Giveaway 120 Winner

Once again, Thank You, to all who left such kind, encouraging comments on my last Giveaway post.  I appreciate all the sweet thoughts and compliments you shared with me, and I want to give each and every one of you a VIRTUAL HUG.

I have to keep this short and sweet today, since today (at only 10 a.m.) has already turned out to be an “I can’t keep up with Jack Squat” kind of energy day, so I am working on the very, very short list of what’s very, very important today.  Hope you’ll understand!

The winner of Giveaway 120 is Comment #27 by Judy Sander.

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Judy, thank you so much for your lovely comment, for your kind compliments, and for your prayers from Southern California! 😉  I appreciate it.  Please email me at laughadaisy (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will send out this package to you ASAP.  (I am including an extra item to make it 13, since we passed the 130 mark midway through the contest!)

Thanks again, everyone, for your enlightening comments and encouragement.  You are a blessing to my heart and soul. 😉

And just a little reminder that the new Fusion Card Challenge begins this Friday, April 5, so mark your calendars and get ready for a bit of fun!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!
-Ally

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Giveaway 120

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

So, I have a little surprise today.

And this is actually a bit on the late side!  I planned to do this post 28 Followers ago, but as you know, life has been a bit out of my control lately. 😉

Better late than never, right?!!

I am just blown away by the little widget on the right side of my blog that tells me one hundred and twenty-eight people are following my blog.  WOW!!

I know that I don’t receive 128 comments on every post, but it is nice to know that there are 128 people sometimes tuning in to my little blog for inspiration, or laughs, or some R&R reading time, or… whatever!  😉

You’ve probably guessed by now,… that I’m here to give away some goodies, right?  Well, you guessed right!  Here is what I have up for grabs today, in celebration of all you Followers:

12 items – 1 item (approximately) for every 10 followers:

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Very Vintage Greetings Stamp Set by Wplus9.
Labels 3 Die by Wplus9, which coordinates with the stamp set.

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6×6 Lost & Found Designer Paper Pad by My Mind’s Eye.
Modern Wallpaper Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug.
Labels Fourteen Nestabilities Die Set by Spellbinders.

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Scotch 1/2″ Foam Mounting Tape – 150″ roll.
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink Pad by Ranger.
*  12 Decorative Brads by The Paper Studio.
100 Clear Rhinestones by Kaisercraft.
5 Yards of 5/8″ Grapesicle Grosgrain Ribbon by My Favorite Things Stamps.
3 Yards of My Favorite Lace by Offray.
15 Yards of Lilac Baker’s Twine by The Twinery.

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If you think you might be interested in this package of goodies, leave me a comment right here on this post.  I would ask you to tell me why you DO follow my blog, but I’m not sure I could handle it if someone really did follow my blog for the laughs!  So, maybe just say hello or whether Spring has arrived in your location or some other nice thing. 😉

Comment Deadline will be Easter Sunday, March 31, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  I’ll use Random.org to choose a winning comment and then post the winner’s name sometime on Monday, April 1.

Thank You for following my blog!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
–Ally

Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

Happy Friday, everyone! 😉

And Happy February, too.

I do love to see Friday arrive each week, but it seems like time is just whizzing by these days.  I won’t complain too much about that, though, because I would gladly have Spring just fly in here anytime now!

Anyhoo.

I’m here to announce the winner of my 2013 Blogiversary Giveaway, who happens to be….  Darnell!

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Congrats, Darnell!  I appreciate your empathy AND your sympathy!  And your RE-naming of fibromyalgia to ‘fibromyagony’ makes me giggle. 😉

Please email your mailing address to me at laughadaisy (at) hotmail (dot) com, and I will get these stamp sets off to you in the mail.

I also wanted to say Thank You to everyone who commented to wish me a Happy Blogiversary.  I appreciate all of you who stop in to comment, ESPECIALLY SINCE I AM SEVERELY LACKING WHEN IT COMES TO RECIPROCATING!

I confess that on a daily basis, I consider quitting this blog, for many reasons, the biggest reason being the guilt I feel for not being able to return everyone’s sweet comments in a timely manner, or even at all.  (You should see all the emails that go racing past me in a day, sheesh!)  I have committed myself to the Dynamic Duos DT through April, and so I hang in here for that, forcing myself into crafting time lately only to fulfill that commitment.  Outside of that, my poor creativity seems to be suffering a slow, painful death!

And as you know, I’m not in the best of health either, and my very limited energy has to be carefully dispensed throughout each day.  Homeschooling takes center stage, of course, and lately my energy reserves haven’t lasted long enough for much else.  We’ve had to rearrange our curriculum plans mid year, which has proved more challenging than I wanted it to be.

And there are more little tasks that beg for attention but which very rarely receive it.  Letting go of all the little things that don’t get accomplished has been such a difficult lesson for me to learn – still haven’t learned it, and it still makes me cry.  LOL.  The worst part, though, is the frustration I feel that such a great deal of my time right now is being swallowed up with fighting identify theft.  What a monumental waste of my time!!

I love blogging, I love to create cards, and I love sharing in the friendships and encouragement amongst all the sweet people I’ve ‘met’ in blogland.  I am hoping that it’s just Winter that has me held captive, and that Spring will bring new energy… or something that will magically give me more energy and time and less pain.  Fantasy land I’m living in, I know. 😉  I really hope I won’t have to quit blogging.  We’ll see where life takes me when it gets here, though, right?

I’m babbling, I guess.  Or maybe I’m whining!!!  Maybe I just need to talk to a grown up.  Maybe the reality is…. this is the crazy life I’ve chosen (as a homeschooling mom), and that’s all there is to it!

