Monday, 31 October 2011

By The Cute and Girly Blog Hop

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Welcome to our first every By The Cute and Girly blog hop!! It's our 2nd birthday and we are celebrating in style with a special challenge and blog hop!
As well as loads of prizes on the challenge blog, each design team member also has a prize on their blog from their featured sponsor, so lots of chances to win some great prizes!! :)

My blog is the first stop:) Hopefully you have already been to check out the challenge blog and see the fantastic prizes on offer from our sponsors.

Ok so here's what you have to do for a chance to win these prizes-

1. Enter the challenge at By The Cute and Girly as you normally would. The theme this month is "Anything Goes" and remember our challenge is for any type of crafts from papercrafts to baking, so you really can enter with anything you like. This month we are limiting the entries to 1 per person since it's anything goes.
2. Do the hop, leave a comment on each of the dt blogs for a chance to win the prize on their blog.
3. Each design team member has a letter of the alphabet on their blog that you need to collect. When you are finished the hop and have collected all the letters, email Lora with the word you have made (you will find her email address and instructions on the challenge blog). Please DO NOT leave a comment with the word you have made, you must email Lora with it.
4. HAVE FUN!! :)

My sponsor is My Favorite Things and they have gave me a $20 gift certificate to give away to one lucky winner.

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

My projects today uses Pure Innocence- Believe In Magic clear stamp set

Pure Innocence - Believe in Magic

Die-namics Mini Pennant

Die-namics Leafy Flourish

I made 3 projects for the challenge using the above items, so this post may be just a little bit picture heavy ;)
First I made a card with the cute stamp and the Die-namics Leafy Flourish die.
I used a card blank from Crafty Emma's Store and some Papermania papers. Didn't want to add to many detail because I wanted to show of the sweet image which I coloured with my ususal Promarkers and added a bit of diamond stickles to.

Isn't she a cutie? I of course had to add some stickles to the flower too :)

I also made a matching (well the same colours anyway lol) box.

Some more Papermania papers and this time just some flowers and both dies for decoration.
I cut out both sizes of the banner on pink and yellow cardstock and stuck them onto some thin pink ribbon which is attached inside the box (it is hidden with some more papers inside but I forgot to take a pic...duh. The paper I used inside are the same as I used on my card above).

On the sides I used the other part of the pennant die.....well I had them cut so didn't want to waste them ;) lol. I haven't wrote anything on the banners yet but once I know who this box is going to, I will write on both sides (the other side is the same as this but I alternated the colours) and the one on the front too.

Just a close up of the top detail. Aren't those flourishes beautiful? I think this may be my favourite die that I own at the moment :) Granted I only own about 5 dies lol, because most of them got ruined at my last house :(, but even if I had loads, I still think this would be my fave, it's so pretty :)

Finally for my last project, I decided to do something a bit different. You will have to excuse all the mistakes because I have never done anything like this before, but I really enjoyed it and have even started on another one (much smaller though!).
I decided I would alter an ugly picture frame that I had in the house. I didn't take a before pic because it really was that ugly, it might of gave you nightmares!! lol, but it was a plain horrible brown frame.
It's quite big so I had to use 2 12x12 papers to cover it which means it has joins, which I had to try cover with embellies.
Oh and please excuse the reflection of me and my neighbours house in the glass!! lol

I used some papers that were given to me by the most amazing friend (thank you hunnie, mwah xx)
and some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Crafty Emma's Store, some gorgeous butterflies from Little Snippets and the MFT leafy flourish die.

Sorry about the pic quality. As my regular visitors will know, photography is not one of my strong points, especially when it comes to taking pics of glass. So here's some close ups.

Excuse the horrible inside.....I haven't got a pic to fit this yet, and don't know whether I will keep it or not as it doesn't really go with anything else in my house. Should of maybe thougt of that before I chose the papers!! lol

one of the gorgoues butterflies from Little Snippets which I added a little bit of glitter to, but you can't really see that here, and some pearl swirly bits by Prima. I just cut it all up and arranged it to fit the frame.

And finally (I promise), a close up of the other butterfly.

aren't these butterflies just gorgeous? You can find these ones here. The ones I have linked to are the spring colours but Geraldine can sort you out with any colour you want. Have you checked out her Halloween embellies yet? You do not want to miss those and there's plenty other snippets for all tastes to in the Little Snippets store.

Ok if you have survied through that lot without falling asleep, apart from deserving a medal for your patience!, here's the letter you need.
 and the next stop on the hop is the fabulous Kate, who I'm sure will have something lovely for you to see along with a fab prize!

Here's a list of the hop order in case you get lost along the way.
Challenge Blog- You will find the email address here that you need to send the word you have made to, and of course you have to link your entry here too :)

Thanks for stopping by today. Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from MFT!!
I will be back tomorrow and hopefully will have a pic of my youngest daughter wearing a pretty little hair slide that Geraldine made with one of her snippets! :) Got to bribe Chiara to get her photo taken first! lol


Aideen said...

