Friday, September 16, 2016

CASE a Card Blog Hop

 
Remember the old kids game, Telephone? You know the one where a secret is told to the first person in line and then they tell what they think they heard to the next person and they tell the next person and so on and so on.  At the end of the line, the person says what they heard and the first person tells what they originally said and laughter erupts because the two things are nothing alike.  Well today's hop plays that game, but with card making instead of secrets.

This hop is un-like any you've probably ever been too. 

We took one card created by Alicia  and sent it to the next blogger who then C.A.S.E.d the card (copy and steal everything) and sent her card on to the next blogger who C.A.S.E.d it and sent her card to the next blogger.  You get the idea. 

When you are done hopping you'll see how different or maybe how similar the last card is to the first.

You should have arrived here from (blog prior) If you would like to start at the beginning visit Alicia's blog.


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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!

Here's what I started with... from Jearise.
Now... when this was first explained to me, I was told I had to change 3 things. And so... I set out to do just that.
I was going for a more monotone look... some blues, whites... bringing back traditional "Dutch" and I don't mean the way everyone pays for dates nowadays...
I put in to cut AND write... it didn't turn out quite right.
My Cricut more at play... writing... drawing... not exactly matching the cuts...
The card and the oval layer. Love the colors.
They don't "quite" match up... Cricut needs to work on that...
Sandwiched... yum. I'm hungry!
Huh. a little better on the writing (drawing), but it won't go perfect. Note to Cricut... WORK ON THAT!
Adding a little Tattered Angels color...
Thank you, Tuesday Morning, for that AWESOME price!
And there you are!
 
Up next is Sue... Let's see what spin she put on my card!
Thanks so much for hopping with us! Here's the entire line up in case you get lost:







Friday, September 9, 2016

Smarty Pants Blog Hop

If you are here for the Year of Card Techniques, please go HERE, or you can check out all of my hops for today (there's only two!). We'd I'd love to have you!


Welcome to the 
Smarty Pants Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a blog hop dedicated to all the smart kids out there starting school and the amazing people who teach them!


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 $20 gift card to shop their awesome files in their shop! 
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.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 9/14/16 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Let's head on it to the classroom and see these amazing back to school projects!


Did you know I work in a school? Yes! They let even my people in! Imagine that! I love to help decorate the classrooms. And this year, I have one of the most awesome teachers to partner with.
One of the boards she wanted to make would encourage kids to do well and go to college. Great idea! Off to Pinterest she headed... and found THIS and THIS!
But we can do better, ey? I mean... We can totally work with that idea, right?
 
And off to Design Space I went... Designed a sun... with the letters C-O-L-L-E-G-E as the sun's rays and "BOUND" in the half-sphere of the sun...

Because of the extra large size of the cut (had to use my hardly-ever-used 12x24" mat... and the regular construction paper wasn't long enough, so I compromised and spliced it all together (as shown below) 
The finished cut... (before the weeding...and I don't mean the kind in the garden)
Our beautiful sun laminated those high school kids can't keep their hands off stuff, you know! The trick to putting the holes from the "O" and the "B" in the center? (in a whisper) It's laminated twice. Once without the space-keepers. Put them on the lamination in the correct spots with a touch of glue, then run it through the machine again! I wanted the sky to show through... that's why it's laminated, and not mounted on a board or other background. Duh.

OK, so laminating it twice gives the lamination a bit of wrinkle, but who doesn't have that? I know I do... So get over it, would you?
And my teacher made these awesome signs, pointing the ways to our California Universities...(different systems)... and here you see the bold blue of the sky ad the cool green of the grass (all fabrics! so as not to tear so much or lose color throughout the school year!).
And our winding road... because YOU know it's not a straight-away to college. There are lots of curves ahead!
This is my favorite... I love the borders my teacher (partner... I'm an assistant just in case you were wondering...) It is double sided, so I was able to center it and flip a couple of pieces to put flowers on the outsides of the quote. The quote... so beautiful! "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt was such an inspiration!
 
And our full board yes, you can see other boards, too... don't get picky!... a thing of beauty!
 
I've done other boards too, but here's one of my faves, if you want a throw-back... or ideas of your own!
 Up next is Rebecca!




Connie Can Crop Challenge #50
due 11:59 P.M. Friday, September 30th
Pacific Time

A Year of Card Techniques - (September) Mixed Media

If you are here for the Smarty Pants Blog Hop, please go HERE (not available until 9pm PST!), or you can check out all of my hops for today (there's only two!). We'd I'd love to have you!
 
Welcome to...
 
 
It's month nine 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

This month, we are mixing it up a bit with the mixed media techniques 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.

I started with THIS:
Made a mini album, with a whole bunch of different stuff... took pictures... gave it to my "secret pal"... and when I went to put in pics and write about it, the rest of the pics were gone! I can't ask my "secret pal," because then it wouldn't be so "secret" right? Ugh!

And so... I'm going to post a past project... since I use a whole bunch of different media all the time anyway. And OH CRAP! It's not a card... but then again my original project wasn't either. Oh well. It's still great techniques you can use for cards...
If you know me... you know I don't take many pictures of myself or scrap them either. I'd rather not. But... I did enjoy this piece and fun playing with the major components of it. I distressed the crap out of every picture. NOTE: They are printed on textured cardstock!!!!
This lace? I made it myself! Velum... punched with Martha Stewart, stitched through with my machine, then dyed with Walnut stain and crinkled... then formed in the shape of a heart. Say it with me now... "Awwwww...!"
These are "ghost letters" with paint on the back. LOVE IT!!!!!
Thrown together, distressed a bunch and put in a book... totally my style! If you'd like to see the original post, please feel free to go HERE (It's back from 2012!)
 
