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[1.1.2014] Season’s Givings blog hop

Season’s Givings
Happy New Year my sweet blogland friends.

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I’m excited to be participating in the Season’s Givings blog hop this year.  We are all hopping together as a small thank you to our blog friends and to celebrate the season of giving.  There are several blogs on the hop today, each with their own giveaway.  If you have been hopping, you should be arriving from Lee Murphy’s beautiful blog or you can start at the beginning by visiting Lawn Fawn.

Welcome to the new visitors.  I hope you’ll look around and find something you like.  I love making new friends.  You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest or sign up for my blog updates in my sidebar.

And a big THANK YOU to my faithful readers.  I cannot thank you ENOUGH for your love and support.  Blogging would not be much fun without all of YOU.  I appreciate you taking the time to visit, reading my posts, and leaving a comment or two.  Even when my posts slowed down towards the end of the year, you are all still there for me.  I can’t tell you how much that means to me… let’s just say it is A LOT!

It has been a busy year full of cards, blog hops, pubs and trying my hand at designing stamps for Unity Stamp Company.  Here is a snapshot of my favorite cards for the year.

As I glance over the cards from the year, they still make me smile.  Each one has a little bit of me in them.  They were made for fun, for a special person or for a special occasion.  Each one for a different reason or a different person I cared about.  That is what makes card making something I still love to do.  It is still personal and close to my heart.

I also found myself entering the world of stamp design for Unity Stamp Company.  Honestly, it just sort of fell into my life.  Not planned in any way.  The first stamps I designed were the sympathy sentiments in THIS kit and the center card above.  It was the first anniversary of a co-worker’s passing and I was looking for the perfect sentiment to go with a gift our department wanted to give her daughter.  I happened to share it with my design team family and from there, the sentiment evolved into the ones you see in the kit.  Over the year, I found myself in a new way through my stamp designs.  Here are a few of my designs from the year.

Since my year has been extremely blessed, I want to express my gratitude to all of you with a few gifts.  I have a stamp prize pack to give away that includes these two Unity Stamp Company kits.

And maybe a few other things thrown in.

And 2 photo watermarks to giveaway as well.  I’ve given my watermarks and shop a little facelift.  What better way to celebrate than to give a few away?  If you win a watermark, you can choose a design you like from my watermark shop.  It will be customized with your name and blog address.

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You can enter my giveaway below.  You’ll get an entry for liking my facebook page and for leaving a comment.  PLEASE NOTE… the stamp prize pack is for US readers only.  I apologize, but the shipping costs are just too much for me to handle outside the country.  BUT, everyone is eligible for the watermarks.

Entries will close on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:59pm.  I’ll post the winners on January 6th and you will have one week to claim your prize.

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There are still SO many more ladies to visit.  I’m thrilled to be sending you on to the SUPER talented and sweet Jocelyn Olson.  I adore this lady and I just know you will be in for a treat when you visit her blog.

Thank you all again for stopping by and being apart of my paper crafted world.

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Here is the list of blogs hopping today in case you get lost along the way.

171 Comments

  1. Lori A-O says:

    Love your artwork, thank you for sharing and thank you for the opportunity to win blog candy as well. Happy New Year!

  2. Robin says:

    WOW! This is a fab.u.lous. blog hop! I’m so enjoying spending the first day of the new year hopping from blog to blog and seeing all the amazing designs and projects! I love your blog and am your newest follower! I look forward to learning from you! Happy New Year! Robin

  3. Your work is so fabulous. I’m super excited to see what you bring in 2014.

  4. susanscrap says:

    I’m really enjoying your Unity creations! Have a happy 2014!

  5. Have a happy and successful New Year!

  6. Laurie says:

    Wonderful cards – love your year-in-review. Happy New Year and thanks for chance to win

  7. Christy Q says:

    Happy New Year!! I loved your 2013 card retrospective! Thank you for your generosity!

  8. Happy New Year!

  9. linda patti says:

    what fun to look through the past year’s designs! thanks for sharing and offering the great blog candy!

  10. Happy, happy new year Lisa! I love your recap and thanks so much for the chance to win!

  11. Lisa, you know that I’m a huge fan of your work! Love your stamp designs and your year in review! Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration and Happy New Year!!!!!

  12. Happy New Year, Lisa! 🙂

  13. Loved your look back. Am not entering to win, just to say a happy New Year and your projects are gorgeous!

  14. smilynstef says:

    Congrats on all of your awesome designs … would love some new watermarks too … you can also join me Round-Up Link-Up if you’d like.

  15. winnb1 says:

    Wishing you the best for health and happiness in the New Year! Thanks for an opportunity to win one of your great prize packages. The watermark would be wonderful!

  16. You have had a fabulous year in designs, love them all. I am a follower, just clicked on to follow you on FB and I am leaving a comment, dah, lol. Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. OMG, thank you for always sharing your time and talent with us and for the opportunity to win…Fabulous!!!!

  18. Great projects!! Happy New Year!! Could you update my blog link to http://bethpingry.com ~thanks!!

  19. Kayla F. says:

    What an amazing prize this would be to win! Thank you so much for the chance and Happy New Year!

  20. Patricia B says:

    I love your cards, tfs. Happy 2014 Patricia B

  21. Meredith says:

    Thanks for the chance to win blog candy! Meredith245 at yahoo dot com

  22. Happy New Year! Love your cards especially #6….it IS Wonderful!

    c_glass(AT)Verizon(DOT)net

  23. Jen T says:

    You have had a busy year, haven’t you! Happy New Year!

  24. I have loved seeing all your stamps with Unity Stamp Company – always inspiring! Thanks – and Happy New Year!!!

  25. Dee in NH says:

    Wow! You have designed some amazing stamps! I enjoyed looking at some of your favorite cards too!

  26. Miriam Prantner says:

    Wonderful cards and stamps! You have really rocked it this year, this is one of my favorite Thursday stops on the Unity blog hop. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies too!

  27. Janet Tedrow says:

    I have found so many new blogs on this hop, putting them in my favorites. Now I have lots of new places to go to. Love the cards. Janet

  28. Happy New Year!! All of your cards are so awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win an amazing giveaway!!

  29. Donna Whitten says:

    I love your work! Thanks for participating in this huge blog hop with such a generous giveaway! I’ve got my fingers crossed. Happy New Year!

  30. Carol Froehlich says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    Thanks for posting your favorite cards from this year. They are BEAUTIFUL!!
    I will be following this blog from now on.

    Thanks for the GREAT blog hop. It has been SO MUCH FUN!!!

  31. The cards are all great. I love card making because you can personalize each one to the person you are sending it to. You can add a little of yourself to the design also – the person knows you truly care for them. thanks for sharing.

  32. Jean Bullock says:

    Here is my fun comment. I keep daydreaming that I won a prize from every single site. Can you imagine how funny that would be. The UPS guy would know me by name. I might even have to open my own store just to have a place to put everything. LOL. Well … I can dream, can’t I. Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win.

    How about some butter? Love the stamps you designed. Great job. Now that’s not just margarine that’s real butter!

  33. Amy Marshall says:

    Love the cards, especially the one with the dog. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy 2014.

  34. Beautiful cards!

  35. Wonderful cards and stamps, what a wonderful way to ring in 2014 (hey that rhymes! 🙂 Happy New Year! Thanks so much for the chance to win! memalagene at gmail dot com

  36. This blog hop has been a great way to spend New Years day. Love your cards, please continue designing stamps, you definitely have the touch.

  37. I just love your designs, especially the owl and the deer head. Nice Rack is HILARIOUS! 🙂 Happy New Year! I hope to see more of your designs in the future.

  38. Jan Westcott says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  39. trotskired7 says:

    thanks for you generosity. My e-mail address is territrotter@hotmail.com

    Thanks!
    Terri E.

