Saturday, July 28, 2012

7 Years with CTMH, Birthdays, 500,000 hits... and Blog Candy!



This is now closed... and the winner has been announced.


August is just around the corner...

It is the month that I not only celebrate Cole's birthday, my Father-in-Law's birthday, and my birthday, but it was also the month that I joined Close To My Heart as a Consultant 7 years ago.

And I also noticed that I am almost at 500,000 hits on my blog... yes folks, that's half a cool million!


So how better to celebrate than with a giveaway?!


Here's what's up for grabs (all Close To My Heart product):




3 stamp sets - Live Out Loud, A Posy, Life Is Tweet
1 -  Sweetheart Assortment Shape Epoxy Stickers
28" Burlap ribbon
28" Slate satin polka dot ribbon
28" Colonial White Rosette ribbon
28" Black Striped Grosgrain ribbon
7 - Colonial White paper flowers
7 - Colonial White buttons
7 - Kraft corrugated stars
7 - Bling buttons
7 - Flutter paper butterflies


Here's a close-up of the embellishments:




How to enter into my Blog Candy giveaway:

Simply leave me a comment and let me know what you like most about my blog, or what you have found most helpful on my blog, or what you would like to see more of on my blog.
Or if you are new to my blog, let me know how you found me.
(PS:  I have lots of great stuff on here, so if you are new, please feel free to look around a bit...)  

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.  :)

And be sure to leave an email address for me to contact you, if you leave your comment Anonymously.  Thanks.

(This is open to residents of Canada and the US.)

I will use Random.org to pick a winner on Friday, August 10th, around 9 AM, and I will post the winner that day.


Thanks for joining me to celebrate!

 ♥  I love my followers!  ♥


Happy creating!  :)



83 comments:

Angel said...

Awesome blog candy! I would love to win. I always come to your blog first for inspiration. You always have beautiful cards and projects. You inspire me!

Kim said...

Awesome! I love everything on your blog! Always look forward to your posts! Thanks for the inspiration, giveaway and Congrats on the hits and 7 yrs! Amazing! :)

Miriam Prantner said...

Congratulations on all those great milestones and thanks for the chance at some GREAT blog candy! I love your blog because I love your work. It's fresh, clean, on trend, and clever. I appreciate that you point us back to the sources of your inspiration as well as how generous you are with tutorials. Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

Marg Van Patten said...

I came to your blog for the "Blog Tips" and stayed for the awesome amounts of creative inspiration! Congrats on 7 years with CTMH and HAppY biThDaY to one and all!

Josie (Joanne Barnes) said...

Your blog is an inspiration to me that I can be successful with Close To My Heart even as a 5 month old newbie! thank you!

Kailee B said...

I LOVE the cards you make! Your blog gives me some good inspiration when I need a boost in creativity! Congratulations and thanks for this chance to win some awesome blog candy =)

candra said...

Last March when I became a CTMH consultant and started my blog, I looked for Canadian CTMH consultants to add to my "inspiration blog roll". I found your blog right away and have been enjoying your artwork and inspiration every since. Thank you and congratulations!

PaperDragonFleur.blogspot.ca

Kim said...

Congrats on your milestone! That's awesome! I love looking at your blog because your artwork is gorgeous.

Lynn said...

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary with CTMH! Gosh, I love all your projects but I really like the bags/containers ideas. Also tutorials, like the post with the criss/cross card box. Cool stuff! TFS and thanks for a chance at that awesome giveaway. I'm loving all the new CTMH ribbons!

My Creations with Michelle said...

As a new consultant I love checking out other consultants blogs, it helps inspire me to want to create. I'm not the type of person who can sit and create on my own, I need inspiration, whether it is a design layout, or color combinations that I never would of thought to use. Your blog has been a huge contribution to my inner creativeness, I hope to meet you at June's Convention in Disney. Go Canada Go!!!! Have a happy, creative Day! stewart.78@hotmail.com

Scrapper Chic said...