Hey Lora! So excited to be taking part in your hop :) happy second bday to BTCG :)

All of your projects are FAB-I don't own many dies either :) that flourish is so pretty x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Lora - these projects are so pretty. I love that box and the frame .. my kind of 3D projects ..
Lisa x

Hannapanna said...

These are really lovely. Gorgeous colours, images and beautiful details. Hugs, Hanna

nnalorac said...

Such a sweet card Lora, love the shaped front, lovely colour combo and oooo I like the leaf die. Geraldines Butterflies, simply gorgeous, so delicate. Carolxx

Carrie said...

wow.. love the card - so pretty - and the frame looks fab too xx

Tammy (LaDiva) said...

Beautifully done Lora!!! Amazing projects and great use of the images, die and snippet :))))))


Louise said...

Fabulous projects, absolutely gorgeous

Louise said...

Fabulous projects, absolutely gorgeous

Fiona said...

wow Lora what a gorgeous card...such a cute image!!


Lisa said...

wonderful job, I love it!! Thanks for Sharing

Mallika said...

hello lora ..
ur work is really nice .. i just entered in btcg !
lovely wok
i m a new follower too

Ria said...

Gorgeouss Lora :) thanks for the hop
hugs Ria

Gram's Treasures said...

Some very lovely projects, with a great colour combo. The picture frame looks will just have to find something to go in it!
Joyce xx

Vaktmästarn said...

Beautiful work! Just love all of the things you've made. Lovely details!

Outi x

Sue C said...

Fabulous projects Lora ! I love the swirly die, gorgeous ! Sue C x

squiggle7 said...

3 stunning makes Lora! I agree with you that that flourish is gorgeous! Also loving that little butterfly on the frame.


Uta said...

Your projects are so amazing. Great!

Hugs, Uta

Lyndi said...

Your projects are gorgeous. I especially love the wee box.

Happy 2nd Birthday


fionalawlor said...

Beautiful projects, the papers and colours you have used are gorgeous....not to mention the adorable stamp,shes sooo cute :)
Fiona L x

JLJ Designs said...

Beautiful projects! I love those papers.


Lynne in NI said...

Wow, your projects are all fabulous!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous projects. Thanks for the chance to win. Marianne x

Annika said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Mary J said...

Oh wow, so gorgeous Lora!! Love those colours!

Christine L said...

All three are fabulous creations Lora.... but I think my favourite has to be the card... I'm a sucker for Fairies!
Chritine x

Ciska said...

Great intricate project and what great colour combinations!

Whisper said...

Wow your projects are just so fabby, and so different too. Luv Sam x

Kate said...

Finally on the blog hop and updating my links. Like the pretty box, great die!

** Kate **

Violets Corner said...

Wow Lora, what a fantastic project, love the beautiful frame.

Warm hugs

Anonymous said...

Great post, I admire the writing style :) A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.

Lisa aka Myran said...

Such beautiful creations you have there! Thank you for sharing your inspiration and for a great blog hop!

Pauline C said...

Very sweet and cute card and box Lora, and love the pretty picture frame. Love the BTC&G challenges and always try to enter - congrats on your 2nd birthday and thanks for the fab blog hop and stunning prizes.
Pauline x

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Lora! I'm Karen - one of the new DT Members at Wags-n-Whiskers. I just stopped by to become a new follower of your blog, and to invite you to stop by my blog, and become a new follower at my blog as well. I look forward to getting to know you better in the coming months.
Have a blessed day!

Kat said...

What lovely makes Lora. I love that sweet image on the card with her sparkly tutu. That really is a pretty leafy flourish and it looks great on your box. And I love what you've done with your frame. Thanks for the chance to win candy.

Kat x

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful work, thanks for sharing!
Hey, Pixie Dust Paperie is having a giveaway, please come join in the fun!

Becky Dunham said...

What fun projects Lora! I have decided I must have that flourish die! That fairy is adorable. I love the box! So beautiful! And the frame... love the colors and the embellishments. I think you need to make something to go inside of it :) That would be my solution anyway! I am a new follower of your cute blog. And by the way, LOVE your daughter's name Chiara!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Rizwan Ali said...

That really is a pretty leafy flourish and it looks great on your box.Gorgeous colors, images and nice art work.
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Geraldine said...

Love your flourishes, Lora. That frame is too good to give away - you could use it as an Xmas pressie.
Geraldine x

Dora said...

Awww how cute this is, loving the soft colours on your project.. and happy birthday to all the girls. .. off to hop :) Hugs xxx

Debbie said...

Hi Lora, you have been busy, beautiful creations. I love them all.Thank for sharing.Love Debbie Johns x

Anonymous said...

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craftykitten said...

