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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Amy Jo's (that's me!) Birthday Bash & Blog Hop

Good morning my wonderful, beautiful, amazing friends!!!  In case you didn't know, today is my Birthday!!!  I have decided to host my first hop to celebrate today.  The hop is two days long so everyone will have time to go through the entire lineup.  There will not be new projects on the second day (unless noted on individual blogs), just a continuation of the hop so everyone has a chance to enter to win prizes... Prizes, you say?  Oh yes!  I have some wonderful sponsors for this hop!  Out of the kindness of their hearts, these ladies offered to sponsor and help celebrate my birthday!!! 

I am super duper excited for this because, as you all know by now, I live with Fibromyalgia (no, that's not a nickname for my hubby) ;).  LOL  -  I can't celebrate the way most people do, by going out & having drinks & things like I used to because I'm generally in too much pain and/or too tired to do anything.  So, I asked myself, what is it that I can do for my birthday and what would make me feel excited to celebrate it and here you have it! What better way than to spend the day with my friends online & to make new friends too?!!  And here we are!  That is why I entitled this Amy Jo's Birthday Bash and Blog Hop, because to me, it's both!  Just thought I'd mention (for those who don't know this about me) Amy Jo is just a nickname.  Long story as to why I have that particular nickname, but it stuck so now I use it because there are so many Amys out there, but not so many Amy Jos!  Makes it easier to find online. :)  The gals were all asked to create something using any pick from my list of favorites.  For example they could use the colors I love (black, white & pink -- could you tell?) ;), or my favorite theme -- Alice in Wonderland, or my favorite animal (frogs & others, fashion, etc.  This is going to be a very eclectic hop indeed! :0)

We have some fun prizes for this hop so I decided to make it a two day hop so everyone would get the chance to see everything as I mentioned above.  To be entered to win, you must be/become a follower of my blog and leave a comment.  I would also really love it if you would leave comments and become followers of my friends;  however, there are a lot of people in this hop so it's not going to be an actual requirement.  So to give you more incentive to finish out the hop, I will personally be offering a surprise blog candy package to one person who does comment on & follow the other blogs.  I will be choosing winners over the weekend so that gives you plenty of time to leave your comments!

Prize #1 -- $20.00 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations-- offered by Kristy 

Prize #2 -- Set of Martha Stewart Stamps -- offered by Angela Creative Craftin'

Prize #3 -- Gift Certificate to Creative Kuts -- offered by Cheryl
Prize #4 -- Set of gorgeous handmade corsage pins from Jessica's Craft Shaque -- offered by Jessica
Prize #4
Prize #5 - Crinkle Ribbon from 3 Girl Jam -- offered by Julie

Prize #6 -- Surprise blog candy package from me!

Of course I couldn't have a hop without posting a project so for today I have a birthday card that I created for a client.  His wife (my friend) just loves Hawaii so I thought this would be perfect for her!

Front View (Closed) -- used Recollections cardstock, white gelly pen for details, Cricut Expression (can't remember if this was an SVG or a Cricut cartridge), a Stampin' Up stamp for the greeting & rhinestones from Creative Charms.  The straw is made from a bamboo texture sample.
Closeup of the Flower

Card Open

Thank you all so very much for joining us today and celebrating my birthday!  I am honored that you took the time to stop by!  Now you're off to see what wonderful project Angela made today.

Here is the entire lineup in case you get lost or in case a link is not working.
Amy Jo: -- that's me
Angela U. -- next stop
Linda Simpson
Gill -
Barbara B.
Ashley -
Liz -
Jamie -
Creative Kuts -
Lisa P -
Jessica -
Lisa -
Liz Mullen
Beckie -
Jearise -
Christina -
Naomi -
Anna --
Heather --


Ashley Nicole said...

What a great card. Love the hawaiian theme to it. Happy Birthday!

Gloria said...

love your card!!! really cute idea

Happy Birthday!!!

Liz said...

Happy Birthday Amy Jo! Love your card

Pamela Pattison Lash said...

Happy Birthday, Amy - hugs......Pam
pam_lash at yahoo dot com

Barbara B said...

Happy Birthday dear Amy! This hop has been so much. You a terrific person and I love your creations! The card is fabulous.
Barbara B.

Creative Kuts said...
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Creative Kuts said...

Thanks for sharing your cute card. Love the bling bling. Happy Birthday Amy!

Creative Kuts @
Creative Kuts2 @

scrapqueen141 said...

Amy Jo, it's a pleasure to be in this hop with you. I have so enjoyed getting to know you and the other FCCB gals! Happy Birthday Lady! I truly hope it is a blessing!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to you my dear dear friend. Thank you so much for asking me to take part and I wish you all the best and sending lots of birthday hugs.

I love your creation it is fabulous as always!!!

Linda xxxx

Amy said...

Adorable shaped card! Happy Birthday- I hope you have a wonderful day :)Amy

Jessica said...

Fabulous half coconut! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY!

Beckie said...

LOVE IT. Happy Bday!

be blessed, Beckie

Lisa said...

♫ Happy, happy birthday, Amy ♫ I hope your day is a great one!! This card is so beautiful and creative!! I absolutely love it!! Thanks for hosting such an awesome hop :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Trina said...

