Saturday, March 24, 2012

My first ever Blog Hop!!!!

Welcome to Cropchocolate's 2nd unofficial blog hop, and my first ever!  If you arrived here from looking at the great creations of Steph, you are hopping right along.  If you happened on this by accident, you may want to start at:  http://stuffbybelle.blogspot.com to get in on all the fun and prizes along the way.

If you would like a chance to win the blog candy I am giving away, please follow my blog, and leave me a comment.  I will choose the winner using random.org.  You have until midnight, Sunday, March 25.  I'll choose the winner and announce it on Monday.  There are also a couple prizes being awarded along the hop, so follow directions to enter to win these.

Our theme for this hop is borders.  I've been laboring over what to make, wanting it to be just perfect for my first hop.  Of course, nothing I have made has fit that criteria, but I have 3 cards to show you with different border ideas.

This first card uses paper from Echo Park's Victorian Gardens Collection.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut the shapes, including the one I chose for a border.  The sentiment stamp is from Close To My Heart.  All the papers used in the cards for the hop were purchased online at cropchocolate.com.

For this second card, I used the same Spellbinders die set, but used the border at 180 degrees.  The papers are again from Echo Park Victorian Gardens collection.  I used white ink and a doily stamp from Market Street stamps. I love this stamp! I thought the doily was too pretty to mess with, so I skipped a sentiment on this card.



This third card uses My Mind's Eye Good Day Sunshine paper and MME So Sophie ribbon.  The "sun" shape in the upper left corner of the card is cut from the packaging the ribbon is wrapped around.  Once again, I used Spellbinders dies to cut some of the shapes.  The sentiment is bordered by a similar shape, and foam taped on it to give the card some depth.  The stamp is a Unity Stamp Company stamp.  I stamped it with black Stazon ink, then colored it with Smooch inks and markers.  The border at the bottom of the card is MME So Sophie ribbon.  I plan to stamp "Happy Mother's Day" inside.  I love how cheerful this card is!

OK, that's all I have to show you.  I hope you enjoyed my efforts.  Don't forget to leave a comment and a way I can reach you if you win the blog candy.  The next stop on the hop is the very talented Scrappy Canuck!  Visit her at:   http://scrappycanuck.wordpress.com/    Happy hopping!

47 comments:

  1. Wow awesome collection of cards! Love all the detailed punches used. I love the name of your blog great job and thanks for sharing!

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  2. What fun cards! I love the colour combinations!! So cute - thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. GREAT cards! I love the details on each of them and the color combinations. GREAT job and thanks for sharing!

    Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate)

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  4. Great cards....all so different! I like very much!

    Laura/Blueyedmama on CC

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  5. Love all your cards! You did a great job with all the Spellbinder borders. I also love the doily stamp.

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  6. Julie, these cards are very nice. Can't wait to see the ones you have for our swap. TFS!

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  7. Very pretty! COngrats on your first hop!

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  8. Very pretty cards, I love the third one :)

    CC Name = Kiki Kuku

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  9. Great cards, and congrats on being part of the hop! I'm following you now, can't wait to see what else you come up with. :)

    Deanna (aka BettyScrappinStewart)

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  10. I really love the color combination that you used on your first card! Very nice job and I love the name of you blog!

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  11. Congradulations on you first blog hop. The cards are great. You were right about the doily it looks nice the way it is. I would like to see your blog so will be becoming a follower.

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  12. Well done! Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Great Job Julie! Congrats on your first blog hop.

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    1. criteria met and exceeded...Good job!

      I'm a follower too!

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  15. Such sweet cards !! That doily stamp is beautiful, and that last card is so super cute.
    4myk9s

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  16. Those cards are great, I love that stamp. Thanks for sharing

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  17. Awesome projects for your first blog hop!!! Good job. I followed you to see what you do next.

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  18. I love those Spellbinders dies too. Nice job! Thanks for sharing. ~RachelV

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  19. Congrats on your first blog hop...great way to get started. Nice cards,thank youfor sharing :-),

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  20. Wonderful cards. I especially like the last one, it's so fun it makes me smile. - blue

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  21. Beautiful and creative cards!!! Thank you so much for sharing and participating - this was my first time participating in a blog hop too!!!!

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  22. Very nice cards - I like the first one in particular.

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  23. Very pretty borders. I love that 2nd red card-that stamp is gorgeous!

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  24. Love the doily card - thanks for sharing!

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  25. I am a new follower. =D

    I love how you used the same collections to create such COMPLETELY different cards. I probably would never have believe you except for my love of Echo Park tells me otherwise! What beautiful cards, thanks for sharing!

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  26. I especially like the red and green card. Those colors aren't just for Christmas.

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  27. Nice job on ALL the cards! Love Spellbinders!! :) Thanks for participating w/ the hop! :)

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  28. these are really lovely cards, especially love the Victoria Gardens paper with the Spellbinders.

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  29. Great job! I love all the cards!

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  30. Beautiful cards! I love the borders and love the doily stamp ~ very nice.

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  31. Great cards. The first 2 look so elegant. I like that you showed the different ways to use the border.

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  32. Nice cards Julie! I especially like the one made with ep "Victorian Gardens" - sooooo pretty!
    I came over from CC to blog hop!
    Thanks!!
    Juliet (aka Joyce)

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  33. I love that third card so much. Like I posted on CC. I have to get that stamp.

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  34. Makes me want to get spellbinders even more now as you show just how versatile they are! Great cards! :)

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  35. Love those die cuts! I especially like that third card!!!!

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  36. Great job on all the cards! And to think I only did one! Love the look from your Spellbinders and that lace stamp is beautiful also :)

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  37. I have already been following your blog :)

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  38. you know how much I love that house stamp! SWEET!
    -raebae

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  39. I just love the Spellbinders die! I think I need to get it. Cute cards with EP VG! oh, and I started following too. See you on CC!

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  40. My favorite is the 3rd one, but they are all beautiful! I am now a follower

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