Blog Goody!

I promised some blog goodies the other day as this site passed 100,000 hits! I can’t believe that many people wanted to read what I write! Thank you for looking at my work!

So…..in honor of the 100,000 hits, I am taking a break! That makes sense doesn’t it? As a thank you for your readership, I’m taking a week off! Well, I am putting up a Goody here and it’ll be open all week long – so even though I won’t be posting, there’s still something good – right?? Then at the end of this week, I’ll use the random number generator to choose a winner.

Here’s the goody!

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Lotsa little stamps, some ribbon, bunches of giga scalloped circles pre-punched….etc! And it’s easy to win!

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, I’d like to give a shout out to all military families! In many ways, it is an under-appreciated job. My husband served 7 years in the military, including one year+ deployment to Iraq. I have a deep appreciation for the families that can do this time and again. Believe me, until you have done it – you have no idea how hard it is!

So, to enter to win this goody – here’s what you have to do!

1. Post a comment on this blog entry by Saturday June 2nd.

2. Give a shout out to someone you know that is in the military now, or has served in the past.

3. If you don’t know anyone…….meet one! Seriously, these men and women are out there working every day for you to keep the freedoms that you exercise every day in this country. Regardless of your political persuasions, they work to give you the right to say what your political beliefs are. You should be supporting them and thanking them every chance you get. They have chosen an underpaid, under-appreciated job where sometimes they will risk their lives every day so that we can keep the freedoms that this country provides. So if you’ve never thanked a solder, why not???

4. This contest will end at 10pm CST, Saturday June 2nd.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! See you next weekend!

Just Be-Claws…..

Just a little card I made yesterday since it’s the holiday weekend and some of y’all may be seeing the beach!

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I used Ginak’s crab in a bucket stamp in black stazon.  I colored it using my new Niji waterbrush (dang I love that thing!) He is cranberry crisp and the bucket was going gray.  The corners were punched with the ticket corner punch.  He’s layered on going gray cardstock with black mini brads in the corners.  Then on a small layer of basic black.  That image is then mounted using dimensionals on a cuttlebugged strip of going gray and a cranberry crisp card front.  The sentiment was also stamped in black stazon.  I used a daisy crazy prima with a $ tree jewel in the center.  The whole front was mounted on a going gray card base.

Hope you enjoy your holiday!

Sweet Boy….

Hello!  I digiscrapped with Kimberly again today.  Check it out – I used an embellishment!  That’s a first for me!  Thank you so so much for the template Darcy!  I can’t scrap without a template!  Anyway, this was one of the shots Kimberly took the other day…..just as we were finishing up and heading to the playground.  Adam is such a snuggler.

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Font:  It Ain’t Rocket Science by Kimberly Geswein

Felt Flowers: Corina Nielsen

Papers:  Annie & Pett

Template: Darcy Baldwin 

Ahhh….my hair smells so nice!!

I got a much needed haircut today. And DUDE! My hair smells SO good! I got at least 3 inches cut off, it was just getting too long! I usually have them blow it out straight because I’ll never take the time to do it myself. But it is seriously humid and it rained this morning so I just let her leave it curly. Or should I say frizzy?? Seriously, what is the deal with beauticians and being able to manage truly curly hair? That little dollop of product they put in their hand is NOT going to control my hair! Not only is it curly and it NEEDS control, but it’s also pretty long and thick too! I always snicker when I see how much they think they can use. I use two different things to control mine and the mousse I use – well, just fill your hand as much as you possibly can maybe 5 inches high with foam. I am not joking. Anyway, it smells so so nice now.

I don’t have any cool things to share today because I am working on a few things I can’t share yet. So I thought I’d answer a few more questions today.

1. I was just reading on your blog that you can’t sell cards if SU stamps (or products?) are used. Why is that?

Well, every company has what is called an Angel Policy. It is really a copyright policy. Their images are copywritten. You may only use them how they say you can. They own the rights to whatever images they produce. Just like songs or whatever. You would need to contact companies specifically to find out what their policy is. SU’s is that you cannot sell items made with their images online or at a fixed retail location. So I can’t have a basket of their cards at the local coffee shop. But I can have a basket in my mom’s teachers lounge. Make sense?

2. In your pursuit of the art of papercrafting, what has been your most amazing discovery? It can be either personal (i.e. what has affected you most?) or professional (i.e. products)?

Hmm….as for products I would say two things have changed my style the most. The discovery of background stamps – I LOVE them! And finally being able to use patterned paper! Seriously, it is only in the last 6 mos or so that I have used it on cards with any regularity.

Personally, the most amazing discovery for me is that I am actually good at it! I am still surprised and honored every time someone says they like something I made or says that something here inspired them. I know that I have learned all I know from other online stampers and I am still amazed that people have learned from my stuff! I’ve never been into or good at anything artistic or crafty in my life until now!

