Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Some Odd Girl Hol-ODD-day Blog Hop

Welcome to the first Some Odd Girl Hol-ODD-day Blog hop. Kristy and the Odd Girls are having this hop this holiday season not only to show their love for all of their Oddies, but also to include us. So hop through the list and be sure to comment at every stop because the Odd Girls have some prizes to give away but you have to complete the list to be entered. If you've come from Jennifer's Blog you're on the right track, but if not, you'll want to start at the Some Odd Girl Blog so you don't miss a thing.

Although I'm sure you'll see many fabulous holiday projects today, I decided to make a thank you card instead. I've used Tobie and Buddie and Tiny Princess Tia on the front. They're both colored with Copics and fussy cut and popped on some fabby paper from Creative Imaginations that I've printed with the sentiment. The background was so perfect that all I used for embellies were a few Prima flowers. The sweet innocence of these images reminds me of a children's book so I've showcased them accordingly.

Inside is Kiss a Prince Tia. I think the 3 of these adorable images tell a little love story and would make a sweet thank you for that special someone who has given you the perfect gift, don't you? BTW, all Tia images are on sale through Dec 3rd so be sure and check them all out HERE. Now hop along to Marcie's Blog but don't forget to comment to be eligible for the prizes. And in case you get lost, here's the complete list.

5) Leah

10) Tanya (not DT)

13) Donna YOU ARE HERE

14) Marcie

15) Asa

16) Zara

17) Tanya

18) Mary

19) Denise

21) Diana

22) Jan

23) Cassie

24) Kellie

25) Kristy

And for all you Scrapper's out there, my dear friend and DT sister Susan is having a 2 day sale on her fab DVD It's a Kid's Life so check it out HERE!

Monday, November 29, 2010

BBTB2 Deck the Halls Challenge

We're decking the halls at BBTB2 with a fun challenge from our wonderfully talented and dear DT sister Jeri. The challenge is to use that phrase WITH the ornaments from the Winter Frolic cartridge. The inspiration for my card came from the sort of retro style of the Deck the Halls cut. When searching for paper I came across this nostalgic print from Melissa Francis and the stripes from the same line so I chose the (rather dull) colors accordingly. I embossed the first mat with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder and inked everything to age it all up further and I colored the stars with a silver leafing pen.
The whole thing made me think of the old ornament boxes I have from my childhood and when I dug one up, I realized that Melissa Frances must have used the box for inspiration as well.

My card has a shaped front (obviously one of my fave types to make) using Design Studio and the rounded rectangle from George for the back.
Then lots of popped layers and adhesive beads. Yup, another fat one. Not exactly merry and bright but it took me back. There's tons of inspiration to get you in the Christmas spirit at BBTB2 so go have a look, and if you don't have Winter Frolic, you can choose the words and ornaments from any cart.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Macabre Monday Paper Pandimonium

It's another Macabre Monday and we have a very special challenge this week featuring the the fabulous digi papers from Crafty Chaos Designs by our very own Digital Demoness Susan. Susan's papers are To DIE FOR and I had a hard time choosing but the new Simply Steampunk was so awesome I just couldn't resist! The challenge for you is to create something with minimum of 2 patterned papers. (piece of cake, no?) and you may win one of these fab sets for your very own. The hard part for me was finding a suitably creep image (after all, we are all about creepy, aren't we?) to live up to the fab papers. I surfed the net until I found this artwork entitled Steamnocchio by Fabricio Moraes. I fussed a bit in photo editing a bit to change the coloring to match the gorgeous papers and cut the face out with my Nesties. Then I added a Sprocket Gear and Game Spinner from Tim Holtz to his eyes to add to the creep factor.
I cut a window in the paper and backed it with another of Susan's fabulous designs from the set and popped the face on top. I crimped an additional piece threaded it through a buckle (from J's) that I heat embossed with Pirate Gold embossing powder and added it to the corner. The Memo Pin and Philosophy Tag are also Tim Holtz. The sentiment is computer generated. I LOVED working with these papers! Now run to HDH to view the fab creations by my Sinister Sisters and be sure to play along for a chance to win a set of your choosing from Crafty Chaos Designs of your very own. And BTW, Susan has a fab sale going on right now so you just might want to check it out HERE. OOps! Jumped the gun a bit. You can tell I'm tired. Check back in a few hours if the Macabre Monday isn't up yet. Sorry!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bah!Humbug! Lovely in Lilac Challenge

