Monday, December 10

Ornament Blitz #10, praises to the crop and 10,000 visits

I know you think that I have gone crazy, but it will all make sense. So here is today's ornament. Is that penguin not the cutest thing hiding under the Santa hat? Well this wasn't my idea. I saw it on the blog of another A Muse girl, but I can't find it now. Please let me know if it was yours, so I can give credit where it is due. I looked all over my craft room to find something new and creative to make an ornament with. I sacrificed the lid of a jar of Primas. So far my Crop-A-Dile has really only been used to set eylets and some holes in chipboard. I was a skeptic and didn't think it would punch through this thick metal lid. Boy was I wrong~ cut through like butter. If you don't have one, go here NOW!!

So on to the blog candy! I can't believe that I have had 10,000 visits to my blog. I began my blog with one reader and that was only because I would tell her to go check it out. Then I think she started feeling sorry for me, so she started leaving some comments. I began participating in AMUSEAPALOOZA and things took off. I got to know some of the other participants just from the comments we left on each other's blogs. I bit the bullet and hosted my first swap on SCS. Many messages later, I began the A Muse Addicts Club thread. And of course we had to have a Yahoo group. It just amazes me that one little blog has allowed me to meet so many friends from all around the world that would have otherwise been strangers, but now they are FABULOUS friends. Thanks girls!!

What has blogging given you? I would love to hear your stories of how either writing your blog or reading others has enriched and/or inspired you. Leave a comment by Friday at 9pm EST.
I am also throwing in some A Muse ribbon to the prize pack ~ forgot to put it in the picture.

Stay tuned tomorrow for an ornament and sneak peek ~ all in one!


ETA: The Penguin idea was Lexi's. Thanks Penny !

27 comments:

PennyH said...

Hi Michelle! Cute ornament! I love that little penguin with the santa hat. I think I saw it on Lexi's blog before.

Jen said...

Too fun! Congratulations on reaching 10k hits! I love reading your blog and those of other A Muse girls. I love the ideas, and also the friendships that have developed!! Fun fun!
Thanks!

stampinvicki said...

Congratulations on your 10,000 hits!! How exciting for you!! I don't have my own blog but love reading everyone elses. I've learned so much from them and have gotten so many ideas. Thanks for sharing your penguin ornament. It's so cute!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!

I get so many of my card and scrapbooking ideas from blogs (including yours!). Every day or two I go into my favorites list and visit all the blogs I enjoy the most (yours is on the list!!).

Elyss
elyssjennings@eastlink.ca

Anonymous said...

I think it is a great ornament. Thanks for always sharing your ideas. Kristen

diane mcvey said...

Wow, 10,000~~that is fabulous!
I love to read blogs, it makes me feel connected to other stampers, and I get so much inspiration from their creations! It's just such fun to see all the beautiful things online, I enjoy it very much!
Diane

Tobey Shepherd said...

Hi Michelle! Congratulations on hitting 10K!! WOW!! Will I ever hit that number?? I'm only about 750! What I love about my blog is being able to share my creations with lots of people, and to get feedback from other scrappers, stampers and bloggers! I love reading other blogs, they give me so much inpsiration, and I now have a huge list of them since joining the a muse addicts yahoo group!! I am so amazed that people from all over the world read my blog and see what I have created, it certainly make you realize how small the world is becoming! Keep inspiring us!! May you get 10,000 more hits times 10!!!

Cathy said...

Congrats on 10K! How exciting it must be. I don't have a blog...I'm just a blog surfer. I love visiting blogs for inspirations, ideas, and to learn new things. Your ornament is just to cute...love that penguin. Great blog candy you are celebrating with your readers.
Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Bluemoon said...

Congratulations. My blog is non-evolving because my scanner is not working :(... I have loved visiting blogs, to see all the new and new to me products, stamp companies, techniques, tips, and tutorials with pictures - you see I'm technically challenged with descriptions only. LOL :) ... blogs have inspired me greatly. Thank you very much.

Linda SS said...

I am sure enjoying your cute ornaments! I love to read blogs - there are so many really sweet and creative people in the paper crafting community and it's so much for to see their creative work, learn new techniques, and inspire & encourage one another.

Littlekel90 said...

Just found you today from Alison's blog . . . I really think it is cool how we all have a little community of stampin' bloggers. I agree with you about meeting others from all over the world. That has to be the greatest part of blogging. I am in a group of Stampin' Sisters (more info at my blog on that too) that are from Australia, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada and the US. I think that is the coolest! Congrats on your 10K hits--that's terrific, too, and your penguin is dear! :) Kelly

tyrymom29 said...

I love that little penguin HEs too cute !!! I dont think you have to wonder why you have so many visitors look at your work my dear ....You have great talent ....!!!!!!

"Jany" said...

The ornament is really cute. Never thought of creating something like that. Well, for the candy... I've learned from reading other's blog some techniques and I've aquired sense of color combos. I'm quite bad trying colors but once I see that it looks good, I try them out.

Blogging has given me some sense of self confidence. I tried sharing the works I do, even those I don't like that much or I'm insecure. It has worked out so far. I even worked my first tutorial.

scfranson said...

Congratulations, you have a wonderful blog. I don't have a blog but visiting all the blogs gives me lots of inspiration. I just love it.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

CAKVD said...

I just started blogging about 6 months ago. It has given me a new addiction!!! I have to go online every day to see what the newest creations are out there in the stampng and scrapping world! But I am amazed at all the cyber friends I've made! There are some really generous and sweet people out there and I have my blog to thank for meeting them!
Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Tejal said...

I love penguins. Arent' they the cutest?
My blog has helped me meet new stampers around the globe, and learn so much from them. I've found friends in times of distress and the best blessing of my blog are my Virtual friends.
I'm glad I blog!
Thanks for the candy!

Need i add the penguin ornament is too too cute!!
Tejal

JenMarie said...

Oh I just LOVE your penguin ornament!!! Penguins are just the best!!!
I'm not blogging but I LOVE reading stamping blogs. I have learned so much from them and have seen my work improve quite a lot this year from all I have learned.

Cindy Vernon said...

Since starting my blog, I have definitely become a better stamper, more creative. The feedback and friendships I have developed are very rewarding. I even met a friend from grad school that I had lost touch with. She found my blog while bored at work and has started a blog of her own!

Lilian said...

so cute! the penguin is so adorable! i don't have a blog... but i do love reading them. :)

thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

Lindsay said...

Blogging has given me so many ideas about cards and scrapbooking. Plus I love being able to share in what others are doing all over the country and the world. There are so many amazingly talented people and I love being able to share in it with them.

Jan Scholl said...

by reading other blogs, I have found dinner ideas, stuff to laugh about at 2Am and stuff to cry about too. I also learned how to make a sketch for my ideas and now have an official sketch book all my own.

Wife2TJ said...

Wow! Congratulations!!! I love to blog. I love to share what I make and mostly I have made so many wonderful friendships through blogging that I am so thankful for. I don't know a lot of people where I live so it's nice to have blogging buddies!

Thanks for sharing blog candy with us!

dd2njoy said...

Congrats on your hits!!! I love checking blogs for so many diff ideas on so many projects,cards and pages!!! There is so much talent in blog land!!!

Tammy said...

Love it, love the cute penguin! I have learned so much in the last couple months from all of the great people who share their ideas on their blog pages. My head is spinning and my creative ideas are flowing again. Thank you

Sara Paschal said...

Congrats on your hits, how wonderful for you. I am a SHAM of three girls and when the little one is napping I love to create and spend time on my blog it makes me feel great!

Linda T said...

I've been reading blogs for several months now. I love reading about how a card or a quilt has come together. I just started a blog for family and friends to share pictures of our family.

Enjoy your giveaway!

Lind a(momtooandz on SCS)

JULIE said...

Too FLIPPIN' CUTE!!! You're KILLIN' ME!!!