Hazel & Ruby/Michael’s Arts & Crafts Reveal Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Hazel & Ruby / Michaels-Arts & Crafts Reveal Party and Blog Hop!

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All month long, we have been celebrating our little secret….

Michael’s is now carrying our entire line of Stencil-Masks, Wrap It Up Paper, & Pass the Tissue Paper!  Now, it’s super easy to hop on over to your local store and pick up our amazing products.  We have made DIY easy and fun for everyone!

To celebrate handmade, we have gathered together some amazingly talented bloggers whose passion is to create, make and share every day. Some of these ladies will be regular contributors as part of Hazel & Ruby’s Makery team, so you will see a lot more from them in the future. Each one will share project inspiration, product tips and how-to’s to teach and inspire. We are so excited to introduce you to each one of them and get ready to be awed!

For the next 2 days, you can hop around to each of their blogs, stopping by to say Hi and Hello!  Everyone is super excited to share their project ideas with you and how they were DIY inspired.

Simply follow the Blog Hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next.  Lost?  Return to the Hazel & Ruby Blog to see who is next on your hopping list!

Hazel & Ruby  http://www.hazelandruby.com/blog/
Amber Packer  http://www.amberpacker.com/
Carmen Rogge http://theflairexchange.com/
Cheryl Sorce http://www.aprettycoollife.com/
Jana Eubank  http://janaeubank.wordpress.com/  <————————————YOU ARE HERE!
Kelly Rowe http://livelaughrowe.com/
Margie Romney-Aslett  http://www.margieromney-aslett.typepad.com/
Ronda Palazzari  http://rondapalazzari.typepad.com/
Stephanie Bryan  http://stephaniemakes.blogspot.com/
Tamara Jensen  http://tamarajensen.typepad.com/lifeisanartform/
Tammy Tutterow  http://tammytutterow.com/blog/
Thuy Bui  http://www.mypaperpinwheel.com/
Tina Walker  http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/
Hazel & Ruby  http://www.hazelandruby.com/blog/

But what’s a Blog Hop without a giveaway?  Nothing, you may ask!  ;)

In Hazel & Ruby style, we like to celebrate BIG, so we will be randomly picking a winner who will win a prize package worth $500. We will be announcing the prize package over the next couple weeks on the Hazel & Ruby Blog, but it will contain product from your favorite manufacturers! (we like to keep secrets, can you tell?)

What do you need to do?
Leave a comment on the Hazel & Ruby blog AND on the blog post of our talented makers telling us what you enjoyed most about their ideas.  Easy Peasy!

We will also be featuring each of these ladies on our Hazel & Ruby blog over the next 3 weeks.

We will select a winner on June 6th and stay tuned for more details on the prize package (oh the suspense!!)

Blog comments are due by Midnight MST, June 5th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

Want more Party?  Don’t forget about our Instagram Party!  Get out those cell phones and take a trip to your local Michaels-Arts & Crafts Store.  Show us how much you love Hazel & Ruby by snapping a
picture of the Hazel & Ruby display in the store.

You know what we would love even more? Take a #selfie with our display!  Tag your IG photo with #hazelandrubyslittlesecret and share it with us on Instagram.

On June 1st, we will be selecting one (or two) winners to win the ENTIRE Hazel & Ruby collection!  How awesome is that? If you aren’t yet following Hazel & Ruby on IG…. you can find us at @hazelandrubyhandmade.  Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out on all of the fun and creative inspiration. Remember…sharing is caring….we would love you to share our good news with your friends.

Not on Instagram?  Please share your Hazel & Ruby projects with us on Facebook.  Really and truly…one of our greatest joys is seeing what YOU create.  You never know, we may feature your project on our Blog!

Are you ready to Hop?  Let’s go!

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Welcome Friends! I’m so happy to have you join me here on my blog and I hope you leave feeling inspired. A big thank you to Hazel & Ruby for inviting me to play along on this wonderful blog hop! We love holidays here at our house. As we approach summer, I thought it would be the perfect time to create a patriotic decoration that I could hang on my door for Memorial Day and leave up through the 4th of July.

