Taylored Expressions Merry Blooms Card Kit Release!!

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday or should I say Merry Christmas in July! Taylored Expressions has a new card kit release and it has everything you need to get a jump start on your holiday cardmaking.

Here’s everything included the Merry Blooms Kit – which is available for $69:

Merry Blooms Stamp, Stencil, & Clear Combo set

  • Perfect Poinsettia die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Joyful Season stamp set
  • Bits & Pieces – Red Pearl & Gold Drip Drop Mix
  • 6 A2 Envelopes: Sugar Cube, Toffee, Cherry Pop, Mulled Wine, Djion, and Cilantro
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Limited quantity available. Most items not available to purchase individually.

You will be able to purchase additional envelope packs, envelope seals, the new Bits & Pieces – Red Pearl Drip Drops, and the Joyful Season die collection separately

Today, I’m sharing two non-traditional color combinations using the Merry Blooms Card Kit. 

For my first card, I experimented with an unexpected color combination and really LOVE how it turned out. Purple Poinsettias with Poblano Pepper & Dijon!?! What do you think…a color combination worth a try? 

Creating the Background with the Merry Blooms Stamp, Stencil & Clear Combo Set: With my MISTI, I started my card by stamping the greenery background in Poblano Pepper Ink. Then with my Lavender TE Blending Brush, I stenciled in the Purple Poinsettias. After ink blending, I added anti-static powder to the poinsettia images so I could heat emboss the petal details with silver embossing powder. Using the clear stamps, I added Jelly Donut ink to the purple poinsettias centers and Poblano Pepper veins to the holly. 

Creating the Pop-Up Elements: I used the Perfect Poinsettia die collection to create three silver foiled and silver-embossed vellum petals that I stacked together with liquid adhesive. To finish each of the poinsettias, I added a Cosmic Drip Drop to the center of each Poinsettia. 

Quick Tip: For the vellum poinsettia, I first embossed the images to a piece of vellum and then used the silver poinsettia die cuts as my guide to help orient where the die should go to by matching the silver petals to the metal die. 

The Joyful Season Sentiment: I prepped a piece of Jelly Donut cardstock with anti-static powder and then stamped Season’s Greetings with VersaMark Ink. I added silver embossing powder to the stamped image and heat embossed with my heat tool. I die-cut the sentiment using the coordinating Joyful Season Die Collection (not included in the kit but sold separately). To add extra dimension to the sentiment, I also used the die to cut a piece of purple foam and one extra piece of purple card stock which I then stacked together and adhered to the center of the Poinsettias. 

To finish the card, I added the decorated card panel to a Dijon card base. 

Purple, Poblano Pepper & Dijon Poinsettia Supplies

For my second card, I went with my favorite holiday color combination: White, Aqua/Teal & Red and flipped the design from landscape to portrait mode. 

I stamped the background in Cookie Monster Ink and used my red TE Blending Brush to stencil the poinsettias with Watermelon Ink. While I was ink blending with my red Blending Brush, I also applied Watermelon & Cherry Pop ink to a scrap of Sugar Cube Cardstock which I then used to die-cut two red poinsettias using the smallest die in the Perfect Poinsettia die collection. 

I prepped the stamped & stenciled background with anti-static powder. Then with VersaMark Ink and the Merry Blooms Clear Stamp Set I added the petal details and holly veins, added white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. 

The Sentiment was white heat embossed to Watermelon cardstock using the Joyful Season Stamp and then die cut using the coordinating Joyful Season Die Collection (not included in the kit but sold separately). To add extra dimension to the sentiment, I die-cut the sentiment from a piece of red foam which I then stacked under the Merry Christmas sentiment and adhered to the center of the card. 

For extra pop and shine, I stamped the Poinsettia centers with Cherry Pop Ink, adhered the Poinsettia die cuts around the sentiment and added gold drop drops to the center of all the poinsettias. To finish the card, I added the Aqua (Cookie Monster) sentiment banner and added the panel to a Cherry Pop Card Base. 

White, Aqua/Teal & Red Poinsettia Supplies

So there we are friends, two non-traditional Poinsettia holiday color combinations using the new & absolutely gorgeous Merry Blooms Card Kit at Taylored Expressions. Be sure you check out all the Creative Team Inspiration on the Taylored Expressions blog. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping Gift With Purchase: Trippin’ Stamp Set

Hi Friends! Stopping by to share with you two groovy cards that I created using the Essentials By Ellen Trippin’ Gift with Purchase Stamps & Die only at the Ellen Hutson Shop.

The Trippin’ – Gift With Purchase promotion is July 15 – July 19th 2021 so you still have some time to grab some crafting goodies. Spend $75 or more and receive the Trippin’ Stamp Set. Spend $100 or more and receive the matching die set. Free while supplies last, no code needed).

For both card images, I had a little try at adding Watercolor Tie-Dye. For the tie-dye effect, I added a puddle of water to the image and then directly applied the tips of several Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to add the bursts of color.

Quick Tip: I heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder to created a bumper to help the water and color stay within the image lines. 

For extra Grooviness, I added some Flower Power with petal-shaped sequins and the wild blooms image from the EBE You Should Know Stamp Set. I stamped the wild blooms image with VersaMark to peach cardstock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The retro Have a Groovy Day sentiment “block” was created using stacked Essential Arches that turned on their side in pink, orange and white card stock.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Totally Groovy Day!

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Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping Kick-Off with Avery Elle Soak It Up Stamp Set

Hi Friends! Have you seen the news!? Yesterday was the first official day of the Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping which includes a month full of summertime releases and tons of cardmaking inspiration. Be sure to check out the Ellen Hutson Blog and IG Feed for lots more details and to play along with our IG Hops

To kick-off Summer of Stamping, Ellen Hutson released an exclusive Avery Elle stamp and die set called Soak it Up which is only available in the EH Shop. Today, I’m sharing two cards using ALL the cuties and the adorable floaty unicorn. 

I combined both cards with the Essentials by Ellen Scallops Designer Die for a faux-water effect by adding pretty Aqua Memory Box cardstock colors behind the scallops die cut. It cracks me up how you can add the paws and hooves to the critters so it looks like they are hanging on the inflatable and summertime waves. Cuteness OVERLOAD!!

For the Soak It Up Inflatable Birthday Card, I colored the images with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

The Hello Sunshine card was colored with Pinks and Aqua Copic Markers. 

I completed each of the cards, by adhering the images to the scallop faux water die cut designs using liquid adhesive and thin foam adhesive squares. 

I hope you enjoyed my post today and be sure to stop by all month long for more Summer of Stamping Release Inspiration! Don’t forget to check out the Ellen Hutson Shop and Blog for more Summer of Stamping Details and chances to play along and win some prizes! 

Big Paper Hugs,


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