Monday, July 27, 2009

First Blogiversary Blog Candy!

This post will remain at the top of my blog thru July 27. Please scroll down to see new posts. Thanks for visiting!
Last week this blog turned one year old! It is so hard to believe I've been doing this that long! I am having so much fun and learning so much. Just look at these two cards.......... the card on the left is one of the first I posted. The card on the right is one of the most recent. What a difference!
  • First I discovered Whiff of Joy stamps and fell in love!
  • Then came Sarah Kay, House Mouse, Rubbernecker Stamps, Greeting Farm, Our Daily Bread Designs, Inky Impressions, and more.
  • My tool box expanded with Cuttlebug, Nestibilities, Score-pal, Xyron, Papertrey papers and higher quality inks.
  • My media went from pastels and colored pencils to PrismaColors and Copics (my absolute favorites!).
  • How can I forget my favorite places to shop? Most are listed in the sidebar.
  • But I wouldn't have advanced at all if it wasn't for the dozens of blogs I have found along the way, and the new friends that came with them.

So, to say thank you for making my first year such a blast I am offering a box full of goodies to one lucky winner! The box itself is just gorgeous! The contents is a variety of fun papers, stamps, and embellies.

Here is the top of the box. Beautiful, right?

Here are the fun surprises inside: Making Memories Just Chillin' 8 X 8 patterned paper; DCWV Safari Kids 4 x 6 Matstack; African Animals Rubber Stamp Kit; Victorian Butterflies Rubber Stamp Kit; Hero Arts Flower Branch with Owl rubber stamp; Safari Kids Chipboard Embellies; Safari Kids Pop Up Stickers; Colorbok Sticky Alpha Stax; Provocraft Party Brads; Around the Block Boy Brads; 3 yard spool of striped ribbon. Who knows, I might just throw in a few more things!

But it doesn't stop there! I will have five --- yes, 5 --- more drawings giving away some of my most recent card creations for the winners to keep for themselves or give away to make someone feel special! The cards I am giving away are these:

Here's how you could win the box of goodies or one of my cards:
  • Leave a comment on this post and mention one of your favorite tools, techniques or stamps that you use
  • Leave your comment by 8:00 pm CDT on July 27

That's all you need to do! But while you are here, have a browse and if you like what you see I would love to have you as a follower, then I can make even more new blog friends! You can link this post to your blog, too, if you like.

As always, thank you for stopping by! I appreciate the time you spend here!


In God We Trust


Lauri said...

Congratulations!! How amazing the past year has been for you!! I love seeing how your style has changed over the year, and all the new things you have discovered!! Here is to many many more years inspiring us in blogland!!

oh and my favorite stamping thing....very simple, color...lots of it! the brighter the better!

Jennifer Stutzman said...

Cool blog candy. I've been following your blog for a while and i love it. thanks for the chance. My favorite stamp is definitly anything from whiff of joy!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Barb, as you know it was a while ago we met each other via the blogging world. It sounds as if you have had an amazing year and your cards have certainly developed along with your techniques. My favourite tool at the moment has to be my Wizard as I can use Nestabilities which I have fallen madly in love with and just want them all but they've gone on my wish list!!! I have added myself as a follower - can't see how I've missed that one as you've been linked to my blog for ages. I'd certainly love to be in with a chance of winning the blog candy as I'd put it to good use for the cards I make to raise funds for different charities. Here's hoping your 2nd year in the Blogging World is even better!!! Best wishes, Kym xxx

Lynette Neus said...

Happy Anniversary! Your blog is great - keep it up! Not sure it qualifies as a "technique" but I love Clean and Simple:) I suppose my very favorite tools are Cuttlebug folders (especially the Swiss Dots) and the Scor-Pal.

Mouse40 said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!
Great blog candy! Thanks for the chance to win!
I'm your follower and I posted a link on the sidebar of my blog

Agus :) said...

