Friday, January 28, 2011

Hop for a Cure

Welcome to the 2011 Hope for a Cure blog hop!

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I am excited to put a new spin on the blog hop and share this opportunity with the online crafting community to do what we love for a cause that is near and dear to my heart!

I asked the ladies to create a challenge that has something to do with what they think of when they think Diabetes.  What came to my mind right away (with Valentines Day closing in) is how much more aware I have become of all the sweets our children receive in school.  I don't think I would be quite as aware if we were not micromanaging it as parents of a child with Diabetes.  This year has not been as bad; but our school nurse is awesome and has really done a great job taking care of our kids.  But....K-3rd grade I received calls at least a couple times a week from the school nurse describing to me the treat that was being served to the children and I needed to guestimate how many grams of carbohydrates were in it.  I refused to let Diabetes be a reason for Madison to miss out on all of the goodies the other kids were getting and feel left out and we just simply treated her with insulin for whatever she consumed.  I guess my point is.....our kids get way more junk at school than what they need.  Every birthday; special celebration; etc.  We really don't think about all the other birthdays when we send in a special birthday treat for our own child.  But it all adds up!!!!  So.....anyway.........

My challenge for you is to create a Valentines Day treat(s) that is non-candy related.  Now...I realize that candy is much more inexpensive then other items, but there are a lot of other options out there.  Pencils, stickers, erasers, those crazy shaped bracelets that the kids are going crazy over, tattoos, etc.

One person who participates in this challenge will be randomly selected to win:
Aladin (1001 Nights) Stamp Kit by Whiff of Joy

I created some very simple goody bags.  We have 79 goody bags to make between the 4 kids and I want them to help; so I made it pretty kid friendly :)

I picked up some little baggies in the craft section at Walmart.  100 bags for $2.00.  Then I found some goodies at Target and the grocery store (stickers, erasers, crazy bands).

For the toppers I just cut up some of those white pieces of low weight cardstock them comes in the sleeves of albums.  They are cut down to 3 1/2" x 4" and scored at 2".

Then I inked the edges with a sponge and some Real Red Stampin' Up! Ink.

The heart balloons were cut out using the Create-a-Critter cartridge. I used my gypsy and fit all 79 on one sheet of red cardstock.  Woohoo!!!!!

Then I used basic black Stampin' Up! ink and sponged the edges of the heart balloons and I used a stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps Laughy Taffy face assortment to add a cute little face to the balloons.

I used a real red marker and added some X's and O's to the sides of the toppers.

I stamped a hugs & kisses stamp from Stampin' Up! All Holidays set.

A little adhesive to attach the balloon heart.

A staple here and a staple there and one goody bag is make 78 more.  Good thing I have 4 little helpers ready to make goody bags for their friends ;)

My Challenge for you is to create a

 Your next stop on the hop is:

Hop for a Cure blog hop details:

When: Hop starts Friday, January 28th at 8:00AM and ends on Saturday,February 5th at midnight.

Where:The hop starts here at  Follow along the hop to visit the particpating blogs and join in on the challenges.

How it works:
1. Donate to JDRF using our donate button which can be found on all participating blogs. (A minimum donation of $5 is required to be eligible for prizes)

2. Start at and follow along the hop.  If you get lost each blog will have a list of the participating blogs so that you can get right back in on all the fun!

3. Complete the challenges and take a photo of your completed project.

4. Link a photo of your completed project to the linking tool at the bottom of each corresponding blog hop post by February 5th at midnight.

5. Winners will be chosen randomly using and be posted by February 12th, 2011.

Back to the beginning (remember to tell us you completed all of the challenges!):


Paper Pretties said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fabulous treat bags! You've inspired me to make my kids help with theirs this year!

Brenna said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your treat bags, they are really cute!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your treat bag is adorable! This is a great challenge. No one in our family has diabetes but I still feel kids get WAY too much sugar especially at school!

joeygirl86 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awesome treat bags! The peachy faces are perfect! Thanks so much for playing with us at PKS LFIF! :)

Lisa West said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great challenge. Some of our goody items came from Isabella's 3rd grade school store. I help the kids sell items for their field trip fund. Blessings, Lisa

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