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Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop

Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop

Don’t you just love blog hops? All the creativity oozing from pages grouped together for your enjoyment? All that blog candy waiting to be won?

Well, this Blog Hop is no exception. We have ten very talented ladies sharing their creations for the Cricut Message Board Dress Form Tag Swap from this month. You may have arrived here from Jenn’s Blog, Scrapping Under the Influence. Don’t you just love that name? I would love it even better if I had thought of it for myself..haha! S.U.I…LOVE it!

Here are the links to each of the Dressed to the Nines Blog Hoppers…

Simply My Crafts

Lil Red’s Craftin’hood <–YOUR NEXT STOP

Planlady19

The Kraft Lab

Just Jean’s

Cindy32

Paper Scraps N More

Addicted2Paper

Scrappin Diva

Scrapping Under the Influence

I had so much fun creating my tags for this swap, but not near as much as I did “hanging out” with all of the participants.

My first tag is from the Halloween Category. The Mummy is wrapped in cheesecloth and I cut a little bat from some trim that I purchased at my local scrap store.

This second tag is for the Designer’s Choice category and sports an adorable apron cut from the Paper Dolls for Everyday Cricut Cartridge. Purple is the color of the day with the ribbon matching the gingham paper used for the apron.

My favorite of the three tags and the one that I spent the most time researching, inking, distressing, embossing, and decopauging is another Designer’s Choice member. Vintage Fly-Fishing is alive and well on this tag.

The vest and hat both came from the Paper Dolls for Everyday Cartridge. I found the vintage magazine graphic online and decoupaged it to the tag prior to adding the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Dress Form.

The back of this tag includes frames cut from the Mothers Day 2010 Cartridge. Each of the vintage photos of women and their catch for the day were found online. Each was printed and then inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give them an aged look.

I am so lucky to have a Guest Designer join me on my blog for this blog hop. You will see Cindy32 further down in our blog hop line-up, which will bring you back to Simply My Crafts for another look at all that she has created. This is my first time to swap with Cindy. I am so very happy she joined us and I am looking forward to CMB swapping with her again.

So, what’s a Blog Hop without Blog Candy? Of course, we have candy…a set of die cuts from the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Set, the Sizzix Movers and Shakers Tag/Boolplate Die by Tim Holtz, and the Tim Holtz Birdcage Die with a bit of other goodies thrown in for good measure. First let me tell you what you have to do for a chance at winning. You will receive chances for each of the following steps. First and foremost, leave a comment here for your first chance. Gain other chances by completing the next steps and coming back to leave another comment telling me which of the other steps you completed.

So here they are …

1. Comment on this post.
2. Google Friend/Follow this Blog
3. Like my Simply My Crafts Page on Facebook.
4. Become a subscriber on my YouTube Channel.
5. Leave a comment on each of the blogs in this Blog Hop. (Worth 2 Extra Chances!)
6. Comment again to tell me which of the above steps you have completed.

So that is seven…count them…up to SEVEN chances you have for winning!

So after commenting here, you must RUN…not walk…to your next stop along the way to Lil Red’s CraftinHood, where you will find the most amazing dress form tag.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your journey through the remainder of our Dress to the Nines Blog Hop.

Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop Guest Cindy32

Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop Guest Cindy32

My name is Cindy Lawton aka Cindy32 on the Cricut Message Board. JanaZ has asked me to be a guest designer on her blog. You are officially taking part in the “Dressed To The Nines Blog Hop”! Welcome, welcome, one and all. Welcome, welcome short & tall. Please enjoy learning about how these tags were made.

My VERY FIRST Dress Form Tag was in the FALL/THANKSGIVING category. The name of the tag is “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS”. The front of the tag is Best Occasions paper & the back of the tag is Making Memories Designer Paper. I inked the edges of the dress form & the tag with Mocha Mama Powder Puff Chalking Ink by Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company. The words & the leaves came from the Wall Decor & More cart and the infamous turkey came from the Simply Charmed cart. The dress is made with the same exact paper that I used on the back of the tag but is covered with a piece of ivory satin ribbon. The wrap around is orange wire ribbon…and an orange rhinestone for a hint of bling. My very first tag enlightened me about all of the blessings in my life I have and of all the wonderful people I have been blessed to meet on the Cricut Message Board.

