Some new pics!

Hey guys!! First of all, I want to say thank you SO MUCH to each and every one of you for your sweet comments on my last post!! It means so much to me to know you guys are out there celebrating with me. :D And because you guys are my favorites in the world, I have something verrrrrry special in store for you… But first things first. :D If you’re reading this from the email or a feed reader, come on over here to the real thing and see the new theme!! :)

{ click here } to see the new theme !!!
{ click here } to see the new theme !!!

I did some updating to the comments section to make it more fun. :D You know how I usually have some kind of graphic, like a button or flower or something by your name when you comment? Well, I still have that, but now you can have your own picture there instead!! :) Have you heard of Gravatar? Basically, you just go to this site, enter in your email address, upload a picture and from then on, whenever you post on a blog that has Gravatars enabled, and you use that same email address, your picture will show up by your name. Like an avatar on a message board! Pretty cool!

kevinandamanda personal gravatars

After I updated to support Gravatars, I went back and read through some past comments, and I can now see pics from those of you who already have gravatars. I love the personal touch it gives! :) So if you don’t have one yet, head on over there and try it out! You can come back and post here to test out your new pic! Maybe I should make this my new Gravatar… It’s a new pic from this afternoon… recipes free fonts photography scrapbook blog

Or this one, since it is after all. :)

Actually, you know what I’d love to have? Have you seen these super cute, custom drawn, personal illustrations that seem to popping up on all the hippest blogs?

It’d be perfect for a Gravatar, a blog banner or About Me page, or even a Facebook profile…

That’s why, as the first ever blog giveaway… I am giving away one custom illustration from April Showers Blog Designs! Take a photo and anything can be illustrated- you, your pet, the possibilities are endless! I want one of the 4 of us: me, Kevin, Miley and Howie, so bad!! Wouldn’t that be the cutest thing? I might just have to get one and design my next theme around it! ;) But for now, this one’s for you! :)

To be entered to receive your free custom, personal illustration from April Showers Blog Designs, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One entry per person, please! The winner will be chosen by his or her comment number, which will be picked by‘s number generator. Contest will run until 11:59 pm CST on Wednesday, March 11.

The winner will be posted on Thursday along with…. *drum roll please*

14 new fonts!!

I have some TOTALLY awesome fonts ya’ll are going to LOVE!! (For a sneak peek, check out the font I used for my sidebar headers.) And there may even be more if I make some between now and then. ;) So don’t forget to check back then to see the new fonts and see if you won!!

Thanks for looking and GOOD LUCK!! :D

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90 Responses
  1. Lucien

    Firstly, I am not sure a blog is the same thing as a Website. I click on something new every time I visit your blog. As soon as we get our garden under control and do as much as we can do on siding our garage I am going to have to organize your links so as to not be such a pest The old brain is starting to cloud up a bit. I did read somewhere on your site a code to change a header title, not the description. Could you take a look at my blog url and tell me if Lucien Alta is a heaer title or it’s description? And where did I see the code to change it? Today I clicked on the link with your earlier pictures of you and Kevin. So enjoy your blog, I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait for winter and outside work quiets down…

  2. kimberly Knudson

    Love the fonts, love your site – and I love the jewelry you have on in the new pics! So pretty!

  3. Pam

    I subscribe to this great magazine and saw this photo/layout and it is also where I found out about this FAB website !!! Thank you … you’ll be seeing more of me!

  4. MaryEllen

    Too late for the contest but thanks so much for writing about the gravatar….really cool! Of course, LOVE your site and your photos of yourself and hubby are just the cutest.

  5. Linda

    This blog is so totally cool. Just found you last night and was already going nuts at work b/c it was blocked (School district). Couldn’t wait to get home and look at the site again. So far, love the cute baby girl, the adorable Boston Terriers and the inspiration I needed to start my first rag quilt. Yessssss!

  6. Olga

    Girlie, You ROCK!! I can’t remember how I stumbled on to your site, but i LOVE it! Thanks for taking the time to share all your lovely talents and family with all of us.. How do you find the time? Your site is AWESOME! What a great way to show and display what you can do, and so many of us to enjoy it. Thanks for opportunity to win! Good luck everyone. Can’t wait to see the new fonts? I might even get up the courage to send you my own, lol!


  7. Diane Eck

    Amanda (and Kevin), I have written to you before, I’m a speech therapist from PA and I absolutely LOVE your website!!! I have been reading everything you have written, since last year, usually more than once! I have not “blogged” before and found your site while looking for scrapping rooms. Your room is the BEST I’ve found! It would be great to meet you and just feel your energy…you no doubt have been blessed with an abundance! Your husband, Miley, Howie, family, friends, scrapbooks, recipes, etc. have been showcased so beautifully by you! You sound much like the woman from Proverbs 31…the wife of noble character! I’m sure that Kevin has “full confidence in you and praises you”.
    One of the things I like the best about your site is your willingness to share your knowledge with us for free and with step-by-step instructions…did you ever think about teaching?? Thanks again for sharing and sincere congratulations on your very first magazine cover–I’m sure there will be more!
    Fondly, Diane Eck
    P.S. As everyone else has said “pick me, pick me”!!

  8. kasey

    i really love ur site…your pictures always come out so clear and perfect. How do you get the creases in them?? I am so excited about the fonts..thanks for the great site!!!

