Hey, crafty friends! Happy World Cardmaking Day! It’s Heather here with a *bonus* blog inspiration day for the Christmas release! Emily Leiphart has several fabulous cards to share using our new Little Critters Christmas stamps and coordinating dies and the Just Saying sentiment set designed to go with them! And here’s one last reminder about the promotions happening for this release – time is running out to take advantage of them!

With any purchase of new release products of $75 or more, you will receive a FREE pack of envelopes and custom Mistletoe envelope seals. The pack includes 10 envelopes (2 each of Mulled Wine, Cherry Pop, Peapod, Sugar Cube, and Toffee) and 10 exclusive envelope seals (these seals are not available to purchase). This offer is valid through 11:59PM Central Time Sunday, October 3rd, or while supplies last.

When you purchase the Create-in-Quads Mistletoe Card Class Collection (Create-in-Quads – Mistletoe Layered Stencil set, Clearly Crafty Modern Holiday Greetings stamp set, Create-in-Quads Paper Pack – Sugar Cube, and Create-in-Quads Paper Pack – Toffee ) through Sunday, October 5th, you will get a free exclusive 8-card video craft along class with Taylor and Heather!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new holiday goodies to use right away making eight (!) different cards at your own pace! Watch the videos as often as you like and learn some new card-making 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.

Although Taylor and Heather 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, October 3rd, or while supplies last.

And last, but not least, TODAY ONLY we’re offering a free stencil with any purchase of $10 or more to celebrate World Cardmaking Day!

  • Tune in for new product inspiration: this release includes includes over 30 new products; new stamps, dies, stencils, our exciting new Create-in-Quads Layered Stencil concept that will make card mass-producing a breeze, multiple new Foil It panels, and new glitter paste to add sparkle to your holiday projects!
  • Our TE blog posts this week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and today feature a new how-to tip, technique, or process video.
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  • Earn a free, exclusive stamp with purchases of $100 or more. CLICK HERE for more information.

Today’s video comes to you from Emily Leiphart. Emily created several cards featuring the cute little characters and critters from our Little Critters Christmas set. They’re designed to fit perfectly inside the window opening of our Mini Slim Cutting Plate designs as Emily shares in the video. Watch the video below:

Find the perfect holiday character for your Christmas card in our Little Critters – Christmas stamp set (+ coordinating dies). Perfectly sized to fit in the peek-a-boo windows created by our Mini Slim templates, stencils and cutting plates, this group of adorable holiday critters features Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elf, snowman, moose, penguin, fox, and polar bear – along with a few seasonal sentiments.

If you need a stamp set full of holiday sentiments in a fun, all-caps font, you’ll definitely want to check out the new Just Saying – Christmas stamp set. This collection of 11 sayings are perfect for Christmas crafting and coordinate well with our Little Critters- Christmas stamp set.

Here’s more inspiration from the TE Creative Team and special guest designers, plus a closer look at a few of the new products from the release.

This cute snowman is sending warm winter wishes on this Mini Slim card created by Jen Shults. The snowman from the Little Critters – Christmas stamp set is colored with Copic markers and is peeking out of one of the Circle Window Frames dies cut out from Sugar Cube cardstock. Jen stenciled the background of the card using the snowflake stencil from the Stencil Strips – Calendar set. The ‘warmest wishes’ sentiment is from the new Just Saying – Christmas stamp set and Jen finished off the card with a bit of twine and a sprinkling of Tiny Diamonds.

Kavya colored up a whole bunch of critters from the Little Critters – Christmas stamp set to use on this festive Christmas card! I love the unexpected dark background created using Mushroom cardstock with Oreo Ink blending and the Twinkle Twinkle Background stamped over the top with Sugar Cube ink. The ‘fa la la…’ sentiment is created with the Cap it Off Alpha dies and Kavya also added several sentiment strips stamped with the Just Saying – Christmas stamp set.

Add color to the trees with the Trendy Tree Farm Background stamp using the treetop stencils in Trendy Tree Farm Layered Stencil set. Or you can use all four stencils in the set on their own to create a color block tree design for your projects.

