Saturday, January 28, 2012

Picture It Perfect Blog Hop

Well, you've reached my blog in the "Picture It Perfect" blog hop! If you have just stumbled upon my blog today, you can start the hop at Gill's Blog. The challenge for this hop was to take a photo, magazine picture or postcard and create a card with it. Well, I had recently cleaned out a LOT of my clutter (AKA Magazines) and I wasn't about to cut up my Scrapbooking Magazines so I started looking around the house for something I didn't mind cutting up. Well, I stumbled upon an old AAA Guide Book to Southern California and Las Vegas. Besides making me want to take a nice vacation, there were lots of beautiful photos. The only problem was, some of them were a little small, and I couldn't decide how to choose just one... so I picked a BUNCH! Then I got the idea to create a "Quilt Block" of my photos. Well, I loved the first one I did so much that I did several! Here's the progression:

This first card I simply made the block 3.5" x 3.5" (all of the strips are .5" wide) and made my card base 4" x 4". I wanted this to have a real quilt feel to it so I used my pen to "stitch" the strips together. I think it turned out really cool! I call this my "City" card because I used some of the cool Vegas and LA buildings highlighted in the travel guide.

For this card, I did things a bit different. I took a bunch of my strips and randomly laid them on a diagonal on a 3" wide scrap of paper. Then I cut that into .75" pieces and then did my quilt pattern. Then I cut really skinny strips of black to outline my pieces. I love the effect this has!

The block for this card is one of my favorites! I mixed some really cool architectural photos with some more famous ones to get a really funky feel. Then I used some strips along the bottom and used my label maker to spell out "it's the JOURNEY" and the inside reads "not the destination". What a great reminder...

For my last card I'm only going to show you the block. You will have to watch for the actual card in an upcoming May Arts blog post! I used the Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to get the cool effect on this card.

This challenge was really freeing, and got me to try something new, which in crafting is usually a good thing! So, grab some photos, advertisements or what ever and try it yourself! I betcha' can't make just one!

You next stop in the hop is Lisa's Blog. Thanks for stopping by!


Doris P. said...

ABSOLUTE awesome pictures of what creativity can do for us!! I love your cards - such awesome creativity!! pretty and so wanna go there too!! :) thanks for joining us today!!

LisaG said...

WOW wow wow!!! What fantastic projects Mandie!! They're amazing!

So much work and effort!

I know Gill McCall will love these...she loves Vegas!

Well done!

I'm a new follower!

Lisa xx

Lori Comeau said...

These are very cool. Wonder if this would work with an actual family photo? I may have to print some extra copies and give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

Vicki said...

These are amazing. Thanks for sharing. I'll watch for you on the May Arts blog.

vwilson577 at

Linda said...

WOW what stunning masterpieces. All so very different but using the same concept. I love them all and must try this out myself. Thank you for sharing.
I have become your 700 follower too.

Linda xxxx

Janet said...

I am in total awe of your creativity each of yiour cards are amazing and beautiful WOW TFS It's been a pleasure to be hopping along with so many talented ladies.
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Beckie said...

Such a beautiful idea. I love how you have turned them into a quilt effect on the card.

Love Bex xxx

'Chelle said...

oh my goodness!!! These are WONDERFUL!!! You make me want to hunt down old AAA magazines! I'm totally going to have to try the "quilting" technique myself. I can't decide which design I like best. Thank you so much! It's such a pleasure being in this hop with you! So sorry blogger kept screwing with the link from my blog to yours.

Gill McCall said...

WOW Mandie these are SO amazing i have never thought of doing anything like that before so i definately think ill have to try this technique and OMG las vegas is my favourite place on the planet! Thank you for taking the time to create such fantastic projects and being a part of this hop

TuttleTime said...

What a beautiful way to use magazine photos! I love's probably the only quilting I would ever attempt. :) Beautiful glad I could share in this hop with you.

Amanda said...

Wow, Mandie! Thanks for inviting me on this blog hop! I love your block ideas! I'm gonna try a layout as soon as I finish the hop! :) I'm already a follower.