Monograms – so cool!

Ok, so I saw these lovely monogram cards on Debbie’s blog <here> and I just had to get that stamp! So I checked it out and purchased this: C-45 DIY Monogram Kit by Just Rite Stamps. This is a really cool toy!

This version is fantastic for stamping large quantities as it has the ink pad inside. It comes with one reversible ink pad. One side is inked up with black ink. The other is left empty. So you can use any reinker you want in that side. And you can purchase more dry pads (each are reversible so will do 2 colors) and they even have a dry pad that allow you to ink the outer ring in one color and the center in another – very cool!

The really cool part is in the design. You get two alphas with the kit and the block to put them on has grooved lines on it. You just pop the letters in the grooves and pick your border and that’s it! It’s really cool because there’s no slippage of the letters! There are several combinations you can do with the two sizes (there’s examples on the packaging). And unlike an alpha stamp set – these are already fit together so it’s totally proportionate and perfect every time!

I am getting one of the other style without the self-inking part and I’ll tell you about that one then. But here’s what I made so far….and yes, the two color one was hand colored on the stamp each time, not fun with the self-inking stamper, but it turned out so good! This was a Teacher Appreciation gift for Adam’s prek teacher. She always likes getting cards and she’s been great – Alex had her last year.

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supplies: JustRite c-45 Monogram stamper; flourish from Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants; flowers from PTI; berry blush, white, soft sky, basic black, and real red cardstock; satin ribbon from PTI; ruffled and striped ribbon from May Arts; white taffeta from SU; dimensionals; patterned paper from SU; and classic circle nestabilities.

So for her gift, I made 4 of each design….I had given her a few monogram cards as part of her Christmas gift and she commented that she really liked them and had used the last one the other day. So I figured a bunch would be a good gift….and I like these so much more than the other ones I made!

Here’s the whole set of them…

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Classy, huh? I just love the simple elegance of it all…..makes me happy. Anyway, I’ve talked to The Stamp Castle about how cool I think this product is and they gave me a coupon code to share for FREE shipping! So check them out <here> and see what you think!

The coupon code is EMILY (caps sensitive). Just enter that at checkout and shipping will be FREE if your order is over $40! (And that’s for the regular priority shipping option.) The coupon will expire 5/31/08.

Ok, I’ve got some more stuff to show on the monogram front, but that’s all for tonight. Have a great Tuesday!

Nestability storage tip and a sneak peek…

I’ve been working on some stuff that’s rather time consuming….but I’ll give you a little peek at it for the time being…..

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Ok…..more on that later!!

And I talked about the Nestabilities <here> and wanted update the fact that I’ve changed how I store mine. I had issues with the magnet strips not sticking down – the ends would curl up, they would slip sometimes, etc. So I decided to try something else. I saw <this idea> on GinaK’s blog. I don’t have extra DVD tins but I figured I could make it work in CD cases. So I purchased a pack of magnetic sheets – ultra thin little suckers! – at Staples. They weren’t cheap – about $12 for 4 sheets – but I was able to do all 4 complete sets of the nestabilities and still had some extra. I just cut the size I needed and then used mono multi to glue the magnet in to the CD case. They seem to hold them much better than the other magnets I had. Now they do still fall off sometimes, but way less often than they used to! Here’s how they look now:

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Now most sets (the large and small of that style) will fit in one case. The scalloped squares I had to use 2 cases for. I will probably move the scalloped rectangles to 2 cases as well. But I’m much happier with this than those silly magnet strips. But don’t worry – I’ve come up for a great use for all that cut up magnet too!

And since I had about a sheet left over, I decided to cut a 4×6 piece off and use it as a magnetic mat for the Nestabilities. It works great! I’m not sure what they one they sell looks like or how thick it is. But this seems to go a loooong way in helping them stay where I want them and it is so thin, it doesn’t mess up my sandwich layering at all.

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Pretty handy!

