Saturday, June 15, 2013

June Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly Team L. I. Blog Hop!  This month, I get the honor of kicking off the hop, and I can’t wait to share all these great projects with you!  A complete list of all participants can be found at the bottom of this post, as well as information on how you can win this authentic Vintage Mickey tote bag and some fun goodies from Bazzill Basics Paper and Quick Quotes, so be sure to read all the way through and follow the instructions closely!

In planning for this blog hop, the girls and I were discussing what June means to us.  For many, our minds went straight to the traditional “June Brides” or “Fun in the Sun” themes of summer, but we were quickly reminded that the internet is a global community, and while those of us in the U.S. and Europe will be enjoying a lovely summer, our friends and colleagues south of the equator will be facing the start of winter.  It was quickly apparent that many of the themes we thought of just wouldn’t work, so instead, we opted for “What June Means to Me,” which leaves us with a much broader area of interpretation, and really got me thinking about a few things.

Naturally, when I think of June, I think of a lot of things, including school letting out, the beginning of hot summer days, Father’s Day, a couple of family birthdays, and even a scrapbook convention I used to attend.  These are all fine themes, but June has always meant “Brides” to me.  I was a June Bride not once, but twice (that’s a story for another day), and as of this year, my dear hubby and I will be celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary! 

I am not ashamed to say that my husband is pretty much the best friend I ever had.  I’ve lived with him longer than any other human being on this planet, and he knows the real me better than anyone else ever could.  He’s seen me at my absolute worst, and has stuck by me.  We’ve been together for half our lives!  He’s the father of my children, the most talented and creative person I know, and way smarter and more handsome than he gives himself credit for.  I can’t imagine a life without him and I hope I never have to. 

So when I sat down to make a card to give him on our big day, I knew it had to be pretty special, because there is no way words could ever convey how blessed I am to be with this awesome guy. I worked on it for several days, testing out techniques and doing a few different things only to throw it away and try something different. In the end, this card turned out exactly the way I wanted it and I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.  I think it would easily be suitable for a newly wedded couple as for old hats like us.

This card was really the beginning of my obsession with monochromatic cards this week (see my earlier posts).  I just love the look of the Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla cardstock layered up with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  The stamps are from the Bliss set (Sale-a-Bration a year or two ago), as well as Framed with Love and Collage Curios (both retired). If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up, you will also recognize the pennant punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelits die, and Soft Suede ink.  I also sprayed the embossed piece with Tattered Angels Pearl spray, but it just does not show up very well in the photos.

So, as promised, here’s the skinny on the prize.  This month for the hop, each blog is hosting their own prize, so that means you have more chances to win!  I will be giving away the Vintage Mickey tote bag pictured at the beginning of this post along with an assortment of fun goodies from Bazzill Basics Paper and Quick Quotes.  All you have to do is comment on my blog about the project for this month, and tell us what theme you think we should pick for next month (July).  That’s it!  Then go visit all the other blogs in the hop and do the same thing for a chance to win some of those fabulous prizes, too!  We’ll pick a random winner for each blog on July 1, so you have until June 30 to enter.  Oh and while you’re at it, hop on over to my Facebook page and show us some love!

That’s it for me.  I’m the first blog in the hop, so your next stop will be Laura’s Treasure Chest of Memories at  She has put together a fabulous project that I just know you’ll love!  Thanks for stopping by, and Good Luck!

List of Team L. I. Blog Hop Participants:

Crafty Neighbor’s Neighborhood Gossip - Cindy Murray

Treasure Chest of Memories - Laura Hedgecock

Roxie’s Stamping Room - Roxie Nitti

Papercrafting From Another View Point - Connie Walsh

Lisa Loves to Stamp - Lisa Tyndall
Stamp-Patty’s - Patty Chenail

TX Stampin’ Sharon - Sharon Armstrong

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