Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Something for me and something for you!

I had such a great time at the PTI party last night--what a fun bunch of ladies. In the end, while we were waiting for the new stamps to show up on the site, there were ladies who were literally (ok...in fun) holding their carts at the door...blocking the rest of us from going in! It was insane to see that 406 people had entered Nichole's draw in a matter of minutes. All in all a fantastic night with the girls and we talked about everything...I think I am getting a dog right Sherrie??? *lol* No seriously...no dogs in this house for a while. The kids, cats and husband keep me busy enough.

On the exciting front...a new toy arrived today..thanks to Trudee for enabling me--I am going professional now...well more professional than a few pieces of paper, 3 lights and lots of photoshop editing *grins* This tent is HUGE! It is going to take some getting used to.

It's the OBN 24" Photography Lighting Tent




It's an early night for me and I haven't the energy to complete my half made project for today's colour challenge over at SCS--sage shadow, apricot appeal and rose red. I will finish that up by mid to late morning and then share it with you.

Anyways I was looking through my stash today and noticed I ordered one too many Memory Maker slides...so you know what that means? You have a chance to win it!



To be entered in the draw, tell me one thing I can do to improve my blog! You can be brutally honest too. I am ok with that. Criticism only makes you stronger. I will pick a name through the random generator Wednesday night at 11PM PST and post the persons name on my blog on Thursday's post.

Because I love to stamp and you do too!
Alli

44 comments:

Kerry J. said...

Well someone has to be first!! Have fun with your new "studio" - how cool! I love your blog - I don't have any suggestions other than please keep it to full feed like it is now! One of the reasons you are my fave blog is your great pics, your wonderful writing, and of course your amazing cards!! Thanks for everything!

InspiredByInk said...

My goodness, you didn't go to bed after the party??? Wow and I thought I stayed up late! hehe

Okay, the only thing I can see **keep in mind you are a hero crafter of mine hehehe** that would improve this site is maybe some color!! heheeh

okay, i gotta get the kid to school! have a great day!

Bobbie :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Allie,
First, I'd like to say I enjoy your blog and seeing your artwork.
What I'd really like is more tips and how to's....step by step instructions.
Thank you so much for sharing your talent and allowing us to give our input.
You have a wonderful week!
Cathy Max...........

Beth said...

Ooh, Alli! I love those MM little "frames." I have several sets but not that one, so thank you for this awesome opportunity! I seem to only detailed oriented when it comes to things that I do so I am not a very good one to ask for critique. I love your blog and visit everyday I have time to blog visit!

salusa63 said...

I visit your blog everyday. You have great ideas, good quality photos, you post the recipe and helpful information - I think your blog is so much more informative and helpful than many of the others. The only thing I can think of to improve is to post several times a day!!!! HEHEHE
Thanks!!

di said...

Well - not that I am a professional or anything - but this suggestion is more from the actual blog - I would tone down the white - it just glare's at me (not that that has stopped me from looking at your blog every day!

Catherine said...

I'll be honest...NOTHING! hehehe, I would love to see some step-by-step tutorial, that's always fun.

thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog as is but perhaps more COLOR would spice it up a bit. Thanks for offering such a neat prize.
Mary Puskar

Cathy M said...

Wow how fun to put this sweet stuff in your studio. You go girl!
Count me in on these sweet frams. They are just to cute. I love your blog! Since I want a chance to win I guess I'm going to have to think of something..um..um..ok maybe add some color to your site, so tutorials, and maybe keep your creative artwork coming for all of use to be inspired. Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Amie said...

Umm...if I had to pick anything, I guess I'd say that because it's a bit plain, you might want to add some color, but I think the way you have it is very nicely effective too. =) Good luck and thanks for the offer!

amiedanny@msn.com

Kelly's Artistic Journaling said...

Hey Allie;
I like your blog, it is a little white- what can I say... I'm an artist and I love color. I love to see "how" things are made so tutorials are always nice too. But if you like your blog the way it is, keep it. It is beautiful.
ksun_1999@yahoo.com
Kelly
Thanks for sharing

Michelle said...

Hi Alli,

First I love your blog just the way it is, you are very talented & I love visiting on a regular basis!

Maybe tutorial & how to's? (is that the same thing!)

Enjoy your new toy!

Savitri said...

Love the new toys you got. That's the next thing on my list of none crafty stuff to get, a portable reflector for my photograhy :D My suggestion, from a web designer, is to get more color in. White space is good, less is more, they say, but too much is a strain to the eyes. Also, you don't have a "Home" button or your banner isn't clickable. There's nothing (at least that's obvious) for me to click to get back to the main page with all your content. You need something that takes you back to http://allistamps.blogspot.com/. Also, your site isn't ADA compliant, you have no alt tags for your images. Alt tags help people who are visually impair "look" at your site. It's what the computers read out to them. So I see your picture but the computer, if you have an alt tag that says Alli's picture, will read "Alli's picture" to the computer user. Ok, probably too many suggestions, huh?

Katie Skiff said...

