Thursday, May 09, 2013

Congratulatory Considerations for April

Hello everyone.  If you are new to my blog, this post is based on an idea I had in order to celebrate the successes of all the new people in my life.  On the last day of each month (or close to it), I will create a post congratulating all my bloggy friends and acquaintances on their successes, anniversaries, milestones, achievements, etc.  Of course, these will be strictly the items that I have come across during the month in my travels to the challenge blogs I have personally entered or are a team member of, or on my visits to personal blogs.  There will be many things I'll miss so please don't take offense if you have achieved a success and you don't find your name listed here.  I wish I had the time to check everyone and everywhere but I'd need a cloning machine to pull it off and I believe human cloning is still illegal.  So for now, if you or someone you know has an achievement and you would like to have it included here, contact me by email before the end of the month or just include the information in the comment section of each 'Congratulatory Considerations' post. 

I am aware of the following reasons for sending out congratulations to members within our community.   So ladies, bask in the glow of the congratulatory candle.  You all deserve the successes you have achieved!  These are listed strictly in the order of when I came across them, not necessarily in any chronological order.

First up, I need to apologize to Heather.  I had this in my list but somehow forgot to add her to last month's post.  So before I start with this month, I will slip it in here...
HEATHER--Heather's Coffee Break
  • Heather was chosen at the Top Talent Winner for the last week of March at Our Creative Corner.  
  • She celebrated a birthday on the fifteenth of April.  
PAULETTE--Create with TLC
  • Paulette also celebrated a birthday on the fifteenth. Popular day!
MELISSA--Created By Sunshine HoneyBee
NAOMI--Creative Bug on the Loose
  • Congrats to Naomi for winning an image in the Fiesta Tuesday!!! line up for leaving a comment over at Scribbles Designs.
  • She also placed top three in the latest challenge at Scribbles Designs.
  • While this isn't a 'congrats' by any means, Naomi has really been struggling with a flare up of her medical condition, so please send healing thoughts her way and if you get the chance, leave a little love on her blog wishing her a speedy return to bloggyland. 
KATE--K8's Scrap Corner
  • K8 is one of my newest followers and she is from Sweden.  I met her during the San's Designs Blog Hop earlier this month.  When I went over to introduce myself and say thanks for jumping on board the crazy train (well I didn't actually say that, I don't want to scare her right off the bat.  She'll learn how insane I am at the same rate as the rest of you have), I noticed she had already racked up a few wins the very first week of April. She won challenges over at:   Sentimental Sundays, Bearly Mine Challenge, and The WOW Embossing Challenge.   She also won during a blog hop over at Crafty Ribbons Inspiration.  Then when I went to check in towards the end of the month she had picked up wins at:  Stamp 'n Doodle, and Eclectic Ellapu. 
  • She has just become a new DT member for Artistic Inspirations Challenges.
JULIE--Truly Julie
SHEA--Glitter and Bonbons
NICK (HELENE)--Nick's Scrap Shack
YOLIE--Just Yolie--Just Create
    MIAN--Mian's Crafty Corner
    MANDY--Made By Mandy
    • Mandy was a GDT over at The Stamping Chef.
    • She was given an honour award in the Easy as 123 challenge at CDAC with a card she made using an Ike's Art image called Spring Fairy.  Normally I don't go as far as telling you what cards people entered but this image by Ike is so stunning it is worth a mention or three thousand.  You can find it by clicking the People tab in the store.  In fact it is on page six.  In more fact you really need to see this image so here is the watermark of it.  Yes, yes I know this isn't a promotional post but you have to admit this image is just gorgeous!

