Thursday, September 30, 2010

Flashback Friday 3.0 - First Challenge Card

Thanks to my dear friend Smita, I found a fun challenge on the fabulously creative Amy Tsuruta's Blog. Flashback Friday let's you take a walk down memory lane and the previous winner get's to pick the next challenge. I was happy to see that another blogging buddy (and cat lover), Rose was GD and had chosen the challenge so I just HAD to play along. (Besides, the work was already done, WooHoo!) Rose asked for our very first challenge card. I KNEW mine had been for the original BBTB challenge blog because it was the reason I made a blog in the first place. I SOOOO admired the DT and wanted to be just like them when I grew up. :D Although I had been inspred by a few of the previous BBTB challenges, this was the first one I actually did on time and posted to their blog: the car cut from Mickey and friends from November 12, 2008. My dear friend Leah loaned me the cartridge so I could play along (and to this day I still don't own it!). Notice I've been doing my shape cards a LONG time and I'm still taking my pix on the same tablecloth on my washer/dryer in the laundry room. LOL If you're interested in my original post with details you can find it HERE.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 37 - Stars

I fully intended to be a bit quicker with my Bah!Humbug! card this week, but when DH suggested a road trip yesterday to Carmel, I just couldn't say no. It's been mighty hot the last few days here and we were looking forward to cooling off a bit down there but no...........! Gorgeous, but still PLENTY hot. So here I am playing catch up as usual. The challenge is Stars. The star on my card was cut from Very Merry Tags with the tag and hole contours hidden in Cricut Design Studio. I then made mats using my Labels 13 Nesties.

The embossing behind the star is Tim Holtz Swirls folder and the top mat is the limited edition Christmas Stars Cuttlebug folder I got from Custom Crops. The peelie sentiment is silver, so to tie it in I added a silver peelie border to the outside the gold mat and silver adhesive beads to the star and corners. The mats and star are popped for dimension and that's about it.

About 4:30 yesterday we went down to the Carmel beach as the clouds started to roll in. Ahh, cool at last! Wish I were still there. It's deathly hot again!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tiddly Inks Diamond Glaze or Crackle Challenge

Happy Tuesday! This week at Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog it's all about crackle or shine. I don't mess too much with that stuff so this really was a challenge for me. I guess I'm too impatient waiting for stuff to dry, although it might help if I didn't procrastinate. LOL I really wanted to try to do something different. After several failed attempts with crackle and a weird cracked glass episode on mirror board, I did the kind of experimentation that my friend Margie does. (She'll try ANYTHING. LOL Especially when...oh never mind. Luv ya girl!) So what is that crackly icy looking stuff over Snowman Sid? Believe it or not, it's several (4 maybe?) coats of Utee on a thick piece of clear vinyl from Short Cuts (no longer in business, bummer). I started with a rectangle a bit longer than I needed (didn't want to melt it to my fingers) and coated it with embossing ink, covered it with Utee and gave it a shot with my heat gun. I was a little tentative thinking it would just melt into a big mess, but the vinyl held up. WooHoo. I repeated the process over and over, trying to get it all smooth, but the edges stayed a bit bumpy and I eventually decided it looked like crusty ice and went with it. I punched holes in the piece and attached it to Snowman Sid and the mat with Doodlebug Sugar Coated brads through punched snowflakes. The rest is pretty obvious.

Now if you'd like to play along but don't want to mess with all of this, Christy has a super crackle paper freebie HERE or on our PCP group page. Be sure to check out the fun examples by the rest of the Tiddly Inkers and stay tuned for The SALE and new mini release OCT 1 at the Tiddly Inks Shop (fun new stuff happening).