Happy Birthday

TerriK said...

Cute card. Happy Birthday!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday, my sweet friend! :o) I hope your special day sparkles with as much love that is always radiating from your beautiful heart. :o) I am so thankful to know you.. you are a blessing and an inspiration. And you know what else? This card is fantastic! She is going to love it. I am in love with the bamboo straw.. that is so brilliant! I love the shape of the card and of course the Hawaiian accents. Simply wonderful as always, Amy Jo! I am excited to see what everyone created in honor of your special day. :o)

Hugs and blessings!

lszalil said...

Happy birthday Amy. Hoping your special day be filled with lots of love, inspiration and health.

Bhawana said...

Wish you A Very Happy Birthday Ever and wish that GOD take care of you and all your pain go away. May you get everything you have dreamt off and live happily. amen amen amen.

I loved your blog and a new follower. Lovely card you created for ur client.

Lisa said...

Hope you are having a great birthday Amy. Love the card, the shape is so cute and love how you did the words on it. TFS and allowing me to join you in helping to celebrate your birthday.

BethL said...

Happy Birthday! I hope it is a blessed day for you!

Dee Burns said...

Amy Jo, Very unique card, love how you made it. Here from Lisa's Indy Mermaid blog.
Have a wonderful and Happy Birthday! It's an amazing thing you're doing by talking to others about your courageous battle with Fibromyalgia.
Keep the strength.

Dee B

kendell said...

Happy Birthday, I have just visited your blog and find it really interesting,thanks for sharing your projects etc and lots of links within your blog, this is really appreciated. Make sure you have a great day and congratulations on been willing to speak out about and educate about Fibromyalgia. Kindest regards

C90designs GL said...

Adorable shaped card! Happy Birthday- I hope you have a wonderful day and many more!!!!
Gina aka c90designs

Crafty and Green said...

Happy Birthday!! So Happy to be in this hop with you!! Thanks for hosting! So much fun!! Hope you had a fantastic Day so far & are enjoying all the creations!!

Many Blessings,

Sharon said...

Great card! So happy to have found your blog - Happy Birthday!!

Sue D said...

Happy birthday! Great Hawaiian birthday card. I am off to hop.
I am a follower.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

C90designs GL said...

WOW I made it through them all today!!! Everyone made you some beautiful cards and gifts! Your having a wonderful Blog Birthday! Gina

DIANA L. said...

Happy birthday Amy jo- cute card Thanks for the fun hop.
You know you can enter this over at DL.ART Thankful Thursday and CCR.

Kate said...

Happy birthday to YOU
Happy birthday to YOU
Happy birthday, dear sweet Amy Jo
Happy birthday to YOU!!!

I really do hope that you are having a wonderful day and that your man is spoiling you rotten!

Your card is so fun! I just love the shape of it!


Cathy said...

Happy birthday Amy Jo, I am a follower as you know, your card is wonderful, I could use one of those drinks right

jessica said...

what a great card Amy!! I know your friend will love it!!
Happy Birthday! I hope you had an awesome day :)
Thanks for a great hop!!

JulieK said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you've been having a fabulous day!!


Vicki said...

Happy Birthday. Your card is super cute. Hope you are having a great day.

vwilson577 at

missstamper said...

Happy Birthday to you! I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the blogs. Great projects. I followed each of them. I don't have a facebook account, so I couldn't do the facebook thing like some of them asked. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Brenda said...

Hi Amy Jo, Happy Birthday to you!! I live with Fibro, Lupus and RA, so I know your pain!! Crafting is my release and to get my mind off the pain. Your coconut drink card is adorable! I love the flower on the straw, too cute! Hope you special day is wonderful and that you have a great hop!

Heather said...

happy birthday amy jo!!! hope your birthday is a total bash!!! love your card!!! i love all beach themed stuff!!! so cute!!! great job!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Happy Birthday! I hope all your birthday wishes came true!

Creative Crafting said...

What a cute project! Thanks for hosting a great hop!


sues craft magic said...

Happy Birthday , i Love your blog , the colours are brilliant , thanks for giving us a chance to join in your blog hop ....

Sue x

Doris P. said...

I wish you an awesome birthday!!! at least a gift of no pain for a day or two. or... :)

landerson213 said...

Accidentally posted on the wrong post! LOL! Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Sherrie K. said...

Happy Birthday Amy!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day:) Hugs!
Sherrie K

marg0006 said...
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marg0006 said...

What a great idea for a card. Thanks for leting us share your B-Day & have a Happy, Wonderful and fun one.
Loving Scrapper 101

Heather said...

Thanks so much Amy for allowing my to hop along with you. I am honored to be part of your first hop. I hop you have the best birthday possible and may God truly bless you in the next year to come.

God Bless
Heather Pullen

Distinct Designs by Amy said...

Happy Birthday Amy. I found out about the blog hop from Decade of Scrap. I wish I would of been more in sync. Because I really want to participate in a Blog Hop. Hopefully next time. :)

CLM-cindylu2u said...

Happy Birthday!!! Love your coconut, very cute!!

Gill McCall said...

Hope you had a fabby birthday, love the project as that is also so ME ! thanks for having me on the hop as im just starting to hop now

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