Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Be sure to check in maybe this weekend.. we're going to start listing several discounted letters and shapes. Some will be seconds.. most just have minor issues with keyholes and we'll be selling these at a discounted price. Others are items we've cut to get them posted on our site but they've been sitting in storage for a bit so we want to clear out!! We're still working out all the details but I think I'll be setting up a separate blog and just have you pay via Paypal and not go through Etsy. But I'll let you know. I'll post on the site here and also send out a notice to our mailing list.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and we wish you all the best for 2008!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thanks Dawn for the inspiration!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Designs by Hope Hudson, Betsy Veldman, Lisa Dorsey, Roree Rumph and Nichole King.
"And yet of all the home remedies, a good wife and mother is the best." Kin Hubbard
Monday, December 17, 2007
Using the cool Random Number Generator, it determined that the winner of our Peace on Earth giveaway is Kari + Kijsa, two sisters with one very inspiring blog. They can fight over who gets what. :) Thank you to each of you for the kind comments. We'll be doing more giveaways in the future so check in again.
I also forgot to mention that we're sponsoring the giveaway this month over at the One Little Word blog. If you haven't visited this site, please click on over because it's full of inspiration and tips and techniques.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend! We were snowbound and got hit with a good 10 inches of the white stuff. Looks like a white Christmas for sure. :)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Amy Powers is the owner of a little online shop called Inspire Company. She lives a sweet and quiet life, making things and wrapping things and sending them off with lots of love to her customers all over the world. She shares her adventures and joie de vivre on her popular blog (inspireco.blogspot.com) .
Amy's even given us a tutorial on how to decorate the little village in her adorable style! Just look at these!
Base paint the entire little house the color you'd like for the house to be. Once the paint is dry, paint the details like the roofline, chimney, doors, windows. If you're shaky, use tape to mask off areas where you don't want the paint. Add polka dots and stripes and more details when that coat dries. Alternatively, you could cut out bits of paper for details like the shutters, doors, and windows and glue them into place.
For the piece with an open doorway and windows, glue paper bits to the back of the piece.
Add accents like tiny Christmas balls, millinery flowers, beads, pom-poms using hot glue. Have fun with this part and look at everyday things with fresh eyes. Let yourself play!
Coat the entire front of the piece with craft glue using a broad paint brush. Put glue over the bits and bobs too.
With a piece of paper underneath collect the run-off, pour a generous amount of clear glitter over the entire piece. Shake off the excess.
If you'd like to decorate your own village, come visit HERE.
"A smile is a light in the window which shows the heart is at home." Martin Buxbaum
Sunday, December 09, 2007
You need to know my favorite color is yellow, my scrap room is yellow - and so I'm a happy scrapbooker. My favorite part of scrapbooking is combining the written word with captured snapshots of everyday life and artistic expressions. Perhaps I'm best known for hybrid scrapbooking: which is combining digital with the best of traditional. I've been hybrid scrapbooking for about 1.5 years, and traditional scrapbooking for 3.5 years.
I actually have a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Michigan State University so being part of the Say It With Letters Design Team where I get to play with awesome home decor items is quite a thrill. My home isn't quite the way I ideally want it decorated, so this is quite the treat for me to get to play with Deb's products.
When I'm not scrapping, I'm spending time with my husband and our extended family or walking on the beach if the weather allows. Here in Western NY that is only about 6 or 7 months out of the year. You can see more of my work in Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine where I hold the title of Creative Editor.
Our new 'Peace' set can be found in our SHOP. Check in tomorrow to see our Guest Designer, the fabulous Amy Powers of Inspire Company. We'll also be having another GIVEAWAY this week so come check it all out!!
"Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like." John Lennon
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Hi! My name is Chrys Rose and I am beyond thrilled to be part of the Say It With Letters! design team! I am a SAHM with two wonderful boys who keep me running around in circles. I live in sunny California with my husband, boys and 3 annoying cats (although I love them).
I have been scrapbooking/paper crafting for over 14 years. I have been involved in some way with the paper crafting industry for the last 3 years.
