Jan 01

Season’s Givings Blog Hop

Written by: iwona    168 Comments

Welcome to the Season’s Givings blog hop! Put together by the awesome Latisha and featuring crème de la crème of the paper crafting society, is a way for all of us to say THANK YOU to our awesome readers, followers and lurkers 🙂
Each blogger in the hop is hosting a giveaway and most of us are also sharing something pretty along the way, so if you’re looking for spending the first hours of the New Year doing something awesome, this my friend, should be on top of your list!

Now, I’ll understand that you may not want to scramble through the whole of this humongous post to find out what’s on offer, so how about the good stuff first, hey?


I’ll draw three winners from this post’s entrants.
1. First one will be the lucky recipient of this lot:

Here’s what’s included:
Glitz Design Teeny Alpha (x2) & Happy Travels Whatnot
October Afternoon Sidewalks mini album
Spellbinders Lotus Border Petites Borderabilities
Mama Elephant Modern Borders stamp set
Kaisercraft Periwinkle stamp set
Paper Smooches Cut Loose stamp
Simon Says Stamp Hey Pumpkin stamp set
Quietfire Design Warm Winter Wishes unmounted rubber stamp
Tsukineko Pear Memento Luxe and WPlus9 Lake House stamp pads

2. Two more winners will be selected, to receive a free 3-month membership to StampNation.

StampNation is one of the largest paper crafting communities on the ‘net. Members have access to everything that has ever been added to the site including:

  • almost 400 exclusive videos
  • more than 20 lessons on design in the Clean and Simple Classroom
  • over 100 challenges – that never close
  • almost 20,000 samples in the gallery
  • bi-monthly Spotlight on Trends articles
  • bi-monthly Technically Speaking video tutorials by yours truly!

and much more…

A brand new tutorial is live right now! I’m showing how to achieve a faux watercolour effect using spray mists. This tutorial is exclusive to the StampNation members.

What’s more, beginning January 11th, we’ll be starting our week long 3rd Birthday Celebration!  Be sure to hang around whether you win the free membership or not, there’s a ton of great things coming your way!


The three winners will be drawn randomly from all the entrants, and announced on Monday, the 6th. You have until 12.00 (midnight EST) on Sunday (5th) to enter. Please enter by linking your name to the InLinkz list below  (this will be the list from which I will draw the names) and by leaving me a comment, telling me either:

a) what have you enjoyed seeing most on my blog in 2013
b) what would you like to see more from me in 2014!


Now here comes the visual part… I mentioned something pretty at the beginning of the post, and here it is!
As an added bonus, I’d like to share a Thank You card, that I’m going to send to a randomly chosen person who “likes” Random Acts Of Creativity Facebook page 🙂
I will announce the winner on Monday, on the said page, so you may want to check it then, to see whether it was you!

Here’s the full list of the blog hop participants. If you arrived here without missing a bit, I love you so much 😀

