Photo Cards + TWO Giveaways

Hello again!

Today I am hosting the Paper Crafts Connections blog… sharing some ideas for using photos on cards. (Be sure to comment here AND head over to the PC blog for a chances to win some goodies!) I also used “scrapbook supplies” on the cards, too. I shared two cards there, and have a third for you here…

Whenever I get around to getting photos printed, I always order extra to add to cards. Grandmas LOVE cards with photos! I used some FUN goodies from Chic Tags on these (the greeting and sunbeam pieces), along with my new favorite 6×6 paper pad from Pebbles.

Those hearts scattered on there? They make my heart giddy. Just used Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp heart dies and covered the die cuts with Glossy Accents.

(Wow – Lila was so small in these – just 2.5 months!)

And another… using many of the same supplies. I used the heart dies to cut from Chic Tags doily pieces. Easy. Oh, and I crossed out “me” and made it “us.” Now it is perfect for my husband…

The little dots? Those were done with Silver Liquid Pearls. And the white hearts? They are covered with White Enamel Accents

And the third one – no photo, but quick and easy…

I really LOVE these Chic Tags products and have been stalking their instagram page since CHA. I think I was drawn the color palettes and fun design. I was so happy to finally get some to play with. They are very well suited for scrapbooking and Project Life, but also work great with card making. Good stuff…

And that patterned paper I used? I LOVE it. It is from my current favorite 6×6 paper pad – Pebbles Seen & Noted. It is incredible.

Thanks for stopping by!

There are TWO chances to win today! Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on Friday for your chance to win a few packs of Chic Tags AND head over to the Paper Crafts blog for another chance to win some more! Good luck.


Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Spring 2013 Blog Hop Video + Giveaways!


Today I am happy to be part of the Simon Says Stamp Spring 2013 Blog Hop. Get ready – several artists have teamed together to bring you LOTS of ideas and giveaways! These products are delicious and great for card making and scrapbooking.

I decided to use one of Simon Says Stamp’s newest dies to create a die cut stencil to use with my Inktense Pencils

I have always wanted to be a watercolor artist and I can totally fake it with the help of the stencil and Inktense Pencils

Yummy, yummy colors. I used the Brights Inktense Pencil Collection. Yummy trendy colors. (For more ideas using these pencils, look HERE.) The greeting is made up of a bunch of different greetings cut up.

Fun stuff, huh? Full supplies are at the end of this post.

Here is a look at all the new Simon Says Stamp stamps and dies. The first few are the ones I used on this card…

Now it’s time to head over to the next person on this Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Spring 2013 Blog Hop – my dear bestie Kathy Racoosin. (If you encounter a broken link or would like to go to the start of the hop go to the Simon Says Stamp blog.)

Giveaway time! Leave a comment below and one lucky winner will receive a Simon Says Stamp Goody bag. A winner will be picked at 9:00amEST on 4/3/13. (Be sure to comment on each designer’s blog for 14 chances to win!)

Go To Gal Goodbye


Today they announced on the Paper Crafts blog that I will be stepping down as a Go To Gal. Since becoming a Go To Gal, I have had two additions to our household (a baby and teen!)… causing me to cut back on work. Although it is sad to no longer be on the team, I made the decision because I know it is best for my family and best for Paper Crafts as they need someone who can give them their all. I very much enjoyed my time as a Go To Gal for one really big reason – the people. These gals there are passionate about bringing inspiration to paper crafters, and all have a heart of gold. I hope to still contribute when I can and will remain loyal to them as a magazine. I will also miss the other Go To Gals – their talent is amazing and their kindness is real. I am so thankful to have their friendship! (To everyone at PC – thank you for your kindness, understanding and support. Love you all.)

I thought I would share one of my favorite cards that I had published in Paper Crafts. Yep – you guessed it – it is bright and happy…

This card design is a great one for using up scraps. Easy peasy. Oh, and I inked the edges of the papers slightly, giving them each a defined edge. (This is a tip I shared on Day 1 of Pattern Play. I find it makes a big difference.)

Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and I will be back soon to answers some of your questions and announce some winners. Take care.


Be back soon…

Just took the weekend off to be with the family. See you soon…

Video: Tattered Floral Challenge – Cutesy Floral Hair Clips + Giveaway!


I was excited when Tim Holtz told me about his awesome Tattered Floral Challenge. (Check it out – there are lots of prizes!) I have loved this die since the moment it came out and have used it in many of my classes. It will cut through anything.

I instantly decided to do something different and unexpected. Instead of a vintage look, I decided to go the opposite – cutesy, bright, simple and “skittles-like.” (This is a term Tim gave my work years ago. It works for me! :) I LOVE the vintage look, but I thought it would be fun to show the die used for something completely different.

So, I present to you my “Cutesy Floral Hair Clips,” made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die

I also present to you my sweet little model, Lila. (She is 9 months and walking like crazy, so it was hard to get a good picture of her!)

These clips are SO easy and VERY fast to make. The possibilities are endless! And if you don’t have a cutie girl to wear them, these would make excellent brooches or card accents. (OOOoooo… idea! I am going to make a pillow for my older daughter covered in a heart made of these. Yay!)

Fun, huh? I love showing the versatility of a product. And this product is a good one.

Giveaway! Tim has sent me an extra Tattered Floral Die to give to a lucky winner. Just leave a comment here by 3/23/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win.

Also be sure to stop by Tim’s Tattered Floral Challenge for info on how you can play along and possibly win some big prizes. Enjoy!


Card Share + Winners


Just here to share a super quick card. It has a leftover piece from a card I did for the Online Card Class Pattern Play. My class card featured the negative space of a “thank you” die cut, so I thought I would use the die cut itself for a card here. (I used a fun stamping + patterned paper technique for the die cut paper.) All My Mind’s Eye. I love their 6×6 paper pads!

This is a great way to use fancy patterned papers – just die cut them with an intricate die. Takes no time at all and looks extra special…

Here are some other pieces I made in class. (For more info on the Pattern Play class, go HERE. It isn’t too late to sign up! This class has a video for every card. Yay!)

Before I go, I have some winners – I emailed you:

  • The winner of the Inktense Pencils is Kathy Marie.
  • The winners of Pattern Play class spots are Colleen, Amyt1 and Yainea.
  • The winner of the SSS Card Kit is jengd.
  • The winner of the Amy Tangerine Stamp is Kathy Mc.

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 Thank You Die (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)