Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Top Dog Dies Blog Hop & Give-Away

Hello, crafty friends!  It's time for a super fun BLOG HOP for Top Dog Dies with an AWESOME give-away!
This Blog Hop is our very first event for the new Design Team, and I'm really excited for all of you to see the lovely projects these talented ladies have prepared for you.  If you're not yet familiar with Top Dog Dies, you will want to stop by their amazing store and check out the wide variety of high-quality metal dies they offer.  You will quickly fall in love with these amazing and creative die-cuts.  Here is the Blog Hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.
Amy Wanford
Giovana Smith - You should have arrived here from Giovana's Blog
Karen Letchworth - You Are Here!

Katie Brooks  - This Is Your Next Stop


Karen Letchworth for Top Dog Dies
I made this mini album as a Valentines Day gift for my hubby.  I filled it with lots of sweet little snapshots of us doing silly things together (not shown) just to have as a little keepsake of our love and happy memories.  The Top Dog Dies I used made this album SO quick and easy. I started with the A2 Card #3 Die which includes the scalloped die and rectangular die all in one plate. It made the album such an easy project - you will just LOVE it!  For the cover (shown above), I used the Heart Doily Die and cut it out of wool felt  -it cuts like a warm knife through butta!  Every little hole cuts out perfectly even through wool felt.  I rolled the sides in and hot glued them together to create this nose-gay for my roses.  I did this to remind me of all the roses my hubby has given me during the 30 years we've been together.  Underneath that, you will also see the Heart Border Die which really creates a sweet subtle background.  And again, every hole cuts perfectly using these amazing high-quality dies.
Karen Letchworth Mini Album Page 2
On the subsequent pages of the album, I used the Madison Doily Die (page 2) and the Wildflower Die (page 3).  Here's a closer look at page 2.  That vintage button is really beautiful, and I liked adding the tiny tag with Est. 1985 as a sweet little touch.  The fancy pearl stick pin was made by my blog friend Hazel of Hazel's Handmade Crafts.  They were a gift, and I am SO grateful for her sweet friendship.
I didn't post all the pages of my album because I knew this blog post would get too lengthy.  The Top Dog Dies that I used made this project so much fun to create, and such an easy base to work with and embellish.   They sure helped me create something that we will treasure for a very long time!
Karen Letchworth Mini Album Page 3
OK....let's talk PRIZES!!  This is SO exciting, and the winner will be THRILLED because Top Dog Dies is giving away their Heart Mini Album AND the adorable coordinating Heart Mini Album Finishers Set.  This prize is a $42 value, and it will help you easily create a beautiful mini album like this one.  While I absolutely LOVE and APPRECIATE all your sweet comments, I need to let you know that in order to be entered in the challenge for this awesome give-away, you will definitely need to stop by the Top Dog Dies Blog and leave a comment on the Blog Hop post you will find here:  Top Dogs Blog Hop Give-Away Post.  Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter the drawing.  We would also love to have you stop by the blogs of the other talented Top Dog Dies Designers and leave them a little love as they inspire you with their creative use of the Top Dog die-cuts.
Karen Letchworth for Top Dog Dies
Before I sign off, I wanted to share this one last card with you all. I made this sweet Valentine's Day card for my love using some October Afternoon patterned paper, a vintage cream round doily, the Top Dogs Heart Doily Die-Cut which is also cut from October Afternoon paper (red and cream print).  I added some seam binding as well as several sweet Valentine embellishments from Michael's (DCWV washi tape, Recollections brad,  attachment, and brown paper bag).  I painted a wooden clothespin with a tiny bit of cream acrylic paint and added a tiny red pearl sticker.  Layering Top Dog's super sweet Doily Die-Cuts allows you to create the sweetest Valentine's ever!

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today.  If you're new to my blog, I would really love to have you become my follower.  I always visit the blogs of those who leave comments and will be sure to leave you some love, too.  And for those who follow me, I do the same for you - cuz I just love making new friends in Blogland.  Stop back by this Friday, February 7, to see my next Top Dog Dies project!