Happy Black Friday to all of you bargain shoppers. For me, not so much. The thought of getting up in the early hours, standing in lines, and battling traffic and crowds is not my idea of a fun day. Shopping should be a pleasurable event, not frenzied free for all. I intend to stay home and digest yesterday's overindulgences, do some crafting and just maybe shop online.

I know it's late, but I couldn't stand the thought of missing a Bah!Humbug! Challenge so this is for last week's Lovely in Lilac. I actually thought it was the last challenge of the year so I was particularly determined, but I see we've one more for next week, Feeling the Blues, due December 2nd. I'll definitely be back with that. I've so loved playing along with Ann, Max and Irene these many weeks and can't wait 'til the begin again in January. Who doesn't love the opportunity to do Christmas all year long and not look like a lunatic? LOL Now, if I can just get some of these cards in the mail, I'll be all set!

I wanted to use my new Trim the Tree Cricut cartridge and chose the second skinnier one because I knew I wanted to put it in some kind of frame. The cuts are quite delicate so I cut it at 5" and used the multicut twice to make sure it was clean. What was weird though, the blackout of this tree is not symmetric and cuts out a portion of the left side which really bugged me. In Design Studio I thought I could just hide the contours to fill it in, but for some reason, on that side the snowflakes aren't touching, so the outline is continuous and there is no extra contour to hide. Had I not been in a hurry, I'm sure I could have filled it in with shapes or something, but I had limited time (and paper) so I just trimmed a small piece by hand to cover that area from the back and glued it on. Looks like that's the only one like that from the chart, though. Wouldn't you know I'd pick that one and not notice?

The frame is the Cuttlebug Emboss Plus Lace Door and (Margie and) I made an observation about that too. First of all, the cut looks more clean if you turn it over so it's debossed rather than embossed (here I filled in the debossed lines with silver peel off borders) and also, you should dig out the pieces stuck in the the cut areas before using it again, or it might not cut through. Definitely a PITA, but better than having to do it all over again.

I double popped the tree so it would stand out better from the lacy frame and added some adhesive gems and a peelie sentiment. This certainly is purple, isn't it? I originally thought the lilac would look lovely with white behind it, but the detail was lost and it looked all washed out so purple it is! Yikes, pretty darn busy, too. My favorite purple loving fan likes me to keep things simple. Sorry hon. xx

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and a Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it and a wonderful weekend for the rest of you. I'm doin' the "Happy Dance" because all of my cooking responsibilities are done and it's not even breakfast time! WooHoo!

Thought I'd share the recipe for Butternut Squash Lasagna that has become a Thanksgiving tradition for us.

3 lbs. butternut squash, quartered, seeded, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes (about 9 1/2 cups)
Trust me, if you can find it already cut up at Costco like I do, this goes a whole lot quicker!

3 T vegetable oil

4 cups whole milk

2 T dried rosemary, crumbled

1 T minced garlic

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter

1/4 C all-purpose flour

Nine 7 x 3 1/2" sheets of no boil lasagna noodles (I use Barilla because they're nice and flat)

1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan (about 5 oz)

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 450 and oil 2 large shallow baking pans.

In a large bowl toss squash with oil until well coated and spread in one layer among the pans. Roast squash 10 minutes, then season with salt. Stir squash and roast 10 minutes more, or until tender and beginning to turn golden.

While squash is roasting, in a saucepan bring milk with rosemary to a simmer. Cook milk mixture over low heat 10 minutes and pour through a sieve into a large heatproof 1-qt. pitcher or measuring cup.

In a large heavy saucepan cook garlic in butter over moderately low heat, stirring until softened. Stir in flour and cook the roux, stirring, 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add milk in a stream, whisking until smooth. Simmer sauce, whisking occasionally, 10 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in squash and salt and pepper (white if you have it to avoid the black specks if that bothers you) to taste. (I smoosh a bit of the squash into the sauce but leave plenty of chunkiness too.) Sauce may be made 3 days ahead and chilled, it's surface covered with plastic wrap.

Reduce heat to 375 (or preheat if you've made sauce ahead) and butter a 13x9x2 " baking dish.

Pour 1 cup of sauce (it will not cover the bottom completely) and cover with 3 lasagna sheets, making sure they don't touch. Spread half the remaining sauce over the pasta and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesan. Make one more layer in same manner with 3 sheets, remaining sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan and top with remaining 3 lasagna sheets.

In a bowl with an electric mixer beat cream with salt until it holds soft peaks and spread evenly over lasagna, making sure pasta is completely covered. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup (or more like I do) over cream. Cover dish tightly with foil, tenting slightly to prevent foil from touching cream and bake in middle of oven 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake lasagna 10 minutes more, or until bubbling and golden. Let stand at least 5 minutes before cutting.

Since I've been doing this for awhile, I thought I'd give you my observations and tricks. First of all, no matter how you do it, it takes longer than it says to bake. I've always found that the top layer of lasagna sheets tend to curl up and you get some hard ends sticking up. To avoid this, you can either snap off the corners of the outer noodles before smoothing on the whipped cream, or do like I do and assemble it in advance (minus the whipped cream layer) and cover and refrigerate it overnight. Remove it from the fridge well in advance of baking (or again it will add that much more to the baking time), and let it come to room temperature, then apply the whipped cream layer and bake as directed. I've found the over night thing helps the noodles soften a little before baking and anything I can do in advance, I'm all over it! If the top layer curls, you can either turn them over, or push them down a bit before adding the top layer of cream. (I still bake it longer to get a nice brown crust on top. YUM!)

This is great for a dinner party because of the whole make ahead thing. The recipe says it serves 6 as a main course but it's pretty darn rich. I usually serve it as a side dish. Particularly yumbo with pork, or in the case of Thanksgiving, roast turkey.

Again I have to say thank you to all of my cyber friends for the love and support you give me on a daily basis. I am truly thankful to share this day with you and wish you a wonderful holiday.

Now what do I do? Craft maybe? Who knows, I may just be back with a project. We'll see. xxD

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kickin' Off Christmas Blog Hop Day 2

WooHoo! It's Day 2 of the Kickin' Off Christmas Blog Hop. Hope you are enjoying all of the fabulous projects using products from Chomas Creations mini gel pen and marker holders and the fab embossing tip, iCopic and SP&Company Stamp line and be sure to comment on each and every post to increase your chances of winning the prizes along the way. If you've arrived from Amber's Blog you're on the right track. If not, you might was to start at the beginning to hear about the special giveaway on Amy's Blog and the fabulous Black Friday prices on all of her wonderful merchandise. Hurry though, the prices are only good through 11:59 pm EST tonight!

For my project today I've created custom gift wrap using the mini gel pen holder and Cricut Design Studio. I have to admit, I really had no idea the time it would actually take to fill a 12x12 page using the words Merry Christmas (from Plantin Schoolbook roly poly font) but once I got started, I was determined to finish.

I typed each word separately because in the end, I wanted Merry in one color and Christmas in another. That required 3 full pages in Design Studio and tons of cutting and pasting. This first shot from Design Studio is the entire 12x12 mat filled with Merry Christmas.

Then, in order to have Merry in Red, and Christmas in green, I had to cut and paste all of the Merrys onto one page and the Christmas' to another. I did hide the contours of the letters that were off the margins when I finally began drawing to make sure the glue on the mat didn't gum up my pens. First I loaded the mini gel pen with the red and clicked "cut" to draw the Merry page. Then removed the holder and changed the pen to green (very carefully so as not to drop it on my paper) and drew again on the Christmas page. I really thought the paper came out cool, but did not anticipate how long it would actually take to do the full page. Let's just say you might plan to eat breakfast, exercise, shower, do your hair, etc. instead of just waiting around for the Cricut because I forgot that Design Studio has a mind of it's own when it comes to speed. It takes it's own sweet time. Not necessarily practical, but if the wrap were customized with a person's name? Pretty darn cool.

For the tag I used the Embossing tip and 10 Seconds Studio metal. I taped the red side down on the embossing mat and embossed the jingle bell from the Christmas Solutions cartridge. Then I sanded the embossing to show the silver underneath and cut the bell out with my scissors. I used the blackout version of the same cut (because the shadow cut out the bottom of the bell) and sized it larger for the back of the tag.
Then I used the Mini gel pens and holder to write the To: and From: on the back. (Again 3 mats in Design Studio or your gypsy). One for cutting, and one for each word because I wanted one red and one green.) The embossed metal easily attaches to card stock with Scor-tape. Please scroll down to Day one if you're interested in a link to a tutorial about using the gel pens (Mine is actually with Cricut markers, but they work the same way) And also the entire list of hoppers in case you get lost. Rough day today, and I'm honestly too tired to type it all in and link it again, but if you're following the hop, your next stop is iCopic. Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comments. Happy Thanksgiving to you ALL! xxD

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tiddly Inks Christmas Card Challenge

This is my second post of the day, so if you're looking for the
Kickin' Off Christmas Blog Hop, please scroll down.

This week at Tiddy Inks we've got the Christmas spirit so we're kicking off the season with a Christmas card challenge. I can't believe how the time flies. My card is a diamond fold and you can find a video HERE. There are so many fabulous Winter/Holiday stamps at the Tiddly Inks Store that I had a hard time choosing. I finally decided on the adorable Bah-Huggabugs. I printed them off 3 times so I could pop one of the bugs and paper piece the tree. they are colored with Copics, fussy cut and mounted on a Labels One Nestie. On each side there are presents from the Present Time set. I printed the digital stamp line art version of the stack so I could color them to match. I just cut the stack apart and popped the bottom present to go on either side. The sentiment, little chipboard peppermints and litte round poinsettia next to the tree are K&Co stickers.

I love how this card fold stands up and makes a little scene.

And the whole shebang folds up (pretty) flat for mailing too. With all of the dimension and those little Humbuggers it still fits in a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 envie. Wanna see some more fabulous Christmas inspiration? The rest of the Tiddly Inkers have loads, so drop by the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and don't forget to play along You will have 2 weeks for this challenge so you can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family.

Kicking Off Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 1 of the kicking off Christmas Blog Hop! If you've come from Amber's Blog, you're on the right track. If not, bop back to Amy's Blog because you're not going to want to miss the fabulous creations and wonderful prizes you can win so be sure to comment on each and every post to increase your chances and hop to the end because Samantha has a giveaway too. We're featuring products from Chomas Creations, iCopic, and the SP& Company Stamp line so I hope you're inspired.

My favorite way to use Amy's mini gel pen holder is to outline a Cricut cut and then color it with Copic markers and that's just what I've done here. I've used Tink from Tinker Bell and Friends and the poinsettias from the Christmas Solutions cartridge. I have to say I never use the Tinker Bell cartridge until Amy clued me about using the Gel pens with Copics. The cuts were far too intimidating. On one page in DS were the regular cuts for outlining, and on a second page were the shadows (with the exception of the poinsettia layers which didn't have shadows so I cut them with the regular cut) for the cutting. If you have questions how to do this, I have a tutorial HERE that explains the method (although the tut is for the Cricut markers, the method is the same).
The "Believe" sentiment (also from the Tink cart) was done with the embossing tip on vellum. I love the effect and it would have been impossible to make this cut on the Cricut so small. The window was cut with my Nesties Mega Ovals Large and outlined with peel-off stickers.
Then it was just a matter of popping the layers with dimensionals, glittering her wings with Stickles, and adding some adhesive beads and pom poms to her slippers and you have a magical Disney Christmas card. I so love the special effects you can do with the Chomas Creations holders and tip. The possibilities are endless! Next stop is the iCopic Blog and if you get lost, here's a list of the hop destinations. Be sure to come back tomorrow for more ideas. Enjoy!
Donna Mundinger You are HERE!

Monday, November 22, 2010

BBTB2 Hello Kitty Santa Challenge

This week our fabulously talented fearless leader Heather chose the challenge for BBTB2; the Santa Kitty from Hellow Kitty Greetings. Well you know I love me some kitties, but I HAD done this cut quite recently for Goliath to give to Daddy so I had to come up with a new twist. I used the card cut again but welded "Ho Ho Ho"(from Hellow Kitty Font) to the top of the hat in Design Studio, then added a Santa beard from Paper Doll Dress Up. Kitty is flocked, as is his suit and there's lots of glittery goodnesss on the letters, his hat, and beard. I glittered the beard before running it through my Cuttlebug using D'Vine Swirls which really helps set the glitter and enhance the embossing.

I popped all of the layers and added some Rain Dot holly, little pom poms to his boots and a candy cane in hand. Now Goliath can't decide which one he wants to give Daddy (although he said I should have made Santa Kitty brown). Now take a look at Santa Kitty heaven over at BBTB2 and be inspired. And sorry for the sort of dark pix. It was a crappy rainy weekend.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Macabre Monday Movie Mayhem; Nightmare on Elm Street Challenge

It's time for another Macabre Monday (no rest for the wicked) and the challenge is Movie Mayhem ....A Nightmare on Elm Street. YIKES! Well, I'm overwhelmed with the whole Thanksgiving thing, so my card is hardly what I'd call "creepy", much to the relief of many of you, I'm sure. But I just LOVE the Punky Teens Halloween stamp "Freddy" from Simply Betty Stamps, and seriously, who better to carve your turkey? The frame and "Turkey Day" is from a DCWV stack. The sentiment is computer generated and the drippy goo(ravy) is an MS punch.
I got my trial pack of Wobbles (WooHoo! Thanks Agnes for the info!) and attached one to Freddy. Makes him move, all the scarier. What is it with the whole "macho turkey carving thing", anyway? If you want to see some REALLY creepy Nightmares, head over to Haunted Design House and check out the fab stuff by my Sinister Sisters, the Macabre Minions have in store for you. I've got nightmares just thinking about it!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Butterfly Kisses

So do you believe it, a non Halloween, Thanksgiving OR Christmas card? LOL I planned to enter this in a challenge for Some Odd Girl Digi Day but I was too late. I used Kissy Mae who's blowing lots of butterfly kisses to her Sweetie. Isn't she adorable? She's colored with Copics and fussy cut and popped. The butterflies are punched with various MS punches and the paper is Me&My Big Ideas. I do think it's "girly girl" enough to enter in the Stampotique Designers Challenge and although I prefer to use my Stampotique stamps for those, it's not required this time. (Hopefully I can do another using them later).
The mat is cut with my Nesties Mega Ovals Large and popped. The sentiment is computer generated and cut with Labels One. Flowers are prima. xx

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Rudolph Challenge and Caardvarks Die Cut Challenge

We're getting down to the wire at Bah!Humbug! and I hate to see it end. However, I've got a fab collection of Christmas cards AND the ladies will be returning in January to do it all AGAIN! WooHoo! We're channeling Rudolph this week, (or any deer if you prefer) so I pulled out my Cindy Loo cartridge and went to work. My original plan was to do this all in white with the exception of his little red nose (inspired by Heidi's card HERE) but finally decided a little more red wouldn't hurt. (So funny that I remembered her card as being all white. Hey, I could have thrown in some blue too. LOL) I used the frame cut and layer (something I RARELY use) and then made a card shape by hiding a bunch of contours in DS.

