So I am a co-founder/owner of Online Card Classes… along with Kristina Werner. I can honestly say I have never known of a better working relationship. We have so much fun together and support each other. (Well, to be honest, she does more for me because she is a tech and design guru, but I try to reciprocate as much as I can! LOL.) It is a great honor to work with her and an even bigger honor to be her friend. I have never ever ever met a woman that I respect more. She is pretty fantastic.
So… enough sappiness! I am here to share a Q&A video that we did this week. Oh, and a HUGE giveaway!
Kristina and I have been collecting ErinCondren.com credits and we’re ready to give away 30 – yes, THIRTY! – $100 gift cards! Whenever you use this referral link and order from Erin Condren, we receive $10. We save these credits to be given back to you guys with giveaways. We have given away lots in the past and will do more in the future.
Due to the awesomeness of these giveaways, we are using Rafflecopter. It is SUPER easy to use. You don’t have to do all the things mentioned, but you get one entry for each thing you do. If you are only comfortable doing the “leave a comment” thing, that is one of the options. And if you already follow/subscribe to us, you can just check those options – easy!
So fill out the Rafflecopter area below for your chance to win a $100 gift card to ErinCondren.com!
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.
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.
If you are interested in buying these scissors, you can go HERE or HERE or HERE.
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.
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.
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…
(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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
(c) Creating Keepsakes
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!
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.