Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Bloggy Birthday... WOYWW... & Giveaway...

...YES!!! Today is my 4th Bloggy Birthday and this is my 1,134th post here on Ink On My Fingers. Before I tell you about todays giveaway, I would just like to say a few words about the birth of Ink On My Fingers and what it has come to mean to me. I started this blog because I had a PhotoBucket and was posting tutorials on there ... but kept running out of room for the words (I have always been a bit of a talker lol) So, I thought I would start a blog and see what happened. Now, this may not sound like such a biggy but... four years ago I could only just about get emails, let alone do anything as adventurous as start a blog... but thankfully Mr Blogger is very kind and the step by step thingy was easy enough... and so started this little bit of Cyberspace that I like to call my own.



I never would have thought that I could get so much from blogging... not only have I had a cracking good time, I have also met some of the most amazing peoples... I have had adventures and made good friends. I would like to say a massive thank you to every single person who has ever taken time to leave me a comment... every single one of them is important to me... and like everyone, I do love to get comments (apart from the nasty ones... and you know who you are... so don't bother again!) Such a lot has changed in my life in the past four years... some good, some bad... but the one outlet I have had all the way through is this blog. I have been able to come here and show off the stuff I make... and talk a lot... I have learnt loads from so many talented crafters... I have "met" so many lovely folks who all share the same passion for crafting as me. So... my thank you to all you lovely folks is a series of giveaways... which have been running since Sunday... and culminate in a last giveaway today... in the form of a T'Pouch.



If you have recently started reading my daily waffling, you may not know what a T'Pouch is... well, it is basically a little pouch for a tag to sit in. I love to make tags but was getting bored of just doing a tag... I wanted to do more... so I invented the T'Pouch. If you would like to have a go at making your own, please do drop me an email and I will send you the measurements... they are really simple to make too... well, if I had anything to do with the invention of it, it isn't going to be rocket science lol


So, this T'Pouch today is loaded with ink, stamping and embellies... I won't babble on about how I made it but I will point out that yes, there's sewing on it... I am LOVING my mini sewing machine... very lots! The stamping in all from the collection of the Duke of Distress... apart from the butterfly, which was the very first rubberstamp I ever bought... all those years ago... and it is still a fave.



Anyways... if you have just landed on here and haven't seen the other giveaways, please do have a look HERE for Sunday's, HERE for Monday's and HERE for yesterday's... all the deets are on the posts. To be in with a chance of winning any of these creations all you need to do is leave me a comment... click to follow me if you don't already... and your name will be entered into a draw - the winner of which will be picked randomly and announced next Wednesday, September 14th.



That there is a piccie of all four giveaways together... and this next piccie is of my desk... because after all that waffle about bloggy birthdays and suchlike... today is still Wednesday which means it is time for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday... which is an amazing phenomenon that takes place...erm... every Wednesday (yes, I am Captain Obvious today) Hosted and devised by the one and only Julia Dunnit, it is a grand way of getting to be a stickybeak without actually snooping... cos everyone willingly shows off their desks/floors/walls/piles of stash (mentioning no names... of course... as if I would do that ...snort) If you click HERE you will be whizzed off to Julia's on a magic roundabout that doesn't make you feel icky when you get off it...



Right... that is way too much yakking for one day... tis time for me to go to my bed... I think I deserve a nice long snoozle after all of that! Here's to another four years blogging... and again... THANK YOU all for the lovely comments and stuff... means the world to me... (am off before I start blubbing...........) Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

111 comments:

Karen G. said...

Happy 4th Birthday Hels! I enjoy reading your waffling and love your art.

Scrapthat said...

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!
Okay...normally I lurk but I ALWAYS enjoy your posts...you are in my google reader so I never miss a post! TFS all your lovely work with us!

Sarah said...

Happy Blogday to you...
Crackle accents and glue...
Inky kisses and Grunge love...
To Hels and Alfie too

Congrats on the Big 4! In utter agreement...creating and blogging is a magic Alice in Wonderland door. Enjoy your day!

Lynne said...

Here's to many more Happy Blogaversaries!!! Love the TPouch!!

ellen vargo said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday Hon! SOOOO glad you decided to be a blogger... never would've met you otherwise!! It's been an amazing year and I can't wait to see you again!

Lotsa Love... Els xxx

Debbie said...

Congrats Hels! Always love to visit your blog and listen to your waffling! And of course to see what great tag you created this time! May you have many more Bloggy Birthdays! Cheers from across the pond! Or I should say "from a broad" :)

Caroline said...

Happy Bloggy 4th!! Love the inky goodness of your tags ... and the TPouch!

Candy C said...

Happy 4th Blog Birthday my friend!!! Make a wish and blow out the candles!!! Maybe you'll get some Cheesy Chester Cheetos. :) <3 Candy

jude said...

Gorgeous creations hun again congratulations and here's to the next 4yrs of creativity and rambling....we love it!
Clean desk this am looks like your in the making of creating a wee something.
Have fab wednesday and thanks for another chance to win your creations just adore this one too.Happy Woyww
hugs judex

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Congratulations on your 4th birthday . Love visiting your blog and admiring your work so inspiring
Marilyn

Neil said...

Happy Happy "Birthday" Hels, another fabulous tag today Thanks for sharing!

Lynnda said...

Congratulations on this mile stone, and so many posts, I am still working on trying to post on a regular basis.

Sandy said...

Another so cool Tags hun.
Wonderful work as always. Your art rock and is so unique.xoxo

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Happy blogaversary! What amazing T'pouches! You are awesome and I am always amused by your posts! patsy

voodoo vixen said...

Happy Happy 4th Bloggy Anniversary Hels!! Love the T'pouch and tag... well, I would be daft not to, really, as I love all your stuff and have been a stalker for a while now!! :)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

happy blog anniversary! i thought i followed you because of my WOYWW visits but when i checked i realized i haven't. so now i do! these are lovely giveaways!

inkypinkycraft said...

Happy blogging birthday, have a great day, fab tag again, love the blue!!!!trace x

Dragon said...

Happy Blogday to you... I am more than a follower, you are actually in my favourites at the side, ALWAYS!!! So keep on my lovely, you are so funny and SO talented... I agree that blogging is the best!!!
Frankie
xx

Gabrielle said...

Ooh! Today's the day! Happy happy blogaversary Hels, Alfie and Grim - you are an inspiration, waffler but most importantly a really talented cyber friend (oh! And an inaugural tweet n meeter!) Hope you have a fab celebration!

Spyder said...

Oh wowo happy 4th blogaversary!! Your tags are just fabulous, amazzzzing! and if you weren't 'here' they would have stood out from pages in magazines I'm sure! (yes...I'm sure I've seen them!)
Have a great WOYWW
((Lyn)

Carla said...

happy blogbirthday!

sharon said...

Another gorgeous tag and t'pouch. So much talent Hels.

I'm quite glad I do not have a blog as my desks (yes, all three of them to my shame)are generally tip-like and certainly not fit for viewing.

Val said...

Happy 4th Blogversary! Many more happy blogging years and eye candy. Cheers!

Minxy said...

Happy Blogday natterbox.
Can hardly believe 4 years have flown by, only seems like yesterday i was visiting your bucket lol
Glad you found the perfect please for your waffle, just sorry i don't get to read it all the time xx

Janet said...

Have a great 4th blogaversary,all your give a ways are FABULOUS,I have fingers & toes crossed,every day you put a smile on my face at what you get up to,your tips are great on how to do so many different techniques,here's to many more aversarys,enjoy your day
Janet x

Cathy said...

Fab creation there ... and that desk looks rather tidy!!
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Happy blogaversary!! Love the T'pouch,
Have a great anniversary day
Hugs
Jennie xxx

Sarah said...

C'est moi again - you only have to make a bird cage tag if you promised Frankie you'd make one. So I'll leave it up you. If you said yes.... get on to it sharpish!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Happy 4th Blogging Birthday!! It is always a treat to stop by, your wit and humor make my days, I don't always leave a comment, but I peep about, enjoying your lovely TAGS..like the metal type frame, haven't seen that around here yet.Enjoy your WOYWW and have fun

Helen said...

Happy bloggy birthday! your tag today is stupendous. I hope you have another 4 years of making fun things to share with us and blabbering on - sorry, entertaining us with your stories! See you soon!

Twiglet said...

Your work is gorgeous Hels. And - I agree how brilliant blogging can be - what a lot of lovely friends we have on this here WOYWW alone. Have a great blogiversary. x Jo

Laura said...

Cor blimey give a girl a new toy and in no time its worn out! lol. Grim must have some patches he want's sewn on his jeans. I know John has.
So pleased. Congratulations.

Milla said...

Ooo, I love that blue rose and the butterfly! Gorgeous make!

Esther said...

I so look forward to your posts! I get so much inspiration and a pleased to say that I have seen pen nibs in a whole new light. Hugs from NZ. xoxo

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Hels, Congratulations, what a fantastic day, so many wonderful blog entries. I love to come to your blog :)
Your new tag is another fabulous one, love the use of the bottles and the flowers are great.
Hope you'll blog many more years.

Lesley said...