Jen Shults used the Trendy Tree Farm Layered Stencil set to create a modern style background for this Christmas card. She stenciled the tree tops in several green ink colors (Sweet Basil, Granny Smith, Peapod, and Cilantro) and added the trunks with Mocha ink. I love the red Tiny Diamonds at the tops of all of the trees for a bit of sparkle! The ‘wishing you…’ sentiment from the Modern Holiday Greetings stamp set is embossed in white on Cherry Pop cardstock cut out with a Stitched Circle Stacklets die.

Come pick out your Christmas tree with the Trendy Tree Farm Background stamp. The background image features cute and whimsical Christmas trees that will fill up your card front. Cut out all of the trees from the background using the Trendy Tree Farm Cutting Plate die.

Add foiled accents to the cards you create with our Foil It – Trendy Tree Farm panels. Simply top the panel with the foil of your choice and run it through your foiling machine and use the coordinating stencils to add color. Foil It – Trendy Tree Farm is a set of 12 pre-printed panels on TE Premium Cardstock (each measures 4″ x 5 1/4″).

This pair of cards featuring the Foil It – Trendy Tree Farm panels by Noriko Fairchild gives you a look at using a few different foil and ink color combinations. The card on the left is foiled with the Emerald Watercolor Deco Foil with various green and Cherry Pop inks to color the trees using the Trendy Tree Farm Layered Stencil set. The card on the right is foiled with the Silver Shattered Glass Deco Foil with various green and Lollipop inks to color the trees. Play around with different foils and color combinations to discover the different looks you can come up with! Noriko finished up the cards with sentiments from the Merry & Bright stamp set and a few drip drops.

Many of the cards shared so far with the Trendy Tree Farm products show the tree background layout, but don’t forget that you can use the cute little trees on their own for your projects too! Jill Hawkins cut out a bunch of trees stamped with the Trendy Tree Farm Background stamp with Blueberry ink and colored them with the Trendy Tree Farm Layered Stencil set using several pastel ink tones. The trees are cut out with Trendy Tree Farm Cutting Plate die and then Jill added them onto a background embossed with the Twinkle Twinkle Background stamp. The ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ sentiment from the Merry & Bright stamp set is tucked in between the trees along with a few Bits & Pieces – Drip Drops.

Add Christmas greetings to your holiday cards both on the front and on the inside with the Cleary Crafty Joyful Season stamp set. There are three large sentiments (Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays), two sentiments perfect for inside your cards, and a variety of seasonal words and phrases. The Joyful Season die collection includes three dies that coordinate with the three large sentiments in the Joyful Season stamp set. Cut the sentiments out to add dimension and make your sentiments stand out!

Lori Craig embossed the ‘Season’s Greetings’ sentiment from the Joyful Season stamp set in gold on Granny Smith cardstock, cut it out with the coordinating die, and layered onto a background that is stenciled with the Trendy Tree Farm Layered Stencil set. I love the touch of sparkle that Lori added by applying the Happy Medium – Iridescent Glitter over a few select trees. If you look closely, you will also notice that there are Bits & Pieces – Sparkly Stars and Bits & Pieces – Full of Heart pieces on the glittery trees too!

The last card I am sharing for the Christmas release is this pretty in pink Christmas card by Wanda Guess. The Trendy Tree Farm Background stamp is embossed in gold and Wanda added color to the trees using the Trendy Tree Farm Layered Stencil set. She layered pink cardstock over the top that is cut with the Trendy Tree Farm Cutting Plate die and splattered with white ink – I love the trees peeking through the openings! The ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment from the Joyful Season stamp set is embossed in gold on a strip of vellum that is wrapped around the card front. A few drip drops finish off this cute card!

I hope you enjoyed this week of Christmas inspiration here on the TE blog! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and hopefully you get to have a little bit of crafting time. We would LOVE to see what you create with the new Christmas products or any other projects that you create using TE goodies! You can share your projects over on the Fans of Taylored Expressions Facebook page. There’s such a great community of crafters that are a part of the group. If you aren’t currently a part of it, please join us!

Next week, we have more crafty goodness coming your way. We are releasing new products for Hanukkah, exclusive products that were a part of our Stamp Joy Spring event, and more. Make plans to stop by and check it all out – I’ll post a sneak peek here on the blog tomorrow!

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