I popped the couple of mats and embossed the background with the Winter Woods folder that was an exclusive from Oh My Crafts. (Looks like it's gone now). Couldn't decide on a sentiment and didn't know exactly where to put it, so I just added a gingham bow (made with my Bow Easy and for once I didn't have to look at the instructions!) Quit laughing, Margie, Marlene understands! I'm also entering this in the Caardvarks Die Cut Challenge which ends today!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot Thank Yous

Well we've been working on Thanksgiving dinner all month at the Cuttlebug Spot and our last offering is a thank you to our dinner host. This whole set of challenges would have been alot easier had I kept the same design scheme, but I'm kinda ADD, so of course nothing matches. It's okay I'm not hosting Thanksgiving anyway, just making butternut squash lasagna and pumpkin and pecan pies.

I always like the idea of Core'dinations card stock and have a bunch so I pulled out some whitewash with an orange core to try it. I used my Cuttlebug Autumn Type folder and sanded away. It never really comes out as dark as I imagine it will. The card itself is the reverse side of that color card stock. Oh well, we've got a sort of pastel Autumn thing going but this was my 3rd attempt for this challenge so I just went with it. The lighter orange is also Core'dinations with a brown top (obviously used in the reverse). The "Thank you" is a Sizzix folder cut with my Nesties rectangle with the window cut with the scalloped version. the leaves were cut with my Nested Maple leaves. One was obviously embossed with Swiss Dots, and the other, scored with my MS score board. I used the Nesties instead of my Cuttlebug maple leaf because it was a tad smaller.

Then it was just a matter of a little popping and voila! DH said the muted color of the Core'dinations make it look Southwest but I kinda like it. Now rush over to The Cuttlebug Spot to check out the fabulous creations from my teamies and be sure to leave a comment because we have a fab new sponsor and you don't even have to make anything to WIN! WooHoo!

Monday, November 15, 2010

BBTB2 Give Thanks Challenge

Honestly, aren't I just the worst!? Here the BBTB2 challenge this week is hosted by ME and I'm late getting this up on my own blog. Guess I'm still recovering from a fabulous holiday kickoff part at my our BFF's on Saturday night so I'm running behind on EVERYTHING. Sorry! I chose "Give Thanks" from the new Thanksgiving cartridge, not only because of the season, but because I don't think I say thank you nearly enough to all of the people who touch my life on a regular basis. My family, friends, and loved ones make me truly happy to wake up each morning and I THANK YOU sooo much from the bottom of my heart!

My project is actually a wall hanging because I cut it BIG! Besides the obvious Thanksgiving Cart sentiment, I used my new Paper Lace cartridge to make the background. To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure how well the intricate pattern would work so I cut Lace 1 and it's shadow from page 23 at 8". Then I thought how pretty it would look if some of those leaves and swirls were colored in different colors so I hid the contours of the various elements (using Design Studio, each on a separate page, with different colors) and previewed them to see how they would look. The final medallion ended up being 5 layers thick, not counting the shadow or the scalloped dealies (which is the Lace 2 Shadow on page 29). I have no idea what size they are since I just manipulated those layers in DS until I though they were okay but the final piece is 10 inches. Gluing it together was a real bite since all of the card stock had a matte metallic or iridescent finish and I was using my Zig 2 way glue so I had to work FAST. It also used up 8 pieces of card stock, not counting the 3 layers for the "Give Thanks" sentiment. Don't think I'll be trying this again soon. LOL
It killed me not to pop anything, but if I tried, I think I still would be working on it! As it is, you can see the full 8 layers make it pretty thick. At least I managed to throw in some adhesive gems for a finishing touch. My fabulous Design Team Sisters have done gorgeous projects this week so please visit BBTB2 and take a look. Those who didn't have the Thanksgiving cartridge were welcome to use "Thanks" from any cart and you, of course are too. Hope to see some participation because I've never gotten to pick the POW winner before. Impress me! LOL Aww heck, you always do! xx

