Friday, 1 March 2013

A special celebration with prizes



I'm here to share something I think is a bit special !!

This month sees my fourth bloggaversary and I usually like to do something a little bit special to celebrate, but I realised that I am fast approaching 4,000 followers which in itself is totally amazing and very humbling and constitutes a celebration all of it's own, so I though it seemed sensible to try and combine the two and do something a little bit extra special and different.

What I have planned is aimed at ensuring my genuine friends and followers will benefit, so it will not be an all out giveway, there will be a little competition which I think my crafty pals and followers will enjoy, I certainly hope so, here's what I have planned:
  • Make anything you like based on your take on my blog, be it the header, the name, my style of work, or even case one of my cards or projects. I think it gives a fairly wide range, butterflies, fairies, flowers, bold colours, inkyness or something totally different that you alone can see. And I would love it if you tell me in your post what inspired your work.
  • Add you creation to Inlink below
  • Add the logo at the top of this post to your sidebar with a link back to this post to help me spread the word so it can be fun for everyone.
  • As I am running this for my crafty friends and followers, in fairness to them any non followers or those leaving just a comment and not entering a piece of work, will not be included in the prize draws. But of course new ones are more than welcome and it would be lovely to see you.
I've set myself the task if popping round to visit all of your entries and am so looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I am not putting a time limit on this at the moment as I know we all have busy lives and want to make sure you all have time to consider and make your creations, but it will certainly run till the end of March. Note added: Inevitably I forget something and just been asked if you can enter more than once, I don't see why not and up to three times seems fair.

Here are some of the prizes and I need to say a very special thank you to A Passion for StampsPretty Little RibbonsCrafts U LoveCrimson Cloud and Penny Black for helping me put this all together.

I really do hope you like my idea and that you will join in the fun.

95 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Brenda who a lovely idea and will hopefully join in your challenge....
Those prizes are fabulous

Anne

Kelly Lloyd said...

Brenda this is a fabulous idea, massive congrats I your 4 year anniversary and also 4000 followers what a fantastic achievement. You work is amazing, I love popping by your blog, thanks for the chance of winning these fantastic prizes.
Hugs Kelly

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Brenda, nearly 4000 followers in 4 years is pretty amazing and I would say are one of the very few if not the only, who has managed this achievement. Congrats and you know I am an avid admirer of your unique and stunning creativity.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Vivi Morais said...

Hi... I love bloggaversary ... I'll will try to do something, with sure.

Congrats!!! xx

Hussena said...

What a lovely idea Brenda...Would definitely love to participate in this one & will share about this in my sidebar too! :)
Congratulation on your fourth blogooversary and soon to reach 4000 followers too...Thats really huge. :)

Marianne said...

Wow, Brenda, almost 4,000 followers in 4 years. That really is amazing, or maybe not, considering all those wonderful and inspirational cards you put on your blog all the time. I noticed I have some catching up to do reading your Dylusion posts. All I can say now is that those colours look stunning.
I think it's a lovely idea to combine this celebration with a creative challenge. Count me in!
Marianne x

Helene E said...

oooh, I know exactly what to do. I'm off to the craft room ;)

Clare *Pinks & Needles" said...

Hello Brenda,
Congratulations on your approaching 4th blogaversary and for nearing 4,000 followers! I didn't realise that we started our blogs in the same month of the same year (although mine has sadly now fallen by the wayside).
I do hope that you and your family (four-legged members included) are all doing well.
With very best wishes to you from Clare (Littlebear Crafts).
xx

Tanya said...

Happy blogaversary Brenda, and congratulations on your HUGE number of followers - your work is so fantastic, you deserve every single one of us and more :D

Thanks for this chance to win, I'll get my crafty thinking cap on and make something to enter here :)

Hugs from Tags xx

Gail said...

Ahhh Brenda, you're so generous!
You must be feeling better!?
Congratulations, I'll try to 'whip' something up this weekend!

