Friday, July 8, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and Welcome to the Whimsical Wednesday Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Chloe at Chloe and her Clip on Koalas. Isn't she awesome?  If you are just stopping by to say hi today (thanks), you'll want to go to the Whimsical Challenge Blog to start at the beginning of this special hop. This hop is our first time working together as a new DT and we all made some beautiful banners and/or wall decor that will be sent to a nursing home. The link to read more about our special theme is posted at the Whimsical Challenge Blog!

I made my sign to celebrate the seasons of the year!  My inspiration came from my favorite patient from when I did my nursing school rotation at the nursing home.  She was a dear woman and very attentive to details.  What stuck in my head was the tiny tree decorated for every holiday that she prominently displayed on her table and changed out with each season!  She made sure everyone who walked in, saw that adorable tree!  God Bless her!  She always reminded me of what I'm sure I will be like when I'm old!   So here is what I created in her memory!





These are all on one 12" x 24" sign!  Each of the seasons are mounted individually and have a velcro strip on the back.  That way the recipient can pull off the ending season and easily hang the upcoming season!

I added a simple folder to the back of the sign to hold the
off-seasons!  That way they do not get lost! 

The sign is constructed on the cardboard backing of the 12x24 paper pad.  I wanted to make sure it was sturdy enough to hang for the entire year.  The sign hangs from twine and can easily be hung on a door or wall.  I reinforced the holes with jumbo eyelets so the twine doesn't tear through over time.

I promise, it does look a lot better in person!  I do have to admit that I ran out of time with this project.  I wish I had more time to execute my idea.  I think we all run into that from time to time. I'm sure someone will appreciate the time and love that went in to it anyway!

So, who wants some Blog Candy?  These are the generous sponsors for our blog hop and what they are giving away for prizes...

- Patsy from the Prairie Bird Boutique
http://www.etsy.com/shop/prairiebirdboutique-
Your choice of one bundle of Shabby Crinkle Ribbon


- Babbette from The Kraft Outlet http://www.kraftoutlet.com/store/Default.asp-
The Kraft Outlet has generously donated their “Inspiration Play Pack”;  This is a collection of The Kraft Outlet's top selling items valued at over $45. The play pack comes with 10 yards each of the red and brown baker’s twine, an assortment of 50 of the plain and grungy tags, an 8 sheet assortment of their cardstock and text weight papers, an 8 envelope assortment, one sheet of Kraft labels, a set of their vintage dictionary pages, 1 yard of black twill tape and a CD full of 100 graphics and backgrounds.
In addition the Kraft Outlet is offering 10% off all purchases made during the ENTIRE  month of July. All you need to do is enter the code JULY10 at checkout. 

- The grand prize for the blog hop is a Gypsy, donated by Stephanie. In order to qualify for the grand prize you must leave a comment on each of the designers blogs. At the end of the hop please return back to the Whimsical Wednesday Blog to leave a comment saying that you finished the hop and left a comment under all our post. The blog hop will run through Sunday and end at Midnight.

 
I also have some very special blog candy for you!  My dear friend Kimberly from My Craft Spot has donated a stamp set for one lucky winner!  Kimberly has an amazing selection of clear stampshand dyed crinkle ribbon and baker's twine and here is what she is sharing with you...

You have a chance to win Sweet Sentiments - Set #1 (which is my favorite stamp set)!  If you look through my blog, you'll see that I use it ALL THE TIME!!  I know you'll love it too!  Thank you Kimberly!!

MY BLOG CANDY RULES:
  1. To be eligible for my blog candy, you must leave a comment telling me what your favorite season of the year is! 
  2. You do not need to be a follower, but I would love it if you want to be one!
  3. Because I appreciate my awesome friends (aka followers) and the support they show me, my followers may have an extra chance to win my candy!  You may add a second comment letting me know that you are a follower (old and new)!
  4. Make sure you stop by and check out My Craft Spot!
  5. You have until Tuesday night to enter for my candy.  I will be announcing the winner during my very first Whimsical Wednesday Design Team post on Wednesday morning, so stop back to see if you have won!
OK, so I have taken up enough of your time tonight!  Thank you so much for joining us for the Whimsical Wednesday blog hop and thank you Stephanie for putting this fun hop together! Your next stop is Melanie at In Love with a Bug!

Here is the line-up just in case you get lost along the way...
6. Chloe
7. Amber <You are here 
8. Melanie <Your next stop
9. Faith-Abigail
10. Cindy
11. Joni
12. GiGi
13. Amber
14. Carlene
15. Karen
16. Glora
17. Nanne
18. Cathryn
19. Whimsical Wednesday

114 comments:

Glora said...

