Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog


I am excited to participate in the Grow Your Blog event.  My name is Jennifer and I am a paper addict / crafter, primarily creating vintage style cards and tags.  Occasionally I do a little scrapbooking, but cards are my passion.  I design cards for three UK based challenge blogs (I am in the US).  I enjoy the challenges because they often force me to create something I would not have otherwise.  It is always fun to see what other people create for the challenges.  My blog is the perfect avenue to share my designs.



My "go to" card making essential is Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.  I find that almost all paper looks better with a little distress.  The ink really adds depth to my card projects.  If you want to learn more about the distress line, Tim has great instructional videos on his blog.  I also love to use vintage seam binding ribbon.  It can be dyed any color and it always looks old fashioned.

 


   


I am also a lampworker and I run a bead and jewelry store with my mom and my daughters.  You can find our designs at Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry.  I often incorporate findings like filigrees from our bead store into my cards.



It is always fun to win a prize, so be sure to leave a comment below.  I will choose a random winner from my commenting visitors on Feb. 15.  The prize will be the group of blog candy shown in the photo below.  It includes paper, flowers, gems and other embellishments.





I am looking forward to visiting many blogs and seeing lots of handmade items.  Many thanks to Vicki for organizing this event.

53 comments:

  1. I enjoyed stopping by and scrolling through your posts. the Driving Miss Daisy card is beautiful.I am now following your site via G+

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  2. What a feast for the eyes. Glad I popped by for the vintage flair!

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  3. What beautiful cards you create - I'm afraid mine are much, much simpler. I will be following your blog to get some much needed inspiration!

    dormouse.wibsite.com
    fatdormouse.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi Jennifer,

    I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. Your blog and handmade crafts are very pretty! I love papercrafts too and create handmade cards. I am your newest follower. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

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  5. I'm visiting from the GYB party and find your blog inspiring.
    I've been making handmade cards for a couple of years but have not had the pleasure of the distress inks which I'd like to try. Thank you for the link.
    Your giveaway has some awesome goodies I could put to use.

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  6. Hi Jennifer! I am one of Vicki's volunteers for the Grow Your Blog party and wanted to thank you for participating. I love Tim too, and I see we both did his January tag (mine is my first in his challenges). Love your work, and I guarantee you'll be seeing an increase in your readership and Followers from this party... I am your newest Follower!

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  7. Hi Jennifer. I'm visiting from the GYB party. I'm a paper junkie as well and it's delight seeing what you're doing. Love that your a lampworker as well and have your thumb in the beady/jewelry/embellishment pie as well. How fun!

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  8. Well, you've got a new follower in me!!!!
    Love your blog ... I love paper crafts, too!
    I just spent $$ on stuff to make tags ... so maybe I can learn something from you!!!
    Have a fun time at the party!
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  9. Ooooh, how lovely, please count me in :)
    Your blog is just scrummy - I've become a follower and will be back on a less frantic day :)
    Just gorgeous!!

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  10. Gorgeous work! I love to make cards, 3D paper crafts, collage on canvas. Basically anything to do with paper and rubber stamps. Will definitely follow your blog.

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  11. What a wonderfully sweet giveaway! I love your bright and cheerful tags!!!! I'm mostly a papercrafter, but have gotten into sewing lately. :) Have a great GYB Day!

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  12. HI Jennifer! It's was so nice to meet you and explore your blog! I too love anything Tim Holtz and seam binding! I seem to never have enough of it!

    Kelly

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  13. Hi Jennifer!
    I love crafty people and the cool things they make. I'm looking forward to getting to know your blog better.
    Hope your having fun at GYB.

    Best
    Rachael
    http://writerpiping.blogspot.com

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  14. What nice work - I am off now to see your jewellery site. Enjoy the hop!

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  15. So happy to meet you...I dropped in as a GYB visitor, and will come back often. I love the picture of your findings...you'll find many of the same ones in my small collection. I've just begun to use them in my crafts and think they really add a wonderful design element. Now I'm off to visit your jewelry site!

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  16. Your designs are beautiful, Jennifer! I'm happy to follow along!

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  17. nice blog... I'm your new follower.. I checked out your jewellery blog also.. very nice designs!! Please visit my blog..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  18. Fun to see all of your paper creations! I love to make tags and ATCs. Great giveaway--please enter my name and come visit me, too!

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  19. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

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  20. Cool Blog! I'm a vintage paper loving girl too :-D I'm a follower now and hope you will stop by my blog as well. Regards, Tammie Everly/ TTE Designs tammie@ttedesigns.com

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  21. found/followed you from the gyb party. love your tags!

    hope you'll visit me as well!

