I can not even express how wicked excited I am to be posting this! I have wanted to blow up shurkus.com for awhile now and finally decided to jump in and DO IT! In March this blog will celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary. TEN YEARS. I figured it was time to take it to the next level and really make shurkus.com more a website with a blog instead of just a blog. When I graduated college in 2001 as a gift to myself I purchased shurkus.com. It was the cool thing to do, buy a domain. Man do I wish I knew how valuable domains are now- I would be rich!
Main reasons for blowing up the site:
I wanted to have better shopping cart capabilities. I realized I needed this when I started my Loft Art Retreats.
I wanted to rebrand the look of shurkus.com with a focus on “creative chick” and making it more my style.
I wanted to be able to organize content better for you, so you can find projects that inspire you and tutorials that make you want to create stuff, because that’s what it’s really all about right?
Not only am I launching the new site I am also wicked excited to be launching online classes! I love teaching. I really do. It inspires me. I get so excited when someone shows me something they created using techniques or ideas I taught them in a class. I have been actively teaching classes around New England for almost 15 years now, even traveling to Maryland, Ohio, Utah and Newfoundland! Unfortunately, as more independent stores close I have less places to teach. I also hear all the time how people would love to take my class but they live too far, or it’s not on a day/time that they can. So why not take the classes in your crafty space when it’s convenient for you!?
Taking into consideration what I know people like about my classes, I think I have come up with a solution. For my classes- people enjoy attending the class and having most supplies provided for them and then going home with completed cards or a project right? You don’t want to have to come up with the designs or figure out the “how” – to you just want to play!
That is definitely what this first class will be all about! Sign up for my Valentine & Friendship Card Class before January 29th and you will get a class kit that was built specifically for this class shipped right to you! Heidi, the owner of Simon Says Stamp has been AWESOME to work with and make this possible! Kits will ship on/around February 3rd straight from Simon Says Stamp to you! You will then be able to watch the 6 tutorial videos I have created walking you through the creation of all 5 cards! How great is that?
Afraid you aren’t techie enough to do an online class? I promise if you can click play on a video you will be able to navigate to the information you need to “attend” this class. And I’ll be here to help! Any questions just drop me an email!
OK, Because this is a BIG deal, I thought there should be some BIG prizes! Ready for this? I have 2 AWESOME prize packs to give away!
The first prize pack valued at over $40 – will go to one lucky person that signs up for my class by January 29th. The winner will be chosen at random and will win the following goodies:
- Lawn Fawn Bugs & Kisses
- Lawn Fawn Sending Hedgehugs
- Lawn Fawn Scripty Love
- Lawn Fawn Spruce Woodgrain Notecards
- Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka 6×6 Paper Pad
- Lawn Fawn Peppermint Lawn Trimmings
- “Wicked” stamp
- Faber Castell Double Scoop Gelato, red cherry
- Faber Castell Gelato, Metallic Gold
For the next prize pack valued at over $25 – I am asking you, my blog readers, to help spread the word about my new website and online class. Post about it on facebook, instagram, pinterest, twitter or all of the above and leave a comment below telling me where you posted. The winner will be chosen at random and will win the following goodies:
- Lawn Fawn Milk and Cookies
- Lawn Fawn Monster Mash
- Lawn Fawn Whale You Be Mine
- Lawn Fawn Pink Lemonade Lawn Trimmings
- “Wicked” stamp
Both winners will be chosen and posted on January 30th so be sure to sign up for the class and share my site by January 29th! Don’t forget to leave me a comment so I know to put you in the drawing!
Are you still with me?
Make sure you don’t miss the AWESOME video that Chris Judge put together for me, to give you a glimpse into my studio
Also check out some of the amazing photos that Sarah Kristiansen from Sweet Jane Photography took at one of the Loft Art Retreats, while you are there SAVE THE DATES! Sarah also shot my new headshots for me!
I am aware that you may find broken links, or missing photos. Chris and I have spent many hours working on and designing this site but we’re only human. Feel free to send me an email if you encounter anything. We will also be working behind the scenes to find and fix issues.
I’m looking forward to a bunch of new things to share with you in the coming months – classes, products, blog series etc. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes for a long time, to see it all finally come to together is so very cool! Thank you for joining me on this journey and for all your support!
I spread the word on FB!
Love your website!!!
catching up on blog comments 🙂 thank you so much Kandy! Hope all is well with you!!
