Friday, February 11, 2011

Cricky Across the 50 Blog Hop

WooHoo! I hope you are enjoying travelling across the States. What an awesome way to see the sights of our wonderful nation. You should have come from Indiana and Angela at http://creativecraftin.blogspot.com/. If you didn't, then hop on over to Kristal at http://www.kandrewdesigns.blogspot.com/ to start at the beginning. I know the hop is a bit long (as it should be since you are traversing the United States!), but don't worry - you have all weekend to complete it. We are celebrating K Andrew's big move across the country.


My name is Darlene and I am here to show you my home state of Louisiana. A few years ago my husband and I took our girls on a swamp boat tour. It was something he had always wanted to do. Even though I grew up here, I don't think I ever really appreciated the swamps and their beauty. Well today, you will get to see what South Louisiana has to offer.


Don't we look cute!

It was breathtakingly beautiful sometimes. I am still amazed that I took so many awesome photos. Our tour guide would stop the boat every so often and talk to us about our surroundings and the local history.



We even were lucky enough to get up close and personal with some of the local wildlife!




Is this close enough for you?!


Or maybe this?






Now this is more my speed. The tour guide found an alligator nest that had recently hatched. Bailey is my tomboy and loved holding this little guy. It was chirping something fierce for it's momma, so we didn't stay long.







Here is one of three layouts I made from this trip. Why 3 you ask? I had so many good pictures, that I decided to make a LO for both girls' books and then a LO for the family book.





Now let's get crafty!

One of my favorite projects so far was made for the Cricut Circle monthly challenge back in the fall. I don't remember exactly what the challenge was, just that it was to be a home decor project.

I made this with paper from Sassafras Lass Indie Girl. I just love the blues and greens!

Whew! Tired yet? Well how about some Blog Candy?! I will be giving away a Cricut Paisley cartridge.

Please become a follower and leave a comment with a way to contact you before 12 midnight PST on Sunday, February 13th for a chance to win. I will use random.org to choose a winner on Monday.

Please make sure to leave comments on all of the blogs for a chance to win a ton of different Grand Prizes on Getting Cricky's blog, from these great companies: Scrap N Tote, Scrap N Easel, Cri-Kits, Creative Charms, Memory Miser, Scrappy Chic Cafe, Loralie Designs, My Pink Stamper, Peachy Keen Stamps, Cricut Town, The Scrappin' Table, Piktails, and Pink by Design.

Make sure to visit ALL the blogs, as EVERY single blog will have fabulous giveaways (cricut cartridges, paper packs, copic markers, yourstory bundle, clear stamp sets, and tons more). Each blogger was extremely generous with their own personal giveaways

Next stop on the hop is Karen Madden in the state of Maine of Lilac and Lupines http://lilacsandlupines.blogspot.com/

171 comments:

  1. LOVE your photos!!! The layouts you did ROCK as well!!! Thanks for the great tour of your state. :) I'm a new follower..

    Hugs,
    Tanya
    freddylswillima@windstream.net

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  2. Never been to Lousiana, your photos are great!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Melissa
    www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  3. thanks for letting me visit LA.
    you can keep the gators though
    juliewasson@yahoo.com

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  4. WOW! I think I would have fainted if I'd been that close to a gator! Amazing!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Jenny
    papercraftjenny@gmail.com

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  5. WOW! I'd love to get to hold a baby gator! What a great memory for your family. Thanks so much for sharing your project. I'm a new follower.

    Lisa
    prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com
    lnorris21 at hotmail dot com

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  6. Nice stopping in LA. Probably a lot warmer there that it is here in Pittsburgh.

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  7. Love the pictures. That is so cool.

    Rose
    rosemary28697@yahoo.com
    http://rose-homemadecards.blogspot.com/

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  8. AWESOME PICUTRE AND ANOTHER STOP ON MY LIST OF PLACES I WANT TO GO TO TFS!!!!!


