Tuesday, December 29, 2015

10th Anniversary Blog Celebration -- Day 3

Welcome to the 10 year anniversary of my blog!

(Note: the anniversary celebration started on Sunday, so scroll down or click here & here
to leave a comment to be entered to win one of my fabulous giveaways!)

As I mentioned yesterday & on Sunday, I started my blog almost ten years ago, on Dec. 30, 2005.
What began as a place to share photos and thoughts has become such a big
part of my life, seeing as I post almost daily.

Here's one of the first photos I posted on my blog:

It's of Sage on New Year's Eve 2005.
Every year, our church goes skating on New Year's Eve.
How can this have been 10 years ago? Crazy!

So, to celebrate TO THE FULL's 10 year anniversary,
I've been doing a series of posts over the past three days.

Now, while I was mainly a scrapbooker when I started my blog,
I can't deny that the frequency of my posts greatly increased when
I started stamping and making cards.

So, today, I'm sharing my 10 favourite stamp sets and some cards where I've used them:

#1. Reverse Confetti's Lots to Say:

This one of my first Reverse Confetti stamp and it is such a perfect sentiment set!
I use it all of the time!

Originally posted for CAS(E) This Sketch #104

#2. Altenew's Painted Flowers:

This set is so sweet and fun to play with!
I often use the stamps and layer the flowers, but I've also enjoyed watercolouring them!

CAS(E) This Sketch #121 Leigh Penner #cards
Originally posted for CAS(E) This Sketch #121

On my next card, I've combined two sets...
#3. Mama Elephant's Three Amigos

This sweet set is so fun!
I've surprised myself at how often I reach for this set.

#4. Papertrey Ink's City Scene

Although I originally bought this set because of the Eiffel Tower,
but that is one stamp in the set that I haven't used that much.
I really like making skylines and cities with this set.

CAS(E) This Sketch 124 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards
Originally posted for CAS(E) This Sketch #124 

On my next card, I've combined two sets...
#5. Papertrey Ink's Twig Wreath

This set is so pretty and makes such lovely cards, with or without the wreath.

#6. Papertrey Ink's Choose Joy

This sweet sentiment set makes me happy every time I use it!

I used #5 & #6 to make this card:

Originally posted for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire

#7. Papertrey Ink's Songbirds

 My favourite stamp from this set is the leaves.
They are so fun to use -- either with the coordinating dies or without.
For this card, I coloured the stamp with Zig Clear Brush Markers and spritzed
it with water before stamping it onto my card.

Originally posted for the October Pinterest Inspired Challenge 

#7. Papertrey Ink's Guiding Lights

A wonderful set for making masculine cards or faith-based cards.
And the layering is so fun!

Originally posted on November 11

#9. Wplus9's Fresh Cut Florals

This sweet set is so fun to play with -- I love making little bouquets with it!

Originally posted for the Pretty Pink Posh March Blog Hop

#10. Reverse Confetti's God is Good

This set is wonderful for making faith-based cards!
Walk By Faith is also wonderful!

Two Cards to share  Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti #cards
Originally posted on June 6th

And, it wouldn't be a celebration without some giveaways, right?

I have four prizes to give-away:

1. a $25 gift certificate to Reverse Confetti (generously donated by Jen Del Muro)
2. a $25 gift certificate to Pretty Pink Posh (generously donated by Paulina Nakamura)
3. a $20 gift certificate to Butterfly Reflections Ink (generously donated by Vanessa Middleton)
4. a $25 gift certificate from me to Papertrey Ink

All you need to do to enter to win is to leave a comment here in this post by 9pm CST tonight.
I will draw four names and announce the winners tomorrow (December 30th),
the 10th anniversary of my blog.

*Note: If you would like to become a follower while you are here, I welcome you to do so,
 but it isn`t necessary to be eligible to win.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you're a winner!

Thanks for looking!


Aileen (mum) said...

Always following, always enjoying your posts. Congrats Leigh on reaching ten years. What a brilliant milestone.

June K said...

Sage all bundled up is so cute. Love the cards especially the colorful Altenew's Painted Flowers card. Such pretty colors and beautiful stamping.

Lynda Bart said...

I can't stop looking at these cards. Thank you for using these faith based sentiments because they are just what I am looking for. And thank you for the chance to receive a gift.