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For the base of my project, I used the Surface to Repurpose – Fat Heart. I used a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the edges a bit and then adhered the Pass the Tissue tissue paper in Quote Collage. Next, I adhered several red polka dot tissue paper strips (Pass the Tissue – Candy Apple/White Polka Dot) for the flag’s stripes. I crinkled them a bit before gluing them down for some fun texture.

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In the upper left corner, I used the stars from the Everyday Shapes Stencil/Mask, moving them around as I added paint to be sure I got a few stars in all of the areas. Once this step was completed I swiped a bit of watered-down, white acrylic paint here-and-there, and sprinkled my project with clear glitter in a few spots for a shabby chic feel.

Next, I wanted to create a vintage inspired grouping in the lower corner of the block of stars. I adhered two of the Oh So Sky Sequin Flowers on top of each other. I found some free vintage Americana clip art online HERE. I printed them out to fit the small square Pic Pockets (On Trend and Too Cool) and then adhered them next to the flowers. White sequins, from the Shine & Sparkle Sequin Tubes, sprinkled above and below add even more fun sparkle.

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At the bottom of my project, I created a banner using cream cardstock, the Blindside Alpha Stencil/Mask, and brown walnut spray ink. The letters are outlined with a black journaling pen to help them stand out a bit more.

It’s now ready to add to my decor! I can’t wait!

What type of decorations have you made to add to your summer decor?

JanaBold

Guest Designing at Ruby Rock-It

What a treat to be back guest designing on the Ruby Rock-It Blog today! I had the pleasure of playing with their Carnival Queen collection back in May and was happy to have the chance to work with them again … this time with the beautiful At Last Collection. Ruby Rock-It even sent an extra At Last collection for me to give away to one of my readers! So nice! So … if you would like a chance to win this collection, please leave a comment on this blog post by Friday, October 25th, 2013. I will announce the winner on Saturday, October 26th. (Due to shipping costs, the winner will need to be within the contiguous United States. Thanks for understanding!)

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Even though this collection is clearly meant to scrapbook wedding/anniversary, I have a household that includes three daughters and knew that the soft colors and glittery accents would be perfect for scrapping my girls. Even the papers shimmer, as they are printed on a pearlescent paper. Swoon! Here is what I made.

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I had a lot of fun with the sliver glittery accents on this page. (I really wish my photos would do it the justice it deserves!) This page is all about my daughter and her first eye appointment where she got to try on all kinds of new frames. I arranged them together in a row and then underscored them with the white and silver glitter banner border piece.

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Want to know the coolest thing about all the die cuts in this collection? If one side of the die cut doesn’t work, you simply flip it over for another color choice. The butterfly on this page is gold foil on one side and printed gray and white on the other. I used the gray side. :)

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BEAUTIFUL MOMENT

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I love the fun and flirty patterns in this collection. For this page, I began wanting to accent my photo with those two cute feather die cuts. I tied them together with string and then looked for patterned papers to go with my photo. I settled on this darling heart print and the pink damask!

At the top of the page I used sections cut from three of the border strips. The dictionary print border, the hot air balloon border, and the clothespin frame border. I added a punched heart to the clothespin frame on a pop dot for more dimension.

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Behind the layers, I tried out my new Teresa Collins eBosser for the first time with it’s HUGE embossing folders. FUN! I embossed a piece of white vellum with the starburst pattern for subtle texture.

At the top left corner of the photo, I cut out a banner shape from one of the cut apart cards and layered several die cuts together in a cluster. The gold foil is so pretty!

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Here’s a closer look at the feathers, a frame die cut, and more punched heart. I just love how it all came together!

