Video: Shaker Cards + GIVEAWAY

Well, I am back with a few more shaker cards! I promise to do something different again soon, but I found a product and was itchin’ to use it and share it with you. (Warning: This is a long post but I have a giveaway as a thank you!)

[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.]

In past videos, I have shared a few different ways to do shaker cards. (See a list below.) But then I found out about a product that Impression Obsession has – Shake It Pouches. These are windows that have some dimension built in to them. I couldn’t find the Shake Its in stores (they have been out awhile), so I emailed IO. And I am so glad I did! The whole line of Shake It products are fun for anyone who likes making shaker cards. (You can see the line HERE.)

The video shows how easy these cards are to put together. And it is such fun picking goodies to go inside! I added die cut tiny hearts, Moonshine sequins, heart beads, Color Cast Designs acrylic/mirror hearts (love these!) and Pretty Pink Posh Heart Confetti.

I made another card very similar to the first, but with a few less goodies inside the shaker. Both cards feature a silver glitter paper “hugs” die cut and white Staz-On stamped messages from Papertrey Ink. (When stamping on acetate with Staz-On, keep alcohol swabs on hand. You can easily erase any mistakes you make!

Although there are dies to match the square Shake Its, I decided to instead create the window opening and frame with the My Favorite Things Stitched Square Stax dies. For the background, I used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil and Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink on Avery Elle Silver Fox cardstock. Yum! (Sorry – these are hard to photograph.)

And while I had my supplies out, I decided to make a third card. (These card designs are great for using things you have on hand already and have been wanting to use, such as background stamps, stencils, embellishments and more.)

For this card, I decided to adhere the Color Cast Designs LOVE embellishment inside the shaker window so it would be still and centered while the loose heart confetti and sequins moved around. You could do this with wood veneer, die cuts – anything at all. I stamped the background with Simon Says Stamp Slate Ink and the ol’-stand-by Impression Obsession Fizz background.

These Shake It windows are impressively durable, but do have dimension (maybe 1/4″?) so I would suggest hand-delivering them or mailing them in a bubble mailer. I mail a lot of my cards in THESE bubble mailers and they are great. Inexpensive to mail and perfect for protecting any handmade card.

MORE SHAKER CARD VIDEOS

Here are links to videos of other types of shaker cards:

THANK YOU

I also wanted to thank you all for sticking with me over the last few weeks. I haven’t been around much as I focus on family. I appreciate the kind words and sweet messages. I know it would be wonderful if I had a “blogging schedule” (like Monday, Wednesday, Saturday or something), but I just don’t feel I can commit to that when my family comes first. So some weeks I will post 6 times… others will be much less. But do know I will always come back and give you my best. I love sharing this hobby. And I appreciate you all.

GIVEAWAY

Since you stuck around through this long post, I have a giveaway! A lucky winner will get FIVE packs of Color Cast Designs embellishments! (This is donated by me – so I will send my favorites.) For your chance, leave a comment telling me if you love shaker cards by 11:59pmEST on 2/5/15.

SUPPLIES

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20% Off + Winners

While I take some time to figure out why my voice-overs aren’t working in my movie-making software (ack!), I thought I would pop in to share some things…

20% OFF

Just wanted to let you know that the kind folks over at Butterfly Reflections (an online stamp store) are having 20% off today only! Just go HERE and use the code “SNOWDAY20″. Although their store is newer/smaller, they have a lot of the best new products to chose from. The owner is sweet, too!

WINNERS

Just wanted to announce a few winners. The winners of the Clean and Simple 4 class spots are Sandy S, Sue Feren and Benessi. The lucky one who gets the Neat and Tangled stamps is Carol Doggett. I have emailed you all. (Remember – winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. If you won a prize and have not received, please email me!)

By the way, if you wanted to see a few more sneak peeks from class, here they are…

Be back soon!

 

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Clean and Simple 4 GIVEAWAYS + More

Hi! Just popping in to share a few fun things.

CLEAN AND SIMPLE 4 GIVEAWAYS

Our newest Online Card Class is starting on Monday – - Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple. In this all-video class, we’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a clean and simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever.

And now, THREE of you have the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right – I am giving away three spots in the class. Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59EST 1/25/15 to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, 1/26/15, but you can join or take anytime. Hope to see you there!

AMAZON PRIME DEAL

I am a HUGE fan of Amazon Prime. I use it *a lot* for FREE 2-day shipping, on everything including diapers, crafty goodies, organization tools, crafty goodies, shoes, crafty goodies and more. :) I can’t recommend it enough. They have a lot of other great perks which you can find out about HERE. Today only they are having a great (and unique) sale – only $72 instead of $99 for a year. (Trust me – it is worth every penny and more.)

COPIC MARKER SALE

Simon Says Stamp has 25% off all Copic Markers HERE now through 1/30/15 with the code “COPIC”. Time to stock up on new colors or (if you are like me) refills!

EXCLUSIVE Q&A VIDEOS

So I am right now with my friends Kristina Werner and Kathy Racoosin and we filmed a couple Q&A videos. To see them, head on over to my Facebook page HERE. (They will be up sometime today.)

You can also see some photos of our adventures at Alt Summit HERE.

See you soon! Thanks for stopping by. :)

(Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.)

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Video: Stacked Shape Die Cutting + Giveaway

Hello. Recently it seems that stacking die sets – dies that are the same shape but different sizes – are becoming more and more popular. Today’s video shows how to use all of the stacked shape dies together to create some quick cards.

[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.]

Stacked die sets are great since they offer many size options of the same shape. But the best part? There are so many fun ways you can use them together. Today’s card is a simple example… using a stacked heart die set from My Favorite Things.

I started by using a piece of tape to connect all of the hearts together. I cut these hearts from some new (and insanely gorgeous) colors of cardstock from My Favorite Things – Tropical Teal, Blue Raspberry, Peach Bellini, and Persimmon. Next, I assembled the different colored pieces together like a puzzle, adding foam adhesive to certain hearts creating dimension. Easy peasy, huh? But it looks like it took a lot of effort!

For a couple of the cards, I cut the MFT Love & Adore you die from some Neenah White Cardstock and adhered the sentiment on top of the hearts using some Matte Multi Medium adhesive. (Using the Fine-Line applicator tool made it easy to apply the adhesive to the small areas. I am still deciding if I love this applicator, but so far so good. I will keep you updated.) Finally, I (of course) added some Wink of Stella shimmer to some of the hearts and Glossy Accents to the sentiment on one of the cards for some extra shine.

For the other two cards, I cut a sentiment from the MFT I Love You More stamp set into two greetings… one for the outside and one for the inside of the card. I white heat embossed the sentiment on to a strip of vellum for one of the cards and directly on top of the stacked hearts on the other.

Using stacked dies together creates fun and fast cards. This technique would also work great with scraps of patterned paper.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

So I showed this card to my friend Heather Ruwe. She immediately was inspired and created a card using circle stacking dies but in a very creative way. I asked her if I could share it here and she said yes. I LOVE it. You can find out more about her card HERE. She is awesome – be sure to check out her blog and give her some love.

GIVEAWAY

Time for a giveaway! Leave a comment here for a chance to win TWO My Favorite Things stamp sets. Be sure to do so before 11:59pmEST on 1/29/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Repeated Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaways

Welcome! I have lots to share today. First up is a video showing how to do repeat stamping with a small image to form a new shape and new look. Also, this post is part of a fun blog hop with prizes…

[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.]

Take a look at your stamp sets. I bet many of them have tiny images… maybe hearts, stars, flowers or dots. Well today’s technique puts these little guys to work! With the help of a good pencil, t-ruler, circle and patience, you can easily create a new look for these tiny stamps. Following simple pencil guidelines that I created, I repeatedly stamped a small (but incredibly perfect) heart image from Simon Says Stamp to form a circle. I used eight ink colors of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Inks (colors are linked below) to create a rainbow effect. (I used my Scrubber Pad and Ultra Clean from Hero Arts to clean the stamp before inking in a new color.)

Because I am slightly nuts, I adhered a tiny glitter heart from Martha Stewart to the center of each stamped heart using some Matte Multi Medium. This actually wasn’t that difficult, thanks to the help of my Quickstix tool and a Microbrush. Oh – and that fabulous sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I also decorated my envelope to match my card. The Simon Say Stamp Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil was the perfect simple touch. I think this card will brighten someone’s mailbox. :)

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Simon Says Stamp Better Together Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of fun, encouraging, and loving cardmaking goodies. You can see them all HERE. This hop is a great reminder to connect with those who encourage you… including cardmakers!

The next person on the hop is my dear friend and favorite person – Shari Carroll. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by SSS on 1/23/15. SSS will email you the winners.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Rainbow Multi-Inking + GIVEAWAY

Hi! First – I want to thank you for bearing with me as I took a blog break to focus on family stuff. Although I am back now, I likely won’t post much this week due to some travel. (But I will share some fun photos since I will be with some crafty friends that you likely know!) I promise I will be back to serious blogging soon. Thank you for your patience, understanding, encouragement and kind words. xo

OK… time for a crafty video! I have a colorful stamping technique for you today – rainbow multi-inking

[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.]

Sometimes I find that I have an awesome stamp image and I want to keep it “front-and-center” on my card. Today’s technique is perfect for this! Using various colors of pigment ink, I stamped this fantastic Neat & Tangled “thank you” image for a rainbow effect. The video shares two easy ways to achieve this look – using a stamp positioner or the MISTI stamping tool. I kept the rest of the card simple by heat embossing the Neat & Tangled heart background with silver pearl embossing powder. Oh – and I die cut regular sequins to great heart sequins!

This technique would be great for fun background or border stamps, too.

NEAT & TANGLED

This card was part of a guest post over on the Neat & Tangled blog. The owner of N&T – Danielle – is a friend of mine and one of the most loved gals in this industry. She has a heart of gold… and an *incredible* eye for talent. Danielle’s design team is by far one of the best (if not the best!) design teams I have ever seen. I highly encourage you to check out the N&T blog to see this team in action. I bet you will find some new and fabulous cardmakers to follow. (And she didn’t ask me to say that – I truly believe it!)

GIVEAWAY

When Neat & Tangled sent me stamps for this post, they sent some extras for me to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance to win TWO Neat & Tangled stamp sets, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 1/26/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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