New Card Drive! Cards That Care

Hello! I am so very excited to announce a new card drive: Cards That Care.

For this card drive, we are collecting cards for the elderly in nursing homes… just in time for the holidays.

I have teamed up with the sweet Vera Yates. (Thank you, Vera, for getting this going!) And Jana will be back to help along the way, too. (Kristina will be sitting this card drive out as she focuses her efforts on Caylin’s Cure.)

So here is the story…

You know what they say… “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But for the elderly living in nursing homes, the holidays can sometimes cause loneliness as they are away from family. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if we can bring a smile to their face & brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten…

We hope that many of you will help and join us in our effort to spread joy & cheer.

A few important details:

  • We will need to receive your cards by November 30, 2011.
  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card, your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • All cards need to have a message in it.  Please also sign your name and where you are from.  No need to put anything on the front of the envelope. Also, please don’t seal the envelope.
  • All size cards are ok. Just please send them in an envelope.
  • Please stick to just cards.
  • And please don’t use any pins (safety reason).
  • You can mail the cards  to either one of us:

Jennifer McGuire
P.O. Box 428612
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Vera Yates
P.O Box 17596
Sugar Land, TX 77496

  • In each package, PLEASE include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and how many cards you sent.  This helps us in keeping track for prizes! For each card you send, you will get a chance at a prize.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances.
  • A few months ago, I had asked for volunteers to take cards to nursing homes. If you were one who contacted me to let me know your nursing home gave you the “OK” to do this, please email me again. I don’t want to miss anyone!

To thank you for your generosity in supporting this drive, we have PRIZES ready for several winners. Remember… the more cards you send the better your chances. Vera will be updating the prize list as more prizes come in – you can see the prize list HERE. And big thank you to all the fabulous companies who are supporting our card drive by donating awesome prizes! So far we have prizes from:

If you have questions, please let me know. And remember, you have until November 31 to send your holiday cards. Thank you!

(By the way, the winner of the Studio Calico kit is Kelli W.)

Studio Calico Giveaway!

Hey, everyone. Welcome to a fun blog hop for Studio Calico…

The gals on the Design Team over at Studio Calico are doing a blog hop in celebration of the October Kit – “Field Guide.” And although I am not on the team (I just do technique videos for them each month), they asked if I would play along. And since it means I get to give away a kit to a lucky reader… I had to say yes! Each girl will be giving away a kit, so be sure to head over to the Studio Calico blog next for links to all the artist blogs.

Here is the October Kit that rocks big time. Adore the chipboard butterflies and fun tapes…

Fun, huh?

For a chance to win this kit, leave a comment here by Sunday night. Easy as that!

Remember, each SC girl will be giving away a kit, so be sure to head over to the Studio Calico blog next for links to all the artist blogs.

Good luck!

Announcing Holiday Card Boot Camp!

I am so excited to announce my next adventure with my friend Kristina Werner

Have you taken a peek at your calendar recently? The holidays are just around the corner! We’re here to help you check hand crafted holiday cards off your to-do list! Join Kristina Werner, myself, and 12 of our most talented friends as we walk you through how to create your own 2011 holiday card in Holiday Card Boot Camp. Whether you’re hoping to create a card that includes photos, a newsletter, a gift card or more – you’re sure to be inspired. This class includes easy to mass-produce cards, 16 videos, card sketches, and stamping and cardmaking techniques.

Holiday Card Boot Camp runs November 7-21, but all content will always be available after signing up! This fabulous class is only $29 and includes many prizes, along with discount codes to favorite online stores.

For more class information or to register, click HERE.

I have three spots for Holiday Card Boot Camp to give away! Just leave a comment on this post telling me if you create your own holiday cards and I will pick winners on Friday night. (If you have already registered and are the lucky winner, you will receive a refund of the class price.)

Oh, and a few other gals are giving away spots right now, too. Be sure to go leave comments there, too, for chances to win! Tami Hartley, Kristina Werner, Lisa Spangler and Shari Carroll.

I know many of your kids out there are doing fundraisers for school stuff. Well, my 16-year-old step-daughter is working really hard to help out her school’s band program. She asked if I would reach out to my awesome blog readers to see if anyone was interested in ordering from her fund raising site. There are lots of great gift ideas there – just order before October 14. Thanks for considering – Kay and I thank you! Just visit THIS SITE and enter the code “22B8TZM”

Oh, and you may remember Kay from her famous “blog takeover week” – it was a hit. You can see the posts here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5. Love that clever girl.

Hugs all around.

Card share + giveaway…

Hello! Hope you had a good weekend.

Just thought I would share a quick card.

Lots of shine going on here.

Check out the thumbnails below for supplies. :)

Last fall, the sweet folks at Simon Says Stamp sent me two Tim Holtz Halloween dies. However, I already had them so I decided to save them for giveaways. And since it is that time of year again, they are up for grabs! Just leave a comment here by Wednesdnay night for your chance to win the Tim Holtz Rickety House and Raven/Cat dies.

Have a good night.

Super Stamping Secrets I and II – Online Classes


I thought I would tell you more about some online classes I have done and will be doing through True Scrap and Spawn of True Scrap.

True Scrap took place in the spring – a weekend event that simply rocked. I taught a class called Super Stamping Secrets. This class is a 32-minute video from me sharing secrets for stamping+scrapbooking along with my favorite techniques. In the video, I create 3 pages and 6 cards – never seen before and exclusive to this video.  For more information, click HERE. You can also buy Although the event is over, you can now just buy my portion for $9.99, along with classes from other artists such as Ali Edwards, etc. Be sure to check it out!

And now…

… I have Super Stamping Secrets II – a sequel to the first class – available as part of The Spawn of True Scrap This will be great – 17 teachers in one weekend. I will have a 45 minute video to share – all new stuff – scrapbooking, cards and even jewelry. Here is a peek at my projects…

And for all you non-scrapbookers out there, here is a video created by Lain Ehmann (the amazing creator of these events) explaining about what The Spawn of True Scrap has to offer cardmakers, too. (Thanks, Lain!)

And I have a fun bonus for you if you sign up for The Spawn of True Scrap via THIS link. Just email me a copy of your receipt showing you signed up via THIS affiliate link. I will then add your name to a list to receive a link to an additional private stamping how-to video class in November after the The Spawn of True Scrap event. Just a fun perk and “thank you.” (Please note: You must sign up through THIS link. Also, the bonus private video link will be sent to you once the event is over. Once you purchase through this link, please email  me your receipt so I can add you to the list!)

Off to rest. Night!

Joy Photo Card + Giveaway

Hello. Quick post for tonight.

Just wanted to let you know to head over to the Paper Crafts Connections blog. They are sharing how I created this card for Holiday Cards & More Vol. 6

While you are there, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win two Hero Arts stamp sets.