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~ A Sweet Hop! ~

Good morning, girls!!

The troops are at it again :)    We have some new Artful Inkables sets to show off and we’re doing it “Hop” style.   If you came to my blog from Cathy’s Blog, you are in the right place!   If not, I suggest you start back at Kristin’s blog to get the whole show!

Kristen has done it again.   She has produced FOUR of the cutest sets!   I am going to show you two.   The first is Boys Will Be Boys.   I think you’ll agree, there just aren’t enough little boy sets out there, so when I saw this set, I got really excited.


This set is packed with fun images and sentiments perfect for a young boy (or big boys that are young at heart!).   This image reminded me of a time many years ago (ahem… MANY years ago), when our yard was infested with tiny frogs.   My brothers and I would sit out in backyard in the evening and catch them and put them in a big jar.   My mom would come out and remind us that it was cruel, so we would let them go….just to do it again the next evening.


Here are my deets:

Stamps:  Artful Inkables’ Boys Will Be Boys

Colors:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, GP White, Paper studio dps

Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx, copics

Accessories: star brads, ribbon slider, ribbon, photo corner punch, scissors, dimensionals


Next up is the new Music A la Carte set.    This one is near and dear to my heart as I have a house full of musicians.   My 21 yr old is a guitar freak and his 14 yr old brother is following in his footsteps.   My husband plays the Accordian!   Against the law, I know…lol.


I love the flourishes off this guitar image.   It reminds me of the melody that flows from the boys rooms when they are playing.   I embellished the flourish with black 1/2 pearls, then added a little guitar charm for a final touch


Here are the deets:

Stamps:   Artful Inkables’  Music A La Carte

Colors: GP White, Basic Black, Paper studio dps

Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, copics

Accessories: black 1/2 brads, ribbon, charm, silver cord, scissors, dimensionals


Now that you’ve come this far, I have GOOD NEWS!   I am giving away blog candy!!  Yup, that’s right.   All you have to do is leave a comment on this post between now and 6pm Monday May 25th  and a random winner will be chosen to receive all FOUR of the new releases!! :



Edited 5/26/09 to add:


Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-05-26 15:21:07 UTC

Our Winner wrote:

53 Becky P.

Your talent never ceases to amaze me. I love the guitar card, what a fun bunch of stamps.

I will e-mail you Becky and get your info to have your sets sent!!  Congrats!!

Well, you’ve come to the end of our hop!   Thanks so much for joining us.   Check back for more samples throughout the week!

Have a blessed day!

~~ Holly ~~

67 Responses to “~ A Sweet Hop! ~”

  1. on 18 May 2009 at 07:25Elena

    Very cute Boys card! Love the fun layout and papers! Thank you for sharing a story to go with the card!
    And musical card is simply stunning! Beautiful papers, pretty charm and ribbon! Love it!

  2. on 18 May 2009 at 07:35Charlette

    You are right not enough boys stamp sets. I have two grandsons so this is a must. Thanks as always for all your great ideas for all of us card makers! You are so very talented.

  3. on 18 May 2009 at 07:40Beth S

    Love your cards. I always struggle with masculine cards. Trying to find something for a 13 yr old boy in almost imposssible. Great blog candy. Thanks for a chance to win.

  4. on 18 May 2009 at 08:03Cathy

    Great cards – fun and classy!!! tfs

  5. on 18 May 2009 at 08:24Velta

    Wowsers Holly ~ You did a fantastic job with both of these images!!! I love the way you used dimension on the guitar and I am with you … NOW we finally have some great BOY stamps :)

  6. on 18 May 2009 at 08:33Sheena

    Wow….awesome release. Great idea to do a boy set. There just aren’t enough.

  7. on 18 May 2009 at 08:35Anna

    As a mother of a 4-year-old boy who rocks my world, I’ll say the boy set is my fave :) I’ve admired your cards since the day you started posting on SCS, Holly, and still do :) Thank you for a chance to win!!!

  8. on 18 May 2009 at 08:41Joanne Travis

    Really awesome job on both card, Holly!! Love your work.

  9. on 18 May 2009 at 08:46Toni

    FABULOUS job with both of these, Holly!! The color combo on the first one is awesome, and I love the “denim” paper on the little boy card :) Super job!

