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.


20% Off + Winners

While I take some time to figure out why my voice-overs aren’t working in my movie-making software (ack!), I thought I would pop in to share some things…

20% OFF

Just wanted to let you know that the kind folks over at Butterfly Reflections (an online stamp store) are having 20% off today only! Just go HERE and use the code “SNOWDAY20″. Although their store is newer/smaller, they have a lot of the best new products to chose from. The owner is sweet, too!


Just wanted to announce a few winners. The winners of the Clean and Simple 4 class spots are Sandy S, Sue Feren and Benessi. The lucky one who gets the Neat and Tangled stamps is Carol Doggett. I have emailed you all. (Remember – winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. If you won a prize and have not received, please email me!)

By the way, if you wanted to see a few more sneak peeks from class, here they are…

Be back soon!


Clean and Simple 4 GIVEAWAYS + More

Hi! Just popping in to share a few fun things.


Our newest Online Card Class is starting on Monday – - Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple. In this all-video class, we’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a clean and simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever.

And now, THREE of you have the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right – I am giving away three spots in the class. Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59EST 1/25/15 to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, 1/26/15, but you can join or take anytime. Hope to see you there!


I am a HUGE fan of Amazon Prime. I use it *a lot* for FREE 2-day shipping, on everything including diapers, crafty goodies, organization tools, crafty goodies, shoes, crafty goodies and more. :) I can’t recommend it enough. They have a lot of other great perks which you can find out about HERE. Today only they are having a great (and unique) sale – only $72 instead of $99 for a year. (Trust me – it is worth every penny and more.)


Simon Says Stamp has 25% off all Copic Markers HERE now through 1/30/15 with the code “COPIC”. Time to stock up on new colors or (if you are like me) refills!


So I am right now with my friends Kristina Werner and Kathy Racoosin and we filmed a couple Q&A videos. To see them, head on over to my Facebook page HERE. (They will be up sometime today.)

You can also see some photos of our adventures at Alt Summit HERE.

See you soon! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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Happy Weekend – Updates & Discount Code

Hello. Just wanted to share a few things…


So this weekend is the big CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show in Anaheim. However, I decided to stay home this time… I just felt a need to stay with the family. But I encourage you to check out Instagram – lots of companies are sharing lots of great new products.

My favorites so far?


I have emailed all the folks who were randomly picked to purchase large boxes of craft supplies. Here they are:

  • Package A: Robin L, Dawn G, Michele S, Evelyn L, Wanda K, Marie-Sylvie, Stacy M, Jeanne H and Karen & Scott.
  • Package B: Kerry Y and Linda Anne.
  • Package C: Trish R, Cindy R and Allison L.

I have already received payment from a few people and I was excited to donate the money to Kind Campaign. A great cause. THANK YOU to these folks for their donations! I will be making another donation after I get the rest of the payments.

People asked when I will do additional craft box sales. They will likely happen again in a few months. I will announce it here. Thanks!


Before the holidays, I shared my love Kiwi Crate – an awesome thing for kids to do. Kiwi Crate, Tinker Crate, Koala Crate and Doodle Crate provide creative kid’s craft, art and science projects in a box delivered to your door each month. If your child or grandchild is between the ages of 2 and 16, you need to join. They are absolutely delightful and the price is very low. Lila does the Koala Crate and Colin does Tinker Crate.

The inventor and owner of Kiwi Crate is one of my best childhood friends. However, I fell in love with the product before I realized this! And they were kind to offer my readers a great discount today: Use code JM30 for 30% off 1st month subscription to any product line (plus FREE shipping). For more information, go HERE and click the different tabs at the top for the different product lines.


I spent a lot of time this week filming videos to share here on the blog soon. (Just gotta find the time to edit the videos! Anyone want to help? LOL) If you want to see some sneak peeks, you can check out my Instagram HERE.

OK… off to watch some mindless TV. Hugs to all. And – as always – thanks for stopping by this little spot of mine. xo