Thursday, October 6, 2011

From the Xander Zone 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  Erika at Crafty Sprouts 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.

If you would like to send a card to Christian please mail to:
Christian Ford
PO Box 132314
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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.

First up I’ll show you my card for Christian, using the Xander image.  (Xander is a play on his name Christian Alexander)  I pulled out some old Junkitz papers I’ve been hoarding forever and paired it with some chipboard letters inked in Versacraft.  The Dude sentiment at the top is a chipboard piece from DCWV.

Next I have what I thought turned out totally fun using 2 of the gals in the From the Xander Zone collection.  (These images will be released in the near future).  I did my first digi merge!!  Yeah me!  They are colored up in some wild punky colors to match the Sassafras Lass paper choices.  I added some Grunge shapes from Tim Holtz embossing in Bright Pink EP from Stampendous! And of course some awesome May Arts ribbon & mesh!

Lastly, here is my 8 year old son Michael’s card.  He used Jack Skellington from the Simply Betty Burton Chibis  collection and some chipboard (Christian’s initials) and of course his favorite skull paper.  He was so concerned to find out Christian’s favorite band and put something on their about that, since he’s a true rocker too.   (Notice he even made me cut a center step card for his!!  The rest he did himself :)

I also have auction items up for bids today!

Its  a collection of my 3 favorites Simply Betty Stamps cards that I’ve ever made! 

The first is featuring The Corpse Bride Emily, and you can read about that post HERE

Next is my all time fav with sally and Jack!  The deets on that card are HERE

And finally a card featuring Betty and Christian Gomez.  Go HERE for those details.

I am taking bids on the collection of the 3 cards together in a set, including envelopes.  International bidders on the card set is fine .  

I also have a set of 2 Scrapbook Kits that I created for my store which includes 4 double page 12x12 layouts (8 total pages).  Kits include instructions, all papers, and embellishments.  Retail value over $30.  This offering is for US residents only, sorry!

(To better view page layouts, click on the picture to be shown the whole 2 page spread in a larger space)

If you would like to bid on one of my offerings for the auction please make sure to leave your name, email address, amount of your bid, and if its for the cards or layout kits.  You will be contacted within 24 hours of the close of the auction (Tuesday evening) and would ask that you make payment within 48 hours or the runner up will be chosen.

OK, From here please hop over to Kristi's blog!!

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

Simply Betty Stamps  

Thanks for hopping!  Rock on dude :)


  1. Awesome card for Christian, Cyndi! Great job on the hop too! I love the card with Shelby and Phoebe! I guess they were a popular combo, eh?


  2. WOO HOO!! So much awesomeness here to look at.. Great job!!
    Hugs, Linda

  3. WOW Cyndi, as usual all your stuff is just perfect! Thank you for being there during this time of "who knows what today will be like"! LOL

    WOW oh wow Michael's card is amazing! What an amazing little man you have there! Christian loooves that Jack Skellington card!

    Thank you so much! For everything you do.


  4. Michael's card is so awesome! He's too sweet!

  5. beautiful work...good luck


  6. What an awesome line-up of cards, they are all truly beautiful, love Michael's card too (your gonna have to watch your stash, tehe!!)
    You Rock C
    Luv ya loads

  7. Wonderful cards, Cyndi! I'm sure that Christian will love the one you created for him. Love the wild colors and edgy-webby ribbon on the second card.
    I'll start the bidding on your set of three cards at $10.

  8. Cindy what great cards you did!! I'm still trying to dive into merging images.. maybe one day!!! lol! I'm loving how everyone came together for a great cause! Thanks for coordinating!

  9. Fantabulous Christian card darlin, love all your work. Mwha

  10. Your cards are amazing! And I just love your son's card!:)

  11. Awesome-Awesome cards. He is such a cool DUDE.

  12. Gorgeous cards, Cyndi! And your son's is awesome! :)

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

  14. What wonderful projects! The one by your son is adorable!

  15. Dang - I wish I was in the US for those scrap kits :-( Fabulous projects. Good luck :-)


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