Hello Jumpers! Thank you for deciding to jump along with us today! This is the kick-off post for our hop. We have 15 fantastic blogs lined up for you to browse through - take your time... our posts will be up all weekend! Also, be prepared to leave a little love on each blog... you just might win yourself some BLOG CANDY! Yum...
If you started somewhere in the middle of our lineup, then you arrived here from Jana at Simply My Crafts - I can't wait to try her idea with some of the things I have laying around :)
Our group started out back in February on the Cricut message boards doing a 'Secret Leprechaun' swap. We had so much fun, we didn't want it to end once St. Patrick's Day was over. We quickly threw names into a hat again, and produced the Bashful Bunny swap and once that swap ended, we voted for yet a third round - the Jumpin June Bug swap. We don't only shop for each other, but we also aim to inspire and support each other as friends. This is really a talented group of Ladies, and we have all become so close! This is the 2nd Blog Hop our group has hosted to showcase our talents and hopefully we will inspire each person who hops through with us this weekend.
Here's what I'd like to share with you today:
We were asked to share a craft that had a summer theme / element to it. I had seen these coin envelope mini albums for sale in a catalog a few months back, and of course thought, "I can make that"!
I knew almost instantly that I wanted to use the Citrus Stack from DCWV - It has the best summer colors in it! I considered buying the envelopes and embellishing them, but opted to cut my own out of the Citrus cardstock, using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge for both the envelopes and the tags.
I cut 5 envelopes out of 5 different paper patterns. These 5 envelopes became the inside envelopes. I trimmed the upper flap off, and used my ATG gun to tape them together, one on top of the other, back-to-front style. I ran a strip of tape down the bottom half of the center of each envelope, and also across the bottom, so that the tops would open like an accordion.
Once I had the inside of my album assembled, I used my Gypsy to design & cut a slightly longer cover envelope, one that could wrap around the 5 inside ones. I sewed a button on the closing side to anchor any string that would be used to close it, if desired. Finally, I used my ATG to adhere the longer cover around the 5 envelopes, and the album is complete!
I used one the the Tags from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More to cut 5 tags out that I decorated and mounted pictures on. This album is for my daughter, Jocelyn, to document her Summer 2011, so I used 5 pictures of her that I've taken so far this summer. This is a quick little album that I can pull out anytime to show people briefly what she's been up to so far :)
Since we're in Summer Crafting mode, I thought I'd offer some stamps that could be used to help that cause:
This is the Coastal set of 13 clear acrylic stamps from Inkadinkado - These images are very versatile, and can be used on almost any summer project!
I included 2 pictures of my daughter riding rides at amusement parks in my album - she LOVES the rides! I actually had 2 other pictures of her on rides that didn't make the cut for this project! To qualify to win these stamps, please:
1.) Become a follower if you are not already
2.) Leave me a comment on this post and tell me - Do you like amusement parks? If so, what is your favorite ride?
I will draw a winner on Monday, so please check back to see if you are a winner!
Ok... enough time here... let's get you on your way. It's time for you to visit Rhonda at Heart2hand's Highlights - Wait till you see what she has to share with you - she is SO talented! Here's our lineup for the weekend - Please share this hop with your friends and invite them to jump along with us:
In already posted my hubby's Father's Day card from me, but I made this card to give to him from our Daughter. I'm excited because, while it's VERY simple, it's my first easel card. Here's the outside of the card:
And when you open it and stand it up, it looks like this:
Hubby recently got a new job, and needs some 'personal touches' for his desk, so with that in mind, I made this for him.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL THE DADS TODAY!
About this card:
Card Base & Layers: Papertrey Ink
Nestabilities: Labels 1
Star Brad & Blue Button - Making Memories
Twine, Silver Brads, Blue Ink & Silver Stickles - Stash
Stamp Sentiments - Studio G
You're thinking, Oh No She Didn't... Well, YES I DID - Another Robotz card!
I warned you that this was the month of 'Male Occasions' in my family, and I promise that now that this card is finished, I will put this cartridge on moth balls for a while :) It is just so perfect for these men in our lives...
Father's Day is Sunday, and my hubby is not only an awesome Dad, but he is also quite the handy-man, so he's getting...
I forgot how much fun using patterned cardstock for a card base was, and I especially like how the glitter finish on the cardstock resisted the distress ink. I also mounted both cuts on 3D-dots, which really gives this robot a fantastic look. I know hubby will like it because I put a cut on there for him - he loves looking at all of the little pieces and how they fit together.
I hope all of the Dads have a wonderful day this Sunday - let's all do our part to make it special for them!
About this card:
Cardstock Base - 4x8 (halved) from Nana's Kitchen
Robot Cut - Cricut cut from Robotz Cartridge cut at 2"
Tag - Cricut cut from Paper Lace cut at 3.5" wide
Embossing Inks - Spicy Marmalade & Broken China
Sentiment - Studio G Clear Stamp
Silver Brads - Stash
Stickles - Black Diamond, Silver, Orange, Waterfall & Lime Green
Sticky Gems - Stash
Ok seriously... Girly non-Robotz projects are coming soon! (I can hear the collective sigh of relief already...)
To receive this award the rules to be followed are:
Step 1 - Make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award. Step 2 - Share 8 random things about you. Step 3 – Award 8 recently discovered bloggers with this award. Step 4 – Contact these bloggers and tell them they have won the award. 8 Random Things About Me 1) I hate mustard, but can't eat a McDonald's hamburger without it 2) I wear a size 10 shoe 3) I am the oldest of 4 kids 4) I love birds - if something has a bird on it, I have to have it - however, I would never want to have a bird as a pet 5) I love the smell of pickles 6) My favorite childhood movie is Goonies 7) I still use the same hair pick I used to tease my hair with in High School 8) Leaving a comment on my blog will MAKE MY DAY!
I am so new to blogging, that I don't have enough people to forward this to. I will start with these talented ladies, and will reserve the remaining spots for future new-found blogs.