I am still on an extended vacation… taking some much-needed time off. I am an “island girl” at heart and only feel 100% at ease and myself when spending time on the USVI’s or BVI’s. So thankful to be back. (If you want a peek at some photos, you can check out my Instagram feed.)
Just popping in share a few links with you… totally random:
I am so very sad to hear of 2Peas closing. I was a Garden Girl there for many years when I scrapbooked and it opened many doors for me. I also made many friendships that still last to this day. I will forever be grateful to them. Please check out THIS letter from my friend April Foster. Her words are perfect.
I recently saw THIS post by the sweet Jessica Turner and think it is a great read for just about anyone. I know I don’t feel 100% fabulous in a bathing suit (or even close) but that doesn’t make me hesitate for one second to throw on my suit and play with my kids. My kids matter a heck of a lot more than my insecurities. Nicely written, Jessica!
Hello, stampers. Today’s video shows a fun way to add dimension to die cuts for a layered “celebrate” card. I also have some exciting news for a fellow crafter that includes book giveaways!
[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]
I am always looking for ways to give new and fresh looks to the dies I have on hand. For this card, I created lots of layer and dimension. After deciding the arrangement of the Paper Smooches balloons, I die cut three of the balloons from a white cardstock background panel. I then added small scraps of glitter paper behind the die cut windows, creating a “set back” look. Finally, I used pop dots to add balloons to the front. This results in lots of fun dimension. Oh – and that glitter paper? Isn’t it awesome?
Today I created a CELEBRATE card with good reason. My sweet friend and fellow cardmaker, Cristina Kowalczyk has some big things going on! She’s an author (she writes under her maiden name – Cristina Henriquez), and her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, comes out TODAY! To celebrate, I, along with a few other crafty friends, are helping her spread the word. Check it out…
Ben Fountain said it was “a triumph of storytelling,” Heidi Julavits called it “extraordinary,” and Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose it as his “must read for summer,” saying, “This novel snuck up on me. It’s moving and beautifully written, never overwrought, and I read it virtually in one sitting. It’s compelling, tragic, sometimes funny, uplifting and heart-wrenching. I can’t stop thinking about these people.”
If you do all four of those, that’s four entries! (On Cristina’s blog, submit one comment per entry. For example: “I tweeted!” “I put it on FB!” “I pinned it!” etc.) From all the comments on her blog, Cristina will choose 5 people to win a copy of the novel. Plus, one lucky person will win the grand prize, a signed book plus a giant stash of craft supplies – stamps, dies, inks, you name it!
For more info about the book and other ways that you can show your support, head over to Cristina’s blog. Also be sure to check out what our other crafty friends are saying about Cristina: Julie, Virginia, Maile, Debby, Wida and Laura. (Cristina… I am so very proud of you and adore you tremendously!)
I have been using my colored pencils a lot more lately and have some videos coming up. If you are on the market for good ones, try the new Spectrum Noir pencils. They have a lot of great features which I will share in a video soon. But you can get them now for 20% off.
If you are in to watercolor lately like me, you may be interested in this new-to-many watercolor from Zig. I have them on order and can’t wait to try them. I have heard good things!
I was recently a guest again over on Paperclipping Roundtable. Basically, this is a recorded discussion between artists… and something that anyone can listen to. Fun, huh? This time we talked about how to use products creatively. Click HERE if you want to check it out. (You can also check out a few of my past discussions on markers and techniques with Tim Holtz.) It is perfect to listen to while working out! Or crafting.
Hello! In the past I have shared some of my favorite places to get personalized stamps. I have several that I like and use. (I send a lot of cards!)
I recently spotted some new fun ones from Bossy Joscie. I ordered three and really like them…
It is hard to see, but the bigger stamp on the bottom there is an address stamp. This is what it looks like, along with a fun option to stamp on the back of your handmade cards…
Pretty fun, huh? If you are interested, you can order your stamps HERE.
When I told Joscelyne – the sweet girl behind Bossy Joscie – that I liked the stamps, she offered to give a $20 gift certificate to her store to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/10/14. Good luck.
(PS: As always, I was not asked to post this. I just am sharing some I found that I love.)
I know social media gets a bad rap in many cases. But through it I have met some amazing folks in this hobby… many of which I now call friends.
I have recently been making an effort to keep up with all my social media channels, not just Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. (They are my favorites!)
Here is where you can find me:
FACEBOOK – I am really making an effort to be more active on Facebook. In fact, a few days ago I did a big giveaway! I haven’t had my page very long but it is growing into a fun place to share and ask questions. (By the way, if you are a friend on my personal page, please instead go to my business page and “like” it. I am going to cut back my personal page to close friends and family. Thank you!)
TWITTER – On Twitter, I like to share links to cards by others that I have seen that I like, along with new products that catch my eye. Oh, and I also share occasional random thoughts. I love Twitter because it is so simple.
INSTAGRAM – I LOVE INSTAGRAM. It is such a positive and happy place! Folks load photos and short videos for friends to see. Very easy. On Instagram, I share peeks at projects I am working on… craft room organization ideas… and fun photos of my kiddos being silly. If you aren’t on Instragram, I recommend it.
PINTEREST – I pin a lot of crafty ideas, healthy recipes, crafts for kids and more. Pinterest is an absolute must for crafters. It is like an online bulletin board where you can store your favorite inspiration!
YOUTUBE – Want to learn how to do something in particular? Head to YouTube! It’s all there. On my YouTube channel, I share lots of crafty how-to’s. If you subscribe (click the red button), you will be notified anytime I add a video.
Do you hang out in any of these places? Which is your favorite?