… I beg you.

Go watch the three videos on this blog.

I don't know Stephanie well.  But I have talked and worked with her a bit on email.  And even from this bit of communication, one thing is clear to me: I admire her incredibly.

I couldn't imagine what she is going through.  Having her husband so far away fighting in a war.  Wow.  My prayers and hugs go out to her and others. 

(As you watch the videos, the handsome guy named James Howell is her husband. :)

If you are looking for a way to support our troops (whether or not you agree with the war), check out Cards For Heroes.  I am doing a lot for them and really appreciate all they do.

OK… I just felt a need to pass that on.  Hugs!

Video and such


A few people have asked how to create the funky folded card design that I use a lot.  Here is a video that Sally and I did awhile back.  Excuse the pajamas. :)

And here is another card with that design.  I may have shared it before – sorry – but it is a good example of the fun you can have with this fold.  I think Sally was the originator of the fold, but not sure.

Joan MNT 1

Joan MNT 2
(c) Hero Arts

Have a good weekend!

Enabling, anyone?

Hello, all.  Hope everyone is good.

I am here with one big purpose.

I am here to enable. 

Yes.  I am speaking to you.  All you cardmakers out there.

You must go buy these.  You must.

6×6 BasicGrey paper pads.

They currently have a permanent spot within arm's reach on my counter.  I lovey them.  I do believe they are my bestest friends at the moment.

In the past, I have had a hard time using BG papers.  I buy them.  I hoard them.  I love them.  But when it comes to papers with distress, I simply freeze.  I don't know how to use them, as much as I love them.  Ask Jana – this is the truth.

But then, I met Mr. 6×6 Paper Pads.  These have BG's fab patterns on a smaller scale.  And they are so easy to use.  They are incredible.

My faves?  Here they are…

67199  67055  67127

Bonus: many of them are 20% off at 2peas right now!  Woohoo.  Click on them to be linked.

Here is a card I did today using some of the BG goodness.  It was inspired by THIS card by Renee Camacho.

Basic Grey
Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad
Basic Grey chipboard
Hero Arts buttons and notecard
Stampin' Up label punch
Pop dots
Papertrey Ink alphabet stamps (LOVE these!)

And if you don't buy them because they are so gorgeous, buy them because Kelly Goree works for BG.  She is the sweetest thing.  A gem.

I almost forgot to post the winner of the Studio Calico stamp.  It's Ally!  I will email you. :)

OK… off to watch Grey's Anatomy.  Hoping that the season starts to get better.  Oh, and if Obama or McCain or Sarah call one more time, I may lose my mind.  I currently am not loving living in Ohio.  Ha.


Gift Card Card

A card that holds a gift card.  Would that be called a Gift Card Card?  Not sure what to call it, but I love to make them.

Basically, the gift card slides between that blue piece and the white piece.  The only thing holding these pieces together is the sewing at the top and bottom.  Another tip: I used pop dots under the clear tag for a shadow-box look… just some fun dimension.

Sue Card 3 copy

Hero Arts stamps (circle, background), clear tags, snowflake brad, gems
White Memories Ink (doesn't that look cool on the navy notecard?)
Black Memories Ink
Paper Shaper punches (1" and 1 3/4")
Creative Impressions Silk Ribbon

I am loving this set these days.  Hoping to use it for making all my gift tags for under the tree.  Hoping. :)


Oh… want a chance to win something cool?  Check out Jana's giveaway HERE.

More tomorrow.  Need to go make some popcorn.  Night!

How-To Video: Gemstone Tips & Tricks

Good morning!

We are getting our electricity re-worked this week (old house = aluminum wiring = fire hazard = expensive fix), so I am without power off and on.  But I wanted to post quickly while I had the chance to let you know about a video I have done.

For more information, click HERE… the Hero Arts blog.

(c) Hero Arts

More soon. Have a great day!

Sharing and giving away… :)


Some holiday cards to share.  These were inspired by cards that my dear Shari Carroll taught at Scrapfest this year.

Regular 2


Now… how about two opportunities to win? 

First, check out the Hero Arts stamps being given away over on American Crafts' Blog.  Click HERE.

Second, I have an extra of this great Studio Calico stamp.  Want it? Just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, October 22nd, 11:59pmEDT and I will randomly pick a winner.  Just tell me something.  Have you rented a movie lately that you love?  Have you found a new great recipe?  Tell me something happy. :)


Have a great night.