Saturday, February 5, 2011

Think Spring Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the "Think Spring" blog hop!  If you've stumbled onto my page and would like to start at the beginning, please visit Kathryn's site:  A big thank you to Kathryn for hosting a great blog hop!  If you've arrived from the wonderful and talented Java Jen's site, then you are in the right spot!  Here is the complete list in case anyone gets lost! :)

1) Wamfamily - Creations with Kathryn
2) Scrappin' Palace - Scrappin' Palace
3) Ms Dee - Dee's Special Things
4) Buggin Out - Paper Crafting Chic
5) lechristina3 - All Things Crafty
6) TinaB - Tina Time
7) Lissa - So Many Crafts, So Little Time
8) Crafty Baskets - Crafty Baskets
9) Java Jen - Java Jen Creations
10) Stephanie J <----You are here
 11) CraftyCreations - The Crafty Creation Spot
12) Jennifer Hawkins2 - Confessions of a Scrapaholic
13) Laura Mason - Scrappy Craft Corner
14) Scrappy Jess - Scrappy Jess
15) TX Scrapper Mom - TX Scrapper Mom
16) Kreimers - My Fantabulous Life
17) SoonerMT - Paper Renee
18) ToniBaczek - Happy Scrapper
19) Croppin Momma - Croppin Momma Designs
20) arahbeth - Scrapbooking with Sarah
21) Nicolette Simpson - Beyond Scrapin  

I am so excited to particiate in my first blog hop.  I am new to the Cricut, but have been 'crafty' since I was little! :)  Thank you for stopping by.  Please leave me a comment and please become a follower if you'd like...I'd be thrilled!

Think Spring Card
Yesterday was my birthday and I spent the evening crafting while hubby made us a great dinner and my family spoiled me with such thoughtful, wonderful birthday gifts!  During my crafting time, I made several of these cute cards to send to my friends in snowy Chicago, straight from sunny Florida to help them get through the blizzard of 2011! :)

For the flower pot, I used the vest and skirt shape (3 inches) pg 46, and a scalloped shape (adjusted to fit) pg 53 on the Paisley cartridge in Design Studio.  I hid the vest and utilized the skirt (upside down) as the flower pot.  Take a look...

Take some green wire (usually for jewlry making) and shape around a paint brush handle.  Cut some of your favorite flowers and glue together.

I cut small circles (using the Cricut or punch) and wrote "Think Spring" with a white gel pen.  Ink the edges of the white card stock, throw a ribbon or piece of coordinating paper around the bottom, and pop-dot the flower pot and wooohooo you've got a great card!
Here's the inside of the card.  I embossed the dragon flies with blue and green, and used a glaze pen to write "'s right around the corner!" 

A Double Layout

I loved this "Think Spring' theme so much that I continued it onto a double layout.

I just need to take some pictures this spring as we plant our spring flowers, herbs and veggies, print them out and add them to the matted 4x6 areas!

I have blog candy for one lucky follower.  Simply leave me a post and become a follower (if you aren't already).  I will draw a random number on Feb 12th.  Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you in your comment OR simply check back on the 12th.

I've got some great embossed cards, two bottles of green glitter glue and two little strips of ribbon.  The stamp says "Spring is in the air".  Hopefully this blog candy will inspire you to "Think Spring" too!

Thank you for participating in this blog hop and stopping by.  I hope you are having fun so far, I know that I've had a blast!  Next, you will be visiting Sandy S in sunny California.  She is one of the most creative and kindest people that I know!   You are going to LOVE her blog!


  1. I love the spring flowers or is that flowers on a spring...LOL. The LO looks great and so do the cards. You are making me long for spring so much talking about the sun and warmth and of course the pretty flowers....we are still buried under 3+ feet of snow with more coming! Yeah...I really need this hop bad...LOL. I am a follower.
    susanslomski at yahoo dot com

  2. What a great idea and love what you did with the cards and the lay out. As I look outside more snow is coming down in Missouri this is the perfect hop to remind me that spring will come. TFS
    debbie_craine at hotmail dot com

  3. I absolutely LOVE those flowers! What a great idea!! I'm going to have to give that a try! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

  4. So cute! I love the curly flower stems!! So creative!

  5. I absolutely love your cards! What a great details to use flower wire for the stems. Very creative and I love making layouts that coordinate with my cards or vice versa...very pretty layout! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Delightful cards!! Your friends will be thrilled to receive this charming bit of springtime! The layout is wonderful as well. Your handwriting is so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  7. WOW! Awesome work Stephanie!

