Video + HUGE Discount on Studio Calico Card Kit + Giveaway!

Hello! I am so excited to have a fun (and BIG) discount code, giveaway and video for you today.

You know I love kits because they push my creativity. One of my favorites is the Studio Calico Card Kit. I have been friends with Studio Calico’s sweet owner April for ages and love seeing the great kits she brings to our hands. Many of you have asked me about this kit and what it is like. So today I have a video… and an opportunity for you to try out a Studio Calico Kit for nearly 50% off! Use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Woot! This would be a great stocking stuffer for yourself or a friend.

Sweet deal, huh?

I created a video for you that shows you inside a Studio Calico Kit… and five projects I created using the one kit.

Here is a look at the kit. Love that stamp set designed my Mama Elephant…

First up? A birthday card…

Love using letter stickers for stamping resist. Little letter stickers are a great way to make the perfect greeting for any card.

And to show how you can get a lot out of one kit – and in a variety of styles – my next card is a holiday one. So glad Colin encouraged me to add that red nose to that cute deer die cut

That patterned paper is awesome. I am not great at actually using my patterned papers. But the fact that the kit had embellishments (stars) to tie in the paper really made it easier…

For this one, I used the flame to make flowers…

Those little dots from the kit? So cute…

And since I always need more birthday cards…

I love white embossing on color paper…

And finally… a cut barrette for my Lila. If only she would sit still so I could photograph it for her hair…

I hope to share more projects from this soon.

Remember – use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Studio Calico Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Enjoy!


For your chance to win a Studio Calico Blue Note Kit, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/16/13.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Studio Calico click SC, for Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Mama Elephant click ME

Video: Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit + Giveaway!


Today I have a video for you showing how I create a starry night sky. I used lots of products from the new 2013 Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit.

(Please forgive the background noise. Lila was playing nearby. I love a bit of independent play!)

Distress Inks react in such a cool way with water. So by creating a Distress Ink background and flicking a bit of Perfect Pearls + water over it? Awesome. The perfect starry sky. The stamps and most of the inks and such are all part of the Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit.

Here is another card I created with the kit. Totally different look…

I wish this card photographed better. I use Verdigris Embossing Powder to emboss the holiday image on a Tim Holtz Mirror Sheet. Love this product! (And it is in the kit.) It is the perfect mirror – and it can be die cut.

For the background, I stamped the stars from the kit with Distress Ink and then brushed Perfect Pearls over them. (Just mist them lightly with water and then there is no need to set them.) I also added Tim Holtz Stars for embellishments.

So most of the products I used for this card are from the Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit available at Simon Says Stamp. I used the clear stamp version, but the kit is also available with cling stamps.

Here is a look at the kit. It is packed full – more than most kits…

Which would you pick – the cling or clear kit?


Time for a giveaway! I have a Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/5/13. Good luck.


New (and Favorite) Card Kit Giveaway!

Just popping in to give you a heads up that is worth sharing. Simon Says Stamp has their new card kit out and it is one of my favorites yet. Strike that – it IS my favorite yet. So adorable.

Come on… just look at these colors and the fab stamp set

Fun, huh?

So I have a simple card I did with this kit that I wanted to share today. See that tree in the stamp set above? I turned it sideways to be a branch…

This was super easy to do. I stamped the tree in Soft Sand Ink and the leaves in Green Hills Ink. (Note that I masked off one of the branches to make it a bit smaller.) I then used Copic Markers to add a bit of shading and depth. I also used the markers to extend the branch a bit longer. (Cheating when it comes to stamping? Totally acceptable!) I stamped the bird with Fresh Peach Ink and added extra color… then cut him out and popped him in place.

It has cooled down BIG time here. Fall is coming! Can you believe it??


Today a lucky winner will receive this Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit! Just leave a comment here by 9/21/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance. Good luck!

(I will be back soon to announce some other prize winners. Stay tuned.)


Kelly Purkey Kit Blog Hop + 5 Cards + Giveaway

Today I am joining some great gals for a blog hop for Kelly Purkey and we will all be showing ideas using her August/September Project Kit. It is a good one! LOTS of pieces in it – enough to make a ton of cards. Today? I have five for you!

5 Ideas from 1 Kit

This kit is jam packed with fun product. So I decided to show you all 5 ideas for using this 1 kit. (All supplies will be listed at the end of this post.)

(By the way, all the cards I made here will end up going to my step-daughter who starts her first day of college in a few days. Crazy, huh? Crazy how fast time flies and crazy how proud I am of her.)

