1 Jan 2011


Hi today is not only the launch of our new challenge but also a Blog Hop.

Our challenge theme for January which will run for the the whole month as usual is:

A Winters Tale

We would like you to take inspiration from Queens 1995 hit song title or if you prefer Shakespeare's slant on things, as always how you interpret it is completely your choice. All we ask is that you have fun and of course remember the rules and that you can combine your entry with up to five other challenges.

This months lucky winner will receive a super prize from the lovely guys at Sir Stampalot:

Now for the Blog Hop, this is going to be such fun and so many prizes to be won. It starts today and will finish at midnight BST on 10th January, the winner will be announced on 12th January.

For those of you who have never joined in a Hop before this is what you need to do:

1) Start from the Challenge Blog and leave a comment on the post.

2) Visit all DT blogs and Smudges - nine in total 

3) Leave a comment on each blog.

4) Collect a letter clue from each

5) Use those letters along with the ones already given in the grid below to make two words and mail your answer to mailto:brenda@ibas.co.uk
(Please do not post the answer on any of the blogs)

_ _ R _ _ A _ _ A _ _ _

Your starting point is Sir Stampalot Challenge Blog and each blog you visit will tell you where you should have arrived from and where you need to go next, but if you get lost you can go back to Sir Stampalot Challenge Blog and start afresh...........have fun.........
Ok you should have come to me from Sir Stampalot Challenge Blog
your next stop will be CLARE
Here is my DT card showing my interpretation of this months challenge theme
For my card I have used an Elusive Images dp the image is a fir tree stamp which I bought a few years ago, I stamped it several times with Momento London Fog ink, I then used the circle scalloped Nestie to make a frame which I embossed with the snow effect folder, I added some blue gems and silver holographic punched butterflies.
I hope you have enjoyed viewing my card and my letter that you need to collect is

Your next stop is CLARE 
As well as a terrific prize for guessing the correct word in the above grid, each DT member also has a prize to give away to one lucky person chosen at random who leaves a comment.
I will be using the random widget to choose a name from the comments left on my blog and that lucky person will win this prize 
There are so many wonderful prizes up for grabs and you have until the 10th January to collect all the letters and work out the word in the grid.
Please scroll down for my other postings
Hugs to all


Margreet said...

happy new year Lorraine....your card looks so delicate....it's wonderful....thanks for giving the chance to win those fab stamps!
xxx Margreet

Debs said...

Hi Lorraine
Stunning card - love the tree image and it looks fab in the colour you have used.
Happy New Year - hope it brings you love, luck and happiness in abundance.
Have a fab weekend
Debs xx

Anonymous said...

Wow what a gorgeous card. I love that rich blue DP especially but the whole card is gorgeous.

Lisa x

Lisa Jane said...

what a beautiful scene ..
May 2011 be filled with the best of Health and Happiness for you and your family
Lisa ;)

Julye said...

Lovely card and very wintery, happy new tyear and thanks for taking the time to share.

brenda said...

Super creation Lorraine.

Happy New Year and thanks for all your support in 2010.

B x

Frea said...

HI there, love your card, very stylish!!Greetz, Frea

pinky said...

Gorgeous creation Lorraine:) Happy New year to you and I really hope it is a HAPPY one for you:)

Francesca said...

Hi Lorraine , What a great card.
would also like to wish you a
Happy new year , hope you have a great 2011.

Netty said...

Happy New Year !! I'm loving the subtle colours of the image in your card. Netty

Linda W said...

Hi Lorraine, Happy New Year! Another great Blog Hop - what a brilliant way of starting the New Year. Love your card, very wintry. Take care, Linda x

Anita said...

Hi! Happy New Year! Your card is lovely. X Anita

Sally H said...

happy New year Lorraine! I love your misty trees - just beautiful!

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Fabulous card Lorraine!
Happy New Year!
Hugs, Clare x

Gina said...

Hi Lorraine, gorgeous card :D I love trees as you know, hoping my new tree stamps arrive in time for my january challenge entry :D Happy 2011 XXX

Tigs said...

