Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's My BLOGAVERSARY!

Good morning! Happy Thursday to you! Today is my First Blogaversary! I can't believe how fast this year has flown, and I can't believe how much has happened. I remember a year ago I was tossing around the idea of starting a blog, but I just wasn't sure I had enough "stuff" to make it interesting. I had seen so many of my stamping "heros" (whose blogs I still stalk) who had amazing creations to share every day -- could I do that? And would anyone even read it?

It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. So much has happened since then. I have pushed myself to be better and to try new things. I'm on a fantastic Design Team. I've been asked to be a Guest Designer. I've been published. I NEVER saw it all happening a year ago. And truly, the best part of my decision to blog is that now I have all of you new "friends" to share the ride with me!!!! ((((friends)))))

So, to celebrate with you, my friends, and to thank you for visiting me, I have a Blogaversary Giveaway! Last weekend, while cleaning my stamp area, I came across lots of extra goodies! Here's what you can win:

Two retired SU! hostess sets, So Lovely and Reason to Smile
SU! Prints 6 x 6 pack
Gelly Roll Glaze Clear Pen
SU! Flower Fusion felt flowers
Black and White Magic Mesh
SU! Square Vellum Metal Edge Tags
Lots of fun ribbons!!

All you have to do is comment on THIS post -- ask a question, leave a comment, or just say hi! I'll choose a random winner on Monday morning, July 28. Good luck! :)
Before I go, I want to share another card I made for the Dare to Get Dirty '08 Challenges. This was for JulieHRR's challenge to make a Clean and Simple (CAS) card with lots of white space! NOT an easy challenge for me! I used the set Nature Silhouettes by Cornish Heritage Farms. I scored two lines with my Scor-pal, and I added some brads. This was one of the quickest cards I've made in ages! Maybe I could get used to this style after all... ;)

Have a great day, everyone! THANK YOU so much for making my first year of blogging a great one! HUGS!!!

Edited 7/28: I've chosen the winner -- see today's post for more! :)

148 comments:

Dawn Easton said...

Congrats girl!!! I'm so happy that we found each others blogs and are lucky enough to be on the same DT!!!

LOVE your CAS card...wow! I had a hard time with this too...lol

Have a WONDERFUL day my friend!!

maiahs_momma said...

LOVE your blog, and congrats :)! Thank you so much for this chance at winning some great blog candy :).

Hugs,
catherine
www.mystampinggrounds.blogspot.com
catlevy@eastlink.ca

MelissaS said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! I have had your blog in my reader since last year, when I started blogging, too :) Love your stuff. Here's my question: what is your starting point when creating? Colors? Paper? An image you want to use?
Thanks for sharing...

Carol said...

Congratulations on your blogging challenge. Isn't it a blast! I too am a relatively new blogger and just love some of the feedback. Thanks for the blog candy Op!

Carol
http://cardsmore.blogspot.com/

Alecia said...

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY and congrats on all of your success!! I'm really enjoying stalking your blog everyday, so keep up the FAB work!!

Your card is awesome, love all the white space!!

melissa.flieg said...

Congrats on 1 year of blogging. I love your blog and read every post. Keep up the great work and thanks so much for sharing all your creativity with us.

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Wow...you have accomplished a LOT in a year...congratulations!!!

GabrielaD said...

Congrats on your Blogaversary!!!! I love your blog. I have you on google reader and I just think its great when I wake up in the morning and my favorite blogs (like yours) have been updated.

I too started a blog recently and I hope mine is as successful as your is (620 people and counting! lol). Thanks for all your wonderful creations!

Kelly Vaughn said...

Congratulations!!! I enjoy your blog so very much! You are so creative and I love your style. Thank you for entertaining and inspiring me!

Mary Jane said...

Congratulations. I love your blog. Your cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing your talent.

csnyder said...

Congrats!!! Love your cards, the snow-day-survival-kit was too cute, a great idea!!!

Jessica said...

I bookmarked your blog a few months ago and have been enjoying your work ever since! You are so talented!!!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog, I visit it daily. You make great creations. Keep up the good work. Traci

mimiburroughs said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!!

Love your blog...keep it up! Looks like an awesome giveaway!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Tammy Hershberger said...

