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Warning: Bright Neon + Giveaway

WARNING: Super bright card ahead!

Yep – neon is everywhere. Everywhere! I feel like I am back in the 80′s, but without the big hair. (THANK GOODNESS.)

Hero Arts just released new Neon Inks. I had just a few minutes to play with them this morning. (This isn’t the best card but it was all I could get together quickly. The photo isn’t the greatest either. Sorry!) Although neon isn’t normally my thing, bright and happy colors are perfect for a cheerful card…

For the background, I stamped THIS Starburst background twice – slightly offset – in the Yellow and Orange Neon Inks. I then covered white cardstock with the Pink Neon Ink and die cut a heart from it. The blue clouds were punched from the Large and Extra Large Cloud Punches and covered with the new Salty Ocean Distress Ink. (That blue goes so well with the Neon Inks!)

The “you are my” is from THIS stamp set (which I have been using a lot lately) and the “sunshine” is a wood veneer piece from Studio Calico. I just colored it black with a marker. It doesn’t photograph well but is cute as can be in real life.

The notecard is cut from black Bazzill heavy weight cardstock. This thick and smooth cardstock is perfect for a card base. I will use a white gel pen to write inside.

These Neon Inks stamp really well but are hard to photograph. And something fun with these inks – it changes color when you heat it and goes back when cool. Kinda like a mood ring. :) They are also great for the resist technique in glossy paper. Lots you can do with these dye inks! I love the orange – it is a great shade.

Here is the Starbust stamp I used…

Ok… you can take your sunglasses off now. :) See you soon.

You guessed it – I have an extra set of the Neon Inks to giveaway. Just leave a comment here by this Sunday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win!



More with Summer Distress Inks + Heroes Card Drive

Today I have another share using the new Summer Distress Inks. Warning: it is a bright one. And bold…

I white heat embossed the big flower image on watercolor paper and rubbed the inks directly over it with Salty Ocean (blue) in the center and Picked Raspberry (pink) around the edges. (It looked awful at this point! Not blended at all.) I then sprayed it verrrrry generously with a Perfect Pearls+ water mix and let it blend and dry on it’s own. Love the purple that resulted, too…

I did the same steps with another embossed flower and the Mowed Lawn ink and cut a few petals to create leaves. For the word “brilliant,” I covered white cardstock with the Mowed Lawn ink and die cut it with THIS great die. (That ensures it is a perfect match to the leaves!) I stamped “you are” from THIS stamp set

Here is a closer look at the die

… and the stamp set where I got “you are” for the greeting…

By the way, these new colors leave your hands looking colorful. (No worries – ink comes right off with THIS Scrubbie. Just wash your hands with it and soap – it easily comes off.) Gotta love the baby feet, too. :)

Loving these ink new colors! (Oh, and if you want a chance to win them, just go HERE.)

Recently, my friend Laurel‘s husband was deployed with the US Navy. She has started a card drive to collect cards for her husband and his fellow crew members to send home to family.

What a great way to put our crafting love to good use. Donating cards to this Heroes Card Drive is easy – you can find all the information HERE. Thanks for considering!


Summer Distress Inks + Giveaway!


I am happy girl whenever I get new Distress Inks. Very happy. I immediately put the Summer Distress Inks to good use, but then got busy with the baby and didn’t get a chance to post it. But better late then never…

Welcome to the new Summer Distress Inks. Bright. Cheery. Happy. Perfect for those of us who like non-distress-like colors but like the Distress Ink properties. The three new colors are Mowed Lawn (the perfect grass green), Picked Raspberry (the perfect hot-ish pink) and Salty Ocean (the perfect true blue). These colors are “true” colors – the perfect green, pink and blue. Definitely filled a missing spot in the Distress Ink palette!

So I put them to good use the same way I did the Spring Distress Inks a couple months back (HERE). I white heat embossed my favorite background stamp on watercolor paper and rubbed the inks directly over it in three big stripes. I then sprayed it verrrrry generously with a Perfect Pearls + water mix and let it blend and dry on it’s own. Love how the pink and blue blended to make a gorgeous purple, too…

Lovin’ THIS new Studio Calico greeting. (The whole set rocks.) And I punched cardstock hearts with my favorite heart border punch and covered them with Black Enamel for dimension and shine…

Fun. Simple. Ready for the mail. Ready to brighten someone’s day.

By the way, THIS is the stamp set I used. In love.

I will be back soon with another bold card I made with these great new inks. See you then.

 I was able to get my hands on an extra set of these Summer Distress Inks to give to a lucky winner. Leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance.

(And the winner of the Simon Says Stamp die was Tania – I emailed you.)



Video + Simon Says Stamp Dies Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello! Welcome to a blog hop celebrating the new Simon Says Stamp dies.

The SSS dies are made by Memory Box – one of my favorite brands of dies. They are super quality, inexpensive and can be used with any machine. (Promise! See more on how below.) Here is a video and card I made for today’s festivities…

I also used the die to emboss on the background. This is super easy with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat

I used two stamp sets on this card…

On the outside I used the exclusive set in the SSS July Card Kit and on the inside I used the Studio Calico HeyDay Sentiments stamp set


Also, I shared a card and video HERE the other day using another new SSS die. If you are interested in learning more techniques and tips these types of dies (and others), be sure to check out the A Cut Above die cutting class HERE.

Here is a look at all the exclusive SSS dies (or go HERE)…

Wondering about how to use these dies? Here are the sandwich recipes for wafer thin dies. You may need to use a shim here and there, but these are the basics. (Listed from the bottom of the sandwich to the top.)

  • Cuttlebug: [bottom] A Plate, B Cutting Plate, Wafer Thin Die + Paper, C Plate [top]
  • Big Shot: [bottom] Multi Purpose Platform Tab 2 (or Solo Platform + Solo Shim + Solo Wafer Thin Die Adaptor), Clear Plate, Wafer Thin Die + Paper, Clear Plate [top]
  • Vagabond: [bottom] Solo Platform + Solo Shim, Solo (Wafer) Thin Die Adaptor, Clear Plate, Wafer Thin Die + Paper, Clear Plate [top]

Easy peasy!

NOW… Be sure to next head to my dear friend Jana’s blog HERE. (If you want to start the hop from the beginning, head to the Simon Says Stamp Blog.)

And, how about a giveaway!?

How would you like to get your hands on the fabulous dahlia die I used on the card above? Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST for your chance.



Masculine Cards


First, a little business. Just wanted to let you know that I made some changes and you can now easily sign up HERE to receive emails whenever I post, or to add me to your feed reader, like Google Reader. If you already get my posts via email, you are set – no need to do again. Thanks!

Moving on…

I know a lot of people say they struggle with masculine cards – I know I often do. So I thought I would share a couple I have done recently. This first one is very similar to one I did that can be seen in the most recent issue of Creating Keepsakes. It would be great for a guy or to donate to the Operation Write Home folks. Uses lots of Hero Arts, including THIS great stamp set…

And here is another that was a big ol’ reject from Paper Crafts. (Yes, we Go To Gals get rejected too! It is part of the process.) Used THIS cute set from Lawn Fawn. All the socks are from the same stamp – I just doodled different patterns on them. A great way to get more from your stamps…

The best part about masculine cards? You can usually just change the colors to feminine and do the exact same card for a gal. Easy peasy.

Be back soon!

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 All The Time Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


HA Sunshine Mixed Accents (SSS|EH)


EK Success Powder Tool (SSS|EH)