Friday, 1 March 2013

Crop Circles March Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Crop Circles blog hop!! 
This is the last stop so I hope you had fun! You should have come from Liz's blog. If you want to start from the top check out Cheryl's blog. By now you should know we are fun group of ladies that are totally addicted to scrapping and crafting. 

This month, we decided to use the March sketch at Sketchbook365 to showcase our many different styles.  Using some of my Paperie and Studio Calico February kits, I created this layout:
Materials Used: BG True Love, October Afternoon Duck Pond, SC wooden veneers, SC with MME enamel dots, Dear Lizzy chipboard, Graphic45 trim, AC Ready Set Go Surrounded paper, Echo Park Today's Story "Hello" photo freedom, SU pool party baker's twine, Mr. Huey's white, SU buttons, MME lime twist stickers and signo white pen.

I have to say that the kits I have been getting are absolutely inspiring me.  I love getting a surprise to see what someone else would put together.  When I saw this sketch, it just cries layering.  And layering can sometimes mean tags or journalling cards.  I used a number of these Echo Park cards that originally came with 12 on a 12x12 patterned paper sheet.  When I see this happen (often with Simple Stories), I have been cutting them out and holding them together with a paper clip including the name of the collection.  Once I am done, I put it in my 'journal tags' basket so I know exactly where to look for them again.

If you are following the blogs, you know that vintage cameras and polaroid-type pictures are a huge trend right now.  This sketch called for something similar.  I encourage you to just make your own as shown here. (In this picture I was trying to use the Stampin Up 'Sent with Love' pattern paper kit but didn't get there.  I just can't get enough of the arrows!)

Since some of our members didn't have blogs, we invited them to play along - check out Rexene Lockyer's fabulous take. I love how the blue pops against that brown.  And of course, I love the white doodling around the page. 
You have until end of day March 3rd to complete this hop! For every comment you leave along the way your name will be entered to win a Stampin' Up bundle prize lot. You'll also have chances to win some blog candy along the way from individual bloggers... INCLUDING MINE! For every new follower or existing follower who posts a comment, you'll be entered to win some Maya Road chipboard, the SU Dasher stamp and a surprise goodie!

Here's the list of bloggers on the hop in case you missed anyone!
Cheryl Ashworth (also Shar & Brande Strahan)
Rhea Skomorowski (also Natasha Connolly)
Lori Smith (also with Elaine Lambe Beck)
Cathy Caines (also Rexene Lockyer) THAT'S ME! THE END!

Check back on my blog on March 5th when I post the overall winner, as well as my own blog candy! Also, you have until March 15th to play along with the rest of us to join Sketchbook365!

As a side note - no natural light in this girl's crafting room... see below... is Winter over yet?
Cathy


32 comments:

  1. Hummm I must be blind at this late at night LOL I wanted to join you blog but couldn't see the followers button. I came from Liz's blog for the crop circle hop.. I really like how you put your layout together.. teh blue and white stripe like that.. very eye catching. I hate winter to... but boy got gotta tell me is that a basement window??? LOL cause if not.. YIKES!!! No wonder your sick of winter!! ME TO.. I'm in Alberta and we are getting out share too.. but can't complain for the last few days.. above +5 is soo nice instead of the usual -25
    Thanks Cathy for sharing your work with us.. its nice to see how everyone does the sketches and how different they end up!..
    SHerry

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Sherry!! Awww yes, it used to say "subscribe to" so I've changed that now and also added the google friend network but that's only useful if you have a google account! Thanks for letting me know and I'll add you to the draw! Cheers!

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    2. Thanks Cathy... I see the followers now!... Thats mostly what I see on blogs so thats what I was looking for.. Now we need to get some followers.. as I just joined and that makes 3!!! hehe.. I'm sure before long there will be tons!! Thanks for adding it.

      Sherry

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  2. Love the girls flair to your layout and the sprinkling of brads! Rexene I loved the bold pops of blue - you certainly have quite the fan base!! :)

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  3. Love both layouts ladies! I love all those arrows too Cathy! They're awesome! And, Rexene, I love those scrabble letters and that blue doily! Awesome work! Thanks for even more inspiration! :)

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  4. Gorgeous layout (as usual) my dear friend !! As I was doing mine, I kept asking myself ... WWCD ?? (What would Cathy do ... LOL) And Rexene, yours is lovely as well !! Love that bug doily and those flowers ... Great job girls !!

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  5. Awesome layouts. Funny how the subject of both are kids, lol. Love those scrabble letters!!

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  6. Love your layout Cathy. Love the tea party pic, got to do that with Isabella when she gets a little older. Thanks for letting me join your blog.

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    1. Any time Rexene!!!! You'll have to get a blog so that you can enter more challenges!

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  7. What a sweet photo and page! Love all the little wooden embellishments and the twine!

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  8. Beautiful work! I am now a follower.

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  9. Beautiful layouts from you both!

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  10. Great layouts as always! The bits and bobs, layering from Cathy, splendid. Rexene the colors pop so well.

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  11. Alison Goodyear1 March 2013 at 12:22

    Beautiful layouts ladies!

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  13. Cathy, your whimsical and playful style just makes me SMILE :) Rexene, I ADORE that title...so cute and clever! And the brown background is a wonderful contrast to all your colourful page elements!

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  14. Super job, ladies! Loved checking out your layouts -- but NOT all that snow! Eek!

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    1. Thanks Carla - loved seeing a couple pieces of your work last month!

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  15. Lovely ladies~ I love the way Cathy places brads so they look like paint drops!! Rexene love the scrabble letter title!!

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    1. Ahhh yes, I am so tricky! These are enamel dots... you must get some! BUT I should use my brads instead. Good idea actually. :)

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  16. WOW, amazing how you both have such different layouts. Love them both.

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  17. Hello dear fearless leader! Thank you so much for suggesting and organizing this super fun blog hop! You did an awesome job! Loooove your cute girly Tea Time Lo! super sweet . Great combo of pps! and rexene... I love the bright happy spring colors of your LO! What pp line did you use to make your tags? i love it!

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  18. Rexene...good job on the LO! Love the faux stitching around the LO and the pretty colors against the dark background!

    Cathy I love your LO! You did an awesome job using the Paperie and Studio Calico Kits. I love all the wood veneers and how you layered all the papers and embelishments. The pic is absolutely adorable! Thanks for organizing the blog hop. I had fun looking at all the blogs and LO's from everyone. Its fun to see the many different scrapping styles and how everyone interpreted the sketch. You ROCK!!!

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  19. Great layouts, love the papers and embellishments

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  20. Great layouts, ladies. I noticed that alot of people are using kits which I think is such a great idea to have things that match up with out the trouble of having to try to do this from scratch.

    Cathy, thanks for getting us all together to do the blog hop. I enjoyed going from blog to blog. I'm looking forward to following some blogs.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to play along and being patient while I finally got it all together and sent.

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  21. Wow! Both fantastic layout! Love the fun feel of the first one and the cute scattered dots and the color combo of ribbons with blue on the 2nd!!

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  22. OMG! Amazing layout, as always. I love all the embellishments and the colours.

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  23. So pretty! Love your color choises - the turquoise is so airy and spring-like!

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  24. Fabulous layout - I love the way you used the little embellishments - totally cute! TFS

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