My 2nd Dress Form Tag was in the DESIGNERS CHOICE category. I soon realized why everyone loves this particular category…you can do whatever you want!! The name of this tag is “ALL DOLLED UP”. The front & back of this tag are made from the S.E.I. Chocolat 12×12 paper pad. I inked the edges of the tag with Bloody Mary Powder Puff Chalking Ink by Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company. The skirt on the dress form and the diamond are from The Happily Ever After cart. The diamond was inked with the Bloody Mary color as well as the tag. The “All Dolled Up” is an I.Clear stamp from the dollar bin at Michael’s. The top part of the dress is sheer burgundy wire ribbon wrapped around twice to give it the layered look. The Color Me Crazy flower in the top right had corner, was also inked with the Bloody Mary and then glued down, brad and all. The sheer gold ribbon adds the finishing touch to my “ALL DOLLED UP” tag.

The next stop on the Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop is at Paper Scraps and More…I know you will love what she has designed for our swap!

Happy Blog Hopping.

Simply My Crafts

Lil Red’s Craftin’hood

Planlady19

The Kraft Lab

Just Jean’s

Cindy32

Paper Scraps N More <--Your NEXT Stop Addicted2Paper

Scrappin Diva

Scrapping Under the Influence

The Greek Alphabet Tutorial

The Greek Alphabet Tutorial

Sometimes we all have to make do with what we have. I had hoped by now that Provocraft would have introduced a new “College” cartridge that would include all things college related….Sports, Student Government, Diplomas, Sorority, Fraternity, Dorm stuff….not to mention a GREEK ALPHABET. I can keep hoping that one will appear soon, but until then I do the best I can with my Gypsy and Cricut.
Since starting this blog, I have posted at least one item that is sorority related and I received requests on how I made my letters.

I only needed an Alpha, Gamma and a Delta for my youngest daughter, so I have not tried to design any of the other letters of the Greek Alphabet. Thinking it might be easier to explain by the spoken word, rather write out some directions, I decided to make a video tutorial on these three little letters.

Please let me know what you think…..

Cricut Cartridges: Storybook, George and Basic Shapes

Bashful Bunny Blog Hop

Bashful Bunny Blog Hop

We have a winner….Kathy Jo…who said….

“Love the projects! I really love the idea of having a tree up all year and changing the decorations.”

Congratulations KathyJo…please send me your mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you. Thank you to everyone who participated and joined us on our blog hop and thank you for all your kind comments.

Welcome to the last jump of the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop. We are a group of ladies that are participating in the Bashful Bunny Hop Swap on the Cricut Message Board and many of us are beginning bloggers. All of us enjoy our crafting and revel in sharing with our fellow CMB members. You should have arrived here from Paper Crafter’s Anonymous.
The beginning location for the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop is …My Little Corner. Some of the Bashful Bunnies will be offering some awesome BLOG CANDY! Be sure to see the very creative projects they each have on display and follow the instructions on each individual blog to enter their drawings.

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…My Little Corner

Skrappindiva’s Musings

Dreaming of Paradise 82

Planlady19

Cuttin-Up

Cuttle Fairies Express

My Little Craftin Corner

Divine Scrapper

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Cove of Creativity

Scrap Occurs

My Lazy Crafternoon

Two Hands Creating

Paper Crafter’s Anonymous

~ Simply My Crafts ~—You are HERE!

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Since we are empty nesters now, we do not decorate for Easter as we did when Hais and JMorgan were li’l darlins. So in following our new tradition of decorating the tree that is still up in our family room, I added little bunnies for a festive touch. At Valentine’s the tree was covered in kraft and dark red hearts and for St. Patrick’s it was shamrocks with faux stitching around the outer edges. Everything was cut with my Cricut Expressions.

Hais was home for a short weekend visit, so I decided to make some sorority door decorations for her dorm room at the house. The following Cricut Cartridges were used to complete this project:
A Child’s Year
Cherry Limeade
Designer’s Calendar
Easter 2010

Of course, it only seemed fitting to make matching door decs for Hais’ sorority sisters, as well.

