Saturday, March 14, 2009

Blog Candy for 5,000 Hits!!

This post will remain at the top of my blog until it closes at midnight (GMT -6.00) on March 14, 2009. Therefore, please scroll down for newer posts.

I am but a small blog in this wonderful world of art bloggers, but today I am celebrating 5,000 hits on Made For Keeps!

I started this blog eight months ago. In that time I have met so many wonderful artists, found stamps and techniques that are better than I have ever seen before, and learned so many things that have enhanced my art. So, I want to thank everyone who has ever visited, left comments, and led me to many brilliant bloggers!

I chose a few pieces from this bright new set called "Pretty Poppies" by Autumn Leaves that I found at Michaels. Aren't the colors fantastic? Since we are eagerly awaiting spring here, this was such a cheerful selection. Here are some closer looks:

This is my first ever blog candy and, because my inspirations come from so many countries, anyone from anywhere is invited to enter the drawing. The drawing will close at midnight (GMT -6.00) and I just ask that you do these three things:

1. Please leave a comment on this post.
2. In your comment tell me your favorite flower.
3. Add a link to this post on your blog to tell others about my blog candy.

Thank you, everyone, for visiting my blog and for making this a remarkable experience!


Julie said...

This is so beautiful Barb and so very kind and generous of you. But we all know that about you anyway!

My favourite flower is the Longorium Lilly. I know some people associate this with funerals but I have always loved the simplicity and the wonderful fragrance that fills a room.

Thanks for the chance of this fab candy and for being such a lovely person.


Julie said...

ooops and I have linked you on my side bar of blog candy !

Cher said...

Hi...very very pretty blog! Congrads on your hits...and your cards are lovely. I like your pic! My son is a Cadet at the USAFA...somethin bout those men in uniform, eh? fav flower is yellow rose...but your candy in red is my next favorite. No blog to link to but will send my buds over via email. Ty for a chance..and continued success to you! Cher

Lauri said...

This is absolutely so generous of you! You make my day everytime you have a post!! I love how you chose a coordinated theme for your giveaway....very nice of you! So , I think I love Gerber the colors! and I will get a post up today talking about your great giveaway!

Nancy said...

Hey there lady! Was ready to send an e-mail to check in on you!
Congrats on the 5K hits! I put a link to your springy candy in my side bar. My favorite flower is a lily. My grandmother used to have them all over her yard.

Rica said...

Hi Barb, congrats on your hits.
I shall link you in my sidebar.
As for my favourite flower - there are so many and I love them all, but I think perhaps I will go for Frangipani, it is so beautiful, smells so heavenly and reminds me of Africa where I was lucky enough to spend sometime.
Fabulous Blog Candy - I do wish we had a Michaels in the UK.
hugs Heather xx

Holly said...

Hello Barb! I found your blog through Lauri. Congratulations on so many hits! Your blog candy giveaway is a wonderful one! My favorite flower are Iris; possibly because they are the only ones I can grow with any success! I'm off to browse your artwork now!

Lorie said...

Congratulations on your 5000 hits. I've enjoyed surfing your fabulous blog, and I always enjoy your positive comments and encouragement on Lauri's posts. I will link your candy to my blog today. Thanks for the opportunity for a great prize.

Donnas Den said...

Congratulations on your 5,000 visitors. My favourite flower is the Daffodil. I love Spring in general and so seeing swathes of Daffodils just makes me smile.

I've put a link to your blog candy on my candy sidebar.

Many thanks,


chawk8 said...

Congrats on 5,000 hits!!! This is beautiful blog candy! I love all flowers but my favorite would have to be the rose. I don't have a blog but I will email your link to my card making friends. Thanks for the chance to win.

Joan Ervin said...

Congrats, Barb, on you 5000 hits...Whoohoo!!! What awesome blog, girl!!! My favorite flower is the rose....mostly because they smell soooo good!!! I will add your blog candy to my blog tomorrow!!

Leigh said...

HI Barb, This is sure generous of you. You are such a sweet heart!

My favorite flower is...can you guess? I'm surprised if you can't. It's pink roses. Actually I have two, the other is big bright yellow Daffodils.

I'm headed straight over to my blog to post this.

Regina said...

Congratulations on so many hits and many more to come!
I just enjoyed going through your blog! I like your creative style and very inspiring. You've done an amazing job on your blog!
I love all the spring flowers. These are the first flowers after the winter!
Fab candy you have thank you for your generosity! I'll leave your candy in my sidebar and now I just have to hope to win!!!!
Greetings Regina from Germany

Melody said...
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gina g said...

Wow gorgeous candy just love the papers and flowers are stunning.My favourite flowers well now that is hard i love fushias and roses i think roses as i love the smell. luv gina xx

caseyshayne+3 said...

Hi there, this looks like a wonderful blog. My favorite flower is lilies. I am going to try to post a link from my blog, but I am still learning, so I will figure it out. THanks for sharing

Colleen said...

I found you through the above blog (caseyshayne+3) and I love your blog! I'm glad to have been here. :o)
My favorite flowers are anything exotic and purple. I lived in Japan for 3 years, and I loved the variety that they had there that we don't often have here in North America.
I will link to you on my blog too.
Thanks again!

А@A said...

Thank you for the chance to win
I love every flower but most lilies

ale82 said...

Congrats, Barb, on you 5000 hits...Whoohoo!!!
I will link your candy to my blog today. Thanks for the opportunity for a great prize.

Susie Sugar said...

Hi Barb ,Congratulations 5,000 hits. What a great blog you have , and yummy candy too, I have linked it to my blog to help spread the word of your great blog.
My favourite flower has to be the hydrangea so many blooms on one flower and they smell so sweet too.
Love Susie xx

Gosia said...

Congrats on 5,000 hits!!! This is beautiful blog candy! my favorite flower is the rose. Thanks for the chance to win.I will link to you on my blog

Chrissie said...

What wonderful candy Barb, thank you for the chance of winning it. I've left a link and photo in my sidebar.
My favourite flowers are Freesias (I even had them in my wedding bouquet many moons ago!) they are such happy little flowers and I just adore the scent!

Saskia said...

Wow... so happy I discovered your blog!! Thanks for sharing LOVELY candy!! Somenone, somewhere will be very happy with it...I can only dream it's me!!
My favorite flower...well, for the moment...all kind of paper flowers... :) ... love them on my cards!!!!
(and 'real' white roses too!!)

Greetings from Belgium,


Anonymous said...

Hi There...
wow, beautiful blog, i am also newbie to blogging too, hehehe it's great fun..
My favourite flower is a rose but must be red..
Take Care
Hugs Angel

off to link you

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog followed from Kim Princes blog. I do not have a blog but many friends that I can tell about yours. I love all flowers but really like sweet pea's and poppies. Of which both I have in my garden.

Sharon said...

you will never blieve it but these are my favorite, they used to grow wild on my bus route and I couldn't wait for them to come up in the spring and see each year how they had spread down the road. I had a country route and loved it. Thanks for the chance.

Peggy said...

Thank you for allowing me to enter this candy blog. My favorite flower is a tulip, all colors. God bless!

Gvendalen said...

Congratulations on so many hits!
This is so beautiful candy!
My favourite flowers is fuchsias and magnolias.
Thanks for the chance to win.
I've link on my side bar.

Amy said...

Congats on your blog hits!! My favorite flower would either have to be a lily or a daisy.

I have left a link to your blog candy giveaway on my blog's sidebar HERE.

Jacilynn said...

Congrats on your hits! That's great. I just found your blog and look forward to coming back to see you terrific cards. My favorite flower is the gerber daisy. Thanks for the chance to win.
Have a great day!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Barb, what lovely blog candy you have put on offer. I have put a link on my sidebar on my blog:

to mention your blog candy. My favourite flower is roses - any colour - expensive taste I know!!!

Best wishes, Kym xxx

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, love being able to view everyone's blogs and congrats on your milestone.

Please pick me, I'm going to be a new grandma and need all that I can use for the many projects planned.

I've posted a comment on my blog site and my favorite flower is a daisy but I just love all of them to be honest.

Thank you, Lori m

Anonymous said...

That is a lot of hits for your time at blogging - but what do I know. Love your creations! I think the iris is my favorite - I love the textures and lines of them. Then, there are the colors. Thanks so much for sharing. I don't have a blog to link up. I gotta investigate your leaves on your side show!

Chris R. from Iowa

scraphappy4067 said...

My favorite flower is the lily! I love all the different colors and the fragrance is amazing!

Thanks for the opportunity to win the beautiful blog candy!


Beverley said...

Congrats on your 5,000 hits. Your blog candy looks lovely. My favourite flowers are daffodils or daisys - I think of them as happy flowers and they always make me smile. Have added a link on my blog. Bev x

jonaks said...

let me be the lucky one to win these fabulous candy.

I loved yellow roses and linked your candy in my sidebar.

Lorraine A said...

What gorgeous candy :-) My favourite flower is the daffodil, it is such a happy spring flower.
congratulations on all your hits :-)
I'am posting a pic link on my sidebar

JanJ said...

Hi Barb

What a gorgeous candy, all those beautiful poppies, my favourite flowers are freesias, such lovely little flowers and a gorgeous scent.

Have put a link to your candy on my blog.


Jan x

Olena said...

Congratulations on your 5,000 visitors. My favourite flower is the Daffodil.

I've put a link to your blog candy on my candy sidebar.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am from Russia!
Very beautiful and bright sweetie! Just super!
My favorite flower - this is a rose. I really love her and especially when the bud yet to be disclosed, and the last leaves still green.
Thank you for the opportunity vygrat a bright Candy.
I do not long uleklas card and only opens the beautiful world for himself.

Zarah said...

WOW! That's so generous!
My fave flower... Well - one of them is definitely poppy! Apart from that, I looooove Lilies of the Valley.

I have linked here.

September said...

Congrats on the success of your blog! I love your background.

So you have my very favorite flowers as your blog candy. I've never seen these items, and will be looking for them if I don't win!

Again, hearty congratulations!

Louly said...

Oh my what gorgeous stash!Thank you for offering it to us.
My favourite flowers are Freesias, they smell devine.

Kathryn said...

Tell ya what...
I've got you linked on my sidebar. Incidentally, my first-time candy closes on March 14th at Kitchen Table Crafter as well! ;)

Ah, now for the favorite flower. Can I say one that grows?! Umm... I'd have to go with daffodils. They are the first to bloom in my beloved home state of SC, and their cheerful and noble yellow trumpets grace the driveways, gardens, planters and hillsides everywhere. However, I'm also tempted to name azaleas, honeysuckle, irises, day-lilies...

...stop me, quick... ;)

Hugs from Texas,

Kamaftut said...

Congrats on the 5K hits! I put a link to your springy candy in my side bar. My favorite flower is a rose.


Heather said...

Love the poppies. I am linking on my blog, we have the same background! GMTA huh? Pansy is my favorite flower.

jennie'g' said...

hi can i just complement you on your delightfull blog,will add a link to your candy on my blog and my favorite flowers are tulips good luck and happy crafting jenniexx

Poppy said...

wow loads of candy. Bet you'll never guess what one of my most favourite flowers are.... Poppy's.
Have added a link.

Sarah C said...

Wow gorgeous gorgeous candy. My most favourite flower is the yellow rose. Mum loves poppies so anything with poppies on draws my attention immediately too. I'm off to add a link xoxo

Stressed Stamper said...

Thanks for the chance to win the fave flower is the Lily...I know it is classed as a funeral flower, but love the strong smell and the elegant flower

Sarah - linked you to my side bar

CraftyRia said...

I love that blog candy! It's so beautiful. I love flowers, they are my favorite subject to scrap as they are my favorite photography subject. I love love love photographing flowers. I'm quite well known for it as well, LOL.

My favorite flower is the Hibiscus, but they don't grow here in Ohio. My favorite flower here is Ohio are tulips.

I linked you to my blog:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog... Your blog candy is awesome!!! I will link it to my blog...

me said...

Conrads on the #'s. Woo (a few randy words) WOO. You go with your Candy! Rock on crafy girl!

Robin Brown aka Mrs Pup in NY said...

What GORGEOUS candy. I LOVE flowers of all kinds. It's really hard to choose a favorite. If I did I think it would have to be roses. I just wish they lasted longer in the vase :) This blog candy is awesome. I LOVE the red colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

Doris said...

congrats on your hits:) Lovely candy, sooo colorful and joyful:) here is my blog with post about your candy

greetings from Poland

Mouse40 said...

Congrats on 5000 hits!
Great blogcandy! Thanks for the chance to win!
I became a follower and posted a link on my blog:

MiamiKel said...

Congratulations on your 5,000 hits! Beautiful blog you have here :) My favorite flower is the tulip - especially the red tulip :)
I have posted a link for you here!

Anonymous said...

hi Barb

your creations are absolutely gorgeous..those ladies

well, my fav flower is a Rose though it has it

hope I can win your candies...

Ruth (ooffee) said...

Super candy - thanks for offering. I have added a link to the side bar on my blog. My favourite flowers are bluebells....and poppies! Thanks again x

Kukusinka said...

Hi Barb!
Congrads on your hits!
My favorite flower is the rose :))

Jen said...

Wow - great blog and great blog candy. Thank you for sharing your creations and inspiration!

My fav flower is a tulip.


jennyv said...

Congrats on your hits. Fab candy! My favorite flowers are tulips.
Thanks for the chance to win!


Alice said...

Oh my goodness! I have no words, this is a superfantastic candy!! My favourite flower is the orchid, and my favourite craft item are exactly the flowers! I love this poppies candy, hope to win!! I put a link to my candybar.
Greetings from Italy,

Jennifer said...

Hi Barb,
Wow this candy is so coordinated and beautiful.
My favourite flowers are lilies.
I will leave a link on my blog.
I love what you've created with the fashion stamps.
Jen x

BettyBoop67 said...


Lazy Days said...

And I found you blog through someone putting this in their side bar, so it works!

Fave flower easy Daisy/Gerbra I love them so much in fact I may look for some stamps with them in, thanx for the idea.

I'll pop this in my blog too! Congratulations I hope one day to do the same when/if I get to 5'ooo hits so pop by and help lol

Teri said...

Beautiful candy! Thank you so much for the chance to win.

My favourite flowers ...... are anything yellow ... roses, daffs, tulips ....

Teri xx

Ann Hedvig said...

Love these Poppies :o)

My favorite flower must be roses, so many colors and great smell from many of them.

-Cathy said...

i've always loved after looking at your blog candy, i realize just how beautiful and vibrant red poppies are. gosh, how i would love to make something with this. thanks for the opportunity to win. have a great day.

Myrt said...

Hi Barb:
Well, being the lovely person you are, you found me on my blog and I'm so pleased we are friends.
I guess my favourite flower would have to be "geranium". I grew them from seed in my greenhouse and sold them to neighbours (years ago now)- miniature and regular size. I also grew salmon coloured oriental poppies in my perennial garden - oh my they were gorgeous.
Well now, I must put a link to your blog on mine now - oooooo - such nice blog candy.

terriavidreader (USA - IN) said...

Thanks for this offering of blog candy, it's Yummy. I love poppies. Daisies are probably my absolute favorite - so simple. I love most any perrenial flower - less work in my huge garden! I'll list this candy on my blog.

Suzy said...

Congratulations for so many posts.
My faworite flower is yelow rose.

I put the link on my side bar.

Ivolina said...

Congratulation on your visitors.
Lovely candy. Thank you for a chance.
My link is here

My favorite flower is Freesia. I like it`s lovely colors and fragrance.
Red poppies were my grandma favorite flowers.

fitsandstarts said...

My favorite flower is lilacs! It's almost time for them here in FRIGID New England. It should be spring someday. I hope.
Thanks! I've linked to your candy in my blog!!

fitsandstarts said...

Ooops! I think I forgot to mention I linked to your candy on my blog (in the Candy Dish).

Moni said...

waw gorgeous candy, would love to win it. my fav flower is roses (white and red)! I linked you on my blog! Hugs, Moni

Norwayscrapper said...

Congrats on your hits, my favorite flower has to be Iris.I'll link to you from my blog.

migot77 said...

Congrats on 5000 hits!

Great blogcandy!
Thanks for the chance to win :o)


Christine said...

Hi Barb just found your blog, how have I missed it?? great candy I will link you to mu side bar, & fav flower is FUSCHIA (hope I spelt it right) you can find me

Christine xx

Edys Gonçalves said...

Hello!!! I LOVE orchid!!! So wonderful!!!
Thanks for this candy!!!

Kisses from Brazil

Solange Fernandes said...

Congratulations on your 5000 hits.
my favorite flower has orchid.I'll link to you from my blog.My names is Solange.

Julie said...

Wow - 5,000 hits! Congratulations!

What a great question - relatively easy for me to answer (even though I work for a florist, lol, so everything is really my favorite!) But I would have to say my absolute favorite would be a hot pink gerbera daisy with that black center. The gerb in general is beautiful and so cheerful...and hot pink is one of my favorite colors. It's me! (And it is also my watermark for all of my cards that I post at my blog.

I'll look forward to visiting your site very soon!

Congrats again!

Julie said...

Wow - 5,000 hits! Congratulations! And what a great question - it is relatively easy for me to answer (even though I work for a florist and I love every flower) but my absolute favorite is a hot pink gerbera daisy. One, I love hot pink; two, a gerbera daisy is such a big, colorful, happy flower...which I think represents me a little bit! I posted your website at the latest post on my blog here:

Thank you! Great blog candy :)

Helena said...

Oooo what lovely stuff!!! Thanks for the generous offer to join in! Glad people are linking you too, or I would nevber have found your lovely blog.

Favourite flower-
well, for the colour and interesting shape I'd have to say a traditional purple iris :)

But I also have a soft spot for the humble daffodil-
there are lots out now where I live and it means spring! Hurray! A little brightness along the verges. It lifts your heart.

But also because I was in hospital when I was 14, and my dad came to visit me, and he brought me a big bunch of daffodils :)

Okidokee I'm off to link you. Hold tight in case this hurts :)

~JulieH~ said...

Hi Barb
Congrats on 5000 hits! My favourite flowers are tulips of any colour! Thanks so much for the chance to win such gorgeous candy!
Will put a link on my blog



angela said...

Hi! My Favorite flower is the white daisy.....a kiss from Brazil!

Nikki said...

Hi Such Lushous Red Candy you've got there ...Fav Flower Japanese Toad Lily I just love how they almost look like orchaids and are soo danity in the garden.
Thanks for the chance and I'll add you into my blog :)


Mary Merrifield said...

Love your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. I don't have a blog, so I am just leaving a comment. I love roses. My favorite is the Princess Diana.

Mary Merrifield

danemi1 said...

Helloooooo - what a gorgeous blog you have and how veyr kind - the candy looks fabarooni

Werll my fav flower has to be the freesia I think as the smell is just wonderful - I love lots of flowers as hubby will bear witness to - lucky old me got somer ed roses this morning - so pretty

Good Luck everyone

OOps nearly forgot the link to mine

Vivi Morais said...


I loved your blog... it's so beautiful... and the candy is wowww...rsrs ... I'm starting on this craft's word yet... but I'm loving.
Well, I LOVE SUNFLOWER!!! For me, it's the best...

Kisses from Brazil and I'm sorry about my spelling mistakes... but I'm learning English too. rsrsrs

My blog:

Anonymous said...

The poppies are wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win such a springy package. Love your creations. Thanks for sharing.

Chris R. from Iowa

agnes said...

Congratulations on so many hits and thank you for the chance to win this beautiful candy. I don't have my own blog, but you're on my list of favourites.

Daisychain said...

Wow! These are so gorgeous! I have linked you in my 'candy jar'.

As my name suggests my favourite flower is the humble daisy.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Just a little bit Crafty said...

Congratulations on your 5,000 hits. There is so much talent here I will be coming back often. Thanks for putting up such fab blog candy. I have linked you in my side bar.
Cheers, Irene

Lisamariemlt said...

found your blog somehow by bopipng about
guess I would have to say my all time favourite flower would be the rose
when my daughter was born my hubby brought me in rose buds from the rosed in our garden
I know have them in a glass vase in our bedroom to remind me of him and his thoughtfulness when Taylor was one day old, she's eight now and the buds are still there

Anonymous said...

These poppies are gorgeous! My favourite flower to colour are tulips. Happy Day! Linking you

Just a little bit Crafty said...

Ooops I forgot to mention my favorite flower. That is an easy one, the SWEET PEA.
Cheers, Irene :)

Giseli Belo said...

Hi, I really want to participate in the lottery.
I'm sharing on my blog

Melody said...

I forgot to leave comment about my favourite flower so I deleted the previous comment but I have kept the post about ur blog candy on my blog.

My favourite flower is rose :D

DivineSibling said...

Ohhh.. did I miss this? I haven't checked this blog in a few weeks and see what I get? OMG, I love love this line! My FAV flower is the Poppy and I have been eyeing this set for a long time at Michaels! If I'm to late, good luck to the other entries!