Saturday, November 2, 2013

Eureka - It's a BLOG HOP!

I have been looking forward to today!!!  Today is the first Blog Hop that I've ever been part of - WOW!!! 

Our blog hop is the "QKR Stampeed and Eureka Stamps Handmade Gifts Blog Hop".  You know, Christmas is right around the corner.  Can you believe it's only 7 1/2 weeks away!!??!!  Yep - time is going so fast.  Now if you reading crafty type blogs then that must mean that you're a crafty type person.  And if you're anything like me - you maybe a crafty person but you also wait until the last minute to do things.  LOL!!!  So why not get a jump on things and make a few gifts in the coming weeks.  Your friends and family know your a stamper...but have they ever received anything you've made?  Well here is a chance to get your creative juices flowing and find some inspiration.  Now while I'm thinking about Christmas, you can adapt any of the ideas to gifts for any occasion.....the sky is the limit!

If you're arriving to me through the Blog Hop then you must have just come from visiting Cheryl.  Have you been amazed so far???  Believe me when I say that I am so often amazed by the work that these ladies after you've hopped through the blog roll, I encourage you to go back and spend some time with each never know what inspiration you might receive.  If you're visiting me not through the blog hop, then I encourage you to start at the beginning (you can find the list below) because you won't want to miss a chance at all the prizes you could win along the way!!!  What are the prizes?  Well let me tell you - each and every blog along the hop will be choosing a winner from the comments left on their post.....the prize is 2 digital images of your choice!  So while you're visiting make sure you leave some comments.  And then there is the GRAND PRIZE!  A Grand Prize Winner will be chose from the very last stop on our hop (which is the Eureka Stamps Blog.  The hop will run for 1 week and end on Thursday, November 7th at 6PM EST.  The lucky winners will be announced on the Eureka Stamps Blog on Saturday November 9th.  

What did I create?  Honestly, my project has already been shipped and received!  My original idea was to make a prayer journal for one of my secret sisters at church.  (I have 5 secret sisters - yes, I'm crazy - LOL!!).  But when I sat down to start making it, the person that leaped into my mind was my daughter-in-law.  She has touched my heart so much.  She married our oldest son this past summer...and she has started calling me "Mom".  Honestly, I never thought I would ever hear anyone call me mom.  (Our children are my step children and I came into their lives when they were in their mid to late teens).  But she has started calling me "Mom" and I can't even explain how that makes me feel.  I recently sent her a Bible because she shared with me that she had difficulty understanding the I sent her a modern translation and she has been reading it!  Again, I can't even begin to tell you how much that touches me.  So I made her a that she could use as a prayer journal or even to just jot down some notes or thoughts.  

I love black & white and knew immediately that I wanted to stick with that basic palette and maybe just add one other color.  I had this very pretty wide light green ribbon so the supplies were in hand:  the ribbon, a composition book, adhesive, some bling, a couple pages of DSP, and of course - images from Eureka!  Here are the pics of the finished project:

(outside cover)

 (inside front cover)
 (inside back cover)
(back cover)

Making a journal is doesn't take exact cuts so it's right up my ally.  And a journal is a thoughtful gift to give anyone.  You can find all the images I used here at Eureka Stamps - they are available in digi and rubber format.

Thank you so much for stopping by my little part of blog-land.  I invite you to follow me and also come back any time and look around.  You are always welcome!  :)  

Your next stop will be Amanda.  Now don't forget in order to win prizes you must leave comments along the way!  In case you get lost, below is a list of all the stops.  Good luck!!!  And again, thank you for stopping by.  God bless you!!!!


karalschuknecht said...

Great project, a journal is always useful and they look beautiful.

Maryann Laursen said...

Great idea for a gift, and who can´t use a journal? And it looks fabulous too, with these gorgeous colors you´ve used for this one. Awesome job.

Cheryl said...

Absolutely gorgeous projects Zella!!

I LOVE your write up!!!

Renee Butchart said...

What a beautiful, heart felt gift!
Hugs, Renee

Centellazul said...

Absolutely gorgeous, good project!!

Marji Franklin said...

Oh how pretty!!

Danie May said...

That green is just divine with the black Zella. I hope you enjoy your first hop! xx

Kristie Maynard said...

What a lovely and thoughtful gift! Thanks for sharing it with us all! Great job.

SarahGeorge said...

That's so sweet to hear! What a lovely gift you've made for her! This journal looks absolutely perfect!

Beth F said...

I like your journal idea.

Tracey Fehr said...

Zella...this is lovely...not just the journal, but the reason and heart that went into making it! I'm sure your DIL will treasure it!