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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rhonda & Amy's Birthday Party Blog Hop!! Somewhere over the Rainbow....

 Welcome to the Birthday Party Blog Hop for Rhonda and Amy!!

Once upon a time (okay, once upon two times nearly a decade apart), two girls were born... These girls were both visited by their fairy godmothers and granted very special talents... One was given the talent of creating the most beautiful mini scrapbook albums while the other was given the talent of creating some really amazing explosion boxes... Each of these girls would one day begin blogging, and this is how they would meet...

Somewhere over the rainbow, you'll find the lovely Rhonda... Where scrap happens and paper flies... And somewhere near the zoo, you'll find dear Amy... Where giraffes prance and frolic to her heart's content...

One day, these two lives collided and Rhonda and Amy have become forever friends!! Lovely Rhonda had this incredible idea for a new twist on a challenge blog, so she contacted dear Amy and asked her to take care of the "technical" side... For many months, they have enjoyed CELEBRATING the get-togethers and parties that make life fun by showcasing the DECORATIONS that others share... And THAT is how the Decorate to Celebrate! challenge blog began...

Today, it's time to CELEBRATE good times and good friends with this "BIRTHDAY PARTY" Blog Hop and Birthday Project Link-Up that will last all month long!! Rhonda, who is turning the big 5-0 this year deserves a month-long celebration, don't ya think??? And Amy, who will forever stay 29 (for the 12th time) has always been a BIG believer in the "Birth-month Celebration"... Soooooo... After the hop has ended, you'll be able to create a "Birthday Party" themed project and LINK IT UP at the Decorate To Celebrate! challenge blog!! Usually, your entry needs to be a decoration or party supply, but THIS MONTH (and this month only), you can link up ANY Birthday Party project (cards, layouts, 3D Art...). We'll be giving out some Birthday Presents all month long, but you'll need to enter to WIN!! You'll find more details on the challenge blog... For now, let's get hopping!! :)

Rhonda and Amy have assembled a few of their creative friends to join them on this Birthday Party Adventure through Bloggie-Land... Along the way, you'll find some incredibly creative projects to celebrate Rhonda and Amy... If you came here from Carri, then you are in the right spot!! If you have just happened upon my blog or are reading this via email, I'd love for you to join the PARTY so CLICK HERE to start at Rhonda's Blog so you don't miss any of the FUN!!

For my project today I made something very special for Rhonda!!  :)
My dear friend Rhonda really loves the Wizard of Oz (I think as much as I do!!), so I wanted to make something FUN that was really "me" and that she would always be able to treasure...  So what better than Dorothy's HOUSE that landed on the Wicked Witch???
The stocking feet were created by rolling two lengths of white cardstock, coloring them to look like striped socks, and bending them to look like feet...  This was probably the hardest thing for me to figure out on the house...  Sigh......  :)
I punched a scalloped strip and used it as a template for the roof -- I simply sponged black ink onto the roof to give the effect of shingles...  Much quicker than adding many layers of scallops!! :)
The base of my "transformer" explosion box is a basic square box...  I decided to make the top extend all the way down so that I could include "layers" of the events in The Wizard of Oz...  First, the house has to be "picked up" by a swirling tornado!!
See the tornado layer???  :)
When the house lands on the witch, Dorothy has to "follow the yellow brick road"...  So the yellow brick road wraps around and extends beyond the regular base....  That cool die cut with all the characters was a last minute find that I treated like an extra "fold out"....
Doesn't that just make you SMILE???  :)
They must get through the Enchanted Forest...  So the next layer represents the trees, leaves, and whomping branches!!
"I'm melting!!"  (those of you who have seen the musical "Wicked" know this scene is forever changed...  At least, it's not as scary for me now as it was when I first saw it many, many, many years ago!!)...  The background is meant to represent the castle...
I'll bet you can guess that the EMERALD GREEN layer is meant to represent....  The Emerald City...  TA-DA!!  :)
And there's Rhonda, ahem, I mean, GLENDA amidst a myriad of RAINBOW colors to lead Dorothy home....
I really wanted to make Rhonda one of my "transformer" explosion boxes...  I had to think long and hard about what kind I would make -- I think it's PERFECT for Rhonda!!  Can't you just imagine Rhonda all dressed up in a pink "Glenda" gown waving her magic wand to create all those fabulous minis that she loves to make??? 

And now...  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 theme would YOU pick for YOUR Birthday Party? (mine would be GIRAFFES!!)"!!
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!! :)

Thanks for checking out my project, your next stop will be... Decorate To Celebrate!; however, before you go, be sure to leave a comment on this post so that you'll be entered to WIN the GRAND PRIZE!!

Birthday Party Blog Hop

Here's the entire line-up!! You'll finish up at Decorate To Celebrate! where you'll be able to start entering YOUR Birthday Party projects for a chance at some Birthday Prizes tomorrow!! This challenge will last ALL month long, so we hope you'll join us for the CELEBRATION!!  **Please note that the following links will take you DIRECTLY to each project (in case you're joining us later in the week or month)...
  1. Rhonda (Our November Birthday Girl!!)
  2. Audrey
  3. Kacee
  4. Norma
  5. Jean
  6. Liz
  7. Sherrie
  8. CallyAnn
  9. Tracie
  10. Amy
  11. Lisa
  12. Sheena
  13. Peggy Sue
  14. Carri
  15. Amy (Our December Birthday Girl!!)
  16. Decorate To Celebrate!

Until next time,


Sheena said...

WOW!!! This fits Rhonda so perfectly! She is gonna love it. If I could pick any birthday theme it be, Flowers. I love all kinds of flowers.

Hugs, Sheena - Dew Drops & Glue Dots
slynne1 at gmail dot com

Sherrie K. said...

Wow!!!! This is amazing!! I love the explosion box. I have never made one of these before and sooooo tempted:) If I were to pick a Birthday theme, it would have to be "all girly" stuff! Lots of pinks, purples and black! Love those colors together:)
Have a great celebration and thanks for the invite.
Sherrie K

Rhonda Emery said...

oh amy I am in tears this really is a work of art oh my I havent ever seen anything this beautiful and amazing and should I go on. I love ya girlfriend and you know me so well its like we live right next door to each other. thank you thank you thank you. your the best friend a old lady could have lol.

Amy said...

THIS IS AWESOME AMY!!! I just love that fun house and striped witch feet---so many details- I just love it!!! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful hop! :)Amy

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh Amy, this is absolutely amazing!!! It's the most gorgeous project I've seen you do yet. Rhonda's probably really ballin' her eyes out right about!!! Just fabulous, my friend!

angie ashuk said...

I love this box!!!! That is my favorite movie of all time!!!!

ScrapMyWay said...

Amy, this gift for Rhonda is over the top fabulous. I just saw the play "Wicked" and you captured the feeling better than they did! She will be in awe when she gets this one. You are truly gifted with awesome creative talent and this hop has reflected all of it! You & Rhonda are the true crafters of the world. You already know what my theme would be "A PRINCESS, Pinkalicious Party". Thanks for sharing , I can't believe I hopped straight through and still haven't showered!!!! FUN,FUN,FUN! Wishing you the very best birthday ever. Claire

Tami B. said...

Girl, this was a real exercise in patience. I wanted to just skip to your post because I knew it would be fantastic, but I restrained myself and made it all the way thru the hop. The ladies all did a great job and you are just the icing on the cake AND the cherry on top. I am hoping you have a Christmas explosion box in the works, hint, hint.

DIANA L. said...

Happy birthday -- Great exploding box projects . Love them all.

littlen said...

What a fantastic project. Too funny. tfs. Happy B'day Rhonda & Amy.

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, Amy, this is A-MA-ZING!! WOW, I do not know how you come up with so many fabulous ideas, my friend!! This is just the coolest explosion box ever! I love the wicked witch of the East's feet sticking out from the house! So clever and awesome! All of the details are stunning!! Love, love, love this!!

Hum, if I had to pick a b-day theme, I'd probably go with a luau...lots of tropical plants and flowers, tiki torches...the works :) Which is funny since my bday is in late December when it is snowy and cold ;P

Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your and Rhonda's celebration!! I had a great time and all of the projects were just phenomenal!!

Hugs, Lisa :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Your explosion box is totally amazing! Thank you for inviting me to help celebrate your special day! I send Birthday wishes your way! And I would have an 80's theme b-day Party! Totally Cheesy!Its been fun hopping with you!

Shelly said...

OH MY GOSH!!! This is just out of this world Amy! Fabulous! Such a fun idea! I Love the Wizard of OZ. I've dressed as Dorthy many times for Halloween! :) Ok, so now a birthday them...I think the roaring 20's! Elegant but flapper fun!! This has been a great Hop, on of the best!

Jamie said...

my birthday party theme would probably be... a mad tea party lol i love alice in wonderland.. i might have said wizrd of oz but thats too easy now lol. im a follower.

Judy said...

Amy, I am soooo honored to be able to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Of course, you have made another outstanding explosion box -- I am totally in awe :-) If I picked a theme for my own birthday it would be MOOSE!! No surprises there:-)
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

Jean said...

Amy, this is so neat. Thanks for having me on the hop today!

Jennifer S said...

I absolutely love your explosion boxes!!! I am sure that Rhonda will love it too!!!!! I would chose a vintage lacey theme because I am becoming girly in my old age!!! Haha!

Jackie said...

OMGosh! The best for last! I love, love, love that explosion box and theme, loving Wiz of Oz! That is amazingly gorgeous, that really rocks!

Loving the hop and hopping right along...he he he
and following, love meeting new bloggers and following.

amazing way to end!

Melissa said...

OMG, You have truly out done yourself, I love, love, love this!!!! Think my mouth drop when I seen it! OMG, as you see I forgot to wish you an early Happy Birthday! I was over come by your creation! My daughter would so love this. Your still one of my favorite crafters!

The theme I would choose, would have to be them!

Thanks for the chance to win!

mzcherub at gmail dot com

Maria said...

cool project

Babe O'Mara said...

Your explosion box is absolutely amazing. You are such a talented creative person, I am so jealous!! My theme birthday would be an Alice in Wonderland party. I'd love a Mad Hatters Tea. Just noticed Jamies comments I guess I'd have to invite her.

youiesmom at att dot net

joydee1963 said...

Happy Birthday!!!! That box is sooooooo great! great job! My birthday theme would be Summer my birthday in June,I am a follower,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Peggy Sue said...

ya gotta be kiddin me! that is so freakin fanatastic, I am so floored!! That is awesome. The Wizard Of Oz is one of my favs!(Sound of music too!)Just stunning! Thanks for having me in on the hop Pal!! xoxo
ooh and if I could have a b-day party it would have to be a princess party, never had one. I want to get all glammed up complete with a wand!!

lindaplus3 said...

Hello and Happy Birthday... just following this hop for one day i have learned a lot about the two of you.... and i also see that you are amazingly talented.. :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

girlia said...

OMG!!!! Amy what an amazing explosion box. Love the characters on the pages. Awesome and amazing job.

girlia said...

P.S. If I could pick a birthday theme I think I would like a beach theme. and Happy B-Day!

Becky Dunham said...

OMG Amy! This is incredible! I knew you were creative, but this is just amazing! I love the layers representing each part of WOZ. I helped my daughter's school put on WOZ last March and this makes me just smile all over! This would be the perfect gift for our director - I am always trying to think of a good gift and never seem to find just the right thing so I get something dumb :) This year we are doing Oliver so I can start now on an explosion box for Oliver and then it might be done by March :) Do you have a tutorial on your "transformer" explosion box?

Oh, I am going on too long. 29 and counting huh? I am perfectly happy to celebrate 35 over and over :) It has been so long since I have had a theme for my birthday, but I have always wanted to have a masquerade! Or maybe a fairy theme would be good. Thanks for sharing this fabulous project and all your sweet creative projects!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

PinkBlingCrafter said...

OMG!! Amy, LOVE LOVE it you have outdone your self!!! This project is AMAZING!!! Rhonda is going to flip when she get this AWESOME house!! I'm jumping of excitement for her:) WOW! Happy Birthday to YOU!! and thank you for having be join all of you talented ladies!!
Big Hugs,

McVic said...

ohhh Amy, Rhonda is going to be over the rainbow when she gets this- such a thoughtful and beautiful gift! I wish you a happy Birthday and many more to come! You rock girl!!!

CLB said...

I love this it is very clever! Happy Birthday to both of you! Thanks for sharing.

Ro Donner said...

A D O R A B L E !!!!!

AmyJRockstar said...

Amy you are the best! I love this. Totally adore Wizard of Oz and the book Wicked. So sad I haven't been able to catch the musical, but if I ever go to a city that is putting it on, you bet I will be begging my hubby to take me! ;) My b-day theme would be Alice in Wonderland. I'm a total Alice lover, from old school Alice to Tim Burton's... TFS and for the chance to win some more great goodies!

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Jayne said...

Happy Birthday! LOVE your exploding bow,awesome.
My birthday theme would be a murder mystery party.
Jayne x

scrappinC said...

OMG! This explosion box is absolutely amazing!!!! The Wizard of the Oz is one of my favorites. I would have to say that it would be my choice for a Birthday theme.
I hope you and Rhonda have the best Birthdays ever. This has been a super fun blog hop, so much talent and inspiration.
Cindy Lou
endurapuppy at yahoo dot com

Sarah said...

Amy this is FANTASTIC!!! What a fabulous idea! I think my theme would have to be Winnie the Pooh! Have a wonderful Birthday Month!!!

- - Sheryl - - said...

Oh my - you outdone yourself!
If I was to have a theme party... hmmm... never thought about it - as I never grew up with theme parties as a kid.
I guess it would be bears theme.

Happy (future) Birthday wishes!

Luanne said...

omgosh! your project is super super cool!!! I had fun looking at them and wanna try them


Sunshine HoneyBee said...

What a neat explosion box creation. For my theme I would definitely choose Pirate because I'm a Captain Jack Sparrow fan.
Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting on my 2011 Halloween Captain Jack Sparrow pumpkin.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Tracey said...

WOW.......This is absolutely fabulous Amy, what a wonderful idea. You are the queen of explosion boxes.

Tracey said...

Me again......Thankyou for having me help you celebrate your special day. I love hearts, so that would be my theme!

Leanne said...

Wow! This is amazing. So detailed & perfect. I've yet to try an explosion box. Am following you.

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