Saturday, August 16, 2014

Under the Big Top Blog Hop

Welcome to the Under the Big Top Blog Hop!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, get ready for the Greatest Show on Earth!
You are about to be amazed by our many talents under the Big Top!
Connie Can Crop is the Ringmaster of our Circus and the first stop on this super fun Blog hop. 
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations.

We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!

You could win an awesome package of  Kiwi Lane Designer Templates. 

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. Then stop by our sponsor's page at be sure to like her on facebook!!

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Additional blog candy from me for one lucky winner who follows me on social media. One extra entry for each follow. When you leave your message here on my blog please include your user names and where you followed me so I can verify all your entries.

  1. Pinterest
  2. Instagram
  3. YouTube
  4. Facebook

 OK!!! Grab your popcorn and your ticket! The show is about to begin!!


Elephants are a fav circus animal for my kids!  I've always wanted to send them to school with those cute and encouraging lunchbox notes. With school starting in a week I decided to give it a try. I also wanted to try water coloring since so many crafters have been doing it for a while. Both notes are flat, double-sided notes made from one sheet of watercolor paper. I started out on the smooth side and left the textured side for the sentiment and/or hand written note.

I didn't want these notes to be perfect or too fancy, just a quick show of affection for my kiddos. I started by cutting the watercolor paper to approximately the size of ATC cards, stamping in memento tuxedo black ink and wetting the surface with a water brush. I colored directly on the wet watercolor paper with Tim Holtz distress markers and blended with the water brush. On the back I scribbled with markers on the wet surface and blended for a tie die type of background. 

For the pink elephant I wanted a lighter color so I wet the surface but unscrewed the water reservoir so no more water could be released. I scrubbed with the markers on my Tim Holtz grid blocks and picked up the color with the water brush. I think I like this method better because it gave me more control. I opted to leave the back more open for a hand written sentiment matching what my child might be experiencing at the time.
  • Gray elephant - 
    • Inky Antics Balancing Act HoneyPOP stamps
    • Tim Holtz Distress Markers - picket fence, faded jeans, pumice stone, mowed lawn, tumbled glass, festive berries, stormy sky
  • Pink elephant - 
    • TPC Studio- Circus
    • Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
  • Tim Holtz watercolor paper
  • Water brush
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink
Up next is Alicia!

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

Good luck and thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day!


  • TBD


  1. These notecards are super super cool! I've never tried this technique but your cards make me want too!! Thanks for being in my hop. Scrappy hugs!

  2. I love the words of encouragement! Your cards are so cute! I am following you on Pinterest I am Sunflower Holli and on Facebook

  3. Oh My!!!! These are great!!!!!

  4. great job coloring! I am not so good and yours are so so pretty! wonderful cards!

  5. Very cute cards, love the gray elephant.


  6. Your notecards are so adorable! I like the elephants too!!

  7. Such SPECIAL cards for your kiddos for back to school lunches!!! Great job!!!

  8. Your cards are so cute!! I love the elephants. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. I follow you on Facebook.... my name is Carla Townsend

  10. I follow you on youtube. my screen name is racincrafts

  11. Adorable and a super idea - TFS!!

  12. I love the idea of the lunch note cards. As a teacher, I know it will mean so much to your kids. Thank you for giving directions on how you created your card.

  13. Love when cards are simply made. TFS!

  14. La-Vie these are so cute!! I know your kids will love them!!

  15. Love your lunchbox cards! I really want to try water coloring also--just need a paintbrush!
    Following you on all 4. Pinterest Linda; Instagram 2 crafty sisters; YouTube Linda H; Facebook Linda Hohbein

  16. I love your note cards! I just became a new follower.

  17. I'm also following you on Pinterest- Salnclts, YouTube- Amanda Rhodes, and Facebook- Amanda Rhodes.


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