Macabre Monday Ravenous Ravens

Had to get my creep on this morning for a new Macabre Monday. This week we've got Ravenous Ravens and I just HAD to break out my Quoth the Raven set from Smeared Ink. This is my attempt at being "collagey". LOL I started with the Ink Spot Digi background from Tiddly Inks (makes great blood spots too! ;D ) which is part of the Love Hurts set. ALL of the rest of the stamps are from Quoth the Raven from Smeared Ink. (Sorry I can't get a direct link to the set, but it's one of the unmounted stamp sets.) I started by cutting a book with my Nesties and stamped the exerpt from the Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven". Added a few more quotes. Then I stuck a skull and wings on Poe (easiest way to make him bald) and stamped him again so I could cut out his eyes and add them to the skull. I thought about adding some blood drips but thought that might be a bit much for a Monday. Consider this "pre pecking". Y'all did see the movie "The Birds", didn't you...shudder!
I had a fun time inking and popping to give plenty of dimension. By now SandyE should be coming to and ready to give me a ration of S**T for this card, but I'm extremely fond of it. (You know I love you, Sandy but just HAVE to tease! LOL) Anyway, my Sinister Sisters have knocked this challenge out of the park so have a look see at their masterpieces HERE. And come on, I know you've got some closet creep left before we're TOTALLY CONSUMED by "Good Cheer" (and actually, that ain't gonna stop the Macabre Minions), so why not try and play along. I want to see some NEW FACES over at Haunted Design House. (Creepiness LOVES company!) Come back later today for my BBTB2 project which I promise isn't the least bit creepy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Peggy Loves Vintage Inside and Out, A Contest and a SALE

Did you know that Peggy Love Vintage has some new releases? Yep, she has 3 new Cutouts listed in her Store HERE. You can also preview them on the Peggy Loves Vintage Blog, tell her what you think, and you may WIN one of them. (Tell me that's not one easy contest!) She also has a special sale going on (through today ONLY) where you can buy one cutout and get one free! WooHoo! I've used the adorable puppy from the Christmas Cutouts 3. I just resized him, printed him out, and popped him on my card . I've added a computer sentiment cut with my Nesties Mega Ovals Large, a K&Co 3-D sticker and a few pine boughs cut with my MS punch.

And LOOK! I've even finished the inside! The little guy is also on the Christmas Cutouts 3, so how easy was that to get a complete card in MINUTES!? I wish I could say I made up the sentiment, but I received a card from a friend (with a cat on it) that I thought was so hilarious I just had to use it. Wouldn't this be adorable for a dog loving friend? The borders, corners and "Merry Christmas" are all peelies I purchased from StoneBridge Creations.

A little popping goes a long way to bring a card to life. I just love how the Peggy Loves Vintage images make it so easy to create nostalgic, professional looking cards in a jif, and with Christmas coming I'll be using them more and more. Now hurry to the Peggy Loves Vintage Blog to get the deets on how to WIN and the BOGO sale!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Challenge Blogs Recipe Challenge Blog Hop

We, at The Cuttlebug Spot, are participating with other fabulous challenge blogs to bring you a Recipe Challenge Blog Hop. The challenge includes a sketch, inks, paint or spray, lace, 3 of some embellie, and of course, embossing. You know I'm no scrapper, but although I tried valiently, I just couldn't pull off the sketch as a card. I took some liberties, but didn't do too badly with my 8x8 inch layout. I used Distress Inks to stamp my banner using Stampin' Up stamps (thanks, Lillie). The lace is obvious, and both the banner, embossed with Swiss dots, and the letters spelling "girl", cut and embossed with the Cuttlebug Monogram Seals Emboss Plus folder takes care of that criteria. I've included 3 bows as well as 3 Prima flowers with pearl centers. The DP's are from me&my Big ideas. You can begin the Blog Hop at The Cuttlebug Spot to see the sketch and follow the links to the other Challenge Blogs for a chance to win prizes.

