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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scrumptious Sweet Blog Hop -- Surprise, surprise!! :)

Welcome to the Scrumptious Sweet Blog Hop! 

Well, hellooooooooo to YOU!! :)  I'm so glad you could join me today for this delicious selection of scrumptious sweet ideas sure to leave you hankerin' for a cupcake, slice of pie, or wedge of chocolate!!  This is my kinda hop!! :)  I was absolutely tickled when a special friend (whose talent I've admired since nearly the beginning of my bloggie-land adventures) asked me to be a part of this FUN hop...  Thank you SO much, Yolie -- I hope you LOVE what you've inspired me to make for today!! :)

If you've hopped along from my NEW talented friend (who shares the same name), Amy, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Angie's blog (cuz starting at the START is what you'll want to do!!)...  When you've finished the rounds, you'll end up at our lovely host's blog (that'd be the beautifully talented Yolie!!)...  :)

Be sure to watch for some sweet-candy-goodness (giveaways) throughout the hop too as there are several stops along the way with FUN gifts to share...  I know you'll want to try your luck for some ooey-gooey-goodness!! :)  Now grab your coffee or cup o' tea (or maybe a big ole glass of MILK!) and settle in for some sweet treats!! :) 

A little birdie told me that one of our very special hoppers is having a BIRTHDAY today, so I decided to "bake" a cake and wish Tammy a HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY (when you get to her blog, please be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday too!!  I'm sure it will mean SO much to her!!)...  Now, Tammy, make a wish...  And blow out the candle to see what surprises my project has in store......
A battery-operated tealight wrapped in taffy cardstock (embossed with the "Floral Fanfare" Cuttlebug embossing folder) sits atop the paper-cake full of surprises....
The finished cake measure approximately 7.5" tall and 6.5" wide...  The top layer is not the only layer to have a surprise...
Two of my handmade stick-pins keep the tag in place...  A variety of handmade flower embellishments and swirling gem embellishments adorn the cake...  When you lift the top layer from the cake.......
An octagon explosion box is revealed!! :)  Room enough for 32 small pictures or other keepsakes, the layers are staggered so that everything is more visible...
Each "petal" of the box has been embossed.  Both sides of the pink layer and one side of the black layer have ribbon to easily slide a small picture behind....
I used the Cuttlebug "Candy Cane" embossing folder for one layer and an unnamed Sizzix floral embossing folder for the other layer....
There's still another surprise in this cake....  Lift the top explosion box layer to reveal....
.... a second octagon explosion box in the bottom layer!!
If you are already a follower of mine, then you may already know that I love creating explosion boxes in all shapes and sizes!!  I have never seen an octagon explosion box before, so each piece of this one was hand-cut and hand-pieced...  Each layer measures 2.5" high....
The entire box took several hours to design and put together -- My hope is always to find a faster way to do one of these so that I can provide some kind of tutorial...  Sigh...  Yes, I'm putting a tutorial for this one on my list too :)
 A few more close-ups to show some of the detail on each layer and each piece....
I always find these surprise or "transformer" explosion boxes a LOT of fun to create -- And I hope you think it's lots of fun too!!
The "Today... is your day!" sentiment is from the "Positive Thoughts" Stamp Art Set from K Andrew Designs... This is my favorite set for encouraging and celebrating friends!! :)
And here is the cake all assembled again!! :)

Thank you SO much for stopping by during this YUMMY hop!!  I really appreciate you joining the FUN!! Now.... Before I send you off to your next stop on the hop...  I have some extra special goodies to send out to one fabulous friend!! :)
 
The "Floral Fanfare" Cuttlebug embossing folder (just like the one I used on the outside of my cake!), a yard of pink gingham ribbon, a sleeve of my handmade flower embellishments, and TWO handmade stickpins (similar to the ones on my cake)!! :)

To be eligible for my blog candy:
  • Please leave me a comment answering this question: "What's your favorite sweet treat?"
  • Receive a BONUS chance when you "Like" the Love To Crop! Facebook Page!! -- CLICK HERE -- then leave me an extra comment for your bonus chance!)
If you leave your email address (please leave it in SAFE scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com form), I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back after Wednesday, September 7th to see if you are a winner. No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)

Now you can hop on over to your next stop: Celeste!! 
I'll know you'll just love the SCRUMPTIOUS goodies she has to share!!

