SJC53: Filled with Love

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Filled with Love, handmade card by Jen Shults

Hi crafty friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Today we have a new Share Joy Challenge and it’s a fun one! We have a super cute color palette and a layer filled sketch!

Filled with Love, handmade card by Jen Shults

I pulled out two of my favorite stamp sets for my project today – Big Bold Birthday and Fresh Florals. This card came together very quickly and I love how it turned out!

Filled with Love, handmade card by Jen Shults

I’ve been leaning lately toward simpler cards and this one was a great reminder that I still do love cards with lots of layers and textures!

Filled with Love, handmade card by Jen Shults

Here’s a look at the challenge this week:

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Filled with Love Card Supplies:


SJC52: Pumpkin Thank You’s

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Pumpkin Bouquet by Jen Shults

Hi everyone! Today we have a new Share Joy Challenge by Taylored Expressions. We have a fun sketch and CaS challenge for you. I have really been wanting to color the new Pumpkin Bouquet from the September release and the sketch this week was perfect with that big open space at the bottom so I knew immediately what I wanted to do.

Pumpkin Bouquet Thanks by Jen Shults

To get started I stamped the bouquet on Strathmore Bristol paper in the smooth texture using Oreo TE ink. I used my MISTI to make sure all the details stamped cleanly. I’ve been hearing that the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers work great on bristol board and I’ve been wanting to give it a try so this was the perfect opportunity! I am SO happy with how the colors blend on this paper. I did not use a water brush when coloring this. The colors are SO VIBRANT, almost so much so that my camera couldn’t handle the color. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I’m going to need to get more of these markers because I only have the 36ย pack and with this new paper I’m going to need them all!!

To create the banners at the top I die cut all of the new Bitty Banners (I LOVE THESE!!!) and stamped a sentiment from Pumpkin Bouquet on the center one. I used a bit of Ivory Burlap Twine to string them together and popped them up on foam tape. In the background sponged a little Salt Water Taffy ink for depth and covered the card base in orange dot paper from Rainbow Brights 6×6 Paper Pack!

Pumpkin Bouquet by Jen Shults

Here’s a look at the challenge for this week:

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Pumpkin Thank You’s Supply List:


Taylored Expressions September Release Day: Bright Birthday!!

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Bright Birthday, handmade card by Jen Shults

Hi everyone! We’ve made it to Release Day for Taylored Expressions September birthday release!! All of the fun products you’ve seen the last couple of days are available NOW!!

My card for today is for my nephew who has a birthday coming up on Sunday!! It’s a fun day as we share a birthday!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I always love celebrating with him. ๐Ÿ™‚ To personalize this card just for him I stamped out 8 candles from Make a Wish Stamp & Die Combo using lots of bold bright colors – I had to throw in a little royal blue as he is a die-hard Royals baseball fan. After stamping all of the candles I die cut them with the coordinating dies. For the background I embossed a piece of Granny Smith cardstock with the Sprinkles Embossing Folder (so cute!). I used Stitched Square Stacklets and Stitched Circle Stacklets to build the background.

Bright Birthday, handmade card by Jen Shults

The sentiment I used is from Bright Birthday and was stamped in Peapod ink on Sugar Cube cardstock. The little banner is from Bitty Banners and Mini Caps Alpha & #’s.

Bright Birthday, handmade card by Jen Shults

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SJC51 – Falling leaves

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Falling Leaves, handmade card by Jen Shults

Hi everyone! Today we have a new Share Joy Challenge from Taylored Expressions!! I’ve been in quite the mood for fall (wishing for less humidity!!) and the warm rich colors of changing leaves! Enter this week’s tic-tac-toe challenge and we have a perfect match!

Falling Leaves, handmade card by Jen Shults

I chose the bottom row of the tic-tac-toe: foil, leaves, scallops. I pulled out one of my favorite older die sets from TE: Mega Leaves and die cut a bunch of leaves in Sweet Basil, Pumpkin and Mulled Wine. I sponged the edges with the coordinating ink colors for a little depth. I die cut a banner using Stitched Banner Stacklets and the new Playful Patterns Harvest 6×6 Paper Pack (I love that Dijon gingham paper – so gorgeous!) I combined it all on a Stitched Rectangle Stacklets die cut from Toffee cardstock. To finish off I added a little scallop at the top of Mulled Wine, a tiny button from Little Bits – Buttons and a sweet tiny little scalloped tag from Designer Mini Tags.

