Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Twisted Tartan Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Tartan Day Blog Hop!!

If you are here just visiting then hello and thanks, but if you'd like to join the HOP then start here at Gill's Blog, you don't want to miss any of the fabulous tartan creations!! However if you have arrived here from the talented  Lisa P's  Blog then you are on the right track! Be sure to read right to the end.. you don't want to miss a thing!!

This is a hop with a difference not just because it's all about tartan but  because along the way there  are  letters to find in the postings! Not all blogs have the letters but once you have got them all you will need  to unscramble them to create a scottish themed word. Once you have  worked out what the word is  then return to Gill's blog  and enter the Mr Linky at the bottom of her post ( but DO NOT reveal the secret word yet). After the hop Gill will contact someone at random and ask them to email her with the word - if correct they win some lovely candy!

So now for the reason why you are here... To see my Tartan creation!! I have had an idea in my head for a couple of weeks now after some help from my wonderful friend Sam and I wasn't sure how it would look finished but boy did I surpass my expectations!! When I was asked to do this hop I thought of tartan papers and started searching for tartan papers to print. I even came across a site where you could create your own tartan. I even looked for highland cow images (cos they are my favourite thing from Scotland) But I ditched that idea and this is what I came up with...

Front view

Open View

I thought this stamp was perfect for this hop and I knew I wanted to paper piece her dress.. well in this case I used some tartan ribbon. So Sam let me borrow Tilda (thanks Sam) and I coloured her up with Tria markers, Copics and H20's and cut her dress out and stuck it on. I then found a sketch (from Sketch saturday) to work with to use for the front of my easel card!! I embossed the white CS and I've used two different tartan ribbons behind tilda and asyou can see (hopefully) I cut the ribbon then pinned it back together again. I did the same for the inside of the card!! I added the flowers and added a few hearts just to finish off the card!!

I also made this corner bookmark (my 5th one in about two weeks) to match the card!!! I used all the same supplies as the card!

 Just in case you get lost along the way here is the hop line up .
1.  Gill    
2.  Linda
3.  Lisa G
4.  Martha
5.  Vicky    
6.  Anita
7.  Ann
8. Amanda   
9.  Debbie   
10.  Haidee  
11.  Valerie
12.  Margaret 
 13.  Becky  
14. Laura
15.  Jenn
16. Sharon   
17.  Beckie  
18.  Faith  
19.  Jill
20. Lisa P
21.  Alethea  - (that is ME)
22. Nancy
23.  Gill  
Now back to the hop - I can  now reveal my hidden blog hop letter is ( I ). Remember to collect all the letters from the hop and unscramble them to form a scottish word. There is a prize to be won :) Would love it if you left a comment too...

I'm sure you have seen  many wonderful tartan creations but you still have one more stop to make.. so head on over to nancy's blog and don't forget to go back to Gill's blog and enter your name in the inlinkz.

I am entering my card into a couple of challenges:
* Sketch Saturday - Sketch
* Craft your passion Challenges - Anything Goes
* Magnolia Stanp Lovers - Ribbon
* Magnolia Down Under Challenges - Heavy Metal (safety pins)
* Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Recipe Challenge
* Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes

Until Next Time...Enjoy!! xx


  1. WOW WOW WOW Alethea what a fantastic card it is gorgeous and such a brilliant paper piecing technique. Well done ! Thank you for taking part in the hop line up.

  2. Wow Alethea love what you have done, and i am now following you........and thankyou for leaving me a lovely comment it really is appreciated, thanks darling
    love & hugs xxx V

  3. Hi Alethea - I just adore your card, it's sooo cute!! I've also become a follower. Hugs, Ann xxx

  4. Ummmmmm all I can say is WOW. FANTASTIC!

  5. Wow, your card is gorgeous. I just love how the girls clothes tie in with the fabric. I tried to do that and I guess I just need to practice more with those marker.

  6. Hi Althea this is my favourite project on the hop! I love Scottish Tilda and such a brilliant idea to use the pins just like a kilt, I've become a follower. hop to hop with you again soon ;)
    Val x

  7. AWESOME job!!!!!!!!!

  8. Such a pretty card, so refreshing with the tartan dress, good ideas

  9. Simply precious! Love this card.

    Thanks for hopping with us, I am number 13 on the hop =)


    Becky.mayhewlear AT gmail DOT com

  10. That is an awesome card!!
    I am hosting my 1st blog hop & would love for you
    to join & be part of it to share your talent!

    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  11. great projects Alethea, love the paper piecing!

  12. What cute card and bookmark! So adorable and I love the colors!

  13. Delightfu projects! Thanks for sharing!

    I just found your blog on this hop and am now a follower. So very nice to meet you. Stop by my blog sometime and say hi.

  14. Your card is so cute,

  15. I love your projects----you are so talented.
    Thanks, Anita

  16. Beautiful! The lil girl is too cute!

  17. this is absolutely adorable Alethea! I am not a huge fan of Magnolia but i love this one! I love her in tartan and all the extra goodies just make her fabulous! Love your corner bookmark too - aren't those fun to make? I love them :)

  18. Prachtige kaart. Groetjes, Aletta

  19. Hi Alethea,
    You card is super duper fantastic. I love the pins. It really adds to the theme well. You did a great job with the bookmark, too. Happy to be your new follower. Would love if you could visit my blog, too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    strgazrblueyes22477 [at] yahoo

  20. Hiya.

    What a lovely couple of projects. The wee girl is so boony in her tartan pinafore.

    Can I just ask though, how do u use a corner bookmark?!

    Excuse my ignorance!

    Keep up the good work.

    Lisa xx

  21. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, this is just awesome.

  22. oohhh I likey this one tilda is so pretty in her tartan
    Jacki xx

  23. Amazing card, I like the way you put the dress together. Superb. Bookmark is so cute too. Love them both. Margaret.xx

  24. Awesomely cute bookmark and card Alethea! I will do some hopping later on when I have a little more time!

  25. OMG I think that this card is my favorite one. what a great card and bookmark.

  26. Wow, Althea! This is a fabulous card! Clever use of plaid ribbon and the design is just great all the way around. You did a wonderful job on it. Isn't it great when things work out better than you expect? TFS!


  27. Love your gorgeous card and Tilda looks fab in tartan.

  28. Great card! Love the tartan, it looks fab!

    Thanks for making this great card with the sketch from Sketch Saturday!!

    Leonie xx

  29. Great card! Love your paper piercing and those clothes pins fit perfectly in our metal challenge!

    Thanks for playing with MDUC this week!
    Kathrin aka Kruemel

  30. Oh Gorgeous and i m loving the Tartan xxx
    Thankyou for playing along with us this week at MDUC and hope to see you again xx
    Love Debbie xxxx

  31. Thanks for visiting my blog. Let me know if you work on giving the Reward Box a go for your boys. My kids keep asking when I am gonna make the reward "slips" to go in it so we can start using it. They have already started making positive changes in their behavior cuz they know what's coming....LOL!

  32. Such a gorgeous card. Love the sweet image and the details also. Hugs Michele x

  33. What a fabulous card you created. I love all the tartan plaid on this twisted easel card. Fantastic work! Thanks for playing with us this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations and Good Luck!

  34. Hi Althea,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love meeting people in different parts of the world. I am just now getting into stamping and card making :0) I am happy your friend nudged you along. I hope you and your little ones had a wonderful weekend.

    Warm Wishes,

  35. So much tartan! Fabulous the way you combined the patterns. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion in our Anything Goes challenge!

  36. This is an adorable card. Love your craftsmanship. A newbie here from PCJ DT. I am so happy to be in the company of great stampers.


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