Winners, blocks and Blog-A-Versary Day 4!

Ok, first up – the winners of Day 3!! I’d have to say my favorite thing to alter is probably frames. Although – I am LOVING the blocks! It’s one of my first ‘original’ ideas. I know that they were out before I made them – but I hadn’t seen any of them! I just saw the blocks at Hobby Lobby and though – dude, those would be so cute with a baby’s name! That doesn’t usually happen to me – cool ideas like that popping into my head!

Anyway, here are your winners for Day 3!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #5 Winner:

Nancy E Says:
I think you like to alter anything you get your little hands on!! But I think journals are at the top of the heap!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #6 Winner:

Elizabeth Says:
I’m going to guess coasters…you have done so many cute things with them. Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiring me!

Congratulations Ladies! Email me (emily@emilygiovanni.com) with your addresses so I can get your prizes out in the mail to you!

Oh – and here’s the craft item for today! My mom wanted some blocks made (well, I asked her if she wanted some and what she wanted them to say) and she asked for these papers because they weren’t overly Christmas-y and she said she could use them year-round. Hers are the 2 in blocks…….(now she saw the snowman SNOW blocks and wants some of those too!)

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supplies: 2 in blocks; basicgrey fruitcake papers; acrylic white paint; mm rub on letters; gold shimmer spray; plaid acrylic sealant in matte; and sanding blocks.

And the super cool surprise prizes for today come from my two teams!!! Yep! GinaK (of GinaK Designs) and Darcy Baldwin (of Darcy Baldwin fontography) donated prizes for today’s give away! THANK YOU ladies!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #7:

GinaK Designs stamp set Simple Pleasures – because it has my *favorite* GinaK stamp!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #8:

A gift certificate to use @ Darcy Baldwin’s store at The Digi Chick!

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Rules:

1. Post a Comment on this post and guess my favorite technique! (and no, you do not have to be correct to win, lol)

2. This prize drawing will end on Saturday, December 1st @ 11pm CST.

3. The winners will be drawn using the Random Number Generator.

4. You may only win ONE time, but you are welcome to continue posting/playing all week!

And no – I am not feeling better. I think I sat here in a daze all day – my poor ladies that came to class tonight (I didn’t want to cancel cause I hate to do that!) – I was a mess! I woke up with a cough to add to my issues. I decided to go ahead and call the dr and of course they couldn’t get me in until Friday afternoon. So we’ll see how that goes! And thank you for the prayers for little Katie – I’ve heard some news, but now they have another dr appt to find out more. So please continue to pray for her!

Rude net bots…

So several times this month I have had some net bot come to the gallery on my site and post lots of lewd comments on my gallery items.  nice.  Thank you to those of you who let me know this was happening.  I have deleted all the disgusting comments and banned those users.  For now, I have disabled commenting in the gallery as well.  Anyway, just wanted to let you all know.  I am sorry about that!

Winners, another card and Blog-A-Versary Day 3!

So – wanna know the winners of Day 2??  First – what is my favorite SU color??

Gosh – can you even pick one?  Um….hands down – Cool Caribbean!  But that’s retired, so it doesn’t count! (even though I have 5 packs stashed in my stamp room!!!)

Um….Rose Red!  Or is it Certainly Celery….no Bashful Blue……No, wait – Pretty In Pink!  Or the In Color Purely Pomegranate!  Dude – I don’t know!  Anyway – here’s who won today!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #3 winner is:

Kari V Says:
I guess…maybe…bashful blue. Thanks for the great blog! Congrats!!! Hope you feel better soon!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #4 winner is:

Alison Says:
I’m going with either Purely Pom or Bayou Blue. Thanks so much for all that you share on your blog. You’ve inspired me to try out digital scrapbooking for the first time!

Ladies – shoot me an email (emily@emilygiovanni.com) and tell me your address so I can get your prizes out to you!  Congratulations!

Now – another card we did at class Tuesday night.  I did this version first….and then realized I already had a pretty in pink and wild wasabi card – oops!  I didn’t want to do two exactly the same, so I changed it up a bit.  Here’s the first version:

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supplies: Piece of Cake by papertreyink; pretty in pink, kraft, white and wild wasabi cardstock; corner rounder; paper piercer and template; stitched ribbon from SU; dimensionals; cat’s eye chalk inks in rose coral and dark moss; versamagic dew drop ink in white; swirl folder for cuttlebug; and stickles in golden rod (for flower centers). 

So I switched it up a bit and did these colors for class…..

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supplies: piece of cake by papertreyink; wild wasabi, white and pixie pink cardstock; cat’s eye chalk inks in dark moss and  rouge; corner rounder; wasabi stitched ribbon from SU; paper piercer and template; swirls folder from cuttlebug; dimensionals; and golden rod stickles

And now for my Blog-A-Versary Day 3 Prizes! (and be sure to tune in tomorrow – COOL surprise prizes!!)

Blog-A-Versary Prize #5:

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prize includes: Target $1 spot jewel brads and flower bling; Target $1 spot snap container; self-adhesive jewels and SU level one set So Many Sayings (new, unmounted) 

Blog-A-Versary Prize #6

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prize includes: some polka-dot ribbons; two acrylic mini stamp sets and a block; 2 christmas stamps and some scrapbooking metal charms. 

Rules:

1. Post a Comment on this post and guess my favorite thing to alter! (and no, you do not have to be correct to win, lol)

2. This prize drawing will end on Thursday, November 29th @ 11pm CST.

3. The winners will be drawn using the Random Number Generator.

4. You may only win ONE time, but you are welcome to continue posting/playing all week!

And thank you to all those who sent me get-well wishes…I don’t know that I’m feeling any better yet, but we’ll see!  Also – my little niece Katie is having some testing done in Beijing today – please keep my sweet girl in your prayers. (as well as her parents!)

Winners, a card and Blog-A-Versary Day 2!

Ok, first up the winners of Day 1! There were 208 entries and here are the two winners! I am not really sure what my favorite current SU set is (of course my favorite retired set is Roses In Winter)…I guess baroque motifs would be a good one, or Wild About You….or Sassy Stems – although I think Paisley is the bestest (but I don’t suppose background stamps count, do they?).

Prize #1 Winner:

gayle M. Says:
congrats an the anniversary!! I would guess it was SU’s Baroque Motifs!! It looks like a great set. Thank you for offering the blog candy!! I enjoy reading your blog. I too just got the same cameras and am a little overwhelmed. About 1/2 of my pictures turn out a big blur !!! yikes!! I haven’t decided on which lens to get yet, but I am going to sign up for some classes using the camera. Have fun with yours

Prize #2 Winner:

Lisa Says:
Artfully Asian

:) Congratulations on your blogging milestone! :)

Please email me (emily@emilygiovanni.com) with your addresses so I can get your prizes out to you!

Now for a card – we made this at class tonight….totally CASE’d from the ever fabulous Nichole’s blog….

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supplies: Beautiful Blooms by papertreyink; wine organdy ribbon; white cardstock; $1 jewels from Michael’s; and the cat’s eye chalk inks in dark peony and olive pastel – these look so soft and rich on there!

And now for today’s prizes!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #3

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includes: several goodies from Target’s $1 spot of scrapbooking goodies!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #4:

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includes: scrapbooking stickers, two clear mini stamp sets and block, Heidi Swapp distresser, and a medium tip Niji Waterbrush!

Rules:

1. Post a Comment on this post and guess my favorite SU color! (and no, you do not have to be correct to win, lol)

2. This prize drawing will end on Wednesday, November 28th @ 11pm CST.

3. The winners will be drawn using the Random Number Generator.

4. You may only win ONE time, but you are welcome to continue posting/playing all week! \

Oh yes – and I really am working on getting more things on the For Sale page, but I am so sick! Fever, stuffed up, and I can actually hear the fluid in my ears – methinks that can’t be good! I think I am going to have to sleep sitting up tonight….fun times!

It’s my Blog-A-Versary!!

Woohoo!  Yep!  I can’t believe it!  I’ve been blogging for an ENTIRE YEAR!

1,355 posts (of course this isn’t just posts – somehow wordpress categorizes something else in there as a “post”, but still….)

5,641 comments

almost 300,000 hits

WOW!  I am still in awe that so many people read what I have to say.  Or at least you come for the pictures.  Or whatever it is that you stop by here for!  Anyway, it’s a week of celebration here!   First, we’ll get the ‘business’ out of the way.

It’s CC142 today!  You can view the Color Challenge <here>.  And this is my card:

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supplies: SU’s Baroque Motifs stamp set; certainly celery, white, basic gray, and bashful blue cardstock; bashful blue and basic gray ink; paper piercing template and piercer; SU white gel pen; dimensionals; SU scallop and circle punches; and SU mini brad. 

And now for the fun part!  Today is the first of 5 days of PRIZES!  There will be prizes every day this week – ending with a little something made by me on Saturday!   I’ve been busy collecting some of my favorite things so that I could share them with you! Enjoy!

Blog-A-Versary Prize #1:

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prize includes: scrapbooking stickers, flower bling, mini alpha stamps, adhesive remover tool, petal pink liquid pearls, spare parts silver mini brads, SU setting mat, and  a cute Calendar Chick stamp.

Blog-A-Versary Prize #2:

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prize includes: several lengths of hand-dyed (by Me!) SU grosgrain ribbon in SU colors, lots-o-ribbons, some twill, some ric rac and a ZIG Brush H2O. 

Rules:

1. Post a Comment on this post and guess my favorite CURRENT SU stamp set! (and no, you do not have to be correct to win, lol)

2. This prize drawing will end on Tuesday, November 27th @ 9pm CST.

3. The winners will be drawn using the Random Number Generator.

4.  You may only win ONE time, but you are welcome to continue posting/playing all week! 

It’s Cyber Monday!

It’s supposed to be one of the busiest online shopping days of the year!  If you’re getting in on the online sales – remember to use your ebates!!  For 14 hours, ebates has even HIGHER cash back rates!!  You can view their list of the going rates for Cyber Monday <here>.  Heck, you might as well get a little something back on what you are gonna buy already, right??  I am all about saving $$!  If you haven’t signed up for ebates, you can do so <here>.  Totally easy – totally free – and you get $$ back!!  If you feel so inclined, use my email as your referral!  (emily@emilygiovanni.com).  Thank you!  Enjoy your online shopping!!

I’m so excited/nervous!!!

So I finally took the plunge!  I’ve been saving and saving for the  last 6 months for this!  I really wanted to upgrade to a digital SLR and I did it!  I am really excited to be able to take better pictures, but I am also really nervous about figuring it all out!  I snagged a good deal yesterday and it will be here later this week!  Just in time to take the boys’ photo for the Christmas cards!  Here’s what I got:

The Canon Digital Rebel XT 8mp Digital SLR.  WOOHOO!  It comes with a lens – not a great one, but a starter lens I guess.  And I did get one more to go with it.  K said this was a good one to start with because it is pretty cheap in comparison with other lenses and you can do quite a bit with it.  So here’s the lens I got:

It’s the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens.

Eeek!  I am so excited!  ( I had been saving for the copic markers, but this was just way higher on my list!  I don’t need those markers, do I?? )  Anyway, now I just need a memory card for it, some time to read books about using the darned thing, and of course – an ultra cute bag to carry it in!  (and yes, I know where you can get ultra cute bags – I just want an affordable one too!)

Oy-vey, I am feeling overwhelmed already!

Blocks – where to get them

I had been purchasing my blocks at Hobby Lobby.  But of course, I have to pursue other options – cause I love a good deal!  Well, now GinaK is selling them on her new site -which is really cool – because she has the 2 inch ones which are harder to come by.  But – of course, I decided I needed A LOT!  I had a few SCS’ers email me some different sites, so I looked them all over.  I picked this one and placed an order.  I think that if you are going to need a bunch – the shipping makes it worthwhile.  If you only want a few – it’s probably not the way to go.  I mean, blocks are heavy!  Anyway, I ordered mine <here> and I am totally happy with them!

