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Thursday, February 16, 2012

We're Off to See the Wizard Blog Hop -- A card, a costume, and a cackle or two!! :)

Welcome to the Wizard of Oz Blog Hop!!

I'm so glad you made it down the Yellow Brick Road to see me today!! :)  If you've arrived here from Kari, then you're not lost in the forest  -- You're in the perfect spot!! :)  But if you've dropped in from a spinning house, woken up from a field of flowers, or perhaps just popped over from your email or dashboard, then be sure to CLICK HERE and begin at the beginning so you don't miss any of the Good Fairy Goodness!! :)  Lynne has some Blog-Hop-Goodies to tell you about, so I wouldn't want you to miss those details...

For the hop today I'd like to share a fun easel card I've made....
It's a WELL known fact that I love, love, LOVE The Wizard of Oz...  I have many fond memories of watching this movie when I was a little girl -- I was always intrigued that only the part where Dorothy was "dreaming" was in color, while the rest was black and white...  Life can sometimes be like that -- Our dreams are bright and vivid, infused with COLOR, but it's easier to look at our day-to-day lives as a bit boring (or black and white)...  I guess that's why I picked this sentiment "Attitude is everything" for my card!!  Dorothy went off looking for something when what she really needed (and wanted) was right in her own backyard!! :)
So a LITTLE known fact about me and The Wizard of Oz is that I was able to play the character of Dorothy a few times in my life (I also got to play a witch a WHOLE lot, but that's a story for another day!! --insert cackle here--)...  One of my favorite roles as Dorothy was during Summer Stock Theatre while I was in high school...  If feeling like a movie star could be achieved by crowds of kiddos asking for your autograph on their Xeroxed programs, then lemme tell ya...  I felt like a movie star!!
The second time I got to "play" Dorothy wasn't for a theatre...  It was actually a sort-of mistake!!  I was invited along on a business trip to Las Vegas and we knew there would be a costume party at some point during the trip...  Rather than waiting until we got there (and risking the possibility of not finding a costume store), we decided to find costumes here at home...  I suppose I should have paid a little more attention to the hotel we were staying in before choosing  my all-time favorite character of Dorothy (complete with a "toy" Toto that really barked!!) alongside a costumed Tin Man, because when we stepped into the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel, we found ourselves surrounded by Munchkins and following a Yellow Brick Road...  Oh dear!!  I posed for more pictures on the way to the costume party -- As all the hotel guests were sure I was put in place by the hotel management!!  It certainly was a FUN memory (and I might even choose to make that mistake again if I ever return to Las Vegas!!)...
Okay, enough of those stories...  A few details about my card...
I found these AWESOME Wizard of Oz Digi Stamps from Dustin Pike and Doodle Dragon Studios...  The set comes complete with Dorothy and Toto and the Twister seen here, as well as The Emerald City, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Wiched Witch of the East, and the Wicked Witch of the West as nothin' but a puddle... 
I printed the Twister large enough that I could use it as the background...  And speaking of that K Andrew Designs Stamp sentiment "Attitude is everything" (found on the "Positive Thoughts" Stamp Set)...  I normally print my images out at least a day in advance since I color with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen (and I only have an inkjet printer)...  Giving the images time to dry or "set" into the paper keeps my images from bleeding when I get a little carried away with the blender pen. :)  Welllllllll...  I forgot to print these out early and I ruined the first set (especially since I was coloring while lounging and had insufficient light!!)...  Since I was feeling a bit lazy and didn't want to drag out my heat gun or ironing board and iron to HEAT set the image, I thought I'd just hold it near the woodstove and let it "dry" that-a-way....
... If you look closely at the Twister, you'll see the BURN marks showing through from the back of the cardstock!!  Word to the wise...  Never ever "dry" your images in front of the woodstove...  Especially when it's hot enough to boil the kettle of water on top AND when you're also distracted by an episode of "The Middle"....  Hey!!  I made the best of a bad situation, so cackle at me if ya want!! :)
After coloring (and blending) Dorothy's dress, I added some dots and stitches with my white Signo pen...  I also added her (and Toto) to one my Wiggle Wires (have you seen my FUN and EASY tutorial for these yet???).....
...  And whooooooaaaaaa!!  They are wiggling with the Twister there.....
....  tee hee  ....  Too much FUN!! :)  Don't ya just LOVE Dorothy's red sparkly shoes???  :)  **BEEP**BEEP**BEEP**  I'm interrupting this post to say...  The tag that I stamped on can be found on the Creative Memories Traveler Cricut Cartridge (available here)...  We've been challenged to use only ONE Cricut Cartridge ALL week for the Getting Cricky Pre-Hop Preview Week...  I have a stack of cards to share with you over the next several days, so be sure to check back tomorrow (and the next day and the day after that too!!)...  And be sure to check out the links HERE if you'd like to play along with us this week... **You will now be returned to the regularly scheduled blog hop post...**

