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Friday, April 15, 2011

Tax Day BLUES Blog HOP

Hello and Welcome to the Tax Day BLUES Blog Hop!
The hop will be hopping today (Friday), April 15th, through Sunday, April 17th.

In my family, Tax Day was always stressful...My dad used to (actually still does) spend months going through paperwork to prepare for taxes.  As an adult now, I just plain hate doing them...so while I was working on this year's taxes, I thought, why not have a blog hop to add some fun and creativity to the otherwise dreadful time of year?!  So here we are....

I am extremely honored to present a group of amazing, awesome, and creative bloggers.  Their mission was simple:  Create something blue and cheerful.  There are 15 bloggers...If you get lost along the way, come back here for this list: (Please don't leave me yet...my projects and blog candy are below....)

1. Angie, TuttleTime, http://atuttletime.blogspot.com/  (That's me)
2. Ellen, Craft Monkey, http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com/ 
3. Tristan, Tristan’s Time4Craftin, http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/
4. Tammy, Nesting Pretty, http://nestingpretty.blogspot.com/
5. Elaine, Expressions by Elaine, http://expressionsbyelaine.blogspot.com/
6. Angelia, Angelia's Paper Crafts, http://angeliaspapercrafts.blogspot.com/  
7. Belinda, Bee’s Hive of Drama, http://www.beeshiveofdrama.blogspot.com/
8. Mary, Mare Bears Scraps http://marebearscraps.blogspot.com/
9. Wendy, Gilby's Craftster, http://gilbyscraftster.blogspot.com/
10. Jackie, My Basket of Scraps, http://mybasketofscraps.blogspot.com/
11. Jill, Jill the Scrap-o-Holic, http://thescrapoholic.blogspot.com
12.  Leah, Leah's Card Designs, http://www.leahscarddesigns.com/
14.  Tiffany, My Sweet Lemonade Dreams, http://mysweetlemonadedreams.blogspot.com/  
15.  Monica, Scraps to Treasure, http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/

SCRAPBOOK PAGES
I love taking photos and putting them into fun scrapbooks...
Here are a few pages I recently created:

"Sunshine and Smiles" was created using light sky blue cardstock and fun ribbon.  I matted the pictures on a striped paper that had a stripe with a matching shade of blue.
The bottom of the page is lined with fun yellow ribbon with smiley-faced flowers....Using the Cricut, I made some white flowers with the "Walk in My Garden" cartridge.   I drew smiley faces in the center of yellow to match the ribbon and added pop dots.  The Title was cut using the "Cuttin' Up!" Cartridge.
 Besides the pictures of the children, my favorite part of the page is the sun.  The "Simply Charmed" cartridge has my favorite SUN! To make his shades sparkle, I added Stickles.

"Best Buds" was created with the same page colors and continued the "Walk in the Garden" for the BUDS and "Cuttin' Up!" for the title.

"Silly Goose" is a turquoise page with 1 inch borders of matching circle pattern paper.  The letters were cut using the George and Basic Shapes.  To add a whimsical feel to the page, I used different size letters in the word, "GOOSE," put googly eyes in the middle of the "O's," and drew on a smiley face, nose, and brow.

 The Goose was cut using the Animal Kingdom cartridge.
I turned the dot of the "i" into a smiley face, using a Stampin Up punch.

CARDS

"Crabby Card" - The card has two shades of blue to separate the sky from the ocean.  The crab and palm tree are cut from the Create a Critter cartridge. (The palm tree is on the page with the dinosaur).  The sand is a glittery tan paper.  I tore the paper for the sand to give it a layered and natural look....using the Creative Memories tearing tool: (It works great!)

 The inside of the card is quick and simple...Whale is also from Create a Critter.  Letters are Creative Memory alpha stickers.