I got 3 different sizes.  They sell a bunch of different ones – but I just got 3 different sizes.   I got a bunch of the 1.5 in blocks, some of the 2 in blocks and then just 5 of the 2 1/4 in ones for me (they were kinda $$, so I just got some to spell a word for me).  Here’s what the box of blocks looked like:

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Looks like a lot, huh?  There are about three layers of the 1.5 in blocks!  Here are all the sizes next to each other for a little comparison:

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Now for a quality comparison.   The 1.5 in ones from Hobby Lobby are really nice and solid, but usually you have to sand the edges a big because they are rough along the edges.  The ones from Barclay needed very little, if any, sanding on the edges, but they are bit less….smooth?  overall.  This doesn’t affect how they look in the end, as you are covering them anyway.

As for the 2 in blocks….the Barclay ones  win hands down.  The Michaels/Hobby Lobby 2 in blocks are really really light?  I am guessing they are a different type of wood or something.  But they are really light, rough and need some sanding.  The Barclay ones are nice and solid, very smooth and needed very little sanding.  I really liked them!  Now if you are making them to ship – they are heavier – but I like them better myself.

So that’s my info!  I think if you were just doing a few – order them from Gina – especially if you don’t have a Hobby Lobby around (with some stamps of course!!) or pick them up at Hobby Lobby.  If you want a LOT, get them from Barclay.

And here’s one more set I made – these were ordered by Kelley:

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supplies: 1.5 in blocks; basicgrey dasher papers; white acrylic paint; mod podge; plaid acrylic sealant; rub on letters (can’t remember which ones!); oyster shimmer spray and sanding blocks.

Tomorrow – a nice long drive home!

Blocks

Just thought I’d show you some of the blocks I shipped out before I left this weekend.  Dawn ordered these (she was my 2nd customer!) a bit ago and I finished them up right before we left for Missouri.  I got some of the Tattered Angels Interference Gold shimmer spray – I think I like this more on the Christmas blocks than the oyster.  (it’s more silver-y)  I got mine at a local scrap store in Waxahachie (The Scrappy Cottage – I think that’s the name….).  Anyway – here are the blocks I made for her….

Joy Blocks:

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Snow Blocks:

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Peace Blocks:

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And the whole set:

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Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!  Great fun in the College football world – Callahan was fired at Nebraska, this is good news for their program.  Hopefully they will get someone who will direct them back to the option style program that has served them so well in the past.  And the Mizzou vs KU game is being played at Arrowhead Stadium tonight – good times – GO TIGERS!!

quick post-it note holders

My mom asked me to bring 8 post-it note holders for her to use as gifts when I came up this weekend.  Since she asked the day before I left – I needed to do them quickly.  So I chose this design using GinaK’s Punchy Words stamp – merry & bright.  I used 4 different Christmas papers and made 2 of each.  You can find my post-it tutorial <here>.

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supplies: basicgrey fruitcake, dasher and rusty pickle snowflakes & mittens papers; old olive, wild wasabi, real red, white and cranberry crisp cardstock; post-it notes; Punchy Words by GinaK Designs; markers; dimensionals, SU scallop circle punch and regular circle punch; and mono multi (this works great for attaching the post-it pads). 

Ok – so for those of you who ventured out – what was your best buy?

I wasn’t shopping for Christmas gifts or anything – just whatever and hanging with my sis.  I did score some pj pants at Old Navy  (cause dude – you can NEVER have enough Old Navy pj pants!) with GNOMES on them!!!  Totally cool!  I looked for a pic online, but there wasn’t one.  I’ll have to take a pic of mine sometime.

Oh, and my best buy – I got some shorts at babyGap for Andy – only $2.97 a pair!  For nice cargo khaki shorts!  Wish they would have had more than 2 pairs!