Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Exciting Stuff - Blog Hop and Challenge

Fancy some fun? This is just a slight diversion from my CHA report, and I expect most of you have already know what I'm about to refer to and possibly already completed the quest. But for those of you that aren't aware, there is a special challenge AND Blog Hop going on as we speak. And for which there is more than one opportunity to win some really cool prizes. "So what do I have to do?" I hear you cry.

Well firstly, don't panic and rush, both the Challenge and Blog Hop will run for two weeks - closing at midnight GMT on 13th February 2010.

As we (Sir Stampalot) have just relocated to new premises (not far, just next door but one) - finally vacated our old building at midday yesterday, the theme of the Challenge is 'Moving'. Create a project (card, LO, box etc) based on the theme 'Moving', whether relating to moving home, a moving sentiment/greeting as the focal point, a project which involves movement (ie a waterfall card, or slider card) or whatever takes your fancy and however you wish to interpret this theme. For the first prize, we've donated a really cool gadget - a 'Hello Kitty' Sizzix Big Shot with extended cutting platform, plus dies including two of the fabulous Sizzix Bigz dies which cut boxes and shaped cards.

There are also 2, yes 2, runner's up prizes for the Challenge.

But that's not all, oh no, there is also a Blog Hop for which there is a prize for every stop of the blog hop - that's an additional 10 prizes as there are a total of 10 very lovely, creative, enthusiastic bloggers who are involved in this exciting event.

You'll need to visit the blog of the ring leader, organiser and total all round angel Brenda. From Brenda, you'll pick up a letter clue, you'll need to leave a comment and then progress and repeat with the next blogger on the list. Each stage is well laid out so you know where you've come from and where you're going, as well as what to do in the event that I've managed to totally confuse you!

All the rules, terms and conditions for both the challenge and blog hop, can be found at each of the 10 stages of the blog hog.

Each of the DT fantastic members involved in this Blog Hop that you'll need to visit, are listed in my sidebar. And every one of them has created projects for your inspiration. Must admit that we are so blown away by all their creations, which are so stunning and special. We feel so blessed to have such lovely ladies producing artwork for and involving Sir Stampalot. I'm lucky enough to have Brenda's masterpiece at the shop. She popped round on Sunday with hubby Eddy - supposedly for a quick 5 minute drop off but ended up staying about 5 hours or more helping to move bits from one unit to the other - what stars! Words can honestly not express how special her inspirational artwork for this challenge is. I have the mini scrapbook in our counter display for safe keeping and to show off to you all on your next visit, I know Brenda has featured it on her blog but you really do have to see it in the flesh, it's so awesome.

This seems to be quite a long post, I actually started last night when we finally got in about 2am from work, sitting up in bed with my hot water bottle and laptop, busily writing up this blog but then promptly feel asleep in the middle of it all. Woke up to find Andy taking my glasses off and tucking me in :)
So finally finishing the post off tonight instead.

It just leaves me to say a huge thank you to all of these blog hopper hosts, and especially Brenda, for all of the time and effort in making this happen. Brenda's had more than her share of issues to deal over the last few weeks but has been happily soldering on with this event and really worked extremely hard in overseeing the whole event, and loving every minute of it.

Good luck one and all.

Next post i'll revert back to more CHA news...

oh, due to the move, BT have managed to cut our new phone lines and I'm still going through the backlog of emails while we were away at CHA so please be patient, all your queries and comments are very important to us and we will respond to all your correspondences.

meanwhile, happy stamping
- janicex


Clare said...

Hi Janice,
It has been a real pleasure hosting one of the blog stops for Sir Stampalot.
I am so pleased the challenge and blog hop are so successful. Well done to Brenda for all her wonderful organisation.
Good luck to you and Andy in your new premises. They look amazing. If I am ever in the area I will be sure to call in.
Clare x

Kimmi said...

WoW Janice - What a lot to contend with! Busy bee's comes to mind.

I hope you will be happy in your new premises - only problem is, that now you have a bigger place - means more stock - When's the next move hehe!!

Off to have a look at Brenda's blog and follow the hop!

Kimmi x

Sally H said...

Hi Janice
It has been a pleasure to host one of the stops for me too. Brenda is such a lovely lady and such a whiz organisation - wise! Good luck in the new store. I will be coming over at the end of February for a bit of a shop to see for myself and to bring the card from my post. Sally x

chris said...

Hi Janice & Andy
nice to hear you're back in the country,you sound rather busy (no change there then)it seems to be a way of life.
hope you have had a good time.

Thankyou for your nice comments about the design team, hope to see you soon with 3 samples so far.
Lots of hugs to youi both love chris.xx

And yes if Brenda is reading this she really has done an amazing job organising it all, well done that

brenda said...

Hi all

I do appreciate your kind comments, but you know without the oh so talented DT it would not have been possible.

I have received over 200 mails since Monday, not just for the blog hope entries, but wonderful comments about all the DT work.

So you see it really is a team effort. And with out the generosity of Andy and Janice, it could not have happened in the first place.

B x

Christine (Craftling) said...

Hi, Janice..

Huge congrats on your move! Have been in the new shop while you were at CHA, and it looks fab! So nice to have room to move around! You feel you can linger and really look at stuff without constantly getting in someone's way. Bliss! :o)

Please forgive me for not joining in all the excitement. It's too complicated a process for me to follow at the moment. I have so much other stuff on my mind to do with work.. or the imminent loss of it.. I need everything else in my life to be as simple as possible, so I hope you understand if I just cheer from the sidelines. :o)

Wishing you all the very best in your new 'castle'!

Chris xx

Jules said...

Hi Janice

I have really enjoyed helping out on this special blog hop/challenge.

I never got to visit your old store but as I told you when we met - your new one is amazing!! (and that was before it was all finished).

Brenda has organised us all wonderfully and nothing has been too much trouble for her.

She is a star .. .. but then you know that already.

All the best in your new premises - I am sure it will be a huge success!

Love Jules xx

Spyder said...

Fabulous cards and creativeness going on here, so glad I popped over! The blog hop was great fun and it was lovely to get some fabulous ideas from so many different minded crafters!!