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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cricut Craftin Friends Blog Hop -- Day TWO -- What's not to LOVE??? :)

Cricut Craftin Friends Blog Hop 
Celebrating Cricut Craftin Grammys 1 year

Oh YAY!!  I'm so happy that you're BACK for DAY TWO of the Cricut Craftin' Friends Blog Hop!! :)  What's that???  You missed yesterday's post???  Be sure to CLICK HERE and catch up on all the FUN (plus you can double your chances in my GIVEAWAY)!! :)

Since this is a TWO-DAY hop,  you have until January 30th to post your comments on both days of the blog hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE...  Thanks for joining us!

Okie-dokie, back to hopping!! If you've hopped over from my Lasting Memories Design Team Sister, Kim, then you are in the right place!! If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Suzanne's Blog

For the hop today, I've created .......
A simple, yet FUN, Valentine Banner...  I found this cool layered heart on the BRAND NEW Creative Memories This & That Cricut Cartridge (available HERE), and I couldn't wait to use it for this banner!!  :)  There are so many neat images on this cartridge -- I think you'll be seeing quite a few here in the next several weeks...
I used some of my homespun "ribbon" strips for the banner base...  And I cut 5 hearts (both layers) at 6"...  I also cut the base of each heart from chipboard so that the banner would be very sturdy.
I tied strips of the homespun ribbon between each of the hearts to add a little fullness and whimsy...  I'm very happy with how it turned out and can't wait to find a permanent home for it (it can't stay here -- that's my cupboard filled with Sizzix dies and other craft stuff that it's hanging on!!)...
I used the Cuttlebug "Polka Dots" embossing folder for the back layer of the hear and the Sizzix "Hearts & Vines" embossing folder for the swirled hearts.  I distressed the edges with black ink before adhering the layers together (I also use a black permanent marker on the edges of the chipboard to give it a finished look).
 Finally, I added a black rosette to three of the hearts...  I took my time gluing the rosette down as I wanted it to be in more of a heart shape.  Once I had it semi-set the way I wanted it, I used hot glue to fill the center for a solid rosette.  Then I added the "Love" heart to finish it off (stamped with Versa Mark, and heat embossed with white embossing powder).  The "Love" sentiment can be found on the Owly Hoo Stamp Art Sentiment Set from K Andrew Designs...  If you'd like to see a BUNCH more projects featuring this incredibly FUN stamp set, please CLICK HERE... 

Before you hop away...  I DO have a bit of Blog Candy for one lucky winner!!  I have a few little random items that I've stuffed into an envelope -- It'll make a nice SURPRISE when the winner opens it!!  To be eligible to WIN, you will need to leave a comment answering the question: DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TRADITIONS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY???  (I like to decorate my pencil tree with heart ornaments and send Valentines to my kiddos!!)...   :)

Want some BONUS chances in the drawing???  You can do any or all of the following for EXTRA chances (just remember to leave one comment for EACH thing ya do!!):

  • "Like" the Love To Crop! Facebook Page -- click here
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  • Become a follower of my blog (2 ways to do this -- via the regular follow button AND via Networked Blogs -- get a chance for each)
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 to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)

Suzanne is ALSO offering an AWESOME Grand Prize (remember to comment on each Hop Stop BOTH days for DOUBLE the chances to WIN!!)...  If you are the WINNER, you can choose a $25 Gift Certificate to either JoAnn's or Michael's!!  Woot-woot!!  With coupons and sales, you could carry home a bunch of LOOT!! :)

Thank you again for checking out my project... Now hop to the next stop: Terri...

Remember to visit all the stops for MAXIMUM ideas and LOTS OF FUN!!  Below is a list of all the Hop Stops in case you get lost or want to revisit anyone (clicking the links below will take you DIRECTLY to each participants post)!! :)

Also posting for Cindy who does not have a blog

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Friends
Faith Abigal

Lasting Memories
Michele F
Amy :)  You are HERE now!! :)

Message Board Friends
Terri  Go here NEXT!!

Sweet Sassy Diva Blog Friends

Until next time,



wow Amy you are one busy lady!! I love this banner, very pretty!! I don't do anything on valentines day as I am single and my daughter is only three and too young to understand. We are doing crafts with the daycare kids this year!!

Unknown said...

Amy this is darling! Being single with adult boys we don't do anything special for Valentine's Day. I have decorations but getting thiose boys over to storage to pick it up is driving me crazy! LOL
Elizabeth LMDT Sister

JaniceA said...

Pretty hear banner.

Brenda said...

OMGosh I love your banner!! Love that heart shape, so cute! I love that you used "ribbon" material to tie it all together, I also love your heart shaped rosettes!! Very clever!!

