My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: STENCILS + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2014!

During this series, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day will have a different topic with videos. I have lots to share, including lots of giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Stay tuned! More discount codes will be announced as the series continues.

Let’s get started. Today I am focusing on stencils must-haves.

In this video, I share the basic must-haves that I find myself reaching for often.

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AZ for Amazon, etc.

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( AZ )

 

 

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In the video, I mention a video showing a closer comparison of Embossing Paste and Texture Paste. (Both of which I like very much and use often.) You can find that video HERE. If you are curious about other pastes and gels, check out THIS video. Many people have asked if I use modeling paste. I have, and haven’t had much luck with it in comparison to these other products.

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE. For my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaway time! Today’s prizes are awesome, thanks to many generous companies. I have giveaways for THREE more lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14 telling me what your favorite stencil is. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am here with a quick break from the My Favorite Crafty Things series to share with you a new company started by my friend, Britta Swiderski.

ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together. A designer with a background in the world of papercrafting, Britta has fun handwritten designs that are personalized just for you. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! ThingsCrafted creates stamps and designs for addresses, “made by”s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases and more. Anything you need!

Here is a fun stamp Britta created for me. I just got it, but can’t wait to ink it up in multiple colors of inks. And I gotta say… there is nothing better than a wood-mounted stamp…

This is your chance to have any greeting or message you have ever wanted… in any size you want. You can see all the size options available HERE.

ThingsCrafted also offers several pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don’t have a particular need for a custom stamp. You can find some of those HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a custom stamp? For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmESTon 11/24/14. You can also increase your chances of winning by leaving comments on all blogs on the hop today. (Winners will be announced on the ThingsCrafted blog.)

BLOG HOP & DISCOUNT CODE

How about a shopping discount? Get 15% off your order until 11/25/14 using the code “GRAND15OFF”.

Now it is time to hop on to the next person – my dear, darling friend, Linda Trace. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the ThingsCrafted blog.)

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My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: DIES + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2014.

In this series, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day will have a different topic with lots of videos, big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Stay tuned! More discount codes will be announced as the series continues.

Today’s focus includes dies and die cutting essentials. There are two videos and the first is on favorite dies…

Warning: This video is pretty long. You can instead just check out the dies below.

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AZ for Amazon, or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.

BASIC SHAPE DIES

Dies are tools that can be used over and over for crafting. Therefore, let’s start with some must-have basic shapes:

 

 

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WORD DIES

I am completely head-over-heels in love with word dies. I can’t get enough! Here are some favorites, but I recommend you check out other word dies from these companies, too.

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( SC )

 

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( SSS | POP )

 

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CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | ME )

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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OTHER MUST-HAVE DIES

Here are some other must-have dies from this past year:

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(SSS | EH | HA)

 

 

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(SSS | EH | ME)

 

 

 

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STAMP & DIE COMBOS

Many stamps have matching dies available now. And sometimes the combo of products has so much to offer that you can’t pass it up…

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DIE CUTTING ESSENTIALS

This second video shares a few die cutting essentials that may be helpful to you.

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

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Are you creating a wish list for Christmas? This list of Favorite Crafty Things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you hope to see under the tree.

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Time for more giveaways! Today’s prizes are big, thanks to many generous companies. I have giveaways for FIVE more lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14 telling me what your favorite die is. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: STAMPS + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Welcome to My Favorite Crafty Things 2014!

Over the next several days, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day will have a different topic with videos. I have lots to share, including big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Stay tuned! More discount codes will be announced as the series continues.

Let’s get started. Today I am focusing on stamps and stamp care. There are two videos…

Warning: This video is pretty long. You can instead just check out the stamps below.


[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.

SENTIMENT STAMPS

The most important element on any card is the sentiment. Therefore a good collection of greeting stamps is helpful. Here are my favorites for 2014:

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(SSS | EH | HA)

 

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CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | ME)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | HA)

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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BACKGROUND & BORDER STAMPS

Background and border stamps are so very versatile. Check out these great options:

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BUILDING STAMPS

Companies are continuing to develop more and more stamps that build on each other. By stamping images together and/or layered, you can easily get results that look dimensional. I like these:

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OTHER MUST-HAVES STAMPS

And finally, here are a few other must-have stamps that have won me over and I think you will like too…

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | ALT)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | PS)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AE)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SC )

 

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

 

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( NT )

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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( SSS | MFT )

 

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(SSS | EH | ME)

 

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( SSS | ME)

 

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STAMP CARE & ESSENTIALS

I get a lot of questions about stamp care and essentials, so I put together a video to help…

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

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This list of Favorite Crafty Things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love.

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Throughout this series, I will have LOTS of BIG prizes, thanks to many generous companies! Today I have giveaways for FIVE lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/3/14 telling me what your favorite stamp is. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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Product Release Close-Up Video: Altenew + GIVEAWAY

Ask and you shall receive! Today I have a “product release close-up” video sharing a look at the newest Altenew release and ideas on how to use the products. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot (and if I get enough requests), and this one is a fabulous one. I also have a giveaway!

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I hope this video was helpful in deciding if any of these products are right for you.

I encourage you to check out the Altenew Blog to see the other cards I shared in the video. (A big thanks to Jennifer and Tasnim for letting me use them!)

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get THREE of my favorite stamp sets from this Altenew release! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/30/14 telling me your favorite product from this post. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Here are links to the products I featured in the video. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp or ALT for Altenew. You can also see them together HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO: Three Masking Alternatives + Giveaway

Hello!

Masking is a powerful stamping technique. However, sometimes images are just too difficult to create fussy-cut masks for. Today’s video shows a peek at THREE masking alternatives that you may like.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

In this video, I show three masking alternatives – - ways to mask when using a fussy-cut paper-mask just doesn’t make sense. Here they are:

Masking Alternative #1: Glossy Accents

I have a very strong love affair with Glossy Accents. And another great use for this product? Masking. Just stamp and color your stamped image and cover it with Glossy Accents. Once it is dry, you can apply dye inks, pigment inks and mists for a fun background… all while your stamped images are protected.

For my example, I colored the adorable Mama Elephant panda images with Copic Markers. After adding the Glossy Accents, I used an Ink Blending Tool to apply the colorful background with Distress Ink. Oh – and on all of these cards, I layered those awesome rectangle die cuts from Avery Elle. I love the finished edge these dies offer!

To mask around the edge of the die cut, I used my new favorite tape – Micropore tape. You can get this in 3-packs or 12-packs.

A nice perk of using Glossy Accents? You end up with a fun, dimensional clear coat on your stamping.

Masking Alternative #2: Clear Embossing Powder

If you are looking to mask a very intricate stamped image with elaborate outlines, I would recommend my second method – using clear embossing powder. After stamping and coloring my images, I use a VersaMark Pen to draw over it and then clear heat embossed. The embossing will resist any dye ink, pigment ink or mist you put on top.

For this example, I again started with the deco-edge Avery Elle rectangle die cuts. After masking the edge, I stamped and colored the Celebrating You Clearly Besotted flower images. I traced over the flowers with my VersaMark Pen and then added clear embossing powder. After heating it, I applied Distress Ink with my Ink Blending Tool. The embossing resists the added ink… successfully masking my images. Oh – and the sentiment is a favorite of mine from Hero Arts.

This technique also results in images with a shiny finish, but with less dimension. If you wanted to, you could remove the embossing powder with the iron-off embossing techniques I show HERE.

Again, I think this second technique is best for images with lots of details like these flowers.

Masking Alternative #3: Rubber Cement

Of the three masking techniques I share today, this third one is definitely my favorite. Why? Because you end up with a smooth, non-shiny image when you are done. And it uses rubber cement… a product I remember using as a kid!

After stamping and coloring the adorable My Favorite Things You’re Super girl, I used an old paint brush to “paint” rubber cement over the entire image. After it dried, I applied Distress Ink, mists and water for a dark, inky background. Once that dried also, I used a cloth to rub away the rubber cement… revealing the perfectly clean image below. LOVE IT.

Rubber cement is inexpensive and works great. One big tip: Don’t leave the bottle open as you work. It dries up quickly.

Fun, huh? I promise I will use these techniques more in the future.

SPLITCOAST STAMPERS

This video was a guest tutorial over on Splitcoast Stampers. They have technique videos often – you can find mine HERE.

GIVEAWAY

I have a giveaway for a lucky winner! The winner will get THREE stamp sets – one from Clearly Besotted, My Favorite Things and Hero Arts. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/29/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

 

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