January 13, 2009

time for some blog candy...

That's right! It's Blog Candy Time! First of all, a HUGE thank you to all of my readers - you have all been so supportive and kind with all of your encouraging comments. This past year has been such a fun journey for me and I've grown so much as a stamper/card-maker/paper crafter. Your kindness has helped me find a place where I am comfortable and excited to show off my little hobby. Thank you all SO much.

Ok, drum roll.... Here is your candy!

Included in your candy today is: 1 Friends & Flowers Simply Scrappin' Kit (unopened and brand spankin new), an assortment of Almost Amethyst Prints designer series paper (double sided, 12x12 sheets), a yard or so of amethyst polka dot organdy ribbon, an assortment of American Crafts paper (double sided, 12x12 sheets), 2 boxes of American Crafts coordinating embelishments, 1 roll of coordinating American Crafts ribbon, 2 Hodgepodge Hardware kits - almost complete (missing the square frames and a few brads, sorry about that) in aged copper and antique brass.

So what do you need to do to get your hands on all this fabulousness? Just leave a comment! Leave me a comment telling me what your biggest dream is for 2009 and I'll pick a random winner on Sunday, the 18th. Please be sure to leave an email address for me to contact you in case you are the lucky chosen one. Everyone is eligible to win, both near and far, so sign up! I'd love to hear from you.

Good luck!!



  1. Hi Karen, I love reading your blog, I absolutely love your style, you're very inspiring.

    My biggest dream for this year is to just live life to the fullest and enjoy the small things.

    I hope 2009 is good to you.


  2. I would love to get settled into my new home. I got married in April and moved to a new state, leaving my teaching position. So far I am subbing, but I am looking forward to making more friends and working full time. Bring it on!

  3. I'd love to spend more time creating, but most importantly just spending time with my BEAUTIFUL little family and watching my gorgeous girls grow!!!!

    Oh and Karen... what an amazing stash of goodies!!!


  4. i have two dreams for 2009, and i have already gottena glimpse (and its onl january). Like alot of people, i have aquired debt that i ma kissing goodbye!!! Another dream os to be successful in school, i need to really focus on the overall goal instead of just passing this one class. Thanks for sharing your creations, i know they have inspired a couple of my own. Happy 2009!

  5. My biggest dream is to find an answer to my son's health problems. He has epilepsy that was caused for viral ensephalitis. Medications, so far, can not control it. We live with one to three seizures a day. I would love for some medicine to help...or most of all, the seizures to stop without the use of medicine. Surgery may be a possibility, or not. A lot of unknowns. We are thankful for a wonderful neurologist that will not give up.

    pscole3467 at gmail dot com

  6. my biggest goal for this year is to find a job in marketing. i was laid off in December and want to find employment as soon as possible.

    I also want to find balance between a new job and my craftiness!!! I want to be sure I still have time for all that paper!

  7. i have a whole list of goals for the year - but, they can be lumped together in one easy saying ... "Share Happiness"

  8. Hello first of all thank you for a chance at winning some awesome blog candy! Keep up your great work...you are so creative! My biggest wish for this year is, that my husband can keep his job!

  9. Love your blog! Just found it recently and your cards are SO cute.

    My biggest dream for 2009 is for health for my family.

    Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary!

  10. My biggest wish is that my family stay healthy and happy in 2009. Thanks for all the inspiration you post on this lovely blog.

  11. What an awesome giveaway, so generous!

    My biggest dream for 2009 is to try to stop stressing, to stop being so indecisive. To be happy.

    I hope your 2009 brings you much happiness, too!

  12. Hi Karen,

    My biggest dream for 2009 is to be better at focussing on the good things in life, and not spend so much time sweating the small stuff IYKWIM!

    I love checking out your creations. You have wonderful style and your creations are always gorgeous.

    Best wishes to you and your family,

  13. What a great giveaway!

    Dream-I have many... :) Organization, card-making skills, photography, lose weight, etc. LOL!


  14. Congratulations on your Blogaversary! Wishing you another great year! My wish for this year is to find some inner peace. I have hope and will work towards it. It's never easy, but such is life! Congrats again!
    (peggstone at gmail dot com)

  15. My biggest dream for this year is to get my life better organized- time wise, clutter, priorities, I'm going for it all.

  16. My biggest dream is to make my cards look just as great as yours!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! my 2009 goal is to CHILL OUT and just relax. i also want to go from a hobby stampin up demo and try and make some money ;)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Happy Blogoversary! My biggest dream for 2009 is for my husband and myself to get in shape and live a healthier life. I think we are ready - wish us luck! (Also, more time to stamp would be great, too!)

  19. Hi Karen,

    My biggest dream for 2009 - to give my all for my little ones. We have a 5, 3, 1 year old and 3 month old twins. They were a bit of a surprise and my hope is that I can make this year just as special for the 3 oldest as it would have been if I could have devoted to them the extra attention that now is divided up between the babies. Lots of energy dreamed about here :)

    Thanks for giving me a moment of pleasure when reading your blog. It's something I can do even while feeding a little one!

  20. Hi! My biggest dream is that my family is "together" again!!!


  21. To enjoy life to the fullest! =)

  22. Hi Karen

    My biggest dream for 2009 is definitely to stick by my resolution of leading a healthier lifestyle!!

    So far so good but we are only in January lol

    Thanks for the chance to win

    Julie x

  23. Firstly, I like to say I love your work. :) You're an inspiration to me.

    Now for my dream... or should I say dreams... :) the main thing I guess is to stop buying so much craft stuff and start using them to creatively. :P

  24. Hi Karen

    My biggest dream for 2009 is definitely to try and get my work published.

    Thanks for the chance to win

    Kim x

  25. My big dream for the year is getting the credit card payed off and having no debt except the mortage. Making strides every month with any luck this will be the year!

  26. HI, i just found your blog - I really like it! My biggest dream for 2009 is to sell my cards so that I can create more cards. Wish me luck!

  27. Karen I could dream that I could make as stunning as cards as you but on a serious note - it's my 5oth birthday this year so a time reflection, am re-joining Weight Watchers - goal 10kg loss, decrease credit card debt (this will be harder than losing weight) & the easiest one from a stamping point of view do more challenges & become a better stamper.

    All the best to you & your family for 2009
    KarenR (from New Zealand)

  28. Hi Karen,

    Awesome blog and blog candy!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    I have many dreams for 2009. My biggest ones though are getting out of debt, staying on my way to a healthy lifestyle, stamping more with what I have on hand, spending more time with my family, the list goes on. I'm a dreamer what can I say. Here is my email address: kowal6211@verizon.net
    Thanks, Kim

  29. Wow! What an amazing gift. My biggest dream for 2009 is to get out of debt... that's no east task for a paper crafter! I have been good on 2008 about not ordering too many stamp sets,but for 2009 I really want to scale back on the paper and embellishments too.

  30. My biggest dream for 2009 is to get in better shape, find motivation,make the time with loved ones count (everyone is so busy),just try to be happy and healthy in the new year. Also better time managment, I am recently retired(my husband let me etire at 46)and am having time with the days being too short.

  31. Wow! My biggest dream is to live a balanced life in 2009.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

  32. Hi Karen,

    First of all you have a great site and I love your creative card ideas.

    My dream for 2009 is to "live in the moment."

  33. Just found your blog! Love it!

    My biggest dream for 2009 is to have a home big enough for our family and a nice stamping space. Would LOVE to not go into debt with our home (especially in these economic times). Extreme Makeover Home Edition where are you???!!! You said dream, so there you go!

    Thanks for the opportunity for some great candy!!


    c1amato at gmail dot com

  34. Karen, I love all your projects. You are kind and talented! I just want to enjoy the small things more. I've learned w/ the economy that we have to have fun doing different things! Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. Love your projects! I visit just about daily but I don't leave many comments. With candy this sweet, I just had to leave one! LOL

    Keep up the beautiful work!

  36. wow - lots of goodies! Thank you! I visit your blog daily! You are very talented!

    My dream for 2009 is losing weight and feeling great!! (That rhymed!!)

  37. Hello Karen!
    My biggest dream, which I know is becoming a reality, is the rebuilding of my marriage. We've been married for 22 yrs. this year and have grown apart. With the kids growing up and going out into the real world, we realize we have not spent as much time on our marriage, so we are getting back to the "being in love" part. I am so looking forward to that!
    BTW, love your blog,
    Elizabeth Kratzer

  38. I love your blog, your work is truly inspirational!

    My dream for 2009...to really slow down and enjoy life. To live in the moment and be truly thankful for the blessings that God has given me!

  39. Hi Karen,

    Just got to your blog through kwerner... Loved the Color Inspiration card and thought I'd go through the rest too. Chanced upon this blog candy post. Though posting to some place as far away as India is going to be very tough ;-) I thought I'd enter anyway. Just kidding! I never win.

    My biggest dream for 2009 is to be able to create at least a few cards of international standards so that I can start something like a little business back here in India to make and sell quality cards! I am still very new and my skills limited so I am dying to learn.


  40. My dream for 2009 is lap-band surgery so I have the opportunity to better spend the future with my children. I look forward to a happy and healthy life.

  41. Wow! What great candy!!! Thank you for offering it!
    My dream for 2009 is to get organized!!!

  42. my big "crafting" dream is to be published. I'm hoping to accomplish this goal in 09!!!

  43. Congrats on your great blog. I enjoy reading it.

    I have a few goals - to take more time to play with my kids, as well and start walking more.


  44. Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy visiting your blog daily and checking out your latest creataions. My goals this year are simple, in my crafts to use what I have before buying more and to make a complete stamp image inventory. In life, to be more active and enjoy time doing little things with my DH. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome candy. jmniffer

  45. I just love visiting your blog and this is great blog candy. My dream for 2009 is to be able to have a baby.

  46. Karen,
    My biggest dream for 2009 is to continue losing weight. I lost 25 lbs. in 08 and have another 20 to go for my goal. I am striving for more balance in my life.


  47. I love your blog...stalk it daily:o)

    My biggest dream for the new year is to relax as a mom. I am expecting baby #4 next month and have been an extremely grouchy pregnant chic:o( I just want to have fun as a mom and enjoy my family!

    mommy_mollie (at) yahoo (dot) come

  48. My goal for 2009 is to enjoy my children more. Slow down and listen better.

    Your blog is beautiful. I am so glad that I have "found" you!

    Thank you for sharing your talents. You are an inspiration.

  49. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas. You are an inspiration!
    My biggest dream for 2009 is to cook healthier and encourage my family to exercise more..me included!!! It is important but not as fun as stamping!!
    Happy Day,

  50. My biggest dream this year is to find a job that brings me closer to the field of public health.

  51. My goal for this year is to continue to provide support for my husband who has gone back to school at age 49 for his Master's Degree. He's still working full time and doing this. A lot of my support includes leaving him alone while he studies, which means more time in my craft room! LOL! Thanks for a great blog. I look forward to visiting it regularly.
    Lynne H

  52. I guess my dreams for this year would be to build my SU business more, and to just chill out and stop yellibn' at my kids so much!

    I love all your cards! You give me lots of inspiration!


  53. my goal for 2009 is to make big leaps toward living debt-free. and man is it hard with stampin' up's new catalog coming out soon!

    sarah j.

  54. Hey there!
    Okay, my biggest dream/goal for 2009 is to find BALANCE.....with putting God first, followed by family and friends....especially my girlfriends :) I want to be A LOT less selfish with MY time and be MORE generous to the needs of others. There you have it !
    (from sandibrubacher@yahoo.ca)

    Have a great day !!!!

