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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's Here! The Jen's Sunshine Blog Hop!

Coffee of the Day - Maple Pecan

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Paper Makeup Stamps & Party Time Tuesdays Challenge Blog
proudly present
"Jen's Sunshine" Blog Hop

This hop will remain open till Tuesday Sept.4th
Winners announced Sept. 7th

I would be terribly remiss if I didn't begin by saying a most heart felt thank you to the ladies behind this blog hop - Jenn, Michelle, and Katie. they have gone above and beyond putting everything together for all of us. My family and I can not express enough how much we appreciate every single person who is participating in the blog hop as well as the numerous stores, companies, and individuals who have so graciously donated prizes. Please please take a moment from the blog hop to stop and tell these people thank you. I am so overwhelmed and blessed! :)



My card uses the fairy image from the Jen's Sunshine set as well as the 'You add sunshine' senti. paper is My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender, wings were coated with shimmerz paint as were her shoes (hey, every girl needs at least ONE pair of pink shoes! I myself have several!!! grins!) buttons are vintage, flower is Prima, leaves from a Martha Stewart punch, washi tape & baker's twine are from Etsy. little touches of rock candy distress stickles edge the main image and pink mat. my white gel pen was used to accent image as well as to add a dotted border.

I'm sending this card to a 9 year old girl who is currently going through treatment for leukemia. you can find more information about her battle here. I know how much the cards I have received mean to me. I hope to share a bit of sunshine with someone else fighting this awful cancer monster. hope she likes it!

Also, a friend of mine of fellow DT member is kinda sorta playing along in the hop. I would love it if you could take a moment to pop by her blog and see what she has made! Lisa - Adventures in Paper Land

We ask as you hop along with us, please consider donating at least $1 using the paypal donation button at any stop along the way. Your donation will go directly to Jen. Thank you. (I have to add this..... thank you for helping my family!)

It wouldn't be a hop without prizes. To see a full list of the prizes up for grabs, please visit




To be eligible to win a prize from our sponsors, collect the hidden letters located throughout the hop. Once you spell out the secret phrase, please email ---> Jenn Cochran at partytimetuesdays@hotmail.com. <----This will get you entered to win one of several fabulous prizes throughout the hop. ***Prizes up for grabs on my blog will be selected from comments left ONLY on my blog.***


Paper Pretties has kindly donated one digi of the winner's choice to be chosen from comments left on my blog! :)


Jane B of Jane's Doodles is so very generous to one lucky winner! That person will receive not one digi, but EVERY digi in the Jane's Doodles shop! wowza!

an anonymous donor has given me this fun, brand new A*Muse stamp set, 'Spooky Boo Day' (retail value $24.95) to offer one person who leaves a comment on my blog!


another anonymous donor is offering this great pack of Stampin' Up! 2012/2014 in color designer series paper (retail value $21.95) for one person who leaves a comment on my blog.

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$15 gift certificate to Paper Makeup Stamps to one lucky person who leaves a comment on my blog!


and then there is the grand kahuna prize from those who leave a comment on my blog - Cath, a dear friend, editor at Paper Crafts mag, and writer extraordinaire of Moxie Fab blog has offered this ginormous selection of special edition PC mags, shipping included, to one lucky winner! whoa nelly! that is one fabby prize! :)




Now these are just a portion of a Cancer Support Prize package I am putting together for one person who leaves a comment on my blog. I am also adding some pretty pink vintage goodies that you know I love so well! :) then you can make projects to encourage someone going through this battle and who needs a little dose of love & smiles! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and bearing with my longer than usual post..... hope you had a BIG cup of coffee to keep you going! grins!

p.s. I have to add, as I have been slowly going through the hop, because the compy hurts my head to do too much at once, I've been listening to a most fabulous CD. It is called "Here for YOU", worship music by David Crowder and Chris Tomlin. Several songs have popped out at me - 'Lord, I Need You', 'Always', and 'Forever Rein'. if you don't get anything else from today, know this - God is good, always. almost every day I can say without fail I have felt peace through this battle because He goes before me. He does not ever fail me. He is always always faithful, and His blessings are neverending. oh how thankful I am! and how God has blessed me with all of YOU! :)

80 comments:

Geri said...

Hey Jen! DO NOT stop fighting this monster for one second! Beat the beast with your positive attitude and smile! Dream of healing, visualize a healthy & strong you every minute of your day. Mind over matter! You can and will do it!!!

Susie said...

Fabulous card and so thoughtful of you to send it to the little girl. Hope there's lots of "hoppers" during your Hop.

JustYolie said...

Jen, You deserve this and so much more!! You are in my prayers...hugs to you!!! :) :)

Ardilla said...

Keep fighting, Jen!!!
I am honored to participate in this hop for you...
A big hug for you,

Ardilla

Penny said...

Jennifer, I am so happy that so many people contributed to this fabulous hop! The blog world is quite loving, isn't it? :^)
Your card is just beautiful! Love the image and the beautiful pinks you used. The card of buttons is way cool! Love all of your elements together! Just a great card! :^)
Wrapping you in healing hugs,
Penny

Holly Young said...

Fight like a girl, Jenn!!!!! We're praying for you and we're standing with you!!!! I just absolutely love the shabby chic feel of your card,,,,,such a pretty take on the digi set!!!!! Hugs!

Karen said...

I'm making cards for little Alana today with my ten year old Rosie... we set aside today as our day that wwe would sit and do it.. so I love that you have made your card for her sweetie!

I hope that EVERYONE buys the digi set - I had so much creating my card with it - sending you hugs and wishes from across the miles...
just wish I could do more for you hun.

Hugs,
Krafty Karen.xx

Danie May said...

Jen you are so deserving of some Sunshine and this hop in your honor today! You have such a happy outlook on life and the way you shine through adversity is truly an inspiration to all those you encounter on this journey called life. May Hope, Faith and Love be with you now and always! Danie xx
Oops Almost forgot, your card is gorgeous, so pretty in pink and I love the button and twine touches! xx

Lisa Sumpter said...

Stopping by on your blog hop! It's plain to see how much you're loved! I wish you nothing but good things and fluffy penguin kisses xx

Lisa xox

Sylvia Zet said...

Hi Jen, your card is beautiful and I am sure the little girl will be very happy when she receive it.

You really have not only your family but also some wonderful friends over the blogland who care about you, so Stay Strong Girl!

Sending lots of hugs and positive energy your way :)

Rebecca Ednie said...

Fight with every ounce of strength you have and when you think you don't have anymore to give, lean on the friends and family who love you. I have also battled a serious illness which for me is lifelong but I am managing and raising 3 lovely little boys. When I first got sick and struggled through so much pain and depression, I never could have imagined I'd ever possibly be so lucky. I'm so glad I hung on and I hope you do to! Best wishes.

Gina Lindsay said...

I absolutely love your card! The buttons on the card add such a vintage feel. I am so happy to see people doing this in your honor. You have touched so many lives with your encouraging words. You were one of the first people to really encourage me back when I was a brand new blogger.

I wanted to mention that I saw my first Pumpkin Spice coffee of the season yesterday and of course I thought of you!

Anne Temple said...

Keep up the fight and the positive attitude (I know they help). You and your family are continually in my prayers. The card you created for the little girl is fabulous! Love those vintage buttons (my purple/green card uses vintage buttons too) :-) I'm sure she will love it too.

BettyBee said...

I haven't had the pleasure of "meeting" you before, but I am glad my blog hopping has brought me here today. God bless you. Stay strong and fight on! You are the sunshine in the lives of so many. I will go and create a card now. Prayers coming your way.

Paula Laird said...

Oh, Jen, I don't know if you remember me from way back on the flybaby thread on scs or not, but I remember you and am so sorry to hear that cancer is in your life! You are such a sweet, strong lady, you just keep on fighting!

Your card is beautiful. I'm sure it will cheer up the recipient immensely. You'll be in my prayers.

Jane said...

Gorgeous card! you're awesome! :)

Lisa M said...

WOOOOW, what a hop! I've have been over and under and all around bloggyland this morning and I feel so blessed to see all of this amazing support, love and kindness for you. It's fantastic to see this crafting community really do a phenominal solid for someone as special as you. I've certainly drawn so much inspiration from all the amazing talent and now I have a huge collection of ideas to help others who are going through the same thing too. I've just loved spending the morning (with coffee...OF COURSE) and reading and seeing such a fantastic hop. So happy to be on a DT with you. Your humor cracks me up and your feist and drive inspire me. It's been a blast hopping along. :D Going to go soak the ol' fingers now...LOL.
Big hugs to you Jennifer and I'm always pulling for YOU.
Lisa xx

Maryann said...

So sorry to hear, that you´re fighting this monster, but please keep fighting, and always remember a positive mind and lots of love can cure almost everything in the world, and I can see you have lots of both, when you have the strenght to make such a wonderful card for a child, that also needs some of this love too.
Keep fighting, I´m sure proud of being part of this too.

Tracy said...

