Tuesday, June 17, 2008

BLOG CANDY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

So here it is. I have passed the 50K mark on my blog how truly cool is that!!!!!and I thought now would be as good a time as any to post some blog candy!!! there are three things you will have to do to be entered in this blog candy! #1- please sign my guestbook at the bottom of the Page #2- use the picture in this post as an inspiration for a card ( I will do the same) and #3- my stamping mojo is on the longest vacation ever I just can not seem to get my act together!!!! So I want you to inspire me with a picture, a story, sketch, or one of your very own projects!!!! give me some color combos or tell me what you do when you get into a slump!!!! Please only one entry per person!!!!

this is going to be the prize!! you can pick your shape and when I buy mine in a few days I will order the winners choice and send them on there way this is an $80 value for my big 50k celebration!!!!

So don't leave me hanging I am truly excited to do this for one of my very lucky readers!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by

Sarah :D

this blog candy will close on Friday June 20th at noon!!!



Liane said...

Usually when I get in a slump I do something else for awhile. So, if I haven't been making cards, I do that. If I haven't been scrapbooking,I do that. Or maybe a special project. If it is really bad, I go to the kitchen instead. To get started again, I don't try to make something good, just anything will do to get me moving again. Congrats on all the hits, great blog!

Lesa said...

When I hit a slump I go blog hopping for something to inspire me. I can spend hours doing that. Hee hee. Yours is one I love to come to. Sometimes just taking a break for a few days helps too. Thanks for the opportunity and congratulations on your successful blog!

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

It's so good to see you back! When I get in a slump, I blog hop...and find an idea I really love. But blogging takes time, so I finally have to close the lid of my laptop, clean up a bit, and dig in and start something. Just find a UFO (unfinished object -- a quilting term) and try to finish it. Putting on great music also helps me...relaxing CDs...and I load them up in my 5-disk changer and play on. LOL! Congratuations on 50K! Love the photos of your darling kids!

savitri said...

When I get into a slump I would go to splitcoast for card inspirations and scrapinstyletv.com for scrapbook mojo. Or, sometimes I'll check out those challenges blogs/sites.

For you, check this out: http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2008/05/so-much.html
Hopefully it'll inspire you :)

Congrats on 50k and I hope to find time to do your inspiration :)

GabrielaD said...

Great blog candy!!! Congrats on the hits!!! You have a great blog, so I am not surprised.

What I do to get out of a slump.. you will laugh, but I just grab a bunch of supplies and force myself to use them all. In the end I either had fun making a mess or I have a nice card.


Ms. Crafty If You're Nasty said...

congrats on your 50Kth visitor! i've just come out of big card-making funk too and all i can say is cruising the SCS gallery usually results in something catching my eye... and reading a lot of blogs! usually i look at what stamps i have and love and search from there...

here's my entry for your blog candy: Always...

Jessica said...

Yay, how exciting for you! Congrats on your 50K! You are so generous to be offering this as blog candy. I was recently on a mojo break also. What helped me was to take a break from stamping and spend lots of time outside. I did a ton of gardening, yard work and spending time with family. And if that doesn't work I will take out my Natural Beauty and Embrace life stamp sets with groovy guava, river rock, very vanilla and ruby red cardstock. Those supplies never let me down lol! Good luck with your lost mojo!
I will get working on your inspiration piece soon...

Kim said...

wow Sar I love the inspiration piece... Too bad I am out of town until friday. I would love to make a card based on that piece. Congrats on the 50k. You are awesome beautiful girl and I love ya!!!!

j_smokey said...

Hiya!!! I am currently in a stamping slump and am trying to get out of it by looking at my past projects, checking out cards at the store and by blog hopping. If none of those work I think I'll just read through these posts in a few days to see what other ideas people come up with!!! I love to be inspired by a fancy ribbon...ribbon can make a gorgeous replacement for DP!!!

Sara in WI said...

I love to learn new techniques. So when I've lost my mojo, I look for tutorials, especially video ones, to putting a card together or using a different fold, etc. That gets me going again! (OR... I go shopping.)

Gerry said...

i must tell u that you have some extremely lovely designs!! :)

Stampin Cats said...

Congrats on the blog hits.

When I am in a slump, I just color some if the pif images I have snagged from some of the girls on the pif thread. All of a sudden I will color an image and realize I have some paper the would match that and my mojo is back.

Marisa said...

Congrats on 50,000 hits and glad you are back. Thank you too for the AMAZING blog candy opportunity!!!

When I'm in a slump --or more like my my one creative gene has decided to go on strike! -- I do one of the following:

1. I hit my sketch challenge files from SCS and other blogs for inspiration on a starting point.

2. I look up some of my favorite SCS galleries to case a card to get the juices flowing (it's amazing how you begin to think, "oh, I could add this, change that, use these colours etc.).

3. I go the to colour blog and pick a few colours and see what other coordinating colours come up and try to go with those colours.

4. I go to one of my favorite sets -- things somehow always seem to go well with those

5. I treat myself to a new stamp and/or some DP and go home and use it.

6. I just start stamping - I find the more I stamp the more the juices start to flow.

Hope that helps. Card with the inspiration piece will follow later this week as end of school activities etc. are keeping me waaaaay too busy! Have a great day and thanks again for the wonderful chance to win :) Blessings.

Marisa said...

Congrats on 50,000 hits and glad you are back. Thank you too for the AMAZING blog candy opportunity!!!

When I'm in a slump --or more like my my one creative gene has decided to go on strike! -- I do one of the following:

1. I hit my sketch challenge files from SCS and other blogs for inspiration on a starting point.

2. I look up some of my favorite SCS galleries to case a card to get the juices flowing (it's amazing how you begin to think, "oh, I could add this, change that, use these colours etc.).

3. I go the to colour blog and pick a few colours and see what other coordinating colours come up and try to go with those colours.

4. I go to one of my favorite sets -- things somehow always seem to go well with those

5. I treat myself to a new stamp and/or some DP and go home and use it.

6. I just start stamping - I find the more I stamp the more the juices start to flow.

Hope that helps. Card with the inspiration piece will follow later this week as end of school activities etc. are keeping me waaaaay too busy! Have a great day and thanks again for the wonderful chance to win :) Blessings.

sandyh50 said...

Wow , what wonderful blog candy! You are so generous. Congratulatins on all your hits. Wonderful blog. When I am in a slump , I go to all the sketches out there. My favorite is Beate's weekend sketch. I love looking at all the samples from everyone and get inspired. Here is my entry card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/951120?cat=500&ppuser=136950

JenMarie said...

CONGRATS on the hits! Woo Hoo!
I usually do some challenges when I get in a slump....that way part of the card is already planned out for me.

Susan C said...

When I get into a slump, I take some previously colored stamped images, and some scrap paper, and play around. I did this once, and the card ended up on the front cover of a Stamping magazine!
Congrats on the blog and what incredibly generous blog candy!

Dorothy Yoder said...

When I get in a slump I always turn SCS gallery. There is so much there to inspire me and give me that little umph I need to get started again. When I see a card I like, if I don't have the stamp, I try to find another stamp to use in its place and go from there, changing colors, etc.
Congrats on your 50kth visitor! That is amazing! Will be looking forward to your 100kth visitor.

kat said...

I've MISSED YOU; good to see you back here, even without a card! BUT with such cool blog candy! When I'm in a slump, a challenge always gets my juices flowing, especially one that looks impossible to do! Like making a card out of the ugliest stamp anybody has ever seen and making it look great; something like that. It always works for me. Blog hopping helps, too, but sometimes it just makes it worse cuz I think everybody is making gorgeous cards when I'm not! Okay, don't stay away too long.

Giovana said...

Congratularions Sarah on your 50K hits!!!!
Thanks so much for this GREATTT blog candy!!! You are so generous.
Yesterday I signed up your Guess Book, When I am not inspired I go to SCS and check galleries to get some inspiration, also I like to visit my favorite blogs because I always find something interesting, if my mojo still ZERO I case cards, LOL.
I just finished my card using the picture you provided for inspiration.
My card is called: Believe in Miracles, you can see it here:

I hope you like it.
Have a blessed day.


Laurie in MN said...

You chose the Lamborgini of prize give aways to celebrate 50K visitors.

When I need inspiration, I look for a technique new to me to use for making a card.
And I stamp images and start experimenting with color and adding glitter. Orange owls, pink skunks and lime green aligators look great with glitter.

kim3timemom said...

When I'm in a slump I hit the magazines or hit a few of my favorite blogs. Hope your slump ends soon.

kim3timemom@yahoo dot com

{stampininthesun} said...

Wow!! Awesome blog candy!!Love your blog, too!:)

Doreen said...

Woo Hoo. Great blog candy. When I hit a road block in my card making, I always turn to an album that I've put together over the last 5 years. I cut out cute cards & ideas from magazines and tape them on pages in a large 3 ring binder. I keep it right by my craft table for easy access. I could sit and read blogs for hours! But I never get anything done that way. Bright colors help me to get the juices flowin' again, too. Only orange & yo yo yellow are my favorites right now.

Theresa said...

When I am stamp challenged I tend to go through my stamp sets and see which ones I haven't used in a while. Then I go visit the gallery and look for inspiration for those sets.

Looking through my old stuff also helps, when I see how much I have improved.

Congrats on 50K. Here is my take on the inspiration piece.

Jennifer Love said...

50K? Get out! Congrats! :)

When I get in a slump..oh wait, I'm there now...hehe! Anyway, I've been cruising the SCS gallery of my favorites and seeing what they've done that is new. :)

I alot do a lot of blog surfing and even sometimes will go to Hallmark and just peek around at what they're doing too.

donna c said...

WOW!!! What amazing blog candy. I blog hop all the time since I do not have the natural talent for creating that you have. When my mojo is down I CASE a card I love and make it in a few different color combos. A bunch of pretty cards sitting on my desk perks me up.

I'm not happy with my entry below but my son's camp trunk is leaving tomorrow so I have no time to fiddle with this:


glad you're back, donna

Gretchen said...

Sarah- Congrats on all the hits! I check your blog daily, you give me great inspiration! I totally understand when you can't post often, I have 4 kids also!
Here is my card for your challenge http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/951778?limit=last1
and when I get in a slump, I like to go to the SCS sketch challenge. I can usually pick colors and sets, it's the layouts that I have trouble with!
Congrats again and stamp when you can!


Rachele Funk said...

When my Mojo is up and gone on a project I'm already working on, I definitely leave it and go back to it later. If I need my Mojo to start something I find something that inspires me and I start by (GASP) copying it. I usually don't have to "copy" for very long and my own ideas take flight. I like to find inspiration on colorful web-sites like Martha Stewart or some of my fave blogs. I'm also addicted to magazines and there are alwasy tons of ideas there. Sometimes I take one element that I love from something and use that as my starting board.

My favorite color to start with is White/Cream.

MelissaS said...

What awesome generous blog candy! I love the sketch, too. Here's my card using it. I changed the birds to butterflies because *Gasp* I don't have any bird stamps that would work! http://whatdoyouink.blogspot.com/2008/06/my-scrapbook-table-sketch-challenge.html
When my mojo is missing, I cruise through decorating magazines for inspiration. I get HOME magazine each month, and it has some great color combination and layout ideas. You can check it out here:
I'm off to sign your guestbook. Congrats on your hits! I have had you in Google Reader for a long time now and really enjoy your work :)

Anonymous said...

I have three 4" binders with sketches, tutorials for various projects and ideas that I pore over when I get '"stuck". I usually find that it inspires me to create and then I get back into the groove. Jammin' music helps too :)

thanks for the great blog candy and sketch. I've got some cards going with the overall theme. FLowers and butterflies. Congratulations on the 50K milestone - that's huge!

Jenn said...

When I need inspiration I go to Manito Park, a lovely city park not far from my house. Walking through the gardens there, especially the rose garden, and the conservatory never fails to help me look at colors and textures in a new way. Translating what I see there onto a card inspires creativity and laughs (not everything works out on paper as I see it in my head on the first try!)

Anonymous said...

When I hit a slump, I "blurf" (blog surf). I hit the blogs that regularly feature a sketch or color challenge and play along.

Congrats on all the hits on your blog!

KAP said...

I check your blog probably about 5 times a week and it has been sad that you haven't had much posting lately. But I understand the whole slump thing. Anyways, I posted a picture for inspiration and the card from your inspiration. Thanks for a chance at an amazing prize! Hope you start feeling better about your mojo!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Oh, Sarah! What amazing and generous blog candy. Congrats on the hits -I have been a subscriber to your blog for a long time and always enjoy your work. I hear you about a stamping slump, I suffer from time to time as well.

What I do is go back to a simple layout that showcases some DP. I love starting with DP, because I can pick the cardstock colors from the pattern and the stamp set usually comes to me later. I love this layout:


It has all the fun elements that gets my juices flowing!!

I just love the inspiration photo you have, and decided to make some much needed 3x3 cards. I can't figure out how to link your photo on my blog (I am very new to this), but I linked your actual Blog Candy post to mine. Here it is:


I signed your guestbook and am ready for tomorrow's big winner!!

Hugs to you Sarah and I am sure with all the love here, you will be out of your slump in no time! -michelle P.S. I will upload to SCS later this evening!

Janette said...

Hi Sarah,

Wow what great blog candy...tomorrow is my birthday :)
I always check your blog from Jenny's in the uk.
If I am ever stuck I blog hop or I use brown and pink and can usually come up with something, otherwise I go to SCS and look at colour combo's or I go to the local card shop and have a look at their cards and get some inspiration .from there.
Congrats on the 50K and good luck with finding your mojo

Alyssa said...

Wow! Congrats on 50K!! I tend to get into slumps a lot and rarely have time to stamp with working 50 hours a week and a new baby (well, not so new, but now he's CRAWLING! EEK!) I blurf and find inspiration from all of you wonderful bloggers/crafters out there on the www! Thanks for all the inspiration! :o)

Pam D from Oromocto said...

First of all I love your blog. If I need some inspiration, I usually go to your blog (sorry, not much help there). If that doesn't work, I pick a stamp set that I would like to use, then go to the SCS gallery, and look at all the samples. I then find myself wanting to go to my craft room to create. Hope this helps

Here is my sample, I was kinda apprehensive about sharing, hope it inspires someone

Again, love your blog...You rock!!

Brenda said...

WOW this is some very yummy candy!!!! I love your blog. So when I am having trouble with my mojo I check out some of my favorite blogs or the gallery on SCS. If that doesn't do it for me I will go shopping for something new stamps, or a new tool. If none of those works then I will case someone. Hope this helps. Ok I have sign your guestbook and here is a link to my card. http://stamp-it-up.blogspot.com/2008/06/inspiration-challenge.html
Thank you for the chance to win.

Jessica said...

That is some amazing blog candy Sarah! Thanks for the opportunity to win. And congrats on 50,000 hits!

When I need some inspiration, I often just poke through my supplies, and try to use something I've yet to use, or try a technique I've yet to try. Something new to get my mojo back, you know?

Here's my card: http://quick2blush.blogspot.com/2008/06/blog-candy-challenge.html

Marisa said...

Here is my card for the blog candy:


There is only one small problem...I posted a comment earlier but didn't have my card ready. I now have the card, but don't want to have a double entry. Tried to edit my comment but it wouldn't work. Any ideas? I'm salivating at the thought of having some nesties and don't want to miss out on the change to win some! Any suggestions?

Chelsey said...

Congrats on 50K Sarah! when i hit a lump i surf galleries and blogs and thumb thru all my stampin mags for a hint of inspiration! what amzaing blog candy i sure hope i win- ur fellow LPSer chelsey

Veronica said...

Wow, this is the BEST blog candy I have ever seen! Some of my favorite color combinations are brown/pink, blue/green/brown, pumpkin/brown/red, and lately I seem to be making a lot of pink/green combo cards. When I am in a slump I surf blogs, or look at the gallery at split coast. Sometimes even flipping through a magazine helps also.

Beth M said...

Congrats on such a successful blog! Your work is amazing so it's no wonder that your blog is so popular.

1)guest book - signed
2)my card - http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/952768?cat=500&ppuser=28430
3)inspiration - Sometimes I get overwhelmed because there are so many sets and ideas so I find it helps to select one stamp set, find some samples on-line using that set and then the ideas usually start flowing. Hope it helps!

Thanks for the chance at such a great prize.

Kacey Elliott said...

Hey Sarah! Awesome Blog Candy! It got me back on trach :-) As for inspiration, well I usually turn to SCS or just blurf my favorite blogs and find something that gets my creative juices flowing. There are so many fabulous artists out there it usually doesn't take me much time at all to find some inspiration. I also like to look at my latest Pottery Barn catalog for colors and designs and go from there. Inspiration really is everywhere, I just think we have to be in tune to it to really see it - KWIM??? I hope this helps you, your piece helped me. This is the first card I made just because in a long time. Hope you like it! http://kaceyelliottallinadayswork.blogspot.com/2008/06/hello-again.html

savitri said...

I was #4 in the comment and now here's my card: http://www.scrapbit.com/2008/06/20/its-friday-and-a-card

SueB said...

Congrats to Theresa!
I'm late but loved the challenge so here's a card I made today using the sketch:

Thanx for the inspiration! When I need inspiration I generally look to challenges - at SCS or other folkes' blogs. But I do that ALL the time too! That and, like Theresa, go thru my stamps. Some get buried occasionally so it's nice to revisit them!

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