New project, winners, and happy Wednesday!

50dollar_voucher_600pxThis week over at Simon Says Stamp there is loads going on – they’ve redone their website (sweet new look!) and we’ve got a new challenge too. This week is all about ‘big stamp’ and today my post is up with a project tutorial that is ALSO a ‘May vs Stash’ win! Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.


Next up – the winner of Tim Holtz mini distress sets + a spot in my next on-line class is:

Stephanie Rodgers (4/15 @ 704am comment)

Congrats!! Email me ( to claim your prizes! Also winning spots in my class are three more commenters:
Suzan Vonessen
Christy Q
Jackie QH

Now I’m off to finish some more projects for my upcoming class on Distress Ink (yay!!!) and have some spring break fun with the kiddos…



Simon’s May 2014 kit:


The new Simon Says Stamp card kit is out… and oh boy. It’s really boy-ish. Loving the star stencil + distress ink and mini blending tool most especially – but truly so much good stuff here.

So, being the type of gal that I am, I challenged myself to make cards that could be for a guy or girl!


This first one? Just paper. Then paper + 1 stamp + stitching…


and finally: stamping, stenciling, and some mist too.


I’ll be taking the weekend off from blogging – I figure an Easter break is a good thing. See you next week – have a lovely weekend!


That time I went without patterned paper…

I actually have quite a lot to say on this subject – and the decline of paper in my stash – but we’ll save it for another day.

Bottom line?

I thought it would be fun to share a tutorial on avoiding patterned paper for my guest post on Since she’s the queen of patterned paper and all – seemed like a fun subject to cover.

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Guess what? I had a LOT of fun, and you can see my layout here.

Now I’m off to book some flights (yay!), plan some demos and classes (woot!), and generally keep busy.

Hello, Mini Distress…

In the short time I’ve had them, mini distress inks have become an absolute MUST in my crafting stash. Today Ranger begins shipping twelve new colors of minis- hooray!


I made this video featuring set #4 – and explaining a bit more why I love these little bits of inky goodness so very much.



I created this card with one of the new sets – loving how great they are and just in time for Easter!

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Oh but I have a surprise for one of you – I’m giving the three new sets away today!


Ranger sent me a set of the new color kits to give away to one of you! If you would like to be entered for the chance to win them – just leave a comment on this blog post! I will randomly draw a winner next Tuesday (2/22) and mail off the three new color sets to them.

But wait, there’s more!

You see just yesterday I opened my newest on-line class for registration and I tell you, timing was just in the stars for this one. It is a class all about distress inks and how I use, love, and absolutely NEED them for my crafting!

Two things I’ve got to tell you about this:

1. I’m going to give-away THREE spots in this class - as well as give away a spot in this class to whomever wins the Ranger Distress Ink sets! (so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win)

2. Now through Friday April 18th you can register for this class for just $8 by using this link! Using this link will take you to the class info page and give you the automatic discount too. Note that if you go ahead and register, then end up winning a spot I will most definitely refund your money.

I don’t know about you – but I feel like it is going to be a fantastic week for DISTRESS INK play!!!

Thank you to Tim Holtz and my friends at Ranger for the chance to show off these brand new mini-ink pads and give a set away to one of my fabulous readers.

Good luck everyone – and have a great week!

Challenge: Winged Things

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I really can’t get enough of this stamp set, and I figured she was perfect for this week’s challenge. I pulled out my distress markers + water to color my lady, then cut her out and mounted her on foam adhesive. The background includes her wings – I just love the dimension this gives.


Projects like this are my favorite because they are simple yet a lot of coloring fun.

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50dollar_voucher_600pxAnother Monday, another challenge week! This week it is all about ’wings’ and as you can see I took that literally. From planes to feathers there are a lot of ways this could be interpreted!  Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

#4: May vs the 2008 rub-ons

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The good news: I have a few Mother’s Day cards made!


Lesson learned: colorful rub-ons aren’t as useful as plain black and white!