WOODIEHOODIEHOO! What a hop! LOL Hope you enjoyed it sweetie. I saw LOTS and LOTS of sunshine along the way in case you don't have any at your house like me. I have some soggy cats and dogs who've dropped in if you'd like any of those. hee hee We've done really well through the storm so thank you so much for praying for us. Prayer warriors are awesome aren't they! :-) Love ya girl!!!!
P.S. Oh yeah! I L-O-V-E your card! It's Jennifer style to the max! Hugs!

Jo said...

Hugs to you Jen, you WILL win this battle. You are strong and have the love and support of so many. Keep up the fight. Your card is beautiful and so sweet of you to do for the young girl.

Colleen Holmes said...

Your card is gorgeous with the sweet image created for you. Love all the pinks which could not be a better color for today's blog hop. Huge cyber hugs Jen and hope the hop is a huge, huge success to the strongest lady I have ever known!

Huge cyber hugs Jen!

Scrapycandy said...

I'll be praying!

ThePurplePlace said...

Sending special thoughts and lots of praying and happy wishes for you and your awesome family.

I'm sorry I missed most of the hop, but I know you also understand that they are truly a touch challenge...especially when your internet is out (Grrrr) and you have Fibro!!! I'm happy my internet is back, I was lost without it and never realized how much I rely on it...!! I sure am happy I had it on in time to be here today!

A donation is also on it's way and you will remain in my heart!!

Hugs,
Lisa

bethann said...

my DH was diagnosed w a rare aggresive cancer in Feb. he is currently in hospital w a setbak, after 6 mths of grueling intensive chemo. i'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. please think and pray for my husband Paul

Dawn Mercedes said...

Jen, you are loved! If you have a down day...you just hop this hop again!

I've loved all the cards and happy thoughts. I've been so swamped here that I just couldn't swing one more "job." I do think of you often...and pray for comfort and health.

Love the way you added the buttons! wow!

Dawn Mercedes said...

ps...jumping to your friend's entry now!

*Vicki* said...

Hello my friend!!! WOW!!! Your creation is just amazing!! I do love your combo of papers and buttons!! Now that set from Paper Makeup is just too stinkin' cute!! I have loved this hop especially in YOUR honor...you deserve it lady and I'm sure it helps give you encouragement!! We are all thinking of you hun!! BIGGEST HUGS

Going to see your friend now...

Lisa M. (aka Lisabee) said...

Jen, I am honored to be participating in this hop in your honor! Your sweet disposition even in the midst of adversity and trial brings joy to my heart. Keep fighting my love!

JoanieMc said...

First and foremost, you are in my prayers. You have such a wonderful attitude and I know you will win the battle.

Now, for the card, it is Awesome. I just got tickled as I would never have thought of putting the whole card of buttons. What a great idea!! A really fabulous creation.

Hugs
Joanie

Denise Bryant said...

Jen, best wishes to you as you courageously battle cancer.
Your card is beautiful and so very sweet of you to send it on to cheer someone. Love the buttons on the card!
DeniseB

Marji said...

This is so very pretty, I love the button card

Misti said...

Jen, your card will brighten the day of this young girl!!!

Sorry to hear that the blog hop is because of cancer in your life, but I pray that it will bring you lots of encouragement. Love the CD you mentioned. God is good, always!

Kailash said...

You are such an inspiration, your beautiful card is surely a special gesture for the little girl fighting this dreadful disease. May you find strength and comfort knowing that prayers are said for you and that the good Lord never fails in holding you in his hands!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like all things Sunshine. Enjoyed the hop & wish you the best.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

stephanne said...

My heart goes out to you, sweetheart!! May you be blessed with the will to keep up the fight!! Stay strong and positive, I hear that works wonders (so says my mom who survived cervical and uterin cancer)
hugs, stephanne

Tracey said...

Hi Jennifer, I've nearly finished hopping :) & what a success your blog hop is! So many gorgeous creations & yours is beautiful (as always).
I am honored to be part of your blog hop & you know how much I love ya!
Take care my wonderful friend.
Love & hugs
Tracey
xx

Renee said...

Such a beautiful card Jen & trust you to be thinking of someone else at this time! You are such an inspiration to all of us & this tribute to you goes to show how much you are loved by all of us in blogland! Keep fighting the fight my friend...I know you are in good hands but we want you in our lives for many more years to come (greedy bunch!)
Hugs, Renee

Rhonda Miller said...

Jen, your card is soo pretty. I'm sure the little girl is going to love it.

Queen B said...

I am so thankful to be a part of this, of your art, and of your life in a small way. I am constantly amazed by your strength and humor through all the ups and downs. I try to make beautiful things that reach people and inspire them, but I only needed to know you and see the fight in you to be inspired, myself.

