How-To Video: Watercolor Butterfly


I finally am back to doing videos just for my blog.  Ahhhhh… it feels good. :)

This is just a card that I like to make often.  It uses two of my favorite stamps: the Bold Flourish and Heart-Winged Butterfly.  It also uses my favorite inks: Broken China, Tea Dye and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.

The video shows a few things, including watercolor with ink, creating pearly stamped images and coloring wire.

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042909 Butterfly 3 Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (butterfly, flourish and greeting) and long notecard, Distress Inks, Ranger Mini Mister, Liquid Pearls White Opal, Wire and Adirondack markers

Do you all have a stamp or two that you can’t seem to get enough of?  Share it in the comments – maybe we will all discover new stamps looking at each others answers. 

Off to play with the little dude.  He wants to do some stamping. :)

Stamping Class


I forgot to mention that I am hosting the Stamp Camp this week at 2Peas!  I have a video, handout, tips and cards HERE.  And if you play along, you have a chance to win a gift certificate.  Click HERE to learn how. 

(For the cards and information, click HERE.)

And while you are over at 2Peas, check out the other classes they have going on.  Great stuff!  And it is free – can't beat that. :)   Just go HERE.

Oh, and great news – 2Peas has all the new Hero Arts goodies… click HERE.

Also, thank you for the many suggestions on bible study websites, etc.  There are some great ones – I still am going through them all.  For those interested, I recommend checking out all the comments HERE – maybe you will find something that works for you. I really like the idea of a feel-good faith-based message in my inbox each day.  I think we could all use that kind of daily lift these days, don't you?

Also, thanks for the comments about Surprise.  I will keep you posted on his journey.  And sharing the story reminded me that I have pictures to share of their kids receiving the cards from the drive I did.  I will share those soon.

Happy Wednesday…

What a sweet surprise…

I am going to do a non-stamping/cardmaking/scrapping post tonight.  I normally don't do this, but I really wanted to share this story.

Many of you know of Kristin (Ken's sister) and Keith (her husband who sings the songs in some of my videos) and their three kids (Taylor, Lauren and Samuel).  They are living in Africa running a dental clinic.

Well, we got this message from Kristin recently.  It is worth a read…

A tiny little Surprise. . .

His mother died in childbirth.  His father, with no means to buy formula, did his best with sugar water and coconut milk to keep him alive.  At about one month of age, his father, believing he would die, brought him to an orphanage in Buchanan.  The orphanage, also believing he would die, would not accept the child until a police report had been filed stating his condition.  Amazingly, the child did not die. And, for that reason, they named him Surprise.
Surprise is now about 9 months old.  He was discovered by a social worker investigating another case at the same orphanage.  He is malnourished and small for his age.  The orphanage cannot afford formula, so he eats what the other children (all of whom are much older) in the orphanage eat—rice. 
Last week we received a phone call asking if we would foster Surprise.  Surprise is not old enough to be received by Rafiki Village .  Rafiki is an international organization that has orphanages in many different African countries.  Their aim is "to take helpless children and turn them into godly contributors in their countries".  ( The Rafiki orphanage in Liberia is about 20 minutes from our house.  Rafiki has a wonderful educational and vocational training program and has an excellent reputation here in the country.  Unfortunately, they only take in children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years.  They were notified about Surprise, but he was too young to enter their facility.  So, they asked if we would be willing to foster Surprise until he is old enough to enter Rafiki.  This past weekend I went to Buchanan (about a 2 ½ hour drive from Monrovia ) and met Surprise.  He’s a cutie and really captured my heart.  We called Rafiki early in the week and told them we would foster Surprise.  Today I met with the Minister of Health, and after having three social workers visit our house tomorrow we should be ready to receive Surprise when he comes to Monrovia hopefully this weekend.
Here’s a photo that was taken during my visit to Buchanan.  I’m sure there will be many more soon to come!  


Isn't he sweet?  Please include him in your thoughts and prayers.  They were hoping to get him last week, but (as often happens there) there have been delays.  Surprise will get so much love in their home.

More cardmaking tomorrow. :)  

Happy news…

The new Hero Arts catalog is up over on their website HERE.  Come on… what is better than a bunch of new stamps?  :)

Thought I would share one I did with the new goodies.  For the background, I actually opened up a clear set of stamps… laid them down face-up… inked with black ink… laid a notecard down on the ink… and created a background of messages super fast.  :)

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Supplies: All Hero Arts

Oh, and 2Peas has these stamps in their warehouse and will put them up for sale on tomorrow/Monday!

And for all your Christians out there – do you have a favorite website or email sign-up for daily devotions or bible verses, etc?  Would love to find a new good one.  Thanks.

Have a good night.  I am off to snuggle up with a cute dog.  Love that Roxie girl…

Sketch Card

Happy Friday!

Man, I love those words.

I forgot to link you all up to the Got Sketch Blog.  Valerie asked me to play along for this week's sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch and what I came up with.  (For more info, visit her blog HERE – lots of great artists over there!)


Sketch81-jennifermcguire Supplies: Sizzix flower diecut covered in fabric, Fiskars border punch, Grungeboard flourish covered in Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls and Distress Stickles Antique Linene, Hero Arts stamps and pearls

I am so thankful to have a lot of work behind me and be able to get my hands dirty planting hosta tomorrow.  I LOVE this weather.  I wish my house had a giant sunroof. :)

Have a good weekend…

Two Giveaways…

Just posting quickly to let you know about two giveaways.  I will be back later to share some ideas.

The first is at Creating Keepsakes Blog.  I was the guest blogger and you can enter for a chance to win a bunch of flowers I made.  Click HERE to play…

The next is over on Hero Arts' blog.  We are giving away five copies of the new book from the fabulous Kimber McGray.  Love this girl.  Click HERE to play…

More later!  Happy Friday…