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Sunday, July 31, 2011


Hello everyone!! This is a bittersweet post for all of us who have been a part of CRAFTY HOs' because it will be our last challenge. Over the past 18 months, we have so much enjoyed seeing all of your challenge entries and we have been so HOnored to have amassed a great number of followers - way exceeding our expectations when we set out on this venture.

Unfortunately, all of our lives have become very busy and we have all branched out in a number of different directions, which is a good thing, but it also means that none of us have the time or attention to devote to the CRAFTY HOs' Challenge going forward. Therefore, we have mutually agreed this will be our last challenge.

HOwever, in true "HO STYLE" we are going out with a BANG!! First, we are having a HOp - you will start here and visit each HO blog on the HOp. Leave comments at all the blogs along the way and then if you wish, come back here and enter our ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE. We have prizes for our HOppers and challenge entrants too GENEROUSLY DONATED from our AMAZING sponsors. Thanks so much to our sponsors for offering such FABULOUS PRIZES!!

2 images from CHI CHI MEMORIES


3 images from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS
2 Images from SEW MANY CARDS

2 images from STAMP INSANITY

2 images from STAMP-N-DOODLE


1 sheet (4 images) from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP

You should have started at:
if you did not begin there, please go back and start at the beginning.  We wouldn't want you to miss out on the chance to win any of our fabulous prizes!

You should have come from:

I have 3 projects to share today from 3 of our sponsors!

The first one is an envelope (think it's called French Fry container) template from Lifestyle Crafts.  The image is from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP "Mexican Carmen" set as sentiment.  I have colored image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Nesties.  Sentiment also cut with Nesties.  Papers are from Bo Bunny.

Next is a card with image "Ballet L'il Amelia" from STAMP-N-DOODLE SHOP.  I used Papers from Echo Park and my stash, pearl flourishes from Prima and flower from K and Co.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with Nesties and daubed edges with staz-on.  Celebrate sentiment is clear stamp and I used Cuttlebug EF on purple piece.

Finally, a project featuring image "Henry Summer Fun" from STAMPINSANITY'S SHOP.  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cutting of shapes done with Nesties.  Papers from K and Co. and Cloud 9 Design.  Ribbon from my stash.  Cuttlebug EF used on light blue piece.  Hope you like it!

Your last HOp stop will be:

Remember, HOp along to every blog and leave a comment for the chance to win one of our awesome sponsor prizes. Don't forget to leave a comment here on the challenge blog too. You may also participate in our ANYTHING GOES challenge by linking your project to Mr. Linky for an additional chance to win. HOp and challenge will end at 11:59pm EST on Sat., August 6. Good luck, have fun and thanks so much for joining us over the past 18 months!!


Debra said...

I LOVE your projects, especially Carmen!
Wow, I wish you all a wonderful crafty future. I follow most if not all of you individually (I will make sure I do during the hop!) Thanks for the inspiration you have provided.

Craft long and prosper! May the craft be with you :)


CraftyLoops said...

What fantastic projects, I love them all. The card with the surfer is a fantastic card for teenage boys. Thank you so much for sharing. Lee xx

Glennis said...

Great cards Audrey, the surfer would be ideal for my grandsons

Bernie said...

I love them all. The the surfer card is fantastic card perfect for teenage boys. They are so difficult to make cards for.
Blessings Bernie

imthenoni said...

Audrey - love them all. As I looked at each of them someone came to mind for each. Love the colors and different designs of each.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great projects!


juelmarie said...

sad to see ya go - but we'll meet again in blogland!


:: BlueInks :: said...

Really cute projects. Each depicts the image so well. I especially like the first one!

Thank you for your time and effort on the CH blog. It was really fun!

Tammy L said...

gorgeous projects audrey! sorry the ho's are saying goodbye! thanks for the inspiration.

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Wow, talk about going out with a bang Audrey, THREE wonderful projects? Thanks so much to you and all the other Hos for a fab challenge blog with fun challenges and lots of inspiration :D

Tammylee said...

I loved all your projects today! Sorry to see your challenge close! Best wishes in all you do!

Barb said...

Sweet Cards--love all of them!

darling Ho said...

This is so cute! Love the bright colours.
Sorry for hearing a great challenge to be end.
~darling Ho

Ms. Petersen said...

Can I just say that "Crafty Hos" has always been my absolute favorite blog title ever? I think it's hilarious. I can only imagine how sad it is to have to end the challenges, and hope for all of you that the changes will all be positive ones. I would like to enter your blog candy contest. I was already a follower, and have posted a pic of it on my blog at: Your candies are amazing, so thank you so much for offering them!

Kathleen said...

great cards.
kathleen mc x

Made by Mandy said...

Sorry to see the Crafty Ho's go but 18 Months is a long time in Blogland so your challenge has done well.

Thankyou for all the inspiration you have provided to us and I wish you all the very best for your future crafting and personal journeys.

Love Mandy xxx

Rae Anne said...

Audrey, I've *GOT* to get me that Mexican Carmen set, que una nina bonita. . .;) As always, your talent amazes me! It was a pleasure working the corner with you on The Crafty Hos DT! :D MWAH!

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Busy Girl! All three projects are beautiful! It is sad to see the Ho's go.

Lana said...

Very cute card!

Courtney said...

Gorgeous cards Audrey! So sorry to hear the blog is coming to an end.