Now for the BLOG CANDY! WooHoo! Follow Simply My Crafts and leave a comment on this post for an opportunity to win some ??????


Making Memories Just Chillin’ Set of (17) Clear Stamps

Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit!
Several of the ladies in the Blog Hop are offering drawings, so be sure to stop by all of the blogs for chances to win! And if you want to start all over again? Hop back over to My Little Corner.

Artist Trading Cards ATC and Twinchies Swap

Artist Trading Cards ATC and Twinchies Swap

Yes, you guessed it…another swap……

The Spring Handmade Swap on the Cricut Message Board

My first attempt at Artist Trading Cards ( ATC ) …..

I purchased some precut ATC cards from Hobby Lobby to make this first go around easier. I really liked how these cards felt…..they were similar to grungeboard. I stamped the words with white ink then stamped the background and embossed with clear Zing. The Eiffel towers were cut from the Cricut French Manor cartridge and also stamped with the same background as the card, but embossed with hematite colored embossing powder. Twinchies are similar to ATC cards, but measure 2 x 2 inches.

Not too bad for a first try.

Another category that I chose in this swap was the Twinchies group. Never even heard of twinchies, inchies, or thrinchies before the CMB.

I used my Cricut Gypsy and the George and Basic Shapes cartridge to place a square inside a square to build the frame and to cut the base. The base was inked around all edges and then stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp and a brown ink. Ranger Distessing inks were used for distressing the edges. The tree was cut from the Wall Decor and More catridge.

The tree trunk was adhered with Zig 2Way glue, leaving the branches free from the paper. My hope was for it to have some dimension on its own, by not laying completely flat against the base card. The frame was also inked slightly then adhered using very tiny pop-dots. To me, it looks like a miniature wall hanging as for a doll house.

Altered Paper Clip Swap

Altered Paper Clip Swap

Still trying new things here. Have seen several other scrafters creating adorable altered paper clips, so I thought I would try my hand at it. To help me stay on task and complete a project, I joined another swap on the Cricut Message Board. (CMB) On this particular swap, I could choose from several different themes. The first example here was for the Come and Get It Group. This adorable hand mixer was cut using the Cricut From My Kitchen Cartridge and the circle was cut from the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge.

My next choice was also cut from the Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge, George and Basic Shapes and the Celebrate with Flourish. It was difficult to get his little parts on glued together, but I think he is adorable and was perfect for the Anything Goes category.

The last category that I chose was In the Wild. Originally, I wanted to create a little zebra with some new zebra paper that I purchased, but the cuts were too small for the cartridge designs I had. We love owls here, so this little guy was my second choice. He was cut using the Gyspsy Wanderings and the George and Basic Shapes cartridges.

Toilet Paper Mini Album Swap

Toilet Paper Mini Album Swap

Recycling should be a part of everyday life, but I have to tell you that my friends thought I was nuts when I asked them to save their empty toilet paper rolls for me. Then they KNEW I was crazy when I said I wanted them to make a TP Mini Album for a swap on the Cricut Message Board. Their visions of my craziness came on multiple levels for they could not conceive why I would be part of anything to do with CRICKETS (though most know that My Hero’s degree is in wildlife biology) and then there was the other of consideration of making something from TP rolls.

In the swap, we were paired up with another cricut board member to make these tp mini albums for each other. My poor swap sister is going “blind” on mine because I threw too many likes at her and then told her I would like anything. Then it’s “double-poor” swap sister in that she has ME for her ss.

She said she loved pink and green….oh…yeah! I LOVE pink and green! That was going to be easy right? And she loves butterflies…yeppers…this is going to be a piece of cake. YEP…it would all be easy-peasy if it were not ME that was putting it together..hardy har.

I loved shopping…butterfly this and pink that…ohhhh and some lovely bling….she ADORES bling! All the while I was shopping I was telling myself that this was going to be the loveliest tp mini album EVER. haha!

Reality hits!

Have you ever had a panic attack…you know….when you realize that everything you were doing or planning was monumentally wrong? (pathetic laugh inserted here) What? How could this be?
Nothing matches…not the pretty pink butterflies, not the lovely pale pink papers…lovely delicate lace…even the hue of the ivory laces did not blend with the papers or embellies chosen.
Oh my goodness!

