Thursday, July 25, 2013

Celebrating 4 Years of Blogging!

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Welcome to a very special post!  I’ve been blogging for 4 years and can’t let the day go by without having a little celebratory fun!  EEK! Where has the time gone!?  Well, take 1294 posts, multiply that by an average of 1 hour per card plus blogging time and that’s where the time has gone! LOL  But I’ve loved every single second of it!  I cringe when I look at that first post on July 25th, 2009…although, I’m happy to report my photography and card making skills have improved greatly since then ;)  And that’s what it’s all about…the journey, the process, the camaraderie with other card makers…BUT let’s get onto the FUN part of having an Anniversary…the presents!  In honour of the 4th Anniversary, I have 4 fun gifts to give away to 4 commenters!  Here they are…

1) A $50 gift certificate to the Verve Store, compliments of Julee, the owner, whose birthday happens to be today!  Thanks, Julee!

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2) My inspired Verve Teachers Count set, matching Apple dies, and 3 medallion stamps…

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3) Clearly Besotted Cute & Cuddly stamp set, Going Places stamp set

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4) Clearly Besotted Happily Ever After stamp set, newly released Hoppy Birthday stamp set with matching dies

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How does that sound?  In order to win, leave a comment here and let me know where you’re from and what you love about card blogs!  I’ll choose a winner for each prize next Wednesday night, August 31st, and post the winners Thursday morning.  Winners will have 3 days to contact me (moeplut@shaw.ca).  Good luck and thanks for helping me celebrate!  Group hug!

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37 comments:

Lynn said...

I had to go back and look at how long I've been blogging - 4 years on July 12th...I thought it had been three! Oh how I love blogging. I love the dear friends I have made - you!, I love the creative process - it relaxes me so much; the inspiration from other bloggers and that my blog is a place to capture memories of our family and friends! Thanks for the awesome giveaway...you are a gem. And here's a link back to my first card! http://themangoboysandme.blogspot.com/2009/07/card-club-creations.html Still love SU Regal Rose! :)

Donna Cala said...

You have been one of my favorite bloggers since you were Irishlatte on SCS. I love your style and have made my own version of so many of your cards. Thank you for sharing your cards with us!

Alanna said...

Congrats on 4 years. My favorite thing about card blogs is all the wonderful eye candy and inspiration. I also love the journey. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kara said...

congrats on four years....here's to many more! love visiting your blog for inspiration!

Sue said...

Congratulations on four years! I follow you regularly in my reader and am so inspired by your creations.

Tracey said...

4 years and so much inspiration!!! Congratulations Maureen!! I love coming to your blog. I don't always have a chance to comment but I do always find inspiration when I come here!!! Thanks for that!!

And thanks for the chance to win one of these awesome prizes!!

Kristie Goulet said...

Congratulations on 4 years! I live in Groveton, New Hampshire. I love the inspiration and ideas I get from visiting my favorite card blogs. Thank you!

Marianne said...

Happy blogaversary, Maureen, and a Happy Bithday to Julee! I've been blogging and seriously making cards since May 2011, but most of my cards take way more than 1 hour to make. I love visiting blogs for inspiration and for learning about inspiring challenge blogs and fun products. When I was still living in the Netherlands, most of the products in my local craft store were from Dutch designers, such as Marianne Design. Now that I'm living in Greece, I order all of my suplies online, from the US, the UK or the Netherlands. Visiting other people's blogs has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

Aimes said...

Awww the years fly by so fast, Diva! Wishing you a super-duper-awesome blogging anniversary! :)
Playing catch-up in Blogland now that it's finally my turn to hang out in my PJs with a cuppa at a time past 7am! ;D
Hugs!
Duchess
x

Meghan said...

I went back to your first blog post and your card is lovely! You have stayed true to your style for sure! Happy Blogiversary! I love all the inspiration I get from your blog!

Betty said...

happy anniversary - i am from lincoln, nebraska and i love your blog and all the others i follow for the ideas and techniques i can learn - i try not to copy but to use them as a starting point.

Marisa said...

Congrats on four years!! My the time flies!! You have a great talent for card making and it has been such a joy seeing you being recognized in magazines and DTs :)

I love being inspired by others and the best part is having me all sorts of wonderful people from all over the world.

Love your work and wishing your a fabulous year ahead (plus many more!!). Hugs from the Coast :)

Kathy said...

Congrats on 4 years. Always enjoy your projects, you have such great style.

I like to visit blogs for inspiration, and I'll admit it, I'm nosey, I love to have a glimpse into other peoples' lives. It's fun to read about not only the crafts, but the work, home and family stuff, too.

Hugs from New Jersey!

Diane McVey said...

Hi! I am from East Tennessee, but I've lived other places for 30+ years. Right now I live in Kansas. My favorite thing about blogs is the great inspiration I get from the creative work I see on them! I love seeing the beautiful cards and other paper creations that people make.
Congratulations on your blog-a-versary! That is fantastic!!!

Annheidel said...

Wow, congrats on four years! I'm not nearly as prolific as you, not even close. lol I'm from North Carolina now, although I grew up in the military and moved a lot. I love card blogs for the inspiration. Plus, it's also nice to connect with other stamping fanatics and know I'm not alone! :)

Linda van der Velden said...

Happy blogaversary :) And such a great way to celebrate it with us! I love watching your cards every time, so inspiring! So please go on with the next 4 years, I'll be there! I'm from the Netherlands and if I may choose, I'll pick number 3: those cute stamps! What I love about cards (or making them) is the way to give your friends and family a personal 'gift'. This might be to congratulate someone, to encourage, to let someone know you'll be there or just for fun.

KimCreate said...

Hi congrats, I think my blogoversary must be coming up too. Im from newington, Ct. I love card blogs because I like to play in challenges and I like to see what other people make. Its fun to talk to others about paper and have them understand!

Jinny Newlin said...

Congratulations, Maureen! What an amazing giveaway! I'm from Mission, Kansas, and I just love the inspiration I receive from card blogs. I also love getting to know and see how others all over the world do life. What a joy! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Hugs!

Luanne said...

Wow! Quite the give away! Happy Blog Birthday
my friend!

Christine said...

Congratulations on four years! I so appreciate your blog. I stumbled upon a Verve hop about a year and a half ago and "just browsed" for about six months. Last August, I started making cards, then graduated to the stage of giving them away. I love card blogs for the pure pleasure of looking, for inspiration in my own crafting, and also to learn. Thanks for posting so faithfully and for letting your joy in crafting be so evident. I am from a very small town in Texas, btw.
Blessings and congratulations,
Christine

gardener said...

I'm from a small town in southern Iowa and "found" you only several months ago. I think it was from the PTI blog since that is one of my most favorite manufactures of quality stamps and dies. Anyway, your blog is one I go to daily. Love your use of colors, composition, techniques....I don't have a blog, so can only imagine the time and work it must you must put in to your blog. I learn so much from your site. Thanks so much.

Jacklyn-Jessa said...

Congrats on 4 years! You've asked an easy question... it's all the inspiration!! I've always said I'm not creative, and everyone says "but you make cards!". I have to say, if it wasn't for all of the inspiration I get from what everyone else is making, I'd probably be too intimidated to start anything.

Dana Nelson said...

Depends how you define "from"... I was born in Victoria, BC, grew up in Red Deer, AB, but have been living in Calgary, AB for the last 14 years. :) Happy Blogoversary!

paulettesprettypapercrafts said...

Hi Maureen, congratulations on 4 years of blogging. I'm an email subscriber. I live in Missouri. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Karen Day said...

I'm originally from Nelson, BC... now residing in Richmond Hill, ON. I love the truckloads of inspiration that I find in the cardmaking blogworld... especially from people like yourself :o) I found you through my love affair with Verve stamps that has grown over the last few years - but your curling card from a few months back is my hands down fave!

Sabrina said...

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging!! I am from Roseville California. I love the card blogs because everyone's technique is different and I love to see all the different cards and their designs! It gives me a lot of inspiration and smiles on my face. Especially when I am having a bad day!

D- said...

Wow congrats four years is terrific.
I'm a blog newbie. I have had mine for just 5 months.
What I love about card blogs is seeing the different thing people create. It fun to see what others are up to and try a technique or two.
I live in the Northwest (US).
D~
http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

Dee in N.H. said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! I'm guilty of not leaving enough comments but I do check in frequently. I follow in my Google dashboard. I live near Conway NH.

Kathy said...

Congratulations on four years! I live in Northern Virginia and have been making cards for one year. I've enjoyed reading your blog and have gotten great inspiration from your creativity. Thanks!

Moira said...

I am from Massachusetts in the USA and I like blogs because they provide ideas and you can learn creative ways to use your crafting supplies. Since many stamp companies have the same type of stamps (pinwheel, sailboat, watch, etc) you can adjust the design to what is in your own collection. Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary!

Judith said...

Hi, I live in Florida and love it. Love looking at blogs and getting so many many ideas. ALWAYS enjoy your posts. Like your ideas.

Thanks for the chance to win blog-candy.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Happy blog anniversary Maureen! Wishing you many more to come! :) I love your style, the stamps you use... you are very creative and I love seeing your creations (even though I don't get to stop on a regular bases.) I'm from NH.

Betty Neville said...

Happy #4!! I am from Edmonton, Alberta. I love all the inspiration I get from card blogs! Yours is one of my favourite blogs - your cards are always so gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win!

Lindsey said...

Congratulations! I've loved your blog for a long time, but I hadn't realized it had been around for four years! I currently live in Utah, USA....but I will probably always consider myself being "from" Virginia. There are lots of reasons I love about card blogs - I'm so inspired by other's creativity...I truly think cards are beautiful! Plus, I love reading about the process they used and learning new tips and being able to leave kind words here and there hoping that someone will smile and know their work is appreciated.

Janet Swofford said...

I just found your blog and I love your style! Happy 4th Anniversary!I am from Durham,North Carolina. I love to follow blogs for the creative inspiration I find there.Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win :-)
Inky hugs,
Janet

Janet Barnett said...

Hello Canada from WV, USA! Congratulations on four years - that takes dedication! I tried blogging, but never got in the groove & was pretty hit & miss with posts. Someday I'll try again! I found my way here from the PTI Facebook page - love your yellow rose card! Visiting card blogs is where I get a lot of my inspiration to try different techniques, color combos, etc.

cm said...

Wow, Maureen - four years of blogging, crafting, enjoying the journey is absolutely impressive and inspiring! Now, if my 'attempts' eventually result in cards as fantastic as yours (down the road...a long road!), that is time well invested! I'm in for the ride - and you have been one of my #1 sources of encouragement!! Happy Blog-iversary!!
c

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