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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pink E's 4th of July Blog Hop!


Hi there,

I am so excited that you are here and hopping through Pink E's 4th of July Blog Hop!  This is my 2nd blog hop ever, as well as my 2nd with Miss Pink E!  She is wonderful and hopefully you have enjoyed yourself so far.  Only a couple more blogs to go until you're done.  I also hope that you have been inspired by all the red, white, and blue to go make your own creations for friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers!

Here is the line up for the blog hop.  If you did not start at the beginning, why don't you head over to Pink E's blog and start there.

1.)  Creations by PinkE:  http://simplypinke.blogspot.com
2.)  Moe Creations:  http://melissa-moecreations.blogspot.com
3.)  Snappy Scraps:  http://leescraps.blogspot.com
4.)  Sandy from Ukiah:  http://sandyfromukiah.blogspot.com
5.)  Girlia's Cards:  http://www.girliascards.com
6.)  HTB Creations:  http://www.htbcreations.com
7.)  Crafting with Creative M:  http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com
8.)  Life and Mixed Media:  http://lifeandmixedmedia.blogspot.com
9.)  A Newbie Crafter:  http://anewbiecrafter.blogspot.com  <===== You are here!
10.)  Stampin' Voila:  http://melissastampingvoila.blogspot.com  <=====  Next blog!

Now, onto my project.  For this card I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge and Stand and Salute Cartridge by Cricut.  The card base was cut at 5" and the second layer was cut at 4.5" from the Art Philosophy Cartridge and the hat was cut from Stand and Salute at 3".  I layered everything together and at the end added the Liquid Pearls to give it a little pop.  I stamped a sentiment on the inside "Let freedom ring".  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Here are some pictures of the card:




I also created a video on the making of the card.  If you have time now, I would love for you to watch it!  If you would rather continue on through the hop and come back, that would be great too!  Here's the video:

Giveaway Time!!
I'm also having a giveaway today, if I reach 125 followers.  The giveaway is a set of Cri-Kits gel pens for the Cricut.  These are a $47.99 value!  The one thing I should mention is that on the Neon plastic box, one of the tabs on the side did snap off, they still stay in the container, but you will notice that one of the flaps is missing from the clear plastic case.  The pens are all in tact.  :)


Here are the rules for the giveaway:

1.)  You must be a follower of my blog
2.)  Tell me below what your favorite memory is from Independence Day growing up.  Please also leave a way for me to contact you.  

The winner will be announced via Random.org.  The contest ends July 7, 2012 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time Zone.  I will then contact the individual to let them know they won and get a shipping address.  The pens will be mailed the week of July 9, 2012.  

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my card!  I hope you and your family have a great Independence Day and stay cool.  It's hot out there!!

Craft on,
Ian

59 comments:

  1. What a fun and festive 4th card!! I love the awesome shape and the liquid pearls are an fabulous touch!! I'm a new follower and my favorite 4th memories would be the summers when I was young, we camped every Fourth of July and it was usually on a lake. My sister and I were excited to get to stay up late to watch the fireworks over the water :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts
    indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I'm so glad you loved it. :) What a fun memory as well. I grew up on a lake and we would always watch the fireworks by a family friend's place in town on the river. Loved seeing the reflection of the fireworks on the water. :)

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  2. Wonderful card and video, you did great! Such a wonderful giveaway as well, your recipient will have a wonderful time playing with those!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa!! Glad you were able to stop by and take a peek. :)

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  3. Great card...love shape cards! Lee-Ann :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lee-Ann! :) Glad you liked it!

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  4. Love the dimension of your card, Ian, and all the stars! What an amazing giveaway! My most memorable Fourth of July is basically every year going to the lake in town and watching the fireworks. Our town, which is very small, puts on quite a display and attracts many people from all over. Happy Fourth of July, Ian!

    sherri_braun@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Sherri! What a great memory to have for the 4th. :)

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  5. I totally agree with Lisa that the liquid pearls add a great touch! My favorite 4th memories are when my dad and I used to go to Old Forge, NY for fireworks. We would drive there early in the morning, walk around town a bit, then steak out the best spot on the lake for the fireworks. We would sit and play cards or other games to pass the time. It was always a great time :)

    anaudino85@gamil.com

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! That's such a great memory to have of you and your father. I hope you enjoyed your 4th this year! :)

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  6. You did a fabulous job on this card! Loving the shape and the added liquid pearls really makes it stand out to me! :) And great video!! My fave memories of celebrating this holiday was when we took our girls to a local small town while enjoying the festivities,food and the fireworks! Watching their faces light up watching the fireworks always put a big smile on my face!

    Happy Fourth,Ian and thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize too!! :)

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    1. Forgot to leave my email lol.

      scrapluv45@yahoo.com

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    2. Thank you, Sherry! I bet that was quite a nice time to see their faces watching the fireworks. Precious! I hope you enjoyed the 4th this year too!

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  7. Love your card! Great choice of card to cute out. I'm a new follower!! My favorite memory of the 4th of July was going out to my Aunt and Uncle house for a big family bbq. My Uncle would do fireworks and we could see all the ones from town and the lake. It was always such a fun day!!
    Happy 4th of July!!
    Angela
    http://angelascraftyspot.blogspot.com/
    chewiescrappin@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks Angela! :) Glad you loved it! I love your memory of the 4th of July. I hope you were able to celebrate big this year too!

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  8. Hello, just started following your blog a few days ago. I am sure you will be at 125 followers in no time! Would love to try the Cri-Kits! My favorite 4th of July memory is going out in the boat to watch the firework display on the lake.

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    1. Thanks, Allisa! Love love love being in the boat on the 4th, there's no better place to be than on the water and going for a dip when you get too hot! :)

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  9. Great blog Ian, just started following.
    Family celebrating & being together, for July
    4th has always been the highlight in my
    childhood memories, my birthday is the 7th
    which made it seem like it was always a celebration
    for ME! heehee.

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    1. Today's your birthday! Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you are enjoying your day so far. :) Gotta love celebrating the fourth with your family.

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    1. Thanks, Treva! Glad you liked it. :)

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  11. Love the little touches on your card. For me the best memory of the 4th of july was a couple years ago. I had some friends over for a cookout, and I could tell they were all up to something because they kept texting each other and kept trying to make me move where I was sitting. finally I found out what was up. My best friend who had been away on deployment came up behind me and gave me a big hug. He was home on his 2 weeks of R&R and the first place he went was my house to give me a big hug. I'll never forget that 4th of July.

    Beth
    baby.cowgirl88 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Aww, thanks, Beth! What an awesome surprise to have on the 4th! Wow! I bet that was quite memorable. Thank you for sharing that with me. :)

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  12. Oh my gosh I haven't thought of this in years.
    When I was a child we would drive 45 minutes to Fort Vancouver in Washington State. We would take our motor home and stay all day. We made it an all day celebration with BBQ and games like horse shoes. Hundreds of other people did it too. The firework show at the end was known as the largest one west of the Mississippi. It was beautiful. Afterwards it would seriously take us 3-4 hours to get home.
    Thanks for the memory boost.
    My parents are both gone now and the happy memories are a comfort.
    dmcardmaker at aol dot com (email follower)

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    1. What a fun memory, Diane! Congratulations on winning!! :D

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  13. Love your Patriotic Card! I have been wanting to get the Stand and Salute Cartridge. I Love celebrating the 4th of July and one of my favorite Memories. Is two years ago. Going to see the Fireworks with my little Grand Children. Seeing them in there Red,White and Blue and yelling out the different colors of the Fireworks. It was just a precious memory that I will always cherish. I'm a new follower of yours. Would Love for you to come visit my blog sometime. Hope you have a Safe and Happy 4th of July! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com
    cindys-greencricut.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! You will LOVE the Stand and Salute cartridge. :) What a precious memory of your grandchildren. Thank you for sharing it with me! :) Will definitely stop by and become a follower!

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  14. Great card. Love the simplicity of it. When I was growing up we always had a family reunion on the 4th. It was great getting together with the families, eating, playing and after dark the gathering out front with the banjos, guitars and fiddle and stomping and singing. Man those were great times!! Hope you have an awesome and safe 4th!!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! Family reunions on the 4th must be so much fun! I love your description and sounds like everyone had a great time! :) Wish I could have joined you!

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  15. What a fabulous and fun card!!!

    Migdalia
    http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com

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  16. Great patriotic card, Ian!
    Just started following you today after finding your work on Sheila's blog.
    My favorite Independence Day memory is always getting a new red, white, and blue outfit (including new Red Ball Jet tennies!) to wear for the Fourth of July celebration! I got so excited to get all dressed up in my USA colors as a kid! :o)

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! How much fun is your memory! I love it! Gotta do the red white and blue on the 4th, it's a must! :D

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  17. Love the design of this card. My favorite memory of the Fourth of July is sitting on my grandmom's porch eating watermelon. I would always keep the seeds and say I was gonna grow some :-). I am a new follower.

