Taylored Expressions Perk Up! Cardmaking Kit Inspiration

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday! How you Brewin? It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means Taylored Expressions has a new Card Kit Available! This is kit is brought to you by Coffee to help a Latte Warm Wishes. Today, I’m sharing two coffee/mocha-color inspired cards using pieces from the kit and a couple add-ons AND of course I had to create a couple rainbow cards too.

Perk Up! Cardmaking Kit Details

The Perk Up! Cardmaking Kit retails for $59, is packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom sticker, and includes:

  • Perk Up! Stamp & Stencil Combo set
  • Perk Up! die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Hug in a Mug stamp set
  • Cup of Joe die collection
  • Coffee Create Repeat stamp set
  • The Insiders – Coffee panels

Most kit items are not available to purchase individually.

Additional products available to purchase outside of the kit: Foil It – Perk Up! panelsSimple Strips – Coffee stampCoffee Create Repeat die collectionPerk Up! envelope seals, and The Insiders – Coffee panels.

Limited quantity available

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Warm Hugs Coffee Cards

The design of these two cards is a little departure from my crisp white backgrounds that I usually go with. This time I thought a toffee background with dark brown & black would provide a warm & cozy “coffee by your side kind of vibe”.

Because I used very dark ink colors (Poppy Seed+Oreo, Chocolate Truffle and Oyster for the handles), I did the stamp & stenciling process a little backwards. I started by stenciling all the coffee mugs first and then used the TE Alignment Guides & MISTI to stamp the coffee cup designs with VersaMark Ink that I heat embossed with white embossing powder. This way the white embossing stays crisp and bright over the darker ink colors.

I created to card bases, but assembled them differently for two unique looks. For the first card, I stamped the coffee bean in between the coffee mugs using the clear stamp in the kit. Then I added two Black & White Embossed coffee sentiment strips to the bottom of the card design.

For the second card, I left the background clean and simple without the extra coffee bean stamping. I added a tall coffee mug die cut with Vellum, Toffee Cardstock + Toffee Ink blending and a Chocolate Truffle Handle. For the sentiment, I added the cute Hug in a Mug envelope seal and a Brown & White Embossed Coffee “Sending Warm Wishes” Sentiment Strip. To finish the card, I added a Chocolate Truffle border front the Frame in Frame 3 Die Set.

Perk Up & Rise and Shine Rainbow Coffee Cards

For my rainbow coffee duo, I created both cards from one stamped and stenciled background. I used the standard stamp with VersaMark>heat emboss>stencil process. After ink blending the rainbow colored mugs using the layering stencil, I used a cotton swap to remove any excess ink from the white embossed patterns on the mugs.

Once I had all my rainbow mugs cut out using the coordinating dies, I went to work arranging them in rainbow order to my diagonal stitched card base into a rainbow-like arch and horizontal rainbow.

I placed the “I will rise but I won’t Shine” in the center of the coffee mug rainbow. This sentiment totally cracks me up and sums up me in the mornings 🙂 I added the Monday sentiment strip for a little more “I need more coffee” snarky-ness.

For the second card, I used the coordinating clear stamp to add the rainbow coffee steam in Strawberry Milkshake, Watermelon, Pineapple, Cookie Monster and Blueberry and finished off the card with a black and white embossed Coffee Sentiment Strip.

To help the rainbow colors pop, I added the decorated card panels to a Licorice card base.

So there we are friends, two warm and cozy Coffee-Themed Cards plus two rise and shine bright and cheerful rainbow coffee cards using the Taylored Expressions Perk Up! Card Kit. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions Blog for more inspiration from the TE Creative Team. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

Perk Up! Cardmaking Kit Supply List

Taylored Expressions Second Chance New Release Inspiration

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday! Taylored Expressions just released several 2022 Gift With Purchase + a few Card Kit Supplies for purchase in the store along with several new coordinating products! Today, I’m sharing projects using the Dutch Garden and One in a Melon Layering Stencil.

One in a Melon Layering Stencil

The One in a Melon Layering Stencil & Clear Stamp Combo is such a fun set (I even saw a few designers turn the melons into pizzas & tacos!) and the new coordinating dies have all the pieces to create watermelon die cut slices.

For the Mini Slim Card Design, I used the layering stencil to create the mini slim stitched rectangle background in Lollipop, Key Lime and Oreo. I stamped the Punny Sentiment in Lollipop Ink and die cut using the coordinating die along with a piece of hot pink fun foam for extra dimension and combined it with the black and white embossed “Have the Sweetest Birthday” from the Hello Summer Mini Strip Set. To finish the card, I stacked the watermelon panel to a Key Lime Petite Scallop Stacklet and Lollipop cardbase.

The background on the A2 Thanks a Melon Card, was stenciled in Poppy Seed Ink using the Wonky Dots Mini Slim Stencil (they look just like watermelon seeds) and the panel was cut down and adhered to a Lollipop card panel. The Watermelon Slices were die cut using the One in a Melon Dies in Sugar Cube cardstock that I ink blended using TE Bitty Blender Brushes in Fruit Punch, Lollipop and Key Lime Inks. Using two heights of 3D foam squares, I adhered the Watermelon Slices to the Sugar Cube+Key Lime+Lollipop Circle Stacklet Layers. The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. To finish the card, I added all the layers together and adhered Lollipop Tiny Diamonds to the Wonky Dots background for a little extra pop.

One in a Melon Layering Stencil Supplies

Dutch Garden Layering Stencil

The Dutch Garden Layering stencil is the perfect background to experiment with color that I had to create two card with two very different color combinations. I finished each card with a ”Thanks” and “Hello” Framed Script Die Cut in Fruit Punch & Lavender Glaze and a coordinating black and white heat embossed sentiment from the Hello Add On and Thanks Add On Mini Strip Sets.

