FREE Stamp Set for EVERYONE! + Giveaway

Breast cancer scares me. I despise it. My grandmother had it. Ken’s grandmother died from it. I rarely say I hate something, but I hate breast cancer. So I will always support any efforts to bring awareness. When Vanessa from A Muse Studio contacted me to share about their Stamp Out Breast Cancer campaign, I knew I needed to.

Get this:

For the month of October, A Muse is hoping to reach 10,000 women by giving away 10,000 American Cancer Society breast health info pamphlets with a fun, coordinating Fight Like A Girl cling stamp set! Yes – they are giving away a stamp set to anyone – a good one…

You can get your set HERE. Shipping is only $3. Yes – for $3 you get this stamp set and a breast health education pamphlet. How awesome is that? The pamphlet contains info about conducting monthly self-exams and other considerations we each need to know to stay crafting happy and healthy for many years to come! And you can use the set’s push pin stamp on your calendar as a reminder for your monthly self-exam, mammograms, and doctor’s appointments. Sweet!

Here is a card I created with this stamp set. Love the messages…

I also used their papers and cloud and scallop dies. (Love their dies – great quality wafer thin dies.) And their pearls? SO cute. They have super mini ones on the set. Love.

Again, as part of this Stamp Out Breast Cancer campaign, A Muse wants to give away 10,000 sets – to reach 10,000 women to be reminded to self-exam. You can help! Please visit their Facebook page and their new blog. Simply ‘Share’ or ‘Like’ their campaign posts to let women in your network know about Stamp Out Breast Cancer and how to receive their free stamp set and health brochure!

Now go and order your set. And big cheers to A Muse for doing something good for our crafting community. I am impressed – big time.

ETA: Folks were asking for a consultant recommendation. I have heard good things about THIS gal.

And as a thank you to A Muse for doing this Stamp Out Breast Cancer campaign, I am giving away some of my favorite A Muse goodies – a set of cloud dies and three pink ribbons. (Yes, I liked the dies so much I ordered an extra set.) For your chance, leave a comment here by Sunday at 11:59pmEST. Good luck.


Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week and Serious Enabling


Lawn Fawn is having a fun Inspiration Week starting today. Their Inspiration Weeks are fun – they focus on a few of their great products and show a TON of creative ways to use them along with videos and giveaways. (Go HERE to find their blog.) Today they are focusing on their adorable Winter Owl Set, and I decided to play along…

Isn’t that owl the cutest? Especially with oversized google eyes. I also used my favorite Lawn Fawn set on the background – the Interlocking Backdrops. Isn’t that herringbone fabulous? The branch is actually the Simon Says Stamp Tall Tree die cut placed sideways. Love the unexpected uses of die cuts.

I used a new coloring tool to color the owl and moon. More on that in a few days…

Be sure to head to Lawn Fawn for more inspiration! (Supplies are at the end of this post.)

Warning: If you are trying to save money, do not continue reading. Ha. I have a bit of (really good) enabling. Or at least some shares of things I am really enjoying lately…

You know I love Distress Inks. Big time. And some of my favorite colors are ones from the Seasonal sets. Well… Ranger finally has released them as individual inks and reinkers. Woot woot! You can find them all HERE. In general, these colors tend to be brighter than the standard ones. (Which makes me happy. Don’t tell Tim.) My favorites? Peacock Feathers (the best pool color), Gathered Twigs (the perfect brown), Mowed Lawn (grass green – yay!) and Salty Ocean (true blue)…

There are a few new stamp sets available at Simon Says Stamp – fabulous ones. Without a doubt, these are all must-haves. (Again!) Click on them to see more…

THIS. This is something that is on my wish list. Big time. But I just haven’t been able to cough up the bucks on it. But it is incredible – a limited addition set of Copics in the best colors. And get this – they have both the brush tip and the standard fine nib. (This is unique – usually these two tips aren’t on the same marker.) I LOVE these two tips. I think I may have to cave…


A new Simon Says Stamp card kit is out – November‘s. Lovely and classy. Here is the kit

You can also now get this rocking holiday card kit. It is big and wonderful. I plan to use mine to decorate all the presents under the tree. (Can you just imagine how cute that would look with plain silver and red wrapping paper? Delightful.)

I mentioned this one the other day. I got some and love it. It is a must have. If you have taken any of my classes, you know I loved the Eclipse Tape big roll, but it is no longer available. Guess what? Now you can get it in sheets! (Can you say perfect for die cutting?!) You can find it HERE. (This product is amazing for masking and more.)

And then some other fun products I am happy to soon play with: Studio Calico Wood Veneer Trees, Studio Calico 6×6 Wonderland Paper Pad, and Metallic Distress Stains.



I warned ya. Some good products out there! See you soon.


