Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blog-O-Versary Giveaway!

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS!
**note: this post will stay at the top until contest is over. please scroll down to see current posts**

oh hello there! the title of the post may be a *tad* deceiving as i'll be sharing more than just a blog giveaway with you.

in fact, i have a LOT to talk about, but hopefully i'll make it as short as humanly possible :D

so first off, i have some Christmas cards... my my my how i've loved making them! i actually used some "summer" paper from K&Co's ocean line (can't remember exactly what it's called) that i figured would make some great "guy" cards for the holidays... so i kept them simple (well, hey! it's ME here we're talking about... as simple as I can make them!)

border punch from fiskars, velvet ribbon, martha stewart snowflakes, and the paper. oh, a mcgill punch too. add a button, and YAY! guy card. i asked my brothers for approval, and it was given wholeheartedly.


and here's a closeup of one of the cards i made--dude, didn't i tell you i was in love with that snowflake punch?

the colors were actually chosen because my dad and brothers ALL love either green or blue, and who knows, maybe they'll be getting one of these. plus, the plaid/ stripes pattern was perfect for the masculine theme...

i like 'em a lot.

edited to add:

yay! i got to participate in the 2sketches4you challenge this week. it's Laura's sketch #38, and it's so fabulous. last night (friday, 11/06) as i was thinking about the CK convention in Seattle that i was going to, i decided to get a little crafty, and i couldn't wait to break out the BG eskimo kisses, so here's my card:
it's some of my favorite paper, and i love the BG letters and that MM heart (i actually stamped over the glitter and embossed it because i needed a lighter pink). the ribbon is from Michael's, and the dotted cardstock is from Bazzill. i like this card a lot :D

speaking of liking, i have some news! i like reading. i like writing (hence, the blog). so...

i am writing a novel. a 50,000 word novel. by Nov. 30th. (go here or to my post here for more info...) i think you can even track my progress with THIS link. if not, then just search for my username *ginnygurl* in the NaNoWriMo database, and you can add me as your "buddy." and ALSO speaking of "liking," can i just say a HUGE w00t! w00t! for all those participants from Seattle--we're leading the word count scoreboard :D (and i'm part of that!)


as of 11/04, 9:10pm, i have written exactly 6,088 words. amazing, huh? i'm a tad behind the daily goal, but as soon as i'm done here, i'm working on the story. maybe i'll divulge some details about the plot line... maybe... just maybe...

so i've included a widget/ picture in my sidebar in regards to the novel writing--just a reminder to encourage me to write the 1,667 words a day to keep on track. actually, the founders really do suggest telling as many people as possible about the novel--in hopes that those people will in turn encourage/ shame the writers into actually finishing on time. here's the quotation... i found it hilariously funny:


tell everyone you know that you're writing a novel in November. this will pay big dividends in week two, when the only thing keeping you from quitting is the fear of looking pathetic in front of all the people who've had to hear about your novel for the past month. seriously. email them now about your awesome new book. the looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse.


so there. i've done it. i've told you. please please please shame me into finishing. it's my goal.


so that brings me to the POINT of my post--giving away stuff!

how to enter...


  1. leave me a way to contact you (via blog, email, etc) and a comment answering the question:
    "What is a goal that you have made and accomplished? How did it make you feel?"

  2. leave a SECOND comment if you are or become a follower of my blog

  3. leave a THIRD comment if you are or become a follower on my twitter

  4. leave a FOURTH comment if you add my blog candy to your sidebar or a post!

so you have lots of chances to win these wonderful goodies... please play fair and follow the rules--that way everyone will have fun. internationals may enter too!


the contest will run until the BIRTHDAY (or blog-o-versary) of my blog on Sunday, November 15th, at 9pm PST.


after that, i'll pick a random winner and post the results on my blog on Monday. sound like a plan? well, good. check out the goodies and see if you like any!


here's the whole she-bang together--quite a lot of stuff if i do say so myself. you can see some lovely stickers on the lower portion--alphas, fuzzy velvet stickers, and then some fall chipboard pieces and stickers--perfect for scrapbook pages, or as embellies on cards :D

oooh, we've got some Basic Grey paper, Cosmo Cricket, Making Memories, and SEI


those snowballs i love so much are here, along with lovely 2' ribbon, and some chippie embellies and fabric brads




and don't forget the felties and blossoms from sassafras! then the woolies! *sigh* also, peeking behind the back you can see a couple of mini-albums from We R Memory Keepers.

anyway, hope you like what you see, and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win :D


thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

79 comments:

..::Paulina::.. said...