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  22. I was drawn in by the word vintage paper ..........I thoroughly love all the beautiful tags and cards you have shown on your blog. You are very talented. I collect vintage ephemera and like to make all sorts of collages with it. Hope you are enjoying the party.

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  23. You...have...SO many talents! Wow! I totally agree that challenges are a good thing for artists - I know I tend to fall into 'habits' of work so I've joined challenges to push me out of my comfort zone and have ALWAYS been happy as a result! I look forward to seeing the lovely things you create this year - best wishes from Shroo:)x

    www.artyshroo.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Hi Jennifer, I am visiting thru the Grow Your Blog Party, a very interesting blog I am having fun exploring your blog. Have a good week.
    Dawn

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  25. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice work, Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Hello from Australia - and thank you for visiting my blog - I have enjoyed looking through your lovely posts and I am now a follower!

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  27. Hi Jennifer I'm Lynet, nice to meet you, your blog is beautiful, I following now,I love to share with you from now on and we are good friends!Happy grow your blog

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  28. Hi Jennifer- what a fun job you must have! I love paper crafts as well so was delighted to find your blog and will be following!
    Cheers!

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  29. Love those papers and cards. Looking forward to following your blog.

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  30. Hi Jennifer, is a pleasure to meet you. I love getting to "know" other creative people and I must say your cards are stunning! I will definitely be back to browse your blog because your cards are Stunning! I am a new follower. Thank you for your visit to my blog and leaving a kind word. Will definitely be visiting your Dry Gulch store since I make jewelry. I am a new follower.

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  31. Okay you and I should have been two peas in a pod! Your cards are gorgeous. And I am obsessed with seam binding! I wish there was a bead store near me. It was so nice to meet you. I am going to go look around some more.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  32. Thanks for sharing your story & blog. I'm working my way through the Grow Your Blog list... I am in the 1st batch if you want to visit my embroidery blog.

    aprilsongstress

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  33. Oh what a pretty blog...what fun you have here. Blog candy...did someone say blog candy??? Count me in! Enjoy the party. Blog on! Aloha

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  34. Hi Jennifer - I'm a GYB participant - Your blog, artistry and paper works are wonderful. I look forward to following your posts. take care, deborah http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/

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  35. Hi Jennifer! It is a delight to follow your blog and thank you for the giveaway opportunity! your vintage cards are filled with lovely items - very pretty cards!
    ~ Jennifer
    http://kippyssomature.blogspot.com/

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  36. Oooh, fun stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Love the name of your blog. Tim Holtz distress ink is a favorite of mine too!

    Lorna

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  38. Hello from the Yukon. I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do :)
    Evalina, This and that...

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  39. Hi there, it is so nice to meet you. You do such lovely work. It's been fun to meet everyone from the GYB hop.

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  40. Hello Jennifer, wonderful work and story. Lampwork.... I bead but when i saw the findings I got all excited because I use them to build my jewellery, as you do use them for cards. I wouldlikeif we followed each other. I also run a shop on the Island. Right now I'm visiting my daughter in North Carolina. Please head over to my blog and see if we have some interests in mind. Happy blogging.

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  41. Hi Jennifer
    Your cards are beautiful!
    I love making cards too - mostly for my friends and granddaughters - lots of frou frou and seam binding is a standby for me too!

    I'll be back again to learn some more once the party ends - meantime it's lovely to meet you and see what you make.

    A wonderful parcel of blog candy I would just love to play with - fun!

    I would love you to pop over and visit me where I have a GYB Giveaway of a Vintage fabric and lace Collage.
    hugs
    Shane

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  42. Hi Jennifer
    Great to meet you!
    I'm visiting from a very wet England!

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  43. Hi Jennifer, Cool Craft. My grand daughter loves this kind of thing, so I will follow so we can see what it is you do this year. I am a quilter/ sewing/ fabric nut, lol. Nice to meet you thru GYB.

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  44. Visiting from the GYB party - I love your paper - so fabulous,
    Neena
    xx

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  45. I am drooling at the blog candy! So nice to meet you!

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  46. Your card projects are beautiful and the images on this blog are so very pretty! I am visiting with the GYB party. Many thanks to sweet Vicki! I have already signed up to follow one of your blogs and am signing up to follow this one as well!

    Blessings to you!

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  47. Hi Jennifer thank you for visiting me, I love your cards they are really beautiful.
    I am going to take a look at your jewelry next!
    Jackie

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  48. Visiting you from the gyb party ... your cards are very sweet! It's always nice to meet a fellow paper addict!

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  49. Your cards are beautiful! Be sure, I'm a new follower! I am visiting from Germany, with the GYB party. I am just getting into the world of card making, not being sure what style I wanna make... Yours is great and I might give it a try. Will browse back into your archive to see more!
    Nice to meet you,
    Tina

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