Friday, March 23, 2012

Welcome to The Fiskateers Spring Blog Hop!



 Welcome. You should have arrived via Sue 6150 http://sueinct.blogspot.com/ .

If you are hopping into the middle of our blog hop and you are a Fiskateer, you can start here www.fiskateers.com .

 If you are thinking a “Fiskawhat?”, you should know that Fiskateers (http://www.fiskateers.com/) is an online community of craftiness (paper crafts, sewing, gardening, etc.) all based around our love and appreciation of Fiskars (think orange-handled scissors to start).  There is a blog, gallery, and message board led by four lovely Lead Fiskateers who along with the other Fiskateers are fabulous at getting creativity flowing via chats, challenges, on-line crops, and interviews with other crafty celebrities.  If you would like to join in the inspiration of  Fiskateers, or would like to learn more, you can join here  at http://www.fiskateers.com/join/ .  Then, join in the fun at the beginning, http://www.kellystarsallthingscrafty.blogspot.com/ for a complete list of blog hop stops.

We’ll be hopping all weekend , March 24th  and 25th  to welcome spring!  

The blog hop officially ends on Sunday March 25th at 11pm CST.
  
Some Fiskateers, including this blogger, are offering sur-prizes…check their directions carefully to participate.




Above, you will notice a layout I designed. The border is a piece of cardstock the same color as my base, added for extra dimension. Pigment ink was used to stamp a design around the border strip using the Fiskars acrylic block set. This was embossed with a clear embossing powder after stamping each design and before the ink dried. To trim the inner part out of the border paper I used my trusty Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line - Blade Style I.  Love the precision! My patterned paper was cut again with my Fiskars - 12 inch Desktop Rotary Paper Trimmer - Blade Style F (I know, you probably own a lot of tools too. The Fiskars cutters are just too cool!) I used a border punch/corner punch combo, the Fiskars Comin' up Roses Border and Corner Punch to punch around the edge of the patterned paper before attaching it to my background.

Now, here's something to consider. I did not get my camera out the day of the dinner. I'm a bit self-conscious when my kids start calling me the Mama-razzi! So, what's a scrapper going to do? Well, the flowers from the table decor were still there; so, I snapped a photo the next day. I googled some food photos from the internet and next located a photo of my dear daughter-in-law taken a couple of weeks ago. I had printed the photo on my Fujifilm Pivi MP-300 mobile printer. That little printer is very handy for on-the-go need-it-now pics.

Tags, frames and assorted buttons and brads add color and dimension. A little hand done journaling and some alphabet stickers, for the title and remaining journaling, finish the page.

Prizes, I did mention prizes, didn't I? Well, I will pick two winners using a random number generator. The prize those individuals win will be determined by how many of the following steps the winner has completed.
1) If the winner has left a comment on this blog (only one comment, please) AND has signed up to follow my blog (sorry about this requirement, I agonized over it,; however, if you send me a private e-mail telling me you'd find it a bother to follow me - then I'll eliminate that requirement for you), the prize will be a Fiskars - Interchangeable Border Punch - Starter Set - Daisy Chain http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Crafting/Punches/Interchangeable-Border-Punches.
2) If the winner has also left a comment on ALL the Fiskateer Blog Hop blog posts (OK, exception for Emily's since there are firewall issues), the prize will also include a $50 gift certificate to Big Picture Classes http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/ , one of my favorite scrapbook educational sites.
3) And, if the winning participant has also signed up to follow the blog of my favorite charity, Charity Wings http://charitywingsnews.blogspot.com/ (OR signed up to follow Charity Wings on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/charity.wings), the prize will also include a $50 gift certificate to Scrapbook.com http://www.scrapbook.com/.

Good Luck!

Thanks for hopping by…next stop is Stephenie 3 www.mycraftyadventures.com

Tools used




55 comments:

kellystar said...

Karen---love how you were "creative" in your documenting the event. I get the eye roll too when I bring out the camera sometimes. Thanks for being part of the blog hop this weekend!

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osirisandloki said...

I JUST LOVE your LO it is so bright and colorful!!! thanks for sharing with us.

Anna said...

Loved your lay out, the stamping,punching,the colours are great.

Debby said...

I clicked to get a closer look at the embossing on the border I was amazed. I'm going to have to give this technique a go sometime soon. Great job.

I've followed, followed, and now still working through all the blogs.

Maya said...

Love that you used the corner-border punch! I love them and I like to see when other crafters use them! Fabulous layout!

weze said...

