Welcome to My Blog

Hello! I wanted to pop in and welcome new readers to my blog! Glad to have you here. I also wanted to share with you a bit of info and a welcome video.

First, here is some info on how best to keep up to date on this blog. This may be helpful to new and “old” friends:

  • If you would like to simply receive any of my new blog posts via email, head HERE and add your email where it says “Sign Up for Blog Notifications.” It’s simple and I recommend it so you can see things as soon as I post them.
  • If you would like to create an account here so you can “bookmark” your favorite projects and videos, head HERE and create an account where it says “Register.” If you do this, you can also click the check box to receive an exclusive “Email Newsletter.” This will be a very occasional newsletter… only available to those who register. Fun, huh? (Please keep in mind you do NOT have to register to read my blog as you always have. And all content is free!)
  • You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel… and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

There is a video HERE explaining more. If you have trouble, you can email me under “About” at the top of my site.

Next, I wanted to share with you a quick video.

I had this video created as an introduction to my channel over on YouTube, but thought it would be good to share here, too. It is short and simple and summarizes what I do!

And a big thank you to ipsoCreative for working your magic on this video… once again. I adore you folks!

Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you are here.

 


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98 thoughts on “Welcome to My Blog”

  1. I have been following you for a while…you have such a kind spirit and such an inspiration in life and in card making! Thanks for sharing all you do!!

  2. I follow you now, love your blog and have learned so much from you. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and I love how dedicated you are to your lovely family.

  3. Thanks for this post. I’ve been dropping by your blog for several months but I’m happy to now be a follower, and I’m looking forward to your newsletters! You are an excellent teacher and I love all the amazing tips, ideas and techniques you share. You provide so much creative inspiration to so many people. Keep up the phenomenal work!

  4. I always look forward to seeing all the ideas you showcase on your videos. I have tried several of them and love them all. Keep up the great work!

  5. Jennifer, you are truly amazing! I appreciate and admire your kindness. Thank you for sharing all your tips and tricks. Your videos are amazing. It is a pleasure to follow you – you are so positive and very supportive of your friends. I admire you and I thank you for all you do!

  6. The video was put together very well and in it you reflected who you are and what you do. God bless you for being the caring and kind woman that you are……………..and also for sharing your creative spirit with us. Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

  7. Hi Jennifer … I’ve been a very happy Feedly follower for a lovely long time and created an account when you did the launch of your new look blog. However, I didn’t register for the infrequent and exclusive newsletter, which I’d love to get … and now can’t find how to do that. Can you help? Thanks so much for your inspirational contribution to our paper crafting world … you really do share handmade kindness! Anita 🙂

  8. Aw, all of these comments are lovely ? Do you feel loved? You are loved xx
    Both my daughter and I love watching your videos ? and reading your blogs ?
    Thank you for putting in so much effort, it really is worth it, everything you put out here for us is FABULOUS!!!
    Hugs ?

  9. Hi Jennifer,
    What a lovely message. I chose “kindness” as my word for this year, because I do feel that the world needs more of it. And like you, I do think the “little kindnesses” we all can do can make a difference and make our world better.

    I’m happy to be a member of your community, and I think the blog update is stunning! Thank you for sharing ALL that you do!

  10. Jennifer,
    I’ve been following your blog for some time and really have learned so much. Your videos are very informative and inspiring – THANK YOU!

  11. Super cute video!! I love your message of sending kindness through a handmade card and am practicing that mantra this year!!

  12. Jennifer I was thrilled when I found your website and have been ‘Bloglovin’ your blog for some time now. ? I love your style, because your kindness shines through. That and your talent has kept me coming back. You are truly an inspiration. The little things aren’t really that little when they change someone’s day. Thank you!

  13. Dear Mrs. McGuire,
    I very much enjoy your videos and your blog. I usually leave comments at your youtube channel, but I thought I would take the time this morning to leave a little not here to let you know how much I appreciate the time and effort you put into sharing your talents and ideas with us, especially your ideas for sharing kindness. The most useful idea I have learned is the one about a removable sentiment so that the recipient can reuse the handmade card. I have a friend who is a priest. His mother is in a nearby nursing home and he visits two or three times a week and says Mass two of those times. His mother adores him, and he her. But when he is there as a priest everyone wants a piece of his time. He can resend my cards and they are just for her, just between them. I matters not where the card came from, just that it is not store bought — all the ladies can see it is hand made — and it is specially for her. It delights everyone involved! A small gift I can give to him, a huge gift he can give to her. I love it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Of course I love the techniques, the helpful hints, seeing the new products and new stamp sets being used so I can choose what to buy (although usually I want everything — you certainly don’t help me narrow down very much! 🙂 ); but it is the kindness and the joy and the family first and why we do this that matters most.

