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500 followers and a giveaway!

lime doodle: 500 followers and a giveaway!

24 March 2012

500 followers and a giveaway!

Today I'd like to switch the focus from me to you. See that little collection of photos on the right side bar, the one entitled "followers"? That's you guys; the people who pop by here on a regular basis. For me writing this blog has been a wonderful journey. I remember hitting "publish" on my first post back in August 2010 and being uncertain as to why I was starting a blog, what did I want to achieve and if anyone other than myself would call by to see what I had been doing. Hitting "publish" was one of the best things I've done as blogging has opened a new world to me. A crafty world of goodness, friends, fun, challenges and recently of design teams and being published.

So as I noticed that counter move to 500 followers I thought it was high time to say thank you. Thank you for spending the time to call by and spend a few moments here. Thank you for all your kind comments, friendship and encouragement.

As it so happens I was recently contacted by Liz Gardner from My Memories, the producer of the award winning digital scrapbook software My Memories Suite.

Liz has very kindly given me the opportunity to give away one copy of My Memories Suite to a follower on my blog! My Memories Suite is rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews and retails for $40!

Here's the details:
  • Make sure you are a follower here on my blog
  • Pop by My Memories and take a look around
  • Call back here and leave a comment telling me how you would use this software - scrapbooking, cardmaking, digi, hybrid ....
  • Leave your comment by 31 March and I will draw a winner on 01 April
  • That's it!
A wonderful thing about this giveaway is that because it's a digital download this giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world! Once the winner is chosen they can download their software immediately - no stalking the postie and talking of which there will be no postal charges for me either - bonus!

Now the giveaway is for one lucky winner to receive a copy of My Memories Suite but what if that lucky person turns out not to be you? Well Liz has also given me a code which provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite software and a $10 coupon for the store, so a $20 value!

Here's the code, be sure to use it if you pop by My Memories!


Now then lets move on to what this software can do. I don't scrapbook much these days, so I though I'd investigate how this software can be used by someone who is mainly a card maker. I downloaded a copy of the software and had a play - let me tell you that it is so intuitive! Everything is clearly displayed and easy to work out what options I have at my disposal.
I decided to use the My Memories Suite to create a piece of patterned paper as a base for a hybrid (mixture of digital and supplies) card. I chose my pattern then added some shapes in a darker hue to give the same impression as you would with versamark on a dark cardstock. Printed out and added a couple of bits from my stash and here you go!

The next card is a CAS one. I really like the shapes within the software package and used one shape repeatedly to create a design. I like that you can change the size of the shape to suit. Don't you find that the scale on a lot of patterned paper is too large for cardmaking? Well I could make these shapes as tiny as I liked! I created a grid and added a simple sentiment before printing out. I added just a few rhinestones for bling and mounted on to a white card base.

Phew, that was a long post for me! So once again a big thank you and I hope you will keep calling by. Oh and don't forget to leave a comment to be entered for this giveaway :)



At 24 March 2012 at 05:20 , Blogger Efrat said...

Congrats on reaching 500 followers! I would probably use the software for everything, cards and scrapbooks. Thanks for the chance to win.

At 24 March 2012 at 05:45 , Blogger Sheri said...

I have seen this talked about other places and it looks very interesting. I'm not a digital scrapbooker but mainly because of lack of know how. I would use it for layouts.

At 24 March 2012 at 08:24 , Blogger Nikita A said...

It sounds like a great way to enhance the designs on your creative projects! I don't do scrapbooking yet, so if I get a chance to win, I will probably use it on the cards that I make!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!! You've done some great work with the software. The cards in the post look amazing!! :D

At 24 March 2012 at 12:00 , Blogger canadian_liner said...

Happy to be your fan/follower--congratulations on 500! Had not heard about My Memories Suite. I use Studio J from CTMH for digital scrap-booking, but your idea of designing and printing out paper for other & hybrid projects is intriguing. I would like to try that. Great posting today!

At 24 March 2012 at 16:37 , Blogger Terri said...

I am more of a cardmaker than a scrapbooker so I would use it more in that capacity. I do like to do hybrid project because I like the flexibilty of the digital elements but I also like things to be hand stamped. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I just found you pinned on Pinterest for your beautiful gift card holders with the Papertrey seed packet die. Love it!

At 24 March 2012 at 18:35 , Blogger Sara Mac said...

Congrats on 500+ followers Debby! This is a great giveaway. I love how you said "no stalking the postie" -- made me laugh.
I would totally use this for cardmaking, but I'd also finally explore scrapbooking with it. It would be great because all of my photos are on my computer and I could play with layouts and design. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

At 24 March 2012 at 19:05 , Blogger shortyjlg said...

I have alot of baby & wedding showers coming up so I would make alot of those cards in addition to the thank you notes for my sister's upcoming wedding.

At 24 March 2012 at 19:21 , Blogger Vicki Dutcher said...

While I am not interested in this give away, i had to say THANK YOU to you for beginning your blog! You inspire me more than anyone out here in blogland! It amazes me how fabulous your cards are in your awesome CAS style! :)

At 24 March 2012 at 19:33 , Blogger Laura Isham said...

Wow! Congrats on 500 followers! I have been a big fan of your blog and have many, many of your lovely creations pinned!

I am so far behind on my scrapbooking. I was just thinking that digital scrapbooking might be the best way for me to catch up.

Please keep those amazing projects coming. I check out your blog each day for inspiration! Thank you!

At 25 March 2012 at 00:12 , Blogger Carole said...

Congratulations on this milestone. I look forward to your posts for the wonderful inspiration you provide!

At 25 March 2012 at 02:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, I love your work. I would use the software for scrapbooking mainly, but cards too.

At 25 March 2012 at 06:01 , Blogger Jessica Yoder said...

Congratulations!!! I wish my blog got as many as yours! lol I would make some cards if I were to win this program. Great job at so many followers!!

At 25 March 2012 at 16:17 , Blogger Theresa said...

Congrats on the 500 (I just made 100!!). Love your cards. How do you do it! They are so simply and so amazingly gorgeous. Fabulous work Debby.

At 25 March 2012 at 20:04 , Blogger Hanne said...

Thank you for the chance to win! I became a follower, I have you in Google Reader for quite some time already.

I would love the software for the 'hard' cards, such as sympathy and masculine cards!

Congratz on the 500 followers. You totally deserve it!

At 26 March 2012 at 05:59 , Blogger Renuka said...

Congrats on your 500 followers.. I have no doubt that very soon you will be reaching 1000 :).. Love your style!

This software will be a rescuer for me..coz I can't draw a straight stamping skills are in minus and I am a beginner :) so I wud love to have this for my card making and bookmarks

Congrats again..

At 27 March 2012 at 18:06 , Blogger Nancy L. said...

Congrats!!! Your work is just amazing!! I follow you on my google reader so I don't miss a post!
I would def catch up on my scrapbooking, which I haven't done in forever!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

At 29 March 2012 at 01:09 , Blogger Susan said...

Congratulations on reaching 500 followers! A big milestone to be sure.
I would use the Making Memories Suite for card making (although with the pending birth of my first grandchild only a few days away, perhaps I'll take up scrapbooking!) Thanks for the giveaway.


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