Saturday, July 4, 2009

SNR/Card Universe "Oh Say Can You See" Blog Hop & BLOG CANDY!!

Welcome to the SNR/Card Universe "Oh Say Can You See" 4th of July Blog Hop!! Phew!! That was a mouthful, huh? If you came from Nicky Bookout's blog, Hooked on Stamps, you are on the right track! If you didn't, you may want to hop to the SNR Card Universe and start at the beginning! I'll provide the details of my project below, but I wanted to let you know that at the end of THIS post, I'M GIVING AWAY SOME AMAZING BLOG CANDY!!! So, don't go away before you check it out and enter to win!! Okay?


For me, the Fourth of July represents so many wonderful things about being a U.S. citizen! But my fondest memories revolve around family BBQ's, bonfires, and fireworks. I hope that I've captured the essence of my memories in my project. First, my card uses an adorable digi image from Shirley's 2 Girls called Family Fun (DG 22). I created a "shaker card" using the following steps:

  1. I printed the image three times; twice on white cardstock, and once on a transparency.
  2. I cut out the cake portion of the image with my scissors, and then used my Square Nestabilities to cut out the main panel. I also created a square scalloped frame around the main panel using my Square Scalloped Nestabilities.
  3. I cut the transparency panel smaller than the main panel, and adhered it to the back of the main panel using red sticky strip.
  4. I then used foam tape on the back of the main panel to create a raised frame. I poured star confetti inside the foam tape frame.
  5. I colored the second cardstock printed image using my Copic markers.
  6. Next, I cut out the colored image panel and attached it to the back of the main panel so that the image lined up with the cut-out on the front panel.
  7. The card base is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square. I layered white cardstock and the striped designer paper on the card base. Next, I cut out another square red panel, and cut that in half, creating a triangle panel. The star designer paper is layered on top of that.
  8. Royal blue polka dot ribbon was added, as well as a computer-generated sentiment cut out with a Spellbinders tag die and attached using Scrapper's Floss. Dazzling Diamonds was added as an accent using my Quickie Glue Pen.

Easy sleezy!! As a finishing touch to my Fourth of July project, I created a gusseted clear bag with all the makin's for two smores (got this cute idea from Nichole Heady's blog)! Now THAT'S what Fourth of July is all about for me!! I created a fun little tag using another darling digi image from Shirley's 2 Girls called Independence Gracie (DG 19). Isn't she so cute? Bonfire and fireworks, here I come!!

Your last stop on the hop is Tammy Bayer's blog, Dapple Designs, be sure to stop by!

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BLOG CANDY!!
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I've been promising blog candy for reaching 10,000 hits!! As a reward to you, my wonderful crafty friends, I've compiled a fantastic selection of brand new goodies unlike you've ever seen before! To enter to win this array of goodies, all you need to do is leave me a comment here on this post telling me what your favorite Fourth of July memory is. One entry per person, please. I'll draw one lucky winner using Random.org - so everyone has a chance to win! I'll accept your comments until 10:00 a.m. (PST) Monday, July 6th, and will announce the winner on Monday afternoon right here on my blog. Don't forget to leave your email address so that I can contact the winner! Good luck!

Here's a list of what you can win:

Small Handbag Alterable Box
Craft and Mini Dot N Go Glue Dots
1/4" Scor-Tape
Memento Full-sized Ink Pads - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, and Rose Bud
Palette Vintage Cream Pigment Ink Pad
Palette Noir Black Hybrid Ink Pad
(2) Alterable Clothes Pins
Cuttlebug Flowers Dies
Cuttlebug Floral Borders Dies
Cuttlebug Ornamental Dies
Cuttlebug Asterisks Dies
Cuttlebug With Gratitude Embossing Folder & Die
Cuttlebug Celebration Stamps Embossing/Die Set
Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Paisley Dies
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Border Punch
Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
EK Success Embossed Curve Border Punch
EK Success Diamond Lace Border Punch
Koh-I-Noor 24 Woodless Colored Pencils
Maya Road Trees Clear Singleton Stamp
Memory Box Vintage Garden Clear Stamp Set
October Afternoon Hometown Clear Stamp Set
October Afternoon County Fair Clear Stamp Set
Paper Inspirations Stylized Florals Clear Stamp Set
Kitchen Sink Plaid Plus Clear Stamp Set
Sassafras Lass Olivia & Pals Clear Stamp Set
Sassafras Lass Oliver & Friends Clear Stamp Set
Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella Clear Stamp Set
Martha Stewart Clear Pattern Stamp Set
KI Memories Mini Alphabet Soup (donated by ABC Toys & Crafts)
Herma Dotto Dots Dispenser (donated by ABC Toys & Crafts)
Making Memories Hampton Funky Fibers (donated by ABC Toys & Crafts)
Hero Arts Letters Chipboard (donated by ABC Toys & Crafts)
Making Memories In Bloom Mini Brads (donated by ABC Toys & Crafts)
Making Memories Circle Brights Crystal Brads (donated by ABC Toys & Crafts)
Papertrey Ink 2008 Bitty Box Basics Cardstock Pack
Cosmo Cricket Double Deck Pad - Lil' Man & Snorkel
Cosmo Cricket Double Deck Pad - Girl Friday & Everafter
Ultimate Celebration Cards Book
Memory Carabiner

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Fourth of July!!


162 comments:

StampinCathy said...

Congrats on 10K! Fabulous projects and so inspiring. Wow now this is some amazing celebration candy. My favorite memory of the 4th was growing up and having block party and shooting fireworks forever. Can you believe that the kids would get tired of shooting bottle rockets? Thanks for a chance.
Happy 4th!

Adeline E. Brill said...

