VIDEO: Color Die Cut Inlay – 3 Ways

Hello! For many of us here in the States, the days have been cold and dreary. So today I have a video with three cards that will hopefully brighten your day… along with three ways to do colorful die cut inlaying!

So the video shows 3 ways to do die cut inlays. Here they are:

Die Cut Inlay Idea #1: Layering

The first card shows how to do layered inlay die cutting. This is the most involved of the inlaying techniques but it is still easy!! The trick is to die cut and assemble whatever is in the background (rainbow) first. Then move to whatever is in the foreground (“thanks”).

This new Rainbow die from Paper Smooches is perfect. It cuts just the right amount of arches to make a happy rainbow. I teamed it up with my ol’ favorite Thanks die… also from Paper Smooches. By doing the inlaying technique, you can get a smooch surface card. LOVE that.

So when I did the die cutting of the “thanks” on the card above, I had a left over piece. I decided to use it on another card…

Die Cut Inlay Idea #2: Background

For this card, I did the inlay technique only for the background – on the rainbow in the white paper. But I decided to build up some dimension for the word.

Doing die cut inlaying for a background is a great way to allow whatever is in the foreground to stand out.

(By the way… what would I do without my Wink of Stella shimmer? I just love it.)

Die Cut Inlay Idea #3: Basic Inlaying

This next card shows basic die cut inlaying. It is the simplest of the three.

I used another great word die from Paper Smooches – the Birthday Word dies. (A few different words come in this set. It is fab!)

Have you tried die cut inlaying? It is a great technique and a wonderful way to create a mailing-friendly card. If you are interested in more examples of this technique, check out these links:

Have a great day!


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


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Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year! I am trying to get back into the swing of creating. I took many days off to be with my family and also to finish moving into my somewhat-new craft room. (Almost done!)

But now I am back and have lots to share. Today? Today I have a card showing off the newest Paper Smooches products and newest Hero Arts Shadow Inks

Ack! These stamps make me SO giddy! I stamped the new Papers Smooches Botanicals with the new Lime Green (the perfect lime green), Dark Quartz (orange with a bit of a dark peach tone) and Lemon Yellow (the perfect bright yellow) Hero Arts Shadow Inks. I added some shading to the green stamped leaves with a YG25 Copic Marker. I also used a RV55 marker to add pink touches to the flowers. (You could use any pencils or markers for this.)

I then die cut the Paper Smooches Quote Tag Dies “hello” die 8 times from white cardstock and glued them together. I covered the top die cut with the Hero Arts Ultra Pink Shadow Ink (the perfect bold pink!) and also a few coats of clear Wink of Stella. So shimmery…

This was a fast one to put together. Yay!

If you are interested in more of the newest Paper Smooches products, check HERE. I am in love with THIS and THIS die… and THAT and THAT stamp set. :)

Oh – and I will be showing a closer look at these new Hero Arts Shadow Inks next week. Stay tuned.


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


I often put little cards in my son’s lunchbox. His favorites? The ones where I include pictures. So when I saw the new Paper Smooches We Totally Click stamp set, I knew just what I needed to do…

I colored the cute camera with Copics and added Glossy Accents for shine. I cut a slit in the camera image and tucked in a mini photo. Easy. I think it will make him smile, don’t you?

By the way, this stamp set is one of a few new ones from Paper Smooches. You can see them all HERE. There are some great new dies!

Oh! And good news. You know how I am the biggest fan of Neenah white cardstock? Well it now comes in 110lb! Perfect for a card base. You can find it HERE. I will be using this in videos in the near future.

Enjoy! See you soon.


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


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Stamping + Patterned Paper

I am on a mission.

A mission to use more of the 6×6 paper pads that I seem to collect. So today I have a card showing one simple way a stamper can use patterned papers…

Whenever I need a happy card for one of my kids, I seem to often reach for Paper Smooches. This new stamp set with the elephant just made me giddy! I stamped all the pieces on BasicGrey papers and then cut them out. Simple. Easy. Fun.

Oh – and a little trick. The stamp set had solid balloons and I wanted an outline. So I stamped the balloons in a light ink on the BACK of the patterned paper. I then cut them out and flipped them over. I used a black pen to draw around the edge. Voila! I have outline balloons on patterned paper. I also used a black pen to draw in the strings.

I also wanted the striped “floor” to have the same outline look so I drew a black line along it. This made a big difference in giving the card a completed look.

And that’s it!


