I just got back in town so I have a bit of catching up to do. I will be back tomorrow with another post.

The lucky winner of Kristina and Crystal's class spot is Lorianna. We emailed you. Congrats and enjoy.

For the rest of ya, be sure to check out the class HERE – it looks incredible. They are having an Early Bird special today and tomorrow where you save $5 when you sign up. AND everyone who takes the class will get a one-time use 40% off coupon towards one of Crystal's digital kits!

Also, Kristina and Crystal mentioned: "We are also offering a class 'Add-on Kit' for those of you who just want our pre-made designs & don't care to design your own. Parts 1 & 3 show you how to navigate blogger & upload your images. So technically, you could take this class without ever touching Photoshop….just skip Part 2: Design Basics. The add-on kit is $20 and will include: 20 Backgrounds, 20 Generic-Themed Banners, 20 Post Dividers, & 20 Pieces of Happy Art."

Again, go HERE to sign up. Looks like fun, and thanks to Kristina and Crystal for the giveaway.

See you tomorrow. :)




Hi! I am out of town but wanted to post about a great giveaway from my friend Kristina. (Forgive me for being a bit late with this – I am out of town and haven't been able to get to internet much.)

Here is the info on this great class…

Have you ever wanted to makeover your blog but weren't sure how? Well, now is your chance when you take this brand new class taught by Crystal Wilkerson & Kristina Proffitt of Blog Designs by Two Happy Mamas. We'll walk you step-by-step through the blog design process!  By the end of the class you'll have a super cute, updated blog that includes a customized background, banner, profile picture, signature, post divider and "happy art".  And the best part is you'll have the knowledge to change it whenever you like in the future!

This is a self-paced course so you can take it on your own time and can refer back to it whenever you'd like.  You'll have access to it forever!  You'll also have access to our class forum if you have any questions. Included with the class are SIX new blog designs! :-D

***Note: This class is geared towards Blogger accounts.  You can sign up for a free account at

Registration Begins: August 30th

Class Starts: September 13th

Cost: $35

Course Type: Self-Paced
Format: Video Online
Length: 12 Lessons
Subject: Basic Blog Design for BLOGGER
Instructors: Crystal Wilkerson & Kristina Proffitt
Works for: Photoshop Elements 6, 7, 8 & Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5
Mac or PC?: Both!

Part 1: Blogger Basics Lesson 1 - Setting Up a Blogger Account
Lesson 2 - Creating a Blog
Lesson 3 - Posting
Lesson 4 - Settings
Part 2: Design Basics
Lesson 1 - Background
Lesson 2 - Banner
Lesson 3 - Photo Frame
Lesson 4 - Happy Art
Lesson 5 - Signature
Lesson 6 - Post Divider
Part 3: Putting It Together
Lesson 1 - Photobucket
Lesson 2 - The Design Tab

You can register for the class at starting on Monday, August 30th.

So, please leave a comment here by Sunday night and I will pick a lucky winner of a spot in this class!

Good luck.

New Hero Arts Holiday Goodness…


I am so excited about Hero’s new holiday line. SO much good stuff – stamps and embellishments.

We have been sharing samples over on the Hero Arts blog, and I thought I would share some of my cards and favorites stamps here.

If you are interested in buying any, you can get them from my favorite stores – 2Peas (HERE), Simon Says Stamps (HERE), Eclectic Paperie (HERE) and Ellen Hutson (HERE).

THIS background just makes my heart happy. Works perfect on any occassion card… loved using it on THIS card…

080310 Ornaments JenMcGuire
For supplies and info, click HERE.

HERE is that gorgeous background…

And how about something a bit cutesy? THIS one fits the bill…

082410 Reindeer JenMcGuireFor supplies and info, click HERE.

Then there is some fun with big snowflakes on THIS card…

082410 Tree and Snowflakes JenMcGuire For supplies and info, click HERE.

Yummy snowflakes HERE


Many people have asked me what my must-haves are, so I thought I would list some here.

