5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Happy Blogiversary to Me!  5 year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Hello, Friends!  I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!  With all the excitement of creating for and traveling to CHA, I completely forgot to celebrate my 5 year Blogiversary!  That’s right, I started blogging on January 13, 2013.  So I’m late for my 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!  This is my annual opportunity to say thank you to my faithful followers for joining me on this crafty journey.

I’ve had loads of fun combing through The Closet of Shame looking for fun goodies that I think you all might enjoy adding to your crafty stash. So let’s take a peek at what’s up for grabs in this year’s Blogiversary Giveaway!

 15 Retired Heartfelt Creations Cling Stamp Sets

Kathy by Design 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Photo 1

To start with, I have a selection of retired Heartfelt Creations Cling Stamp Sets.  Some of these have never been inked up, others have been gently used but still have a lot of life in them.  A few have no fancy packaging, as they were items I received while serving on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team.

  • From the Sparkling Poinsettia Collection:
    • HCPC 3681 Sparkling Poinsettia Candle
    • HCPC 3682 Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl
    • HCPC 3683 Joy to the World
    • HCPC 3684 Sparkling Poinsettia Notes
  • Blazing Poppy Collection
    • HCPC 3675 Poppy Corner and Border
    • HCPC 3676 Blazing Poppy Vase
    • HCPC 3677 Blazing Poppy Stems
    • HCPC Blazing Poppy Fillers
  • From the Cascading Fuchsia Collection
    • HCPC 3669 Vining Fuchsia
    • HCPC 3670 Fuchsia Spray
    • HCPC 3671 Fuchsia Clusters
    • HCPC 3672 Fuchsia Bouquet
  • Miscellaneous Stamp Sets
    • HCPC 3667 from Everyday Heroes Collection- You Inspire ME
    • HCPC 3531 High Seas Set from Balmy Breeze
    • HCPC 3527 Seascape Cling Stamp Set
Crafty Secrets Papers and HOTP Album

As many of you know, I was on the Crafty Secrets design team for quite a while.  While cleaning out the closet, I found a big stack of beautiful digital papers that I had printed off while serving on the team.  Some of these are printed as 8×8 images, and some are 8×10.  There are 75 different pattern and image papers, all printed in high resolution.  I also found a 6″ x 12 pad of the Crafty Secrets Pastels papers.  These would be great to use for card making, junkque journaling or even in mixed media.  I added in this 8×8 Mini album so you can have fun with that, too!

Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps, Stickers and Creative Cuts

These Creative Scraps from Crafty Secrets are so much fun to use when making cards and tags.  I added in some cute sticker sheet, Vintage Cuts and 3 little Journal Notes and Image pads.  These have always been a favorite!

Ranger Apron, Susan’s Garden Dies, Graphic 45 Stamp Set and collage papers

To round out this 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway bundle, I have a Ranger Craft Apron, Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Cling Stamp Set, Collage papers, 4 Susan’s Garden Dies and a Cheery Lynne Die.

Phew!  If there’s any extra space left in the mailing box, I’ll add in some surprise goodies, too.

5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Rules
  • Due to high international postage rates, this giveaway is only open to addresses in the contiguous US.  I wish I could afford to ship internationally, but the postage rates are simply too rich for my blood.
  • I will, however, pick 3 international followers to receive a PDF Tutorial for my On the Boardwalk Mini Album.  I can e-mail that to you!
  • You must be a follower of my blog to win.
  • Indicate in your comment that you are an international or a US follower so I know which prize pool to place you in.
  • You must comment on this blog post before 11:59PM EST Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

One US winner will be randomly chosen to win all the goodies seen here.  I’ll post the name of the winner at the top of this blog post, and announce the winner on my Kathy by Design Facebook Page on Tuesday, February 20th.    Three international winners will also be randomly chosen to win a PDF Tutorial. I will also contact the winners via e-mail.  They will  then have 72 hours to respond or I will choose an alternate winner.

More Ways to Win

If you’d like more chances to win, here are some ways to earn additional entries:

  • I’m posting this giveaway on my Facebook page.  Comment there and become a follower for an additional chance to win.
  • Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook and tag @KathybyDesign in the post.  That’s another entry!
  • Follow me on Instagram
  •  Subscribe to my Kathy by Design YouTube Channel, view a video and leave a comment to let me know you’ve subscribed.
  • Did you know i sell my artwork on ETSY?  Pop on over to my ETSY SHOP and favorite it for another entry!
  • Follow my Pinterest Page
Thank You, and a Brief History

When I started this blog in 2013, I didn’t even know what I was doing.  I just felt an inner nudge that said, “Start that blog!”  I look back at those early posts and shudder at my meager abilities.  My photography was terrible, my projects were a hot mess, and I stumbled through every single post.

