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.

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!

How-To Video: 3 Metal Accents

Hey there.

I am posting over on the Paper Crafts blog today and have a video to go with my projects. (Be sure to head THERE for the main post and more info.)

The video shows three ways to create your own “metal” accents – 3 different ones…

Here is a look at the cards featured…

I used THIS fabulous stamp set…

… and the Memory Box Candy and Apothecary Jar dies…


Again, be sure to head to the Paper Crafts blog for more info… and a giveaway of the metal goodies I used.


Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Metallic Brushed Pewter Distress Stain (SSS|EH)


Ranger Foil Tape Sheets (SSS|EH)


Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Sheets (SSS|EH)



Impression Obsession Random Lines Background Stamp (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Candy Jar Die (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Apothecary Jar Die (SSS|EH)


Fiskars Stamp Press (SSS|EH)


Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



Memento Black Ink (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)



Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)