Tips, Tools and Techniques + Big Giveaway!


I have been getting a lot of questions about my Tips, Tools and Techniques on Distress Markers from the September/October issue of Paper Crafts. So I thought I would share here a bit more about each project.

Here are the projects – each showing a different way to use Distress Markers. These markers are insanely good:

First up is stamping with the White Distress Stain on kraft paper. It gives such a unique and fabulous look. Just pounce the Stain on the stamp and stamp as you normally do:

Next is faux watercolor painting with Distress Markers. Just color the marker right on the stamp (no need to hurry), mist it lightly with water and stamp. Looks like lovely watercolor and all the colors blend so well:

I know many people love the look of Copic Markers but don’t want to pay the high price tag. Distress Markers can also give a nice blended look. Just color with the light marker, add shading with a darker marker and then go dab with the lighter color where the two areas overlap. It will blend nicely:

You can also do simple multi-color stamping with Distress Markers. Just color right on the stamp… and stamp. Easy:

I like to use Distress Markers for backgrounds, too. Just scribble a “rainbow” of markers across the back and mist with water to blend. (You can use a paintbrush to guide it if you want.)

You can also use Distress Markers for watercolor! I just scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block (or a piece of plastic) and pick up color with a wet brush:

These are just a few of the many fun things you do with Distress Markers. For a video I did using them, go HERE.

And I have a great giveaway! The fabulous Tim Holtz and the kind folks at Ranger have donated a set of Distress Markers for a lucky winner! Just leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win. Good luck!

Class is in Session! Giveaway of a Spot!


Today is the first day of Holiday Card Workshop. You can join in anytime! (You will have lifetime access to the content.)

Here are a couple peeks at things I created.

This class is packed with new tips and tricks. Everything from simple, mass-producible cards to amazing mini masterpieces. Would love to see you there!

Want another chance to win a spot? Just post about class on Facebook or Twitter and come back and leave a link here. I will pick a winner tonight at 11:59pmEST. (If you already are a student, I will refund your money.)


Feel Better

I needed to cheer someone up…

Think this will do the trick?

And this card happened to be a “reject” from a magazine submission. (I don’t submit often as I am not so good at it. Not my strength.) But I still think it will make someone smile.

Hope you are smiling today, too.



Card Drive, Link Shares + Winners

Hello everyone!

I am fighting a major headache so I am just popping in quickly to share a few things.

First, many of you have asked if I am doing a card drive this year. Because my life is a bit nuts right now, I won’t be. However, I know of another card drive that is a good one – I hope you can help out! There are also some great prizes. The card drive is for a 6-year-old cutie named Addison who is fighting Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Please head HERE to learn more. Thank you!

Also, how about some fun cards worth checking out?

  • Alice’s fun card HERE.
  • Pearl’s awesome card HERE.
  • Mariana’s colorful card HERE.
  • Laura’s sweet card HERE.
  • Lisa’s pretty card HERE.
  • Joy’s class card HERE.
  • JJ’s clever card HERE.

Finally, it’s winner time! The winner of the personalized stamp is Andrea Smith and the winner of the A Muse goodies is Lisa (The Purple Place).

See you soon!

Holiday Card Workshop Giveaway + Enabling


It is almost time for our next class – Holiday Card Workshop. I am really excited about this one. A class like this is just what I need to get into the holiday spirit.

We cardmakers love the holidays, perhaps more than any other time of the year! It’s the time when we can really stretch our cardmaking muscles with holiday cards. Whether those cards are intricate, inky masterpieces or clean and simple creations, Christmas and holiday cards are some of the most fun to create!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and special guest artists for over 20 videos and 30+ card ideas! Online Card Classes’ Holiday Card Workshop includes…

  • Tips and tricks for mass-producing cards. We know some of you make hundreds of cards for the holidays! We’ll show you how to create all those card more effectively and and with greater efficiency.
  • Different ways to approach holiday stamps. For example, multiple ways to use outline, background, or sentiment stamps to help you get the most of holiday stamps you may have on hand.
  • Fun, inky techniques for holiday crafting!
  • Lots of motivation to jump in and start creating your holiday cards!
  • Shopping discounts at some of our favorite online stores, prizes and more.

Registration for Holiday Card Workshop is only $25 for a two-week class. Register HERE.

Hope to see you there! I will try to share some sneak peeks this week.

How would you like a spot in Holiday Card Workshop? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on Wednesday for your chance. (If you win but have already signed up, we will give you money back. Good luck to you!

Time for some enabling. I tell ya, for some reason a lot of great products have been released lately. Good stuff.

Loving the new Simon Says Stamp stamps and dies. Many match together…

And Tim Holtz has some great new dies. LOVE the snowflake rosette! Here are my favorites. (Click HERE to see the rest – there are lots.)

Finally, I am enjoying these stamps from Avery Elle. Great images to piece together to create a stamped masterpiece…

Such good stuff. Off to play!

Photo Card Share


Quick card share from over on the Hero Arts blog

Love this wreath stamp and die…

For complete instructions, go HERE. Supplies are listed below.

By the way, the photo on that card is of little Colin when he was 6 months old. It is crazy how much Lila looks like him! Check out Lila at 5 months…

They could be twins! For some reason, I make really big babies. Ha…

See you 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 Very Best Holiday Cling Stamp (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Wreath and Ornament Dies (SSS|EH)


BasicGrey Aspen Frost 6×6 Paper Pad (SSS|EH)


Peacock Feathers Distress Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Forever Green Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Ink Blending Tool (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Red Gems (SSS|EH)