Within 3 months of making my first blog post, I received a notification from Heartfelt Creations that they were holding a design team audition.  I  decided to go for  it, mostly as a sort of training exercise.  I thought it would be good practice to put myself out there and reach for something that I felt was beyond me.

To my great surprise, I made it past the first round auditions, and then the finals and found myself a member of a very prestigious and well-loved design team.  I nearly fell out of my chair when I was notified!  Heartfelt Creations will always hold a very special place in my heart because they gave me a chance when no one else would.

Being on that team caused me to grow as an artist…and it also opened other doors.  I began to design for the Crafty Secrets team…and then Really Reasonable Ribbon…..and I started trying out for Graphic 45. I began to play in online challenges, and ended up being invited to join the lovely artists on the Frilly and Funkie Design team for The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What a huge honor!

After 3 heroic efforts, I finally won that brass ring and found a spot on the Graphic 45 Design team. About a year after that, I was asked to join my beloved Authentique Paper team.

All the while, behind the scenes I have been working hard to grow in my art, improve the quality of my photos and hone my blogging skills.  I’ve had to learn my way around social media, too.  And the biggest challenge of all was learning how to shoot and edit YouTube videos.  I find myself in a constant learning curve, and as soon as I master one new thing, there’s another one to take on!

For those of you who think I’m lucky, I would agree…but I would also say, “luck without hard work won’t take you very far!”

Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you, especially those who have been with me from the early days of this blog.  You have endured my amateur creations and photos.  You have been so generous with your kind comments and encouraging words. You’ve kept me motivated and inspired to keep learning and keep improving.  I am so humbled by your friendship and thrilled to have you on the journey with me.   Thank you.

Thanks for stopping by!





73 thoughts on “5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

  1. Kimberly M.

    Happy Anniversary on your 5th year of fabulous! I only just discovered you recently and feel so blessed to have found your creative art. I too am a fan of the Funkie Junkie :). I am a USA follower.

  2. LuvtoKraft

    Happy Anniversary to my favorite blogger! Although I have not made many comments over the last year (tough one for health), Kathy, please know that YOU are my favorite blogger and artist. Congratulations on 5 years of beautiful blog posts and creations.
    Kris Peterson

  3. Pat Kult

    Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. I am a US blog follower. I follow you on facebook and shared your post. I follow you on Pinterest and Youtube. I am always inspired by your projects, my favorites are G45. I love your Youtube videos and great pictures on your blog! I would love to win this prize giveaway!! You are so generous!
    Thank you,

  4. Suzy Q

    Hi Kathy…Wow lady! You ARE a famous lady! You have truly inspired a lot of us! We can’t help it we all just luv your work! And your amazing story …as I said before ….very, very awesome and inspiring! You sure have given me the confidence to try new ideas. I feel like my cards have ramped up a notch, thanks to you!!! Please don’t ever stop!!!! And …yes I live in the USA. And you know I already luv your videos and have subscribed to the u tube channel now. And I just drool over your cards in the etsy shop and I think I favored it! One of these days I’ll get brave and hook up to Facebook….see you’ve even moved ME into this tech world! Thanks so much for everything!!!! Huge hugs! Suzy Q

  5. marygw

    Congratulations, Kathy. I have been going backwards in time reading older blog posts and as everyone has mentioned… we are in awe. Your creativity is so wonderful and I just love what you do with paper, ribbon etc. Just beautiful. Treasures are all I can say. Treasures!

  6. Beverly Jordan

    Congratulations, Kathy on 5 YEARS of blogging!! From where I sit, you are a natural and am thanking you for all of your creativity and projects you have shared. It has influenced me and I’ve joined in at The Frilly and Funkie challenges because of YOU!! Also, RRR. I consider you my teacher/role model and “try” to have your beautiful style!! No, I am not at all that fabulous but am your avid follower and LOVE seeing what you create!! It thrills me and pushes me to try new things! (I have bought those little spoons and am using them) Am your follower on: IG, FB, Blogger, Pinterest, and your etsy.
    Keep up the great work!! I love reading your posts and wish I could comment more but run to do my “real” life!!! LOL!! Looking forward to the next 50!!! years of your fabulous inspiration!!!
    PS Those companies are so lucky to have you for their designing!!

  7. Rosemary

    Congratulations on 5 years of making and sharing the wonderful projects that you create. I just finished your Sweetheart mini and it turned out great. I am a US follower of your blog. I favored you on Etsy – #268 and I am following you on Pinterest. I watch you all the time on U-tube. I would love to win.

  8. lynn legge

    congrats on your anniversary…I love your blog and to me its a gift in itself…I enjoy your work and stories..i am in the usa

  9. Carol Edwards

    Hi Kathy and so many congratulations for achieving your 5years blogging. I really don’t know how long I’ve been following your blog I just know it’s been awhile. It’s lovely following along, watching YouTube, snapguides and looking at your Etsy shop. Your achievements come from your own hardworking inner soul. You are generous with your time, sharing your hints and tips and your designs. Thank you my friend for your inspiration. Kindest regards from Carol from a still very cold wintry UK.

  10. Bunnie CS Tisdale

    I love all of your work. I subscribe to your email, facebook, blog and now have started your pinterest.
    Happy Anniversary. All the items you are giving away, I would love to have. Thank you for all of your wonderful work.

  11. Marilou Fallows

    Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary of blogging! That’s a wonderful milestone! I’m here in the United States and would absolutely love the opportunity to win this wonderful prize package. <3

  12. Sara Emily Barker

    Ahhhh, I’m finally here! What a tremendous response to your Blogiversary giveaway post! I for one, and I see a few, find your history to be the most touching part of this post. You have come a long way, baby, as they say! I really don’t know what’s left out there for you to accomplish, Kathy! You know I’d be in your corner if you were just a little guy in a great big world (like me!). I think I’m already a FB friend (although the only time I’m on facebook is if I happen to get a notification–tee hee!), don’t have an IG account, have been to your Etsy shop time and time again, and I don’t know if I am a You Tube subscriber or not. I have seen many of your videos, and I endorse them completely! You do a mean video, and I’ve always felt I’ve learned something either from your Snapguides, your blog posts or your videos. I like the videos best, because I get to hear YOU! CONGRATULATIONS on hanging in there and moving forward through these passed 5 years! It is we who should be giving YOU gifts! Sending warm hugs from, yes, USA! What a GENEROUS prize you are giving! It’s going to cost you a small fortune to mail it! (I could always come pick it up! :):):))

  13. Gilda (McStamper)

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for a fabulous give away. Love your blog and your always wonderful inspiration.I am in the US.

  14. Sandy Artman

    Happy 5th Blogiversary, Kathy!
    I can appreciate the learning curve of getting your work “out there”. I struggle to get my very mediocre photos to where I want them to go so I have a sense of the huge investment of time, money and effort it requires to reach a larger audience. I loved reading about your successes and wish you the very best of continued success!
    I have benefited so much from your posts and tutorials – Thank you for being you…your passion for this craft, your generosity and your heart!
    Love & blessings, Sandy

  15. Carla Hundley

    Happy 5 wonderful years
    for you and us! I stalk/follow
    you everywhere. Liked and shared
    on Facebook. Here’s to many
    more years!
    Carla from Utah USA

  16. Sue D

    Congratulations. I am a US follower. I am more of a clean and simple card maker but love to see what you create. I admire how you put everything together with so many special touches.
    I follow you on Instagram as waterlily57, subscribe to your YouTube as Sue D, put your Etsy shop on my favorite list as waterlily57 and follow you on Pinterest as Sue D.
    Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway.

  17. Marla Jean Owens

    Congratulations Kathy! I live in Iowa in the USA. I love your work. You inspire me so much to try new techniques. Thank you so much for allowing our wonderful Lord God to use you to bless us all with your gifts and talents.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hello, Marla! What a treat to receive a comment from you here! You are always so kind on Facebook! Thanks so much for your good wishes, your kind words and your blessing! It means a lot to me! Blessings back to you, dear heart! Happy crafting!

  18. Deb

    Congrat’s on 5 years! Your cards are amazing and this giveaway is beyond AMAZING! I would be very happy just winning the stickers! THANK YOU for this giveaway.

  19. Janice Rosenthal Rock

    P. S. I did my first “card folio” last week . . .inspired by your Botanical Tea one . . .used Botanical Tea, but different parts of the papers! I’ll shoot you a photo shortly so you can see how your creations inspire!!

  20. Janice Rosenthal Rock

    Congratulations, Kathy . . . you are “one of a kind” and I love seeing EVERYTHING you create! I understand the work involved in all you do, as I’m “part way there” myself. My biggest challenge is the social media aspect . . .but I keep plugging away at it. And I also appreciate how generous you have been with your comments, answers to questions, and sharing about what you do. THANK YOU . . . and here’s to MANY more “versaries”!!

  21. Sherry

    Congratulations on 5 years Kathy. I so look forward to a cup of coffee and a post from you to start my day. Your creations are amazing and as I read the posts you don’t just create cards, I think you brighten the ordinary days for your followers. Keep on doing what you do- we can’t wait!! Sherry USA

  22. Helene Huber

    Congrats Kathy! My only regret is that we never got to work together–but I continue to be inspired by your amazing creativity. You’ve worked with my favorite products on so many fabulous design teams. What a generous give-away. Helene, USA

  23. dannscraftingwhims

    Huge congrats on five years of crafty accomplishments! You have such a beautiful style and your projects are consistently gorgeous. Looking forward to many more years of fab inspiration! What an amazing prize package you’ve put together… thanks for celebrating in this fun way!

  24. mjmarmo

    Congratulations! Your blog is a go to. Your projects are inspirational filled with amazing details. This is an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

  25. Tristan Robin Blakeman

    Congratulations on your fifth blogiversary! I wish I had found you sooner … I’ve discovered so many terrific inspirations on your blog and I love to see a new posting show up in my inbox!
    You’ve put together such a marvelous array of prizes to celebrate the occasion – there are going to be some very lucky winners!
    Best wishes in the next fives years for continued growth and success!

  26. Rosemary

    Luck had nothing to do with your growing to what you are today, Kathy! Your creativity was just waiting to burst forth and just needed that hard work you mentioned to bloom bigger and bigger every day! You are a wonderful inspiration to us all. That closet of shame would be the end of the rainbow for me! Congratulations on five years of growing and creating beautiful cards, albums, frames…I could go on and on! Love you!

  27. Cynthia Pryor

    I’m a new follower to your blog, and I look forward to seeing more and more creative projects. I’m a Heartfelt Creations fan and have also purchased items from Crafty Secrets and Graphic 45. I’m in the USA and would love to receive your wonderful goodies! Thanks for many inspiring creations.

  28. Georgette

    A tip of the hat on your 5th blogiversary! Your work is amazing. Besides being beautiful, I learn something new almost every day. Thanks!

  29. Helen

    Happy Blogiversary, Kathy! I’m so glad to have found your blog–your designs always inspire me. Now your blogging story inspires me and challenges me to finally take the plunge into social media! As always, thanks for sharing your gifts and talents. Celebrate you!

  30. Betsy

    I’m not on any social media, I just read your blog. When I see a new posting it makes my day. If they laid all these goodies out on a table and asked who they belonged to I would most certainly pick you. What a beautiful assortment. Happy Anniversary!

  31. Suzy Q

    WOW! Kathy! “Happy 5th Anniversary” to you! Reading your story …you’ve sure had a wild ride! And you’re sure not a hot mess anymore! Just luv everything you do!!! Very awesome and beautiful giveaway! You sure are gonna make some lady a very happy scrapper! And I now have my daughter following you! Good luck to the future! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us! Big hugs! Suzy Q

  32. Nicole Robinson

    Congratulations Kathy on your Blogiversary! How exciting!! I always look forward to all of your beautiful creations. I liven the US.

  33. Pat Ford

    Congratulations, Kathy, on your five year blogiversary! Best of everything in the future!
    Pat Ford, NY

  34. Orla Carey

    I can only imagine my excitement if I thought this box of goodies was winging its way to me!!! Look forward to seeing your creations and have taken such inspiration from your work.
    May the luck of the Irish hold true☘

    1. Ron P.

      Happy Anniversary to you for a fabulous five years. As a U.S. follower I am always in awe of all your creations and the way you can put things together. Your creativity is truly an inspiration to me and I hope you continue for many more years to come.

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