Video Q&A with Kristina Werner + MASSIVE ($3000) Erin Condren Gift Card GIVEAWAYS!


So I am a co-founder/owner of Online Card Classes… along with Kristina Werner. I can honestly say I have never known of a better working relationship. We have so much fun together and support each other. (Well, to be honest, she does more for me because she is a tech and design guru, but I try to reciprocate as much as I can! LOL.) It is a great honor to work with her and an even bigger honor to be her friend. I have never ever ever met a woman that I respect more. She is pretty fantastic.

So… enough sappiness! I am here to share a Q&A video that we did this week. Oh, and a HUGE giveaway!

(Click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube)

Here are links that we mentioned in the videos:


Kristina and I have been collecting credits and we’re ready to give away 30 – yes, THIRTY! – $100 gift cards! Whenever you use this referral link and order from Erin Condren, we receive $10. We save these credits to be given back to you guys with giveaways. We have given away lots in the past and will do more in the future.

Due to the awesomeness of these giveaways, we are using Rafflecopter. It is SUPER easy to use. You don’t have to do all the things mentioned, but you get one entry for each thing you do. If you are only comfortable doing the “leave a comment” thing, that is one of the options. And if you already follow/subscribe to us, you can just check those options – easy!

So fill out the Rafflecopter area below for your chance to win a $100 gift card to!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck.

Clean and Simple 4 GIVEAWAYS + More

Hi! Just popping in to share a few fun things.


Our newest Online Card Class is starting on Monday – - Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple. In this all-video class, we’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a clean and simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever.

And now, THREE of you have the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right – I am giving away three spots in the class. Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59EST 1/25/15 to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, 1/26/15, but you can join or take anytime. Hope to see you there!


I am a HUGE fan of Amazon Prime. I use it *a lot* for FREE 2-day shipping, on everything including diapers, crafty goodies, organization tools, crafty goodies, shoes, crafty goodies and more. :) I can’t recommend it enough. They have a lot of other great perks which you can find out about HERE. Today only they are having a great (and unique) sale – only $72 instead of $99 for a year. (Trust me – it is worth every penny and more.)


Simon Says Stamp has 25% off all Copic Markers HERE now through 1/30/15 with the code “COPIC”. Time to stock up on new colors or (if you are like me) refills!


So I am right now with my friends Kristina Werner and Kathy Racoosin and we filmed a couple Q&A videos. To see them, head on over to my Facebook page HERE. (They will be up sometime today.)

You can also see some photos of our adventures at Alt Summit HERE.

See you soon! Thanks for stopping by. :)

(Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.)

Q&A with Kristina Werner + HUGE Giveaways!

Hey there!

I am home and getting back into the swing of things… and will have my remaining My Favorite Crafty Things series topics up soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that Kristina Werner and I have a new Q&A video up over on her blog. Sorry for the connection issues during the video. This was our first attempt at this and thankfully we figured it out so next time will go better. :)

Another reason to head over to her blog: we are giving away TWENTY $100 gift certificates to Erin Condren! And even better? We will have another giveaway here on my blog with twenty more very soon.


Video: Some Favoite Tools + TWO Giveaways


I get a ton of questions about my favorite tools, so I thought I would share a video and links.  Please note that these are products I have found and LOVE.  No company is paying me to promote these.  It is just me sharing with you all the products that make me happy.  Also, for each product I link to a few online stores that I love dearly, trust and respect so you can buy them easily.  So, yes, this is enabling at it’s best. :)

Be sure to watch the video and then read the points for each.  I share a lot of my reasons for loving them each.


Craft Premium Portable Paper Trimmer from Fiskars

  • I have been looking for a trimmer forEVER.  FINALLY, I found my soul mate.  I love this trimmer.
  • The base is wider than most trimmers – 6.25″.  This is great for scrapbookers (who cut 6″ wide often) and cardmarkers (who cut 5.5″ wide often)… no need to swing out the arm all the time.
  • Has a cut-line indicator – a wire that shows exactly where the blade will cut.  LOVE this.  Great for when you are cutting strips of journaling apart or matting something.  You can see it perfectly.
  • There is a finish over the trimmer, preventing the grid and measurements from wearing off.
  • Triple track system – cuts straight for me.
  • Arm swings out to over 15″.
  • Cuts multiple sheets at once.
  • Uses I-Blade replacement blades.
  • As Fiskars says, “Built in paper clamp and photo smudge protector on the cutting rail.”  In other words, easy to hold as you cut. :)

If you are interested in buying this trimmer, click HERE.


Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors


  • I use these scissors for EVERYTHING. Truly.  Even the garden. Get a few pairs.  You will thank me when all of your family steals them.  (My husband, son and mom are guilty.)
  • They are self-sharpening so they don’t dull.  I cut wire with these, and ribbon.  No need to have separate pairs.  Really.  Believe it.  It is true.  As Tim says, “cuts wire, craft metal, shanks of buttons, chipboard, grungepaper, paper, fabric, and ribbon.”
  • Non-stick – no more yuck building up on them.
  • Kushgrip handles are easy on the hands.  For both lefties and righties.
  • Micro serrated edges keep them sharp.
  • Protective cap.

If you are interested in buying these scissors, you can go HERE or HERE or HERE.


Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Knife


  • Retractable blade – no more accidents when shuffling through stuff.  (Yes, experience talking.)
  • Comes with two replacement blades and you can buy extras.  But, honestly, I haven’t changed mine yet.  Stays sharp.

If you want to get this craft knife, go HERE or HERE or HERE.


Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick


  • High quality piercer. 
  • I got rid of all my others because this one retracts (see reason above) and extends to a long 1 1/4″.  Perfection.

You can get the pick HERE or HERE or HERE.


Tim Holtz Paper Distresser


  • Safe – can’t cut yourself on it.  (Again, a good thing.)
  • Just run along the edge of the paper for distressing like no other.  Great texture.  Doesn’t have to be just for a “distressed” look, but rather anywhere you want a bit of texture.

You can get the distresser HERE or HERE or HERE.


Craft Sheets from Ranger


  • This big guy (15″x18″, but it does come in a smaller size) is a reusable, protective sheet that you can do any craft on.
  • Non-porous, withstands high heat, cleans easily.  You can just peel, wipe or scrape things off.
  • Get this: If you use a dot adhesive roller, this craft sheet is a must.  When you go to put adhesive on something thin, the adhesive doesn’t stick to this surface, so your workspace won’t get sticky.  So cool.
  • The only thing you can’t do on this?  Cut with a knife. It will cut through.
  • I have one of these for whenever my son does crafts – PERFECT surface for that.
  • It doesn’t distort.

You must get this craft sheet.  Try HERE or HERE or HERE.


Ink Blending Tool from Ranger


  • This dude applies ink to projects better than anything.
  • The foam soaks up the color and holds it – love that – so I like to get extra foam and have a foam per color.
  • You want to use FOAM for ink blending.  However, you can get felt and use it with this tool for use with alcohol inks, which is a different ball game. :)

This must-have inking tool can be found HERE or HERE or HERE.  You can find refills HERE or HERE or HERE.  And the spin rack to hold them is HERE.


Compact Stamp Press from Fiskars...

  • You can use this instead of an acrylic mount.  I find myself reaching for this over anything else now.
  • Has little foam feet that let you perfectly line up your inked stamp before pressing it down to stamp.  SO good for lining things up.
  • FABULOUS when stamping on acetate/transparency – keeps you from shifting and messing up.
  • You can squeeze a big cling stamp on here even… or put lots of smaller images.
  • Has a tiny bit of “give” to it, which is a good thing.  You can press at the center and be sure all the ink transfers.
  • I use this one a bit more than the bigger one, but it is up to your personal preference.

If you are interested in buying this stamp press, click HERE.  If you want the bigger one, which is shown in the video too, click HERE.


Tim Holtz / Sizzix Alteration Dies


  • These are VERY high quality dies that can be used on your Sizzix or Cuttlebug machines. 
  • They can cut through many layers of cardstock, grungeboard, etc.
  • There are many great and fancy things you can do with these dies that you can’t do with others.  Tim shows this all in his videos HERE.
  • If you aren’t into a grungy-look, no worries.  These dies give perfect, smooth cuts – can be used for any style.
  • THIS die fits nicely on the center of a card.  Delightful.
  • The edge dies are perfect for cards.  Just sayin’.

Looking for the Alterations Dies?  Try HERE and HERE and HERE.


Neenah White Cardstock

Solar White Large

  • This is the white cardstock I use for EVERYTHING.  It is 8.5×11, super smooth, crisp white.  PERFECT for stamping. 
  • The price is good, so it is all I use.  Even for matting.
  • Perfect for use with Copic Markers and Distress Inks.
  • 80 lb. cardstock, which is a great weight.

To purchase Neenah White Paper 250 sheet packs, go HERE.  For 25 sheets, go HERE.



OK… I think that is enough enabling for today.  So, how about TWO giveaways?

Just leave a comment on this post telling me if you have tried any of these goodies.  Do so by Sunday, May 9 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win either a Compact Fiskars Stamp Press or the big Fiskars Stamp Press…


(When I emailed Fiskars telling them how much I loved their stamp presses, they sent me extras to give away here!  Thanks, Fiskars.)

Have a great day.  Come back tomorrow for another giveaway.  (And a much shorter post. :)

Giveaways, video and FAQ’s

Hey there from sunny Florida!  We are here staying at my in-laws place for the weekend.  It is nice to be out of the snow.  (For all you dog lovers – no worries.  My brother is staying at our house to keep Roxie company.  We take good care of her. :)

So, giveaways.  I promised I would be giving away TWO more Kiss and Tell Cards personalized stamps away…


The lucky winners are Rebecca Keppel and Kathy Camasso!  I emailed you.  If you want to order your own stamp, you can mention my blog and get 10% off this month.  (Thanks again, Kiss and Tell!  Got my recent order.  And, again, LOVE it.)

Next – video.  This was on the Hero blog, but in case you didn’t see it, here it is.  Shows a fun twist on embossing on ribbon.

(c) Hero Arts.  For supplies and info, click HERE.

I have been having a lot of fun answering questions over on formspring HERE.  Thanks for all the great questions!  Feel free to ask anything there, or just browse all the questions/answers already completed.  One thing I have been getting a lot of questions on is Copic Markers.  I promise to do a complete post soon with “Copics made easy.” 

So… I am off to catch up on a bit of email and watch some Olympics.  My friend, Tracy, was able to go check some of it out – so jealous.

Happy stamping.  Come back tomorrow for more Cards for Kids news!

Quick questions answered…

Not much time – headed to the zoo with my little dude.  No school this morning.

Been getting a lot of emails from folks about stuff.  Here are a few answers…

Q: Where do you get your vintage textbook paper?
A: You can get old books at antique stores, etc.  You can get good deals at places!  But me?  I like mixes of stuff.  I go to a person named Green Paper Package.  I love their mixes and like to support people on etsy.  You can see the goodies on etsy HERE or ebay HERE.  Check back often – there are new things up often.  I love the old maps, too.

Q: Do you still have your brother-in-law's CDs still available for purchase? 
A: Good news!  You can now get these online.  Just click HERE.  I always get emails from people after they get them – saying they love it.  (If you haven't heard his music, I used him on my early videos on youtube.)

Q: I'd like to send in cards for Kate.  Where do I get the info? 
A: The more cards we get, the better.  So send them in!  Click HERE for info on sending them.  Click HERE for prizes you may win.  

Q: I'd like to donate prizes for the card drive.  Can I? 
A: Sure!  Just email me.

Next, be sure to check out Hero Arts today.  I am hosting the blog again this week with a fun focus on the men in the Hero Arts world.  Love it!  Giveaway today, too.  Click HERE.

083009 Thanks Star For more information, click HERE.

Gotta get going.  Before the zoo, Colin wants to build a shelf that I got for my scrapbook room.  He loves to build.  Have a good one.