Friday, March 20, 2015

Julie's 3rd Blogoversary - Celebrating Friendship Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3rd Edition of "Julie's Blogoversary Blog Hop". We're so glad you have joined us! Julie has gathered together her friends and tons of sponsors to make this a GREAT event! You should have arrived here from Amy's The Amy Doodle Of It All . . ..

You'll be inspired by each stop of the hop. The theme, "Lucky to Call You Friend" will be evident in the projects of Julie and her friends. Many of the talented ladies have blog candy to give away on their blogs, so watch for that, and follow the individual rules on their blogs for how to win it.

Do you want to know about the prizes, and how to win them? Leave a comment on Julie's blog, with your email address, so she can send you the free digi paper that EVERYONE gets! Leave a comment on each hop along the way. Prizes will be hidden along the hop.

Here are our wonderful sponsors and the prizes available!
  • The Cutting Cafe -- any 3 sets
  • DigiStamps4Joy -- 1st prize - $10 gift certificate and a Guest Designer spot on a challenge
  •                             2nd prize - 2 digis of choice
  • Fitztown -- 3 digis
  • Snapdragon Snippets -- $15 gift certificate
  • SVG Attic -- $15 gift certificate
  • 3 Girl JAM -- $20 gift certificate
  • QKR Stampede -- 3 images
  • Eureka Stamps -- 3 images
  • Timeless Twine -- $20 gift certificate
  • Aurora Wings Stamps -- $15 in digis
  • Julie -- Close To My Heart Stamp Set
  • Julie -- Unity Stamp Company grab bag of stamps
  • Julie -- Large box of blog candy I've been collecting (stamps, 6x6 papers, embellishments, ribbon)
  • Unity Stamp Company -- 25 random stamps
  • Decosse's Dynamite Doodles -- free digi paper for each participant
  •                                                3 mini sets of papers - grand prize
  •                                                3 individual sets for 3 other prizes
  •                                                Mini Heartland paper set
  • Creative Bugs -- 5 images
  • Amy Doodle's Stamp Co. -- free image for everyone, plus 40% off of entire purchase for one lucky winner
  • The East Wind -- 3 digis of the winners choice
Please enjoy this free image from Amy Doodle's Stamp Company -- Nerdy Girl!

I created a card for this hop.

(You are not crazy if you were here earlier and you think my card looks different. I retook the photo with a different background and added the close-up photo.)

Here's a close-up of the flowers shaped with Susan's Garden Tool Kit by Sizzix.

If you would like more information about my card, the inspiration for it and the supplies I used to create it, you will find it at the bottom of this post.

I also will be offering blog candy to someone who comments on my blog. Everyone that comments prior to 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, March 22 will have their name put into a hat and I will draw one name. Honestly I am not certain what it will include, it has been crazy the past couple of weeks, but it will contain at least one current Close To My Heart stamp set. I will post the winner's name here on Tuesday, March 24 (updated - I looked at the wrong week of March when I said I would post the winner's name on the 31st; due to my error I will wait until the April 1 to draw a different name should the prize go unclaimed).

It's time for the next stop on the hop! Have fun, and thanks so much for participating! Off you go to Paula's Blog!

Here is the complete hop list (with permalinks):

Full disclosure: I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant and I recently received some new products to create with. I was inspired partly by the cover of a My Creations™ Mini Mix Album shown in the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book (pg 17) and by the pattern Aubrey's Invitation™ in Originals Card Confidence Program™ (pg 81).
Supplies used to create my card: Originals Card Confidence Program™ (9036), My Acrylix™ Smiles Begin with You (A1172) - available April 1, 2015, Blossom Paper Packet (X7196B) available April 1, 2015, 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack (X254), Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set (Z2501) - Lagoon, Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2088), Craft Heater (Z555), 12" X 12" White Daisy Cardstock (1385, 12" X 12" Lagoon Cardstock (X5762), 12" x 12" Pear Cardstock (X5764), 12" x 12" Smoothie Cardstock (X5763), 12" x 12" Sunset Cardstock (X5758), Scallop Border Punch (Z1851), 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive (Z3022), 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151), Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060), Memory Book Mini Glue Dots™ (Z341), Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles (Z1935), Sparkles (Z1104 - retired), Junebug Puffies (Z3038 - retiring March 31, 2015) and the Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686). The Design Space codes for the die cuts I used are:
    • #M3EBFF - Label - pg 53
    • #M4356A - Flower - pg 29
    • #M403C0 - Flower - pg 50
    • #M4346F - Leaf - pg 59
Supplies not from Close To My Heart: Cricut® Design Space, Cricut® Explore, a "pouncer" to prevent embossing powder from sticking to the paper where you do not want it, Susan's Garden Tool Kit by Sizzix to help shape the flowers and leaves

Here is a link to the Cricut® Design Space file I used. This file will only work if you have the Art Philosophy cartridge linked to your account

Thanks for hopping with us today. So you do not have to scroll back up to find the link to the next blog, off you go to Paula's!


  1. Lovely card. thank you for your inspiration on Julie's blog hop

  2. Such a beautiful card and I love the sentiment.

  3. Love this, Brenda! Thanks for the years of friendship, and for hoping with me!

  4. Beautiful card, love the colors and those flowers are great.

  5. Beautiful card for Celebrating Julie's Blog Hop
    Dianne x

  6. Beautiful card! Love the sentiment and the colors ♥

  7. Love that sentiment and the way you displayed it! Great, happy colors!

  8. love this and thank you for free digi. hugs

  9. What a beautiful sentiment and those flowers are so pretty too!
    Beth's Beauties

  10. Your card is just delightful, Brenda! Love your pretty flowers! Happy to be included on the hop with you! Enjoy your weekend! Donna K

  11. What a sweet card, love the design! Happy to be hopping along with you! :)

  12. Brenda, what a beautiful card and such happy colors!

  13. Very pretty! Love the soft colors with the sentiment and the pop from the flowers!

  14. This is so very pretty! I love those flowers!

  15. Brenda I love the bright colors in your card, very well done! :)

  16. What a delightful looking card! The Colors, flowers, lettering all leave a person smiling :-)

  17. Beautiful card - those flowers are so sweet! x

  18. Beautiful friendship card it's full of love,colors and gorgeous flowers.Thanks.

  19. A gorgeous card with very pretty colors.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  20. What a pretty spring card!
    Great color combo!
    It was great to hop with you again!

  21. Brenda! super friendship card, love that sentiment, great hop x

  22. I absolutely love those flowers and the colour scheme - so bright and cheery

  23. Love the flowers! So simple and powerful!

  24. Such a springy card! Love that stamp too!

  25. Love the colors that you used to make your card, happy to be part of the Julie's 3rd Blogoversary!

  26. Lovely card! Such a beautiful sentiment and your flowers are so pretty! Great colors!

  27. Lovely card, great sentiment, and I love those flowers!

  28. Oh, my....this is such a beautiful card!! LOVE this color combo. What a sweet sentiment!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  29. What a pretty card. Those colors are so springy! Love the lil flowers too. Nice job! momtojeb at gmail dot com

  30. I think your card is very elegant. Lovely red flowers.
    xxx Michelle

  31. Love the colors of the flowers. Great card.

  32. Hi Brenda, love your card, I love Close to My Heart products!

  33. Sweet sentiment and lovely card. I like the flowers.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  34. I really love that stamp! going on my wishlist!! Fab card!

  35. I love your card. That sentiment is sure to brighten anyones day.

  36. Love that sentiment and the way you have displayed it so wonderfully. Great paper and colour choices.

  37. Love it! Just the the sentiment and how you embellished it. GREAT job!!!

  38. didn't see my comment post, also didn't see it say needed approval. But just in case, Brenda I love your card! The colors are amazing!

  39. Love the sentiment and the colors are awesome


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