As I mentioned on my June 30 post Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate.com) organized the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . . for those of use that were unable to attend Crop Chocolate’s retreat “Spring Fling”. Head over to Up in the Night with Kat to get all of the details and links to the other participating blogs.
As soon as I read the challenges and learned that we could combine three on one project I knew I would make a layout celebrating the Independence Day Holiday. The challenges I combined were from
- Engineering Memories: “My challenge for you today, since it is also almost July 4th, is to create a project using the American Flag as your inspiration. For example, use the colors (red, white and blue), use the 50 stars, use the 13 stripes, use a repeating patterned paper (or create your own with stamps), or any combination of these. The project can be a card, a layout, home decor, altered art, anything you want.”
- Nina’s Time Out: “I want to see you use a Pinwheel on your project! In order to win a prize FROM ME you need to leave me a link to your project (posted on your blog or online gallery or CropChocolate.com profile gallery) in the comments section by 9am (central time) July 5th! And you must also become a follower of my blog! I will draw a winner from those comments on July 6th, so please make sure you leave an email address to!”
- Thrifty Sisters: “Create a card,layout or project of your choice celebrating either Canada Day or Independence Day. For those outside either of these countries, do a project celebrating your own countries colours and your own special celebrations.”
Of course since we are all friends from CropChocolate.com we committed to using at least 50% of products purchased from them.
Despite having a vast paper library I did not have any cardstock that screamed “use me” so I decided to make my own. I started with some white cardstock from a grab bag and used CTMH Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads in Moonstruck (Z2134) and Holiday Red (Z2127) and My Acrylix® Stamp Set Stitched Together (C1459) to decorate my paper. I used the right and “wrong” side of the stamp and stamped in first and second generation to create some variety on my white cardstock. This is how my cardstock ended up:
I was going to combine stuff by belle‘s challenge (“And now my challenge to you… …create a project of your choice; card, layout, home decor or altered item that has a handmade NON paper embellishment. This embellishment can be metal, fabric, ribbon, twine, wood, plastic, etc…just not paper.”) on this layout (actually I did, but I did not think on this project it has a big enough bang (maybe if I made more or make this one thicker) and I have another idea for that challenge) so I incorporated a pinwheel. Unfortunately the only double-sided cardstock I could put my hands on with coordinating colors was fairly plain. I decided to dress it up with the same inks and stamp set used to decorate the white cardstock. Here is a close up of my pinwheel (and the non-paper element):
And here is how my entire layout came together:
Items used on this project: Echo Park Paper Co. Little Boy Strawberry/Sky (LB8108; used for the die cuts and pinwheel) and Denim/Lizard (LB8017; used for the die cuts) cardstock. Viper adhesive from SnakeTape. Cricut Expression and Stand and Salute cartridge (God Bless America cut at 2 3/4 inches; 4th of July cut at 2 1/4 inches; speed low, pressure high, blade depth 4 used for all cuts). Hot Off The Press star brad and twine rescued from a bakery box.
I hope you like the layout I created for these challenges on the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop.
By the way, in case you were wondering, this is how I created the star using twine and Glossy Accents:
I used a scrap of cardboard, plastic wrap and push pins. I drew a star on the cardboard, laid down the plastic wrap and pushed in the pins (do not push into the cardboard all of the way). Wrap the twine around the pins using the pattern on the cardboard and use Glossy Accents to stiffen and hold the twine in the star shape.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate) organized the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . . for those of use that were unable to attend Crop Chocolate’s retreat “Spring Fling”. If you would like to participate, there still is time, the projects are not due until 9am MDT on Thursday, July 5. Head over to Up in the Night with Kat to get all of the details and links to the other participating blogs.
I have not fully decided which challenges (one project can be submitted to three challenges – a lifesaver for those without a lot of extra time around the Canada Day and Independence Day holidays) I will submit my card to, but I am certain it will be submitted on Scrappy Canuck Studios because I knew it would be a challenge for me to complete a card in 30 minutes. I thought I would take a break from creating to share my first completed project for this hop.
I was recently asked how I like the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (only available from Close To My Heart Independent Consultants; item Z1686). Until this challenge I had only used my cartridge to cut some pillow boxes, goodie bags and butterflies for a Home Gathering. I thought this challenge and that question made it the perfect time to pull out that cartridge and try some other features and this is what I came up with:
I cut the card at 6 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Yellow/Purple (Item #SD14018). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Card + Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Pressure and speed were set to medium and the blade at 4.
I cut the butterfly base at 2 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Red/Green (Item #SD14019). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Pressure and speed were set to medium and the blade at 4.
I cut the butterfly layer at 2 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Scallops (Item #SD14010). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Layer + Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Speed was set to medium and the blade at 4. I increased the pressure to high.
The purple butterflies are those that remained when the card was cut.
A scoring board was used to score on either side the each butterfly’s body. The wings were then folded up. I used a dual action glue to attach the layer to the largest butterfly and the purple butterflies to the card. I used foam tape to attach the largest butterfly. Perfect Pearls – White Opal was added to some butterfly bodies.
Like on Craft Wars once the time is up you have to stop so I did not get an opportunity to stamp a sentiment on this card. I will have to do that before sending it to someone. I also think I will add some “trails” behind the dimensional butterflies.
I hope you like my card. Until next time…
We have some winners for the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop. Random.org gave us the following list:
Everyone met our request and posted at each stop along the hop (except their own if that applies). Those numbers correspond to the following individuals:
12 Angel H. – winner of 12×12 Hello Spring Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park
19 Christina – 12×12 Fourth Of July Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park
33 Lynn/craftgirl007 – winner of $10 CropCredit
7 by belle – winner of $10 CropCredit
Congratulations!!! Please send mommyx2 or me a Private Message via CC and we’ll make arrangements to get your prize to you.
We would like to send out a huge Thank You to Echo Park Paper Co. and CropChocolate.com for generously donating prizes for our hoppers. Amber, CC’s buyer, also needs a Thank You for helping with the prizes as well as sharing a project. We would also like to thank the bloggers that shared their projects with you. I’d also like to thank mommyx2 for being my co-organizer of the hop.
I have pinned all of the projects and here is a list of all permalinks from the hop:
The comments for the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop have closed (though check individual posts for details regarding blog candy that was offered – their schedules (and entry requirements) may be different). Winners will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28 at Crafty Love 4 My Twins and centralNYscrapper (you are here).
Also, I just learned that CropChocolate generously confirmed two additional blog hop prizes which will be announced on Wednesday – we are giving away $10 crop credits! 2 of you who joined us in the hop will be eligible for these prizes. This is in addition to the 2 EP kits mentioned previously!! A BIG THANK YOU TO CC FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN DONATING THE CROP CREDITS AND FOR SECURING OUR PRIZES FROM ECHO PARK!!
Welcome to the final stop of the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop. We hope you have enjoyed the hop so far.
You should have arrived here from guest blogger Haf2scrap/Lucy. If you have just started hopping with us, please start at the blog of mommyx2, Crafty Love 4 My Twins. If you want to see the entire list of blogs on this hop, they are at Crafty Love 4 My Twins or on one of my earlier posts.
I was experimenting, trying to do something different, but I ran out of time. If I ever organize or co-organize a hop again, I’m going to start on a Monday so I have the weekend for trial and error. Since the idea I had in mind was not coming together quickly, I put it aside it for now and used the RCC44-Getting Sketchy with Sweet Stamp Shop sketch that caught my eye a couple of weeks ago for inspiration.
I also selected Echo Paper Paper products since they generously donated two prizes for this hop. I selected Victoria Gardens. I used the We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 Retro Scallop punch and Making Memories Slice Design Cutter with the hands free kit and Bravissimo! design card.
Without further ado, this is my layout:
(click on the layout for a larger image)
Thanks again for hopping with us. Don’t forget to comment on each blog to be eligible to win. We have two confirmed giveaways. One is a 12×12 Hello Spring Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park and another is a 12×12 Fourth Of July Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park (generously donated by Echo Park Paper Co.). To be eligible to win on the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop, you need to comment on each blog along the hop (except pollyzas, unfortunately we were not able to resolve the problems with leaving a comment) and be able to receive packages (no post office boxes). It is open worldwide. The winners will be selected via random.org. Everyone will have until 8am MDT on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 to comment.
Thanks to mommyx2 my co-organizer and to Amber to working with Echo Park Paper Co. so we could have prizes to giveaway (and to Jon and the entire group at Crop Chocolate for allowing Amber to assist us). Thank you to Echo Park Paper Co. for their generosity.
Don’t forget to check back here or on mommyx2’s blog, Crafty Love 4 My Twins, on Wednesday, March 28 to see if you are a lucky winner.
The Friday posts are live. Please start the hop at Crafty Love 4 My Twins. We hope you enjoy the hop. Thanks for stopping by.
Unfortunately I was doing several administrative tasks related to the hop last evening and did not get an opportunity to work on my project. Therefore I do not have another sneak peek for you today. I hope we will have a fun, uneventful hop tomorrow and Saturday and that will make up for it.
I cannot believe the hop starts in less than 24 hours. If this is the first time you are learning of the hop, please start at the beginning, Crafty Love 4 My Twins.
We have two confirmed giveaways. One is a 12×12 Hello Spring Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park and another is a 12×12 Fourth Of July Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park (generously donated by Echo Park Paper Co.). To be eligible to win on the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop, you need to comment on each blog along the hop and be able to receive packages (no post office boxes). It is open worldwide. The winners will be selected via random.org. Everyone will have until 8am MDT on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 to comment.
Some of the bloggers along the hop have mentioned that they plan to offer blog candy. Be sure to look for those announcements and follow the steps they would like you to do to be eligible for those prizes.
Finally, I would like everyone to know that the bloggers who shared projects with you (either on their own blog or as a guest blogger on another blog) are eligible to win prizes as long as they comment on each of the blogs along the hop (except their own of course).
I hope you will be able to hop with us.