Wednesday, 5 February 2014

5th Blogaversary celebration



Morning all you crafty Peeps.

I did promise I had something special in store for my 5th Blogaversary, well today it's time to share what I have in mind. I never fail to be amazed by all the wonderful creativity and talent that surrounds us here in blogland and have been trying to think of a way where more of us can see and appreciate one another's work outside our usual crafting and blogging circles.

So I went back to my very first post and that planted the germ of an idea because as well as being quite an eye opener the very first card I blogged.............. and some of you will see the funny side of this, as did I because I really had no idea until now, but guess what stamp I used on that card ? Yep, Stampendous P107 Agapanthus Cluster. Friends and those who have been to my classes or demos will know that it's my very favourite stamp and I actually have two lovely wood mounted ones, I bought a second one just in case it was ever discontinued.........sad or what ! And that first card also had a bird and was in Autumnal colours, so it seems some things never change although I hope my crafting has improved over the years as one or two of those early creations make my cringe when I look at them.

Anyway this gave me the perfect idea what I would like Peeps to do to join in my blog celebration...........

Share your all time favourite crafting item by entering a new piece of artwork using it, it can be a stamp, dies, fabric, colouring medium, just whatever you find you return to time and again. And I will be sharing one of two using my favourite P107 as well !!

Each week I am going to select my four favourites from the previous weeks entries and post them on my blog with a link to your blogs and at the end of the four weeks which will be 5th March I will do a random draw of all entries for seven winners who will all receive two sets of dies..........these are brand new ones not available in the shops as yet so I am told.

Here is what you need to do:
  • Pop the picture above onto your sidebar with a link back here.
  • Add your name and project using your favourite craft item to Inlinkz below making sure you link to the post with your favourite piece and not just your blog.
  • Tell me in your post what you have used as your favourite item and mention my candy celebration with a link back here, just the same as when you enter a challenge.
  • You do need to be a follower of my blog, but of course new ones will be very welcome.
  • I am happy for you to enter twice if you wish, but please no more than that.
A final little note, I am often asked why I offer candy so often, well it's simple, I don't get to blog and comment as often as I might like at times due to health issues, so it's my way of thanking all my loyal friends and followers for their support, friendship and constant source of inspiration.

85 comments:

  1. Hiya hun! My favorite crafting item has to be my snowflake-die-set. I linked my entry with link to that tag so you can see all the cards that I have made with them. I just totally love them! :) Let's see if I come with another item that I keep on using...

    Thanks for the chance to win and have a fantastic & fabulous 5th blogaversary!!
    Hugs,
    Eemeli

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  2. Oh Brenda you made me laugh - buying the stamp twice :) l wonder if the rubber wears out lol
    Amazing prize for a lucky winner. Take care x Susan x

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  3. Witaj Brendo , przeszłam do pierwszego Twojego posta i jestem w szoku ,że start miałaś bardzo dobry . Już pierwsza twoja karta była idealna . Ja nie miałam tak dobrego startu . Gratuluję Ci talentu . Lubię wracać do początków , bo widać jak się człowiek rozwija . Ty rozkwitłaś jak kwiatu wiosną . Podziwiam Twoje prace i uwielbiam twoje malowane tła . Jeszcze się odezwę

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  4. Congrats on your blogoversary... I would love to participate but not sure if I will be able to, as I will be moving!! My favorite item would be my punches..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  5. I've been to have a "peek" at your early masterpieces Brenda (it's your own fault...you made me!!) and it struck me how the craft market has erupted over those five years. Peel offs were considered awfully sophisticated even then!! Hope the Grandchildren have forgiven you for the scrapbook page too!! Such a fabulous inspirational and generous event for us to take part in xx

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  6. Many many congratulations dear! I hope you had the most fulfilling journey in the past 5 yrs! Its been over 2 yrs since I came to know you through the blogger world and have loved every creation since then! I haven't come across one person who has a style equivalent to yours.. you are unique and no one can do it the way you do! I wish you many many more crafty years and lots of love and many more followers!

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  7. Hi Brenda, awesome candy!! please, delete my entry!! I entered it by mistake!! so sorry!
    xx

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  8. Congratultions - 5 years is quite a time. Thank you for all you give in friendship & inspiration. I thoroughly enjoy coming to visit & seeing so many different ways of using paper, inks et al….. yet with your hallmark style. I can understand why you have two of that stamp.
    I'm popping the photo onto my sidebar & shall endeavour to join in.
    Do take care & much love from me
    Paula (PEP)

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  9. Brenda - You are awesome! What a fabulous way to celebrate - and CONGRATULATIONS by the way! I will definitely be back to play along with you, dear Brenda. Sending you hugs.

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  10. wow Brenda - what a fabulous idea - I know exactly what I'm going to use - just need to do it now! Lol! Will add your candy banner to my sidebar and thanlks so much for the chance! Hugs rachel xx

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  11. Congrats with 5 years of blogging!
    Great idea! Dont know what I´ll enter jet.. Have two favo´s: DI and PanPastel, that is, next to stamps and stencils...
    You´ll see what I link...
    Enjoy the comments and creations!
    Hugs, Gerrina

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  12. Very kewl Idea thanks for the chance I've linked you all up now just have to create something :)
    hugs Nikki

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  13. Many congrats Brenda. wow 5 years! I also know exactly what to use and will be back soon. I have put your banner in my side bar. Thanks for all your blogging friendship over the last couple of years that I have known you. You are such a kind and generous crafter. Hugs xx

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  14. I love to see people having different ideas of giving away candy and what a fab candy. Congrats on 5 years of blogging. I will have to give this some thought as I have so many favourites but one stamp is springing to mind xx

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  15. This is just the most amazing candy ever!! Wow and what a great way to celebrate!! I will definitely be playing along and BIG CONGRATS on your 5 year anniversary and running such a wonderful blog!

    To my horror I just found I did not actually follow you, though I have you in my blogroll and as you know visit you regularly. Anyway, am following now and your image will be up on my sidebar!
    Big hugs
    Astrid

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  16. What a fun way to enter for the candy. Thank you so much for your generocity. I can't wait to enter.

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  17. Huge congrats on your 5-years in blog land and your 4170 Followers are a clear indication that you are one of the most talented artists out there in blog land, who are loved and admired all around.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  18. BIG Congrats on your 5th blogerversary, Brenda! You are always spoiling us with all your generous goodies and this is really a big one! Thank you so much!

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  19. Huge congrats on your magnificent milestone, Brenda - and what a candy to celebrate. Love your idea of sharing our favourites - hope to be back to play soon!
    Alison xx

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  20. Brenda congrats on your five years in blog.Uauu,what a sweet and amazing candy.
    Hugs,Urška

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  21. Huge, huge congrats on your 5 year blogiversary sweetie, and so very generous of you to celebrate with us in such a way, you really do spoil us. Thank you so much for the chance to join you in your blogiversary celebrations, and of course for the chance to win some awesome goodies. I've linked this up to my sidebar and will be sure to enter the inlinkz just as soon as I sort the post out. Thanks again. Hugs xnx

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  22. This is a fabulous candy Brenda, I won't be joining in this time, but I will add your candy to my sidebar for you this weekend. I think we've been blogging for around the same amount of time and you was of my first friends in blogland, how time flies Brenda, thank you for always being there for me.
    Tracy xxx

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  23. Hello, I love my flower punch. I always do to spice it always looks slightly off. Unfortunately, I have not yet so many punches, but I especially love flowers, trees, butterflies and flourishes. I wish you a wonderful day. Kind regards from Switzerland Barbara

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  24. Congrats on your 5th blogaversary and so kind of you to celebrate it with us this way....thank you very muchg!
    xxx Margreet

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  25. thank you for your nice comment. Oh, and then I'll put me on the weekend at the craft table;)
    lg Barbara

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  26. Wow! Congratulations on the anniversary Brenda and what stunning candy to celebrate.
    Off to see if I can make something now.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  27. Congratulations...where does the time go...quite quickly when you're crafting away - it seems! My fav has to be my flower dies. And my Oval Floral die...use them allllll the time. I can't seem to figure out the correct way to post on my sidebar...but I managed to get some kind of notice up.

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  28. Congrats on 5 years of blogging Brenda! Fab candy to celebrate. hugs, Helena

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  29. Wow, Congratulations on your 5th Blogaversary!!!

    Thank you so much for the chance of winning such wonderful candy, you are so generous.

    Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

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  30. Hi, Brenda, I added pic and link your candy to my sidebar for you yesterday.I have to make something else? hugs, Helena

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  31. Congrats 5th Blogiversarz! I added my card, which have purple color - I love it ;) and dies Spellbinders ;) This is for me perfect combination

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  32. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, Brenda. A 5th anniversary is something that I would like to celebrate in the future :-). At this moment I'm just a beginner. Your candy looks amazing and I thank you for the chance to win your amazing prize.
    I've added a valentine card with small flowers made by my favorite flower puncher.
    Best wishes.
    Renii

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  33. Congrats on your 5th Blogaversary!! I have made a card with my favourite punch and stamp. Thanks so much for the chance to enter :)
    Fiona L x

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  34. good morning Brenda ..
    I was at my craft table yesterday. You can my post, number 11, delete them from your misterlinky. I'll post the new today. I beg your pardon for your trouble. best wishes Barbara

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  35. Hi Brenda... thanks a lot, yes, when I entered it I posted very recently, but i inserted it in the new one this morning!! =))
    thanks a lot for the chance... happy crafting
    Sadia

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  36. Congrats on 5th Blogaversary..I added my card which has quilled hearts and my slotted needle is my favourite item and I absolutely love it..
    I added pic and link on my sidebar of your candy..

    Thanks for giving opportunity to win this..

    Anjali..

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  37. hello Brenda,
    congratulations with your fifth blogaversary!!! and what a present are you give away. wow.
    I have been trying to make something that I like to do. but it is not finished yet......
    have a nice day!! and thank you for the chance.

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  38. WOW, hast du einen schönen Blog und deine Arbeiten sind wunderschön, danke für das candy
    glg Gertrude

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  39. ah B. well done huge congrats on your five year anniversary.. sorry for being bad blogger, and not commenting much, pray and hope you are keeping well.. and recovering for previous treatment..
    Love this challenge/ candy what a clever idea.. and yes know that stamp and love it too smiled when you bought two... we are addicted like that are we not!!??
    Thanks so much for all the learning done on this blog.. and rather think my two masked oval cards were inspired by your PP masked scene ovals ones now I think of it :D
    I had the idea for the wave one in middle of night when could not sleep..Shaz in Oz.x

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  40. Congratulations on your 5th nlogaversary Brenda and Thank you for the invite! I'm now following you and i will link up as soon as i choose a creation to enter!
    Hugs, Hazel xx

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  41. Wow, amazing Blogaversary, just added all you need on my blog and follow yr blog as Alessandra Arena. Thanks for the opportunity and compliments for yr blog. Alessandra

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  42. Oh, my... This candy is absolutely gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of spellbinders dies and love to use them for making cards and other paper projects. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
    Hugs, Ani

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  43. Morning Brenda.
    A HUGE congratulations on 5 years of blogging and I wish you many many more.
    Hopefully I can clear my desk enough to be able to come back and enter :)

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  44. Morning Brenda,
    Hope that you're well... Thank you for inviting me to join in with your celebrations, huge congratulations on your mega, mega milestone of 5 years in blogland and may there be many, many more.
    Lot's & Lot's of Crafty Hugz,
    Lorraine xXx

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  45. Happy 5 years Brenda !
    OMG so fabulous celebration !
    Hmm i have so many favorite items, dies, flowers, dies, lace, dies loool ! But i love Doilies, so sweet on a creation ! So for this time, this is my fav item : doily !
    Thanbkk you Branda for this candy,
    big kisses my friend !
    xxx

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  46. What a wonderfully generous offer, Brenda. I've just entered and added the photo to my blog sidebar. I admit that since I got my first set of basic dies, I've gone crazy over them and my latest favourites are all the incredible 'framing' dies. I seem to turn to them for nearly everything.

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  47. Hi hunny wow were has the time gone congratulations hun great idea too hun and thanks for telling about the fab candy hun. My favourite craft item well two, actually hun must be my distress inks, and my spellbinders key dies love them to bits and always use them in one way or another love hugs cheryl thanks again sweetie xx

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  48. Congratulations Brenda on your Blogaversary :-) Thanks for the "invite" to enter such a fabulous Candy... I've linked and added details to my post saying that my favourite craft items are my trusty Cuttlebug and my Copic markers; there are so many other "favourites" too once you start thinking about it - for instance I NEVER make a card without using my paper trimmer, poor thing is taken for granted, lol. Thanks also for your visits to my blog and your encouraging comments, I really appreciate them. Keep well, Donna xx

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  49. Mine is so silly...I love using dies! If i won the lottery I would buy every die available...lol
    My second favourite thing is bling. Love using diamonds and pearls on my images and cards...silly I know...but true.

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  50. Thank you for telling me about the fabuous candy you have. What a great contest. I entered the card you suggested. I think I have nicer cards but it did use my favourite so...
    Off to catch up a bit more on your blog...

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  51. Hi Brenda,first congrats and thanks for your invitatiuon and this great celebration. I love it and your work. I love at this time working and playing with alcohol ink and let see my cards. Offen I stamp on it, also by this ones. x

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  52. Hello Brenda,
    first congrats with 5 years of blogging and i wish you many many years more! Thanks for the invitation to enter on a Dream-Candy! I love Penny Black Stamps ;-) I'm now following you.
    Hugs,
    Daniela

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  53. Hi Brenda. My entry is no.54. My favourite craft item to use is my variety of punches. On this card I have used a circle punch to create the round folded circle embellishments.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  54. Happy bloggerversary! I am one of your newest followers as i have only just found you through a comment you made on my blog, I would love to join in the candy fun but need to ask a question...do I need to make something new? or can I link up to my favourite card using the stamp i love? I hope you enjoy many more years of blogging / crafting xx

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  55. Hi Brenda!
    Congratulations on your 5th Blogaversary! Thank you so much for the invitation, it is so generous of you!! I wish you many more creative years of inspirations!!! I am already follow your blog:)). I love work playing with glitters and sparkles and spellbinders too. You can see my cards.
    Sending hugs across the miles (*-*)
    Vinita

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  56. A very happy blogaversary Brenda - it takes some effort to keep a blog for 5 years so well done on your wonderful efforts - but with your beautiful cards, creative talents and all round fab posts I'm not really surprised - big hugs judith xx

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  57. Happy blogaversary!!! I've added my card to the linky, and the piccie to my sidebar, and I'm a longtime follower of your blog Brenda ♥ I'd love to be in with a chance to win this generous and awesome candy - spellbinders are on the top of my fave list too - but no.1 will always be Tim Holtz' Distress inks ♥

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  58. Great happy blogaversary Brenda and wow your followers are amazing...I am already a follower and just need to say thanks so much for this chance to win...it's awesome...

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  59. Congratulations on your fifth anniversary Brenda may there be many, many more. Thank you so much for the chance to win a prize.

    Pat xx

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  60. Congratulations and it's pretty awesome candy.kaikki butterfly punches, and the frame is something here.I gross my fingers and hope..

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  61. Hi Brenda - I've been a follower of yours for ages now and love your creations. I'd like to join in but I don't have a sidebar on my blog so I can't put the picture there.
    Will it be okay to just put the picture in my post.
    Ann xxx

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  62. Hello, here I am. For my favourite crafting item I use paper punch and beads In all shapes and colour...
    Love your candy and thank you for inviting me ♥

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  63. Hello Brenda!
    Congrats on your blogoversary!
    Wonderful candy.
    My favorite crafting item is my Cricut Mini.
    Thanks for the chance to win .
    Hugs

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  64. Spróbuję szczęscia w również tym tygodniu

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  65. Hi Brenda - thank you for your super quick reply to my question about the sidebar. I've added my card now. Bit of a funny favourite really as it's not a stamp and I love stamps, but hey ho it is something I use time and time again.
    Ann xxx

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  66. Hi Brenda , thanks for the lovely comment you left on my card , did pop over and join in the fun here xx

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  67. Hi Brenda, well I finally made the time to sit down and play so that I could join the fun here! I hope my reasons and explanation are okay. Thank you for the chance and for all the inspiration xx

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  68. Hello Brenda,congrats on your blogaversary.
    My favorit crafting on this moment are dies.
    My husband gave me a cutting and emboss machine on my birthday[1 januari] and that makes me very happy.
    So the toplist of needs for crafting are now dies
    I love the Spelbinder dies candy,so fingers crossed[and little prayers]
    I've just entered and added the photo to my sidebar
    Gr Elly

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  69. This is fabulous Brenda and thank you so much for the chance to win. Gosh there is so many favourite crafty items but because I have wanted to Doo Hickey heart die for so long and have finally bought it, it has to be my favourite product.
    Congratulations on the last five years and I will look forward to visiting your blog for the next fine.
    Hugs Sharon. x

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  70. Congratulations on your 5th blogaversary, Brenda and Thank you for the invite!!! My favorite crafting item is Penny Black stamps and also lots of patterned papers. :-)

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  71. Hi hun hope its okay to add another project hugs cheryl xx

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  72. Happy 5 years Brenda ! My favorite crafting item is Aurora,and I like to do alone flowers in my projects ! Thanks for the chance :)

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  73. Hi Brenda, Thank you for pointing me to your blog. Big congrats on your anniversary. I'm off to add your link to my blog. Hugs Wynn x

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  74. Hi Brenda,
    Wishing you a very happy 5th blogvaersary! Wow that's quite an achievement :) I have just linked up my card for your blogaversary celebration. Wishing you many more years of crafting ahead :)

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  75. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, and that is 5 years of providing amazing inspiration to the crafting world :) Amazing achievement. I bet that original stamp is still going strong - you'll probably never need to use the backup!

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  76. Congratulations Brenda! Thank you so much for offering such wonderful prizes to us. I had to enter two. I love all of Spellbinders dies; but I also love my Joy Crafts Butterfly edge; so I had to enter both. I would love to win; but I know the winner will be happy! I love your story about your first card and favorite stamp. We love what we love! I have so many favorites; that I just don't have time to use them all. LOL!

    I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow my blog as well; if you aren't already. Have a fabulous week!

    Hugs, Gloria

    http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

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  77. Congrats on your 5th blogaversary, Brenda. Thank you for the sweet invitation. It's great to join the fun here. Hugs :)xxx

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  78. I don't get to blog very much either. I do love your creations and try to stop by when I can. I love the scenery that you create with the Pan Pastels. Do you have any tutorials on You Tube? I would love to learn how you create your skies and grass. Thanks for the giveaway and for you creative genius!

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  79. Hi Brenda, congratulations on your 5th blogaversary!
    Thank you for the invitation. I've been observing your blog for a while, but obviously somehow I missed this post. Thank you for this awesome candy!!!
    I like your story about this stamp. I'm sure thos rubber will last for a long time.
    My favourite crafting items are dies. I can't imagine my projects without them. In each and every one there must be at least one die. Even now when my children (somehow!) had brokem crank handle in my BS I'm using my "marvellous" machine.
    Thank you for all the inspirations you gave me for those time. Have another wonderful 55555 years of blogging!
    XOXO
    Agnieszka

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  80. Thank you for your wonderful comment on my Sister Owl shadowbox *U* I am a follower and have blogged/linked up my favorite crafting item - designer papers and punches/die cuts. Thanks for the chance to win 2 spellbinders die cut. Happy 5th Blogaversary.

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  81. Wow - Brenda 5 years of blogging.A massive congratulations.You are so kind and generous to us all and we all think you are one talented and inspiring lady.Thank you for letting me post my card up - it is an honour to celebrate with you.Big hugs dear friend.Hugs Debbie x

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  82. I finally uploaded my entry, happy 5th bloggerversary! Thank you for the opportunity to win the blog candy, you are so generous, I had a lot of fun creating this centre step card and playing with my favourite things, I just couldn't stop smiling!, You made me think for a while on what really is my favourite! thanks a;so for the comment on my previous card my name is Teresa not Frea though LOL, have a great week and good luck to everyone xx

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  83. Wooo hooo! Happy 5th Blogaversary hun! Thanks for such fabulous way to celebrate. Big crafty hugs xxx

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  84. Wow!!! great idea! Have a great day
    DIANA L.
    dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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