I'd also like to share a really FUN project that I made this past November for my very special friend (and Decorate To Celebrate! co-host) Rhonda!!  :)  If you've already seen this and want to skip along to the next stop, please scroll down...
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 hope you've enjoyed my Wizard of Oz projects today!!  If you'd like to see my other "transformer" explosion boxes, please CLICK HERE -- From a swimming pool to a birdhouse to a haunted house and a Mickey Mouse hat, I love making these boxes!!  :)  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  If you'd like to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you...  I don't have any "planned" candy for this hop, but I am randomly selecting comments from all of my posts this week to receive some small goodies...

Now it's time for you to skip off down the Yellow Brick Road to Ashley...

And just in case the forest isn't cooperating (or the flying monkeys carry off a link), here's a list of the entire hop...  Updated to take you to each hop stop (even if you're making the trip later in the week)....

Wizard of Oz Hop

Amy  You are HERE now!! :)
Ashley  Go here NEXT!!



 Until next time,

31 comments:

Amy said...

This is just CUTE!!! Love those sparkly red ruby shoes- and that house with the witches socks- CLEVER!!! What awesome projects Amy!! :)Amy

scrapinmamaof2 said...

Amy this card is so stinkin cute! I love that they are on wiring and pop out! It is fabulous. I love the Vegas story too! I could just picture you posing with all your "fans" at the MGM. You should have asked for a kick back on your hotel room ;)! Have a fabulous day my friend!

Rhonda Emery said...

that is such a cute card and we all know how oz-some your boxes are you are very talented my friend.

mamawcindy said...

My 5 Year Old Grand Daughter is Hoping along with me down the Yellow Brick Road and Enjoying seeing everyone's Creations. We Love your Card and we Love the House. She gasp when she seen that It opened. Thanks for Sharing! :0)
cindys-greencricut.blogspot.com

mommahobbit said...

Oh my gosh .. just amazing , hank you for sharing!

Lynne said...

I'm loving following the yellow brick road with you and sew glad that we are over the rainbow with creativity!!!! Its always a pleasure hopping with you my dear friend!!!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie dust
Lynne
Her Craftiness

and no flying monkeys were hurt in the making of these projects!!

Janet said...

Your card is so darn cute Love all the pieces and that they move. Your blog is always fun to read you tell some truely great tales! BTW i think the "burn" marks add a bit of character to the piece! LOL
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Judy said...

Amy, as usual, you are amazing and funny! I love your projects and I loved hearing your stories about being Dorothy!! You know I am a follower :-)
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com
scrappinana.blogspot.com

Carolyn Phillips said...

Wow, both those projects are amazing.

Rae Ann said...

Your card is adorable.
Here from 'We're Off to See the Wizard, I am
Rae Ann O.
http://joyinart.blogspot.com

Just A Pac Rat said...

WOW, Amazing box and love your stories, all the way down to the wood stove drying. I have sorta the same experience there but you learn from mistakes, LOL! Thanks for sharing your awesome blog posts.

Just A Pac Rat
http://circlebenterprises.com

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Lisa said...

I don't even know what to say...this is so FABULOUS!! That you put Dorothy and Toto on wiggle wires is so stinkin awesome!! And LOL the Vegas story!! I remember the house project and I love it as much now as I did then!! You are so creatively gifted my sweet friend!! :)

Lisa
indymermaid.blogspot.com

Kitty said...

