New Ellen Hutson + HUGE Giveaway!

Hello!

I am very excited for my friend, Ellen Hutson. She recently launched her new website and it is fabulous! She worked hard to make shopping easy for you, and linking easy for bloggers. I hope you will go and check it out! She has some awesome new shipping rates, too.
I thought I would give you a look at what I have in my shopping cart. Some good stuff! Oh – and that vellum from Ellen? I don’t know how I missed it. But it is heavy (43lb) and great quality. Had to order more!

 

 

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Ellen Hutson and how awesome she is, I am giving away a $100 gift certificate to her store! (This is sponsored by me. ‘Tis the season, after all!) For your chance, leave a comment here telling me what you like best about the new Ellen Hutson site by 11:59pmEST on 12/27/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

 

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Caring Hearts Card Drive Update

Hello! Just wanted to give you an update on the Caring Hearts Card Drive.
Thanks to you, we collected over 17,000 cards from all over the world (Qatar, Moscow, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, etc)! These are being distributed to over 100 facilities in US, Canada and Australia. Yay! Soooo many people will be smiling.

Thank you.

And a big thank you to Vera Yates (who really is the heart behind these efforts), Tina Schrof, Anita Recksiedler and Caroline Bredeson. You girls rock. And even more hugs go to the many of you out there that volunteered to take cards to nursing homes.

To all the sponsors, thank you so much for your support. And, we encourage all of you to please support our generous sponsors as well. These are the companies that make this hobby of our so amazing.

Here’s the list of the prize winners. Winners, you should have all be contacted by email. If you have not received an email, please email me. Thank you!

  • Ali Edwards – Four new stamp sets: Jennifer Howes
  • Altenew – $25 gift certificate: Jayne Hoffman
  • Avery Elle – $30 gift certificate: Cheryl Yamashita
  • Becky Higgins – $50 Worth of Project Life Products: Laurie Wardenski
  • Butterfly Reflections – $25 gift certificate: Teresa Ryals
  • Clearly Besotted – £30 ($45 US dollars approx.): Bundoora Primary School
  • Crafter’s Companion – Embossing folder & dies package: Jennifer Moyer
  • Ellen Hutson – The COMPLETE line of Julie Ebersole’s stamp and die release. A $210 value: Tiffany Au
  • Frantic Stamper - (2) $25 gift certificate: Stacy Reynolds & Elizabeth Stewart
  • Freckled Fawn – $50 gift certificate: Paula DiGiovanni
  • Hero Arts – $75 gift certificate:  Veronica Guzman
  • Impression obsession – $25 gift certificate: Leesa Berry
  • Inspiration emporium – $25 gift certificates: Marybeth Kaiser
  • Jane’s Doodle - $50 gift certificate: Robin Logue
  • Online Card Classes – class of your choice! (THREE winners): Eileen Lum, Samantha Buckman, Kathy Blaney-Murphy
  • Jennifer McGuire Ink – TEN fabulous stamp/die sets from Jennifer’s favorite companies: Rubeena Farooqui
  • A Jillian Vance Design – $20 gift certificate: Pat Doyle
  • Latina Crafter – $35 GC: Julie Bagocki
  • Lawn Fawn – $50 gift certificate: Anne O’Donnell
  • Lil inker – $25 gift certificate: Nichole Wade
  • Mama Elephant – $25 gift certificate: Lynette Pinno
  • May Arts – 2 roll of ribbon: Sandy  John
  • My Favorite Things – $50 gift certificate: Glorie Alvarez
  • Neat and Tangled – $25 gift certificate: Dawn Erho
  • Newton’s Nook Designs – $25 gift certificate: Nancy Jordan
  • Organize More – $40 gift certificate: Adrennia Hughley
  • Paper Smooches – $50 gift certificate: Toni Maddox
  • Poppy Stamps – $50 gift certificate: Emily Harris
  • Reverse Confetti – $25 gift certificate: Victoria Mazzotta
  • Simon Says Stamp – $50 gift certificates: Adrian Michaud
  • Spectrum Noirs – The COMPLETE line of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers + accessories! Patricia Craighead
  • Stampin’ Up Package from Alica Thelin: Deb Pollack
  • Studio Calico – $20 gift certificate: Cindy Techlin
  • Sweet stamp shop – $10 gift certificate and some additional goodies: Ann Kikuchi
  • Tim Holtz – Four Tim Holtz stamp sets: Shirley Sanborn
  • Verve Stamps – $30 gift certificate: Virginia Honeycutt
  • Waffle Flower – $50 gift certificate: Sue Craig
  • Winnie and Walter – $30 gift certificate: Suzanne Gribbon
  • Wplus9 – $25 gift certificate: Anna Chora
  • WOW embossing – Assortment of embossing powders: Debbie Groff
  • V Sweet Ideas – $10 GC: Rachel Ines
  • Sakuralala – (TWO) $15 gift certificate: Jane Lange & Kristen Heagele
  • Vera Yates – Surprise goodies: Rebekah Hinton Cub Scout # 358

