Friday, July 13, 2007

Blog Candy Time....



I haven't given away any Blog Candy in so long I figured it was time! I have some really great goodies to give away this week!!!
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1. A pad of Basic Grey 6x6 paper - and it'll be your choice on which one you win!! As long as I have it in stock that is.....
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2. A bag of chipboard - who doesn't love chipboard??
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3. Some coordinating ribbons - I'll put together a special little bag of ribbons to coordinate with your paper pad.
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All this great stuff and all you need to do is leave a comment on my blog about why you love rubberstamping and cardmaking. Thats it!! Don't forget to leave your name and make sure you check back in a couple of days too see if you won!
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Now for the card details..... this card was made using the Bundles of Bouquets stamp set from My Favorite Things - I colored the flowers in with SU markers and watercolored the water. The dotted paper is from Salsa Paper Padz. I love the bright colors!
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Thanks for looking - and leave your comment to be entered into the Blog Candy Giveaway!!

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Flossie's Follies said...

On my that is easy, always loved creating with my hands I was the #1 finger painter in school, loved getting them in the ink and then on paper, or whatever else was around. I like the opportunity that it give to create with my hands and mind.

Stefanie said...

I love having a creative outlet since my day job is very analytical. Stamping and card making is perfect for that. Also, I've met so many wonderful people through this craft that I can't imagine what my life would be like without them!

Penny G said...

Stamping doesn't come easy for me, so I do it to stretch myself & see what I can come up with. I also like sending handmade cards to family & friends. Love your blog - you're one of the few in my 'favs' folder!

EvelynH said...

I love the creative outlet stamping gives me - I feel "artistic" for the first time in my life! Aside from that, the best part is all of the friends I have made. It is such a great social activity - we get together and stamp and share some laughs. It is always a good time! Love the colors you used on your card.

Cindy Vernon said...

For me, its a calgon moment. Something that I do for me that has nothing to do with my stepkids or my husband or the house or work...there is really a satisfaction in creating something.

broni (waterchild12) said...

Oh yay! I love paper crafting because it allows me the ability to be creative and relax at the same time!

Peggy S said...

Great candy! I love to stamp because it's just FUN. I can relax and just focus on the project at hand and forget the stressful parts about work and life. I love also being able to share the cards I make with my friends and family.

Kathi said...

I have always been "crafty"--wood crafts at one time, then sewing crafts. I wanted to make a special "from the heart" valentine for my husband and it evolved from there..I soon discovered stamping and all the other "goodies" that go along with card making. Now that I'm retired I have lots of time to do things I enjoy. I love making new cards every few weeks and surprising my friends with them.

Kim in IL said...

I love crafting because it just gives me some...."me" time. I also enjoy giving handmade gifts.

April Hall said...

Beautiful card! I love stampind and card making because it is soothing. When I'm having a rough day I always find that stamping and making things relieves stress.

Anonymous said...

I like that it brings me back to the day so coloring on the floor in the living room when I was little. I love that what you make is totally original and can't be bought anywhere. I love the "ooohs and ahhhhs" when you give something to someone and they can't believe you "MADE" it.
Janet
aka Jessica'sMom on SCS

JustMeinIN said...

Let's see....I love stamping because it helps my creativity flow and I don't have to worry about whether or not I can draw whatever image. I love it also because it's stress free and actually reduces the stress in my life. Fun, easy, not illegal, easily shareable, and reduces stress.

Anonymous said...

I cant draw or paint free-hand, so I cheat with stamps! and it is so delightful to be able to create like that! esther

Jackie said...

I have been addicted to pens and paper for as long as I can remember and when I saw stamps and ink for the first time, that's all it took! I can't draw stick people but stamps enable me to be creative without having much actual artistic talent! I also love being able to personalize a card for the recipient instead of having to settle for whatever Hallmark comes up with.

Cathy Whiteman said...

I think it's as simple as I love to color. I'd look dorky sitting around coloring out of a "My little pony" coloring book so I do this instead.

Regina D. said...

This is an easy question to answer. I love to stamp because it's the one thing that I can do in my home full of boys that just about me. I just such a sense of satisfaction when I look at what I've been able to put together. I've also met so many cool people through stamping.

Lisa R. said...

Oh wow great give away.
Why do I love cardmaking/rubber stamping, it would have to be the creative outlet it provides in a smaller area, cards are easier to design and create than spending the time on a 12x12 scrapbook layout.

Well Said Cards said...

I love rubber stamping and card making for a couple of reasons. I really needed a creative outlet outside of my creative job. I also really enjoy the immediate gratification of making small projects like cards. Since I've started my blog, I've enjoyed meeting other crafters that enjoy the hobby as much as me. It's nice to share with others and I really enjoy the feedback on my creations.

Lori said...

i love stamping for the artistic outlet. i also love scrapping, but making a card is a quicker reward!

Sue Symens said...

Instant gratification! Love to see it all come together right in front of me! Thanks so much! Sue Symens

Anonymous said...

I think that stamping and creating lets me have an outlet for the creativity that I don't always know how to show in other ways...if that makes any sense. I can be creative when scrappin' or making a card, but when it comes to other areas of life, I can never get it to show the way I can with stamping! Oh, and of course, I love to be able to have a hobby that connects me to so many wonderful people!

Hope I win!

:)

Linzi
linzi@mindspring.com

Michelle (MilwaukeeMommy) said...

I love stamping because there's no pressure. Well, okay, once in a while I get behind on a project or two, lol!! But not like scrapbooking ~~ I was always interested in scrapping, but was afraid I'd fall wayyyyy behind on my pictures. I'm a couple of months behind now, & all I do is date them & stick them in an album!!! Stamping lets me be creative, use all the fun things like papers & ribbons, but I'm not years behind on my kids photos!

