At scrapfest

Hello! I am here with Hero Arts at crazy Scrapfest… So many people! Exciting. Check out our booth down there. More soon…

At scrapfest

How-To Video: Recycled Stamped Gift Bags

Hey there, all you crafting folks.

I have a simple little video for you today.  It shows stamping and creating little Halloween gift bags from Hero Arts packaging.  There are a few little tips in here – and they are quick and easy to do.  For more info, click HERE.

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(c) Hero Arts Blog – click HERE for details.

Wanted to update on the Cards For Kate.  Well… I got in a bit of trouble at the post office yesterday.  When I went to my PO Box to get the cards, there was a note in it to go see the people at the counter.  Eek.  They came out with a HUGE bin with a big sign taped on it saying “overflow.”  Turns out they want me to invest in the biggest PO Box possible due to the large number of items I was getting.  It is much more expensive.  But I just smiled.  Why did I smile?  Because that means you all have sent lots of cards for dear Kate.  I explained to the lady what I was doing and she was nice.  Colin said to her, “We are just trying to fill Kate’s bucket.”  (If you don’t know what that means, you need to check out THIS book – the best kids book ever.)  So, even though I got in trouble, Colin and I left smiling… with full buckets. :)

I am about to go add TONS of new prizes HERE.  A big shout-out to Kristina for helping to get so many great things donated.  And a big thanks to the donors.  I hope next time you are wanting to make a purchase that you will consider these companies/people first as a thanks for their generosity.  Here are some more new prizes…

PRIZE 7: Product from Studio CalicoIncludes a Lollipop Guild add-on kit valued at $39.50 (ATC holder not included)

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PRIZE 8, 9, and 10: Product from Studio Calico Storytime Alphabet Stamp sets valued at $9.50

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PRIZE 13: Two adorable placemats from Jill McDonald Donated by Jill McDonald – an amazing artist!

Aloha place mat  Let's Dance place mat

PRIZE 14: A subscription to CARDS magazine Donated by Scrapbook Trends.  Wow!  Huge value.


PRIZE 15: A subscription to SCRAPBOOK TRENDS magazine Donated by Scrapbook Trends.  Wow!


Also, sweet Jana will be adding more names to her list of people whose cards we have received.  Thanks, Jana.

Time to get a bit of work done.  I head to Scrapfest tomorrow.  I can’t wait to meet some of you.  Please come and see me at the Hero Arts booth.  I teach most of the afternoon, but will be in the booth the rest of the time.  There is a dinner planned for Saturday night – click HERE for details.


Happy Sunday…

Several things today…

Before I forget, the winner of the punches from last week is Sarah Martina.  I emailed you.

Thought I would share some cards I did for Kate's parents.  I used a favorite Hero Arts flower image, Hero Arts notecards and Copic Markers.  I also used a new favorite set of mine – THIS great stamp set from Taylored Expressions.  Love how detailed and classy it is.  I cuttlebugged the notecards, followed by some sanding.  This revealed the white core of the notecards, which I then added dots of color with my Copics.  Love doing this.

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By the way, I get a lot of questions about what notecards I use.  I use Hero Arts – I love the white core, matching envelopes and rounded envelope flap.  They are from Memory Box – high quality. 

Speaking of Memory Box, I have some more prizes for the card drive to share…

PRIZE 51: 10 packs of Memory Box notecards donated by Memory Box… a $70 value.  These are the BEST cards.  (Hero Arts sells these.)


PRIZE 34: Complete set of Doodle Cutz donated by Heather Mills of A Scrappy Design Etsy store.  This looks fun!

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PRIZE 32: Two Cuttlebug Embossing folders, donated by Cathi Thorpe.

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PRIZE 31: Gift Certificate donated by Heather Melzer $20 gift certificate to either her digital website or jewelry etsy shop.  Love her necklaces.


I am so amazed at the prizes rolling in.  Makes me smile.

Next up, some links worth checking out:

  • Love Heather's fabulous fun cards for Kate HERE.
  • Jenn B did a great Halloween project HERE.  And, she shows steps for using Hero Arts digital.  It is really helpful.
  • If you have a MacBook Pro (we are addicted HERE), THIS is really cool.  It is a vinyl sticker (peels off without hurting the computer) that looks like an etching.  LOVE it. 
  • If you like to support handmade and like fun clothes for kids, check out THIS etsy seller.  I have gotten a few things from her (love the tie shirts) and she is always willing to make any size and color.  

I better get going.  Need to work on kitting for Scrapfest.  Anyone going?

Happy new-week to you.

Please check it out…

Cards for Heroes is having a birthday… and is now Operation Write Home.  I love this organization – amazing people. Please visit their site.  Love the cute little intro video. And – they are giving away some prizes.  (I just emailed them asking them to add a Hero Arts prize, so be sure to go enter.)


