Thursday, July 23, 2009

Favorite Places to 'Hop' and Other Creative Ponderings...

This could prove to be a bit of a long post and my 2nd one of the 'bout that?! It's nearly midnight here in the unseasonably cool state of Illinois, but I am looking forward to some great sleeping weather.

I managed to get a couple more cards done tonight using my new toy that I talked about earlier. I now affectionately refer to it as 'The Bug', so you do not have to worry about catching anything when I share project ideas with the aforementioned 'Bug'.

Also wanted to plug these great background cardstocks from Fancy Pants Designs. The 12 x 12 sheets of Design Cards are terrific for building your focal points on. Both of the cards featured here and last night's card use the design cards which are slightly collage-oriented, so those of you who are a bit 'collage phobic' will really like what you can do with these.
What I have decided to do is post a few new favorite blog sites each Wednesday. Blog hopping is a fun way to spend an hour or two, if you have the time, but if you only have 15-20 minutes and have NO IDEA where to go, this will be a great way to get you on your way.

If you read my blog roll (favorites list) you will find what I call my 'must visits'. These are blogs that I visit at least once a day, but usually several times a day. So check those out because they are consistently fabulous!

Here are my picks for this week's My New Favorite Blogs:

Vintage Papers is a great blog by Nancy Maxwell-James. The creativity from this blog has been seen in a variety of Somerset Studio publications and the unique perspective Nancy brings when sharing her life will keep you looking through all of her archives. I am anxiously awaiting a set of ATC's based on Marie Antoinette that I ordered from Nancy's collection. I believe there is something for everyone on this blog, so check it out.

While I was there, I found My Desert Cottage, an outstanding blog by Karen Valentine of Scottsdale, Arizona. I am a real lover of shabby chic and it's non-stop exploration when I visit here. She has a couple of other blogs that she manages as well which include handcrafted cards and gifts. She is sponsoring the 'Where Bloggers Create' Party on Friday, July 24th inspired by the publication 'Where Women Create', so mark your calendar and make sure you stop by to see over 100 other blog sites who have signed on to participate, including yours truly.

Last but not least, I was over at Mona Pendleton's blog Cupcake's Creations (which I visit many times a day) and hopped from her blog to one of her favorites which eventually led me to Ross. It appears to me that Ross started out possibly as a scrapbooker, but then I'm not sure...Ross is from Italy and the majority of her blog is in Italian. She definitely loves color, whimsy and mixed media. This is one of the most eye-catching blogs I have come across in awhile and I think it's such a fun place to visit.

I mentioned the other night that when you go 'blog hopping' you will find yourself traveling all
over the world. I have followers from England, Australia, The Dominican Republic, Asia, Canada and of course here in the U.S. Art is one of the universal languages in which we can all say "I speak a little...". Inspiration is found everywhere you look, so I hope each Wednesday you will plan to stop by to see where we'll travel to next!


Martha said...

what wonderful cards, amazing projects ;)

{Ross} said...

Thanks! It 'nice to know who visits my blog! Your cards are so beautiful, I will find you more often! A hug.

Claireabelle said...

Lovely cards

~JulieH~ said...

I love this card Julie did you decorate the flower it'beautiful and matches your paper so well. Glad to see you got a Cuttlebug1
BTW please apply for Lily-Boos Boutoque DT It is open worldwide!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a great post Julie! Thanks for mentioning my blog! :) I feel honored! Blog hopping AKA Blurfing is soooo much fun! I am a bit behind the eight ball myself when it comes to blogging. I had NO idea it was so incredibly popular to share your passion/creativity/pieces of your life with other common scrappers & stampers! What a community! All of your cards are gorgeous! I see you've caught the Bug! :) Amazing tool isn't it? I don't have a Bug but I sure do hoard the die cutters :) It's cheaper than therapy! :) TFS Hugs, Mona

TesaB said...

Hey you! It's a great blog you have going here! Busy too!!! Still in total love with that owl of yours! Fantastic second card too, the sentiment is too cute, and wow, that flower!

Purple D said...

Hey Julie!

Thanks for your comment on my blog!

So, you have a thing for owls! :-) Love your owl cards!