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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Card Swaps: Sugar Crash Blog Hop and online Crop

Welcome to my blog! 


For those of you who don't know me yet, my name is Traci.  I am an Independent Close To My Heart Consultant and I am THRILLED to be a Guest Card Maker for the CardSwaps Sugar Crash Blog Hop.

I am so happy that you are visiting today.  Are you ready for some fun?  I sure hope so.


My Christmas Memories


I LOVE this time of year!  It always reminds of special times of my life.  Some memories are magical - like Christmas Caroling in Sun Valley Idaho, some are bittersweet - like going to my grandma's funeral just a few days before Christmas.  But the message of Christmas always fills my heart with joy!  I think back to when I was about 8 years old and there was a new family that moved into our neighborhood.  They really didn't have much and my family wasn't rich, but we never went without.  I remember my mom washed and ironed some of our Sunday dresses that didn't fit anymore and carefully put them in a box.  It was our plan to to secretly leave them on this family's doorstep - and since they were new in the area they wouldn't know who the dresses had belonged to.  We drove to their home and I don't remember who put the box on their doorstep, I just remember how fast we got out of there!!  And I do remember how warm my heart felt every time I saw one of those little girls wearing one of the Sunday dresses we had given to them.  It's funny how when you give a gift you receive the most!


Sugar Crash "Peace on Earth" Christmas Card
And this is my card:


The tree is from the stamp set: D1376 Holiday Warmth 
The papers are from the Jingle Paper Packet
and the ribbon is Cranberry Grosgrain ribbon.

I embossed the tree and text with a green glittery embossing powder.  The sparkley "ornaments" are Twinkle brads.

All products are from Close To My Heart and you can buy them HERE.
Blog Hop
ALRIGHT!!  Are you ready for more hopping?  If you came here from Jane's Blog   then you are on the right path.  If you haven't done so already you will want to visit my good friend Lora's Blog  so you don't miss any of the fun (You should START AT LORA'S so you don't miss anything).  When you are done on my blog you can go to Angelina's Blog. HAVE FUN!

There are 17 stops (see list below) on today's blog hop and you really should visit ALL OF THEM!!  WHY?!?  Well you wouldn't want to miss out on a chance to win a prize would  you?  Or you wouldn't want to miss FREEBIES!  There are some sketches and digital images FOR FREE!  So don't miss out!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and you will be eligible to win the prize on that blog!


We like to hear your nice thoughts, too. (Who doesn't LOVE comments? not me!) We LOVE IT! Please say hi! I don't bite.

GIVE AWAY

I am giving away a mini-stamp set called Memories, so versatile, you can use it ALL YEAR ROUND!




The set includes two leaves, one acorn, and the word "Memories"

REMEMBER TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MY GIVEAWAY!!  One winner will be chosen.
If you like what you see, then feel free to FOLLOW MY BLOG.

You are invited to participate in the Sugar Crash Crop at CardSwaps, too. There are 10 challenges to be posted over the next 3 days (November 4-6, 2010) and EVERY challenge will have a winner. What’s the prize, you ask? A paper crafts books from CardMaker Magazine!! PLUS, one lucky crop participant will win a card making kit that makes 50 cards!!!! It’s very cool… you MUST play along.
ONE MORE NOTE ABOUT THE RULES:  
You have until 11:59PM CST, November 6, 2010, to post your comment on the blogs on the hop (that includes mine, please! Everyone that comments on my blog will be entered in to the drawing for a prize from me. In addition, if you want to participate in the challenges for the Sugar Crash Crop go check it out after the blog hop and upload your completed projects by 11:59PM CST, November 8, 2010. There are prizes to win there, too!

LIST OF BLOGS:


Carolyn King (Guest Designer) - http://myblogbycammie.blogspot.com/
Christy Croll (Tiddly Inks - Guest Designer) - http://tiddlyinks.blogspot.com/
YOU ARE HERE: Traci (Guest Cardmaker) - http://papercraftingprincess.com/
Tami Mayberry (Guest Designer) - http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/
Natalie (Chi Chi Memories - Guest Designer) - http://chichimemories.blogspot.com/

54 comments:

  1. I love embossing! Thank you for sharing your sweet story with us. My family was on the receiving end of such an event..we got family games on our doorstep one Christmas. 40 years later I still have one of the games called Kaboom. My kids loved to hear the story everytime we played it. God Bless

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  2. hi traci,

    this is very cute!!!

    greetings femke

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  3. Traci! I love your story of the Sunday Dresses. Your card is cute too. I like that you hung "ornaments" on your tree!

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  4. what a beautiful card. Great holiday memory too!!!

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  5. Awww! What a heartwarming story! It makes me feel good as well to give a gift without expecting anything in return or a give a gift created by your own hands and from the heart. Love the card (and the yummy peppermints)!! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. This is beautiful, and something that looks manageable. What a great idea! We have done volunteer work around the holidays in the past, but this is even better!

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  7. Beautiful card Tracy! After reading your post I wanted to share a little story with you. My family was very poor when I was younger. Once christmas there were no packages, food or a tree to be had. On christmas eve (which is also my birthday) there was a knock on the door just as it was getting dark. When we opened it a car was pulling away and there were two boxes on the steps. One had packages and the other had enough food for a nice christmas dinner. I will NEVER forget that christmas. We still don't know who did it to this day, but those were the best jammies I ever got. I make it a point to do something for someone in need every holiday in rememberance of what that person did for our family. We were mormons at the time so I know it was someone from the church. That's just how they are. They see a need and fill it. Sorry this got a little long. I just really wanted to share that. God Bless you and your family for making a difference in someone else's life!

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  8. Very pretty. TFS and God Bless.

    Diana
    http://b4ustamp.blogspot.com

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  9. love your card. thanks for sharing!! god bless.

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  10. Beautiful card thanks for the great ideas!

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  11. Sweet card, Traci. I was touched by your Christmas story, too. I have been on the giving and receiving ends of Random Acts of Christmas Kindnesses. I have been equally blessed by both. It doesn't take riches to enrich someone else's life.
    Thank you for hosting this crop.
    Teresa

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  12. Your card is so sweet, I just love graphic Christmas tree designs...and thank you for sharing that story, it is good to have a reminder that the best gifts are given, not gotten. TFS.

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  13. Traci, I love your card!! It's so pretty!!!! Thank you so much for being a guest on our hop. I knew your project would be gorgeous... just simply gorgeous! Great prize, too. I'm lovin' that leaf stamp.

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  14. Traci What a great card. I love the embossed tree. I never heard of Close to My Heart. I will have to look into it later. Thanks for taking part in the blog hop and for offering the stamps as a prize. I love the leaves - Some people collect bears and chickens -- I collect things with leaves!

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  15. Traci, thank you for sharing your talent and your story...We lost my mother-in-law, Catherine, on the 16th of December '09. The service was held on the 20th. It was the first Christmas I can remember not sending out Christmas cards, exchanging gifts or attending Christmas dinner. My husband and I went to the movies. It has been an incredibly sad year for us...My father in law passed away in Sept..only 9 months after his wife of 60+ years. Your story of giving reminded me that there is something we can do to bring back the joy. Thank you for your generosity and sharing, Mary

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  16. Great card and such a heart warming story. My family tries to do something special for a less fortunate every holiday season. It sure makes me feel good when we do!

    Teresa

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  17. I was tickled to see the LDS picture of Christ on your blog. We have something in common! The memory you shared was wonderful. Back in the olden days when we still had little children, my neighbor and I would dress the kids up, then read from the New Testament the 1st Christmas story. We had quite a few kids and got to do the whole scene. Your card is beautiful and your gift is lovely.

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  18. I loved reading about your outgrown Sunday dresses! Such a wonderful memory to cherish! Your mother taught you such a wonderful lesson in life to give to those in need. What a blessing! Thanks for sharing! Your card is really nice too!

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  19. What a wonderful holiday story and I do so agree about giving being such a gift in itself - thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  20. I like that christmas tree and like how you did it
    thank for showing

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  21. Beautiful card TFS
    xdebrax@yahoo.com

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  22. Hi Traci! I just loved your Christmas memory about the dresses, such a treasure! Your project is fabulous, thanks for sharing.

    Carol B

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  23. Traci - love your card> I am getting so many great ideas form this blog hop and glad you are on it. Thanks for participating.

    Daisy Sue

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  24. Love your cards. First time to your blog but now you are in my favorite list. Thanks for the story too.

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  25. Great card and story...also wonderful blog candy for some lucky person!

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  26. Traci, love your card. I really like the embossing.

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  27. it's so nice to have lots of Christmas memories, and this year with a new granndaughter, we''ll be making lots of new ones! thanks for sharing your work on the blog walk
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  28. Thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us...
    I like the pink color for the holidays..
    well done
    zullu26@aol.com

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  29. I like the simple lines of your Christmas tree.Would love to win the leaf stamps -- some of my very favorite things.

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  31. So cute.....love these stamps....thank you for sharing....

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  32. I really like your card. Your memory of Christmas is fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

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  33. Awesome card and thanks for a chance to win your stamps.

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  34. Very nice cards!! Went and looked at some previous posts too. Love your song and how you packaged your cards with the DVD in the DVD envies!! what a great idea!

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  35. Awesome card! The embossing is beautiful!

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  36. Very nice card. Thank you for sharing your Christmas story.

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  37. I love your card Traci. Your Christmas story is heartwarming and something I can relate to. TFS!

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  38. Thank you for sharing your story and your talent with us and for being a part of the hop. Your card is adorable!

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  39. I love your card, the tree reminds me of the ribbon candy you can only get at Christmas!

    Thank you for sharing that wonderful story. What a wonderful lesson your mother taught you with her generousity. It obviously stayed with you. And I am sure it stayed with the family who must have believed Santa found their new house and brought them lovely dresses!

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  40. great card! love the cute stamps.

    jenlynnie@yahoo.com

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  41. What a cute card!
    Thanks
    Jess M
    myscrapdiary(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. What a beautiful story and thank you for sharing that with us. Love to celebrate the birth of our Lord and wish you and your family happy holidays. Can't believe that we are going to celebrate Thanksgiving already.
    Your cards are beautiful and thanks for sharing your inspirations.

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  43. pretty card and the ornaments on the tree really give it a pop

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  44. What a wonderful card. Your Christmas tree stamp is great.

    Thanks,
    Shawn

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  45. Great combination, lovely card and lovely candy,
    Hazel

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  46. Nice card, love the simple and the bright!

    Thanks for sharing!

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