January 9, 2007

A Comment Contest!

I need some blog feedback... and you want some free stamps. So here's the deal... you tell me what you want to see more of... and I will send one winner a really cool Valentine's Day Prize package! And YES, those are the coveted Michael's $1 Spot Valentine Stamps. Enter until Midnight Central Time on Saturday, January 13th. I will draw a winner Sunday.


I am trying to refocus my blog a bit, and with all these stamping/papercraft blogs that are popping up, I feel like I need to set myself apart from the rest.

So what do you like; and what don't you like? Don't feel like you have to answer all these questions, just give me something useful to think about. I will randomly draw a winner on Saturday. Thanks for your time!
  • Do you like reading stuff about my family and my life; or does that just get on your nerves?
  • Do you like the occasional recipe?
  • What about other crafts... besides just stamping... did you know I can sort of sew, bead, and make really cool Fimo beads? Cause I can! Do you care, or would you prefer I just stick to stamping and paper crafts? I also have a glue gun and I know how to use it!
  • Would you enjoy some free streaming video tutorials? Would it make you want to read my blog more? What about Podcasts? Or are you techno-phobic? Do you know what a Podcast is?
  • If you like the idea of free streaming video tutorials; then what sorts of tutorials would you like to see?
  • Are you a traditional sort of crafter or are you interested in crafting to the "extreme". Are you hip to the whole "alterna-craft" movement? IE; Get Crafty, Craftser and Renegade Craft Fair? Would you like to be?
  • What else are you into; cards, scrapbooking, other stamping stuff? What else? Tell me how you "get your craft on".
Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for the results... look for that post on Sunday.

37 comments:

Andrea said...

video tutorials!!!!!!!!!
thx for the comment on my blog, i just posted a link to some of my cards i've made on www.planetandrea.com

Andrea said...

ps I'm in Moline

Anonymous said...

I would love to see video tutorials also as I am such a visual person. I enjoy the recipes and I do like reading about your family. I am not into beading and your other crafts but wouldn't mind seeing your projects. I would tend to focus on cards, some scrapbooking, occ. recipes, and a video tutorial weekly (if possible). Thanks for allowing the input. I enjoy reading your blog.
Cheryl

Anonymous said...

More cards, and any papercrafts. I love to stop by and SEE any papercrafting idea from you! Thanks so much for sharing your goodies.

Jodie

Melissa * UNTAPhi54 said...

I already think you're doing a great job but I would love video tutorials. I'm very new to a lot of stamping and have learned a lot from your tutorials. I also like the alternacraft stuff. Its fun to do when I need something different for a while.

BlogHore said...

I LOVE the tutorials - they don't have to be video, actually I prefer the photo "breakdown". The other I love to see on stamping blogs is a little bit of the person's life. Yes, I'm always looking for stamping ideas but sometimes I'd like to hear about how your visit went with your mother in law or how your kids did on their report cards...that kind of stuff. Hope this helps. I love your blog.

Nancy said...

Honestly, I love it just the way it is! I don't have time usually to sit and watch a video tutorial. Recipes I'm neither here nor there on. I love mostly cards, but any crafts would probably be OK... I can get ideas for colour combos or layouts or whatever from almost anything!

Cheryl K said...

Hi Sarah -


Any and all papercrafts, stamping, scrapbooking, anything using paper. The more the better! The personal things are great too, get to the know the other stamper! Video tutorials would be great. Enjoy the day!

Allison said...

Dear Sarah:

Personally, I like a bit of everything thrown in. It gets you to know the person behind their art (e.g., their motivations, their approach, etc.). So recipes, family stuff, etc. really doesn't bother me (let's me know that I am not the only one who feels like their kids are driving them crazy too!). In regards to techniques, tutorials, podcasts, I am technical so anything in that arena is cool with me.

In regards to "carding" (as my son calls it), at present, my skills are pretty basic. Some sites that have simply reinforced the basics (textures, layers, sponging, etc.), I have appreciated since simply to see their approach at it is invaluable (sometimes perfecting the basics is your biggest asset). Here are a couple of examples: http://paperpleasing.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/01/i_didnt_get_to_.html and http://palm-pogo-lessons.blogspot.com/

Good luck...sometimes I think that the only thing that matters is the pictures anyway (heck, I even look at blogs in other languages if the cards look neat enough!).

Jessica (jessrose21) said...

Hi Sarah, I enjoy seeing the cards and projects you make. I'm like a kid, I guess, I like a lot of pictures within a post! lol! A video tut would be fun. I'm mostly just a cardmaker, but I've dabbled in some collage and altered book-making. As long as stamping is involved, I'm in! :)

tntsmom said...

I really enjoy reading your blog daily. I'd love to see seasonal stamping/craft items. I am always on the lookout for projects for the kids to give to teachers at school. I'd also love an occasional yummy recipe!! I think your blog is fantastic!!

Kendra aka Scrapstampindiva said...

Hello! I love reading anything and everything! I love hearing about the family stuff, I love seeing recipes (that i can attempt lol), and of course I love seeing the gorgeous cards and info on them. I used to be so into scrapbooking (for 7 years) then I found stamping and my scrapbooking took a backseat (back of the bus lol). I also quilt, but don't have much time for that either. I am a complete stampaholic! I love your blog and I try to check in on it daily. Love the blog candy you have on here today - we don't have a michael's anywhere near me and I have to just drool everytime I see those cute $1 stamps everybody is getting. Thanks for sharing with us. ttys :)

Jan Scholl said...

I have several blogs, so one is just for paper crafting, one is for just odd things that come to mind in the middle of the night and another is for personal stuff that at this point I have not let anyone read-I dont want to hurt anyone but its my place to vent big time. The first two I set up with feed if anyone wants to look. I am actually contemplating a food one, because my daughter and I visit many dining establishments and have very different opinions and I collect cook books, too. SO you have several ways to do this and as far as I know, there are no limits to how many you can have as far as blogs go. Google gives you 100 emails when you sign up, so be creatinve, have fun and have the links on your main blogs.

Jan in Michigan

Anonymous said...

I read blogs of card/artists that I like. I like reading about ideas, techniques, but also the additional stuff about what insires you. I usually skim over personal life stuff, and prefer to read about your craft. thanks for your blog. I know it takes alot of time, and I do enjoy coming to visit it. mnhyrkas at Simply Sentiments and SCS.

Anonymous said...

When I read people's blogs, I am not interested in reading about their family life. I just want to get ideas of where to buy certain stamps or supplies...how to create a design or two from the same stamp, etc...as I am not the creative type at all!
I love visual tutorials as it helps me as I am a very visual person. Using a podcast would not help me as I am deaf and I would need captioning to read what is being said in the podcasting.
Thank you for your hard work and sharing your creations with us!

kraftyscraps said...

I love your step by step tutorials and would like to see more of them. I like seeing all types of crafts, but anything with paper crafting in it tends to get my attention the most.

Danita said...

Sarah - I love your blog. I'm a bit of a technique junkie, so enjoy reading technique tutorials. Have yet to get into the podcast thing...but understand it's very popular. I enjoy the family/life stories and definitely the recipes! So keep up the great work! And thank you soooo much!!

AnneMarie said...

I like to see your tutorials :)
I also would like to see some comparisons of how to do something with different inks, chalks and stuff just to see a difference- know what I mean??

Tammy said...

I am new to all of this "blogging" and I think it is totally AWESOME!! I enjoy reading people's blogs but I would like to hear less about their "personal" life and more about their "stamping" life. Definately more tutorials and I LOVE all of the new tips!! Keep up what you are doing because people like me REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate it.

Tammy from PA

Cindy Keery said...

I like to see all things crafty with some of your personality/family life shining through... it keeps it interesting!! :-) Video tutorials would be great, too.

Janice said...

I appreciate your blog the way it is. I find your info useful and to the point. Great work.

Janice

Julie said...

I'll keep reading whatever you decide. I am however with everyone else, videos would be a great addition.

Dawn G said...

I too love the way your site is already girlie .. I know personally uploading tutorials all the time take up bandwith space on your blog.. as much as I enjoy a good tutorial maybe once a month would be good .. I dont come here for that I mainly come and see whats the lastest goodies you got and see all the things your made .. Thanks for the blogger candy freebies .. Hope I win
xox
Dawn

Laura J said...

I read several blogs on a regular basis and am interested in the ones that feature cards and other papercrafted items. I personally enjoy those that feature samples, tutorials, pictures and templates.
I tend to delete blogs from "my favorites" if they are not updated on a regular basis and can understand that is very time consuming to dedicate time to post daily. Thanks for the opportunity to provide input on your blog. It will be interesting so see what path you take in the future. Good luck!!!

Cathy said...

* I always think it's interesting to read a little something about the people behind the blogs... it makes you 'real'.
* I LOVE food, so a good recipe now and then sounds cool. I actually picked one off another blog just today.
* I really like to stamp and scrapbook, but I've done other crafts before these. I'd love to learn to bead... and what's a FIMO? I love to see other creative things - maybe it's a craft I'll never do, but I'll always learn something!
* How do I "get your craft on": I always get ideas from others. Maybe it's a color combo (LOVED what you did with the non-pink Valentine), a new stamp line, or incorporating elements from a photo... it doesn't have to be stamp related to give me inspiration.

Thanks for your blog, and thanks for the contest!

Aimee said...

more cards and use tha t cute cuttlebug.....

jmniffer said...

I would like to see step by step photo tutorials as opposed to video ones. I like the occasional recipe and tid bits of your life but generally stop by for cards and papercrafting ideas. I would love to see more papercraft "giftables" cello toppers, boxes, bags and such that can be made for friends using our cardstock and ink.

tamimoreno said...

Do you like reading stuff about my family and my life; or does that just get on your nerves?
Do you like the occasional recipe?
What about other crafts... besides just stamping... did you know I can sort of sew, bead, and make really cool Fimo beads? Cause I can! Do you care, or would you prefer I just stick to stamping and paper crafts? I also have a glue gun and I know how to use it!
Would you enjoy some free streaming video tutorials? Would it make you want to read my blog more? What about Podcasts? Or are you techno-phobic? Do you know what a Podcast is?
If you like the idea of free streaming video tutorials; then what sorts of tutorials would you like to see?
Love the video idea. As a new stamper - I would like how to stuff. For example, sometimes I see cards in a magazine or on splitcoast stampers that I can't figure out how they made.

Are you a traditional sort of crafter or are you interested in crafting to the "extreme". Are you hip to the whole "alterna-craft" movement? IE; Get Crafty, Craftser and Renegade Craft Fair? Would you like to be?
I have absolutly no idea what your talking about :-) I must be a traditional person?? I'm all for something fun, new. I think any time I could stamp with friends would be awesome. Like weekends away to stamp non stop with supplies at my side to buy. I don't know if this answers your question or not - but I tried :-)

What else are you into; cards, scrapbooking, other stamping stuff? What else? Tell me how you "get your craft on".

Oh cards all the way. I am a former recovering scrapbooking addict new to stamping. The sad thing is - now my scrapbooks are all behind - yet I can't seem to even drum up the energy or desire to go back to it now that I'm hooked on stamping!

I hope this helps! Thanks for your give aways!!
Good luck with your blog! This is the first time that I have visited and I will be returning! I really like it and you've been bookmarked in my blogs to consistently check out :-)
Tami - www.broken4him.typepad.com

L8ybug2 said...

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog this morning. I like what I'm seeing and wouldn't change a thing. I do mostly stamping and scrapbooking and love to see tutorials of any kind. I'm putting you in my favorites so I can visit you every morning. Thanks for sharing with us.
~~Rita~~

Erica said...

* I love reading about family things, but that is me!!
* New Recipes are always appreciated!!
* I'm sure any craft you make is awesome, I like variety, I also like to sew and string beads!!

Thanks for shraring all your talents and this awesome goodies bag!! Happy crafting

Erica T

Anonymous said...

Sarah,
I love your blog. I read it everyday. I am always hopeful that you post to it daily. I am a newer SU demo. I think speaking from the stand point of being a new stamper that keeping your blog simple and personal is the best. I love cardmaking the most and I am not a techno person. The more simple it is the better. I love tutorials too. So many things to learn. The post about your husband I loved. He sounds like a keeper. I like to read a blog and be able to relate to that person. YKWIM. Anyway thanks for sharing your world with this stamper.
}Dawn

bethtrue said...

video tutorials would be great; podcasts would be great; i've never "downloaded" one but i could probably figure it out. I like to learn about new techniques.

i mostly enjoy the traditional-style papercrafts that you do; recipes are great too because i never have time for cooking and looking things up. its great to get "tried and true" recipes.

thanks for asking for opinions! i enjoy your blog very much.

Anonymous said...

I really like a little bit of everything. Papercrafting is probably my #1 priority but recipes and other ideas (that aren't to difficult) are also fun. A podcast would be awesome. I haven't seen anyone else doing it and that would really make your site stand out. Thanks
Heather B

avonlea said...

Thanks for asking! I love to cook, so would love for you to share some favourite recipes! Video tutorials would be so cool!!! for the Podcasts...do you mean audio Podcasts? I do like altering things. Sometimes I'm a clean, stream-lined kinda girl, other time vintage-hip/shabby-chic...sometimes retro!
*blessings*

Anonymous said...

I like your blog as it is. I am always up for a new recipe, and I also enjoy getting to know people better by hearing about their families. I would just blog what feels right to me.

If you share it, they will come!
Nancy Clark

Anonymous said...

I enjoy a little bit of everything along with papercrafting. Video tuts would be great !

Linda H.

Anonymous said...

Would love video tuts ! I like a little bit of everything so recipes and other things are great !

Linda