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.
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!
Hello! Today’s video shows how to add a bit of soft texture to your embossing paste. I also talk a bit about “those cards I don’t love.” I know we have all been there – where we create something that we don’t feel so good about. But me? I never pitch it. Here’s more….
So, yes – I don’t love this card. I like the elements on it… the products and techniques used. I just don’t love them together. However, here’s the thing…
I think of cardmaking like cooking. With cooking, sometimes I make something that is SUPER tasty and I am thrilled. Woot! Sometimes it is just so-so and some of the family likes it and some don’t. But the meal serves the purpose… the family gets fed and their bellies get full. And then there are times that what I cook is just not great. But we eat it… and it serves it’s purpose and fills the bellies and I just never make it again. Cardmaking is the same. Sometimes I try something and I love it. I happily send it to a friend with a smile on my face. Sometimes I am just ok with it and I put it in the mail and hope the recipient likes it more than I do… which I find is often the case. And sometimes when I really don’t love it, I send it anyway. And guess what? It serves it’s purpose. It makes someone smile and fills up their soul. Job done.
(This being said – I don’t do the cooking this family. My hubby does. LOL.)
Hello! Today’s video shows how to make quick balloon cards (only 25 minutes for 5!) showcasing a few tips and tricks. I also show a bonus card and a close look at a new product that has knocked my socks off – the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set. Oh! And I am giving away a whole collection of inks and die set! Let’s get started – lots to share today.
[All products are linked in the thumbnails below.]
I adore products that help me save time. Adore them. Therefore I am very excited about the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set since it has so much to offer and many short cut options. I also really like the Avery Elle Pigment Inks since they go on like butter and match their cardstocks so nicely. I used both of these products today… and am giving them away, too! (See below. No, I don’t work for them. I just like this product. )
I used the arch in the die set to create the bottom of a balloon for a set of five birthday cards. (If you don’t have this die set, you can trace any large circle and hand-cut.) This was so quick and easy!
I then sprayed the balloons with Glitter Dust. This puts down a subtle-but-fun shimmer. I like this for covering an entire card or a large piece of paper, embellishment, etc. (I use the Wink of Stella shimmer pen for small areas.) This really adds a lot to these simple cards.
[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]
Die cut inlaying is one of my favorite techniques… one that I have showed here and in my Online Card Classes many times. (Check out the links below.) However, sometimes the technique can take a lot of time when there are lots of tiny pieces. Instead of skipping out of the cool technique, I figured out a trick that helps quite a bit. It isn’t easy to explain in text but makes sense when you see it in action… so be sure to check out the video above. I used the new My Favorite Things Gerber Daisy dies. (These dies are free with a $60 purchase at MFT. This set is amazing… so stock up on stamps, dies and cardstock or try out their new hybrid ink and get it for free! Woot!) Although I did my coloring with Copics, you could use any markers. To keep it simple, I die cut around the flower with my frequently-used MFT Pierced Circle Die and added it to a 4.25″x4.25″ card.
Hi there. Today’s video shows tips for using intricate stencils and also a look at the newest ink colors from Simon Says Stamp.
[All supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]
I am crazy about all the new stencils out there right now — especially the intricate ones. However, sometimes the intricate ones are tough to work with because they move when doing techniques. I found the best solution and wanted to share it here. I give the back of the stencil (like this Leafy Branches stencil from Memory Box) a light spray of Krylon Repositionable Adhesive which makes it feel like a sticky note. I also tape down anything I can with painter’s tape. Between the two, I find the stencil stays in place enough to allow me to add pastes, etc. (I just leave the spray on the stencil for future use, but you could clean it off.)
In the video, I also give a closer look at the newest ink colors from Simon Says Stamp. These inks have the formulation I like best that gives smooth, even coverage. (Same as Hero Arts Shadow Inks.) I will be using those greys and yellows a lot! They also have matching cardstock. If you are interested in the free ink swatch download for these new colors, click HERE. (For more info on my ink swatch book and other downloads, click HERE.)
Want some more inspiration… including Ferro projects and other random goodness?