We Love You Cath! Video + Hop + Giveaway

So the wonderful Cath from Moxie Fab World is leaving her gig. Cath has been a wonderful influence in the cardmaking world for some time now and will be missed.

Cath was so very kind and supportive to me – no matter what – when I was a GTG. I love that about her! So I am not surprised that so many people have gathered to form a GIANT hop in her honor. And I am honored to be one.

This is a big hop, and I believe I am at the end of it. If you want to start at the beginning, head HERE.

In the meantime, I have a video for you, showing a “missing you already card” with embossed metal

Changing the look of metal is easy with embossing powder. Just press the metal embellishment onto a Versamark ink pad and shake on some embossing powder. After heating it with a heat gun, quickly dip it back into the powder to add another coat. (It will stick to the hot, melted powder already on it.) Heat one more time and you are good to go! I really like the look of the Stampendous Aged Aqua Embossing Powder.

And the little banner greeting is from the Simon Says Stamp Life is a Journey stamp set. I also covered my die cut clouds with Multi Medium and Rock Candy Glitter.

Again, a big hug to you, Cath. You will be missed.

If you want to start at the beginning of the giant hop for Cath, head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Cath has always been generous, so I thought I would be too! A lucky winner will win the Simon Says Life is a Journey stamp set and Flat Bottom Clouds dies I used above. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 11/12/13. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

 

Video: Embossing with Dies + Caring Hearts Blog Hop + BIG Giveaways!

Hello!

Today I am part of the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop. This card drive is to collect holiday cards for folks in nursing homes and I am helping the wonderful Vera in leading it. For more information on how you can send in cards (and win prizes), head HERE.

I have three simple holiday cards for you today… good designs for this card drive! They use a fun embossing-with-dies technique and piecing of some die cuts

I used the Memory Box Pine Border Outline die to cut from lots of colorful cardstocks. I then arranged them like puzzle pieces on a piece die cut from the matching solid Pine Border Background die. So easy! And the best part? I had TONS of leftover pieces to make more cards!

One thing that is super hard to see in these photos is that I used the Mama Elephant Frames die to emboss a fun frame on the front of the card. Embossing with dies is easy to do on any machine with the Tan Embossing Mat. Just put the paper between the die and the Tan Embossing Mat and run it through my die cut machine as I would an embossing folder. Easy and classy! This adds so much to the look of this card in person. You can best see this on the photo above.

This greeting is from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hellos set.

Of course, I added a layer of Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents for shimmer and shine.

And another example. This greeting is from the My Favorite Things Ornament Banner Builder stamp set

I just love these non-conventional holiday colors…

Here is the third one I made with some leftover pieces from the last. It is hard to see on these that I used the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Stax to emboss the frame.

This greeting is from the Neat and Tangled Simple Christmas stamp set. That handwriting is perfect for this card.

Now it is time to continue on this special blog hop… just head on over to the Simon Says Stamp blog. (You can also start the hop at Vera’s blog. There are a HUGE number of prizes – it is well worth it!)

GIVEAWAYS!!

So we have BIG giveaways for you on this hop… and A LOT of them! We will select winners from comments left on the participant’s blog (randomly), so the more blogs you comment on (including here!), the higher your chance of winning. Winners will be picked at midnight on 11/12/13. Here are some of the companies who donated prizes that you could win. (For a complete list, head HERE.) And you can also win big prizes by sending in your cards for the drive.

Clearly Besotted Stamp     Ellen Hutson
Fresh Squeezed Stamp      Hero Arts
Inspiration Emporium       Lawn Fawn
Li’l Inker Designs                May Arts
My Favorite Thing              Newton Nook & Design
Online Card Classes           Paper Smooches
Simon Says Stamps            Studio Calico
Tim Holtz                            There She Goes Stamp
The Twinery

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



My Favorite Things Ornament Banner Builder Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Stax (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Pine Border Outline Die (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Pine Border Background Die (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Big Shot (SSS|EH)



Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker (SSS|EH)




Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)


Video Hop!

Today I am part of a fun Video Hop for Simon Says Stamp. We are hopping… from video to video over on YouTube! Such fun. All the artists will be using the new SSS 2013 Holiday Card Kit. It is a good one!

Here’s how it works: Just watch a video starting HERE. At the end, click the screen to go to the next video. Keep hopping through it all and you will see lots of great ideas.

You can start the video hop HERE. You will find mine along the way.

Here is a look at the card I show in the video…

This Holiday Card Kit includes TWO fabulous stamp sets (the Holiday Borders and Holiday Hellos). I used both of the sets for this card, along with a fun embossed resist technique. I love the shimmer offered by the Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. (It reminds me of my very-loved Wink of Stella.)

Oh and that fun star in the sky? That is the Memory Box Star of Wonder die. So classic…

I also stamped the envelope so it would match…

… and the inside of the card, too…

And although I only used the two stamp sets in the Holiday Card Kit, there are many other great products in it… including a stencil, die and much more…

Fun, huh?

