Monday, February 28, 2011

BBT2 Bird House or Bird Cage Challenge and Blog Hop

Welcome to the first stop on the February Blog Hop and Bird House or Bird Cage Challenge at BBTB2, hosted by my dear friend and very first (and unfailing) inspiration, Carole Beathe. I chose the birdhouses from Stretch Your Imagination and again made a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" card using the sentiment from the Handyman cartridge.
Again it's a shaped front card with all the elements welded in Cricut Design Studio.
Count your blessings that I'm really tired from my fabulously fun girly trip away this weekend so this post is gonna be really short just in case I oversleep and can't fill in more details before this post goes live Monday morning as scheduled. At least I was able to finish the card prior to my departure with a decent amount of layers. Next stop is the fabulously talented Carole's Blog but before you leave, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to Custom Crops and enjoy the hop.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Macabre Monday My Beloved Monster Challenge

Bet you guys were afraid to came after last week's gruesome Macabre Monday, weren't you? Well, surprise, surprise,surprise! I almost skipped this one because of my little trip, but then I got a funny little inspiration thinkin' about bein' away. The theme this week is My Beloved Monster and I took the opportunity to finally use my Mini Monsters to do a shaped card right off the cartridge. I warned the Minions that this was gonna have to be cutsie or not at all and I'm hopin' they don't drum me out of the corps but it is what it is. I added a little texture with my Cuttlebug.
OOPs! TMI? Guess I knew I'd be missing my man. There's some fabulously inspiring work by the Minions this week that I know you don't want to miss so be sure to stop by Haunted Design House and check out more fave monsters.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Something a Little Different with Tiddly Inks

No, your eyes are deceiving you. This is Popsicle Toes but I thought I'd try my hand at a CAS (clean and simple) card for a change. (Not to insult your intelligence, but I finally had to look that one up after seeing it on somebody's blog awhile back and since it's usually not part of my vocabulary.... LOL) Anyway, we seem to be getting several sets of new neighbors and I wanted to make them a card. I really haven't had much time because I've been getting ready for a girly weekend with my BFF Lisa and her daughter and HER BFF. I thought the Tiddly Inks Harmonious stamp would be great for a "welcome to the neighborhood" card but I wanted a bit more color than just black and white. I lined up 5 of the houses and changed the color of each in my Printmaster Pro program to varying shades of blue, then added a sentiment and changed the color or each grouping of 5 letters to match the houses and printed it out. Thought it turned out so cool that I didn't even embellish it, just matted it twice and there ya go. Fab for a quicky and NO COLORING involved! Can't wait to try this in other colorways.
And here's another little tip. Again, hope this isn't just one of those "DUH!" things but often I find that my paper cutter blade is getting really dull and I've already turned it around in the trimmer (and have no spare) so to clean up the edges I use a fine grit foam sanding block (that I got at the hardware store). Works every time!

So I'm off to Irish Beach (near Mendocino) through the weekend. No crafting or internet, just lots of female bonding, hangin' in the hot tub, shopping, eating and WINE! So if you're missing me on your blogs, you know why. I'll be back to catch up and with DT stuff on Monday. In the mean time, be sure to check out Fabulous Inky Friday and last week's winners at The Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog for more inspiration and don't forget the fab shaker card tutorial and challenge HERE. Lots of new stuff at the Tiddly Inks Store too. WooHoo! See ya later!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Lillie! and Bah! Humbug! CD Challenge

I just bet you thought I forgot, didn't you, girlfriend? LOL Today is my dear friend Lillie's birthday so I want to make sure you all pop over to her blog and leave her some love! Obviously this is not her Birthday card, but the current Bah!Humbug! (extremely challenging) challenge of using CD's or DVD's in your project. You ladies been hitting the Egg Nog again? Actually once I found one to use, it wasn't that bad because I didn't get all that creative. I planned on doing a snowflake kinda thing but while perusing my stash I came upon this K&Co. snow globe sticker which conventiently covered up the center hole. The glitter inside looked rather lovely with the shiny CD and coordinated beautifully wth the fab poinsettias I'd been dying to use. (A B!H! Spot Prize from last year, WooHoo!) I put a green peelie border around the edge and added a plaid bow. The DP is the DCWV Homemade Christmas Stack that I chose because of the glitter stripes. Pretty darn easy after all and something I never would have thought to use.

I'm also very excited to say that I've been chosen to be one of the Guest Designers for Bah! Humbug! which excites me to no end. What an honor it is to join those talented ladies! Can't wait to find out which month it'll be.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Cuttlebug Spot Pop Up Cards

Oh I sure have enjoyed this fabulous month of card folds with The Cuttlebug Spot. Our last inspiration is Pop Up cards and again, there are so many different kinds to choose from. I decided to go with the Surprise Pop-up found HERE on Splitcoast Stampers. I basically followed the tutorial, but wanted to make it a bit more special by using a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page mat which caused be to modify the pop up dimensions slightly. The white mat is embossed with the tiny hearts from the With Love Card Making Combo and the pop-up sentiment is from the Sizzix Baby set.

I wanted it it to be as pretty closed at open so I started with a 5x6 3/4" rectangle and punched around with the Swirling Lace set. I added a 4x 5 3/4" yellow mat on top of that and then cut the width of the pop up top at 3 3/4" instead of 4 1/4" and cut the side slits for the slider at only 1/2" rather than 3/4" from each side. The pull tag is 3 1/4" wide. Because of this, I could only use 1/8" tape to adhere the top to the back to leave room for the slide tag.

In order for the pop up to slide easily it is best to stamp, or print your sentiment. I used rub ons mostly from Melissa Francis. The little hand and feet are brads from M's. Too cute, eh? The Cuttlebug Spot DT has come up with fabulous stuff this week (as always) so pop on over and be inspired!

Monday, February 21, 2011

BBTB2 Fishing Boy from A Child's Year

Yes, it's safe to come back to my blog now for this week's challenge at BBTB2, the fishing boy from A Child's Year, chosen by our dear and wonderfully talented DT sister Shelly. My original thought was to make a shaped card using the just word "Dream" from the Stamping cartridge but I really wanted to add a tree. That would have made it one super humongo card so I turned it into a wall hanging instead. The tree is from Heritage manipulated a bit in Design Studio to change it's proportions.
Although there is a shadow for the tree, there is no foliage layer so I just cut the tree again and trimmed it where the branches attached and popped each layer. The woodgrain DP is from the DCWV Green Stack, the gingham from Melissa Francis 6x6 Kitchy Kitchen pad (embossed with Swiss Dots, and the rest from the DCWV Linen Closet stack. The disk swing not only a design element, but is also how I attached the left side of the twine hanger to the piece. I use a good deal of foam (cut in large strips) between the layers of my hanging pieces which stiffens things up enough that I don't have to cut a chipboard base.
My fave part of this were the fish I cut from Camp Out in the same patterns from the Linen Closet Stack and attached with a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp. I punched the whole straight through the layers (foam and all) with my Cropadile and also threaded the twine through. My DT sisters came up with lovely pieces for this challenge so be sure to stop over to BBTB2 and have a look and if you don't have A Child's Year, you can use any fish from any cart if you'd like to play along.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

HDH Macabre Monday Dr. Death Challenge

Hi guys! I'm hoping you all who have my blog on your sidebar didn't have a heart attack today. Sorry about this, but rest assured it will be replaced by BBTB2 come 7:00a.m. PST. LOL Ah yes, but for you Macabre Monday lovers, this week our challenge is Dr. Death. I'm not a big fan of going to the Dr. so I pretty much see them all as "Dr. Death" but for some reason I had a tough time with this challenge. I finally decided that I'd use the heart from the Smeared Ink Quoth the Raven Set and do a little open heart surgery. The fab heart is colored with Copics and shiny from glossy accents. The blood is actually nail polish and I must say if the card itself doesn't make you nauseous, the smell will! It still is giving off some noxious fumes, even after drying over night. The surgeon's hand is from the Punky Teens Freddy Kruger digi stamp from Simply Betty Stamps. The background is from an internet pic of old medical instruments and the sentiment was inspired by Dr. Freddy's personal implements. (and a bit by Dr. Hannibal Lecter. HeeHee!) Now go have a look see at the rest of the Minion's take on this maniacal medical challenge (if you dare!)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jezzie's Valentine for Daddy

OOps! Almost forgot to post Jezebel's Valentine for her Daddy, a real quicky since she came in all upset last Monday morning asking where her card was. Eiyiyi! Had to improvise because I needed it done before breakfast. Fortunately I had a side step base laying on my table that I'd rejected for my Cuttlebug Spot card. Then I scrambled to find my Hello Kitty Sizzix Bigz die (Jezzie LOVES Hello Kitty). Thought the bee outfit would work for "Bee Mine" and I'd never used it. (Big surprise) Thought the die would be quicker than my Cricut, but not really. You have to sort of cut apart the die cut, which is just one layer, to do any layering but I managed. I added a few Nesties Hearts and a punched one to her hand.
The sentiment was spelled out in Alpha Beads and the hugs and kisses were cut with my Cuttlebug die out of craft foam. (Cuts like buddah!) Jezzie was none too pleased that Hello Kitty was neither flocked nor glittered but I told her Mommy needs more time for that so I appeased her a bit with a tiny amount of stickles on the wings and by using an Action Wobble for her head. Now that she LOVED! (So did Daddy, but he loves anything from Jezzie, even hair balls. Well, maybe not.)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bah! Humbug! Doily and Friday Sketchers Challenge

This week the lovely ladies at Bah!Humbug! chose Doilies for the challenge. The first ones I found in my stash were gold metallic and immediately thought Victorian. After completing their Oldies but Goldies challenge HERE and becoming reacquainted with the K&Co Christmas Cheer DP and embellies I was anxious to pull out all the stops so I used LOADS of the stuff. (Clean and simple was not favored in Victorian times, and rarely in mine, either). But what to do with all this STUFF?
While visiting Lynn's blog, I came across her entry into the Friday Sketcher's challenge and thought "what a perfect sketch!" so everything (and I mean EVERYTHING, this card weighs a TON!) fell into place. I used my Spellbinder's Labels Seventeen again with one of the mats embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder. The MS border punch is French Scroll.

Besides the layered chipboard I still added more dimension with foam. Not as fat as my Cricut cards, but it added to the overall feeling of EXCESS!

I rarely make a card base directly from DP, especially double sided, because it's just not sturdy enough. To balance the front weight, I finished the inside with pretty thick mirror card stock and layered away using scraps I had rejected for the front of the card. Quite a mish mash of stuff but I kinda like it. Finally, I used another large chipboard piece for the inside sentiment which further strengthened the piece. I wonder how much it's gonna cost to mail this? LOL

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Cuttlebug Spot Opens the Gates

Our challenges all month at The Cuttlebug Spot are highlighting unique card folds and this week we're opening the gates with gate fold cards. I wanted to try something a bit different by making my gate fold card look like a gate so I used my Spellbinders lattice border (the one that cuts on only one side) to cut and emboss the top of the gate as well as the front pieces that open. I started with a piece of white card stock that was 6x11" and scored it to make a gatefold. Then I cut down the scores to where I wanted the top of the front of the card to end and then cut it across. Then I used the border along the top back and turned the card over and aligned the die at the fold of each side and ran it through the Cuttlebug again. (Again, hope this makes sense. I haven't really had time to do a tutorial, sorry) Then I cut blue mats and white mats which I embossed. The front panels are embossed with Swiss Dots, and the inner panels with Formal Squares.
The top of the inside mat is embossed with the Cuttlebug border folder from the Organic Flourish set. I scored a line and then embossed the remainder with Swiss Dots. The ribbon which is woven through the lattice on the front and holds the card closed is captured by the inside mats. Of course I added a few adhesive pearls and some butterflies punched with MS punches for embellishement. I haven't finished the inside because I'm not sure of the occasion. Wedding or anniversary, perhaps? Well, there are lots more fabulous gate fold cards at The Cuttlebug Spot so why not check them out and have a go yourself?

Tiddly Inks Monochromatic Challenge

It's another Tiddly Tuesday and this week our challenge is Monochromatic at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. I'm obviously still in the mood for love, using As You Wish behind my Nestie Heart window. This is one of Christy's most romantic images which always brings to mind the quote, from a poem by Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet. It says, (in case you can't read it through the yummy paper) "If ever two were one, then surely we". I'm pretty sure I first heard this in the early 70's when I was learning about life and true love and it has stayed with me all these years. MMMMmmm....perfect love. It truly warms my heart.
The couple and roses on the front are colored with Copics and the lovely corner flourish is a Spellbinder's die from Heartfelt Creations. There are gorgeous example of monochromatic designs by the Tiddly Inkers so be sure to check out their lovely work HERE and pop by Christy's blog for a peek at what's new and a fab freebie sentiment. Remember, we welcome all images in our challenges, but you are only eligible to win a prize if you use a Tiddly Inks image. You can find some each Tuesday on Christy's blog, The Tiddly Inks PCP Group (just ask to join if you're not already a member), and some permanent ones in the Shop. Hope to see you soon!

