Video: Shaker Window Stamping + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hi! Today’s video shows stamping on shaker card windows. I am also very honored to be part of the Mama Elephant 2-year Anniversary Stampede (blog hop)! Lots of sales, giveaways and more.

[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.]

Shaker cards are very popular right now. And although I don’t make them often, I was really wanting to make one with stamping on the window. And it is very easy! I stamped the greeting from the Mama Elephant Alpine Carolers with White Staz-On ink on a piece of acetate. (You can either use a clear piece from recycled packaging or from Hero Arts Acetate.) I also added two cute little Arctic Penguins… after altering their little mouths so they could sing. :) The Mama Elephant Peek A Boo Frames are perfect for forming the shaker card with sequins inside. (You can find all the products linked at the end of this post.)

I also created that background inside by blending various Mama Elephant Pigment Inks with a jumbo sponge dauber. I then heat embossed it all with sparkle embossing powder… creating a fun glitter paper.

For a video showing a closer look at these new great products from Mama Elephant, click HERE.

STAMPEDE

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Mama Elephant Stampede celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Check out the fun details…

The next stop on the stampede is the Mama Elephant Blog HERE. And a big congrats to my friends at ME. I love you.

GIVEAWAYS

Mama Elephant is giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede — 9 winners total. So be sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs including this one. Winners will be chosen and announced by Mama Elephant on 10/20/14 on the Mama Elephant blog.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Embossing With Dies + Pink Power Blog Hop

Hello! Today I have a video showing how to emboss with dies. I am also participating in the Pink Power Blog Hop… to spread breast cancer awareness and to support loved ones going through treatment.

[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.]

Clean and simple cards are actually my favorite, but I struggle with them. Every once in awhile I am able to pull one off… and still incorporate some fun techniques. Dies are my favorite (am I allowed to say I love them as much as stamps?) and I love the look of embossing with them. Here, I used the Lawn Fawn Small and Large Stitched Rectangle die sets to make a double-stitched-frame impression onto watercolor paper. This is very easy to do with an embossing pad, but you could also use fun foam.

After heat embossing the awesome Pink Power stamp images with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, I did a bit of watercolor with a pink Tombow marker and Wink of Stella glitter pen. It works so well… and is quick. I also covered a tiny heart die cut with the silver powder and added it for a touch of dimension.

PINK POWER BLOG HOP

My friend Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread breast cancer awareness with this Pink Power Blog Hop. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set and Verve is selling it and I couldn’t be more proud of her for doing this. You can purchase the stamps HERE.

I also encourage you to check out the SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge HERE. What a great cause.

The next person on the hop is Amy’s blog HERE. You can also start at the beginning at Chaitali’s blog HERE.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Layering Texture Paste + Blog Hop + Giveaways!

Hi! Today’s video is packed full. Not only will I be using some new Simon Says Stamp products, but I will also use the new Distress Spray Stains by Tim Holtz. With these products, I created two cards that shows you how to color and layer texture paste. Oh – and this is also part of the SSS Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop with great giveaways. (More on that below.)

[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 started by doing a quick spray of Easy-Tack to the new Simon Says Stamp tree stencils. (This is a great repositionable adhesive for stencils that can be cleaned off or left on after each use… and used again and again. A great product to have if you use stencils often.) I sprayed some gorgeous Silver Distress Spray Stain on to a bit of Texture Paste… mixing it with my palette knife. Yep – DIY silver Texture Paste! I applied it to the tree stencil

I repeated the same process but this time with the Brass Distress Spray Stain and the Falling Stars stencil. I laid the stars stencil on top of my silver tree and applied the DIY gold paste. After letting it dry, I felt like the tree needed even more stars, so I went back and repeated the process again with plain white paste.

Finally, I white heat embossed the “blessings” sentiment and added a frame cut with the Postage Stamp Edge Frame Set. For finishing touches, I used some of my favorite gold thread to create a bow for the top of my tree and also applied some Clear Wink of Stella to the image for even more shimmer.

I repeated the same process for the second card but used Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain for the tree and the Falling Hearts Stencil  with the Silver and Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stains for the hearts. I did this on the positive piece of white cardstock that I saved from the first card. For the background, I tone-on-tone stamped the new Tree Background Stamp. I transformed some silver thread to pink by placing my Copic Marker on top of the string and pulling it through. (You could also do this with a Sharpie.)

There you have it… an easy and fun way you can completely change the color of your Texture Paste with Distress Spray Stains and layer paste on top of each other for lots of dimension.

NEW SSS PRODUCTS

Here is a look at the new products from Simon Says Stamp. My favorite? The new inks! I will be doing a video with them soon, along with ink swatches.

 

 

 

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BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this is part of the Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop… celebrating the newest products from Simon Says Stamp.

The next person on the hop my dear, funny, adorable Laura Bassen. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.

GIVEAWAY

SSS will be giving away a grab bag Prize Pack to a commenter on each blog on the hop! For your chance, leave a comment here by 1:00pm EST on Friday, October 10, 2014. Winners will be announced on the SSS blog.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Floating Embellishment Card + Hero Arts Blog Hop (Giveaways!)

Hello. Today I’m taking part in the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop, showcasing their newest holiday release. I have a video for you that shows how to create a floating tree card with a fun background. It looks like magic and is sure to impress your card recipient!

[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.]

Creating this background is such fun. After clear embossing the fantastic background stamp by Hero Arts and Basic Grey on green cardstock, I sprayed it heavily with Gold Metallic Spray from Hero Arts. (Make sure to shake it like crazy before you spray!) After letting it dry completely, I took a cloth and gently buffed the gold off the embossed areas. The embossing powder resists the gold spray and allows the green to show through.

After die cutting a window in the center of the the gold panel and the card, I stretched my favorite gold thread across and sandwiched it between the two pieces.

I used two felt trees from Hero Arts and glued them together in the center of the string, sandwiching the string between them. I colored a Hero Arts snowflake gem and a few regular gemstones with my E35 Copic Marker and adhered the snowflake gemstone to the top of the tree. I didn’t want the back of the snowflake gem to glue my card shut, so on the back I applied some powder from my EK Success powder tool… removing the stick.

Embellishments are not the only thing you can float on a card. You could also use die-cuts or even stamped images!

HERO ARTS BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, I am part of the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop today.

The next person on the hop is the incredible Mariana Grigsby. She is so talented!

GIVEAWAY

There are several ways to win on this hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded! The three winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning. The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

SUPPLIES

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Getting To Know Me Blog Hop

Today I have something completely different for you. My friend Laura Sterckx asked if she could nominate me for the Getting To Know Me Blog Hop. And how could I say no to one of my favorite crafters… a 16-year-old superstar?! So here I am answering a few crafty questions. I am not promising that my answers are exciting. In fact, this may just be good bed-time reading… sure to put you to sleep. :)

For this hop, we just answer five questions… and “tag” a few other artists to play along next week. You can see Laura’s post HERE.

QUESTIONS

1) What creative projects are you currently working on?
I am on currently working on a lot of things! First, I own Online Card Classes with my good friend Kristina Werner. We have our newest class starting in a few weeks – Copic Markers for Card Makers. I am excited about this class as there is so much helpful content. I have learned a lot, too. A lot! I am in charge of working with guests artists, which I love because I get to know lots of crafty folks so well. We put our absolute heart and soul into these classes and pray everyone likes them! Here is a peek at the Copic class. For more info, you can head HERE.
I am also on my last trip of the year… to Hero Arts to teach an event for store owners. I do not travel to teach anymore, but I can’t say no to the owner of Hero – Aaron – when he asks me to come to their facility. The Hero people are amazing and I love them dearly. I will get to see lots of incredible store owners… get my teaching-fix… and hug some old friends. Want a peek at one of the cards we are doing?
I also have lots of non-stamping projects going on. (I only work part-time in the crafty world. My real job is being a SAHM.) First, I am hoping to learn how to crochet soon. I need something to keep my anxieties down when my son is the starting pitcher at games. Yikes! I am a bundle of nerves and need to change that. I also am doing a load of work volunteering for the school. I will always support teachers. Oh! And Audrey is a junior so I am starting to look into college visits. Eek!
If you are extremely bored and need something to do – you can check out my Instagram. I share a lot of peeks into what I am working on.
2) What inspires your designs?
Honestly? I am not sure. I am really just inspired by stamp and die designs. I think about a product while driving (I am in the car 2 hours a day taking Lila to her Montessori… which she is at for only 2.5 hours) or trying to fall asleep. I think about the product and what technique might work best with it. The techniques + product really are what inspire me most. I know that is vague but it is how my crazy mind works. I guess it is the former-engineer in me. But the truth is… I am always thinking of cards to make…
3) What method/ process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
I almost always lay all my stamps and dies onto a card to plan it out before I start. I then take a photo with my phone so I have a “sketch” to follow when I am creating. Other than that, I don’t have a method. Generally, I am just creating for 5 minutes here and 15 minutes there between kid stuff and running errands. So sometimes it takes me a few days to pull a card and video together. (That is why you may notice that my nail polish and clothing sometimes changes mid-video.) But if I squeezed all the work together with no kids around? I probably take 30 minutes to 2 hours per card. Yes, I am slow. But I love the process.
Heck… sometimes I even get “help”…
4) If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
I am not sure that I have a “signature” style, but I do think my cards always have some sort of technique involved. I rarely just stamp without some sort of twist to it. That is what keeps it fun for me. And hopefully for you.
5) What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
Talk about a tough question! First, I couldn’t live without my organized craft room. Having it organized has been critical in me making use of the time I have to craft/work. My room isn’t big (and I prefer it that way), but I keep it organized.
Second… Distress Inks. Without these inks, there would be so very few fun techniques for me to play with!
Third… my crafty friends. They are all so encouraging, understanding, generous and just plain awesome. If you don’t have crafty friends that live near by, I encourage you to check out places online where you can make crafty friends. I met most of my best friends this way! It really is good for the soul.
6) Who am I tagging next?
I have asked two of my favorite crafters to play along.
First is Debby Hughes. Debby is brilliant and a class-act and I adore her tremendously. Her kindness inspires me, her accent calms me and her friendship means the world to me.
I am also tagging the hilarious and uber-talented Julie Ebersole. Julie is one of those people who has the incredible ability of making your heart happy immediately. I adore her.
Be sure to check their blogs next Monday for their answers to these same questions.
Thanks for stopping by! xo

Video: Ombre Stamping + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows four cards featuring an ombre stamping technique. This post is also part of a fun Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® blog hop with giveaways! (More on that below.)

[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 have shared ombre stamping techniques in the past, but these techniques always required having a light, medium and dark shade of one ink. However, today I show how you can get this look with one color… and the help on a good white ink. Easy!

The new Simon Says Stamp ornament stamps are perfect for the ombre stamping technique thanks to the graphic look and solid area. I used the new SSS Coral Reef, Beanstalk Green and Maliblue inks… along with a bit of the Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I added a gold foil “season’s greetings” die cut, along with gold string and fun sequins.

I also did a few variations of this card. This next one uses a gold heat embossed a “joy to the world” message. To save time, the strings and bows were also heat embossed with images from the Presents and Ornaments set.

And here is another simplified card…

…and one last one. This time I put the sequins right on the ornament.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® blog hop… celebrating their month-long stamping party with projects, products, guests and more. (If you are interested in a video showcasing all the new products, head HERE.)

Next, be sure to hop on to the blog of my BFF Kristina Werner. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog.) There are lots of stops on this hop… and each has a giveaway.

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from our STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop! That’s 19 chances to win!! For your chance, leave a comment before 6:00pmEST on 9/11/14. Winners will be posted on the SSS blog.

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