Saturday, September 29, 2012

OWH Blog Hop-Christina’s Challenge

 Crop Chocolate’s design team, as you know, is having a FANTASTIC blog hop with lots of GREAT challenges!  We would love it if you played along, there is plenty of time since it goes through Oct. 8th.  You start over at Amber’s blog.
I have been working on cards on and off all day…these are my cards for Christina’s challenge.  She has some beautiful cards posted and you can see them and her challenge  by clicking here.
Keep checking back…more to come!!

OWH Blog Hop-Brenna’s Challenge

I have been making cards today for OWH and the Crop Chocolate design team blog hop that is going on thru Oct.8th. If you want to make some cards for a good cause, be challenged and maybe win some prizes you should check it out. Amber’s blog is the start of the hop and you check it out by clicking here.
These are the cards I did for Brenna’s challenge.  You can see what she is doing by clicking here.
Please stop back soon and see the other cards I am doing through out the week.

OWH Blog Hop-Amber’s Challenge

I started working on my OWH cards for the Crop Chocolate design team blog hop that is going on thru Oct.8th.  If you want to make some cards for a good cause, be challenged and maybe win some prizes you should check it out.  Amber’s blog is the start of the hop and these are my entries for challenge which you can see here.
Make sure you stop back throughout the week to see more cards for some great challenges.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

The Crop Chocolate design team is hosting a blog hop  for Operation Write Home, a merry band of thousands of card makers  made up of Americans – and citizens of other nations too – who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement.
All of the design team members will be challenging you to make cards to send to our troops.  There are some important guidelines that you need to follow, review by clicking here
Your first stop should have been Amber’s blog so if you happened by here first pop over there to start.  Here is the complete order:
Michele (by belle) you are here
Brenna (Xanthippe)
Julie (Scrap Happy)
Brittany (BritK)
Nina (NinaN)
Miwa (Chocolatier Miwa)
Kathy (Clayton528)
Jenni (Mom2Two)
Chris (Christina)

When you have all of your cards done and are ready to ship, here is the info.   All of our fabulous Canadian card makers can send their cards to:  
Corinne Braun 6-300-108th St, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1P8. 
If you are confused by all the directions or don’t have time to get your OWH stamp I would be HAPPY to collect cards with envelopes, prep them and send them all together after the blog hop is over.  If you have ANY questions please feel free to comment and I will get back to you ASAP.
OK!  Now here is my challenge to you:  This is OWH’s sketch #59.  Make as many different cards as you can using this sketch.  Please make sure you use at least 50% Crop Chocolate goodness.


Post them on your blog or make a collage loaded to your facebook or Crop Chocolate profile and then link up to my blog with Mr. Linky below.  Whoever has the most different cards will win some great blog candy.  AND as a bonus, anyone who reaches 20 or more will receive a little homemade sweet surprise.
Here are a couple of examples of my cards using sketch #59.

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You have from September 28 thru October 8 to get linked up.  I will be announcing winners Tuesday October 9.  If you decide that you want to send me your cards please leave a comment to let me know and I will get a mailing address to you.

Make sure you visit all the rest of the design team's blogs (Brenna is next) and see what they have cookin...I am sure there will be chances at blog candy.  I have it on good authority that the last stop on the hop, Christina's blog, will direct you to The Crop where you will have a chance to win some chocolatey goodness.   And of course this is all for a great cause...who doesn't LOVE a challenge?!?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Viva Las VegaStamps! Blog Hop

 HalloweenInviteI have been getting some amazing inspiration this week over at VLVS!  You should definitely check it out by clicking here.  Everyday there has been a way to enter to win some amazing VLVS! product.
Halloween Party Day #2:  Just create a brand new Halloween project that has at least one VLVS! Stamp in it. It doesn't have to be a Halloween stamp but it must be used in a Halloweenie way.
I used my crackle background and  birds on a wire stamps from VLVS!  I also used high gloss embossing powder from VLVS!
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A lot of the other items I used are from Crop Chocolate:  Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot, Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor, Sassafras Count on Me,  MM magnetic alpha stamps, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Alaskan Salmon. 
And from my stash:  Twinery Twine, TA Glimmer Mist Jazz Blue and Woven Burlap, Fiskar’s punches, muslin, punchinella, Ranger tag and Stickles-Black.
Well…what do you think?
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

We have a WINNER!!!

