Tuesday, August 2, 2022

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Exclusives Release feat. Ring Around the Words + NEW Building Blocks

Taylored Expressions has a new Exclusives Release! This means there's a new batch of monthly freebies available for purchase and there are NEW coordinating products for these exclusives. My video features the Ring Around the Words dies, which were the freebie for March 2022. Also featured are the NEW Building Blocks - Ring Around sentiments.

I made three cards which feature each of the dies included in the Ring Around the Words set. I chose a set of colours and used different variations of that combo for these cards. Each card will feature either the inks, cardstock or both of the following colours: Watermelon, Pink Champagne, Rose Water, Sugar Cube, Oyster and Poppy Seed.

My first card features the Wish sentiment in Poppy Seed cardstock. I cut a panel from Oyster cardstock using the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. Then I used the Easy Strips 1/8", Easy Strips 1/4" and Easy Strips 1/2" cut from Watermelon, Pink Champagne, Rose Water, Poppy Seed and gold glitter cardstock.

I stamped the Building Blocks - Ring Around sentiments with Poppy Seed ink on Rose Water cardstock and used the Building Blocks Die to cut them out and store them in a Simple Storage for Buildings Blocks container.

All of the layers were glued flat on the panel and the panel itself was glued flat to a Sugar Cube card base. The Building Blocks - Ring Around sentiment strip was popped on with foam strips for a bit of dimension.

This second card features a leftover die cut panel using the Rays Pierce & Cut Plate on Rose Water cardstock. When Rose Water was released, it immediately became one of my favourite colours. It works well with so many colours, including Watermelon, which the Love die is cut from. I used double-sided adhesive to attach it to the gold glitter die cut, as well as to the Rose Water panel.

This time, I stamped the Building Blocks - Ring Around sentiments with Poppy Seed ink on Sugar Cube cardstock and used the Building Blocks Die to cut them out and store them in the same Simple Storage for Buildings Blocks container.

To finish, I attached the panel to a Poppy Seed card base, popped on the Building Blocks - Ring Around sentiment strip with foam strips and added three enamel hearts. While I was making this card, I had forgotten about the Bits & Pieces - Hearts from the Like Gnome Other Kit but I've included it in the supply links below in case you're interested. Adding glossy accents to the NEW Little Bits - Wonky Hearts is another great idea!

For my third and final card, I also used another one of the exclusives, Squeeze the Day Stencil & Clear Combo, which was available in April 2022. This is one of my all-time favourite freebies because it's so beautiful! There are NEW coordinating Squeeze the Day Dies with this release so please check them out. If you have the freebie, you're going to need the dies!

I used Rose Water, Pink Champagne and Watermelon inks to stencil the lemons, turning them into the prettiest peaches. I also used Oyster and Poppy Seed to sponge the leaves. After cutting the stencilled panel down to 4.25" x 5.5", I attached it to a Sugar Cube card base.

The Hey die was cut from Pink Champagne cardstock and glued to a vellum panel cut from the largest of the Petite Scallop Circle Stacklets. I also glued two layers of the Hey die to the back of that to lift it up off the stencilled layer for a bit of dimension. I heat embossed the secondary sentiments from Building Blocks - Ring Around and added gold shadows.

I hope you enjoyed all of these ideas using the new exclusives and their coordinating products. Thanks so much for watching!


Friday, July 1, 2022

3rd Annual Canada Day Video Hop + Over $1000 in Giveaways!

All winners have been announced HERE.

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Canada Day Video Hop! I'm thrilled to be hosting this event for the third year and I'm so grateful for the enthusiasm of our generous sponsors. I hope that you'll find today's video hop to be full of inspiration and also discover a few new crafty Canadian YouTubers, as well as Canadian shops! We have over 20 individual prizes worth a total of over $1000 and some of our sponsors are offering huge discounts at their shops. You can find all of those links and codes at the bottom of this post.

I'm proud to be joined by so many talented cardmakers, planners and scrapbookers, all of whom I'm proud to call friends! Here's the full list of YouTubers participating in today's video hop:


I'm so excited to be creating with these stunning products from Pigment Craft. As I mentioned in my video, Pigment made its debut just over a year ago and I still covet literally everything they release! I decided to make two cards using the same colour palette. 

The colour palette I'm using for both my cards includes the following colours: BlushTajine, Rosewood, Ficus, Lagoon, Juniper and Balsam. The first card uses Ficus but not Juniper and the second card uses Juniper but not Ficus.

I started this card by using the Spring Flower Stencil to create the background. I ended up cutting the 6x6 panel vertically along the left edge. 

