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Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Operation Owl" Blog Hop -- THANK YOU to Kristal!! :)

Welcome to the "Operation Owl: Thank You" Blog Hop!!

Today the Getting Cricky Design Team and some special guests are coming to you for a special blog hop "thanking" Kristal for all she has done for us.  We will each be featuring a special "Thank You" card to be mailed to Kristal.

Our Design Team term is coming to an end and we just want to be sure to let Kristal know how much she has meant to us over the last 3 months.  Wow, how time flies when you are having fun.  If you are interested in participating, you can add your card to the link at the end of the hop and mail them to the address here.

If you've hopped along from Ro then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Brenda's blog (I wouldn't want you to miss a THING!!)...

We have some *Grand Prize* Blog Hop CANDY for one lucky WINNER!!! 
(there are LOTS of stops along the way that will be offering Blog Hop Candy as well!!)
Amy Chomas has graciously donated a mini gel pen set and holder as our grand prize and some of the ladies have also added to the pot (surprise package). To be eligible for this AWESOME prize package:
  • Please go to each blog and leave a comment (following would be nice also)...  
  • Be sure to leave a comment on Brenda's blog letting her know you have visited and commented on each blog...
  • Brenda will pick one lucky winner on Wednesday, July 27th (be sure to check back!!)
Being on the Getting Cricky Design Team has been a WONDERFUL experience for me...  Those who have followed me for a while know that my blog is about more than just projects...  I regularly share things about my kiddos, my pets, my friends, and my life...  I strive to do this in a fun and positive way, as my hope is that you'll always leave my blog feeling a little lighter, a little happier, or a little more grateful for the fabulous life each of us have been given.

When I found Kristal (actually through one of my super DT sisters, Brenda), I felt like I was meeting a long-lost friend...  Kristal's posts have always been inspiring and motivational and kind...  Although I've never won one of her many, many giveaways on her blog, I felt like I had won the GRAND PRIZE when she invited me to be a part of her Design Team...  Each member has been encouraging and helpful, and I am proud to call each of them my FRIEND.  If you have not yet submitted your application for Kristal's next Design Team, you can find all of the details here on Kristal's blog: Getting Cricky Design Team Call...
I wanted to make an accordion card for Kristal...  Something that would really focus on the "Thank You" part :)  So I pulled out my brand new Creative Memories Traveler Cricut Cartridge and cut 9 tags (both layers) in purple and green at 3"...
I then cut 9 2" circles (a shadow cut for another image) and scored them down the center...  These would become the 'hinges' for my card.
I used the 'Road Trip' font on the cartridge for the 2.5" letters (cut in blue for the base and ivory for the shadow).
I used one of my all-time favorite 'OWL' stamp sets from Stampin' Up! for those adorable little owls that Kristal loves so much...  :)  My fussy cutting and fussy coloring on the owls hopefully achieve that look of 'whimsy' that Kristal likes too!!  I even pulled out my Creative Charms BLING and my Amy Chomas glitter pens for the stitching since these are two products that I've only started using since meeting Kristal!! :)  Coordinating ribbons tied at the top of each tag are always my favorite addition...  A ribbon turns anything into a GIFT (try it!  Tie a ribbon on a coffee cup...  GIFT!!  Tie a ribbon on a bottle of water...  GIFT!!  Tie a ribbon on 12 waters and hand them out...  GIFTS for 12 people who will definitely thank you -- especially if you're experiencing the US Heat Wave right now!!)...
And, OF COURSE, I couldn't send Kristal a Thank You Card without adding some of her FABULOUS sentiment stamps!!  hee hee...  Since the Simply Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky  is about "Lunchbox Lovin" and using the "Food For Thought" Stamp Art set, I thought this was the PERFECT set to use for Kristal's card. :)

Okay, I've had your attention for just about long enough, BUT before I send you off to your next stop on the hop...  What's a hop without some CANDY???  I have a collection of Card-making supplies to send out to one fabulous winner!! :) 

To be eligible for my blog candy:

  • Please become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment answering the question: "How were you introduced to Kristal?"!!
For additional entries for the candy
  • You may 'like' my Facebook page (click HERE)...
  • Share a link to this post on your Facebook wall or via Twitter (give me a mention @LoveToCropAmy) or even your own blog (remember to leave a link)...
  • Subscribe via Email by entering your email in the box above (be sure to confirm your subscription).  
Please leave an additional comment for each 'extra' entry you complete....  If you leave your email address (please leave it in SAFE scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com form), I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back after Wednesday, July 27th to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)

Want even MORE chances to WIN???  I'm participating in another HOP this weekend for Christmas in July!!  Be sure to comment on EACH day's post for maximum chance to win!!  If you'd like to join in on the FUN, here are the links:
Thank you SO MUCH for stopping in to see my project today!!  I hope you are enjoying the "Operation Owl: THANK YOU, Kristal" Blog Hop!!   :)  When you're finished with this hop, be sure to swing back by to participate in the Christmas In July Blog Hop that I'm also participating in (more PRIZES!! Woot-woot!!)...

And now you're off to the uber-talented and awesome Becky of Squirly Girl Creations who has a WONDERFUL project to share with you!! :)

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone :)







Operation Owl Blog Hop


Amy  <<< You are HERE!! :)
Becky  <<< Go HERE next!! :)
Brenda  <<< Be sure to stop here again AFTER you've finished the hop!! :)

Add your own card here:

82 comments:

Amanda said...

This is very pretty! I can't totally remember how I was introduced to Kristal. I am pretty sure it was through a blog hop of some sort and I liked her work and decided to become a follower. Her work is great and she is an amazing person! I like her outlook on life.

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Amanda said...

I like your FB page.

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Amanda said...

I am subscribed via email.

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Erika Valdez said...

You have WOWED me again Amy!! This is awesome!! I am so proud to be on this awesome DT!!

Lots of Love,
Erika

Eva said...

I am now a follower...great project...very nice and so much detail...Kristal will love it. I never met Kristal but thanks to you I hopped on over to her site and am now a follower there too...thanks for introducing me to her...lol.
Eva :~)
evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

Wow, this is so nice Amy. You always do such a great job girlfriend. I love it. Have a great weekend!
Hugs :),
Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM Sister
http://the3esblog.blogspot.com

jennyplace2 said...

OMG! What a sweet sweet Thank you card...Kristal is just going to love it! I stumbled across Kristal blog over a year oago when I saw a link to her site for a challenge. I have been with her ever since and watch her blog grow so fast. TFS your card and for the chance at the blog candy.

Tami B. said...

Snow White is at it again, haha, jk.
This was really sweet of all you ladies to do this for Kristal. She seems to be an amazing person and it just stands to reason that her DT peeps would be too. I know at least one of them is.

Lisa said...

Amy, what an AWESOME card! You are so creative my friend! I have never seen one like this and it is so fabulous (scraplift alert!!) The colors and design are just perfect! Kristal will love this! I'm so happy to be hopping along with you :) Oh, I almost forgot - Kristal's blog was one of the first I found when I started blogging a few months ago. I think it was a Simply Sunday challenge that lured me to her site but it was her powerful, inspiring messages and amazing generosity that hooked me and keeps me going back :)

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

littlen said...

don't remember how i first found kristal. most likely through a blog hop.
littlen44atgmaildotcom

littlen said...

i'm already a follower.
littlen44atgmaildotcom

littlen said...

i subscribe to your emails.
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Jenni said...

This is such a cool fold out card! I love it! Already a follower!
Hugs, Jenni
http://mylollipopgarden.blogspot.com

Jenni said...

I liked your facebook page!
Hugs, Jenni
http://mylollipopgarden.blogspot.com

Jenni said...

I'm subscribing now too!
Hugs, Jenni
http://mylollipopgarden.blogspot.com

Karen said...

What an awesome card you created!! I love it! I'm already a follower. I found Kristal through her great weekly challenge! :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

JulieK said...

Amy- this is Awesome! Kristal will love it! Thanks for always sharing your positive attitude and being such an inspiration!

JulieK
http://jk-littlebitofbling.blogspot.com/

Lynda said...

I LOVE your thank you card! It is so cute and fun!!! I can't exactly remember how I was introduced to Kristal, more than likely through a blog hop and I've been hooked ever since! Not a day goes by that I don't stop at her site, or even simply re-visit a message that she has posted because I needed to read her inspiring and motivating words again, and again! I just love all that she does and she is truly amazing!!!

Lynda
rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

Squirlygirl said...

Love your card Amy :) I'm so happy that I met you and that wouldn't have happened if not for Kristal. Just one more gift from her to me.
~Hugs~
Becky
www.squirlygirlcreations.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Nice accordion (wow, I first spelled it with an 'a' instead of an 'o' and I even played the instrument when younger) card. I've been a follower of yours & Kristal for some time. Was introduced to both of you when I came across your blogs looking for ideas which both of you have given me. Wonderful Owl theme. My daughter likes Owls so I may be borrowing ideas from these.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Clicked like on your facebook wall & made a comment.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

Oh my word Amy, again positively fabulous. You did an outstanding job with your card. So creative.
Thank you for all your hard work on the design team. You rocked over and over again.
Hugs to you
Brenda
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Patti B said...

