Sunday, August 18, 2013

Celebrating over One Million Visits

 Wow 1,004,589 visits to my blog since I started blogging in 2009.  I remember when I first started  my blog I was so excited when I got to 7 followers and today it is up to 1,120.  I want to thank all of you who are following and those of you who leave comments.  I appreciate all of you so much,  and I do love to hear from you.  I love sitting down everyday and coming up with something new to show you.   I designed a card today using products from Heartfelt Creations and as a Thank You, I will have a random drawing and give one of my Followers the Heartfelt Creations Poinsettia stamp set I used today. This is a beautiful poinsettia stamp set that will be a great addition to your Christmas stamp collection.   I will leave this open for one week and will draw a winner on Sunday, August 25th.  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me approximately how long you have been following my blog and what inspires you the most about my work.  I will send the winner of the drawing a Heartfelt Creations "Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set" (HCPC 3415).

About my card today.  I used design paper from the Heartfelt Creations "Christmas Card Collection" pad for the background.  The poinsettias in the Heartfelt Creations "Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set"  were stamped using "Scattered Straw" Distress Ink on Ivory card stock and die cut using the Spellbinders "Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities" dies.  The flowers were colored using Gelatos and the leaves were colored using a combination of "Pine Needles and Forest Moss" Distress Ink.  The pretty white decorative pieces were die cut using the Heartfelt Creations "Ornamental Add On Dies".  There are 5 dies in this collection.

 Shaping your die cut flowers and leaves can make a world of difference on your completed card.  I used the "Leaf Tool" from the Susan's Garden "Flower Tool Kit" to draw lines on the back side of each petal of the flower and on the back side of each leaf.  I then turned the flower/leaf over and drew lines following the stamped lines coming out from the center vein.  Then using the large stylus in this kit, I shaped the leaves on the back and pinched them down the center vein to give them a lot of dimension.

The layers are not glued together yet in this picture, but I wanted to show you the difference between flowers after they are shaped.  On the left the petals have not been shaped and on the right they are.  It seems to bring the flower to "life" doesn't it.

Here is another view to show you the dimension of the flowers.  The sentiment I used down on the lower right corner is from the Heartfelt Creations "Christmas Song PreCut Set".  To finish the card I added a line of pink rhinestones to the bottom of the card and three pink rhinestones in the center of each poinsettia.  On the inside of the card I used the Heartfelt Creations "Enjoy the Sweet Moments of the Season!" stamp from the "Sweet Memories PreCut Set".

I know you are going to love working with all the beautiful papers, stamps, and dies in the Heartfelt Creations "Christmas Card Collection" that came out this month. 

Thanks again for all your visits to my blog. Don't forget to leave a comment if you would like a chance to win the Heartfelt Creations Petite Poinsettia stamp set.

These products are available from Joan's Gardens:

Heartfelt Creations "Christmas Card Collection"  paper pad (HCDP1236)
Heartfelt Creations" Ornamental Add On" dies (HCD 738)
Heartfelt Creations "Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set" (HCPC 3415)
Heartfelt Creations, Spellbinders "Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities" dies 
Heartfelt Creations "Christmas Song PreCut Set" (HCPC 3556) 
Heartfelt Creations "Sweet Memories PreCut Set" (HCPC 3555)
Susan's Garden "Flower Tool Kit" (658437)
Distress Inks

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71 comments:

Nan G said...

Oh my Selma, this is my new fave! Love these poinsettias! The colors you've used are so soft and perfect for the new real poinsettias out in the market now. I learned to make life like flowers thanks to you! I've been following for 3.5 maybe even 4 years now! Thank you for your wonderful tutorials and get inspiration!

Cards By Jan said...

Selma...This is GASP....GORGEOUS!! thanks for the tutorial on those poinsettias, I love the way you press them...

We All Craft Together said...

Selma, your cards are amazing. Not just the techniques which are wonderful but the colours you use too. This is really beautiful.

