Friday, January 20, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques - (January - Shaving Cream Marbleizing)


Welcome to a Year of Card Techniques (2017)! We are starting out the New Year "clean!" (Shaving cream is a cleaner... ya know!)

Actually... "Hold up. Wait a minute! Let us put [shaving cream] in it!" And if you, too... are a child of the 80's, then you know I'm kinda still there! You should have arrived here from Kim (because she always does a grip of wonderful things! But if... you just happened here, for the heck of it or because it just "came up in a random Google search" or some other reason... You could benefit quite a bit if you start at the beginning, which is Theresa!

This month, we're "playing" a little more... Get your fingers ready for fun, it's January/Shaving Cream Marbleizing!

If you are having a problem imagining that... check out these videos... 
(and there's so much more!!!)
Our Sponsor - Scraps by Gracie!
We do have a wonderful prize package (bloggers in this hop's lineup are not eligible to win). One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of February 4th and will receive one... 
"Sending Love Designer Series 6x6 Paper Stack and Ribbon Combo." 
(Winner will be announced on February hop.)

So... I love messes. Yes... I do! I love messes SOOO much, I can barely walk into my craft room... Hence the reason why all these pics are taken at my kitchen table... This project is ULTRA messy! (and OOOOHHHH! So! Fun!!!!!) I loved it so much, I kept playing... But, let's get to the beginning of my wonderfully creamy adventure...

Oh! And... I apologize ahead of time for the "shady" photos... We (in Southern California) have FINALLY been having lots and lots of rain. So... I just enjoy it and have been sticking with natural lighting for the most part. Whoopsie!
I began with the supplies listed/shown on the videos. I used a tiny bit of food coloring (on the blues) and the rest I used acrylics. Ahem... most of the videos used a ruler to smooth out the shaving cream. Whelpers... I used the flat side of a bread knife. Works for me! Smoothed that shaving cream out really well... and here ya have the end result, as well... I just might use it AGAIN!
What happens in my kitchen stays in my kitchen... am I right? Except when I share it with all of you, here... Soo... Note to Self... Um... take the cap off the shaving cream before you frustrate yourself again...
The above is blue food coloring only. I felt the "blobs" were a heck of a lot more than drops and had less control... and so, I switched to acrylic paint for my color. This one is on white cardstock. (The shaving cream design on top, end result on the bottom... the same for the remaining 2-shot pics just in case you needed help figuring it out..  No judgment here.)
I used the leftover blue food coloring (that was ALREADY on the shaving cream), smoothed it out, and added drops of light blue acrylic paint. This one is on watercolor paper. L-O-V-E it!!!!
Oooh! Ahhh! and this one... is done on craft cardstock... (my forever fave cardstock...) however, I don't remember which creamy concoction it is... lmbo!!!!
And then... a thought struck me! OMG, Becky! "look at her butt!!!" (and really... my name is Lisa... and even when I talk to myself which I do often I still call myself, "Lisa...") I told myself, "Lisa!!! Theresa picked a PINK marbled title button!!!! Duh, girl!!! You know what to do!" Don't ya'll just have these same kind of convos with yourselves all the time, too????

And... YUP! I started my VALENTINE'S DAY cards... with acrylic (and different shades and different papers...) Above, we have a pretty red heart, with the lines pulled out into a swirly ruffle... done on craft cardstock... I put the shape in myself, as some of those videos showed stencils... and A) I really didn't want to clean anything else and B) I really didn't want to try to find any stencils, much less make my own this time around and C) I was already in the "zone" and didn't want to disrupt my creative juices flowing, because sometimes it's so hard to get them going... and uh... I've been a little dormant, as of late.
And then we have a lighter version of a heart done on black cardstock (advice to myself? um... Let the paint/shaving cream combo dry A LOT longer before scraping... still looks pretty, though!)
And then... I did a SUPER swirly dark/light pink heart on watercolor paper (I think it's my favorite...!)
And it was such my fave... it got mounted on a light pink color base, after cropping all the corners of the cardfront and base with the We R Memory Keeps Crop-a-Dile for the "Photo." I love that finish. And for once... I don't believe it needs anything more... of course, I'll put a sentiment inside.

The other fronts will make it, as well, in time. I really didn't want to make this post super excruciatingly long for you all to have to scroll through...

Seriously... this is a MUST play with this. I will keep doing it FOREVER!!!! I had THAT much fun! Had to keep telling my kid to go away...

Don't forget to follow and comment. Totally love what you have to say!

Up next is the wonderfully marbelized marvelous... Claudia (who is probably pretty marbled/stained, like I am right now...)

Here's today's lineup, in case you get lost along the way:
Remember to please join us the third Saturday of each month for a new technique. We love comments and sharing on social media!

