Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Simple Life - Close To My Heart Blog Hop

Happy Saturday!! I'm so excited you stopped by today because we are having a 

I'm listening to Spotify while I'm at the computer this morning. 
I'm singing and rocking and dancing in my chair.
A scary thought, huh? LOL

Thanks for joining us in our Close To My Heart Blog Hop. We are a short hop with only 10 stops including this one, so be sure to hop over to all my talented friends' blogs, follow them (and be sure to follow me using BLOGLOVIN - button at the top of my blog in the left column), leave them some comment love, and keep an eye out for BLOG CANDY!

Ready to see my card I made for this hop?

  • Card inspiration was found at Laura Looloo
  • Card base 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Pattern strip cut @ 5 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • Aqua strip cut @ 5 1/2" x 2 1/4"
  • White strip cut @ 5 1/2" x 2"
  • 2 Aqua squares cut @ 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
  • 1 Orange square cut @ 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
  • 3 White squares cut @ 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
  • CTMH stamp set # D1399 Dream Big used for image stamping at random
  • CTMH inks #Z2191 Sunset and #Z2195 Lagoon used for image stamping
  • CTMH ink #Z2195 Lagoon used for sentiment stamp
  • CTMH stamp set #D1543 Country-Born used for sentiment
  • Recollections Rhinestones added at random to images
  • American Crafts Premium Ribbon Cord
This was so easy and really fast to put together! I think my favorite part was just stamping at random for the image designs.

Who wants BLOG CANDY?

CTMH #A1119 A Garden stamp set
To be entered to win this SWEET stamp set:

1. Must have a USA mailing address

2. Be a follower of my blog via BLOGLOVIN' 
(I'll get a notification when you follow)

3. Leave a comment on this post and be sure to mention
 if you have a USA address

4. Visit each blog on the hop and leave them some comment love. 
Then come back here when you made it all the way through
 and tell me which project on the hop was your favorite.

Good luck! Now here's the entire blog hop list! Enjoy the hop!!

  1. Janis - Pause Dream Enjoy (HERE)
  2. Lucy - Love 2 Create
  3. Mary - Cardz TV
  4. Shawnee - Blessed on the Bright Side
  5. Nana - My Crafting Channel
  6. Rachelle - Creations by Rachelle
  7. Tara - Craftin Desert Divas
  8. Elaine - Expressions By Elaine
  9. Tracy - Tracy's Cricut Corner
  10. Kathy - Kathy's Corner

Penny Black and More M, 3E, SIO, no digis - (April) Blossoms and Bows (ends 1st May)  (Sun)
The Ribbon Girls - Must use ribbon -  Flowers (Sun)
Papertake Weekly W-bingo (Tues) (blooms, ribbons, gems)
Sweet Stamps W1E, SIO, C10 - #112 more than one stamped image (Tues)
Stampin' For The Weekend - 2W, 1E – Week 1 - Friendship
Simply Create Too - 2W - Week 1 - Use Your Stash (Fri) (twine from stash and pattern paper from old scraps)


CA Scrapper said...

Such a pretty card! I do have a USA address.


cascrapper at gmail dot com

Boots And Bling Time said...

Beautiful card! Love the patchwork effect...very elegant.

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful card! Love the color combo:) What a F*U*N hop! I think everyone did a fantastic job but I seem to really love Tara'a hot air balloon. I wish I could get a ride in it to get me somewhere warm and sunny. LOL! We have been dealing with a foot of snow the last few days, ugh!
Love the hop!
Sherrie K

marciae said...

Very nice!

Tanya said...

Sweet card and great colors! Going to hop along now and see what creative inspiration you gals have for us today! (And I'm in California) your blog, was an e-mail subscriber but switched over to how easy it is to "click along" to all my subscribed blogs!
Tanya T.

Marilyn said...

Very cute card! I am following you on Bloglovin now and I do have a USA mailing address

Marilyn said...

I visited all of the blogs and I love the Hot Air Balloon that Tara did.

Tanya said...

Just finished all the blogs...It is so hard to choose just one, but Mary from Cardztv has always been my favorite, but that hot air balloon was stunning! is just too hard to pick one out of all the amazing projects the ladies on this hop created!
Tanya T.

cathie said...

I love how this card uses small pieces of paper. I can see lots of my scraps being used. I have a US address but can't figure out if I am following you on bloglovin

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

What a darling card Janis! I adore the bright fun colors! *Hugs*


katieo said...

Very pretty colors Janis. I am following you in Blogglovin

Joann said...

