Video: Die Cut Inlay + CASE Study Challenge

I am back with more for my spot as the guest muse over at the CASE Study Challenge Blog. Each month they take a few older cards from a guest muse and use them as inspiration for new ideas. What a great way to stay inspired! I will be doing 4 of these challenges this month and this is #3. (You can find #1 HERE and #2 HERE.)

Today’s inspiration is from THIS card I created awhile back…

Here is a video showing the four cards I created inspired by this card…

This technique is awesome because it results in two cards.

So I called this technique “die cut inlay” because it reminds of the look of wood inlays. Basically, you end up with a smooth surface even with the die cutting. For this one, that white butterfly fits in to the butterfly opening, filling it and making it one layer. So cool in real life.

Here is the second card, using the leftover pieces from the first…

You can see the inlay effect better here – the stripes fit in to the opening on the white. Just like a puzzle. (Maybe I should have called it the “puzzle technique?”)

This would work great with any two die shapes. You could do a bird in a heart, a star in a circle, a word in a frame – anything! They don’t have to be the same shape… just different sizes.

Here is another pair of examples. This time I just used one die – the Thank(s) die from Memory Box. I love this die because it can cut “thanks” or “thank you.” Awesome.

Love that thin die cut resting between the cardstock strips. If fits in easily, like a puzzle piece.

And then it’s opposite. Simple and sweet…

Look at the detail of color in the die cut…

There you have it – a fun technique for die cutting.

I hope you can stop on by the CASE Study Challenge Blog. They have a talented group and you can play along anytime!


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
Technique Tuesday Awesome Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Avery Elle The Man Stamp Set (SSS|EH)




Thank(s) Die (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)




T-Ruler (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)


Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)


Ranger Collage Glue Stick (SSS|EH)


Video: Floral Wreath + CASE Study Challenge + Giveaway!

This month I am the guest muse over at the CASE Study Challenge Blog. The folks over there are some of the most talented in the blog crafting world, so I am so honored to be involved. Each month they take a few older cards from a guest muse and use them as inspiration for new ideas. What a great way to stay inspired! I will be doing 4 of these challenges this month and this is #2. (You can find #1 HERE.)

Today’s inspiration is from THIS card I created awhile back…

Here is a video for my new card…

This new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp (which you can get in their September kit or individually) is a great “building set” – you can stamp many images in different colors to “build” a scene. So fantastic. It works great for forming a wreath! However I bet many of you have a stamp set sitting around with cute little images that you can use to create a wreath like this.

Note: In the video I used the Eclips Masking Paper. However, this is not available due to problems with the supplier. A great substitute is the Inkadinkado Masking Paper.

In the video, I also share and show the secret for making your Wink of Stella glitter pen work with no troubles. I tell ya – I love this pen. Such a subtle, simple shimmer. (And thanks to Stephanie for working with me to figure it out. We make a good team.)

I hope you can stop on by the CASE Study Challenge Blog. A lot of talent resides there – I promise! Oh, and be sure to look at what they came up with for my first challenge – you can see it all HERE.

Thanks for stopping by my little stamping world. Thankful you are here, as always.


Like the awesome stamp set I used above? It could be yours, along with all the other goodies in the September Simon Says Stamp Card Kit! Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/18/13 for your chance.


Runway Inspired Challenge

Today I am honored to be a guest over on the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. They have an incredible design team (some of my favorite artists are there) and always share great designs. So I was tickled when Jennifer Rzasa (I am a big fan of hers) asked me to play along…

I created two cards inspired by this style image…

I used the outfit on the left for my inspiration. I really like the navy background with bold pops of white and colorful flowers. On the first one, I also stamped a plaid image over the whole card… inspired by the plaid on the other dress…

(Sorry – forgot to warn you to put on sunglasses. LOL.)

I used one of my favorite techniques here. I first stamped all the floral images on navy cardstock with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink. (This is the best white ink for stamping on dark colors. Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink works well too.) After heat setting it, I colored very heavily over the images with colored pencils – lots of pink, blue, green, yellow and white pencils. This color pops on the navy background. I also added some of the awesome My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots to the flower centers. LOVE those.

I then decided to stamp over it with a subtle image – the Hero Arts Envelope Background. However, this time I used Hero Arts White DYE Ink. This is more subtle than the pigment ink and gives a softer, ghost-like look. Perfect for stamping over other stamping…

And don’t you just love that new stamp set? It is from Simon Says Stamp. You can get it HERE, or as part of their awesome March Card Kit HERE.

This next card shows the same technique, just in a simple design…

Pops of color on a dark background? Yes please. And by tracing with the pencils, it looks like it was hand drawn. Even though I couldn’t draw this by hand to save my life…

Be sure to visit the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. It is one of the very best challenge blogs I have seen!

See you soon.

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH



Hero Arts Envelope Pattern Stamp (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts White Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)


Lawnscaping Challenge, Cool Link and Giveaway

Hello there. Hope you had a good weekend.

I have a few fun things to share today. First up is my second card for the Lawnscaping Challenge. These folks have the happiest blog – you can find it HERE. This is their photo challenge:

So this stunning photo inspired me to actually create a holiday card… using the browns and reds…

I used Lawn Fawn stamps for the ornament and greeting. Love the playfulness of them. Used a new favorite background stamp on the dark brown notecard. For the string on the ornament, I had a bit of fun. First, I stuck some Ranger Foil on some white cardstock for stability. Next I used the Memory Box Crisp Bows die to cut it before adding it to the card. I cut the notecard short so that I could allow the bow to reach above the top and still fit in the envelope. Love the unexpected. Oh, and I used my new favorite Corner Chomper – it rounds corners in the smaller sizes of 1/8″ and 3/8″.

Supplies are below! Be sure to check out the Lawnscaping Challenge, too.

My dear friend Jill Foster has started a great new site with the owner of her LSS, Lisa Joy. Jill is a very talented gal, and this new blog and online store is great – I am so impressed by what they have created that I asked to feature them here. Here are some of the great things about Mementos:

  • Their blog is fabulous. Jill shares tons of projects including step by step video and photo tutorials.  Check out the blog HERE.
  • If you are looking to shop, they have a create rewards program – for every $250 spent you receive 25% off a future order of your choice. (More info on that HERE.) They also have free shipping on all US orders over $75 and Canada orders over $100. And if you want to shop in the month of November, use the coupon code, Be Thankful, it gives customers 10% off of their purchases made through the month of November. (Does not apply to classes DVDs and Bundle of Savings offers.)
  • Jill also has created some great DVD classes, with two new DVD classes each month. These projects are amazing and what really impressed me. Here’s a peek at this month’s Mementos Copic Club class. (It is really great if you are just beginning or have been contemplating purchasing your first Copic Markers).

  • And Jill also offers a Stamp Club DVD class in which students receive the featured stamp as part of their class fee. (For more info on these classes, go HERE.) Here’s a look at this month’s class.

So how about a giveaway? Just sign up to follow the Mementos blog HERE and leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.  I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to Mementos AND a special release class DVD by Jill “Holly Jolly Stampin’ Party” loaded with techniques and showing the creation of 10 never before seen holiday cards. If you’ve already purchased the DVD and you win, Mementos will provide you with a refund.  More info on this DVD HERE.

Good luck!

I also have a winner from a past giveaway… Helen Schneiderman won the Holiday Card Boot Camp class spot. I emailed you!

Lawnscaping Challenge


I am honored to be the guest designer over a Lawnscaping. This is a great challenge blog with fab prizes and even more wonderful designers. I recommend checking it out – sweet girls over there! And Lawn Fawn stamps are so fun to use. Sure to make the recipient of a card smile.

The challenge was to create a thank you themed card with Lawn Fawn stamps…

Here is the card I created. Simple and playful.

Covered all the snow areas with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

Be sure to head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog for more fun and a chance to win a gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp.

I hope I will see some of you over at the Holiday Card Boot Camp. Class starts today (Monday the 7th), but you can join in anytime. The class and all the videos, pdfs, etc will be around forever! For more information, visit HERE.

We have a winner! The winner of the Holiday Cards and More giveaway is Mary Beth Hudson. I emailed you.

Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge: Day 5 + Giveaway!

Welcome back to my Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge with Kim Hughes. After this, be sure to check out her blog. Her cards are darling!

Today we will both be using the Hero Arts Cling Dots and the Paper Smooches Sunny Side Up sets:

Lots of simple stuff here. Perfect for my airplane-obsessed hubby…

Be sure to also check out what Kim created with these stamps. Her cards simply rock.

So, from all the comments from this week, I picked a lucky winner of a Paper Smooches Word Up set – my favorite of theirs. The winner is Deb in Cincinnati.

AND! Kim said I could pick another winner… who will get to pick TWO Paper Smooches stamp sets of their choice! Just leave a comment here by Sunday night for your chance to win. Good luck!

And Kim is giving away some Hero Arts goodies on her blog, too….