How-To Video: Floating Window Card

Howdy. Guess what? I have another video for you today. I was able to do several videos awhile back – and thank God I did. I have since lost my mojo and it is no where to be found. Eek!

Today’s video is one I did for the Hero Arts blog – it shows how to create a card with elements “floating” over a window. A fun effect. I like to create cards that are unique – something Hallmark doesn’t do. This fits the bill. :)

I used the new Pool Notecards from Hero Arts for this. LOVE the colors in this set – three shades of pool.

And get this – BOTH the large and extra large Cloud Punches from Fiskars fit perfectly with the two clouds in THIS stamp set from Hero Arts and Studio Calico. Cool, huh?

For the rest of the supplies, please check the bottom of this post.

I try not to share too much non-crafty stuff here, but a few people asked about how Colin did on his first day of school. It went perfectly. He LOVES it and day 2 was fab, too. I am so thankful. Any moms out there with issues of anxiety can relate to how tough things like this can be on us. So thank you for your encouragement. Here are pics of the school boy…

Answered prayers.

Something else to check out…

My dear friend Kristina is working hard to raise money for research for type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is heartbreaking – something my brother has battled with for years. So, I feel very strongly about supporting these efforts.

Right now she is auctioning this fabulous piece from Lori McDonough

She also has lots of prizes you can win with a simple $10 donation. You can see them all here – one is even an iPad2! Please consider checking it out. (Big hugs to you, Kristina. Proud of you.)

Here is another great thing to check out: My friend Ali was just nominated for “The Moms Who Are Changing Your World” award in the inspiration category over at Babble. If she wins, $5000 will be donated to Ali’s two favorite charities. I have known Ali for many, many years and she deserves this award for many reasons. Please consider going to vote for her HERE. (Way to go, Ali! Proud of you, too.)

A few people asked about the class structure of my upcoming Inspiration Showcase class. Here is a bit about it:

Each row of the canvas represents a category of techniques – from resist to finishing touches to Distress Inks and more.  On the first day of class, I will walk you through the first row and all of the techniques. On the second day, I’ll share cards using these techniques, along with a project from a guest artist. On day three, I will present the second row and day four will provide card ideas with those techniques. This will continue through the class days. I will then end the class with alternative canvas designs and cards using sketches and elements from the canvases. So, you will be have reason to check out the class every day for videos!

Thank you to everyone who has signed up already!

Have a good one.

How-To Video: Paper Heart Garland


Today I am joining my fellow Paper Crafts Go-To Gals for a fun Card Making 101 Blog Hop. I actually didn’t do a card (I broke the rules!), but instead did a video showing how to create a fun paper heart garland. Please forgive the quick video – I was short on time but wanted to be able to show you…

I used my all-time favorite patterned papers for this garland – the Bo Bunny Double Dot papers. There are so many great colors and they are tone-on-tone. Love love love. I hoard them.

I added the letters with my Silhouette. I tell ya – I am amazed how much use I have gotten out of that machine…

Couldn’t get a great picture of the whole garland, but it says “COLIN ROCKS.” (A little something to tell him how proud I am that he did so great on his first day of Kindergarten!) This project is so easy with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

Now be sure to stop by the Paper Crafts blog HERE for more on the Card Making 101 Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by!

New Class and other updates…


I am so excited about a new online class from Amy Tan over at Big Picture called The Good Life. Why? Well, besides the fact that she is a doll, Amy is going to teach in the class how she makes her cool shirts. I am addicted to ordering handmade shirts from her, including this one she did for Colin…

The class starts September 22nd – I have already signed up and bought my supplies. I can’t wait to see her video and photo tutorials for creating tees! Yay! (Thanks, Amy, for sharing with all of us. However, rest assured – I will still be ordering shirts from you on a regular basis. :)

And as I (impatiently) wait for her class to start, I decided to create a couple cards using Amy’s new stamp set from her new line with American Crafts. (Which, by the way, is in stock HERE and HERE.) I created these the other day when Jana was over crafting, and I kept bugging her to help me come up with clever greetings for my mini cards – ones that would make the girls smile. This (computer-generated) greeting cracks me up and I adore the airplane stamp. Perfect card for Audrey…

By the way, I used all papers from the Studio Calico Boardwalk Kit. Love love love. This next one uses Amy’s camera and doily image. And, Jana cracked me up when she came up with this greeting…

Hee. I think Kay will like that.

