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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Operation Owl Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the "Operation Owl Thank You" Blog Hop!!

Today the Getting Cricky design team and some special guests are coming to you for a special blog hop "thanking" Kristal for all she has done for us.  We will each be featuring special "Thank You" card to be mailed to Kristal. 

The Design Team term is coming to an end and the DT just wants to be sure to let Kristal know how much she has meant to everyone over the last 3 months. If you are interested in participating, you can add your card to the link below and mail them to the address here.

If you've hopped along from Kathy T 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 Brenda's blog (I wouldn't want you to miss a THING!!)...

We have some Blog Hop CANDY for one lucky WINNER!!!  
Amy Chomas has graciously donated a mini gel pen set and holder
as our grand prize and some of the ladies have also added to the pot (surprise package).  
You must go to each blog and leave a comment (following would be nice also) to qualify for the grand prize.  Brenda will be picking one lucky winner on Wednesday, July 27th.  So make sure to go back here and see if you won.

I am so honored that the Design Team asked me to participate in this hop today. Getting Cricky is one of the first blogs I followed when I joined the blogging community a little over four months ago. I soon learned that from Kristal I could expect heartfelt posts delivering a strong, inspiring message that would either make me laugh or cry - sometimes both. Whatever the message, I am always moved deeply. I don't know how she does it, but each post seems to speak directly to me, and when I need it most. She has a very special gift that only God could grant and I am truly thankful to have found her blog. I am inspired by her daily.

For my thank you card to Kristal, I couldn't decide which phrase from her six awesome stamp sets to use, so I created this card to use four from Amazing You. $1 from every one of these sets sold benefits the Doorways for Women & Families (an organization helping those escape and survive domestic violence). Awesome stamps - awesome cause! You can feel so good purchasing Kristal's stamps knowing a portion of the proceeds benefit people in need. Click HERE to purchase your own set of these fabulous stamps!
The background paper is from DCWV Playtime stack. I used Give a Hoot to cut the tree at 3" and the owl at 2". I embossed the light green background of the tree with the distressed lines embossing folder. I embossed the top layer with Swiss dots and adhered it with foam. The butterfly is from Sentiments and embossed with Swiss dots, the sun is from Indie Art and the lollipop is from Birthday Bash. I cut out one of the clouds from the paper and adhered it with foam and then cut the box that frames the sentiment. This is an interactive card, so when you give the lollipop a twirl, a new sentiment is revealed!

Here is the inside of the card. I used a stamp from her Fashionable Friends set! A portion of the proceeds from this set benefits Cancer Angels. Click HERE to purchase this wonderful set of stamps.

Before I send this card off, I am entering it into the Cooking With Cricut Challenge #43 - Lollipops

I have blog candy! I have a set of Owl ribbon just like what I used on the inside of the card, as well as a three pack of Tim Holtz Distress Stickles! Love this stuff :)
All you have to do to be entered in to the drawing is:
  1. Be a follower and
  2. Leave a comment on this post along with a way to contact you. I will select a winner from the comments on Monday July 25 via random.org.
Also, I am having a 500 Follower Cricut Cart giveaway! Click HERE to enter for a chance to win a brand new Picturesque cart!
    Now head on over to Becka's blog and check out what she has in store for you and if you get lost along the way, here is your lineup.  

    Brenda               http://createbyburffrau.blogspot.com
    Amy Chomas     http://amychomas.blogspot.com/
    Jess                   http://myscrapdiary-jess.blogspot.com/
    Kathy T              http://scrappingfelkatz.blogspot.com
    Lisa                    http://indymermaid.blogspot.com  < YOU ARE HERE
    Becka                 http://www.creationswithbecka.blogspot.com  < NEXT STOP
    Kathy P              http://the3esblog.blogspot.com
    Ro                      http://rodonner.blogspot.com
    Amy                   http://www.lovetocrop.com
    Becky                 http://www.squirlygirlcreations.blogspot.com
    Charlotte            http://alittlebitofdetail.blogspot.com
    Julie                    http://jk-littlebitofbling.blogspot.com
    Rebecca              http://craftingmisfit.blogspot.com/
    Erika                  http://www.craftysprouts.com/
    Brenda               http://createbyburffrau.blogspot.com

    Here is the link if you would like to add a card, here is the link up:


    Amanda said...

    SOO cute! I LOVE the owl ribbon!!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

    Eva said...

    I am a follower and I just love your card...great detail...Kristal is gonna love it!
    Thanks for the change at your awesome candy too.
    Eva :~)

    jennyplace2 said...

    OMG! Lisa..once again another amazing card, I don't know where you come up with these wonderful ideals, but I surely do love them and know that Kristal will just love this card. TFS!

    rakiya32 said...

    Love your project! I am a new follower

    Erika Valdez said...

    OMG SOOO Awesome!! You added so much detail and love into this card I am sure Kristal is going to love it!

    Lots of Love,

    Kathy said...

    Lisa, this is so cute. I love it. Such a great idea. Have a great weekend my friend!
    Hugs :),
    Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

    Tami B. said...

