Welcome Guest Designer Marla Kress!





We are so happy to share the talented work of Marla Kress with all of you today! We asked her to combine Second City with Mon Ami and the results are fantastic!




Marla is a very busy stay-at-home mom to three adorable kids, but manages to find creative time for herself. “Like most moms, my creative time comes late at night, so I really try to make it count. For me, scrapbooking is about preserving my family’s history, so the photos and journaling are at the heart of all of my pages.”




Marla Kress: My name is Marla and I am chief meal cooker, laundry folder, dishwasher, boo boo kisser, book reader, bear hugger, taxi driver and laugh getter to one crazy husband and three amazing kiddos.  When I’m not on duty I like to spend time in my studio creating pages and albums that my family can enjoy.  My life as a stay-at-home mom is nothing short of interesting and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.




Before we let Marla go, we gave her a Baker’s Dozen questions to answer.



Favorite color: Green

Buttons or brads: Brads

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: Dr. Google!

Dots or stripes: Dots

Mac or PC: Mac

Ribbon or twine: Twine

Ninjas or pirates: Pirates

Google or Yahoo: Google

Sweet or salty: Sweet

Chipboard or wood veneer: Wood veneer

Mountains or beach: Beach

Dog or cat: Dog and cat :)

Cake or pie: Cake


Marla, thank you for sharing your beautiful, inspiring layouts and card with us!


Card Corner | Kelly Rasmussen





Kelly Rasmussen: One of great embellishments that comes out with each new BasicGrey collection are the chipboard alphabet stickers. They are great for titles on layouts as well as messages on cards. They are gorgeous all on their own, but today I’ve got a couple examples of ways to jazz them up a bit!

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The top word is how they look straight out of the package and the bottom word shows how I altered them to add a little more interest. First, I used a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker to add some sparkle. Then I added some white dots down each letter using Ranger White Enamel Accents. Once that was dry, I added a thick coat of Ranger Glossy Accents over the entire letter. And finally, I wanted to cover up the brown chipboard color on the sides of the letter so I used a silver Sharpie marker to trace around the edges and it worked like a charm.


And here are the letters on a card featuring lots on fabulous products from the new Evergreen collection.




The green background was stamped with the Tiny Snowflake Grid background stamp. I love that this stamp is solid — it makes it great for some fun techniques that I can’t wait to try.




On this next card, I decided to use the same technique on the Evergreen Die Cut Numbers. These are just made of cardstock, so I used some foam adhesive to pop them up on my card to add more dimension.




Don’t be afraid to play with and alter those embellishments you buy — it’s a great way to add a unique touch to your cards and projects!


Modify Ink Giveaway Winners



We’re going to come right out and say it, the two winners of the Modify Ink art print giveaway pack one helluva punch! You can see their fab creations and their names bellow.


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Danielle Tilley


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Please email your shipping information to nicole@basicgrey.com and we will get your awesome prints sent to you!


Now we’re feeling a little bit like Oprah this afternoon! Here’s a 20% discount code to use at Modifyink.com for everyone as a thank you for all of your loyalty and support.



Winners! Winners! Chicken Dinners!





Thanks for joining us all week for the reveal of our newest collections Aurora and Vivienne! Thank you all so much for your amazing feedback. We would like to congratulate the following lucky ladies…


Katherine Blue the winner of a Aurora collection giveaway! AUR Blog winner


And Hayley Elizabeth Rose Morris the winner of the Vivienne collection giveaway! VIV FB winner


Winner of an Evergreen collection pack from our Evergreen blog post: EVR Blog winner


All you lucky winners please be sure to email nicole@basicgrey.com with your shipping details and we will get your awesome goodies on their way!


Thanks again and have a great weekend!