Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop

Today I am part of the Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop. Jane of Jane’s Doodles is a dear friend of mine and she creates fabulous stamps. (And she happens to live in a country I am longing to visit – Croatia!)

I am using two of their newest stamps – the Random Patterns and Attached to You sets – that are both designed by Mariana Grigsby.

This border stamp is so unique. When you stamp it next to each other, it fits into the next. Hard to explain, but it gives the look of one giant image, but in a mix of colors. You will see me using this a lot. But this design would be great for any border stamp and any fun color combo.

The greeting? I just white heat embossed it on black cardstock. This is a great way to make an element stand out on a bright background. I also have found myself using the Hero Arts black notecards a lot. It seems to make a nice background to bright colors and the inside is white for personal messages.

To see all of the new stamps from Jane, you can check their website HERE.

Be sure to continue on the blog hop to Judith’s blog HERE. (If you want to start at the beginning, head HERE.)


The kind Jane at Jane’s Doodles will be giving away all the new sets and digi stamp to a lucky winner! For your chance, just leave a comment here and at all the other blogs along the hop. Good luck!


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH. Some links go to Jane’s Doodles. Enjoy!



Memento Luxe Rose Bud Ink Pad (SSS|EH)


Memento Luxe Lilac Posies Ink Pad (SSS|EH)


Memento Luxe Morocco Ink Pad (SSS|EH)


Memento Luxe Dandelion Ink Pad (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Black Notecards (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)


Halloween Treat Bags


So – yes – I know this is last minute. But I shared this on Instagram and got hit with a lot of emails. So I thought I would take some quick pictures and share here the Halloween Treat Bags I am making for Colin’s class.

These bags are so very easy to make and you really don’t need many supplies. For the eyes and dots on the bags, I used various sizes of circle punches or circle dies (from 1″ to 2.5″). I bought some inexpensive pom poms for each nose and cut quick and sloppy triangles for the ears and teeth. After printing the child’s name on red cardstock, I trimmed and rolled the end around a pencil to make a silly twisted tongue.

Good old fashion brown paper bags work perfect for this. I folded the top over and adhered all the pieces with strong Glossy Accents. (The teeth and tongue are adhered to the back of the folded flap. I didn’t tape the bags closed – just left them folded over.)

You could fill this bag with candy, cookies or any other typical treat. But me – being the mean mom I am, lol – decided to skip the sugar and plastic toys for something more artsy and fun…

We had a budget for these treat bags, so I decided to give each kid 3 small stamps and 2 tiny ink pads from Hero Arts. Their Ink N Stamp sets are perfect for breaking up for kid’s party favors. (They have Christmas/Holiday ones, too! Keeping that in mind…) They also sell ink sets that are perfect – I used the Halloween colors. (And yes, they have Christmas colors!)

I also included the most inexpensive mechanical pencil I could find. :)

Each bag also gets a little personalized monster notebook. This was actually Colin’s idea! I found on Pintrest an adorable and free monster coloring page and he LOVED it. The download is from Dabbles and Babbles and it is the cutest thing in the world! I highly recommend checking it out HERE. All you have to do is print and you are ready to go. (And thanks to Jamey over at Dabbles and Babbles for saying it was ok to share this here with you. Please also check out her coloring faces download, too. Her blog is great.)

We decided to print several and cut them into 2.5×3.5″ pieces for the notebook. I also made a personalized cover page in Photoshop, too. (“Journal” is a big word in their class, so Colin wanted to include it.) After we were done, we used our Cropodile to punch a hole in the top and used a ring to keep them together. (You can get these at office supply stores.) Oh – and google eyes are best added with Studio Matte Medium.

Aren’t those monsters the cutest!? Again, you can find the FREE download HERE at Dabbles and Babbles. There are 12 cute little monsters on the page… which I cut up to make these notebooks.

