Hey, crafty friends! Whew! Last week was pretty amazing don’t you think? We had our biggest release of the year for holiday crafting and over the weekend we had over 900 of you joining us virtually for this year’s version of Stamp Joy – what a blast! We are easing back into things this week, but that doesn’t mean that we are taking a break from the inspiration! I have a project to share with you today created by Emily Leiphart using the exclusive Stencil Strips – Holiday set that you can earn FREE when you spend $100 or more in the TE webstore during the month of October. CLICK HERE for more information.

I also have a new addition to the TE webstore to share with you today – apparel! We have a NEW sweatshirt design as well as making more of our preciously released apparel and tote bags available for purchase online. Keep scrolling after the inspiration to take a closer look at what’s now available! Also, make note of the promotion below when you purchase one of our sweatshirt designs:

Right now through Sunday, October 18th, when you purchase one of our Taylored Expressions sweatshirts you will receive an exclusive set of matching envelope seals FREE. Click below to check out all of the apparel options.

Alright, now onto the inspiration for today! In the video below, Emily Leiphart shares some tips, tricks, and ideas for using the Stencil Strips – Holiday set with Masking Stencils and the Merry Millie stamp set from our Christmas release last week.

In the video, Emily creates two holiday cards using the Stencil Strips – Holiday set. She adds the cute holiday borders to the backgrounds of her holiday projects that feature that cute mouse, Millie, from the new Merry Millie stamp set.

Here’s a closer look at the Stencil Strips – Holiday set:

Get ready to get festive this winter with our fun set of Stencil Strips – Holiday! With patterns of Nordic reindeer, diagonal stripes, polka dots, evergreen trees, the word “Joy” and snowflakes, the working portion of each stencil measures 1 1/2″ x 6 1/4″, making them ideal for use on both A2 and Mini Slim cards. The Stencil Strips – Holiday set includes 6 stencil strips. CLICK HERE for more information on how you can earn this set for FREE.

On this first card, Emily added the joy border to the top corner of her card background. She masked off the edges of her card with the Masking Stencils – Rectangles set and to do the stenciling inside the open area, Emily slid the stencil strips underneath the main masking stencil instead of layering them over the top. That is a great idea to make sure the stenciled images are bright and crisp right up to the edges of the masking stencil. I also love that Emily used the Set the Scene – Clouds Stencil Strips set to create snow drifts for Millie and her reindeer friend to stand on!

On this card, Emily used the trees from the Stencil Strips – Holiday set along with the Masking Stencils – Square Windows set. She used the 4 square stencil and added the trees on the bottom part of the openings to create a great window effect – it looks like a forest of pine trees outside – so fun!

Emily also shares a few other details that you don’t want to miss in her video like lining up the sentiments on her projects and adding shadows with Copic markers under Millie and Santa on the card on the right. Little tips and tricks like these are great for stepping up your card designs!

Check out the list below for the supplies that Emily used on her cards:

Here are a few more projects from members of the TE Creative Team that are created with the Stencil Strips – Holiday set:

Kavya used three of the stencils from the Stencil Strips – Holiday set on her cute Christmas card featuring the Merry Millie stamp set. She alternated two of the designs (the nordic star and reindeer) to create the card background and added highlight details using a white gel pen. The polka dot design is set into a circular frame die cut using the Stitched Frame Stacklets 2 die collection. It creates the perfect focal point for the main images on the card.

Many of the designs in the Stencil Strips – Holiday set can be used for other occasions like Jill Hawkins did on her card here! She used the joy stencil strip to create a bright and cheery rainbow colored background for the crabby unicorn that is a part of the Mythical Grumplings stamp set. This card totally makes me smile!

Alright, onto the apparel offering now available in the TE webstore:

First up is our brand new hooded sweatshirt! If you were at our Stamp Joy virtual event, you caught a peek of Taylor wearing this new design at the end of the day on Saturday. This sweatshirt is the same style as the gray “Share Joy” sweatshirt that we have sold at events previously. This Lollipop colored sweatshirt has a cowl style neck, hood, kangaroo pocket, features our “Share Joy” motto on the front inside of a rainbow striped circle, and has the Taylored Expressions logo and website on the back.

You’ll now also be able to purchase the gray sweatshirt style in the TE webstore. This heathered charcoal gray sweatshirt has a cowl style neck, hood, kangaroo pocket, features our “Share Joy” motto on the front, and has the Taylored Expressions logo and website on the back.

We are bringing back past Stamp Joy event t-shirt designs to purchase in the TE webstore! Right now, these designs are available in LIMITED SIZES. If there are sizes that you want that aren’t available, click the ‘notify me’ button for the size you are looking for and we will restock!

I am pretty sure you can never have enough tote bags, right? We are making a few of our tote bag designs available to purchase! Use the bags to organize your crafty supplies, pack up your supplies to craft on the go, package up a crafty gift, and more!

Click below to shop the new apparel and tote bag offerings:

Join Taylor live for “T Time” at 1pm Central today on the Taylored Expressions Facebook Page. She’ll be sharing a closer look at all of the new apparel products and more. We hope to see you there – come join in on the fun!

Thank you stopping by the TE Blog today! I hope you have been inspired to make a few crafty fashion plans – I personally picked up the new sweatshirt already and will definitely be spending time snuggled up in it while crafting during the cooler months ahead. And, how great are those stencil strips? I have done a little crafting with them myself and have fallen in love – and there might be plans in the works for future designs… *wink!*

I’ll have more inspiration using the Stencil Strips – Holiday set on Thursday. See you then!

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