And thank you so much for your comments! - you commented twice, silly girl! :)

I hope today was all you hoped for and more.

June Gauss said...

Jen, my mom has been fighting breast cancer since 2006. A great book I found for her at her first diagnosis called "Grace for each hour" by Mary J Nelson...you may like it too. It is a devotional and discusses Mary's own journey with breast cancer.

I will be praying for you as you continue this journey. May God restore you fully...mind, body & spirit! I have been reading Psalm 31 over my mom as she continues her battle. Lots of great truth in it. May it encourage you!

-June
P.S. I live in CLE! ;)

Lucy said...

I've not met you before but have been totally inspired by all the lovely comments on the hop. You must be an amazingly special lady to have inspired nearly 50 people to take part in the blog & many many more to hop along.

I really hope the C goes away soon.

Lots of love & prayers

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

I totally love how you used the buttons on this card. Very unique. TFS

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

I got distracted and then came back and hit the publish key before I finished. Jen, I know you will fight this beast and win. find something to smile about every day... even on the bad days.

Annie said...

Hi Jen. Your card is gorgeous. Wow what a fabulous hop, gorgeous creations and amazing all the people that have taken part :). I want to wish you all the best, stay strong and positive and I really hope you beat the nasty disease. Sending you big hugs. Ann xxxx

Edwina said...

Jennifer, Your card is Fabulous! I love it! Love the papers used and the pretty color. You such great work. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your sweet comment. Love you my friend. Edwina Brown edwina.brown@live.com

Cely said...

Love you, Jen!!! You are an inspiration to all of us so it's important that you keep your face toward the sunshine! :) hope you enjoyed your hop, girlie!

Payne Holler Cards said...

Hey there kid-oh! So glad to see this hop for you...we go way back now LOL and you've touched and encouraged so many of us...with your loving humor and wonderful creativity.
Our Lord has all this in His hands (which you know) and you have remained his faithful follower...your testimony during this horrible time is truly an inspiration.
Hugs to you,
Linda

Tami B. said...

Prayers and best wishes to you. Your friends have done a wonderful job on their projects. Thanks for the tip on the CD, I will have to check it out.

Kathy Mc said...

What a sweet and gorgeous card, Jen! So sorry to hear about your health issues and yet you are there for someone else…sending cards no less. Will continue praying for healthy days ahead and some relief from all of this monster disease. Take care!

Katherine said...

Jen, I have long since admired your crafty style, and I am in awe of the grace and faithfulness you show in this trying time for you and your family. May God bless you, heal you, and continue His work for you. You are in my prayers. (also, have to say I {heart} those vintage buttons!!)

Jennifer said...

God is faithful Jen! Huge hugs for you and know that you are dearly loved! May you remember that when ever the sun doesn't want to shine!
Love your card, your personality really shines through it!

Sarah Mae said...

Your card is beautiful and it's wonderful how you're sending it to that little girl.
You remind me of my 2nd "Mom." She has been battling cancer on and off over the last 3 years. She is always hopeful, resilient and strong. I think that in part is because of the wonderful circle of friends and family she has. I think it's quite obvious that you have an AMAZING circle of people standing with you during your fight.
It's beautiful to see. :)
Sarah Mae

Kim said...

Jen your card is gorgeous. The little girl is going to love this card.

susie said...

Jen - so proud to be part of this wonderful blog hop for you and your family. Please keep strong - I know how hard the treatment can be. Only yesterday I had my 2 year mamagram post cancer - all is well and praying that the same will be for you too. Family and friends help to keep us strong and hope all the love from this hop has made you smile lots xxxx

Hatty Shine said...

Your card is just super Jen! :) So many layers of beautiful paper! I just wanted to say thank you for the lovely comment you left on my card. Im so glad that i have been able to participate in the hop and help out in some way. As i said on my card thank you for being such an inspiration... TO ALL OF US!
:) Hatty xxxx

Karen Conner said...

Jen, I am a 7 yr survivor! You can get thru this too! Isaiah 40:31 was the scripture that I clung to during my 11 mths of being in the hospital taking treatments & having surgery.

God will carry you thru to the other side! Hang in there. Will be praying for you & your family.

Huggles!

Jerusha Borden said...

Jen,I am so glad that you have come into my life through crafting. Tears come to my eyes as I type this because I genuinely love you and pray that this cancer battle will end with you winning the fight and kicking it to the curb. Your positive attitude through this all has made me readjust my attitude towards things in my life that have ailed me. You have been an inspiration to me. And now, reading this post, not only do you make your card to give to someone else who is battling cancer, you also include a bit about how God is always good and without fail. I am so thankful for you and will continue to pray for you every day. Love you my friend! xoxoxoxo

Lee said...