For the first color combination, I used Blueberry (stems & leaves), Cherry Pop+Fruit Punch and Cookie Monster. I layered the Dutch Garden Background to Cookie Monster & Cherry Pop cardstock using the A2 Layering Stacklets.

For the second color combination, I used Tropical Punch (stems & leaves), Dried Fig+Macaron and Honey. I layered the Dutch Garden Background to Lavender Glaze & Dried Fig cardstock using the A2 Layering Stacklets.

Dutch Garden Layering Stencil Supplies

So there we are friends, two sets of cards using products from the Second Chance Taylored Expressions Release. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions Blog for more inspiration from the TE Creative Team. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

New Release Bundle Promotion

Right now through Sunday, January 29th, when you purchase the Garden Variety Bundle (Garden Variety die collection, Garden Variety Bouquet Builder die collection, Rustic Pail die, and Antique Pail die collection), you’ll receive Bits & Pieces – Drips Drops in either original, gold, or silver – we will choose for you! Drip drops are perfect for flower centers and sprinkling on your projects to add extra dimension and shine! Offer valid while supplies last.

Taylored Expressions Valentine Sweets and Treats New Release

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday Treats! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? It’s one of my favorite card make seasons…all the hearts, loves and sweets and the new Taylored Expressions has everything you need to create sweet valentine treats, tags, home decor and more!

Today, I’m super excited to have a guest designer with me (my daughter) sharing her fun treat tags using the Kid Valentine Craft Kit and extras from the release. Let’s take a look at her fun creations and at the end of the post you’ll find a Mini Slim Card & Three Treat Boxes using the new All Tucked In Valentine Windows.

Kid Valentine Craft Kit—FOR ALL AGES

The Kid Valentine Craft Kit is perfect for ALL ages…my almost teen had SO much fun using the Blender Brushes with the Sweet Treats Layering Stencil. I heard some giggle as she decorated/stamped the images with cute faces and sprinkles…especially the sprinkles hair on the ice cream cone, LOL. The great thing about the layering stencil is you’re creating 4 images that when you cut out into a four squares they fit perfectly on 4 3×3 notecards.

She changed it up a bit and used the Sweet Treats coordinating dies and created fun candy holder tags using the new Tag Treat Wrap Die for each of her friends. Underneath the white tag layer, she stamped TO and FROM using the clear stamp set. For a little extra teen-bling, we foiled the sentiments in Champagne Gold and cut using a paper trimmer. She finished up her tags with the cutest bows using twine and thin ribbon.

Color Combinations

  • Cupcake: Guava, Strawberry Milkshake (ink & cardstock) & Toffee
  • Popsicle: Cookie Monster (ink & cardstock), Blue Raspberry, Toffee, Glitter Grab and Sugar Cube glitter.
  • Donut: Jelly Donut (ink & cardstock) & Toffee
  • Ice Cream: Peaches n’ Cream (ink & cardstock), Toffee and Guava

Kid Valentine Craft Kit Tags Supply List

Rainbow LOVE Treat Boxes & Mini Slim Card

The new All Tucked In Valentine Window Dies create the cutest treat boxes and are perfect for inlay card designs like my Mini Slim Card. Because I LOVE rainbow and Valentine Treat season means you might be mass-producing these treats and cards, I have a little hack for you.

Using ONE A2 Sticky Sheet Panel with 1/4” Easy Strips, I was able to use the one rainbow striped panel for four projects—the mini slim card (one vertical strip ~2.5 x 5.5) and all three boxes (cutting the striped pattern into ~1-7/8 x 1-7/8 squares). I added a black and white heat embossed sentiment to finish the heart & flower treat boxes.

Tip 1: Because the Valentine Window designs are close the edge of the All Tucked In Box Front, I first cut and scored/folded my boxes and then die cut the Love, Heart and Flower to the box front. I also used a metal shim to get really good embossed score lines and deeper inlay cuts.

Tip 2: To make sure the stripes in the background where aligned, I used a piece of clear tape to create a hinge and then adjusted the stripes on the square until straight. Then picked up the square using the hinge to add liquid adhesive to secure the rainbow striped square to the box, removing the clear tape hinge once the glue dried.

All Tucked In Valentine Window Supply List

So there we are friends a fun collection of Valentine Packages using the new Taylored Expressions Sweets & Treats Release. Be sure to check-out the entire release at Taylored Expressions and the Taylored Expressions blog for more Creative Team Inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

New Release Promotions & Kid Valentine Craft Kit Details

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special for your children, students, grandkids or neighbors with our adorable Kid Valentine Craft Kit! The kit retails for $25, is packaged in a custom zippered pouch, and includes:

  • Sweet Treats Stencil & Clear Combo set
  • Sweet Treats printed sentiments (5 sheets)
  • 6×6 Sugar Cube cardstock pack (7 sheets)
  • Valentine Matte Enamel Dots

Available to purchase separately from the kit: Sweet Treats Stencil & Clear Combo setSweet Treats coordinating dies3×3 Sugar Cube notecards, and the Kid’s Valentine Blending Bundle(includes 3 bitty blender brushes and 3 mini ink pads: Cupcake, Lollipop, and Toffee).

Limited quantity available.

Right now through Sunday, January 22nd, when you purchase the Gnome Sweet Gnome die collection, you’ll receive a Bits & Pieces – Hearts pack FREE! Embellish the gnomes or use the hearts on Valentine projects and more! Offer valid while supplies last.