Monday, September 27, 2010

BBTB2 Heritage Sewing Machine Challenge and Blog Hop

Welcome friends! Do you believe it's the end of the month already? I certainly can't, but here we are for another Blog Hop from BBTB2. This week our fabulous fearless leader Heather chose the sewing machine from the Heritage cart and you'll be amazed at the diversity of designs my fabulous DT sisters came up with. If you've come from the unbelievably creative Carole's blog, you're on the right track. If not, you might want to bop back there so you don't miss a thing.
I'm sorry if my design seems a bit redundant. I adore making shaped front cards and I've used more Cosmo Cricket papers so just consider it a companion piece to the apron card I did previously. Loads of carts on this one; George for the back, "Just Because" cards for the thanks, Locker Talk for the scissors, Forever Young for the dress form, Heritage for the sewing machine, Cindy Lou for "sew", and Opposites Attract for the much. Phew! The whole shebang was welded in DS and and all I added were a few buttons and beads. I'm rather fond of the way it turned out.
Another "fat" card. LOL The good news is you can use them at weights for toning up after you've read them and I'm keeping the post office in business for sure. Now scurry along, but not until you've left a comment for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to Custom Crops. I will be announcing the winner next Saturday morning. Next stop is the amazing Theresa Kelly. Wow, wow, wow! Wait until you see this!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Macabre Monday #58 Magical Mayhem and Sweet Pea Stamps Challenge - Show Us Your Dream

There's Magical Mayhem at Haunted Design House this week and I've used the gorgeous ching-chou kuik's Exotic Halloween from Sweet Pea Stamps. I have to say these images look intimidating to color, but I'm always so proud of myself when they're done. Magical, wouldn't you say? She's colored with Copics and highlighted with Spica Pens for extra sparkle (which of course doesn't show in the pic). I chose the colors from the fab paper by Basic Grey Eerie 6x6 pad. She's cut and matted with my Nesties labels 9 and I added some tiny Rain Dots to the DP for texture. I gathered some gorgeous webby ribbon sent by my Sinister Sister, Creepy Glowbug (thanks, Glo!) and added a Prima flower, some orange rhinestones and 2 star pins by Making Memories (that looked like magic wands to me). I'm also entering this in the very first Sweet Pea challenge at In a Sweet Pea Dream which is Show Us Your Dream. The Macabre Minions have wonderful things in store for you at Haunted Design House so be sure to take a look and come play along. Then pop on over to In a Sweet Pea Dream to check out the great new things happening at this fabulous new challenge blog.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Peggy Loves Vintage and a Freebie

I was craving vintage so where better to find it than Peggy Loves Vintage printable images. I pulled out the Scottish CD Volume 1 and besides all of the adorable little Scottie dogs I fell in love with this romantic couple (and the little doggie's pretty darn cute, too). I'm low on anniversary cards in my stash and thought this would make a lovely one, or perhaps for a wedding so I chose a Best Wishes peel-off sentiment. WooHoo, double duty! The coordinating papers are from Making Memories. I trimmed the image with some more peelie borders, added some adhesive beads and some gorgeous tassel trim (thanks Kellie) and had a beautiful card in minutes.
But I couldn't stop there. Peggy has acquired her very first "official" vintage Halloween card and she's sharing it with ALL of us! Isn't She a Sweetheart? This little ghostie is up for grabs at the Peggy Loves Vintage Blog. I saved it to my computer, printed him out, cut a mat with my Labels Nine Nesties and some cool goo from the border of a Creative Imaginations page. The little tag letters Rebecca Sower Nostalgiques for Sticko (from M's). A few beads and some Halloween ribbon and I was two for two. So be sure to browse around the Peggy Loves Vintage Blog for more fun freebies and be sure to visit the STORE to preview the new CD's. She also has some deals going on just in time for the holidays. Remember, those CD's are available in FTP format as well if you just can't wait for the mail and there are downloadable Greeting Card Cut-Outs for a quick vintage fix. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bah!Humbug! Text Challenge and Caardvarks Clean and Simple

WooHoo! I'm recovering from TWO nights of concerts and dinners at Wente Vineyards (Don Henley and Harry Connick Jr.) but I still managed to do the current Bah! Humbug! challenge (before the last minute) which is text. I bought this 3 pack of Christmas text stamps by Hero Arts at M's a least a year ago but hadn't inked them up. I thought they would be perfect for some clean and simple Christmas cards that I could also enter in the current Caardvarks challenge (thanks to Heidi for reminding me and for being about the best example of CAS on the planet) as well. I cut it out with my Nesties Classic Rectangles and then cut a scalloped rectangle out of a white mat. I then embossed it with the Cuttlebug Holly folder. I'm anxious to do more of these with the other two stamps in the set.

