Monday, 2 November 2009

'Spread the Love' Blog Hop and Card Drive


Welcome to the 'Spread the Love' Blog Hop. This special blog hop starts today (2nd November) at 10am (EST) and ends on 9th November 2009 at 10am (EST). You should have hopped here from Crissy Armstrong's blog, so if you didn't, click here to return to the start of the hop.

This is a very special blog hop, organised by my stamping friends Denise Lynn and Erin Bailey in response to a tragedy that occurred at the beginning of October in a small New Hampshire town. On October 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home where Kimberly Cates and her 11-year-old daughter Jaimie were sleeping. They stabbed Kimberly to death and left Jaimie for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings. Thankfully, Jaimie has now left hospital and is now back home recovering with her dad.

We are asking everyone who is hopping around today to please take a moment to make a card and send it off to Jaimie. You can make something very simple or much more involved, but please share some words of hope and love and let her know that people do care and want the best for her. Although the theme of the hop is 'Spread the Love,' anything goes as far as stamps, products, designs etc. There are no rules regarding what you create. Please send your card to this address:

Jaimie Cates
c/o Mont Vernon Fire Station
Main Street
Mont Vernon, NH 03057
USA

We have some fantastic sponsors on board for this blog hop, and if you would like to be in with a chance of winning the fabulous prizes you can see at the end of the hop at http://spreadthelove-forjaimie.blogspot.com/ , then we invite you to post the card you make for Jaimie on your blog, and then copy and paste the link to your blog post at the end of the hop.

Some of us who are involved in this blog hop are also offering our own mini candies for taking part in this card drive, and I am offering a brand new Popcorn the Bear 'Someone Special' unmounted stamp set as my mini blog hop candy.


So to be in with a chance of winning this stamp set, hop back here once you've made a card for Jaimie and pop the link to your blog post or online gallery page into Mr Linky below. My mini blog candy is open until 9th November 2009, 10am EST (which is 2pm UK time), and I will draw a winner later that day.

Here’s a bit about Jaimie from Erin’s friend to help you when you create….

Jaimie is not really a girlie girl, but she does like hot pink and black. She likes outdoor activities such as biking, skateboarding, razor rip stick, snowboarding, and karate. She is a black belt in karate.

So for my card for Jaimie, I decided to use my Sugar Nellie Manga Girl #2 stamp, as I felt she'd suit the slightly grungey black and hot pink theme I'd chosen to use. This meant that I could colour her with my limited supply of Copics, as Hot Pink is one of the colours included in set 36A!


For my layout, I followed Kathy's fab sketch over at The Sugar Bowl for challenge #22 and added this fab Black Raffia Lace (thanks Shelia, aka DippyDog!), as the additional challenge was to add lace.

I was quite pleased with myself for having one of those "a-ha" moments and coming up with the idea of stamping the sentiment stamp randomly onto a piece of white circular card. The sentiment stamp is from my Whimsy Stamps Circle Postmark Sentiments stamp set, which, in my opinion, is the BEST general sentiment stamp set out there at the moment:


I gave the card a bit of a grungey distressed look by sanding the core'dinations cardstock and inking up the edges of the DP with my black Versamagic Dew Drop chalk ink pad. I also sanded the flowers that I punched out using my Retro Flower Punch:


Just a couple of days ago, I received my very first Stampin' Up order (woo-hoo!) and in this was the Scallop Border Punch and the Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, which I have used on this card - you may start to see this a lot from now on, LOL!


Finally some pink gems were added to the strips of black card in the top RH corner.


I hope Jaimie likes my card...when she eventually receives it! For those of you who are not in the UK, you may or may not have heard about our national postal service strikes that have been going on for weeks now? Well, I think I speak for all of us when I say it's getting beyond a joke now! Royal Mail are striking EVERY week, for a couple (sometimes more) days each week. I've read that more strikes are planned for 6th November and 9th November, so I'm hoping that this card will get through the system this end before the strikes start again.

Okay, so now you need to continue the hop by hopping on over to Kathryn's blog. But don't forget to come back to me once you've made your card, so you can be entered in my mini blog hop candy draw!

Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs, Semx


Ingredients
STAMP: Sugar Nellie Manga Girl #2 and Whimsy Stamps Circle Postmark Sentiments
COLOURING MEDIA: Copic Ciaos (E00 E21 RV04 RV02 RV10 100 C-3) and ProMarkers (Warm Grey 1 & 3)
PAPER: Basic Grey 'Ambrosia' 6x6 paper pad (Entice) and We R Memory Keepers 'Tiffanys' 6x6 paper pad
CARD: Core'dinations 12x12 ColorCore 'Nightfall' and 'Fuschia Fizz'
EMBELLISHMENTS: Black Raffia Lace, 5mm pink gems, Craftwork Cards Card Candy (Jelly Tots), Versamagic DewDrop 'Midnight Black'
TOOLS: Paper Trimmer, Scissors, PVA glue, 3D foam pads, Sander, SU Scallop border punch, SU piercer tool, SU mat pack

** Entries to this draw are now closed. Click here to see entries for this draw**

57 comments:

  1. this is stunning!! Love the black and Pink colour combo! Just stunning!

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  2. Being a participant in the blog hop, I am just hopping around to see all the lovely cards the participants made. Jaimie is really going to be touched!

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  3. WOW!! This image really rocks!! LOVE the colors and I'm sure Jaimie will just LOVE this one!! Thanks so much for your generous support!! HUGS

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  4. What a stunning card you've made for Jaimie!

