Day 4 of Inspired Stamp Challenge Week + Giveaway!

It's Day 4 of my Inspired Stamp Challenge Week with Jill Foster. Be sure to check out Jill's creation HERE next. That girl is amazing.

For today's challenge, we will both be using the Hero Arts Elegant Weeds cling stamp set and THIS remarkable card by Jill for inspiration…

Here is my take on these goodies. I used the Tim Holtz Baroque die cut, lots of Distress Ink, an EK Success punch, an etsy flower and some pearlized water. Fun fun fun to make. I trimmed the edges of the Baroque die cuts to make it more square, and I flicked pearlized water on the completed project for flecks of shine. (Jill is master of the artsy flick. :)

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092310 JF Day 4 JenMcGuire 2Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (weeds, text, greeting); Tim Holtz Baroque die cut; Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw and Pumice Stone Distress Inks; EK Success label punch; Esty flower; string' Punch Bunch mini butterfly punch; Perfect Pearl + water

And, yes, if you don't have Tim's Baroque die, just go buy it. You will be happy you did. Such an elegant shape and another must-have…


I also am finding myself reaching for THIS great label punch from EK Success more and more. So quick and versatile. Lovely…

Be sure to check out Jill's creation HERE next.


Fun links…

  • You MUST go check out THIS fabulous canvas my Shari did. WOW.
  • In love with THIS necklace. And THIS.
  • No one can color like Kathy Racoosin. Hands down. Check THIS out.
  • Mariana amazes me as always HERE.


And, how about a giveaway? At a show this past spring, I got to meet Nikki Sivils (and her cute pup!) and she sent lots of goodies to me. I thought I would give a few things away here – several fun, clear stamp sets. (If you want to see more of her product, click HERE.) Just leave a comment by Sunday night for a chance to win…

Happy Friday. I am headed to a scrapbook retreat. Can't wait…

Day 3 of Inspired Stamp Challenge Week

After a day off, we are back to our Inspired Stamp Challenge Week – Day 3. Be sure to check out Jill's creation HERE next.

Today, Jill and I will both be using the Hero Arts Tall Flower stamp, along with THIS card by Jill for inspiration…

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And here is my take on this challenge. I cut the card to 4.25"x4.25" and let the flower stick off the top. The images are embossed, making it easier to paint the flowers with Twinkling H2Os. So much fun. And those adorable light dot papers? That is from a pack of 6×6 papers from PoppyStamps, which is run by Memory Box Dave's kids. So cool.

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092210 JF Day 3 JenMcGuire 2Supplies: Hero Arts flower stamp; A Muse greeting; Poppy Stamps and Bo Bunny paper; Sewing machine; Twinlking H2Os

I am getting lots of questions on Twinkling H2Os. They can be used like watercolor (with lots of water) or like a thicker paint (with less water) and always leave amazing shine. You will love them – promise. You can find them HERE.

I had Twinks a long time ago but never used them. Thanks to an AWESOME class I took with Dave from Memory Box (who used to be an engineer, too!), I am now in love with them again. This card has a piece I made in class with him. The background is done with Twinks, and then we just stamped on it. Lovely results in real life…

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Supplies: Memory Box stamp; Twinkling H2Os; Hero Arts greeting and background

By the way, that plaid background? It is THIS stamp stamped once in each direction, creating the plaid. Fun.


More tomorrow. :)

Announcements and such…


Lots of random stuff today.

First… sign ups started today for my big classes at Scrapbook Centrale in Quebec. Check HERE if you are interested. This will be a fantastic weekend!


Check out the new hard case I got for my iPhone. Heard about it from my friend Erin and immediately ordered one. I am in LOVE. Big time. Get one HERE from Uncommon.



Just some fun links:

  • Great cards HERE.
  • More fun Scrapfest photos HERE thanks to Brit.
  • I added a few of THESE to my scrapbook room and love them.
  • We switched a few months ago to all cloth napkins. So very very very happy we did. Favorites? THESE, THESE and THESE from Crate and Barrell. Thankfully they come out of the dryer looking good. That was a must for me – many need ironing. (No way!)


 OK… off to work. Take care.


Day 2 of Inspired Stamp Challenge Week & Cards for Kids Update

Welcome back to an Inspired Stamp Challenge Week I am doing with my friend, Jill. After visiting here, please be sure to head to her blog.

For this day, we will both be using the Hero Arts Floating Garden stamp and will both be inspired by THIS great card by Jill…

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And here is my creation. I loved her oval piece with the torn area on the bottom, so I decided to do that same look with a Tim Holtz die cut.

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (Floating Garden, background flower); Ranger Verdigris embossing powder; Tim Holtz Die Cut; Distress Inks; A Muse pearls

Now, be sure to head to Jill's blog HERE to see her creation.

And! We have winners of the Kiss and Tell stamp giveaway – Sav O'Gwynn and Amy. Remember you can still order your own. If you mention my blog (put "Jennifer McGuire Ink" in the message-to-seller during checkout), she will give you a 10% refund within 24 hour of purchase. Order HERE. And check out these photos Karissa from Kiss and Tell sent of her products. Yum…

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One last thing – a quick update on Cards for Kids. If you sent cards, please check the list HERE and let Jana know if you were missed. We will draw prizes soon and start the next round. Thanks!

Inspired Stamp Challenge Week

Happy Monday!

A few weeks ago, I did a same-stamp challenge with my dear, talented friend Joy Taylor. We had just been talking and feeling inspired by each other, so I had the idea to do the week of fun. And we loved it! So, I decided to do this more often.

So, I am excited to start a same-stamp challenge week with another person I admire so much – Jill Foster. But we are going to add another element to the challenge. We are going to not only both use the same stamp, but also use the same source of inspiration. Fun, huh?

The reason we decided to add the inspiration element is because Jill's incredible blog is based on the "inspired by" idea. Each week she picks an fellow cardmaker. Each day she picks a card that cardmaker made and shows a card she created inspired by it. Love this concept.

So, let's get started.

Here is the stamp we decided to use for Day 1, along with an inspiration card I picked of Jill's…

And here is my card. To be honest? I hate it. Ha. I wanted warm, fall colors, but it looks just awful. Ha. But it is what it is, so here it is. (Like that line?) I am not picky about what I create. :) Jill's inspiration card is a masterpiece – I wish I would have done it justice! Anyway, here it is…

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (flower, greeting, background), card, paper and accents; Twinkling H2Os (for all coloring); Versafine Black (for embossing flower); Clear Embossing Powder; Basic Grey Paper

Lots going on on this card. Everything was done with Twinkling H2Os – the painted circle, flower and stamped background. THIS background stamp is so good for inked backgrounds…

And THIS is still my favorite greeting stamp set of all time. Period.

Be sure to check out Jill's take on this stamp and inspiration HERE. She is amazing – I am sure it will be wonderful.

BTW… to all you amazing gals I saw this past weekend at Scrapfest – THANK YOU. You were all so fun, wonderful, warm and encouraging. My favorite part was having dinner with lots of Hero Arts Flickr girls – so fun. Love to you all. If any of you have pics, please email me. I did see this one from my new friend Barb and stole it from her blog. It totally captures Shari and I. Love my silly Shari…


Happy day to you.

Creating Keepsakes guest blogger

Happy Friday. Yay.

Today I am the guest blogger over on the Creating Keepsakes blog. This blog is such fun – love when they share inspiration.

Here are some peeks at my projects, but ya gotta go to the CK blog to see all the details, steps and a GIVEAWAY…

CK peek

Back to Scrapfest…