Altenew Haul – New Stamps!

Hey there! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. We’re still dealing with my little guy’s medical issues, so things have still been crazy around here. It’s also a super busy time for the youth cheerleading league I participate in. I am the Cheer Director for their recreational and competition cheer programs, and right now is the time that all of the groundwork is laid for the upcoming fall season. Lots going on!

Anyway, I’m so excited to share my most recent haul of Altenew products. I was the VERY lucky winner of an Instagram giveaway from Altenew for a $20 gift card to their store. Of course, I hopped right on to their website and proceeded to jump off the deep end and buy a bunch of sets. Shhhhh, don’t tell my wallet!

Take a peek at what I got! Do you have or want any of these sets?


Here’s a video showing each item individually and a demo of one of the sets!

Big hugs incoming!


Card Walkthrough – Hero Arts Stamped Background

Hey guys!

It’s been a little hectic around here, so I’m happy to have a little time to sit down and write about a card I recently made. My youngest son (sweetest little 6 month old on the planet!) has lost over a pound since his 4 month checkup, so we’re on red alert and trying to figure out what in the world is going on. He’s the happiest thing on the planet, so we had no idea anything was even wrong until he got weighed. He’s had a bunch of tests and there are still more to come, but we’re hopeful that things will level out soon and he’ll be healthy and happy as can be. ❤

Anyhow, let’s talk card making! I sat down with one stamp set, determined to make a card. I’ve been hanging on to the ‘Stamp Your Own Fruit’ set from Hero Arts for a good long while, and I decided it was high time I used it! I started by stamping a background using the watermelon, cherry, and strawberry images on a piece of white cardstock. Then, I colored the images in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I used Peach Pink, Sugared Almond Pink, Pink, Emerald Green, Fluorescent Green, and Brown. I also used two reds for the cherries, Carmine Red and Wine Red.


I used a white gel pen to add some small accents to the strawberries. Then I cut the background down with a stitched border rectangle from Lawn Fawn. I cut a piece of black cardstock, heat embossed the sentiment ‘You’re pretty sweet’ with white embossing powder, and trimmed a mat. I used the Pink Clean Color brush to color the edges of the mat piece and then mounted the black piece on top.

I used green baker’s twine for a pop of color, and stamped an extra watermelon. I color the watermelon and fussy cut it, then added glossy accents for a bit of shine. I mounted the heat embossed black cardstock and mat on some craft foam and adhered it to my card front, which I matted with a piece of black cardstock. I adhered it all to my card base to complete my card front.

The final step was to use Mowed Lawn distress ink on a piece of white cardstock for the interior of the card. I love how this adds a pop of color and ties the front and interior together for a complete look!

Voila, here’s the finished card!


If you’re interested in the details, or seeing how I made this card step by step, be sure to check out the video below (or HERE on YouTube):

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post. I hope you like the card and that it inspires you to create something to celebrate the upcoming warm months!

Big hugs,



I entered this card into the A Blog Named Hero challenge for April – Anything Goes. Check out the blog HERE or by clicking the image:

Zig Clean Color Real Brush – Trying them Out

Hey y’all! It’s a dreary day here in Williamsburg, so I’m brightening things up by playing with my new set of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I’m thrilled with this purchase! I went ahead and got the whole set of 80 (because I have a problem with completionism, okay?). Here’s a video I posted last night with my first thoughts on coloring with them!

I still have a ton to learn about these (especially on staying in the lines LOL!). Do you have these? Let me know what you think about them!



Clarity Stencil Brushes – Getting To Know Them

Hey there!

I posted a video a couple days ago with my introduction to the Clarity Stencil Brushes. I love them so far, so I hope you’ll give the video a watch!

Do you have these brushes? Let me know what you think of them or if you have any good tips or tricks for using them!

Big hugs,



Crafty Destash- Purging my Craft Room 

Hey y’all! I have been posting a ton of stuff on my crafty destash page on Instagram  (@acdwdestash) so I figured I’d share that here as well!

