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. :)

Layout - Trace Stamped Images - Explore (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!

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. :)

(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…

(c) twopeasinabucket.com

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…

Silk ribbon goodness 

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.

WCMD Week: Day 3 of Giveaways

Welcome back to my World Card Making Day Week!  This is Day 3 and I have lots randomness for you today before announcing today's giveaway. :)

First, we have a winner from Day 1's prize of Melissa Frances rub-ons.  The lucky person is Avital!  And I thought I should mention, Avital, who lives in Ireland, has a great website with "Creativity Prompts" and a book about unleashing your creativity.  It is worth checking out HERE.

And you still have time to enter Monday's giveaway HERE.  I can't believe the cool places you are all from.  It just amazes me how so many people from so many amazing places and walks of life all connect through our hobby.  God is good.

Next, I have some few non-cardmaking enabling things…

1. Scentsy
I love the smell of candles in my house, but always fear the worst with having them around.  And plug-ins just don't cut it for me.  Jen Harrison told me about Scentsy and I ordered some from a person in Utah that I have never met.  I LOVE these products.  The smell it puts throughout the house is incredible.  It works like a candle but without a flame – it instead uses a light.  Really worth checking out.  I love many of their smells.  If you are interested in ordering, go to THIS link and it will hook you up with the kind Brianna that has helped me so much.  I have the warmer shown below along with a few different bricks. (And, Jana, if you are reading this: don't order one.  Just don't do it.  I guess now you know why I asked about your favorite scents. Hee. :)

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2. Target Dollar Spot Whoopie Cushions
Yes, you heard me right.  Need a good laugh with the family?  Get a few of the whoppie cushions in the Target Dollar section.  They have cute Halloween ones… even mini ones. The girls got several of them for Uncle Mike this weekend – and we laughed so much.  So hard.  Needed that!  Poor Jana had to put up with our family laughing like mad.  :)

3. Target Owl Pajamas
Kay spotted these adorable pajamas in the kids section at Target.  After she got home, she told me about them.  So, we had to head back the next day to get three sets: one for Kay, one for Audrey and one for me. (Yes, Kay and I wear the same size.  She is actually a bit taller than me!)  They are super adorable.  I love having fun with them – being three pals.


Next… how about some fun links…

1. Want to play in a fun challenge?  Where you could win 29 cards made by some talented cardmakers?  Check out THIS.  Melanie over at 2peas has a contest going on where you have to guess which artists made which cards.  And if you get the most right, you win all the cards!  Fun.

2. Wanna see some ultra-cute pillows you can make at home?  I love THESE Halloween ones made by Rhonna Farrer.  Cute!  And how about a fun doormat?  Check out THIS!

3. You really must go check out Nichol Magouirk's blog.  She has added some amazing projects lately. So inspiring!

Now… a few Q&A's…

Q: You send a lot of giveaways.  Who pays for the shipping – do you?
A: I do a lot of giveaways for a few reasons.  One: This industry has been generous to me, so I like to pay it forward.  Second: I am always trying to cut back on supplies.  Third and most importantly: It simply feels good.  Yes, I do pay for the shipping.  But, really, if I just skip a few Starbucks treats and drive by Target more often instead of going in, it isn't a big deal. :)   And, a few kind people have donated to help pay for shipping of prizes for the card drives.  (Connie Williams and Donna Reese from Stamp Your Art Out, Jana and others.)  I simply like to pay it forward.

Q: Any tips for someone who wants to turn this hobby into a career?
A: This is a tough one.  I really don't have a good answer to this.  I think a lot of it has to be about meeting the right people at the right time.  I was blessed to meet Robin Johnson many years ago, only a few months after starting to scrapbook.  And she introduced me to Jeff Lam, who owned Autumn Leaves.  So, I have Robin to thank for opening doors for me.  I think I would still be a boring ole' engineer if it wouldn't have been for her.  But the best advice I can give is to get your work published as much as possible – magazines, online galleries, contests, etc.  Soon, someone will notice you and your hobby could very well become a career.  (And, yes, it is very possible!)

