Link + Winners

Hello. Just a quick post on this Friday morning.

First, be sure to head to the Paper Smooches blog – they are giving away spots in the Stretch Your Stamps class. Also, they just released a great new stamp set called Spring Groves. You can see it HERE.

Also, we have some winners…

  • The winners of the CKC prize packs are Diane Zientek and Victoria in Cincinnati.
  • The winners of a spot in Stretch Your Stamps are Chery I, Emily Keaton and Lisa Stein.

See you soon.

Paper Crafts Shares


I thought I would share a couple cards that I had in the recent issue of Paper Crafts. (Which, by the way, is an incredible issue.) I received some emails with questions about two of them, so here they are…

The first has layered stars to form a shaped card. Just mix and match scraps and you are good to go! I cut the stars with my Silhouette, but you could use THIS die set too.

Here is another from the issue. It shows using a circle punch to create waves, and to create a cloud mask to ink over…

Also, there is a bonus card online HERE

Off to rest. Oh, and today I share my birthday with someone sweet. Yes, today is Lila’s one month birthday. Doesn’t she look excited about it? Ha – this photo I got with my phone cracks me up…





How-To Video: Thin Glitter Die Cuts

Hello. I have a video for you today! This one shows how to create super thin glitter die cuts. Hard to explain, so I did a video to show…

Here is the glitter fun. I love that it looks like it was done by hand…

You could do this technique with many die cuts. I really recommend this Glitter Ritz micro fine glitter. It stays put and looks like shimmery velvet…

THIS is the die I used for this card. It is an exclusive Simon Says Stamp die that was made by Memory Box. (I have mentioned before my love for these high quality dies.)

There are several of these exclusive dies (including both used on this card) – you can find them HERE.

See you again soon.

(By the way, I will be back with a list of recent winners soon.)



Lots of Links (and Giveaways)


Just popping in quickly to link you to some fun things. Some great inspiration. Some giveaways. Some enabling. All good. :)

First, I have to tell you about what some of my wonderful friends did for me. After Lila was born, they got together and created some amazing cards for her. And each and every one is inspiring, special and sweet. To all of you ladies who played along, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I am still going through them all as time permits… and it is always the highlight of my day. (By the way, if you ever read about how this industry is cut-throat or negative – don’t believe it. This is proof of that this industry is filled with good, generous, thoughtful people who look out of each other. And that makes me happy.) You can find all the Welcome Lila Grace cards HERE.

And another crew of awesomely sweet ladies created even more cards for Lila. A Blog Named Hero is a newer blog with some amazing talent. Be sure to head HERE and see all the goodness. Thank you, also, gals. XOXO.


I have a bit of enabling. Check out the new Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. Oh my. THAT STAMP SET. It melts me. Absolute perfection…


Next? Giveaways!

So several folks are giving away spots in the new Stretch Your Stamps class. (You can find info on the class HERE.) Be sure to head to these blogs for some chances to win:


Stamping on Glitter

Hello stampers.

Today I have a card up on the Paper Crafts Connections blog showing how to stamp on glitter. Yes, it is possible! Be sure to head THERE to read a bit about how it is done.

Here is another idea using this technique, but with a different spin…

First, I covered white cardstock with a piece of Be Creative Tape Sheet (double sided adhesive). I then sprinkled on Warm Highlight Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter and burnished it (rubbed well) with a bone folder. This presses the glitter in good, making it look like shiny velvet and also keeping it from rubbing off. (It really does work! Love this glitter – it is unique!) Because it is micro fine, it gets very smooth and subtle. Lovely.

I then stamped the new Paper Smooches fire image on top of the glitter with Jet Black Archival Ink and added coloring with Copic Markers. When using Copics on this glitter, I just kinda dab the tip to color and it blends quickly and easily when you add other colors. If you color back and forth too much it may bleed a bit. But if it does? No worries. Just “erase” the extra color with your colorless blender. You can also use Sharpies for this coloring, too.

Looks so cool in real life.

The background is the Neenah Desert Storm kraft cardstock – such a great subtle color that looks good as a backdrop for bold colors. And I embossed it with THIS great embossing folder.

Again, be sure to head HERE to the Paper Crafts blog for another glitter card idea. See you soon.


Stretch Your Stamps Giveaway!

Hello! I have fun news – our newest class is open for registration…

Here is a bit about the class (and you can find out more information HERE)…

The popular “One Stamp Three Ways” lesson from Clean & Simple Card Making is now it’s own class! And with even more ideas!

In Stretch Your Stamps, Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, and many of your favorite stamping artists across the globe show examples of different types of stamps and how to use them in innovative ways. Stretch your stamping dollar by learning how to get the most out of your stamps with fresh, new techniques and clever tips! Each day will focus on a specific type of stamp – background, collage, sentiment, etc. – and will include five different innovative ideas on how to include them in your next card design.

Join Jennifer, Kristina and special guests Tim Holtz, Ali Edwards and more, for 50+ card ideas and 20+ videos as you learn to Stretch Your Stamps!

Class runs July 9 – July 23 and includes shopping discounts to favorite online stores and lots of prizes.


I am really excited about this class as it will encourage us to use our stamps in more creative ways – getting more from them. And the guest artists are coming up with incredible ideas! Here is a video Kristina did about the class…

Will be fun!

Want to win a spot in the Stretch Your Stamps? Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST for your chance. I will pick three lucky winners. (And if you signed up already, we will give you money back.) Good luck!