Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FUN!

Today is about having some fun! But it starts with me being thankful. SO thankful for not only the blessings in my real life, but the blessings from all the online friends I have had the privilege of getting to know. I can’t believe it, but I passed 300,000 hits early last week!! I am totally amazed! And its all thanks to you!! So, in honor of the milestone, let’s bring out the blog candy!

300 000 blog candy 2

The first part of the candy includes 2 Spellbinders Impressabilities. Spellbinders not only makes fabulous products that unleash my creativity, but they are truly wonderful to work for! I am thankful for the opportunity to create projects for them! Words could never express my thanks to Spellbinders!!

Also included is the stamp set, Vintage Greetings from Pink Persimmon. Another company that is wonderful to work for! I am thankful that Darcy and Judi have allowed me to work with their fabulous modern vintage images!

Stampendous is yet another happy place to be a part of! Talk about creativity and generosity!! And some clever products!! I have included two Fun Flock jars from them.

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Ah, the new Elmer’s Scrapbooking glues, Painter Pens, and the never out of reach X-Acto knife. Adhesives are good and seeing as I love to cut pieces out of patterned paper, the knife is also very good!

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And some more random knick knacks like, My Mind’s Eye die cut shapes and journal spots, SEI stamps, two clear scraps albums, Basic Grey stamps, Creative Imaginations rub ons, and a handful of Glitz glitter and gem stickers. Yes, all of this paper crafting goodness will be sent to the randomly drawn winner! Wahoo! That looks like a ton of winter fun!! :)

first stamp

Here is my first rubber stamp ever, from Stampendous. It was given to me by my mother-in-law to stamp our wedding invitations. This is where it all began. Add in an embossing ink pad, gold powder, and a heat gun, and the passion began. Sure, it was put on hold for a while, but somehow, it came back, and I am thankful it did. What an adventure paper crafting has taken me on in my life!

And that is how you can win the candy; Leave a comment here telling me about your very first stamp or you very first paper crafting purchase. You MUST answer the question (hey, its fun to read your stories) and you MUST MUST MUST leave me your email address at the end of your post. If you omit this information and I draw your name, you won’t be chosen as the winner. And that would make me sad. You may enter once and you have until 10 pm CST on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

thanks for listening and as always, thank you for stopping by!!


137 comments:

Our Little Inspirations said...

Congrats on your hits! Whew! That's a lotta stampin'!!
My first stamping experience was to take a card-making class at my LSS where I purchased the SU! Sketch It set immediately after the class. I was hooked instantly and the rest is history. I still have that set and probably won't ever part with it.
carolee925 at g mail dot com

Drika said...

My first paper crafting purchase was a loong time ago: some decorated scissors (which I´ve never used again), a corner rounded punch and some paper.

Congrats on your hit!!
Adriana
drikale@terra.com.br

Valerie C said...

Ten years ago a friend invited me to a Creative Memories party. Quite frankly I was aggravated, she had several different "parties" where you had to buy something. I thought this one was a particular waste. Once we started I was totally enthralled. I bought a paper cutter, paper rounder, album, and some stickers. I still use that paper rounder. My friend never used her scrapbooking stuff but, it ended up being my FAVORITE "party" ever. It gave me something to feel passionate over! Ten years later it still makes me feel the same way! Thanks for the oppurtunity to win.
Valerie C
fuzzypinkroses@yahoo.com

Deebi27 said...

Do 2 different starts count? 15 years ago I found a really neat store in Chicago on a field trip with my than HS graduating daughter. I remember buying a Celebrate stamp and some little jewel tone stamp pads to do invites for my daughter...like you it never happened. She graduated, but no party.
More recently I feel like I kinda fell in and don't know exactly how it all happened. I remember the 1st of the year telling my now getting married daughter that I would furnish the invites for the wedding and make all the invite for her shower. Boy I bit off a big one...Crimped Envelope, Melanie Muenchinger did a tutorial on this. they were beautiful and it just seems like a blur now!

Morgaine said...

My first stamping purchase was a while ago when I took a stamping class with my mother. I believe it was either a snowflake or a little santa stamp, that I got to make handmade tags. :)
I still have both of those stamps and still use them actually!
thanks for a chance to win!
-Morgaine
morgaineford@yahoo.com

Pamela said...

My daughter invited me to a Stampin Up party and I was hooked. I started with one set of the ink pads and some paper. I honestly can't remember what stamp set I ordered. I was hooked. I love making cards...although I thought that I would be scrapbooking more. I love making cards but have been sidelined a bit because of a family illness. I do what I can when I can, which has been more frequent lately.

Thanks for a chance to win and have a wonderful day.

pscole3467 at gmail dot com

Life At Camellia Cottage said...
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Life At Camellia Cottage said...

For me, paper crafting was more computer generated at first, using clipart software and a few embellishments. I guess some colored cardstock from Garden Ridge's craft department was my first paper crafting purchase. Since stamping came later, my first stamps were some Rhonna Farrer clear stamps, which I still have and use.

Great giveaway! Becky

camelliacottage1@live.com

rosegarden - Laura Fiskateer 5939 said...

My first stamp? It was a set of flowers from Stampin up that a friend and I split. I got the rose on a step and a calla lily. It's funny how I still go back to that stamp today. I love the detail and how nice it is to stand alone without color or a tad bit of water color to give it the regal look. I know I made cards and gift tags that first year with those. I still find traces of those first stamps when I dig out my wrapping supplies.
lcushman76atgmaildotcom

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Maggie said...

Wow! Congrats on hitting 300,000!
I can't remember the first stamp I bought, but I do remember buying some paper for the first time at the dollar store and I believe I bought some glitter glue pens too. Thanks for the chance to win your mahvelous candy!
m_herring_1961@yahoo.com

☼ Cheryl* said...

Wow 300,000 hits! Way to go :)
My 1st stamp...
Well, I went to papermil for some card but as soon as I went in, I KNEW I'd be buying more! Over to the stamps I went and I saw loads of nice ones but, as it was my 1st I didn't want to get a really expensive one (as I thought knowing me i'd of ruined it somehow) and I saw some reduced ones and I got 2 smirk stamps and also 1 forever friends stamp! I still use them now but not as much.

