Thursday, February 24, 2011

Patriotic Mini Hop and A Little Blog Candy

Good morning Friends,

Today’s post is for the Creative Cutter Room Design Team. We are having a mini hop Patriotic Style!  Here is the direct link to start at the beginning.

So in keeping with our hop and with our Week of Graphic 45 sponsorship this is what I came up with.

cricut one nation under Elohim-450
Here is a view of my layout. I used the Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Life’s A Ball Paper.
The required elements for the hop – challenge are:
  • At least one button
  • Banner or Flag
  • Some Type of Metal Embellishment
  • 3-D Element
cricut liberty bell
Here is  a close up shot of the Liberty Bell. I cut it out from the Cricut 4th of July Cartridge. The Flag is a K & Company embellishment.

cricut finished liberty bell
Here is a close up of the liberty bell die cut.

cricut painting1 liberty bell
I started with a plain white die cut. I sponged Gold Ink on it. I Dabbed or pounced the paint. I wanted it to look rough and not smooth.

cricut painting liberty bell

cricut inking liberty bell
I inked the top of the base die cut with Jumbo Java Dew Drop Ink. I covered it lightly and then went back and made some deeper “lines” with the ink by inking with the edge of the pad.

 I cut these tabs from plain white cardstock and my Fabulous Finds Cricut Cartridge and painted them as well.

cricut rosette close up2
Here is the Rosette I created and again, I used the Life’s A Beach Paper from Graphic 45. I added a nice button to the top.

cricut rosette closeup
Here is a close up shot of the scripture verse I added. It is one of the verses our church is memorizing for the year. It says:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

What an awesome promise from the most high God!

My Blog Candy

cricut rosette close up2
The Rosette Cutting file AND 3 Files of your choice from either single cutting files or digital stamps!

Just leave a comment on this post AND be a follower! I will pick one random winner!

SIDE NOTE: I also have this same blog candy over at my blog.
Just CLICK HERE to go there and enter for a second chance to win!

Be sure to head over to the Creative Cutter Room and participate in this fun hop!

Here are the other blogs to visit in the hop
Creative Cutter Room

Don’t forget about the Graphic 45 Challenge we have going on over at CCR too!
Here is the direct link!
Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Left comment on your other blog. Fantastic layout and a great job done on the bell. Thanks for a chance to win


  2. I also left a comment on the other blog. Your details are fantastic and I love the technique you used to make the bell look so real. Very pretty .....Fantastic page!
    susanslomski at yahoo dot com

  3. I really like this layout. The technique you used for the liberty bell is so cool. Love the rosette with the button. Thanks for sharing

  4. here I am again :0) love that rosette you made, I seem to have a hard time with them, they tear!
    Guess I need to win your file!!

  5. What a wonderful layout. Your rosette is perfect touch with the button on it.
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us! :)

  6. Love your attention to detail! Thanks for showing us how to do the bell.

  7. WOW! Another chance to win from you.
    I see a new citizen using this layout! I know a couple of them myself. They would love something like this to remember their ceremony with.
    Thanks for another chance to win!
    fourkidstwsocats at msn dot com

  8. I left a comment on your other blog too. I LOVE this layout. Thanks for sharing and giving us the opportunity to win.

  9. This is great. I love the gold paint and the step by step instructions! Thanks for sharing! I became a follower and hope u can become one of mine.


  10. This is GREAT Melin! Beautifully done!

  11. Love this layout. The sponge inking is great and I love that rosette. TFS

  12. Great Lo and great Tuto Melin.. as always you rock girl !

    Thanks for commenting in my blog...
    Have a great Saturday!
    Maria ELena ;-)

  13. love the layout ! love your work !!!


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