    CATHIE
    SCRAPHAPPYCAT@GMAIL.COM

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  9. You are a great photographer! Thanks so much for the chance to win and I am following! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

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  10. AMAZING. You'd never thing that "swamp" and "beautiful" would go in the same sentence but you are right....they are breathtaking!! I must admit, it took me a second to realize that first pic was an alligator!!! And I actually said it out loud in surprise. LOL. TFS.

    http://www.krystalskreativity.blogspot.com
    kreative_kris at hotmail dot com

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  11. Wow, wonderful pictures of your wildlife!
    TFS

    Rene
    ronnieandcorinne@sbcglobal.net

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  12. mmm I think i'll stick to my 4 furry furballs here,thanks anyway lol.Thank you for sharing!

    mitch1066@gmail.com

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  13. your trip must have been so exciting!!
    The cartridge you are giving away is certainly on my wish list!!

    Jolanda

    www.jolandascraftycorner.blogspot.com

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  14. I have always wanted to go on a fan boat tour! HOW MUCH FUN! And to hold a little alligator and see a big one...AWESOME! I love your layouts and became a new follower!
    booger1 at tds.net

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  15. I love your layout!! I have a bunch of 'gator pics that I've never scrapped...now I'm motivated. My brother is a retired Priest, and had a church in Lake Charles. We went on several 'gato rides through the bayous--and had lots of good soft-shelled crab at Bathtub Billy's when we visited him! I'm a follower--you can find me at ksjennings at gmail dot com and/or http://karelj.blogspot.com

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  16. Love the pictures! TFS your cute project. I am a new Follower. Cathie www.creativecutter.org
    Rcathierigby@aol.com

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  17. LOVE your bayou pics!!The photo of your daughter with the baby gator is too cute!! LOVE the gator page anf your wall decor :)

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  18. OH MY, what wonderful pictures, not sure I want to get that close tho!! Thanks for the hop stop!!
    Cindy
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

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  20. Great pics and layouts.
    scrapbookadd@gmail.com

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  21. Oh my gosh!! How cool to get so close!! I would have been super freaked out (thats just how I am)!!! Layouts are awesome, and I love the home decor project! How beautiful! I am new follower!
    Thanks again!

    cherie.goyer at gmail.com
    http://oneheartscrapper.blogspot.com

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  23. Great pictures of LA and I love the cypress trees and live oak moss, but you can keep those gators! Your project is adorable w/the green and blues. And the blog candy...yummy... thanks, teelayoung@hotmail.com (t-la)my fingers and brain sometimes don't communicate.

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  24. I have only been to Louisiana once. My husband was at Fort Polk for a short while. I was young and it was an awesome experience. Have wanted to get back but never have hmmmmm Thanks for sharing your pictures with me.
    simplybren at hotmail dot com

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  25. Wow.... lousiana looks so beautiful. Not sure about the gators though... lol Love your layout.
    Sandy
    http://thecraftycreationspot.blogspot.com/

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  26. I seriously don't ever want to see a gator that close, LOL! Cool pictures. Great projects too. -Glora

    me(at)glorajean(dot)com

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  27. Thank you for sharing your state information. It is beautiful. Thank You so much for the chance to win some of these beautiful gifts plus to see a little about every state and to join some great one. also the beautiful crafts they are working on.

    Sincerely
    Donna Scrapp'n Nana
    http://scrappnana.blogspot.com/

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  28. This hop is really fun - seeing states Ive never been to. The gator pictures are awesome!
    scrappinsuzy.blogspot.com

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  29. Very nice layouts and great family pictures thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. Beautiful pics! Thank you so much for the great share!
    Lisa
    summer_sunset54@hotmail.com

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  31. love your photos! nice layout too. i always have more pics than i know what to do with:)

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  32. Ohhh WOW, thank you so much for taking me on a trip. Love you photos and your layouts. I am now one of your newest followers =)

    Hugs from Lilli =)
    l.a.nikolaisen at gmail dot com
    www.crazycardmaker.blogspot.com

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  33. Love your pix and your LO's. La. looks beautiful, and a lot like it does here in Florida. TFS!
    firelass51@aol.com

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  34. I love your pics! How exciting that day looks like it was!

    www.snugasabugdesigns.blogspot.com

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  35. what great fun you guys must have had. I love your layout of it.

    http://auntiemargsblog.blogspot.com/

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  36. What a delightful description of your home state. LOVED the pics - well, maybe not the alligator (grin).