Next, let's do a quick share…

Found THIS great Christian stamp from Verve Stamps.  They have some great stamps at great prices. 

093008 Pray
Verve Stamp
Making Memories patterned papers
Hero Arts notecard
Stampin' Up scallop punch
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
White Liquid Pearls
Random ribbon "borrowed" from Jana

OK… time for the giveaway for today! 

A random winner will get these fun goodies from Heidi Swapp:


By Wednesday at 11:59pmEDT, leave a comment on this post sharing something with me that you love: a new stamp, favorite product, movie, book – anything. :)   I will post a winner on Thursday for those Heidi Swapp goodies.

OK… off to finish up a handout for my classes this weekend.  Bye!

Enabling and Q&As…


More random stuff here…

I have a class coming up.  September 25th at Stamp Your Art Out.  I think it may be full, but I hope to squeeze in a few people.  A holiday class – love those. :)

So, I shot a video of my scraproom.  Downloaded it and was about to edit when I realized something – watching it may cause you to get seasick. :)   Yes, I moved it around a lot and too fast – wasn't paying attention.  I will have to re-shoot it next week.  I am such a ditz. I did get photos that I can share soon.


I had a few questions in the last few posts, so I thought I would answer them quickly before heading off to Scrapfest…

Q: For the clear stamp store… I went to Office Depot today and bought the CD/DVD sleeves, but could not find the 3 x 5. Are they the same brand? Any info you could give would be great.
A: I am so very sorry, but I am not sure.  I didn't keep the package.  However, they were on the shelf right next to it.  HERE are some 4×6 ones.  Sorry. :(

OH… I forgot to mention… I have 4 extra packs of the cd holders that I used and showed HERE.  If you are interested and can't get them near you, I can ship them to you.  I was just going to return them anyway.  Just email me.  OH!  And I just looked… they sell them online now HERE.  Cool.

Q: I would like to scraplift your Christmas card with the three trees from Hero Arts, however I can't seem to find out where to buy them. Could you help me???
There are two sets of trees – small and big.  You can get the big set HERE and the small set HERE.  I like using them together – one big tree and two small.

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Oh, and while looking for these sets, I saw that this site still has a discontinued set from Hero that was a favorite of mine.  Isn't it cute?


Q: How do you clean your clear stamps? Do you always have to use black ink, or could you use colored ink?
A: I use THIS stamp cleaner for all my stamps – Ultra Clean.  It is meant for clear stamps, but it works on rubber.  And it takes Staz-On off – which is huge.  Love this stuff.  However, clear stamps by nature will stain.  Just is gonna happen.  Even if it is stained, it won't transfer in future stamping.  Do any of you out there have Ultra Clean?  Do you love it?  I use it with THIS scrubber pad.  I am totally enabling you here, but this is one I can promise you will love. :)

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While I am on the topic of enabling, I have a good one for you.  I have gotten a lot of questions about what printer I use. 

I have 3 printers.  One is my old Epson 2200.  I have had that baby for over 5 years and have loved it all along.  However, I needed to get a new one, so it is now just used for quick printing – not photos.  (I used to have a cheap $50 printer for this purpose.) 

I just purchased the Epson R1900 and am such a very happy girl.  Thanks to a new friend I met here (hi, maegan!), I found out they have $150 in rebates right now.  I ordered it with free shipping from my favorite Epson site, atlex.com.  (They have great prices on the inks, too.)  So, it ended up being $339, which is a huge steal.  If you really like to print photos at home and like using enlargements, this is the perfect printer for you.  I use the 13×19 luster paper.  Love it.


For quick 4×6 photos, I use my Epson Picturemate.  This bad boy rockeths.  When I do my video of my scraproom, I will show how I use this and have it set up.  It is fantastic.  And it prints wallet sizes, which I use a lot on pages. 


When I print a lot of photos, I get them done at Costco.  Incredible printing.  Love that place, too.

