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Friday, May 18, 2012

Getting Cricky "SUMMERTIME" Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Summertime" Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  We'd like to invite you to visit each of our DT Sisters' Blogs (it's just half the crew this month -- you'll see the other half next month!!) and our very special Guest Designer, Melissa from Needful Things!!

Throughout the hop we'll be showing what we love about....  SUMMERTIME!!  From parties and celebrations to campfires and s'mores,  we hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!!  Sooooo, let's get hopping...

If you've hopped along from our very special Guest Designer, Melissa, 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 Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

For the hop tonight, I made something to capture memories from LOTS of Summertime events!!  Here's a little PEEK...
Soooooooo...  What does Amy LOVE about Summertime???  Well, aside from the WARM days and SUNSHINE, I love the opportunity to spend time with my super kiddos...  We are BIG baseball fans (GO BUCS!!) so we try to catch as many games as possible (whether on TV or LIVE at PNC Park)...  There's nothing like squinting into the sunlight to see our favorite players take to the diamond...  Of course, some of the FUN comes from the walk across the Clemente Bridge where we get to hear "Sax-Man" play his rendition of the "Tequila" song...
Here's a view from our favorite seats...

And a view of our favorite snack...
Oops, looks like The-Boy-Child polished those jalapeno and cheese covered nachos off before I could snap a pic!!  LOL...

Okay, on to what I created for ya!!  I made a Summertime Mini Accordion Album!!
Closed up (and tied with some beautiful Copper shimmer ribbon from May Arts), this mini album measures just 6"x6"...  Perfect for gift-giving!!  :)
I stamped some of my favorite sentiments from K Andrew Designs "Splashtastic Summer" Stamp Art Set onto some ivory Bazille cardstock...  After hand-trimming them into banner ribbons, I distressed the edges with Quick Quotes Mocha Mama Chalking Ink and adhered them to multi-colored strips of Bazille cardstock...
I wrapped the ribbon around the album three times before tying the bow -- Not only does the ribbon turn this into an instant gift, but it also doubles to hold the album closed...
Once the ribbon is removed, the album folds out...
... to reveal TEN 6"x6" squares for pictures, tickets, memorabilia, and more!!
Doesn't that look like it would be fun to fill up with photos???  :)
The paper was a Clearance find at my LSS...  We R Memory Keepers "72 & Sunny" Paper Line...  These 12x12 papers featured 6x6 squares that made folding these into an accordion album PERFECT!!  I just love all the BRIGHT colors and FUN phrases on the paper!!  :)
The "extra" embellishments are pieces that I cut from other sheets of paper from the same line of paper (YAY for fussy-cutting!!)...  I also distressed all of the edges with the Mocha Mama Chalking Ink...
My project tonight features the "Splashtastic Summer" Stamp Art Set...  For more details (or to make this set YOURS), please click on the preview below:

K Andrew Designs
We'd also like to share TWO BRAND NEW Stamp Art Sets that are now available for Pre-Order with an expected ship date of May 25th!! If you want to be one of the FIRST to own these SUPER-CUTE sets, you'll definitely want to order TODAY (clicking on the previews will take you directly to the order page!!)...

Guy Talk
K Andrew Designs


Southern Sayings
K Andrew Designs

Before you hop away...  I DO have a bit of Blog Candy for one lucky winner!!  I will be giving away a random K Andrew Designs Stamp Art Set!!  Wanna win it???  To be eligible to WIN, you will need to leave a comment letting me know WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SUMMERTIME??? (is it visits to the beach???  family vacations???  baseball games and movie nights???  or something else altogether???)...   :)

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
  • Subscribe via email by entering your email in the box at the top of the page (be sure to CONFIRM!)
  • Become a follower of my blog (THREE ways to do this -- via the regular follow button, NEW Linky Followers, 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!! :)

Oh yeah!!  Now might be a GOOD TIME to announce my LAST Getting Cricky Blog Hop Winner...  Random.org was kind enough to choose THIS winner:
And comment #72 was:
Congrats, RhoLynda!!  Watch your email for a message, and be sure to reply with your mailing address so I can get your stamp set sent out!!  :)

*** Remember -- As a special THANK YOU for joining us for the hop this weekend, you can use the promo code "newship" at checkout for FREE SHIPPING on your ENTIRE stamp purchase!!  Woot-woot!!  Be sure to take advantage of this special before it's GONE!!  :)

Now you can hop on over to your next stop: my super-and-amazingly-talented-friend, Lisa ......


Getting Cricky Blog Hop

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Didja know?
Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:



Kristal's stamp sets are perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...

