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Friday, September 16, 2011

50 States Blog Hop -- Take a Trip Across America!! Welcome to TEXAS!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!
You have reached..... TEXAS!! :)
**If you're looking for HAWAII, please CLICK HERE!!**

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our host Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see.

If you've hopped along from *FLORIDA*, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard or happened along from somewhere else, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!  To be entered to win, please do the following:
So what's the Grand Prize???
Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.
Now on to my state and my project....

Welcome to..... TEXAS!! :)
On December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state in the Union...  Nicknamed the "Lone Star State," the state flower is Bluebonnets, the state bird is a Mockingbird, and the state tree is Pecan...  Now, it's a bit hard for me to sit and write about the state of Texas without immediately becoming a little twang-ish...  You see, my family and friends who love me dearly would all tell you that the one of their favorite things to come out of the state of Texas is...  ME!! :)

Yeppers, faithful friends...  I'm a Texas Girl!!  Well, now doesn't that just explain a few of the Howdies, Yee-Haws, and Hey-there Pardners???  :)  If ever you get the chance to saddle up your horse and head to Texas...  Well, I just couldn't recommend anything more!! :)

A month or so ago when I did the Bucket List Blog Hop, one of the things I thought I might like to do is visit each and every one of our wonderful states of America, so I was awfully excited about this hop!!  I decided it would be the PERFECT way to start an album with a layout for each state!!  Then, as I make my way across the USA, I can add a few pictures and some memorabilia to each layout -- Kinda like a passport, except with a bit more character!! :)  So here is my layout for Texas....
I don't know about you, but when I think of Texas, I think about the Red-White-and-Blue (okay, and the Texas Longhorns...  HOOK 'EM HORNS!!)...  This 12x12 layout features some of my favorite 'retired' paper from the Creative Memories Primary 4th of July Additions Kit (I've actually been saving this paper for this layout in particular!!) and the retired Star Shape Maker Punch.  All of the Cricut cuts (the state, name, and mockingbird) are from the 50 States Cricut Cartridge (oh, how I LOVE this cartridge!!).  I also used my Creative Memories Tag Punch for the hidden journaling tags....
Two tags are hidden on the left side of the Texas state cut (the state is cut at 11.5" using the base feature and shadow feature).  I distressed the white cardstock with Stampin' Up!'s Creamy Caramel ink...  The ribbon is from the rapidly shrinking craft section at Walmart...
On the right side of the state, I included a hidden 4.5"x6.5" double-sided photo mat also with hidden journaling tags...  This gives me a little extra room to hide some memorabilia, event tickets, or even one of those pennies that you flatten in those souvenir machines. :)
Here you can see that the entire photo mat pulls out from under the state...  It is matted on both sides so that I can add TWO 4x6 photos (this is a great time to make a mini-collage of several photos and really jam-pack the memories into one layout)...
As I mentioned, the state bird is a mockingbird...  Not quite as regal as an eagle, but since the nation claimed that for the National bird, I suppose it's okay that it wasn't up for grabs in Texas. :)  Anyway, I think the mockingbird is a rather nifty bird...  If I had a mockingbird outside my window, I think I'd enjoy hearing it sing quite a bit!!  So this is a picture of the state bird......
And this is my mockingbird on my layout!! :)  One of the great features on the 50 States Cricut Cartridge is that it has a cut for each state bird...  I cut this one at 2.75" -- Two of the base layer (for extra thickness) in black and one in the top layer in light gray.  I then used my white Signo pen and black marker to add some details and finished it off by shading it with some black ink. 
The TEXAS title (another feature on the cartridge) was cut at 2.5" in both the base layer and shadow layer.  I popped the title up with some foam tape for a little extra dimension...
And there you have it!!  That's my Texas layout!!  I hope you've enjoyed it!! :)

I'm so thankful that you've stopped by to visit me (and TEXAS) that I am giving away a little RAK to one person who comments on this post.  The RAK has a stamp and a strip of sticker embellishments, so if you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post (If you aren't sure where to comment, please ***CLICK HERE***)

Now you can hop to the NEXT STATE IN THE UNION -- *IOWA*!!  Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

50 States Hop



Brenda said...