Again, you can start the video hop HERE. You will find mine along the way. Have fun!

GIVEAWAY

To add to the fun, Simon Says Stamp is giving away TWO $50 gift certificates. Winners will be randomly chosen from comments left on the Simon Says Stamp blog on 11/6/13. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop

Today I am part of the Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop. Jane of Jane’s Doodles is a dear friend of mine and she creates fabulous stamps. (And she happens to live in a country I am longing to visit – Croatia!)

I am using two of their newest stamps – the Random Patterns and Attached to You sets – that are both designed by Mariana Grigsby.

This border stamp is so unique. When you stamp it next to each other, it fits into the next. Hard to explain, but it gives the look of one giant image, but in a mix of colors. You will see me using this a lot. But this design would be great for any border stamp and any fun color combo.

The greeting? I just white heat embossed it on black cardstock. This is a great way to make an element stand out on a bright background. I also have found myself using the Hero Arts black notecards a lot. It seems to make a nice background to bright colors and the inside is white for personal messages.

To see all of the new stamps from Jane, you can check their website HERE.

Be sure to continue on the blog hop to Judith’s blog HERE. (If you want to start at the beginning, head HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

The kind Jane at Jane’s Doodles will be giving away all the new sets and digi stamp to a lucky winner! For your chance, just leave a comment here and at all the other blogs along the hop. Good luck!

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. Some links go to Jane’s Doodles. Enjoy!

 

 

Memento Luxe Rose Bud Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Lilac Posies Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Morocco Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Memento Luxe Dandelion Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)

 

Versamark (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)

 

 

Hero Arts Black Notecards (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)

 

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Blog Hop – Video + Giveaway

Today I have a video for you as part of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Blog Hop

This month’s kit includes lots of fun products, including a stamp set that is fabulous. Check it out…

(Sorry for not warning you on how bright this one is. LOL.)

I really like the look of the raised SSS Paulina Butterfly die cut covered with the SSS Love This colorful dots. I wish you could better see the dimension that is there in real life!

And that “you’re amazing” greeting from the kit’s stamps set? That is one that I will use a lot. Perfect for the front of a card, and also the inside. (In fact, this stamp set has several that are great for card insides.)

Here is a look at the stamp set and the other goodies in the SSS November Kit. I focused on the stamp set (which you can buy separately), but there is a lot more to play with in there…

If you come to my blog often, you know that I use the Simon Says Stamp Card Kits often. You can get a subscription for $19.95… a very good deal! You can find more information HERE.

The next stop on the hop is one of my favorite people in this whole world - Shari Carroll! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog.)

GIVEAWAY

And of course… we have giveaways! For your chance to win a fun goody bag from Simon Says Stamp, just leave a comment here by 6:00pmEST on 10/24/13. There will be a giveaway on each of the blogs of the hop, so be sure to keep hopping and commenting. Winners will be posted on 10/25/13 on the SSS blog.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click to find them at Simon Says Stamp…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mama Elephant Anniversary Stampede + Video + Giveaway

Hello! Today I am part of the Mama Elephant Anniversary Stampede… with two (actually three!) cards, a video and giveaways!

I am very excited for my friends at Mama Elephant. In one short year they have brought us many fabulous stamp sets… and now ink and dies!

So you see those pine pieces that make up that wreath? Well those are actually from the Party Kit stamp set from Mama Elephant. (Available for free with a minimum purchase.) Totally not holiday related at all… but that is what makes it fun! I used what are supposed to be tassle-like-things (no idea what you call them) for balloons or party banners… and instead created a wreath.

I used the new Mama Elephant inksMojito and Apple – and really like them. They are a lot like the Memento Luxe Inks but less juicy so they give you a crisp image.

And that bow? Isn’t it fabulous? I used the new Mama Elephant Dainty Bow die

I had such fun creating this guy that I did another. This time I used two shades of green ink and a black stamped greeting. The greeting is again from the Winter Wonderland set.

Love how easy the little berries are with Ruby Liquid Pearls

I also wanted to create a quick card with the Party Kit stamp set and use it as it was intended to be used – on a celebration card! I used many of the new Mama Elephant Ink colors. Yum!

Next, hop over to the blog of one of my bestest friends, Kathy Racoosin. (If you want to start at the beginning, head to the Mama Elephant blog. The have some great sales and deals and such going on – be sure to check them out.)

GIVEAWAY

Mama Elephant is giving away a $10 gift certificate on every stop of the hop, including here! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/18/13. There will be one grand prize of $50 which will be chosen from all the blogs from both days!

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 and for Mama Elephant, click ME

 

Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland Stamps (ME|SSS)

 

Mama Elephant Soiree Stamps (SSS|ME)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hero Arts Field Greens Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Forever Green Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (EH|SSS)

 

 

Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (SSS|EH)

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)

 

 

Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)

 

Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)