October 2010 Blog Hop

By October 25, 2010Blog Hop

First of all, I want to welcome everyone to the October 2010 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  It is so exciting to see so many of you here!


There is always a lot of focus on Christmas in our industry this time of year, as that is what the majority of the population celebrates.  However, this month’s blog hop is dedicated to those that celebrate winter holidays other than Christmas.  Create a project that celebrates Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other winter holiday as we embrace everyone’s beliefs in a celebration of diversity through paper crafting.

First, I have a few projects to share with you to get you warmed up!  I have a few dear friends who are Jewish that I never seem to get a card out to during the holiday season, so I thought I would take this opportunity to create a few and get ahead of the game!

Menorah Card
My first project showcases the menorah, one of the classic Hanukah symbols from our Jewish themed set, Mazel Tov.

Focal closeup
I stamped the menorah on a piece of white cardstock that was cut out using the Tag Sale #2 die.  The menorah was colored in with Copic markers.  I used small smudges of Lemon Tart ink using a qtip for application, to help give a soft glow to the candle flames.  The sentiment strip is created with Spring Rain cardstock and is stamped with a background from Background Basics: Retro using Versamark ink.  The sentiment was then stamped with black ink.

Ribbon closeup
I wanted to pick up just a bit of the yellow from the candle flames, so I added stripes to some Fresh Snow satin ribbon using Copic markers.

I love how this turned out and will definitely be using this layout again soon!

Simple Card
My best friend, Wendy, is a very clan & simple gal, so this card is for her.

Focal closeup
I stamped this patterned circle from Mazel Tov onto Ocean Tides cardstock using Versamark ink.  I then punched it out using a 1-1/2″ circle punch.  

I adhered a background that was impressed with our Background Basics: Circles impression plate to my card cover.  I love doing multi layers in white like this.  So fresh and crisp.

I adhered a vellum strip across the entire card front that was stamped with my sentiment of choice.  I added four Ocean Tides buttons with glue dots to help add balance.

Now it’s time for us to see your projects!

I have included a Mister Linky list below for you to add your link to your blog hop project.  You have until 11:00pm EST tonight (October 25th) to add your link to this list.  THREE random participants will be selected to win a FREE Papertrey Ink stamp set of their choice.  They will be announced and highlighted here, on my blog, by midnight.  We look forward to seeing all of your creations!


I love this project by Tessan that embraced Advent as celebrated in Sweden.  I thought the use of Framed to enclose her candles was so clever and work with any type of images for any holiday preference.

Traveling Mama created this delightful tag & card combo, perfect for sending warmest wishes for any occasion.  And really, who can resist a woodgrain-patterned mug?

Lizzie Jones cleverly created a sophisticated menorah from birthday candle images and portions of other stamps.  I love the polished color scheme and the special touch of rhinestones as the candle flames. 

Congratulations to all of the winners!  You have 30 days to contact customer service with your shipping information and your selected free stamp set!  Thank you to EVERYONE for participating!  And happy holidays to ALL!!!


Menorah Card

  • STAMPS: Mazel Tov, Background Basics: Retro
  • INK: Versamark, Black Noir, Lemon Taet (with qtip for candle flames)
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Fresh Snow satin ribbon, Rustic Jute Button Twine, Tag Sale #2 die, Copic Markers (Y35, B45, T1)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4.25″ x 5.5″

Simple Chanukah Card

  • STAMPS: Mazel Tov
  • INK: Versamark, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Ocean Tides, Vellum Cardstock
  • OTHER: 1-1/2″ circle punch, Ocean Tides buttons, Background Basics: Circles impression plate
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4.25″ x 5.5″


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