Well, we have a big treat for you today!  Not only is there SURPRISE CANDY AND LOTS OF IT ALL PACKAGED UP FOR YOU BY THE DESIGNERS AND HIDDEN to celebrate the Sentimental Sunday's 2012 New Year's Day Blog Hop and New DT Team - yes CANDY (to qualify you MUST leave a comment and become a follower - just let me know if you are already a follower of mine in your comment,) "YOU" are participating in.....drum roll please....


Now, THAT is exciting!!!

Now for logistics and my entry to the challenge...

You should have arrived here from Jennipher's Blog -  PAPER EXPRESSIONS.              If you didn't arrive from Jennipher's Blog, and would like to join in the HOP, or somehow got lost in the blog (as usually happens to me - especially when there is so much CANDY being offered by everyone in the hop) please start again at the Sentimental Sundays Challenge Blog.  Just CLICK their name that you just passed to get there.  Now for my....

ANYTHING GOES - Plus a Sentiment Challenge for this week

This is the LONGEST Picture Log I have ever posted in the History of my blog.  I wanted you to see precisely how this card was done.  I saw this type of card in a store and studied it and studied it.  It took me ages to figure it out.  Once I did, I decided it was important to describe it, as best I could visually, which is the way "I" learn.  I apologize if anyone already knows how to do this.  I didn't.  Thanks for tolerating this LONGGGGG picture post.
The initial 3D 

Turned the other way so you can see the other end's paper

This is "Simon and Skating Donita"
I cut two strips of Very Ice Resembling Paper and glued it within the first 2 layers (explanation of those to follow) and placed "Peyton" on top of the first one and "Skating Donita" on top of the Ice on the 2nd layer.

And this is my fav little cutie pie "Slippy the Penguin."  He just had to be part of this!  Above is my sentiment.
See how I cut around the design of the CTMH paper so that the 2nd layer's paper, cut ONLY for the outside effect (all are mounted on cardboard) can be seen.


OK, the goods are coming up here.  These are "accordian" pieces of paper scored at 1/4" intervals and folded back and forth, back and forth.

I had to decide how high I wanted each layer to be.  You can see the 1st to 2nd layer is twice the height as the 2nd to 3rd, allowing the the roll of the ice rink.  My 2nd layer ice rink only has a tiny role.

This is from the long side view.  The ends are really the stabilizers, the middle is what holds the height apart for whatever you want to put in between the layers; how much room you need. Notice the accordians in dark blue and that I have glued the same direction fold end with each one.

This is a top(ish) view so that you can see the second layer is a big cut out circle, only for the effect of the ends and to hold the rink and to allow you to see the paper pattern at the back, which is a compliment to the front paper.

And this pretty much shows the whole thing in full layering (gosh - I should be able to do Photoshop - if only I could TOUCH it!)

And again, from the othe end.

And full circle to the main card.

We hope you will join in our Challenge this week, remember - ANYTHING GOES (just what we like!!!) and remember to use a sentiment!  We truly have amazing sponsors, and many of them!  And to make things a little more interesting and exciting, there are hidden prizes being offered.

So make sure you visit each stop along the way and enter your comments.

The comments will be randomly selected for the hidden prizes, and there are many - so leave comments on every blog if you want a good chance of winning the lot of hidden candy put together for each separate prize.

Your next stop on the hop is Nicole Mullen - MULLEN IMAGES.  Remember, if you get lost, just go back to Sentimental Sundays Challenge Blog and you will find your way; just remember the last blog you were at.

The hop ends on Saturday, January 7th at midnight EST.

The winners will be announced on the Sentimental Sundays Challenge Blog on Tuesday, January 10th so don't forget to mark your calendar and check in!  You don't want to miss out to see if you won some of the Goodies!

So hippity hop over to the next stop and good luck with all your comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment and become a follower.  If you have the time, let me know if you were one of the lucky winners!!!

Lovingly created using:
Paper: CTMH, Dollar Store
Pens: Copics (of course - you know me and my copics by now, love at first color)
Scissors:  for this ANYTHING GOES by Sentimental Sundays Blog Hop - scissors were absolutely instrumental - so was glue and they were both Stampin' Up!
Backing: Cardboard given to me by my printer
Accordian Folds Paper: CTMH

Crazy about Cricut - anything goes
Cards by Jovan - happy new year
totally paper crafts - time to party
shabby tea room - red, blue, yellow green
jellypark - old and new
Peachy Keen stamps - Friday color combo
Frosted Designs - something new
Joyful stamper - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
For Fun Challenges - something new
Cute Card Thursday - Happy New year
4 Crafty Chicks - Something new
little red wagon - something new
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - anything goes
inky impressions challenge - something new
Party time Tuesday - anything goes
shopping our stash weekly challenge - ribbon
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
The Kraft Journal - something new
Mojo Monday - sketch
fairy tale challenge blog - something easy
cute card thursday - What's new
crafts and me challenges - anything goes
addicted-to-stamps-challenge - something new
papersundaes - something old something new
foreverfriendschallengeblog - a shaped card 
christmascardchallenges - Christmas thank you's
stamping with dragon - frames
one stop craft challenge - merry christmas
fussy and fancy challenge - animal print
bizzy bec store - anything goes
polly craft challenge blog - punch it
picture and scrap - baby
cupcake craft challenges - sketch 

Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Partytime Tuesdays - anything goes  
Stitch in time - use a digi
Digi doodle 88: anything goes
Sparkles forum 27: anything but a Christmas card
Ooh-la-la 95: anything but a card
Colour create 86: blue, silver & white
Fairytale 31: something simple
Pile it on 1 of 2012: anything goes
I did it 88: anything goes
Let's craft and create 35: anything goes
Secret crafter Saturday 166: anything goes
Simon says: anything goes
Everybody art 173: anything goes - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Auds Sentiments - Anything Goes
My Mums Craft Shop - Anything Goes (3 entries only)
The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn Designs - Celebrate
Crafty Boots - Celebrations
Totally Gorjuss - Happy
The Shabby Tearoom - A Colorful and Shabby New Year
Come and Get It - Happy New Year
Creative Stamp Friends - New Years Card
Paper Pretties - New Year
CRAFT - New Year
Cute Card Thursday - New Year
Cutie Pie - Use a Sentiment
Little Red Wagon - Something New (New Year)
Frosted Designs - Something New (the dies)
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Something New
Allsorts - New Beginnings
Cards by Jovan - Happy New Year
Splendiferous Creations - Celebrate
Card Crafters Circle - Anything Goes
Joyful stamper - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Tied Bow
If the Shoe Fits...Scrap It - Use It Up!
Alphabet Challenge - X for Xtra Special Occasion
Fun With Shapes and More - Frame It
Glitter Geeks - Brand Spanking New (the dies)
Do You Stack Up? - Rainbow (use at least 3 colors)  


  1. Wow what a work of art, that is an amazing piece and you did a fabulous job on it!!

  2. I wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!! Best regards!!

  3. amazing card Samara.
    Doreen xx

  4. this is so striking and faboulous!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  5. Wow, what a lot of work, but you've created a fabulous card. Jo x

  6. You are such and artist. It is really a work of art.

  7. Wow, what a project. You will have to make a tutorial video of this. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project.



  8. Oh, really cool card! Thank you so much for the explanation. i'll have to try one of these one day. The card is gorgeous :)

  9. wow wee this is amazing...very creative.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy New YEar.

  10. Wow Samara "if this card could talk it would I am amazing", Its brilliant hun and fabulous colouring too
    Happy and Healthy 2012 to you
    Hugs Bridget :0) x

  11. Wow! Your card is fantastic! I'm a new follower of your blog and I'll be visiting a lot in the future for more inspiration.

  12. Really cool Samara. Love all the fancy folding and pretty details, it's truly an artistic masterpiece! So excited to be creating with you on the Sentimental Sundays DT!

  13. Great card and the tutorial is super!
    Thanks for all the pics showing every detail :)

  14. I LOVE this card. The depth is to die for. Love it!!

    Fellow DT Member

  15. wow that is a great card. thanks for shaing. a blog hop is the perfect way to start the new year.

  16. Such an amazing creation! I love the beautiful colours!

  17. Happy New Year. Love your card, thanks for the "how to". Great sntiment. Just became a follower.

  18. Congratulations on joining the Sentimental Sundays team! Fabulous card! I love the design.

    Wishing you a year of health, happiness and creativity! Happy New Year!

    (email: shestamps11-blogs(at)yahoo(dot)com)

  19. This is fantastic! What work you have put into this!
    I am now a happy new follower!

  20. Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Beautiful card Samara! It is so much fun!

    Sandy :)
    (fellow DT member & Canuck)

  21. This is incredible! I love the scene this unfolds!

  22. Wow such a lot of work on a wonderful card. Thank you for the blog hop and Happy New Year

  23. wow... love that card\!!! your work really paid off

  24. wowo.. that is awesome! so much detail!! love it!


  25. Hi Samara,

    This card is fabulous. Such a unique design. I am looking forward to working with you on the SS design team!


  26. What a cute card! Love your work! Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing with me! Autism has my heart! Great to be working with you at SS! :-) Amy

  27. That looks like a lot of work!! It's beautiful!

  28. This card is amazing. I would have to do a lot of studying to get it right. Your coloring of those cute little children is just beautiful. What a fabulous card.

  29. What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing. And yes, I'm a follower :)

  30. This card is amazing! I love it! Happy New Year!

  31. AMAZING piece of Art, Samara! Your creation looks so fabulous and I am amazed by your talent! Great job, Samara! Happy New Year!

    Hugs, Sande xx

  32. what a super duper fantabulous creation!!!! AMAZING!

  33. Hi Samara!

    Thank you so much for your awesome wonderful comment you left on my blog! Wow, that was the longest bestest comment I've ever received! I looked through your blog, and wow! Your work is amazing, talented and inspiring!

    Keep up the awesome work!


  34. Samara, so sorry I haven't been by before now to welcome you to the team, but I have had a busy few weeks. I am really looking forward to working with you at Lexi's Creations.


