Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"What Do You Want?" a Winner and a Giveaway

Blogging is such a personal experience. I started blogging because I wanted a creative outlet and thought it would be fun. It has become so much more than that. Over time, I kind of followed what everyone else was doing because I thought that is what I wanted too. Somewhere along the way I got lost in it and confused about what the goal was. Was it to have fun? to make friends? to be creative? a friendly competition? 

I wasn't sure.

I did know that I loved the art of it. I did know that when I made a pretty card I felt happy. And the people were the nicest and became real friends to me. But I didn't really know more than that. One day I spoke to Joscelyne Cutchens (my Gallery Idol pal and winner for 2012) who asked me a simple question: WHAT DO YOU WANT?

And I didn't know the answer.

I thought the best solution was to back away from it for a while and "Operation Fade Out" began. When each of my design team term finished I happily removed it from the sidebar and then waited for the next one to be completed. The goal was to be free so I could think about what I wanted to do with my time and the blog. I didn't want to just make cards. I wanted to read and spend more time with my kids and exercise! Things that I used to do more of, but got replaced with cards. 

When I really thought about it, there were a few companies who were on my love list. and Crate Paper was on top of that list. I have said many times on my blog that the Maggie Holmes collection is my favorite of all time. So I made a mental note to myself that this was the company that I wanted to stay for, love, and work for. The whole time thinking there was no stinking way they would EVER notice me. It was my hail Mary idea as I continued Operation Fade Out. 


Over the Christmas break, I got an email that changed my whole blogging life. I was asked to join Crate Paper.

me?

ME?!


Hooray for wishes and dreams and goals. 
I am a Crate Paper Girl!!



In celebration for my dream come true, I made my own GIFF. I fell in love with Maggie Holmes version HERE.  Sometimes my girls and I like to take photos together in my craft room. This was a few months ago. Next time I will put my make up on and look more fancy, but I had to use what I had! I am also giving away one Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper paper pack and some other CP doodads. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Deadline is Monday January 20th at midnight EST.





And finally the winner of my Reverse Confetti stamp set is: AMY TSURUTA!!


I will be contacting you shortly Amy!

You can see some cards I made for Crate Paper for CHA HERE.

82 comments:

  1. I've mostly said it all already, so I'll just summarise: I am so proud of you.

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  2. Woo hoo! Congratulations, Wida! Well done on focusing on what you wanted. I'm so excited for you!

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  3. Congratulations Sweetie! That is such wonderful news. They are lucky to have you. Yes, Wida. They are lucky to have YOU! xoxo

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  4. Yippie for you, I think you've found yourself! Have a wonderful time making pretty things and be sure to still spend lots of time with those pretty things sittin' on your lap :)

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  5. YOU. Are the cutest. And I'm so, SO happy for you. Seriously <3

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  6. Ha ha - super cute! I'm so happy for you! Congrats and enjoy!

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  7. Congratulations Wida! I am so happy for you! :)

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  8. congratulations! crate paper is lucky to have beautiful you <3

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  9. you're the cutest! You know how happy i am for you!

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  10. Congratulations! Great GIFF and I love that paper pad :)

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  11. Love the photo(s) of you and your girls ! So, so sweet. Congrats on your design team spot with CP!

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  12. Yahoooooooo! I'm so very happy for you! Crate Paper is lucky to have you! Love your giff, love that your dream came unexpectedly true, love your style, love you❤️

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  13. Congratulations, and sending a big hug your way!
    Very happy for you!! Yes to dreams coming true! :D
    Oh, and the pictures with your girls; TOTALLY CUTE!!!

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  14. Wida, I know how huge this is for you and I am just thrilled for you!!!! So happy this dream of yours has come true. As for that gif? HOLY CUTE BATMAN!!! I just love you and your beautiful girls!!!! LOVE!!!!!!! You are such a beauty! Inside and out! Never forget it!

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  15. YAY! Congrats to you - and thanks for the encouraging words! It is always good to remember why we started crafting - and so easy to lose sight of it as well!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS!! Love the video reaction party!!

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  17. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
    Congrats....I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you... "Crate Girl"
    p.s. pretty happy with my Freida too :)

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  18. Congratulations! I hope that you continue to enjoy your creating - you are certainly inspiring!