Amy, this is an awesome idea. I would love to visit all the States, but I know that won't happen. LOL I love the idea of making a passport of such and what a great way to remember something about each state. The papers and colors you chose are perfect for Texas. HeeHaw...LOL I also love the idea of the extra pocket for photos and journaling. You are so creative.
Great job
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

ScrappinT said...

Love your idea and your Texas layout! Another state that I would love to come back for a visit!

Cathie w said...

great hop idea very cleaver and cute project


Lisa said...

What a great layout! Big bold and patriotic - just what i think of when i think of texas! Love the tuck behind pictures --- cool idea!

Have a scrap- happy day,
Lisa G

Bunnyfreak said...

Love your mocking bird. I got 50 states partially for the birds.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like your TX layout. Howdy from Central TX. Not a fan of college football and not a Dallas Cowboy fan either but hope you do not hold that against me. We had 71 days of 100+ temps and finally we have cooler temp. Autumn is just around the corner.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

bartlettpair said...

I am originally from Texas:) We moved to Wyoming 11 years ago---lived in Texas for 32 years----You did an awesome job on your project!! Thanks so very much for sharing:) Be blessed!!

kahurst said...

Beautiful! It speaks to my native Texan heart!

Shawnee said...

Beautiful! I love how you really brought Texas life.

Thank you for being a part of this fun hop!

Co Host
50 States Blog hop

Barbara B said...

Wow, such an awesome layout! I love how you have hidden the tags! And the bird is so life like!

Barbara B.

littlen said...

beautiful work. tfs.

mjblahnik56 said...

Love your layout. Very colorful and Texasy TFS

Becky Dunham said...

Oh Amy! I love this! It is always such a treat to visit your blog and this time is no exception! What a fabulous layout and so many little hidden goodies - thanks for the inspiration! I just love layouts with secrets :) I too would love to visit every state. I have not visited too many of them but Texas is close enough to Utah I ought to be able to make it there some day :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Kathie said...

this is a beautiful layout. A nice depiction of Texas. My husband (who is from Texas calls it God's country) Thanks for sharing.

Crafty and Green said...

What an amazing Project Amy! I love it! You are so talented!

Many Blessings,

Nana Jo said...

Great layout!!!
mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

Cathy said...

Love the layout, your colors are big and vibrant like the stat of Texas.

Rachelle said...

I love your TEXAS LO! You did an amazing job Amy!
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Lori Apgar said...

Love, love, love your layout!! I love the hidden tags and photo mats! Love the collage idea!

I have never been to Texas, but my husband and older sons went to the Alamo Bowl in 2005. They really enjoyed their time in Texas. I was home with our one month old son very sleep deprived and would not have remembered the trip LOL!!!

So glad to be in this hop with you!!!

AmyJRockstar said...

Amy I absolutely love this idea! Now I have to get that cartridge and start a 50 state scrapbook album. You are brilliant! Love the layout and thanks for sharing this super fun idea. I have always wanted to visit all 50 states and have either 28 or 29 of them down. Can't wait to get a few more under my belt in the coming years... planning on Oregon, Washington, and Virginia (and hopefully Alaska). That will knock off another four! Thanks for the chance to win, my friend.

Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

XO ~ Amy Jo
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

Simply delightful project!!!!

ScrappingJUDY said...

great job. this is really awesome.
thanks for sharing


Ashley Nicole said...

I absolutely love this LO. Thanks for sharing and helping make this hop amazing!

Colleen said...

Your LO is amazingly beautiful! Thanks for all your hard work on this hop, it was a blast! :)

Robin said...

Super cute ideas with the hiddent elements of your page. You really made Texas "Pop" off the page!


Crafting Misfit said...

Amy, you rock! Love it :)

It was fun to do this hop with you!
Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
Stop by my blog anytime!

Carla said...

I love your LO, and what a great idea to make a LO like that for all the states to help you remember all your travels. Thanks for sharing. or
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