Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hop to Stop!!

Hello dear crafty peeps and welcome to my blog.  Hope everyone is having a fabulous day!!

So, a couple of weeks ago my dear crafty friend Lizzy Hill shared a post about the Hop to Stop.  This Hop is run by Becca Cruger and is about raising awareness for Domestic Violence!  

As well as the Hop there is also the opportunity to help by making cards to donate to Becca's local shelter.  They are looking for birthday, thank you and encouragement cards and for them to be left blank inside to make them more usable.

Well, this is such a worthy cause that I decided to join in with the Hop and also to make a few cards to send on to the shelter.   Unfortunately I didn't make as many as I would have liked but I did managed to do about 5.  My biggest problem with these was that, for ease of posting, I felt they needed to be clean and simple! Well, anyone who knows my work knows that I don't really do clean and simple.  Most of my cards are reasonably loaded down with layers and embellies which make them quite heavy so, not cheap for posting.  Anyways, thank goodness for Pinterest.  Had a look around, got a few ideas and came up with these.

Now, for the Hop, you have to use purple on your card so, I hunted around for purple stuff to put on these cards, and came up with .. virtually, nothing!!  But, I managed to find just enough to be able to create these.

I had made a background ages ago that was just sitting around doing nothing, and had a touch of purple in it so, I cut it up and used part of it here.

 I also found a purple VersaColor stamp pad so have used that on almost all of these cards ..

.. along with a small amount of purple Maja papers.
(I received a very generous gift from my dear friend Heather Jacob a little while ago .. it was a pile of Maja papers which, luckily, had some purple ones among them.  Thank you so much Heather, you are such a sweet and generous person and I am so Blessed to be able to call you my friend!!)
I possess only four Gelatos, which I have never used but, luckily, one of them was purple, so the bit of colour under the stamp was created with my Gelatos!  Love them!!

Went hunting for some purple embossing powder but, no luck, so had to use black which actually balanced out the washi tape quite nicely.  I have decided that heat embossing is not one of my skills!!  (One of many I'm not good at!) Every time I try it, I mess it up one way or another.  Very frustrating that I can never get a crisp, clear image but, I guess that's what happens with hand made stuff .. adds character, I say!!  LOL!!

 Stamped the butterflies twice and fussy cut them to give the card above some dimension, and messed up the stamping on the card below but used it anyway, 'cos I quite like how it looks!

I will be sending these off tomorrow.

Now for the Hop.
As I said before, you have to use purple in your card and these are the wonderful sponsors for this Hop.

So, here is my card. 
I made this for a friend's birthday .. killed two birds with one stone and got back into my comfort zone!

The papers are from Maja (more  of that fabulous gift from Heather)
Did a bit of stenciling with transparent texture paste ..

.. and added some Scrapmatts chippies.

The flowers are from my stash and the leaves were cut with my Silhouette.

Along with a piece of netting and a twine bow, I also sprinkled around some micro beads.

My usual pockets on the inside.


I know there's not a lot of time left but, if you can manage, it would be lovely if you could create a card for the Hop, it closes on the 30th October.

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.


  1. hello margaret! these are stunning, luv all of them..fabulous style!

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  2. Oh my goodness those a fantastic! what a wonderful way to add a little spark of beauty in a dark situation. What a lovely gesture.

  3. Yes I know about the cards but goodness me time has just been flying out of my grasp lately! But thank goodness I have seen others get in and create such beautiful cards. Your are really lovely and I love each design and they will be well received I am sure.. Great stamping Marg! And your last card is oh so pretty! Love all the blooms and love the chippie you have used too! I hope you are having a good day...

  4. WOW All your cards are so elegant and beautiful
    Dr Sonia

  5. Such a good cause Marg and I am so glad you got to play along. I would have loved to but nothing gets anywhere with our post at the moment so no go for me. These are all gorgeous and great use of purple without it being overwhelming. I love the CAS cards. So different for you but fabulous and that last one is just a dream. Lucky lady who received it <3

  6. Such a worthy cause to be involved with Margy. I love your contribution to help improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Specially like the light touch with dashes of purple and the Maja card is the icing on the cake.

  7. Oh! I'm so glad you got time to join in!! And that sure took you out of your comfort zone AND using stuff you had AND you rocked it!!! Good on you. My fave is the one with the faded stamping! Love that look:) Of course, your main card is beautiful- the netting & the window chippy- absolute highlights:):)

  8. As a lover of all things shabby chic and mixed media myself, I feel your pain with the CAS problem. But you tackled the challenge with ease and made so many lovely cards! I don't even know where to direct my compliments. So happy you found the hop. Thanks for creating a card for the Hop to Stop and helping to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence!

  9. Wow, look at all of your gorgeous cards! I love all the CAS cards you made for the shelter - my favourite is the butterfly card! Your hop card is stunning! Wow, so many gorgeous details to look at! And I am intrigued by the pockets inside! Very nice! Thank you for supporting this cause.

  10. such pretty cards !! so many wonderful details.... wow!! thanks for supporting the hop to stop :)

  11. All the cards r so amazing...that too for such a noble cause...what an inspiration Margaret.....i wish i can contribute something here....will surely give it a try if time permits...

  12. Wow, love every single, beautiful creation! All of the designs are just gorgeous! Love the simple, yet elegant, birdhouse card right up to the last, beautifully detailed one.

  13. A wonderful collection of stamped cards Margaret, but I admit, your shabby chic card is the one that steals my attention. What a gorgeous card, love the window with all the beautiful florals around it! Such a gorgeous design on the inside as well, beautiful!! happy weekend :)

  14. You sure have been busy! So many gorgeous cards! But my favorite is the last one, I love all the layers and that window with the flowers! Absolutely beautiful!


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