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Finally, I couldn’t resist putting together a simple wedding card. How cute are these little bride and groom die cuts?! They were begging to be layered together! … Happily ever after … Always and Forever! The sentiment was cut from a patterned paper sheet with TONS of phrases that would be perfect for cards and labeling photos in a wedding book. I sure could have used those when I was putting together my wedding book a million years ago! ;)

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Thank you again to Ruby Rock-It and Erin for inviting me to design with the At Last collection! I had a blast! Be sure to stop by the Ruby Rock-It blog and check out what the other design team members have been creating. And don’t forget … leave a comment on this blog post by Friday for your chance to win and play with the new At Last collection!

Happy scrapping!

JanaBold

Guest Designing at Bella Blvd.

First of all, let me just give you all a group hug and tell you how much I appreciate your kind comments about my grandparents on the last post. Your words of kindness gave me so much comfort. I needed it and you made me feel so much better. Thank you! The funeral was very sweet. It was a wonderful time to reflect about what is really important in this life and gave me a much better appreciation for the simple things … family, friends, my relationship with my Heavenly Father, and the beauty of living in this world. My favorite part was looking through all the pictures of my grandparents throughout their lives. It made me feel closer to them. My heart is full. :D

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Today I am the October Guest Designer on the Bella Blvd. Blog! I just love their bright, happy patterns and had a blast playing with the new collections they sent to me. Here is what I made. For a more detailed description of each project, be sure to visit my post on the Bella Blvd. blog.

SPOOKY

featuring the Bella Blvd. Trick or Treat collection

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HALLOWEEN

featuring the Bella Blvd. Trick or Treat Collection

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DAD & CAM

featuring the Bella Blvd. Daily Chevies collection

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KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

featuring the Bella Blvd. Playdate collection (with a little Daily Chevies thrown in)

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THANK YOU to Stephanie and Laura for having me today. They are some of the nicest people I have ever met in this industry and I always feel so lucky when they ask me to create a few projects. Be sure to pop on over and say hello!

JanaBold

Guest Blogging at Ruby Rock-It and a GIVEAWAY!

Happy Wednesday! Today I am the Guest Blogger over on the Ruby Rock-It Blog. When they contacted me and asked me if I would like to create some projects with their Carnival Queen collection I was completely delighted! I have had my eye on this collection ever since I saw sneak peek pictures upon it’s announcement. I just love the happy colors and fun circus-inspired icons and phrases. I started playing and came up with three layouts to share with you today.

This first page features my tired kids after their school’s Field Day last year. It is a day full of splashing, treats, and fun with their friends, which I think the carvinal accents were PERFECT for! I layered together several strips of patterned paper and border elements along the top and bottom of the page and then added some rhinestones from my stash for a bit of sparkle. (The photo looks a little on the purple/blue side, but I promise it’s not like that in real life. :)  )

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This page is all about my teen. She served on student government last year and for the last school dance she wanted to get people really excited to come. My husband and her came up with the idea to make interactive posters with the “Party Rock” Anthem hamster song. LOL! Each poster had a different interactive element that you would lift and then music would start playing. They used the musical elements found in greeting cards to make this happen. It was so funny! I thought the junior high kids would tear them apart, but they actually left them intact and got a big kick out of them.

I used the plaid, stripes and star elements from this collection for a funky feel. I love the gold foil on some of the paper elements!

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For even more texture I added aqua microbeads to my title letters and a punched heart placed in the center of the camera die cut.

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This last page is a page redo of a picture of my kids meeting Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at Disneyland last year. I just didn’t like the colors I had used on my previous page. I have been waiting for a collection that would inspire me to play with that photo again (it’s a bit dark and has TONS of color … so it’s a difficult one) and the Carnival Queen collection was it! The colors coordinate wonderfully with Rapunzel’s artwork in the background. I used some of the 4″ x 6″ cards for my title and journaling spot, and then layered together the flower die cuts with the dimensional accordion medallions for the flower centers for a girly feel. Finally, a pre-stitched garland adorns the bottom of my design.

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Ruby Rock-It has been so wonderful to work with and they have generously offered a GIVEAWAY of the Carnival King collection for one of my blog readers! Please leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, Thursday, May 30th, 2013. I will randomly select a name and announce that winner here on my blog on Friday, May 31st. Good luck!

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