Saturday, April 16, 2011

28 Candles Blog Hop



Hello!  Welcome to my blog and the 28 Candles Blog Hop, hosted by the birthday girl herself, the very sweet and talented Kimi! I’m so honored to have been invited to participate in her birthday celebration along with so many other illustrious and creative ladies. This is my first blog hop and I’m very excited for everyone to see what I made in honor of Kimi’s 28th birthday. There’s a hop stop for each year of her age plus one to grow on, making a total of 29 stops!  So grab a snack and something to drink and get ready to see some marvelous, inspiring creations! The hop will remain open for 3 days to give everyone a chance to go all the way through it.  If you arrived here from the ever-so-talented Erin of Spantastikreations, you’re on the right track. If you just stopped by for a visit or if you stumbled upon my blog randomly, you’ll probably want to start at the beginning so that you won’t miss a single thing. I’ll have the full line-up with links to each participating blog at the end of this post so you can always come back here if you get lost on your journey. Now, about my project.

The theme for the entire hop is, of course, things appropriate for a birthday celebration and to honor the birthday girl, I have altered a cute little box and made a matching card to go with it. The box was just a naked wooden box I found in the dollar bin at Michaels a couple of months ago. In fact, I bought the last 2 they had and they were different shapes so you’ll likely see the other one on my blog eventually. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I adore boxes and flowers so this was the perfect project in my estimation!  Kimi’s favorite color is pink.  Therefore, I selected paper with lots of pink in varying shades and a bit of aqua (or pale turquoise if you prefer) to cover the box. It’s from one of my favorite manufacturers, K & Company. I added a strip of beautiful aqua lace across the top and lots of pretty pink and aqua flowers, some looped ribbon, aqua and silver trim and a little bling to finish it off. It’s lined with aqua paper, also from K & Company.  I replaced the brown elastic cord that was used to fasten the flap with some braided gold elastic cording and painted the button closure with gold acrylic paint.  It’s the perfect size to keep an extra pair reading glasses handy on your nightstand, in your craft room or beside your easy chair.  Our Kimi is probably too young to know about such things though <wink>.  Anyway, I want to wish Kimi a very happy birthday! 




I made the card using a leftover scrap of the same paper I used to cover the box but added a couple of other patterns with it for visual interest. The stamped roses are colored with Copics, cut out and popped up on top of the turquoise oval. The paper lace strip was made using a Martha Stewart border punch. Add to the mix a few paper and cloth flowers, a butterfly and an appropriate sentiment and Voila! You have a pretty birthday card! A white paper insert is stamped on the left side with a stained glass-looking design with roses in it that I colored with Copics.  The sentiment on the right side reads “Wishing You a Simply Marvelous Birthday”.  I hope Kimi approves!

Now a hop isn’t a hop without some blog candy, right? I have assembled a little package of fat-free sweet treats for one lucky person. I’m not going to tell you what’s included so it will be a total surprise when the winner opens it! I promise it’s some tasty stuff though. Oh, what fun! I love surprises, don’t you?  The winner will be chosen using Random.org on April 19th. To be eligible to win my goody bag, you’ll need to:  1.) follow my blog, if you’re not already and 2.) leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM CDT on the 18th telling me what you would wish for if you could be granted one wish for YOUR birthday.  3.) Be sure to include a way for me to contact you in case you win my giveaway. If you omit that important information, I’ll be forced to select an alternate winner and we certainly don't want that!  Also, as much I as love my international followers, I'm afraid that I must limit shipping to the United States and Canada for this giveaway.

Before you hop on to see what the awesome Gaby has in store for you, here’s the list of all the participants with links to each of their blogs, in case you get lost:


I hope you enjoyed your visit and I’d love it if you liked what you saw today enough to come back again.  Now it’s time to hop on over to Gaby’s blog.  Thanks and happy crafting!

Hugs,
Anniebee

   

60 comments:

  1. WOW - absolutely beautiful
    I am a gadget girl so my birthday wish would be for a ipad2
    now a follower and I love surprises

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  2. You did a GREAT job for your first hop. I just finished my first hop participation this past week as well. Had so much fun!

    And I am now a follower of your delightful blog. So very nice to meet you. Stop by my blog sometime soon and say hi!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  3. Very Elegant!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  4. Holy smokes!! You are AWESOME!! I totally love them both!! the colors and embellies.. WOW!! (I need to pick my chin up) You do such AMAZING work and proud to be in the hop with you!!

    Hugs,
    Tanya
    freddylswillima@windstream.net

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  5. Absolutely LOVE your projects!! Awesome work!! I would go big and wish for a new house for my Birthday!!

    Tanya P.
    Phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  6. WOW Beautiful projects! Super job girl!! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, I want a chance to win that gorgeous box! You did great on these.

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  8. What beautiful projects! Let see, what I would wish for???? How about a trip on a cruise? THAT would be a GREAT b-day wish come true! I'm so happy to be in this hop with you!

    Lisa
    http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com
    lnorris21 at hotmail dot com

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  9. These are just gorgeous! I love your flowers and the colors you chose are so pretty! Love your work!! :)

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  10. I can't believe you've never been in a hop before - you are a natural fit for this - great projects, engaging write-up, organization galore, and blog candy to boot! I would wish for something that can never be so I'll make a second wish for continued health for my family and myself! Thanks so much, Annie, for your part in Kim's b-day bash! I have a feeling you'll be a sought-after blog hopper!
    Mama LoveBug aka pam
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

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  11. Wow. You have such an amazing talent. What would I wish for? Well, the truth is that I would wish for a door to open for us to start our own Christian School. Ours is closing after 34 years and our kids are kind of in limbo. On a crafty end...I wish I could get a Pixie. :)

    Dorcas
    dtroche@bellsouth.net
    www.craftycardangel.com

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  12. your projects are just stunning.. Love them.
    Hugggs
    Celeste
    www.touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com

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  13. Love the box and the card the colors and embellies are great. My wish for my birthday would be to have my sons family here from California *I am in Missouri*
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com
    Debbie

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  14. Absolutely beautiful! You did an amazing job! The card and box are sooooo pretty! I agree with mom...you will be a sought after hopper! So very happy that we "met" and thanks again for being such a great addition to my birthday hop! :)

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  15. This is beautiful! You did a magnificent job!! I'm a follower!

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  16. WOW is not strong enough. Absolutely amazing projects. You are certainly blessed with awesome talents. TFS. Just became a follower, look forward to returning when I have lots more time to enjoy your blog. Thanks for a chance to win what I'm sure will turn out to be simply wonderful blog candy. Hugs, CyndiU cureta2 at yahoo dot com

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  17. Woops forgot what I would wish for my birthday. My Expression has fallen off my work bench several times and is all banged up and cracking in several places (lucky for me it still works), so I'd wish for a new Expression in bright yellow.

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  18. Just love your projects! The box and card are beautiful - love the colors & all the great embellishments!! If I could make a birthday wish I would like a fully stock craft room and some extra time to spend in it :)
    TFS - Kim - a new follower
    tandkparker at comcast dot net

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  19. Love your card.But my favorite is that cute box. I just love It. It would be perfect for me to put my reading glasses in. Since my eye sight started going bad not long ago. Getting older is not really fun.He!! He!! If I had one wish for my Birthday..... It would be a NEW Van. Since mine isn't running. :0(
    I'm a follower.
    cindymarshall63@hotmail dot com

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  20. OMGoodness, what pretty projects I love them, TFS!! blanphear @ yahoo dot com

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  21. All I can say is...BEAUTIFUL!!!
    I am a new follower!
    kgprevost(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    http://kathyskraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  22. great box and card!!!!!!so pretty! joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

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  23. New follower here. LOVE your projects! For my birthday I'd love a boatload of more Copic sketch markers-not asking for much right? LOL. Oh and I'd take some talent to use them. Thanks for sharing!
    Jill
    jilliree@aol.com

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  24. Gaby, you really outdid yourself!!! I can't believe how beautiful your projects turned out! I've been wanting to decorate a bolsa box forever, and now you've inspired me to do it! If I could be granted one wish it would be to have all my family happy & healthy ;) TFS!

    ~Stacey~
    CreatingACraftyLife.blogspot.com
    CreatingACraftyLife at gmail dot com

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  25. Great projects. I'm trying to become a follower. I'll keep trying.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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  26. I just have to ask....are you sure this is your 1st hop?!?! Truly an AMAZING job you did!!!!! Be very proud of yourself!!!! Thanks so much for sharing and I know my sister Kimi will Love this :) I am now a follower. Keep up the beautiful work :)
    melissakleinhen at yahoo dot com

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  27. That is stunning!! I would appreciate it if you could send me a bit more detailed instructions. That would be the perfect choice for someone.
    Thanks
    Jackie
    jmpresearch@gmail.com

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  28. I love your cadr and altered box. The colors are fantastic. (my favorite color is pink too) I just became a follower. I am new to card making, so looking for all kinds of ideas and tips.
    mexicopetshop@hotmail.com
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  29. I'm your newest follower. Your project is great. If i could be granted one wish on my birthday is would be for my RSD/CRPS to go and burn itself out. So I can have some normallcy in my life.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Michelle
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com
    or at my blog
    http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com.

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  30. Superb job! I love boxes! Love the detail and colors. Lace is cool too. I'm happy to be following now. Thanks for sharing. joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  31. Oops forgot to tell my birthday wish. I would wish to go on a trip to Hawaii!!!!!! Thanks!

