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!

Chatting About Using Product Creatively

Hi! Just popping in to share something fun.

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. :)

See you soon!


Personalized Stamps Giveaway

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.)


Let’s Chat!


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?

Hope to see you out there!

Welcome December!


I went away for the holiday weekend and the kids and I brought back a bad bug. Can’t believe we are sick! Once we get better, I will share winners and more projects. Stay tuned.

In the meantime I wanted to give you the heads up on a fun project I did over at Ellen Hutson. Ellen has started her annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist… and I am on day 1. Here is a peek at my project – I stamped on embossing paste!

To see the complete project and step-by-step photos, head over to Ellen Hutson HERE.

Stamping + Patterned Paper

I am on a mission.

A mission to use more of the 6×6 paper pads that I seem to collect. So today I have a card showing one simple way a stamper can use patterned papers…

Whenever I need a happy card for one of my kids, I seem to often reach for Paper Smooches. This new stamp set with the elephant just made me giddy! I stamped all the pieces on BasicGrey papers and then cut them out. Simple. Easy. Fun.

Oh – and a little trick. The stamp set had solid balloons and I wanted an outline. So I stamped the balloons in a light ink on the BACK of the patterned paper. I then cut them out and flipped them over. I used a black pen to draw around the edge. Voila! I have outline balloons on patterned paper. I also used a black pen to draw in the strings.

I also wanted the striped “floor” to have the same outline look so I drew a black line along it. This made a big difference in giving the card a completed look.

And that’s it!


I also have a few fun links and info for you today…

  • You must, you must, YOU MUST go check out A Blog Named Hero. This entire month they are doing a big holiday event. OH MY WORD. There are some amazing cards and guests. Go bookmark it now or subscribe. Such good stuff already and it is only day 2! (You will see one of mine over there, too.)
  • Laura Bassen is one of my favorite stampers. And her video in THIS post made me melt! SO cute.
  • THIS new stencil from Kelly Purkey makes my heart go pitter patter. So many great uses.
  • Our newest Online Card Class starts next week! You can find out more HERE. (And I will be doing a giveaway soon.) Even if you aren’t a big holiday card maker, there are lots of techniques worth seeing.
  • I got to spend time at Hero Arts this weekend. (More on that later.) The wonderful Sandy Allnock was there and she is a delight. Check out her fun videos HERE and consider following her blog. I adore her. (She is also the head of Operation Write Home.)
  • THIS card over at Ellen Hutson is amazing.
  • I showed one of the newest Paper Smooches stamp sets above. They had a few more I just love. Check them out: Group Hugs, Calorie Free (ack – I LOVE this!) and Fresh Snow.
  • Speaking of Paper Smooches… they have a new fantastic site. Check it out HERE. They also have a free stamp set for orders over $60.
  • Please, please, please consider sending in some holiday cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I can’t wait to look through all the cards!
  • Looking for some classy new holiday stamp sets that will allow you to create a WOW card without the fuss of layering, etc? Check out these new WPlus9 stamp sets: Pretty Poinsettias and Silver Bells. They also have matching dies.
  • I have a winner! The winner of the Freckled Fawn OHDEERME Kit is Lin. I emailed you.

See you soon.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Paper Smooches Enjoy the Show Stamps (SSS|EH)

BasicGrey Carte Postale 6×6 Paper (SSS|EH)

BasicGrey 25th & Pine 6×6 Paper (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

Copic Multiliner 0.3 Black Pen (SSS|SSS)