  35. Samara thats just the cutest card. I love the depth you have achieved, looks like a little story book. Happy New year to you. Hugs

  36. Wow, what a card. Actually is more like a work of art. I can see the passion in your work. Great job.

  37. Samara-
    LOVE YOU CARD!!! I love the depth and layers and details and ALL your pictures!! and YOU!!!! You are amazing and I am so happy that we got everything worked out!! LOL!! So glad to have you on board!!!


  38. There you go again with that creative ingeniuty. LOL I can just see you in that store studying the mechanics of that card. :-) Great job! Hugs!

  39. Samara, this is just amazing, so much detail! Its stunning!!

  40. Samara, this card is just so amazing! You are one talented lady! Great job!



  41. Holy Cow! I can't even begin to imagine how long this took.

  42. Fabulous card & wonderful photos Samara :D
    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year!

  43. oh my gosh, how CUTE?! so much detail and lots of effort and love put into this little creation! brilliant! thanks for the inspiration - i'm loving the hop and i'm a new follower! (can't wait to find other fun techniques you've tried!)

  44. Wow, amazing card. Looks like lots of work :)
    Hugs, Bente (DT friend)

  45. Hi sweetheart and thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my blog.

    I wish you and your family a fantastic 2012

    I don't know where to start with your recent crafty makes, i just adore the 3D makes they really pop and your paper combinations are perfect

    Take care sweet friend, Sarah-Louise xx

  46. Hi Samara,
    Wow what a beautiful card. I would love to try this myself, so thank you for showing us all the details :) Your colouring is great & I just love the colours you have used. I am now a follower so I can keep up with your creations :)
    Happy New Year to you & yours.

    P.S There is candy on my blog if you're interested.

  47. This is PHENOMENAL!!! I love it, I would love to see a video Tut!
    Happy New year, and thanks for the how-to. I am a new follower :)

  48. Another gorgeous card and really cute image. Look forward to seeing more of your projects in our 2012 challenges over at Let's Craft and Create. Just Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. An absolutely amazing card!
    Have a Happy New Year!

  50. Fabulous every little detail.

  51. WOW, this looks very complicated and you executed it perfectly!! Thanks for joining us this week at CCC and we hope to see you again next challenge. Hugs, Brigitte

  52. fab card,thanks for sharing this week over at c.r.a.f.t challenges x

  53. Wow, this card is really fantastic, I love it.

    Thanks for being part of this Crafty Boots Challenge.


  54. Awesome 3D card, love all the details! Thanks for plalying with us at OSAAT.

    xoxo Marjo

  55. Fabulous card! I love all the dimension. Thank you for joining us at Cute Card Thursday. Have a great week!


  56. Fabulous card!

    Thank you for joining us at Sparkles for our “Anything but a Christmas card” Challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon, good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  57. Wow! I must try one of these. You made a fantastic job. I love it thanks for joining the CRAFT challenge this week with this amazing project. Hugs Sheryl xx

  58. This is a fabulous card, the images is so cute. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  59. Wow! That is truly amazing! Really creative work!
    And a Happy new year to you! :)

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  61. And another great card to join us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.


  62. I love the dimension and creativity you've shown on this card. It's so sweet. Keep in mind that to be eligible for the prizes at Party Time Tuesdays you must be a follower and post our badge on your sidebar. Thanks for playing this week and I hope we see you again soon!
    PTT DT

  63. goodness gracious, you put a lot of work into this cute card!
    thank you for playing along at Jellypark Friends, Pile it On, and Party Time Tuesdays in our challenges. :)

  64. This is impressive! I love all of the dimension and your coloring is awesome.

  65. Wow! that's quite the construction project! Your card is beautiful - thanks for sharing with us at Frosted Designs!

  66. Hey there, what a wonderful card you made for this week's CRAFT Challenge!

    Thanks for joining us, Hugs Elisa (GDT January)

  67. How clever! Thx for playing with us at Pollycrafts Monday and I hope to see you again!

    Mary x

  68. Very cool card!! It must have takenforever to make it lol but its awesome!!Thanks for sharing your wonderful card this week at The Shabby Tea Room :-)

  69. That is just amazing - thanks for all the pics

    kitten - DYSU team

  70. That is just amazing - thanks for all the pics

    kitten - DYSU team

  71. Gorgeous cards, thanks for joining us at MMCS, hope to see you again, Gaynor DT :)

  72. this is an amazing card! So beautiful!
    Many thanks for joining in the first Cute Card Thursday challenge of 2012!
    Happy crafting, Debxx

  73. Such a creative card, it must have taken an age to finish. Thanks for sharing with us at DYSU this week!

  74. Absolutely outstanding Samara! I am absolutely in love with it!
    Wendy (aka Louby Loo)

  75. Wow, that looks like a lot of work. Many hours of fun? Fantastic show piece. Thanks for playing with us at the Alphabet challenge, blessings Hilde

  76. such a wonderfulc ard
    thanks for joining us at FWSM
    xoxo BA

  77. Thanks for playing in our christmas bumper challenge over at Crafts and Me with this fabulous creation. Hugs...Mona


My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x