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Welcome to Sandra's Blog my escape is card making l took it up in 2007 after l retired from the Civil Service l am recently Widowed have 3 children all grown up and flown the nest Four grand children Tayla, Nathan, Poppy and Mila they keep me on my toes l adore then but it's always nice when they go home....lol l like making my own cards and enjoy the challenges it provides Sandra H xxx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Anniversary Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome 
This is a long post so get yourself a coffee....lol
It's that time again over at Sparkles Christmas challenge and if your a regular
You will know from the 1st of each month we hold our challenges
This challenge is extra special because its our
3rd Birthday!!
 Yeah so we are celebrating
With a THEME and a BLOG HOP
 There are lots of prizes to be won so if your looking for fun enter our challenge and you never know you could be one of our lucky winners 
 Prizes up for grabs from our terrific sponsors are as follows

House Mouse decoupage £9.99
Sheena Douglas stamps    £8.00
Bunting Craft pack           £5.00
Cuttlebug emboss folder   £3.75 floral
Cuttlebug emboss folder   £3.75 thanks
Pack Craftworks Candy   £1.99

 £10 Voucher
$12 Voucher
£10 Voucher
So for the challenge its Anything Goes chosen by our own Shaz
And here is what l made

 l made these Gift cards holders for members of my family l really
Enjoyed doing them
Items used Dovercraft Christmas Backing papers
Kanban sentiments, Baker twine, Snowman Recycled from a card snowflakes from stash
A great way to use up snippets from your box or draws like l have here
Also made this Pencil holder

And this adorable Gift box
Gorgeous gift box put together from a kit l have 
Just added the ribbon Sentiment and Gems
 Now onto the
Here is my candy that l am offering to one lucky winner 
And all you need to do is 

BLOG HOP to each of the DT's BLOGS 
Either leave a comment Below or add yourself to their linky
 Then hop back here and add your creation to our linky it's as simple as that
Here is a taste of what l will send to one lucky winner
Verious Backing papers, Decoupage sheets, Ribbon, Lace, Stamps, Flowers, Embellis
Too much to mention so don't forget to tune in
And here is the BLOG HOP LIST so if you arrived from Shaz
Your on the right track your
Next port of call will be Pat
And if you get lost just go back to the main blog Here
Design Team members are
Have fun
If your interested in my candy please submitt your creation Here
And then place your name below for a chance to win my candy
If you can add that you have entered your card 
It will make it easier for me to chose a winner from the list 
Don't forget to qualify to win any of the prizes you need to blog hop
To all of the Dt's blogs and also enter your card 
You can if you do not want to enter the Blog hop still enter your card
For the Monthly challenge which is 
Anything goes 
Good luck to each and all who enter
Many thanks Sandra H xx
Challenges l'd like to enter into


  1. Lovely gift card holders Sandra, and some super gift projects.

    Pat xx

  2. Such great prizes..but my family is calling me..sorry no time to join,
    Lovely card..and boxes,
    Hugs Blankina

  3. Good morning sweetie, these are all just gorgeous, love your creations, big hugs Pops x x x

  4. Super creations, love the pencil holder. I don't do blog hops I get too frustrated with the internet if it is slow, so I miss out...
    Not sure why you were taken to other pages as I tested my links and works this end...must be blogger throwing a tanty...luv annie xx

    1. Yes l think your now right as l was able to get on the one that was at the time at fault xx

  5. Looks like you've been one very busy lady lately. All of your creations are amazing. Lots of great ideas! I will definitely give that pencil holder a try. Thank for the inspiration. Hugs!

  6. Love your creations Sandra ! They are adorable ! Love the heart paper ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

  7. Love the gift cards Sandra, what a fabulous idea, love the papers .
    Hugs Julie xxx

  8. Wow, have you been busy! Lovely creations Sandra.
    Joyce xx

  9. My goodness. I needed two cups of coffee to look at all your lovely creations. Happy Anniversary! Three years of Sparkly Christmas Joy!

  10. Wow, you made so much! Gorgeous makes, love them all!
    hugs Jo x

  11. Wow! You have been busy! If there's one thing I love to see in January {or any month come to that}...It's Christmas card...LOving your colours and such sweet images too.
    Right! Off to see Pat x

  12. Wow Sandra you have been a busy bee, all fabulous and great papers.
    Have a great week.

    Kath x

  13. Those are super gift card holders. Can't decide which I like the best. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Gorgeous gift card holders Sandra!

    Warm hugs

  15. Sandra, all of your projects are beautiful! The heart paper is adorable and I love the accents you added to each gift card holder and box. Stunning collection, my dear friend! :o)

    Hugs and blessings!

  16. Sandra this is a gorgeous Christmas card. Love the red and white.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  17. Wat een leuke gift box heb je gemaakt, Sandra. In een mooie kerstkleur! Ik ben benieuwd wat je er in gaat doen! Leuk dat je meedoet bij CHCC Extra.

    Groetjes, Renate

  18. Gorgeous voucher wallets, and I love your pencil box, I am using those papers myself, they are a favourite of mine. Thank you for the blog hop x

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  20. Your giftcards are lovely and the pencil box and package are great. I love the pretty cross stitched looking paper you used.
    Thank you for joining us this month, at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.
    Maureen aka Scrappymo!

  21. Love them all! The heart DP looks very nice and you could use it on Christmas projects but also something for the Valentine's day. Pretty images too.

    Hopping now to the next stop :)

    Hugs from Finland,

  22. Thanks for the super cute inspiration and a great hop!

  23. I love your gift cards holders they are super cute and I LOVE your pencil holder ive just got new pencils so I might have to have a play about and make myself one
    P.S ive entered a card

  24. Thanks for entering this lovely card for my CHNC challenge extra for February and for my Patterned Paper February challenge - hope to see you again soon x

  25. Fantastic makes Sandra, I'm sure they were all greatly received, I've entered my card over on the blog. Happy birthday to the team! Ruby x

  26. Brilliant makes Sandra, I especially love the pencil holder.

  27. WoW! Have you been busy Sandra or what? Love all your recent creations. I'm gonna try the blog hop and hope I don't get disrupted...then forget where I was.

  28. Sandra, you have made some gorgeous creation. I have made a card and will add it to the Sparkles Blog once I have competed the Blog Hop. Best wishes, Kym

  29. Wow, you have been busy! I love the cards with the LOTV images...that red and white background of hearts is so pretty and looks like you stitched them. Thanks for the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes! Hugs, Gail

  30. This is a beautiful Christmas card :)

  31. Wow, Sandra, you have been very busy! I love all your projects!

  32. Lovely projects! Love those gift card holders - I was a bit partial to that particular paper stack myself ha! ha! Thanks for the chance to win your lovely candy - I have added my card! Best wishes Karen x

  33. Gorgeous gift card holders sweetie & I love the gift box & the little box the pencils are in. All truly fabulous hun.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  34. Wow, you made a lot of lovely presents. Congrats on the 3rd anniversary and thanks for the chances to win lovely prizes.

  35. All your creations are great, Sandra, but I especially love the Lili of the Valley cards - they make such adorable stamp images, don't they! Thank you for the opportunity to win your generous blog candy and I have entered my card into the linky.

  36. Oooo fabby creations and am loving the monochrome of them, Luv Sam x

  37. I love your creations, Sandra. Congrats on the 3rd anniversary. Luv, Wilma

  38. I found lots and lots of ideas when i looked around here. Lovely cards and projekt.

  39. Wonderful creations, each and everyone. I especially liked the giftcardholders. Congrats on the 3rd anniversary. Hugs from Lisbeth («hopping on»…)

  40. Oooh you've been busy Sandra ... busy crafting that is he he :) love the gift card holders and pencil holder and gift box you made :) Big hugs x

  41. I love the cross stich effect on your gift card holders and the pencil box - they're so effective.
    Alison x

  42. Wow lovely cards & great inspiration, have a great day xxx

  43. WOW! Gorgeous selection of crafty Christmas makes!

    Have a great weekend
    hugs Shell xx

  44. Wow!!! You've been busy, girl! I love those first two cards with the adorable images! And the heart paper really gives the feeling of love being sent at Christmas. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CHNC2. I have linked up my card on the Sparkles Challenge page and now I'm off to hop to the other DT blogs.

  45. Gorgeous cards and projects. I have linked my card to the Sparkles page. Christine

  46. I just thought I would visit you as you always leave such kind comments about my projects... am loving your work so I will just have a bit of a browse round.

  47. Hi Sandra, just wanted to pop over and say thank you for the lovely comment you left on my Sparkles Christmas Creation Challenge entry - thank you so much! It was lovely to hear it, your creations are beautiful xx

  48. Wow you`ve been a busy bee, gorgeous selection of cards all beautifully designed xxxx

  49. Such great makes Sandra, you are getting ahead. I have submitted my card so am now hopping. Thanks for the chance to win. Have you entered my candy?

  50. I love your heart papers, how cute they are. I am amazed and inspired by all of your projects. Thanks for the beautiful items and great variety you have shared with all of us. I have entered my card into the challenge and now am hopping to visit the team. TFS.

  51. Great Christmas cards, and I love red and white for Christmas :)
    I have entered my card into the challenge.
    Hugs, Wenche

  52. Stunning work Sandra, so many beautiful things, I really love the gift box. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Teresa x

  53. Love the gift box, great idea.

  54. Love the gift card holders and super gifts xx

  55. Now listen...you confused me with that Feb 25th date...I thought I was lost hahahaha! Great projects!

    1. lol l'm sure this date confused plenty ...........it's so that the post stays at the top of the page until that date x

  56. This is a delightful box! Love the festive metallic colour.
    Thank you for joining us this month at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.
    Maureen aka Scrappymo!

  57. Wow so many fab creations! I have that heart backing paper too and i love it :) The gift card holders are such a great creation.
    I have entered my card and am now doing the blog hop, thanks for the chance to enter.
    Fiona L x

  58. What fabulous gift card holders - soooo cute! ;-)
    pauline x

  59. The card is so cute and I love the holders as well-very talented

  60. Great selection of projects - I love them all!
    Hugs Jacky x