Monday, November 15, 2010

Exciting News & A Pay It Forward Giveaway

In the last five days, I've had several pieces of exciting news!

First, I won one of the big prizes that Jo coordinated during the Celebrating Blog Friendships Blog Hop Party! I received a three month subscription to the Masterful Scrapbook Design seminars by Debbie Hodge. I logged in to the course materials today and WOW - there's a ton of inspiration waiting for me!

Secondly, I have been chosen as a Guest Designer for two of the upcoming Sketches in Thyme sketch challenges. I'll be guest designing once in December and then again in February.

And lastly, I've mentioned before that I'm planning to take the Wellness Journey workshop at BPC that starts at the end of the year (December 30) and runs for eight weeks. I received an email from BPC that as a Wellness Journey alum (I took this past year's workshop), I can purchase the course for half off the regular class fee. YIPPEE!

All of this good news basically came about because of my decision to start blogging earlier this year and reinforces the theme of Blog Friendships and the connections I've made with other bloggers and scrapbookers. I "met" Jo and Lizzie as they were organizing the blog hop, which led to me winning a fabulous prize. I discovered the Sketches in Thyme site through Sue's blog, which led to me being chosen as a guest designer. And I was waiting to sign up for the Wellness Journey workshop because Cheri mentioned that there might be a discount for the alum.

In addition to all this exciting news, Robbie and I were browsing at a local flea market last weekend and I found a steal of a deal on a bag of 32 wooden stamps (mostly from Stampin' Up!). Sorting through them when I returned home, I discovered several of them were duplicates of stamps that I already owned. So, to celebrate all my exciting news this week, I am giving away the nine stamps shown below to one lucky blog reader.


To be eligible for the giveaway, just leave a comment by noon (CST) on Thursday the 18th  and I'll draw a random winner. Don't forget to check back to see if you've won the prize!

BTW - if you're Deb, please check this post - if I don't hear from you by noon on Thursday, I will have to pick a new winner of the prize pack of goodies.

11 comments:

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Wow, that is some good news all around! I joined Masterful Scrapbook Design and have enjoyed these first 3 months. The articles are really good! And congrats on the Sketchy Thursday Guest Designer - looking forward to seeing your stuff over there! The blogging community is wonderful, isn't it?!

Rachel B said...

Congrats on your fab prize and what a great find! :)

Sian said...

Congrats on that guest designer spot - I'll be checking you out - and on your win. I've heard great things about that Masterful Scrapbook design

Cheri said...

What a lot of wonderfulness on your plate Melissa! I'm so glad that I asked Stacy & Kayce about that alum discount for Wellness Journey and happy to know that I'm not the only one benefitting from it! I'll see you in class! :)

JO SOWERBY said...

glad to hear u are enjoying the subscription so far, i love it. hope to see some more designs on ur design spot soon
Jo xxxx

Julie said...

I just recently began viewing your blog. I love it. I am in CCC with you. I would love to get into blogging but just have not done it yet. Maybe - some day.... Blessings and congrats on all your winnings plus the 50% off deal! Julie

Tammy said...

What a great week for you! I'm also taking Masterful Scrapbook Design and I love it. Debbie puts together so much information. It's really fantastic. Enjoy! :)

furrypig said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog Melissa and congrats on your win, DT place and your fab stamping bargains! I am off to study your blog more xxx

Karen said...

What a great week! Aren't blogging connections amazing? I already have too many stamps so don't enter me in the drawing. :-) I love Debbie's classes, but don't know anything about the one you're signed up for.

Debbie P said...

Melissa,
Congrats on being a designer at Sketches in Thyme! And good for you for winning the prize during the blog hop. Yeah!

Stephanie Joanna said...

Congrats on your designer spot! Can't wait to see the creations you come up with. Oh, and that teddy-bear stamp is just too cute.