Great card. Love the blog hop cause I have now found your blog and have signed up to follow you. Thank your coming from Tennessee!

Melissa said...

Wonderful card Janis, I already follow you on bloglovin :) and you should know I live in the USA! Keep up the gr8t work!

Mary Ann said...

Very pretty card,Super colors!

Barbara said...


Tara Bruening said...

I love those CTMH papers. Great card Janis. Happy to be on the hop with you. I'm following you via bloglovin.


Nana said...

Beautiful card Janis. Love the design and colors.

Have a creative day.
Hugs Nana
♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥

Nana said...

I think the Best of the Hop would have to be Kathy her LO is too cute.

Have a creative day.
Hugs Nana
♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥

Anonymous said...

Love the color combo! Yes, I have a US address.

Joan Smith said...

Oh my goodness what a sweet card love it so much. Great choices for stamps, inks & papers just an awesome color combo.

What a sa-weet give away wooo hooo and girl you know I am a follower!!

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty...great colours!!!

Shawnee Penkacik said...

Janis, I love the colors that you used for this card. So beautiful!! Thank you for hosting this fun blog hop!!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card Janis--love the bright colors! What a great hop :)

Cathy said...

I love this card - I plan on adding the layout to my notebook. Hello from TN! I just created a bloglovin account to follow you.

jkstiles77 said...

Love your card ... so pretty! I have a USA address and follow your blog via Bloglovin.

Creative M said...

Have a wonderful day,
♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥

Rachelle said...

This is so pretty! I love it and now want these stamps Lol

Yvonne Morentin said...

awesome creation... I love the color and details... I have a USA address... thanks for the fun hop...


Chuck Hennemann said...

Love your card, as always. Thanking you in advance for chance to win the stamps hugs;-)

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Robin Carroll said...

Very nice card!


Laura said...

gorgeous.. love your card... I am a follower .. but I live in Canada but I wanted to tell you I love your blog..
Laura D.

Kim said...

Great card. I am a follower.

gma654 said...

Great colors been a follower...

gma654 said...

I have a USA address

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

What a great little card! Love it! TFS

Kate said...

What a wonderful card. I am a follower and I have a USA address. Thank you for the opportunity.

Alvina said...

Beautiful card, I am a follower and I do have a USA address

Tammie Lien said...

Pretty card and I am a follower and usa address:)

sillygirl said...

love the colors you have used.
bright and cheery!

Sharon said...

This is great Janis!! Love the colors. :)

Maureen Reiss said...

Super cute!! Love the colors!

Rebecca said...

Hey Janis! Love your card! I have a USA address! Love the stamp set, too!

Cathy said...

pretty card, great colors! I am Blog lovin you:)

Cathy said...

I enjoyed all the projects on the hop. very talented ladies. I am from U>S> and I am following all. Buuuuttt,l I could not pick a favorite, they all did a great job:)

sophiesmama said...

Janis, your card is gorgeous! I love the rich colors you used! It's been fun hoppin' with you, Bestie!

grammyof5 said...

Love your card and the colors. Thanks for the hop.

shelly said...

janis your card is really pretty love those colors :) not fair to ask us to pick only 1 favorite designer! i loved everyones cards and projects but rachelles cards are my choice. thanks for the fun and inspiring hop :)

Claudia said...

I love your ideas!

Design Originals by KC said...

What a fun blog hop that was... and not too long! love that :) And got tons of inspiration and left some bloggy love along the way. Love Lucy's little cards and Shawnees froggy thanks card the best... maybe I will get back to making cards soon! I miss it :) Thanks for inspiring Janis and for hosting this hop. I follow you everywhere! lol Kathi kathibc at

Claudia said...

WOW! How do we ever choose a favorite when all of the designers and their creations are so great? My favorite this time is Tracy's Cricut Corner. I love the way she put the colors and textures together to create her Father's Day card. Thanks, everyone for sharing your talent!

Mimi said...

Love your card! My first love was stamping when I entered the card making business! Love it!

Lucy Kelleher said...

Great card Janis -- love the colors and the random stamping! TFS :)


marg0006 said...

already a follower.sweet card.

Shirley said...

Such a lovely bright and cheerful card Janis.
Thank you for joining us this month at Penny Black and More and good luck in our prize draw.


Julie said...

Nice card! Love the colours!

Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For the Weekend for our Friendship challenge!


Julie x

susiestacey said...

Lovely cheerful card.
Thank you for joining the Blossoms and Bows challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x