Thursday, April 23, 2009

TGIF and 50% off Coupon Code!

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that starting tomorrow (Friday - Sunday) if you use the coupon code at the bottom of the post you will be able to purchase my "All Occasion Accents" file from the store at 50% Off! This is one of my favorite files since it looks just as nice on a layout as it does on a card.

If interested, don't delay...the coupon code is: EC_0409_39747

Remember the Rock & Roll Collection from last month? Where here are pics that my wonderful DIL took at the 50s Sock Hop she and her friend put together to celebrate the fact that test pilot school graduation was only 100 days away. She sent me the photos to show how great the decorations turned out. I agree and wanted to share with you all here as well.

If you ever need anything 50's related, don't forget you can find each file separately or together as the full collection!

Well, I guess that's about all for today.

Talk at ya'll later!
Eddita :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Earth Day, Updates, & Embossing Folders with your KNK.

Happy Earth Day (1 day early everyone!) I haven't offered a freebie in awhile, so remembering all of the activities my kids did in school I created this cut file to share in case you want to scrap this yearly event! Just go to the bottom of the post and your will find the links in the various formats (.KNK, .GSD, .AI & .WPC).

I hope everyone is doing well out there! Today, just like yesterday was rainy and cold, pretty different from the weekend we just had. It was so nice and warm that we were able to go to our local garden center and pick up tomato plants and get them put into their pots.

The square foot garden we set up on the side of the house is doing well and the snow peas and green bean seeds we planted have all stuck their heads out and are loving life and the rain LOL! I really love this time of year and while I hate the way that time flies, I really am looking forward to eating our first tomato, steaming up green beans, pickling beets and digging up potatoes. DH even rigged up a watering system that is made up of connectors and a timer so that even when we go away camping here and there, the garden will be watered and remain healthy...oh what a smart man I married .

Before I talk about the embossing with you I wanted to share with you a picture of a file I created as well as a finished layout by my great Design Team member Ginger. She had asked me if I had any files with work horses and wagons as she had some special pictures she wanted to scrap. For those of you who don't know me, I have the attention span of a gnat sometimes. I have so many files half started that if you were to ask me for something, chances are I have one. This was the case for this file. I had originally started it for a pumpkin patch layout but never got around to finishing it. Once Ginger asked me, it was just the push I needed to finish.

So here is the picture showing you how great her layout turned out. I especially loved that she used the "Hay" paper for the outline of the really brings it to life! I'm so very impressed by her work and will share some more of the great work she creates on my behalf! If you would like to scrap your own Wagon Ride or Pumpkin Patch pics and use this cute diecut, it is available in all formats in my Store. Just click here for the link!

Remember if you are looking for anything in particular, please drop me an email...chances are I have something half started (or finished depending if you are an optimist or pessamist LOL!) You will be doing me a favor...I sometimes need that little extra kick to get me going!

Other updates...well I hope that you all signed up for your newsletter! If you did you should have received it in your email mailbox today! This month's is the biggest to date chock full of articles, tutorials and as always some free files for a limited time! If you haven't, while it is too late for this month, the next one will be coming out in June. Don't delay and put it off...just click here and you will be taken to the right place to sign up. You won't be disappointed! All of us put in a lot of time and effort and we hope that you look forward to receiving!

Finally, since it was rainy outside I was itching to do something new. When we were at the retreat in SC recently, my good friend, my Louise to my Thelma (aka Scramper75 aka Elizabeth)had brought with her her cuttlebug and various folders that she had purchased over time to emboss paper for use in backgrounds and card making. I was super intrigued and will admit that I cut a bunch of 4" x 6" pieces of cardstock and used her machine to emboss them. Coincidentally, Michelle demonstrated a product I had never seen before..material to make your own embossing folders which consists of a special thicker sticky backed paper and some clear folders. I know she is planning on carrying it in the store and you can bet I will be one of the first inline to purchase.

In the interim, I was trying to come up with a way to make my own and with the use of some cardboard envelopes (Courier or already used US Mail) as well as my trusty Xyron and my pasta machine, after some experimentation, I was able to (while pretty simple shaped) make my own embossing folder. If you don't have these materials, why not try a heavier weight manila folder or cereal box? I'm sure if you look around your house you will find something that will work for you!

I thought it turned out pretty cool and was even able to make one with my just took a little more time and patience LOL! I even went so far as to create a video which I have uploaded to You Tube.

While I call it Embossing with your KNK, if your machine can cut the thinner chipboards I think that you can use this same technique. This will work with your cuttlebugs if you have one and as you can see demonstrated in the video it works great with your pasta machine (just make sure it is set tight enough to really press the folder together for greater pressure and thus a more defined embossing. I understand that you can also roll it with a rolling pin though to tell you the truth I didn't try. If you are interested in watching the video, here is the link. If you prefer, you can always just watch it here as well.

