Friday, June 16, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques - (June - Basic Card Folds Using Double SidedPaper)

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold.  And we’re adding a twist of using double-sided paper.   We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well!    If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Candy Spiegel.
Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps.
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.  While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is SUSAN ELIOT; picked by Random Name Picker.  Congratulations, Susan!  Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Jodie Park, to claim your prize.
You should  have arrived here from A Card A Day Challenge Blog. 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 commenting on  each blog.

I absolutely l-o-v-e folding paper! I mean... who doesn't just keep folding that little gum wrapping into various things including the smallest square possible? But today, I went with the simplest of folds... partially because I l-o-v-e the name (peek-a-boo) and partially since it's for my husband and he doesn't exactly appreciate homemade cards (like we all do) because I needed to.


And so I started with a cute, manly, double-sided paper, cut it to size, cut a slit in the middle (but only part way down), scored it from corner to slit, and folded it.
My only trouble? Choosing which side to have "peek"-a-boo!

I went with the lighter side sticking out...
Next? Add stamping... via MISTI!!!! In case you haven't discovered this great tool... 
YOU SHOULD!!

And VOILA! There you have it... ready for Sunday (Father's Day... in case you forgot!)

Now  you’re off to visit with Sandy! Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!
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Friday, June 9, 2017

A Pirate's Life for Me Blog Hop

Yo Ho Yo Ho
A Pirate's Life for Me
Blog Hop

Ahoy there me Matey!!
If ye scallywags want to see some treasures created by these cool landlubbers than ye have come to the right place! Cause we are about to Shiver yer timbers and Batten down the hatches!!

Ye should have arrived from me trusty pirate, Miranda! I hope she gave you a good bit of rum on your visit!
If ye just happened upon this gem of a hop, our mighty sea dog is Captain Connie Can Crop and she is the first stop in this hop. 

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


We have an awesome sponsor for this month! With amazing pirate booty!

One lucky winner will win a digital image from Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps.

Be sure to check out her shop online HERE
Visit her 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 6/21/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

All hands on deck! Thar she blows!!

It's the school year's end... and with all the chaos of kids trying to get their grades up (not mine... no way!) and working on the Kindergarten covers (I voluntarily cut, arrange and glue covers for 4 classes worth of memory books), CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Swimming Championships, and my regular life in general... I'm just as busy as ya'll... don't get your panties inna bunch. Not tryin' to out-do anybody, just tellin' it like it is.. GET OVER IT. I started with THIS:
then I saw Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales 
(I posted the smallest clip I could find for you!)
and changed my mind AGAIN... you should be used to it by now, folks...!

One of my SpEd students was graduating, and I remembered he happened to love pirates, but hated "Captain Jack Sparrow." And so... I looked for something a little more to his liking. I ended up with THIS:
The student happens to love emojis and anime. Um... I'll take the emojis over the anime... only because I know I can do it without failing. Anime is an art all in itself, which I have not mastered (and probably won't ever...). Cricut is nice enough to have a pirate emoji cut. Yeeha!!!! Simple...
Using scraps 'cause that's what I do best..., some of the background cuts were a little short. And that's ok, because they were going to get covered up anyway! The second photo shows the layering cuts a little offset. My suggestion? Don't necessarily glue it down in order. I ended up attaching the red pirate bandana onto the face, then setting it on the background. otherwise it was just going to stay wonky. And I know I'm trying really REALLY hard to not be so OCD and trying to be perfect, but hey... that just was. not. going. to. cut. it.
See? He looks pretty fly for a yellow white (no... that's not racist... just lyrics from a 90's song) guy... Insert music for the Offspring here... and since I really don't know how to insert music... you can see the video HERE! (Just make sure you come back to hop and comment...)

I cut a simple blue card (my student's fave color), and popped up me pirate with some of my fave... clear silicone caulking. Hey boys at Home Depot... I'm almost out and coming to visit you soon...  And please forgive my shadow-y images... I haven't really worked on that yet, either. But no worries. It's still on my list... Totally hoping you love it in it's pirate-y simplicity! Let me push you off the plank to the next blog... 

Argggh! Shiver me timbers! I'm the last one walkin' the plank!
Hope your journey was "arrgh"-cellent!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques - World of Watercolors (May)

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words; so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Jodie Park of Close to My Heart:

Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Jodie on Facebook page, just click 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 May 26, 2017. The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is Golden Goddess Designs; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations! Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Wilma Payne at wpayne@email.com, by May 26th to claim your prize.
You should have arrived here from the Card A Day Challenge (Aren't those girls AWESOME?!?!). 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 commenting on each blog.

And now... we are off to my mishaps adventures!

I began with these... the Windsor Newton Watercolor Pens. (Yes!!! I said, "PENS!!!") Which side to use? The point (definitely not a fine-tip) or the brush... Um... BRUSH it is!
And then I did something fun. At least I thought I did... I sprayed "snow" on watercolor paper and let it dry. (L-O-V-E that texture. Kinda like the "orange-peel" on textured walls.) Then, I brushed on color, sprayed on water, and let that baby run! OOOH!!! I really liked it! And then... I let it dry. Oops! It was SO hard... I wasn't about to put any of my paper cutters through THAT mess. So, I took a photo and tried to print it. After several print-head cleanings... it came out pink magenta'ish. And I'm SO not down with that. I had to go another route...
And so... I drew dots and lines on watercolor paper. See? (Say it with me..., "Oooh! Ahh!")
And then I spritzed them with agua fresca (that's Espanole for "fresh water"). And let it run. I turned them and turned them, so the color would get everywhere.
I didn't like the way the dotted one was going, so I blotted it a tad with a paper towel Um... It took out most of the color, so... I placed the striped one on top and pressed it in, giving it a little more "oomph." (I do like the way the texture turned out but decided it really wasn't for this project...)
Loving the striped one, I stamped a "thank you" on it (I need LOTS of Thank You cards and am WAY behind in getting some out...), layered it on a green card base and called him 'er done!
Now you’re off to visit with Sandy! She'll be sure to show you another dimension world. 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 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: