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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Decorate To Celebrate "All About Boys" PLUS -- Getting Cricky With It Surprise Blog Hop!! :)

Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge #19 -- All About Boys (ya gotta use BLUE!!)

** For the "Getting Cricky With It" Surprise Blog Hop, please scroll down...... **

A new challenge has begun over at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog!!  This time, we're looking for all those decorations and party supplies celebrating the snips and snails and puppy dog tails in your life (that's nursery-rhyme-talk for LITTLE BOYS!!)...  There's a FUN TWIST on the challenge again as your project needs to include BLUE... It doesn't have to be ALL blue (as you'll see that mine are NOT), but you need to use BLUE somewhere in your project!!

There is, once again, some A-MAZ-ING projects from the Design Team -- I'd LOVE for you to take a look at what Jean, Lisa, Amy, Norma, and Rhonda have all created too!!  Here's what I hope to inspire ya with today...
In our house, we love sports...  As a mom, I've been happy to trek through mud and rain for cross country meets, sit for hours (or days) on hard, wooden bleachers in hot, sticky gyms for basketball games and wrestling tournaments, shiver beneath layers of coats and blankets for football games, and (my favorite) splash through puddles or bask in the sunshine at track meets!!  But when it comes to our favorite spectator sport as a family....  Well, take us out to the BALLGAME!! :)  Give us a Pirates' baseball game, and we are THERE!!  At any given moment, The-Boy-Child can tell you exactly how many days are left until Opening Day...  So what better way to celebrate our next get-together than with a Baseball-themed Party???
These cupcake toppers were created with the "Petite Pennants" Punch from Stampin' Up!, 3/4" baseball cuts from the Sports Mania Cricut Cartridge, some homemade Wiggle Wires, toothpicks, and the "Have a BALL" mix-n-match sentiment stamp from the "Splashtastic Summer" Stamp Art Set by K Andrew Designs...
I wanted to make the cupcake toppers FUN, so I added the Wiggle Wires so the baseballs could "float" above the pennants...  The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder on a blue pennant.  I used a second (red) pennant for the back and sandwiched the toothpick between the two with ATG adhesive.
These fun magnets are quick and easy to make -- And they make a great activity for kids to do too!!  We use the clear glass gems from the Dollar Store.  Since I cut about 130 3/4" baseballs out (using an 8.5"x11" white cardstock and the "auto-fill" on my Cricut), I had plenty of baseballs for these magnets, plus embellishments and even confetti!!  I used a red fine-tip marker for the stitching...  The baseballs are attached to the back of the glass gems with a touch of Glossy Accents before adding a magnet to the back of the baseball.  I put a half dozen in a little package that can be used as a favor or a little mini gift for the baseball fan in your life!! :)
My friend picked these adorable chocolate baseballs up for us (knowing how much we all love baseball!!), and I couldn't resist turning them into fun favors!!
I used the Cuttlebug "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folder for the blue cardstock, some "candy stripe" twine from My Memory Keepers, some more of my 3/4" baseballs, and the "Have a BALL" sentiment on a hand-cut tab...
And there ya have it!!  If you're not familiar with Decorate To Celebrate! yet, you'll definitely want to pop over there and check it out!!  DTC is all about favors, centerpieces, yard signs, banners, cakes, cookies, and any other party supplies or decorations you can think of -- ya just can't enter your cards and layouts...  It's so much fun to see how everyone decorates their parties and celebrations -- We'd LOVE to see what you come up with!!  :)

And now.....

Welcome to the “Getting Cricky With It”
Surprise Blog Hop for Kristal!!!

Today the Design Team is bringing you some very special projects created for our wonderful and amazing leader Kristal! The current Design Team term is almost over, and we wanted to show her just how much we appreciate ALL that she has done for us...  If you are interested in applying for the Getting Cricky Design Team, you can find the details for the new DT call HERE!!

The projects that we will be sharing in the hop will be sent to Kristal... We encourage ALL of her fans to join in on the fun as well!!  Be sure to add your card/project to the link found HERE... and then mail it off to her (you can find her address HERE) -- We know she'll just LOVE seeing your creativity in person!! :)
As you may know, Kristal loves OWLS, so I couldn't resist cutting this adorable owl found on the Hoot-N-Holler Cricut Lite Cartridge...  Of course, everyone LOVES to be reminded when they are "hoot-errific" so I couldn't think of a better sentiment for Kristal...
I used a Sizzix embossing folder (I think it's called Flowers and Vines, but I no longer have the packaging for this one)...  I picked this folder because I thought it matched the daisy on the owl's belly so perfectly!! :)  Since the wiggle makes me giggle, I added one of my homemade Wiggle Wires to the card -- I hope it makes Kristal smile every time she sees it!! :)
My sentiment is from the fabulous Mix-N-Match sentiment set "Owly Hoo" from K Andrew Designs...  To see more projects you can make with this versatile set, please CLICK HERE!!  :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  I hope I've inspired you to create a card or party favor or party supply today!!  If I have, be sure to leave me a message and let me know!! :)

I'm the very LAST stop in the hop today; however, if you've missed any of the stops, or would like to revisit anyone, you'll find a list of the entire hop below -- For your convenience, clicking on each link will take you DIRECTLY to each participant's post...  So you won't miss a thing even if you're joining us later in the week!!  :)
8. Vero
9. Lisa
10. Jennie
12. Jamie
14. Jana
15. Patti
18. Ildi
19. Jessie
20. JoAnn
23. Anita
24. Laura
25. Shawn
26. Faith
27. Amy - You are HERE now!! :)

Until next time,


Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. I love the owl. TFS.

Janice W. said...

Such a cute card for the owl lover that Kristal is! Love you Have a Ball project too!

girlia said...

too cute.

Lisa said...

I want to come to your baseball party!! What awesome decorations, Amy!! I love the cupcake topper pennants with the wiggly baseballs on top!! Everything is just fabulous!!

And oh my gosh, your card for Kristal is so beautiful!! How do you get such deep embossing? I love the sweet owl!! Both projects are amazing as always my friend :)

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Cheri said...

This card is so cute Amy. I really like the wiggle wire on the owl. TFS.

Cheri - Getting Cricky Sister


wow that is alot of baseballs to add stitching to!! Very cool projects. i love the card for Kristal, the double ribbon looks amazing!!

Charlotte said...

Am, i just love all of the baseball theme projects yu have going on. They are fabulous.
Your card for Kristal is just adorable. And with the addition of the little wiggle spring, she is going to flip out over it!!! Take good care of yourself and know that you are in my prayers.

Amy said...

Love your baseball party decorations!!! You really hit this one out of the park- they are awesome!!! Great job- and so creative (love the owl card too!!) :)Amy

Jean said...

Amy, Those baseball decorations are great and I love that owl on your card.

Jean said...

Amy, Those baseball decorations are great and I love that owl on your card.

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