Frequently Asked Questions, Updates and Sales

Hi! I have been getting a lot of questions lately so I thought I would pop in and share some answers… along with a few updates and sales!


Q: You mentioned Altenew Obsidian Black Ink in your recent video as a great black ink. How does it compare to Gina K Amalgam Ink?

A: Good question! I use BOTH. I use Altenew Obsidian Black Ink for sentiments, solid images, and when I want to heat emboss. (It is a pigment ink.) I use Gina K Amalgam Ink when I want to stamp an image to color (it works with Copic Markers, watercolor, colored pencils, etc.). With the two together, I have everything I need. Both are incredible!
By the way, the Altenew Obsidian Black Ink is out of stock in most places. More had to be manufactured! It will be back in several weeks.

Q: I thought blending brushes would have made your list of new must-have products video. Do you still like them? Do you still use Ink Blending Tools?

A: I do still use both! I didn’t put blending brushes in that recent video since I had them on my My Favorite Crafty Things Tool Video in 2018. I use both blending brushes and ink blending tools still. I have a video coming up soon comparing them all!

Q: Do you like the new Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes?

A: I do! I like both of the blending brushes I have tried – Life Changing Brushes and Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes. Both are great and I will use both. The Stamp Market just came out with brushes, too! (More on that below.) I ordered some and can’t wait to try them.
By the way, Taylored Expression brushes are out of stock and more are being made. If you are interested, get on the waiting list HERE.

Q: Do you sell your cards?

A: I am sorry, I don’t sell my cards. I do send cards randomly to blog readers, friends I have made on social media, and to those who have sent me cards. I wish I could send one to everyone! But I do send a lot!

Q: How do you keep track of what stamps and dies you have?

A: I don’t do anything. 🙂 I am weird and remember what I have. Sorry!

Q: Do you sell your supplies? What do you do with extras?

A: I don’t directly sell my old supplies. I donate many of them, give others to friends, etc. However, I do sometimes put together boxes stuffed with supplies and “sell” them to blog readers… and 100% of the money goes to charity. If you want to be considered for one of these boxes leave a comment on THIS post. Whenever I get boxes together I refer to the folks who left comments there.

I will answer more questions in a future post! Hope this helps.


A few updates for you:

  • As I mentioned above, the Altenew Obsidian Black Ink is out of stock in most places. More had to be manufactured! It will be back in several weeks. Stay tuned!
  • Also, the Couture Creations Creative Detailer Tool is out stock. However, more are on their way! You can get it on reserve HERE.
  • I am still working on updating my Ink Swatches. Sorry for the wait. Stayed tuned!


There are some great sales going on right now!

Be sure to visit the websites for any fine print, restrictions, etc! Please let me know if you see any errors in the sale info! I will update this post as I learn of more deals. Affiliate links may be used – not in all cases – at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Please know I only support legitimate companies and small businesses with original designs and good people. xo. I will be constantly be donating a portion of my affiliate sales from this page to a good cause. For all of July I will be supporting The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance! My mother-in-law is currently battling this. We must help these women fight this horrible disease.

SIMON SAYS STAMP — There are HUGE savings at Simon Says Stamp right now!

THE STAMP MARKET – The Stamp Market has come out with Ink Blending Brushes! I have ordered a bunch. Love the white design! And they are on SALE right now big time! Not sure how long the deal will last. Find them HERE.

HONEY BEE — Get 20% off all the Honey Bee fall, Christmas, holiday items… plus anything red or green! (And a few added surprises, too!) Over 200 items in the shop qualify, INCLUDING their ENTIRE Clearance section! (With savings up to 70% off of clearance, you won’t want to miss it!) Use code “SANTA20” through 7/22/19. Shop HERE.


  • Altenew just came out with awesome wall decals. So much fun! You can find them all HERE.
  • Check out the great new release HERE.
  • Get up to 45% off the items in Sale Collection – no code needed. Shop HERE.
  • Save in the Clearance Section. Shop HERE.
  • Save on the Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan – only $29.99. Shop HERE.
  • Get FREE US shipping on orders over $100 with the code “USFREE”
  • Get $7 off international shipping on orders over $100 with code “SHIP70FF”

MY FAVORITE THINGS — Get FREE shipping at My Favorite Things on orders over $25 in the US. Through 7/31/19. Shop HERE.

And… there are 3 ways to save with every purchase at My Favorite Things:

  • Get the “Free with $60 Die-namics” die with qualifying orders over $60. Details HERE.
  • All qualifying US orders of $50 or more (after discounts) will receive a $6.50 shipping credit, which is automatically applied to your shopping cart. Contiguous US customers receive FREE shipping on each order $50 or more (after discounts) when selecting “MFT’s Choice” as your shipping method. Details HERE.
  • All international customers may select “MFT’s Choice”, our flat rate shipping method. You’ll never pay more than $19.50 in shipping. Details HERE.
  • Also, remember the more you spend, the more you save! One discount code per order:
    • Orders over $100 save 10%. Use code STS10 in the Shopping Cart area at checkout.
    • Orders over $250 save 15%. Use code STS15 in the Shopping Cart area at checkout.
    • Orders over $500 save 20%. Use code STS20 in the Shopping Cart area at checkout.
    • Orders over $750 save 25%. Use code STS25 in the Shopping Cart area at checkout.

KAT SCRAPPINESS — Receive 20% off all Christmas/Hanukkah products with the code “JULYXMAS” through 7/31/19. Shop HERE.