3. What type of glue/adhesive do you recommend? I was so frustrated with snail adhesives that bungle up I went to glue sticks. But now, I am finding they don’t always stay stuck!!! Help!

I may have answered another question like this already, but I’ll answer again because this is my FAVORITE product discovery. I had used tombow tape runner style adhesive for the first 2 years. Then I found out what SweetMissDaisy uses (and I think she is just awesome!!) and I tried it out. The final straw for me came when my husband had an anniversary card I made him on his dresser. Every time I walked by it I had to squeeze the layers together again! So I tried the Tombow Mono Multi and I love it! It would tear the paper to take it apart! There is a bit of a learning curve using a liquid adhesive. I use the small end and run a line about 1/8 inch in from the edge of the paper. I love that it sticks forever. I have a link on the right side of my blog that says THE BEST GLUE EVER. This is where I get mine. Cheapest price I’ve found and it’s free shipping on orders over $25. I try to order once a year.

4. How long have you been interested in paper crafts/art/design?

I have been at it since Oct 2003, so about 3.5 years. I’ve never done anything else artsy since grade school.

5. If you could go anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go and why? That’s easy! Italy. I’ve always wanted to go there. Dh is 3/4 Italian. I love Italian food. We were planning to go for our 10th anniversary. However, that is next year and I don’t see that in the cards.

6. Do you do craft shows? How and where?

No, I’ve never done a craft show. I’ve thought about it and I might try one in the fall. We’ll see. Honestly, I hate making anything in bulk. (Except for the lunch tins, lol!) So I don’t know if I’d like it or not. I rarely even make two of the same card.

ok, that’s all! Kimberly and I are going digiscrapping one last time tonight – dang, I love hanging with her AND those Zebra mocha’s! (They are half mocha, half white chocolate – so so goooooood!)

Color Challenge 115, a day late!

I did finally get a chance to do the color challenge from yesterday….just not until late last night!  I asked Rachel (Rachelhope13) to fill in for me this week because I knew I would probably  not get a chance to do one.  Thank you for filling in AND for choosing such a great combo!   You can find Rachel’s challenge colors here.

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I wasn’t sure what to do with these colors at first, but I knew I wanted to use this cute octopus!  So I colored her in with certainly celery using my new Niji Waterbrush with reinkers to color it.  (I’ll come back to the waterbrushes later, promise!)  Then I did her ‘suction cups’? or whatever those things on the underside of her legs are…..I colored them with Old Olive.  I punched her out with the jumbo circle punch.  I edged it with black stazon then mounted that on a vintage violet mega scalloped punch.  I sponged whtie craft on the scallops.  That was mounted on a giga scalloped circle with white dots made with the Signo white gel pen.  I then ran a strip of vintage violet through the cuttlebug and brushed white craft ink over it.  I mounted that on a strip of white cardstock that had a scalloped edge made by the SU corner rounder with the guard taken off.  I tied polkadot organdy and certainly celery grosgrain around this piece.  That strip was mounted on the certain celery card base with the sentiment stamped in vintage violet.  The scalloped octopus was then mounted on dimensionals.

Now…..as to those waterbrushes.  I love to watercolor. I have long used SU’s aquapainters.  But, I never use the large ones so they just sit there.  Plus, lately I’ve had issues with too much water – perhaps a faulty brush.  Then I saw Debbie (one of my stamping idols) recommend the Niji Waterbrush.  So, of course I had to try it!  I found some on ebay for a reasonable price and got two small (9mm) brushes.  I got them yesterday and immediately had to try it out.  It’s a little harder to fill with water than the SU one, of course – had I read the directions I am sure it would have been easy!

It has the smallest tip!  I love it!  Perfect for detail watercoloring.  I have only used it once so far, but I am already loving the control I have with the smaller brush!  They do sell other sizes, so look around!  And I don’t remember what ebay seller I got them from, you can just search for them.  I think Ellen Hutson’s store sells them as well.

And a little FYI – for those of you who got in on the versamark Dew Drops share  – or were wishing you had – Julie is doing it again!  Only this time, the Brilliance inks are available too!  You can do one or both of these shares there! So head on over to Doodliedoo and check out the Dew Drops and Brilliance inks shares – you won’t find a better deal on them anywhere!!  She’s even got an Essential glue Pad add on!

okay, now I’m off to Andy’s first grade awards ceremony!

Life’s a beach!

I saw the crayon resist technique challenge this week and knew right away what I wanted to do! Enjoy!