Sharing my projects here:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - "Have A Heart"

Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenges - Challenge #14 - "Sweethearts"

Thanks, Top Dog Dies, for the AWESOME give-away, and I wish each of you BIG LUCK in the random draw for this awesome prize.  Don't forget to stop  by the Top Dog Dies Blog to enter the give-away!

Blessings,
Karen

53 comments:

  1. Stunning projects Karen! Love them!

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  2. Love these projects especially all the details.

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  3. Your mini-album is so beautiful! I love all the little details and special items you used to put a lot of love into this gift to your husband. It's so lovely to have a place to store photos of special times. LOVE IT! Your card is also wonderful! I'm your newest follower and I look forward to viewing your posts!

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  4. Oh my goodness....The details on both are absolutely beautiful!

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  5. These are so gorgeous! So much beautiful detail, love them!

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  6. Such a pretty album and gorgeous die-cuts.
    Sierra

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  7. all stunning! The first is my fave, I just love how you curled the doily! Inky Hugs teamie!

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  8. These are over-the-top gorgeous projects, Karen! Just beautiful. Amazing details that all fit together perfectly. Lovely artwork, girlfriend!

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  9. I love your idea of the album and the use of the new dies!

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  10. Great job! I love the album. Beautiful pages.

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  11. Love your heart-filled card, Karen! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart!

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  12. what a beautiful and special album, Karen! LOVE it!

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  13. Love your album...so many pretty details!

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  14. What gorgeous projects Karen!! WOW so LOVING your mini!!!
    Awesome job!!!

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  15. Great projects Karen. Thanks or sharing.

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  16. Great projects Karen. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. The mini album is just GORGEOUS and the card is BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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  18. Karen-this is so sweet! I love the rolled up doily idea and all your little details!

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  19. Beautiful projects! What a great hop!

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  20. Gorgeous mini album and lots of great details on your card.

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  21. What an amazing album and a wonderful gift idea! Surely your husband will enjoy it!

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  22. Wow Karen -this would be a cool prize - love your album very much - you know I am a fan - thanks for the hop and enjoy your time on the team!

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  23. Karen, these look fantastic. The wrapped roses are beyond words. LOVE THEM!

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  24. You have done such a lovely job with this mini album!
    Hugs, Debbie!

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    1. Again...great project! So glad you were inspired by this week's "Sweetheart" challenge at Cuttin'and Stampin!
      Hugs, Debbie!

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  25. oh, i just all those yummy details! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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  26. Your mini album and card are absolutely stunning! TFS!

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  27. DELIGHTFUL mini and card Karen!!!

    LOVE your pretty layers, especially your GORGEOUS heart border strip and rolled heart doily bunch of roses - WOW!!!

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  28. Stunning creation Karen and thank you for mentioning my pin and linking to my blog! Have a lovely day!
    Hugs, Hazel xx

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  29. Very very pretty. Thanks for the giveaway! http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

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  30. Gorgeous creations, thanks for chance
    hugs Tamara

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  31. Beautiful! Absolutely love your doily rolled up around the roses!

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  32. Wow, love the doily rolled up. Stunning use of colors!

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  33. What a lovely mini album AND card! Wonderful work, Karen.

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  34. Lovely card, pretty doily die.

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  35. Karen, I had to come back and gaze at the album and card. The little clothespin with the heart is such a great start to the rest of this BEAUTIFUL card with sew/so many points of interest. Also the est 1985 was so cute on the nosegay of page 2 . Blessings, Carole

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  36. How pretty! I love how you curled the doily. Very cool.

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  37. Your album is wonderful. I just can't get over how creative you are!

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  38. Oh my, these are amazing. I love how you rolled the heart doily to create the nosegay - very pretty :)

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  39. I absolutely adore the vintagy feel of your projects! Thanks for joining us at Cuttin and Stampin!

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  40. Love all your projects! You did such a super job! Thanks for sharing with us at Cuttin' and Stampin'

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  41. Beautiful designs! Thanks so much for playing along & sharing your project with us at Cuttin' and Stampin'! :)

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