So that’s what I’ve discovered to help me out in storing and using the Nestabilities. I will say that using them for a multiples project is kind of a PITA – I mean, running a scalloped circle die through there a bunch of times to cut multiples takes quite awhile. But really, they are just so classy and nice – I love them! Alrighty – enjoy your Sunday!

Baby Gift…and the Draft!

Yeah really – I watch the NFL draft.  And I like it.  My boys – well, they are pretty much hating us right now……they find it a little boring, lol!  But seriously – how else do you know who’s up and coming…..and the human interest stories….good stuff, I tell ya!

A friend at church had a sweet baby girl this past week and I made dinner to take over one day last week. And of course I had to make something to go with it! I absolutely love these frames I found at Joann’s. They were on clearance for .99!! I’m not sure if they carry them normally or not, but I got the 5 or 6 they had at the time. They are a good size, and they are nice and thick. They make for great altering. And I made a little something for my friend too. Here’s the goods!

Frame: <tutorial here>

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supplies: Joann’s frame; Simplicity papers from Fancy Pants; velvet ribbon; mod podge; spray acrylic sealant; rub ons by Crate Paper; sticky strip to adhere ribbon.

And for the new mommy, I figured we always have stuff we need to jot down – so how about a note holder of some type. But I didn’t want to do just a post-it note pad…..and I remembered these 4×6 post-it pads I picked up at Target in the $1 spot one day – they were on clearance for .25 each! So I adjusted my dimensions (and I apologize, but I threw away the piece of paper I jotted them down on and I don’t have the holder anymore! But I’ll make another soon and post them.) and came up with this.

4×6 Post-it holder with 2 pads inside….

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and the inside:

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supplies: Simplicity papers by Fancy Pants; daisy crazy prima flowers; glue dots; A Muse twinkle stickers; chocolate chip cardstock; 2 Target post it pads; and L’il Davis chipboard alpha for tracing the letters.

And that’s it! I think it turned out really sweet….the post-it pad was simple, but useful. And the frame is not quite so washed out in person, but nice and soft….perfect for a baby girl!

Whew….

This month has just been so crazy busy! Sorry for being MIA…but I do have several goodies to share. So I’ll just get right in to the crafty things because I’ve got another busy day…..

First up is another card using one of GinaK’s new releases….a cute set with owls! I found this cool paper at an LSS the day after I got her set in the mail. Perfect for it!

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supplies: Owl Always Love You by Gina K Designs; SU brown twill; dimensionals; wild wasabi, pumpkin pie, ruby red, close to cocoa reinkers; pumpkin pie, white and chocolate chip cardstock; nestabilities classic rectangle dies; K & Co. patterned paper; and niji waterbrush.

And then when I made <this card> the other day, I made a smaller version of the main image and decided not to use it. But it was all stamped and ready to go, so I decided to turn it into an anniversary card for my SIL. And here it is….

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supplies: Out On A Limb by PTI; pretty in pink, aqua mist and white cardstock; aqua mist satin ribbon; classic rectangle nestabilities; liquid pearls; birds and swirls cuttlebug folder; rose coral and creamy brown cat’s eye ink pads; and dimensionals.

Ok, that’s about all for now. I’ve got some custom orders to photograph so I can get those shipped out! Then some ribbons to deal with (and if you would like to be on an email list about ribbon shares, shoot me an email at emily@emilygiovanni.com – one of the next ones will be some 5/8 in satin), stuff to put away from class last night, etc. Andy has a baseball game tonight and Matthew rented “Walk Hard” 3 days ago and we still haven’t watched it!

Just a reminder on how you can get some Mono Multi FREE with *any* purchase! Since Anna Wight turned me on to this stuff….I haven’t use another adhesive on my cards! (well, for the regular stuff anyway!)

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code bestglueever on the view cart page (Just type bestglueever into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free mono multi will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – they have a great selection of all kinds of chipboard things!

Have a great weekend! I’ve got some more tips oriented posts coming about a few products I’ve recently purchased. I am working on writing them up as I hope to save you some of the mistakes I’ve made!

