Thursday, March 31, 2016

  Crayola Crayon Day

Pin It        Hi there!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards and I'm happy to be here with you today!

I don't know about you, but give me some crayons and a coloring book and I'm a happy camper, so I couldn't let Crayola Crayon Day go by without a tribute.  That's right, Crayola Crayons have their very own day!

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I was thrilled to receive an "adult" (don't take that the wrong way ;-) coloring book on my last birthday and had only seen one prior to that.  It was nice not to be coloring Barney or Mickey Mouse...not that I have anything against either of those fine gentlemen, but I was yearning for something a bit more detailed.  Fast forward a year and these coloring books can be found everywhere!  So I'm guessing lots of people enjoy coloring as much as I do.

So as an homage, I made a crayon themed card in honor of the occasion:


I made this card using a cut file from the Silhouette Store with a few changes and I like the bright colors...great way to use up scraps, too.  I don't have any kids in the family or circle of friends to whom I can send this card, so I decided to create a sentiment I could use for an adult...


I have a few friends who are colorful...and they make my life colorful, too, so I'm happy they're in my life.

But back to Crayola...

I discovered Crayola has produced about 400 unique shades of crayons since 1903!  And I thought I was well supplied with a box of 64!  Crayola still has a core group of 120 colors but they have also produced several unique sets including metallic, gem tones and even scented.

Under another name, Crayola started as a pigment supply company but moved into arts and crafts, starting with chalks then moved into crayons and expanded to colored pencils, markers, paints and modeling clay to name a few.  They are also the creators of Silly Putty.

Here's something I bet you didn't know...Crayola is owned by Hallmark Cards!

Crayola factories are located in Easton, PA, Orlando, FL and another in Minneapolis, MN.  They are open for tours all year.  It looks like a heck of a lot of fun...check it out here.

So now that you know it's a day all about crayons, why not print out a free coloring page and color away.   It's a relaxing way to spend some time and I bet the kids will let you hang your masterpiece on the fridge along with theirs.

And, if you're not into coloring, you can still have fun with crayons.  Take a look at this crayon wreath and this alternative to Valentine's candy using crayons.

Don't forget, today is the last day of the "Anything Goes" challenge, so hurry and share your project for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Paper Crafting World.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  You Tube Tuesday- Easiest Burlap Wreath Ever!

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Hey everyone!! Daphne spent the day with her family today so I gladly stepped in to bring you today's video.

I have been wanting to create a burlap wreath for a while now for my front door and have been looking at different videos. I came across this one and thought it was too cool not to share!! Gonna have to try it soon!!


Have a burlap wreath you made? I would love to see it!!
I can't thank you enough for checking out my blog today. It means the world to me and I hope you truly enjoyed it. May it inspire you to create something wonderful!   Scrappy Hugs!
Still two days left to enter this month!!


Connie Can Crop Challenge #44
Anything Goes
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday March 31st
Pacific Time

Sunday, March 27, 2016

  Question of the Week

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Happy Easter!!
Christos Anesti!!


Remember.. I want you to answer the question in the comment section too!
AND
if  you have a question to ask for an upcoming week add that in the comments too, if you ask a question and I use it you will win a prize!!


This week's question is brought to us by Jean Bullock....
How do you celebrate Easter?

Connie- We are Catholic and observe Lent. So we give up meat on Fridays and also give up something personal or promise to do something better all throughout the Easter season. Being raised Greek, we dye some Easter eggs red and play a game with them at Easter dinner. Whoever has the egg that is uncracked is supposed to get good luck. It's fun! We don't really hide eggs anymore since my kids are big but I look forward to having grandchildren one day that I can do all those fun kiddie things for. Easter for me is really about remembering that Jesus died for us. And for being with my family. Thankful that I am blessed to have them in my life. And if they live far away I spend an hour on the phone with them. Always!


Angela- This year I didn't feel like hosting but of course am doing it anyway...BUT....I'm not doing a traditional dinner. We are going to BBQ hotdogs and burgers! We always have a little egg hunt for my boys, their cousins and the neighbor and just hang out the rest of the day smile emoticon

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Veronica- My nephews come for visit, so it is really fun. We usually go to Mass and when we come back we do the Easter egg hunt for the kids. We really love to see the children so happy.

Kim- Our Easter day will consist of church in the morning. Later in the day we go to an Easter brunch at a beautiful hotel overlooking the water. The room is beautifully appointed and the food is beyond what you could possibly expect and we eat ourselves into a stupor and then walk (more like waddle after all that eating) along the water's edge.

ok, It's your turn to answer!!

Jean Bullock be sure to contact me so I can send you a goodie!! Thanks for the question!!

And don't forget to enter the new challenge....

Connie Can Crop Challenge #44
Anything Goes
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday March 31st
Pacific Time

Friday, March 25, 2016

  Sketchy Saturday

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 Hello, this is Veronica from Vicky's Scrapping Passion, and
today I am sharing with you this Sketch I found on Pinterest and really liked it:


This sketch was published by 
Grand divas scrappy place a while ago, but it kind of classy, and could be used for any occasion.


Don't forget to check out the new Challenge!! 



Connie Can Crop Challenge #44
Anything Goes
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday March 31st
Pacific Time

  Freebie Friday!

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Its Freebie Friday! And since Easter is this weekend, I found some really cute Easter-y images to share with you all! 


KaDoodle Bug Designs Easter Egg Fox





(scroll a little down page to find download link)





(each day is different so if you download tomorrow, it will not be this egg!)


Thank you so much and have a Happy Easter! 


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  Design Team: Golden Award 2nd page.

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Hi happy Scrappers,

 sharing with you the 2nd part of the 2 page layout I just finish making for my son's pictures from when he got his first Golden Award.


Here is a picture of both sides:


Again, here I used 2 already discontinued CTMH paper packs. I used my cricut explorer to cut this fun svg file and added some cuts for the background from the CTMH Artbooking cart. The font is from the Disney's Mickey Mouse Fonts. I used my cricut to write my son's name on the award and his initial on the ribbon medal. 
I used Some CTMH ink markers to add depth to the trophy and an alcohol marker from Ranger to add more color to the lettering on my son's name.

I used parts of the QT Patootie Boy Sitting w Award CF file from this month challenge sponsor, to cut the trophy, the Apple, and the award ribbon. Those files are very easy to use and cut. 



I hope you enjoy this project and visit me to see further pictures by Saturday this week.


Want a chance to win!! Enter the monthly challenge at Connie Can Crop!! There is still time.


Connie Can Crop Challenge #44
Anything Goes
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday March 31st
Pacific Time

  Hippity Hop Easter Layout

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Hello my crafty friends!!
I am super excited to be posting as a designer for Paper Crafting World. I am so excited to be able to share these adorable cut and digital files with you.

When I first saw these bunnies I fell in love and I know you will too! With Easter just around the corner (literally) I figured this layout would brighten up anyone's day. 

 The file I used is called Bunnies Furry with Big Egg Set CF and it's in the shop right now!
Super cute right? I decided on blue bunnies because I wanted to match my printed paper.
 I added lots of dimension with pop dots and inking. They really pop! I also added some faux stitching to a few of the elements like the title to help it stand out.
Wishing you all many Blessings this Easter!!

Check out the store, there's so many amazing files. You can find a file for every need: digital, printable or even cuttables.
 Be sure to stop by Paper Crafting World and see all the great files waiting for you! 

 I invite you to participate with us in PCW's month long challenge for the March.
 Remember: ANYTHING GOES with the option to Use the colors Green AND/OR Gold.

You can join the challenge and pick up a freebie HERE.


I can't thank you enough for checking out my project. It means the world to me and I hope you truly enjoyed it. May it inspire you to create something wonderful!   Scrappy Hugs! 

Only a few more days to enter!!

Connie Can Crop Challenge #44
Anything Goes
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday March 31st
Pacific Time

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

  Under Water Centerpiece- Miss Kate Cuttables

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Hello my crafty friends!!

It's my day to post with  Miss Kate Cuttables! I just got back from Florida and the Quilter's Luncheon I was asked to help decorate. I used some of Miss Kate Cuttables' darling SVG files to make the awesome decorations for my tables!!

But first, did you know that Miss Kate Cuttables gives away a free file everyday?
YES, absolutely FREE. So what are you waiting for, head over there and get your free file now!!

