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Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

If you have questions, ask. If you have tips, share. Same with suggestions - share! I want this to be a great forum for people to brainstorm and problem-solve with a good attitude. Crabby Apples need not respond, this is a feel-good kind of blog :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Fan Fest Extravaganza



My son Sebastian's prize pool earrings!
When I announced on my Facebook page that I would be having an extravaganza celebration when I reached 2011 fans, I asked a few of my friends and fellow business owners if they would be willing to donate an item to the prize pool.  They all said yes and made some gorgeous items to include - and I thought that was the end of it.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the explosion of generosity and kindness that came next!  I announced the pages that would be participating and the next thing I knew, my inbox was bursting with offers from other pages to donate items to the pool!  What an amazing blessing!  In the blink of an eye, there were 30 items in the album and I can't begin to tell you how honored and thankful I am :)

So the original plan was for there to be one winner of all the beautiful things, but that was before so many businesses became involved!  With so many beautiful things and so many pages participating, I decided that the best way to make this a true Fan Fest Extravaganza was to spread the winning around among as many people as possible.  So that's what I'm going to do - each prize will be awarded individually and yes, I know that's a lot more work for me, but I'm not fussed about that at all :)

So I bet you are wondering how this works, right?  To enter the drawing, you must go to my Facebook album called "2011 Fan Fest Prizes" and like every page who has donated to the prize pool.  As winners are drawn, the names will be checked to make sure that they've liked every page.  If they have not liked every page, they will be disqualified and another winner drawn.  Please understand that this has to be fair for every page who donated and every person who enters - so there are no exceptions to this rule.  Once you've liked all the pages, please return here and post a comment on this blog entry with your first name and email address - and please, join me in thanking all of the businesses who have graciously donated their time, effort and beautiful work to help me celebrate 2011 Facebook Fans in 2011!  This drawing will remain open for a full week, allowing everyone time to visit all the pages and get their entries in.  Entries will close on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 7 pm (US CST) and the drawing will begin, via random.org, immediately following.  Winners will be announced as their entries are verified.

116 comments:

  1. Hellooooo :D Helen here! Im a fan of all the lovely shops :)

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  2. Chrissie Braddock

    I have liked each one these amazing pages. You all are so talented. Thank You Very Much!

    Braddockc@gmail.com

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  3. Valerie - valsreviews1@gmail.com

    I liked all the pages! Thanks!

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  5. Thanks Karen! And thank you to all of the creative people who donated. I liked all of your pages.
    Lisa
    lisaklostermann@hotmail.com

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  6. I think I got them all.. Jeannie's link wouldn't work for me, but I will keep checking! Congratulations Karen!

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  7. I have "Liked" all but one, will keep checking back for a workable link to A Few Figs Studio.
    I will get around to introducing myself as soon as FB cooperates.
    What a beautiful offering and sooooo many talented artisans !!!

    Cathy @SimplyCatherineHeartmadeCrafts@yahoo.com

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  8. hit a ROADBLOCK, but liked everything else... now I need to go back and Browse, I didn't want to get sidetracked and miss liking a page.

    Lots of beautiful things, and talented people out there!

    davnagould@gmail.com

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  9. Thank you everyone! Helen, Nan, Chrissie, Val, Lisa, Emily, Cathy and Davna - you are all entered!

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  10. Hi Karen!

    Thank you for such a generous and wonderful giveaway! There are so many things I am absolutely in love with. Thank you for introducing me to so many great new shops and artists. I'm fans of all the pages!

    Kelly
    kelly.r.morin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Karen,
    I consider it an honor to be invited to participate along with all these other wonderfully talented and giving artists...

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  12. Joanna - texasstargazer@ymail.com

    Wonderful items!

