Category Archives: Swaps

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.

Altered Paint Sticks and the June Bug Blog Jump

Altered Paint Sticks and the June Bug Blog Jump
We are coming to the end of our Jumpin’ June Bug Swap over on the Cricut Message Board, so that means Blog Hop time! Since we were the Jumpin’ Bugs…we are calling this little jaunt to each of our blogs a “Jump”.


The above list of blogs are those of ladies who are participating in our Blog Jump and if you arrived here first, I encourage you to go back up to the start at Julie’s place at My Little Corner, where you will find a wealth of creativity, and make your way back down to the bottom…which is right here!

You should have arrived here from Cammi’s place at Cuttin’ Up. Isn’t she amazing?

Cammi is definitely a hard act to follow, but I present to you my Altered Paint Sticks that I created for yet another Cricut Message Board Swap. We took regular paint sticks and embellished them, sent them in to our hostess and we receive back everyone else’s to make an album or display however we wish.

My sticks were inked with a yellowish-orange ink from Studio G and then covered with papers from My Minds Eye Home Glitter Book. I chose to embellish my sticks with sunflowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die Set. After spritzing and inking them, I put them together with a glass bauble in the center and then adhered to the stick.

The reverse side of the stick was embellished with a silk flower with a center cut from coordinating papers. I used a crocheted lace on the end of the stick to hold a very tiny tag.


I cut a double set of Tim Holtz tickets and attached them with a ribbon on the reverse side.

My set ready to head to their new homes….

NOW FOR THE BLOG CANDY!!!!
You can’t have a party without some yummy goodness, right?

You get one entry for each of the following:
1. Leave a comment.
2. Become a Follower of Simply My Crafts.
3. Like Simply My Crafts on Facebook.
4. Subscribe to the Simply My Crafts YouTube Channel.
5. Leave another comment telling me which of the extras you have accomplished. Easy~Peasy!

Jumping June Bug Swap Blog Jump

Jumping June Bug Swap Blog Jump

This coming weekend we will be hosting a Blog Hop….errrr….Jump with some of the creative ladies from the Cricut Message Board Jumping June Bug Swap. The “Jump” will begin with the amazingly creative Julie at …
the blog jump then continues to the follow blogs….
Come back late tomorrow and join us on our jumpin’ journey to lots of creative designs and
some awesome
BLOG CANDY!

Mini Baking Album

Mini Baking Album

Finishing up my last assignment for the Bind-it-All class I was taking at the Creative Classroom, I decided to make a mini for my swap partner. Candyhazzard was my partner in the Handmade Swap over on the Cricut Message Board. Now that she has it in her possession, I thought I would post it here.

Here’s the youtube video that I posted, as well…..

I can hardly wait to get some photos taken of the items that she sent to me and get them posted. They are amazing!

Altered Mini Mini Paint Can Swap

Altered Mini Mini Paint Can Swap

Oh yea! I am so late in getting the photos posted of my swap partner’s mini paint can that she sent me. In May, I participated in Crystal’s Altered Mini Paint Can Swap and JackieBault was my partner. I posted the photos of the can I created before I sent it off to Jackie, but I was out of town for a long while when hers arrived to me. It sat, all alone, silently…waiting for me to pick it up from the post office.

What a lovely gift to be waiting for me when I arrived back home. Unfortunately, I had some deadlines that I had to meet, along with a large yard sale planned so I didn’t get the photos taken until this morning. In my opinion, not posting photos in a reasonable amount of time is RUDE! Photos of what you received in a swap is all part of the THANK YOU! and acknowledgment of all the hard work that goes into making something special for someone else. Jackie I owe you many HUGE apologies for my tardiness! I hope will accept my sincere regrets and that you will consider partnering with me again soon!

Take a look at my can and all it’s goodies!!!!

I just adore the Tim Holtz Bird Cage Die embellishment. How clever is that? Gives me all sorts of ideas!

Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap

Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap

Well, we have finally completed the first Tim Holtz Dress Form Tag Swap over on the Cricut Message Board. Who would have thought that a die cut and some fabric, paper, feathers and a few other embellishments would present such a stunning group of dress forms?

I love Tim Holtz products and knew I just HAD to own the new Alterations Sewing Room Die set when it was released. Lucky for me, a friend sent me a link (thanks Caitlysnmommy!) to a great sale and I was able to make it all mine!

We have started a new swap which will be due in August. Check it out HERE. In the meantime, please enjoy this quick video showcasing all the fine work of by each of the participants of the June 2011 Tag Swap.

Mini Paint Can Swap

Mini Paint Can Swap

I just received the nicest thank you from my partner in the Cricut Message Board Mini Paint Can Swap, so that means that I can finally post a photo of it. I had the hardest time trying to figure out how to decorate the lid, but I do like how the rest of it turned out. I was able to use one of my small handmade satin flowers along with some of the Recollection flowers and bling.

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