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!

ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am here with a quick break from the My Favorite Crafty Things series to share with you a new company started by my friend, Britta Swiderski.

ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together. A designer with a background in the world of papercrafting, Britta has fun handwritten designs that are personalized just for you. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! ThingsCrafted creates stamps and designs for addresses, “made by”s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases and more. Anything you need!

Here is a fun stamp Britta created for me. I just got it, but can’t wait to ink it up in multiple colors of inks. And I gotta say… there is nothing better than a wood-mounted stamp…

This is your chance to have any greeting or message you have ever wanted… in any size you want. You can see all the size options available HERE.

ThingsCrafted also offers several pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don’t have a particular need for a custom stamp. You can find some of those HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a custom stamp? For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmESTon 11/24/14. You can also increase your chances of winning by leaving comments on all blogs on the hop today. (Winners will be announced on the ThingsCrafted blog.)

BLOG HOP & DISCOUNT CODE

How about a shopping discount? Get 15% off your order until 11/25/14 using the code “GRAND15OFF”.

Now it is time to hop on to the next person – my dear, darling friend, Linda Trace. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the ThingsCrafted blog.)

Video: Coloring Embossing Paste + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there! If you have been to my blog before, you know I am a big fan of new stamp companies. New companies means that we have a growing industry – such a good thing! Today I am taking part in the Create A Smile Video Hop. Create A Smile is a newer stamp company based in Germany. Using their stamps, I created a simple card that shows you how to add some color to an embossing paste background.

[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 it is fun to create a simple card with a simple stamped image and a simple background. Today’s card is just that! I started by heat embossing the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflake image with a new WOW Platinum Glitter Embossing Powder. (Perfect for the holidays!) I wanted to protect the image from the embossing paste so I tore pieces of tape to create a mask. I then applied some Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste on top using the Falling Snow Stencil from Simon Says Stamp.

After the white paste dots dried, I went back with my Copic markers and colored some of the raised dots… and added shine to others with my Wink of Stella Marker. I also added the same embossing powder to a few of the circles using a VersaMark pen. I really like the look of the all the different colors…

I also stamped a word bubble image from another Create A Smile set (available 11/4) using VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This gives it some shine and draws your eye to the sentiment. I cut out the sentiment and went around the edge with a black marker to give it a finished look.

I love using holiday themed stamps and stretching them for any occasion. This will be the perfect happy card to send to a friend I am missing this winter.

BLOG HOP

Today’s video is part of the Create A Smile Video Hop. Yep – every stop is a video! Gotta love that.

The next stop on the video hop is Vicki’s video. She is fabulous.

GIVEAWAYS

Interested in getting your hands on the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflakes set I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/28/14. ALSO… be sure to head over to the Create A Smile blog for even more giveaways.

(By the way – I have some winners from previous giveaways. I have emailed the winners, as always: Studio Calico goodies - Linda Johnson and Waffle Flower stamp – berryblue.)

SUPPLIES

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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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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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