Wednesday, March 21, 2012

happy to see my friend shine

thanks for stopping by my part of the art of layers blog hop!

i met ronda two years ago (has it really been only two years, maybe it was three years?) through her blog. i had first heard mention of her through summer fullerton, who had a memory maker's issue with a picture of the recent masters, of which ronda was one. summer asked if i knew her because we lived in the same city. i meant to contact her somehow and find out if where she lived. a while later, i learned from an online message board that she had recently lost her dear sister chrissi and i commented on her blog that i thought we lived pretty close because our fences looked the same, maybe we could meet and she could tell me stories about chrissi. there was a 50/50 chance she would think i was a weirdo and not write back, but i got lucky and she agreed we should meet up at a nearby starbucks for tea. we instantly clicked, each decided the other was OK, exchanged phone numbers, and well, we've talked nearly every day since. turns out i was right, we live about mile apart as the crow flies, about 5 minutes drive. she's such a blessing in my life and i can't believe it took so long to find her :)

because we live so close, i often head over to scrap in ronda's awesome scraproom. i got to see a great deal of the process behind the writing of her book and i will tell you she poured her whole heart and soul into it. i'm so proud of her! and i'm happy to be a part of this hop celebrating her and this fabulous book. so many fun techniques to get an extra layer or two onto your scrapbook pages. the ideas are accessible and presented with great detail.

here's a bit about the book:

“Basic scrapbooking has you place photos and embellishments on cardstock or patterned paper - easy and...well, basic. The next step for most scrapbookers is layering. But trying to get that rich, interesting layered look can be very intimidating. Where do you even start? "Art of Layers" teaches scrapbookers and beginning mixed media artists just how easy it is to get to that layered look in any papercrafting project. Author Ronda Palazzari teaches readers 50+ techniques that will serve as tools to pull out whenever a layered look is desired. The chapters allow the reader to build their skills, from paper techniques they won't be afraid to try adding fabric, embellishments, and stamping to finally giving spray inks, paints and gesso a try.”
you can purchase Art of Layers from a number of vendors, including amazon.com, ronda has a list on the side of her blog. but i'd like to suggest buying it from cocoa daisy, a long time home of ronda's :)

i get to share with you a piece of ronda's artwork from the book, representing both our friendship and the chapter on stamps. you could try and guess the technique, but i think it would be better to get out there and buy this book! you'll love it! 


here's the hop list, please stop by each blog, leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of this wonderful book. we'll each be giving one away! comments will be closed sunday night at 6 MST. have fun taking a peek inside ronda's book :)

Ronda Palazzari (you should have come from here)
Emily Pitts (you are here)


Comments are now closed, the randomly selected winner is Holly Preslar! Congrats to you Holly and to the rest of you, please head out and pick up Ronda's awesome book :)

164 comments:

Roxane said...

Great story. True friendship is one of the best blessings! You & Ronda are two of the most accepting and gentle souls I know!

Audrey Yeager said...

That is such a great story...you had a fantastic friend right under your nose! So glad you two me up like that! Thanks for the giveaway!

Susan said...

Loved your story. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

StacyC said...

Would love to win a copy, but if not this is a must buy... Thanks for the chance...

cindy said...

Ronda rocks and the day I found out she was coming out with an idea book I knew I had to have a copy. She is so inspiring.

suzantzavala said...

I have been looking forward t the release of this book. I'd love a chance to win.

EK said...

Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! And what a wonderful looking book! I could really use it.

Maya said...

I will love to win this book!

marianne said...

The cover is just, beautiful and sure the rest of the book is great!!!!thanks for the chance!

Michelle Webb said...

I need to learn so much more about layers. This book looks fab. Your blog is great Emily, I love the dinner time clock. Genius! Michelle x

Anonymous said...

Love stamping and interesting backgrounds so i can learn a lot from this book.
Margriet

Julia Cheang said...

This cute card is so cool. I would love to learn more of Ronda's awesome techniques

vixen said...

I love friendships that blossom this way :)

Kat said...

wow! what an awesome card. im excited to see the whole book!

Olive said...

What a great story. Thank you for the chance to win.

Theresa said...

When I lived in Colorado, I was lucky enough to be in a critique group with several of the True Color ladies. It will forever be one of my favorite books because of the wonderful creativity and from coming to know the women who created the works. Always touches my heart and brings back great memories. Looks like this book would be a great addition. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Rebecca said...

I would so love to have this book!! Thank you so much for the chance to win it! Your card is adorable!!

Lita said...

I love the look of this book, would love a chance to own it!

papel de manzana said...

love ronda's style!
thanks for the chance

Robin said...

That's a great story about you two meeting--which I could find a scrappy friend who lived that close! I'd love a chance to win her book!

Ellie Augustin said...

This book looks delicious & your card is making me want to go look for a comfy chair! Thanks for the chance.

Sarah Martin said...

this book looks like so much fun!

alteredstatesstudio said...

the card is adorable! wonderful story of friendship....

Kelly Warren said...

very cute card! thanks for the chance to win!

Jane Wetzel said...

How awesome and I am so jealous lol really,...would love to win a copy of this incredible looking book ! It is so wonderful that you live so close and were able to connect like this!

cathy said...

That's a cool story about how you met. I'd love to win the book.

marynbtol said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

Jane Wetzel said...

hey, forgot to mention (i already commented)- would like to be a follower here but couldnt find where to do that?

Kate said...

The synopsis of this book sounds perfect for what I need. Layering is awesome!

The Farris Family said...

I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Von said...

Love the story of how you two met! Some of my best friendships have been made through various scrappy message boards! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Anonymous said...

I love the story of how you two met. It just proves that some of the best things in life truly are right in front of us.
Thanks for the chance to win such a great book!

Helena Virpi said...

I've always been a fan of Ronda's. I absolutely love her style and would love to win her book! Fingers crossed .))

Marjolaine said...

i'm jeolous that you get to hang out with rhonda! what a beautiful story you two have,

curlyqmosaics said...

What a darling card, I so want this book! You are so lucky to have such a talented friend so close! I bet you 2 have tons of fun scrapping together! Thanks for the chance to win!

smokeysmom said...

Oh, Ronda's new book looks amazing. Hopefully, I'll get to win a copy from the blog hop, but, if not, I can always purchase a copy. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love the story of how you two met! And what a fun and sweet card. Thanks for the chance to win!

Laura A in OR said...

Great story. This looks like a wonderful book of inspiration!

Sylvie said...

It is always nice to find out about a great frienship. Love Rhonda's work and i'm happy to discover you Emily. Thanks for this chance to win.

Paola said...

Thanks Emily for this chance!!
I love Ronda's style and I think her book will be amazing!Thanks for sharing your story!

cjbrandon said...

Love the card. Thanks for the chance to win!

Carol Mc said...

Love the card and the story. Thanks for the chance to win.

Judi said...

It's so nice that you guys are friends. I've met some really special people through scrapbooking. The book seems fabulous. Love the cool wee card

NancyLee said...

Such a beautiful story of how to start a good friendship. I am getting good vibes everytime I hop on a blog. So excited to have a copy of this masterpiece. If I don't win, you bet i'll get my copy somehow. Thank you...

Lucy said...

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Kate said...

Happy for Ronda too, it looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win a copy.

** Kate ***

Shari "Rtist" said...

This would be a wonderful book to win, my fingers are crossed : )

Iris said...

What a beautiful story about friendship, Emily. Thank you for sharing - it is a reminder that sometimes, all we have to do is reach out.

Nickalli said...

It's so much more fun to play when you have a playmate! Love seeing all the sneak peaks!! Can't wait to see the book in person :0)

Miss Kathy said...

I could definitely use help with layering, so this book looks perfect for me. Thanks for a chance to win it.

liberal sprinkles said...

Everything looks so good ... In fact this book is on my wish list! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

scrapwordsmom said...

What a sweet friend you are. This book looks amazing!!!

Ronda Palazzari said...

Thank you friend for such kind words. You have been such a blessing to me. You are an incredible person whose heart radiates warmth. 3 year mle, 3 but who's counting?

Danielle Higginbottom-Brown said...

what a wonderful story of friendship...the book looks fabulous! thanks for the chance!

rhonda nickol said...

Love Ronda's work and would love to win her book! Thanks Emily for the chance!

Carol said...

I would love a chance to win. How exciting.

mcd4jc said...

what a fun book, can't wait to see it! thanks for the chance.

Lisa said...

What a great story about how you and Ronda came to be friends, and such great friends at that! Thank you for the tip on Art of Layers being available at Cocoa Daisy, too! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for an autographed copy win, but if not, I will purchase through Cocoa Daisy--along with some other yummies, I am sure!

Yanina said...

Awesome story! Thanks for the chance.

Karen Y. said...

I love stories like that! Thanks for the chance to win!

texasbarb said...

Thanks for sharing your story...it's wonderful that you and Rhonda found each other!!

Julie said...

This book looks awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

lynnquiltsalot said...

This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

OhSuz said...

This book is gonna be such fun to play with-even better would be if I won a signed copy from this blog hop *crossing fingers* :-)

jbonomo said...

What a fabulous story of a fabulous friendship! Thank you for sharing....I recently became a Ronda fan through CD and my recent subscription. Love her style and fun take on her art. Thank you!

Sandy said...

Looks like a great book!

mrydjeski said...

It looks like a very fun book. Hope I win!

Jukebox said...

I love layering! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

sheezie11 said...

love the card...enjoyed the story!
Thanks

Andria said...

Wow! I love the story of how your friendship developed. Thank you for sharing it, and for sharing a chance to win this book! Exciting!

kim a. said...

Love Ronda- thanks for a chance to win her book!

Candy said...

BFF! Amazing story you wrote-
here's my chance to win her book!

bruinbr said...

Very sweet story and card! Love her style! The book looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

Tanyah Payne said...

This book sounds really interesting and can't wait to get a copy! congrats to you all! :)

inkytoes said...

i am more mixed media than scrapbooking per se and love all the cool ideas i have seen looking through Ronda's blog. know i will be an owner of this book, whether i am lucky enough to win or buying it on my own. glad to hear there is a section on stamping.

Iska said...

So cool that you are friends!

Maryu said...

How lucky you are to have such a talented friend--and so is Ronda! The book looks fabulous. I'd love a copy. Thanks for a chance to win.

Tanyah Payne said...

This book sounds unreal and can't wait to get a copy! congrats to you and what a unreal experience! :)

Kiki Halbert said...

Looks like a lovely book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Cheryl said...

I love Rhonda's work. I am sure the book is amazing.

Teresa said...

I hope I can win! Thanks for the chance!

Jennifer said...

I'd love to win!

Peg said...

What a great story of meeting a friend! Would love to have the book. Thanks for the chance.

Cmad said...

I am so excited to find some amazing, creative artists like you through blog hopping. This book looks AMAZING and is such eye candy.

Jill said...

Thanks for telling us more about the book and sharing that little sneak peek!!

Sara Lovell said...

Would love this book! Thank you for the chance to win!

ellen s. said...

love stamping!!!!!!!!! looks fabulous!

Suz said...

she is one of my all time favorite scrapbookers who inspire me to create & try new things. This book is going to be on my must have list

Yvette said...

Great looking book. Very inspiring.

HawaiianLibrarian said...

I put this book on my wishlist as soon as I saw it in Crafter'sChoice. Looks fabulous.

Bethany Becker said...

Great story. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Prairie Scrapbooking said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win. This looks like such a fantastic book.

Jan said...

Great story - thanks for sharing and the chance to win this wonderful book!

ckcpurple said...

The book looks great! Thank you so much for another opportunity to win a copy!!!

marilyn said...

What a wonderful story of friendship. LOVE the layered embellishments and am working so hard to learn how. This would be so very helpful. Thanks for a chance to win!

colortypes said...

wow, wow, wow!!! Totally beautiful!!! Would so, so, so love to read it!!!

Laney said...

This book looks awesome, I hope I win! ;-) thanks for the chance!

Kimberly said...

First...I so LOVE your card! So super cute! LOVE this hop...and LOVE that RF has this AWESOME book out too! xx
Love ya,
K

Connie Florio said...

Wonderful story of your meeting. Serendipity at its finest. Finding this bloghop was serendipitious too. I'll be back again.

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

Awesome giveaway.

Gypsy Chaos said...

Isn't it awesome when you learn someone whom you know only on line really lives very close to you?? I've had it happen too.

I love the bit you showed, and I think the book looks intriguing.

red smartie said...

My first stop on the very talented Ronda's blog hop. So happy for her!

Audrey said...

Hi, Emily! Thanks for posting your feature from Ronda's book. Loved your story about meeting Ronda--recognizing her fence.

Pam said...

This would be so great to win! Love your story!

jeanie de la rama said...

crossing my fingers i win a copy.:)

Vicky Varvadouka said...

I am happy to have found you!I would love to win this!!! Thanks!!
xoxo

macy Kwok said...

Thanks for a chance to win this great book.

Jette Gad said...

Oh what a great story of friendship... Thanks for sharing...

Cheryl said...

Think I will learn a lot from this book...thanks for a chance to win!

Nicole (LoL) said...

Hallo From Germany! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

Jennifer B. said...

I would love to win!

Debra said...

Oh...thank you for the peek, fantastic idea for a book.

Tiffani said...

Can't wait to see this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

DeeAnn said...

Love your meet-up story and your blog! I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks.

daisy said...

I would love to win a copy, but this has now gone on my official wish list. And what a fun story about the way you met.

Buckle My Shoe Mama said...

This book is exactly what I need! Awesome! Thank you for the chance to win!

Ali said...

Lovely story of a great friendship and the book looks awesome. tfs the chance to win one.

Juanna Hope Sia said...

would love to have one of this. wait scrap that, I NEED one of this! haha (:

Judith said...

What an amazing looking book! It looks so inspiring!

wemdu said...

Wow what a great book.

Anonymous said...

Need to search for this book online. I have no idea where to begin layering.

Riikka said...

What a great chance! The book looks amazing!

susanmcl said...

Interesting! Thx for the chance to win!

enikodelisle said...

You are such a good friend! Looks like a great book...thanks for the chance, Emily!

Heidi Y said...

Wow, thanks for a chance!!

Bethany Crowell said...

Can't wait to get a peek inside the pages of this fabulous looking book!

fancyscrapper said...

What a gift to find a friend! How exciting for her to finally have her book published!

lilismeme said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Laura said...

Oh I'm glad you two found each other, great story.

Allycat x said...

Been waiting very patiently for this book to come out - woohoo!
Thanks for the chance to win :)

Heather said...

Thanks for the chance to win - looks like a great book!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love a copy - all the little sneaks are so inspiring!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I think I'd like to see that awesome scraproom!!!! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Melissa said...

Love the card and the story! Thanks for the chance to win Ronda's book!

ewilliams1328 said...

I love the story and I'm looking forward to the book. Great card.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

ooo, i would love to win!

Leah said...

Love your story! Thank you for the chance to win this book.

Eleni Gratsia said...

Thank you so much for sharing about your friendship with Ronda, it's amazing how the love of this hobby brings us together!!!

khloe said...

I hope to win!!! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!!

AnnaB said...

This book is a must! Thank you for the chance to win Emily! :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome book. Love your blog. Thanks for the chance!

margaeli said...

Emily, what a lovely story about two friends finding each other!! Every peak that I've seen of this book tells me that it needs to be mine!!! I'm layering/embellishing challenged and need the help learning (whether it's digital or paper -- I just don't get it). Thanks for making a copy available on your blog.

Roxane said...

Looks like an amazing book! Thanks for a chance to win!

rlovew said...

What an awesome way to meet someone close that you really connect with.

Jessica said...

This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to win a copy... thanks for the chance!

AmandaWorley said...

This book looks awesome and I cannot wait to get my hands on one! Hopefully one direct from your artist hands! Thanks!

Boomer said...

thanks for the chance to win!

NancyW said...

Loved hearing about how you met, isn't it great when you take a chance like that and end up with a wonderful friend?!

Holly Preslar said...

Great story of your friendship...thanks for sharing the story. And excited for this blog hop and chance to win a great book!

clcdark said...

love it! can't wait to dig in!

Victoria S. said...

Thanks Emily! would love to win a copy of Ronda's book.

Ilka said...

Loved reading your story about how you met! Gave me a big smile! Thanks!

susan said...

This looks like a fun book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

thekolbes said...

Thanks so much for participating in this blog hop and for the chance to win.
Trish

MommaSewe said...

Amazing friendship; inspiring book. Thanks for a chance to win.

Debbie Pereira said...

I can't wait to see this amazing book. Thanks for sharing your story with us, and the chance to win a copy.

Carol P said...

This book looks great and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for sharing the opportunity to win.

Theresa said...

I would SO love to win a copy of this book.....

CarlyMaria said...

looks like a really great book!

Belinda said...

Wow - this looks fabulous and just packed full of the inspiration I have been waiting for!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the chance, I think each one of us will find it inspirational! I love the cover :)

Saire said...

the book looks wonderful. I have been admiring scrapbook pages online that are brave with embellishments, texture and layers. I love the little fringe of fabric underneath the stamped sofas in your hello card.

Margrethe said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. If you've ever seen my layouts, you know I need it!

Debbie said...

Such a blessing to find someone who makes yur life wonderful! Hold on tight! What a treasure to have that fiendship.