Video: Ink Layering + WPlus9 Ink Collection GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have a video that shows using layered stamping to achieve new ink colors. I also share a peek at the new WPlus9 Pure Color Inks… and a giveaway of a whole set!

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

One of the best ways to get more out of your ink is to layer two colors on top of each other. By doing this, you can get three colors instead of just two. For this card, I layered several new WPlus9 Inks (more on those in a second)… using only five inks even though it looks like nine! The WPlus9 Triangles stamp set was perfect for this technique.

I finished the card off with a fun “xoxo” Amy Tangerine die cut covered with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. (Love that stuff!)

OK… about those inks! If you have been to my blog before, you likely know that my favorite ink is the Hero Arts Shadow Ink because they smooth out to give very solid results. Recently WPlus9 (one of my favorite stamp companies) came out with their own ink – Pure Color – using the same formulation/supplier. I was thrilled to hear more colors would be available in this great ink type! (Simon Says Stamp inks also have this formulation.)

WPlus9 has 10 inks in the Pure Color ink collection. What I really like about these inks is that they didn’t just come out with basic colors, but rather a unique collection of colors that work REALLY well together. You can easily team them up with each other to get unique and fabulous color combos. They have a lovely sherbet-like tone to them that makes me oh-so-happy. (By the way, if you would like a Ink Swatch Book download for these inks, click HERE.)

By the way, I wanted to mention something about inks. I do a lot of ink reviews on my blog and share the ones I like best. However, everyone is different! You don’t need them ALL… just the ones that you feel would best work for you and what you like to create. For me? I most like inks that even out and smooth (such as Hero Arts Shadow, WPlus9 Pure Color and SSS Inks). I also like a good pigment ink. But pick what is best for YOU. (And keep in mind that there are many inks I don’t use often because I find they don’t work great for me.) If you want to see my ink comparison video, check HERE.

Hope you liked this way to get more from your inks!


Today’s giveaway is a big one. One lucky winner will get ALL ten WPlus9 Pure Color Inks! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/16/14.


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 and for WPlus9 click WP9

























Video: Mini Ink Blending Tool + Giveaway

Hi! I have received a lot of questions about the new Mini Ink Blending Tool. Here is a video showing how this product works…

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

When Tim Holtz first showed me the new Mini Ink Blending Tool, I did a combination of a squeal and a happy dance. (Ask him – it is true.) And now that I finally am getting the time to use the mini tools, my squeal has gotten louder and my happy dance has gotten even more fabulous.

Yes – I have switched over all my original Ink Blending Tools to Mini Ink Blending tools. Here is proof:

(And by the way… there is absolutely NO reason to have an inking tool for each color like I do. This is my job and I have issues. LOL. Instead, get one tool for each color family, like red, green, etc. Or get a couple tools – there are two in a pack – and lots of replacement foams. You can velcro a foam to the bottom of each ink pad. Easy! For more info on my storage here, click HERE.)

OK… so on to the cards. The first one? Super bright. Very Skittles-like. So I balanced it with a second, not-so-bright second card.

For both cards I applied Distress Inks with the Mini Ink Blending Tool over the Tim Holtz Latticework stencil on watercolor paper. The mini tool makes it easier to apply color in small areas. For the bright card, I applied a rainbow of Distress Inks. After removing the stencil, I misted it with water from far above (2 feet!) five times. This tiny bit of mist helps to blend and intensify the colors, while giving a slight texture-like look.

I used the new Mama Elephant Speech Tri die to cut a word bubble border and a Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings stamp for the greeting. And check out the black sparkle embossing powder I used from Ranger. Isn’t that touch of shine fabulous? I will be using this in a future video too. I also used the Mama Elephant Confetti die to create inked hearts around the greeting.

Now it is time for my not-as-bright version of this card. I used the same overall design with some small changes.

This time I added small circles of Distress Ink color over the stencil. So easy. I also used the new Memory Box Urban Lowercase alphabet dies for the “hello” message… and covered it with black sparkle embossing powder.

I hope this video gives you a better idea of how to use the Mini Ink Blending Tool and why I think it is so stinkin’ fabulous. It has sold out of most stores, but is currently available at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson for two for about $7.


  • Tim Holtz Demo – Here is a video of Tim using the mini tool. No one demos as well as he does. (Start around the 1:00 mark.)
  • Ink Storage – This video shows how I store my Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tools. (I recently replaced my original Ink Blending Tools with the Minis.)
  • Distress Ink as Watercolor – Wowsers this card card by Donna is gorgeous and uses Distress Inks.
  • Distress Ink, Ink Blending Tools and Water – This video shows a fun technique you can do with these great products.


Want to win a pair of Mini Ink Blending Tools? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/1/14. Good luck!


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







































Distress Paint and Distress Stain Storage

Hello! Just a quick post for you today. But a fun one. :)

Lately, Colin and I finalized my Distress Paint and Distress Stain Storage. And eek! It makes me happy.

I again used my favorite storage piece – the Fridge Binz Storage Container. (I also use these storage units for my clear/cling stamp, die and handmade card storage.) I love this container – it is very durable and looks great.

I have all my Distress Paints on one side and my Distress Stains on the other. Perfect.

I have put small color labels on the top of all of the Stains and Paints, thanks to the free and awesome download from Ranger. To print your own, head over to the Ranger website and look under “circle punch labels“. I printed mine on label paper (which you can get HERE – love this for labels) and used a 3/4″ circle punch. This results in color labels that fit nicely on top of the caps. Yay!
(Note that I had some help from Colin with doing this punching. However, if you use the 3/4″ circle punch, the labels will fit perfectly. LOL.)
So glad this works so well! Hopefully it will give you some ideas for storing your paints and such. If you have any ideas that work for you, please share them in the comments below!
(Note: Please head HERE for more info on the Fridge Binz unit. There are two types available and it is worth checking out. By the way – it is possible to stack these.)


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. Some links go to Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond and The Container Store. Enjoy!

3/4 Circle Punch (SSS|EH)

Distress Stains (SSS|EH)

Distress Paints (SSS|EH)

Updated Double Fridge Binz Container (BBB|CS)

Video: Distress Glitter + BIG Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a video for you showing the new Distress Glitters. And guess what? I am giving a complete set away!

This glitter really is cool. It is the perfect way to get a bit of fun texture for those of you who aren’t big in-your-face-glitter fans…

There are many ways you can add Distress Glitter to a project. Here, I used Glossy Accents to add it over a lightly-stamped MFT greeting. Easy to do! Soft Granite Ink is perfect for this.

Distress Glitter looks like vintage mica – a more subtle glitter look. It is very lovely with great texture. For this rainbow card, I used Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves. Aren’t the colors fabulous? I think Tim would gasp to see his Distress-y products in such a vibrant, cheery and Skittles-like way. lol

This next card uses my three personal favorite Distress Glitters. Pumice Stone gives the look of vintage silver – much more subtle and classy than a regular silver glitter. Antique Linen provides the vintage gold look… and these two look great together. My third favorite? Peacock Feathers. Simply because that color is gorgeous…

If you don’t have a greeting with solid letters like this one, you can also use alphabet stamps or letter stickers.

Fun and easy!


So the fabulous Tim Holtz and the wonderful Ranger team sent me an extra complete set of Distress Glitters to give away on my blog! (They rock, eh?) A lucky winner will get ALL 24 Distress Glitters – a $125+ value! Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/12/13 for your chance. Good luck!


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 and for My Favorite Things, click on MFT

Video: Stencils + Distress Markers + Simon Says Stamp August 2013 Card Kit Blog Hop

(This is my second post for today. Head HERE for the Tombow Blog Hop, video and giveaway.)

Hello! Today I am tickled to be a part of the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit Blog Hop.

You know I have loved the SSS card kits each month. This month is the best yet, thanks to some new exclusive products included and a stamp set that works with any style of card.

I used the kit’s new fabulous stencil along with the stamp set and a few Distress Markers to show a fun technique and a vellum window card…

Here is a closer look at the card…

The stencil in the August card kit is so classy. I also used the kit’s stamp set for the heart vellum window…

Here is a look at the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit. Love the bright colors…

You can get the kit HERE, or subscribe for only $19.95 plus S&H every month. (The price of the subscription is awesome, since it includes a stamp set, stencil and lots of other goodies. They even have an opt-out option – such good service. If you don’t subscribe, buy fast… they sell out.)


It’s time to continue on the hop over to the blog of my favorite person in the whole wide world – Shari Carroll. (If you encounter any broken links on the hop, you can head back the Simon Says Stamp blog for a full list of participants.)


Simon Says Stamp is giving away a goody bag at every stop on the hop – that’s 10 chances to win. For your chance, leave a comment below before 6pmEST on 7/21/13 and the winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on 7/22/13.

Good luck!



Lots of Techniques To Cards + Class Giveaway


I am the guest blogger over on Paper Crafts Connections today and talking about taking small “technique squares” and turning them easily into cards. I really feel making small “canvases” (3×3 or 3×4) is a great way to try out techniques or use small images. Then just pop them on a card and you are good to go. I do this a lot!

Here are the cards I shared over there today along with a few more. All the pieces on the front are from previous Paper Crafts issues. (For more info, head HERE.) I just stamped a favorite background stamp and greeting. Easy…

This first one has a technique piece showing stamping on kraft cardstock with a white Distress Marker. LOVE that Leafy Vine background stamp. Elegant…

Next, the flower shows waterpainting with inks. And the background stamp (which is hard to see) happens to be a favorite of mine – the Paisley Crystal stamp

This piece is watercolored Distress Markers… and the background is a great one – The Alley Way Love Knots

Next are the cards I shared over at PCC. (Go HERE to see more.) The first shows inking over a stencil and the awesome Fizz background. It works with everything! The butterfly is stamping with Distress Markers, teamed up with a new Hero Arts background. For the stamped-with-Distress-Markers fern card, I stamped the card with the Looped Circles background. Finally, the last one has a technique piece showing swiping ink directly to paper… along with the works-with-anything stripe background stamp


Here are the backgrounds I used – I know some of them are hard to see:

There you have it – a fun way to play with new ideas in a simple way.

I also thought I would give a heads up about a new class over at Big Picture. My dear friend Stephanie Howell has her first class called “The Ties That Bind – Five Ways to Scrapbook Your Most Important Relationships.”

I love the idea behind this class – especially as I am starting scrapbooking again: “Learn to identify and treasure the relationships in your life, both big and small, while creating authentic and meaningful scrapbook layouts in five vital relationship categories.”

The class is self-paced and only $10! Go HERE for more info.

I have a spot for Stephanie’s class to give to a lucky winner. Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST for your chance. Good luck.

See you soon.