SPELLBINDERS – Spellbinders has Surprise Bundles for sale! These include an assortment of Six Die Sets, Two Embossing Folders and Three Stamp & Die Sets. This bundle is valued over $150! Hurry and grab yours while they last. Shop HERE.

THERMOWEB – Be sure to check out the Thermoweb summer sale! Lots of huge deals. Find it HERE.

CONCORD & 9TH — GREAT new products, free gifts, and savings over at Concord & 9th…


HALLMARK SCRAPBOOK & CRAFTS – Huge steals over at Hallmark! Find them HERE.

NEAT AND TANGLED — Save 40% off retiring items at Neat and Tangled! No code needed. While supplies last. Hurry! Shop HERE.

IMPRESS — Save 25% off everything at Impress on 7/20/19. Shop HERE.

GINA K DESIGNS — Get this stamp set FREE with a purchase of $75 or more! Limited time only. Shop HERE.

PURPLE ONION DESIGNS — Save 25% off at Purple Onion Designs through 7/29/19! Shop HERE.

Happy weekend!

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18 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions, Updates and Sales”

  1. Thank you for spending the time and energy to compile all your lists! Your generous spirit has inspired me to be more giving. It is fun to try and find creative ways to share kindness. Thank you, Jennifer!

  2. I really appreciate your swatch lists – so easy to use and convenient. Thanks for all your tips and videos!

  3. I had to laugh at your comment, “I’m weird, I just remember. ” My 2 1/2 year old grandson tells me all the time “I just weird. ” I remember some of my stock but not where I put it. I love to watch your videos. They are very informative and calming. Your techniques and explanations are something I refer to all the time. When anyone has a question in any of my multiple Facebook groups I always send them your way. Thank you for your enthusiasm and sharing.

  4. You answered so many questions that I’ve had ! Thank you. You’re a great crafter and communicator too !

  5. thank you for all you do for the crafting community. love your video tutorials, I’ve learned a lot watching them.

  6. I have been a long time follower of your blog Jennifer. Your videos are always interesting and I enjoy watching you create. Thanks for sharing with us

  7. Thanks again so much for all you do for the crafting industry! You are loved! I appreciate you wading though all of these most deserving companies and bring us the sale items each week! I would like to be Jennifer McGuire when I grow up! 😂 Or I’ll just settle for following you and learn your awesome techniques. Thanks for all you do

  8. Hi, Jennifer, I wanted to share what I do for the person(s) who asked how to keep track of stamp sets and dies. I buy 5×8 index cards, and every time I buy a new stamp set, I write the name of the stamp set at the top, the name of the dies that go with it (some are named different than the coordinating stamp set), and where I bought it. Then I stamp each stamp in the set below this information. I put them in a file box, and because I have so many (hundreds), I split them into sections, such as Birthday, Fall/Thanksgiving, Words, Background, etc. Then all I have to do when I want to make something is go through my file, depending on what I’m looking for. Likewise, for my die sets, I write the name of the die set, the coordinating stamp set and where I bought it (or the manufacturer) at the top of the 5×8 card, make a sample of each die from scraps, glue to the index card and file the same way as I do my stamps in a separate file box. I just buy the cheap index cards, as I don’t care how well the ink stamps on them; I just want to be able to see what the set has. It works well for me.

    Thank you for all you do. Your videos are so innovative, well done and well explained. I appreciate the detail you provide during each. I’d rather have a longer video and see the process than having the video sped up, as some do. You amaze me with all the different techniques you come up with! You inspire me, not just in card making, but for the kind person you are in all that you do and share. I feel like I have a friend! Again, thank you!

  9. So sorry to hear about your Mother-in-Law Jennifer. I lost my Aunt to Ovarian Cancer a long time ago now. She hid it from us for a long time, and by the time she decided she wasn’t feeling well, it was too late. It was a terrible shock to all of us. On another note, I also have a friend who had it. She was diagnosed in the early stages, and survived it. My prayers are with you and your family. Also sending hugs. A warm hug goes a long way. xx

  10. I often wonder if you realize how much of a possitive impact you make on those of us who follow your tutorials? Thank you for sharing your creativity, talent, and inspiration. Because of my trust in you and in your beliefs, I would love to be considered to purchase a box of crafty goodies to help a charity of your passion! Thank you. Carol Wortman USA I also posted this on your original crafty box sale blog, not sure of which one from where you were selecting . (((hug Jennifer))) And prayers for your Mom-in-law ♡♡♡

  11. What are we all going to do when you hang up your crafty apron? Lol. Jennifer, you inspire and teach us all so much. Thank you.

  12. Your videos are so helpful to people like me trying to learn new techniques. I really appreciate you taking time to explain some things. I find that Altenew runs out of everything you highlight. I watched your video on the Artist Markers and they were out of stock by March and still are not back in stock. 🙁 You should give companies a heads up you’re going to use their products so they can be ready with plenty! 🙂

  13. Thank you for sharing with this Q & A! I would also like to be entered into a drawing in the future for buying a box of supplies. I love that you donate to charities and by doing this we can help! Thanks, Debbie

  14. Jennifer I will be praying for your mother-in-law. I enjoy your posts and your videos. I get much inspiration from your cards. Also could you do a review of your die cutting machines and I could use some input on my decision to by a new one from someone who has many! Thank you!

  15. I absolutely love all of your videos. I quote you to everyone 😊! Hope I get to meet you some day!

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