Happy everything Vicki, so much to celebrate, and so deserving. I come to your blog every morning for inspiration, and a fresh way of looking at life. You are always so helpful and informative, a breath of fresh air in this busy world. My fave part of your blog are the tips for taking pics, light boxes etc. Your cards are always beautiful and always have instructions and lists of supplies used..kudos and hugs. Kelly

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just spent a good half hour or so checking out your blog! So many great ideas! I am new to you. I started with Rocky Mountain Paper Crafts and hopped on a blog. I have a CTMH demonstrator but need tons of ideas more on how and what to create with all these stamps and papers etc. I have collected. I found your hops are the perfect way, why didn't I try this earlier? Anyway, kudos on your achievements! I need to go back and look some more. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Chris R. from Iowa
ckrobinson01@hotmail.com

Allisa said...

Congrats on your milestones! I love your great designs and your blog tips that you post along the way!

TeacherMom said...

I love the CTMH inspiration I get here. I love that I can get awesome ideas to help me use up the stash I have. Everything you make is just gorgeous. Congrats on the hits and looking forward to more inspiring projects! Thanks for the chance to win!
TeacherMom
gaudet5 at Rogers dot com

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for several years. When I used to be a consultant and now....your work is so neat and inspirational. Your blog is fine the way it is. I check it everyday!
stephnate@yahoo.ca

Trish said...

Love all your great tips. My favorite was taking pics to put on your blog. Congrats on your anniversary with CTMH, it is a great company!
trishagibbs@yahoo.com

Angela Fehr said...

Congratulations, Vicki! I enjoy your great ideas on your blog and being connected in a small way with another local paper crafter!

Michelle Swiger dragonfly40@tmo.blackberry.net said...

Your layouts and cards really inspire me. When I am struggling with a layout I always come to your blog for inspiration. I don't normally create a lot of cards, but you make me want to.

Wendy Concepcion said...

Whenever I need inspiration for a project I know exactly where to go! There is no surprise to me that your blog has had so many hits! Your artwork is beautiful, clean, detailed, precise and always stunning. Thanks for being willing to share your fabulous work with us!

Kathy said...

Congratulations, Vicki on 7 years with CTMH. I found you as a newbie a year ago thru the bulletin boards. I love your creativity and you inspire me with each of your posts.

ND (Naomi) said...

I love CtMH product and I really enjoy how you use it! Thanks for sharing your designs

Brenda said...

Miss Vicki, I visit you every time I blog read because I LOVE your style. Your keen eye for putting things together is just amazing!

Congratulation on all your milestones!!

Kelley Balzola said...

I love your art and willingness to share! You inspire me daily :)
Thanks for the chance to win and HB! and Happy Anniversary with CTMH.

Phyllis Houser said...

I'm so glad I found your blog when I first joined Close to My Heart! Your style speaks to me and has inspired many projects. I look forward to every new post. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Linda Spence said...

I look forward to seeing your creations...they inspire me so much! And you always keep us informed of specials and upcoming events which is great!! Congratulations on your half-million hits - you are awesome!! thanks for the chance to win!

DeNel Brister said...

I love your blog and love all things CTMH!!! Love your card ideas, I'm always looking for fresh ideas for cards using CTMH stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Julie said...

Awesome blog candy. I love your blog for the inspiration and the personality you bring. You are so personable on your blog, I feel like I know you although we have never met.

Melinda Abrahamson said...

Vicki:
I love your blog. Your examples and ideas are a constant source of inspiration for me. Thanks for what you do.
Congratulations on 1/2 million hits :) Thanks for the opportunity to win some great product.
Keep doing what you're doing.

Melinda

Lady Bug said...

You consistently inspire me--and for that I thank you. Your work is clean, classy, and stylish. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Diane M. said...

I love your card ideas! I have been a follower for quite a while and get excited when I get your posts!!

Serstin said...

I love your blog it provides such great inspiration and your designs are so clean and crisp ! Thanks for the opportunity for the blog candy

scrappin64@cox.net said...

I love your blog, your designs are so clean and crisp, and provides such great inspiration.Thanks for the opportunity for the blog candy

Roberta Dermody said...

Love your talent! You are the first blog I visit daily (so I guess you could say I have contributed quite a bit to that 500,000 mark.lol Seriously, you are one talented lady and I love your work, tips and templates. Also loved following you when you built your home. It is beautiful!

