Challenge Day 5 + giveaway

Happy Friday. (Boy… that is music to my ears.)

It is Day 5 of my fun challenge with Joy. Today? Today we both used the fabulous Hero Arts Dogwood stamp.

After stamping the kraft card with Hero Hues White Chalk Ink and the dots background, I stamped the dogwood with black ink. I then heavily colored the image with colored pencils. (I put the coloring on so thick that you can't see the kraft background through it.) And after a bit of blending with a blending pencil, I had this…

082010 Dogwood JenMcGuire Supplies: Hero Arts dogwood, dots and greeting; Hero Arts kraft notecard; Hero Hues White Chalk Ink; Colored pencils; Blending pencil; Antique Linen Distress Stickles

Forgot to mention – I added Antique Linen Distress Stickles to the center of the flowers. When it dries, it looks like tiny flakes of fools gold. Love.

Many people ask – THESE are the kraft notecards I love. They have matching envelopes…


And THIS is the fab stamp we used…


Be sure to check out Joy's take on this stamp HERE. She is amazingly talented.

Oh – and I picked/emailed two random giveaway winners of this Tim Holtz die: Cher (who left a comment on my post) and Kelly Massman who left a comment on Joy's)…

(And a big thanks to Simon Says Stamps for donating these prizes!)

More tomorrow!

Day 4 and I am cuckoo…

Hey there.

It's Day 4 of my week-long challenge with Joy… and we are using Hero Arts Cuckoo stamp set

081910 Clocks JenMcGuire
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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps and notecard; Fiskars heart punch; Glossy Accents

To make the clocks pop, I covered the face with Glossy Accents… and I did the same with the punched hearts.

Simple. :)

HERE is the clock set…

Be sure to check out what masterpiece Joy creates with the same set HERE. Oh, and I have two giveaways. Maybe I will pick a lucky commenter here and on Joy's blog… :)

See you tomorrow.

Day 3 of fun challenge…

Happy Thursday. I wanted to give a quick thank you for all you fabulous crafters who participated in the Lawn Fawn Cards for Kids Blog Hop yesterday. What amazing cards! THANK YOU so much. If you missed it, click HERE to start. It is well worth the hop.

Today is Day 3 of my fun challenge with Joy, and we will both be using the fun Cupcakes set from Hero Arts.

I have used this set a TON, so I decided to change it up a bit. I stamped just the top of a cupcake and then drew a ice cream cone under it instead. I colored it with Copics and added Rock Candy Stickles to the ice cream and Glossy Accents to the cheery and patterned paper dots. Looks cool in real life.

BTW… these papers are from Studio Calico. I love their products and it turns out they work well for cards, too…

081810 Ice Cream 2 JenMcGuire
081810 Ice Cream JenMcGuire
Supplies: Hero Arts (ice cream and cherry); A Muse greeting stamp; Studio Calico ledger and green papers; Doodlebug red paper; Rock Candy Stickles; Glossy Accents; Copics; sewing machine

So THIS is the set Joy and I both used…


I am totally addicted to Rock Candy Distress Stickles (HERE) these days. It goes on wet, but dries matte – leaving just what looks like tiny specks of glass. A must have for any crafter…

And I also use my Glossy Accents (HERE) a lot for adding shine to finished projects. See the white dots on the green strip up there? I put a drop of Glossy Accents on each and it looks so fun. I also use Glossy Accents behind EVERY embellishment I add to a card that goes through the mail. Every one, every time…


Love the Studio Calico papers I used. Can't wait to order this next set from them HERE

Be sure to visit Joy's blog HERE to see her take on the cupcake stamps!

See you tomorrow.

Cards For Kids and Lawn Fawn Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Cards for Kids and Lawn Fawn Blog Hop!

First of all, I gotta give a big thanks to Kelly, the owner of Lawn Fawn Stamps, for putting together this blog hop to support my Cards for Kids efforts. All the cards you will see on this blog hop will be creations perfect for children. And! Kelly is giving away lots of prizes, so be sure to leave comments along the way. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, click HERE.

Nothing fancy here, but I still hope it will make Kylie smile. Used Lawn Fawn stamps (border for background and greeting), a Memory Box shiny notecard and more…

081710 Cards for Kids Lawn JenMcGuire
081710 Cards for Kids Lawn 1 JenMcGuire
Supplies: Lawn Fawn stamps; embossing folder; Handmade button; Silhouette cut heart; Memory Box Notecard

(By the way, that shiny card from Memory Box comes with matching envelopes and is 3.5"x5" – LOVE it.)

And, I couldn't stop there. This one is for Emily P. Uses a wood button I have had forever…

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Supplies: Lawn Fawn stamp and random buttons.

If you never have seen Lawn Fawn stamps, be sure to check them out HERE. They are made in the USA which means they are super quality – something that is really important with getting good results. Love them… and these are my faves:


 I used THIS set on the post HERE and HEREYhst-75491472215926_2120_16914193
THIS one is too cute, too…

I also thought I would share the card Audrey made Ken for Father's day using this set. LOVE the button apples…

By Audrey McGuire. Supplies: Lawn Fawn stamps and Hero Arts greeting.

Be sure to come back tomorrow – I will be back to my challenge with Joy for Day 3. And, I have some giveaways to some random comments this week… ;)

NOW… to keep going on the blog hop, click HERE to go back to Lawn Fawn.

Have a good one.

PS: The winner of the great necklace from last week is Alice W.

A cooking challenge


It's day 2 of my fun little challenge with the amazingly-talented Joy Taylor. Today, we will both be using the Hero Arts What's Cooking set.

I kept it pretty simple by stamping the apron on Basic Grey paper and adding shading with Copics. I then went a little nuts and decided to braid string to make the apron strings. (Ha.) I used white string and then colored the braids with Copics to match the paper. Fun and easy… does it get any better?

081610 Cooking JenMcGuire
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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (apron + greeting, definition, dots); Distress Inks; Tim Holtz edge distresser; Glossy Accents (on the hearts); Basic Grey paper; string; Copics.

Here is the set we used…


I also wanted to show THIS Basic Grey 6×6 pad that I like so much – the one I used for the apron. It is great for cards because the colors are soft and they are small scale prints. Perfect…


And to see Joy's creation (which I don't get to see until she posts – can't wait!), click HERE.

More tomorrow…

A fun little challenge…

Hi, there!

I have been enjoying the last two days. After working endlessly on a big project for Hero Arts and for big classes at Stampaway, I took a few days to enjoy. Shari left yesterday (sad) and Carol decided to stay a few extra days (happy). Jana has joined us for some craft organization and such around here. And my in-laws also came into town today! Will be a great week. Colin is so happy.

But today I have something fun to share.

My sweet friend, Joy, and I decided to do a 7-day blog challenge. Each day we will share a card we both made with the same stamp. Joy is amazingly talented, so I look forward to this! You can see her work HERE.

We are kicking the challenge off by both using the Hero Arts Flowing Flowers and Leaves stamp.

081510 Sympathy

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Supplies: Hero Arts background; A Muse greeting; May Arts ribbon; Distress Inks; Perfect Pearls in water; Etsy flowers; Staz-On Ink.

And here is the background…

To create the background, I just embossed with white powder on watercolor paper. I then rubbed on lots of Distress Ink and sprayed with a Perfect Pearl and water mix. (You can see a video on this technique HERE.) After letting dry, I added lots of embellishments and the Staz-On Ink stamped greeting.

And to see Joy's creation (which I haven't seen yet but I KNOW will be fab), click HERE.

Off to hang out with the guests. Hugs all around.