I must enable…

So I have little-to-no creative juices right now. But I still had to pop in today to give you a heads up on a must-have that you have to move fast on. A few people have emailed asking me about this new product, so here goes…

Ranger just released a new set of limited edition Spring Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac. When I saw the colors, I knew I needed in Peacock Feathers. But I wasn’t sure on the other two colors. Until I played with them…

So Peacock Feathers it the perfect teal color. A little more green than Broken China. A little more blue than Evergreen Bough. To me, it is the color of the Caribbean ocean. Just perfect. (More on this in a moment.)

Then Shaded Lilac. I thought I could pass on this since I am not huge on purple. But I was wrong. It has a lovely blue tint to it. It is like a happy indigo that makes me want to color easter eggs. A fun color.

And finally Squeezed Lemonade. Yes, we all need a happy sunshine yellow and this fits the bill. A great color that will be great for watercoloring.

So, yes, we need these. We all need these…

And for those of you who emailed asking how the Peacock Feathers compares to the other blues and greens in the Distress Ink family, here you go… (fancy inking I did for you here, huh? ha.)

Told you it is perfect. The color difference is a bit more intense in real life.

And if these new colors weren’t fab enough, Ranger also just release reinkers for all of their special edition sets. First, they have reinkers for the Spring set above. I am over the moon thrilled about reinkers for the previous limited edition sets as I love Gathered Twigs from the Autumn set and Evergreen Boughs and Festive Berries from the Winter set. Yay for reinkers!

So there you have it. Love these inks. Oh, and I love to share. So…

Let’s give a set of the Spring Distress Inks away! Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pmEST telling me your favorite Distress Ink color for your chance to win. Good luck!


Video: Hero Arts Frame Cuts + Giveaway

Happy Monday.

Today I have a video I put together for the fab Simon Says Stamp folks. In it, I show Hero Arts Frame Cuts. Frame Cuts are thin, open dies that match up with many of Hero Arts stamps. These dies are unique… here’s why…

Hero Arts has also put together a key showing which stamps match with which dies. You can find this download HERE. When shopping, look for the orange letter sticker on the top of the Frame Cut package. Then find the stamp with the matching letter sticker. These will match! Also, if you go to Simon Says Stamp and click on a Frame Cut set, you can scroll down to the ‘related products” and see the stamps that match.

Here are the matches:

You can see all the Frame Cuts HERE and find the matching stamps HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

In the video I talk about the plates needed for these thin dies. HOWEVER, if you already have a machine and plates that cut other thin dies on the market, then you are set! You will be able to use these the same way. If you need plates for your Big Shot to make thin dies work, check THIS bundle out. This set will give you everything you need for thin dies, embossing folders, etc. If you have a Vagabond, get THIS and you are set. Sizzix discontinued other plates (the universal ones) and these are the new replacements. The nice thing is that you can use long dies with these longer plates.

The sweet folks at Simon Says Stamp is letting me giveaway the Hearts Frame Cut set! Just leave a comment here by Thursday at 11:59pm EST. Good luck.

Hope this helps! Enjoy.

Video: Hero Arts Soft and Mid-Tone Shadow Inks + Giveaway!


Today I have a video I put together for the sweet Simon Says Stamp folks. In it, I show Hero Arts Shadow Inks - including the original Soft Shadow Inks and the new 2012 Mid-Tone Shadow Inks. These inks are very unique and incredibly awesome… perfect for getting a smooth, solid stamped image. Here’s why:

Basically, this ink is unique because it slowly smooths out and dries into the perfect stamped image. It is the best ink for images with lots of solid space, such as the hearts I used here.

I threw together this very quick sample of colors for you to compare each. A few of my original Soft Shadow Inks are older than the hills (in packaging from three designs ago!) and therefore a bit light… but it should give you an idea. All of the colors starting with “Soft” are the original Soft Shadow Inks. All the others are the more vibrant Mid-Tone Shadow Inks.

And here is a look at just the new Mid-Tone Shadow Inks

These inks are lovely, I tell you. And they go nicely with my other favorite ink, Distress Ink, too.