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  13. Hi Karen,

    I'm glad to be a part of this! I'm so happy to see so many wonderful people donating to your giveaway. Like Bette, I'm very honored to be included among them :) And most of all, congratulations on such a big milestone! I'm happy for you :D

    Sarah
    Bound in Chain

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  14. Hi Karen - i am a fan of them all - some truly beautiful stuff on the pages - apart from the one that the link doesnt work on - can you let us know when the link is fixed - as I love the wee denim bag she has contributed good luck everyone xxx

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  15. ooops - forgot my email address! LOL janice-jamieson@hotmail.co.uk - not that i will win - but if the rules say i have to provide it - then provide it I will! :D

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  16. Done! Though I got a message from Facebook that I wasn't allowed to post on anyone elses pages for a bit because they think I'm spamming everyone!

    Danielle
    BentNTwistedCreations@cox.net

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  17. Wow! That took a while, luckily I already liked some of the pages.

    this is a great way to increase the fans for everyone.

    Cheryl cherylspurplecow@yahoo.com

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  18. Vicky at Thepaintedladysplace@yahoo.com, liked all the pages, that I had not already been a fan of anyway! Enter me too! Thanks for doing this Karen, you rock!!

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  19. Hi Karen and Seb.TY for havin such a WONDERFUL contest of such beautiful items all around. I fanned the pages that I didn't already like. May I send you my email address privately due to special circumstances? Thanks and have a beautifully blessed day!!!!

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  20. Karen, such beautiful work by such beautiful people! I am a fan of most of them before this, but thank you for inviting me to join in your celebration!! Love you girl!

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  21. Wow thankyou for all the beautiful opportunities !

    Regina Dushane Dushane_r@msn.com

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  22. Your 2011 Fan Fest is so awesome, Karen! I liked all of the pages so please enter my in the drawing. Thanks!!

    janddolmsted@hotmail.com

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  23. Thanks Karen! I liked all of the pages! email is paulantiques@msn.com. Such talented artisans!

    BeanzieCat

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  24. Everything looks great! very talented women out there. I entered and very excited :)

    Curtishascerrisse07@yahoo.com

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  25. Everyone from my last comment to Cerrisse is entered!

    Tammyleigh you may certainly send me your email privately - anyone may who needs to!

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  26. Hi Karen, thanks for letting us all see and like these lovely pages and for also letting us participate in this!

    Jelaina-Kim
    jelainakim@hotmail.com

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  27. ALL done :) SO glad to have found even more wonderful pages thru you Karen! Congratulations!!!

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  28. Congratulations Karen. Your spirit is amazing :)

    Tania Hagen
    pelimadesigns@hotmail.com

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  29. Hi Karen,
    Thank you for hosting a great giveaway.
    Machell
    machell.duke@sbcglobal.net

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  30. Thank you to all the wonderful & creative people who donated their items and time to this giveaway!
    Thank you to Karen for giving us fans her time to put this AMAZING giveaway together, donating items to it, and for keeping it running smoothly =).
    I also I want to say thank you I now have found many more pages to buy unique, gorgeous handmade jewelry pieces for gifts for my hard to buy for family - THANK YOU!!!!
    Good Luck to my fellow fans - may we all win something that really cought your eye or made your heart skip a beat ;)
    Thank you again,
    Shannon Freeman
    gatorba8girl (at) bellsouth (dot) Net

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  31. Thank you Karen and all the amazingly talented creators for making Fan Fest possible. Such fun! I find the diversity of ideas and skills so wonderful and inspiring!

    Thank you again!
    Monique
    olivebaydesigns@gmail.com

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  32. Congratulations on all the fans! All of the donations are beautiful. I've liked everyne's page! ^_^
    ~Bev

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  33. such great prizes! congrats on you new milestone Karen.

    Kathleen from katscraftycorner
    Kathleen_copeland@yahoo.com

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  34. Finally Sonoran link works - also liked the two newbies as well - so am up to date with my likes - fingers crossed for the draw - good luck everyone

    Jan Jamieson

    email janice-jamieson@hotmail.co.uk

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  35. Jelaina-Kim, Junie, Tania, Machell, Shannon, Monique, Bev, Kathleen and Jan - you are all entered to win!