    Candace
    mypassion4scrappin.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Candace! Too funny about keeping your seeds to grow some watermelon. Love it! :D

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  18. Hi Ian, I see you reached 100 followers!! Woot woot!! You rocked this challenge too! I love this hat!!

    Thanks for being a SUPER part of my 2nd blog hop!! You Rock!!
    Pinke

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    1. Thanks so much, PinkE!! Thank you for having me in the blog hop! :) You, my friend, also rock! :D

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  19. Hope you get to 125!!! I am thinking about a give away for a 100! WOrking on getting it all together.

    I am one of your newer followers. I have to say my favorite memory was being in my home towns little Miss America. It was just something for local girls although I did not win I still remember it all right down to being on the float in the parade! :)

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    1. Thanks, Scrap! I'm sure you'll do something fun for your giveaway. :) I love your memory! I was in the parade growing up too so that's always a fun memory to have. Too bad you didn't win the Miss America though. :( I would have voted for you!

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  20. AWESOME card Ian!!!!!! You totally rock the themed cards :-)

    ** One of my favorite memories (although not from childhood) of the 4th of July was when my FIL was determined to grill even though it was raining and accidentally lit himself on fire with the charcoal grill! Then, Hubby's uncle thought it was a good idea to get out the garden hose (while it's pouring down rain) to put the fire out. They did have one too many alcoholic drinks that day.. but it sure was something we'll NEVER forget! Lol!

    Have a safe & happy 4th!!!!

    ~ Hugs ~

    Jess
    www.createbyrosie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Jess!! I could not stop laughing about your memory. Hahaha. Sounds like something some of my friends would do (never me!) hahaha. Hope he didn't make that same mistake again. lolol.

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  21. Love your use of perfect pearls!

    My favorite 4th of July memory is sitting on the side of 30A in Seagrove, Florida, watching all the hand made floats go by and catching candy and beads.

    saetterman at aol dot com

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    1. Thank you! Love your memory!! Sounds like it was quite a sight to see! :)

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  22. hmm favorite memory is watching the fireworks with the kids when they were little (more important to me than the ones when we were growing up)....they LOVED fireworks and we would all lay on a blanket together and OOOOOH and AHHHHH together...

    Miss you Much! Carrie

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    1. Love this memory, Carrie. I know I already mentioned this to you but this would probably be my favorite memory if I was a parent too. :)

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  23. Awesom Card! I like your shaped card and the dots add. My favorite memory: We would always cook out,eat, play and then go to the beach and look at the fire works. It was always packed on the beach in Gulfport, MS each year and it made it extra fun when we saw friends.. TFS AJ~
    jeria22@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, AJ! I love your memory of childhood. That sounds like it was a lot of fun, especially if you ran into friends! :)

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  24. Hi! I'm a new follower, I discovered your blog thanks to the blog hop. I think your card is awesome. I have been living in the states for 3 years, so I don't have early memorie od Independence day, but it became my tradition on the 4th to go out and watch the fireworks. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Loly Borda at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much! Fireworks are always a must on the 4th. :) Welcome to the states! (even if I'm 3 years behind.) ;)

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  25. I love this card and your video instructions are just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us!! New follower #107!! msmith38652@gmail.com
    http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

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  26. Hi Ian! Beautiful project! I am new follower #108. Good luck on reaching your goal. My favorite memory of 4th of July is holding sparklers and "drawing" with them in the dark! TFS you videos and the chance to win!
    Gina
    creationsbyGina.blogspot.com
    gm5casey@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Gina! Thanks so much for stopping by! Drawing with the sparklers is so much fun!

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  27. Adorable card!! It is so patrotic!!

    Just became follower 110. You are almost there! Love your blog and your video!!

    My favorite memory was in 1976. My mom made us matching outfits and we got to carry a banner starting the little local 4th of July parade for rhe fire department. We were so proud!! It was a happy 200th birthday celebration for sure!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Hugs, Jodie R

    Jvilla95ar at gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! How fun about being in the parade! Thanks for sharing that memory with me. :)

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  28. Great tutorial! Your blog is great! I hope you reach your 125 followers! Please don't include my number in your drawing, as I already own these! Best of luck with your crafting!
    Colleen

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    1. Thanks, Colleen! No worries about not being included. Thanks for stopping by and for the warm comments! :)

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