    • Mandy received a digi stamp from Paper Crafting World by entering a draw on my blog during one of the month's Saturday Showcases.
    • She also won two Scribbles Designs images in my 100th Follower Celebration draw.  She had good luck over here in April.
    DESIRE--Doing Life
    PATTI--Scrap Close2 the Heart
    • Patti won a challenge over at  Digi Stamps 4 Joy and she also picked up some candy over at Fresh Brewed Designs during their April blog hop. 
    • She is currently in the process of moving and settling into a new home so let's wish her the best of luck with that too.    
    RHONDA--Bumblebee Creations
    GRY--Gry's Kortmakeri
    NANA CONNIE--My Grammy's Attic
    PIA--Pia's Papir og Perler   
    MRS A--It's An Alien Life
    SHIRL--Creations By Shirl
    SAN--San's Pyssel
    TERESA--Tickell Expressions
    • Teresa was one of the winners from Desire's (Doing Life) 500 follower celebration.  However, I just found out she hasn't claimed it yet so it still might be up for grabs if she doesn't get over to Desire's blog by the 15th of May.
    CHARLENE--Crystal Dolphins Blog
    • Charlene placed top three in the latest challenge at Scribbles Designs.
    • She also won two Creative Bug Digis images in my 100th Follower Celebration draw although she still hasn't claimed them.  Hint, hint! 
    IKE--Ike's World
    • Ike was the winner of the special sponsor's prize in the latest challenge at Scribbles Designs.
    • She also won three Digi Darla's images in my 100th Follower Celebration draw.
    CHRISS--Scrappin' with Chriss and Lou 
    • Chriss won two Digi Darla's images in my 100th Follower Celebration draw.
    JENNIFER--My Cubby Crafts
    ANNIE a.k.a. Aussie Annie--Memories to Keep
    • Annie placed top three over at Digi Darla's and also won three Limited Run images in my 100th Follower Celebration draw. 
    • She also placed top three over at Created With Love Challenges.
    • Annie was also the lucky winner of three extra images at Digi Darla's just for using a DD image on her project!      
    • Update:  Annie also won a CD at Polkadoodles one week and the next week won a download link from them.
    EDWINA--Edwina's Creations
    • Edwina is now a new member of the Digi DT at Fresh Brewed Designs.
    • Additionally, Edwina also received an honour award in the Anything Goes Challenge this past quarter at CDAC
    ZUB MOMI--Color Paper Scissors 
    • Zubaida won three Creative Bug Digis images in my 100th Follower Celebration draw although she still hasn't claimed them.  Another hint, hint!  
    DEANNE--Little Bit 'O Paper
    • DeAnne received an honour award in the Progressive Challenge this past quarter at CDAC.
    • She was also the Top Chef over at The Stamping Chef.
    • Her challenge blog has also just celebrated its very first birthday!  So to celebrate, let's wish her and the crew a great one. 

    • Here is a badge for your sidebar Deanne if you would like it.  I made it 200 px wide to fit most sidebars.  Anyone else who'd like to send a shout out and celebrate with {Pin}spirational Challenges is more than welcome to grab it for their side bar.
    JOANN--Sassy Raggedy
    • Joann was busy getting ready to move when her one year anniversary happened in December so she decided to celebrate this past month and has some amazing candy up for grabs (for just one more day--until midnight on the 10th).  So in honour of this anniversary...
    • Here is a badge for your sidebar Joann if you would like it.  I made it 200 px wide to fit most sidebars.  Anyone else who'd like to send a shout out and celebrate with Joann is more than welcome to grab it for their side bar.
    • Joann is also someone dealing with health issues at present so please send some healing thoughts Joann's way too.  She has had some really difficult medical challenges and as a result had to be hospitalized twice over the last few weeks (she explains the reasons on her blog).  So if you can, think happy and healthy thoughts and send them Joann's way and if you have the time leave her some love on her blog as well. That would be wonderful. 
    LISA M-You Made Me Ink
    • Lisa and her husband celebrated their wedding anniversary on the 13th.  Awesome month to get married in!
    • She was part of a big fundraising event that occurred the last weekend of April.  You can read all about her adventures with raising money for Camp Cupcake in my post HERE which also includes links to this worthwhile charity and an amazing recipe for cupcakes (but not the kind you eat--you'll just have to check them out to see for yourself).
    • Lisa also won a paper of her choice from my 100th Follower Celebration draw but I think she missed reading that when she congratulated everyone else because she still hasn't claimed it.  Hopefully, she'll see it when she checks out this post?!
    • Lisa has also reached an amazing milestone in bloggyland.  She has reached 400 followers through Google Friends Connect.  That is huge and so well deserved.  If you have never been to Lisa's blog you are missing some seriously funny posts, fabulous colouring and some inspirational projects.  I had created the best wishes and badge about two weeks ago in anticipation of her milestone and when finishing up this post for publishing today realized that I had put 300 followers instead of 400.  Doh!!!  Oh well a quick fix and all is right in the badge world. I hope that Lisa is okay with this as I took quite a few liberties with her original header. 
    • Here is a badge for your sidebar Lisa if you would like it.  I made it 200 px wide to fit most sidebars.  Just like with the other two, I encourage anyone who'd like to send a shout out and celebrate with Lisa to also grab it for their side bar. 

    CELY--Hawaii Paper Party
    • Cely is currently in the process of moving all the way from Hawaii to Connecticut (I believe that is where she is headed) and settling into a new home quite a way away from the old one.  Let's wish her the best of luck with this relocation.     
    • At the last minute and another reason this is post is so late going out, I found out my fellow Scribbles Designs DT member Cely has just celebrated two years in bloggyland.  So everyone, join me in celebrating this occasion by wishing Cely a happy blogiversary.