Anonymous said...

I love my quiet time!! the after bed time scrapping and stamping jst helps to relax me!! Once a month a circle of friends get together and take turns at each others houses and scrap and create!
(discuss are husbands and kids alot too!!)Thanks for such a great insirational blogg,,,

Misty Howard

Michelle said...

I love rubber stamping and cardmaking because it helps me maintain my sanity is the fast paced life that I live. It's definitely my therapy. And the result is a little gift that I can give to someone. So everybody wins. :-)

LeAnn said...

I am new to stamping and crafting since I was diagnosed with MS. I find it helps to have something creative to do and helps the mind stay active.

Lynn said...

I love to create things, especially anything to do with paper. It's a great way to kind of "get away" from the everyday stuff, relax and have fun.

dana vitek said...

I just love making a little piece of art to share with my loved ones!

Jessica (jessrose21) said...

I love to create and play with colors and textures. My friends and family enjoy receiving things I make, so it's a win-win situation! It also gives me an excuse to collect rubber stamps and papers. :)

maggie fellow said...

I love to make cards, true. But what I didn't plan when I started was how much fun it would be to tour all the sites of talented people who share and then share with non stampers and watch their eyes light up and think they can be creative after all. cool!
magie fellow

Toni said...

I not only love to make cards, I NEED to make cards! I need a creative outlet, or else I think I'd explode! I've always been a crafter of one kind or another, but stamping has held my interest the longest!

Melissa said...

Stamping and paper crafting brings me a sense of relaxation and accomplishment. It is something that I feel like I'm really good at, and that I can also share with others.

Sheila said...

I love making cards because it's like creating a little piece of art everytime I sit down to stamp. (although sometimes they don't turn out to look like a piece of art - ha!)

PJB said...

I love creating, and also love knowing that I can also brighten someone else's day, maybe put a smile on their face...it's great knowing something that I love to do can also bring joy to others. Thanks to you for sharing your wonderful creations with us, Michelle!!

Amy said...

Stamping is cathartic, which makes me happy. And receiving cards seems to make other people happy, too. Win-Win!

leenda said...

I enjoy cardmaking for several reasons. One is to get away from the stress of the day & two is the reaction of family & friends when they receive one of my cards.

ikkinlala said...

I can't really say that I love stamping (I do it sometimes, but I generally prefer other techniques), but I love cardmaking because it's a great creative outlet and because it means I always have cards handy for special occasions.

Cafe Ink said...

I absolutely LOVE Basic Grey's stuff. I love to stamp as a means of art therapy. My job that supports my habit is so busy and stressful, that stamping keeps me sane. I also love the response I receive when people oen my cards or projects and are WOW'ed. It makes me feel like a little kid.

Charmaine G

jay said...

Well growing up my family was a very athletic family with no one who has any artistic talent to pass on to me...then I got talked into trying to make home made cards...and I thought oh no way..not me, these hands are for catching,throwing and made for dirt and mud...paper, ink, stamps...WHAT!~ I must say that I really got discouraged many times but BAM I made a nice card and people oooed and aaaed over it and it felt sooooo good then I made another and another and more ooos and aaaas and so here I am 4yrs later and I'm making cards and all kinds of other things. Everytime I finish a project, I'm still so amazed that it all came from me...I CAN really do it!

Heather said...

I love having a way to be creative and I just love paper (and CS)- always have. When I was a kid it was Crayolas... as I got older the toys got more expensive but still as much fun. As a bonus my 6 year old loves to make cards with mommy!

Jacki R. said...

Stamping is such a great way to spend time with my friends! It's also very relaxing to sit and make cards and home. It's fun to see the joy that the end product brings to people :)

Ila said...

I've always been into crafts. Stamping and making cards has become my favorite lately. It is my stress reliever!! And there is nothing like recieving a handmade card.

Stephanie W. said...

I love stamping because it is so theraputic. I did a lot of scrapbooking before stamping came into my life, and I must say I don't know how I crafted before!! And, I've made some awesome friends through stamping... what more could a girl want?

Jenn in GA said...

the thing i love most about card making is that i can tailor the sentiment to the person i'm making the card for, not spend 30 min. in the card aisle trying to pick the best of the worst! thanks for all you share!

Barb said...

I've been addicted to "making things" for so long, I think I wouldn't know how to NOT do it! It just seems to be a needed outlet for me.

Thanks!
Barb

Melissa said...

I used to only scrapbook. . .had always wanted to get into cardmaking, but figured that was another hobby I'd have to keep up with. Well, I jumped in a year and a half ago. . .and I haven't looked back. I love cardmaking, because this is something I can do to use my creative juices, but also share it with those I love! It's such a simple little thing yet the recipients are amazed that I made it! I love making them feel special with a homemade card!
Better go get to work on those thank-you's I need to do now!

Kim Undseth said...

I love stamping because its a way to express myself and bless others at the same time.

laura j said...

I love to papercraft! It's a great way to express my creativity. The ideas I come up with can be related to the latest fashions, home decor, colors in my garden.... etc. etc.
Inspiration is everywhere!

Ticia said...

I love stamping and cardmaking because it is a way to share some of myself with others. Being a demo lets me teach others about what I love. It is also my solitude ,my escape from the world.

CAKVD said...

I love to rubber stamp because it makes me feel like a kid again. I can allow myself to not be so serious and to just have fun and try to be creative. It is a fun time that I can share with my 2 year old because she likes to stamp too!
Cheryl KVD

Anonymous said...

I started out as a scrapper, but was hooked on card making the first time I tried it. It's instant gratification without the pressure of creating heirlooms for generations to come. Whew, that's a heavy load to carry! Thanks for the chance to win some fun goodies.
Britiney

Ana said...

Love your blog and all your awesome creations. I love stamping because its a form of therapy for me. It keeps me sane :)

Stacy M said...

I love to see someones face when they open an envelope and see a handmade card just for them. It makes me feel good that I can make someones day and at the same time express myself. It is also fun to see when a lot of stampers use the same stamp and all of the diffent looks you get.

Melanie aka Batgirl said...

I love the sense of community with everyone I meet! and I love creating things! its so fun to sit here na d take some of this and that and make something awesome with it :)

Peggy Maier said...

Stamping/cardmaking is my brain therapy - very relaxing & fun. What else can you do that makes both you & the recipient happy?!

Julie K said...

I love stamping and card making because it gives me a sense of accomplishment in a fairly short time like no other craft can do. With stamps you don't have to be artistic as far as drawing goes - as long as you can wield scissors and markers you can pretty much anything look pretty.

Mercy said...

Easy...it is my "mama only" time! Most of the time the hubby and kids are doing their own thing, so I am able to concentrate and be in my own little world. Ocassionally, my youngest will join in the fun, but only if the GameBoy or GameCube is nowhere around!

Genevieve said...

My mom is the one who introduced me to rubber stamping and cardmaking. That's one reason I love it...because it's something we share. Plus I just love creating cards for people. It's nice to hear compliments!

Kimberly Marcus said...

I think I maybe more of a collector of paper, ink and stamps...I am always collecting. But I do love using all my products also. My job is very detailed and working on tight deadlines, that it's such a great creative outlet for me. I can just sit back and create without meeting a deadline or worrying about details....

So Love your blog, and def. need to collect some MFT stamps...

Kathryn W. said...

I love to make cards and scrapbooks. Like everyone else has said, it such a fun creative outlet, and I just love it when someone said that my work is so cute or pretty. Also, love Basic Grey stuff. I was on their website earlier today, just checking to see what new stuff might be there. (Actually, I mostly hoard my BG. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a specific paper! LOL!

Thanks for the chance to share,
Kathryn Whittaker

Ashley said...

I love rubberstamping because it makes me feel artistic and creative without the stress of actually having to draw or paint from scratch. Plus I've made some wonderful friends both online and in person because of stamping.

Cat said...

You are TOO sweet to give away candy - and my favorite kind! I just LOVE the BG papers.

I love stamping because I can show off a little of my creativity without spending hours on an item. And, I love to share what I do, so even better when I make cards to give away!

Kathyc from SCS said...

Oooooh, what a fun give-away! I love making cards because the ones at the store are so expensive.....

mary said...

Why do I love rubberstamping & cardmaking?

I can’t remember NOT loving to draw, color, cut, and paste. Oh, the excitement of my mother buying my back-to-school supplies – a brand new box of Crayola crayons, pencils, packs of paper untouched by human hands, ungunky paste, and a zip-up pencil pouch for my new notebook. I think I was more excited about these things than the new school clothes. Even before that I remember carrying a tiny spiral pad and pencil with me wherever I went. I would pester anyone and everyone to write or draw something for me to copy. As I grew up, I realized I would never be a “real” artist as drawing is definitely not one of my gifts. However, I was very artsy-crafty – I think I have dabbled in everything from macramé to ceramics to making jewelry to gardening. Then I was blessed with a granddaughter who, as soon as she could hold a jumbo crayon in her tiny little hand, loved to color. It all came back to me - a flood of memories of crayons, paints, paper, and paste. First, (after buying tons of coloring books, crayons, coloring pencils, paints, construction paper, puzzles, and paste for HER) I started making cards on my computer. That was fun and they were beautiful, but I wasn’t getting that hands-on satisfaction. Then I started scrapbooking. Wow, that was mind boggling for a beginner, but I was having so much fun. I made mini albums for my husband & mother-in-law and a few cards. They were BEAUTIFUL and so appreciated. My first 12x12 was a wedding album for my nephew – a surprise gift for the bride. When I asked for photos, I received a CD with 180 images. Needless to say, it took weeks to edit, enhance, crop, resize, and print the photos and make the album. Plus an investment of at least $175. When I presented it to them, they said they loved it. It is AWESOME and everyone who has seen it oohs and aahs over it. But after all my investment of time and money, they never took 15 minutes to send a thank you card. Maybe I’m just a little old fashioned - don’t people send thank you cards anymore? But that’s a whole blog in itself. I could have made a card and spent $50 on their china. LOL

So why do I love rubberstamping & card making? SATISFACTION.
All the above plus you get instant satisfaction when you complete a card (a few minutes to a couple of hours versus weeks for a 12x12 scrapbook for me). Most people who receive a handmade card are very appreciative (more satisfaction). Rubber stamps allow me to “draw” anything I want and then embellish it with colored pencils, paints, crayons, embossing powder, inks, water colors – the choices are almost endless (more satisfaction – I can’t draw but I can CREATE). Plus I get to collect all those beautiful papers, stamps, inks, pens, embossing powders, paints and tools. Even when I don’t feel creative, I love to go to MY room, look at all my BEAUTIFUL stuff, and BREATHE. And before you know it, I feel creative. Last, but certainly not least, I have found a whole network of creative, generous, caring, interesting people who share my passion.

Sorry this is so long. How can one person be AR and have this problem too?

aka TiggersMom

Jennifer Magreevy said...

Wow, what awesome blog candy!!! I love scrapbooking and stamping because it gives me a creative outlet, allows me to show my individuality, and do something besides sit on the couch and watch reruns of Friends. :-)

Shannon said...

I love rubber stamping and crafting as it lets me explore my creative side and relax - I'm an engineer by day so its nice to be creative and not technical in a hobby.

Anonymous said...

love card making and stamping becase it relaxes me at the end of the day..love your blog and your cards
thanks
lisa bauer

K said...

i love the creativity and all the "pretties" involved :) Esp since my job is software development which is very analytical :P

Chris Hauck said...

I absolutely love paper crafting and making cards because it brings out the best of my creativity. Lately I'm limited to the amount of time I'm able to create because I have 4 children home for the summer. Apparently I was placed in the cruise director position. But I really love how each person has a completely different thought of how they think it will look the best. And that opens up the idea that the possibilities are ENDLESS! I just love it!
Chris Hauck

sandie994 said...

I love paper!! I collect it and love to share it by making cards for family and friends. Also it is a great stress reliever and I have made many friends though this craft.

Mary Campbell said...

I have always loved crafts. Just got into card making. Love it so much. I like giving cards for so many occasions. I want to try my hand at scrapbooking too.

Amanda said...

It has ignited a passion in me because I am successful. My last foray into crafting was watercolour. I can't think in watercolour. Anyhow, stamping and creating provides sanity in my little corner of the world.:}

constancemacko said...

I hate to sound like a broken record... but it allows me to be creative. as a chemist - I'm dull (not that I don't love my slide rule and pocket protector!) I love color and pattern and desgining things that say who I am.

Brenda Rudrud said...

Hi. I love rubber stamping and cardmaking for several reasons. First being the tremendous joy it brings others that receive a gift and secondly the peace and pleasure that it brings me after a hectic and stressful day. It just rocks!!!!! It has also introduced me to some very wonderful and talented people in my community.

Allison said...

This may sound horrid but I love it since it is just for me...as a mom, so few things are!

Lynda said...

I really use stamping as a stress reducer! I also have met some terrific people though stamping.

Becky said...

I love creating cards and seeing how the colors & textures & layouts all come together to make something beautiful. Right now, as a SAHM, it is definitely a much-needed creative outlet for me to feel normal on a day-to-day basis!

Rachel said...

It is pure therapy to me. It lets me use the side of my brain that doesn't get used in my real world job.

Heather said...

I've always enjoyed making cards for family and friends but over the past few years I have made many friends who share this interest. These friendships are very dear to me.

SusanH said...

I love rubberstamping because it is creative, you can do so many things with it, you can get ink everywhere, and if you've had a bad day you can just wham, wham, wham!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know....I just love it. When I was first introduced to it I actually scoffed at my friends. I thought what are these grown woman thinking playing with paper & ink...who has the time? Little did I know!! LOL! I certainly find it rewarding and satisfying to make something that I adore but I don't find it easy so it can be a little stressful for me too. I just don't seem to have a real creative flow but that doesn't seem to matter as still try and try and try. I am also more than a little addicted to shopping for the next great item. All those amazing cards out there helps enable me in my quest!
Love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win candy!!
Charlene Austin
(Willow01 on SCS)

lois lane said...

Great blog candy! I love rubberstamping and cardmaking because it is such a wonderful creative outlet! People appreciate a handmade card so much more than a boughten one.

laura w said...

I love rubberstamping and cardmaking because nothing is better than giving a personally made gift. It's so rewarding to make something for a close friend or family member when you know that person so well and feel that you've created the perfect gift. I love making people feel good with the things I make for them.

Kathy W said...

Awesome blog candy!! I love rubber stamping and cardmaking because I can express myself creatively with paper (so many pretty patterns and colors). Also, I am very kinesthetic and love to handle wooden stamps. It is fun to stamp and watch a card come to life. Finally, you have something to send to someone to connect with family, friends, community.

Pattyjo said...

I love card making and stamping because I can't believe how beautiful they can turn out after learning different techniques. It helps me be more creative and I like to show my love for my family and friends through cards.

SmilynStef said...

I never thought of myself as an artist until I discoverd the ability to create with paper and ink ... I love that I can create things that bring me joy and joy to others ... and it's the perfect stress release outlet for me ... there is no stress allowed in my studio.

Anonymous said...

I love rubberstamping and cardmaking because it is such a stress reliever..I'm in my own little world when I stamp. I love sending a handmade card to family and friends as well. You really inspire me..thank you for sharing.

Heather

barb said...

I love cardmaking because it has brought a new community into my life and because it gives me a satisfaction that I never have received from any other art form. I love giving away my handmade work, too.

Thanks for the blog candy!!

barb hendrickson

Melanie Kuzik said...

It is my salvation when life is stresful the creativity of stamping, creativity melt the stress away. I am a RN in the real world and an artist in my little world. I love it as it saves me more often than not plus have met the most awesome people since travelling this road and also love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Robyn said...

There is something so soothing, creative and magical when I get to create a beautiful card or layout that started out just as a blank canvas.

It does feel child like.

I like it so much that I hate to give somethings away...LOL

Dirk, Laura & Ari said...

I love to make cards because I obsess over birthdays! :) I love birthdays and making people feel like they have their very own special day, so I enjoy making cards for everyone. :) Phew! :)

Crazy Stamper said...

Well, it all started with a friend and I watching QVC scrapbooking shows. We were HOOKED on scapbooking. We bought stuff, and lots of it. Still do to this day. Then we went to a local craft store's card making classes. Got HOOKED on this too. They we went to a ladies house and started attending her Stampin' Up! classes. Now we were hooked on SU. We've both become demonstrators. She is a "hobby" and I have classes and sell some to support my habit - Stamping & card making. Got to say I stumbled onto your site from Splitcoast Stampers (a WONDERFUL resource). Love your site. When do you have time to do anything but stamp and post pictures and more...

iteach said...

I enjoy stamping because I can make a card that comes from my heart and is made with a particular person in mind. It also lets me play like I did when I was a youngster!

Jan Scholl said...

It could be cards, it could be making quilts, it could be growing the most wonderful roses. I think its the creativity and individuality that is the draw. Give a box of stuff to 10 people and if no one copies, you will have 10 different looks. NO too tomatoes in the garden, no two paper peicings, no two loafs of bread. It is such a draw to be able to create anything and feel good about it.

Kirsi said...

I like to make cards because it's relaxing and pleasant work. I like to create and see the results. It just is something I need to do.

Nancy Grant said...

It is the satisfaction of putting something together from start to finish. Most stampers that I know or come across are very giving and are encouragers. I love being a part of this community.
:-)

Cathy said...

Great blog and I love your style! You know how to treat your readers with this sweet yummy candy. I love to stamp, cuz I can escape reality. I love making things from the heart and knowing that you brighten someones day. You make people feel special when you add that personal touch to their card or homemade present. Stampers seem to have such giving and sharing hearts.
Thanks for a chance.

Anonymous said...

Hi ! I love rubber stamping because it's something I enjoy and do for ME! I'm sure all you other moms, wives,etc are all nodding in agreement:)
LOVe your blog and thanks for offering blog candy!
Sherri L

Plain and Simple said...

I love having homemade cards to give away. There is such a difference in receiving a homemade card versus a bought one. I usually stamp with a couple friends and love the social aspect of stamping. Thanks for your blog. It's great.

jeannen2 said...

I've always loved to "create" -- sometimes with fabric, sometimes with yarn or thread. When I found stamping, I was able to quickly create something that I could share with others. It's a great release of tension a stressful shift at work!

CherylQuilts said...

Hey, I'm #100. I love your blog...definitely inspires me!!

Tami said...

I am a teacher so I use my crafting time to destress at the end of a long day. Plus, I enjoy seeing people's faces when they receive a handmade card. Thanks for the chance!

Linda Gilliam :) said...

Great card and blog!
I love stamping and card making because I keep photos of my cards and it's like looking at a wonderful historical diary of our lives one event at a time!

Denise said...

I used to be a Paramedic and a very physically active person, went to the gym like 4 times a week (I was nuts!) until I had an accident at work that left me with 7 herniated disks in my back. I had to find some kind of hobby that didn't require a completley active body so I went back to my love of scrapbooking and found rubber stamping after a friend had an SU party. If it wasn't for this hobby, I would have lost my mind a few years ago...TFS!

Angela H. said...

I have always had to be busy with my hands creating something. I have tried it all from basket weaving, painting, sewing etc and then scrapbooking. I swore I wouldn't let this happen but here I am again and what fun! At least with this you always have the need for cards--Right??

kathy said...

I love the way people react to a homemade card.I have met some great people through rubberstamping and the many blogs that are out here.What a great question to ask people.

Crystal said...

I like it because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. It seems like as a stay at home mom who never can complete a project (even getting laundry done all at once), I feel like I don't accomplish anything. With stamping I can get a project done in no time and I get to decide when I am finished!

Anouk Martin said...

I love stamping because it is so relaxing and it is a creative outlet for me. I always wanted to paint, but I can't even draw a straight line. STamping allows me to create art without having to draw anything.

Kristine R. said...

I am always looking for items to make for gifts. Most of them involve papercrafting and some stamping. It is fun and relaxing.
And it is always nice to get a great card that someone has made.

Shelly L said...

I have six sons and stamping and cardmaking gives me a little "me" time to relax and learn new things. It is a great way to make new friends too! Thanks for your fun style of stamping it really inspires me!

Alex said...

Since I was a little girl, I have always love "cut" and "paste." I also enjoy hearing people saying after receiving my handmade cards- "Wow! Did you make this?"

Angi said...

I love stamping and card making because I just love to give to others. It's a really good feeling to be able to share my "art" with my family and friends. It's also fun to challenge myself and see what I'm able to create. Great giveaway. I just love your creations! They're always so inspiring.

stampingmommy said...

What a great question! I love to make cards, gifts and scrapbook because it lets your imagination just go and is so fun to come up with new things.

For the last two years it has been my therapy while my 7 year old has battled a cousin of cancer. To be able to go to the craft area and just be was great. However, I have not had much time since she was my main focus.

Now since I had to quit my real job I am beginning to use making cards, gifts as a business. So that is very exciting to see if it will take off.

Heather
stampingmommy@numail.org

Anonymous said...

Stamping, card making & scrapping is fun! I also do some sewing and what can I say, all of the above are great creative outlets, fun to see what you can accomplish. I have always loved crafting!
Ilene B.

FredSheSaid said...

I am primarily a digital artist/papercrafter relying on digital prints/papers to create my cards. I am getting back to stamping because it provides so many more options and techniques than a digital print can provide. Stamping can expand your creativity and gives my eyes a break from the computer screen ROFL! I love your blog! Beautiful work :)

loves2stamp said...

I love to stamp because it allows for some me time, it's rally fun, and I enjoy making things for others! Thanks for the yum-o blog candy!

scrappintrish said...

I love to stamp because it gets me thinking and it is a way out of the everyday world. I can sit at my desk and just create and not have to worry about anything else. I love to make beautiful things for everyone to see and share with others. :)

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

After being told at school that I was hopeless it gives me such a buzz to start with basics and end up with something that I actually made!! Now it is a very important part of my life and I don't feel useless any more!

Kim B said...

Cute and colorful card! I love cardmaking and scrapbooking, because it my little piece of heaven. I feel so relaxed when I create. In addition, I love to see my boys look over their finished pages. I am so glad I found this great great hobby!

colleen kr said...

Great candy! I love to scrapbook to preserve my kids life stories (after a house fire when I was young, I only have a handful of picture from my childhood). I love to stamp because the artist's canvas is so small, I can create a finished project in a short amount of time. Somehow, it satisfies a need to "make something". Those of us who love this craft, get it.
thanks!

Susannk said...

Papercrafting is my outlet to relax. Having 3 kids it gets pretty crazy but it's nice and relaxing especially coloring the images. I also like the shopping part too. You can never have enough stamps or paper. :)

Kim Kowal said...

Stamping for me is my stress relief. I have always been the creative type so this was a perfect fit for me and I love sending handmade cards out to friends and family. I have met a lot of new people through this wonderful craft and I love it!!

Elaine said...

I'm not sure why I love it so much, but I know that I feel incomplete if I don't get to do something creative each day...I long for it and crave the time to make something!! Thank you for the great blog candy opp!

Carolyn said...

I love stamping for its tactile nature; the papers, ribbons and textures are stimulating and relaxing at the same time. I adore your blog, I've recently found it! What an "almost daily" dose of inspiration. Thank you!

Do you ever teach in Rochester NY?

jodene said...

I find stamping very relaxing. I love that there is such a variety of product out there. I also enjoy that you can do sooo... much with your stamps. Thanks for sharing your creations with us!!

Pat S. said...

Hi Michelle!
Thanks for offering up some Basic Grey...my favorite, favorite, favorite!

I'm so glad to hear the Infuse has come in...can't wait to get mine!

What I like about stamping and cardmaking...it lets me appear to be creative when I don't have an artistic bone in my body :)

Colleen, PA said...

I just love that salsa paper you used...I was immediately attracted to it and bought 12x12 and the paper pad. I can't wait to use them.
I love cardmaking because it really takes my mind off of everything else. I work in a high stress profession and it is nice to lose myself..you know, when it feels like 2 hours but it's really been 5. :)

JulieHofer said...

I love coming up with my own designs for card making & journals. And, everyone loves homemade things! Thanks for a chance to win some awesome candy!!

Linda (LSN on SCS) said...

Your card above is very beautiful! I just love the colors you chose.

I love card making and rubber stamping as it is a creative outlet for me. My real job is very detail oriented and doesn't allow for much creative thinking. I love the instant gratification of seeing something beautiful easily go together with paper, ink and embellishments. My other favorite hobby (beading) doesn't go together so quickly (and since time in my life is a huge factor) rubber stamping is my go to hobby.

Linda

Ida said...

I love the bright colors on your card too! - I love stamping & cardmaking because it gives me an outlet for my creativity and also brings happiness and smiles to those who receive my cards. I also enjoy inspiring other people's creativity. Ida

Leslie said...

I love the creative outlet that both of these paper crafts allow. I usually make my cards and LO's for someone else, so the giving aspect of it brings me much joy. Thanks for sharing with us!
Leslie

Suzy said...

I love stamping because I can lose myself in the pretty colors and textures and actually make myself slow down and do selfishly something for *me*, that I can then give away selflessly to make someone else feel nice. Funny how making something for others can help oneself so much.

Anonymous said...

I love card making and rubberstamping because it allows me "me time." I also like to send homemade cards rther than store bought cards. Oh, did I tell you...I also have an addiction with shopping? Rubberstamping and cardmaking allows me to feed my addiction.

Debra E said...

I love getting so into a project that I lose all sense of time. Going through a rough patch is made easier with stamping.

Connie said...

I love paper, always have. I love to create and time flys when I am stamping. All your cares of life are gone.

TzeMixMediaDzne said...

It's the creative outlet. It's the ability to truly express me. . my feelings, without being locked into some premade sentiment. It's the smiles on the faces of the receipients.

scfranson said...

Wonderful blog! I love stamping and cardmaking because I get to use my creative side and customize a card for the person it's going to. It gives me some quiet time and I love to play with color.
Claudia

#1volunteer said...

I can not draw a straight line to save my life. With rubber stamping that doesn't matter. I can create beautiful things even though I am not exactly "artsy". I love giving gifts I made myself and my friends love to get them.

Angel W said...

I love stamping because I love to send cards and I love crafts and creating. I have always loved PAPER. So everything combines to make this a hobby I can't get enough of!!!

carpe_diem said...

WOW! I have only just begun to really get into stamping so I often find myself surfing for inspiration. Your site always inspires me to try something new.

Thanks
carpe_diem

Tracy said...

I have always loved stationary and pretty paper, which has turned into a full blown stamping addiction. I think the reason I love it so much is because it is something I do for myself

Pattie (SCS Name Luv2Smile) said...

Wow! 138 comments have already been posted!! Luv that it creates memories ~ smiles ~ gifts ~ friendships ~ blessings ~ bonding ~ insipration ~ fun ~ retreat ~ the only time I look forward too cleaning up pieces of paper, glue, ribbon, tape, chalk, ink, bleach, and a million other things left behind after stampin and scrappin alone or with friends!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Great blog candy! TFS! I just love making cards... I don't really know why. Maybe because I can't really draw, but I love creating and I love paper. Used to collect writing pads and envelopes...

foodpartyfun said...

I have always loved putting a personal touch on gifts that I give and making my own cards just adds that little extra touch of love to my gifts.

Pat

Márcia Mattos said...

Great blog candy!
I love making cards because it's very relaxing and I love giving my cards to friends.

Hugs
Marcia

Trudi said...

I actually started stamping as sort of physical therapy, believe it or not. I had a serious neck injury, and while put on 6 very different and powerful medications, my physical therapist was worried about my emotional health...so, she encouraged me to "try" to do something more at night than just go straight to bed after a painful day of working. Since I was an avid scrapbooker prior to my injury, I decided to try a new technique on each layout, giving me a bit more of inspiration. I self-taught stamping, and made many poor choices in my initial purchases. I ultimately attended a SU workshop and that was it for me. I found myself mending emotionally as well as physically, and had something to look forward to doing! What I like about card-making, is that I should be able to make a card fairly quickly...I tend to work very slowly on my scrap pages, so to be able to finish a project in one night (cards) is a bonus! I like the choices of product on the market and the versatility of a good stampset! You can make many many different things with one image!

Thanks for taking the time to share on your blog!

Trudi

Anonymous said...

I started rubber stamping about 5 years ago when I was introduced to it by a co-worker. She was so excited to have me to a demo party, because she did not know many people who would even try it. Well, one party and I was hooked. My sis has played around with individual stamps, but until I expressed how great it was, she decided to give it a try as well. Well now it's my form of stress reliever and a phappy place for me when it has'nt been a great day at the office or just to make something from my heart for friends and relatives. Everyone I make a card or project for or enjoy sharing how to, just gives me a feel that is hard to explain. One of accomplishment and joy! Thanks for the great blog and all of you wonderful creations, they are truley inspiring! Dorothy Freber

Renee said...

What an easy question! I love to be creative and produce something that I can give away to others. It's the one thing in my life right now that is for ME! With a 4 year old and a 2 year old, it's how I take care of myself and do something I enjoy. Since motherhood is so much about other's needs. I love it!

KayellWY said...

I became addicted to rubber stamping when I decided I wanted to make my own cards for giving. I love the entire process of "creating" and coming up with something pretty. When I create a card, it's almost always with someone in mind. I feel that the card is a gift in itself. It's a tiny piece of art. :)

Karen L.

Wife2TJ said...

I love it b/c it makes me happy. It lets me be creative and puts a smile on others when they receive what I have made. What's better than that?

ReneeK said...

I love stamping and papercrafting because it has made me an "artist." I'm left-handed and should be naturally creative and well maybe I am...but I have never been what I considered "artistic." (I'm the one who can't draw a stick man.) There are no "mistakes" and no art teacher telling me that what I've done is "right or wrong!"

Nancy said...

I think all of us are creative in some way or another! Cardmaking and other papercrafting lets me do my thing without having to draw a straight line; it lets us express our creativity without having to the infinte design work.

Christine said...

I love rubber stamping because it is so versatile and creative. I love giving hand-made gifts and now I have a hand-made card to go along with the gift. Also unlike some other crafts (knitting, crochet, sewing) you can spend a relatively small amount of time and come up with something great or of course you can spend a lot of time on it too. It fits into my schedule no matter how busy I am.

Laura Gray said...

I love the creativity and playing with friends. I like to be challanged and learning new techniques. And love to look at others artwork because it inspires me to just keep stamping.

Barb T (Scs btexpress) said...

Hey Michele
The thing I love about stamping is, it allows me to be creative
plus relaxing. I love to come home from work and whip up a card or too either for my workshops or some occasion. Love your blog
and your beautiful work. Barb

Rachele Funk said...

I love scrapbooking because it helps me consider the memories I'm creating for my family. It also helps me to outwardly express my inermost feelings . . . one's I'm not likely to freely express. I love papercrafting because it is forgiving and offers itself to everyone!

Heidi said...

My Best Friend from University introduced me to stamping / card making in October 2006. This was soon after I decided to finally stop drinking and get treatment. I have a rough year with the physical problems associated with drinking. On top of all of that, I need a hip replacement at the age of 33!

Stamping has kept my spirits positive, bringing my best friend who is on the East coast (I am in CA)and I even closer.

IT has enabled me to start becoming that person I really was before I started drinking. I enjoy showing my creativity and of course I love the compliments I get from the cards. That really helps with my self esteem.

My hip replacement surgery is finally a go, on July 20. Two days before my 34th birthday. But the more important birthday is my first year of sobriety which I will celebrate in Hawaii on October 6 2007.

My sobriety is due to my will power to live, my friends and family, and stamping!

Heidi

heidiburt@sbcglobal.net

Bevie Pearl said...

Stamping and cardmaking have brought me many friends into my life that I would have never known otherwise. It is also, my creative outlet.

Lisa C. said...

I love stamping and crafting as it helps keep me sane, between a very messy divorce and dealing with a psycho ex, then moving 1500 miles away, then being a SAHM to 4 kids in 4 schools, I needed it! I love crafting!

Donna B. said...

wow - you're popular Michelle! I love to stamp because there's nothing like the appreciation from the recipient of my handmade cards. It brings me joy

shuggy said...

i love rubberstamping and card making because it makes me be creative and helps me escape from stress of everyday life for a while!

Sara said...

I love cardmaking and stamping because the end product to give to someone is always fun and quick sometimes... The feeling I get when someone gets something homemade, Wonderful!

ejones said...

I like making cards because of the instant gratification of finishing a project. I love the homemade look and have always liked getting homemade gifts...to know that someone took the time to MAKE a card instead of just picking one up at the grocery store. Thanks for the chance at some candy.

The Stampin' Soldier said...

What a cute card! I think my favorite thing about stamping and scrapbooking has to be the friends I make doing it. And don't forget the blogs!

Stamp4hobby said...

I love making cards because it's art. I love sending cards to people I love and care about. :)

jennifer said...

Stamping is my "me" time. It as nothing to do with cooking, cleaning, laundry or even parenting.

Every so often a group of get together to chat, share ideas and chat some more. I've made some very good friends through it.

Melissia said...

There is so much I love about stamping. There are millions of stamps out there so the sky is the limit on what you can make. I love that I can use stamps with cardmaking as well as in my scrapbooks. I enjoy making handmade cards rather than buyng them in the store.

-Melissia

Anonymous said...

Well, I just love it cause it makes me feel happy and creative! I am inspired by so many bloggers out there, like you!
Geny C. (aka Mommy Geny on SCS)

Ghazal said...

Well, it's simply a real fun, and also i become happy when i see smile on the face of the ones i give my cards to.
Thanks for the yummy blog candy :)

Pat S. said...

Hi Michelle!

Thanks for offering up some Basic Grey...my favorite, favorite, favorite!

What I like about making cards is that it takes me back to my childhood. I grew up with Captain Kangaroo. I loved when he brought out the shoebox and we got to cut and color and paste!

Anonymous said...

Stamping allows me to express my creativity! It's also lots of fun!

Kristina Lewis said...

I love how relaxing cardmaking is and the feeling that I'm creating something!

Kim Ross said...

I like stamping because I like to feel artistic despite my lack of ability to draw. Plus, cards always make someone's day. :)

Dede Rhodes said...

I love te quite time at night and the creative aspect of card making.
The instant gratifiction is a plus.
I love your website and all that you do.

Dede Rhodes

Simply Stampin' said...

It's my therapy. I've always been one who needs to be creative to feel complete. Stamping and making cards helps me to fill that need. I also love that I can finish a project the same day I started!

Heather Leech said...

I love stamping for many reasons. It's a creative outlet that I haven't had for a long time. I have also met so many great people over the years. The 'me' time is so needed, and with my hubby being so supportive, it's been great 'therapy'!
I love your blog and your amazing creations!!
Heather L.

Sharon said...

I just found your blog and have enjoyed browsing, and just saturating myself in the creativity~ I've been stamping for almost ten years; it continually amazes me that my enthusiasm for and joy in this craft has not flagged, but has increased! Being a part of the stamping world has opened up a new horizon for me as I explore websites, blogs, magazines, etc. or just sit & stamp with friends!

Kim said...

I enjoy sharing cards with friends and the beauty of scrapbooked photos is second to none! Stamping is also a great way to relax and enjoy a quiet moment. The best part? Making wonderful friends and sharing the hobby with them!

Carol F said...

Rubber stamping (and scrapbooking) has always been a stress reliever for me....I just love playing with ink, paper, ribbon......well, off to play!

Carol

Lauren Pittman said...

I love rubberstamping and making cards because its kind of like therapy. It relaxes me, calms me and is just a creative outlet! =)
-Lauren

Anonymous said...

I love to create - it does not have to have to be cards, it could be an ATC, a painting, a quilt - I just have a need to create. Di

chelemom said...

I love to scrapbook and make cards as a stress reliever. It is "my" time! I really didn't start making cards until about a year ago...I was primarily a scrapper! Then I figured I had the supplies already...so why not?

tanja said...

I can't put my finger on it, but I'm 43 years old and LOVE to show my Mom and say, "Look what I made!" I'm always astonished when things turn out well. I was hooked the first time I tried it.

Jolene said...

I love giving handmade cards and stamping is a stress reliever for me.

Dawn Mercedes said...

For me...I love being able to make something for a friend...that shows my love and appreciation for that person. Each project is special and created for someone specific in mind. I love the fact that I can make something and then SHARE it with another.

Jackie W. said...

There are too many reasons to list - but I'd say most importantly I love rubberstamping as a creative outlet and to show love and heartfelt thoughts to friends and loved ones. Thanks! Jackie W.

betz said...

I have always loved crafting since I was a small girl and I love the instant gradification you can recieve with stamping that ahh ha momment that you get. I'm very lucky as a chef I can create by day and as a rubber stamper I can create by night. I have met so many talented people and great friends through this hobby.

Michelle said...

It takes my mind off my boring life and brings joy to others who may also have boring lives!

doverdi said...

Oh that's an easy one. The reason I love cardmaking & rubber stamping is that it allows me to be creative & it also gives me a release from the day to day stress. Having health issues that no longer allow me to work this makes me feel productive & gives me pride in accomplishing something. Plus it has opened the door to new friendships for me that I will always treasure. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

Divine Design said...

I love cardmaking because it's fun and creative and a stress reliever too! I also love to see people's expressions when I give them with my gifts.

clbstmper said...

What's there not to like??? It's a huge relaxer for me! The ideas are endless and visiting all these blogs is so inspiring and fun! I love looking at a creation and then coming up with my own take on it. I have withdrawal if I don't have any get togethers with my friends. I'm so very addicted!

abundantlife said...

Staming is a great creative outlet.

mandyslack@eastlink.ca said...

I love stamping because the opportunities are endless, and it's quick and easy with instant gratification.

Linda SS said...

I love creating cards for my family & friends because I am giving a part of myself to express how important they are to me. I find it fulfilling, relaxing & it brings me joy.

melissa roth said...

Because it's instant gratification. I tried taking up sewing and other crafting outlets, but I prefer something quicker that can be completed in an hour because my time is always limited.

Ashley Mumford said...
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Ash said...

I'm a stay-at-home mom and I love stamping because it's my creative and social outlet. I have friends that come over and we stamp together and goof around. It's my time and I get to be released from motherhood while I do it.

Kenna said...

I love how it gives me time to unwind and not have to think. A great break from all my other jobs (Mom, wife, office).

Sarah D said...

I love rubber stamping because it makes me feel like a kid again!!!! I always loved arts and crafts time in school just now I thing mt stuff looks better and lord knows it takes way more $$$$$$$$$ to cut and paste!!! what is not to love about that? shopping and getting to be a kid again!!!!!!!!

and what a great card you have made!!!

Karen (aka Karen Stamps! on scs) said...

I love stamping and paper crafts because it's such instant gratification. A short spell at the stamp desk and there's something lovely to look at (and give away). Of course sometimes it's a longer spell than others, but most of the time I can get a card done in an evening or afternoon. I also love how I can personalize a card or a gift for someone.

Pat S. said...

Hi Michelle!

Thanks for offering up some Basic Grey...my favorite, favorite, favorite!

One thing I love about stamping is the community that I have met. I was fortunate to go to a convention last year. I couldn't beleve...hundreds of women, all with the same affliction, I mean addiction, that I have :)

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