Great thank you card. I was introduce to Kristal through on of our fellow bloggers. Not sure which one but she was one of the first blogs that I begain following. I love her stamps and all the wonderful crafting that she does.

lebpab21408atyahoodotcom.
pattispaperfun.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Subscribed via email. Finished Owl blog hop. Cked my email & confirmed the email subscription. Came back to your blog to let you know.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Posted on my blog your link of "Operation Owl" blog post.

http://createdbysunshinehoneybee.blogspot.com/2011/07/operation-owl-blog-hop-going-on-as.html

Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Jen_H said...

This is awesome. Love all the details and the colors! TFS and for the chance to win!
~~Jen H~~

stefeni said...

What a fun project! I don't remember how I was introduced to Kristal, probably blog hopping, but I'm so glad I found her :)

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

mamawcindy said...

How Creative is that!!!! Love It and Kristal is going to Love It!! I'm a follower! :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

Kelly S said...

Wow, Amy! Your accordian tag card is truly incredible. I love it! I was introduced to Kristal back when she was selling her die cut files at VDBC.

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

Kelly S said...

I have subscribed via email.

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Your project is amazing!!

Veronica
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Charlotte said...

Amy,
Everything you make, I love. And oh my goodness, how I love this project. I have looked at you post now so closly, you would think I am stalking this project. Well, i may well be becauseI have just got to make one of these. I love the way you are using the circles as the hinges!! i have learned something new today thanks to you!!! This is just perfect for Kristal, because she just deserves such BIG THANKS!!
Charlotte

Pam said...

This is really cute. I found Kristal through her challenge. That's how I found you too! So glad I did :)) I am your follower, Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

rakiya32 said...

Love your project! I am a new follower so I dont know who she is but after reading all yall's blog she must be a wonderful person!
patrinajones@gmail.com

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Amy, your creation is FABULOUS. I have got to make one of those, soon. Great work! ~Shen

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

hey amy, great card!! i am aleady a follower, i can't remember how i was introduced to kristal, i do know that she is one of the first blogs that i started following
sierrababy08 @ hotmail dot com
kristan

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Your tag card is so fun! I really can't remember how I met Kristal! I have been a follower of hers since the beginning! If I had to guess it was from just blog hopping around!

Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

Percilla G said...

Oh wow - love this colorful accordian card
Love those colors
Now a follower and look forward to returning and seeing what you are up to
perderg{at}q{dot}com

Mrs. Sassy Crafter said...

I'm a new follower!!! I found Kristal's blog looking for digi stamps, I google digi stamps and her blog came up, since then I love it!!!!

OmaGloria said...

Amy you always inspire me. Every post I think OMGosh I have to make that. I found Kristal through one of her posts on a yahoo group. She was the first blog I ever started following and she was my very first follower. That was almost a year ago but I feel like I've known Kristal forever. She just has a way about her that is so very amazing.

Precious Hugs

Karen H said...

Amy, this is simply fabulous! The colors are so rich and yummy.. and all that ribbon! I LOVE RIBBON. Seriously though, this accordion card is beautiful and Kristal will see all the love and heart you put into it. She has such a gorgeous spirit, doesn't she? :o) Thank you for sharing another lovely creation with us!

Hugs and blessings! :o)
http://kaleidoscopicsparkles.blogspot.com

S.Bayles said...

Thanks for the blog hop... I am a follower already. I met Kristal on facebook. She is such an inspiraton to everyone. She is truly the phrase "You Are My Sunshine". I love the DT and thanks for a great job. I made my card because I was going away and thought I might now be able to do it. I mailed it Friday along with a goody box. It does not have an owl but the inside is using her stamp and especially a message for her. This is a wonderful thing to do for her.
Blog:http://lovethatexpressions.blogspot.com/

shersl84bed said...

I've been following Kristal for a long time, not sure how I was introduced to her. I think a blog hop was the first time I was introduced to her site.
Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

Lynn B. said...

What a wonderful project! I love the colors you used and you are so right about the ribbon. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynn B.

salido99 said...

What a great project. So Creative.
Kathy
salido99@msn.com

Jenny said...

Love you project...so cute. I met Kristal on Facebook and fell in love with her stamps

Jenny
jennykingham at att dot net

scrapperbecka said...

Love it Amy, Kristal is going to love it.
Becka M
Your DT sister
www.creationswithbecka.blogspot.com

Scrappy Jackie said...

I am a new follower to your blog... Very cute thank you. I want to try something like that! I started following k blog last fall... Not sure exactly how... Probably stalking what blogs others follow and started! I am so humbled and happy to be her follower! What a gracious, compassionate, real, God fearing and sharing Woman she is! Thanks for honoring her today! Pjritsema at gmail dot com

Lisa R. said...

Wow, cool accordian tag album. I guess i found Kristal while blog hopping. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

Judy said...

Wow -- you really outdid yourself this time -- this is awesome! I 'met' Kristal through YOU!
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Judy said...

I have been a follower of yours for a while
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Judy said...

I get your emails and get leads to many great things through them!
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Judy said...

I am your fan on FB, but I do not have a blog:-)
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Susan said...

What a cute card, the detail is amazing!

Kristal actually stopped in by my blog when I first started blogging and invited me to come over. I loved what I seen, and read, and have been a fan ever since!

TFS!
Susan
cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

mom2fivekiddos said...

I love this card! I believe Kristal is in one of my yahoogroups and that is where I met her! I have been a follower of hers for awhile!

mom2fivekiddos said...

I "liked" your page on FB.

mom2fivekiddos said...

I am subscribed via email.
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mom2fivekiddos said...

I posted a link on my FB!
Under Kristin Keller
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Sandy said...

Wow! Love this tag card. It is very special and I'm sure Kristal will love it! hmm... I know I met Kristal through a blog hop, but I'm not sure which one or when it was. I just know I was enamored with her site and I joined. I'm am now a follower of yours, too :)

McVic said...

Im already a follower, I think I just found her on line some place... I dont remember when or where... just glad I did!
kacee
mcvicwif@Yahoo.com

Amanda said...

following~love the card! found kristal thru some fb friends who were doing the getting cricky bloghop for forgotten heroes! keep up the wonderful work & inspiration! thanks! prhmangel@gmail.com

Amanda said...

like u on fb! prhmangel@gmail.com

Amanda said...

i subscribe via email! thanks! prhmangel@gmail.com

Rhonda Emery said...

too cute and a great job just love it. hugs

Lillian Child said...

Your blog is just delightful. Fabulous projects and fun stories! I am now a follower. Great project today!

Lillian Child said...

I am now also a FB fan!

Lillian Child said...

I have "subscribed" as well.

meredemaison said...

What a creative card! I'm sure Kristal will love it!

felkatz said...

hmmm how was i introduced to Kristal?? gosh, i believe i was watching a youtube video of a blog hop that was going on.. then i went ahead and did the hop and I found Kristal through there.. I read her post and CRIED! i was like what!! how did she know i was going through that! From that.. i was hooked!!!

love Kristal!!

Soooo love your accordion tag card!! awesome idea!!

Teela said...

Amy, love your blog! Thanks for doing this hop in honor of dearest Kristal. I found her while surfing scrapbook blogs! We bonded instantly. I was like in her first 50 followers or so. She is one of the most encouraging people I know. I'm a follower of your blog. http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

scrapinmamaof2 said...

Cute card Amy! Very whimsy. Love it! I Just happened to fall upon Kristal's webpage and loved it! I followed her on Facebook and just instantly fell in love with the inspiration she sends to others! She inspired me to start blogging (and even though I am not very good at it, I have loved getting to know other people through my blog! Wonderful people like you. I love the dt and their projects but love that I can continue to follow you all in the future. Thanks for sharing you amazing time and talent with all of us Amy!!!

Lady Fair said...

Beautiful book, all the different embellishments and bling making each page unique. I'm a follower, email subscriber, and Facebook friend already. I met Kristal through a blog hop some time ago, sorry I don't recall which one. I really appreciate that her stamps are made in the USA and she donates to charity with every stamp set sold. That's amazingly generous of her! lflinesatcomcastdotnet

Heather said...

I am already a follower. And I ran into Kristal's page on another blog hop. I find all the great blogs from the awesome hops. Thanks so much ladies.

Heather said...

I liked your Face Book page

Thanks again

God Bless
Heather Pullen
Blessed2cre8@gmail.com

Heather said...

I am already an email follower, thats how I got here today. Love the emails. Thanks

God Bless
Heather Pullen
Blessed2cre8@gmail.com

Ro Donner said...

I found Kristal through blogs like yours and am SO glad I did. She and all her design team have been such a source of inspiration (both creatively and personally). Love your project!

Bunnyfreak said...

I love how you hinged the tags. Great idea. I found Kristel through a blog hop or another crafty blogger. I can't remember which.

Amy E said...

I'm already a follower of your amazing blog!!

I can't remember how I first ran into Kristal...probably a blog hop or a link from another blog. I'm glad I did though!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Amy E said...

I'm a Facebook follower.

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Amy E said...

I'm an email subscriber too! Wow....I may as well just say, "hi, I'm Amy and I'm a stalker!!" I just don't want to miss anything!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Angiebug said...

love the tag card. great work & I'm sure Kristal will love it too. I met Kristal thru this hop today. Seems like I have been missing alot. She seems to be a wonderful person & has touched the hearts of many people. I became a follower today as well. By the way, I love the christmas bouquet as well.
angiehbug@yahoo.com

Angiebug said...

clicked on like for fb. wonderful site & left message.

 
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