Video: Window Shaker Card + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today I have a video sharing an easy way to create a window shaker card. Oh – and this post is also part of a fun blog hop with giveaways! Keep reading…

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

Before I get started, I wanted to say – - I am very excited about the stamp set I am using today! My sweet friend Shari Carroll designed it with my daughter in mind. It’s called Lila’s Heart and I am so excited about this set. Shari did an awesome job! (Thank you, Shari. Love you.) Isn’t she the cutest? So here is little Lila… all colored with Copic Markers and a bit of detail with a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background of the card, I heat embossed the new Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts background with silver pearl embossing powder. I love the pearly tone-on-tone look this gives. I cut the window of the card using a circle die.

Next, I taped that same circle die on the front of an Avery Elle Stamp Pocket. (You could instead use two pieces of thin plastic.) I used the circle die as a guide for stamping two circle sentiment stamps from the new SSS Circle Sayings stamp set with Staz On white ink.

Here’s the cool part – I used the new We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to fuse the two pieces of plastic together to make a shaker pocket. The same circle die acted as my guide and ran the tool along edge, leaving just enough open to fill the shaker pocket with sequins before sealing it completely shut. This tool is meant for pocket scrapbooking, but I think it works great for shaker cards! Another great thing? There is no bulk to this shaker card because no foam tape is needed. (You could use flat double-sided tape to create the pocket, but this tool makes it quick.)

I sandwiched my little shaker pocket between the grey stamped piece and the notecard. This forms a fun, flat shaker window.

I love that little Lila girl!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Yesterday I shared a Product Release Close-Up video… giving a close look at these new products from Simon Says Stamp and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company. I am hoping it helps you decide if any of the products are right for you. All the products are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.) I thought I would share it again today in case you missed it.

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Falling For You Blog Hop celebrating the release of their newest products.

The next person on the hop is my lovely friend Debby Hughes. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack? For your chance, leave a comment here by 4/28/15. SSS will pick a winner here and from each blog on the hop. Winners will be posted on the SSS blog after 4/28/15.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi there.

I send out a lot of cards. However, I’m not good about sending out birthday cards. I want to change that so I tried out a system that my mom has used for many years. It’s been working for me and I thought it might be helpful for you too! So… today’s video shares how to create a birthday card index box.

[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.]

This little box is helping me to stay organized… send more birthday cards… and makes me happy!

To create the monthly card dividers, I used the coming-soon Paper Smooches File Folders die and colorful cardstocks. I also decided to laminate the dividers by placing them in some laminating pouches and running them through my laminator. The pouches are inexpensive (I got a ton but you can get a small package) and I was able to fit four dividers in one pouch. I cut all the dividers apart, leaving a small border of lamination around the edges so that I wouldn’t break the seal it created. I labeled each month with my label maker. Man – I love my label maker! (By the way – you could save a lot of time by using store-bought dividers. But what fun is that?!)

I wanted a title card for my index box, so I stamped a sentiment and a balloon image from the coming-soon Paper Smooches Birthday Bash stamp set using black ink. I colored in the balloons with my Copic Markers to match my cardstock dividers. Since the balloons overlap, you get some fun blending in between each color. I also laminated this piece to keep it nice and durable.

I created my own birthday index cards that have all the information you need to stay organized with birthdays. (You can download it HERE.) This will be so helpful when it’s time to send out Christmas cards too. Oh, and I got the clear index box at Amazon. Isn’t if fun!?

Now I tend to go overboard… but there are ways to simplify this project. You can always use regular dividers that come in most index boxes and use regular index cards instead of the ones I created. You can also just stamp the months of the year instead of using a label maker or just use cardstock dividers without the lamination. Regardless of how you create it, I really hope the idea of a birthday index card box is helpful to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Click HERE to download my Birthday Index Card PDF. Just print on cardstock and cut them out!

PAPER SMOOCHES DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

It’s Pep Rally week over at Paper Smooches and today we are blog hopping to share with you a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release! These products will be available to purchase on 4/30/15 at 8:00pmPST. Once the release goes live, you will find the new products HERE. I am a guest designer this month and will be sharing more cards soon.

The next person on the hop is outstanding JJ Bolton. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Paper Smooches blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs today is a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. FOUR winners will be chosen at random from comments on any of the blogs on this hop. Be sure to comment by midnight PST on 4/26/15. Winners will be announced on the Paper Smooches blog on 4/27/15. For more details on the giveaway, head to the PS blog.

SUPPLIES

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Video: SSS Product Release Close-Up Video + GIVEAWAY

Today I have a Product Release Close-Up video for you… giving a close look at the products in the newest Simon Says Stamp release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company. I am hoping it helps you decide if any of the products are right for you.) All the products can be found HERE and linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

You can see the whole collection HERE, or in the thumbnails below.

Stay tuned – I have a video coming tomorrow with ways to use a few of these products!

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp (my treat!) so you can get some new products? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/28/15 telling me your favorite of the new products. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks for the products, SSS!) 

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Video: Foil Die Cuts 3 Ways

Hello and welcome. Today I am sharing three different techniques to add foil to your die cuts.

[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.]

Okay, I have said it before and I will say it again – I’m completely addicted to foiling. (See links to over foil videos below.) I promise to not overload you with foiling, but I do also promise to do a video on the Heidi Swapp Minc machine soon.

Today’s video shows three techniques for adding foil to die cuts.

TECHNIQUE 1: TONER PAPER

The first technique involves using printed toner on cardstock. I created a PDF (see download below) that has a large area of black and printed it on white cardstock using my laser printer. (You must use a laser printer!) I cut a piece big enough for my Paper Smooches roses die and ran it through my die cut machine. I covered the die cut with some Melon Deco Foil and used a piece of parchment paper as a carrier sheet to put in my laminator. The toner sticks to the foil when you run it through the laminator and you end up with a foiled die cut! It’s magic I tell ya!

