Video: Wood Window Card

Hello! I am back with more fun using the wood paper… along with colored wood embellishments and a window card design. Watch and see…

I was inspired to die cut windows from some awesome wood paper after seeing a card my fab friend Kathy Racoosin did at a retreat a couple weeks ago. (Be sure to go see her card HERE – it is very clever! She is the master of looking at products differently and creatively. She turned this die and wood paper combo into a cruise ship!) These windows are quick to do with the three-square die from Simon Says Stamp. (This is so much faster than trying to line up individual dies or punching them!) That wood paper is awesome…

I then added some wood embellishments that I colored with markers. Theses wood icons are from Prima and the sets are incredible – lots of variety for a good price. Must haves.

The greeting is from one of my favorite Hero Arts sets. Love the look of white on that wood paper.

Again, be sure to head over to Kathy’s blog to see what she created. It is fabulous, just like her!

 

Video: Inktense Background

Hi there.

In the past I have done several videos using Inktense Pencils. (You can find one HERE, HERE and HERE. These unique pencils are amazing.) I also wanted to show how you can use them to create fun backgrounds. Here’s a video…

These pencils are such fun to use. And I love these button stamps – buttons without the bulk…

That woodgrain paper is amazing. Such a great way to take plain white up a notch…

See you soon!

Video: DIY Ink Pad

I have another video for you today – one I created for the Hero Arts blog. This one shows how to create your own ink pad with baby wipes…

This one is a bit bold and crazy…

I love how you can get vivid, crisp, mutli-colored images with DIY ink pads. You can get multi-colored images with markers, but not this crisp…

This one isn’t as crazy. You really can use any colors together…

Love doing small black DIY embellishments when I use bold colors…

Simple, eh? In the video I show how to create your own ink pads with baby wipes. However, I normally like to create my own with a product from Ranger called Felt Cut n Dry. This allows you to create a more “real” ink pad that you can leave stored in a ziploc bag and use again and again. It really is a great product. (I show how to use this product in Stretch Your Stamps and Clean and Simple 2.)

For DIY ink pads, I like to use Distress Ink Reinkers or Hero Arts Reinkers. But you can use many other types too. Just give it a try!

See you soon.

 

Video: Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop + $50 Giveaway

Today I am happy to be joining a group of great artists who will all be using the Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit – Friendship Flowers. This kit screams spring… something I am SO very ready for!

I used the kit to create a colorful masked card… and have a video sharing the steps…

Bright, eh? I love bright. I love the Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks. I love masking. And I love rainbowy cards. (Clearly, as I have been making them a lot lately.)

The font in the stamp set in this kit is divine…

Complete supplies are below. But you also need to check this out - Simon Say Stamp and Kelly Purkey just released some awesome new stamps and dies. You must check them out HERE! LOVE them! Take a peek…

Thanks for visiting! The next stop in the Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop is my favorite friend Kristina Werner. (You can also go back to the beginning of the hop for links to everyone who is playing.)


And now to the giveaway!  Leave a comment on this blog post and one lucky winner from my blog will receive a $50 E-Card to shop at Simon Says Stamp We will draw a random winner on at 9:00 AM EST on Saturday, 3/9/13 so be sure to leave your comment by then.

 

Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop… Video + Discount Code + Giveaways!

Hello! Today I am part of the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop. Simon Says Stamp is made up of such good people. And today demonstrates that – they are giving readers a discount code for 35% off and are also making a donation to the charity of a lucky winner’s choice! Oh, and I threw in a crafty giveaway, too. Awesome, huh? Keep reading…

It is an honor to join several of my friends and fellow crafters in creating cards of gratitude for this blog hop. After all – I am so very thankful for the people I have met through cardmaking. And a big thanks to Simon Says Stamp for hosting and supporting it!

Here is video of my card creation. I love making holiday thank you cards…

It features an stamped acetate window that shows through to the inside…

And a message could be added to the snow bank inside…

All of the supplies are listed in the thumbnails below. My favorites? The fluff background stamp, the diagonal lines embossing folder and the thank you greeting stamp set

   

How about a discount for shopping? This Friday, Simon Says Stamp will offer a Black Friday discount code to its customers for 35% off selected items in the store. But you can get the code early here! Just head HERE to see the items that are included in the sale and use the promotion code “SIMONBF35” for the 35% off discount. Gotta love some good crafty deals! Want to see some of my favorite things on sale?

  • THESE or THESE useful stamps.
  • My favorite holiday stamp set HERE.
  • THIS great background.
  • THIS technique DVD with videos from me.
  • Kelly Purkey’s great stamp HERE.
  • THIS – the perfect stamp for the back of a handmade card.
  • Scroll down HERE for lots of awesome My Mind’s Eye 6×6 paper pads.
  • Scroll down HERE for many intricate SSS exclusive dies.
  • And Seasonal Distress Inks? Yes, please – HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • Oh, and there are lots of Hero Arts stamps on sale on page 6 – go HERE and scroll to the bottom and click “6.”

 

I have TWO giveaways. The first is one that I think is the best kind ever. Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 donation to the charity of a commentator’s choice. Just leave a comment with what you are most grateful for and you will be entered in the drawing. After the winner is chosen, Simon Says Stamp will be in touch with you to find out the charity you have chosen. A winner will be picked at 11:59pmEST on 11/28. Good luck!

Also, I have some extra goodies that need a good home. So another lucky winner will receive these presents…

There’s more! The next stop in the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude Blog Hop is my sweet friend Sarah Moerman. (You can always head to the Simon Says Stamp blog to start the hop again.) Be sure to stop everywhere along the hop. Each person will be giving the $50 for a charity!


 

Furry Friends, Inktense Pencils + Video

Hello! Today I am playing along with my friends for a mini blog hop… where we all use a fun new stamp set – the Simon Says Stamp Furry Christmas. Let’s start with a video…

So here is a closer look. It has my dog Roxie (in the back), Kathy’s dog Max (on the left) and Kristina’s cat named Mannie. Cute, aren’t they? It was so fun to sit next to Kristina as she created it. I admire her tremendously.

In the video I show how to use Inktense Colored Pencils

These Inktense Pencils are unique – much like watercolor pencils, but with a firmer texture that allows them to be more intense in color… much like a paint or ink. Thanks to their intense pigment, you can even use it like watercolor on a colored cardstock, such as kraft. I find using them on watercolor paper or white cardstock so wonderful… so much easier than traditional watercolor pencils and with much more vibrant results. However, you can use many of the tips I mentioned in the video above with normal watercolor pencils.

By the way, if you are looking for something to put on your holiday wish list… these pencils would be a treat.

And here is the Furry Christmas stamp set. So cute…

For the background, I used this awesome set from WPlus9. It is great for building awesome backgrounds. I love the look of white pigment ink on the kraft cardstock.

Oh, and this is what Roxie looks like. She is a Vizsla and just rocks.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to also visit my friends – Kristina, Jana and Kathy. They all used this same stamp set today.

Enjoy!