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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Jesus Is The Reason For The Season!!!"

Welcome my dear Friends and Followers!
I feel very blessed to be asked by my dear friend Catherine (aka Paper Addict), to partecipate on this {special-to-my-heart} blog hop. And my very FIRST hop evah at that!:o)
So pleazzz be forgiving as I am still VERY green as a blogger and definetly techno-challenged too!lol :o)
Reason for this Hop:We are a small band of blogging crafters who love God and are very delighted to have you here and helping us celebrating the impending Good News of our Savior's birth! In the midst of all the seasonal festivies, we wanted to take some time aside just to focus on the real meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.  Of course there's nothing wrong with hustling and bustling about to find the "perfect gifts" for our loved ones, but when you stop to think about it, there will never be a gift more perfect than the gift God gave us in Jesus.
*Praise God,our Lord and Salvation*
And now,on with the details...
First of all, I'd like to extend a big "thank you" to our sponsors, please check out
the beautiful prizes each has donated toward this Special Hop
They are as follows:
Fresh Brewed Designs:  4 Christmas/Faith digital images plus 2 of winner's choice
Simply Betty Stamps:  Jude & His Shenanigans Crew Christmas Collection (6 digital images)
The Stamping Boutique:  2 Faith digital images plus 4 images of winner's choice
3 winners will be chosen (one for each store prize above) from comments on select blogs, but it is a secret as to which blogs the winning comments will be chosen from.
In addition, to those wonderful prizes , I'd like to offer
my first lil-blog candy, as seen below:

The guidelines for  winning are very simple and as specified here:
  You MUST be a follower of this blog AND I also respectfully request - on the honour system -that you'll send ONE card to anyone in your life that could use a lift and a smile. You'll be surprised how a simple gesture could mean so much to someone! Probably more than you ever know...Also, since I have NO clue on how to use a 'number generator', I will put the names of all potential partecipants in a hat, and one of my grandchildren will draw the one winner
from there :o) I will post the winner's name here on my blog, by Saturday Dec4.
Please make sure to check back and see if it's YOU who won:o)
And now, let the FUN's HOP-PING time! Yesss! :o)
Here's the hop order :
Paola   *<<<<<YOU are HERE!
Catherine   {the-end}
Have FUN...and keep GOD close to your heart...always!
*May you have the gift of Hope,
the blessings of Peace,
and the Wonder of His Love
at Christmas and always*
 ~*~ CHRIST-mas cheers and blessings to ya all! ~*~
I must apologize for entering a card I already made last year...
 Unfortunatly time is at a premium lately and,even though
I tought I could provide something fresh and new I had to
concede, at the last minute,with what I already had instead ...
Hopefully you don't mind it ,and IF I have the chance,
I will make a 'fresh one' before the hop is over...."IF"....
*Thank you!*


MiamiKel said...

Oh Sweet P, what a poignant and heart warming post! Your card is just a beautiful reflection on the season and the true love that lies in our hearts for our wonderful Savior! I love it! Thank you for always being an inspiration, that breath of fresh air! Love you (and your post!) muchly! xoxo

Barb said...

Paola--what an awesome post. Love the card too!

Unknown said...

Very elegant card. I love the colors. Thanks for sharing. I am loving this blog hope!

Simple Creations

Simply AJ said...

Paola - Love the card no matter when it was made! Layout and colors are perfect. I am glad I have found your blog. Just an FYI... I am going to send my Mom a card today - she is in need of extra love and you are right it will mean a lot to her. God Bless you!!! AJ

Debbi said...

Love your card--so beautiful! And I will send a card to my friend who was recently widowed.
Thanks for the chance to win blog candy, and thanks for the reminder of the real Reason we celebrate Christmas!

silvia said...

Your card is just stunning!! I am a follower and will be sending a sympathy card ti a co-worker.

Maria Matter said...

such a lovely card Paola!!
fabulous job on your first hop!
hugs & blessings!

Trina said...

Paola, it's a lovely card. Luckily, they don't expire! :) I know a few people who I've already started making cards for. The trick will be finishing and sending them out!

grandmalee said...

This card is beautiful enough to show every year! I love the layout, colors, and especially the message! Thanks for taking the time to post this to help remind people the true reason for the season!

Imke said...

