Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR and 2 Give Aways

Happy New Year everybody!  I'm sending out wishes for all of us, I wish for a peace-filled year, a healthy year, a prosperous year...a year filled with content for us all, with loads of creative inspiration and achievements!!!

I've spent the past week busy as a little bee. If you've visited before I guess you have noticed the new blog look. ;-) You know I can't help myself, I am addicted to my digital fun way to much to ever stop changing the blog. And thanks to instructions I found on Cutest Blog on the Block I finally figured out how to do more than just a solid background, so that was fun to learn.

I'm slowly and painfully listing journals and tags in the Etsy store.

I say painfully because I have lost my Etsy hacks. If you sell on Etsy and don't know about the hacks, run, don't walk, to their site and get yourself set up as it will make your selling experience so much easier! The only problem is that when Etsy makes certain changes you lose your hacks and have to install them again, which is what happened to me. And while others have gotten their hacks back, mine seem to have disappeared into the virtual ozone. Even Ian, the owner of the hacks (and now working for Etsy) hasn't been able to help me figure out why I can't get mine back. What I used all the time was the hack for loading more than one image at a time and tag profiles, so I didn't have to keep manually putting the tags in on each listing. Of course, now I'm back to the manual labor.

I also had some really fun new items arrive to stock in the store a couple days ago and I will do my utmost to start getting them listed this coming week. I'm a little under the weather right now but am taking my vitamins and otc medicine so hopefully I've caught this bug before it gets full blown.

Until then I've listed a couple fun new collage sheets
Sweet~Hearts and Altered ATC Backgrounds 1
(images are click-able)

And two new papers
Rue Du Opera and Hotel De L'Opera

I thought this being the beginning of a fresh new year why not get it started right with a couple free Giveaways! Plus I wanted a way to simply say THANK YOU to all those who stop by the blogs and the store. I feel blessed by each and every one of you and I love when you leave comments. 

I am offering this small fabric collaged Quattro journal/notebook (papers are lined)

The other is one of my medium sized blank journals/sketchbook

To have a chance at winning one of these all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. To keep me sane, ;-)  please, only comments on this post will count in the drawing. On Jan 7, I will use a random generator for two of  you to win one of these books.  One comment per person please.

Until next post my friends I leave you with....

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Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

oooh! what delightful journals! The one with the crowns is crying out my name! LOL

Happy New Year!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I would love to have one of these journals. They are beautiful!
So please put my name in and hope you have a Very Happy New Year.
don't forget on Mondays I do a Monday Temptations post where bloggers advertise their goodies.
If interested just email me

The Charm House said...

Gail, I love your journals! I especially love the first one... It would be perfect for my daughter who is fixing to get married to keep up with all of her gifts!
Also, I love your new blog!
Have an awesome 2010!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Creations!!
Have a Great NEW Decade!!

kim aka imagesbykim said...

Looking around Gail's blog at the already crowded room she ponders.....Now how did they get here before me?

Ohhh Santa pick me! Pick me Santa!! (as she jumps up and down in the crowd)

Happy New Year Gail!

Jenny S said...

Happy New Year!!

Jann said...

Thanks for a chance! I LOVE the backgrounds--they are just beautiful--thank you for those! Happy New Year!

claudia_az said...

awsome site, just love your work, plz enter me in your giveaway...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

slommler said...

Happy New Year and I love the look of your blog! I need to spruce mine up this year. One of my goals! LOL!
Throw my name into the hat please.

Nita Jo said...

Happy New Year Gail! I would love to be entered to receive one of your journals... they're beautiful. Your blog looks amazing! Makes me want to give it a try.

Nita Jo

pupchick said...

Happy New Year to you, Gail! I thought at first I was at the wrong blog, when the new design appeared, lol. The new look is very pretty! I'm always excited to see what new papers and collage sheets you've come up with--they're always an inspiration. =)


sistersoftheart said...

Happy New Year, Gail!! Looking forward to a new year of creativity - can't wait to see what you come up with!
Hugs - Patte

okanagan_spirit said...

The journals are lovely. I like the use of lace and especially like the image of the sweet girls on the second journal. I hope you choose me because either journal would be an appreciated addition for the new year.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Happy New Year Gail!

Thank you so much for all you have taught me over the last year in your wonderful classes!

I love your new blog look and your header is beautiful.

Please enter me in your drawing! I can't wait to see your new kitchen when Mr. Shabby gets it finished :)

Love to you and Mr. Shabby!

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Hi I just stumbled on your blog and your work is beautiful.
Please enter me in your contest..
Happy New Year.

catworx said...

The happiest of New Year's to you!!! I'd love to have a chance to win one of your beautiful journals!!!

Paula -Teaberry Cottage said...

Happy New Year Gail,

I love you blog and store. Please include me in your giveaway.


Valerianas Studio said...

Hello Gail,

wishing you a truly Happy New Year!

You have really outdone yourself with this new journal, it is uber-cute!! The roses to the left are so beautiful, and the birdie on the right is to die for :-)

Of course I would love to be included in the giveaway!

Happy Blessings,


Bunty said...

Happy New Year Gail. Love the new sheets and the gorgeous little journals in the giveaway. Please put my name in the hat, thank you.

