The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Hi, folks! I'm dropping in ever-so-quickly to announce the WINNER of my August washi tape giveaway! I used to pick my lucky winner.

And #18 is Ange!

Congratulations, Ange! I've just emailed you. Be sure to respond with your mailing address, and I'll get your new roll of washi tape out to you as soon as I can.

Have a super day everyone!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DeNami Design Product Spotlight August Blog Hop

Good morning! Thanks for stopping by today! The DeNami Design team is featuring a brand-new cling-style rubber stamp set in our Product Spotlight today, the elegant Peacock Feathers set. And we're showing it off BLOG HOP STYLE!

And here's the direction I went with this week's Product Spotlight stamp set:

Somehow I just couldn't shake the idea of making these elegant feathers bright pink! Some Black Chevron washi tape from the DeNami store and the oh-so-perfect You're the Best sentiment round out this card, well, perfectly!

You can purchase this elegant stamp set for 10% off the regular price for the next week. You also have the chance to WIN this fabulous product in today's spotlight blog hop! All you need to do is hop along to each stop in the lineup, leaving comments along the way. Here is the blog hop lineup:

DeNami blog 
Lisa Petrella
Deb Wabbe
Wendy Elliot
Emily Keaton  <==== you are here!
Lisa Elton
Pattie Goldman
Dana Seymour
Tammy Hobbs

One commenter will be selected at random to win this month's prize! Just check out the DeNami blog for all the details.

I hope you have a day filled with bliss!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ways With Washi: FRAMES + a Giveaway!

Hello there, DeNami Friends! Today I'm popping in with my August edition of Ways With Washi, a feature I developed for the DeNami Design blog. Today we are going to take a look at ways to use washi tape to add decorative frames to your cards and papercrafted projects. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to give up summer quite yet! So I thought we could hold on to those halcyon days a little bit longer by featuring some of the newest DeNami stamps that I think capture summer perfectly. All three of these adorable chickie stamps have a camping theme, one of my family's favorite summer activities! I couldn't have been more thrilled when these camping stamps were included in last month's new release.   

So, let's get to it! Starting off my washi-frame parade today is this card featuring a super-simple frame made with Purple/White Dots washi tape. I simply matted my focal-image panel on a second piece of cardstock and then adhered strips of washi tape along the edges of the central panel, wrapping the washi tape edges around to the back of the mat. Quick and easy!

DeNami supplies: Road Washi Tape, RV Chickies, White Boutique Buttons, and

Next, I made a frame that somehow reminds me of something more rustic, like a twig frame. Red Stripes washi tape was perfect for this project--I used the stripes as cutting guides to create more slender strips of washi tape. Plus, I love the long, lean framing effect that the stripes add to the design!

DeNami supplies: Chickie in Tent, Peacock Feathers Set, Small Cloud, Small Solid Circle, and Hello Friend   

For my last project for today, I wanted to show you a really fun patchwork style of washi-tape frame! I trimmed a panel of white cardstock just a bit smaller than my card base and then adhered short strips of three different washi tapes (Pink/White Dots, Yellow/White Dots, and Orange Stripes) all around the edges. There's no need to line up the washi-tape strips; I simply wrapped one edge of each piece around to the back of the panel and varied how much was wrapped behind with each piece.

DeNami supplies:  Campfire Chickies and Let's Get Together stamp set

I hope you enjoyed this little camping adventure while we explored a few ways to make frames with washi tape!


How would you like to win a roll of washi tape to try making some washi frames for yourself? I have a brand-new roll of Brown/White Dots Washi Tape from DeNami Design that I'd love to give away to a reader of this post. Want to be in the running? Just leave me a comment on this post using the word "VACATION." There's no need to be a follower of my blog to enter, but if you are a follower (or become a new follower!), you can have a second entry in the drawing--just leave me a second comment telling me that you are a follower and how you follow. :)

I'll leave commenting open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, and will draw one commenter at random. The winner will be announced right here on my blog on Thursday, August 29, and if I'm able to find an email address, I'll be sure to contact the winner as well.

I'm so glad you dropped by for a little slice of bliss today!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Pinspired at DeNami

Hello, friends! Today I'm bringing you another Pinspired post along with a few of my other DeNami Design teammates. This month we were inspired by this photo:

I was inspired by all those Popsicle sticks and immediately reached for the DeNami Popsicle stamp! I was also careful to pick up all those bright summer colors, too.

I used a variety of DeNami cardstocks (red, golden tangerine, desert orange, and white), Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and the "you're sweet" sentiment from DeNami's Love Sentiments stamp set.

Be sure to check out what the other designers did with this inspiration photo on the DeNami blog today!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sweet Apples

Welcome to the first DeNami Product Spotlight of August! Today the DeNami Design team is sharing design ideas for the utterly delightful Apples & Pears stamp set.

I paired this sweet little set with the equally sweet Apple Basket stamp to make a clean and simple card that would be perfect for thanking someone who's been super sweet to you!

To make this card, I also used these products from the DeNami Design store: You Are Sweet cling stamp, brown kraft cardstock, Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Satin Red Versafine ink, and Red/White Dot Line washi tape.

Be sure to check out the rest of the team's lovely creations today on the DeNami blog. Like what you see? Then you can score a great deal on the Apples & Pears stamp set--as our Spotlight Product, it's on sale at 10% off for the next week!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

DeNami Sweet & Simple Blog Hop

Welcome to the DeNami Design Sweet & Simple Blog Hop! Today the DeNami Design Team and customers alike are featuring projects that focus on keeping it simple.

Hopefully, you've arrived here by way of Ruza Rebel's blog. If so, you are on the right track! If not, you'll want to head over to the DeNami blog to start the blog hop at the beginning. (And remember, if you get lost along the way, you can always head over to the DeNami blog to get pointed in the right direction.)

Don't forget, there are some super-fun DeNami prizes to be won! Two lucky commenters will be drawn at random from among the comments left along the blog hop to win a $20 DeNami Design gift certificate! You have until Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs to be eligible for a prize. 

Let's get ready to meet today's project!

I fell in love with the brand-new Chickie With Balloons the second I first saw it! And I immediately knew that I just had to pair it up with the oh-so-clever Thanks a Bunch sentiment (you know, for the "bunch" of balloons that Chickie is holding!). I knew that this combo would be perfect for a sweet and simple design for today's blog hop! I only needed three other items from the DeNami store to complete my project:  lavender cardstock, celery cardstock, and Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Not only am I sharing a sweet and simple project today, but I'm keeping my post short and sweet! Before you leave, be sure to leave a comment to be eligible for the randomly drawn prizes and then you can be on your way to the next stop on the hop, the blog written by Greta Hess

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the blog hop,


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summery Hi

How did it get to be the first day of August already?!?!? I am completely blown away by how fast this year is going. Back-to-school, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then {gasp!} Christmas are all just around the corner!!

But I'm getting ahead of myself! It's so important to enjoy summer, and all the things that go with it (like popsicles, swimming, and bright, bright colors), while we still can. So today I'm sharing a bright, summery card that's also being featured over on the DeNami blog today.

Perfect for spreading the bright joy of summer to just about anybody, right? I used the DeNami Solid Decorative Crest for my focal point and jazzed it up with lots of sparkle, supplied by a few peach-toned rhinestones and some sparkly green glitter glue. This image can make a card look quite formal (which somehow just didn't seem right with my bright and happy colors), so I toned down the overall formality by distressing the edges of the patterned papers (some ancient ones by Echo Park that I found in my stash).

Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you have a fabulous day! :D