Wow - what a prize! My favorite memory is spelling my name with sparklers! Tried it again last night!!

naturecoastcrafter said...

10,000 hits--unbelievable, Karo! Wow, that is exciting. And to think I knew you when. . . My favorite 4th story is of being 14 years old and going to Lake Rushford in New York where I learned to water ski. I remember Uncle Buck bought a crate of corn and we soaked it in the lake all day so we could have a corn roast that night while the "little ones" ran around writing in the air with their sparklers. Great memory and soooooo long agooooooo.
Great candy, Karo. Very generous.

Mare and Her Boys said...

WOW! 10,000!
My favorite 4th memory is driving to a secret spot my parents found to watch the fireworks and walking the Friendly's for a treat before the fireworks.
It seems simple to some, but it's the little things that count!
mommy.mare@yahoo.com

Cr8ive ME said...

WOW!!!

10,000 that's alotta visits.

My favorite 4th of July memory is right after DH and I got married going to sit in the grass on the side of the mall. We could see both sets of fireworks displays in town. And we didn't have to deal with the crowds at either fireworks displays.

{{hugs}}
M.E.

Debbie said...

My favorite memory of 4th of July is spending time with my mom, dad and sister as a young girl and having a bbq with watermellon! YUMMMY! and sitting is awe of the splendid fireworks! Karolyn love your project!

Sharon said...

Congrats on 10,000 hits! Wow...what a give away!! I remember making home-made ice cream--where you turn the crank yourself...not an electric machine! It was always the best tasting stuff!

craftylyra said...

Awesome card! I love how you detailed the process. What an amazing bunch of blog candy! WOW!

My favorite 4th of July memories are the ones where I am a small child, dancing in the street with sparkler in hand, loving the smell of the bbq, and the feeling of community.

Becky said...

Great blog.

My favorite 4th of July memories are the ones I am making now with my own granddaughters, taking them to the parade and watching the fireworks at night. Growing up we would have a cook-out, but nothing special, and I'm trying to change that with my own family.

Becky
mypapermoon512 at aol dot com

Stephanie said...

Holey smokes, Karolyn!!! That's some blog candy :) Congratulations on your 10K - I bet the next 10K will be here in no time!

My favorite 4th of July memory is dancing around in my grandparents front yard with sparklers right before & after we'd head to see the fireworks. (kinda like Gracie in your FABULOUS project...just love that topper!!)

Thanks so much for all the inspiration :)

Pat (mspfd) said...

Karolyn, love your projects! They are the best!!

My favorite 4th of July memories include lots of good food, perhaps a trip to the beach or pool and always followed by fireworks!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

inkedx2 said...

Wow 10,000 hits! Congratulations

My favorite 4th of July memory is taking my girls to see the fireworks at Solomon's. They loved it and we had a great time.

Robbie

Debbie said...

Hey Karolyn...Your card is fabulous! I just ready through your details and didn't realize that you put confetti in the cake! What a cute idea! LOVE IT! Happy Forth, GF!

Erin Smetak said...

Oh my gosh, what awesome blog candy you have!!!

And, I love your 4th of July project!!! That shaker card is TOO CUTE!!!! (Do I sound like you?) ;)
Fabulous job as always, sister!

Happy 4th of July!!!!

runningonink said...

HOLEY JUMPING CATFISH your projects are awesome! Sooo cute! You have my mouth watering for some smores now- lol! Congrats on the 10K!!!!

My favorite memory hmmmmm ok 25 years ago today I was in the hospital watching fireworks out the window of the hospital it was the most up close I have ever seen fireworks!

Poppy said...

10,000! OMGOSH! That's incredible! Spectacular blog candy too! Your 4th of July projects are so cute! I'll have to look at some of those digital images. Happy 4th Karolyn!
Pat (casep)

Pamela Gibson said...

since i'm canadian its the 1st for me, and my fav memory was this year actually, me and my hubby and my best friend just sat in a field, watching crappy music, and fireworks that didnt go off on time. lol. It may sound crappy but it was one of the most fun times i've ever had, just hangin out.

silvia said...

Happy 4th!!Fabulous card!! Thanks for the tutorail. My favorite 4th of July memory is going to watch the fireworks with my grandfather. He died when I was 9 and I still remember these special times with my grandfather.

Tami B. said...

Wow, Karolyn, you are a tough act to follow. I feel like the singer that comes out after the superstar. LOL! The s'mores kit is inspired and your stamping and coloring are top notch. Beautiful giveaway, too.

My favorite childhood memory is riding my red tricycle with sparklers in my hand. Loved that. Now, the thing that always makes me giggle is watching the fireworks with my son and husband. They always say "that must be the grand finale" several times before the end of the show. Always makes me laugh. Can't wait to see how many times they say it tonight.

Tenia Nelson said...

Great projects!!! Thanks for sharing and have a great 4th!!

Darla said...

I love the bbq's we have every year!! We have both Canadians and Americans living in our house off and on all year so we have a bbq every year on the weekend of both 1st (Canada day) and 4th of July to celebrate!! It's always a blast!! :)
Darla
darlamcc@eastlink.ca

Stacey Schafer said...

fabulous creation and blog candy! my most memorable, but not favorite, memory is when I was a kid and rode my bike to see fireworks without permission...had my parents worried sick.

MrsETaylor said...

what wonderful stuff you have shared with all of us today. I love it bunches.

Joy said...

wow Karolyn, fab fab project! I LOVE IT.

My favorite 4th of July was one I spent with my grandpa, he took me out and let me pick out all the fireworks I wanted, we went out in the field, ate home-made ice cream and watched the sky light up!

akagreenhouse said...