WOW! This is absolutely incredible! I think it looks FABULOUS, absolutely FABULOUS! I just love all those peachy faces and the stitching is gorgeous too! Way to be! BTW my favorite season is SPRING :). Hugs- Glora

DIANA L. said...

All your work is great but I simply love this one. I love all the seasons I really can not say I favor one over another I look forward to each and season.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Sandy S. said...

Super cute seasonal display. I love the turkey in the autumn one (autumn is my favorite season. TFS!

Sandy
http://thecraftycreationspot.blogspot.com/

Sandy S. said...

Forgot to add..... I am already a follower. =)

Pookie said...

NICE! That had to take a lot of work..very nice displays...

pookie
scraptaculardesigns.blogspot.com

Eva said...

what an awesome idea. Thanks so much for this wonderful project.
http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com/

Missy said...

Ran out of time---your sign is incredible Amber!! I'm sure whoever gets it will LOVE it, it's so cheery & full of great detail!! Great work for a nice cause!!!

Sherrie K. said...

A M A Z I N G!!!!!! You must have put so much time into this. It is such an awesome project!! Someone will absolutlely love this. Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway too!!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
jskoning at msn dot com

Sherrie K. said...

I am already a follower if your wonderful blog and always look forward to visiting you:) Thanks!!!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
jskoning at msn dot com

Nita T. said...

This is so awesome! No one would know that you ran out of time - not with all the detail you've included. Simply amazing! :)
Nita
www.niftynitanotes.blogspot.com

Cherie said...

Super cute! My favorite season is a toss up between summer and winter. I love summer because it is warm (and my birthday), but I love winter too because I love SNOW! I am a new follower :)

cherie.goyer at gmail.com
http://oneheartscrapper.blogspot.com

In Love with a Bug said...

Amber, what a wonderful project and I love that you thought about the recipient - the velcro and folder on the back!!! All of the details you added are terrific! Melanie
http://inlovewithabug.blogspot.com

In Love with a Bug said...

I am already a follower! :)

*Star said...

Absolutely amazing!!! I love this idea. All the cuts and embellishments are perfect!! Tfs and have a great day. :)

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

LOVE your project. Such a great idea. You are so creative. Love the winter frolic skater and all your faux stitching on the letters for contrast. Looks Amazing!

Lindsey said...

My favorite season is fall. I love the fall colors--craft stores around her are putting fall stuff out already!!!

kteachone@gmail.com

Lindsey said...

I am an old follower!!

kteachone@gmail.com

Lisa said...

Amber, this is so awesome!! Wow, how creative!! You did such a fantastic job!! I may have to scraplift this idea :) My favorite season is Fall...hayrides and apple cider and leaves changing colors :)

Lisa
indymermaid@gmail.com

Lisa said...

I'm already a follower of your wonderful blog :) Thanks so much for the chance to win :)

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com
indymermaid(at)blogspot.com

- said...

You did an amazing job!! I love it and I know the lucky recipient will too.
TFS,
(:(: Smiles :):)

Robin the cricut scrapper
rlj547 at comcast dot net

- said...

I'm also a new follower :)
(:(: Smiles :):)

Robin the cricut scrapper

Evy said...

What sweet story and perfect project to create in her memory....It looks amazing! I am becoming a new follower after this hop. Favorite season would be FALL, because of the amazing colors and the perfect temperatures...Not too cold and not too warm juuusssst right...(but I love Winter/Christmas decor ha,ha) I really liked your blog

Shannen said...

Hi Amber

I love the banner, what a wonderful idea. It will brighten up the room that it is put in and be such a lovely talking point the whole year 'round!! You put a lot of work into it and it has turned out to look amazing!

My favourite season is Summer. An Aussie summer spent at the beach and having bbq's is definitely a highlight of my family's each and every year!!

TFS, and for the chance to win!

Shannen said...

I already was a follower too, so please grant me another chance! ;-)

joni said...

Amazing!!!! Wow!!! This just blows me away...such a wonderful idea and what a touching story as to how you so fondly remember this lady!!! Whoever receives this will just be delighted!!! I know I would!!! Beautiful.....love this idea!!! TFS
hugs,
joni

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Your project is beautiful. You have obviously put a lot of work and detail into this project! Just love it!

scrappindhilly at gmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

Love this idea! I am a new follower and having a ball checking out your blog:) http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

TyTynNiyasmom said...

My favorite season is Fall. I use to work at a nursing home as a nurse and I had a few residents that did the exact same thing! This gift will be so appreciated. TFS.

Candace
mypassion4scrappin.blogspot.com

TyTynNiyasmom said...

I am an old and loyal follower!

Candace
mypassion4scrappin.blogspot.com

Percilla G said...

What a great tribute to her
I am now a follower and look forward to returning and seeing what else you come up with!
http://scrappin3angel.blogspot.com/
nmteachpdg{at}gmail{dot}com

Percilla G said...

My Favorite season is Spring - Just when I think I can't take one more day of cold weather - I love the sensation of opening the window as I am driving down the street

http://scrappin3angel.blogspot.com/
nmteachpdg{at}gmail{dot}com

Silvia said...

WOW, that was incredible I love them all!!! great job!

alvinadiaz@msn.com
alvinascreations.blogspot.com

Karen H said...

This is gorgeous! I promise it does *not* look like you ran out of time at all. Every detailed scene is spectacular and I love that you took inspiration from a personal story. Excellent project! :o)

My favorite season is Autumn, with its majestic colors and apple orchard festivities! :o)

Hugs and blessings! :o)

Cathryn said...

FABULOUS!!! The residents are just going to LOVE this! Awesome job! Hugs, Cathryn :)

Cindy said...

Hi Amber,Your project is JUST TO FLIPPIN' COOL!I LOVE all the different season you made,And the details are soo BEAUTIFUL and creative!AMAZING job with it :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I love this project, and your story to go with it! What a great idea, it will be wonderful for whomever receives it! Thanks for sharing!
Lisa
summer_sunset54 at hotmail dot com

shelly said...

hi amber what a great project you made i love that its interchangable with the seasons. love your detail work :) someones gonna have a smile with this hanging in their room :)

DonnaMundinger said...

So super sweet with fabulous detail! Love every season. xxD

Rachel said...

Wow, that's a great project! I think the interchangeable signs is so creative. I might adapt that idea for my classroom! I love the purpose of this blog hop though in that the projects were made to bring cheer to others.

Jean said...

Oh my goodness, I love these signs. They are all so adorable. I am already a follower. :) I think my favorite season is Winter, because of the holidays, I love winter clothing (sweaters, etc). Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Faith Abigail Designs said...

These are beautiful! I love that they can be changed out to celebrate each of the seasons. What an awesome tribute to your former patient! So excited to be participating on this design team with you!

My favorite season is Autumn. So many beautiful colors!

Kate said...

Absolutely Gorgeous Project. I love it.

Kate

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

Wow! Very creative. Wonderful job, I <3 this :-) TFS!

-Sam

SamanthaJDesigns @ hotmail.com
SamanthaJDesigns.blogspot.com

Crafty and Green said...

Love your project! I think it's great! My favorite Season is Fall--especially here in Ohio! It's great! I love when I can where a hoodie, jeans & flip flops! We just moved to the country so I'm so excited to spend our first fall out here. My favorite part of your project is the little baby Jesus on the Winter!!

Blessings,
Tina

www.craftyandgreen.blogspot.com

Dr Sonia S V said...

Amber looks like you have been super busy! What lovely adorable projects and a giveaway too. Dont know If I am eligible as I am continents away in India but anyway as per rules
I am your old follower!
Have fun

Crafty and Green said...

NEW FOLLOWER--Can't wait to stop back!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Sorry Amber forgot to tell my favorite season
We have monsoon here in India its a rainy season which occur in JUly! Its amazing to have a cool atmosphere and rain!
your old follower
Sonia
soniasv@rediffmail.com

jennyplace2 said...

I just love your sign ideal, it is just wonderful and I think I just might have to scrap lift this project. The wonderful dealtails in your project are just awesome. TFS! jennyplace26@gmail.com

Esther said...

Very cute, very clever and oh so adorable.
Great way to cheer up a room for every season!!!!

Cathy said...

Your seasons are awesome. It is such a great idea. My favorite season is fall. The trees in new england are beautiful and it is not too cold. hehe.
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

Cathy said...

I am already a follower, of you and MY Craft Spot.
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

Fi said...

I love summer and we need some of that warmth here at the moment..is freezing :-) Lovely work!

Fi said...

I love summer and we need some of that warmth here at the moment..is freezing :-) Lovely work!

GiGi said...

What a great idea to do seasonal signe! And they all are so cute!!! Great job!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the sign idea. Spring is my favorite season.

http://digipage-blog.everything-digital-scrapbooking.com/

Bunnyfreak said...

I am a new follower.
http://digipage-blog.everything-digital-scrapbooking.com/

Nanne said...

I really have no words to describe your sign, except OMG!! that is brilliant and so clever with the velcro.. this is going to make someone super duper happy!! I absolutely adore it..
hugs
Nanné
p.s. its going to be a joy to be on the same DT..

Creative Diva said...

Hi!I love Summer despite the heat but I enjoy Summer because I like to go swimming. Love the creations you made for each season.


Hugs,
Patty
creativediva98.blogspot.com
creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Creative Diva said...

Im already a happy follower. Thanks for the chance to win.


Hugs,
Patty
creativediva98.blogspot.com
creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Maribel said...

I love the idea of the changing sign. I may have to do that for my classroom to give the kids a better grasp of the seasons.

My favorite season is winter! I love winter because Christmas is my favorite holiday, so in my head winter means Christmas. Plus...it's rarely over 100 degrees in Arizona during the wintertime.

Maribel said...

I am already a happy follower!
Maribel
ilovescrapping.blogspot.com

The Archiving Angel said...

My oh my is this clever, delightful & so full of details. What a wonderful way to add something pretty to a room that can be used all year long.
Crafty best wishes,
Sonia

Crafting with Faith said...

Your sign is so adorable. I'm sure it will be well loved. I just love all the cute critters and the stitching.
I think Spring is my favorite season because it represents a fresh start in so many ways.
Love your work...TFS!
Brandy

Toeychild said...

I loved your project, how you made it work for all 4 seasons, I have a habit of getting myself over my head in fun things like this, its amazing. My favorite season is definately spring... Its a time for things to renew, hope, faith, flowers and trees.
Tanya

Jessica said...

Love your idea. I love creations that can be tweaked to accomodate multiple seasons or holidays. Thanks for sharing. :)
tinksgym@yahoo.com

michelle said...

hi im a new follower....im blog hopping around the whimsical wednesday blog hop....

my fav season is spring...its nice & sunny but not too hot or too cold!
thanks
you can see my blog mylifeasawannabescrapper.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Wonderful signs! Love that you made one for every season! TFS, I'd have to say that my favourite season is spring - when all the flowers bloom!
hugs, Jenn

Jamie said...

love your project!! My fav season is fall.. i love the rain :). thanks for sharing.
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

Jamie said...

im a follower thanks for the extra chance to win.
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

Kimmers said...

Super cute idea, this would also be perfect for elementary teachers! TFS

kimsheppard6 at hotmail dot com

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

wow you did a great job!! It must have taken you a long time to do, there are so many details!! My favourite season is spring(My birthday and my daughters birthday are in spring). I am already a follower of My Craft Spot!! Thanks for the chance to win
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

I am already a follower of your blog!!
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

pruttybird said...

Incredible job on the seasonal signs. What a great idea. My favorite season is Summer. I just love it when the kids are out of school and we can do more things together, not to mention I love the hot weather :)

pruttybird at comcast dot net

pruttybird said...

I am already a follower :)

pruttybird at comcast dot net

Katelyn said...

Love your cute little project, I think its a great idea! My favorite season is Summer of course!!

Katelyn
kmc71996@aim.com

Katelyn said...

Hello again! This is my second comment because I am a follower (new one). Thanks for being so sweet with giving us blog candy!

Katelyn
kmc71996@aim.com

tanner9868 said...

Very cute project, thanks for sharing
Michelle
tanner9868@gmail.com

Jill W. said...

Cute seasonal signs! I so love the fall and the crisp air and crunchy leaves here in Michigan!

becky said...

I think it's stinkin' adorable. Can't even imagine what it would look like "had you had more time"!! My favorite season is Fall...love the colors, the smells, the "coziness".
becky
beckyboyer@hotmail.com

becky said...

I'm now a new follower! Thanks for sharing your creativity!
becky
beckyboyer@hotmail.com

lmkindell1 said...

I love the work on this banner. I think it came out great.

lmkindell1 said...

I am a new follower to your blog I am very impressed with your work.

jessica said...

what a GREAT idea for a door hanger! Each and every panel is just as bright and colorful as the last one! Excellent job on this project and I am looking forward to seeing your project on Wednesday! TFS and Have a GREAT weekend!
Beautiful job again :)!!

Cynthia said...

