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Feb 20, 2012

Mardi Gras Parade Blog Hop

Welcome to our Mardi Gras parade.

I must warn you though while you may enjoy jumping up to catch beads, doubloons, cups, stuffed animals--whatever! Please yell at the float riders "Throw me something, Mister!" Bring a large, sturdy plastic or cloth bag to hold all the treasure you'll be catching - if you try to put all of your beads around your neck, you'll have a hard time standing up straight! Be prepared: some people get so overcome with excitement they will occasionally jump in front of you to grab what a rider has thrown to you. Don't get into a tug-o-war....there are many more floats on the way! If you're from far away, some visitors hold up a sign saying where they are from.. our local riders love to see people from far away have a good time and will throw to them to make sure they do! The colors of Mardi Gras are: Purple which represents justice; Green which represents faith; and Gold which represents power.Mardi Gras is always held the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement ... and one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold; and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. They sit on the ground throwing balls, playing music, having a picnic, and watching the crowds walk by between parades. Instead of beads, coconuts (which apparently is the most prized throw from floats) and other baubles, we have a great sponsor:

 ■$15 Gift Card for Treasure Box Designs ( They are asking you to stop by their blog and checking out their Guest Designer projects and leaving a comment at They are a part of the parade route!

■$50 Gift card from Anita Meadows Cannon

Sew, sit back with your beverage of choice, just keep in mind the police will be in full force watching for drunken lewdness as this is a family event! Feel free to watch in costume, as this is a festive hop!!
If you have arrived from Anita on the parade route, then you are sitting at the best seat in the house!

If you have just happened to be visiting me today, don't get me wrong as I always love visitors, I would love for you to start at the beginning of our parade route at Lynne, your hostess along with Kimberly, at

Well today I have a gate fold card with the drama and comedy masks on each side of the front ...

then a beautiful Doily from SVGCuts Doilies Kit...
I used the doily and then did a shadow in Silhouette Designer Edition to create the back ground and used a basic shape to create the yellow circle.... I used a stamp from Stamp N Plus Scrap N for the sentiment...
simple as that...

Here is 1 more photo of the card...
oh yeah, I was at the dollar store and I saw these beads
and knew I had to have them for this project...
I think it added a great touch...

Hope enjoyed my float in the parade. To continue on the parade route, Your next stop is Theresa . I would love for you to throw me your comments as to my tribute to Mardi Gras!

Here is a list of the entire Parade, so if you get lost in route hop on a float and get back on the hop...

1. Lynne
4. Inga
5. Kari
6. Dena
7. Gill
9. Janet
11. Ashley
13. Rhonda
17. Susan
18. Laura


  1. I love your card. The masks on it are great! I've been wanting some masks like that. I may have to get creative with my Inkscape. Thanks for sharing. Jearise

  2. Great card. Love how it opens. Nice being in the hop with you.

  3. Adorable card --- always admire gate fold cards and have yet to try one!! Those beads are a definite must to not only display your card but wear them!!!! Thanks sew much for being part of this hop and as always a pleasure hopping with you!!!
    Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust!
    Her Craftiness

  4. What a great card...

  5. so so sos cute love all these colors



  6. Katie, I love your card! It is fun and creative. Love the doily inside. It is so pretty.Your card is sure to put a smile on someones face. Thanks for sharing. Edwina brown

  7. Love your perfect card!! It's simplicity is very refreshing and I do love the way you displayed it :-) Happy Fat Tuesday!!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  8. So cute!! I love your card!!
    I love Mardi Gras,,I went 3 years in a row to LA in New Orleans,,didnt get to go this year!!!
    am a new follower!!

  9. I love the card style and those faces are awesome!
    Big Blog Hugs,Janet

  10. That is a GREAT card! Thank you for sharing :) :)

  11. Super Cute!
    Miranda :)

  12. What a neat card! The masks are perfect. TFS!


  13. Mom,
    Take your advice on your own card!!! Be happy and Cheer up!

    I love you, it looks amazing!

  14. Cute Card!
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

  15. Great looking card.


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