Friday, January 25, 2013

"11 Months till Christmas Blog Hop"

Welcome to our monthly Christmas Blog Hop. Yes I know Christmas was only a month ago but we are dedicated to starting our Christmas cards early, never to early to get a head start :).

If you are new to our hop here is a little about the hop and how we came to be. Every month up to Christmas we make two cards and post them on the 25th of each month to get that head start to the Christmas card rush. By doing this when we get to December we will each have at least 22 Christmas cards. This block hop started when my great friend Shari and her BFF Heather decided that they were tiered of rushing to make their Christmas cards along with getting ready for the holidays all at once. They decided to challenge each other to make 1 card using a colour medium and one using die cuts or punches each month. Through out the year the hop grew to the lovely and very talented bunch of crafters we have today.

So last year we challenged our selves to make 1 card (or project) with a colour medium and 1 with a die cut or punch as I mentioned above. This year we have changed it up a little, this year we are going to make 2 cards or projects using any technique as long as it follows or represents the theme for the month.

If you arrived here from the talented Mary's Blog then you are in the right spot. If you just happened along my blog and would like to start from the beginning please head over to my very great friend/mentor ;) and the extremely talented Shari's Blog.

Also this month we have a guest Designer Nikki she will be you last stop on today's Hop :). Welcome Nikki so glad you could join us for our fun little hop :). Nikki has her own digi stamp store called Limited Runs Stamps . Once you have completed the hop you should head over and take a look.

Remember to hop along to all the Blogs and leave some love for our very talented crafters who have made wonderful projects for us to enjoy.

I chose to make 2 Christmas cards, I just started making cards last year around this time so I found that I didn't have as many cards as I wanted/needed this year. So I had to limit my love to the most special people in my life. So hopefully this year I can spread the love a little further. I also just got my own desk :) so i just loved making these cards with it. The desk was a big deal for me because I live in a shoe box apartment with my fiance, we have limited options for places we can move as he has MD and relies fully on his wheelchair. So for now this is where we live, when I started this hobby I was crafting out of bins and it was quite challenging but  right after Christmas my dad helped with taking some major pieces of what we will call furniture to allow me to get my own space in the apartment for just me to enjoy and boy this has made me so extremely happy :D. I spend every minute I can sitting there even if it isn't crafting I just enjoy a place that is for me :). I will have to post some pictures of my new set up once it is all complete and tidy.

Well on to the cards....

This Months theme is Snowbound ( Snow themed projects )

1st Card
1st Card:
Copic Colours Used
-BG78,BG75,BG72 ( one of my fav's)
-C1 + B0000 ( Snow )

Supplies Used
-Magnolia image
-Lacy Squares ( Spellbinders)
-Penny Black - Christmas Cheer Sentiment
-Studio G ink
-Jingle Bell
-Snowflake Embossing Folder ( got in one of the magazines )
- Jewls
-MME paper pad
Close up of colouring

2nd Card
2nd Card:
Copic Colours Used
- E11,E01,E00,E000
-C1 + B0000 ( snow)

Supplies Used
-Presious Moments ( Free Colouring page )
- Labels 11 Spellbinders
-Penny Black Sentiment
-Color Box - Surf Pigment
-Versa Magic-Dew drop - Aegean Blue
-Glitter Ritz - Liberty Blue

Close up of colouring

Close up of sentiment and the glitter of the Glitter Ritz

Both Cards 

Your next stop on our hop is the talented Kerry.

Below I have listed a full hop order in case you get lost along the way.

Sorry for the very long post but I was a head of the game this month and I quite enjoyed writing this post :)

9.) Nikki (Guest Designer):

Challenges I would Like to enter

One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes

Bunny Zoe - Anything Goes

Penny Black - Jan Challenge - January Blues

ABC Christmas Challenge - B is for Bow's or Boy's

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Recycle or use something free

Copic Creations - Challenge No. 59- Saturated Colours


  1. Oh Sara!!!! Wow I LOVE your cards! Your Maggie image is AMAZING!!! and your Precious Moments image is so adorable, love the added BLING! WOW Great job sweetie!

    Many Many Hugs!

  2. Oh Sara, these are absolutely adorable. Your mentor taught you well :) I like the colouring, your colour choices and the embellishments. Hugs!!

  3. Adorable cards Sara!

  4. So cute! I just love the background papers you used!

  5. Hi Sara,

    Your cards are gorgeous! Those images are super cut! So happy for you that you now have your own space....I love my little corner of the basement, its my most happiest place to be. Looking forward to seeing those pictures :)


  6. These are fab cards - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 108 - you could also enter this into my new CHNC challenge extra for January - I'd love to see it there too. X

  7. Hi, Sara! Darling winter cards! They look so sweet with the colors you have selected, and the beautiful coloring and shading! I like the blue theme and especially the shaped sentiments! Thanks for the inspiration today! hugs, de

  8. I am loving the hop.....two more great cards.
    Really love the colours you chose, fab cards.
    Have a good day.
    Hugs Sally xxx

  9. Super adorable cards, and especially love the sentiments! TFS.

  10. How precious! I love both of your cards. They are so adorable. Love the images and your coloring of them. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  11. Beautiful cards you made, nice touch to add the little bell to both cards and great coloring!
    Hugs, Elenor

  12. Very winter wonderland, wonderful work. Thanks for playing along at One Crazy Stamper.

  13. Awww...such sweet cards!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  14. Lovely cards! Thank you so much for joining us at Bunny Zoe's crafts ♥