Sunday, October 3, 2010

Die Cut Doozie

Today is Die Cut day over at CropStop and I am filling in with short notice. So! Time to improvise, right, people.. we all know when you are in a crunch you can take something that is basic and make it, well for lack of a better word... WOW!

I was lucky enough to come across a sheet of die cut ornament pieces from Little Yellow Bicycle called The Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection (Retired, Winter 2008). This happened to be in my stash, and I thought with it being October, if you considered changing up your theme/colors for Christmas, now would be the time to plant that idea. This particular set has enough to make 3 ornaments, and even comes all glittered up!

The instructions are basic and include the measurements make your own without the die cut page!

1. Fold each 3" square at the score lines. (four corners in to the middle)like this:


2. Feed a looped length of ribbon (about 10") through the hole in the top piece, and knot on the underside to secure. if desired, add ribbon or tassel through the hole in the bottom piece.
3. Adhere the corners of the pieces together.


4. trim edges with scissors if making a rounded edge ornament. (Or use a corner punch to make it snazzy!)
5. Trim photos to 1 1/2" squares, and attach in the center of the sides if desired.

I made the 3 ornaments per their instructions (minus the photos) and then created one more out of 1 3/4" squares that they provided to use as mats for the photos. This project is easy enough to recreate for any holiday! (Can you imagine a BIG branch with these hangin off of it for little goodie boxes for your halloween party, or as a holiday decoration holding an advent calender-style countdown?) Mine may be ornaments but they are FULL of possibilities! Using a CORNER PUNCH would be A-D-O-R-E-Able!


Make sure you pop on over to CropStop to check out the newest items in the store! They have the tons of new stuff!

Friday, October 1, 2010

CropStop's "Around the World" Card Making Blog Hop!


Yes, we are doing it again! If you just came to visit me and found about the blog hop in this stop, please start at the beginning at the CropStop's blog.

In honor of World Card Making day, CropStop is hosting a progressive blog hop! Starting with the Cropstop Blog, you will visit each of the Cropstop Crew Member Blogs listed below and leave a comment on their creative project. Then, you will have one week to complete a project of your own, using one or more of the products featured in the CropStop Crew Member Blogs and link it in a reply box on the Cropstop Blog. Show us how you can mix and match the products the team is using in your project and if you don't have an item then show us your inventive side with a smart substitution. You do not have to use all the items the ladies are using but show us how creative you can be.
Deadline for linking to the CropStop's "Around the World" Card Making Blog Hop POST is Saturday, October 9th, at midnight Eastern time.

Winner will be chosen by random draw of all that participate and link to the CropStop Blog.
First prize is a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the CropStop Store.
Second and Third prizes will be a $10.00 Gift Certificate to the CropStop Store.

1. CropStop Blog - rules and guidelines
2. Veronica/Tattered Angels
3. Dalis/Cricut
4. Lori/Sizzix
5. Gloria/Tim Holtz
6. Lisa/Quickutz <------YOU ARE HERE!
7. Anneliese/ Cuttlebug
8. Vicki/Spellbinder


World Card Making Day began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006. The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, due to the positive response it received and the worldwide popularity of card making, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day from then on.

Celebrating its fifth year in 2010, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making community -- hobbyists, retailers, and manufacturers -- to unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making.

I love my Quickutz Embossing Folders, and I am always looking for ways to use them! So, for this hop I chose to use one of my favorites... the Retro Squares folder!


I sanded the negative side of the embossed image a bit to give it a more worn look. The stamp is from Stampin' Up Full of Life set.

Make sure that you are part of this "Around the World" card making day by taking part in our CropStop, "Around the World" Blog Hop!!

Hopping Good Times


Yes, we are doing it again! Visit the CropStop Blog tomorrow to begin a hop with tons of inspiration for Worls Card Making Day!