Hi! Happy blogaversary!!
lovely blog candy!! thanks for the chance to win :) Im going to link your blog right now!
Here in Argentina don´t sell stamp so I have to draw it :S but I like adding buttons and blossons :)
Here is my blog


Mina said...

Fabulous candy Barb, Im already a follower of your amazing blog and have been for a while...I love your fav tool mmmmm thats a hard one but would have to say my tiny pair of pergamano scissors that I use for everything except pergamano lol...I have put alink in my candy bar for your candy
Mina xxx

Anonymous said...

wow! I stumbled upon your blog and blog candy and your blog title says it all.. made for keeps that is what this blog is..I am going to link on my own blog... you are very talented and I love how u color your images..beautiful..

my favorite tool is my scorpal and my favorite stam right now is the Be Yourself stamp set from
CTMH.. Thanks for the chance to win

Nicole said...

Hi Barb, Just wanted to stop by and take a peek at your blog again. I have to agree that your work is just super! Thanks so much for your participation in the Inky Challenge this week Barb. You are such a sweetie! We hope to see you back next week. BIG HUGS! Nicole :)

InkHearts said...

What a fantastic candy, Barb! Can you believe it has been a year already? My favorite tool hands down are my Copic markers. If that does not count as a tool, then it would be my Cuttlebug and my Nesties.

Joan Ervin said...

Congrats, Barb, on your one year have such a wonderful blog full of inspiration!!!! My favorite tool is the cuttlebug and all the Nestabilities I use with it...a girl has got to have layers!!!!

Chrissie said...

I've just returned to blogging after a bit of a break and seen your gorgeous candy Barb. How generous of you to offer the chance to win this. I've popped a link and photo on my sidebar.
My fave tool at the moment just has to be Martha Stewart's Doily Lace punch, I seem to use it on everything!

Debs said...

Happy Blogoversary, many thanks for the chance to win this yummy candy. My favourite tool has to be my Cuttlebug, technique is Stamping and my favourite stamps are Penny Black. Best wishes Debs x

gocanucksgo said...

Hi Barb! Congrats on your blogaversary!! I'm a brand new follower here and am totally loving your creations. I would love to be entered into this draw =) My favourite thing (i'm not sure which category to put it in lol) would have to be glossy accents. I've put it on every card I have made since I got it lol. Thanks and best of luck with year 2 =)

Myrt said...

Hi Barb:

Congrats on your "First Blogiversary". Where did that year go? Your blog is one of my favourites and I have learned so much from you. Thanks for blogging and being my friend.

I have to name (two) things I love at the moment 1) Colouring with water-colour pencils or copics....
2) My Cricut

I have been an avid 'follower' for some time and I will link this post to my blog for you, my dear friend.

Christina Hill said...

It's so hard to narrow it down to just one, so I'll go with my "current" fave tool. LOL It has to be the ScorePal with the craft mat insert. It's now my work surface 100% of the time. I score with it, I align my designs with it, measure with it, cut, stamp, everything. It's my new fave I guess. :D

Crafty Dawn said...

Hi Hun,

I love your blog you are very talented and it is nice to see how you have progressed, when I think of my 1st scrapbook I was so proud of it and NOW oh my lol but I have kept it any way, it is nice to be remined of how we can progress in all walks of life.

My favorite tool at the moment has to be my scallop punch from SU I use it for so many things as you know. I appreciate all your visits and lovely comments.

I have been following you for a while and I will put a link on for you too!

I love your card I have the swing and she is my next purchace I think it will be really nice to send a card to a pregnant lady as it is such a joyous occasion (not that I know any one who is pregnant lol) I love WOJ I love colouring them in with my SU inks I really enjoy Elizabeth Bell's Stamps they have to be my favorite for colouring in.

So I have waffled enough lol I love your blog congratulations and FAB candy!

Love Dawn xx

Crafty Dawn said...

