Quick card share today. This one was in the recent Paper Crafts issue (which, by the way, is a really good issue!) and a few people emailed me to ask how it was done. So here it is…

Super easy. I added double-sided tape to cardstock. Then I took off the release paper, added green glitter, burnished it well and cut it into a tree. Did it again for a trunk piece. (Supplies are listed below.)


Oh, and a Studio Calico wood veneer star colored with Copics for the top.

LOVE LOVE LOVE that Paper Smooches set. “Blessings?” That is one of my favorite words, and therefore favorite greetings.

See you soon.

(By the way, the winner of the True Scrap 4 spot is Christy Norton. Lain will email you soon!)

STAMPtember Video + 20% off Hero Arts Goodies + Giveaway!


I am so very honored to be a part of STAMPtember – a month long celebration of stamping over at Simon Says Stamp. Today I am featured over on their blog and share a video of three cards. Here is a peek…

And get this – Heidi of Simon Says Stamp said I could give a discount code for 20% off all Hero Arts products from September 25 through September 30! WOOHOO! Just go HERE and use the code “JM20SB” when you check out.

While there, be sure to check out all the new Hero Arts goodies HERE and HERE.

And be sure to head HERE to see my video.

And here is a bit about Simon Says Stamp…

Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. During the past 10 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a STAMPtember™ event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complimenting ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

I also thought it would be fun to do a giveaway along with this celebration. Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/30 for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from me for Simon Says Stamp! Good luck.


Holiday Share

Just a quick share. I had a few people email me about this card from Paper Crafts Holiday Cards and More. (By the way – this is a great issue!) So I thought I would share it here…

Yum yum yum I love those wood veneer stars! I just colored them with markers and assembled them into a tree.

Speaking of Studio Calico…

Heads up! A lot of the new products from Studio Calico are now ready to hop into your hands (as they did mine). You can find them all HERE, but here are my favorites. The stamp sets, fabric covered thickers (great for inking) and wood veneer shapes are great…

See you soon!



Holiday Cards & More Go-To-Gal Blog Hop

Hey there stampers.

I am hopping today with the other Paper Crafts Go-To Gals in celebration of the Holidays Cards & More issue. This is a great issue!

I thought it would be fun to create a photo ornament of Lila for Grandma. I decided to combine two of my favorite dimensional techniques: rosettes and paper hearts. (I have how-to video links for each below.)

I used some Echo Park paper, cardstock, my favorite Stardust Glitter Ritz and some heart dies. Easy as can be…

I made the paper heart and traced it onto the photo. I then cut the photo into the heart shape and glued the heart over it with touches of Glossy Accents. The rosette was made with two 2″ paper strips.

To learn how to do the heart shapes, check out THIS post and video. For the rosettes? THIS post and video.

By the way, that awesome baby photo was taken by Krysia Photography. She is amazing.

Be sure to visit all the other gals on the blog hop…

Oh, and remember to visit all the fun going on for STAMPtember over at Simon Says Stamp. Love all that they are doing!


New Goodies and True Scrap 4 Giveaway

How about a little enabling on a chilly, cloudy day? :)

First, lots of awesome new embossing folders, dies and stamps are now out from Hero Arts! You can find them all HERE, but here are my favorites: Chevrons and flourishesdots and medallionsflourish stamp + embossing folder… a snowman to assemble. Yay!


Also, True Scrap 4 is coming up…


True Scrap 4 is the  ONLY online, live scrapbooking and papercrafting experience. With 15 A-list instructors, five virtual make-and-takes, and a ton of fun, you won’t want to miss it. Instructors bring classes on everything from photography to design to inspiration right to your computer – live! You log in from home and interact in the state-of-the-art webroom, chatting, learning, and interacting in real time. And it’s all recorded so you can go back and watch again and again.

Teaching at True Scrap 1 and 2 was a blast – I loved it! I haven’t been able to participate in this one due to my crazy life, but I always love seeing what Lain (she rocks) and the gals have up their sleeves. I love the line-up of instructors this time, including Heidi Swapp, Nichol Magouirk, Noell Hyman and more.

Ready to sign up? You can get $20 off your registration by going to HERE now.

You can WIN a FREE spot in True Scrap 4, valued at $147, plus some other great prizes. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Go HERE and watch the sneak peek instructor video.
  2. Sign up for the “More Info” email list at the bottom of the page.
  3. Come back here and leave me a comment letting me know you’ve done steps 1 & 2.

Contest closes on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Winners will be notified by Wed., Sept. 25, 2012, and all prizes must be claimed by Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Good luck!


Sunshine and Kick Starts :)


I have (another) quick sunshine card for you. I am not sure why so many of my cards have suns these days. But it sure does make for a cheery card…

Lovin’ these fabric-covered-chipboard shapes from Studio Calico. How fun! I just colored the sun with a marker and I was set…

And THIS background stamp is fun. Big enough and square so you can stamp it horizontal or vertical. Oh, and you can’t really see on the pool paper – it is herringbone. Yum…


Oh! And Kick Start starts tomorrow (Monday) but you can join anytime…

And I have 3 winners who will get a spot in the class! Maxine, Karin V z and Valerie B… I emailed you.

See you soon.