Remember....
As a special THANK YOU for joining us for the hop this weekend, you can use the promo code "newship" at checkout for FREE SHIPPING on your ENTIRE stamp purchase!!

Until next time,

85 comments:

Amanda said...

Amy I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this mini album!!! I must say my favorite summertime thing is traveling its so much more fun to travel in the summer :)


Amanda
cricktncrafts.blogspot.com

Sugarlips said...

Amy,
I love love love this!! You must send me directions so I can make it. Please :)

I love the lazy days of summer and vacation. I love to get away. :)

I follow you by email as well.

CathyinMN said...

Your mini album is great! I love the fun and bright colors/papers and embellishments. My favorite thing about summer is the long days (it's great to get home from work and still have daylight to do things outside, etc.) and not having to bundle up to go outside -- just open the door and step through. I also love all of the flowers. Thanks for sharing and thanks for a chance to win! I'm already a follower through Google and I also already subscribe through email.
tcsobotka at charter dot net

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Love this idea! How cute this turned out too! I love the weather, finally getting outside... oh and watching the kids run through the sprinkler that is always funny! Thanks!
Lisa
lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness this is fantastic! I love it!

Heather Everson said...

Amy this is amazing. I love it. The colors are fabulous and it is well it is amazing! Fabulous job.


Heather
GC DT sister

Lisa said...

Wow, this is awesome, my friend!! I love the fun, summery papers you used!! How did you ever figure out where to put the tags??!! And your pictures are so fabulous, too!! I haven't been to a baseball game in Pittsburgh since Three Rivers Stadium :P

It's so hard to pick my favorite thing about summer...the beach, camping, being outdoors...I love it all :)

I hope you have a wonderful, happy weekend!! HUGS!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jenscrapstoo said...

FABULOUS!! I just love this!! The colours you have used are so happy and very summery!! I love our annual trip to the beach each summer!! Cheers Jennie DT sister
Jenscrapstoo

Tasha said...

Awesome book. I haven't ever seen one like this before. very cool. For summer i like to swim and to go on day trips to different places such a as holiday world, the zoo or any place that the kids will enjoy! Thanks for the chance to win! I am already a follower.

Dawn said...

Your mini album is awesome, love the summer colors you used. I have been a follower for awhile, but I just subscribed and "liked" you on facebook!!! YEAH! What I love about summer is fresh tomatoes! Have a great weekend. Hugs, Dawn

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Hi Amy,

Wow I love your book! Its so beautiful!! I love to go out to water parks, baseball games and camping. Cant wait for sumer time!

hugs,


Veronica
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Hi Amy,

Wow I love your book! Its so beautiful!! I love to go out to water parks, baseball games and camping. Cant wait for sumer time!

hugs,


Veronica
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

I already LIKE you on FB & also follow you your blog.



Veronica
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Patti B said...

Love your mini album. My favorite thing to do in the summer is camping.

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lebpab21408atyahoodotcom

ScrappyKsue said...

Not much of a summer person. Too hot. Spring and Fall are more my style. :-) Thanks for the giveaway! ~Karen Sue

Rhonda Miller said...

What a fun way to catch all those fun summertime memories.

I love that I'm able to spend lots of extra time outside with my kiddos playing, going for walks, swimming, BBQing, etc...

HeatherLynn said...

WOW! your little album is sooo cute!! LOVE it! I am already a blog follower and I love to take my kids swimming at the lake. This year I have a new baby to take along and I bet she loves it, too!! :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

HL

http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com/

Rhonda Miller said...

I'm a blog subscriber (regular way)

rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

Rhonda Miller said...

I 'Like' your Facebook page.

Rhonda Miller said...

I'm an email subscriber.

rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

Rhonda Miller said...

I'm following on Linky Followers.

rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

Rhonda Miller said...

I'm following on Networked blogs.

Kristi said...

Love love love your accordion mini album. Love summer to play with my kids, it is a time we can enjoy each others company without a billion school related things to do!
Kristi
kidshomelove at yahoo dot com

HeatherLynn said...

I also followed you via networked blogs! :)

HL
http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com/

HeatherLynn said...

I am already a fan of your facebook page!

HL

Thanks for the chance!!

http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com/

Miranda said...

Amy, your mini album is amazing!
Miranda
Getting Cricky DT Sister
www.nanasscrapspot.com

Sheri R said...

How cute! Are you willing to share how to fold the inside? I was already an email follower :)

Sheri

sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

Sheri R said...

