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Monday, 6 December 2010

Challenge No. 25 and our Anniversary Blog Hop

So here I am, scheduling our first ever blog hop.  I'm very nervous and keeping everything crossed that there are no hiccups.  This is a first time for quite a few of us (including me) although, I've taken part in a few hops to know the basics.

First of all, I want to say a huge thankyou to all the participants of our last challenge (over 160 at the time of posting).  We've had tons of entries for the last few months and it really feels like we're making a successful go at this blogging lark.

There's a lot to get through this week so please bear with me and such a long post.  Our challenge this week has a Christmas Theme.  We're actually going to have two categories, Card or Gift, and you can enter either one or both.  The prizes will be:

For the Card Category

A £15 gift voucher from One Stop Card Crafts


At One Stop Card Crafts we have a big range of ever changing discount card making and cardmaking craft supplies.  We are always adding to our range of craft supplies which are ideal for making handmade greeting cards, do-it-yourself invitations scrapbook pages, altered items and much more.  Our card making craft supplies include free UK postage* and our popular discount scheme and quick service means our customers keep coming back for more.  Our prices are very competitive and this makes us an ideal place to buy your cardmaking supplies online.



For the Gift Category

A set of 12 Promarkers from Letraset


ProMarkers are made by Letraset and are a twin tipped, dye based alcohol marker offering a high quality product at a great price. Avilable in 148 colours, they give incredible tonal range and can be applied to a diverse range of materials, not just paper and card. ProMarkers produce vivid, bright colours right through to the subtlest pastel shades - the translucent inks can also be overlaid and blended, even further extending the range of shades and hues on offer. ProMarker's quality nibs and inks provide flawless colour lay down with consistent coverage and no unsightly streaking.


Two wonderful prizes there, I'm sure you'll agree.  Our Design Team have been busy making cards and gifts to give you some inspiration and here's what they've come up with:




























Aren't they fab?  The usual rules apply:

1. Your card/gift must be suitable for a man/boy
2. It must be new for the challenge
3. It must follow the theme set.

Both challenges will close at midnight (GMT) on 19 December 2010 and winners will be chosen at Random on the 20th.  Leave your name and a direct link to your entry (not just to your blog) below.  If the link tools are not there for some reason, then please leave details in the comments and I'll add you in before I do the draw.









Now for our second event, the anniversary blog hop.  As I said we've not done this before, so fingers crossed all goes to plan.  The hop has 10 stops and at each stop you'll get a word (or two in some cases).  when you have finished you should have 11 words which can be re-arranged to make a festive phrase.  You'll need to come back to this post and leave your phrase in the comments.  I've turned the review function back on for this challenge so your comments wont be visible until the end of the hop.  I'd like it if you can post about us on your own blog but it's not a requirement for entry, just a request.

The full list of stops are here, so if at any point you get lost or you find a broken link, come back here and check it out.


At the end of the hop we'll choose a random winner who will get a Dovecraft Gift set from my leftover stock.  You may remember I closed my shop in September.  I have lots of surplus stock and you can find some of it listed at very reasonable prices here.  Unfortunately, I don't have a picture, but it contains more than £40 worth of cardmaking goodies.

Along the way, you'll find each stop has a candy to give away.  Leave a comment at each stop to be in with a chance of winning their prize.  We originally had 11 stops but one of our girls has had a major meltdown with her internet and had to drop out.  We rejiggled everything, but I'm left with one candy prize to give away.  It's a digi image from Squiggle Stamps:



I think the fairest thing to do would be to have a random draw of all our followers and send someone an extra xmas present.  I'll do that at the same time as all the other draws on the 20 December 2010.

I have to say that, my mind is starting to go now.  It's very late but I think I've covered everything.  Good luck and we hope you enjoy our blog hop.  Finally, a big thankyou to all our sponsors throughout the year.  We wouldn't be here without you.

25 comments:

  1. the answer is WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR but I find 2 A and no MERRY....did I made wrong ?BUt I already HOP to every Blog...hope this answer is right...happy to do blog hop on your Blog..hugs, Monika

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  2. Fabulous projects - a big thanks to all for their great ideas.

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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  3. WOW!!!! You did a wonderful job Donna!!!! I sure hope people start to leave comments here also... Lov ya girl Pat

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  4. Great blog hop! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the wide range of projects & cards. The phrase is "We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year". Thanks for the chance to play!

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  5. Hi, I just loved the blog hop! Such a gorgous cards and gifts from everybody. The phrase is: We wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year. (And I wish you all a merry christmas too.) X Anita

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  6. Happy 1st Birthday! What a lovely hop this was, thankyou for sharing wonderful ideas and the phrase is 'WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR'. Ruby x

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  7. LOVE IT, great job.
    Shari . . .

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  8. The phrase is "We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". Had a great time at the blog hop, all the bloggers had great cards and gifts and some great blog candy as well.
    Thanks, Shari . . .

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  9. Fabulous inspiration. Here's the phrase "We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". Thanks for the chance to win some lovely goodies. Marianne x

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  10. Wow, y'all did a wonderful job on this hop! Everyone's creations are wonderful! Okay for the phrase... We Wish You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration! Happy Creating! Sara

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  11. Thank you for such a great hop!! Here are teh 11 words unscrambled "We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". Thanks again!

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

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  12. This is my first bloghop too :-))
    The phrase is: We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
    Love, Marianne from http://mariannesblogje.blogspot.com

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  13. Well done on a year's worth of challenges so far. I don't know about you but it has sure gone quick.

    Having completed the blog hop the phrase is

    We Wish You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year.

    I wish the same to you and the girls.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win so many goodies.

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  14. wow what a super blog hop and what fabby cards and pressies your Dt have made the phrase is
    We wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year

    huggies lindyloo x

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  15. First a big Well done on your first Blog Hop is was amazing Donna, and many congratulations on your first year Blogoversary. The girls have done you proud. The saying is We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The same sentiment from me to you all as well.
    Hugs
    Suzi xx

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  16. WoW!! Congrats!! Lovely DT Creations too and off a hop i go! x

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  17. What a great hop!! Totally fabby DT Creations of course are all inspiring! The magic saying is..... We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Same to you all of you!!

    Hugz

    Sal xxx

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  18. Great hop, what a talented team!
    I think the phrase is
    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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  19. Loved seeing everyone's creations along the hop. I got some great gift ideas.

    The festive phrase I came up with is, "We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".

    Thanks for the hop and the chance to win some great prizes!

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  20. Great Blog Hop and wonderful submissions from the DT.
    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Chrissie

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  21. What a great blog hop with so many creative cards and gift ideas!!
    Thank you!!
    The phrase is.....
    We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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  22. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Great blog hop really enjoyed it!!
    hugs
    laney

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  23. Lovely ideas and some great inspiration here and along the way. I hope you guys pop over and keep in touch on my blog.

    the phrase i found was

    WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    let me take the chance to wish everyone a safe and happy festive season,

    keep warm keep safe and keep crafting

    love and faerie dust

    vikkie

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