Oops I forgot to add my email in my above post!

My email is ch3rrie@hotmail.co.uk

Linda E said...

The first stamp set to lure me into the wonderful world of stamping was the Stampin' Up! Cold Play Snowman set. It actually wans't mine. Rather it was a gift that my then 7-year-old daughter received. Of course she needed help stamping and the rest, as you say, is history. About a year later, I was at a Scrapbook Expo and met a SU consultant. I started taking her classes and now my stamping collection includes multitude of SU sets plus tons of Technique Tuesday, Hero Arts, Inkadinkadoo, etc! Thanks for sharing your story and all of your beautiful projects. Any chance you'll post a picture of your wedding invitation for us to see?
LJEterno@aol.com

Robbie said...

My first stamp was a small rose on a stem. I thought I would "try" it as I used brass stencils only at that time. I shared with the lady (this was at a craft fair) that I would probably not like stamping because I loved the other so much. She told me that once I tried stamping that I would love it. I just smiled and bought the stamp. She smiled (cunningly) at me...now I know why! I was hooked only on one stamp!! I've not turned back since. Oh, the knowledge she possessed......

Arrica said...

Our first stamping purchase was a wood base rubber stamp with the Irish blessing, The Lord keep you... and it was purchased, not by me, but by my husband! haha He actually purchased the first several stamps and inks along with some cardstock. His approach was very simple and his motivation was to save money. I took it to a new level though. ;o)

Arrica said...

Arrica@familycapers.com - oops ;o)

Rox-Ann said...

Super congrats on 300,000+ hits Kim and oh that stamps brings back great memories!! You have really come along way in creating congrats!! Love ya Rox-Ann (MIL)

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Peggy said...

First, Congratulations on all the hits. My first scrapbooking experience was in 1995 when I wanted to scrapbook my wedding pictures. I didn't have a clue as to what to buy. I went to Joanns and they weren't any help so I figured it out on my own. What can I say except it was my first album and will always hold a special place in my heart. Scrapbooking and stamping have changed a lot over the years but one thing remains constant that I love to creative and love to see what others are creating. By the way, I have many of those precious moment stamps and that is the topper that was on my wedding cake.
Blessings,
Peggy
pegy.allen@gmail.com

connie said...

Congrats on the hits! I first started scrapbooking about 4-5yrs ago. Whenever I would go to my mom's her neighbor would see me and the grandkids sitting outside with my mom and she and her daughter would walk over and visit. We became friends. One day when I went to my mom's she walked over and said you have to come see what I got. She had ordered a scrapbooking kit off of QVC and signed up at our LSS for basic scrapbooking classes. The next time she showed me what she had created. That was it! That weekend she and I went to Michael's and I got a paper pad, adhevise and some embellishments ( I just borrowed her other supplies I needed). I have been hooked ever since.

connie said...

My comment was so long I forgot to add my email. sorry!
connie@drsmanda.com

Yoli said...

Congrats on the hits! That is awesome! Now to your ?. I don't remember the 1st stamp I purchased but I remember how I got involved in this craft. I was working part-time at Michaels while in grad school. I would see so many customers buying what I called "this expensive piece of wood". Did not know how it was used but it was obviously popular. I asked a co-worker who was very artistic and that was the beginning of my love affair with rubber stamps. Could you believe I use to heat emboss over an electric stove? Couldn't afford the heat gun in grad school! Yoli (ynatal@msn.com)

Diane said...

My first stamp was an old crow...I know weird, but I was doing about 15 craft shows a year and sewing primitive crafts, like old crows on spindles and things like that, my first stamps were purchased to make the prim tags I had on every item...it just blossomed from then on...and I have loved every minutes of it...the paper is like buying fabric...I just can't stop myself! Thanks for the chance...I subscribe to your blog and love it!!

Diane said...

Well darn it... here I forgot to leave my email address for above dianegreghov@att.net...sorry not used to doing that!!

lisa808 said...

Congrats on 300K hits! That is so sweet that your MIL bought you the stamp for your wedding invitations.

My first stamping purchase was the SU Frosty set along with Basic Black and Real Red ink pads. A friend of mine was having a SU party and I knew asolutely nothing about stamping at the time. She even mounted the set for me when it came in! I used that purchase to make my very first Christmas cards.

Thanks for the chance to win your very generous blog candy. My E-mail address is lisawhs808 at aol dot com.

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Anonymous said...

My first stamp set I bought was a dandalion set from Stampin Up,that was in June of 2006.I can't beleive what a monster I have created.Love it .
Jocelan
bjperr2@gmail.com

Terri E. said...

Congrats on your success! My first ever purchase was from a Stampin Up party. I still love their products, but I am also loving many other companies as well.

It's a good life!
Terri E.
territrotter@hotmail.com

Jemma said...

Hi Kimberly, love the blog, keep that inspiration coming please! The first craft thing I bought was a pack of blank cards and some 3D foam and some wrapping paper with a repeating pattern. I had seen a lady on a TV Craft show do some decoupage and thought I could do that with wrapping paper! Turns out you can't!!! Oh dear, ended up buying some proper decoupage sheets and having stopped buying craft stuff ever since - although my tastes have changed wildy since I began and I like to think that my cards look a bit more professional now! Lol! Well I hope so! Thanks again for all the inspiration you give me, Jemma xxx jemcraftmemories@yahoo.co.uk

msfreida said...

CONGRATS on your MEGA-HITS! :) HOW AWESOME!
My first paper crafting project was in 1991 when I made my entire Girl Scout troop individual scrapbooks of their GS experiences. The only stamp that was out at the time was the GS emblem. It's amazing what you can do with one stamp! :)
Thanks for a chance to win your jackpot!
Freida
freida38801@yahoo.com

Deandykes@yahoo.com said...