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  19. ah, you and your darlings are too sweet! Congrats! I know what it's like to get an email like that from a company you love! I know you will knock our socks off with their fabulous product and your wonderful creations :)

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  20. Woo hoo, a big YAY for dreams come true! I'm so happy for you, Wida!!

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  21. Very happy for you, Wida! A big congratulations. Love the animated photo of you and your girls :)

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  22. congrats ...glad you have reached your goal... All the best. Your little angels are adorable!

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  23. Hooray!! I don't know what else to say, since we've pretty much discussed every aspect of this journey. ;) I'm so thrilled that you achieved your goal. Crate Paper is lucky to have you--your designs are so gorgeous! As an aside, I'm glad you got the gif to work! It's cool!

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  24. Congrats on getting your dream spot! Love the cards!

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  25. Oh Wida, this is such AWESOME NEWS!!!! What a big deal! I know you've been having these "what the heck and I doing" thoughts, which I think many people can relate to on one level or another, and it's SO WONDERFUL to see a happy ending. This is YOU, Fits you perfectly. Way to be proactive about managing your time, and look at the results. Couldn't be happier for you, my friend!

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  26. Hooray, Wida!!!! This is AWESOME news!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am sooooo excited for you, my crafty friend!!!!

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  27. So happy for you Wida, how exciting!!! Your art is beautiful, they made a wise choice!

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  28. Aw.....isn't that something? I still remember a while back that I was reading about you wanted to be a Crate Paper girl....wow, that is amazing! I am over the moon for you, Wida! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That little reaction with the two cuties is simply darling! And lesson learned here: when you had lost the goal, it will find you....eventually :)

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  29. Congrats!! You deserve it. Your words really spoke to me today, as I've been feeling the exact same way for over a year. Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone and it is defintely time to get going on what I want! So excited for you. Been admiring your work for awhile.

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  30. Yay! Congratulations! Can not wait to see what you create for them! Hugs!

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  31. I'm cheering for you all the way from Texas! Woo Hoo!!!!

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  32. Congratulations, Wida! I think you made the right choice to back away from the blogging, and try to figure out where it fits in your life. Its so easy for it to become all-consuming. And yay for your dream-come-true! We all look forward to seeing some Wida-originals with Crate Paper.

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  33. Congrats Wilda, I've just discovered this company over here in the UK and they are such pretty paper and the embellishments are adorable, hope to see your creations soon, Rebecca x

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  34. Way to go Wida! They are lucky to have you!

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  35. This is wonderful and truly deserved, Wida!!! I'm so happy for you! And they should feel happy for themselves, because having you is one of the best things that could happen to a company :)

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  36. Wida - such excellent news! Crate Paper is fortunate to have you. As for us: double yayyyy....more of your fabulous creativity to be gazed at and admired. Your 'story' reveals so clearly the importance of doing what YOU want, clearing the clutter, focusing your vision, holding fast to dreams and having hope. You're an inspiration! I think I, too, need to reconsider my goals with crafting (well, aside from becoming a better, more creative card-maker...and whew, that will be a long road before coming to fruition). For you, it started with Operation Fade Out (fabulous term); perhaps for me, it's Operation 'Figure Out.' You're awesome - thanks for sharing your news! Now, you and your girls - it doesn't get more darling than that!!
    c

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  37. How wonderful that you accomplished your dream, AND wonderful that we will still get to see your creations. i am glad Operation Fade Out is no longer.... Congratulations!!

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  38. Congrats, Wida!! I told you, you could do it!! So happy that your dream come true!

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  39. Don't count me in for the giveaway. I just wanted to congratulate you on a fairy tale ending! Crate Paper--YAY! I just bought three pads of that paper because I fell in love with the bokeh, and I thought it was being retired. So happy Beachorado will still be around for a while, too. ♥

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  40. How awesome! Congrats on your happy news! This is YOUR year! :)

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  41. A HUGE Congrats to you, Wida! So happy for you! I'm fairly new to the card making realm, so have never got my hands on any Crate Paper!! I sure hope to try it! Thanks for the opportunity to win some! Love your style and I know you will do a fantastic job for Crate Paper!!

