Oh My Cuteness…

I just love love love how adorable Paper Smooches stamps are. They simply make me smile. And isn’t that what a card is supposed to do?

This nautical stamp set is just delightful.

And I noticed Paper Smooches just released some more great stamp sets. You can see them all HERE on their blog, along with lots of fun samples. They have a great design team. (That Slang Gang set? So fun, especially if you have a tween/teenager!)

See you soon. Oh, and if you haven’t signed up for the His and Hers online class yet, you should. Lots of fun ideas are going on there!

Ack! One more thing – winners! I emailed you all…


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

Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool Stamps (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)

 

 

Copic Markers (SSS|EH)

 

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)

 

Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)

 

 

Video: Dimensional Apple Teacher Tag

I love spoiling teachers. Big time. I truly believe they are the hardest working folks out there.

So today I have a fun dimensional teacher tag. Heck – you could stick this fun 3D apple on just about anything. I used products from My Favorite Thingsand have a discount code for them below!

So this project uses the great 100lb cardstock from My Favorite Things. I am really pleased with this paper and will be using it a lot. For all of you looking for a new source of cardstock to love, I would give it a try. You can get a sampler pack HERE

I also used the MFT felt. I really like felt, but have only found a couple of good quality felts in good colors. This is my favorite – hands down. I used the Steel Grey in the video. (It is heathered but most of them are not.) This felt is perfect for die cutting…

And if you like the idea of a product line that all matches, MFT has that. The inks match the felt… which matches the cardstock… which matches the buttons and ribbon. Delightful. Oh, and they always seem to be in stock. Woot! (They only sell most of their supplies like this direct.)

As I mentioned yesterday, the sweet folks at My Favorite Things are offering a 15% discount for my readers! Just enter “JMFRIENDS” when you are checking out. Discount is good 4/26 – 4/29. (When checking out, click “Use Coupon Code” under the “What would you like to do next?” prompt in the Shopping Cart.)

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For My Favorite Things (where you can use the discount code above), click on MFT

 

Video + My Favorite Things Discount Code + Giveaway!

Today I am happy to have a fun discount code for you to enjoy with my friends over at My Favorite Things… and a giveaway! (See below.) Along with their fabulous stamps and dies, I have found the MFT cardstock, felt and inks to be outstanding. Check out this video…


This My Favorite Things kraft paper really is delicious…

Layering stamped images really is a great way to give the look of dimension without the bulk. And that flower stamp set? Gorgeous.

Oh, and in the video I talked about three kraft papers. The lightest in color is Neenah Desert Storm Kraft and the darkest is the Hero Arts Kraft. The one I used here – the My Favorite Things Kraft – is right in the middle… the perfect middle ground shade. It is also heavier in weight (100 lb). LOVE. All three are must-haves…

(See below for supplies.)

I get A LOT of questions about cardstock. I know many people are looking for that “perfect cardstock” for cardmaking. The MFT cardstock line is some of the best I have seen. (You have seen me use the Steel Grey many times… I will be using the other colors now, too! Very impressed. Wish I would have tried them sooner.) I love that their cardstock is heavyweight but also scores and stamps nicely.

So sweet Kim – the owner of My Favorite Things – is offering a 15% discount for my readers! Just enter “JMFRIENDS” when you are checking out. Discount is good 4/26 – 4/29. (When checking out, click “Use Coupon Code” under the “What would you like to do next?” prompt in the Shopping Cart.)

(Oh, and yes. I like these products on my own… wasn’t asked to say all this. :)


I have a fun giveaway for you! Just leave a comment here by 4/29/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win the My Favorite Things Sweet Roses Stamp Set I used here. Good luck! It’s a good one.


Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For My Favorite Things (where you can use the discount code above), click on MFT

 

Hello Sunshine

Sometimes you just have to play.

Like when I got this month’s Studio Calico kit with an exclusive stamp set from Lawn Fawn. It has the cutest heart and rays… making me want to play right away…

And that “hello sunshine” piece? It is wood veneer from the kit, just colored black. All the papers are from the kit, too…

Quick and easy to put together. That is the joy of kits! (For more information on SC kits, go HERE.)

Is it sunny where you are? Hope so…


 

More Proof that Distress Inks Are Amazing

Hey there, stampers.

You have heard me say many times that I think Distress Inks are amazing. Well, here is just one more bit of proof.

Creating this flower? Easy with Distress Inks

I simply inked the awesome Hero Arts flower stamp with my favorite Distress Ink colors (Peacock Feather and Mowed Lawn) and stamped it on watercolor paper. (I did not mist the stamp first.) The image isn’t the greatest at this point, but never fear! Just use water and a brush over it. The water reacts with the ink and it moves – instantly acting like a watercolor (but so much better). It blends so easily and perfectly. I then pressed some Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress Inks onto my craft sheet and used a wet brush to pick up color and add a bit of depth to the image. After letting it dry, I used markers to add dots to the center of the flower…

It looks hand painted! But I couldn’t paint something that good to save my life. LOL. Thank goodness for Distress Inks and awesome stamps! (Maybe I should do a video showing this technique? Hmmm…)

For more info, head over to the Hero Arts Blog. Oh, and they are giving lots of peeks at the new stamps coming out soon. Be sure to check them out.

Hero Arts Painted Flower Stamp (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Tweed Background (SSS|EH)

 

 

Peacock Feathers Distress Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Peeled Paint Distress Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Faded Jeans Distress Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Versamark (SSS|EH)

 

Copic Markers (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hero Arts Pool Notecards (SSS|EH)

 

Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Quick and Colorful + Mama Elephant Giveaway!

Hey. Quick card today. Quick and colorful.

I just am so smitten with this stamp set from Mama Elephant. I simply stamped the triangle cluster image in black and colored with markers.

(I plan to make another of this design in blue colors – perfect for a masculine card!)


Giveaway time! I have an extra Mama Elephant stamp set and it needs a good home. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/26/13 for your chance to win it.

(By the way, we have some winners! The winner of the Lawn Fawn stamp set is Karen G. The winners of the His and Hers class spots are Suzanne E, Val and Theresa H. And finally, the lucky winner of the Kiwi Crate giveaway is S. Patterson. I will email you all!)


Mama Elephant Today Was Stamp Set (SSS|EH)

 

Copic Markers (SSS|EH)

 

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)