One of the things that I have particularly enjoyed over the six years I have been writing this blog is the opportunity it has given me to meet people from all over the country and the world. Some of them I know only through our online communications and others I have had been able to meet in person.
When I bought my first Cricut machine, I had no idea that using it would lead to starting a blog and sharing my files, projects and interests with people from around the world. I have had the chance to work on design teams, attend trade shows in the US and Germany and get together in "real life" with people who read my blog.
Back in 2009, I was one of the bloggers asked to preview some Cricut cartridges and a little later on, the Gypsy. This is when I met Joy Tracey (Obsessed with Scrapbooking) and we became friends through our Cricut projects. I moved on to pursue some other interests but we have remained friends.
Joy is a Close to My Heart representative (her site can be found HERE) and when I was talking to her recently, she offered to add something to my blog celebration boxes. Most appropriately, it is this stamp that says "Friend" surrounded by some lovely calligraphic swirls. There is a cut on the Artiste cartridge that will perfectly frame the stamped image. This stamp is now longer available, so it is becoming rare and special - like a good friendship!
Here is the beautiful card and coordinating envelope that Joy made with this stamp and the Artiste cartridge. You can see her post and video about this project HERE.
The boxes are getting pretty full - but there are still more days left in the blog anniversary celebration and more things to add to fill them up completely!
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
Have you found new friends through your crafting? Do you have "real life" friends who share your interests or are most of your "crafty" friends people you know only through blogs, Facebook and other online connections? Do you go to big events to crop and attend workshops or do you do most of your creative projects alone (or with others) at home?
I have not been able to respond to all of your comments but I am reading them all and enjoying the things you share in your answers. In the spirit of friendship, you might want to share my blog with some of your crafty friends so they can have a chance to win a box.
I have a cute organizational project to share tomorrow and then I'll do my best to answer some of your questions from the comments this weekend.
It has warmed up a bit here - things will get pretty soggy if all of this snow melts at once!
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