Monday 5 December 2011

2011 Bloghop

So here I am, scheduling our 2nd Anniversary blog hop.  I'm always very nervous about these things, hopefully there are no hiccups.  This is a first time for some of us, so please bear with us.

There's a lot to get through this week so please bear with me and such a long post.  Our theme this week is the number '2' since we're two years old.  You can interpret this however you like, be it by making two cards, a 2 year-old's birthday card, a twinset (card & gift), it's up to you.  In keeping with the theme we have two prizes:

Prize 1

A set of 12 Promarkers from Letraset

ProMarker Blending 12 Set - Pastel

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.

Prize 2

5 Digi Images from Stamping Boutique

I'm Tracey Malnofski, the artist and owner of The Stamping Boutique. My team and I are very happy to sponsor Cards for Men. My store has been open since September 2009.I am currently a stamp artist for UnityStampCo. and I've worked for InStyleStamps, Squigglefly, and TheDigiShack in the past. I'm a professional artist and an active member of the Artist' Guild in my community. I have quite a busy household with a husband, 3 teenagers, 5 mini-dachshunds and an Appaloosa mare. It's noisy, but I love them all. I'm truly blessed.

"The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality,as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best.

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

Old Time Christmas red 2011Old Time Christmas green 2011

Aren't they fab?  The usual rules apply:

1. Your card(s) 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 18 December 2010 and winners will be chosen at Random on the 19th.  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.  The hop has 9 stops and at each stop you'll get a word.  When you have finished you should have 9 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.

Along the way, you'll find each stop has a candy to give away which has been provided by a selection of our wonderful sponsors.  Leave a comment at each stop to be in with a chance of winning their prize.  At the end of the hop we'll choose a random winner who will get a $20 gift voucher to spend at Peach Keen Stamps.

Peachy Keen Stamps is a family owned and operated leading clear stamp manufacturer based out of Northeast Wisconsin. Our stamps are made with the highest quality polymer on the market today, giving them their unique peach tint. The whimsical images designed by Kathy Jakopovich coupled with their durability make them a favorite amongst scrapbookers, card makers, and artists alike. These stamps are sold exclusively online at and at independent stamp and scrapbook stores worldwide. Please visit our website for a complete list of retail locations.

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.


  1. These challenges and blog hops look great! Will you be announcing the winner and Top 3 from Challenge #23 soon? Thanks so much!

  2. Wow! I'm the first to finish this fantastic blog hop and come back to comment!!

    "Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year"

    Wonderful projects, DT!! What a great hop and I can't wait to make my card for the challenge!!!

  3. The complete phrase for the hop is:
    Christmas greetings and best wishes for the New Year
    Thanks so much for the hop everyone's cards were so wonderful

  4. Phrase is:
    Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year

  5. Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year.


  7. Just did the hop!! Fabulous cards!! :) I came up with "Christmas greetings and best wishes for the New Year".

  8. I had a great time hopping through all the DT work. They did a fantastic job! :)

    And here's the "secret" phrase.

    Christmas Greetings And Best Wishes For The New Year!


  9. I commented earlier, but forgot to include any contact info!! So here is what I came up with using the 9 words: "Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year". And my contact info is, and my blog is Great hop by the way!! :)

  10. A lovely hop - such great work by the DT! I think the phrase is "Christmas greetings and best wishes for the New Year!"

    Thx for the hop!

  11. Christmas greetings and best wishes for the New Year

  12. HEI !

    I have done the blog hop and I think all those words must bee like this:
    Christmas Greetings and best Wishes fo the New Year

    Hugs Berit

  13. Fab DT creations--and thanks for a fun challenge!!! :)

  14. This is what I've worked out:

    Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year.

    Hope I'm correct!!! :) Thanks for the fun blog hop! :)

  15. Hi there. What a fab blog hop with lots of great creations to see on the way.
    I think the phrase you are looking for is:
    Christmas Greetings and best wishes for the new year.


  16. Hi girls, congrats on your two year anniversary and fabulous cards as always. Hugs Dora xxx

  17. Just finished the hop, really enjoyed it, thank you for the inspiration... now here is the word... CHRISTMAS GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR. .. which I wish to you all. Hugs Dora xxx

  18. Happy Anniversary, girls! I hope my English is good enough to puzzle the sentence: Best wishes and greetings for the new year.

  19. Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year! ~ Rose

    Thanks for the super fun HOP with your fabulous design team!

  20. Great Dt inspiration and thank you for the fun challenge.
    DIANA L.

  21. Great hop, your ladies have such diverse cards-something for everyone to see :)
    The phrase I believe is

    Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year

    Congrats on your 2 years, wishing you many more years of success!