Patriotic Mini Hop and A Little Blog Candy

Good morning Friends,

Today’s post is for the Creative Cutter Room Design Team. We are having a mini hop Patriotic Style!  Here is the direct link to start at the beginning.

So in keeping with our hop and with our Week of Graphic 45 sponsorship this is what I came up with.

cricut one nation under Elohim-450
Here is a view of my layout. I used the Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Life’s A Ball Paper.
The required elements for the hop – challenge are:
At least one button
Banner or Flag
Some Type of Metal Embellishment
3-D Element
cricut liberty bell
Here is  a close up shot of the Liberty Bell. I cut it out from the Cricut 4th of July Cartridge. The Flag is a K & Company embellishment.

cricut finished liberty bell
Here is a close up of the liberty bell die cut.

cricut painting1 liberty bell
I started with a plain white die cut. I sponged Gold Ink on it. I Dabbed or pounced the paint. I wanted it to look rough and not smooth.

cricut painting liberty bell
cricut inking liberty bell
I inked the top of the base die cut with Jumbo Java Dew Drop Ink. I covered it lightly and then went back and made some deeper “lines” with the ink by inking with the edge of the pad.

cricut rosette close up2
Here is the Rosette I created and again, I used the Life’s A Beach Paper from Graphic 45. I added a nice button to the top.

cricut rosette closeup
Here is a close up shot of the scripture verse I added. It is one of the verses our church is memorizing for the year. It says:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land
2 Chronicles 7:14

What an awesome promise from the most high God!

My Blog Candy

cricut rosette close up2
The Rosette Cutting file AND 3 Files of your choice from PaperCraftingWorld.com either single cutting files or digital stamps!
Just leave a comment on this post AND be a follower! I will pick one random winner!

SIDE NOTE: I also have this same post and blog candy give away on my other blog too!
Just CLICK HERE to head over there and enter there for a second chance to win!

Be sure to head over to the Creative Cutter Room and participate in this fun hop!
Here are the other blogs to visit in the hop
Creative Cutter Room

Don’t forget about the Graphic 45 Challenge we have going on over at CCR too!
Here is the direct link!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Wow!!! This is an awesome layout!!! I love, love, love anything patriotic and this is that and more. The sentiment really fits our times right now and I hope this touches anyone who visits your blog. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I really love this, my Husband is retired Military, with a change or two this would be perfect for his service scrapbook!! Thanks for the great inspiration and ideas!!
    otrbanks at earthlink dot net

  3. Amazing layout! To think your bell started with white paper.....yes amazing is right. TFS your wonderful talent.

  4. This is a fantastic layout! It makes me wanna work on layouts instead of cards. All the details really add to the finished look. GREAT job and thank you for sharing.

  5. I love the little rosette you made. It really fits the layout.

  6. Beautiful! I love the rosette!!

  7. Very beautiful and elegant layout! Love the bell!!

  8. I love this layout but I really love that rosetta. I have made one and it was a lot of trouble. Was thinking about ordering Tim Hotz's die but I only have a Cuttlebug and not sure that long die would work. I would love to win a cutting file and if I don't win one perhaps buy one.

  9. I love your card very well done and thank your for posting the bible verse it was just what I needed to read today, God Bless,

  10. Wow this is fantastic. I would love to do this for my dad who is a vet. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. I love this LO! Gorgeous!!

    carriedan1 at live dot com

  12. Fantastic layout. I love it. You did a great job on the bell. And I love the rosette. Thanks for a chance to win.


  13. Beautiful Layout Melin-you always amaze me with your amazing designs and detail. So glad you are on the Creative Cutter Team!!! Hugs Cathie

  14. Oh this is beautiful! I have a whole book of patriotic layouts but they pale in comparison to this. Thank you for a chance to win that rosette. I really could and would use it.
    susanslomski at yahoo dot com

  15. I love the rosette, can't wait to try one. The colors you used are gorgeous and I really like the technique you used on the Liberty Bell

  16. This is so beautiful! I love how much detail you've put into this layout.

  17. Love your layout. Nice way to use the rosette file. Thank you for sharing your layout with us.

  18. That is absolutely stunning! I love the patriotic theme and what you did with that bell to make it look so realistic. Just wondering if you are taking the class "Memorizing the Word" at your church? A gazillion years ago... well in the late 70's anyway... I took that course and have fond memories of driving with my best friend out to attend Bible college in Los Angeles and both of us repeating ALL the scriptures we had learned in that class every day. Gee, I wonder how many I could repeat now?

  19. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....Your layout is AMAZING!!! The scripture you chose is PERFECT and beautiful!!!! What a lucky winner ANYONE would be to win your blog candy!!!!!! AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!I'm now following you on both Blogger and Networked!!! Yeahhhh ME!!

  20. beautiful layout! your liberty bell is fantastic.

  21. What a wonderful layout. I love the rosette and the wonderful embellishments! Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Oh Melin, I love this layout!! The details are awesome and I love that bible verse as well.

  23. This LO is amazing! I just love the verse on this page!! It is beautiful! I also really like how you did the bell! TFS the technique!

  24. What a gorgeous layout - I especially love the medallion.

  25. Nice layout. Many possibilities for its use!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    fourkidstwocats at msn dot com

  26. Terrific LO! Love your scripture. Colors are nice together and really like the way you did the bell. Thanks for the how to do.
    P.S. I don't have a blog.

  27. Melin this is great! ;)

  28. I love July 4th and am grateful to be an American. I LOVE this layout and especially the scripture saying. You are so gifted, Melin. I enjoy your blog and your files immensely.

  29. Your layout is lovely. I can't think of a better time for that scripture than now.
    Thank you for sharing and God Bless.

  30. What a wonderful layout! You did a great job.

  31. Beautiful layout, Melin! I've left something for you over at my blog.

    ~ Jen

  32. So AWesome Melin!!! Thanks so very much for making the rosette! I have one for my cricut but yours really looks more polished and complete---plus---what a blessing to get to receive 3 of your cutting files?! WOW---they really do glorify the Lord!!

  33. really cool Layout Melin! We went to Colonial Williamsburg last summer. I may have to scraplift some of your ideas.

  34. Melin, You have out done yourself as usual. The sponge inking is great and I love that rosette. TFS

  35. It IS an awesome promise; the song after that verse, I can't sing it without crying!

    Your creations are lovely!


  36. That is great I love the layering!!

  37. Great LO. I'm a new follower. teelayoung at hotmail dot com

  38. Love it. I love the verse and how you made the bell.


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