Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's a Celebration!

Hi there, blog friends ~
Today is a very special day for me...3 years ago today I started my blog, and I'm excited to share my blog anniversary with you!

First things first: I'm sure you noticed that I have a brand new blog header. Isn't is beautiful? My dear friend Loll Thompson created it for me, and I am so grateful to her for all of her hard work and for sharing her incredible talents with me! Loll also created a brand new signature and watermark to match!!!
Secondly, to thank you all for being such loyal blog friends, I am offering a $25. GC to SSS in a random drawing! Just leave a note in the comments section below (you can just say hello, if you like), and on Wednesday October 19th, I will announce the winner!
To celebrate, I also created 2 cards. The first was just for fun (and to play with my new MFT Big Hello die):



I used Peerless watercolors to create an ombre effect on the die cut letters, and colored the elephant with Copics. The stamped sentiment is from Winnie & Walter.

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And, my 2nd card:



I created this card for the current SSS Flickr Challenge #55 - Sketch. Autumn is my favorite time of year, so I broke down and bought this SSS set and added the leaves from Lawn Fawn. The cross-stitched circle is from MFT, and the stitched pumpkins are from SSS.
Here is the sketch ~
With special thanks again to Loll for all of your hard work to make my blog so beautiful! You're the BEST!!!

Don't forget to say hello for your chance to win a GC to SSS! Deadline to comment is Tuesday, October 18th at 11:00 p.m.
Thanks so much for stopping by.













28 comments:

TK said...

Wow, Barb! Your blog header is just beautiful! I almost thought I was at the wrong spot... But then again, I noticed another one of your most generous of offerings -- a giveaway for YOUR Anniversary! You're awesome and generous!

Hannelie said...

Time flies when you're having fun hey Barb! Love the new look... beautiful cards and happy blog anniversary!

Barb said...

Love, love, love your new header, Barb! It looks awesome! And happy 3 year blogiversary!!! Your cards are both fab! Especially love your take on the sketch! Soooo cute! Thanks for playing in the SSS Flickr challenge, my friend! ♥

Kylie said...

Hello! Well, your new blog look is fantastic! I LOVE your hello card. The watercolour effect is amazing!!

Loll said...

Congrats on your 3 year blog-aversary Barb!! I guess we must have met shortly after you started because we ended up teammates at ATS&M about 8 months later. And then about six months after that ... we were team mates at ATCAS. I'm so thankful that we got to be on the design teams together. It was fun!

Love the two cards you made special to celebrate this milestone. I am always inspired by your uniquely creative style, my friend. xx

lostinpaper said...

So so happy for you Barb, Congrats on 3 years! I can't believe how it has flown and with so many wonderful moments and creations, including this little sweetie of an elephant.... would you believe I am half way through a card with an elephant sitting on a big word too, great minds hey (Although my word is 'happy')!

Dawn Turley said...

Beautiful cards Barb and well done on reaching this milestone. Love the new blog header. It is so pretty and I adore the signature and the watermark. Have really enjoyed visiting and being inspired by you.

joy said...

Congrats, Barb! It is always a delight to visit your blog and see what you've been up to. The new header and signature is just beautiful. Here's to many more years of blogging to you.

Betty Keefe said...

your new blog design is gorgeous Barb - love everything about it - darling cards - and thank you for being a blog friend to me for almost 3 years!!

TaeEun said...

HAPPY Blog Anniversary, Barb!!! Your blog looks awesome in natural design! And your two pretty CAS cards, too! Love always your ombre sentiment and cute critters!

nancy littrell said...

Congratulations Barb on your 3rd Blogger Anniversary! The perfect time for a remake of your blog header, signature and watermark by Loll! They are so beautiful and creative just like you :-)

TFS both your sweet CAS cards. I love your style and so happy I became a follower and email subscriber to your blog after I started my blog in March.

Hugs, nancy

Virginia Lu said...

Wow, I can't believe it's been 3 years since you started your blog, Barb! Remember the questions and concerns you had back then? I am sure you must think of that time with a new and different perspective now that you are a pro in blogging/card-making! I could not be more thrilled about your new blog look. It is such a HAPPY PLACE! Congratulations on all the happenings. Of course, your CAS cards are so lovely! I really like the Ombre on the first and the 2nd one is simply darling! PS: please leave me out of the draw so others can have a chance to receive your generosity. :)

I Card Everyone said...

