Friday, April 21, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques - (April - Stamp Set Showdown)


Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.
The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Wilma Payne of Fun Stamper's Journey:
Please take a moment to check out the great products Fun Stampers Journey has to offer. To visit Wilma's blog, click here and her Facebook Group here.
And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month.
You should have arrived here from Amanda. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each blog.

Off we are! I looked at my bookcase to find these...
rather dismal... don't ya think? But... I thought I'd try out a set anyway. And, since Spring is Sprung... I picked...
Super cute, right? And I mixed and matched things up a bit to get these:
Then... I went to slice them up cut them to card-size and...
Yep this happened...
So I made the most out of them and decided to add a lot of **SPARKLE**! sparkle is like magic. It tends to take away your errors. didn't you know?
See? The sparkly even shows up on photos!!! Woohoo! At least something went right this time...
After coloring... I've got all these card tops! I'm way ahead of the game, now!

And just so you know... I'm probably going to give up coloring for a bit. My inner kindergartner doesn't seem to want to come out to play very well. I'm still having a bit of trouble with blending (and staying in the lines) and cutting them correctly, etc. I haven't played with my Cricut in awhile... so I believe she'll be waiting for me.
Now you’re off to visit with Jodie. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hippity Hoppity Blog Hop


Welcome to the 
Hippity Hoppity Blog Hop

"Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, Easter's on its way!"
Thanks for joining us for a fun hop full of Easter Bunny 
inspired projects!!
Wishing you all a blessed Easter with your family and friends!!


You should have arrived from Rebecca!
If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.


We have an awesome sponsor for this month!
One lucky winner will get a $20 gift certificate to shop Paper Crafting World!


Be sure to check out their shop online HERE
Visit them on facebook HERE
Follow their blog HERE for freebies and 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.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 4/12/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

And so... I decided to try "coloring" again! This was supposed to be "quick." Apparently, that is not a word my mind or fingers seem to understand.
I started off with a pigment stamped piece. maybe that was my problem...
Colored in some dark (bold) orange from my seldom used Spectrum Noir(s)...
Tried to add some softer orange... because I thought I had this "blending" thing figured out...
And I "blended" it. Nope. Not working for me...
So I added more bold orange to the mix...
It's the best thing I got... You don't really want to know how many times I REALLY tried this...
These are the gorgeous colors I used in case you don't want to make the same mistake want to replicate my masterpiece.
(Looks like someone was sneaking into my secret pal's goodies!)
I attached it all to this little basket... 
Just so you know... (because I know and thought you might want to as well..) I accidentally must've deleted the pic with the tag attached to the basket... 
 Now... Hop on over to Marji!

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

[Connie's] Birthday Bash Blog Hop!



Welcome to the 
Birthday Bash Blog Hop

We hope you are ready to celebrate Birthdays with the biggest Bash around!!
This hop is full of Balloons, Cake, Presents, Smiles and more!
So let's make a wish and blow out the candles
as we celebrate another year of birthdays!! 

  You should have arrived Shannon H.
If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.



We have an awesome sponsor for this month!



One lucky winner will get to choose two Bundles or files of their choice ($6.00 value)
Please visit Miss Kate Cuttables HERE
Follow their blog HERE
you can find them on facebook HERE



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.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 3/15/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

OMG! My friend Connie is.... (shhhh.... $&!!!!) and if you can't figure that out... look at the corresponding numbers on a "normal" computer keypad... and that's a good age, too! Because... that's what I'll be later this year! So... HAPPY BITHDAY, CONNIE!!!!

