01 April 2011

April Fool's Blog Hop!

Welcome to It's A Joy 2 Scrap's April Fool's Day Blog Hop! I hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday! If you came here from Amy's blog, you are in the right place. However, if you happened upon my blog, please head over to It's A Joy 2 Scrap's blog so you don't miss any of the fun.

For this hop, we were asked to create a project that “tricks the eye.” I really struggled in coming up with something, so April gave me some ideas.  As soon as I saw the words "explosion purse," I knew EXACTLY what I was going to make!!!  I've really been into the pink-and-green stage lately, but I decided to do something different with this one, so I went with a Marine Corps theme.  (For those of you who are new to my blog, my husband is active-duty Marine Corps.  OOH RAH!!!)  I did an internet search for "explosion purse" and found directions on Qbee's Quest's blog, which you can visit here.  And so, without further ado, here's my explosion purse:

I found a piece of navy blue cardstock in my stash, so I used it for the base.  The patterned paper is "Marine Emblem" from Stamping Station, the emblem on the front is a self-adhesive metal medallion from Pioneer Photo Albums, and the U.S.A. ribbon was some I had in my stash.  The patterned paper on the inside was ALSO in my military stash (I guess it's good that I used up some stuff!), although I don't remember what company it's from.  All in all, this explosion purse was SUPER easy to make!  I spent more time on the topper/flap than I did anything else!  I'm sure there's an easier way to make the top, so I'll have to experiment a little later. 
Next in line is JANICE from CRICUTOLOGY.  She has some AWESOME projects on her blog AND she includes video tutorials with almost all of her posts, so be sure to hop on over there and check it out!

If you get lost along the way, here is the line up of my fellow crafters:








ASHLEY (That's me!!!)


















Sorry I don't have a picture of my blog candy, but I WILL have something to offer!  I'd LOVE it if you'd become a follower, but it's not required.  All you have to do to be eligible for my blog candy is leave a comment telling me what first comes to your mind when you hear the words "United States Marine Corps."  That's it!  I'll use random.org to choose a winner and will post the winner on Monday, so be sure to check back.  You'll have three days to get in contact with me once I announce the winner, or I'll choose someone else.

Don't forget! If you leave a comment on all the blogs by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CST. You have a chance to win some fabulous prizes.  Enjoy!


Misty said...

OOH RAH!! I adore that purse! Gosh, they make paper for everything!
Marine? Proud, Strong, Brave & Handsome!

I am holding my 1st blog hop, please
come to my blog for more info & to join me!

Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Theresa said...

I think of my strong and proud grandfather! He was a PROUD marine to the end...thats one thing I notice about Marines more than any other armed forces....they will always be a Marine!

Crafty Geek said...

The first thing that comes to my mind is "PROUD to be an American!"

I absolutely love this!! TFS!
~Janice "The Craftin' Geek"

Anonymous said...

Oh wow this is gorgeous.... Love it.

Amy said...

Love what ya did with this!! My son's best friend is a proud Marine, so it made me think of him!! :)

Thanks for participating in the HOP!! I'm your newest follower!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com

Cyndi S said...

When I hear United States Marine Corp. the first thing that pops into my mind is BRAVERY. I cannot emphasize that enough. A HUGE "Thank You" to all of our military and their families.
cstephenson at q dot com

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I love this project! Very original! TFS!

*Star said...

Awesome Project! I'm gonna be completely honest. The first thing that came to mind was my favorite show NCIS and how I haven't seen the latest episode and then a second later I thought of my 2 brother's and their wives that are all serving in the United States Army and how grateful I am that they have chosen to serve and protect our country. I am so grateful to all our service men and women that they have the courage and bravery to fight for all of us.
Tfs and have a great day. :)
stars paper passion at gmail dot com

iluvkatie74 said...

Fantastic project!!
When i think of Marines, I think Heroes.
Tell your husband Thank you for his service.

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dot com

Tammy said...

I love the explosion purse! Fantastic! When I think of the USMC, I think of all of our Marine Friends! My hubby is retired USCG and we have many USMC friends.
otrbanks at earthlink dot net

Krystal said...

I'm loving all these explosion items. LOL. The irony is explosion and military in the same sentence! LOL

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the words "United States Marine Corp" is RESPECT!