What great projects! My favorite memory is when I was a kid. We lived near a drive-in theater and if I could stay awake, I'd get to watch the fireworks that they would set off between movies. We'd put lawn chairs in our yard and fight the mosquitos waiting for the fun to begin! Life was definitely simpler back then!

Terri said...

Good grief girlie...did you rob a craft store? When you say blog candy, you ain't a kiddin'!

Well, this 4th of July I have already been golfing and was back home and showered by 10:15, going to be a hot one so we had to get it in early!

My greatest memories would have been when I was a kid (yes, back in the stone ages) when our entire extended family ( and it's a big one) would go for a picnic on the river...we would rent inner tubes and float down the rapids. It would start early in the morning and go late into the night!

Have fun at your sis's today!

Terri said...

Oooops, was so into my "memories" I forgot to tell you how stinkin' cute your card and "goodie" bag are. Yummmmm, I could really go for a smore right now. Love it!

scrapteaze said...

We used to go to the lake every year. It was a family patio. It wasn't a cabin, just a covered patio so you pretty much camped out. But we watched all the locals light off there fireworks. I remember the smells, sitting on my mom lap.

Chelsea said...

love that digi image ... great projects. Thanks for sharing!

Sonia Kertznus said...

My favorite memory of JULY 4th was the first one I spend in this country back in 1986... I was living at the dorms at University of Tampa, and a group of us went to Magic Kingdom that day... We had a wonderful time and the 4th of July parade was fenomenal...something truly unforgetable...
Your card is awesome ...HUGS...SK :)

Cheryl said...

What a great blog!! Love your patriotic projects and you are so generous with all of that blog candy!!

FireCracker082 said...

Love all your creations! My best 4th of July memory? easy...when we were small, we lived in Ft. Devens (back in the 70's), and we would go to the Sears Town Mall for fireworks. It was AWESOME! We'd play with the shopping carts out in the parking lot...lol...we thought we had it ALL!! thanks for the reminder! Happy 4th to you too!

Joyce said...

I had such a wonderful July 4th last year. My children/grandchildren all live out of state, and only visit once a year. They came for July 4th. We went out to watch the Fireworks, with the grandchildren all dressed in their RED, WHITE, and BLUE. It was a favorite memory.

IndyCinD said...

My favorite 4th of July memory is sitting on the hood of my fiance's car watching fireworks 3 days before our wedding. We've been making our own fireworks now for 37 years!
IndyCinD
c.kelle@comcast.net

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful projects! I love to spend the day enjoying good food & fireworks with family and friends! Congrats an on your blog hits!

Helen Dooley said...

Wow Congrats on the hits!
I took a look around and added you ro my favs.
My BEST 4th memory I have 2 was when I was small my Dad gave me my first sparkler and held his hand over mine so I swouldn't be afraid. The 2nd was When our kids wer smaller we took the behind our police dept to watch the fire works, 20 people tops, no mosquitos and we all were playing and having fun. Such smiles and laughter.

Anne House said...

I love that set Karolyn!! Too cute! Thanks for playing with us today!

Anita said...

Wow! Your projects are amazing! What wonderful blog candy! Happy 4th! My favorite 4th memory is having fireworks when my kids were little.

Colleen said...

First, awesome work, loved everything.
Second you are very generous with your RAK.
Third, Congrats on reding 10 k.

Lastly, my favorite memories are from when I was a kid.

Going to watch the parade (no candy was thrown either), swimming afterwards, riding the Merry-go-Round and then watching the fireworks and doing sparklers. I just loved the 4th. We really did celebrate it as the Freedom of Independence.

Janice Webb said...

Congrats on the 10k hits!!!

Favorite memory---celebrating Mom's birthday each year on the 4th. That's her birth date so it's always fun to tease her how the whole country likes to celebrate her birthday! One especially great birthday memory is going to the St. Paul Rodeo with my parents on Mom's birthday. We had great seats and the rodeo always concluded with fireworks!

Ceal said...

Great card! I love it!
my favorite memory is when I was growing up we would always goto my Grandma's for a family get together and we would boil peanuts in a big wash post and make homemade ice cream...yummy!

Denni said...

Love your card and smores kit!! Congrats on your 10,000 hits. Wow, that is an amazing prize! My fav memory is dancing with my mom with sparklers and setting off bottle rockets with my dad! Happy Fourth!

Denni said...

Ooops! and here's my email
dennicookie@embarqmail.com :)

Mary said...

Congratulations on your awesome 10,000 mark - i can see why so many people stop by your place!
love your shaker card and what a cute s'more to go!!
and your prizes - awesome and all my favorite companies!!
thanks for sharing!
my fingers are crossed!!

Mary said...

Oh, my favorite 4th memory....
our family picnic
we had a park in our back yard and we'd go out in the park early in the morning and move some picnic tables so they were behind our house for our huge family cookout!
ending the evening with the fireworks display the city put on right there over the lake! it was always the best around.
i haven't thought of that for awhile! thanks Karolyn!

Lorie said...

Oh my! Your patriotic projects are absolutely awesome, and that's the biggest batch of blog candy I've EVER seen!!

My favorite 4th of July memory has been and continues to be the BBQ hosted by my parents every year. Lots of memories have been shared at this celebration, and we hope to share many, many more! Have a blessed 4th of July!!

Lisa said...

Love your card & projects! Happy 4th! P.S. I simply lust for the blog candy you put out there!!!
Lisa jlnichols@columbus.rr.com

Leah said...

Wonderful projects! So festive and fun! Wow on the blog candy you are giving away...so generous!! My favorite memory is shooting off fireworks with my family growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was just so much fun! Thanks for the chance, I hope it's me:) Happy 4th!!