Hi Lora,
Wow hunni these projects are fabulous. Your card is so cute and I love the colour combo. The little box is just perfect and the frame is gorgeous. Happy 2nd birthday to BTCG. Congrats on your new DT position too.
Dawn xx

Karen said...

I absolutely adore the colours you have chosen for your card, your projects are so lovely. Hugs Krafty Karen xx

Josephine said...

Absolutely gorgeous projects - love those soft, feminine colours.

Doreen said...

Wow gorgeous projects

Cor* said...

This post is chalk full of goodness! Starts with a wonderful card, then that box and the frame is fantastic. Great die flourish for sure! YUP need some of them butterflies! for sure. Thanks for starting off the hop is such an inspirational way!

maryr917 said...

sweet projects-love mft & especially the pi images-you are showing her so well-love it!!

Lin said...

A hop, what fun.

Love your super cute card, that little girl is so sweet.

The frame is gorgeous. I can just see a lovely wedding photo or new baby inside it!

Lin xx

craftybirdlisa said...

Wow, Lora what a fab collection of projects. Your gorgeous card and box are adorable. i love the pink and yellows together and that picture frame with the pearl swirls and the butterfly is just divine. Gorgeous. Hugs Lisa x

Tracey said...

Gorgeous card, box & frame Lora - I love them all :)

Karen McAlpine said...

Great projects! Love how the die cut flourish works so well with the DP on the first card. And really like how you re-purposed the "ugly " frame. I know I have some ugly frames laying around too. TFS!

Shannah said...

Wow- all your projects are just beautiful! I love the colours you chose, and that flourish is so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win a fabulous prize!
Hugs, Shannah xox

Annika said...

Hello Lora,
What a lovely project you've made. Looks absolutely gorgeous! And what a great prices, my first bloghop weehoo :)


Suzi said...

This is such a sweet card Lori and I love your box and frame. Fabulous gift set. Happy Birthday.
Suzi x

nurse cupcake said...

Lora! I love the card! the colours are so pretty!! :) so sweet!!

crafty amy said...

Wow what a beautiful lot of creations! Those flourishes are stunning you are right.
Thank you for the inspiration I am off to the next blog :D

Amy xx

Ellie said...

Lora these are absolutely amazing! Love every single project, the cute Heather Ellis fairy stamp is just adorable and I love the sparkles. The banners on the box look amazing and gorgeous colors too. And beautiful flourish!!

laney said...

WOW!! Absolutely gorgeous projects hun!!

Shelby said...

The card, box and pic frame are all just stunningly beautiful! I love all the MFT products and isn't that leafy die just awesome!


lydiawalker said...

all your projects are fab xxx

Babette said...

Gorgeous creations, especially the beautiful picture frame, the butterflies are great.

Knerten said...

Happy second birthday ! Fab hop too, great projects :-)

Sonia said...

Fab creation!! love it!
I start yesterday to do the post but some problems on my computer, and i start again today.

Anne said...

Gorgeous creations Lora! Beautiful details =) Great blog hop!

Hugs, Anne

Val said...

Wow lora - you have been busy - and such fabulous projects.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous creations Lora :-) all of them are fabulous ! what a brilliant gift these make :-)

Lols xx

p.s, I have candy on my blog if you're interested :-)

Diane's Card Designs said...

Gorgeous card and box Lora. Love the image and colour combo. So much beautiful detail.
Diane xx

Wendy said...

Fabulous creations Lora,love the flourhes,really gorgeous.
Wendy xx

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow your projfects are all fabulous.
Diane xx

deesdesigns said...

Adorable - Love the yellow and pink color combo and all of the layers are beautifully done!

Craftyanita said...

Great Challenge and what beautiful projects:)

Jenn Zeeb said...

Boy, you have been busy, Love your card, the image is super cute and your coloring is just perfect.

Jenn Zeeb

HildeM - Lykkelig med liten said...

I love your card. Beautiful colours. Thanks for giving me inspiration ♥

Hugs, Hilde

Scrapalajen said...

Lora, the frame is absolutely divine with the swirls and the butterflies. My fave! The dies are wonderful!

enda en scrappedame said...

How wonderful your projects are! Beautiful details :)
Thanks for the hop

Diamond Doll said...

wow Fabulous creations Lora i just love those fab Butterflies.
Trish (-:

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo said...

awesome creations Lora, luvin' the bloghop!

katscards said...

The card and box are so sweet; I love the colours. The photo frame is amazing - I may have to try something similar so thanks for the inspiration!
Kat x

gina g said...

Gorgeous card Hun i love the sweet image. luv gina xx

julieprice3 said...

Beautiful creations love the colours I especially like your first card, very sweet
Hugs Julie P

Trish and Treasure said...

Love how the flourish works with the flowers to accentuate this gorgeous girl and I love the butterfly!
Trish Munro

Brook said...

Great projects. What wonderful ideas! TFS!

Crazee Daizy said...

lovely card Lora. just love the flower and the picture frame looks fab!

scrapbook said...

Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.