Saturday, August 27, 2011

Crop Chocolate Blog Candy

As promised here is my Crop Chocolate blog candy.  I was waiting for my recent order to come in because I am including a MME Stella & Rose 6x6 pad.  The papers in this are so pretty and I hope that the full 12x12 comes to Crop Chocolate too.  Aside from the 6x6 pad the rest of the blog candy is from various hot chocolate grab bags I have gotten.  All you have to do to win is follow my blog (there is a link on the right side) and leave a comment on this post.  I will draw a winner on Monday September 5th good luck to everyone.  Please note that this is open to people in the US and Canada.

Blog Candy Contents:
MME Stella and Rose 6x6 Pad
Sassafras Fabric covered brads
MM Passport Label Fetti Stickers
MM Glitter Bling Baseball
MM Noel Rubons
MM Felt Alpha Stickers
MM Mistletoe Glitter Expoxy Stickers
MM Toil & Trouble Chandelier Beads

 Please note this is not sponsored by Crop Chocolate, but if stuff I have gotten from them which is why I am calling it Crop Chocolate blog candy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tri Shutter Card

The August design team challenge for the Crop Chocolate design team was to do something we had never done before.  I chose to make a tri fold shutter card and I love how it turned out.  

Card Open

 Front Panel

Back panel
My August project for the Crop Chocolate design team was to do something I had never done before.  I decided to make a shutter card.  Here is my card and here is the link to the video.

5 ½” x 12” card stock
Scoring tool
Pattern paper (MME So Sophie Paper)
Craft knife or sliding blade trimmer

Take the card stock horizontally (long side) and score it at the 2”, 4”, 8”, and 10” marks.
Turn the card stock 90 degrees and cut between the 2” and 10” score marks 1 ½” in on each side, you will have 3 sections of the card but it will be in one piece.
Fold the score lines so that front and back are a sideways “T” and the other flaps tuck in behind.

To do this you will fold as follows:

  • Take the middle section and fold the second score line out (mountain) and the next one in (valley). Note you will fold at 4”, and 8” marks. 
  • One the top and bottom sections you will fold on all score lines the first score line fold will be out (mountain), and then in (valley), and then out (mountain) and then in (valley) again. Note you will fold at 2”, 4”, 10”, and 12”. 
  • When the card is closed it will be 5 ½” by 4”, so if anything is sticking, chances are something is folded the opposite direction.
Blog Candy Update:  I am expecting my package in the next day or two and when I do I will post some blog candy.  I was hoping it would be here already but it got stuck in customs.  Check back soon.

Products used:
MME So Sophie Paper
Spellbinders Flying Beauties
Spellbinders Labels 10

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ducks go out to play

I was going through my pictures and realized I never posted a picture of the focus group project I made when the Crop Chocolate focus group was set up.  I made this layout because I loved the "Ducks go out to play" news paper clipping from the pitter patter line and it matched the picture so well.  When my daughter was a baby I had her pictures done once a month at the local studio when they would have a walk in special for $8.  She was such a sweet baby and loved getting her picture taken.  I did the same for my son because I didn't want the picture comparison when they got older.  Plus I am much better at scrapbooking then when I first started so his album will probably be nicer.

Blog Candy Alert !
I just wanted to give a heads up about blog candy, I am waiting for my current Crop Chocolate order to come in and then I will post some blog candy so stay tuned because it should be this week sometime.

Products used:
MM Pitter Patter Paper
MM Pastel Brads
Spellbinders Labels 14
Spellbinders Lacey Circles

Friday, August 19, 2011

Inspiration Challenge

On the the crop chocolate focus group there was an inspiration challenge.  You had to create a project, layout, card, etc with 75% crop chocolate product that was inspired by the picture.  Here is the inspiration picture

Two things popped out at me when I saw the picture and that was the butterflies (I love them) and the collage.  I saw remember seeing a collage frame with butterflies somewhere (sorry but I don't remember where) and I always wanted to try it.  When I saw this challenge I figured it was the perfect time to try.  I used MME So Sophie paper, distress ink, perfect pearls, and bling (cut apart a MM shape from my hot chocolate).  Here is my project unframed (note to self: its hard to take a picture of something framed).  I put it in a shadow box for my daughters room and she loves it.