Leah said...

I did forget to leave my email! OOPS:)

lanipuakea at gmail.com

Cathy said...

Karolyn: What beautiful and inspired projects, love them all!

I love watching fireworks displays but I hate crowds but I have the perfect location now. One of the private golf courses about a half mile from my house has a huge display every 4th so I sit in my front yard and it is beautiful.

Have a wonderful Holiday week-end. Congratulations on 10,000 hits and sharing in the form of blog candy :)

Holly said...

What a great shaker card! And the smores treat bag is fabulous!
Congratulations on so many hits, and I'm in awe of your blog candy. My goodness you didn't know when to quit shopping did you? Have a great 4th of July!

Adrienne said...

Congratulations on 10,000 hits...that's quite an accomplishment. I love your cards and the idea about S'mores is delightful. Thanks also for the detailed instructions. Favorite July 4th memory would be THIS ONE if I would win this blog candy. But another favorite would be one that we camped on Lake Mead with our entire family.

Ms. Cheryl said...

OH MY GOODNESS, 10,000 hits and the motherload of a giveaway. Congratulations and Happy 4th. Thanks oh soooooo much, ms.cheryl
ms_cheryl_y@yahoo.com

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

hey karolyn: the cards are absolutely gorgeous! i, too, am a retired legal assistant! 45 years in the field and never wanted to become an attorney. didn't want to work that hard - LOL.

i also became a follower. too much good stuff here not to.

i think my favorite memory is the sparklers because that was all we were allowed and i just loved the sparkle. hmmmm, maybe it did stick and that's why i became GLITTERBABE!

have a fabulous weekend!

hugs,

Sue D said...

This blog candy is awesome! My favorite 4th of July memory was 22 years ago when my son was born!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Dianal said...

Wow 10,000 hits - how exciting that will be. Happy 4th. I am from Canada and we observe July 1st ... I know that on July 1st I feel proud to be a Canadian and thankful that the US and Canadian troops have fought for our freedom. It's a time to get together with family and friends. A day of sharing and caring.

Suz said...

Wow fantastic prizes thanks so much for the chance

My favorite memory is when I was 7 my grandpa was visiting. He organized all the neighborhood kids to to a parade. We decorated our bikes/wagons, made hats & sang as we walked up & down the alley

Hope you have a wonderful 4th

Dianal said...

sorry my e-mail is kc06601@yahoo.ca

NitaBugg said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas. Fav memory is going to the lake to watch the fireworks. Nnitabugg@gmail.com

Chrisd said...

Congrats on your blog achievement!
My favorite 4th of July memories were when our sons were small and the look on their eyes as they watched the fireworks!They asked for weeks for more MAGIC skies.
Happy 4th of July!

Poppy said...

I can't believe I made a comment earlier and forgot to say what my favorite 4th of July memory was! Sorry. My favorite memory of the 4th of July is when I was little and my dad and my uncles would shoot off Roman candles in our front yard and we would sit on our front stoop and ooo and ahh over them.
Pat (casep)

Donna B said...

Wow! Love your site! I'll be visiting again. Gonna have to learn to use copics I think! Great card and goodie bag!!vDonna B
berkhof@bresnan.net

Donna B said...

I forgot to share my favorite 4th of July memory. It is camping with my family in the tent at Silver Lake in Michigan when I was a kid. Donna B. berkhof@bresnan.net

did3454 said...

wonderful candy, a girl could get addicted! Thanks, Lynne

karen In Houston said...

Well, well I can't believe it 10K, you must share your secret to getting all those hits, you must have one fantastic blog.......
And you sure are giving away alot of blog candy, oh my I cannot imagine winning a prize like this one,,,,,,,,
My favorite 4th of July memory is the picnics, parades and fireworks as a child, still going strong in my memory bank and I loved those sparklers.........
Happy 4th of July.....
GOD BLESS AMERICA..........
www,karensneedle@sbcglobal.net

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

favorite 4th memory is watching hte fireworks from the hood of our car eating carnival pizza...

Ginny said...

Hi Karolyn! Amazing projects (so cute)! I'm not sure if I can still enter your blog candy because I don't have a 4th of July memory (I live in Canada). If not, it's okay =) So in place of a favourite 4th of July memory, here is my favourite Canada day memory. My friends and I went down to watch the fireworks and to beat the traffic when leaving we made a mad dash to the car when we thought the show was almost over. Well 15 min later, I could still see the show going on in the back window of the car =/

Jean said...

Karoyln, Firstly congratulations on 10,000 hits, secondly, your project it sooooo gorgeous and you have put a lot of effort into it. Thirdly, wow what blog candy!!! Thank you for offering it.
I cannot qualify as I am an Aussie but we celebrate Australia Day in January when it is really hot and there are always fun days, barbecues and big fireworks and concerts!

Vicki said...

OMG what a prize pack! Goodness!

Um, ok....my favorite July 4th memory - well maybe not my favorite but I remember BAWLING as a little girl at the fireworks. They scared me! It's all good now though, LOL!

Cathy said...

Love your projects and that is an excellent tutorial! Thanks!! holy blogcandy batman. That's incredible. I'd love to win some, of course....and here's my favourite 4th story. We're Canadian, and always wanted to "experience" the 4th on your side of the border so we headed for relatives in Omaha a few years ago and were, well, flabbergasted, really, when, at dusk, everyone in the bay they live on, dragged bins of fireworks to the end of their driveways and started shooting them off for over 2 hours. It was so much fun and my kids got to hold huge sparklers....they'll never forget it and they beg to go back every year at this time :)

Thanks for the chance to win, and the inspiration!

