Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Blog Hop & Challenge!

Hello Hoppers, and Happy Monday!

Today at Exploring Cricut we have new challenge for you, and a BLOG HOP!  Our full lineup for the day is at the bottom of this post.

If you've been hopping with us already, then you're here from Jen's blog - Wasn't her project so inspiring? Our challenge this round is to create a card, layout or papercraft for Valentine's Day, and include at least one jewel.  I was in a swap recently where I had to decorate a gift bag.  The lady I made mine for wanted a bag that captured her love of chocolate for Valentine's Day.  Here's what I sent to her:



I used Cricut cartridges Sweet Shop, Sweet Treats and From My Kitchen for all of the chocolate goodies.  I embellished each cut to make every 'bite' extra special... here are a few close ups:

I used glossy accents on most of the chocolate to give is a 'syrup-y' look and used lots of stickles for some pop.  My gem is on the slice of cake - did you catch them?  4 little pearls on the icing :)

I also added a tag to match the bag:

Speaking of candy...
Who wants some?
Blog Candy that is!

I am offering this 6x6 "Be Mine" paper pad from Echo Park to one lucky person!  All you have to do is 1.) Become a follower of my blog (if you're not already), and 2.) Tell me in a comment what your favorite candy is.  Please also leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. I will use to pick a winning comment on Sunday Night (2/16).  Personally, I can't imagine life without Junior Mints!!!

Don't forget to head on over to Exploring Cricut and submit your Valentine's Day paper craft - We'd love to see how you inspire us!

Ok, on with the hop.  Following is our full lineup - if you're joining mid-hop, please go back and visit all of the other blogs for inspiration today.  Next up is Michelle S. - Just wait and see how she inspires you today!

Happy Valentine's Day to all!



Rae Ann



Michelle N


You are here ----> Julie <--- You are here

Michelle S





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  2. What a really cute bag, you really captured her love of chocolate. My favorite candy is it "Snickers Squared" the peanut butter squared. And I am a follower. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love your bag with all those fabulous goodies on it. My favorite candy bar is Butterfinger but my favorite "bite" is Lindt chocolate truffles. I'm a new follower.

  4. This bag is beautiful and someone getting it will be lucky!!!!

  5. This had to take time to make!!! It is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous and super fun. Wow.

    My favorite sweet treat is a moist and flavorful cupcake. It's all about the icing though.

    I am a blog follower, and my email is

  6. Love, love this bag and all the details! TFS:)

    My Mind's Dust Bunnies

  7. Wow! I LOVE this bag! I appreciate all the cuts and paper choices you made-great job!

  8. Fantastic bag Julie!!! I love each circle and each cut. I bet she loved it, too. My favorite candy is Butterfinger Bites. :)

  9. So cute; who wouldn't love to receive a gift in that bag?! I love cinnamon gummie bears!

  10. wow... this is beautiful... and oh so yummy!!

  11. This is great! Love it!
    Rae Ann - Design team sister