I also have a few fun links and info for you today…

  • You must, you must, YOU MUST go check out A Blog Named Hero. This entire month they are doing a big holiday event. OH MY WORD. There are some amazing cards and guests. Go bookmark it now or subscribe. Such good stuff already and it is only day 2! (You will see one of mine over there, too.)
  • Laura Bassen is one of my favorite stampers. And her video in THIS post made me melt! SO cute.
  • THIS new stencil from Kelly Purkey makes my heart go pitter patter. So many great uses.
  • Our newest Online Card Class starts next week! You can find out more HERE. (And I will be doing a giveaway soon.) Even if you aren’t a big holiday card maker, there are lots of techniques worth seeing.
  • I got to spend time at Hero Arts this weekend. (More on that later.) The wonderful Sandy Allnock was there and she is a delight. Check out her fun videos HERE and consider following her blog. I adore her. (She is also the head of Operation Write Home.)
  • THIS card over at Ellen Hutson is amazing.
  • I showed one of the newest Paper Smooches stamp sets above. They had a few more I just love. Check them out: Group Hugs, Calorie Free (ack – I LOVE this!) and Fresh Snow.
  • Speaking of Paper Smooches… they have a new fantastic site. Check it out HERE. They also have a free stamp set for orders over $60.
  • Please, please, please consider sending in some holiday cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I can’t wait to look through all the cards!
  • Looking for some classy new holiday stamp sets that will allow you to create a WOW card without the fuss of layering, etc? Check out these new WPlus9 stamp sets: Pretty Poinsettias and Silver Bells. They also have matching dies.
  • I have a winner! The winner of the Freckled Fawn OHDEERME Kit is Lin. I emailed you.

See you soon.


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

Paper Smooches Enjoy the Show Stamps (SSS|EH)

BasicGrey Carte Postale 6×6 Paper (SSS|EH)

BasicGrey 25th & Pine 6×6 Paper (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

Copic Multiliner 0.3 Black Pen (SSS|SSS)

Vellum Christmas Photo Card + Giveaway!

Today I have a Christmas photo card using Paper Smooches and Tim Holtz products.

Yep. You heard that right. Paper Smooches and Tim Holtz. Together on one card. :)

I’ll be honest – I love holiday photo cards. They are my favorite. And this is a design I am considering for my family card this year – with a photo behind an embossed vellum panel.

I used the Tim Holtz Starry Night embossing folder for the fun texture on the vellum. (This folder works for everything from birthday to Christmas. Awesome.)

I then added a new die cut greeting from Paper Smooches. Isn’t that handwriting fantastic?!

So if you lift the vellum (that is attached with a quick line of sewing from my machine), you can see the family photo. (Yes, I am shorter than Kay and Audrey.)

And if you lift the matted photo, you see the greeting behind. I can add a personal message there, too.

Here is a closer look at the Paper Smooches die set I used. I love detailed die cut greetings…

(By the way, there are some other great new products from Paper Smooches that just came out. You can find them HERE.)

What do you think? Think this would be a good family card for this year?


Giveaway time! A lucky winner will get the Paper Smooches Christmas Words Dies I used above. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 10/7/13.


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

Paper Smooches Christmas Words Dies (SSS|EH)


Tim Holtz Starry Night Embossing Folder (SSS|EH)



Paper Smooches Bitty Bungalows Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)



Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)


Kelly Purkey STAMPtember® Blog Hop

Today I am part of a blog hop for Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember® event… and we are focusing on the fabulous new products they have from Kelly Purkey!

Well, I liked one of Kelly’s new stamp sets so much that I went overboard and did FIVE cards. Check out my video that shows how to multi-ink greetings and also how to create your own enamel dots…

For these cards, I used the new Kelly Purkey I Like You stamp set. This one has quickly moved to my “all-time favorite stamps” list.

I really enjoy playful greetings and they are hard to find. This set knocks it outta the park! I used a variety of the fabulous Memento Luxe Inks for the fun color combo.

I created the star border with the new Howdy Partner set. And the notebook die? That is the Paper Smooches Notebook die

Next up is a great greeting from the same I Like You set. I liked the bit about “magic” on it, so I decided to team it up with the Paper Smooches Bam Bubble die.

I also created my own enamel dots using the Viva Paper Pens. Boy does this stuff make great accents!

For card #3, I again used the I Like You set and Luxe Inks. I also used the SSS Horizontal Bubble die and Hero Arts Vertical Arrows background.

One of the things I like about Luxe Inks is that they are pigment inks, so they are slow to dry. This gives you the option of adding clear embossing powder to heat emboss for a textured tone-on-tone background…

This next one uses the fun Paper Smooches Free Spirits and Drink Glasses dies. It works perfectly with this I Like You greeting

Gotta love a DIY embellishment. (I created a glass like this a few days ago – head HERE for more information.)

This last card is super simple. But that greeting? It is just so awesome that I had to let it shine. (The fun banner die cut is from the Sketchy Banner Dies.)

Whew! So there you have it – five cards using the Kelly Purkey I Like You stamp set. Can you tell I love it? :) All the supplies are in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

You can find all of the new Kelly Purkey products HERE. There are some good ones… here is a peek…

Next, be sure to head over to my bestie Kathy Racoosin’s blog HERE. Her projects are incredible! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, go HERE.)