Fundraiser Prizes + An Essential + Giveaway

(Quick note: I had mentioned yesterday that I would have a fun surprise on March 1. But time wasn't on my side today and I had to delay it until Monday. Sorry!)

Hello! Hope your Monday was fabulous.

First, I wanted to let you know that my friend, Kristina, is doing a fundraiser for MS and has some great prizes, including some from me. Click HERE to check it out.


I get a lot of questions about the most essential crafting product that exists: white cardstock.

I only have one white cardstock in my house and I used it for everything: Neenah Classic Solar White.

I buy it in bulk. Want proof? 1,000 sheets…

I use this cardstock because it is bright white, nice and thick, works great with inking techniques, perfect for stamping and my fave for Copics. So, basically, you can use it for everything.

I get my cardstock HERE at Ellen Hutson. (She has excellent customer service.) You can buy it in reams – 250 sheets – which gives a great price. Or, you can packs of 25 HERE.

Want to give Neenah a try? Just leave a comment here by Wednesday night and I will pick a winner of 50 sheets of this delicious white cardstock. Good luck!

Stay tuned…

Happy Sunday.

Just wanted to pop in an say "stay tuned." I have something fun coming your way on March 1.

(Can't believe that is just around the corner!)

In the meantime, how about a bit of enabling? :)

You will be soon seeing lots of love on this blog for Faber-Castell goodies. You can find them all HERE at Ellen Hutson or HERE at 2Peas

I am in love with the new Studio Calico goodies HERE

2Peas also has lots of new Hero Arts HERE


Simon Says Stamps has a lot of the new Tim Holtz stamp sets in stock HERE. I am in love with this set…

Jane, my favorite handmade button maker, has some buttons in her shop. Get 'em now HERE – they go fast. I hoard these like you wouldn't believe…

That's all for tonight. I am off to snuggle with the pup. Night!


Saving money…

Hey, there.

So, the other day when one of the moms at Colin’s school saw the Valentines we made, she complimented them and then said in the sweetest voice, “You must save SO much money by making your own cards!”

Yes, I am laughing with you.

If she only knew, right?


I thought I would share the invites for Colin’s upcoming 5th birthday party.

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Yep, he wanted a bowling party. With a Super Mario theme. And momma liked the challenge.

Found a Mario clipart online – one where he was throwing a fireball. But, of course, I replaced it with a bowling ball. The clipart was all the wrong colors so I removed the color in PS from everything but his face and re-colored with Copics. Audrey helped and Colin colored the bowling balls.

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And since I am incapable of keeping anything I create simple, I did a fun fold. Which Colin loves.

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And the funky fold opens up to reveal the party info.

Isn’t that new Hero Arts + Basic Grey star background perfect for birthday invites?

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We had to make 30 invites…

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And Colin addressed them all.

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Colin LOVED the cards and many of his friends have told him the same. That makes it SO worth it.

Now THAT is priceless.



(Oh, the winner of the configurations was Barb E.)


Invitation Supplies:

A giant heart…

Welcome back.

I have received many emails from folks asking about the Let Your Heart Shine Frame I did for the Ranger Perfect Pearls CHA Designer Challenge. (You can find more on this challenge HERE.) So, I thought I would share some info about it here.

People also have asked what I am going to do with it. There really is no where in my house that it works. And I decided against having it published and instead think I might auction it off or sell it to raise money for the card drives or something. Not sure yet – I just think the message is a good one and could really make someone smile.

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That frame was plain wood. Then white. Then red. Then black. I couldn't decide.

The background is made up of old book pages applied on a chipboard background with Multi Medium and then painted lightly over with Studio white paint.

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I die cut a bunch of cardstock hearts with a PaperTrey Ink die and laid them on a craft sheet. Colin then sprayed them heavily with Perfect Pearl Mist and even shook on some more Perfect Pearls. The puddles of shine dried leaving such a cool look on the hearts.

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Colin then put a foam dot on the back of each and I placed them within a traced on the background. Team work.

And I loved every minute of creating it. Even if it took a lot of minutes. :)

Off to watch some TV and plan some of my upcoming classes. Take care!


Giant Heart Supplies:


Flip Die Cut Card + Giveaway

Hello. Saturdays are the best, aren't they?

I have a very purple card to share today. Not sure why I went with purple, but here it is. I used my favorite die cut to create a flap that opens to reveal the message. (The dark purple background is just a solid piece – this doesn't open like a traditional card.)

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Lots of Hero Arts love on this baby, huh? Card supplies are listed below. Just click the pictures to find out more.

Also, I have a fun giveaway! This goes to a random past comment – one left by mamichelle! You are the lucky winner of these goodies that Heidi from Simon Says Stamps sent me…

BTW, if you have recently won a prize, I will be shipping this week.

I have some more giveaways to give… :)

Happy weekend to all!

Card Supplies:


NEW Stamps + Discount Code!


Have some good news for you. The newest Hero Arts stamps – including our stamps with BasicGrey – are in stock now. And to celebrate, Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp said I could share with you a discount code (hero10) for 10% off your ENTIRE order! Gotta love that.

Click HERE to see all the new goodies.

Wanna see my favorites?

You can never go wrong with a dot background. It works for every project. And this one is a bit quirky and perfectly perfect…

This set
just screams for some Copic coloring…

Hello, gorgeous background. It is nice to meet you…

Hero Arts also brought back some classic sets – stamps that had been requested from stores from past releases. I was so very happy to see this gem in the catalog…

And Hero Arts + BasicGrey = a match made in heaven. Clearly. I wasn't sure about this background, but once I used it I was totally hooked. Hook. Line. Sinker.


And this background? No enabling needed here. Yummmm…

Flowers. And a stem with leaves. You need this set

And, last but not least… the new Hero Arts Hero Hues Patterned Papers. These are AMAZING. Perfection. Trust me. They are super heavy (heavy enough to make notecards from), white on white side (great for embossing and sanding), tone-on-tone (easy to use) and the colors are delicious (delicious, I tell ya). Trust me. You will love them. I am color-picky and these rock. 12 sheets in a pack… check out the rainbow HERE

PS629 Great stuff, huh?

Remember to use discount code hero10 for 10% off your entire order HERE through February 22.