One Stamp, Two Ways, One Video


Just popping in to share a video that is a lot of fun – it shows using one stamp in two ways… one by Shari Carroll and one by me. (For more on these cards, head over to the Hero Arts blog HERE.)

Here is my card…

Love this combination of ink colors…

The greeting is from THIS set. I love that it can be used to stretch across a card, or cut up to use as I did here.

Oh… by the way… there are two new Studio Calico + Hero Arts stamp sets out… and they are good ones. Can’t wait to use the greeting “you are a real gem.” (You can find them HERE and HERE.)

Off to catch up on email. See you soon! (Oh – and I will announce giveaway winners 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 Number Pattern Stamp (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts All Good Things Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)



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


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


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


Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Tsukineko Sponge Daubers (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Blush Mixed Accents (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Pool Mixed Accents (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Foliage Mixed Accents (SSS|EH)


Class Giveaways

You know I love a good stamping class! Recently I announced my next class – Clean and Simple 2 – with Kristina Werner, Julie Ebersole and friends. I am very excited about it – the first Clean and Simple class was our most popular. CAS is my favorite style, but something I have to work at. So I learn a lot form the class.

Also, two of my friends also kicked off classes of their own, so I thought I would share info here. The more classes the merrier, right? :)

First up…

The wonderful May Flaum has a class coming up called the The Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide – 12 Weeks of Techniques and Creative Play. She is love techniques, too!

Here is more about her class:

It’s a wild world of possibilities out there when it comes to scrapbooking. Patterned paper winds up on a mixed media canvas, while an artist’s gesso finds a home on a traditional scrapbook layout. Stamps aren’t only for cards anymore—they get used on any and everything. With all of this going on, wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to walk you through the many possibilities out there?
During each of the 12-weeks of class, there will be a focus on specific techniques and products. Adding texture, stitching, mists, stamping and everything else she could think of—May has created a class full of information and inspiration. Students will find scrapbook layout project examples each week as well as projects such as cards, tags, altered projects and mixed media canvases. This class features a new colorful PDF handout and videos each week, and an A-Z basics library of 26 videos. 

For more information, head HERE to Big Picture. Class starts 1/31.

Another class coming up that you may be interested in is from my friend Julie Campbell. She has a Journey Into Card Making class over on Two Peas In a Bucket

Here is more about this class:

Whether you’re a seasoned card maker or have yet to make your first card, this workshop will take you on a journey to create handmade cards that your friends & loved ones will cherish. Julie will start out by teaching you card making basics; you will create a card organizer to file away all the new cards you’ll be designing! You’ll then travel on to gain greater design skills. You’ll dive into design principles and learn how to create an eye pleasing design. You’ll learn all about composition & balance in a way that will take your cards from good to great! Become adventurous and explore some of the hottest trends in paper crafting! In this workshop, you’ll also learn how to incorporate colors in your projects & how to create cards in several unique styles.

For more information, head HERE. You can sign up anytime.

How about some prizes? Leave a comment here for your chance to win a spot in May’s class or Julie’s class. Closes 11:59pmEST on Saturday. Good luck!

See you again soon.

New Goodies + Giveaway!

It’s that time of year – where lots of new products are released at CHA – the Craft and Hobby Association show. But many great new goodies are already out and I have gone nuts shopping lately. So I thought I would share them with you here…

Memory Box dies… oh how I love thee. And these new ones? Incredible. You can see all the new ones in HERE, but here are my faves…

Simon Says Stamp has a new card kit out – it is gorgeous. I am so excited to get my hands on those mini wood hearts…

Truly unique stamps are hard to come by. But the Tim Holtz Blueprints are one-of-a-kind… and so fun. Great for coloring and techniques. You can see them all HERE, but these are my favorites – they are brand new – be sure to check on the great greeting set, too…

Lots of new Lawn Fawn goodies are up now, too… including dies! You can see the new stuff HERE, and here are some faves…

Simon Says Stamp has some great new stamps and dies out. As always, they are fabulous – you can see them all HERE, and these are my favorites…

The product I am most excited about from CHA is from Ranger – the new Tim Holtz Distress Paints. These aren’t your normal paints. They have unique properties like the Distress Inks and you will be seeing me use them a lot here. You can get them all HERE.