Monday, February 14, 2011

BBTB2 Heart Border Challenge

Happy Valentine's Day! Busy day and I'm running a bit behind. This week my dear friend and DT sister Susan chose the heart border and decorative heart from the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake cartridge for our BBTB2 challenge. Wow, 2 week's in a row I didn't have the cart (better get shopping, LOL) so I chose one from Stamping and welded it to "Love U" from All Mixed Up. (Love that whimsical font!)
Again, it's a shaped front card (one of my faves to make) using the rounded rectangle from George for the back. The inside mat is actually adhesive backed Dear Lizzy fabric paper from American Crafts and I did manage to cut it with my Cricutl I used my deep cut blade because I figured it was sharper than my regular one and probably multicut is at least 5 times. It did snag a bit and next time I won't try it unless I have a brand new blade, but it was okay (but not perfect...grrrr).
Lots of layers and a bit of embossing and the cute adhesive conversation hearts were in my stash from M's several years ago. I'm hoping Susan will count them as decorative hearts. LOL Go have a look see at the lovely projects from the rest of the BBTB2 team and we'd love it if you'd play along.

I'd also like to enter this in the Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs where the sweet and multitalented Chloe is Guest Designer. She has challenged us to us the word "Love" on our project and you've got to go see the amazing things she has done with the word "Love"! Now I'm off to clean up for a romantic dinner in the city, WooHoo! Hope your day has been super special, or if not, my Macabre Monday post (scroll down) for today may be more to your liking. LOL

Macabre Monday Love Bites (Romance is Dead) Challenge

This week the Macabre Monday Challenge at Haunted Design House is Love Bites; the End of Romance. Certainly love can hurt and for those who have been wronged, Valentine's Day is a painful reminder. I hope that's not the case for you. I used the Cricut Love Struck Cartridge to design a shaped card using Design Studio. I've done a bit of trimming to accomodate the fabulous Corset Heart Stamp from Strange Skin, this week's sponsor.
Inside is a computer generated sentiment cut with my Nesties Labels Seventeen. A crime of passion or self inflicted? Stop by Haunted Design House to see how the rest of the Minions celebrate VD. YIKES!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

SOG Digi Day Early Bird Challenge

Well, now for sure there's no question how I spent my Saturday. LOL Besides the fun Some Odd Girl Digi Day event (which happens the 2nd Saturday of very month, now at the NEW SNR site) I managed to do BOTH of the challenges. WooHoo! Scroll down for the coloring on kraft challenge. WAY cool! And this is the Early Bird (announced the day before digi day) Challenge from the fabulously talented DT member Zarah, which is make a bookmark. The base of my book mark was cut on my Cricut from the Animal Kingdom cartridge. I just used the plain one and cut it twice and glued it together for strength. Then I cut a scalloped and regular circle with my Nesties and attached on either side. I colored up Sigh Mae, one of the New Releases at the Some Odd Girl Shop, fussy cut her out and popped her on the bookmark.

Here's how she looks in a book. The tiny epoxy letters (spelling "read") are from K&Co and the flower is Prima. This was so much fun to do, I'll be making more for sure. But not today, gotta get my rear in gear on DT stuff. Sure was fun to do some "just 'cause I want to" projects, though.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some Odd Girl Digi Day AND Weekly Challenge

Well, I've had a ball all morning over at the new SNR site celebrating Some Odd Girl Digi Day. There were games, challenges, discounts and all around FUN! This time I even managed to participate in the Saturday Challenge by DT member Caz to print and color your image on kraft card stock. WooHoo! That's a new one on me so I just HAD to try it. I chose Valentine Tobie and I really love how soft the Copics look when coloring on kraft. Who knew? The DP is Chelsea's Place by Making Memories. I added 2 MS punched hearts (to total 3) so I could also enter it in the Weekly challenge at the SOG Challenge Blog as well. Thought the sentiment was fitting for a shy little guy like Tobie, don't you? Now let's see if I can manage the Early Bird bookmark challenge too.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Goliath's Valentine to Daddy

This year Goliath decided he wanted his Valentine to Daddy to be like the kind kids used to give out in school (do they still do that?) you know, the flat kind that don't open. Well, Mommy thought that was a fine idea, BUT flat? of course not. I love the little Tiddly Inks Kitty Christy has done a number of ways and decided on Sealed With because of the envelope he was holding. I printed him BIG and colored him with Copics trying hard to make him look like Goliath (although he looks a little bit like a racoon to me but Goliath said he was okay). He's fussy cut and popped on a manila tag on top of Nestie Hearts that were cut from the DCWV Pet Mat Stack.

