My Favorite Crafty Things: Other Fun Inspiration… Discounts + Giveaways

Today is the last day – Day 10 – of My Favorite Crafty Things 2013 and I am sharing a bunch of random things that I look to for inspiration. There is a lot of information! (Be sure to visit this feature’s main page to see the other topics.)

A little reminder that today is the last day for these two shopping discounts:

Be sure to check out the additional discount codes and giveaways below – there are lots of good ones today!

So let’s dive in to some random things that I look to for inspiration


Many times when I am looking for something to kick start my  creativity, I reach for a kit. There are several kits I love! Simon Says Stamp Card Kits offers a monthly kit designed by an incredible cardmaker and has products with a universal appeal. Studio Calico offers scrapbooking, Project Life and card kits that are always on trend and have great add-on options available. All of these kits include stamps, papers, embellishments and more.

I also am a big fan of the new Freckled Fawn Ohdeerme Embellishment Kits, which come in the cutest tin and are filled with unique finishing touches (including a stamp set made by Hero Arts) for any type of paper crafting. (For 15% off your order at Ohdeerme, use code “McGuire15” through 11/30/13.)

You can subscribe to each of these kits so that they arrive to your door automatically each month (at a lower cost), or you can buy each month individually. Click each for more info:


I am a cardmaker first and foremost. But every once in awhile, I get an itch to create other types of DIY paper crafts. So I wanted to share some other fun paper crafts tools from We R Memory Keepers – the Gift Box, Pillow Box, Gift Bag and Candy Box Punch Boards. (I had shared their Envelope Punch Board earlier – see HERE – and many people asked about these tools.) Check them out in action:

We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board
(SSS | EH)


We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board
(SSS | EH)


We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board
(SSS | EH)


We R Memory Keepers Candy Box Punch Board
(SSS | EH)


We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
(SSS | EH)


Teflon Bone Folder
(SSS | EH)



I also have a few other random bits of inspiration-provoking goodies to share with you:

  • Online Card Classes (which I own with partner and dear friend Kristina Werner) offers online classes with video instruction and more. These classes have been very popular and always provide a ton of inspiration. For a video on how these classes work, check HERE.
  • I really love prints from Baby Bird and Bub Bub to hang in my craft space. Very inspiring and fun. (For 15% off prints, use the code “JENSFAVE15” between now and 12/10/13.)
  • A fantastic “handmade by” stamp is a fun way to share with others your love of crafting. My favorites are from Twig & Linen and Maple & Cotton (formerly Lush Prints) on Esty. (I shared these the other day but wanted to share again. Twig and Linen is offering a 20% discount through 12/10/13 with the code “TWIG20” and Maple & Cotton is offering free shipping through 11/29/13 for US customers with the code “JENSFAVE”.)
  • As much as I love crafting, my kids love it even more! We are big fans of Kiwi Crate – a program that sends monthly craft kits for kids ages 3-7. One of my childhood friends is the creator and they have been amazingly successful. (For $10 off, head HERE.)

For more information on each, click below:


There are so very many awesome cardmaking blogs out there – I couldn’t even begin to link to all the ones I love. However, there are also a lot of great manufacturer and challenge blogs that I wouldn’t want you to miss. Be sure to check each out… I bet some of them will have something to offer you:


One of my favorite things about this hobby is the kindness of everyone in the industry. One of the best people I have met is Sandy Allnock – the founder of Operation Write Home. OWH has collected 2.5 million cards for our soldiers – including blank cards for soldiers to write home in. (I bet many of us have unused cards we can send in!) I highly recommend checking out the OWH blog as they have many great tutorials. It is easy to send cards in… and you can even request a free stamp to stamp the back of your OWH cards with!

Hope some of these things lead to some inspiration for you!


Here is a recap of the discount codes I have for you as part of My Favorite Crafty Things:

This list of favorite crafty things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you love.

Thanks for joining me for My Favorite Crafty Things. I hope you enjoyed it!


Today I have a fabulous giveaway for FIVE lucky winners!

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/29/13 telling me your favorite source of inspiration. Good luck to all!

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664 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things: Other Fun Inspiration… Discounts + Giveaways”

  1. Your blog and onlinecardclasses are great sources of inspiration- also like pinterest and I have found a few people that post lots of great cards. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. I have always thought the card kits looked really cool, from all three companies! Thank you for introducing them to me and for the giveaway too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  3. Jennifer – I don’t even know if it’s possible to take part in this from Germany but I just love all the Simon Says Stamps and stuff. So I love to go to the SSS Blog for insporation. I am also watching the videos on their youtube channel. Unfortunately we don’t have those stamps and dies in Germany which makes me super sad.. 🙁
    Anyways. Happy late Thanksgiving to you and thank you so much for all your inspiration.
    A grateful reader from overseas – Ulli

  4. I get my inspiration from watching Youtube (you and Kristina Werner), simon says stamp and Pinterest! Love your blog for inspiration.

  5. I love to follow blogs. Yours and Kristina’s are at the top of that list of course! Thank you for the chance to win!

  6. I really love the card kits but they are kinda expensive. I would really love it if I could win one of the kits for free

  7. I always find inspiration with the beautiful things that people post on Facebook, but my favourite source of inspiration right now is Pinterest! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I always find my inspiration from the videos I watch on you tube and by perusing the different online stores I shop at to see what is new and different. I also get inspiration from sites like Pinterest and Facebook. But mostly I try to take inspiration from the occasion I am making the card for and the person I am making the card for and personalize it to their likes and personality. Thanks for all your great videos, you have taught me so much. Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!

  9. My favourite sources of inspiration are pinterest and Splitcoast stampers (i love the ability to look up cards made with stampin up’s sets). Also the great videos/photos that crafty bloggers like you share. Thanks for the week of ideas and products.

  10. Jennifer thanks for sharing your favorite things videos! I have enjoyed every one. My favorite inspirations are blogs and the online card classes.

  11. My source of inspiration has been from the Simon Says Stamp blog and You Tube channel. Each design member has their on unique way of inspiring ideas and I love that because I am just learning so much as a new card maker myself.

  12. M favorite source of inspiration is card design blogs-specifically yours and Kristina Werner’s. but I also get a lot of inspiration from my crafty friends!

  13. My biggest source of inspiration is following blogs that really speak to me and fit how I think about making cards!

  14. I really enjoy both the monthly card kit from SSS and the wonderful online card classes. Now that most of the print magazines are no longer publishing, I have found Pinterest and really enjoy it..

  15. I follow a lot of blogs for inspiration, but I really love the online card class called Inspiration Showcase for techniques! Thanks, Jennifer!!

  16. My greatest inspirations over the past few years have come from you and Kristina’s blogs as well as your wonderful On-line Card Classes. Please keep your videos coming and new classes for us all to enjoy.

  17. I have many crafter’s blog sites bookmarked. Yours, Tim Holtz, Julie Ebersole, Debby Hughes, Shari Carroll, Kristina Werner, Simon Says Stamp, Papertrey Ink, Hero Arts, Laura Bassen, My Favorite Things, and many more, are sites that I check out on a regular basis. This series has been wonderful. Thank you for taking time during this busy season to share your time and talent with us!

  18. Those boards were very cool! Thanks for showing them. I hadn’t really checked them out at all so I didn’t have a clue what they were for!

  19. I have enjoyed all of the videos on your favorite things. I love the punch boards you just showed. How handy and you make it look so simple. I do have the envelope board and love the last video you made the card box. These other boxes and awesome too. Thanks so much for making me want every thing you showed.

  20. I love watching the various YouTube videos from a variety of card makers. It is wonderful that they share their craft. Blogs such as yours are also fresh inspiration.

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