    PS love your blog :)

  55. What fun stuff! My biggest goal for 2009 is to find more *me* time. My hours at work have changed and I had a baby, so my time is gone! I would like to find that time to just do the things that I enjoy while fulfilling my family's needs as well. Thanks for the chance! :o)

  56. My bigggest dream is to be happy with what I produce cardmaking, spend less on cardmaking and spend more time with family and friends.
    Tamara C from Adelaide Australia

  57. my biggest dreams for 2009 is to start a family... hopefully we will have a little bundle of joy this year. :)

  58. my biggest dream? of, I must be to find my true love:)

    greetings from Poland

  59. My my what a fab give-away! Happy Birhtday, Anniversary, Day etc....
    My biggest dream for this year is to finally get in good physical health, to reach my set goals. Get some order in my house-keeping and to reconcile with my oldest daughter who I luv very much.

  60. My biggest dream is to be able to raise the money to allow my daughter to follow her dream to play water polo for our national sTertiaide in Russia later this year.

  61. my and my husband's dream is to bring a little one into our family-Our First!! (hnnhpst@yahoo.com)

  62. My biggest dream this year is to be proactive in volunteering my time and saving money.

  63. Hello ther! Love all the things you do, thanks.
    My dream will be, having a stamping room and TIME to creat!

  64. karen,
    My dream is to finish my doctor of pharmacy degree finally! and enjoy my children without getting stressed with them. Of course, I'd love to improve my SU business and get our group to have meetings again, maybe quarterly?? I'd love to get my cards to your level but at least I've got you as inspiration! What a great sideline.

  65. Hi Karen! I love getting your updates, you have such beautiful cards and ideas!

    For 2009, I want to get into our new home and get ORGANIZED. Once and for all. And keep. it. that. way.

    Congrats on your blog anniversary!

  66. I love your blog, I have been a silent reader.. Thanks for sharing. My biggest dream for 2009 is to go on a trip with my husband and I for our 10th anniversary.,.. without kids.
    lizzers26 (at)gmail (dot)com

  67. I love your ideas and watch your blog.

    My biggest dream for the year is to just relax and enjoy it. I get too uptight about things sometimes. A trip would be great too.

    emily_albrecht at hotmail dot com

  68. Karen: I always love coming to your site for inspiration. You always do such a great job, and I ALWAYS say "oooooow" whenever I see one of your projects.

    My biggest dream is more a goal...I'm attempting to read through the Bible. I'm so behind, but I'm going to press on. I have never done that, and I am intrigued as to what it says. Wish me luck!!

  69. Wow, great blog candy!

    My biggest dream is also a goal - I want to really learn how to be the best nurse I possibly can so that I can enrich other people's lives through my own.

  70. Thanks for always providing such adorable inspiration! My biggest dream for 2009 is to see my nest grandchild born!

  71. Thanks so much for the chance to win some great goodies! Biggest dream is to have the strength to keep both my sick parents looking forward! Lauralee talascam@rogers.com

  72. Biggest dream for 2009: Win enough money to finish this home renovation! To get the sizzix bigshot and all it's dies! Loose 10lbs...Thnak for the chance to win and for dreaming!
    Sylvie G

  73. I just found your blog recently and I love your creations. I have subscribed and really enjoy looking at the new posts every day.

    My biggest dream this year is to continue to be happy and have my kids achieve everything they set their minds to accomplish. And in regards to my superficial dreams, I would love to get all the Nestabilities and a bunch of Papertrey stuff!

  74. Wow I just found your blog tonight from the color inspiration challenge at Kristina's blog. You've got great samples!

  75. I added you to blogs I follow a couple of days ago because I was so impressed with your cards.

    My dream for 2009 is to hear my 3 1/2 year old autistic grandson say "I love you mommy" to my daughter and hope that it will only be the beginning of a flood of language that is waiting to be released from his precious lips.

  76. My Dream for 2009 is to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!! I am tired of teaching and want a new career!!! Just don't know what it is yet!

  77. Congratulations on your year of blogging! Thanks for sharing your talents with us. Your site is in my favorites so I check your site every day.
    My goal for 2009 is to live each day to the fullest and never leave things unsaid to others! Even though my boys are grown and left home, I still tell them I love them!!
    My biggest dream for 2009, would be to try participating in some challenges. The uploading pictures and starting a blog of my own is very intimidating. But maybe some day my dream will come to a reality???
    Thanks for the chance to win some great candy!


  78. My "biggest goal" for 2009 is to enjoy my family and the time I share with them. All too often we rush through our days, trying to get from one thing to the next, without taking the time to simply live the moment... I hope to live in the moment, laugh lots, and enjoy my each day!

    Thanks for sharing your talents, I love your blog!


  79. Wow! This is some fantastic blog candy! My biggest dream for 2009 is a recovering economy for the US!

  80. One of my bigger goals is to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. I am going take the time to let my husband know how much I appreciate him & all he does for us (his family). He is such a hard worker & I LOVE him so dearly. I hope he feels the LOVE. He lets me spend all his money on my craft & stay up all hours of the night stammping! :)

  81. Wow! What fabulous blog candy! :D I would have to say that my biggest stamping goal for this year is to submit cards for publishing and to do more with my SU! business! :D Thanks for the chance to win!

  82. My DREAM for 2009 would be to get my house and stamping area all neat and organized. Tnaks for the chance to win blog candy and for your wonderful blog.

  83. hi
    what nice blog candy!
    my wish or dream 4 this year is 2 grow as a person - both careerwise, personally and craftwise... i would like 2 develop as a crafter, dare 2 make bold statements with my cards and with my person...
    i posted u on my blog

    my e-mail:
    the norsugirl@hotmail.com

  84. Hi Karen
    What a selection of beautiful products you are giving away as blog candy, I hope I am the successful one. Well 2009, I have decided to make more me time, that means really more time to stamp and make cards and scrapbooking pages.
    Thanks for sharing you beautiful creations.

  85. My biggest dream would be to improve all the relationships in my life. Especially the one I have with God! Thanks for the fun and inspiration!

  86. Love your blog, thanks for the chance to win great blog candy. I want good health for my family this year. Would also like to have next years Christmas Cards done by November!


  87. Hi Karen, what a great blog candy giveaway! My biggest dream for this year is to start a travel account...I pay off my car next month and want to travel more now by plane to somewhere hot!! Have a wonderful day :)

    Maureen from B.C., Canada,

  88. I am not one for resolutions, but this year I have decided there is no more procrastinating. I have too many piles of stuff that I need to get to. That is not a great stratagy for life. So now I will clean up the piles before I sit at my craft table.

  89. I just love checking out your blog, thanks for sharing your beautiful projects!
    My dream for 2009 is that the economy picks up so we can get regualr paychecks again and not have to always be conscious about money! For my SU business my dream is to have some people on my team to play with!
    thanks for the chance to win!

  90. I enjoy your blog! I want to cherich and enjoy time with my family this year! Be more organized with my crafting so I can accomplish more! Thank you!

  91. First of all, I love your blog, and want to thank you for the chance to win some great candy.
    My biggest dream of 2009 is to retire so I can spend more time stamping. ;-)

  92. My biggest dream for 2009 is for mine and my hubbies company to grow and do even better than in past years. So far we are on a good track!

    Thanks for the chance at the fun blog candy...love your blog!

  93. Wow I just found you from KWerners list. Congratulations on the milestone!

    To sum up it up in one:

    Get my life, health,business back on track and functional.

    Other than that: Time to create and share joy and blessings with those who cross my path.

    Jean Fitch
    Stampin'Up! Demonstrator
    Southern Oregon

  94. What a lovely collection of candy!!! My husband and I recently moved into a new home (that is a fix-er-up). My dream/ambitions/wants is get it completely finished this year - yet still have time to stamp. :o)

  95. Thank you for such a wonderful blog. I love visiting your site, and hope my luck changes with your giveaway. I never win anything, EVER!

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  96. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome blog candy. Your style is amazing. Very inspirational!

    My goal this year is to stay positive and be thankful for everything I do have.

  97. My biggest dream will probably sound shallow - but it's what I really would like. I'd love to have a fantastic blog set up -- and so many card orders it'd make my head spin -- oh, and of course there's always world peace.
    Elaine Moore - mtn.moven.faith@comcast.net

  98. My biggest goal for 2009 is to do well in nursing school! I am currently set to graduate in March of 2010 and would like to do it with a 4.0. Thanks so much for your wonderful blog and blog candy!


  99. My biggest dream for 2009 is to do good in school and to graduate in Oct. 09. Thanks for the opportunity to win some blog candy!

    email: Laydii_cintah@yahoo.com

  100. My biggest dream for '09 is to reach my goal weight and keep it off, so that I can feel better about myself. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

  101. Wow what awesome blog candy. Congrats on your blog anniversary! My biggest dream for 2009 is continued good health and happiness for my family.

  102. My biggest dream for 2009.....I'm going to "Carry Forth and Live My Dream". (that's my tag line for 2009-as I end a conversation with my co-workers...I remind them to Carry Forth and LIVE their dream!)

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win your FABULOUS blog candy. Kadielabadie@charter.net

  103. Thank you for the offer. I hope for a special pray request for a family member to be answered in 2009. Have a wonderful week! Windy Ellard

  104. My biggest dream is to be pregnant with my first child by the end of 2009.

    Thanks for the chance!

  105. I'm new to your blog and am inspired! Biggest dream for 2009: is to learn more about photography and to continue raising my children to be God fearing individuals.


  106. First of all, thankyou for all the projects you have shared. You are incredibly talented and are an inspiration to a lot of people.
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter your draw for blog candy.
    My biggest wish for 2009, would be
    that my 3 teenage children be healthy and happy.

  107. I love your blog! You're one of my "must reads"!!!

  108. I love your blog!! One of my biggest dreams for 2009 is to get completely organized so I can enjoy the little things and not be so stressed.

    Susan Lanthrip

  109. Hi Karen! Love your blog and card style! Congrats on your blogiversary!! My dream for 2009 is to spend more time in my craft room creating! Thanks for sharing with all. Dawn

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  111. Wow! What a great gift! My biggest wish for this year is to enjoy life more and worry less. God has been good to us and I need to just learn to enjoy the gifts we are given.
    I love your blog. thanks for sharing :)

  112. My biggest dream so far is to get organized!!! I am working on it!! Love your blog and thanks for all the inspiration!!
    Happy blogiversary!!

  113. I've just discovered your blog and love your cards! My biggest dream for 2009 is to have lots of free time to spend with my daughter and to stamp. jenns@peak.org

  114. Congrats on blogiversary. My biggest dream for 2009 is to get the other 3 parts passed for the CPA exam.

    Thanks for the chance to win some great candy.

  115. Congrats on your 1-year blogaversary, Karen! Thanks for a chance to win some awesome blog candy.

    My biggest dream for 2009 is to begin selling my work.

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  117. Hi Karen! Thanks for sharing your creations with us. My biggest dream for 2009 is to be pregnant before the end of the year....only time will tell!


  118. Wow! Awesome blog candy. My goal for 2009 is to get my house in order. I find that I am so much more relaxed and enjoy doing more things when my house neat and tidy. Then I also don't feel guilty when I sit and make cards - that's a bonus.

  119. Hi Karen-
    Thanks for the creativity you share with us! I love checking out your blog at the end of my busy day!

    My dream for 2009 is health and happiness for family and friends.


  120. Karen,

    I absolutely love your blog and think it is set up so well. It is easy to navigate and has such good examples!

    My dream for 2009 is to continue to do God's will for my life and not stress so much. I am a mother to 4 boys ages 6 and under. Sometimes I get overwhelmed, when I shouldn't.