Friday, January 13, 2017

What a Bunch of Characters (Blog Hop)

Welcome to the 
What a Bunch of Characters Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a super magical blog hop themed all around Mickey Mouse and his friends at the Magic Kingdom! These talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and share the fun of Disney's lovable Characters!

 You should have arrived from Christi!! 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!
One lucky winner will win their choice of a digital stamp from their shop!!
Be sure to visit them on etsy here.
On facebook here.
And their blog 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 1/18/17
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Zippity-doo-da! Zippity-Ay! My, oh My... What a wonderful Day! Plenty of sunshine...

Um... it's been raining and snowing EVERYWHERE, even here in "Sunny" Southern California! and I'm only about an hour away from Disneyland!!!

Anyway... We've needed the rain SO bad, so really... I'm pretty glad (plus I love SOUP, and it's totally that kind of weather!)...

SQUIRREL!!!

Back to my post... ahem... So... I still can't find my cord (for my Cricut Explore [either one of them] from back in NOVEMBER) so I'm doing a blast from the past... totally still Disney related!!!
Way Back in 2012 it wasn't THAT long ago, We took a little trip (only an hour away...). To Disneyland! Marissa wanted ALL of the Disney Princess Autographs and hell if I was paying their high prices for autograph books... So, I took the Mickey head and input the word "Disney" and the year (from the Mickey Font). I welded the year together... but was careful not to weld anything else...
This, my friends... is a cardstock-covered double cereal box concoction! Yes! You say THAT fast 5-6 times...
I even made sure I lined the inside and signed it... Maybe I should've signed it "Mom" but I didn't... obviously...
I used the We R Memory Keepers Bind-It-All. (It really, REALLY does!) I've had it for years and love it.
The characters loved it, too! Here are two special signatures she got that day... those lines are WAY longer than anyone really wants to stand in, so that's mostly what we did that day...
Can YOU figure out whose beautiful script this is?

As you can see... I've been a repurposer and "responsible crafter for years now... Yes... I'm totally rationalizing my hoarding and my expensive habits... Don't judge, Judy! No matter what, I'll always be a recycler, too. Again... rationalizing my pack-rat habits and saving everything habits...  One day, I'll even get those pictures in there, too! I just have to locate them, first...

 Up next is Sarah! Where she'll splash a little more Disney Magic on YOU!
Here's our line up in case you get lost:

Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Sarah-  http://sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com/


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


Connie Can Crop Challenge #54
due 11:59 P.M. Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Pacific Time

Friday, December 16, 2016

Last-Minute Gifts Blog Hop


Welcome to the Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Holli's Blog what a great name to have at this time of year!. If you are lost this is the beginning Alicia's blog.  As we approach the holiday season, I am sure we are all scrambling to find unique gift ideas. We hope as you hop along you are inspired by each bloggers ideas.

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 December 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!

Now, now... if you know me or even if you don't know me and think you do, you may know think that "I" am the Ultimate Procrastinator... the Queen of Procrastination... By all means... get the words out while you can, because I don't take it personally. 

We all have so much going on (I know I do!), that it's hard to remember everything at every moment, so sometimes... someone/something slips through the cracks. NOT TODAY, FOLKS! This is how you cope with that last-minute-putting-together-little-something. I do it all.the.time.

First things first. Duh. Why do people say that anyway? Have little things around. Purchase yummy smelling candles and smallish, quality items that can always be put together in a basket-type things. 

Make lots of little "french-fry" bags, ready to go... (I made these in my Christmas-in-July post... using We R Memory Keepers; click here to find out how! using We R Memory Keepers; click here to find out how!) Add labels, insert candycanes and more tags tags are all the rage!, put it in a dollar-section little gift bucket, and voila! You've got a "last-minute" gift... to GO!
And then... if you're like some people I may know or not know... Food gifts are definitely the way to go. This is a simple (but festive-looking) delicious braid. Absolutely ANYONE can do it even my less than culinary friends!

Open up 2 cans of COLD refrigerated crescent roll dough (Pillsbury works best... and NO, I'm not paid to say that...) Separate the dough into the triangles; lay them out like the picture, overlapping them; pat the center down but if you're OCD like me, you can roll it... what the heck... it's just one more thing to wash, no biggie...). Mix together 1/3 cup powdered sugar with 8 oz. softened cream cheese. Spread down the center of your masterpiece. Scoop pie filling (this is Comstock Cherry Pie Filling) on top of the cream cheese follow the picture as a guide, folks... 
Starting at the "top," fold across the corners of the dough to the other side, until they are all folded over and it makes a faux braid. Pinch the top and bottom ends "closed." If you'd like an egg wash (to make it shiny and pretty and sparkly...), simply beat up and egg and brush it all over the pastry. Bake at 375F for approximately 22 minutes, or until golden brown all over.
Doesn't that look DE-LISH??? I honestly don't know who wouldn't want that!

FYI, if you'd like to make it a cream-cheese only (no fruit filling), increase the powdered sugar to 1/2 cup. That's all there is to it. Simply said... It's awesome! Sometimes, I have to make two... otherwise the person I was going to gift to never gets it... if you know what I mean... 

Next up is Jearise! She's always so much fun! Have a Jolly Holly-day with her!

If you get lost along the way, here is the entire lineup:
Card A Day Challenge blog ~ http://cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday Magic 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 
Holiday Magic Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a weekend full of the magic of the Christmas Holidays! Our talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and bring the joy of the season into your hearts!

You should have arrived from Sandy's Blog. If you just happened upon this magical hop, 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 $21.00 gift certificate to shop their awesome products.
Be sure to visit them online here.
On facebook here.
And their blog 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 12/14/16
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

You know... I like basic, simple things. And I happen to L-O-V-E craft paper (the look of it)! This... is what I started with. 

It's TIME to make Christmas CARDS!!!!

Remember MISTI? She's my new best friend. She makes all those off-centered or imperfect cards that I used to make look like...
THIS!!!!
And then I had to drag out CB... She hasn't played in a while (Cuttlebug, people... Not an actual person!!!)
And I cranked through over 30 times! Let's get real... I lost count...
I thought the edges needed a little deco... So I cropped them with one of my Crop-A-Dile Corner Chompers. (This one is "photo.") Obviously, I did the same with the craft cards, too...
And Santa came a little early and brought me these Spectrum Noire Sparkle Markers (I call my UPS driver Santa... even though "I" pay for it... YES! I ordered them off HSN...) They still came BEFORE Christmas and in time for my Christmas Cards!
Aren't they so pretty? (I used clear. Actually I had my friend pretty them up while I worked a swim meet... I think she had fun!)
So pretty! Simple, too! I love the look!




And there you have it! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
 Up next is Alicia, who has something magical for you, as well!

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

Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Janet- http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com/
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Christi- https://tranquility1905.blogspot.com/
Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Holli- sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Ashley-  http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com
Diana- http://daisylovecreations.blogspot.com
Kim- http://katydidcards.com
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com
Amanda- salnclts76.blogspot.com
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/
Sandy-  http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/
Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sharon- http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com
Jearise- http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com/
Sarah-  http://sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com/

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

And don't forget to check out the this month's challenge!!

Connie Can Crop Challenge #53
due 11:59 P.M. Saturday, December 31st
Pacific Time

A Year of Card Techniques - (December - Metallic)

If you intended to get to the Holiday Magic Blog Hop, you can check out our latest technique, or just click here to move on (but you're always welcome back!).
Welcome to... 
Can you believe it's month twelve of a Year of Card Techniques?

Here are the links in case you missed a month:
January HERE            February HERE            March HERE            April HERE           
May HERE                 June HERE                   July HERE                August HERE
September HERE       October HERE              November HERE

Be sure you've hopped and commented on each month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Stampin Up or Blitsy.com. (Winner's Choice)

This last month of the year, we are focusing all our attention on metallics, whether it's foil, embossing powder, inks or cardstock, anything metallic and since it's December we just had to make it holiday too.


Now on with the projects.
Now... don't go getting excited. I didn't get far with this. My water spilled all over my table, getting my Scor Tape and this really cool (and kind of expensive... to me) foil wet. Lesson. Put your beverage, whatever it may be AWAY from your workspace or maybe drink wine while you work. I believe I may never have put that darned glass down, had it been wine...
But, all is well. My daughter needed a birthday card. The little girl (not so little... she's almost 12!) has her birthday 3 days away from Christmas! So... I started with these items. (Thank you, Anna Griffin kits!!!)
I love that these Anna Griffin things (from HSN) no... this isn't an advertisement!!!! have almost everything you need! This silver element made the perfect banner for the card.
There always something to play with, whether it's the positioning or not enough of something...
This one's not enough of something. READ: SOMETHING'S MISSING!!!!
And so... with the added Baker's Twine, I believe it's good! Super Duper simple! and easier than all getouts, since I still haven't plugged in my machines upon my return (omg... it was back in the beginning of LAST month!!! I have to get moving and get stuff unpacked!!!) from the Scrapbook Expo (where I got the original foil I was going to use...!

And that's that! Ok... so it's not quite Christmas, but... I forgot it was supposed to be I figured you all might be inundated with everything Christmas and thought I'd throw this in the mix!

Please be sure to come back and visit us next year, where we have a whole 'nother Year of Card Techniques for us you to learn! And with that being said... here is the final lineup of the year (for the Year of Card Techniques, of course! because we all know I can't shut up...):
Lisa (You are HERE!)
Kim (Up Next...)

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: