Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's A Birthday Party Blog Hop for Rhonda & 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 my super-creative, super-talented and super-sweet friend Amy of Amy's Crafting Space, then you are in the right spot!!  If you have just happened upon my blog, I'd love for you to join the PARTY so CLICK HERE to start at Rhonda's Blog (http://scraphappenswithrhonda.blogspot.com/) so you don't miss any of the FUN!!

For my projects today I created a card, beaded pen and post-it note holder for Rhonda, and a card, pen decoration and note card tote for Amy!

For Rhonda's birthday, I wanted to create something elegant to celebrate her 50th! And I wanted to celebrate Amy's love of giraffes :)
I used my Gypsy to weld the card from Elegant Edges. I stretched the frame a bit and added Happy Birthday from Base Camp. I attached the frame with foam tape for dimension. The flowers are from Flower Shoppe. Fabulous is from Gypsy Wanderings and the 50 from Base Camp. The paper is from Fancy Pants. I wrapped paper around the pen and then used sticky tape to attached clear micro-beads. The flower on the post-it note holder is also from Flower Shoppe and the sentiment is from K Andrews Designs Crafty Friends set...and she is definitely the craft queen of mini albums!!
For my sweet friend Amy who loves giraffes, I created a card, pen decoration and note card tote. The adorable giraffes are from Create a Critter cut at 5" and 3". For the pen decoration, I cut the first layer in grungeboard to make it sturdy. I attached it with wire adhered to a small piece of grungeboard so it wraps around the pen. The paper is from My Mind's Eye and the ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I used a Fiskars punch for the flower border around the cut-out on the tote. Happy Birthday My Friend is from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set (happy), Coffee & Tea for You & Me (birthday) and Winged Things (my friend). From the Heart is from her Crafty Friends set. Click HERE to purchase these stamps!
I have blog candy!! All you have to do for a chance to win a 6 x 6 Lost and Found paper pad from My Mind's Eye and ribbon from The Paper Studio is:
  • Be a follower
  • Leave a comment on this post
That's it! I will select a winner via random.org on Monday, November 7th.

Thanks for checking out my project, your next stop will be...Sheena of Dew Drops & Glue Dots; however, before you go, be sure to leave a comment on this post so that you'll be entered to WIN the GRAND PRIZE!!

Here's the entire line-up!!  You'll finish up at http://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com/ 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!!

Rhonda http://scraphappenswithrhonda.blogspot.com/  (Our November Birthday Girl!!)
Audrey http://cuteandsome.blogspot.com/
Kacee http://youhadmeatscrap.blogspot.com/
Norma http://pinkblingcrafter.blogspot.com/
Jean http://jeanscraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Liz http://www.mywhichcraft.blogspot.com/
Sherrie http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com/
Cally Ann http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com/
Tracie http://trace-elementz.blogspot.com/
Amy http://amyscraftingspace.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/           <YOU ARE HERE
Sheena http://lilflowerslynne1.blogspot.com/ <NEXT STOP
Peggy Sue http://icrea8cards.blogspot.com/
Carri http://doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com/
Amy http://www.lovetocrop.com  (Our December Birthday Girl!!)
Decorate To Celebrate http://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com/


  1. lisa these are beautiful what a great birthday gift I love mine alot and I know amy will love hers too. what a sweet gift thank you so much. and I am so glad you are apart of our birthday celebration. hugs

  2. birthday wishes to rhonda & amy. great projects. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

  3. What a GREAT gift set! You are so stinken creative and talented my friend. I love the elegance of Rhonda's gift set. Beautiful details!
    Amy's giraffe card, pen and note card tote could not be any cuter. I love how you tied it all together to match up perfectly for the perfect gift:) Awesome job......you always deliever such great projects!!!
    Sherrie K

  4. Lisa, you did an awesome job!!! This is jut the cutest and most adorable little set!!!

  5. These are just awesome Lisa!!! You always come up with the most clever ideas- super gift set and so fun!!! :)Amy

  6. Your gifts are beautiful! I am soooo amazed at each stop how truly talented you girls ALL are! The detail on your birthday goodies is superb. TFS and I know they'll love their gifts. By the way, your gift candy is terrific,

  7. Lisa, you did a fantastic job on both of these projects. That little giraffe pen is adorable. (Can I let you know when it's my birthday?)

  8. What a cute way to tell a story I love your writing.
    Great projects I love the elegant items you did for Rhonda and a super job on the giraffe. project for Amy. You are awesome Lisa my dear friend. I have a blog hop going on now also come check it out.
    Big (((HUGS)))
    DIANA L.

  9. Cute Projects! Such a neat idea. TFS Happy Hopping

    Hugs, Sheena - Dew Drops & Glue Dots

  10. Oh Lisa you are a sweet friend! These are just such gorgeous projects! So creative and thoughtful. You are just so talented my friend! Have a great day!

  11. Super projects! Great details! Its been fun hopping with you!

  12. what fun little gift sets...the giraffe is cute and whimsical and your flowers are so pretty...

  13. Lisa, you always make the things that I love the best:-) And you did not disappoint this time!! These are beautiful!! I already follow...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  14. Great projects. I love the giraffe on the pen.

