Distress Marker Video + Giveaway

So, I have been waiting for a long time (just like I have been to give birth – ha) to share a video on Distress Markers.

In fact, I did this video almost two months ago! But I didn’t want to share any love for this product until they were back in stock at stores. There was a storage on them for awhile, but now you can get your paws on them again. :)

I am thrilled to be able to play with them all I want now! Here is a video showing one of the many ways you can use them – to create a fun background with the Hero Arts and Studio Calico Lattice background

I love that you can get little spots of color with the marker tip, and then can spray them like mad to get blending like watercolor…

When I showed this card to Tim awhile back, he asked me how long it took to color all those shapes. Honestly? 5 or so minutes. And that is nothing compared to what I normally spend on a card – ha. (I am slow.) So I think it is worth it.

Here you can see the pearlized look you get since I used water with Perfect Pearls mixed in. (If you don’t want that shine, you can just use regular water. Both are lovely.)

So many people have asked me if I really love these markers. The answer is yes. They take all the things I love about Distress Inks and puts them in a marker form – so I can get detailed spots of color. What could be better? And this background is just one of many ways to use them. (The best of which is for multi-color stamping – more on that another day.)

You can get the Distress Markers individually (get the colors you like best and just try them out) or go ahead and take the plunge to get the whole set

I love new toys. :) Almost as I love giving them away…

And I have a set of Distress Markers to give away! YAY! (Thanks, of course, to the fabulous Heidi at Simon Says Stamp.) Just leave a comment here by Sunday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win. Good luck – this is a great giveaway!

June Card Kit + Giveaway

Hello! Still here. Still no baby. But I do have a card!

This one features the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit of the Month. This is a lovely kit. And the best part of it? The stamp set in it. So fabulous. I used this kit along with THIS great flip die to create this…

So when you open this card, it flips…

… revealing the message inside…

Cool huh?  And stamping with that fabulous stamp set on the front…

So you can find this great June Kit HERE (which includes the amazing stamp set). You can also subscribe to the monthly kit to save a few bucks HERE.

Here is the stamp set inside. Amazing, huh? (My girl Kristina created it.)

And how about that cool flip card design? Just cut with THIS die and add your papers and embellishments. So easy and it can be used with all the die cut machines. (My Christmas card this year had this design, but I didn’t have this die yet. This makes it easy.)

(And it comes in a square flip design, too, HERE.)

Yay! I have a June Kit to give away, thanks to the kind folks at Simon Says Stamp. Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win. Good luck.




Simple. Simple. Simple.

But it is nice to have tags on hand for gifts, right?

So those squares were stamped with THESE Hero Arts stamps in Versamark and white heat embossed. I then colored over them with Memento Markers. Easy and fun.

I love reverse stamps like these where you can white emboss and add color with markers. Results in some great texture. I also used this set on THIS card.

See you soon. Hopefully with a smaller belly and a baby in my arms. Night!

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

Hero Arts Untitled Love Stamps (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Dot Flower Pattern Stamp (SSS|EH)



White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Pool Shadow Ink (EH|SSS)






Versamark (SSS|EH)




Still here…

… and pregnant. :) Thanks for all the encouraging notes. I promise to pop in to let you know when the little one arrives. But the babe appears to be quite content in the current location, so I am not sure when that will be.

Sorry I am not creating much to share right now. I hope to play a bit very soon.

But in the meantime, we have some winners! The winners for Julie’s class spots are Leslie (Crooked Stamper), Susan C and Shari S. And the lucky one who will get the new Distress Inks is Miranda. (I emailed you all.)

Off to rest. This whole creating-a-human-being thing is exhausting. :) Night.

Links + 3 Giveaways!

Hello there.

Just have some fun (and totally random) links for you…

  • Remember THIS card? That great stamp set is now available outside of the card kit HERE. Love this set.
  • Looking for a baby name? (Ha – I AM!) I love THIS site. Type in a name and it shows it’s popularity over the years. Pretty cool.
  • Are you a Hero Arts fan? They just announced a new My Monthly Hero program HERE. I love THIS new birthday set from it. Fun.
  • If you are on Facebook, I would love to have your vote for a belly photo contest. Each vote they get gives a dollar to the March of Dimes – awesome. If you are interested, click HERE.
  • One of my new favorite cardmakers, Danielle Walls, has a new video series called “Shhh… Mommy’s Hiding.” So cute. Check it out HERE.
  • Wanna see one of the best design teams ever? Truly. This is a strong group of artists. Go HERE – it is the A Blog Name Hero design team. Wow.
  • I have gotten a few emails asking about our die cutting class, A Cut Above. The first half was traditional die cutting (Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc.) and the second half is the Silhouette. Lots of fun techniques, a ton of videos and great prizes. You can still sign up HERE. Class is underway but you can catch up anytime as the content never goes away.
  • Are you a mom? Proud of your kids? Wanna have a good cry? Go watch THIS.

I think that was enough random for tonight. On to the giveaway…

I have a great giveaway! THREE lucky winners will get a spot in my friend Julie Ebersole‘s upcoming class, Fold It Pop It Flip It Zip It. (If you have taken any Online Card Classes, you will be familiar with her work. She also does classes with Ellen Hutson… and they are fab!) Here is more info and it looks like fun…

Ready to take your standard card to a whole new level?  Learn how to incorporate specialty folds, shadow boxes, pop-ups and other fun interactive elements into your greetings!  Join long-time instructor Julie Ebersole for Fold It, Pop It, Flip It, Zip It! and learn more than a dozen different ways to add an extra element of fun and surprise to your card designs!

The two week course features video tutorials, complete step-by-step instructions, diagrams & patterns, along with project photos in downloadable PDF format.  Also included in the class are: A gallery, private forum, additional projects contributed by special guest designers, exclusive shopping discounts and prize drawings!

Come and go to the classroom on your own schedule, and, as always, enjoy lifetime access to all class materials! Class begins May 7-18! For more information, head HERE.

So here is your chance to win one of three spots. Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST. Oh, and if you have any baby name ideas, I would love to hear them. :) Good luck!

See you soon.