Once again, I am home… and home for awhile.

My weekend in New York City was unbelievable. The perfect weekend.  I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful I am feeling.  Nichol (from Kansas) and Kelly (who lives in NYC) are true gems, and I am so very thankful to call them friends.  We had such fun laughing, chatting, eating, giggling, eating, walking and eating some more. I was able to cross a few things off my bucket list (including seeing a show on Broadway, etc.) and that feels so good.  Anyone who knows me knows that my mind is always going and never stops, much to my dismay. The only place that had ever made it stop was the Caribbean. However, it turns out the hustle and bustle of NYC shuts it down, too – such a good thing for me.  If you ever have the chance to escape with friends from faraway, do it.  You have no idea how much it will feed your soul.  We all deserve that.

So… lots to catch up on now!  All good stuff.  Before I share a card, I thought I would mention some new classes in a new location!  If you are in the DC area, I will be teaching at Angela's Happy Stamper in August.  Angela has been asking me for a very long time – longer than anyone else – so I knew where to plan my first store trip.  I can't wait and hope to meet a few of you there!  For info, click HERE.

On to a card…

This one is from the Hero Arts site.  I wanted to give a close up of this – the technique is so cool in real life, and so easy to do.  The center piece was white cardstock with the image white heat embossed.  I then rubbed the Hero Arts purple chalk ink over it – swirling it around as I pressed the pad onto the paper.  As it dries, the chalk ink leaves a chalky finish (go figure, huh?) that is super cool.  Take a close look at the center area, you can see it there…

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(c) Hero Arts.  Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (scalloped flower center and flourish background); Hero Arts white embossing powder; Versamark Ink; Soft Lilac Shadow Ink (for background); Hero Arts notecard, gems, flowers; May Arts ribbon; Neenah white cardstock; Hero Hues purple chalk ink.

THIS is the chalk ink that works for this cool look. It is also great for fool-proof stamping, rich colors and tone-on-tone backgrounds…


And the center of the flower has THESE gems and pearls.  60 pieces on here, a mix of colors, sizes, pearls and gems.  What a great way to mix it up…


On another note, a big hug and prayer to all of our military families.  God bless you all for your sacrifices.  You are appreciated and thought of often.

OK… off to check email.  Night!  (Oh, and an update on the Cards for Kids will be coming soon…)

Classes and more…


Some class info…

  • I have a big class coming up again at Simply Scrapbooks on June 12th.  It will have all new cards – and will be such fun.  It will focus on color and fun ways to use it… creating 6 cards – all monochromatic of a different color.  Can't wait.  Please go HERE to sign up – limited seats available.
  • I will also have a class at Stamp Your Art Out on July 13.  This will be a new class, but the same that will be taught at Stampaway.  For questions or to sign up, call 513-793-4558.
  • There are also two other classes at Simply Scrapbooks that I recommend.  The teachers are Jenn Sharkus and Margie Romney-Aslett.  I know both are VERY fun teachers – I plan to go to both!
  • I am starting to make plans for a few teaching opportunities at stores in the US and Canada. I will be announcing the first soon..!

I am heading to NYC tomorrow a girly weekend of fun with my dear Nichol.  We will be hooking up with the fabulous Kelly and I can't wait.  I am hoping to catch some inspirational shots to share here. 

In the meantime, I thought I would share a better look at a card from over on the Hero blog. I remember having fun creating this card.  Not sure why.  I normally don't do much purple, but I remember loving these new stamps and having fun with the design.  I used Copics to dot browns to the center and a bit of highlighting to the petals.  I love how it just seems to bring it to life…

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For supplies, click HERE.

OK… off to love on the dog some.  She is begging. :) Night!

Just a quick enabling post…

You are all gonna hate me.

This post is all about enabling. :)

But it is a good-for-you enabling, but healthy-hobby-stuff-that-makes-you-feel-good enabling.  Right?  Tell your husbands that.  Hee.