    I am now following your blog - so VERY nice to meet you. Stop by and give me a shout sometime as I document my life here in Nebraska one post at a time.

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  37. You made the swamps look inviting! For someone afraid of alligators that's pretty good.

    suekimmet@gmail dot com

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  38. I'm having so much fun on this Blog Hop!

    kperlic@hotmail.com

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  39. I am a new follower and having a great time on this hop! What an awesome trip that must of been, that's a little close to the gators for me but great photos!! Your LO's are great too!!! Have to keep on hopping across the USA...
    Happy Crafting!!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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  40. Great pix of Louisiana. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  41. OK, it's official! I have to make the time for a swamp tour! I too live in Louisiana but have never taken a tour. Guess this might be the year to explore the swamps.
    Thanks for the chance to win some candy. I've become a follower and will be back to see your other projects.
    Dawn
    drks1027@gmail.com

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  42. Love your Layout! That gator is a little too close for me. :) TFS!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

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  43. OMG no way that was too close!
    but i love your stuff. GREAT blog
    Thanks for sharing

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  44. Love the layout! New follower! Thanks for sharing!
    creativediva98@gmail.com
    creativediva98.blogspot.com

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  45. What great photos! Love the trees-so beautiful, but not the alligator (lol). I am following you.

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  46. The gator pictures are cool! Love the layouts and I just became one of your followers.

    Lana
    lafaellis85@twlakes.net

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  47. WOW what a great day that would have been. thanks for sharing it with us.
    I am a new follower looking forward to learing more about you.
    Annel
    pud22164@yahoo.com
    http://annelsblog.blogspot.com

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  48. I love your pictures--and told my hubby we are definitly stopping in LA to see these sites--we love Swamp People!
    Thank you so much for being in my hop Darlene--I look forward to being bloggie friends with you!

    Cricky Hugs & Chirps,
    K Andrew

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  49. Wow what an amazing memory for your family. Beautiful photos.

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  50. I love this hop it has been so much fun with such amazing projects thanks so much for sharing. That gator looked really scary!

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  51. How cute!!! Great job!

    I'm a new follower

    Patti Ross
    www.pattilynncreations.blogspot.com
    rossfam@wildblue.net

    Please join our challenge at my blog!!!

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  52. I am a new follower and loved reading about your trip.
    thanks for sharing on your blog.

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  53. OK--not sure if I am scared or enticed to visit!
    Beautiful colors.

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  54. Love your project! I can imagine the blast you had and bet you still have lots of pictures. Love the alligator picture! I went on an airboat tour in Florida, weather too cold to get see any gators. We built our own airboat, but its never been in a swamp!
    Thanks for the chance to win a prize. I'm following you, just look for the horse pic!

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  55. Wow love your pictures and layouts/projects. Great state.
    I'm a follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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  56. That is so cool you found a gator nest. I always thought a swamp tour would be fun.
    username at yahoo dot com

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  57. Amazing photos! Yeah....that first one was close enough although I bet holding that baby was neat. Love your lo. I never been to your state but my son is stationed there so I may be going this year. I am a follower.

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  58. Very very cute project .... LOVE IT! TFS! And I am a new follower! Thanks for the chance at some blog candy, too! ;)
    Karen


    rkbmadden at hotmail dot com

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  59. Cute layout! Thanks for sharing!

    Jenny
    jennykingham at att dot net

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  60. Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing! Nice layouts too! Please do not include me in the drawing. I have that cartridge.

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  61. I have always thought it would be fun to go on a swamp boat tour. Your pictures are so fun... thank yuou so much for sharing. I have never been to your great state. Someday. Thank you for sharing a fun day with your family with us. I am a new follower... I just love this hop. pjritsema at gmail dot com

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  62. Your photos are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing your state with us!
    www.scrappininthewoods.blogspot.com

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  63. My boyfriend and I love watching Ax Men and Swamp Wars!!! He really wants to go fishing down there sometime soon. Love the pics and projects...Amy - North Carolina on the hop

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  64. GOT GATER...love it. TFS and thanks for the chance to win your very generous blog candy.

