Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blends Join Hands Blog Hop!! Fabulous prizes!!

Hi everyone and welcome to the BLENDS JOIN HANDS Blog Hop, hosted by the fabulous Jessica of Jessica's Craft Shaque!! Jessica is celebrating her 1 year blogaversary (Happy Blogaversary, Jessica!!) and has invited her nearest and dearest Blends (Blog + Friends) to join in her celebration! Each Blend has selected one of Jessica's past creations to inspire us to create a new project!

If you've hopped along from Cindy at Tools of a Cropping Queen, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Jessica's blog!!

Not only will  you see some awesome projects inspired by our hostess along the way, but there will be some AMAZING prizes up for grabs!!

Stephanie of Whimsical Designs is our Grand Prize Sponsor! One Random Hopper will be selected to win the entire New Release of Whimsical Designs Stamps! This is a fabulous stamp set with wonderful and unique images and sentiments. You are sure to find a sentiment to fit every occasion!!

Julie K of A Little Bit of Bling and 3 Girl JAM is also a Prize Sponsor! One Random Hopper will be selected to win the entire Valentine's Day Bundle! This colors are vibrant and the prices are outstanding!!

Jessica is also offering not 1, not 2, but . . . 3 Unity Stamp Goody Bags to 3 lucky Hoppers!!! Each bag is filled with 16 random Unity Stamps!! PLUS, she is offering 2 Lucky Hoppers 1 set (5 per set) of her Handmade Corsage Pins for you to use in your own creations!!

But that's not all!! For a final prize to a lovely Hopper she will offer one $10 Gift Certificate to be used at Pink By Design!!

Aren't those prizes amazing??!! And, there is SURE to be more awesome CANDY along the way!! I have some, too :)

Now to my project!! I had a really hard time choosing which project to use because all of Jessica's are so gorgeous!! I decided on one she featured on her blog on February 20, 2011. See her original post HERE!

Jessica's beautiful wall hanging is actually double-sided, but I made mine one-sided. Those of you that attended the Getting Cricky U R So Sweet Blog Hop on Friday might have seen my note about finding a sale at Michaels on a bundle of 10 canvases. Well, here is project two of ten :)

I prepped this canvas the same way I did my project on Friday...I Mod Podged old sheet music to the canvas and then sponged over it with white and burnt umber paint. I printed the flag on vellum and secured it with Mod Podge. You can't tell in the picture, but you can see through to the sheet music in person. I cut the stars from George and Basic Shapes on DCWV Metallic Copper paper, scored them and popped them up with foam tape.

The circle is a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. I have a large wooden stamp with the words of America the Beautiful and I stamped that on the circle with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I inked the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink and lightly stamped Old Paper Distress Ink over the rest of the circle. I hand-cut the envelope, ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Stars Embossing folder and inked it with the same two distress inks. I attached a grommet with my Crop-a-Dile and threaded ribbon through, including some all-American blue jean ribbon :) I added some ivory tulle behind and attached the circle with foam tape.

For the three sentiments, I printed out a border from Elegant Edges and attached two together with foam tape for dimension. I stamped America the Beautiful on them as well and inked the paper with Old Paper Distress Ink. Another reason I was excited to recreate this project was the chance to use my K Andrew Designs Freedom Isn't Free stamp set...the very first K Andrew Designs stamps that I owned!! All three sentiments plus "Freedom" on the circle are from this stamp set!

I have BLOG CANDY!! All you have to do to be eligible to win this beautiful paper package and matching flowers is:
  1. Be a follower
  2. Leave a comment with a way to contact you
That's it!! Easy Peasy!! I will announce a winner via on Thursday, January 26th! PLUS, I have two other BLOG CANDY giveaways going on right now!!

I want to sincerely thank Jessica for inviting me to help celebrate her blogaversary!! Your next stop is Beckie at Just B Creative Crazy!  Here is the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way!!

1. Jessica - Jessica's Craft Shaque
2. Candace - Scrappin' 2 Lil Princesses
3. Luisa - Creative Designs by Luisa
4. Cindy - Tools of a Cropping Queen
5. Lisa - A Mermaid's Crafts < YOU ARE HERE
6. Beckie - Just B Creative Crazy   < NEXT STOP
7. Julie - A Little Bit of Bling / 3 Girl JAM
8. Carri - Double Click Connections
9. Sonia - Cards, Crafts, and Kids Projects
10. Cindy - cre8ivecindy
11. Robin - The Cricut Scrapper
12. Nataliya - Love Crafts Forever
13. Stephanie - Whimsical Designs


  1. That canvas is awesome!! I love it. I have been wanting to do a home decor project, just not sure what?? You have inspired me, think I need to go shopping and get some canvas lol. So glad I could be in this hop with you.


  2. Love your patriotic canvas Lisa!!! the big metal stars are a great touch and the sentiments are perfect! :)Amy

  3. This is such an awesome canvas.. Portrays patriotism to the hilt.. Love the big stars and the sentiments.. great work.. Thanks for sharing..


  4. Guess I will have to pick up some canvas and try this. My nephew just got back from Afghanistan and was wanting something to decorate his basement with. I might have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Ok, I can't stop the tears now. I am only mid way through the hop and am a big cry baby, now....LOL!
    Lisa, I had to call the whole family in to show them this. You have done a superb job. And you put so much time into this project. I LOVE IT! I love your take on all of the elements right down to the stars and the tulle.
    I am honored to have you as part of the Hop today!
    Blends Til the End!

  6. This project is awesome Lisa, I have never worked with canvas, hope to some day. I love all the touches, the stars and denim and stamps. great project. I am a follower already:)

  7. I am following you. Fabulous interpretation of Jessica's creation.

  8. Love you hanging. Love all the stamping and inked edges. Happy that we can so this hop together.

    Be blessed, Beckie

  9. Wow! Wow! Wow!!! What an amazing inspirational project. I just love what you did here. It's gorgeous.
    Hugs Nataliya

  10. I love the metal stars and the patriotic theme! thanks!

  11. this is fabulous Lisa, love it, the stars really pop off the canvas, you did a fabulous job. I remember the inspiration post for it well, it was quite an awesome project as well.
    I'm your newest follower Lisa, so happy to be in the hop with you today :)

  12. Lovely stamping and distressing Lisa.

  13. great project Lisa!! So much great detail!!


  14. Thank you for supporting us over at Krafty Girls and helping us spread the word.


  15. Lisa this is my first blog hop and I am enjoying the kindred spirit of it and having a fab nice of you to make 2 gorgeous projects for our BLEND Jessica!


  16. I'm a follower & love your Americana canvas!
    jenny dot naus at yahoo dot com

  17. Lisa this is absolutely stunning! Yet again, I am amazed by your talent. Great hopping with you!


  18. I am a new follower and love your canvas.

  19. I love your fav. so far. I am now a follower. hugz Anne

  20. Very pretty Lisa!! I love those stars, I thought they were charms until I read how you made them, I am going to go into my craft room right know and cut out a bunch of stars!!

  21. Lisa, I love, love your canvas! What a great take on Jessica's. The raised stamps are great. Thanks for the tip... Can't wait to see what you create with the other 8 canvases.

  22. I'm a New Follower here & have enjoyed my journey to your Blog. I love your Patriotic Project.

    Great Job Done.

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  23. I love your canvas! I'm already a follower : )

    owlbecraftin at gmail dot com

  24. Forgot to write that am following you now! TFS

  25. Already a follower and I noticed you are a new follower on my blog, thank you for doing that. Love your wall hanging. This is something that my son and his family would hang in their house, he is in the Army and they decorate a lot with red white and blue.
    modjjjash at yahoo dot com

  26. awesome project! I love it!

  27. Like the patriotic canvas makeover. Has wonderful detail to it. Wonderful giveaways. I've been a follower of your wonderful blog for while.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  28. This is beautiful Lisa! I love patriotic colors, and you used them perfectly here! :)

  29. Lisa your canvas is amazing! it's fabulous.. My Niece is a US MARINE Sergeant and I love this... I am also a new follower and look forward to seeing more ..Liz @ I'd love for you to come and join me too

  30. amazing work. tfs. i'm a long time follower.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

  31. Lisa,
    You did ana awesome job on your canvas. I love the red, white and blue! Treasure this - it a beautiful piece of art.
    God Bless

  32. i like this very american project. very well done :)

  33. Love all the detail on your wall hanging! It is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  34. Great canvas project!