Ruth G said...

I think you do a wonderful job with your LOs and card designs. I subscribe for inspiration using supplies that I'm interested in getting. Thanks so much for all you share and I think you have earned every "hit" you've gotten on your blog! Congratulations!!!

Jessica said...

I love looking at your past cards to get inspiration and that you have them by categories on the side so I can pick which one by size or theme I'm looking for.

jessicadbooth @ hotmail (dot) com

Cheryl said...

Congratulations Vicki! You are a constant source of crafty inspiration! I love everything you create and you blog about it so beautifully. Thank you! Have a happy birthday and happy CTMH anniversary!

Heather & Guy said...

I came across your blog while following a CTMH blog hop. I love your style and seeing your creations always inspires me to spend time in my craft room. Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas!

juli (sweetpz) said...

HI! I'm a new follower of your blog! I was looking online for card inspirations and found yours =) Congrats on 7 yrs at CTMH!! How exciting! I've looked though some of your posts and your cards and projects are amazing!! thanks for sharing them =)
hugs
juli

Kristen said...

I was introduced to your blog via a friend who is also a CTMH consultant. I LOVE your cards and find myself pinning most of them to my "paper crafting" board on pinterest. And the dimensional stuff (boxes, etc) !!! Fabulous!

Vicki said...

I found your site on Pintrest. What a lot of fantastic ideas!! I plan on being a regular visitor on your site from now on. Gotta love how Pintrest led me to you.

Anonymous said...

You inspire me with your artwork. I look at your site daily to see what awe inspiring news you have.

Barb K
Tinley Park, IL

Violet Bebich said...

Vicki, Thank you for the chance to win your awesome blog candy! Congrats on 7 years with CTMH. I visit your blog often for inspiration. You are so talented and love everything you post!

Selina said...

Awesome blog..Congratulations on 7 fun filled years with CTMH

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your nice experience to share with us. Really awesome article with plenty of informative things to be known for us.

Joyce H. said...

I love the cards you create, and all the detail you put on them. I am fairly new to your blog but have already alerted some friends to you great work.
I would LOVE to win these goodies!

joyceharms@yahoo.com said...

I love your cards and the detail in them. I would love to win these goodies! Congrats on all the birthdays, including yours with CTMH.

taraklaassen said...

Nice batch of blog candy, Vicki! Congratulations on all your celebrations, I love your artwork...

Staci said...

Congratulations! Your blog has become the go-to for inspiration using CTMH products. I love your blog layout.
jsgmitchell@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi love your cards ideas, and love using CTMH products, Have a Happy August!!

Joyce H. said...

I love your cards and the details you put into them. Congrats on 7 yrs. with CTMH!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday and Congrats on your following! I've been stopping by for awhile now, I love your style of making cards and really look forward to the tutorials you have! Thanks for the chance to win!
cbkneal2@att.net

Cindee Stacey said...

I never win anything (don't we all say that?) but I'm going to leave you a comment anyway cuz I'm bad about that usually!! I love your blog; it is always very informative with everything that's going on with CTMH and I always get lots of inspiration from you too! Thanks for the chance to win & congrats on all your milestones!! ;-)

Wendy Taylor said...

You're artwork is the Bomb!!! I check in every few days to see what you're up to
:-) TFS it all with us!
azsmistygirl@aol.com

Debbie DP said...

Vicki-everything on your blog is amazing. Love all your cards. My very favorite idea you used the true fit folders for your son's school years. Such a great idea.

Anonymous said...

I love all of your creations on your blog. I get a lot of great inspiration every time I check it!! Thanks for the chance to win.

Nicki
lovetoscrap@live.com

Jennifer said...

Fantastic Blog, love your amazing cards. Congratulations! Can't wait to see what you post next.

mellman96@msn.com

Carmen said...

Congratulations on 7 years with CTMH... Your blog is incredible and inspiring. The ideas and templates are amazing and always thought provoking. Thanks for your creativity here is to another 7 years!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and visit frequently. Your creations are always crisp and bright. Thanks for the inspiration!
mjuen56@yahoo.com

mamichelle said...

Wow, a big congrats to you on the hits! I'm not surprised though. You have some beautiful cards, projects and layouts!!