Hope you enjoyed my little blast from the past...
 
Up next is Denise! Today's lineup in case you get "mixed up" (so you can be sure to visit everyone!):
 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Silly Old Bear Blog Hop

If you are here for the Year of Card Techniques (August) Blog Hop, go HERE (or stick around and check out both of my posts for the day! I can be awesome at time, you know!)

Welcome to the 
Silly Old Bear Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a blog hop dedicated to everyone's favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh!

You should have arrived from Daphne's Blog. If you need to start at the very beginning,
Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. This is a one-day blog hop, and we appreciate you leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have a WONDERFUL sponsor this month!!





One lucky winner will win an awesome digital CD worth £19.99

Be sure to check out their shop online HERE
Visit 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.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 8/17/16 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

"Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh,
A tubby, little cubby, all stuffed with fluff.
He's Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh.
A willy, nilly silly old bear."

Let's head on it to the Hundred Acre Woods and visit with this Silly Old Bear!
 

And so... I took a lot longer than normal to come up with an idea... I owe lots of people lots of cards, so I thought I'd whittle down that I-O-them U pile. A couple of weeks ago, we had the SCS Junior Olympics (swimming) at Riverside City College (in Southern California). A bunch of us "officiated" (AKA: refereed), and dripped sweat quite a bit. I know... TMI... But dang it! insert word of choice here... It was hot! And during a break, a wonderful lady official went out of her way to go to the store to get all the rest of us... ICE CREAM! What a doll!!!! Then I asked her for her physical address and now she probably thinks I'm a total kook, because she hasn't gotten anything in the mail and she DID give me her address... So... I designed this card with her in mind! (in Cricut Design Space, of course!)

I've totally been trying to use/utilize my scraps! Make the most of them! Save that tree!!!! (and just so you know in case you don't remember me telling you before you can move your cut around on the mat in Design Space before cutting, so the placement is perfect for you.)
All of these pieces, even the teeny tiny ones... will go together to make my card.
OMGosh! It totally sucks when you've been way too busy to clean as you go and your table looks like this and you can't find a thing and you have to use another adhesive than you planned on and it gets so slippery...
This is how little Winnie is getting layered. I am so thankful Cricut artists are thoughtful enough to design in the lines to line up our cuts! Otherwise, I'd flippin' be there for.ever! and still never get a thing done!
And don't believe everything that is demonstrated at a srapbooking show! See that sleeve? It's already lifting up! Soooo... I used my handy dandy brayer to get it all down. Works like a charm...
until this happens and stuff like icecream slides all over the place.
And through it all together and brayer it all together and there she is all together and ready to roll! or get mailed... FINALLY!
A little close-up... Shhh... he's sleeping!

 Up next is there is no "up next"... but you can start at the beginning with Connie, as I'm the last bit. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoyed your time in the 100-Acre Wood. Be sure to comment, and come back again!

And don't forget to check out the this month's challenge at 
Connie Can Crop!!
 


Connie Can Crop Challenge #49
due 11:59 P.M. Wednesday August 31st
Pacific Time

A Year of Card Techniques - (August) Baby Wipe Technique

If you are here for the Silly Old Bear Blog Hop, please go HERE, or you can check out all of my hops for today (there's only two!). We'd I'd love to have you!
 
Welcome to...

It's month eight 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

This month, we are playing with the baby wipe technique 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.

Okey dokey... Me.  First week back at work. Back at school work. Back at taking a kid to/from school. Wow. Overwhelming. But... it was a good week. And now it's the weekend... and I can totally pretend it's still summer and sleep in... maybe...

But LAST week... I was working on watching these...
https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=NJ_tShD1e_o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBnh2lWD3sg
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/baby_wipe/
http://stampwithjudi.blogspot.nl/2013/03/technique-tuesday-baby-wipe-technique.html
trying all different ways with lots of different inks! and using what I already had instead of "re-inkers". I'm on a budget you know... school employees don't get paid during summer vacation! I ended up using Adirondack Alcohol Inks... because they seemed to work the best.
I used this awesome "Citrus" but it looks totally green to me, and in my opinion... citrus would be more yellows and lemons, right? (think lemon and orange.) and this really cool blue.
dotted the folded baby wipe all down... it almost looks like one of those comparison commercials for diapers! hee, hee!
and streaked it across my paper...
See the fold? And how it all goes?
and yep... I made a plaid pattern like the video... My advice? start the streaking OFF the paper and pull across. That way, there will not be the "blob" affect at the base of the paper.

So let's segue yep. it's a word. I even checked my spelling! over to another way... where I dropped it all over the place in a messy psych ink blot pad.
and I used that impromptu pad to blot...
a Christmas stamp! Christmas in July! Wouldn't ya know! Oh shoot! It's August already!!! Ugh!!!
and... stamped it onto clean white cardstock. Um... no... now you know why I went with the plaid'ish way... Back to my other attempts!
(just thought you might want to see the soaked-through underside of the plaid version!)
Matting the pretty plaid on a bluish vertical card and writing on the card "Just a Note," and sprinkling this bright blue embossing powder all over the writing... totally loving the color, too!
With heat applied and the card a tad warped...
I love how the colors "pop" out! LOVE!!!
And voila! Not the professional finish I was looking for... It turned out quite well... You should try it sometime! Did you have as much fun with the end of your summer days?

Up next is Kim! Today's lineup in case you get "wiped" away (so you can be sure to visit everyone!):