot centers with Oreo Ink. For the center bloom in the bouquet, using Strawberry Milkshake I second generation stamped the 5 point petal image and stacked them together and placed them in the middle of the bouquet with liquid adhesive. To balance out the Oreo polka dot flower centers, I added four Bits & Pieces-Black Drip Drops. To complete the card, I added a banner sentiment and adhered the decorated panel to an Oreo Card Base. 

The Mini Slim Design

Taking color cue from my first card, I used a very similar color palette and incorporated the bold black contrast into the design using the Bits & Pieces-Black Drip Drops, Oreo & Poppy Seed Stenciled Striped layer and a white embossed on Oreo Cardstock Sentiment Strip. For the bouquet, I did change up the colors a little bit by adding in Lemon Meringue and Cookie Monster Florals and Key Lime Stems. All of the images were stamped and die cut and adhered to the stitched rectangle frame using liquid adhesive and thin foam squares which I then layered to the Black & White Stitched Frame, a Scallop Rectangle Frame and finally a Top-Folding Lemon Meringue Mini Slim Card Base. 

Supplies for A2 & Mini Slim Whimsy Bouquet Cards

So there we are friends, two cards in two different sizes using the exact same stamp set! I love how just a few little tweaks created similar yet very different card designs. I hope my bright and cheerful Bouquet Whimsy Cards inspire you to stretch your stamps into different card sizes. 

Be sure to check out all of the Creative Team’s take on the A2 to Mini Slim project because there is a special promotion this week!! 

If any of the main products that the TE Creative Team used on their project has caught your eye, we are making a selection of them available to you for 30% off through this Sunday, May 9th or while supplies last. Here are the sets included in the sale:

Hooray-Hooray!! Taylored Expressions Teacher and Grad New Release Inspiration

Hooray, Hooray!! The new Taylored Expressions Release is all about Celebrating our Teachers & Grads!!  

I can’t believe that school is almost out for summer and you know what that means…time for Teacher Appreciation and Graduation CardMaking Season!! I love this time of year when we get to celebrate our Teachers and Students for their dedication and hard work through the school year…and what a year this has been whether you experienced remote or hybrid learning…this was a Milestone Year like no other for all of us!! 

Using goodies from the new release, I’m sharing two teacher appreciation cards and a Graduation Card that’s all decked out in school spirit with foil & shine in my daughter’s school colors—we have a Moving Up Milestone Celebration this year! Happy 5th Grade Graduation Kiddo!!


Using the Full Circle-School stamp with the Apple Stacklets, I created a Mini Circle (fits in a 4×4 envelope) and A2 Teacher Appreciation Card. For the You’re the Best Teacher card, I used the Masked Circle and Scallop Circle Stencils in Gumball and Cherry Pop Inks for my first layer. Then with VersaMark Ink, I stamped the Full Circle-School image to the Cherry Pop stenciled circle and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. The size of the Full Circle Stamp is a PERFECT FIT in the largest Masked Circle Stencil!! Hint/Tip: Be sure to add anti-static to your ink blending because the embossing powder does like to stick to freshly ink blended areas. Loving how the little learning/education images POP off the red background with the white embossing powder!

I stamped the Teacher Sentiment in Gumball Ink and die cut using the Double-ended Flag Stacklets die. The apple was die cut from Cherry Pop and Granny Smith card stock using the Apple Stacklets & Apple Stems & Seeds Dies. Then I stacked and adhered the die cuts to the Full of Circle-School background image with foam tape. To finish the card, I added a sentiment strip from the You’re the Best Mini Strips set and two Bits & Pieces-Black Drip Drops for extra pop. 

I love making and giving mini cards in all shapes and sizes. They’re super cute and perfect to attach to a gift package, bag or basket with a little note of thanks or celebration. I die-cut a Circle Scallop Stacklet from Blueberry Card Stock and a Stitched Circle Stacklet from Sugar Cube Card Stock. Using the Apple Stacklets with the Apply Stems and Seeds, I die-cut three apple layers one from Cherry Pop Card Stock (and Granny Smith for the Stem), another from a Cherry Pop & Watermelon Ink Blended-Full Circle-School White Heat Embossed panel and the last from a piece of acetate.

Because I heat embossed the background, I didn’t want my stamped impression to be bumpy and I wanted to “see through” as much of the pattern as possible, soooo…I stamped the Teacher sentiment with Black Staz-On Ink to the Acetate Apple and adhered it in place with a piece of Kool Tak Clear Foam…then I stamped, heat embossed and applied the Thank You sentiment over the Kool Tak Adhesive.

To finish the mini card, I stacked and layered all of my pieces to the Blueberry Scallop Circle and attached it to a circle card base that I created using a circle nesting die and a partial die cut at the top of a folded A2 Card Edge. 

BOXED IN BASICS-GRAD 2021 Graduation Celebration

Graduation Milestones are such important events and what better way to celebrate than with a card that’s all about the foil and shine. The {Boxed In Basics}-Grad 2021 Panels are toner-printed which makes them perfect for foiling. I decided to customize my card panel to match my daughter’s school colors—Blue and Silver and it was super easy.

I just ran the panel with Blue Foil through my laminator machine and like magic I had instant Blue glam & shine. To add in the silver, with VersaMark Ink I stamped the Star Fall Background to the top of the Grad Panel and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. To add in a few more hints of “Soaring Blue”, I added Blueberry cardstock Grad Confetti Little Bits using Liquid Adhesive. To finish the card and for one last piece of shine, I added the decorated Grad Panel to a Silver Foil Cardstock Base. 

What Taylored Expressions Release wouldn’t be complete without an amazing Bundle!!

Get the Hooray Bundle for 15% off the retail price! The bundle includes:

  • On the Block – Hooray stamp
  • On the Block – Hooray Shadow die
  • Congrats die
  • Building Blocks – Well Done stamp
  • Simple Storage for Building Blocks case

The special introductory price of the Hooray Bundle is available Tuesday, April 27th, through Sunday, May 2nd, or while supplies last!

Hope you enjoyed my cards today! Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!! 

Teacher Appreciation Card Supplies

Boxed-In Basics Grad 2021 supplies