Monday, June 18, 2012

Blog Hop

I'm happy to announce that this is my very first blog hop!  Yes, you heard me correctly! First time being a part of something so cool!  I have to admit, that I am a little nervous!! EEK!  I hope that I do blog hoppin' justice! I wish they had a blog hop for dummies book?!  Well here it goes, I hope I do the blog gods and my Tuesday Alchemy team proud! Please bare with me on this post, it is fairly long...

Welcome to Tuesday Alchemy's Tips & Tutorials Blog Hop AND Anything Goes Challenge! First, the challenge is anything goes, so create ANY craft & share it with us here. If you provide a tip or tutorial, you will receive a bonus entry! We will provide tips & tutorials for you, so make sure to check out our blogs :)
(If you're placing a tip or tutorial in your challenge post, you must put "TIP" after your name, so we will count your extra entry.)
{ Prizes }
One winner will be randomly picked to win BOTH prizes from our sponsors!
DT members are offering prizes for the blog hop, too!
Each DT member will pick their own winner.
3 Digital Images - A Creative Need
$10 Store Voucher - Stitchy Bear Stamps
I Spy DIY Style book, 2 Cards, 5 Postcards & 3 Tags - Eileen
$10 Gift Certificate - Corrinne
Stamps, Rub-Ons, Doiles, Butterflies, Flowers & Surprises - Laine
Felt Sheets, Cards, Tags, White Pen, Stickers, Embellishments, $5 Gift Certificate - Kelli
5 Cards, Prima Flowers, Plaster Hearts, Lace & Tickets - Katya

Challenge #18: Anything Goes
One winner will be randomly picked from qualifying challenge entries.
1 Digital Paper Pack - Karen's Scraps And Graphics
{ Rules/How To Enter )
Challenge #18: Anything Goes
  • Create a new project. No back links.
  • Share this project on your blog AND include a link back to Tuesday Alchemy.
  • Post a direct link to your project on your blog (NOT your general blog addy) using Inlinkz.
  • Enter as many times as you want & can be shared with any other challenges.
Additional entries: If you include a tip or tutorial in your project post, you will receive an extra entry into the challenge. Please put "TIP" after your name, so we know to give you an extra entry.
NOTE: If you do not follow the rules, your entry will be deleted.
Tips & Tutorials Blog Hop
To join the Blog Hop, you simply visit each blog in the list. Make sure to follow the list provided, so you don't get lost during your journey. It will be posted on every blog, too. To win any of the prizes from TA's sponsors & the DT, you must:
  • Comment on every blog in the hop.
  • Become a follower of every blog in the hop.
When you are ready to hop, just click on your next stop & you will be on your way :)
Kelli - You Are Here
Katya - Your Next Stop
 Prize Giveaway:  For my prize giveaway leave a comment on this post, I will be placing all of your names in a box and randomly selecting a name( I know very high-tech!) I will pick the name and post the winner on Thursday June 21! 

I am giving away sheets of felt, handmade cards & tags, embellishments, my favorite white pen & $5 GC for my etsy shop!

Tutorial: Baby Mobile
For this weeks challenge, I decided to take a leap not a hop! (haha!, everyone's a comedian at some point.)
I made this baby mobile for one of my besties!  She's expecting any moment now and I can't wait! It's her second child, but first boy! I went with the blue hues, and used the ocean theme.
-Ribbons of your choice
-Crochet Hoop(any size to your liking)
-Felt cutouts, shapes, animals, flowers, etc.
-Shower Ring

Step 1: Take your crochet hoop

Take the part of the crochet hoop with the metal part and separate it from the second hoop.  We are using the second hoop without the metal on it

Step 2: Get a ruler or your measuring stick of choice, your scissors and ribbons.  We are going to cut our ribbons.  It looks more uniformed if they are all similar in length, but if you want to make them all different lengths it is up to you.  
Depending on the size of your hoop, will determine how many ribbons you will need to cut.  

Step 3: Choose your cutouts

Take a ribbon and apply some glue to the part of the ribbon that you want to place a cutout
Now add your cutout

      Continue to add your cutouts to your ribbons.

Step 4: Now we are ready to glue our ribbons to outer edge of our hoop.

Continue to glue your ribbons around your hoop, until your entire hoop is covered

Let this dry for about 5 mins, before continuing to the next step.

Step 5: Once your entire hoop is covered, we are going to apply a layer of ribbon over the outer edge that we just covered.  This is to cover the rim to make it look a little more uniformed.  Take your glue and apply it on top of the top of the ribbons.
Now take your ribbon and cover the rim of the hoop.
Once again, we are going to let this dry for about 5 mins.

Step 6: Now we are going to cover this layer of ribbon with our buttons.  Once again we are going to apply a layer of glue so we can start applying our buttons.
Continue this around the hoop, until the entire hoop is covered with buttons.

Let this set for 5 mins.

