Saturday, December 29, 2012

Celebrating Michele's Craft Room's 1st Year Blog Hop!

Whether you're a blogging newbie or have been at it for a while, isn't it fun to look back to some of your first posts and see how your crafting has grown?

One of my friends, Michele, who blogs at Michele's Craft Room, is celebrating her first anniversary of blogging, by hosting this Blog Hop.

My, it seems like just yesterday when she started and I became a follower -- and here Michele is with just shy of 200 followers!  Congratulations, Michele -- may we be blessed with many more years of your sharing your cards etc with us!

Personally, I've been blogging for about 2.5 years now, and have just crossed the 500 posts milestone!  The other statistics for the CardMonkey blog are incredible -- there have been more than 200,000 page views, by 1,237 followers.  Those statistics, and $5.00, will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks, ehhh?  (Stay tuned, and you may get that cup of coffee!!)

This is a Wee Stamps digi-image I colored using Copic markers.
I mounted fussy-cut the left side of the image so I could lay it upon
a wood-patterned paper strip on the left. I used a straight stitch
around the designer paper mat, and a decorative stitch down the
wood patterned paper.  The chipboard sentiment is by Farm
House Paper; the two gems above are from my stash.
I am very grateful to those who choose to follow me and have inspired me to try new techniques and tools ... I get as much out of other bloggers as I put into my own blog.  So to you I say, "Many thanks", with this card, at right: 

So now for a little blog candy to help Michele's guests at her party celebrate:

A random commenter on my blog today will win a $10 gift card to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts -- your choice!  All you have to do to qualify is to be a follower of the CardMonkey blog and leave a comment with your blog address. If you don't have a blog yet or don't plan to blog ever, just let me know that instead. You're still eligible to win!

OK, so for now, I don't think there is anyone else tailing me on this blog hop, so I'll just leave you with my gratitude for stopping by and making my blogging fun. If you missed any stops along the way, here is a full list.  Be sure you swing by Michele's blog (at the start) and "follow" -- she has some sweeeeet blog candy!  

Michele ~
Ashley -
Miranda -
An'Jenic -
Robin -
Tabetha -
Melissa ~
Lori ~
Ellen ~ CardMonkey:

 Thanks for stopping by!
CreAtiVeLy Yours,


Unknown said...

200,000 blog page views is amazing in 2.5 years!!!! I am not surprised because your work is amazing!!!!

Love your card!!! You color so pretty :)

Glad to be in this hop with you my friend!!

Unknown said...

LOVE LOVE your card!! Im so jealus of everyone that colors with copics! i have tried it and its a big fail!

Warm n Wonderful said...

Such a gorgeous card. I don't have the patience to colour like that, so I love stamps that have 2 step stamping, one for the image the other for the colour!
Thanks for the opportunity.

Mary Ann said...

Love your card,great coloring,Iam a new follower, by and visit...

Miranda said...

Your card is GORGEOUS!!!! I've been a long time follower and enjoy all your post. Who doesn't love a good cup of coffee from Starbucks!!!!
Miranda :)

Unknown said...

Although i love to color, it seems when i need to do a card, i don't have the time, so my images are outlined only. i do love your cards. Thanks for sharing. i am a follower, but don't have a blog...who knows what i'll do next year?


Michele said...

Beautiful card!

Buffy Burnside said...

wow your colors just blow me away! I have tried to color but I can never blend to well the digi stamp you used is so cute! Now the fussy cutting I can do that all day long...I do it for my scrapbooking since I don't have any fancy machines I have to do everything my hand! I am glad I did the blog Hop..I got see see some really awesome projects!

jengd said...

Fabulous stats and gorgeous card Ellen! LOVE your coloring and the partial overlap of the wood grained paper! Your stitching is the icing on the cake- lovely finish.

Camille Short said...

You are so talented! I wish my skill with Copic Markers was as good as yours!

Lucy Kelleher said...

Oh my gosh Ellen --I just LOVE this card! It is just too stinkin' cute :) You did such a great job coloring it too -- you always inspire me.


Star said...

WOW!!! Amazing! But you are so talented and creative. Thanks for all of your great ideas and inspiration! said...

Wow Ellen, Awesome Milestones you have Achieved and I Totally see why!! I love visiting your blog and wish you many more years of Blogging!! Big Crafty Hugs ♥

and Happy new Year to you and yours!!

ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Tambo said...

Ellen, as usual you are a fabulous designer and blogger! I so love this card. You do incredible work! I am already a follower. tfs Tami

Tambos Creations!

Rosalee said...

Your card is so adorable Ellen. I love the beautiful image and stitching. TFS
Hugs, Rosalee

Unknown said...

Great card. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win the gift card. Oh, I can already imagine sipping a cup a coffee, enjoying a pastry, and perusing paper crafting blogs.


Migdalia said...

A very BEAUTIFUL Card!One of my goals for 2013 is to learn how to color with Copics.Coloring has not been one of my Favorite thing to do..not even in elementary school.:-)
Happy New Year!

marg0006 said...

So, so adorable. Love the coloring. You did an awesome job.

marg0006 at verizon dot net

Prettiful Creations said...

Love your card. I just bought copic markers, and need to start playing with them very soon.

Angela Crafty Spot said...

Great card!! I love your coloring! I'm a follower!!
Thanks for the chance to win some coffee!!!

Cathy said...

Your card is fabulous. I love the colors and the wood like paper on the side. Very nice. Happy New Year.

Nancy said...

I follow your blog via email and GFC: allibrary. I don't have a blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your card is so cute!

Unknown said...

always enjoy a trip to you blog.... could spend hours just going thru and looking at your creativity! Happy to be hopping with you!


Unknown said...

great card! You color great with the copics!

Unknown said...

My mom thinks im silly when i steal her sewing machine for paper. and i cant sew even close to a straight line...

i heard a rumor copics are going up in price in 2013.
but maybe i'll learn how to color with them any way. :p

Jessica Buffa said...

Ellen, you always find a way to my funny bone with your giggle worthy posts! ;) This card is super darling. One of my favorite Wee Images! Happy to have crossed paths with you during my blogging journey and I think you deserve double the statistics in 2013!!! Happy New Year Friend.
Jessica B. (formally S.) of Jessica's Craft Shaque ;)

Miriam said...

How is it that I have never made it to your blog before? Or, maybe I have and just don't remember... I need to do more hops. Happy New Years! Amazing job on the card... so beautiful, and my favorite color scheme too!

Gail said...

Howdy and Happy New Year soon to be - we did not get asked to babysit this year - we love bringing in the New Year with grandkids - such fun! I would take the Starbucks card if I won! Yum, Yum give me some.
Your creation is adorable - I like the machine stitching on your card as well!

Congratulations to Michelle's first year blogging!Thanks for being on the blog hop too! It would be a blessing to win the prize - I am a follower - Happy New Year! Gail Come visit me - I have Blog Candy

Teresa said...

Your card is adorable...I cannot get the hang of coloring! Have a Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

Wow love your work u are very talented make some amazingly cute work totally in love with it and will be coming back regularly thanks for the inspiration, ideas and sharing your work

Claire Spielman said...

It's girls like you, that make my day!! I ALWAYS love reading your blog posts (such a way with words) and your projects reflect your creative passion. CONGRATS on doing an A+ job and I'll be watching and following to make sure you complete at least one of your goals...LOL !
Creative Wishes,
Claire S

CraftyRia said...

That is such a pretty card! thanks for sharing.