    • (For the final time this post) here is a badge for your sidebar Cely if you would like it.  I made it 200 px wide to fit most sidebars.  Just like with the other three, I encourage anyone who'd like to send a shout out and celebrate with Cely to also grab it for their side bar.

     As far as my accomplishments for this month...
    • Like a couple of the ladies listed above, I too become a member of Fresh Brewed Designs new digi design team.  I had been unofficially promoting Heather's images for awhile so I guess it was time to make it official.
    So the candle burns brightly for all these wonderful ladies along with those of you who have had accomplishments I'm unfamiliar with.  Don't forget, if you'd like to see an achievement celebrated here next month, contact me before the 31st of May or just include the details in the comment section of the next 'Congratulatory Considerations' post when it comes out.  

    Until next time,

    P.S.  It is possible that I have made mistakes as I gather these throughout the month and unfortunately, I just don't have the time to go back and verify.  If you noticed a specific mistake, let me know and I'll fix it up as soon as I can. 

    Image Information:
    The background image of the candle is a picture in the public domain.  The artist is Anna Langova and you can find this particular photo HERE at


    Deanne Saunders said...

    Oh wow! Thanks so much! I shall place the badge on my blog!!!! You are so kind!

    Unknown said...

    Hi Lisa, this is a fab way to let us know what our friends have won...hey I also won a CD at Polkadoodles one week and second week I won download link from them...thanks for the updates, this is fab...luv annie xx

    Karon said...

    WOW - fabulous list of ladies and congratulations to everyone!! Congrats to you too Lisa on the official joining of the Fresh Brewed Designs DT.

    Sassy Raggedy said...

    Lisa, this is a fantastic idea. I want to thank you so much for my wonderful button for my blog...I really love it...Now I wish it could be made into a button for my How caring it is of you to go the extra step and do this for all our blogging friends. You are such a caring person and this proves it. To all of you I want to say a big congratulations, and to those who not well my wish is for all of us to get healthier. And yes you all have one more day to sign up for my candy. Thanks so much again Lisa...joann sassy raggedy

    ike said...

    How wonderful - all those Peeps celebrating something !!! You did a wonderful job with this Lisa and thank you so much for the 'shout out' about my digi :-D
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Desire Fourie said...

    Lisa you have left me brearhless just trying to imagine how much time and effort this must have been for you to put together and all of it just to give recognition to your cyber friends. Not to even mention the amazing and beautiful achievement badges you create for us. You are one amazing special friend and person. We hardly know how to return this gesture. Thank you for being our eye witness out there.
    I have got an idea for you to ponder about. It would be wonderful if you could design badges for our sidebars with a personal profile pic and blog name. Or badges for other platforms as well. You could of course put your trademark on the badge too. All of this at a cost you will charge us perhaps using Paypal so that you coyld design for worldwide clients. Just a thought.
    Thanks also for mentioning my give away winner here who has not claimed her prize. At least one of the winners has claimed her prize and was very delighted receiving her gift certificate.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

    Jennifer said...

    What a great way to celebrate what everyone has done Lisa. You are so awesome with the things that you do on your blog and you think of everyone else. You truly are one super lady and one absolutely brilliant friend, especially to Naomi. I would love to have a friend such as you, please send my love and best wishes to Naomi, I hope that she feels better really soon. Jen xx
    Krafty Keepsakes

    Lisa Minckler said...

    Heee hee hee...NO, I didn't forget that I won...I was SO excited, but the graduation announcements drained my ink and then my brain went South! :) You are just the BEST Lisa. I love the banner and ALL the amazing accomplishments of so many fabulous bloggers. Wow! What a busy group of talented people.
    Thank you SO much (Original). It means the world to me what you do every day!
    The other one
    Okay, so what do I need to do now? LOL

    Crafting Vicky said...

    Wow so much time went into making this post! You are definitively my idol on promoting others!!! Thank you for being such a wonderful all around person!!!! You really ROCK!

    Cely said...

    Whoa girl!!! Thanks so much for the shoutout! Look at this post! So many great and talented ladies and their blogs! I don't know how you can keep all of the information straight, but you are crazy good at what you do, Lisa!!! Thank you thank you so much! And thanks for the new side bar blinkie! Wheeee! I didn't have much time to coordinate a hop or anything, so this is really something special to me that you did this and made me a blinkie. Words cannot express how grateful I am!