Post by Kay…

Hi, everyone.  Kay, my sweet 14-yr-old girly, decided she wanted to take over my blog for the day.  Kay and I like to create together.  I always look forward to summer when we can go down in my studio in the basement for hours.  We often get what Kay refers to as "basementitis" – where we start to act goofy and loopy due to an overabundence of crafting time in the basement.  :)  I am very very very proud to be her "mum" (stepmom).  You will see why here… 

What’s up? It’s Kay, and I’m taking over an entire blog post for the day! As Mum’s Personal Assitant, this is like a promotion for me, and I’m super excited. I wanted to start by sharing some of the cards from my class.

I got to teach a class at Stamp Your Art Out for kids, and it was soooooo much fun. I tried to make cards that weren’t too girly, because there were two boys in the class, and the kids had a blast. The amount of creativity in the room was incredible, mostly because the kids were not afraid to make something that was nothing like the original card. I loved it! I tried really hard to make the class fun – we had “Story Time” whenever I saw something that made me remember something crazy I had done. Their favorite was the "Great Ink Pad" story, inspired by them leaving the tops off of the ink…

I trip over stuff, and drop things a lot, and a few days before the class I dropped an ink pad on the ground… and got black Staz-on ink all over my foot. Clearly, this is why I never moved up in ballet. And they don’t call it “Staz-on” for nothing.

Anyways, it was a really big hit. They all told me I was the “best” and “coolest” teacher ever, and some of them were really excited for my next class there. So am I, believe me.

So here is the first card!  This card was really really really fun to make, because I just love the stamps. They’re really modern, with “LOL” and cell phones, and either a popsicle or a computer mouse. The card design was inspired by one of Mum’s cards (click HERE), only hers had animals on it and mine has a popsicle/computer mouse and a peace sign.

Card created by Kay McGuire – All products Hero Arts

This is my absolute, favoritest card EVER that I taught in the class. The colors were inspired by my Vera Bradley Wristlet (see HERE), and I love owls (and gems, one of my top five favorite products ever), so it was perfect. But my favorite part was the “You’re so COOL!” stamp because that is something I say ALL the time. Again, this was inspired by one of Mum’s.  (Click HERE to see.)

Card created by Kay McGuire – All products Hero Arts

This next card was fun, because the colors remind me of St. John. It also used two more of my top five favorite products ever, chalk and diamond Stickles. I really love the Diamond Stickles because they take on the color of whatever is behind it, thus eliminating the use for more than one color at a time. Plus they are a lot of fun to use. It also used clear stamping, which was really fun to teach because it’s easy, and the kids just lapped it up. (Thanks to this class, I am now seriously considering being a drama teacher.  I bet I’d be good at it.)

Card created by Kay McGuire – All products Hero Arts

Another fun card. (What card isn’t fun though?) I loved it because, first, it had a cupcake, and second, it got to cut a card in half. I really love the colors too, which were inspired by a picture on the wall.

Card created by Kay McGuire – All products Hero Arts

*Special Kay Tip* If you have a color you love, but need colors to match, find an object that you love and use it as inspiration.

This next one was awesome to make and awesome to teach, because it had so much potential for creativity. The kids loved coloring the animals, as did I, and thought the colors were awesome. The card wasn’t too girly or boyish which rocked, and the stars were fun. It used Pop-dots, which is another of my favorite supplies, and a corner rounder.

Card created by Kay McGuire – All products Hero Arts

Well, okay! This was fun. I’m currently working on attempting to edit another video, and I’m sure you will know when it’s mine.

Until then, may you be as happy as a bird with a French fry. 😉

Kay (Age 14)

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144 thoughts on “Post by Kay…”

  1. hi kay 🙂 i love your cards!!!! my fave is the owl one, i have the same vera wristlet 🙂

    your a good writer too!! maybe you’ll have your own blog someday?? congrats on your first class!! sounds like your a natural ….

    thanks again for sharing your class and cards with us!

  2. The blog takeover should be considered a “success”! Welcome Kay! You did an awesome job – your “Mum” can be soooo proud (and I know she is!) Love the cards too.

  3. Hey Kay ~
    Great job blogging! It was fun to read. You’re a real natural and it looks like you had a lot of fun too.
    I love the your cards. My favorite is your “txt” one with “lol” and “omg.” It’s perfect!
    Can’t wait to see what you do next!
    Take care,

  4. hi, Kay! I love your cards! You have a very bright future with your creative skills, teaching skills & writing skills! It’s no wonder your mum is always so proud of you. Looking forward to more blog posts from you (or maybe a blog of your own in the future!).

  5. Hi Kay! Great job with blogging!!! You did an awesome job my the cards too (my fave’s the first one =D)

    Looking forward to more posts from you!

    Thanks for sharing your class and your cards with us.

  6. Hi Kay! You did a great job with the blog and all your cards are really COOL! :)I can imagine why the kids love you class. Thanks for sharing your stories with us.

  7. kay you are too precious. i wish i would have known about scrapbooking and card making when i was 14. it would have been right up my alley. your mum is so proud of you and i see why. you are lucky to have each other!! xo

  8. What a GREAT post Kay! Love your writing and REALLY love your cards! Hope you keep up the good work and teaching! Maybe we’ll see some more of your fun cards sometime!? 🙂

  9. Super job on the blog post Kay! I’m glad to hear that you had such a great time teaching the class, your cards are great!- look forward to see reading another post from you soon!