Idea #1: Die Cut & Alter Wood Paper

Wood + color + shimmer + flair + inlay? That equals a card that shines…

This one combines a few tricks I have been loving lately. First, I used the SSS sun die to cut from one of the kit’s 3″x4″ wood pieces. The die fits perfectly! I then added color to the wood with my YR15 Copic Marker (trick #1) and a bit of shimmer to catch the eye with my Wink of Stella pen (trick #2). I cut the same sun from yellow cardstock and adhered the negative pieces into the wood sun piece – creating a fun wood inlay look (trick #3). These little tricks add up to make a big difference on this simple card. (That fun “get your shine one” flair is from the kit, too.)

Oh, and aren’t sequins from the kit fun with an off-center gem on top?

Idea #2: Stamp on Patterned Paper

I adore 6×6 patterned papers… especially the pad in this kit. However, I am a stamper and feel a need to stamp on everything. So why not combine the two?

I stamped a greeting from the kit stamp set with a soft grey ink along the striped patterned paper here and what a difference it makes. Simple. Fun.

Idea #3: Transform Sticker Into Embellishment

I will admit – I don’t use a lot of stickers because I really prefer dimension. However, you can easily turn a sticker in a 3-d embellishment with one simple tool

That cute little sentiment is a sticker from the kit. However, I removed the stickiness from the back of it quickly and easily by brushing my Embossing Powder Tool on it. The powder sticks to the back so you can instead add it with pop dots. Super quick and easy. (Oh, and I did this trick with the “lucky” piece on the card above.)

And – yes. More Wink of Stella shimmer on the die cut heart and wood paper die cut rays

Idea #4: Repeated Stamping

Have a stamped image you love? Just stamp it repeatedly to create a background.

This fun greeting from the stamp set in this kit is perfect for a puzzle-like background. I stamped one in bold black and popped it up for an eye-catcher. Oh, and of course I added die cut hearts with Wink of Stella shimmer. (Again. Addition.)

Idea #5: Embellish an Embellishment

I just love that cute little camera paper clip from the kit. However, after I put this card together, I felt it needed a little something extra. So what did I do? I embellished my embellishment…

First I used a few touches of Glossy Accents to add the paper clip camera embellishment to white cardstock. After I cut around the edge, I filled the center of the heart with Glossy Accents and Festive Berries Distress Glitter. (Distress Glitter is perfect for fun texture but not as shiny as regular glitter. I love this – less ostentatious.) I also made my embossed greeting strip to look like it is coming out of the camera. And there you have it – an embellished embellishment. :)

By the way, that die cut heart is covered with silver washi tape. Yes – I can hear my crafty friends gasping as I have only used washi tape once before!

One more thing: That fun triangle paper looks stamped, eh? Nope! It was one of the fun 3″x4″ cards included in the kit. Perfect size for a card!

So there you have it – 5 fun ways to use the goodies found in one awesome kit. :)

—-> The next person on the hop is the adorable Maggie Holmes. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.)


The fabulous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving a $25 gift certificate to a lucky commenter on each blog in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment here by 6:00pmEST on 8/25/13. (Winners will be announced on 8/26/13 on the SSS blog.)



Hello Sunshine

Sometimes you just have to play.

Like when I got this month’s Studio Calico kit with an exclusive stamp set from Lawn Fawn. It has the cutest heart and rays… making me want to play right away…

And that “hello sunshine” piece? It is wood veneer from the kit, just colored black. All the papers are from the kit, too…

Quick and easy to put together. That is the joy of kits! (For more information on SC kits, go HERE.)

Is it sunny where you are? Hope so…


Video: Distress Marker Video + Giveaway

Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp May 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop!

Today I have a video for you showing how I used the goodies in this kit along with Tim Holtz Distress Markers for some soft watercoloring…

Distress Markers are so incredibly easy to watercolor with. SO easy. And by ironing off the embossing when you are done, you end up with a “how-did-she-do-that” look. These stamp images? Perfect for this technique. (For any coloring, for that matter!)

It is also simple to do a soft glow of a color around a stamp image with Distress Markers. For this card I used the Tumbled Glass blue marker.

Here is the stamp set in the kit – so classy – and a peek at the May kit. The kits are very reasonable – only $19.95 for subscribers. (Heck – a stamp set is only a bit less than that and you get one of those in it plus a lot more.) These kits have been selling out so you may want to subscribe to ensure you get one each month. (You can also get the stamp set separate, but it is definitely a better deal to get the kit! Oh, and I am dying to cross stitch on those grid images.)

Next be sure to head over to the next blog on the hop – the home of my fabulous friend Kristina Werner. I am sure she will rock this card kit. (If you want to start at the beginning, you can head to the Simon Says Stamp blog.)

Talk about AWESOME giveaways. Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift certificate on each of the blogs on this hop! (That’s $450 in total!) So leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/25/13 for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree. Good luck!