Friday, November 18, 2016

Give Thanks Blog Hop



'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. 
Alice Walker

Welcome to the Give Thanks Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Kim @ Katydid Cards, or if you are lost start at the beginning (Alicia's blog).  As we approach the holiday season, I think it is appropriate we should reflect on things for which we can be thankful.  We can be grateful for the little things and we should be grateful for the big things.  We should take the time to give thanks for all the persons and moments that make our lives so special.  
 
Sooooo, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/scrapsbygracie/
Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND
take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by November 30th. 
Email her at scrapsbygracie@gmail.com with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy.  
Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).
Now on with the hop!

Okay, Okay... I gave in and bought one... a MISTI! The "Most Incredible Stamp[ing] Tool Invented!!!" And as you already know I promised myself (at the Expo..) if I bought it, I must use it, so... HERE I AM!!!!
I love the platform!!! It gives you a way to have pretty much perfection. No, this is not an advertisement!
And you just place it all just so (on your card) then shut the platform...
But... don't forget this black foam piece...
Otherwise... this happens and you miss A LOT. You have a lot of "duh!" moments.
But... If you add that piece, it turns out perfectly (because it's magnetized to the same spot!
And then... if you forgot something like I usually do... you can simply add it in like so:
And then it really does end up perfect... like this...
And then we have... coloring. I thought all little kids new how to color!!! Kristina Werner (and others) make it look so easy... but it's not.
I tried... and this was my third attempt it's not a charm... that's a lie!!!! I really need to work on my coloring. I promise... I will!
 
It's not the best, but... I'm thankful I'm able to do it! YAY!!!! What are YOU thankful for?


Up next is Amanda!

Here is the entire line up in case you get lost:


Friday, November 11, 2016

"Corny"copia Blog Hop


 
Welcome to the 
"Corny"copia Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a fun weekend of "Corny" Fall themed projects. Lots of fun and puns!

If you intended to get to the Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop for November, you can check out our grub, or just click here to move on (but you're always welcome back!).

You should have arrived from Sue. If not, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.
 

We have an awesome sponsor for this month! 

 
 
One lucky winner will win a Fall themed card kit.

 
What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 11/16/16
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Fall Leaves Me Happy!! Hope it Leaves you in a Pile of Smiles!

Alrighty folks... apparently I "leaved" the conversation. I didn't realize it was supposed to be "punny" I thought I ready "funny"...
 
I wanted to use up some of my scraps and already had this file, so... I just cut out random leaves and things and made do.
I glued them all together, so the leaf "wings" overlapped the cut-out letters, as this wasn't a feature I was going to be using... and it totally didn't even make sense. Oh why didn't I just alter the dang file and take the letters out? Ugh.
Oh yeah... but... I'd already inked them (with a wonderful Chalk Ink from Quick Quotes!) in this fiery red! In case you couldn't figure it out... this is the "flip side" of the leaves...

Love me some big googley eyes on a bird!
And then I put my corny looking turkey together... Ain't he just the cutest????

 Up next is Miranda (AKA: Nana)!

Here's our line up in case you get lost:

A Year of Card Techniques - (November) Vellum and Acetate

If you intended to get to the "Corny"copia Blog Hop, you can check out our grub, or just click here to move on (but you're always welcome back!).
Welcome to...

Our year of hopping is almost through, if you've not gotten the chance to hop and comment each month, click on the links below to take you to the posts:
January HERE   February HERE   March HERE   April HERE   May HERE   June HERE   July HERE August HERE September HERE October HERE

Remember to comment on each blog, each month to be entered into the prize drawing.

Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects.

This month it's all about the see through stuff...vellum and acetate. Because America needs transparency... (that's as political as I'll post here... and yes, I voted, but not for either of the circus clowns...)
If you really REALLY look closely, you will see a beautiful piece of vellum, pearly off-white with gold-toned roses. Look closer, I swear... it's there!
I cut a small piece of it with my handy-dandy new (see below) guillotine trimmer dunno why... but that word "guillotine" always makes me picture Marie Antoinette in my head... Yikes! then ran it through the Cuttlebug in this beautiful new embossing folder. (I love it... and it's quite perfect for weddings, showers, life...)
Didn't it just turn out GORGEOUS????? Um...
... maybe not so much. See that little tear? Remember... vellum is tender (and see through). Don't use it to make clothing!
 
The wedding/shower colors are mint and gold. Gold???? Does that even go together???? Regardless of what I believe think, I found this wonderful set of chalk colors at the Scrapbook Expo where I spent WAY more $$$ than I should have but totally rationalized it by telling myself (and my other self... you know, the one that talks back to you when you're doing something wrong... right?) that I'd totally just make sure I used everything I bought... this time...  Uh huh... yeah...
Gold? Um... I didn't have much in the way of gold, except this too thick ribbon and some glitter. And so... I cut it lengthwise...
I swear... in my hand, these misted flowers just don't match that minty color above it... They really are much brighter in person. Tricks of the camera, ma friend... Tricks, I say!
Threw it all together and put a bow on it. Geeze! It really is much lighter and prettier in person, folks. This looks totally drab. Cute. But drab.
A little bit closer... See the form of the flowers? Yep. I learned that at the Expo, too. Took a class, I did! And swore I'd use those techniques SOMEWHERE...
I like the way it turned out. Unless I totally break out that camera that's been sitting in the box for a couple of years maybe one day soon I'll get better, more worthy pics... I'm NOT upgrading to the iPhone7! It's just not in my scope of thought yet. I'll wait for a better one...

