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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hoppity Hop Hop

Welcome to The Craft Squad blog hop!  If you hopped in from Stampin’ Inferno, then you are in the right place!  If you just wound up here on your own, then “Howdy”, and welcome to the Crafty Neighbor blog!  For the next few days, this blog will be participating in The Craft Squad blog hop – a little something we do once every month.  This month, our theme is “Hoppity Hop Hop”, and all the participating blogs will be posting projects around that theme.

I had a bit of paper left over from a scrapbook layout I did a while back, and I thought it would be perfect for some Easter cards. I found an egg image on my Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and cut out a few hearts.  I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with them, but I thought I might do something where I used some different techniques.  So I stamped on some of the eggs, I put a few through some embossing folders using my Big Shot, and I even blinged a couple.  I wound up with three cards that are all very different from each other. 

For the first card, I knew that I wanted a bunny of some sort because of the title of our theme, so I found this cutie on the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge.  Rather than cut him in multiple layers, I actually only used two.  I used my Copic markers to color the under-layer so that the colors came through the opening of the top layer.  The grass is a Quickutz die, as is the dragonfly.  The egg was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Decorative Dots embossing folder.  I accented the dots by brushing on some Stampin’ Up Shimmer Paint in Frost White.

The second card I made used the same grass die cut, but I decided it needed some fancy eggs.  I stamped one egg with the floral spray from Stampin’ Up’s Bliss stamp set and then traced lightly over the image with a Gelly Roll glitter pen.  It doesn’t show up well in the picture, but the image has a nice glittery sheen.  I ran the white egg through the Big Shot with a chevron embossing folder and then used Stickles to accent the chevron stripes.  If you notice a little color-wash on it, it’s because I tried to do a light water-coloring technique on it, but it didn’t turn out as I’d planned.  The egg in the center is decorated with some little bling accents I found at Office Depot.

I find scrapbooking supplies in all kinds of crazy places, so I’m always on the lookout for something new.  These were perfect for this egg.  I put one of the larger pieces in the center of the egg, and then used two of the smaller clusters by letting the piece hang off the edge of the egg.  I then cut off the excess and used it on the opposite side of the egg.  “Happy Easter” was from a stamp set I’ve had hanging around for a while.  I punched it out using Stampin’ Up punches.

This last card was my biggest challenge.  I needed to make one more card and I knew I wanted to use the same scraps over again.  I already had several eggs left and I had cut the scalloped circle for the project from yesterday and then decided not to use it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any patterned paper left – I had used it all up!  All I could find were two tiny little strips.  But I was determined to have all three cards come from the same supplies, so after a lot of thought, I decided to cut the two strips into two pieces and use them as a border trim.  I used my Stampin’ Up Very Vintage Stampin’ Around Wheel and some white craft ink, which I then embossed with clear embossing powder.  The effect was this slightly opaque pattern that eliminated the need for patterned paper. 

The bunny also stumped me.  I knew I wanted a bunny peaking over the top of the eggs, but my bunny stamp was just a head and the ears stamp solid on it.  I wanted the bunny outline to be black, but the ears to be shaded pink.  I could do it with a marker directly on the stamp, but I wanted the inside of the ears to have a bit of the black outline, too.  So I stamped the image twice, once in black and once in pink.  I cut the inside of the ear out and glued it down.  Just enough of the black peaks through to give the look of the black outline that I was looking for.  I cut the rest of the head out, flipped it upside down, and used it for the bunny’s body. 

Well that’s it for my cards.  I hope you enjoyed my “Hoppity” projects!  If you like what you see, please subscribe to my blog by using the “Subscribe” buttons on the left and feel free to browse some of my older posts in the Archives and the Topics sections.  Your next stop is the beginning of our hop at Treasure Chest of Memories by Laura Wilkinson.  Be sure to check out all the blogs in our hop and let us know what you think!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Birthday for March

Today is the last day of my birthday cards series.  I had hoped to post more, but we’ve had so many events in the works that I didn’t have as much time to work on them as I planned.  I did enjoy focusing on one theme for the whole month, though, so I think I’ll continue that for April to see how it goes. 

Don't forget that tomorrow, April 1, is the beginning of The Craft Squad blog hop.  Our theme for April is “Hoppity Hop Hop”, so you can be there will be some really cute Easter projects hop hop hopping your way!  I can’t wait to show you the projects I made.  I did not one, but three Easter cards, and they are just too cute for words!

After I made my three cards, I had some scraps left over, so I made two more cards, one of which I will share with you today as the last birthday card for March.

If I could remember where the paper came from, I would tell you, but to be honest, I think it was something that came in a multi-pack I picked up at some scrapbooking sale.  I just loved the color combo and had to have it.  The cardstock is Stampin’ Up Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  I also used the Stampin’ Up oval and scalloped oval punches and the Create a Cupcake stamp set.  The rest of the card was a series of Cricut cuts.  The filigree square was cut using the Cindy Loo cartridge and I backed it with a square of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used Close to My Heart’s Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the rosettes.

I started with just the black rosette, and then decided that the black was too dark and ominous.  In retrospect, I probably should have used the Very Vanilla again, but I added the white and had them glued down before I realized that there was no other white on the card.  The other cards I did in this series (some of which you will see tomorrow) all had a mixture of both white and vanilla, so I’m okay with the white on this one, but I would do it differently if I had to do it over again.

That’s it for today.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the blog hop!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

News and Announcements

Today’s birthday card is one I made last summer while I was on my monochromatic kick.  I made a lot of monochromatic cards at the time, but I didn’t want to post too many of them at the same time, so I thought I’d save a few of them for later.  This is one. 

It’s been a while, but I believe the paper I used on this is Stampin’ Up’s Gumball Green, and I embossed it with their Lacy Brocade* folder.  The stamps used are also from Stampin’ Up from the Elementary Elegance* set -- a Sale-A-Bration item from a few years back.

Yesterday I promised some news about upcoming Crafty Neighbor events, and I’m very excited to announce that we have a date for our summer Scrapbook Garage Sale!  So mark your calendars now for Saturday, July 19 at the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Joann Fogg Service Center, 6001 Summerside Drive, Dallas, Texas 75007.  The sale will run from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Seller information is available on the Crafty Neighbor website.

Another big announcement I have for you is that we are currently planning a fall date for a second 2014 scrapbooking cruise!  The date we have chosen for the cruise is September 28, and we have narrowed down our options to 3 choices.  To help us decide which option to choose, we are asking interested persons to take our short survey to tell us what you think.  How short is it?  Just one (1) question!  If you think you might be interested in joining us on a fall cruise, we’d love to hear from you.  The survey is on our cruise page at Crafty

Don't forget that it's almost time for the monthly blog hop from The Craft Squad.  Come back to this blog on April 1st when participating blogs will treat you to the theme of "Hoppity Hop Hop"!  These and other Crafty Neighbor events can always be found on the Crafty Neighbor Calendar which you can access from our website.

That's it for now.  Enjoy!

*These sets have been discontinued.