Creative Circle Blog Hop and Giveaway

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Welcome to the November edition of the Creative Circle Blog Hop!  You may have arrived from seeing Fran’s lovely ensemble or you may be just joining us – either way, we have some great stuff to show you! 11-5-15This month we are working with Liz’ Simple Box pattern, and I chose a Fall/Thanksgiving theme for my project.  I’m really finding it difficult to put the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set down, and it pairs so well with the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper!  The first card in my set picks up the Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow colors in the DSP.  The leaf was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White, die cut with the Leaflets Framelits and then Mossy Meadow ink was sponged overall.  The “Thankful” sentiment  from Six Sayings Hostess Set was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink onto Whisper White, then the corners were punched with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch – love it!  The second card echoes the cover of my box and uses the lovely floral pattern from the Into the Woods DSP as it’s focal point.  My third card went a bit rogue – I wondered if I could heat emboss the gold foil paper – turns out you can, but it’s a little tricky.  It takes a steady hand to stamp onto the foil.  The surface is so smooth and shiny that the inked stamp wants to slide around a bit, but I think the result is worth the extra effort.  Black embossing over the Gold Foil is simply elegant! 11-5-15aThe box to hold all these cards in is super simple to cut and assemble.  It’s not your ordinary box, however – the front half of the box lid flips open so you can access your cards without having to remove the lid.  Would you like to make one (or several) of your own?  Liz is offering this pattern as a freebie!  All you need to do is head over here

and download it!  How cool is that?

I do hope you have time to hop along with us – Liz is next on our hop, and I’m sure her set is wonderful, as always!!  Thanks for stopping by today.  With the Holiday season nearing, please remember to take some time out for yourself and create – it’s a wonderful stress reliever!


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Creative Circle Haunted House Blog Hop and Giveaway


Spooky greetings to you, and thanks for stopping by.  This month the Creative Circle Design Team got to work with Liz’ amazing Haunted House pattern! Hope you were as impressed with Fran’s project as I was; here’s my version: 10-5-15AThe base was cut out from Basic Black cardstock, and then decorated with Happy Haunting designer series paper.  If you look close, the pattern on my house is actually little bats!  The floating ghosts were fussy cut from a sheet in this pack as well.  And how about that Black Glimmer Paper in the center?!  You can kind of see how sparkly it is, but you should see this stuff for yourself – it’s gorgeous! The decorations on top of the roof are pieces of a Spider Web Doily that I cut up and glued in place.  One side is black and the other is white.  Yes, I know the ‘iron’ decorations should be black, but it’s the artist’s prerogative to change the color to suit the design, right? 10-5-15B

As darling as this Haunted House design is by itself, it is actually functional as well.  There’s a slot in the back to hold a set of cards!  What a cute Halloween gift this would make!  And here’s my house with it’s set of cards: 10-5-15CI just love anything to do with glitter and sparkle, so each of my cards had a glimmer paper element to it.  Stop back over the next few days for a closer look at each of them…

So, now that you’ve had a chance to see this pattern in action, I just know you want to make one of your own.  If you head over to Liz’ online store, the cut files for the house sell for $6.99.  Along with the files, Liz has created a video showing you how to assemble your house.  Get started on yours today!

Now, if you’ve been joining us on our blog hops, you know that each of us always has something to give away to one lucky reader and this month is no exception.  Just leave me a comment about your favorite Halloween treat, and on October 19th, I will pick a name at random.  The winner will receive, via mail, pre-cut base pieces to build a house with.  The decorating will be left up to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  It’s time to send you over to Sandy for her version of the house!

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Creative Circle Backpack Blog Hop

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Today, the Creative Circle design team is featuring another of Liz’s fabulous 3D patterns – this time it’s a backpack.  So appropriate as all the kids in my neighborhood have just gone back to school!  Here’s my 9-5-15a

I’m a complete Vera Bradley freak.  In fact, I have two of their backpacks.  I just love all their floral patterns and the English Garden designer series paper pack really reminds me of Vera Bradley fabric.  I thought it was a good fit for my backpack ensemble.

Liz’s pattern has the flap and buckle on the front.  However, while working with it, I thought it would look nice with a pocket on the front, so I created a small gift card envelope using the Envelope Punch Board and attached it to my backpack.  Wouldn’t this make a nice teacher’s gift?  A Starbucks card in the pocket and some mini note cards with envelopes inside – what teacher wouldn’t like that?  Another thing the front pocket could hold would be some postage stamps – convenient to mail out the cards inside, eh? 9-5-15cIf this looks like a lot of work to put together, let me tell you, it was a snap!  Liz’s pattern comes in both .pdf so you can hand cut it, and .svg to be used on an e-cutter.  There’s also a video tutorial showing you exactly how all the pieces are assembled.  Easy!

