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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion -- Pool Party Blog Hop & Giveaway!! :)

***If you are looking for the BugBites Bug Hop, PLEASE CLICK HERE***
***If you are looking for the All About Dads Blog Hop, PLEASE CLICK HERE***

Welcome to the CTO Pool Party Blog Hop!!

The warm weather seems to be in FULL-SWING and that means it's time for pool parties, sprinklers, and waterslides, right???  It's also time for the CTO Pool Party Blog Hop!!  YAY!!  Wait til you see all the AWESOME and AMAZING projects my CTO Design Team Sisters have created for YOU!! :)

If you've hopped over from the super-sweet-and-talented ADRIAN, then you are in the right place! If you've just popped in to visit my blog from your dashboard or are reading this via email and would like to join the FUN, please click HERE to start at the beginning!! :)  Remember, EVERY stop along the way will be offering up some Blog Candy goodness, so be sure to visit everyone (you'll find the full list of participants at the bottom of this post)...

What's better for a Pool Party Blog Hop than....
An 'exploding' pool???  hee hee...  In the wee hours of the night, these are the things that I think about...  Some time ago, I had seen a hexagon shaped exploding box on Penny's blog...  And when I think of Pool Parties, I think of the pool parties I used to have when I was a teenager (oh, my poor parents!)...
I am a texture kind of person...  I really love recreating textures that I remember from childhood and younger days :)  One texture I always think of (when I think of swimming pools) is the way the metal frame around the pool felt with its ridges...  If I ran my fingers over the metal ridges, it would feel so neat...  And so I recreated that texture on my 'exploding' swimming pool here...  I wanted to make the pump and the ladder too, but a girl can only do so much in the wee hours of the morning!! :)
My volleyball net is made of a gold mesh ribbon (2.5" wide) that I had in my stash from Christmas...  I attached it to two wooden sticks and then to the pool...
And my final addition was the swimming dude in the pool...  I wanted there to be a bit more of a surprise than just the exploding pool when ya opened it!!  :)

I hope you've enjoyed my Pool Party creation...  Before I send you along, what would a hop be without some candy???

***CTO POOL PARTY BLOG HOP BLOG CANDY***
In celebration of Getting Cricky with K Andrew's BRAND NEW Stamp Release Party, I am giving one lucky winner a set of her "Fashionable Friends" stamp set (to be delivered upon release date mid-June)...
To be eligible for my blog candy: 
  • Please become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment answering the question: "What is your favorite summer activity?"!!
For additional entries for the candy
  • You may 'like' my Facebook page (click HERE)...
  • Share a link to this post on your Facebook wall or via Twitter or even your own blog...
  • Subscribe via Email by entering your email in the box above (be sure to confirm your subscription).  
Please leave an additional comment for each 'extra' entry you complete....  If you leave your email address, I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back on Wednesday, June 8th to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)


Thank you SO MUCH for stopping in to see my project today!!  I hope you are enjoying the Pool Party Hop!!  If you want to hop with me some more, please come back when you are finished to check out the "All About Dads" Blog Hop and the "Grillin' and Chillin' Bug Hop" -- I have MORE Blog Hop Candy to give away on EACH of those Hop stops too!! :)

And now you're off to the very talented Nicole of Nadia's World who has a WONDERFUL project to share with you!! :)

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone :)




CTO Blog Hop


118 comments:

Adrian said...

OMG! WOW! U out did yourself:)

Kim. said...

How on earth did you come up with this in the middle of the night, the mind boggles lol. Love it, great idea and really effective. Thanks for the chance to win.
kimthompson68 at sky dot com
Kim xXx

jrugg said...

That it awesome-wow what talent! My favorite summer activity is getting to spend extra time with my kids
jrugg@sctc.net

Tara said...

This is by far the coolest exploding box I have ever seen! I love how your mind works in the middle of the night lol TFS
Tara
thecreativeprincess(at)hotmail(dot)com

girlia said...

Amy as always your project is AMAZING!

Angie said...