    EllenM
    EllenM361@gmail.com
    http://lifeatwalnuthill.blogspot.com/

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  65. The photos are great! Thanks for sharing. I love visiting your state, especially New Orleans. I was there last summer for 11 days and it was wonderful. There is no better food in the world. I am a follower and a southern girl myself. I am from Alabama.

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  66. The photos are awesome. Not sure I would want to be that close to a gator. The layout is great. I am now a follower of your blog.

    grannyss1@wowway.com

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  67. I have never been on a swamp boat ride but it sure looks like fun. Love your gator pictures and layout.

    Sharon
    rsmobley85@gmail.com

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  68. Visiting Louisiana is on my list of MUSTS! Your photos just make me want to visit more! Love your project! I'm a new follower and hope you will come check out my blog too!!!

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  69. Up close and personal with alligators? You're a brave soul! :)
    I'm a new follower--thanks so much for the chance to win.
    Stephanie
    scrapadelic@gmail.com

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  70. Brave girls! I don't think I could even hold the baby gator. bekah.posnansky@gmail.com

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  71. Beautiful country you have there. great pictures and layout!
    pretty plaque.
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  72. Love the layout. These pics of your tour are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    Patti

    http://lilbitcreations.blogspot.com/

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  73. I can't believe you got to see baby alligators! That must have been an amazing experience!

    xxsquigglesxx(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. That was a bit too close to the alligators for me! LOL! TFS!

    rpcrafter at gmail dot com

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  75. Went to Louisiana on Spring Break last year to visit my brother who is in New Orleans. Loved it. We saw so much. We also did a swamp tour. I was amazed at how much the hurricane changed the wildlife and habitat. Of course all that has probably changed again now since the oil spill. Anyways on to crafting. Love your stuff! Your blog is awesome. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    Jen from Ohio
    zenderzoocrew@yahoo.com

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  76. That is awesome- your swamp tour turned out really well. I just took my kids on one a few months ago and it made a HUGE impression on my then two year old daughter- we fed the gators marshmallows :) TFS
    Alyssa
    alyssa at mayofamily dot com

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  77. What an adventure!! I'm jealous...great pics too. TFS.

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  78. love spanish moss. gators not so much--nice layouts and pics--thanks millierose651@aol.com

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  79. Wow very cool! Ty so much for sharing :)
    http://mommahobbit.blogspot.com/

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  80. I want to visit Louisiana so bad! Even if there are gators! :) TFS!

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  81. Awesome project.

    http://ikolinda-scrappinmomma.blogspot.com

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  82. I am a new follower...Love your blog...

    Sherri
    sherri@cwik.org

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  83. New follower. Thanks for sharing. Hopping along...

    Lilsweetcajun@aol.com

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  84. What a wonderful adventure that wold have been, I love your pictures. TFS
    jennyplace26@gmail.com

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  85. Louisana looks like a great place 2 live...firefly1965@att.net

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  86. Those are awesome pictures. I am like you in the fact that there are all these great pictures, so which do you use?

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  87. Wow, amazing photos! Especially the super close one with the gator, actually gave me goosebumps! Great layout and decor project, TFS :)
    Jenn
    craftyfulgardens.blogspot.com
    smile4jenn at hotmail dot com

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  88. Became a follower.
    kidshomelove@yahoo.com

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  89. Im a new follower of your lovely blog.
    Blessings
    michelle aka cabby crafter
    www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com

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  90. love your layout and the pics are great.. i woulda loved to held that lil thing :D thanks for sharing. im a new follower.
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  91. I am a new follower. Love your LO and your pictures are stunning!

    paperbutterflies AT sbcglobal DOT net

    lisaspaperbutterflies.blogspot.com

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  92. wow, the swamp really is beautiful!! wow, i can't believe how close you go to the crocs, and you got to hold a little baby!! cute (but still scary) ha ha ha...super cute layouts!! tfs
    brenna
    rbanderson@live.ca

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  93. Sorry, not sure I wwant to visit. But I will follow, thanks

    shanasewing@yahoo.com

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  94. Great pics. Nice project.
    amywooten2010 at gmail dot com

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  95. Love all your pictures they are great@! a treasure for sure- I would have scrapped them all! Im a new follower
    kacee
    mcvicwif@yahoo.com

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  96. Beautiful photos! The baby croc your daughter is holding is more my speed! tfs

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  97. Wonderful pictures and awesome layouts! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win! I am a new follower.