Vicki Bray said...

I'll be honest - your name is what first caught my attention - Vicki
second thing was your tea bag dispenser - my friend loves tea and I thought this would be a cute gift.
Thanks for the giveaway

Alanna said...

I love visiting your blog for all the great cards you post. I also really like the various templates you have.

Wacky said...

Oh the blog candy looks so great! I love the box and card sets that you make. I also love that you are Canadian...from a follower in Ontario:)
Becky rdyce@sympatico.ca

Annette Grzegorzewski said...

I love that your blog is so organized and is full of creations! You have alot of talent to share and we all thank you!

Judy J said...

Congrats! I love seeing all of the creations you have come up with!

Rene said...

I really like the layouts you make and the great instruction that follows. Really Vicki, not everyone can explain things the way you do. Congrats on 7 years.

Renegram3@gmail.com

Tara Brown said...

Vicki, I first seen your work on pintrest and traced it back to your blog. I have set a short cut to your blog on my desk top, and visit almost daily. Your creations are most inspiring!
Thank U :)

Rebecca's Card Hobby said...

Congratulations on 7 years with CTMH and Happy Birthday to you and your family members. I try to visit your blog at least once a week. I like the variety of cards that you have on your blog. Thanks for the tips and the inspiration.

Connie Conlon said...

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on 7 years and half a million visitors. You have the greatest inspiration using CTMH products.

4Ucards said...

Vicki,
I have so enjoyed following your blog. Wanted to send you a special THANK YOU for sharing your album that you made for 4x6 photos. I recreated it for a special friend with the Superhero paper pack. He won gold and silver medals in our winter Special Olympic's as a skier.

Crafty Jenn said...

Wow Vicki!! What a month of celebrations! And 500K followers?! That's because you make such beautiful cards and such. When I'm in a crafting slump, I can always count on your posts to give me the inspiration I need to get my mojo going again. Thank you, from a fellow CTMH consultant!

Lannette said...

I am new to your blog but LOVE what I see. You are a blogspot to bookmark. I found you thru pinterest.

Anonymous said...

I always check your site for great card ideas. You have great artwork. Love your giveaway package, great stuff in it.

tldemosi@comcast.net

Paper Art Princess said...

So exciting! Thanks for the opportunity to add to my craft collection :) I believe I found you just before, or just after I joined CTMH 4 months ago and I fell in love with your cards. They're so clean and beautiful. Love that you also make card boxes!

okscrapgal13 said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win such awesome Blog Candy!
I look forward to receiving your Blog everyday because you always have something interesting to share and many times I will try to copy what you have made or the creative juices start flowing just because of something I've seen on your blog which helps me get to making wonderful items myself.
Thank you,
Jill Kotsoglou
OKScrapGal13@yahoo.com

Carmen said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats... Just signed up as a new consultant but 7 years. WOW

canadian_liner said...

Kudos, Vicki. I'm sure all your "hits" are happy they found you! A CTMH friend directed me to your blog before I became a consultant and I've been following you ever since. I appreciate your constant creativity, tips, tutorials, and occasional awesome photos of your neck of the BC woods. Happy birthday and 7th anniversary.

Felicia C. said...

I have your blog saved on my favorites bar, b/c when I need inspiration I know I can look on your blog for some awesome ideas. Whether it's a color combination or a layout pattern, you always have something that helps my creative juices flow. Thanks so much!

Calgary Crafts said...

i come to your blog for ideas but most importantly would be your color combos. Love them!

CarolM said...

I have only recently found your blog. What an inspiration you are for CTMH! Beautiful ideas! I will check your blog daily! thanks for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog!! I also love how much you are willing to share about your wonderful creations! Thanks, Vicki :)
hapolzer@gmail.com

Susan said...

I found your blog today thur pinterest from another CTMH consultant. I just LOVE all your ideas, I sure will be coming back often! :) Love the Free Templates&Links

Anonymous said...

I found your blog a couple of years ago. I love all of your color combo's and how great all of your work is. Amazing how talented you are.

Kassi
kraftykassi@gmail.com

Cmq3@aol.com said...

I love all the great ideas I get from you!

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