Happy Birthday

I try not to share too many personal posts on here, and instead stick to crafting.  However, I gotta wish my little guy a happy 4th birthday.

Oh my, how time flies…

031806 Colin and Audrey 2
 031806 Colin and Kay 3

And Colin's sisters honestly are still as crazy in love with him now as they were on day one.  Anyone who has been around us is amazed by the bond, even though they are supposedly only "half" siblings.  It is clear God had a hand in their connection, and still does today…


Thank you, Mr. Colin, for being such a great kid.  And even though you are only 4, I love that you act like a 40-year-old trapped in that little body.  I am so glad you are just like your dad in every way.  I couldn't ask for more.

OK… enough of that sappy stuff.  Off to watch Marriage Ref with the girls.  Night!

(OH! And by the way… new Hero stamps are now at 2peas HERE!)

Quick page share… and some new faves…

Just got back from swimming with the kids… then out for ice cream… now Audrey is playing with my hair… Ahhh… I love spring break. :)

So, just a quick share.  This is an oldie I found on my computer that I did for 2peas.  Several years ago, but wanted to share anyway. Most elements are digital – just printed and stuck to the page.

Kit Page
(c) twopeasinabucket.com

I also wanted to tell you about a new, great foam adhesive I found.  You know how much I love using foam adhesive – I think that the added touch of dimension is really key to making cards and layouts pop.  I LOVE the EK Success 3-D Dots.  And now I also am in love with THESE great foam adhesives from American Crafts.  They come in circles and squares – both are fab:


Oh, and I also think THIS adhesive is great.  I like it just as much as the Kokuyo.  Good stuff.  Good company.


Off to bed.  Night!

Have time, need stamps?

ETA:  I have enough offers already – oh my!  Thanks, everyone!


If you have ever taken a class from me, you know that I prep each card kit big time so we can maximize what we learn and get done in class.  This means many things are pre-stamped and pre-embossed.

I have many big classes coming up over the next several months, which means lots of prep. So, I am looking for a couple people that could possibly help me out here and there.  

Basically, say I need 120 things pre-stamped and pre-embossed.  I would send you the paper, stamps and embossing stuff… you would do them… send them back to me.  The catch?  It usually has to be a quick turn around and done VERY well.  This is a job for fast perfectionists. :)

In exchange, I would give you lots of stamps that are left from my previous classes.  So, basically, they may have been used once or twice.  Ask anyone – I am very generous.  :)   And, if the job is bigger, I can get some newer stamps for you, too.

My friend Sandi recently cut a ton of things for me in exchange for stamps and it worked out great. Looking for a few more people.

If you are interested, please email me to the address on the sidebar with "KIT" in the title.  In the message, just let me know where you live.  I am sorry to say that this is for US folks only – you know I rarely say that.  I will not be able to reply to everyone – sorry – but I will randomly pick a few to get started with.

Thanks, stampers!

Sparkle and shine… in a simple way

Happy Monday?  (Yikes.)

Wanted to share some super simple cards with you.  Did a set for 2peas, and ended up adding a few more.

I used THIS same heart punch again to create a window in the front of the card.  I then added lots of gems and pearls (see below) around the edge of the window… adding a touch of Glossy Accents so they stay put.

0315010 Heart Gem Windows JenMcguire

These are the ones I did for 2peas.  I will be honest, I didn't do yellow because I "wanted to."  Was at a retreat and all I had with me were the sunshine mixed accents (a great mix of yellow and orange).  Wanted to do monochromatic – so it is what it is.  But I actually like how cheery they are, so I am glad I did it.  Oh, and one thing to check out – that card on the left – it is actually an orange notecard turned inside out.  Love the splash of color on the inside!

031010 Yellow Mixed Accents JenMcguire
(c) twopeasinabucket.com – click HERE for details.

You may know how much I love butterflies.  THIS is a great one from Studio Calico.  Made in US – woohoo.  And I coated them in Glossy Accents so they shine.  Used black thread for the antennae – an idea from Shari Carroll.

And HERE are the lovely mixed accents from Hero I used on these.  Love that there are different shades, types (pearls and gems) and sizes all in one.  Self-adhesive.  There are lots of good colors.

Off to hang with the kids.  Night!

Class coming up… and some Ideaology goodness…

If you are in the Cincinnati area, I have a class coming up in Dayton at Simply Scrapbooks.  You can find information HERE.  Jana is teaching a class that day, too – it is a good one.

I am really busy these days – getting ready for a class I am co-teaching with Tim Holtz at a rep show in a couple weeks.  (It is a Ranger/Hero Arts class – sooooo fun.) 

But I wanted to pop in and share something quickly.  I did this for Tim's Ideaology booth at CHA… and I saw it was used in an ad in the recent CK.  The photo is by Lisa Russo – that girl amazes me.  All products are Ideaology – including the new papers…

010110 Ranger Time Flies
Supplies: All products Ideaology from Tim Holtz

I am loving THESE new clocks SO much.  Great for masculine cards…


Also, if you haven't bought it yet, go get it – THIS book by Tim is great – shows lots of step shots.


And can't wait to use THESE.  Want to tuck a little message on the top and then stick it into a flower embellishment on a card.  So fun…

OK… enough quick enabling for this evening.  Off to watch a mindless movie with Audrey.  Smooch.

Hey there

Happy good-TV-night to you all.

Short post tonight.  Was in the ER late last night with Colin – he was unable to talk and couldn't breathe well.  Bad cough.  Took him in and they treated him for croup.  Amazing docs and nurses – so thankful – he was a trooper.  Colin and I have been sick today, but so thankful it is not worse.  Keep thinking the whole time at the hospital about our card drive kids.  That being there is so normal for them.  Makes me pray more.

However… there were things that made me happy today:

  • I love that so many companies are doing 6×6 patterned papers now.  They are so fun to use and I love the small, non-overwhelming patterns.  Check them out HERE.  (THIS and THIS are my faves.)  I have purchased almost all of these.  (I am cutting back on the 12×12 patterned papers I get.)
  • Great new stuff on the Hero website.  Check out HERE.
  • New stamps are available at Hero HERE with free shipping. 
  • LOVE the ideas HERE.
  • … and HERE.
  • THIS made me laugh so hard.  And drool a bit. :)   Just gets better and better the longer you watch.
  • One of my accents is shared HERE on CK's blog.
  • THESE envelopes are such fun.  Love the unique flap.

Thought I would share a card from awhile back.  This was a make and take Hero gave to stores when the new catalog came out.  I sprayed the flower with a mix of Liquid Pearls and water.  Fun…

012010 Hero Make and Take
012010 Hero Make and Take 2
SUPPLIES: Hero Arts flower, greeting and background stamps; Soft Pool and Soft Blossom inks; Liquid Pearls; Hero Arts layering papers; Twine; Mini Misters

Off to rest.  Night!