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

*** Please note that the following links will take you directly to each participants post if you are joining the hop later in the week!! ***


  1. Angie at Scrappin' Memories
  2. Amy at Aimitup
  3. Amy :) at Love To Crop!  You are HERE!! :) 
  4. Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly  Go here NEXT!! :)
  5. Desiree at P1x3L.F3T1SH
  6. Gaby at Gaby Creates
  7. Jani at Paper Compulsions
  8. Melin at Cooking With Cricut
  9. Norma at PinkBlingCrafter
  10. Tammy at OBX Stamping and Crafting  The BIRTHDAY GIRL!!  :)
  11. Tori at It's Tori's Time 
  12. Yolie at JustYolie, JustCreate
Thanks again!!  I hope your day is as SWEET as YOU are!! :)  Until next time,

104 comments:

kathlee said...

OMGoodness Amy...where do you get the time? That is absolutely gorgeous!! LOVE it!
{{Your Wild & Wonderful Friend!}}
Kathie
Kathlee154atgmaildotcom
http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

Christina said...

Beautiful!!!

Melin said...

Wow! what a gorgeous cake! Absolutely amazing! You are UBER talented! I am your newest follower and looking forward to seeing more of you beautiful work!


Melin
Blog: CookingWithCricut.com
Shop: PaperCraftingWorld.com

Smiley21 said...

Wow, amazing!

My favorite sweets are Cupcakes!

http://bugalooscraproom.blogspot.com/

Smiley21 said...

I am a new follower and "liked" you on facebook. Just can't wait to see new projects in the works.
http://bugalooscraproom.blogspot.com/

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

I've been a follower for awhile. My fav sweet treat is cheescake especially from Cheesecake Factory restaurant. Your explosion box cake is wonderful. Especially like your stick pins. Thanks for chance to win some great giveaways.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

mylittlecraftblog said...

All I can say is WOW! I'll repeat that - WOW!

My favorite treat is chocolate - any shape, any form . . .

Evelyn
evelynholmbergATmindspringDOTcom

Theresa said...

Hi there! New follower here thanks to the hop, and all I can say is WOW! Your explosion box is amazing! TFS!
firelass51(at)aol(dot)com

Theresa said...

I also liked you on facebook too..and since I forgot to answer your question my favorite treat is Hummingbird cake..yummo!
firelass51(at)aol(dot)com

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

I love any thing chocolate....but I love it in the form of a moist cake. This explosion box was a TOTAL surprise! WOW! Wow ! WOw!

Eva said...

WOW, this is so awesome. You are amazing!!! Beautiful - Beautiful, I love it.
Eva :0)
http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com
I have a giveaway on my blog right now

Eva said...

I am a fan on facebook

Amy (aka Aimitup) said...

Wow - quite a project - what a great idea! It was great hopping with you! http://aimitup.blogspot.com/

Tori said...

Hi Amy I love love love your creation so great!! And I got the times mixed up because I live in Australia but my post us now up :) thanks!

Tori :)

littlebitoftoto said...

This cake is amazing...you never cease to amaze me. Beautiful..WOW..I am speechless (for a minute)..my favorite treat is homemade apple pie

littlebitoftoto said...

Liked you on FB...but love your blog..
tlfletcher@embarqmaildotcom

Celeste said...

WOWZERS!!!!!! Absolutley fabulous.... Oh my I love love it... I have never made an explosion box before.... I really want to give this one a try..... Love love love it... so many wonderful details... YOU ROCKED it girlie......

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

FABULOUS idea, that cake is freakin awesome!!
My fav sweet treat is cheesecake, as a matter of fact I made myself sick eating 1/2 of a 1lb cheesecake (was craving some for months) LOL

Hugs, Staci
staci412{@}optonline{.}net

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Like you fb page too

Hugs, Staci
staci412{@}optonline{.}net

Therese said...

The cake explosion gift box you made is amazing! I bet it's going to look even more awesome once you add pictures to the inside. Great job!

Therese said...

Oh and my favorite sweet treat is a toss up between Haribo gummy bears and Milka's hazelnut milk chocolate ( what can I say, I grew up in Germany, so now I'm hooked.)

Cherie said...

My favorite sweet treat is chocolate!! Especially Dark Chocolate MINT! Yum! Your cake is so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing! I will have to try that out sometime!

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

Esther said...

WOW! You're cake is amazing, love it!!!

I think my fav is the good old Snickers bar!!!!

Rhonda Emery said...

this is such amazing cake, you out did yourself on this. how beautiful. all I can say is wow!

rakiya32 said...

simply stunning!!
patrinajones at gmail dot com

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Love your 3 tuer cake explosion box.
Kathy
Katsews at gmail dot com

Angie said...

wow!! Amy,amazing project and very creative !!!!

Vicki said...

OMGOSH!!! Amy, you amaze me!!! That cake is to die for!! All of those places for pictures..how perfect a gift for say a 75th birthday party where you can take pics of everyone who attended and then have them all there to just open up and relive the day!!! You are incredible woman!! I want to be like you when I grow up as paper crafter...:) And I knew you would slip those stick pins in there!!

transport7800@aol.com
http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspot.com/
ALWAYS a follower!!

Stephanie said...

Love your project, Amy. I have an award for you if you'd like to stop by and get it.
http://cricutmimi.blogspot.com

Vicki said...

I got so excited I forgot to tell you that my favorite treat is marshmallow treats!! :)

transport7800@aol.com
http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspot.com/

P1x3L.F3T1SH said...

OK! This is SO unique it's crazy! You did an amazing job!! LOVE all the textures... now I want me embossing folders! heheh Love the colors... gosh... SO many awesome projects on this hop!!!

Kristin Courtney said...
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Peggy Sue said...

wow, that is totally amazing! You rock!
my favorite sweet treat? Twinkies!!!
mrsroddy4@aol.com

Kristin Courtney said...

Incredible project! I just LOVE it! My favorite "sweet" treat are cherries. :)

Heather said...

OH MY WOWZA!!! What a project! you must have a great deal of patience to go with your exceeding amount of talent!!! Wonderful project!

Carla said...

What a great project!! My favorite treat has to be English Toffee. I love it, I can even make it myself. Thanks so much for the chance to win some awesome blog candy. I love your exploding box. What a great idea to make it into a birthday cake, that would be a great gift.

http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/ or racincrafts at aim dot com

Carla said...

I liked the love to crop face book page



http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/ or racincrafts at aim dot com

sleeplesswonder said...

OMG!!!! I LOVE this cake explosion box. wow. I have wanted to try an explosion box for so long. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win.
Hugs,
Melissa D
mkds312 at hotmail dot com
sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

sleeplesswonder said...

I am now a "liker" on FB too. :) Thanks for the extra chance.
Hugs,
Melissa D
mkds312 at hotmail dot com
sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Fabulous box. Holy cow! That would be great with little candy bars stuck to each of the layers with maybe gift cards on a few too! My favorite sweet is anything with sugar and chocolate!

scrappingmamma said...

holy MOLEY!! Now that is something FABULOUS!! ive never seen this before!WOW im speachless!! LOVE THIS CAKE Thanks for sharing love, Scrappingmamma!~ustoleit@comcast.net ~ http://www.scrappingmamma.net

Kristina said...

This is a terrific blog! You are very talented! Love the explosion cake very creative!

"What's your favorite sweet treat?"
My fav sweet treat is my home-made Black Magic cake recipe is by Hershey's!

Peace,
Kristy

JustYolie said...

Wow Amy!! This is spectacular!!! Totally was not expecting it to be an explosion box!! AMAZING! Thank you for being part of the hop with me!!

Kristina said...

Oh forgot to add my info:
my blog: http://kristyleesworld.wordpress.com
my e-mail is: kldeyette@gmail.com
Thank you,
Kristy

Heather said...

Amy as usual this is just fabulous, You are such and inspiration I am so happy to be one of your followers. I just love getting your emails.

God bless
Heather
Blessed2cre8.blogspot.com

VanessaB said...

a huge WOW! your cake is so detailed and awesome and love the no flame candle idea (safe, too. hee hee). liked you at facebook. great hop! vanessabuzard at gmail dot com. :)

Brenda said...

You have got to be kidding me, a few hours? This would take me a lifetime to create. I LOVE it...wowzers. You truly rocked this and I have to say this is definitely my FAVORITE project to date of yours. YOU MUST make a tutorial so I can spend the rest of my days to create one of these beautiful cakes. I am amazed.
Hugs
Brenda
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Brenda said...

oh I forgot to mention my favorite treat is German chocolate cake. Can you make me one to resemble that? LOL

ReinasMomma said...

I am so loving that explosion cake! Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

Kris Dietz said...

What a fantabulous project! I love all the details. My favorite sweet treat is chocolate concorde. So hard to find but soooo worth it!

Kris
dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Kris Dietz said...

I've been a follower of FB for a little while. Love it!

Kris
dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Candy said...

OMGosh!!! This is absolutely fabulous!! I have made only one explosin box and loved every minute making it. In fact, I hated to give it to my Mom for her birthday because I wouldn't be able to look at it anymore. LOL. Yours is amazing. I will have to attempt this one some time. Fantastic job!!
Candy
candyscraftcorner.blogspot.com
candyyoung826 at msn dot com

Carol E said...

I love your cake it's so creative. Thank you for sharing it.

GabyCreates.com said...

Oh WOW this is super creative!! I am in aww

Grace Baxter said...

Amy, what a fantastic job you've done on your birthday cake with exploding boxes! I can't even imagine how long it took you to design such a thing. Lovely!

Grace
http://gracenotes4today.blogspot.com

Anna said...

Wow this is breathtaking. Amazing. My favorite sweet or at least one would be white cake with fluffy white icing. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win. annadowdy at gmail dot com

Anna said...

Been a fan/liked you for a while now. Thanks for the chance to win. annadowdy at gmail dot com

Carrie's Corner said...

This is absolutely stunning! What an amazing amount of work you have put into this! New follower and thanks for a chance to win.

Hugs
Carrie
cau0617 at yahoo dot com

smyiow said...

WOW! Just WOW! Amy this is so amazingly beauiful! I am kind of scard to attempt this but I kind of want to! Can't wait for the tutorial 8)

my-o-scrappin.blogspot.com
smmyiow@gmail.com

Lisa R. said...

Wow, this blows me away!!!!! Fantastic project and gift idea. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

Gale said...

Holy Cow! First time on your blog and I will definitely be back! Love that box. I have never seen an explosion octagon before either. Have done several boxes but, WOW.
Personally, I love dark chocolate brownies with walnuts. LOL

:) Gale
gizmo01 at charter dot net

scrappinC said...

OMG! Your cake is absolutely wonderful. So much detail and it looks soooooo Yummy! My favorite sweet treat is be a Blind Date Cake, they are so delicious!!


TFS!
Cindy Lou
endurapuppy at yahoo dot com
http://scrappinc.blogspot.com

Anniebee said...

Oh, my gosh, Amy!!! This is fabulous!!! It must have required a ton of work and lots of patience too. It looks in pictures to be much larger than it really is but it still looks complicated to make. Great job!
My favorite sweet treat is a banana split, old fashioned but with hot fudge instead of chocolate sauce (and now I WNAT one!) LOL! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some cool new goodies!

Anniebee
anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

{VICKI} said...

Brownies are my weakness!

vicki.dalton@yahoo.com

Babe O'Mara said...

I cannot imagine the time it took to make this fabulous explosion box. It is absolutely beautiful. My favorite sweets are Good and Plenty, actually any licorice as long as its black!!! Thanks for chance to win.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Shawnee said...

Amy this is such a beautiful cake. You have outdone yourself!!

Blessings,
Shawnee
http://www.blessedonthebrightside.com

Sherrie K. said...

Oh me oh my~this is to die for....I absolutly ADORE this project. I love that it holds SO many photos. You totally amaze me and are one crafty lady!!! I LOVE IT! TFS!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

callyannc said...

Do you ever take a break? Love this project! Too cute! TFS CallyAnn(follower)
http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com
I love love love Cherry Cheesecake! MMMMMM

callyannc said...

I already like Love to Crop on FB! CallyAnn

Scrappin' Sista said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Your project is totally AWESOME!!! I can see your heart and love in it. TFS. Scrappy hugs my dear.

Christel
http://onescrappinsista.blogspot.com

Scrappin' Sista said...

I'm a fan of your Facebook page.

Christel
http://onescrappinsista.blogspot.com

Laura (tweetyb) said...

Wow! Amy again this project is AMAZING!! I think I say this on every comment I leave & I totally mean it!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! :)Oh & my fav sweet treat is anything chocolate!!

♥ Laura ♥
tweetyb@satx.rr.com
http://laurascraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

Dorcas said...

WHOAH!!!! I thought that was a cake! Oh my goodness. Great job!

Crafting Misfit said...

SERIOUSLY! HOW AWESOME!!!!! I mean, this is incredible!

PinkBlingCrafter said...

WOW!!this is just amazing!! You should totally do a tutorial!! Love it:) TFS
Hugs

A Creative Journey said...

LOVE your project!! The layers and details you have on this project and every aspect are amazing! TFS your AMAZING WORK! I am a friend, follower and fellow bloggin friend :) MY favorite sweet treat is fondue...anything with chocolate.. I a not fussy! LOL I would be honored if you checked out my blog and did the same at http://acreativejourneywithmelissa.blogspot.com

Rez P. said...

Hi Amy.
Wow! This is AMAZING! Your so talented. My favorite treat would have to be chocolate truffles. I loveee any type of CHOCOLATE.
Hugs,
Rez
Karezma Kreations

Scrapper69 said...

OMGOODNESS! This is the most AMAZING CAKE I've EVER SEEN! I LOVE IT! And it's FAT FREE! LOL
YOur did a fabulous job on your project and my favorite treat is anything CHOCOLATE! :o)

Theresa
card addict 69 at hot mail dot com

Tracey said...

WOW....Amy, this is an awesome piece of art, love it!What a lot of work, but well worth it!

Linda Therrien said...

Wow Amy what a wonderful gift!! I love it - can't wait until you come out with the directions for this. The birthday person will take hours just looking at all the pictures this cake can hold and marvel at someone making such a special cake just for them. What a wonderful wonderful gift.

Linda
www.lindascreativity.blogspot.com
therrien_linda at yahoo dot com

Cathie w said...

owowowowowowowowowowow

so sweet love it...TFS!!!!

cathie
scraphappyca@gmail.com

Cathie w said...

so sweet love it...TFS!!!!

cathie
scraphappyca@gmail.com

Yoli said...

That simply an AMAZING project! A lot of luv involved in making something like that. Wow!

Favorite sweet treat: carrot cake

Amanda said...

I must tell you I am absolutely in love with this cake box! You did an amazing job!!!

Amanda said...

That cake is amazing! I've never tried making an explosion box & I really want 2! U already know that I'm huge fan of yours & follower of your blog! thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I'm also a "liker" of your fb page! thanks so much Amy! prhmangel at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

WOW! This is awesome! I don't have time to hop but love this - saw it on FB & had to check it out!
Great job!
www.craftycardgallery.blogspot.com
craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

madebyKarla said...

what a beautiful cake! and it doesn't go to the hips ;) Looking forward to the tutorial when you get to it!

Cyndi S said...

Wonerful explosion cake but it looks like it was a lot of work.
cstephenson at q dot com

Cyndi S said...

I am already a facebook fan.
cstephenson at q dot com

Lynne said...

I am sew impressed and would love to learn how to make this exploding birthday cake as it would be purrfect for my kids! This is beautiful!!! My favorite treat is either angel food cake or tarimousu (or however you spell it!!)
Hugs and love
Lynne
Her Craftiness
http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/
hercraftiness@gmail.com

littlen said...

ice cream topsy list
littlen44 at gmail dot com

Tami B. said...

Holy cow! This one just blows my mind. How in the world did you ever come up with this fantastic idea?!

Lady Fair said...

Wow, what a fabulous explosion box. You've really outdone yourself, Amy! I've been a follower for awhile now and a FB fan. My favorite sweet treat is a strawberry sundae!

lflinesatcomcastdotnet

Letillia said...

OMGosh this is Extraordinary!! Beautiful Creation! Thank you for the chance to win!

divaof5.blogspot.com
letilliaslaughter at yahoo dot com

In Love with a Bug said...

WOWWIE!!! This paper cake is simply amazing! Tammy is one lucky lady!!! I love all of the details, the color and how there is an explosion box inside. I am already a follower and my favorite treat is M&M cookies! Melanie
http://inlovewithabug.blogspot.com

Karen said...

This is a busy blog! Lots of cute ideas.
Blessings,
Karen
P.S. My favorite sweet treat is ice cream. I've even blogged about it, believe it or not.
Blessings,
Karen
karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

Edwina said...

My favorite sweet is a chocolate brownie sundae. My favorite cany is Dove dark chocolate. Edwina Brown edwinabrownatcomcastdotnet

Amy E said...

Wow...you have completely outdone yourself again! It blows my mind, the explosion boxes you come up with!! I'm so excited for the day you finally come out with a tutorial! Woot!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Jani said...

Man, I did not get a chance to drop by your blog Saturday. I am so glad I came by today though. What an awesome project. Very creative. I just love it!

My favorite treat is chocolate ice cream.

Jani
papercompulsions.blogspot.com

Tammy said...

This explosion cake is fabulous! and Thanks so much for the Birthday wishes, I had a fabulous day!!
Tammy

Kelly S said...

You continually amaze me! What an incredible project. I love how you have decorated the cake and the surprise explosion boxes are just wonderful! My favorite sweet treat is anything chocolate (but especially brownies - yummy!).


Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

Dee Burns said...

Amy, Amy, Amy...WOW! That is the cutest Cake/explosion box/album, etc. I like Explosion things too. Can't wait for the Tutorial.
Take Care!
Dee B

Gramjak said...

My favorite sweet treat at this moment is your gorgeous explosion box two tiered cake!

I cannot wait for your tutorial! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!
I'm off to Like you on Facebook!

 
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