    I will be back later with a link to my blog & card post.

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  5. Gorgeous card for Jaimie, I am sure she will be so thrilled to get it!

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  6. Love your card Simonne, I'm sure Jaimie will too! The colors and image are just perfect! Thanks so much for joining in our hop today! :)

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  7. Gorgeous card Sem :-) everything about it is fabulous !! :-)

    Luv
    Lols x x

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  8. WoW girlie this is very stunning!!!!!!!!!!! Love the colors and the details are FAB!! Your coloring is getting better and better all of the time!!!! This is just out of this world!!!
    hugs, janny

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  9. She will love your card Mine is on the way .Ill post the pic today Hugs Sarah

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  10. Jaimie will love this Sem. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Pink and black are always a good combination. The colouring is perfect as normal and her boots actually look really shiney.

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  11. Oh my gosh ... Jaimie is just going to LOVE this creation ... it's awesome! Thanks for helping to spread the word and for your generosity! I've added my link to Mr. Linky!

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  12. Stunning card, love it. I have left an award for you on my blog.
    Caz
    x

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  13. Such a sad story, I will make a card to send to Jaimie. I'm sure she will love this, its beautiful and those manga girls are perfect for bold colours!!
    hugs Angela x

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  14. Gorgeous card!! Thanks so much for helping spread the love for Jaimie.
    Smiles,Deena

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  15. OMG, that is a beautiful card. Absolutely beautiful and Jaimie will love it!!!

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  16. What little girl wouldn't love that card!

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  17. Great card! Love all of the details!
    hugs,
    gini

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  18. This is so fun! What a great card for Jaimie! She will surely appreciate it! Great to be a part of this hop with you!

    Janna :)

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  19. Gorgeous card Sem ;-) I am sure Jaimie will love this ,, Perfect ;-)
    Luv
    Lols x x

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  20. Your card is just awesome! My card is here.

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  21. Awesome card - your colouring is fabulous and I love all the embellishments.

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  22. very nice, she will love it!
    Carol<><

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  23. Of course, Jaimie will love your card! It's fabulous--all hot pink and black with wonderful elements!

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  24. A fabulous card which I'm sure Jaimie is just going to love!!! xx

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  25. Hi here is a link to my card for Jamie I tried mr Linky and my name did appear but it also said it wasn't working too so just to be sure thanks for the chance to win candy for doing something that is a pleasure Julye

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  26. This is gorgeous. I love it and I am sure Jamie will too .Lets hope we can give this wee girl some love and hope.
    I will be making my card along with my children today
    Hugs
    Suzanne x

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  27. Beautiful card and Thanks for allowing us to hop along for Jaimie.

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  28. i'm sure she'll love it, have posted my card to her today :0)

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  29. Such a pretty card!
    Jamie will LOVE it!
    So glad to be a part of spreadig the love with you!
    Hugs,
    True :)

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  30. Stunning, gorgeous, fantastic~~just love this card for Jaimie~~ sure she will love it too.
    Blessings
    Mary Lou

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  31. This is an awesome card! Just perfect!

    Hugs
    Maarit

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  32. YOur card is absolutely stunning! I love the coloring with the black copic, it's perfect! Jaimie is going to love this card.

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  33. Hi Sem hun

    this is one gorgeous card! I just adore the raffia ribbon

    Joey.xxx

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  34. Gorgeous Card I am sure Jaimie is going to love it. Hugs Avril xxx

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  35. Absolutely gorgeous!!! This card will be loved by Jaimie for sure! Thank you so much for being a part of this with us. hugs, erin

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  36. Stunning, just love all the wonderful detail and so beautiful coloured in and Jaimie's favourate colours too, she is going to love it. Mr Linky not working so here is the link to my creation:
    http://mypommiepurplepatch.blogspot.com/2009/11/anya-5-inkspirations-15-and-jaimie.html
    Take CareX:)

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  37. your card is perfect. she's gonna love it.

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  38. love your card
    Jaimie will, too!

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  39. WOW - your card for Jaimie rocks!
    Lovely colors and I love the image!
    Take care xx
    Anne -:)

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  40. I love your card for Jaimie!!! I hate the reason for this blog hop but am loving the fellowship of caring people joining to gether to help this little girl! My card will be postal soon.

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  41. Such a wonderful card, for such a tragic thing, but what a wonderful hop full of grace!

    Nina
    http://theresmagicintheair.blogspot.com/
    (free digital stamps every Monday)

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  42. thank you for ebing part of something bigger than ourselves, i send hugs to all who have reached out to jaimie in her grief

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  43. I love your card! Sadly we apparently have the same taste in style as my card appears to look a lot like yours - although imitation is a great form of flattery, I didn't start the blog hope until after I made my card. You can check out my card above and see what I mean! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. this is an awesome card, Jaimie will love it!
    Blessings, Maria
    ... Joyful Stamper: Blog Hop & Card Drive

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  45. Awesome card! Beautiful coloring! Thanks for joining in the Spread the Love blog hop. I'm overjoyed at the number of caring people in the stamping community - Jaimie's sure to be pleased! My card is here.

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  46. Your card is amazing, Jaimie will love it.
    Mine is here: http://beingkaren.blogspot.com/2009/11/cards-and-things.html

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  47. Your card is stunning and such great colours

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  48. Oh wow!! This card is stunning- every little detail!

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Thank you so very much for taking the time to pop by and for leaving me a comment! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Sem x