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
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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 

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