Lawn Fawn

Reverse Confetti

My Favorite Things Stamps

CAS-ual Friday Stamps

Fresh Squeezed Stamps

Julee Tillman: Verve Stamps

Avocado Arts Stamps

A Jillian Vance Design

Latisha Yoast

Amber Hight

Amber Kemp-Gerstel

Alice Wertz

Debbie Corbari

Vera Wirianta Yates

Lori McAree

Carolyn King

Sharon Harnist

Amy Tsuruta

Beth Pingry

Becky Oehlers

Angie Blom

Julia Stainton

Sharon Johnson

Michelle Woerner

Cindy Lawrence

Lori Tecler

Daniela Dobson

Savitri Wilder

Theresa Momber

Giovana Smith

Kimberly Crawford

Maria Levine

Colleen Schaan

Lydia Fiedler

Kelly Klapstein

Kim Kesti

Laura Williams

Shanna Vineyard

Jennifer Gallacher

Heather Pulvirenti

Stacey Schafer

Leigh Penner

AJ Otto

Teri Anderson

Julie Overby

Margie Higuchi

Jimmi Mayo

Tenia Nelson

Lee Ann Barrett

Iwona Palamountain <—- you are here

Kim Jackson

Linda Lucas

Sarah Gough

Dina Kowal

Elena Roussakis

Lisa Henke

Jodi Collins

Joanne Basile

Melanie Muenchinger

Darsie Bruno

Libby Hickson

Dana Joy

Jody Morrow

Heather Campbell

Savannah O’Gwynn

Lee Murphy

Lisa Arana

Jocelyn Olson

Isha Gupta

Piali Biswas

Ashley Harris

Bunny Vance

Anabelle O’Malley

Andrea Murdock

Stephanie Muzzulin

Alyssa Bennett

Christiana Reuling

Laurel Seabrook

Melody Rupple

Emily Branch

Megan Hoeppner

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168 thoughts on “Season’s Givings Blog Hop

  1. Iwona, it’s a toss up which card I like the best from your favourites… either the October poinsettia, or the December CAS snowflake card :o) I love the regular dose of inspiration I get from visiting your blog, and simply want to see more of the same in 2014. Happy New Year!

  2. Love your artwork, thank you for sharing and thank you for the opportunity to win blog candy as well. Happy New Year!

  3. WOW! I love your first card. Faux water coloring you say? Sounds interesting to me. Your card is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  4. Whata fabulous reminder of so many beautiful cards Iwona! It was hard, hard, hard to pick a fave but I’m going for May’s CAS ‘rescue remedies’ card… the embossed die and gorgeously stamped frame is just perfection. I was swooning all over again!! And that surprised me, as I thought I’d be picking one of your effortless collaged designs, which I always aspire to 😉
    Thanks for the chance to win, and for sharing this new card – I’m intrigues by ‘watercolouring’ with mists, as I’ve never mastered what to do with my mists. Here’s to lots more fun creative times in 2014! Rx

  5. Iowna, I get so much inspiration from your blog, just keep doing what you already do. I always love your colour choices and the way you think outside the box.

  6. Iwona your blog is my favourite papercrafting blog. Every time you touch paper and ink you create stunning beauty. You have such awesome design talents and thank you for sharing them with us mere mortal papercrafters. My favourite among your favourites is your time card. I love the colour combination and fantastic design. Though there is something inspiring in every card you make.

  7. Chupa, love all your cards from 2013, looking forward to seeing more in 2014. My favourite is definitely the poinsettia card which you kept! No need to change anything with your posts, just keep doing what you’ve been doing! Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year and Happy Crafting in 2014!!
    Iwona, my fav card is the feather card CASE Study Challenge #169
    I like all the hot embossing cards, so I can learn from you
    I will see many more cards from you! *lol*

    Thanks for the chance to win! Regina from Germany

  9. Iwona – your talent always blows me away. Any of the cards that you feature using feathers always amazes me. I have yet to acquire a feather die so I can replicate your cards. They always convey a sense of lightness to me when I see them and I can only imagine the the recipients feel it even more when they hold it. I look forward to learning about new styles from you in 2014!

    Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year, Chupa!!! You are amazing. I love all of your cards and am so thankful you have joined SN. I look forward to 2014 and all you have to share with us. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. I love the pretty colors you used throughout the year and your tutorials are always so helpful to me. Wishing you the best for health and happiness in the New Year! Thanks for an opportunity to win your great prize package.

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  13. I love your style, I can always find inspiration here…I think maybe I would just like more. LOL. I can never get enough inspiration. 🙂 Thank you so much for the giveaway!


  14. This is my very first time to your blog, but I must say I absolutely LOVE your hydrangea card! I have several bushes in my yard here on Cape Cod and they are as pretty as your creation! Happy New Year!

  15. I have loved getting lots of card inspiration from your site in 2013! Thanks for the chance to win! Meredith245 at yahoo dot com

  16. Iwona, I have been your follower for awhile. I have never seen any card of yours that I didn’t enjoy. Just keep on doing what you have been doing. I will look forward to seeing your tutorials in 2014

  17. Happy New Year!! Your cards are stunning!! I would love to see more tutorials with different techniques…that’s one of my resolutions – to learn different techniques!! Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂

  18. I love the chevron card and I “liked” your FB page. The colors on the card are so pretty. thanks for offering a prize. I like to see card making projects. I don’t scrapbook so I’m always grateful when blogs show card/tag/mixed media projects.

