Winner! And some other stuff…

Hey, everyone!

We have a winner!  SmilynStef!  I will email you so I can get your book in the mail.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your favorite new products.  Looks like we have many things in common: Doodlebug Loopy letters, Cuttlebug, flocking stuff, everything scallop, Glue Dot roller dispenser, thickers, MM Noteworthy line, grungeboard, and more.

I worked outside today… working along next to the many cicadas. (On one hosta, I counted 72 of those buggers!)  Hope you all had good weather, too.  Thankfully, I did manage to also shoot some videos to edit in the next few days.  (God bless my dear son for taking 3 hour naps. :)

A simple share before I go up and crawl into bed.  This one just shares how cutting up your clear stamps can make a big difference with greetings.  Notice the greeting, "thank you for being my friend" in the set below?


Look how different it looks on this card.  I just gently cut the stamp between the words and mounted them vertically, making it work perfectly for this card.

053108 Butterfly

Hero Arts stamps (butterfly, greeting & background), notecards and gems
May Arts ribbon
Colorbox Chalk Ink Rose Petals
Memories Black Ink
Prismacolor colored pencils (to add shading to butterfly)

More tomorrow.  Have a good night!

How-To: Video:How-To Video: Scallop and Embossed Edge Card

Have a video share for you.  Has several little fun tips/tricks in it.

(Quick note: If you are interested in watching videos in higher quality, you can find out more HERE.  Also, you can often click “watch in high quality” which is under the video and view numbers.)

053008 Shari

Hero Arts stamps (background, tree & greeting) and notecards/paper
Creative Impressions silk ribbon
Vintage textbook paper
Black & ArtPrint Brown Memories Ink
Prismacolor colored pencils.
Ranger Inking Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Bazzill scallop edge paper
Sewing machine
Old music by Keith Chapman (newer cd available by emailing me)

Happy birthday, Shari.  I am the luckiest girl in the world to work with such a talented, fabulous-advice-giving, hilarious friend.  I love you. :)

Good night everyone!  (Oh, and you still have time to enter for the giveaway on yesterday’s post!)

Gotta turn this day around with a giveaway…


Bad day.  The hard drive died on my baby.  Boogers.  I love love love my MacBook Pro.  Love it.  But I attract bad luck with stuff like this.  Thankfully, Apple has the best customer service in the world and they are saving me.  Will get the hard drive replaced tomorrow.  Thank goodness!

But since that occupied my day, I didn't get any creating done.  So let's do a giveaway instead. :)   This RAK is for a copy of the Designing With Recipe book…


Just leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmPST telling me what your favorite new scrapbooking goodie is.  I feel like I haven't bought anything new in ages and need to do a bit of online shopping. Nothing is better than retail therapy, huh? :)

Oh, and please go backup your computer.  :)

How-To Video: Inked/Stamped Chipboard on Clear Tag Card


Have a video to share tonight.  This shows a few simple things… enjoy.

052508 Butterfly Card
052508 Butterfly Card Close
052508 Colin holding
Hero Arts stamps, clear tag, flowers, button & pearls
Colorbox Chalk Ink (Primary, Chocolates & Blueberries and Pumpkin Patch)
Black Memories Ink
Scenic Route chipboard butterfly
White Staz-On Ink
Creative Impressions silk ribbon
Other: string and a fast-moving dude to act as Vanna

Again, the music is from my BIL, Keith.  Some of his older stuff.

I had a couple people ask where on ebay I got my Inking Tools.  HERE is my source.  I usually try to support local stores (we want them to stick around!!), but they were out.

Wanna see a cute card?  Check out an adorable one by Kandis HERE.

Hope you are all doing well.  Those of us in Cincinnati are enjoying the wonderful joy of cicadas.  Yes, my yard is being taken over by these buggers.  Argh!  As Colin says, “Cicadas are EVERYWHERE at Colin’s house!”  Ha.  I will save you the discomfort and not show a picture. :)


Mini Cards

(Before I go on, be sure to check Laura's awesome blog.  Turns out she is a use-your-scraps-for-cards girl, too!  She is amazing.  Look HERE.)

OK… mini cards.  I am currently addicted to making bitty greetings.  Generally, I just cut a card in half, resulting in a card about 2.75"x4.25".  I still put it in a regular envelope since the PO doesn't like anything smaller than 3.5"x5".  Here is one I did a few weeks ago, which is very inspired by the amazing Shari HERE.

052608 Hello House

Hero Arts stamps (house/greeting & sun), gems and notecard
Bo Bunny patterned paper
Fiskars corner rounder
Colored pencils and gamsol
Diamond Stickles

By the way, isn't that Bo Bunny paper the cutest?  The Almond dot is the one I use most – it is the perfect neutral-yet-a-bit-of-interest paper for any project.  It is magical. :)   You can find it HERE, along the other colors.

I have gotten a lot of emails about getting good scallop edges for pages.  I personally LOVE the Doodlebug trims.  They have a petite scallop, which is great on cards and pages.  And you can get the colored ones and have the option of using the back, which is always white.  Fun stuff.  You can find them HERE.



Before I head on to email, a word of warning: there will be some serious enabling coming up soon.  I finally installed my new toy:)

Take care!

My old saying is…

"whenever you make a layout, go ahead and make a matching card."  I used to say this in classes all the time. And it really is true for me.  I always have so much stuff out, a few leftover ideas and lots of scraps.  So why not?  It is also a good chance to try out something.  And if it doesn't work, no harm done. :)

This is a card I made before cleaning up from the mess of yesterday's layout.  Just a card, no big thing.  I have a drawer next to me of little odds and ends that are left out for some reason – random stuff.  In there, I found the chipboard, flowers and buttons on this one.  :)   On the big flower, I stamped.  On the little ones, I used my ink applicator to rub on ink, as I did with the texture on the card.

052608 Grunge Card

Tim Holtz Grungeboard
Close To My Heart scallop chipboard (inked with chalk ink)
Hero Arts flowers and gems
Hero Arts script circle stamp (on cream flower)
Melissa Frances greeting stamp
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Vintag textbook paper
Colorbox Chalk Ink Sand Dunes
Ink Blending Tool
Other: sewing machine

Someone asked in the last post about the inking tool I used.  This thing rocks.  HERE it is.  Be sure to get the additional pads for it so you can have one for every color.  I just ordered more on ebay. :)

As for Croatia, I had a few people email asking how we picked it. Ken and I were inspired to look into it after seeing it on the Amazing Race.  :)   After researching it, we were sold.  It combines the blue water we love so much with the European/Italian-like culture/look we adore.   We are big on Rick Steves' picks, and he loves Croatia, too. We are going in the early spring.  But, first, we have St. John coming up in a few weeks with the whole fam.  Can't wait.


Ok, off to work on email.  Night!