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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Haunted House Hop -- Is it a TRICK or a TREAT??? It sure is SWEET!! :)

Well, hello, my pretties...  Welcome to the Haunted House Hop!!  Beware! This is a blog hop of haunted houses where Halloween fright is glowing in the windows as ghosts and witches fly through the air...

Please join us and hop along starting with Jearise, our hostess... She has provided some Halloween blog candy for all those that leave comments along the way. The drawing will be on October 6th using Random.org. The winner will receive: K & Company Ghostly Greetings 12 x 12 paper pack, Stickles distress glitter glue pack, and EK Sticko's haunted house sticker pack.

If you have traveled from Jessica, then you are on the right road...  When you're finished here, please continue over to Robin. If you got lost and found yourself on my doorstep by mistake, you can head to the beginning of the road here: Jearise's blog....

Now what do you suppose I've created for your viewing pleasure today???  Could it be...  Would it be...  A haunted house with goodies inside???  See for yourself....  ;)
Well that looks like a rickety old house, don't ya think???  It's not too late to turn back if you're afraid!!
Oh my...  Yes...  A little rickety, I'd say...  I cut the windows from yellow and purple at slightly varying sizes, hand drew the window lines, inked the edges, and penned in some spider webs...  The door was also hand cut and inked, and I drew the bat on the door since I think bats are a little more than spooky!!
The moon is attached to the roof of the house with a spring (a twist of wire that I twisted up myself)...  The bat (just the base image cut at 1.5" from the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge and colored with a Precious Elements green pen and white Signo pen) is also attached to the moon with a spring so it wiggles and jiggles away...
I think there's some"thing" just inside that window at the tippy-top there....
Oh LOOK!!  A place to hide a bit of candy (or perhaps a hairy spider!!  Eeeek!!)....  I embossed the "wall" with the Cuttlebug "Bricked" embossing folder...
Do you think that door looks inviting???  Perhaps you'd like to go inside???  Maybe we'll just remove the roof instead....
What's that???   A peek of space???  A second floor???  Let's go in for a closer look....
Well there's enough room there for a whole bag of Candy Corn...  Or a stack of photos...  Or perhaps some memorabilia or tickets from a hay ride...
What's that???  The second floor comes off as well!!  Would ya take a look at THAT!!  :)
A peek at the inside while closed....
And as it starts to unfold....  It reveals space enough for up to 24 pictures (as large as 4"x6"!!)...  Additionally, there are hidden pockets for journaling tags or extra pictures (all the photo mats are attached on only three sides to allow for this)...
I used my Sizzix "Plaid" embossing folder on the apple green cardstock...  The purple cardstock was embossed with Couture Collections "Tangled" embossing folder...  You can't see them in this picture, but there are glow-in-the-dark googly eyes attached to the ribbon on the purple layer for a little extra SPOOK!!
All the decorative paper is from the brand new Creative Memories Cheerful Halloween Additions Kit...  Isn't that polka dot paper with the little spiders just adorable???  I also used Purple, Black, Yellow, and Apple cardstock for the other layers of the house...
To make the layered roof tiles, I punched a whole bunch of black strips using my Stampin' Up! Scalloped Edge Border Punch and then layered them across the roof before trimming the edges...  The spider web punch is from Martha Stewart Crafts...
This house was incredibly fun to create...  If you are already a follower of mine (especially by email so that you don't miss a thing!), then you may already know how much I LOVE to create these "transformer" explosion boxes...  It's quite fun to think of new ways to turn something basic into a "transformer" box (something that doesn't look like it would reveal an explosion box)....   I get a lot of questions about how long it takes me to make these -- The answer varies for each box.  This one took about 8 hours, I think.  Some take less time, and some take more, but each one is unique!!  I also have many people ask about templates and tutorials -- I do not follow any templates or tutorials, but rather come up with all the measurements by trial and error.  And while I'd love to provide a tutorial for ALL of my boxes, I just haven't figured out a way to do this without hours and hours of video tutorials or piles and piles of pictures...  I do have something in the works though, so if these are something you'd like to try, I hope you'll keep on coming back!! :)
I'd like to thank Jearise for including me in this SUPER FUN Hop --  I'd also like to thank  all of my wonderful friends and followers who take the time to hop through and help make this such a WONDERFUL hop!!  Now....   Before you leave...  What's a hop without some GOODIES???

I have a little blog candy for you!!  I will be sending a pack of 6x6 paper and embellishments to one fabulous winner!! :) 

To be eligible for my blog candy:

  • Please become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment answering this FUN question: "What was your most memorable Halloween costume??? (mine is -- the year I dressed as a deviled egg!!)?"!!
  • Receive a BONUS chance when you subscribe via email (enter your email address in the box at the top of this page -- you do not need to leave a second comment, all newly confirmed email addresses will be added to this drawing). 
  • You will also receive a BONUS chance should you decide to follow Love To Crop! via Networked Blogs OR "Like" the Love To Crop! facebook page (again, automatic entries by notification, no need to comment)...
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 to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)


Thank you again for checking out my project...  Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone (please note that I will update the following links to take you directly to each participants post if you are joining the hop later in the week!!)


Love To Crop!

  1. Jearise
  2. Lynne
  3. Sher
  4. Jenny
  5. Janet
  6. Vicki
  7. Janet
  8. Cyndie
  9. Lisa
  10. Deb
  11. Lisa
  12. Jessica
  13. Amy :)  You are HERE!! :)
  14. Robin  Go here NEXT!! 
  15. Michelle

Until next time,

45 comments:

Celeste said...

such a wonderful box.....

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower. This explosion box / house is fantastic. What a great way to keep Halloween Memories. I would have loved to see a photo of you as a develed egg. Sounds funny. My favorite costume was the year I dressed with a sign on my chest that said Lost dog, last seen couch. Then on the crease of my butt I pinned a beanie baby dog. LOL

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

cyndiepaperboutique said...

OMG! You have just blown me away! What a TERROR-IFIC project! I have been a follower of your blog plus on FB as well as subscribing. I didn't want to miss anything you post! You are a fabulous designer of these explosion boxes. I have yet to make one but you always get me to want to try to create one!

As for the costume, I have never been one to dress up for the holiday. Now that I have a little boy, the holiday has a new meaning to me. This year will be fun as he now understands what we are doing. I'm making his costume & mine. He will be Geo from Team Umizoomi & I will be Millie Measure (Geo's sister) & I am making a stuffed character of Bot, their robot sidekick. TFS!

Cyndie
cnthyasmth(at)yahoo(dot)com

Vicki said...

Amy, You are KILLING me! Your explosion boxes are just to die for! I am so jealous that you have the time to do them..:) As usual your creativity and craftsmanship are impeccable! Always a joy to click on your link!

My favorite costume was a princess..I used my cousin's prom dress which back then had all of that full tulle fabric and then my next door neighbor helped me fashion one of those tall dunce cap type of princess hats using fabric from where her dad worked..The Metallic Casket Co!! Yep I had casket velvet on my head!!! LOL
transport7800@aol.com
http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspot.com/
always a follower!

lorby said...

I am absolutely in LOVE with this explosion box. You need to do videos of how you do these especially this one. You are one creative lady. I love coming and seeing what you've whipped up on your blog. Thank you so much for being part of my first hop as hostess. Jearise in Lorby's World. jearise @ gmail dot come

Brenda said...

wow, wow, wow. I kinda figured it would be another "explosion" box, but man oh man...you are super talented. I just wish I could so be in your head for half a day. WONDERFUL
Hugs
Brenda
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here
burffrau @ aol dot com

Eva said...

wow, what an awesome Haunted house...and of course it is an explosion box...Amy You ROCK!!! very cool project as always, I am a happy follower of your work!!! I think the time I dressed as the Monsters Bride and won the costume contest at a party I attended...It was so fun!!!
Eva :0)
evascrapslife(at)gmail(dot)com
http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com

DIANA L. said...

This came out awesome you did a super job.
DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

mamawcindy said...

I Loved it when I thought It was just a Haunted House and then you went and Shocked me!!! How Amazing is that. I can tell you put a lot of time into making it. You did a Fantastic Job. My favorite Costume that I ever wore. Is when I dress up like a Witch. I looked really Scary! Now the Deviled Egg Costume sounds Hilarious! If you have a picture of that ,you need to Share that on your blog! :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com
cindys-greencricut.blogspot.com

Trisha said...