Good luck with the new Photo set up!!
Improve? You can't! Although I am sure that the new way you take pics will be better. Otherwise, I truly love your blog!!

Terri E. said...

I love your blog my only suggestion is more please!!! I would love to see more cards, more gift ideas, just plain more LOL.

It's a good life!
Terri E.
territrotter@hotmail.com

CAKVD said...

I would love to see more tutorials and new techniques. I can't get enough of them! Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

The Fifteen Week Challenge said...

Your site is great. Maybe a little less white more projects and tutorials. Thank you.

Amy said...

I agree with those who said "Some Color." You are very talented, and I love seeing your creations, but I do love color!

Holly said...

More pictures!!!!!!!! Hehehehe. I'm a very visual person, and I love to see pictures of cards, sketches, heck, even your back yard full of flowers.

I'm dragging here at work today cuz I stayed up waaaaaay too late for the PTI release. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy! Now I just have to see what CHF is releasing tomorrow! What a week! :-)

leenda said...

I would like to see more artwork, close-ups, coloring tips, process from start to finish. I'm not a fan of "being tagged" articles on any blog. Thanks for asking.

Sherrie said...

cool photography toy Alli! Your cards are going to even look better (didn't think that was possible)! You know you will have a hard time going home without a pup.....smiles. Thank-you for coming and saying such gushing things about my cards in the DD gallery, what a wonderful friend you are!

Inkylin said...

I would like to see a site index or whatever it is called that would list topics like "cards, personal, dimensional artwork" etc. When I am in a stamping rut I like to pick the blogs that have this feature so I can just look at the card entries to get inspiration, being able to bypass entries that have other things or topics.

Linda

Aimee said...

I think you should leave it be... your blo is great and I keep coming back..

Linda said...

I think you have a great blog. I love to go to all of the links and you have tons of good ones.
Thanks,
Linda Peterson

Carolyn King said...

Your blog rocks!!!

Hugs! C

Sunnymommie said...

everything are wonderful.. just add colors on blog and fun tutorials..:)

I love your cards. these are beautiful!!

Katey

Pegg S said...

I love your blog -- it's fantastic! One thing you could do is categorize your postings -- by stamp companies, topic, etc. I think all bloggers should do that. It's sooo helpful if I'm looking for a particular post. I think Blogspot makes it easy to "label" your posts!! I love white/or light blogs -- makes reading easier and the pictures stand out. But maybe a little more color -- on your banner?

Deb Neerman said...

A dog.




LOLOL, j/kiddin' ... archives/labels. And I love all the white .. nice and clean.

MEG BEE said...

I love visiting your blog just the way it is... You are kind and pleasant and very informative. I visit daily for my dose of Alli. Keep doing what you do best.

Hugs,
Michelle

Trudee said...

I promise, you will LOVE the tent! :) Enjoy!

sheila said...

OMG your blog can't get much better. Wonderful inspiration, great talent. I love looking at your cards, etc. Now you have a new photo setup? What could be any better????

barb hendrickson said...

I'm certainly no blog expert, not even a novice, but maybe a 3 column blog? I actually love your blog and visit everyday. So, I'm easy to please. Your art work is enough to keep me coming back day after day. Thanks so much!

barb hendrickson

Anonymous said...

I love seeing other peoples creativity so keep those creative juices flowing!! :) Thanks for the chance at winning!
Nicole L.
cutesy_face@hotmail.com

Yosha said...

Congratulations on the "studio!" I am sure you'll have fun with it.

As for improvements, since you asked, I am throwing out a totally superficial suggestion...a little less white on the blog? I find it a little glarish and takes a bit away from your great cards. Having said that I am still here every night!!!

Cheers Alli,

Yosha

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

You mean there is something wrong with your blog? Huh?

Jan Scholl said...

it's to white-can you add a tint ot it? the black and white glare is bad at 2 AM

Nicki Lundeen said...

To be honest - I love it the way it is...however, if I have to give a suggestion mine would be to add some color to your site. Also, I too would love to see tutorials.

I love your site and visit daily. By the way, I love the slides - sure hope I have luck on my side!!!!!

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

I dont thing you need to change a thing...I love how elegant your blog looks...Ie has a Great feel about it.(((Hugs)))

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Oh that 'studio in a box' looks AWESOME!! You have to tell me where you got it....did you get it in Canada!! I NEED one and I've asked for one for my birthday but I don't think my honey will know where to find one!! Help a girlie out!!!! *cheesy grin*

melgrace said...

cards, cards, cards. they are the only reason i visit blogs! i love to be inspired by your creations, so the more cards, the better. also, you are so creative, it would be cool to see it reflected more in your blog layout.

Corinna is Stamptopia.com said...

You need to mention me more. ;)

Janet B said...

The only thing I can say about your blog is that I love it and want more! So more, more, more...... :-)

Janet B
gladiola64@hotmail.com

Gina Wrona said...

mmmmmmm, maybe add a featured artist every now and then from the cards you receive like my demo Dawn Griffith does.

Lorri said...

Mix up your sign off? If we didn't all love to stamp we wouldn't be looking at your blog!