My Dear Friend Sandy

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My dear friend Sandy made me this gorgeous card.  Talk about the “wow” factor of receiving something homemade.  Sandy and I have never met face-to-face–she’s just does nice things. 

In August, 2007, I had never heard of a blog.  However, when I joined Stampin’ Up! in September, 2007, I was determined to combine my passion for stamping and card making with a business model that would allow me to work any time of day.  After doing a little virtual research,  I started my Stampin’ Pretty blog last November, not really certain of what I was getting into.  As I approach 100,000 visits, it’s time to reflect a wee bit on the last 8 months.

I spend roughly 6 or 8 hours a day (yes, everyday) creating, blogging and helping customers and my fabulous demonstrators (my down line relationships are all virtual-we rock).  It’s a big commitment.  On many occasions, my family has observed me begging (and, I must confess, swearing at) the computer, trying to get my arms around the thoroughly frustrating technology learning curve.  But, I love it all.  Not only do I get my artistic “fix” making the cards, I have made many friends from almost every inch of the planet.  My virtual stamping pals are my delightful but entirely unexpected surprise since having created Stampin’ Pretty.

So this post is dedicated to Sandy and all the sweethearts (demos, customers, readers) that leave me a kind comment, subscribe to my updates, email me a question or idea, have ever read a post or hit my Live Help button to chat with me in real time (sometimes at midnight, when I’m up late stamping).  I’m sincerely humbled by you 🙂

And, yes, I’m planning a “supreme” blog candy giveaway at 100,000 visits . . . stay tuned 🙂

Hugs and Gratitude . . . Mary Fish

Note:  Sandy advised me that she CASE’d this 5.25 x 5.25″ card from an example on the internet but doesn’t recall whom to credit.  If anyone knows, please email me the link and I’ll be sure to update this post.

Stamp Set:  All Holidays
Paper:  Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Cool Tools:  Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Rectangles, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Label Holder and Brads,  Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon

15 Comments:

  1. Congrats as you approach such a big milestone. Your site is on my menu bar and I visit daily. I appreciate your design style and commitment to you work. Thanks for all you do!!

  2. Congrats, Mary! You’re sure dedicated! Glad to have such a great demonstrator! This card is gorgeous. The ribbon is so yummy… You’re the best, Hugs, Monica

  3. How sweet! Congrats on the hits!!! You have worked hard & it’s paid off. Thanks for all your support.

  4. Thank-you for all your inspiration and encouragement. I didn’t know the first thing about sending photos over the internet until you encouraged me. I’m glad you liked the card. Thanks again.

  5. How sweet of her, but something sweet for some one sweet. 🙂 Congrats. I know I visited you every day. Your the greatest and you have come along way in one year. Thanks

  6. Colleen Kramer

    Your daily commitment is amazing! And yet, I shouldn’t be surprised because your attention to detail shows through in every design you create, your SU business, your blog…on down the line! Can’t wait to see that counter turn to 100k!

  7. Super gorgeous card – Mary – I love those colors and the fabulous Satin Ribbon with it!!

  8. Colleen Moreland

    Congrats to you Mary. You do a wonderful job and I sure enjoy coming to your site daily. Keep up the good work.

  9. Thank YOU, Mary! Your daily updates, including tips & apparently neverending creatively designed cards are what keep us all coming back. You do a fantastic job!

  10. What a sweet card and two sweet virtual friends sharing what each like to do! 6-8 hours of stamping a day? WOW! No wonder you’re good at what you do! You’ve come a long way baby!

  11. Mary, you are super duper great!!! Your creations always inspire me. I love visiting your blog everyday.

    God bless
    Giovana

  12. Mary, you are truly amazing…your long hours and hard work has paid off with many loving supporter, I being one. Thank you for all your inspirations & willingness to share. I love getting your stampin’ pretty impressions newsletter, with A LOT of helpful hints and details. Blessings, Teri

  13. it’s always and forever a real pleasure, dear Mary!
    Thanks so much for all!
    Titelaine, from France

  14. What a beautiful card, and well deserved. Thanks for such a great blog, I just love your card samples and hints, always find plenty to motivate me. Keep up the great work.

  15. Congrats Mary! I love your blog. There are so many great things to keep one motivated. I love browsing through all of your creations. This card is super! I love it. Thanks for all you do! All of your hard work and the time you put in shows!

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