Lynn said...

Love seeing the cards created with your favorite sets Leigh. They are all beauties. Really think I need that twig wreath set because of you :)

~amy~ said...

LOVELY....so fun seeing your fav sets and how you've used them.

IamDerby said...

Awe Sage is so adorable! I love the leaf card. I need to try that

Deepti said...

I love your style, there is always a soft subtle touch of uniqueness in your cards... Stunning as always :)

Chriss Blagrave said...

Beautiful post, Leigh! I love how you have paired the cards and stamp sets. Congratulations again and thanks for all of your inspiration ❤️

dstandard said...

Your cards are just fabulous Leigh! Love how you have used the stamps - soooo creative! Ten years of blogging - wow! Love it!

Carol Doggett said...

Thanks for showing us your favorite stamp sets, so much inspiring pieces!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Leigh, congratulations on 10 years - wow! I always enjoy your lovely creations and we're blessed to have you share your talent with us! Here's to another 10 years!!

Kristie Goulet said...

Love this post and seeing your cards created with your favorite sets! Awesome!

Megan Carroll said...

This was a really fun post! I love seeing your favorite stamp sets! I have added a couple to my wishlist! Have a great day!

merryf said...

beautiful beautiful cards! I have some of the same sets and I always get inspired by your designs! I love seeing what you create!

Taheerah said...

Some great sets chosen here and fabulous cards created with them! Well done!

Michelle said...

Bea-u-ti-ful cards and a lovely selection of stamps! Happy 10th Anniversary!

vinita jain said...

Your beautiful creations with your uniqueness always melted my heart! So graceful, love your creativity with all inspirations!!! I followed you from 2 years back when I started blogging and always love to keep an eye on all your creations:)

Miriam Prantner said...

Love your stamp set choices. I'm ashamed to say I have some of these and haven't inked them up yet....I just need more time!!!

Diana K said...

I've loved your anniversary celebration, Leigh, and not because of the giveaways :) It's so much fun to see the early photos of your kids and the layouts and cards that you love. Some of the projects you've shown are definitely my favourites also, like your Imagine layout, with Sage (you enabled me that day!). Two of your favourite stamp sets are amongst my top 10 also, Altenew Painted Flowers (just ordered the dies last night) and WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals. Thanks for taking us down memory lane!

Henriëtte said...

Your cards are an inspiration! My favorite is the Altenew painted flowers card. So beautiful. Congratulations on the 10 years blogging anniversary.

Jennifer said...

Awesome cards and great sets! I spy a few I would love to add to my collection!

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

I just received the Twig Wreath set this weekend after seeing your beautiful cards using it this fall. Great cards~

Jen Carter said...

Wow! ALL of these cards are gorgeous!! My favorite is how you used the PTI City Scene stamp set to make the background!

Lisa Petrella said...

Such a great post, Leigh!! So fun to see your favorite stamp sets and I love how you shared a sample card for each too! Beautiful work!!!

Maura R said...

We have very similar taste in stamps, Leigh. I have many of these myself - my favorites are your songbirds card and your lighthouse card (I have both those stamps too). Enjoy your celebration!

Mary-Anne V said...

Yes 10 years dies go by in a flash...need to enjoy our kids being kids. Wonderful cards with your favorite stamp sets.Thanks and Happy New Year.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are gorgeous! I love your choice in colors too!

jw said...

Love your style and what beautiful and often clever things you do with a stamp set! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!

Debbie Vasel said...

Great choice of stamp sets. I really like Altenew's Painted Flowers.
Makes me feel like an artist. Your cards are amazing.

Mary B said...

Wow - 10 years passes quickly, doesn't it? Congratulations. I own 4 of your 10 favorite sets. They're great, and you made beautiful cards with them.

Lizzie T a/k/a Wifelady said...

CONGRATS on your 10 year anniversary of blogging! That's such a long time but I'm sure it just flew by for you! I adore your work!

Brandi R said...

Fantastic post! Love many of those same stamp sets and you showcased them beautifully ♥ Congrats again on 10 fabulous years ♥

Karen J Brandt said...

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I love your scrapbook style and have used many of your layouts for inspiration. I really enjoy the clean uncluttered look you use and that you combine your stamping supplies on your pages.