My prayers are out there for you and for the little girl you made that sweet card for! thankyou!

Liva said...

You've created again such an amazing card! Love all that pink - well that's what girls are famous for, isn't it? :)
Hugs,
Liva ❤

Chris said...

WOW! this has been an inspirational hop. There's so much goodness I had to do it in two days.
Bask in the love, you deserve it.

Jill Norwood said...

Sending you prayers and healing thoughts!

Blessings to you and your family!

Hugs,
Jill

Marilyn said...

I would never have thought of using a card of buttons but it totally works and is a great idea.
Keep up your fight, chin up, shoulders back and head high and you can beat this! All my best to you and these wonderful people who love you.

Cheryl L. said...

From a fellow Ohio crafty gal...I send you prayers, good thoughts, hugs and courage...you CAN DO THIS!!!

N@ Ali said...

Coming from Cath's MFW, I'm sorry I won't be participating in the blog hop but I did want to send a little positive thought, wishing you all the strenght you need in these difficult moments

Sarah Biswabic said...

You can beat this! You and your family are in my prayers. I love your card! So adorable! That little girl will love it!

Elizabeth Hart said...

Hi Jen - how fabulous has this blog hop been. Every card that was made was such a treasure and and a reminder that people care and you must continue to fight. Your card is adorable - hang in there - and remember you are loved.

Jenn Zeeb said...

You are an inspiration. This hop has been amazing.

Judy said...

While I haven't had to go through anything like you are going through now, I had two friends that had breast cancer. One is completly cancer free for 5 years now and the other one is doing great also. Keep up the good fight and I will be thinking of you and praying for a good outcome for you and your family.

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

I've actually taken longer than you to finish going through this hop! You are such an inspiration to so many people. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers and look forward to crafting along side you for a very long time :D

mtscrapgal said...

Jen, first I want to encourage you in your fight with cancer. You and your family will be in my prayers. I'm so glad you have the support of this loving craft community.My daughter is fighting appendix cancer that has just reared its ugly head again. She will have additional surgery soon. So we have first hand knowledge of how important prayer and support are when you are fighting. Hope the hop brings you some joy. I can't believe you are giving prizes too. How generous of you. God speed to you and your family.

Mary-Anne V said...

Jen, just know that you are in our thought and prayers. It is so nice to see your friends rally around you. It is a testament to your character and your friendship that this whole hop is happening. Keep your faith strong and as you say God will go ahead of you.

Jackie said...

Jen, I adore your card and you. I know how sweet and caring you are and how you don't let things get you down. Keep on fighting we are all her to support you. Good luck with everything you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Kristina said...

Love your card this is so cute! I am just finding out about this hop for you! How awesome is this! Love you Lady! I wish nothing but the best for you!
Peace,
Kristy

Helen said...

Wow...this is one awesome blog hop Jennifer! Such fabulous inspiration from some truly wonderful bloggy friends of yours...great to see how nice blogland can be!
Love your card...it's so pretty & girly! :0)
Helen x

Charlene Mitchell said...

Coffee sounds great . . .Beautiful card - love all your added details, especially the white dotted border. Beautiful! Hope you have enjoyed the hop in your honour! It has been a privilege participating and thanks again for sending the card to Gypsy!

Katie said...

Just found you from a comment you left on another blog. You have such a wonderful attitude. That and your faith and love of family and friends will pull you through.
Love your choice of music.
Hugz and may God's love enfold you in His arms.

Lorianna said...

So LOVE this
So bright and Cheerful!!!
LOVE the layout!!!
Your such an inspiration!!!
You can do this!!
We all LOVE you!
Always in my thoughts and prayers!!!
Hugs
Lorianna

Oak Pond Creations said...

Jennifer: 4 days of hopping and reading your inspirational story and I've FINALLY made it to you. I feel like I know you after visiting each blog. You are an amazing, strong woman. This was my first blog hop and I am in awe of the crafters in this community. There is so much love and so many prayers coming your way. Stay strong and focused. Hugs and Happy Crafting <3-Kim

Michelle VP said...

I love the card you created for your hop, Jen! You have an amazing eye for detail and putting elements together. I so admire your fighting, sunny spirit and it's a pleasure to work with you at PTT and PMS. {hugs}

Esther said...

So precious Jen, love the button card!!!

I'm in your corner Jen, sending hugs and encouragement!!!