I don't believe it I wrote such a long and wonderful letter to you and I just lost it all (bother)

Congratulations! I am a long time follower and I love your work it is nice to see how we can progress in our craft (much the same as we can in life)

I thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog and I visit you often. I love this card of the pregnant lady on the swing WOJ has to be my fav for colouring in. Elizabeth Bell is a wonderful designer!

My fav tool at the moment is my SU Scallop punch I know simple but I have lots of tools nesties cuttlebugs etc and I favour them at different times lol

I don't know how you keep all your blogs going you must be tied to the computer lol

I love following I will put a link on to every one should have a chance to see your work and congratulate you on your 1st year.

Love Dawn xx

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Kary Sol said...

Hi Barb! Congratulation on your First Blogiversary!!!!!
Thanks for the chance to win your FANTASTIC candy!!!
I love stamping and love to do a handmade-paper...

Lilly said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! Congrats!!!
I love all kind of stamps: flowers, quotes...
What a wonderful candy! Thanks a lot!

HazelQ said...

Happy Blogaversary!! The cards you're giving away are soo beautiful, thank you for the chance to win :) I don't have a lot of tools right now, since I'm just starting but I love to use stamps, flowers and rub-ons

Penny said...

My favorite technique is distressing. I don't know why... lol

Thanks for this chance to win some free candy :)

Penny said...

ps. I linked to you in my sidebar

Lorie said...

Hi Barb!! Congratulations on your blogaversary! I so enjoy my visits to your blog, and I always come away inspired by your breathtaking creations! I love so many things, but my favorite technique is watercoloring with inks. Great candy give away! Thanks for the opportunity!!!!!

Daniella said...

Congrats on your blogiversary!
thank you for the chance to win and for being so generous.
i've also become a follower as i sure did like what i saw :)
i'm kind of a begginer, so far my favorites are the clear stamps - there is so much they can be used for, in so many different ways....
Have a great day!!

Meche said...

wow lovely blog candy! i dont have a blog yet (i can wait to start one..) but i will tell my friend about your blog candy :)

p.s: this is my mail if you need something: mecheche (at) gmail (dot) com

SemSee said...

Me again!! Can't believe I missed your scrumptious candy - what a twit I am! LOL! I'd love to be entered into the draw to win please, and although the candy is wonderful, I'd be so ecstatic to get my hands on one of your gorgeous cards! And to answer you question, I think my fave tools are my nesties and my Martha Stewart border punches, my fave technique is paper piecing, and my fave stamps are Magnolia and WOJ (with some Sugar Nellies and The Greetings Farm stamps thrown in for good measure, LOL!). I'm off to link you in my Candy Bar on the sidebar of my lil ole blog. Have a fabby evening, my wonderful DT 'sistah'!! Hugs, Sem xx

Fern said...

Hi Barb,
Super fabulous candy, thanks so much for the chance to win. I'll pop in a link in my Candy Bar for you.
I've become a follower too, your cards are beautiful.
My favourite tools at the moment are my MSBP'S, and my new Greeting Farm stamps.

Fern xx

Di said...

Hi love your cards thanks for a chance to win your candy it looks delish! i have become a follower and linked.

Thanks di xxx

Di said...

oh p.s. i forgot to add my fav tool which is my nesties it used to be fiskers templates but not anymore nesties have arrived!

Di xxxx

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Congratulations!! You have progressed so much I loved seeing how your style has changed over the year, and all the new things you have discovered!! I have only been blogging since April and I am amazed how much I have also learnt over the last few months, there is so much free inspiration available to all and my card making has improved with entering challenges etc. My favourite things at the moment at my nestabilities and I am enjoying using Promarkers.
Hugs Julie x

Craftyanny said...

Congrats on your 1st bogoversary. Your candy is delish!!! I'd love to get my crafy little paws on that lot!
My favourite piece of kit has to be my cricut although I'm loving all these digi stamps that are around at the minute too.
Anne x

Nikki said...

Wow It's really fun to see where you started and where you ended up Your style now .. much more details once you get into cardmaking and all these blogs what an inspiration and they really help with all those fab tips
I love the Motivet Stamps soo Cute and Fave tool I can't live without exacto blade lol I know it's basic but really I use it all the time :)
Fave Techinque is to emboss EVERYTHING
thanks for the chance at all that Yummy Candy
Off to leave a link for you in my side bar :)
Huggs Nikki C

Moni said...

Happy blogoversary and this candy is so fab gorgeous, would love to win it! I became your follower and linked you on my blog! Hugs,Moni

Dragonlady said...

Congratulations on your first blogoversary. Lets hope mine will last that long - only 3 weeks old!!
I have posted a link on my blog.
My favourite tools at the moment are my watercolour pencils.

Ali x

Jacklyn Jessa said...

Congrats! Your cards are beautiful :) And that wonderful box of goodies will make one lucky person VERY happy!

Andreja - kokos said...

I linked your candy on my blog (sidebar) with a picture.
My favourite stamps are Sarah Kay.
Thanks for the chance to win!
Hugs, Andreja

Carole RB said...

He Barbara
Happy first blogoversary. I'm one of your new follower. I just found your blog and your work is so beautiful.
Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful blog candy.

Carolyn Bounds said...

It is so hard to believe that we have been doing this for a year already!!! I thank God everyday that He brought the two of us together in this wonderful world of blogging:o) You have helped me through many trying times with your uplifting comments and your inspirational posts and creations. Congratulations, my friend, at reaching your first year mark...and here's to many, many more blogoversary celebrations!!! I hope you know how very special you are to me!!!

Now, to answer one of your favorite stamps are:
House Mouse (including Happy Hoppers and Gruffies), C.C. Designs, and anything created y the talented Elisaeth Bell. I don't really have a fave tool or technique...unless Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol Magic counts.

I've been a follower since Blogger started allowing us to follow our fave blogs, and I have linked your yummy candy to my blog.

Much love coming your way!!!


Cheri Howard said...

Thanks for the chance to win your candy! I love Dustin Pike digi stamps...he offers one free every week, and has great deals on his new releases - and they're CUTE! Come visit me to see more:


Good morning Barbara, i hope you are having a lovely weekend, firstly congratulations on your first year of blogging! i have recently celebrated my first year too. I have to say my life has been so enriched since i started blogging, ive met so many lovely talented people through blogging and can never imagine life without it! wow what gorgeous blog candy you have. I don't think ive come across your blog before, but i shall not be missing anything from now on as im following you! your cards are all gorgeous! Thank you for giving us the chance to win such lovely blog candy, hugs Linda x

MoooooN said...

Happy blogoversary to you!!! I love to use different stamps!!!

Chrissy's Creations said...

Hi Barbara, fabulous candy! COngratulations on your blogoversary!
My favotire tool is hands down my paper trimmer. I'm an oddball about straight edges. lol
Hugs, Christine

Anonymous said...

cuttlebug and copic
you go girl your cards are gread

Mel said...

Congratulations on your birthday blog....My favourite tool is my watercolour crayons. Your creations are so awesome wish l was as talented

Scrappin' Kat Woman said...

Amazing how time changes everything, isn't it? Great blog candy and congratulations on your blogoversary. Beautiful cards and creations. It's a bit hard for me to choose just one item that is my favorite, but would have to say my stamps, especially, my Cornish Heritage Farms Saturday Evening Post series

Katarina said...

Hi Barb
congrats on your blogoversary. My fav tool are my promarkers. I never found any good colouring medium before them, but now I'm hooked. I would like to try copics someday, but they will have to wait. I also love my cuttlebug (that I call my "cutie") and recently got hooked on the nestabilities.
I wrote about your candy on my blog, hope you'll come by and visit :)


Annelies said...

Happy Blogoversary! I absolutely love using my Cricut. I originally bought it for my scrapbooking, but found out it's also very useful for cardmaking! Thanks for a chance to win! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Lynn said...

congratulations on your anniversary. Your cards are awesome. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to win some yummy scrappin goodies. Thank you again.