Oh... I now live in Florida (after 40+ years in Ohio) so I love the ocean and beach, palm trees, the birds down here... and I am a teacher with 5 school days left... need I say more??? lol
sheri

sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

Lynda said...

Love your mini-accordian album Amy! The colors are definitely fun and bright and just scream Summer!!! :) My favorite thing about summer are the extra hours of sunlight and being able to BBQ almost everyday!!! My favorite time of year! Great work!

Hugs,

RhoLynda
blossomingbutterflycreations.blogspot.com
rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

Pam said...

Amy this is adorable! I love the papers too. You are the go to gal on this type of album, or explosion box. Great job my sweet friend. You always amaze me.

I love to camp in the summer, away from the city, noises, phones, and everything that has a must do beside it.

Hugs, Pam
http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Janice W. said...

I love barbecues in the summer. I love your beautiful fold out album. Thanks for inviting me!

Anita Braddock said...

supper Awesome card love the way it opens and the summertime colors love love the papers you chose and the Sentiments are Beautiful. thanks for sharing
abbraddock@msn.com

Anita Braddock said...

sorry didn't finish my comment what I love about summer is that my family can get together and have fun as a family. thanks for sharing

OmaGloria said...

WOWza this is incredible! The way all those tags line up! How did you ever get that one worked out?? The papers are super summery! It is wonderful that you have such a fun tradition with your family!

Precious Hugs
OmaGloria
Getting Cricky DT Member

Diana Lynn Martin said...

This is spectacular Amy!! I'm in awe, actually! This is the summeriest (is that a word? well it is now!) project I've ever seen! I would love to know how you did this cuz it would be such a fantastic gift for so many people! I hope you have a fab summer & get to go to lots of baseball games!

Diana :)
Leelee Card Designs
Getting Cricky DT Sister

Cheri said...

Amy, this is absolutely adorable and so creative. I hope we can hit the ballpark at least once this summer but am most looking forward to a beachside vacation with the family.

Cheri
www.djssundries.blogspot.com

marg0006 said...

Love summer and the warm weather(not a winter person). Like the peach and love my grandkids coming to stay over for the summer vacation. Also love BBQ's.

marg0006 at verizon dot net

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

wonderful project, i love the different dps very pretty. What i love about summer is a great reason to stay inside the air conditioned room or stay at home, blooming flowers. I'm not really a warm weather person. :D

~luanne
sisterscraftcafe at gmail dot com

sally said...

the mini album is cute! I love the lazy, crazy days of summer sunshine, cooking on the BBQ and spending warm summer nights out on the lawn looking at the stars.

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

Amy this is so cool!! I love the little tabs on the outside of the book and or course it would be an "AMY" with out a twist!! Love how it folds open!!
Kristan
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

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puffinliz said...

Sorry, deleted my comments cuz I forgot to put in 1) how awesome your project is and 2) my email! Duh...I am a loyal follower!

puffinliz at yahoo dot com

puffinliz said...

I have lived away from my home state of Texas for 7 years and am finally back and living close to 2 daughters and a sister and my son lives in Dallas and visits Austin (where I live) often, so this summer my favorite thing will be seeing my family more often as school is out and one is a teacher, one is a college student and my sister has 2 kiddos in school so she will be more available. Yipee! Love you project, btw.

puffinliz at yahoo dot com

Marilyn said...

Love, Love Love your project. I love summertime becauseof the warm weather and we always take a trip to the beach

mimicaro9650 at yahoo dot com

LeeAnn from NC said...

What a great mini album...I love the design, the paper, everything about it ! I love summer because of the beautiful weather and because my grandkids are out of school and I love watching them splash around in our backyard pool or getting in and playing with them. Any extra time with them makes me one happy grandma !

Janis said...

Another GREAT project by Amy! Love the way it opens and LOVE the banner tags!!!! You ROCK!! :) Janis craftyjanis@live.com

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

I love creating these mini ablums but never thought to add the tags. How did you know where to add them to get them just right. Love the summer papers. I think my favorite thing about summer would be the warmer weather, longer days, and beach time with friends and family. Oops I guess that was more than one thing. :) TFS. Love your projects.

Tami Scrappin Rabbit Designs
tamiallore at hotmail dot com

Christina said...

Your mini is great! My favorite part of summer is bbq and ice cold watermelon!
shewhodreamz at gmail dot com

Indy said...

I love mini-accordian albums! My students just made one for their mothers! Yours is super summery and delightful! As for what I LoVe about summer--no work! This frees me up for more crafting and camping! I am already a follower!

Creative M said...