NancyD said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea Brenda. I may have to wait until I am back from vacation to enter though. Hugs, NancyD

SusanLotus said...

Lovely idea!

I will browze through your post carefully to see what I will come up with later.
I think I´ll lift some of your creations and add my own touch. And it´s going to
be great fun too see what your other followers create.

4.000 followers is sooo many!

Have a nice friday night and a good weekend!

Hugs
Susan

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW! Congrats on your 4 years of blogging and nearly 4000 followers.
I love the idea of your challenge, that's given me something to think about!
Sue xx

Rhonda Miller said...

Happy 4th Blogaversary!! Wow, 4,000 followers is fantastic. I can't wait to play along.

Lau W said...

You have so nice ideas Brenda !
I will try to participate :-))
Happy blogaversary and wow for your number of followers !!
xxx

Holly Hughes said...

I have just recently found your blog, and I have to say that I really enjoy it. I am amazed at your wonderul creations, and I think that it is truly generous of you to do this. I shared this with my daughter, and best friend, and we can not wait to get started on this! THANKS so much!!!

Holly Hughes said...

I have just recently found your blog, and I am really enjoying it. I am amazed at the wonderful work that you do, and I think it is very generous of you to do this competition. I have shared this with my daughter, and my best friend, and we can not wait to get started to see what we can come up with. THANKS so very much!!

Helena said...

Congratulation on your fourth blogooversary and soon to reach 4000 followers! Lov your idea. hugs, Helena

Jane said...

Wow Brenda many, many congrats! I love visiting your blog and count you as a blogging friend. You are such a talented and generous crafter. I will try to play along with the challenge and I shall start by putting your little banner in my side bar. Enjoy the weekend (I am looking forward to Sunday ;0) xx

Pat said...

What a lovely idea Brenda, congratulations on 4 years and almost 4,000 followers great achievement. Will have to put my thinking cap on for an idea.

Pat xx

walchowDesign said...

Double congrats to your 4th year blogaversary and towards 4,000 followers! You are amazing, Brenda! I was thinking about one of your card this morning and thought I should cased it but I know I can never do it 100% but will try at least a little!

Frea said...

What a lovely idea Brenda, my brain is working overtime already LOL!! Congratulations on both happy occasions and I'm off brainstorming. Oh and I wish you good luck on visiting all of the, no doubt brilliant entries! Have a great weekend sweetie, hugs Frea

iReneM said...

Congratulations on your 4th blogaversary, Brenda :)
It is no surprise that the number of your 'admirers' is approaching 4000 - with such beautiful creations your blog is always a delight to visit.
What a great idea to celebrate with a contest - I know what I want to do but it is another matter if I can pull it off, LOL.
x

Lynne K said...

Almost 4000 followers - what a great achievement, Brenda, very well deserved! And congratulations on your fourth blogaversary! Great challenge too. Thinking cap on..... x

Lisa Jane said...

oh this is fabulous Brenda .. what a fabulous idea... will get my thinking cap on!! and Big Congratulations!!
Lisa x

Crafting Queen said...

Wow, congrats.

Whisper said...

Oh WOW what a great idea and 4,000 bloggers too (i can only dream about that many !!), that is some achievment too, Luv Sam x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Brenda, WOW closing in on 4,000 followers is amazing and so are your beautiful designs. I will start thinking about what I'm going create to join in the fun! Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

Rufus said...

Congrats on 4 years of fabulous creations! That's a pretty amazing number of followers, as well. Will have to see if I can carve out some crafty time to play along. Can't wait to see what all gets created.
R/

Paula (PEP) said...

Congratulations - a super achievement & milestone. I'm not surprised by the number of followers at all - you give me much encouragement & it's delightful to have your virtual friendship. Your banner is on my sidebar with a link to this post even if I don't manage to make anything, though I'd love to. Thank you to for all your generosity.
Much love from
Paula (PEP)

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

congratulations on such a huge following and have a lovely blog to show case your talents. A lovely idea to celebrate with, I know you love poppies so my card will fit the bill.
best wishes for the future. your old blog pal janex

Hanneke said...