  40. The Blog Hop is a wonderful idea. Thank you for the chance to win.

    lyzz Johnson
    creationsbylyzz@gmail.com

  41. Sue Bridges says:

    Happy New Year! Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. Sue D says:

    Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your favorite cards this past year. I like your stamp designs too.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  43. Thank you for the chance to win these goodies. Happy 2014! I love your creative style and enjoy seeing your creations pop up in Feedly.

  44. Tracy says:

    Hi, Happy New Year, thanks for the chance to win. I am enjoying the blog hop on this lazy New Year’s Day. I had a fun time perusing your blog, many great projects!

  45. Barbara Campbell says:

    Wishing you another great year. This is an awesome blog hop. Thanks for a chance to win some great gifts.

  46. christi says:

    happy 2014 and thanks for participating in the hop.

  47. What a fabulous look back at your year.

  48. Carol says:

    Amazing stamps that you designed and great cars!

  49. Michele W says:

    love your designs! Hope you have a happy new year. Thank you for a chance to win.

  50. Sandy Rieder says:

    Wow, beautiful cards. Thanks for the chance to win. I liked you on FB.

  51. love your creation… I am a follower and email subscriber…

    morentin1326 AT AOL DOT Com

    http://adventureofthecreativemind.blogspot.com/

  52. Eileen L. says:

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for a chance to win and Happy New Year.
    EileenL211@sbcglobal.net

  53. A FUN COMMENT!! LOL>>>JUST KIDDING<<<<
    well, Fun is looking @ cool designs, thanks.

  54. Denise says:

    I really am having fun with this blog hop, thanks for participating.

  55. Mary-Anne V. says:

    I start laughing before the joke leaves my lips so sorry if I tried the typing would go wacko! That is my fun comment 🙂 Loved seeing your fav. cards from this past year. Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year! jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com.

  56. Ruth C says:

    Very beautiful cards! Thank-you for sharing the inspiration!

  57. Not that I needed any reminder at all…but seeing your beautiful faves of 2013 reminded me of why I love coming to visit your blog so much! So much to oogle over, and so much inspiration! And those stamp desings…ahhhh-mazing! You are talent – you seriously are. Happy New Year!!! Can’t wait for your next sketch 🙂 Oh, I should let you know too that I am calling myself ineligible for the stamps (I’m in Canada) but totally, totally understand – aren’t those shipping costs ca-razy?!! xo

  58. Beautiful cards, thanks for a chance to win

  59. Congratulations on your designs. Thanks for being part of this fun hop and for the prize chances. Happy New Year!

  60. Happy New Year. Thanks for the chance to win.

  61. Hi Lisa! You really have had quite a year! Love all the cards you shared; you have a beautiful style. Happy New Year!

  62. Lin Nomura says:

    Happy 2014! Thanks for the chance to win :). Linnomura@icloud.com

  63. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    resatwo at sbcglobal dot net

  64. Your cards are beautiful! Happy New Year!

  65. Love the stamps!

  66. THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chance to win!! LOVE your Project for today and looking forward to all of the AMAZING Inspiration to come in the New Year!! YIPPEE for 2014!! Have a FABULOUS Week!! =)

  67. Tammy M says:

    Thanks for the chance to win amazing goodies! I am loving finding all these new blogs full of inspiration. Have a happy, healthy and blessed year!

  68. Diane Stricker says:

    What I like most about blog hopping is the opportunity to see what others are creating. Thanks for a chance to win.

  69. […]   Libby Hickson Dana Joy Jody Morrow Heather Campbell Savannah O’Gwynn Lee Murphy Lisa Arana    Jocelyn Olson Isha Gupta Piali Biswas Ashley Harris Bunny Vance Anabelle O’Malley […]

  70. congrats to all the fabulous things that came your way in 2013….2014 is going to be EVEN better!!!! Love you and love your work. thanks for always inspiring me. Hugs!