Hope you love the card... I do!!!!!

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Up next? Kim!!!!! Who ALWAYS has a ton of awesomeness to share! Today, your hop destinations are:

Friday, October 21, 2016

Exploring Family History Blog Hop

Welcome to the Exploring Family History blog hop.  We are creating crafts related to our family history.  Most of us would agree when began paper crafting to create a historical record of our and for our families.  Of course, we love to get inky and sticky while doing it so let's dig into our crafty family history projects.

But first, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.

Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner
AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by October 31th. 
Email her at scrapsbygracie@gmail.com with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy.  
Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).
Now on with the hop!
 
When Theresa first put this hop out there, I thought... "Self... [yes, that's what I call myself... 'Self.'] You really do need to create a "family" album, giving out our history." And my other self (yes, I do have more than one... don't you?) told the other one to go fly a kite, in not such nice terminology. But, I decided to go against Hyde the one self and begin one anyway.
 
I found this really great cut through Design Studio... And began cutting.
As always because it's me... I ran into several little tears snags. And I worked through them. Yay me!
I've briefly shown you (through the pictures) all the I did to overcome them...
However, some of my efforts made the original flaws worse failed...
So I had to fix those, too!
And yep... here after the gluing, I used my handy-dandy brayer, an old Cricut mat overlay, and brayered those babies leaves/cuts down into the glue and onto the cardstock.
And here ya have it! Don't ya just love what it says??? It's meant to be the "title" page in my upcoming book Family Album, but now that it's done and looks all cool and all that... I just might put it up on my wall, instead... Hmmm...

Next up is the fabulous Card A Day Design Challenge Team! And in case you missed anyone, or want to go back to get more [her]story... Here's today's lineup:

Alicia - http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue - http://suek86401.blogspot.com/...
Holli - http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com/
Lisa - http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
CADC - http://cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com/
Theresa - http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monster Mash Blog Hop

Welcome to the 
Monster Mash Halloween Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a fun weekend of Spooktacular Halloween projects! We have monsters, tricks and treats!!

You should have arrived from Christi!
Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month! 



One lucky winner will win a gift certificate for a free Bundled Collection ($15.96 value)  
Be sure to check out their shop online HERE
Visit them on facebook HERE
Follow their blog HERE for inspiration!

 

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
 
You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 10/19/16 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Ready to be Spooked?
Beware of the things that go bump in the dark!!
 
*** Note to you, Dear Reader... ***   We've been going through a lot here, but I thought I'd do a really simple project. (My 11-yo had spinal fusion last week, and we spent a lot of time in the hospital... She's doing just fine, and we are here at home, but busy taking care of the invalid... if you know what I mean...)



 Ok... so ya'll know it's not Christmas, right? What you may not know anything about are these awesome SLIDER CARDS! I did a make and take on this one... and loved it so much, I bought the Halloween one...
Or so I thought. In my euphoric state, I neglected to realize (or they forgot to tell me) I had to buy other parts. So... I was left with just this and decided to make the best of it.
 
So I inked up a card and some orange-y cardstock...

and attached the cut-outs from the wannabe slider card...

I even did the INSIDE!

Short and sweet! just like me...
 Up next is Alicia
Here's our line up in case you get lost:
 
 
Kim- http://katydidcards.com
Michelle- michellekinder.blogspot.com...
Angela- http://mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com/
Christi- https://tranquility1905.blogspot.com/
Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sarah- http://sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com/
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com/
Tricia- http://mysticalcardcreations.blogspot.com/
Holli- http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com/
Charmagne- http://sanurascraps.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - (October) Black Magic

Welcome to... 


It's month ten of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products. We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.

It's not to late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing. If you missed any of the previous months,  you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.
January HERE   February HERE   March HERE   April HERE   May HERE   June HERE   July HERE August HERE September HERE

This month, we are mixing it up a bit with the Black Magic and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today. We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects.

We had a choice between "Joseph's Coat" I don't know Joseph and am not sure what he has under his coat, and I am married, so I didn't really want to find out and Black Magic. Being that it's October and all... and scary and all... I decided to do the latter which really was the former in the original choices...

And so I started with this awesome background stamp. Becuase... I wanted it all to be in a lot of colors...

*** Note to you... Dear Reader.... *** Um... Some of the photos are upside-down in case you couldn't tell, thought I had to let you know and Blogger isn't letting me take them out and put them back in the right way... So sorry.
And this awesome opaque "cloud" white...
Inked it all up...
Stamped it out (in multiples, because I knew it wouldn't be perfect...)
Water-colored some of the whites in... I was going to to color all of the words in, then realized I didn't like coloring words in. I'd really much rather color in pictures and not words. They're kinda boring...
These colors didn't "pop" the way I thought they would...
I adhered it to a "popping" background...
Added some even more "poppin'" rick-rack...
Thought I'd add a touch of Wink of Stella glitter in some of the letters, because this just wasn't enough...
And called it a day! Hey!

Up next is Kim! I know I've done pretty much nothing next to the wonderfully talented Kim! So enjoy what she has to offer. She's FABULOUS! Today's lineup so you can get a little "Black Magic in ya!" (so you can be sure to visit everyone!):