Friday, March 23, 2012

The 2nd {unofficial} Crop Chocolate Blog Hop

Welcome to the first day of the Second {unofficial} Crop Chocolate Blog Hop.

Crop Chocolate is a one-deal-at-a-time website that sells AWESOME(!!!) scrapbooking/paper crafting supplies at reduced rates.  The selection is amazing, and the people there are great.  It's like a little family.  You should check them out also if you haven't already.  You can use the link to the right.

The theme of this blog hop is "bountiful borders", and we had to use some sort of border making tool to create a fancy edge on at least one side of our project.  Since I needed to make some thank you cards anyway, I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity.  And by doing this, I could make multiple cards, each one using a different border punch that I have. 

Here they are: 




The border punches are all ones that I've had for awhile, but are fairly classic in style.  So they fit a lot of different themes and types of projects.

Card #1 (upper left hand corner) was made using Bazill swiss dot cardstock, EP Springtime (I just love the colors in this set), The Twinery maraschino cherry baker's twine, MM oval vellum tag, Mrs. Grossman's stickers, and Fiskars lattice edge punch.

Card #2 (upper right hand corner) was made with Bazill swiss dot cardstock, EP Victoria Gardens, MM fresh anthology picot daffodil ribbon, MM rectangle vellum tag, Mrs. Grossman's stickers, and Martha Stewart butterfly edge punch.  If you look at the closeup, you can see that on this edge punch only half of the butterflies are fully punched through the paper.  The other half are simply outlined.  To emphasize this and give your project a little more depth, you can gently pull the wings out and fold them up a little bit.



Card #3 (lower left hand corner) was made with Bazill swiss dot cardstock, EP Springtime, Mrs. Grossman's stickers, corner punch, and SU scallop edge punch.  This is such a simple card, but the edge gives it that extra oomph (I was going to say punch, but figured that was obvious).  LOL!!

Card #4 (lower right hand corner) was made using SU sage shadow cardstock, EP Victoria Gardens, MM fresh anthology picot daffodil ribbon, MM oval vellum tag, Mrs. Grossman's stickers, corner punch, and Fiskars doily edge punch.  I don't think it really is the "doily" punch, but I don't remember the exact name.  That's just what it reminds me of, so that's what I call it.  LOL

I also added some faux stitching on this one to imitate a quilt, as that is what the design reminds me of.


If you like this or want to make comments about this project (or my blog in general), feel free.  You can also become a follower so that you can keep up with what I am doing next. 

If you comment on ALL the blogs in the hop, you are eligible to win some blog candy (12×12 Hello Spring Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park and another is a 12×12 Fourth Of July Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park (generously donated by Echo Park Paper Co.)).  What awesome prizes!!!!  You will have until 8am MDT on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 to comment to be eligible to win.

If you happened across here, but haven't seen the blogs previous to mine, you can start at the beginning - at mommyx2's blog - http://craftylove4mytwins.wordpress.com/

To continue with the blog hop, please visit Paula at http://craftycutsbypaula.blogspot.com/
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.  HAPPY Spring Everyone!!!

51 comments:

  1. Very pretty Beth! Great borders!!

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  2. Diggin those MM vellum tags! The cards are all great BTW.

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  3. Very nice! So "Springy" looking. Love the borders you used on each of the cards. And thanks for the close-ups on each card . . . it made it easier for my "old" eyes to see better. :) Again, GREAT job!!!

    Kathy (clayton528 on CC)

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  4. Very pretty cards. Love the different borders you used, reminded me of all those unused punches I should be digging out and putting to use. Great job on the springy colors too!

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  5. Love the butterfly border! Great cards!

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  6. Wow - so much work and detail. I love your cards and all of the different borders! thanks for sharing!!

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  7. Love all the different borders you used on your cards, they look perfect!!

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  8. Very nice! Like how the cards are all different....nice!

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  9. Beautiful cards! Love that butterfly border punch!

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  10. Very nice! Each of the borders is so pretty. The 1st pic w/the 4 cards together gave me an idea - to use dry embossing to create a border.

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  11. really nice use of the border punches that I always forget about using. really like the spring feeling and pretty colors on these.

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  12. Ette
    Beautiful cards. Thank-you for participating in the hop

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  13. great cards...good color use!

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  14. What a lovely collection to welcome in spring! Love the borders, colors, and use of vellum.

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  15. 4 beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing them!

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  16. Great Cards, love the butterfly edge.

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  17. Beautiful cards Beth! I have 2 of those Fiskars punches somewhere in my scrappy mess! I think that the last one might be sunburst (?) but it has been a couple years since I used them. Thanks for reminding me how nice they are :)

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    1. Oh yeah, and I love that butterfly punch!

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  18. LOVE border punches!! :D They really "spiff" up a card, don't they? All your TU cards are lovely! Great job! --SharonDoesBaskets

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  19. Those cards are so nice, I love the twine with the tags, now I want that butterfly punch

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  20. Beth, this is some of my favourite paper! Thanks for the inspiration - your cards are great!

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  21. Borders add such a great touch to cards. And I love the EP Springtime collection. Great cards!

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  22. Love all your cards. It really makes me want to collect a few more border punches :)

    CC Name = Kiki Kuku

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  23. The border punches just give that extra sweetness to your cards. TFS!

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  24. I've never thought of punching the edges of cards like that! SO cute! I'm going to have to scraplift. TFS!

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  25. I have a bunch of edge punches too that I never think to use.... I'm not much of a card maker, but I should really try more! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    Deanna (aka BettyScrappinStewart)

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  26. I love the edge punches, they are so versatile, I really like how you used the twine on your card.

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  27. This would make a beautiful gift set for a special friend! Love it!!

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  28. What CUTE cards. Wish you had to send me a Thank you card. I would have loved to receive one of those!

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  29. Nice cards, I think all the CC gals love that EP Springtime paper. Love those edge punches, I'll have to get that one you used on #4, it's great.
    4myk9s

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  30. WOW! love all the different borders you chose. TFS

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  31. Beautiful cards! Love the way every other butterfly is punched out on the "Thanks" card. And I just love seeing all this EP Springtime being used! Thanks for sharing! ~RachelV

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  32. Wonderful cards! Inspired me to pull out my punches.

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  33. I love the use of border punches to give your card a little extra something! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Great cards! My fave has to be the one with the purple bottom on it, though...since that's my love of the moment! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Nice cards. Great border punches!

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  36. What a great selection of borders! Nice cards too.

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  37. Beth, I like how you showed the card before punching the border and after. It adds so much to the card.

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  38. Very pretty cards,Beth! But did you have to do 4 cards?!?!! What ya doin'? You make some of us look bad! (Just Kiddin')Great Job :)

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  39. Nice cards Beth! ...and I love the fact that I actually recognized most of the paper you used as I have it and use it often!
    I did come over from CC to hop the blogs!
    Juliet (aka Joyce)

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  40. I love the butterfly edging! I have to see if I can track down that punch now. :) All your cards are gorgeous.

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  41. Your cards have given me so many great ideas. I love the twine on the thank you card and your various borders on the cards.

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  42. love all the different border punches you used for these cards.

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  43. love that butterfly border! Great punches!
    -raebae

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  44. Just lovely! And using one of my favorite paper packs! The butterfly border is darling!

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