Most amazing project I have seen. It is simply a WOW, WOW, WOW!! I am a follower and thanks for sharing and the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Janet said...

OMG Amy this is fabulouse, amazing I am nearly speechless. Oh I so want to try an explosion box . WOW
Big Blog Hugs! Janet
http://ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/

ScrapMyWay said...

Amy, Your blog is my favorite one to get to. LOVE, LOVE,LOVE those explosion boxes. They are like fine chocolate, I can't get enough of seeing them!! This one is really special since the papers are bright & fun. Thanks for sharing & anytime this winter that you want to "chill out" & come down to Florida, I'll let you show me how to make one. LOL
Claire
www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

ScrapMyWay said...

OOOPS! I was so excited about the box, I forgot to mention that my favorite costume was when I was young & skinny (100 yrs. ago) & dressed as a "French Maid" with my "Butler" husband.

Tami B. said...

I don't know what to comment on first, the fact that you dressed like a deviled egg (I want to see pics!) or yet another unbelievable explosion box. I think you've just earned another title...Explosion Box Queen. Pretty soon, I'm going to run out of titles for you. Maybe I should just go with Wonder Woman and let that cover everything.

Maria said...

Love your haunted house. Super cool
marial302003@yahoo.com

Kerys said...
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Kerys said...

WOW! What a fantastic project! I love the jiggly moon and the secret stash for treats. The way it all folds out for photos is just too cool!! Thank you so much for the inspiration - off to become a follower :-)
As for the costume - I once dressed up as a jellyfish!!!! Go figure!!! :-)
kerys dot sharrock at me dot com

Sojourne said...

All I can say is WOW! What an amazing talent you have. Can I have some for Halloween (haha)?. I followed and I would say my favorite costume was one year when I was Jessica Fletcher from Murder She wrote... so fun!

sojourne_iam@yahoo.com

Nita T. said...

WOW! This is AMAZING! I am going to have to set aside some time and attempt one of these myself - you are such an inspiration! :) My favorite Halloween costume memory...hmmm...I think that would have to be a few years ago when I was Tinkerbell - it was a happy day when I FIT into that costume! ;)
Nita
www.niftynitanotes.blogspot.com

P.S. I'm already a follower. :)

Anna said...
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Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow this is amazing! I love it! So much work! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! My fav. costume was when I dressed up as a christmas tree... my mom made the costume part and I helped decorate it!
Lisa
summer_sunset54 at hotmail dot com

Anna said...

Oh my stars how amazing this is. I had to show it to my hubby and he was very impressed. This is wonderful. I am a follower facebook fan and just signed up for the Networked blogs. I am one of your biggest stalkers LOL Love your work. Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com.

Sorry I had to delete my first one...I forgot to answer your question which would be a witch. :(
BUT I have to ask...do you have pictures of the devil egg costume?? I'd love to see them LOL.

Jamie said...

oh wow.. this is the coolest thing ever.. i'll definitely have to think about making one of these!! thanks so much for sharing and the chance to win. my most memorable costume was Alice in Wonderland (probably most memorable becuz it was last year lol).
-jamie
babyblueangel_30 at yahoo dot come

callyannc said...

I love your box! So fun! My mom made me a clown costume one year and I loved it! TFS CallyAnn(follower, subscribe, FB)
http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

amazing!!!! wow!!! just completely blown away by your house!!!! i can't even begin to imagine the hours you put into it!! now for my costume - i would have to say the year i was (no laughing ) an ompa - lompa - ok you can laugh!!! it was a blast i am only 4'11 and the hubby was willy wonka!!! TFS your great project!!!

Have a scrap-happy day
Lisa G
http://lisa-scrappingspot.blogspot.com/
lkgra@hotmail.com

Donna Phelan said...

OMGoodness, how clever & creative is that rickety old house of yours!?!? Never would have guessed it held all of those secrets. Well Done! *new follower* Hmmm fave costume.....Sponge Bob Square Pants, home made and spot on! :)

Donna Phelan said...

Ooops! That was me above..... :)

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craftaholic said...

