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
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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: