Ribbon Share Full!

Just wanted to let you all know that the ribbon share is full! If any of the people don’t come through – I’ll let the next person who asked know. I will do it again sometime soon – for sure to finish off my 1/4 in collection. There is a possibility of some other ribbons – possibly some May Arts stuff! – in the future, but we’ll see! There seemed to be a lot of interest this time, so I might try to have more slots next time. I would rather do it with the ribbon already purchased and ready to mail out, but if I open it to more people I would probably need payment first to buy it all. Feel free to share your thoughts on this!

And Betsy Gilberti – please contact me! Your paypal was sent to the wrong email address and I’m not sure if you got my message about that. Thanks!

And if you asked about the ribbon share and didn’t get a response – CHECK YOUR JUNK MAIL!  I responded to everyone who emailed or left a comment on my site.   

Ribbon!! Grosgrain Ribbon Share!

Man – it’s been SO busy this week! Got back on Sunday evening…..then Alex came home with another ear infection (I think from the croup/flu thing he had last week) poor guy! So to the dr for that…..then class last night….Math Night at the elementary school…..just lots going on! On top of all that, I’m fighting some bp issues (runs in my family) and I’ve had a splitting headache for several days now. I’ve started a post a few times and just never had enough time to finish it! So I scrapped that topic for now and I’ve got something else for you!

Tiff, Jenn and I wanted to order a bunch of grosgrain ribbon. So we decided to do a bulk order of 100 yard rolls and split it up. I figured 10 yards of each color is perfect. So I picked out 20 different colors and we had a little ribbon cutting party today. And I’ve got some to offer to y’all! I’ll post a bunch of pics of it all and then I”ll get to the details on it. We will be doing this several times until we get all the colors – as long as it seems like other people want to participate with us!

First of all, this is NOT SU ribbon. It is 1/4 in. 100% polyester ribbon. Now…SU’s says it is 1/4 and this says it is 1/4 but I think this is a little more narrow than SU’s grosgrain ribbon. I’m not sure who’s is the right width and I don’t have a ruler with me at the moment, lol! But – I love this ribbon for tying on things. I think that because it is a little narrower, it works perfectly for tying on notebook coils, tins, etc. So – I guess that means you need some, right? 😉

Anyway, here is the chart I made with all the colors and their names.


And here is how the ribbon will look when you get it. Each color is cut in a 10 yard segment and then a sticky label is wrapped around it with the color name written on it.


And here it is all boxed up and ready to be mailed out!


And here is how I store my ribbon from shares like this! I have other pics on my blog about my ribbon storage, but this is how I do the kind from shares. I find that 10 yards fills a 3×3 card very nicely. (Ribbon in these boxes is from various places and NOT from this particular share. I haven’t wrapped my ribbon on cards yet!)


And now for the nitty gritty details! Here is a list of the colors and the SU cardstock I think match pretty well…now these are entirely my opinion and you may not like these matches!!!

Turquoise – cool caribbean cardstock

Shocking Pink – pink passion cardstock

Emerald – no SU match

Pink – pretty in pink cardstock

Sugar Plum – kind of elegant eggplant cardstock

Capri Blue – ballet blue cardstock

Lavender – no SU match

Lime Fizz – gable green cardstock

Festive Fuchsia – no SU match

Aquamarine – soft sky cardstock is a tad lighter and cool caribbean cardstock is a tad darker but would compliment either

Copen – no SU match

Azalea – purely pomegranate cardstock

Flannel Grey – basic grey cardstock

Pansy – no SU match

Apple Green – no SU match, but matches SU’s discontinued apple green ribbon

Jade – taken with teal cardstock

Then the neutrals: cream, white, black and dark brown

2/08 Ribbon Share Details:

1. You will receive 10 yards of each of the 20 colors listed above.

2. It will be shipped priority mail within 24 hrs of payment.

3. The share is $35 and that includes your priority shipping.

4. You get 200 yards of grosgrain ribbon (including the shipping cost that comes out to 17.5 cents per yard – pretty sweet!).

5. There are only SEVEN slots for this share. We will likely do this again if it goes well and there is interest. However, we will not be repeating colors for awhile. We can do a bigger lot next time (more open slots) if there is enough interest.

6. The first 7 people to email me (emily@emilygiovanni.com) and send payment via paypal (sorry no checks this time!) will get the ribbon.

7. It is already cut, labeled and ready to ship to you!

Any questions?

****ETA – All Ribbon slots are filled at the moment!  If any don’t work out, I’ll let y’all know!  Thank you!!**** 

I’m home! And a Winner!

Alright, here’s the winner of the goodies I posted on Friday! I was just too wiped last night to post, sorry about that!

And the winner is:

Heather Says:
Cool candy! My St. Paddy’s Day plans this year is to have as green of a day as possible — in color that is. My 4 year old really got into being RED on Valentine’s day, and I thought we would do the same for St. Paddy’s day. I am guessing a lot of green food coloring will be used! I know we will start with green pancakes. Colored pancakes are a favorite at our hose!

