Saturday, July 13, 2013

Swap to Hop Blog Hop - Softball Monkey Easel Card

It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both SUMMER and winter.
Psalm 74 : 17

Your goodness is as high as the mountains.
    Your justice is as deep as the great ocean.
Lord, you protect both people and ANIMALS.
Psalm 36 : 6

Welcome to the “Swap to Hop Blog Hop” with Scrappin’ Sista Swaps. Today the swappers are bringing you some very special projects created using the cuts we exchanged during our Summer Animal Cut Swap.

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The little Summer Animal that I was to use to make my project for this Hop is this little Monkey throwing a softball, which was originally created by Julia Truitt, using the Cricut ‘Create a Critter’ and ‘Everyday Paperdolls’ cartridges. 

 Upon receiving this little guy in my envelope along with the others, I was immediately inspired to make a birthday card for a Dear Friend.   Although he has faced some tremendous health problems for many years, he still enjoys playing softball regularly on his local ‘retired Navy’ team in connection with the USS Hornet!  I thought this Little Monkey might cheer him up – and I included a pad of Post-its in the design of the Easel Card, so it would also be ‘useful’!

Card front - closed

I utilized the colors in my color scheme that Julia had used for the Monkey.  I used Kraft paper for the base of the card for an ‘earthy’ feel.  I used a lattice cut-file piece of silver cardstock (Tag 425 Cherry Blossom from  - I'm on the Design Team there!) to represent the chain-link back-stop fence behind the pitcher.  I just MUST have Blossoms (- get it ??!!  *giggle*) on all of my projects, so I added the branch from the same cut-file to represent a small tree budding with tiny red flowers - without making it too feminine.  I made the flowers from ¼” punched circles and then ‘poked’ on a foam mat with my medium-point embossing tool.  Tiny dots of silver ink are in the centers.  I used punched pine branches (MS) and scraps from the punches to make grass and bushes from deep green polka-dot paper.  I searched on Google for an appropriate quote to use, printed it on white and matted it with red. 

Card - inside
I cut a slit in a piece of black cardstock and slid the Post-its ‘backing paper’ into it, to keep it in place.  (A new pad can be put into the slit later.)  I adhered the black cardstock mat to the card base.  I added some of the silver ‘negative pieces’ from the back-stop fence to the edges – representing the ‘softball diamond.’  I also added 3 diamond-shaped red gems to the bottom edge.  The inside sentiment, ‘Happy Birthday!,’ is my own hand-calligraphy.

Here is the file I used - I cut it with my Silhouette CAMEO/SCAL3 -

I’ll be anxious to send this to my Friend when it’s his birthday in the near future.  I hope he likes it.  ;-}

And what’s a blog hop without treats!  Candy Crush is not the only place to find candy!!! There are goodies sprinkled throughout the blog hop.  Be sure to stop at all the stops and leave some love on each stop.  To be eligible for any of the drawings, you must follow the blog hostess’s rules, as well as Comment on each stop.  We will check!

Here’s the line-up in case you get lost along the way -

FYI...  Scrappin’ Swaps will be starting back up with full force real soon.  We’re looking for a few Admins to help manage the monthly swaps.  If you are interested in serving on this dynamic team, please send an eMail to:   and put Scrappin’ Sista Swaps Admin  in the subject line.  Be on the lookout for the future swaps coming up.  We always PUSH the envelope and challenge you to expand your creativity.

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Front of package -
Back of package -

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  1. Your friend is going to love this. As a matter of fact you have inspired me to give this a try myself. Look for it soon. :) Thanks for the fun idea, love how you took multiple photos of it.

  2. What a nice, useful gift! love all the diamonds!

  3. AMAZING!!! I love how you used the paper piecing. This is absolutely creative. I can't wait to try to make one myself. Thank you so much for being a part of the hop and sharing your creativity with the swap group.

    Scrappy hugs,
    Scrappin’ Sista Designs

  4. This is a really cute idea. Way to make a card into something a little extra special.

    Cheri - John 3:16

  5. A.door.a.ble!!! Easel cards are my favorite and I love how you created this one.

  6. adorable card, love that monkey,

    1. opps sorry forgot to mention that I now follow you by email and blog, and liked you on FB

  7. This my friend is a super cue card. All the detail you put into it makes it fabulous!! I love it!! Really great card!


  8. The use of this cut is sooo cute! I love what you have done with this post it holder. Super creative!! TFS


  10. Excellent hop! Shalana told me about it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I’m featured in a hop this weekend as well. Please check it out!

    La-Vie B.
    Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

  11. I love the little monkey and the sentiment you picked for such an uplifting card.


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