New Fiskars Trimmer + BIG Giveaway!

There is one tool all crafters need more than anything else: A really good paper trimmer.

Today, I have a video sharing my favorites – including the new big momma Fiskars ProCision Trimmer….

Here are the products I feature…

The ProCision trimmer really is amazing. It is heavy duty, but does not sacrifice precision and fine cutting…

That blade? That blade cuts like butter. Even through many layers.

I have the Procision Trimmer sitting on my side desk and use it on every card. But I still have my ol’ favorite SureCut Trimmer right in the thick of things on my workspace. It is smaller and good for quick cuts while I am in crafting action…

I still love that wire guide. It is perfect for cutting out strips of already-stamped greetings. I know people have said the wire has frayed on them, but I have several of these trimmers and use them daily and it has never happened to me. (Fiskars has great customer service, btw!)

I know many people like guillotine-style trimmers. However, with kids around (and the fact that I am clumsy), I don’t feel comfortable with them.

So there you have it – the tale of two great trimmers.

* I was not asked to do this post by Fiskars. I did it because I finally found trimmers I love and wanted to share my discoveries. I get asked about trimmers quite often. *

And since I like to share, how about giving one of the big bad momma paper trimmers to a lucky winner? Just leave a comment here by Saturday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win a Fiskars ProCision Paper Trimmer! Good luck.

Happy Birthday Julie! Blog Hop + Video

I am here today with a card for one of my favorite people in the world – the wonderful, happy, kind, generous, encouraging, talented and so very awesome Julie Ebersole. (Several of us are blog hopping in her honor, so be sure to keep reading.)

And since Julie is so awesome, I knew just what to create…

Yes, she is awesome…

Lots of shine under that fabulous circle burst die

HERE is the die and HERE is the stamp set. They are fabulous…


Be sure to head over to the sweet Kristina Werner’s blog next. And to start at the beginning, you can go to Ellen Hutson’s The CLASSroom blog. Enjoy!

Happy birthday, Julie. Love you and so very blessed to call you my friend.

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

Technique Tuesday Awesome Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Large Circle Burst Die (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Small Circle Burst Die (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Circle Framelits Dies (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Big Shot (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Bubble Gum Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Be Creative Tape Sheets Double Sided Tape (SSS|EH)


Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight Microfine Glitter (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Charcoal Notecards (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)



Studio Calico Promo Code + Giveaway!


I have a fun deal for my readers! Studio Calico is offering TWO free Studio Calico exclusive 6×6 paper pads to anyone who signs up for a card kit subscription. Just go HERE to join the card kit waiting list by 1/31/13 midnight EST. (You will need to sign in (or create a new user account) in order to join the list. While supplies last. Not valid on previous purchases. Free paper pads will be shipped right away for free. The first kit you will receive is March as February will sell out quickly.)

You can find the current kit HERE – it is a good one! (That exclusive stamp set looks awesome. Love the “let’s stay connected” and the script “hello” so very much!)

Their design team always creates incredible samples! I enjoy kits – they make creating so much easier…

I am so excited to give away a THREE month Studio Calico card kit subscription to a lucky winner! Just leave a comment here by Tuesday at 11:59pmEST for your chance. Good luck to all.

(Oh, and the winner of the Color Cubbies is Rebecca Ednie.)


Bold Thank You


Just a quick share for today. Went bold for this thank you note I did for the Hero Arts blog

I L.O.V.E. that charcoal notecard from Hero Arts. Love, I tell ya. Embellished with those awesome My Mind’s Eye candies

So I used this background stamp but stamped it twice off center for a different look…

Bold, eh?

By the way, you know those great Shadow Inks? Well the new ones are now available in cubes. Definitely worth getting. And then when you fall in love with a few of the colors, you can get the full ink pad. ;)

And! Remember – Monday is the start of Clean and Simple Card Making 2. This is gonna be incredible – the guests rocked it. You can join any time and you will have lifetime access. 30 or so videos? Yes, please!

See you soon… with some winners from past posts.


Simon Says Stamp Valentines Blog Hop + Giveaway

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I love making valentines for the kiddos in my life. Simon Says Stamp has released some incredible heart-and-love-themed goodies that are perfect for this holiday, but great for all year round, too. They are must-haves!

Today I am putting some of these new goodies to good use for the Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s Day Blog Hop. After hanging out here (note the giveaway!), be sure to hop on to the next person.

Here is my first Valentine’s card. It uses lots of the new SSS goodies, along with some Hero Arts Shadow Inks. (Aren’t those ink colors delicious!? I used Soft Pink, Bubble Gum, Raspberry Jam and Soft Granite.)

By the way, don’t you just love that dotted background stamp from Hero Arts? Works with just about any project. I also adore that intricate “you” die (cut from the fabulous new Hero Arts Charcoal paper) along with the stamps to fit with it…

I used lots of the SSS heart stamps, along with the matching dies. I also cut 1” off the edge of the notecard so that the hearts hang off the edge and show a stamped piece peeking from the inside…

This card design could be changed up to have stars or other shapes.

Next I have a flower card made again with the heart stamps and dies. This one takes a bit of explaining…

I first cut a white panel and die cut one heart from it. I then die cut another heart directly across from it before filling in the space between to form a flower. I also used the heart to cut a leave and a craft knife to cut the flower stem.

Next I stamped the greeting in Hero Arts Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink. (This is the *perfect* grey!) I used Hero Arts new Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (another must-have salmon color) to stamp some hearts on pink paper and Hero Arts Green Hills Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (yes, you need it) on green paper. After die cutting with the matching heart dies, I used clear pop dots to adhere them behind the die cut flower so they peeked through. I added all this to a Charcoal notecard (new from Hero Arts – love them) and embellished…

Here is a peek at a few of the products I used. Love them all so much. Those heart stamps and dies are must-haves because they can be used all year long for card making or scrapbooking. (You can see all the new goodies HERE.)

Thank you for stopping by. Next, be sure to hop over to my awesomely wonderful friend Kelly Purkey. (And remember you can always stop by SSS if you need other links.)

How about a giveaway!? Leave a comment for your chance to win a Simon Goodie Bag! (Knowing Heidi from SSS – it will be a good one!) Giveaway closes 1/31 at 9:00amPST. Good luck.

Color Cubbies Giveaway!

Yes. I am back with another giveaway! (And also some winners.) I promise to share cards again soon. But – come on – giveaways are even better!

A few years ago, I started down the Copic Markers road. When I did, I found out about a great storage system – the Color Cubbies from Studio 3 Solutions. Since then I have continued to use this system and also store other tools in them. My storage solutions change over time, but this has not. They are perfect.

The slots are slanted back so things don’t fall out. I love putting my other markers in them, along with Stickles, scissors and more.

For awhile, these cubbies weren’t available… but now they are again HERE! What is even better is that the price is really good and it turns out the folks who make them are super kind, too. Perfect.

How would you like a Color Cubbie to hold all your gorgeous markers and such? Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win one. Good luck!

Oh – and winners! Here are some lucky folks. I emailed you: