Random Friday :)

Hey, there. 

Thought I would share a card set that I made for one of Colin's teachers a few months ago.  I may have shared this one before – sorry – but I wanted to show off the use of Sizzix embossing folders. 

If you are addicted to embossing on cards and such, you must try Sizzix folders out.  Get this: they cover the whole front of a card.  Genius, huh?  Yes, no trimming needed.  And they work in the Cuttlebug just like the other embossing folders.  I will share my favorites below.

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People often ask how I give the cards to people.  I put matching envelopes that are stamped, along wth postage, in a clear box with some fancy ribbon.  Easy.  You can get the clear boxes at the wonderful Papertrey Ink HERE.

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (flowers and greetings); Memento Ink; Copic Markers; Glitter Pen; Sizzix, Quickutz and Cuttlebug embossing folders; Hero Arts notecards

You can see all the Sizzix folders I like HERE.  My favorite sets?  THIS and THIS and THIS.

If you want to see these folders in action some more, click HERE.

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About the Silhouette – Someone (very nicely) emailed me asking if I really liked my Silhouette that much or if it was a paid endorsement.  Nothing on my blog is paid – I don't do sponsorships, etc.  If you see me promoting a product, you can be sure it is because I love it.  And the Silhouette is on the top of my list of loves. :)

One last thing…

Calling all cardmakers! Basic Grey has new 6×6 paper pads in essential sets.  PERFECT for cards.  Let's just say – I bought a *few.*  :)   This is something I will use for a long time.  Check them out HERE.


OK… time to try and catch up and buy a flight for a weekend away with a dear friend.  Night!

Silhouette Blog Hop!

Hey there!  Welcome to the Silhouette Blog Hop.


I have lots to share here today. :)

I decided to create a set of cards using one of my favorite Hero Arts Silhouette shapes – the butterfly.  All of the butterflies were cut in white and colored with ink.  Easy and fast – gotta love that.

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Supplies: Silhouette (Hero Arts butterfly download); Doodlebug glitter paper; Unknown patterned paper; Sewing machine; Ink Blending Tool; Barn Door, Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Inks; Nennah Paper (to cut white shapes from); Stampin' Up mini tag punch; Hero Arts "hello"; Twine

I figured I would also celebrate the Blog Hop with a top ten list, along with examples. :)

Here are the Top Ten Ways I Love To Use My Silhouette:

10. Silhouette has shapes from manyy great companies and designers. I love the Hero Arts shapes – they can be cut to match my stamps.  Talk about creating a unique and special project.  Fantastic.  To see a video showing this, click HERE

Whenever I go to cut a specific shape for a project, I never let any of the extra paper go to waste.  I just fill in the whole sheet with random butterflies, flowers, etc.  I keep all the extra pieces in a little basket and grab them whenever I need an embellishment.  In fact, all the butterflies above were leftover from this canvas I created for the Ranger booth at CHA.  The shapes are covered with UTEE for dimension…

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8. I cut almost all my shapes from white cardstock. (I use THIS white cardstock for stamping and Silhouette.)  When I want to have them in a particular color, I just ink them completely with my ink blending tool.  Here is another fern shape that I inked with Distress Ink…  (Click HERE for more information.)

7. I like to pick out shapes to download that have a lot of detail.  No other die cutting machine can do this – it always impresses people when they see projects with such detail.  (In fact, it got me in the NY Times… see it HERE.)

And because the Silhouette can do great detail, I am able to cut shapes in small sizes – making them great for cardmaking… (Click HERE for more.)

I know I can create pages with any title I want… in any size I want… in any color I want… with as many n's as I want.  I never run out of letters like I do with letter stickers.  'Nuf said.  Oh, and they even have great titles that make scrapbooking simple…  (Click HERE for more info.)

I can now easily create shapes for fun party invites for my kids.  Like bowling pins – who would of thought!? (Click HERE for info.)

3. I really enjoy using my die cut shapes for fun techniques, such as resist, etc… (Click HERE to see more.)

2. Silhouette shapes are so easy to layer.  They are great as a main image, or just in the background… (See HERE.)

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1. I think the best thing about my Silhouette is the subscription. I love having unlimited downloads so that I can cut absolutely anything I want.  Such a high.  (And a good high, huh? :)

Can you tell I like my Silhouette?  Hee. :)

Well, to add to the excitement of the Hop, Silhouette is having a rockin' sale this week.  This includes die cut shapes for 75 cents, 10% off subscriptions and a "buy two get one free" on products in the store.