I went to a friend's house who had just begun selling Stampin' Up. She was showing me some thing and I saw a stamp set with a tea set. I collect tea pitchers and cups and I had to have that. That was my very first set. I loved it then and I love it now. People know it's me when they see a tea set. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

Congrats on so many hits!! Thanks for the chance to win. My very first stamp was a Thank You stamp. I had intentions on making thank you's for my wedding showers.....it never happened. Then I am upon Close to My Heart about 4 years ago and have been hooked since.

jmswift5@yahoo.com

Thanks, Michelle

Carolyn Lontin said...

Congrats on your blog hits!

AWESOME EYE-CANDY! :)

My cousin came to visit when my son was 8 months old & she saw my pile of photos & said "you should scrapbook" so we went to Michael's bought some stuff ... But DH & I kept thinking there was more than just this ... I found a Memories store & went CRAZY! Have been goin' crazy for the past 8 years now! :)

calontin@comcast.net

craftsbygloria said...

Good Morning Kimberly,
Congrats on all of those hits!!!
My first stamping experience was with my 2 1/2 year old son, we were making cards for Father's Day. We went down to the local craft store to get everything. We worked on the cards all afternoon. (He is now 34 years old and I still have that card.) Now I am crafting with my Granddaughter she made her first card when she was the same age, I think we started a tradition. I have never stopped from that first time. I think I have done every craft out their and I still go back to card making and scrapbooking. Thank you for letting me go on and on! Gloria
craftsbygloria@comcast.net

Trace Geworsky said...

My first stamp set was the flourish set from Autumn leaves..since then I have been hooked..I am gaga for stamps:)
Trace
scrapper_t@mts.net

Mary Beth said...

My first stamps were well loved SU hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law. Even now, I still love to receive a surprise box from her full of gently used delights! mbzlmt@comcast.net

Lynda said...

As with many stampers my first experience with stamping was an invite to a Stampin Up party! What started with one 'Cute Kids' stamp has evolved into an entire room filled with stamps! They are like potato chips "once you start you can't stop buying them"! TFS
regulargrammy@comcast.net

Erin Frase said...

I bought SU sets from a friend about 15-20 years ago to "help her out." I didn't do a thing with them for many years, but then I started watching Carol Duvall on HGTV, and that was that. I saw the Magenta girls work their magic, and I found a teacher who sold Magenta products and I haven't stopped for over five years now. It's therapeutic and satisfying!
erboyle@optonline.net

Karen said...

About 15 years ago a friend introduced me to stamping. I raced to the stamp store (now sadly gone) and bought several stamps, paper, embossing powder, and a heat gun. I've been at it ever since. I don't remember exactly which stamps I bought that day, but I remember I thought it was quite costly. Little did I know what this hobby would ultimately cost me--but no regrets. I have always enjoyed it.

Karen@Walkermedia.net

Sheila said...

My first stamping purchase was at a "DOTS" party...I still have them....not sure if I will use them ever again but you just never know...Love your blog and all your inspiration! Congrats on the hits!
Sheila
kslkhardie@msn.com

Pat said...

My very first stamp purchase was back in 1993, and yes, I still have it. It is an outline stamp of the lower 48 states, as we had sold our home, bought an RV and started a great adventure of traveling to see this great land. The traveling ended 7-1/2 years later, but not the stamping. What a fun memory -- thanks for giving pause to recall such a wonderful time.

renee said...

Congrats on you its!! How exciting!! My first stamp set I got was called "Noel" and it was from D.O.T.S I dont think they are called that anymore, that was about 20 years ago I still remember looking at the receipe in the D.O.T.S catty trying to get it just like the pic. lol Still love stamping!! Thanks for the chance to win. Blessings, Renee

raynay68@comcast.net

Pat said...

Oh, no, I forgot to put my email address -- hopefully I can submit this again. My very first stamp purchase was back in 1993, and yes, I still have it. It is an outline stamp of the lower 48 states, as we had sold our home, bought an RV and started a great adventure of traveling to see this great land. The traveling ended 7-1/2 years later, but not the stamping. What a fun memory -- thanks for giving pause to recall such a wonderful time.

kpmartin@bwmail.us

Bets Bits said...

congrats on all the hits cants say I am suprised as you are such a wonderful insperation to us all !!

My first stamp was a hero arts butterfly as I love butterflys that was 6 years ago and I would hate to tell you how many stamps I now have ! thank you again for chance to win
Betty betsbits@hotmail.com

Cheri said...

Hi Kimberly,
My first introduction to stamping was when I went to mom's club at church and a Stampin' Up demo was there to help us make a couple cards. I was soooo sucked in! I got my first stamp set off ebay a week later and haven't looked back! It is such a big part of my world now, I can hardly remember what I did before I stamped! Thank you for all the inpspiration and fun and CONGRATS on your blog hits! Cheri cherbyface@hotmail.com

Mary said...

My very first stamp was a gift from a former boss of mine. She gave me a dove stamp along with embossing ink and powder. Honestly, I don't think I ever used it, but I still have that stamps 20 years later. I finally got into stamping wholeheartedly when I went to a Stampin' Up party several years ago. Been having tons of fun ever since! Congrats on your blog hits milestone! My email is mhenny at gmail dot com.

ahuerta said...

It's difficult to remember, because I was so young. I think it was these clear stamp things that were made for puff paints and shirt making. Each clear stamp had its own clear box. The next one I remember more clearly was a vintage looking rose, but I'm not sure of the company. One thing I do know for sure is that ink pads used to be terrible when I was a kid. They were all dye ink, and not very good one! Thanks for the opportunity to share a story and win some goodies.

annieg said...

My very first purchase was a set of Marvy markers, Adirondak black ink pad and watercolor paper to do watercolor stamping on cards. I had taken a class at my local library and after that, I was hooked. I discovered that night that I worked one mile from a major scrapbooking store and on my "lunch hour" I spent $500 on everything I need to begin the journey. I am sure it has been thousands of dollars from then until now, but more importantly, I have made thousands of friends and spent thousands of hours in pure bliss being inspired and exploring my creativity!!
governalea@hotmail.com

Angela Fehr said...

