Stampin’ Pretty Gets a Makeover!

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Welcome!  I have been working for weeks with Veronica of V K Designs on a new look for my Stampin’ Pretty Blog.  The simplified design is a reflection of my commitment to making my blog and resources easier to navigate as well as easier on the eyes (less clutter on the sides and more focus on content). Frankly, it mirrors ways I’m finding balance and simplification in my own life as well!

The new features that make my heart go pitter pat are:

  • Colorful social media buttons in the banner (yes, they really work!).
  • An easy-to-find search tool and drop down navigation bar makes everything neat, tidy and in one organized “closet!”
  • The banner colors will change each month to inspire you.  Here’s a sneak peek of tomorrow’s post that reflects the November color combination in the banner above (influenced, of course, by Stampin’ Up! “Sweater Weather” Designer Series Paper)!

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My YouTube and Stampin’ Pretty Facebook pages are “spiffed up” with the new design, too!

Change is a little scary at first.  However, I hope you enjoy both the look and new direction for a simpler blog that just might make all our lives feel a little less hectic!

Paper Hugs...Mary

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78 Comments:

  1. Very nice. I love the new look!

  2. Annapolis Anne

    Nicely done!

  3. Really nice look. Good job..well done!!

  4. I’m diggin’ the new look friend…….GREAT JOB!

  5. Oh Mary, I love the new look, it’s fresh and bright. You did a wonderful job, thank you!!

  6. Clean…fun…just wonderful! A huge woot-woot to you! I can see that you are beaming as you should be- love the new look!

  7. Diane Roberts

    Really love it, Mary!

  8. Cathy from Illinois

    Love the fonts!! Very creative looking!!

  9. Love the new look to your blog and anything that makes life easier is a plus in my book
    Hugs Loretta

  10. Very crisp, clean look that reflects your style! Looks great!

  11. Nancy Farrell

    Great new look Mary. Very nice. I like the colors. It seems very personal and relaxed. Funny how fast you forget the old one. I can’t wait to get into every “closet”. Have a great day. 🙂

  12. Katherine Anderson

    Where did you get that doormat? Or is it just a picture? Love it!

  13. Mary, love the new blog look! Modern and hip, like YOU. Thanks for your daily inspriation!! Enjoy the weekend.

  14. Love it, Mary! One of the reasons I check your blog every morning (besides your fabulous design inspiration) is that it’s clean and uncluttered. Now it’s even more so!

  15. I love it! Well done Mary! I appreciate all that you share on your blog and now it is much simpler, cleaner, and elegant 🙂

    By the way, I ordered magic bow maker this week and it arrived yesterday; I can’t wait to try it out tonight! Thank you for sharing the link to the videos and her website.

  16. How bright and cheery. Makes me smile.

  17. Barbara Webber

    Mary, the new blog certainly reflex you. Beautiful, all around.

  18. Beautiful! And so colorful…. easy on the eyes.

  19. I appreciate all your kind words. It feels good just to get reorganized! Still working on getting the search feature moved to the navigation bar . . . it seems to have a mind of it’s own.

  20. Hi Kelly . . . You may be a natural from the get go. However, I had to play with the bow maker a few times before I had it down. Just remember to pull that last knot pretty tight. It ensures a clean bow! Hugs, M

  21. Isn’t that doormat fun? It’s not mine, unfortunately. I don’t know where or if you can purchase it. I just fell in love with the splashy colors of the photo!

  22. Helena Daniels

    Great new look Mary, colours are delightful. Like you I do like things neat and tidy, but sometimes if you see my Craft-room you would not think so!! Thank you for all your inspiration.

    Hugs. Helena from the UK

  23. The doormat is a project from Lowe’s, you have to make it. If you go to Lowe’s and check out their Ideas & How-tos, then go to Porch, Decks & Patios, you will see it on the right. It is a wooden door mat. Thanks, love your site Mary

  24. Mary…..you nailed it!! Perfection!

  25. Love the changes, Mary!

  26. Debbie McClain

    Love, love, love!!!

  27. Love it and so appreciative of the fact that you always looking for ways to simplify and improve your skills and presentation. Also, what a cool doormat – wonderful colors. Thanks Mary for all that you do!

  28. Simplistic and beautiful….

  29. Love it! Love the blog and love your cards and love your creativity!

  30. Change is good as well as hard and this hard change is awesome. Good for you. Your new website clearly demonstrates less is more.

  31. Love the softness of the new look..it feels cozy! Hugs!

  32. I love your new look! Clean and bright — very fresh looking.

  33. I absolutely LOVE it! Have been thinking about opening my blog up to much more white myself. VK has a ginormous wait list for new customers so I’m doing a little bit at a time myself. Looks like you’ve gone from Typepad to WordPress? Just beautiful!

  34. Love the new design! The design is indeed simple and easy to follow, and the colors are some of my favorites 🙂 One of my favorite blogs just got even better!

  35. Sandie Conner

    Love it, clean and simple and oh so pretty! Can’t wait to see the color changes for the different seasons!

  36. Great work. I love it too.

  37. I love the new look <3

  38. Nothing like a fabulous makeover!

  39. The new design is clean, simple and really cheerful. It made me smile when I saw it. I really like it.

  40. Ginger Toivonen

    Classy, Chic & so user friendly! Love it!

  41. It’s very nice Mary, but I don’t see where we can click on your WOW Video site and see what you’ve done, and be able to go back on check on an idea if we needed too. But a change is always nice isn’t. You did great as usual

  42. Like the new clean design. So fresh looking.

  43. Carol Carriveau

    Looks wonderful, Mary…looking forward to seeing how your banner changes with the Holidays and in general!

  44. Hi NanaVonne

    You can find the WOW video tutorials in the ideas menu/tutorial library.

    Hugs, M

  45. I like the new look, jus one small comment, the buttons are hard to read on smaller devices. Love your daily inspirations.

  46. I love the new look! So crisp and refreshing! 🙂

  47. I like it! Seems to fit with the sleek design of iOS7 from Apple. Even more important than the blog design is the content of your crafting hands….I love your samples! Thanks for all you do for the paper world out there:)

  48. Cathy Warhank

    Hi, Mary – like your cards, your new look is just right. Love it!

    Hugs!

  49. Mary, I love the new look. It is clean and simple. I also love your old site. You are so talented. I really enjoy your site so much. Happy Stamping, Ellen Hinds

  50. I love your new “simple ” change. Everything is so easy to find:)

  51. love it! cheerful!!

  52. I really love the new look..

  53. Awesome!!! I love having the links across the top portion of your page with the drop down list! It’s a CAS interface for your Web site! 🙂 Nicely done Mary!

  54. good suggestion, kitty. frankly, i can’t read a thing on my iphone and have to do the “flick” to make it bigger, even the content. i’ll see what i can do but am limited due to space!

  55. Oh, Carol . . . the holiday (december) version is my favorite!!

  56. I love the new layout! Patty suggested I also put tabs below the banner on my blog too? I just haven’t gotten around to it, since I have to depend on my younger brother to do it for me for free? LOL

  57. Love the new, fresh design. It is simple, yet sophisticated.

  58. OOOH Ms Mary , I love the new look .
    Wow , great job ……
    Hugs frenchie

  59. Princess Judy

    I like it, nice and clean. I’m happy there is still a button to view your craft room. I like to peek and sigh with envy.

  60. Great new look.

  61. Mary
    I love the boots on the mat that no doubt are the 4 SU color families!
    Thanks for the change! It is very easy to get to where I might want to go.
    Nancy B, the Halloween pizza invitor :o)

  62. Debbi Atkinson

    Looks awesome!

  63. I love your blog, especially the tulip.

  64. Cheryl McAskill

    Love This!! Great design!

  65. The new look is fabulous! SO clean and crisp! It fits your style! Thanks for all the inspiration each day!

  66. Big fan of your cards and site too!! Thanks for keeping me inspired!

  67. I think the doormat is from a Lowes idea book. I love it!

  68. Mary I just love your new look! So bright, cheerful and fun! Just like you! I really also love that inspiration photo with the boots and the mat and that cool yellow door! Very nice!

  69. Hi Mary,
    I’ve been admiring your website and you are my stamping mentor. I loved your old site, but I think this one is even better!

    By the way, on this new website, you don’t have pages which all your cards are organized by holidays, purposes, events and etc. etc.?

  70. Thank you, Misa for your kind feedback. Since my “search” feature is now easy accessible (part of the navigation bar), you can search by theme (birthday, sympathy) or even stamp set or tool. That will get better results than the old categories! M

  71. love the fresh new look

  72. Love the new look! I’ve been away for a bit and was shocked when I pulled it up. Totally the ‘you’ that you always say . . . . Clean and Simple. Great job! (Not that I would expect anything less :o)!)

  73. Thank you for your reply, Mary. I tried searching by theme and it worked great! I love that the new search feature lets me go back to search result and I can keep looking your cards.

  74. Bravo!

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