Saturday, December 29, 2007

Holiday Update & Blog Candy

Hi All!! Hope everyone is recovering from the Christmas holidays!! I, for one, am pooped. Sheesh, I love Christmas but not the stress and hustle it brings along. I have been busy working on some deadlines that are coming up this week so I don't have anything to show you just yet...but I will have some goodies on the 1st that you won't want to miss. I am having so much fun with some new stamps and I can't wait to share them with you. So for now I am going to signing off until next year. I want to wish everyone a safe and fun New Year celebration. Thanks for making Ink A Stamp such a success and a big hug to all my LOYAL readers. xoxox

PS. I just wanted to say that I was a VERY good girl this year since Santa brought me a new Canon Rebel camera and Copic makers. Eeeekkkk!!! Leave a comment and tell me what gift was the most exciting and or meaningful for a chance at some blog candy! Winner will be announced on January 1st. Good luck

107 comments:

Sharon said...

Copics, I'm jealous! My favorite gift was the craft light paper cutter (as seen on commercials). It comes with 11 different blades including a perferating blade. Yippee!!! Have a Happy New Year!

Jan Scholl said...

since we dont do gifts, I guess the fact that my credit cards arent maxed and I go into 2008 debt free is always the best gift!

Rachel Hope said...

I am SO excited!!! My Mom and Dad bought me a Dishwasher!!! I have been washing dishes by hand the last 2 years and I am Over the Moon about this gift!!

Congrats on the camera and Copics, sounds like a great Christmas!

Marsha said...

My best gift was that my daughter and son-in-law made it back from Africa before Christmas (very long process and delays) with two new grandchildren for us (ages 2 and 4). They are beautiful !

sheila said...

I'm so excited because I got a new camera too. Been taking pictures of everyone and everything. Got new photo editing software also. Such fun! Happy New Year!

Tracy said...

Happy Holidays! and almost a Happy New Year!
My best gift this year was a slide show that my husband made for me on his computer of our honeymoon, complete with pictures, video clips and comments! It was so thoughtful! and it must have taken him forever!
OOOHH a canon rebel! that will be alot of fun!

Anonymous said...

My Christmas gift was my son coming home after spending 40 days in ICU, 2 days in Progressive Care and then 5 weeks in a rehab hospital. Long story and a more recovery to come, but I am blessed.
You can read about it at carepages.com, just register and sign up for NateCole.

Pam
usafcole@yahoo.com

Allison said...

I got spoiled with a gift card to my LSS, a sewing machine and a ping-pong table (I love ping-pong)!

Anonymous said...

My favorite gift was money so that I can order whatever I want out of the new Stampin Up catty! I already have my order ready to go!I got a new camera last year for christmas and it was definatly my fav. gift last year! Congrats!mandyslack@eastlink.ca

Jackie said...

Wow, you have been a good girl! Apparently I was, too, because I got all new kitchen appliances! Nevermind that we are up to our eyeballs in debt now (Jan, I wish I was you!). I have never had brand new appliances before and these are awesome!

Charlene Austin (SCS - Willow01) said...

Wow, a Canon and Copics! You go girl!! I got an Ott light which thrills me to no end because my lighting downstairs is horrible. I can't wait to see your creations with your Copics. You color so beautifully as it is that I can only imagine how amazing your images will be. Happy New Year.

Theresa said...
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Theresa said...

Oops! I spelled a bunch of words wrong so I deleted the last post...let me try it again!

My favorite-est gift is the one my middle daughter made/gave her dad and me. She created a photo book (through Apple) of 2007. She included photos up until two weeks before Christmas. It is really something! She had to sneak around and get the photos without me knowing about it. I still don't know how she managed that!

Melissa said...

Hope you have a wonderful New Year's!!

My most meaningful gifts were the ones given to me by my sister-in-law. . .matching bracelets for me and my daughter that we're adopting from China and don't have yet. . .I think it's so sweet she thought of us both! And the other one is from my mom. . .an ornament with a Chinese girl on it. . .also for my daughter we're adopting. The fact that they both gave something representing her, even tho she isn't here, meant so much!

Ilina Crouse said...

I guess I was nice the past year and I got 5 stamp sets from Stampin' Up! I am very trilled about it.

scfranson said...

I got two that mean a lot, one was a beautiful pair of earrings from hubby and the other was a cuttlebug!
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

SmilynStef said...

My favorite gifts were photographs of my nieces and nephews ... they always make me smile.

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year.

The favorite gift I received would have to be my new Mammoth Crocs! So simple - I did not receive one papercrafting gift!

Michelle
blog.michellescrapbooking.com

Cathy said...

My favorite gifts is buying a plane ticket for our daughter to come home for XMAS. Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

canben said...

Oh you lucky girl! I want a NICE camera! My point and shoot just isn't what it should.... Unfortunately, my hubby is too cheap (but I love him!) to let me get a big ticket item.....
My favorite gift this year (and one I will cherish most!) is a pizzelle maker! When I was growing up my grandmother and I would sit most evening in December and make pizzelles together. She ALWAYS told me that if anything happened and she couldn't make them anymore, she would pass the maker to me and it would be my responsibility to make them (family tradition!) Well, my uncle (jerk is a NICE word for him) stole the pizzelle maker! Talk about petty! Anyway, I was REALLY bummed because my daughter is now old enough to help me. My hubby went on the web and found one for me! YEAH! I made about 100 in the one week before Christmas (he gave it to me before, so I could make some!) So, he may be cheap, but he sure is thoughtful!

Jen said...

Wow and awesome camera and copics, you must have been incredibly good!! LOL

My best gifts this year, were/are finally knowing the feeling of true love, and my family!!!

Pat S. said...

Hi Ana!
WOW...Copics and a camera!

My family doesn't exchange purchased gifts either. Instead, we make donations to charities.

My best gift this Christmas was being able to visit with both my sister and my brother.

Thanks!

Kim said...

Wow Ana, you lucky lady!! I would have loved to have found Copics under my tree too! lol..I can't wait to see your work with them! I was lucky too this year, hubby gave me a portable light studio!! I was so excited, he usually doesn't buy me anything even closely related to my addiction...lol
Happy New Year!!
:)
Kim

Heather said...

Copics? Geez! Santa must really love you! I'm pretty pleased with the collage frame my boyfriend put together for me. Granted, most of the pictures are of me because he was working with pictures from his camera, but it was such a meaningful, touching gift! Thanks for the blog candy offer! Happy Holidays!

Heather

leenda said...

Santa left me a Canon Rebel also!! Happy New Year Ana!

Jackie W. said...

I also got Copic markers (for my birthday on the 20th - hope that counts!)!! I am enjoying trying them out a bit. I wouldn't have bought them so soon, but since I got a large amount from 3 gift certificates, I decieded now was the time to take the plunge!

Linda said...

My daughter had a stamp made that was images of my two dogs. I absolutely love it.

Glitter Queen said...

You do amazing work. Luv it!!! How are you liking your copic markers? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. My husband gave me a beautiful necklace of diamonds and saphires "Circle of Love"

Pegg S said...

Can't wait to see what you do with your new toys!! Happy New Year! I received a set of Nestabilities and Cuttlebug (I bought them for myself for Christmas does that count ;) )

Scrapbook Mama said...

Well for me it was my Oldest DS expression when he opened up my Mom's and Santa's gift which was a Wii.. he was so happy he cried! It was so sweet this yr. has been really tough and we werent' able to do what we really wanted for the holidays and my mom just made sure my babies had their Christmas wishes come true. It was priceless :)

-Ellie

dd2njoy said...

Happy New Year to you Ana!!!
My best gift was from my hubby,he got me a beautiful ring and some SU stuff,lots of it!!!!
You got spoiled girl!!! It pays to be good huh!!!

CAKVD said...

My parents got us a gift certificate to a water park!! I am so excited, as my 2 year old just loves them and so do we!!!
Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Erin K said...

my most exciting gift was a Costco gift card. I REALLY love the Costco.

Leslie Knox said...

HMM I think my best gifts were my sister and brother and their families coming home . We celebrated the holiday together for the first time is year!

My other one was the slippers my son bought for me. I badly needed a new pair!

Happy new Year!

karen said...

Looking forward to see what you do with your gifts. My gift was hearing my grandson say truck most of the afternoon and watching him play with his toys for Christmas. Just being with my family this year was the best present for me. Happy New Year!
Karen (kmills2@ec.rr.com)

*Jana* said...

You must have been a very good girl this year! What a very sweet "Santa".

My favorite gift was probably my gift from my mother in law. She sent me a print from an Alaskan Artist who does these great illustrations of Alaskan native women. The one I got is about the Northern Lights and is beautiful.

Lilian said...

my favorite gift this year was from my husband... he sent me off to a weekend with my girlfriends in palm springs plus $$ for a shopping spree at the outlets! :)

Jennifer Ofiana said...

My youngest son made us an ornament for our tree and even wrapped it in handmade wrapping paper. It was the sweetest gift ever. The wrapping paper really added to the gift! I am saving it and will use on one of his gifts next year.

Maren said...

You must have been good this year! Congrats on your new goodies...can't wait to see what you create with them!

twinks said...

Good for you! My DH helped me find some items on-line that I really wanted but couldn't find...that was a gift to me. He's my generous financier as well.

Happy New Year everyone!

stamp and scrape said...

My husband went to an exibition given by local artists at our art gallery, and bought me one of the pictures. Although I haven't seen it yet, as it's still on display, it means a lot to me that he did that. (Normally I have to buy my own presents.)
Happy new year to you.
Ros

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh blog candy! who can resist. I got a pressie that I didn't think I would get - my hubby usually goes off a wishlist and this one I didn't have on the list and just thought I would get it next year sometime. I had a 4 yr old mobile phone -so old it won't hang those charms on.LOL I had seen a new deep plum phone with flowers climbing over it and guess what - he got it for me - so unexpected. Have a happy new year and good luck everyone. Courtney.(courtjest@aapt.net.au)

Nikki said...

My most favorite gift this year was the treadmill I've been asking for. Whooo hoooo....no more running in the cold mornings! Thanks for the chance and have a great New Year! {SMILES}

Kelly's Artistic Journaling said...

Copics! Lucky girl. I am still debating! Let me know what you think. My favorite gift this year was an alien i-pod holder from my 12 year old son. I laughed so hard!
Thanks for sharing.
ksun_1999@yahoo.com
Kelly W

Melissas said...

Lucky you! My dh surprised me this year with a 22-inch widescreen monitor for the computer. Now I can blurf larger than life. It's awesome! Happy new year!

Márcia Mattos said...

Hi Ana

you are certainly a good girl!!
your creations are amazing and you deserve what Santa gave you LOL!!!!

I had lots of gifts too.
But the best part is having my family having dinner together on the 24th.

Hugs
Marcia

Toni K (koolnkrafty) said...

All of my gifts were great! My son got me the whole season of the Black Donnellys. I know he actually went out and looked for something that I would like. What a kid!

Sunnymommie said...

the best gift I got is have a wonderful time with all my family, because last all few years ago are awful!!! last christmas we had a great time!!! thank you for that!


Happy new year!!!

Chrissy said...

For Xmas I received a box of stamping and scrapbooking items from an online friend on one of the message boards I subsribe to. They knew that the holidays were hard for me because around xmas 3 years ago we lost our 3 month old son to SIDS. This person (actually 2) people sent me a box with all kinds of tools, stickers, paper, ribbon etc. The box was packed. It really helped to bring that holiday spirit back into our home that has been missing for 3 years now.

Angel Wilde said...

This year I sent a Christmas card to my nephew (brother's son) whom our family hadn't seen in years. He emailed me and one thing led to another and now today my brother will meet his first grandchild. THIS was the best Christmas present I received!!

arams said...

Hi Ana. This year we focused on the kids for Christmas. My DH and I didn't even exchange gifts! The most meaningful gift I received was from my Mom. It is a Sandra Magsamen ceramic lady that says "Diamonds may be precious, but daughters are priceless".

JenMarie said...

The most exciting was my CB from my DH!!!
Have a Happy New Year!!

Danni said...

I left a comment but don't see it. Forgive me if this posts twice.
My best gift was having my husband home from Iraq. It was so great to have our family together with him out of harms way.
How cool on the copics and have fun with the camera!

Momsnack said...

My Christmas gift from my wonderful daughter was that she created an alpine garden in my yard this fall - it's beautiful! She is sooo good to me!
NancyS (momsnack)

Sharon in NE said...

Since I spend way too many hours in my office, my family got me a Shiatsu massager for my office chair. MMMMmmmm...I am getting a lovely massage right now. oh...yeah....

nettystamps said...

My favorite Christmas gift is the family picture I got to have taken. My oldest, a son, lives in MS with his wife and brand new baby girl...my second oldest moved out on her own in Aug last year and is working. I still have 2 daughters at home but getting all four children together at once is more than a CHALLENGE...so when someone asked me what I was hoping for this Christmas I responded "a new family picture" (our last one was when Brandon was just graduated from high school, over four years ago....and my youngest was only 8. Needless to say they have all changed tremendously...) So anyway I got just what I wanted. Oldest daughter was in the process of changing jobs so she took a hiatus (SP?) to go with and DH drove us all to MS.... YAY!
I love it!!!

Oh and I got the Sizzix Big Kick I was also "looking" at... :)

Thanks for the opportunity and for your generousity!

Amy Bradburn said...

Wow! Merry Christmas to you. My favorites are always the stuff my boys make in school for us. But, I also received a Cuttlebug and a QuickKutz alphabet, woohoo!
I hope you have a happy new year!
Thanks for your wonderful blog!

Elaine said...

My son painted a picture for us of our home, and my daughter made me a stippled Christmas tree with glittery edges and a pen that she said was really hard to get the paper back into! LOL! I will treasure those two gifts most of all out of everything that I got this year! ;-)

A said...

My favorite gift is one that I gave. It was a DVD I made with all the pictures of my family put to music. A mini movie of this past year.

liannallama said...

I was gifted with having tons of thoughtful friends and family around this Christmas. My favorite thing was that my cousin and her new fiance' drove all the way down here (6 hours) just to visit us for the night and they drove back the next morning. I was so happy to have seen her for the first time in about 2 years!

have fun with your new toys!

huntla1 said...

I got all of the nestibilities. Yes, all (well except the paisley and I didn't think I would use that one.) I am so excited. I had some of them on order over the summer, but they took so long to become available, something came up and I could no longer afford to make the purchase. Then I mentioned it before Christmas and that was my present! Yippee!

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Carolen said...

My husband doesn't like to buy me stamping stuff. He surprised me this year by giving me a large magnifying glass (really strong) and incredible holder. I love to do really detailed work and love it!

Ila said...

My favorite so far is the Scorpal and new dishes. I have the Cricut but haven't had enough time to play with it yet.
Happy New Year!

debbiedee said...

Hi Ana,
The best gift I rec'd is from my g'ma. She croceted her kids (she only had 2) and all the grandkids' last names for Christmas. She passed away in September and had just finished the last one 2 wks before she had a massive stroke. I will treasure this gift always.

MJ said...

I recieved a sewing machine to replace the one I lost in my house fire 2 years ago. And now I can add sewing to my cards. Yippee!
~Marie
mj8_medic@hotmail.com

Monika/Buzsy said...

Can't wait to see the projects you are working on! Happy New Year!
TF the blog candy! The new photo printer and ipod were the best things we purchased... in the name of Christmas. :o)

Jennifer said...

Hi Ana! Happy New Year!!

My favorite gift this year were the Spellbinders Nestibilities in circles and squares...can't wait to play!

All Pink girl said...

Wow you had some lovely gifts,
well please do not laugh when i tell you what i had ,cricut machine ,diamond ring and botox LOL,just all the things a girl could need LOL,LOL,Dawnxx
wishing you and your family a great new year for 2008 xxx

Inkylin said...

My most meaningful gift was having all my boys together and not having them get into any arguments.

Happy 2008!!!

Beth Norman said...

I hope you feel better soon. My fav gift was the stereo for my studio.

Cindy Vernon said...

I received a GC to Burke Williams, a fab day spa and a zutter bind it all!

Aunt T said...

I got a new camera too :) I also got some new Photoshop software and a Scor-pal so I'm a happy girl!

Teresa

Jody L. said...

We didn't exchanged gifts with each other this Xmas as we had just purchased a new 52" lcd TV so I guess that would be my favorite.
lars@granite.mb.ca

sylv said...

Of the items i had on my list, I am ecstatic that I got the digital photography books and jewelry box I asked for!

Have a HNY!

CDJohnson8304 said...

WOW! I'm so jealous of the copics. But, would have to say that Santa was good to me. I got a new cuttlebug and many sets to go with it. I also got a new nativity set which I was really wanting.

I would have to say the most meaningful gift I got came from a couple I don't even know. Last night my husband, daughter and I went out to dinner. We finished and asked for our check. Our waiter said "Your all set, it's been taken care of" DH and I looked at each other and at the same time asked if the other had paid. The waiter then told us that a young couple sitting next to us had paid for our bill and all they said was "Ask them to pay it forward". Like in the movie Pay it Forward. We were dumbstruck. We live in a Minneapolis suburb and this type of thing just doen't happen. Anyway, this is getting long but I wanted to share what an incredible feeling this experience gave us. We couldn't even say thank you as they were already gone. We will definitely "Pay it forward" when we have the chance.

~Michelle~ said...

We don't do gifts....but we did go on a shopping spree over the break...and got a new Sony laptop. Since I do all of our bookwork online, this is so sweet...I'm no longer confined to the basement!!!
Happy New Year!!

Moon said...

I have got just some scrapstuf and nobody can imagine how much fun a piece of paper can bring lol
Hugs Moon

Anonymous said...

My favorite gift was from my two year old granddaughter, whom we have custody of, made a reindeer by tracing her feet and hands. It is soooo cute and she is so proud of it. Hey, I think she has the crafty bug from her grandmother. Stampin' Up here she comes!ha!
Susan C.

Catherine said...

I'm so jealous with the COPICS but i started to join a Copic Club so i'll be getting my first set next week =).

Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

kim3timemom said...

My favorite gift(s) would be my new Canon camera...and a $50.00 Archivers gift card!!! I would love to try some Copics...but the price is just too much for me. Enjoy!! Thanks so much for the chance to win. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

ok don't laugh at my answer. my most exciting gift was seeing my husbands face light up when he opened his Nikon D40x, i have been saving for a YEAR, and it was worth it! he was so happy and i am not exaggerating when i tell you he deserves it! he is a wonderful father and husband, and has always put us first! (the kids and future son-in-laws all went in on a GPS system, so we spoiled him terribly!) he has named the GPS Jeannine and now won't get lost when he goes out to take pictures... *grin*
Happy New Year!
janice

Ginny said...

We didn't exchange gifts this year. Just spent time with our family and that was enough for me.

chelemom said...

mmmmmm.....my most exciting gift? It would have to be my portable GPS system! I get lost backing out of my driveway! Mind you, it wasn't scrapbook stuff, but it IS pretty cool! Happy New Year!

smj said...

The most meaningful thing I received this holiday was the passing of my uncle. He had been sick for over a year but refused to go to the dr. He was in alot of pain and I believe that he didnt want to put the family through the hurt of knowing that he was dying. We found out that he had terminal cancer and was given about a week to live. He lived for 10 days after the diagnosis and died on December 23. Yes, it was very, very sad, but I am grateful to have had him in my life and blessed knowing he is in a much better place without the pain and agony.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Ana! I love your blog. My favorite gift this year was some Nestabilities. Thanks for the chance at some blog candy!

Julie L

Nancy said...

Thank you for always inspiring me Ana. I hope you have a happy 2008. Actually, one of my favorite gifts this year was a potted orchid that my MIL gave me. It's so beautiful, I just hope I can keep it that way!!

bethtrue said...

Happy new Year Ana! My most exciting gift was that my husband surprised me with tickets to see Cirque du Soleil when they come to town next month - I am so excited! Now to find a babysitter....

Beth (mommy to a precocious 4yr old)

Regina Davis said...

My favorite gift was a two-night stay at the Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. It's a wonderful place to stay with a fantastic spa. Care to see the website? www.fivepinelodge.com

Happy New Year! - Regina

stampin_melissa said...

My DS (who is 4.5 y/o) picked out a necklace for me; it is a heart with alternating diamonds and emeralds. I {heart} emeralds! LOL! His Daddy steered him in the right direction! ;D Lucky girl getting COPICS! Your blog is great and I enjoy reading it, keep up the great work! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

My husband has cancer, so I would say the best gift was finding out that he is in 100% remission and hopefully the cancer will never come back... couldn't ask for a better gift this year!!! TFS :o)

Cindy Coffman
cac1957@hotmail.com

Wackie said...

My favorite gift was my whole family together for Christmas Eve and of course, my daughter got me a $50 ARchiver's gift card and my newphew got me a $50 hobby Lobby one. Jackie

Dawn Knapp said...

I got a brand spankin' new computer with a flat screen monitor from my hubby! I about peed my pants!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite gift this year was of time...family time with my 3 beautiful daughters and their amazing blessings of Owen, Miles, Alexis and Hunter...who could ask for more???? Nana time, m&m milk chocolate fudge, cookies and the sounds of giggles from my girls and the pitter patter of small feet from my grandbabies!
Nana Pam

mays331 said...

Happy new year Ana!!!
My fav. gift was hubby surprising me with a laptop!!! He saved up money from his part time job!! How sweet!
I also enjoyed spending time with family and my girls getting along!!!
Thanks,
Jamie
mays331@embarqmail.com

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Ana! Thank you for sharing your creations. Well I loved all the gifts I received, and had lots of fun opening gifts with Mike,Claudia and Mikey. My favorite material gift was a box full of my favorite stamps from MTF, Bellas, and whipper snapper WoooHooo! and my copic markers which I am looking forward for you to teach me how to use wink.
Hugs,
Nancy Panko

pattyschneider said...

My favorite gift was being able to have my whole family together and in good health.

Heather W said...

My favorite gift was being able to have my entire family together this year. We all met in Vegas for some fun and relaxation (no gifts were exchanged). It was great to be together for the holidays although I missed being able to decorate my home.

Tanja said...

I got a Canon Rebel, too! Now I have only to figure out how to use it! I'm so excited and have taken tons of pictures. I only know what to do with the automatic setting.

Linda SS said...

My best gift wasn't material (although I am enjoying my Cricut:) I am just thrilled to be sharing another memorable Christmas with my family & especially sharing the excitment of the holiday through the eyes of my 5,4, & 1 yr. old grandchildren.

NicoleL said...

Happy New Year!!
My most cherished gift from Christmas is from my husband of 3 years, he bought me a white gold necklace, the pendant is a squiggle with diamonds...so beautiful!
Thanks for this chance to win! Blessings to you and your family!
n.lindsey@hotmail.com

Tammy said...

My favorite gift was from my sister and it was a lovely crystal bracelet with beads spelling my children's names. One strand had my 2 boys here on earth and the other had my angel in heaven. What a lovely gift!

Mercy said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, SWEETIE!

i am so jealous....copics? wow! your "santa" was feeling mighty generous!

hope your new year is as wonderful as you!

p.s. thanks for the shot at some blog candy.

nettie said...

Wow you must have been real good those are some awesome goodies you got! My favorite gift was my new Bind It All that my daughter bought me. I am a binding fool now:)

Nettie

Anonymous said...

My favourite gift was a new paper cutter. Thanks for the blog candy offer.

Karen said...

My fav gift would be what DH got me - a new stereo and all-in-one printer. My kids had broken my stereo that I had for years and I dropped my printer (long story) and it didn't print right anymore.

Hope everyone has a wonderful 2008!!

Heather said...

It was a tie --- I got a spa package from the hubby and kids (massage/mani/pedi) and an ipod from my parents -- yahoo!
Happy New Year!