OMG, this is adorable, absolutely ADORABLE!!! Fantastic job!

Nadia's World said...

Wow Amy! This is amazing! Love the different colored papers and the little dude is so cute!

Awesome Job!!

Nicole T.

jessica said...

This is so over the top awesome! I just love all the texture you used and it is like we the readers can feel it :)
Thanks for sharing
jessica
chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
eschfamily@yahoo.com

jessica said...

I am a new follower and LOVE to swim and fish and camp all summer!
Thanks for the chance to win
jessica
chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
eschfamily@yahoo.com

jessica said...

Im a FB fan!
jessica
chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
eschfamily@yahoo.com

Crafting Misfit said...

Love this Amy! How creative. I am really enjoying being on DT with yoU!

Rebecca H

VICTORIA said...

Wow what a great project. So cute. TFS. Am a follower. Victoria :)
win_or_lose52athotmaildotcom
or my blog
http://victoriasjunk.blogspot.com

Tami B. said...

Are you kidding me? This is fantastic! Well so far you're 2 for 2. On to #3.......

Maquel said...

Sooooo cool! I think your mind is AWESOME in the wee hours! I just love how you made the volleyball net....very creative!

Courtney Larson said...

That is gorgeous. It took me forever to do a square one...cant imagine the work that went into that.

Jessica said...

I am in amazement -- this is an AWESOME project! I love how you used a variety of fun colors inside the pool -- not just the expected blues.

I'm a new follower, for sure! Can't wait to see all your other creations.

My favorite summer activity is taking my toddler son to the children's museum to play in the sprinkers and water tables -- then absorbing lots of A/C inside. :)

TFS!
Jessica
http://cricutafterdark.blogspot.com

kmcilrath said...

Love the project because that is my favorite summer activity in our pool.


kmcilrath@cfl.rr.com

Mary said...

OMG this is incredible! Great job!

Esther said...

OMG!!! This is just fantastic, how creative!!!
Wonderful details, love the vollyball net!!

My favorite activity in the summer is water skiing

http://forthejoyofcreating.blogspot.com/

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

Amy, I would love to climb inside your head and see how you think for a day! This is so awesome from every detail right down to the texture on the pool side!!! Are you going to add the ladder later since you didn't get to it? I would love to see how you create it! Great job my friend! I already shared what we love about summer and since I can't win your awesome candy here, I'll save you from having to read it again..hehe! Have a great weekend Amy!

sweetlilscrapper said...

awesome box!
thanks for the chance to win!

sweetlilscrapper.blogspot.com
sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

Kristen said...

You did an awesome job.

Ive_Boricua_Girl said...

Amy... this is amazing girl... beautiful... omg... stinkin cute like Emma will say..

tfs, this is a project.. love it..

shersl84bed said...

Oh my goodness, this is outstanding. Love how you put the little swimmer inside the exploding box too.

Smiles SHer
ShersL84bed@aol.com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Love your project!

Veronica
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

I now "LIKE" you on FB

Veronica
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot
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Amy E said...

WOW! I've never even seen a six-sided exploding box! It's AMAZING!!!

I'm now a follower. Oh, and my favorite summertime activity is usually anything involving s'mores!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Shelly said...

WOW!!!! Amazing!
I am a follower!
Shelly
mypaperlove.blogspot.com

Sherrie K. said...

Love this Amy!! I am a follower!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
jskoning at msn dot com

Sherrie K. said...

I "liked" you on FB!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
jskoning at msn dot com

Sherrie K. said...

I subscribed via email! Thanks for a chance!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
jskoning at msn dot com

Amanda said...

Super cute!! Awesome! I am a new follower.

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Amanda said...

I have "liked" your FB page. :)

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Amanda said...

I subscribed via email.

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is a great explosion box! Our favorite activity is swimming! already a follower, abusybee24atcoxdotnet

Jovan said...

WOW, what a great pool! This is just to cute! I could never think of something like this. Great job!

pruttybird said...