  8. Wow!! Your projects are absolutely wonderful!! You are so talented! Thanks for a breath of Spring!!

  9. wow! I love the spring idea!!! Thanks

  10. Very creative...i'm new to the cricut too and forget that I can use shapes from other carts in ds to make what I want...thanks for the post and opportunity to win great prizes!!

  11. I LOVE these - what a clever idea to use SPRINGS :-) Awesome!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  12. Love love love...your cards! You did such a great job! Thanks for sharing! And for the opportunity to win!

  13. ~ Oh those springy flowers are AWESOME!! Very very cool idea!

    ~ I'm a new Follower of your Blog!

    ~ Thanks for the chance to win such a FAB giveaway!!

    Hip Hop and Awaaaaayyy!

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  14. Those are just adorable cards. I love the green spring wires. Thank you for the inspiration.
    lklebs1 at yahoo dot com

  15. Love the used of the wires in your cards and layouts. Spring is in the air! ;)


  16. Really cute cards. I love the stems. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. And for the chance to win some candy.


  17. Very creative with the spring stems! Thanks for sharing.

  18. So talented!!! Love the color you used. The cards and you layout is so cute!!! TFS and thank you for joining in on the hop.


  19. Love the cards and matching layout. Very cute, indeed! And Happy Birthday to you, too! Sounds like you had a perfect day.

    lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

  20. you ladies are all so talented blog hops are fun never realized there were so many. Love you layouts. Hope spring gets here soon.
    hurdlori at sbcglobal dot net

  21. Such adorable cards!!! Love them!

  22. LOVE your card! Cute layout as well! TFS!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  23. I am a happy new follower... You did a great job on those cards and your layout... the springs/wire is a fabulous idea. THank you so much for sharing and inspiring us... pjritsema at gmail dot com

  24. What a creative and crafty lady you are! I just love your punny springs for the flowers--and how smart are you, using the skirt for a flower pot!This is why I love your blog! Thanks so much for sharing! ksjennings at gmail dot com and/or

  25. Cute, cute, cute....I am now a follower......Great projects...TFS

  26. Springs?? WOW - what a creative idea! These projects are just the sweetest thing!

    I just discovered your blog and am now a follower - so very nice to meet you!

  27. What a cute card. Very creative to use the wire to make it look like a spring. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  28. You are so clever to make these from clothes and wire.
    username at yahoo dot com

  29. Great layout. Very clever and creative.
    I'm a new follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
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    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  30. those are adorable spring cards, i lvoe the "springs", and your layout is awesome, it will looks fantastic with pics of your garden in it! thanks for sharing!

  31. The springs are so original! I love them!


  32. Awesome cards, I love the green wire you used for the stems. I will definately give these cards a try if I can find the wire. Thanks for the great idea.

  33. Stephanie,

    You are so creative and clever!!! :) I love your cards & layout! Great idea to use a skirt for the flowerpot. And that green wire for jewelry making is perfect as the stems. Totally cute!

    Thank you so much for sharing,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  34. Fantastic projects!! The wire idea is awesome love how it looks!! Thanks
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

  35. Beautiful cards and layouts! I never would have thought to use wire for the stems... but now I will!

    ksull4597 at gmail dot com

  36. Great cards and layout. Love how you made the flowers, so clever. Thanks for sharing.

    vwilson577 at

  37. The cards and layout are awesome!


    kakrnach at yahoo dot com

  38. Very cute cards!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE the flowers. We in Oklahoma need some help with all our snow too. Looks like I am getting another round tomorrow.

    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

  39. I love this design! Thank you for the instructions as well.


  40. Love your cards and layout. The spring is such a cute idea. Thanks for the hop and giveaway!

    jenlovcarr at aol dot com

  41. For being new to the cricut you did well! Love your layouts!

    lauermaa at gmail dot com

  42. Your cards and your layout are so nice. Love the springs. I am a new follower. TFS and the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  43. Super cute, love these cards TFS
    stop by my blog I have a giveaway that will end soon