Worth Checking Out

Hello! OK. I am going to be straight here. I am struggling right now to balance everything. The kiddos are home… Lila has a fever… Colin made the select baseball team… Audrey is looking at colleges… Kay is coming home for a visit. And honestly – these are my first priority and love. (All are good things, minus the fever!) However, I have several videos shot and I will post them as soon as I get a chance to edit. I hope you understand and know that I will be sharing as soon as I can. :) xo

In the meantime, I have discovered some great things over on Instagram that I wanted to share here. I don’t visit crafty blogs but do follow a lot of crafty folks on Instagram. Here are some things that caught my eye:

(1.) Color Layering Swatches – Ruby had a brilliant idea that I just had to share! She used my ink swatch book idea to keep track of ink colors that work well for color layering. So helpful!

(2.) Heart In the Hustle Cards – If you are a fellow Believer, you may find these interesting. I plan to buy a set and include one inside handmade cards that I send out.

(3.) 25% Off Ranger Products – Get 25% off all Ranger products through 8/4/15. Use code RASALE when shopping HERE. Now is a great time to get Distress Inks, Craft Sheets and Ink Blending Tools.

(4.) No-Line Coloring – Wow. Wow. WOW. Those are the words that come to mind when I see Alice Wertz do no-line coloring. She is the master. I have not (nor plan to) tried this technique as I think I would struggle with it. But she rocks it. Wow. She has many examples on her blog.

 (5.) Mayholic In Crafts YouTube – I have been a fan of May’s for some time now, and I am so excited that she started doing videos. Yay!

(6.) Ellen Hutson Sneak PeekJulie Ebersole has some great new products coming out soon. Stay tuned! I love the peek she shared here.

(7.) 15% Off My Favorite Things – Get 15% off My Favorite Things products using code “MFTSALE” while shopping HERE before 8/4/15.

(8.) Background Check Class – Our current Online Card Class is going on and we are having a lot of fun! This is a peek at one of my class projects. We are sharing a ton of background ideas. (It is never too late to join and you can take the class whenever you want.)

(9.) Hero Arts Blog – I have really been enjoying the Hero Arts blog lately. This card by Kelly is divine.

See you soon with a video. Promise. :)






RAK Giveaway + Winners, Etc.


Life has me a bit occupied right now. College visits. Baseball games. Marathons. (Not me – hubby is doing the Boston Marathon. I prefer naps.) School meetings. Volunteer work. Oh – I have a fun project coming here, too, in a couple months. Something that will make your hearts happy. But in the meantime I wanted to pop in to say hello…

… and do a random-act-of-kindness giveaway!


Since I don’t have a video to share today, I wanted to share a prize with a lucky winner! The kind folks at Simon Says Stamp sent me an extra awesome April 2015 Card Kit – and it could be yours.

For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/15 telling me a bit of good news. The news can be anything – just something that has made you smile recently. Thank you, Simon! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


I recently have updated the Winners page here on my blog. There are a couple people who have not responded to my emails: Lori Gustafson and Joana UK. Please email me at the address on the top of my site if that is you!


Just a heads up about some fun going on over at My Favorite Things. They have a week full of shaker card ideas! Click HERE to see them all.

That’s all for now. See you soon.


Noteworthy Links

Hi! Just stopping in to share a couple fun links with you.


My friends Amy and Jamie of Amy Tangerine are doing a fun crafty video series called Design On Time. In each episode, a guest challenges them to use three specific things on a crafty project… and both Amy and Jamie have to complete it in 15 minutes. Love it!

I was this week’s guest and I challenged Amy and Jamie to use stamps (of course!), bling, and a sewing machine. You can watch the video HERE. They came up with great projects! And be sure to watch until the end for an appearance from Amy’s adorable boy. (Jack happens to be Lila’s future husband. I mean – come on! – they would be so cute together! Don’t you agree?!)

Be sure to subscribe to the Amy Tangerine YouTube channel to see more great videos. Such good people, too.


My Favorite Things just released some new products and there are a lot of good ones. Normally I would do a Product Release Close-Up video… but I am short on time thanks to school events and college visits for our junior. Regardless, I wanted to give you a heads up that you can see all the new products HERE. Below are a few of my favorites. That gnome set is awesome!

That’s it for today. I will be back soon with a video. Enjoy!

You Must Check Out… + GIVEAWAY

Hi! Today I wanted to give a shout out to some of my friends in the industry. There are lots of folks doing lots of awesome, inspiring things… and I wanted to make sure you don’t miss them. I am so proud of these great people.


My talented and fabulous friend, Kathy Racoosin, is in the middle of hosting a 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

The idea? Do a bit of coloring every day for 30 days. It can be a big project… a happy card… or a doodle on a napkin. Anything. It is amazing to see on Instagram (#thedailymarker30day) the number of people playing along! There are prizes and videos and lots of eye candy. For more info, head HERE.


Scrapbook & Cards Today is a seasonally inspired print magazine dedicated to scrapbooking, card making and papercrafting. Showcasing the latest techniques and products with interesting and easy-to-follow ideas and instructions you can subscribe to the beautiful print version HERE (click the “subscribe” tab – a very low price) or you can download it for free! Scrapbook & Cards Today can also be found on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

I am so very proud to be a Contributing Designer… but even more proud of the amazing work done by two of my friends on this issue. Megan Hoeppner is the Editor and Cathy Zielske is the Art Director. Both are wonderful people and put together a fabulous issue. And a big thanks to the publisher, Catherine Tachdjian. Proud of you all!

Isn’t the issue gorgeous? I have three cards in the and a link to a how-to video…

Head over HERE to see the newest issue and learn more.


My dear friend Kerri Bradford has been keeping me inspired for years… offering great downloads. So I was really excited when she announced she is now creating stamps! Kerri will be releasing new stamps each month. You can find more info HERE. I can’t wait to use them!


So Kerri Bradford said I could give away one of her stamp sets away to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/25/17 telling me someone who has made YOU proud lately. (After all, couldn’t his world use a little more kindness?) Good luck! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

See you soon with a video!

Happy Shopping Sale

I have a bunch of 8 and 9 year old boys over for a play date. Oh my is it loud! :) But I wanted to take a minute to let you know of a great crafty sale.

For 2/15/15 and 2/16/15 only, get 15% off at Ellen Hutson with code “prettypenny” HERE.

Here are a few of the things that caught my eye:

Off to go hang out with the kids. See you tomorrow!

New Product Alert + GIVEAWAY


I just wanted to pop in to give you the heads up on some new products that are available. (And give one away!) So many good ones – oh my! I had promised many of you that I would let you know when they were available. You will be seeing a lot of these in upcoming videos.

You can head HERE to see the newest from WPlus9, Clearly Besotted, Pretty Pink Posh, Winnie & Walter, Paper Smooches, Tim Holtz and more. My Favorite Things also has there newest release HERE. Here are some of my faves:

So I ordered an extra of the Wplus9 Unforgettable Stamp Set to send it to someone to enjoy! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/10/15. Good luck!

See you soon with a video.