Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Happy Birthday TPE!!!!!

Welcome to The Pink Elephant's first birthday blog hop!!

One year ago, Lori and I had the idea to start a fun, no pressure challenge blog. One that would bring fun, easy to follow challenges in a friendly, family atmosphere. We all held our breath with the first challenge. Hoping, praying....scared to death that nobody would play along with us. Imagine our surprise as week after week, more and more people came and played in our challenges. You all made it so worthwhile. Seeing your amazing interpretations of our challenges each week fills all of our creative hearts with joy! So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making TPE what it is today!! We owe it all to you.

The dt is like one big happy family. We have sadly had to say goodbye to a few of the designers over the past year, but we have made such wonderful lasting friendships with everyone. We truly have a happy atmosphere behind the scenes as well and that's what makes us all work so well together. I personally want to thank all of the TPE designers for being such a wonderful group of girls!!! You make such awesome creations week after week and I thank you for being so inspiring to the participants!

A few weeks, ago, I made a very difficult decision to step down as co-owner of the blog. Not because there were any issues. Absolutely not. I just don't have the time to dedicate to the blog like an owner should. I went back to work last spring for the first time in 12 years. I have never had an outside job and juggled a family at the same time. I stopped working when my oldest was young (and I was much younger too! lol) and was always super mom. Now, I just don't have the extra time. I won't let my daughters suffer because I had to return to work. I want to make sure that they get the same mom they have always had. So, some things had to give. I am going to remain on the design team, though. You all can't get rid of me that easy!

Okay, enough of my rambling. You all came here for a blog hop, right???
If you didn't arrive here from Betty's blog, head back to TPE and start from the beginning. 
After you are done here, hop over to Kellie's blog to see one of our newest designer's creation!
I am not going to share a recreation of my favorite challenge....remember that time thing? lol Well, things have been worse than usual here, so I asked if I could share my all time favorite TPE challenge card:
 
This was for our 5th challenge. It was brown, pink and green. LOVE that color combo. This elephant still makes me smile everytime I look at it. I spent many an hour searching for this die because I fell in love with this elephant the second I saw it. It is a Sizzix die. 
While browsing through my challenges, I decided that I wanted to make a small collage of my 9 runner up choices. It showcases some of my favs and some of the sponsors from the past year:

If you have any questions about products used on any of these, please don't hesitate to ask away!

Now, I also want to offer a blog candy of some sort. I don't honestly know what goodies I am going to send the winner, but I promise they will be something nice. I wouldn't send anything out that I wouldn't want to receive. I have boxes and boxes of things that are brand new and need new homes. If you are interested in a surprise, secret blog candy, please leave a comment on this post. I will draw a winner on Thursday evening using random.org. Make sure I have a way to contact you if your number is chosen!!! Spread the word about The Pink Elephant, the blog hop and my blog candy!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy hopping!!

77 comments:

Krista said...

Adorable card! I love that pink elephant! Off hoppin!

Moshie said...

I love your card! I have not know TPE for long but know they are going to miss you as a co-owner! I pray for the best for your family and am sure you will still be the super mom to your girls!
hugs,
Moshie

Lauren said...

Such a cute card! The elephant is so appropriate for this hop!

Lauren

Tonya Klar said...

Robin, I admire your decision to step away a bit from TPE. I know it can get difficult when you have a family and other obligations. It's admirable you are putting your daughter's needs ahead of your own. I love your designs and your cards are just precious! Good luck!

Sprytebyrd said...

Your projects are all so beautiful! I Love your pink, brown and green card - the textured paper is perfect!
Thanks for the fun hop!
Dee (Sprytebyrd)

Shelley said...

What a cute card - especially like the textured paper and embossing.

Lesley517 said...

Sweet card...love the elephant!

Patti aka NW Lady said...

Thanks for the fun Blog Hop, Happy Birthday to TPE! Thanks for the secret chance of winning your blog candy, whatever it might be. And I love love love your Elephant card, so so cute!

Rebecca said...

What an adorable elephant! (I may have to go searching for that die!)

Jess said...

So many wonderful cards and projects! Thanks for much for bringing TPE to all of us, I've loved playing along over the past year!

Beth said...

Robin this is just so sweet and adorable love that Pink Elephant and that color combo is very pretty.

Holly said...

Really a darling card!

Audrey said...

Super cute card! I love that elephant!

Jacki Randolph said...

Robin, thank you for helping to bring TPE to all of during the last year. I have always loved your creations. Wishing you and your family the best of everything.

Hugs

margie c said...

What an adorable card! I love this color combo too! and that lil elephant is just too cute :)

Thanks for sharing and good luck with your new job :)
hugs, margie

Scrappy Witch said...

Aww Robin, how cute is that Elephant card! All your creations are awesome really!

Betty

Lisa aka Myran said...

I agree, this card is super cute!
Hope you'll get more time with your family, but I still want to see some great cards from you :)

craft_princess said...

Very appropriate with a pink elephant! You are clever! :)

Sarah Bullock said...

these cards are lush!! I love your blog. This is the first time of hopping and I love it!! Sarah xx

Trudi said...

I can see why you chose that one Robin, that elephant is so adorable! It's been a pleasure being on the team with you this past year, cant wait to see what the next year has in store for us :)

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Hi Robin!! Darling cards!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!!

Itzuvit said...

Such a cute little pink elephant
Happy birthday to Ella!
Hugs, :) Itzuvit

Scrapaddict said...

Adorable card and just perfect for the hop!

Alexis said...

aaaww, what a cutey elephant. Love the color combo too!!

Elizabeth said...

Oh really love the elephant, thanks for sharing

Plundis said...

So many great cards (just love the adorable elephant)and other projects you have made... And what a surprise to have the chance to win a candy too... Me like!!!

tina said...

Robin,

Thank YOU & Lori for inviting me to TPE. It has been a great ride!

Tina

Jenn K said...

What wonderful cards!! So happy to be on the team with you!

Wilfreda said...

I really like this card. The elephant is so cute.

Hannah said...

Adorable card!!!! Love the color combo!! CUTE
Hugs,
Hannah Bug

Justine said...

This is an adorable card, love the buttons int he corners and you are right, great color combo.

Lenas kort said...

Super cute card :-) Looooooove it :-)

Michelle said...

Very cute card. I love the Elephant and the way you embossed the elephant. Looks very good!!

Lorraine said...

what great creations and thankyou for the chance of winning some candy too xx

Jennifer said...

I love your card, thanks for the blog candy opportunity!

Tracey said...

A fabulous card! Love the cute elephant!

StampOwl said...

cute little elephant and card Robin

Kellie Winnell said...

Ooooo this is very clever having the gorgeous little elephant on the birthday blog hop! The card is just the sweetest!
Hugs Kel

Kristy Young said...

Oooh what a gorgeous card and LOVE this colour combo!
Kristy x

Callie said...

What a beautiful card. I love that Color combo as well. And of course I would love the opprotunity to snag some blog candy along the way :)

Mimiko said...

This is so cute!

silvia said...

Super cute card!! I LOVE the elephant die!! :)

Ashley said...

I love love love the elephant on this card...the card is beautiful :)

Juliet A said...

I'm glad you shared this elephant card, I hadn't seen it before, and it is too good to miss!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

What an adorable card. I love the elephant!!!

ScrapinShana said...

Awwww, that is one cute elephant! Perfect for TPE's birthday!

LORi said...

Oh what can happen in a year!! Lots of fun huh!??!!? I remember this card like it was yesterday...we were so excited about that die!!!
It's adorable!!! So happy we are friends and that TPE came out of out friendship!!

Love ya Girl - LO

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

That is a great color challenge! Your lil elephant is so adorable!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh SWEET as can be!

April said...

Who wouldn't love a big pink elephant?? Happy BDay TPE!!
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Mary said...

cute card

Mary

Sheng said...

Ah, that is the cutest pink elephant ever. The colors go so well together.

And I would love a chance at winning your yummy candy.

xoxo hugz
sheng

Loz (Aus) said...

Oh I love your little embossed elephant! So cute!

jude said...

Your card is adorable!just love those colours same challenge i choose
hugs jude:)

Alissa said...

I love your stuff. I too love those colours together. You did a great job wiht your card. I think keeping the blog candy a surprise is a nice change :)

craftalicious-caper@gmail.com

DesertBuni said...

1st...Your card is so cute...I like the "Pink Elephant" its perfect! 2nd...what a precious gift you are giving your beautiful daughters! While it is a sad moment to step aside...we have just a few short years with our children...and they can not be replaced...your girls will treasure this gift you have given them...the most important thing you can…your time and love!! 3rd...I'll put a link back to you in my candy jar! You can visit me at The Paper Palace if you want to!

janniche said...

hello!
so cute card with pink elephant!
exiting with blog candy! I am with you

JAN said...

wonderful fun card beautifully created

Sinihilkka said...

That's a very cute elephant indeed. I hadn't realized how great combo brown, pink and green can be. Thank your this year with The Pink Elephant Challenge!

KarenB said...

That Ella card is the sweetest!!

I'd love to join your candy and I love surprises. You can find me on my blog at http://beingkaren.blogspot.com and I'll be posting my TPE inspired layout in the morning when I've photographed it :)

Zoe-Aus said...

So cute! I just wanted to add that I love your illustrations and enjoyed playing with the digi I got just for this hop. Thank you!

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Your card is so cute!!! Love it!

Kimmarie said...

Cute card! My 7 year old LOVES elephants, she would flip for that card. lol Sometimes life takes over and things have to change. Family should be first. Good luck to you. Back to hopping...

Kathy K said...

Love your card...two of my favorite colors pink & brown...and the elephant is super cute!

Bev said...
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Bev said...

Love the colors and the die. Thanks so much for sharing your talent! I hope all goes well for you and I am happy to hear you will still be a DT member!


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Margreet said...

such an adorable card with that really pink elephant.......thanks for giving the chance to win your secret candy!
xxx Margreet

Annette said...

Cute card, love embossing on the pink elephant, love display of runner up creations they are all wonderful. Good Luck with work. Take CareX:)

Isapag said...

Adorable card! Love the elephant

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Robin, your little elephant card is so sweet!!! And let me say that TPE is one of my favorite challenges! Thanks for the fun blog hop!

Anne H. said...

Happy Birthday!
Such a lovely card - I love the pink elephant!
Take care xx
Anne :)

Jodi said...

What a cute card and that elephant is adorable (and very appropriate)!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely love this!

Viji Siddharth said...

Awwww so cute!

kim.mom said...

Love Love Love that elephant! Too cute!

Jerusha said...

Thank you for sharing your card with us. Sorry to hear you're taking a break from TPE, you will be missed!!

Anonymous said...

Such a cute card, Robin. You do such nice work. Thanks for sharing:)
DebbieK