Sharing + Cool Links


Just popping in to share a card. This was a card I created for class, but didn’t like. But I never pitch anything – I figure every card (good or bad) will makes someone smile when they get it in the mail.

This one uses a new technique I shared over in the Clean and Simple Card Making Class. If you are in the class, you will recognize the technique. Very easy to do – just some Distress Inks and water…

Supplies are all linked below in the thumbnails.

Fun to play with color like this. Oh, and it isn’t too late to join in the class and get the discounts, prize chances, lifetime access, etc. Go HERE for more info.

I also have some fun links for you tonight. Lovely stuff:

  • You MUST stop by Kelly Rasmussen’s blog this week. She is doing some amazing cards with Hero stamps. Lovely work.
  • I have really enjoy Marion Vagg‘s work lately. So very classy.
  • Cheiron makes the most beautiful cards. THIS makes me happy.

Finally, we have a winner of Amy’s class – SuZeQ. I emailed ya.

Thanks for stopping by!

Amy Tan Blog Hop


The adorable Amy Tangerine asked me if I would participate in a blog hop in celebration of her newest product lines with American Crafts. I was happier to do so and even happier when I got to see the product shot I get to share. Love it.

Her newest collection is called Sketchbook

(Side note: Dude. I want that dress. Love.)

“Vibrant colors drip off the page in the latest Amy Tangerine collection, Sketchbook. Featuring hand-drawn details and a bold watercolor effect, Sketchbook bursts with eclectic goodness for your everyday projects. Splash some color on life.”

And check out this great product shot. Yum…

Nice, huh? So, here’s a chance to win some goodies – the entire Sketchbook collection! Head on over next to loveable Kelly Purkey’s blog. Follow the hop along until you reach the American Crafts blog and you can leave a comment about what products you liked best. Good luck!

Oh, and we have some winners to announce:

Happy day.

Video: Hero Arts Frame Cuts + Giveaway

Happy Monday.

Today I have a video I put together for the fab Simon Says Stamp folks. In it, I show Hero Arts Frame Cuts. Frame Cuts are thin, open dies that match up with many of Hero Arts stamps. These dies are unique… here’s why…

Hero Arts has also put together a key showing which stamps match with which dies. You can find this download HERE. When shopping, look for the orange letter sticker on the top of the Frame Cut package. Then find the stamp with the matching letter sticker. These will match! Also, if you go to Simon Says Stamp and click on a Frame Cut set, you can scroll down to the ‘related products” and see the stamps that match.

Here are the matches:

You can see all the Frame Cuts HERE and find the matching stamps HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

In the video I talk about the plates needed for these thin dies. HOWEVER, if you already have a machine and plates that cut other thin dies on the market, then you are set! You will be able to use these the same way. If you need plates for your Big Shot to make thin dies work, check THIS bundle out. This set will give you everything you need for thin dies, embossing folders, etc. If you have a Vagabond, get THIS and you are set. Sizzix discontinued other plates (the universal ones) and these are the new replacements. The nice thing is that you can use long dies with these longer plates.

The sweet folks at Simon Says Stamp is letting me giveaway the Hearts Frame Cut set! Just leave a comment here by Thursday at 11:59pm EST. Good luck.

Hope this helps! Enjoy.

Stretch Your Kit Giveaway

Happy weekend.

I am just popping in to give away a spot in the Stretch Your  Kit Class over at Studio Calico. I mentioned it to you all last week… but now I have a spot to give away.

Here is a bit about the class:

Are you ready to jumpstart the way you look at supplies?  Tired of letting your kits pile up month after month without touching them?  Ready to pull out the tools you have on hand and put them to use? Amy Tan is here to help show you how to see the Studio Calico Main kits in new ways and get those supplies onto your pages.  She’s ready to share tips and tricks on making your kit supplies stretch to create beautiful page after page. Known for her playful and innovative pages, Amy is the perfect teacher to help you stretch your kits.  She’ll walk you through ideas for breaking open those brown paper bags and seeing your kits in a fun new way.  Amy and Studio Calico kits… what a great combination! Amy is joined by creative powerhouses Kelly Goree, Celine Navarro, and Jen Jockisch who will all share inspiration for using ONLY the Studio Calico Main kit.  You’ll see their process for getting started on a layout, selecting which supplies to pull from the kits, and tips for using their favorite tools and techniques. Starts 2/1/12 and costs $30.

For more information, click HERE.

Want to win a spot in the Stretch Your Kit class? Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

Something Special to Share… and a Giveaway

Hello there.

In the past few months, I have fallen in love with the stamps from Paper Smooches. They are just so stinkin’ happy… and they make me happy.

On January 15th, Paper Smooches is releasing their newest and third set from their Kismet collection called ” Healthy Vibes.” Today I get to give you a peek at this set… and give one away…

I stamped and paper pieced the bands-aid and added them to the card… hanging on the front edge. (I like doing things like this because Hallmark doesn’t – hee.) And my favorite thing about Paper Smooches stamps? Their greetings. I LOVE their greeting styles. So I used one for the background and one for the main greeting. (And this set has many upbeat “get well” messages, which I find I need often.) Oh, and Glossy Accents on the hearts…

I think this happy card is sure to at least bring a smile to the face of a loved one who needs it, don’t you think? I sure hope so. :)

Great news! I have a “Healthy Vibes” stamp set – the one I used here – to give away to a lucky person! You have until midnight EST on January 15th to leave a comment.

And! For more chances to win… please visit the Paper Smooches Blog and the blog of the fabulous Lori Craig.


Video: Hero Arts Soft and Mid-Tone Shadow Inks + Giveaway!


Today I have a video I put together for the sweet Simon Says Stamp folks. In it, I show Hero Arts Shadow Inks - including the original Soft Shadow Inks and the new 2012 Mid-Tone Shadow Inks. These inks are very unique and incredibly awesome… perfect for getting a smooth, solid stamped image. Here’s why:

Basically, this ink is unique because it slowly smooths out and dries into the perfect stamped image. It is the best ink for images with lots of solid space, such as the hearts I used here.

I threw together this very quick sample of colors for you to compare each. A few of my original Soft Shadow Inks are older than the hills (in packaging from three designs ago!) and therefore a bit light… but it should give you an idea. All of the colors starting with “Soft” are the original Soft Shadow Inks. All the others are the more vibrant Mid-Tone Shadow Inks.

And here is a look at just the new Mid-Tone Shadow Inks

These inks are lovely, I tell you. And they go nicely with my other favorite ink, Distress Ink, too.

Now I know folks are going to ask me which my favorite colors of the new inks are. Ha ha ha… well… just get them all. :) In fact, you can get all the new Mid-Tone inks in a bundle HERE. But Wet Cement and Cup ‘O Joe are must-have in their lovely grey and brown colors. And the others? They are all great – just depends on what colors you use the most.

And big cheers to Shari Carroll who was the mastermind behind the new colors. Nice work! And she put a video about them together HERE that shows how the inks go together with the whole Hero Hues color line.

Hope this helps explain the inks! Be sure to head over to Simon Says Stamp’s blog for more info.

And the sweet folks at Simon Says Stamp said I could give away a set of the new Mid-Tons Inks! Just leave a comment here by Saturday 11:59pmESTS for your chance to win. Good luck!