Now this all may seem very over-the-top. But honestly? I held myself back. I tend to go overboard on this stuff. But once I see the smiles on the kid’s faces? It will be worth the work. (And thanks to my dear friend and fellow homeroom mom Kami who helped to put these together! The bags only took about 1.5 hours in total.)




Distress Paint and Distress Stain Storage

Hello! Just a quick post for you today. But a fun one. :)

Lately, Colin and I finalized my Distress Paint and Distress Stain Storage. And eek! It makes me happy.

I again used my favorite storage piece – the Fridge Binz Storage Container. (I also use these storage units for my clear/cling stamp, die and handmade card storage.) I love this container – it is very durable and looks great.

I have all my Distress Paints on one side and my Distress Stains on the other. Perfect.

I have put small color labels on the top of all of the Stains and Paints, thanks to the free and awesome download from Ranger. To print your own, head over to the Ranger website and look under “circle punch labels“. I printed mine on label paper (which you can get HERE – love this for labels) and used a 3/4″ circle punch. This results in color labels that fit nicely on top of the caps. Yay!
(Note that I had some help from Colin with doing this punching. However, if you use the 3/4″ circle punch, the labels will fit perfectly. LOL.)
So glad this works so well! Hopefully it will give you some ideas for storing your paints and such. If you have any ideas that work for you, please share them in the comments below!
(Note: Please head HERE for more info on the Fridge Binz unit. There are two types available and it is worth checking out. By the way – it is possible to stack these.)


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH. Some links go to Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond and The Container Store. Enjoy!

3/4 Circle Punch (SSS|EH)

Distress Stains (SSS|EH)

Distress Paints (SSS|EH)

Updated Double Fridge Binz Container (BBB|CS)

Video: 3 Ways to Use Washi Tape


If you know me, you know I am not a user of washi tape. Don’t get me wrong – I love what other people use washi for, but it just isn’t something I am able to create with for some reason. But in today’s video I show three ways to use washi tape as a tool for stamping. It is fun!

For all of the cards, I used the Studio Calico Double Scoop Card Kit and Bubblegum Add-On Kit. These stamps are delightful! (This video is from the Studio Calico blog – you can see the original post HERE.)

Washi Tape + Stamping #1: Creating a Frame

For my first card, I used the washi tape for masking off a frame for stamping.

I used a mix of my favorite inks (see supply list thumbnails below) and some simple masking…

I like to keep a couple different widths of washi so I can do a variety of frame sizes.

Washi Tape + Stamping #1: Multi-Inking

Sometimes you want to make the greeting of the card stand out. One great way to do this is with color… and multi-inking with washi tape.

Again, the inks are listed below. Oh, and I even masked off part of the greeting to change up the message…

Washi Tape + Stamping #1: Miter Masking

I love the look of a miter joint in woodwork, etc. So I decided give it a try with washi masking and a border stamp…

Simple… yet it work so well!

So there you have it… 3 ways to use washi without really using it. LOL. I would love to hear what your favorite use of washi is!


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH. Some links also go to Studio Calico

Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

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

Hero Arts Butter Bar Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

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

Hero Arts Soft Brown Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

Memento Luxe Teal Zeal Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (SSS|EH)

Versamark (SSS|EH)

White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)

Ink Blending Tool (SSS|EH)

EK Success 1 Inch Circle Punch (SSS|EH)

T-Ruler (SSS|EH)

EK Success Powder Tool (SSS|EH)

Uniball Signo Broad White Pen (SSS|EH)

Tim Holtz Craft Knife (SSS|EH)

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Pool Mixed Layering Papers (SSS|EH)

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

Freckled Fawn Love + Giveaway

I’ll be honest – I am not one to use a lot of embellishments. There are some popular products you will rarely see me use. I just find my love for stamping outweighs everything else. lol. But sometimes something wins my heart. It may be a fabulous 6×6 paper pad or an enamel dot or a wood embellishment. And when I find embellishments I love – I jump in with both feet. Well, today I jumped BIG time.

Check out this bad boy embellishment kit

This OHDEERME kit from Freckled Fawn came in a cute tin (see below). When I opened it, I giggled. Colin asked me what happened. Then he looked… and immediately stole the cool epoxy stickers.

(And no I was not paid to share this – I am signing up for a subscription on my own. I just think the idea of an embellishment kit is a fun and unique one.)

I immediately had to use the adorable fox wood embellishments. I have always loved wood pieces but these are especially cute…

Come on! Aren’t those faces adorable? And the stamp is from the set in the kit… made my Hero Arts. Yay!! High quality.

(Oh – that background was embossed with the Lifestyle Celebrate embossing folder and the heart was cut with a MFT Heart Staz die.)

I also added Black Enamel Accents for the eyes…

Next I used the wood feathers and the stamp set to make a card for my hubby. When things get hectic with the kids, sometimes you gotta remember that it all comes back to the two of you…

I used a bit of Copic Marker to add coloring to the wood pieces. It blends on it’s own… so easy.

I also really liked the sequin bows in the kit. So I went to Target and bought some inexpensive little girl barrettes/bows. (Along with a million other things I didn’t need. Does Target have that effect on you, too?) I cut the bows off and replaced them with these cute sequin bows using a glue gun. And oh my are they cute.

Yes, I did try to get a picture of one in Lila’s hair. However, she just moves too fast…

Oh, and this is the adorable tin that the kit came in. I plan to stick a quick bow on the top of this and use it for a gift in the future. Perfect.

You can find more about the Freckled Fawn OHDEERME October Kit I used HERE. The November comes out soon and they are beginning to show peeks. After seeing it, I knew I needed a subscription.


So the kind folks at Freckled Fawn said I could give away one of their OHDEERME October Kits like I used above. Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/27/13 for your chance to win. Good luck.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH. Some links also go to Freckled Fawn

MFT Heart Stax Dies (SSS|MFT)

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

Black and White Enamel Accents (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)

White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)

Versamark (SSS|EH)

Memento Luxe Love Letter Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

Copic Markers (SSS|EH)

Studio Calico Kit + Tim Holtz Stencil Love

Hello! Just popping in to share a card I did with a recent Studio Calico Card Kit. (Actually, it was a Card Kit Add-On called Athens.) I really liked the stamp set in this particular kit – one of my favorites so far. I am a sucker for any set that says “you are missed!”

I really wish this photographed better. White on white is tough…

I started out by applying Viva Platinum Metallic Modeling Cream along the edge of a Hero Arts Snow Notecard over the Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil. I LOVE this look in real life – I wish you could see it! A pearly look + dimension.

I stamped the Studio Calico stamp images with Black Memento Ink on Neenah Cardstock. I then used Copic Markers to color them in. (YG67, YG23, YR14 and R14. That touch of red? Love it.) After cutting them out, I added them to the card with foam adhesive. Oh, and those gold dots? Those are the BasicGrey Metallic Candy Buttons. These are amazing – like a smooth drop of encapsulated glitter. The perfect touch.

Here is another look at that textured background. Wish you could see it in real life!

I thought I would show you what the stamp set looks like. Several good images on there that I didn’t use, too…

I am also looking forward to breaking out the regular card kit. The stamp set in there is fantastic! Get a peek HERE.

It is fun to use two unexpected brands together. Here? Studio Calico + Tim Holtz. I think it works pretty good. Tim’s stencils are wonderful. Have you tried one yet?


We have some winners! I emailed you all.


I recently announced the new Caring Hearts Card Drive and hope you can all send cards! We are looking for a handful of people who would be willing to deliver some cards to a nursing home. If you are interested, please contact me (at the top of this page under “about”) ASAP. If we pick you, I will reply and let you know what we need. Thanks!


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH. Some links also go to Studio Calico


Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil (SSS|EH)




Copic Markers (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)


Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)


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