Friday, November 20, 2015

Give Thanks Blog Hop

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Today's hop is full of great projects all about Thanksgiving and being thankful.

We all have so much to be thankful for. Many seem to forget that. Before I start "hopping", I'd like to tell you what I'm thankful for... As you may know (if you read my blog), last summer we lost our son. He was an organ donor and was able to save many lives and help give quality to many more lives. Unfortunately, he was not a match for his 2nd cousin (cousin to my husband). Knowing this cousin is on recurring dialysis, I matched her. Even more unfortunately, as we went through the testing process, the antibodies in her blood attacked mine, so we could not go through with it. This past Saturday, she got a life-changing phone call. They had found a kidney for her! And with that, she had a successful surgery on Sunday.  I am so thrilled and thankful for the wonderful donor family that helped make this happen. THANK YOU!

So... please... if you have it in your heart, please! be sure you select that little pink dot. Choose to be a donor. Every little bit helps. You could give the Gift of Life.

Now... I did do something a little crafty... So let's get hopping!

I decided to go with something a little Cricut-ty. Since working on my craft room, I've been neglecting physically "making" things and needed to get back to my beloved machines. Enter the Cricut Explore Air.

 Of course, I forgot what it's called... and it Cricut Design Space doesn't seem to want to respond right now... but this is what it looked like on the screen:
It's SUPER enlarged, as the cut was so small when it came on board to my mat.
 I will be using all these negatives for some misting and masking... but in the meantime, I sure wish Cricut would put in an option to minimize paper waste, as it used the "paper saver" selection on the old Expression.
 They are in two-part. The dark brown backing shows through the cut-out letters. Then I totally inked them up: I used Tea Dye all OVER, then Walnut Stain (both are Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks) on the edges. Then I Zig-glued them together.
Hold up folks... the original intention was to make a garland with jute twine... but guess what? Um... yeah. I glued the backings on BEFORE putting the jute. And so... I tacked magnets on the back of these babies and slapped on my classroom chalkboard. Now all the high school kids expect me to decorate for all the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful hop and have LOTS to be thankful for!

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  1. lol, love a project when you intended for something else and still comes out super fantastic TFS

  2. Love the banner and yep now you've got to out decorate every time.

  3. This is a great project! Love the colors and, boy, that sponging really created so much dimension! Isn't it great that mistakes can create oportunities? I love the magnet idea. Guess we know you'll be decorating big time for Christmas to top this!

  4. just beautiful! great shading, very realistic on the textured card stock! thanks for sharing!


  5. Great "Magnetic" Banner! LOL Glad I'm not the only one who gets glue happy to quickly. Thanks for hopping with me.

  6. Beautiful banner... wonderful story - so happy she was able to get her kidney. Our home town was blessed this week to have our firefighter return home with his beautiful beaming new face - his children were toddlers when the fire happened and they never knew him any other way. Our cup runneth over!

  7. Love what you did with the leaves on your Cricut. The inking is beautiful.


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