Friday, April 20, 2012

Design by Diana Anniversary Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and welcome to our Hop!!  Diana Fisher is celebrating her 3 year blog anniversary by giving the anniversary gifts to YOU — the readers! Hop on through the Blog Hop to find prizes and inspiration along the way.

You should have arrived here from the Blog of the very talented Tessa Buys.  If you did not, please go to the beginning of the Hop, by visiting Design by Diana and then follow through the Hop.  You won't want to miss out on all of the amazing inspiration and some awesome prize giveaways!!

Plus, there's a chance to play along with us! Use the sketch Diana made, link your entry back at her blog, and you could win a $30 shop credit to Scrapbook Circle.  You have until April 30th to complete the hop and link up your sketch challenge entry to be eligible for the hop prizes!

I just want to say how honored I was when Diana invited me to be a part of the Hop!!  I have been a big fan of hers, ever since I started participating in the weekly Sketch Challenges that were hosted at the former challenge Blog, Sketchy Thursdays.  So, needless to say, I was a little giddy to be included in such an amazingly talented group of Ladies.

Diana provided us with one of her amazing sketches to work with, and I decided to have a little fun and go bold with this one.  I recently purchased some of the BoBunny Alora collection at my LSS and thought the colors would be perfect with some photos of our oldest daughter enjoying an ice cream cone.  And a big plus, the paper colors worked well with the colors of her t-shirt, and I always love pulling colors from my photos to pick out my patterned papers!!  :)  These papers are also awesome for fussy cutting embellishments!!  I love to create embellishments for my pages, using elements that I cut from one of the coordinating papers.  Flowers are a favorite.  You can "dress" them up by adding buttons or brads for flower centers and add dimension by using pop dots.  Quick, easy, and cheap embellishments!!  So, here is the page I created and the sketch from Diana:






Now, I will admit that halfway through my page, I considered not using this layout, because I felt there was something that just was not working...but I usually think this on just about every layout, halfway through!!  :)  But when I added the black Thickers in my title, I had an A-HA moment!!  I decided to add in a little black accenting with some stitching and added some black punched half circles and then I loved it!  Voila!!  You never know what can turn a page around!!  :)  I used some bubble wrap and white acrylic paint to stamp on the Bazzill background paper to mimic the feel of the Birthday Cake Ice Cream that our daughter had in her cone.  And I stayed fairly close to the sketch, but decided to use the journaling area for a layered flower cluster and just added my journaling to the circle element on the right hand side of the page.

I hope you enjoyed stopping by to see my take on Diana's sketch...and what would a Blog Hop be without a fun giveaway and I just happen to have one!  To enter the giveaway, here on my Blog, become a new Follower and leave a comment letting me know you are.  If you are already following, you can just leave a comment on this post...random whatever you would like to say or any comments on my layout would be appreciated!!  :)  Since Diana is leaving the Hop open until April 30th, I will do the same and select a random winner and make an announcement on May 1st.  Wondering what you can win??  Here it is:


My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side Collection Pack - 
includes:  9 sheets of 12x12 double sided paper and a coordinating accessory sheet

AND THAT'S NOT ALL - also a collection of Smash products by K&Company
30 Sheet Blank List Pad, 6 Piece Pockets, 20 Piece red & white Clips; 
70 Piece Sticky Notes

So, now you are off to the amazing Sara Zenger's Blog to check out her awesome craftiness!!  Enjoy the rest of the Hop!!

Products Used:

Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  BoBunny
Felt Flower:  Recollections
Thickers:  American Crafts
Font:  CK  Girl & CK Anything Goes
Mini Round Gems:  Recollections
Button:  Michael's
Brad:  Heidi Grace Designs

Acrylic Paint:  Apple Barrel
Embroidery Floss:  Janlynn
Punch:  Marvy
Other:  Bubble Wrap

 

61 comments:

  1. I am already a follower! Totally love the layout and the idea of using the bubble wrap as a stamp. So cool!

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  2. I'm a follower too. Love your take on the sketch!

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  3. Those touches of black were totally the right call! Great take on the sketch, and perfect paper choices...I think unused to have a rainbow shirt like that! :)
    I already follow your blog - now I guess I need to go back and click on some other links for the hop.
    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. I used to have a shirt...not "unused" - that's autocorrect for 'ya! ;)

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  4. I absolutely love the color scheme on your layout...so bright, colorful and fun! Love it!

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  5. Hi there! I am now a follower! Love your take on the sketch. Lovely layout!

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  6. I love your take on the sketch and the vibrancy of your layout is gorgoeus. I've just found you through the blog hop and am now a follower:)

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  7. I'm already a follower. Love the colors on your layout. I can never pull such colors off. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. I love the black accents on this bright bold page! Wonderful work Ashley - your layout makes me want to go out and get 2 scoops!! I adore your prizes!