Personalized Stamp Giveaway and Discount Code

Awhile back, I shared a link to one of my favorite etsy sellers – Karissa from Kiss and Tell Cards. She does some fabulous personalized stamps that I just love. Here are two that I had made back then but still use…


It turns out Karissa has a few new designs. And they are just as fabulous, so I wanted to share them here. And she said I could do a couple giveaways and share a discount code. (Keep reading…)

I am getting the “bright lights stamp” above to say “handmade for you WITH LOVE by jennifer mcguire” and also the “scroll frame stamp” with my family’s address. Love them both! Many of her stamps show addresses, but she will make them to say anything you want, like your name and blog address or “handmade by ___” or “throw this card away and I will kick you.” Ha.

If you like the two I show photographed above, you can find them HERE and HERE.

When you shop, be sure to look closely at the title of item for sale – she offers both wood-handle rubber stamps and self-inking. I like both.

Karissa also gave me a discount code so you can get your own personalized stamp. Just go HERE to Kiss and Tell Cards at etsy and use the discount code “jmink15″ during check out for 15% off. (Code is good now through November 14.)

(By the way, I found Karissa’s stamps on my own and fell in love with them. She didn’t ask me to promote them.)

Giveaway time! Karissa said I could give away TWO personalized stamps – winner’s choice! Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pmEST for a chance to win. Good luck!

See you soon.



Mama Elephant Grand Opening

[This is my second post of the day. For my Paper Crafts video, go HERE.]

Today I am excited to play with some stamps from a friend of mine (congrats, Kryssi!) and her new stamp business – Mama Elephant.

A little intro about Mama Elephant:

Mama Elephant is owned and operated by two childhood friends from NYC. We are so happy to bring the collaboration of our aesthetics to Mama Elephant! Our stamps are designed with card makers and scrapbookers in mind! Our stamps are carefully curated to provide optimal versatility with a wide variety of styles – cute, whimsical, bold, graphic, and fun!

I have a card to share with you, but then before to read below for links to other artists using these new great stamps!

I got to use the amazing new Trifecta stamp set. I love it. Check out the background I came up with…

This was really easy to create. I white heat embossed the triangles on watercolor paper and then colored in the open areas with different colors of Distress Markers. I then added a few dabs of Metallic Brushed Pewter Distress Stain (I will have a couple videos showing this product here this week) and many spritzes of water. After letting it dry, I ended up with messy watercolor… with a slight metallic shine.

(For a video showing this Distress Marker technique, check out THIS post.)

I also added some buttons, including a great one from etsy (find it HERE – love them) that I colored with a Copic Marker.

Fun. Love the bold colors. And isn’t this stamp set great?! So many ways to form fab backgrounds or unique shapes.

Now, be sure to head over to the start of this fun product/project showcase HERE and also head to my friend Kryssi’s blog HERE next. I know a lot of my friends are showcasing these stamps today, so be sure to click through all the blogs. I am sure they will be some great stuff!

Also, if you decide to do some shopping at this new stamp store, be sure to use the code “GRANDOPEN” for 10% off. Welcome, Mama Elephant!



How-To Video: 3 Metal Accents

Hey there.

I am posting over on the Paper Crafts blog today and have a video to go with my projects. (Be sure to head THERE for the main post and more info.)

The video shows three ways to create your own “metal” accents – 3 different ones…

Here is a look at the cards featured…

I used THIS fabulous stamp set…

… and the Memory Box Candy and Apothecary Jar dies…


Again, be sure to head to the Paper Crafts blog for more info… and a giveaway of the metal goodies I used.


Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Metallic Brushed Pewter Distress Stain (SSS|EH)


Ranger Foil Tape Sheets (SSS|EH)


Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Sheets (SSS|EH)



Impression Obsession Random Lines Background Stamp (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Candy Jar Die (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Apothecary Jar Die (SSS|EH)


Fiskars Stamp Press (SSS|EH)


Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



Memento Black Ink (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)



Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Window Card Share + Card Drive


Just sharing a card I have over on the Hero Arts blog today. Be sure to head over there to see instructions. It is a simple card with a fun surprise…

See that greeting “floating” over the ornament window? It is hiding something inside…

Isn’t she a cutie…

All the instructions can be found over at the Hero Arts blog post, and all the supplies can be found below. However, this is the main goodie I used – the ornament stamp and die combo:

I love the unexpected when it comes to card making.

Lots of people have been asking if I am doing a card drive this holiday season. Due to a lot of changes happening all at once in my little world, I had to take this season off. However, my friend Vera is doing one!

You can send holiday cards anytime from now to November 30 to this address:

Vera Yates
P.O Box 19158
Sugar Land, TX 77496

For more details on this Caring Hearts Card Drive, you can visit Vera’s blog. Thanks for helping out!

We have some winners! The winner of the $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate is Lisa Geraty. The winner of the Ali Edwards December Daily Kit is Crystal. And finally the winner of our newest Online Card Class is Lisa L. Congrats! (By the way, I always email winners.)

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Hero Arts Sizzix Ornaments Stamps and Dies (SSS|EH)



BasicGrey Aspen Frost 6×6 Paper Pad (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Acetate Notecards (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Silver UniBall Pen (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Medium Pearls (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Small Pearls (SSS|EH)