Simon Says Stamp Summer Release Blog Hop + Video + Giveaway

Time for a celebration of Simon Says Stamp’s newest product release! I created 3 cards and videos for this hop. However, I had some family stuff to take care of and only have one of the cards and videos for you today. But I will share the other two soon! There were so many great products in this release – you can see them all HERE.

For this card, I decided to stretch the fun Three Tier Banner Die into a multi-banner die! Check it out…

I love finding ways to get more out of my dies. I had planned to do this with a normal banner die but this die makes it easier! (Complete supplies are listed below in the thumbnails.)

This dies cut like butter. Such good quality.

I also love this new sunburst embossing folder

I am thinking this will be a great card for our Kay… who graduates from high school next week. Eek! :)

Next, be sure to continue on the hop to my bestie Kathy Racoosin. (She is soooooo good at using stamps in unexpected and fabulous ways – wait til you see what she has created!) If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, you can start at the SSS blog.

Thanks for stopping by! I promise to be back with those other two cards using some awesome new products soon.

Giveaway time! The folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a grab bag filled with stamps, paper, and embellishments to one randomly selected commenter on every blog in the hop – including mine! Just leave a comment here by 6/6/13 for your chance.


Free Printable Card Downloads

As I am sure many of you were, I was horrified watching scenes of the destruction caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma last week. I was most upset seeing the school torn apart. But from every horrible story comes a bit of hope or a hero. I was so impressed to hear stories of teachers taking action to protect their students. They saved many lives.

And if you have been to my blog before, you know that I am a huge fan of teachers. After volunteering many times in my son’s classes, I know these teachers work VERY hard and make a true difference in our kid’s lives. They have my compete admiration.

So when watching the news, I struggled to figure out what I could do to help those in Oklahoma. After all, I just make cards. So… I decided to create printable teacher cards to give here as downloads. I was going to collect the money and donate it, but feel it is easier for everyone if I just offer the download for free and ask that you donate to the Red Cross directly. So this is kinda like an “honor system” – I hope you enjoy the download and donate as a thank you.

Isn’t that apple the cutest? A big thank you to Hero Arts for letting me use the image for this download.

These printable cards are super easy – just print, cut, fold and color. There is a faint grey line that you cut along with a trimmer and then just fold it in half. I rounded the corners and punched three holes to make it look like notebook paper. (You can skip this if you want.) It also prints “made with love and appreciation” on the back. You can either color the apple directly on the card… or color the extra one, cut it out and pop it on the card for dimension. I colored mine with Copics and covered with glitter marker

I have four printable card options. One is blank so all of you with a bit of computer experience can add your own teacher’s name…

I made 16 of these and packaged them with envelopes in my favorite clear boxes to give as a teacher gift. I love giving card sets…

Don’t have a printer? That’s easy. Go online and load the file to Kinkos. They will print as many copies as you want and you just pick them up!

I am sure school has ended for many of you, but you can always save this download for next year. And if you don’t have kids, you can still use this! Give it to a local school to thank them for taking care of kids in your community. Or take it to a Sunday School teacher. You could even surprise your favorite card making teacher. :) In fact, the “apple of my eye” card could work for anyone.

Here are the downloads. Just open, right-click and save…






And, please… please donate to the Red Cross to help those folks rebuild in Oklahoma. It is easy to do! In fact, you can even just text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief immediately. So easy. (And if you have already donated, thank you! Enjoy the downloads.)

Have a great week. Oh, and big hugs to those of you in Oklahoma… and all of you teachers.


Memorial Day OWH Blog Hop + Giveaway!

I, like many of you in the US, am excited about the fact that I have a three day weekend with my family. But MUCH more importantly, Memorial Day is about remembering those who lost their lives while serving our country… and praying for their families who have sacrificed so much. I know I am thankful and have great admiration for our country’s heroes.

Soooooo… I am honored to once again be part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop. (Operation Write Home collects cards for soldiers to send home to their loved ones. You can find more info HERE.) To see the MANY people playing along today in honor of our heroes, head HERE.

Here is my card. Perfect for a hero or any man in your life…

OWH has a bunch of fun sketches they share, and I used THIS one. I also used the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. It has a masculine feel to it… perfect for OWH cards!

I used a variety of Hero Arts Shadow Inks, too. (Supplies are listed in the thumbnails below.)

Easy peasy!

Here is a closer look at the kit I used. You can also get the stamp set separately…


To see the rest of the folks celebrating our heroes today in this OWH Blog Hop, head HERE. Lots of great talent and good people!

How about a giveaway as a thank you for stopping by today? Just leave a comment here by 5/29/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp like I used above! Good luck. (Thank you SSS.)


Quick – Awesome Giveaway and More

Just a couple “heads up” for you all today.

You gotta move quick on this first one… and it is a good one! Check it out…

YES! You could win free spots in ALL future classes! All you have to do is subscribe at Online Card Classes HERE. (If you are already subscribed you will be eligible. But if you aren’t sure, go subscribe again. If you have taken a class before with us, it does NOT automatically subscribe you. So you may want to again to be sure.)

Next… tomorrow is the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop. I am honored to be a part of it again, so please be sure to stop by. There are over 150 people participating. LOVE that.

Oh, and by the way – we have a winner! The lucky gal getting the Neat and Tangled giveaway is Kathy Mc.

See you soon.

Sherbet… Yummmmmm!


So today I am giddy to be over on the Mama Elephant blog. (If you have never been there, I highly encourage you to do so. Kryssi and her design team always have fabulous card ideas!) I am talking about my love of summery sherbet colors and used them to create a couple cards with new Mama Elephant stamps. (For more info on these cards, head HERE.)

Yummy sherbet colors with a bit of shine? Yes, please! I used Hero Arts Shadow Inks along with a bit of Wink of Stella glitter brush marker. (LOVE this marker! The subtle shine smoothly brushes on your paper and blends perfectly.)

I also added shine to my second card with Glossy Accents, a Wink of Stella marker and sequins.

I find tiny images like these hearts and circles so very useful. They are great for tiny accents or for building a background.

I also toned the colors down a bit on this card with the use of grey.

So I am loving these sherbet colors. What colors are you drawn to these days?

See you soon.


Spoil Those Kids…

Sometimes you just need to surprise your kids and make them smile.

And that is what I was going for when I put this into my son’s lunch. (He never has a treat in there, so I am sure he was thrilled.)

The best part? This was so easy to make. (For more information on it, you can head over the the Paper Crafts Connections blog. There are some other kids ideas there, too.)

Start with a 10 ¼” x 4” piece of cardstock (I used Bazzill) and add score lines at 2”, 2 ¼”, 6 ¼”, and 6 ½”. That is it! Just fold it up and you have a cookie holder. I also added a die cut window with the new Lawn Fawn Puffy Star die to the front panel so you could see the cookie inside. Here is what it looks like unfolded…

After I put a cookie in, I used an old Thicker letter sticker to hold it closed.

I had to add some stamping, of course… with a repeated Hero Arts circle (a great image!) and a Paper Smooches pencil. And I stretched a die cut banner (with a computer-generated greeting using the Ever After free font) across the star opening.

Here is a look at the awesome Lawn Fawn Puffy Star nesting dies set I used for the window. Adorable, huh?

And the repeated circles? It is from this Hero Arts set. Lots of good images here for building backgrounds on many styles of cards.

Colin loved this treat. I bet your little one would, too. Do you ever do any lunch surprises? Would love to hear ideas.

Take care!

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

Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Dies (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Not Perfect Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Paper Smooches Smarty Pants Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)




Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)