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 Linda 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 Wednesday 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.
Now on to my post. I went with 50's Emo Christian, and kept with predominately black and white with just the pops of color from the Copic markers that I used to color the image. So much fun to color the SBS images! As you can tell from the pic below, I used a LOT of Copics for this. I used this great graphic paper from Recollections, and I love the fun border of the Studded Pleather trim. The inside also has a strip of the paper and a sentiment from Lizzie Anne Designs. I computer generated the front sentiment using a quote from a Brian Setzer song which I thought suited the image, and has a super positive message. I know Christian and his family will totally ROCK this fight and win in every sense of the word. Be sure to head over to the Simply Betty site and purchase the entire line of 50's Emo images...and all the other lines as well! ;)
Now for my auction item...I'm offering this great pail of eight holiday gift cards w/envelopes. For more info on this, click HERE to see the post featuring this project. Please leave your bid amount with email addy in the comment section of this post. Remember, your entire winning bid amount will go to the Betty's Family to help them cover the costs of Christian's treatments, and help them to avoid the financial hardship that comes with major illness. Remember, you have until October 11th, 9 pm EST to get your bid in. Be sure to check back on the bidding to ensure that YOU are the winner! (Please NO international bidders.)
From here please hop over to Susan
If you get lost along the way, here’s the hop order!