  71. Andressa says:

    There is nothing cuter than that owl!!! OMG, hehe
    Happy 2014!

  72. Happy New Year!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  73. Your designs are just fabulous! I love the collection of cards you have shown, too! Happy New Year!

  74. I adore your designs, Lisa, and your stamps! Thanks for the chance, even if I am not eligible for the stamps…Happy New Year!

  75. I loved your blog! thank you for being part of the hop – happy 2014!

  76. Those are a great selection of cards from your year! I think it might be time soon for me to update my watermark. I’ll be checking out your new designs.

  77. Love all your cards!! Happy new year!!

  78. Brenda in IN says:

    How wonderful that you get to design stamps! Your cards are lovely, thanks for sharing your work. It’s so nice to have a chance to win.

  79. Linda T says:

    On My! you’re designs are beautiful! How so talented you are. I thank you for such a generous give away. Do I ever love you’re cards. The deer card is awesomely cute!
    I wish you all my best in the New Year.

  80. Wow, what a bunch of fabulous cards! I’m so in awe of people who think up ideas for stamp sets and then carry them out. I have no talent whatsoever in that area, so I will just enjoy the talents of others. Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. berryblue says:

    I love that set of cards you made in your Unity Stamp Company post. I am going to try that idea and whip up some sets in a hurry! Yours are so lovely! I always enjoy stopping by your blog…it is ALL so inspiring! Thank you for a chance to win a prize!

  82. Deborah ramos says:

    Love the cards on your blog first time visiting will be back often. Happy New Year

  83. Michelle R says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. This blog hop is insane. Love the cards.

  84. Kristen says:

    Enjoyed seeing some of your favorite cards. Such talent!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  85. Awesome prizes! Thank you for the chance to win them!

  86. TY for the opportunity and Happy new year!

    https://www.facebook.com/HandmadeCardsByGraciellie

  87. Terry B. says:

    Thanks for sharing your favorite cards and your story.
    Thanks for the chance to win either prize(s)!

  88. Thanks for sharing!!

  89. Quiche says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!! Happy New Year!!!!

  90. Beverly Perdue says:

    Happy New Year Lisa! I am new to your blog and I love all of your cards! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win some great prizes!

  91. Judy Woodland says:

    Happy New Year!! Great prize package! It’s been so much fun hopping through all the blogs. Thanks for sharing!! You are all such talented ladies!!!

  92. Colleen says:

    Great cards, and thanks for the chance to win a great prize package!

  93. Janet says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Your cards are wonderful. Thanks for working hard to provide card inspiration to us. Happy New Year! 🙂

  94. Gabby says:

    Great assortment of favs for the 2013! I adore the little reindeer b.d. card and the last “good things …” card. Happy New Year! 🙂

  95. Janet says:

    Great cards from the past year. I have to laugh because I just purchased one of your watermarks! 😀 I can’t wait to use it. Thanks for a chance to win!
    Janet
    moosisk@hotmail.com

  96. Emily H says:

    Thanks for sharing your incredible creations and designs with us!!

  97. Love the look back at your year! Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

    mjg0051 at yahoo dot com

  98. Paula Laird says:

    Fantastic cards and fantastic stamps! I saw a lot of the nice rack one during Hope You Can Cling To! So cute! Thanks for the chance to win your awesome prizes! Happy NewYear! blythekitten at yahoo dot com

  99. Jackie P says:

    I have to say…this was a long list but everyone it in really has their own style and tecniques which makes it all the better!!! I am a new follower here but I plan on coming back and spending some time since I will be stuck at home with all this snow!!!
    Have a great fun 2014
    Jackie P

    jmpresearch@gmail.com

  100. shartl says:

    Always love seeing your projects and designs and wow, congrats on being a Unity Stamps designer!! Loving this amazing blog hop and all the different styles from every blog. Happy 2014 to you and the crafty best New Year!

