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Monday, November 10, 2014

Its A Blog Rebirth (With A Giveaway Of Course)

Hi!  I'm so excited to be back with a great new look, a plan for keeping up, and a great giveaway (or two or three or .....).  (wa

You may have visited in the past - there was a time when I enjoyed sharing my projects here regularly.  It was lots of fun!  But somewhere along the line, I lost my focus and didn't create quite so many pretty things.  But things are on track now and I'm excited to be back.

I have a fresh (for me) view on life and creating and I wanted a new look for my blog that showed that.  But I am not a techy girl - so I did what any self respecting non-techy creative girl would do - I went shopping on etsy.  I wanted a clean design that was a little girly, maybe a little sparkly, and uniquely mine - and since this is just for fun - I wanted inexpensive.  I found Blog Parlour (formerly PinkLovesGold).  Christine put together this beautiful custom design for me - she was great to work with and really captured the feeling I wanted for my blog.

If you have seen my work, you know I love embellishments.  I love mixing colors, textures and little bits.  So I chose a layout were I played with doilies, die-cuts, alphas, acrylic pieces, sequins, woods, and frames to share.  This is one of my favorite recent projects. 


My favorite thing here are those stars from the Studio Calico South of Market line.  I used Martha Stewart gold liquid gilding to add texture and shine and loved having a custom embellishment.

Now for the important stuff!  Any good blog rebirth should feel like a party.  And the best way to party with my online friends is a good giveaway.  Since today's layout was about the embellishments, I thought an embellishment giveaway was a perfect fit.  Here's what you can win.


There are lots of goodies here - including enamel shapes from pinkfresh studios, enamel dots, a studio calico stamp, exclusive items from studio calico kits (that washi was in a subscriber exclusive kit and is gold!), freckled fawn goodies, enamel dots, a limited edition mister hueys, my minds eye buttons .... the list goes on and on.  And I have to admit that I've continued to add some of my favorites since I took this picture.

So here's how you can enter:
  1. follow my blog (writing is a lot more fun if people read it) and
  2. leave me a comment - about the new look for my blog, what you want to read about, or even what you want to win.  (Another giveaway is coming soon)
  3. You can get extra entries if you share on other social media sites.  Come back here and leave me a link.
  4. Entries will close on Sunday November 16th at midnight.  The winner will be posted here that week.
Thanks for visiting, reading and commenting.  I'm really excited about starting my blog back up.  I hope you stop by often.  

65 comments:

  1. Love the gold! Welcome back!

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    1. I do love gold k8. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Gorgeous layout and great you are blogging again! I'm following now via Networked Blogs!

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  3. Very cute. I'll be following as I'm trying to find my creative spirit again :)

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    1. I know that's very frustrated Marya - I really struggled for quite a while. I hope you find your way quickly.

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  4. I like the horizontal stripes. Soothing. :-)

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  5. Pinned at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/90142430017472032/

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  6. Love the new look, Julie! Congrats & best wishes on your re-boot.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. We need to find time to scrap!

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  7. Tweeted at https://twitter.com/suncoastmomma/status/531826075673063425

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  8. Glad to see you are back on track, love the new blog and see what other fellow paper lovers create! I love that wood dog veneer(I have two schnauzers so would definitely put that in some of my dog layouts).

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    1. I do lots of dog layouts too and am working on my second one of the day.

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  9. Love your layout! The gold with the photo of the Santa is just perfect! I have no idea how you made softer colors work on that layout, but you did! I need to "rediscover" my blog too. I used to love posting to it, but haven't for a while! I will try to follow, but sometimes that doesn't work for me! Love your photo and blog header too!

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    1. I totally understand - stop by when you have a chance. And good luck with your blog!

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  10. I would love to be able to use these goodies in Bible journaling!!!!

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  11. I am new here and can't wait to see your posts! Embellishments are always my FAVORITE! Thanks for chance to win!

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  12. First of all Congratulations on your "new" blog!! I am now a follower. I love scrapbooking so anything you put on your blog to do with that will be exciting. LOVE your layout!! So sweet you have something of your grandparents that has now become a tradition!

