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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (C)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter C. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their C element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy.  If you came from Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana then you’re on the right track!

Canvas Display Art by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: 6×6 Canvas Display, Create-a-Shade Paint, Reinkers (Cotton Candy and Lagoon), Silver Shimmer Trim, Rosette Ribbon (retired), Prima Flowers Butterflies, Black Cardstock, Cricut Cartridges (Artiste and Plantin SchoolBook), and Liquid Glass.

C=CANVAS!  This project has been on my list for some time so I decided to use this blog hop as the opportunity to set a deadline for it and get it done.  My daughter wanted 3 of the 6×6 Canvas Displays decorated to hang in her room.  I had two from CTMH and two similar ones from Michaels.  I have to say that I liked the CTMH ones MUCH better.  They took the paint better and the other ones looked cheap.  The CTMH ones were off-white in color and had more of a cloth feel.  The others were white and had more of a plastic-y feel; for these I had to brush off any excess paint and try to eliminate “lines”.  With the CTMH canvas the paint was absorbed into it and had a much more even coverage.  Anyway, what all this means is “buy the CTMH ones” and I will need to buy another one to finish her set of three. :-)  So watch for that in the coming weeks because she won’t let me put it off for long!
The Silver Shimmer Trim is hidden under the Rosette Ribbon.  Hard to see from the picture but it adds a little touch in person and these are really beautiful in person – the picture doesn’t do them justice.

This is the end of our ABC Blog Hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it!  Come back again on February 22, 2014 for our next hop.

Here is the complete lineup of participants:

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy

2. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

3. Catherine Nowak – CatScrapbooking

4. Jenny Gilbert Jen’s Creative Classroom

5. Stephanie Feist-Quilted Scrapper

6. Michelle Battitori

7. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana

8. Wendy Kessler

New Product Blog Hop (Spring/Summer 2014)

If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Maria Myers.

Hoo-ray! Birthday Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 (Pattern 4), Ariana Paper Packet, Lollydoodle Paper Packet, Ivy Lane Paper Packet, Pink Glitter Paper, Lollydoodle Complements, Lollydoodle Assortment, Sparkle Flourishes, White Daisy Cardstock, Cotton Candy Washi Tape (retired), Flamingo Dots, Cricut Art Philosophy Collection, Corner Rounder, and 3D Foam Tape.

This layout is a great example of how you can mix and match all the paper packs and embellishments!  Who would have thought that Ariana, Ivy Lane, and Lollydoodle could all be used together?!?  What I really used were all the scraps left over after completing the Workshop on the Go Kits for each of these papers.  I am very pleased with this layout of “scraps”!  I cut the number with using Art Philosophy, layered it with Washi Tape, and trimmed the edges.  I used this same technique for the polka dot border on the top.  Sorry, I keep forgetting that the Cotton Candy Washi Tape is retired; I just really like it!  For this layout you could substitute another Washi Tape.  There are many that would coordinate.

Sheila Bennett is your next stop!

Click here for a complete list of participants.

New Product Blog Hop List (Spring/Summer 2014)

This is just the list of participants if you get lost along the way.  Click HERE to start the hop now.

Adeline Brill
Lori Brown
Dawn Ross
Judy Faye
Beth Naumann
Melinda Everitt
Nikka Geers
Lalia Harris
Jody Gustafson
Karen Fullam
Michelle Jones
Krista Hershberger
Dana Kessler
Wendy Coffman
Haley Dyer
Terry Ann Diack
Gina Brandstetter
Michelle Loncar
Vicki Price
Joy McHargue
Maria Myers
Wendy Kessler
Sheila Bennett
Heather Schmuckal
Lucy Kelleher

Lovely Ariana Layout (New Product Blog Hop)

Here we go again!  I am having so much fun with the new products!

Lovely Ariana Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 (Pattern 11), Ariana Paper PacketBalloon Ride Complements, Glitter Trim and Sequin Assortment (from the Ivy Lane Cardmaking Kit), and Embroidery Floss.

I was so excited that this layout came together so quick and easy!