Hail Pics

So I promised those hail pics a long time ago….and here they finally are.  This was Thursday last week.  It was pretty nice that day – probably in the mid-70’s.  Matthew and I went to dinner in fine weather and came home to this:

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Crazy, huh?  That’s just little pellet sized hail!  Of course my Dad let the boys take a big bucket of it in to the bathtub to play with it – aren’t Grandpa’s cool?!

And this is the gnome the boys gave me for my birthday – he’s chillin in the hail…..

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*frames from Corina Nielsen @ funkyplaygrounddesigns.com

How wild.  Anyway, it’s midnight so I’ll post my crafty stuff in the morning.  And I am SO SO SO jealous that Kimberly just scored tickets to the Gymnastics World Cup in Tianjin….seriously, I love love love gymnastics.  Olympics. All of it.  The boys are already asking when we get to make the Olympic ring cookies again….so fun.

Color Challenge Tuesday!

Alright, it’s Tuesday so here’s all the info about the Color Challenge! It’s a great spring combo – and I can’t believe it hasn’t been used before! You can find all the details <here>. And here are my two samples!

This was something else I made using GinaK’s new stamp set Comfort & Peace – a lovely lovely set!

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supplies: Comfort & Peace by GinaK Designs; nestabilities square classic dies; SU chocolate twill; SU pink taffeta; dimensionals, Simplicity papers by Fancy Pants; white, chocolate chip and pretty in pink cardstock.

Then I had a little baby gift to make today and this is the card to go with it!

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supplies: A Muse images and sentiment; certainly celery, pretty in pink and chocolate chip cardstock and inks; white cardstock; Simplicity paper by Fancy Pants; Classic oval nestabilities dies; dimensionals and May Arts striped ribbon.

Alright – that’s all I’ve got for today…..still no pics of the hail cause I’m just having issues with my laptop in that program right now. Tomorrow – a field trip with Adam’s prek class…..to a farm! I’m sure I’ll love that with my love of nature, outdoors and animals!! 😉

A magnet, some hail, and more…

First off, I’ll show the cool magnet I made using an idea from the ever-fabulous Amy R’s blog and one of GinaK’s new stamp sets. So that any craft-only readers can enjoy that….and then some other stuff for any of y’all that just like to read my ramblings.

I saw this scalloped coaster frame on Amy’s blog this week and I couldn’t wait to give it a try – SO many possibilities! She has a great tutorial on it too! And dude it’s all done with mono multi – so no mod podge! Awesome! I did mine as a magnet for the fridge. I thought this would be a sweet reminder for a friend or someone who has gone through some hard times.

* And just a hint – I used a light weight coaster for the frame and a heavy weight one for the base. I had to run it through the cuttlebug *several* times to get the die to cut all the way through the light weight coaster. I know it would have been easier with some of the other die cut machines that have more pressure, but hey – it worked! *

Front of the magnet (measures 4×4)

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supplies: Comfort & Peace by GinaK Designs; pretty in pink and certainly celery markers; chocolate chip ink; primas; glue dots; lightweight coaster (scalloped part); heavyweight coaster (base); white cardstock; Fancy Pants Simplicity papers; and mono multi.

And for the magnet part – I used two small strips of magnet that I glued on with mono multi. It had adhesive on one side, but it wasn’t very strong.

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Aside from the fact that the words were slightly crooked……I think it turned out really nice!

And in case you don’t have any mono multi to do this with, here’s how you can get some FREE with *any* purchase!

Go to Scrapbookpal.com.

Purchase *anything*!

Add the coupon code bestglueever on the view cart page (Just type bestglueever into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free mono multi will appear! You do not need to add it to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you need help finding something to purchase – they have a great selection of all kinds of chipboard things!

Ugh – and those silly hail pictures are the bane of my existence right now! Stupid photoshop and the ridiculous amount of RAM it takes to run. Yeah – so obviously I am having issues right now and those pics will be coming later….

