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.

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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!

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.)