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.
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.
A quick side note. I have received an email asking if I was on the design team for the companies whose products I featured in My Favorite Crafty Things. I want to make sure you all know: If a product is on My Favorite Crafty Things list, it is because I truly love it. I am not on any design teams. I was not asked, encouraged or paid to feature any of these items. I picked the products because I love them. I do have sponsors on my blog – all who were invited to be sponsors. (Invited sponsorships are very unusual. In fact, I don’t personally know of any one else who does this.) They are sponsors because I use and love their products – not the other way around. I am not obligated to use their products. I occasionally still do work for Hero Arts, or do a paid guest spot or blog hop gig. But I never use products I do not like, or work with companies who are not made up of really good people. I can assure you I stay true to this. I am loyal to a fault. In other words – you can trust me and my recommendations.
Ok… back to the winners! We have winners spanning from all over the US to all over the world! (Those invited sponsorships I mentioned above? Having those makes it possible for me to do lots of giveaways and make them eligible to everyone… anywhere. Yay! I have some serious shipping to do! lol.) I have emailed all the lucky folks listed…
I’ll be honest – I am not one to use a lot of embellishments. There are some popular products you will rarely see me use. I just find my love for stamping outweighs everything else. lol. But sometimes something wins my heart. It may be a fabulous 6×6 paper pad or an enamel dot or a wood embellishment. And when I find embellishments I love – I jump in with both feet. Well, today I jumped BIG time.
Next I used the wood feathers and the stamp set to make a card for my hubby. When things get hectic with the kids, sometimes you gotta remember that it all comes back to the two of you…
I used a bit of Copic Marker to add coloring to the wood pieces. It blends on it’s own… so easy.
I also really liked the sequin bows in the kit. So I went to Target and bought some inexpensive little girl barrettes/bows. (Along with a million other things I didn’t need. Does Target have that effect on you, too?) I cut the bows off and replaced them with these cute sequin bows using a glue gun. And oh my are they cute.
Yes, I did try to get a picture of one in Lila’s hair. However, she just moves too fast…
Oh, and this is the adorable tin that the kit came in. I plan to stick a quick bow on the top of this and use it for a gift in the future. Perfect.
You can find more about the Freckled Fawn OHDEERME October Kit I used HERE. The November comes out soon and they are beginning to show peeks. After seeing it, I knew I needed a subscription.
So the kind folks at Freckled Fawn said I could give away one of their OHDEERME October Kits like I used above. Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/27/13 for your chance to win. Good luck.
Hello! One of the questions I get most often is about ink storage. I finally have storage I am happy with… so it is time to share. And the good news? I have a discount code and giveaway for my favorite storage units!
Check out my video to see a closer look…
First, I am really over-the-moon happy with my storage units from OrganizeMore. They are high quality and responsibly priced compared to other ink storage units I have seen. (Keep reading… I have a discount code for OrganizeMore and a giveaway below. Please know they didn’t contact me – I found them after searching long and hard for the best storage option for me.)
Next is the one I am in love with the most – the 36 Distress Ink/Reinker Organizer. Eek! It makes me so happy! It is intended to stand upright or hang, but I have mine laying in a drawer. It is also intended to hold Distress Inks and reinkers, but I used those reinker spots to hold my Ink Blending Tools. (Yes, I am nuts to have a tool for each color – even Tim makes fun of me for it. But I use them A LOT and this helps me work better. But in the video, I make other suggestions on how to do this.)
The rest of my inks are in my Ikea Alex drawers. These units are incredible for crafters, are very inexpensive and hold a ton. I have a few built into my office and couldn’t live without them! They work for ink storage, too…
In the video, I also show a few plastic containers that are good for folks with less room and are more cost effective. I use these for my other-colors-I-like-but-don’t-use-as-often inks. These are from the same manufacturer of the stamp storage containers I love…
And finally, I use the Brother P-Touch Label Maker with the 1/4″ tape to label the sides of the inks. This is a durable label that won’t get icky and fall off. So fast and easy. (I will soon share a video showing how to set this label maker up so that it conserves label tape.) And let’s just say this – kids are really good at using this machine.
A few things to note:
Yes – I do store some of my inks on their side. I have never had problems with doing this, and many companies say it doesn’t matter. Also, I rotate mine once in awhile just to be safe. Works for me and I have had them this way for some time now. If you want to be safe, go with one of the OrganizeMore storage units that store inks horizontally.
Note that these units do not hold ALL of the colors, but rather my most frequently used colors. This was key for me. Once I decided to use “prime real estate” in my craft room for just my favorite products and tuck the rest into a container elsewhere, I really became happy and more functional.
And yes – I do have a lot of inks. However, this is my job. Just like my hubby engineer needs lots of tools in his office to do his job, I need these inks.
So I looked long and hard to find the perfect storage units and have been so very happy with the ones from OrganizeMore. So I got the courage to contact them and ask them if they wanted to give my readers and discount code… and they said yes! Use the code is “MCGUIREINK” for a 13% discount on your entire order (before shipping charges). Offer ends 10/17/13.
And when I contacted OrganizeMore about the discount code, they offered a giveaway… a REALLY good giveaway! One lucky crafter will get the 48 Ink Pad Organizer like the one I use! Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/17/13 for your chance. Good luck!
Please visit OrganizeMore to see the other ink storage options they have. They have even bigger ones than I own! They also have organizers for other products, such as punches and ribbons.
Hope one of these storage options works for you. Enjoy!
I have SEVERAL ways for you to win today! Just leave a comment here and at every blog along the hop. I will be giving away the Clearly Besotted Holiday Sentiment stamp set I used above. And all the other blogs will be giving away their favorite set, too. Also, there is a grand prize of a $75 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate and a £100 Clearly Besotted gift certificate for one winner which will be picked from all the comments left on all the blogs. Good luck!
I have shared on my blog before my love of personalized stamps for the back of handmade cards.
One of my favorite sellers for personalized stamps is Twig and Linen. (Formaly known as Kiss and Tell Cards.) Karissa is very nice and talented, so I was so happy when she said I could once again do a giveaway and discount code for my readers. I love to share!
Turns out she has some new great designs – offered both in wood-handled and self-inking. (I LOVE the option.) You can see them all in her etsy shop HERE, but these are my favorites:
I am ordering that first one with a big “J” and then “handmade with love,” my name and my blog address.
To see some that I have ordered in the past, check HERE. I still use and love them! This is my favorite…
Again – check the Twig and Linen shop – she has many other designs. (If you knit or sew, she has some great ones for that too.)
Karissa at Twig and Linen also gave me a discount code so you can get your own personalized stamp. Just go HERE to her etsy shop and use the discount code “jmink20″ during check out for 20% off!! (Code is good now through 9/30/13.)
Giveaway time! Karissa said I could give away TWO wood-handled personalized stamps – winner’s choice! Just leave a comment here by 9/10/13 at 11:59pmEST for a chance to win. Good luck!
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 …