Heads Up!

Just popping in to share a few links with you.

Cards For Katy

I am a big fan of card drives… especially when they are for kids. My friend Michelle knows of a sweet 6-year-old girl named Katy who is very sick with heart problems. If you would like to bring a smile to her face (or anyone in her family), please consider sending in cards. You can find out more information about the Cards for Katy card drive HERE.

20% off Ranger Products

Hurry! Simon Says Stamp is having 20% off all Ranger products. The sale ends today (8/11/14) so you gotta hurry! Now is your chance to get any Ranger products you may be interested in, such as Mini Distress Inks, Texture Paste and Mini Ink Blending Tools. Use the code RANGERSALE at checkout HERE.

Embossing Powder Containers

I get a lot of questions about how I store my favorite embossing powders. (You can see a post about it HERE.) So this week I put together a video showing it in detail. However, life threw me a curve ball and I haven’t had time to edit and post it for you… but I promise I will soon! In the meantime, I saw that the containers I use are available at VERY awesome prices over at Zulily:

  • Large Containers – I store my most-used-and-must-have white and clear embossing powders in these larger containers. This price is for three. I normally pay this much for one! I put a few jars of powder in these.
  • Small Containers – I store my other favorite powders in these smaller containers. This price is for three – I have never seen it this low.
  • Colorful Small Containers – This is the same as the last one but in fun colors! I ordered a few. Great price.
  • Medium Containers – This is a great alternative to the small container. It is just a little taller. I use these for storing other crafty goodies, too.
  • Long Containers – I ordered a few of these to try. I think they will be fun for brushes, markers, powders and more.

I also should mention that I use these A LOT in my kids’ lunches. They are fabulous. I see these once in awhile at Home Goods but this is by far the best price ever. They will likely sell fast, so hurry!

Free Lunch Box Jokes

I have mentioned many times how I love to put notes in my kids’ lunch boxes. I also like to include jokes… so I was excited to see great free joke printables from All For the Boys. So fun!

Watercolor Video

Boy oh boy. You must go watch THIS amazing video by my friend Dawn. She is simply amazing.

That’s it for now. If you have anything fun to share, please do so in the comments below!

Happy day!

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Class Giveaway + Cool Links + GIVEAWAYS

Hello! I am just popping in to share a few things with you today, including a video that gives some insight into our newest Online Card Class called Stretch Your Stamps 2. And keep reading after that – I have some fun links for you.

Here is a bit about the class…

Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends, to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content and can view it anytime. It is not necessary to take Stretch Your Stamps 1 first.

We hope to see you in class!


Just some other things I thought you might like to check out:


I have THREE spots to give away to the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class! Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 7/29/14 for your chance.

And I will be back to announce other winners soon.

That’s it for today. See you soon.

Heads Up! 20% Off Crafty Shopping

Just popping in with some happy shopping news…

Now through the 7/7/14, get 20% off nearly everything at Ellen Hutson with the code “july414″ HERE.

Here is what I am ordering today:

  • THIS stamp is just plain fun. Perfect for scrapbooking and the back of cards. Envelopes, too!
  • I have been waiting for THIS stencil to come back in stock. I lost mine – ordering another.
  • THIS stencil looks fun, too.
  • Not sure what it is about THIS stamp – just makes me happy.

Happy shopping! And Happy 4th to my US friends. XO.

Links to Share


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.
  • You can get all Kelly Purkey products at 75% off over at Simon Says Stamp! What a deal. Use code “PURKEY” now through 7/15/14.
  • You can also get a great deal on Copic Markers — 20% off at SSS with the code “HUE” now through 7/15/14.
  • 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!
  • I just finished reading The Book of Unknown Americans… written by my crafty friend Cristina. It is fabulous and I highly recommend it. Such amazing writing.
  • I am so proud of my friend Tammy! She will rock that job. Congrats!

That is all for now. I have lots of videos to share over the next few weeks. See you soon!


Video: Layered Die Cuts… and Book Announcement Giveaway

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?

I also used thin black string to attach the balloons to the Paper Smooches “celebrate” glitter die cut at the bottom of the card. The strings took a bit of time, but I felt it helped to pull it all together.


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…

I was SO tickled to see her book listed on Amazon’s Top Picks for this month. WOW! I pre-ordered it back on March 9, so I am excited to get it in the mail tomorrow!

Here is a bit more about The Book of Unknown Americans:

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.”

Cristina is giving away 5 signed, first-edition copies of The Book of Unknown Americans. And because this is all about spreading the word, there are four ways to enter…

  1. Tweet about The Book of Unknown Americans (#UnknownAmericans)
  2. Write a Facebook post telling your friends about the book
  3. Pin the cover of the book on Pinterest
  4. Or simply leave a comment on Cristina’s blog

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 several winners of past giveaways. All winners have been emailed: Barbara H – Crafty Newbie (Wow! Embossing Powders), Michele Whimsical Creations (Avery Elle stamp sets), TracyM #6773 (two Hero Arts stamp sets) and Robin Ludwig (Peerless Watercolor).


Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AMZ)…

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20% Off Shopping Discounts for Two Great Stores

In honor of Mother’s Day, two of my favorite stores – Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson – are having 20% off sales! Here are the details:

Simon Says Stamp – - – 20% off site-wide with the code “HEARTU” from now until 11:59pmEST on 5/11/14.

Ellen Hutson – - – 20% off nearly every product in stock using the code “momsday14″ from now until 11:59pmPST on 5/11/14. (Click HERE for exclusions – there aren’t many.)

A few things to check out:

  • Simon Says Stamp has the Peerless Watercolors in stock!
  • 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 am dying to try out these handwriting dies. And these block out dies look unique! Heck… I really like what I see with all the Little B dies. Has anyone tried them? Need to order…
  • Remember that old Kokuyo adhesive that all scrapbookers loved back in the day? Then it was hard to find? Well I hear it is back HERE. In my cart… I have missed that adhesive!

OK… off to shop. Have a good day!