Video: Studio Calico Misted Flowers


Just logging in from many miles above – I love inflight wifi. :)

Wanted to share my technique video using the new Studio Calico Kits. In it, I create misted flowers from trim, and stamped an alphabet background…

Here are the cards…

You can find out more about these cards HERE. And you can get the kits HERE.

I am on my way to CHA and will try to share photos on Twitter. (You can follow me HERE. I am not much of a Facebook person – prefer Twitter.)

Happy weekend.

(And thank you so much for the happy messages yesterday about our big news. We are thrilled and thankfully the baby is doing well!)

Guess I should mention…

I have some news to share…

Our next little one is expected to arrive this spring and we are all over the moon. Feeling blessed.

Friends and family have know for some time now. But I have been having some struggles for the past few months (with my health – the pregnancy and baby are great), so I just have kept a bit quiet about it. But since the doctor has given me the OK to go to CHA, I thought it would be good to share here to avoid people wondering when they saw my new “enhanced belly size” in the next few days. :)

I am so very happy to welcome a new future stamper to this world very soon.

Hope you have a great day.

(Oh, and note to self: red striped shirts on a big belly = giant candy cane. Ha.)

Sharing the Bright Side…

Happy Thursday.

It has been dreary around here a lot lately. So when I woke up (to more rain) but then saw this happy video, I knew I had to share it with you all…

If you have read here before, you know I have a great love for Lawn Fawn Stamps. They have such a happy, unique style and their owner is a gem. And these new papers, stickers and twine called Bright Side? Just another way they are spreading a little sunshine in our crafting world. So sweet.

For more info, click them out HERE.

Hope this brightened your day.

Go To Gal Product Challenge – A Muse Studios with Giveaway!

Hello, folks!

Today I am part of a Go To Gals Product Challenge Blog Hop. We will all be using goodies from A Muse Studios… and I love their products. And we are all doing the different takes on the same stamp, much like you see in the new Stamp It! 3 Ways Paper Crafts Issue…

I used the A Muse harlequin background stamp but added lines to it with a Silver (grey) Spica Glitter Pen to make it argyle. The little bit of shine is really eye-catching in person. I used a silver paper for the matting, too. The vintage textbook butterflies were die cut with A Muse butterfly dies – they come three in a pack. I inked them with Hero Arts Wet Cement Ink (a great gray ink) and sprayed them with pearlized water for shine. The body of the butterfly is made up of white pearls colored “silver” with a T5 Copic Marker. And I tore the antennae off an old craft project. :)

Oh, and see how nice that pink ink stamped? That is the Hero Arts Bubble Gum Shadow Ink that dries smooth. Love…

A closer look at the shine – wish it showed up better…

So next be sure to check out the other Go To Gal blogs, and the Paper Crafts Connections blog…

If you are looking for someone who sells A Muse Studio products (you have to buy from demonstrators), I have heard great things about Lianna – you can shop online with her HERE.

When putting this card together, I realized I had two of these great butterfly die sets! (I loved it so much I bought it twice. Eek.) So… I am giving one set away. For your chance to win the A Muse butterfly die set, just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pm EST. Good luck…

Have a great day. See you soon.

Boxes of Crafting Goodies for Sale


We are about to start a pretty decent sized remodel here at the small McGuire household. Part of what we are doing is moving my studio up from a big anything-goes basement area to a smaller more-office-like area upstairs. I am craving smaller – more contained, more compact, more accessible, less overwhelming. This also means I have a ton to purge! Some of this is product I received directly from companies. This will be donated, as I don’t feel it is right to sell. But I also have a lot of goodies I have purchased that need new homes, too. All of it is good crafty stuff – I just have too much of it.

So! I am selling some boxes of goodies here. I have done this in the past, but was inspired by Kristina (thanks your your help, K) to get some stuff out the door sooner than later. The money I receive from this will cover the costs of the Cards That Care Card Drive I did last month.

What’s in a box?

I have put together 13 flat rate shipping boxes filled the the rim with lots of crafty stuff. The contents are a surprise! Each box will have a good size stack of 12×12 paper (Basic Grey, shaped Bazzill, etc.), many stamps (wood, clear. alpha sets and such), embellishments, an ink or two, etc. Some may have a punch, 6×6 paper pad or favorite paints, etc. Most is product that has never been used… some stamps have been used… only a few letter sticker sheets are missing a few letters. Some product is older, some is newer. But I promise there is good stuff. A few of the boxes have some of the same product, so buy more than one at your own risk of getting doubles.

I have 13 boxes for $45.00 each – with free US shipping. Trust me – the goodies in these boxes add up to a lot more than this cost. :)


Everything is in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box…

  • For those in the US, shipping is included/free.
  • For those in Canada or Mexico, shipping will be an additional $16. You will get another separate Paypal invoice for this extra $16.
  • For those anywhere out there, shipping will be an additional $33. (Sorry – going by USPS prices!) You will get another separate Paypal invoice for this extra $33.

How to Buy

Interested in buying? Read all the details? Click below. There are only 13, so when they are gone, the button will no longer work. (But I will have more in the future. Promise.)


Thank you!

Butterfly Shaped Card


Hope you all had a good weekend.

Before I share a card for today, I wanted to give a heads up — I will be selling some supplies on my blog this week. I have 13 boxes of awesomeness packed and ready for a new home. (The money earned from these sales will cover the Cards that Care shipping I did last month.) So if you are interested, stay tuned. They will likely go fast. :)

On to the card…

This bad boy is a bold one – but I enjoy the unexpected. :) I used THIS awesome die from Memory Box. (They are one of my favorite companies.) It was a reject from an assignment. Oh well…

I die cut the butterfly from different papers and assembled them together. Fun and easy. Oh, and the die cuts one wing. To get the mirror image other wing, just die cut the back of the paper.

Oh – and the winner of the Frame Cut prize is Jo R. I emailed you.

Have a good week.