So just send me your address Heather and I’ll get that in my mail to you! (emily@emilygiovanni.com)!

And a quick pic of each of the kiddos!  Sam is a chubby little guy – reminds me of my boys when they were little!  Carrie is a little peanut!  Just a dainty little girl – check out her long hair!  (I hope the pics are ok, Michelle!)



Alright, I’ve got piles of laundry, grocery shopping, etc to do.   Perhaps something cool later – and if not – I’ve got lots of cool to share this week!  OH!     And only 18 days til CHINA!!!!!!!!!!

400k Blog Goody!

To celebrate the 400,000 hits, I’ve got this mess o’ goodies for y’all!  I am headed out of town this weekend – I get to see the twins again!  Yep, Matthew and I are headed to Baltimore to visit the babies (oh yeah – and his sister and her husband too!)  My Dad and Cindy (and a little of Tiff too) are watching the boys, so we’re off on our own!  Since there won’t be any posts this weekend, I’m not even taking my laptop, I’ll leave you all with this goody to win!


prize: a multitude of ribbons, a pile of primas, a stack of tags in SU cardstock, two mini clear stamp sets, a 6 oz tin with lid, and clear tags. 

To win, here’s the rules!

1. Post a comment here and tell me what your St Patrick’s Day plans are!

2. Contest ends Sunday, Feb 24th @ 9pm CST.

3.  I will choose a winner using the Random Number Generator.

That’s it – have a great weekend!

Altered Journal Tutorial

Alright – this isn’t the tutorial I am working on to finally cap off the Tips/New Products week, but it’s the only one I’ve got for right now!  This is a journal that has a lot of meaning for me.  I made this to use for the Beth Moore Bible study that my husband and I are doing right now.  I first did one of her studies  last year with Kimberly and I really learned a lot!  So I was really looking forward to doing this with Matthew.  If you haven’t ever done one of hers, I encourage you to try – I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much in a study before.

Anyway – back to the tutorial!  I altered a Target notebook – larger than my usual size – to make this.  I got it in the same section as the other ones, it’s just more of an 8×8’ish size.  I measured it and then opened a blank document in PSE 5 that was the right size then went to work make a journal cover.  I think it’s a cool way to make it something special for you!  But it’s also durable and nothing is going to fall off it because it’s a flat matte photo!  The plus side of digital!  Anyway, here’s what I made:


papers – CRD – Oh So Natural (coming soon!)
frame – CRD – Grunge Frames 3 (coming soon!)
journal pages – CRD – All Layered Up (coming soon!)

verse font – Nueva Std
butterfly – CRD – flutterflies (coming soon!)

paper curl – Marcie Reckinger and Traci Murphy – Curled Border Template/Action
stitches – CRD – Ziggity Mess
label tape alpha – CRD – alpha bits blue
brown grid alpha – Shannon Lee Designs – Basically Brown Alpha
doodle alpha – Weeds and Wildflowers – Doodling Days Alpha (2)
ribbon – CRD – Skinny Minis
journaling tab behind photo – Amber Clegg – Date Stamps
journaling font – Kimberly Geswsein – Emily Script (my handwriting)

Lightroom Preset Peeking by Kelsey Smith

and here’s what I did with it!


Pretty cool, if I do say so myself!  I am very happy with how it turned out!  I know I can use it often and it’s going to stand up to the wear and tear.  You can find my tutorial <here> on the Authentic Artistry blog for Christina Renee’s team.   I hope you enjoy it – or at least find it helpful!

Ok – blog goody to celebrate the 400k tomorrow (or later today – Friday)!

More cards….and what’s that? 400k!!

I’ve got the other two cards we did at card class….but I just noticed that I surpassed 400,000 hits! Wow! So I guess I’ll have to have some goodies to celebrate this weekend! I ended up having to work on a different tutorial today – but it is posted on another blog.  I’ll get y’all the link as soon as it’s posted!

Here’s a card we did at class in one of my fave color combos – rose red and so saffron. Ignore the slanted sentiment!!


supplies: Beautiful Blooms by papertreyink; A Muse sentiment; canvas by SU; so saffron, white, black, and rose red cardsotck; may arts ribbon; sponge; dimensionals; palette noir ink; and dimensionals.

And one last easy card – just had to try out my new rectangle nestabilities! They came in the mail Tuesday afternoon and I ripped open the box and whipped this up for class that night, lol!


supplies: easy elegance by SU; sentiment from A Muse; white, always artichoke and regal rose cardstock; grosgrain ribbon; prima playmates; $1 tree jewel; glue dots; dimensionals; regal rose, elegant eggplant and always artichoke markers; and nestabilities (classic rectangle).

Ok, now I’m off to think about what I can do for some prize goodies!

well…..no tutorial….but I got cards!

