Video: Some Favoite Tools + TWO Giveaways

Hello!

I get a ton of questions about my favorite tools, so I thought I would share a video and links.  Please note that these are products I have found and LOVE.  No company is paying me to promote these.  It is just me sharing with you all the products that make me happy.  Also, for each product I link to a few online stores that I love dearly, trust and respect so you can buy them easily.  So, yes, this is enabling at it’s best. :)

Be sure to watch the video and then read the points for each.  I share a lot of my reasons for loving them each.

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Craft Premium Portable Paper Trimmer from Fiskars

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  • I have been looking for a trimmer forEVER.  FINALLY, I found my soul mate.  I love this trimmer.
  • The base is wider than most trimmers – 6.25″.  This is great for scrapbookers (who cut 6″ wide often) and cardmarkers (who cut 5.5″ wide often)… no need to swing out the arm all the time.
  • Has a cut-line indicator – a wire that shows exactly where the blade will cut.  LOVE this.  Great for when you are cutting strips of journaling apart or matting something.  You can see it perfectly.
  • There is a finish over the trimmer, preventing the grid and measurements from wearing off.
  • Triple track system – cuts straight for me.
  • Arm swings out to over 15″.
  • Cuts multiple sheets at once.
  • Uses I-Blade replacement blades.
  • As Fiskars says, “Built in paper clamp and photo smudge protector on the cutting rail.”  In other words, easy to hold as you cut. :)

If you are interested in buying this trimmer, click HERE.

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Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors

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  • I use these scissors for EVERYTHING. Truly.  Even the garden. Get a few pairs.  You will thank me when all of your family steals them.  (My husband, son and mom are guilty.)
  • They are self-sharpening so they don’t dull.  I cut wire with these, and ribbon.  No need to have separate pairs.  Really.  Believe it.  It is true.  As Tim says, “cuts wire, craft metal, shanks of buttons, chipboard, grungepaper, paper, fabric, and ribbon.”
  • Non-stick – no more yuck building up on them.
  • Kushgrip handles are easy on the hands.  For both lefties and righties.
  • Micro serrated edges keep them sharp.
  • Protective cap.

If you are interested in buying these scissors, you can go HERE or HERE or HERE.

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Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Knife


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  • Retractable blade – no more accidents when shuffling through stuff.  (Yes, experience talking.)
  • Comes with two replacement blades and you can buy extras.  But, honestly, I haven’t changed mine yet.  Stays sharp.

If you want to get this craft knife, go HERE or HERE or HERE.

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Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick

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  • High quality piercer. 
  • I got rid of all my others because this one retracts (see reason above) and extends to a long 1 1/4″.  Perfection.

You can get the pick HERE or HERE or HERE.

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Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

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  • Safe – can’t cut yourself on it.  (Again, a good thing.)
  • Just run along the edge of the paper for distressing like no other.  Great texture.  Doesn’t have to be just for a “distressed” look, but rather anywhere you want a bit of texture.

You can get the distresser HERE or HERE or HERE.

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Craft Sheets from Ranger

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  • This big guy (15″x18″, but it does come in a smaller size) is a reusable, protective sheet that you can do any craft on.
  • Non-porous, withstands high heat, cleans easily.  You can just peel, wipe or scrape things off.
  • Get this: If you use a dot adhesive roller, this craft sheet is a must.  When you go to put adhesive on something thin, the adhesive doesn’t stick to this surface, so your workspace won’t get sticky.  So cool.
  • The only thing you can’t do on this?  Cut with a knife. It will cut through.
  • I have one of these for whenever my son does crafts – PERFECT surface for that.
  • It doesn’t distort.

You must get this craft sheet.  Try HERE or HERE or HERE.

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Ink Blending Tool from Ranger

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  • This dude applies ink to projects better than anything.
  • The foam soaks up the color and holds it – love that – so I like to get extra foam and have a foam per color.
  • You want to use FOAM for ink blending.  However, you can get felt and use it with this tool for use with alcohol inks, which is a different ball game. :)

This must-have inking tool can be found HERE or HERE or HERE.  You can find refills HERE or HERE or HERE.  And the spin rack to hold them is HERE.

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Compact Stamp Press from Fiskars...

