Saturday, July 26, 2014

School Daze Blog Hop

Happy Saturday
Welcome to this month's hop with...
The Creating Blog Hops Cafe'.

This month's theme is...
School Daze

Those school days are just around the corner, and
we have made some wonderful projects to share with you this month to help get you ready for school.

Our hostess for the hop is...

Our sponsor for this month is also...

Robin will be giving one lucky winner a school themed scrapbooking kit that includes everything you need to complete a scrapbook as well as the scrapbook.

For your chance to win this complete scrapbook kit you must be a follower of each of the blogs in this hop as well as leave each of the ladies a little blog love by leaving them a comment to let them know how much you loved their projects.

So, sit back, grab yourself a Latte' and let us dare to amaze you with our projects.

My project is for my son when he starts school but it also has to do with "schooling" of my own.  This project is one of the first I tried when I purchased my new Cricut Expression 2 back a few years ago.  It was my first and only electronic die cutting machine.  I got it in November, bought this great Sponge Bob cart at a bargain and since my niece has a fondness for Sponge Bob, I thought I would make her this project for a Christmas gift, it is a covered composition book.  Well, it was a fiasco.  I didn't understand the directions, I just could not make this darn machine work and after a week or so gave up!  I must say I did manage to cut a few Christmas cards that year that were, well, barely acceptable.  After that I didn't touch my new machine for months...a while later I took a class from a great lady I met at one of the Creative Memories crops in Ohio.  I learned so much!  Now I am pretty good at using my Cricut so I took another stab at this first project that discouraged me so much.  It still was not easy.  In general I don't like their directions and prefer to wing and see what I come up with.  I must say there was a mistake in the directions of this project in the Cricut booklet that did not help the situation but since I am now "schooled" on my Cricut it was NOT a big deal this time around...

Project with Cricut booklet:


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If you get lost along the way, here is the entire line-up for today's hop so that you will be able to get back on track and not miss a single project.

5.  Miranda ~ 
6.  Sharon (A Piece Of Heart) ~

Thank you for hoping along with us today and I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

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  1. You did a fab job with your Sponge Bob glad you persevered as this is a tough cartridge to figure out and glad you stuck with it. Glad you are enjoying your Expression 2 I do own Cricuts but not that one I have the regular Expression and have created several Sponge Bob cuts and they are tricky but so stinkin' cute and do look just the real deal. You really did do a great creative job. WOOO HOOO 4 U!!
    Have fun with your is a fun and fab way to create!!

    1. Thanks Joan! I guess this was a pretty hard cart to try my first time!

  2. OMGoodness! Your Sponge Bob card is super cute!!!!

  3. Alicia: Fun card! We're glad you entered our Challenge #66 - "For A Child" & hope to see your creations in our next challenge too!

    Simply Create Too Design Team

  4. Wonderful card, glad that you stuck it out and learned how to use your Cricut. Yes, some of thier instructions are TOO confusing and some of thier cuts really are a bit of over layering. This is one cartridge I don't have.


  5. Very cute card, you did a great job. Thank you for sharing and for hoping along with us.
    Robin L.

  6. Super cute card. I'm sure your son will love it!

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  7. Sponge Bob is just too cute - great job.
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  8. Super cute!! I have never made any of the projects in the cricut books, but i am just a beginner.

  9. Very neat! My son would flip for this, he loves Spongebob!

  10. Oh my goodness Alicia, your son is going to be the most popular kid in his class with that book! The other kinds are going to go nuts wanting one of their own! It looks like you definitely learned to use your Cricut! I used to have two Cricut machines, and once I got a Silhouette Cameo, I NEVER looked back. I absolutely LOVE it and use it all the time. Once you actually learn it, it's SO much easier than a Cricut I traded a friend all my Cricut stuff and when i was teaching her how to use it, I realized how hard it is to use, Okay...getting off my soap box now! Haha!

    I had fun hopping with you!
    Amy E.

  11. I just love your card. We're big Sponge Bob fans here and bummed that the tv show has finally come to an end this year. I should have gotten this cartridge when it came out but I didn't. Bummer. Glad to see you were able to get it to work out because the card is so cute.

  12. Love the bright look of this card!

  13. It is always fun to learn new tools!!! Great card!!!