Experiment and let me know if you try it and how it turned out if you get a chance! I'm really enjoying making these and will most likely be sharing some files so you can make your own.

Wow...I rambled more than I thought I would LOL! Take care everyone!

Earth Day KNK Version

Earth Day GSD Version

Earth Day AI Version

Earth Day WPC Version

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Spring and Limited Time Coupon Code 50% off

I love this little file that was inspired by all of the fun I have when my kids come over and cook with me. It reminds me of making cookings and treats with them when they were little.
Now grown up, I love to see the looks on their faces when they are creating a wonderful meal!

My daughter made a Chicken Picatta and since we didn't have all of the "right" ingredients had to really work had at fixing the way too tart flavor of the sauce (I used that "Real Lemon" juice instead of Real Lemon juice and ugh!) by adding more chicken broth, thickening it and adding spices.

My son at Thanksgiving butterflied a turkey and we just sat there and between laughing and being horrified by what was being done to the bird really enjoyed the compliments about how delicious it turned out!

The reason I am telling you this is that, until Tomorrow, 19 April 2009, this file is 50% off! You will need to type in the coupon code to get the discount: EC_0409_25253

>What else has been going on? Well so very much! We had a wonderful Easter last week. My daughter started going to a new church a while ago and after a lot of thought and soul searching and speaking with the Pastor, decided she wanted to join and be Baptized. She, like all teenagers, went through her share of struggles and bad decisions, but I really feel this was a good one for her. We went to their Easter service and I could see how wonderful all of the parishiners are and got to speak with the Pastor who was very kind. I could really see that he cares about my daughter and is there to help her get closer and learn more of God's wonderful love.
We also went to my sister's house for Easter brunch and watched the kids go hunt for their eggs. Too funny to watch...every kid looking to make sure they got their fair share, etc. In the end bunny ears were eaten first and I'm sure tummy aches ensued in the evening!

I got some pics from Ginger of some cards she made as well as some pics from my DIL showing how the Rock and Roll Collection decorations turned out. I was impressed!

Anyway, have a wonderful weekend...if you are following the Bingo Game I'm hosting this month you will see that a number of words have been called...I'm trying to do a few here and, I have some dog nose prints to remove from some windows...then I think I'm going to tackle the dreaded "junk drawer"!
Have fun everyone!

Eddita :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Super Quick & Dirty Tutorial

I got a quick request from a member at the PT forum asking how to make a mat for a word using the KNK studio program.

You all know me by now and I am all about the quick and dirty method of tutorials so instead of writing it out I just finished a short little video.

There are so many things you can do and I will try to do a better one later, but for now check it out if you too have had questions. Remember my usual disclaimer, I'm not an expert, but this is what works for me!

Eddita :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Please Help Me Welcome...

My second design team member...Elizabeth...otherwise known as Scramper75.

For those of you who know her on the forum you may think, what a nice helpful gal...but for those of you who have met her in person you know she is a handful to say the least! I think I finally met my match (LOL!)

It was actually during out 11 hour drive down to SC and 9 hour drive back and after listening to her sing 100 bottles of beer on the wall for the millionth time that I finally broke down and asked if she would be interested in being part of my team to which she said "yes"!

I asked her to write up a short bio and this is what she shared:

"I have two children, a young lady (13) and a 9 year old boy. They are the main reason I scrapbook, to preserve the memories of their childhood. I started scrapbooking a little over seven years ago. I love the look of paper piecing but had no desire to cut them out by hand so about 2 years ago, I bought my first digital cutter, a craft robo. This opening a whole new world to me. A year later I upgraded to a KNK. I love being a part of Accents by Eddita because her files are so nice. I thank her very much for giving me the opportunity to create for her. I hope you enjoy her files as much as I do :)"

You know, while that sounds nice, I'm going to fill in a little bit of extra for you. Elizabeth was in the Army years ago. She shared some pics during her pregancy while at the retreat...I never knew that the military had camaflauge pregnancy pants...very sexy LOL!

She is currently in school going for her degree in Chemistry (yea Elizabeth!)while juggling work, family life and scrapbooking.

She also has a big heart and is one of the most honest and loving people I have had the pleasure to meet. I love being able to call her one of my friends and am very happy she is part of my team!

Eddita :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Yea! Bunny File in the Store!

I have been out of commission for a little, but I just wanted to let you know that the Bunny File is Now in the store!

The best part is that it is 50% off!

Here is the link so you can find it easily. You have plenty of time to put this little fellow together to bring a smile to everyone!

Hope everyone is well...I will try to do a full posting this week and if I can get it done will have a file to share here soon!

Eddita :)