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Monday, October 12, 2009

"Hip to be Square" Blog Hop!!

I am thrilled to be sharing with you a few of the cards I created for Melanie Muenchinger's "Hip to be Square" blog hop!!! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this set and as soon as I got it cut out... I made TWO cards immediately!!! Once again, Melanie outdid herself with this VERY versatile set!! On my first card I was thinking of a "plague" or design that would highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (this month) in honor of my dear dear friend, Bette (whom my blog is dedicated to), who passed away last year after a 17 year battle with breast cancer. Bette lived in Dallas and we worked together when I also lived there many years ago. After I moved back we stayed connected and though we visited her as we could, she knew I was always holding her hand and giving her all the support I could... even from a distance. I miss her terribly. I paper pieced a two of the squares with soft pink DP's. I used Melanie's "Hand in Hand" for the image and actually colored our hands to reflect our real skin color... I AM Mexican, you know? Hee Hee I didn't have a pink ribbon stamp so I drew my own. (Sometimes I get brave... LOL.) Beware... pencil does NOT erase under a Copic marker. HA! (Hope you can't see it! *grin*) My second card was done from remembering something Melanie stated in her "tip sheet" for the "Hip to be Square" set. I recalled something about using your crimper to make certains and use the set as a window. So... I did. I also added a punch at the bottom of the "valance" and on the bottom of each curtain panel. I used the circle stamp as my pumpkin... but ALSO used it as my moon in the upper left hand corner. My tree was from Gina K's set, "Spooky Silhouettes" as well as the "Happy Halloween" plaque I made and hung from the bottom of the window. (NOT that I'd ever hand a real plaque in such a place... but I kinda ran out of wall.. Ha!
For even more ideas with Melanie Muenchinger's "Hip to be Square" stamp set, visit her blog link below as well as the GinaK Idea Center here: Hip to Square. Her tip sheet has been added to the Idea Center as a PDF so you can print out all the tips and suggestions for a handy reference tool! Here's all the Designer's Blog Links to check out tonight:
September's Center Stage Spotlight Team:
and finally, Melanie's Guest Designer for Hip to be Square:
and Special guests:
Have fun hoppin!! *smile* Signature

23 comments:

Giovana said...

Great cards Tina!!
God bless
Giovana

Payne Holler Cards said...

love your card dedicated to Bette, Tina,it's so caring and you see your love for her...
and I love how you did your window treatment on the second one - love it! could use drapes like that at my house!! LOL

Theresa Momber said...

Both cards are so beautiful, especially the one dedicated to your friend.

Carolyn King said...

Wonderful cards Tina. You have a huge heart and lots of talent too. Hugs!

redwasher1 said...

Tina your cards are fantastic! I didn't see any pencil marks. LOL I love the way you did your curtains.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Gaaaaaawjussssss Tina!!!!! Soooo fabulous and special is that pink one!!!! You ROCK sistah!!!!

Ravengirl said...

Cute cards!

Deebi27 said...

Thank you for the thoughtful card, that dreaded disease touches so many. My daughter and her walking partner are trying to finish raising $4600. to walk in the 3 day 60 mile Komen for the Cure walk in Atlanta in less than 2 weeks! And your Halloween card, spooky with realism. Love the pull at the end of the pull down!

NinaB said...

Beautiful cards, Tina.

joy said...

Your "hand in hand" card is so dear! Your dedication to her will not be forgotten. Thank you for sharing your story and your card.

Donna VW said...

The pink card is perfect for this month!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Wonderful cards, Tina!

Melanie said...

aww love the think pink!
that pumpkin in the fall window is so adorable, such a great idea!! hugs!

Piali said...

Wonderful cards!!! Love the details.

JessicaK said...

Lovely cards, Tina. The top one is perfect for this month too.

Jessica said...

Tina, cute!!! I LOVE the window scenes you're created.

Donna said...

what a beautiful tribute to your friend Bette, I'm sure she cherished your friendship! great designs on BOTH!

Stampin' Pam said...

Well now Tina your mojo is ON FIRE girl - these are both MOJOLICIOUS! I love the window scene but I am tickled pink over the BC support card you made - what a true honor for your special friend. I love that you colored the hands "true to life," Tina - we are not all one color and that's super cool to see. Good job with the hand drawn ribbon and thanks for the tip about pencils and copics - I can't see it though. Thank you SO much for playing along with the JUGS (see the very first post in our archive for the history of our acronym LOL). JUGS appreciates your support (*snort) Support - get it?!? LOL

Janice M said...

Great cards Tina! The breast cancer one is very touching!

Lisa Kind said...

This is so cool! What a great story about great friends! It touched my heart...my brother died of liver cancer at age 46 twelve years ago and I miss him dearly! Thanks for playing our JUGs challenge! We hope to see you often.

Maria Levine said...

Fantastic job with these cards! I totally have to get my set inked up soon!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Very pretty cards! You did a great job with all the paper piecing on both of your cards! I hope to see more of your creations in the upcoming Just Us Girls challenges! :) TFS

catdidit said...

Ha! I found you! LOL! I forgot you had changed your blog address and couldnt figure out why I wasnt getting your blog updates! Can I follow you on this too?

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