In case you're wondering, that's me with my Daddy (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). Who do you think looks more proud?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Fancy Fold Challenge

This week at Bah! Humbug! we were asked to do fancy folds. I immediately thought of the Spring Card from SplitcoastStampers and was thrilled to use some of the decoupage sheet I'd received as a Spot Prize from the lovely ladies at Bah! Humbug! , as well as my new MS French Scroll punch around the page set I'd gotten on clearance at M's. It really went together quickly and I think the gold foil board and beads really dress it up.

Here's a side view and it folds up pretty flat in a 6x6 envie for mailing. Sorry for the short post. It's a hair appt. AGAIN today and then I need to shop for a party this weekend. I'm SOOO high maintenance! Will be nice to spend some $$ on something other than craft items for a change. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tiddly Inks Fall Princess (and Princes) Challenge

This is my second post of the day, so scroll down to see my Cuttlebug Spot project for this week.

We're celebrating glorious Fall this week at Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog with a challenge that will run for 2 weeks. We've brought out our Princes and Princesses and decked them in Fall colors, and if that isn't enough, we've added backgrounds as well. I have used the romantic As You Wish (tell me that phrase doesn't give you tingles!) along with Gothic Window. The loving couple was colored with Copics. I couldn't quite imagine coloring the window background, so instead I printed it out 3 times in coordinating DP's and fussy cut the individual stones. Through the open window (again, cut out by me) you can see their Castle in the Sky. Can't you just tell this fairytale will have a happy ending?

I've made the scene dimensional with foam and strewn some autumn leaves about, cut and embossed with the Disney Halloween Cuttlebug combo. The sentiment label is from the Cuttlebug Fancy Labels Embossing Plus folders.

The sentiment itself is a Tim Holtz stamp; "A dream is a wish your heart makes". I believe in dreams and that if you wish hard enough, they're bound to come true, don't you? xx

There is also a new blog called the Fairy Tale Challenge Blog and I'm also entering this in their very first challenge which is Anything Goes.

Now take a moment to see the glorious projects the rest of the Tiddly Inkers have made, and lucky you, you have 2 weeks to complete this challenge, so upload your entries by November 23 for a chance to win.

At the Table with The Cuttlebug Spot

Last week you were invited, this week we sit at the table with The Cuttlebug Spot. The team has some up with place cards, napkin rings and table decorations sure to inspire I've finally gotten the hang of my Heartfelt Creations stamps and Nestie combos to bring you a decorated candle (battery operated so no chance of fire) and matching place cards.

I've used the Aztec Gold Sunflowers Set 1 & 2, along with the coordinating Blossom 2 Nesties. These stamps are a limited edition, only available through 12/31/10 so if you love sunflowers, grab them while you can. I stamped, cut the layers in my Cuttlebug, inked and then ran the large flowers through my Cuttlebug again with the Swiss Dots folder for more texture. The matte copper and gold leaves are from the Cuttlebug Maple Leaf 3 x 3 combo. I've added the embellies to a burlap band with some raffia ties.

The matching place card is cut with the largest of the Nesties Labels Twelve die folded in half. It was embossed With the Sizzix Tim Holtz Burlap folder and inked. The small sunflower was embossed with the dotted folder from the Butterfly 3 x 3 Combo because of the smaller scale and the leaves are punched (not sure of the brand) and the veins are scored using my Martha Stewart Score board. The initial is cut with the Cuttlebug Curls and Swirls Alphabet. The team has come up with beautiful creations this week so stop by The Cuttlebug Spot and be sure to play along for a gift certificate to The Craft Barn.