Melanie
x

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous card, Selma, as always! The poinsettia is fabulous! I've been following for a couple of years. Had you bookmarked before that! I found you through Joan's Gardens.

Glamour said...

Selma I just saw your beautiful card over at SplitCoastStampers site and thought it was so Pretty I had to check out your BLOG. Glad I found you I love all your work. I always get so fired up when I see other artists work.

I love making flowers also and have the Poinsettia die and make them often. I will try the idea you used!
Diane

Diane said...

Wow...Wow...and wow!! I think that is fantastic....your go girl!!! But is doesn't surprise me with all your amazing talent...love your blog!!

paperpapier said...

I think I started following you very much earlier, through Joan's Garden weekly challenge. I love everything you post about diy flowers!
Heaney xx

Lindsay Ettlinger said...

Oooo! This is so pretty. Love the flower arrangement and thanks for the tutorial.

jasann said...

This card is so nice Selma, I have been following your blog for about 3 years, and am amazed how crafty you are, your cards are all so beautiful and vibrant, and they flowers you use are all so beautiful, thanks for sharing as much as you do

Janis said...

I am quite a new follower, only since June. I think I found you on a hop and loved your projects and so decided to follow. I don't always have a chance to check in here, but I am so taken with your gorgeous flowers that I am always glad when I can stop in.

However......the one thing that really touched my heart about you was when you requested cards for your friend Helen. I, along with many others, sent her one and I hope that cheered her and her dear daughter (and other family members). I am always afraid to ask about older ones when they are so ill, but I did appreciate the one update I read.

Congrats on your million visits! Prayers for your daughter and her surgeries!
<3 J

Fran Ferguson said...

I have been a follower for about 1 1/2 years..It's the first thing I do in the morning to see what great things you have come up with for today..I love the flowers and the colors you use..It inspires me to try to make some just like yours. Congratulations on your million plus visits..Two million coming up soon..

Jackie said...

All your cards and ideas are great! Love the tutorials as well. I've been following you for approx 1.5 years or so.

Lyn from south Africa said...

hi Selma, I only recently found your site and am truly amazed at the beautiful cards that you make. I love making cards with florals on and so enjoy seeing the lovely creations you make. I love that you explain how to shape the flowers and leaves and I am learning more and more from you every day

Jan Castle said...

I saw your work on 'Joan's Garden' and started following as soon as I knew about your blog...about 1 1/2 years ago I think. I soooo enjoy your work and get a lot of inspiration seeing your projects. TFS Selma!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Jamie S said...

Hi Selma, I have been subscribed for about one year. I am inspired by your attention to detail. You add so many wonderful little touches that really make the card. I also love what you do with flowers!

Donna Przybylowski said...

This card is so stunning Selma, your work is just so gorgeous.
I love following your blog daily, it always brings a bright spot to my day, one reason I love your blog, your tutorials are so easy to follow and you do try and help us to be able to make better flowers, you are just so nice and down to earth and friendly, thanks so very much for all you do for all of us!! Two, you keep us up to date on all the new product's on the market these days, very hard to keep up with that one!!

Will also say many prayers for your daughter for all she has to go through over the next year, I am sure it will be rough for you to see her go through all of this, god bless you both!!
Hugs
Donna
Oh I have been following your blog for about 3 years or so I think. I used to just go to it every day and read it, and eventually signed on electronically through email to follow you that way. And of course through you is how I found Joan's, both blogs I visit every day!!!
Have a great week!!

Ladock girl said...

What a beautiful card Selma, I have been following you since I first found blog land, and always read you posts although I do not always comment. Your tutorials on flower making are amazing, and have inspired me so much. All my cards now have flowers on even the mens lol. Take care and keep up the good work, I'll be waiting for your next turorial with great enthusiasm. Much love xxxx

ParkNSlide said...

Congrats on your million plus! I can't remember exactly when I signed on as a follower. I've also followed you through Joan's Gardens and your SCS gallery. My favorite thing about your work is how feminine and lacy your designs are. I'm introduced to new techniques and products too. Your photography is exquisite also.