For my project I used An Ocean of Fun file.
An Ocean Of Fun SVG scrapbook cute svg cuts cut files for scrapbooking ocean svg cuts

I created these under water themed centerpieces using the fish, starfish and seaweed from the Ocean of Fun file along with some other seaweed from various files.



I just love how they turned out and so did everyone else!! In fact I made on just for me so I could keep it on display in my home!


I can't thank you enough for checking out my project. It means the world to me and I hope you truly enjoyed it. May it inspire you to create something wonderful!   Scrappy Hugs!


Connie Can Crop Challenge #44
Anything Goes
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday March 31st
Pacific Time

Monday, March 21, 2016

  YOU TUBE TUESDAY/MONDAY - Fun Easter Craft

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GOOD MONDAY MORNING!!

Things are busy here at Connie Can Crop so You Tube Tuesday this week is You Tube Monday. 

Easter is this upcoming weekend. I found this really neat Easter project. It is simple but comes out really pretty. Check it out. 








I hope you liked this project as much as I did. 
Don't forget to check out this month's Anything Goes Challenge to win a great prize.  





THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TODAY! I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THAT SOMETHING INSPIRES YOU TO GET OUT THERE AND GET CRAFTY!!!

 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

  Question of the Week

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Happy St. Patty's Day!! ( a few days late!) And Blessings to you on Palm Sunday!!

Remember.. I want you to answer the question in the comment section too!
AND
if  you have a question to ask for an upcoming week add that in the comments too, if you ask a question and I use it you will win a prize!!


This week's question comes from me...Are you a little Irish? Do you do anything to celebrate St. Patty's Day?

Connie- I do believe there is some Irish on my mom's side somewhere...she's quite the mix! LOL! We usually wear green. I used to bake rainbow cupcakes or make green pancakes or cookies when the kids were younger. One year we tried to make traditional corned beef and cabbage. Loved the cabbage but none of us liked corned beef. So there you have it! Guess we will have green chicken or tacos!

Daphne-   I have a small amount of Irish heritage. As a child my grandparents always had me wear green and orange. Now wearing the green is a fun thing. We have corned beef and cabbage! That's a must!!

Angela- I'm not, but my husbands side is (so my kids get to be little leprechauns!) sometimes we go over to his dad's house for corned beef - not this year since hubby is working. Which is ok, not a fan anyway!
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Veronica-nope. Just in my heart, kidding. I just love to see the policeman and fireman parade in NYC...
However, I do love st. Patrick's day, and would love to visit Ireland one day.
Kim- Well, they say everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but, yes, I am part Irish. These days, the most celebrating I do is eat corned beef and cabbage for dinner...works for me!

ok, It's your turn to answer!!

And don't forget to enter the new challenge....

Connie Can Crop Challenge #44
Anything Goes
due 11:59 P.M. Thursday March 31st
Pacific Time



Friday, March 18, 2016

  He is Risen Blog Hop

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Today's hop will be a celebration of Christ rising from the grave.

We've got a great group of bloggers today and the projects will just wow you.

Please comment on each of the blogs the hop to be entered into the prize drawing.



Today's prize is a $10 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.

The hop will be open for comments until March 31st. 
Winner will be announced on Theresa's blog on April 1st. No Fooling!

Now on with the projects.

I decided to create an Easter card for this hop.
Using My Cricut Explore, I designed this card using four different cartridges and altering the card and window images to fit my card needs. I also cute two crosses in two different colors so I could layer the purple cloth over the brown cross.


 I added some stickles to the Gold Window frame. And used a patterned paper in hopes it would look like stained glass. It didn't turn out as I had hoped. My next one will be different. I also used liquid glass on the purple cloth and the blue bow. Added some hand stitching in white pen and some silk flowers with an enamel dot. The sequins in the top corners have liquid pearl dots.


This sentiment is my favorite. Taken from an online card. I printed it on my Cricut Explore using a Miss Kate type font. I just love it!
Wishing you a blessed Easter! 
As we say in my home Christos Anesti!!


Up Next is my sweet friend Sarah

Here is a list of the blogs in case you get lost:

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win.

  Freebie Friday

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Here are some fabulous freebies to share with you today! 


KaDoodle Bug Designs ~ Irish Cricket

Littlest Pet Show ~ Pepper Clark












Don't forget to enter Connie's monthly challenge! Anything goes!! 


Till next week, 

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