Great giveaway!

I have a fabulous giveaway!

So excited about this.  Kelly is a dear friend – someone I admire so very much.  And she is letting me give away a spot for her new online classTo win, just leave a comment here by Sunday night. 


Here is Kelly's description of the class…

Beginnings is a five day class that will help you go through the process of starting with a single inspiration piece and finding ways to use it to create a complete layout.  Each day we will cover a different dose of inspiration…

  • Photos
  • Products
  • Color Schemes
  • Found Items
  • Magazine + Books

Starting March 1st, I'll deliver a PDF and video to your email inbox full of tips, ideas, samples, and steps.  All of the layouts will be brand new, never before seen pages created just for the class.  There will also be a separate blog where you can ask questions and start discussions or share tips with others in the class.  By sending the information through email, you'll be able to print off the PDFs and move through the class at your own pace.

Beginnings numbers
For more info on the class, click HERE.

Good luck!  (Kelly – thanks.  Love you lots!)

CARDS FOR KIDS – Round 2 Details!

Hello, everyone!

It is time to announce the details of our next Cards for Kids round…

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All of the children are the same as the first round, but we have added two more (so far).  The next shipping deadline is March 31 and we have new prizes! 


I wanted to share quickly about our two new children…

This is sweet Karli


Karli started complaining about her shoulder hurting, which led to the discovery of a mass. On December 15th, 2009 a biopsy confirmed Osteosarcoma – cancer in her upper arm bone.  She has since started chemo and will have surgery.

The family includes:

  • Karli, age 10.
  • Brother Jack, age 4
  • Brother Brodey, age 16 months
  • Mom Randi.
  • Dad Matt.
  • Stepdad Doug.

You can keep up to date on Karli HERE.

Next, this is adorable Aria…


Aria is three-and-a-half years old, and comes from Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand. Aria received her gift of life on the 6th of February, a small bowel, kidney, liver and pancreas transplant at the Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, USA.

Soon after birth she was diagnosed with a very rare condition of the bowel known as total intestinal aganglionosis or total Hirschsprung’s disease. There is no cure and it means she will never be able to digest food.  Total intestinal aganglionosis is where there are no nerves cell throughout the entire bowel to squeeze the food along to be digested. Hirschsprungs is common where a portion of the bowel contains no nerves and can be fixed by removing the effected portion of bowel and reconnecting the healthy remaining bowel. Aria’s form of the disease means this is not an option because there is no healthy bowel.

Aria’s only hope of long term survival and a chance to eat rests in small bowel, liver, pancreas and kidney transplant. These organs have come from a single child donor whose family made a brave and difficult decision to donate life at a desperately terrible time. This operation is not done in NZ or Australia but the best place is America with the cost of $1-$2 million US dollars. It is still a risky operation but the odds of survival are getting better as advances in medical knowledge continue.

Aria's favorite color is purple. She loves Winnie the Pooh, Barney, Dora, and the Wiggles. Actually her little brother Asher likes the Wiggles and Aria tells us she likes the Wiggles for Ashie! She loves numbers and counting. She loves books, and reading is her favorite thing to do. Cooking and puzzles and painting are fun activities for Aria too.

The family includes:

  • Aria, Age 3 1/2.
  • Brother – Asher, age 2.
  • Mom – Anita.
  • Dad – Hamish.

Aria is a lovely, courageous little girl who handles the trials in her life amazingly well. Her life is a precious gift from God who is taking the MacDonald family on a journey according to His great purposes.

To learn more about Aria, visit her blog HERE.

I know it is a lot to ask you all to send in more cards.  I know it takes a lot of time, which is something we all are short on.  But it really seems that these cards have been magical for these children.  And, it turns out that the siblings love them, too.  Your cards are making a HUGE difference.  Thank you!

Thanks for listening. :)   Oh, and please spread the word as much as you can.  In fact, if you mention the drive on your blog or twitter, please link to it in your comment here.  I will pick a random person and send you some stamps.

