Giveaway Winners!

Just popping in to announce the winners of the two LiveLoveCards one-year subscriptions!

Congrats to Janice R and Casey T. I emailed both of you.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Hope to see you again soon. :)


Balloon Builder Bunny and LiveLoveCards Birthday Celebration!

Balloon Bunny

Hi All!

It has been awhile since I posted here! Glad to be back. Today’s card video uses Stampin’ Up!’s new Balloon Builders set, which releases today as part of the new Occasions Catalog. When I got the set, I spent several hours creating all these cool balloon animals. I seriously had to force myself to stop at 22 – I could have created another 20, at least!

Today is another big day… the birthday of the card-making community site I started exactly one year ago today (hence the birthday card). It has grown to over 1,200 members and over 400 videos. During the year I’ve added challenges, polls, and the ability to bookmark favorites, just to name a few features. This Thursday I am starting a new video series called “One Flower, Eight Ways”. Each video is a real-time coloring session that compares different mediums used on the same flower: Inktense pencils dry and wet, Copics, Distress markers, Zig watercolor pens, Peerless watercolors, Gansai Tambi watercolors, and Gelatos. Not sure you want to join? Learn more and hear from members on why they love it HERE.


I’m giving away 2 one-year memberships to celebrate!! Leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm CT on Monday, January 11th, to enter a chance to win. If you decide to join now and your name is selected as the winner, no worries – you’ll get a FULL REFUND! So don’t wait. :)

This month, LiveLoveCards members are also automatically entered into two more giveaways! Gift vouchers to two of my favorite stores.

$50 to Simon Says Stamp! $50 to Ellen Hutson!

Another big event is Sale-a-Bration, which starts today! Get a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for each $50 you spend. AND, the 51-page Occasions Catalog goes live today too! Order from my friend, Michelle’s, store and 25% of your order will be donated to Foster Kids Charity.

Okay, so back to today’s card. Here are my 22 balloon animals (click for a larger version):
Stampin' Up! Balloon Builder

Enjoy the video!


Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.


Copic colors used: YG21, YG25

Balloon Builders
Balloon Builders
It's Wild
It’s Wild
Blushing Bride
Blushing Bride Ink
Rose Red
Rose Red Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride Cardstock
Blushing Bride Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
Stampin' Up! Craft Scissors
Stampin’ Up! Craft Scissors
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner

Cyber Monday

Hi All,

Today seems a little anti-climatic, doesn’t it? The online sales have creeped into Black Friday, so it almost seems too late to announce a sale! But, there are still a few old ones going on and a couple new ones…

  • Stampin’ Up!’s last day of the Online Extravaganza is today. View the list of products on sale HERE. Shop HERE.
  • New! Simon Says Stamp is having 50% off all dies in the Sale category now through Wednesday! That’s pretty big. CLICK HERE to see all the eligible items. Use code DIES at checkout.
  • New! Stamp-n-Storage has several new Cyber Monday sales – see them HERE, including 15 free magnetic die cards with a $100 purchase and 10% off punch and ink holders. Also, the weekend sales are still going on through the end of Monday.
  • Another noteworthy sales is My Favorite Things. 30% off everything except their November release. Use code THANKS at checkout. This sale ends today.

Have a wonderful week!


Sale Update

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! One more addition to the sale line-up from yesterday’s sale post:

Simon Says Stamp is having 15% off everything in the store, Friday and Saturday. Use code BLACKFRIDAYSALE at checkout.



Sales, Sales, and More Sales…

Right after Thanksgiving, I typically feel a diluge of two emotions: renewed optimism and severe anxiety. I feel optimistic because I just know I’m going to get all my holiday preparation done early because I am SO on top of it. And then on the other hand, I feel a rush of angst that I won’t measure up to the expectations. Can you relate?

Personally, I take advantage of the crafting sales this time of year for myself! I’ll give my husband links to what I want, but some items I just have to buy. Have to. :)

I made a list of my favorite crafty gift ideas HERE. These are the bigger items that are definitely harder to purchase for yourself without guilt (it’s my issue, I know).

There are really a lot of sales, but these are the ones at stores I shop at frequently. Some of the links I provide here are affiliate links, which means that I get a small percentage of the sale if you click from here (although you pay nothing extra).

  • Stampin’ Up! – Online extravaganza, now through Monday. Up to 50% off lots of products!
  • Simon Says Stamp – Today’s sale (Thursday) is 30% off all Simon-branded products – stamps, dies, paper, inks… Use code SIMONBRAND at checkout. Tomorrow it will be something else! I will post again tomorrow with an update.
  • Ellen Hutson – this one is broken down into parts. Note: if you’re shopping for Copic markers, Ellen already has great deals, and with the discount it’s even more epic. My experience with this sale is that stock runs out quickly. Here are the times to shop:
    • TONIGHT! 20% off everything in stock for 9 hours, Friday, 12am PT – 9am PT. Use code early2015. When I told my husband about this sale, he handed me $20 to not wake him up at 2am. Haha!
    • 15% off everything in stock Friday through Monday. Use code anniv2015.
    • 20% off whatever is left in stock for 9 hours, Monday, 12am PT – 9am PT. Use code cyber2015.
  • Stamp-n-Storage – Lots of savings based on how much you spend, free shipping, and new starter kits.
  • – daily deals! Lots of things on sale, and it changes daily (today is 20-70% off Sizzix!). CLICK HERE for the list.
  • My Sweet Petunia – MISTI, pad, cleaner, and grid paper for $55 on FRIDAY ONLY, which is a $20 savings.

Enjoy your shopping! I know I will. :)