Monday, November 2, 2009

Spread The Love Blog Hop

Happy Monday!

Today I have a very special post! Erin and I have organized a Spread the Love blog hop to help bring love and hope to a young New Hampshire girl named Jaimie Cates, who sadly was the victim of random violence in her own home and as a result of this random act, also lost her mother. It was a terrible tragedy that has touched us deeply and so we wanted to do something to help Jaimie.

Here is the story of what happened in the small NH town not very far from where I live myself....
On the night of October 3rd Jaimie and her mom, Kimberly, went to bed with no way of knowing the events that were about to transpire to change their lives forever. Four local teenagers armed with knives, broke into their home and brutally murdered Kim Cates and seriously injured 11 year old Jaimie and left her for dead in the driveway. These boys chose the home for no other reason than its location and for no other purpose than to bring harm to the occupants. It was a senseless, random crime that shook the small town and much of the state.

Erin and I have been overwhelmed with the support and compassion of the stamping/scrapping community and with the help of countless bloggers and many many company sponsors, we are bringing you our "Spread the Love for Jaimie" blog hop and card drive! Each of the members of today's hop will share the card they made for Jaimie and we all hope that you will be inspired by this young girl and want to help her too.

Today's hop started on Katharina's blog and if you are just joining me, you'll want to hop back to Katharina's and start this special hop there. If you are joining me from Jay Jay's blog, then you are in the right place!

This is the card I will be mailing to Jaimie this afternoon. I wanted to use some cheerful colors and papers, but nothing too girly as Jaimie is not a girly girl. She like sports, playing outside, and she is a black belt in Karate too!

My card uses this sweet image from Squigglefly Digital Stamps, illustrated by Crissy Armstrong, both of whom are participating in our blog hop today! I've colored with copics and then embellished with ribbon, Prima flowers, buttons, and metal hardware. My sentiment says "Sending Happy Thoughts Your Way" and is available at Whimsy Stamps, another sponsor in today's hop.

My 6 and 3 year old made the two cards above to send to Jaimie. They each chose their supplies and assembled and colored them by themselves and then drew special pictures inside. I'm very proud of them for wanting to show Jaimie some kindness.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, the next stop on the hop is Cindy's blog. Our hop will end on our new blog, Stamp Something...for Jaimie where we have a special card drive challenge posted with opportunities for participants to win some really terrific prizes donated by our generous sponsors. So be sure you continue to hop to see all the love and hope being spread for Jaimie and then we hope you will make a card and enter it into our challenge!

If you are willing to help spread the word about our cause for Jaimie by creating a post on your blog with links to the Stamp Something...for Jaimie blog as well as posting our badge, you can enter to win my personal blog candy for this event! These are the items in this goody pack: ribbon, black ink spot and hand stamped by stamp, full unmounted rubber stamp set in a baby theme, heart theme acrylic stamp set, package of Prima hydrangea flowers, sticky letters, sticky words, pack of buttons, and some chocolate!

Once you have posted the info and links about our hop on your blog, please come back here and leave a comment. I will draw one winner from the comments left here on my blog on Monday, November 9th.

Have a great day and please, if you have a few moments to spare, make a card and mail it to Jaimie and then let others know about our Spread the Love bog hop and card drive. Thank you and Happy Stamping!

Jaimie Cates
c/o Mont Vernon Fire Station
Main Street
Mont Vernon, NH 03057

69 comments:

Juls said...

gorgeous!! Love the image! love the colour combo and the fab dotty ribbon!

Terry Oulboub said...

Oh Denise, what a lovely card you made for Jaimie and the cards your kids made - how sweet!! :) Being a participant in the blog hop, I am just hopping around to see all the lovely cards the participants made. Jaimie is really going to be touched!

Jenny said...

A lovely card for such a brave girl. I love the cards your children made her too - such thoughtfulness.

This blog hop shows that there are still people out there that care!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

AWW!! What an adorable little pup! :) I really love the way you've put together your creaiton hun!! And your kids did a beautiful job of coloring!! How sweet!! Please tell them thank you for helping out mom in supporting Jaimie!! Thanks for much for all your work putting this together Denise!! HUGS

Kim Piggott said...

Such a sweet card Denise!
I love your cute image and gorgeous detail!
Two fantastic cards by your babies you must be so proud!
hugs
kim x

Beautiful Greetings said...

Adorable card! I am sure Jaimie will be thrilled to receive it!

Danielle said...

The puppy is absolutely adorable!!! And how sweet of your little ones to want to join in!

Crafty Num Nums said...

Lovely cards!!! I am very glad I was able t join in on this Blog Hop and brighten Jaimie's day!!

resmith said...

Denise, I just love your card!! Your kids cards are just fantastic.

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Wow, you've created a beautiful expression of caring in your card, Denise, top notch! And your precious children obviously have their mother's talents, so cute!

Thank you for inviting me to participate in this special cause. Many hearts have been touched by Jaimie's story and what you're doing to make a loving difference in her life!

HUGZ!

Penny D. said...

Soo adorable!!! I'm sure she'll love it.

My card and blog hop info are here

♥ Lydia ♥ said...

