Friday, 20 July 2012

Blog Hop and Candy


Hi everyone!  Thanks for playing along in this new blog hop!  The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina is featuring cards and sentiments celebrating the Christmas/Winter season! As you will see many of the bloggers are based in the USA and are going through extreme heat right now, and are looking for some relief! 

As Sean has said "when I think of relief, I think of a crisp winter’s day watching the snow falling and watching the neighborhood children outside playing and laughing.  I’m starting to cool just thinking about it!" 

But for all of us shivering here in the UK with the wet weather, what better time to snuggle up in your craft space and get a head start on your Christmas cards!!!!!!!!!!

We have some amazing creations for you to see and inspire you, what's even better is that there are goodies you can win! 

If you have hopped over from the lovely Jennifer then you are in the right place, if not then start at the beginning with the very talented Sean

Now for my creations:

I used the Gina K designs stamp sets Holiday Cheer and Holiday Greetings, I stamped the reindeer  in Memento Paris Dusk and used Memento Teal Zeal to ink the background, after cutting out a mask with a SU circle punch for the moon, I used the post-it to mask off the background and sponged Memento Cantaloupe for the moon. The DP is from my stash and the window is made using Memory Box Grand Madison Window with the Memory Box 821 Grand Flower Box added. The Flowers are a MS punch, and the detail across the top of the window is Spellbinders Damask Accents. The sentiment is Mounted on Spellbinders Fancy Tags 

Again the stamp set is from my favourite designer Gina K and is called Punchy Words, I used SU 1 3/8" circle and 1 3/4 scalloped circle punches. The door is Memory Box Grand Madison Door and the Poppy Stamps Party Lanterns are decorating the top of the door. The embossing folder is Ice Crystals by Cuttlebug and the tree is from Marianne Designs.

The stamp set is Winter Wonderland from, you guessed it Gina K Designs and the DP is La Creme from DCWV and again the embossing folder is Ice Crystals. The dies are all Spellbinders Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents and Create a Flake Three and as promised one of these dies are up for grabs!!!

Prize Time:

For joining in the hop, I will give a brand new set of Spellbinders Create a Flake three, to one random winner! (rules below!)

All the stamp sets featured here are from Gina K Designs
All the dies both Spellbinders and Memory Box can be purchased in the UK at:

Whitstable Stamp Craft
21a Oxford Street
Whitstable, Kent
Tel: 01227 264303


Online at: Oyster Stamps

Ready to see what the blog team have been up to with their Christmas/winter stamps?  Take a look (and be sure to read on, for information about how you can join in on this hop  and win some prizes):

1.  Sean
2. Regina
3. Zenita
4. Lee
5. Lori
7. Alex (you are here)
9. Cheryl
10. Tracy
11. Ceal
12. Cheri


 Now for the rules: 

1.     Leave a comment on Sean's Blog first (and become a follower to enter a chance to win the grand prize of a Gina K. Designs stamp set, a Gina K. Designs designer paper pack, card stock and a some embellishments)!  :)

2.     Go down the list of blogs visiting all of them.  Leave comments on their blog pages to be eligible for bonus blog candy from select blog hosts. 

3.     At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Grand Prize and select blog hop hosts for Bonus Blog Candy.  The deadline for leaving comments is Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8pm CST/2pm UK time  Winners of the Grand Prize and bonus Blog Candy will be announced Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

Now hop on over to the wonderful and talented Madeleen

I hope you are enjoying our first hop and thank you for stopping by



  1. Beautiful! What a fun hop...thanks for sharing!

  2. Alex.....your cards are so gorgeous! Thanks for being a blog hop host! Hugs! Sean

  3. These are all amazing! I am a huge fan of functional cards and these are fabulous!

  4. All of your cards are fantastic Alex!!!

  5. wow have you been busy, gorgeous cards!

  6. Breathtaking and gorgeous at the words that come to my mind when I look at your cards, Alex. I love the reindeer going across that window die - great design idea.

  7. Outstanding cards. Love the window.

  8. I so love all the cards you created. You come up with the most fantastic designs.

  9. What lovely creations and each of them so different from the others.
    I am a new follower.
    Blessing hugs,

  10. Beautiful cards Alex! Those Spellbinders dies are so cool!

  11. Those are awesome cards!! I thought I liked the first one the best then I seen the second and then their was the third now all I can say is WOW I like them all!! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Hi Alex! All three of your Christmas cards are stunning such gorgeous creations! Thanks for another chance at winning blog candy!

  13. Gorgeous cards, Alex! I loooove that reindeer image!

  14. Hi Alex - sending greetings across the pond! I love your cards - especially the window one. I need to review that technique again, I forgot how beautiful it is

  15. Love your open window and your open door. Very unique cards!

  16. Talk about winter inspiration! Your cards a fab! Rich in texture and dimension!

  17. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with all your beautiful cards. Just love them all - and lovin' this new blog hop.

  18. Alex your cards are absolutely gorgeous. The first one grabed my attention with the night sky and stars behind the window and the reindeer flying by. Just darling.

  19. Oh my! I am so glad I joined this hop and found your blog. Your cards are amazing. I love the details and dimension you create on them.
    Thank you for sharing! :)

  20. Your cards are just great Alex. And thanks for offering an extra little something to one of us, that's really nice of you. I really love your first card, what a wonderful use of the window die. You have inspired me!!

  21. WOW Alex! These are just beautiful! Awesome layouts and gorgeous details!

  22. Amazing holiday cards. Very impressive.

  23. Oh wow, Alex! These cards are over-the-top awesome, gf!!!

  24. The reindeer thru the window is great. Love these cards.

  25. Your cards are AMAZING! I love the window scene best.

  26. I am absolutely in love with the Spellbinders Make a Flake Three! OMG! So beautiful!! I love your card that uses it, it is so elegant and heartwarming {{{hugz}}}

  27. Wow, you've been one busy lady, creating all these gorgeous Christmas cards. Thanks for the inspiration! I have that window die, now to pull it out and put it to use!


  28. Your cards are absolutely fabulous. TFS and Thanks for a chance to win.


  29. Wow, Alex, fabulous cards. Love the dies and your window as well as the non-traditional colors.

  30. My, You have been Busy Alex! Your Cards are just Beautiful! I just became a follower of yours and Thank you so much for the chance to win that Beautiful Snowflake Spellbinders Die Set! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  31. Wow. All three cards are beautiful. New follower.

  32. What beautiful ideas Alex! I love the window on the first one. Kinda gives the image a magical feel! Love the open door and tree layers on the 2nd one and of course, love those spellbinders die cuts and colors on the last one. New follower #25!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful cards.