  35. Lisa, once again, you amazed me, this is just gorgeous!!

    I have two canvases left from another project, I'm going to make a couple wall hangings, you've inspired me yet again.

    Hugs, Lori m

  36. Gorgeous layout, Lisa. I am following you now.

  37. SSuper canvas!!! Your elements are awesome.what a great hop and thanks for the opportunity to win some goodies.

  38. Wow, your canvas is amazing! I have never worked on canvas so I'm so impressed. This is really beautiful. I am a new follower.
    apedoak at aol dot com

  39. Lisa, Wow I just love how you recreated your canvas! I Love Love how you scored and popped your stars!!! So Cool:)

  40. Lovely patriotic card. Love all the detailing. I,m already your follower.

  41. Very nice project. Love those stars.

  42. You have been one busy woman! Whew! How do you do it? I love this project, so beautifully patriotic! Thank you!
    lisascreativeniche at

  43. Oh, your canvas is amazing! I love the way you made those 3-D copper stars...WOW! I am a follower!

  44. This is AWESOME!! I am really liking the canvas projects and would love to try it sometime:) You've got my curiousity! I love your design and how clever to make your stars 3D...very cool effect!
    You did a great job Lisa on this project!
    Sherrie K

  45. Oh Lisa! This is amazing! Love all the wonderful details! Great take on Jessica's! As always it is great hopping along with you!

  46. Lisa you did an awesome job on your canvas! It is beautiful. I love your choice of Jessica's projects too. I'm a sap for things patriotic.

    Thank you for your visits too, I love hearing from you. I promise to post a card this week.

    Hugs, Pam

  47. Lisa, since my middle name is America, I love anything that has the red, white & blue, your canvas is just stunning! Love it!

  48. Great all american project.
    Loving scrapper 101

  49. So creative!!! Love your embossing and textures!!

  50. lol...thanks for not making me wait too long for the next canvas project! This one is fabulous too, Lisa. Love that you printed the flag on vellum. Genius idea. And those stars are paper?! I thought you had found some metal charms for sure. This one is one fabulous patriotic creation...and being from New England, you know I'm a fan of anything Patriots! :)

  51. Hello Lisa,
    I'm a new follower. I enjoyed reading how you did your project. I haven't made any cards yet, but this hop has gotten me really interested in doing so now.

  52. hi,i am new follower.loved your the quote ''god bless USA.

  53. Great project! Love the sentiments!
    Miranda :)

  54. Awesome job on your canvas. I have been a follower for awhile and love to check back and see your latest inspirations

  55. Fabulous Canvas!! Love the patriotic theme :)

  56. Your canvas is fantastic! Love your interpretation of Jessica's wall hanging!!! I'm a new follower.
    Enjoying the journey on this blog hop!
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  57. fab project really shows some good ideas

  58. Love your canvas and I'm always a fan of ink distressing...fabulous job! I'm a new follower!

  59. I really love this Lisa! I have tried a canvas project and they are so fun! You did such a fabulous job! I love all the metallic and the blue-jean ribbon. You seem to find the BEST ribbons and trims I've ever seen!

  60. great the embelishments and tulle.tfs

  61. I love your work on patriotism. Awesome job on the canvass. Great idea for a design.

    cheaper electricity

  62. I am a new follower. Love all the red, white and blue creations.

  63. What an awesome project - so much detail.

  64. Wonderful canvas project! It is great home decor for the Memorial Day and 4th of July holidays, or just for year round decor showing your American pride. Love it!
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

  65. My talented friend, this is amazing! I seriously thought those stars were metal brads.. fabulous use of the copper paper and scoring. Jessica's original is wonderful and your take on it is fabulous, too. I love the sentiments, the sheet music, the rich flag, and of course that amazing tag. I LOVE that you made your own background for it (which is perfect) and the inking is wonderful. I think I need to try some of his inks. :o) And, naturally, you chose the perfect ribbons for it. Le sigh. Spectacular, my friend. (And I'm already excited to see what you do with the remaining 8 canvases!) Thank you for the chance to win your generous prize!

    Hugs and blessings! :o)

  66. You always have such lovely projects.

    Smiles Sher

  67. ...way to wow us..simply fantastic.. thanks for the opportunity at your candy.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom ( follower)

  68. Fabulous! Total Americana!



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