As promised I have pulled a winner!!  Da dada da!!

Please PM me over at Crop Chocolate to let me know what color scheme you would like your (3) flowers in.   I will also need you address.

I would also like to say thank you to everyone who visited and commented!!  I greatly appreciate your support!
Until next time...keep gettin' inky!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Challenge 32-Easel Card

This weeks challenge over at Crop Chocolate:  ‘September makes me think back to school, and back to school for some reason makes me think of easels. So, in honor of back to school, I want to see your easel cards. Regular, twisted, double twisted, it's up to you. The challenge: Make any type of easel card, and use at least 2 patterned papers, a stamp(sentiments count), and any type of bling you wish.’
I haven’t ever done an easel card so of course I didn’t want to start out with the easiest one, no I would never make things easy on myself ;) … so I went middle of the road and chose to do a twisted easel card.
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With halloween right around the corner what better time to get started on my cards…
Crop Chocolate product: Bazzil cardstock, Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor, Distress Ink-Black Soot, Stella and Rose Mabel trim, MM stamps-Toil and Trouble, Slice cordless cutter, Spooky Alley card, Stickles-Crystal, Xyron Mega Runner
Non-CC: TH tiny attacher and stick pin, Sizzix scallop circle, pop dots, Stickles-Black, Twinery twine.
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I hope you like it and if you try one PLEASE let me see it!!  And as always if you have a minute jump over to Crop Chocolate and see what all the others ladies are submitting, you WILL NOT be disappointed.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Paper Lantern-chance to win some 'stuff'

This month’s projects have been A-MAZ-ING!  There are some talented ladies on the Crop Chocolate design team!  Our theme this month it 3D, I chose to show you this cute little paper lantern.   For all the details and more pictures please head over the The Crop.
I hope you like it and while your at The Crop check out the other projects, there is some GREAT inspiration to be had!  Let me know what you think.

Now the FUN stuff!  If you would like a chance to win some flowers (your choice of colors) like the ones on my lantern, here is what you have to do...

1) leave a comment over at The Crop
2) share my blog post at The Crop on your Facebook page or google+ or Twitter, if you don't have any of these become a follower of my blog.
3) leave a comment here on my blog letting me know what you did

...easy peasy!  I will have a drawing Tuesday September 25.

THANK YOU so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September Challenge: Family Tree

The Crop Chocolate focus group project this month was a fun one for me!!  It didn’t have to necessarily be a tree but family related.  I did my own version of a family ‘tree’ for my brothers family using Polaroid as my design theme.

Crop Chocolate products: Fancy Pants Summers End, MME Good Day Sunshine, Slice, Remember This and Paper Reverie Slice cards, MM magnetic alphas, Paper Reverie Siene gems, Distress Ink- Black Soot and Walnut Stain
Non-CC products: Label maker, punchinella, Fiskars punch,VLVS Polaroid stamp,Tim Holtz tiny attacher, white cardstock
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Lots of fun details on this one and a little bit different tan what I would normally do in that it is more masculine in design and color.  I really like it and am on a roll with 12x12 pages.  I am not sure but I think I am going to frame this one and give it to my brother.
Hope you liked this one as much as I do!!  As always, keep getting inky!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Challenge #31 - Back to School

"School days, school days dear old golden rule days; readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic taught to the tune of the hickory stick; you were my queen in calico I was your bashful barefoot beau and you wrote on my slate ‘I love you so’ ; when we were a couple of kids". This weeks challenge at Crop Chocolate :  It's back-to-school for many right now and to keep in with the 3s (for the 3 Rs - reading (w)riting and (a)rithmatic), do any new project (a layout, card, altered art, etc.) using each of the 3 following things: 3 different sized circles, 3 different folds and 3 different patterned papers or colors.
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Non CC: brads, Fiskar's punches, VLVS Miracle Tape and high gloss embossing powder, Unity stamp.
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Another fun challenge!  If you have a minute please check out the other amazing entries by clicking here.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will leave a comment and let me know what you think…I love hearing from you!!