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  42. Congratulations, how wonderful and so very exciting for you and us that will be delighted to see all of your creative and inspirating creations you will be making and sharing!

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  43. Whew...glad to hear that Operation Fade Out is over! Seriously, Wida, congrats on figuring it all out! I'm proud of you, and love seeing you with your kids! You are beautiful inside and out! Hugs...

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  44. Good for you!! Congrats big time. :)
    Thanks for offering blog candy. How yummy!

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  45. Awesome ! This is what I want! Focus on a company you love - and make the cut! GO you! Mission accomplished! SO happy here Wida!!

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  46. So happy for everything coming together for you!
    Laura Holt
    [Google will show me as "unknown"]

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  47. Woo Hoo. So happy for you. Love the happy jumping girls on this post.

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  48. Cute pic :) and congrats to you! Love crate paper!

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  49. Congratulations, Wida! I'm so thrilled for you!!

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  50. some times I just love to say, see, I told you so! I am so happy for you! xox

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  51. I just found your blog recently and love your cards. Congratulations on your news, and more importantly, on taking the time to figure out what you really want!

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  52. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so very happy for you Wida, your dreams are coming true! Hugs<3

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  53. Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you! I can totally relate to everything you said here. Sometimes I wonder what I'm doing all of this for and if it's what I really want too. You are your girls are totally ADORABLE!!

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  54. Wow! That's really good news! I could quote a few sentiments (not sure from what stamp sets...): "wish big", "always believe that something good is about to happen", but it's always better to be genuine. So... BIG congratulations! Crate Paper has some very cool products. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. Hi Wida! What great news!!! You deserve it you are so talented and really hard-working :)

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  56. Congrats! I've just been following you since New Year's Day, but I think you are so wonderful and I'm so happy for you to have reached a goal that you really wanted! I too love Maggie Holmes! So Happy For You! Robin

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  57. Congrats Wida:-)!!! You so deserve it! Love the GIFF of you and your kids. I should sit back and relax more often too. Thanks for the chance and again, congrats and good luck!

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  58. Hooray Wida!!! Congratulations! Crate Paper is so blessed to have you on their team. :)

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  59. Right on!! I'm happy that Crate Paper "finally" made the right decision and brought you on board! Your family is adorable!!!

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  60. Congratulations on becoming a "Crate Paper Girl"!! I am so excited for you! I, too, have wanted to start a blog, but do not want to get burdened down by lots of "extras"!! I will wait and see what comes! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  61. How awesome for you Wida! Congratulations! Blogging is fun but can be "work" too sometimes...you've obviously set sail in the right direction...have fun!

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  62. Congratulations! And thanks for the giveaway chance :)

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  63. Congratulations on becoming a Crate Paper Girl. Love the GIF!

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  64. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can feel the joy oozing out of my monitor looking at the happy, happy, happy GIF!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  65. I really enjoyed your honest, thoughtful post. Sometimes when we let go, the universe sends just what we need. Congrats! I so love your work and look forward to more inspiration with Crate Paper designs-- LOVE their DIY Shop collection. All the best!

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  66. OMG!! CONGRATS Wida!! I'm so STINKING' HAPPY for you!! ;) I have LOVED your work FOREVER and it was a DREAM for me to be on the Paper Smooches SPARKS DT with you!!! ;) I know you don't really know who I am, but I can't wait to be INSPIRED by you and your totally AMAZING creations!! I blog when I can and I struggle with the fact that I can't make it to more of my FAVORITE Blogs (like yours) more often!! I barely have time to get challenges entered and then cards for pubs done let alone visit all the blogs I'd like to visit and be the mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, DT Creator I'm supposed to be on top of it too!! So please know even if I don't visit as much as I'd like I LOVE your Blog and I look forward to your future creations as a Crate Paper Girl!! YIPPEE!! ;) have a Afabulous Week!! P.S wish I looked that cute without makeup on!! ;) love the pics!!

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  67. Hey Wida, I wanted to let you know I referenced you in my current post: http://pinnednpenned.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/a-brighter-day-indeed-thoughts-on-the-creative-journey/
    Thanks for getting me thinking!!

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  68. FABULOUS, FABULOUS news Wida :) :) :) Dreams are free, and when they come true it's AMAZING :)

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