Happy 2016!!! And a Giveaway!

Happy 2016!  This post is a little later than I’d planned to write it, but 2016 has started off incredibly busy for me.  With no signs of slowing down, now is as good a time as any to step back and take a look at how it all went in 2015.

2015 was a wonderfully successfully year for me.  I was able to build my stamping business, continue to develop my online presence and grow my papercraft skills.  I started classes, added more demos to my team and had the absolute pleasure of presenting a demonstration booth at convention.  I’ve made more stamping friends, shared this wonderful passion with many and delighted in a happy, cup-filling hobby that adds so much to my life.

My blog continued to be a main part of my papercraft journey (hence the name!).  I published 256 posts and was visited by over 50,000 people throughout 2015 with over 100,000 views.  That’s an average of 136 people stopping by to get inspiration every day.  Thanks to each and every one of you!!!

Over half of my visitors are from the US, followed by crafters in Australia and Canada.  Many of you come via Pinterest, but you also arrive via the magical Google and Facebook.  It still gives me a flutter that people Google me or the blog by name!  It also tickles me that over 1400 of you follow me on Pinterest.  And that over 400 people enjoy my work enough to follow my blog!  It’s very awesome!!!

Curious about what people come looking for?  The top 3 posts of 2015 were:

  1. DIY Photopolymer stamp cloth – many thanks to Maggie Made Cards for her wonderful inspiration
  2. Stampin’ Storage – 2015 Marker Inserts
  3. Minion Card – this card was actually published in 2014 but was as popular as ever in 2015!!!  Lots of thanks to Linda Higgins for her inspiration for this card

My top pinned projects were:

  1. Baby Bundle card I made as a convention sample using the Tree Builder Punch
  2. Lotus Blossom Sale-A-Bration sympathy card
  3. Wetlands Window card

Whoa – that was a lot of information! Did you make it this far?  I secretly love stats and figures and often joke I should have been an accountant or an engineer.

As a thank you for all the support in 2015 and to get some ideas for my blog in 2016, I’m running a little giveaway.

Would you like to win a prize pack that includes my mystery Just Add Ink Sale-A-Bration gift (thanks JAI for selecting my card to be the honourable mention!) and a beautiful Occasions 2016 sample pack???

To enter, you must leave me a comment on this post that tells me what you like about my blog and what you’d like to see me post in 2016.

I’ll draw a winner at random on Australia Day – Tuesday 26th January 2016 and announce the winner on my blog.  Postage is included, one entry per person, demonstrators welcome to play too!

Thanks again, it’s very cliche – but I really wouldn’t have come this far with my blog without all your support.  Kelly xxx

16 thoughts on “Happy 2016!!! And a Giveaway!

  1. Very impressive Kelly. You have achieved so much and I am honoured to be your up line. Keep up the wonderful work, fun, crafting. xx

  2. I always find your posts to be interesting, well-written, relevant and informative – I usually give up half-way through others, but yours I always read to the end 🙂 I would like to see (if possible) an instructional video or 2 in 2016. Most you-tube clips I see, I lose interest almost immediately as they tend to be too wordy and long – I like the way you present ideas and technique. Keep up the good work!

  3. Great achievement Kelly. I must admit I usually read your posts in my email or blog reader rather than clicking over to your page – so your stats may be a little off! I wonder how many other followers do that? I really like seeing your punch art. I am planning to make a minion card myself soon possibly using your inspiration! Thanks

  4. Thank you for sharing your wonderful journey with us, the way you explain everything makes card making fun, achievable and enjoyable.

  5. Well done Kelly, you have achieved so much! Your blogs are great and very informative, gets the creative juices flowing!! xx

  6. I found you today by following the ESAD blog hop and stayed to explore some more because I like your designs. Then I found I’ve pinned quite a few of your cards already. I’m thrilled that you are a fellow Aussie too – Happy Australia Day 🙂

  7. Hi Kelly, I love getting your newsletters. What I love most is the cards that you have made and your detailed description of what you have used and how to make it. Especially love seeing what you do with the new products that come on the market. I also love the variety of cards you made…. from kids, to birthdays, sympathy cards and everything in between. The kids cards don’t particularly interest me (but that will change when I become a Grandma next month) but I still love seeing how you put things together. There is nothing I would change as I think it just perfect!!…. and it meets all my needs. Thank You for continuing to inspire me Kelly.

  8. Hi Kelly, I really enjoy reading your blog as it
    has some really useful information and information that I did not know I wanted! I love the insight in to your family the way you include them into your ‘paper craft life’. Just keep doing what you are doing…

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