I shared on Facebook.
isoscia at aol dot com
Congratulations on your fresh endeavor! Just to let you know, I read your blog on my iPhone and the gray font is difficult to see. Because of this, if I didn’t really want to see what you had to say, I wouldn’t have bothered to get to this point. It is even very difficult to read what I am currently writing because the font is very light.
Hello Trica, catching up on blog comments and wanted to thank you for your honest and constructive comment. I will look into a font change- not sure if it is possible with the theme I am using now but will definitely keep that in mind. Thank you for taking the time to let me know
Love your site. Shared the video about your class on Pintrest. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113082640619361694/
catching up on blog comments 🙂 thank you so much Carol 🙂
Your email reminded me to share about the class! I shared as Nazia on FB just now! 😀
Wow Jenn look at all the comments and congrats!!!! Good for you – you deserve it, you put a lot of hours and dedication into all you do! Of course I posted to facebook, looking forward to your online classes and being able to shop through you!
awwww thank you so much Janice! 🙂 I appreciate those sweet comments, means a lot to me!!
I think these sites are so informative and I love reading them! Thanks Becca Balts for tuning me in! I posted to facebook and to some group sites I am part of! Good Luck and have fun being wickedly creative!
thank you so much Brenda!!!
I posted on facebook and pintrest about your new site. Very cute cards by the way!
Posted on my Facebook page. Website looks great!
Totally blasted your site all over my facebook. It looks AWESOME! I bet you did a few happy dances when it was all up and running! I’ll keep my eye out for a mixed media card class from you (pretty please!).
happy dances AND cartwheels 😉 Not everything is up and running that I envisioned.. but you get to a point where you just have to launch it and then you can always add to it later 🙂 Thank you Becca for your continued support- you rock!! I have some ideas in the mix for a mixed media class- promise!
Your new website is awesome and look forward to taking online classes .
I posted on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/sabrina.radican/posts/924742824204366?pnref=story
I mentioned and shared your new and exciting website and card classes on Facebook Jenn. Hoping it gets to all my paper loving, crafty peeps too.
Looks like a wonderful class! Look forward to the future classes too!
i am so excited for you Jenn!!!! Your website is just amazing!!! Huge congrats!!!
The valentine cards are so adorable!!! I hope I can take the class!!!
I shared your new website on my Facebook page, and will share it on Instagram too!!!!
you rock Lindsay!!! thank you 🙂
I shared your card class info on FB and I signed up for your class. I can’t wait… looks like a fun time!
thank you so much Heidi! Hope you enjoyed the class 🙂
I shared the online card class on my FB page, here:
WooT! pumped for the class!
whoo hoooo!!! I hope you enjoyed the class!!! 🙂
The new website is wicked great! Shared on facebook! Waiting for my kit to get those cards made!
thank you so much Connie 🙂 I really appreciate it and love your excitement! The kits will ship on/around Feb 3rd 🙂
This is some pretty exciting stuff! Can’t wait to see what you have in store. Great sponsors, stamp sets, products…oh my!
thank you so much beth! appreciate your visit!
Shared on FB!! LOVE the new site and look forward to more craftiness!
thank you so much for spreading the word lynn 🙂 lots of fun in store for 2015!!!!! 🙂
I LOVE your new site! I shared your FB post on my FB page! I am so happy for you and know this will be even more awesome than before!
you rock BFF 😉 thank you!!!!
Wicked awesome webiste Jenn! Congrats!
thank you so much Karen 😉
Great job, Jenn!
I will be unable to “attend” your first on line class, but will be there in the future!!!
awww bummer Joanie! the beauty of the online class is you have the content forever! 🙂 just have to order by the 29th to get the fun goodies from Simon Says Stamp. We will catch you on the next one! 🙂
Shared on FB! Great website, Jenn! Looking forward to browsing some more. ~Laurie
thank you so much Laurie! And I plan on posting more goodies in the shop soon, so def sign up for my email updates! 🙂 thank you for sharing on facebook!
Congrats on this amazing venture! I love the idea of a kit to take the class with! Shared on Facebook!
thank you so much barbara! I appreciate you sharing it to help spread the word 🙂
Congratulations on the new web site. Love the look and ability to navigate and find things. Awesome job!
thank you so much mary sara!
everything looks absolutely awesome…love the transformation♡
thank you amy! 🙂 hope it will be more pretty for you when you come by to comment like you are so good at doing! 😉
Share on Facebook! Excited to get the kit!
thank you so much diana! Thank you for your purchase!!
The site looks great. I shard on Facebook
thank you for helping me spread the creativeness nichole! I appreciate it!!