Paola, your card is lovey. You´ve used one of my fav DP and the layout is great. Beautiful !!

Meera said...

Great card and layout x

April said...

Your card is very very pretty...I just love those colors.

Tabitha said...

I am a new follower. I love your card! love the papers you used. Thanks for sharing the true reason for all seasons.

Amanda said...

gorgeous card!! :D I'm off to become a follower!! :D Thanks for sharing your talents!

Kristine said...

Pretty card! Great job =) Very nice of your sponsors to give for this hop =) Hope you all have a very blessed Christmas season!

Patti J said...

I'd never know this is your first hop! Great job, and your card is gorgeous! Thanks for a fun hop - what a great idea you ladies had! Blessings to you!

Sammi said...

Awesome card Paola and you did great on your first blog hop xxx

kadie said...

Hiya, Beautiful Lady!! Happy First Blog Hop!! Woot woot! And I can't think of a better hop to be on than one that celebrates Jesus! I totally love your card. It makes me smile and feel like Christmas is COMING!! Maybe I'll set up the Nativity scene tonight!
Love you lots, my sweet friend!! Happy Happy Christmas! (I'm sure you'll here these wishes more than once from me this month :) MUAH

*Susan* said...

Oh Temptress, your card is beautiful! Love the colors and sparkle! (I used this exact set's sentiment on mine - great minds, eh?) Wow your first hop AND blog candy! YAY! Oh Paola, you are truly one of the most special blessings in my life. What a small miracle that we connected through our love for stamping! PLEASE promise me that you will never-ever change and that you will continue to just be the warm & wonderful YOU, because that's the Paola we love! {HUGS}

Lorie said...

Hi Sweet P.! Your card is a stunner for sure, and you couldn't prove to me that you're NOT a seasoned blog hopper! Your post and creation for this special hop are perfect! Love ya!


Thea said...

I'm so excited, I have that stamp set you used for the sentiment. I haven't used it yet this year, and need to get it out. Thank you for the inspiration!

Gin Oak said...

Thankyou for using your creativity to give glory to God. You've definitely started on a great hop. Lovely card and lovely candy - I look forward to seeing your future creations (I'm now a follower :-) ). Thanks also for encouraging me to be more of an encourager - I did 10 cards today for those who needed a 'smile' and in return smiled lots myself :-)

sammi said...

Great card! Perfectly displays the Reason For The Season.

Pink Diva said...

Temptress your card is beautiful I am doing the pay it forward since yesterday so sending out cards to cheer others on will be my pleasure. You blog is coming along nicely.

Catherine said...

Yay, Sweet P! What a great way to do your first hop!
Your card is lovely! The papers are some of my fave and I love the die-cut shape inside!
Thanks for being part of this, and for being such a wonderful friend. I thank God for you every day. ((((HUGS))))

Unknown said...

Ohhhhh ... love this card!!!!!!

Angie said...

Very pretty card! Thanks for the chance to win that awesome candy, I am now a follower and of course I will send a card out to a loved one soon:)


Your card is just stunning!! I am a follower and will be sending out my cards soon. Come and visit me at
Rebecca Minor

Stacy said...

Beautiful card and post. I would have never known you were knew to blogging, just be your sweet self and don't stress over it! Sending blessings and hugs your way!

Becky said...

What a lovely post and beautiful card.

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

your post is so lovely! I enjoyed visiting and sharing in this hop with you. your card is STUNNING. I love the border punch and the image. Kings going to see THE KING and bringing him gifts. Can you just imagine it all? God is so amazing!

I am so honored to have been a part of this hop with you and been able to spread the love of Christ to others.

Merry Christmas!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Paola, your card is gorgeous... I love that image! And you are wonderful to remind us of the real reason we celebrate Christmas! Thank you!!!!

Judy McMullen said...

I know I'm a little late to the blog hop but just had to stop by and leave a comment. I love that some of my dear Sistahs are doing this wonderful hop. You are such an inspiration to me and are in my thoughts and prayers everyday! Thanks, Sweet P, for sharing your beautiful card with us!!!

Ms. Earlgrey said...

I cannot believe I did a JOan thing., This was the first post I went to and did not leave a message.
However Paola, your card was the most beautiful and I'm so glad I know you.


Vickie said...

Very cute card. TFS