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  13. Great layout and your blog is beautiful!!

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  14. Hi I am a new follower. Thanks for the inspiration - I too have a neglected blog and now I feel I should go and search it out and revitalise it. I love your layout, the gold really brings it to life. Thanks for sharing xxx

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  15. I have been out of the craft game for awhile too but I'm back! I look at all those embellishments and can't believe I haven't played with any of them. I love the wood alphabet and the gold! I look forward to seeing your creations! Courtney Carpenter www.bccarpenter.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi, I am a new visitor to your lovely blog, and am now following you via Bloglovin :) (I have been following you on Instagram for a little while). Love your layout! I love how you get so much detail onto each page, I could certainly learn a thing or two from you, my layouts sometimes feel a little bit lacking in embellishments/details! xxx

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    1. I love my embellishments Carole - maybe too much! Thanks for following.

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  17. very pretty!!! Looks great, and love the gold!!! following you on bloglovin!!! fun fun page!!!! always love your creations :)

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    1. Thanks Wendi - I love all the inspiration you provide at MSM.

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  19. Love the sparkley gold stars. Great pic too of you!

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  20. Congratulations Julie! It looks great! No need to enter me into the drawing. Just wanted to stop by and say Hi :)

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  21. I am now a follower. new computer and new bookmarks to add. I like the colors you used for the new look on your blog. Nice giveaway. Thanks for chance to win.

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  22. Very pretty! I love blog articles about new techniques. :) Thank you for the chance!!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Cindy - I'm a pretty simple scrapper (too lazy for lots of fancy techniques) but I might have a few secrets too share.

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  24. I'm a new follower. Love, love the gold you used above!

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  25. WTG on getting the blog going again! It looks wonderful. Love the gold touches on your gorgeous page. I am now a follower.

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  26. Pretty layout, I love the clustered stars. I also love the Santa piece in the photo. Congratulations on your blog re launch, it's pretty and easy to read. Thanks very much for a chance to win some of your generous giveaway. Michelle t

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Good Luck with the giveaway.

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  27. Love your layout and your blog, they both look fabulous! I can't wait to see more of creations posted here. Following you on a few different places now also :)

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  28. As a newbie to you and your blog, love it all and will have to lurk a bit! Sometimes it's good to take a break as long as you find the passion again for creating and blogging :)

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  29. Looks great. Plz follow me too at agypsyangel. Blogspot. Com. Can't wait to visit your blog again.

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  30. Your blog looks awesome! Love that layout, too!

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  31. Santa an a light bulb....Now that is something I've never seen.....lol I never knew your "old" blog, but this one sure looks real cute. Can't wait to see what you have to tell and show us.

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  32. Thought I posted but I'm not seeing it now. Feel free to enter me twice! Beautiful header with the gold stars!

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    1. Thanks Penny. Good luck with the drawing

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  33. Love your layout and your blog

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  34. Julie the blog looks GORGEOUS! I love your pages lately, especially your clusters and scatters of embellies!!!! Can't wait to see more from you!

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  35. Was already a follower, but I have to say I am loving your new blog makeover. I love to see layouts, i love process posts and love workspace posts. That bundle for the give away is super cute, i would die for that little dear.

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  36. Pinned here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/435090013975152288/

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  37. I follow your blog through an app called feedly. So it may not show up on your list of followers, but I am following!!!

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  38. Love the look of your blog makeover! Love your layout too! I'm now a follower and can't wait to see more!

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  39. love your new blog. its awesome. very creaitve. love following you

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  40. Love the look of the blog---very inspiring!!!!!

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  41. Loving the new look blog!! I think will be heading to esty after this! I was a follower pre-break. I will be visiting again and again. Loving what you've shared recently, the unexpected LO is beautiful and that board is sooo awesome!
    Anyway, blog shopping here I came =) Be back soon.

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  42. Your blog looks great! Love the layout, of course I love anything Christmas. So wish I had my own scrap room. Like you I use the dining room but it's such as hassle when I have to clean up and move things out in order to actually eat in there.

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