Video: Ghost Stamping on Kraft + Giveaway!


How about a video? :)

Ghost stamping is fantastic on light and dark kraft paper. Check it out…

The new stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit is perfect for fun techniques… such as ghost stamping. Ghost stamping is simple: stamp dye ink over white pigment ink for a great layered look…

For this card I used Desert Storm kraft cardstock. This is a light color and very smooth. Perfect for stamping…

This next card shows the same technique but on a darker kraft paper from Hero Arts. This is more like a typical paper bag color and has a bit more texture…

I really like both of the krafts – both are must-haves…

Supplies are below. For more information (and another giveaway), head to the Simon Says Stamp blog.

By the way, the winner of the You Got Mail class spot is Elaine Allen. I emailed you.

Giveaway time! Leave a comment here for your chance to win a Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit, which includes the stamp set I used above.
Giveaway closes Friday, 3/1 at 11:59pmEST. Good luck.

Scrapbooking + For Sale


Years ago when I was a full-time scrapbooker, I met a lot of kind people on the 2Peas message board. One was Debbi, who hosted challenges based on my books. Debbi now is over on the CSI Challenge Blog and asked me if I would be a guest. I had to say yes – she had always been so wonderful to me.

But this was tough for me! I hadn’t scrapbooked in a very long time. Very long. And it wasn’t easy. However, I am so glad I did it. I realized I missed working with photos. (More on that below.)

Here is what I created – my first Lila page…

I used various wafer thin dies… and used the words to a song I sing to her every time I put her down for a nap.

And another… using all photos from my iPhone…

One thing is for sure – I am very rusty when it comes to scrapbooking. And I am not “on trend” with what all the scrapbookers are doing these days. And I don’t really like what I created. But doing these pages made me realize something – - I need to scrapbook my photos. But not like I used to. In a new way. I will be sharing this journey with you a bit soon. I originally wasn’t going to, as I try to keep this blog for cardmaking. But I think it will be fun to share sometimes what I will be doing – a card maker and stamper’s approach to scrapbooking. Stay tuned.

(And by putting this on my blog, I am being held accountable – lol.)

Are any of you out there scrapbookers? Would love to know…

As I mentioned earlier, I am trying very hard to finish moving into my new craft space. While doing so, I am uncovering extra goodies that need a new home. If you are interested in buying any of these goodies listed below, please mention which in the comments below and I will randomly pick someone to contact. Here are some current boxes I have:

  • A box of christian stamps
  • A box of Stampin’ Up stamps
  • A box of Papertrey Ink stamps
  • A box of 12×12 paper



Runway Inspired Challenge

Today I am honored to be a guest over on the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. They have an incredible design team (some of my favorite artists are there) and always share great designs. So I was tickled when Jennifer Rzasa (I am a big fan of hers) asked me to play along…

I created two cards inspired by this style image…

I used the outfit on the left for my inspiration. I really like the navy background with bold pops of white and colorful flowers. On the first one, I also stamped a plaid image over the whole card… inspired by the plaid on the other dress…

(Sorry – forgot to warn you to put on sunglasses. LOL.)

I used one of my favorite techniques here. I first stamped all the floral images on navy cardstock with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink. (This is the best white ink for stamping on dark colors. Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink works well too.) After heat setting it, I colored very heavily over the images with colored pencils – lots of pink, blue, green, yellow and white pencils. This color pops on the navy background. I also added some of the awesome My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots to the flower centers. LOVE those.

I then decided to stamp over it with a subtle image – the Hero Arts Envelope Background. However, this time I used Hero Arts White DYE Ink. This is more subtle than the pigment ink and gives a softer, ghost-like look. Perfect for stamping over other stamping…

And don’t you just love that new stamp set? It is from Simon Says Stamp. You can get it HERE, or as part of their awesome March Card Kit HERE.

This next card shows the same technique, just in a simple design…

Pops of color on a dark background? Yes please. And by tracing with the pencils, it looks like it was hand drawn. Even though I couldn’t draw this by hand to save my life…

Be sure to visit the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. It is one of the very best challenge blogs I have seen!

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 Envelope Pattern Stamp (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts White Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)


Ribbon For Sale!


I am working on moving my office (still) and have uncovered a ton of ribbon. There is a lot of good ribbon and trim here… just more than I have space for in my new room.

If you are interested in buying a large box of yummy ribbons and trim, just leave a comment on this post. I will randomly pick and email folks as I create boxes to sell. (No obligations.) You will get a picture and more info than. Would love to get this stuff to a good home!


Glittery Goodness


I am starting to pick up more work again with Hero Arts and am so happy about it. (Took quite awhile off – pretty much – while I adjusted to the many changes here in our house.) And today I shared a simple yet glittery card on their blog… one that uses a new awesome butterfly die

To create this card, I first die cut a piece of double-sided tape. I then cut the die cut in half… saving the other half for another card. I removed the release paper from the backside and added it carefully to the edge of a card. I then removed the top release paper and added Glitter Ritz microfine glitter. After pressing the glitter in place and removing the excess, I added color to the glitter with my Copic Markers. (Many types of markers work here. I dab the ink on so as not to damage the tip of my marker.)

That’s it! Supplies are below. Thanks for stoppin’ by.

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 Fancy Butterfy Die (SSS|EH)


Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight Micrfine Glitter (SSS|EH)


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


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Cornflower Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)


Lots of Techniques To Cards + Class Giveaway


I am the guest blogger over on Paper Crafts Connections today and talking about taking small “technique squares” and turning them easily into cards. I really feel making small “canvases” (3×3 or 3×4) is a great way to try out techniques or use small images. Then just pop them on a card and you are good to go. I do this a lot!

Here are the cards I shared over there today along with a few more. All the pieces on the front are from previous Paper Crafts issues. (For more info, head HERE.) I just stamped a favorite background stamp and greeting. Easy…

This first one has a technique piece showing stamping on kraft cardstock with a white Distress Marker. LOVE that Leafy Vine background stamp. Elegant…

Next, the flower shows waterpainting with inks. And the background stamp (which is hard to see) happens to be a favorite of mine – the Paisley Crystal stamp

This piece is watercolored Distress Markers… and the background is a great one – The Alley Way Love Knots

Next are the cards I shared over at PCC. (Go HERE to see more.) The first shows inking over a stencil and the awesome Fizz background. It works with everything! The butterfly is stamping with Distress Markers, teamed up with a new Hero Arts background. For the stamped-with-Distress-Markers fern card, I stamped the card with the Looped Circles background. Finally, the last one has a technique piece showing swiping ink directly to paper… along with the works-with-anything stripe background stamp


Here are the backgrounds I used – I know some of them are hard to see:

There you have it – a fun way to play with new ideas in a simple way.

I also thought I would give a heads up about a new class over at Big Picture. My dear friend Stephanie Howell has her first class called “The Ties That Bind – Five Ways to Scrapbook Your Most Important Relationships.”

I love the idea behind this class – especially as I am starting scrapbooking again: “Learn to identify and treasure the relationships in your life, both big and small, while creating authentic and meaningful scrapbook layouts in five vital relationship categories.”

The class is self-paced and only $10! Go HERE for more info.

I have a spot for Stephanie’s class to give to a lucky winner. Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST for your chance. Good luck.

See you soon.