Patricia said...

Oh! My! Word! Selma, this is "stunning" I Love, Love, Love it.
I do not have all the Dies you have used but do at least have the Poinsettias. Will definitely give your Tutorial a go.
Congratulations on your number of visits.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all for the forthcoming surgery.
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Antoinette Voorn said...

Oooo! This is so pretty. Love the flower arrangement, totally in love with it!!

Greetz Antoinette
http://antoinettecreacrds.blogspot.nl

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your one million visits! I LOVE your poinsettias on your card. Just gorgeous!

Frann said...

Congratulations on over a million visits and well more than a thousand followers. All of your cards are gorgeous. I am most inspired by those with your beautifully colored and shaped flowers. I also enjoy reading and sometimes working my way through the tutorials. I have been making flowers for many years but I still learn new techniques from you. Thank you. I have been following your blog for about 2 years.

annekescardart said...

One word BEAUTIFUL.Thank you Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Carol Tummon said...

Selma,
Many congratulations on all the visits to your fantastic blog. I get such inspiration from all your creations and always look forward to seeing what you create. You are such a talented lady and long may you continue to inspire us.
All the very best.
Carol

Eva Van Buuren said...

Dear Selma,
Congratulation with over One Million Visits!!

Selma, English is difficult for me. I will you tell much more, than I can write.

Gorgeous poissentias today!
I love really ALL your flowers. They are so really and are a great inspiration for me. Making the flowers on your way, gives me joy.

I am your follower from March this year. But I have seen much, much more of your beautiful cards in your archives. Every morning I look first on your blog, my morning ritual.
Selma, thank you for sharing your talents with us!
I'm really happy with your blog!
Greetings from Eva van Buuren from the Netherlands.

Anonymous said...

I have been following you for a little over a year after meeting you at Joan's! :).
You come up with something different all the time, and then share :)
Thanks,
Lynda

Theresa said...

Congrats on your many blogging achievements and wonderful posts. You are a true inspiration to all you have found you and follow your amazing talent. Thanks for sharing all you do!

Joan Fricker said...

Congratulations Selma. Lots of visitors that have received lots of good information from you over the last few years. You have been a great teacher. A job well doneD!

Donna said...

Selma. you have been such an inspiration to all of us. I so appreciate your willingness to share how you've done the beautiful flowers you use on your cards. I drol every time I visit. Thanks for the gorgeous eye candy. And congrats on the milestone!

Olga said...

Gorgoeus card, all of your cards are, don't put my name in the drawing, you know I have those stamps LOL, love all Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies!

Anonymous said...

Selma fantastic news and love the card... thank you for the tutorial too. Will try this. Again congratulations
Hugs Trish Avery

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Congratulations Selma! I remember "meeting" you back then and admiring your work! You just don't disappoint!Your work is still lovely!

Anonymous said...

Dear Selma...... How GORGEOUS your card is. It is delicate, interesting dies in the background and overall just a pleasure to look at. I do not know how you come up with such beautiful cards every day. Did you have a nice picnic in the mountains? Sincerely, Bev lane, , Ancaster, Ontario, Can hardly wait to see what you do tomorrow!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your work and this one is very pretty. I love each email I get from you. The steps you take to get the finished product. I also like that you list the products you use. Each design makes me want to do something similiar to yours.


Jill Tiedeman

Sharon Klumph said...

I started visiting your blog in July and save all of them. I love your clean design and love all the flowers. Very nice work. Congratulations on your 1 million follows

Nikki Smith said...

Congratulations! I'm a sucker for flowers and you always have plenty of them for me to admire. It has probably been a year that I have been following you and that is a lot of flowers. Your tutorials are easy to follow. On to your next million!
Nikki Smith

RAK said...

I have been a follower for a little over a year. Your cards are so beautiful and really inspire me to try new things. Thanks for the chance to win a great set.

Anonymous said...

Selma, this card is Gorgeous! The soft colors are perfect. I love checking in each day to see what wonderful work of art you will share to inspire us. I have been following you for at a couple of years and love seeing the tutorials you offer
Charlene

Kay said...

You make the best flowers, and you show exactly how to create them!

I also love how you add other die cuts to fill in your cards. So pretty.

Keep up the good work

Mary Ann said...

WOW!Beautiful card!!!Love the poinsettias!Your work is AWESOME,love following you,I have been following you for about a year,I just got into card making,I started my blog in DEC.,Love it ,but have a lot to learn,Following you have learn a lot,Thank you for everything.Have A Blessed one!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Selma,

I am writing to you from Ontario, Canada and I love your blog! I get such a happy feeling when I turn on my computer knowing there is going to be something exciting on there from you.

I am so amazed at the work you put together, that’s a talent that I admire. I have forwarded your emails to a couple of friends who tell me they have signed up to receive them and wait with the same anticipation that I do.

Selma, I want to make sure to mention this today, so you know how much all of your hard work is appreciated. There are some, who for health reasons can’t do the projects you show but, you bring a brightness to their lives just by sending out your emails and they can read and picture what you are doing. Thank you for that. I wanted you to know that so, that while you are creating and thinking about what others may find appealing about your creations that they will duplicate them, there are also those who who wait for that “ray of sunshine” to brighten their day in a different way.

Thanks again Mary-Ellen

Anonymous said...

I adore receiving your fantastic creations! They are stunning!! I have been subscribed to your blog for over a year or ever since I have found joans garden. You inspire me!

Angela Hartley

Bette S said...

Wow! Over one Million! That's great! I've been following you and saving your blogs for over four years now. My flowers never turn out as pretty as yours, but I try. Your amazing, lifelike flowers are what drew me to your blog right from the start. I absolutely love these poinsettias, but your roses are my fav!

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Anonymous said...

Selma, I truly love the poinsettia die. I ordered the Cherry Lynn poinsettia strip. Cant wait for it to come. Your cards are so beautiful. I have been doing this for about three years. Judy C

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Congratulations & celebrations, your work is the attraction to pay a visit to you, love your style or art and the detail in your work! I started following since early 2011, when my son was born and I could not do any cards.. but seeing yours I could at least get the products!! Hugs to you! G

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

I am not sure if my comment went through!! love your work! Hugs always! G

Laraine R said...

Stunning cards! Love those poinsettias! Gorgeous! I have been following you for about a year now! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I have followed your blog ever since I found it which must be at least two years. You make the most beautiful flower cards of any I have seen! Your shaping and arrangement make them look almost real. I strive to do so but can't match you! I sincerely mean this. I came to stamping later in life after nodding needlework of all kinds(I'm 80)
Tina Kelly

Evette K. said...

Beautiful card. Always love your fantastic creations! Congrats on all your followers, but I am not surprised as u are so talented. I have followed you since I could reach your blog off of Joans site. Been awhile thats for sure and have enjoyed all your postings.

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NHnana43 said...

Selma:
I have been following you daily for about 1 1/2 years from NH. Love the delicate designs and the new products you feature. The poinsettias are spectacular! So wish we had availability to classes of this caliber here in NH.

isobel said...

Another lovely card Selma, thank you for sharing. Many Blessings. Patx

Sharman said...

Just another beautiful card done by you. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I would love to own a Heartfelt ANYTHING since I do not own anything from them. I think I have been following you for about 2 years or so and the reason that I follow you is because I truly think you are the best in the business at flowers. I LOVE each and everyone of your collections that I have saved every post everyday since I found you. Although I mostly do copic coloring, I have bought a few things from Joan to make flowers because of your inspiration. I have liked many many sites because of products you use. I have said it over and over again I LOVE your work..

Sabrina said...

Oh what a stunning and gorgeous card!!! Thank you for the tutorial and for the chance to win!!

Louise H. said...

Selma, I love your creations, and this one is lovely. I also love Heartfelt Creations products and would love to own most of them. Thanks for all your beautiful work and for sharing. Louise

Sherry said...

Wow!! congrats on over 1 million visits!!love, love, love your cards and I save a lot of your posts to look back at! altho I don't comment a lot, I love looking at your beautiful cards! I have been following your blog for about 2 1/2 yrs. thanks for a chance to win!

Bobbi Miller said...

First, let me say congratulations on over 1 MILLION! that's awesome, but I am not surprised. I've been following you for about 3years now and many of your posts make it to my Great Card Samples email folder. Now, if I only had the time to make all of them! You inspire me...everything you do is beautiful and the fact that you have been through some personal issues with your daughter, and you still find time to post for us, is just amazing! I found you through Joan's Gardens and I order from Joan frequently. I love your flowers and how everything you create just comes together! God Bless you and I wish you and your daughter well. Oh, and thanks for the chance to win! :-)

Lynne said...

I just recieved the new rose dies by Susan Tiernan and will check out again your tutorial on how to make them. I follow you to see all your lovely flowers and cards and to learn from your wonderful tutorials. Thanks so much for your talent and inspiration.

Marjorie said...

Congratulations on your milestone blog visits.

I have been receiving your blog updates via email for about 2 years now. It was through Joan's Garden that I found you and I am so thankful that I did. You have been a big inspiration. I love cards with flowers. I really appreciate you taking the time to put together the tutorials; they are a big help.

Marjorie from TX

zehra said...

Congratulations and such gorgeous card I love ur work

Carmen said...

Congratulations on this milestone :) I just love the poinsettias and the colors used. I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new Heartfelt Christmas stamps and dies.

Blanerva Morten Brigitta Vadasz said...

Selma,

Congrats! I love your blog. I found it online about 5 mos ago and now I'm addicted. It's on my home screen on iPhone! I have two small children. After they go to bed I make myself a hot chocolate sit outside and read your blog. It's my therapy! Then I go into my craft room and create create create. I'm so inspired by your gorgeous flowers. I have the urge to add flowers to my card even when it's a masculine card. Had to stop myself a few times! Lol

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Mickie said...

This card is drop dead gorgeous! I love making the poinsettias for my Christmas cards and you have made this one beautifully. Guess I have been reading your blog only a couple of months and stumbled upon you looking for Susan's flowers. I love making handmade flowers because if I am making a handmade whatever why would I want to add fake flowers. You do such a beautiful job with the flowers you make.

Laureen said...

Selma Congrats on over a million posts and giving us a chance to win this great die set. I have been following you since 2010, I went back to my Selma file to check. You always teach me something new or remind me of a technique I had forgotten. Your tutorials are very helpful and your explanations on new products help me decide if I want to try them or not.

I don't usually make any commits but I do really appreciate all your posts. Will be saying prayers for you and your daughter and please keep us informed how she is doing.

Vail's Creative Endeavors said...

Selma, I have been following your blog for about 3 years. I always love your designs and get a lot of inspiration from you. I love your tutorials and know if I need help I can go to your blog for it.

Tracy said...

First off a huge congratulations on a million hits. That's nothing to sneeze at and it's perfectly understandable cause no one does flowers like you. I've been following your blog for a long time enjoying your creations like this one. Absolutely stunning in every way. Looking forward to seeing all your future creations. :-)

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

Congratulations, Selma!! And thank you for sharing this beautiful card. I never thought of using those colors even thought I love the live flowers that come in that combination at Christmas. The dimension on them makes such a difference! I'll be incorporating that into my creations, as well.

LeighAnnH said...

Congratulations on your success! Your work is so beautiful and inspirational to me. The techniques you teach us are so helpful. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Selma, I've been following your blog for about two years. I love all of your work, but especially all the flower cards. Love the shadow box frames you did. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us.
Nancy

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