Monday, March 7, 2011

Nature Walk and Blog Candy Time!!!

Hi Everyone!

What a special day it is today!! While I wasn’t looking, as I’ve been busy with other things my blog counter went over 300,000 hits!! That is cause for a Celebration I’d say.What do ya’ll think? Think we need some Blog Candy??? I think we do!!

First let me tell you about my card here. I am showcasing the Nature Walk Set from the Mini Catalog (one of my favorites) and tried a bit of faux linen here but then decided to Emboss with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder. I am lovin’ this look! How about you?

Nature Walk in Early Espresso 006What I did was take a piece of Glossy Cardstock and took my Sanding block and drug it one way across the Glossy finish. Then the other way. Wiped off the dust and proceeded to add some Baja Breeze and Early Espresso. Yummy together!!

Anyway this is the result of me laying around with a bit of color and then dry embossing it. I added some Antique Brads and some Seam Binding Ribbon and there you have it. Like the shredding of the Seam Binding? So delicate looking. Hope you like it.

If I can help you with any of your stamping needs don’t hesitate to contact me at the top right of my blog. I’ll be more than happy to help. You can also shop at my online store too if you’d like. We’re having a Sale-a-Bration there too. You might not want to miss it.

Now back to the Blog Candy. I think you know where I’m going with this, right? Seam Binding, Bow maker….you got it. How about a roll of Seam Binding and a Magic Bow Maker?!? Sound good? Just leave me a comment telling me why you would like to win. I will announce a winner on Friday afternoon at 12 noon EST.

Good Luck Everyone and thanks so much for your continued support. Love you guys!!!

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94 comments:

Rose said...

Congratulations on hitting the 300,000 mark, wow, that's a lot of fans! Love your work and blog, of course you make fabulous bow. I love your blue whispy bow, just precious.

Karen Moody said...

Wow, love it! I like the tip of sanding the card stock which gives it that extra vintage look. I'm going to have to try that, plus you have enabled me to get that stamp set :>). Bows are a challenge for me, so I'd love to win the bow maker. Thanks for sharing.

Janet Anderson said...

I love your card!! I would like to win the bow maker so I can make beautiful bows too! Thanks for your inspiration!!!

Rita said...

Wow! Love that card. I'd love to win because I am bow challenged. I can never remember the proper way to make pretty ones!

Evie Shambley said...

Beautiful card, you are very talented. I love your work and your blog. I have this stamp set and can't wait to try it. I also make alot of bows but have just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left thumb and would love to have your bow maker. Your bows are beautiful. Keep up the great work.

Linda Allen said...

Lee - love all of your cards. I'm a new Stampin Up demostrator and am so glad to be part of a great group of ladies that share their ideas. Thanks again for everything. Congrats on your blog post...

LuvNlife said...

Gorgeous card Lee! Thanks for sharing your creations and also the chance to win your bow maker.

Shirley Kramer said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful card! I think anyone would love to be a winner!! I certainly need a Magic Bow Maker, your bows are always so elegant. I didn't know they were made with a Magic Bow Maker!! That means I could make one also!! WOW!

Donna Bagwell said...

Lee,

Congratulations on 300,000! As usual, your card is beautiful.

sucor said...

Congratulations on having over 300,000 hits! What a gorgeous card! I'm going to try your tip of sanding the cardstock. Your bows are always lovely. Thank you for the chance to win a bow maker!

Shelly Schmidt said...

No surprise- I always love stopping by and being Wowed by your blog! Congrats! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful bows too! Thanks for the inspiration.

A Touch of SOL said...

CONGRATS! Love the color combo! Thank you for a chance to win a Magic Bow Maker...

Anonymous said...

Hi Lee, Congratulations on the milestone! I'd love to win your Magic Bow Maker, my bows tend to need some help. They are never perfect, unlike yours... I haven't used the binding yet and would love to see what it's like. Thanks for the chance to win and congrats again!!!!

Paige Gonzalez

Launa Bustamante said...

I have been following your blog for a few years now, and just love your work and style! I could pick it out anywhere! I so would love to win your fabulous bow maker and the seam binding (to practice), so I can make such elegant cards like you. I woul also like to add that if I was closer, I would probably be your best advertising friend, because I would sign up as a demo under you and still take all the classes! Please continue to share your talents and thank your husband everyday for all of the neat insidious hedoes to help support you.
Blessings,
Launa

monieb213 said...

I've been meaning to buy one of your bow makers and a few card stands. If I could 'win' the bow maker, it would be that much better!

Congrats on the Big 3-0-0! ;)

Twila said...

You make such beautiful bows!! I've tried and tried, but just can't duplicate what you can do with the bow maker. I would soooo love to win one! Congrats on getting so many hits! 300,000 hits! Really? WOW! Great job. Keep up the good work!

Rose said...

Hi Lee! Gorgeous card! AND CONGRATS on 300k hits! Woohoo to you! I would LOVE to win the magic bow maker!!!! I really hope I win! ;)

xo, Rose

Kathy Mc said...

Lee, your card is gorgeous and love the look of the fringed bow tails. Have always been envious of your awesome bows so maybe mine would look like yours if I had one of your bow makers. Hope I win, hope I win. Would also be a happy winner of the seam binding as haven't tried that yet. Didn't think it was as nice as ribbon but everyone seems to love it…and it looks beautiful. Congrats on your 300K hits!

Judy DiScipio said...

I'm so glad you used the bird cage stamp from Nature Walk. Your card is the first one I love. Beautiful card indeed. I've referred several stampers to your website because of the wonderful card holders I bought from you. They are wonderful for displaying my cards at Stamp Camps.

Debby said...

What a cute card Lee! Would love to win your bow maker, my bows are so sad looking, even a cheater method is a sad site. I would be thrilled to have a nice looking bow on my cards. Have never tried the seam binding but am seeing such neat bows done with the binding, love the ruffling you can do with it.
angel hugs
Debby

Libby said...

What a fantastic milestone, Lee. Congratulations. I love the card too. I must tell you most of my Aussie friends wich they had a bow maker, like mine. If I won a bow maker I'd give it to a friend.

tory said...

Congratulations on this milestone. Being a newbie to stamping, I'm having a difficult time making bows and knots. Your bows always look perfect. I would love to win one of your famous bow makers and Thanks for the opportunity.

Colleen said...

Congrats on the milestone. Thanks for a chance to win some candy. I would love to win the bow maker so I can beautiful bows like yours. Tying bows is often very frustrating for me. By the time I get it right, the ribbon is often all wrinkled.

Tj said...

As always, your card is absolutely beautiful! I love how you think outside the box. Nothing you make is ordinary. The bow maker is something I have my eye on... I have never been able to make a bow - hopefully your little gadget will change all that for me! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!

Amy Rogers said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I will definately be casing this one! Thanks for sharing.
Amy
amysstampincreations.blogspot.com

missy said...

WOW! What an accomplishment! But I can see why!
Your bow maker has been on my LOOOONG wish list! I am the WORST bow maker! It is so hard for me to do a pretty bow! So, just MAYBE I will win one of yours!!!! Thanks for sharing another awesome creation and for being so generous!

Vonnie said...

Congrats to you! I have been wanting your bowmaker really bad and I love the seambinding. I see your bows and I am so jealous so it is not a matter of just wanting I need to have your bowemaker to have great looking bows.

Kathy H said...

Congrats on the 300,000 hits! I'd love to win to try and make a bow like you. Thanks for the chance.

Kathy said...

Congratulations on a great milestone...300,000 hits!!! I would love to win this bow maker...my bows are well.....we won't talk about it!! hehe

Kathy C.

Lisa Bohler said...

Congrats on your milestone in blogging! I would like to win because I am always looking for ways to make a better bow! Love how yours look so I'd like to win a bow maker!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog - your bows are so perfect - I need to win cause my bows take as long to make as the card takes - LOL - seriously my bows usually need some attention.

Robbijune @ yahoo . com

Lisa Tyndall said...

Congratulations on hitting 300,000--that is wonderful. Love looking at your cards and new creations.

Mary Campbell said...

Congratulations! That shows you how much we love your cards and all your posts. Thanks for sharing your blog candy. I would love to win this for my mom. She just celebrated her 85th birthday and loves to make cards but her arthritis makes bow making difficult.

Cassandra said...

Congratulations on your milestone! My eyes went straight to that gorgeous bow and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win a bow maker! My bows are pathetic and this little tool looks like just the trick for professional-looking results!

Ilene B. said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the technique, always looking for something new! Love the seam binding, especially the Baja Breeze! Thanks for a chance to win.

sherryd said...

