Friday, February 12, 2016

February Technique Blog Hop–Ink Layering

Welcome to

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It's month two of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques,
folds and paper crafting products. Join us the second Saturday of each month in 2016 for a new hop filled with great cards.


This month we will be focusing on ink layering techniques and OMGosh have we got some cool cards for you. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate at the end of the year.

 
Don't worry, if you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting
HERE.  Now on with the projects.

I have to admit, I had a hard time coming up with some ways to implement this technique, but, with a little encouragement from my hopping buddies Kim & Claudia, I managed to come up with a few examples.

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My first card is filled with tons of pretty colors thanks to the Tim Holtz distress ink pads.  This image was stamped onto a piece of white card stock and then masked with a post-it-note so that I could create that background behind the image with out messing up the image.  I colored the elephants in with my Copic markers.

 

 

 

 

 

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The 2nd card is using the same technique.  I messed up a little with the orange behind the owl, so I decided to make it into a big ‘ole orange moon .. yes, I know that moons are not orange but it was the easiest way to fix up my mess, lol.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Next up is a technique I saw that really intrigued me so I decided to give it a go with this card.  I always have a lot of trouble coming up with masculine ideas for cards but I think this one would work for such an occasion.  It is supposed to have a wood grain look to it.  How’d I do?  It’s a little bare but I’m not quite sure what to add to it to finish it off.

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Card #4 was created using a handmade stencil.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut the hearts out of a piece of cardstock and using the negative piece, I sponged some Tim Holtz ink onto a piece of white cardstock.  Once that was dry, I dabbed some more ink over the hearts and the rest of the white cardstock.  The baker’s twine is made from a piece of white string and a copic marker.  You can check out this post for more details on how to do that.  I had this little bronze embellishment in my stash and thought it was just perfect for this card.

 

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Remember participating in Art & Creativity time in kindergarten and dropping blobs of liquid paint onto manila paper and blowing through a straw to move the paint around.  Well, that’s what inspired my last card for today.  Isn’t it pretty?!

 

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I hope you enjoyed my shares in today’s hop. I have a couple more cards to share with you that I’m really excited about and those will be posted on Sunday so please be sure to come back and take a look.

Up next is the lovely & talented Lisa!

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way…

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Wow, this is exciting…

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I entered my cards from the Santa Baby Blog Hop into several challenges and I just found out I made top 3 on the Sweet Stampin Christmas challenge -  Father Christmas -  with my upside down Santa’s card.  That’s a first for me and I’m pretty stoked about it!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Woodland Critters Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Woodland Critters Blog Hop

We are so happy that you are joining us for this fun filled hop full of furry and feathery creatures from the forest.

You should have arrived from Jenny’s blog - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
but if you need to start at the beginning, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. This is a one day blog hop and we would really appreciate it if you would leave some love in the form of a comment for all of these talented crafters.

Our sponsor for this hop is also Connie Can Crop.


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stamps

 

She has reached into her crafty shop, Connie's Crafty Cart, and decided to give away an awesome stamp set by Martha Stewart.

Please visit her shop HERE

OR

you can find her on facebook 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 1/20/16 on Connie Can Crop’s blog.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

 

Fuse Tool

I could hardly wait to use my new Photo Sleeve Fuse™ Tool by We R Memory Keepers to make this fun shaker card.  If you like shaker cards but hate what a pain in the neck it is to put them together – making sure you line the foam tape up perfectly so that there is no chance for any sequins, beads, (or whatever else you might be using) to escape – then this is the tool for you!  All you need to do is make a pocket to hold your shakey things in which is super easy peesy to do with the FUSE tool.  I used photo album inserts that I found at Michaels for $1.49 for six pages.  All I did was cut out a circle large enough to cover the hole in my card, fuse along the edges, making sure to leave a spot open so I could fill it with my sequins.  Once all the sequins were added, I finished fusing the last edge together and – voila! – my shaker pocket was ready to attach to my card.

 

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  Here are a couple of links to videos showing you how to use the tool to make a shaker card:


Up next is the wonderful and talented Haidee - http://created2bunique.blogspot.com

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

Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Kim - http://katydidcards.com
Enclade Miranda- www.nanasscrapspot.com
Beth- http://thecraftyscrapyard.blogspot.com
Charmagne Welch- http://sanurascraps.blogspot.com
Angela Corcoran- http://www.crazy3monkeys.blogspot.com
Veronica - http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com/
Jenny - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
Sharon - http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com **you are here**
Haidee - http://created2bunique.blogspot.com
Michelle - http://michellekinder.blogspot.com
Daphne - http://craftyscrapsofstuff.blogspot.com
Alicia - http://www.goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Rhonda - http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com
Sarah – www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
Holli - http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com/
Lisa - http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com
Barbara- http://barbarab3.blogspot.com
Ronnel- http://www.inkyantics.blogspot.com/
Jessica-http://craftinandstampin.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I Need Your Help - Giveaways and Blog Candy?

Hi there, I’d like to get your opinion on what is proper etiquette for giveaways and blog candy.  I really need to destash my craft room because I have far too much and it’s cluttering my mind.  Some things are new but some are gently used.   Would posting my stash from time time be of any interest to any of you for future giveaways or blog candy offers or is it not proper to offer gently used items?  Just something I’m mulling over in my head .. haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet but I’m interested in hearing your responses.

If you haven’t visited my January Technique Blog Hop yet, please go take a look now.  It’s not a huge one .. only 8 participants so it won’t take long to hop through.  You can find it HERE

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 8, 2016

January Technique Blog Hop–Emboss Resist

Welcome To

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This is the first in a year long series of monthly blog hops focusing on techniques for card makers.  Each month we'll feature a different technique or fold or product.  We've assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced so you'll get a great variety of cards and ideas.


This month we will be focusing on emboss resist techniques and WOW have we got some cool cards for you today. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate at the end of the year.  Now on with the projects.

 

I decided to try watercoloring as my first attempt at this technique.  I wasn’t that happy with the result .. I think I need better watercolor paper.  Let me know what watercolor paper you like to use in the comments below! 

Here’s what I did.  I inked up the smooth side of my watercolor paper with some Versamark Embossing Ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder.  After I heatset it, I began adding my colors; Tattered Rose, Seedless Preserves, & Broken China.  I tapped each color onto a clear acrylic block, mixed in a little water using my aqua pen, and colored my page. 

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The embossed areas resisted the ink while the paper soaked it up. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stamped the heart image on some cardstock, cut it out, and coated it with some Glossy Accents.  I popped it up with some dimensionals.

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My second attempt came out a little bit better.  I stamped some plain white cardstock with my embossing ink and heatset it.  I stamped it with a hexagon background stamp and used my sponge dauber to ink the page with Close To My Heart’s Desert Sand Exclusive ink. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I stamped the teacup onto a separate piece of cardstock and inked it up as well with the same ink color.  See how the ink has seeped through the cracks on the cup and the spaces of the background yet resisted the images.  I sponged around the outside edges with some Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry ink.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last, but not least, is my favorite of the 3 cards. 
 

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I used my bone folder and scored diagonal lines on a 3.5-inch x 3.5-inch piece of cardstock.  I laid the cardstock on my Scorepal board with the points facing towards the top and bottom of the board (like the shape of a diamond) and scored across it at every 1/2-inch.  I turned it 90 degrees and scored diagonal lines again at every 1/2-inch to make this tiled pattern. 
 
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I inked up my stamp with some Versamark Embossing ink and stamped my image onto the paper – on the debossed side - being careful not to push too hard so that the ink didn’t creep down into the debossed lines so that I could achieve a somewhat distressed look to it. I covered it with an off-white embossing powder and heatset it.  For the most part it turned out well but the embossing powder did melt down into the crevices in some areas.   I used a regular piece of sponge to lay on some Tim Holtz Distressed Tattered Rose Ink.  The ink resisted the stamped areas as well as the debossed areas.  I added a couple of pearls, some ribbon, and a sentiment to finish it off.  I’m really happy with how this one turned out!  Third times a charm, I guess *smile*.
 
I should mention that after I finished inking and watercoloring over my embossed images, I wiped them down with a baby wipe to remove any remnants of ink that was covering the images.
 
 
Up next is Lisa!
 
Don't forget to comment on all the blogs in the hop each month to be entered into the drawing.

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way:
Theresa
Kim
Claudia
Denise
Debbie
Sharon *YOU ARE HERE*
Lisa
Jearise

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Look Whats Coming in 2016

Hi everyone,

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted my Christmas cards yet.  To be honest, I haven’t had 2 minutes to sit down and craft since Christmas Day.  Well, that’s not quite true.  Today I was downstairs for hours trying to work on something for the New Year but came out empty handed as things just weren’t going together for me.  I hate when that happens.  Having said that, I am not sure that I will have the chance to put together a copy of the cards I sent out because I’m going to be working on the many blog hops I have committed to for 2016.  There is lots to look forward to and below I’ve listed a quick run down of the first 6 months of hops I’m participating in.  The first hop goes live on January 8th and it’s a technique hop so you won’t want to miss it!

Jan. 9: Emboss Resist
Jan. 16: Woodland Critters
Feb. 13: Ink Layering
Feb. 27: LEAP
Mar. 12: Inlaid Diecutting
Apr. 9: Shaker Cards
Apr. 9: Bee Happy
Apr. 23: April Showers
May 14: Penny Spinner
Jun. 11: Step Card
Jun. 18: Road Trip USA

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Card Fail

I made Christmas cards for all my friends and family this year and they turned out really well.  So why am I calling it a “fail” you ask --- because I forgot to take pictures to post to my blog before I sealed the envelopes shut!!  I managed to snap a couple of shots with my IPhone of 2 leftover cards that didn’t make it into an envelope this year but the quality isn’t great so I’m going to go ahead and make a copy of each style of card to post sometime in the next couple of days.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.  I only have 2 more days of work and then I’m off until January 4th for the holidays.  I hope to get some crafting done while I’m off as I have quite a # of blog hops I’m participating in for the New Year.  Looking forward to sharing my projects for those hops with you!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Santa Baby Blog Hop…


Santa Baby slip a Cricut under the tree, for me!
I’ve been an awful good girl
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.
Come and trim my Christmas tree
With some ribbons bought at Hobby Lobby
I really do believe in you
Let’s see if you believe in me
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, some bling
Rhinestones, sequins, or stickles will do
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight!
You should have arrived to the North Pole from Alicia’s blog.  If not,

Connie Can Crop is the elf in charge of this holiday Blog Hop.



This is a one day blog hop and we would appreciate it if you could leave a little comment for all of Santa's helpers!!



We are so excited to announce our sponsor is going to be Betsy Flot. She is giving one lucky hopper her awesome book

Progressions of Expressions Volume 2.



With over 9,000 titles and quotes for scrapbooking, cards, and other crafting!

Please visit her website HERE

you can find her on Facebook 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 12/16/15 over on Connie Can Crop.


Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


For my project I made a card.  I used my new Cricut Explore to cut around the Santa’s.  It’s hard to tell in the picture but I added a little Wink of Stella on the brim and cuffs of Santa’s outfit.  The gold, glitzy ribbon was attached to a gift I received and I really liked it so I stashed it away for future use.  I think it makes the perfect addition to my card.


I typed out the greeting on the inside, added a little snowflake bling to finish it off.  Hubby & kids names are blurred out since I didn’t get permission to publish them, haha.

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Since I had so much fun with my first card, I decided to do another.  Of course, you can’t have Santa without stockings to fill.  And these ones are filled with the cutest little creatures, lol.

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 Up next is Holli!
Here's our Jolly line up in case you get lost.


Pam
Sharon **you are here**
Kim

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to visit all of Santa’s Helpers and share the love.  I am participating in some more great hops in the New Year so don’t forget to stop on by to see what’s on my calendar.

These cards were entered in the following challenges:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wild West Blog Hop

Welcome to the Wild West Blog Hop

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WANTED...
YOU
to join us for a day of Tall Tales about the
Wild West
where Cowboys were legendary
and guns were cool.
Grab your hat and your horse
and meet us down at the Alamo
 
 
Connie Can Crop is the Sheriff in this town Blog Hop. You should have arrived from
but, if not, mosey on over to see the Sheriff before it's too late!
This is a one day blog hop and we would appreciate it if you would leave a comment for all of these cowgirls who are here showcasing their talents.
 
I have a fantastic sponsor this month - Latina Crafter
One lucky winner will get a super cute Cowgirl Stamp Set from Latina Crafter.

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Please visit Latina Crafter HERE
Follow their blog HERE
you can find them on Facebook 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 12:00am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
 
Winner will be announced on Wednesday 11/18/15 here at Connie Can Crop.
 
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!
 
Saddle up those horses and join us right now for an hour of  Wild West FUN!
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I created a masculine card for my project.  On the outside is my “Wanted” poster created especially for the birthday boy.  I used the Print Then Cut feature on my new Explore.  This is just a basic cut but it was my very first with my new machine so I’m proud of it, lol.  I created the frame using popsicle sticks. I stained them using my Tim Holtz reinker.  It sits on a burlap mat. I think it came out pretty good.  The lasso is made using some leather string I had on hand.  I tied it up and attached it to the frame with a small, black brad.
 
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On the inside is an extra special reward.  My software wouldn’t save the picture unless I blurred out the denomination and serial number, lol.
 
 
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Up next is THERESA!
 
Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:
 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Look What I Bought…

As you may know, I’ve owned a Silhouette Cameo cutter since 2012.  I love it, love the cuts I get with it, but one thing that has been giving me problems over the past 6 months or so was the Print and Cuts.  Print and Cuts are when you print an image on cardstock and then place it on your mat and let the machine cut around it.  Mine was cutting off to one side so I was never getting a good result.  I love me some Print and Cuts so this was really disappointing because, as far as I knew, Silhouette Cameo was the only machine that did that.  But then came the Cricut Explore.  I used to own a Cricut Create but you had to purchase cartridges to obtain your cutting file.  Not so with the Explore.  Just like the Silhouette Cameo, you could cut any image you have on hand .. whether it be an svg, png, jpg or other. This was fantastic news!  So, with my birthday money in hand, I set off to find me a Cricut Explore.  As of last week, I am now the proud owner of a new Cricut Explore. Yay me!!  And ohhhhh what incredibly wonderful Print Then Cuts you can achieve with it! Wowza!!

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Check back on Saturday to see what I made for the Wild West Blog Hop.

 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Froggy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Froggy Blog Hop! 

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This Froggy Hop will run for 2 days. If you just happened to stop by my blog, you’ll want to start the fun at Haidee's Blog!!!

We are excited to have you Froggy Hop with us! Each blogger participating in this Froggy Blog Hop is featuring a crafty project having to do with a"froggy" theme.You'll find  Froggy Unique ideas. We hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way. Be sure to leave a comment at each hop to show some Bloggie Love and to qualify to win a Prize. Not a must but it would be nice to follow their blogs too.  Haidee is giving away a great prize so please be sure to send her some extra love and don’t forget to comment here for your chance to win.

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For my part of the hop I created a window card.  I cut out each of the plants and frog by hand and popped them up at different heights to create some dimension.  The butterflies were punched out with a small punch and I used some homemade baker’s twine for the fishing line.  I colored in the frog and bushes/plants with my Copics.  I’m not sure which occasion I’ll be using it for so I left the sentiment off for now.

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Now it’s time to Froggy Hop on over to the Next stop:
Alicia - http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/

Here is the list of the Froggy Hop line up. Just in case if you Froggy Hop off course:

  1. Haidee - http://created2bunique.blogspot.com
  2. Sharon - http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com **you are here**
  3. Alicia - http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
  4. Kim - http://katydidcards.com
  5. Sarah - www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
  6. Holli - http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com/
  7. Jessica - http://www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com/?m=1
  8. Audrey - www.kricutkreations.blogspot.com
  9. Daphne - http://craftyscrapsofstuff.blogspot.com

Come back to Haidee's Blog Monday September 28th to see IF you are the WINNER.

They Say It’s My Birthday!!

The BIG “5-Oh” is finally here and I decided to make myself a fun birthday card to celebrate, lol. Take a look…

 

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and the inside…(sorry for the shadow, it was late, I was tired, and I didn’t notice it until I set up the post).  This lovely, little lady was colored in with my Copics.

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Enjoy your day and make sure to pop by again later on tonight for the Froggy Blog Hop I’m participating in, and your chance to win a great prize!

Friday, September 18, 2015

International Day Of Peace Blog Hop

Welcome to the

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Today's hop is sponsored by

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and they are giving away
one class of the winner's choice from their awesome catalog of classes.

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs. That's it! It really is easy.
 
Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too.

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post
(on most of the blogs).

Now on with the hop!

I made a card for my part in the hop.  I had the peace paper laying around for ages so it was nice to be able to use up some stash.  I created the sentiment way back in 2012 and you can download it for free, here!  I cut the dove and heart on my Cameo and popped the heart up with a dimension.  I also used my Cameo to cut the frame around the stamp.

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Thanks for stopping by today, your next stop is

Connie ~ http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com

Here's the lineup in case you get lost along the way.

Theresa ~ http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
Kim ~ www.katydidcards.com
Haidee ~ http://created2bunique.blogspot.com
Alicia ~ http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com
Sharon ~ http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com **you are here**
Connie ~ http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Sarah ~ www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
Nana's Scrap Spot ~ www.nanasscrapspot.com
Lisa ~ http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com
Jearise ~ http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Music Is Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the Music is Life Blog Hop

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We sang our ABC's as children loud and off key!
We rocked out in our bedrooms with our friends to our favorite tunes.
We slow danced awkwardly to that memorable ballet with the boy we crushed on. We walked down the isle to the wedding march as we married the man of our dreams. We sang a sweet lullaby to our babies as we rocked them to sleep. We sing our favorite songs as we drive the kids to school, annoying them the whole way! Yes, music is Life! It's everywhere in our lives!
Join us as we celebrate the wonderful Life of Music!!

You should have arrived from Sarah - www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com. In case you didn't and you need to start at the beginning, Connie Can Crop is our Drum Major in this Music is Life Blog Hop.

This is a one day blog hop and I would appreciate it if you leave a comment for all of these fantastic ladies who are here sharing their musically themed ideas and creations.

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The fantastic sponsor for this hop is Scrap & Craft
They have generously donated a fun, fall themed kit full of cardstock, embellies, and a stamp set.

prize
Please visit Scrap & Craft HERE
you can find them on facebook 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 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday over on Connie Can Crop’s blog.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Our instruments have all been tuned...time for the show to begin!

I went with a classic black & white theme for this hop.  I hope you enjoy my contribution.

 

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Up next is Theresa- http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Sharon - http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com **you are here**

Thank you for joining us on this magical musical adventure!