Friday, March 9, 2012

Paint Party Friday: Week 52 Check In... Let's Celebrate 1 Year of PPF!!!


Wow!  One Year of Paint Party Friday, already?!?  We can hardly believe it!  Many of you have been partying with us since week one, and every week since we have met new painters... For all of you, both new friends and old, we are so very grateful!  We continued to be amazed, surprised, delighted, and inspired by this ever-growing, fun community of artists.  THANK YOU!

As we enter our 2nd year of PPF, we want to focus even more on the painters that party with us each week. (We'll share more about that next week.)  Paint Party Friday is such a great community because of all of the fun and diverse painters that party with us each week, which is why we consider today a celebration of YOU!  In honor of your enthusiasm, talents, hard work, and dedication to weekly painting, we are thrilled to announce our very first...


This week, when you enter your Paint Party Friday link you will be entered to win...


A one of a kind, black canvas, Paint Party Friday brush holder!  But, a brush holder without brushes is just a holder, so we're including...


25 fun and colorful brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all sorts of painting needs!  But wait, there's more - What fun are brushes without paint?!?  Not much, so we're also including...


A $25 Dick Blick E-Gift Card, so that you can buy yourself some paint (or whatever else you might need) to go with your new brushes in their fancy-schmancy new holder!  Wheee!!!

To enter this giveaway all you need to do is link your PPF post to this week's Mister Linky by Sunday night (11pm EST).  All PPF posts linked by the deadline will be eligible for our very first giveaway! The winner will be chosen from all of the eligible entries by a random number generator and announced next week. (If EVA's or Kristin's number comes up, another number will be chosen.)  Good Luck!
*Update (3/11/12, 11pm EST): The Giveaway is closed.  We reached a record number of participants  (104)!  Thank you partyers!!!  Please check back next week to see who won.*

We are also thrilled that, according to last week's poll, most of you (who have a "track") are either on track or ahead of schedule. Yay! One of the changes for next year (more news next week) is that there will be few, if any, polls in Year 2 - so we thought we'd end this year by asking how (and if) the polls were helpful to you...


Please make sure to use your post URL address NOT your blog home page URL address as there are many late visitors who get confused as to which post is for PPF when they arrive (after Friday) at your website. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Linky, an explanation of how this tool works can be found on Week 1 and Week 2 Check-Ins.


Thank you all again for helping to make Paint Party Friday so much fun... Now let's get this party started!

xoxo
Kristin   and  EVA

P.S. If you haven't already, please help everyone to comment by turning off your word verification aka captcha (unless of course you have serious spam issues). Thanks so much!

79 comments:

  1. Ohhhh what a wonderful giveaway. I know that any of us would love to be the winner. Thank you so much all your hard work and for this wonderful gift.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  2. Woo-hoo!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Let the party begin!!

    Thanks so much, Kristin and Eva, for hosting PPF the past 52 weeks...and for having such an amazing giveaway!!
    My fingers are crossed! :)

    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Thanks so much for getting the party started at your blog earlier this week!!

      http://www.marycnasser.com/2/post/2012/03/party.html

      I love the treats you prepared!! Yummy!

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    2. It's just my small way of saying thanks for all you and Kristin have done to encourage and inspire us by hosting PPF each week.

      I hope you know how much we appreciate the time and effort you both have into PPF this past year, and how very much we look forward to each Friday!

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  3. How exciting is this!!! One Year!!!! Yay!!!! What a great year it has been!!

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  4. Congratulations on hosting this party for a full year! I hope you both know how important this gathering has become to so many of us, and how much we look forward to it every week.

    Thanks so much for throwing this party week after week!

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  5. Happy birthday and congrats on passing the one year mark... being part of this has meant a huge amount to me and I thank you both so much for putting it together and helping me to find and be part of this amazing and supportive community... who needs a giveaway when you get that as a pressie every week... mind you I'm not saying I wouldn't love those brushes... new brushes that haven't been abused would be soooo luxurious!!!

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  6. Love blog parties and PPF is one of my absolute favorites! So many wonderfully encouraging and gifted artists! I can say PPF has given me a lot of inspiration not only by the comments I receive but most especially by what I learn from really generous artists! :^) patsy

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  7. congratulations on this first anniversary! oh my, my heart jumped at the sight of that brush holder with all the brushes! thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. Oh I am so happy I found you before you had your first PPF.I entered and copied the PPF symbol and pasted it right away on my blog. I knew I wanted to be here to enjoy everyone's work and to learn, learn, learn. Thank you Eva and Kristin for the hospitality and I sure do look forward to the weeks to come. I have had a lot of fun.Fun, fun, and more fun!!! Yay!!

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  9. Really a year?Congratulations!!!
    I enjoy connecting and seeing the art. I have learned so much and been inspired. thank you!!!!

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  10. Congratulations on a year of fabulous art! What fun that you're hosting a give-away. How cool it would be to win that awesome loaded brush holder!
    Thanks for inspiring me to keep on track with my painting.

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  11. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful challenge. I'm so happy I found it. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and you two are great hosts!

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  12. Yay! A whole year of fun with more to come. I hope you realise wonderful Eva and Kristin, just how much art exists because of your work in keeping this corner of the web.

    Thank you so much. It is great to have a place to come each week.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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  13. Wow! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a super prize! And for hosting PPF - I really love it!
    Rinda

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  14. What a wonderful giveaway! COngratulation ladies, you have one of the most fun and awesome blogs out there!
    I love participating, reading the polls and visiting each week. Hugs!

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  15. Congratulations!!! This is so exciting. Paint Party Friday has been such an inspiration and I've loved meeting all you beautiful and caring people.

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  16. Wow, such a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  17. Congratulations on your 1st anniversary - PPF has been such a great way to connect with other artists all over the world and I'm so very grateful to you both for continuing to host it every week! And what a great give-away!

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  18. Woohoo! One year old already. Congrats on keeping the party going, and thanks for bringing us all together! Valerie

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  19. Happy Birthday PPF!!! I have had a lot of fun and found very interesting artists here. Wish you another wonderful year! And what a cool giveaway!!!! :)

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  20. Congrats for the one-year-anniversary!! And thank you for such a great giveaway!!! :)

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  21. Congrats on the first anniversary of PPF!
    Happy Birthday PPF. I have met many great artistic people here. It is wonderful! I am commiting myself to doing one FULL YEAR from here on!
    What can you say about that? ... SMILE ON MY FACE!
    Thank you for being here to help me movtivate myself.
    hugs, Darlene

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  22. Congratulations Ladies!!! I have been daring myself to join your site for a while now, hopefully I will get chance to post something by sunday :D XXX

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  23. Thank you for bringing so much fun to all the wonderful artists ... I enjoy bloghopping within the party guests.
    Looking forward to the next years NEW partythemes! YEAH!!!

    xxx from Austria
    Susi

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  24. Hi Eva and Kristin. Thank you so much for hosting our party every week and thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway!!!!
    I so enjoy visiting so many artists to see their work in all its wonderful diversity.
    Here's to year 2!!!!

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  26. Cannot join in this week.........and darn it there is such a fab prize.......boo hoo.
    Thank you for being such great hosts and opening up the chance for us to see other artists work and meeting such lovely people. Annette x

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  27. I'm happy to participate again this week!
    Happy PPF
    ;)

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  28. Congrats to PPF for its first Birthday!!! :) Thanks Kristin and Eva for hosting this event every Friday. It's been fun and hope we'll continue for a long time. :) And you went all out with the giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win it. :)

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  29. Happy PPF Birthday! I've only been part of the party for a few weeks, but I'm looking forward to Friday all week, it's such a wonderful and inspiring place! Thank you Kristin and Eva for hosting this amazing event!

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  30. A year already? seems it was yesterday when I discovered this community of artists and I was hooked to it.
    Congratulations hope that we continue to find many Friday more. Saludos

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  31. Congratulations! A year! Thanks for the hard work you put into this. All of you have inspired me to be work on being creative even when things get difficult.

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  32. Congrats on a year of Paint Party Friday! I am so grateful that I found this blog party - it is great to look at everyone else's fantastic work! Awesome giveaway too!
    Cheers!

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  33. Wow what a giveaway!!!!The party has been a blast! Eva and Kristin, you guys ROCK!!!!!Hugs, Deb

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  34. What a very generous 'giveaway' and thanks for hosting ~ Happy Anniversary ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  35. Yay..Happy Anniversary..Happy ppf everyone!
    Thanks Kristin and Eva for hosting and creating this realm for us all...and yay..such a wonderfully generous giveaway.
    Victoria

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  36. When I found Paint Party Friday a while ago I was excited and nervous to join in and I couldn't have imagined what a great community this is- I am a better painter/artist because of these people. They inspire me, the encourage me, and they keep me painting! Thank you for bringing Paint Party Friday to life! The giveaway this week is beyond awesome- way beyond awesome! Congrats on the first year!

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  37. Hello Kristen and Eva, happy to be back here on a Friday! Happy Anniversary to Paint Party Friday and to you for hosting for a year! I've just been coming along these last 3 weeks and love it, so cheers to the both of you!

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  38. Happy Anniversary to a wonderful co-op and I hope I win!

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  39. Hooray for 52 weeks of PPF!! Congratulations, everyone! And thank you so much Kristin and Eva!! It's been so much fun and it's helped keep me motivated to keep painting! I so appreciate everyone's kindness and encouragement! It's meant so much to me!!

    I'll be late visiting people this week because I'm going out of town, but before I left I wanted to stop by to join the party (so glad I did... what a fabulous giveaway you're offering!).

    Happy PPF everyone!! Here's to the next year of painting celebrations!

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  40. Happy Birthday to you
    Squashed tomatoes and stew...
    You're such an inspiration
    And we all love you too
    xxxx

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  41. Happy Birthday PPF! This has been such a great motivator to me to keep painting. And I've met such wonderful artist friends here. All thanks to you both, Eva and Kristin. :)

    I will try to keep the word verification off as long as I can. Last time I kept getting so much spam and then a few nasty ones popped up! I finally had to turn the word verification back on. We'll see how it goes this time.

    Okay, enough of that. Off to the party!! :)

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  42. I am so glad to have discovered PPF! This is week 3 for me, so I am very surprised to find that you have only been doing this one year. Everyone has been so nice and welcoming. This is a great inspiration for me to keep painting. Blessings,
    Tricia

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  43. wooo hooo happy birthday!!!!!!!

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  44. Happy Anniversary Girls I am so proud of YOU both!

    I remember the first party!!!! HUGS

    Heather

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  45. Wow!! Congratulations gals!! This was a great idea and it's fun and helps in so many ways. Thank YOU! :)

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  46. Happy ONE Year Anniversary PPF! Couldn't miss this week! 52 weeks ... HOLY COW! Kristin and Eva ... thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU for this opportunity! It's been SOOOO much fun! xoxo

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  47. Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary....thinking of the Flintstone's song...lol
    Sincerely , A Very Happy Anniversary girls, so thirlled to be apart of this beautiful group. Thanks a bunch Eva and Kristin :)

    p.s. What a wonderful gift to celebrate the occasion.....keeping my fingers crossed.

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  48. how wonderful! thank you so much for the chance to win these great offerings!! i have so enjoyed the commraderie here even though i haven't played for the entire year...thank you for all you do and i look forward to playing every week in the coming year! it is a great goal i look forward to each week now...and i thought the polls were really fun!

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  49. Hooray hooray hooray! Happy Birthday Paint Party Friday!!!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful group of artists to visit and get to know... you are awesome!
    Renee
    xoxo
    www.fussitup.blogspot.com

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  50. Happy One Year Eva and Kristin! Thank you, thank you for this fabulous blog hop! I enjoy it so much each week! The artist are warm and wonderful and the supportive community of hoppers, well they just rock! Hugs, Robin

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  51. Happy birthday paint party friday.. thanks so much for hosting such aa fun party..