Now I know folks are going to ask me which my favorite colors of the new inks are. Ha ha ha… well… just get them all. :) In fact, you can get all the new Mid-Tone inks in a bundle HERE. But Wet Cement and Cup ‘O Joe are must-have in their lovely grey and brown colors. And the others? They are all great – just depends on what colors you use the most.

And big cheers to Shari Carroll who was the mastermind behind the new colors. Nice work! And she put a video about them together HERE that shows how the inks go together with the whole Hero Hues color line.

Hope this helps explain the inks! Be sure to head over to Simon Says Stamp’s blog for more info.

And the sweet folks at Simon Says Stamp said I could give away a set of the new Mid-Tons Inks! Just leave a comment here by Saturday 11:59pmESTS for your chance to win. Good luck!

Day 6 (and Last) of Holiday Gift Guide

(This is the 6th and final day of my Holiday Gift Guide. Hope you are finding some fun ideas!)

Here are my last ten ideas for you. I hope you found something you think your loved one will love. Remember, if you click on the links to head over to Simon Says Stamp, you will get 15% discount and free shipping over $75. A big thanks to them! Here we go…

Every cardmaker looks for new and different ways to make cards. Something fun? Clear cards. Clear cards are such fun. I have lots of examples on my blog (search on “acetate”) – I use them a ton. The pack comes with clear cards (super thick and oh so nice), white inserts and envelopes. (Click HERE for more info.)


Here is one example of a clear card I have done. So much fun to use.


12×12 patterned papers can sometimes be intimidating with loud and large patterns. This is one reason I love 6×6 paper pads and use them almost exclusively. They are fabulous for cardmaking and scrapbooking – the perfect gift. (Click HERE for more info.)


Sometimes the simplest gifts are the best. I am loving these simple Stardust Glitter Pens. They are super fine tip and add just the tiniest bit of sparkle. Nothing over the top – just a little. Perfection. One of my favorite things to use these for is to trace a stamped greeting with this pen so it shines a touch. Your crafty gal will love it – and it is a steal. (Click HERE for more info.)


I get a lot of people asking what notecards and envelopes I use. I always use Hero Arts Hero Hues stuff. The cards are nice and thick and white on the inside. And the paper packs are great for cutting the vertical 4.25″x11″ pieces to fold into a card. I especially love their envelopes – they have a unique flap that I adore (see the photo). A great gift would be a box full of these – colorful goodness. (Click HERE for more info.)


I find myself using Mini Misters a ton. I keep a few with water (who wants to stop creating to refill?) and several with different colors of Perfect Pearls. So, I really like having these little organizers. And it comes with 12 misters – perfection! (Click HERE for more info.)


The black enamel? Perfect for cute little eyes on stamped animals. The white enamel? Perfect for little dots to accent cards. When you squeeze out these White and Black Enamel Accents, they immediately go into a tiny perfect ball. A must-have. And it is costs close to nothing. :) (Click HERE for more info.)


OK. You have to admit – Doodlebug’s Buttons are so stinkin’ cute. I can assure you that every crafter would love some of these. The colors and quality are fab – yum yum yum. (Click HERE for more info.)


Here is a fun necklace I made this them. Love these buttons…

I love die cutting. And if your crafty loved one has any kind of die cutting machine, you will want to get her some My Favorite Things Die-namics. These are the cutest, most inexpensive dies in town. They can be used with the Cuttlebug, Big Shot – anything. Another great thing: They used to offer some dies in a stamp+die combo, but now offer them all separately! My favorites? The Framed Greeting label, Notched Tag (adore the small heart and star), Polka Dot Greeting, Well Worn Greetings (great to layer – so lovely), Layered Labels (again fab for layering) and Rolled Roses. Oh, and this company is based in Florida and the owner is so very nice. (Click HERE for more info.)

I mentioned earlier this week my love of Memory Box Dies. I wanted to point out one in particular – the Round Buttons. I love the idea of creating faux buttons. Buttons work on just about any card, but can often add too much bulk for shipping. This is a great solution! (Click HERE for more info.)