Would you like to win a copy of the pattern? Leave me a comment and tell me about one of your favorite memories of being in school.  On Sept 20th, I will pick a winner at random and Liz will send you a link for your free copy!

Can’t wait until then?  Go ahead and order yours today.  The pattern with video is just $3.99 and can be found here

Go ahead – you know you want to!! 9-5-15b

Ok, off you go now to see how Sandy decorated her backpack.  Thank you so much for hopping with us today!  I hope you have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.





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We All Scream for Ice Cream

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Welcome to another edition of the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring Liz Holloway’s latest 3D creation – the Ice Cream Parlor.  Did you enjoy the theme Sandy used for her shop?  Let me tell you – when I began working on mine, I had a general concept in mind of how I wanted my set to look, but somewhere in the middle of the creative chaos, this project took on a life of its own and I think I even amazed myself at how cute it ended up being!  So I won’t keep you in suspense any longer – here’s my version: 8-5-15AThe longer I worked with the pink and white theme, the more this reminded me of my darling little Granddaughter and thus, Karly’s Sweet Treats came to be.  Here’s a recent pic of my muse:

IMG_5165Don’t you just love that little face?  She was nibbling on an iced animal cookie and has some of the icing all over her chin – the sweeter the kiss, I say!

Ok – back to the Ice Cream Parlor…  Despite the adorable exterior, this is actually a box that opens and the cards I made to coordinate can be stored inside the box!  The building sign acts as a handle that you can lift the top with.  Take a look… 8-5-15CCleverly disguised, eh?  I just love it – it’s my favorite project so far!  What’s that?  YOU want to make one too?  We would love for you to do that.  Click on over to Liz’s store where she is selling the pattern for $$6.99 

We knew you’d be just as delighted with this box as we were, so Liz has given each member of the hop permission to give one lucky winner a free pattern!  For your chance to win, leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite Sweet Treat is.  The winner will be chosen at random on August 10.

Ok – now off you go to see what Liz did with the project.  Stop back over the next few days and I’ll have close ups of the box and each of the cards with details on what Stampin’ Up! products I used on each one.

Here’s a little video Liz made on how to construct the box.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win the pattern!

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Guy Greetings Masculine Card

Beelinestamping-Creative Circle-DHere’s a close-up of one of the cards I made for July’s Creative Circle blog hop.  I used the Guy Greetings stamp set for a clean and simple design that can be used for any occasion.  I purposely left a greeting off the front as I don’t yet know who I’ll send this one to.  You can see, however, that it really could be used for most anything – that’s how versatile this set is!

I started with a base of Early Espresso card stock and layered a 5 1/4″ x 4″ Early Espresso panel that was embossed with the new Boho Chic folder.  The next layer is from the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper pack over Early Espresso.  For the top layer, I stamped  the hats from Guy Greetings three times in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake card stock and added another Early Espresso mat beneath.  A knot of Early Espresso seam binding finishes it off.

This card was part of a set that I made to go with Liz Holloway’s FREE Murse pattern.  If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, head on over to get yours!

Make sure to come back August 5th for another Creative Circle Blog Hop for a chance to win the next 3D pattern that we’ll be using in the hop!








Our First Creative Circle Blog Hop!


Creative Circle Blog Hop ResizedIt’s here!  Our very first Creative Circle Blog Hop!  Over the past couple of  months, I have had the honor of working with a group of amazingly talented demonstrators to form the Creative Circle Design Team.  Liz Holloway, the pioneer of this group, is crazy-good at designing 3D paper crafted items.  Each of our blog hop projects will feature one of her 3D designs made with our own spin on it along with a group of coordinating cards using Stampin’ Up! products.  So without further ado, here’s my take on Liz’s Murse card keeper box!

Beelinestamping-Creative Circle-ASince a Murse is a bag that guys carry, I thought the Guy Greetings stamp set was a natural for this project.  Paired with Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper gives this project an overall masculine feel.  Stop by over the next few days and I’ll have a recipe with a close-up view of each item in this project.

Do you believe in saving the best for last?  I do, and I am super excited to tell you that Liz is offering the pattern and the video tutorial for this Murse box absolutely free!  Here’s how:

Pattern is available for download here.

And here’s a video on how it’s made!

If this was your first stop on the hop, make sure to go back and see what Sandy made, then head over to Fran’s page for more work with the Murse!

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please do come back later this week for close-ups of each of my cards and the Murse.


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