Giveaways, video and FAQ’s

Hey there from sunny Florida!  We are here staying at my in-laws place for the weekend.  It is nice to be out of the snow.  (For all you dog lovers – no worries.  My brother is staying at our house to keep Roxie company.  We take good care of her. :)

So, giveaways.  I promised I would be giving away TWO more Kiss and Tell Cards personalized stamps away…


The lucky winners are Rebecca Keppel and Kathy Camasso!  I emailed you.  If you want to order your own stamp, you can mention my blog and get 10% off this month.  (Thanks again, Kiss and Tell!  Got my recent order.  And, again, LOVE it.)

Next – video.  This was on the Hero blog, but in case you didn’t see it, here it is.  Shows a fun twist on embossing on ribbon.

(c) Hero Arts.  For supplies and info, click HERE.

I have been having a lot of fun answering questions over on formspring HERE.  Thanks for all the great questions!  Feel free to ask anything there, or just browse all the questions/answers already completed.  One thing I have been getting a lot of questions on is Copic Markers.  I promise to do a complete post soon with “Copics made easy.” 

So… I am off to catch up on a bit of email and watch some Olympics.  My friend, Tracy, was able to go check some of it out – so jealous.

Happy stamping.  Come back tomorrow for more Cards for Kids news!

RUN FAST… Distress Inks are in!

I am so thrilled.  These are new Distress Inks are delicious.

You can find them all HERE.  They will go fast, I am sure. I am off to get another set of each. (Yes, it is an addiction.  But not a bad addiction, right?)

Here is a color chart I did for you using THIS punch.  Forgive how sloppy they are.  Snow day here – so I had a little one helping me. :)   My faves?  Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Pumice Stone (think metal) and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks(ETA: BTW… if they are sold out, you can also pre-order them each or the whole set at a discount HERE.  They should get any day now, too.)

Ink Distress

And I have gotten a lot of questions about the new Hero Hues Chalk Inks HERE. These are delicious, I tell ya.  I reach for them a lot.  They absorb for such intense color… fool-proof and great for beginners and advanced stampers.  Great for tone-on-tone dark backgrounds, too.  My faves?  I like them ALL. :)   The Snow is great on Kraft and dark cardstocks.

Ink Chalk

And the classy Shadow Inks HERE.  These are soft and pretty… great for tone-on-tone backgrounds on soft papers.  (Much better than Versamark.)  And good for stamping light images.  My faves?  Pool, Apricot, Sand and Leaf.

Ink Shadow
OK… hope that this helps you pick the inks you need.  I honestly use these inks above more than any other.  (Add in the old Distress Inks, too.)

See you later!

Winners from Cards for Kids Card Drive!


We received over 1600 cards for this first round of our Cards for Kids card drive!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  Today, I am announcing the winners.  Tomorrow, I will announce the details of the next round.  Here we go…

Winners – please email me so we can confirm your addresses!

THE FIRST PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for KATE… 

Kate PRize
This prize a ton of products from Making Memories, American Crafts and Basic Grey.  Yum.  And you also get a Butterfly Fly Away necklace made by the sweet and talented Janna Wilson.  I bought this necklace and LOVE it.  Goes with anything, gets compliments and is a deal of a price.  A great gift idea.  And the lucky winner of the Kate Prize is Dayna Johnson!

THE SECOND PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for GAVIN

Gavin Prize 

This prize includes lots of fabulous adhesives donated by Tombow.  (And, yep, my new favorite adhesive is in there!)  Also, Just Rite Stampers donated these 6 rockin' sets of stamps.  Wowsers – lots of great goodies here.  And the lucky winner of the Gavin Prize is Sandra Frio!

THE THIRD PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for SAMI

Sami Prize
This prize is for 300+ sheets of patterned paper from my own stash.  Lots of great name papers here – I just sometimes get too much of it. :)   And also, a $25 gift certificate donated by  Fabulous!  And the lucky winner of the Sami Prize is Laura O'Donnell!

THE FOURTH PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for MEG

Prizes for Meg
What a fab prize.  First, we have lots of great tools from Tim Holtz.  I highly recommend all of these, especially the craft knife and scissors.  Great tools.  Next, we have a $25 gift certificate to Hero Arts!  This was donated by the fabulous Sue Czosek (aka Stampersuzz).  She won the prize over at the Hero Arts blog for an amazing project she did.  She then asked that her prize be donated to this drive.  Isn't she the best!?  (Thanks, Sue.)  And the lucky winners of the Meg Prize are Sharon and Tony Dunn!