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  98. WOW! You took some great pictures! I am glad that I found you on this great blog hop and I cant wait to see more from you!
    ~Sarah
    craftingwithsarah.blogspot.com
    craftingwithsarah@gmail.com

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  99. I've never been to Lousianna but after watching Billy the Exterminator I'd love to visit. Mind you I'd skip the bugs & snakes. I'd love to take the tour that you did, amazing photos. Great projects too. I'm a new follower too. TFS!

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  100. Your pics are awesome. Your home decor project came out beautifully. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cart. I do follow you.

    Have a great day
    Hugs
    Dusti
    dusti@scrappinwithcricut.com
    http://www.scrappinwithcricut.com

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  101. Hi there,
    Love those pics! I went to a swamp in Florida once and it was amazing! TFS and for the beautiful project too. It's lovely and something I'd be proud to display on my wall!
    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
    http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

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  102. Yes, that was close enough for me. What a wonderful trip with the family. TFS and I am a new follower. Please feel free to come check me out at:
    http://melaniemakes.blogspot.com/

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  103. That gator was too close for my comfort!!! Love your LO!!! TFS!!!

    lauermaa at gmail dot com

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  104. Great pics and layouts! Thanks for sharing. This is my homestate too! I'm a new follower

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  105. Great pics and layouts! Thanks for sharing. This is my homestate too! I'm a new follower.
    xtechrjr@hughes.net

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  106. Love your blog and your projects. Keep up the great work. Photos are awesome.
    helena48@gmail.com

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  107. Great pictures! But I have to admit- being that close to a gator would scare the crud out of me! Thanks so much for sharing! Just became a follower. chrisbrown1973@hotmail.com

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  108. my home state and you represented it very well!!! i love the pictures and the layouts! i am now following! TFS mse006atyahoodotcom

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  109. Your pictures are beautiful. Makes me want to move!

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  110. Wonderful pictures!! LA is certainly a diverse place.
    I am a follower.
    *smiles*
    debbi
    hockman1 at sbcglobal dot net

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  111. oh my GOODNESS! The pics are AMAZING!!! So close to the gator!! The layouts are beautiful!

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  112. Oh my word, these pictures are beautiful and looks like you had a ton of fun! TFS!
    eastunders@embarqmail.com
    eastunders.blogspot.com

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  113. I've been to New Orleans a couple of times and we did a boat tour also ~ so beautiful!

    The gator layouts are awesome and the home decor project is so pretty!

    Kristin
    ksully4597 at gmail dot com

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  114. Wow that is some brave kids! I bet they loved every minute of it, and scrapping it for them will be great for future stories to share! Thanks for sharing!
    lisa_williamson2004 @ yahoo dot com

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  115. what a brave girl to hold that little gator!!! love the layout and tfs....i'm a new follower!

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  116. Love those pictures and that Layout!
    How did you get so close to get such beautiful and clear pictures?
    Minta

    mintab@gmail.com
    http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

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  117. Don't know that I would want to be so close to an alligator, but your pictures are awesome as well as the layouts! Thanks for sharing! We have the Okefenokee swamps in Georgia, but I have never been. Always afraid I might get lost. :-)
    I am one of your newest followers and hope you will follow me too!
    Genelle
    brown7444@bellsouth.net
    grannysbullfrogsandbutterflie@blogspot.com

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  118. Wow, the swamp boat tour looks amazing. Love your layouts. Thanks for sharing so much with us. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  119. You were so close to that alligator. I love the south and all the pictures of the spanish moss

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  120. Thank you for sharing your state information. It is beautiful. Thank You so much for the chance to win some of these beautiful gifts plus to see a little about every state and to join some great one. And your beautiful crafts

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  121. Great pictures! And your LO's are awesome! TFS!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  122. Lousiana's swamps truly amaze me! I think its crazy how people have houses that can only be accessed by boats. Too cool!

    dmcarlisle09atgmaildotcom

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  123. Oooh, the thought of getting that close to an alligator freaks me out! What a cool experience for your kids. Love your home decor project. The SL paper is gorgeous.

