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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mad Hatter Birthday Tea Party Blog Hop -- Your Invitation to the PAR-TAY!! :)

Welcome to Lynne's Mad Hatter 60th Birthday Tea Party Blog Hop!!

"I'm late...  I'm late!!  For a very important DATE!!  No time to say "hello, goodbye..."  I'm late, I'm late, I'm LATE!!  :)  Are you here for the tea party???  If so, then YOU, my friend, are right ON TIME!!  I've been holding on to exactly what you need to get into the tea party...  I hope you've had a good trip through the Looking Glass so far!!  Since you've made it here, you're almost safe from the Queen of Hearts...  Only a few more stops to go until Day TWO of Lynne's tea party (with a bunch of new tea party participants!!)... 

If you stopped at my blog just to visit today, be sure to run back down the path to the START of the HOP...  You won't want to miss any of the creative goodness!!  Of course, if you've hopped here on path, then you've avoided the forest detours...  And I'm so glad to have you here!! :)
To get into the Tea Party, you'll find that you might need a little something to make getting to the party a little easier....  Perhaps an elixir proven to make you small enough to fit through that tiny door???
I made this elixir by transforming an "old" bottle...  It's actually a bottle of vanilla that I recently finished off while making some delicious chocolate chip cookies...  I love how the bottle looks like it's been around for a bit....  Anywhoooo...  I cut some labels from the Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge -- With the help of my Gypsy I was able to adjust the size to fit perfectly on the front of the bottle.  I also cut a flourish design at 4" from the Creative Memories Reminisce Cartridge...  I used the flourish as a stencil to create my own background paper by sponging some Chocolate Chip ink onto French Vanilla cardstock...  Then, I attached the flourish over the labels on the bottle, carefully wrapping the edges of the flourish around the sides -- I just LOVE how this turned out!!  Incidentally, the cap for this bottle was inadvertently discarded and I couldn't find any corks (ANYWHERE!), so I rolled a strip of cardboard and distressed it to resemble a real cork (whaddya think???)...
Of course, after drinking the Shrinking Elixir, you'll want to have your cake nearby for some normal-sized travel to the Mad Hatter's house...  The tags for both the potion and the cake can be found on the Plantin SchoolBook Cricut Cartridge (though I did use my Gypsy again to alter them to the correct size).  I've always liked the "hand-written" effect on tags like this, so I used my bold tip marker to handwrite the "Drink me" and "Eat me" sentiments...
Now that you've finished shrinking and growing again, please remember that you wouldn't want to arrive without a Birthday Card for the Birthday Girl!! :)
This 5.75" square card features the clock and top hat from the Celebrate with Flourish Cricut Cartridge (cut in all layers at approximately 4.5").  I also added one of the flourishes to the bottom left of the card.  After distressing the edges, I popped the image up with foam pops, embossed the background with the Sizzix "Royal Flourishes" embossing folder, and added some ribbon from 3 Girl JAM (be sure to stop on over and check out her specials -- and let her know I sent ya!!)...
This side view of the card shows the dimension AND gives you a sneak peek at the inside of the card...
Isn't that the BEST sentiment for this card???  I used the mix-n-match sentiments from THREE K Andrew Designs Stamp Sets -- Coffee & Tea for You & Me, Winter Wishes, and Splashtastic Summer...  The Queen of Hearts card is from a brand new pack, but I sanded it and inked it (with Chocolate Chip) to make it look old...
And there ya have it!!  Hope you enjoyed my goodies for the Mad Hatter Birthday Tea Party Blog Hop!!  Now how bout a chance at some goodies for YOU???