    Good luck to everyone entering for the blog candy drawing!

  10. on 18 May 2009 at 08:50Loretta Lock

    Oh Holly! These are both wonderful!!! Fabulous job!

  11. on 18 May 2009 at 09:31Dawn

    Once again Holly, you’ve showcased the new sets with style! lol, that frog looks like a puppy jumping up for a treat…too cute! and your music card…love it!

  12. on 18 May 2009 at 09:36Kerri M.

    These are both just fabulous, Holly! I love the dp and embellies you used with the boy card, and the pearls and charm you put with the music card are just beautiful! Awesome cards : )

  13. on 18 May 2009 at 10:22Pam

    Very nice cards…thanks for sharing. And those new releases are awesome…think I might have to order me some of those…unless I am so very lucky and get picked to win them all….pick me, pick me…lol. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. on 18 May 2009 at 10:40Christine Riley

    What wonderful sets! Love your cards and these sets are just adorable. Thanks for the chance to win :)
    Hugs, Christine :)

  15. on 18 May 2009 at 11:24pas

    Really enjoyed this hop. The new stamp sets are wonderful and I was amazed at what creations were presented. Your talent is apparent in the cards you created. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. on 18 May 2009 at 11:26Anita

    I love your violin card…it’s just beautiful. Great release…I would love to ahve the backyard tree house sets for scrapping. Thanks for the inspiration & chance to win!

  17. on 18 May 2009 at 11:49Janny

    These are such cute sets. Please enter me to win your blog candy. Thanks for offering it!

  18. on 18 May 2009 at 11:51assie

    what a great hop. all of the cards were great. i love the boy sets as i have two boys myself and one loves music.

  19. on 18 May 2009 at 11:52cassie

    what a great hop. all of the cards were great. i love the boy sets as i have two boys myself and one loves music.

    please delete my other post as it had the wrong name

  20. on 18 May 2009 at 12:01Marisa

    Great cards, Holly 😛 Love the story about the frogs…my brother and cousins and I used to catch some big ones at a summer cottage they would go to. All part of growing up! Think my MIL has it right, she wants to be able to come back and live life as a little boy as they live life to the fullest LOL! I’m sure you’ve seen that time and time and time again with your crew of boys :)

    LOVE the guitar card. The ribbon is a perfect match!

  21. on 18 May 2009 at 12:23mothermark

    Hi Holly!

    These are both precious. Love them both! Looks like you have been busy!

    Please call me. Thanks!


  22. on 18 May 2009 at 12:30Ida

    Your cards are terrific. I love the denim look on your boy card and the little frog in the jar is so cute. – Very cool Guitar card. Perfect color combo. Crossing my fingers for the chance to win these sets.

  23. on 18 May 2009 at 12:47Sandra Dry

    Wow!! Great cards, I especially love the music one… I can tell it’s very dear to your heart.
    Had so much fun blog hopping….it was my very first time :o)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win your candy.
    Sandra xx
    I think I’m going to have a little lie down after all that ‘hopping’ ;o)

  24. on 18 May 2009 at 12:55Barbara M

    I love the guitar card! I never think to use charms and now I really think I must! I feel so inspired, I want to leave work now and run right home, ignore the sunshine we finally have, and hole up in my craft room. I need some creative time after dinner tonight for sure. Hmmmm…. wonder how many cards I can make while my 3yr old watches Nemo?

  25. on 18 May 2009 at 13:11Kristin

    Ugh! Now I just want to go and take my guitar card right off my blog! Yours is so much more beautiful, elegant and inspiring next to my trash, lol!! Seriously though, my jaw really did drop when I first saw it…a true work of art! And your boy card is adorable. I love your combination of stamps with the perfect dp. Thanks so much for helping to make this a Super blog hop!

  26. on 18 May 2009 at 13:56Ronda

    Wow. I’m having so much fun hoping!!!! My oldest graduated this weekend and I took a half day of vacation to put things back in order and guess what? I’m hoping instead. (It’s way more fun!!!) I love these stamps.
    I do not own any Artful Inkables’ stamps but I soon will. My daughter loves the guitar!
    Thank you for hoping and showing these. You ladies “ROCK”!

