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!


New (FREE) class with Elle’s Studio!


Hello and happy April 10th to you!

How would you like an all new (and very free) class from me?

Well you got it! I’m featuring Elle’s Studio and their AMAZING new kits + products (get the info on signing up + check out their new goodies here)

This card featured here uses Hero Arts Shadow Inks, new Simon Says Stamp butterfly stamps, and of course the “Hello” is one of Elle’s new wood veneer pieces!!


There is no purchase necessary to join this class – and it’s got all the fun of a Craft With May class so be sure to sign up!! The content begins on Monday (14th) and will run all next week. Again if you want the info + to see what is new from Elle you can get all that on the Elle’s Studio blog here.

See you in class!

Simon Says: CREATE!

So my friends at Simon called and asked if I would like to fly out and play for a weekend – um… YES!! This event is going to be super fun – I just had to share it with you all as soon as information was posted!! Basically there will be three classes each day (total of six classes) taught by amazing instructors including THREE Tim Holtz classes!! You can find more information about the classes here.

There will also be retreat/crafty space for those who are in the classes available (how cool is that?)


if the event itself isn’t in your budget but you want to pop in and say hi- well then go right ahead! Simon will have an on-site shop. In fact- for most of the event I will be there doing live demos, creating up a storm, and maybe even filming a new YouTube video or two for my channel!

Registration opens this Friday for the event. Want more info? Go on over and check out Simon’s blog posting about it here.

I hope to see you in Columbus!!