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  36. Karen thank you for giving me a chace to win your lovely necklace. I just ♥ all your designs...Sharon Wagoner

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  37. Thanks so much! Such great prizes. Dana Denay, dmatthews39752@yahoo.com

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  38. great prizes, I hope I am posting this in the right place to be entered.. I am new here.. everything is amazing , talented women..

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  39. i forgot to add my email address sorry
    ashleysmomscat@yahoo.com

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  40. I am excited for this giveaway, there are so many beautiful things! :D Amber Hebdon, munkvaras@yahoo.com

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  41. I think I got them all. Amazing work out there!

    Cushla Bidgood
    chloedesigns@hotmail.com

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  42. Liked all the pages on facebook....
    Ivonna Freeman blog e-mail gforce528@ gmail.com
    facebook e-mail flitr@ hotmail.com

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  43. Thanks Karen! What a great idea.
    I've liked all the pages except A Few Figs Studio isn't active anymore. Jeanie Tromblay Neville does have a facebook account and I can send her a friend request. If there is a working link, please let me know. Her pearl bracelet is beautiful as well as the rest of the items.
    Thanks again,
    Susan Reardon
    sreardon15@comcast.net

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  44. Karen, You are such an inspiration to everyone! Thanks for all you do and thanks for all the new fan referrals. I love all the entries!
    Thanks,
    Theresa
    designsbyunique@yahoo.com

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  45. I do believe I have *liked* everyone except the one gal who just has a personal page listed, & I put in a friend request for her. WooHoo, there are some awesome items in this collection, Karen; nicely done!

    caitlin/woodworks by caitlin
    tis.caitlin[at]gmail.com

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  46. I would love to give an item to your giveaway if its not alredady to late! Email me at thewayilikeitonetsy@gmail.com
    or convo me on etsy
    www.thewayilikeit.etsy.com

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  47. Thank you for organizing this Fest! So many beautiful items! I have found some wonderful new businesses that I will be shopping with=)

    Nicole- candles4ures@yahoo.com

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  48. Hi Karen!

    I had liked mostly everyone already but found a few new ones I "liked" and a personal page I have requested.

    Let me know next time so or I still can if you want. Let me know.
    Erica/ Uni Q Creations
    NovemberinNY@gmail.com

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  49. Every single donor's page has so many unique items. Thank you for your hard work and congrats on reaching and exceeding your fan goal.
    Sherry Freeman
    Sher1beri AT aol.com

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  50. Hey Karen

    I think I fanned everyone's page. It's good to see so much creativity going on. We all are UNEEK and KR8TIVE in our on way. Thanks for the opportunity to share with you and so many others. I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!

    You are very much appreciated

    Sharon Stringfellow
    Jammalsimz Creations
    jammalsimz@yahoo.com

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  51. Karen this is so awesome!!! COngrats!!
    Gussy Davis
    fussygussy75@gmail.com

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  52. Everyone from Sharon Wagoner to Gussy Davis is entered! Wowza y'all have been busy - I think that is so awesome :)

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  53. Greeting from Sofismart handbags
    http://www.sofismart.com/handbags/

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  54. Melissa

    BirkamGumbi@aol.com

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  55. Karen, when you host a celebration, you do it up like no other!!! Everything in the album is AMAZING and I am blessed to see all of these fabulous works of (he)art, even more so to have the opportunity to enter to win!!

    Thank you to each of the generous and kind designers for sharing your talents!! I was already a fan of most of the donors' pages, and have "liked" the other few now as well.

    Good luck to all my fellow-fans/entrants!!!

    soulshine4me @ gmail . com (minus the spaces of course)

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  56. SofiSmart, Melissa and Cindy, you are each entered!

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  57. Posting for Melissa Lindsay Kieffer, who is having problems with my blog. Email address is: kieffermelissa@yahoo.com.