Many happy returns of the day, Barb!!! OH am I glad you started blogging ... just think of all the darling cards we'd miss! Your creative talents abound, my friend! I'm so proud to call you my friend, and forever grateful for your generous heart - and the CHATS!!! love and hugs...
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Your new blog-look is fabulous!!! Great job, Loll!!!
=]

Shona Chambers said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Barb!! Its amazing how quickly time flies, my 3yr blog anniversary was last month and I completely forgot about it! I'm getting that 'Hello' die very soon and love what you've done with the ombre colouring so must pin that for future reference. Your Autumn colours are gorgeous, so funny how we go thru complete opposites in seasons. I'm surrounded by blossoms and new green leaves, while all yours are disappearing!! So very happy for you and here's to many more years!

Nathalie Paquette said...

Such nice cards 😊Happy Birthday.

Jeanne H said...

Hello and congrats! Well done blog, Barb and great cards. I agree, Loll is special.

Kay Miller said...

Happy anniversary sweet Barb! I can't believe it has been three years! Your new header is gorgeous and your cards so adorable! Love the ombre letters and the cute little elephant! And the fall card is just precious! Beautiful work! Happy week and hugs!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

That little Ellie and the delicious ombre inking make me swoon!

jintyoo7 said...

Three years??? CONGRATULATIONS :-) Love your fabulous new header Barb, your friend did a wonderful job and perfect day to reveal it!

Fabulous cards too, beautiful colouring and really like how you substituted the star so the sketch for leaves - LOVELY!

Karren said...

Happy Blogiversary, Barb! I love the new look - so crisp and cool! And your cards are fabulous as always! That elephant is just so cute, he makes me smile whenever I see him. You've inspired me to get him out and use him again.

Anita in France said...

Many congratulations, Barb ... here's to many more wonderfully creative and inspirational years! Your new header is gorgeous ... serene and dreamy ... I can almost imagine myself there! Sweet cards ... a lovely autumnal scene ... and that sweet little ellie sitting on the big hello ... adorable! Hugs, Anita :)

Joyce said...

So much going on here. First of all, congratulations on 3 years of blogging. Fantastic milestone. And, I just love both of your cards. That big hello is so fun, big enough to support an elephant. And, I think fall is also my favorite season, so I love your fall card. Loll did a great job with your new blog header. It is so peaceful and calm.

Bobby said...

Congrats on your new 'birthday suit'. ;) The new design of your blog is beautiful, Barb, as are your cards. I've enjoyed seeing your creations over the years and here's to many more. Cheers!

Kara Lynne said...

Congratulations of three years! It's been fun getting to know you and I enjoy your inspiration! I love your new header - so much so that I wish I were there on that beach! Fun and beautiful cards, Barb. I love that little guy sitting on top of the "H" and your little fall scene is fantastic!

Cat Craig said...

Congratulations Barb on your Blog anniversary! I've loved visiting these past three years and look forward to more of your fabulous style. I had noticed your new header tonight as I try to catch up on two weeks of blog posting. my CA vacation is and has kept me out of blogland. (please do not include me in the draw...I have been very lucky this summer with goodies).

cm said...

Congratulations on your blog-iversary and how blessed all of US are that you decided to do so! You have been - and continue to be - one of my *best* discoveries in this community! Your creativity and support are second to none; you've lifted my spirits more often than you know! Your cards are adorable! What a talented, darling ellie set atop the hello; and your wee squirrel and pumpkins cluster is utterly charming! As for your blog's "reno": WOW! Loll's work is so impressive! I may need to chat with her, too....
Hugs~c

Susan said...

I always see your post in my feedly. When I read that it was your three-year blog anniversary I was like "what"? I just knew it had been longer than that. Then I remembered we go way back… Back to the days of scrapbook.com. :-) I love your new blog had header and as always I love your cards!

Cindy C. said...

I likey the new blog look, so fresh and streamlined and very pleasant!
Congrats!