Really, I just wanted to tell you all Thank You.  I greatly appreciate the time it takes each of you to stop in here to comment on my blog.  Please know that your sweet and kind encouragement means a great deal to me!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I think I’ll be back in a few hours with a card.  I KNOW – Wow!  Right?  😉
-Ally

Half of a Stamp Set Giveaway Winner

I apologize for being so late posting today – I have an extra child with us this week, and it’s been a little chaotic.

But I am here at last to announce the winner of the half set of Signature Greetings stamp set giveaway.  And that winner is Cheryl!

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Congrats, Cheryl!  (Even though it’s only half of a stamp set…  I still hope you can find use for this little group of stamps.)

Please email your mailing address to me at laughadaisy (at) hotmail (dot) com, and I will be happy to send this little set of sentiments out to you.

And thank you to everyone who expressed interest in these!  I was worried that no one would want only half a set of stamps, but I was pleasantly surprised and relieved to see how many people wanted to give them a happy home. 😉

I’ll be back tomorrow with the winner of my Blogiversary Giveaway!  You still have a few hours to comment, if you’d like to enter.  (Tonight at 11:59p.m. Eastern Time is the deadline.)

A Little Something Else To Give Away

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

Just kidding. 😉

But actually, it was a long time ago.  And I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve put it off this long.  I purchased Papertrey Ink’s Signature Greetings stamp set a while ago, which comes separated into two panels of stamps on clear plastic.  Rather than the two correct panels, I received two panels of identical sentiments.  I wrote to have the problem corrected by having them send me the other panel, but they told me not to worry about returning the duplicated panel of stamps.

Well, I really don’t need this duplicate panel of stamps.  And rather than keep it on hand and have it take up space, I figured I would put it up for grabs and see if anyone wants it.

So here is a little scanned graphic of the sentiments included on this panel:PTI signature greetings

*  Thank you for being so thoughtful
*  Congrats on your new little bundle
*  Hope this year is your best one yet
*  Celebrate your day!
*  You make me smile
*  Congrats you did it!

You can see the original stamp set here on PTI’s website.  I have not used any of the stamps, and they are still on the original plastic panel and covered with the plastic wrap in which they were sent to me.

I realize this is only half of a stamp set.  But if anyone wants it, I’d be happy to send it on to someone, no charge.  I will send it out in a little padded mailer between two pieces of cardboard.

I’ll leave this post open for comments until Wednesday night, January 30, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  If more than one person comments to say they want it, I’ll do a random draw.  If there’s only one person who wants it, I’ll send it on to that person.

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Now that we’re all back to good health (excluding the ol’ FM, of course), I get to deal with the latest piece of drama in my life:  The second round of identity theft.  Two more utility accounts, which have been opened by someone else in another state using my personal information, have been sent to collections and then passed on to me to dispute and then attempt to repair my credit.  It is not a fun process.  And as a busy mom homeschooling 3 children while trying to deal with fibromyalgia…  I can say that there are so many other ways I would rather spend my time!!

Argh.

But after dealing with 3 other accounts back in 2010, I now have a feel for how the process goes.  So with each new fraudulent account we discover, it is a little easier to get through that process.  What never gets easier, however, is the blow it all sends to my psyche and the way it makes me feel so helpless and so angry.  Stealing someone’s info and doing these kinds of things is not a very polite way for a human being to behave, in my opinion.  **ahem**

Life goes on, though, right??  At least, I suppose I’m fortunate that life goes on for the most part.  It could be a lot worse, I’ll comfort myself by saying.

Let’s move on to a happier topic now, shall we?!

It’s my blogiversary.  That’s not a word.  I know.  But you all know what I mean!  I started a blog in 2007, but it was a personal/life blog to help me stay sane while raising twin babies and a 3-year-old child.  I quit that blog a few years later and then began this crafting blog instead, in January 2011.  So my little Laughadaisy crafting blog is now 2 years old.  Yay! 😉

And guess how I’m celebrating?

You guessed it!

I’M HAVING A GIVEAWAY!!!  YAY!!!

I have two fun items for you today – one for each year of this sweet li’l blog – TWO more of my favorite stamp sets.

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Great Friend by Verve Stamps.  I absolutely LOVE the flowers in this set!!  they are pretty easy to fussy cut, and I love how big and gorgeous they are.  Cute sentiments, too. 😉

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Wildflowers by Sweet & Sassy Stamps.  I love the little grungy wildflower silhouette in this set, along with the encouraging sentiments.  Perfect little feel-good set!

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Leave a comment here on this post before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday January 31, and I will randomly select and post the winner on Friday, February 1.

Thanks for stopping by today to help me celebrate TWO YEARS of fun crafty blogging!  You all make the journey A LOT more fun! 😉

See you tomorrow for another Dynamic Duos card…

-Ally

Birthday Winner

Goodness.  I could really use a year of sleep right now.   I am so very ill – AGAIN (dangit) – for the 4th time in less than 3 months.  I have been miserable for an entire week, and we awoke to about 18 inches of snow this morning.  The only thing I can think to say is…. blah.  This is the ‘blah’ time of year for me.  The weather, the illnesses, the long haul of Winter….  It is a time of monotonous endurance for me.

Sounds like I’d better get to creating something soon, eh??!

Anyway.  😉  I am here to announce the winner of my little Birthday Giveaway.  And the winning comment is #15 —– Alyssa S.

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Congrats, Alyssa!  Please email your address to me at laughadaisy (at) hotmail (dot) com, and I’ll send this little package off to you in the mail.

Thank you to everyone who commented, and thank you for all the birthday wishes.  You have all made one day of Winter pass a little quicker for me, and I appreciate that! 😉

And thank you for stopping by today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a Dynamic Duos card – yay!

–Ally