Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks: Bethlehem Border and Little Bits Stocking

Hello! Welcome to the second day of Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks! The Baker’s Dozen is kicking off 4 days of projects (3 days of peeks and release day). We are releasing 26 new dies, 13 stamp sets, 3 embossing folders, 1 cutting plate, a new 6×6 paper pack and 2 new cardstock colors! All products will be released on Thursday, October 2, @ 7 AM PST.

Adore Him

For my first card today I used the brand new Bethlehem Border.  To create the background of my card I sponged Sugar Cube cardstock with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to create the glow of the star and then fading out from there into Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Ink. (The fade looks smoother in person – the camera exaggerated any seams in the blending.) I then die cut the border out of gray cardstock and glued it down hoping to show a dark night with a glowing single star. I added a bit of seam binding and bow. The sentiment is stamped on Sugar Cube cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink and is die cut with Banner Stacklets 1.

Card Ingredients:

For my second card I used the adorable new Little Bits Stocking Die: Merry and Bright      

To start this card I used a Pea Pod cardbase and layered it with Sugar Cube cardstock. For the background piece I stamped the dotted line garland from Share the Light onto Sugar Cube cardstock using Bamboo Leaves ink and then attached the three stockings to the garland using foam tape. I added three tiny burlap twine bows and a bit of Stickles to sparkle them up. I stamped the sentiment inked with three inks – Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black and Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink.  

Card Ingredients:


For my last card I used the new Sweater Weather cutting plate and Sing of the Season!

Deck the Halls

I started with a Sugar Cube cardbase and then die cut the Sweater Weather cutting plate using Cherry Pop cardstock. To make the designs different colors I attached strips of Peapod, Granny Smith, Salt Water Taff and Strawberry Milkshake cardstock to the back of the finished die cut so the colors would show through. I mounted this to the cardbase with foam tape. Next I used Label Stacklets 9 to but a label out of Sugar Cube cardstock and stamped it with a sentiment from Sing of the Season. I added a bit of stickles to the holly on the sentiment and popped it up on the Sweater Weather background using foam tape.

Card Ingredients:

Now it’s time to head over to the Taylored Expressions blog to see a full list of designers who are sharing new samples today and for today’s give away information!


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks: Campy Christmas and Ready, Set, Snow!



Hi everyone! It’s time to start previews for brand new month of Taylored Expressions goodness! This month we are heading into my favorite card making season of the year – Christmas!!! WOOHOO!!

Today I’m sharing two super adorable new Christmas stamp sets – Ready, Set, Snow and Campy Christmas.

Ready, Set, Snow is up first and it coordinates with two other new products that I am not using today, the Snow Globe stamp and Snow Globe die. For my card I also used a brand new and SUPER ADORABLE new Matched Kit – Gingerbread Lane. This matched kit features a new 6×6″ paper pack and coordinating cardstock.

Frosty coloring detail

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Ready, Set, Snow (TE), Little Bits of Christmas (TE)
Paper: Matched Kit – Gingerbread Lane (TE)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Label Stacklets 6 dies (TE),  Snowfall Embossing Folder (TE), Make a Snowflake dies (TE),  Simple Tabs dies (TE), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), foam tape (TE), Quick Dry Adhesive (3M)

For my next card I used Campy Christmas which is just an adorable little stamp set.

Campy Christmas

I stamped out three of the stamps from the set to make a scene and colored them with Copics. I kept my coloring pretty simple on this one. I was aiming to make a card with coloring that would be easy to reproduce into a set of Christmas cards. I added some Stardust Stickles here and there for a bit of sparkle. I again used the Matched Kit – Gingerbread Lane for my cardstock and patterned paper.

Campy Christmas detail

Card Details:
Stamps: Campy Christmas (TE)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Paper: Matched Kit – Gingerbread Lane (TE)
Accessories: Banner Stacklets 1 dies (TE), Foam Tape (TE), White Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Quick Dry Adhesive (3M)

Now it’s time to head over to the Taylored Expressions blog to see a full list of designers who are sharing new samples today and for today’s give away information!


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Frosty Card Details:

Campy Christmas Card Details:

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween by Jen Shults


Today I have a quick clean and simple card to share with you used the Pockets and Pages 3×4 Circle Showcase die, Halloween Treat Toppers dies and Halloween Doodles from Taylored Expressions. I was inspired by this card from Caryn Davies to create the gradient background and to keep the layout clean and simple.

To create the gradient in the background I sponged Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink onto Sugar Cube cardstock. I mounted that on another piece of Sugar Cube and again on a Oreo cardbase. I cut the Circle Showcase die out of Oreo cardstock also and then used it to position my sentiment stamp from Halloween Doodles. The little pumpkin is from the Halloween Treat Toppers dies. I add a little bit of Stardust Stickles, popped things up on foam squares and that’s the end!


Here’s a peek at Caryn’s card:

Thanks for stopping by!

Deconstructed Sketch No. 170

Deconstructed Sketch No. 170

Deconstructed Sketch No. 170

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 170? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:

1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.

2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your personal blog, SplitcoaststampersFlickrPinterest, etc). Use keyword DS170.

3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post.

DS170 by Jen Shults

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic week! I am sharing a card today that I made using DS170. This uses an image from Sweet Pea stamps that I just adore called Playing With Stars by Elaine Cox. This is an older Sweet Pea stamp and I’ve actually had this colored and waiting to go on a card for over two years. I remember the day I colored it very specifically but for some reason I just never found the right card to put it on until today. :)


Card Details:
Stamp: Playing With Stars by Elaine Cox from Sweet Pea Stamps
Paper: PTI stampers select white, Sugar Cube, Candy Corn, Oreo Premium Cardstock (Taylored Expressions), Hocus Pocus patterned paper (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Copic Markers, Dried Marigold Distress Ink, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Little Bits Halloween Scene dies (Taylored Expressions), Banner Stacklets 1 (Taylored Expressions), Zig Zag embossing folder (Taylored Expressions), Banner, Branches and Bloom dies (Taylored Expressions), Black Glitter Ribbon (American Crafts), flowers (Prima), foam tape, Quick Dry Adhesive, glue dots, Stardust Stickles

Design Team Samples:

Want your sketches a little early? Follow the Deconstructed Sketch on Facebook!! Need a little extra inspiration on how to use the sketch? Be sure to follow our Deconstructed Sketch Pinterest Board where I will be pinning lots of great inspiration each week! And if you are looking for some older sketches to dig through you can find them in the Deconstructed Sketchbook. Now it’s time to hop around and see what everyone else on the DT has been up to and leave them a little love.

Diva Dare – Terrific Trios

Hello Sunshine by Jen Shults, stamps and dies from Verve stamps

Hello Sunshine by Jen Shults, stamps and dies from Verve stamps

Today I’m sharing a card I made for this month’s Diva Dare over on the Verve Stamps blog. This month’s theme is Terrific Trios – use three of something.

To full-fill the dare I used three types of polka dots – the background, the embossed vellum and the ribbon. I used Better Together and Framed Lilies for my card.  The background was made by stamping the background from Better Together on white cardstock and then heat embossing it with white embossing powder. I then sponged over that with Pickled Raspberry, Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. After I sponged everything on I got my fingers wet and flicked water on the paper to make the water spots. I embossed the strip of vellum with Seeing Spots Cuttlebug embossing folder and then added a bit of ribbon from the Polka Dot Basics Ribbon Collection. I finished the ribbon off with a bit of baker’s twine and added three rhinestones to the heart.


I hope you can join use for this month’s Diva Dare! It’s a fun one!!!

Have a great day!