    Denise
    lala 3237 @ verizon dot net

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  124. TFS about your state. It is another state I would love to visit. It was cool to see the pictures of the swamp ride especially the baby gator.

    Chris
    Chris.Pickul@hotmail.com
    http://pickulblog.blogspot.com/

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  125. My uncle is from Louisana and still has his accent after all these years. Ever since watching Billy the Exterminator, I've wanted to go to Louisana! I'm easily influenced by media..

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

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  126. I love your pictures I would not want to be that close to a gator
    Thank you,
    Teri
    teri dot barefoot at gmail dot com

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  127. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your layout! your trip looks like a blast...maybe someday I can do that with my family :)
    Thanks for sharing..your newest follower
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  128. How fun! I love the southern states! brynnthornburgh@gmail{dot}com

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  129. I don't know if I would want to get that close to a gator!:) Thanks for sharing your layout and for giving away some blog candy.
    mfink197@gmail.com

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  130. Wow your pictures of the swamp are beautiful. It looks like a great adventure. Love your blog.

    akuehn65@gmail.com

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  131. Now there's an adventure I'm happy to experience only through pictures!

    Great pictures and projects.

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  132. Great family photos... and Ahhhhhhh! I do NOT want to be that close to those teeth. Stop scaring me. LOL Great layout too. Fun stuff going on at your place. :) Janis northrose@slowar.com

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  133. What a great adventure. You got some AWESOME pics. Great LO's too.

    TFS,
    Erin
    spantastikreations@yahoo.com

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  134. Love the pics and the layout!! You can keep your "gators" though. I've seen enough of those when I visit my folks in FL. Nice to come home to WI where nothing wants to eat you or your pets (or small children for that matter). I think the moss in the trees is so beautiful and ethereal!! I have subbed in RSS feeds. Hugs, Rockin Robin C (stampinsavage at yahoo dot com)

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  135. Hey from Florida!! I love your pictures! What a beautiful area to share with all of us. thank you! drgnfly_s@yahoo.com

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  136. I love using product to make home decor projects! Too cute! Never been to Louisiana but your post reminded me of the glass bottom boat ride I took years ago in Florida with my Grandparents. I remember some scary alligators (or were they crocodiles??)

    Thanks for sharing!
    --Melissa
    scrappycupcakes@yahoo.com

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  137. Thanks for the layout and the amazing pictures!! The info about your state was amazing!!
    Mollie
    OneHotCricket@aol.com

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  138. Hello from North Louisiana! I've never been on a swamp tour either, even though I've lived in Louisiana most of my life (minus 2 yrs in CO & 5 in TX). Funny how you never explore your home state isn't it? I was in my 40's before I ever visited New Orleans...lol. Loved your pelican and gator pictures, that was a big one :-)

    Carol
    scrappinheaven@yahoo.com
    http://scrappinheaven.blogspot.com

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  139. WOW! That gator scares me badly. There are no gators in CT. I am a follower.

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  140. Hi Darlene,
    From South Louisiana also, I loved your pictures of the Airboat Tour. I had to zoom in close to see where the tour was from. Des Allemands is like 10 minutes away from me. I hope you and your family ate at Spahr's that day. Really enjoyed your blog and I'm now a follower.
    Mary
    jeepgirlla@yahoo.com

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  141. Gotta say those gators freak me out. Seeing them in a photo is as close as I want to get. I just shivered. TFS!

    Christy
    http://christybladehandmade.blogspot.com

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  142. I have been on a swamp tour in Louisiana! My hubby has family there!

    Happy Weekend...stopping in from Central CA and I am a new follower.
    Thanks for being a part of the hop.
    Holly
    504 Main

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  143. AHHHHH! those gator pics were scary...I was jumping and I wasnt even really there!! WOW! Gators scare me but it looks like y'all had a great time!! Love the LOs!!! TFS!!