  9. Annette

    so glad I found your site and your blog. can’t wait to explore further and see what you have in store! thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Pam

    I just found your website and I love it!!!!!! You are amazing and very generous. I can’t believe you share this stuff for free, but thank you! I can’t wait to see the new fonts!

  11. Holly Poormon

    OK How did others get the really cool font for their name? I am off to try and figure this out..

  12. Holly Poormon

    Amanda, I love the new look on your blog. I don’t know where you find the time to do all this. I sure do appreciate it though. It is one of my favorite sites!

  13. demetria

    thanks for the opportunity to get a graphic. Can’t wait to see the new fonts on thursday! Love the pics… they are great and the new theme is awesome!

  14. Liza

    Hi Amanda! I can’t believe how you’re little site has grown so much! I’ve been following you since you and Kevin were first married! I can’t help but feel a little proud when your pic landed the cover of CK! Hope the random number picks me :)

  15. Rachelv

    Love your fonts, love your recipes and the rest of your site!

    I’ve got to look into those gravatars!

  16. Becky

    Congrats on the very cute cover photo!

    ps, I would love to see my photography stuff from you. You pictures always look so great! :D Any tips and tricks you can pass our way would be greatly appreciated!

  17. Suzanne Martinson

    Hi Amanda! Could she include my entire family plus our eight cats and one dog? By the way, I absolutely love visiting your site and seeing all the incredibly creative things that you do! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Andrea

    I am so inspired by your website! I love coming on here to see all of the wonderful ideas that you have! I only wish I had the time to create what you do. Thank you so much for the fonts, I love playing around with them when working. Keep up the great work and congrats on the cover of Creative keepsakes!

  19. Wendy Todd

    I love your site, Amanda. I don’t comment very often, but I couldn’t resist signing up for a gravatar and thanking you for putting me on to them! Not to mention, have a chance to win one of April’s animations! Thank-you SO much for sharing her site with us, her designs are exactly what I’ve been looking for to finish my blog! You rock!

  20. Melissa

    Only you could do something this sweet! Good luck to everyone! :D

    You guys look great on the pictures as always and I just *LOVE* the new blog design!!!

    Thank you thank you once again for the great website!

  21. Colleen Todd

    I love your site!!! Whenever I decide to do something and need guidance- I turn to your examples. It doesn’t take a lot to inspire but it is nice to know where to go…
    Come North to Guntersville, Alabama and try our scenery.
    Thanks for the “Inspirations”!

  22. Nicoleigh

    I love the new layout. Gotta love the Shappy Princess!
    I might use a couple of your ideas with the alpha tags…if that is okay.
    Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  23. Nicole

    You’re just so generous and sweet… I am so happy that I happened along your blog. Thank-you for sharing all that you do. It’s above and beyond.


  24. Michelle

    I recently found your site after seeing it in Creating Keepsakes and I absolutely love your fonts and the look of your blog! SO FUN!

  25. Traci

    Love the new theme….so fun and vibrant! Hoping I am the lucky one…my blog needs a makeover. :)

  26. Gina

    That is one cool theme. I love the giveaway. There’s always so much fun stuff going on, on your blog.

  27. Elizabeth

    Pick Me! Pick Me! I love your blog and check in frequently! I too have been admiring the custom drawings on blogs for some time now! :)

  28. Christina G

    Love your blog makeover! And congrats on the CK cover! I’d love to win the illustration! Thanks for the giveaway offer!

  29. Katie M

    Cute stuff… as usual! Oh, I want to win. And I cannot wait to see the new fonts. Especially “PeaAimee” that’s my twin sister’s!!!! She’s so proud {;

  30. Sarah

    Great job! As I was shopping with my son I wandered by the magazine racks and spotted your magazine cover photo almost immediately! I was thinking to myself! ” Man, I know that photo!” Great job and Congrats again! I love this blog and the inspiration you give me :)

  31. Bobbi Jo

    Very fun! Love the new look and can’t wait to see the new fonts. We’d LOVE to have an illustration!

  32. Christy

    Just had to drop by and tell you what a great inspiration you are. I love visiting your site for ideas on scrapbooking & home decorating. You’re so talented. :) Thanks for posting your great ideas. Congrats on the magazine too!

  33. juls

    First off what a great pic of you but the idea of having the custom illustration of your whole family sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

    I’m exciting about seeing all of the new fonts! Yippy! :)
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  34. juls

    First off what a great pic of you but the idea of having the custom illustration of your whole family sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

    I’m exciting about seeing all of the new fonts! Yippy! :)

  35. creole wisdom

    Amanda I would LOVE that. How cool! And cute picture of you and then you both. I’m sure you are on cloud 9, I know I would be!

  36. Cathy Johnson

    Hi Amanda! I *love* your website & blog! Found it looking for scraproom pics, but have gotten so much more over the last several months. Love your recipes, pics and ideas. Thanks from Kentucky!

  37. sara

    I love the picture you took on the cover…what a cutie!! Thanks for the oppurtunity to win a great prize!

  38. Jasmine

    I just recently found your site and I looooove it. Thank you guys for everything you do…and congratulations on the magazine cover!

  39. Joy Gross

    Amanda & Kevin… I love the new look .. I was trying to do something with mine but I just don’t know enough. I love the pictures of you guys too.. they are great.


  40. Barb :-)

    Congrats, Amanda. The magazine is sooooo exciting! The new look on your blog is great, too! I’ve always wanted a personalized drawing, so I’d love to win. Thanks for having such a fun site. Off to see the new fonts!!! YAY!!!!

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