TECHNIQUE 2: HEAT EMBOSSED PAPER

If you don’t have a laser printer and don’t want to go to an office supply store to have them print it, I suggest trying my second technique. This technique uses heat embossed paper. I applied VersaMark to a piece of white cardstock and heat embossed it with clear ultra-fine embossing powder. I die cut the same rose die from the embossed paper and sent it through my laminator the same way as the first technique. I also did this technique for the side borders of the card using Opal Foil. (That Opal Foil is gorgeous!)

TECHNIQUE 3: HOT MELT ADHESIVE

The third technique is to use Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets. This will allow you to apply the foil directly onto your card. I die cut a piece of the adhesive sheet and added it with the foil to my cardstock before running through the laminator. You could also do this on fabric!

I hope this inspires you to use your foil with your die-cuts.

TONER PDF DOWNLOAD

In the video, I show a print-out that had a large area of black toner. You can get this download HERE. Just download it and print it on cardstock with a laser printer. (You must use laser toner for this technique to work. You can always go to a office store or Kinkos to print.)

ADDITIONAL FOIL VIDEOS

Be sure to check out my other foil videos, too:

SIMON SAYS STAMP BLOG

This video is part of a guest spot over on the Simon Says Stamps Blog. Be sure to check it out – their blog is active and awesome!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor Stamping

Welcome. Today I have a video sharing a way to get great watercolor results with very little effort. Gotta love that!

[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 always have wanted to be a wonderful watercolor artist, but it just wasn’t in the stars for me. So I am a big fan of any technique that let’s me “fake” fabulous watercolor results! Using watercolor markers is very helpful… and I love the vibrant color.

For today’s cards, I used the new Spectrum Aqua Markers. (Although you can use any watercolor markers you may have.) I will be honest – I wasn’t sure I needed another marker that I could use for watercolor since I have a few I like. However, after playing with them, I discovered two big/unique things I really liked the Aqua Markers. First, I really like the super-fine tip. It is very high quality and great for details. Second, this marker stamps very well! I was impressed. I scribbled the ink onto a solid stamp and stamped it. The results? Very crisp. Awesome. The Spectrum Aqua markers worked great for today’s technique! (You can read the other properties of these markers HERE.)

For these cards, I colored the My Favorite Things tulip image with the Spectrum Aqua Markers and stamped on watercolor paper. I then just added water into the images… allowing the water to pull the color in from the color outline.

Just check out the artsy-and-oh-so-cool look you get with this simple technique…

For the background, I used silver pearl embossing powder (an inexpensive must-have) on light grey cardstock with the new My Favorite Things Garden Flourish background. For two of the cards, I stamped the sentiment from the Whimsical Wishes set on a white piece cut with the awesome Basic Edge Dies. (I will be using these a lot.)

For the third card, I stamped the sentiment from the tulip set onto a diagonal-stitched-edge rectangle die cut. (This Inside and Outside Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die set is another good one.)

I will be using this technique again. It is fun! I hope it works well for you too.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Here are a couple other videos you may find helpful…

  • THIS video shows a similar technique, but with debossing.
  • THIS video shares watercoloring with Distress Markers. (Distress Markers could be used for today’s technique, too.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks to MFT for the stamps and Crafters Companion for the markers! Opinions and decision to use are completely my own.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), My Favorite Things (MFT), etc.

 

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Video: Ombre Ink Background

Hi there. I’ve been getting lots of questions about the Hero Arts ombré inks, so today’s video shares more information about how to use these unique inks. The ombre backgrounds are fun! I also show a fun way to get more layers out of your die cuts.

[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.]

A few weeks ago, I did a video introducing the new Hero Arts Ombre Inks. (You can see it HERE.) I have since received lots of questions about how to use them for backgrounds. Today’s video shares this, along with using the inks for coloring and a fun die cutting technique.

The ombre ink pads have three stripes of color…a light, a medium, and a dark. There are five different color combinations in the collection (so far – more on that below). These ink pads can be used alone or together.

The key to these inks when stamping is to move the ink pad up and down slightly (I call this the “cha cha”) to get the colors to blend. I did this with all the backgrounds. For these first two examples, I used one ombre pad for the whole card.

By the way… all the background stamps I used are linked in the thumbnails at the bottom of this post.

I also used the ink pads to color the butterfly and anchor stamped images. After white heat embossing the stamped images, I colored them using a sponge dauber and the three colors of the ombre ink pads… making sure to blend between colors.

After coloring, I decided to fussy cut all the stamped images. I took the coordinating die (which comes with the stamps and is slightly larger) and die cut it from some Neenah White Cardstock. I also traced the die on some vellum and cut it out to create a third layer to the image. Adding foam tape between the layers adds dimension.

That last card uses two ombre pads for one background. (It’s my favorite!) This next one uses three. Love the rainbow…

I finished off the cards by stamping some greetings from the Lisa’s Mix and Match Messages from Hero Arts using Black ink.

In the next few weeks, I will have a video on creating your own ombre inks. (However, I will say – the results with the Hero Arts Ombre pads are better. And they have more colors coming.) If you have reinkers, you can get THIS empty pad and make your own!

NEW HERO ARTS

I am over-the-moon excited about the upcoming release from Hero Arts! So many creative and clever new stamps. Be sure to check them out – you can find the catalog HERE. And it includes more colors of ombre inks. Would love to hear what caught your eye.

SUPPLIES

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