Hi Karen!! How r u? I signed up to follow your blog & love that nice bright layout you did! U have such creative juices flowing thru your veins!!
Louise #3903

Gail said...

Great layout Karen!

Betsy said...

Karen The "post" photo idea is fabulous ! Love all your details too! Fabulous LO! (I didn't know I wasn't following you..so took care of that, and already follow CW :) and still hopping along on the Fiskateer trail! Thanks for being a part of the hop!

LB said...

The page looks wonderful - Thank you Karen

Jessica said...

Hi Karen, I'm now a follower of your blog and that of your fave charity. I didn't have time to look around it today. But I will soon. I love your layout. The buttons and all the lovely colors. Thanks for sharing your talent.
Hugs, Jessica

Dawn said...

I really liked your layout, thanks for sharing!

mish said...

I love your layout! I sometimes actually forget to take the picture of the food or small event. Mainly, because I can't wait to enjoy the food or the company!
So, I love the new interchangeable Border Punch and I am a sucker for border punches!
I am already a follower and leaving my comment now!
Have left a comment on all the blogs so far. Big Picture Classes are fun!
I have attended an event with Charity Wings and I am now following.
Michelle
ScrapbookingSOS.blogspot.com

marla said...

Cut layout thanks for sharing!!

Jean said...

What a fantastic layout!! I am a new follower. I also am a follower of Charity Wings. I had not heard of them. I have left on comment on every blog - even Emily's.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

I too am known for taking too many pictures...LOL. I love your layout. Thanks for sharing.

OK... I have left comments for everyone so far so why stop now. I am a stalker... of both you and your favorite charity. I will check them out later today.

Jennifer Ashley DeGough said...

Love your page, the buttons, the colors. Absolutely wonderful!

Done all three steps! :) Thanks for being so generous!!

Fiskateer #6361
asecretvintage.blogspot.com

Cindy deRosier said...

I've said it before- you are the most generous scrapper ever! I thought I was already a follower, but it turns out I was a subscriber without being a follower. So now I am following you. I'm following Charity Wings as well. I'll definitely be leaving comments for everyone as I hop along... I'm halfway through!

I love your layout. I especially love how clever you were in documenting an occasion where you didn't actually take pictures.

Lesa said...

Karen, I love your layout! Such wonderful and inspiring ideas--will try the border embossing and I now must have that corner/border bunch. I love the one's I have but somehow missed this particular design.
I'm following you now (don't know why I wasn't sooner) and have been following CW (FB & get their newsletters)for a long time. Hopping my way through the Fiska pals blogs and having a great time. Thank you for the mama-razzi laugh. You are so fun!

Victoria's Place said...

Great project!

Vicky said...

oooooooo! love your layout! and what a super idea of how to get pics :) I'd love to follow your blog!

Tona said...

Love your layout. The row of pretty buttons really set things off perfectly.
I'm a follower, I already follow wings of charity, I I just have a few stops to go & I will have hopped over to see everybody. :)
Fiskateer #4437

Suzi said...

I signed up to follow you and Charity Wings! So much to see, so little time! Thank you for your encouragement to Fiskateers and others!
Suzi #5563

Sue in CT said...

I love how you did the pictures. I have the same problem...my daughter tells me the grandkids don't know who I am unless I have a camera stuck in my face....LOL. I am a follower of your blog. I left comments on all blogs. I am a follower of Charity Wings.

Groovy Deborah said...

Karen those sweets are looking delicious! I also think that your border is su-weet! Way cool!!!

Happy spring, Deb♥

AmyJ said...

I lobe your layout. I am a follower now. I did all of the above and by the time I'm done today hopping I will have a comment on each blog.....thank you for sharing your layout today.
Amy#8546

lizzie said...

Karen... WOW! I so have the rose/thorn/leaf boarder punch and I have no idea what to do with it... you have totally inspired me!!

jackie 4124 said...

Love your layout. I'm like so many of you. Kids hate when I pull out the camera. I have more pictures of my sons hand than of his face.

jackie 4124 said...

I'm a new follower

jackie 4124 said...

I've left comments on all the blogs and am now following Charity wings on FB

Chris C said...

I love your layout - so bright and cheerful. I had the same problem with my 30th (no photos!) but like you managed to get some that I could make a layout with.
I have become a follower of your blog and plan to get to all the blogs.
Christine C #2264

Patty Williams said...

Hi Karen -- I love the sweet little buttons across the page. Very creative and sneaky way to document the occasion!

Sorry --I'm not following or subscribing during this hop - so no need to enter me.

Sue D said...

Great layout especially since you didn't have photos. I like the stamped border.
I am a follower.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Pamela Haskin said...