    Well I'm back again. You've been one busy lady getting all these great projects and posts out this morning, and as I've said before, I love interactive cards, so add this one to the list.

    littlen said...

    love this card. love interactive cards. tfs. i'm already a follower.

    Jenni said...

    This is so beautiful, I love the owl ribbon! Already a follower!
    Hugs, Jenni

    Karen said...

    Lisa, this card is awesome! Everything about it is amazing! I love the way you decorated the inside of it too!


    Kimberli said...

    What an adorable card, I love the owls and the spinner is so neat and such a great idea!!


    JulieK said...

    Lisa- you did it again! Your card is amazing! So glad you joined us on the Hop!!


    Lynda said...

    What a wonderful card! You did an amazing job!
    I'm a new follower! Looking forward to coming back to see your awesome projects!

    rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

    Jen said...

    WOW, Lisa! Awesome card! I love the spinner idea and that owl ribbon is too cute. Thanks for linking up at Cooking With Cricut this week.

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

    Squirlygirl said...

    Lisa, I'm so glad you could join us for the hop! I love, love, love your card. It moves how cool is that??!!!

    Mrs. Sassy Crafter (Fabi) said...

    What a cute card! The owl its soooooooooo cute =0)

    Sunshine HoneyBee said...

    I've been a follower of your blog for some time. Wonderful Owl theme. My daughter likes Owls so I may be borrowing ideas from these.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

    Unknown said...

    Lisa, Lisa, Lisa...again you have blown me away. Your card is super fantastic. What a grand idea. You are going to have to make a tutorial so I can learn more from you. You ROCK!!! Thank you so much for joining me, the entire design team and special guests for this awesome hop.
    I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

    mamawcindy said...

    Oh,Your Card is so Cute! I Love Owls and I am redoing my Craftroom in them. So I am having such an Awesome time on this hop,seeing all of the Creations with Owls. Kristal is going to Love your Card! She is Awesome!!!
    Super excited for the chance to win that adorable Owl ribbon. I'm a follower. :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

    Patti B said...

    WOW! This is a great card. You did an outstanding job on it. I am a new follower and will be back to get inspiration.


    Jen_H said...

    Your card is awesome! Would love to know how you did that! TFS and for the chance to win!
    ~~Jen H~~

    stefeni said...

    That is so cute! I love interactive cards!

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

    Dr Sonia S V said...

    Lisa, Kristal will love this. I love the way you have framed the sentiment and the googly eyed owl is a cutie!

    DebC said...

    I LOVE THIS!!! Can you tell me where I can get this owl ribbon! I would greatly appreciate it if you could drop me an email and let me know. I love these little owls!
    Deb C

    Charlotte said...

    Hi Lisa,
    What a pretty card for Kristal. I just love the little window with the sentiment showing through. That is a great idea!!! You have such an attention to detail here. It all just makes this a very special card!!!

    Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

    Wow Lisa, Your card is AMAZING! Im already a follower.

    mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

    Madison said...

    Interactive card! Love this. So many awesome details. Lisa you really ROCK!!! TFS and thanks for playing with us again this week at Cooking With Cricut:)
    ~Madison CWCDT funkycards.blogspot.com

    Kelly S said...

    Wow, wow, wow! Lisa, you have outdone yourself with this one. Fabulous job! I would love to see a tutorial on how you did the interactive part. Hint, hint. LOL


    Cely said...

    Wow girl! Two blog hops? :) This card is ah-ma-zing, just like your other work. Fabulous!

    cely_rohr at hotmail dot com

    Karen H said...

    Lisa! This is incredible! I was in love with it before I even realized the lollipop was magical! Your love and appreciation for Kristal and her blog certainly show in this thank you card, which is the most important factor... all the embossing is gorgeous (that butterfly!) and the sparkle is so beautiful. I'm currently working on the CWC challenge and am kicking myself for not making it interactive like this. ;) You leave me speechless, my friend! (Despite the lengthy comments. Hehe.)

    Hugs and blessings! :o)

    Unknown said...

    Lisa Kristal will love this! This is just adorable. You did a wonderful job on it. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

    CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

    so cool, would love to see a video of how you made this and how it works. i am already a follower
    sierrababy08 @ hotmail dot com

    MyCuriousCrafts said...

    Oh Lisa, what a FABULOUS card once again, just amazing my friend, amazing. You have done such a FABULOUS job! ~Shen

    abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

    Super fun card! Your details are amazing! Already a Follower!


    Unknown said...

    Love the interactive element of this card also the clouds and the cut-outs on the tree.
    I a follower and look forward to returning and seeing what you are up to

    Gloria said...

    This card is so cool.

    Precious Hugs

    Karen H said...

    Me again, my sweet friend! I just wanted to tell you that I have some awards for you on my blog. :o) I hope you're having a beautiful weekend!

    Hugs and blessings! :o)

    Lady Fair said...

    Awesome card, great colors and details, too. I would love to see how you made the lollipop spinner for the sentiments. I'm now a follower. TFS and the chance to win. lflinesatcomcastdotnet

    S.Bayles said...