I clearly remember the first time I saw heat embossing and that was what got me interested in stamping. I lived in Papua New Guinea and someone sent us a letter that had an embossed stamped image on it. I remember thinking "That is so cool! I am going to find out what that is called and learn how to do it." I was sixteen. Sixteen years later, I still have the first stamp I bought, a cute little bunny from PSX.

Amanda said...

I started "scrapbooking" when I was in college. I had never heard of scrapbooking before, but just had colored paper laying around and wanted to display my pictures in a fun way. After I got two books done I learned about scrapbooking. It's fun to look back and see what I did before I had any clue. I keep learning more and more and have started making cards and stamping. So, my first items were the squigly scissors and just colored computer paper.
Amanda --- amandakaylove@gmail.com

Erin said...

My first scrapbook purchace has to be stickers. My step mom purchaced me all the basics. Fiskars paper trimmer, xyron machine, album , tape runner and album. I went out to buy the stickers to do a album about my trip to vegas. Wow that was along time ago.lol

Thank you so much for the chance to win. And congrats on your hits. I just love your blog.

Thank you,
Erin
ema12779@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I was in my doctor's office waiting to have a mamogram. I brought a scrapbook magazine to look at. The nurse noticed what I was reading and asked if I stamped. I had not. She showed me a Stampin Up catalog and the rest is history! I've been a stamper ever since.
Teresa Blue
tmblueb@hotmail.com

Lindsay said...

I began scrapbooking in middle school. So it being over 10 years ago, I was very much into stickers and colored paper!
I have progressed greatly over the years, and even find random things to use as embellishments.
The first stamps I ever used was a Stampin' Up! set my mom had purchased back in 1992. It was a Christian set, and Istill have it to this day!
Thanks for the fun post!
Lindsay
ucophotogirl(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sacha said...

The first stamp I ever bought was a set from Stampin' Up! that had a construction theme with a little dump truck and a little worker. I still have it although I haven't used it in a very long time. Hmm...I might have to pull it out and use it again. Thanks for the chance to win awesome blog candy!

srrowe@shaw.ca

Shirley said...

My first stamp purchase was at Provo Craft in Utah where my husband was working on his doctorate. I needed something to keep my step daughter entertained. So we found these rubber stamps, bought some paper, embossing powder and went home to have a blast! Learned quickly that a hair dryer does not melt embossing powder. We were both so proud of our final products and decided to buy some more stamps. What wonderful memories of my first experience with rubber stamping. Now with over 3,000 stamps, I keep going and going and going. Thanks for the chance to win those wonderful goodies. Congratulations on your blog.
Please use the email address below my name.
Shirley L.
shirlee@surewest.net

Monika/Buzsy said...

Congrats on your hits Kimberly. It's funny... I believe my first couple of sets were Precious Moments... the ones on foam. :o) TFS!
buzsy@yahoo.com

Monika/Buzsy said...

Congrats on your hits Kimberly. It's funny... I believe my first couple of sets were Precious Moments... the ones on foam. :o) TFS!
buzsy@yahoo.com

Jena said...

What a fun give-away! I couldn't tell you what my first stamp was because it all started at a very young age when my grandma started a tradition - she gives each girl in the family a stamp for Christmas, so I had quite a collection before stamping ever became such a passion to me! Thanks for a chance at some fun prizes! jvdevries22@hotmail.com

Kimberly Ann said...

My first stamp purchase was a stamp set from Stampin Up called Flaky Friends and two ink pads. The stamps were set of snowmen with sentiments for the Christmas holiday. I remember being outraged at the price because I could buy something like 4-6 boxes of cards after the holidays for the same amount of money. Well, that was 7 years ago and many, many, many stamps sets ago ;)
kahether@netzero.net

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh my goodness...that is causing my brain to stall...let's see; I think it was a little trio of penguins that are dancing. I just adore penguins. I still have that stamp too! How exciting...awesome candy!
waldee@juno.com

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you! I still have the very first stamp that I ever purchased. I bought it at Michael's, my favorite craft store, and it was a cherub. I've had it for about 8-9 years and have only used it once on a card that I made a few years ago. I bought it mainly becuase I was obsessed with angels. I don't think I'll ever get rid of it.
Ana
(blueanagel@yahoo.com)

carol snedden said...

many years ago stopped at a caligraphy shop in SC on a road trip. They were demo embossing, which I had never seen. There were kits which had ink, embossing pow, and instruc. I had no heat gun, but tried with a elec. fry pan, the toaster, etc. Now this hobby has taken over the entire second floor and I still have my first heat gun, which I purchased soon after.
Sneddene@bellsouth.net

Amber said...
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Amber said...

My first stamp purchase were those giant Making Memories foam letter stamps and I am so ashamed to say this...they are still in the packaging...never used!!! Maybe I should pull them out and give them a whirl!!! Thanks for the chance to win! Love the blog!!!!

aidanick@mts.net

Iris said...

My first stamp was an angel stamp which I used a few times and then forgot for a long time. Then I went to a Stampin Up party where I learned a few stamping techniques and purchased a stamp set called Best Borders and a black ink pad. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. I now have lots and lots of stamp sets, ink pads, patterned paper etc. and I make lots of cards.I still have that little angel stamp too. Thanks for a chance to win. Iris Soscia
isoscia@aol.com

Linda said...

My first scrapbooking project was making a book for my granddaughter. My daughter got me into scrapbooking and took me to Michael's for a "few" basics. LOL - It's never-ending basics!!! Now I'm addicted. I thank you Kim and many others for all your help. My first purchase wasn't a stamp - that came later (now I have hundreds)it was primarily paper, scissors,adhesive, etc.
Now all my spare time is spent doing cards, pages, working with copics, related art projects. I love it all.

Linda - polarbowl@comcast.net

Nicky Hsu said...

Congrats!! Kimberly, I've become a fan for a while. It's such a treat to see your creation every time.

My first stamp is Christmas greeting when I started to send out X'mas cards to my family and friends in Taiwan last year. YES, I am from Taiwan and living in Seattle right now.

