Monday, 10 October 2011

500th Blog-post & Giveaway Today!

Well, I never thought I would get this far when I started blogging just under 2 years ago. I have met so many nice people in this time, made a lot of friends, exchanged art, cards, postcards etc with people all over the world, and enjoy being part of the blogger family. Thanks to all those who have visited, written words of encouragement, cheered me up when I was down and just been there. It means a lot to me.

So, to celebrate I want to do a little Giveaway. It is open to all members of blog, and to those who join! and all you have to do is to leave a comment on this post. Tomorrow morning I will put all the names into a hat, and and one will be randomly chosen. Please tell me how to contact you if I don't yet have your contact details! The winner will receive 3 tags and a mini book made by me, some ephemera and other crafty bits and bobs, all packed in a mail-art envelope.

Today I had a nice, crafty day at home, made my journal pages & a tag, and some other things which I don't want to show yet.

For the journal pages I started off with different colour mists, home made using re-inker and a touch of perfect pearls. Then I rubbed a bit of ink direct from the ink pad here and there.

Then I put the pictures onto the page, as at this time of year, especially when it's windy there are always lots of people - adults and kids - flying their kites. I often tried, but mine never started flying, there must be a trick to it, but I never got it!

The tag has been made for *Dragon's Dream TIO*. Poor Frankie - the dragon boss - is having a rough time with injuries and illness in her family, so get well soon Frankie, and lots of hugs and sparkles coming your way. The challenge was to show the full moon!

So, that was all for today. You have until tomorrow morning when I roll out of bed to add a comment and join in the Giveaway, that will be about 9 a.m. German time.

Have a great day, take care, and thanks for being with me over such a long time!


  1. Good morning to you:0) Congrats on your 500th, 'cor that's a lot of posts! LOL I love the new pages of your journal, the colours are stunning Valerie! And a ghostly tag ooooaaahhhhhh!!Loads of fun, have a great day, Gay xxx

  2. Good morning Valerie I am writing this while I am waiting at the airport. Couldn't miss your 500th post celebration now could I !!!! That is an amazing number and in just two years !!! Love your journal pages very original indeed love those little figures they make such a good contrast. Great tag very eerie and halloweeny ! Have a fab day will say hello to Lndon your home own xx


  3. That's a lot of posts Valerie! Well done on 500 which I have a way to go yet to catch up.
    Thanks to you too for all your lovely comments which I so appreciate.
    Really gorgeous journal pages. Love the background and the kite theme looks fabulous. I was never much good with one either!
    Fabulous Halloween tag too and love the little skulls and witch.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  4. Congrats Valerie! I adore your blog as you know. YOU, my dear, are an inspiration. Your journal pages really made me smile today. Love the poka dot dresses and the hand drawing of the kite strings. Simply charming! Your tag is great as well .. 'tis the season to be eeeeerrrrry! Have a great day, and don't forget to put my name in the hat four times. ha ha :o) hugs, Donna

  5. Well done on your 500th post!!!

    Your journal pages are great.... I love the colourful backgrounds.

    Never had much luck with kites myself either!

    Sorry you had such an awful journey to Bonn..... hope the goodies made up for it.

    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for your lovely giveaway!

    Have a great day!


  6. Morning Valerie. Super journal pages. Congrats on your 500th post.
    Regards Florence x

  7. Hi Valerie, congratulations on your 500th post! Love your kite flying journal pages, I really do think I'm going to have a go at a journal next year. Great halloween tag too. I've just had a wee afternoon nap, still adjusting to the time zone here, so off to have a cuppa to waken me up! Have a lovely day. suze xx

  8. Morning Valerie :) 500 posts !and each a delight :)
    Love the new pages the images really bring the pages to life :)
    Take care and have a good day
    Von xxx

  9. That's a grea halloween tag. Love the sklls. :) And great colors on the journal pages. Always love the warmness of the yellow and orange together. :)

  10. Congratulations on reaching 500 posts Valerie!
    Love the rich colours of your journal pages (I never mastered kite flying either!) and beautiful, spooky tag.
    Hugs xx

  11. Wow, 500 posts, congratulations Valerie. Your journal pages are a joy to look at, love your tag as well. Yvonne x

  12. Shows you have lots to talk about Val with 500 posts lol! But seriously I love the inspiration you share with us!
    Have a great day!
    hugs Alyson x

  13. Wow Val, Congratulations, you are such an inspiration to us with all your wonderful and varied creations..
    Here's to another 500 !!!xoxo

  14. Congrats on your 500th post, Valerie! It has already been said, several times, but I must say it again, thank you sooo much for all your inspiration! It is a real treat to see your creations each day :)

    500 posts is certainly an achievement.
    Love to be part of this special Giveaway.
    You are a dedicated blogger and not only that, you are so lovely in taking time to visit others, I know how much I appreciate you taking the time to visit time and time again.
    Here's to the next 500+ posts!!

  16. Congrats, Val, you have really made your blog into a place worth visiting! Hugs, Sarah

  17. Congrats on 2 years of blogging- you just made me realize that that I MISSED my anniversary! Oh well, I can have a belated giveaway I guess :)
    Anyway, I am so glad that I've gotten to know you through your blog, I love seeing the things you make and just hearing your outlooks on life in general!
    Oh and please put my name in the hat!

  18. WOW Valerie! Congratulations! Always worth a visit! Your awesome art, fabulous photos and your "chat". Appreciate your thoughtful comments on my little spot in blogland!

    Love your journal pages and always!

    Debbie R.

  19. Happy #500 and soon you will be looking at #1000! Blogging is a wonderful way to express ourselves and make friends along the way! Lovely pages and the tag is just amazing! Love those skulls! Have a great day and count me in!

  20. beautiful journal pages and tag today. I like the background of the journal pages. Hope I win! my email is just in case!

  21. Congratulations on your 500th blog, I've still got a lot to do to reach 500.
    I love your pages, the colours are fabulous and I love your kite flying people. Your tag is brilliant too.
    xxx Hazel.

  22. Great journal pages and love your Halloween tag. Thanks for joining us this week on the TIO challenge.
    Wanda xx

  23. Great halloween tag and fab book pages thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream Tio this week.Elizabeth x

  24. congrats on your blog val, you've done well with your posts and your crafting...

    love your pages, I've not tried mists or perfect pearls, they look effective, well done, lovely...

    maria x

    Hip, hip, hooray!
    Fantastic news, so wonderful to share with all of us!
    Love your pages, the background colors are so bright and playful. :]

  26. Congrats on 2 years of fabulous crafting and blogging!! And those are the cutest journal pages! :0)

  27. Count me in Valerie! You know I would love to own some of your art! Hugs,Tee

  28. Oh & Congrats on Your 500th Blog Post! Your Amazing & So Much Fun To Follow!

  29. Congratulations, and good morning, Valerie! 500 blog posts!! Yes, that is worth some celebration! :-)

    By the way, I just love these Journal pages. The colors are so yummy!! And the pics of those people so sweet!

    Wishing you a great day! :-)

  30. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 500. Blogeintrag, tolle Leistung.
    Deine Werke sind mal wieder wunderschön. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei TIO in dieser Woche.

  31. Well done on your blog milestone! Love your moon tag, thanks for dreaming with the TIO team this week.

  32. Congrats on 500 posts....Such a lovely Tag....and journal pages. thank you so much for dreaming with us at T.I.O.


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