WOW!Absolutely Amazing!!You did an amazing job on this mini!love the tags and color combo!My favorite thon about summer is eating lots of ice cream and walking in the beach.
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Creative M said...

Already a Follower!!!!!
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Creative M said...

Subscribed to your Posts!!!
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Creative M said...

Liked you on FB(Migdalia Rodriguez)!
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AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Wow This is awesome. You were busy and the papers you used are so cute.

What I do and don't like about summer : =) Oh lets see I don't like the heat and now that I'm living here in Washington State we were told get your fans early. We live in base housing and they don't have any AC. So This will be my dislike of summer because I like the cool weather. But what i do like is I can wear my flip flops and go for ice cream and lots of hot dots. Ha! TFS AJ~
jeria22@yahoo.com

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

I already Like Love To Crop FB page. jeria22@ yahoo.com

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

I'm already subscribe via email. TFS AJ~ jeria22@yahoo.com

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

I'm a follower of your blog via regular, linky! TFS AJ~ jeria22@yahoo.com

Patti Ross said...

This is so stinkin' cute. I love the bright summertime papers - it just makes me smile.

Summertime - warmth, sun, front porch sitting...AH!

Patti Ross
DT sister

Nanette said...

Great mini album! What I like about summer...flowers and not having to wear layers of clothes.

nanettemt at yahoo dot com

Nanette said...

I am already a follower of your blog.

nanettemt at yahoo dot com

Nanette said...

I already subscribe via email!

nanettemt at yahoo dot com

Nanette said...

I've liked you on Facebook also!

nanettemt at yahoo dot com

simplybren said...

WOW! What an awesome mini album. This is really great. Think I will put this on my wanna do ti list. Pinned it for future reference.
Brenda

S.Bayles said...

Amy,
What a great card. I have lots of her stamps and you know I follow her now and have for sometime.
Blog:http://lovethatexpressions.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said...

Amy... oh my goodness... totally forgot that you lived in Pittsburgh.. i was sitting under the PNG sign for the double header at the end of April. we should have met up :(
oh well next time for sure - or you can come to Canada. you know it only was a five hr dr :)

oh yeah... great project and thanks for the chance to win :)

Kimberly said...

liked your fb page
and of course a follower ;)

Creative Diva said...

Wow Amy! isn't this just so much fun. Love that paper you used. It really makes it pop.

Hugs,
Patty
creativediva98.blogspot.com
Getting Cricky DT Sister

Lissa Marie said...

That is pretty awesome I don't think I have seen anythign like it before!

Kathy Salido said...

What a fabulous mini album!! Love the fun colors and paper you used!!
Kathy
Salido99@msn.com
http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/

Pink Polka Dot Scrapping said...

Wow... I love your work. I get excited every tim I stop by your blog! You did an amazing job on this! Yes this would make and excellent gift! Also My favorite part of summer is th BBQ's and the kids playing in the pool with the radio blasting and everyone is just sitting around and chatting and soaking all the sun in! Thats my favorite part about summer! Thanks again for the chance to win! I love your mini album what a great Idea and thank agin!

Pink Polka Dot Scrapping said...

o yea and pinkpolkadotscrapping@yahoo.com is my email address!!

Nina said...

Cute idea,love it!

rlovew said...

What an awesome mini album- so bright and fun as well as different from others I have seen. My favorite thing about summer is getting into the pool. rlovew1976 at yahoo.com

Michele from MS said...

Already a follower on Facebook!! msmith38652@gmail.com
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Michele from MS said...

Subscribed via email (michele38652@yahoo.com) msmith38652@gmail.com
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Michele from MS said...

Already a blog follower!! msmith38652@gmail.com
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Michele from MS said...

OMG where do I begin?? The overall design of this album is very unique! The papers are so colorful and fun, the tags just perfect and the cover/ribbon is fabulous. I just love this little album! I have been to PNC park with I was there on business. No game though, just peered through the gate! Walked across that bridge too so that was pretty neat seeing that again! Thanks for sharing!! msmith38652@gmail.com
http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

Michele from MS said...

My favorite summer activity is sitting on the beach watching the waves come and go. So very peaceful.... msmith38652@gmail.com
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Karen L said...

WOW!! Your explosion box is amazing!! Love all the fun colors and patterns!!! I am already a follower and what I love most about summer is popsicles and ice cream!!

Karen L said...

I already LIKE you on FB as Karen Ladd!

Karen L said...

Already an email subscriber!

Karen L said...

Following on GFC!

Karen L said...

I'm now a Linky follower!

Karen L said...

Following on Networked blogs as well!

 
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