Taylored Expressions In The Abstract Card Kit Release Inspiration

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday! A new Taylored Expressions Card Kit Just Released! If you are like me and enjoy modern and abstract designs you are going to LOVE all the possibilities you can create with the In the Abstract kit! 

Here’s everything included in the In the Abstract Kit – which is available for $72:

  • Abstract Accents Stencil & Clear Stamp Combo set
  • Bitty Blender Brushes – set of 2
  • Subtle Sprigs die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Beautiful Soul stamp set
  • Bits & Pieces – Black Rhinestones
  • 6 A2 Envelopes: 1 each of Toffee, Poppy Seed, Sweet Basil, Avocado, Salt Water Taffy, and Oreo
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

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

Kit add-ons available to purchase separately: additional envelope seals (set of 10) and the Branch Out die collection.

Today, I’m sharing four abstract designs each with a different color combination. The Abstract Accents Stencil with masking pieces is perfect for experimenting with layers so I mixed & matched colors and textures that I never imagined pulling together on one card.

To create a cohesive natural feel to each of the card designs, I used Toffee Cardstock for the Subtle Sprigs and Branch Out (sold separately) Die Cuts. For added texture and dimension, I added a few heat embossed abstract impressions & Oreo Stamped Organic Elements using the Abstract Elements Clear Stamp and Bits & Pieces embellishments that I had in my stash. All of the cards included an encouraging sentiment that was stamped in Blue Corn Ink. 

Blue Sky Impressions

Color Experiment: Blue Corn, Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles and Pops of Dijon

Textures: White Embossed Organic Elements and Iridescent Rhinestones

Desert Sunset Impressions

Color Experiment: Guava, Sweet Potato & Blue Raspberry

Textures: Oreo Abstract Impressions & Clear Drip Drops

Love is in the Air Impressions

Color Experiment: Raspberry Sorbet, Pink Champagne & Blueberry

Textures: Gold Embossed Organic Elements and Gold Drip Drops

Rainbow Sea Glass Impressions

Color Experiment: A color from all three cards— Guava, Dijon, Saltwater Taffy & Blueberry

Textures: Oreo Abstract Impressions & Clear Drip Drops

I hope you enjoyed my cards with the In the Abstract Kit and it inspires you to try out different color combinations. I absolutely love how the cards you create from this kit look like miniature abstract paintings with the most beautiful inspiring sentiments. These make wonderful encouragement cards to send or create your own card panel and pin to your inspiration board. 

Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs! Be sure to check more TE Creative Team Inspiration on the Taylored Expressions Blog

Abstract Accent Kit Supplies

Taylored Expressions Halloween Release Cardmaking Inspiration

Eek! The Taylored Expressions Halloween Release is now available and it is Spooktacular!! I had a Fa-BOO-lous time creating with the new release and my new favorite Halloween Color Palette: Plum Punch and Cookie Monster with the tradition Candy Corn Orange and Oreo Black…. AND Glitter…lots of silver, black and orange glitter and glitter cardstock. 

Today, I’m sharing four Halloween Cards and one bookmark/tag using the On the Block-Boo Stamp and Coordinating Shadow Die, the SpiderWeb Cling & Clear Combo Stamp, Spooky Nights Layering Stencil, Layer-It Pumpkins with the Jack-O-Lantern Cutting Plate and Millie’s Halloween. Be sure to check out the Spooky New Release Promotional Details at the end of this post.


Let’s get started with some Creepy, Crawly Spider Webs and Ghostly Greetings.


Using the Just Press Tool with my MISTI, I stamped the Spider Web background with Oreo ink to Sugar Cube card stock which I then cut to size using a Rectangle Stitched Stacklet. I used the clear stamp to add the spiders and the EEK! Creepy! Crawly Sentiments to the webs. For extra dimension [and because I love any reason to add embellishments to a card], I added Black Drip-Drops as the spider bodies. I adhered the Spider Web layer to an Oreo A2 panel and created a framed border using a A2 Thin Frame Die Cuts in Plum Punch and Black Glitter Cardstock. The Black Glitter cardstock adds the perfect amount of Spooky Halloween Sparkle. For the sentiment, I added the Candy Corn On the Block-Boo and Shadow die cut. To finish the card, I added the decorated panel to a piece of Playful Patterns-Haunted Patterned Paper.

Googly BOOs Ghostly Greetings

I’ve made a lot of kiddo crafts in my days so I have collected A LOT of googly eyes and was super excited when I found that the largest googly eyes in my stash fit perfectly in O’s of the On the Block BOO and Shadow Die Cut Sentiment. I matched the Purple Googly Boos with a Black and White Heat Embossed SpiderWeb background that I placed behind a Candy Corn Rectangle Scallop Frame. To finish the card, I added a Black Glitter A2 Thin Frame Border around the edge of the card, attached my Googly BOOs with liquid adhesive and stamped and attached the Ghostly Greetings Sentiment from the Full Circle-Halloween Stamp Set. Adding the Googly Eyes was such a simple way to create a Fun & Spooky Interactive Halloween Card.

