Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas in July Blog Hop Day 1!

Welcome and thank you for joining us for our Christmas in July Blog Hop! This is a three day hop starting July 22 and ending July 24. You should have arrived here from Sylvia. If you just happened to stumble upon this hop, please be sure to go back to Elaine's blog ExpressionsByElaine so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects we have to share. 

Be sure to visit & follow all the blogs to be entered for the Grand Prize! After you have stopped at all the blogs don't forget to go back to the beginning blog Elaine @ 
ExpressionsByElaine and leave your name in the inlinkz.

I am so excited about my project today! It is probably my favorite creation. I have always loved to ice skate and when I was young, my dream was to be an Olympic ice skater. My dad even built a rink in our back yard in the winter with two-by-fours and tarp so my sister and I could skate! Sadly, my skating career never came to fruition, but I still love to hit the ice when I can. So my card today is in honor of those childhood dreams.
The paper is from My Mind's Eye Christmas stack. I used the Winter Woodland cart for everything except the center Christmas tree. That was cut at 5" from the Christmas cart and embossed with Swiss dots. For the background forest, I cut the trees at 4" and embossed them with three different folders: seeing spots, Swiss dots and polka dots. I cut the skater at and the deer at 3". Here is my favorite part...she skates!

The button on the front of the card actually moves her along but thanks to the wonderful world of Photoshop, I can show you! I wanted to have tutorial to post on how I made this but I didn't get a chance to put one together. If anyone is interested, I'll try to get one posted.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges
  1. My Craft Spot Challenge #17 - Christmas in July
  2. Cricut 360 Challenge #4 - The Great Outdoors
  3. Paper Cutz Challenge #101 - Anything Goes
  4. Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays #16 - Show Us
  5. You Had Me at Craft Week 8: Made It Myself Monday

I have blog candy! Since this is a three day hop and I will have a project for each day, I will add a little something to the candy each day. Today I have a set of Cuttlebug Asterisks dies. I really wanted snowflakes to go along with the Christmas theme, but my Michaels doesn't have the greatest selection. I thought these were close and could be used for snowflakes.

All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is:
  1. Be a follower and
  2. Leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you. Since this is a three day hop, if you leave a comment after each new project, you will have three chances to win! I will combine all the comments from the three days to select one winner via random.org on Monday, July 25th.
Also, I am having a 500 Follower Cricut Cart giveaway! Click HERE to enter for a chance to win a brand new Picturesque cart!
    Your next stop on the Christmas in July Blog Hop is Amber. Don't forget to visit ElaineExpressionsByElaine once you have hopped along and enter your name for a chance at the grand prize! 

    Here's the lineup in case you get lost along the way:


    Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping along :)

    73 comments:

    Pat N. said...

    Wow, Lisa, your step card is amazing! All the trees and papers are just beautiful, along with the adorable ice skater. And then to find out she actually skates...well that is over the top terrific! Wonderful project. Glad to be in the hop with you.--Pat N.

    MyCuriousCrafts said...

    Oh Lisa, my friend...what a masterpiece you've created. FABULOUS! You so super talented my friend, love visiting. ~Shen

    Jenny said...

    Amazing! Really a pretty card. Great job! New follower too, so happy to have found you.

    Jenny
    papercutcreations.blogspot.com
    papercraftjenny at gmail dot com

    My Crafty Designs said...

    Lisa, this card is beautiful!... Girl, you have out done yourself....I love your card soooo much. Thank you for sharing.

    AnnetteASalinas@aol.com

    jennyplace2 said...

    OMG! This card is just to beautiful...it should be a layout for sure, to be treasured for ever! Such wonderful details and the colours are grand! Thanks for joining the challenge at my Craft Spot.

    abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

    Super project! Love how it moves! abusybee24atcoxdotnet


    Carri~Abusybee
    www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

    Daisylove Creations said...

