My Favorite Crafty Things 2015: FINISHING TOUCHES & MAILING + Giveaway

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2015! I hope you are finding this series helpful.

I have big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “JenCrafty” from 12/1/15 until 11:59pmEST on 12/15/15.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfaves” from 12/1/15 until 11:59pmEST on 12/15/15.
  • As you are shopping, please keep in mind that these stores and many of the stamp manufacturers had HUGE sales a couple weeks ago so inventory may be low. Please know that they have already placed re-orders!

Today is all about on finishing touches and mailing.

My Favorite Crafty Things Videos by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The video is long since I cover two important subjects…

[All products are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, etc.

This list of Favorite Crafty Things may also be used as an easy gift guide! Feel free to give this link to a loved one. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2014, click HERE.


Here are some other videos that may be helpful:


I have a giveaway for a lucky winner! Someone will get a Wink of Stella Clear Pen, SSS Share Post Its, and a sheet of From Me To You Postage.

For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/15 telling me your favorite cardmaking tip. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed, and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)

See you soon with the last addition to this series.

[Please note that I purchased most of the products in this post personally. All are featured because I truly like them.]

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521 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things 2015: FINISHING TOUCHES & MAILING + Giveaway”

  1. My favorite card making tip: It’s one I used today, which is, make cards with a crafty friend. You can comment on ideas, give inspiration and sometimes even make something for the friend you are creative with, as her comments points you in the right direction, and she will end up liking what you made because she was a part of the process.

  2. My favorite tip: just a little bit of texture on a card makes all the difference! A sequin, a strip of glitter card stock, some twine, whatever.

  3. Ohh I can’t remember if this came from you or Kristina but my favourite card making tip was how to make a 5×7 top folding card. It was as simple as gluing two smaller pieces together but I remember a combination of my mind being blown as well as feeling silly for not thinking of it myself.

  4. My craft tip is when you are making shaker cards before you add your seed beads or glitter in them took your powder tool and just run it around the inside of it. That way your seed beads and glitter won’t stick to the adhesive!!!

  5. Love your crafty thing videos, I get so inspired to use new things or to dig up stuff I have purchased from past videos. Thanks for giving us your time and have a very Merry Christmas!!!!

  6. My favorite card making tip is to be patient… yup. It’s not really a good crafty tip except it tends to be my downfall when I don’t wait and then I end up starting over anyway. So… just relax and wait for your card-making magic to happen!

    Thanks for all the tips!!

  7. Another great video, thanks for all the great info and tips. My favorite tip–so hard to say, since I use so many of yours! I loved the info on the wink of stella pen, I love of the tip of putting the plastic tag holder in the bottle of glue, that works great! I also love how you store stamps, dies etc–use that one too, have a bunch of “new” stamps waiting to get organized, plus the plastic index pages to make separators, have that to do too, after the Christmas stuff gets done.

  8. I am loving this video series. Learning so many useful things. I have a little tip to share. For mailing cards with dimension, I got a piece of card board and cut a 1/4 inch wide slit in it, then when I get ready to mail a card, after I put it in an envelope and it is completely ready to mail, I slide the envelope through that slit in the card board, if it fits through there no problem then regular postage will do, if not then I know it requires extra postage.

  9. My best tip as a new card maker (compared to you & your peers) is to heed the advice you give to all of us so freely. Because you have tried these products and know what you are talking about makes all of us want to emulate (to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation) your work. I would not be a card maker without the instruction & knowledge you have shared. Every time I construct a new card using the information I gleaned from you, I almost feel a need to notate that I learned from you how to make that card. The reason I do not is because I am still a beginner and it shows. Forever in your debt…

  10. I am a very long time card maker. My tip is to just remember the joy someone will have when they receive your card. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make the card and send it to someone.

  11. The craft foam has made such a difference in adding dimension to my cards. Much more confident mailing them now. Really want the check out the share post its.

  12. My main tip would be to play around with anything you’re interested in, embossing, watercolouring, and that sharing that joy of creating is just amazing.

  13. My tip: do not try to do too much at the same time. If your baking & frosting leave it in the kitchen do not drag it in to your cards. Thanks for the tips and giveaway.

  14. My favorite card making tip is to not sweat the small details that you think are mistakes, most likely, the person you send it to will not even notice!

  15. My tip would be creating your cards joyfully and embellish them with love and for sure with sequins, glitter, shimmer, etc. I love being a cardmaker. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. My newest card making tip that I just started doing, to give my cards a little bit of dimension but without making them too bulky, I mount the layers on a piece of cardboard– usually a cut up cereal box., If I want a little bit more dimension, I use your suggestion, Jennifer, of fun foam.

  17. One of my new favorite ideas is to make a big sheet of background-worthy card front material to use on multiple cards. Last night I stamped and embossed Tim Holtz’s instrument stamps onto a big piece of vintage sheet music — I’ll use this background to make a couple of cards & possibly a tag or two if there’s enough left over.

  18. Love the PPP clear droplets- thanks for the info. My tip: perfection is not required or expected. Just do your best & have fun. Thanks for a chance to win.

  19. My favorite cardmaking tip is to stay organized! It makes it so much easier to create, and to WANT to create, when your workspace isn’t chaos, and you can find everything you need!

  20. My tip is to have fun and to buy what you love and USE it. Don’t just collect it. You will be happier using it up. 🙂

  21. My favorite tip is to have card bases cut and ready to go. In addition, if you love it use it…don’t save it because you think it has to be used on the perfect project…chances are you will find something you love even more and the thing you loved might not hold as much inspiration as it once did.

  22. My fave cardmaking tip is that whatever HANDMADE you make for someone with all your heart, love and passion is the greatest tip of all time. Handmade are the best gift ever bcoz it comes from the heart. 🙂

  23. My favorite card making tip…just go with your original thought….don’t try to be perfect….everything hand made is awesome.

  24. My tip is to not freak out if you are doing multiples and some cards look a little bit different from others. There is only one recipient per card, so differences won’t be noticed anyway! Just enjoy your craft!

  25. My tip is something I’m still trying to master: Do your best, but don’t insist on perfection (if that’s your goal, go buy Hallmark cards). You’ve shown me many ways to correct things and turn a little imperfection into a “happy accident.”

  26. My tip is to be sure that your crafting area is well organized. When I neglect to put away things properly, then I waste tons of time looking for them again!

  27. Oh boy, my tip would be to keep your work area as clean as possible in an effort to avoid unwanted ink smears or finger smudges on the card you are making. But don’t try to be perfect; your card is handmade not machine made, and with a little creative thinking, you can usually salvage your work.

  28. My tip would be to just experiment and try different techniques….experiment…after all…it’s only paper and heaven knows we all have plenty of that in our stash!

  29. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful tips. I love using fun foam when creating shakers or to give my cards a solid dimension base.
    Crafty hugs,

  30. Wow, you have so many useful tips, I love them all! For today’s video, however, I especially like the idea of using the small foam pieces to protect the dimensional cards for mailing…so clever! And the Kindness Quote cards are too cute, I love the french fry one!

  31. My tip – if possible, have a place where you can easily get to all your stuff. I used to have it all in drawers and forgot half the stuff I had. Now I have a craft table with everything out, so I can see what I have and get inspired!

  32. my tip is too keep everything organized and labeled so you know where to look for what you already have then you don’t buy something that you already have. I love using the craft foam and sequins and I like to try new things.

  33. Maybe for someone else the 2 tips are not really new but for me they are, the wink of Stella marker it’s great and the new foam that I’m using it’s very good too, because it’s like double, and the dimension it much better.

  34. My favorite tip? Finish the inside and decorate the envelope as you are making the card! It’s more likely that you’ll mail it soon if it is all ready to go! 🙂

  35. I wish I had a useful tip to share, but I just use all of yours! I have learned so much from your blog and videos! Thank you for the constant inspiration!

  36. My favorite card-making tip is to remember that your card will bring joy to the recipient even if it’s not perfect. Thank you for reminding us of this, Jennifer!

  37. .My favorite card making tips are how to prevent damage in the mail and everything else you have shared. It is so hard to choose just one

  38. Love the Wink of Stella pen. What I need to remember is that my card will bring joy to someone receiving it. I tend to forget this.

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