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StampInsanity, Help for Christian, and Day 6 of 31 Days of Halloween

Hello hello! Almost a week into October already! That’s my only problem with 31 Days…you realize just how quickly the month flies by. Today I’m in a very important hop, plus I have combined the newest StampInsanity Challenge with 31 Days. Let’s start with the hop, shall we?
Welcome to the Xander Zone!!  You are in for quite a trip through today's Blog Hop and Auction.  Our dear friend Betty Roberts, owner of Simply Betty Stamps has just found out this week that her 17 year old son Christian has Stage 1 Throat Cancer.  He will be having surgery next week and many months of Therapy to follow.  (To read more from  Betty on what’s going on please go HERE)

Betty’s DT and the Crafty Sprouts DT along with a few friends have come together today for the From the Xander Zone Blog Hop and Auction!  If you are stumbling into this hop please head to Crafty Sprouts to catch the beginning of the hop!

If you hopped here from …….then you are right on track!

As you hop along today you will see cards created with Xander, the first in a new series to be released called “From the Xander Zone”.  He is available with a donation to Betty’s family.  Christian will be undergoing Surgery next week to remove his tonsils and then the thrice weekly Therapy will begin on the tumor.  His therapy could last for many months.


There is also  a contest running through October 16th and Christian will pick a random winner who will receive the whole collection!  The details on the contest are at the SBS blog.

As you hop today you will also see many cards and projects up for Auction.  In order to make a bid on an item leave a comment on that person’s blog with your offer AND your name and email address.  Please remember that it might not be you who gets the winning bid, so check back if you really want it! 

At the end of the Hop (Tuesday night October 11th at 9pm EST the auction will come to a close.  Winners will be sent a paypal invoice and the Winners will be announced on the Simply Betty Stamps blog.  Please note that we are asking for timely payment, with 48 hours of the announcement on Tuesday morning or the runner up will be chosen.  This is for the simple fact that Betty’s family needs this money as quickly as possible for all of these unexpected and out-of-pocket needs.

Here's my card. I got a bit of an assist from Phoenix, who apparently didn't think my card was finished until he added something!

It's fun and happy, especially with Phoenix's hand drawn "polka dots," as he called them. I have minimal pics today, as I am working with my sister's big, honkin' Nikon that doesn't have a Macro I had a tough time getting my pics in focus. But, if you click on this or my other 2 pics, you can see them bigger.

From here please hop over to ……Raven

If you get lost along the way, here’s the hop order!


Now, for this week's StampInsanity challenge, we were to create anything but a card. And like I mentioned, I combined this with my 31 Days project, though it's a subtle Halloween theme.

I wrote in my art journal, which has been sadly neglected. The big beautiful sentiment at the top is of course a StampInsanity digi. Purrfect for an art journal, no? I think I may use it anytime I need to just write a lot...and get it all out.

The page is about October, how I feel about it, and all of it's wondrous magic. I had some magic mesh that I inked on top of all over the page in various colors, and I (finally!) got the most bee-u-ti-ful web stamps eva(!) from Basic Grey that I have seriously coveted for 3 years. You will see a couple of them stamped in brown on the page.

 So's not overtly Halloweenie, but Halloween can be subtle! I hope you have enjoyed my offerings for today. Please be sure to visit the bloggers for the SBS hop, the rest of the Groovy Gurlz (listed in my sidebar) and the rest of the 31 Days of Halloween Wicked Bloggers (also in my sidebar). Thanks for stopping by. Have a spook-tacular day!


Scrappychick said…
Gracious girl, you are busy!! I love Nix'a hand drawn polka dot border! Can you ask to custom design some for us?! Cool art journal, love all the texture!!
Lelia Pierce said…
Awesome projects, doll! I love that Nix helped too! ;O)

DonnaMundinger said…
Great projects, Alison. Your little helper made a great addition. Loved reading your journal page. I can just feel your excitement about the season. xxD
Sugar said…
awesome projects! love your journal page!
Betty Boo! said…
Awesome card, love the addition Phoenix added! I love your journal page too, so sad we only get one month of this magical month, but I am just as excited about it as you! Thank you Ali for your support and for such awesomeness!

KristyLee said…
Cool card and it does look better w/ your added touch by Phoenix!!
Cool journal!!
See ya for day 7!
Suzi McKenzie said…
Awesome Creations as always, love Nix addition to Christian's card. Your art journal is cool, love those web stamps.
Thank you for being there for Betty and Christian.
Pam Hornschu said…
Fun layout on this card. Love the "polka dots"!
KC said…
I love your Xander card! and your art fun!
Anonymous said…
Saweet! Fantastic card for a fantastic cause!
Laura B said…
Your card is great! I love that Phoenix helped, he is so sweet! I really love your journal page, too.:)
Big hugs,
Your layout is REALLY cute! I really love it!
Unknown said…
Great projects
luv Jane xxx
Sharon Sahl said…
Your journal page is calmly beautiful and exciting to read at the same time. Very nice! And your Zander card is super.
Gloria said…
Very cute. I love the houndstooth paper. I also love those polka dots from Phoenix!!!
Alison... First I must say that Phoenix's added touch is perfect and touching all at the same time!!! I love your Xander Zone project!!!! As for your journal page... I am still determined to work on mine!!! (It has been neglected also!!!) I love the fact that you wrote about something that you love and just added a touch of artwork to it!!! That is really a cool concept for me as I am new to art journaling!!! Thanks for sharing all of this with me!!!
Steph said…
Cool card, I think the added polka dot strip just added to the awesomeness of it :) Great journal page, I love all the texture. You've inspired me to get my journal out, it's been neglected as well and is buried somewhere on my stamp table.
jennifer said…
great projects, tfs
DK Spins said…
Wonderful projects Alison! Such a cute card w/Xander. And, it's always good to do some journalling. You all are so wonderful to help out Betty and Christian. Amazing how generous people are.
Susan said…
Lovely journal page, and I love your Zander card...Phoenix's polka dots make all the difference! :)
Both projects are wonderful Alison! :D
ike said…
Gosh - there's no stopping you !!! Great projects :-)
Ike xx
Scrap Vamp said…
All of your projects are beautiful! Love Halloween, subtle or not!
MaRyKaY said…
all the projects are great. love that you care so much for your friend in need
Kim Kelley said…
Very cheerful card. Great colors!
ldfdesign said…
wonderful! october/halloween same thing ;) great job xander! i love phoenix's polka dots
bonniebluedenim said…
Great offerings to the autumn gods! October is indeed magic!
I love that Phoenix gets involved with your creations :) and I love the sentiment on your journal page.

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