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Monday, December 2, 2013

Sketches4All Jingle Bells Blog Hop Begins!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!! Are you ready for another Holiday Hop?!?  This one is brought to you by Sketches4All!!!! 

Welcome to the Sketches4all

So glad you could join us for our blog hop!  You will have nine days to hop around and to complete any and all of the challenges that will be offered by each design team member.  We hope to inspire you this holiday season!  The Hop starts today, December 3rd and ends on December 9th at midnight (PST).  Winners will be announced on December 13th in the Winner's Circle at Sketches4all

There are TONS of prizes to be won!!! One lucky winner will receive the Grand Prize which is this glorious November Kit from Frosted Designs!!! Look at all of the gorgeousness!

There will also be a second place winner of a $20 gift certificate to the Cutting Cafe!

AND...each Design Team member will offer a challenge here at Sketches4all, some with an individual prize!

So how do you participate??

1. Hop around to all of the blog's of the design team members. Follow them and leave a comment. 
(Right away, that will get your name in the hat to win the second place prize!!) 

2. Join the Design Team's Jingle Bells Blog Hop challenges at Sketches4all
These challenges will be posted in the Forum under Special Events. (HERE) 
 (This will get your name thrown in the hat to win the individual prizes.)

3. And... to win the Grand Prize... you will need to complete the hop AND find our mystery sentence!!!

Each Design team member will have a word hidden on their blog. When you collect all eight words you will have found our mystery sentence. After you find it, you will then just personal message it to FIA at Sketches4all. 

That's it! Just complete the blog hop and find the mystery sentence and your name will be in the hat to win that awesome kit from Frosted Designs!!!

Now for a little inspiration and a challenge to give your creative mojo a boost!!!  Since we are in the "month of giving", I decided on a very simple challenge...  All you have to do is create a holiday project that IS NOT a card OR a layout!!!!  This can be a tag, altered pieces, altered picture frames, ATC's, etc... GET CREATIVE!!!!  

I chose to alter a picture frame I've had lying around for quite some time.  I picked it up on clearance at TJ Maxx a while ago for $2.00 because it was a little scuffed up.  No biggie, right?!?  This is how I purchase MOST of my pieces that I alter because I know I'm going to be changing them anyway :-)

Any who... I used the Pink Paislee "Noel" paper pad and some mod-podge to create the outer part of the frame.  
Here's the beautiful paper collection:

And here is my finished frame:

I started by cutting all the outer pieces down to size, then the inner pieces as well.  I inked the edges of everything (as usual!!) then applied it to the frame with mod-podge (matte used here).  For the inside, I cut a piece of paper with these beautiful glittered ornaments all over it to a 4x6 size.  Then I stamped the sentiment by Hero Arts and matted it on a red,white, and green plaid paper which is also the same paper I used for the inside portion of the frame.  
Here's a look at the inner portion:

I tried desperately to get a close-up of the glittered ornaments but they just weren't coming out well as I didn't have much sunlight here in the sunshine state today!!!!  Here's the best shot I could get... You can sort of see the glimmer on them!!!!

You can also see a set of Altered Drawers I created HERE and a Winter Wonderland Christmas Tag HERE!!!  Just to give you some additional inspiration :-)

Now it's your turn to show me what you got!!! Or, what you are giving!!! Hahaha!!! 
All entries must be uploaded to the Sketches4All Gallery and tagged JBHBRANDI to receive credit.  I will choose one randomly drawn winner at the end of the hop to receive a FABULOUS prize pack!!!! Remember, you must become a follower of my blog AND leave a comment letting me know you are hopping along!!!! 

(P.S.... My secret word is "BRING")

Here is the order of the hop so you don't get lost along the way:

Stacy - http://scrapwithstacy.blogspot.com (you are here)

Giorgia - Guest Designer for December - http://joyblonde.blogspot.it/

As you can see there are lots of ways to win on the Jingle Bells Blog Hop!! So come on and join in the FUN!!!

Well gang... Thanks sooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)


  1. I love your frame Brandi!! I am already a follower and hopping along!!!

  2. Just love your work, you are so creative.....

  3. Love your project! Great inspirational hop! I am a follower!

  4. What a beautiful altered frame, Brandi ~ awesome work as always!!!

  5. What an awesome frame!! It's beautiful!
    I am a follower of your blog. :)

  6. Amazing frame. Gorgeous as always. :)

  7. Just became a follower and am hopping along...

  8. What awesome frame Brandi. Love the pp collection. WTG!!!!
    Love all your beautiful work.

  9. I really love your project Brandi, you are very talented :)

  10. Wonderful altered frame Brandi...you already know that I love your work:)

  11. I love your frame what a great project!