Lee,
Your cards are always an inspiration to look at. You are very creative and your bows are always very special. I would love to be able to make bows like that.

Estelle from Hernando, MS said...

Lee, I love your card....... I had thought I didn't need that stamp but I think you have changed my mind about it. I would love to be a winner of your bow maker......
Congrats on your milestone of 300,000 visitors.

designbydonna said...

Love the colors and look of this card. And I am so lovin' the seam binding ribbons. I have admired the double bows you make and would LOVE to WIN your bow maker so I can do them too. Congrats on 300,000 visitors.

Mary said...

As always your card is beautiful! Would love to win some seam binding and a bow maker too! Mary

lisa808 said...

300K-Wow! Congrats! I would like to win your blog candy because I am 'bow challenged.' Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the 300k hits - that shows you're really creating wonderful cards!! My bow making skills are awful and the bow maker would help me tremendously. Thanks, Debra

Sherry said...

OOOOH I would love to win your bow maker!! I am bow challenged and this would be a great tool to take my cards to the next level! I love that you've fringed the ends too! Congratulations on hitting 300K that's so cool!!

Kathy said...

Congratulations, Lee! You get us all looking at your blog because of your wonderful creations. Thanks for always being there for us! I'd love to have one of the bow makers...

Kimberly S. said...

Congratulations on reaching 300,000!! That's awesome! You make beautiful creations and inspire me daily!! I would love a bow-maker to give to my girlfriend (I recently bought one, so I'd like to pay it forward to her!), and who doesn't love seam binding!!! Thanks for the chance to make 2 ladies very happy!!

Missy Owen said...

Congratulations! Your work is so beautiful and I love your bows!! I have never worked with seam binding and would love a bow maker!! Congratulations again!

Renee said...

beautiful!! and congrats on reaching 3000,000 your blog rocks! hugz n blessings.

Debbie said...

Congratulations on hitting 300,000 Leigh!!! You ROCK and so does your bow maker!!!! I signed up thru FeedBlitz to receive emails as soon as you post a project! I love them!! Everyday I look forward to seeing your fantastic work! I would love to win your bow maker!

kel said...

i love the colors on this! congrats on your hits! i suck at making bows and would love to learn how to do them:) looking forward to your next creation!

ArtisticInkspirations said...

Congratulations Lee on SOOOO many hits...wow..300,000!! I would like to win, because I have a heck of a time tying bows, and so do some of my friends, and I've used up all my seam binding !! I also have a granddaughter into "designing" and would like her to try our seambinding on some of her designs.

Kim Singdahlsen said...

Congrats on 300,000! I do my best to send people your way because you do beautiful work! In fact, this Friday, I'm doing a blog post focusing on bows - and you'll be mentioned!!

Cindy Engle said...

Your work is such an inspiration to me. The bow maker would definitely save me stamping time! Thanks for the chance to win.

Mum of 4 said...

Congrats on 300,000. You do great work and I check every day to see what creative thing you have created. would love to win a bow maker. Thanks for the chance to win. I do love the seam binding ribbon as well.

Gail S. said...

Lee - First congratulations on so many hits on your blog. You truly are inspiring and love to see what you create all the time. I am "bow challenged" and have always such a hard time getting my fingers to turn just the right way to make a bow! Would love to win a bow maker to help me with my handicap!! Thanks for the chance to win {{{hugs}}}

Shari said...

Hi Lee.

Absolutely gorgeous. Love your work, and you are an inspiration to all of us still new to SU and older reps I am sure as well.

That is why you are at the mark of 300,000 and will only keep growing!!

Love making bows for my cards, but have bad hands, so the bow maker would be a plus to have. Thanks for the opportunity.

Annette J. said...

Lee, congrats on your milestone! You have a very inspiring blog, so expect to reach 500,000 very soon!!
I too love the Nature Walk stamp set and I appreciate seeing what you have done with it, beautiful!!
A bow maker would be very helpful, as I am a lefty, tying bows in a righthanded world!(meaning my bows always seem to come out backwards)LOL!!

rhonda prater said...

Congrats on your milestone with your blog. I would love to win the major bow maker. I have a hard time making bows and yours ALWAYS look so great. I would love for mine bows to look great too.

Handcrafted By Dawn said...

Congratulations on your hits and I know there will be many many more! After tying 40 bows for party favors this past weekend I have realized I tend to be "bow-challeneged"; one of your bow makers would help over come this challenge :-) Thank for the opportunity to win some blog candy!

Susan said...

Beautiful card! I love the silver look of it, I thought it was metal at first! Thanks for the description of your technique. Now I need to get a sanding block, lol! I would love to win one of your bowmakers, because your bows are beautiful! :)

ktstamps said...

Congrats! I love your blog...I case as many cards as possible...you are da bomb! I hope it's my turn to win this wonderful bow maker! Pick me and have a great day! Happy birthday a little late! kt

Anonymous said...

congrats on your blog numbers. I would love to win the bow maker. It would make life so much easier.

Sherryfrogy541948@yahoo.com

Sara Storey said...

Congrats! Your blogs are always so much fun. You do the cutest stuff! I already have a magic bow maker, so if I won I would give it to one of my stamping pals. All of them have used my bow maker and think it's wonderful ... and THEN all her friends would order magic bow makers from you. So, you see, choosing me is really a solid BUSINESS decision. It's the smart choice. :D hehe

Love ya!
Sara

Carol said...

Congratulations on so many blog hits...but then of course you have a fabulous blog so not surprised! I would love to win the Bow Maker as one of the two wonderful friends I stamp with does not have one of your great bow makers...I would happily give it to her....thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Wow Lee, that card is gorgeous!! Congrats on 300,000 hits. I am not surprised, you do amazing work and I love being subbed to your blog. I would love to win some seam binding and a bow maker. I don't have any seam binding yet, and I can't tie a bow to save me! It took me about a month and many failed attempts to finally be able to do Mary Brown's brad bows right. I am a serious fumble fingers. If I could make a pretty bow with your bow maker, anyone could. What an endorsement that would be!! lol

Gayle said...

Your cards are so distinctive with your beautiful bows! I'd love to win the bow maker and perhaps my cards could be as lovely - at least the bows might be!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Great blog.
marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com

Jane Boardman said...

Hi Lee. Congrats on reaching 300,000! I'm not surprised at all because I come to your site quite often to get inspiration. Your work is beautiful and I love this card! I always wondered how you made such amazing bows (mine are quite sad looking so I rarely have bows on my cards), and would love to win your bow maker and be able to brighten my cards up with beautiful bows!

Streed said...

Congrats! It's no surprise to me...you're blog is so WORTHY! Would love a chance to win some blog candy (never have before). Seam binding and your bow maker would be perfect!
Kristi

Sherrie Robinson said...

Ok, I'll jump in here. Lee, you have incredible talent. I so love your projects. Wouldn't mind the bow maker either. I think if I showed it, alot of my people would love to have one too. I think the hands on approach works well for most. Enjoy your sun! Can't wait to get to FL at the end of the month.

Lori Mueller said...

WOO HOOOO! Congrats on hitting 300,000. I do say that I have put my share of hits on your blog...I always find inspiration checking out what you've shared. TFS!

Ruby Taylor said...

Your card is beautiful, Lee. Congratulations on passing the 300,000 mark on your blog counter...WOW!! And, yes, I would love to win your bow maker...still struggling with mine...lol.

Carol Hardie said...

Lee ~ I'm not surprised that your blog has been hit over 300,000 times. Your talent is endless...love your work. I am a hobby demo and most of my stampers are bow challenged so I usually tie all their bows so they do not get frustrated. Your bow maker would be fabulous to win!! Thank you for the opportunity. Either way, I will continue to enjoy your blog and soak in all your talent. TFS

thestampinglady said...

Congrats on your accomplishment! Awesome card today, a technique I want to try. I am a very happy subscriber to your blog. Sure don't want to miss anything.

Mitzi Luttrull said...

First let me say that I think your card is very beautiful. I would like to win one of your bow makers because it would allow me to make not only perfect bows, but it would speed up the process and cut down on the frustration. Even if I don't win this, thank you for offering it to your viewers.

Karen said...

Woohoo - congrats on the post milestone! Love your card - very vintage & rustic looking. Would love to Winn one of your bowmakers - I mainly tie knots because I don't get the bow right.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blog hits. You desrve every one of them! Your work is excellent - ALL the time. Thanks for the blog candy opportunity. My daughter stole the bow maker I bought from you... so I really do need to replace it. She lives 1500 miles from me, so it's not so easy to just run over and borrow it.
anteupju at yahoo dot com

Brittani Nguyen said...

