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Thursday, December 15, 2011

500 Followers Giveaway - Still time to follow and enter!

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Winning Wednesdays & 500 Followers Giveaway Announcement

Hi Everyone!

We did it!  Candy to be won soon!  Time still to follow/comment....

 I've decided my blog has been a little sparse lately because I'm always so rushed.  I want to do a few things to revamp and I hope you'll hang in there with  me while I get some of the details sorted out and the bugs worked out.  First off, as some of you have noticed, I've been on a super lucky streak with blog candy winnings lately!  I'd love to take the time  and write thank you cards to everyone who has sent me blog candy and while that might still happen, I figured I really need to acknowledge them in someway so I decided to do a regular post, hopefully every Wednesday (if I feel well) and show you all what I've received as it comes in! I will call it Winning Wednesdays for now, and we'll see if I can keep my own deadline. LOL The first one will be in a separate post.  Also, I would like to post any fun hauls I've made for the week and any fun sales, etc. so I can pass them on to you all!  I hope that sounds like fun to you and occasionally I will be doing RAKs for people who leave me comments guiding me to blog hops or other places to enter to win cool things or special sales that I may not know about.  As you all are aware, it's hard impossible to catch everything that's going on all the time and I miss out on a lot of stuff.  Sometimes I don't catch items I've actually won because I don't get an email or someone misspells my user name so when I search, it doesn't show up.  Anytime anyone catches something I've won that I'm not aware of, I will send you a little RAK such as a stamp set or card or ribbon, etc.  I need some little elves, so I'm asking you, my friends and followers to be them for me and you will be rewarded! :0)

Staying at home, living with fibro, not much comes into the day to cheer me up a bunch and that is one of the reasons why I love doing blog hops and especially winning! LOL ;)  Who doesn't love winning? Every single time I win something or get something cool in the mail, my spirits just boost and I'm a happy camper!  I'm really not trying to sound shallow or materialist or ungrateful for all the other wonderful things in my life, but those little things really can pull you out of a rut when you're having a pain-filled, unproductive day.  Getting little things here and there just keeps me motivated.  I can't help it!  I'm a Material Girl! LOL

The other thing about this is it works both ways for me.  I love to give as well as receive and that makes me just as, if not more, happy!  SO with that being said, I am going to hold a giveaway when I reach 500 followers!  I'm not sure what the prize I'm giving away yet will be, but I can promise you it will be fun and a variety of things!  I will post a picture before the actual winner is picked.  In the meantime, here's how to get some extra entries.

1.  +1 Mandatory - Must be a follower.  Everyone, old and new, who wants to be entered must leave one comment on this post stating their status and if you have any sort of Cricut machine.  I need this info for prize purposes. (Can someone show me how to keep this post always at the top?  I haven't looked into it yet.)  I'd appreciate it!

2.  Extra Entries: (Please post each entry separately and do the +1 at the bottom so I can properly add your entries)

  • +1 Post a great sale that is going on or a new site you found that sells great scrapbooking products
  • +2 Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking back to my blog
  • +2 Inquire here about any of the companies I am affiliated with or the products I sell by going to my website at  and let me know if you'd like any of my catalogs (please only ask for catalogs if you're truly interested in my products)  I am a Personal Consultant/ Independent Business Owner for Memory Works, Be Young Essential Oils, Amway (including multiple affiliated companies such as Artistry, Nutrilite, and Joann's), and I do Custom Creations of course (including cards, business cards, fliers, brochures, etc.)! :0)  Please note:  if you shop Joann's through my site, you will get special incentives rather than going straight to their site!  Discounts may be given and or RAKs! 
  • +1 Add your entries for me in your final comment, including the final +1 for this (ask if you have questions)
Ok!  Whew, that was a lot of work on this end, but hopefully not too much work on your end and I promise, it will be worth it!

Thanks as always for visiting and good luck to you all on the drawing!  Let's hope for 500 soon!

XO ~ Amy Jo


Tanya said...

