Fun In the Neighborhood Trail Makers Blog Hop!

In case you get lost, here's the links!
First up is our Appetizer at Heather T's ...Guest Designer for April 
Going for drinks next at Amarilys'
Then we're off to Yara's for some salad
And the main dish at Sandi's ... you are HERE!!!
A scrumptious side dish at Karen's
 A yummy dessert at Krystle's
An after dinner mint at Krisi's Kreations...Sponsor for April
 And ending the evening playing some cards at Tanya's
Then come back here, become a follower (if you aren't already)and tell us what you liked best about the Fun in the Neighborhood Blog Hop for a chance to win an April 2011 The Paper Trail Kit (retail value $35). 
WOWsers!!! That's going to be one lucky winner!
Hurry and get hopping!
You have until 11PM EST on Sunday, April 3rd to complete the hop and
get your comments posted!
So glad you stopped by for the main dish...pesto chicken manicotti!
You can find the recipe here  if you want.
I got my inspiration from the idea of filling the manicotti with something and also the ridges in the manicottis.
Here it is:
I made it using 3 of Krisi's Kreations pillow box small templates and from her accordion flower. Krisi is our sponsor this month at Trail Makers.  I altered the directions from the pillowbox bucket at Splitcoast Stampers, but it basically goes together the same way to make this basket.  I will make another one and have the exact measurements for you later this week.  I just don't want to tell you wrong.   Some hints when making the accordion flower...have patience (LOL!) I had a piece of scrap paper covered in 4 pop dots to lay the flower down onto, so it will stick and stay.    This one isn't perfect, but I think it adds some character.  To get my texture on my brown cardstock I used my Big Shot and embossing folder. 
This is the Pillow Box template I used.

And here is the accordion flower template I used.

Don't you just love that Crate paper Neighborhood collection that is in April's The Paper Trail Kit?
The papers are just so versatile! Can't wait to play with more of them! You know these will be great for spring, Easter, rainy days and also everyday photos.  I love when I find paper like that!
April 2011 Kit includes 8 Crate Paper Neighborhood DS patterned papers, 4 sheets Bazzill cardstock, Crate Paper Neighborhood alpha stickers (12x12), Border stickers, trims, and buttons. Plus, Prima felt embroidered flowers, Prima birds, and a package of Bo Bunny Double Dot Chipboard Swirls and alphabet.

Hope you enjoyed your main dish.  I am giving away an RAK if you become a follower of mine (you'll get 1 entry) and if you leave a comment telling me what  your favorite main dish is to serve at your house I'll give you another entry.  I am always looking for something new to serve here at The Johnson dinner table!
I'll announce my winner on Tuesday, April 5th. 
Now you are on to Karen's side dish!
I am sure you will enjoy what she has cooked up for you!
Hope you are having a great time on our Fun in the Neighborhood Blog Hop!
Thanks for stopping by!

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