My Failed Blog Hop Attempt!

So, funny thing happened on the way to the blog hop… WordPress got in my way.  It was a very frustrating day to say the least.  One of the worst things about being part of a blog hop is not having the links work.  And, in my case, I couldn’t get the links to show up.  Hopefully next moth it will be much better and I can hop along with my new friends.  Until then, just sit back and enjoy a card or two… or five 🙂

First questions first.. What is a blog hop?

Very simple…very simple indeed!  You go to a participant’s blog.  You oggle and oogle over what they have posted.  Then you find a link to another blog post who is using the same theme.  People get together in groups and decide what they are going to do and create and blog and then post all for your enjoyment and inspiration!

The group I was going to hop with was the Aim for Alaska group.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Aim for Alaska group…  This is an eclectic group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators from around the world that all came together with one purpose…  We want to go on the Alaskan cruise!!!  We are all at different point sin our business but we all have one goal in mind!

As for me, I probably won’t earn the trip this year, but that isn’t stopping me from learning all I can from the guest presenters, stampin’ experts and the other wonderful members of the group.  If you know me at all, you know I am always eager to learn new things and always looking to better myself.

So, our theme this month is to give you a sneak peek of new catalog items.  The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st.  We know you can’t wait that long – so here is a little taste to whet your appetite.

I have used the Pieces & Patterns Stamp Set (143840/143843) on page 41 in the new catalog.  It is part of the Pick a Pattern Suite.  I have also used some of the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper (144163).


I’ve used the retiring Emerald Envy 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon (141425) on this card.  If you hurry – you can snag some of it in my online shop.  But, if not, there is something very similar in the new catalog!  I’ve also used the returning Banner Triple Punch (138292).


What a great sentiment to give to my husband for Father’s Day.  We do quite a bit of camping… so it’s the perfect DSP for him!


This card uses the returning Swirly Bird stamp set (141749), the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (119850) and the Banner Triple Punch (138292)


Something about that “Hello There” just called out to my Swirly Bird Set.  That set has to be one of my favorite returning sets.  It’s so versatile!


I’ve used the the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (119850) and the Banner Triple Punch (138292) along with some Linen Thread (104199) on this card.


This card is perfect for those of you that want to buy only the stamp set and nothing else… The circle can be fussy cut and the banner can be notched.  And, really.. the thread isn’t necessary if you want to stay simple!


Check out that NEW 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon in Daffodil Delight (144116).  It’s just the cutest!  I also used the returning Scalloped Tag Topper (133324) to create the tag.


This is another that just uses the Pieces & Patterns stamp set.  I used the aqua painter to create the watercolor background and stamped the circles while it was still damp so they would bleed a little!


This card uses the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (119860).  The sentiment came from the NEW  Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (143662 p. 77).  That is one set you’ll want to have on your first order!!!


It really doesn’t get much simpler than this card to make, but it is so expressive!

And finally… the little guy that started it all…


This card also uses the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (143662 p. 77) along with the returning Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609) and Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262)


Just look at that cute little dino reaching for those balloons he’s lost a hold of! How precious is he?  Perfect for a little boy’s birthday!

For me, Pieces & Patterns is the perfect set to use for so many different occasions!!!

Thank you for stopping by!  If you are interested in seeing the actual hop, search the hashtag #aimforalaska or #sixmonthstampingoals.  Either one of those should take you to one of the hoppers.

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

4 thoughts on “My Failed Blog Hop Attempt!

  1. Oh Joanne!! These are incredible cards that you have made!! Wow! My favourite is the first one and I adore the one with the tag in the front. Amazing. Looking forward to hopping with you next month.

  2. Great job creating a lovely “set sampler” with this set! Lots of lovely ideas to inspire purchase of this set and paper! Yes, you are always learning something new! Good luck with the hop next month!

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