New Beginings and a Blog Hop

Happy Birthday are catching me up!!

Where did Christmas go?  How can it be our first challenge of 2012 on our Challenge blog. Gina is hosting our first Challenge of the New Year, she has themed it New Beginings, but it DOESN'T have to be a New Year card it can be a New Baby - New Home or Job or even School etc, just play around with it and most importantly have fun.

After all the Advent Christmas makes - yes 24 NEW and different ideas on the trot, I feel a bit idea empty.  I sat and hoped an inspirational card moment would pop into to my head, but as you know cards are not really my forte, I just stared out of the window!  But I do have a friend starting a new job, she is really excited as it has a expresso machine in the staff room! I found her a wicked little expresso cup and saucer in France, so thought I would make it into a little gift set for her.

I filled the expresso cup with coffee beans so when she opened the cellophane she would get a wonderful aroma.  Three coffee flavoured macaroons arranged on the saucer completed the prezzie, well apart from the wrapping - cellophane, a tag and our NEW Congratulations ribbon, you will be able to find the ribbon here.

I already know she liked her prezzie, and the ribbon was carefully folded and put into her bag I noted!!

How about you, do you have a New Beginnings idea - then why not enter our challenge, and show us what you have made.  Or just pop by and see what all the DT girls have come up with, they have certainly used their imaginations and worked around Gina's theme.  You can find the challenge blog here .  Thank you to everyone that joined in with the last challenge, please do not forget to check to see if you won!  We only had 24 entries, but it was Christmas, so you could be the winner of Bev's Ribbon Bag  - Plum Pudding.

Regular readers will know that our super duper January Ribbon Pack SALE is on - ribbon packs reduced from £5 to just £1 each.  We want to tell as many people as possible about this super offer, so we thought of a Blog Hop (ooooh I have always wanted to have one of those).  When I told the girls in the warehouse, they looked at me as if I was mad - "A WHAT?".  You can get the full list of blogs over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog. At each stop there'll be a word to collect and a candy draw. I've got this gorgeous collection of ribbons to give away, so leave a comment for a chance to win my candy.  (Please refresh your page once you have left a comment, our spam filter likes to eat them.  If your comment has disappeared then please email it to me at and I will add it for you.)


This is your first blog, the start of the blog hop. My word is the. At the end of the blog hop you should have 12 words, work out the phrase and leave it in the comments back at Crafty Ribbons Challenge blog. The blog hop will run until 6pm on 18th January 2012 and the winner and the winners of each of the Design Teams Candy will be announced with the start of the New Challenge on the 19th January

Your next stop is to Mandy and her blog is here. If you lose your way you can go back to Crafty Ribbons Challenge to get the full list. Good luck everyone.

Oooh I do hope I have got that all correct, I have never been very good at giving directions or following maps.  When I took my skipper exams I had to have the charts the same way up as we were sailing, much to the annoyance of the male sailors............but I passed!.

Good luck everyone and hope you have some fun.

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