 BLOG CANDY

Now the moment you've been waiting for....Prizes:

1st Prize
$25 Gift Card/Certificate to: (Winner picks one)
Michael's ~ Hobby Lobby ~ Joann's
Creative Memories ~ Stampin Up

2nd Prize
$15 Gift Card/Certificate to:  (Winner picks one)
Michael's ~ Hobby Lobby ~ Joann's
Creative Memories ~ Stampin Up

3rd Prize
Creative Memory Tearing Tool
(Featured above)

To win, you must: 
1.  Become a follower of my blog (click link to the right)...if not already;
2.  Leave me a comment, describe your latest project, and include a way to reach you (either by email or leave your blog address);
3.  Leave a comment on all the blog in the hop.

A winner will be chosen and announced on my blog on Monday, April 18th, using Random.org.  Be sure to stop by on Monday to see if you've won!  Good Luck! 

Your next stop is my sweet, crafty blog friend, Ellen.
Enjoy hopping!!!!

38 comments:

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Hey sweetie, it's me, your bestie CardMonkey! hangin' with you and your hoppers before heading back to tax papers. EEEEEK! Did you know that this year, the deadline's extended til Monday!? THANK the ACCOUNTANT IN THE SKY for that one!! Anyhoooo, your LOs are a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e as u-s-u-a-l. Love the silly goose! Thanks for having me on your Hop!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

Pat N. said...

I hate tax time too. I didn't spend months getting paperwork together so now I'm suffering trying to do it all now. Yikes! Love your layouts-all so cute! And I really love that crabby card with the whale sentiment inside. Very creative! Wheelie, it is! Thanks for a chance to win your great blog candy--Pat N. My latest project was an Easter card using my scraps to make some patchwork paper. And I am a current follower.

BunnyFreak said...

My latest project is a birthday card for my mom. It is a pig shape card.

Elaine said...

Angie
I love your layouts & cards! The crab is so cute!
Thank you for hosting the hop! My latest creation was another card, that I will be posting Saturday for the hop!
Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win some yummy prizes:)

ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

Love your pretty little treasures!!

Mary said...

I love your layouts, vey sunny and cheerful. It's been chilly and gloomy here so its nice to see a little sunshine!

Nicole said...

An interesting excuse for a bloghop! Every excuse is a good one to be creative :) The last project i made was an owl frame which you can see on my blog http://scrap-utopia.blogspot.com Thank you for the chance to win!

Ashley McKenzie said...

My latest project is a set of Thank you cards with an africa map on them :) Love your scrapbook pages!!

Vicki said...

I'm a new follower. Love your layouts, especially silly goose. My latest project is a layout that will be on my blog today. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

vwilson577 at yahoo.com

Perfectly Unperfect Cards said...

The silly goose is my favorite :d thanks for sharing some fun things with us.

Perfectlyunperfectcards@gmail.com

Becky Dunham said...

cute projects angie! i love all those every day pics - great idea! i did that when my kids were young but now it seems i only scrap "events". lately i have not been scrapping much - way behind. i have been making lots of cards. i am getting ready though to scrap an album of my daughter's school musical of The Sound of Music that i helped with. Major project - love it :) Love that CM tearing tool - isn't it fabulous?!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

sweetlilscrapper said...

just became a follower! my latest project is to catch up on all the challenges and hops i want to participate in!

thanks for the chance to win!
sweetliscrapper.blogspot.com
sweetlilscrapper@hotmail.ca

Amanda said...

My latest project is working on cards for this wonderful card exchange that I am in. ;) Remember that tax season is almost over :).
love everything you do.
amanda
ahaynes43055 at yahoo dot com

Tam said...

I'm a lucky lady because my hubby does the taxes every year. Yay!!

Thank you so much sweet gal for putting this fun hop together. It will be a real treat popping around to peek and meet.

Love your cards. very cute!!

Off to HOP!!!

Hugs to you

Tam ♥

The Scrapoholic said...

love the layout so bright and fun! the card is just too cute! TFS!

Jenn said...

