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Here comes one "TWEET" Giveaway!

Thank you to all my Twitter FALLowers! 
This autumn-inspired giveaway was put together with you in mind!

This giveaway is open to anyone in the world and the lucky winner will be drawn by a random number generator on August 27.

This yummy box is full of fabulous fall and Halloween paper (including lots of goodies from Basic Grey, Imaginisce and the NEW Graphic 45 Vintage Alice Hallowe’en line!), flowers, ribbon, lace, leaves, wood embellishments, stickers, die-cuts, transparencies and more!

To enter, simply:
*become a follower of my blog (if you aren’t already)
*mention this giveaway on either your blog, Facebook or Twitter
*leave a comment here, along with your email so that I may contact you when you win
Good luck, and as always, happy crafting!
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Spring BBQ Giveaway!

♥♥♥ GIVEAWAY THIS WEEKEND ♥♥♥

Each person to purchase cards between now and Monday night will be entered in a drawing for a Summer BBQ goody bag!

Prize includes:

-Handmade 5×7 card (hand painted with Copic markers)
-4 6×6 sheets of summer BBQ cardstock
-6 buttons
-handful of fun BBQ brads (a grill, an apron, chef hat, etc)

You may purchase from any of my websites (Etsy, eWillow, Artfire or Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen)
I’ll hold all of this weekend’s orders so that I can send the grand prize out with the lucky winner’s order.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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24 Hour 65% Off Scrapbook Liquidation!

I want to liquidate the rest of my inventory this month, so I’m holding a 24 hour sale.

65% off ALL SCRAPBOOK INVENTORY!

http://www.gensscrapbookkitchen.com/

Enter discount code: 24hoursale

at checkout for the discount (prices listed on the site right now are retail costs).
sale excludes handmade items and grab bags

Additional Bonus:


*FREE GOODY BAG WITH ALL PURCHASES OVER $25 (after discount)
*FREE U.S. SHIPPING ON ALL OVERS OVER $100 (after discount ~ shipping will be refunded after checkout)

Whatever is left after the sale will be sold on Craig’s List this weekend, so please stock up on the goodies while they last!

Thanks so much and happy shopping!

Genevieve
Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen
http://www.gensscrapbookkitchen.com/

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15% Off Sale Today – Friday!

Special 48 hour sale at Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen ~ no foolin’!

15% off EVERYTHING IN STOCK!

Today – Friday only!!

You can shop at any of my four shop websites for the discount:

http://www.gensscrapbookkitchen.com/

http://www.gspeegle.etsy.com/

http://ewillow.com/storefront.php?id=93

http://www.artfire.com/users/GensScrapbookKitchen

If you choose to shop at my direct website http://www.gensscrapbookkitchen.com/, enter discount code:

APRILFOOLS15

at checkout for the discounted price.

At the other 3 websites, refunds will be given after checkout.

For me, 2010 is all about socializing here on the web!

Please check me out and get the low down on what’s cookin’ in the kitchen:

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/GensKitchen

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000902230796

Followers on these 2 sites (as well as those here on my blog) will be privy to exclusive sales and contests.

You are also always welcome to submit requests and have a hand in the creative future of Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen!

Thanks so much to all of you and have a very Happy Easter!

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eWillow.com Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Charlene, of http://www.ewillow.com/. This unique paper craft website opened in August of last year and is growing larger and more popular every day!

Here is what Charlene had to say about the biggest thing to happen to paper since embellishments:

For people uninitiated, what is eWillow?

eWillow.com is a site for those who love all things paper! It is a place where people who make handmade greeting cards, scrapbooks, and other paper crafts can have a storefront and sell their wares to people who appreciate these types of items but don’t have the time or the creative know-how to make them.

What prompted you to start your own craft selling website?

The light bulb went off one night around midnight. Over the years so many people have asked me to make cards and scrapbooks for them. I thought that other paper crafters must get asked to do the same. The worldwide web needed one place that would bring everyone together. There are so many papercrafting blogs out there, and the goal of eWillow.com is to house all of the blogs under one roof to make shopping easier and to give each blog a lot of exposure.

Do you have any hobbies other than crafting?

I love to shop!

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Hmmm…I really can’t answer this question. Each aspect and technique used in paper crafting is fun for me. I would have to say that my most favorite method of approaching a project is to be given a creative challenge and then coming up with something from scratch. I was recently asked to come up with a creative invitation for a senior harp recital. I was also asked to create some really cool gift bags for a Mardi Gras party. That is my favorite part of paper crafting…the challenge.

What do you like most about owning your own business?

The answer to this question changes every day! I think the best part is the part that I can’t see…the influence that I am having on my daughters. I think it is important for them to know that even when they are full-time moms like I am, it is important for them to maintain their own identities. It’s also nice to not have to explain myself to anyone…for example, I had to postpone this interview with you, Genevieve, because I had to take my sick daughter back and forth to the doctor. It was really nice not having to explain my postponements to a “boss.”

What has been the biggest surprise since starting this venture?

I have been pleasantly surprised to come to the realization that I can get a ton of work done without even getting out of bed! I mean that in all sincerity. One month after eWillow.com went live, I was diagnosed with mono. There were many days when I was too exhausted to move. However, I was able to keep my spirits up because I was able to accomplish a lot of things that I needed to just by going online. The Internet is fabulous!

What does the future hold for eWillow?
So many things! eWillow.com will be a household name! People will visit eWillow.com to buy all of their greeting cards, party favors, invitations, etc. from the very talented Design Vendors who have storefronts on the site. People will buy scrapbooks and/or hire our Design Vendors to scrapbook for them. What would like to see in eWillow.com’s future?

Here is Donny Osmond singing to Charlene and her husband for their 20th wedding anniversary.  She’s been a fan since she was 9 years old!

As a special “thank you” to my blog readers, leave a comment and receive 25% off your next purchase at my Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen eWillow shop. 
(You can click on my eWillow icon on the top left of the blog, too…
over…a little further over….there it is!)
Simply email me at gspeegle@gmail.com after purchase and I’ll refund your 25% right away. 
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Shabby Chic Dreams in a Neon Reality

Living in Las Vegas with a Vintage, Shabby Chic spirit can be challenging at times.  I dream of lovely overgrown acres where children run barefoot while dancing with fireflies.  Chipped white paint.  Antique tea cups with mis-matched place settings.  Dining outdoors under a chandelier suspended from an overgrown tree.  That’s not much to ask for right?

Well, these are the things I think of when photographing my crafts.  I want to inspire that sense of warmth and snugly appeal.  A few of my favorite tricks:

*Lightening up my photos*
Even when I take outdoor pictures (I almost always do them outside now), I still take the time to lighten them up a bit.  It makes everything look a little brighter and softer.

*Close shots with some “props” in the background*
I like to add to the style of card I’m working on.  On the pieces below, I wanted to use a little nature and some old books.  I’m so happy with the results!

These cards are available at my hubby’s, Just Write Blog, this month:

Now I can imagine a babbling brook in the background, instead of a topless boggle tournament billboard.  Much better…
Don’t forget to register for my Spring Scrapbook Giveaway!  Contest ends March 5!