Ahhhh....4 years old!! I wonder if your blog is really 4 years old.....or whether blogland is different like animal lives??? Anyhoo....Happy Biffday Hels...the photo of all 4 tags is soooo pretty! When i grow up, i want to be just like you (or turn out work like yours!)
Better get cracking...cos it ain't that far away! ;o))

Lothian Crafts said...

Congratulations on your 4th birthday. Your tags are lovely. I love the flowers. Cheers Elaine

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Congratulations Hels on your 4th blogoversary. It's amazing how Blogland can change some people's lives. What gorgeous TPouches you have made. Best wishes, Kym xxx

Penni said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday Hels.

Love the beautiful tags, and the T pouches are a fabulous invention.

Hugs
Penni
X

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Congratulations on four years happy blogging!! I'm a newbie but have quickly become hooked! Long may you continue :D xx

Wendy H. said...

Happy 4th Blogaversary Hels. Tag No.4 is just gorgeous. All four tags are inspirational !!

Neet said...

Happy Birthday to Miss Blog and thanks for the chance to win one of those beautiful tags. Couldn't bear to part with them myself.

Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet #4

Wacky Jacky said...

Happy blogaversary Hels - fantastic tags, particularly like today's one. You really are soooooo talented. xxx

Doone said...

happy blog birthday Hels, I agree, it still astounds me how lovely people are and how generous they are with comments and acts of kindness, keep on blogging and keep the desk messy,

Dx

ElizabethR said...

Happy Bloverversary Hels, here's to many more. Elizabeth xxx

NatashaMay said...

Happy anniversary! :) Great goodies you're offering.

Annie said...

Happy blog birthday. So many lovely things to see here today too.
A x

Barb Cady said...

This is one lovely post Hels. I love your blog,your generosity in what you teach and share and your sense of humour. Glad to have met you, heres to to the next four years! xxx

Alison Horne said...

Happy blogday Hels, your posts help me get through the days at work whilst waiting for clients to arrive. They are full of personality, humour and inspiration and are truly a little bottle of art elixir in my day.x

Sarah (UKS Smelly) said...

Happy blog birthday Hels. Love your T'pouches, you are very clever.

PsyPenguin said...

Happy 4th Blogday!
Your blog was one of the first I came across and I love reading it - your waffling makes me smile and your work is always stunning. Love today's tag and T'pouch. xx

Joanne said...

You brought a tear to my eye and a lump in my throat. HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY to the best waffler ever. I start my day with a chuckle by reading your blog and then admiration at your art. Well you know how I feel, it's not the first time I've told you. So THANK YOU for the last 4 years of crafting bliss too.
Hugs Joanne xxx

Rachelxx said...

Happy Blogaversary Hels! I may not be very vocal but I love following your blog :-) I love being a blogger too ...............

Kate said...

Happy bloggy birthday, woyww day and every other occasion you can think of, have a goodo ne.

** Kate **

Danyelle said...

Happy Blog birthday loving your work

Elizabeth said...

Happy blog birthday, Hels. Hope you had a good sleep after that. Got to agree with you about the benefits of blogging - the folk you 'meet' and the stuff you learn is phenomenal! Love you T.pouch and, yes, that butterfly is truly gorgeous. Have a very happy celebratory day. Elizabeth x #50

PS: I thought I was already a follower but discovered I hadn't signed up - can you believe it:)

Mandy C said...

fantastic work Hels... I'm seriously in awe of your amazingly talented ness lady!

keep it up... i'd love the tute on how to make the t'pouch

mandy (lily's mum if you didn't know!) lol

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Happy 4th birthday girl! You are such a talented lady! Can't wait to see what you do next!

Kate said...

Happy blog birthday :0)
What an achievement well done you, Been really enjoying your makes this week.
Kate xx

Sande said...

Happy Anniversary to you. I never miss a chance to stop by and admire your amazing creations and drool.

The TPouch is a brilliant idea. Lucky the lady who visits your blog will be win these...all I can say is pick me, pick me, pick me. lol.

Have a great day.

betjunroe said...

Another awesome tag (and pouch)! You are fabulous! Happy Blog Birthday to you! Bette

The Crafty Elf said...

Happy 4th Bloggy Birthday! Lovely creativity going on and wonderful giveaways! Thanks for the visit!

Kirsten Alicia said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday Hels!!!! I hope you're celebrating with lots of cake & champagne. :) Today's tag & T'Pouch are yet two more masterpieces - yaaay for sewing machines! I've decided that if I'm not a lucky winner of your giveaways, I will PAY you to make me a tag & t'pouch!!!!!

Alix said...

many inky returns of the day :0)

Ta Da! Crafts said...

Blonde moment: I was reading your blog thinking about T'pouch and how you didn't invent it because I just saw it in this months issue of CS which I brought today. Then I saw your picture in the sidebar and realised how thick I was being. I think I need to be Captain Obvious for the day lol. Anyway, happy anniversary and Happy woyww! Mel #33

Yvonne said...

Happy B Day, Hels!

Always such a treat to see your beautiful creations and I love read your little descriptive words, another art form for sure :)

Kathi said...

Happy 4th Bloggy Birthday. It is always a wonder to visit your blog. I just love your work.

Ohhh Snap said...

Happy Anniversary!! Happy Blogday :D. What wonderful giveaways you've made too! Would ove to win one, so thank you for the chance to do so :D. #83 this week (also posted on last week as #125 lol)

Ali said...

Happy anniversary! And happy WOYWW! :)

Gorgeous tags and t'pouches.

Ali #77

Angie said...

Your tags are fantastic and inspiring ...and the pouches sound a clever idea.

Serendipity Stamping said...

A great big HAPPY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY! You are always a treat to visit and your tags are amazing. Am digging the little Love Potion bottle on the latest one. Keep it up!! I didnot do WOYWW again this week.

Bettythebaglady said...

Oh Hels those tags are truly beautiful-love that colour combo-in fact I love it so much that my bedroom is decorated in very similar blues and browns. Congrats on the four years. Hugs BettyXXX

505whimsygirl said...

Happy 4th anniversary!! I just started a blog so I can relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Love the tags and Tpouch. I will definitely become a follower.

PS Your desk looks too neat!!!!

Kate said...

Love this one! How come everything you make turns out gorgeous! You have a gift!
I love cheesy cheetos as well. We have a different brand probably in the USA but they sure are yummy! I love licking the cheesy leftovers off my fingers at the end of a bag. I know thats not proper but its sooooo good!

SannaS said...

happy 4th blogoversary!! =)
thanks so much for the chances to win these awesome pieces of art!! =)
hugs, SannaS

Andrea said...

well done and Happy 4th Birthday, your blogs always a pleasure to read Hels and I have been with you since day one and in the photobucket days, I have watched your art grow and now see you published and admired by many, well done my friend and heres to more years of a fantastic blog xx

Lori said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! Always enjoy your humor and your wonderful art inspiration Hels!

Sunshine Girl said...

Fabulous give aways there! and Happy Blog Birthday too.

Karenliz said...

Beautiful as always! I love it. You mentioned a mini sewing machine. Which one do you have? Thanks!

Sarah Anderson said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!! And congratulations on your feature in Craft Stamper :) LoVe that butterfly on today's piece, so gorgeous :)

Sarah Anderson said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!! And congratulations on your feature in Craft Stamper :) LoVe that butterfly on today's piece, so gorgeous :)

Sarah Anderson said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!! And congratulations on your feature in Craft Stamper :) LoVe that butterfly on today's piece, so gorgeous :)

Sarah Anderson said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!! And congratulations on your feature in Craft Stamper :) LoVe that butterfly on today's piece, so gorgeous :)

Marijane said...

Happy 4thVersary!!! I love reading your posts and seeing your gorgeous works of art. Think I have to get directions to make your Ptouch. Love em!

madebyKarla said...

Those tags are so beautiful! I especially love the butterfly with the pen nib body! Happy Bloggy Birthday!

Aj* said...

your desk always looks so much more fun and inviting than mine does !


Happy 4th ) hope to still be drooling over yours when there's a 5th !
Righty, off to put my T pouch together & yep, it really was very straight forward... once I hunted high and low for a rule in cm's lolol.


Aj.

Linda Cain said...

Girl! You have outdone yourself! These projects are all so wonderful!!!!! I LOVE them all!

Happy 4th Blogaversary.

~Linda

Jacqui said...

Love your blog

Caz said...

Happy Blogday to you
Happy Blogday to you
Happy Blogday dear Hels (and Alfiecat)
Happy Blogday to you!!!!!
Boooooootiful tag!!!
I'll be away when the winners are picked :-(
Good luck everyone!!
xx

Tertia said...

WOW! 4 years? and so many posts! I am in awe. Wish I was that dedicated to my blog, but unfortunately life has a tendancy to get in the way. LOL
Happy blogaversary and WOYWW to you.
Love thode pouches you made!

Brenda Brown said...

Happy blog birthday Hels - I am so pleased I found you. Love what you have created again today.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Debby said...