  14. I’ve followed you for a long time Jennifer, and I’ve been following by email for some time now. I don’t comment much, but I always watch your video’s and read your blog. I enjoy it so much!! You are so talented and I love all your cards. I think it is so sweet that you share your talents with us and teach us like you do. I thank you for that, such a generous gift to your readers!! Thanks for all you do, you have a fan for life. Hugs, Brenda

  15. Hi Jennifer,

    I am one of your “oldies” – I have been following you for years, and I have to say you are extraordinary – thank you for ALL you do! I can’t think of “kindness” without thinking of you – in fact, I saw a t-shirt in Target the other day and nearly sent you a photograph – it said “Kindness is my Jam” – Brilliant 🙂

  16. I have been following you/your blog for sometime and I have a tremendous number of your videos pinned. Some of your techniques I have already tried and I am anxiously waiting to try the rest! Love the Share Handmade Kindness campaign and I am trying to think of more ways to”pass it on”. You can never share too much kindness!
    Love your new site and it IS easy to find what I am looking for. Although I haven’t won any of your giveaways I DO appreciate that you are prompt with your draws and contacting your winners. (We are ALL winners when you consider what we learn from you!) So Thank You for all of your time that you put in to share YOUR kindness with US!

  17. I found your website about a month ago and have enjoyed watching your videos. You got me to organize myself! I’ve created a birthday box – because I never get my cards ready in time to send. I’ve organized my stamps and dies using your pocket methods. They are now all in one place instead of spread out numerous places. And my favorite, I am finishing my swatch book. I didn’t realize how helpful this would be! Anyway, thanks so much for all your posts and all the freely available information you put out there for us! It has been invaluable to me!!
    One question I had – You said in one of your videos that you don’t use your distress inks for stamping but for techinques. I was wondering why? I am still learning about inks.
    Thanks!

  18. Thanks for the ways you encourage us in the art of paper crafting; and for being such a shining example of caring and kindness in a world that sometimes seems sadly lacking in these two qualities. I’ve been a fan for many years and have passed it on to crafting friends, who’ve probably passed it on to others. Thus it becomes a ripple effect spreading out to many. So again, just thanks!

  19. I have been a follower for some time and I think this new site is amazing! Your introductory video on how to use it was very informative. I think your work is terrific and will continue to be inspired by you with every post you make. Thank you!

  20. Welcome, new followers! I have been following Jennifer’s blog/YouTube Channel for quite some time and I always find inspiration. Whether it’s a new stamp set, a new technique or a new way to use the stamps in which I’ve already invested, Jennifer’s well of knowledge never disappoints.

  21. Hi I want to thank you for what you do! I found your website about 1 1/2months ago. You are so inspiring! I’m just getting back into stamping, I used to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator but I really haven’t done any for at least 7 years. There is sooo much that is new with the die cuts etc. I wait for your emails– so much fun. Thanks again for making all of this available. I am a believer too.

    Thanks
    Mary

  22. I’ve been following you for a few years and you are the first blogger I recommend to friends new to the card making experience. You are sweet, kind and creative. Thank you for making the crafting experience a community!

  23. Hi Jennifer– Have you heard of the Rees Specht Life Foundation? It’s mission is focused on planting seeds of kindness. I ordered a bunch of the trading cards and put one into each pencil case that my daughter and I made for her first grade class.