WOW!! You are one busy lady!!! I am already a follower. :) I have the Imagine and the Expression. I LOVE LOVE my Imagine and do still use my Expression. I can't seem to use one without also using the other. :) I am excited for you to hit 500 followers. :) That is a GREAT accomplishment!! So, let me be the first to say CONGRATS... (I know it isn't here yet, but I'm excited for ya)


Celeste B. said...

Hello friend!!!! I was just checking up to see how you are doing, and it looks like you are doing great!!!! I really hope you hit 500 soon; you're so amazing! :) I do own an Expression, and love her! To keep the post on the top you go into 'Edit Post'. You can do this by selecting the little pencil at the bottom of the post (if it's available). If you don't have the pencil at the bottom of the post you can go up to the top of the screen and select 'Design', click on the tab that says 'Post'. Under that select the one that says 'Edit Posts' and select 'Edit' next to this post. Once you are in the Edit Post screen you will see an option that is below 'Labels' and above 'Publish Post' it's called 'Posting Options'. Select that and change the date on the right to the date you wish to keep the post up until. That's the only way that I know how to do it. I hope it makes sense!! If not, let me know and I'll shoot you an e-mail with step by step picture instructions!!!!! I'm so happy that you're winning such fun prizes! :) Big hugs!!!!

Celeste B.

Anniebee said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! I'll be watching out for sales and things for you. I do have a suggestion for a craft supply retailer you may not have heard of. It's called and they give fantastic customer service and have great prices on their Copic markers, refills and such. They have lots of other stuff too.

I own 2 Cricut Es and a Silhouette SD. I still love my cutting machines but they don't get the workout they got before I discovered Copics. I'm sure you noticed on some of my blog posts this week that I'm a member of The Outlawz. If you haven't already, you should check them out. They're very nice, super supportive of their members and give away great prizes to their challenge winners. I think you would enjoy it there if you're not already a member. As soon as you get a picture of your blog candy, I'll post it on my blog for you. Feel free to contact me any time. I'm already a follower.

anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

Leanne said...

Hi! Just stopped by after quite a while to see how you were doing & I'm glad you're doing fine. Well, surely I'm your follower & I do not own a cricut or crafting tools for that matter. said...


Stop by my blog for our Father's Day Blog Hop:)
Myself and a couple of others are giving away some fun Blog Candy:)

Brenda said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've become a new follower and think it's a great idea that you are doing Winning Wednesdays posts.

Kimberli said...

What a fun idea!! I have a Cricut Expression and most recently, I bought an E2 at launch - I love them both!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower - I'm a new follower of yours!

Flair Girl said...

Hey sweet girl! You won on Christeld Scrappin' Sista's blog! And, I gave YOU a blog award and just saw you gave ME one! LOL Come pick it up dear friend!

Anniebee said...

Good morning, Amy! Congratulations on your appointment to Jillian's design team!!! I just saw the announcement on Jillian's blog and wanted to be the first to congratulate you! That's just awesome. I'll look forward to seeing all of your wonderful projects.


Pamela Pattison Lash said...

Hi Lisa,
I hope you get this - hop over to LoveBug Creations as we have something for you!
Mama LoveBug aka Pam

Newbie2crafting said...

Hi Amy,

I hope you get this in time, but I am already a follower and I have a little something for you on my blog! Hop on over and check it out.


Kate said...

Sounds like a fun idea!
When my children were little, I was given a book called "Love languages of children". One "love language" (the way we feel or give love) is gifts. I'm thinking that this is your love language - so you are not shallow at all!

Dee said...

I love your projects. I am a follower. TFS


Linda said...

Hi Amy, thank you for popping over to my blog. I have become a follower of Vintageheartfeltdesigns and a follower of you blog too.

I hope you get to your 500 followers soon.

I don't have a cricut but have ecraft by Craftwell and a Grande Calibur which I love to bits.

Crafting Hugs

Linda :)

cards by cara said...

I made one of my posts stay near the top by dating it for 2012. This way it's always the first one ...

cards by cara said...

oops, i see you already made it a sticky post ...

