Video: Folded Ribbon with May Arts + Giveaways


I wanted to share a video I did for the kind folks over at May Arts. I have been a fan of their ribbons for years, and some of their recent releases are just plain awesome. In this video, I show my favorite folded/pleated ribbon technique with my new favorite chevron twill

Yummy yummy ribbon…

I am sure you are probably wondering about that lovely chevron ribbon, huh? You can find it HERE.

All the supplies are listed below in the thumbnails under the giveaway.

So there two ways to win some May Arts goodies. First, you could go to the May Arts blog and comment for a chance to win three spoils of your choice.

Next, you can leave a comment here for a chance to win a bunch of some of my favorite May Arts ribbons. I put together three bundles for three lucky winners. Just be sure to leave your comment by Friday at 11:59pmEST. Look how lovely they are…

Good luck.

Card share and birthday wishes…


Just have a simple card to share using a Hero Arts stamp and die along with some Hero Arts acetate

This went together so fast. (Gotta love that.) I layered and adhered all the papers that would end up on the front of the card together. I then temporarily stuck them to the front of the card and ran them through my die cut machine with the Edge label die. (Adore this die – I used it HERE, too, without the stamps. So versatile.) Next I stamped the owl label image with White Staz-On Ink on a piece of acetate. Once it dried, I sandwiched the image between the die cut layered piece and the die cut card. The perfect window with a “floating” white image.

I added some paper to the inside to show through, too. Finally, I jazzed up the acetate with a few “floating” pearls.

BTW, this is the label die I used. It matches up with this owl stamp along with several other Hero Arts stamps. But I like to use it alone, too. I like that is has a little more interest on the tips of the label than most label dies do.

All the supplies are listed below in the thumbnails.

I usually don’t share a lot of personal/boring/non-crafting life stuff here. But I just had to say this – Happy 6th birthday, little man. Thanks for making this life of ours so amazing.

Have a great day!


Quick post

Hey there. Under the weather here, so I have a quick post for today. Sorry about that!

We have some winners! The winner of Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz is Pat C and the winner of the Silhouette class with Kerri Bradford is Diana Waite. Yay!

One question I have been asked more than any other lately: “When will the new Studio Calico + Hero Arts stamps be available?” Well… now is the time! It is in stores. If you are looking for the stamps, go HERE. My favorites? Lattice and chevron!


There are also a few new 6×6 Studio Calico paper pads, which you can get HERE… including the 6×6 Abroad, Classic Calico and Take Note.


Happy shopping. :)

I also saw that the sweet folks at Paper Smooches have a new set out called Little Lady. Sweet, isn’t it? Love. And be sure to check their blog tomorrow for a few chances to win the set and for other surprises…

Enjoy! I will be back soon with something more to share. Gotta get some rest.

Online Classes Galore + Giveaways


I have noticed there are a lot of great online classes going on right now. Lots! So I thought I would pull together a list of several I have found that I think you all may like. And for a couple of them, I have some spots to give away!

Let’s get started…

Creative Chemistry 101 from Tim Holtz starts on Monday the 19th! If you have taken any of the Online Card Classes from me along with Kristina Werner, you will feel right at home with this class. We are thrilled to have Tim doing this awesome class – there will be so much to learn. If you are new to Distress Inks, etc – this class is for you. If you are a Distress Ink pro – this class is for you, too! It is about understanding the science behind why these products are great and why they work the way they do. Amazing stuff. Here is a video he did… so cool…

To sign up for this class, visit HERE.  (And for a chance to win a spot or get a refund if you have already signed up, leave a comment here. More on that below.)

I also wanted to share a new video I created that explains how the Online Card Classes work. First, I talk about the interactive classes (which Tim’s class will be) and then independent classes (which you can take anytime – there are four classes now which all have very different content). Here is a peek inside how it all works…

To sign up for any Online Card Classes, go HERE. The four independent classes include Clean and Simple Card Making, Holiday Card Boot Camp (which is full of techniques, even if the holidays have past), Inspiration Showcase and Summer Card Camp.

My friend Kerri Bradford has a new online class at called Getting To Know You. This self-paced class includes 5 lessons that leads you through the ins and outs of using the Silhouette digital die cut machine. It includes some exclusive goodies and lessons from the Silhouette pro! It is normally $24 but now has an introductory price of $19.

To sign up for this class, go HERE. (And for a chance to win a spot, leave a comment here. More on that below.)

You know how much I love stamping, right? And stamping + scrapbooking is even better. The uber talented Jen Gallacher has a new class at 2peas called Scrapbook Stamper’s Workshop. This class looks great with a TON of content for a good price. A must for scrapbookers!

To sign up for this class, visit HERE.

My adorable friend Julie Ebersole (who taught with us in Clean and Simple Stamping) also has a class she did for Ellen Hutson (one of my favorite online stores) – The Gifted Stamper. This class has a dozen fabulous handmade gift ideas for all occasions. Brilliant!

To sign up for this class, visit HERE.

Kelly Purkey is one of my favorite people in this world. And so it is natural that her classes are a favorite of mine, too. :) She is back with another of her popular classes – Sketchbook 4. This class is overflowing with sketches and is perfect for any scrapbooker. (38 layouts total!) There are lots of great guests in this class – and I am tickled to be one of them.

To sign up for this class, visit HERE.

It’s time for another True Scrap – True Scrap 3! I won’t be a part of it this time around (as I don’t want to be in labor during class – ha) but there is a GREAT crew of teachers. (I am going to sign up and take the classes.) If you go HERE and sign up for the info email, you will get a discount for when the class sign ups open.

I hope one or more of these classes inspire you. I am a big believer in all the fun things we can learn from each other in these environments. So fun.

Lots of great classes, huh? For a chance to win a spot in Creative Chemistry 101 from Tim Holtz or Getting To Know You from Kerri Bradford, leave a comment here by Wednesday night at 11:59pmEST. Good luck!




Getting more from your dies…

Hey there.

Just sharing a video I did awhile go for Hero Arts. In it, I show how to get more from your dies by letting the edge of the die hang off the cutting plates. Sounds confusing but it is simple…

Now you may be saying, “Use a longer die!” Well, I didn’t have one! :) And there are many ways you can do this “hang off the edge” technique to get more from your dies. Shaped cards, etc. Start playing – you will have fun with it. (If you took Holiday Card Boot Camp, you saw on Day 1 another use for this technique.)

Simple is sometimes the best way to go…

Here is the die I used…

Here is another option for creating a zig zag border – a fun EK Success punch. (Mine is currently MIA. Need to find it!)

Off to rest. Had Colin’s 6th birthday party today. I am wiped out. Night!

Oh, and I decided to do a random giveaway to a random comment left last week on my blog. :) The lucky winner is Betty M and she won this great stamp set from Hero Arts and Studio Calico…

Embossing + Markers

Hello there.

Quick share tonight. Baby is performing a circus act in my belly, making it hard to sit. Yikes!

Found this card I did in the fall and thought I would share it here. The image is from THIS set, which I love oh so very much. Lots of cool techniques you can do with it. Here, I white heat embossed it on white cardstock and then colored over it with markers, allowing the embossing to resist the marker.

I am not much of a pastel person (except pool and daffodil) so this looks so odd to me – can’t believe I made it. Ha…

And that pleated ribbon? I have a video I will be showing soon on how to do that. Stay tuned.