Rene said...

Awesome creations!
My favorite 4th memories revolve around my siblings (2 bros and a sis) chasing me around with fireworks and even shooting a couple in my direction. They were never REALLY gonna hurt me. I may have not liked it then, but those are the memories I cherish the most, when all 4 of us were together being kids!

happy 4th!

Rene54692@aol.com

Hollyk said...

Congrats on 10K. You have beautiful work. I guess my 4th of july memories would be cookouts with my family and watching fireworks.

Amy said...

Thank you for sharing your projects with us as well as your memories of past 4th of July events. Some of my fondest memories is having large get togethers with family and friends, barbequing and swimming. Then we would all pile in several cars and go down to the local part for fire works. My dad used to pick me up and let me sit on the roof of the car to see the fireworks.

Beverly S. said...

My favorite 4th memory involves spending time with my family and having some of my dad's great homemade strawberry ice cream. :)

Thank you for the great giveaway. I would LOVE to win it!!!! (as I'm
sure everyone else would too). :)

Helen Onulak said...

My favorite July 4th memory was going into New York to watch the fireworks from Battery Park. We spent the day in the city, then headed over to the park to get a good viewing spot - it was perfect!

Diane Davies said...

It would probably be July 4th, 12 years ago. I had just started dating my now husband and we went to the lake for a fabulous weekend and watched fireworks and may have made a few of our own. : )

Susan Keuter said...

Karolyn - LOVE reading your blog, after Terri got me HOOKED on you and your gorgeous skillz!!

4th of July memories for me - best one, by far, includes finding things we could blow up with our firecrackers. For some reason, the milk box on the back porch and the mail box were our favorite targets!

{Mother HATED the 4th of July!}

Love your shaker card...CUTE CUTE CUTE!!

Susan

Beryl said...

My favorite 4th of July memory is of holding a sparkler in the dark!
berylleonard@aol.com

rush8888 said...

my! 10,000 hits!!! it will take me years to get that many. i love your shaker card...time for me to go back there. and, it's been a long time since my last s'more! thank you for sharing.

Shelley said...

That's some generous candy!

My favorite 4th was our last one before we moved 3 states away from our family. We cooked hotdogs and smores over a campfire and shot off fireworks afterwards. Our youngest was just a baby and she slept through most of the festivities.

jtaylorsmom at yahoo dot com

AlienAnessa said...

Holy stinkin' moses, Karolyn!!! This blog candy is so above and beyond, I can barely get my crafty mind around it!! Your card is absolutely fantastic, great job on everything you did to pour yourself into it, wowy!! I've had some great 4th of July memories, but honestly this year's kinda tops them all. We walked in our small hometown parade today, with our northern Colorado group of Soldiers' Angels (we adopt soldiers who are actively serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, send them 2 or 3 letters a week and 1 or 2 care packages a month), and we bought candy for our 7-year-old and 6-year-old to throw to the little kids on the parade route. It was something else, watching the little kids as they saw mine coming with the candy!! Such innocent joy (yes, despite our contributing to a sugar fix) =)

Shelly said...

Congrats on 10,000 hits, that is FAB. I love your holiday items.....so festive.

Although I am Canadian, my fav memory of Canada Day is the Fireworks. They still make me feel like a little girl.

Hope you had a great 4th of July.

Shelly
Manitoba, Canada

Carole RB said...

Hi Karolyn
Congrats on your 10,000 hits. You have an incredible blog candy. Thanks for a chance to win. My favorite summer memory is when my parents rented a cottage by the sea. I don't live in USA so no 4th of july memories.

Michelle/Eliotstamps said...

Adorable card and gift set, Karolyn! And wow, that is generous blog candy! I have several favorite 4th of July memories, one of which is climbing onto the roof of our house with my dad when I was a kid so we could watch the fireworks from the small towns around us.

knag said...

My favorite 4th of July memory was when the whole family gathered at the high school football stadium to watch the large fireworks show. I remember lying on a blanket, staring up at the splendid fireworks show among the stars!

Jodi said...

Congrats on the 10,000 visits! Gorgeous projects and smores sound good ~ I think we will be making those tomorrow night ;)

My favorite memories are just spending the holiday with my family ~ grilling out, playing with the kids and watching fireworks. However the one 4th that I will never forget was 5 years ago ~ my son was born on the 2nd and we spent watched fireworks from my hospital window.

Thanks for he chance to win this very generous candy :)

Cr8ive ME said...

fantastic projects.

My fave 4th of July memory would have to be going to see the fireworks for the 1st time with DH. We got out our American flag blanket and picnic basket and watched both of our towns fireworks displays from the side of the mall. Plus, it wasn't nearly as crowded as the sites that were hosting the displays. The fireworks were breathtaking.

Happy 4th!

kim.mom said...

Congrats on getting to 10,000! 4th of July for me is backyard barb-q and fireworks. Unbelievable blog candy!

Joyce Spear said...

Awesome blog, cool project! Congratulations on reaching 10,000 hits -- it's easy to see why you have a following.

My favorite July 4th memories involve playing with sparklers (under daddy's strict supervision) in the backyard after dark. So much fun!

Norwayscrapper said...

OH OH OH what an amazing candy you are giving away, adorable projects you've created, well since i live in Norway i will share my fav memory ( we dont celebrate 4th of july here) we do have our own independence day which is 17th of May we go to see the parade in the morning during the day we go to town and look at all the festive there in there then for the evening we go to see the fireworks i love to go there with my grandchildren when they are visiting.

lakeslady said...

Congratulations, both on your great number of posts and on the 4th of July.
What a generous blog prize, one can but try, so good luck everyone
jpetty@talktalk.net

dclouser said...

