Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cards from Friends + 400 Followers Giveaway: Part 1

Hello! I meant to acknowledge the fact that my blog reached 400 Followers last week but it has been a crazy month and I don't want to put it off any longer so I'm having a little giveaway as my way of thanking all 407 of you for going on this creative journey with me! It may sound cheesy to say this but when I see my Follower numbers increase my heart leaps a little. That must make you happy, too, right? :) I always try to go back and follow those who follow me so, if I've missed you, please be sure to let me know and I will stop by to see what you've made and add myself to your Follower list, too. I appreciate you all!

Okay, so what I'm giving away to celebrate this milestone is a coordinating tag die and stamp from Verve Stamps! Specifically, I'm giving away the Sweet Scallop Tag die and Sweet Scallop Tag stamp. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what you saw on my blog that made you want to follow me. Easy, right? This giveaway is open only to my Followers until Halloween night, 11:59 p.m. EST and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 2nd. Good luck to everyone!

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I also want to share four cards I received recently from some wonderful crafty friends around the world. I consider myself so lucky to have my home filled with these beauties. Thank you for thinking of me, ladies!

What an incredible amount of detail on this beauty by Lai Yoke! I love the little drapes she made on the window and the white-on-white embossed woodgrain is just stunning.

This very tall card from Angela is on Calypso Coral cardstock, one of my favourite colours of the moment! As you can tell from the shadows in the background, the size of it made it difficult to photograph. I just love all those bicycles (she knows me well) and now I find myself wanting those coordinating dies!

This clean and simple beauty came from Meg with the Silhouette die cuts I requested. I'm loving her use of background stamps on this card and of course those gorgeous leaves. How long will it be before a Silhouette lives in my home? ;)

And look at all the detail on this amazing card from Kary! I love the colours, dimension and sparkle. I must get my hands on that wreath and its coordinating die. I need details!

Last but not least, my 400 Follower Giveaway: Part 2 is an incredible sponsored giveaway from My Memories. This is coming soon so stay tuned. ;) As always, thank you so much for stopping by to say hi!

47 comments:

Kelley Eubanks said...

Wow... you have some great friends who make great cards! I added myself to your followers. I added you to my google reader last night. After all... looks like we are going to be working together a lot! :) I didn't add myself because of your giveaway so you don't have to give it to me if my name comes up. :)

Ardilla said...

Hello, Emily!
What I liked from your blog are your cards, I like your simple style, which is also what I do, CAS cards... and I like the way you write :)
Thanks for the chance!

Cornelie said...

What a great cards , really really nice!!
Thanks for the nice give away!
Bye Cornelie

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

Big Congrats Amy!! 400 - wow - but no wonder you are popular!!.
When I found your blog I saw a cool clean style that was new and different from mine and that's what I find so inspiring with coming here! Thanks for all you are sharing and for this chance! Hugs, Karin

lydiawalker said...

congrats- i love the cute little paper smooches cards you do xxx

Scrapowe Sosasowisko said...

Congrats Emily! I've decided to join You after I have seen Betty on "It is all good" card. And since then I am Your bigest fan!

Jay Gee said...

Hey Emily, congrats on reaching 400 followers. You know I love your style and your creative way of using stamps. I also get so much inspiration from your blog. Hugs Judith

Michelle said...

Congratulations on reaching 400 followers, very exciting! I also get a little thrill with each new follower (although, I am nowhere near 400, maybe I'll reach 40 sometime this year, LOL!).
I started following your blog after visiting over and over and over again and every time loving your CAS style, always with something a little different added. :-)

lostinpaper said...

Congrats on your milestone! It's hard to say just one reason to follow you as you are such an inspiration in every way. I could say that I really love how you can look at a stamp and create something so totally unique, and then I will say to myself... that's so clever, why didn't I think of that!

Meadie said...

Hi Emily and Congrats on all your followers!I joined your blog as I just love your style and you inspire me to try new things:) Hugs x x

Lynn said...

Congrats on 400 followers! Awesome! I love your CAS designs and the way you use stamps beyond what their image is. Helps me see how I can stretch my stamps. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Lisa said...

Such lovely cards from some even lovlier people, Emily. Isn't it nice to know that you have such a great crowd following you? :)
Congrats on reaching 400!! My goodness!
Even tho I'm pretty sure I was following you before this, the first thing I remember about your blog was the Father's Day card with the Pink Cat Father cat and kittens & the story about your little boy that went along with it. So precious :) It just made me smile. Love how you share your stories along with your ridiculous talent :) XX

Angela said...

Too funny -- I stopped by here right after I finished editing MY photo of your card :) It was a tough one to photograph; you're right about that. (and once the post is done, it'll have a giveaway too -- get off my brainwave!)

I follow you, my dear, because I like you. It helps that I also like your work. A lot.

littlen said...

congrats on surpassing 400 followers. i've been a follower for a long time. i don't remember what first attracted me to your blog, but i really like your style and check daily for new posts. thanks for sharing your creativity.

monica said...

congratulazioni...adoro le tue cards

Annette said...

Wow it is so nice to recieve happy mail... Thanks for sharing these awesome cards..

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Congrats!!! Glad to be a groupie.

Houses Built of Cards said...

Congrats on 400 followers! I still even remember the card that I saw that made me want to be a follower! It was the one with the Unity Stamp Balloons on the bike, that you put glossy accents on! I lifted the idea from you - and modified it a little for me - because it was so cute!!!

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walchowDesign said...

Congrats, Emily! Love all your exquisite creative designs and for being such a good blogfriend!

