Friday, July 8, 2011

VC Rocks July Blog Hop - Anything But a Card

VC Rocks!

Woo hoo!  I can't believe it is here!  It is time for the VC Rocks July blog hop!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  This is the first time I have ever participated in a blog hop, and I am just a little {over} excited.  VC Rocks is a fabulous group I belong to, full of fabulously talented stampers.  I have learned so much already being involved in the group.  We have lots of fun there with swaps, challenges, RAKS, and just good old girl talk.  While member registration is closed for this year, I strongly encourage you to check it out next year at the beginning of May.  Go check out the VC Rocks Blog.

Ok, on to the blog hop.  I have the pleasure of following Linda on the hop.  Linda does fabulous work, and gets plenty of help from her adorable stampin' buddy - Princess.  I haven't checked out her post for the hop yet, but so far my favorite project on her blog is the Father's Day card she did.  Be sure to check her out by clicking the button below for the previous blog!!

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For my project, I knew almost immediately what I wanted to do with the ABC theme.  I have been making these scallop circle boxes for a while.  I like to call them hat boxes, because they remind me of old fashioned hat boxes.  I knew I would be wanting to make another one for this hop.  I have been in love with a stamp set from the brand new 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog called Delicate Doilies.  I love how soft and gentle it is.  I have also been dying to get my hands dirty with the new 2012 In Color Wisteria Wonder.  Since I had a stamp set, template, and color in mind, the box itself came together pretty quickly.   

I did not come up with the original tutorial for this scalloped box on my own.  But, unfortunately, I do not remember where I found it, and google isn't much help tonight.   So please know, that while I did design this particular box myself, I got the idea from someone else.  If it was your idea - please let me know in the comments, so I can give you proper credit!

Delicate Doilies Hat Box

Close-up of the lid.
I hope you liked my creation!  Check below for a list of supplies used.  Here's the fun part - for the first time ever (Lucky you!) I am giving away blog candy!  I will send a special little treat to one person who leaves a comment telling me what you thought of my project, and what your favorite Stampin' Up! color is.  Currently, I am torn between Certainly Celery, which has been my favorite since it came out in 2005, and the new Wisteria Wonder.  You have until Sunday, July 10th at 10pm PST to leave your comment.  Sunday night I will use to choose one winner.  The winner will be posted Sunday night, so be sure to check back to see if you won!

The next stop on the VC Rocks Blog Hop belongs to Debbie Martin.  She has lots of adorable things on her blog Clever and Cute, so be sure to check her out!  For the hop, she has posted a few gorgeous projects that I can't wait to try myself!!
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Materials Used:
Delicate Doilies Stamp Set
Scallop Circles #2 Big Shot Die
Perfect Pennants Big Shot Die
Whisper White Cardstock
Baja Breeze Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Baja Breeze Classic Ink
Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink
Word Window Punch
1 3/8" Circle Punch
Stampin' Sponges
Pretties Kit (Large Pearls, Retired)
Basic Pearls
Crystal Effects
2 Way Glue Pen
Stampin' Dimensionals

Here is a full list of everyone participating in the blog hop:
VC Rocks - Debbie Petereson
InkPaperStamps - Holly & The Dog
Elizabeth's Stamp Room - Elizabeth Kratzer
Love 2 Stamp - Elizabeth M. Harris
A Touch of Sol - Marisol Gutierrez 
Stampin' Stace - Stace Coombs
Stamp With Jane - Jane Hignite
The Love of Stamping - Barb Furlong
Life with a Wiener Dog - Angela Walters
Stampin' at Dawn - Dawn Hoffman
Created by You - Sharon Field
Stamper Shirley - Shirley Northey
Scrappin' for Sanity - Angela Khan
Bluegrass Stamper Studio - Veronica Miller
Technostamper - Mary Jo Price-Williams
InkingTheNightAway - Carolyn Sharkas
Wanna Be Creative - Jamie Adcock
Scrapbook Kits and More - Nancy Keithley
My Little Patch of Dirt - Patrice Herrera
I Reckon I'll Stamp - Elaine Wright
Maddiebug Desings - Kris Sobolik
Stamping In The Moonlight - Kristi Jaenisch
Stampin' Fevre - Eileen LeFevre
Artful Imagination - Kym Schwinkendorf
Pretty Ink Papercrafts - Linda Rodenberg
Nichole's Stampin' Corner - Nichole Smith - YOU ARE HERE!!
Clever and Cute - Debbie Martin
Mimi to Jett - Mary Campbell
Krafting with Karen - Karen Gibson
Loni's Life - Loni Holt 


  1. Wow, that really is pretty. Those tiny pearls really make the project over the top. Great job.

  2. You did a great job. I love the extra detail of the center stamped separately and popped up using a dimensional. My fav color is cherry cobbler

    Ria Blackwell -

  3. How cute! terrific job Nichole. Hugs, Loni

  4. Nichole, this is so pretty, I just love it. My favorite color right now, is Early Espresso. I'm a coffee lover, lol. plus, it goes with almost everything. hugs,

  5. What a fantastic project Nichole. I would love to make one of these. My favorite color is Cherry Cobbler and also is my favorite dessert after chocolate cake. You left me out of the line up but I came in late.

    Carey Rogers
    aka Roscoe's mommy

  6. Carey, I am so sorry - I copied the list from the final order post that went out a few days ago. I will go add you in right now!! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Love your "hat" box. The bling you added really made it pop.

    My favorite color is Cherry Cobbler followed closely by Wild Wasabi.

    brendah1951 at gmail dot com

  8. Beautiful Nichole! You did a great job on your first blog hop! I love the look of the pearls with the wisteria! Gorgeous! I'd love to know how you made this! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I just love your hat box, it is so vintage looking. The pearls are the right touch. If you do a tutorial keep me in mind. My favorite color Cherry Cobbler, but since we lost lovely lavender colors I am becoming a great fan of wisteria!! and pair that with certainly celery and what a match. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautiful! Love your 'hat box' - such a delight to look at. And even tho' Wisteria Wonder is definitely going to be a fave, my fave now, today, is Rich Razzleberry - I just keep going back to it. So glad you joined our hops - see you here next month, right???

  11. So soft & pretty!

    Almost Amethyst was always my favorite color. Rich Razzleberry is currently it, but Wisteria Wonder will probably get that honor next.

  12. Love the hat box. I will definitely have to try it out. Concord Crush is my favorite color

  13. I so like this...I think my new favorite color is the Wisteria Wonder and all these new ribbons all of them are the please tell us more of how you made this...I am a card only person but I am quickly changing more and more...thanks for hopping with more hop next month....

  14. Really pretty! I'll be casing for sure!

  15. Your box is so beautiful, just like you! Congrats on your first blog hop!
    btw - my fav color is Marina Mist

  16. ADORABLE! Love the accent pearls! FA-BU
    My favorite color is Cherry Cobbler (at the moment) but loving the new Island Indigo
    Marisol Gutierrez
    atouchof_sol at yahoo dot com

  17. Hi there You did a super job on the Hat Box! Love the little Pearl addition it really makes it POP!
    My favorite color is Marina Mist I just love that shade of blue!
    try god 20 @ verizon net

  18. Oh, that is super cute! I love all the little pearls and that you punched and popped up the middle. I think I am falling in love with Island Indigo.