Wow - you have some amazing blog candy! My favorite memory is getting to stay up late on July 4th and sitting on the side of the hill watching the fireworks with friends!

Denise said...

WOW Karolyn, that's some blog candy and some comments! Your projects are beautiful!

My favorite 4th of July Memory goes way back to before my husband and I were married...it was our first "holiday" in our brand new house a few months before we actually got married. Just the 2 of us, in the pool, looking up at the fireworks and dreaming of the future! Awww....so sappy!

sondra said...

Fav memory had to be at one of our annual family reunions when my cousin Landon lifted me up on his shoulders so I could see the fireworks better. He is 20 yrs older than me and about 6' 5. I was the youngest of 55 grandchildren and I felt so special! Happy 4th to you & yours!

Leah's Card Designs. said...

My Favorite Memory would be family time together and when my husband came home from a tour of duty and we had a great big celebration

suzann said...

I love all of your projects and what an amazing array of goodies to give away.

My fav. 4th of July memory was when my nephew returned home from Afghanistan. He lost his leg but still had his life. Very proud of this young man who Served his Country!

Natasha said...

I'm in Australia so don't celebrate 4th of July, but my favourite Territory Day memory is of the one just gone (1st July) of my little girl just loving all the 'sparklies' and fireworks, and she still says 'fireworks' when she hears a loud noise!
natashamurray12(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

Karolyn what wonderful projects you have here and I love the fact you shared instructions with them oh and that is some candy.
My favorite memory was last 4th spending the day with my family and watching my GK's face will they were watching the fireworks.

Kim said...

Wholly Blog Candy, Batman. Love the cards. Favorite memories as a kid sparklers at my grandparents lake house. Now i am developing new favorite memories with my kids. Yesterday was the parade with my 4 yr old, she just loves a parade, and i just love watching her excitement.

Justine said...

Holy Macaroly Karolyn this is a hugely generous Blog Candy. I think I am going to be commenter #100. Congratulations on 10,000 hits and so many more accomplishments. Hugs to you my sweet friend,

Jennifer E. said...

WOW! You've had a ton of hits! I just browsed your blog & It's awesome! TFS your cute 4th of July red white & blue projects--so fun! My favorite memory is having family picnics and playing with sparklers when the sun went down. We did it every year as a kid! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies! Happy 4th of July!
bommar14 at msu dot edu

Heather said...

That's amazing that you have had that many posts/comments!!! Congrats on that!

My favorite 4th memory is being in a parade at our friends beach house in Neskowin, OR. It was a cute, small town parade with kids, bikes, wagons, horses-- super fun!!

Thanks for the chance to win!
hippolito@gmail.com

msfreida said...

WOW...you are one popular lady! After browsing your blog I can see why! I am now a new follower! :)

My favorite July 4th memory has to be last year's when my 4 yr old grandson was having his first experience with sparklers! His excitement made for some priceless memories! :)

God bless~

Freida
freida38801@yahoo.com

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

Congrats on your hits. I need to check you blog out more after the blog hop. My favorite was the time we went to the fairgrounds to see the fireworks. It was the first time I saw Roman Candles.

Carolyn Mcavoy said...

Super cool card…love the stamps used…I would love some smores…
Your style is incredible...
Congrats on 10,000 hits...
Your prize pack is mind-blowing…

mcavoy_carolyn@yahoo.com Carolyn

STAMPING SAM said...

Love your s'more bag! I made 25 s'more bags for my teaching staff during our state testing. I used SU! set Under the Stars. The title was "Oh Greeeeat, S'more Testing!"
TFS
woodujim@hotmail.com

Wendy said...

What a great blog! And I love your idea for smores. I think I need to try it. as for my memory, The best memory is meeting my husband at the airport after a long deployment and going to see the fireworks that evening. Being with your soulmate after a year and seeing fireworks is like a true love story. Thanks for the inspiration.
Wendy
wendybyrd@roadrunner.com

Grace C. said...

Love your shaker card and your blog candy is AMAZING!!! My fondest 4th memory is going up to SD to spend a few days with my mom's BIG family. We set off fireworks, have great food, and really just let our hair down. It was so great being a kid!:)

Kerry Stanek said...

Great blog hop and great blog candy!! Wow! so much talent! My email addy is fifthavenuegirl@shaw.ca

Agus :) said...

Hi! lovely blog candy!! thanks for the chance to win :) Im going to link your blog right now!
Here we don´t celebrate the 4th July but I like very much the fireworks!!
Here is my blog.

Hugs

Agus

GinniG said...

Wow! 100,000 hits! That totally ROCKS! LOVE, LOVE your transparency on your card! My fav memory of July 4th was in 1986 when we were in Washington DC at the Iwo Jima Memorial waiting for the fireworks to start and it started SNOWING!!! My poor grandmother and my poor DD (6 at the time) were all bundled up in blankets and I was wearing a furry colored ski jacket. Don't think they've had such a cold 4th before or since! Now I live in S Florida where we don't get any snow! ;) gassgirl340@yahoo.com

Jenny B in Indy said...

WOW, 10,000 hit!! Awesome!!!

My favorite 4th was last year. It was just my two year old and my husband and I, in our backyard swinging on the swings while we watched the fireworks. It was simple yet the BEST 4th ever because I was with my two guys :)

Karen from PA said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. My favorite memory of July 4th was going to Fort Meade to spend the day with a huge group of friends. We had a wonderful picnic together and they had the best fireworks I have ever seen.

Scrapaddict said...

Fantastic card! Love the step-by-step deets. I don't really have a favorite memory but my most memorable is when my first nephew was born on the 4th of July 21 years ago. Thanks for the opportunity (e-mail: twin2u2@yahoo.com)

Lauri said...

