How-To Video: Pearlized Resist

Hey, folks!

I am spending today catching up on things and thought I would pop in to share some of the fun I had last week on the Hero Arts blog in case you missed it.  And, yep, there is a video…

The week was about the resist technique.  If you aren’t familiar with traditional or embossed resist (just two of many that there are), here are the basics…

Traditional Resist = Glossy Paper + Stamping with Ink that Resists (such as Versamark) + Most Dye/Chalk Inks on Top

Embossed Resist = Any Paper + Heat Embossed Image + Most Dye/Chalk/Pigment/Paint Inks on Top

So, first up?  Traditional resist.  If you are interested in the supplies or how-tos, click on the link below the photo…

061310 Resist 2 JenMcGuire
061310 Resist JenMcGuire
(c) Hero Arts.  For supplies and instructions, click HERE.

Next, a bit of embossed resist…

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

And, now for the video.  A fun twist on embossed resist…

061510 Pearlized Resist JenMcGuire
(c) Hero Arts.  For more info, click HERE.

Next was embossed resist with markers.  LOVE doing this…

061610 Marker Resist JenMcGuire
(c) Hero Arts.  More info HERE.

Not sure what is up with all the purple I have been using.  Maybe it is the teenage girls around here rubbing off on me. :)

Off to do email.  Happy Monday…

Birthday wishes and giveaways winners…

Hey there!

First, I wanted to announce the winners of the four Tim Holtz dies: Denise, Shari, Carol and Jen Shipley.  I will email you each.

Also, I wanted to do a huge shout out to my sweet step-daughter, Kay, who turned 15 today.  We decided to surprise her with a gift that would make her smile big time.

This weekend, Kay and I are headed to NYC for a few Broadway shows and site-seeing and eating and fun.

Kay loves theater and acting and wants to live in NYC someday.  (In fact, she is redoing her room to be an NYC-theme.)  So, tonight, when we told her we were going, she was one very happy girl.  Love this face…

Kay Finding out NYC 

Kay is proof for every mom out there that teenage girls can be delightful, kind and wonderful.

And, along with our family tradition, she was silly-stringed.  This time she had two cans exploding at her – one from each of her siblings…

Kay Silly String

The two of us will have such fun in NYC.  We could chat for days… check out cute boys… eat… shop… laugh… chat… eat… take pictures.  I am so so so so very blessed to be her mum.  SO very blessed.

Kay and I

And one of the best things about going to NYC is that Kay will get to meet my friend Kelly.  Kelly is an amazing gal with such a sense of who she is, adventure and appreciation of life.  I would love Kay to grow up to be like Kelly, so this will be very special for me.

I will be tweeting throughout the weekend.  Can't wait.

Thoughtful gals…


My birthday was over the weekend (can't believe I am 35 already) and I received lots of great handmade cards and such from some very thoughtful gals.

First up?  My 15-year-old, Kay, made this adorable book of coupons for me.  So thoughtful…

Kay Gift

Audrey got me a Starbucks gift certificate with an offer to run and get it for me whenever I want some. And, she made a giant card for me.  So fun – she combined two stamps together to make the queen on here.  She is always so creative in turning one stamp into something else.

Audrey gift

Colin gave me some garden clippers.  He was very proud of his thoughtful gift – even wrote my name on them a few times with Sharpies. :)

And Jana gave me THIS gorgeous card.  So stunning…

Jana Card4

Another random thing… my favorite adhesive is in stock with a free refill HERE.  Off to buy lots…


Have a happy Wednesday.

Creative Kids


For all your close-to-Cincinnati folks, my step-daughter, Kay, will be teaching another kids class next week.  It will fill up quick – call 513.793.4558 to sign up.  These classes are TONS of fun.

Creative Kids class with Kay McGuire  June 24 6-8 pm
Join Kay McGuire (with mum Jennifer McGuire, a designer for Hero Arts) for a kids cardmaking class. Kay (age 15) will be sharing fun techniques in creating five cards with new Hero Arts stamps. Students ages 7-15. All supplies provided. Cost $16 all students will receive a free stamp.

More soon…

Cricut Cartridges for Sale…


Just a quick post for tonight.  I am clearing out some extra stuff I have in order to raise some cash to mail the Cards for Kids stuff.  I have the following Cricut cartridges for sale – box and all.  $20 each, includes shipping and a few extra goodies, US only (sorry.)  I have these for sale…


  • Fabulous Finds
  • All Mixed Up
  • Mini Monograms
  • Makin' the Grade
  • Doodletype
  • ZooBalloo
  • Christmas Cheer
  • Beyond Birthdays
  • Tags, Bags, & Boxes
  • Alphalicious
  • Going Places
  • Opposites Attract

Please EMAIL me if you are interested and which ones you would want.  Thanks!

In the meantime, I still have four great giveaways going on HERE.


Four FABULOUS Giveaways!

Hey, folks.  Happy Monday.

I have a fabulously wonderful giveaway for four lucky winners… and we have Heidi over at Simon Says Stamps to thank!  She is a total sweetheart and said she wanted to send me a huge box full of Tim Holtz Alteration dies to giveaway.  How cool is that?!  I am saving a few for the Cards for Kids prizes and for future giveaways, but wanted to go ahead and give some away now.  So… here is what you can win… (By the way, these work with most all die cut machines – Cuttlebug, Sizzix, etc.)

SSS Prize

Also, I thought I would share a card I made using one of these dies.  I happened to use a "reject" piece from a card I made for the Hero Arts Blog.  (Which, btw, I am hosting this week HERE – come visit me there!)  THIS die just look so fab on the front of a card…

061410 Die Cut Resist JenMcGuire
061410 Die Cut Resist 2 JenMcGuire
Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (flowers, greeting, background), notecards, pearl, ink; Tim Holtz Alterations label die; ribbon from NYC shop

So, again, a huge thanks for this giveaway from Simon Says Stamps.  This is one of my favorite stores with great service.  You can find their site HERE… their blog HERE… their twitter page HERE… and their facebook page HERE. Thanks for your generosity, Heidi!

For your chance to win, just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST telling me what your favorite must-have tools are right now.  (These dies are mine.)  And I will pick FOUR lucky winners – each who will win one of the dies above.

Off to watch the rest of The Bachelor.  For the first time, I am letting the girls watch it.  And let me tell you, we are laughing to the point of tears.  Audrey is most excellent at imitating these guys.  Too funny.