Baby Cards


Before sharing some cards, I gotta share with you a few comments people left on my blog yesterday. I had mentioned that I had spent a lot of time with my son on his class Valentines and ignored my cleaning and laundry and such. Many of you left comments relating to this choice I made – love that about crafters! Here are two of my favorite comments:

Samantha said, “My girls are 22 and 16. These kind of things, and the time spent together, are what they remember, which is worth every second and cent spent doing them, and all the other things left undone. Screw the laundry.”

So true, so true.

And Karen said, “These are so cute! I can just see you snuggled up together, having some together time getting these done and Colin getting better. BTW, no justification needed. I remember a great stamp (Hanna Stamps maybe???) that said “A clean house is a sign of a lazy stamper.” Now those are words to live by!”

Ha – true also. Just thought these ladies were so right. We crafters know how to use our time well. :)

Now… on to another project that took a lot of time and left a lot of dust and laundry to pile up… hee.

My son’s wonderful teacher had a baby on Christmas Eve. So, over the holidays I spent a lot of time coloring little bears to put on a set of notecards for her…

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I printed the baby’s name on Neenah white cardstock and then stamped the Papertrey Ink bear over them. Then my 13-year old step-daughter and I spent lots of time together coloring them all…

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I am not sure how many cards we did, but there were a lot…

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The insides were blank so she could use them as thank you notes. And the bears had a little touch of glitter pen and Glossy Accents for shine. The bows on their necks were colored with Copics to match the bears perfectly…

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And I put them all in a few clear boxes…

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… with matching stamped envelopes and a bow to finish…020211 Vivian 7 JenMcGuire
Yes, it took a ton of time. But it was so worth it. Colin saw me put the care into the gift. And Audrey and I chatted about boys and vacations over hours of coloring. So, if you ask me, it was time well spent. :)

And his teacher loved them.

Thanks for stopping by today. I have more giveaways this week. But in the meantime I will be sending some Hero Arts stamps to Samantha and Karen for their wonderful comments. Thanks, girls!

See you tomorrow…


Card Supplies:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope your day is wonderful.

I spent most of this afternoon working on Valentines for Colin’s classmates – love it. Colin and I initially intended to create these together – having him do all the coloring. But after he was up all night with a double ear infection (and 3 hours at an urgent care this AM), I ended up doing the coloring while snuggled up on the sofa with him. He helped with assembly and such though. He loves when we do things for his classmates.

Here is a peek at what we created for 22 adorable kiddos…

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I used Hero Arts robot, background and quote balloon stamps and little letters from Papertrey Ink. (See links at the bottom of this post – all supplies will be there.)

I created the message on my computer and stamped the quote balloon around it.

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Colin stamped “beep” repeatedly on each piece with Soft Pool Ink. After coloring the robots, I added a bit of shine with a glitter pen and some fun with google eyes.

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The red is an envelope that holds a little gift…
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In the envelope is a tiny bag with a mini notebook and a fun small mechanical pencil.

These are such fun to create. I bought mini composition books (for less than 50 cents) and covered the front. The pencil image is from a Hero Arts digital kit and I added the face to it for fun. The smile actually is a Hero Arts stamp in THIS set – made it fast and easy. Then we stamped stars on the background.

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Printing digital pieces like this makes crafting so much faster. But then by adding a bit of stamping and google eyes, it looks lovingly handmade.

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I am sure many parents will wonder why I put so much time into these. Or that I must have so much time on my hands to create things like this. But it is just a choice I make – I love to make these fun little gifts because I know it makes them happy. In the meantime, my house is a mess and the laundry didn’t get done. Oh well. :)

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Oh, and good news. I have some giveaways this week. Hint, hint. ;)

Take care.


Project Supplies:

A bit of enabling…

Hey there.

I haven't done much enabling lately, so I figured it was time. :) There are lots of great goodies popping up thanks to the recent CHA show.

First up? The new Distress Ink Stains. Yes, you need these. Yes, there are many fabulous techniques that you can use these for. Yes, I will be sharing lots with them soon! :) You can find them all HERE.

Next we have these fun big letter stamps from Hero Arts. Love how big they are and the price is really great. (Find them HERE.)

Quite some time ago I found some great little flowers on and have loved using them. Now they are available through Prima! These are such fun to use… plastic and durable and great for any crafting. (Find them HERE.)

Here is a card I did several months ago using a similar flower…

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We are redoing the kid's bathroom starting on Monday. Completely gutting it. Blech. But once it is done I am covering the walls with happy art. Lots of happy art. HERE is my currect fave…

Totally random here: Looking for a good and healthy recipe? Try THIS one for Panko-Crusted Salmon from the Barefoot Contessa. We love it – and Colin swears it makes him run faster. :)

I'm off to watch a movie. Inside Man. Anyone seen it?


Handmade Valentine Ideas


Just got home from our fabulous vacation. I have a lot to catch up on, but wanted to pop in and share a bit.

Colin and I are trying to decide what to do for his Valentines this year. In the meantime, I thought I would share here what we did the last two years in case they inspire you.

We don't put candy in ours – we try to avoid too much of that as does his school. Last year we did little craft kits for them to create with at home… (For more photos of the projects and instructions, click HERE.)


Those were SO much fun to put together. The little crafts? Those were from cheap Hobby Lobby tubs. Love.

The year before, we created little folded bags holding mini coloring pages and markers. Easy and fun… (Click HERE for more info and photos.)



I am stumped on what little goodies to include this year. Any ideas? I may just go with pencils. Hmmm…

See you soon with some more sharing!

greetings from brussels!

Hello! I am on vacation in Europe for the week. I had loaded lots of photos into my albums on Typepad so I could write posts while I am here. But for some reason it is stuck and I am having no luck.
So I will post when I get home later this week. In the meantime, if you like travel photos, you can check out my photos on Twitter.
Have a good day. I am off to dinner and a delicious Belgian beer.

A good laugh


I am heading to Europe tomorrow to meet Ken for a week. Gran and Pa will be staying here – Camp Gran. :) I will share from the road!

In the meantime, just wanted to share some laughs.

When Shari (fellow Hero Arts artist) and I are together, we often get the giggles.

We usually start by taking care of each other…

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Then smiling…

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Then doing something totally immature…

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And that makes us laugh. Hard.

And then we have to get serious. This was a video we did for the Hero Arts blog. But you gotta watch Shari at the beginning. SO funny – we laughed so hard. (And thankfully our boss cracked up too. :)


We have such fun.

And it was great having two of my favorite people finally meet – Shari and Kelly.

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Good times. I love my job.

BTW, the winners of the In The Classroom DVDs from the other day are mommamikki and Vee P. I emailed you!

See you soon – from across the world!