So excited…

I love this time of year.

Yes, there are a million reasons – with the holidays and time off and all…

But also because the new Hero Arts catalog comes out. :)

Every year, stores all over the world have Catalog Debut Parties. You can go HERE to see if there is one near you. Anyone planning on going to one this weekend?

There have been lots of peeks over on the Hero Arts blog. Here is one of mine. That is Colin's sitter and my kitter. Oh, and the love of Colin's life…


Love love love new stamps.

And, be sure to stop by on Friday. We will be having a very fun blog hop. This is a special blog hop – we have invited some of our favorite artists and friends to join us.

I need to work on those Christmas cards. You know, the ones that always take more time then I expect?! :)



Cards for Kids Update, info and share…


I haven't been very good about updating you all on the Cards for Kids status.

We are still collecting any cards – handmade, store-bought, anything – and I am extending the deadline to 12/31/10. We will then start another round. If you want to send holiday cards, please mail them by 12/16. The more the merrier! Thanks.

Another bit of info. Many people have asked about the Powder Tool I use when I emboss. I love this tool. I just brush it on my paper before I stamp and heat emboss and it prevents random pieces embossing where I don't want. This is SO much better than an anti-static-pouch-thing that makes a mess. This just brushes out a bit – a tiny bit – perfectly. You can find it HERE.

Would be a great stocking stuffer. :)

Also, I thought I would also share a fall layout I did for Creating Keepsakes. Love these photos of the little man.

As seen in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

So, went to see Santa today. Colin was having nothing to do with it. Was fine the past years. Anyone else have kids like that? Sigh.

Off to watch Dexter. Love. That. Show.


Scrapbooking? What is that?!


Hope you all had a good weekend. Did a ton of catching up and a bit of falling behind. Seems that is the way it works.

Thought I would share a few old scrapbook pages for kicks.

This one was in a CK article on coloring. Those hearts are embossed with embossing folders and traced with colored pencils. The journaling goes down the edge of the layout on the right, but another layout was in the way. :) Wish I would have gotten a better photo of this…

CK Color pencils(As seen in  Creating Keepsakes magazine.
Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.)

This one was for a Hero Arts catalog, but wasn't used. That is my grandparents on their wedding day. They were married 74 years before my Grandfather died.

I may have shared this one, but I just love those photos…

071309 Out Little Mister
I have lots of kitting to do, but before I go, I thought I would do a poll. Thanks for answering…



Sometimes you heart skips a beat…

…when you stumble upon an old scrapbook page filled with favorite photos from years ago…


Boy. What a great feeling that is.

(And yes, I have always loved buttons.)

(And yes, this makes me want another baby.)

Happy day.

A challenge, a poll and a giveaway week – oh my!

Hello, fellow paper addicts.

A few things today. Call me chatty. :)

First, I am guesting over on the Scrapbook Challenges site. This site looks fabulous, with sketches and such, so I was happy to play along. (The industry needs places like this for us to be happy, right? Gotta support them!)

So, here is my layout, along with their sketch…

090510 Talk JenMcGuire
Supplies: Lots and lots and lots of Basic Grey; Tim Holtz Scallop Die; White Enamel Accents from Ranger; More Basic Grey.

This is the great sketch. I turned mine and played with it a bit. But love love love this sketch…

Sketch-216 (c) Scrapbook Challenges

And a close up…

090510 Talk 2 JenMcGuire

090510 Talk 1 JenMcGuire

See those little white dots? Did that using the White Enamel Accents from Ranger. You will be seeing more of these. SO much better than a white pen and adds some dimension…

So, you know I love the Basic Grey 6×6 paper pads. I find the smaller scale of these papers so easy to work with – on cards AND scrapbook pages, such as the one above.

And I am now having a love affair with the scallop die from Tim Holtz. I wasn't sure if this die and I would hit it off. I am more of a perfectly-even-scallop girl, so the uneven scallop threw me for a loop. But then I used it. And fell in love. You will be seeing it a LOT here. (You can buy it HERE.)THALTERATIONSSCALLOPS656627 And, it turns out that the fabulous folks at Simon Says Stamps sent me an extra of this great die, so I thought I would give one away here. Just leave a comment here by Wednesday night for your chance to win.

Oh, and I have a table full of giveaways. So I will be doing more this week. Just paying it forward.

Finally! A poll. Planning some big classes and wondered with you all would vote for. Thanks for your help!

Boy, do they grow fast…

Had one of those days when I was reminded often about how fast the kids are growing.

All of Colin's long pants were too short. (It was cool here today.)
We tore down the girl's old playhouse in the backyard.
Kay ran off with friends… in their car.
Audrey wears the same shoe size as me.

My oh my. They grow fast.

So, I thought I would dig up a page with a photo of Colin when he was a bitty. I may have shared it before, but I just had to look at that face again…

111209 Ranger CH Little Man

111209 Ranger CH Little Man1

111209 Ranger CH Little Man2
(c) Ranger Ink. Click HERE for supplies.

Lots of Sticky Back Canvas painted with Claudine Hellmuth paints… embossed with the Cuttlebug and distressed up a storm. I tell ya, this stuff is such fun to play with – so easy to use. Love me some Sticky Back

Oh… and Jana and I will be co-teaching two classes on October 17th at SImply Scrapbooks. These classes are always popular, so be sure to sign up right away. We have fun teaching together.