Stamping + Patterned Paper

I am on a mission.

A mission to use more of the 6×6 paper pads that I seem to collect. So today I have a card showing one simple way a stamper can use patterned papers…

Whenever I need a happy card for one of my kids, I seem to often reach for Paper Smooches. This new stamp set with the elephant just made me giddy! I stamped all the pieces on BasicGrey papers and then cut them out. Simple. Easy. Fun.

Oh – and a little trick. The stamp set had solid balloons and I wanted an outline. So I stamped the balloons in a light ink on the BACK of the patterned paper. I then cut them out and flipped them over. I used a black pen to draw around the edge. Voila! I have outline balloons on patterned paper. I also used a black pen to draw in the strings.

I also wanted the striped “floor” to have the same outline look so I drew a black line along it. This made a big difference in giving the card a completed look.

And that’s it!


I also have a few fun links and info for you today…

  • You must, you must, YOU MUST go check out A Blog Named Hero. This entire month they are doing a big holiday event. OH MY WORD. There are some amazing cards and guests. Go bookmark it now or subscribe. Such good stuff already and it is only day 2! (You will see one of mine over there, too.)
  • Laura Bassen is one of my favorite stampers. And her video in THIS post made me melt! SO cute.
  • THIS new stencil from Kelly Purkey makes my heart go pitter patter. So many great uses.
  • Our newest Online Card Class starts next week! You can find out more HERE. (And I will be doing a giveaway soon.) Even if you aren’t a big holiday card maker, there are lots of techniques worth seeing.
  • I got to spend time at Hero Arts this weekend. (More on that later.) The wonderful Sandy Allnock was there and she is a delight. Check out her fun videos HERE and consider following her blog. I adore her. (She is also the head of Operation Write Home.)
  • THIS card over at Ellen Hutson is amazing.
  • I showed one of the newest Paper Smooches stamp sets above. They had a few more I just love. Check them out: Group Hugs, Calorie Free (ack – I LOVE this!) and Fresh Snow.
  • Speaking of Paper Smooches… they have a new fantastic site. Check it out HERE. They also have a free stamp set for orders over $60.
  • Please, please, please consider sending in some holiday cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I can’t wait to look through all the cards!
  • Looking for some classy new holiday stamp sets that will allow you to create a WOW card without the fuss of layering, etc? Check out these new WPlus9 stamp sets: Pretty Poinsettias and Silver Bells. They also have matching dies.
  • I have a winner! The winner of the Freckled Fawn OHDEERME Kit is Lin. I emailed you.

See you soon.


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

Paper Smooches Enjoy the Show Stamps (SSS|EH)

BasicGrey Carte Postale 6×6 Paper (SSS|EH)

BasicGrey 25th & Pine 6×6 Paper (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

Copic Multiliner 0.3 Black Pen (SSS|SSS)

Video: Background Stamp Ideas + CASE Study Challenge + Discount Code!

Hey! I have lots to share today. But the good news? I also have a 15% off discount code for you! Keep reading…

This is my last week as this month’s guest muse over at the CASE Study Challenge Blog. Each month they take a few older cards from a guest muse and use them as inspiration for new ideas. (Here are my previous cards: Card 1, Card 2 and Card 3.) A great site – check it out.

Today’s inspiration is from THIS card I created awhile back…

I have two cards – both showing fun ways to get more from your background stamps.

I adore the new Hero Arts Tiny Stars Background that I used on these cards. Good for so many occasions! And the Small Scallops Background is great for the fun strips.

Perfect Pearls gives some great shine to the new Hero Arts Silver Shadow Ink background. And the Typewriter Alphabet Letters are great for forming a greeting when you could use some round elements to break up a card design with lots of straight lines.

I am really loving designs with stamped strips. (Sorry I have been doing them a lot lately.) It is a great way to use any products you may have.

That Vertical Arrow Background is awesome. Simply awesome. I will be using it. A lot.

And the “oh what fun” image is from a holiday stamp set. Love using holidays stamps on non-holiday cards…

For all the supplies used for these cards, please just scroll down and check out the thumbnails.

I also wanted to let you know that the awesome folks over at Simon Says Stamp have provided my readers with a 15% off discount on all Hero Arts goodies! (Including all the NEW products… such as the ones I used today.) Just use the code “HAHOL13″ by August 31 while shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You can find all the new Hero Arts products HERE. There are lots of new things – inks, stencils, holiday stamps and more. Here is a peek:

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!