But I can tell you about the surprise birthday party that Matthew sprung on me this weekend! With the help of my friend Jenn and my SIL Tiffany, I was totally shocked! While we were all at Andy’s first baseball game Saturday morning, Jenn, Tiff and my brother came over with their kids and CLEANED my house! Seriously, they cleaned it wonderfully too! And it was all decked out with lots of pink and princess-y things (thanks to my niece Brooklyn who so kindly shared all her fab girly things!). Another huge ice cream cake (so so awesome cause we were down the last piece of the first one, lol!) complete with Disney princesses on top! I walked in the house with Alex and Adam – loudly announcing that I would get Alex’s stuff out later because I needed to go to the bathroom…..nice. Cause I walked in and they all jumped out and yelled “Surprise!” Oh well – they’re all friends, right?! So a huge thank you to Jenn and Tiff for all their help getting that planned out. And to my brother for helping clean – I heard he vacuumed! And Jenn helped Matthew surprise me with a sewing machine for my cards – well, it’s totally nice enough to do other stuff with too – so look for that in my crafty stuff soon! Jenn promised that lessons come with it because she knows how to sew and I do not!

Anyway, that was my Saturday! My first surprise party ever – and I had NO idea!

A Sneak Peek and some winners!

So first off – I got a little confused and if you followed a link here yesterday expecting to see a sneak peek of one of Gina K’s new releases…..I am SO sorry about that! How about we start with that first, ok?

This is a little peek at Melanie Muenchinger’s newest designs for Gina K Designs…..just a quick little card I made for my husband…..

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supplies: Hip-Hop Accessories by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs; kraft scallop card from SU; white and real red cardstock; cat’s eye chalk ink pads in yellow cadmium, warm red, and lime pastel; kraft taffeta; Celebration by Fancy Pants patterned paper; and dimensionals.

You can find more sneak peeks and links at Gina’s blog! And be sure to join us in the forum for the release party from 7-10pm CST Sunday evening!

And now for the Blog Goody winners! Congratulations to both of you!

Blog Goody Winner #1:

Kelsey Forester Says:

Happy Birthday! So glad you’ve had such a wonderful one!!

Favorite bday memory would be my 15th birthday. My best friend, sister and mom pulled a suprise party over on me. I honestly had NO idea that they were planning that. It was such a fun party with some of my closest friends. I was speechless for a few minutes though! LOL!

Blog Goody Winner #2:

Kim Says:

Happy Birthday, Emily!

My favorite birthday memory is being able to celebrate my birthday with my twin sister. No matter where we are or what we are doing or who we are with, we always have FUN!

Thanks for the blog candy!

Congratulations to both of you ladies and please email me (emily@emilygiovanni.com) with your address and I’ll get the goodies right out to you!

Tune in later for an accounting of my last few days of crazy busy times and some freaky hail pictures!

quickie sale post!

Just wanted to let you all know that there is a 1 day sale at Christina Renee’s store. There are some super discounts on some NEW items! And they might be changing which items – you never know!

Right now, my fave papers of hers are only $1!

There are also some HUGE discounts on her retiring goodies – and you better snag them while you still can!

And watch for some FAB freebies there soon too!

Christina’s Store

Enjoy~ I’ve got some fab pics of the piles of hail we got here last night….and I’ll share my exciting birthday adventure later too!

April 17th – part two

Alright – this will be REALLY quick cause I gotta get gas before I take Adam to school. Here’s my Birthday Blog Goodies for y’all to win!

Goody (no idea why I spelled that wrong on the photo) #1

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includes: various grosgrain ribbons, a black stampin spot, assorted die cut tags in SU cardstock, chipboard coasters, an alterable frame, and a round tin.

Goody #2 (again – what’s with the spelling issues today??)

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includes: various grosgrain ribbons, chipboard coasters, an alterable frame, a round tin, assorted die cut tags in SU cardstock, and some clear stamps.

How to win:

1. Comment on this post and tell me your favorite birthday memory!

2. Contest ends at 8pm CST Friday, April  18th.

3. I will draw 2 winners using the Random Number Generator.

And thank you for all the sweet Birthday wishes!