Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope your day is wonderful and filled with blessings.

For those of you fellow believers, I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. We sang it in church last night and it just seemed so fitting…

“Your name is great and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness I will keep on singing…”

Take care! Thanks for stopping by.

My Favorite Crafty Things: Other Fun Inspiration… Discounts + Giveaways

Today is the last day – Day 10 – of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013 and I am sharing a bunch of random things that I look to for inspiration. There is a lot of information! (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

A little reminder that today is the last day for these two shopping discounts:

Be sure to check out the additional discount codes and giveaways below – there are lots of good ones today!

So let’s dive in to some random things that I look to for inspiration

KITS

Many times when I am looking for something to kick start my  creativity, I reach for a kit. There are several kits I love! Simon Says Stamp Card Kits offers a monthly kit designed by an incredible cardmaker and has products with a universal appeal. Studio Calico offers scrapbooking, Project Life and card kits that are always on trend and have great add-on options available. All of these kits include stamps, papers, embellishments and more.

I also am a big fan of the new Freckled Fawn Ohdeerme Embellishment Kits, which come in the cutest tin and are filled with unique finishing touches (including a stamp set made by Hero Arts) for any type of paper crafting. (For 15% off your order at Ohdeerme, use code “McGuire15″ through 11/30/13.)

You can subscribe to each of these kits so that they arrive to your door automatically each month (at a lower cost), or you can buy each month individually. Click each for more info:

DIY

I am a cardmaker first and foremost. But every once in awhile, I get an itch to create other types of DIY paper crafts. So I wanted to share some other fun paper crafts tools from We R Memory Keepers – the Gift Box, Pillow Box, Gift Bag and Candy Box Punch Boards. (I had shared their Envelope Punch Board earlier – see HERE – and many people asked about these tools.) Check them out in action:

We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board
CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board
CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board
CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

We R Memory Keepers Candy Box Punch Board
CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

Teflon Bone Folder
CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

OTHER FUN GOODIES

I also have a few other random bits of inspiration-provoking goodies to share with you:

  • Online Card Classes (which I own with partner and dear friend Kristina Werner) offers online classes with video instruction and more. These classes have been very popular and always provide a ton of inspiration. For a video on how these classes work, check HERE.
  • I really love prints from Baby Bird and Bub Bub to hang in my craft space. Very inspiring and fun. (For 15% off prints, use the code “JENSFAVE15″ between now and 12/10/13.)
  • A fantastic “handmade by” stamp is a fun way to share with others your love of crafting. My favorites are from Twig & Linen and Maple & Cotton (formerly Lush Prints) on Esty. (I shared these the other day but wanted to share again. Twig and Linen is offering a 20% discount through 12/10/13 with the code “TWIG20″ and Maple & Cotton is offering free shipping through 11/29/13 for US customers with the code “JENSFAVE”.)
  • As much as I love crafting, my kids love it even more! We are big fans of Kiwi Crate – a program that sends monthly craft kits for kids ages 3-7. One of my childhood friends is the creator and they have been amazingly successful. (For $10 off, head HERE.)

For more information on each, click below:

INSPIRATION SITES

There are so very many awesome cardmaking blogs out there – I couldn’t even begin to link to all the ones I love. However, there are also a lot of great manufacturer and challenge blogs that I wouldn’t want you to miss. Be sure to check each out… I bet some of them will have something to offer you:

GIVING BACK

One of my favorite things about this hobby is the kindness of everyone in the industry. One of the best people I have met is Sandy Allnock – the founder of Operation Write Home. OWH has collected 2.5 million cards for our soldiers – including blank cards for soldiers to write home in. (I bet many of us have unused cards we can send in!) I highly recommend checking out the OWH blog as they have many great tutorials. It is easy to send cards in… and you can even request a free stamp to stamp the back of your OWH cards with!

Hope some of these things lead to some inspiration for you!

DISCOUNT CODE RECAP

Here is a recap of the discount codes I have for you as part of My Favorite Crafty Things:

This list of favorite crafty things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love.

Thanks for joining me for My Favorite Crafty Things. I hope you enjoyed it!

GIVEAWAYS

Today I have a fabulous giveaway for FIVE lucky winners!

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/29/13 telling me your favorite source of inspiration. Good luck to all!