Step 7: Now we are going to add ribbons to the inner part of the hoop.  For this part I recommend that you use a little thicker ribbon, but you can experiment with this and try out what works for you.  I used 4 pieces of 1in. sheer ribbon.  This is the part is the part that we are hanging.  Cut the ribbon at the length of your choice.   You might want to gauge it accordingly to the lengths that you cut your other ribbons.  

Step 8: For this step, we are going to decide where to glue the ribbons.  Depending on how many ribbons you are using, measure out where you want to place them.  Since I used 4 ribbons, I decided to put the ribbons at 12, 3, 6 & 9 o'clock.  I marked it with a pen, so I know more or less where to put my ribbon.

After you do this step it's time to glue your ribbons down.

Let the glue set and dry for about 5-10 mins.

Step 8: This is the last step.  We are going to take our shower curtain ring and tie each end of our ribbons to the ring.  

Now that your ribbons are all tied up, you can hang up your mobile!

Top of mobile


Mission Accomplished!

**For this project I used my favorite glue, Beacon's 3 in 1 glue!  It's awesome, quick drying and easy to work with
**I used grosgain, sheer and satin ribbons
**Felt cutouts were from Darice, but you could easily use paper if you wanted to
**Have fun and experiment with your design

 I hope that this was fun for you! Thanks for hanging in there with me!! I know it was VERY long!! 
 Hop on to the next page! I hope you enjoy the blog hop!! 



  1. What a wonderful, colourful mobile and the tutorial looks so clear - thanks. I'm now off to look at the next person on the blog hop. x

    1. Thanks!! I really appreciate your kind words!! I was worried that it was going to be too confusing!! Thanks for joining the blog hop!!

  2. Like the baby mobile. My daughter who will be 21 end of this yr still has her baby mobile
    which has Pandas on it hanging from a plant hanger above her bed.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

    1. That's awesome!! Thanks for joining the blog hop!!

  3. HI there~
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some sweet comments... I'm also your newest follower..
    I'm happy I hopped over you have some awesome projects... Love your blog too and I see your a big fan of HK too..

    1. Thanks for all the kind words!! Yes I do love HK!!! Thanks for joining the blog hop!!

  4. What a wonderful idea! Thank you for tutorial, everything is clear. Could you please tell me what kind of glue did you use for gluing of ribbon?
    Thank you!
    Go in on to the next in blog hope :-)

    1. Thanks!! The glue is Beacon's 3 in 1 glue, it's my fav and it's so good!! I use it for everything!! Thanks for joining the blog hop!!

    2. Thank you! I know this glue and definitely will give it a try!

  5. how sweet is this project and I can see many other ideas for this one. Thanks for the chance of the blog hop
    x catherine

    1. Thanks so much for joining the blog hop!! I hope that you can make this project!! I can't wait to give mine to my friend!!

  6. I really love this project, it's so sweet. Thanks for the tutorial too. TFS
    Hopping along:-)

    1. Thanks for joining the blog hop! I hope you can make this project some time soon!! It's fast and easy!!

  7. Happy creation dear,like you happy(hour) :) I must try to do this creation for my house...with shells...for my doughter :)
    Thanks for tutorial:)

    1. Thanks Sonia!! Shells is such a great idea!! I love shells, I like to collect them when I go to the beach!! Thanks for joining the blog hop!!

  8. What a great idea! Love the tutorial! :)

    1. Thanks Eileen!! I hope you can make one too!!

  9. Hi Kelli
    Congratulations on your very first blog hop! I am having fun blog hopping! I have to say WOW on your fantastic creation! That is really something! Inspiring to say the least. I always wonder how I could use some of my ribbons on a larger scale, not just a bit of a piece on my cards etc and this is it! What an idea and what a brilliant decoration this makes too. Thank you for the tutorial too.
    Michaela xx

    1. Thanks Michaela!! I'm glad that you're enjoying the hop and that you found my tutorial useful!! I love ribbons and am always trying to find ways to incorporate them in projects!!

  10. What a fantastic project, thank you for sharing its creation, and congratulations on your first blog hop, cheers Linda

    1. Hi Linda!!

      Thanks so much for the kinds words!! I hope you're enjoying the blog hop!!

      Hope to see you again soon!! Thanks for the follow.

  11. Замечательная вещица! очень понравилась!

    1. Большое спасибо! Я надеюсь, что тебе нравится блог-хоп!

  12. Well done on your first hop. Tutorial very good too. xxx

    1. Thank you so much!! I hope you enjoyed the hop!!

  13. This hop is great, but i have to say this is absolutly AWESOME, i am gonna make one...with fairies (i am a fairy freak). Thanks for the brill tut!!xx

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words!! I really appreciate it!! Fairies would be awesome, especially since they fly it would look so cool!!! I'm glad you like the tutorial. I hope you're enjoying the blog hop!!

  14. Nice Decoration...looks great!
    Thanks for the wonderfull workshop


  15. Wow - Kelli - great tutorial and beautiful project.



    1. thanks laine!! i hope the hop was good for everyone!!

  16. What a great tutorial and awesome project. Gosh, that's a lot of ribbon. Have a great day.


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