Video: Mother’s Day Treat Topper + Free Download + Recipe

Hello! I have teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes for another special treat. Melanie came up with a yummy Strawberry Banana Muffin recipe… and I came up with a simple yet cute packaging for it. Check out my video to see how to use a regular sandwich bag along with a free download to make a fun treat for a mom!

Mother’s Day isn’t only about celebrating your own momma. It can also be about celebrating all the ladies in your life that work hard to raise good kiddos. Friends. Aunts. Teachers. Grandmas. Why not tell these folks how amazing they are? After all, it is important for us to encourage and lift each other. So I decided to come up with a fun little treat that I could give to several ladies in my life that I love and respect. Just to remind them what awesome mommas they are.

In the video I show how to take a simple sandwich bag and transform it into a bag perfect to hold a muffin or cupcake. (You could also purchase baggies that are intended for this purpose at Target, etc. but I didn’t have any on hand.) So easy to do!

The toppers are just as simple. Just download and print THIS free download.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE MOTHER’S DAY TREAT TOPPER DOWNLOAD

All you have to do is score and cut and you are good to go! I used a fun die from Simon Says Stamp to create the flowers. However, you could easily create your own with any embellishments you may have. You could even create your own flowers from circle punches. (Just cut slits in along the edge of a punched circle for a funky flower. For the leaves, just punch a circle then put the circle back in the punch but offset… creating a leaf shape.)

THIS download could also be used to create mini cards or sentiments for regular cards. You could also use the basic design for occasions throughout the year… just stamp any sentiment.

If you haven’t been to Melanie’s blog, I highly recommend it! She has many tasty recipes. Be sure to head HERE for the Strawberry Banana Muffin recipe she created for this collaboration.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Faux Metal Embellishments

Hello! Today’s video shows how to use your dies and embossing powder to create faux metal embellishments. It is simple!

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I shared this card last week on the Hero Arts blog, but received questions so I thought I would post it here. The video shows another great way to stretch your dies… by turning your die cuts into faux metal embellishments. I used the new Hero Arts Blooming Flower die and glued several layers together. (However, you could literally do this with any die you have! I thought this one was perfect because it looks like a medallion and is therefore impressive in metal.) After cutting the layered die cut in half and pressing the pieces onto a Versamark Ink pad, I added silver embossing powder. I put on two layers of silver to give a smoother look and then sprinkled on a little gold for a mixed effect. So easy.

I also pressed Versamark Ink around the outside edge of a notecard and added a mix of powders to make it match the medallion. The greeting? That is from the older Hero Arts Merci Bouquet set.

If you are interested in any of the other new Hero Arts products, you can find many of them HERE.

Have you ever tried a technique like this? Would love to hear. You could mix any powders!

WINNER

I have a winner! The winner of the big Avery Elle giveaway is Marilyn C. Lojek. I emailed you.

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SUPPLIES

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Video: Second Generation Stamping

Hi. Today I have a video showing how you can use second generation stamping with “building” stamp sets.

[All supplies are linked in the thumnails at the end of this post.]

Second generation stamping is a great way to get more out of your inks. Although you can do this technique with absolutely any ink, some do work much better than others. My favorite for generation stamping is the Studio Calico’s Color Theory Ink. (You can see an info video on these HERE along with more on generation stamping HERE.) For this card, I stamped the outside petals of each flower with the SC Coral Bay, Sunny Day and Orange County inks. I then stamped the inside circles with the same inks, but first “stamped off” on scrap paper to obtain a second generation. Easy to do!

I used a new stamp set that is part of the Studio Calico Camelot Morgan Add-On Card Kit. There are so many images you can “build” together and I am a fan of these types of stamps. The “thanks” is a fantastically detailed die from Studio Calico (which can be bought separately and is back in stock). For shine, I covered it with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. I also tried out the new-to-me Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder for a few of the dots. Love it.

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SUPPLIES

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Just Some Updates

Hello! Just have a few updates for you.

EMAIL UPDATES

I recently updated my blog subscription service. It turns out the old one wasn’t reliable and many of you were not receiving my email updates. If you were already signed up before, you are set with my new service as we transferred everyone over. If you haven’t already subscribed, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

INTERVIEW

Recently I was interviewed by my dear  friend Megan. You can read it HERE. I talk about everything from watercolor to finding balance to searching for inspiration. (And if you are needing some assistance falling asleep, this may do the trick. I am really not that exciting. Ha.)

NEW HERO ARTS

Many people have been asking about when the new Hero Arts products would be available. Ellen Hutson has some of them in stock HERE. A few of my favorites? The Hello Sunshine Daisies, Flower Garden and Shoot for the Moon.

See you soon!

Video: Glitter Die Cuts

Hello, stampers. Today’s card shows how fast and not-so-messy creating glitter die cuts can be. Yes – you heard me right. :)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

Yes, it is possible to easily create a subtle, smooth glittery card without creating a mess! Just grab a piece of double sided tape (my favorite is Be Creative) and add it to a piece of white cardstock. Grab any die – those with lots of detail and cut-out areas work best, such as this SSS Butterfly Drift die. Put the die face down on the adhesive-covered cardstock and run it through any die cut machine as normal. Next, start to peel away the die cut release paper – one area at a time. Add a bit of your favorite glitter (my favorite is Glitter Ritz since it is subtle, smooth, and velvety) and burnish it in place with a bone folder.

At this point, glitter may be everywhere! No worries. Just cut a small piece from a Swiffer Dusting Cloth (disposable and inexpensive) and wipe it all away. It works magically. Continue to remove additional areas of release paper and add more glitter, cleaning each time. Once done, add the piece to your card and heat emboss a “thinking of you” message with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Done!

Looking for more ideas?

ENABLING

In my videos I use the Big Shot for my die cutting. In real life, I use the Vagabond because it is amazing and cuts through things like butter. I love it. In fact, I love it so much that it is built in to my cabinet, and therefore isn’t in my videos. I recently saw that Amazon has a great deal on the Vagabond so I thought I would give you the heads up. It is only $149! And shipping is free if you have Prime. Great deal!

Enjoy!

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A NEW Way to Shop + $50 Giveaway + Winners

Hi!

I am so excited to see that Simon Says Stamp has launched their new and improved website. WOW. Amazing! I am blessed to call Heidi, the owner of SSS, my friend. I have never known anyone to have a bigger heart or to work so hard for others. I know this new website has been such a HUGE undertaking and I am so proud of her and how awesome it looks. If you want to see the new Simon Says Stamp, click HERE. (If it isn’t loading just check back. It takes time for the new site to roll out all over the world.)

GIVEAWAY

And to share my excitement for the folks at SSS, I am personally giving away a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/30/14 telling me your favorite thing about the new site.

WINNERS

I am here with some winners.

By the way, people often email me about winners being announced. I always email winners when they are picked and eventually just mention the winners at the end of a blog post. No matter what – I always get in touch with winners – no worries. :)

Oh and people ask about international folks winning giveaways. Yep! I ship international. Gotta love stampers no matter where they are! :)

Have a good one.