Video: Studio Calico Reverse Mask Technique

Hello, there. I have a ton of friends in town this weekend to craft and play… so I just am popping in for a quick video share.

I did this video on a reverse masking technique for Studio Calico using their April Kit. (For more information, click HERE.)

Have a good one! See you soon…

5-Minute Card + May SSS Card Kit

I saw my friend, Kristina, tweet about a 5-minute card challenge the other day. I will admit – I laughed… thinking that there was no way I could take on that challenge. Me? I’m slow.

Then I got in the mail my May Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. When I saw this greeting stamp + die cut in there, I knew I could take on the challenge…

And I can’t believe I did it. I am usually so slow. But I did! Used the May Simon Says Stamp Card Kit (so adorable, that kit is) and my favorite heart border punch to make the scattering of hearts. Must-haves….


(Supplies are below the big-belly photo…)

In other news, I have been getting a lot of emails about when the baby is due. Not to much longer… a few short weeks. Although he/she seems to act anxious to make an appearance, Colin stayed in extra long, so I don’t know what to expect. This has been rough on my apparently-too-old body, but the baby is happy as a clam in there. Thank you for all the kind emails – means a lot. And, yes, Colin is excited beyond words. I counted today – he kissed my belly 48 times. And sang 6 songs to it, said “be nice to mommy” 3 times and promised to share his legos with him/her twice. He is already so very much in love…

See you soon.

(Oh, the winner of the MME buttons was Mendi. I emailed you.)

Jane’s Doodles Release Blog Hop

So my sweet friend, Jane, asked me to be a part of a blog hop celebrating her newest release of Jane’s Doodles stamps. I got the stamps and was immediately in love and excited to play. I was also happy to see sets designed by my another of my friends, Mariana, too.

Then my day didn’t go as well as planned. Wasn’t feeling great (this baby growing inside me is quite a little challenge). I had stamped my card and was going to color, cut, layer and play. Colin noticed I wasn’t feeling great and asked if he could do my work for me. I told him I appreciated the offer but needed to do it myself. He insisted, grabbed the card and colored away.

So today?

I have a card created by my Colin, age 6…

This is for his sister. He thought she would like the adorable house. (Do you like the smoke he added coming from the chimney?) I am in love with the clouds and sun. And the inside…

Sorry I didn’t create a card, but I hope you enjoyed Colin as a guest. This is a great idea – stamp some fun images and let your kids color them for family. Sweet results.

So Jane’s Doodle is releasing three sets. And since I didn’t get to play with them yet, I wanted to share the sets here. Aren’t they gorgeous? All available now HERE.


And please be sure to check out the marvelous creations the other girls created in this hop…

Jane will be randomly giving 3 sets away to a lucky winner who leaves comments, so be sure to do so.

Enjoy. See you tomorrow…


A Cut Above Die Cutting Class + Giveaways

Wanted to give you a heads up on a new jam-packed, 3-week, creative die cutting class I have coming up called A Cut Above. This is the newest class from our Online Card Classes and it starts on Monday the 16th. I am excited to have teamed up with Kristina Werner and Nichol Magouirk for this fun class…

Here’s the info…

Are you a die cutting expert or do you consider yourself a novice? Do you prefer a traditional die cutting machine or would you rather use your computer to design what you’ll be cutting? Or maybe you’re just not sure! Never fear, we’re here to help! Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, guest instructor Nichol Magouirk and many great guests for A Cut Above, as they show you the ins and outs and everything you need to know about the various die cutting systems.

You’ll leave class with the knowledge of numerous tips and creative techniques for using the Big Shot, Vagabond, Cuttlebug and Grand Calibur with various types of dies and embossing folders, as well as the Silhouette Cameo. The first half of class will be devoted to traditional die cutting methods and the second half will be focused on the increasingly popular Silhouette (Cameo, SD, and original Silhouette). Simple to complex, beginning to advanced – we’ll cover it all!

This three-week interactive class includes free downloads (including from guest artist Ali Edwards), BIG prizes, galleries, a Q&A forum and lifetime access! Class runs April 16 to May 7, but content will be available for a lifetime.


If you’re interested in only the traditional die cutting portion of the class, or maybe in just the Silhouette portion, we will be offering A Cut Above in two separate parts on May 15. You can find more info on that HERE.

Giveaway time! I have three spots to give away in the A Cut Above class. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite die cutting machine or if you are dreaming of having one. I will pick 3three winners on Wednesday 11:59pmEST. If you have already registered for the class and win, we will give you a refund. :)

Hope you have a blessed and happy Easter, filled with the peace of knowing He has Risen. Take care!

Rainbow bright

Hello, stampers.

I have two simple cards… cards that take my back to my childhood. I was obsessed with rainbows as a kid. Especially rainbow stickers. Ha.

So today I decided to make two rainbow-y cards for the fun of it. Well, honestly, I was just dying to use THIS heart border die from Memory Box. I lovey it.

I cut this from white Neenah cardstock. This die cuts the outline (which I colored black) and the inside hearts (which I colored with my Copics). After coloring, I pieced it back together like a puzzle. So cool. Would have looked better with some Glossy Accents on the black, but I was in a hurry…

Another fast one up next. I die cut the border from watercolor paper. (The only reason I used watercolor paper was because it was what was sitting in front of face. Ha.) Before I took apart all the pieces, I scribbled over it with my Copics, blending quickly from color to color. I then took out the center and just adhered the outline border to a white card. And those cute colored pearls? Doodlebug.

Here is a closer look at that die. Lovely, eh? Such intricate cutting. Oh, and here is another must-have border die that makes the cutest little hearts…


Great dies.

And the stamps are from two sets that I am enjoying lately. One is the new Simply Said set from Paper Smooches. I like their greetings because they just seem to fit so well on cards. The other is THIS sunshine set from Ali Edwards and Technique Tuesday. Great messages on there.


You can find the complete supply lists below in the thumbnails.

Happy Thursday.

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Memory Box Heart Border Die (SSS|EH)




PS Simply Said Set (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)




Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)



Copic Markers (SSS|EH)



Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)



Big Shot (SSS|EH)



Need some sunshine?

Need some sunshine?

Grab your sunglasses. This is a bright one.

Wow. Very bright. But I think it will cheer up a friend. I did this for the new theme over on the Hero Arts blog today. Used lots of happy stuff here – all listed below in the thumbnails.

This was a great way to use up some orange scraps from my stash! I love the look of a bold white greeting on color, too. (That greeting is from a soon-to-be released Hero Arts + BasicGrey set.)

By the way, those rays were done with THIS stamp. It is on sale over at Hero Arts HERE, or you can get it at Simon Says Stamp HERE. It is a good one – lots of great uses. And by simply covering up the banner part, I gave it a completely different look. You will be seeing me use this one more…

Enjoy! Oh, and the winner of the Sketchbook 4 class is Barbara Albrecht. See you soon.