  101. Sarah Seals says:

    I love your cards! You are very talented. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us and for the chance to win some blog candy! Happy New Year! 🙂

  102. What a fabulous collection of 2013 faves! I enjoyed looking at all of them!

    Have a wonderful 2014!

  103. Nancy Nguyen says:

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  104. Kathy says:

    Sounds like a great year for you! I am sure that 2014 will be just as good or better! Happy New Year!

  105. Sounds like you have had a very full and fulfilling year!!!! Love your projects! Thanks for offering such a fun prize! I am adding your to my bloglovin account! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  106. Lovin’ all your cards! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  107. Beautiful snapshot into ur favorites 🙂 Thank you for giving a chance to win 🙂

  108. Dena says:

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the opportunity to win the Unity Stamp Sets. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

  109. Love the favorites!! Thanks for participating and I’ll be watching you in 2014!!!

  110. Sharon says:

    You are so talented! Great cards and great designs! Happy New Year!

  111. Carla Hundley says:

    Great bunch of cards you
    have made. Love the owl
    stamp and saying!
    Carla from Utah

  112. Such great cards you have made!!! Love them all!!!!
    Thanks for a chance to win these great goodies!!
    truetome1970@gmaildotcom

  113. Carolyn Faircloth says:

    Here’s to a fun and crafty 2014!

  114. Happy New Year, Lisa! You know I love your design work, whether it’s your cards, or your watermarks or your Unity designs!

  115. Karen Wedding says:

    I love all your cards you showed. Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win some great stamps.

  116. stampingspud says:

    *HAPPY NEW YEAR* Thanks so much for the great inspiration and for the chance to win! 🙂

  117. Stephanie Klimm says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  118. Happy New Year!
    Great cards – lots of goodness here!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a nice prize pack and I am looking forward to more inspiration in the coming year!

  119. Vanessa says:

    Congrats on your design success with Unity, I love them and have for years. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year!!!

  120. Iris Soscia says:

    Such pretty cards.

    isoscia at aol dot com

  121. There are indeed definitely more ladies to visit!! Lovely designs with Unity!!

  122. Thanks for a year full of wonderful inspiration! Looking forward to more in 2014! Happy New Year!

  123. The nice rack stamp cracks me up! Beautiful work and thank you!

  124. Amy C. says:

    Looks like some great card creations! Thanks for the giveaways and Happy New Year!

  125. Happy 2014, Lisa! Beautiful cards, thanks for the inspiration ~looking forward to the next year of wonderful cards 🙂

  126. Rachel V says:

    This is such a fun hop! Love seeing everyone’s creations and styles. It is so inspiring! Thank you for the chance to win!

  127. Congrats on designing stamps! Thanks for your very generous giveaway. Started following you via Bloglovin’. Happy 2014!
    Debbie
    http://indysdesigns.blogspot.com/

  128. You are a great designer, Congrats on the great year! Hope for a great one this year! Thanks for the chance and sharing all your great work.

  129. Jessie Alvarez says:

    I love your stamp designs! Thanks for a chance to win!!

  130. What a fun year of creative projects. Thanks for the chance of winning

  131. What a fabulous card review of 2013, Lisa … such wonderful inspiration! Anita in France 🙂

  132. Rita Jackson says:

    I pray your 2014 is all that you want it to be! Thank-you for the chance to win such a lovely prize package.

  133. Suzie Quebedeaux says:

    Love your 2013 cards! Can’t wait to see what you create in 2014. Thank you for a chance to win such a wonderful prize.

  134. Joan says:

    Happy New Year! Beautiful designs. Thanks so much for sharing.

  135. Devy Collins says:

    Loved your stamps! Congratulations on being a new designer!