  27. on 18 May 2009 at 16:19Melissa Layman

    Kristin, you out did yourself once again! The new sets are wonderful! The Boys Will Be Boy’s set is absolutely adorable! As usual, the DT members made beautiful use of the new sets and had provided inspiration for us all. To those of you that have never tried AI stamps, they are great quality, make beautiful impressions and Kristin is a very fast shipping. I am sure you’ll be happy with your purchases.

  28. on 18 May 2009 at 17:35Tosh

    LOVE that little jar with the frog in it. Too cute! And that guitar!!! WOW!! What a fantastic card!! LOVE it!!

  29. on 18 May 2009 at 17:45Amber aka bambi64

    What adorable cards, Holly. Love the boy set… lucky for me, mine doesn’t catch frogs (yet!)! lol Love your layouts and coloring. Thanks for a chance to win.

  30. on 18 May 2009 at 19:24Anne

    What a wonderful Blog Hop! These sets are just too cute! All of the cards were such fun. I don’t ever win anything, but I just had to say how great fun this was to hop through all these creative blogs! Thanks!

  31. on 18 May 2009 at 19:51Charlene Merrick

    Both of your cards are fantabulous, Holly! You always do such stellar work!

    I love all four of the stamp sets, but that little boy sitting on the music note strumming his guitar just tugs are my heart strings.

  32. on 18 May 2009 at 20:09Emily Niehaus

    Your cards are fabulous! Thank you so much for the chance to win these stamp sets! I have three boys, so that stamp set is a MUST for me! :)

  33. on 18 May 2009 at 20:27Karen

    Holly, I love your creations. These new stamp sets are really really nice. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  34. on 18 May 2009 at 21:00SueB

    Oooh, the Music A La Carte’s DA BOMB and would be SO useful in making a card for my youngest son – TFS and thanx for the blog candy opp!

  35. on 18 May 2009 at 21:08DeNetra Bates

    Hello, i was blog hopping and came across your blog…what wonderful work ! keep crafting !

    and thanks for the chance at some awesome candy !!!

  36. on 18 May 2009 at 21:37Deborah in TX

    Oh my! How cute are these sets! I love the florish behind the guitar, too! You work never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for the chance to win awesome products!

  37. on 18 May 2009 at 21:52Yvonne

    Wow! Both cards are awesome!!! Great details! What a great prize for the lucky winner to receive!

  38. on 18 May 2009 at 23:44Wendy

    Both cards are great! I love the guitar and the little frog in the jar! Super cute stamps! :)

  39. on 19 May 2009 at 02:57Kathy (Wattle)

    These are both fabulous Holly!!! Love the black and white guitar one and that cute charm. The boy one is wonderful – I’m always after ideas for boys!!! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

  40. on 19 May 2009 at 07:56Julia Aston

    Your cards are beautiful Holly! love all the layers. The buckle is so fun on your boy card – and the guitar charm is super! what a great prize for a lucky winner!

  41. on 19 May 2009 at 08:45Lesley

    What a fun blog hop. I have to tell you, even though I have 2 girls, that boy set is simply adorable…and I *do* have a couple of nephews! (look at me enabling myself, LOL!)

  42. on 19 May 2009 at 09:38Connie

    Wow, Holly! These cards are so fun and pretty! And that blog candy..WOWOWOWOWOW!!! :)

  43. on 19 May 2009 at 10:13Vikki Jo

    Love the cards.. I think I may need to buy the Boys will be boys set!
    I have 4 boys this month to make cards for (plus MIL always wants me to make hers to give as well)… so 8 boy cards.

  44. on 19 May 2009 at 10:33heidi

    I just love all the boy sets- it is nice to see some fresh masculine/fun sets out of all the new companies out there. It is refreshing and you had some fabulous DT submissions- wow! I can’t wait to try some of the techniques and such. I am hopeful I might win some stamps too of course. Thanks for the blog hop!

  45. on 19 May 2009 at 11:30Sylvia

    I really love these sets. They are very versatile. Oh the possibilities!!!! What I really like is how they target pre-teens and teens. They are very hard to find.

