Friday, July 6, 2012

Krazy Crafting Crew presents: Summer Fun Blog Hop, July 7 and 8

Howdy, summer blog hoppers -- here to get in out of the sun, are you?  Well, we have some really coooool projects to show you on the Summer Fun Blog Hop today and tomorrow. So pull up a chair, turn the A/C on high and kick back ...

Summer's time for baking in the sun (oh boy, it really is hot this summer!), swimming, playing, and having fun.

Do you remember in the Good Ol' Days when it also meant summer was the time for the Circus to come to town, and towns to host carnivals? 

Well, I based my Summer Fun Blog Hop project around the summer Circus, and made these projects in the sweltering heat of my upstairs Paper Jungle. This is a two-day hop sponsored by Lissa Marie of So Many Crafts. We're to have two projects, one each on Saturday and Sunday.

So today, I'll show you them both together -- in case the weekend is filled with fun and you can't get back. I'll give you details on one of them today; if you'd like the deets on the other, please swing by again tomorrow:

Today, let me give you a bit more info on how I made the card, "Oh Happy Day." 

I started off with the notion of using a step fold on a 5.5" square format.  All of the cuts were pieced from those files purchased on Silhouette America's online shop, and cut with my Cameo. It's easy-peasy to use these files, and fun to find those that coordinate.  I separated all of the files and laid them out digitally on my screen so that I could cut the individual colors together, and at once. 

In other words, on my mat, I laid out all of the colors of paper I used so it looked like a patchwork quilt on the mat. I used only Bazzill scraps of the following colors: red, pink, lavendar, bright green, bright blue, dark blue, gold, mustard, orange, grey and white. Then, on my screen, I laid out and grouped all of the digital pieces that needed to be cut of each particular color.

This way (and yes, it does take time in advance to to this technique, to prepare your layout and papers), I only had to load my Silhouette once, cut once and then piece and glue working directly on my mat, layering one color atop another.   

Once the gluing was done, I embellished the pieces as I chose. For instance, the lion and giraffe have a twine tail and hair, respectively. The clown has ribbon for suspenders, and hand-highlighted shoes. Each of the pieces has hand-drawn mouths and eyes; I used a thin-line Copic marker, in black. I mounted the clown on his step with an Action Wobble.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow when I'll describe how I made the cute Carnival cupcake box!

Now what's a blog hop without a bit of blog candy?!  For this Summer Fun Blog Hop, we have two very special sponsors: the Scrapbook Stamp Society and "Anita and Bugs". Please be sure to check out the entry requirements at our Hostess's stop (the beginning), by clicking HERE.  

lovely Jamie Lindstrom.

This Blog Hop has been brought to you by the Krazy Crafting Crew, which brings you monthly inspiration, all year long! 

 In case you get lost along the way, here is the full hop line up:
Anita -  Anita and Bugs
Robin - Scrap and Chat  
Jearise - Lorby's World
Pam L - MzLavr2

Thank you again for dropping by!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,


Unknown said...

Love it Ellen! Cant wait to see tomorrows post!

lorby said...

You are one talented lady. I love the card and cupcake holder and so could have used those 3 years ago for my youngest son's circus themed birthday party. They are so cheeful and bright.

melllisssa said...

Oh, wow! Super cute card! It's so much fun. I look forward to tomorrow and seeing how you made the circus tent.

I am a new follower too :)

Thanks so much for sharing!
misshoanggg (at) gmail (dot) com

Anita said...

You are fantastic!!!!!--You put a lot of work in this and it really paid off.
Hugs, Anita

Liz said...

Holy bananas that circus card is fantastic, you put soo much detail into it and the colors are so bright and cheery!

silvia said...

FABULOUS card!!!!!

ShersL84bed said...

Amazing! I love it. I can't wait to see tomorrow's post on the cupcake box. So cute.

Smiles Sher

Robin said...

Super cute card and I can't wait to see how you did the cupcake box.


Janet's Planet said...

love the card!! awesome
Janet Royer

JustYolie said...

Your card is so much fun!!!!

Unknown said...

i love cards that POP out at you. Wish i had more of your talent. The card looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. i am a follower via email

marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

Charo said...

Did I already tell you that I leve your project? I will try the same technique for an ATC

Marissa said...

Holy Cow!!! That is A LOT of detail!!!!! Your card is gorgeous!

rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

Anonymous said...

Sigh, she outdoes herself again!

Pink Dalmatians said...

I love step cards & this one is adorable! Great job!

Unknown said...

Uggggg.... could you be any more talented??? I mean seriously..... LOL this is so fun and WOW so time consuming you did great, you must have ate a lot of bananas in order to sit still that long to make this fabulous card. I would have gone Bananas if it would have been me. You have out done yourself my friend, way to go. way to go.
{love love]
Scrappin Madge

Wunder's Crafty World said...

Such a fun, bright, cheerful card! I love it =)

Unknown said...

Love your circus theme! beautiful work!
<3 Pam

Anonymous said...

Awesome Ellen!! I just love being able to cut out all at once, I just wish I could get the hang of doing it correctly!! Yours look GREAT!

Anonymous said...

Awesome Ellen!! I just love being able to cut out all at once, I just wish I could get the hang of doing it correctly!! Yours look GREAT!

Unknown said...

so cute!!!!!

Delightful Designs by Katherine said...

I LOVE cards that have added interest. Super design.