Rather than cake, crumpetts, tarts and cookies, you'll find blog candy scattered throughout the stops -- I even have a little bit to share!!  I stuffed an envelope full of goodies and plan to send them to one lucky WINNER who leaves a comment answering the question: What's your favorite thing about Alice in Wonderland???  (Mine is that silly little rabbit who runs around singing the "LATE" song!!)...   :)

Want some BONUS chances in the drawing???  You can do any or all of the following for EXTRA chances (just remember to leave one comment for EACH thing ya do!!):

  • "Like" the Love To Crop! Facebook Page -- click here
  • Subscribe via email by entering your email in the box at the top of the page (be sure to CONFIRM!)
  • Become a follower of my blog (2 ways to do this -- via the regular follow button AND via Networked Blogs -- get a chance for each)
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!! :)

Lynne also has all of these goodies from the Hop Sponsors:
  • Pat Catan's has donated a $25 gift card for shopping at their store, if there isn't a Pat Catan's in your area, we can transfer that out for you
  • Karber Digital Images at has offered 2 digital designs of the winner's choice
  • Digi My World at has offered a $10 gift card
  • SVG Attic at has offered a $20 gift certificate
  • PSA Stamps at has offered a 1 stamper, 2 Peel & Stick packs of winner's choice. MSRP for each package is $55.
  • Creative Kuts has offered a $20 Gift Certificate to
  • Deborah Marie Foti of will make one of her original birthday cards, Crafty Friends Sentiments Large Sheet by AND $10 Little Scraps of Heaven Designs Gift Certificate

To be eligible to win, please be sure to comment on each stop of Lynne's Mad Hatter Tea Party!! Easy-peasy!! :)

Thanks again for stopping by!! It's time for you to hop on over to Jamie's blog...

In case you have lost your way, avoid the Cheshire Cat and follow the links below instead... :)

Mad Hatter Hop

Amy - You are HERE now!! :)
Jamie- Go here NEXT!!

Remember to stop by Lynne's blog again tomorrow (her post for DAY TWO can be found HERE) for even MORE Wonderland wonders!! :)

Until next time,



WOW!! This is way cool, i can't believe that those tags are hand written, i thought they were printed off a computer (since i knew they were not k andrew stamps)could have fooled me with the paper cork, no idea until you said it. Love Love Love the inside of the card GREAT sentiment perfect for this hop. My favourite part of alice In wonderland is the cat, got to love the grin!!

Rhonda Emery said...

how beautiful is this a wonderful piece of work like always. hugs

Kimberly Pate | KP Kre8tions said...

All I can say is WOW - super WOW.. What a fab project you have created. The details, the embossing, the intricate designs... WOW, just WOW!!!


Lynne said...

I am totally blown away with your creativity --- your projects are phenomenal -- I actually thought is was a cork in the bottle! I love the card and the sentiment with the queen is funtastick!!!! My favorite Wonderland of course is the Mad Hatter with his silliness at the tea party or is it the Cheshire cat -- Amy, thank you every sew much to help celebrate my birthday with my hop!!!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
Her Craftiness

JaniceA said...

Wow! That is all so fantastic. Love the card with the queen of hearts inside.

Edwina said...

Amy, Your card and projects are incredible! You did a fantastic job! I love the gold embossing on the card. That is so pretty. Love the elegant edges designs you used. Yes the bottle looks old. It is perfect for the drink me bottle. I enjoyed stopping by so much to see the fun projects you made. Thank you! Edwina Brown

Jill Angel said...

What great, original projects! Love them! I love all the 'fantasy' aspects of Alice In Wonderland.

Crafty and Green said...

Stunning Projects!! I Just love everything!!

Many Blessings,

Walking on Water said...

OH my did a fantstick job and I love it all! Lynne is going to love it! :) yep the cork looks real to me I thought that was the real thing...hehe...thanks for sharing and being in the hop with me.

Michelle F. said...

I liked!


Michelle F. said...

I followed already !


Michelle F. said...

Absolutely tiddley! LOL Love your set!


Michelle F. said...

I subscribed !


Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, you are so creative!! Amy, what amazing projects!! I love all three!! I don't have Celebrate With Flourish but now I must have it...thanks so much you enabler!! ;) Love, love, love these!! And I'm a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan!! My favorite thing about Alice is the framed cell from the movie that Walt Disney signed and sent to my grandma (that I now have!!) Stunning projects my friend :D


ShersL84bed said...

Love your work Amy. Beautiful job. My favorite part about Alice in Wonderland is when she drinks the shrinking liquid.

Smiles Sher

JustYolie said...

Your projects are FABULOUS!!!
Stopping by to invite to visit Link Up for Pink's new website
We are celebrating with several giveaways! :)

(I also have a giveaway on my blog)

callyannc said...

Amy you are amazing as always! I love alice! TFS CallyAnn

Janet said...

Amy your project pieces are awesome as always! I love the bottle decorations and your card is awesome. you always inspire me to try new things! Enjoy hopping with you always,
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

jennyplace2 said...

What great projects! Amazing job! TFS!

Tanya said...

Fabulous projects!! My favorite part is the tea party!!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Patricia Hurlburt said...

Gorgeous! Love this project. Great job!! My fav from Alice in Wonderland is definitely the Mad Hatter, even more so after Johnny Depp played him in the movie..he he. Thanks for sharing!
phurlburt at shortnscrappy dot com

Patricia Hurlburt said...

I just "liked" your fb page.
phurlburt at shortnscrappy dot com

Patricia Hurlburt said...

I am now following your fab blog!
phurlburt at shortnscrappy dot com

CLB said...

You did a amazing job on your projects i love them all! So much detail! TFS
My favorite thing is the mad hatter tea party i love it!
Thanks again!

CLB said...

I am a new follower on FB!
Thanks again for sharing!

CLB said...

I already get your emails! I also already follow your blog!

Ellen Jarvis said...

SUPER-WOWSER! Love your project. Favorite thing about Alice in Wonderland? That I played the Queen of Hearts in my elementary school play, and adopted the persona for a bit, LOL! Tee-hee!!

AMY, before I forget, please e-mail me your address (home)... you won my blog candy (Chinese New Years Blog Hop) and I want to get it out to you! THANKS!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Stacey Brucale said...

I love your projects so much, especially that bottle!!


Stacey Brucale said...

I 'like' you on Facebook (Stacey B.)


Stacey Brucale said...

I follow you via GFC.


Stacey Brucale said...

I follow you via networked blogs (Stacey B.)


Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Oh you really got in to this party!! Your potion bottle is lovely and how great to include "cake." But your card is gorgeous! I really like how you followed the theme to the inside of the card!
KristaInMN at gmail dot com

forpahl5 said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!


Tambo said...
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Tambo said...

Amy, your AIW party is so fun. love it all. I like the inside of your card as well. I do love the rabbit too, I used to collect rabbits and had a few of them. I like Alice though when she gets really small to go through the key lock. tfs Tami
Tambos Creations!

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Awesome card and potion bottle.
Katsews at gmail dotcom

marg0006 said...

Am afollower already. You did a great job w/your project.

marg0006 said...

I am a subcriber already. My favorite character would have to be Alice herself.

marg0006 said...

Went to facebook. Thanks for a chance at some candy.

Michele Smith said...

One of my all time favorite movies!! I have the book my grandmother gave me in 1978 that I wouldn't take a million dollars for! Became a follower x 2, liked your FB page and subscribed via email! Can't wait to see your next project ~~

April said...

The thing I like best about A in W is Ed Wynn's voice as the Mad Hatter. "...and when you get to the end, stop." :) ahighlandmom at earthlink dot net

Unknown said...

You never cease to amaze me. Absolutely beautiful Amy!!! Thank you for sharing in Lynne's special day.

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

lauralee53 said...

I love what you have done. I would never have thought to use a playing card on a project. This hop has some very talented people on it and I love to look at all the beautiful things.

Barbara B said...

Your projects are fabulous.
Barbara B

Karenladd said...

Oh my...I love your projects! The colors and the swirlies..wonderful! Of course, playing card designs always appeal to me too!
My favorite Alice in Wonderland character is the Cheshire cat!

Karenladd said...

I Like the Love to Crop FB page as Karen Ladd and left a comment!

Karenladd said...

Already an email subscriber!

Karenladd said...

Follow by GFC as Kladd94803

Karenladd said...

Also follow with Networked Blogs as Karen Ladd

Linsey R said...

OH Wowza!!! This creative ensemble is, no doubt, fit for a Queen!!! I love the bottle, how perfect for the theme! So much inspiration here, my head is spinning! Alice in Wonderland was the very first Disney movie I ever got and I know every word of that movie by heart--true that! :P My favorite part is the telling of the oyster story!!! (linseyp2@msndotcom)

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