TWO Videos + Blog Hop + Giveaways

It is an exciting day for me… so exciting that I have TWO videos and TWO cards for you. See… this post is for the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop… unveiling a brand new line of stamps and dies, designed by Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC. I adore Julie and Ellen tremendously and I am so proud of them!

The first video shows colored die cut inlay and the second video is a “product release close-up video” with a look at Julie’s entire line. There is a card in that video, too! Then read on for info on the hop and a great giveaway.

COLORED DIE CUT INLAY VIDEO + 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 love the look of die cut inlay. Here, I cut all the pieces from white cardstock… colored them with Copic Markers… and then pieced them back together like a puzzle. I used the new Essentials by Ellen tree, house, and star dies – aren’t they the cutest?! It is amazing how you can easily add lots of faux dimension to the die cuts by shading with just a few markers. (Don’t have any Copics? No worries. You could also apply Distress Ink for a similar look.) By the way… to cut the large circles, I used the My Favorite Things circle dies.

To finish off the card, I die-cut the gorgeous Christmas word die and a few of the stars out of gold glitter paper that I created by heat embossing a piece of cardstock using Gold Tinsel embossing powder. After I adhered the pieces to the card, I wanted my stamped sentiment to match so I heat embossed the “happy” sentiment from the autumn stamp set by Julie using the same gold embossing powder. So fun!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO + CARD

This “product release close-up” video shares a close look at this new product line and ideas on how to use the products. (I only do these videos if I like a release a lot. I was NOT asked to do it.) This release is fantastic because they work so well together and really reflect Julie’s great style.

Please know that all Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies arrive in an awesome package – a durable clear envelope with a labeled card stock backer for convenient storage and organization. The die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely. These pockets are the same size (but thicker) then the Avery Elle pockets I love so much… so they can be stored together. Woot! (You can buy the pockets and magnetic sheet separately.)

You can find all the products mentioned in the video HERE.

In this video, I also show how to us the zipper panel die. I love it!

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop… celebrating Julie’s fabulous release.

The next person on the hop is the wonderful Chari Moss – just click HERE. (If you want to start at the beginning, head to the EH blog.)

GIVEAWAY

There are many ways to win prizes today. First, a lucky winner here will get this new stamp set! Leave a comment by 11:59pmEST 10/8/14 for your chance.

Also, be sure to go the the EH blog – the CLASSroom – where there is a GIANT prize package being given away. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Fun Finds

Hello!

I am working like mad to bring to you lots of videos very soon – - lots of fun things in the works! So while I take time to do that, I wanted to share some fun, random finds with you:

  • I will confess. For months I was begging on Twitter for a stamp company to come out with succulent stamps. (I *love* succulents.) Turns out Heidi from SSS heard my pleas and got Sandy Allnock to design some succulent stamps and dies. EEK! I am so happy. I will have a video next week (need to find time to edit it!) showing what I did with them. So much fun!! You can find them HERE. (Thank you Heidi and Sandy! Now… I need some GOOD boy sports stamps. Hee.)
  • Many of you may know that for years, I have had a thing for Matthew Mcconaughey. (I should note that this “thing” has recently been replaced by a “thing” for Scott Foley from Scandal. Nom nom.) You may have seen that Matthew has a line of commercials with Lincoln and they are a bit odd. THIS video with Ellen totally cracks me up. Made me smile… and it may make you smile, too.
  • Studio Calico just released some fun new stamps and dies. You can find them all HERE. I am in love with the “Christmas” die. (It would be fab in glitter paper!)
  • Papertrey Ink has a new kit that looks incredible. Betsy Veldman created it – so proud of her!
  • My friend Julie Ebersole has a new stamp and die line coming out from Ellen Hutson. I will be sharing it soon, but in the meantime there are some great peeks over on Ellen’s blog. Proud of her, too!
  • Ok… THIS made me laugh. :)
  • Just a little heads up – I will have TWO card drives coming up here. One will be for holiday cards for nursing homes. Another will be for sick kids. Please get ready to create for a good cause!

That’s all. :) Have a great day!

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

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS) and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

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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!