I'm really happy with the results, especially after I popped the mat and text and added the few adhesive pearls. They do match a bit better than they appear to in the picture. You can still have a go at both these challenges so pop over to Bah! Humbug! and Caardvarks and take a look at the beautiful inspiration from the DT members.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tiddly Inks Sketch Challenge and Oh Alice! Chapter 31

This week at Tiddly Inks we had a fab sketch to follow from the lovely Betty Boo. The image is Royal Proclamation and comes with a little story. Recently I was called a Prima Donna. Ha Ha! (I say sarcastically) Because of my name, I've been called that before and never really thought all that much about it. However, although I knew it was a tease, I actually looked up the definition. (How RUDE!) Let's just say I was less than amused... So while checking some of my other fave challenge blogs I came across the Oh Alice! theme for this week which is Fighting for the Crown. Perfect! It's no accident the Queen has red hair (and she's PISSED). Her dress is paper pieced (twice) so I could add a bit of dimension to her skirt. She's mounted on a mat done with the MS crown Punch Around the Page and the sentiment is cut with my Nesties. The spare crowns on the side are brads.
Here you can see a bit more of the dimension. And just in case you missed that sentiment... Prima Donna my ass! (oops, that just snuck in there, sorry!) You may address me as Your Royal Highness (or Empress, if you prefer). Now go have a look at the fabby stuff my DT sisters came up with on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and come and play along. Heck, with such a fabulous sketch you're already half way there. And don't forget it's Tiddly Tuesday so there are freebies to be had. You can find a preview HERE and download them when you join the Tiddly Inks PCP group.

Monday, September 20, 2010

BBTB2 Oct 31st Candle Challenge- Love Never Dies

No, you're not seeing things. This isn't my Macabre Monday post. Scroll down for that. HeeHee! Thanks to our fabulously talented DT sister Sandi, I got to do TWO Halloweenish projects in a row (and you all know how I LOVE Halloween!) This week at BBTB2 we were to use the dripping candle from the Oct 31st cartridge. The inspiration for my card came from 2 places. One is the Halloween tableau I do around my front door each year (yes, I made those dripping candles on the skully head and there's a single one too on the other side that didn't quite make it in the pic) and the second is a beautiful digi stamp from Delicious Doodles called "Loves Faded Memory".

I made a shaped card using Design Studio combining images from Indy Art, Oct 31 (duh!) and Sweethearts (Love).
No shadows on the Oct 31st cart so I hid contours on the candle and did the slightly offsetting technique to approximate one. I'm not really sure if you can see in the pic, but I used glossy accents to give true dimension to the drips. (Much like I used hot glue on the candles on my porch). I find that with this much Glossy Accents the paper tends to curl, so I cut the candle in white 3 times and glued them together for thickness...problem solved!
The heart is embossed with the Script Cuttlebug Folder and inked a bit with Aged Mahogany Distress. I like to think of it as memories of love letters etched deep into the heart (tell me you didn't keep some of those). The top layer of the rose is done in velvet paper enhances with a little bling.
Oh yeah, lots of dimension. You know that's my favorite part!
And Looky! I even finished the inside! A word on that. There is NO WAY you can made a card like this and not have an inside mat. It simply won't stand up, so plan for it when you're doing the design. I added a bit of drippy goo to mimic the candle wax. the sentiment is computer generated and I went AGAIN to my Fanciful Labels Embossing Plus folder. Sorry for the long post, I kinda liked this project. Hope you aren't all too creeped out. Now go and see the fabulous inspiration from my DT sisters on BBTB2. And you don't need the Oct 31st cartridge to play along, any candle will do.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Macabre Monday # 057 Horrific Haunts

This week at Haunted Design House our Macabre Monday Challenge is Horrific Haunts. We're all about haunted houses. I pulled out my Oct 31st cartridge and cut the house, tree and clouds with lightening. My original intention was to make a luminaria using a glass vase or something but I didn't have anything big enough. Instead I made a frame from Happy Hauntings and messed with it in Design Studio until I had decent proportions for my cuts. It turned out to be almost 12 x 13 and I cut it 4 times, hiding the contours on 3 of them and using colored vellum as a background so it could be lit from behind or hung in a window. I added the moon (also from Oct 31st) and used MS border punches for the fence and graveyard. The clouds and moon are behind the vellum, the punches and house are on it, and the tree is popped. I used enough foam between the layers of the frame that I didn't need to use chipboard. Now wait 'til you see the rest of the fabulous creations from my Sinister Sisters, the Macabre Minions. I think we really stepped it up this week. Ready for a challenge? Come check us out. It's only 40 more days 'til Halloween!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kenny K's Challenge #10 Embossing

This is my first time playing along with Kenny K's Krafty Girlz challenge. I so love these images and was anxious to color Devilish Donna (seriously, that's her name!). I've been listening to music (Eva Cassidy) and her version of Autumn Leaves is pretty amazing (it's definitely a Fall day here) so I used it as inspiration. The gorgeous purple paper is from K&Co Allegheny Plum. I tore some paper for the mat behind and embossed it with the Cuttlebug Allegro folder and added some embossed leaves. Missing you is from the Forever Friends Card Making Combo. (also Cuttlebug)

Donna is colored with Copics and I used spica pens for some sparkle. Can you see it here? Maybe, sort of. Hard to capture that.