Aren't you a clever girl! I love your idea of getting pix from the internet. My mom needs this idea too! I'll pass it along. I'm a new follower.

Kelly Massman said...

Cute layout! I've signed up to be a follower! thanks for a chance to win! I've wanted to try that type of punch! :-)

Laney said...

I absolutely love your page and the clear bright, colours. Thanks for sharing it. I have signed up to follow your blog and your fave charity on facebook. I already follow BIg Picture classes and they have some very interesting looking classes.

NanaBeth said...

You are a Fiskar tool diva!I already like Charity Wings on FB and I just signed up to follow their blog-don't know I missed that before.I'm following your blog now and I'll check back in to let you know I visited everyone on the blog hop!
Great job on your layout-it's so darn happy!

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful layout! I love how you were able to find photos to scrap even without taking your camera out the day of the event. I'm sorry but I LOVED the "mamma-razzi" comment, I'm still laughing :)

I'm leaving love at all the blogs and I'm not stopping tonight until I'm through everyone's blog.

I already follow Charity Wings... Elena is awesome!
-Sylvia #5019

TracyM #6773 said...

Love your layout Karen - it has such cheery colours and a fun design!!! It is so hard to scrapbook special events when you don't have the photos and you have done a great job improvising :)

I am now a follower, only have Stephenie left to visit on my hop, tried Emily a several times but still no luck. I am international, so fully understand if you don't include me in your prize draw.

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

You do such beautiful work with your scrapbooking! I can't imagine why your children wouldn't want you to take all of the pictures you want, so they can see the gorgeous LOs you come up with! But your way works too!

I know I used to follow your blog when I was first a Fiskateer and at some point, I lost several blogs off of my list of blogs I was following. I am now following your blog again, as well as the Charity Wings blog and FB page. I looked through their blog and FB page and hope to be able to help some of causes they support that are near and dear to my heart! I also saw quite a few familiar faces when I was there.

I came back to you blog last, so I could be sure that I could tell you I made it all the way through the hop! The prizes you are offering are beyond generous and I thank you for even allowing each of us to have a chance to win!

christina #4635 said...

Your PL is perfect! I love the colors and the buttons and how you were so creative with the photos!

Sandy said...

Wow Karen! What a wonderful layout! I especially like the effect of adding the embossed border for dimension.
I am a follower of your blog and of Charity Wings/Scrapbook Royalty and I am working toward commenting on everyone's blog for the hop. Thanks for these awesome prizes. Sandy #1781

Courtney said...

I love this and I love your style!

Tifany said...

Love the bright, cheery colors of your layout!

1. I follow your blog.

2. I am commenting on all the blogs on the hop.

3. I follow the Charity Wings blog and like them on Facebook.

And whoa buddy would I love that gift certificate to scrapbook.com!


- Tifany #5942
http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

LOVE! I have followed, followed and am commenting my way through the hop. : )

Lisa Sarmiento said...

Hi karen, How are you doing? You are always so generous. I love all the reds and different embellies you put in your layout. Nice! I am now a follower of your blog. And of course I follow Charity Wings Blog and on Facebook. Thanks for sharing your layout and for being part of the Blog Hop. Lisa #4791

sandyh50 said...

I laughed at your comment about not getting the camera out, but just tell the kids to deal with it. Great layout! I follow you on my google reader.
sandy #4165

Amyscats said...

That's a beautiful layout! Love the color choices, and the story about "Mamarazzi". I'm your newest follower and so far, I've commented on all the blog hop posts, and plan to finish it out - having so much fun! I'll check out the charitywings site, thanks for the tip.
Amyscats #8535

MamaBirdy said...

I love how you got creative with the photos the event.
I need to get a little printer for my photos like the one you mentioned. I have those need-to- have it moments all the time, so this would be handy!
I just started following you, I am still hopping along the Hop trail and I already follow CW on FB,
Big Picture Classes are awesome! I saw that you are taking "Twelve," so am I!
-Tanya #5407-

Emma said...

This is really beautiful! I love the bright colors you've used ~ it looks very cheerful :)

KellyG said...

Awesome layout, love all the details! I am following your blog!

KellyG said...

I am following your favorite Charity blog also!

febe said...

Beautiful colors on your card. Love the layout and details.

rekey

Charlene said...

Lady Doc, your page is fantastic! I love all the bright colors, the various cute buttons and the use of the Fiskars punches! Love love it. :) Following you now :)

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

Sooooo awesome! this layout is great! thanks so much for your support Karen!