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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

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!

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.

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.