It’s candy time…

Happy Almost Halloween.  (And a happy birthday to my dad – love ya!)

I figured that since this weekend is a sugar-filled one for many that I would share some more candy bags I have created for different classes.  I shared on idea HERE a few days ago.  Also, please watch THIS video on how to make them.   All stamps are Hero Arts and the felt branches are from Prima.

SA Handful 3

SF Candy

Keeping this short tonight – need some extra sleep.  But in the meantime…


Questions about Cards for Kate and Eric


I am home and catching up.  Just doing a quick post about Cards for Kate and Eric.  I have been getting lots of emails asking questions.

First, yes, please do keep sending cards for Kate!  I am going to continue collecting.  So please keep them coming!  I will draw for the prizes in the next week or so, but you can still send cards.  I hope you do!

I have received thank you emails from Kate's mom and Grandma.  Here is a message from her Grandma, Shirlee…

Kate and the whole McRae family have been receiving as Holly puts it "tons" of cards.  They all have enjoyed and continue to enjoy them a lot!  Holly told me when Olivia and Will come up to the Ronald McDonald House that is the first thing they want to do is get the cards out and look at them.  Kate has been pretty sick this week, but have no doubt once she gets her spunk back and feels better she will love looking at her cards!  I can't tell you what a ministry you have reaching kids and their families in these types of situations.  God is truly using you and many others with the gifts He has given you!
Holly wanted me to tell you that she has been wanting to thank you and even has a thank you sitting at Kate's bedside.  Just has not got it done yet.  She has been pretty over whelmed with Kate's care. She will be getting in contact with you.  Thank you Jennifer for all you involved, its been such a huge blessing!!     — Shirlee Bouck (Kate's grandma)

And, if you haven't heard, Kate and her family will be on Dr. Phil!  I will let you know when I find out more.

Many people have been asking about Eric's cards.  I will let you know what I find out.  In the meantime, please keep his family in your thoughts.

I am also thinking about how to best continue the card drive.  In addition to Kate, maybe we can come up with a list of kids who need cards and you can send cards for any of them.  I will then sort them and mail them out.  Not sure, but as soon as I know, I will pass on the info.

More soon.  Hugs!

An alcohol pumpkin :)

I love to play.

Play with my inks and tools and stamps.

Here is a good example of some fun I had the other day with alcohol inks.  I made an alcoholed pumpkin. :)   So fun.  I just punched a circle from glossy white paper.  Cut the top and bottom to round it out like a pumpkin.  I then put on lots of Mountain Rose, Butterscotch and Copper Alcohol Inks.  I did many layers – letting them dry between – to make the color dark and intense.  Yum.  The background of the card is stamped with my favorite new Cling stamp from Hero Arts.  I then distressed the heck out of my notecard with the Tim Holtz Edge Distresser.  (And, when Colin asked what it was, and then found out it was from Tim, he walked off with it – ha.)  And that grass patch was covered with Rock Candy Stickles.  My new favorite.  It is non-glitter glitter – clear pieces that just catch the light.  And it dries clear.  Love it.  And the speaking/caption/balloon thingie is a punch – a must-have.  So, here it is…

102309 Alcohol Pumpkin X

102309 Alcohol Pumpkin 1 X

Supplies: Hero Arts notecard, background and greeting, EK Success punches (balloon and circle), Ranger Alcohol Inks, Rock Candy Stickles, Bo Bunny green paper, Tim Holtz Edge Distresser

I love using two different sizes of google eyes.  Too fun.

Have a great one…

Sad news

Hello, folks.

I got new this morning that Eric, the boy we were collecting cards for, died peacefully last night.

I am really not sure what to say, but I do know that I will spend a lot of time thinking of him and his family today.  I know he now has comfort and peace… and I pray for the same for his family.

And, a huge thanks to all of you who sent cards.  I know that love you were sending his way will be helpful to his family now.

And, if you are the praying type, please send up some for my brother-in-law and his family.  (The ones who I did my first card drive for – the family in Africa.)  His mother passed away a couple days ago.  This is especially hard since his father passed away last year.  They will be coming home for a few weeks.  We hope to see them while they are here.

Sorry to pass on this sad news.  Please go give your loved ones a big hug.  I know I will.

(Please don't miss my last post – it has a bit of information on the Card Drive.)

Fancy embellishments…

Hey there.

Awhile back, a kind gal named Cheryl emailed me about some beaded flower centers that she just started making.  I was intrigued and she was sweet to send me a few to play with.  I love them.  I really like anything that adds a lot of interest with little effort.  So, even if you make a simple card, it is eye-catching. I paired the lovely centers with an embossed background and some elegant Papertrey Ink stamp greetings.  (If you are interested in her beaded flower centers, click HERE.)

090509 Beaded Flowers
Supplies: Sizzix embossing folders, Cheryl's beaded flower centers, Hero Arts notecards and flowers and pearls and Papertrey Ink greetings

When you have a moment, please go check out the Card Drive Prize List HERE.  Even if you didn't send any cards, I think it is worth looking at.  All of these people and companies were so generous to donate during these rough times.  So, next time you are itching to spend some money on your hobby, you may want to consider buying from one of them.  Just to pay it forward.  Anyway, here are a few stamp prizes I thought I would share…

PRIZE 88: FOUR new stamps sets donated by Pink Paislee!PinkpaisleeLogo1200  Stamps

PRIZE 89: The entire first release of new stamps donated by Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber StampsThis is a new stamp company – check them out HERE.

Release 1

PRIZE 90: A ton of rub-ons from My Sentiments ExactlyThese are some of my favorites!


More later…

Classes coming up!

Hey, there.

I am going to be teaching at a big event in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of November 8.  For all the information, click HERE.  I can't wait… I will be spending the weekend there with my mom.   They are opening up spots for JUST the classes tomorrow, if you don't want to come for the whole event.  Call 614.854.0709 if you are interested.  Here is the info on my classes.  I am really excited about the all new projects I am doing for them – new techniques…

Technique Bootcamp
Join Jennifer McGuire for a very fast-paced class filled with fabulous new stamping, inking and cardmaking techniques.  Many great Hero Arts stamps and Ranger inks and paints will be used, creating 5+ cards.  Lots of styles and looks will be covered – something for everyone.  You will walk away learnign a TON. 1.5 hours and $35.  Class starts at 10am on 11/7.

Holiday Madness
Join Jennifer McGuire for a holiday card class full of lots of new techniques.  This fast-paced class will focus on new ideas… creating 5+ cards with many new Hero Arts and Ranger products. 1.5 hours and $35.  Class starts at 1pm on 11/7.

Here are some little peeks at what we will create…

Peek 4  Peek 3  Peek 1

My friend, Kimber McGray will be teaching there, too!  There are lots of great classes and teachers.  For more info on this, click HERE.   Hope to see you there!

I am heading on vacation with my wonderful man tomorrow to Bermuda.  Thankfully, I have the best in-laws in the world here holding the fort down.  Here is Colin with his Granddad yesterday.  Granddad is known for his silly stories.  Here he is telling Colin one, while he cracks up.  Music to my soul.

Peek 2

See you in a few days…