Video: Spotlight Die Cutting + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today I have an oldie-but-goodie technique for you that I call spotlight die cutting. And be sure to keep reading – this post is also part of a fun blog hop with prizes.

[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.]

Sometimes old techniques are the best! For today’s cards, I did a spotlighting technique that is great for getting more from your stamps and dies. I show a couple ways to get this look (and link to more below). The cards use the fun Big Birthday Wishes stamp set from the April 2015 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. (You can buy the stamp separately, too.)

I created the candles on my own, but you could use a die if you have one. For shine, I used Wink of Stella… and a double layer of Glossy Accents on the flames. Boy – two layers *really* looks incredible. I will be doing that again!

The rest of the card is pretty simple to keep the focus on the stamping. The Bazzill kraft-with-foil cardstock is so much fun and perfect for backgrounds on just about any card. (Note to self: Go buy more of this stuff.)

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Want to see more on spotlight die cutting? Check these out:

  • I share another variation of this technique in THIS video.
  • … and yet another version HERE.
  • Check the third card HERE from Laura Bassen. So classy. So so so classy.
  • For a video showing how easy it is to do this spotlight technique with the MISTI stamping tool, check out THIS from Laurie Willison. Brilliant.

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit CELEBRATE Blog Hop. This card kit is a good one and perfect for creating birthday and celebration cards.

You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card-kit-of-the-month for just $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually for $29.95 plus shipping and handling.

The next person on the blog hop is my lovely friend Debby Hughes. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Want to win a Simon Says Stamp goody bag filled with new products? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/14/15 for your chance. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on the SSS blog on 4/15/15.)

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Heart Cards + Paper Hearts Blog Tour

Hi there! Today’s video is a pretty basic one. In addition to sharing a simple way to achieve soft color, I show an easy way to make heart-shaped cards. This post is also part of a fun blog tour.

[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.]

Oh my goodness – the images from the Lil Inker Perfect Pair stamp set are so stinkin’ cute! Colin and I had fun coloring them with Tombow Markers and a Dove Blender Pen. Using these together is such a simple way to get blended coloring without needing a ton of markers… or fancy markers!

We kept the cards simple and can’t wait to give them to friends.

We used the My Favorite Things Heart Stax dies to create heart shaped cards.

Fun, huh? I love sweet happy cards…

#SHAREYOURHEART BLOG TOUR

Today I am part of a special and unique event. My friend – Courtney Walsh – has a new book coming out! (She has loads of talent.) The book is called Paper Hearts (you can get it HERE on Amazon) and it has a sweet story. Here is a video sharing the idea behind the book. It goes so very much in line with what cardmakers enjoy – reminding someone of how much they are loved.

To celebrate the book, there will be a several day “blog tour” – today is day 1. (Be sure to go to Courtney’s blog HERE for all the details.) We are all creating our own version of “paper hearts”… thus why my heart-shaped cards above.

I’m excited to participate in this #shareyourheart campaign and especially excited because you have a chance to WIN a pretty awesome prize! All you have to do is find Courtney on Facebook, and SHARE the Paper Hearts Book Trailer with your friends. Then enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below! That’s it, easy as pie! (If you have questions, you can ask Courtney.) Here is the prize:

For bonus entries, create your own paper heart and share it on Courtney’s wall and tag your post with #shareyourheart!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SUPPLIES

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Video: Repeated Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaways

Welcome! I have lots to share today. First up is a video showing how to do repeat stamping with a small image to form a new shape and new look. Also, this post is part of a fun blog hop with prizes…

[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.]

Take a look at your stamp sets. I bet many of them have tiny images… maybe hearts, stars, flowers or dots. Well today’s technique puts these little guys to work! With the help of a good pencil, t-ruler, circle and patience, you can easily create a new look for these tiny stamps. Following simple pencil guidelines that I created, I repeatedly stamped a small (but incredibly perfect) heart image from Simon Says Stamp to form a circle. I used eight ink colors of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Inks (colors are linked below) to create a rainbow effect. (I used my Scrubber Pad and Ultra Clean from Hero Arts to clean the stamp before inking in a new color.)

Because I am slightly nuts, I adhered a tiny glitter heart from Martha Stewart to the center of each stamped heart using some Matte Multi Medium. This actually wasn’t that difficult, thanks to the help of my Quickstix tool and a Microbrush. Oh – and that fabulous sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I also decorated my envelope to match my card. The Simon Say Stamp Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil was the perfect simple touch. I think this card will brighten someone’s mailbox. :)

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Simon Says Stamp Better Together Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of fun, encouraging, and loving cardmaking goodies. You can see them all HERE. This hop is a great reminder to connect with those who encourage you… including cardmakers!

The next person on the hop is my dear friend and favorite person – Shari Carroll. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by SSS on 1/23/15. SSS will email you the winners.

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Colored Vellum Shaker Card + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares a fun way to add color to vellum shaker card. This post is also part of the Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws blog hop. (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.]

