Thursday, March 31, 2011

A HUGE Thank You for Several Awards

I don't even know where to begin with this!  I feel so blessed to be able to share my creations with all of you but what makes it even sweeter are the wonderful crafters, family and friends that stop by to visit!  I have never asked anyone to follow me, and I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you to each and every one of you that stopped by, saw something you liked, and clicked that button!  Without the encouragement and friendships, I don't know where I would be right now. 
This past week, I've received 9 awards and I want to make sure to acknowledge these wonderful ladies who have shared them with me in a special way. 
This award was passed onto me from Jen at Musings of a Crafty Mom.  I met Jen through Cooking with Cricut where she is a Design Team member.  I just love each and every one of the wonderful creations that Jen cooks up and I love to see when she stops by with her uplifting comments!  She created the funniest creation this week for the challenge so if you haven't seen it, you must stop by and say hi!

Award details...
This award was created for bloggers who have fewer than 300 followers, but still put a lot of love and heart into their work. It is given to bring light to new blogs and it's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be seen or ones you want to share with others.

As a recipient you must share the love and pay it forward by:

1-Creating a post where you blog about the Liebster award and reveal your 3-5 blog picks.
2-Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog.
3-Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
4-Have faith that your followers will rally/show their crafty love back out to those you awarded this to.
5-Have fun!
 I have received 7 of these from so many talented ladies.  It is very humbling to know that you ladies thought of me when you received these.  I am going to list these in the order that I received them.
Cheryl from The Craft Nut @32  I've just recently discovered Cheryl's blog.  One of the things that drew me into her blog (aside from her craft) are her Daily Blessings on her side bar.  She, like myself, has a new blog where she is sharing some wonderful projects including her first Mini Album!  It is a very gorgeous album that you must see!   Thank you Cheryl!
Lisa from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon Lisa is one of my fellow DT members at Celebrate the Occasion and I feel so honored to be working with someone with her talent.  Every one of her creations are so bright and cheery and they honestly could bring a smile to anyones face!  I love stopping by to see her work!  Thank you Lisa!
Diana from DL.Art Diana is another one of my teammates over at Celebrate the Occasion.  She is a friend of everyones and she always leaves a nice comment with an invitation to come visit her!  She has some great videos on her blog!  Congrats on reaching your 200 followers and Thank you Diana!
Rae from Wahoo Crafts Rae is one of my new blogger friends and I can't wait to see more of her fun creations!  I regret not clicking her link from the Fantabulous Cricut Design Team earlier because I was in awe of her amazing creations when I finally visited!  Thank you Rae!
Judy from Crafty JAR Judy is another one of my talented teammates at Celebrate the Occasion and she is one that I have been following for quite some time!  She has been posting some fabulous work and I especially love her wonderful LOs!  Thank you Judy!
Martha from the Card Boutique Martha is very, very talented in what she does!  Not only does Martha do wonderful cards and invitations, but she also does awesome parties.  Now when I say awesome, I mean AWESOME!!  I was taken away the first time I saw some of her work and I am linking you directly to some of her party masterpieces!  Make sure you browse through her blog because there are more and I know you'll be very happy you did!  Thank you Martha!
Rayna and Paper Panther from Purple Peep Techniques Rayna and Paper Panther are yet another set of my fellow DT members at Celebrate the Occasion but they are also so much more.  These two talented ladies have been my most faithful and most encouraging followers and they have been with me cheering me on since the beginning of my blog!  I have loved visiting them from the start of my blog because they both post the most beautiful and inspiring pieces and I will continue to be their biggest fan!  Thank you so much Rayna and Paper Panther!
...Award details...
For the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award and link back to their blog
2.  Share 7 things about yourself
3.  Pass the award to 15 other bloggers
4. Leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition.
7 things about myself.  Well, I guess I'll share this little piece about myself.  This was a portion of a conversation I had with my very creative and good friend Kristie the other night.  She is the founder of my new Design Team, Birthday Sundaes.  "To me, it is not about how many followers you have, or how many people you can get to your blog.  I'm here to share my love for the craft with others who have the same passion.  I enjoy the fun of challenging myself with the challenges and I am so happy to have something to fill my time.  I have been trying to fill the void left by my father's passing and this has been a blessing.   It makes me smile seeing the wonderful talent out there and reading the bits and pieces people share about themselves and their life.  The more times I say wonderful, gorgeous, fabulous, and super cute, the better I feel.  It keeps my mind occupied when my kids are asleep or doing their own thing!"  There, that was 7 sentences about myself if anyone is still reading this incredibly long post!
And last but certainly not the least, this BFB Award was passed onto me from Julie at A Little Bit of Bling.  Julie is another one of my longtime (longtime being the 3 months we've been's been so much fun) friends and I truly feel like she is one of my Best Bloggie Friends.  She is one of the sweetest people you'll meet out there in bloggerland and I feel very fortunate to call her my friend!   I'm so excited for her to be seeing and reading of the recent success of her new blog!  Congrats to you Julie!  You deserve it and Thank You!
...Award Details...
The rules of this award are:
1. Post about it on your blog with a link to the sender.
2. Pass it on to  those who visit your blog and leave comments regularly.
With that all being said, I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with Blogger Awards!  I love them and I truly appreciate them but I never know who to give them to.  I make it around to so many places and you'll always know that I've visited!  There are way to many wonderful blogs to give them to and so many of my followers/friends are so deserving of these.  How do I pick and choose?  So many of you support me and encourage me everyday!   I am way to indecisive.  Technically, I have enough to pass on to each and everyone of my faithful followers but I'm sure I've taken up enough of your time with this post!!   For now, I am going to just pass on my Best Friend Blogger Award to my most loyal followers and friends Paper Panther and Rayna at Purple Peeps Techniques!   They live on the other side of the country from me, but I hope someday, we can meet in the middle and share some crafty fun!  Maybe CHA some year!!  Thank you each and every one of you for these awards and make sure you stop by and show all these ladies here your love!


JulieK said...

Wow! What a great post! Congrats on all your awards! You are "wonderful, gorgeous, fabulous, and super cute". :)

Paper Panther and Rayna said...

Amber, We are deeply flattered by this award :)We love that it came from you, that means even more to us. We know you are amazing and it has been fun and rewarding watching your confidence grow. Who know that from blogging about paper crafts we could be such great friends. We would hang out with you at CHA - or anywhere anytime!! Let us know if you ever make it to Utah! Bring y our beautiful family :) *HUGS*

martha said...

Wow,congratulation on all your awards, an thank you so much for your comments and every thing you wrote about my work, I really have no words, thank you so much!!!