Spider-Boo Supplies

Spookta Jack-O-Lanterns & Starry Nights 

For the Spooky Night Stenciled Background, I used the first two stencils to add Poppy Seed & Candy Corn layered stars. Then using a Nuvo Media Spatula, I added Glitter Grab to the circle layer stencil which I then carefully removed so I could sprinkle the Silver All that Glitters fine flake glitter over the Glitter Grab. I immediately washed my stencil and spatula and waited until the glitter dried before running the stenciled background through my die cutting machine with a Mini Slim Stitched Rectangle Stacklet.  

To create the Jack-O-Lanterns, I die-cut the Layer-it Pumpkins & Stems from Candy Corn & Cookie Monster Cardstock. For a little extra dimension, I brushed candy corn ink to the base of the pumpkins and added some shading to the top layer of the pumpkins using YR-Orange Copic Markers. The faces from the Jack-O-Lantern Cutting Plate fit perfectly inside the pumpkins so I picked out a few of my favorite expressions and adhered them to my pumpkins with liquid adhesive.

I layered the Jack-O-Lanterns to the Spooky Nights Stenciled Background with foam adhesive squares. I added two sentiments from the Mini Strips-Halloween Set, adhered the decorated panel to an Oreo Top Folding Mini Slim Base and for just a little more pop of color, I added a Cookie Monster Mini Thin Frame along the edge of the card base. 

For my “Goosebumps” Stitched Banner Stacklet Bookmark/Tag, I used the Spooky Nights Layering Stencil to create a Plum Punch, Cookie Monster & Candy Corn Halloween background. For the Jack-O-Lanterns, I die-cut the Layer-It Pumpkins from Sugar Cube (base layer), Orange Glitter Cardstock (top layer) and green glitter paper for the stamps. I adhered the “little bit scary” faces from the Jack-O-Lantern Cover Plate to go with the Open if You Dare Sentiment —-I thought this was a clever bookmark sentiment to use with a good thriller/mystery book. For a little extra pop, I added a few Cosmic Drip Drops to the background.

SPooky and Sparkly Pumpkin Supples

Millie’s Halloween

I had to create a Mini Slim card using the Cutie-Mouse Millie and just loved the image of her standing on a cheese stool stirring a little halloween potion or maybe a lovely green cheese stew 🙂 Mille was stamped with Oreo ink and colored with an assortment of TE Liquid Watercolors. I used the Spooky Night Stencil to create a Plum Punch, Cookie Monster and Candy Corn Starry Background.

I added the stitched inlay circle using the largest Mini Slim TriFold Circle die and adhered the Spooky Night panel to a Top Folding Candy Corn Mini Slim Card Base. For the layered black circle, I used the smaller die from Circle Mini Slim Trifold die and then adhered Mille & her Cauldron with thin foam adhesive squares. The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder and trimmed to fit below Millie. To finish the card, I added three Mini Thin Frames in Oreo, Cookie Monster and Plum Punch.

Millie’s Haunted Halloween Supplies

So there we are friends, Five Halloween Themed projects using the new Taylored Expression Halloween Release. Make sure you check out all the Creative Team Inspiration on the Taylored Expressions Blog and Treat yourself to one of the new release promotions below. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

Halloween Release Promotional Details

Free envelopes stickers promotion:

With any purchase of Halloween products (old and new!) of $75 or more, you will receive a FREE pack of envelopes and custom Halloween envelope seals. The pack includes 10 envelopes (2 each of Candy Corn, Pumpkin, Oreo, Toffee and Sugar Cube) and 10 exclusive envelope seals (these seals are not available to purchase). This offer is valid through Sunday, August 15th, or while supplies last.

Free class promotion:

When you purchase the Spooky Collection (Jack-o-Lantern Cutting Plate, Jack-o-Lantern Stencil, On the Block – Boo and On the Block – Boo Shadow) through Sunday, August 15th, you will get a free exclusive 2-card video craft along class with Taylor!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new Halloween goodies to use right away making two different cards at your own pace! Watch the videos as often as you like and learn some new cardmaking tips and tricks while discovering inspiration for more designs!

Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with links to the class videos on YouTube, as well as a Tips & Tricks Download that you can use to jot down notes as you watch.

Although Taylor will recommend colors for ink and cardstock, you can use anything you have to make these projects uniquely yours!

Hurry! This offer is only valid through 11:59 pm (CT) on Sunday, Aug. 15, or while supplies last.

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!