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Hello! OK. I am going to be straight here. I am struggling right now to balance everything. The kiddos are home… Lila has a fever… Colin made the select baseball team… Audrey is looking at colleges… Kay is coming home for a visit. And honestly – these are my first priority and love. (All are good things, minus the fever!) However, I have several videos shot and I will post them as soon as I get a chance to edit. I hope you understand and know that I will be sharing as soon as I can. :) xo

In the meantime, I have discovered some great things over on Instagram that I wanted to share here. I don’t visit crafty blogs but do follow a lot of crafty folks on Instagram. Here are some things that caught my eye:

(1.) Color Layering Swatches – Ruby had a brilliant idea that I just had to share! She used my ink swatch book idea to keep track of ink colors that work well for color layering. So helpful!

(2.) Heart In the Hustle Cards – If you are a fellow Believer, you may find these interesting. I plan to buy a set and include one inside handmade cards that I send out.

(3.) 25% Off Ranger Products – Get 25% off all Ranger products through 8/4/15. Use code RASALE when shopping HERE. Now is a great time to get Distress Inks, Craft Sheets and Ink Blending Tools.

(4.) No-Line Coloring – Wow. Wow. WOW. Those are the words that come to mind when I see Alice Wertz do no-line coloring. She is the master. I have not (nor plan to) tried this technique as I think I would struggle with it. But she rocks it. Wow. She has many examples on her blog.

 (5.) Mayholic In Crafts YouTube – I have been a fan of May’s for some time now, and I am so excited that she started doing videos. Yay!

(6.) Ellen Hutson Sneak PeekJulie Ebersole has some great new products coming out soon. Stay tuned! I love the peek she shared here.

(7.) 15% Off My Favorite Things – Get 15% off My Favorite Things products using code “MFTSALE” while shopping HERE before 8/4/15.

(8.) Background Check Class – Our current Online Card Class is going on and we are having a lot of fun! This is a peek at one of my class projects. We are sharing a ton of background ideas. (It is never too late to join and you can take the class whenever you want.)

(9.) Hero Arts Blog – I have really been enjoying the Hero Arts blog lately. This card by Kelly is divine.

See you soon with a video. Promise. :)

 

 

 

 

 

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Online Card Classes Background Check GIVEAWAY

Hello!

Just popping in to let you know that our newest Online Card Class just started and it isn’t too late to join. Background Check is all about creating unique backgrounds and fun ways to incorporate them into card designs. There will be over 20 videos… each with 3+ techniques!

I am giddy about the projects the teachers have created for this class. It is only day 1 and I am already seeing some beautiful backgrounds from students, too! You can watch the videos anytime – today, next week or next year. No hurries!

For more info, head HERE. Hope to see you there!

GIVEAWAY

OH! And I want giveaway THREE spots to Background Check. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/29/15 telling me your favorite background technique. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

See you soon.

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Guest Artist Video: Watercolor Vellum with Carissa Wiley + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. I am again traveling with the family… this time to Alaska. (We like to go on as many adventures as possible when school is out! But for all you dog lovers – no worries. Our friend Hudson is staying at our house and keeping Roxie company.)

Today I have another guest artist video for you. The incredibly talented Carissa Wiley joins us to share how to create a watercolor look on vellum.

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

Carissa is one of my favorite cardmakers so I was thrilled she did this great video for us. Her technique of “watercolor on vellum” results in such soft and stunning backgrounds.

To achieve this look, Carissa scribbled Copic Markers on to a sheet of vellum. She spritzed it with rubbing alcohol and took a paintbrush to move the color around. The result is a beautiful watercolor-like background.

In her video, Carissa also shares some clever tips on how to adhere the vellum to cards.

This next card is my favorite. That glitter (from AC glitter paper) “hello” (from Hero Arts die) is divine!

I really like Carissa’s use of embellishments. She always finds the perfect placement and I can’t get enough of her trademark touch of bold black on a soft card with gold glitter accents.

MORE ON CARISSA

Thank you Carissa for sharing your talent with us! Check out her blog, Sprinkled with Glitter and her Youtube Channel for more inspiration. (Thank you, Carissa, for doing such an awesome job on this video! xo.)

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 giving Carissa some love. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Liquid Adhesive Solutions Update + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video is an update for fine-tip, no-clog, adhesive solutions.

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

My two favorite adhesives are Ranger’s Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte. Glossy Accents is a clear, strong adhesive that I like to put on top of embellishments for some shine. Multi Medium Matte is a very strong adhesive that dries matte. However, I find that changing out the tips of these bottles gives a better application and prevents them from clogging. I had done a video on this awhile back but wanted to update it as I get a lot of emails asking if these solutions still work.

For small bottles (such as the Mini Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte), I like to take the nozzle off with pliers and replace it with the Quilled Creations fine-tip nozzle. When placing the cap back on, press lightly. Pushing too hard may result in getting it stuck or damaging the needle. Also, I’ve found that the connector piece can come off, which I don’t mind at all, but it’s a personal preference.

For large bottles (such as the large Glossy Accents), I remove the nozzle with pliers and replace it with the Scraperfect No-Clog Writing Cap. I suggest wiping the tip off of glossy accents before placing the cap back on. I really like that the needle in the cap prevents clogging.

