I will be back in the swing of things on my blog soon. Just got back from a family trip to Disney. I have been to Disney many times in my life, but this trip was the most magical yet. Lila is the first of my kids to really get into the characters and magic of being there. I will never forget her eyes when she saw the castle light up for the first time or the sound of her voice when she said, “Mom! It’s magic!” So amazing.

So, again, I will be back to normal posts (and hopefully email) soon.


Just saw these fun things that I thought you might like:

See you soon. Promise!

Another Heads Up!

Hello! Just popping in to share a few more things that may be of interest to you.


My dear friend, Kristina, is working with her daughter to raise money to make kids with diabetes smile. Juvenile diabetes is such a terrible disease (my brother has it, as does Kristina’s young daughter), so I am big on supporting this effort. By donating money, you are eligible for some *HUGE* and awesome crafty prizes, including prizes from Online Card Classes and Simon Says Stamp. Check it out HERE.


I’ll be honest – I am really struggling lately to find time to be crafty. I am just going through a time where my friends and family need me more than my stamps do. (Although I honestly feel I need my stamps right now!) But these new Clearly Besotted products are on the top of my list to play with.

I also thought you might like the new release from Paper Smooches. Fruit that you can put legs and faces on? So cute!


So you all know that I am a HUGE fan of the Avery Elle Stamp Pockets. Just wanted to give you a heads up that two more options are available now. First, Ellen Hutson has stamp pockets that are the same size but thicker. Second, Simon Says Stamp has pockets that seem to be similiar to Avery Elle’s, but come in packs of 50. Although I will still be using Avery Elle’s (since I bought enough to last me a lifetime – I hope!), it is great to have options! I will be comparing them in a video soon…


Yep! I am hoping to bring My Favorite Crafty Things to you again this year. (I have been getting a lot of emails!) Please know that my blog comes second to my family and friends… but I am hoping to bring this series to you soon. Yay! Stay tuned.

That’s all for now. See you soon. xo


Heads Up!

Just popping in to give you a heads up about some fun things happening out there.


Today was day 1 of the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop… encouraging folks to send in cards for nursing homes. This is the fifth year we are collecting cards and hope you can participate! For more information, click HERE. To check out the first day of the hop, head over to the blog of Vera Yates HERE. Tomorrow will be day 2 of the hop… which will start here on my blog! Stay tuned. LOTS of great prizes.


My Favorite Things is retiring some of their great stamps and dies… and selling them for 50% off! Tons of products are on sale, but you probably want to move quick. You can find them all HERE.


Today was the first day of the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop 2014. We love seeing so many of you there! It isn’t too late to sign up – you can join and take it anytime. For more info, head HERE.


Did you know that Simon Says Stamp now sponsors a Flickr group? It’s a wonderful place where you can add your cards or projects using Simon’s very own exclusive brand of stamps, dies and stencils. In their discussion area, you’ll find challenges which are posted every other Friday. Click HERE for a link to the newest one.

There are prizes given away for each of the challenges too. (Some of which have been a $50.00 gift card to their on-line store!) It’s easy to join Flickr and once you’ve created an account, just join the Simon Says Stamp group and you’ll be all set to play in their challenges. You can find more info HERE and HERE. (Oh – and they didn’t ask me to post this. I was just impressed when I went to check it out!)

That’s all for now. See you tomorrow.

25% Off!

Just a quick heads up that Simon Says Stamp is having a great sale right now – 25% off Copic Markers. I am taking advantage of this deal and getting some refills. Yay!

Head on over HERE and use the code “Markers” for 25% off.

Have you taken the Copic plunge? If so, what is your favorite color? Mine is YG17. Or maybe R22. Or BG13? Hmmm… :)


Custom Stamp Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! A few years ago, I found a seller on Etsy who creates adorable “handmade by” custom stamps. I have several designs from her and wanted to share my newest, along with a discount code and giveaway in case you want one of your own…

Isn’t that the cutest design? I wanted something without my blog address, etc. to use on cards for close family and friends. I thought this was perfect! Karissa at Twig & Linen has many designs I have and love.

In the past I have used many of these other options below. However, I also have the scissors design on the top right and the initial design on the bottom left… (You can see that last one HERE.)

And by the way – I found Karissa and contacted her. She didn’t pay me to do this post. I just like her products. :)


Karissa of Twig & Linen is a sweetie – she is giving my readers 20% off with the code JMINK20. Also, she is currently offering a holiday special in her shop – spend $75 and get a free stamp.  You can combine the two sales for a really good deal!


Karissa of Twig & Linen is letting me give away two wood handled stamps. Winners will get to chose their designs! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/31/14.

Good luck!

Fun Finds


I am working like mad to bring to you lots of videos very soon – - lots of fun things in the works! So while I take time to do that, I wanted to share some fun, random finds with you:

  • I will confess. For months I was begging on Twitter for a stamp company to come out with succulent stamps. (I *love* succulents.) Turns out Heidi from SSS heard my pleas and got Sandy Allnock to design some succulent stamps and dies. EEK! I am so happy. I will have a video next week (need to find time to edit it!) showing what I did with them. So much fun!! You can find them HERE. (Thank you Heidi and Sandy! Now… I need some GOOD boy sports stamps. Hee.)
  • Many of you may know that for years, I have had a thing for Matthew Mcconaughey. (I should note that this “thing” has recently been replaced by a “thing” for Scott Foley from Scandal. Nom nom.) You may have seen that Matthew has a line of commercials with Lincoln and they are a bit odd. THIS video with Ellen totally cracks me up. Made me smile… and it may make you smile, too.
  • Studio Calico just released some fun new stamps and dies. You can find them all HERE. I am in love with the “Christmas” die. (It would be fab in glitter paper!)
  • Papertrey Ink has a new kit that looks incredible. Betsy Veldman created it – so proud of her!
  • My friend Julie Ebersole has a new stamp and die line coming out from Ellen Hutson. I will be sharing it soon, but in the meantime there are some great peeks over on Ellen’s blog. Proud of her, too!
  • Ok… THIS made me laugh. :)
  • Just a little heads up – I will have TWO card drives coming up here. One will be for holiday cards for nursing homes. Another will be for sick kids. Please get ready to create for a good cause!

That’s all. :) Have a great day!