Very nice idea to do for a calendar. Could be used in so many ways!

cowbelleru said...

What an incredible job!! You have thought of everything. It is obivious that you have spent a great deal of time and effort on your calendar banner. It is an effort of great love. TFS!!!
cowbelleru@sbcglobal.net

Tiffany said...

I love your signs! They are absolutely adorable :)

http://sparkledmemories.blogspot.com/
tiffanymarierice@yahoo.com

Amy E said...

WOW! That sign is AMAZING!!! It's a really great idea too! I'm inspired!!

I saw your E2 in the background of one of the pics...FedEX just brought mine yesterday...SOOOOO excited!!!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Pinkladibug said...

Oh my Gosh your Daughters are beautiful! you and your husband are sooo blessed, I have 2 boys...always wanted daughters...now Im waiting for Grand daughters....Your projects is amazing also...lol...I do love the seasons...Summer is my favorite!
You did an Awsome job!

April


Thanks

Pinkladibug said...

oh...and I am your new follower...lol


April
peacockbbd2@yahoo.com

Carlene said...

This is so fabulous Amber! I love the bright colours! A great idea!!!

Karen said...

This is such an awesome project. I'm sure the residents and staff are going to really love and appreciate this. I really like all the cute details you put into each season. (My favorite season is spring). :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Karen said...

I follow your blog! Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Kris Dietz said...

This is such a great idea! I love the details too. Fall is my favorite season.

Kris
dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Kris Dietz said...

I'm a new follower. I like your projects.

Kris
dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Debbie said...

This is awesome!!! Seasonal decorating is so cool for the home!!
TFS!!
http://debbiesdashofthisandthat.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

So you had mentioned to me that this was not turning out as you had envisioned. Well I think it is not only ADORABLE, BUT it is BRILLIANT. Love all the details of each season. Very smart to create a pocket in the back to store the off season. LOVE it Amber and the folks there will too.

Pam said...

Amber this is an amazing project. It is just spectacular! My favorite season is summer. I really do not like to be cold, or wet. I live in WA. state and we really do have 4 different seasons, but the longest is winter. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Pam said...

I am already a follower of your blog. I would also like to invite you back to my blog to pick-up a gift I have waiting for you. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Jayne said...

Hi Amber,what an amazing wall hanger.I love all the details you,ve added to each and every season.Think the story behind it is lovely too. My favourite season is winter.
http://jayne-designs.blogspot.com

Jayne said...

I am also a follower.
http://jayne-designs.blogspot.com

cema1cema said...

I really like this! Great for scrapbooking! My favorite season is fall!! christina ccapps35@gmail.com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

So cool! TFS!! My favorite season would be summer time.

Veronica
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com

bonnie said...

Oh wow sweetie...gorgeous, stunning layout...so cute! TFS! ;) Hugs x

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Im already a follower!

Veronica
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Girl! This is fabulous! I haven't seen anyone do something like this.
Thank you so much for sharing.

That grand prize is amazing. I am praying hard, I have wanted on for so long.
Sarah
craftingwithsarah.blogspot.com
craftingwithsarah@gmail.com

AmyJRockstar said...

I love your creations! Very pretty! I think my favorite season is spring because one of my favorite things is to hear the first morning chirping of the happy birds. :0) Thanks for the chance to win. Have followed all your directions!

Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!


XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

AmyJRockstar said...

I am already a happy follower.

Thanks! :0)

Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!


XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

This is so lovely, and how thoughtful to created something that can be changes with the seasons. My MIL loved to change her decorations each season and holiday! My favorite season is spring when everything is coming back to life after a dormant winter. I stopped by My Craft Spot! ~ Blessings

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

Here is my second comment to let you know I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing this fabulous project! ~ Blessings

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Aman said...

I love your wall hanging! very versatile!

My favorite season is summer!

amanbains1 at gmail dot com

Aman said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

amanbains1 at gmail dot com

Charlotte said...

Oh my goodness, What a fabulous idea to create something for all the seasons. I just know that the person who is so lucky to receive this will be extremely happy and grateful for all of your hard work. You have so much detail with the stitching and the PK stamps. This is as cute of project as I have ever seen.
Charlotte

happishay said...

I am not yet a follower, and I love Spring. I have to say I think that Glodfish card was FABO. I do have a thing for sea life.:)

Crafty Lizzard said...

I love Autumn, the colors, the smells, the chill in the air just when you are over the hot of Summer. Summer is the most fun season by far but Fall is the prettiest, and that is why it is my favorite.