Q&A with Jennifer McGuire!

Hi all!

My crafty friend Jennifer McGuire is visiting me this weekend in Utah and we decided to do a couple Q&A videos for you guys! We reached out on Facebook and asked for your questions. :)

We answer six popular questions in the video below. And don’t forgot to watch us answering six MORE questions at Jennifer’s blog. :)

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email


“Faux” Calligraphy – Make Your Envelopes Special! + Vintage Postage Stamps

I’ve been fascinated with handwriting and calligraphy since I was a little girl, so addressing the envelopes for my handmade cards has always been fun. I’ve shared some envelopes on Instagram over the last little bit and thought I’d share a quick video on “faux” calligraphy, or basically taking your own handwriting and adding accents and embellishing it a bit.

Here’s one of the envelopes I made today… (video below)

***The address on the envelope below is a business address for Simon Says Stamp, NOT a personal home address***

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube

I found a fun blog post over on Pinterest that inspired me to address the envelopes today. Check out the fun envelopes over at Oh So Beautiful Paper! The pink envelope in the blog post directly inspired my envelopes today. :)

As for pens, I’ve been using a while Gelly Roll pen as of late and really loving it. It writes smooth and bright. It’s not quite as bright as the Uni-ball Signo Broad (my favorite white pen for crafting), but the smoothness is what I was looking for in a white pen for addressing envelopes.

The pink envelope is from paper-papers.com. They have a TON of envelopes. I like to buy the 25 or 50 packs of bright colors. It’s unusual to receive colored envelopes in the mail, so I want to use ones that stand out.

And I usually mix current postage stamps with vintage stamps. I use current postage stamps to make sure I get a high enough postage to mail the envelopes, and then vintage stamps to add something extra. I especially like to get vintage stamps that feature the states where the people I send cards to often live. For example, my mom lives in Arizona so I have some vintage Arizona stamps.

I’ve been adding to my vintage stamp collection by ordering from these online stores:

So I hope you guys try out the “faux” calligraphy. It can be super fun! :)

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email


Happy Birthday To You — Make a Card Monday #258

NOTE: Sorry for this being a day late. I had technical difficulties last night and couldn’t get the video to work at YouTube. Thankfully, it’s working now. :)

Hi all! Today I have another easy to create birthday card. :) I can’t seem to keep my stash of birthday cards stocked! They are my most mailed cards. What about you guys? What cards do you use most?

I used two stamp sets to make this card: Make a Wish from Mama Elephant and Bokeh Builder from My Favorite Things. I adore the large birthday sentiments in the Make a Wish stamp set!


Watch video below | Watch at YouTube


Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email



All opinions are my own. If I receive a product to review, it is my policy to make note of how it was acquired. That being said, I only recommend products I genuinely use. I do not accept offers of direct payment for dedicated blog posts to promote products. NOTE: In my capacity as an employee, I regularly receive product from Simon Says Stamp.

I belong to the following affiliate programs: Simon Says Stamp, Two Peas in a Bucket, and Amazon.


© 2006-2014 Kristina Werner
All rights reserved. Be nice, don't steal.

We're all learning, so feel free to use my creations as inspiration for your own personal crafting...

  • Personal learning and crafting = okay. If you share on a blog or in a gallery, please link back to K Werner Design Blog as the source of inspiration.
  • Selling cards made from my designs = not okay. If you're unsure, please contact me.