Wonderful layouts and great card! Love the silly goose one - the photos are just so adorable! TFS and my latest project was an easter card!
Jenn
www.craftyfulgardens.blogspot.com

Jackie said...

Cutie layouts!

Mary Jaminski said...

Hi Angie! Cute layouts and I love the crabby card! Last night I made two birthday cards with die cut numbers in orange and green. Thanks for asking me to be in the Hop! http://maryjaminski.blogspot.com/

alwayscharlie said...

Terrific layouts!

Angela said...

All of your layouts are just beautiful and so creative!!! I had a chance to use the creative memories tear tool at a retreat and just loved it! TFS!! Hugs, Angela

lauermaa at gmail dot com
angelascrafty.blogspot.com

shersl84bed said...

Great pages. My latest project can be found on my blog at www.patternsbysher.blogspot.com its a card with a koala on it. I hope you will stop by and see it.

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

Kaitlin said...

Awesome layouts and card!!:)

Kaitlin
angel1694@comcast.net
http://cupcakesandcards.blogspot.com/

Bevy48 said...

I love all your projects Angie but my favorite is the 'silly goose' soooo cute. blanphear @ yahoo dot com

Tristan's Time 4 Craftin' said...

Yours projects are nice

see ya
Tristan
tristans_time_4_craftin@yahoo.com

http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/

the purple muse said...

Super fun! My latest projects (a multi-tasking crafter) are the perpetual birthday calendar I just gave to my friend for yesterday for her birthday and an 8x8 month by month baby scrapbook for my youngest which I will be working on until he is 1 year old:-) You can see the whole calendar on my blog.

http://thepurplemuse.blogspot.com

Happy Hoppin'

-Tammy

Just call me Vic said...

Thanks for sharing! This is great!
Vegeater@gmail.com

Lisa said...

I love the layouts and the card is just adorable! My latest project is actually, three...both my parents have a birthday coming up the first part of May and then Mother's Day, so it's card-making for me :) Thanks so much for a chance to win...I'm already a follower!

http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

chignon said...

All your projects are great, especially the crab card...love the idea to use the two blues to separate the sea and sky.

Lucila Ortega said...

I love to participate in their blog hop, I apologize that I do not speak English, but it helped me a translator. A hug the directions of my project is:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150098673701769.269060.531966768#!/photo.php?fbid=10150098695956769&set=a.10150098673701769.269060.531966768&type=1&theater
My mail adress is lucila_ortega@hotmail.com

Lucila Ortega said...

I do not speak English, but it helped me a translator. lucila_ortega@hotmail.com

cowbelleru said...

Your lay-out is so cute and the cards you made are so fun. I just joined your blog. TFS!!
cowbelleru@sbcglobal.net

joydee1963 said...

I am a follower,great projects,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

BethA said...

Hi...great hop idea! My current project is "organizing" so that I can find everything again. Some of my older projects can e seen on my blog....TFS

BethA
bethsscrappin.blogspot.com

iluvkatie74 said...

Sooo cute!! I love the whale card.

I just made 5 paper bag albums in 2 days. whoo it was a lot of work, but they turned out cute. :)

iluvkatie74
at yahoo
dot com

Debc06 said...

Well so far i get a refund so don't quite hate tax time just hate the procratination of my partner getting his tax info together. Love all of your projects. TFS and spearheading this blog hop.
Debbie
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com

Rhonda Emery said...

I love your happy layout.

Jana said...

TAXES...ICK!!! Thanks for making our weekend brighter. I jsut finished a project for a challenge using my cricut and the Rock Princess cartridge. It was a hop with mystery words that had to be included in the project. I am so happy to have found this hop. Ellen at CardMonkey led me here! I think I may become a hop addict!
Blessings,
jana

janambailey@wtconnect.com

Wendy (aka Roo) said...

I'm hopping by a little late, but wanted to Thank you for letting me be on your hop. What cute cards & layout, very cheery! :D