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Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's a Basket Case Blog Hop Day 2 -- Jellybean Jar!!




~~All entries for Blog Candy for these two hops are due by 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, April 17th~~

Welcome, welcome, welcome back to Day 2 of the "It's a Basket Case" Blog Hop presented by the very-talented Rhonda of Scrap Happens!!  I am so excited and honored to be a part of Rhonda's very first blog hop (thank you, Rhonda!)!!  If you are hopping along with us today, and you've arrived from Serenity Scrappers, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just happened upon my blog by chance, you'll definitely want to START HERE to hop along with us and see all of the amazingly creative projects my blogger buddies have designed for you both yesterday AND today (if you get lost along the way, you can find the whole Blog Hop list below)!!  Be sure to leave a comment if you like what you see, as I have some Blog Candy for you to win (details below)!!  Now onto my project...
This hop is all about baskets and sweet treats, so I decided to create a useful and fun item for today's hop...

It's a Jellybean Jar!!  Now isn't that incredibly useful???  There are at least enough jellybeans in that jar to last a week or so...  Two weeks if I hide it from The-Girl-Child!!  :)  Does anybody else go a little nuts on jellybeans and chocolate at this time of the year???  I gotta tell ya -- I'm pretty crazy about Reese's Peanut Butter EGGS...  I can live without the regular ole cups, but those eggs are irresistible (thus the reason I refuse to purchase them!)...  Yum.
This plain glass-look-alike jar (it's this awesome shatterproof acrylic!!) can be found at Walmart for about $7...  It doesn't photograph too well (I just couldn't seem to get the light right today, so I apologize if you have to squint to see the details), but it's wonderful for jellybeans!!  :)
I used light pink, light purple, light yellow, and hunter green vinyl for my decals...  If you haven't tried to cut vinyl on your Cricut yet, please know that it's extremely easy to work with!!  I recommend doing something that doesn't require much layering or that doesn't 'have' to be perfect the first few times, as it does take some adjustment time to work with how thin the vinyl is...  But give it a shot on a few projects (my first project consisted of about 30 yard signs, double sided, with five lines of text EACH!), and you'll be a pro in no time!!

At my Cricut classes, I give a very brief intro to vinyl...  Everyone is always surprised at how fun and easy it is to work with...  Everyone is also surprised to learn that my favorite 'transfer' material is actually 'Frog Tape' (it's painter's tape, it's green, it comes in its very own container, and you can find it in popular home improvement stores)...  You can spend plenty of money on the 'official' transfer tape, or you can pick up some Frog Tape...  Yeah, you can't see through it, but nothing beats the low-tack, no residue convenience of this stuff!!  :)  If you would like more info, please feel free to leave me a question with your email address, and I'll get back to you...
Anyway, back to my project...  I used the Cricut Easter 2010 Seasonal Cartridge for all of my cuts...  The eggs (both layers) and grass are all cut at 3"...  Once you have cut your vinyl images (on my machine I cut vinyl with a blade depth of 3 and a blade pressure of 2/low to get a 'kiss' cut -- the machine cuts the vinyl but leaves the baking intact), weed the excess (the parts of the cuts that you will not use on your project), and leave the main image on the backing paper...  Lay a strip of Frog Tape (or transfer tape, if you insist) over the top layer of the image...  Remove that layer from the backing (attached to the tape) and then carefully line it up over the base image...  Use your fingers, a credit card, or a bone folder to rub and seal the layers together...  Once I have layered at least two pieces of vinyl, I find it much easier to place my decal on the project without using transfer tape (it's more stable)...