Happy Blog birthday to you Hels! I enjoy reading about your antics and love your artwork. If you have those dimensions you could email to me at stampitout@sbcglobal.net. I am also in the Wendy and Tim groups across the pond!

lesleyanne said...

happy 4th birthday Hels xx

Sam said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday Hels. Love those tags you have made there. Can you please let me have the dimensions? I think you have my e-mail address!!
Fergus sends a special cwtch to his favourite girlfriend!!
Dobby sends Alfie a lick too!!
Enuff's enuff me thinks! Still windy here and no insults about my eggs please!!

Spyder said...

back again, The large pad of papers on my desk this week, I bought back from the States. By My Minds Eye 'signature suite, 60 designs. priced at $24.99 bargain at $6.88, in any ones money! Wanted to use it on my boxes,but it is a bit thin, but I might change my mind, it's just that I've now seen some TM papers,double sided and a lot thicker...probably too think for what I want. But they are nice.
The little pad of papers is My Minds Eye too, freebie from a mag
(Lyn)

RosC said...

Hi Hels,
What an achievement! I've really enjoyed your blog space and it really is uniquely yours.
Always love your tattered flowers and colour combos, not to mention the colourful chat.
Bliss-ings,
Ros.

nerllybird said...

Amazing array of goodies! Lots of techniques there I'd like to try....maybe one day I'll have the time! :D
Helen S

Gerri Herbst said...

Happy 4th Blog Birthday! Your pieces are always inspiring, I hope to be like you when I grow upLOL. I will have my 1st Blog Bday later this month. Oh, I love you T'pouches!

funkycrafter said...

happy happy happy day. i hope you keep blogging for more than another 4 years. i always enjoy my visits to your little house of stash. happy inking

Jennie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. I really LOVE this tag. Awesome work. Jennie Outterson

okienurse said...

I love reading your blog and sometimes almost pee my pants giggling at something you write. Congrats on your 4th Blog Birthday and here's to many more. Vickie

Kezzy said...

Happy 4th bloggyday, the tags are gorgeous, and I love your Tpouch. Loving the desk, always so much to look at. Your blog is the very first blog I ever read a year before I became a blogger, I love blogging now and hope that I'm still doing it in 4years. Kezzy x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

AH Hels it is YOUR blog which is called Ink on My Fingers - was looking at my inky fingers the other day and wondering just whose was called it, so very pleased to find out -wont forget now and wow! I do love this tag - very much in love with its tag envelope, too - oops brain cant remember your nickname on it; and congrats on your blogging so long - am still on my L's here I think.
I saw and awesome thing of yours in last months craft stamper that Lisa sent me too, Happy WOYWW, Shaz in oz.x

Julia Dunnit said...

4 years of congratulations Hels, one of the best inspiring blogs out there if you ask me. And I'm pretty sure you did. How you have a tidy desk when you load so much onto your projects beats me..but I love what you do, soi keep doing that thing!

Vic said...

I love your blog!! Happy day!

Lottie said...

HaPPy FoUrtH BIrThDay dear HeLs. You blod is a joy to visit and lifts me out of the doldrums and makes me laugh my little socks off.

Thank you for the privilege to be in one of your Giveaway draws - (not drawers, although I am sure your drawers are pretty, with altered flowers and Timmy embellies all over them)

craftimamma said...

Hi Hels, I couldn't get online yesterday and I've had a stinker of an evening which has left me feeling decidedly out of sorts but a visit to your blog is always a lift to the spirits and rarely fails to bring on a chuckle so I say a big thankyou to you for being such a pleasure to visit AND we get to see all the gorgeous things you make and learn a crafting thing or two into the bargain. What more could we want!!! Mwah!!!!!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Shoshi said...

Congratulations on your 4th bloggie birthday, Hels. I was like you with blogging - thought about starting one and not sure I'd find anything to put on it lol! I've been going just over a year and it's been the best thing ever. I've made so many friends, and also learnt more than I could ever have dreamt possible - it was the main reason why I got seriously into Art, and got a room devoted to it, my beloved ARTHaven. I always enjoy coming on here as I love your sense of humour, and not a bit surprised there was no room for chat on Photobucket lol lol!!! Keep up the good blogging for at least another 4 (or 40) years!

(I just wish I could get 107 comments on my blog posts, though... It's a miracle if I get 6!)

Cher~ said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! I always love peeking in on your awesome creations, but I also LOVE reading everything you have to say.

Shazza said...

WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW !!!!!!
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW !!!!!!
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW !!!!!!
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW !!!!!!
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW !!!!!!
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW !!!!!!
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW !!!!!!

I absolutely love this Hels, it si super, smashing, great!!! I want it soooooooo bad, please lady luck, shine on me when hels does the draw xxx

Julie said...

Your tags are truly awesome!

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