Sorry!  I don’t know when I”ll get to that tutorial.  I had card class tonight and Alex is still sick (poor guy!).  I think he has a throat thing now too!  Guess we’ll be going to the doctor tomorrow, fun times!  But I do have a few cards to share!  So here goes….

I love the SU set Simply Said….I think I only ever really use this one stamp from it, but I just love this stamp!  And I’ve had a thing for square cards lately, no idea why, but here’s another.  It measures 4×4….


supplies: simply said by SU; A Muse sentiment; mellow moss, white, basic black and pretty in pink cardstock; dimensionals; paper piercer and SU template; mellow moss taffeta; palette noir ink; and SU markers. 

I’ve been dying to try the flower made from the extra jumbo scalloped heart punch by Marvy.  Nichole Heady showed how to make one on her blog a while back (click here to see how she did it) and I knew I wanted to do this for  my next class.  So here’s the card we made using one!


supplies: SU linen and A Muse sentiment; blush blossom, chocolate chip and old olive cardstock; infuse basic grey; jewel brad from Target; extra jumbo scallop heart punch for flower; dimensionals; blush blossom and chocolate chip ink; and sponge.

Ok – there’s two of the cards we made last night!  We also made the Color Challenge card I showed yesterday.  I’ll try to get the other two posted soon too!

Quick Color Challenge post…

Just a quick post here – it’s after midnight and I am on my way to bed.  If you want to read more about CC154, click <here>.  I whipped up a card that we will be doing at class Tuesday night and here it is!  Orchid Opulence is not a color I use very often, so this was not an easy one!


supplies: spiral bouquet and faux ribbon stamp sets by papertreyink; grosgrain ribbon; orchid opulence, certainly celery and white cardstock; orchid opulence, pumpkin pie and certainly celery ink; dimensionals; sponge and word window punch. 

Alright more cards from class tomorrow!  And we’ll see about that silly tutorial!


Well, several of you have guessed it correctly – and Janet was first!  So she’ll get a little something in the mail from me this week!  I have an etsy store!  I decided that it would be easier to have the cart system and such – but that was going to be beyond my capabilities to set up here. So I took the plunge and moved to etsy!  If you have not heard of etsy……well here’s what it is!

Etsy is a community of online shops – kind of like ebay stores – but everything is required to be handmade.  And there is no bidding, it is all fixed prices.  If you haven’t been there yet – prepare to spend some time surfing!  There is a little something for everyone there!  Everything from sewn projects to jewelry to paper crafted items – and a lot more!  I picked these up last week….I can’t wait to get them in the mail! (Click on the image to go to the store I got them at.)


So that’s my big news!  I got business cards and I am ready to go!  I will be slowing moving everything off my For Sale page –  although I will leave the Custom items there.  Those will likely be available in both places.  I have a banner for my shop – nothing exciting yet because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use to make it yet….but for now I just used one of Kimberly’s fonts: (again, image is clickable)


So there you have it!  My little shop – it’s not too full right now, but it’s a start!  The web address is: www.emilygiovannidesigns.etsy.com in case you are interested!  I have a link to my Etsy store up under my banner as well as under my photo on the right.  In case you ever need to find it!

And the tutorial I am working on – well, my screen shot program I use for pics is acting funky today so I’ll keep checking back to see if it’s up!   Sorry about that!

Thank you for all the well-wishes for Alex.  He’s still got a fever, but he only woke once breathing funky and it wasn’t until 6am.


Yep, poor Alex gets it every year. I am not sure if it’s because he has a little asthma or if it’s damage from the RSV he had when he was 2 wks old…..or what! But he’s the only one of the three and even though he’s 6 years old, he still gets croup once every winter. This is the first year we managed to keep out of the ER with it though! Woohoo! Anyway, I’m exhausted – cause you know that it only crops up in the middle of the night! So the tutorial will be a bit delayed.

I spent all day yesterday working on a custom order…..one that I grossly underestimated the time involvement (and the amt of paper I’d waste on getting it right!). Oh well…that’s one of the ongoing issues with handmade items, right? Sometimes you just don’t price your time correctly!

However, I do have the card Matthew made for me for Valentine’s Day……wanna see?

He made it all by himself – well, I ran the nestabilities through the machine for him because I didn’t think he would get the sandwiches right! But he picked which ones he wanted to use and taped it onto the image so I didn’t see it or anything!


supplies (I think this is what he used, lol!): Mon Ami by GinaK Designs; white, chocolate chip and cool caribbean cardstock; dimensionals; nestabilities; wide rose grosgrain ribbon; bo bunny smitten paper; markers; and I have no idea what inks he used!

Sweet of him, huh? I mean…..I don’t usually use red and varying shades of pink or dark green with cool caribbean…..but perhaps it needs to be a future Color Combo! I’ll try to get the tutorial up later today though.

And the first person to guess correctly what my exciting (for me!) news is will win a little gift from me!  There’s a hint on the blog somewhere……