Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Hello everybody.  I have been blogging for 1 month now.  Time goes by so fast.  I decided to have a giveaway for my anniversary.  Leave a comment and tell me about any tips, tricks, or techniques that I need to know to have a successful blog and I will choose 1 random winner next Wed by 12:00pm central time.  I appreciate any and all comments (just 1 per person please).

I have 8  5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch pieces of Making Memories paper, ribbon, and lots of embellishments. I used some of Regina's The Cutting Cafe' images for the scalloped tags and the Bingo card.  I love her stuff.  I cant forget...a bottle of my favorite Martha Stewart glitter.

I had to take another picture because I forgot to put the bingo card in.

The picture of the bag didn't take very well.  I am sure someone will be able to make some beautiful cards or special projects with these goodies.  Good luck and thanks so much again.


Regina Easter said...

everything looks fabulous and love that bag....hugs

Abbie said...

Hi Heather,
I just found you and I am so happy I did! Your giveaway is fabulous and I'm going to post a shout out to your blog and giveaway on The Vintage Moth. Have a lovely day!

Pam Gorder said...

Hi, Heather. I just found your blog from Abbie's. I think your cards are beautiful, and the patterns are a brilliant idea!

As to advice aobut writing a blog, I would say that you should write whenever you have something to say, and don't write when you don't have something to say. I think a lot of bloggers feel pressue to say *something* on a regular schedule. Waiting until you are truly inspired will insure that visitors always get something meaningful out of their vist.

Good luck with your blog!


Sandi said...

Heather, I am a new blogger also and found you thru Vintage Moth.

Please add me to the drawing and maybe check out another new blogger, me.


Robin Thomas said...

Oh hey, count me in girl. Looks like you are off to a good start. I have found it a bit tricky for some reason to get links to work in Blogger. If you create them in HTML rather than compose mode they seem to work. I hope that is helpful. Congratulations on your blog. Thank you, Robin

Anonymous said...

Great start with the give away. I just got started as well. Best of luck!

angie said...

hi Heather! i found you from Abbie at the Vintage Moth. your site is great! i'm also in iowa, near iowa city. :)

Shirley said...

I found you from The Vintage Moth. I think the best blogs have a lot of eye candy. Pretty pictures make me happy!

Happy Anniversary! I'll be back to check on you. :D

Gwen said...

Blog from the heart and you can never go wrong:)

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog but as a reader I have to say that I prefer blogs with regular updates.

Abigail said...

fun giveaway!! Thanks for the chance :) the only tip I really have for you is if you don't already have a twitter account that links to your blog you should! You'd be surprised how many people spread the word via twitter...

Thanks for the chance & happy one month anniversary on blogger :)


Lori said...

I, too, found your blog thru Abbie's blog. I love your style! Very nice giveaway, too! I am a new blogger as well, and enjoy learning from others! Good Luck!

Abby said...

Nice blog! I just found it through abbie's. :) happy one month blogiversary! :)

My best tips would be not to neglect your blog, post often, freshen it up often, and post pics. :)

Silver Artisan said...

Hi Heather!
I also arrived from the Vintage Moth, Abbie is a real sweety, very attentive and generous. I love your blog, very femenine and pretty.
I have a blog to share pics of my work and I'm Not an expert, but I agree that posting often keeps your blog interesting :)
Thanks for the giveaway, the items look yummy!

mamakat said...

Hi Heather! I found your blog on Vintage Moth. I enjoy reading artist's blogs and thought I would share with you some of the things that I enjoy seeing. Good, clear pictures are great and certainly aided by good clear journaling. Some of my favorite bloggers are generous. They share their art and ideas as well as passing on links to other great art. And, well...I can be a bit of a sucker for a fun give away as well.
Thanks a bunch. I am enjoying your sketches followed by sample and then detail format.

dustypenny said...

Gorgeous tags, Heather! Congrats on your new blog! My best tip is to have fun with it!

dstandard said...

For a beginning you are rocking! I love your blog - just keep posting your awesome work and people will come!

TheresainMS said...

Hi, found you thru Abbie's and am so glad. I love your background here; it's beautiful! I'm almost to my 100th post but have just picked up some followers in the last couple of months. Visit other blogs and leave comments often. That gets return visits and you will meet the most amazing people. I don't post as many pics as I should but I agree with mamakat's idea to share ideas and techniques and other blogs that your readers might find interesting. If you come across a site you like, post about it. That gets a conversation started and leads to friendships and collaborations and who knows what else?! Have a great time and I look forward to visiting with you often. Oh yeah, please count me in the giveaway. The goodies look divine!!!

Espbfdl said...

Happy anniversary:) I love your work:) Thanks for the goodies and giveaway:)

Mary said...

Here's a tip ~ Always remember to fill in the "labels" box underneath each post. You will be amazed how some people find you through that! Your blog looks beautiful!

JAN said...

Hi happy anniversary and what a beautiful giveaway. I too found my way here via Vintage moth. Please enter me with a chance to win
the only tip i have to succesful blogging is post often and getting others to link to you raises you up in the search engines (i think)
wishing you continued success

JAN said...

P.s i am now following you too :)
oh just another tip worth mentioning all lot of the others who offer Blog Candy or giveaways ask that in order to enter you must become a follower. And i think this really works i have become a follower of blogs i wouldnt normally due to a candy and ended up really enjoying the future posts and becoming a faithful follower and regular commenter too. so its worth a try

Pattie said...

I, too, found your blog thru Abbie's blog. Love your style!! Very nice giveaway, too! Thanks!!

Lottie said...

Hello Heather - my goodness you seem to have this blogging 'lark' all sorted out yourself, sadly I can't think of anything else that hasn't been said or that you haven't mastered already - hope that doesn't disqualify me from your wonderful and generous draw.

I have got lots of inspiration from your blog - and am now a follower so that I can get regular updates when you post - and can leave you more comments.

Congratulations on such a beautiful blog and your art work is amazing


Terri E. said...

I'm not sure I have any tips that you don't already have, LOL! Congrats on a fun first month.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Catherine said...

Pretty blog, glad I stopped bye.
The give away is amazing...hopin it's me, lol

The Lone Dollier said...

First, totally awsome giveaway! Please enter me.

I've been blogging for a year, actively for a couple of months. I've just found that I need to be myself, type like I'm having a conversation face to face with someone, and just share my finds, creations, joys, tears, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy, you'll read about it.

I post about giveaways, site's I've found that are great (I list the links on my sidebar), crafters/hobbist that create wonderful items.

Just be yourself.


Jane Wetzel said...

Hi Heather! Gorgeous stuff here and I dont think it will be long before u have a HUGE following! :) Just keep posting these gorgeous offerings!! ha ha! :) best wishes, Jane

Sandra Luck said...

How exciting to find your blog through Abbey's! You are already well on your way. As encouragement....Please KNOW that what you post for cards and papercrafting will be appreciated by someone reading your blog. We are all at different stages of papercrafting so your ideas will suit someone just right! How sweet of you to offer your colorful blog candy!
Best wishes for continued postings! ~Sandra Luck (MINNESOTA)

Fiorella said...

I am a new reader and love your blog. Thank you for sharing your creations with us.
Hugs from Italy

Dianne said...

What a pretty blog.
And look at the nice giveaways!
I think to have a successful blog, you need to be a good visitor yourself, leaving comments. I joined a few weekly groups-like Photo Hunt and that helps me.
Good luck!!

Marta said...

Hi Heather:
I found your blog via Abbie at The Vintage Moth. Congrats on your 1st month anniversary. I love your blog design, so shabby chic and vintage. I also love your baggie and your give away is spectacular. Good Luck!!! I hope I win.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Abbie sent me to celebrate your first month!!!! WooHoo!!!! Blogging is a wonderful avenue to exchange ideas and share visons. Welcome to my world. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart Art Saves Lives!

Kathy said...

Hi Heather,
I am a newbie to the blogging world too, so I will be eagerly reading the comments here too... in the hope of getting some tips also. Thankyou for the lovely comment on my blog, it's nice to know people stop by. Your giveaway goodies look beautiful, good luck with the blogging, I'll be popping in regularly;) PS. Love the blog layout, the side panels are just beautiful!