This is also how I start my card making life which is a good life.
Thanks for the yummy treat.

brigittel@gmail.com

Sherry said...

Congrats on the blog hits! Wowie! Let's see I can remember like it was yesterday the first introduction to stamping I had was being invited to a SU party back in 1987 I believe! I still have the first card that I ever made and my very first purchase was a stamp pad in choc chip! Oh, and I have a Precious Moments figurine identical to your stamp.. how funny is that! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

mary said...

WHAT A GENEROUS WAY TO CELEBRATE ALL YOUR HITS! MY FIRST STAMP WAS A TEDDY BEAR AND AT THAT TIME I THOUGHT IT WOULD COVER ALL KINDS OF CARDS FROM KIDS TO ADULT-------NOT
Mary
lukeman@ns.sympatico.ca

momof5sons said...

My first stamping experience was an SU party hosted by my second cousin's wife. Though Charlie and I had grown up together, we lost touch until our kids were in the same Kindergarten class. I had a great time and ended up buying well over $200 worth of products. Stamping has allowed me to keep in touch with their family and a whole new circle of stamping friends. And of course I now have a wonderful outlet for my creative side.
Thanks for all of the inspiration you have been giving me in the months I've been viewing your blog.
Blessings,
Marie at m.st.john@embarqmail.com

Sherry said...

OMGosh I forgot to add my email address to my post above.. and you even mentioned not to forget! Darn!I posted having the Precious Moments Figurine... here it is:
sstaley@twcny.rr.com

Anonymous said...

My very first stamp(s) were patriotic ones and used to stamp history assignments that students had turned in to me. I now have 3 drawers of just patriotic images and still add to that collection when I find treasures. I am thankful for you & also your inspiration! sUSAn
caribou6@chartermi.net

Anonymous said...

My first stamp set was from a stampin up party hosted by a friend. It came with a pear (still cool) and a great Thank you. Since then, i started to collect thank you's in all shapes and sizes.

jerunge@gmail.com

scrapnhawaii said...

WOW! That's a lot of hits, some of which are mine!!! Love your blog. What a great blog candy....I'm leaving a comment!!

scrapnhawaii@yahoo.com

Aimee said...

My very first stamp was by stampin up! it was alittle mouse holding a heart and I'm still stamping after almost six years... I can never get enough supplies either because there is so many new stamps being created

peggy nickelson said...

Congratulations on you numerous blog hits.
I really enjoy seeing your project postings.
My first papercrafting purchase was an order from Creative Memories about 11 years ago. It included many stickers, photo splits and a really small paper trimmer. I have evolved tremedously over the years and it makes me smile when I think of how exciting it was to complete my first scrapbook page, including cropping my photos into decorative shapes!
Peggy N.

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Thebug415 said...

My first stamp purchase was a tiny 1x1 inch owl stamp. I think I was 12 or 13 when I got it. Like you, I stamped before, and took a VERRRRRY long break. I returned to stamping while I was pregnant with my 3rd baby...who will be 3 this March. Since then my collection has...well...taken over an entire room in my basement =). I too have that precious moments bride and groom, I used it to make a wedding card for my oldest brother when I was 16! Congrats on the hits!

thebug415@verizon.net

Jackie said...

Wow, congrats on 300k! I think my first stamping purchase was at a Stampin' Up party many years ago, probably a stamp set (or two!) and some inks but truthfully I don't remember. I didn't even know we had an LSS, but when I did find it....well, that was the beginning of a lifelong addiction. Thanks for the chance at this wonderful blog candy!

jcparkins@gmail.com

debbie said...

My very first stamp was a tiny smiley face I purchased with babysitting $$ back in 1972...giving away my age! This stamp is still in my collection & gets used for envelope seals with wax!! Thank you so much for the chance to win...a couple weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend the Stampendous Warehouse sale!! Now I have Changito ALL OVER THE PLACE!! LOL!!!!
debhight@socal.rr.com

Val said...

My sister and I stamped invites to my bridal shower in 2000 and then I took a break until 2004 when she convinced me to join a stamp club, I was hesitant but I joined and bought my first stamp set, sincere salutation. I was such a newbie, I didn't even know I had to cut them before mounting!!! Now, stamping takes up as much time as I can give it and I just love it!!!!!!!
vmarsv@aol.com

Pam said...

My first stamping experience was at a Stamping Up party. I was immediately hooked and have been at it for over 10 years now!! My first set was a snowman set, I dont' remember the name however to this day snowmen stamps are some of my favorite.
This is some vey awesome blog candy! Thanks for the chance

pjsteff@live.com

Gabriela said...

What a great question! My very first rubber stamp was a pair of lips in the shape of a kiss. I used it to stamp the emd of a letter, or if I was feeling really bold, the back of the envelope in red ink of course. My next rubber stamps were the pre-inked variety that stamp COPY and ORIGINAL. Go figure!

Patti said...

Wow! I can't remember my first purchase of stamps but I do remember going to the local Ben Franklin to check them out. I also bought paper from the local office supply store so i could get some colored card stock. (what was I thinking!!)
My first purchase of an acrylic stamp sent me into my newest obsession and it hasn't stopped yet!
Congrats on your 300,000 hits! Now that's a hit worth taking!!

Patti Johnson
johnsonp33@gmail.com

Charlene said...

Wow! That's alot of people who like your creativity. My first experience in paper crafting was a scrapbook party about 10 years ago. Then that lead to Stampin' Up workshops. Enjoy making my own cards and scrapbook pages.
Charlene
crees48@sbcglobal.net

Marian Berggren said...

Congratulations!!
Oh my goodness - I have had stamps for about 35 years and used them with my own sons and at school with the kids and also at Sunday School and Bible School.
Stamping just for myself to make cards and for scrapbooking - I went to a Stamping Up party about 5 years ago, made some cards with the dealers stamps, bought a wildlife set with a bear, moose, tree and geese flying - and I was hooked!! Now I'm trying to find room for all my stamps!! And I am still bringing stamps to school so students can make cards :)

marian_berggren@tricounty.k12.mn.us

PatsyB said...

