Video: Paper Storage + Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am part of a unique blog hop – the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop. Along the hop you will see peeks into the craft rooms of some amazing women! (And apologies in advance for a very long blog post. But as a “thank you” for reading, I have a big giveaway below!)

I know many of you have been asking for a closer look at my studio. Now is your chance… by checking out the new Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue for some incredible photos. (The photographer they used is so talented! More on that below.) Today also kicks off the first of many videos I will be doing over the next few months sharing parts of my room… starting with a video on how I store my paper. This includes 8.5″x11″, 12″x12″, 6″x6″ paper pads, notecards… and my secret weapon… pre-cut cardstock.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I will be honest – organization of paper has always been tricky for me. Stamps? No problem. Inks? I’ve got that. But paper? Always a struggle. After lots of trail and error and loads of time, I finally figured out paper systems that work for me. And I am hoping one of them will work for you, too!

Instead of showing a bunch of pictures here, I decided to do the video above. That will explain it much better than I ever could here! However, here are links to the products I use (and many more links are in the thumbnails at the end of this post):

I hope this video is helpful to those of you also trying to tackle a paper mess! I find I am SO MUCH faster and creative with crafting when I am organized. What a difference it makes.

MY OTHER CRAFT ORGANIZATION VIDEOS

Interested in more craft organization videos? You can click HERE to see my YouTube playlist featuring my craft organization videos. Or you can check out these posts: My Favorite Crafty Organization, Stamp Storage 1, Stamp Storage 2, Ink Storage 1, Ink Storage 2, Die Storage, Stencil Storage and Project Life Organization.

MORE ON MY ROOM

So while the kind folks from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking were at my house taking photos for the Creative Spaces Vol. 3, I took a few myself! I was amazed at the photographer’s talent. Wow. Here are a few behind the scenes shots, taken with my iPhone…

And finally, when the day was over, I took this one. Wish the sun would have been shining through that window…

I also have a few more random bits of information for you:

  • The Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue has many great photos of my craft room along with peeks at favorite storage points. I will never be able to capture photos as incredible as what is in there! And the other rooms they feature? Amazing. I would highly recommend checking it out.
  • Many people asked who built my craft room. I designed it with help from Michele Neiter and Neals Redesign… and Neals Redesign did the building. They were amazing. But keep in mind – this is my job and office. Just like a mechanic would have a shop full of big tools, I have a craft room full of crafting tools. When this was my hobby, I was on a simple folding table in the corner of my basement. :)
  • Over the next few months, I will share more videos of my craft room… focusing on different parts with each video. I hope to eventually do an overall video with more photos.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop

The next stop on the hop is the blog of sweet Jill Yegerlehner of Jillibean Soup. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, you can head HERE. You should have arrived here from the Tatertots & Jello blog.)

To see more of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue, head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How about a giveaway? One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon to get some paper storage units… and a multi-color cardstock pack from Simon Says Stamp! For your chance to win,  please fill out the Rafflecopter area below. (This is new for me but makes it so much easier to do giveaways often. There are many ways to win and you don’t have to do them all. Thanks for trying it!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), My Favorite Things (MFT), The Container Store (CS), Office Depot (OD), Avery Elle (AE), and Amazon (AZ)…

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A NEW Way to Shop + $50 Giveaway + Winners

Hi!

I am so excited to see that Simon Says Stamp has launched their new and improved website. WOW. Amazing! I am blessed to call Heidi, the owner of SSS, my friend. I have never known anyone to have a bigger heart or to work so hard for others. I know this new website has been such a HUGE undertaking and I am so proud of her and how awesome it looks. If you want to see the new Simon Says Stamp, click HERE. (If it isn’t loading just check back. It takes time for the new site to roll out all over the world.)

GIVEAWAY

And to share my excitement for the folks at SSS, I am personally giving away a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/30/14 telling me your favorite thing about the new site.

WINNERS

I am here with some winners.

By the way, people often email me about winners being announced. I always email winners when they are picked and eventually just mention the winners at the end of a blog post. No matter what – I always get in touch with winners – no worries. :)

Oh and people ask about international folks winning giveaways. Yep! I ship international. Gotta love stampers no matter where they are! :)

Have a good one.

Video: Inlaid Die Cutting + Giveaway!

Hi there, stampers. Today’s video shows a trick for doing die cut inlaying with intricate dies and also introduces the new Wink of Luna metallic pens.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

Die cut inlaying is one of my favorite techniques… one that I have showed here and in my Online Card Classes many times. (Check out the links below.) However, sometimes the technique can take a lot of time when there are lots of tiny pieces. Instead of skipping out of the cool technique, I figured out a trick that helps quite a bit. It isn’t easy to explain in text but makes sense when you see it in action… so be sure to check out the video above. I used the new My Favorite Things Gerber Daisy dies. (These dies are free with a $60 purchase at MFT. This set is amazing… so stock up on stamps, dies and cardstock or try out their new hybrid ink and get it for free! Woot!) Although I did my coloring with Copics, you could use any markers. To keep it simple, I die cut around the flower with my frequently-used MFT Pierced Circle Die and added it to a 4.25″x4.25″ card.

Oh… and I almost forgot to mention the greeting. (Since I almost forgot to add it to the card, too!) I did that with the cute, tiny little “hello” die from the MFT Smart Phone set. I gave it a subtle pewter look my covering it with silver Wink of Luna metallic marker. Yep – you heard me right. Shimmery Stella has a sister and her name is Metallic Luna. She looks best in silver and black. ;)

Die cut inlaying can be tricky, but I think the smooth results are worth the effort. Remember – you could save a lot of time by just layering the individual die cuts for a similar look!