An adorable card Denise! She'll love it I'm sure...and the two cards that your children made too! They're fab!! :)
So pleased I was able to join you today and help give a little bit of hope and a whole heap of love to this brave little girl x
Thanks for all the hard work you've put into this x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards :-) How lovely for your children to join in too ,,, am sure Jaimie will love them all :-)

Luv
Lols x x

Crazy Creations said...

That is great your kids helped to ,I made mine and it on the way today This is a great thing you all are doing .God Bless Sarah K

SemSee said...

Gorgeous card, Denise! Jaimie will adore it! And I love the cards your children have made - wow, they are super talented, just like their mum! Thanks so much for organsing this - it's so wonderful to see so many people getting on board. Big hugs to you hun, Sem x

Rhynah said...

I'll definitely take part and Spread the Love and Hope by sending Jaimie a card.

HERE is the post I made about the blog hop.

Shelly said...

Hi Denise!
I'm so happy to be able to help with this cause, thanks for asking me! I love your card, thay puppy is just the cutest and the sentiment is thoughtful, Jaimie will love it. Great details too! Now, the other two cards from your little ones are great, how lovely of them to want to show love and kindness to Jaimie.
Hugs Shelly :)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Your creation is awesome as are the creations from your youngin's ... how sweet!!
I'm honored to be able to help "spread the word" on my blog and if you'd like to take a peek at my card (which went out today) ... you can see it here: http://darscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2009/11/please-help-spread-love-hope.html
Thanks for helping to bring this to our attention!!

Tracey said...

A gorgeous card Denise!! And I just love the ones your kids made.

acreativeneed said...

Your cards are so adorable! Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful thoughtful event. I'm so happy to be a part of it today and feel the love that everyone is spreading for Jaimie!
smiles,
Deena

Micki said...

Beautiful cards and I was so moved to see your little one's cards. They did a wonderful job!!!!

Thanks so much for joining this blog hop.

beadz said...

What a great cause for a blog hop! I have posted my card along with info for the blog hop on my blog and posted in my sidebar as well.

I love your children's cards. So Sweet! Your 3 year old colors amazingly well (especially compared to my 3 yr old nephew)!

hugs,
Gini

Claire said...

Denise, this is so great! Thanks for putting this together. Love your card!

kim.mom said...

All 3 of them are beautiful!

My Creative Outlet by Janna said...

Love your card...that puppy is too sweet! Great colors too. And the kids did a FABULOUS job! Great coloring and so happy that they wanted to help :)

lots of luv!

Mary said...

Gorgeous card! HERE is my post about this blog hop along with the card that I will be sending off to Jaimie tomorrow.

hugs
Mary

Jenni said...

I love your card Denise and how cute are your children's cards - two crafting stars in the making there!
Just wanted to stop by to say thanks for your hard work in helping to make this event possible, I'm sure Jaimie and her Dad will be touched by the number of crafters thinking of them.
Jenni x

Mimiko said...

Beautiful cards from all of you :)
My card is ready to go and it can be seen here.

Sharon said...

Hi Denise, what a gorgeous card to send Jaimie. This is my first blog hop and I'm enjoying visiting all of the blogs. Thanks for the opportunity to join you, you have done a great job.

Debbie said...

Beautiful cards Denise,Your Children really are talented,and I'm sure jaimie will be touched by the kindness everyone is showing,Hugs Debbie x

Crissy Armstrong said...

I love what you did with my pup image, Denise! And I'm touched that it is being used to help Jaimie. I love the cards your kids did, they are fantastic, and so well colored. What a great example those kids have in their Mom. hugs!

JulyeB said...

Hi Denise have added a link in my post to the spread some love site and added the logo and here's my card for Jamie if you want to check I've done all I should to be eligible for your candy, such a small price to pay thanks Julye

Shelly said...

I love the card you made for Jaimie and the cards your kids made are so cute. It's so sweet that they wanted to show their concern.

Carol said...

talented children you have, their cards are great! (yours too!)
she will love them,
Carol<><

Splendid Little Stars said...

Hi Denise!
This project has touched my heart! I have blogged about it here: http://splendidlittlestars.blogspot.com/2009/10/hope.html and added the badge to the side of my blog. I am telling others and hoping they will send cards, too.
Your card is so cute and the cards made by your children are great!

Stitchinwitch said...

I love your card but you childrens cards really touch me. Beautiful.

I blogged about it here
The more love this family receives the better

Lynne said...

very cute card!!! This is such a great blog hop!!

kaos said...

Such lovely cards - so sweet that your kids are helping too...
While I don't have a blog, I showed my card in my forum and let them know where to get more information...
http://www.bastel-elfe.de/modules.php?name=eBoard&file=viewthread&tid=106011

thanks

Suzanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous and such a very worthwhile cause. I hope that we can help by sending a wee bit of love and hope to Jamie. I will be making a card for her today.
Hugs
Suzanne x

Golden said...

Oh the love in childrens hearts. You must be doing something right as a mother. I made a card and posted on my blog. Such terrible tragedy and I pray each day for them.

Golden said...