    I will use the remaining cards to insert into the handmade card sets that I make. Thanks for the inspiration.

    http://www.reesspechtlife.com/

  24. I found your blog about 3 months ago, and have loved it! I saw the post for the cards for the terminal children and thought I would like to participate with that, but time got away from me and I didn’t make any. When I saw your video about the little boy dying….it broke my heart and I sobbed for that family!! I also felt so bad that I had missed out on that blessing of reaching out to these families. When I saw the post about Lasting Hearts, I felt God’s encouragement to send cards. I lost my first child and wanted to reach out to these hurting souls that are going through the loss from a miscarriage. I sent 20 cards last week!! I took them to work to show them to a couple of friends and a customer came by asking if I had made any cards lately and I gave her the bag to look at and told her what I was doing. She took them to the conference room and when she returned she had tears running down her face….she had prayed over each of them that God would comfort the receiver of these cards. I was speechless. I knew then I was doing the right thing. Thank you so much for your inspirations and for spreading kindness with each project and post to encourage all of us to do the same!

  25. I feel like I’m visiting a friend and we craft together. Keep being you, I know you will find great peace and prosperity through your kindness. Thanks always for your inspiration. XXX

  26. I’m fairly new to your blog. Amy Rasavy recommended you so I looked up your blog and have totally enjoyed watching your videos and card making techniques! And yes, long live snail mail!

  27. Great video for your youtube channel and I absolutely love your videos, techniques and everything you share with us. Thank you so much for all that you do!!

  28. Girlfriend….you do all of that and so much more! I feel like I am sitting down with an old friend who is a delight and encourages me to try something new. And I do!
    You are a blessing!

  29. Thank you for every thing you share with us! you became my every morning “newspaper” to me … what’s new today? 🙂 I feel blessed since I discover you and I still remember that moment, it was the video that I’ve found about a technique for using colored embossing folders. Big hug, crafty friend!!!

  30. What you do is so cool, really. You have given me so many ideas and you do videos and well, you do everything so well! I’ve always wanted to do a blog and showcase my stamping but I’d have no idea how to do it. Besides, there are you, Kathy R. and others who do it so well. I can’t even begin to compete, that’s for sure. You are amazing and I hope you continue for a long time to come. I’ve finally finished all my cards for the kindness thing for Feb. I will mail them tomorrow. I’d love to show you what I did but I’m not sure we can post on here or not. I scanned them to my computer so everyone can see them. I pass your blog around to 2 card making groups I belong to and a craft and chat group. Tonight I am going to finish hopping and boy are my legs tired! LOL I loved all the other sites on the hop and of course, Simon Says. Thanks for all that you do for kindness and for stamping.

  31. Jennifer, I thought I would share a true story that might brighten your day. A few weeks ago, I was shopping at the local craft store when a young woman asked me a question about a product. I guess I look approachable or something. I told her what I knew, suggested some sources for a product that would work for what she was doing (SSS and EH), and then she asked a question about the difference between Big Shot and Silhouette. I told her a little and recommended the Online Card class that covers both. She had never heard of OCC but as soon as I mentioned Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner she broke into a huge smile. “I know them”, she exclaimed! “Well, I don’t actually know them, but I read their blogs sometimes. They are amazing.” And so began a 45 minute conversation (in the middle of the AC Moore aisle) as we discovered some church friends in common, similar crafting interests, and a shared philosophy of how hand made things can minister to the hearts of women. I think I have a new friend, a young mom who home-schools her children and cares deeply about the other women in her church. And this Grandma, who doesn’t have nearly enough time with her own daughter and grandchildren who live an hour away, has a opportunity to invest some time in this young woman. I hope to have her come over one day soon to play with my Big Shot and my Silhouette. Do you get a little glimmer of what your work and your online community facilitates? Thank you for creating a little corner of the web where kindness and thoughtfulness reign and for inspiring and challenging the rest of us to do that as well.

  32. Jennifer-

    I’ve been following you for about a year and I wanted to let you know that I so love all the work you do. I enjoy watching your videos on my train ride home in the evenings. They keep me motivated to stay creative.

    Thanks for all you!

  33. Thanks for the video and for all you do. I love your techniques and the way that you present them. Your daughter is an absolute cutie and well as your son and your new puppy.

  34. When I first saw the new blog I really wasn’t sure that I liked it. You know…old dog…new trick syndrome. I took the time to watch this video and really look around at what the new blog has to offer. Now I am in love with it! You never cease to amaze me. I truly appreciate all that you bring to this industry. Thank you.

  35. Love, Love, Love the new Welcome video!!!!!!! I can’t say enough about your amazing talent and the clean and simple presentations. You have inspired me to create more and reach out to friends and family more this year. Thank you for your inspirations and encouragement!

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