And this is the stamp set I used…

Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and the winners of the Inspiration Showcase class are Kim K, Diane M and Kathy H. And the lucky winner of the Studio Calico kit is Jane S. Emailed you all!

Be right back…

Taking a short break. Will be back soon. Happy weekend!

Back To School Cards + Giveaways + more…

Hey, folks. I have lots of random things today. :)

Yes, I will admit: I am one of “those” moms. You know, the mom who spoils teachers and always offers to help? Yep, that is me. So I decided to make a bunch of cards for all the teachers, bus drivers, etc that will be in Colin’s new Kindergarten life. Yep. I am one of “those” moms. And proud of it. :)

Here is a glimpse at some of the cards I made – they are featured today over on the Paper Crafts Connection blog. For more information, details, photos and a *giveaway*, be sure to stop there.

I used papers from Studio Calico, stamps from Paper Smooches (you can buy them HERE) and embellishments from KI Memories. And you can get some of each by heading over HERE for the giveaway.

Oh, and speaking of giveaways, here are a few for you:

Be sure to to visit these fun links:

A few people have asked questions, so I thought I would share some things here about my Inspiration Showcase class:

  • There are three stores offering 15% off for students in the class – Simon Says Stamp (will also have free gifts), Two Peas In a Bucket (free shipping) and Ellen Hutson. That rocks.
  • There will be lots of great prizes. Really good ones.
  • Even if canvases aren’t for you (you can count me in this category), this class will still have something to offer you. There will be lots of card ideas and talk/examples of how to apply the 40+ techniques to cards.
  • If you took my canvas class at Simply Scrapbooks, Stampaway, Absolutely Everything or Buffalo Stamps, please email me before registering for a discount.

I also am excited to announce another event I am honored to be part of – the Spawn of True Scrap. I was a part of True Scrap event in the spring and had SUCH fun. It is a weekend of classes from the comfort of your own home with lots of teachers…


Registration opens 9/1. Those who sign up from the link on my blog will get to take a bonus private online video class with me after the event. So be sure to check back here.

OK… that’s it! Have a good night.

Studio Calico Card + Giveaway!

Hey there, stampers.

About 3 months ago, I finally gave in and signed up for a Studio Calico membership. I avoided it for so long, thinking I could just buy their individual products and put them together with my own goodies to work some magic.

But as much as I love their papers and goodies alone, I love them much more when they are part of a kit. There is nothing like opening the box when it arrives at my house and seeing all the lovely products that go together so perfectly… with no effort on my part. Come on – just look at this loveliness of color of this month’s Boardwalk kit:

Delicious, huh? And just because you get a kit that is made up of a color palette (like the green and teal above) doesn’t mean that you can’t shake it up. After all, many patterned papers have another side, right? That is how I got the pink in my project below. I used all pieces from the kit above…

The zig zag was cut from a patterned paper in the kit that had zig zags (imagine that). That rose was such fun to make. I made it with the Mistable Trim (Pink Paislee) that is included in this Studio Calico Boardwalk kit. It is basically a scallop fabric border and I just cut the scallops deeper. I then rolled it, glued it and pressed the “petals” down. Cool, huh? (Should I do a video showing this next week? Not sure if that made sense.)

See the leaves? I just stamped the circle stamp that was in the kit twice – overlapping -  to create a leaf to cut out. Oh, and that stamp was made at Hero Arts so you know it will stamp perfectly. :) I also adore the chipboard letters in the set. I actually used my Copics to color them darker. Oh, and the butterflies? I cut those from some Studio Calico paper with THIS fabulous Memory Box die. In love.

If you have questions about the SC kits, feel free to ask. I am new to them but really appreciate the ease of working with a kit. They make crafting faster – which I adore.

So… I have a giveaway! Leave a comment here by Thursday night for your chance to win the Studio Calico Boardwalk kit!

By the way, 2Peas now has the Studio Calico + Hero Arts stamps in stock HERE. (Hero Arts now makes their stamps so they stamp perfectly.) I just love this one…

Off to have dinner. Hubby made grilled chicken with mexican pesto. (HERE is the recipe – he uses pine nuts instead of pepitas. Yum.)

Oh, and the winner of BasicGrey giveaway is Carol Metully. Emailed ya.

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