Heads Up!

Just popping in to give you a heads up about some fun things happening out there.


Today was day 1 of the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop… encouraging folks to send in cards for nursing homes. This is the fifth year we are collecting cards and hope you can participate! For more information, click HERE. To check out the first day of the hop, head over to the blog of Vera Yates HERE. Tomorrow will be day 2 of the hop… which will start here on my blog! Stay tuned. LOTS of great prizes.


My Favorite Things is retiring some of their great stamps and dies… and selling them for 50% off! Tons of products are on sale, but you probably want to move quick. You can find them all HERE.


Today was the first day of the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop 2014. We love seeing so many of you there! It isn’t too late to sign up – you can join and take it anytime. For more info, head HERE.


Did you know that Simon Says Stamp now sponsors a Flickr group? It’s a wonderful place where you can add your cards or projects using Simon’s very own exclusive brand of stamps, dies and stencils. In their discussion area, you’ll find challenges which are posted every other Friday. Click HERE for a link to the newest one.

There are prizes given away for each of the challenges too. (Some of which have been a $50.00 gift card to their on-line store!) It’s easy to join Flickr and once you’ve created an account, just join the Simon Says Stamp group and you’ll be all set to play in their challenges. You can find more info HERE and HERE. (Oh – and they didn’t ask me to post this. I was just impressed when I went to check it out!)

That’s all for now. See you tomorrow.

25% Off!

Just a quick heads up that Simon Says Stamp is having a great sale right now – 25% off Copic Markers. I am taking advantage of this deal and getting some refills. Yay!

Head on over HERE and use the code “Markers” for 25% off.

Have you taken the Copic plunge? If so, what is your favorite color? Mine is YG17. Or maybe R22. Or BG13? Hmmm… :)


Custom Stamp Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! A few years ago, I found a seller on Etsy who creates adorable “handmade by” custom stamps. I have several designs from her and wanted to share my newest, along with a discount code and giveaway in case you want one of your own…

Isn’t that the cutest design? I wanted something without my blog address, etc. to use on cards for close family and friends. I thought this was perfect! Karissa at Twig & Linen has many designs I have and love.

In the past I have used many of these other options below. However, I also have the scissors design on the top right and the initial design on the bottom left… (You can see that last one HERE.)

And by the way – I found Karissa and contacted her. She didn’t pay me to do this post. I just like her products. :)


Karissa of Twig & Linen is a sweetie – she is giving my readers 20% off with the code JMINK20. Also, she is currently offering a holiday special in her shop – spend $75 and get a free stamp.  You can combine the two sales for a really good deal!


Karissa of Twig & Linen is letting me give away two wood handled stamps. Winners will get to chose their designs! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/31/14.

Good luck!

Fun Finds


I am working like mad to bring to you lots of videos very soon – - lots of fun things in the works! So while I take time to do that, I wanted to share some fun, random finds with you:

  • I will confess. For months I was begging on Twitter for a stamp company to come out with succulent stamps. (I *love* succulents.) Turns out Heidi from SSS heard my pleas and got Sandy Allnock to design some succulent stamps and dies. EEK! I am so happy. I will have a video next week (need to find time to edit it!) showing what I did with them. So much fun!! You can find them HERE. (Thank you Heidi and Sandy! Now… I need some GOOD boy sports stamps. Hee.)
  • Many of you may know that for years, I have had a thing for Matthew Mcconaughey. (I should note that this “thing” has recently been replaced by a “thing” for Scott Foley from Scandal. Nom nom.) You may have seen that Matthew has a line of commercials with Lincoln and they are a bit odd. THIS video with Ellen totally cracks me up. Made me smile… and it may make you smile, too.
  • Studio Calico just released some fun new stamps and dies. You can find them all HERE. I am in love with the “Christmas” die. (It would be fab in glitter paper!)
  • Papertrey Ink has a new kit that looks incredible. Betsy Veldman created it – so proud of her!
  • My friend Julie Ebersole has a new stamp and die line coming out from Ellen Hutson. I will be sharing it soon, but in the meantime there are some great peeks over on Ellen’s blog. Proud of her, too!
  • Ok… THIS made me laugh. :)
  • Just a little heads up – I will have TWO card drives coming up here. One will be for holiday cards for nursing homes. Another will be for sick kids. Please get ready to create for a good cause!

That’s all. :) Have a great day!

Video: Altering Stamped Images + Online Interview

Hello! Today’s video shows how to take a stamp image and completely give it a new look. I also do a bit of Copic coloring… and have a link to a fun online interview.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I am always looking for creative ways to give a stamp a new look. Sometimes I do this by using a different technique. Or maybe by using it in a different context. (For example, using a party hat as a Christmas tree, etc.) Today I really stretched a stamp by altering it to be completely different. This is something you could do with many of your “critter” stamps. (Try putting a winter hat on an owl or a scarf on a cat.) Here? I turned the Simon Says Stamp Trick or Treat mummy dog into a dog wrapped in Christmas lights.

After stamping the dog with my favorite Copic-friendly black ink – the My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink – I used a Copic .3 Multiliner black pen to alter the mummy wrap into Christmas lights. I then colored the image with Copic Markers, adding Wink of Stella shimmer and a bit of Glossy Accents.

I added a “naughty or nice” greeting, matted the piece with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die cut and added it to a card that was stamped with versatile My Favorite Things Cheesecloth background. I kept the rest of the card simple since the image is pretty busy. Oh! And I used Black Enamel Accents on his eyes and nose.


Today I was part of the Iron Craft Season 2 Finale along with a few of my crafty friends. It was so much fun! You can check out the recording below. I am not the best at interviews but I loved the girls I was chatting with. :) Oh, and I recommend subscribing to Chaitali’s YouTube channel. She has lots of great interviews. (You can see the wrap-up party for this interview HERE – it will go up the morning of 9/15/14.)


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), My Favorite Things (MFT), and Amazon (AZ).



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(SSS | EH | AZ)


Join Me on Iron Craft Interview! + Giveaway + Spread Some Good

Hello! I have some fun news for you, along with giveaway winners and a way to spread some good.


I will be a guest over on Iron Craft this weekend for their season 2 finale. There will be four guests – including my bestie Kristina Werner. We’ll be answering your questions live (eek!), giving away some prizes and sharing some new card ideas.

This crazy fun event will be on Sunday, 9/14/14 at 10:30amPT (or 1:30pmET). Just visit Chaitali’s blog at that time and you can join us.

In this interview, we will be answering lots of crafty questions. If you have anything you would like to ask us, leave your questions on the Iron Craft 2 Finale Facebook event page. There are prizes to be won!

In the meantime, head over to Chaitali’s blog now for more information and for a chance to win this fun prize with some of my favorite things…

Oh – and here is your official invite… :)

Hope to see you there!


I have some winners of previous giveaways:


Anyone who knows me knows that I feel very strongly about supporting those who struggle with depression. It is a very horrible and REAL disease that can ruin lives. My crafty friend, Britta, recently lost a friend to suicide. I also in the past lost a friend this way… and a cousin. I am very proud of Britta as she is working hard to raise money for suicide prevention. If this is something you also feel strongly about, I hope you will consider making a donation HERE. (She has a video explaining her story.) And if you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. Reach out for help. xo


For some reason, many companies are coming out with some awesome new products lately. I have a few Product Release Close-Up videos coming up soon. But I will be honest – I can’t keep up! In the meantime, here are some worth checking out:

That’s all! See you soon.