Video: Stacked Shape Die Cutting + Giveaway

Hello. Recently it seems that stacking die sets – dies that are the same shape but different sizes – are becoming more and more popular. Today’s video shows how to use all of the stacked shape dies together to create some quick cards.

[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.]

Stacked die sets are great since they offer many size options of the same shape. But the best part? There are so many fun ways you can use them together. Today’s card is a simple example… using a stacked heart die set from My Favorite Things.

I started by using a piece of tape to connect all of the hearts together. I cut these hearts from some new (and insanely gorgeous) colors of cardstock from My Favorite Things – Tropical Teal, Blue Raspberry, Peach Bellini, and Persimmon. Next, I assembled the different colored pieces together like a puzzle, adding foam adhesive to certain hearts creating dimension. Easy peasy, huh? But it looks like it took a lot of effort!

For a couple of the cards, I cut the MFT Love & Adore you die from some Neenah White Cardstock and adhered the sentiment on top of the hearts using some Matte Multi Medium adhesive. (Using the Fine-Line applicator tool made it easy to apply the adhesive to the small areas. I am still deciding if I love this applicator, but so far so good. I will keep you updated.) Finally, I (of course) added some Wink of Stella shimmer to some of the hearts and Glossy Accents to the sentiment on one of the cards for some extra shine.

For the other two cards, I cut a sentiment from the MFT I Love You More stamp set into two greetings… one for the outside and one for the inside of the card. I white heat embossed the sentiment on to a strip of vellum for one of the cards and directly on top of the stacked hearts on the other.

Using stacked dies together creates fun and fast cards. This technique would also work great with scraps of patterned paper.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

So I showed this card to my friend Heather Ruwe. She immediately was inspired and created a card using circle stacking dies but in a very creative way. I asked her if I could share it here and she said yes. I LOVE it. You can find out more about her card HERE. She is awesome – be sure to check out her blog and give her some love.

GIVEAWAY

Time for a giveaway! Leave a comment here for a chance to win TWO My Favorite Things stamp sets. Be sure to do so before 11:59pmEST on 1/29/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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

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Video: No-Bulk Shaker Cards

Hello. Today’s video shows how to create a no-bulk shaker card.

[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 (like me) are enjoying the shaker-card-trend that is going on right now. However, the added bulk can sometimes be challenging when it comes to mailing. Therefore, I came up with a no-bulk solution.

I started by creating the window frame with the Holiday Apertures frame dies from WPlus9 on the front of a silver shimmer notecard. I adhered an acetate piece on to the back of the window frame. Using Black Staz-On Ink, I stamped a WPlus9 greeting on the front of the acetate. I also wanted to add a “sparkle” glitter die cut with some dimension. To do this, I applied some Stick It adhesive on the front and back of some white fun foam and die cut with the WPlus9 “sparkle” word die. I also die cut the “sparkle” from gold glitter paper. After adding the glitter die cut on top of the foam, we have a detailed word with fun dimension.

I lined up another sheet of acetate with the double sided tape and glued that against the back of the acetate window after placing star glitter from Martha Stewart and confetti from Pretty Pink Posh inside. (The shaker goodies are just sandwiched flat between the acetate pieces – no bulk – but are still able to move around.) And since you can see through the large window, I adhered a top folding white notecard on the inside for a fun way to include a message.

I put the leftover pieces to good use and created a second card. I really love that black shimmer notecard!

(I apologize – these were tough to photograph… especially on a rainy day.)

I am loving the gold, silver and black look. Requires no struggling to find the right color combo… and the glitter and shimmer add some fun.

SUPPLIES

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

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

 

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( SSS )

 

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(SSS | EH)

 

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( SSS | AZ )

 

 

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( AZ )

 

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( SSS )

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

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( AZ )

 

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Video: Faux Laser Cut Cards

Hello! I don’t know about you, but I just love the look of laser cut stationery. In today’s video, I show you how to achieve a faux laser cut look on your cards.

[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 absolutely love the look of laser cut stationary and cards and just had to see if I could create my own. The results? A fun way to stretch your dies! (By the way, you should check out Debby‘s different-but-also-laser-cut-inspired-card in our upcoming Clean and Simple 4 class. It is amazing. You can see a peek of it in the top right image HERE.)

I started by cutting a large heart with a Sizzix die out of the center of some white shimmer cardstock. I also cut several dies cuts from three different dies – the Memory Box Kensington Branch and Blushing Flower and the Creative Expressions Holly. After applying adhesive to the back of the heart window, I added the intricate die-cut pieces – stretching them across the heart opening and filling in gaps as needed.

Next, I cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than my die cut panel and die cut the heart shape from the foam center. By gluing this to the back of our die cut panel, I get even dimension. Finally, I adhered it to a pool shimmer cardstock panel and a folded notecard. Oh – and I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp a WPlus9 message on the inside. (I just ordered a second MISTI today – Colin is taking over the first one she gave me! Stinker.)

To finish off the card, I die cut “thanks” from black shimmer cardstock after applying Stick It double-sided adhesive to the back. This creates a sticky-backed cardstock that is great for adhering intricate word dies. (Head HERE for more information on Stick It.) I also wanted the sentiment to stand out so I applied some Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the top – a clear coating that adds some shimmer and dimension.

I love how this technique stretches the use of your dies!

SUPPLIES

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

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

 

 

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

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( SSS | AZ )

 

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( AZ )

 

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

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( SSS | AZ )

 

 

Video: Partial Die Cut Borders

Hello there! Today’s video shows how to create a partial die cut border. This technique is so easy that I made a set of cards for one of my daughter’s teachers.

[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 love fancy stationery, but I love making my own much more. Today’s technique is fantastic for achieving that look without a lot of effort. It also works with a variety of dies so you can achieve many different looks.

Partial die cutting isn’t easy to explain, so I hope the video is helpful. This unique border was created by partially die cutting the Simon Says Stamp Calliope Flourish Die along a straight line. I’m so impressed with the intricate results you get with this technique – similar to the popular laser-cut stationery look.

I wanted to add a little more to that border edge, so I die cut a tiny-dot border die from Paper Smooches along the bottom. I decided to keep the card soft and simple, but wanted some shimmer. I sprayed some Shimmer Spray on to the note card made from Simon Says Stamp’s Sea Glass cardstock. It adds some interest and gives the look of a shimmer cardstock. I also used fun foam under the panel to give some dimension. (It’s a nice alternative to using pieces of foam tape and holds up well through the mail.) The sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp’s Inside and Out Sayings Stamp Set and heat embossed with Ranger’s Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I repeated the same process for the other cards and heat embossed different sentiments from the same set.

These cards were so easy to reproduce that I plan to make more to include in a large set for my son’s teacher. This technique would also be fun using a large word die along the partial die cut border! I hope you will try out this simple technique and get more mileage out of your dies.

SIMON SAY STAMP BLOG

Just wanted to mention that this video is part of a guest post over on Simon Says Stamp. I encourage you to check out their blog – there are always great ideas from a variety of fun artists. And lots of giveaways, too.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS) and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

 

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( SSS | AMZ )

 

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( AZ )

 

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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 12/5/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (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:

 

 

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(SSS | EH | MFT)

 

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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.

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( SC )

 

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( SSS | POP )

 

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(SSS | EH | PS)

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

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(SSS | EH | LF)

 

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OTHER MUST-HAVE DIES

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

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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…

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DIE CUTTING ESSENTIALS

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

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

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(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

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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).

 

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

 

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(SSS | EH | ME)

 

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( SSS | ME )

 

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(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

 

 

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( SSS | AMZ )

 

 

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( AZ )

 

 

 

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