I have been honored to have served on several design teams throughout the last few years and have also had the pleasure to see my creations published in nationwide magazines and idea books. I like making layouts, love making cards and mini books, but my biggest passion is altering! Give me a piece of wood, paper mache, even furniture and I will create it into a piece of artwork.
ONLINE CLASS featuring our HAPPY HOME shape!!
Isn't Chrys a talent? She also teaches online at the fabulous website Heart in Hand. I've been a follower of this site for quite some time. They've got some great classes and so many inspiring ideas. I'm *thrilled* to say that Chrys is teaching an online class with our happy home shape. The last house featured (with the adorable snowman) is what she'll be teaching - don't you love it?! For more information, please visit the Heart in Hand website HERE. Oh, and did I say the price is only $3 bucks!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Hi! My name is Laurie Cass-Griggs and I am so excited to be a part of the Say It With Letters Design Team! I went to school for commercial art and have worked in the graphic art / advertising field for years. Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom to my two wonderful kids. I like to create all kinds of things - it's an outlet for me and something I just have to do every day!
I started scrapbooking seriously about five years ago and I am still obsessed by it. I love all the papers, buttons, stamps and ribbons and am a true shopaholic. I also have a few friends who feel the same way and we get together once a month to create and laugh together. I really don't know what I would do without this outlet.
In my spare time I like to read and decorate, "play house," (Ha ha) and mostly just be with my family and friends. I love to meet other people who love scrapping / altering as much as I do!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Hi! My name is Kory Dordea! I am 26 years old and I reside down south in beautiful Marietta, Georgia with my ultra supportive husband of two years, Ed. We have a purebred mutt named Tana and a beautiful blue-eyed kitty named Tucker. I have a degree in Elementary Education and taught the third grade in Las Vegas for two years before we decided to pack up and move to the Atlanta area. Since our move, I have become a stay-at-home-wife, which I LOVE because now I have lots of time to focus on scrapbooking. I hope to fulfill my dream of becoming a mommy very soon!
Believe it or not, I have been scrapbooking for 12 years! I first became interested in scrapbooking during my freshman year of highschool when I attended a Creative Memories party. Lucky for me, my mom has always been crafty, so she bought me some basic supplies and fueled the fire. Although they sometimes make me cringe, I enjoy looking back at my older projects, not only to see how I have grown and changed, but also to see how the scrapbooking and paper arts industry has evolved. Where scrapbooking and paper crafts used to be a part-time hobby to me, they are now an absolute obsession. Creating art is my passion and a creative outlet that allows me to preserve my family's memories for generations to come!
I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Say it With Letters design team and I hope to be able to provide a little bit of inspiration to others. Besides being on the design team here at SIWL, I also do design team work for Simply Obsessed, Moments to Remember, AC Bailey Designs, and Serendipity Kits. And although I just started submitting my work for publication back in July, I've already been published over 40 times, including a fabulous altered art project featuring SIWL wooden letters that will debut in the April 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine! I guess you could say that I've been pretty lucky so far! :-)
This BRAND NEW lettering style for us can be found HERE. Kory has posted more about her letters HERE. Visit her blog for tons of inspiration!
"Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace." Buddha
Monday, December 03, 2007
Hi! My name is Robyn Weatherspoon and I am completely in love with the art of scrapbooking! I am a very friendly and passionate person who is often told that I'm quite humorous! I am the creative and outgoing mother of three; which is a job within itself! I'm an elementary teacher by day, and a scrapbooker by night!
I was introduced to the scrapbooking world by a co-worker about 4 years ago. I began as a cardmaker and stamper, but quickly incorporated scrapbooking layouts also. I truly enjoy the creative process of scrapbooking and find that I must scrap daily in order to remain centered and in control of my busy life. For me it is extremely therapeutic! When creating projects, I love to keep the focus of the project on my photos and compliment them with bright colors and detailed embellishments and stitching. I usually keep it simple, yet always adding a little twist to the mix!
In addition to scrapbooking, I love spending my leisure time with my family, reading, cooking, singing and laughing.
Go visit Robyn's blog for more inspiring ideas. She posted her Bless our Home Trio on her blog HERE. The Village Trio can be found in our shop HERE.
"There's no place like home." Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz