My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: DIES + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2014.

In this series, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day will have a different topic with lots of videos, big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 11/27/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Stay tuned! More discount codes will be announced as the series continues.

Today’s focus includes dies and die cutting essentials. There are two videos and the first is on favorite dies…

Warning: This video is pretty long. You can instead just check out the dies below.

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AZ for Amazon, or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.

BASIC SHAPE DIES

Dies are tools that can be used over and over for crafting. Therefore, let’s start with some must-have basic shapes:

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | MFT)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | MFT )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

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CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | LI )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

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( SSS | LI )

 

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CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

WORD DIES

I am completely head-over-heels in love with word dies. I can’t get enough! Here are some favorites, but I recommend you check out other word dies from these companies, too.

CLICK A SHOP:
( SC )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | POP )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | PS)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | ME )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | LF)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SC )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | WP9)

 

OTHER MUST-HAVE DIES

Here are some other must-have dies from this past year:

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | HA)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | ME)

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AE)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | MB)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

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( SSS )

 

STAMP & DIE COMBOS

Many stamps have matching dies available now. And sometimes the combo of products has so much to offer that you can’t pass it up…

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | WF )

 

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( SSS | WF )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | WF )

 

DIE CUTTING ESSENTIALS

This second video shares a few die cutting essentials that may be helpful to you.

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( MFT )

 

 

Are you creating a wish list for Christmas? This list of Favorite Crafty Things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you hope to see under the tree.

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Time for more giveaways! Today’s prizes are big, thanks to many generous companies. I have giveaways for FIVE more lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14 telling me what your favorite die is. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

VIDEO: Plaid Pattern Stamping + Caring Hearts Card Drive Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hello. Today is a big day! First, this post is part of the the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop (with big giveaways!)… encouraging folks to send in cards for nursing homes. Second, I’m excited to be a guest over on the Mama Elephant Blog. I am a big fan of Mama Elephant stamps and I adore the owners. More on those things in a bit… let’s first dive into today’s video… sharing some tips on how to create a plaid pattern with stamps.

[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 a big fan of any card background that brings the attention to the sentiment. Today’s plaid pattern stamping is perfect for that! By repeatedly stamping borders from Mama Elephant’s newest border stamp set – Boutique Borders – I am able to create an bold pattern. In the video I share tips on how to first stamp an “X” at the center of the card, and build your pattern around it.

I used Mama Elephant’s Rainwater and Moonlight Pigment Inks to stamp the border image repeatedly on some Neenah White Cardstock. I like to clear heat emboss after stamping each time so I don’t have to worry about the pigment ink drying.

To create the sentiment, I applied some of the beautiful Apricot Pigment Ink on to a piece of Neenah White Carstock. After clear embossing it to match the rest of the card, I placed my all time favorite thanks die on top and ran it through my die cut machine. I decided I wanted even more dimension on the word so I applied more of the Apricot ink and then put on some WOW Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. This powder has larger granules and gives much more dimension.

To finish, I wanted to add some hearts. I cut out some using the Mama Elephant Confetti die from white cardstock and colored them with the Apricot ink and clear heat embossed. And, as usual, I made two cards since my supplies were out.

By the way, in the video I mentioned that I get stuck creatively from time to time. I have a trick I do when this happens that I wanted to share in case you find yourself in the same situation. I go through my blog and look at my older cards and find one that I like. I use it as my inspiration and put a new spin on it. That’s what I’ve done here and it really helps get my creative mojo going again. This is the card that I looked back on for my kick start: (You can find info on it HERE.)

Maybe it will work for you, too!

MAMA ELEPHANT BLOG

As I mentioned, my video is featured over on the Mama Elephant blog. Their blog is one of the best in the industry, so I encourage you to check it out HERE. So inspiring!

CARING HEARTS CARD DRIVE BLOG HOP

This post is part of the second day of the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop celebrating our card drive. This is the fifth year we are collecting cards for folks in nursing homes and hope you can participate! For information on sending cards, click HERE. Although we were supposed to do Christmas cards for this hop, I decided instead to make thank you cards for some of the gals helping with this card drive. :)

The next person on the hop is my sweet friend Kristina Werner. (Be sure to also check out day 1 of our hop, which started at the blog of Vera Yates.)

GIVEAWAY

No hop is complete without prizes, and we have a lot! For your chance to win, leave a comment on this blog (and all the others on the hop) before midnight CST on 11/8/14. Winners will be chosen randomly based on collective comments left on the designer’s blogs from both days of the hop. Here’s the prize list:

Remember that you are also eligible for MANY more prizes by sending in cards for the card drive. For more information, visit HERE. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | ME )

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | ME )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | ME)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | ME )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AMZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AMZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

Video: Embossing With Dies + Pink Power Blog Hop

Hello! Today I have a video showing how to emboss with dies. I am also participating in the Pink Power Blog Hop… to spread breast cancer awareness and to support loved ones going through treatment.

[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.]

Clean and simple cards are actually my favorite, but I struggle with them. Every once in awhile I am able to pull one off… and still incorporate some fun techniques. Dies are my favorite (am I allowed to say I love them as much as stamps?) and I love the look of embossing with them. Here, I used the Lawn Fawn Small and Large Stitched Rectangle die sets to make a double-stitched-frame impression onto watercolor paper. This is very easy to do with an embossing pad, but you could also use fun foam.

After heat embossing the awesome Pink Power stamp images with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, I did a bit of watercolor with a pink Tombow marker and Wink of Stella glitter pen. It works so well… and is quick. I also covered a tiny heart die cut with the silver powder and added it for a touch of dimension.

PINK POWER BLOG HOP

My friend Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread breast cancer awareness with this Pink Power Blog Hop. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set and Verve is selling it and I couldn’t be more proud of her for doing this. You can purchase the stamps HERE.