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I tried this card with glossy cardstock and with whisper white cardstock. I can’t decide which I like better! I stamped the castle stamp in black stazon. I traced various parts with a white crayon. Then I sponged sahara sand and creamy caramel over the castle. Really rust is sponged on the flag and Summer Sun on the sunshine. Then I finished it off with some brocade blue for the sky area. I ran a kleenex over the images to make sure the crayon didn’t have any ink clinging to it. Then I ran my stazon pad around the edges of the image panel. I mounted it on summer sum. The brocade blue panel was made into a scalloped edge using the SU corner rounder with the guard off. Then I punched holes in the scallops using a 1/16 punch. I glue that blue panel down and tied some white polka dot organdy ribbon around it. I mounted the image panel on to with dimensionals. Then the sentiment is stamped in black stazon on a kraft base.

These were all done using GinaK’s summer stamp line. If you haven’t heard about her new scalloped stamp designs, you must check them out! How cool to have doodles, lines, dots, etc all ready to go in a stamp!!! They fit perfectly into the Marvy punches too! Ovals, circles, squares, oh my! Seriously, check them out! They are even on sale right now to kick them off!  She’s even giving away blog candy to celebrate the release!

Handwriting Font info and more questions answered…

Can you believe it’s been almost 2 mos and I still haven’t managed to answer all those questions?? Y’all just had so many!

Anyway, first off I wanted to go ahead and post here about the Handwriting Fonts. I used Andy’s handwriting from Feb of this year to journal on this digi page. I got asked by many of you where you can get that done. Well, my sister made me mine, but she ‘retired’ from font making. However, she passed her mad-skillz on to a friend and you can find her shop here! Specifically, if you want a font made that is exsclusive to you (in other words, you will own the rights to it) you will want this one for cursive and this one for print. You can have them done cheaper if you don’t mind a possibility of resale.

And now for some more of those questions!

1. Why do you prefer the black staz-on ink pad over the black SU ink pad?

Well….for one, the SU black ink pad – well, it’s kinda not black! Ever notice how it looks kinda purple?? Also, for watercoloring – which I LOVE – the stazon doesn’t run or smudge into your project as much.

2. How many stamps do you own?

Probably not as many as you think! I counted up that I had about 80 Su sets. I try to keep it at 75 or under. I find that if I have more than that, I don’t use them and they just take up space. Or I get overwhelmed with too many and don’t want to use any of them! I have lots of Ginak stamps, justjohanna stamps (since those are my two Design Teams I am on), my two Fancy Pants sets, a box or two of A Muse stamps, two papertreyink sets and a few TAC sets. And that’s about it! Seriously, you could fit almost all my stamps in two of those Crop In Style cubes.

3. How did you happen upon SplitCoast?

I found splitcoaststampers through the oh-so-talented Beate Johns. I was on a yahoo group where Beate shared her creations. She spoke of her favorite website and of course I had to go there too! I think I was member number 2,000 something. Now there are SO SO many members there!

4. How has blogging effected you life and do you recommend people starting their own blogs?

Well, I started my blog originally as a place for my sister, Kimberly, to view my things when she moves to China. Lots of sites are blocked in different countries and she wasn’t sure if she’d be able to come to Splitcoast to see stuff I had made. And it just went from there! I have to say, I love that I have started one. It makes me get in my room SO much more often so that I can have new things to share with y’all. I say go for it, but it is A LOT of work. Posting takes time, linking takes time, etc. Of course, you can put into it as much as you want. I just enjoy talking…..and apparently some people out there listen, lol!

5. OK, Emily, I want to know if you really persued becoming such a *famous* stamper, ie: the tutorials on SCS, design teams, or did they just happen for you? (Clear as mud)

wow, this question kinda cracks me up! I have never thought of myself as a famous stamper. It all just kinda happened. I started doing the color challenges because Kimberly made me. Since she was hosting, she’d bug me all week til I did mine. Then I started doing the other challenges. I grew SO much as a stamper from that. Then Kimberly said we should make a card box (lunch tin) for our new stepmom, Cindy. And before I knew it, I had made TONS of them. Beate asked if I would do a tutorial on them and I did! Since then, I’ve just done tutorials when asked or when I think I have a different way to do something already shown. I know how much pictures help me figure stuff out so I am glad I can pass along things I’ve learned from other stampers.

I still don’t think of myself as famous stamp-wise. I don’t submit to magazines so I am not published. I am not a member of the Dirty Dozen. I have recently joined two Design Teams, and I love doing that! I just like making stuff with my hands and paper. I hope you can get inspired by something I made – I know how much I have grown through being inspired by other stampers.

6. I would love to know if you did your own watermarks on a certain program or if someone does them for you.

My watermarks are made by my sister, Kimberly. Seriously, what will I do without her??? Thank goodness for email! I haven’t the foggiest idea how to make them, I just ask her nicely for what I want and she does it. I know there are several threads on SCS about how to make them in different programs and also there are a few tutorials on different blogs that explain the process.

