Thursday, October 6, 2011

Simply Betty Stamps Blog Hop and Auction

Welcome to the Xander Zone!!  You are in for quite a trip through todays 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 Raven 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 the card I created for the hop using "Bella the Vampire."  I think she's gorgeous and spooky looking all rolled into one and was so pleased to use her in my card for Christian.  Of course I stamped her on Neenah and colored her with my Copics (E50, E51, E53, R02, YR14, YR16, YR18, E08, G21, G24, G28, BG000).  I cut her out using a Spellbinders Nestie and distressed her with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Antique Linen all over and Rusty Hinge around the edge.  I layered her on Bazzill and Cosmo Cricket papers.  I typed my own sentiment and printed it out on Neenah, distressed it and layered it as well.  I had a few off-white flowers in my stash that I also distressed, added the bling in the middle and attached to the layered sentiment.  The card itself was so simple to create, however, I think she's as lovely as her name!  I hope you like her too. 

From here please hop over to Lelia at

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


I can't even begin to tell you how honored I am to be included in this hop to raise money for Christian.  It means a great deal to me and I would like to thank Betty and her Design Team at Simply Betty Stamps for allowing me to participate.  It has truly been a pleasure!


  1. She's hauntingly beautiful! And your sentiment is frickin perfect! Thanks so much for hopping with us today and helping spread the word :)

  2. Beautiful job on Bella...she is awesome!


  3. Oh my that is beautiful, and that sentiment is just perfect! Thank you Lea for doing this hop and for the support you have shown me and my family!


  4. Your Bella card is stunningly beautiful,i love it :)
    Thank you so much for helping support Betty and Christian.

  5. Beautiful card and coloring. Love the sentiment!

  6. OMG! Gorgeous as every, your colouring is increasable. Wonderful card.

  7. I love your card! That sentiment is just perfect.:)

  8. Really pretty card...and then you read the sentiment. That's when it ROCKS!

  9. What an awesome way to help Betty's family in this time of need!!! I love your creation!!! I hope that you exceed what you expect to raise in funds!!!


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