Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wonderfyl Weekly Giveaway -- Innovative Stamp Creations

I am going to explain the wonderful giveaway first, then there is a long apology letter below. Not mandatory reading, but if you are wondering about my absence, it helps explain it! (Plus it was unbelievably cathartic to write it all down).

Today's Wonderful Wednesday giveaway is from Innovative Stamp Creations. The gorgeous rubber stamp sheet below will be sent to one lucky winner along with the card at the left.

The card was made using the Watercolor Resist Technique from the December 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I find these colors peaceful and serene, and they work perfectly with these pretty stamps, don't they?

If you like these stamps, make sure to use the code for the discount to Innovative Stamp Creations in my sidebar. Betsy has a whole slew of new stamps for you to ooh and ahh over!

To enter the give away for today, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, January 11th. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous", I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Each give-away is separate, so to be eligible for a specific item you must enter that day's contest on the post where it is listed. Enter today -- good luck!

Okay... if you have time, here is my tale-of-woe:

My dear friends,
I must apologize for the lack of giveaways -- or even blog posts -- in the last few weeks. My life has been a comedy of extreme highs to extreme lows in the last three weeks. I went from the joy and wonder of the Christmas season to the depths of a roof-leaf, to the holidays, to having to put my faithful dog of 15 years to sleep. Throw in traveling for 5 days, company, and trying to paint a picture of complete normalcy for my kids sake, and you have a very insane person on your hands (that would be me!). Oh, did I mention that my emails were not working for TWO weeks? I was reading emails and responding to them, but I had NO IDEA everything I sent for two weeks was not delivered. It all appeared so normal!

Um, I have a newsletter to publish, so when I was not on the phone with Customer Support in India (with which company? You name it, I have spoken to all of them!) I am desperately trying to create a beautiful and rich newsletter document filled with all of the fabulous techniques we have in store for you for February. Keep your fingers crossed that I have fixed my issues (although I cannot access old emails or my email contact list).

And guess what? My 15 year old son just spent the evening (yes, tonight) in the hospital -- he was kicked in the head two times by two different kids at soccer practice tonight. By accident. He is the goalie on a high-level team, and they get aggressive. I keep asking -- "Why didn't they take him out of the goal when he was kicked in the head ONCE?" No-one wants to answer that. Thank goodness, he appears to be okay now. I suspect he will be home with me tomorrow, though : )

So, I have been out of touch. I know you forgive me. I haven't stamped in WEEKS -- and tomorrow I am promising myself to dirty my hands for a while!

My Best Regards for a Happy 2009.

The winner of this set is Christine O'Connor! Congratulations, Christine!