Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Hey, crafty friends! It’s Taylor here! When I first started stamping it felt overwhelming. I felt like I needed a bunch of different sets and for every different occasion. I remember stumbling upon a set that had an image designed for many different occasions and it also included sentiments for each occasion that matched the images. And this is what got me hooked on cardmaking! I bought the set knowing I could make cards for lots of different occasions – it became my go-to! And that’s exactly what I’ve attempted to provide with the Oh, What a Day cardmaking kit! The critter provides a focal image for your card and the coordinating sentiments match up with the different images to make cards for the many occasions that pop up through the year:
Giraffe (welcome baby)
Bird (just a note)
Hippo (get well soon)
Bear (thanks beary much)
Dog (thinking of you)
I hope you also love having one curated kit to create for so many occasions! Or perhaps you know a beginner stamper – this might be just what they need to get started!
What else is unique about Taylored Expressions kits? In keeping with our mission to Share Joy, we encourage you to send the cards you create by including six envelopes along with six custom envelope seals to match the theme of the kit. Each kit comes packaged in a zippered pouch with a coordinating vinyl sticker making it easy to keep the supplies organized. We create a special color story for each kit with lots of inspiration from our Creative Team to get you started!
Grab our adorable Oh, What a Day! Card Making Kit and get everything you need to make handmade cards all year long! There’s a cute critter and a sweet sentiment or two for a variety of occasions, from birthdays and graduations to get well soon and thinking of you. The combinations are limitless!
Our Oh, What a Day! Kit retails for $75, comes in a zippered pouch with a custom sticker, and includes:
- Occasional Critters stamp set
- Occasional Critters die collection
- Essential Sentiments clear stamp set
- Focal Frame die
- Dotted Diamonds stencil
- Mini Pot of Bits & Pieces – Rainbow Rhinestones
- A2 Envelope Pack (6 envelopes; 2 each of Lemon Meringue, Lollipop and Candy Corn)
- Envelope Seal Pack (6 seals; 2 each of 3 designs)
Limited quantity available
Most items are not available to purchase individually. You will be able to purchase additional envelope seals (pack of 10) and the full size version Bits & Pieces – Rainbow Rhinestones separately.
Beginning with this kit, the vast majority of the individual items included in the kits will not be available to purchase individually in the future. While we may, on rare occasions, release a kit item into our regular inventory at a later time, this will no longer be an option for the majority of the products. Instead, they will remain exclusive to the kits and may only be purchased as part of a kit while supplies last.
As you may know, our curated cardmaking kits can sell out quickly, so if you see a kit that you love, we encourage you to purchase it when it is released as it will not be restocked once it is sold out. We intend to release a kit the last Tuesday of each month at 9am (Central), and a sneak preview will be posted on the TE Blog on the Saturday prior to the release.
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For today’s video, Joy Baldwin created a set of 4 bar cards (finished size of 3.5″ x 4.875″) with the Oh, What a Day! Card Making Kit. Watch how she created the set of cards below:
In the video, Joy goes through the elements of the Oh, What a Day! Kit. She stamps several of the critters from the Occasional Critters stamp set in Oreo Ink, colors them with Copic markers, and cuts them out with the coordinating dies. The background of the card is stenciled on the bottom half with the Dotted Diamonds stencil in a rainbow blend of ink colors. To give the frame extra dimension, Joy cut in out three times for each card and adhered them together to add thickness. The critters are added inside the frame openings and adhered to the card with foam sticky strips. The sentiments from the Essential Sentiments stamp set are stamped in Oreo Ink and Joy added a few Bits & Pieces – Rainbow Rhinestones for a finishing touch.
Here’s a closer look at each of the cards Joy created in the video:
Isn’t the color blend that Joy did on the bottom part of the cards so fun? Joy used her Bitty Blender Brushes to apply Lemon Meringue, Key Lime, Blue Raspberry, and Lollipop inks to create the rainbow blend. Her color inspiration was the Bits & Pieces – Rainbow Rhinestones that are a part of the kit. The rainbow rhinestones are the perfect, colorful finishing touch for these adorable cards.
The Focal Frame is cut out from Oreo cardstock and really helps the main image on the card the center stage. Joy added extra dimension to the frame and popped it up on the card with foam sticky strips to make it stand out even more!
The outline critter images in the Occasional Critters stamp set are perfect for coloring! Joy used Copic Markers to color the critters for her cards and added details with a black glaze pen and white gel pen. You could use any of your favorite coloring mediums (makers, colored pencils, paints, and more) to bring the critters to life!
Check out the list below for all of the supplies that Joy used for her set of cards:
Now, let’s take a closer look at the different elements of the kit as well as more inspiration from the TE Creative Team. Note: Most of these items are only available as part of the Oh, What a Day! Card Making Kit.
The Occasional Critters stamp set features seven different critters that can be used for a number of occasions and card themes. Critters included are a bear holding flowers, a dog with a loving thought bubble, a hippo feeling under the weather, a bird singing a happy tune, a giraffe wearing a bow tie, an owl with a cap and diploma, and a llama wearing a party hat. Color the critters using your favorite coloring medium and cut them out using the coordinating Occasional Critters die collection.
It’s so quick and easy to choose one of the critters from the Occasional Critters stamp set and add a coordinating sentiment to put together a card like Noriko Fairchild did here. She chose the giraffe wearing a bow tie, colored it with Copic markers, and framed it over the ‘welcome little one’ sentiment for a baby card. I love all of the details that Noriko added to the giraffe and stenciled background with a white gel pen and the orange, turquoise, and yellow colors that Noriko used are a perfect baby card color combination!
Leave it to Kavya to use multiple critters on one card! Kavya created a gallery wall using the frame die in the kit as well as the Circle Window Frames and Square Window Frames dies. I love how the critters are colored with Copic markers to look like vintage sepia toned photos and all of the frames are cut from Pineapple cardstock to look like gold metal frames. Kavya added lots of white gel pen details and added sentiments from both the set included in the kit (more details on the set below) and the Simple Strips – Man Myth Legend stamp.
Have sentiments at your fingertips for a number of occasions with the Clearly Crafty Essential Sentiments stamp set. The set includes twelve sentiments in a few different styles to coordinate with the critters in the Occasional Critter stamp set. Sentiments included are:
- hip hip hooray
- thinking of you
- feel better, friend!
- just for you
- congrats, grad!
- welcome little one
- get well soon
- happy birthday
- thanks beary much
- hey there
- just a note
- sorry life has been ruff
Emily Mydlowski paired the hippo from the Occasional Critters stamp set with the ‘get well soon’ sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set to send get well wishes to a friend feeling under the weather. The sentiment is stamped with Oreo Ink and framed with the die in the set. The hippo is colored with Copic markers and Emily set it to sit so it’s sitting at the top of the frame. I really like how Emily pulled color inspiration from the colored image using turquoise for the frame, blue for the background design, and red to frame the image with a frame cut out using the A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate die.
Jen Shults paired the owl image from etc Occasional Critters stamp set with the ‘congrats, grad!’ sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set to send congratulations to a graduate. I love the background that Jen created behind the owl using the Masking Stencils – Squares set and several shades of blue ink for the night sky look. She added white splatters and stars cut out from silver glitter cardstock for a finishing touch and framed the owl with an Earl Gray cardstock frame cut out with the die in the kit.
This cheerful thinking of you card was created by Jill Hawkins. Jill paired the dog with the thought bubble from the Occasional Critters stamp set with the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set. The dog is framed in red using the die in the kit (more on the frame die below!) and set onto a Sugar Cube cardstock background that Jill cut out with Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets and Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets dies. I spy Jill’s signature stitching and scored lines!
The Focal Frame die is a rectangular frame with bracket edges with a score line impression around the rectangular frame opening. The frame is perfectly sized to frame and highlight any of the critters in the Occasional Critters stamp set and will most likely fit other images from your personal stamp collection too!
Heather Nichols framed the singing bird from the Occasional Critters stamp set in several different colors for this cute set of mini cards. The frames are cut out from Candy Corn, Pineapple, and Cookie Monster cardstock and added to card bases cut out with the Bracket Notecard die. Inside the frame opening, Heather stamped the ‘just a note’ sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set and added the bird and music notes coming out of the frame. These sweet little notecard would be perfect to tuck into a lunchbox or included with a small gift!
Use a single frame for your project or use multiples like on this baby card by Jill Hawkins. Jill cut out the Focal Frame die from Confetti Cake cardstock and added insets backing the frame openings that are stenciled with the stencil in the kit (more below!) In one frame, Jill added the giraffe critter from the Occasional Critters stamp set and in the other, Jill stamped the ‘welcome little one’ sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set. The frames are set onto a background cut out with the Alphabet Soup Cutting Plate die.
Add a dainty diamond pattern to your projects using the Dotted Diamonds stencil. Use it in a tone-on-tone design for a subtle but intricate background, or accent it with pops of color to make a more dramatic statement.
Melody Rupple created a sparkly, colorful background on this birthday card with the Dotted Diamonds stencil. The background is stenciled with Confetti Cake, Lime Zest, and Lollipop inks with Happy Medium – Iridescent Glitter added over the top. It’s the perfect backdrop for the llama from the Occasional Critters stamp set to send birthday wishes! Melody finished off the card with the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment stamped onto a Lime Zest strip of cardstock and a few sparkly rhinestones from the kit.
Use the stencil with lots of color or keep things neutral like Heather Nichols did here on this set of thank you cards. Heather stenciled with Dotted Diamonds stencil with Sugar Cube ink onto her signature Toffee cardstock to use as a background for the bear holding flowers from the Occasional Critters stamp set. The bears are framed with the Focal Frame die that is cut out from Toffee cardstock that is painted with white acrylic paint and stamped with the Wood Plank Background stamp in Toffee ink.
Bits & Pieces – Rainbow Rhinestones is an easy way to add a touch of colorful sparkle to cards, or can be used as a fun filling with shaker cards. The confetti consists of tiny colorful, irridescent pieces in a variety of sizes that make it simple to add that perfect finishing touch of sparkle!
A small pot of the Bits & Pieces – Rainbow Rhinestones is included in the kit, but a full size version is also available to purchase separately in the TE webstore.
The Oh, What a Day! Cardmaking Kit includes 6 envelopes and 6 custom envelope seals that coordinate with the theme of the kit. The six A2 envelopes are Lemon Meringue, Lollipop and Candy Corn (2 of each color) and the coordinating envelope seals are made from durable, weatherproof material and are sure to bring a smile to the recipients of your cards.
Just like with all of our kits, additional Oh, What a Day! Envelope Seals are available to purchase in packages of 10.
Join me live for “T Time” at 10AM Central (**note the time change) today on the Taylored Expressions Facebook Page. I’ll be sharing an unboxing and closer look at the items in the Oh, What a Day! Card Making Kit. We hope to see you there – come join in the fun! (Don’t worry, if you miss the live you can always watch the saved broadcast afterward!)
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Make sure you check out the rest of the TE Creative Team projects using the Oh, What a Day! Card Making Kit – click their faces below to hop to their blogs! Stop back again here on the TE blog on Thursday for more inspiration, a video from Emily Leiphart, and the release of our newest TE essential tool (you saw a sneak peek of this if you caught last Tuesday’s live on Facebook…!) See you then!