Love your blog background - don't know about you but I had real trouble when trying to load my own background from the CBOTB instructions. In the end we had to load it to Flickr as Photobucket was way too small. I wish I understood computer code but I don't!!!




Gail, I wish you a super, fantabulous 2010!!

Great big toothy smiles,

Queen Bee's Musings said...

Such lovely work please put my name in as well. thank so much!

Hopemore Studio said...

Gail, What a great giveaway, both of your creations are lovely.


Melody said...

Hi Gail,
Hope you're feeling better! Hope you had a great holiday week. Your giveaway is great! Hope you didn;t have a whole lot of winter weather trouble. My mountain withdrawl has been fixed. Fri. we woke up at 5a, left at
6:30a and drove down to Gatlinburg. Couldn't get anywhere tho. Newfound Gap was closed as well as Cades Cove, due to ice and snow, but we got close enough. We even got to pop in at my Aunt and Uncle's. Since we couldn't get anywhere we came home the same day, well by 2a on Sat. It was worth it tho. 1 more day of vacation left then back to work...sigh....wish we had another week.
Happy New Year!

Cazbam said...

They are gorgeous! I love love LOVE the second one, beautiful!

Nelly said...

Happy New Year to you! Thanks for the chance to win one of your beautiful books. We're both in Etsy Cottage ning. Stop by my blog for a giveaway also. Good luck to both of us, hahaha.

fairyrocks said...

I came here quite by chance!!
I am so glad I did, I am currently working on an altered book class, and have been inspired by your fantastic creativity. Thank You for sharing so much!!
Have a Great New Year!!

~Izabella said...

halo doll!! I do hope you are feeling better!!!

I am looking forward to all your upcoming inspirations this year!!

hugs to you sweet girl!!

Carla said...

I'd love to win one of your gifts! I've been wondering if I should give etsy a try and open my own shop, but I continue to hear stories like yours and it just sets my teeth on edge. Good luck!

Cindy said...

What beautiful journals! I would LOVE for a chance to win one. I enjoyed reading your newsletter...thank you for the digital collage sheet. I have never heard about hacks on I need to find out more and what I'm missing!!

Sharon said...

Please enter me in your giveaway? I find your site really fun.

Shirley said...

Ooohh! The journal is exquisite! I'd love to win either gorgeous gift. Thank you for being so generous! :D

wisteriax said...

Happy New Year Gail!
Thanks for all of the inspiration and fun classes this past year. Looking forward to new ideas & plenty of creativity in 2010!

sistersoftheart said...

Hi Gail - Glad to hear you are on the mend! Love the new look - it's lighter & perfect for the newness of a new year. It would be great to win one of your wonderful creations. And thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!!

Hugs, Patte

Mary Anne in NJ said...

Love your stuff...thanks for the collage sheets..your images are always perfect...would love to win a journal..

jaimie sander said...

Love the new look of the blog!You have some really wonderful images.The journals are also beautiful,both of them!

Tawney Peterson said...

I love your work. Very pretty!
Tawney :)

Lea said...

Hi Gail,

I love your new blog look. You're such a talented artist and I'd love a chance to win a book created by you! Please count me in your giveaway.

Have a happy and blessed New Year!

KV Creative Designs said...

Count me in! Sorry to hear about your Cyber Woes, hope you get them back soon. I didn't know about any hacks, is there a website?

Happy New Year Gail!

Artful Blessings,

Shari Replogle said...

Hi Gail,
Your blog changes are absolutely beautiful. I didn't even know about "hacks" for Etsy! I would love to be entered for your drawing.
Happy New year,

jojo said...

Happy New Year! But I thought "hacks" were a bad thing. . . ?

Beautiful journals - thanks for the opportunity.

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Good questions JoJo...hackers are a bad...hacks in this instance simply means a shortcut to doing something.

Tara said...

How lovely to start the new year with a new journal or notebook! Please put my name in. :) Happy 2010! Tara x

icandy... said...

Hello, Gail!
The journals are just lovely! What a beautiful way to start out the New Year!

Christy Laudig said...

Who wouldn't want to win one of these fabulous prizes. Awesome! I'm so glad to have found your fun little world.

Snowy Butterfly Kisses to you!

laudigs at embarqmail dot com

A Vie Renouvele said...

Please add my name. They are beautiful! I hope you're feeling better soon. Linda

Cherrie said...

They're beautiful! Please add my name to the list!

Dorthe said...

Gail, wow they are gorgeus, would love to win.
Hugs, Dorthe

slommler said...

Love your new look.......beautiful! I changed mine up too!! Stop by!! Your new collage sheets and papers are wonderful!! I love them!!
Definitely put my name into the hat...those journals are awesome. Thanks so much and be well!

SweetAnnee said...

Me Me Me ..please enter me..
I'm going to look for a Photo Shop
BASIC tutorial...So sorry you're ill....Get well soon

Linda said...

So glad to hear you're on the mend! The giveaway items are so lovely. Happy New Year!

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

I really admire your work and all that you create! Please add my name for the drawing.

Susan said...

Beautiful books! Happy to hear your on the mend! Hopefully you are getting back to good health! Susan

The Kiwi Nest said...

Here's to all good things for you in 2010 Gail!
A wonderful surprise to see your 'new look' - it's truly charming.
I would certainly treasure one of your sweet notebooks so please count me in.
Hope you're feeling much better now.