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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the FIRST Hearts of the West Blog Hop!!

This is a circular blog hop - no matter where you start....  if you keep on going ... you will end up back where you started!  There is a complete list of participants at the end of this post .... just in case you get lost.  

If you came from Chelsey at Personal Touch Scrapbooking, then you're on the right track!

Our fearless leader, Nancy Klein, chose our first color challenge:  using Buttercup, Sorbet, New England Ivy, Gypsy and Lagoon as well as any neutral colors we wanted to use.

I was a little intimidated by these colors at first, they're not what I usually work with, but as I played around with this and that, I started to love what I was seeing develop.  It just goes to show it's good to step out of your comfort zone once in a while!  I DID use a little bit of artistic licence though, and added in some pink roses, because I wanted to tie them in with the pink in the photo.

To create this layout I used a couple of the papers from "Ivy Lane".  In addition, the sorbet piece is from the retired "Flirty" collection, the lagoon is from "Skylark", and the purple mat is from "Laughing Lola"

The title piece was made by combining some of the "Flirty" chipboard pieces together.

The purple flowers were cut from the Artbooking  cricut cartridge, on page 48.  I used 3 - 3" pieces and one 2" piece for the large flower, and two 1-1/2" pieces for the smaller ones.  The piece of bling for the middle of the large flower is from the "Babycakes" assortment.  The beautiful resin flowers came from the Skylark Assortment, the Ivy Lane Assortment, and The Base & Bling Purple Jewels.

For the large flower, I used a stylus to form them in an upward cup shape, and for the two smaller ones, I did the opposite and had the cup shape face downward.  The centers from the smaller flowers are from the pink glitter gem pack.

The leaves were cut from the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge on page 43, and inked with Gypsy on the edges.

To add dimension, I pinched the tips of each leaf and scrunched it, then inked the folds as well.

Before I go I'd like to give credit to Amarilys's Scrappy Corner.  I used the following sketch of hers to create this layout.

ScrapThat! Kit August Sketch by Amarilys Doria

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know what you think of the hop!  Comments are always appreciated!

Your next stop is Diane at Paper Crafters' Sorority.

See you next month for the Hearts of the West Team Challenge.
We're always looking for new consultants to join our amazing Hearts of the West Team.  Contact one of us from the list below and we will direct you to your nearest consultant and get you started!


  1. What a gorgeous layout! The colours work together so well.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous layout. I love all the layers and the distressing is fabulous!

  3. Your layout is amazing!! I love the flowers and all the great layers.

  4. What a bright beautiful LO Linda! Very nice.

  5. Wow! Love your layout! The texture is incredible Linda!

  6. Beautiful layout! I love all your layering and texture. You really have a knack at pulling together pieces from a variety of collections.

  7. I love how you did this!! wow i with everyone else the texture is awesome.

  8. Incredibly beautiful. Everything about this layout is stunning.

  9. I love love LOVE this layout! What a clever way use of several paper packs to bring each of the colors. I never would have thought to combine all those different pack but you have done wonderfully!