In California…

Hi! I am having trouble posting from here, but will soon. In the meantime, I have shared lots over on Twitter from the Hero Arts event. (To see the tweets, just click on the Twitter feed over on my sidebar.). It feels so good to have my Hero family spend a bit of time with part of my family. Makes my heart soar. Off to explore San Francisco a bit. More soon…

Heading to Hero…


I am thrilled to be getting to spend the next several days with Ken, Colin and my sweet mother-in-law at Hero Arts in California.  (Wishing the girls could join us, too, but they have school.  Boo!  But a big thanks to my parents who are staying at my house to take care of Roxie.)  While there, Shari and I will be teaching a TON of classes to many store owners.  Lots of fun times – I will be sure to share photos while there.

In the meantime, here are a couple cards from a class I taught this week.  They were very inspired by my Shari.  For the darker card, I inked up the stamp with many colors of Distress Ink… gave the inked stamp a few spritzes of water and stamped.  Then, without cleaning OR re-inking the stamp, I spritzed it a few more times and stamped it again – resulting in the lighter stamped image on the other card.  Love this technique, and rumor has it that Shari will be doing a video over on the Hero blog sometime soooooon featuring it. :)

051010 Class Cards Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (flower, greeting, dots) and cards and gems; EK Success border punch; Creative Impressions twine; Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge)

A little tip: This works best with the darker colors of Distress Inks.

Oh… and there I go using my new favorite punch. (By the way, those dots don't really emboss if you don't press to hard, so you can end up with just a great scallop edge.)


And… just got THIS – can't wait to use it lots.  It is a wide, 1" corner rounder.  Awesome…


One more thing. :)   Remember when I mentioned you could use velcro to hold ink blending foam to the bottom of your Distress Inks?  Check out Heather's blog HERE for a how-to.

Be back soon with some photos from our weekend fun.  Lots of stampin' goodness!

Some Lily Bee fun… and giveaway!

You know how much I love good companies… especially those who make their product in the USA.  Well, Lily Bee Designs fits this bill, so I was honored when they asked me to guest on their blog.

I am just going to share peeks here, so to see the whole projects, you must go HERE.

I just love the yummy colors of THIS line…

050910 Lily 3 JenMcGuire

Their shaped piece make me giddy…

050910 Lily 2 JenMcGuire 

And their rub-ons are so unique and creative…

050910 Lily 6 JenMcGuire

So, head on over to Lily Bee and see the fun I had using their colorful products. 

Also, they were sweet and said I could do a giveaway!  Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST telling me which Lily Bee line is your favorite.  (Click HERE to see them all.)  My favorite is the Lovely line, so that is what one lucky winner will get…

Good luck.

Thanks for stopping by!

Fast and Fresh Giveaway…

Good evening!  Thanks for all the well wishes coming from my fellow twitter folks.  Colin and I have been slammed big time by allergies – we are doing pretty rough.  But we will be fine.  I had a class tonight, which I made through thanks to some meds. :)

Wanted to do a post before heading to bed…

First, quickly, I wanted to announce that Kellie Cox is the winner of the My Favorite Things stamp giveaway.  Congrats!

Next, I have another giveaway!

Creating Keepsakes has a new special issue out that I LOVE.  It is called Fast and Fresh Scrapbooks and it goes on sale today.  Want a sneak peek?  Just click HERE.  Sweet, huh?  One thing I love about the book is it has a lot of great tips, along with yummy page ideas.

If you would like to get your copy, use code "FAST-BLOG" for 20% off your purchase at the Creating Keepakes Shop HERE between May 10-31.

In the meantime, I have a copy to give away!  Just leave a comment by Friday at 11:59pmEST telling me your favorite idea book or site and I will pick a winner of this new book…


(Another quick note: If you are in the Cincinnati/Dayton area, Jana is teaching a Copic class at Simply Scrapbooks.  This will be a GREAT class – click HERE for info.)

Winners galore!

OK… these giveaways were fun.  So, I have some more planned for this week.  Stick around! :)

We have lots of winners from this week…

The winner of the Color Cubbies is Elaine.

The winner of the two Sizzix embossing folder sets is AralMo.

The winner of the Elle's Studio goodies is Deb Neerman.

The winner of the Stampin' Up goodies is Denise M.

The winner of the A Muse stamps is Sarah Mullanix

The winner of the Fiskars stamp presses are SmilynStef (small) and Isha (big).

The winners of the My Favorite Things stamps will be announced tomorrow and is still open.

Have a happy night. :)



I will be back with the winners list a bit later.  Colin is home from school today with yucky coughs, so I gotta get my snuggles in. :)

Just wanted to say quickly that if you are in the Cincinnati area, Jana and I will be co-teaching a class tomorrow night at Stamp Your Art Out.  I am not sure if there are openings, but it will be a fun class.  We said we were doing 6 cards, but I think it will be 8. :)   Call 513.793.4558 if you are interested.

Also, sweet Mary Kay just shipped off a ton of cards for this latest card drive batch.  We will update the info and numbers soon.  The drive will be continuing, but the details of the prizes won't be announced until the beginning of June.  We may add one more little one in addition to the kids we have.  So you can keep making cards in the meantime. :)

Be back soon!