Lovely card. I have also made a card for this lovely girl and her father. I posted on my blog. Thur tragedy comes hope and she will be blessed and see how great the world can be.

Shazza said...

stunning card
x

Basement Stamper said...

Great card, the puppy image is so cute and that's great that your family made her a card too! I've got my card up and linked to the blog as I'm part of the hop as well.

my5bratz said...

gorgeous, have posted my card to her today :0)

True :) said...

Hi Denise!
First, I want to thank you for all of the hard work you and Erin have put into this heart touching hop! You girls are awesome!
Second, Your card is beautiful and your children's are super cute too. So cool that your family got involved as well.
Thanks for asking me aboard!
Hugs,
True :)

Suzanne said...

My card for JAmies is HERE
Hugs
Suzanne x

Mary Lou said...

Dear Denise What you and Erin have organized is beyond words. Such an unselfish, wonderful, Godly gesture!!! Your card is awesome~~ animals bring so much comfort to one's life. I sent Jaimie a card today~~~ View HERE
Thanks and blessings
Mary Lou

Violets Corner said...

Such a lovely card you have made Denise! Full of fab detail and the layout is great. I do love your childrens cards, how kind of them :)

Hugs
Maarit

joey said...

Hi Denise

THANKYOU so very much for organising this fantastic blog hop and allowing us to be a part of things. Jaimies story has touched my heart and I feel very honoured to be able to send her a card. Your card is gorgeous.

Joey.xxx

Tammy Miller said...

great card for a great cause.

Minnamanna said...

I love your cards!!
I sent my card today.

Avril Ann said...

3 Fabulouse Cards Denise, your children are going to give you some competition in years to come I think. Hugs Avril xxx

Cindy said...

Super job on the hop, Denise!!! Great cards by you and your family!!

Erin... said...

Still working my way thru the comments. Thank you so much for helping me turn this little idea into an amazing success!! Couldn't have done it without you! Great card too, and the kids!!!!! Hugs

Susa said...

Gorgeous cards you've made :)

I'll make mine to her tonight.

Hugs, Susa

Annette said...

Such a cute, gorgeous card, just love those flowers and pretty dp too. My creation is
http://mypommiepurplepatch.blogspot.com/2009/11/anya-5-inkspirations-15-and-jaimie.html
Take CareX:)

Chris said...

I hope we can cheer Jaimie. I made and sent this card.
http://easilyamused-chrisv.blogspot.com/2009/11/color-throwdown-for-cause.html

Tammy Miller said...

here is my card for the blog hop and jamie http://createwhenican.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-came-across-amazing-blog-hop-today.html

Blankiefinder said...

Before visiting your blog, I had already decided to have my daughter write in the card that I have made for Jaimie, since she is the exact same age. I can only imagine what she is going through :(

I posted the info about Jaimie on my blog, you can see it and my card here

Anne H. said...

WOW - your card for Jaimie is gorgeous!
An adorable image and lovely colors.
Take care xx
Anne -:)

helen said...

have linked the spread the love blog badge and your badge in two separate posts on my blog ...i have made three cards for jaimie, one from each in the family to send hope to jaimie that the world can be a good place.

http://longlivescissorsandpaper.blogspot.com/2009/11/stamping-with-denise-is-helping-to.html

Moshie said...

I would love to post the info on my blog but not sure just how to. I will play around a bit and see if I can get something besides the picture of the card I made for Jaimie. I did want to post and tell you how much I love the card you made her and I think your childrens cards are priceless!!!! Thank you for allowing us all to be blessed by helping lift a little girls spirits!

Nina said...

Such a wonderful card, for such a tragic thing, but what a wonderful hop full of grace!

Nina
http://theresmagicintheair.blogspot.com/
(free digital stamps every Monday)

Shana said...

What an amazing card! I love the pup image and that your children did up their own cards too! In addition to posting on my blog, I've been sending e-mail to family and friends, and just talking with friends about Jaimie. My six year old niece overheard me talking and she went home and made a card for Jaimie too! My DS and DD have been colouring images for me to put into my card for Jaimie. Thank you for spreading the love! Here is my card for Jaimie.

Maria Matter said...

what an honor to be part of this 'movement of love'!
Your card is beautiful...and a wonderful idea to make it a family affair....Jaimie will appreciate all these lovely cards Denise!!!
Blessings, Maria
... Joyful Stamper: Blog Hop & Card Drive

Shannon - Desert Designs said...

Love your card and the ones your kiddos made! Thanks for organizing the Spread the Love blog hop. I'm overjoyed at the number of caring people in the stamping community - Jaimie's sure to be pleased! My card is here.

KarenB said...

Your card is lovely and your children have made gorgeous creations too. My card and links are here:
http://beingkaren.blogspot.com/2009/11/cards-and-things.html

Anne said...

Denise bless you for thinking up this idea with Erin!

Your cards are all lovely, Here's my card that I made for Jaimie

Janice said...

Denise-thank you for organizing such a wonderful blog hop! It so nice to see the other side-the side that's not reported in the papers. I'm sure Jaimie will be touched by everyone's outpouring of love!