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  • You can use this instead of an acrylic mount.  I find myself reaching for this over anything else now.
  • Has little foam feet that let you perfectly line up your inked stamp before pressing it down to stamp.  SO good for lining things up.
  • FABULOUS when stamping on acetate/transparency – keeps you from shifting and messing up.
  • You can squeeze a big cling stamp on here even… or put lots of smaller images.
  • Has a tiny bit of “give” to it, which is a good thing.  You can press at the center and be sure all the ink transfers.
  • I use this one a bit more than the bigger one, but it is up to your personal preference.

If you are interested in buying this stamp press, click HERE.  If you want the bigger one, which is shown in the video too, click HERE.

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Tim Holtz / Sizzix Alteration Dies

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  • These are VERY high quality dies that can be used on your Sizzix or Cuttlebug machines. 
  • They can cut through many layers of cardstock, grungeboard, etc.
  • There are many great and fancy things you can do with these dies that you can’t do with others.  Tim shows this all in his videos HERE.
  • If you aren’t into a grungy-look, no worries.  These dies give perfect, smooth cuts – can be used for any style.
  • THIS die fits nicely on the center of a card.  Delightful.
  • The edge dies are perfect for cards.  Just sayin’.

Looking for the Alterations Dies?  Try HERE and HERE and HERE.

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Neenah White Cardstock

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  • This is the white cardstock I use for EVERYTHING.  It is 8.5×11, super smooth, crisp white.  PERFECT for stamping. 
  • The price is good, so it is all I use.  Even for matting.
  • Perfect for use with Copic Markers and Distress Inks.
  • 80 lb. cardstock, which is a great weight.

To purchase Neenah White Paper 250 sheet packs, go HERE.  For 25 sheets, go HERE.

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OK… I think that is enough enabling for today.  So, how about TWO giveaways?

Just leave a comment on this post telling me if you have tried any of these goodies.  Do so by Sunday, May 9 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win either a Compact Fiskars Stamp Press or the big Fiskars Stamp Press…

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(When I emailed Fiskars telling them how much I loved their stamp presses, they sent me extras to give away here!  Thanks, Fiskars.)

Have a great day.  Come back tomorrow for another giveaway.  (And a much shorter post. :)

Giveaways, video and FAQ’s

Hey there from sunny Florida!  We are here staying at my in-laws place for the weekend.  It is nice to be out of the snow.  (For all you dog lovers – no worries.  My brother is staying at our house to keep Roxie company.  We take good care of her. :)

So, giveaways.  I promised I would be giving away TWO more Kiss and Tell Cards personalized stamps away…

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The lucky winners are Rebecca Keppel and Kathy Camasso!  I emailed you.  If you want to order your own stamp, you can mention my blog and get 10% off this month.  (Thanks again, Kiss and Tell!  Got my recent order.  And, again, LOVE it.)

Next – video.  This was on the Hero blog, but in case you didn’t see it, here it is.  Shows a fun twist on embossing on ribbon.

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(c) Hero Arts.  For supplies and info, click HERE.

I have been having a lot of fun answering questions over on formspring HERE.  Thanks for all the great questions!  Feel free to ask anything there, or just browse all the questions/answers already completed.  One thing I have been getting a lot of questions on is Copic Markers.  I promise to do a complete post soon with “Copics made easy.” 

So… I am off to catch up on a bit of email and watch some Olympics.  My friend, Tracy, was able to go check some of it out – so jealous.

Happy stamping.  Come back tomorrow for more Cards for Kids news!

Quick questions answered…

Not much time – headed to the zoo with my little dude.  No school this morning.

Been getting a lot of emails from folks about stuff.  Here are a few answers…

Q: Where do you get your vintage textbook paper?
A: You can get old books at antique stores, etc.  You can get good deals at places!  But me?  I like mixes of stuff.  I go to a person named Green Paper Package.  I love their mixes and like to support people on etsy.  You can see the goodies on etsy HERE or ebay HERE.  Check back often – there are new things up often.  I love the old maps, too.

Q: Do you still have your brother-in-law's CDs still available for purchase? 
A: Good news!  You can now get these online.  Just click HERE.  I always get emails from people after they get them – saying they love it.  (If you haven't heard his music, I used him on my early videos on youtube.)

