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Two Huge Valentine’s Day Hops!

I am in not one, but two Valentine’s Day hops! Not bad for someone that doesn’t even like Valentine’s Day… The first is via Smeared & Smudged. It’s time for our monthly Member Blog Hop! The second was started by Taylor Usry. Please bear with me…this post is long because I am sharing 2 projects and the hop lists are huge. Let’s stat with Smeared & Smudged, shall we?

My dear friend Alex and I collaborated on the theme for this month’s S&S Member Hop. Instead of making it a free-for –all, we decided to challenge our members a little…create something Valentine’s Day / love themed, but there is a catch.  Because we are Smeared and Smudged you can not use any of the following:

No hearts

No red or pink

Nothing ‘cute’ unless you make it uncute of course :)

Ok, so it’s not dark and scary…but it’s definitely not cute either.

I used my colored pencils for the focal image.  It’s from Smeared Ink’s Smitten collection. The “pretty fly” is from the teir teen Style Sayings. I added the “You’re.”

It’s not your typical valentine…I can see it being used throughout the year. But it totally works for V-Day too!  Here is the S&S Member hop list.

Terra ~ Tori ~ Alison (me!) ~ Lady B ~ Helen ~ Kymberly
Berenice ~ Kelli ~ Lisa ~ Dianne ~ Teri ~ Rebecca
Steph ~ Jane ~ Sugar ~ Kapree ~ Black Dragon ~ Alex

Now for the ginormous hop! There are a ton of participants and a whole lotta prizes to be won! You will have until Thursday at 6PM EST to comment on all of the blogs. The prizes will be hidden, so make sure you leave some love for everyone! One of our sponsors is StampInsanity. And as one of the Groovy Gurlz, I wanted to share a card I made with one of Beth’s amazing sentiments.

It’s my Black Widow Valentine’s Day card! Yeah…no spider, but I really hate spiders! I just couldn’t bring myself to add one. The border punch at the bottom is from the devil herself (I say that with love), Martha Stewart. The swirls are from Autumn Leaves. But that sentiment from StampInsanity definitely takes center stage here!

As you can hopefully see in the above photo, I used Glimmer Mist on the web (Black Gold) and the sentiment (Walnut Gold). The swirls were embossed with black. Check out the black cardstock behind the senti…it’s got the look of taffeta! I love that paper!

So it may be just a little twisted, but I think this is a great card for V-Day! Taylor has the complete list of sponsors on her blog, but here is the complete list of hoppers.

Taylor Usry -

Libby Hickson -
Cindy Coutts -
Cyndi Bundy -
Amber Hillman -
Angelique Nederpel -
Tanya Johnson -
Suzi McKenzie -
Cathy Wallington -
Pam Hornschu -
Wendy Price -

Patricia Hays -
Maria Levine -
Sandie Dunne -
Juanita Gillen -
Janelle Stollfus -
Mary Collins -
Berenice Rendon -
Cheryl Gorka -
Jessica Fitzgerald -
Dee Morris -
Darsie Bruno -
Sandy Allnock -
Margie Cortina -
Kathy Fronczak -
Cat Darling -

Joyce Martens (Jolara) -
Erin Leveille -
Gudrun Loennecken-
Mackenzie Bruckler -
Melissa (Pink Cat) -
Patty Tanuz -
Emily Leiphart -
Jane Matsumoto -
Kimme Leach -

Kerry Kung -
Heather Lee-Reppen -
Rachel Sztonyk -
Jennifer Dove -
Lysa Q-
Erica Johnson-Wanzer -
Tina Kiehn -
Sugar Whiting -
Karin Martin -
Sunghee Chon -
Tanis Palmer -
Lindsey Martin-Penny -
Kristi Parker Van Doren -

Julie Elak -
Alison Heikkila - (me!)
Audrey E -
Laura Drahozal -
Louise Healy -
Wendy Jordan -
Lynell Harlow -
Terrece Siddoway -
Liz Martin -
Kim Reid -
Beth Ranney-Thomas -

I told you it was big! You have plenty of time to go through both hops, and I really hope that you do…there is so much talent to see! Taylor’s Blog has ALL of the info for this hop. Have an inspiring day!