I made... a card... hmm... I really tried to use something else. I did a "gatefold" type. I'm not sure I did the "3-way" dies right... But, YOU can take a look for yourself and see...
I had a 1/2 sheet of cardstock, scored it at 2-1/8", then flipped it and repeated. Really flipped it because I didn't want to do the math. It worked out just fine... And I was starting with this die and this paper (my LAST bit of THAT paper... so I had to make it work...).
I ran it through a total of 4 times (2 on each flap side) and had to do that... because it didn't fully cut through (you'll see that later...).
Don't do THIS at home... (if you're going to use a paper as a backing... be sure to apply adhesive to the DECORATED SIDE!!!)
Ummm... Spectrum Noire Glitter Pens go through TWO layers of cardstock. 
Use it sparingly...
The dies probably cut much better if you empty them out of their previous cuts' little tiny pieces. I was a tad on the lazy side that day..
And Voila! There you have it...
Be careful with wild brush pens, as they are likely to go WILD and do their own thing... No... my kid DID NOT color this. I did. Um... Yes... I need A LOT
more practice... but... I've said that before...

 Up next is Marji!

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


Don't forget to check out this month's new challenge at Connie Can Crop!!



Connie Can Crop Challenge #56
due 11:59 P.M., Friday, March 31st, 2017
Pacific Time

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques - (February - So Sketchy)

Guess what? It's THAT time of month again... No... not THAT time... THIS time!!!! It's the day we have our Monthly Year of Card Techniques (month TWO!), and today, we are doing...
SKETCHES!!!


I had a huge problem... Blogger isn't being nice. They seriously need to update their app. Not only am I getting a message from Apple "Your phone will run slow. This app needs to update." Seriously? Get with the times. But... I kept getting kicked out. And my phone wasn't working (to upload pics)... and then...

I get this... WTH???

Anyway... over it now (and still fuming...)
Here's our sketch! (Cute, huh?)
In cleaning my craft room, I found these little spider dies and decided to break open the package and finally DO something with them... Woohoo! I did a lot of dry embossing this time around... This one is chalked afterwards.
Then... I know! I can't believe it either!!! I did a second card!
and again dry embossed... and used another little die set I found... It's a miracle what you can find if you clean your craft room!!!!

Whelp... Here ya have it! Check out the rest of the gals... and see you next month! Up next is... Jodie!
Michelle

Friday, February 10, 2017

Get Well Soon Blog Hop


Welcome to the 
Get Well Soon Blog Hop
Being Sick is definitely not fun! Recovering from a surgery, accident, or severe illness is even worse. We are here to spread some sunshine and smiles and help inspire you to remember that sending even the simplest of cards to someone when they are feeling bad can help brighten their day.

  You should have arrived from Alicia's blog. Did she make you feel better?
If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.


We have an awesome BRAND NEW sponsor for this month!

RUBY MARTHA with
One lucky winner will win a super cute limited edition stamp set from FSJ!!

Be sure to visit her website HERE.


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.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 2/15/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


Here we are... You're feeling blue? Whelp... I love that color but not that mood! I picked one of the many marbelized backgrounds I'd made last month (you can see that post HERE!) and add some peeking sun/color to the blue skies (because THAT's what I saw in it...)
Um... I swear my space just keeps getting messier... So I segued into my daughter's room and borrowed HER stuff... Teehee! And no... I still haven't found the cords for my machines. Ugh!

My kid loves her watercolor pencils... I love mine, too! if I can ever find them again!
I added a bit of color... it wasn't enough...
And so... I added more (orange, if you can't tell...)... 
I can see a bit of color peeking through the blue, can't you??????
A brush alcohol marker sends a message, and water activates the pencils and in case you can't tell... smudges the original background... to prevent the original background (it was paint and shaving cream and a bit of food coloring) from running more, I used my heat tool very quickly which also dried up the alcohol marker WAY too fast and the embossing powder fell off... Ugh... Messy... 
It's a tad bit really messy, but I was hoping for a Van Gogh-Starry Night effect... Whataya think? I love it... but I'd definitely go with a much lighter background next time that might not bleed through...

 Up next is Miranda (AKA... Nana!). She'll kiss your boo-boo's and make them all better... or make you wish you WERE ill (cough... cough...) so you'd get a goodie (or two) sent to YOU!
Here's our line up in case you get lost:


Don't forget to check out this month's new challenge!!

Connie Can Crop Challenge #55

due 11:59 P.M., Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Pacific Time