Thank you!!

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Video: Partial Die Cut Borders

Hello there! Today’s video shows how to create a partial die cut border. This technique is so easy that I made a set of cards for one of my daughter’s teachers.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I love fancy stationery, but I love making my own much more. Today’s technique is fantastic for achieving that look without a lot of effort. It also works with a variety of dies so you can achieve many different looks.

Partial die cutting isn’t easy to explain, so I hope the video is helpful. This unique border was created by partially die cutting the Simon Says Stamp Calliope Flourish Die along a straight line. I’m so impressed with the intricate results you get with this technique – similar to the popular laser-cut stationery look.

I wanted to add a little more to that border edge, so I die cut a tiny-dot border die from Paper Smooches along the bottom. I decided to keep the card soft and simple, but wanted some shimmer. I sprayed some Shimmer Spray on to the note card made from Simon Says Stamp’s Sea Glass cardstock. It adds some interest and gives the look of a shimmer cardstock. I also used fun foam under the panel to give some dimension. (It’s a nice alternative to using pieces of foam tape and holds up well through the mail.) The sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp’s Inside and Out Sayings Stamp Set and heat embossed with Ranger’s Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I repeated the same process for the other cards and heat embossed different sentiments from the same set.

These cards were so easy to reproduce that I plan to make more to include in a large set for my son’s teacher. This technique would also be fun using a large word die along the partial die cut border! I hope you will try out this simple technique and get more mileage out of your dies.

SIMON SAY STAMP BLOG

Just wanted to mention that this video is part of a guest post over on Simon Says Stamp. I encourage you to check out their blog – there are always great ideas from a variety of fun artists. And lots of giveaways, too.

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My Favorite Non-Crafty Things + GIVEAWAY

During My Favorite Crafty Things series, several people asked if I would be doing a list of favorite non-crafty things. I have wanted to do this for awhile (I have an on-going list of what I wanted to share) and thought it was time. Most of my things are pretty practical and all about making life easier… so maybe you will find something helpful here, too!

COOKING & EATING

I will be honest – I am not a fan of having a billion gadgets in my kitchen. (Who has the room or money anyway?) But there a few key things that help me a lot.

  1. Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (Crockpot) – This guy has changed our lives. In fact, we even have two of them. A couple times a week, we create TWO batches of healthy crockpot meals at once. One crockpot holds our dinner for that evening and the other holds a meal we will put in the freezer for another time. The price is great and I love that you can program it so you don’t have to worry about a thing. I can’t recommend enough.
  2. Aroma Digital Rice Cooker – This is another “program and forget” kitchen device we couldn’t live without. It is great to have along with the crockpots. (We normally use basmati rice.)
  3. Skinnytaste – Most of the healthy crockpot meals we make are from the Skinnytaste recipe site. Our favorites? Santa Fe Chicken and Sesame Honey Chicken (with added broccoli). Both are tasty and reheat well.
  4. Egg Cooker – This seems so very silly but is so very awesome. In minutes you have perfectly cooked, easy-to-peel eggs. We use this a lot.
  5. Fruit Infusion Pitcher - I know many people struggle to drink a lot of water. When I find myself getting tired of plain water, I break out this guy. Add any fruit or cucumbers and you will be amazed how good it is. I drink at least two pitchers a day.
  6. Shakeology – Almost every day I have a Shakeology shake. These are tasty (and I am picky when it comes to shakes) and nutritious and help keep my tummy settled and happy. I know a lot of people who have lost a lot of weight with these. (I instead use it as a healthy snack. It has completely eliminated my sweet tooth.) My favorite is the Chocolate Shakeology with a couple tablespoons of PB2 Powder (healthy peanut butter) and water or almond milk. (It tastes like a Reese Cup shake. For real.) I also love the Vanilla Shakeology with a handful of frozen fruit, half a banana and water. These shakes have been awesome for me. If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact my non-pushy and encouraging friend, Amy HERE.
  7. Soft Cookies – So we are pretty strict about cooking and eating healthy meals at home. However, I also like to treat my family to homemade treats now and then. My kiddos love soft cookies. Wanna know an easy trick I learned from my Grandma? Put a few pieces of bread in the cookie jar. The cookies will stay amazingly soft. You’re welcome. :)
  8. PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag – Our family takes packed lunches to school. This lunch bag is great as you freeze the whole thing and it keeps the food cold for a long time. So very cool.
  9. Nalgene Water Bottles – Finally! I finally found a water bottle that doesn’t leak. Perfect for the kid’s lunches.
  10. Sistema Containers – You may have seen that I use these in my craft room for many things, but I also have more-than-I-care-to-count for kid’s lunches. They are the perfect size and easy to open.

ORGANIZING

Not every part of my home is organized, but I do have some parts figured out. :)

  1. OXO Containers – I adore the OXO Containers for our dry goods in our cabinet. It is nice to get away from lots of half-empty boxes and be able to load several boxes into one container. (Note: I only use plastic containers for dry foods and never put them in the microwave.)
  2. Brother Label Maker – Ah… my partner in organizing. I can’t recommend this guy enough. Be sure to check out THIS video where I show how to conserve the amount of tape you use. Also, be sure to get THIS adapter to save on battery use.
  3. Erin Condren Planner – I have shared my love for this planner many times, including in THIS post and video. I keep it practical and useful and it has completely improved my productivity, happiness and stress-level. It simply makes me happier. I like many things about this particular planner, but I know there are many great ones out there.
  4. Cordless Pivot Vac – I am very impressed by this little cordless vacuum. I use it in my craft room and kitchen and car and more. It holds power well, empties easily, and doesn’t break the bank. I am impressed.
  5. Zipper Pouches – So I will admit – I have more of these in my house than I care to tell you. :) I use them for craft kits, kid’s toys, errand-running-stuff, my planner, school paperwork, kid’s art stuff – - everything. They are handy and durable. (The price on Amazon varies a lot. Sometimes they are only $2.00 and sometimes they are higher. May want to keep an eye on them and buy a bunch when the price is low.)

OTHER

Just have a few other random things you may like…

  1. Ad Block – If you like surfing the web, visiting blogs, peeking in on Facebook, etc. and are tired of ads, try installing Ad Block. I love it. I never have to see an ad… watch ads on YouTube (YES!) or anything. Can’t recommend it enough. It is like magic.
  2. Bouqs – If you ever send flowers to loved ones that are far away, I recommend checking out The Bouqs. Their flowers are so “real” – not a cheesy, sad arrangement that sometimes you get with big online flower sites. Unique, lovely flowers. There are no hidden service charges and ordering is simple. (Use THIS link and get a free bouquet – worth $40 – with purchase.)
  3. Happy Instagram – If you are like me and find Facebook a bit discouraging (somewhat full of complaining, depressing, political stuff) and instead want to find a happy place that uplifts, I would recommend Instagram. There is one account on Instagram in particular that is so very happy – the photos of Harlow and Sage. Just trust me – it is worth a visit to see these happy dogs who love each other so very much. (You can find me on Instagram, too.)
  4. Kapok Pillow – My physical therapist recommended this pillow as a great one – good for your neck. The price is good and there aren’t the nasty chemicals you find in other pillows. You can also take out part of the stuffing to make it lighter if you want. I have been thrilled with it.
  5. Oils – First, let me start by saying that I was a HUGE skeptic of oils. HUGE. But after the suggestion of many and out of complete desperation, I decided to try them. Thanks to the oils, I no longer have allergy problems. I quit allergy shots… which I had been getting 3 every week or so for 29 years. All I do is diffuse the oils into the air once a day and I am good. Not sure if they will work for you, but they worked for me. OH – and my family doesn’t get nearly as sick as we used to since diffusing Thieves. That stuff is amazing. If you want to know more about all this stuff, my friend Kristina is the one to ask. She can help you with anything.

So there are a few products I love outside of the crafty world. I would love to hear what you are finding helpful in your life these days.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will get a $50 gift certificate to Amazon! For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/21/14 telling me about something you have found that is non-crafty that you love. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

Note: I have many winners to pick from the giveaways in My Favorite Crafty Things series. This takes me a lot of time to do this, so I will be slowly picking and contacting winners over the next several days. I will be posting all winner info on the Winners page. Thanks for your patience.

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VIDEO: Shaped Cards + Discount Code

Welcome! Today I wanted to create something different – a unique shaped card. It’s fun to mix it up from time to time. This post is part of a guest spot on Reverse Confetti‘s blog… and I also have a giveaway and discount code!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

One great way to make your handmade card stand out from store-bought cards is to make it in a unique shape. Today I decided to form a floral wreath with a stamped, see-through window center. This card is actually made up of two donut-shaped cardstock pieces that I cut by hand. The first “donut” piece is for the front of the card. To create the “floating” sentiment, I cut some scrap plastic and adhered it on top of the white circle opening. The sentiment is from the Reverse Confetti Lots to Say stamp set and white Staz-On ink.

Next, I die-cut several of the Petals ‘n Posies dies from Reverse Confetti out of Neenah White Cardstock. I stamped them with the matching stamps using several inks… Coral Reef from Simon Says Stamp and Lime Green, Green Hills, and Butter Bar from Hero Arts. I also used Sweet Gelato from WPlus9 for the berries. I love these colors! I think the hardest part of creating a wreath is getting started. Once I got a few pieces adhered, I got the rhythm down and it went quickly. I popped up a few flowers with some foam adhesive to add dimension and added dots to the flowers with a Gold Marker.

I took my other donut shaped circle and put a score line towards the top to create a hinge so the card can open similar to a traditional card. I applied a strong adhesive above the score line and added it to the back of the wreath so the card opens with ease. The curve on the bottom of the inside panel is a good spot for a greeting.

I think a different, unexpected card like this will be sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face.

DISCOUNT CODE

This project is a guest spot over on the Reverse Confetti blog. I encourage you to check them out – they have a great team there.

They are also offering a discount code for my readers. Just use the code “jenm10″ for 10% off your orders at Reverse Confetti until 11:59pmCST on 12/19/14.

SUPPLIES

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Quick Tip Video: Adhering Intricate Dies + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am trying something a bit new – a Quick Tip Video – where I share helpful cardmaking tips rather than focusing on the making of a particular card. (I am considering doing these occasionally and would love your feedback!) Since adhering intricate die cuts can be tricky, I thought it would be a great topic for a Quick Tip Video. (Although the video isn’t that quick – lol.) I show two different methods using two great new products.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

The video shares two methods for adhering intricate die cuts. The first method is liquid adhesive. I like to use Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte adhesive because it’s very strong and dries clear and matte. It also gives you a little wiggle room to move your die cut image around to find the perfect placement. For the cards I created today, I adhered the new Surely Stitched Heart and “Sending” Simon Says Stamp die cuts with this adhesive using a Microbrush. This tool is great because it allows you to get in all the tiny areas of the die-cut and keep your fingers clean in the process. I also use these brushes for adhering my sequins.

The second method is a newer product called, Stick It! adhesive sheets. This double-sided adhesive is very thin and cuts clean and easily. You place the sheets on your cardstock to create an adhesive-backed cardstock. After die-cutting your image, you simply peel off the backing to reveal the adhesive. Very quick and easy! The key to this product seems to be to really press it down to get it to adhere firmly. There are many techniques you can also use this product for. (Stay tuned!)

Honestly, I am not sure which product I prefer for intricate die cuts. I really like both, will be using both, and recommend both. Maybe one will stand out as a clear winner for you to try!

NEW SSS RELEASE

The dies I used in this video are from the newest Simon Says Stamp release. Take a look at the great products they have! I’m in love. You can also see the new products HERE. (Scroll down a bit more to see all the products from the video.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in getting your hands on TWO of these new products from Simon Say Stamp? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/19/14 for your chance. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. By the way… I will soon be posting the winners from my recent giveaways.)

SUPPLIES

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