  46. on 19 May 2009 at 12:22Pat S.

    All the cards in the blog hop were great, so many super ideas. Love these sets. Thanks for the opportunity to own them through blog candy.

  47. on 19 May 2009 at 13:31Karen

    Love the denim! Such cute images to play with! Really love the b&w card, great layering and such a cute fun metal charm to go with the fab image! :>

  48. on 19 May 2009 at 16:06Sherri Malllory

    Your samples are beautiful and Kristin’s new sets are absolutely adorable!!

  49. on 19 May 2009 at 16:38terriavidreader

    WOW. Fantastic candy. I love the hop to see all the ideas, but candy is a bonus!

  50. on 19 May 2009 at 16:42Chrissy Smith

    Wow what fab stamps and really brill inspiration on all the blogs.
    So difficult to find stamps suitable for this age group but now I know where to look.
    And thanks for the chance to win them ……fingers crossed.

  51. on 19 May 2009 at 17:25Judy Miller

    Your guitar card is wonderful! I LOVE music stamps. Thanks for offering the candy.

  52. on 19 May 2009 at 18:33Amy Sheffer

    Holly these are awesome cards! And what fantastic images – I’m especially lovin’ that grand piano!

  53. on 19 May 2009 at 23:22Becky P.

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me. I love the guitar card, what a fun bunch of stamps.

  54. on 20 May 2009 at 01:39KelliJo

    That phrase on the Boy card is Crackin me up!!! THEN you go and make a blk and whi card with it lifted in 90 bozillion different place and WOW Holly!!! ONCE AGAIN…. YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!

  55. on 20 May 2009 at 08:29Kay V

    Love your guitar card. What a great set to own. I have two guitar playing grandsons, this would be perfect to make cards for them.

  56. on 20 May 2009 at 09:10Megan H

    You have some wonderful cards. I love all the new sets from Artful Inkables and can’t wait to try them out. I can think of so many things to do with these sets.

  57. on 20 May 2009 at 15:42Karen C

    I truly love the Rodeo Rodent set the best. But, the Music A La Carte card with the charm is just fabulous! I have really enjoyed this blog hop; there were some great samples to view.

  58. on 20 May 2009 at 16:21Anne Stafford

    Super blog candy! All the teasing with the DT projects makes me hopeful that I am the lucky winner.

  59. on 21 May 2009 at 00:42ginadcelis

    this is my first to follow a blog hop and I find it fun as well as inspiring to see all works of the blogs I have visited along the way…great rewarding candies you all got.

  60. on 21 May 2009 at 06:11Sue D

    Great cards and I really like the flourish behind the guitar. As the mom of 4 boys the boy set would be perfect.

  61. on 22 May 2009 at 06:34Lois (clownmom)

    Great cards, Holly! I love that little frog with the boy! And the musical one is wonderful. I think that set is my favorite.

  62. on 22 May 2009 at 19:29Pam

    What an awesome set! Thanks for sharing them with us. The music and the treehouse are fabulous! My boy will love them (so will I)! I’ve already thought of great ideas on how to use them…Thanks!!

  63. on 22 May 2009 at 23:50Janet L.

    Great cards!! Love all the details you add. I particularily like the stamp set of music images. Thanks for the chance to win great sets!

  64. on 23 May 2009 at 17:54Theresa

    I love the all of them however I just left the Orlando scrapbook expo and one of you designers won first place in a card contest using the “boy set.” It was the cutest card ever!!!!!!!!!! So I have say that is my favorite overall.

  65. on 24 May 2009 at 00:49Maxene Choi

    Wow, these stamp sets are awesome! I loved visiting all the blogs and seeing everyone’s beautiful card creations. You have all done such a wonderful job. Thank you for providing me with an evening full of inspiration!

  66. on 24 May 2009 at 13:31Chrissy Bower

    Your cards are so cute! I’m looooooooooving the new sets and so glad that I found this company. Their stamps are such great quality and stamp beautifully!

  67. on 24 May 2009 at 15:28Rebeccah Kuhne

    These new sets are absolutely fabulous! I especially love the boy set! Thanks for the fun blog hop!

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