My Favorite Crafty Things: Organization… Discounts + BIG Giveaways

Welcome to Day 9 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013! Today we are focusing on crafty organization. (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

I also have great giveaways (see below) and discount codes!

And today I have an extra special discount code:

Time to share some of my favorite organization pieces!

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZ for Amazon or other.

ORGANIZATION

Here are some of my favorite organization pieces:

CLICK A SHOP:
(OM)

 

CLICK A SHOP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:

 

CLICK A SHOP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLOR CUBBIES

I also wanted to share with you my favorite storage for my markers. Check out the fabulous Color Cubbies from Studio 3 Solutions. You can find out more about them HERE… or maybe win one below!

This list of favorite crafty things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love.

And remember the special discount: Organize More is offering my readers 10% off (including on the ink storage I feature) using the code “MCGUIREINK” from now until 11:59pmEST on 11/28/13.

See you tomorrow for the last day of My Favorite Crafty Things!

GIVEAWAYS

Today I have a fabulous giveaway for THREE lucky winners!

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/27/13 telling me your favorite crafty organization tip. Good luck to all!

My Favorite Crafty Things: Embossing Paste & Stencils… Giveaways + Discounts

Welcome to Day 8 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013! Today we are focusing on stencils and embossing pastes. (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

I also have great giveaways (see below) and discount codes!

Note: Many of the products I have featured in this series are out of stock at these recommended stores. Please know that the owners are working very hard to restock quickly, but sometimes products are on back order from the manufacturer, etc. I assure you they are working on it… and working on carrying some of the products I mentioned that they currently don’t have. Stay tuned!

Time to share my favorite stencils and embossing pastes!

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp or EH for Ellen Hutson.

EMBOSSING PASTES

Embossing pastes are all the rage right now! Here are a few pastes and similar products that I like. (Remember that the Wendy Vecchi and Dreamweaver brands can be interchanged.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

STENCILS

Stencils are becoming more and more popular again, so there are lots of great choices! Here are my favorites:

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

This list of favorite crafty things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love. Enjoy!

See you tomorrow for even more of My Favorite Crafty Things! We are almost done – just two more days.

GIVEAWAYS

Today I have a fabulous giveaway for FOUR lucky winners!

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/27/13 telling me if you have used stencils and how. Good luck to all!

My Favorite Crafty Things: Finishing Touches… Giveways + Discounts

Welcome to Day 7 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013! Today we are focusing on finishing touches, embellishments and mailing. (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

Remember, I have giveaways (see below) and discount codes!

Time to share my favorite finishing touches and mailing tips!

I have two videos today. The first shows fun finishing touches and the second shows my favorite tips for mailing cards.

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.

FINISHING TOUCHES

Here are my current favorites in finishing touches and embellishments:

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | AE)

 

 

 

Multi Medium Matte
CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

MAILING

After your cards are made, they need to be mailed, right? Here are my favorites for packaging and mailing cards:

I have a couple special discount codes for the personalized stamps I shared:

  • Twig and Linen is offering a 20% discount now through 12/10/13 with the code “TWIG20″.
  • Lush Prints is offering free shipping 11/25/13 through 11/29/13 for US customers with the code “JENSFAVE”.

This list of favorite things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love.

See you tomorrow for even more of My Favorite Crafty Things!

GIVEAWAYS

Today I have a giveaway for SIX lucky winners!

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/27/13 telling me what your favorite embellishment is. Good luck to all!

My Favorite Crafty Things: Adhesives… Giveaways + Discounts

Welcome to Day 6 of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013! Today we are focusing on adhesives. (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

Remember, I have giveaways (see below) and discount codes!

Time to share my favorite adhesives!

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp or EH for Ellen Hutson.

ADHESIVES

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS| EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS| EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS)


 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS)


 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS| EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH)

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS)


 

This list of favorite crafty things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love.

See you tomorrow for even more of My Favorite Crafty Things!

GIVEAWAYS

Today I have a giveaway for THREE lucky winners! Each person will get:

  • A Plus Adhesive Dispenser
  • 3 Plus Adhesive Refills
  • A Glossy Accents
  • A Tombow Stamp Runner
  • A Tombow Stamp Runner Refill
  • A Best Creation Foam Adhesive Pack

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/27/13 telling me what your favorite adhesive is. Good luck to all!