Products used:
MME So Sophie Graceful
Spellbinders Flying Beauties
Spellbinders Labels 1

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bling it up

I discovered that after finishing my daughters album that I get tired of doing one project so I have been working on my son's baby album and also an album from a vacation we took 2 years ago.  This layout is from our vacation and it is a bunch of pictures from the pool were we stayed.  I made this for the "Bling it up" challenge at  I am a bling junkie and I have been putting rhinestones and a mist made from Perfect Pearls on everything.  I can just see the kids going through my albums when they are older and saying "that is from mom's glimmer phase".  I even used it on some die cut lizards for a different layout (nothing is safe around me).  For this challenge I used rhinestones on the letters and I sprayed my mist on the black strips behind the pictures.  My camera battery died after taking this picture so I don't have any closeups but it is really pretty and glimmery.  I was happy with how this turned out even though I hate the colour orange it turned out really nice (it went with the paper so that's why I used it).

Products Used:
Spellbinders Lacey Squares
Spellbinders Beach Party

Friday, August 5, 2011

CropChocolate Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the Crop Chocolate Chocolatier Blog Hop!! If you stumbled across this post please go to and start the hop from there.  If you came here from Beth’s blog then you are in the right place. is celebrating their new Design Team and rewarding you for checking out our work!  In order to qualify you must visit and leave comments and follow each blog.  Once you reach your last stop, leave a comment that you've visited each of the Chocolatier's blogs in order to qualify to win some AMAZING blog candy!! A Slice machine, 2 Design Cards, and other scrappy goodness!! EASY PEASY!!  The winner will be announced on Tuesday August 9th so you have till then to enter.
Here is my project for the Hop

I created this gift card holder from BG 6x6 Wisteria paper.  I got some of these 6x6 pads a while ago and after a few cards they sat around.  Now I am in love with the 6x6 pads again and can’t wait to get more in my next order.  This was such a fun project to make and it goes together easily which means I don’t mind giving it away knowing it might get tossed (GASP I know). 

Here are the instructions

1        Take a 6x6 piece of paper and cut it down to 4x6
2        Score the 4x6 piece of paper in the middle and fold
3        Cut the 2x6 piece in half to create 2 pieces that are 2x3
4        Take a 2x3 piece and score it ¼” in on 3 sides (2 short and 1 long side)
5        Fold the score lines to create your pocket (note I miter cut the bottom corners on a 45 degree angle so that corners are flat but that is optional)
6        Apply adhesive to the three folds and attach pocket to the bottom right side of the holder (leave the opening at the top, this is where your gift card goes)
7        Next from the remaining piece cut it to1x3 and fold in half.  This will become your closure.  Attach half to the back and then use velcro or magnets to attach to the front.
8        Decorate the front and inside as desired and you are finished.

Thanks for stopping by and here is the next blog on the hop

Good luck to everyone and in case you find a broken link here is the order of the hop

11. (Double header here)

Products used:
Spellbinders Floral Doiley Motifs
BG Wisteria Paper

Monday, August 1, 2011

Design Team Announcement

I am so excited to finally announce that I have made the Crop Chocolate Design team!  There will be a blog hop starting next Saturday at 10pm (MST).  If you don't know what Crop Chocolate is check it out yourself but it's an online, deal-at-a-time site where you can store your purchases till you are ready to check out.  Click here to find out your self.  I have been shopping here for 2 years and its great (don't forget to get  "hot chocolate")

The blog hop will start at and follow it from there, the prize is a Slice Machine, 2 Design Cards, and other scrappy goodness (wish I could enter myself).  Here is a sneak peak of my blog hop project.  See you on Saturday !