Miriam Prantner said...

Congratulations! I am new to card making/blogging, but I just love your style. I think I first saw your work on one of the challenge blogs, and decided I needed to see more. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!

Jenny said...

hi Emily, Congrats on 400 followers (why am I not surprised) your projects and ability to see different ways to use your stamps is what drew me in. Thanks to CASual Fridays I found you although it was only a matter of time :)
Love the RAK's.
Jenny H

Karin said...

Congrats to you Em! You deserve to have way more than even 400...I'm amazed everytime I come here :) I've been following you since the Amber Ink days...It's been so long that I don't remember anything more specific than that :)

Jocelyn Olson said...

The RAKs are so awesome--yeah for you!! And (over) 400 followers? Wow! That's so awesome. I don't know how I found your blog, but I think it was through PCS. I'm so glad we're blogging buddies!

Kary said...

Congrats, Emily!! That's a huge following and I think it's because you make such great cards!! I love your style, it's fresh and inspiring, and you always have little details which make me think "WOW, what a cool idea!" Great job!!
{grins}Glad you liked the card. These are some Awesome RAKs.

Chunyuan said...

congrats on 400 followers. You are a crafting genius and good at so many styles. I am inspired by your projects.

Meghan said...

Congrats on your milestone. I had been getting your updates via my Google Reader but I added myself to your followers list too. I think your ability to think outside the stamp really intrigues me and that is why I like to see what you are up to!

Basement Stamper said...

I don't know EXACTLY what made me follow you to begin with, but I loved the whimsy cards you create and your style!

Emily Keaton said...

Hi Emily! Of course I'm a follower. What made me want to follow you?? I just love your style!! I remember seeing your clever creations over on SCS and was thrilled when I finally made my way to your blog. Yippee!! Anyway, congrats on reaching 400 followers, my friend!

Jingle said...

I follow because I LOVE your cards! You really do amazing work!

*Alison* said...

Emily.. you are amazing! No surprise that you have over 400 followers.. :) I love your simple yet creative style.. and your creations always bring a smile to my face :) hugs

nurse cupcake said...

Congrats Emily! :) What made me follow you was when i saw the post where you used TGF stamps and featured the Twinery :) it was just so creative how you used the vellum for the sentiment!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a great set of RAK---love the window card! FUN! And HOOOOOORAY that you have reached 400 followers! You are amazing!

Karen L said...

Whoa...those are some FABULOUS cards!! I would love to be your mailbox!
As for what made me become a follower of your blog...it's simple. The amazing cards and projects that you always post! I love your style and sense of design...you inspire and motivate me big-time!! I'm also glad that you offer email subscriptions because I don't always check my Google Reader, but I love to follow by email so I don't miss a thing!

Karen B. said...

I can't quite recall what led me here in the first place, but I knew it was a card that featured twine BEFORE you were on their Design Team. Hooked since then, I adore your CAS style!

donna mikasa said...

Congrats on your 400+ followers! Here's to the next 400! Love everything you do, Emily....especially those Twinery twine knots! ♥

Ujjwal said...

Congrats Emily! Its a lovely thing to follow your blog and be amazed each time you put up a project. Wish you another 400 soon :)

Jen W. said...

Fabulous RAK! I love Lai's little bird peeking out from behind the curtains and Meg's awesome Silhouette silouettes. :)

And big congrats on over 400 followers, Emily, and I'm proud to be one of them! I know I discovered you early on in my blogging days and I remember being fascinated by your Unity cards. It was you who introduced me to them and made me fall in love with them thanks to your amazing projects. :)

Vee said...

Hi Emily
Your beautiful card "Love You Dearly" for Paper Smooches caught my eye also our heartfelt post regarding your new home. Hope everything is settled now.
Vee xx

Lindsey said...

And look at that -- you're already up to 413 from 407 two days ago! My little avatar is in the multitude because you are crazy talented and a sweet friend to boot! I know your cards first caught my eye on SCS, where we "met".
Those are some awesome cards you've received, too! The wainscotted wall scene, Ang's tall bikes (one with twine! And the ribbon got through the mail unscathed!), the fabulous negative-diecut leaves, and that amazingly-coloured wreath! All wows.

Jennifer said...

WOW Emily, 400 followers!!! Congrats!!! Your blog has grown SO FAST. Not suprising as I've always loved seeing all your creativity and fabulous cards!!! Thanks for the chance to win! (=

AnitaRex said...

Hmm what made me want to follow you?? I love your work but what won me over was you! :> Happy 400 followers!

Kella Bella said...

I am a really big fan of your simple style!!! i found you on the paper smooches blog. :) congrats on 400+ followers!

Sue D said...

I found your blog because you use Paper Smooches stamps and became a follower because I like your style.
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btenn said...

Hmmm...Emily, why did I follow your blog? I have loved your creativity forever, and you've always inspired me, and since the very beginnings of your blog :). You continue to inspire me each and every day! And you've got some pretty amazing crafty friends too!

Heather said...

Oh Emily, you're so good to us. I just adore your style, it's CAS, it makes me smile and always inspires me and makes me want to head for my craft desk. Thank you so much for your amazing creativity.

Julie E said...

Gees, as if I could list only one reason I follow you ;>) It has to be all your CAS masterpieces that are colorful and happy!

Meg said...

Oh my, I love that whole scene Lai Yoke created! Everything is so clever, from the the ribbon curtains to the beadboard!

Man, I knew Ang would rock that paper and she did! Fantastic!

And wowzers on the amount of coloring Kary did for your card...I think I would have called it a day after one butterfly!