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

Congratulations for starting a blog! You're going to enjoy it a LOT and you're going to really enjoy blog surfing (which you probably already know all about;)
The only suggestion I could give you is to post as often as you can - I need to take a dose of my own advice, actually!

Enjoy yourself and if you get a minute please stop by my blog and say "hi"!

warmly, Jan

Anonymous said...

You're doing just great so far ... keep up the good work. This is a fab giveaway; you are oh-so-generous. I'd love to win and I'm sure there are plenty others in line with me. Thank you for this opportunity.
SuZeQ -

Regina said...

hello Heather
I'm so glad I found your blog over at "The Vintage Moth"
Congrats for starting your blog!
I wanted to tell you that you've done an amazing job on your blog and have many wonderful ideas! I enjoy your creativity.
You are so sweet to give out some blog candy!

I have no other tips as the other girls to write.

I've posted a photo with the link at my sidebar so let’s hope you get lots of people looking.
Thank you so much for being generous enough to offer such gorgeous candy to win!

Lot of greetings from Germany

Rhondamum said...

I found you through Abbie as well! Maybe that is all that we need for a successful blog. Just get her to mention us. She's wonderful and one of my first blogging friends. Congrats on your blog! It looks fantastic, especially for someone who hasn't been doing it long. I would add that when you mention someone else's blog you add a link for it and when you have a give away ask for others to follow you or to post about your give away on their blog. Follow your heart and in time you will meet several that share your same interests and will be blessed with many wonderful friends. I know I have been. I'm here if you have any questions and keep on doing what you do! xoxo Rhonda...

Jessica said...

Hi Heather!! I was browsing through your blog and first of all I wanted to say that your creations are awesome. As far as tips to a successful blog I find myself also striving to become better at this. I read a book titled Blogging for Bliss. You can find it at Barnes & Noble. It had lots of neat ideas and simply little things that make a world of a difference. Truth is anything that's real and comes from the heart is always a seller as a crafter anything unique is always a seller too :)

Best Wishes!!

Carolyn said...

I also found your blog through Abbie's. It is a good idea getting linked to other sites. I'm enjoying your blog, keep up the good work

Espbfdl said...

Oops--so sorry I forgot to leave you advice! My only advice (since I've only been doing it for a couple of months) would have to be to post at a certain time daily or weekly....Keep me posted if you get any other advice--I can always use it!!

Have a great day:)

~amy~ said...

well, you're definitely off to a good bloggin' start heather!!!

Hmmm....advice? Have FUN!!! I think that shows through on your blog posts:)

I've added you to my google reader so you'll be hearing from me

Monkey's Momma said...

Hi Heather! Nice to meet you! Cute blog! Hard to believe that you have been doing it for only a month.

I have been blogging for a little over two years now. My advice? Don't take yourself too seriously. Have fun and just visit other blogs and comment. I have met so many great woman that I now call friends!

Come visit me sometime!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

Hey there Heather! First****Happy 1st month of blogging !**** The blogging world is a wonderful place to share and meet people and it looks like you are experiencing this perfectly! I think the best advice I can share with you is don't let it rule you and get overwhelmed with having to post something new everyday. I thought I had to when I first started and then realized it was seriously draining me. Instead, I saved up for a larger post. Also figure out your style. What you want to convey/share with others. I sometimes share personal deets and then other times strictly craft info. Still learning myself. :-) Best of luck but looks like you are doing very well! ;-)

sharon said...

Heather, your blog is beautiful! I would never know you are new... It sure looks like you are doing a great job! I found you through The Vintage Moth. I adooore your cards, they are gorgeous! Looks to me like you are doing everything right over here. I think blogging at leasty 3 to 4 times a week keeps everyone interested, and also helps us stay motivated! Thanks for the lovely opportunity!

Mary said...

Hope i made it here in the nick of time! LOL! What a great looking blog! Cool Giveaway ~ Making Memories has some great stuff!


Piali said...

Hi Heather!!
welcome to the blog land..Its best place to be..I also started blogging 6 months back and loving every moment of it...really you will get to meet and make lots of great friends.
Your work is fabulous...good luck.
I will stop by frequently...
Thanks for the lovely giveaway!!!


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