Creating for Kate

Happy Friday.  (Aren't those two simple words music to your ears?!  Love them.)

Wanted to share a few more things about the Cards for Kate Card Drive, along with a few cards I made for her family.

First, Simply Scrapbooks up in Dayton, Ohio (an incredible store – TONS of great stuff and a cool staff) is collecting cards for the drive and will send them on to me.  So, if you live near there, just drop them off.  How cool is that?  And, by the way, I will be teaching a few classes up there on November 21.  Keeps your ears open, the details will be up soon

Next, I am adding prizes to the prize list HERE.  Some great stuff from some awesome companies and such.  I am not really going out looking for donations – many of these people are volunteering on their own.  Big-hearted people.  Love that.  So, if you send in cards, not only will you make a little girl smile, but you may also win some great stuff.  I can promise you that prize list will grow big time.  Last time I did a card drive there were lots of winners. 

Also, many people mentioned wanting to donate directly to the McRae family to help them out.  A wonderful gal (thanks, Priscilla!) found on the McRae's site the information on how to send money to them.  It is tax-deductible and set up by their church.  It is really easy to do.  Go to and go to "Online Giving/Tithing."  Next, click on "Click here to give online."  You have to register/login and then there will be a drop down button for giving to McRae.

Another way you can help the family out is to get a Pray For Kate bracelet.  You can get info on her dad's site HERE.  I sleep with mine on every night.

Next up, I wanted to share the first of many cards I plan to do for their family.  This first one is for Kate.  Sweet and simple.  I plan to tell her a few frog jokes inside.

082109 Kate 1 Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (background, greeting, frog), Ranger White Inkessentials Pen, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Copic Markers, Hero Arts Black Pearls.

Notice the white dots on the background?  I love the highlighting that the Ranger White Inessentials Pen gives.  It is a great pen.  And the trick to keeping it writing solid: write slowly.  Works perfect.

This one is for Kate's brother, Will…

082109 Kate 4 Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (background, greeting, frog), Ranger White Inkessentials Pen, Soft Pool Ink, Copic Markers, Hero Arts Black Pearls.

I just love those Black Pearls for eyes.  Really makes these critters adorable.

And for Kate's sister, Olivia, I used this crazy bird.  Love using bird's legs as the "L"s in "hello"…

082109 Kate 3 Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (background, greeting, bird), glitter pen, Soft Lilac Ink, Copic Markers, Hero Arts Black Pearls.

It is hard to tell in these photos, but I used a glitter pen to make them pop.  You can kind of see it here…

082109 Kate 2

By the way, if you are looking for a great stamp set with just about every greeting you will ever need, try THIS one.  Love it. 


Oh, and yes… I am now a Copic girl now. I am addicted.  I tried to avoid it, but a sweet friend gave me a taste of them and I was in love.  And the kids love using them, too.  (I am so thankful you introduced me, Ellen!  Hugs.)

Gotta go watch some mindless TV. Night!

Cards for Kate Card Drive

Hello, cardmakers.  If you are like me, you love any excuse to make a card.  And it is even better when it can be given to someone who really needs it.  Don't you agree?  Yep – it is time for a new Card Drive – a Cards for Kate Card Drive


Here is some info about Kate:

About 6 weeks ago the life of the McRae family changed forever when their precious 5 year old daughter, Kate, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Dad (Aaron) is a pastor in Arizona and he and his wife, Holly have two other children, Will and Olivia.  Of course this is devastating for the whole family and many are praying for them.   (Go to to learn more about this family and their struggle).  Kate has a rough road ahead of her for quite awhile.  When you hear their story you will want to do anything you can to help.

And one thing we can do to help is to send cards to Kate and her family to encourage them, give them strength, and let them know how many people are thinking about and praying for them.  And the most generous and kind people in the world are crafters so we thought we’d have a Cards for Kate Card DriveThis time I have two rockin' friends helping me out – Jana Millen and Kristina Proffitt.  Be sure to watch their blogs for more info, etc.

Think of how much it would encourage this family to receive cards from all over the world.  You can simply send the cards to me. We will then box them up and pay to send them to Kate's parents.  (We have already gotten the ok from them.)

The details:

  • Cards can be for any member of Kate's family:

                           -  Kate (age 5) – The sweet girl who is battling cancer.
                           -  Little brother Will, age 4.
                           -  Bigger sister Olivia, age 7.
                           -  Mom and Dad, Aaron and Holly.

  • Cards can be anything cheery, encouraging, supportive, etc.  (This family is a family of God, so for all you Christians out there, feel free to share messages of Faith.)  Anyone can send a card – even your children!
  • Please write a message in the card and sign your name and where you are from.  On the card envelope, please write the name of who the card is for (Kate, Will, Olivia, Aaron and/or Kate).  Also, please don't seal the envelope, as Kate's parents might want to preview cards before the kids see them.
  • With your cards, please include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and number of cards.  We will keep these for picking out prizes.  For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances.  (See below.)
  • The cards should be sent to:

                        Jennifer McGuire
       Card Drive for Kate
       PO Box 428612
       Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

  • Please send the cards to arrive by October 15. This should give enough time for those overseas to play along. As we get enough to fill a box to send to Kate's family, we will send them.  This way they don't get them all at once.  And since they are having some struggles lately, the sooner we get some cards, the better.  You are welcome to still send in cards!
  • If you want to send more than just a card (such as a gift), please just send directly to the address given HERE.  Stickers, things to color, etc are welcome.
  • If you want to donate money to Kate's family, please click HERE.  If you want to help cover the costs of shipping, feel free to include some money in with your cards.  Any money leftover will be donated to the family.  (But there is NO need to include money.)

And… how about some prizes as a thank you for participating?  For all the cards we get, we will pick random winners of some great prizes.  Click HERE for up-to-date prize info.  Stuff will be added soon and often.  Please keep in mind that winners will be pick based on piece of paper you include with your cards with your name and info. So, be sure to include it!

Thank you everyone,

Jennifer, Kristina and Jana

ETA: We are now collecting cards for Eric, too.  Here is information…

As you know, we have received an AMAZING amount of cards for Kate.  Wow.  You are all amazing.  So we thought we would bring another child into the drive.  This way, if you still want to make cards or make more cards, you can make them for this child.  Just spreading the joy around a bit.  If you have already sent cards, those will go to Kate and her family.  But any future ones – it would be great if they were made for Eric and his family.  (You will be eligible for the same prizes.)  In hopes that we can get cards for him, too, we will extend the deadline just a touch – the prizes will be drawn on October 31 – so you have time to get them in before we pick prize winners.

OK… on to Eric…

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UPDATED TO ADD: I am very sorry to say that Eric passed away in October.  However, you are still welcome to send cards for his family.

I found out about Eric from my friend Kathy Rocoosin.  Eric has ALD.  (ALD is an inherited recessive genetic disorder linked to the X chromosome.  The 1992 movie "Lorenzo's Oil" brought this rare disorder to the world's attention.)  He was diagnosed on May 18th, and his little brother received the same diagnosis on May 29th. For information and updates on Eric, you can visit his website HERE.

Eric's mom, Leslie says, “Eric is a fighter and he has endured a tremendous amount.  I am confident that he will not surrender.  The docs have not thrown the towel in and we have not either… so pray hard everyone because we really do need a miracle.”

Eric will be 9 on 10/26.  He has a sister (Rachel – 7) and brother (Jacob – 5).  His dad is Bob and his mom is Leslie.

All the "guidelines," mailing info, etc is the same as for Kate.  You can find it all HERE.  Again, we would love it if you mailed the cards to arrive here by October 31.

I know I have asked a lot from you all to send cards for Kate and her family.  But if you could just do it one more time – this time for Eric and his family – that would be wonderful.  Imagine how much it would make him smile. 

Thanks, everyone.


Cards for Heroes

Hey there.

You all might know that I am a big fan of Cards for Heroes, a group that sends handmade cards over to our troops, so they can send them home to their family.

Turns out that folks are trying to raise over 1000 cards for Cards for Heroes – love it!

And I have a challenge for you – create a card in 20-30 minutes, per our Hero Arts challenge this week.  Just be sure to use no glitter, as it messes with the night vision of our troops.

Once you have done your card, upload it to the ScrapStreet Cards for Heroes gallery.  Then you can mail your card(s) to the Cards for Heroes folks at:

        c/o Brianne Nevill
        1380-A Myers Pl
        Fort Sill, OK 73503

On Sunday, August 23rd, one randomly drawn participant will win a box from me – full of 300+ sheets of patterned paper!

Have fun… hope you can play along.

Great new blog…

Hi, everyone.

I love to share new things with you all, and this one is a great.


Amanda Probst started a new challenge blog called Good Grief Blog.  It focuses on loss and healing.  Very powerful.  I highly recommend checking it out. 

As many of you know, I am a big believer in scrapbooking the tough times of life, too.  It can be so therapeutic and healing.  A few people have asked why I scrapbook thoughts about my struggle with PPD.  Why I would want my kids to see that.  To be honest, I tuck those pages aside and will save them until they are old enough to understand.  Who knows – maybe they will go through the same struggles or know someone who does.  If it could help them in the slightest bit, it is worth it.  I also feel this way about losing someone close to you.  When I lost my dear friend, Jeff, years ago to cancer, scrapbooking helped me sort through the feelings.  And when I look back on those pages, I know I can conquer any sadness.

OK, enough of that. :)   But be sure to check out their new blog.  In fact, they posted an amazing page today.

More soon…

Week 8… Three Videos

Just catching up on Thinking Inking.  :)

Week 8 was on one of the greatest products of all time – Perfect Pearls.  Perfect Pearls are the best because they set with water – no need for fixatives.  Here is Part 1…


TI Week 8 1e

Part 2 has more ideas for mixing it with water for shiny fun…


Love making bookmarks for Kay…

TI Week 8 2 b

Part 3 has more ideas thrown together on a layout…


TI Week 8 3a

More soon!  :)

Looking through old scrapbooks…

One of the best things about scrapbooking is looking back at old pages.  Seeing the sweet faces in the photos that have grown up so much.  Seeing the products on the pages that were so new and fun to me at the time.  Seeing the craft that has made me so happy. 

Here are some I stumbled upon on my computer tonight…

Love the pages with photos that just make me say "awwwww…"


Love the pages that make me say, "I wonder how long it took me to sew all those buttons down…"
Amazing Buttons
Love those pages where I was way too honest, but also thankful that I was…

Thank You Ali

Love those pages that make me love my husband even more…

Love those pages that remind me that friends and family rock…


Love those pages that I remember hurrying to complete…

Feb08 - White Pen - Over Print- Layout

Don't you love memory lane?  It is a great place to meander…

I am at my stamping retreat with a few friends, and Audrey flew in today to hang out with us.  Love having that silly girl across from me while here in my own little piece of heaven. :)

A few links for you before bed:

  • THIS is one of the most amazing pages by Jamie Waters.  Wowsers.
  • Loving the bottom card HERE by Debbie Olsen.  Yum.
  • Check out THIS great card set by Lucy.  What a great gift idea.
  • If you are in Cincinnati, be sure to check out Jana's class HERE.  It is technique-heavy.  It will rock.
  • The last Thinking Inking video went up today.  Boohoo. :(   HERE it is… I will catch up on all the other classes later.

I am heading up to chit chat with Audrey and Jana in bed.  God is good. :)