Yippee for DELICIOIUS blog candy! I'm so glad that you made it to a year!

Let's see.....I have made a goal of losing 20 pounds, and I'm still in the process of achieving this goal. Ask me in a few months to see how I feel. :)

You know how to get a hold of me....even if I don't want you to! ;)

..::Paulina::.. said...

Of course I'm a follower! I got you into this mess....I gotta make sure you survive it! LOL

..::Paulina::.. said...

Wow, I get to leave a third for following you on Twitter? SWEET!

..::Paulina::.. said...

And last but not least....here's my fourth comment for posting your candy on my blog! Hopefully you'll get more hits via my blog!

celi.a said...

FINISH YOUR NOVEL. :)

~amy~ said...

sweet mother of PEARL....holey moley....good grief...you certainly know how to sling out the candy girl!!!!

Okay here goes...what's a goal....I try to be a goal oriented person...it just might take me for-ever to accomplish them...

well, 2 of my larger ones was getting my bachelor's degree and learning how to swim...check...and check...a 'smaller' one was starting up this whole blog thing...my 2 year blog-o-versary is tomorrow...sheesh, I was just going to offer up a stamp pad for candy...now I gotta go to the store..LOL..just kidding...

I feel pretty pretty proud of myself when I'm able to check off stuff from my "big list"...next up is getting my citizenship...

~amy~ said...

sheesh, sorry for my novel:)

Here's #2 for being a follower...sorry, I don't tweet.

~amy~ said...

#3...your goodies are up on my side bar...I'll give it a shout out tomorrow when I post my blog-0-o-versary candy....

thanks for the 3 chances...woo hoo...

Leah the Orange said...

okay, Ginny, you're about 600 words short for the daily requirement. then you'll come up a bit short the next day, and a little more the next day, and before you know it, you're taking Seattle's word count way down!! get busy! :D

(seriously, congrats on this undertaking, and lots of luck!)

now then, hi. a goal i've accomplished? beginning an art journal, and actually doing "scrapbook-type pages" in it. i've wanted a way to express myself besides just writing in a journal or posting in a blog, and it's SO therapeutic! sometimes all i need is a splash of paint and a few key words and i feel like i've expressed myself enough, and i'm unburdened. it's fantastic!

this is where you can find me. :D

Leah the Orange said...

p.s. you and your sister are nifty.

i'm a follower, yes indeedily.

Leah the Orange said...

also not a tweeter, but i've popped your candy up in my sidebar HERE. happy blogaversary, girl!! :D

Jenn said...

I set a goal to lose weight and I did! It felt great, but then after having my girls, I didn't get back to quite the same shape, but I'm still happy with there I am! :D

Jenn said...

and I already follow your blog :)

divester said...

One of my goals was to get my middle daughter married - done - no problems and everyone happy.

Another goal was to fit into the mother of the bride dress (It shrunk in transit from me trying it on and getting it - ha) - done - I have lost 21 pounds and have kept it off.

debbieivester@yahoo.com

divester said...

I am a follower - another goal was to finish remodeling my fiance's house before we get married so that it is finished before I move in. - We finally finished it 2 weeks ago. Now to sell my house - that is my only goal I am waiting on.

Jenna Z said...

I have no weighed under 200 pounds for nearly 6 months! I am so proud of myself, I could just burst! And I am still working on it, so I'm still loosing!

Jenna Z said...

I follow your blog!

Liann said...

wholly molly that is some awesome candy...so sweet
immediate goal is to get a job since moving back to the states...slow pace but still at it...TFS

Liann said...

of course i am a follower...i love all of your creations...tfs...aloha Liann

JenMarie said...

Oh wow, what an amazing giveaway!!

A goal...I got on a design team...and it makes me feel fabulous!
I LOVE paper crafting!!

JenMarie said...

I'm a follower!!

Dana Gustafson said...

I'm a follower! WHat amazing blog candy!

Dana Gustafson said...

A goal...hhhmmmm.....to get published in Cards magazine! I did it last month and I feel so very "yay me!" about it. I love that you are writing a novel! Yay YOU! :)

serena said...

I made a goal to get in shape. while I haven't reached that goal yet - I am a work in progress and have been for quite a while - I feel successful because I haven't given up. I continue to find ways to improve my eating habits and get in some exercise every day. it makes me feel happy every day that I am being kind to my body.

Amy said...

Hey Ginny!! I love your cards.....especially the one based on Laura's sketch, it is FAB!!

I would love to win another one of your blog candies. ;)

A goal that I set and accomplished is making the Caardvarks Design Team and it felt awesome!! I just love designing cards.

Amy said...

I am a follower. =)

Amy said...

I don't tweet, but I have added your blog candy to my blog's sidebar.

Hugs,
Amy ♥

Laura Davis said...

Oh my goodness can you get any cuter????
LOL, I LOVE your 2S4Y card... super cute! Your other Christmas cards are fab too! Hmmmm I might just have to go add you to my Twitter, that is some yummy blog candy Oh & Happy Blogaversary!!

Lets see a goal I set out to do.. I have been training for a 1/2 marathon and it is next weekend! Yay, this will be my 3rd 1/2!

Thanks Ginny, I'm off to follow you on Twitter :D
Thanks for playing at 2S4Y!
Laura

Cheryl Nelson said...

such lovely cards!!

~amy~ said...

Ginny...a ginormous wootie woot woot girlie...check it out sista...you made the 2s4y FAB 5!!!!!!!!!!

MicheleV said...

Ginny - great blog! Great giveaway! Happy blog-o-versary!

I set out to run a half marathon and finishing was great - always leads to doing it again or more!

I hope this is your first book of many and I'm going to follow your book progress to "the end"!

Laurel said...

Congrats on making the Fab 5 with the fabulous card!

Smita said...

Congrats on your blog-o-versary, Ginny! Love your 2S4U card... beautiful paper.

Thank you for the chance to enter this give away.

Smita
http://kreativityandme.blogspot.com

Smita said...

..And I am a follower of your blog!

Smita

Smita said...

..And a follower of your twitter account!

Smita

JenMarie said...

Got it posted in my blog candy section on the right side of my blog!!

Denise said...

Way to goal. Need to get busy with that writing! I have got to say goal of completing a card for a challenge. I was very happy because I usually never get them done on time much less then get them posted!

Thanks for the chance!

Denise Wells
mamascollections@aol.com

Denise said...

Yep, I posted it on my blog at http://mamascroppingcollections.blogspot.com/

It is in the candy sidebar!

Thanks again!

Denise Wells
mamascollections@aol.com

Denise said...

And I have become a follower to your blog. I like what have seen so far!

Denise Wells
mamascollections@aol.com

Lynne in NI said...

Gorgeous cards Ginny and well done on starting your novel!
My goal was always to do a zip-wire slide, and I achieved it in September! (There's a post on my blog in the September archive with a wee film)
Have a great Birthday!
Lynne
:o)

Lynne in NI said...

I've linked you on my sidebar
:o)

Lynne in NI said...

And for my 3rd entry, I'm now your follower!
:o)

Tatjana said...

WAAAAUUU !!! Thanks for the chance! http://pinktatjanchen.blogspot.com/

serena said...

I have become a follower ....so hereis my second entry. love the prize!

erininkent said...

A goal that I have accomplished is finishing enough jewelry to open my Etsy shop. I'm in final preperations and can't wait to launch!
erin_melissa at juno dot com

erininkent said...

I'm a new follower
erin_melissa at juno dot com

erininkent said...

I blogged here: http://timnerin.blogspot.com/2009/11/another-great-giveaway.html

Melissa said...

My goal has been to get published or win a contest on a major blog. I had a project featured on Bo Bunnys website and I screamed (out loud!) when I saw my name. It was an awesome feeling.
spmissy @ aol.com

Get Sketchy said...
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Bree said...

my most recent goal i accomplished was getting a card published. Woot woot, i did it.

Bree said...

