New Class + the Perfect Stamp Set

Hello! Just hear to quickly share two bits of goodness.

First, registration has opened for Pattern Play – the newest class from Online Card Classes. This class is all about patterned papers… and every card has a video! Only $16. Head HERE for more info…

Next… just a heads up on a new stamp set that I am very excited about. I have been longing for a stamp set like this for ages. Ages! (I may or may not have put a bug in their ear about it…) It has everything you need to decorate your envelope before putting it in the mail. Adore it. Kristina knocked it outta the park on this one!

See you soon!

New Goodies + Giveaway!

It’s that time of year – where lots of new products are released at CHA – the Craft and Hobby Association show. But many great new goodies are already out and I have gone nuts shopping lately. So I thought I would share them with you here…

Memory Box dies… oh how I love thee. And these new ones? Incredible. You can see all the new ones in HERE, but here are my faves…

Simon Says Stamp has a new card kit out – it is gorgeous. I am so excited to get my hands on those mini wood hearts…

Truly unique stamps are hard to come by. But the Tim Holtz Blueprints are one-of-a-kind… and so fun. Great for coloring and techniques. You can see them all HERE, but these are my favorites – they are brand new – be sure to check on the great greeting set, too…

Lots of new Lawn Fawn goodies are up now, too… including dies! You can see the new stuff HERE, and here are some faves…

Simon Says Stamp has some great new stamps and dies out. As always, they are fabulous – you can see them all HERE, and these are my favorites…

The product I am most excited about from CHA is from Ranger – the new Tim Holtz Distress Paints. These aren’t your normal paints. They have unique properties like the Distress Inks and you will be seeing me use them a lot here. You can get them all HERE.


How would you like to win some new goodies? Just leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win TWO Memory Box Dies and TWO Simon Says Stamp Dies! Good luck.

“My Favorite Crafty Things: Die Cutting” + Discounts + Giveaway + TWO Videos

(This is Part 9 of “My Favorite Crafty Things” feature. You can see Part 1 on Stamping Tools HERE, Part 2 on Cutting Tools HERE, Part 3 on Adhesives HERE, Part 4 on Paper HERE, Part 5 on Creativity Boosters HERE, Part 6 on Stamps HERE, Part 7 on Embellishments HERE and Part 8 on Ink and Coloring HERE.)

Just FYI – you can get 15% off most products I feature here at Simon Says Stamp by using the code “JMFAVES” by 12/19. You can go HERE to find all of My Favorite Crafty Things – they created a category for easy shopping.

Today I have My Favorite Crafty Things: Die Cutting. I’ll say it – I am addicted to dies these days. In today’s video I mention a few of my favorite brands, and show some fun new interactive/3D dies…

Here are a few brands of dies that I find offer the best quality and variety – Memory Box, Simon Says Stamp, My Favorite Things and Sizzix. (Click on the images to see more options.)

Here are the dies (including interactive and 3D dies) I featured in the video. Click on the product image to find out more information…

My two favorite die cutting machines are the Vagabond (the big bad momma of die cutting) and the Big Shot. The Big Shot comes with everything you need to use all the dies I show. For the Vagabond, you will need the adapter plate in order to use the wafer thin dies. I also share a link for the Memory Box Metal Adaptor Plate. It is just a great shim that helps with getting complete cuts. (Not necessary but helpful to have.) However, the dies I mention also work in other machines!

Oh! And just a heads up – there are some new dies available. Check them out…


Now I can’t mention die cutting without touching on embossing folders. Boy – there are a lot out there! My favorites are from Sizzix (including Tim Holtz and Hero Arts) and Lifestyle Crafts. Here are some newer ones that I am loving. (Yes! That first set has a folder that does a background of triangles. Love!)

I also must mention the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers. These “plates” have templates and insets that allow you to add or remove texture anywhere within an embossing folder. So, basically, you can emboss a background… but leave a circle in the center un-embossed (flat). Or vice versa! Just use the diffuser instead of a clear cutting plate with your die cutting machine. SO easy to do! A must-have. Here is a quick video showing them…

I of course must also mention digital die cutting. By far, the best machine out there is the Silhouette. It is leaps and bounds above the rest and super easy to use…

There is a TON to learn about die cutting and embossing! SO many great techniques. By the way – I highly recommend the class A Cut Above to learn more. It covers all the machines, die types, techniques, embossing folders, and more! There are two parts to the class – you can sign up for either or both – one on traditional die cutting and one on the Silhouette. You can get more information HERE. It is my favorite class – tons of videos!



Giveaway time! Leave a comment here by 12/18/12 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win two dies from Memory Box!
Good luck.
(All winners from the My Favorite Crafty Things posts will be announced later this week.)

More soon!

“My Favorite Crafty Things: Inks & Coloring” + Discounts + Giveaways

(This is Part 8 of “My Favorite Crafty Things” feature. You can see Part 1 on Stamping Tools HERE, Part 2 on Cutting Tools HERE, Part 3 on Adhesives HERE, Part 4 on Paper HERE, Part 5 on Creativity Boosters HERE, Part 6 on Stamps HERE and Part 7 on Embellishments HERE.)

Good news! The discount code has been extended to 12/18! Woohoo! You can get 15% off most products I feature at Simon Says Stamp by using the code “JMFAVES”. You can go HERE to find all of My Favorite Crafty Things – they created a category for easy shopping.

Today I have My Favorite Crafty Things: Inks and Coloring. Boy, there are a lot of inks out there… and lots of tools for coloring stamped images. However, these are the ones I currently love. Here is a video explaining…

Here are the inks and coloring tools I featured in the video. Click on the product image to find out more information…


Time to share again! Leave a comment here by 12/18/12 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win FIVE Hero Arts inks!
Good luck.
(All winners from the My Favorite Crafty Things posts will be announced next week.)

More soon!


New 2013 Hero Arts stamps are in! + discount code

Hello!

Just popping in quickly to let you know that the new 2013 Hero Arts stamps are up for sale over at Simon Says Stamp!

And I have some more good news… you can get 15% off the new goodies using the code “JMFAVES” between now and 12/18. While you are there, be sure to check out all the other items I have been sharing in my recent “My Favorite Crafty Things” posts. They are 15% off, too. Head over HERE.

I will be back very soon with a couple of videos showing a closer look at some of the new stamps. And I will also do a post about my favorites. (That post may be long – ha!)

So this is the Catalog Debut day – where some of the new 2013 stamps are released a bit early. However, Simon Says Stamp has put all the new goodies on sale now. So please note that some are available now, and some are are just pre-order. (It will be noted if it is pre-order.)

Now go… get your shopping on! I’ll be back very soon.

Enjoy. :)

“My Favorite Crafty Things: Embellishments” + Discounts + Giveaways

(This is Part 7 of “My Favorite Crafty Things” feature. You can see Part 1 on Stamping Tools HERE, Part 2 on Cutting Tools HERE, Part 3 on Adhesives HERE, Part 4 on Paper HERE, Part 5 on Creativity Boosters HERE and Part 6 on Stamps HERE.)

Good news! The discount code has been extended to 12/18! Woohoo! You can get 15% off the products I feature at Simon Says Stamp by using the code “JMFAVES”. You can go HERE to find all of My Favorite Crafty Things – they created a category for easy shopping.

Here I am sharing my My Favorite Crafty Things: Embellishments. This includes all kinds of goodies that have my heart captured. Of course, this list would change over time as new things come out. But these? These are my favorites right now…

I can’t seem to make a card without scattering a few gems or pearls on it. So I was thrilled to see these Enamel Dots from My Mind’s Eye. Aren’t they delicious? Smooth as can be and gorgeous colors…

It is always fun to add a “different” texture to a card – such as wood. And the Wood Veneer from Studio Calico is just perfect. They are easy to color with any inks or markers. Here are my favorites… (I just love the new letter set!)

Another great way to add some WOW to your card is with a touch of metal. I really enjoy both the Tim Holtz Mirrored Sheets (perfectly mirror-like, self-adhesive and a bit thick) and Ranger Foil Sheets (thin and shiny like aluminum foil, but adhesive backed). These products can even be colored with permanent markers, Copics or alcohol ink. You can see a video on both of these products HERE. These are must-haves…

Sometimes the best way to embellish a card is with a bit of shine. And my favorite? Glitter Ritz. This is SUPER fine. After you shake it on the double-sided tape, just burnish it in place and it becomes velvety and will stay put. No mess in the envelope! And it ends up so smooth that you can stamp on it. You don’t need a ton of colors – just ones you know you will use often. But be sure to grab the Stardust (it looks like microfine vintage silver glitter) and the Warm or Cool Highlights (clear with just a bit of shine). So fun…

There are three pens that you must have to add fun touches and “faux embellishments” – the Uniball White and Silver Pens (both are bold on dark papers) and the Stardust Glitter Pen (great for subtle added shine). Inexpensive and awesome.

I will admit: I am currently 100% addicted to 6×6 paper pads. In fact, I don’t buy 12×12 patterned papers anymore! The size is just so much easier to work with and the smaller scale patterns are better for card makers. You can see all the 6×6 paper pads SSS has to offer HERE, but I also wanted to mention my favorites – My Mind’s Eye, BasicGrey and Echo Park. They make my heart flutter. Truly.

And finally, I had a few random goodies to mention. First are the heart and star border punches that I just can’t seem to get enough of. I use them A LOT to make little paper embellishments to scatter on cards. Another tool I like right now is the Ranger Water Brush – super high quality. And my last random embellishment of today? The May Arts Chevron Ribbon. It is SO so so very nice.


Woot! Time to share. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/13/12 for your chance to win THREE packs of Studio Calico Wood Veneer! Good luck.