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    1. Thank you for a whole year of inspiration.

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  52. How exciting! I've just joined the party the last few weeks but have enjoyed it very much in that time. Thank you so much for continuing on!

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  53. Happy birthday, PPF! And thank you Kristin and Eva for bringing together and nurturing such an amazingly, eclectic and supportive group of artists week after week! I love it!!

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  54. wow a year already! Thanx Eva and Kristin for creating this amazing space for all of us. And what a generous giveaway, my heart always sings whenever I see new art supplies! xo

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  55. I was a late joiner on this one. I have enjoyed everyone, the support and friendship is fantastic. I have learned so much more about tools and products and have attended local art demonstrations/classes. Thank you so much for accepting me into the group and for keeping it going. You are always linked on my site. . . and I have the button. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  56. wow what a great give away surprise this week ! Holy Moly Id love to be the lucky one !!!

    Love PPF
    -KAT-

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  57. Wow, awesome giveaway! Thank you Eva ad Kristin for amazing party!
    I joined couple of months ago, and it's been a blast! It's inspirational, supportive, amazing fun! <3

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  58. Thank you so much for this site. It has really helped me focus and network!!! I will be posting mine tonight and as always look forward to seeing everyone's work this week! Yay for year two!!!

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  59. Happy first birthday, and Thank You for the wonderful opportunity to display our art each week!!

    What a fabulous giveaway! Someone will be so lucky!

    Maggie

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  60. Happy Anniversary!!! Oh, I'm sooo excited about the giveaway. I used that last of my gift cards I got for christmas and I'm running low on paint. Thank you so much for keeping the party going!
    ♥jenny

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  61. How exciting!! The Friday I actually have art to link up....and it just happens to be your anniversary!! I'm so happy to be able to celebrate this milestone with you...and wanted to thank you for the time and dedication it takes to spread the art love with this blog!!

    I'm so lucky to be a part of this supportive, inspiring community of talented, creative souls!! :D

    *blots eyes with a tissue*
    Cameron

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  62. Happy Anniversary PPF!!! THank you Eva and Kristin! So excited for you both! What an amazing group of artists you have brought together. And I feel lucky to have found all of you!

    Happy PPF!!

    xo

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  63. linking up and so excited that you are giving away gifts for YOUR anniversary!!!! This group of artists have really been such an encouragement to me in my creative journey. (thank you so much for putting this together )

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  64. Thank you so much for everything! This year has been made so much fun because of you! xo

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  65. would you mind adding my name to the sidebar? I try to participate almost every week!

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    1. Hi Daniele,

      You've been added :)

      Thank you for partying with us!

      xo
      Kristin

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  66. Missed last week's party and it just felt so wrong! I've been going through a creative slump and I've been working on getting myself back on my feet! PPF is definitely a great way to start!! Happy week and I love the idea of a giveaway!! Woo hoo!

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  67. So glad to be here on this last day of your first year!! Better late than never!! I am very excited to be here. Congratulations on your artiversary! pARTY on!!

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  68. Hi, looking forward to start.. sounds like a lot of fun.. So from now on every friday is a busy friday.. cool

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  69. ooooh happy one year you guys!!!! It has been a fun year at that too hasn´t it!!! Here is to the next year filled with happy paint party parties and fun!!! Giveaways are a goooood idea. I am having one on my blog RIGHT NOW....go over and enter!!!

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  70. I'm not participating this week but I thought I'd share something I discovered by accident, with the new two word verification process you only need to type in the first word to get your comment to show. I've done this at least 15 times this week and it only failed once.

    Happy Paint Party Friday & Happy Anniversary too!!!!!!!!!

    ps I still hate word verification...

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  71. Coolio, just found this great party and have started promoting it already! Thank you!

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  72. I just posted a new paint on my blog, welcome to visit. Happy friday..

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  73. Hi Eva or Kristin, I did some mistake so Im in 3 times, please can you remove 2 of them. I think it is 106-107.
    Thank you
    Sigga Dís

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