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Friday, April 26, 2013

April Create a garden Bog Hop

I Double Dog Dare You

The group this month was Double Dog Dared to create a garden project since April Showers brings May Flowers whether it be a card, lay-out, with their creativity being the only limitations!!!!! We had several talented crafters that took that challenge for today's hop!!!!

From Lynne's stash, if you remark on each of the blogs, one lucky winner will receive flowers and buttons to add to their collection to create their own garden!!!!

 For my project I created a 4 inch square mini album to hold pictures of my spring plantings!
The album was made with one 12x12 sheet of card stock and is an adaptation of the meandering mini book.
It  has two page pockets and 3 diagonal pockets. I will confess I am Embellishment challenged and am always afraid to over do so I under do. This cover was a real challenge for me I like it but it was nerve wracking to say the least! LOL

 For the cover I used the Spring Cottage cartridge and cut the gate 3 times and stacked them for dimension and strength. the ferns were cut from the same cartridge The Roses were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge art1.5 inches  The sentiment on the cover came from "Pink By Design" Artisan Tags set.

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge and the Mothers day Bouquet cartridges  to cut out all the the flower and leaf shapes

 The Tags and the tiny butterflies were punched wit a couple Creative Memories punches and the tags were embossed with an assortment of embossing folder. All the patterned paper was from an SEI bundle I got for cheap at Tuesday Morning.

My printer ink is low yellow is empty so my photo prints look off.

While rummaging through my stash I came across this seed packet holder I made last year and thought I'd add it to my garden post. I can't remember what cartridge it came from will have to research that one.

Our list of talented, creative hoppers include:

Your next stop along the way is the very talented Kimberly

Thanks for stopping by today!!! Hopefully, the cold weather decides to finally go away and the spring follies begin!!!!!

Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Butterfly Blog Hop

Thank you for fluttering by today and seeing all the butterflies we have in this hop. These crafters have preformed butterfly magic again with their creations and I hope you enjoy looking at the beauty of these creations.

Jearise from http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com is our hostess today and she has a butterfly filled gift for one lucky visitor today so please make sure you begin at her blog to find out how to enter the drawing.

Here is my little bit of butterfly magic for today...

 This a 5.5 inch square card The background print is a freebie I got from Mark Montano ( Black Plate Special He Crafts She Crafts with Mark Montano Butterflies) a few months back. The frame mat is from the art Philosophy cartridge circle 4 cut at 4.75 inches  and since I am horrible at trying to center point cut I cut it from an 11.5 piece of black card stock and then cut it down to 5.25 to fit my card and embossed  it with Divine Swirls folder. The colored Butterflies were inspired from a YouTube video by Brenda Bliss "Vellum Butterfly Tutorial part 3. Hers are much nicer than mine but for a first attempt ho too bad. I cut them with a sizzix framelits die and stamp set. then colored with my assortment of colored pencils. Added some white ribbon and a bow and done!

Thank you so much for joining us today and please flutter on to Lissa Marie.


Lissa Marie - www.somanycrafts.com

Thanks for fluttering by hope you enjoy our flights of fancy!!
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Friday, April 12, 2013

April Calendar Girls' Blog Hop

Welcome to our April Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. Its absolutely amazing when you do a google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "April, you're the Easter bunny when you smile". Yes, I know that Easter came early this year, in March actually, but Neil Sedaka sings with April as the Easter Bunny ...... can't blame the lyrics!!

The hop starts with the beautiful and very talented Kimberly at http://scrappingrookie.blogspot.com. The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness!!!!

You won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!!

The line-up for April includes:

April Occasions We Wish to Share:

National Autism Month Kimberly
Keep America Beautiful Month
Lawn and Garden Month

1 April Fool's Day - Lucy
1 International Tatting Day
2 Children's Book Day- Sandy, Lucy
2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day ~ Janet
3 Tweed Day
7 No Housework Day - Jearise - Vicky
8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day ~ Janet
11 National Submarine Day - Jearise
13 Scrabble Day - Lynne
14 Look Up at The Sky Day - Laura
15 Titanic Remembrance Day-Amanda, Anita
18 International Juggler's Day ~ Lynne
22 National Jelly Bean Day- Sandy
23 Lover's Day - Lynne
25 World Penguin Day ~Kimberly
26 National Pretzel Day
27 Tell a Story Day ~ Sandy
29 Greenery Day
30 Hairstyle Appreciation Day- Amanda

For my first day I chose National Peanut Butter and Jelly day ;0)

I used the Lite Fast Food Cartridge with a few alterations to create the sandwich and jars. all the papers are from my scrap file Trying to use up some of my scraps.
For my second day I chose Draw a picture of a bird day and this is my crude attempt (LOL) at drawing a picture of an Owl One of my 2  favorite birds.

I also was trying to create a shape card for National Pretzel Day (One of my all time favorite foods) Well the shape card fizzled and I am left with the topper also cut from the Fast Food Cartridge.


The Stamping Chef is our wonderful sponsor for today's blog hop and has designed two of the images that have been used in today's hop. She is offering 3 of her wonderful designs, winner's choice to one lucky blog hopper that responds on each of the Calendar Girls along with her facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCRecipes/, commenting that you hopped with the Calendar Girls.

Lynne will be going through her stash and sending one lucky winner a surprise package to someone that remarks and gives bloggie love on each of the participants.

Your next stop along the way of the calendar is Vicky . Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on May 11, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!
Hope you are enjoying the hop and getting lost of great ideas!!
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Bling-A-Ling Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Spring Bling Blog Hop" Our challenge was to create a card , layout or altered item with a spring theme and adding some bling. If you arrived here from Nadja"s Blog  you are on the right track. If you just happened upon my post and would like to start at the beginning then head on over to Suzanne's Blog .

For my project I started to make a card, then I thought as it was coming together it would be a cute "home decor  item and then I thought it would be a great cover for a mini album. Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!LOL. What do you think???

The background was cut from "Lovely Floral" and the hello  from "Lyrical Letters" Cricut cartridges. I edged all the pieces with Sharpie markers added some colored blig for the flower centers and popped the sentiment up with pop dots.It measures  approximately 5.5 inches square. 

Here is the complete line up for the hop just in case you get lost along the way!

There is a nice prize awaiting one lucky hopper All you have to do is visit every blog along the way and leave a comment at every stop. Become a follower if you like but it isn't necessary.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit and are getting lots of awesome inspiration as you hop through. Your next stop is Tiffany.
Thanks for stopping by

Big Blog Hugs, Janet