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  32. Your cards are absolutely stunning. If I could have one birthday wish it would be for health and security for my kids for the rest of their long lives.

    TFS,
    Erin
    spantastikreations@yahoo.com

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  33. I love the box so adorable

    Paula

    quiltofhope at aol dot com

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  34. WOW, GORGEOUS projects! Absolutely stunning. I just became a follower of your blog!!! My wish... I lifetime supply of scrappin stuff! I can NEVER get enough. I'm bad. tee hee. thansk for sharing your amazing work. and I LOVE surprises!!!!
    stampinlara at yahoo dot com

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  35. Very pretty!:)

    Kaitlin
    angel1694@comcast.net
    http://cupcakesandcards.blogspot.com/

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  36. I love your card and box. TFS shanna13@frontiernet.net

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  37. very cute love it TFS!!!

    cathie
    scraphappycat@gmail.com

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  38. Thanks for sharing! These are great! For my bday I would just be happy if someone other than my mom remembered it! Sad and pathetic I know!

    vegeater@gmail.com

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  39. Wow!!! I love the amazing details you have! Such a great gift! I am your newest follower!

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  40. That's a beautiful project, thanks for sharing!
    Hey, I have 2 giveaways here, please come check it out!
    www.pixiedustpaperie.blogspot.com

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  41. Very pretty! There is so much to look at. Kimi is going to LOVE it! I would wish to take my family on a real mini vacation for my bday. Thanks for the chance to win. daughtersare3@yahoo.com

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  42. What an amazing project and beautiful card!! I simply LOVE your flowers and loopy ribbon!! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi at 3am :) I'm so glad you did, as I am now your newest follower (and OH! so pleased to be!!)...

    For my birthday wish... Hmmmm... There are always things I want - not need - (like an Imagine), but I truly feel so blessed already that I'd like to share my wish with someone else... So I wish for my wish to be used for someone who really needs a wish today :)

    Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
    scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. What a beautiful box. When I started wearing reading glasses, my hsuband would find them all over the house. Too bad I didn't have one of these in every room to keep them in. LOL OK, if I could wish for anything it would be to quit my job so that I could do crafting all day long! New follower, I love your work. thanks, Tami
    tambo1010 at comcast dot net
    tamboscreations.blogspot.com

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  44. Your projects are georgeous !!! wow love all the flowers!!!! very pretty ! Im now a follower
    scrappinwithmybug.com

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  45. Wow, i love the colors and all the detail in your projects.
    Kathy
    Katsews at Gmail dotcom

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  46. Oh my goodness!!! These are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
    yoliejustcreate at gmail dot com

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  47. ..wow..oh wow.. you surely ** wowed** us here.. when will we get instructions on how to assemble this ?
    wish i may , wish i mite.. have this wish.. my family is out in cali.. i would wish to be with all them .. thanks or the opportunity at your candy..
    mitz_zee@yahoodotcom ( follower )

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  48. Wowzer!! Your projects are fabulous! I am a follower. If I had one wish for my birthday it would be to find a job.TFS
    Kathie
    Kathlee154atgmaildotcom
    http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

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  49. what adorable projects! I love the paper that you used. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

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  50. Oh WOW!!! Amazing projects!!!
    my bday is on Friday and my wish just came true..my babies are spending the summer with me!!

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  51. Awesome projects. Very pretty.. Thanks for sharing

    Happy crafting

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  52. Love your projects! You are very talented! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us! Hmmmm one wish would be for my first grandson to be born healthy!

    I'm a new follower! Please stop by anytime & check out my blog & hopefully become a follower too! :)

    www.lovelyinspiredcreations.blogspot.com
    majelica@comcast.net

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  53. Wonderful project. And, I wanted to let you know you are the winner of the Cupcake Cartridge on my blog, please send me your address at jean1982 at aol dot com and I will get that mailed out to you. :)

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  54. Wow Anne - these are gorgeous! I can never find those boxes in my michaels - believe me i have looked :) I am sure anyone would love these beautiful things you have created! I am a new follower of your sweet blog and happy to be here!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  55. Hey Annie!!! I HAVE indeed been busy making albums (I just finished another one a few hours ago!), but I had planned on stopping by for this hop, so thanks for reminding me! :-) And wow, I'm glad I did hop on over! What a BEAUTIFUL project!!!! Keep up the great work! :-)

    -Emily
    http://www.createserendipity.net
    createserendipity@gmail.com

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  56. These are so pretty! I especially love the card :) It was a pleasure hopping with you for Kimi's birthday

    Laura

    laura dot dietsch at rocketmail dot com

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  57. In a word, "Gorgeous".
    cstephenson at q dot com

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  58. Wow just stunning, love the pretty colors and the adorable flower arrangement!! Have a wonderful day!!

    Hugs,
    Patricia

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  59. Wow! These are just stunning! Gorgeous work!!

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