Will be back later.  Just didn't want you to miss the fun. :)

Cards for Kate Video

Hey, folks!  I have a few things today.  A video, info about the Cards for Kate card drive and a recipe.  Yes, the recipe is random, but it is tasty. :)

Here is a video for the Cards for Kate card drive.  It is just Colin showing us some cards and the new rockin' handmade prize Tim Holtz made and donated.  (Click HERE to see the prizes – we have 50 already!!!!!!!!)  The video isn't a big deal, but it is worth it to see what Tim made, and my son referring to the "salt and sawdust" Tim likes to put on flowers.  (Also known as Distress Stickles. :)

A few people have asked about the ages of Kate's siblings.  Will is 4 and Olivia is 7. And, please keep Kate in your prayers as she is needing some today.  (For updates on Kate, visit  You can also follow her Dad on Twitter HERE.)

Next, I tried a new recipe tonight.  It was based on a recipe I saw on Oprah by Tom Cruise.  I am not his biggest fan (his beliefs about PPD drive me nuts) but I have wanted a Carbonara recipe that wasn't too unhealthy.  So, I changed his a bit and found this to be tasty.  (To see his original recipe, click HERE.)


3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic (you can use more – I don't like a lot)

2 tablespoons chopped onion (you can use more – I don't like a lot)
8 to 12 thick slices Italian bacon (I cut off the fat.  I bet you could use pre-cooked bacon.)

4 eggs
1 package spaghetti

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
(Ken added chopped fresh tomato and basil at the end and loved it.  I liked without.)

In a pan, combine olive oil, minced garlic, onion and the Italian bacon cut into small squares. Let simmer for about a half-hour, being careful not to let the oil get to a boiling point.  (This would be muchhhh faster with pre-cooked bacon.)

In a bowl, beat 4 eggs with lots of salt and fresh ground pepper.

Cook spaghetti until al dente, drain and immediately add egg mixture to pasta. The eggs are actually cooked by the pasta. (Make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked before proceeding.) Pour in the mixture from the frying pan and stir. Finish with the parmesan cheese and serve!

I really liked it.  I appreciate good Italian recipes without heavy cream. :)

OK… back tomorrow with some card shares.  Night!

Lots of news…

Lots to share tonight. :)

First, if you are in Cincinnati or nearby, Stamp Your Art Out has their used stamp sale this Saturday.  I have hundreds of old stamps I will be parting with there, along with many stamps from others.  It is a GREAT day to get some great deals.  Call 513.793.4558 for more info.

Next, a quick Cards for Kate update.  Jana is keeping a list of all the people we get cards from and how many they sent.  She just started adding them… more will come.  Click HERE to see the list.  And email her if yours seems to be incorrect.  (Her email is on the sidebar of her blog.)

Also, I am sending Kate and her family their first package of cards tomorrow.  There are about 100… they will be so thrilled!  Kate's mom says Kate LOVES mail. :)

Stay tuned – I will be adding some AMAZING prizes tomorrow – one from the wonderful Tim Holtz.  You will LOVE it.  Start sending in more cards!  Here are two more prizes you could win:

PRIZE 2:  Goodies from Heather Ruwe from Scrapbook Bakery.  Includes: 9 Double Sided Patterned Papers from the American Crafts Amplified Line, 1 Mini Marks Rub-On Book from American Crafts, 1 Mini Chipboard Book from Jenni Bowlin, 1 Heart WInged Butterfly Stamp from Hero Arts and 2 Spools of Ribbon from American Crafts.

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PRIZE 3: Lesley Grainger Design Digital Kit from 2peas.  Donated by Lesley Grainger.  You can use the kit for your personal projects for the digitial and hybrid scrapbooking, gift tags, card designs, crafts and much more!

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Oh!  And if you have a Girl Scout troop, soccer team or bible group or whatever, have them all make cards!  Anything.  Really – we just want silly cheerful cards. 

And!  This is cool.  PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT.  Kristina shares all the details of an amazing digital kit created especially for Kate by Crystal Wilkerson… and the money goes to the McRae family.  SO amazing.  Go HERE to buy and take a peek.  Kristina created some amazing things with this!!!


Next… be sure to check out the Hero Arts blog this week.  Lots of yummy colors.  I love what Tami and Kelly shared today.

Scrapfest is coming up.  Anyone going?  Pulling that together now.  It is such a hectic show, but I hope to see some of you there!

Random things today… huh?

I usually don't bore ya all with this kind of non-crafting stuff (at least I try not to – ha), but I thought it might be good info for some.  Got my hair chopped today.  It is pretty short now.  Now it is time to grow it again and chop it again – each time I donate the hair.  I am not one who cares about her hair much (never have colored or highlighted, don't use hairspray and get it cut only twice a year or so), so I figure it is best to donate it to someone who would appreciate it, ya know?  I send it in to Pantene, who only require 8 inches.  Easy to do and such a good cause.

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Off to watch TV.  I am hoping this fall brings some new shows to fall in love with. What are you looking forward to?