Discount Code Extended!

Just a quick FYI for ya.

Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp has extended the discount through today, 12/19. Just use “JMFAVES” while shopping HERE for 15% off!

Be back soon.

“My Favorite Crafty Things: Die Cutting” + Discounts + Giveaway + TWO Videos

(This is Part 9 of “My Favorite Crafty Things” feature. You can see Part 1 on Stamping Tools HERE, Part 2 on Cutting Tools HERE, Part 3 on Adhesives HERE, Part 4 on Paper HERE, Part 5 on Creativity Boosters HERE, Part 6 on Stamps HERE, Part 7 on Embellishments HERE and Part 8 on Ink and Coloring HERE.)

Just FYI – you can get 15% off most products I feature here at Simon Says Stamp by using the code “JMFAVES” by 12/19. You can go HERE to find all of My Favorite Crafty Things – they created a category for easy shopping.

Today I have My Favorite Crafty Things: Die Cutting. I’ll say it – I am addicted to dies these days. In today’s video I mention a few of my favorite brands, and show some fun new interactive/3D dies…

Here are a few brands of dies that I find offer the best quality and variety – Memory Box, Simon Says Stamp, My Favorite Things and Sizzix. (Click on the images to see more options.)

Here are the dies (including interactive and 3D dies) I featured in the video. Click on the product image to find out more information…

My two favorite die cutting machines are the Vagabond (the big bad momma of die cutting) and the Big Shot. The Big Shot comes with everything you need to use all the dies I show. For the Vagabond, you will need the adapter plate in order to use the wafer thin dies. I also share a link for the Memory Box Metal Adaptor Plate. It is just a great shim that helps with getting complete cuts. (Not necessary but helpful to have.) However, the dies I mention also work in other machines!

Oh! And just a heads up – there are some new dies available. Check them out…


Now I can’t mention die cutting without touching on embossing folders. Boy – there are a lot out there! My favorites are from Sizzix (including Tim Holtz and Hero Arts) and Lifestyle Crafts. Here are some newer ones that I am loving. (Yes! That first set has a folder that does a background of triangles. Love!)

I also must mention the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers. These “plates” have templates and insets that allow you to add or remove texture anywhere within an embossing folder. So, basically, you can emboss a background… but leave a circle in the center un-embossed (flat). Or vice versa! Just use the diffuser instead of a clear cutting plate with your die cutting machine. SO easy to do! A must-have. Here is a quick video showing them…

I of course must also mention digital die cutting. By far, the best machine out there is the Silhouette. It is leaps and bounds above the rest and super easy to use…

There is a TON to learn about die cutting and embossing! SO many great techniques. By the way – I highly recommend the class A Cut Above to learn more. It covers all the machines, die types, techniques, embossing folders, and more! There are two parts to the class – you can sign up for either or both – one on traditional die cutting and one on the Silhouette. You can get more information HERE. It is my favorite class – tons of videos!



Giveaway time! Leave a comment here by 12/18/12 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win two dies from Memory Box!
Good luck.
(All winners from the My Favorite Crafty Things posts will be announced later this week.)

More soon!

“My Favorite Crafty Things: Inks & Coloring” + Discounts + Giveaways

(This is Part 8 of “My Favorite Crafty Things” feature. You can see Part 1 on Stamping Tools HERE, Part 2 on Cutting Tools HERE, Part 3 on Adhesives HERE, Part 4 on Paper HERE, Part 5 on Creativity Boosters HERE, Part 6 on Stamps HERE and Part 7 on Embellishments HERE.)

Good news! The discount code has been extended to 12/18! Woohoo! You can get 15% off most products I feature at Simon Says Stamp by using the code “JMFAVES”. You can go HERE to find all of My Favorite Crafty Things – they created a category for easy shopping.

Today I have My Favorite Crafty Things: Inks and Coloring. Boy, there are a lot of inks out there… and lots of tools for coloring stamped images. However, these are the ones I currently love. Here is a video explaining…

Here are the inks and coloring tools I featured in the video. Click on the product image to find out more information…


Time to share again! Leave a comment here by 12/18/12 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win FIVE Hero Arts inks!
Good luck.
(All winners from the My Favorite Crafty Things posts will be announced next week.)

More soon!


New Hero Arts Stamps Video

Hello!

I just wanted to give you a heads up that I created a video for Simon Says Stamp using some new Hero Arts stamps and my new addiction – Inktense Pencils. You can see the video HERE.

Here is a peek at the card…

I love bold color … especially against white and kraft. For more info, head HERE! And if you shop while at Simon Says Stamp, be sure to use the code “JMFAVES” for 15% off these stamps and pencils. Enjoy!

 

2013 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop + Video + Giveaway!

Today I am excited to be a part of the 2013 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop! (Oh, and if you are interested in getting you hands on any of these new stamps, head HERE and use the code “JMFAVES” for 15% now through 12/18! You can find out more information on this, along with a list of my favorite new stamps HERE.)

I created a quick video showing a peek at some of the new stamps…

Here is a peek at the cards…

I love using backgrounds in unique ways…

..and a mix of favorite inks…

…and a technique that allows me to create three cards at once…

I adore that new Tweed Background stamp. The possibilities for using it are endless! And everyone needs a good thank you clear set – Thanks a Bunch is fab.

Be sure to now check out the blog of on my favorite people and favorite cardmakers, Cristina Kowalczyk. (If you want to start at the beginning, you can head to the Hero Arts Blog.)


I have a couple ways to win new goodies! Just leave a comment here by December 17 at 11:59pmPST for your chance. I will pick a winner of a NEW stamp, and Hero Arts will be randomly pick winners from ALL of the blog hop comments along the hop. Lots of chances to win!


 

Favorite New Hero Arts Stamps + Discount Code

I have had folks ask what my favorites are of the new Hero Arts stamps, so I thought I would share them here. Remember to head HERE to get them at Simon Says Stamp with the code “JMFAVES” for 15% off until the 12/18. (While shopping, be sure to check out THIS category. It has “My Favorite Crafty Things” – all for 15% off.)

Here are some favorites – all available now…

And there are awesome new inks available soon. (These are pre-order now, but can still use the discount code on them.) I am a big fan of Shadow Inks since they dry smooth and even and beautifully…

And there are a few more stamps available for pre-order with the discount…

 

Ahhhh… I love new stamps.

See you soon with more to share! In the meantime, be sure to check HERE and HERE for videos I have done with some of the new goodies!