Online place for papercrafters

Hi there everyone! I recently discovered an online crafting community called StampNation! I have been very familiar with Catherine Pooler for quite some time ago and a few months ago, I reached out to her and we started chatting and the rest is history! LOL! She is a hoot! She and I are so much alike and we have the same crazy sense of humor!   I had no idea she was the brains behind StampNation! For $9 a month, you get access to all kinds of stuff.  Classroom, Challenges, Tutorials, Live Chats, Galleries, a billion technique videos….. It’s pretty neat! I just joined a week or so ago and man, I’ve gotta say, there is a lot there! And for $9 a month, you can’t beat that… Just thought I’d share with you in case you weren’t familiar with it in case you were interested in checking it out!

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And also, the next Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge went live today! And you HAVE GOT TO CHECK IT OUT because the 3 guest designers projects are holy smokes, amazing! I kid you not. Go now… Quick. And see… And play along! Grab any Essentials by Ellen product and create something based on the inspiration piece! It’s just that easy! And you could win $50 bucks to the store! Look at this gorgeous inspiration photo! Shabby chique… Love it. Can’t wait to make something inspired by it.

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Before I go, I just wanted to take a minute to thank of you of you who visit with me here on my blog. I truly, from the bottom of my heart, appreciate it. I got into the industry with a stamp and an ink pad and not knowing a soul. I have made some amazing friendships and relationships these past few years I will cherish forever.  It’s 8:46Pm. Which if you know me, you know it’s way after my bedtime! LOL! I’m an early bird… Maybe that’s why I’m feeling sappy….  Have an awesome night.

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Using your scraps to create a card video

If you are anything like me, you have lots of leftover scraps of cardstocks and patterned paper! I made a project last week and set aside the scraps and finally got tired of looking at them on my desk.. So, I turned them into a card. All the colored card stock and die cut images were made from my scraps.

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I adore the Be-You-Tiful die from Ellen Hutson designed by my friend Julie Ebersole! She is amaze balls! If you don’t follow her, I ask you.. Why not? LOL! She is incredibly talented and she has an infectious laugh! Watch her videos, you’ll see!  I added some sparkle and shine to the card by heat setting the die cut after coloring it with Copics and also adding some Wink of Stella over the colored strips… I added some pattern onto the colored strips, but I almost wonder if I should have kept it without.. Hmmm.

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I’ve got a video for you today showing you how I made this! You can watch it over on my youtube channel in HD! And if you don’t already, I’d love it if you subscribe! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

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Copic coloring over Glitter Video

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It’s time for another Lawnscaping Challenge and I am loving this one because it MADE me think outside the box! The challenge is to try a new technique… Something I’ve never done before… And believe it or not, I have never tried coloring over glitter! So I gave it a whirl today for the challenge and even filmed a video for you as well walking you thru my process!!!

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It’s so sparkly and pretty in real life! And the sushi from this Let’s Roll set is so awesome! And now I want to have sushi for dinner, but I ALWAYS want to have sushi so that is nothing new… I also used the coordinating die to help adhere the sticky adhesive to the images so the glitter will stick!  Speaking of glitter, I love the Glitter Ritz line for this technique because the glitter is super duper fine and when you burnish (rub it with your finger or bone folder), it turns into the velvety texture and it doesn’t flake off, which is HUGE in my book. It annoys me to know end to have glitter falling all over the place! I kept the rest of the card very simple so the colored glitter would really stand out!

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Speaking of colored glitter, I used copics! But you can use any good alcohol based markers… And nope, I didn’t damage the tips when I colored over this glitter! I think because this is such good, high quality, super fine glitter! Now this glitter is more expensive than others, and this is why! But I forked out the bucks for just this color because its good for this technique.

Here’s a look at the video! You can watch it here or even better, over on my youtube channel in HD! And if you like it, I’d love it if you would subscribe to my channel! :)

This challenge is sponsored by the amazing Lawn Fawn!!!! The winner will receive a free stamp set of your choosing, so I do hope you will play along and also head on over to the blog because the design team has put together some great eye candy for you all, and some techniques that just blew me away that I now just HAVE to try!

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Ink and Marker Storage with a discount code!!!

Hi there!  I’m here an “organizing” type post! I am an organizing nerd and I am always trying to find ways to improve the organization in my craft room. Inks and markers have been the hardest for me, until now!!!!  I stored all my inks in the drawers of my Alex unit by Ikea. But that didn’t work well for me… They fell on top of each other, fell to the back of the drawer. It was just an annoying mess… And my markers? I stored them in a woven basket. Not ideal because they would never stay grouped by colors.. Grrrr…. BUT I HAVE FOUND A SOLUTION! And I thought I would share it with you here!