Lovely card and happy new year :)

Carina said...

Love the card, like the simple way you've made a sneekpeak into th forest :D So cute!

chris said...

Hi again Lorraine, this is a stunner, love it.
hugs chris xx

Paula said...

Love the Memento London Fog stamping of the fir trees - really effective with the blues & those butterflies really highlight the pattern in the pape.
All the best for 2011.
Paula (PEP)

Tracy said...

Lorraine this is wonderful, I love your tree stamp and the butterflies are a lovely touch.
Happy New Year
Tracy x

Lynne in NI said...

ohhh, this is just lovely Lorraine, bet its even nicer IRL with those holographic butterflies!
Happy New Year!

Vicky said...

Happy New Year sweetie may you be blessed with love, health & happiness all thru 2011.
I love your card hun its truly gorgeous. I love the design & the image it all looks amazing. What a fabulous way to start your crafting year I cant wait see what other creations you make in 2011. Take care hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Debs said...

oh lorraine, as always your creation is fabulous, I love the rich blue and your trees are beautiful, wishing you a very Happy New Year Hun! and many fantastic crafting days ahead - Oh and thanks for a great blog hop!!

Craftdee said...

Great card, I love the frame and the butterflies in particular, Happy New Year to you and yours, Dee

anita said...

A very Happy New Year To You. And Thats A beautiful card.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Lorraine, Beautiful card love those deep colours around the edge, and your misty trees are gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx
Happy New Year Sweetheart.

Sarah A said...

Absolutely stunning, love the softness of the trees, really captures the misty foggy winter days!

Great prize too.

Happy New Year, I hope 2011 brings you much happiness.

Sarah x

bumblebee creations said...

WOW! this is one gorgeous card! Love how you have made the trees the focal point with so many pretties around them!!

Christa said...

Hi ! Happy new year ! This is my first bloghop and I allready like it. Love from Holland , Christa.

Esther said...

Beautiful Card Lorraine, thanks for the chance to win and A Happy New Year..Esther xx

stamping Sue said...

Hi wonderful card and thanks for the blog hop it's my first try wish me luck here I go to my next stop.

Katarina said...

Love the card. Looks like a scene seen from a window - all frosty and cold. Very beautiful.

Μυρτώ said...

Happy new year! You made a very "strong" card! Thanks for a chance to win!

☼ Cheryl* said...

Very beautiful card, Lorraine :) I love the blue of the DP x

Mummylade said...

gorgeous card, I've collected your letter and will continue my hop now =)

Monika Reeck said...

Happy new Year lovely card and nice butterfly thanks for a chance to win your candy :) hugs, Monika

Shaz said...

Fabulous card. Happy new year to you.

Maja said...

Happy New Year to you! Great card, those trees look like they were somewhere in the distance.

Tiara Moore said...

Such a lovely card! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Shannin said...

Love the way you designed this card. Beautiful choice in image, papers and embellishments. I hope you and your family have a wonderful new year filled with much happiness.

Wedgie said...

Hi Lorriane, fab card! I've collected my letter and I'm off hopping now! HAppy New Year! Wedgie xxx

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the trees.

Nikki x

mckinkle said...

Happy New Year to you!

What a beautiful winters card you have made to start the blog hop, very classy!

Keryn x

mckinkle said...

Happy New Year to you!

What a beautiful winters card you have made to start the blog hop, very classy!

Keryn x

Маги said...

Happy New Year!Beautiful card!

Kleeblatt said...

Happy new year Lorraine.
Your card is wonderful. I like the trees in the winter.


kitty said...

Happy New Year I am on my first blog hop it is so cool ! Love your project lots of ideas for us all thanks for the opportunity to win a cool prize Best Wishes Kitty :)

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful hun!

and awesome stamps!

Mona E said...

Beautiful card! Love the image and the colours. Hugs...Mona

Debra said...

Happy New Year, gorgeous card! Thanks for the hop and the chance to win!

Vaktmästarn said...

Wonderful colours you chose for your card. Lovely!
Hugs, Outi

Marion said...

Hi Lorraine, Fabulous card. I love the way the trees are inside the circle frame and such pretty butterflies and paper. Thanks for the chance to win a prize.

jude said...

Happy New year hun!gorgeous card!
hugs judex

scrapperjulia said...

Hi, Lorraine! I love this beautiful winter scene and the blue background papers! Hope you had a Happy New Year!

coops said...

stunning card lorraine.the trees image is beautiful and i love the deep blue colours of the backing paper :D

xx coops xx

Lori said...

The stamp is nice Lorraine, I can see it used for different occasions, but I really LOVE your butterflies on this card!!!
Love and hugs ~ Lori

KraftyKoolKat said...

Gorgeous hun.


x laura x said...

Beautiful card.
x laura x

Kathy Rogers said...

a beautiful card, inspiration indeed to start next years cards for Christmas.

Sadilla said...

I like so much your blog it's so much full of inspiration! =)
thanks for the funny blog hop... I wish you all the best for the new year...

kaos said...

Such a gorgeous card! Love the frame and "dreamy" look!


Krisha said...

I love the softness and peacefull feelings of your card

sandiblu said...

Happy New Year Lorraine, the effects you have achieved on your card are stunning!
Hugs, Sandiblu xx

Vintage Milly said...

Hi Lorraine, what a fun hop, thanks for the chance to win, and a Happy New Year to you,

Scrappymax said...

Another beautiful card Lorraine, Happy New Year.
Max x

Linapyssel said...

Hi Lorraine!!
Best wishes for the new year to you!

Your card is so pretty with the scalloped cirkle and the stamped image inside, butterflies is never in the way eighter!
Stunning card!
many hugs Lina

Brubs said...

Hi, gorgeus
Iva (http://thisaanddthat.blogspot.com)

Susan said...

Happy New Year Lorraine!

I love the window effect of your card, and those holographic butterflies...so lovely! your giveaway treat is fab also!

Crafty Granma said...

Your lovely card suggest mystery and intrigue to me. I love the colours. Thank-you

Chrissie said...

Great card Lorraine!
Happy New Year!

Hazeyj said...

Whew, I started mid-hop and have only just recovered! Great card for the challenge - very brooding and wintry! Hazel x

Yenni Natalia said...

Hi lorraine..what a fab card do you have :) from the first time i enter your blog..your avatar looks familiar..i guess we knew each other very early of the year 2010 :)

by the way happy new year :) and this is my very first blog hop!


xGemmax said...

What a beautiful card and love the way you have framed the image & Thanks for the chance of winning your fabbie stamps :o)

Happy new year!!
hugs and xxx

Hayley @ funkyfarmscrapbookbarn.co.uk said...

Happy New Year! Your card is beautiful, I love the patterned papers and the subtle fir tree iage is lovely! x

Divinity said...

happy new year!!! i love the stamp u used here -- very fitting for the whole winter theme. :)

sallysbitz said...

Your card is stunning. I really like the way you have made the frame to go round the image, it really adds dimension xx

Sandra P said...

Love this Lorraine :)
Very elegant and the colors are beautiful!

Hops are so much fun! Thanks for the chance :)

Sandra P

Jackie said...

Lovely card. This is only my second ever blog hop so I'm hoping I go in the right direction :) Happy new year.


A beautiful card Lorraine - love the way you've framed the trees, and the shades of blue are gorgeous.
I'm off to see Clare now - Love, Sylvia xxx

Cazro said...

Wow! Your card is stunning, I love the wintry colours you have chosen.
Happy new year. Caz

Ida H said...

Then I jump around all the DT blogs!
What a wonderful wintery cards you have done, get a really wintry feeling of it!
Thank you for your letter. We'll see what I can do with it!
Hugs Scrappida

anne said...

What a nice card... love the blue for that wintery look..

Josephine said...

What a stunningly elegant card!

Marta said...

Like the butterflies on your card.
Happy New Year to everyone!!!

rozzy said...