I am also a follower, and love what I am seeing girl

Bree said...

Im also following you on Twitter, at least once you allow me to via a request ... LOL

Bree said...

I am adding your blog candy to my sidebar, :o)

PS congrats on top 5 at 2S4U

Julie.G said...

Let's see...goals....Lose weight...I am working on that, Curves and dieting.
Great blog candy....

Julie.G said...

I am also a follower of your blog...
Julie G

Julie.G said...

I also put your candy on my sidebar...
www.creationsbyjulie.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Hi Ginny
Happy Blogoversary & Birthday too
Goals to Create some digi's and actually Post them and have them be used by other peeps :)

hugs Nikki

Nikki said...

It Made me feel FANTASTIC :) and I follow your site now
hugs Nikki

Nikki said...

no twitter but will add a link in my side bar
thanks for all the chances
Hugs Nikki

Jo said...

Gorgeous card :) have added myself as a follower :D

noga said...

i think is the best candy ever! my goal is to win it... and for anther goal, i wanted to get to med scholl and now i'm on my 3ed year.
thanks

noga said...

and i'm a new follower...

Lisa Petrella said...

Wow! Awesome blog candy, Ginny! Congrats on your one year blogiversary! I'm so happy I found your blog via Paulina's!! YAY!

A recent goal that I've accomplished is having some of my cards published!! It is a FANTASTIC feeling!!! I have lots of other goals in the works, though---write a book, open an etsy shop, be more eco-friendly, get in better shape, get pregnant....and the list goes on and ON!!! Some goals take a while to accomplish!!

Good luck with your novel!!! I can't wait to learn more about it!!!

You can reach me at: petrellas@hotmail.com

Have a super day!!

Lisa Petrella said...

I just became a follower!!

Lisa Petrella said...

I added your blog candy photo and a link to your blog in my most recent blog post!! Happy novel writing!!! Keep at it, girlie!!

Heidi Van Laar said...

Wow Ginny, it's so awesome that you are writing a book! GL! Happy blogoversary too and big congrats on last weeks 2s4u fab five, that card is gorgeous!

(-: Heidi

mary said...

I lost 40 lbs. I was elated. Alas, Some of it came back. Not fair!!!

Michele said...

My goal continues to be keeping off extra weight and eathing healthy (most of the time).

Michele said...

I do follow your blog but haven't done the twitter thing yet.

Leah said...

Ginny - I really love your creations - your taste is so great!

My blog is nevershaken.wordpress.com if you want to contact me.

As for a goal, I set myself a goal of reorganizing/redecorating my living room by today, Friday, November 13th. I completed the process late last night and I love it, and I feel very satisfied with the end result, but very tired!!!

peggy nickelson said...

I had to lose about 20 pounds so I could be at the optimal weight for kidney transplant surgery. My wonderful husband donated his kidney to me.
I felt great when I achieved the goal, and I feel even better now that I have had the surgery and it has been a resounding success.

Peggy N.

leighann said...

My blog is @ scrappyleigh.blogspot.com and the title of my blog is fourth generation crafter. My email is oleighann@hotmail.com

leighann said...

My goal was to lose 30 pounds. I did it !(starting January 2009, and finished May 2009 ) I wanted to lose the weight for my marriage ceremony. After 15 years my hubby asked me to get remarried because we went to the courthouse for the first one in 1994.

thank you for the chance to win! :)

leighann said...

I became a follower of your blog, I love the Lord too!
It is so cool that you are writing a book.

gloflo said...

My goal was to go back to work (part-time only) after a 10 lapse in full-time (even though you can say I was working full-time taking care of my mother) I recently accomplished that and not only did I get the part-time position but the hours I wanted and needed, this was due to much prayer...I feel as if I can accomplish anything in the future that is reasonable. After this comment I will become a follower if your blog.

Gloria
goscrappy57@aol.com

gloflo said...

I just became a follower...nice.

Gloria
goscrappy57@aol.com

Domna said...

Hi,Ginny! Congrats!
My goals are...to create a cards and scrapbooking because I have a baby and not enough time to craft :)

http://scrap-domna.blogspot.com

Domna said...

i'm a follower

Domna said...

your goodies are up on my side bar...#3