Meet Organize More! I have heard the name before from others crafters but never looked into it, until now. It’s an awesome organizing supply website that features many different units for many different needs. Inks, markers, mists, paints, punches, desktop, journaling cards, wall, etc… See where I am going with this??? Lots of stuff to help you get yourself organized!!! And the items come in different colors… I chose white for both.

As I mentioned, I desperately needed help with my ink and marker storage so I purchased the 60 ink organizer that fits my Hero Arts, Wplus9, Versamark type sized pads perfectly! Note: they do offer other organizers that fit the Stampin’ Up pads. They come with the wall mounting hardware already attached and they also have little felt feet! That means you can hang them or you can stand them up on a flat surface, whatever your pleasure!!!

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I have it hanging on my wall in between  my Ikea expedit and my desk for easy access! And as you can see, I have room for my more ink pads! Mooya!

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My marker storage is amaze balls now as well too….  Adios woven basket and 15 other dinky dollar store organizing units scattered all over my craft room…. I’ve got one little baby that houses you all!!!! Organize More offers different size options. I opted for this one! Houses 350 markers/pencils….. WOO HOO! These also have the felt feet on the bottom as well (no hardware on thise one but can easily be mounted if you chose to do so). I love this because I literally drag this all over the house…. It’s light weight and I just hold it horizontally, face up so nothing falls out and away we go!!!!

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This little guy holds all my markers and colored pencils!

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 I am very pleased with the quality and durability of these units. They are hand built to order so it may take a bit longer to receive but I was fine with that. Packaging is top notch as well to cover from some post office transit mistakes… I wanted a quality product and that is what I received….. I contacted the fine folks at Organize More and they were so kind enough to offer a 10% off discount to all of my readers!!! The code will be valid for two weeks, so you can use it thru May 30th! Use code LBEARD10 for 10% off at checkout and yes, they can be combined with the daily deals they offer!!! HELLO! :) SCORE. (remember, expires 5/30).

Note I was not paid or asked to share my experience by the folks at Organize More. I simply loved the product, was excited that I finally feel organized and wanted to tell you all know about it…. I emailed them to tell them how pleased I was and mentioned I would be sharing my experience with you and they graciously offered up a discount to you all!

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Video: Shading colored die cuts with Copics and the MISTI giveaway winner

Hi there!!!!! Today I’ve got an easy way to add some shading to your colored cardstock and even patterened paper! All you need are some markers (I used Copics)… Yup, it’s just that simple. I am NO Copic expert, which is why you rarely see me attempting any form of coloring on my blog… But this is so easy and so freeing, you simply can’t go wrong. I’ve got a video that shows you just how I added the shading to my die cut pieces! You can be as subtle (which is what I did here) or as bold as you’d like! I know, another video! I clearly had a lot of free time this week, lol.

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Speaking of the die cuts! Oh yes!! Those GORGEOUS flowers are from THIS die set from the Essentials by Ellen line… OH MY WORD! Simply stunning. These stand alone dies will work with just about anything! If you look closely, you will see a little bit of shading on the dies.

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I managed to create dimension on the flowers without the use of dimensional tape. I simply applied the liquid adhesive to the center of the die cutss only! In doing that, it makes the tips of the leaves and flowers pop up a bit! The only liquid adhesive I use is Multi Matte Medium… It is a super strong adhesive and it dries completely matte…. So if it oozes out the sides (and in my case that always happens because I am heavy handed with my glue), no one will know the wiser… Completely invisible. And the striped lines???? This embossing powder is THE BOMB!!! Silver Pearl embossing powder by Wow. Check it out people. It is soooooo pretty.

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I did mention a video didn’t I! You can watch it right here on the blog or even better…. Head on over to my youtube channel and watch it in HD! And if you don’t already, I’d love it if you subscribed!

And the MISTI BUNDLE GIVEAWAY, courtesy of the amazing Iliana of My Sweet Petunia is….

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Balloon Shaped Card Video and how I fix an inking mistake

Hi there! Today I thought I’d share a card and video. Shaped cards are so fun and versatile, so I thought a balloon shaped birthday card would be fun! And best thing is this balloon fits in a regular sized envelope. SCORE! I made a few mistakes along the way so I decided to keep them in the video so you can see how I fix them, lol! I make mistakes ALL OF THE TIME, but if I’ve invested any amount of time into my card, I don’t want to trash it… Hint: Sequins are a great way to hide boo boos! :)

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This die set is fun! The largest balloon is the perfect size to fit a standard A2 envelope.  You can make shaped cards from any shape! Dies, silhouette cutting machine, etc…..  To add some fun to the card, I decide to emboss some diagnoal lines on it using my scoring board and this awesome cushiony stylus. I colored the banner (from this Lawn Fawn stamp set) with Copics and used colors referenced on Sandy Allnock’s hex chart.  The cute little trio of candles is from this Ellen Hutson set!  To make the balloon stand up, just cut a straight edge on the bottom of the BASE card (shown in video).  I had fun accented the ballon with my coconut gelato, which ironically also helped mask yet another inking mistake of mine!    As always, all the supplies I used are listed at the end of this post linked to a few different sources. Just click on the picture and it will take you right to the item!!

You can watch the video right here on the blog. OR, even better, you can watch it HERE on my youtube channel in HD! And if you don’t already, I would love it if you hit that subscribe button! :) I enjoy making videos even though it is time consuming, so knowing you like them means the world to me and keeps me doing them. Have an awesome day!!!

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Card for my Mama for Mothers Day

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Today’s post is dedicated to my mom! She is smart, beautiful and put up with me for all these years!  She is also the best Grammie around! So I whipped up this card for inspired by the black/white theme with a few pops of color. The gold stripes and sentiment was made with THIS embossing powder. The sentiment (thank you for helping me grow into who I am today) was stamped in Onyx Black pigment ink so I could heat set it with some clear embossing powder so the sentiment would pop against the page. I also did the same thing with the sentiment on the inside!

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I can’t get enough of this texture spray! It comes in a billion different colors, but I chose to go with this soft pink color again….. It’s just so pretty paired with the black and gold I think.   The gold strip and polka dotted washi tape strips were cut down and adhered to create a fun border on the left hand side of the card.  And finally, I scattered on just a few sequins and ink flicks with my black ink…

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Before I go, I know this day will be hard on some of you. You may have lost your moms. I have two very close friends of mine that lost their moms unexpectantly at the end of last year.  I hope you can take some peacing in knowing they are looking down on you and BEAMING with pride about who you are and what you have become and continue to become as each day passes. You are their greatest treasure and accomplishment…. And nothing will ever change that… My thoughts and prayers are with you all on this day that might be difficult for you.

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Distress Ink Custom Blend DIY Ink Pads VIDEO

ACK!!!!! When Tim Holtz first shared the news about DIY Custom Blend ink pads, my heart pitter pattered! I LOVE me some distress inks and now ink pads that I can customize with whatever colors I want? HELLO! I got the pads in the mail yesterday and immediately started customizing!!! I shared a photo on my Instagram and Facebook page and had soo many requests for a video! So, I stopped everything and whipped one up for you real quick (while Lily napped and Lucas was playing)….. I’ll show you how they arrive, how I added the color, how I created the label and then I’ll show you how the colors I chose to use look on paper! And since they are distress inks, they react with water so naturally I stamped it a second time with some water activation magic! :)

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You can watch the video right here or even better. Over on my youtube channel in HD! And I hope that if you’ll hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already!! :)

  • To check out the custom blend distress ink pad at Ellen Hutson: go HERE
  • To check out the custom blend distress ink pad at Simon Says Stamp: go HERE
  • To check out all the Distress Ink reinker/refills at Ellen Hutson: go HERE
  • To check out all the Distress Ink refinker/refills at Simon Says Stamp: go HERE

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Distress Ink storage video for full and mini pads

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Hi there! Today I’ve got a quick video to share with you showing you how I store both my full size and mini size distress ink pads….. A few things mentioned in the video:

  • Distress Ink minis are now available individually!  Go HERE to shop at Ellen Hutson and go HERE to shop at Simon Says Stamp. Individually they are $3 each. For the 4 pack, they are $11.
  • In the video, I show the furniture I store the inks in. You can visit THIS POST for the full crafty tour post/video with all links to all the products in my craft room.
  • The supply list of the other items mention in the video are linked at the end of this post.

Alrighty! Let’s get right to the video! Now before you watch, keep in mind I film with my Iphone so for this video, I had to hold my Iphone in some parts to capture everything on screen so it’s a bit shaky! So sorry about that. Grab a barf bag is you must, lol! Seriously, sorry about that. I have just had lots of emails about how I store my distress inks so I though’t I’d shoot a quick video and show you guys…. :”

You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! I hope that you’ll click on that subscribe button to if you haven’t already! :)


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