I didn't have the right color ribbon so I colored some with my Copics and added a copper heart charm. The leaves and Donna are popped for dimension. Well, I just went to check out the time and I'm too late for the challenge. Bummer! I would have done this card anyway, though. Hope you like. xx

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge #35 - Late AGAIN!

This week at Bah!Humbug! (my FAVE Christmas blog) it was all about using our favorite mediums. I was really all set to cheat and do a digi stamp or something (not that I don't also LOVE digi stamps) to save a it of time, but you all know that there's nothing I love more than my Cricut and doing shaped cards. I did sort of cheat since this shape wasn't one of my own doing (thank God for the Hello Kitty Greetings cart!) but Goliath wanted me to do a Christmas card for Daddy much like the one I've already done for Jezebel, so far be it from ME to disappoint. I did have to muck around in Design Studio a bit to remove the bow from the kitty's head (Goliath's no sissy). The holly got the claws up though, and would you believe I found it on Jubilee? Who knew? I almost NEVER use that cart. I'm also extremely fond of texture and dimension, so the layers are popped, the outfit "cuttled" with the Cuttlebug Argyle and Swiss Dots folders, the kitty flocked, the fur trim done with Flower Soft, and the holly shined up with some Glossy Accents (obviously not dry yet in the pic.) Added a candy cane, button, bow and bells on his toes and called it done. Pretty sure I'm late again but it was a valiant effort. Sorry, Ann, Max and Irene! Of course it's too late for you to join in this challenge, (the deadline being UK time and all) but a new one starts tomorrow! See ya there!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tiddly Inks Our Pets Challenge, Some Freebies and a Blog Award

This week at Tiddly Inks we're celebrating our furbabies (or any animals for that matter). Was there any doubt that mine would be kitties? I actually planned on using Catgirl until I heard a song yesterday that made me change my mind. Besides, who could resist Cup of Kitty and Sealed With (both on SALE, WooHoo!) I thought they looked like Goliath and Jezzie, don't you? I don't have a program (no, believe it or not I don't have WORD or a decent edition of Photoshop)that lets me merge digi images (or if I do, I don't know how to use it) so I did this the old fashioned way...alot of fussy cutting! I printed Cup of Kitty several times, paper pieced the cup, cut out the kitty and moved her down to make room for the other little guy. He's also trimmed from his envelope and popped in the cup as well. They're both colored with Copics in lovely pastels (nothing like a little dye job to give you a lift, LOL). The paw print punch is by EK Success, the rub-on sentiment is Melissa Frances cut with my Nesties. I LOVE her rub-ons and think they work particularly well with Tiddly Inks Images. Inside will read "My Cup Runneth Over" but of course I was running late as usual and haven't finished it yet. I've been thinking about that ever since seeing Melissa's lovely card HERE (also done with a Tiddly Inks Image.) It's truly the way I'm feeling these days.

Now lots of great stuff happening at Tiddly Inks. There's a DT call HERE but you must be playing along. No Tiddly Inks images? (Shame on you!) But there are loads of FREE images to get you started so check them out HERE and also deets for even MORE freebies from our PCP Group. What a great way to get your feet wet. Now be sure to check out the adorable projects by the rest of the Tiddly Inkers and come and join us for some fun.

