Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pool Party Blog Hop for CTO!!

WOW!!! it's finally here! It's the POOL PARTY BLOG HOP with Celebrate the Occasion!!! I've been soooo excited about this hop...I can't wait to see what all the DT members have come up with, and get this....There's BLOG CANDY at every stop!!!! if you have hopped here from Linda's blog, Fancy Framework, then you are on the right track!! If you are one of my super duper regular followers, then please head to Celebrate the Occasion to start the hop there! You won't be sorry!!!

It's just starting to get hot up here in Maine (well, sometimes it's hot!! LOL!) and I can't wait for pool party season! I debated for a long time on what to make for my hop entry, and finally ended up with this 5x7's pretty versatile in a way that I originally had thought about making it as a Pool Party invitation....but then thought that you could also use it as thank you card for a hostess having the party, or even a birthday card for someone who is celebrating with a pool party! Since I only made one....and the real biggie here...I don't have a pool.....I guess I'll opt to use this a hostess thank you or a birthday card, if it comes up! I also put a fair amount of detail into the card, so to make a lot of these for invitations would be a labor of love, that's for sure!! Anyway, without further POOL PARTY CARD!!!

Cricut Cartridges: Everyday PaperDolls, Doodletype
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Swiss Dots
Paper: Stampin' Up! And DCWV
Sakura white Gelly Roll pen
Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger in Walnut Stain
Pebbles Chalk
Peachy Keen Everyday Character Faces
Recollections Silver Mini Brads
Queen &Co. Orange Rhinestones

I cut a 4" paper doll using the Blackout feature from EDPD. I decided to make her a girl, but you could alter this for a boy as well. I chose a hairstyle, bathing suit, duckie float, flippers, mask, and snorkel for her and cut them at 4". Also from EDPD, I found a beach ball, which I cut 4 times at 3"; 2 in red and 2 in white. From Doodletype, I cut the P and the L at 1", in both the base-shift and the shadow-shift features. I then cut the word art 'PARTY' at 1.25" using the base-shift and shadow-shift features. The orange background is 3.5"x5" , used my Corner Chomper, and then embossed with Swiss Dots. I'm actually not sure of the dimensions of the yellow piece, because I placed my words and then cut around it and rounded the edges again with my Corner Chomper. I did ink all edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and added some white gel pen doodles. I used my totally AWESOME Peachy Keen stamps to put an adorable face on my paper doll, added some gel pen in the whites of her eye, on her lashes and cheeks, and chalked her cheeks. I layered all pieces of my pool party attendee and for those beach balls, I cut out some of the red sections and made my own layers! I added a mini brad for a little POP! And for a little added dimension to the whole card, I pop-dotted the 2 beach balls and the swimmer girl, and added some BLING to the corners of the word art!

Here are a couple of close up pics....

And now for the good stuff, right?!?! The BLOG CANDY!!!! How appropriate that I am giving away POOL PARTY embellishments!! I have for you....

A pack of Jolee's Beach Ball Dimensional stickers
A pack of K&Company Citronella Dimensional stickers
A pack of K&Company Citronella Die-cuts

All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post by midnight (EST) on Monday, June 6th! I don't require that the winner be a follower, although, if you like my work, I would love if you would join me on my crafty journeys!!! Just click the follow button on the left side of my blog!!!
I will post the lucky winner on Tuesday!

Now, you are almost throughout the WHOLE hop!! Nice work, and thanks for sticking with us!! Your next stop is the SUPER talented Mary, at MareBear Scraps! If you've gotten lost somewhere along the way, the whole line-up is:

Maquel- are here!!
Judy Ann-

Thanks for hopping today, and remember that there's still a challenge going on for CTO this week! You have until tomorrow to enter your project! For more info on that, head HERE!


Adrian said...

Fantastic, love the detail in the face and the doodling!!!

Melissa said...

Very cute, love the use of your beach balls!

Kim. said...

Brilliant card, love the idea of the beach balls for O's.
Kim xXx

Nadia's World said...

Amazing job! Love all the details that you added! Very nice!!

Nicole T.

Mary said...

Love all the detail you added, Great job!!

kmcilrath said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Esther said...

Super adorable, love the bright and cheery colors!

Suzanne said...

YOur card is so cute and love the little white hightlights. She makes me smile.

sweetlilscrapper said...

so cute! thanks for the chance to win!
sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

Wow!! This card is super cute! The little swimmer girl is adorable and your doodling looks great on those bright colors! I'm sure whoever ends up receiving this is going to LOVE IT! Great job!

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

So cute Love the bright colors. I wanted to become a follower but I cant see your follower botton.

mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot

shersl84bed said...

This is just too cute for a card. I would take this and put it on a scrapbook page. You did such a lovely job on it, love the bright colors.

Smiles Sher

Shelly said...

This is so darn cute! I love it, and all your projects!
I am a follower!

Amanda said...

SUPER cute!!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Sherrie K. said...

This is stinkin adorable, Maquel! I love it and the details are just awesome. TFS and for a chance to win! What a fun hop and a lot of inspiration!
Sherrie K
jskoning at msn dot com

Amy E said...

Woohoo, I made it! Fun hop so far...thanks for letting me know about it!

As always, CUTEST CARD EVER!!! I can't believe your always amaze me!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

jessica said...

This is such a GREAT card! The little girl is so adorable and all your doodling is excellent! TFS and for the chance to win :)

Amy said...

Love this little swimmer with her peachy face! Too too cute! I am already a follower! TFS! Amy:)

Dilsaver Designs said...

So cute, I love all the extra details you put into it :)

scrapperbecka said...

Great card, you put a lot of details into it. Great job!
scrapperbecka at yahoo dot com

Charlotte said...

Cute Cute Cute!!! I just love all of the little details.

Lisa said...

How adorable! I love all the little details you added! :o)


girlia said...

Amazing job!

VICTORIA said...

cute card. :) Victoria and i am following or so it says. TFS

DebC said...

Man just when i think i have already seen my favorite I see this. THIS IS SUPER CUTE!! Love the face and the way you did the mask! Everything pops on this! LOVE IT! New follower and excited to see all your projects!
Deb C

Lisa said...

This is so awesome! I love the paper and the little girl could not be cuter! Just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing...I'm already a follower :)

Savahanna said...

How cute is this little girl. Makes me want to go jump in the pool right now.

Scrappin Melissa said...

very cute! I'm sure whoever you give the card to will love it.
melissaseme at yahoo dot com

Kay said...

Love this...and all the detail you added :)

goebel75 at gmail dot com

chignon said...

Totally Cute! I love how you used the beach balls in the wording!
vosstin at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

So cute! Love the incredible details! TFS :)
hugs, Jenn

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I love the little girl, and your title is fantastic, I love those letters and the ball! Thank you so much!

CraftyJAR said...

Love, love, love this card! I love the details on the face and title. I never think of using those little details on my projects and they do add so much to your work. Love the rosey cheeks too!

Ive_Boricua_Girl said...

Love your card is so cute.. and the details..and colors..



Cathy said...

Awesome project!! love your character.

thekolbes said...

LOVE your card it is adorable. I am a new follower
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

Lisa R. said...

Cute fun card! Love the cheery colors! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Cute card. Love her snorkel. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win some blog candy.

Creative Diva said...

I love all the details on your card. TFS Already a happy follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Babe O'Mara said...

Love this card. Great details. You did a fantastic job on this one.


June Houck said...

Maquel, this is so fun! I always admire your detail and doodles, but this card particularly irresistible. I love the swimmer girl's sweet face and the beach balls on the sentiment.

simplyelegantpapercrafts (at) hotmail (dot) com

Just Don't Over Think It! said...

Love your card! Your doodling makes the card pop! I'm a new fan!

Dawn said...

I checked out your entire blog, your work is absolutly fantastic. You do a beautiful job on your creations! How do I become a follower?

Melanie Mason said...

Sooo cute! You did a great job!!

Thanks for participating in the hop and providing some great inspiration!

Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway .. I could certainly put it to good use!

Your newest follower,
melanie_mason87 at hotmail dot com

AmyJRockstar said...

Maquel, you did such a great job on this! It's so bright and so detailed. I really love the Pool Party part with the beach balls! I can't wait to get to Maine. We are trying to get there in August for the Lobsterfest in Rockland this year. As you know, Maine is my favorite place to go! Thanks for the awesome blog candy. If I win, I could definitely put it to good use! :0)

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

ScrapinShana said...

Ahhhh! She's so stinkin' cute! Love all the details in this, great job =)

skcactusflower75 at hotmail dot com

Paper Panther and Rayna said...

Awesome details on your pool party card! Really cute!

♥ Rayna

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the theme. All of you are so talented. Like chance to win.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Suzy said...

What a fabulous card! This cartridge is still one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. :)

katieo said...

You do a great job with the highlighter pen I always like your cheerful work

Nicole said...

What a cute girl!! Wonderful all the detail!

Nicole - fellow DT member

Christy said...

very cute summer card...thank you for sharing..christy

Linda said...

Oh my!! That just made me laugh!! I LOVE IT!! :) Great job on all of the details :)
Linda :)

Amy said...

Maquel, this is a GORGEOUS card!! Love all the details and the amazing dimension with the inking... I always enjoy seeing what you've created!! :)

Amy :) at

Laverne said...

AWESOME card! LOVE, LOVE how you did the face with the Peachy Keen stamps and your colors are amazing!