CLOSED-1,000,000 Hits Giveaway!!!!

*****Giveaway closed. No longer accepting entries*******

At the moment I write this, it says 980,380.  I average around 23,000 -40,000 hits per month (closer to 25,000 during the summer).  So I expect to hit that lovely magical number 1,000,000 in late July or early August.

Oh my!  I've been planning this giveaway for a while now, because I wanted it to be special.  I want it to be a thank you to both my followers and to some of the companies who make or sell the wonderful craft and art supplies I use regularly.

Before I go further-I'm truly sorry.  This giveaway is U.S. only. I can mail this prize package for under $20 in the U.S.  It would be almost $60 to send it to Canada, and I'm afraid to even check what it would cost to send elsewhere in the world.

What am I giving away?  
Many things--some I've purchased, but others were given to me for review (noted in the descriptions).

Vintage FAF Journal- You can read my review here.  This is the only product in my giveaway that is used (given courtesy of Exclair).  10 pages were used for my review, and the packaging is a little dinged.  But the metal (made in the workshop of Eiffel Tower fame) structure of this notepad is AWESOME, so I decided it was too wonderful, not to be included!  

Tops Idea Collective Notebook-You can read my review here. (Given courtesy of Shoplet) 10 x 7-1/2, Black, Ruled,  96 Cream pages. 

Whitelines Perfect Bound Squared Notebook-You can read my review here.  A5 (8.3 x 5.8 in) size, whitelines on gray paper, 80g, 48 sheets.

EccoArtBoard- Three sizes of artboard suitable for stamping, printing, drawing and painting.  1/8 inch thick, 100% recyclable, made from recycled material. Printable on both sides. Sizes: 1 1/2 x 1 1/2; 1 x 2; 2 x 2 inch.

ArtEmboss Pewter Foil Embossing Kit- Sheets of foil, Border patterns and embossing tool.

Tim Holtz Grungebook- Six tabbed grungeboard pages and covers with two rings.

Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook-You can read my review here.
193 x 130 mm (approx. 7.5 x 5 in).  Customizable chipboard covers, wirebound, 12 window envelopes.

Clairefontaine Graf It sketchbook- Courtesy of Exaclair.  A5 (8.3 x 5.8 in) size, 90g (41 lb) white, 80 sheets.  You can read my review of the larger size Graf It here.

Clairefontaine Crok’ Book Sketchbook- Courtesy of Exaclair.  You can read my review here. Landscape version, 6.75" x 4.25" (17 x 11 cm), 90g (41 lb) white, 24 sheets. 

Pentel Energel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen- Eight colored Energel X Rollerball Gel 0.7 pens.  Black,Red, Blue, Green, Orange,Pink, Sky Blue, Violet.

J. Herbin Transparent Refillable Roller Ball Pen - Medium Point and six ink cartridges in Orange Indien-Courtesy of Exaclair.  a see-through rollerbal pen with lovely amber-orange ink.  A fountain pen experience without the muss and fuss of fountain pens.

Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Erasable Gel Ink Pen-You can read my review here.
Six color set.  0.7 mm, Yellow, Red, Blue, Green, Tea Brown and Black.  These pens are hard to describe. They're different from other gel pens.  The lighter colors work beautifully on craft paper and glossy black cardstock.

Eccolo Lined Pocket Journals-Three 1/2 x 5 1/2 journals.  Honestly, I don't know anymore about these.  I thought the covers were beautiful, but I haven't opened the elastic to examine the paper, and there is no info on the outside.

Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 issues of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine-One has my favorite of the advertisements I did for Viva Las VegaStamps and the other includes the self-portrait (sort of) tag I did.

Rhodia N11 Top-Stapled squared notebook-Courtesy of European Paper Company.  Small enough to hold in your hand, this 2.9 x 4.1 in (7.4 x 10.5 cm) notepad has 80 sheets of 21.3 lb (80 gs) paper.

Assortment of rubber stamps-Blockheads Paper Arts company is closing its doors.  They had some fantastic grab bags of rubber stamps, so I grabbed one for you. Not sure what the images are, but the grab bag I kept for myself had some beauties, so I'm sure this one will as well!

Tsukineko Memento Dual Tip Markers-Four water-based, acid-free, fade-resistant, fast-drying colors in shades of green.

Micro Marbles-24 containers of round Glass No-Hole Beads, also called tiny glass marbles, micro beads and glitter beads. 

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Wirebound Premium Sketchbook 6x8-I'm still waiting for this to arrive.  You can read my review here.  Natural White, Weight-100 lb (150 gsm), Surface-Plate surface for Pen & Ink (very smooth).  


In the contents, tell me how you follow me.
You can follow me in any way (except stalking!)...
This blog
My other blog,
Facebook-my Sandra Strait page or my  Life Imitates Doodle page)
 Twitter (I'm molossus1) 
If you follow me anywhere else I've missed, just tell me.
I know some people don't use social media. Even if you just read my blog regularly, that counts!  Just say so in the email.

If you don't follow me yet--start and you can enter.

The giveaway starts today 7/4/13 and ends when I get 1,000,000 hits (or realize I've past them, lol).  I'm expecting that it will run app


  1. Woohoo! What a great milestone to hit! I think I mainly see you on Flickr but also follow your Pinterest board for your tangle patterns and check into your blogspot blog whenever I happen to be checking my blogreader, but now I that I see you have Twitter & FB, I can follow those too :D
    Carolyn aka vintagepix

    1. Thank you! Be sure to send me an email at for your entry. I'm trying to make sure I get an email address to respond to. So many people forget to give me one, so I thought I'd try this method.

  2. All of the above....I would follow you almost anywhere you go....maybe not the hot southern states a this moment.

    1. Thank you! I don't think I'd want to be in those States either. We've been hitting the mid-90's and that's hot enough for me!

      Be sure to send me an email at for your entry. I'm trying to make sure I get an email address to respond to. So many people forget to give me one, so I thought I'd try this method.

  3. Congratulations! Sandra. You are an inspiration to so many, me included, and I am so very happy for you.

  4. Congrats Sandra.

    I'm following you on this blog but I'll suscribe to the other one too. I'm not on social media.

    I'm sending an email because your blog candy is too yummy to pass by. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Have a great weekend

  5. 1,000,000 hits giveaway entry!
    Sandra I read this blog and I always find your style interesting - not always MY style but it gives me much to think about - thank you for all that you do, sharing ideas, reviews, your work etc. It is very, very helpful to me! Jakki

  6. Congrats, Sandra! What a wonderful milestone for you, and so well deserved!!!

  7. What a give away! What a milestone (as Sue said).

    Do you want seperate e-mails for each site we've joined?

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    2. Thank you for the question. I'm sure you weren't the only one wondering!

      One email is enough for this round.

      Every few days I'll post another way to get an entry that will require another email.

  8. Well... phooey balooey from a Canadian fan. Oh well, someone else will get to be a lucky ducky and that's just handy dandy!

    1. I know! It broke my heart when the U.S. raised international postage rates by 60%.

      Do you have anyone in the States that could receive the package for you, that you'd meet at some time in the near future? I'm not against someone from outside the U.S. winning--just against the exorbitant postage!

  9. congratulations on your almost 1,000,000th hit, sandra! i love your reviews and read them every time i see one. i've bought - or left on the shelf - product based on your reviews. and i was already following you in all social media except twitter, so i fixed that :) thanks for your work providing helpful information for us!

  10. I can't even fathom reaching this many hits,(I don't think I've even hit 10,000 yet) I think that this is awesome for you. :D 1,000,000,000 hits says a lot about who you are both as a blogger and an artist (a very talented artist). I have been following this blog for sometime, I can't believe i haven't been following you on FB, Twitter, etc. Regardless of your giveaway, which is totally generous btw, I'd still be happy to follow you. Congrats again!!! (((HUGS)))

  11. Thank you for this opportunity...I will email you after leaving this comment. I so enjoy your posts...there is always so much useful information. I only follow your blog because I don't "do" the other kinds of social media.

  12. Sandra,

    Wow, your blog has gotten really high in numbers. Happy for you :)

    Tamara Blickhan

  13. Hi Sandra - I follow you everywhere....Both places on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Flickr and both your blogs thru Bloglovin'
    I know must sound like a stalker, kinda I guess but LOVE all your art!!!

    1. Thank you! Have you sent me an email to enter the giveaway?

  14. Oh, you are so close, Sandra. Almost there!!! Best wishes. You are an amazing artist.

    1. Thank you! The numbers are going up even faster than I thought they might!

  15. Sandra.. following you all the way over here in Australia.. both FB, Blogs and Pinterest!! Love what you do, thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent!

  16. I'm so excited that you have this many people, Sandra! I've been watching and waiting. *pick me pick me* LOL

    I have a pinterest board with just your stuff, too... love learning from you :)

    Tamara Blickhan


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