    Great card. I sent my card out Friday because I was not sure I was going to be able to do the Hop. I love the DT and Kristal and you all deserve a big "Thanks".
    I am a follower..............

    ShersL84bed said...

    Absolutely beautiful card. I thought this was an album. Great colors. Would be pretty in a frame on the wall.

    Smiles Sher

    Lynn B. said...

    What a clever card! I had to read the post to figure out how to get the sentiments to change, very nice. I thought I was a follower, I'm here often, but apparently I wasn't. I am now. Thanks for the great project!

    Lynn B.

    Anonymous said...

    Great project!! I became a follower by e-mail becasue I did not see another way to follow your blog.

    Jenny said...

    Love your owl card :)

    jennykingham at att dot net

    scrapperbecka said...

    WOW Lisa, your card is so nice, I love the embossed tree. You always do such a great job on your projects. Thanks for being our guest today.
    Becka M
    Your DT sister

    Judy said...

    You are by far one of the most incredible card makers I have ever seen! I love your interactive cards. I have hopped both hops with you today:-)
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

    Scrappy Jackie said...

    Adorable project! I find owls to be so cute, I love using my lite owl cartridge a lot. Thanks for sharing! Pjritsema at gmail dot com

    Lisa R. said...

    Totally cool! Love the dimension! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

    Julia Vazquez said...

    Yhis is so cute! TFS!

    Susan said...

    Hey ya Lisa!

    Now how cute is that? You twirl the lollipop and a new sentiment shows up! I love it! And Kristal will too. I agree with you, she does have a God given talent!

    Thank you for the congrats today on my blog. I'm going to have to challenge you to color a digi stamp, I bet you would do a wonderful job on one! You let me know when you're up for the challenge. We can both do one and post it the same day maybe? Ok, I'm off to hop on but you sure did some A plus cards on these hops Lisa, bravo! {{{Applause}}}

    Have a good night friend!


    Sandy said...

    How cute! Love the changing sentiments. Great card! I'm a new follower.

    Melanie - The Paper Retreat said...

    Terrific card! The owl is too cute and I love the gray background you chose. I have an award for you on my blog! You so deserve it! Oh, I would love to win your candy too! Hugs, Melanie
    mfink197 at gmail dot com

    Unknown said...

    love the card! the owl is adorable and the sparkle paper is perfect!

    Cindy Beland said...

    Hi Lisa,WoW this soo CUTE!SUPER job with it,I LOVE IT!AMAZING as always!!:)

    Amanda said...

    so cute~love the owls! thanks! prhmangel@gmail.comso cute~love the owls! thanks! prhmangel@gmail.com

    The Craftin Mama said...

    Lisa, I agree with everything you said about Kristal, she truely is a gift sent from above!! She always finds a way to lift you up when you are feeling down!! I love the card you made for her, we all know she LOVES owl's!!

    Ildi-The Craftin Mama

    Ruth G said...

    This card is really wonderfully textured and I love owls, so seeing all the different creations is very fun!

    Unknown said...

    You can tell there is a ton of detail and love put into this card! Thanks for sharing all of you talent for the past three months on the gcdt!

    Unknown said...

    that is way too cute.. love that idea.. loveit! i so want that cart now! lol

    Thanks for joining us!!


    Anonymous said...

    This is so cute! Thanks for sharing and also for this blog hop for the most generous and caring Kristal. I've been a long time follower of hers. Am following you and good luck on your 500 follower! wa-hoo! Please follow me too. And oh yes, would love that cart! http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

    Ro Donner said...

    Kristal is going to LOVe this card! So cute! Thanks for sharing all your talent and inspiration with us. I'm following you and look forward to your future posts!

    Bunnyfreak said...

    Adorable scene; love the embossing and the owl ribbon.


    Jean said...

    Love the owl. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

    Amy E said...

    UH-MAZING card Lisa!!! I'm dying to know how you made it work!!! Is there a tutorial in your future?!?!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

    Lisa's Creative Niche said...

    wow, that is sooooo pretty! Love the colors, muted and soft! Thanks so much, love your work as always!
    summer_sunset54 at hotmail.com

    Debeez Designs said...

    Lisa this card is so pretty and your attention to detail is absolutely amazing - I love looking at your work. Love the owl with his googly eyes and the embossing on the butterfly it really make sit stand out...BEAUTIFUL!

    Patricia said...

    So cute!! I love this card.. it's adorable.
    I often have trouble picking a sentiment and this is a perfect solution!

    How inspiring!

    Hugs, Patricia

    Angie S said...

    Adorable card. Love the way you used 4 sentiments. I'm sure Kristal will love it too.

    Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

    You won a top 3 spot at Cooking with Cricut for your card! Well deserved!! Kristal will LOVE that she gets given a top 3 awarded card. Congrats. x

    Amy said...

    Lisa, I am so glad you got a top 3 spot at CWC for this AWESOME card! It Rocks! Congratulations! :)Amy


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