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.

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Video: Textured Embossing Paste (and Those Cards I Don’t Love)

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.)

So… back to the card-that-I-don’t-love-but-am-hoping-my-friend-does. :) I first inked over a raindrop stencil and added my favorite sparkle embossing powder. (This is one of the parts of the card that I don’t like. I just feel the raindrops are too dark. If I were to do this again, I would just put Versamark over the stencil and add the sparkle embossing powder. This would cause lighter, sparkly drops.)

I then added white embossing paste over a cloud stencil, making sure to put it on thick and an uneven. (This is unusual for me as I normally like a smooth finish to my pastes using a tool such as the Dreamweavers Embossing Paste Spreader.) I immediately added the same sparkle embossing powder. Normally I would let the paste dry for some time before heat setting the powder – to avoid bubbling the paste. However, this time I DO want that bubbling so I could have some fun texture. As I added heat  to the piece, the embossing paste and powder dry and somewhat bubble, giving a soft and subtle textured effect. Perfect for clouds!

After doing the background, I decided to keep the rest of the card simple. I die cut a yellow sun and stamped a greeting from the My Favorite Things Blue Skies Ahead stamp set. (This set has lots of great encouraging sentiments.)

That’s it! And although this card isn’t the tastiest I have ever made, it did get the job done. :)

Enjoy!

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Happy Easter!

Just popping in to wish everyone a wonderful day with family and friends. I hope it is filled with lots of laughter, smiles, hugs and yummy food!

I am off to spend time with the family and thank our awesome Lord for three little words I think of every day of my life: He is risen.

I also wanted to wish my hubby the best of luck as he runs in the Boston Marathon tomorrow. Proud of him and wishing I could be there to cheer him on.

Blessings!

 

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Video: Quick Balloon Cards + Cool New Product + BIG Giveaway!

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.

It is easy to add simple loopy strings to cards by using touches of Matte Multi Medium.

I stamped the “happy birthday” message (which is from the same set where the “hello” greeting came from on THIS card) with matching shades of Avery Elle Pigment Ink. This is a great line of ink and the colors match the cardstock pretty closely. (For some reason, many inks don’t match their coordinately cardstocks well.) Fast and easy!

In the video, I also showed this “hugs” card that I created using the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set. Aren’t those windows fun?

I stamped the Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds stamp set with AE Aquamarine and Celery Inks on white cardstock pieces. The pieces are behind each window with foam tape and added it to a card. I covered the SSS Hugs die cut with my new Black Wink of Luna Metallic pen (see this pen in action HERE) and popped it in the middle.

Want to see some more inspiration? Here are a variety of things that relate to this post:

  • More Die Ideas – Here are some more ideas from JJ Bolton on how to use this die set. Amazing cards and a video, too.
  • More Ink Ideas – This video shows a closer look at this great ink line.

GIVEAWAY

In this video, I used the Avery Elle Pigment Inks. I really love this ink line – it is a great pigment ink. So… I am giving a set away! But since I also loved on the Custom Panels Die Set today, too, I think I should also give that away. Sound good? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/26/14 for your chance. Good luck! (Thanks to Jamie and Avery Elle for donating this great prize.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Inlaid Die Cutting + Giveaway!

Hi there, stampers. Today’s video shows a trick for doing die cut inlaying with intricate dies and also introduces the new Wink of Luna metallic pens.

[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.

Oh… and I almost forgot to mention the greeting. (Since I almost forgot to add it to the card, too!) I did that with the cute, tiny little “hello” die from the MFT Smart Phone set. I gave it a subtle pewter look my covering it with silver Wink of Luna metallic marker. Yep – you heard me right. Shimmery Stella has a sister and her name is Metallic Luna. She looks best in silver and black. ;)

Die cut inlaying can be tricky, but I think the smooth results are worth the effort. Remember – you could save a lot of time by just layering the individual die cuts for a similar look!

Want to learn more about die cut inlaying? Check these out…

  • Die Cut Inlay 3 Ways – This video shows three simple ways to do this technique.
  • Unique Inlays – You can even do inlay with wood veneer!
  • 2 Cards in 1 – If you do die cut inlaying right, you can end up with two cards at once. This video shows how.
  • With Texture – I love the look of texture that Kelly added to her inlays.
  • Window – Jean did an amazing job on this card!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! For your chance to win two of my favorite die sets from My Favorite Things, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14. Good luck.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Intricate Stencils + New SSS Inks

Hi there. Today’s video shows tips for using intricate stencils and also a look at the newest ink colors from Simon Says Stamp.

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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.)

After positioning my stencil, I applied a thin layer of silver Ferro. The texture is so unique! I finished the card off with a script background, “hello” die cut covered with Wink of Stella and mini bird die cuts with Glossy Accents.

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?

Thanks for stopping by. Happy day!

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