Just popping in with a quick share. I am sitting on a beach with some girlfriends this weekend. Ah! Time away!

This card is from awhile ago, but wanted to share here because I think it is good for guys, gals and kids…

Simple card with just a bit of masking around that awesome “AWESOME” greeting. For the balloons, I used the sketchy circle from the Notebook Essentials set. (This set is great for SO many things!)

I did all the coloring with my good ol’ Wink of Stella pens. The colors are such fun. Oh! And the silver dots are from my Silver Wink of Stella. Easy…

Hope you have a great day.

(Oh, and I will be back winners next week. Gotta get back to the beach…)


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

Hero Arts BasicGrey Awesome Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Notebook Essentials Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Wink of Stella Blue Glitter Marker (SSS|EH)


Wink of Stella Dark Pink Glitter Marker (SSS|EH)




Wink of Stella Silver Glitter Pen (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



BasicGrey Clippings + Paper Cottage Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Welcome to a special BasicGrey Blog Hop!


BG is celebrating the release of two new lines – Paper Cottage and Clippings. And I fell in love with the Paper Cottage line. Look at how lovely this is…

Aren’t those fun colors and whimsical prints fun? Here is what BasicGrey has to say about the line…

Retire to this idyllic, cozy crafty cottage, located just a stroll down Creativity Lane. Enjoy an authentic English breakfast complete with homemade jam or stop for a spot of tea in our tucked-away parlor. Restore your stylish senses with a jaunt through the nestled garden, and return through the glen for a lovely lunch on the patio. Enjoy your restful stay here at the Paper Cottage.

And check out these must-have buttons…

Such fun. Now be sure to head over to Leeann Pearce’s spectacular blog. (Oh, and you can always hop back to the BasicGrey blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop.) There are lots of prizes to be won!

Speaking of prizes…

And the fabulous folks at BasicGrey are letting me share the love! A lucky winner will get a 6×6 paper pad and lovely buttons from this new Paper Cottage line. Just leave a comment by Wednesday at 11:59pmEST. Good luck.

See you soon.


Paper Crafts Go-To Gals Blog Hop

[NOTE: This is my second post today. Be sure to scroll down to the next post, also, to see Day 3 of my Hero Arts and Paper Smooches Challenge with Kim Hughes. Thanks!]

Hey, there. Welcome to a fun blog hop with the Paper Crafts Go-To Gals. Today we will all be using stamps from the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Nordic holiday line. And… we will all be giving a set away along with a copy of the new Holiday Cards and More. Yay!

I decided to use the snowman from the Smiling Snowman set. Isn’t he the cutest little guy?

But I kinda broke the rules after that and added a bunch of other stamping, too. The background is my new favorite stamp from Hero Arts + BasicGrey. And the clouds and woodgrain circle are stamps from Hero Arts + Studio Calico. They just worked so well with the snowman! (See the bottom of this post for all the supplies.)

Oh! And see those cute clouds? They are stamps from THIS set that perfectly fit the Fiskars cloud punches HERE and HERE. Heavenly.

Be sure to go see what the other Go-To Gals created – go HERE.

Also, be sure to check out the new Holiday Cards and More. This guy is packed full of great ideas – you will love it…

So – get this – I get to give away both a copy of Holiday Cards and More and the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Smiling Snowman set! Just leave a comment here by Friday night for your chance to win. And be sure to check out the other Go-To Gals posts for more chances to win, too!

Good luck!

Basic Grey

Hello there.

I was honored to be featured on the new BasicGrey blog earlier this week. (And so happy they have a blog now!) I did three cards for them using the Hero Arts + BasicGrey stamps. For complete and detailed instructions, go HERE.

First up is one that has me looking forward to the holidays…

Of course, lots of Perfect Pearl + water on Distress Inks for the flower. And I love the look for Hero Arts Mixed Accents (matching pearls and gems) piled together…

Next up is another Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls + water mix using my favorite new flower stamps. Adore it…

Shine, shine, shine…

By the way, the BEST BEST BEST watercolor paper is now available HERE. This is my favorite – I use it for everything.

And the last one, which looks a whole heck of a lot better in real life. The photo just killed it…

That’s an acetate window there…

Ahhh… I love me some BasicGrey. And I love the people who work there… Kelly Goree, Kristina Werner and now Melanie Bauer. Such a great group.

Off to work on stuff for Inspiration Showcase! See you soon.

We have a few giveaway winners. The winner of the True Scrap class spot is Janet (tomjan)and the winner of the Simon Says Stamp gift certificate is Tere. I emailed you both.