Amyscats said...

Good luck on making it to 500 followers! Enjoy your site, full of energy, and am praying for you about your dogs.
amylfahnestock at gmail dot com

Valerie said...

I'm sure you'll get 500 followers soon Amy and i am a follower already!
Thanks for your comment son my blog and I will see if I can get a tutorial together re the cross over card:)
Val x

Favorite Favors said...

Amy, I am sure you will reach your goal in no time. I am already a follower and I have the expression. Oh, btw, I have an award for you on my blog -


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Congrats on your following! I am your newest one. I love my Cricut Expression!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

I added your button to sidebar with a link!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

I found a great deal today I thought I would share. The Target dollar bins had 60 counter sticker gems, only a buck! Such a great deal 6 different colors!

Lisa said...

Hi Amy - you will reach your goal in no time! I'm already a happy follower who loves your projects and is completely addicted to my Cricut Expression and my Cuttlebug :D


Jessica said...

Hi Amy Jo -- I'm so excited to serve with you at FCCB!

Thank you for sharing your battle with fibro. You're really an inspiration! I have dealt with major depressive disorder for 10+ years...and crafting does help to chase away those days when I'm feeling out of sorts.

Looking forward to knowing you better,

Amy said...

Hi Amy Jo! I am so excited to now be a part of the FCCB DT and to be working with you! I have been using my expression to make projects and only recently started blogging...I have met so many wonderful people along the way! New follower :)Amy

Amy said...

I just became a follower! :) I have a Cricut Expression, and I love it! I am having a giveaway on my blog too, if you want to check it out! :)

Just a Few Designs said...

Hi girly...thanks for visiting, following and leaving me such kind comments on my blog!! I appreicate you and adore your upbeat manner. Please keep in touch and take care!
Good luck on 500 followers...ur almost there!

Lori Apgar said...

Congrats on your 500!! You stopped by my blog and asked about a cartridge I used for an is the Christmas cart and has been discontinued. It still might be around....

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog!

Maria Matter said...

Hi Amy!
Thanks so much for stopping by & following, I'm following you now too!
You are a very busy & talented lady, you have a fun blog & I really enjoyed looking around!
I have an Expressions & love it!!!
Take care hun!
hugs & blessings

Pendra said...

Hi Amy, Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the visit... it's always nice to have company! Your giveaway sounds like great fun. I just won a cricut and am anxious for it to come and learn how to use it! But first I have to start collecting some cartridges. I too am learning to live with Fibro... have had it a long time but nobody seems to think it is a big deal except me! So starting to try and learn more about it. Anyway take care of yourself, your follower... Pendra

DIANA L. said...

Hi there, you will reach 500 in no time.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful giveaway.... Hope you reach your 500 followers. I do have a cricut expression.
Thank you for the chance to win.

Amy E said...

Hi Amy! I hope you read this soon, since you wanted to know about great sales/deals! I have a blog post about some deals you can get at Joann's and Michael's today only. There should be a few good deals next week too, but maybe not as good as today! Pop by my blog and check it out!

I'm a follower, and I own a baby bug, and JUST got the new E2!!! I love love love it!!

I know what you mean about a winning streak...I've been on one too. And everytime I turn around, I see either your name or Amy, the read-headed crafter's name on a winner's list! We Amy's are taking over the blog candy world!! Hahaha! JK!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Bunnyfreak said...

I am a follower have been for awhile. I have a Cricut Expression.

Newbie2crafting said...

Hi Amy,

Be sure to come back on over to my blog. You won some Blog Candy!!!!


bonnie said...

Thank you sweetie...your sweet comment on my blog made me smile. I'm already a follower of yours! I have a Cricut Expression and I love it! Have a wonderful day sweetie :) Hugs x

Amy E said...

Hey Amy, in case you missed it, I saw your name pop in in the winner's circle AGAIN!! It's at .

Yay!! Oh and I can't wait for our blog hop this weekend!! FUN!!

