Friday, September 16, 2011

50 States Blog Hop-New Mexico!

(All of the hop details are following the photos, below and my AWESOME BLOG CANDY-Cricut EVENTS Cartridge is last)

This is a 2 page layout about New Mexico, where I currently reside after leaving Kansas 3 years ago.

I hand made this chili-ristra, a symbol of good luck here when hanging in your doorway.

The kokopelii symbol is thought to increase fertility and is prominent here. I hand beaded the die-cot pot and tied leather around the main photo mats to further add to the southwest theme.

I just LOVE this little Roadrunner stamp! It is the state bird and they run around here during the warmer weather. I was SO excited the first time I saw one! This coyote/cactus stamp is embossed in gold, also 2 things quite prominent around here (the coyote and cactus-not the gold)! I love the state map paper I found to use-I tore it in half across the width and added a sheet to each side. It all cam together really nicely and portrays the desert, warm in both the weather AND the colors!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our host Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see.

If you've hopped along from *ENTER THE STATE BEFORE YOU*, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard or happened along from somewhere else, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!! To be entered to win, please do the following:

  • Visit each state and leave a comment on each project (simply follow the links provided below)

  • Like Blessed on the Bright Side and Handmade By Lisa FB Pages.

    • So what's the Grand Prize???
      Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.
      Now on to my state and my project....

      Now you can hop to the NEXT STATE IN THE UNION (Arizona, with Shawnee)!! Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

      Please continue to SCROLL DOWN FOR MY BLOG CANDY before clicking on the link for your next stop)!!!!

      50 States Hop


      When most people think of New Mexico, Area 51 comes to mind. That being said, I thought this BRAND NEW, SPACE PARTY Cricut EVENTS Cartridge would be a good prize to offer you for some BLOG CANDY! You'll need to be a FABULOUS FRIEND (follower) if you're not all ready. Then, leave me a comment here for your entry, telling me if you've been to New Mexico before and what your FAVORITE state is! I will randomly choose a winner to be announced here on my blog this week!

      Thank you so much for joining us! Enjoy all of the inspiration from our fabulous nation!


      1. Hey Brynn! Love your layout! My favorite state is Utah and you know I've been to NM, cause that's where we met and I made you laugh so hard you almost peed your pants, darlin!!!! Muah!Cherie Blankenship

      2. hmmm to bad i don't life in usa.
        I do love NM though i'll be there again in nov. can't wait.

        do you know good scrapbooking shops near alamogordo and hobbs???

        have a blessed day, Eveline

      3. Great layout! I have never been to New Mexico. I hope I can get there some day. I live in NY but my family enjoys visiting our neighbor, Pennsylvania. We love it there. I am one of your followers.

      4. I have been to your wonderful state when I was a young lady. My favorite place is Grants Pass, Oregon

      5. great hop idea very cleaver and cute project


      6. great 2 page layout! My favorite state i would have to say is a tie between three MN (my home state) Colorado (lived there for many years - beautiful) and Florida (my favorite place to visit WDW)

        thanks for the chance at a great blog candy!

        Have a scrap- happy day,
        Lisa G

      7. Like your SouthWest layouts. Have been to New Mexico. Liked the Missions. Not been there during the Balloon Festival & would like to do that. My fav state to visit is Alaska.
        "Sunshine HoneyBee"

      8. very nice lo. tfs. i've never been to new mexico. my favorite state is florida - disney world you know!

      9. I really love this layout.TFS

      10. Hey Brynn! So long since I have visited you - kind of dropped off the face of the earth for about a month! Love love love this layout! My SIL is from Santa Fe and one of these days I am going to make it there. I have heard so much about the beauty of New Mexico and living in Utah, I am not that far so I should be able to make it there right? I know several artists who have had shows there and some that have moved there because it is so beautiful. You are a lucky lady to live in New Mexico! That being said, I can't imagine living anywhere but here in Utah. Utah really is my favorite state - we have everything - deserts, snow, mountains, 4 seasons... I could go on but I won't :) Hugs to you friend!

        rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

      11. Thanks for sharing your wonderful layout,, This has been a great hop. Learning so much!

        would love to win this cartridge, looks like a fun one

      12. I loved your layout. Thanks for sharing. My favorite state is Wisconsin.

      13. Loved Your New Mexico Project!
        I am a new follower.
        I have been to New Mexico many years ago.
        My Favorite state is AZ
        joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

      14. How delightful!

        I've been to NM a couple of times. Such beautiful soutwest style homes! My favorite state is Colorado, where my son lives!

      15. Beautiful Project!! I have Never Been to New Mexico before, but I heard the food is amazing! My favorite State is Arizona.

        Many Blessings,

      16. Great LO. My favorite state is Delaware.
        glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com

      17. Great LO for your state Brynn! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a prize!!
        Deb C

      18. Love your layout!!! So much I did not know! I have never been to NM. My favorite state is where I live (Nebraska) because most of my family lives here! I already follow you!!

        Glad to be in this hop with you!!!

      19. Love your layout! I have never been to New Mexico and since I have not been to every state I can't say that I have a favorite. I've visited many and of the ones I have visited I enjoyed Florida.


      20. Great layout! TFS! :)

      21. Yes, I have been to New Mexico before, we went to a little shopping center down town where there was a live band and everything, it was so nice, it had such an authentic feel to it! My favorite state has to be Colorado, love it! However I currently live in IN, Notre Dame Country!

        Thanks so much for the chance to win!

        mzcherub at gmail dot com

      22. I love all the elements you included.

        It was fun to do this hop with you!
        Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
        Stop by my blog anytime!

      23. very cute


      24. I love your lay outs. The chili ristra is really neat. I've never been to New Mexico. My favorite state has to be Illinois, because it's home. I'm a new follower. Thanks for sharing.
        racincrafts at aim dot com

      25. Love your layouts!!! Super duper!! Love to win this cartridge. I already am a follower (stalker!)
        Deb C


      I am honored to hear your words. Thank you friend!