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  58. Phew, have liked all the pages. Some lovely things. I'd rather not leave my e mail address on here but I've liked as Faridah Brooker on FB.

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  59. Faridah I completely understand. If you are one of our winners, I will contact you through your FB page :) You are entered!

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  60. I made sure to like each page. Thanks for everything you do. You are such a wonderful lady! :)

    tribtanydesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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  61. Hi Karen! I LIKED (LOVED) all of the beautiful prizes that these girls are offering for your fanfest2011! I did run into a problem with one of the pages as it was a personal page and was unable to "like" it. (http://www.facebook.com/jeanie.neville) If you don't mind contacting me thru my facebook page if I am lucky enough to win so I don't have to leave my personal email I'd appreciate it. ~Janet Marino~

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  62. I believe I have "liked" every page. There are so many generous people - it was getting hard to keep track!

    Kerrie
    loopyker@gmail.com

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  63. I liked every page - I think I like most (if not all) prior to this :) They are all so wonderful!!

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  64. I have liked every page except Tracey's that stated that I was already connected, but I will keep trying! Now I can go back and and look at all the lovely's that everyone makes. You are all so generous in donateing your beautiful works of art to this giveaway and I think you will be rewarded for your generosity!
    Thank you all.
    Rene'
    rockhound22@rocketmail.com

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  65. Thanks Karen!!! I've liked every page and was happy to see I was already a fan of some of the boutiques :) Everything is beautiful!
    Casey
    ceecasey@yahoo.com

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  66. Britt, Janet, Kerrie, Beyond Bliss, Rene, and Casey you are each entered :)

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  67. renee Thanks for the give away rengold69@yahoo.com

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  68. Valerie Hampton - manxlady1075@yahoo.com

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  69. Renee and Valerie, you are each entered to win!

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  70. Fanned them all! <3 Ashlie Maxwell

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  71. Thanks Ash - you are entered to win!

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  72. Fanned them all, thank you Karen! ~Maria Lothrop

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  73. i have liked all the pages.. wow there is some awesome stuff!!!!

    mindy lefort

    decembermoon23@gmail.com

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  74. Maria and Mindy, you are each entered!!

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  75. Hellooooo :D Helen here! Im a fan of all the lovely shops :)

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  76. chelsie miss2000g@yahoo.comMarch 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    hey karen!i just wanted 2 say i love your work you are very talented...i cant wait 2 see more of your talent on facebook...

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  77. - I believe I have liked all the pages, I am in "awe" of all the talent out there.
    Ya'll give me inspiration. :)

    Michelle Smith
    shellandtony1982@yahoo.com

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  78. I am a FAN of everyone and their work and TALENT. Glad to be a part of something special! Thanks Karen for all you do!! :) <3 Amanda (flowerskissing)

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  79. Hi again! You already know I am a huge fan of your amazing creations and of course, Sebastian's. Well, this Fan Fest has opened my eyes to some other amazingly talented folks. Now I have lots and lots and lots of pages to like and look at all the time! Thank you and the friends of yours who have given me something to pass the time with while my daughter is in the hospital. I can't think of another way I'd rather spend my time than looking at beautiful creations! Thank YOU! and, of course ALL OF YOUR DONORS!!!!

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  80. I've "liked" all the pages in the Fan Fest (and sent a friend request to one). I'm impressed with all the creative people out there.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  81. Such wonderful prizes and I liked every shop!

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  82. Helen, Chelsie, Michelle, Amanda, Sue, Eugenie and Sharon, you are each entered to win :)

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  83. Fanned everyone!!!
    Melissa C.
    butterflyprincessbowtique@yahoo.com

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  84. I liked everyone and enjoyed looking at all the things everybody does.
    Rebecca Dove is my name and my email address is
    dove.rebecca@yahoo.com

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  85. These are very beautiful!! I love earrings :)
    Nichole Jackson
    nrjackson02@gmail.com

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  86. Melissa, Rebecca and Nichole you are each entered!

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  87. WOW!!!! What a GREAT giveaway!!!! I hope I got them all!!!!

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  88. ha ha - if you don't look closely - it looks like I said "I hope I get them all"!!!! It really does say GOT them all - as in "LIKING" all the great artists!

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  89. Hi Karen! Thanks for all the hard work! I've liked everyone. =) Love Ya!!! Lynn from Easyshop360.com

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  90. This is amazing!
    Shannon ~shannontreisch@yahoo.com
    Thanks :)

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  91. Hi Karen- So wonderful to see all the generous spirit of all the Sponsors<3 Everything is so beautiful! congrads to you-
    LIZ @clarityofpurplesage

    email: beadon96@yahoo.com

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  92. Lynn, Lynn, Shannon and Liz - you ar each entered to win!!!

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  94. You have received more wonderful gifts!
    Everyone has been so generous.
    I have liked everyone now, thanks
    for the chance to join in this contest.
    Rene'
    rockhound22@rocketmail.com

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  95. I'm sorry. I've liked all the pages and friended the one that had to be friend. My name is Ciara Connell e-mail cheesethefrog@gmail.com

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  96. What gorgeous creations! Elizabeth E-mail- inspiredbyelizabeth@yahoo.com

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  97. i went and liked all the new ones that has entered since the last time i liked them i think iam done now im going to go and look at them all now that i have liked them all i hope to win something hugs

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  98. i liked all the pages. now im commenting on ur main page to let you know!! melissa stanberry

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  99. There are so many talented people!!! I am blown away - there was one I couldn't like as it was a personal page - am I supposed to add as a friend?

    Adeline

    lim_adeline@hotmail.com

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  100. Renee, Ciara, Elizabeth, Connie, Melissa and Adeline you are each entered! Adeline, the personal page will accept friend requests - she is currently on vacation from her shop with some medical issues but will be back with new things after recovery :)

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  101. Entry for Mary Ann Keener: "Thank you Karen for hosting this wonderful giveaway! I have liked all the sponsors pages,they are great pages too! You are admired, respected and loved by all of them. You have just raised the fb bar on giveaways,this is the best I've seen and thank you so much for letting me participate in it."

    You are entered Mary Ann!

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  102. here is my email, liked everything
    marcia12092004@yahoo.com

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  103. Hi, Karen~ I've gone through your Fan Fest Prizes album and liked all the pages that I hadn't already liked (there were only a few that I didn't know about). Thanks for running yet another fabulous Fan-oriented event! -- Pamela (MostlyMaille@MostlyMaille.com)

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  104. Marcia and Pamela, you are each entered to win!

    You are so welcome Pamela - what a fun treat this has been!

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  105. Ive liked them all. Beautiful things.
    Danielle Greenlee
    lolipoppgirl383 at yahoo

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  106. Got all the fanning caught up, and almost forgot to stop back and say so.
    It's been a crazy week with Town Cleanup, locally. Got it done, now running like mad to catch up with e-mails - thanks for the reminder post!

    Peg Fisher 853recycler at gmail dot com

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  107. Hi Hun...Patti here pattiscrafts@hotmail.com
    Thanks to all the amazing artists for making this so much fun! HUGS KAREN!

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  108. Thank you for doing this Karen!!...Everyone is all liked up =) tiptows @ comcast.net

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  109. So many goodies from so many talented artisans! I liked all pages and love all the prizes. Please enter Lynne Ray, email sunray38@yahoo.com ...Thanks!

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  110. Ohhhhh... I started this back when you first posted it but wasn't able to get back to finish it until now at the last minute. I sent a friend request to Jeannie but haven't been accepted yet.

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  111. Danielle, Peg, Patti, Wanda, and Lynne - you are each entered to win. No worries Lynne :)

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  112. ***CONTEST ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED***

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  113. boo...I missed out :( They are stunning!! :)

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