  19. I really enjoyed your tutorial and hope to see more of it in 2014! Btw, I’ll always save your end of the year card favorites for reference. Thanks for sharing & inspiring 🙂

  20. To pick just one project is impossible! What I always like about your posts are the lovely photographs.
    Your projects always inspire! Keep it up in 2014 and we will all be happy, I’m sure
    All the best for 2014!

  21. I can’t pick a specific card but LOVE that you do so many different styles flawlessly and your techniques are so inspiring. Please continue doing what you are doing for 2014. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. I love all your creations! It always amazes me that you can make such beautiful things and have two tiny kids. I would love to see more scrapbooking though. I think you did some this last year.

  23. I just found your blog on this blog hop so I don’t have anything to suggest for 2014 or anything to comment on about 2013 but I have added you to my RSS reader. Happy New Year!

  24. I am a newbie to your site but from looking at it I am sure everyone enjoyed 2013 and I look forward to visiting you regularly in 2014. Happy Crafting to all

  25. I love your design infused series. But, truly, I am inspired by everything you do! Your blog is among my very favorites! Thank you for a chance to win!

  26. I love all the pastel and vintage cards and tags that you have made, it is what got me hooked on your blog. AS for what in 2014- just keep up the great work.

  27. what a wonderful card…I love how your cards turn out esp. the colour combinations. Wishing you much happiness and good health in the New Year. jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

    • My knowledge on Distress Inks is much poorer, comparing to other artists out there, I’m afraid… they’re not the medium I’d reach for often but they’re fantastic none the less! Perhaps later in the future but I’d recommend tuning up to other people’s blogs for more info on Distress Inks in the meantime 🙂

  28. Happy New Year, Thanks for the opportunity to win such lovely prizes. Love the inspiration of your lovely designs. be coming back to see more, can’t really answer the questions till later…

  29. Thanks for this opportunity. I love your card designs and would like very much for you to continue to design. I would like to see how we can design the inside and maybe envelopes. Also maybe a flashback day where you can do a design from basics, no fancy die cuts or machines. Just scissors, glue, chalk, etc.

    • Thanks for the input, Denise!
      I’m not sure how successful I’d be with explaining the basics of design (it’s all advanced in my head, lol!) but I wholeheartedly recommend a free series of videos from my friend Catherine, The Top 10 Things That Every Stamper Needs To Know.
      If you click the link below (which tells you more about StampNation as well), you’ll get a pop up window which will ask you to subscribe and you’ll get all of them delivered right to your mailbox!

  30. You have so many beautiful cards it is hard to choose only one. Keep on doing what you are doing showing us your beautiful cards!! The faux waterproofing looks interesting too!

  31. Love the feather cards and the colors they are gorgeous. The faux watercoloring looks like something I would like to try. I have never done any watercoloring at all. Thanks for a chance to win and Happy New Year.

  32. Gorgeous card hunni, and so very generous with this amazing giveaway. Thanks very much for the chance to win. Happy New Year to you and yours, I wish you a year full of happiness and magic. Hugs xnx

  33. The real prize is having your work to use for inspiration. I love all of your work and look forward to another year of inspiration.

  34. ooohhh, my heart is beating madly! LOL!! Great blog giveaways.. thanks a million for your generosity! fav card? maybe the clean and simple one from February..I have that Winter Berry stamp but haven’t used it yet.,.Love your work.. and would love to see more of the quick, but simple and elegant work that you display so frequently on your blog. I have “liked” your FB page, as I really NEED that card! LOL! Seriously though, it’s a wonderful card, and you always provide us with such inspiration! Thanks for that!

  35. So many beautiful projects Iwona – you seriously want me to narrow it down to ONE?!! Well, I really loved the card you made in October of this year using a tree die and sparkly birds and a bunny, and the red & white tags with silhouette deer on them, and the card you made using the cute pumpkin kitty that you are so kindly giving away in your prize package. I hope 2014 is a year of much health & happiness for you and your family. Thanks for so much ongoing inspiration!

  36. I like all the inspiration from your projects and would love to see more watercolor techniques.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  37. This card is so beautiful, love the colors. I’m always reaching for tutorials so that would be perfect to see in the blog. Thanks for the amazing prizes.

  38. Beautiful card! Thanks for the great giveaway! I have enjoyed all the card making inspiration I’ve found on your blog. Especially PTI products! I pin your creations a lot to refer back to later for ideas. 🙂 Happy 2014!

  39. I always love seeing what you have created. You have such a great eye for design. I can’t wait to see what you will WOW us with in 2014. Happy New Year to you! 😀

  40. I love the feather card very much! My husband would definitely like it too. Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiring us to create. I love any type of technique tutorial so I’m anxious to see what you share. Happy New year!
    Sandi Smith sassysandi5

  41. I really enjoyed your blog this past year, such wonderful colours and arrangements on your very artistic cards. Please don’t change a thing 🙂

  42. I am new to your blog and papercrafting. I’m looking forward to seeing your cards and learning all I can this year! Thank you 🙂

  43. New to your blog so I am excited to view your creations. Thanks for the chance to win such great prizes. Have a happy, healthy and blessed new year!

  44. What I enjoy the most from your site? Definitely your card. I admire your creativity and I love your writing too. And I have to add that your daughter is very cute!

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  46. Gorgeous card! I just added you to my bloglovin and LIKED you on FB. This is my first visit to your blog so I have to say I look forward to seeing whatever you create! Your designs are lovely, clean and fresh! Happy New Year!

  47. Just love you’re beautiful cards. Thank you for such a great give away. I started following you’re facebook under Linda Vra

  48. I’ve never been to your website before, so it’s hard for me to say what I want to see more of. I’m personally into simple cards that make a big impact with less. I like the card you made with the flower with the blues, yellows and greens…it’s simple and to the point.

  49. I am a first time visitor today (came for the hop) so I’m not familiar with what you have done on your blog. But I do really like both cards you are showing today. The feather one is really unique.

  50. I like your blog because the cards look fresh and modern and in colours that appeal. When I saw you were on Pinterest I had to follow you as I like your style. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.

  51. I love your use of bright colors and flowers. The green embossed poinsettia is one of my all time favorite cards. Your cards are all beautiful but I am always drawn more to the flowers!

  52. Love your cards, I like how you used coloring in your stamps and layering in 2013 and would love to see even more layering w/embellishments in 2014. Happy New Year and the chance to win your terrific blog candy

  53. I love the cards you make and I recognised some of them from Pinterest. I recently bought the Penny Black stamp of branches and have been watching for card samples using that stamp. The first card with the hydrengia is beautiful. I have that stamp as well but my attempts have not looked as nice. I will have to try your idea of resist stamping.

  54. Hello!! New follower..but will be constant visitor!! for me I love techniques and tutorials of any type!!! Never know where you will find inspiration!! I listen to You Tube at work whenever I can…I have a ton of really long tutorials and I just load on up and listen to it.
    Have a great 2014…Oh I also noticed you do Copics….there are never enough techniques for them either!

    Jackie P

  55. Hi Iowna! I think currently I must be your biggest fan- you are such an inspiration to me and I learn something every time I visit your blog. You have an amazing eye for color, pattern and texture. Thanks for all of you pretties and your great sketches, too! Happy New Year!

  56. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’ve so enjoyed hopping along with you. I’d like to see more stamping techniques. 🙂

    Thanks so much for the great inspiration and the chance to win such a fabulous prize package!

  57. Happy New Year! As a long time follower of your blog, it is hard for me to pick a fav card. Your recent poinsettia card or perhaps the card using the branches from Penny Black. Thank you for the opportunity to win the box of goodies or the membership to Stamp Nation. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

  58. I have been a follower of your site for a while. Love your designs. It is hard to pick one, but I guess it would be “take wing”. I love butterflies and the coloring is so outstanding. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a prize. Love U

  59. Chupa, I just adore everything you create – I love how you use your stamps and inks, how you mix colours and pattern, I adore visiting your blog for a daily dose of inspiration. Every best wish for you and your family in 2014!

