Saturday, July 13, 2019

Adventure Awaits Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for  
The Adventure Awaits BLOG HOP

This is a blog hop featuring our Adventures! Whether we enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, traveling, staying close to home or venturing far away, we love to document our adventures!

You should have arrived from EK's blog But if not, Connie Can Crop , Connie Can Crop , is the beginning of this hop! 
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have two awesome sponsors for this hop!!
Coloring with Nikki is giving away this gorgeous Handwritten Background stamp from RG Studios to one lucky winner.
 Connie has put together this Set of Me and My Big Ideas (Mambi) goodies12x12 Kit, Sticker phrases, and a Washi pack!!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. Free Shipping to our USA friends but Worldwide will be asked to pay shipping if they win.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 7/17/19 here at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

I used my Cricut Explore Air to create this RV from the Simple Pop-Up cartridge.  I added lots of my own details.  First I used pieces of yellow card stock behind the "stripe".  I placed acetate behind the window openings. 

I added several layers to the tires.  I used a circle punch to create perfectly sized pieces.  I colored the black portion.  I also inked the luggage rack on top with brown.  I inked all the edges prior to adhering to the card.

I used a printed map paper on the back of the card.

Be sure to hop over to my friend Shannon She has something wonderful to share!

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sketch N Scrap Aloha Card

Hello, today I have a summery card inspired by a couple of challenges.  I was really groovin on the Give the Crafter a Cookie inspiration.  I stamped and die cut a dozen fruits.  I made three of these pineapples which worked perfect for the Sketch N Scrap card sketch.

Here is a close up of my pineapples.  I used a single die but did two cuts one fully yellow and one partial green.  I trimmed the extra off to fit on the yellow pineapple.  I inked the die cuts to provide even more dimension.  

I used an ink pen to create the dotted line along either side of the yellow dotted blue paper.  

Fancy Pants Wave Searcher 6x6 papers
Sizzix Jen Long Phrases Happy & Pineapple
Stamplorations Aloha stamp
Distress ink Peeled Paint
Our Daily Bread Designs stitched rectangle die
Quick Quotes Banana Bliss Powderpuff chalking ink
misc card stock

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Summer Watermelon Card and Salad Recipe

I love this Little Yellow Bicycle Vintage Summer paper stack so much, I have to admit I hoard it.  But sometimes it is just perfect for a theme.  The papers really remind me of summers as a child.  The watermelon brings back memories of going to the garden to pick a watermelon and bringing to my grandmother to cut.  Boy, did she love to salt it.  I don't care for salt but I will sprinkle it on sometimes for nostalgia.  

Making this watermelon card makes me want to make this awesome Watermelon Salad with cucumber, mint and feta.  It sounds strange but it is such a unique combination and completely refreshing!  That is how I prefer my watermelon these days.

The Cheery Lynn Summer Drink die set has so many neat dies.  The watermelon is 2 pieces but the rind cuts into two pieces.  I used a two side card stock with a light side and dark side.  Perfect for the detail of the rind!  I added an extra layer by lining with black card stock for the seeds.  I should have added Judikins Diamond Glaze to the seeds for dimension.  I may go back and do that step.

Cheery Lynn Summer Drink die set
Karen Burniston Word Set 6-Summer
Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Circles Large die
Little Yellow Bicycle Vintage Summer 6x6 paper
Quick Quotes Barn board and Green with Envy Powderpuff Chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by 


This is Living: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

It's time for new inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  This is another card where everything was lying around my desk.  I purchased some scrap planner pieces from my favorite little store.  If you are in the greater Cincinnati area, you should check out Indigo Hippo.  It's an thrift store for art supplies. The prices are suggested but you pay what you can.  It is a great place to try a new things!  I try to visit about once a week.  Donations come in weekly, so inventory is constantly changing.  I recognized these papers and embellishments from a Recollections collection a few years ago.  I have some matching stamps but found everything I needed for my card on my desk save the strip of washi tape I chose for my dividing strip.

Here's this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:

A close up of the sentiment embellishment.  I stacked on top of a die cut scrap of white paper.

Recollections supplies
washi tape
white card stock
Tutti Cross Stitch Nesting Squares

Hop on over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and play along this week!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
Thanks for stopping by today.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Anything But a Card Challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2

Good morning, it's time for another challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2 Anything But A Card.  I didn't have a problem with this challenge at all...I have been putting off some t-shirt projects, so the timing was great.  I created the first tee for a young family member.  If you follow my blog you would know I created the onesie for his new brother a couple of weeks ago.  I had to make a trip to Joann's for some new tees.  The better are stores are a bit further from my home (more selection).  It has taken me a couple of weeks to make the trip, but I waited until the perfect time!  Blank tees and vinyl were doorbusters this past weekend.

Here are both projects for the boys.  I used the FREE Cricut Basic Shape image for the word Brother and the Creative Memories Be Young font.  Now to get them in the mail!

Mark Richards Iron On Black and White Vinyl
Creative Memories Be Young-Be Free Font (little)
Cricut Font and Basic Shapes (brother)
Gray Onesie

My second project was a tee for my husband. Frankly, I chose this image to challenge my weeding skills.  It wasn't too bad and it turned out great.  I used the new Cricut gray sport flex vinyl I bought at Joann's although it appears white in the photo.

A closer look at my weeding.

Cricut Sport Flex Vinyl
Black Tee shirt

I hope I have inspired you to use your Cricut for something beside paper for this challenge. Don't forget to play along with us at Bitten By the Bug 2 for the next two weeks.

Thanks for stopping by 


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Orange you great! Close to My Heart One in a Melon card

Good morning, I have been working in my craft room a lot lately.  I just haven't gotten a chance to take photos and blog.  I created this one first with inspiration from the sketch below.  I then proceeded to create a bunch of fruit with stamps and dies, if you are a regular reader you may see some similar themed projects.  I have not used the orange again YET.  

I paired this with some old Creative Memories paper that I picked up at a yard sale recently.  I always liked these bright stripes.  It is super easy to match up with blues, greens, purples, or oranges.  The other papers were scraps on my desk.  I love to use things just lying around.  The only thing I had to dig up for this project was the ink.  Finding the perfect orange was a little hard.  I tried Distress Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin but went with the Spiced Marmalade.

Here is the sketch I used from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

Close to My Heart One in a Melon
Spiced Marmalade Distress ink
Creative Memories paper and circle punch
pierced label die
assorted card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Little Brother~Family Tees for Craft Collabs

Hello, today I am participating in a Craft Collabs Event called C.A.S.E. the Creator.  I was partnered with Robert.  He can be found on social media at, and  Our task was to find inspiration from our partner's projects, select one and C.A.S.E.  If you aren't familiar with that term it stands for Copy and Share Everything.  Usually one allows for a little creative substitution since we may not have the exact products from which we are copying.  

Just from the name of Robert's artistic identity, J Family Crafters, one can conclude that family is the most important aspect of his life and crafting together creates more time to spend with his family.  While exploring his blog I discovered he has three daughters so this makes complete sense.  He shares their work as well as his own on his social media sites.  I took my cue from his Avenger's Endgame post.  I don't own any super hero cuts, but since this post was also about family bonding, I focused on that idea with my project.  Here is his project:

Here is my project.  I copied the gray and the familial bonding spirit of the project as  I didn't have any super hero cuts for my Cricut.  I used two different fonts to create the wording.  Brother is a freebie on Cricut Design Space as are many familial words.  The word little uses a Creative Memories font.

I hadn't made an iron-on project in a few months and it took me a few tries to get the vinyl cut deep enough.  I was using a brand I purchased at Tuesday Morning at a great price therefore, I can't be sure about the problem.  I ended up getting a great cut with the custom setting for glitter iron-on, however, as you can see this vinyl is clearly not glitter.  Maybe I just forget my setting from last go round. I need to create the Big Brother tee but I have to go buy the appropriate size tee.  I WILL remember the settings when I create that one.  You will have to stop back by to see how that one turns out.  

Mark Richards Iron On Black and White Vinyl
Creative Memories Be Young-Be Free Font (little)
Cricut Font and Basic Shapes (brother)
Gray Onesie

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and visit Robert's site for lots of family fun and great crafting tips!


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Hooray for Today! Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hooray for today!  Perfect sentiment for this cute card, my inspiration for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I thought this would make a great child's birthday card but also fit other occasions.  I love the primary colors and stripes and I thought the number print was perfect to slice up.

Here's this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

inque boutique Out of the World 6x6 papers
Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink Blue Moon and Maraschino Cherry
Stampin Up Geometric sentiment
Our Daily Bread Designs Stitched Rectangle die
Creative Memories Embossed Star punch
white card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Hop on over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and play along this week!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, June 24, 2019

Let it Shine...Bitten By the Bug 2 Summer challenge

Hello, it's time again for a new challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2.  The theme for this challenge is Summer Fun!  I chose to use a cut file from Cricut Simple Pop-Up Cards.  The cart has so many great cards, I have to admit I made several designs. The best part is the write feature with some great sentiments that fit each card perfectly! I hope you are inspired by this card reminding me of the summer nights of my childhood.

I love add the special touches that really make a card pop.  My husband doesn't like it when I get him sucked into my projects, but I did consult him on the "lids" I created.  I had a few manual die cuts of mason jars but none really worked for the size card I had cut.  I ended up embossing a metallic piece of paper and fussy cutting the lid to fit the top of the card.  I cut the center one to fold easier.

I am also very fond of using negatives.  The fireflies I decorated the envy and front of the card with came from the original cut.  

I stamped and embossed the sentiment before die cutting with a manual die.

Finally, I added a touch of gold Wink of Stella to some of the "lights" and the printed sentiment.  I also added some yellow bling.

Cricut Simple Pop-up Cards cartridge
Misc papers and card stock
Versamark embossing ink
Close to My Heart Illuminate stamp sentiment
Metallic Blue embossing powder
Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking ink Midnight Confessions
metallic card stock
Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder Stripes
Spellbinders label die
Cricut yellow pen
Wink of Stella gold pen

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by this week!  Don't forget if you use a Cricut to play along at Bitten By the Bug 2


Friday, June 21, 2019

Cricut Sunshine cards for Summer Solstice

Welcome the next season, Summer!  I made these monochromatic yellow Cricut cards in honor of today's holiday.

Cricut Intricate Cut Quotes
misc card stock 

Thanks for stopping by today!