Another solution that is cost effective is placing a plastic hang tie (off of clothing) inside the applicator. No need for the cap and it prevents clogging as well.

There are many options out there (trust me – I think I tried them all!), but these have worked the best for me. Hopefully, one of these will work for you too!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win TWO Quilled Creations bottles, a Glossy Accents and a Multi Medium Matte? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 telling me your favorite liquid adhesive. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Ink Organization + Storage + DISCOUNT CODES + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video is an update on my ink organization and storage.

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

I’ve shared many ink videos in the past, but I’ve added a few things to my system and wanted to share.

COLOR CODING

First, let’s talk about color identification. There are a few things I found helpful:

  • Ink Swatch Book – I find this essential when creating. It saves me so much time in matching inks and creating color combos. I have a free download of the swatches HERE, along with a video on how to create your own.
  • Brother Label Maker – I print out a label for each side of my ink pads. I like that the labels are durable and hold up nicely over time. (Many of the ones you print on your computer get messy quickly and fall off.)
  • Ink Dots – This is something I’ve recently started doing and I really find it helpful to see the true color of the ink pad at first glance. I stamp the color on top of two dots sandwiched together and adhere it next to the label. I encourage you to get your kids involved in helping. (A big shout out to Colin and my friend/right-hand-stamper Heather for helping me create all these dots!)

Note: I don’t think it is necessary to do all three of the systems above. It just depends on how many inks you have, how you work, etc. Maybe one would do the trick for you. I find all three helpful since I have a lot of inks for my job. (By the way, it is completely unnecessary to own as many inks as I do. This is my job and that is the only reason I have so many. Inks are like shoes – we all need and want something different, so you just need to pick what suites you. I show lots of inks in my videos to help you pick.)

INK STORAGE

I have a few ways I store my inks:

  • Organize More – I am a huge fan of Organize More… both the people and the products. I have several of their ink units in my craft room and cannot recommend them enough. They are amazing. You can get a closer look at these storage units in THIS video.

The kind people at Organize More are offering a 10% off code for my readers. Just use the code “MCGUIRE715″ now thru 7/25/15. (And see below for a big giveaway!)

  • Stampin’ Up Ink Caddy – This option is great if you have a small desktop space for ink storage. I’ve placed a couple of these in a deep cabinet and have been happy with them. I like that each unit holds 48 ink pads and swivels for easy access. There is also a storage area on top to hold re-inkers.

If you’d like to get one of these caddies, just click HERE to shop with my friend Lydia Fiedler. If you use hostess code FEBAUNEW (enter this after clicking to view your shopping bag) you will go into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to her store. Lydia is awesome. If there was a unicorn made out of glitter it couldn’t be more awesome than she is. ;)

Here is one of my Organize More units. It is just a thing of beauty…

And here is a look at how the inks fit into the Stampin’ Up Caddy. I do like how this baby spins around easily…

OTHER ORGANIZATION VIDEOS

If you are interested in my other organization videos, you can find them all HERE.

DISCOUNT CODE

Just a reminder – the kind people at Organize More are offering a 10% off code for my readers. Just use the code “MCGUIRE715″ now thru 7/25/15.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a $100 gift certificate to Organized More? (I told you these were super nice!) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 telling me how you store your inks. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Heat Shrink Foam + New Inks + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome! Today’s video shares how to heat shrink craft foam… and also shows an up close look at the new Simon Says Stamp inks.

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

I use craft foam a lot on my cards to add dimension (see a video HERE), but did you know that you can shrink it with your heat gun? That’s what I did to create the embellishments on these cards.

I die cut the new Simon Says Stamp hello die from white fun foam. After adding some heat with my heat gun, I have smaller die cuts! A great way to stretch your dies for a new look and size.

I also colored the foam embellishments with Simon Says Stamp dye inks. If you ink the foam before shrinking, the color will change and get a bit darker. If you ink after you do the shrinking, you will get a true color. (Either way, you need to heat set the color so it doesn’t rub off.) It’s nice because you can get a variety of colors from one ink pad!

Many people have asked about the smell of the foam as you shrink it. I don’t notice much of a smell with this particular craft foam. Also, this is a tiny piece, so I had no problems.

I finished off the cards with small fun foam hearts. I applied color to the foam hearts but found the color to be too dark, so I simply stamped them off on to a piece of scratch paper to achieve a lighter color. (I like that you can also die cut your fun foam to create stamps!)

Oh – and by the way – I used a fun scallop Echo Park embossing folder on the cards… and an older (but favorite) sentiment stamp set from Simon.

INK SWATCH

I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these Simon Says Stamp Inks – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE. (You can see photos of all the SSS ink swatches HERE.)

BLOG HOP

This post is part of a fun blog hop to celebrate the new “Splash of Color” Simon Says Stamp release.

The next stop on the hop is my darling and oh-so-very-funny Laura Bassen. (To start at the beginning of the hop, please head to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by Simon on 7/21/15. For your chance, let a comment below by clicking “comments.” Winners will be announced on the SSS blog.

SUPPLIES

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