This gift idea is the cheapest (free) but definitely the most valuable. Give your crafty gal a card promising hours of “creative time” – where she can create and forget about all the craziness that is life. She will love ya for this one.

Hope these help. Happy shopping. :)

Day 5 of Holiday Gift Guide + A HUGE Giveaway

(This is Day 5 of 6. Hope you are finding some fun ideas!)

Here are ten more ideas for you. Remember, if you click on the links to head over to Simon Says Stamp, you will get 15% discount and free shipping over $75. What a great deal. Here we go…

Earlier in my gift guide, I mentioned how fabulous the Ink Blending Tools are. And if you really want to impress your crafty friend, get one of the Spinners too. This guy holds 8 inking tools, making it so easy to reach for a tool inked with the right color. Love it. (Click HERE for more info.)


Now, if your crafty loved one is as crazy about these inking tools as me, you could get her multiple Spinners to hook on top of each other. LOOOOOVE this…


Yes, I have issues. And the worst part? Since taking this photo, I have added three tiers. :)

I am sure you have noticed that your crafty loved one often has inky hands. (Mine are usually a lovely shade of blue or brown.) I finally found the ONLY way to clean off this ink – the Craft Scrubbie. You just wash your hands with this and liquid soap and your hands will be back to normal in no time flat. It truly does work. It’s inexpensive, it’s cool and it’s great for the stocking. (Click HERE for more info.)

The Martha Stewart Scoring Board is a must-have for any cardmaker. This guy is inexpensive but works like a charm. I love that the lines are spaced out evenly. Honestly, I never thought I needed a scoring tool until I met this one. Love it. Oh, and I also like the Scor-Pal products, but they are harder to find. (Click HERE for more info.)

One gift idea that can never go wrong is a gift card. This is especially great this time of year since the new 2012 Hero Arts stamps come out later this month! Simon Says Stamp will get them all, so a gift card for there is perfect. And get this?! If you request it, Heidi at Simon Says Stamp said they will mail you an actual gift card. That way you have something tangible to give on Christmas morning. Fabulous! (Click HERE for more info.)

Here is a cleaning product your loved one would LIKE to get under the tree. :) There are a million stamp cleaners out there, each to remove a different type of ink. However, the only one that works for everything is the Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner. This even cleans of Staz-On and other inky things, and I even use it to clean up my Craft Sheet. Ultra Clean is a staple for any stamper. And to make it even better, you can get the Scrubber Pad to go with it. Perfect gift. (Click HERE for more info.)


One of my favorite ways to add a bit of sparkle and color to projects is with Twinkling H2Os. The colors are delicous and they are super high quality. There are a ton of colors, but a great place to start is with one of the sets. Yum. (Click HERE for more info.)


With all these great inks and paints, ya gotta have the perfect paint brushes, eh? By far the best are Claudine Hellmuth’s Brushes. In the set you have all the different sizes you could ever need. Perfect for under that Christmas tree. (Click HERE for more info.)


I have already suggested several online classes. I have one more to mention – the Spawn of True Scrap event. This was a big event in October. However! You can now buy each teacher’s individual video classes for $9.99. You can go HERE to find them all. Here is a peek at mine, a 35 minute video jam-packed with techniques and 2 layouts, 6 cards and a jewelry piece. (Click HERE for more info.)

If you are looking for a great die cut machine in a lower price range, the Big Shot is the way to go. This guy is durable, consistent and high quality. And Sizzix is a good company with great customer service. (Click HERE for more info.)

OK, this is the most expensive gift idea I have but I assure you it is worth it. The Vagabond is a new die cutting machine from Sizzix and Tim Holtz – and it is a new love of mine. This bad boy can cut through anything and will replace all the other die cutting machines. It cuts everything like butter, I tell ya. A big step up from any other machine. To top it off? It looks like a suitcase. And since it is from Tim Holtz, your lady will love it. (If you didn’t know, I can guarantee your crafty girl has a secret crush on Tim. Hee.) Any dies can be used with this fabulous machine. Since Simon Says Stamp has free shipping on it, plus 15% off, it is a deal that can’t be missed. (Click HERE for info.)


And guess what?!? Heidi from Simon Says Stamp said I could do a VAGABOND GIVEAWAY! That’s right… just leave a comment here by Monday night for your chance to win a Vagabond! Good luck… it is one great treat.

Day 4 of Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway

(It is Day 4 of 6 of the my holiday gift ideas. These are a repeat from my gift suggestions from last Christmas. However, I decided to include them again because they are still my favorites!)

Here are some more ideas! Lots of good ones here. If you click on the links to head over to Simon Says Stamp, you will get a 15% discount and (always) free shipping over $75. Let’s get started…

Every crafter needs a great trimmer – one that will cut straight. And this Fiskars one does it, and also has a great wire guide that shows just where you are cutting. Hands down – this is the best trimmer out there. You can’t beat it. (Click HERE for more info.)

So here is a bonus idea for you. If you are getting this trimmer or already have it, you gotta get the new Titanium Blades for it. These bad boys last so much longer then the regular blades. It is amazing how well they work and they cut like butter. (Click HERE for more info.)

Here is another must-have tool that costs only about $10. These Tim Holtz scissors are great for everything from crafting with ribbon and paper to wire and metal. I even use these to prune my garden and my husband steals them often. Fabulous, I tell ya. Non-stick and self-sharpening. (Click HERE for more info.)

Many crafters already have one, but this baby is the Merecedes of heat guns. This heat gun from Hero Arts gets super hot and does a fabulous job. For about $30, it is a great gift idea, too. It will last forever – I have had mine for 10 years. (Click HERE for more info.)

I am sure you non-crafters have no idea what this tool is. However, this Ink Blending Tool is awesome. You use it with Distress Inks (which would also be great stocking stuffers) and for so many techniques. For under $5, who can say no? (Oh, and you might as well also get some additional foam pieces – they are reusable). I promise your crafty loved one will smile. (Click HERE for more info.)

Check your crafter’s room. Do you see a kraft-colored piece that she works on? If not, get the Ranger Craft Sheet. It is an amazing work surface that is perfect for inking and painting and all that good crafty stuff. I use it for everything and you can see it in action in all of my videos. A great gift. (Click HERE for more info.)

This gift idea is a hard one to explain if you have never stamped before so you are just gonna have to trust me. :) The Stamp Press (or as I call “Stamp Thingy”) is great to use with clear stamps and cling stamps. I find it so very helpful and for about ten bucks, you can’t beat it. (Click HERE for more info.)

This next idea is something your crafter likely doesn’t have but sure would love. It is the new Sticky Back Canvas. (Self descriptive, huh?) It now comes in white and natural. Get both! There are so many fun crafty things you can do with it… you can even stamp on it. (Click HERE for info.)

Every crafter needs adhesive. And I have tried them all! In addition to the two I mentioned yesterday, there are four other adhesives that are the best of the best: Mini Glue Dots, American Crafts Dot Runner, American Crafts Foam Dots and Glossy Accents. All of these goodes are under $5. (Click on each product name listed for more info.)

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Speaking of the best of the best, Hero Arts stamps are incredible. Since they are made in the USA, you can be sure the quality it top notch. They make a TON of great products including stamps, embellishments, papers and more. (Click HERE to see all of the newest Hero Arts products.)

For today’s last gift idea, I would recommend any of the Tim Holtz Alterations Dies. These can be used with ANY die cut machine (even the Cuttlebug) and can cut through everything, including many layers of paper. My favorites? The Ornamental, Mini Ornamental, Styled Label, Baroque and Mini Baroque. (Click HERE to see all of these dies.)

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And for today’s giveaway, I have these Mini Ornamental and Mini Baroque Tim Holtz Dies! Just leave a comment here by Sunday night for your chance to win. Good luck.

I also have winners from past posts. The Scentsy winner is Kris in Alaska, the winner of the Mementos giveaway is Robin Schaefer and the Maggie Holmes photo class lucky one is Betty M.

See you soon with more gift ideas!