Getting To Know Me Blog Hop

Today I have something completely different for you. My friend Laura Sterckx asked if she could nominate me for the Getting To Know Me Blog Hop. And how could I say no to one of my favorite crafters… a 16-year-old superstar?! So here I am answering a few crafty questions. I am not promising that my answers are exciting. In fact, this may just be good bed-time reading… sure to put you to sleep. :)

For this hop, we just answer five questions… and “tag” a few other artists to play along next week. You can see Laura’s post HERE.

QUESTIONS

1) What creative projects are you currently working on?
I am on currently working on a lot of things! First, I own Online Card Classes with my good friend Kristina Werner. We have our newest class starting in a few weeks – Copic Markers for Card Makers. I am excited about this class as there is so much helpful content. I have learned a lot, too. A lot! I am in charge of working with guests artists, which I love because I get to know lots of crafty folks so well. We put our absolute heart and soul into these classes and pray everyone likes them! Here is a peek at the Copic class. For more info, you can head HERE.
I am also on my last trip of the year… to Hero Arts to teach an event for store owners. I do not travel to teach anymore, but I can’t say no to the owner of Hero – Aaron – when he asks me to come to their facility. The Hero people are amazing and I love them dearly. I will get to see lots of incredible store owners… get my teaching-fix… and hug some old friends. Want a peek at one of the cards we are doing?
I also have lots of non-stamping projects going on. (I only work part-time in the crafty world. My real job is being a SAHM.) First, I am hoping to learn how to crochet soon. I need something to keep my anxieties down when my son is the starting pitcher at games. Yikes! I am a bundle of nerves and need to change that. I also am doing a load of work volunteering for the school. I will always support teachers. Oh! And Audrey is a junior so I am starting to look into college visits. Eek!
If you are extremely bored and need something to do – you can check out my Instagram. I share a lot of peeks into what I am working on.
2) What inspires your designs?
Honestly? I am not sure. I am really just inspired by stamp and die designs. I think about a product while driving (I am in the car 2 hours a day taking Lila to her Montessori… which she is at for only 2.5 hours) or trying to fall asleep. I think about the product and what technique might work best with it. The techniques + product really are what inspire me most. I know that is vague but it is how my crazy mind works. I guess it is the former-engineer in me. But the truth is… I am always thinking of cards to make…
3) What method/ process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
I almost always lay all my stamps and dies onto a card to plan it out before I start. I then take a photo with my phone so I have a “sketch” to follow when I am creating. Other than that, I don’t have a method. Generally, I am just creating for 5 minutes here and 15 minutes there between kid stuff and running errands. So sometimes it takes me a few days to pull a card and video together. (That is why you may notice that my nail polish and clothing sometimes changes mid-video.) But if I squeezed all the work together with no kids around? I probably take 30 minutes to 2 hours per card. Yes, I am slow. But I love the process.
Heck… sometimes I even get “help”…
4) If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
I am not sure that I have a “signature” style, but I do think my cards always have some sort of technique involved. I rarely just stamp without some sort of twist to it. That is what keeps it fun for me. And hopefully for you.
5) What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
Talk about a tough question! First, I couldn’t live without my organized craft room. Having it organized has been critical in me making use of the time I have to craft/work. My room isn’t big (and I prefer it that way), but I keep it organized.
Second… Distress Inks. Without these inks, there would be so very few fun techniques for me to play with!
Third… my crafty friends. They are all so encouraging, understanding, generous and just plain awesome. If you don’t have crafty friends that live near by, I encourage you to check out places online where you can make crafty friends. I met most of my best friends this way! It really is good for the soul.
6) Who am I tagging next?
I have asked two of my favorite crafters to play along.
First is Debby Hughes. Debby is brilliant and a class-act and I adore her tremendously. Her kindness inspires me, her accent calms me and her friendship means the world to me.
I am also tagging the hilarious and uber-talented Julie Ebersole. Julie is one of those people who has the incredible ability of making your heart happy immediately. I adore her.
Be sure to check their blogs next Monday for their answers to these same questions.
Thanks for stopping by! xo

Video: Adding Texture & Shine… + Hero Arts Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! I have a lot to share today… including a video showing how to add texture and shine to stamped images… a discount code for the new Hero Arts products… and a giveaway.

[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 new and/or easier ways to add fun finishing touches to my projects. Today I show how to cover stamped images with a coat of WOW Ultra High Clear Glossy Embossing for a ton of texture and shine. So easy! (You could always use several layers of regular clear embossing powder or Glossy Accents for a similar look.) I used the new Hero Arts Holly Jolly holly stamps for the technique. This stamp set is unique in that it has a stamp for the holly outline and the solid holly image. That way you can use them apart or together. So versatile. LOVE. (They also have a poinsettia set like this. The supplies are listed at the end of this post – just scroll down.)

Isn’t that shine great? I also added some gold shine with drops of Hero Arts Gold Mist. (It turns out this stuff is hard to get – more should be in stock soon.)

The other new Hero Arts stamp I used is the Dotted Grid Background. Only a little bit of it shows on the red, but it is a dynamite stamp.

I wanted to also mention that I am having a lot of luck with using the Inkadinkado Stamping Mat. The tiny bit of cushion it gives seems to help me get better results when stamping solid images.

DISCOUNT CODE

As I mentioned in the video, I am hoping to do a Product Release Close-Up video focusing on these new Hero Arts product soon. I just am waiting to get a few of them still. In the meantime…

The sweet Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp has given me a discount code just for my readers! Use the code HEROSALE for 10% off ALL Hero Arts products through 11:59pmEST on 9/1/14. (Move fast!) Now is your chance to stock up on inks, stamps, stencils, dies and more… including their newest products. Click HERE and sort by “newest” to see what there is… or click any of these links…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! One lucky winner will get THREE new Hero Arts stamp sets. For your chance, tell me which new product is you favorite and I will picky a winner on 9/6/14 at 11:59pmEST. Good luck.

SUPPLIES

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Just Sharing

Hello!

Just popping in to share a few fun things.

CARD LINKS

Here are some cards worth checking out:

NEW WEBSITE

My friend Ali Edwards just launched her new website. It is incredible! I know Ali from long ago when I worked in the scrapbook industry and admire her in many ways. (I shared the story of how I first met her over on Facebook.) I am most excited for her monthly, limited edition stamps! Yes… stamps. Woot! I am so there.

SHARING A FAVORITE

You know that I like to share things that I love here on my blog. Most of the time these are crafty things. But today I wanted to share something I found helpful to me… that may be helpful to some of you.

I often have allergy problems and headaches. Whenever I mentioned this on Instagram, people would suggest trying oils. I had my doubts big time, but decided to try them out. And am thankful I did. My allergies are so much better (and they were HORRIBLE and I didn’t want to take medicine) and my sinus headaches are much less. Colin also uses them when he gets headaches and finds relief. I also like using oils with my diffuser for anti-stress, energy, etc. (I don’t take the oils like vitamins… I use a diffuser mostly, and a roll-on.)

Anyway, if you have struggles with allergies or sinus headaches, you may want to give oils a shot. I get them from my friend Kristina who is helpful, a fellow momma and not at all pushy. She can help you figure out what is best for you, etc. Just head to her blog HERE and click “contact” up at the top right. (By the way, I do not get anything for linking to her… nor did she ask/pay me to post this. Just hoping to help out someone else who may be suffering.)

Oh – and I love the all natural bug spray! Bugs love me, so this is helpful.

(Also, I have since found out that my really bad non-allergy headaches are being caused by something wrong with my neck and I just started physical therapy. However, the oils offered much relief from allergy headaches.)

NEED A LAUGH?

I am bummed the kids are heading back to school tomorrow. If you are like me and in need of a good laugh, check out THIS video. So cute.

That’s it! See you soon with a video. Take care.

THANK YOU! … + 20% Off Crafty Shopping!

Hello!

THANK YOU

Just wanted to pop in and thank everyone who donated, left a comment, etc. for Colin about the Walk for Diabetes. Colin was able to raise almost $2000! (Which is most of the $2700 our team made.) Here’s praying that this money helps find a CURE. Thank you everyone!

You all are the best. XO.

DISCOUNT CODE

Also wanted to give you a heads up that there is some awesome shopping to be done this weekend! Head over HERE to get 20% off all Simon Say Stamp branded stamps, dies, and stencils! Just use the coupon/promo code “TWENTY” at checkout. (Expires 11:59pmEST on 6/8/14.)

Enjoy!

Just Some Updates

Hello! Just have a few updates for you.

EMAIL UPDATES

I recently updated my blog subscription service. It turns out the old one wasn’t reliable and many of you were not receiving my email updates. If you were already signed up before, you are set with my new service as we transferred everyone over. If you haven’t already subscribed, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

INTERVIEW

Recently I was interviewed by my dear  friend Megan. You can read it HERE. I talk about everything from watercolor to finding balance to searching for inspiration. (And if you are needing some assistance falling asleep, this may do the trick. I am really not that exciting. Ha.)

NEW HERO ARTS

Many people have been asking about when the new Hero Arts products would be available. Ellen Hutson has some of them in stock HERE. A few of my favorites? The Hello Sunshine Daisies, Flower Garden and Shoot for the Moon.

See you soon!

Update

Hi!

I have probably ten videos I have shot to share with you. However, our spring break has started and family time is in full swing! This weekend? I am celebrating Colin’s 8th birthday, Audrey’s awesome school accomplishments and Lila going on the potty. :) I will be back sharing more in a couple days.

In the meantime, I wanted to give you a few bits of info:

  • You still have a chance to win Mini Ink Blending Tools HERE.
  • I have a fun giveaway coming up soon over on Facebook. Be sure to “like” me there if you want to catch it!
  • Our next Online Card Class is going to open for registration VERY soon. To be one of the first to know, be sure to sign up for the newsletter. (If you have taken a class in the past, you are NOT automatically on the newsletter list.) Here is a hint: The topic is something I have been sharing a lot of lately. Hmmmm….
  • Later this week I hope to share a few more Ink Swatch Downloads along with an editable Word file. (I am hoping it works for everyone.) Stay tuned.

See you soon! Happy stamping.