  136. Happy New Year! Great giveaway and beautiful projects from 2013, the owl stamp is so cute 🙂

  137. hello, Lisa
    all your cards are wonderful! I’m a new fan on your FB page.
    Happy New Year and Happy Crafting in 2014!!
    Regina*

  138. Anika F says:

    I love your cards from the past year. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  139. tenianelson says:

    Girl….you know I LURVE you and your creations!! Thanks for the chance to win!! 🙂

  140. Deborah ramos says:

    Great cards love your blog and the giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity

  141. […] Libby Hickson Dana Joy Jody Morrow Heather Campbell Savannah O’Gwynn Lee Murphy Lisa Arana Jocelyn Olson Isha Gupta Piali Biswas Ashley Harris Bunny Vance Anabelle O’Malley […]

  142. Thanks to all you bloggers who continually offer fresh inspiration to the rest of us. I appreciate all of you.

  143. sharla~ says:

    Congrats on your success last year, I’m a new follower and want to say thanks for all the inspiration!!

  144. Those stamp sets are so, so lovely! And I would absolutely LOVE to win a free watermark design – wow! How cool! Thank you so much for the chance to win a wonderful prize package, and Happy 2014 to you!

  145. sharon says:

    The stamping community is such a special group; so quick to praise others, share their own time and talents and now this incredible giveaway. Thank you for your generosity with all you do.

  146. shartl says:

    Congrats on being a Unity stamp designer! Your designs are awesome and love the variety. That little owl stole my heart!

  147. Congratulations on becoming a stamp designer.love seeing all the new blogs and all the different styles of all the crafters. Your story reminds me about a time that my 2 sons buildt a huge snowman and put food coloring on him to make it a blue body, with others colors then they redressed into swimming trunks and took the lawn chaise/chair with a lemonade and toasted the camera
    upnurse at aol dot com

  148. Irasema says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while and love everything you create. Thank you for sharing with us!

  149. Janis in ID says:

    Wonderful works!!! Thanks for showing us some of your personal faves.

    How lovely of you to offer such wonderful blog candy!! Thank you for the chance to win!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  150. grizzlys4 says:

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year! Glad to have you on the hop!

  151. Billie says:

    Thank you for a review of your 2013 cards and thank you for your participation in this blog hop. It took me 3 days coming and going to get through it. But I have really enjoyed it. I would love to win something also.

  152. This is fabulous and fun blog hop! Thanks for your giveaway!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

  153. polycrafty says:

    I love the deer card you made. And all the stamps you designed are so cool!

  154. Katie B. says:

    Wow, awesome cards! This is my first time here I believe through the hop but I will be back, your work is wonderful! 🙂 Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Katie B.

  155. Amy W says:

    Would love to win one of your cute watermarks. Keeping my fingers crossed.
    Doramiyi from Canada.

  156. Theresa says:

    Love, love, love this!! Oh what fun I am having jumping from blog to blog! Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

  157. The stamps you designed are lovely. It’s often so difficult to find the right sentiment for a sympathy card. Thank you for the giveaway!

  158. love your cards and stamps!! just fabulous!! 🙂

  159. Your cards are always gorgeous! You are so talented! And your stamps rock too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  160. Thanks for the chance to win……my favorite of all your designed stamps is “Nice Rack”….that is hilarious. Happy new year.

  161. Happy new year! Thanks for a chance to win!

  162. Marsha S. says:

    Enjoyed your projects!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  163. Serena says:

    Your cards are beautiful! Love your stamp designs! Thanks for the chance to win!

  164. Love your cards and stamp designs 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  165. Thank you for the hop. Happy 2014!

  166. JessicaK says:

    Thank you for sharing all of your creations, and I’m looking forward to 2014 and your lovely Unity cards!

  167. Melissa Friedrich says:

    LOVE your cards – lovely, elegant designs.

  168. pam a says:

    Great blog hop. Thanks for the giveaway!

  169. Pat K says:

    Stunning cards!! Would love to win your blogcandy!

  170. Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. It is so much fun. Everyone is so talented and I appreciate the sharing of all the creative people. God bless..
    pudgepalace@bresnan.net

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