Update and Sale Alerts

Hello!

Just popping in to say that I am still on vacation but will have a video up again soon. I had one to share but something is wrong with it so I gotta get some time to fix it. (I only work on vacation a very tiny bit here and there when the kids are sleeping.)

Right now we are in the British Virgin Islands in my favorite spot in the whole wide world – Spring Bay on Virgin Gorda. It is amazing.

In the meantime, I wanted to share info on two great sales going on right now so you don’t miss out.

20% off Sizzix

Simon Says Stamp has all Sizzix products for 20% off HERE with the code SAVESIZ. This includes the new Sizzix Big Shot. (Ends July 1.)

20% off at My Favorite Things

Hurry! My Favorite Things is having 20% off their entire store and it ends today (6/27/15). Use code SALE20 when shopping HERE. (Check out THIS video if you want to see a close look at their newest products. I also recommend checking out their great cardstocks, including their variety packs HERE and HERE. They even have the MISTI stamping tool Deluxe pack that you can get with the discount!)

Enjoy! See you soon. xo

 

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Video: Coloring With Pigment Ink + GIVEAWAY

Hello and welcome! Today’s video shares how to do quick and fun coloring using pigment inks.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Getting a blended colored image is something many cardmakers (including me!) want so much on our cards. Today’s trick is perfect for this and it uses something many of us already have – pigment inks.

For these cards, I first stamped the fruit images from the Avery Elle Berry Good Stamp Set with VersaFine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. Now it is time to color… with my fingers! I dabbed my finger in various colors of Avery Elle pigment ink and applied the color to the images, layering to blend. Don’t worry if you get too much color in certain areas -  you can use a cloth to wipe it away.

(Speaking of cleaning, it’s very easy to wipe the ink off your finger. I know some of you don’t like to get your hands inky, but this is an easy clean-up because pigment ink “sits on top of the surface” and doesn’t absorb and stain your fingers.)

Since pigment ink stays wet for a bit, I added clear embossing powder to the fruit… giving them a bit of shine and texture.

I used a die from the Avery Elle’s Just A Note die set to add a dotted frame around the fruit images. I like this die because it doesn’t cut but rather pierces dots… creating a focal point for your card.

I adhered the finished pieces together on a few Avery Elle top-folding-notecards using fun foam for dimension. By the way, I LOVE these notecards. You’ll be seeing me use these a lot in the future.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Here are some other fun links for you:

  • Looking for more ideas using these products? My friends at Avery Elle have a great blog HERE.
  • HERE is another video showing coloring with pigment inks.
  • Watch THIS and THIS to learn more about these pigment inks.

GIVEAWAY

I have TWO chances for you to win a great prize today! Super simple…

  1. For your chance to win TWO fabulous Avery Elle stamp sets, leave a comment here by 11:59pm EST on 3/17/15. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)
  2. Head over to the Avery Elle Blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate! Just go HERE.

Good luck!

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks to Avery Elle for these products!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Avery Elle (AE), etc.

 

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Video: Copic Markers + Distress Ink + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares how to add color to your stamped images using Copic Markers and Distress Inks. This method saves me a lot of time and gives good results.

[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.]

Oh my… aren’t these new You Make My Tail Wag and I Knead You stamp sets from My Favorite Things the cutest? I love that they released both at the same time… keeping both the dog people (like me) and the cat people (like most of my friends) happy! The images are perfect for the technique I shared today – mixing Copic Marker coloring with Distress Ink shading.

I started by quickly coloring the cat and dog with light brown Copic Markers. After cutting out the images, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges, which gives quick shading. That extra step really brings the images to life.

For the cat card, I added Copic colorless blender on his tummy to lighten up that area and cut slits around the cat’s paws to hold the string that I wrapped randomly around the card. I also applied Ranger’s Multi Matte Adhesive to the end of the string to make it curl up. To tie it all together, I stamped a coordinating yarn image repeatedly on to the note card… and used a playful sentiment.

OK… so this dog card? It cracks me up big time. I just love that you can see the back of the dog on the inside of the card! On the front of the card, I clear heat embossed the Paw Print Background and added a faux-stitched green border cut with an Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die.

Look at that cute image on the inside. So fun! And check out the good shading I got with Distress Inks on that dog‘s behind. :) It would also be fun to have him hanging on a window card or on a tree branch. Oh – and for you cat people (hee), the cat set has a sleeping kitty with front and back images so you can create a similar card.

Fun, huh? My Favorite Things knocked it outta the park with these sets! Be sure to check out their whole new release HERE. Lots of good stuff!

ADDITIONAL COPIC MARKER INSPIRATION

  • THIS post shares basic info on Copic Markers. It is an old post but the info stays the same!
  • THIS video focuses on Copic coloring.
  • THIS video shows a Copic colored background.

GIVEAWAY

I have a My Favorite Things stamp set and die set to giveaway to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/12/15 for your chance. Good luck. (Winner’s name will be randomly picked and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (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: More Stencils + Masking + GIVEAWAY

Hi! The other day I shared a video showing how easy it is to mask stencils with rubber cement. Today I am back with more on this technique.

[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 will admit – I am a big dork and get really excited when I find a technique that is simple, inexpensive and awesome. Rubber cement is incredible for masking… and works so well with stencils. Today’s cards are perfect examples of this technique.

I will also admit – although I love the look of splattery/messy/artsy cards, I struggle with making them. But by combining rubber cement masking and with a bold stencil, I am able to somewhat control my watercolor splatters. This works for me!

When doing this technique, I found it very helpful to temporarily adhere the large “hey” stencil (from the current Studio Calico Card Kit) to my watercolor paper to keep it still. After applying rubber cement over the entire piece, I removed the stencil and splattered lots of watercolor… dabbing between colors to prevent too much of a mess and to keep the colors soft. (I created my watercolor with Color Theory inks and water.) I also added a bit of blue ink with an ink blending tool before rubbing away the rubber cement. So much fun and so very easy.

I added an “awesome” border die cut (that comes with great coordinating stamps) and a heart covered with shimmer and Glossy Accents. Have to keep it simple to balance out that busy background!

The second card is just a variation of the first, minus the rubber cement masking.

On another note… I rarely make one card at a time any more. I find it so rewarding to create two or more of the same  card (or variations) at once. I feel like I get more value out of the supplies I have purchased… and I have more cards to share with loved one. After all, this hobby really is about sharing handmade kindness. :)

MORE INSPIRATION

Check these out:

GIVEAWAY

I have an extra (previous) Studio Calico Card Kit that is looking for a new home! For your chance to win it, leave a comment here telling me if you are like me and have trouble “embracing mess” when crafting… or if you love it. Do so before 11:59pmESt on 3/10/15 and I will randomly pick a winner. Good luck. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (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), Studio Calico (SC), etc.

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Blog Break

Hello!

I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a short blog break for some necessary family-focus. Sometimes it just needs to be done. Thanks for understanding and I will see you soon!

xo

Crafty Goodies For Sale

Hello!

Every once and awhile, I go through my supplies and purge. I tend to collect a lot of supplies since this is my job… and I love to share the stuff I am not going to get to use.

Instead of giving them away, I like to sell the boxes (for an excellent price) and donate the money to a charity. For these boxes, the money will be donated to one of my favorite organizations – Kind Campaign. (If you have not heard of them, I highly recommend checking them out HERE. Their mission is to spread kindness and they go to schools doing anti-bullying talks. One of the ladies leading it is Lauren Paul – the wife of Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. Such good people.)

If you are interested in purchasing a box, please carefully read all of the information below. I have found this method is the best and most fair way to find homes for these products.