Both cards are gorgeous of course. the smitten set is great for any time of year
That is the biggest hop I've ever seen lol
Ok so lovin both cards, and holy hell batman thats one huge hop!!!!!!!!!! WICKED!!!
I love the pretty fly one the mostest but love the red and black also!!!!!!!!!! Wicked Awesmeness!!!
WOW girl! I think both cards are FABULOUS. Love the yellow and green together. The sentiment is wonderful. Guess I know what I will be doing all day, hopping!!! :)
Beth aka BR-T said…
Wow these are so fun and unique! Beth aka BR-T
Karin said…
Great creative cards! Happy Valentine's day!
Sue said…
Cool spider card....Even without a
Cheryl said…
What fun cards! Totally cute!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Sugar said…
Love you allison! I sooo love these cards!! you rock!
Love these cards... especially how they are "uncute" and so far from red and pink! :) Happy Valentine's Day!
Anonymous said…
Two Gorgeous creations, But I have to say I adore the Black Widow one, so clever, and you've used my favourite StampInsanity sentiment. Awesome Work:)
Happy Valentines Day
Sprytebyrd said…
Awesome cards! I LOVE your black widow card!!

Hugs! Dee Sprytebyrd's Sentiments
Andrea C said…
Both absolutely brilliant cards x
What great creations - I especially like the flourishes - such a great way to use them!
DK Spins said…
Beautiful cards Alison. You are the queen of colored pencils!
ShersL84bed said…
Creative Cards! Love the black and red together.
Brigitte said…
Love your cards!!! The spider web definitely add a fun twisted touch!
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com
Unknown said…
Both your cards are fantastic
Luv Jane xxx
Louise said…
I like the Black Widow card, not scary at all! The sentiment is awesome. Happy Valentine's Day, Lousie
Lisa said…
adorable stuff!!! love it!
Ilonka said…
Wow what a great blog-hop. There are so many wonderful projects on the way!
Best wishes IO
Scrappychick said…
Love them both...but the first is just oh so cool!
Chantal said…
happy valentinesday!!
Rebecca said…
two incredibly awesome projects! Great job!
KC said…
these are both great! I love the colors on your fly card! and I love how twisted your SI card is!
Lorraine said…
What cool cards! Beautiful!
Cat said…
Gorgeous LOs and colors! Happy Valentine's Day!
Allye said…
Amazing cards, love your coloring!
Pam Hornschu said…
What a unique experience visiting your blog. Definitely bookmarking this one. Love your Valentine...and your comment about Martha? LOVE IT! LOL. The sentiment on your card is wonderful. TFS.
Pam Hornschu
Juliet A said…
These are some seriously edgy cards!
Carol W. said…
Fabulous job on both cards but I'm lovin the Black Widow card because of the sentiment ~ my favorite books/movie...whatever, I just LOVE IT! TFS
Saskia said…
Wow! Great cards!!!

Hop, hop, hop... to the next blog!

Greetings, Saskia :)
Love both of your cards. Thank you for sharing.
Anke said…
Love your cards. Especially the first one, because of the non-Valentine-colours.
sammi said…
Awesome card! Love the black, red and white color combo.
ldfdesign said…
wow, love both, i really like the green and yellow combo!
Anne Marie said…
I like twisted always love to see the none traditional cards!
~Lady B~ said…
You've outdone yourself, girl! Awesome job!
i love the details and vintage thanks for the card!!!
Pam said…
Crazy big hop. I'm still working on it the day after, but your cards were worth the wait. Great take on the deserted islands challenge too.
Kerry said…
Woohoo, 2 blog hop, double the fun!!! Beautiful!
wendyp said…
Awesome cards!!! Beautiful job coloring the images!
Unknown said…
Gorgeous cards, bigest blog hop I ever seen, off to hop
Cathy Spicer said…
Wow! Such elegant cards!
Tanya said…
Both cards are amazing! Great job!
Heidi said…
Your cards made me smile - especially the black widow. Love them both.
Jennifer Dove said…
i really love your cards!
sunghee said…
Beautiful cards! Love the coloring on pretty fly! what a fun image!
Patricia H said…
What a wicked cool change from the typical Valentine hearts and flowers! The black, red, white and gold color scheme on the black widow card is classic, and that's a great sentiment.
Lindsey said…
Love your take on Valentine's Day cards! They are both totally out there, and I mean that in the BEST way! :D LOVE the sentiment on the second one.
TannyP said…
Your creations made me smile! Fabulous cards =)
Karenladd said…
Unique and quirky take on the Valentines them!! LOVE it!!
Brennen said…
Love your use of the vintage images. Very nice cards. tfs
Barbara said…
Love, Love the second sentiment. What a great idea to make it the focus of this card. Both cards are marvelous. Thanks for sharing with us. Your blog is awesome too. XX
Terrece said…
Love your cards. The black widow card idea is a hoot! Very imaginative! Thank you for the great inspiration.
Leona said…
Very interesting cards.
Lea said…
Cool cards!

Lea Kimmel
You are busy! Both of your cards are great! The vintage look is wonderful.
Taylor said…
TOTAL cuteness!!! Thanks so much for hopping with me on Valentine's Day!

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