Amy E.

Eva said...

Hi Amy, I am your newest follower...I hopped over here from
where you are a winner...make sure you go pick that up. Good luck on making your goal soon. I have a Cricut Expression and in the last few months got an Expression 2. I love them both and am so Have a super great day and I hope you can come check out my blog sometime. ~ Hugs ~ Eva :0)

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy! I had never heard of that company before, so glad you posted! I am glad you found something that excites you!! Of course I am an OOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDD
follower, hehehhe
and you know I love you

Amy E said...

It's me again. As promised, I posted this week's sales and coupon matchups...not as good as the ones last Saturday, but good enough for an excuse for a trip out! Haha! Go take a peek when you get a sec!

Amy E.

My Scrap Diary said...

Hi Amy
You made a new friend/follower today :)
Thank you for the sweet comments that you have left for me in the past.
I will keep you posted about blog hops. If you are interested in a challenge you can try Getting Cricky Simply Sunday challenge (this week's theme is Positive Thinking, we can all do with a bit of that)
Jess M :)
ummm its either +1 or +2. lol

Chasn Paper said...

I'm your new folower!

Vicki said...

I'm a follower and own a baby bug.

I check out for upcoming blog hops.

vwilson577 at

Maria said...

Just signed up to follow and also subscribed via email!
I own a Cricut Expression.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Love being a follower of yours and congrats I know you will reach your 500 goal soon! Yes I do have a cricut expression! Thanks so much!
summer_sunset54 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

What a terrific site!! You will hit your goal and more in no time! Am a new follower and have the E2!!! Thanks for sharing and such a generous giveaway!!

mamawcindy said...

So glad that your feeling better. I have a Baby Cricut and a Green Cricut Expression. Was so excited when they came out with a Green one. Love It!!! I am already a follower. I just made my own blog and I am Loving It! Would love for you to come visit me sometime. :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com
cindys-greencricut.blogspot dot com

Yvonne said...

I am a new follower #433. I have a cricut expression.

shersl84bed said...

I'm a follower, and have both the expression and the personal.

On a separate note, you can type in your name in the search bar, or your email address to see if you have won anything online. It might not catch all of them, but it will give you heads up on a few.

Smiles Sher

Cathy said...

Good morning, follower here. I understand the struggle of day to day, my husband has a very agressive form of M.S. Crafting beside him daily with my cricut is my great joy, my happy place.
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

callyannc said...

Hi. You have been very busy. Thanks so much for taking time to do new things. I am a old follower and love the blog. I own a cricut expression and cricut cake. Thanks CallyAnn

callyannc said...

Also is having an amazing offer. Buy George Basic Shapes for $39.99-get a FREE personnel Cricut. Now that is cool. Thanks CallyAnn

Lilang said...

I follower
Your works is nice :)
My etsy:

Eva said...

Hi Amy Jo,
There is an award for you on my blog.
Hugs, Eva :0)

Patti Ross said...

I was just sent to your blog by a follower who thought you might be able to help/inspire me. Medically this year has been a nightmare - amemia, arthritis, unexplained joint pain that brings me to tears, bone marrow biopsy's, meetings with cancer specialists and rhuematoid specialists and finally a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, bursitis...and after a month in bed and 15 pound weight loss, crohns' disease. I'm feeling like it's never going to end - any tips????

Patti Ross

Sam Barry said...

Hi Amy thanks for the invitation super excited to be a new follower. Thanks for supporting me and posting a photo of my candy. xox ps I own a Cricut and its a Cricut Expression. I used to get my cartridges from oh my crafts but havent bought any for ages.

Colleen said...

Hi Amy!
New follower here! Thanks for hopping in the 50 States Blog hop! And I do believe we are RAK partners this month, so you will be getting some goodies from me! Gotta love the happy mail! :)
I have a Cricut Expression and use it ALL the time, as I am always making something either for custom orders or for Scraptastical Kreations, as I am the Admin and DT Lead over there!
Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :) ttyl

Crafty and Green said...