Q: I'd like to send in cards for Kate.  Where do I get the info? 
A: The more cards we get, the better.  So send them in!  Click HERE for info on sending them.  Click HERE for prizes you may win.  

Q: I'd like to donate prizes for the card drive.  Can I? 
A: Sure!  Just email me.

Next, be sure to check out Hero Arts today.  I am hosting the blog again this week with a fun focus on the men in the Hero Arts world.  Love it!  Giveaway today, too.  Click HERE.

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Gotta get going.  Before the zoo, Colin wants to build a shelf that I got for my scrapbook room.  He loves to build.  Have a good one.

Q&A & Share

Hey, folks.

I have been slowly getting through email after my trips and such.  I have received a few questions I thought I would answer here. So, it's a Q&A day! :)

Before I do, I have a few housekeeping things.  If you have emailed me and I haven't responded, please do so again.  I accidentally deleted several emails – I am so sorry.  I boogered my inbox up big time.  Argh.  I know of one important email I deleted.  There was a gal I was going to send a clear set to that I had an extra of – if that was you, could you please email me?  Thanks!

OK… let's get going. :)

Q: How do you Cuttlebug a notecard and envelope?
A: I get a lot of questions on this one – I will do a video in a few days.  Already shot it, just need to load it.  Stay tuned…

Q: Do you still have your brother-in-law's CDs still available for purchase? 
A: I do still have some.  Just email me. :)

Q: I am new to blogs.  How do I "leave a comment" in order to try to win one of your giveaways?
A: It is really easy.  At the end of this post, there is little gray writing saying, "Posted on…"  After that it says "Comments (#)" in green, I believe.  Just click this – the word "Comments."  Scroll down past others' comments and there is a place to write your message.  Very easy. :)

Q: I have noticed you haven't done many videos lately.  Will you be doing more?  And how do I subscribe to get notices when videos go up? 
A: YES… I will be doing more videos.  I love doing them.  I just was on vacation then away at a show.  But I have 3 ready to go – so I will be sharing soon.  Keep in mind that I also do videos for Hero Arts and Twopeasinabucket.  I would recommend subscribing to all three of these YouTubes so you get notice when a new video is up.  It's easy to do.  Just go to the links below and click the big "subcribe" button near the top…

  • To suscribe to jennifermcguireink videos, click HERE.
  • To suscribe to heroarts videos, click HERE.
  • To suscribe to twopeasinabucket videos, click HERE.

Q: Where do you get the soft ribbon you use?
A:  Ah, the famous silk ribbon that I adore so much. :)   It is from Creative Impressions.  You can get it from them HERE.  I know you can also get it HERE.  I can't recommend one color over another – they are all really good.  Really.  You must. Have. All. :)

Q: How do you create the photo collages you use so often on layouts?  Is it one collage printed together and added to the layout, or is it a bunch of little photos cut and adhered together?
A:  Usually I just do one big collage on the computer and print it together.  It is much easier that way!  And I did a video tutorial on creating these collages… see HERE.  It should help!

OK… onto a bit of sharing.

This was a layout from long ago – CK March 2008.  The scan isn't that great… sorry about that.  This is an example of a photo collage I created on PS and printed. I promise it is easy. :)

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OK… off to get ready for my blog week on Hero tomorrow.  I am so excited… more than I have ever been for a Hero blog week.  Hope you can check it out!

Night. :)

Home! And some links…

Whew!  Finally made it.  Unfortunately, my class had to be delayed until next Thursday.  Sorry to those attending. :(

Today's post is random.  Just a warning. :)

Many of you had said you like to see links.  Here are some for today…

  • Kandis Smith.  This girl rocks.  Check out THIS page.  Love it!
  • Since I found such great treasures the other day when flipping through the Hero Arts Flickr Group, I decided to go back tonight.  Some great things HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • And what a fantastic, honest, heartwarming page by Shannon Tidwell HERE.  So sweet.
  • That Kelly Purkey always amazes me.  Love what she did HERE with Hero Arts stamps.
  • For you serious stampers out there, check out THISEllen Hutson's CLASSroom blog.  It is amazing.  Pure eye-candy.
  • Patty O shared THIS blog.  Very inspiring.
  • The fabulous October afternoon now has a blog.  Yum!
  • A kind gal named Tami told me about Picasa – a fun and easy way to make your own photo collages.  HERE it is – check it out.