  • I, like many others, have wanted a music background for ages. And THIS one, as I mentioned, is perfect for any time of year.
  • THIS background will be great all year round. My new never-put-away-since-I-use-it-so-much stamp.
  • My favorite embellishment? Self-adhesive lace. THIS cream is delightful, as is the white HERE. I usually don’t like self-adhesive trims, but this is well done and sticks good.
  • And, if you don’t want the adhesive, try THIS.
  • THIS one is another great-for-any-card stamp. You will see it used a lot here.
  • THIS funky reindeer looks fab with a huge google eye.
  • Talk about classy… lovin’ THESE leaves.
  • I love how sophisticated THIS set is… and THIS one.
  • Great set of holiday greetings HERE.
  • THIS wreath can be used in so many ways.

And, while I am enabling – ha – be sure to check out all THESE new 6×6 Basic Grey paper pads. Yummmm. (Click on each photo for a closer look and info.)

And, Crate Paper has some great 6×6 pads HERE I had to grab…Crate

OH! And I have a holiday class on September 8 at Stamp Your Art Out where I will be doing lots of techniques using these new products. This is repeat of the Stampaway holiday class. It will be fun – call 513/793/4558 to sign up.

Have a good one. I am off to meet Lucy and Kathy tomorrow… and then to teach at Angela’s Happy Stamper. So excited!


Day 7… last day of our same-stamp challenge…

Before I get started, I just wanted to give the heads up that all the new stamps from Hero Arts are available now HERE at 2peas and HERE at Simon Says Stamps. Go shop! :)

On to the card…

Bummer that this week is over. I am sure I will be doing this again. SO fun. This is Day 7 of my same-stamp challenge with Joy. And instead of a stamp, we decided to go with a Hero Arts digital piece called Oh Boy!

Now, before you panic, using these digital images can be SUPER easy. I just open them… resize… print and color with my Copics. (You can watch a video HERE with tips on doing this.) After adding some fun new Basic Grey papers (more on that below) and my own little collar, leash and greeting, we have these…

082310 Dog Cards JenMcGuire

For this one, I stamped a different background stamp on the top and bottom of the card…

082310 Dog Cards 2 JenMcGuire

I stamped a stripe background on the bottom of this one, and stamped it twice on the top to create the plaid…

082310 Dog Cards 3 JenMcGuire

Each doggie was colored with Copics. I then cut a collar and added Glossy Accents to it for shine. Finally, string for a leash…

082310 Dog Cards 1 JenMcGuireSupplies: Hero Arts stripes and digi dog element; Basic Grey paper; EK Success border punch; Glossy Accents (on collar); Spledid 66 font; Copics.

I am really loving THIS background stamp right now. Works with any style of projects – vintage to cutesy – and can be double stamped to create a stripe. Another cool idea I learned from Shari? Heat emboss this stripe with white powder on a white card. LOVE.

I just adore EK Success border punches. (Have you see all the new ones HERE?) And I am still lovin’ that border punch I used on these. (The little dots don’t show up if you punch with light pressure.) THIS guy is a fave…

Was so excited to use THESE new Basic Grey papers. Delicious, I tell ya. Yum. I find their papers are good for card making because one little strip of it really makes a card shine. And such good quality…

Finally, THIS is the digi kit we used…

Now… time to see Joy’s masterpiece HERE.

See you soon! Off to watch some mindless TV and kit for my big classes at Angela’s Happy Stamper. (By the way, if you are taking my classes there – good news! I went overboard and prepped for 8 cards for each class instead of 6, so we extended the class time 30 minutes. Just for fun. See you there!)


Day 6 of our fun challenge…


Sorry for the delay in posting this today. Very under the weather and my bum hasn’t left the sofa since I got back from church this morning. What a bummer of a way to spend a beautiful Sunday.

But! I wanted to pop in to post the 6th day of my fun using-the-same-stamp challenge with Joy. Today, we both used the Garden Bouquet from Hero Arts.

To create this mini card, I stamped the flowers with a light ink (Antique Linen Distress Ink) and then colored over it with Copics. I then stamped the text background with the same light ink and distressed with Vintage Photo. Easy.

082210 Garden Bouquet JenMcGuire
Supplies: Hero Arts flower, text background, greeting and card; Copic Markers; Distress Inks

HERE is a peek at the stamp we used…


You can see Joy’s gorgeous creation with this stamp HERE.

See you tomorrow!

Will post in a bit…

 … the challenge for the day. Just planted on the sofa right now, under the weather.

Will be back soon.