It’s My Bloggiversary No. 6!

Bloggiversary - FInding Time To Create

My blog is officially 6 years old! To celebrate, I’m having a giveaway. Who wants a brand new Silhouette Mint™ machine for making custom stamps? Read on…

Year 6 Recap

This past year turned out completely different than I thought it would. I knew I would be blogging again for Silhouette America on their design team, which really fills my creative need. (I have a hard time justifying a lot of crafting time without a deadline.)

I thought I would put a lot more video lessons on my blog, but instead I have been given the opportunity to attend conferences and teach in live classrooms again with 30-75 students at a time! I taught several classes at April’s All Things Silhouette Conference in Peachtree City, GA, and am headed back in less than a month to teach several more at the November All Things Silhouette Conference. I love it!

The other exciting event for me this past year was my trip to Hawaii for Silhouette Summit. I’m still sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for the new products they announced there to actually become available in stores, but I am the proud owner of a new CAMEO 3. It works wonderfully just like all my previous CAMEO machines. (I’m just waiting also for the new cloud Studio software to play nicely with me and my huge design library.)

Big Dreams

As always, I have big plans for the next year. I want to try and get more consistent small content up on my blog so my posts become more regular. I think I use Instagram as my fallback to avoid writing long blog posts, but I think my blog has suffered because of it.

I don’t know why I think I always need extremely informative, detailed tutorials with every post. I do have several of those mostly written and close to publication; I just need to finish them off. It’s that “Finding Time To Create” thing that gets me every time. Wife and mom duties, along with a part-time job, always bump blogging down on the priorities list.

My teen son has been telling me all his suggestions about my social media plan, and will be taking a web design course next semester, so maybe I’ll hire convince him to spend his computer time on my site instead of his games. 😉

In Silhouette news, I will soon have an affiliate code to share with you that you can use any time there is a Silhouette sale on their merchandise website. I’m just waiting to hear when it’s activated, but the code will be “TIME2”. You will be able to get the current Silhouette deal with my code, and I’ll get a small commission. Yay! More information coming on that soon.

Finally, I’ve got something big in the works I can’t tell you about because it’s still in the early planning stage, but I’m really excited it might happen. Sorry I can’t share that one yet.


Finally, on to the giveaway. I have a brand-new Mint machine sitting in a box, ready to be sent to one lucky winner. The machine itself comes with three inks and two stamps. I’m adding refills for those two stamp sizes, along with a few other sizes of stamps and a couple more bottles of ink.

If you don’t know what a Mint machine is, you’ll find these posts helpful:

Silhouette Mint Overview

Step-by-Step Making a Mint Stamp

How to Make a Multi-Color Mint Stamp

Multi-Color Mint Stamps


The giveaway will run for two weeks, starting today. If you have questions, please ask. Good luck everyone, and please spread the word!
The giveaway is closed. Congratulations, Cyndy! (Watch for an email from me.) Thanks everyone for entering!

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Visit the Mint shop to purchase the machine or supplies HERE. (Not an affiliate link. Just trying to be helpful.) 🙂




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