Card Drive for Kids!

Card drive logo

I am so excited to start this.  I love any excuse to make a card and I love any excuse to do something nice for someone.  So, why not combine the two? :)

Here is the info:

This card drive is for 3 adorable little kids living in Africa… Taylor (9), Lauren (7) and Samuel (3).  Their family just moved there and are building a home and dental clinic.  They are living there unselfishly – totally to provide dental care to those who would never get it.  To find out more information on their work, click HERE and HERE.

As you may expect, starting a life in Liberia has it’s challenges, especially for the kids.  I thought it would be such fun to send them tons of cards from people across the world – cards that would just brighten their day.  You can simply send the cards to me.  I will then box them up and pay to send them to the kid’s parents – my sister-in-law and brother-in-law.  Their parents will give them each a card a day, just to make them smile.  (I am having you send them to me since it costs a lot to get it there.)

The details:
  • Cards can be anything cheery: “sending you a smile”, “happy day”, something silly, “thinking of you”, etc.  The more cheery the better. 
  • Please sign your name in the card, along with any message you want.  It would be fun to also say what state/country you are from.
  • You can put a sticky note on it telling who the card should be for: Taylor (9), Lauren (7), Samuel (3)… or it can be for all three kids.  That way I can make sure it gets to the right person(s).
  • Mail the card to me as you would any card.  (If you have more than one, you can pack them together – whatever is easiest.)  When I get it, I will put each card in a separate envelope with just their name(s) on it.  This will save in shipping for you since you won’t have to double-envelope.
  • If you have a few extra stickers you want to throw in for them to play with, great!  But please don’t send anything heavy or big, though – shipping really adds up.
  • You are also welcome to do a card for their parents, Keith and Kristin. (I have their permission to do this card drive for the kids, but a few cards for them would be nice, too.)
  • Please send the cards to arrive to me by August 15.  This should give enough time for those overseas to play along.  The cards should be sent to:

                                     Jennifer McGuire
                                     Card Drive
                                     PO Box 428612
                                     Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

And… how about some prizes as a thank you for participating?  For each card you send, your name will be put into a basket.  At the end date, I will draw names for prizes.  You can see a complete list of prizes HERE.  Please keep in mind that I am unable to keep track of everyone’s names and email addresses.  So, be sure to look back the week following August 15th to find out if you are a winner of a prize

I cannot thank you enough for participating in this.  Means the world to me… but mostly to three little kids a half a world away…


Need a smile today?

I did. 

And this did just the trick.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

A big thanks to Lisa for posting it on her blog… making me smile today.  Love you, girl.

There are some really great companies in this industry…

… and I talk about my favorites a lot.  Hero Arts, Close To My Heart, Cricut/Cuttlebug, Doodlebug, Ranger, etc.  And another great one is Fiskars.  They are incredibly generous to other companies (I can't begin to tell you the many donations they make) and have good people.  I met Melanie Bauer when she worked there, and am so thrilled she now works for 2Peas!  She rocks.  Anyway… blabbing… before she left, she asked me to be a guest designer on their site.  This is the project I did for them using their Tear Edgers.  (You can see them HERE.  They are fun little tools.)  Colin started counting at an early age and was really obsessed with numbers.  (He is a nerd like his Daddy.  Hee.  But we love nerds here, so I can say that lovingly. :)

As seen on  All supplies are Fiskars.

Off to work on a post about the card drive.  More soon!  Have a great night. :)

I am a ditz…

… at heart still.  I completely forgot to pick a winner for the stamp set from last week!  Der.  I am so sorry.  But better late than never.  The winner of the Close To My Heart stamp set is Holly!  I will email you. :)

Hey… if I owe anyone a prize or CD of Keith's and you haven't gotten it yet, please email me.  My greatest fear is that something gets lost in the mail and someone never gets it.  Would hate for that to happen!

A few random things…

On my post from yesterday, a few people asked what white pen I used.  It was the white Sharpie pen.  Worked pretty well.

Someone also asked if you can use Cuttlebug embossing folders with the Big Shot.  I believe you can.  I would recommend doing a google search – there is likely even a youtube video on it.

I have gotten emails about the yummy silk ribbon.  It is from Creative Impressions – I believe you can buy it from their site!

Want some amazing inspiration?  Be sure to watch Hero Arts Blog this week.  Shari is sharing some amazing stuff.  Wow.

Just a quick card share using a new Hero Arts stamp.  I did this for the catalog work but didn't like how it turned out so I never sent it in. :)   It is a transparent Hero Arts card over a Chocolate Hero Arts notecard.  Yum.  Love that look.  (The card just took a turn for the worse when I started embellishing… hee. :)

062308 Love You Card 


Hero Arts stamps (background, hearts and greeting), clear tag, clear card and notecard

White Staz-On Ink

Artprint Brown Ink

Primary Chalk Ink

Creative Impressions silk ribbon

I think that is all for now.  Have to go work on gathering photos for holiday pages for Hero Arts!  So hard to do when today was the most beautiful summer day…


I sure wish I could doodle…

… like Kelli Crowe or Elsie or others.  I LOVE to doodle, but am not great at it.  So when CK asked me to do a page on which I did something I never do, doodling was perfect to try.  Thought I would share it here, although I did it a year or so ago…

As seen on  Large photo by Essenza Studios.  Love their photos.

Today we celebrated Kay's 13th birthday at Benihana.  She is such a good person – thoughtful, sweet and gorgeous.  And tall – she is taller than me. :)   And I love her even more because she is playing with my hair  giving me "prom hair" as we speak.  I love when they play with my hair. Feels so good…

Thanks for the nice comments on my little dude in the video.  He is a fun guy and LOVES stamping so much.  And the girls do, too.  I will have to share some of their creations… they are fabulous.  We spend most of the summer in the basement – it is hard to tear them away.  Makes me so proud.

Oh… quick enabling alert: Hobby Lobby has paper 50% off this week.  Go get some of that kraft goodness! :)   You can see the packaging HERE.

Hope you all had a good weekend.  Night!

How-To Video: Embellishing Scalloped Edges

Hello, stampers and scrapbookers…

Another simple video for you.  It is another card (sorry… I will get back to scrapbooking soon) with a good basic design that would work for anything.  Just change up the colors and greetings.  Use up some of your scraps.  You could even make a set of these as a gift.  This is just a basic design I go back to often.  The scallop edge was cut from Bazzill scallop edged cardstock.  I keep strips of this in a drawer to use.  And, by the way, this uses reject pieces from two other cards: HERE and HERE.

Oh, and sorry for the interruption in the video. :)

061208 Sunshine

Hero Arts stamps (flourish background, little flowers and greeting), gems and notecard
My Mind’s Eye and Bo Bunny (dot) patterned paper)
Ranger Ink
Marvy Punches
Black Memories Ink
Ranger Pool Ink
Bazzill Scallop Cardstock (the holes were already in it)
A big honkin’ flower that Colin found on the floor
A cute dude to join in on the fun

By the way, 2peas still has 20% off their stamps – great deal.  Check it out HERE

And I must say thank you for the kind, positive response to my idea about sending cards to the kids.  I will organize something and post the info this week for you all.  And, for each card you send, you get entered into a drawing for some prizes.  Working those out, too.  And I will give enough time for you overseas folks to play, too!

Thanks, all!  Off to watch Camp Rock with the girls… again. ;)