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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.

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!

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.

Paper Bauble Flowers Tutorial

Paper Bauble Flowers Tutorial

After finishing my first real binding project for the Bind-it-All class that I am taking online at My Creative Classroom, I decided to embellish it with one of my handmade vintage-gungre-shabby-chic bauble flowers.

These are so much fun and easy to make, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try my hand at another YouTube tutorial video. After completing the video I came to the conclusion that I…
#1 need a script and
#2 talk entirely too much
The video ended up being around 20 minutes long….which resulted in editing it into two seperate videos. Instead of bringing subscribers and followers to my YouTube Channel and Blog it will probably send the masses to the streets in protest against my membership to blogdomhood and YT.

Nevertheless, I have spent an entire day video recording and editing the videos….so I am darn well going to share them…haha!

And the second half is here….if I haven’t lost you already!

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.