Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blogaversary and Mail for a Male!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday. It's my ONE YEAR Blogaversary!! Can you believe it??? I cannot believe that one year ago today I sat down with my computer and decided to jump into this thing called blogging. Wow has it changed my life and my stamping (all for the better)!

First I have a special project to share with you for My Time Made Easy - THEN I'll share a special "sweet treat" that YOU have a chance to win so stay with me....

Do you ever struggle to make cards for the males in your life  - be they husbands, sons, dads, brothers, nephews, uncles, grandpas or even male co-workers or bosses? Well I am always on the look out for good male ideas and decided to challenge myself to make this particular gift set with a male recipient in mind... so I am pleased to present You've Got Mail for a Male :-) *giggle*

Do you love argyle? Argyle reminds me of my grandpa's sweater... I started out with Lauren's new fabulous stamp set called Argyle Amazement. I love background stamp sets where I can build an unlimited number of backgrounds and patterns. We've been so busy with this release that I have not had time to play with this set as much as I want but I know it will be a set I reach for over and over. I used it extensively in this gift set - how fun it was to coordinate all my pieces. :-)

I started with the card - I picked a couple of favorite colors I use when making a male card - blue and brown and green. I created my pattern and stamped up a sheet of CS. I assembled a pretty basic card layout because I wanted to use the mailbox stamps from the MTME set called You've Got Mail. The post office box stamp became my focal point and all I needed was a snippet of ribbon and a few buttons to complete the card. (oh yes and a little vintage ink for the edges.)
 

Here's the inside - it was every bit as much fun to make as the outside!

Once my card was done I started on the You've Got Mail template. I cut the template on solid cardstocks with my Cricut using my Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) Software. If you own a Cricut you will WANT AND NEED the SCAL software - you can get it from Canda Crafts and this week she has a coupon for 10% off your entire purchase - the code is Feb14 so check it out! Next I stamped the same patterns from my card onto the mat layers and the front layer. I assembled the You've Got Mail box but kept the embellishments pretty simple. I keep trying to get a reading on this from my DH - he thinks less is more... so that's what I went with for this template. Just a little bit of ribbon and a button (on top).


This template is pretty generous inside - I was able to tuck in a cellophane gift bag with some tea bags and chocolates along with some small but matching note cards - This gift set was designed with my boss in mind - a nice cuppa tea when the job stress is too much and a bite of chocolate at the end of a long day... and he loves to leave small notes of encouragement for each of us from time to time so these tiny notes are just right for him... and they match the rest of the "Just a Note" theme...

Here's a close up of the note cards - not a lot of space but enough to write a few words of encouragement or kudos.

SO - what do you think? Would this work as a gift set for a special male in your life? My DH really likes this gift set and he thought the argyle was a great masculine touch. I hope he's not just saying that to be agreeable LOL.

NOW  - I mentioned that it's my blogaversary.... there are so many aspects of this that humble and amaze me - over over 170 posts written, 117 followers !!!! *thank you**, more than 32,000 hits on my blog (since I actually started keeping track). In honor of this occasion I would like to offer up a special treat for one lucky someone. To qualify for my random drawing please leave me a comment telling me what you like best about "blurfing" (blog surfing) stampin' blogs.  You do not have to be a follower of mine to qualify to win BUT as a special thank you to those of you who ARE my followers already - I will enter your name a second time into the drawing if you leave me a comment. If you like what you see on my blog I hope you'll continue to come back. :-)

I still remember when I got my first comment and I still remember the feeling when I got my first follower! I try to visit as many of your blogs as I can when as well. THANK YOU for your support, your interest and your encouragement! You are all winners in my book. SO - here's my blogaversary gift to ONE of you...


PLUS


A few items from some of my favorite companies -  Gina K Designs, Spellbinders, Verve, and Tim Holtz AND one I am also including a $25 gift certificate to Lauren Meader's My Time Made Easy store so you can choose something special for yourself!

You have until Saturday, February 13th 11:00 PM CST to leave your comment then I will draw the lucky winner on Sunday, February 14th first thing in the morning.  Thank you again for helping this year be memorable and amazing. The people I have met (yes some in real life now), the growth I have seen in my own stamping, and the inspiration I receive in return...
well, it's all good! :-)

Hugs n smiles and good luck,

77 comments:

Rhian said...

Happy Anniversary!

Col said...

Congrats on your blogaversary and thank you for sharing an idea for the men in our lives.

Anonymous said...

I admire you for showing your expertise so freely on your blog and would like to say Happy Anniversary and thanks for all the information etc.

Dell
dell.1@bigpond.com

Julie said...

Happy blogaversary! I love your male mail project!

Catherine Doucette said...

