Can’t Make it to CHA? How about a Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to attend CHA on Saturday and admire the new stencils in person.  And while I was there, I asked Jaime if we can give away some on the blog. She said yes! So I am starting with two of my favorites:


Aren’t they awesome?! I cannot wait to get my hands on these!

To win a chance to receive these two stencils at 6×6 size, please leave us a comment and if you want to have an extra chance to win, you can also Like our Facebook page. (Please note that these are brand new stencils and are not available yet. You will be first in line when they start shipping.)

In your comment tell us about something wonderful that happened today.

Come back each day this week for more giveaways. All the winners will be announced on Monday, January 20th.

Stenciled Halloween Pillow

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 11.43.20 AMOur friends over at Canvas Corp/Tattered Angels just posted this wonderful pillow project along with the opportunity to win $50 worth of goodies if you click-and-pin to Pinterest.  For info, click here.

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 1.03.14 PMMaking the pillow is super-easy, you just need some canvas, our TCW251 Branches Reversed 12×12 stencil and a bottle of Glimmer Mist!



Gellin’ with The Good life

IMG_2622Here we are, Day 2 of the Citrus Twist Kits Blog Hop.  And there’s a prize each day of the hop for one lucky reader who posts a comment on the the Citrus Twist blog.  (I love to read your comments here too, so comment-away!)

Today’s LifeBits (designed by our very own Jen Boumis) is “The Good life”. But don’t limit yourself to just one, there are EIGHT to choose from!!

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Hop around to see all of the posts, and leave a message on the Citrus Twist blog.  And keep reading, because I have all of the instructions on this Gel-Pen project just below!!!


Start with a stash of your favorite gel pen.  Now do the inevitable…check that they work.  It’s not that they’ve “dried out” (though, maybe they did), it’s more likely that the gel is just not at the tip right now.  So scribble away to see which ones work.  You can stand the full-but-not-working ones on their heads in a cup for the day and see if they come back to life tomorrow.

Once you’ve chosen your colors (I like an ombre look with “related” colors…green/blue, blue/purple, pink/orange…you get the idea), place your LifeBits stencil on your paper and start.  Make sure you’re using a fairly smooth paper for gel pens. They don’t like the bumps of textured paper. It makes them unhappy.

IMG_2618Trace inside the stencil.  You can go over the same spot (not like the white gel pen from this post.) Just remember that the gel ink takes a few minutes to dry. Careful with your hand or fingers, you could smudge your work in the first few minutes.

And finally, DONE.  These are great for pocket pages, layouts, birthday cards, and more! Have fun.  Join this hop again on Monday, September 16th!



LifeBits Blog Hop – chalked “Hello Today”

IMG_2603We’ve teamed up with the wonderful Citrus Twist design team to bring you a very special blog hop!  It begins today with September 9th, and continues on Mondays and Wednesdays in September through the 23rd. Some of the Citrus Twist “Pocket Life Design Girls” –Jen Boumis, April Joy Hill and WaiSam Ho–are joining  us to share how they are using these wonderful little stencils (which are designed by Jen Boumis). 

When you leave a comment or love for the participating designers on their individual blogs and end your hop by leaving a comment on the Citrus Twist Kits blog, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free Life Bits stencil.  Here are the designers (keep reading to see how I created the “chalked” pocket insert above):

IMG_2605Place your handy-dandy LifeBits stencil onto your paper (I like to line my LifeBits stencil up along the edges…less cutting for me and more that I can squeeze onto my scrap of paper!!)

Using a white gel pen (I love Signo), make “squiggles” inside the borders.  Every once in awhile I might need to stop to get the “crud” off the tip of the pen. That’s just dried white ink/paint.  Don’t go over a line you’ve already drawn.  Signo’s don’t like that. Instead, let it completely dry before outlining the border.

For the words, I SLOWLY traced Jen’s beautiful handwriting. Signo’s don’t like to write fast. No they don’t. Take your time and let the ink flow. Be patient. It will look like chalked writing, which is all the rage. (I also used this technique on the big arrow below.)



Check back on Wednesday to see more ideas with LifeBits.  Here are the stencils and dies that I used on the project above. -Jaime

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FREE Template Tantrum Class (and giveaway)









Does figuring out how to use your templates, masks, and stencils make you want to throw a tantrum? Well Lain Ehmann has offered to help! Join Lain of on March 21st for Template Tantrum. We are sponsoring this FREE one hour class where Lain will teach you all about using templates, masks, and stencils in your papercrafting. You’ll learn where to find templates and how to make your own, what kinds of media you can use with your templates, how to get several looks from one template, and how to care for your templates. Plus you will have the chance to win an amazing prize from us! What could be better? Spend an hour with Lain Ehmann, and you’ll be ready to add texture, whimsy and FUN to your pages, cards, and other papercrafting projects. You can join the fun on March 21st by registering at