Main Details:

  • There are three types of packages I have for sale: A, B and C. The contents and prices vary between them. (See below.)
  • If you are interested in buying any of these, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pmEST on 1/5/15 telling me two things: which package(s) you would be interested in (A, B or C) and what country you live in.
  • I will *randomly* pick names from the comments and these folks will be the ones who get to buy a package. I will email the picked names and we will go from there to get the payment and shipping handled. (The reason I do the random picking is I don’t like “first come first serve” as it isn’t fair to people in different time zones.)
  • Payment must come from Paypal (sorry – it is easiest) and I will be shipping via USPS Priority Mail. After I get payment, I will donate the money to the Kind Campaign (minus shipping)… and I am happy to email proof of the donation.
  • I am happy to ship anywhere in the world. I love my overseas crafting friends and feel bad that it is difficult to get products there!
  • Each package will have a different cost. You will pay that cost (which will be donated) and also pay shipping to wherever you are. (Shipping details below.)

Details on Contents:

  • I cannot show pictures of what is inside. You get what you get. :) No returns… sorry.
  • Each box has a variety of stamp/die styles and themes.
  • Each box has a variety of stamp/die brands.
  • Each box has a variety of stamp/die “usedness.” (Like that word? I made it up.) Some are new/unused, some are lightly used and some are very used… but still useable.
  • Clear stamps, cling stamps and dies will come in a variety of storage sleeves or with nothing. Almost none will have original packaging.
  • Some stamps may not have labels, but most do.
  • All stamps are ones I loved at one time… just don’t have time to tackle them all. Time to get them into a new, loving home!

Here is more information about each package available…

PACKAGE A… 9 available – Large Flat Rate Box – $80 + Shipping:

  • 20+ wood-mounted stamps.
  • 30+ clear or cling stamps. (Mostly clear.)
  • NO dies.
  • Bonus: a few random crafting goodies.

PACKAGE B… 2 available – Medium Flat Rate Box – $70 + Shipping:

  • 40+ clear and cling stamps.
  • NO dies.
  • Bonus: a few random crafting goodies.

PACAKGE C… 3 available – Medium Flat Rate Box – $40 + Shipping:

  • 20+ wafer thin dies.
  • 4+ clear or cling stamps.
  • 4+ wood-mounted stamps.
  • 3 patterned paper 6×6 pads – a few sheets may be used.
  • Bonus: a few random crafting goodies.

I also have a box I am saving to use as a giveaway here soon. Stay tuned!

Shipping Rates:

  • All packages are in USPS Priority Flat Rate Boxes. This is the best deal. I am sorry shipping costs are so high for overseas – I can’t do anything about it. You can see the shipping rate info here.
  • If you are in the US, shipping is $17.90 for Package A and $12.65 for Package B or C. Therefore, the final costs would be:
    • Package A: $80 + $17.90 shipping  = $97.90
    • Package B: $70 + $12.65 shipping  = $82.65
    • Package C: $40 + $12.65 shipping  = $52.65
  • If you are in Canada, shipping is $55.75 for Package A and $42.25 for Package B or C. Therefore, the final costs would be:
    • Package A: $80 + $55.75 shipping  = $135.75
    • Package B: $70 + $42.25 shipping  = $112.25
    • Package C: $40 + $42.25 shipping  = $82.25
  • If you are anywhere else in the world, shipping is $80.50 for Package A and $61.75 for Package B or C. Therefore, the final costs would be:
    • Package A: $80 + $80.50 shipping  = $160.50
    • Package B: $70 + $61.75 shipping  = $131.75
    • Package C: $40 + $61.75 shipping  = $101.75

That’s all I can think of for now… I will add anything if I need to.

Again, if you are interested in buying a craft box, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pmEST on 1/5/15 telling me two things: which package(s) you would be interested in (A, B or C) and what country you live in. I will randomly pick names from the comments and these folks will be the ones who get to buy a package.

Thank you for supporting Kind Campaign!