Happy Holiday weekend to you!
As many of you know, I’m an affiliate for Simon Says Stamp, Scrapbook.com, Blick Art, Bluemoon Scrapbooking and Hallmark Scrapbook and link up to the products I use when I can to these stores. (links in the sidebar too) Being an affiliate means I make a small percentage on your order, at no expense to you, when you click from a link on my blog.
I’m also a big fan of starlitstudio.net and love to support Cindy’s store! Great prices, fast service and top notch customer service. So I link to her store a lot!
OK – I need to make a couple decisions and wouldn’t you know because I feel like you’re my fellow cardmakers and friends I need help!
The linking system that I’ve used for the last few years is changing especially for me and the other gals that use wordpress.com. It isn’t going to work anymore because wordpress doesn’t allow ‘script’ which is the code the new LinkDeli uses. So, that means I need to move my blog to wordpress.org and become expressionswithheart.com to use it, which means a yearly domain fee and a monthly fee to have a blog…then they add on a fee of security…it really adds up fast. Then there is the new monthly fee to use LinkDeli. LinkDeli is amazing! Much faster then Inlinkz and I would love to be able to use it because it’s such a time saver. I was able to beta test it even though it didn’t work when I put it on my blog. ugh. sigh.
So, I need to make money here on this ‘ole blog to pay for all this.
I’m just wondering how you all feel about affiliates and shopping through links on blogs? I spend a lot of time linking up to stores when writing blog posts, after spending the time to make the cards and take the photos. It’s a big deal, but I know I appreciate seeing what other ppl use and I think you do too! I don’t want to be a martyr about it but until you’ve done it, you don’t realize what a time sucker it is.
I know there are a lot of us out there trying to make a little to pay for blogging. Kinda crazy. hehe
Any thoughts you can leave me here as a comment or email me, would be most helpful.
For this fun little bear card I used SSS Birch Tree Window die, Stitched Rectangles die, Sending die, Sending and Wishing stamp set and the bear from Abby’s Spring Showers stamp set.
I colored him with Copic Sketch markers. I love these Stitched Rectangles…SSS was the first to come out with the stitching on both sides of the cut! Clever…now several other companies are doing it too.
As part of SSS affiliate program, when they have a new release, they usually send me one thing to use from that release. This time they sent the new Heart Sprinkle Trail die… very fun… I have some ideas to use it for the holidays too. 😀
I embossed it in my white panel with the Big Shot and tan embossing mat. (I have videos about embossing under the video tab under my blog title) Then I die cut it in red card-stock and glued the red pieces onto the embossed panel… gives it a really nice dimension. It really didn’t take much time either… I just put little dots of glue on top of each place on the embossed panel and used the pick up tool to place the little pieces on the dots of glue. Nothing new, I’ve done it before.
I stamped the sentiment from the SSS Roses For You stamp set with the MISTI stamping tool. Someone is asking on a FB group if it is a worthwhile investment… YES!!! lol
I do love Washi tape…hehe…as you can tell! I used 3 different ones and then tied on some twine…love all that white space!
I hope you have some time to shop, when you’re not outside enjoying this beautiful Summer weather! There are some awesome new dies and stamps under the SSS brand. Anyway, it’s been unusually nice here for a week! I hope it stays! haha
Holler at me if you have any questions and I do appreciate your friendship and that you follow my blog! I do!!! 😀