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Laura Sterckx YouTube Video Hop

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Laura Sterckx of Making Cards is Fun (blog), as you already know, is a wonderfully talented, not to mention young (!), stamper and card designer with a fun YouTube Channel and today she’s celebrating 7,000 subscribers!  WOW!!! That’s so exciting!  And, it’s exciting to be invited to play along alongside a fantastic group of stampers in celebration of such an awesome milestone!  You can read more about it on her blog HERE.


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My project features a sneak peek at a new 2015 Holiday Release set, coming August 4th!  I did a shaker card for the hop, as I love shaker cards, and I especially adore the ones Laura has featured in her videos because they are delightfully easy and, well, I just can’t resist anything that includes fun, colorful Washi Tape!



There are 8 super-fab giveaways, sponsored by the very fine folks listed below!  Please follow the entry rules below; I’d hate for anybody to miss out on an opportunity to win! :)

7kvideohop_sponsors_graphic.NEW Here is a list of the awesome prizes that can be won:

  • A $25 gift card to Pretty Pink Posh
  • A $25 gift card to Lawn Fawn
  • A $25 gift card to Ellen Hutson
  • A $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp
  • A $30 gift card to Winnie & Walter
  • A $35 gift card to The Ton
  • A 5-pack of new WOW! Embossing Powders
  • 3 one-month memberships to StampNation


HERE’S THE LINK TO MINE:  Laura Sterckx Video Hop

(Comments here on the blog do not constitute giveaway entries.  Thank you!)

Laura will draw random winners and contact them as well. DEADLINE:  Comments must be left by August 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. 

For those of you who love a shopping coupon, hey, I’ve got one for ya’!  

>>Take 10% off your order at Ellen Hutson July 24-26th with coupon code:  videomania <<



Hex Chart Video Hop with Sandy Allnock & Friends

If you’re looking for the Essentials by Ellen Spring 2015 Release Hop, please click HERE!



I’m so excited to have been invited to play along in this video hop with my sweet friend Sandy as she unveils her awesome Hex Chart!

By the way, if you are new to Copic markers, or want to learn how to get the most out of them, on your schedule and all from the comfort of home, check out Online Card Classes’ Copic Markers for Card Makers – it’s jam-packed full of information and a fantastic way to increase your knowledge of these tools and your skills!




  1. White emboss floral images onto vellum card stock
  2. Color images from the back side (alcohol ink would eat away the embossing)
  3. Trim long edges and embellish short edges decorative/washi tape
  4. Mount vellum panel to an A-2 card front with glue dots, placed strategically hidden on the back side of the images
  5. Stamp greeting onto a scrap of white card stock and back with foam tape and a loose wad of metallic thread
  6. Mount greeting to card front as shown and embellish with sequins



Sandy Allnock, Sandy Allnock
Debby Hughes, Lime Doodle
Elaine Hughes, Marker Geek
Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer McGuire Ink
Julie Ebersole, Paper Trufflez <- you are here
Kathy Racoosin, The Daily Marker
Kristina Werner, KWerner Design
Laura Bassen, Doublestick Heaven
May Flaum, Craft with May

 The fabulous Kathy Racoosin is your next stop!




Full-on Glitter


Mr. Blue Sky left town before I had a chance to shoot this… Hard as something like this is to capture on a sunny day, it’s even harder on a gloomy day… argh.  In real life? You would be completely dazzled; the pic does not do it justice.  Nope. Double-argh.

I combined Bold Blooms with some Avery Elle inks–the colors are soooo sophisticated and utterly lovely!  I wrote about these fantastic inks quite a while back; here’s a link to that post: Avery Elle Pigment Inks so you can read more about what they’re like.

The great thing about clear and symmetrically shaped stamps, is that you can mount them backwards to your acrylic block, ink up the back side, and use that to “fill” or color in the detail image.  While the blooms and leaves aren’t “perfectly” symmetrical, they are close enough that with organic imagery like this, you can apply the technique with great success. Gotta love that. *grin*


After I trimmed down the stamped panel, I gave it a full-on glitter bath.  Oh, yes I did! *fist pump*

You’ll have to let me know if you try this… and brace y’self… it’s gonna be s.p.a.r.k.l.y.

True story. *wink*





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