What great projects! I really love the watercolor technique. You should post a tutorial on that technique if you haven't all ready- I'd sure watch it!

Pam said...

We're off to see the Wizzard!
Love the card and this card deffinately has 'tude! and the house all I can say is wow and can I borrow it??? My daughter is a super Oz fan and would just love this.

Carol's Creations said...

OMG!!! The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie of all time. I have quite a collection of Oz items and you card is so adorable,...love it!!! I can't say enough about your explosion box...AMAZING!!!

BTW...We're off to See the Wizard!

marg0006 said...

Thanks for the easel card. I like the way you joined all the cuts together very realitistically.

Marji said...

I love the projects! The explosion box the most!

ScrapMyWay said...

The highlight of any hop is YOUR posts! It's like reading a novel with all the good stuff crammed into one page!! Thanks for sharing your easel card...it's fabulous. Love the ATTITUDE angle. I've seen the explosion box and that was like adding icing on a cake. NOW,.....you need to get on Dorothy's bike and get down here so we can PLAY!
Creative Wishes,
Claire
www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

Cyndi S said...

I just love your Dorothy card. I too can watch that movie over and over, it never gets old. The house is a very clever idea, I am sure your friend just loved it.
cstephenson at q dot com

Vicki said...

I swear, Amy, the minute I see your name in a blog I can't wait to get to you! If I could just have your brain and creativity for one day I would be so happy! I am always in total awe!!
First your card is darling! I love the stamps, I love the Wiggle Wires, I even love the oops from the stove!! THe explosion box is to die for! Your yellow brick road just made me smile from ear to ear..I would never have thought to design it that way. You are just way to much kiddo!!

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

Shelly Lynn said...

Cute card but oh my.... that explosion box is AWESOME!!! I had to show off your project to my hubby and Mom too.... truly amazing job!! I love it!! TFS! :)

Tambo said...

Amy, I love this digi set you used. Very whimsical and so cute! I am a WOO nut, so I will have to probably order this set to add to my others. Great job coloring and adding the wigglers. I must buy some of those! Now for you WOO EX BOX!!!! Holy cow! I want to make one of these! I thought about doing one and putting the characters on plastic (something I saw done with butterflies, but have not gotten around to trying an EB out yet. I am interested in the top portion too. I love the stamped scalloped roof shingles. How great those look! and of course the feet how funny and cute! I love the texture you added to create your story. Wow, this is incredible! I must try this! tfs Tami
Tambos Creations!

girlia said...

Great job as always. Just like you told Rhonda and I quote your talent astounds me. It really does Amy. Great job

Cathy said...

Both of your projects Amy are adorable. The easel card is super cute and the Oz house explosion box is awesome.
cathyplus5.blogspot.com

Jani Lewis said...

OMGoodness! This is so amazing! Love, love,love this. Very creative and charming, Amy.

Jani
papercompulsions.blogspot.com

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Amy love your Dorothy card. So perfect for the Wiggle wires. Thanks again for letting me post your tutorial on FCCB today. I love the exploding house you made. So darn cute. I love Oz and Wicked too.

landerson213 said...

Love that twister! So cute. And that exploding box is AMAZING! :)

Karen L said...

WOW! I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open! These are all so delightful...I don't know where to look next for a second take, and a third! That little dog image in the first card is adorable...and your exploding house...did I already say WOW!! Love these!

Linsey said...

THUDDD!!! *picking jaw up from the floor* O.M.G. This is THE most fantabulously fantastical, majorly magical and deliciously delightful project I've evah laid eyes on!!! I can't come up with enough words to express how much I adore your wonderful work Amy and you've truly outdone yourself with this one! I'm off to check out your other extended explosion boxes and might even try my hand at one of my own!!! OMGOsh thank you SO MUCH for your amazing inspiration, not just today but always! It is so appreciated and enjoyed! :) hugs!!!

Tina said...

OMG! Amazing!! It just kept getting better and better and better! Beautiful job! Last summer I made an Oz project for my daughter's best friend's birthday. Here is the link if you care to check it out.
Tina

http://www.myhoppyplace.blogspot.com/2011/06/were-off-to-see-wizard.html

 
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