    Kimi

    kmbrlysue22 at yahoo dot com

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  144. Oh that gator is a little to close for me! And I'm used to grizzlies here in Alaska! Love the layouts! TFS!
    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  145. Wonderful projects! TFS. The boat tour looks like it was a ton of fun.

    I am a new follower.
    kellystone03@yahoo.com

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  146. Great pictures and layouts! TFS Thanks for the chance to win

    cherylphillips AT comcast DOT net

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  147. I lived in LA. for a year and a half back in the late 80's. This brought back memories. Thanks for sharing your photos and your projects.
    vidalia68@yahoo.com

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  148. I've been through LA a couple of times and these pics represent it well! Looks like y'all had much fun! Off to complete the hop...
    Smooches, Amy smoochesstampin.blogspot.com

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  149. Adorable layouts and project! I am a follower. Thanks for sharing and the awesome giveaway!

    Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"
    scrappinpinkpiglet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  150. So awesome, Isnt it hard finding swamp Scrapbooking stuff! It took me forever, I had to hand make a ton of mine! Yours turned out great! Someone really needs to shoot off some Email to a couple companies about that!

    Thanks so much for sharing! ScrappyScavenger/yahoo

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  151. I loved the photos. I just got done showing my hubby as this is something we would love to do. I love the photo of your daughter holding the baby! Very cool. Thanks for sharing
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

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  152. Wow, I love your photos! The baby gator is cute too, but the big one is SCARY! I have never visited your state, but hope to someday! I love the cartridge you're giving away too! It looks like it might have some very cool stuff on it. Thanks!

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  153. awesome! It would be so cool to hold a baby crocodile or allegator in my hand!

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  154. That alligator is a little too close for me!!!! Thanks for the blog candy! pjseagers at hotmail dot com

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  155. Wow Darlene - what a fabulous trip that must have been! Love the pics and the LOs. I think that little tiny alligator would have been about the right size for me. I am already a follower - love your sweet blog!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  156. Love the alligator photos - but maybe not so much in person! All the photos are gorgeous, what incredible views. I've read the Scrapbook Mystery Series by Laura Childs set in New Orleans, and she describes some areas of the Bayou that I think are like your photos - wow. This has been so much fun learning about various states.
    Amyscats
    amylfahnestock@gmail.com

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  157. what a great adventure!!

    dwasher at insightbb dot com

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  158. I visited New Orleans when I was 13. I don't think I would calmly be able to be that close to an alligator!!! I would freak!

    ~Lauren
    queen_lade at yahoo.com

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  159. I've been to Louisianna but never the swamps. Your pictures tell a great story! TFS!
    Carrie
    cau0617 at yahoo dot com

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  160. I never knew a swamp could be so pretty. Awesome photos and love that project!

    scrapperbecka at yahoo dot com

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  161. Your layout and photos are awesome! I'm ready to come for a visit after seeing that. My boys would LOVE it.
    ShersL84bed@aol.com

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  162. Just got home was out of town for the weekend
    Hope I not to late.. Thanks for doing this hop!!!
    http://buzzybeedesigns.blogspot.com
    Rebecca Minor
    buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  163. I am a new follower and love your blog! Thx for sharing :)

    craftingdarlamaestyle.blogspot.com

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  164. Hope I'm not too late.
    TFS
    Suzy
    scraphappysue@yahoo.com

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  165. Wow! Your pictures are awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

    beyondpaperdesigns.blogspot.com

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  166. Beautiful.
    pennykitz@charter.net
    http://pennykitz.blogspot.com/

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  167. Thanks LA - I really want to make a trip to the Bayou - Love your memory layouts, also - your scrappy pages are wonderful!!!
    --Robin

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  168. Wow! Thanks for the pics...they were GREAT!!! And loved your LO! TFS!!! New follower in me :)

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  169. wow wow wow......great photos, great story, thanks sooooo much for sharing,
    brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

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  170. Wow!! You are certainly brave to have been that close to a gator and to be holding its baby (double wow!!)
    But indeed, the swamp does look beautiful!
    Great lo's.
    Jess M :)

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