More with Inktense Pencils + Links

I love bold color. Intense color. On white. On black. But especially on kraft…

The Inktense pencils work with water like watercolor. But are intense like paint. Or ink. Indescribable. And awesome.

Amazing how it pops.

Easy to use and quick to do.

These pencils are amazing. (You can see a video I did showing them HERE.) Well worth the cost – and the small set would likely be a good one as you can mix colors easily. (Although I will admit – I bit the bullet and got the big mama set.) Would be a great Christmas present…

Complete supplies are listed in the thumbnails below.

There are lots of awesome things going on in the blog world out there…

  • Ellen Hutson has a HUGE event coming tomorrow (Saturday) – the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist. So fun – glad to be a part of it. HERE is the info.
  • A Blog Named Hero has a fun Christmas-travaganza going on HERE.
  • Have a little one who is excited about Santa? Check out THIS great site. The personalized videos are perfection. Your kids will watch in amazement.
  • Have a little one who likes to do crafts? I just can’t recommend enough THESE great kits from Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate delivers kids craft kits monthly and they are SPECTACULAR. Colin loves them. And these are special edition holiday ones. I assure you – they are must-haves. (One of my best friends growing up started the company. She is such a good person – love seeing this success!)

I also have some winners to announce. The winners of the Holiday Gift Projects Bundle include Sheri E., Janet Trapp and Rebecca Lovell. The winner of the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop donation is Lisa Stein and the winner of the goodies is Rebecca Ednie. Enjoy!

Yay for Lawn Fawn! + Giveaway

So my friend, Kelly Marie from Lawn Fawn, emailed me with one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time. Check this out – from the recent People magazine…

Isn’t that incredible! Congrats, Lawn Fawn! Love seeing good things happen to good people.

Oh, and Lawn Fawn also is having a contest. You can enter to have your Lawn Fawn project be in their catalog and CHA booth. So fun! You can find info HERE.

Sweet Kelly Marie said I could give away one of the Critters Ever After stamp sets that Zooey Deschanel featured above. Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win.

Good luck!

New Class is Live + Card Share

Hello! Hope you have a good Monday. I have a couple things to share today.

First of all, the new Holiday Gift Projects Bundle from Online Card Classes went live this morning – and you can sign up anytime. This class is different – all of the projects went live all at once this morning. So you can see them anytime – even now or years from now! There are 15 videos and many holiday crafty ideas. (Oh, and many would work for non-holiday too.) I love what the guests created – such good stuff. And we focused on projects you can create with products you likely have on hand. (And there are shopping discounts for students!) Here are peeks at my projects – pop up cards and paper ornaments…

You can still sign up HERE. And there is still time for a chance to win a spot HERE.

Also, be sure to stop by the Hero Arts blog this morning as I am sharing a holiday card featuring masking…

For complete instructions, head over HERE.

I’m off to snuggle with my little girl this morning. Have a good one!

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 Designer Snowflakes Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Miracle of the Holiday Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)



Ink Blending Tool (SSS|EH)


Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Red Royal Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Olive Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Pool Notecards (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Neutrals Mixed Accents (SSS|EH)




New Class! Holiday Gift Projects Bundle… and 3 Giveaways!

Surprise! Kristina and I have put together another holiday class for you! This one is a bit different… and I think you will like it.

Online Card Classes is happy to present Holiday Gift Projects Bundle – 10 handmade, holiday gift projects and creative packaging ideas. The unique gifts, packaging, and more featured in this bundle use paper and products that you may have on hand already. Video and/or photo instructions are included for all projects (12 videos total — some projects have more than one video). And — since we know you’re busy — there are no specific class dates! Simply register, and you’ll get all the projects at once. Cost: $20. On Sale Monday, November 26, 2012. Includes shopping discounts at our favorite online stores.

Save $2 during our pre-sale weekend! Buy Holiday Gift Projects Bundle November 23-25, 2012, and only pay $18. No coupon code required. After you purchase the bundle, you will receive an e-mail on Monday, November 26, to gain access to all of the projects.


Hope to see you there!

How would you like a spot in this new class? Just leave a comment here by Monday at 11:59pmEST for your chance! I’m giving away THREE spots!

Good luck.

By the way, the winner of the Kerri Bradford giveaway is Cynthia B. The lucky one how gets to take the Christmas In a Flurry class is Kris in Alaska. Enjoy!

Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop… Video + Discount Code + Giveaways!

Hello! Today I am part of the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop. Simon Says Stamp is made up of such good people. And today demonstrates that – they are giving readers a discount code for 35% off and are also making a donation to the charity of a lucky winner’s choice! Oh, and I threw in a crafty giveaway, too. Awesome, huh? Keep reading…

It is an honor to join several of my friends and fellow crafters in creating cards of gratitude for this blog hop. After all – I am so very thankful for the people I have met through cardmaking. And a big thanks to Simon Says Stamp for hosting and supporting it!

Here is video of my card creation. I love making holiday thank you cards…

It features an stamped acetate window that shows through to the inside…

And a message could be added to the snow bank inside…

All of the supplies are listed in the thumbnails below. My favorites? The fluff background stamp, the diagonal lines embossing folder and the thank you greeting stamp set


How about a discount for shopping? This Friday, Simon Says Stamp will offer a Black Friday discount code to its customers for 35% off selected items in the store. But you can get the code early here! Just head HERE to see the items that are included in the sale and use the promotion code “SIMONBF35” for the 35% off discount. Gotta love some good crafty deals! Want to see some of my favorite things on sale?

  • THESE or THESE useful stamps.
  • My favorite holiday stamp set HERE.
  • THIS great background.
  • THIS technique DVD with videos from me.
  • Kelly Purkey’s great stamp HERE.
  • THIS – the perfect stamp for the back of a handmade card.
  • Scroll down HERE for lots of awesome My Mind’s Eye 6×6 paper pads.
  • Scroll down HERE for many intricate SSS exclusive dies.
  • And Seasonal Distress Inks? Yes, please – HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • Oh, and there are lots of Hero Arts stamps on sale on page 6 – go HERE and scroll to the bottom and click “6.”


I have TWO giveaways. The first is one that I think is the best kind ever. Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 donation to the charity of a commentator’s choice. Just leave a comment with what you are most grateful for and you will be entered in the drawing. After the winner is chosen, Simon Says Stamp will be in touch with you to find out the charity you have chosen. A winner will be picked at 11:59pmEST on 11/28. Good luck!

Also, I have some extra goodies that need a good home. So another lucky winner will receive these presents…

There’s more! The next stop in the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop is my sweet friend Sarah Moerman. (You can always head to the Simon Says Stamp blog to start the hop again.) Be sure to stop everywhere along the hop. Each person will be giving the $50 for a charity!


Furry Friends, Inktense Pencils + Video

Hello! Today I am playing along with my friends for a mini blog hop… where we all use a fun new stamp set – the Simon Says Stamp Furry Christmas. Let’s start with a video…

So here is a closer look. It has my dog Roxie (in the back), Kathy’s dog Max (on the left) and Kristina’s cat named Mannie. Cute, aren’t they? It was so fun to sit next to Kristina as she created it. I admire her tremendously.

In the video I show how to use Inktense Colored Pencils

These Inktense Pencils are unique – much like watercolor pencils, but with a firmer texture that allows them to be more intense in color… much like a paint or ink. Thanks to their intense pigment, you can even use it like watercolor on a colored cardstock, such as kraft. I find using them on watercolor paper or white cardstock so wonderful… so much easier than traditional watercolor pencils and with much more vibrant results. However, you can use many of the tips I mentioned in the video above with normal watercolor pencils.

By the way, if you are looking for something to put on your holiday wish list… these pencils would be a treat.

And here is the Furry Christmas stamp set. So cute…

For the background, I used this awesome set from WPlus9. It is great for building awesome backgrounds. I love the look of white pigment ink on the kraft cardstock.

Oh, and this is what Roxie looks like. She is a Vizsla and just rocks.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to also visit my friends – Kristina, Jana and Kathy. They all used this same stamp set today.