This is SO generous of you!!! I thought I got to you last night, but I guess I didn't finish!!! Thanks for the chance to win...love your project! Sparklers!Love sparklers!! Got some last night for the first time in way too many years!

Julie O. said...

Wowzahs!! That is some SERIOUS blog candy! LOL!! Congrats on 10K hits!! Your card is fantastic. LOVE that stamp!

Lisa said...

Now that's what I call blog candy!!!! WOW Buying fireworks with my dad is my fav memory of the 4th.
Busysewin@cox.net

The Digi Shack said...

Wowza, that's some prize!!! My favorite 4th of July memory is definitely being a kid, going to the beach and having an all day and all night bbq. I grew up in Hawaii so everything happens at the beach. The water is perfect, the food is great, the company is fantastic and the fireworks are stunning over the water.

perezmom said...

Congrats to you! My favorite fourht of July memory is watching the fireworls with my mom. Thank you for posting instruction for your shaker card - very cute!
perezmom2914@yahoo.com

Kimmy said...

My favorite memory is going to my uncles when we were little. He would have the cheesiest fireworks - smoke bombs, snakes, and some fountains. And in between the fireworks my grandpa would tap dance to entertain us kids. It was so much fun!!!! Thanks for bringing up that memory:) I live your card. Hope I win the candy - he he he.

aunt25 said...

Love all the 4th of July goodies you made!

Fave memory of the 4th would be when I was about 6 and sitting in my Grandparents backyard eating ice cold watermelon and watching fireworks.

KanataNewf said...

Congrats on your milestone - and your projects were amazing! Being a canadian, we celebrate our country on July 1st. I would say this year was pretty special overall. My dearly beloved's brother is a fighter pilot in our air force and this year was home so we could get the entire family - all 16 of us counting spouses and kids together for a family photo session. It was a special day indeed - but on June 30th. A wonderful way to ring in our nation's birthday.

Ladydoc said...

I love the marching band music and then the fireworks when it gets dark and all the little kids with sprinklers!

Maureen said...

My most memorable July 4th was actually watching the fireworks at Gasworks Park here in Washington! It's much MUCH more amazing in real life!!!! Thanks for visiting my blog Karolyn!

Mo

Heidi said...

This is a beautiful project Karolyn, I love it and what a special gift/treat for anyone to get!

As for my most memorable 4th of july was 1976- my mother made us all these beautiful dresses and we made an awesome float and participated in a parade- I felt so festive in my Betsy Ross dress it truly was a 4th of July to remember!

Jess said...

Fabulous projects! Thanks for the great tutorial! My favorite memories of 4th of July are sparklers in the backyard at my house!

Chelsea said...

Love your projects ... my favorite memory of 4th of July were the neighborhood parties followed by walking to the fireworks. Fun Times!

Anonymous said...

Great projects! Thanks for sharing. Parade, patriotic ceremony, friends, food, fireworks

tdharris1@cox.net

n2kids said...

Wowza! What a prize. My favorite memory is going to watch fireworks at the park with family.

Sheila
n2kids61@yahoo.com

Kim said...

Holy guacmole! That is some amazing blog candy! Congrats on such a huge milestone... I really enjoyed visiting your blog - thanks for sharing all of your great ideas!

Kim
ckgalea@yahoo.com

Kim said...

Oops... forgot to say that my favorite memory of the 4th of July is lighting sparklers with my parents/siblings. We also were fortunate enough to live in a town that hosted a week long festival which often included the 4th of July. This will be the first year in a LONG time that I have missed the festival.

Jaspere said...

Wow you went all out. Fabulous projects. Hmmm...my favorite memory is seeing my two girls at the 4th of July parade. Decked out in red, white and blue and so happy and full of possibilities.

Sandra J. Strickler said...

What an awesome blog & even awesomer giveaway! My fave memory is taking my older 2 boys to the town fireworks with their dad. It eas probably 8 years ago and the last thing we did as a family. It's also my only 4th of July LO!!!
msk3@netzero.com

Ann said...

Woooo, that's a lot of yummy goodness to be had! My favorite 4th of July memory is just a general one--I LOVED sparklers when I was a kid! Every year that is what I looked forward to the most. :)

Stop by my blog for a BIG candy giveaway!!!

Chrissy's Creations said...

Wow, fabulous card!
My favorite memory is watching playing with fireworks in our front yard. I loved watching my father set off Roman Candles.

Stampin_melissa said...

Wow, what wonderful projects! Congrats on the hits! It is so sweet of you to offer up such wonderful blog candy. Hope your 4th was wonderful!

My fav 4th memory was from last night, watching my DS watch the fireworks!

Melissa
melissa.banian@gmail.com

Daniela said...

Congrats on the hits!!!! For the past five years our town displays little flags along the main road and the sidewalk by the pond. My little boy is finally old enough (and walking) to walk down the path with all the flags...and that is my favorite memory!

Lynna said...

Wow!!! Congrats on 10K hits and for offering such an amazing blog candy.

Anyway, my favorite memory of 4th of July celebrations has to be the time I got to see the fireworks display in Bay City, MI. It was in the early 90s. It was amazing and well worth the time it took to get there!!! The finale was off the bridge and into the water below. It looked like a waterfall and all the concussions going on above was awesome! The whole thing was set to patriotic music and at the end everyone stood up and cheered, even the boats in the river were honking their appreciation. That day I felt lucky to be an American, proud of our country and thankful for all the men & women who have fought to make this our home. 2nd favorite was the time I was in DC, on the mall and watched the display. It was truly something to appreciate being in our nation's capital on Independence Day.

