Just wanted to give you a heads up that our newest class over at Online Card Classes starts next week! This class is called Stretch Your Dies and I am excited about the ideas that all the artists are sharing. I love dies as much as I love stamps, so this class has my heart.
Here is a bit more info. And remember – you will have lifetime access to the class, so there is no pressure!
You’ve used and loved your die-cutting machine for years—and now it’s time to step up your die-cutting game! In Stretch Your Dies, you’ll learn new tricks, techniques, and ideas for putting your favorite dies to work to create truly unique cards.
Join instructors Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire, plus special guest artists, for this all-new card-making class. Based on the same concept in our popular Stretch Your Stamps series, we’re putting the spotlight on our favorite styles of dies and die-cutting techniques. From playing with word dies to discovering ways to use mini dies, we’ll take you step-by-step through over 20 “to-die-for” techniques and help you get more out of your die-cutting investment!
Class begins March 16, 2015, and registration is open now!!
And I get to give away THREE spots in class! For your chance, leave a comment here letting me know if you love die cutting too. Do so by 11:59pmEST on 3/13/15 for your chance. (Names of winners will be picked randomly and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)
And now, THREE of you have the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right – I am giving away three spots in the class. Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59EST 1/25/15 to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, 1/26/15, but you can join or take anytime. Hope to see you there!
AMAZON PRIME DEAL
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Hello! My little blog break will be over soon. However, I have something fun to share with you today. My friend Lain Ehmann has a unique event coming up and offered to do a guest post on my blog to tell you about it. (She is an angel for offering to pop in here!) I think her event will appeal to many of my readers – covering the topic of “the intersection of faith and art.” (I know that this subject will not appeal to all of you – and I respect that completely and hope you respect my choice to share this still-craft-related topic here.) So here is Lain… sharing a bit about the upcoming Truth Scrap event and how it came to be. If this appeals to you, please check out the coupon code below. And by the way – I hope to be a contributor to this event the next time around! – Jennifer
I’ve been in the scrapbooking and papercrafting industry for about a decade, and I’ve taught dozens of classes on scrapbooking, card-making, art journaling and more. And as different as each individual student is, most of us deal with some level of insecurity about our art.
I can’t tell you the number of times someone has looked at me and said, “I don’t think I’m doing this right,” or, “I just blew it.”
This completely breaks my heart! Somehow – blame Pinterest or contests or magazines or whatever – we’ve developed the idea that creativity is some kind of contest or race. That if we don’t do it “right” then our creations – and even our very selves – are “wrong.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
After struggling with my own inadequacy and lack of self-confidence, I decided to forget about “right” and “wrong” and create the things I was called to create, in the way I was called to create them. I decided to focus on THE TRUTH:The truth is that my creativity is a gift from God.
The truth is that any time we dig into our hearts and create from that space, we are honoring Him. The truth is that if we are sharing our art, we are sharing our heart – and God loves that! The truth is that just as you loved the very first scribbles your child made on a sheet of paper with a green crayon held in a chubby fist, God loves our creations – each and every one of them.
These truths often get lost amidst the product and the techniques and the desire to do it “right.” And because these truths are the secret to fearless, authentic creating, I wanted to share them. And so I created “Truth Scrap,” the latest in our family of live, online papercrafting events. These events blend the best of online learning with the best of in-person events, creating a completely unique atmosphere in which to learn, create, and connect.
Our seven instructors, including Shanna Noel, Stephanie Ackerman, Erin Bassett, Donna Salazar, Liz Hicks, Andrea Chebeleu, and Heather Greenwood – will teach on topics from “faithbooking” to Bible journaling and spiritual art journaling.
Taking place on Saturday, Jan. 31, Truth Scrap includes seven classes that will show you not just HOW to worship God with your art, but WHY, and how our instructors were able to get outside their own heads and fight their own insecurities. Techniques, yes — but even more importantly, each instructor will share her individual journey, with the intent of inspiring you to grow in your own creative path to God.
Find out more HERE (along with a intro video with me).
You cannot find a better deal on faith-based inspiration, a better assortment of teachers, or a better price. Whether you choose to attend or not, please know – God loves it when you connect with Him. He doesn’t care what color ink you use.
Making a card list and checking it twice? Online Card Classes is here to help you send handmade holiday cards to everyone on your list this year (plus a few extra… just in case). That’s right, we’re back with ALL NEW holiday card inspiration for the 2014 holiday season!
Join instructors Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire—plus special guest artists—for a very merry card class packed with ideas, techniques, and card-making know-how. We’ve been busy little elves, and you’re going to love all the die-cutting, layering, coloring, clean-and-simple cards, elegant designs, and so much more that we’ve packed into our sack of goodies for this class! Over 17 videos!
Class runs November 3 – 14, 2014, but you can take it anytime. Head HERE to register.
I have three spots in Holiday Card Workshop 2014 to give away! (If you win and have already registered, your class fees will be refunded.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/2/14 telling me if you mass produce cards for the holidays. (Winners will be emailed and added to my “Winners” page.)
UPDATE ON GIVEAWAY WINNERS
I have come up with a new way to announce winners for giveaways. I get a lot of emails asking who won certain prizes. So I am keeping “Winners” page that I will keep updated. That way you can see at anytime who winners are for all my giveaways. I will have a link to this page on every post with a giveaway. (Please do know that I also always email winners.) Hope this helps!
The Yuletide season is upon us and that means it’s time to send hand-crafted greeting cards and tags to those you hold nearest and dearest. In Send Joy, Lisa Spangler will show you how to create 15 cards and 5 tags in bulk so that you can send them to 100 of your closest friends. There are 5 videos – 4 from Lisa Spangler and 1 from Jennifer McGuire – sharing tips and tricks for well designed cards that you can make for everyone on your list. You will also get sketches, printables, and more lessons from guests.
Send Joy is enrolling now through October 31st at 11:59pm EST and all class content will be posted on November 1st.
Move fast! Also, they are offering this deal for students. It is worth checking out because there are some great holiday stamps and dies.
I am curious – have you started making your holiday cards? I love making lots of unique ones to send throughout the season, then I mass-produce a handmade photo card to send to my list. I love doing it!
If you are interested in signing up, you can use coupon code “HERO” at checkout to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Just head over to True Scrap HERE and get yourself signed up! (Coupon expires 10/13/14.)
Welcome! Today’s video shows how to create glittered die-cuts and a fun glittered halo technique. [All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video …