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Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Guest Designer


With a new month upon us, it's time for a new Guest Designer here on the DeNami blog.I am beyond thrilled to announce that the super sweet and talented Emily Keaton will be joining us this month. 

Many of you may recognize Emily's name- she has participated in quite a few of our challenges and blog hops in the past. She has such creative projects, and boy is she a sweetie pie!

"Hi, everybody! I’m Emily Keaton, and I am just thrilled to be the September Guest Designer for DeNami Design!

My love affair with making things started when I was 5 years old. I distinctly remember attempting to make a pair of bedroom slippers for my mom for Christmas using paper and a bar of soap (somehow I got it into my head that wet soap would make good glue. I was wrong.). Ever since, I’ve been attempting to make all kinds of useful things, primarily from fabric and paper, with varying degrees of success. I was first introduced to rubberstamping and the art of cardmaking in 2004, but my paper creativity really got a boost when I first discovered the stamping community of Splitcoaststampers in 2009. My blog, My Little Slice of Bliss, followed in July 2010.

Basically, I'm a simple gal. When I started off down the road on my extended papercrafting journey, I made a conscious decision to avoid investing in expensive tools and equipment. There just isn't money in our budget or space in our house for extras like these. So, no dies, embossing folders, die cutting machines, or Copics for me. You won’t see expensive embellishments on my projects and you’ll rarely see the latest papers. I do what I can with punches and rely on colored pencils or watercolor painting for coloring images, but otherwise I look for creative design solutions, make do with what I've got, or do without. I like raiding my sewing supplies (some of which are vintage supplies I inherited from my grandmother’s sewing basket) for embellishments, repurposing “stuff” that drifts into my life, and keeping my eyes open for dollar store bargains that I can use on paper projects.

I share my papercrafting space with my best friend and husband of 18 years and our two children, ages 12 and 8. The highlight of our days is eating supper together every night, giving us a chance to catch up on our days and talk about how the world works. We enjoy having family movie nights, playing board and card games, geocaching, and camping. I have a degree in mathematics and work as a freelance writer and editor for college math textbooks and ancillaries. I love the freedom and flexibility that working “for myself” gives me to manage our family life and maintain my sanity with creative pursuits."

And now, here are some fabulous DeNami creations that Emily's created in the past.  

If you haven't checked out Emily's blog before, be sure to do so today! She has lots and lots of lovely creations; all just a click away. :)
I want to give a big thanks to Nicki Scheck for being our amazing August Guest Designer. We know that many of you were inspired by her blog.

I will see you all back here tomorrow for the revealing of the September Card Kit. After many requests, we are bringing you a brand new Halloween one! See you then....



Tina M said...

Congrats on being chosen for the awesome! I have admired many many many cards on your blog and in the challenges, it has been wonderful getting to know you a little better! :)

Glenda J said...

Love Emily's work! Great choice for Guest Designer!

Amy Schumacher said...

Congrats, Emily! I have to say, you are so talented! I always enjoy seeing your projects! Plus, I really relate to what you said about the expensive tools. I can't splurge on die-cutting or embossing machines either. I sometimes feel like I can't compete with those who do have them, but your cards are STUNNING! Thanks for the continued inspiration! You are FANTASTIC!

Andrea M said...

YAY Emily!!! So glad you'll be joining us for the month!!!

Laurie said...

Congrats to you Emily! I am so excited that you will be joining us this month! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations!

Unknown said...

Yippee -- CONGRATS Emily! Excited to have you join us!

Nicki S said...

Yay! Well deserved, Emily! Your work is wonderful and I really look forward to what you do for the month of September! CONGRATS!

Dana said...

We are so lucky to have Emily as our GD for September. She does amazing work!

Unknown said...

Congrats Emily!! Looking forward to seeing your designs!! ;o)


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