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.

Merry Christmas

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas from my family to yours…

I also wanted to share a song that I find so very powerful…

Whatever it is you and your loved ones celebrate this time of year… I hope it is wonderful.

Thank you for stopping by.

Purging: Craft Goodies Need New Home


I am finally taking the time to finish the move of everything into my new craft space. And that means I have tons to purge!

In the next few days, I will be creating boxes of:

  • stamps (mostly clear)
  • embellishments
  • 6×6 paper pads
  • embossing folders
  • thick dies
  • wafer thin dies
  • dies + stamp combos
  • ribbon
  • extra cartridges for an Epson 2200 printer

If you are interested in buying a box with any of the above, please leave a comment here and I will randomly pick people to contact with the offer.

Here are the details, please read:

  • The cost will not be much – just shipping + a little extra. (The little extra will be a donation to Operation Write Home.)If you are overseas, shipping will be very expensive (sorry – nothing I can do about it) so please keep that in mind. These boxes will be shipped via Priority Flat Rate Mail. (You can get a rough idea on shipping costs HERE.)
  • Due to the craziness of all this, I will not be able to take photos of the boxes. You just have to trust that there will be good stuff packed in here. :)
  • When you leave a comment, please state which of the above categories you are interested in.
  • I will be contacting folks in the next couple of days. Please respond ASAP or I will have to move on to the next person. (Last time I did this, many people did not respond.)
  • When I contact you, I will let you know a prize and you can say yes or no. No obligation.
  • This is a great way to get some new craft goodies… and to help out a great organization – Operation Write Home.


Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s Blog Hop + Video + Giveaway


Today is the Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s 2014 Blog Hop. There are some fabulous new products – a lot of them! – and I am excited to get to use my favorite stamp set and stencil.

Here is a video showing two cards. Please forgive me – I had a cold earlier in the week and once I was feeling better, I got hit with a stomach bug. (My first one ever. So horrid.) I sound off – sorry.

Here is a closer look at my cards – both using the fabulous new Simon Says Stamp Blessed stamp set. Being a Christian, this stamp set is perfection. It couldn’t be any better.

Isn’t that sentiment perfection? I also used the new Falling Hearts Stencil. I added Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi or Dreamweavers) over the stencil for a fast background with dimension. After taking off the stencil, I added various colors of Zing embossing powder. I let this dry for about 15 minutes and then came back and heat embossed the powder. (I think it gives better results if the paste is allowed to dry before heating the powder.)

I love the raised color. The embossing paste under the powder gives more of a raised look then just using ink under the powder

And that greeting? Again… it is perfect.

Now, remember when I added that rainbow of embossing powder along the card above? When I tilted that paper to take off the excess powder, I didn’t want it to go to waste. So I quickly stamped the Tiny Flags Background with Versamark Ink and poured the powder right on to it and heat embossed. Two cards with one technique! Both were fast to do. Oh – and I added a tiny heart with a black pen.

Love a rainbow of embossing powders. Something you can’t get with ink…

You can check out all the great new products here (and the supplies I used are at the end of this post)…

The next person on the hop is my dear bestie, Kathy Racoosin! (Or you can start the hop on the SSS blog.) Thanks for stopping by. Means a lot to me.


Great news! Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to the SSS store to one commenter on every blog in the hop… including here. That’s 16 different chances to win! For your chance, leave a comment by 6pmEST on 12/12/13. A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday December 13, 2013.


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope your day is wonderful and filled with blessings.

For those of you fellow believers, I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. We sang it in church last night and it just seemed so fitting…

“Your name is great and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness I will keep on singing…”

Take care! Thanks for stopping by.

My Favorite Crafty Things: Tools… Giveaways + Discounts!

Welcome to Day 5 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013! Today we are focusing on crafting tools. (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

Remember, I have giveaways and discount codes:

Time to talk about the best crafting tools out there!

I have two videos for you today. One shows my favorite tools and the other shows my favorite cutting tools…

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 or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.


Having the right tools makes all the difference when cardmaking. Here are my favorites:






(SSS | EH)





Scrubbie Hand Cleaner
(SSS | EH)


(SSS | EH)




(SSS | EH)


(SSS | EH)




(SSS | EH)



Ink Blending Tool CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)





It is also important to have the right cutting tools. Here are some to try – something for everyone:

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 love. A great way to hint what you would like to see under the tree. Enjoy!

See you tomorrow for even more of My Favorite Crafty Things.


Today I have a giveaway for one very luck winner! The winner will get a fabulous crafting tool prize pack, including:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/27/13 telling me what your favorite crafting tool is. Good luck!