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gothamgal

Member Since June 2007, 2252 forum posts, 38 public projects

Location: Huntington Beach CA

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I graduated in college in 2002 with a Liberal Arts degree, now I do math! How does that happen?
I'm very involved in our local Bookcrossing group, the Rubber City Book Posse and I love to read, write and express myself in every way possible.
I just started physically scrapping in June 2008, and it's really cool so far. However, I'd done mixed media art projects, rubber stamping and card making for a few years, thanks to Nervousness.org.
I used to be a web designer, sports girl, newspaper assistant, bookseller, etc.
I take Wilton Cake Decorating Classes, have partial ownership of a black lab and have even less control of two cats, Max and Peeves. When I grow up, if I absolutely have to, I want to be a writer and live in Disneyland.

Three of my favorite pop culture things, in any order:
-Nightmare Before Christmas
-Batman (anything!)
-Marilyn Monroe

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Important News Effecting you on Tuesday!!!

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New Product Update!

 

Sat Oct 25--GothamGal takes us throuh some new product purchases.
Tim Holtz, 7gypsies, Bazzil Basics, Prima, American Crafts, SEI, Making Memories and Cosmo Cricket.

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The Gargoyle

Back to multi-blogging in spurts (only to ignore blogging for a few days). Perhaps this is a symptom of a manic writing disorder?

Anyway, I was out of commission for a while, going home and sleeping a lot--I try and sleep off sinus pressure and allergies rather than medicate, though I will medicate on occassion. Anyway, one of the quiet things I do when I can't sleep is read. And I've not spent the amount of time I should have on reading since discovering the joys of scrapbooking. I think I've read 85 books this year, which is a little low for this year, but I made a goal to read 100 books this year, so it's probably manageable.

Anyway, I'm currently immersed in a book. Here it is:

The Gargoyle is AMAZING! Full of detail and imagination, this first work by Canadian Andrew Davidson tells a story of love and loss. Of vice and penance. Of fire and passion. The narrator has been terribly burned in an accident, through all fault of his own. He wakes up in a hospital burn ward with substantial burns. A woman named Marianne comes to him, tells him that she's known him before, and she's nursed him to health after the burns before. Though the narrator knows this not to be true, the woman's stories about their love throughout the ages (including medieval times) and her commitment to keeping him in good health propel his slow and ardous recovery.

I'm about 2/3 of the way done, and it's so hard to put it down. Davidson spent 7 years (seven!) writing and researching this book and it reads beautifully. Though it took me a bit to get through the first bit about the burns (the author pulls no punches with his descriptions), since I've continued reading it, I've been overwhelmed by the detail and amazement contained within. It's a lovely book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good story with realistic characters. Wow! It's going to be really hard to follow this one up, but I'm going to tackle 'The Observations.' The library's daytime bookgroup is reading it and while I can't go to a meeting, I think it would be good to read it--I've been stalking it at various bookstores, thinking about buying then picking up something else.

 

Oh, and the artwork on the book jacket above is really cool. I'm thinking of adding it to a layout somehow. Hmmm.

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It's Time!!! Secret Goblin swap reveal!!!

Thanks Marla--you're truly one cool ghoul!

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My favorite Halloween Product

What could my favorite Halloween product possibly be?

 

I'll give you a hint. It's got 3 things that I love: Owls, Stamps and great costumes!!!

 

What might it be?

 

Hero Arts has done it again. They've made cute clear stamps that are functional and fun. A great addition to anyone's stash!

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SOF Challenge--Reinventing the Wheel

My Stamptoberfest Challenge relies on using something you normally wouldn't use to achieve an effect. What does that mean?

Well, instead of buying all brand new supplies to achieve a new look, I'd like you to try to use what you have to achieve the look. For example, if you want to age something, instead of buying an ink pad, experiment with coffee or tea grounds and dye the item--it'll give you a little more control over the finished product and you'll learn a LOT.

Still not convinced? Say you've got your eye on a marvellous set of Twinkling H2Os, but instead of buying that huge set, buy a set of basic watercolors and add some powder to make your own. (This has been discussed on the stamping board before, so you can check a thread for more information).

If you can't find the perfect font in a sticker on the shelf, make your own stickers with your computer and printer.... Or use the GG tutorial on coloring your own stickers. The possibilities are endless, and we just have to rethink our project.

Supplies are all around us. Make a project with at least one item (meaning you can make a card/ATC/triptych/matchbox/etc. then add an accent that you made with an alternative form of some product) that has been made through your own ingenuity and post in in the gallery under stamptoberfest and reinventing the wheel challenge. Remember it can be anything, from using the corregated cardboard from your last order to achieve texture to making your own stickles...Don't be afraid to experiment.

Winner will receive a RAK, TBA...

 Martha/embee has won! Congrats!!! Please contact me so I can send your scrappy surprise!!!!

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Productive for Once...

I've gotten in the habit of bringing scrappy stuff every time I go over to a particular couple's house. It's great because they have kids (so I can get rid of paper I don't want) and because I'm the DD when we normally go over, so I definitely thank goodness I have something to do while we watch movies and such.

This weekend was no exception. I actually made ten layouts while we were at their house. Granted, they have a few embellishments (will probably need more) and they don't currently have photos, but they're album worthy. Using a lot of the paper I got from my winnings in the GG challenge, I was able to make a bunch of different looks that are trendy (but not too trendy) and fun, which I really like the combination of.

And thickers... What can I say about thickers? I think they are my dream tool. If I had a bunch of money and could afford to, I'd buy every thicker I could lay my hands on. Second runner up is Hambly design rub ons. I've noticed I use a lot of rubons. But the problem is that sometimes the Hambly ones don't work as well as the kaiser craft ones. This weekend, I had more trouble (on photos) with the kaiser craft ones than the hambly ones. Weirdness...

 

Oh yeah, I'm waiting on my A's code to get some pictures developed, so I might finally start the Nightmare Before Christmas and Disneyland layouts.

I missed the local scrapping crop in Brecksville, but I was productive, so I'm cool with that. And I didn't sacrifice reading for scrapping either--I was able to finish 4 books over the weekend, too. But now I have to tackle laundry. Sigh...

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Scrappy Math Problem

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What can you come up with if you combine these two things?

I've been working with these, and I think I've figured out something that I really like... But I definitely want to see what else people can come up with. Don't be shy!!!

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