Thursday, September 15, 2011

All About Fall Blog Hop Day 1 September 15th

All About Fall Hop

Welcome to the "All About Fall" Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects that are All About Fall!!  You'll find an array of ideas throughout the hop -- From decorations to gift ideas and more, we hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!! This is a TWO-DAY hop, so be sure to catch both days for maximum ideas (you'll find the entire line-up below my post)!!

Before the leaves change color and fall... let's get hopping!!  If you've hopped over from Lisa -, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our All-About-Fall FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lynda's blog because...  Starting at the start is always SMART!! :)  We have a WONDERFUL Grand Prize for one lucky hopper today -- A $25 Gift Certificate for Designs On Cloud 9!!  To be eligible, please visit each "Blog Hop Stop" and leave a comment!!  One random winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 21st (giving you plenty of time to finish the hop)... For more details on what you could choose if YOU are the winner, please be sure to visit our sponsor:

Designs on Cloud 9

For the hop today, I've created ....... a Fall Topiary  using the new Cricut Cart Flower Shoppe.  I am been so excited to finally be able to share my project.  I don't have an exact  recipe for you but let me tell you this was a fun, fun project and you can make one yourself.
How I made the topiary:
1.  I started with a 6 inch styrofoam ball which I painted (actually dabbed with a foam brush) with brown acrylic pain.  I recommend this so the green or white does not show through.  I then put flower foam in a pot (5 inch)  I had and  cut a dowel 14 inches. I also painted the dowel brown.   I then put the dowel into the foam and into the pot.
2.  The flowers are all cut from Flower Shoppe however you could use flowers from any cart.  The largest size cut is 3 inches down to 1 1/2 inches.  Each flower is 3 layers.  I used the DCWV Fall Stacks both pattern paper and plain cardstock.   I inked the flowers with Tim Holtz ink
3.  The first crafting session I cut out a bunch of different cuts at  3 " and 2 1/2 ".  That night I made the flowers and ended up with about 20.   On the second day  I glued them with the glue gun to the foam spreading similar flowers around the ball.   I had a lot of holes so I made more flowers  2 inches 1 1/2 inches to fill in spaces.  Many of the flowers centers are made with with spiral cuts and twisted with quilling tool.  I also added gems to some of smaller flowers.
4.  I decided to wrap ribbon around the dowel that I bought last year and then made a large bow.  I also dabbed the pot with a sea sponge with different Tim Holtz paint dabbers.  To cover the  foam in the pot I made a paper circle with dark orange and then added some fall leaves I had.
5.  The large thick felt leaves on the table I found this week at my Albertsons grocery store.

Closeup of flowers 
Another closeup
Pot and bow closeup
I hope you liked my project and have enjoyed all the great Fall projects.
I am entering this in the My Craft Spot Challenge and the Love to Crop Challenge.Happy Fall You All 

For my blog candy I  will choose a winner by on Monday September 19th.  To be in the drawing I ask that you leave a comment and that you are a follower of my blog. ( I love comments and followers !)  The winner will receive a $10 gift card from their choice of Michaels or Joanns.

Thank you again for checking out my project...  So glad you made it this far.  Remember tomorrow will be day 2 of the Fall Hop and you will start with Lynda again-- Remember to visit all the stops for more chances to WIN!!  Have fun and Happy craftin.

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone -- I've included BOTH days of the hop so you'll be sure not to miss a THING!!

DAY ONE (September 15)

1. Lynda -
2. Amy -
3. Removed
4. Removed
5. Anita -
6. Kari -
7. Lori -
8. Removed
9. Indira -
10. Kacee -
11. Bobbi Jo -
12. Rhonda -
13. Susan -
14. Lynne -
15. Rhonda -
16. Sandy -
17. Lisa -
18. Deb -
19. Dawn -
20. Lisa -
21. Suzanne -

DAY TWO (September 16)

1. Lynda --
2. Sylvia -
3. Nancy -
4. Jen-
5. Dana--
7. Vicki -
8. Kathy -
9. Deborah -
10. Lisa -
11. Mindy -
12. Janet -
13. Carol -
14. Pam -
15. Brenda


  1. I am so loving this fall topiary Suzanne!! It is so pretty and will look great in your home! You did such an awesome job making it and I just love the colors/papers you used!! Well done my friend!

  2. wow .. this is so cute
    i m alreay loving this !

  3. What a great project. Love the colors, TFS. I'm a follower.


  4. WOWZERS!!! This is gorgeous!! You really put alot into this!! I LOVE fall and the colors .. WOOT Woot!!!


  5. ohhh i love fall and all the it encompasses TFS!!!


  6. Very unique craft for fall and I love it. I could see that sitting at the entrance to my house. "wink, wink". I have become a follower now and hope you'll check out my site sometime. Jearise in and at

  7. Cool Idea. Love it.

  8. Love it! All the colors..I am a color fanatic! Love, love, love color!

  9. what a great project! love it!

    lisa G

  10. Very pretty topiary. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. Already a follower.

    vwilson577 at

  11. Such a beautiful topiary love it. TFS

  12. Great project! So happy to hop with you! Im already a follower

  13. I love your topiary, the colors you used are so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing your project with us. I'm a new follower. or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

  14. Pretty topiary! Quit tempting me with your new cartridge LOL!! Glad to be in this hop with you!!

  15. WOW, the ammount of time you spent doing this = it's beautiful! I'm a new follwer and I need to get that cartridge!!!!

    Patti Ross

  16. WOW! this is amazing!!!


  17. Hi Suzanne, I'm glad I stopped by on the hop. Your situation (retired) is similar to mine, but I have you beat by 1 grand-daughter!!
    Your topiary is lovely and perhaps I'll make one for the 40 + people coming on Thanksgiving to my house. I copied your button & when I can figure out how to make one for myself, you can do likewise! Please stop over @ my blog and see how the Fall hop inspired me to create a page. Claire

  18. This is very pretty! I know it took FOREVER for you to do! AWESOME job! I'm so happy to be a part of this hop with you!

    lnorris21 at hotmail dot com

  19. Wow! What an amazing project! You are very talented! I would love to make one to put in my foyer but I don't know if I am brave enough to try!

  20. Beautiful project and so colorful! Love it~very creative!
    Sherrie K

  21. Great project that turned out so pretty! I love your flower covered topiary! :)Amy

  22. WOW,This is a great project.Just got that cart,I am a follower,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  23. AMAZING! Soo many details! What talent you have!!

  24. I love your project the flowers are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.

  25. I am always excited to come see what you have made and you did not disappoint today -- the topiary is fabulous!!! I love all the detail and 'prettiness' you put into it:-) Truly an artist! I am definitely a follower...

  26. Just wanted to let you know that before this page even loaded, I saw the name of your blog and became a follower. And.. was very happy I did, as i saw what you created I smiled. So pretty.

  27. Fantastically Fall-icious table centerpiece! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

  28. I love your flower tree! Thanks for sharing!

  29. so fun. makes me want to go get a ball and start creating.

  30. New follower here :) I love this idea and really want to make one. Thanks for sharing this amazing project.

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

  31. Wonderful idea.... it's very pretty! TFS! It was nice hopping along with you today!


  32. I love your flower tree! It is so cute! Makes me think of all the bushes cut to look like that. They need to take a lesson from you. I love your flowers much better. Thanks for sharing. I am a follower of your blog. Edwina Brown

  33. Love, love, love it! Great job!!

    kissmyjen at

  34. OOOO I love these colors! This is so cool! TFS CallyAnn

  35. Now this is another darling idea from my wonderful blog hop ladies... I thank you for sharing your talents with me!!!! And I thank you for hopping with me too!

  36. that one is amazing !!!

    love, Marina.

  37. This is so very pretty! I love the colors of the flowers! Thank you so much, love being a follower!
    summer_sunset54 at hotmail dot com

  38. Great colors!! What a pretty centerpiece! Thanks for joining us at Love to Crop!
    Peggy Sue-Guest designer at Love to Crop

  39. Very pretty fall decor.
    I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  40. This is a gorgeouse project would be an awesomr part of a fall decor. TFS
    Big Blog Hugs1 *Janet*

  41. Such a pretty topiary!! Love all the fall colors ! Thanks for playing along this week, at My Craft Spot !

  42. Great job with the topiary. You did a great job with the flowers.
    Thanks for joining us at LTC.
    I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

  43. very nice, I love all of the different flowers you used. Great hop!!!
    Eva :0)
    I have a giveaway on my blog

  44. This is fabulous!! I love the colors. Thanks for linking up with us this week at My Craft Spot!!

    Scrapping Mommy

  45. This looks super! What a lot of work it must have been for you - but worth the effort!
    Thanks so much for playing along at My Craft Spot!
    Small Bits of Paper

  46. Fabulous topiary! I just love it and want to give this a try! Thanks for linking up with us at Paper Issues!