Monday, September 3, 2012


The Crop Chocolate Design Team is hosting an Operation Write Home/Thank a Public Servant (ie Teacher, police officer, firefighter, etc.)/Prelude to World Card Making Day (10/6) blog hop!!  It will be the last weekend of September, 9/28-10/8.  Each Design Team member will be hosting a challenge on their blog and who knows…there may even be blog candy.  It is going to be a fun weekend for a GREAT cause.
I wanted to share a couple of the cards I made to get into the swing of things…


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I hope you will be back to participate in the hop!  Go check out the OWH web-site and request your OWH stamp (it’s free) so you are ready to go.
It’s great to be working together for a great cause!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout

Viva Las VegaSatmps! is having their design team tryout for the term running from October 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013.   I was so excited when I heard this announcement that I got right to work on my three projects to submit for consideration.
Without further adieu…
Project #1 is a 12x12 layout and I cannot decide if I want to frame it or put it in a book… I was lucky enough to be on set for a movie that will be out in theaters summer 2013.  There was some BEAUTIFUL scenery and this is from the first shot.

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I used three VLVS on this, chicken wire, bird in flight and feather.  I also used VLVS ultra high gloss embossing powder and 1/2” Miracle tape.  Other products used are Fancy Pants Road Show cardstock, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Shabby Shutters, gesso, alcohol ink-gold, moss, picket fence, feathers, MM magnetic alpha stamp and Tattered Angels glimmer mist-Moss and Woven Burlap.

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Project #2 is a tag.

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I used two VLVS on this project, hot air balloon and cloud 9.  I also used VLVS ultra high gloss embossing powder.  Other products used are acrylic paint dauber, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Mustard Seed and Shabby Shutters, Fancy Pants Road Show cardstock, Ranger tag, pop dots, Distress Stickles-Tarnished Brass, Tattered Angels glimmer mist-Woven Burlap, Alaskan Salmon, Oriental Poppy and Red-Nosed Reindeer, grunge board, embossing enamel and Zing embossing powder-white.

And last but not least, project #3 is a 12x12 layout I did of my brothers family.


I used VLVS Polaroid on this one.  I also used Fancy Pants Summers End and MME Good Day Sunshine cardstock, Slice cordless cutter with Remember This and Paper Reverie cards, star punchinella, Paper Reverie Siene gems, MM Magnetic Alpha stamp and label maker.

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VLVS has some amazing products and I would be honored to serve on the design team.

One Color!

 Crop Chocolate’s challenge 29:  Your challenge this week is to create a project and use only 1 color. Black and white do not count towards your color count.
I love PINK!  I love Harlequin too!  I was so happy when combining them worked out for this challenge!!  There are some other really great entries for this challenge that you should definitely check out by clicking here.
Crop Chocolate product: Echo Park Springtime and Happy Days, Xyron Mega Runner, Laundry Line Trim, Alcohol Ink-Raspberry, Lush rhinestones, Distress Ink-Black Soot and Spun Sugar, Liquid Pearls-white.
Non-CC products: Homemade glimmer mist, Fiskars border punch, TH butterfly mover and shaper, VLVS ultra high gloss embossing powder, Unity Stamp.
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I really like the sentiment on the new Unity stamp I used on this card…I am wondering though, what occasion would you use it for?  I think it could be for a number of different ones but I would really like to hear your opinion.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get crafty often!!