Friday, March 1, 2013

Crop Circles's Blog Hop!

Happy first of March  and good morning to all you crop hoppin' ladies out there! Welcome to the first ever Crop Circles Blog Hop!
Crop Circles is an on-line bunch of mostly Newfoundland ladies {or those who have a tie to the island!}. We love to share and inspire each other and hope that you'll enjoy hopping with us today and maybe even catch a little inspiration along the way.
For every comment you leave on the participating blogs, you will be entered to win a Stampin' Up bundle worth $50!!! Some of us are also offering extra blog candy along the way. I will be sending out a little scrappy gift to one lucky hopper who leaves a comment on this posting { and signing up as a follower would also be greatly appreciated! }
 So if you have arrived here from Catherine's Blog then you are on the right track. If you've gotten lost along the way then just find your way back on track in the links below:
Shar Strahan & Brande Strahan - partner with Cheryl Ashworth
Kelly Klapstein-
Rhea Skomorowski -
Natasha Connolly (partner with Rhea)
Catherine Stockley-
Michelle Marks -
Darlene Head Whalley
Corina Mayo Thorne -
Sara Case Strickland -
Lori Smith -
Elaine Lambe Beck (partner with Lori Smith)
Liz Davis -
Rexene Lockyer (Send to Cathy Caines)
Cathy Caines -

We have decided to use a sketch from Sketchbook365 for our hop today.
Isn't this cute?
I'm more of a shabby chic kinda girl myself and find it very hard to stick to the clean, uncluttered look... I practically had to sit on my hands to stop myself from adding more stuff! But I persevered and this is what I came up with--- a cute Lo of my adorable pup, Jasper, basking in the sun last summer.Well, pup is probably too loose a description of my Jasper given that he is almost 14 years old and full of arthritis!  I tell everyone he's my little ole man! I figure he's the equivalent of a little 85 year old man lol...but a sweeter, more gentle dog you'd never want to meet! We really lucked into an angel when we adopted him from the SPCA about 7 years ago.

Did you notice the cute dog collar across the bottom of my LO? Wanna see how I made it?

 I first came across this belt-like embellie when it was shared by the super creative, fellow Canadian scrapper, Gabrielle Pollacco on her BLOG a couple of years ago. Now she is one truly artistic and creative lady who absolutely loves to share her ideas with everyone. She is the queen of shabby chic and it would really be worth your while to pay her a visit! She originally used it as a ladies belt .... I just adapted it slightly as a dog collar.  All you need for this embellie is :
two 1" x 12 "strips of card stock in the color of your choice,
one 1/2" x3 " strip of the same color card stock,
 a white marker{ brown works well too! }
Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Photo {or brown ink of choice]
 and a circle tag {I bought mine at Staples}.

 Start by cutting your two strips of  1" x 12" card stock and rounding the end of one piece... I did this free hand.

 Using a ruler , draw a white line on both sides about 1/8 th " in from edges...again, I free handed it around the curved tip.
Now start to add dots along these lines to mimic needle holes.
I also cut {and doodled sewing lines} on a third piece of cs approx 3/4"x 3 " . Ink all edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink..Glue the rounded piece of belt on top of the other  1" x 12' piece at the length you want across the page  and then  wrap the thinner third piece around it to create the belt loop , securing behind with two sided tape.
I used my Crop-a-dile to punch a few belt holes in the strip but I'm sure a hole punch would work just as well.....
 And finally, I finished it off by printing Jasper's name inside a circle tag from Staples and twisting it on to the belt loop.
 I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial for the dog collar.
Now hop on over to Darlene's Blog and check out her creation using the sketch.
Thanks for playing along today. You have until March 3 rd to complete this hop and be entered for that fab Stampin' Up prize! and I'll be picking a lucky hopper from those who leave a comment on this posting and sending her on a little bit of blog candy too! Good luck everyone. Thanks for popping by! Toodles


  1. CUTE !! I am LOVING that awesome "collar" technique !! What a great idea !! And your dog is super adorable.

  2. Such a wonderful layout and I too love, love that collar!

  3. OMG!! Michelle....I remember seeing the tute on Gabi's blog (I've been stalking her for years lol). I love your layout - we feel the same way about our little (50 lbs) Daisy Dukers.....thanks for sharing!!!

  4. What a sweet page! Love the photo of your cute dog, and the dog collar border is awesome!

  5. Awww! Sweet, sweet page! Love that dog collar tutorial and will be using it on my yellow lab's pages, thank you!

  6. Love the layout of your beautiful pup!!! So precious :) Thanks SO much for the tutorial, I will definitely be making one to use on a layout of my precious pup.

  7. I absolutely LOVE this layout. Thanks for showing how to make that collar. I'm a furbaby momma of 5 beautiful doggies, so I totally adore this layout!

  8. Aw, sweet layout- adorable picture!!

  9. Jasper is soooo sweet! Love your cute design, Michelle, and that collar tutorial is the BEST! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. That collar is amazing! Great page!

  11. Love this and especially the collar.

  12. oh my gosh... I will no doubt repeat this. I love the way to did that leash and "ruffed" (ahhhh I am so clever), the polaroid! Awesome!

  13. Thanks for the collar tutorial . . . love it. Sweet puppers. Great layout.

  14. Adorable LO...Love the dog collar!Thanks for showing us the tutorial. Your pup is adorable!!!

  15. How cute is this and I love that collar tutorial!

  16. Call me curious... I had to hop on back to see if your crop hop layouts were added today... and I see you DID!! and what a cool layout. I LOVE!! the collar and what a PERFECT added touch for your layout and anyones pet related layout out!.. Thanks for resharing the tut on that. Thanks for sharing your work in your first crop hop!


    1. P.S. gotta say thank you for saving Jasper from the spca. Its always nice to see the love people have for there pets. I right now am in mourning. And its been actually a long time.. but my poor Jasmine came to the end of her live last March. So almost a year.. and here I sit crying again. I can't stop my emotions when I think about her. I have gone to the SPCA and checked all the temporary animal shelters... but I usually start crying before I even walk in the door. So all I want to say is give Jasper the Biggest hug ever tonight.. and tell him you'll love him for ever!... Cause boy when they are no longer sitting at your side 24/7 its really really hurts... OK Pass the tissue. put on a smile and Hop along to the others that didn't have there layouts up last night.
      AGain.. Thanks for sharing your work and very cute doggy layout!!

  17. Adorable!! Thanks for sharing how to make the collar.

  18. Love that photo and the collar is amazing!

  19. Fabulous LO for pet photos. Thanks for the collar tutorial. Super cute.

  20. Fun layout! Great use of color.

  21. The dog collar is fantastic! Love, love, love it!

  22. Darn cute layout! I love the dog collar - just adorable! TFS X