Awesome and I love your creative inspiration!! You really blow me away!! Thanks for sharing and I have only dressed up twice for Halloween and the best one was an Elvira costume and When I worked at target we were allowed to dress up and that is what I did...so much fun!! I am now a network follower!!! TFS!!

http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com
Rexann♥

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness, this is AWESOME!!!! I never expected it to open, such a cute idea. My girlfriend has a Halloween party every year and this would be such a cute decoration and add the pics and stuff from the year before so everyone can see. Your such a clever crafter! Think you will do a tutorial....just hoping because no matter how many times I try and explosion box its my temper that ends up exploding, but this is just to cute not to try.
TFS
Thereas
tmdettloff@gmail.com

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS and GRAPHICS said...

This explosion box / house is fantastic. What a great way to keep Halloween Memories. I never expected it to open, such a cute idea.
http://buzzybeedesigns.blogspot.com
Rebecca Minor
buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Vicki said...

What a surprise! I love the explosion box. This is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. My favorite costume is the year my mom made a witch's outfit for me.

Vicki
vwilson577 at yahoo.com

UpsidedownM said...

That is a great project. So creative!!

I just started following and look forward to seeing more projects.

the only costume i really remember was begin a Dalmatian puppy when i was little..i think i was like 4 years in a row!

upsidedownm(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennasa said...

I love the house that explodes!!! My most memorable Halloween costume was when I was the statue of liberty.

Jennasa
findtimetocreate.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Your Haunted House treat box is sooo cool! Just luv it! My most memoriable costume was a year I dressed as a sort of Fairy Godmother~I painted my face w/ glitter face paint, made a dress from a white sheet, bought a sequined wand, had angel wings & a bejeweled tiara! It was awesome! U know I follow u via GFC & on FB. I also subscribe via email! Thanx 4 another chance 2 win some awesome goodness from ya! ~prhmangel at gmail dot com

McVic said...

Im a follower and I already did the other things, fb network and like- your house is amazing! Just freaking brilliant!!! Love it!
kacee

Peggy Sue said...

that is just crazy awesome! wow, it just freaks me out!
my fav costume was last year- I wa spider woman and my 3 yr old was Iron Man!
mrsroddy4@aol.com

Pat N. said...

OMG Amy! Your haunted house is unbelieveable! What a terrific explosion box. You really wowed me--great job!--Pat N.

Susan said...

I'm a follower. I love your Haunted House explosion box! My most memorable Halloween costume was when my mom made me an "I Dream of Jeannie" costume and my sister was the "Flying Nun." Both of which I'm sure no one has ever seen, but we had fun, LOL.

Liz said...

Holy smokes!!! LOVE IT I am so glad I decided to follow this hop or I would have missed this. Yep, I'll be back, I have to try one of these boxes!!

http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com

scrappingmamma said...

Wowsers! That's one fabulous house. Darn your just getting more & more creative. I'm loving EVERYTHING that your making lately. Your on a roll. My favorite costume was a few years ago , my daughter, son, grandson & I all dressed like pirates ... fun fun have a lovely evening my fabulous friend.
Scrappingmamma ~ ustoleit@comcast.net

Darlene said...

This house is FABULOUS!! I love how you turned an explosion box into such an awesome creation. My favorite costume was back in high school when I dressed as a dog and went around on roller skates . . . think female dog on wheels! LOL!! What can I say, I was a rebel when I was young!

'Chelle said...

Amy I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your explosion boxes! and this haunted house is SUPREME!!! it's been so wonderful being in this hop with you...as it ALWAYS is :)

I am a follower all ways listed. :) I absolutely LOVE seeing your creations.
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http://facebook.com/broknwing75

'Chelle said...

I ALMOST forgot to include what my all time favorite costume was...What a dork I am!!!

A friend of mine I used to work with had the most awesome Halloween party every year for several years & I was part of the multi-day decoration/set-up crew....This party was an EVENT! My annual costume theme was "wench" I played the part well...and my favorite costume was the year I was a MEDIEVAL WENCH...it was AWESOME. I shocked SO MANY people, left people unable to speak, and looked SOOO good...I have used pictures in that costume for my profile pic online a few times(it's that time of year, you'll prob see it soon) and the one I use is one of the few pics that I actually like of myself.

Eva - Esaga said...

ohhhh Jesica niña que trabajo mas chulo es fantastico
Besos

Mallika said...

hello amy
i m already a follower
this is one terrific post
hugs
mallika
mallikakejriwal@gmail.com

 
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