This project was super quick and easy -- And when Easter is over, I can easily remove the vinyl and decorate my jellybean jar with something else (flowers for Mother's Day, butterflies for summer, fireworks for 4th of July...  You get the idea)...  If you have any trouble removing your vinyl, simply use a hair dryer to gently warm the vinyl before peeling it away (so ya know -- it is pretty difficult to reuse your vinyl images once removed...  Sure, I've seen it done, but I wouldn't -- If it's a single layer cut, you can count on simply throwing it away once removed)...
I hope you have enjoyed my project for the second (and final) day of Rhonda's Hop...  Now...  What's a Hop without some Blog Candy???  Well, I have some for ya!!  The winner of my Day 2 Blog Hop candy will receive SIX 12x24 sheets of vinyl (pink, purple, yellow, white, black, and green -- enough to complete this project at least THREE times PLUS extra!!)!!  You can enter to WIN my Blog Candy by leaving a comment below!!  You can earn a second chance to WIN if you leave a second comment with a GUESS at HOW MANY JELLYBEANS are in my jar!!  :)  You do not have to have a blog to win, but please leave a link if you DO have one, as I'd love to stop over and see you too!!  While I don't require you to be a follower to win my candy, I'd love for you to do so if you enjoy what you see here...
Did you see my project from Day 1?  If not, CLICK HERE!!
Remember to check out Day 1 of the "It's a Basket Case" Blog Hop if you haven't already...  You'll even get another chance to WIN some Easter-themed blog candy!!  :)  ***I had planned on posting the tutorial for this explosion box today, but I thought it might be too much with all the Hop pictures too...  So my plan is to have the tutorial posted on Monday...  I apologize for the delay...

Next, you're off to the talented LIZ at Tryin' to 2 Craft (and believe me, she's not just tryin'...  She's succeeding!!)...  So hop, hop, HOP, and HAVE FUN!!  Until next time, may your jellybeans be plenty!!  :)

As a BONUS, I am entering my Jellybean Jar in the challenge over at FCCB!!  Their 'Spring Fling' Challenge is to create something with at least one Cricut cut using the colors PINK, GREEN, and YELLOW!!  I think it's okay that there's some purple thrown in there too!!  :)

In case you get lost along the way, here's a list of Rhonda's talented participants:
** Yup, more small print -- To be eligible for my "It's a Basket Case" Blog Hop Candy (Day 2) you need to leave a comment on this post (if you don't know how to get to the comment box, CLICK HERE)...  For a second chance to win, please leave a second comment with a GUESS as to HOW MANY JELLYBEANS are in the jar in the photos above...  The winner will be selected and posted on April 18th (later in the day rather than sooner, cuz I usually forget plenty first thing in the morning!)...  Selected winner will have SEVEN (7) whole days to claim the prize or it will be re-gifted, possibly to the Tooth Fairy cuz the Easter Bunny has a shot at yesterday's, but probably to another comment participant...  This drawing is held in happy spirits with good intentions, so please enter with the same...  Here ends the fine print. :)

41 comments:

Carol said...

Fabulous jar of jelly beans (yummy)! I had great fun hopping with you! TFS

McVic said...

cute jar!!!Love the vinyl
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

McVic said...

I am guessing 263 jelly beans!!! Im not good at these guessing games! Cant wait to see how many there are.
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

pruttybird said...

Love the colors of vinyl you used for the Easter eggs. TFS!!

pruttybird at comcast dot net

pruttybird said...

Hmmm ... I'm horrible at these guessing games, but I'm gonna say there are 356 jelly beans :)

pruttybird at comcast dot net

Tanya said...

Love the jelly bean jar!!!

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

Tanya said...

I will guess that there are...829 jelly beans in that jar :)

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

Besthobbyeva said...

I love this and you are right, vinyl is sooo easy to work with. What a great idea a jellybean jar!! It has been fun hoppy with you!!

Esther said...

Great idea, how fun!

Minta's Creations said...

My son guesses..184
Love the eggs...
I have enjoyed hopping with you..
Hugs,
Minta

http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

Audrey Frelx said...

What a really cute jellybean jar!!!

Kate said...

What a fabulous jar! I've done a few projects with vinyl and also love the green painter's tape (but will be calling it Frog Tape now)! I've only been able to purchase it in black, brown and white though! I love the bright colours you've used.

Kate said...

And now for my guess... 1131!
Thanks for a fun twist on your giveaway!!

Tami B. said...

Good grief, did you actually count all those JB's? I am horrible at guessing and estimating but I'll say 744. And please tell me why the Reese's eggs seem to be so much better than the regular cups? (I know others that have said the same thing, so I'm not the only crazy out there.)

Judy Evors said...

Never used vinyl before but thanks to your jellybean jar I'm going to give it a try..... TFS

Flamenco92627 said...

Wow, Amy I love the jar! Great decorations with the eggs, love the patterns. Thanks for the tip on warming the vinyl to remove it! That's one to keep in my idea drawer.

Jacqueline said...

yummie - love the jelly bean jar
already a follower. TFS
Hugs ~ Jacqueline
madebyjacqueline(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Sherrie K. said...

Awesome jar...Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

love all your projects! tfs

michelesscrapycreations35 yahoo dot come

alwayscharlie said...

Your jar is so cute!!

Janet said...

I love this jar how really cute it turned out.
http://ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/

Janet said...

my guess is 578 jellie beans.

M.M. DeZigns said...

Hi! I'm here from K. Andrew's Linky Party & your newest follower!

Stop by my blog & become a follower... I'm on a quest & there is some sweet blog candy to be had ~ http://mmdezigns.blogspot.com

shersl84bed said...

I love your jar, fun idea. I am going to guess that there are 416 jelly beans in the jar.

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

Cyndi S said...

Love your jelly bean jar.
cstephenson at q dot com

Babe O'Mara said...

Everyone needs a jelly bean jar. Thanks for sharing yours. My guess is 422.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Anniebee said...

For the sake of conserving time, I am going to combine my comments for both days here. Sorry arriving so late but I hope it's not toooo late! I have been blog hopping off and on all day and here it is 3AM and I'm still at it! I need my head examined! LOL Anyway, just wanted to say that both of your projects are awesome! I love the idea of a jelly bean jar as I love Jelly Bellies! and your explosion Easer basket is just adorable and so creative! You did a fantastic job on both of them. If I'm not too late for your giveaway, I'd like to guess that there are 277 jelly beans in your jar. Just don't ask how I came up with that number because I have no idea! LOL Thanks so much for sharing. If you want to drop by my blog some time, I'd love to have you.

Anne
anniebeescraftroom.blogspot.com
anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

LOVE your jelly bean jar. creativity is so within us all. TFS!
psrkernana5@cox.net sorry so late... long 2 days!

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

oops..sorry. i betcha there is 400 jellybeans.
parkernana5@cox.net

mockoo12 said...

I love the jar. Nice project. (showdeb@yahoo.com)

mockoo12 said...

My guess for the jelly beans is 874. (showdeb@yahoo.com)

JennyKozar said...

I am here from the K Andrew Link Up Love party and am now a new follower - I would love if you follow me too.

Blessings, Jenny Kozar

http://kozfam5.blogspot.com

Misty said...

398 jbs in jar!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Tammy said...

What a wonderful creative idea....love that you can do all the holidays out of one jar.
So cute!!!
It was great hopping with you.
smiles...always, Tammy
tamminniesdesigns.blogspot.com

Rae Finke said...

I love your super cute treat jar! I love your Easter eggs. I am so glad you joined in the fun with us this week at FCCB!

Kate said...

(Do not count this post. I repeat... Do not count this post!! I just came back to say that I was so excited to see your project on the FCCB page!! It's still just as great as it was! Thanks for joining our challenge. And again, do not count this post as I've already had my two entries above!!)

Audrey said...

LOVE your jar!! That is what I need NOT! I need to not eat the jelly beans. Thanks for playing with us at FCCB!

Trell said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog Amy! I love jellybeans! I think I might have to make a trip to Wal-Mart!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wonderful idea! I think I will make a Jelly Bean Jar for my husband. He loves them, I don't! Don't mention the Reese's Eggs. My husband keeps buying a package of them and insisting I eat one of the two. Love them but oh the calories. OH WELL!

Thanks for the inspiration!


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Sherrie K. said...

Love the jar! Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Would love for you to stop by my blog....I have something for you to pick up!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Tara said...

Love it! Such a neat idea using the vinyl!
Tara

 
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