Photos and stamping…

Hey there.  Forgive me – I have a bit of non-stamping to share first.  (Feel free to scroll down.)  But I know a lot of you are scrapbookers and appreciate photography, so I want to share some things…

So… I have a bucket list.  You know, the list of things you want to accomplish or do in your life.  Most things on my list are places to visit.  But there are 5 that are about photos.

See, there are 5 photographers who I adore for different reasons.  And getting my family in front of their cameras… that is on my bucket list.  And now I am so thankful to say I have now accomplished two of these.  Here are the five (in no order)…

1. Cathy Blackstone Photography

I have known Cathy for many years.  We both won the CK Hall of Fame the same year, and I contacted her and we got together.  We hit it off immediately.  Cathy is as real as they come.  True and honest and fun.  (Want a peek at how great and honest she is?  Click HERE.  Love the idea of "therapy photos."  Took some of them today.)  And when she decided to start a photography business, I wanted to be first in line.  Why?  Because of how real, true, honest and FUN she is.  Well, back in November, we got together.  It was a cold day… Colin was sick… Audrey was grumpy… but we still had fun.  Cathy made us laugh and captured those happy, laughing moments – which is so "us."  (We are a very "laughy" family.)  She is amazing.  If you live anywhere near Columbus, Ohio – contact her.  You won't regret it.  Here are some of my faves – they are so "us"…

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My brother was behind the camera making us all laughing like crazy here.  This is SO us. :)



2. Lisa Russo Photography

Lisa is another one I have known for years, and was lucky to work with at Autumn Leaves, too.  I can't say enough about what a good person she is.  Back when I had post-partum depression, the doctor suggested I go away and visit a "fun friend" for a weekend.  I instantly called Lisa.  And, I can honestly say, she was a huge reason that I survived.  Soon, she left the scrapbooking industry and started in photography.  For a couple years now, I have admired Lisa's work.  Her photography is perfect in my eyes – classic, loving and timeless.  I would go to her blog and stare in awe… but then have to leave quickly for fear of getting sad that she lives so far away.  So, I started nagging Ken.  :)   Begging him to help me find a way for our family to get to Atlanta and in front of her camera.  A few weeks ago on our lake trip, her family came to stay with us.  We had such fun with her – she seems to have been doing this for years and years – a true calling.  If you are interested in seeing the slide show she made for me (it moves fast since she had so many good ones), you can watch it HERE.  And here are a couple (and more are HERE)…


(Yep, the girls have grown, haven't they?  Kay is taller then me.  I haven't published pages of them in the last few years because they are older and enjoy scrapping their own photos.  They LOVE to scrapbook.) 

(Cathy and Lisa – thank you. love you. owe you. :)

3. Traci Turchin Photography

I met Traci through the scrapbooking industry, too.  She is now an incredible photographer with an amazing eye.  Her photos are also so real… so true.  I love that.  The type of photos you will still love in 20 years down the road.  I hope to someday get out to Colorado (somehow) and get in front of her camera.  Someday.

4. Melissa Deakin

I don't know Melissa very well, but she just has this kindness about her – it is something that is obvious.  And, she is starting a photography business, which makes me so happy.  Her photos also have a kindness and comfort about them.  Simple, sweet and classic.  Who wouldn't want to have photos of their family like that??  I wish I lived closer to Buffalo.  A girl can dream…

5. Erin Cobb Photography

Sweet Erin.  This girl is a doll, and she makes cute babies, too. :)   I have been chatting via email with Erin for a long time now and she is always so generous when I need photos for assignments.  Her photos have a refreshing, cheerful, eye-catching look to them… capturing everyday moments with shine.  Love that.  Huntsville – I need to head your way.  Would love to have my kiddos captured by Erin.

OK… enough photo chat.  But I have been wanting to share that for awhile now. :)   Do you have a favorite photographer?

On to stamping…

Here is a page I did for the Hero Arts Blog.  (In fact, it uses a photo by Cathy Blackstone.)  Just shows the power of black and white…

062009 Black and White (c) Hero Arts Blog – for info and supplies, click HERE.

Next up, a quick couple of cards I did awhile back using leftover class kits.  These are examples of the goodies shown in the first week of Thinking Inking Class.  These have inking and stamping with Distress Ink… followed by a bit of water splotching.  Love the Papertrey Ink Damask stamps.

061909 Distress Scraps Supplies: Hero Arts notecards and flowers and buttons and stamps (flourish and greeting), Papertrey Ink damask stamps, Creative Impressions ribbon, Distress Inks, twine, white embossing powder

OK… off to watch some mindless tv.  Gotta love it.  Night!

Winner of 7Gypsies Binderie!

We have a winner of the Binderie Punch!

The lucky one is…

Marcy Grant!

I will email you.


I am the happiest girl today… (and video)

… because of all of you who are playing along with the Thinking Inking class.  AMAZING projects!  I am loving looking at each and every one.

And, a new one is up today HERE

I really recommend checking out what others have created for this class.  There are some really inspiring projects!

Also, here are some fun links for your Monday morning…

  • A Robyn masterpiece HERE.
  • A great new blog week HERE by Shari.
  • Adorable Amuse card HERE.
  • Love THIS sweet card by Lucy.
  • Great dad card HERE by Jenn.
  • Adorable card and video by Kristina Werner HERE.
  • THIS card is a great example of how a great die can make a stunning card.

And here is a project I did over at 2peas.  Click HERE for the product info.  I LOVE those Quickutz leaf dies – they cut for dimension.


(c) – click HERE for info.

OK… off to go home and work some more.  Thank you, all, for making me smile.


More Inking…


When I got back from Ranger U a few months ago, I spent the next weekend playing with the techniques… coming up with new stuff and learning more by playing.  All in preparation for the class I was hoping to teach with 2peas.  So glad it has started – such fun.

I thought I would go ahead and share a few of them…

This first one shows inking and flicking with water, as shown in the first Thinking Inking video HERE.  I also punched the butterflies from yummy Studio Calico paper and covered them with Glossy Accents.  Love that stuff.  This is pretty distress-y for me, but that was what made creating it fun.

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (greeting, script), Studio Calico patterned paper, Paper Studio butterfly punch, Hero Arts pearls, Glossy Accents, Distress Inks

For this next one, I masked off a rectangle area in the center of a notecard.  I then inked it with Broken China Distress Ink (blue) and brushed with perfect Pearls.  So, you can't see it in the picture, but the blue is shiny/pearly.  So cool in real life.

061909 Distress and Perfect Pearls Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (greeting, stem flourish) and flowers and gems and notecard :) , Distress Inks

This is another one of my made-with-scraps cards.  That is one of my favorite things about the techniques done such as distress inking, water stamping, etc.  There are always delicious scraps leftover.  Always.  I save these in a basket and reach for them often.  These we leftover pieces of stamped Distress Ink images… I just punched hearts from them.  So easy and fast.

061909 Distress Hears Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (greeting, fern), Studio Calico patterned paper, Paper Studio butterfly punch, Hero Arts notecards and embossing powder, Fiskars heart punch, Distress Inks

Well, I am off to hang with little Audrey.  I adore her.  She is such a good sister to her little brother who is never more than 2 steps behind her.  Bless her heart.

Night night.

More Distress Inking…

Happy Friday.

Today is the third and final of the Thinking Inking Distress Ink week over on 2peas.  (Click HERE to see it.)  Next week will be a new subject!  (Hint: Your hands will be just as messy, but this time using something you used even in pre-school. :)   Be sure to keep coming – this class is 9 weeks! I HIGHLY recommend reading the class threads HERE.  There are many questions answered, tips given, and amazing projects shared.  (Big hugs to all of you playing along!)


Here is today’s video.  This is one of my favorite techniques.  Big thanks to Tim Holtz for inspiring it all.

I thought I would share another example and some more video links…

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061909 Butterflies Close Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (greeting, heart flourish, woodgrain background), Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Big and Bossy Embossing Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Martha Butterfly Punch.

A bit about this card… The background is a Hero Arts woodgrain stamp stamped with Walnut Ink Distress Ink.  I quickly added some gold Perfect Pearls.  (This was shown in Video 2.)  For the butterflies, I stamped a heart flourish a few times on ivory cardstock with embossing ink.  I then heat embossed with clear powder.  Following the inking tips in Video 3 (above), I pressed the embossed pieces into a variety of Distress Inks and water.  The embossed area resists the ink.  I then just punched out a bunch of butterflies.  Easy.  In fact, I normally do many pieces at once and then just punch a bunch of different shapes from it.

And a few video links…If you are interested in watercolor stamping, there is another video HERE from Hero Arts.  And if you are interested in a spin on today’s technique using resist (like the butterfly card above), click HERE.

OK… a quick moment of important enabling.  Go.  Now.  And buy THIS and THIS These are the tools you need for blending inks and playing with the many techniques we do in my class.  These have FOAM, not felt.  (Felt is for alcohol inks.)  And these will take you one step closer to being having Tim Holtz in your hands. :)   Hee.  Truly.  It is worth the purchase.  You won’t regret it.  And they are in stock HERE and rumor has it they are selling fast…

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More to share tomorrow.  Didn’t want to bore ya with too long of a post!

By the way, you still have time to win on yesterday’s post.  Check HERE.


How-To Video: Mini Photo Album & 7Gypsies Binderie GIVEAWAY!

Hello.  I have a video and great giveaway today.

You all know what a big fan I am of great crafting tools.  Well, I was putting together a little mini photo album the other day (a simple design that I make often) and realized that it used many of my favorite tools.  So I decided to do a video showing the creation.

This video gives a peek into the 7Gypsies Binderie, Corner Chomper and Silhouette.  The mini photo book is a quick one, using Grungepaper from Tim Holtz and more.  I made it for my girl who is at her grandma’s and then camp.  Wanted her to have some photos and notes from the family.  I will explain the album more below.

Please forgive the bad photos.  I apparently didn’t have my camera settings right.  (This is common for me.  Ha.)

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061809 Binderie 2 Supplies: 7Gypsies Binderie Tool, Corner Chomper, Silhouette

I really like Grungepaper or Grungeboard – they are great to use for making little books.  It is flexible and durable and easily painted.  Rounding the corners really adds and nice touch, and the fabulous Corner Chompers cuts through it all easily.

The pieces on this were cut with the Quickutz Silhouette.  Ah… my sweet baby Silhouette.  I love this guy.  He cuts the most intricate shapes and makes my crafting easier.  About once a week, I go and cut a ton of different shapes and designs from white cardstock.  That way I have a bunch of shapes ready to go for any project.  I just ink them up and get crafting.  (Oh, and you can get tons of great shapes online HERE.)

Next up is the 7Gypsies Binderie tool.  This tool rocks.  At first, I wasn’t sure I had a need for it.  But once you play with it and see how awesome it works, you quickly become addicted.  Basically, it punches binding holes through just about anything, with the quick touch of a button.  Ahhh… so easy to use.  I was excited when 7Gypsies asked me to decorate one for an artist challenge.  (You can see all the other artists HERE.)  It started out red and black, and here is what I did with mine…

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In my video, I show a quick way to use it.  But there are more thorough videos on the 7gypsies site HERE.  I recommend checking them out!  Oh, and this tool is fun for cardmakers, too.  I like to use it to punch holes for adding ribbon, or holding several cards together for an extra special gift.

And!  I get to give one of these awesome Binderie Tools away!  Just leave a comment here by Saturday at 11:59pmEDT telling me what your favorite crafting tool is and I will pick a lucky winner.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow…