Video: Intricate Stencils + New SSS Inks

Hi there. Today’s video shows tips for using intricate stencils and also a look at the newest ink colors from Simon Says Stamp.

[All supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

I am crazy about all the new stencils out there right now — especially the intricate ones. However, sometimes the intricate ones are tough to work with because they move when doing techniques. I found the best solution and wanted to share it here. I give the back of the stencil (like this Leafy Branches stencil from Memory Box) a light spray of Krylon Repositionable Adhesive which makes it feel like a sticky note. I also tape down anything I can with painter’s tape. Between the two, I find the stencil stays in place enough to allow me to add pastes, etc. (I just leave the spray on the stencil for future use, but you could clean it off.)

After positioning my stencil, I applied a thin layer of silver Ferro. The texture is so unique! I finished the card off with a script background, “hello” die cut covered with Wink of Stella and mini bird die cuts with Glossy Accents.

In the video, I also give a closer look at the newest ink colors from Simon Says Stamp. These inks have the formulation I like best that gives smooth, even coverage. (Same as Hero Arts Shadow Inks.) I will be using those greys and yellows a lot! They also have matching cardstock. If you are interested in the free ink swatch download for these new colors, click HERE. (For more info on my ink swatch book and other downloads, click HERE.)

Want some more inspiration… including Ferro projects and other random goodness?

Thanks for stopping by. Happy day!


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 Amazon click AMZ…








































Video: Mixed Embossing Powder + SSS Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows a fun way to mix embossing powders… and is part of the Simon Says Stamp Late Spring Release Blog Hop. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention giveaways!

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

I love a good die. So I was thrilled to get the new Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Drift die. So many things you can do with it! I covered all the little butterflies with Versamark Ink and added a bit of Ranger Magenta and Liquid Platinum embossing powder. After heating the powder a little extra than normal, the powders start to blend together and give a unique look. Just another way to use any embossing powders! I saved my extra mixed powder in a little clear jar.

I used new Simon Says Stamp Mother’s Day stamp sentiments on both the inside and outside of the card with the Liquid Platinum embossing powder. That sentiment on the outside? Perfect for my momma.

I also cut the butterfly die from the front of a notecard to create a window and actually adhered the butterflies to the inside of the card…

I will be back soon with another way to use this die… for a completely different card.

You can find all the new Simon Says Stamp products HERE. Lots of great dies and stamps… be sure to check them out.


As I mentioned, we are celebrating the new product release with a fun blog hop. Next be sure to stop by the blog of the wonderfully talented, incredibly kind-hearted Debby Hughes. (If you want to start at the beginning, head over to the SSS blog.)


What’s a hop without giveaways!? SSS will randomly pick a winner from each stop on the hop to win 2 brand new, not-yet released ink pads and coordinating packs of cardstock from the new collection! So be sure to leave a comment below. The giveaways will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014 and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Amazon, click AMZ…
























Video: DIY Stencils and Colored Embossing Paste + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows DIY stencils and colored embossing paste. Both are easy and such a great way to stretch your supplies…

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

Creating your own stencils is very easy. I used a large sunshine die to cut two pieces of cardstock and layered them together. This “stencil” works very well with embossing paste.

For the colored paste, I pressed yellow ink onto my craft sheet and mixed in some white paste. You can do this with pretty much any ink you may have! You can also try coloring paste with paints.

To prevent too much contrast between a plain white background and the bright yellow paste, I first stamped the background repeatedly with Soft Vanilla ink and a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Watts Up stamp set. (This is part of the new April Card Kit. This is my favorite yet. SO good.) I then used the “stencil” and colored paste over the background and immediately added sparkly embossing powder. The paste holds the powder well and when heated, leaves the paste with a fine shimmer.

I used my favorite embossing powder – Liquid Platinum – to create the lightbulb on vellum. In my poor planning, I didn’t leave a place for a stamped sentiment! Oops. So I die cut a “love you” sentiment and stuck it right on top of the card. Love this solution.

And I will be honest – this card wasn’t my first try. I created a piece and wasn’t thrilled with it. (There wasn’t enough room in the center of the rays for the lightbulb.) However, I very rarely pitch anything! So I saved the piece and turned it into this bonus card…

When in doubt, add a red die cut heart covered with Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents. :) The sentiments on this card are also from the SSS Watts Up set.


A few weeks ago I shared how I store my favorite embossing powders… and I showed it again in this video. I am *really* happy with this system and how compact it is. I use small containers with a cable clip stuck in the lid to hold a mini spoon. Many people have emailed me since the cable clips I used are no longer available on Amazon. I checked out two other options that work well. One is a tiny little clear clip that pinches the spoon in place. The other is a slightly bigger clear clip that would hold a bigger spoon as well as the mini. Both work fine. Here you can see all three options attached to the lid of the container – the small clear, the big clear and the original. All are great and hopefully something will work for you…


Here is a look at the new April Simon Says Stamp Card Kit I used for this card. And I have a kit to give to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/20/14. Good luck!

Also, I have a few winners to announce! The three lucky folks who will get a Winnie and Walter stamp set are: Janis in ID Yasmine and Joanne M. The winner of the Bossy Joscie giveaway is Elizabeth Lumsden. (I emailed each of you.)

See you soon.


Video: 1 Background Stamp, 3 Ways… + Giveaway & Shopping Discount

Hello! Today’s video shows 3 ways to use 1 background stamp. I also have a 15% discount code for Hero Arts products… and a giveaway!

First up – the discount code! For 15% off ALL Hero arts products at Simon Says Stamp, use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO”. (More details below.)

Let’s get started…

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

So let’s take a closer look at 3 Ways to Use 1 Background Stamp… featuring the new Hero Arts / BasicGrey Large Petal background stamp

#1: Layered Background

This one is obvious but boy can it make an impact. I just love the look of a background made up of lots of layering.

After white heat embossing the background on four shades of cardstock (Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue, Surf Blue, Green Apple and Mint), I cut out parts from each piece and layered it up with foam adhesive.

The sentiment in the center is from the Hero Arts What’s Up set. Such great greetings that are perfect to stamp on a circle. I used the fab Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder on it. Nom nom!

#2: Faux Watercolor Resist

One technique that works great with every background stamp is watercolor resist. You can make it elaborate or simple…

After white heat embossing the background on my favorite watercolor paper from Tim Holtz, I added super quick and messy coloring with Distress Markers. (Any watercolor medium would work.) I then gave it some spritzes with water and let the water do the work for me. Once dry, I have a colorful background that is sure to wake anyone up. LOL.

#3: Simple Embossing

Grab a favorite embossing powder and get stamping! Sometimes simple embossing can create the best impact with a background stamp.

I used Ranger’s Verdigris embossing powder on SSS Mint cardstock for this simple card. I love the mix of golds and greens in this powder! There are lots of great specialty embossing powders out there, but you could also mix your own. I did also add some pearls for interest…

There are a million and one more things you can do with background stamps. If you are interested in more ideas, check these out:

  • Pop Up Stamping – This technique works great with any background stamp and is a great way to add dimension.
  • Double Stamping – Have a simple and graphic background stamp? Try double stamping. It would work great with the new Prism stamp.
  • Cut It Up – A simple way to stretch the use of a background stamp is to cut it up. The results can be fun!


Interested in any Hero Arts products? Again – just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! This includes the newest products (HERE – including the co-branded Hero Arts / BasicGrey products) and old favorites (HERE – including their fabulous Shadow Inks). Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)


I have some stamps to give to a lucky winner! Up for grabs are the Large Petal, Prism, Flower Symbol and What’s Up stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/28/14. I would love to hear which of the new products are your favorites. (You can find them all HERE.) Good luck!


Video: Shaped Balloon Card + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Today I am part of the Simon Says Stamp Spring Release Blog Hop… showcasing some of the newest SSS products. My video shows some of the goodies… along with tips for creating a shaped balloon card and more…

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I love shaped cards. For this balloon, I used the new Simon Says Stamp Balloon dies. Isn’t that the perfect balloon shape? I then created the shiny dots by first inking over the new dot stencil with the fabulous new Surf Blue Ink… and then adding a coat of clear embossing paste. I love the results!

I also used new stamp greetings – both the SSS Stripe Greetings and Birthday Messages sets – with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I also covered the die cut stars with the same embossing so they matched perfectly.

I coated baker’s twine with Matte Multi Medium so that it could form it into the loops. Dries and holds perfectly! And this card fits nicely into a 5″x7″ envelope. Woot!

I have some more ideas for ya:

I used just a few of the many new products that Simon Says Stamp just released. So many great things! (You can see them all HERE.) But I had to point out one thing – the new inks and cardstocks. I really like the SSS inks because they have the same properties as the Hero Ink that I love so much – giving smooth results. (I have a video on these inks HERE.) And the new colors? They are the best yet. The cardstocks are perfection, too. I did a QUICK comparison here to other inks I use often… but I will be back with a better comparison soon. (Remember – colors may be off on the screen. But a comparison can still be made. The SSS Surf Blue and Audrey Blue are slightly more blue then the Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool. I really like them all! But I am a big fan of pools/teals and pinks.)

Now please head on over to my dear friend and favorite cardmaker, Debbie Hughes. She is amazing! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, please head to the SSS blog.)


Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a goody bag to one commenter on every blog in the hop. That’s 17 different chances to win! So leave a comment here by 6:00pm EST on 2/27/14 and cross your fingers. :) The winners will be posted on the SSS blog on 2/28/14. Good luck!


Video: Two-Tone Stamping + SSS Giveaway!

Hello! Today is a fun day on my ol’ blog. I have a video showing a two-tone stamping technique along with peeks – and a giveaway – of some new Simon Says Stamp products! This video is also part of a mini video hop, so be sure to hop on to the next person when you are done here.

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

Two-tone stamping is a technique you can do with many inks… pigment or dye. However, with a solid stamp like this balloon from Simon Says Stamp, I recommend using an ink that will give smooth and even results, such as the Simon Says Stamp dye ink.

Interested in seeing videos with similar techniques? Check these out:

Thank you so very much for stopping by. Next, be sure to head over to THIS video from my friend Stephanie!


Giveaway time! A lucky winner will get a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp. For your chance, leave a comment here by 2/24/14. The winners will be announced on the SSS blog on 2/25/14. Good luck.