And, now to the next person on the blog hop… the wonderful Janet Hopkins!  She is super talented… you can find her blog HERE.

Have fun hopping.

Classes coming up…

Hey, there!

Popping in again for another quick post. 

I added a new class at Stamp Your Art Out in Cincinnati on May 11.  I will be co-teaching with Jana.  Call right away to sign up – 513.793.4558.  For more information, click HERE.

Also, Simply Scrapbooks in Ohio is having a great guest teacher, Margie Romney-Aslett!  She rocks.  I will be there to play along – signing up for all the classes.  Click HERE for information.

Big things coming.  Talk soon!

Quick links…

Just a very quick post tonight, sharing some links…

  1. Jana updated the Cards for Kids list HERE.  Please let her know if your name is missing.  I have a few more packages here to go through.  (By the way, she has a great card posted today, too!)
  2. Also, Jana has a great class coming up Thursday at Stamp Your Art Out.  This is a FAB class.  Sign up quick if you haven't taken it – HERE.
  3. Great card ideas HERE.
  4. LOVE the page HERE by Kerri.
  5. And AWESOME card HERE by Jen.  Great step-by-steps showing the Silhouette.

Time to rest and hang out with the hubby.  Night.

Giveaway and share

Hey there.

Last night at my stamping retreat.  Very sad to be leaving this place as it closes next week.  But so thankful for the many visits here.

Dug up an old card to share tonight… hoping I haven't shared it.  Nothing special, just lots of girly color…

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (greeting and heart/flowers); Black Memories Ink; Hero Arts notecards; Stampin' Up border punch; button and string; Copic Markers; Corner Rounder

Oh, and how about a giveaway?  This is for a random comment left in the past few days.  Thank you! This giveaway is for this great set of Sizzix embossing folders.  I LOVE these and ended up with two.  That big one with the dots is yummy…

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This giveaway goes to Tania.  I have some more things to pass along to lucky random comments soon. ;)

Off to bed.  Night.

Stamping retreat goodness

Hey there!  My husband finally got home on Wednesday, safe and sound.  So happy.  We spent the day as a family and then I turned around to head to a stamping retreat with my friends.  It is the last trip to this favorite place of mine, since they are closing due to family commitments.  Boo!  We have been laughing like crazy – so good for the soul.

Just popping in to share a card that went up on the Hero Arts site.  Super simple.  I just embossed the floral images with white embossing powder on heavy watercolor paper.  I then used a ink applicator to cover it heavily with Wild Honey and Broken China Distress Ink.  To get it to blend, I sprayed it heavily with water containing Perfect Pearls.  After letting it dry, it blends and looks super cool shiny.  The metallic silvery-gray is actually paper I created.  I just heavily covered white cardstock with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then sprayed with the Perfect Pearl water.  After letting it dry, I punched it.  Easy.

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (flowers and greeting); Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister; Broken China, Pumice Stone and Wild Honey Distress Inks; Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Liquid Pearls.

Some linky fun for you:

  • Was having a down-sort-of-weekend and my dear friend Michelle must have sensed it.  Her kind heart arranged a fun card collection for me to make me smile – totally surprised, totally needed, totally appreciated… and it totally worked.  Thanks to you all, ladies.  God was good when he introduced me to you all on this great place we call the web.  I HIGHLY recommend that you check out the fab cards HERE.
  • Not sure glitter is for you?  THIS card will make you believe.  Love it. :)
  • Oh my.  One of the most adorable layouts ever HERE.
  • THIS is cool.  That's all I can say.  So cool.
  • THIS is awesome.  Want to do.  Especially with the girls when they are here all summer.
  • While away this weekend, Ken told me he tried a recipe from the new Jamie Oliver Food Revolution book.  He said it was incredible.  It was a 20-minute pasta dish with all fresh ingredients.  Huge hit.  Many people asked if I had tried his recipes, so I thought I would pass on the good review.

OK… off to get some work done.  Have a great weekend.