Vellum and markers are two products many of us likely have in our craft room. And it is very easy to combine them for a stained glass look. I started by using my MISTI stamping tool (but you could use a large acrylic block) to white heat emboss Newton’s Nook Beautiful Blizzard snowflakes on a piece of vellum. I then added color to the back of the vellum with my Copic markers, but you could use any markers. Finally, I stitched with silver thread and my sewing machine around the edges of the vellum onto a card with fun glitter and sequins sandwiched inside. And that’s it! A super easy shaker card.

NEWTON’S NOOK BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop. Newton’s Nook has adorable stamps – be sure to check them out! They had many awesome guests this week, too.

The next person on the hop is Amy Sheffer. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Newton’s Nook is giving away two $10 gift certificates to their store. To enter, just leave comments on all the stops along the hop by 9pmCST on 12/7/14. Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop.(Winners will be announced on the NND blog and contacted by them on 12/8/14.)

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Stamp Gift Bag + Paper Crafts Special Thanks Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello. I have lots to share today! First, I have a video showing a stamped goodie bag along with another example of rubber cement masking. This post is also part of a very special blog hop. (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’m not sure there is a better gift for a crafty friend then a handmade gift bag containing a special stamp and ink. Creating the gift bag is easy, thanks to the must-have Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn. I decided to do lots of stamping and inking on the bag with some of my favorite products.

I first stamped the My Favorite Things bear using their Black Hybrid Ink. (Note that I made the bear image taller by doing some selective inking because I wanted him to peek over the heart.) I then colored the bear with Copic Markers and applied rubber cement over the image to mask it. For the background, I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and stamped the Snowfall Background from My Favorite Things over the bear image. The rubber cement protects the bear and resists all the color I applied on top. Very cool! The rubber cement easily rubs away.

I stamped the Bossy Joscie “bless your heart” sentiment on a Simon Says Stamp heart die… replacing the “o” with a small die cut heart.

I took the two pieces of the gift bag and adhered them together. Inside the bag is a stamp and mini ink pad – the same stamp I used on the front of the bag. I really love this “bless your heart” stamp because the sentiment works for many occasions and the wood block is engraved – - such nice quality for a gift! This bag size is also great for a gift card or even jewelry.

I can’t wait to make more of these.

BLOG HOP

Today I am part of a very important, special and large blog hop – the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop.

It was recently announced that Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine would be shutting its doors. This has hit the industry hard. Yes, we will miss the magazine and seeing lovely cards in print. But what I will miss more is the people behind the magazine and the community they formed.

I worked for many years with Creating Keepsakes Magazine and went on to be a Go-To-Gal for Paper Crafts. (The two combined along the way.) Over the years I *loved* the people I worked with. They had such enthusiasm and passion for bringing crafting inspiration to everyone. They opened doors for crafters and encouraged them. And although I ended my time as a Go-To-Gal because my plate was overflowing, I loved and still love the faces behind the magazine. (To the team at PC&S… I love you for always being understandings and supportive. I will forever be grateful. XO.)

This has been a difficult change for many folks in our hobby. But it is more important now than ever that we keep our community strong, happy, encouraging and inspiring. This hop is perfect for that! I hope you will take the time to visit the many wonderful blogs along the way.

The next person on the hop is the wonderfully talented and super sweet (yes – I am her biggest fan)… Taheerah Atchia! (And a big thanks to Taheerah for organizing this. XO)

GIVEAWAY

I will admit it – I bought a second Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die when I couldn’t find my first one. Well, I found it! So I have a spare to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Operation Write Home Red Friday Blog Hop + Giveaways

Hello! I am spending a few days focused on my family. However, I wanted to pop in to take part in the Operation Write Home Red Friday Blog Hop. We’re turning “Black Friday” into “Red Friday” by supporting our nation’s heroes!

If you didn’t know, Operation Write Home is a charity that sends blank handmade cards to service members deployed overseas. The service members then can fill them out and send back to their families. Sweet, huh? OWH has sent nearly 3 million cards! However, November through February are the slowest months for OWH. But we can change that! We all have a handful of cards in our stash — why not send a few in? That’ll keep our heroes busy writing home during a long winter away from home.

If you are interested in sending in cards, be sure to read the information on the Stars and Stamps post HERE so you send in what’s needed (no Christmas cards, no glitter, A2, etc).

It is always great to send in “I love you” cards for OWH. Need some ideas? Check out these videos – all would work for OWH!

In this video, the “Kiss Kiss” card would be fun for a parent to send home to a child…

You can’t go wrong with “Sending Hedgehugs” (but be sure to skip the Wink of Stella to be safe)…

Want to mass-produce some cards to send in to OWH? You could change up this design and use messages of “love you”…

This card design would be a great choice. However, it is best to change out the glitter paper. (No glitter for OWH!)

Maybe you could have some fun using die cutting and scraps…

I hope you will consider sending some cards in. It is a great cause!

GIVEAWAYS

What’s a hop without prizes? See the Stars and Stamps post for the full list of prizes from some awesome sponsors… and go link up YOUR love card there, too! There are prizes for both those who comment on the blog hop blogs (including here) as well as folks who share their own creation.

HOP ON TO…

The next stop on the hop is Paula Spagnuolo… or you can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.

Have a great weekend!