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.)

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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.

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Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for My Favorite Things click on MFT

 

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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.

[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.)

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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Video: Faux Texture Inking + Mini Distress Ink Pad Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a fun faux texture inking technique along with a peek at the newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads. Oh, and a giveaway!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Again, my apologies for the poor video lighting!]

I don’t think I have any one product I use more than Distress Ink. The number and type of techniques you can use this ink for is incredible! Today I used various Mini Distress Ink colors along with my Mini Ink Blending Tool over a flower stencil for fast and smooth coloring. I then laid the Dreamweaver Stencil Screen over the stencil and inked some more… creating the grid-like texture you see on the leaves and flowers. Such a fun way to stretch your products.

I also did this technique to the edge of my card… and added a black and white stamped strip for contrast. Oh, and that greeting? It is a new one from Avery Elle. So fun!

Distress Inks have always been available in full-size ink pads but are now also available in a mini size. This size is great for anyone who wants to get their hands on a lot of colors, or just likes the convenience of working with a small size. There were originally 12 mini colors, but today Ranger released 12 more. I store my mini ink pads in little sandwich containers (love this line of containers), along with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and replacement foams. This works so very well! I have three containers for my inks and they store easily.

Want to procrastinate a bit this Monday morning and check out a few more of my Distress Ink videos?

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to try the 12 newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14 for your chance to win.

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New Stamp Company: Waffle Flower

I love learning of new stamp companies. After all, it is a sign of the craft industry growing and thriving!

One of the newest companies is Waffle Flower from the talented Nina Yang. Waffle Flower has some playful and unique stamp sets and dies. You can find there products HERE on their website. (Be sure to check out their Mailable 3D Bow Die. So clever!)

I used the new Waffle Flower Bowtiful and Rock My World stamp sets to create some fun cards for my kids. I am a *big* advocate of giving kids surprise notes often to make them smile. Sometimes I leave them on their bed. Sometimes in a lunch box. (And often times in the mail to our oldest in college!) These new stamps are perfect for kiddo cards. Playful, simple and happy.

First up? For Audrey and Kay…

For a bit of dimension on the bows, I used a two-tone stamping technique. I first stamped them in WPlus9 Sweet Gelato (pink) and SSS Audrey Blue inks. I then inked the image again with a darker ink (Hero Arts Rasberry Jam and SSS Island Blue) but wiped the ink away from the outside edges of the bow and stamped right on top of the first images. This gives a darker shade at the bow‘s center. (You can see this technique in action in THIS video.) I also covered the bows with Wink of Stella for shimmer and shine.

I also created a couple cards for Audrey and Colin. I simply stamped the rocks with Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink and then did the two-tone stamping technique with the same ink to make it darker on the right side. I gave my rocks the look of texture by taking my Copic Colorless Blender pen and adding dots and lines. (The Colorless Blender pen “moves” the Hero Arts Shadow Inks and changes it slightly. So very cool.) I then added a small die cut heart and covered it with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

Do you make cards for your kids or little friends? They are always my favorite to make for three big reasons: I can keep them quick and simple… I can make mini cards… and the kids always appreciate them.

See you soon!

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