Congratulations Brenda! Almost 4000 followers, that's amazing! I love the idea of having this challenge for your celebration. I already made a card for it! I love how you use a lot of flowers or floral images and that is something I am not good at, so I took on this challenge and created a floral card. Hugs, Hanneke

Vicky said...

Wow congratulations hun...and I'm not surprised on how many followers you have too..:o)
Such a great idea about having a challenge...and I must put my thinking cap on now...lol..

have a lovely weekend...and the biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What a fabulous idea, wish I had thought of it! Will have to give this some serious thought, so many options to choose from.

linda said...

congratulations brenda! very generous of you to offer such lovely prizes. there's no way i can imitate your style, but i'll find something i can do. :)
hugs, linda

Andreja L. said...

Brenda, congrats!!!
I see that you loves flowers and I made one , too :-))
You made a lot of beautiful cards with flowers and that I like the most by you!
Hugs, Andreja

Squirrel x said...

Wow hun, that is certainly something to celebrate! 4,000 followers - blinkin' heck! Congratulations of this amazing achievement and your blogoversary too. Love the idea of your competition and you have seriously pushed the boat out with those prizes. Hugs Squirrel xx

Sharon said...

Thank you Brenda for the nice comment you left on my blog and the invitation to join your bloganniversary. Congrats on reaching 4,000 followers!!!! Quite an achievement in four years.

Love your work!

Stamping Hugs,

Sharon

Amelia (mimi) said...

Hiya Brenda, a HUGE congratulations on you reaching 4,000 followers! Well Done! And on your blogaversary!
I've done a post on my blog with a card inspired by your blog design! thank you for a great challenge/giveaway! Hope you like my card!

xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Mimi

Ellapu said...

Thank you for pointing me in this direction. Love your work and I see you as Floral so I have entered my artwork.
Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu

rachel said...

Hi Brenda - thanks for inviting me over - I've had a lovely look around and decided to follow - I'll try ad enter something into your competition - thanks again for inviting me over xx

Sarah said...

Many Happy Returns!! Sarah x

Margaret said...

Hi Brenda. Thanks for popping into my personal blog (Denique Crafts) and inviting me to participate here. Congratulations on the blog anniversary. The first thing that caught my eye on your blog was all these wonderful scenes you create, so my creation for this celebration challenge is made up of 8 (yes eight) digistamps from my store, and I had lots of fun merging them all!
{{{hugs}}}
Margy
Owner: Digistamps4Joy

butterfly said...

Wonderful idea, Brenda, and two completely amazing milestones to celebrate! I'll certainly try to find time to join in... congratulations on your amazing blogging achievements!
Alison xx

Snežana Maricic said...

I like this game.
I don't hope to win, but it is fun to play.
Thanku you.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Congratulations and well done on your blogoversary and the followers and thanks for the fun challenge, I will have to get my thinking cap on
Lindsay xx

Annmaree (Emu) said...

Thats an awesome challenge, Brenda! I plan to get on that this week!!! :D Great Idea

pauline said...

Hi Brenda thanks for your nice remarks i do love your blog its so lovely ,love you challenge , Pauline xx

ionabunny said...

Great idea. I have posted to my blog and will be back with a little creation soon I hope. LOts to inspire here

ileana said...

Hi Brenda, thank you for you invitation to join in the fun :) I´ll try to make something in time, there is more than enough inspiration on you blog, now I need to find the time... And happy bloggaversary!
have a great day!

Gram's Treasures said...

Wonderful idea! I'll try to give it a go when I get back from vacation. Congrats on all your followers too.
Joyce xx

OriBella said...

Congratulations!!! Thank you for you invitation to join in the fun:)Greetings from Poland:)

masonea said...

