Friday, July 17, 2015

Candy Blog Hop






Welcome to the Candy Day Blog Hop!

This Candy Blog Hop will run for 2 days. If you came from Alicia's Blog you are in right spot. But you want to start the fun at Haidee's Blog.
 
We are excited to have you hop with us! Each blogger participating in this hop is featuring a crafty project having to do with "candy". Who doesn't LOVE "candy"? Then we add crafty to it!!! Eckkkkk!
You will find unique ideas that have to do with candy. We hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way. And give you some crafty ideas.

Be sure to leave a comment at each hop to show some Bloggie Love and to qualify to win a PRIZE. (Squeee!!!!) It would bee sweet if you 'follow' too.
$10 gift card. You will able to choose 1 from the 3 stores!!! One winner will win their choice of gift cards.
*WINNER MUST CHECK Haidee's Blog ON MONDAY, JULY 21*
Now onto my project... Here's a little peek...


Even though it's been quite a while since I participated in a hop or posted crafty things... I've been busy doing just that. Most everything I've given away and forgotten to take photos. Brain drain. Ugh. But I thought... "Why not? I love sweet things... Hm... My anniversary is coming up... and I usually procrastinate and make something the day before..." So... Since it's not until October, I did the unthinkable! I did not procrastinate. It is done.

"What's done?" you may ask. Um... I not only did one card. I did two! (So that I can choose which one I like better, as the day gets closer. You know how it is...) And since my husband isn't really all lovey-dovey and romantic and sentimental... I decided to go with corny candy-themed cards.

I designed both of them in Cricut Design Space. Oh how I love this program. Well... I did, until Wednesday night. You know. When they did the "final" update. Ugh.

"Stuff" I did not design or input in any way, shape or form printed through my computer and printer. I played with it for 2 days. I gave up and decided to go "old school" on my printed sentiment (it was supposed to be printed on the card... duh...) and use Word Art. What do you know! It works. Sometimes you just have to go "retro". And thank goodness I remembered how to use it! (Keep your skills up, people!!!)

Notice the Word Art? Yeah... I had to make that work. It was originally supposed to be printed on the card, then the card cut with all these fancy-type edges via the Cricut Explore. Not happening. It was/is frustrating. But I have all the confidence in the world that Cricut is getting it together to get all the bugs out (no pun intended).

Will my husband notice? Eh... If he gets this card... probably not. He doesn't notice the little creative touches. He only notices the "wet" glue. Surprise for him this year... It will be VERY dry! (Kudos to me for getting them done WAY in advance this year!!!)

The finished project (the first one). Craft paper cardstock. LOVE this stuff. I used it for the chocolate bar (both layers), too. I inked with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink in two different rich brown colors to separate the chocolate layers and Broken China for the blue, to make the Word Art pop. And I gotta do a shout-out for Crop-o-Dile! Still in love with the corner croppers... this one is "angle". (And in case you don't get it... the wrapper was supposed to be "husband"...)
Onto the second card...
 
I was able to flatten (so it prints the image instead of cutting multiple layers) this image ...), add text, then print and cut it. (supposed to be cotton candy. I think it looks like an ice cream cone. My 10yo got all excited... "Cotton Candy!!!!" I'm glad she figured it out.) This one worked out hunky dory.

FYI, the text is done in two blocks and rotated, through Design Space. It's the only way I could get it to do what I wanted. But no matter what... I couldn't seem to get that little "f" to come down "below the line". (If someone knows how... please let me know in the comments, or message me on Facebook, or give me a call or text, if you know me well enough to have my info! I'd really like to learn how to do this, if it's possible!!!)

Again. I love craft paper. I think it looks rather rustic. And I'm a re-type of gal.

I wasn't able to change the colors in the flattening of a subscribed image (way cheaper than purchasing all of Cricut's unlicensed cartridges and/or images). I would've created my own image and uploaded it, but... I haven't quite hopped into that yet except to work with photos in the new software. And so... to offset the pink (because the card is for a man), I again used the blue Broken China of the Distressed Ink collection. Yes... I could've made it cleaner, but I really like that brushed distressed effect. I also added the blue gingham ribbon, just to bring it out a tad more.

We R Memory Keepers strikes again. Yes... a Crop-o-Dile corner-rounder. This time in "stub". I love ticket stubs. And I definitely think cotton candy fits just that. Circus, anyone?


And here, I've popped it up a little. I have no patience for foam dots. They stick to my fingers and are a pain to peel off (from the paper AND my fingers). They don't cover a whole lot of space. And they run out... usually when I only need one or two or three more.

So... I use clear-drying caulking. Love it. And if you've ever looked at some of my other projects, you'll see I use it... a. lot. It's fabulous and streams out like a thick glue, easily controllable, and (the best part) much cheaper than the foam dots. If you are down to your last bit (which I am NEVER, as I keep stocked up on that stuff!), you can simply use a cotton swab or small paint brush to re-distribute your caulking around on your project! Win, WIN!

The finished project is above... but I just wanted you to see how the caulking adds dimension above the ribbon. So sweet!

Still not sure which card I'll give to my hubby, and what I put inside is just for us... But I have a couple of months to think about it and change my mind several times decide. It's anyone's guess at this point.

Now... I'm kinda hungry and in need of something sweet. I'll go grab me a piece of chocolate. Since it's summer, I'm stocked up on frozen Snickers! Yum!

Your Next SWEET stop is Sarah's Blog.  She's got something scrumptious created for you!
Here is a list of the line up. Just in case if you get lost:

Haidee - Created2BUnique
Alicia - Golden Goddess Designs
Lisa (that's me!) - Lisa's Little Bits
Sarah - Crazy About Cards!
Liz - Scrapilicous Life
Miranda - Nana's Scrap Spot
Connie - Connie Can Crop
Barbara - Craftin' with Barbara
Angela - 3 Crazy Monkeys by the Beach
Jessi - My Life In Arts n' Crafts

Remember... Come back to Haidee's Blog on Monday, July 21 to see IF you are the WINNER. Good luck and (blog)hop on!

36 comments:

  1. Ha ha! I'm like you and I'm glad I'm not the only one that procrastinates so. I too thought the same thing with this hop and I finished my project for a gift that is for August. I really liked your cards, I think your hubby will like them too.

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I appreciate it. I'm going to love following your blog, as well. Hope to "hop" with you again, soon!

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  2. Girl, I was laughing so much. Its funny how if your not in the crafty field you feel lost but yet need to do more then one just in case. Been there done that. love the cards and I am sure your honey will like them. Love love your cards gal.

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    1. Why thank you, Miss Haidee! Well appreciated! I made the two because I don't know how "sentimental" I'd like to be with him. He doesn't always get it. So... depending on what mood I'm in when the time arrives... lol!

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    1. Thanks you, Miranda! And thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Awesome cards. I love the word art, great job!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! The Word Art was a go-to, since the other failed... I'm just thankful I actually had ink that day! lol!

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  5. I think the first card is adorable! but both are cute.

    Alicia

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    1. Thanks! I'm just waiting to see how the husband behaves or what mood I'm in at the time to decide... lol!

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  6. Your post made me giggle!! I love the cards especially the bite of that! Oh my!! Happy hopping with you!! Scrappy hugs, Connie

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    1. I'm glad I could make you smile. And thank you! It was great hopping with you, too! Hope to do it again sometime.

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  7. Both cards are so sweet...love your writing too!

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    1. Merci, Sandy! And I appreciate the props for the writing. I love to do it.

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  8. Wow!!!! lot of work but it worked out well... love both of your projects.... especially husband wrapper :)

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    1. Haha, Linda! Yes, a lot of work, only because of the bugs and glitches. I'm sure my next project won't be so "work-y" and much less frustrating.

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  9. Your cards are awesome! I love chocolate, so my favorite is your first card.

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    1. I love chocolate, too!!!! That's why I created it. But then... I thought it might be a bit provocative for my husbster. He doesn't always get my sense of humor. lol!

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  10. LOL! Love your description of your cards...and the cross outs! Great cards and cuts and stamps!!

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    1. Thank you! I thought it might be more fun if readers and fellow crafters saw my thought processes (aka... the cross-outs). We all have THOSE kinds of thoughts, right?

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  11. great cards! i'm sure he will love either!

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I just might end up giving him both... if I can't decide.

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  12. Nice cards, so cute. I love the look you gave the chocolate bar, the cotton candy is cute too.

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    1. Thank you, Veronica. I love LOVE distress-type inks and lots of craft paper. It's so fun to play with.

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  13. Great card for your hubby. I like the chocolate on your card. It looks almost real. I thought Hersey bar as soon as I saw it. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

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    1. Thanks, Edwina! I had to eat some chocolate during and after this project. It really got me hungry. I mean... when you are STARING at candy... ya gotta eat it!

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  14. mmmm chocolate and ice cream! 2 of my favorites! They look great, and yummy!

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    1. See? I'm not the ONLY one who thought it was ice cream! lol! It's actually cotton candy, according to the cut in Design Space. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Krista. Hopefully I'll post more soon.

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    1. Thanks, Shawn. Glad you got to come by.

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  17. That chocolate bar looks real! 💜

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    1. Thank you, Brans! I won't divulge how many chocolate bars I had to eat to get the right look, but... I'm glad I got it right. lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks, Marie! Hope to have some more up sooner than later. And super thanks for your comment! Very much appreciated.

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