Happy New Year and thanks for a great blog hop with such inspiring cards
Hugs rozzy xx

Krafty Kows said...

An absolutely charming card. Fits 'A Winters Tale' perfectly. Happy New Year. Jeanette

Tiiti said...

This is very pretty. The forest image is so gorgeous!

V.S. said...

nice card!!! love the stamp in the frame!!! Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

Nikki said...

Beautiful card love how you've layered the trees into a wintery scene
thanks for the chance
hugs Nikki

Minnamanna said...

This is so beautiful!
Love your colors :)

Craftnut said...

Great Card, love the colours. Tracy x

Theresa said...

Great card...fun blog hop!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, great fun this hopping around, lovely card too.


nnalorac said...

Beautiful card and love the colours.Carolxx

Lauren Colless said...

I love the way you did this card, the 'window' gives the card so much depth... and blue is one of my favourite colours :)

Randi WS said...

Happy new year Lorraine!
Your card is beautiful, I looove the colors in it!! ;)

Hugs, Randi WS

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Love how you showcased those trees!! And great stamp set on offer! Thanks for a chance to win!

Lorraine said...

Hi Lorraine, A Happy New Year to you. What a lovely card and thanks for the chance of winning prizes in your blog hop.

Laurie said...

My 1st blog hop and I'm inspired thank you for your beautiful work Laurie x

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Hi thanks for a great blog hop. I love Sir Stamp and I'm luckily to live really close.


Suzi said...

A wonderful scenic card Lorraine, love the design and the gorgeous trees.
Suzi x

Dora said...

Hi Lorraine, how elegant your card is, it looks stunning. I've just remember the hop ends tomorrow, so I'm hopping along today.. I forgot how fun it was to be on the other side of a hop :)

Ashley said...

gorgeous! love what you have done with it!, hugs ashley

ona_i_ja said...

Lorraine, your winter's tale is adorable!!!

Hugs from Poland

tracy said...

What a stunning card your background is really amazing and I love what you have done to create the detail inside the nestie.
Happy new year
Tracy x

Linby said...

What a fab card-I love the detailing. Thanks for the chance to win those gorgeous stamps.

Pinkcoke said...

I know you said you punched the butterflies from holographic silver card, but in the picture they look brown like real butterflies! I wonder if you could get this effect with a stazon pad over the card! (I'm off to try it!)

Kat said...

Hi Lols, what a fabulous winter card. Love those blues. Thanks for the chance to win candy.

Kat xx

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you and the family lorraine,

Ive just managed to make a start on the hop, I didn't think I would make it with all the brood at home but by the skin of my teeth I have...lol
Your card is beautiful, I love the winter scene and how you have framed it

Beautiful work

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Happy New Year my friend. What a gorgeous card. I love the use of the frame on the card. Well, I've done my card and posted it - I wasn't sure I'd get it posted before the Blog Hop deadline. Well off for more snoops at other lovely creations on the Blog Hop. Best wishes, Kym xxx

Ann said...

Happy New Year Lorraine.
Great hop - superb prizes and I love your card.
Ann xxx

Miria said...

Hi, Lorraine. Gorgeous card, I love the frame! Thank you. Miria

Edith said...

Beautiful creation!
Have a nice week!

xxxtglxxx said...

Happy New Year Lorraine :)

Gorgeous card, I love the wintery icy blues. Great stamped image and I love your layout!



craftycrafter said...

Hi Lorraine a very happy new year I wish for you all the best love Dorothgy

Love crafts forever said...

Hi. Wow! I got last day of blog hop. Your card are fantastic, beautiful colours, and i love butterfly.
Thanks for the Blog Hop
Hugs Nataliya

Jocelyn said...

Happy New Year. Love the cards on your blog, especially the one using a Moreheads stamp. I didn't realise they made stamps using these cute characters.

'The Crafting Owl' said...

Happy New Year. What a beautiful card, love the colours!

Yvette said...

Hi Lorraine, I love the effect you have shown with the fir trees, it's really pretty.


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