JenL said...

Adorable banner!

Vickie said...

love your project

Vickie said...

I love your project

jkstiles77 said...

This banner is so cute ... love the little rosettes!

Jennasa~findtimetocreate said...

I love the banner. So cute.


Rhonda Emery said...

this is a cool banner amy love it so pretty hanging up and I love the ribbon you connected it with. hugs

Edwina said...

Love your heart banner! It is so cute! I always make Valentines and send out. Edwina Brown edwinadotbrownatlivedotcom

Lynne said...

WOW Amy -- these are amazing -- I love them!!!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
Her Craftiness

Suzanne said...

What a darling banner Amy. I love that cut. You are so enabling me. I love the black and white fabric you used to. Very classy look. Thank you so much for helping make my first blog hop such a success.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful banner. Especially like the rosettes & embossing and cannot forget the cool ribbon. I'm a follower.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

I subscribe to your wonderful blog by email also.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

TerriK said...

Adorable banner. I love how you used fabric to string it together.

TerriK said...

No special traditios, just dinner out with DH.

Michelle (scrappinforkenzie) said...

I dont have any traditions either... every year its something a little different. This banner is gorgeous amy!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I love the embossing you did on it. said...

Love the banner and really would love to have that Cartridge!! Super cute just like all your super creations!! I don't really have any traditions for valentines day, but if it falls on a week end my hubby will take me out for dinner and a movie. otherwise I do give a card and receive one from him!! TFS!!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Shawnee said...

Very nice banner. I love the heart shape and rosettes. My valentines day is usually dinner and a movie. But my favorite was when my husband took me to Hawaii.

marg0006 said...

Am already a follower. Thanks for all forthe hop.

marg0006 said...

Am already a subscriber. Great banner.

marg0006 said...

I went to facebook and left a comment and like you.
What I use to do w/my daughter daughter was make some crafts and decorate our home, especially the table, using candles nice dishware. We would cook her favorite food(meatloaf & mash potatoes)and then enjoy. She loved it.

Rae Ann said...

I love the look of the cutout heart on the background - Very pretty!
I never really had any special thing to do on valentine's day. I'm single and when I taught I had older students who were big enough for loving but too old for valentines. (LOL)
Rae Ann O.

BlueCrayons said...

wow this is beautiful. i dont have anything special i do as i am single. but i love to get my parents something and send a valentines note to my siblings

craftingwithblie at gmail dot com

BlueCrayons said...

im a follower at your blog and network .

craftingwithblie at gmail dot com

BlueCrayons said...

i also am a follower at your fb page.

craftingwithblue at gmail dot com

Michele said...

Gosh Amy this is Dang Darling!! are you going to open those doors? LOL! You are a busy lady. I think you need to add a few more blog hops up there. Ha Ha.
But that is because everyone LOVES you!! :-) Wonderful project my dear.

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Amy!! I love the embossing and the pretty rosettes with the love hearts!! The ribbon you used is just fabulous!! This would look so pretty hanging on my mantle...hum...may have to scraplift ;)

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friend!! :)


Denise Pustelniak said...

You out-did yourself again!

moknowsall said...

Hi. Great banner, I really like the material used to join the hearts.

JustYolie said...

Beautiful Valentine's Day banner!!!

Debbie said...

nice banner so inspirational, the idea about using the ribbon is great
my husband and me went on our first date valentines's day so this is always special to us, we are going to be married almost 40 years. we usually celebrate with a nice dinner, but some years we have had all the grandchildren with us which is nice as they are the result of this first date
upnurse at aol dot com
PS became a follower and did email yesterday

Unknown said...

LOVE the banner !!! No special traditions...something different every year :)

Juliana T said...

nice banner! I guess my tradition would be just surprising my husband and daughter with their hand made cards(by me, of course!)

Sue D said...

Perfect banner for Valentine's Day! I like to make Valentine's cards. I had fun with my granddaughter the other day making Cricut valentines.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Sue D said...

I am a follower.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

cdm317 said...

Beautiful banner! My DH has been bringing me home Prima flowers for V'day since I began papercrafting, now it's his tradition! LOL!
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Unknown said...

Very Beautiful Banner Amy! My husband and I have been going to a Marriage Conference the last 2 years.
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful banner-love the rosettes:)
Sherrie K

Jessica Buffa said...

Hi Amy,
Your banner is gorgeous. I don't have any special traditions for V-Day, but I guess now would be a good time to start, huh!
Jessica S

Maria said...

Gorgeous banner!!! TFS

Sugarlips said...

You are so talented! I love this banner :)

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