  15. Oh Lisa, you have out-done yourself once again! Love your giraffes and your story!


  16. im a follower.. i love your projects today they look wonderful i just love when people make sets that work well together thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  17. Wow, you did great with your projects, thanks for the chance to win, I am already a follower!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

  18. Love the mermaids! Great set on the bday gifts, Lisa. Very adorable. Hopping right along...he he he and following, love meeting new bloggers and following.
    thanks for a great giveaway.

  19. Beautiful and thoughtful projects which I'm sure they will love.Enjoyed your storytelling Lisa.
    Jayne x

  20. cool project

  21. Beautiful projects! Love the pens.I am a follower,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  22. so fab!! What great, great gifts!! Glad to be in the hop with you!!

  23. Those are two beautiful sets... my Birthday is in june lol :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

  24. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous... you have the talent, dear girl!

  25. Wow Lisa! These projects are amazing! Love the elegance of Rhonda's goodies and the cuteness of Amy's :) I also love how you used so many of Kristal's stamp sets - really shows how versatile they are! Thanks for sharing these sweet goodies!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  26. Hi Lisa, WOW!! the card are beautiful!! Love the detail. Rhonda and Amy are sure to LOVE LOVE these goodies my friend:) Another amazing project! So glad to have been in the hop with ya!!

  27. Fabulous projects! I'm already a follower

  28. These are so creative and wonderful Lisa! Both of the sets rock! I really love what you did with the pens too!

    And congrats on your first Tuesday tip too! Say that fast 3 times! I did leave a comment for you over there and don't worry...I was nice so your computer is safe! Now about this black cat issue....that is weird! On Halloween at that! You need to go sit out there at night with a tape recorder and start asking this ghost cat some questions..then when you listen to the tape you might hear it answer you! Of course if you don't understand cat language you might have to have Calypso translate for you. The problem with that though...Calypso might be afraid of ghosts...yep, a scardy cat. (lol..couldn't resist!) Have a great night Lisa! Oh- and I loved the fairy tale story at the beginning of the blog!


  29. Lisa, Woah! Look at all the stuff you made!! So adorable! I am in love with that giraffe! I wanted to stop by and let you know that you are the winner of my 100th follower giveaway. Congratulations!

  30. Lisa, fabulous, I just love little things like this, making them is as much fun as giving them away. Hugs, Lori m

  31. Lisa! Your birthday projects are just fab! Love the colors you chose for each of the girls! just beautiful!
    so glad I got to hop with you!@@

  32. Love your wonderful birthday creations.Thanks for sharing. I am now a follower

  33. Beautiful projects. Love the giraffe.

  34. Oh Lisa, these are such exquisite sets! One is pure elegance, the other sweet whimsy... and both are fantabulous (hehe... appropriate)! :o) The flowers are gorgeous on Rhonda's, adding such delicate beauty! The papers are stunning on both sets! Oh my. And a beaded pen.. I need to get some micro-beads. :o) I l love variety you created, my friend. You are something special. :o)

    Hugs and blessings! :o)

  35. these are so cute! what a great gift. i'm in love with the googly eyes on the giraffe. what a good idea... the eyes cut out so tiny on the cricut and i always have to draw them in.

    yay for chances to win blog candy!

    cely_rohr at hotmail dot com

  36. Very cute giraffe! Thanks for a chance to win. Lindz2110@gmail.com

  37. Lisa these are all just wonderful. The elegance of Rhonda's and the cute giraffe motif for Amy!! They both will love them. You did an awesome job.
    Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

  38. Lisa ~ Your party favors and card are out of this world!!! You did a fabulous job and the Birthday girls will love them.
    Cindy Lou
    endurapuppy at yahoo dot com

  39. Hi Lisa, checking in on you and seeing what you are up to... you have been busy! Really cute projects, you are so creative, but don't know where you find the time in a day for all that you do! And a chance for some candy, just for seeing great inspiration... it doesn't get any better!
    Crafty Hugs,

  40. Oh Lisa,Beautiful projects!I LOVE it and Such a neat idea.SUPER job as always my friend and have a great day!!:)

  41. so lot of great projects, been busy. :) love their colors and the giraffe is so cute.


  42. Hi Lisa! Such wonderful projects! That giraffe is so so cute! Love every detail and texture!

  43. This is an amazing set, it's looks like you worked so hard on these! I especially love all the ribbons you used and the 3D flowers! Whew! so cute =]

    Keep Krafting!

  44. 2 beautiful gift sets, that giraffe is too cute, love the colors. and the craft queen is fabulous. thank you fo rsharing and a chance to win.

  45. Visiting from Decorate to Celebrate. Like the fun whimsy Giraffe creations & the pretty ones as well.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  46. I love ALL the projects you made especially the note book, I love how you wrote fabulous 50! Thanks for the chance to win this very desirable blog candy and have a great weekend!
    Trish Munro

  47. I always love to see the things you make! You are so talented!!! These gift sets are ADORABLE!!!!!! I never thought of attaching a Cricut cut to a pen...it's awesome!!!

    I wanted to say thanks for entering my giveaway and posting my link on your sidebar. You ROCK!!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  48. Wow what great gifts! Love the giraffe and the flower on the not card Rock.



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