A few people asked where to find my video on creating collages in Photoshop.  HERE it is… it is part of twopeasinabucket over on Youtube.

Many people asked about Ken's photography.  He said the trick is a polarizing filter.  Not sure what that is or means – ha – I am clueless. :)   And as for where to find places to stay while in the islands, there are several websites. For the British Virgin Islands, try HERE.  For the US Virgin Islands, try HERE.  And for good ol' St. John, try HERE.  Hope that helps a bit.

Another random thing: Raquel left a comment letting me know that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser takes Staz-On of acrylic mounts quickly and easily.  Great tip – thanks, Raquel!

Hey… I want to do a bunch of videos over the next few weeks.  Would love to hear any techniques or such that you would like to see. Anything you would like to see?

And… most importantly… The Bachelor.  I was so happy to watch this with my girls (Shari, Leslie and Carol) on Monday.  Yes, although I like Stephanie, I don't think he will end up with her.  I am thinking Melissa.  I know others of you think Jillian.  Anyone else?

Now… time to share.  This was in the Hero Arts 2009 Catalog, but I thought I would share it here.  This angled photo shows the dimension a bit better.  This card took more time than I care to admit. :)

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(c) Hero Arts – for info click HERE.

I will be back with more to share tomorrow.  Have a great weekend!

WCMD Week: Day 5 of Giveaways

Hi!  It’s Day 5 of my celebration of World Card Making Day Week.  Today I have some shares, links, Q&A’s and a great giveaway.  It’s very yummy…

The winner of Day 3′s giveaway (a bunch of Heidi Swapp goodies) is Jessica Griffin.  I will email you.

First, I wanted to say that I finally got the video to work on YouTube for yesterday’s card.  Here it is.  (For more info on the card, click HERE.)

Next… 2peas had a bunch of new stuff go up in their Garden yesterday.  Here are my silly cards… click HERE for more pictures and info…

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A few more links..

  • Check out Jennifer Pebbles FREE class at 2peas HERE.  It is so cool.
  • Shannon Tidwell had a baby girl… so happy for her.  Look how stunning she looks with her pretty girl in this great layout HERE.  Ooooo… and THIS is so pretty!
  • I love Amy Grendell’s adorable Halloween Treat Jars HERE.  I think I may do this for the kids in Colin’s class.  And fill it with raisins. :)

Moving on…

I am trying to catch up on Q&A’s.  Here are a few more…

Q: Awhile back you mentioned something about kits.  Are you still thinking of doing that?
A: Back when I started the blog, I asked if anyone would be interested in buying kits if I had extras from classes.  However, I decided not to do this for two reasons.  One… I am lazy. :)   Two… with stamping, it is hard to do kits that aren’t super expensive.  And I seem to be completely incapable of creating anything without stamps.  (Addictions are tough. :)

Q: What dies work with the Cuttlebug?
A: Almost all do.  If you have non-Cuttlebug dies and want to learn how to use them on a Cuttlebug, I recommend doing a Google and/or YouTube search on “Cuttlebug with Quickutz Dies” or whatever. You can easily get the answers you need.

Q: Do you have any other videos I can see?
A: Yep.  I would recommend going HERE and clicking on the yellow “subscribe” button so you can be notified whenever they are posted.  Also, I do videos for twopeasinabucket.com HERE and Hero Arts HERE.

Q: Where do you get all your pretty soft ribbon?
A: Ahh… I get asked this a lot.  And I am so happy to say that one of the great online stores now carries the silk ribbon I love!  I can promise promise promise you will love it.  It is classy and soft and comes in great colors.  And thin, so when you tie a knot it is tiny and not bulky – perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking.  If you are interested in the silk ribbons, click HERE.  They have great prices, too.

Now… time for the next giveaway.  Today I have a fun pile of my favorite silk ribbon!  For a chance to win all this goodness, just leave a comment on this post by Friday at 11:59pmEDT telling me one of your favorite stamp companies.  (I am hoping to discover some new ones to buy.)  I will post the winner on Saturday. Here is the ribbon you would win…

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Off to pack for a teaching gig this weekend in Orlando.  It is a rep show – I love doing classes for store owners. It is good to see stores doing well in this industry and economy.

Have a great night.  Thanks for stopping by.