January 31, 2012

Blog-aversary giveaway!


Happy birthday to this blog!
As of today I've been blogging for five years (since January 2007).
There have been happy times, sad events, yummy food, lulls in posting, and lots of stamping.
 *smile*
In honor of all the amazing friends I've made through the years, and the friendships that have developed because of this incredible hobby, I want to give something back...

Let's have a giveaway, shall we?

WAYS TO WIN:
1. Follow my blog by clicking "JOIN" over on the left, and leave me a comment letting me know you are now (or already are) a follower.

2. Leave a comment suggesting a great book to read.

3. Do both of the above for two entries!

I totally get that some folks may not want to follow yet another blog, so it's not required to enter, but if you do follow me or begin to follow me I will appreciate you and love you to pieces, so those of you who do will get an extra entry!

What could you win?
 Your choice of a $20 gift certificate to one of the stores below:

A winner will be chosen and announced 1 week from today on February 7.

And just because it's fun, lets look at a card I posted way back when I first started this blog in 2007. Ha!


I can see all the ways I'd change this card now, but that's the beauty of growth and changing styles, right?  Boy was I into DTP inking! *grin*

So thanks for stopping by, and be sure to leave a comment about your favorite book and/or follow me to enter the giveaway. You have until next Monday to enter!

Here's to many more years of online stamping and blogging fun!
*mwah*

51 comments:

Lindsay said...

YEAH! Happy Anniversary to your blog Dana! I love popping over here to see what amazingness you have come up with! Here is to many more years of creativity!

Ames said...

Hi Dana! I've followed your blog through reader for a long time, but now it's official! I joined!

Ames said...

My favorite book to read is The Mermaid's Singing by Lisa Carey. I read it again every couple of years.

~amy~ said...

Hey Dana...happy anniversary! Such a gorgeous card with the tag! How fun to post your first blogged card!

Emily Keaton said...

Congratulations on FIVE years of blogging, Dana!! Wow, that's amazing and something to celebrate. I loved seeing your first blogged card--FUN!

FYI: I'm already a follower!!

Emily Keaton said...

A great book to read? When I have time to pick up a book, it's usually young adult fiction (I have a 13yo, after all!!). So I'll suggest The Hunger Games. :)

Ujjwal said...

Happy blog anniversary! Wishing you many more fabulous years ahead! I am a long time follower and I love your work :)

JanR said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging!

Melissa said...

Happy blog Anniversary! Your card is jumping off the page--so beautiful!

I love being a follower of your great blog!

Melissa said...

Oh and a book recommendation: if you haven't read The Power of One by Bryce Courtney, I highly recommend it!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Happy Blogaversary! 5-yrs! Awesome!
Already a follower, but I can't recommend a good book. It has been ages since I've read anything for fun. My current reading material is Photoshop. ;o)

Christina said...

Congrats to you on 5 years of blogging! I'm thankful have your blog for inspiration, and I always appreciate your sweet comments on mine. Love the bright and happy colors on your gorgeous card today!
The most recent book I read for fun was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Yes, I'm finally reading this series since asking my parents to buy it for me for Christmas!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wow, 5 years! That's fabulous! Congrats! I'm already a follower :)

Miriam Prantner said...

As for a book recommendation, I recently read Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. It's an amazing story about Anthony Zamperini who people had been projecting to be the first to run a 4 minute mile, but was drafted into WWII, his plane went down, and he was a Japanese POW. Really great read, and an inspiring story.

Elena said...

happy bloggy-birthday! 5 years of blogging is quite an accomplishment! And so fun to see how your style has evolved :) I'm already a follower of your beautiful blog.

Elena said...

I'm going to expose myself for the teeny-bopper I am (!) and recommend The Hunger Games trilogy. My sis got me hooked - I finished the 3 books in under a week.

Joyce said...

Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. That's pretty impressive--like almost from the beginning of the internet. (haha) I have been subscribing and reading yoru blog, but now I am an official follower. Here are three book recommendations for you (since I don't know what you like to read...) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Cutting for Stone, The Postmistress.

joy said...

Wow! Five years is a long time to be blogging! Happy blogaversary, Dana. I have been a follower for awhile now; love your style!

I recently read The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. And, it got the best of me!!! I cried several times while reading it. Not for everyone, I guess; but I have loved every book I have read by him!

carol (krillsister) said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. Truly an accomplishment. Have missed seeing you on the PTI forum. Hope you are back.
My all time favorite book is the Kite Runner.

Denise Bryant said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging! I love your cheerful card you created... fabulous colors! I am already a follower here.... thanks for the chance at a great prize!
DeniseB

Denise Bryant said...

I love all the books by Dean Koontz. I love scary! :) False Memory is a favorite!
DeniseB

Nadine said...

A big Congrats to you on your 5 yr Blogo-versary! I just signed up to be a follower (can't believe I wasn't before!). Im not sure if you're into fantasy type of books but I'd recommend The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Once you finish the book and stumble over all the unfamiliar names, listen to the audiobook read by Simon Jones. Makes it even better! Both my kids loved listening to it and that's hard to do with a 5 yr old and a 12 yr old!

Thanks for the chance at such a great prize. Most of the companies you listed are new to me!

Bunnyfreak said...

Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman is a touching read of how God helps us through tragedy.