Falling Leaves, handmade card by Jen Shults

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Tayored Expressions September Sneak Peeks Day 3: Cupcakes!!!

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Happy Birthday Cupcake, handmade card by Jen Shults

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far!! Today we have more goodies to share with you from Taylored Expressions September Sneak Peeks and I am super excited about the products I have to share with you today!!

I love the Simply Stamped line from TE and this month we are adding two gorgeous new stamp sets to the line – Simply Stamped Leaves which I haven’t used yet and my FAVORITE – Simply Stamped Cupcakes!!! These are so so fun and were so simply to use. (And my daughter gave a huge giddy squeak when she saw them!)

Happy Birthday Cupcake, handmade card by Jen Shults

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TE September Sneak Peeks Day 2: Fall Florals

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Give Thanks, handmade card by Jen Shults

Hi crafty friends! Today is day 2 of Taylored Expressions September Sneak Peeks and today we have new fall themed goodies to share with you! I wish there were more hours in a day – I want to use them all!

Give Thanks, handmade card by Jen Shults

Both of my projects today use Fall Florals. I LOVE this stamp set. It’s so fun and coordinates perfectly with Fresh Florals! I also used the new Playful Patterns Harvest 6×6 Paper Pack (LOVE these paper packs).

Give Thanks, handmade card by Jen Shults

To start my card I cut a piece of Playful Patternsย paper and die cut a circle out of the middle using Stitched Circle Stacklets. I cut a piece of Sugar Cube to fit behind the circle and stamped the sentiment in the new (and gorgeous) Mulled Wine ink. The flowers around the circle are stamped using Mulled Wine, Pumpkin, Dijon, Sweet Basil and Chocolate Truffle ink. I used a few of the new Matched Harvest Sequins to add a little sparkle.

Give Thanks, handmade card by Jen Shults

Give Thanks, handmade card by Jen Shults

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My next card also uses Fall Florals with the same color palette but with a different layout. I just love this rich fall color scheme!Give Thanks, handmade card by Jen Shultsย For this card I made the focal point of the card a spray of flowers from Fall Florals with the sunflower as the center. I added a circle of gingham green and Mulled Wine behind it for a bit of contrast. I mounted this on Dijon cardstock with the sentiment stamped at the bottom. I have plans to make a set of these for my mom! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating its 8th birthday with some fun party favors! These include everything from the exclusive WISH BIG stamp & die combo set to patterned paper packs, ink, and more! Visit the TE Blog ย for all the special offers and for your chance to win a fun prize!

Thanks for stopping by!!! Head over to the Taylored Expressions Blog to see all the sneak peeks for today!!

Taylored Expressions September Sneak Peeks – Wish Big!!

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Wish Big, handmade card by Jen Shults

Wish Big, handmade card by Jen Shults

Hi everyone! It’s time for Taylored Expressions September Sneak Peeks and this month we have such a fantastic release to share with you! We have a TON of cute birthday goodies for you because it’s TE’s 8th Birthday!!! (Look below for some fun giveaway information!!)

Today I’m using a bunch of new birthday goodies. ๐Ÿ™‚ First up is one of my favorites – Word Search – Birthday Background. I just love the idea of this stamp. It can be used as a plain text background stamp or you can get creative and find ways to highlight the words in the word search! I paired this fun background stamp. The sentiments are from the new Wish Big Stamp & Die Combo. These stamps are an incentive set this month!! Be sure to check out the details on the TE Blog.

Wish Big, handmade card by Jen Shults

To highlight the word search I stamped it tone on tone on Lemon Meringue cardstock with Lemon Meringue ink. I used a Versamarker to circle all the birthday words and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I LOVE how it turned out!

Wish Big, handmade card by Jen Shults

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My second card features a brand new set of Watercolor Panels!!! I love TE’s watercolor panels. I keep a set in my coloring cart and whenever I get the urge to just color something I have something ready to go. This birthday set is so fun and will definitely be my go to for coloring now!

Happy Bloomin' Birthday, handmade card by Jen Shults

I started my card by coloring the watercolor panel with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush. I paired this with a Lollipop cardstock panel embossed with the Bubbles Embossing folder and a little flower cut from TE’s 100% Wool Felt using Bloomers 2 and Mini Bloomers.

Happy Bloomin' Birthday, handmade card by Jen Shults

This card was so quick and easy to put together and will be a great addition to my birthday card stash!!

Happy Bloomin' Birthday, handmade card by Jen Shults

Happy Bloomin’ Birthday Card Ingredients:

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating its 8th birthday with some fun party favors! These include everything from the exclusive WISH BIG stamp & die combo set to patterned paper packs, ink, and more! Visit the TE Blog ย for all the special offers and for your chance to win a fun prize!

Thanks for stopping by!!! Head over to the Taylored Expressions Blog to see all the sneak peeks for today!!

Share Joy Challenge 50: Master of the Grill

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Master of the Grill by Jen Shults

Master of the Grill by Jen Shults

I everyone! Today we have a new Share Joy Challenge by Taylored Expressions. We have a fun inspiration photo and sketch for you. I used the inspiration photo this time. I think I may have to go back and use the sketch though because I love it!

Master of the Grill by Jen Shults

For the summer bbq theme I used Little Bits Grill and sponged a background using Build a Scene – Rolling Clouds with Peapod and Cookie Monster ink. The sun is die cut with Build a Scene Sunshine from Lemon Meringue and Candy Corn cardstock.

Master of the Grill by Jen Shults

The grill was die cut using Little Bits Grill from Oreo, Metallic Neutrals, and Lemon Meringue cardstock. I added a bit of grass to the bottom cut using Wispy Grass Border from Peapod and Granny Smith. I mounted the card on a Toffee cardbase with a small Sugar Cube border.

Master of the Grill by Jen Shults

I made this card for my father in law! His birthday is coming up soon and this will be for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a look at the challenge:

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I hope you’ll join us this week!!

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Share Joy Challenge 49: Party Time!!!

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It's Party Time by Jen Shults

It's Party Time by Jen Shults

Morning crafty friends!! We have a new Share Joy Challenge for you this week! It’s been a crazy busy week around the Shult’s house and I’m ready for the weekend. Both kids started back to school this week and I headed back to work last week (we all had our official first day of school yesterday!). So it’s been a blur of lunches and backpacks and sleepy kiddos in the morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

(Pretend I’m awake enough to put a clever segue here.) Our Share Joy Challenge this week is a color challenge and sketch. I have to admit I’ve been dying to play with this color challenge and it gave me a good excuse to use the new Diagonal Stripes Cutting Plate so it was win-win!

It's Party Time by Jen Shults

I pulled out these cute monkeys from the Monkey Business Stamp & Die Combo to use with the color combo. I love how adorable these little guys are! Not to mention this made for a super fast and super bold card. ๐Ÿ™‚

It's Party Time by Jen Shults

My card is all ready for birthday party we have coming upย for my nephew (we share a birthday!!). ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a look at this week’s challenge:

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I hope you’ll join us this week!!

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Share Joy Challenge 48: Celebrate!

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Celebrate by Jen Shults

Celebrate by Jen Shults

Hi friends!! Today we have a new Share Joy Challenge and it’s one of my favorites – sketch &/or clean and simple. I love this challenge as it pushes me to work outside my comfort zone a little bit! I chose to go with the CAS challenge though I’m walking a pretty thin line on this one I think, lol!

My card started out with a little inspiration from my friend Laurie who shared a fun ombre sentiment technique earlier this week. I didn’t exactly follow her demo but it did get me thinking about all the gorgeous new TE ink colors and which ones I might combine together to make a fun bright birthday card. To get started I blended Cookie Monster, Lollipop and Candy Corn on a sheet of Sugar Cube cardstock and die cut as many of the celebrate sentiments from it as I could. The celebrate die is/was a freebie with purchase from Taylored Expressions. (These rotate so they are random with each order and they are always fabulous!!)

Celebrate by Jen Shults

I was on a roll with these and ended up making 3. I actually had a fourth sentiment but ran out of time to make a fourth card. ๐Ÿ™ From there I die cut a bunch of Little Bits Balloons from Sugar Cube cardstock and sponged them with the same ink colors to coordinate with the sentiment. I stamped It’s Your Birthday from In & Out Birthday on Oreo cardstock with Sugar Cube ink using my MISTI and heat embossed it with white embossing powder for a little extra pop. I die cut the diagonal stripe border from Skinny Mini Borders out of Sugar Cube to fit under the sentiment. I used the string dies from Party Time to add strings to the balloons and to finish off I added a few clear sequins around the balloons. I attached these to Sugar Cube card bases with foam tape and I was done! I got a fun trio of cards finished in about an hour and a half!

Celebrate by Jen Shults

These birthday cards are headed off in a number of different directions! One is for a friend of my daughters, one is for a colleague and one is for one of my friends!

Here’s a look at this week’s challenge:

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I hope you’ll join us this week!!

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