13 January 2017

What a Bunch of Characters! Blog Hop


Welcome to the What a Bunch of Characters Blog Hop!  Thank you for joining us for a super magical blog hop themed all around Mickey Mouse and his friends at the Magic Kingdom!  These talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and share the fun of Disney's lovable characters!  

You should have arrived from Shannon M.  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 BRAND NEW sponsor for this month!


One lucky winner will win their choice of a digital stamp from their shop!!  Be sure to visit them on Etsy here, on Facebook here, and on their blog here.

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.  Winner will be announced on Wednesday 1/18/17 at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

I have three layouts to showcase for you today!  We were fortunate enough to make our 2016 family vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida over Spring Break, and we had a blast!


Most people don't realize that you can celebrate your birthday at Walt Disney World at any point six months on either side of your birthday.  My birthday is in March, my husband's is on Christmas Eve, our oldest son's is in September, and our youngest son's is in January, so we decided that we would ALL celebrate our birthdays on the morning we went to Chef Mickey's for breakfast!  My husband was the only one of us who'd ever been to Chef Mickey's, so it was a neat experience for all of us!


EPCOT was showcasing the Flower and Garden Festival when we were there.  It was so neat to see lots of Disney characters represented in topiaries!  This is one of my favorite family photos of the day, so I just had to add it to a layout.


This was our youngest son's first trip to Walt Disney World, so he was SUPER excited when he FINALLY got to meet Mickey Mouse!  I think some of the favorite things for him were meeting the characters and getting them to sign his autograph book and our photo mat (which now surrounds one of our favorite photos from Disney and is hanging in our living room!)!

Up next is the fabulous Christi!

Here's our lineup in case you get lost:

Ashley--YOU ARE HERE!
Christy--GO HERE NEXT!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!


02 January 2017

WILD Blogiversary Hop


Welcome to the WILD Blogiversary Blog Hop!  Thank you for joining us for a week long celebration in honor of my 8th year here in Blog Land!  These talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and bring out the wild animal in us all!!

You should have arrived from MIRANDA.  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 ten amazing sponsors for this anniversary hop!!

Connie's Crafty Cart--Sassafras Lass Stamps
Miss Kate Cuttables--2 free SVG images
Kitty Bee Designs--1 free digital stamp
Creative Memories--$25 gift certificate
Close To My Heart--Stampt Set and Ink
Stampin' Up--Embossing Folder
Fun Stampers Journey--Stamp Set
Mermaids N Monograms--Adorable Mason Jar Glass
Little Scraps of Heaven--two $10 gift certificates
and
Paper Crafting World--SVG file

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 have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 1/11/17, at Connie Can Crop.  And YES, you can win more than one prize!!  So be sure to follow everyone and leave your comments along the way!!

I have two different projects to share with you today.  The first is a two-page layout I did a few years ago:

 



My husband and I spent almost a month in San Antonio, Texas back in April of 2008 while we were going through an IVF cycle.  While we were there, we (obviously!) had a lot of time to sightsee; one of those trips was to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, just north of San Antonio.  At this ranch, you're able to drive your own vehicle through the ranch, all the while seeing many different species of animals and being able to drop food out your window for them.  As you can see, the zebra thought he needed to come in the window to get his!  LOL!


I picked up the "Cute Critters" sentiment set from an online sale at My Craft Spot.  When I ran across this "Happy Lion" from KennyK in my digital stamps, I knew they would be perfect together!  I made this simple card, because I wanted the image and sentiment to be the focus.  

Up next is VERONICA.  Here's our lineup in case you get lost:

Ashley (YOU ARE HERE!)
Veronica (GO HERE NEXT!)

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!


09 December 2016

Holiday Magic Blog Hop


Welcome to the 
Holiday Magic Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a weekend full of the magic of the Christmas Holidays! Our talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and bring the joy of the season into your hearts!

You should have arrived from Holli. If you just happened upon this magical hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.


We have an awesome sponsor for this month! 


One lucky winner will win a $21.00 gift certificate to shop their awesome products.
Be sure to visit them online here.
On Facebook here.
And their blog here.



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.
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 12/14/16
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

I participate in a Christmas in July challenge every year, so I've decided to share some of the Christmas cards I made in this year's challenge!
This is a simple flat (which we all know is hard to do!)Christmas card which could very easily be mass-produced in a pinch!

After embossing my white cardstock, I used a few different designs of washi tape to give it some color, then I adhered my ribbon and used pop-up dots on the sentiment banner.

I thought the reindeer stamp I used in the center was super-cute, but I wanted something a little different, too.  This is also a flat card, so postage won't cost any extra!  LOL!

This is just a simple layered card, but I didn't use any pop-up dots, so it lays fairly flat.

For this one, I used three different embossing folders on small pieces of white cardstock, then I tied some twine around each to represent the ribbon on a present.  Pop-up dots were used behind each to create a little dimension, yet it's still a simple card.

This was a fairly quick card to make as well.  I used a border punch on the top piece of blue cardstock and found a piece of patterned paper for the bottom piece.  It doesn't matter how wide these two pieces are, since I adhered them to the back of a piece of white cardstock.  I stamped my sentiment then added some gems for ornaments.  I finished it off by simply hand-drawing (with the aid of a ruler!) the bows and "string."
This is one of my favorite cards from this year!  I always struggle with shaker cards, and this one was no exception!  LOL!  I did enter this one in my county fair and brought home a blue ribbon for it.

The parts I struggled with the most on this card were heat embossing on the acetate (and trying to keep the acetate straight!) and then adhering the acetate to the white cardstock without it buckling.

I finished off the inside of the card with a decorative Christmasy flourish with silver embossing powder.

 Up next is Diana!

Here's our line up in case you get lost:

Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com/
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Christi- https://tranquility1905.blogspot.com/
Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Holli- sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Ashley-  http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com/
Diana- http://daisylovecreations.blogspot.com/
Kim- http://katydidcards.com/
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com/
Amanda- salnclts76.blogspot.com
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/
Sandy-  http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/
Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sharon- http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com/
Jearise- http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com/
Sarah-  http://sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com/

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

And don't forget to check out the this month's challenge!!



Connie Can Crop Challenge #53
due 11:59 P.M. Saturday, December 31st
Pacific Time

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!


29 October 2016

THE ROBYN'S FETISH CHALLENGE #340--"ANYTHING FOR AUTUMN"--30 OCTOBER 2016

This is my last post as a Design Team member for The Robyn's Fetish Challenge, as I am stepping down to spend more time with my family and fulfill some new work obligations.  My time here has been wonderful!  Thanks to Robyn, Susan, and the rest of the Design Team for having me as part of the team this past year.  It's been wonderful!  

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Thanks for all the lovely projects that were submitted for our "Anything but a Card for Halloween" theme at The Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog last week!  They were wonderful!!!  Our new challenge at The Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog is "Anything for Autumn."  Our sponsor this week is Lemon Shortbread.  The winner this week will receive three digital stamps of their choice from the Lemon Shortbread Etsy store.

The Robyn's Fetish DT was graciously provided with images to work with for this challenge, so I chose "Autumn Leaves in Hand."







Supplies Used
~Bo Bunny Forever Fall 6x6 paper pad
~Colored pencils--blue, brown, mahogany, orange, peach, pine green, red, and yellow
~Inkadinkado "Autumn Time" inchie clear stamps
~Lemon Shortbread "Autumn Leaves in Hand" digital image
~Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee
~Ranger Glossy Accents
~Stickles in Blue Bayou, Cinnamon, Distress Fired Brick, Orange Spice, and Yellow

We look forward to seeing your "Anything for Autumn" creations this week!  Be sure to get them linked up at the Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog before Saturday.  Good luck, and happy scrapping!




