We sound like we've had a very similar year, Christina! Congrats on your anniversary, and keep up the great work! :)

Lilian said...

happy blogaversary!! i love your blog with your bold and colorful layering style! it makes me smile.

thank you for the chance to win the awesome blog candy. :)

hayley said...

i'm so glad you decided to have a blog!! i look at it everyday and am soo inspired! you're so good!!
-hayley

cardcrazy said...

I've been a lurker on your blog for a couple of months and I love all of your creations! Thanks for sharing and congratulations!
-Krissy

Alyssa said...

Happy Blogaversary! I can't believe you've only been around a year! I love your blog - it is my first in my favorites that I check daily. Thanks for all of the inspiration! :o)

Hilmarose said...

HAPPY Blogaversary!!! congrats on a year! and thank you for the chance to win!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I love your blog - I visit every morning! -Melinda

Bonnie said...

Awww Christina! Congratulations on your blogaversary!! You know I love your blog and have stalked you from the beginning!! LOL! Love that CHF card.....of course I am going to have to add it to MY favorites!

Deb said...

Congrats! I visit your blog everyday. You have given me inspiration so many times!!

Julie.G said...

Wow, I love your work. I really like the way you used the liquid applique on the coat trim. I am going to have to try that out. Thank you for the idea.....Your blog is one of my favorites...

Jewels said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! LOVE the scoring along the bottom of that card!!

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing all your ideas with us. Happy blog Anniversary.

Judy said...

Congrats on your First Blogiversary, and all of the accomplishments during your first year! Enjoy your blog, and love your work!

JaneAnn said...

Happy Blogaversary! Fun word. Thank you for sharing all you wonderful cards...

Cher K. said...

Happy First Year!! I visit your blog every day. I love all your projects and your garden is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
-Cher

Cori ... Hi Everyone!!! said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I love reading your blog & you truly inspire me to become a better designer!
Thanks for all the inspiration!

Kerry J. said...

Congrats! I'm subscribed via google reader and love your entries. I already left you some love in your gallery - love the card! Thanks for the chance to win!

Karolyn L said...

Hi, Christina! I love your blog and enjoy reading about your crafts and life. I've been a subscriber for a few months now, and have seen your confidence grow by leaps and bounds. You're an incredibly talented lady, and I look forward to many more blogaversaries with you! Congratulations on your first!

usafcole said...

Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy. Congrats--love the posts.

Pam C.

Christi said...

Happy Blogaversary!! I didn't even realize it but mine was in June! LOL I LOVE your blog. Every time I come on here I am amazed and inspired. Thank you so much for putting your work out there for all of us to be inspired by!

Allison said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! You have accomplished a lot in one year! I hope my blog can be so successful!
Love your blog and check it daily.

Thanks for the chance to win

Megan Birdwell said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! I'm so glad it's been around as a constant source of inspiration for us all.

Ilina Crouse said...

congratulations!!!
I absolutelly love reason to smile set, but never got a chance to get it :( Who knows, maybe my # or name will be picked, but I never win anything.LOL
I love your blog, it's great inspiration for me. Thanks!!!

Stephanie Hargis said...

Happy Blogaversary! :D Your work is amazing and I love it! This card is amazing too! :D Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

((hugs))

emilymomto3boys said...

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!!

Maria H. said...

Christina: Congrats on the Anniversary! Just wanted to say that I love checking your blog and thanks for the inspiration!

Debbie said...

Congratulations on your 1st year. Someday soon I hope to start a blog (still reading and learning)
I enjoy your card samples and wish you a great new year.

Berny and Jennifer Castillo said...

Congrats! I love your cards...they are really pretty!

Jessica said...

Wowza, that's some blog candy!!!

Congratulations on your blogaversary, here's to many more :)

Cathy Y. said...

Congrats! I have your blog under my favorites. I love your cards. Good luck in year #2.

Cathy

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Your creations are amazing. Yes, I stalk your blog daily! Thanks for taking the time to blog and share with all of us!
Sheri Smith

Denise said...

I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I must say it has quickly become one of my favorites. I love all of your designs!

sbgoudreau@yahoo.com said...

Congratulations on your Blogaversary - I know exactly what you mean...I have several favorite sites and have considered the idea of starting my own....lots of thanks to all of you who put the time into shar ing for those of us who just can't at this time....many more happy posts to you

Shirley

Harriet Skelly (SCS hskelly) said...

Happy blogaversary and congratulations! This is a beautiful clean and simple card - looks like you had no trouble with this at all!!

Amanda said...

happy blogaversary! I have enjoyed checking your blog every day since I found you a couple of months ago. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!!

jackiestamps4fun said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy your blog very much!! I really like your card - it's simply gorgeous! Keep up the good work! Jackie

carmen said...

congrats to ya

Jennie said...

Congrats, congrats!! I have loved looking at your blog for a long time. I love your ideas and things you come up with. Thanks for all the hard work. Keep it up!!

Juanita said...

Happy Blogoversary!
I love the card you posted, very clean and simple. I love that you share your blog with us. I does seem to be a great community of stampers and I know that by you guys here doing this, it is making me a better stamper too. So, thank you!

Mary Jo said...

I love your blog! I check it every day and think you have such a talent. Congratulations and I look forward to many more years to come.

Peechy said...

happy blogday!!

fabby blog and yummy candy:o)

Pegg S said...

Happy Blogaversary! I've very much enjoyed visiting your blog and getting inspired. I'm going on vacation on Saturday - so excited! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

lauren said...

Hi Christina! I just recently came across your blog and I love it! You are so creative...I love it all! Thanks for the opportunity to win the goodies!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Yours is one of my favorite blog stops. I appreciate your creativity!Keep up the good work! Paper Doll

Teresa Upton said...

I love the card!! Congratulations on your anniversary and may you have amny more!!

Amy said...

Happy blogaversary! Thanks for sharing one year of fantastic inspiration and the absolutely fabulous goodies!

Jan Scholl said...

Happy Happy Joy JOy oh and HI!

Elsie said...

thanks for the chance to win! congratulations on your anniversary.

Dani said...

Happy Blogaversary to you :) I enjoy reading your posts and seeing your great work!

Mandy said...

Love your cards, keep them coming!

Sunshine said...

Happy Blogaversary all the way from me in New Zealand!
Love your blog, I always leave inspired!
PS, love the CAS card, I too have trouble with white spaces, but you make it look simple...& gorgeous! Love the colours!
Sunshine xo

Christina said...

Happy Blogaversary from Hawaii! Congratulations!

Maissi said...

Hi! I'm a big fan of your cards and I've been a visitor in your blog about year now. I just love your beautiful cards!

Maissi from Finland

Nikki Bond said...

Congrats on your blogversary! What a wonderful giveaway your having ! Thanks so much for the chance and as always thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration you provide with your blog! {SMILES}

Doris said...

Happy Blogaversary! I'm a regular visitor and love your work!

Linda said...

Happy Blogaversary for a wonderful blog. Thanks for all of the work you have put into providing so many ideas.
Linda Peterson

secret sister said...

Happy blogaversary! Thanks for sharing one year of fantastic inspiration and the absolutely fabulous goodies!

Debi said...

Happy Blogaversary!! I love your blog! It's full of so much ideas and inspirations for me! Thanks for giving us the chance to win some CANDY!!! It really looks YUMMY!!!

Have a great day!
Debi aka: SassiAngel

Lori said...

Congratulations on one year! I enjoy visiting your blog! Thank you!

Tanja said...

Congratulations!!!!! Thanks 4 a year of inspiration! I love your creations!

Pinky Roth said...

I have just recently subscribed to your blog and I am enjoying your work so much! I would love a chance to win your blog candy for your anniversary. Congratulations!

Pinky

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Congratulations On your FIRST YEAR!!!

Your card is awesome! You certainly met the challenge!

Don't enter my name in the drawing please, I just wanted to say Congrats!

diane mcvey (dinobomp@aol.com) said...

Wow, love your blog; and the card you made! Very pretty! That is also a fantastic Blogaversary offering...someone is going to be super excited to win that! So glad I found your blog...looking forward for what's yet to come! :D

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! Love your blog!!! Happy 1 year!!

Hope J

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 1 year!! you do such awesome work!!! Thanks for the chance! Have a great weekend!

Melissa Boston

Yosha said...

Congratulations! I LOVE LOVE the SU flower set you are giving away! kicking myself for not getting it. WEll maybe this will be lucky post! :)

Is there a way to do the "embossing" (right word?)lines if you don't have a score pad?

I know, I know, I am behind the times!

Cheers,

Yosha

Betty Jo said...

Hi! Thanks for a chance to win. Congrats on your anniversery.

Lorene said...

....congrats!!! What a treasure trove of goodies...hope I win!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Blogaversary! congratulations! Your artwork is such an inspiration - I'm glad you decided to blog!! :)

Mary

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Christina! I visit your blog everyday for inspiration. Love the colors you use!
Mary S

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I know I have really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for your hard work.

Jenn C

Jeanna said...

Just stumbled on your blog from a blog roll...very nice. COngrats on your Blog aversary
Jeanna
www.stamptimesomewhere.com

Monica said...

Happy Blogaversary! I'm sure glad you decided to start a blog a year ago...I love your work!

Alexandra said...

Congrats to you Girl - how fabulous!!! You have mad talent so I am happy you have a blog so we can all see it!!!! Whoohoo, happy anniversary! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

CM2 said...

Isn't it amazing how quickly a year can pass, congrats!! Oh some lucky winner! How generous!! Just love reading blogs and yours is a worthy one! Thanks! ;-) CM2

StampingJoan said...

I always think of this song when someone says Anniversary!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DINuAWoxy4Q

Love your blog!
Joan

Vickilyn said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!! I probably stalk yours...congratulations on your blogaversary!!!

Vicki

ibaa4food said...

Thanks for the chance to win blog candy, and congratulations on your blogaversary!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! Your blog and your work are very inspiring!

Jody B. (stampinmyfeet on SCS)

Mauna said...

Congrats! Fun Candy. I never win but I will comment because I love to visit your blog. Thanks for all your ideas and sharing with us.

Sharon in NE said...

Happy Blogaversary! Y'know that just doesn't have a ring to it, does it? Oh well, I loved all your work the past year and I look forward to what you're going to surprise me with ahead.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! You are certainly generous in the gift you are offering. The card you did might have been a challenge for you, but it is definitely a wonderful card. Some of the most meaningful cards are the ones that let the simple beauty of the images come through. And I love what you did with scoring the bottom. I definitely need to consider that for my future cards.

Congratulations again and have a wonderful day!

Kristina G at SCS

Kathy said...

Congratulations on your blogaversarey!!! I have your blog in my favorites!!

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Chris, happy blogaversary. I check your blog every day and I'm always blown away by your creativity. I look forward to seeing what the next year brings from you. Lots of love, Denise x

jackie said...

hey! love your blog - thanks for chance to win great candy!

lee r said...

happy blogaverserie.I would love to give those goodies a loving new home.

Marie Klein Burtt said...

well i am brand new to browsing stamping blogs...and i just finished looking through the past year of cards and ideas on you blog (which i love by the way!)...so congratulations and thanks for such a cool offer!

SueB said...

happy blogaversary! thanx for the regular source of inspiration and chance at some t'riffic blog candy!

specialcraftmom4 said...

Congrats on your Blogaversary! I love your Blog (: Keep up the bogging

Doris said...

happy blogaversary! great blog candy, oh please pick me:) greetings from (rainy today) Poland

sandie carter said...

Happy Blogaversary!!


Great blog - thanks for ths chance to win this awesome blog candy.

dragonflydreams@bigpond.com

Suzanne J Dean said...

I faithfully visit your blog & you're wonderful creations everyday! Happy Blogaversary & here's to many more!

Suzanne Dean

Cal said...

Happy Blogaversary! I love your CAS card, it is beautiful. they are so hard for me because I just can't let there be open space on a card. I really like yours though!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogaversary! I love your card colors. Thanks for the lovely candy chance.

Swedie

Margaret said...

What a great accomplishment. And lovely blog candy. Keep up the good work in the upcoming year.

CAKVD said...

WOW!!! What a generous pile of SU goodies you are giving away!! It's going to make some lucky lady very happy!
Cheryl

Susan said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! It's a great blog - thanks for sharing your creations. And the chance to win!!

Diane said...

Wow! I can't believe you thought you might not have enough or might not be interesting! I vist every day and love it! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! I love receiving my updates in my email regarding your latest posting, it is so exciting to see your latest creation! Sandy

lm352 said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog and I try to read it everyday. You have great ideas and I love the cards and color combos. Thanks for celebrating and sharing with us.

Lenoria

Jessica said...

Congrats on one year of happy blogging! i know i'm new to your blog, but i just couldn't resist entering the drawing! Great goodies there!
i'll definitely be coming back often - lots of inspiration here!

