July 6, 2012

Winner of the Celebrate Freedom Blog Hop

Once again I want to thank everyone for taking time out of their busy day to hop with us. I really appreciate each and every comment and love hearing your ideas too! I'm excited to see some new followers and promise to visit you soon and return the favor!  Random.Org chose #11 out of 31 comments and the winner is........

Migdalia: Crafting with Creative M @http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/
Have a great weekend everyone ~ See you again real soon!!

July 3, 2012

Celebrate Freedom Blog Hop Day 2/2

Welcome back for day 2 of this hop full of amazingly talented ladies! Since yesterday's post was a bit lengthy, I decided to spare you today and go for short and sweet!

Cricut Stand and Salute cartridge - cut at 4" using the Notecard feature key
 White cardstock edges inked with Stampabilities Cherry Red
I am not too proud to post my mistakes....even when I adhere the card upside down. Just goes to show I am human! Hope you can laugh at your mistakes as well :-)
Pierced random holes, added brads and the USA sticker. Love this piercing mat by the way...another great product!
Yes I know this angle is just horrible but I feel as though I am neglecting my oh so sweet hubby so I am trying to finish up here lol.
I took a piece of white carstock, folded in half and adhered with the repositionable tape to my Spellbinders die. I have wanted to try this for a while now and waa laaa! Worked just like it was supposed to! 

I used the USA die cuts shown in yesterday's post along with the vinyl sparkler. Of course, I added glitter glue to both!
 My 22 year old son, Staff Sergeant Coggins ~ So very proud of him
Thanks again for stopping by! If you missed yesterday's post, be sure and check it out!  Hope you have a safe and Happy Independence Day!!!

Here is the lineup ~ your next stop will be Maria ~

Jamie - http://www.jamielindstromdesigns.com/
Pam - http://lovebugcreations3.blogspot.com/

July 2, 2012

Celebrate Freedom Blog Hop ~ Day 1/2

Hey ~ Thanks for stopping by today! Freedom is something I am so thankful for and I am so proud to be an American so I can't wait to see everyone's projects! 

Welcome to the Celebrate Freedom Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from July 1st through July 2nd. You will see some lovely projects having to do with celebrating freedom and the 4th of July theme and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way, including some grand prizes! In order to be eligible for the grand prizes you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop and become followers to all the ladies in the hop also.

I found this video of "America the Beautiful" on You Tube sung by Ray Charles and created by   .  I hope you will take a moment to watch, listen and remember those who serve our country to help maintain our freedom. 

My husband and I recently visited Washington, DC and of the 2000 pictures I took, this one had the most impact for me. The next time you see a soldier or an elderly gentleman with a Veteran cap on, don't hesitate to say "Thanks". It means the world to them just to know they are appreciated.
Arlington Cemetery ~ Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

For the 1st day of this hop, I made a gift bottle rocket holder.  

This cut will be used on tomorrow's project but I wanted you to see the Cricut cartridges I used. These were cut at: 1-1/4", Blade-4, Speed-3, Pressure-4. Paper: The Paper Studio Four Seasons
The America shaped flag was cut at 3-3/4"
 Land of the Free was cut at 1-1/4" and adhered with Zig glue ~ couldn't live without it!!
Studio G Glitter Glue was applied to the white stripes for a little sparkle. I could have used glitter paper but didn't think of that ahead of time. LOL

My first attempt at cutting vinyl with my Cricut Expressoin and it turned out perfect! I watched many-a-youtube videos first! The vinyl is from Paper-Papers.com and cut at: 1-1/4", Blade-5, Speed-3, Pressure-4. I wanted the letters cut all the way through so I could separate them. If you are creating a word or design that you want to keep in tact, use 3 for all. It will not cut through the vinyl backing and will allow you to mount on the wall, etc. all in 1 piece.
This was not a new mat so the vinyl began to slip. I added a piece of this Scotch tape found at Staples and let me tell you...this is a wonderful product!!! I have tried many "repositionable" tapes and so far, this is the best one I have used.
I put 2 glue dots on my mat and attached a piece of tape, sticky side up. I placed my letters in the position I wanted them on the bottle just to be sure I got it right the 1st time. Using the lines on my mat was a big help regarding the spacing. No guesswork here!
I flipped the tape over and positioned it on the jar. Lifting up the bottom part of the tape, I peeled the backing off the "A" and pressed firmly, careful to remove any bubbles. I then trimmed the tape just below the "S" and repeated the process.
 This is what we have so far! As you can see, I saved those tape pieces for future use!
Using red, white and blue twine, I wrapped these fabulous straws from Jaded Blossom. I adhered 1 glue dot at the top, wound the twine around and finished it off with 1 more glue dot.
This ribbon came wrapped on a card and was very creased. I despise ironing and remembered a tip I read about using your hair flat iron. OMG...it worked beautifully and very very quick!

Once all of the M&Ms are gone, remove the ribbon, insert bottle rockets and have fun!! 

If you have hopped with me before, you know I love to share Blog Candy with my followers so this is what I have for this 2 day hop........

Come back tomorrow for a second chance to enter! One winner from both days posts will be announced on Friday July 6th.    

Here is the lineup ~ your next stop will be Maria ~

Jamie - http://www.jamielindstromdesigns.com/
Pam - http://lovebugcreations3.blogspot.com/

P.S. This project is being entered in the "A Homespun Affair Monthly Challenge for July! If you haven't seen the 1st edition of their magazine....head on over to http://www.ahomespunaffair.blogspot.com/ and check it out! It's pretty amazing with lots of ideas and helpful tips, a calendar, tutorials and even an article to inspire you to help others in need. You will be glad you did!! ((hugs)) 

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