Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Party Starts Here!!

Hello everyone!! I am so excited to be hosting my first ever blog hop!! Two years ago, I ventured into a new world, the world of blogging. Wow! It has been so much fun.



Blogging has helped me hone my card-making skills. After all, if you make your work available for the whole world to see, you have to make it look your absolute best.

Blogging has given me a new voice. Before I was a mom, I was a writer. That's right. I wrote newsletter articles, marketing materials, web content, press releases, annual reports, ads .... I wrote a lot during my career as a public relations professional. I chose to give it up because I didn't want to miss those first steps, first words and all the other firsts in my kids' lives. This blog has given me a voice to share my passion ... and I still get to experience all those wonderful firsts.

Blogging has introduced me to many new friends from all over the world. I love the fact that I can share my passion with people in Australia, Europe, Canada ... In fact, this group of talented ladies in today's lineup hail from all over the place. We all share a common love of paper crafting and blogging. I love the camaraderie and community we have.

Here is the card I made for today's hop. I think it's the perfect way to celebrate. I'm toasting to all of you for being so supportive. I love reading your encouraging comments. I love the inspiration all of you give me. Let's raise a glass to all you fabby readers out there! It's time to get this party started!!

 Not one, but TWO lucky readers will win prizes! All you have to do is:
1 Visit all the blogs in the hop;
2. Leave comments on all their posts;
3. Come back here and leave me a comment.
You do not have to follow my blog, but I would love it if you did. :-) In fact, I would love to get to 200 followers for my second anniversary!!

One prize will include a cute complete scrapbook kit by Crayola and two of the stamp sets below. The other prize will include a Colorbok 12x12 fabrick scrapbook, an eight pack of decorative edge scissors by EK Success and one stamp set. I will pick a winner from the comments using random.org. The winner will be posted on Monday. Thanks to my sponsors - Stampendous, Pink by Design and A. Jillian Vance Design for donating these stamps sets:







Your next stop is Karen Baker. Oh yeah, you probably noticed the new look on my blog. I thought I'd give it a "makeover" as an anniversary present. Karen is the aesthitician (a.k.a graphic designer) who created the new look. Isn't it wonderful!?! I love it. She does fantastic work. Hop on over to her blog and see the fantastic project she created for the hop. While you're there, check out her Custom Blog Design page. I highly recommend her.

Here is the entire lineup:

Annette Witherspoon
http://www.aspoonfullofsugarcrafts.blogspot.com/

Karen Baker
http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Bunny Vance
http://www.bunnyrunswithscissors.com/

Jennifer Ingle
http://justjingle.blogspot.com/

Melisa Alzammar
http://melisascraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Annette Allen
http://myclevercreations.blogspot.com/

Melinda Gleissner
http://mynoteworthycards.blogspot.com/

Shelly Kingham
http://myscrapandstamphouse.blogspot.com/

Sarah Hamer
http://www.pinkcricut.com/blog/

Jocelyn Olson
http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/

Annette Witherspoon
http://www.aspoonfullofsugarcrafts.blogspot.com/

53 comments :

Denise Speigle said...

Happy Bloggaversary! Love your card! Perfect for the celebration! queenbeedesigns.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

Just found your blog via Sarah over at pink cricut and am a new follower :) Love your card!

Brenda said...

Love your card it is perfect for a special occasion. Happy Anniversary!

Wida said...

Congratulations on 2 years! I agree, it is a wonderful way to connect and share with other people from all over the globe :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Congrats on your 2 year mark... it's like kids, what did I do with my time before I did card blogging?

Bunny Vance said...

Cute, Cute, Cute! Thanks for having me in your celebration hop!!!
Congratulations and Happy
Anniversary!

Annette said...

Happy Happy Blogiversary my friend...thank you for letting me share this fun day with you...your card is outstanding...

Kecia said...

What a great card! I'm really loving the layout, and I think that olive and those sparkles near the class are adorable.

Nicely done!

And,a big congratulations on you blog. I'm loving the new design. Thanks for letting us celebrate with you!

cassie said...

have fun with your first hop :) love your work.

L.B. said...

Conngrats on 2 years...new follower today to celebrate Such a fun card

Janice said...

Cheers!! Love the martini :) Super cute!! Congrats on 2 years!

HeatherLynn said...

Happy Blogoversary, Annettte! I love your card! It's so cute and fun! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

Have a great weekend!

HL

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Congrats of 2 years of blogging.
Kathy
Katsews at gmail dotcom

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Congrat's on two years! So glad you found an outlet for your crafting and writing skills. The first two and last links were perfect, all the others say "leaving facebook"????

HeatherLynn said...

Just finished up the hop! WOW! Everyone did a fabulous job today! Happy Blogoversary again, Annette! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Heather Lynn

Lisa Lara said...

Congrats on two years. What a fantastic card. Love it Annette.

Barb King said...

Came over from Jingle, love the retro look of your card. Check out my blog, I'm following you now, would love it if you could follow me. I am trying to get to 70 followers before school starts. Happy 2 years to you!
Barb

Barb King said...

Made it to everyone, fun hop!

Miriam Prantner said...

Well I'm kind of surprised I wasn't already following you! I'm #194 - we have a lot of bloggy friends in common :) This was a GREAT hop. Happy Blogaversary!

Joni said...

Happy Bogaversary. I am a new follower. Fun times ahead.

Shelly said...

Really nice card Annette as always. I can't wait to see you again to get our crafting on:)

Mary-Anne V said...

Congrats Annette on reaching 2 years...just discovered your blog recently and I know I will be back often. Lovely creations! BTW your new blog look is very fresh and clean...love it.

Rachel said...

Congratulations on two years!!! I love how clean your card is. It's also interesting how you placed all the elements. Love the sentiment part of it.

Great blog hop too! What a great group of crafters to celebrate with you :)

jordanbev5 said...

Happy Blog Anniversary, Annette! Am here from Jingles' blog and hopping along! Am your newest follower and love your blog graphics! Enjoy!

jordanbev5 said...

Love your wonderful martini card!! So enjoyed your blog hop and congratulations again!

EmyB said...

Congrats on 2 years, Annette! Your work is so beautiful and creative! You have such an eye and are so talented!

D- said...

Congrats Annette!
Happy Bloggaversary!
Great bog hop. TFS.
dmcardmaker (at AOL)

Kimberly said...

congrats on your two years!!

TeresaK said...

Happy Blogiversary! Such a cute, cute card!
Teresa
www.createenjoyshare.blogspot.com

Jingle said...

Happy Blogiversary, Annette! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your celebration! I love your super cute card!

Karenladd said...

Happy blogaversary Annette!! So happy I found your blog...because I love your card and design style! Reading blogs is my main way of getting inspired and i so much appreciate all the bloggers out there who spread creative cheer over the blogasphere! I'm a new follower! Hoping you reach 200!!

Melinda Gleissner said...

Thanks again for including me in your celebration. It was a great hop! Love your card. It's a great image. I also love how you tied everything together - the twinkly shape by the glass w/ the same shape under your sentiment, the patterned paper with the olive shape behind your card. Your eye for detail is amazing.Happy to years...and many more!

Karenladd said...

Just finished the hop and saw so many wonderful projects! Thanks for inviting us all to help celebrate and HEY...you hit 200 followers! Yay!!

dragonswing said...

Congratulations on reaching your
2nd year!!!! Keep up the good work.

frommycraftroom said...

Congratulations on 2 years of blogging. Great blog hop. Very talented ladies. Thanks.

Angi said...

I'm hopping by to wish you a Happy Blogaversary! Big Congrats and Hugs to ya!!!!

Cheryl W said...

Happy anniversary! I hope your next two years are even better and brighter! Great card, by the way.

JulieK said...

Congratulations on 2 years Annette! What a great Hop! I came across so many blogs that I have never seen before! I LOVE new inspiration!
{Your card is fantastic BTW}

JulieK
http://jk-littlebitofbling.blogspot.com/

Hippymom83 said...

Super cute!

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Annette, I know I haven't know you for a long time. But I found you and I've seen some of your past post and your work is truly amazing. Congrats on your two year blogiversary. I'm happy I could join you and the other Crafters. Congrats TFS AJ-

Sheri R said...

Happy Blogversary! Love the 'toasting' card.

Sheri R

sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

Sheri R said...

I came, I saw and I hopped the lineup. Lots of lovely projects and lovely things to say about you.
Again, Happy Blogversary!

Sheri R

sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

Ellen Jarvis said...

Happy blogaversary, and also congratulations on hitting #200 ... I am follower # 202!! YAY!! I love your card. When I use a martini on a birthday card, I usually use this sentiment: "One martini, two martini, three martini, FLOOR!!" It always gets a chuckle.

I am looking forward to seeing what great things you have in store for year # 3!

Fondly,
Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
http://cardmonkeyspaperjungle.com
E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

Karen B. said...

Congratulations on two years of blogging. I feel so very honored to have been invited to part of your special hop, thank you! Your card is amazing, love the balance and the fun colors. Here's wishing you more successful years!

Melisa Alzammar said...

Wow Annette, You have a bunch of talented friends. There are so many beautiful cards and projects in this hop. Congrats on making it to 200 followers as well!

JJ Bolton said...

So cute! Love the retro vibe:)

Dawn Mercedes said...

happy bloggaverary to you!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Happy Blogaversary! I have to say thank you for sharing with us, because I feel like I can relate with your story of what blogging has done for me as a SAHM too! So thank you and I am already a follower and see you met your goal, so congrats on that too!
Lisa

Katie Gehring said...

Happy bloggy anniversary! Love your swanky card and your blog's new look- it's fabulous! Just like you!

Kailash said...

Congrats on your 2 year blogaversary, your card is just so cool to celebrate that!!!

Maria said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!! Great card! TFS

mvasquez69 at aol dot com

Maria said...

Just finished the blog hop! Everyone did a fantastic job on their projects!!!

mvasquez69 at aol dot com

Sue D said...

congrats on two years of blogging-great CAS card.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...