***ETA: Please DO NOT email my sister and ask her to make you a watermark or ask her if she sells them. She is entirely too busy preparing for their move to China and her life in general. So even if you know her through SCS, DO NOT contact her about making you a watermark, selling you a watermark or directions on how to do your own watermark. She does mine for me because she is my sister and she offered. Thank you!****

Okay, that’s enough for now. I have a card for later today though!

Stamping Space Sunday: new drawers

Okay, two weeks ago I had a class on Saturday. I sent my husband to Costco with the boys for several reasons. I was out of my Zipfizz, the boys think it’s the best place on Earth because they have samples, and they needed to be out of the house. I had also cleaned out the second table in my room (I have two tables in an L shape) and wanted to make it a ‘tools’ table instead of a spot for someone else to stamp. Since Kimberly doesn’t stamp with me anymore, it was kinda just piling up with junk. I wanted to put out my cuttlebug and bind-it-all, etc so that they would be more accessible. I also wanted to get all the Marvy punches off my table along with several other items that just needed a ‘spot’. So we measured the space under the table and I said if he found something that would fit under there – go ahead and get it and we’ll see if it works or not.

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Well, he came home with the exact drawer units I had looked at earlier in the week at Hobby Lobby! I wasn’t sure at the time if they would fit or not. And, at Costco, they were much cheaper! They come with 6 drawers, but you can remove them by level (the drawer and the slot come off if you want to make it shorter). The top two drawers are open, the bottom four have removable lids. These work great for me! I had one in there, but Matthew said if we took one drawer off, we could fit two units side by side! Sounded like a plan to me, so he ran back to Costco and bought a second one! Awesome! So it cleared off SO much space for me! I was able to put all my Marvy punches in one drawer. Bind it all coils are in two of the drawers, zutter book covers are in another, one has lots of primas, etc. I love it! I have the two extra drawers and they hold other stuff and I either stood them up on their sides next to it or put it away. They are big enough to hold 12×12 paper too! I think these were made by Cropper Hopper, but I am not positive.

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So that’s how they look! I love them! Thank you so so much, hon! If you don’t have Costco, they would be about the same deal with a coupon at Hobby Lobby. So that’s my latest storage find. I love how much each drawer holds, and yet they are still pretty accessible to me! You can see where they are in relation to where I stamp. I have so much right there within reach!  My 5 yo, Alex, stood in the middle of the room and twirled in circles saying “I can see the carpet again!”  Nice….

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You can also see how not organized I am! Hope you had a great weekend! We are off to take family pictures. Wish me luck and patience!!

Busy Busy…..but I got a digipage!

Wow, we had a garage sale this weekend.  That was hectic!  We had some junk to unload and Kimberly had dropped loads of stuff off at our house when they moved.  Now the clean-up of the leftovers commences.  Yuck.  So needless to say, I have not stamped or done anything fun the past few days!

I did go digiscrapping with Kimberly tonight though.  I am so so slow at it still, but I only had to ask a few questions this time!  That means I am getting better, right?  Anyway, I did a page of Andy’s first day of school this year.  Enjoy!  I promise a Stamping Space Sunday post tomorrow and hopefully something stamped too, I got some new toys in the mail this week and I’d love to play…..but we have family pics tomorrow so we’ll see how stressful that is.  (Dude, getting 3 boys to smile at the same time is awful!  I am always exhausted after family pics.)

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Template by ShellyRae

Fonts: AndyGiovanni age6 by Kimberly Geswein, Colour Me Purple by Kimberly Geswein (downloadable at www.dafont.com)

Kit by Christine M. Stone (Grungy Athlete)

What is that circle for???

So, for those of you who have the papertreyink stamp set Green Thumb…..what is that large circle for?!?! I looked around the stamp set several times. I looked through galleries. I’ve not really seen anyone use it. So Kimberly and I were chatting the other night and she suggested making a flower out of it. (I suspect it is meant to be a sun??) Anyway, this is what I came up with.

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I started with a piece of kraft cardstock and stamped the flower using that circle stamp with so saffron craft ink. Then I used the larger leaf stamp and inked it with white craft ink and stamped it repeated all the way around like petals. The stem used mellow moss craft ink. The sentiment is also white craft. I pierced my way around the panel and did faux stitching using the signo white gel pen. Then I used the Heidi Swapp distressor to rough up the edges then sponged white craft. I put it on dimensionals The cardfront is mellow moss and was embossed with a cuttlebug folder spots and dots (?) and then white craft ink was brushed over it. I put a small strip of kraft paper across it and tied moss gingham on it. The flower panel was mounted on the cardfront. It was mounted on white and then on a kraft base.

So……what do you think that circle is for?!?!?

***ETA – Kristen has it right! It’s meant to be a background shaded stamped for the ‘dandelion’ flower. It’s on the tips sheet that comes with the set…..of course, I threw mine away! But you can see the sheet online here. Thanks for all the ideas!***