Tips, Tools and Techniques + Big Giveaway!


I have been getting a lot of questions about my Tips, Tools and Techniques on Distress Markers from the September/October issue of Paper Crafts. So I thought I would share here a bit more about each project.

Here are the projects – each showing a different way to use Distress Markers. These markers are insanely good:

First up is stamping with the White Distress Stain on kraft paper. It gives such a unique and fabulous look. Just pounce the Stain on the stamp and stamp as you normally do:

Next is faux watercolor painting with Distress Markers. Just color the marker right on the stamp (no need to hurry), mist it lightly with water and stamp. Looks like lovely watercolor and all the colors blend so well:

I know many people love the look of Copic Markers but don’t want to pay the high price tag. Distress Markers can also give a nice blended look. Just color with the light marker, add shading with a darker marker and then go dab with the lighter color where the two areas overlap. It will blend nicely:

You can also do simple multi-color stamping with Distress Markers. Just color right on the stamp… and stamp. Easy:

I like to use Distress Markers for backgrounds, too. Just scribble a “rainbow” of markers across the back and mist with water to blend. (You can use a paintbrush to guide it if you want.)

You can also use Distress Markers for watercolor! I just scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block (or a piece of plastic) and pick up color with a wet brush:

These are just a few of the many fun things you do with Distress Markers. For a video I did using them, go HERE.

And I have a great giveaway! The fabulous Tim Holtz and the kind folks at Ranger have donated a set of Distress Markers for a lucky winner! Just leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win. Good luck!

World Card Making Day + Enabling

Hello! Saturday is World Card Making Day. Be sure to stop back here as I will be having something fun. But I also wanted to give you a heads up on the fun Paper Crafts will be having.

Here is a bit of info on what Paper Crafts will be doing:

  • Today (Friday), they will have a blog hop with last year’s WCMD winners. Lots of good stuff. (Go HERE.)
  • Follow Paper Crafts on Twitter… and see if we can get #worldcardmakingday trending.  (Go HERE.)
  • Lots of sharing will be going on on their blog throughout the day. (Go HERE.)
  • Check out the Moxie Fab World blog, too. (Go HERE.)
  • You can share your card creations with others. (Go HERE.)
  • Finally, check out the blog tour – you can even be a part of it. (Go HERE.)

See you there!

Also, I have had a lot of people ask about when the new Hero Arts stamps would be out. Today is the day – here are some of the goodies. (Don’t you love the music background?)

And if you have taken any of my classes, you know I loved the Eclipse Tape big roll, but it is no longer available. Guess what? Now you can get it in sheets!! PERFECT! I can now die cut with it too!! Woot! You can find it HERE. (This product is amazing for masking and more.)

See you soon.



Quick card share today. This one was in the recent Paper Crafts issue (which, by the way, is a really good issue!) and a few people emailed me to ask how it was done. So here it is…

Super easy. I added double-sided tape to cardstock. Then I took off the release paper, added green glitter, burnished it well and cut it into a tree. Did it again for a trunk piece. (Supplies are listed below.)


Oh, and a Studio Calico wood veneer star colored with Copics for the top.

LOVE LOVE LOVE that Paper Smooches set. “Blessings?” That is one of my favorite words, and therefore favorite greetings.

See you soon.

(By the way, the winner of the True Scrap 4 spot is Christy Norton. Lain will email you soon!)

Holiday Share

Just a quick share. I had a few people email me about this card from Paper Crafts Holiday Cards and More. (By the way – this is a great issue!) So I thought I would share it here…

Yum yum yum I love those wood veneer stars! I just colored them with markers and assembled them into a tree.

Speaking of Studio Calico…

Heads up! A lot of the new products from Studio Calico are now ready to hop into your hands (as they did mine). You can find them all HERE, but here are my favorites. The stamp sets, fabric covered thickers (great for inking) and wood veneer shapes are great…

See you soon!



Holiday Cards & More Go-To-Gal Blog Hop

Hey there stampers.

I am hopping today with the other Paper Crafts Go-To Gals in celebration of the Holidays Cards & More issue. This is a great issue!

I thought it would be fun to create a photo ornament of Lila for Grandma. I decided to combine two of my favorite dimensional techniques: rosettes and paper hearts. (I have how-to video links for each below.)

I used some Echo Park paper, cardstock, my favorite Stardust Glitter Ritz and some heart dies. Easy as can be…

I made the paper heart and traced it onto the photo. I then cut the photo into the heart shape and glued the heart over it with touches of Glossy Accents. The rosette was made with two 2″ paper strips.

To learn how to do the heart shapes, check out THIS post and video. For the rosettes? THIS post and video.

By the way, that awesome baby photo was taken by Krysia Photography. She is amazing.

Be sure to visit all the other gals on the blog hop…

Oh, and remember to visit all the fun going on for STAMPtember over at Simon Says Stamp. Love all that they are doing!


Stamp Storage


I get a lot of questions about storage and organization. I am currently in the middle of a big remodel… which includes moving my studio from a large re-done basement area to a not-as-large first floor location. I am incredibly happy to be up in the daylight with big windows and family around. And I am happy to go slightly smaller. I think big areas can be overwhelming – you end up collecting way too much that it can be intimidating.

So, as I get ready for this move, I am redoing a lot of my storage. First? My clear stamps.

For a long time now I have been using plastic sleeves to hold them, along with cling stamps. I first kept them in binders and I then moved them to a clip-it-up system. (You can see videos on these systems HERE.)

Now? They will still be in the same sleeves. (I love these sleeves so very much – I won’t be getting rid of them!) But I will have them in pull-out drawers in big cabinets, with areas where I can flip through them to find what I need.

So to read more about this storage for my clear and cling stamps, go HERE to Paper Crafts. I share all the details and links.

And a big cheers to Kay. Not only did she do the blog takeover last week, but she also put all my stamps in these sleeves (some had yet to be done) and labeled them. Yes, she rocks. (And now she is in a mission trip with our church youth group. You go girl! So proud.)

Hope this helps. I will share photos once I am moved into the new studio in September. But first? I need my kitchen back! Ha! Just a few more weeks…

See you soon.