Video: Window Shaker Card + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today I have a video sharing an easy way to create a window shaker card. Oh – and this post is also part of a fun blog hop with giveaways! Keep reading…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post - affiliate links are used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Before I get started, I wanted to say – - I am very excited about the stamp set I am using today! My sweet friend Shari Carroll designed it with my daughter in mind. It’s called Lila’s Heart and I am so excited about this set. Shari did an awesome job! (Thank you, Shari. Love you.) Isn’t she the cutest? So here is little Lila… all colored with Copic Markers and a bit of detail with a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background of the card, I heat embossed the new Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts background with silver pearl embossing powder. I love the pearly tone-on-tone look this gives. I cut the window of the card using a circle die.

Next, I taped that same circle die on the front of an Avery Elle Stamp Pocket. (You could instead use two pieces of thin plastic.) I used the circle die as a guide for stamping two circle sentiment stamps from the new SSS Circle Sayings stamp set with Staz On white ink.

Here’s the cool part – I used the new We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to fuse the two pieces of plastic together to make a shaker pocket. The same circle die acted as my guide and ran the tool along edge, leaving just enough open to fill the shaker pocket with sequins before sealing it completely shut. This tool is meant for pocket scrapbooking, but I think it works great for shaker cards! Another great thing? There is no bulk to this shaker card because no foam tape is needed. (You could use flat double-sided tape to create the pocket, but this tool makes it quick.)

I sandwiched my little shaker pocket between the grey stamped piece and the notecard. This forms a fun, flat shaker window.

I love that little Lila girl!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Yesterday I shared a Product Release Close-Up video… giving a close look at these new products from Simon Says Stamp and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company. I am hoping it helps you decide if any of the products are right for you. All the products are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.) I thought I would share it again today in case you missed it.

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Falling For You Blog Hop celebrating the release of their newest products.

The next person on the hop is my lovely friend Debby Hughes. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack? For your chance, leave a comment here by 4/28/15. SSS will pick a winner here and from each blog on the hop. Winners will be posted on the SSS blog after 4/28/15.

SUPPLIES

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Video: SSS Product Release Close-Up Video + GIVEAWAY

Today I have a Product Release Close-Up video for you… giving a close look at the products in the newest Simon Says Stamp release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company. I am hoping it helps you decide if any of the products are right for you.) All the products can be found HERE and linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

You can see the whole collection HERE, or in the thumbnails below.

Stay tuned – I have a video coming tomorrow with ways to use a few of these products!

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp (my treat!) so you can get some new products? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/28/15 telling me your favorite of the new products. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

FEATURED PRODUCTS

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Video: Foil Die Cuts 3 Ways

Hello and welcome. Today I am sharing three different techniques to add foil to your die cuts.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Okay, I have said it before and I will say it again – I’m completely addicted to foiling. (See links to over foil videos below.) I promise to not overload you with foiling, but I do also promise to do a video on the Heidi Swapp Minc machine soon.

Today’s video shows three techniques for adding foil to die cuts.

TECHNIQUE 1: TONER PAPER

The first technique involves using printed toner on cardstock. I created a PDF (see download below) that has a large area of black and printed it on white cardstock using my laser printer. (You must use a laser printer!) I cut a piece big enough for my Paper Smooches roses die and ran it through my die cut machine. I covered the die cut with some Melon Deco Foil and used a piece of parchment paper as a carrier sheet to put in my laminator. The toner sticks to the foil when you run it through the laminator and you end up with a foiled die cut! It’s magic I tell ya!

TECHNIQUE 2: HEAT EMBOSSED PAPER

If you don’t have a laser printer and don’t want to go to an office supply store to have them print it, I suggest trying my second technique. This technique uses heat embossed paper. I applied VersaMark to a piece of white cardstock and heat embossed it with clear ultra-fine embossing powder. I die cut the same rose die from the embossed paper and sent it through my laminator the same way as the first technique. I also did this technique for the side borders of the card using Opal Foil. (That Opal Foil is gorgeous!)

TECHNIQUE 3: HOT MELT ADHESIVE

The third technique is to use Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets. This will allow you to apply the foil directly onto your card. I die cut a piece of the adhesive sheet and added it with the foil to my cardstock before running through the laminator. You could also do this on fabric!

I hope this inspires you to use your foil with your die-cuts.

TONER PDF DOWNLOAD

In the video, I show a print-out that had a large area of black toner. You can get this download HERE. Just download it and print it on cardstock with a laser printer. (You must use laser toner for this technique to work. You can always go to a office store or Kinkos to print.)

ADDITIONAL FOIL VIDEOS

Be sure to check out my other foil videos, too:

SIMON SAYS STAMP BLOG

This video is part of a guest spot over on the Simon Says Stamps Blog. Be sure to check it out – their blog is active and awesome!

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Video: Spotlight Die Cutting + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today I have an oldie-but-goodie technique for you that I call spotlight die cutting. And be sure to keep reading – this post is also part of a fun blog hop with prizes.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Sometimes old techniques are the best! For today’s cards, I did a spotlighting technique that is great for getting more from your stamps and dies. I show a couple ways to get this look (and link to more below). The cards use the fun Big Birthday Wishes stamp set from the April 2015 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. (You can buy the stamp separately, too.)

I created the candles on my own, but you could use a die if you have one. For shine, I used Wink of Stella… and a double layer of Glossy Accents on the flames. Boy – two layers *really* looks incredible. I will be doing that again!

The rest of the card is pretty simple to keep the focus on the stamping. The Bazzill kraft-with-foil cardstock is so much fun and perfect for backgrounds on just about any card. (Note to self: Go buy more of this stuff.)

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Want to see more on spotlight die cutting? Check these out:

  • I share another variation of this technique in THIS video.
  • … and yet another version HERE.
  • Check the third card HERE from Laura Bassen. So classy. So so so classy.
  • For a video showing how easy it is to do this spotlight technique with the MISTI stamping tool, check out THIS from Laurie Willison. Brilliant.

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit CELEBRATE Blog Hop. This card kit is a good one and perfect for creating birthday and celebration cards.

You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card-kit-of-the-month for just $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually for $29.95 plus shipping and handling.

The next person on the blog hop is my lovely friend Debby Hughes. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Want to win a Simon Says Stamp goody bag filled with new products? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/14/15 for your chance. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on the SSS blog on 4/15/15.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Stencils and Masking + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Hope you are all staying warm out there. Today’s video shares how you can stretch the use of your stencils with rubber cement masking. This is by far the quickest way to mask with stencils! (And I also have info on a fun blog hop and giveaway…)

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

There is something so gratifying about taking a white piece of cardstock… adding a little ink… and turning it into something that will make someone smile. That is what today’s cards are all about. Oh – and I have a technique that makes it simple!

I started by inking up the sun stencil by Simon Says Stamp with a variety of Distress Inks on white cardstock. Next, I put a thin layer of rubber cement over the inked sun using my ink blending tool. Once it dries, it will protect the image from future inking. This is such a simple and fast way to mask… especially with a stencil!

I didn’t have a cloud stencil, so I created my own by die-cutting a cloud border from a piece of recycled plastic. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and rubbed the ink from the stencil on to the paper, creating a soft edge. After all the inking was completed, I rubbed away the rubber cement with my finger. The inked sun is perfectly protected from the blue ink we added – perfect masking! And – since it was so easy – I created six cards in total.

I used WOW Platinum Sparkling embossing powder to heat emboss a variety of sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement stamp set on each of the cards. (Make sure to use a anti-static tool before embossing because the embossing powder may stick to the Distress Ink. I also used my MISTI stamping tool for perfect alignment.) For a finishing touch, I placed my stencil back over the sun and sprayed some Shimmer Spritz for added shine.

For dimension, I added the stamped pieces to notecards with a piece of fun foam between. Oh – and don’t forget the envelope! I love to have my envelopes match my cards so I used some Wild Honey Distress Ink and the sun stencil and applied it to the back of each Hero Arts envelope.

This Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement stamp set is by far one of my favorites of all time. I am a big fan of sending encouraging cards to others. I think we can all use encouragement, support and cheerleading from our friends. I can’t wait to send these cards of kindness in the mail!

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Hop To It Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of products.

The newest SSS products are fantastic. Most of the products are designed by two of my best friends – Kristina Werner and Shari Carroll. I am so proud of them and am their biggest cheerleaders. I don’t personally create product (it isn’t something I feel a calling to do – nor have the talent) so I appreciate their amazing designs!

Here is a look at the newest release. I plan to use many of these on my blog soon. (If my kids ever go back to school after these snow days – lol.)

The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my other favorite people (I am the president of her fan club – ha) — Debby Hughes. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack? For your chance, leave a comment telling me which of the new products are your favorites (you can find them HERE or above) by 2/23/15. SSS will randomly pick and post a winner on their blog. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Repeated Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaways

Welcome! I have lots to share today. First up is a video showing how to do repeat stamping with a small image to form a new shape and new look. Also, this post is part of a fun blog hop with prizes…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Take a look at your stamp sets. I bet many of them have tiny images… maybe hearts, stars, flowers or dots. Well today’s technique puts these little guys to work! With the help of a good pencil, t-ruler, circle and patience, you can easily create a new look for these tiny stamps. Following simple pencil guidelines that I created, I repeatedly stamped a small (but incredibly perfect) heart image from Simon Says Stamp to form a circle. I used eight ink colors of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Inks (colors are linked below) to create a rainbow effect. (I used my Scrubber Pad and Ultra Clean from Hero Arts to clean the stamp before inking in a new color.)

Because I am slightly nuts, I adhered a tiny glitter heart from Martha Stewart to the center of each stamped heart using some Matte Multi Medium. This actually wasn’t that difficult, thanks to the help of my Quickstix tool and a Microbrush. Oh – and that fabulous sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I also decorated my envelope to match my card. The Simon Say Stamp Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil was the perfect simple touch. I think this card will brighten someone’s mailbox. :)

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Simon Says Stamp Better Together Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of fun, encouraging, and loving cardmaking goodies. You can see them all HERE. This hop is a great reminder to connect with those who encourage you… including cardmakers!

The next person on the hop is my dear friend and favorite person – Shari Carroll. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by SSS on 1/23/15. SSS will email you the winners.

SUPPLIES

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