If you’re interested in purchasing anything, just leave a comment with your email and what you’d like. All payments will be processed via PayPal and will include shipping costs based on what you order.

Annnnnd, here we go!


Above: Embossing Stencils – Lot #1 – $420170319_221040

Above: Embossing Stencils – Lot #2 – $520170319_221228

Above: Embossing Stencils – Lot #3 – $4

Above: Martha Stewart Scoring Board – 12 x 12 – $12

Above: Cricut Vinyl:

  1. Chalkboard Vinyl – $7.50
  2. Berry Vinyl – $6
  3. Window Cling (black) – $6

Above: 2 Pebbles pads (heavy cardstock, pre-scored. One pack is missing 2 sheets, otherwise unused) -$10

Above: Washi tape dispensers (washi not included):

  1. Green – $4
  2. Beige – $4
  3. Beige – $4


  1. Wooden dino shapes – $1
  2. 3D embellishment – $1

That’s what I have posted right now! I am continuing to take pictures and will be posting more items as I’m able! I hope find something you love! It sure breaks my heart to part with any of it!

❤ Jess

FLASH SALE – WRMK Precision Press for $14.99!

Holy guacamole! 

I’m popping in for a  super short post to let you know that is having a flash sale on the WRMK Precision Press stamp positioning too. They have it, TODAY ONLY, for just $14.99! WOW! If I didn’t already own it, I know I’d be buying it. 😀

Here’s a link to purchase (affiliate link at no additional cost to you):

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the product, check out my YouTube video (HERE) for more info.

Happy shopping! Be sure to let me know if you decide to order it! ❤



New Products! – Haul

It’s Monday, so I’ll try not to be too peppy. Oh, who am I kidding? I can’t contain my excitement! I received my most recent online order and couldn’t be more thrilled. If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know that I have been ‘grounded’ from buying things lately. I went a little crazy last year and I had to put myself in a bit of a timeout this year so I didn’t end up doing the same thing again (But I mean, who can resist all these ADORABLE products that are coming out?).

So, I decided to put a temporary hold on my ‘grounding’ and go ahead and buy a few things while they were in stock. I’ve had my eye on a few of these things for a while and I didn’t want to miss them again.

First, I snagged the new anniversary stamp set and die from Lawn Fawn called ‘Year Seven.‘ It’s got this absolutely adorable pinata, some candies, and the sentiment, ‘hope your birthday is a smash!’ How cute!

Lawn Fawn - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Year Seven                               Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Year Seven

Next, I got the ‘Little Picket Fence Border‘ Die, also from Lawn Fawn. I’m sort of collecting all of these wavy border dies, since they go perfectly together. Love it!

I got 3 gorgeous stencils and an amazing background stamp, all from Hero Arts. The Bold Floral stencil is one that I’ve had my eye on for a WHILE now. I’m excited to have finally snagged it.

Hero Arts - Stencils - Bold FloralHero Arts - Stencils - Glorious PetalHero Arts - Stencils - Large Flower

I also snagged a beautiful background stamp from Hero Arts as well. It’s the ‘Floral Bold Prints by Lia‘ cling stamp and I love it!

Hero Arts - Lia Griffith Collection - Clings - Repositionable Rubber Stamps - Floral Bold Prints

Finally, I got my long-coveted Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy! I am already in love with this thing. I tested it out and it’s a miracle worker. This is definitely my new go to for stamp cleaning. Super awesome!

Lawn Fawn - Stamp Shammy

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ll join me in future posts as I use these great items! Give me a shout if there’s anything you’d like to see me talk about or post a video about in the future. 🙂

Big hugs,


Craft Room Organization – Craft Paint Storage

Hey y’all! Today I’m sharing my next step towards craft room organization – storage for my craft paints. I’ve collected a few of these paints, and they normally get stuffed in a drawer and never see the light of day. At one point, I had a craft paint spinner rack for them, but I didn’t have enough paint (or desk space!) to justify keeping it. So, I was off to find a new solution.