Congrats on 300,000 hits!!! What a mile marker! I'd love to win the candy, I've never used the seam binding and am eager to see what the bow maker can do! Thanks for the chance!

Nicki121986@hotmail.com

Leslie said...

Why would I like to win? Because I love the seam binding ribbon.... and I am totally hopely when it comes to tying bows.... I usually end up doing knots instead of bows as I just can't do it.

Thanks,
lcanuel@shaw.ca

Sylvia said...

I've seen so many fab cards using seam binding that I'd love to give it a go! Congrats and that for the chance.

Patrice H said...

Thanks for the great tip on the Faux Linen tech I can not wait to try it!!! I use to love making bows but my thumbs are beginning to get too sore to make them all the time now a days so I would love to win your blog candy. PS I totally know why you have over 300,000 hits... YOU ROCK!

Cynthia said...

First of all let me say that I love coming to your blog everyday. I stop by a few of my favorite blogs each day with my cup of coffee and see what new creations have been made to enspire me for the day! Second, I would love to win your blog candy, because I am trying to get a small collection of ribbons together and i find that the seam binding ribbon works really well on cards and I am having a tough time learning how to make simple bows, so the bow maker would be super great. I have thought about purchasing on for sometime, but on my salery, find it hard to purchase such an item, just for a hobby, when it should be spent on bills or food for my family. Even if I don't win, I still enjoy stopping by each day and checking out your blog!! Good luck to everyone!!

Kyla said...

Congrats! I love coming to your blog and looking at all of your wonderful creations! And of course those bows are always to die for!

ScrappyHappy said...

I love seam binding and I would love to have a bow maker! I have tried using a spatula with the tines separated, but it didn't look so great. Your creations are divine! Thanks for all your inspiration!

ScrappyHappy said...

I love seam binding and I would love to have a bow maker! I have tried using a spatula with the tines separated, but it didn't look so great. Your creations are divine! Thanks for all your inspiration!

Tiffany Bauer said...

This card is just awesome!!! Love everything about it!! I will be featuring this on My Crafty Picks #7 on 3-13-11. If you wish to decline please email me at trbauer@insightbb.com

You do not have to put me in the drawing for you blog candy, I just could not let this card/post go by without letting you know how much I love it!!! Anyway I have one of your bow makers and just LOVE it!!!

Take care

Christine said...

Congratulations on you blog! Thank you so much for your ideas and inspiration. I would love to have your ribbon maker!!! Pick me pick me!!! Thanks for the chance at winning blog candy.

Carol Westover said...

Congratulations!! So I'm not alone in thinking your work is the best ever?? Would love to win one of the bowmakers!

Hugs and thanks,
Carol

Anne Heard said...

Congra's on reaching 300,000. I have copied alot of your ideas for my stamp camp. The ladies love what you come up with. The bow maker sounds awesome.

Anne Heard

Sandy said...

Lee, your card is beautiful. I never thought of using the sanding block that way. Congrats on 300,000hits. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy. Hugs, Sandy

Diane (DeeDee) said...

Lee, congratulations on hitting the 300,000 mark. Your work and your bows are wonderful. I am certainly bow challenged so I would love to win the bow maker. TFS!

Terry Iverson said...

Congrat's on hitting over 300,000 blog hits, though it doesn't surprise me. I love your ideas and look forward to what you have to inspire me toward my stamping ideas.
I am so inexperienced with bow making and would love to win!

Sue said...

Hi Lee, I would love to win one of your bow makers. I bought one but I would love to win one for my daughter. She fell in love with mine. Thanks for all your great products and giving us a chance to win. Sue Speigner

Megan Betts said...

Hi!
I have been a lurker for a while now, and I really enjoy reading your blog! So much inspiration! I would love to win the seam binding and the bow maker! I became a demonstrator in November and had my first workshop in January. We used the seam binding, but the bows I had been (trying) to make before hand did not turn out so well! It would be great to have a tool to help with that! Also, I LOVE the seam binding. I wish my business was bigger so I would have an excuse to buy it all! Thanks for the opportunity!

chuch said...

I'd love to win the bow maker, as I can't create any bow consistently! You have so many great bow ideas with the bow maker I'd love to try!

Carol Smith said...

Lee, I have been a fan of yours for quite some time now. Congratulations on your 300,000 mark.You make such quality cards and I just love your vintage styled ones. I am bow challenged at times and would love a go to tool in my stash for just those moments. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. I am looking forward to 400,000.