Congratulations Jenn!!! This website is so fresh and perfect to showcase your Loft Art Retreats and start up the new online classes. Well done! xoxox
thank you so much Thanh for your sweet comments! i really appreciate them!
The website is beautiful! I know a lot of people will agree, it’s been incredible to watch your journey of creating your brand & doing more of what your heart craves. I am so proud of you & am so happy that I know you through this virtual world. I look forward to watching your site grow!
P.S. You have been shared on Pinterest. 🙂
awwww thank you so much gina! it certainly has been a journey! hope you are able to “take” my online class and maybe just maybe someday we will craft together in real life 😉
You do a great job sharing your ideas via your blog! Thank you from a newbie to stamping. I liked the post from Simon Says on FB and commented on the thread.
thank you so much rubina! Hopefully you will sign up for email updates from me and continue to visit! I have plans of doing some more beginner type tutorials soon as well! 🙂
Wow! Fantastic job, Jenn! Very professional.
I posted on my Facebook page, as I am sure you will see!
Best of luck in your new endeavors as an online teacher and shopkeeper!!
thank you so much linda! appreciate your support!!
Tweeted abt your bloggy makeover here: https://twitter.com/JanisinIdaho/status/556222054156869632
jwoolbright at gmail dot com
you rock! thank you janis!! 🙂
Congratulations on your bloggy makeover!! I pinned here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/476114991831460261/
jwoolbright at gmail dot com
Congrats on the new website! Looks nice. I found you on twitter. This is my first visit.
WELCOME! 🙂 thank you so much Lucy! Be sure to subscribe for updates and i hope you will visit often 🙂
Posted on Facebook too.
This is fabulous! Just shared on Facebook. Good luck!
thank you so much pam!
shared on FB – good luck!
thank you lisa!
Girl…this is absolutely FAN-TASTICAL!!! I love the new webpage! I need you to come overhaul my crafty blog. Can you be here tomorrow? I’ll even toss in a new pair of flip-flops 😉 LOL But seriously..I love the new look and all the great stuff you have going on. You da’bomb GF! (((HUGS)))
awww thank you Lori!! happy to help with the site if you are serious 😉 email me!
Exciting times!! I just read your post showcasing your FOCUS canvas and it was phenomenal. I couldn’t find a place to comment so i wanted to make sure I did it here. Love the new website design and all that’s to come. Best wishes!!!!
thank you so much laurel 🙂 i forgot to turn comments back on from my old posts.. all fixed! thank you for letting me know 🙂 appreciate your kind words!
This looks like so much fun love and love your site!!! Good luck!!!
thank you so much stephanie!! 🙂
Site is great! You & Chris are quite the team. You are truly a creative chick! Signed up for the online class & can’t wait for the kit to arrive! Counting down the days…..THANK YOU for keeping me inspired! xoxoxo
thank you so much sondra 😉 thank YOU for your constant encouragement 🙂 appreciate it!!
Hey Jenn, I shared your class info on my FB page. Best of luck to you in 2015!
thank you so much Joni! Happy New Year to you as well 🙂
I loved sharing your new site, Jenn! It’s gorgeous!
you rock june!!!
Love the new site and really enjoyed seeing the tour of your studio!
thank you so much Kim 😉 did you spy all the stampotique 😉 I need to get inking them more often!!!
Love your new website, online classes look terrific. Congratulations and best of luck! Happy New Year!
thank you so much Joni and thank you for sharing my site on facebook!! 🙂
Jenn, the website looks awesome! Nice job to you and Chris. On-line classes are such a great idea for those of us who cannot make your classes. I hope to get to one when I have some time real soon.
Thank you so much Brenda 🙂 I hope that they are well received 🙂 and be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming loft art retreat dates- they are posted!!
the new site looks awesome!!! congrats <3 the class looks adorable! 🙂
Thank you so much Rubeena!! Hope you will sign up!
Congratulations on your new awesome website I send you an email about the classes. Spread the word over at facebook.
Thank you so much Anja 🙂 I responded! I appreciate you sharing the good news on facebook too!!!
Congratulations on your new home. Super duper proud/impressed with all your hard work and dedication. You are one savvy #creativechick. xoxoxoxo
thank you so much melissER 🙂 means a lot to me!!!
Great job with the new website! I think I guessed right. You’re doing an online class. Very exciting!
you are one smart little one 🙂 hope you will help me spread the good news!! thank you amy!
Your new site looks great! Congratulations!
thank you so much dawn!! be sure to share it with all your creative friends!!