How would you like to win some new goodies? Just leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win TWO Memory Box Dies and TWO Simon Says Stamp Dies! Good luck.

Clean and Simple Card Making 2 GIVEAWAY!

Hello everyone!

Just a heads up and giveaway for Clean and Simple 2

Online Card Classes is back with an all-new take on one of our most popular classes: Clean & Simple Card Making 2! Join Kristina Werner, Julie Ebersole, me and friends to discover the “secret” to minimalistic and fabulous cards. Learn new techniques and be inspired by 26+ videos and 34+ clever and creative card designs. Gather inspiration from your fellow students and Online Card Classes teachers in the forums and galleries. Then print out class PDFs to take Clean & Simple Card Making 2 with you wherever you go. Plus, with lifetime access, random giveaways and shopping discounts galore, you’ll be able to outfit your card making stash in clean and simple style.

For more information on the class, check HERE.

Want a quick peek at some of the class projects?

I love the techniques in this class. So much fun!

I have THREE spots to give away in this class! Just leave a comment by Wednesday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance! Good luck.

Studio Calico Card Kit


Today I am a guest over on the Studio Calico Blog. They now have a Card Kit each month with fun products – all with the modern yet playful Studio Calico look. The colors are delicious! All of these cards were created with their Block Party Card Kit. To see the full project images, head HERE to their blog.

First up, I used a small plaid stamp from the exclusive kit stamp set to create the flowers and borders here…

I just can’t seem to get enough of pool!

In this kit there is the cutest little dotted 6×6 patterned paper. I adore it. I changed it up a bit by making some of the white dots bright blue – love modifying patterned paper…

Here is a fun one showing that you can change up the look of an embellishment (a chipboard and fabric sun) with a stamped image (a smiley face). There is that cute dotted paper again! Oh – that chevron strip is actually cut from some of the fab packaging in the kit…

And finally, I used the incredible Studio Calico Opaque Gems for little balloons on this next one…

By the way, THESE are those great opaque gems – they are awesome…


If you are interested in the Studio Calico Card Kits, just head HERE for more information. They also have great scrapbooking kits and now Project Life kits, too!

Thanks for stopping by!


New Janes Doodles + Giveaways

Hello! I am back for another blog hop… this time for my friend Jane. Jane has Jane’s Doodles – a line of adorable clear stamps and digi images. Today I am using two of their newest sets.

First up, a card for my Colin. He will love getting this in his lunch…

Isn’t that dinosaur the cutest? It is from Jane’s Doodles‘ new set called Dino-Mite. I colored it with Copic Markers and made the spots with the colorless blender. (Love this look.) I added some Glossy Accents and Black Enamel Accents for shine. Finally, I die cut lots of diamonds and popped them up with pop dots to create a fun background. (See below for all the supplies.)

Next up? One for Audrey. It uses Jane’s Doodles‘ new Food On the Go set.

I colored this with Copics and added some shine with a glitter pen and Glossy Accents. I used the My Favorite Things Dainty Bow die set to create the layered bow. Since I wanted a subtle background, I stamped the Hero Arts Tweed Background with Hero Arts White Dye Ink. (This white ink gives a vellum-like stamped image that is awesome.)

Here is a closer look at the adorable stamp sets Jane’s Doodles has coming out…

Now it is time to hop to the next blog – go to see Ange HERE for more fun card ideas. For more information on Jane’s Doodles, head HERE. Be sure to leave comments along the way – they will be giving away stamps to some lucky winners!

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 Tweed Background (SSS|EH)


Crafty Cutts Diamonds Dies (SSS|EH)


My Favorite Things Dainty Bows Dies (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts White Dye Ink (SSS|EH)


Memento Black Ink (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)


Black and White Enamel Accents (SSS|EH)


Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)




EK 1/16 Thin Foam Dots (SSS|EH)