Simple card and random stuff…

Hey there, folks.

Here is a super fast card I did with some new Hero stamps.  Love stamping with markers.  Memento Markers are my favorite for coloring directly onto rubber stamps and then stamping with.  Here they are: GREENS, PURPLES, BLUES, PINKS, YELLOWS/ORANGES and BROWNS.  (Stampin' Up markers also work for this.)  I just colored the stamp, spritzed once or twice from far away with water and stamped.  Easy peasy.

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (flower and greeting) and cards and gems; Memento Markers; Mini Mister with water.

BTW… I get a lot of questions about greetings for the inside of cards.  THIS set has several that can be used on the inside and outside.  (For example: "Friend" on the outside and "Thank you for being you" on the inside.)

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Thought I would give a quick update on Cards for Kids.  We are still going strong!  I passed along information of those of you who sent in cards to Jana.  She hopes to post them on her site this weekend.  I will keep you posted. Remember – we have great prizes (HERE)!  You have to get them in the mail before the end of April.  I will be starting another round of prizes after that.  But these kids and families really need us!

Oh, and a big round of applause to Jenn Shurkus and her friends at Colorful Creations.  They sent a TON of cards for the kids – thank you!

Other random goodness and such:

  • Still a rockin' stamp sale over at 2Peas.  25% off!  HERE are the Hero Arts stamps.  I ordered a few days ago from 2Peas and got it so quick.  Gotta love that.
  • Working a video totally intended to enable you.  Just a warning – get your wallet ready. :)
  • I am very sad to say, but I stepped down as a Garden Girl on 2Peas.  I have been one for 8 or 9 years and it was hard to leave.  That role has opened so many doors for me, and I will be forever grateful to Kristina for that.  I also made many friends there.  But I needed to cut back and that was one of the things I had to do.  I will still be a part of 2Peas from the outside and will hopefully still have projects with them.
  • BTW… part of my reason for cutting back is for making more time for the teaching that I love to do – to devote to that as opposed to squeezing it in and taking time away from my family.  I do plan to add a few stores/events to my schedule in the future – places where I can drag my family along.  :)   Please contact me if you are interested.  (I get a lot of emails about this, but please resend if you are still interested.)
  • Getting ready for a big event at Hero Arts in May.  It is for store owners and employees – a weekend of classes *in* Hero's factory!  How cool is that?  If you are a store owner, email me for details.  If you know a store owner – pass on the info!  There are limited spots available.  (Oh – and we will have special assistants – Ken and Colin.  Fun!)  Shari Carroll and I will be teaching.

OK… off to do computer work.  Night!

The flowers are blooming…

Spring is here, and I just love it.  That means it is almost time to plant flowers, which I am addicted to. 

In the meantime, I thought I would share some flowers I made last year for Creating Keepsakes.  Each showcases a different idea or technique. I hope a few of them inspire you!

Flowers - Red
Flowers - Orange
Flowres - Yellow
Flowers - Green
Flowers - Blue
Flowers- Purple

(c) Creating Keepsakes.  For more information, cling HERE.

My sweet husband is still stuck in Germany.  I told him to start swimming.  :)   Night!

Lots today…

Hey there!  I am now home from some time at my in-laws.  However, Ken is stuck in Germany and unable to come home tomorrow as planned.  That stinkin' volcano has caused it's problems and I am not too thrilled about it.  However, Ken, meanwhile, gets to hang out in Munich and have fun.  BOO on him – ha. :)  

First thing to share today…

Was going through old photos and found some cards that I *think* I haven't shared.  The first uses the I-Top Brad Making Tool.  I will admit, I didn't think I had a need for this guy.  But boy was I wrong.  Once I used it with Sticky Back Canvas, I was hooked.  The canvas wraps on it perfectly and stays put.  I just inked up the brad and stamped on it.  Such fun.  (You can buy the tool HERE.)

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Supplies: Imaginisce I-Top Brad Making Tool, Sticky Back Canvas, text paper, Papertrey Ink flower and leaf stamp; Hero Arts background, greeting and script on canvas centers; Distress Ink on canvas centers; Hero Arts chalk inks for all other; Hero Arts pearls and notecard

Used lots of the yummy Hero Hues Chalk Inks on these.  Don't you love the smooth, bold color?  That tone-on-tone background makes me smile. Here is another card I made at the same time…

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That flourishy piece on this one was cut with my Silhouette – a Hero Arts shape.  Yum.

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Supplies: Papertrey Ink stamps, except for the Hero Arts greeting; Hero Arts Notecard, pearls and Chalk Inks, Silhouette Hero Arts die cut piece.