Want to learn more about die cut inlaying? Check these out…

  • Die Cut Inlay 3 Ways – This video shows three simple ways to do this technique.
  • Unique Inlays – You can even do inlay with wood veneer!
  • 2 Cards in 1 – If you do die cut inlaying right, you can end up with two cards at once. This video shows how.
  • With Texture – I love the look of texture that Kelly added to her inlays.
  • Window – Jean did an amazing job on this card!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! For your chance to win two of my favorite die sets from My Favorite Things, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14. Good luck.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for My Favorite Things click on MFT

 

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Video: Faux Texture Inking + Mini Distress Ink Pad Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a fun faux texture inking technique along with a peek at the newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads. Oh, and a giveaway!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Again, my apologies for the poor video lighting!]

I don’t think I have any one product I use more than Distress Ink. The number and type of techniques you can use this ink for is incredible! Today I used various Mini Distress Ink colors along with my Mini Ink Blending Tool over a flower stencil for fast and smooth coloring. I then laid the Dreamweaver Stencil Screen over the stencil and inked some more… creating the grid-like texture you see on the leaves and flowers. Such a fun way to stretch your products.

I also did this technique to the edge of my card… and added a black and white stamped strip for contrast. Oh, and that greeting? It is a new one from Avery Elle. So fun!

Distress Inks have always been available in full-size ink pads but are now also available in a mini size. This size is great for anyone who wants to get their hands on a lot of colors, or just likes the convenience of working with a small size. There were originally 12 mini colors, but today Ranger released 12 more. I store my mini ink pads in little sandwich containers (love this line of containers), along with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and replacement foams. This works so very well! I have three containers for my inks and they store easily.

Want to procrastinate a bit this Monday morning and check out a few more of my Distress Ink videos?

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to try the 12 newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14 for your chance to win.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Amazon click AMZ…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Watercolor Backgrounds & Iron-Off Embossing + Birthday Hop + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am part of the A Blog Named Hero 2nd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. (More on that below.) I also have a video showing how to easily create eye-catching watercolor backgrounds with Distress Ink and water… along with iron-off embossing. Don’t get scared – it is easy! And I have 6 birthday cards to prove it. :) Oh, and a giveaway!

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

Watercolor backgrounds are so incredibly easy when you team up awesome background stamps with heat embossing, Distress Inks and pearlized water. Add a bit of ironing, and you have “how-did-they-do-that?” watercolor backgrounds.

All of these cards were done with the same technique. I started with my favorite watercolor paper and clear heat embossed a Hero Arts background. (I used six different ones – they are all linked in the thumbnail images at the end of this post.) I then applied Distress Inks in various colors. Next, I very generously sprayed the pieces with pearlized water. (I make my own by putting approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder into a mist bottle full of water. I have stored it this way for years! But you could just use regular water or another shimmer mist.) Once it was dry, I ironed off the embossing and am left with interesting, one-of-a-kind watercolor backgrounds.

For some of the backgrounds, I applied the Distress Ink with my Mini Ink Blending Tool. For others, I just went direct to paper with the new Mini Distress Inks. These little ink cubes are easy to use and especially great if you want to get lots of Distress Ink colors without breaking the bank.

I kept the sentiment simple, using a fun one from Hero Arts with Liquid Platinum embossing powder on a label die cut.

By the way… I used a cutting board for working with this background. This was so helpful!

Here is a closer look at each background…

Fun, huh? If you like this technique, be sure to also head over to the Hero Arts Blog HERE. I showed in a video how I did the iron-off embossing with watercolor technique to create this card…

Want more ideas for iron-off embossing? Check these out:

  • By Marion – I love Marion’s stunning use of this technique. Such bold color!
  • By Laura – Laura (who is only 16!) used soft watercolors for a simple but stunning look. She has a video, too!
  • Another Example – Here is another from me. This technique is addictive!

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, these birthday cards are part of a celebration of A Blog Named Hero’s 2nd birthday. A Blog Named Hero is one of the best challenge blogs out there with some of the nicest gals. There are lots of incredible cardmakers participating today, so I encourage you to check them out! ***** Next be sure to hop on over to the fabulous blog of Cristina Martinez. ***** (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to ABNH.)

GIVEAWAYS

As a thank you for sticking with this long post (ha) and hopping in the ABNH Blog Hop, I have giveaways! There are TWO ways to win. First, leave comments on all the blogs on the hop as ABNH will be picking winners of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp prizes. Also – from me – one lucky winner will get two of my favorite Hero Arts background stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/6/14. Good luck.

SUPPLIES

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Personalized Stamps Giveaway

Hello! In the past I have shared some of my favorite places to get personalized stamps. I have several that I like and use. (I send a lot of cards!)

I recently spotted some new fun ones from Bossy Joscie. I ordered three and really like them…

It is hard to see, but the bigger stamp on the bottom there is an address stamp. This is what it looks like, along with a fun option to stamp on the back of your handmade cards…

Pretty fun, huh? If you are interested, you can order your stamps HERE.

GIVEAWAY

When I told Joscelyne – the sweet girl behind Bossy Joscie – that I liked the stamps, she offered to give a $20 gift certificate to her store to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/10/14. Good luck.

(PS: As always, I was not asked to post this. I just am sharing some I found that I love.)