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

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

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

Below are the products featured above. Click to see more.


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

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), My Favorite Things (MFT), The Container Store (CS), Office Depot (OD), Avery Elle (AE), and Amazon (AZ)…

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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!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Pretty Pink Posh (P), Neat and Tangled (NT), Dick Blick (DB) and Amazon (AZ)…

 

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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.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Coloring With Pigment Ink + Mama Elephant Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi, there. Today I have a few fun things – a video showing a creative way to color with pigment, a blog hop and giveaway!

[Supplies are linked in thumbnails below. Click HERE to watch on YouTube.]

I really enjoy finding ways to stretch my products and get more from them. Today I show how to color with pigment inks. I first stamped parts of the floral arrangement with my favorite white pigment on my favorite kraft paper. This white acts as a light “foundation” on the dark background… to which I could add color. I used the handy Fantastix inking tools to “draw” pigment ink color over the white. So very easy to do and I think the soft results are very unique.

The images are from the new Mama Elephant Sweet Havana stamp set that was just released. Such an elegant set. I also used the Mama Elephant pigment inks.

Today, Mama Elephant is releasing several new products, which you can see HERE. My favorite set? It is the Splendid set, which I recently used in the Watercolor for Cardmakers Online Card Class. Here is a peek at the project from class, along with the fab stamp set…

This post is also part of the Mama Elephant May Stampede blog hop where we are featuring their newest product release…

Ready to head to the next blog? Just click HERE for the blog of the wonderful Pamela Ho. (Click HERE to start at the beginning.)

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new stamps released! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the Mama Elephant blog on the last Stamp Highlights day. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win: 1. Leave a comment on this blog post, 2. Like/share Mama Elephant on Facebook, and 3. Follow/tweet Mama Elephant on Twitter. Just leave a separate comment for each. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Colored Stamping on Kraft… and Welcome to Altenew Blog Hop

Hello! Today I have a video sharing how to add color to stamping on kraft paper. I am also part of a blog hop honoring the new stamp company – Altenew… with prizes!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below.]

For years I have love the look of color on kraft cardstock. (Check out my links below.) There is just something fun about that pop of color against the neutral background. I think the key to great color on kraft is using white pigment ink as base. (My favorite is Unicorn White from Hero Arts.) After completely heat setting it, I colored over it with bright colored Copic Markers. (You could use other markers if you wanted. I didn’t have a problem with the ink getting on my marker tip.)

I used some stunning stamps from a new stamp company – Altenew – including the Hannah Elements and Lace Up. (The “thanks” is from an old Hero Arts set.) With the help of some masking paper, I created a cluster of images at the top of my card. And – of course – I covered it with some Wink of Stella shimmer.

So quick. So easy! The new Altenew stamps will be available April 7. Interested in some other ideas for adding color on kraft? They are old, but may inspire you to try something different:

  • Layering Ink – You can get fun effects by layering color stamped images on the same white images.
  • And Another – Same technique as the first. :)
  • Inktense – Inktense pencils work great on Kraft too!

BLOG HOP

Time to get hopping! Next be sure to head to the fabulous blog of the fabulous Jocelyn Olson. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Altenew blog.)

GIVEAWAY

There are a few ways to win today!

  • One lucky winner will win the Altenew Hanna Elements stamp set I used above. Just leave a comment here by 8:59amEST on 4/7/14 for your chance.
  • Altenew is also giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners. The winners will be chosen from comments left at the Altenew blog. Also be sure to “like” Altenew on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest.

SUPPLIES

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