I love the idea of having spinning storage, so I decided I’d do it myself. I purchased two cake pans from Goodwill for around $3 total. I will spray paint them later to match my craft room decor, and I also bought a lazy susan mechanism for both pans to attach later. For now, I was just focusing on cleaning up my space.20170226_221400

I used a 3/4″ circle punch from EK Success to punch a bunch of swatches for my paints. Then, I used each paint to color one circle, and put the coordinating painted circle on top of my paint using Glossy Accents. Voila! Now I can see what colors I have, and they’re not stuff in the depths of a drawer somewhere where they’ll never get used. Win!


Check out the short video on YouTube (HERE) or watch below!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome rest of the day!


NEW Distress Oxides – Experimenting

THEY’RE HERE! THEY’RE HERE! Okay, let me tone it down a bit. But can I just tell you how excited I was to get my mail when my Distress Oxides arrived? I have been dying to get my hands on them and they’re finally here and in my hands! I couldn’t resist breaking them out and getting started playing and experimenting with them.

Check out my video on YouTube (HERE) or view it here on the blog below!

I tried a few different things, and there are a million more I have yet to try. There are just so many possibilities with these new inks. I’m in love!

I tried ink blending, and then used the Distress Ink I already had to see how they differed and how they worked together. The Distress Oxide seems more like a pigment ink in a lot of ways. It seems to sit on top of the paper instead of being absorbed into the paper right away like the Distress Inks. The Distress Oxides can also be layered on top of one another and keep their opaque quality so long as the first layer is dry before adding the second coat. How cool!?

I also tried the technique I use most often with my Distress Inks, which is to heat emboss a background stamp with white or clear embossing powder and then ink blend over top for the emboss resist effect. I am happy to report that the Distress Oxides lend themselves beautifully to this and I got a beautiful and vibrant background out of it. YAY!

I tried my hand at coloring a stamped image with the inks as well. I stamped the ink pad directly on to an acrylic block and used a water brush to paint the ink right on to my paper. I really love the possibilities here. I also used a stamp layering set so see how the inks look when stamped on top of one another and I wasn’t disappointed.

Then, finally, I tried inking directly on to a craft doily instead of white cardstock. The color went right on as if it was white paper. I couldn’t believe it! It’s so cool to see how many different things you can do with these inks.

I’ll update this post with pictures as I can, so you can see how my experimentation process went and get an idea of how the inks look.

I can’t wait to keep experimenting and see what cool ideas I can come up with for these.

Happy hump day!


Technique – DIY Marbled Paper

Pretty much everything you can think of has already been ‘done’ by someone, but let me just tell you how excited I am about learning this ‘new to me’ technique! There are so many possibilities and I can’t wait to keep trying new mediums with this.

I decided to jump on the ‘DIY Marbled Paper’ train and see what I could make. I’m pretty happy with the results, and I know that as I use the technique more frequently, my results will continue to improve. The beauty of this is that it is just SO simple! You probably already have everything you need on hand. That’s my kind of project!

I used a glass baking sheet (now dedicated to crafty things so I don’t have to worry about making it food safe again) and sprayed some cheap canned shaving cream into the bottom. Then, I used various mediums to color the shaving cream, including distress spray stain, distress paint, craft paint, and even food coloring. Check out my video to see how each medium transferred to the paper!

Here’s a look at a card I made using one of my newly marbled papers. This one was made using the distress spray stains in abandoned coral and cracked pistachio.


I am so excited to see all of the amazingly cool backgrounds I can make using this technique. Then, I can also die cut from the papers I make to have one of a kind embellishments! Too cool.

I hope you’ll give this a try. Be sure to let me know how it works for you in the comments!

Big hugs,