Well, I pulled myself up off of the floor and did what I love best and that is head off to Joann’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and a new found love…Frozen in Time…A Scrabooking Boutique.

With embellies and papers in hand, I searched for the perfect mates for one or the other. That should be simple right…and if I can’t figure it out myslef I will solicit the assistance of one of the employees. They work in an artsy environment….they should have a sense of design…right? (The answer to that will ultimately be located in another post at a later date.)

What I discovered on this trip was that not all pink are created equally…this one was too peachy…that one too orange…too bright…too ugly…and the list goes on. So what does any seasoned (or less salty) scraftin’ trooper do? She starts over with another plan for success.

My plan came in the way of a DCWV Mariposa stack…definitely not the color choices I was hoping for, but lots and lots of elegant butterflies! So, with a new stack under my arm and some new metal embellies in tow,
I headed home to explore my new choices…and this is the result.

Making a TP mini album is not a new concept to me, but I did try some new techniques on this creation. First off I added a folded top note to the end of the roll to give more room inside and then after viewing a similar album on YouTube, I added Mod-Podge to make the album a bit sturdier. I inked all the edges of my papers, top note and the roll for some depth. I also cut my cover papers longer so that I could tuck them
back inside the rolls for a more finished edge.

Once the rolls were covered, I decided to add a couple of accordian type mats (something new for me). One is just a folded rectangle hidden beside a cage cut out from the paper. The other is a butterfly that
I cut out with my Cricut. Using my Gypsy, I welded the butterflies together and then folded them. My most favorite in the “new things tried” category is the accordian file added to the back of the album, which is made from cut down coin envelopes.

Even though is it very far removed from my original vision, I hope that my SS likes the album that I created for her. This is my very first time to work in such depth on something and send it off as a gift. I am a nervous Nellie!

My YouTube Video….

Altered Stick Pin Swap with a Twist

Altered Stick Pin Swap with a Twist

Nothing like having a deadline to get you moving to finish a project, right? I have been running so far behind on so many things lately. I promised myself to not sign up for any more swaps that required me to make something until I can get what is already topside completed.

Every now and again, I am a night owl…working more efficiently in the quiet of the wee hours of the morning. As I write it is now 6:16 A.M. and I am still going strong. I am very proud to say that I finally completed the tags for the March 2011, Cricut Message Board Altered Stick Pin Swap that is due in a very short bit…AND I even edited a short video for YouTube. Now if I could get my internet provider to be so dedicated to keeping my internet running smoothly, I could maybe get it loaded sometime before my hair turns completely gray.

What adds the twist to this swap is that the host had challenges or requirements that had to be met. All beads, except for the metal charms were to be glass. Then each pin had to have one of the following:
1. Bead caps
2. Bead Spacers
3. Charm Bead
4. Crystal Beads
5. Glass Pearls

There was also a packaging requirment for this set of five. The hostess offered this example from passionwriter70 on YouTube…

Her pins and tags are beautiful!

Mine should be mailed on Monday along with the TP mini that I owe the hostess. 🙂

Cricut Cartridges: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
Paper: sei White Elegance
Various Trim and Ribbon

Cricut Message Board Stick Pin Swap February

Cricut Message Board Stick Pin Swap February

Always feeling as though my projects were not good enough to share, I rarely allowed anyone else to see them. Posting photos on this blog is a huge step for me. Recently, I began participating swaps on the Cricut Message Boards and this is my first finished project that I shipped to a hostess.
I signed up for two spots on the February Stick Pin Swap (what was I thinking?) I am looking forward to seeing everyone else’s creations.

Making the tags for displaying the pins proved a bit of a challenge to me. After adding paper to the front and back of a manilla hang tag, I ran them through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder. The thickness of the tag took the texture well. The poly-satin flower was my very first attempt at making “melted” fabric flowers, however I used my embossing heat tool rather than a candle. Glimmer mist was added to the stamped image and the bird card was “tweeked” to appear more dimensional.

These stick pins could easily become a new addiction.

The French Manor Cartridge was used for the first set of stick pens.

Ashlyn’s Alphabet and the Cricut Lite Splish Splash cartridge were used to create the second tags.