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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2 Videos: Resist with Color & SSS Release Close-Up + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have TWO videos for you. The first is shows a new spin on an old technique – - resist with color. The second is a product release close-up video showing the newest round of Simon Says Stamp products. This post is also part of the SSS This Is The Life Blog Hop with giveaways! (More on that below.)

[All products are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

As much as I enjoy taking a product and giving it a new look, I enjoy even more taking an old technique and giving it new life. Here, I took the old school resist technique and added some color to it. For this technique, you need a paper with a good coating on it, such as the Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. This paper has a matte coating that is divine and is great for many techniques. (Note: You can use any ol’ glossy paper for this technique, too!) I first stamped the various Simon Says Stamp Friendly Flower images in different shades of dye ink. (I used Hero Arts Shadow and SSS inks.) After heat setting them, I stamped on top of the images with Versamark. This “traps” the color underneath… protecting it from the next step.

After heat setting the images completely, I covered the stamp piece with LOTS of SSS Audrey Blue and Island Blue inks, wiping away the excess ink. The Versamark “resists” the blue inks. So cool. The finish reminds me of a colored marble. You could even mix colors together for interest. I finished off the flowers with some white pen detailing. (Although I would skip this step if I ever did this card again.)

I also did a bit of die cut inlaying with the new SSS With Sympathy and Frames Dies. Love the look of a smooth panel when I am done!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

In the past I have shared a few product release close-upvideos… giving a close look at the products in a particular release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by an entire product release from a company.) Here is a video featuring the new Simon Says Stamp This Is The Life release

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To see all the products featured, click HERE, or on the thumbnails below:

In the video, I briefly shared this card. I am not in love with it as a whole, but like parts of it. I used the SSS Ice Cream Cones with with a bit of Distress Ink added with a blending tool for shading. The sprinkles were added with a white pen, and I covered the “awesome” die cut with my favorite silver glitter embossing powder. The card is actually one of the adorable dotted Lawn Fawn notecards turned inside out. (The die actually cuts “pawesome” but I just removed the “p” to make it different! And the “you are” is stamped from the SSS Pawesome stamp set.) A super fast card for my 16-year-old.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Simon Says Stamp This Is The Life Blog Hop… celebrating their newest product release.

Next, be sure to hop over to the blog of one of my all-time favorite people – Laura Bassen. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, please go to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away packs of stamping goodies, including cardstock and ink pads! For your chance, leave a comment here and on the other blogs along the hop (there is a giveaway on each!) by 6:00pmEST on 7/17/14. (Winners will be post on the SSS blog on 7/18/14.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Paper Storage + Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am part of a unique blog hop – the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop. Along the hop you will see peeks into the craft rooms of some amazing women! (And apologies in advance for a very long blog post. But as a “thank you” for reading, I have a big giveaway below!)

I know many of you have been asking for a closer look at my studio. Now is your chance… by checking out the new Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue for some incredible photos. (The photographer they used is so talented! More on that below.) Today also kicks off the first of many videos I will be doing over the next few months sharing parts of my room… starting with a video on how I store my paper. This includes 8.5″x11″, 12″x12″, 6″x6″ paper pads, notecards… and my secret weapon… pre-cut cardstock.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I will be honest – organization of paper has always been tricky for me. Stamps? No problem. Inks? I’ve got that. But paper? Always a struggle. After lots of trail and error and loads of time, I finally figured out paper systems that work for me. And I am hoping one of them will work for you, too!

Instead of showing a bunch of pictures here, I decided to do the video above. That will explain it much better than I ever could here! However, here are links to the products I use (and many more links are in the thumbnails at the end of this post):

I hope this video is helpful to those of you also trying to tackle a paper mess! I find I am SO MUCH faster and creative with crafting when I am organized. What a difference it makes.

MY OTHER CRAFT ORGANIZATION VIDEOS

Interested in more craft organization videos? You can click HERE to see my YouTube playlist featuring my craft organization videos. Or you can check out these posts: My Favorite Crafty Organization, Stamp Storage 1, Stamp Storage 2, Ink Storage 1, Ink Storage 2, Die Storage, Stencil Storage and Project Life Organization.

MORE ON MY ROOM

So while the kind folks from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking were at my house taking photos for the Creative Spaces Vol. 3, I took a few myself! I was amazed at the photographer’s talent. Wow. Here are a few behind the scenes shots, taken with my iPhone…

And finally, when the day was over, I took this one. Wish the sun would have been shining through that window…

I also have a few more random bits of information for you:

  • The Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue has many great photos of my craft room along with peeks at favorite storage points. I will never be able to capture photos as incredible as what is in there! And the other rooms they feature? Amazing. I would highly recommend checking it out.
  • Many people asked who built my craft room. I designed it with help from Michele Neiter and Neals Redesign… and Neals Redesign did the building. They were amazing. But keep in mind – this is my job and office. Just like a mechanic would have a shop full of big tools, I have a craft room full of crafting tools. When this was my hobby, I was on a simple folding table in the corner of my basement. :)
  • Over the next few months, I will share more videos of my craft room… focusing on different parts with each video. I hope to eventually do an overall video with more photos.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop

The next stop on the hop is the blog of sweet Jill Yegerlehner of Jillibean Soup. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, you can head HERE. You should have arrived here from the Tatertots & Jello blog.)

To see more of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue, head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How about a giveaway? One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon to get some paper storage units… and a multi-color cardstock pack from Simon Says Stamp! For your chance to win,  please fill out the Rafflecopter area below. (This is new for me but makes it so much easier to do giveaways often. There are many ways to win and you don’t have to do them all. Thanks for trying it!)

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SUPPLIES

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Video: Shaped Cards & Sequin Tips… + Blog Hop & Giveaways

Hi! Today’s video is packed full of ideas again… this time showing how to use border dies to create shaped cards and also tips for working with sequins. This post is also part of a the Pretty Pink Posh blog hop with giveaways.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

So… I again have created a card (two, in fact) that is packed full of “stuff” to teach. First up? Using dies to create two shaped cards. I used the new Pretty Pink Posh borders and created one with curved sides and one with scallop sides. I love that these dies also do little faux stitching marks. (My favorite is the curved card. Which do you like?) I used my favorite watercolor paper simply because I wanted that texture for my simple cards. (This is the same watercolor paper as the Tim Holtz version, but in 8.5×11.)

Next up is the silver embossed greeting. This “so very blessed” sentiment is from Neat & Tangled and happens to be one of my favorite expressions in the whole wide world. To make it stand out, I used the WOW! Ultra High Metallix Silver embossing powder. This is very different than other silver powders. When heated, it results is an embossed image that is thick and smooth with lots of dimension. I. Love. It. I don’t think I will be using it with detail stamped images, but with bold images like this one? It. Is. Perfect. Wow!

Finally… the sequins! In the video I show a few tools that are helpful when working with sequins including the Quickstix and my favorite tweezers. But regardless of how you work with this tiny little stinkers, I highly recommend using Matte Multi Medium to adhere them. Nothing works as well. Nothing.

If you are looking for good quality sequins in pretty colors (not those tacky ones I remember from my dance costumes when I was 5), try Pretty Pink Posh. They have a great selection, including the tiny cute ones I used here. I layered them together to form flowers and added a tiny Hero Arts gem to the center of a finished look. For the leaves, I just colored clear sequins with Copic Markers and cut them into a leaf shape. Easy! (Ellen Hutson has a large selection of PPP sequins. Simon Says Stamp also carries them, but you can find the complete selection on PPP’s website.)

BLOG HOP

Today’s post is part of the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop. This hop is in celebration of their newest products – steel dies. You can find out more on these products HERE.

Next be sure to head to the darling Laura Sterckx’s blog HERE. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Pretty Pink Posh blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Pretty Pink Posh is giving away TWO $25 gift certificates! Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. (Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PDT on 6/8/2014. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.) Good luck!

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2 Videos: Partial Die Cutting + Release Close-Up + SSS Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am back with lots of fun for you again, including TWO videos — one on partial die cutting with a zig zag fold card and one with a product release close-up. I also have a Simon Says Stamp new release blog hop and giveaway! Let’s get started…

[All supplies are linked below in the thumbnails. Click HERE to watch on YouTube.]

Partial die cutting is a great technique for getting unique looks from your dies. All you have to do is only have part of your paper and die between the cutting plates and having the rest hang out… allowing the cutting pressure to only be applied to part. I combined this with a zig zag fold to create a fun butterfly “pop up” type of card.

I used the new SSS Friendship Butterflies stamps and matching dies for the partial die cutting and a two-tone stamping technique on the butterflies. (You can see another video showing this type of stamping HERE.) Zig zag fold cards are always a fun surprise and unexpected.

On the back of the card, I used the new SSS Made By stamp set for personalization. On the front, I added super cute and super tiny flower sequins with Multi-Medium.

So I tried a new type of video and I would love to hear what you think of it. It isn’t your typical “look at these products” video but rather a “here is a close-up look at these products AND ideas for using them.” I thought this might be helpful and inspiring… at least I am hoping it is. Please let me know what you think! I am always trying to think of new ways to inspire in videos. (Click HERE to watch on YouTube. If you don’t see the links mentioned in the video, you can find them in the YouTube description.)

Here is a look at all the new products. (The supplies I used are at the end of this post.)

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Pure Sunshine Release Blog Hop where we are celebrating their newest release of stamps, stencils and dies. SSS will be giving away a goody bag to one commenter on every blog in the hop. That’s 15 different chances to win! Be sure to next hop on over to Nichol Magouirk’s blog HERE. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, click over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Want to win an awesome goody bag? Just leave a comment here by 6:00pm EST on Thursday May 22, 2014 for your chance. (There will be a giveaway on every blog along the hop!) Winners will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday May 23, 2014.

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