Брэнда , ты просто супер, задание очень интересное, поздравляю тебя с твоими событиями - это очень достойно уважению, спасибо тебе!!!

ellyscard creatief said...

Thanks for all your inspiration.It's make my days.
I like your flowers.
So I have made a box with flowers.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Gr Elly [The Netherlands]

Beryl said...

I'm not surprised you have so many followers Brenda - you blog and your artwork is inspirational. No surprises from me - it had to be a take on your header.
Beryl xx

May said...

Congratulations Brenda on your 4000 followers and I can see why.. your posts are always full of yummy inspiration... Thank you for the invite to join in the fun!! Hugs May x x x

Shelly said...

Hi Brenda! You have a lovely blog, I am now a follower. I love floral cards too, so will try to play along in your celebration giveaway... thank you so much! Congratulations on your 4 year blogaversary xx

soccermom23 said...

When I saw your banner, I knew it would be perfect the card I entered. I had planned on using red and yellow and I love those poppies. You do such beautiful work. I too like flowers, but don't use them alot. Your work gives great ideas. I will try to visit more often. Congrats on the 4 years and the 4000 followers. I am posting your pic in my sidebar.

Phi said...

Hi Brenda, I just realised that I forgot to add your little celebration pic on my sidebar. It is now there for all to see.

Julie said...

4000 followers, wow,!!!!!
Here's to many more blogging years of friendship! X

Sonia said...

Happy blogaversary my dearest Brenda,I know I won your recycle prize,but if I can I would like to partecipate in your celebration candy,I post my card,I hope you like^_^
Thanks so much and big hug,
Sonia

Jane said...

Hope you like my Floral Fantasy card Brenda. Sending you all my very best wishes and thanks for being a very special lady. Jane x

Mary said...

Congrats on 4 years! Just added my card. I love the butterfly in your blog header so I decided to create a card with butterflies on it. Had a blast playing along.

Wendy L said...

One word or two - Style and Inspiration. xxxx

Merry said...

I certainly will have to put on my thinking cap for this one. Congratulations Brenda on four years in blogland and for constantly bringing such wonderful creations to share with everyone. Always very inspiring. So wish I had more time in my life at the moment so I could keep up with everything.

Wendy L said...

Sorted now Brenda, xxxxxxxxxxxx

butlersabroad said...

Congratulations Brenda, here's to the next four years. I made a card, linked up and added your logo to the bottom right of my blog where I have a candy section. I think I follow you!! Wordpress and Blogger don't get on so I never get a notification of your posts, I just check back every week to see what you're up to. Hope you're having a wonderful Mother' Day today.

Hugs
Brenda

Spyder said...

Brenda this is a brilliant idea and hope to join in very soon! Well done on your blog and all your fabulous creations, and what fantastic prizes!
(((Lyn)))

Whisper said...

What a super idea and i decided to CASE one of your cards, i hope i have done is justice ?, and thank you for allowing me to do it, Luv Sam x

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Congratulations Brenda/ 4.000 followers that's so great. And I always love your art work so much.
And hope to win some of this beautiful material.
lovely greet
Marja

Claire said...

Happy bloggaversary and many congratulations on such a wonderful following, not a surprise as your artwork is always a real inspiration. here's to the next 4 years
love and hugs
Claire xx

pazi.pazi.prste said...

Congratulations on blogoversary and almost 4000 followers!!!I will definately join your challenge, but I'll do a new card, cause these rewards deserve it!!!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Hi hunni, thanks for popping in today to remind me to link up - I've completely forgotten! I hope you will better soon! Lots of warm, crafty hugs :). Joanna xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Hi hunni, thanks for popping in today to remind me to link up - I've completely forgotten! I hope you will better soon! Lots of warm, crafty hugs :). Joanna xx

Elfcrafts said...

