Hello there.

After teaching in Boston, I decided to spend a night in NYC with my sweet girl Kelly. And, thanks to the weather, I am stuck for an extra night. And by the word, “stuck” I mean I “get to.” :)

I wanted to let you know the winners of the Design Memory Craft from Faber-Castell prizes:

  • Corinna
  • Barb Engler
  • Sue Andrew
  • Katie K
  • Michelle Daigle

And the winner of a new Hero Arts goodie is AnitaRex.

I’ll be back soon. Night!

New Stamps + Discount Code!

Hey there!

Just checking in quickly from Boston. I am here teaching classes at Absolutely Everything and having a fabulous time. Kate, the owner, is a true gem. I adore her so much and her store is aMAZing. Truly. Heavenly.

But I wanted to take a minute to let you know of new Hero Arts stamps that are in stock over at Simon Says Stamp. (You can see them all HERE.) And! For my readers, Heidi has given a discount code for 10% off your entire order. More on that at the end of this post.

Wanna see my faves?

Check out this one. You can switch out the messages in the block. Brilliant…

The flower on THIS one is delightful. The butterfly, too. So fun. It is a Hero Arts + Basic Grey design, so it has the fun packaging.

And THIS set is getting a lot of use in my world. Love that big image for a repeated background. And the flower with the stem…

THIS set is fab because it has a solid flower and an open flower. Good for any techniques…

THESE flowers are fun for a stained-glass look… just color different markers on it and stamp…

And my all-time favorite 6×6 Basic Grey pad is this Sweet Threads one…

Fun stuff, huh? So, you can get all the new stamps HERE. Just use the code “MORESPRING” for 10% off your entire order at Simon Says Stamp. (Good today and tomorrow.) And USA and Canada orders over $70 ship for free and International orders over $250 ship for free with no coupon code needed.  Have fun shopping.

By the way… which are your favorites from the new? I may have one to give away…


Welcome to Invited Sponsor Design Memory Craft + Giveaway!


Today I would like to introduce my next Invited Sponsor, the new Design Memory Craft line from Faber-Castell. (Oh, and don’t miss their giveaway below…)

You have seen me use Design Memory Craft several times on this blog. I adore their products so very much, and here are my own 10 reasons why…

(10.) I love crafting techniques. A lot. And Design Memory Craft products open the window to many exciting techniques.
(9.) All of the products from Faber-Castell’s Design Memory Craft line are very high quality. Real artist stuff.
(8.) Several of my favorite artists are on their design team, including Jill Foster and Tiffany Johnson.
(7.) Design Memory Craft products are great for layering on color – not just blending it. I love the look of dimension!
(6.) The folks at Design Memory Craft are super nice and excited to be entering into the our cardmaking world.
(5.) I love their Gelatos – there is nothing like them on the market.
(4.) This seems silly, but is SO very big to me and many artists I know: Their Aquarelles (watercolor pencils) are designed so they don’t break easily. No more lead pieces falling out broken when you sharpen them. Thank heavens.
(3.) They have a great blog – lots of ideas there.
(2.) Design Memory Craft has many products with colors that coordinate. So you can stamp in a color marker and then paint it in with the same color watercolor pencil. Perfection.
(1.) They gave FIVE fab prizes for me to giveaway today. More on that soon…

So, if you are curious about Design Memory Craft‘s products, here is a video I shared awhile back…

You can see some of the cards from this video in THIS post, and here are two more. The first one is so fun and happy. I just colored lines of Big Brush Markers along the definition background and stamped. (Can’t do that easily with an ink pad!) I also used a house Puffies embellishment from KI Memories. LOVE these…

For this next one, I also used the Big Brush Markers for all the stamping. Lots of colorful layering here…

Card Supplies:

There are so many great things to do with these products. Addicted, I am.

So, sweet Susan over at Design Memory Craft said they would like to give a prize of all four sets of their Art GRIP Aquarelles (red, yellow, blue, green – 36 pencils in total). And they want to give this prize to FIVE winners! So just leave a comment here by Monday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to be one of five lucky winners to get these goodies…

Aren’t they delicious!?

Also, the winner of the Lawn Fawn stamps is Katie E. I emailed you.

See you soon!

That’s a lot of Distress Ink…

Found this old card while digging through my computer.

And the first thought to my head? “Oh my, that’s a lot of Distress Ink.” Ha.

The background? Covered white cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then stamped on it with water. The flower? Inked it with Milled Lavendar Distress Ink and sprayed it with water to blend. The petals? Stamped it with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

What can I say… I just like Distress Inks. :)

Card Supplies:

I have been finishing up plans for my classes for Absolutely Everything, Buffalo Stamps and Simply Scrapbooks and thought I would show a few more peeks… (For more info on classes, click HERE.)

Can’t wait. Love teaching.

True Scrap
was a huge success this weekend! Wonderful reviews are pouring in… the whole event rocked. You can still buy a recording of all the classes, including my 35-minute technique class HERE. And if you sign up through THIS link, you will receive a link to an additional private stamping how-to video class later this month. Just a fun perk and “thank you.” (Please note: You must buy through THIS link. Private links will be sent out soon. If you already purchased through my link, please send me your receipt so I can add you to the list!)

In my True Scrap stamping class (which is one of 12 classes), I review:

  • Why Stamping (with examples)
  • Stamping + Scrapbooking (with examples)
  • My Three Favorite Techniques along with 3 never-seen scrapbook pages and 6 never-seen cards. New techniques!

Thank you to everyone who signed up! We sure had fun.

By the way… I will be giving some prizes away to random comments this week, thanks to donations from Simon Says Stamp. You never know when I will pick someone! See you soon.

Welcome to Invited Sponsor Lawn Fawn + Giveaway!

Hey there, stampers.

Today I am excited to welcome another of my invited sponsors, Lawn Fawn.  (For more info on my sponsorships, click HERE.)

I adore Lawn Fawn – both the company itself and their wonderful stamps. Here are ten reasons why:

(10.) Lawn Fawn‘s stamps are made in the USA with a high quality photo-polymer. And you know how strongly I feel about US-made stamps. These stamps stamp beautifully.
(9.) Lawn Fawn is owned by Kelly Marie, one of the sweetest, smiliest (that is a word I made up) gals I have ever met. I like that.
(8.) Lawn Fawn is relatively new, having opened just over a year ago. However, they already have 36 stamp sets. Talk about success!
(7.) Lawn Fawn is good friends with Hero Arts. Yes, it is fabulous when companies play well together!
(6.) Lawn Fawn has great design team members that are constantly offering fresh new ideas. You can find fabulous ideas on their blog, or at Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
(5.) Lawn Fawn stamps are unique – a look that is all their own. I admire how they have carved out their own spot in the stamping world by creating stamps that are cute, whimsical and even a bit quirky.
(4.) Lawn Fawn does a lot of giveaways. And, well, you know I like those. :) In fact, they have an Inspiration Week starting April 9th with lots of prizes, amazing design team samples and, of course, giveaways!!
(3.) Lawn Fawn stamps work for simple “I-gotta-get-this-done-quick” cards or for more complicated “I-want-to-break-out-my-Copics-and-color” cards.
(2.) You can buy Lawn Fawn from their site (very low/free shipping) or from your favorite stores like Simon Says Stamp or 2Peas.
(1.) Lawn Fawn stamps make me smile. Isn’t that what stamping is all about?

They are great, aren’t they?

And I have a fun giveaway game for you! Go over and visit Lawn Fawn HERE and pick out your favorite three stamp sets.
Come back and post them here. On Tuesday at 11:59pmEST I will pick a name and that person will win their favorite three stamp sets! (If you already own your favorites, you can list the next three on your wish list.) Want to see my faves? Here they are – Just My Type, Just My Type, Too and My Silly Valentine

And how about some cards using these cute stamps? I think Lawn Fawn stamps are great for making cards for kids. I needed “congrats/way-to-go” cards for my three kids, so here they are…

Kay always wears funny socks, so I had to have fun with these. Yay to her for getting her first job…

Audrey just made it into cheerleading – a natural…

And Colin used a snorkel and mask with no problem (a must since we are going to Virgin Gorda soon)…

And even if a card is simple, you can add some fun with some shine. For the keys, I used Black Enamel Accents. For the scissors? Glitter pen

Off to play with the little man. Take care!

Card Supplies:

Class sneak peeks


I have received some questions about my classes coming up at Absolutely Everything (Boston, April 16 & 17), Buffalo Stamps (Buffalo, May 14 & 15) and Simply Scrapbooks (Dayton, OH, May 27-29). I thought I would talk about them a bit here. (Note: To sign up for any classes or find more info, just click on the links.)

First, the techniques in each of the classes are different. So, if you take more than one class, there won’t be crossover – you will just learn even more new techniques. Each class has over 16 techniques and the canvas class has over 30. I take special care to make sure that each class is unique so that if you want to take them all, it will be worth it. :) Oh, and you will rarely see my in-store class projects on my blog as I feel it isn’t fair to those who pay to come to classes.

At Absolutely Everything and Buffalo Stamps, I will be teaching 3 classes. At Simply Scrapbooks, I am doing a weekend event with Shari Carroll… with four classes and two crops. This weekend will be outstanding – worth coming into town for. (Call the store for hotel info. Shari and I will be staying at the hotel and cropping – she is SO much fun. All the cards at this event will be new to this store.)

Here are some peeks…

And the Inspiration Showcase canvas class will be especially fun. This one has a TON of techniques – each and every single piece. I can’t wait. Here is a peek…

I hope to see many of you there!

I also wanted to give a big thanks to the many folks who help me kit, write handouts, etc – Sandi, Heather, Alyssa, Sarah, Mary Dawn, Mom, Melanie, Julie, Christy and Candy. Oh, and Colin. You all rock. Tim may have Mario, but I have the best bunch of girls around. :)

See you soon!