    Wow Lisa!! Your card is beyond amazing!! How creative of you, I love the movement of this card. Good luck on your challenges! I'm already a follower, I never like to miss out on your creations :0) TFS!
    Diana
    daisylovecreations.blogspot.com
    daisylove1020@gmail.com

    Shirley Pumpkin said...

    Wow that card is so cool... I love how it moves. Amazing! I am having so much fun doing this blog hop with all you talented girls!

    Hugs
    Shirley
    www.lookatmycutestuff.blogspot.com

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    I thought she ws beautiful until she started to skate and then I thought she was magical! WOW!!! what a card. TFS and for taking us along on this blog hop......can't wait to see more!

    Karen H said...

    Oh my gosh! Lisa! How do you do this, nearly every single day? Your gorgeous spirit shines through every project you make, and this magical creation is one to treasure. Aside from the beauty of all the texture, cuts, and elements... the best part is the inspiration. This is a true masterpiece and I don't even know what to say. :o) You're incredible, my sparkly friend! (And thank you for the opportunity to win!)

    Hugs and blessings! :o)
    http://kaleidoscopicsparkles.blogspot.com

    Rez said...

    Hi,
    Oh your cards are always FABULOUS. You come up with such creative ideas. Love how she can skates. It's so COOL my sweet friend.
    Hugs with ALOHA's,
    Rez
    http://karezmakreations.blogspot.com/
    "SMILES ACROSS THE MILES"

    Linda said...

    Hi Lisa I have a surprise for you on my blog!!!!!

    TyTynNiyasmom said...

    This card is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this.

    Candace
    mypassion4scrappin.blogspot.com

    Georgiana said...

    What a magnificent card. I love how you included the photoshop picture showing the skater moving! I definitely would know how to do that. Great job!

    Georgiana
    Carson's Creations

    Dr Sonia S V said...

    Lisa what a wonderful creation. I love slider cards. And how did you manage to get the animation to load in blogger. I always have issues with animated image sin blogger

    Cheers
    Sonia
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

    Adrian said...

    OMG, Wow, amazing!

    Karen said...

    WOW! Lisa, everything about this card is AMAZING!! I love how she ice skates across the card! Perfect! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

    Arlene said...

    Lisa, these are just amazing cards! Love the spinner card and all the layers on it! Just beautiful. :)

    Arlene.

    my crafting creations said...

    I absolutely love this. So much detail. fantastic job. Thanks for entering it in the challenge with us at Cricut 360.

    Kim

    Tiffany said...

    Amazing card! I love the color choices and the paper. The fact that she actually skates is incredible! I'd love to see a video :) I'm so glad to be a part of this hop with you!

    tiffanymarierice@yahoo.com
    http://sparkledmemories.blogspot.com/

    Candace said...

    such a pretty card!! great job!! stopping by to say hi to my fellow hoppers!!

    Candace
    scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com

    Trina said...

    I am already a follower and no wonder why. Your work is amazing. I am hoping you will share with me how to make an item move like your skater. Impressive is all I can say.
    Jntrinafloyd210@gmail.com

    Cathy said...

    I am afollower already, and I LOVE this project. amazing. I would love it if you would show how you made it:) I am a newbie:)
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

    shelly said...

    wow lisa this is just fantastic! way to go! thanks for sharing this fun and pretty card with us at papercutz:)
    ps really cool how you show us the skater moves :)

    Tami B. said...

    What a fun card and beautiful too! I absolutely love interactive cards.

    Jessica said...

    Lisa, I feel like I am always saying the same thing to you...'YOU ARE AMAZING', but it is true! Your card is fantastic and I truly admire all the different embossing details you add to each and every project. Now, with this spinner card and being able to see it in action, I bow at your feet, my dearest Queen Crafty Mermaid!!!!
    :O)
    Jessica

    Debeez Designs said...

    Lisa this is absolutely amazing I so look forward to seeing your work it is just fantastic - I just love the inter-activeness of this card and that it holds special memories for you too as a young child with your sister. would love for you to send the instructions :)

    Dayna Sabrina said...