I also want to thank Smita for this Lovely Blog award. Smita and I became fast friends after she won my first Blog candy for 100 followers many moons ago. She's a fabulous crafter with an Indian twist so be sure to check out here blog HERE. One of the best things about blogging is meeting friends from all over the world who share a common interest. Thank you Smita, for this honor and for being my friend. I know I'm supposed to pass this along to 7 of my favorite blogs, but come on, only 7? I'm copping out here and offering it to all of my blogging friends. You're ALL my faves. xxD

Monday, September 13, 2010

BBTB2 Crayon Box Challenge

This week Regina, our dear BBTB2 DT sister, founder of the original BBTB and owner of the fabulous Cutting Cafe chose the Crayon Box from the TBBM cartridge. I love this cut and often use it for envies for my fat Cricut cards. Actually I use it so often that I had a bit of a brain freeze. In a way I feel like I've cheated a bit because the box is the only Cricut on this project. As I've said before, I'm trying to actually USE some of my new crafty purchases (as well as old stash) so that's how this came about. The box was cut at 9" which is the largest you can cut it on a 12" mat.
At the Santa Clara Scrap Expo I purchased a number of the Heartfelt Creations stamp sets that coordinate with Spellbinder's Nesties. This was a first attempt and I must say they take a bit of practice to line up, even using the template method as recommended. I'm not gonna tell you how many got tossed in the bin. I used both the Aztec Gold Sunflowers sets 1 and 2 which coordinate with the Nesties Blossom 2. They were embossed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and inked with Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Brushed Corduroy (does that scream "Fall" or what?) The gorgeous corners are from the Heartfelt Creations Perfect Petals Die Cut by Spellbinders. The seeds are hand cut and the sentiment was cut with Nesties Labels Four (both on the Sunflowers 1 set).
The DP is K&Co Wild Saffron and so are the layered sticker leaves, tiny lady bug and dragonfly. The gorgeous Offray ribbon from my LSS inspired me to attach it to the box but leave it loose near the flap for a tie closure. My DT sisters knocked this one out of the park with tons of creative inspiration so be sure to check out BBTB2 if you haven't already. I hope you're inspired enough to try your own.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Macabre Monday Monochrome Monstrosities

Well it's another Macabre Monday and we at Haunted Design House are challenging you to do a Monochrome Monstrosity but... you must use black/grey, orange, green, or purple. Do you sense a Halloween thing going on here? LOL Well, I've gone with the black/grey and the Dia de los Muertos theme because I LOVE prolonging the Halloween experience and like the thought of my loved ones enjoying their life after death. My dining room is all set up (during the season) with ofrendas to my dearly departed with pictures and memorabilia in my hutch and on my sideboard. I even have made sugar skulls for my Mom and Dad and have a skully wedding couple next to their wedding picture along with the actual top to their wedding cake. Sorry, does that creep you out?

Anyway, I've done a bit of masking with some of my Stampotique stamps. I've masked the faces of Moth Fab and Bowtie (tell me they don't make a cute couple) and added skeletal faces from my new Halloween Cube 1 and 2. I think I may like this better than the originals. LOL They're shaded with Copics and cut with Nesties Mega Curved Rectangles.
Paper is the 6x6 Basic Grey Eerie pad and fiber and flowers are from my stash. The tombstone is a Cuttlebug cut and emboss set, inked with Distress Pumice Stone and a computer generated sentiment. Might make a nice anniversary card, eh? So now go have a looky at the rest of the Minions handiwork and don't forget to play along. We LOVE seeing your dark side.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Quicky Just for Fun!

Ooh, I've been a bad blogger this week. Tough to get back in the swing of things. I did craft on Thurs, but can't reveal that quite yet. And yesterday? Way too gorgeous so DH and I enjoyed the day together. I did manage a little (and I mean A2 which I almost NEVER make) card using some of my new stuff. Cute jack-o-lantern punch and photo corners are EK Success, mini bingo card is Jenni Bowlin. DP is Graphic 45 halloween in Wonderland (from the 8x8 pad). The punkin stamp is on the Stampotique Halloween Cube 2 by Daniel Torrente colored with Copics, inked with Antique Linen Distress, cut with Nesties and mounted on Nesties Inverted Scalloped Circles. The epoxy "a" is Studio K by K&Co and of course the infamous Alpha Beads. Ribbon from M's from last year and that's IT! Hope you like!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Christmas Carol Challenge and some pix

This week's challenge at Bah!Humbug! is Christmas Carols and I fully intended to do a true Carol theme but when we got home from our anniversary trip my (HUGE) Stampotique order was waiting for me and boy was I excited. I really got a kick out of Oh My Dear by Daniel Torrente so I decided to make him Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Simple card colored with Copics, inked with Distress and cut with Nesties Large Deckle Mega Rectangles. DP is Making Memories.

His shiny red nose is an adhesive bead. His shirt and antler warmers crack me up. (Not to mentiion the checked pants!)

Now you know I love Christmas, but in true Bah! Humbug! fashion (from Ebenezer, not Ann, Max and Irene, LOL), I added a computer generated sentiment inside that I hope doesn't offend. I can think of several people who would find this highly amusing.

And speaking of deer, these guys hung out with us Monday at Cavallo Point.

And as promised, the view of the Golden Gate from our balcony Monday afternoon. It was gorgeous and in the 80's (fairly unusual for Sausalito) and the 1996 Caymus Cabernet was divine!

But it went from THIS the next morning. It had dropped 30 degrees and with the fog and mist, Brrr... No coffee on the balcony, but instead in the window seat by the fireplace. No matter, a good time was had by all! :D

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tiddly Inks Birthday Card

This week at Tiddly Inks our challenge is Birthday Cards. I just adore Take a Bow with her little birthday 'prise and couldn't wait to color her. Her dress is paper pieced, but instead of printing her on DP, I used a second image and stamped the dots with the Papertrey Ink Polka Dots Basics II set I'd received for my birthday from my dear friend Leah. (LOVE it, thanks Leah!) Then I fussy cut the dress in the usual paper piecing manner. Her bows and gift were colored twice and popped for dimension.

I wanted to do something a little different so I modified a swing card for the dimension I wanted to make a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card with a small swing window. This actually requred a piece of cardstock that was 13 inched long and it was scored at 5 1/2 and 9 1/4. The basic tut for doing the swing window with your Cuttlebug and Nestabilities is found HERE.
The swing window has a little embossed present from from the stamp cut and emboss set that came free with my Cuttlebug.
As you open the card the window swings (it has another embossed pressie on the other side). The sweet paper is Basic Grey Eva and I've added sheer ribbon to make the card look gift wrapped as well. The little metal hearts are Colorbok from J's.
I'm particularly pleased with how the inside came out. That gift you see is the same gift that you see in her hand. (AHHH, the beauty of digis! ) I blew the image up to the size that would give me a large enough present and printed it. Then I taped some card stock over the image and masked the ribbon lines so I could add a rub on (Melissa Frances) sentiment. Although blowing up the digi like that does increase the thickness of the lines, I trimmed the some of the thickness away around the outside when I cut it out. So now it's time to hop on over to the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Tiddly Inkers and dream up a creation of your own. There are sooo many adorable new images at The Tiddly Inks Store that it's almost impossible to choose. Also remember, there is a DT call if you'd like to join this fabulous team. Click HERE for deets. Again I apologize for being MIA on so many of my favorite blogs the past week or so. But eat your heart out guys, because I'm probably sipping coffee on the balcony gazing at the Golden Gate while you're reading this. No computer distractions here. It doesn't get any better than this!

Monday, September 6, 2010

BBTB2 Mini Monograms Challenge

First of all, Happy 35th Anniversary to my (I'll spare you the pet names. LOL) hubby. He won't see this because he never checks out my blog but I must report he let out a HOOT when he opened the card I made him. (and blushed when he asked if I had posted it, LOL) We're off to one of our favorite places, Cavallo Point in Sausalito, for a fabulous meal (can you say Michelin Star?) and overnight and I hope to take pix from our window of the Golden Gate tonight with my new camera (WooHoo!)

Anyway, this week at BBTB2 it's Readers Choice, Mini Monograms. I don't actually have this cartridge but my dear friend Leah does so thanks again Sweetie, you're a lifesaver! It was my recollection that we could use any of the creative features, but we were supposed to use numbers so I created a Halloween door hanger.

One thing that's sort of weird about this cartridge is that all of the numbers aren't included in all of the features so I had to do quite a bit of cutting and pasting (and hiding contours in DS) to get what I wanted. All of the cuts are from Mini Monograms, the card stock is Stampin'Up Basic Black and Dusty Durango (thanks, Lillie) , the embossing is the Tim Holtz Swirls folder, the DP is K&Co, ribbon is Offray and the tiny bats and ghosts are Rain Dots.

Of course the layers are popped and I'm a little disappointed in myself for not embellishing it more elaborately. Time was not on my side, LOL. My DT sisters have come up with some fabulously creative ideas so pop by BBTB2 and have a look. We love it when you play along, but if you don't have the cartridge, you're welcome to find something similar on one of the others and use that instead. So soon we'll be off (with no computer to distract us) but I'll be back tomorrow with a new Tiddly Inks card (thank heavens for scheduled postings) so pop back by.