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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Stars and Stripes Blog Hop!!

Welcome, EVERYONE!  This is my first blog hop as an official member, one of the newest Cubs, of the JUST A FEW FRIENDS PRIDE!!!  WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!
I am joining Elsa and all of the other awesomely talented folks from Just A Few Friends with this 4th of July Spectacular!  I hope that you all have enjoyed pouncing all through this blog hop.  You should have reached me after seeing what RJ came up with, but incase you are out of order,  you should have started with Elsa, and have come to me from RJ's site, here.  

For this hop, the theme was stars and stripes.  I was feeling super patriotic, and came up with three projects, I couldn't stop.  You will see...I went a little crazy!

 For a mini warm up project, I made a bunting for my fireplace.  I punched the red and blue "doilies" with a Fiskars and Martha Stewart punch, and used paper doilies as well.  I also used up a bunch of star brads that I have been hoarding for some time now.

 This is Herbert, my 3 foot tall gnome that sits in my front yard and guards the house.  He loves to dress up for the holidays, so  created this hat out of paper for him!  I used my Cricut to cut the stars for his hat!  He is STYLIN!!!
 This is the MAIN ATTRACTION!!!!!  I made this mini album for the hop, and I love, LOVE, LOVE how it turned out.  I created a cute little page fold, and I will do a tutorial on how I made it in a post in the near future.  The album pages are 4 1/4" x 4 1/2", the covers are a little bit bigger, and the spine is 3" wide!  I used a metal star plant poke for the cover, putting some streamers on it to resemble fireworks.  The title of the book is "Having a Blast".
 The spine is made of ribbons and lace and the flower ribbon that I was hoarding.   I added blue roses and the pinwheel that I attached with a Tim Holtz photo pin, and then I created little fireworks with leftover scraps and some twine!
 The closure is a simple ribbon and a hitch post.  I had everything in my stash except for the metal star!

 There are stars and stripes all over the place!  I made 5 "pages", and each page holds at least 4 tags.

 Some of the mats I punched fancy, some I just rounded corners.

 The two large tags in each page I thought of like Polaroids, so I left the bottoms to write on.  The tags are double sided.
I created the little pinwheels for the tag pulls.

 The pages are sewn in with a pamphlet stitch.
 The pages are spaced 1/2" apart to allow for the embellishments and pictures.
 More of my little fireworks.
 I had to add a butterfly!

 Almost there, I packed a lot into this little book!

Last page!  I really loved how this turned out, and I hope you did too.  It was a blast to make (yes, PUN INTENDED!)  Now, pounce on over to my fellow cub Sherence's blog and see what she has prepared for you to feast your eyes on!  Thanks for prowling on over here to my blog!  I am full of PRIDE!!!  (Can you hear the roars from us all??!!)

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

If you got lost, or found this by happenstance, here is the lineup for this hop (or pounce!) so start with Elsa, and see what we all have for you!


  1. Wow, you were really busy. I love, love, love the banner an dgnome hat. So patriotic and chic. The mini is absolutely breath taking. You are very talented.

  2. First off, welcome to the pack my sister.. I Love your mini.. I too am A Big Fan of them.. Love the your banner and the the cute little Lawn buddy too. TFS..

  3. Dang girl! You nailed it! Loved all your projects and gnome is so cute and your mini is like the Energizer Bunny ... keeps going, and going, and going! Awesome! Have a wonderful 4th of July! xoxo!

  4. I knew you would do something awesome!! I'm in love how the pages fold on that mini! oh wow!!! your colors are stunning, and omg your gnome...how cute is he?? You know I didn't really care for gnomes until I watched that one animation, Gnomeo and Juliet? i think was the name and now I want them all over my yard! ehehhe...Your is adorable and standing 3 feet, he is probably a site!! lol Love all your projects!!! I want that banner for MY fireplace! lol Thanks girl for your awesome contribution, for participating and for being such a great memeber of my PRIDE!!

  5. OMG Michelle....wowza's girl you were really on a roll hey? your projects are AWESOME!!! totally awesome...I thought you gnome is really stylin it with his hat!! and your mini is to die for...I love that paper fold idea...how cool is that!! So pleased to have you prowling with us...Happy July 4th....{{hugs}} Kimi xx

  6. As always Michelle, your work just blows me away. The banner, the gnome and the mini are just fabulous. I am always amazed by your style and ingenuity! xoxo Heather K.

  7. Wow, oh Wowwie!!! I love the banner you made for your fireplace. Your little gnome rocked the hat and your mini album is to die for!!! What a way to celebrate the 4th!! Love it all.

  8. Michelle,

    Truly SPECTACULAR!!! You really showed your PRIDE here Girlie!!! I have gotten so into making many different styles of minis and I absolutely LOVED yours!!! Your banner is fantastic so purrfect for this special day! And well, gnomes scare me...but I guess he was a little easier to look at all decked out in his red, white, and blue! I am so pleased to be in your company and so happy that you are a part of the "PRIDE"! I hope we can get to know each other better and I am truly honored to be crafting with you. Happy 4th of July friend.

  9. Oh my goodness Michelle! All of these projects are amazing! I love the bunting - what a fabulous idea to make it with doilies - love that! And your gnome does indeed look styling! Now that mini... absolutely gorgeous!!! I think I need a tutorial :) Love the tags that look like polaroids and the cute firecrackers and pinwheels! Everything is just so darn cute! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love your projects! Your mini is so wonderful! Packed full of anything you would need for a mini! Love the pinwheel tag pulls! Thanks for sharing!