Wow! Brenda what an amazing competition. I will be joining in the fun as soon as I can =) Congratulations on your blogoversary and reaching almost 4000 followers. I will share on my side bar. Em xx

Debbie said...

Wow Brenda fantastic giveaway plus a great idea to get us to make something.Congratulations dearie on nearly 4000 followers.Your creations speak for themselves and never fail to inspire.Hope you're feeling brighter today.Hugs Debbie x

CheerDown said...

Hi Brenda thanks for inviting me over to have a look at the competition. I really enjoyed browsing your blog looking for inspiration. hope you like what I made.

Hugs Alli D

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So much inspiration on your blog. Hope you like my card. You have some fab prizes too. I'm sure I wouldn't win the Grand Calibur, which is an amazing prize, but if by the remotest chance I did please choose somebody else as I already have one xx

catherine said...

Wow how fantastic Brenda to reach your 4th year in blogland. such a great pleasure to visit and see your lovely work. thanks for the chance to enter a great challenge with such generous prizes. Congratulations and here's to more years of blogland for you
x catherine

nnalorac said...

Forgot to leave a comment earlier. Have also added a link on my blog, forgot about that too lol! Congrats on all your followers Brenda and thanks for the fun challenge and chance to win fab prizes. Carolxx

Lau W said...

It's ok for me :-))
Thanks Brenada for this fab challenge !
xxx

Leanne said...

Thanks for this opportunity. I've just linked up a card & hope to link more.

AnyOldCraft said...

Can't come up with anything nearly as pretty as what I have seen but will most certainly have fun trying.
Well done everyone :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi B. you are one amazing lady!!

... and to have close on 4,000 followers in four years is simply a testament to this.

Thanks so very much for the opportunity for taking part and most of all for sharing and inspiring as only you can.

It is so much appreciated, more than words can say.

God bless dear B. and may you keep well enough to blog for many years to come, Shaz in Oz.x

Spyder said...

fanastic Brenda and no wonder, super blog, and I just love those poppies, must try and join in!! ((Lyn))

linda said...

congratulations brenda! almost ran out of time (i'm always slow), but i managed to make a CAS card.
linda

AnyOldCraft said...

Woohooo I made a card LOL
Hope I have done it all correctly.
Thank you Brenda I had a blast even if it did take over 4 hours :)

Poornima said...

Hi Brenda..i am your new follower..Congrats on your blog blogoversary and thanks for a chance to win. i think competition is now over so I can't participate but sharing about your giveaway in my sidebar.

Eret said...

Big Congratulations, Brenda! You are amazing and so talented. No wonder that you have so many followers. I'm sure your follower number double up in much less time.
Hugs,
Eret

Lisa Grace said...

So glad you extended the competion, I really wanted to enter and was running out of time! Congratulations on your achievements and good luck everyone who has entered!

Lisa Grace x

Merry said...

Thanks for the chance in your wonderful prize and thanks too for the extension of time. I finely got around to trying out a little brayering for my entry. Congrats on 4 years and an amazing 4000 followers (or close to).

Snežana Maricic said...

Hello!
This time I present my decoupague with napkins. Motiv on this napkins are poppies.
I made a several things,recycling boxes, you can see in my post. Here is an cases for glasses.
I hope you like it.
Snezana-Nena

Snežana Maricic said...

I forgot the most important thing, congratulations 4000 followers and I am honored to be here among them.
Snezana-Nena

lachsekatze said...

I wasn#t sure if I would make it. But I've found this "old" butterfly that I coloured after visiting your blog and that needed a little card to land on. Your blog is one of my favourites.

Rosalee said...

Amazing giveaway Brenda! Congrats on the 4,000 Followers and on your Blogaversary!
My inspiration was the butterfly. I know I'm completely off with the color but I do love butterflies. I also linked to my sidebar and I'm already a follower. Best of luck to everyone and thanks for the chance at this amazing giveaway.
Hugs, Rosalee

 
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