  60. Chupa, what I love about your blog is your crazy, amazing talent! Your creations always so stunning. You have this talent of mixing and layering things that I wish I could do. For 2014, I am hoping to see even more gorgeous inspirations. 🙂

  61. Tried to link my name, but it wouldn’t let me without a URL. I don’t have a blog, so I couldn’t give it what it wanted. Oh well. Love your card. Always like texture and layers. I love tutorials on card making because that is what I don’t make as often, so that is where I need to most help. Thanks for the chance to win some fabulous stuff.

  62. Happy New Year!
    I am new to your blog, but am now following you on pintrist. You make amazing things.

    Thank you for the opportunity to wish such a nice prize and I am looking forward to more inspiration in the coming year!

  63. I’m a new follower and glad I came across this hop, such great blogs and inspiration. I look forward to your creations, tips and tutorials!

  64. I’m a new follower – I have been enjoying your tutorials and now follow you on Pintrest – your projects are fantastic!. Thank you so much for the chance to win. Hannah x

  65. Your cards are all so beautiful, I love coming here to your Blog…I learn something each time I visit. Thanks for your wonderful inspiration. Happy 2014 to you and your family, Chupa!

  66. This is my first time on your blog, I love the card in this entry though and I’ll be sure to come back! Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Great to see you on this hop! Your Stamp Nation card is stunning! Love the colours – I’m really in to blues and greens at the moment. I love the new layout of your blog, can’t remember when you changed. I love everything you do and I’m always amazed at your versatility – so I know you will continue to wow us in 2014!

  68. I am new to your blog but I will be back! I love your feather Thank You card!! Looking forward to checking out what’s in store for 2014!

  69. Awesome feathers card Iwona! Well, like all of your cards, and that’s exactly what I like about your blog – great inspiration that you share with your readers. Happy 2014 to you and your family!

  70. I have enjoyed seeing the way you can take a stamp not made for a holiday necessarily, and turn it into a beautiful holiday card. Specifically thinking of the “Hope For Peace” card you did. That was stunning.

  71. I have loved this blog hop because I have found several really great blogs I otherwise wouldn’t know existed. Everything I know about card making I have learned from bloggers like you. I enjoyed hearing about Stamp Nation from you, so that is what I have liked the most. Now I have you on speed dial. Thanks for an opportunity to win a giveaway.

    • Lisa, I’ve been offering fortnightly sketch challenges on my blog, for a couple of years now. They’re called Sketchbook Saturday. You can access them via sidebar or the drop down menu below the header. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to my sketches. I’m surprised you haven’t stumbled upon any yet 🙂

  72. Happy New Year!
    I love the ideas, techniques, and sketches that you share. I would like to see some more vintage style cards and journal pages. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  74. Wow! All I can say is “Wow”! I just spent some tie going through your blog, and I see that is something I could do all day; your work is amazing! So far, I would say I am REALLY enjoying your nature cards, with the flowers, the leaves, and the such. And for 2014? Well, W9 is one of my favorite new stamp companies,, so more of their products, I guess! Thank you so much for the chance to win a wonderful prize package, and Happy 2014 to you!

  75. So glad to discover your blog today! Intrigued by your “technically speaking” videos and would love to see them. Thanks to all the bloggers for always providing fresh inspiration for the rest of us!

  76. Your “life is good” tootsie picture makes me smile every time. I think it was in September or sometime. Love that collage style using photos because that’s the hardest for me to do. More please. 😀

  77. love seeing all the new blogs and all the different styles of all the crafters, I can not pick a special card as this is the first time visiting. thanks for the chance to win 3 months to Stamp Nation that would be a dream come true. PS Link it would not let me link up
    upnurse at aol dot com

  78. This is my first visit to your blog. I will be following ypu from now on so I cannot wait to be inspired by your work.

  79. As you know I’m fairly new to your blog, but I love your artistic style. I’d like to see more videos and tutorials from you in 2014. Good thing I’m a part of StampNation so I can see your exclusives. 🙂

  80. Your work is really gorgeous, you are a gifted artist! Your giveaway is great, thanks so much for the chance to win one.

  81. I would love to see more video tutorials, and to use my stampin up markers in different ways. Thanks for all your inspiration!

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