The greatest buzz in the world for me… (with video and Tim Holtz)

… is the one I get when teaching.  I simply love it.

And this weekend was especially fabulous because I was teaching lots of classes and such for Hero Arts at a rep show (for store owners) and getting to spend time with some of my favorite people.

And yesterday, I taught a class with Tim Holtz.  Yes, many of you women out there are likely extremely jealous of this – I know.  And, yes, you can argue that he is amazingly talented and easy on the eyes and charismatic.  But what many people don’t ever get the chance to know is that he is loyal, generous, appreciative, supportive, thoughtful, caring, giving and oozes integrity.  He works in this industry with the same approach I do – focusing on “you get what you give.”  So for me, THAT is why I liked doing this class with him.  It is because of these reasons that I personally feel most honored to call him a friend and get to work with him. 

Also, I loved that the two companies worked together – Hero Arts and Ranger.  Both do made-in-the-USA, have great people and are very generous.  Perfect match.

So… the class was 6 hours with 100+.  We did a back and forth class where we took turns teaching.  Tim was set up with his presentation on one side of the ballroom… and me at the other.  He would do a tag with certain (new!) Hero Arts stamps and Ranger products, and then I would use the same goodies to do a tag.  At the end of class, the students had two canvases that mirrored each other – one in my style and one in Tim’s.  We both went somewhat extreme in our looks to really show the versatility of our products.  He called my canvas “a bag of Skittles” since is was super colorful.  I called his a “dark cloud” since it was his extreme grungy look.  :)   There was a lot of fun teasing back and forth, of course.  Several people said they loved that we were like “a bickering brother and sister” and that pretty much sums it up.  We are very opposite in styles and such, but a lot alike in values.

Over on Tim’s blog, he shared some peeks at his canvas.  So, I wanted to share some peeks at mine here.  What is really cool about these canvases is that they are overflowing with hidden techniques and tips and such.  A great learning/teaching tool for these store owners.

RH Main


Todd Mullins, the VP over at Hero Arts, did a video of the weekend.  In it, she gives a GREAT peek into the class I did with Tim – you will get a kick out of it.  It is towards the middle, so keep watching. :)

Oh, and stay tuned.  I shared video at the beginning of class that I put together for Tim.  He loved it and I think you will, too.  I will share it here soon. :)

OK… off to catch up here at home.  Love to all.  (Especially Tim and Mario and Carol – thank you for everything.  Love you all tons.)


Teaching a 6 hour back and forth class with Tim Holtz today. So fun.
Want peeks? Go to Twitter and find mariojrossi and jenmcguireink… We are sharing some of the fun.
More soon!


At show…

I haven’t had a chance to post, but wanted to say hello. I am at a rep show in Boston, and having such fun.
Here is the make and take we are doing tonight. Love making these!
Will be back soon!

At show...

Amused… and a giveaway!


Been prepping for my big classes this weekend.  All is good – I think I finished with the cutting and such tonight.  Colin helped me paint 120 die cuts with Distress Crackle Paint tonight. Notice how his work area was MUCH neater than mine.  He did about 40 of them.  What a great helper.  He is meticulous.


Love that little dude.  By the way, that is the my new favorite die – the Styled Label from Tim Holtz.  It rocks.  You can use it with the Cuttlebug or Big Shot or anything.  SO cool.  You can see it HERE.

656642 styled labels
Thought I would share some fun I had with the Hero Arts and Amuse Blog Swap this week.  You can see all the fun by checking out both of their blogs HERE and HERE.  I was honored to swap on the day with the wonderfully adorable Julie.  She rocks. 

For this one for my hot hubby, I took three pieces of white string and colored one with a blue Copic and one with a red Copic and braided…

Amuse 9

Amuse 8 

With simple stamped images like these, I really like to use THIS glitter pen to add some fun shine…

Amuse 4

Amuse 3

I am so incredibly in love with Amuse's patterned papers.  THIS one is my favorite – lovin' the tiny tiny tiny gingham.  Sweet.

Amuse 1

Glossy Accents adds the perfect touch to these pencils…

Amuse 2

More of that yummy paper…

Amuse 5

Amuse 6 

Amuse 7

This last one here uses a Sizzix embossing folder.  I really like their folders since they cover the entire front of a card.  I actually have an extra set of these folders that I wanted to giveaway.  I picked a random winner from a comment from yesterday… and the winner is jessanotherhess.  (BTW… that is how I am giving prizes now – unannounced and given to someone who left a comment on a random day.  Makes it more of a RAK.)


Oh, and I am very behind on my Formspring Q&A page.  However, I promise to get back to it in a week or so.  So sorry.  But when I teach big classes like these, I put my all into it and really want to give a great class.  It sucks up my time. :)


Stuff. (How is that for a title?)

Hey, there.

Still drowning swimming in prep for some big classes this weekend at a rep show.  Wowsers. Here is a little peek.  Yes, it is little…


I am in love with THIS new butterfly.  Check it out…


And then there is this cute bird in another tiny peek…


Adore THIS sweet set of three birds.  They will be used by me.  Lots.


And while I am enabling, check these out…

  • New KI Memories HERE.  Some cute stuff.
  • Adorable headbands from my friend Latrice, HERE.
  • The new Girls Paperie from sweet Margie is available HERE!  Outta my way. :)
  • Remember the layout I did HERE?  These new papers from Tim Holtz are now out HERE.
  • Speaking of the new Tim Holtz goodies, I am in LOVE with THESE buttons.  They are so vintagey-fun.  Perfect accent on a card…


Enough enabling for one day. :)

Wanted to share a favorite photo of mine, since many of you know Shari.  It is extra special to me because the photographer (Kerri Bradford – ADORE her) just sent it to me via email… while my dear Shari was at her mother's funeral.  I sent it to Shari and am praying it added a little sunshine on her day.  Shari, I love you.  Been thinking of you all day…


Oh, and I have some giveaways to give to someone leaving a comment on my blog sometime this week.  Stay tuned…


Kid’s parties

Hey!  Well, I survived our bowling party with almost 20 four-year-olds and such today.  In fact, it was perfect.  We had his school friends, and these are the most wonderfully behaved children.  (Their school has a true Montessori environment that is amazing.)  The parents are all so kind.  And I love that many of his classmates are from other countries (Spain, Japan, China, Italy, etc.) – such wonderful diversity.

So… I love putting these kids parties together.  I try not to go overboard (as requested by my husband – ha), but do try to add some fun touches here and there.  Once I get the photos together from this year's party, I will share them.  But in the meantime, here are the goodies from his 3rd birthday last year.  He was into pirates after meeting some real ones in the Caribbean.

051209 Colin Invite 

Party favors..

051209 Colin Birhtday Treats 

And thank you notes…

051209 Pirate Thanks

These adorable pirate stamps are from The Cat's Pajamas.  The stars and alphabets are from Hero Arts.

(Oh, and you can see his first birthday invite HERE.)

Tomorrow is a bummer of a day – the last day of Spring Break.  It was a great week.  Hope yours was too!