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  9. Super cute Ashley! The black accents are perfect :)

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  10. Love what you did with the Alora line! The black added that perfect touch!
    I am now a follower:)

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  11. The touches of black are the perfect touch, Ashley. I especially love the stitching. I usually feel like my pages aren't done until I do some stitching of some kind. LOL! :)

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  12. This layout is amazing (as always), Ashley! Love this Alora collection, and you did it proud :) Love how you tied in the black title & accents! Your daughter is so beautiful. Another gorgeous design, girl! Love it!

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  13. This is ADORABLE! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the colors, the photos and love love love all the flowers!

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  14. I became a new follower .. such a fun layout, love the bright colors!
    thanks for sharing

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  15. I just became a follower! I love your take on the sketch, the fussy cut flowers are so pretty!

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  16. I am already a follower, Ashley! And what a beautiful layout! I love that BoBunny paper.

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  17. Wow, what a fun, bright, and CUTE layout! I cannot wait to play with this sketch! I love Diana's sketches!

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  18. I really like what you did with the sketch--I think it looks GREAT! I became a follower this week! :)

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  19. I often doubt my layouts until I get an aha moment, too. Yours turned out really cute-love the colors!!!! I'm a new follower. Thanks for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  20. Oh goodness, your page is amazing! I love that you used such rich colors. I'm always afraid to go so bright, but yours has changed my mind. I love what you did! And I am so honored that you agreed to be a part of the hop — you are so talented, girl!! Thank you so much for being a part of my blogiversary hop! :)

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  21. oooh this one is awesome! Love that bubble wrap painting and the pops of black really make it! So fun! Already a follower, of course!

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  22. So gorgeous Ashley! I love it!! So glad you did not scrap the whole thing halfway thru!

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  23. I love this BoBunny colletion! And I really really like this LO :)

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  24. Saweet prize! I love this layout. Those colors are awesome! I agree, the black just added a WOW! to the page. I do follow you :)

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  25. Love the interpretation of the sketch and those gorgeous colours.

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  26. Awesome layout Ashley, love the colors you used and the photos are so cute, and yes the black Thickers are very striking! thanks for the chance to win, love those papers from MME!!

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  27. Such a fun and colorful layout! Thanks for sharing it! I'm already a follower! Thanks for the chance at your prize!

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  28. What a cute, colorful page! Thanks for a chance to win! I am a follower now!

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  29. What a fun layout! Love te story and photos, really nice work!

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  30. I LOVE the bubble wrap paint stamping. The fussy cut embellies are perfect, and the black stitching makes them pop! AS ALWAYS, beautiful work.

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  31. Ashley I love all the flowers you used within your layout! It works perfectly! Thanks for a chance at winning!

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  32. WOW! Absolutely stunning page! Love the bright colors...and that pop of black really works! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. I am now a follower! Love the LO! You use of bubble wrap........painted, is terrific! One to remember. I love the colors you chose................and the black peaking here and there is great!

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  34. Such a bright, happy layout! Love it! Added you to my Reader! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. Oh, Ashley, another spectacular LO! Each one better than the last. I'm already a loyal follower.

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  36. I'm alread afollower. I like theblack accents of this LO.

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  37. I must admit that while I really like the page, I love the photos you used :) So cute!

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  38. I really like the black - it is exactly what this needed

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  39. I lovet he layout with all the bright colors. The black accents really make them pop. And what a great prize! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. What an adorable little girl and layout. love all the patterns and pops of black. Thanks for sharing your take on Diana's sketch :) I'm a new follower!
    -Suzanne suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  41. Wow ...what a great prize ...love it!!!

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  42. This is such a fun and cute LO!!! I love it! So happy to be a new follower! Love this My Mind's Eye Line!
    Lisa
    lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

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  43. As always Ashley you did a fantastic job! I love the colors you chose! So cheery

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  44. Super cute layout and you were right on about adding those small additions of black to tie in with the black Thickers! Really sweet photos and layout! I am a new follower on GFC!!'
    kladd94803 at aol dot com

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  45. I love this paper and what you did with it, such a fab detail with the stiching too Tx

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  46. Oops forgot to add I'm a new follower and also congrats on the CSI DT position! Tx

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  47. am a new follower--love your take on this!

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  48. Love the colors with the little accents of black throughout. Pretty layout!

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  49. Great LO!! Love your black stitching and the title and the little bits of black to compliment the bright colors!!!

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  50. What a fun layout! Great call on the added black details!!! xoxo Heather

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  51. amazing fun colour combo with great take on the sketch

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  52. it's the simple pleasures right??!!...love anything that involves fussy cutting :):)

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  53. I became a follower. I'm glad you explained how you made your layout. I would never have thought of adding black accents, but when I imagined it without the black, I think I would have thought the same as you. Do you think it's like the black grounds the layout somehow?

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  54. such a fun page!!! Totally adorable!!!

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  55. I love having those a-ha moments when creating a layout - this turned out beautifully!

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  56. I am already a follower. I think your page looks great.

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  57. Interesting layout and Am your new follower.Looking forward to see more.
    Inkjet Paper

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