STA Metallic Markers and Brush Pens

For Christmas, I received a set of the STA Metallic Markers and the Metallic Brush Pens.

In this video, I’m giving you a glimpse at how vibrant and metallic these pens are against white and black cardstock.

This is not a sponsored video.  These markers were personal gifts given by friends and family.  All thoughts and opinions expressed in this video are my own.


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Nice to have..

Through the years, I’ve always made sure that I buy products that I know I will use.  I try to buy things that I know serve multiple purpose and things I know that I CAN use because I know how to use them.

That’s when inks came into play.

I’ve only ever had black and brown inks.  They seemed most user friendly to me.  In the realm of my own personal capabilities as a scrapper and cardmaker, those two colors seemed to be the easiest to work with.  I mean, black and brown can pretty much go with EVERYTHING, right?!

About last year, I purchased a red ink pad.  It was perfect for those little heart stamps that I would get in those cute Lawn Fawn stamp sets. 

At the same time, I purchased a bunch of brownish Distressed Inks, and the Christmas set of Distressed Inks..

I looked at them and thought, “What am I going to do with these?”

I mean, they were nice to have.. but I still had NO clue what to do..

Well, the year or so has passed and I have definitely found uses for those inks.. which I’m glad for.  I’d hate to think that I wasted all that money on something I coudn’t find a use for..

Which brings me to the point of this pictureless blog post..

Hero Arts Shadow Inks.. and those Hero Arts Midtone Inks..

I think I’m in love.. with ALL of the colors!  Seriously!  I am in love.

They would be amazingly nice to have for my stash.. but I have to be realistic.

I would probably purchase them in a heartbeat, and believe me, I’ve come very close on multiple occasions to stick them in a cart in a particular online scrapbook store and hit BUY..

However.. there are two major factors that stop me..

First and foremost, storage.  I’m having a hard enough time trying to figure out where to put things in my little corner of the scraproom/playroom… lets call it a Girl Cave from now on.. where would I put all those ink pads??

Second, use.  So I will have tons of different colors of inks, but do I have the papers that compliment them?  Will I have the creative capacity to actually use them?  This will just lead to the snowball effect of having to buy papers that would work for them, then patterned papers to work for them, and then the embellishments…

There it is. 

Something that’s “nice to have” but probably isn’t crucial to have at the time being.  That’s not to say that the “want” will never become a “need.”  Who knows?

But that’s where I stand at present time.. unless.. I get a gift card to a scrapbook store and I magically come across an awesome storage/organization piece of furniture that would magically fit into the Girl Cave.. I can dream, right?!

The stash.. dun dun dun…

Before I go any further, I think it’s best to show you my stash.

This stash is the massive amounts of patterned paper I want to go through before I even think about getting more.  For most crafters, this stash is probably just a percentage of what they own.  However, for me and my limited space.. this is A LOT!

To be honest, these papers aren’t the latest and greatest, nor are they all designer lines… but I’m proud of my stash.. and I hope to get through a good chunk before the end of the year..

A few years ago, I wanted to start scrapbooking.  I made the rookie mistake of going to Michaels on a good sale day and tried to grab several 12 x 12 paper pads that caught my eye..

This isn’t too bad. I’ve made a few cards and projects with these stacks.. but it just seems endless.

There was a huge discount on the Recollections Bright and Basic paper pad, I couldn’t resist. I wish I did, because the paper is so super thin. But I have used it many, many times on many, many cards. I’m determined to get through this stack if it’s the last thing I do. That bottom stack hasn’t even been touched! The colors seem so muted and drab. Maybe when I start doing actual scrapbook layouts and not Project Life layouts, I can find some use for these.

THEN.. I became a sucker for They always have fun scrapbook stuff on discount and I fall for it.. a lot!

I’ve collected quite a few 6×6 pads from them.. and being so pattern-deficient.. I don’t know how I’m going to get through it all!

This is pretty much the main stash I want to get through. I have my staple white, black, red and craft cardstock that I seem to go through fairly quickly.. and I have a mini-glitter stack from DCWV that I can’t seem to find in the chaos of the craft space.. and a few scraps and loose 6×6 patterned paper that I bought on Etsy years ago.. but that’s mainly it.

My mission is to get through this stash before I even think about getting more papers..

Any ideas how?!

Banner time!


My soon-to-be birthday girl developed an ear infection after catching a cold over the weekend a few weeks ago and so I was in full mommy-mode for the past few days.

So I had to sacrifice a lot of the other papercrafting projects I was thinking of doing for her birthday party.

Thank goodness I decided to just buy pre-made party favor bags from

Anyway, the banner was quick and easy and I got to use my Cricut Expressions 2 AND my Silhouette Cameo.  Who says you have to have one or the other?  Why not have both?!




I love my Gypsy.  I really do.  I love that I can squeeze in as many letters as I could on a 12×12 sheet of paper so I would limit the amount of paper waste.  It’s too bad that they aren’t making these anymore.  I love not being tied to my laptop when working on a project with my E2.

My Gypsy and my E2.. ready to go!

A finished letter.. you like?

It was at this point that my daughter got sick and I just wanted to get the banner done.  So, I stopped taking pictures as I progressed..

Because of my limited time, I decided to simplify the banner.  I had every intention of making the banner match the invitations with the strips of colored paper against the cream background..

Instead, I decided to use each individual color as it’s own banner square.  Simple.  Easy.

I cut out scalloped squares with holes in two of the corners.  I made that shape a while back on my Gypsy when I was making the banner for my daughter’s baptism. 

I took some of the cream colored paper that I used for the invitations and cut notches on the corners to accomodate the holes and to give it a little style.

Here’s the finished banner, minus the ribbon that ties it all together.

As you can see, I used my Silhouette to cut out the music notes that I had used in the invitation.  I also broke out my bottle of Glossy Accents and glossified those notes.. Sorry about the dirty carpet.. I’m sure that’s a stain of spilled baby food from my daughter’s baby food eating days.. So embarrassing!

Let me give this a try..

Washi tape, or paper tape, seems to be a trend that lots of cardmakers and scrapbookers seem to be into.  I never really saw the point.  Paper tape?

I never thought I’d make that purchase.

But.. I’ve learned to never say never because…

I went to Target and was browsing their Scrapbooking area.. which isn’t very big.. and I found some EK Success Smash Paper Tape.

It’s a black with white polka dots. Seems like a neutral enough pattern that I can pretty much incorporate into some cards..

Can’t wait to try it out!