    This is so stinkin cute! I have to know how to make one of these cards! Yes, Please, Please post a tutorial!!

    Diane said...

    Your work is just amazing...I love all the detail! Thanks for sharing!
    flerdee01@gmail.com

    Raven said...

    Hi, just came by from Made It Myself Mondays! I love your card...fantastic! Please post a tutorial. I'm already a follower and hope you'll stop by my blog when you get some time.
    Peace & Harmony,
    Raven
    http://feralscraps.blogspot.com

    Susan said...

    Hey Lisa!

    Omg this is awesome! I would love to see how you made this card, it's amazing! But before you do I insist that you take a day off from blogging and enter this card for publication in a magazine! Cricut, Papercrafting, Martha Stewart, I don't care if it's Reader's Digest! This card needs to be published my friend! And I bet others would agree! I am so lucky to follow your blog, you inspire me so much!

    Thanks for sharing this Lisa. I'm off to hop more, it's been a while since I hopped but couldn't pass up a Christmas one! And before I forget, I loved the mermaid card yesterday! :)

    Have a great day!

    Susan
    cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

    p.s. I used to pretend I was Peggy Flemming, but on rollerskates in the laundry room. I didn't like to be out in the cold! lol

    littlen said...

    this card is amazing. i'd love a tutorial. tfs.
    littlen44atgmaildotcom

    loving3boys1girl said...

    Gorgeous card!! I'm a new follower and am looking forward to the rest of your projects!

    ~Tracy
    blue.tacs at yahoo dot com

    Linda B said...

    Oh my... Lisa, this is amazing... I have to come back and study this!
    Remember I sent you the link about the mermaid from MFT, well take a look at this card made with it... http://butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/2011/06/mft-wtg-vip-blog-hop-shop.html
    Have a Happy Day!

    Creative Diva said...

    Hi Lisa,
    This is an amazing. I love how she ice skates. Great job friend. Thank you for joining us at Cricut 360.

    Cely said...

    Oh my goodness, this card is a trip! :) And look! It moves! WOW!!! I'm sure you will win at least one of the challenges you are entering. :)

    And thank you so much for "saving my life!" LOL. Can't wait for your next project!

    And I'm your newest follower!

    cely_rohr at hotmail dot com
    www.hawaiipaperparty.blogspot.com

    Sunshine HoneyBee said...

    Wonderful and especially like the button movement. Hubby & I took ice skate lessons when we moved to Central TX taking lessons at a shopping mall ice skate rink. Did well with 1st class & I moved onto jumps & spins. Hubby decided to just watch after that but I had fun and still like ice skating.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

    Jen said...

    This is one of the BEST cards I have seen

    kissmyjen@gmail.com

    Kimberli said...

    Beautiful card, your details are amazing - I love that she skates!! I'm glad we get to be on the hop together, I'm definitely a follower!!

    Dale Morin said...

    Such a beautiful card!

    Judy said...

    This card is totally awesome -- never seen one like it and I will be going to see the directions! I am a new follower and very excited about it ...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

    Jens Craft Corner said...

    Love your card! That is so cool! Love that it moves. I'm a new follower and looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

    Amanda said...

    This card is amazing!!

    Pam said...

    Good grief Lisa you just keep out doing yourself. This is amazing girlfriend!! I am a follower but you knew that. Yes my dear I would love to know how you did that, including the step card, I love that but I have not seen how to do that one. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

    HotPinkScrapper said...

    just beautiful!

    nina@http://nina-hotpinkscrapper.blogspot.com/

    DebC said...

    Great step card! Lots of detail in this you did alot of work! Thanks for playing along with us at cricut360!!
    Deb C
    bugjuiced.blogspot.com

    Lisa said...

    Amazing card!!!! I love it!!!!

    Elaine said...

    Lisa,

    Your card is fabulous!! That is so cool how you made the ice skater move! I would love to see how you did that.
    Thanks for sharing & for being in the hop!

    Lisa's Creative Niche said...