That is one very cool exploding pool. Love that idea. My brain doesn't work that well in the wee hours of the night so kudos to you :)

My favorite summer activity is eating steamed crabs and cooking out hamburgers on the grill with family and friends!!

pruttybird at comcast dot net

Amy said...

Wow- this is clever and amazing! LOVE IT! I am a follower already.
Favorite summertime activity is going to the beach. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!
Amy :)
http://amyscraftingspace.blogspot.com
amy.arnold89@comcast.net

Dee said...

I am a new follower. My favorite summer activity is resting and reading (I am a teacher). About the card all I can say of OMG! Wonderful!

deelightfullycrafty.blogspot.com

Pat N. said...

I'm always fascinated by exploding boxes, but yours is just unbelievable! I love the ridges you put on the framing arond the pool. We had one of those about 10 years ago when our kids were growing up. That was my favorite activity during the summer. Love all the colos inside the box too. Just terrific!--Pat N.

Jean said...

Oh my goodness, this is adorable!!

Dilsaver Designs said...

I love the little swimmer that pops out, so fun, looks fabulous :)

scrapperbecka said...

WOW I love the pop up box, that is so cool. I have seen square ones before but never one like this, great job!

scrapperbecka at yahoo dot com

thekolbes said...

OMGosh your exploding box is AMAZING. Thanks so much for sharing. I am a new follower. My fav thing to do in the summer is going to garage sales to find great alterables and going to the lake with my boys.
Trish
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

Charlotte said...

Oh, oh, oh, how fun this is!!! This is just so amazing and creative. You get the prize for creativity on this one!!!!!
Charlotte

Lisa said...

Oh, this is FANTASTIC! What a super fun idea...I love it!

Lisa
http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

haffpintreasures said...

Amazing! You are incredibly talented!!

CraftyJAR said...

This is just fantastic!!! I love the effects I love the raised pool, netting and ball in the pool! Then it explodes! Just perfect, love it!
Judy

Jenn said...

Oh my gosh, such a fabulous project! Love it! Great job, TFS :)
hugs, Jenn
www.craftyfulgardens.blogspot.com

Audrey Frelx said...

Amazing!!! What a cool project!!!

Lisa said...

This has to be one of the most creative things I've ever seen! I absolutely love it! Wow! My favorite summer activity would be sitting on my deck reading a great book! :)

http://indymermaid.blogspot.com
indymermaid(at)blogspot.com

Scrappin Melissa said...

great job on this!
I love fireworks and eating watermelon!
melissaseme at yahoo dot com

Lori Apgar said...

This is super cute!!!

www.scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com

chignon said...

An exploding pool-what a creative idea! Wow! Fantastic project! I became a follower and love summer because it is my time to read and craft :)
vosstin at gemail dot com

Scrappymama Elaine said...

My friend, that is some pool! Wow! you've been busy. Love it! how fun! What do I enjoy? swinging in my hammock.

esigmon at cox dot net

Scrappymama Elaine said...

My friend, that is some pool! Wow! you've been busy. Love it! how fun! What do I enjoy? swinging in my hammock.

esigmon at cox dot net

jenni said...

That is amazing! I want to scrap lift it for my girls who are swimmers!
jpshirley@ymail.com

Nita T. said...

This is the coolest project! I love it! :) My favorite summer activity...hmmmm...sittin' in the sun with a book, I think. :) I'm already a follower - thanks for the giveaway! :)
Nita
www.niftynitanotes.blogspot.com

thekolbes said...

I have liked you on facebook
Trish
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

thekolbes said...

I am a new subscriber
Trish
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

Barb said...

Oh my goodness! What a detailed project! That mesh ribbon is perfect for the net. I'm already a follower. Thanks for a chance to win!

http://barbshobbyhighlights.blogspot.com/

Babe O'Mara said...

What a fabulous project. Most original idea I've seen. Alsolutely outstanding. I'm a follower. Thanks so much for sharing.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Babe O'Mara said...

I've subscribed to your blog.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Cathy said...

I liked you on Facebook:)
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Lisa R. said...

WOWSERS! I haven't seen this shape exploding box before! Awesome job. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

Cathy said...

I am a follower, Your explosion box is so amazing! great job.
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Lisa R. said...

I was so in awe of your creation that i forgot to tell my fav summer activity... swimming wit family and friends at the swimmin' hole, jumping off the pier! I'm a subscriber and FB fan. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

Creative Diva said...

OMG! This has to be the coolest thing I have ever seen. I love it. Already a follower.

Hugs,
Patty
creativediva98.blogspot.com
creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Creative Diva said...

I am now following your awesome FB Page.

Hugs,
Patty
creativediva98.blogspot.com
creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Creative Diva said...

I placed a link on my FB "Creative Diva" like page. I would love it if you stop by and like my page. If you like too. :)

Hugs,
Patty
creativediva98.blogspot.com
creativediva98 at gmail dot com

AmyJRockstar said...

OMG! That is just too cool! I just used some of that silver Xmas ribbon for a chicken card I made. Should be up on my blog in a day or two. Please swing by and check it out if you get the time. :0) I would REALLY, Really, Really love to win these stamps! They are PERFECT for me! Thanks for the chances to win! My favorite summer activity is traveling. It's the best. We don't travel much in the winter, living in Colorado with all the snow and such, but come summer, (if we can afford it), look out! ;) I'm a new follower and happy I found your very fun blog!

XO ~ Amy Jo (new follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

AmyJRockstar said...

I am Amy Courchaine and I liked and commented on your FB page. Thanks! Really want to win! XOXOXOX

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

AmyJRockstar said...

I subscribe to your email now. :0)

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

Shawnee said...

Super cute project!! Most creative original idea I have seen. I have liked your FB page and now follow your wonderful blog. TFS!!

Shawnee
http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com

Tammy (P.M.S) said...

Absolutely brilliant! I'm going to have to try my hand at making one of the explosion boxes. Love it! My favorite summer activity...pool day followed with a delicious BBQ. Oh...and music playing in the background. :) I'm a new follower to your blog.

Tammy

positivelymagnificientscrapper.blogspot.com

tzajc79@gmail.com

Tammy (P.M.S) said...

I've also "liked" your page over on facebook. :)

Tammy

positivelymagnificientscrapper.blogspot.com

tzajc79@gmail.com

Tammy (P.M.S) said...

I've subscribed to your email mailing list to your blog. :)

Tammy

positivelymagnificientscrapper.blogspot.com

tzajc79@gmail.com

Tammy (P.M.S) said...

I placed a link on my FB "Positively Magnificient Scrapper" like page; www.facebook.com/PositivelyMagnificientScrapper

I would love it if you stop by my page and like it as well. Us, crafters need to support each other! :) One for all and all for one! ;)

Tammy

positivelymagnificientscrapper.blogspot.com

tzajc79@gmail.com

Dawn said...

Fantastic card! Great job. The thing I like best about summer is fresh veggies from the garden! mmmm good. Nice blog candy! Thanks for the chance to win. momscrafts42@aol.com

Sandi said...

I love to suntan on my deck with a glass of wine!

-Sandi
Http://stamped-by-hand. blogspot.com

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June Houck said...

I am in awe. This is pure genius. Brilliant. Amazing creativity!

I am already a follower; my favorite summer activity is curling up with a good book on the porch overlooking the beach.

Just Don't Over Think It! said...

Wow! I have never seen anything like it. You are AMAZING! Thanks for the chance to win!
Donna

justdonotoverthinkit.blogspot.com
justtoomuchthinking@gmail.com

Melanie Mason said...

Wow! Amazing! I wish I had the courage to even TRY and scraplift this lol

Thanks for participating in the hop and providing some great inspiration!

Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway .. I could certainly put it to good use!

Your newest follower,
Melanie
melanie_mason87 at hotmail dot com

OmaGloria said...

Your box is way too cute.

Paper Panther and Rayna said...

Wow what an awesome box! I love the exploding pool :) TFS!

♥ Rayna
http://purplepeepstechniques.blogspot.com

ScrapinShana said...

This is simply amazing, I am in awe of all the things I see on your blog!!! My favorite summer activity is going to Bush Gardens or any theme park for that matter! =)

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

I've been a follower. Like the theme. Like chance to win.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
sunshine_honeybee2004@yahoo.com
http://createdbysunshinehoneybee.blogspot.com

Suzy said...

I love your explosion box! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. :)
Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

katieo said...

You must of been very busy making all these cool projects for different hops Love it all.

scrapinmamaof2 said...

I have a kids pool party to go to! This will make a cute gift box for the gift card! Gotta love pool time in the summer!

Carol said...

Fabulous album, super cool. We love the float the river during our summers! TFS

Linda said...

Oh my! This has got to be the CUTEST thing I've ever seen!! Wow!! Thank you for sharing!! :)
Linda :)
P.S. My favorite summer activity is going the the beach, the county fair, and just hanging out with the family :)

DIANA L. said...

This is adorable.

Jenny V. said...

Wow this is so cute and a great idea. Love it!

Yesterday's Echo Scrapbooks said...

What a neat idea! So cute! I think I like just about everything about summer- but my favorite is just enjoying the sun!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Super wow, this is sooo cool! TFS

I love being able to sit outside in the early morning and enjoy the scenery of horses and other animals. My quite time! I am usually up a few hours before everyone else so I take my coffee and usually a scrapbook magazine or sometimes a mini project, like putting centers in buttons and other simple things, outside and just sit enjoying the sunrise until everyone is up or it starts to get hot or Oh yeah, I have to go in and get ready for work, yuk!!!

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Just A Pac Rat said...

I already like you on Face book!

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Just A Pac Rat said...

I already E-mail subscribe to your great blog.

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Anonymous said...

my favorite summer activity is golfing...great fun with my DH and friends walking around hitting the little white ball!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

In Love with a Bug said...

Your explosion box is super fab. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win. Melanie
http://inlovewithabug.blogspot.com

Laceelola said...

Wish i had half your talent, its great, thanks for chance of winning a prize.

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

This is so cool, stopping by from the How Neat Is That Hop!! Great job
Kristan

Doris P. said...

I have never made an explosian box but you rock!! LOVE the pool effect. my favorite summertime activity is taking the kids to the water park, pool and walks in the evening.. and of course hubby's barbecue!!
parkernana5 at cox dot net

Eva said...

Oh this is too cute too...way awesome...big smiles!!! I love going to the beach in the summertime.
Eva :0)

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

This one is amazing too. You really think out side of the bos. :)

Pammie Kay said...

doing the "how neat is that" hop and your stuff is uber neat

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Judy said...

Really unbelievable -- you are fantastic and talented!!

Lady Fair said...

Absolutely fabulous explosion box, you're so creative! I've been a follower (blog, email, FB) for awhile now. TFS!

lflinesatcomcastdotnet

rhayhurst said...

WOW!! I love this swimming pool explosion box! Very inventive and extremely cool!!

rhayhurst said...

I love this swimming pool explosion box! Very inventive and extremely cool!!

Laura (tweetyb) said...

WOW!! I hadn't seen this before!! This is SOO cute!! I love it!!
♥ Laura ♥
tweetyb@satx.rr.com
http://laurascraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

Lisa R. said...

Hoppin by, this is so cool! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

Heather said...

I love it, it look so much like a pool. And I didn't know you could make octagon explosion boxes. Thanks for sharing

God Bless
Heather
Blessed2cre8.blogspot.com

SueNJ said...

This is amazing. My mouth is literally hanging open :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B
Suenj99 at yahoo dot com
http://susanascorner.blogspot.com/

Pam said...

Wow! this is just to stinkin' cute!! You are just so creative, The ideas you come up with are so amazing. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

callyannc said...

Super cute. You are GOOD! Thanks CallyAnn

 
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