I have the utmost respect for all of our military! :)

Thanks for sharing.

kreative.krystal at gmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

What a delightful project!

I just found your blog and am now a follower. So very nice to meet you! My parents used to vacation in Oceanside every winter so I am familiar with that area. So beautiful!

lillianchild at cox dot net

BunnyFreak said...

When I hear Marines I think of our dedicated men and women.
email in profile.

Misha said...

First thing that comes to mind is DEDICATION. I don't know how you military families do it, but I thank God everyday that you do!

misha_113 at yahoo dot com

Angela said...

The first word that comes to mind is PROUD. Every Marine should take pride in what they are doing for their country!

lauermaa at gmail dot com

Jan said...

I love this! It reminds me of the 12 years my husband proudly served in the AF. I am a follower now! :)

Jenn said...

Great explosion purse! The emblem in the front is beautiful, TFS!

mamawcindy said...

Just love your Explosion Purse!!!! You did an Awesome job. God bless the U.S.A. :0)
cindymarshall63@hotmail dot com

kathlee said...

What first comes to my mind is my step-son who served 20 years as a Marine and is now in Afghanistan as a civilian with the defense dept. Great purse! We are proud of our servicemen!

Tanya said...

Great explosion purse!! First thing that comes to my mind is HERO!!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Elaine said...

Awesome purse, love it!
thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)


Barbara said...

What a great project Ashley, super cute.

Jo said...

wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing :)

joanieodonnell at hotmail dot com


lisastuf said...

Love your project!
I have a Son in the Army who is deployed to Afghanistan right now and this would be a perfect card to make for him.
When I hear U.S. Marine Corps. I think of "Honor".
Lisa H.
lisastuf at gmail dot com

Nana Jo said...

Great card - am a new follower.
mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

Vicki said...

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Marine is ex-coworkers who enlisted last year. So proud of them. Great project.

scrappinC said...

The purse is awesome you did a great job. I am a new follower and look forward to seeing your new creations.
Cindy Lou
endurapuppy at yahoo dot com

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Trisha said...

Semper Fi is my first thought. Say thank you to your husband for serving our country proudly. Our son is a career man in the Navy (I know that's the competition but all these men are serving us so well.) Thanks for sharing your great bag and I am a new follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com.

Your bag is wonderful.

Suzy said...

The first thing to come to mind is my Grandpa :) Happy belated April Fool's Day and thanks for the chance to win :)
-Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

Tamara said...

Lovely project! When I hear USMC I think of all the brave men and women serving our country! They are all heroes in my eyes!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Tiffany said...

Love your purse! The first thing that comes to my mind is bravery. Excited to start following you! So glad to be a part of this hop with you:)


Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

Well done! Love the theme.

joydee1963 said...

I think of my dad he was a marine! great project,joydee1963@yahoo.com

Kristin said...

Love the purse. Wehn I think of the Marine Corp. I always think of the Strong and the Proud and of course OHH RAH!

ksully4597 at gmail dot com

karensk said...

Love your exploding purse,first thing that comes to mind is Semper Fi. I am a follower.
Thanks for sharing
karenk3 at ameritech dot net

Becky Dunham said...

Fabulous exploding purse Ashley! The first thing that comes to mind for me when I hear Marine is protector. That sounds like of odd, but I think of our servicemen and women as protectors of our freedom. Thanks for sharing this awesome project :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

AJoy said...

Ashley, Thank you for participating in my blog hop! I love this purse...and it's patriotic! Great job!

I hope you had fun creating and hopping!

nginerd at gmail dot com

Tonia said...

That is just neat!! So patriotic!!

toniasolomon at comcast dot net

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

strong - dependable -committed - semper fi - that's what I think. I personally am a US Army Vet myself.. Tell your hubby - THANK YOU!

Darlene said...

My daughter's best friend's father just retired from 20 yrs in the Corps! Thanks for your sacrfices.
desaucier at bellsouth dot net

Anna said...

My dad was a marine in WW2. This is just awesome. Great Job!!!
Thanks for the chance to win.
I am a new follower.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Debican said...

Ashley, I really enjoyed being in the hop with everyone. I was wowed by all the great projects. My oldest brother retieded from the USMC. Best branch ever! Hugs, Debi