    Wow, this is amazing! I have never seen a card like this... in fact it's more like a beautiful center peice or art work, I love it! Thank you so much for such great inspiration!
    Lisa
    summer_sunset54@hotmail.com

    Anonymous said...

    Stunning card.... love it all the way! Thanks for joining us at Cricut 360ยบ...HUGS...SK :)

    lmkindell1 said...

    I love your ice skater she is great.
    lmkindell1@verizon.net

    Leirad a.k.a cuttlebug_fan said...

    Your card is beyond gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Cricut 360.

    Leirad
    leiradcardmakingcorner.blogspot.com

    Linda said...

    Wow, this card is amazing. I would love to see a tutorial!

    Linda
    http://craftingwithnana.blogspot.com

    CropaCabana said...

    Oh, so pretty!! What a great card, I found you on Inspire Me Fridays.

    I'd love to know how you made the photoshop demonstration pic, that is such a great feature for interactive pages and cards. Please, tell us more!

    Hugs, patricia

    Sherrie K. said...

    Wow!!! I am gasping for air...LOL! This is FANTASTIC! Lisa, your creations are just out of this world. You put so much time and detail into these projects. Love it! Great job!!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
    jskoning at msn dot com

    Ildi-The craftin mama said...

    Great Interactive card!! Totally Love it!!

    Ildi-The Craftin Mama
    www.thecraftinmama.blogspot.com

    Houses Built of Cards said...

    BEAUTIFUL project!!! LOVE all the layers!!! Thanks for joining us at Cricut 360!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

    Sentimental Scrapper said...

    Gorgeous card!! I love how the ice skater moves across the beautiful winter scene - wow!! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!

    Kimberly

    Kate said...

    This is fabulous! The dimension is amazing! I especially like those snow-covered treetops.
    Thanks so much for playing along at My Craft Spot!
    Kate
    Small Bits of Paper

    Julia Vazquez said...

    This si just beautiful! TFS!
    Hugs
    Julia
    jivazquez5@aol.com

    Pixichick said...

    Wow! that is just adorable. Love your project!

    Christine America Real said...

    Wow! Lisa, it is time for you to have tutorials on your blog! I wish you could come sit down with me and teach me how to do some of the amazing things you do!

    america57@comcast.net
    chrissandlou.blogspot.com

    McVic said...

    ummm COOL!!! Seriously cool. Time to teach us how to do this!!!!!
    kacee
    youhadmeatscrap.blogspot.com
    mcvicwif@Yahoo.com

    BugBites said...

    super cute and I love how the skater moves. Thanks for sharing with us at Cricut 360.

    robin said...

    Wow what a wonderful card.
    U have really beautiful cards.

    http://robin-nibor-robin.blogspot.com/

    Gr robin

    LisaRosan said...

    OMGOSH!! Amazing...just...wow...amazing.

    Amy E said...

    Umm...can I just say WOW!?!?! Love love love love love love love love the card!!!!! And I would love it if you would do a tutorial on how you did it. Incredible!!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
    scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

    Amy C said...

    This is a gorgeous interactive card!! I love all the little details. Fab job!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at My Craft Spot.

    Hugs,
    Amy
    Scrapping Mommy

    The Scrapping Seahorse said...

    I LOVE your design. How amazing such a wonderful card. What a great talent you have.

    Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

    Congrats on making top three with this awesome card Lisa at My Craft Spot! Well deserved! xx

    Madison said...

    Have some fun during Christmas in July. Come win prizes and listen to your favorite holiday tunes at http://www.litefm.com/cc-common/contests/index.html?id=142912 today! The month is almost over, so don’t wait until it’s too late!

    Charlotte said...

    Lisa,
    This card is just drop dead gorgeous!!! WOW!! I love the beautiful scene you created here. And that cute skater going across the card is beyond adorable.!!!
    I love your work. You are so creative and this card just demonstrates your level of creativity.
    Charlotte

    Mary said...

    This is unbelievable!!! Everything about it is gorgeous, great work!!

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