Hi Amy! I'm a new follower as of yesterday! I have an Expression--Just got it in June and love it!! Thanks for hopping through the 50 states Hop!! Can't wait to stop back sometime soon!!

Many Blessings,

Robin said...

I'm a new follower and I have a Cricut Expressions.


Shelley said...

Thanks so much for your lovley comments on my very first blog hop. And I am glad I was able to share the information about colouring the pearls with Copic Markers. You can colour just about anything with them just give it a try and see how you go.I to have become a follower on you blog and I hope one day I actually reach 100 and here you are on the way to 500 well done.
I do have a Cricut Expression and love it.

Jan said...

lucky girl :)

Jamie said...

Im a follower.. Congrats on almost 500 followers.. hopefully you reach it soon!! I have a cricut expression & imagine. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Jamie said...

A great sale going on.. right now Sept 30 - Oct 2 Peachy Keen Stamps has $.99 shipping as well as 15% off all orders over $25.. and some great discounts on their newest releases. (a great site that i love.. they have amazing deals on cricut carts all the time!)


Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

I am a longtime follower, I am with you on looking for great sales on our crafting supplies. I get emails from numerous companies, some daily. So I am always scouting out the best deals before I buy anything.
Katsews at Gmail dotcom

Lisa said...

I have been a follower for quite awhile. Love your blog. I have the cricut expression and the cricut imagine. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa said...

I forgot to tell you, I hope your fibromyalgia is fairly under control, I know how that is since I also suffer from that and a variety of other disorders.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I just became a follower and am looking forward to all that you have planned!

Barbara B said...

I am a follower, and I have posted on my blog about your 500 follower giveaway. I completely understand about the Fibromyalgia as I have Lupus. I have a Cricut Expression and a Little Cricut(My 1st Cricut as I don't have the heart to get rid of it). Will be stopping back often as I love your blog.
Barbara B.

mamawcindy said...

WOW!!! You sound like one busy woman. I am already a follow of yours.I have the Green Cricut Expression and I Love her. Don't want anything to happen to her because I know I won't be able to get that color again. It sure is hard to keep track of everything going on in the Crafty Blog World. I will keep an eye out for you,If I see anything or hear of any Hops,I'll let you know. I do know that we are going to be in a Halloween hop together on October 21st. Can't wait to see everyone's Creations. Thank You for the chance to win! :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

Karen said...

Hi Amy - just found your blog by following a link from my sister Val's blog ( Just become a follower (number 475 so only 25 to go!!!). Just wanted to let you know that I also have fibro and also lupus so can sympathise with what you're going through. Hope to keep up with your blog posts. I have a Pazzles Inspiration.

Babe O'Mara said...

Hi Amy, Hope you are doing well. I think you may have won some candy on Chrys blog Scrapbooking Kampstyle in the Ghoultide Blop Hop Oct 1. I'm already a follower. Good luck on reaching your goal.


Luanne said...

Hi Amy, finished my blog hop just now starting from Gill.
I have been following you. I just started crafting and still don't have any cricut, cuttlebug, or sizzix machine to help me in crafting. I have a crafter's companion to help me on the way and 1 puncher for starters. Thanks for this candy chance.


Luanne said...

I have posted your giveaway alert on my blog.


Luanne said...

These are my entries:

+1 Follower of your blog
+2 posted your giveway
+1 last entry

Total of 4 Entries.

Thanks! Amy


Vannessa said...

Hello:) New follower. I do not own any type of cricut:( But I do have a shilouette

OmaGloria said...

WOW only 24 more to go. Congratulations!! I have been a follower for a little while. Me and my Cricut Expression have a fabulous relationship and work very well together. :-)

Sherrie K. said...

Congrats on your followers. You will be at 500 in no time Amy! Thanks for stopping by my blog:) Great giveaway and I am a follower already!
I have the Cricut Expression, Imagine and E2.
Sherrie K

Rachel Miller said...

Here's the link to where I got the "Haunted House" that I used for the card in day 2 of the halloween blog hop

Rachel Miller

Barbara B said...

Stop by my blog, I have a little surprise for you.

Barbara B.

lindaplus3 said...

I hope i do this right.... just learning.. i have a personal electronic cutter second hand with one cartridge.... anxious to really get into it and looking for all the help i can get ty :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

Angiebug said...

Hi Amy, I'm a new follower & own a Cricut E.

angiehbug at yahoo dot com

Cathy said...

You are getting there for your 500 followers, you go girl:) I have a new cricut expression 2, and I love it. happy crafting:)

gshrader said...

New follower! Looking forward to checking your site all the time! I do have a cricut, an E2 and a gypsy! love them! Thanks for the chance to win!
gayle_shrader at yahoo dot com

Lynne said...

Hi Amy - I'm a new follower and sew happy I stopped by. You and I share many things in common with the most important two is our love of Christ and fibro! I have a Cricut and the E2! I love to create and use my grandkids for inspiration from our blended family!!!
Hugs and Love,
Her Craftiness

Michelle said...

Hi Amy-I'm a new follower of your blog I'm so glad that I found you through the Fall/Halloween Blog HOp with Nicolette. We have pain in common as well.... like you I live in constant daily pain. I have CRPS/RSD (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome/ Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophia) And, I know exactly what you mean about getting those little pick me ups in the mail.... sometimes you just need them. I'm going to have to come on back and check out what all you've got going on. I too am trying to reach my goal of 500.... so we'll see what happens. Best of luck to you.
mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

Michelle said...

Oh no I forgot to mention to you that I own a cricut Expression, Expression2, and a Gypsy.
mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

Marissa said...

Hi, I just signed up to become a follower...I don't write a blog, but signed up to get your emails. I have a cricut expression. I also have a gypsy, a cuttlebug and I love to scrapbook! I am looking forward to getting your emails!

rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

Nikki said...

Hi Amy :) I just dropped by to see your blog finally :) I love it!!! You are so adorable :) I'm so sorry to hear about your Fibro :( If you ever want me to design anything or make anything for any kind of a benefit or awareness for Fibromyalsia please don't hesitate to ask :) I would make something for you in a heartbeat :) Lots of Hug <3


Beckie said...

I'm a follower! I have a cricut create! Thanks for the chance to win.

Be Blessed, Beckie

Beckie said...

Posted your giveaway on my sidebar! YAY! Thanks girl.

Be Blessed, Beckie

Naomi said...

I am a follower and I have a cricut expression... Amy I just wanted you to know that you are my inspiration... I cannot believe all you accomplish dealing with pain on a daily basis... I commend you , YOU ROCK Amy J Rockstar!!!!! I am in a similar situation and it helps to know I am not alone.
Lots of Love
your friend over at Showers of Cards and Flowers

Sandra 365 Days Of Cricut said...

Congrats on reaching over 500 followers, that is so amazing!!! I love your blog design it's so pretty!! I have a Cricut Expression and an E2!!

Marissa said...

I don't have a blog, but I am a follower by email. I have a cricut expression and a gypsy. I've abandoned my DS software since I got my gypsy, I also abandoned my jukebox! I DO however, use my cuttlebug!

I really admire your work!

rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

Cathy said...

I Amy, I am an old follower, congratulations. I have a Cricut Expression2:)

Josie0602 said...

I a a follower. I have an E2. I have been in your place before too...won something and totally missed the post for it!! If I ever see that you have won, I will pop over and let you know. I am part of the Erica's Craft Room design team and I often do giveaways especially during our monthly blog hops. Please come by to visit me during our hop, and maybe you will win my candy. I always contact my winners if they leave me a way to contact them!
jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

Heidi said...

I am a new follower...I found you through the honeybearz bloghog. Fun fun! I have a cricut expression machine and LOVE it. It has changed my scrapbooking forever. live4scrappin at gmail dot com

celina said...

Wow great!You have present such a great talent here..I appreciate your creative work keep it up!!
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