I also encourage you to check out the SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge HERE. What a great cause.

The next person on the hop is Amy’s blog HERE. You can also start at the beginning at Chaitali’s blog HERE.

SUPPLIES

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

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AMZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AMZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AZ )

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

Video: Floating Embellishment Card + Hero Arts Blog Hop (Giveaways!)

Hello. Today I’m taking part in the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop, showcasing their newest holiday release. I have a video for you that shows how to create a floating tree card with a fun background. It looks like magic and is sure to impress your card recipient!

[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.]

Creating this background is such fun. After clear embossing the fantastic background stamp by Hero Arts and Basic Grey on green cardstock, I sprayed it heavily with Gold Metallic Spray from Hero Arts. (Make sure to shake it like crazy before you spray!) After letting it dry completely, I took a cloth and gently buffed the gold off the embossed areas. The embossing powder resists the gold spray and allows the green to show through.

After die cutting a window in the center of the the gold panel and the card, I stretched my favorite gold thread across and sandwiched it between the two pieces.

I used two felt trees from Hero Arts and glued them together in the center of the string, sandwiching the string between them. I colored a Hero Arts snowflake gem and a few regular gemstones with my E35 Copic Marker and adhered the snowflake gemstone to the top of the tree. I didn’t want the back of the snowflake gem to glue my card shut, so on the back I applied some powder from my EK Success powder tool… removing the stick.

Embellishments are not the only thing you can float on a card. You could also use die-cuts or even stamped images!

HERO ARTS BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, I am part of the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop today.

The next person on the hop is the incredible Mariana Grigsby. She is so talented!

GIVEAWAY

There are several ways to win on this hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded! The three winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning. The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

SUPPLIES

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

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

VIDEO: Die Cutting Felt + Discount Code + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shares some tips for die cutting felt. I also have a giveaway and discount code for My Favorite Things!

[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.]

Ahhhh… yes. I have fallen back in love with felt and stitching. I am hoping it makes a huge comeback! One of the best lines of felt for cardmaking is from My Favorite Things. It comes in lovely colors (not like the icky colors at the big craft stores) and a nice thickness that works great for die cutting. I found that when die cutting felt with intricate dies, it was best to adhere the felt to a piece of paper first…. giving the die cuts a paper backing. This gives it stability and makes it easier to work with. For this card, I die cut My Favorite Things felt with their Fresh Cut Flowers and “thank you” dies

I added all the die cut felt pieces with Matte Multi Medium to a background cut with a faux-stitched frame die. For a nice finishing touch, I added hand-stitching with my new favorite silver thread. (This thread rocks and is inexpensive… and also comes in gold and light gold.)

SHOPPING DISCOUNT

Good news! I have a discount code that is exclusive for my readers. Just use the code JMFRIENDS between 9/24/14 and 9/27/14 for a 15% discount at My Favorite Things. Spend over $60 and you will get the great Many Thanks die for FREE! (One coupon code per order. For the free die, the total must be $60 after the discount and before shipping.)

If you want a close look at the newest release of My Favorite Things products, be sure to check out THIS video.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a few My Favorite Things stamps and dies? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/30/14. Good luck.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: My Favorite Things (MFT), Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ).

CLICK A SHOP:
( MFT )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( MFT )

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( MFT )

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( MFT )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

Video: No-Mess Glitter Die Cuts

Hello! Today’s video shows how to create glitter die cuts… without the mess during and after.

[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 know many of you avoid glitter because it is a mess to work with… or it rubs off easily from the final card. Well today’s video shows many ways to tackle the mess. I really think it is worth it to take these extra steps when using glitter… the final results are so fun.

One important tip is to use high quality, super fine glitter. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Superfine Glitter in this video. This stuff is amazing! Once you press it on to double-sided tape, it becomes velvety smooth and stays put. (I also like Glitter Ritz and Ranger fine glitters. However, I really like that Elizabeth Craft Designs has developed a TON of incredible products and techniques using their glitters. I highly recommend checking them out HERE… including their videos. And, no, they didn’t ask me to post this. I was just impressed.)

To create these adorable glasses, I use the new My Favorite Things glasses dies to cut cardstock covered with double-sided tape. I then removed the release paper and added the Elizabeth Crafts teal and blue glitter… rubbing it with a bone folder to press the glitter in place. This results in a die cut covered in glitter that doesn’t rub off. But to REALLY be sure it stayed, I covered it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents. The results? SO COOL…

For this next card, I covered the glitter glasses with a layer of clear embossing powder instead of the Glossy Accents. This creates less dimension, but still holds the glitter in place 100%. There is no way it will come off! Woot.

For both cards, I heat embossed the My Favorite Things Diagonal background stamp with another new favorite embossing powder – the WOW Silver Pearl. I really like how this powder pretty much takes the color of paper behind it and adds a pearl-y/metallic-y shine. Good stuff. The sentiment? That is from the My Favorite Things Geek Is Chic stamp set. Perfect for those glasses! I did my stamping on pieces cut with the versatile My Favorite Things Vertical Strip die set. (In the video I show this vertical set together with the horizontal set.)

Here are a few more glitter tips and links for you:

  • I find three things very help when working with glitter: Coffee filters, mini spoons (you can also get from a local ice cream shop), and Swiffer cloths.
  • Still not convinced that glitter can be not-so-messy? Try glitter paper.
  • Check out THIS video for another example I did of glitter die cuts… but before I realized the tips I shared here. :)
  • I will be back soon with another video showing how to get similiar results without needing several colors of glitter. Stay tuned.

SUPPLIES

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).

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | MFT)

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | MFT)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | MFT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AMZ | SSS )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( EH | SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )