Sunday, July 3, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 07.03.11 + Made By Jackie Paper Products Giveaway

Happy 4th of July to all of you, my friends! I know you've been so busy for this great event that's why I'm so happy you're here to join us :) Last Friday, I got my first pay as a blogger and so...I can now officially say that I'm a professional blogger - sort of - LOL! To those of you interested in earning some $$$ by displaying ads in your blog (like the one I have below my header), just email me and I'll send you the link. I guarantee that I'm not paid to refer you to that site but I just want to help a fellow blogger if it's in my power to do so.


Jackie Crockett is the creator of Made By Jackie, an online business selling handmade paper goods for over 3 years, with great feedback and response. Just take a look at her Lollipop Invitation and you will understand why.

She loves making items that people and their kids will enjoy for years to come, making their parties and products that much more special.

Everything she creates is made with a strict attention to detail, giving you only what she would use for herself and her own children's parties.

She finds the best quality papers and card stocks, utilizing a vast array of equipment to come up with items that are unique and found no where else.

Her products are always being added to as she comes up with new ideas, and she's also open to your ideas. Just send her an email and she will customize something for you.

Here's the good news! Jackie wants to reward you, my awesome readers, with a $25 store credit. If you're planning to have a one-of-a-kind party for your loved ones, you'll never go wrong with her products.

8 easy ways for you to snag $25 worth of party supplies or even for stocking on paper goodies for your Etsy shop or business such as Thank You cards, tags, personalized gift boxes and business cards.

Important entries:
1. Like Made By Jackie on facebook and let Jackie know I sent you there. Come back here and leave a comment that you did so. (1 entry)
2. Follow Made By Jackie on twitter. Come back here and leave a comment that you did so. (1 entry)
3. Leave a comment in Jackie's blog, telling her what you'll buy with your $25 store credit. Come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. (1 entry)
Extra entries:
4. Subscribe to my blog by email (1 entry)
5. Add me in your blog roll, and leave a comment. (1 entry)
6. Follow me and leave me a comment that you're doing so. If you're already a follower, leave a comment, too. (1 entry)
7. Like me in facebook, and leave a comment. (1 entry)
8. Follow me in Twitter, and leave a comment. (1 entry)

Eight ways for you to win this terrific giveaway, dear friends! It ends on July 13th at 11:59 pm, PST. Thank you, Jackie, for this timely and useful giveaway!

Laura from Day By Day In Our World has graced us with her presence by being my co-host this week. In our case, I would say that opposites attract. She is a Catholic homeschool mama of all boys living the life up in Alaska. Think of the opposite and that's me :) That's where our differences end because one thing that I can say that we totally have in common is our love for education, which is so evident in her blog posts.

Blog Tips
My blog posting days are much easier now because of Pinterest. See those pictures above? I just pinned them in my Pinterest, copied the code in my post and voila! Stunning pictures without the hard work of uploading and editing them in my Photobucket! It's one convenient place to virtually pin the pictures that matter to me, including the necessary giving of credit to the source. Take for example the readers' favorite blog for each week during the party - I am able to put them all in one place as you can see here. I have my friend Veronica from Life In the Thrifty Lane to thank so much for pulling me out of the dinosaur age.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week out of 291 links, being the most viewed post, is Unique Outdoor table, published by Stacey from Embracing Change. Who knew that doors can make such a great outdoor statement?

Our Party
To the main course of this post.
For those of you joining us for the first time, we only have 2 easy, simple rules:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways. We have another party for these exclusively every Tuesday called Market Your Biz & Giveaways at 5 pm, PST.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me and the co-host will be very much appreciated, and we definitely follow back. Just let us know you're following.)

Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST and ends Friday at 11:59 pm.

Because I like something different, I'm using the reverse entry for inlinkz - so the most recent participant will show up as number 1, thus giving everybody a chance to have the #1 spot.

Friends, go ahead and mingle with one another :) Happy partying!

Burning question:Do you Pinterest? Why or why not?

I just recently discovered it and I totally love it. One of my boards there is Products I Love and Advertise where I see in one place all the endearing products that I advertised in this blog. As soon as I pinned the pictures above from Made By Jackie, I was so thrilled to see others re-pinning them, too. How about you?


  1. Thanks for the invite! It is my first week blogging, and link parties are so fun to get to know other bloggers out there! I posted a few of my posts from this past week! :D

    I am a new follower!

    Jeni @ Becoming Martha

  2. I'm trying to figure out Facebook and's a bit of a struggle. Do you have some sort of tutorial on Pinterest? Or can you recommend one? Sort of a Pinterest for Dummies is what I would need. Thanks for hosting...have a great week!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting! I just love Pinterest, too! so helpful for saving ideas.

  4. LOL! So happy that you are on board on Pinterest now SJ!!
    And for the giveaway, I follow Jackie on Twitter.

  5. Thanks for the invite to party! I linked up a couple of projects. I would love if you joined the Pinterest Party going on at my place! We're creating a master list of sorts for crafters, and we would love to check out your boards! :)

  6. Thanks for hosting. I love hops. I’m following.
    Please feel free to stop by and link your Hop and thumbnail on my Blog Catalog page.

    ~ Mona : )
    Mona’s Milestones

  7. Loveeee the paper crafts giveaway! adorable! the outdoor table is absolutely stunning! i've joined pinterest about a week ago, and yes it's a great way to put something like a wishlist or things we love etc, mind you..i havent been pinning recently and my pin board is not yet alot hehe....i'm going to enter the giveaway! xx Susan

  8. I "Like" madebyjackie facebook just now by the name of Jeng Susan :)

  9. I have "Followed" MadebyJackie on twitter by the name @NonaHujan_

  10. I just left a comment at her blog and told her if i won, i'd love to use the voucher to buy her die cut business card, i think it's cute!

  11. and i have subscribed your blog by email :)

  12. and i'm already your follower :)

  13. i already "Like" you in your facebook :)

  14. lastly, i'm also already follower in your twitter :)

    blog hopping now :)

    xx Susan

  15. Thank you all so much!! Im soooo excited for the giveaway and cannot wait to see who wins!!!

  16. Thank you again for the opportunity to play along and see everyone's great projects!

  17. This is a fun give-away. I am excited to enter. Lets see I am already a follower. I followed Jackie on face book, twitter and left a comment there. Hope I win and thanks for hosting again this week. I love your blog:>

  18. Thanks for the invite! I'm all linked up and have added your link to my party list!!

  19. Thanks for the heads up on the party. Can't wait to start following regularly!!!!

  20. I am a new follower and posted your button to my linky party list. Thank you for hosting!!

  21. Hey!

    I am a total pinterest addict! Check me out:


  22. Thanks for the invite & for hosting!!! Happy 4th!

    PS: YES we Pinterest! :) :) :) Love it!

  23. Thanks for featuring my table and choosing me - I am so honored and excited! What a lovely surprise! Thanks to everyone!!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  24. Hi SJ!! Thank you for the link party invite!! I will certainly join the fun!! :)

  25. What a great giveaway! I liked Made by Jackie on FaceBook!

  26. I am a very happy follower of your wonderful blog! Thanks for the chance!

  27. thanks for hosting and have a great week! malia

  28. Thanks for the invite! I'm a little late, but I made it. Your button is on my blog and I'm a new follower : )

  29. thank to all who liked my facebook page!

  30. What a wealth of ideas and inspiration here, glad I dropped by!

  31. I like Made By Jackie on Facebook, and said you sent me!

  32. I commented on Jackie's blog!

  33. I'm a follower (of your blog)!

  34. I follow on twitter.

  35. I like her on fb.

  36. I left a comment
    on her blog.

  37. Great party! I'll have to stop by next week, thanks for the invite!

  38. I would love to learn how to get advertising.


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