  10. You are hilarious! You should consider a career in writing too b/c the post was very entertaining. And the cards were very cute. Can’t wait to see your video!

  11. Kay- FANTASTIC job on the blogging and the cards! Sounds like you taught an awesome class and have some beautiful cards! Thanks so much for sharing and can’t wait for when you take over the blog again! 🙂

  12. Kay, you are hilarious!!!!!!!!! Loved the ballet/Stazon crisis story, it made me laugh out loud! Your “mum” is always telling us how fabulous you are, and we see why! Thanks for the great blog post! Rock on girl!
    joanne (a classmate of Mum at Ranger U 2009)

  13. excellent job kay! on all the fabulous cards … and on the well written and funny blog post! i can tell just by reading it, that you make a wonderful teacher. so very cool that you’re following in your talented mum’s footsteps!

  14. Kay, What a wonderful job you did on the cards! You are as talented as your “mum.” Your blog post was lots of fun – hope to see another one from you sometime soon!

  15. Kay – it was WONDERFUL having you as guest blogger for the day, and your cards are fantastic! You are a very talented and creative young lady, and thanks for sharing with me even though I’m a complete stranger! Come back to mom’s blog soon!

  16. Kay what a fantastic bunch of cards! I can see why your students loved your class. You are extremely talented and artistic. Keep up with the classes and the creating as I am sure some day we will see your designs published!

  17. kay – you are a very talented and funny girl! loved seeing your cards from your class. look forward to your next takeover of the blog. 😉
    ps-jen, i can see why you are so proud of her!

  18. Awesome cards Kay. You should start your own blog (or take over your mum’s more often!) as I’d love to see/hear more of your work. *hugs*

  19. Hi Kay! You’re a very talented card maker and a very good writer! I’d love to see and hear more from you!

  20. Great cards Kay! I love when my daughters, who are 8 & 6, come downstairs and craft with me. We have such fun times together. Glad to hear that you have that with your mom too.

  21. Oh I believe we have a blog star in the makings!
    Jennifer, I know you’re one proud Mummy! Thanks to both for the fun post!

  22. You’re a great guest blogger, Kay! Darling cards – I love the one with the little circles and LOL, etc…no wonder the kids loved you = you make super cards and are quite a comedian as well! Stay cool and keep havin fun with the momster! 🙂

  23. Kay, your cards are so much fun! I’m sure the kids in your class had fun and learned lots– you could probably teach me a thing or two about stamping! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

  24. Great cards Kay – sounds like you had a lot of fun teaching the class. That cupcake card looks yummy and I love the colours of the Owl card. Thanks for taking over today!

  25. great job on the cards and blog. i wish i lived closer my son would have loved to take a class with you. he loves to scrapbook with me.

  26. This was such a wonderful post! I absolutely love your cards (especially the last one with the animals)! You are so funny, and it comes across in your writing! Thanks for making my night! 🙂

  27. Hi Kay! Wow, your cards are soo cool! Loved the cupcake card most! I am sure your classes are fun, you sound like a funny person! I hope to see some more of your creations soon! Hugs from Germany!

  28. Hi Kay! Loved your post and your cards. Your mum is so proud of you and I can see why. Hope to hear from you more often and to see more of your work. Can’t wait to see your video. Your post was such a treat. Hope you and mum have a great day.

  29. Hi Kay, I think you are an awesome teacher, just by looking at your cards makes me want to create!! Your cards are so inspirational, I love the one with lots of animals on it the most!! It’s so fun and I love the coloring that you did, they are perfect!!. Can’t wait to see your next video!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  30. Hi Kay

    Firstly, WOW – your cards are SO beautiful. I bet the kids you taught had a fantastic day! I wish I’d had a class like this to attend when I was a kid. Like you, I did ballet… and was terrible! I can’t choose a favourite – they all contain such wonderful elements. I love all the animals, and the stickles. And the owl is gorgeous. I love the way all 5 cards are so different – you have so much creativity.

    And secondly, your writing is amazing. Your teachers must love teaching you. I wish you were in one of my classes (I teach English and Drama). And from the sounds of it, you’d be an amazing teacher.

    So when are you going to set up your own blog 🙂

    Kay, thank you so much for sharing your cards and tips – I’m inspired now to go and create myself. I hope one day to have a daughter like you to craft with.

    Best wishes to you,

  31. Well done, Kay! I love that you call Jennifer MUM. I live in the UK and all moms are mum. How did you come up with it?

    My first ever exposure to stamps and stamping was at “Stamp Your Art Out” when I lived in Cincinnati many years ago now. I would have loved to have my 14 year old boys (twins) in your class. They love creating with my stuff and getting inky. Can’t wait to see your video.


  32. Jennifer, watch out! You have some real competition here! 🙂
    Kay, what a fantastic post! Your cards are brilliant. I think the owl one is my favourite, although they all rock. You’ve obviously learnt so much from your mum and have a real creative flair. I love the idea of stamping classes for kids. My two children love card making (in fact my 5 year old is busy creating a card right next to me now) and I’m sure they would love to go to classes like yours. Too bad we live so far away – it would be a bit far to come from the UK! Looking forward to seeing your video. x

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