Monday, February 28, 2011

100 & 10,000...time for some Blog Candy!

Yippee!!  I'm celebrating my 100th follower and my 10,000th hit on my little blog!  When I started this blog back in August of last year, my goal was to hit this milestone by my first anniversary...I never imagined I would get there in my first six months!  Thanks so much to all who have stopped by, whether for a minute or an hour.  To celebrate I am giving away some Blog Candy to say thank you!  Check this out...

The lucky winner will receive ALL of the items in pictured:  a 40-sheet pack of Woodhaven by Colorbok 12x12 patterned paper, Stampin' Up!'s retired Boho Backgrounds stamp set, a scalloped circle chipboard mini album and a roll of 3/8" taffeta ribbon in Basic Gray (works with the colours in the patterned paper).
If you'd like to enter the contest for this little bundle of goodies, leave me a comment telling me what your favourite Stampin' Up! colour and stamp set are by Fri. March 4th at 12 noon (ET).  I will use a random number generator to pick the winning comment and post the winner's name on Saturday, March 5th.  Good luck!
Now on to more exciting news...I've been nominated for yet another Stylish Blogger award!!  Can you believe it?!?  Julz over at Ribbons & Julz let me know today that she has also nominated me.  Thank you so much Julz...I am truly humbled and honoured.  Please check out Julz's is also a "stylish blog" and very worth your while to have a look around!  So, now I have to come up with 8 more things about myself ...that's going to be tough!  I may need time to think on that!  First, let me list some blogs that I think are deserving of the "Stylish Blogger" moniker.  Here are some that I've recently come across and will certainly be visiting again:
Martha at Stampin' Martha to the hard part...eight things about goes...

1)  I am currently in my 16th year of teaching, which means it's all down hill to retirement (and full-time stamping!)

2) I have a younger brother who owns his own business called Aluminate.  They do exterior home renovations (siding, windows, doors etc.)  If you're in the Cambridge/K/W/Hamilton, Ontario area and need home improvements done, check him out.

3)  We have a wonderful Philippina nanny named Flora Mae who is like a member of our family.  She has been with us since my son was 18 months old and is a such a sweet and caring person.  She keeps my house running when I am off at rehearsals, workshops and classes...I could not do all I do without her!

4) I have an amazing upline named Jamilla Ivits.  She introduced me to stamping at a colleague's workshop two years ago and has taught and encouraged me in my stamping journey.  She also is a huge supporter of my business.  I owe her a BIG thank you!!  Please check out her blog.

5) I have registered to take an additional qualifications course to get training to become a guidance counselor.  I often have students who need an extra ear to listen or some encouragement to hang in there when the going gets tough and want to have some formal training to deal with the really difficult stuff.  It runs online for the months of May and if you don't hear much from me then, you'll know why!

6)  I have a wonderful husband who is the most amazing dad and supports me in all the craziness I get myself into.  He is even taking a day off work this Friday to drive a van full of teenagers to a music festival for me!  He's a prince!!

7)  I am turning 40 in June...UGH!

8)  As my 40th birthday gift my darling husband (see #6 above) is sending me to the Stampin' Up convention in Salt Lake City, Utah!!  I am SOOOOO pumped to go.  Can't wait to turn 40 (well...on second thought...)

Ok...that's the best I can do.  Sorry there isn't anything earth-shattering in that list (well maybe the turning 40 part)!  I have another project to post and will do it tomorrow (as soon as I get the tutorial done!).


  1. Thanks you so much for the award, I am indeed flattered!!!! Iam so glad I found your blog, so inspiring! Congrats on the milestones and accomplished in such a short time! My favorite SU color is Baja Breeze and my favorite stamp set right now is Bring on the Cake(I love making birthday cards). You will have a blast at Convention, it is inspiration overload!

  2. Leena thank you so much for this award. It warms my heart that you love my blog and that you were kind enough to offer this award to me. :-)

    PS - Right now my favorite Stampin' Up! colour is: Very Vanilla. Boring I know but I love how it works with every one of our other fantastic colours! And right now my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp set is: Just Believe (and Bliss from Sale-A-Bration).

  3. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you like my blog, Stampin' Essentials! What a fun award!!!
    My favorite SU color is Pear Pizzazz and my favorite stamp set is Aviary - page 121!

  4. Hi Leena
    congrats on your upcoming niece or nephew! I absolutely love all your cards, I have made some of them and you truly inspire me to try everything and anything. I am very glad that I checked out your blog from Jamilla's blog and it was very nice meeting you at the retreat, I look forward in trying some other cards of yours as soon as I get rid of this silly cold :) My favorite color at the moment is perfect plum, wild wasabi & marina mist. My favorite stamp set is the lovely as a tree and the medallion. So many ways to use them both.

  5. Hi Leena! I am new to your site. I have enjoyed looking at your beautiful cards. Thank you for the many ideas. You truly are a talented stamper!

    My favorite color, right now, is baja breeze. My favorite set is Fifth Avenue floral (it takes very little to make this set look elegant). Thank you for the opportunity to win your goodies! Congrats on your milestone!

    Karen G. from Ohio


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