This is so embarrassing but my first stamp was a pig in a bikini that said, "Sizzlin"! I still have her and I laugh every time I see her on my shelf! I also still have my first attempt at a card-was too ashamed to send it out! It reminds me why I case these great blogs!! Congrats on your blog and many more milestones!
knobmom@aol.com

lillianchild said...

That's a LOT of hits - just means you are definitely doing something right! Keep up the GREAT work! My first stamp was a generic "happy birthday" stamp I got at my first "card making" class that a friend of mine MADE me go to with her. I figured it would probably be the only stamp I would ever need (or use) - well that was about 6 years ago, and now I have stamps for EVERY special event - even for days that have no holiday attached. I send cards to my family/friends "just because" - just because I sun is shining - just because the dog is barking - just because I'm having a good hair day - yep - those are the best!

reach me at: lchild@mcgrathnorth.com

Cheryl said...

Congratulations! Your site is always worth visiting. I think my first stamp was a set of stamps with images from many holidays and occasions (around 1990) which was followed by a Seasons Greetings stamp for the inside of some blank holiday cards. I stamped those little stamps all over all kinds of letters and envelopes but it didn't occur to me to make cards till my friend started sending me her handmade creations a few years later. I was introduced to scrapbooking in 1996 and thought there would be many chances for using rubberstamps though I still rarely use stamps on my pages. But I haven't purchased a greeting card since early 1996. Stamping and scrapbooking are the only 2 hobbies I've stuck with! Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Not including my email address to give someone another chance to win!

Johnnal said...

My first purchase was adhesive! and guess what, I still can't live without it 15 years later! I had been given a bunch of paper and do dads as a birthday gift because they said it looked like something I would like. Alot of adhesive, paper and do dads later and I'm still at it. Thanks for the inspiration. YOu're very talented.

Piali said...

Congrats!!!!
I'm glad that your MIL gave you that stamp..otherwise we would have missed all your fabulous creations.
My first rubber stamp was from Michaels..a set of two flower stamps.I still have them.
Thanks for the chance to win...
piali.biswas@yahoo.com

Tammy said...

My first set of clear stamps was a MSE Christmas set. I still use them maybe 5?? years later...and have been collecting and stamping ever since! I have just got my first jars of Fun Flock and oh my goodness I want to flock everything...sounds bad, but it is so fun!
find me here: tammy@embellishstudios.com

Basement Stamper said...

Kimberly: Congrats on your success and your journey, isn't it amazing how we feel when we find our passion?

I can't remember what my first stamp purchase was know for a fact it was from Stampin'Up! as that's what my friend got me hooked on.

khowardga@gmail.com

BB said...

Hi there :) Congrats on your cool blog!

My first craft purchase was when I got a friend who was already into card making to help me make my wedding invitations, needless to say it was all down hill from there ;)

Oh and my official first purchase would have been a set of snowflake stamps from stamabilities {love them!}

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bkeefe said...

My first stamps were a set of little quilt blocks - still have them and no idea where I bought them. I needed a distinctive logo for some stuff I was selling at a craft show and these were perfect. After I got into card making they have been used on many other projects. Now of course I have so many it's almost a sin (along with all the other "stuff" I've HAD to have!) Love it tho!
Betty
bkeefe@lps.org

Terre said...

Kimberly,

Congrats on your blog hits!!!!May you be just as successful on your next 300,000 hits. Terre

Terre said...

oops I forgot to tell you about my very first stamp set!!! My first stamp set was from Close To My Heart or back then know as D.O.T.S. it was a rose stamp set (had no coloring because back then I didn't like to color and to come to think of it my first paper was also from them. Terre

Nicole said...

Congrats on your hits! Whew! That's a lotta stampin'!!
My first stamping experience was to take a card-making class that my cousin put on for her new Stampin' Up business. We made 3 cards and a scrapbook page using the chocolate chip DSP, which I loved and bought! (and still have a bit left after 3 years!)
Nicole
jnicole_pepper@yahoo.ca

Glenda Atkins said...

Ohh stamping, so addictive! I went to a stampin' up party that a mother of one of my sons friends was giving. My son and his buddy had been friends for years, but I only knew his parents in passing. Anyway, I went to the party and was so impressed with the cards we made and the knowledge of the hostess (my sons friend mom) that I placed an order. First stamp was 'Two-Step Stampin' Simple Sketches and I never looked back. My sons friend Mom and I now are great stampin buddies and we get together weekly for stampin fun! Not to mention the monthly sessions with other neighbours. Way too much fun!

gatkins @telusplanet.net

ivy said...

i remember getting my 1st stamp at a store called lazy susan's. it was a little dinosaur chomping on a heart! still have it somewhere!

ivy (ivwhy@sbcglobal.net)

Cynthia said...

Congrats on all those hits. Your blog is great. My first stamping purchase was from Stampin Up. It was a year round set and a friend and I split the set. I still have my half and I still use it. I'm so happy I started stamping I just love it. Cynthia

Elaine M said...

I bought my first stamp when I was in High School (back in the dark ages). It was the sweetest little face of a mouse - I believe made by Hero Arts. I used it down in the point of the back flap of my envelopes.
Elaine Moore mtn.moven.faith@comcast.net

Julie said...

Hey Kim! Congrats on 300k hits! :)

My first ever craft purchase was the SU set Button Bear! LOL! Do you remember that set? OMG that was forever ago...I think I was 13 at the time!

MBMitchell said...

I was invited to a stamping party. I didn't go because I couldn't think of anything I could make with a rubber stamp. Well, a few days later, I got the most amazing Christmas card. It was so beautiful! I was shocked when I found out it was stamped! I was hooked!

kathy s said...

My first stamp ( a magpie which I still have) and paper crafting was back when I was only about 5 (a long long time ago heehee) but the craze left because of other interests and school and came back when I had my youngest child (now 19) was about 2 1/2 yrs. and I wanted to entertain him and make things for him to play with- he was into Thomas the Tank - I couldn't get any of those stamps at the time so I just got a train- we had train gift wrap for everyone, birthday invites, train cards, train paper plates so we could have play afternoon tea- anything that could be stamped or coloured had this stamp - then we got into Disney and I have been going ever since expanding my collection as I can when I save for a special set I want - I have granchildren now and they are just showing an interest in my craft so I think I'll be busy for a while yet.

Jody said...

WOW, that's alot of hits! Congrats!!! My first stamp was a snowflake (still have it and still use it). I bought it to use on some navy blue velvet with an iron. I made a Christmas pillow and a table runner for my Christmas dinner. It turned out beautifully and I have been going strong ever since. Thank you for the opportunity for some blog candy. I have really been getting into those Spellbinders lately, love them!!!

Janice Webb said...

First, congrats on all those blog hits! My first stamp set? I know it was SU! and it was a Tree for all seasons. I have come a looooooooong way since then! What a giggle.

larkspur4000 at gmail dot com

beadz said...

Congrats on all of the hits! Wow! I wish I could remember my first stamp set... I do remember I started scrapbooking about 8 years ago - my sister and I went to Walmart and bought paper and decorative scissors - and did the ugliest scrapbook pages you can imagine. We still laugh about them!
hugs,
Gini
beadz@bellsouth.net

Christina said...

I just bought my first stamp this year. I've admired numerous blogs (such as yours) since last Dec & decided I wanted to give paper crafting a try. And I got so much inspiration from everyone. I am still very new to stamping so I'm slowly getting the hang of it & learning as I go. :) Congrats on your wildly successful blog!

jan said...

My very first stamp was an angel, and she was embossed in silver on a navy cardstock for Xmas greetings in the early 1990's....has it really been that long ago? What a joyous journey, a special room in the house for all those stamping and scrapping supplies, creating greetings and fun surprises for family and friends! And my stamping friends, so grateful for them!

Sandra said...

YIKES! I don't know ... oh wait, I do remember my first stamp I bought - it was at our local craft store that has since closed =( - it was an image of a haunted house, I bought some embossing ink and copper embossing powder ... I used my stove to melt the powder! the haunted house was to adorn the envelopes of my Current Halloween cards .... that was long, long ago!
Sandra
slbt17 at yahoo dot com
Congratulations and thanks for the fun!

DB said...

Congratulations, I love your blog!
My first stamp was a dandelion from Seredipity Stamps, I love that stamp and use it a lot. It's the most versatile stamp I have for making cards. Very unisex. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, you're an inspiration.

Dotti (byerly120@windstream.net)

Lynne Phelps said...

I had taken family medical leave and gone to Albuquerque to take care of my mother, who was dying of pancreatic cancer. Needless to say, it was a very stressful time. My sister visited as often as possible, but with a young family of four she couldn't stay for the duration. On one of her visits, she took me to a rubber stamping show at the fairgrounds. I was AMAZED! I thought it was just cute cards! Boy was I wrong! There were two really great stamping stores in ABQ, and by the time I moved back home four months later, I had two full Iris storage carts full of supplies! I could sit in the dining room with the baby monitor and stamp whenever my mom was able to sleep. It really saved my sanity and I still love stamping!

My first stamps were by StampaMania - beautiful SW designs. Of course it was the embossing powders that hooked my on the craft - isn't that true for everybody? ;-)

Michelle (mla1111) said...

Congrats on 300k hits! I love coming to your blog for daily gorgeous inspiration! My first stamp set was a set from Unity Stamp Co. and was called Growing in Unity. I loved this set for the dream tree, flourishes and fabulous bird! I think I used the bird first! So officially it is the bird!
~Michelle
mach713 at gmail dot com

Sweet Pupale said...

My first paper crafting purchase was a scrapbook and several beautiful pages in 2003. The inspiration was my daughter’s baby pictures. The goal was to create beautiful memories. The problem was…. had no idea of how to do it. Between work, a baby, and home, didn’t put much time into it. Especially when I didn’t know what to do with those items I purchase. Last year I was laid off from my job and became a full time mom. That is when I decide to try again and was introduce to stamping, which I love now. Stamping has given us the opportunity to have more family time creating cards and crafts. My daughter is 6 now and she got Grandparents to do crafts every Saturday (she is their teacher). What do Grandparents don’t do for grandchild’s?
Thanks for the opportunity to participate and for all those great tips and tutorials.

Eliana C.
ratones67@comcast.net

Heather said...

Hope I'm not too late.

My first paper crafting experience was very recently. I made a garland of birds from Martha Stewart paper, and it hangs in my dining room. I really do enjoy it. After making icicles from white paper I added them too, to embelish the season.

msbluerasp at gmail dot com :)

Rebecca Ednie said...

Congrats on so many hits. What an awesome question! My school used to go on so many cool school trips. Once we went to the Art Galley or the Science Center or something like that and my mom used to give me a wee bit of money to spend in the gift shop before we left to go back to school. I found my name as a wood-mounted rubber stamp! Rebecca was hard to find back then bc it wasn't nearly as popular as it is now. I was constantly on the look out for personalized stuff and most often disappointed but here was my name! At 8-10 years old, I was thrilled; now I could stamp it anywhere I wanted! Stamp pads back then did not have finger grooves, just a straight sided wood block. I still have it though I think sadly I unmounted it; DUMB! My mom got me an Inkadinkadoo rainbow stamp pad and I remember when I was a bit older, a few years, I called the company to order-it was all mail and phone order in the late 80's- and they had the quirkiest old Inkadinkadoo song on when you were put on hold. I wonder if that song is where they got such an interesting name!! The stamps they sold back then were unmounted ('Rebecca' was by another company) and you were encouraged to mount them on thread spools, jar lids or other normally disposable plastic objects. One of my favourites as a balloon stock to a white plastic cap of some sort. Good memories. Thanks for sparking them!

Rebeccacell at gmail dot com

stampqueen said...

Wow - I bought my first stamp in 1991 at a little stamp store in Anchorage Alasks - I spent over 3 years as a travel Nurse - 3 month assignments to lost of great fun places. I always bought some stationary to match where I was to send letters with an make everyone wish they were me - but this time I couldn't find any but I found Alaskan stamps - my first stamp was a dog sled stamp, followed by a moose and a native Totum Pole....

stampqueen said...

Akkkk - I am such an airhead - forgot to add my email -
www.stampqueen22@yahoo.com

Daphne said...

Love your blog so much Kimberly! We are lucky to have you for inspiration! So my very first stamp was an ABC Frame that I colored with pens and cut out for our eldests birth announcement. I bought it from an amazing stamp store across the street from where I worked. Seems like forever ago.

ddsummers@cox.net

JKB said...

Oh my! I got a little snoflake stamp to make a seal on envelopes of Christmas card. I also had a stamp to do the inside of invitations. Those were YEARS ago now.

kim-paperbabe said...

Wow Kim, thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous candy... well I have always been a little arty and I grew up with art materials all over the place. But about three or so years ago I wanted to make my Nan an 80th birthday card and purchased my first qvc buy of patterned paper LOL! (i still have that pad) HuGs Kim :)

Rita said...

My first stamp was a Penny Black hedgehog. I couldn't resist the cute factor. From there, my collection of stamps and addiction to papercrafting grew. Oh, the memories! Congratulations on all your papercrafting successes and the memories you've grown. If I am lucky enough to win this sweet blog candy, I'll send you my email address. Thanks, Kimberly for being a neverending source of inspiration.

Sarebear said...

Let's see . . . . I think it was some foam-mounted STAR TREK stamps of all things, that I bought through the mail, they were licensed, and official images of all the Next Generation crew, plus a planet or two, and the ship, and the on-shirt communicator/insignia image.

Then, since I liked those (what did I know about wood-mounted stamps, there was no such thing as unmounted systems then, and foam-mounted was the only way these came) I ordered a set of original series crew images as well, with the original ship. No communicator though, but loved having Spock! He was fun to stamp on outgoing mail and such.

The sad thing is, in all my various moves over the years, they got LOST. I have cried over those lost stamps, wishing I had them still!! I loved them; well, maybe not Deanna Troi and her pouffy early series 80's hair, lol!!! I can't remember if Tasha Yar was in the set; I think not - the series was popular enough that she had died (thank goodness, ugh!).

Lol! But the space stamps made for my first attempts at some scenic stamping, and since space is 4-d, it really made making a convincing scene easy. The few planets, the ships, and the odd other space/stars stamp or two were good for that. And I could mix series and eras all I wanted.

Time warps, space anomalies, you know! Hee!

queenofsilly@gmail.com

Sara

mamichelle said...

Wow, congrats to you...that's a lot of hits! I stop by often and you have some amazing projects!! Thanks for the inspiration.

I remember going to an SU party and really not wanting to go because I didn't want to get into stamping (I was a scrapper first). Anyway, I bought the Flaky Friends set and was hooked from day one. Now stamping is first, scrapping second.
shellsq1@gmail.com

Sofia ;) said...

Congrats on your hits!!!
I got my first stamp on a trip to Brussels almost two years ago but I didn't start my crafting journey until last year when I first stumbled upon a blog about cardmaking. Ever since I've been thinking about projects...
Now I have a small collection of stamps and I am totally addicted to crafting!!!

Doris said...

congrats on hits:)

hmm my very first stamp, it was floral rubber stamps set by Inkadinkado, little pieces, leaves, flowers etc, I love it and use often.

doris86@gmail.com

egw44 said...

I've been scrapping about 5 years now, and the very first thing I purchase was a giant stack of assorted papers at Michaels Arts and Craft Store. I think I've come a long way since then ! lol
Evelyn

egw44 said...

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Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, my first stamp was a Christmas tree probably 7 or 8 years ago. Everyone was trying to get me interested in stamping so they would buy the $1.00 stamps for me. To this day, that stamp has never been used but my stamp inventory now numbers in the 100's

johnjoaz@live.com

Katie said...

My first stamp was actually a party my mom went to (a stamping party) back in the early 90s where we learned how to emboss. I remember...back then, my mom putting the cards in the oven to heat them up....yes, in the oven. Things are so much easier now and really, everytime I emboss..I think of back to those days!

katiemurphy2@gmail.com

Sue C said...

I love your blog - it's in my Google Reader lineup, so I never miss updates! Great candy, and thanks for offering it to us! My very first stamp was - believe it or not - a photopolymer stamp designed to use on fabric waaay back in the early '80s! It was a ewe and lamb, and I still have it! My very first rubber stamp was a "stitched alphabet" set back in 1995. I ignored all things stampy for a looong time, but got back into it while caring for my mother before she passed away (leukemia). My sister-in-law was big into scrapbooking and cardmaking and got me hooked again. Now I'm ever-so-slightly out of control! (Okay, maybe more than slightly...) :)
gregz_gurl2@yahoo.com

Nana Jo said...

My first stamps were some christmas ones at Michael's for my daughter that wanted to start stamping. Love checking out your blog - thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some great candy.

Nana Jo
mmlmn@polarcomm.com

MicheyMoo said...

Wow!! That's a lot of hits and a super massive lot of candy!! :)

I'm still very new to the blogworld of stamping and only started stamping myself in January this year. I'm totally addicted though and have amassed a ridiculous amount of stuff this year!!

Your first stamp is too cute....I got started when my roomie had a SU party in January and my first order was already a biggie. From memory I got 7 stamp sets (3 freebies, thanks to Sale-a-bration) and continue to use them all when the moment is right.

Here's to another 300,000 fabulous visitors!!

Katrin said...

My first stamp was the little owl from HeroArts. I still love the stamp but don't really use it that often anymore...

My email adress:
dancingwiththestamps@ymail.com

Crazy Creations said...

My first craft project was a scrapbook page it was thing I found around the house I took stuff off the X-mas tree It was my sons first christmas I didnt do it for a while after that them I went a Su class and ever since them Ive been hooked .Its been 3 years now and I love it. Thanks for reading my about my first time. Sarah K