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Monday, June 25, 2012

6 Months Till Christmas Blog Hop & Christmas Candy!

Welcome to our "6 Months Till Christmas Blog Hop!", yes I said it 6MONTHS!!!!.  Every month on the 25th of the month myself and a few other ladies get together for a fun blog hop to show off two Christmas cards each, one made using a die-cut of some sort and one made using a colour medium.  Last year I was so stressed out trying to make all my Christmas cards in time, so this year I planned ahead and had some blogland friends join me in on some fun to take away all our stress at Christmas trying to get cards made in time!  I hope that our monthly hop inspires you to get started early as well, it is never to late! 

If you are following the hop you should have arrived here from my BFF Heather's Blog, but if not be sure to start back at the beginning at my BF Mary's Blog so that you do not miss out on the amazing cards the ladies made to show to you.

This month the ladies and I have decided to do something a little different.  We have still made two cards each to show you like usual, but along the hop you will find a few of the ladies (myself included) that are offering you a chance to win some CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP CANDY!!  I will show you my candy at the end of my post =)

So lets get started, here is my first card - my COLOUR MEDIUM card using Copic Markers.....
* 4 x 5.5 Card & Envelope
* Image:  Kraftin' Kimmie "Balancing Elf"
* Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
* Copic Markers (colours listed below)
* Patterned Paper:  Michaels Recollections 12x12 Christmas 2011 Paper Pack
* Cardstock:  from my stash
* Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Labels 18
* Sizzix Stripes Embossing Folder
* Cuttle Bug to cut out Spellbinders & emboss
* Boarder punch (to make sentiment flag): EK Success
* Happy Holiday's Sentiment: My Favorite Things "Merry & Bright"
* Ink: Close To My Heart, Pondarosa Pine
* ColorBox Chalk: Dark Moss
* Scissors
* 3D Pop Dots
* Liquid Accents

Here is a close up of the Balancing Elf to see the Copic colours used.....
* SKIN:  E11, E00, E000
* HAIR:  E25, E23
* REDS:  R39, R37, R35, R32
* GREENS:  YG67, YG63, YG61
* YELLOWS:  Y19, Y17, Y15
* Liquid Accents throughout image.

Here is my second card using DIE-CUTS, Spellbinder Nestabilities, Embossing Folder & Punch.....
* 4 x 5.5 Card & Envelope
* Cuttle Bug
* Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder: Snowflakes
* Spellbinder Nestabilities: Lacey Cirlces
* Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
* Silver Cardstock:  Creative Memories 12X12 Paper Pack 
* White Cardstock: from my stash
* Sentimental Ribbon: from my stash, purchased at a local scrapbook store a couple years ago
* Center of Snowflakes:  Creative Memories, Enchanted Epoxy Stickers
* ColorBox Chalk: Ice Blue
* 3D Pop Dots

Here is a close up of the card to see the embossing and design better....

Here is a picture of both cards togerther.  So what do you think?

Now are you ready for CANDY????  Did you like the "Balancing Elf" image???  Well you have a chance to have him in your home.  Here is a picture of the stamp, it is brand new, unmounted and in it's package.
All you have to do is;
* FOR ONE ENTRY: leave a comment on all the ladies blogs for this hop as well as mine (a complete list is noted below)
* FOR A SECOND ENTRY: You don't have to but, I would love it if you would be a follower of my blog (but only if you like my work =). There will be more Christmas candy next month from me too!  If you are a follower, make sure you comment a second time to enter in for two chances at winning.
* FOR A THIRD ENTRY: If you would like a third entry to win this stamp, please also post a picture of him on your side bar linking him back to this post, then come back and leave me a comment letting me know you have done this.

You will have until Friday, June 29th to enter, and on Saturday, June 30th  I will use "" to pick a winner and post the results once I have verified that you have followed the above rules for your chance to have this adorable elf in your collection.  GOOD LUCK!

Here is the blog hop order for this month....
Note; 5 of these ladies are offering Christmas Candy for you to win!
    Shari YOU ARE HERE!!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and will enter into my Christmas Candy.  Hope to see you again soon, and good luck!

Until next time, keep crafting!


  1. Wonderful cards...
    love all the snowflakes!!!!

  2. Great cards. That second one is beautiful. Love the snowflakes. That elf is adorable.

  3. Awesome cards, Shari........Love all Gorgeous Snowflakes!!!

  4. Beautiful cards Shari and a fantastic giveaway....will be a great addition to anyone's stamp collection :)


  5. Super cute holiday elf, and the snowflakes are refreshing in this summer heat.

    Stay Creative,
    Carson's Creations

  6. Great cards Shari! I love the colours of the snowflake card. I hope you had a great holiday.

  7. I love both these cards so very much! That image is so adorable and every last details of your snowflake card works perfectly! Oh and the ribbon on the second card...too funny!;)

  8. Hey BFF....both these cards are great....and really great to see "for real". All the details and your colouring are awesome. Socks!!!

  9. Love the card and thanks for the chance to the balancing Elf stamp!

  10. Half way to Christmas!!!! I can't believe it. Hope your first day back at work was ok :) Mine was bearable.
    Love your cards, great colouring on the elf and love the simple and effective design for your second card.
    Hugs Sally xxx

  11. I just love your projects, especially the elf one. I became a follower:) I also put the candy on my side bar with a link on my blog!!!!! I would Love thes stamp!

  12. You can check the link on my blog. and follow me too:)

  13. I have posted on all the girls blogs as well as became follower.

  14. Two fab cards Shari , love that elf he is fabulous well done Hugs Elaine

  15. Hi Shari! That little balancing elf card is the Bomb! You are the Queen of coloring with those Copics! It is hard to was 111 degrees here today....that Christmas is 6 months away! Time flies! Great hop!
    Heather's friend

  16. What a fun Christmas card that elf is to cute!!
    thanks for the chance
    hugs Nikki C

  17. and I've linked you up in my sidebar to spread the news :)

  18. Just a beautiful blog love your work and I am returning your compliment by following you too!!! Love Chanelle xxx

  19. Hi Shari,
    This hop is so much fun. I have found so many new blogs that I am now following.

  20. I posted a link to your cute stamp giveaway on my blog side bar.


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