So, I basically use whatever is convient and fits my needs.  But I do this for a job.  If I had to go with one, I would try out that Epson 1900 since it does it all. :)

OK… time for bed.  Talk soon…

3 winners, 3 shares 3 Q&As, 3 links and 3 requests :)

Hi!  Not sure why I am thinking in 3's today, but here you have it… :)

3 winners:

You all rock.  Seriously.  What great ideas you all shared for teacher gifts!  I have several that I am going to do and will be sure to share them.  Thank you thank you thank you.  If you need ideas, be sure to read the comments HERE.

And we have a winner of the CTMH set.  I randomly picked Kim R!  But since you all took so much time to give input, I did pick two more people.  For Paula C and Debra, I will send 3 packs of new goodies from Autumn Leaves.  Just for kicks. :)   I emailed the three of you to get your addresses.


Now, here are some random card shares.  Three, to be exact.

1. Nothing novel here… just did this for a class this summer.  I stamped the owl on Bo Bunny paper and colored it in with a white pen and colored pencils.

090708 Owlween
Hero Arts stamps (owl, flourish background) and notecards
Hero Arts Black Gems (love these)
White Inkessentials Pen
Black Memories Ink
Art Print Brown Memories Ink
Paper Shaper punches
Colored pencils
Bo Bunny Paper

2. This one I did for the Cards For Heroes Card Drive.  Not a fab photo, but you get the idea. :)

090708 Seasons Greetings
Hero Arts stamps (snowflakes and greeting)
Hero Arts Felt Poinsettias
Hero Arts pearls
Black Memories Ink
Blue Chalk Ink
Scenic Route Paper (a new fave)
Stampin Up border punch

3. This one is just random.  Using up some scraps while at my last retreat.

090708 Flower Bow Card
Hero Arts stamps
Hero Arts pearls and notecards
Scenic Route ledger paper
Pink Chalk Ink
Soft Brown Chalk Ink
Black Memories Ink
Making Memories Kraft striped paper
Bo Bunny dot paper
May Arts ribbon

3 FAQ's:

Q: I am desperate to find the cd-holders for binders… the ones you used for clear stamp storage.  Can you tell me more details?
A: Sure.  Here is a scan of the package.  Mine are from Office Depot.  I bet there are other brands, though.  If you want to see the clear stamp storage, click HERE.

Stamp Storage

Q: Do you still have your brother-in-law's CDs still available for purchase? 
A: I should get another shipment this week and then will be able to sell them again.  Just email me. :)

Q: What kind of corner rounder do you use?
A: I use the Fiskars corner rounder squeeze punch.  I have two sizes, a tiny one and a normal one.  Love 'em.  Here is one…


3 links:

1.  Fantastic news. 2Peas just announced two new awesome Garden Girls: Kristina Werner and Robyn Werlich.  They are both stampers!  Woohoo.  Please click on their name to go over and congratulate them.

2.  Oh my.  The lovely Shari Carroll is at it again.  She has a new technique article over at Hero and it is incredible.  Check it out HERE.

3.  Check out THIS cute page from Jamie Waters.  I love how her sweetness rubs off on her pages.  And I so want Colin to marry that cute daughter of hers…

3 quick requests:

1.  I am hoping that everyone has received their prizes from the Card Drive for Kids.  Some of the overseas packages may take a little longer.  However, please let me know if you haven't gotten them by this week.  It is a fear of mine that they don't make it to you!  So, please, let me know if you are waiting on goodies from me.  Oh, and Marianne Gonzales, please email me your address again.  I deleted it by accident – it was the "ditz" in me. :)  

2.  I am going through the fantastic cards you all sent for the Card Drive for Kids.  I was wondering if it would be ok for me to post some of them here – thought it would be fun?  If for some reason you wouldn't want yours shared, please email me.  I am just thinking of sharing 3 or 4 here and there – just for kicks.

3.  If you haven't heard of it yet, please try to send in some cards (holiday preferred) for the Cards For Heroes Card Drive I shared this week.  You can find out about it HERE.  What a good thing to do…

Thanks, all!