This leads me to my next subject…

… a big stamp sale over at 2peas.  It looks like every Hero stamp is 25% off HERE!  Gotta love that.  That must-have cling dot background above is on sale HERE.  And look at the deal HERE on my favorite greeting set…

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Next…

Remember when I shared THESE great ATC's I got in a swap over at Hero Arts? Well, the dear Kelly Booth sent me how she is displaying hers… in a 7Gypsies Tray.  LOVE it.  She said I could share…

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Last, I wanted to share a photo that my friend Tina took of me at the last class I taught.  I have been known to stand on tables and crawl on tables to reach supplies in order to show what I am talking about.  (I am a bit weird this way.  Just having fun.)  Tina tried to get photos during class, but I move too quick, I guess, but she got this one after class when I was chatting.  And, yes, as normal – I am shoeless. :)

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OK… off to watch Food Revolution.  (And I beg you – please go sign the petition HERE!  Even if it doesn't personally effect you, please consider it for those of us who really care about our children's future.)  Take care.

Bowling party and giveaway…

Hello! 

Been getting requests to see the bowling party stuff I mentioned making for Colin's 4th birthday.  It is pretty simple, but here it is anyway. :)  

I used my Silhouette to create everything.  Made it so easy and fast!  I then ran the pieces through my computer to add the text (by taping onto cardstock).  Forgot to get a photo of the favors we made, but they just match these and had some misc party favors in a bag.  

Here are the invites…

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… and the thank yous…

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Oh!  And a giveaway.  This is for a random previous comment – from jaemom!  You win THIS great new punch from EK Success…

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By the way, there are more great punches out from EK.  THIS bad boy is my favorite.  Big, bold scallops.  Delightful…

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And THIS one makes the perfect size label for card greetings.  Yummers…

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And so does THIS one…

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I just love the new generation of punches.  So many good ones.

More giveaways soon.  Have a great mid-week.

Shadow Inks and such…

Hello!  Greetings from Ponca City – the home of my in-laws.  Colin and I are spending some time here this week.  They are keeping him busy so I can work from here.

I am catching up on my answers over at my FAQ page HERE.  (Still have a lot to go.) One question I have seen a lot has to do with Hero Arts Shadow Inks and what I love about them.  Basically, these inks are just a soft colored ink that dries in a smooth, even look on any paper.  I use them most on tone-on-tone backgrounds, but sometimes they even work for main images.  Here is an example of a card I did with Shadow Inks.  Both the background and the main image were done with these inks – Soft Pool and Soft Apricot.  (The apricot piece – the floral is reverse, so the darker area is where the ink is.)

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (background, floral, greeting), paper, pearls (colored with alcohol inks) and inks (Soft Pool and Soft Apricot); American Crafts ribbon.

I really like all the colors.  I use Leaf, Sand, Pool and Apricot the most.  You can find them all HERE.

A few things to share:

  • Be sure to check out the Hero Arts blog this week.  They are doing Easy Hybrid.  And even if you don’t think digi is for you, you will learn something you will love.  Promise.
  • Thanks for praying for my SIL – she is doing much better.
  • Be sure to check out the fab eye candy HERE.

And to all you fabulous ladies in my class at Simply Scrapbooks this weekend, I promised to share a few of my old videos here – ones we talked about.  Here they are…

Embossed Resist:

Easy Digi-Stamping:

Stay-Put Bows:

Off to play.  Have a good day…

Enabling Alert…

Just a little warning – this is an enabling post.  Lots of good stuff to buy.  Come on!  Let's help the economy!  Hee. :)

The new Hero Arts stamps are in at a few stores.  They got there early!  Woohoo.  You can get them HERE (with a coupon for 25% off HERE) and HERE.  This is by far my favorite release of Hero's in the 7+ years I have worked with them.  Go look at the sites to see the goodies.  My favorite?  THIS.

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And, we have a new baby in our house and I am a happy camper.  I highly recommend you get one – meet Tabby:

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What a wonderful toy it is.  I have a few uses for it.  First, my main computer is a 17" MacBook Pro Big Daddy.  I love him, but sometimes I could use a smaller guy to carry around.  And use on planes.  Second, I watch a lot of shows online while working.  This is like a mini TV.  Third, I can read on it while on the treadmill, or watch mindless TV. 

Oh, wanted to let you know that I will be catching up next week on email and questions.  Sorry for the delay.

Hope to see lots of you in my class tomorrow at Simply Scrapbooks

Finally, if you are a retailer who sells Hero Arts, be sure to visit Hero's retail website for an exciting event.

Off to get some rest and watch the amazing Jamie Oliver.  The world needs more people like him.  Night!