Sunday, August 19, 2012

Building Friendships Blog Hop

Hello Friends!!
Happy Sunday!!
(I hope you like the new background I designed).
(important info in red text)
Welcome to the "Building Friendships Blog Hop!!
You should of arrived here from Brenda's Blog, and if not, you will want to start at Heidi's Blog.  I wouldn't want you to miss out on any of the Fabulous Giveaways that each gal has made!!

Each of us has created a unique project.  Not only will we be sharing these creations with you, we will be offering them up as prizes too!!  Who doesn't LOVE to win a beautiful creation??  Here are the Details.


You need to leave a little love in the form of a comment on each of our blogs by 12 midnight EST Wednesday, August 22nd.

You need to become a follower of each of our blogs.

You will need to gather all the letters and words along the way and put them into a little sentence and email the sentence to Heidi at

All correct entries will be put in to win the prizes.

Prizes will be posted on each of our blogs on Saturday August 25th.

Here are the letters you need to collect from me:  bu

Here is a look at what I created!!
It is my take on a "Smash Book."  I used images from Gecko Galz and the Graphic Fairy and embellishments from Pro 31 Designs!  Thank you to my BFF Ginny for the clothes pin and idea.  We sat in her store Thursday afternoon, she designing with paper and me designing on my laptop.  It was super fun.  We even stuck to our Healthy eating :0)
Pin It!
Here is a list of the embellishments from Pro 31 Designs I used on the cover.
Brown Blingy Bling Mesh, My favorite Champagne Flatback pearls, Black drop pearl beaded trim, ivory mulberry roses, & ivory felt leaf trim,
I used GIMP (image manipulating program) to alter the images from Gecko Galz.  Leanne gives me the best images to play with!!
I just love the books...and my favorite Champagne flatback pearls!!
I used Inkscape (a vector / line program) to create cut lines for all of my images, so when I figure out where I put the new blade that Sherri (Black Cat Cougar Digital cutters), sent me, I can cut out another one of these :0)  All of you who know me, know I love my Kitty Kitty Digital cutter!!
I designed the Ruler paper by taking a ruler image, getting rid of the white background and adding in colors that I liked.  Then I stacked a bunch together to form the paper.  You can see how to do this yourself by watching my GIMP tutorials on you tube.
My Regular visitors know that I love to create "Shaped pages" so I designed my pages so that the apple peaks out on the first page, pencil would peak out on this page, the next has a vintage report card, and finally a ruler pocket.  These little treasures are on pop dots (paper still on, so not all sticky yet), so you can slide in a note or photo, then stick the die cuts down.
I flipped my outline o my page, but not the image, so that my letters would not be backwards :0)
Created a ruler pocket and apple with chalkboard tag.  You can see and hear more information in the video below.  Sorry the sound is a little weird, my son was using my headphones :0)

Here are some more still photos
Gecko Galz digi stamps....etc....
Another lunch back to hold some goodies!!
ruler pocket with tag
More Gecko Galz images and Digi Stamps!  The apple I use through out the project is from Graphic Fairy
The clothes pin that I altered for the Design Team Challenge at PRO 31 Designs.
and the extra pieces you can "Make it your own" if you are the winner!!
Thank you for putting up with my LONG post....LOL
Here are two thank you cards that I made using a Digital Collage Sheet that I created.

You can find the sheet below in my Etsy Shop. 

The apple image and image on the chalk board are from Karen the Graphic's Fairy.
You can watch my Tutorial on how to create the cards from my Collage Sheet.

Thanks again for joining us in our Building Friendships Blog Hop!!  You will want to hop on over to Laura's blog to see her wonderful creation and a chance to win another prize!!


I will be playing along with the following challenges:
Simon says Stamp and Show:  Favorite Technique.
(creating digital images, then making them into paper projects)
The pink Elephant:  Back to School
Digital Tuesday: Child's play
DYSU: Buttons

I will be sharing with 
Make it Monday
Brag Monday with Graphic Fairy


  1. Anonymous7:38 AM

    ggrrrrr. I am such a dork. I left this comment on the wrong post. lol
    Yayyy. I knew you would love the "smash book" idea. They are so fun to make and yours is fabulous!!!! Love it. You should make up some more and put them in your Etsy shop so we can all get one. HUggs and Luv from your BFF. You should come play next week and see what kinda trouble we can whip up. The new paper shipment is coming better get some before I take it all for myself lol. now you have it 2 times lol

  2. Just wanted to compliment you on a great post with lots of info, though I won't be able to participate. Great images too!

  3. What a great smash book. Love all the detail.

  4. I just love all your projects,they have so much detail and are very pretty,I hope to win this Thank You for sharing

  5. You did a marvelous job creating this prize...scratched that..."treasure"!!!

  6. Another beautiful book. TFS

  7. Heather this is stunning, what a beautiful project!

  8. This is amazing! What a wonderful school themed book! Fabulous elements, all so wonderfully placed.
    Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week!

  9. WOW, this is a great journal!! So many wonderful things going on there. Great use of buttons too. Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week. Hugs, Joan

  10. Love your smash book! The images are great, love those rulers!
    Hugs BOLB!

  11. Wowza, Heather. Absolutely amazing.

  12. Hi Heather..this is a FAB back to school smash book..I love all the details and layering..and your can never have enough bling or pearls :)

  13. Fabulous Back-2-School creation!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant Challenge this week!!

  14. beautiful book!

  15. Heather!!! I am blown away! I love, love your book, every time I visit you have made something that takes my breath and this is no exception! LOVE IT!!!

  16. Beautiful book. The details are so charming and sweet! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  17. Gorgeous book! Love all the details and layering of papers and embellishments! It's beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  18. Beautiful book. all the details give it such depth and texture. Great job. Thanks for sharing

  19. Amazing "Smash" book! Well done! Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

  20. This is just awesome! So many great details. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  21. Stunning smash book! Love the back to school theme of it! Love all what you've done with it. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  22. I love this book it is A.M.A.ZING! I'm a flat back pearl addict too, in fact I woke up with two attached to my lower leg as if I had had implants overnight! Love your glittery Pin It button too. Thanks for sharing - Fabulous!

  23. Finally found the comment section. Yours was the most beautiful project and the hardest comment section to find.

  24. Love the colors you used on your beautiful smash book. Lots of fun details.
    dmcardmaker (at AOL)
    (New email follower)

  25. Anonymous1:20 PM

    Love your Smash book...great designs girl...TFS
    Hugs Cyn

  26. Wow, Heather! This is such an amazing project!!!!

  27. What a detailed and adorable project. All your graphics are fabulous
    Saw your link on MIM

  28. This book is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it! Great job on the blog design also! Very talented! TFS

  29. Awesome! This is such a cute memory book!

  30. Fantastic book - such gorgeous detail.
    Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

  31. Very good Heather, but wouldn't expect anything less, you always do a great job.

  32. Heather, I love your project!

  33. This is so pretty! I love your site, I found you on You Tube!
    P.S I sent you a message on Facebook via Pinterst!

    Your newest follower,


  34. Heather this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look. Hope you are having a fab Thursday. Hop on over to Doing Life - for a chance to win some lovely digi stamps from DS4J to the value of 20$.
    Doing Life
    Digistamps4Joy DT Member
    Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

  35. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #165, #189, #217, #227 and #228.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!


Thanks for Visiting my blog today! Hope you found some inspiration...Have a great day! Hugs....Heather