Clean and Simple 4 GIVEAWAYS + More

Hi! Just popping in to share a few fun things.

CLEAN AND SIMPLE 4 GIVEAWAYS

Our newest Online Card Class is starting on Monday – - Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple. In this all-video class, we’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a clean and simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever.

And now, THREE of you have the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right – I am giving away three spots in the class. Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59EST 1/25/15 to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, 1/26/15, but you can join or take anytime. Hope to see you there!

AMAZON PRIME DEAL

I am a HUGE fan of Amazon Prime. I use it *a lot* for FREE 2-day shipping, on everything including diapers, crafty goodies, organization tools, crafty goodies, shoes, crafty goodies and more. :) I can’t recommend it enough. They have a lot of other great perks which you can find out about HERE. Today only they are having a great (and unique) sale – only $72 instead of $99 for a year. (Trust me – it is worth every penny and more.)

COPIC MARKER SALE

Simon Says Stamp has 25% off all Copic Markers HERE now through 1/30/15 with the code “COPIC”. Time to stock up on new colors or (if you are like me) refills!

EXCLUSIVE Q&A VIDEOS

So I am right now with my friends Kristina Werner and Kathy Racoosin and we filmed a couple Q&A videos. To see them, head on over to my Facebook page HERE. (They will be up sometime today.)

You can also see some photos of our adventures at Alt Summit HERE.

See you soon! Thanks for stopping by. :)

(Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.)

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Video: Stacked Shape Die Cutting + Giveaway

Hello. Recently it seems that stacking die sets – dies that are the same shape but different sizes – are becoming more and more popular. Today’s video shows how to use all of the stacked shape dies together to create some quick cards.

[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.]

Stacked die sets are great since they offer many size options of the same shape. But the best part? There are so many fun ways you can use them together. Today’s card is a simple example… using a stacked heart die set from My Favorite Things.

I started by using a piece of tape to connect all of the hearts together. I cut these hearts from some new (and insanely gorgeous) colors of cardstock from My Favorite Things – Tropical Teal, Blue Raspberry, Peach Bellini, and Persimmon. Next, I assembled the different colored pieces together like a puzzle, adding foam adhesive to certain hearts creating dimension. Easy peasy, huh? But it looks like it took a lot of effort!

For a couple of the cards, I cut the MFT Love & Adore you die from some Neenah White Cardstock and adhered the sentiment on top of the hearts using some Matte Multi Medium adhesive. (Using the Fine-Line applicator tool made it easy to apply the adhesive to the small areas. I am still deciding if I love this applicator, but so far so good. I will keep you updated.) Finally, I (of course) added some Wink of Stella shimmer to some of the hearts and Glossy Accents to the sentiment on one of the cards for some extra shine.

For the other two cards, I cut a sentiment from the MFT I Love You More stamp set into two greetings… one for the outside and one for the inside of the card. I white heat embossed the sentiment on to a strip of vellum for one of the cards and directly on top of the stacked hearts on the other.

Using stacked dies together creates fun and fast cards. This technique would also work great with scraps of patterned paper.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

So I showed this card to my friend Heather Ruwe. She immediately was inspired and created a card using circle stacking dies but in a very creative way. I asked her if I could share it here and she said yes. I LOVE it. You can find out more about her card HERE. She is awesome – be sure to check out her blog and give her some love.

GIVEAWAY

Time for a giveaway! Leave a comment here for a chance to win TWO My Favorite Things stamp sets. Be sure to do so before 11:59pmEST on 1/29/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Repeated Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaways

Welcome! I have lots to share today. First up is a video showing how to do repeat stamping with a small image to form a new shape and new look. Also, this post is part of a fun blog hop with prizes…

[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.]

Take a look at your stamp sets. I bet many of them have tiny images… maybe hearts, stars, flowers or dots. Well today’s technique puts these little guys to work! With the help of a good pencil, t-ruler, circle and patience, you can easily create a new look for these tiny stamps. Following simple pencil guidelines that I created, I repeatedly stamped a small (but incredibly perfect) heart image from Simon Says Stamp to form a circle. I used eight ink colors of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Inks (colors are linked below) to create a rainbow effect. (I used my Scrubber Pad and Ultra Clean from Hero Arts to clean the stamp before inking in a new color.)

Because I am slightly nuts, I adhered a tiny glitter heart from Martha Stewart to the center of each stamped heart using some Matte Multi Medium. This actually wasn’t that difficult, thanks to the help of my Quickstix tool and a Microbrush. Oh – and that fabulous sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I also decorated my envelope to match my card. The Simon Say Stamp Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil was the perfect simple touch. I think this card will brighten someone’s mailbox. :)

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Simon Says Stamp Better Together Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of fun, encouraging, and loving cardmaking goodies. You can see them all HERE. This hop is a great reminder to connect with those who encourage you… including cardmakers!

The next person on the hop is my dear friend and favorite person – Shari Carroll. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by SSS on 1/23/15. SSS will email you the winners.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Rainbow Multi-Inking + GIVEAWAY

Hi! First – I want to thank you for bearing with me as I took a blog break to focus on family stuff. Although I am back now, I likely won’t post much this week due to some travel. (But I will share some fun photos since I will be with some crafty friends that you likely know!) I promise I will be back to serious blogging soon. Thank you for your patience, understanding, encouragement and kind words. xo

OK… time for a crafty video! I have a colorful stamping technique for you today – rainbow multi-inking

[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.]

Sometimes I find that I have an awesome stamp image and I want to keep it “front-and-center” on my card. Today’s technique is perfect for this! Using various colors of pigment ink, I stamped this fantastic Neat & Tangled “thank you” image for a rainbow effect. The video shares two easy ways to achieve this look – using a stamp positioner or the MISTI stamping tool. I kept the rest of the card simple by heat embossing the Neat & Tangled heart background with silver pearl embossing powder. Oh – and I die cut regular sequins to great heart sequins!

This technique would be great for fun background or border stamps, too.

NEAT & TANGLED

This card was part of a guest post over on the Neat & Tangled blog. The owner of N&T – Danielle – is a friend of mine and one of the most loved gals in this industry. She has a heart of gold… and an *incredible* eye for talent. Danielle’s design team is by far one of the best (if not the best!) design teams I have ever seen. I highly encourage you to check out the N&T blog to see this team in action. I bet you will find some new and fabulous cardmakers to follow. (And she didn’t ask me to say that – I truly believe it!)

GIVEAWAY

When Neat & Tangled sent me stamps for this post, they sent some extras for me to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance to win TWO Neat & Tangled stamp sets, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 1/26/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Truth Scrap Event

Hello! My little blog break will be over soon. However, I have something fun to share with you today. My friend Lain Ehmann has a unique event coming up and offered to do a guest post on my blog to tell you about it. (She is an angel for offering to pop in here!) I think her event will appeal to many of my readers – covering the topic of “the intersection of faith and art.” (I know that this subject will not appeal to all of you – and I respect that completely and hope you respect my choice to share this still-craft-related topic here.) So here is Lain… sharing a bit about the upcoming Truth Scrap event and how it came to be. If this appeals to you, please check out the coupon code below. And by the way – I hope to be a contributor to this event the next time around! – Jennifer

From Lain:

I’ve been in the scrapbooking and papercrafting industry for about a decade, and I’ve taught dozens of classes on scrapbooking, card-making, art journaling and more. And as different as each individual student is, most of us deal with some level of insecurity about our art.

I can’t tell you the number of times someone has looked at me and said, “I don’t think I’m doing this right,” or, “I just blew it.”

This completely breaks my heart! Somehow – blame Pinterest or contests or magazines or whatever – we’ve developed the idea that creativity is some kind of contest or race. That if we don’t do it “right” then our creations – and even our very selves – are “wrong.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

After struggling with my own inadequacy and lack of self-confidence, I decided to forget about “right” and “wrong” and create the things I was called to create, in the way I was called to create them. I decided to focus on THE TRUTH: The truth is that my creativity is a gift from God.

The truth is that any time we dig into our hearts and create from that space, we are honoring Him. The truth is that if we are sharing our art, we are sharing our heart – and God loves that! The truth is that just as you loved the very first scribbles your child made on a sheet of paper with a green crayon held in a chubby fist, God loves our creations – each and every one of them.

These truths often get lost amidst the product and the techniques and the desire to do it “right.” And because these truths are the secret to fearless, authentic creating, I wanted to share them. And so I created “Truth Scrap,” the latest in our family of live, online papercrafting events. These events blend the best of online learning with the best of in-person events, creating a completely unique atmosphere in which to learn, create, and connect.

Our seven instructors, including Shanna Noel, Stephanie Ackerman, Erin Bassett, Donna Salazar, Liz Hicks, Andrea Chebeleu, and Heather Greenwood – will teach on topics from “faithbooking” to Bible journaling and spiritual art journaling.

Taking place on Saturday, Jan. 31, Truth Scrap includes seven classes that will show you not just HOW to worship God with your art, but WHY, and how our instructors were able to get outside their own heads and fight their own insecurities. Techniques, yes — but even more importantly, each instructor will share her individual journey, with the intent of inspiring you to grow in your own creative path to God.

Find out more HERE (along with a intro video with me).

We’ve already registered almost 300 people for this event, and because I believe so passionately in spreading this message, I’ve created a special coupon code for Jennifer’s readers. Use code TRUTH at checkout to save $40 immediately.

You cannot find a better deal on faith-based inspiration, a better assortment of teachers, or a better price. Whether you choose to attend or not, please know – God loves it when you connect with Him. He doesn’t care what color ink you use.

- Lain

P.S. Your special coupon code is good through 1/19. Just use “TRUTH” at checkout to save on this amazing day of inspiration, faith, and fun.

 

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Blog Break

Hello!

I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a short blog break for some necessary family-focus. Sometimes it just needs to be done. Thanks for understanding and I will see you soon!

xo

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