JenMarie said...

Congrats on your one year blogaversy!! Woo Hoo!
GREAT blog candy!

Brenda said...

Congratulations!!!! that is awesome. I just found your blog and like what I see, and I am adding you ro my reader. Thanks for the chance to win.

kim3timemom said...

Happy Anniversary!! Great Blog. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

kim3timemom@yahoo dot com

Laurie in MN said...

Congratulations on your first blogaversary. I hadn't realized you were fairly new to blogging. Your blog is equal to the old timers. (Don't let them know I called them old timers, hee hee hee).

I hope you keep having fun blogging.

Kristy Geddes said...

Hi Christine,
Congratulations on a year of blogging! I love your site and have it on my Favourites, which I go in and check each day.
Keep up the great work.
Cheers,
from
Kristy in Australia

Theresa said...

I love your clean and simple card. Those scored lines at the bottom are the perfect addition.

Congrats on a year of blogging!

Susan C. said...

Congrats! I am a daily reader and enjoy your blog tremendously. Can't wait to see what is in store in the future.

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog-love the snowy survival kit you made-like seeing things recycled.
Congrats on your Blog!

Bev J. (Maxell on SCS)

Jackie said...

Happy Blogaversary! I just found your blog and am enjoying browsing around, you are so creative!

cricketpe said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! Thanks for sharing such wonderful candy!

Tammy Murphy said...

Oh my.... please give me a reason to smile! I have always loved this set and hope I am the lucky one! Love your blog!

Colleen said...

Happy Anniversary. Love your blog and check it frequently.

scfranson said...

Congratulations, you have a wonderful inspiring blog.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Sandy Hulsart said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary. I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your wonderful creations. Thanks for the chance to win great blog candy.

Miss Robyn said...

Congrats on the blogaversary!!! I haven't been stalking you for a year yet, but I've loved it so far!!!

Clara said...

I've never won any blog candy but always hope to! I really enjoy looking at your blog. Big congrats on your blog anniversary! :)

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Congrats. Love your clean and simple card.

Cori Smith said...

CONGRATS! Thanks for sharing w/ us so much of your inspiration!

Katie said...

Just stopping in to say hello! I love the blog and all the inspiration I get from it. Thanks!

Heidi Abel said...

Hi! I enjoy your blog. Thanks for the chance to win some great candy!
Heidi Abel
stampvamp@sbcglobal.net

Chrissy said...

Congratulations! I am learning to appreciate white cards also.

AlexsMom said...

LOVE your blog and congratulations on your blogaversary.

Thanks so much for this chance at winning some great blog candy.

Pam
pmurray@nl.rogers.com

Ifat Art said...

Wow! what a great idea!!!
Good luck everyone!

jami said...

Great card! Love your artwork.

Jennifer Love said...

Aww! Happy Blogiversary! And wow at all you've accomplished in a year! :) Totally deserve it because of all the fantastic creations I've seen here!

Ghazal (ghazal_31005@yahoo.com) said...

Happy blogaversary! I'm so glad you decided to start a blog.
Love your card ... simple yet awesome!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blogaversary. I subscribe to your blog and really enjoy visiting each day. Thanks for sharing your talent. May you have many more blogaversaries.
JoAnn iluvscrapping@iwon.com

Nancy said...

You have such an enjoyable blog, congrats on your anniversary! Thanks for taking the time to share!

Pat S. said...

Hi Christina!
Congratulations on your anniversary!

Since I first found out you are in KY, I have been a regular here, and I enjoy every visit :)

I always like Julie's white cards...you did a great job for her challenge...I really like that layout.

Thank you for offering a chance to win your extra goodies...NICE!
ps_1972stamping@yahoo.com

karen m said...

hello, happy blogaversary, thank you for sharing this year. i enjoy your cards and creativity. you have inspired me with my cardmaking. here's to another year of blogging and stamping...
blessings...

Stampin Cats said...

Congrats on the blog hits. What an awesome gift you have offered to us.

Dorothy said...

Am I too late? It's Monday morning - I hope not. Congratulations on our anniversary. You have a great blog. Thanks for the chance to win all this awesome stuff!!!
Dorothy

scrappinmaniac said...

Congrats! Thanks for the chance at some great blog candy.
Sandy in Utah