  • New new new new new Hero Arts stamps are HERE.  So excited to be able to show you more with these stamps!  (Favorites?  Here they are… THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS and THIS.) 
  • HERE is the personalized stamp I used in the video.  I just love it.  Turns out the girl who sells them is really nice.  Love when that happens.
  • New Tim Holtz embossing folders are HERE!  So excited.  These bad boys work with the Cuttlebug and Sizzix.  Yum.
  • THIS paper makes me happy.  Gonna use THESE on a set of teacher cards for an end-of-the-year present.
  • THIS white pen is my new favorite.  It works.  Hands down.  It really does.  Thanks to my friend, Latrice for showing me it!
  • I am totally addicted THESE circle foam thingies.  They are wonderful.  And American Crafts?  Such a very good company.  Generous and classy.
  • My favorite Copic store just got a TON more in stock.  Check them out HERE. (For info on Copics, click HERE.)

OK… there was my enabling bit.  If you think this is over-the-top enabling, you should talk to me about gardening and flowers.  I will get you spending some serious $$ in no time flat. :)  


How-To Video: Metallic Stamping

Happy Monday, everyone.

Quick video for you this morning showing off the new Metallic Staz-On Inks.  They are wonderful!  They stamp so well on acetate/transparency, paper and more.  This video just shows the basics.  Oh, and forgive my messy hands – a day of gardening and stamping wasn’t good to them…

Here is the card made with Hero Arts stamps.  I know these flowers are usually white, but I added a bit of yellow to make them pop…

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Love the texture of the metallic when it is clear embossed…

052210 Silver StazOn JenMcGuire 2 Supplies: Metallic Staz-On Ink; Hero Arts stamps (flourish background, text background, flowers), clear embossing powder, notecard, Grass Chalk Ink and clear card; Copic Markers (YG17, YG67, Y000, Y11, Y21, Blender); May Arts Ribbon; Doodlebug Button; Neenah white paper; Fiskars Stamp Press (the clear thing with orange feet) and Trimmer; American Crafts pop-dots.

You can get these fab inks HERE.  There are four: Silver, Gold, Copper and Platinum.  I can’t really pick a favorite – sorry – they are all lovely.  They come with a reinker as they need to be reinked often…


(No – they didn’t pay me for this. I just love the product and had to share.)

You can find the Stamp Press (that makes non-wiggle stamping possible) HERE and the trimmer HERE.  As for the other products I used, just click on the links in the green supply list under the card photo above.

OH!  And this week the Hero Arts blog will be giving sneak peeks at all the new stamps about to be released.  Check it out HERE.

Have a good Monday!

Stamping with water…

Hey, there.

Trying like mad to play catch up.  But all I want to do is go out and plant flowers.  My oh my, that is my summer addiction. :)

Thought I would share a card inspired by the project I taught with Tim last month.  For the main floral piece on this, I started with white Neenah cardstock.  I covered it heavily with Broken China Distress Ink until it was totally blue.  I then took the lovely Wildflower Garden stamp and inked it with Versamark.  Before stamping it, I sprayed the stamp with a Perfect Pearl and water mix.  After stamping this on the inked piece, I zapped it with a heat gun.  Thanks to the unique properties of Distress Inks, I am left with the sparkly, ghost-like stamped image.  Lovey that technique…

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The background is Grass Chalk ink on a Grass notecard – both from Hero.  This is a favorite combo of mine.  The flower was white, but then was inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink and sprayed.

Love the silver look of the butterflies.  Just covered Neenah white cardstock with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Sprayed it with lots of pearlized water (Perfect Pearls in water) and let it dry.  Punched… creating metallic accents.  (This finish matches my MacBook Pro exactly – lovely.)

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (dots, flower, greeting) and Grass chalk ink and Grass notecard; Prima flower; Distress Inks; Neenah cardstock; Versamark; Perfect Pearls; Mini Mister; Punch; Pin; Papertrey Ink button; Creative Impressions silk ribbon and twine.

I get a lot of questions on the Perfect Pearls I use.  The white-silver-like one I like is called Perfect Pearl.  So, it's full name is "Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls."  Nice and confusing, eh?  You can find the right one HERE – can't beat the price…


Oh, and THIS is my current most-used stamp set. Delicious.


Off to put laundry away.  Jealous, aren't you?  Blech.

Night! :)



Just landed home from my fabulous trip to San Fran.  Love that city so very much.

I will be back tomorrow with some fun things to share.  Exhausted from the big day.

But I did want to mention the winners of the giveaways from last week.  The Lily Bee goodies go to Vera Yates and the CK book goes to Ashley Nguyen Newell.  I will email ya.

See you soon.