Bunnyfreak said...

I am a follower.

Lauren said...

Congrats on the milestone!! I love your blog and your work...good luck in the next five years!! :) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is a wonderful book about girlfriends and how important these friendships are.

Susie said...

Congratulations!! I am following your blog!

Have you read Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons? LOVED this book!!

jen said...

Wow! That's quite an accomplishment! I've had you in reader for eons...! As far as books- Wuthering Heights and Pride & Prejudice are a couple of my fave classics, and for Laugh out Loud fast reads- any of the Stephanie Plum (evanovich) books!

guilinger2 said...

I would definitely recommend The Night Circus!

~Tammy~ said...

Yay you! 5 years...that is amazing!!! And I LOVE your first card! That is not one that I would look back on and say...what was I thinking...it's really cool!

I think I have been following you since I started this crazy adventure! You Rock

Nancy L. said...

congrats DANA!!! happy blogaversary!!
i'm your follower already!

Leigh said...

Happy Anniversary, Dana! Your card is fabulous!
I became a follower. :)
And a book I suggest reading: The Harry Potter series.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Gailanne said...

I've been a loyal follower for quite some time, Dana. Congratulations on your 5-year blog-aversary! A book I am happy to recommend is The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje.

Lisa Petrella said...

Happy Blog-aversary, Dana!!! Love your work!!!! You are so incredibly talented and I'm so happy to have met you via the crafty world!!! Hopefully one day we'll get to meet in person!!! One of my favorite books that I've read recently is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton! Loved it!

Kimba's Kreations said...

Happy Anniversary Dana!!! That is so great - 5 years!!!! I am already a follower and a good book that I am reading now is The Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo. It starts off slow for the first 350 pages, but starts to pick up! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Bonnie said...

Happy blogaversary! Have been a happy follower of yours for some time.

Bonnie said...

You should read The Shack by William Young. Warning-the first part is emotionally hard. Very thought provoking book.

cards by cara said...

Yay - congrats on your blogaversary! Love the creations you share with us!

Amy said...

Hi Dana! Happy Blogaversary! I am so happy to have found you on the web as a friend. I have enjoyed seeing your creations over the years, designing along side you at PC, and swapping notebooks. Thanks for being a great friend! (you know I already follow your blog hehe)

Amy said...

Ok, as for a book. I LOVE the Twilight Series but I know these aren't for everyone. :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Oh I missed this post, congrats five years, wow. I already follow you and I just read born to run which I thought was fascinating, even for a non runner.

AubreyLaine said...

I am a gfc follower.
my all time fave book is "To Kill a Mockingbird"
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

Amy Smidebush said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! So exciting! You ALWAYS inspire me. You're one of my absolute FAVORITE bloggers. So creative! Such beautiful and unique projects! Keep up the wonder work! (Oh, and of COURSE I follow your blog!)

Amy Smidebush said...

As for books, ANYTHING by Jen Lancaster is hilarious! "Bitter is the New Black" and "My Fair Lazy" are a couple of her fantastic memoirs. I highly recommend reading them all in order of written, since they follow the progression of her life. They'd be individually hysterical, but I think if you read one, you'll want to read them all. :)

Carol ann said...

I'm new to your site and have signed up. My favorite book right now The List followed quickly by An Irish Country Doctor. One serious - one light.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Happy Blogaversary, Dana! I'm very happy to follow your blog. And thank you for taking the time to stop by my site and leave a lovely comment, which helped me find your site, which I love! I'm still finding my way around here and am amazed by how many inspirational blogs there are! I'm also very impressed by how supportive stampers are to one another! So, okay, I recommend ANY books by Fannie Flagg.

Jess said...

Stumbled across your blog after seeing it featured on the Craft's Meow facebook page. I am now a follower, and loving your work :) A good to book to read, if you haven't already read it, is The Time Travellers Wife (http://www.amazon.com/Time-Travelers-Wife-Audrey-Niffenegger/dp/0224071912/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328319189&sr=8-1) One of my all time favourite books! :)

Lynda said...

Hi Dana. Congrats on your blogaversary...it is a good feeling to know you have creatively inspired others. I stumbled across you thru ur TCM Butterful Kisses card. I have just cruised around ur blog and I do love what I see. I haev joined and I also have 2 good reads. Both are by Mary Moody...and Aussie authouress. She is great at writing books you can pick up and put down...and with 2 kids and a hubby...that is vital!! The 1st is Au Revoir...and it's sequel...Last Tango In Toulouse. Both are magical reads.

Barb said...

Hi Dana! Congrats on turning 5 :D I am a follower of your blog and LOVE your designs so much. Thanks for the chance to win, I'm happy to celebrate with you!

Barb said...

A book to recommend...hmmm...
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Potato Baron (an oldie but goodie)
are my two faves. If you can find time to read them, I think you'll like them. :)

MichelleR said...

Hi Dana!! Happy Blog-aversary! I LOVE seeing the things you come up with!! It is all such an inspiration!

Anyway...right now I am reading "The Help." I just love it...can't put it down...totally recommend.

Here's keeping my fingers crossed for the gift certificate! Would love to try some things from your brands...

yyam said...

Happy blogoversary! I'm a follower and I love your style Dana!

I read a lot of non-fiction but I've been trying to read classics...currently reading Catcher in the rye.