October 19, 2012

Please Welcome Our October Guest Designer!

Hello, friends! I'm popping in today to introduce you to our October Guest Designer, the fabulous Emily Keaton!!!

Hi, everybody! I'm Emily Keaton, and I'm just thrilled to be guest designing for The Craft's Meow this month!  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. Two years of blogging already? My, how time flies!

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 have some 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, re-purposing “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 19 years and our two children, ages 13 and 9. 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, reading together, camping, and taking road trips. 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.

We are so excited to have Emily join us this month! Please extend a warm TCM Welcome to her!

Sneak peeks of the October release start tomorrow. We'll see you then!


10 comments:

Emily Keaton said...

Thank you so much for having me on board as guest designer this month, Lisa!! I'm just thrilled to be a part of the TCM team this month and can't wait to show off my projects made with this month's AWESOME stamp sets!!! I'm just thrilled to have this opportunity. Thanks a million!!!!!! :D

Annette said...

awesome...congrats to Emily...so happy for you

Ivana Camdzic said...

Welcome, Emily!!!! So excited to see your creations with the beautiful stamps! :)

frommycraftroom said...

Congratulations Emily - look forward to seeing your creations.

Larissa Heskett said...

Congrats Emily!! Can't wait to see your AMAZING creations for the release!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Mary-Anne V said...

Congrats Emily...so glad to see you here and can not wait to see what creative projects you come up with!

Sharri said...

Welcome Emily! So excited to have you join us this month and am looking forward to seeing your creations!

Gayatri said...

Welcome Emily! Very excited to have your with us this month:) Cannot wait to see your projects:)

maria f. said...

Hi Emily, what a lovely intoduction you wrote. TFS.

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