Happy Anniversary, Pam! Great project too, I love the Argyle Amazement and the color combo you used!

Cindy said...

Happy Anniversary, Pam! Love your mailbox! Gotta say that argyle stamp is one of the coolest!!! Love argyle! Awesome job you did using it!

Elena said...

Wow! I really love these project! I agree it's always so hard to make something for a man in your life! But what you did is just fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing it! Really love this mail box!!!
Happy Blogaversary, Pam!

Teresa H. said...

Pam - Congrats on your blogaversary!! How exciting! I love getting ideas from the blogs I visit. Your post for the Male in your life today is a great idea - thanks for sharing it! Love what you have done with Lauren's MTME products and I always check out what her design team has done. Thanks for the chance to win!

Ekip2 said...

Happy Blogaversary!! Having just started my own - I have a new appreciation for the time and energy put into one
I love your samples - and no your DH wasn't just being agreeable - its very simple Masculine elegance - the argyle stamp set is gonna have to find away to my house soon!

Jamie said...

Happy Anniversary! Your work is truly inspiring.

dee marie said...

Hi Pam! Happy Blogaversary!! I too agree - I always struggle making something for my fiance. Thanks for the wonderful post - your project is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win such a yummy prize! Have a beautiful day!

Lisa Kind said...

What a great project, Pam! I love what you did with the argyle! So pretty (can I say that for a masculine project?)! And Happy Blogsaversary! What a great give-away you are offering!

Anonymous said...

It is really hard to find "guy type" projects.
Thanks for the color inspiration as well. I LOVE argyle.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogaversary! Just found you through Lauren's site and subscribed. Love your work.
Thanks for sharing.

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

your set is just to die for gorgeous! and a very happy blogaversary! i sooooo remember when i started. scared the snot out of me and now look at where we are. i'm a fairly new follower to your blog and believe me, i'm very glad to be one. your work is awesome and your personality is just divine!

hugs :)

Amy said...

Wonderful project! i love the colors, and that argyle stamped patterned paper is just great! Any man would love this!

Diane Jaquay said...

I LOVE this project, particularly the use of the argyle stamps! Happy Blogaversary to you too :)

Lesley517 said...

Congrats & Happy Blogaversary! I love visiting different blogs & the inspiration that I get from them. It is always fun to see how creative everyone is! I am a follower of your blog & appreciate all the projects that you come up with!

Andrea M said...

Happy blogaversary!!! Love your blog - you provide so much inspiration. Also, thanks for all your supportive comments and encouragement - it means so much :) Here's to another fantastic year! Thanks for the chance to win :)
Fabulous gift set! You nailed it- it's perfect for a guy. Congrats again!

faith said...

Congratulations are in order. I like to surf blogs for inspiration, and that I get. Thanks for the great give away.

Amanda said...

Congratulations! I love finding new products that I *need* on blogs. Hopefully, sometime this year I'll get my own started and can enable someone else. I love your project today. That set may end up on my list of must haves before I know it.

artfulwhimsies said...

Congrats on your milestone!!! WTG! and the candy is so generous and wonderful~

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Happy Anniversary - Happy Anniversary...Gorgeous gift set Pam! I find it so challenging to create a "masculine" anything! This is perfect - It looks like denim! This set would be perfect for my son's birthday tomorrow! Please don't include my name in your drawing :) Just stopping by to admire your fabulous work!

Beth Jacobs said...

Happy Anniversary.Congrats on such a successful blog. I love your work and look forward to seeing all of your new projects!

Sharon said...

Happy Anniversary! I love this ensemble! It is really difficult for me to create for the males in my life - you have inspired me! I'm so tempted to put a flower somewhere! Thanks for sharing!

Tracey Cuccia said...

Happy Blogaversary Pam!!! I love your gift set - and agree, it's great for a guy...those colors are perfect -- I ♥ the masculine argyle touches with the houndstooth pattern as well!

Fantastic!!

Monique said...

Happy Anniversary Pam!! I am so glad you started blogging one year ago I look forward to all your projects your style and creativity is amazing.. Love this project it is very masculine your boss will appreciate this and maybe even blush lol...Keep up the great work :)

~hugs~

MarieL said...

Happy Blogaversary. I am pretty new to your blog, only since Lauren opened her shop but I have been following you ever since. I love your wonderful creations,including this one. I love that the colors are not as stark as some other "male made" cards. Very pretty.
Thanks for giving us a chance to win this wonderful candy.

Anonymous said...

Happy, Happy Blogaversary to you!

I love going blog surfing because I get to see all the wonderful ideas that you and others have to share....it just makes me "wish" I were a better stamper.

Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful talents with us "surfers".

Patsy pavilla@wildblue.net

Selma said...

Happy Blogaversary Pam. You always amaze me with all your creativity -- every project is amazingly fantastic. This is another really great project any male would love to receive. Your blog is so full of wonderful projects and I always look forward to seeing what new idea you have. I love blogging because of all the ideas we can share and even more important creating wonderful friendships. I am so excited that I will be able to spend some time with you in a couple of months.

ubeestampin said...

Congrats on your blogaversary. I love the male mail projects. You do such awesome work. Thank you for the inspiration. Your blog has such wonderful projects and I look forward to seeing your new ideas. Keep up the good work

Anne T said...

Happy Blogavesary, Pam! I am amazed by your creations! Why do I love to "blurf?" I get so much inspiration from other people. My mojo has definitely kicked back in since I've been "blurfing!"

Charlie said...

Very pretty indeed and perfect for a man too. Happy Blog-b-day to you. I came here from Lauren's site - I have visited her for quite some time now and this looks like a place I have to come too. Thanks for a chance of winning but most of all thanks for sharing your work - very inspiring indeed. Best wishes from Denmark !

Amy (aka Aimitup) said...

Happy Anniversary Pam! Love visiting your blog and your projects. Everything is so well designed!

Becky H said...

Happy Blogaversary! I found your blog thru My Time Made Easy and I love it. Congrats

Brenda said...

Happy blogaversary Pam!!! I love coming by here and seeing all of your wonderful creations. You are really rockin' it with My Time My Creations. You always put such fabulous details in all of your projects I look forward to seeing what you have in store for this year. Thank you so much for the chance to win some great goodies. Thank you also for all of the wonderful sweet comments you leave for me, they really mean a lot.

Brenda said...

I am a follower also.

A Little Licht on the Subject... said...

Love the mailbox combo for men! Having only sons in my family, I feel your pain trying to create for them.

Congrats on your blogaversary! It's easy to say your blog inspires me - you were one of the first I put on my igoogle page and you were so very nice and encouraging when I emailed you. Hope you continue to enjoy it all!

A Little Licht on the Subject... said...

Ooops, I'm a follower too! Natch!

akagreenhouse said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! I love your project! Love the argyle! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us! Here's to many more years of creativity!! The thing I like best about blurfing is the ideas I come away with. I'm a sort-of creative person, but my creativity is really sparked by all the wonderful projects I find when surfing! Besides, it gives me a repreave from housework!!! LOL

akagreenhouse said...

And i forgot, I'm a follower, too.

Judy McMullen said...

Pam, congrats on the anniversary of your blog! I'm still trying to get the nerve up to start my own and you inspire me to do this by what you share here. That's what I like about surfing blogs - all the terrific projects I see that inspire me to create and enjoy and, hopefully, add to others enjoyment! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fantastic blog candy!!

Anonymous said...

Pam
Happy Anniversary! Very cute project - mail for a male, very clever! Thanks for the inspiration and this chance to win such a fabulous prize!
Barb E.
be12354@yahoo.com

Sue D said...

Happy Blogaversary! I love to blurf! It keeps me inspired, shows me ways to use my supplies in ways I didn't think of, gives me gift ideas and helps me to know that there are others just as crazy about stamping as I am!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Sue D said...

I am a follower!

StampDancer said...

Happy Blogaversary -- I enjoy blurfing to get my creative juices going or just to live vicariously through those who have more time than I do. I work 45 hrs/week so my only creative time is on weekend in small chunks but I try to relax at night checking out blogs. I've enjoyed finding your blog in recent weeks and love the inspiration you provide with the new My Time Made Easy products. I'm anxiously awaiting my delivery of the Argyle set. Ciaou!

Karen Christensen said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Love to see what you gals come up with every time Lauren sends out another new product line. Have been keenly watching all of you team members since the beginning of the year

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blog....I have just found it, and found it to be very helpful. Thanks....

Mary Juckett

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and visit it a couple of times a week. When I check out stamping blogs I love to look at everyone's creativity as well as read about their lives. It makes me feel less lonely.
Maureen moheron@msn.com

Elaine M said...

I love seeing all the different ideas that everyone has - you can learn something for each one. Plus it starts to feel like visiting family after a bit - everyone is so friendly and encouraging.

CraftieConnie said...

Hi Pam, Happy Anniversary!
These note holders are fabulous.
As for blog hopping, it is so much fun
to keep up with all the wonderful crafters
and their projects!

Bee Burg said...

Congratulations on the smashing success of your blog!! :-) I love your project, the colors are great and argyle has always been a favorite of mine but yours looks especially elegant! The little notes are darling! I can't wait to play with that set! :-D

Shesjetlagd said...

HUGE CONGRATS, Pam, on your Blogaversary!! I've been a follower for awhile and I LOVE all of your amazing creations! Thank you for sharing such awesome blog candy with us!

Sheri said...

I am fairly new to your blog so congratulations on your blogaversary! I like to look at many blogs for inspiration. Believe me I got some today with your argyle and the mailbox. Great idea and I am glad that I signed up to be one of your subscribers. You have not disappointed me as yet when I open my mail to see your posts. thanks. Your blog candy is awesome! Someone will be very very lucky. Hope it can be me!!!

Peggy said...

Pam, Happy Blogaversary! I love the men's projects. I have a difficult time coming up with men's projects so thank you for the inspiration. God bless!

Kathryn B said...

Happy Blogaversary Pam! Wow I can't believe you've only been in the blog world a year! I started m blog a year ago this month too! What I love about blogging is that I've found so many wonderful "blog" friends that are just as passionate about paper crafting as I am! Have a good One! ;0)

Diane said...

Happy Blogaversary. The reason I love blurfing so much is that is how I found you! I never would have believed you only been doing this one year. You are an inspiration and I hope that I can become the same. Thanks again for sharing.

Mary said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! I've been a follower for a while now and love all your creations. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us. Mary M
mmontecalvo@verizon.net

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Pam, Pam, Pam, I am jumping up and down with my arms in the air! I promise if you pick me, I would give this candy the best home ever! Happy Blogoversary to you and thanks for offering it!

Jennifer Ferrell said...

I have enjoyed your blog since discovering it recently. I look forward to following you for many years to come. I too am excited about followers - I have 2. :)

lorraine00 said...

Happy Blogaversary! I am new to blurfing and am now officially addicted. LOL. I can't believe the amount of inspiration I get from seeing all the cool projects and reading about the lives of such awesome "crafting" sisters out there! It has renewed my addiction to paper crafts! Yeah! I just happened on your site via Lauren's blog and I must say that I love your creations! I love the male gift in this post and your details in your other creations as well!

Tammy Murphy said...

I am so glad I found your blog~ beautiful, creative ideas~ thank you for sharing and Happy Blogaversary!

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy, anniversary:-) I found your blog through Lauren and I am so excited because I just love your beautiful creations. Thank you for the inspiration.

isabelzito at verizon dot net

Marvely Rangel said...

Happy Anniversary!
Love the Argyle Amazement and the color combo you used!
Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

marvely@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Loved your great gift for your boss. I just discovered your blog through Lauren's blog. Congrats on one year! I like to surf stamping blogs for ideas with themes and color combos. I must say I loved the colors you chose for your mail box.I also loved your use of the argyle stamp set. Looking forward to coming back and seeing more from you.

Sharon said...

I love to see what others have done with a layout, a color challenge, and especially something new. I love your work, and I visit often. Thank you for sharing. and thank you for the ideas and inspiration.
As I tell my friends, it really feels good when someone comments on your work, and when they join to be a follower, its just exciting!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. What a great idea for a man. They are hard to make for when all I think are flowers.

mdwright@charter.net

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Happy Blogaversary! How wonderful for you! I really love your blog and appreciate all the inspiration I am finding here. I am loving the little mail box.

Carmen (guatelicia on SCS) said...

Happy blogaversary! Cool word! I love to surf the blogs so I can see all the different ideas people come up with. I'm not the most talented and creative, so it helps to see what the talented and creative do.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Kandy CA said...

Love your creativity. Your mailboxes are darling. Can't wait to make one myself. I also love the houses. Thanks for sharing.

Kandy CA said...

P.S. HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY! Glad I found you. You are now listed as one of my "favs".

~Carolyn said...

Congrats on your B-versary! Glad I bumped into you -- will return for many more visits!
~Carolyn

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS ON A YEAR...KEEP THE INSPIRATION COMING.
CRAFTME@LIVE.COM

Karen C said...

You had a lot of great pieces this week but this one with the blue and green is my favorite and it so masculine. I struggle with designs for guys.

Marlene said...

Happy Blogaversary!! I just found your blog and it looks amazing! Adding myself to your followers. Love your mailbox!

StampinDi said...

I just became a follower even though I've been following your blog for a while now. Ever since a saw your amazing work on Stamp TV. I really enjoy all the fantastic projects you post. Congrats on your one year blog anniversary.

Hanne said...

Hi Pam!

Happy Blogoversary!!!
I've known you about one year as well...

You are a wonderful woman, a lovely friend, a great stamper and hugely creative!

You really did a lot last year... Being on a design team, being a part of the JUGS team, becoming a true cover girl...

I really wonder what next year will bring!

Congrats again!

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