Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow Your Blog Party & Giveaway Day!

Hello! My name is Petrina and I want to welcome you to my blog.  
Today is the "Grow Your Blog" Party, hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.

Grow Your Blog Party
I have been blogging since 2008 about a mish-mash of things, but mainly it's about photography, art and design. I love all things to do with creativity, even if it's just creative problem solving.  I received my first camera at the age of 14 (a Canon Snappy, for those that remember film cameras), and I haven't been without a camera since.  I have loads of photos to share in the future as well as arts and crafts. I just haven't had the time between the holidays and planning my wedding which, by the way, is TODAY! 

Yes, that's right, depending on what time you are reading this around the world, I am either getting ready for my wedding, reciting my vows, celebrating with my family and a few close friends, or zonked out in the  aftermath.  But, I couldn't pass up this opportunity to find new followers as well as find new blogs to follow. I  get so inspired by seeing all the creativity of my fellow bloggers, and I can't wait to come visit all of you. So, even though I will be otherwise occupied today, I will visit as many of your blogs as I can when all wedding craziness is over and things get back to normal.

In the meantime, please look around and stay for a spell. 

And! In the spirit of the Grow Your Blog Party, let's have a little giveaway!  
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I recently created the Thank You cards you see pictured below, and have a handful left that I'd like to pass on to you. 
Thank You Cards via

These cards were hand drawn by me and colored in Photoshop. They are printed with archival inks on textured card stock in a set of five cards with five envelopes. 
This giveaway will be open until February 1st, so please leave a comment here on this post (tell me about you or your blog), and come back to this same post on February 2nd when I will announce the winner in an update.  Please make sure you leave an email or some way for me to contact you. This giveaway is open to anyone. I will mail these to anywhere in the world. You do not have to have a blog to enter. You do not have to be a participant of the "Grow Your Blog" party. 

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Thank you for visiting!

And the winner is..... Gill from snowy England! 

Gill! I will contact you to get your mailing info! If you don't hear from me soon, please email me at petrina (@) bellaandblackstone (.) com


  1. Love the card...Love your blog! You are so talented! I look forward to following along with you!

  2. a new follower of your blog. i love sending thank you cards - seriously any card really. i love the thought of folks opening the mailbox for another reason than a silly old bill. a surprise. something special. please enter me into your giveaway. thanks! hope you will stop by my blog too. have a great weekend. take care. ( :

  3. love your sculpey trees! I hope I win the cards...they are too cut! pop by my place, I have a giveaway too!

  4. Hope the wedding was wonderful. The cards are delightful, thank you for sharing.

  5. Congratulations! I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day!

  6. Awesome giveaway! I look forward to reading more. I blog about diy- food, crafts, renos, etc. Come by :)

    -Jade @

  7. Aw, I hope you had a most wonderful day! Congratulations.

  8. Very nice! Congratulations to you on your special day! I recently celebrated my 25th... Hope your day is special...and the THANK YOU's are a great giveaway. Especially if it is sent through the good old snail mail! Hope you'll post wedding pics soon! HAPPY WEDDING DAY!


  9. found your blog through the gyb party. i blog about art journaling, mixed media, scrapbooking, etc. i'm a follower now. hope you'll stop by and "see" me as well!

  10. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.
    I would like to try my luck in your giveaway.
    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.


  11. Wow! Congratulations on your Wedding Day!!! Well, it's after 8 pm Central time so I do hope you are not yet "zonked out in the aftermath"!

    I love your sense of humour and your artwork. Those cards are definitely awesome!

    I do hope you had a great day and that all your wedding dreams came true. I'm your newest Follower and will definitely be back - thanks to Vicki, I am so glad to have found your blog!

  12. those cards....I expect to get a special handmade one!;)

    It was so fun today...I'm so stuffed....and sooooo sleepy from all the sugar...and soooo happy to have a new brother!

  13. Hi Petrina, and a big congratulations on your wedding, that is sooo wonderful! Your blog is so interesting, and your cards are wonderful! Thanks for the cahnce to win!

  14. Hi Petrina it's lovely to meet you!
    I'm in cold, snowy England
    Thanks for a lovely giveaway - and I hope your wedding went well!

  15. You have a lovely blog. I'm a new follower and participant of 'Grow your Blog'. Have fun at the party!
    Evalina, This and that...

  16. Hi! I'm your newest follower. I'm Patrice from Everyday Ruralty. I hope you will come visit my blog I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

  17. Hello - just visiting from

    I look forward to reading your posts

    Lesley : )

  18. Cute card. I came here from Vicki's blog party. Do visit my blog and enter the giveway for a vintage lace book. See you there.

  19. Visiting from GYB. Looking forward to reading your blog and seeing your future projects.

  20. Hello Petrina - I am here from 2 Bags Full.

    Happy post-wedding day. I hope all went well and that the wind down is happening after all the pre-wedding crazyness.

    I LOVE those Sculpey figures. I am going to have to steal the idea you stole. A new tradition I have with my nieces and daughter is to make ornaments. I think any of these would make a wonderful ornament.

    Foamhenge? How cool. I have visited the real thing, but as you pointed out, we weren't able to get up close. I am putting Foamhenge on my list f places to visit.

    Love your photos.

    Please enter me into your giveaway. I use a LOT of thank you cards.

  21. oh my goodness girl Congratulations on your wedding!!! I love the cards. They are so simple and sweet. Hope the honeymoon is very romantic and lovely.
    count me in as a new follower. I am looking forward to learning more about you.

  22. Congratulations and best wishes for your marriage! It's funny for me to read this because long, long ago I gave my thesis to the university office 30 minutes before my wedding ceremony started. It's nice to read your blog.

  23. Congratulations, i hope your wedding was the day of your dreams :)

  24. Oh congrats on your wedding!
    I enjoyed your sculpty figures and your Christmas pictures. I don't have a little village like that but one day I will start getting the Halloween Town figures.

  25. Cute cards. I am looking forward to reading your blog.

  26. I love those cards!! Thanks for the chance to win ;)

  27. ..this is and has been such a fun blog party hop.. thanks for letting me visit your blog. thanks for the opportunity at your blog candy... mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  28. You're letting the inconvenience of a wedding day deter you from blogging today? Oh! That's right... you didn't! Crazy girl! Best wishes on such a special day in your life and wishing you and your husband a very bright future! Visiting from the blogging party......

  29. such dedication...blogging on your wedding day!! Congratulations and best wishes to you! Your thank you cards are darling!

  30. Great to meet you here at the blog party. Love your giveaway.

  31. Hello Petrina, wonderful to visit your blog..What a great way to meet like minded women..Still working my way thru all the blogs..such delight.


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