Even though the stencilled panel is simply beautiful, I wanted to add some texture so I used the Bitty Diagonal Stripe Stencil and dry embossed the panel in my Spellbinders Platinum 6.

To create the sentiment, I used the Wish Upon a Dandelion stamp set and coordinating dies. I created the ombre effect on the 'lovely' word by using a blending brush and adding Tajine and Rosewood to the Blush-stamped word.

My second card is a shaped-card made with the Jumbo Candy Die, which I'm now completely obsessed with! This is sized very similar to a mini slim card or you can use it as a focal point on an original slimline. 

I love all the detail and because it's so adorable dressed up with bows from the Ribbons + Wreaths stamp set and coordinating dies. I used a mini stencil mat to ink blend the insert pieces for the candy. From the ends inward, the ink colours are LagoonBlushTajine, and Rosewood.

To create the sentiment, I used the Oh Hi stamp set and must-have coordinating dies, which gives you so many options for creating this sentiment. The 'sweets' word is from the A Note of Hand stamp set and the little heart is from the Sweater Weather stamp set.

I hope you were inspired by these products from Pigment Craft! Please continue reading to discover additional giveaways, gifts with purchase, new Canadian shops and a ton of crafty inspiration from my fellow Canadian YouTubers. 



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In addition to the giveaways listed above, Pigment Craft is giving away a $100 gift certificate on Instagram! Be sure to head over to their Instagram post and leave a comment to be eligible for that giveaway.

A huge thank you to our very generous sponsors who've donated over 20 individual prizes valued at over $1000! Be sure to leave a comment at every stop on the hop for your chance to win. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, July 15, 2022 and all of the winners will be announced on Friday, July 22, 2022. Be sure to check back to see if you've won.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!


Thursday, June 30, 2022

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | 3 Sweet Cards feat. The Bee's Knees Cardmaking Kit

[Added: This kit has SOLD OUT but please click HERE to save 10% on Select Hexagon Products through July 3, 2022 (11:59pm CDT)] Taylored Expressions has a new cardmaking kit and it's as sweet as can bee! In this video, I used The Bee's Knees Cardmaking Kit to create three cards. I knew that most samples would be in the traditional black and yellow colours so I wanted to go out-of-the-box with mine.

I used The Bee's Knees Stamp & Stencil Combo to stamp the stinger, stripes and antennae, twice in the blue combo and once in the pink combo. As I mentioned in the video, I wish I had made a second panel in the pink combo, too. The colours I used on all these cards include Rose Water, Fruit Punch, Salt Water Taffy, Tropical Punch and Poppy Seed.

To create this first card, I first used the coordinating dies to cut out all of the blue bees from one of the  stencilled panels. I trimmed a 2.75" x 2.75" square and added details using the Diagonal Stitch Square Stacklets.

I positioned the blue bees on top of the square and added one pink bee. When I was satisfied with the layout, I popped them on with foam tape and trimmed off the overhanging bits. I tried different coloured mats and settled on a Rose Water mat.

I positioned the card base with the unattached mat in my mini MISTI stamping tool so I would know where to stamp the two sentiments from the What's the Buzz? mini stamp set in Poppy Seed ink. To finish, I attached the mat and rounded two of the corners using a corner chomper. At the end of the process video, I went back and added a silver glitter shadow behind the pink bee to make it stand out further and ensure that each card had a silver element.

For my second card, I created a Tropical Punch card base and added 3.75" x 5" panel of Fruit Punch cardstock flush to the bottom lefthand corner. I die cut the Honeycomb Cluster from silver glitter cardstock and glued them to opposite corners of the card.

I arranged three blue bees on the card before glueing Rose Water and Salt Water Taffy hexagons into the Honeycomb Cluster. Using the position of the bees, I placed the entire card into my mini MISTI stamping tool and positioned the trail and sentiment from the What's the Buzz? mini stamp set. 

To finish, I stamped the trail and sentiment in Oreo ink and popped on the three bees with foam tape.

For my third card, I used the second full panel of blue bees and trimmed it down to 3 7/8" x 5.5". I adhered it to the Salt Water Taffy card base flush to the right edge. Then I trimmed a 1/8" x 5.5" strip of silver glitter cardstock and glued it along the left edge of the stencilled panel.

To create the sentiment from the What's the Buzz? mini stamp set, I white heat embossed it on Tropical Punch cardstock and die cut it using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die. I cut two additional layers from Oreo cardstock and glued them together, offsetting the Oreo layers as a shadow.

I hope you enjoyed these three ideas using The Bee's Knees Cardmaking Kit in non-traditional colours. I encourage you to think outside the box when creating!

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Thanks so much for watching!