22 October 2016

THE ROBYN'S FETISH CHALLENGE #339--"ANYTHING BUT A CARD FOR HALLOWEEN"--23 OCTOBER 2016

Thanks for all the lovely projects that were submitted for our "Halloween Cards" theme at The Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog last week!  They were wonderful!!!  Our new challenge at The Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog is "Anything but a Card for Halloween."  Our sponsor this week is Sami Stamps.  The winner this week will receive a $12 gift certificate to the Sami Stamps Store.

The Robyn's Fetish DT was graciously provided with images to work with for this challenge, so I chose "Pumpkin Smile" and decided to make a decoration for a treat bag.




Supplies Used
~Bug Bites "Magic Spells" sentiment set
~Cardstock from stash
~Colored pencils--light orange and peach
~Doodles by Design "Happy Halloween" wood sentiment stamps
~Fibracolor markers
~Pretty Cute Stamps "Candy Corn Kisses" clear stamps
~Sami Stamps "Pumpkin Smile" digital stamp
~Spectrum Noir markers--CT3, IG8, JG3, and TB5
~StazOn ink in Jet Black
~Stickles in Green, Distress Spiced Marmalade, and Yellow

We look forward to seeing your "Anything but a Card for Halloween" creations this week!  Be sure to get them linked up at the Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog before Saturday.  Good luck, and happy scrapping!



















21 October 2016

CAT-titude, No Lion, and Day of the Dead

Happy Friday, everyone!  Thought I would share a few cards I've made the last couple of days.

I'd originally intended to enter my CAT-titude card at CAS(E) this Sketch! but I missed the deadline. :-(  Here's the sketch I used, though!



Challenges Entered
~The Crazy Challenge #233--Use the colour RED
~Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' October Monthly Card Challenges--Cat

Supplies Used
~Art Projects for Kids "Cat in the Hat" digital image
~CAS(E) this Sketch! Sketch #194
~My Craft Spot "Cute Critters" sentiment stamp set
~Spectrum Noir markers--CR8 and IG8

I have no Hispanic heritage, but I absolutely LOVE the sugar skulls that come out during the Day of the Dead celebrations!  I used the sketch at Cheerful Sketches Challenge and a freebie image from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons to create my Day of the Dead card.




Challenges Entered
~Cheerful Sketches Challenge--October sketch
~Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Linky Party Oct. 8-29, 2016
~Scrappin 'n' Chattin' October Monthly Card Challenges--Day of the Dead

Supplies Used
~Cardstock from stash
~Cheerful Sketches October sketch
~Cuttlebug embossing folder (If anyone knows the name of this folder, please let me know!!!)
~iCraft 3D foam squares
~Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Sugar Skull digital image
~Queen & Co. felt flower embellishments
~Stickles in Turquoise

I really like the plays on words with the sentiments in the My Craft Spot "Cute Critters" stamp set, so I thought I'd use it again!  I used the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches but then realized I missed the deadline. :-(


Challenges Entered
~Scrappin' 'n' Chattin' October Monthly Card Challenges--Cat

Supplies Used
~Cardstock from stash
~KennyK Stamps "Happy Lion" digital stamp
~My Craft Spot "Cute Critters" sentiment stamp set
~Simple Stories SN@P! Color Fusion 6x6 paper pad
~Spectrum Noir markers--DR3, IG8, PP3, TB5, TN3, TN5, and TN9

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend, and happy scrapping!








19 October 2016

Oct. 31 pumpkin

I recently ordered the Doodlebug Design "Boos & Brews" collection, and it is absolutely the CUTEST Halloween collection EVER!!!  I need to save some to do a couple of Halloween layouts with, but it's just so much fun to make cards with!

I discovered the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog the other day, so when I saw the new sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.



Challenges Entered
~Craft Your Passion Challenge #334--Always Anything Goes
~Crafty Catz Challenge #342--All Tied Up
~Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #287--Pumpkins
~Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #150--Halloween with Ribbon or Trim

Supplies Used
~Cardstock from stash
~Hobby Lobby ribbon--Halloween 2015

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy scrapping!