THE FIFTH PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for ZACH

Zach Prize
This prize includes a $50 gift certificate for Memorable Seasons!  Check them out – lots of great sales right now.  (55% of stamps – there are lots of GREAT ones… 65% off rub-ons… 75% off printed paper… through 12/31.)  You will also win two Hero Arts clear stamp sets – one is 4×12 and the other is 4×6.  Two of my faves.  And the lucky winner of the Zach Prize is Sharan Roberts!

THE SIXTH PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for DAVID

David Prize This includes a spot in the Capture Your Dream workshop by Creativity Prompt, valued at $49.95.  It is an extended self-paced workshop, held online through the course of 6 weeks.  Each member will assemble a 6" by 6" mixed-media mini album and will learn many techniques… and also will get many downloadable handouts and templates.  Also!  You will get 26 packs of American Crafts brads!  These are my favorites – this is a great mix.  And the lucky winner of the David Prize is Deb Lucero!

THE SEVENTH PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for BRADEN

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This prize gets you a $75 gift certificate to 2peas, donated by myself and Jana Millen.  And the lucky winner of the Braden Prize is Hannah Means!

THE EIGHTH PRIZE is for someone who sent in a card for EMILY

Prize for emily
This prize includes lots of great stamps sets donated by Sarah Moerman.  Great stuff!  And you also will get a bunch of handmade butterflies that I have made – stamped, colored with Copics and cut out.  And the lucky winner of the Emily Prize is Cindy Groh!

Again, winners, please email me.  Thanks… and I hope you all can help with this next round of the card drive.  More details soon.

A few shares and a yummy recipe


Quickly – just a reminder: If you sent in cards for the card drive, please check HERE to make sure you are included in the list of cards we received.  We will be picking winners likely tomorrow.

Have a few cards to share.  First up, this one was on the Hero Art blog today.  I colored the ribbon with my Copic so it matched.

020910 Blue Flowers JenMcGuire copy  

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(c) Hero Arts.  Click HERE for supplies and instructions.

And, I finally remembered to keep track of the Copics I used, since many of you have asked.


Next up – a card I did back in early fall.  The butterfly was actually cut from THIS background stamp.  Simple and easy.  In real life, the colors are very soothing…

020910 Teal Butterfly JenMcGuire
Supplies: Hero Arts text background, butterfly and greeting; Prismacolors; Spellbinders dies; Corner Chomper; Shadow Soft Green Ink; Shadow Pool Ink; Black Memories Ink.

Here is the background that butterfly is from.  So gorgeous…


And, here is another using that same stamp…

020910 Butterfly Card JenMcGuire
Supplies: Butterfly stamp; Distress Inks; Creative Impressions silk ribbon and twine; Corner Chomper; greeting; Hero Arts pearls; Copics

On a side note, I received mother-of-the-day-awards a couple times this weekend.  I made homemade cinnamon rolls for the kids… and they were so fast and easy.  I used to make these as a kid with my mom, so it was fun to make them with my kids today.  Now, keep in mind that I am sure these won't be as good as the Pioneer Woman's, but they are fast and easy and very yummy.  I tweeted about it and got a lot of questions, so I thought I would share the recipe here… (Bad iPhone photo.)


Cinnamon rolls

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cut in 1/4 cup shortening
  • stir in 3/4 cup milk

Mix dough.  (I use a mixer then finish by hand.) 

Roll dough 1/4" thick into rectangle/oval 7" by 16".

Spread 2 tablespoons softened butter.  Or 3. :)

Sprinkle with mixture of 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Roll up tightly as jelly roll, creating a long roll.

Cut off the ends, eating before cooking.  (The dough is great!)

Cut into 1.5" slices.  Put in glass pan.

Bake 425 degrees for 15 minutes

While hot, drip on icing (mix of powdered sugar, a bit of vanilla and a little water – to a good icing consistency.)

Hope you have a good week, and one that is warmer than mine.  More snow here!