It has been fun watching your children grow, and I love that Sage shares your hobby!

Deena Hopkins said...

Congrats on 10 years! I always look forward to your posts. Great showcase of your favorites.

Teresa Doyle said...

These cards (and sets) are all great! I love the 3 Amigos, they are SO CUTE! Congrats again Leigh. on 10 years of blogging, that's a LOT of time and work! Cudos to YOU!

Annette Snyder said...

Fabulous cards!

Sandra Schroeder said...

Congrats on your blogaversary. I have only followed your blog for a year or so, but I love your style and enjoy it very much hearing about your children. I enjoyed having Sage fill in for you recently and I feel she has a budding talent.

I Card Everyone said...

You are just getting better, and better, Leigh ... if that is even possible! LOved every one of these ... couldn't begin to choose a favorite BUT, if memory serves, there once was a card with the RC tear drops that seems to be the one that brought me to you and your wonderful cards!

StampinLouie said...

Leigh thanks for sharing your favs. I think I need some of those myself. Love your blog and have been forllowing for several years.

Kathy said...

Sage's photo is adorable! Thanks for the look at these great stamp sets, some are favorites or on mt shopping list. :)

Shella Travarca said...

Those are some of my favorite stamp sets too! Congratulations on 10 years! Best wishes for 10 more!

Happy Dance said...

It's nice to see some of your favorite stamp sets. That RC 'Lots to Say' is one I reach for all the time too. The cards you've made with these sets are beautiful. Tried to pick a favorite from these, and failed! They are all beautiful. Thanks for being here for 10 years, and I wish you many more celebrations! Awesome. Happy for you. Bev

Diane Jaquay said...

Wonderful collection of beautiful cards here, Leigh! The only stamp set of these that I own is the PTI Songbirds, one that I haven't used nearly enough! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! 10 years of blogging is an awesome accomplishment. I enjoyed seeing your favorite stamp sets - some of them are my favorites too.

Here's to at least another 10 years of blogging!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is a brilliant idea for an anniversary post, Leigh! All your cards are stunning, as always!! Happy 10th Blogaversary and cheers to many, many more! It all goes by so quickly, doesn't it? It's been cool to watch your beautiful Sage growing up before our eyes! (Please leave me out of the drawing, hon.) Happy New Year Hugs! Darnell

LauraJane:) said...

I always enjoy seeing what you do with the Altenew Painted Flowers set!

Pam said...

I always enjoy your posts, Leigh. Two of my favorite stamp sets are your #1 & #2 pick. I love them Your cards are beautiful.

Denise Bryant said...

I love seeing your favorite sets1 The wreath set you chose for #5 is a favorite of mine also!
Congrats again on 10 amazing years! Outstanding accomplishment!

Lisa said...

Look how sweet she looked!! Love all of your pretty cards Leigh and the terrific sets you picked as your faves!!

Betty Keefe said...

My favorite of all the cards is the Altenew painted flowers card - and adorable pic of Sage - what a cutie!

Brenda Gordon said...

Thank you for sharing your talent! I enjoy viewing your designs and feeling inspired.

cm said...

Oh my...isn't little Sage a bundle of adorable! What a delight it's been to see her grow up and become part of this wonderful crafting community. She's a gem! Today's favourite stamps/card pairings: ingenious (not to mention enabling *grin*). You've selected some fabulous sets and the showcases are nothing short of outstanding! The Three Amigos, in your hands, always deliver a smile; the Altenew flowers are incredibly pretty (I was practicing with Vintage Roses yesterday; they're a bit of a challenge for me. The results 'kind of' look rose-ish, but still need work) and the PTI wreath and Joy sentiment card is stunning! I so treasure the works of art that you've sent to me! An impressive anniversary celebration, Leigh! Here's to 10 x 10 years more of creating and sharing!

Audrey Pettit said...

Such a wonderful post, my friend! I love your cards! All of them, always! You are so talented and such an inspiration to us all. Congrats on your ten years! What a treat to see tiny little Sage. Where on earth does the time go?

Team Clark said...

Wow! Love all these florals! Beautiful designs. <3

Svitlana Shayevich said...

Great stamps listing! All are amazing! As are your cards made with them!