TFS

lynna73@gmail.com

Elaine said...

My most memorable 4th of July was when we moved into our 'new house' and when the 4th of July came around, we realized we could see all of the fireworks from the beach below, from our deck - amazing and such a fun surprise!

Anonymous said...

My favorite memories of the 4th of July are when we had a campground and we would watch fireworks with all our camping friends and families. Sparklers were always fun as a kid too!! Thanks for a chance to win a great blog candy assortment. Have a beautiful day!
Kim Stevens

Margie said...

Wow! Ilove your projects! My favorite 4th of July memory is watching the father of a friend of mine at the 4th of July Parade. He fought in Vietnam, and I remember his pride as he sang the national anthem and watched the festivities!
margie_visnick@yahoo.com

Monika/Buzsy said...

Great 4th of July set! Love the different layers... great paper! What a yummy blog candy! Congrats on your hits! I am from Europe so my best 4th of July celebration was the very first one... with cook-out and fireworks. :o) TFS!
buzsy@yahoo.com

{MoM} said...

Congrats on the hits..
I have to say my MOST favorite and memorable 4th of July was as a Teenager.. My brothers and sister and her children and parents all gathered at my Grandmas house (with Grandma) and had a BBQ and played badmitton (sp) and other fun games.. It was real quality fun family time and I treasure that memory..

Lola G. said...

What amazing blog candy goodies! My absolutely favorite 4th of July memory is from 1976, the year our country celebrated its bicentennial. A friend of mine's mother worked in the World Trade Center, and the employees were allowed to bring in guests to the offices to get the amazing view the buildings offered for watching the parade of Tall Ships as they came up the Hudson River. It was quite a sight, and a very festive atmosphere as well.

Thanks for the chance to win.
Lola
Lrerg@yahoo.com

JenMarie said...

WOWzers, what a giveaway!
My fave memory would be an ongoing one...spending time w/ friends!

Marlo said...

Wow, congratulations! 10,000 hits, that is awesome!
My favorite 4th of July memory was going over to my grandparents house and playing fireworks and having a huge BBQ with our immediate family - all 20 of us. Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy said...

A couple years ago, my husband and I were traveling in the NE around the 4th so we scooted over to Boston to be there on the day. We set up a picnic blanket near the river, listened to the Boston Pops and watched the best fireworks display ever! There were so many people and the energy of the crowd was just amazing!

Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

Jackie said...

Wow, what an awesome giveaway!! My favorite memory of the 4th was when my daughter (she's now 24) was about 2 years old and slept through the whole fireworks show, sitting in her stroller. She never even flinched at the noise, and she can still sleep like that! I wish I could!

Sandy said...

Extra fireworks for your 10k!!!! Congratulations! My favorite memory is decorating my bike for the street parade in our neighborhood. I guess my creativity started early! :) Thanks so much for the chance to win your wonderful candy! Sandy L

ktalford@wwt.net said...

All I can say is WOW!

My favorite memory is being at my grandma's, having a watermelon seed spitting contest and those giant sparklers that were 3 feet long!

Susan G said...

Love your card and 4th of July display. I haven't tried digi images yet, but they are popping up everywhere, and I might just have to give them a try. Congratulations on your 10,000+ hits and thanks for offering such wonderful candy as a gift! It's awesome.
My favorite memory of the 4th is taking our two small boys to a fireworks display on our local Army post. The boys were small and so impressed with the huge fireworks. They'd only seen the small sparkly things we were able to shoot on our driveway before that. Their oohs and aahs were priceless!

maiahs_momma said...

Congrats on the 10K hits :)! I am not an American and therefore don't celebrate July 4th. However, I did celebrate Canada day and my favorite memory is participating in all the activities/special programs that were held in our area. Then to end it all with fireworks :)!

Hugs,
catherine
catlevy@eastlink.ca

Susan G said...

oops, I forgot to leave contact info. I'd sure love to win all these fun goodies! geddiesusan@hotmail.com

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, what a haul!!

Congrats on your blogoversy!

In my old beach neighborhood up north, everyone decorated a "float," a/k/a wagon, had a small parade, and a huge block party that lasted all weekend. Lottsa fun and a great way to meet and mingle with your neighbors old and new.

Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Lissame said...

I Love it, I am Canadian so my favorite is when we go to see the fireworks with my boys at our local community, they put on the greatest event for families. They have face painting, concert and carnival rides just an awesome time.Congrats on 10000 hits. Melissa Lissame3@yahoo.ca

Allison Cope said...

Congrats 10,000! I'm Canadian and the best memory I have is Canada Day 2008 when my son and I went to a friends and stayed the whole day at their town's celebration. The best part was the splash pad at the end of a warm, sweaty day!
sosketchyATliveDOTcom

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

My favorite memory...we live in a small town that has the traditional fireman's breakfast, cute parade with kids' parade first, fun little booths in the park. And this being my hubby's favorite holiday...just watching him act like a little boy at Christmas when he lights off his stash of fireworks is just the best!!

Gvendalen said...

Wow 10,000 hits! Congratulations!
Fabulous projects and so inspiring. What amazing celebration candy!
Hope you have a good day.]Hugs

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Congrats on all your hits. I love your fourth of July creation!!

Justine said...

Did I WIN??????????

Jaspere said...

I like your firework cake and the candy looks so good. Alyssa (moms little shadow)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on reaching 10,000 hits! Love your red white and blue projects. My favorite 4th memory is when I was a kid, and a lot of the family would get together. We would make ice cream and eat hot dogs and watermelon. We made noise with cap guns and whatever we could find.. all day long. And after dark we would take turns waving Sparklers.

Swedie