I replaced the envie with a real envie so Goliath could enclose a special something for Daddy. (More on that later.) The little paw print seal was fussy cut from the stamped envie. the sentiment was spelled out with epoxy letters from J's. Paw print border punch down the side (as close to lace as Goliath would let me get) is EK Success. The mouse border and rat punch are by MS.

Here's a close up of Goliath's special gift (that fits in the envie). Please notice Heather, that this rat is dead, see the x'ed out eye? Not to be confused with the LIVE one Goliath brought in through the cat door of the run on the back porch yesterday. Daddy had a heck of a time corraling that one. This, BTW, is the same cat door that David insisted on putting in the run so he could go in and out at will. Does he? Of course not. Goliath still insists on waking me up every morning at about 2:30 am by pawing at my face to let him out and cries at the back door to come in. When we're around he acts like he hasn't a clue what that door is for, or that it's beneath him to actually open a door for himself. Jezzie however, thinks it's the cat's meow!

BUT today he was caught in the act! In case you can't tell, Goliath has another surprise for Daddy. See the LONG tail hanging from his mouth?

In he comes, the little stinker! Fortunately we closed the window and blocked off the other door before he could bring this little gifty into the house.

Okay, so let's play!

OH, you're no fun. I'll leave you for Daddy. (The bad news is Daddy keeps telling him "Good Boy"). Wonder what he'll bring in tomorrow.
Be sure to check out the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog for Fabulous Friday tomorrow and there's still time to participate in the current Love is in the Air Challenge.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bah!Humbug! Buttons and Bows Challenge

Okay, so they can't all be winners. This embarrassingly simple card is for this week's Bah! Humbug! Buttons and Bows Challenge. My first thought was "Country Christmas" so I dragged out the DCWV Homemade Christmas Stack. The green and kraft gingham made me think of a wreath and I was too lazy to cut one with my Cricut. I pulled out my Scalloped Circle and Inverted Scalloped Circle Nesties, taped them to the cardstock and cut the wreath in one fell swoop. Chose one larger and one smaller and repeated for the shadow. So simple I will definitely be doing that again! Took an hour to decide on the background DP (not really, but it felt like it) and ran it through my Distrezz-it-All to chew up the edges a bit. Cut the sentiment from ribbon from M's, glued on the buttons and bow and called it DONE! Not awful, but coulda done better. Sorry ladies, I've got stuff to do today but didn't want to miss a challenge.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Cuttlebug Spot Step Card Challenge

It's our second week of unique card folds at The Cuttlebug Spot, and today we're steppin' it up with Step Cards. Again, there are loads of possibilites for this type of card and I decided on a Center Step card that I found (Oh, oh, I can't seem to find it). I'll keep looking, but basically it's the same as a side step, but there are tall pieces at both sides. I started with a piece of card stock that's 7 x 8 1/2 inches and the cuts are 1 3/4" in from each side. When it folds it'll fit in a 5 x7" envie, considering the Nesties Beaded Oval I used for the back panel.
The stamped image is from Heartfelt Creations Hydrangea/Posy Branch PreCut Stamp set that I colored with Copics and fussy cut it out. These images coordinate with Nesties, in this case the Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Stamp Set for the 5 popped blooms on the branch that matches the Spellbinders Posy Patch Die. The tiny flowers are a bit challenging to line up with the Nesties but there is a video to help with that HERE on the Heartfelt Creations blog.
The green panels are embossed with the Cuttlebug With Love Border set and Swiss dots behind the Nestie, and the pink side panels with the Crafts Too Daisy folder. the sentiment is a peelie mounted on a Fancy Label from the Cuttlebug Emboss Plus set mounted on a Petite Scalloped Nestie. The butterfly is a MS punch. Now be sure to take a look at the fabulous variety of Step Cards by my super creative DT mates and play along for a chance to win a gift certificate from The Craft Barn.

Monday, February 7, 2011

BBTB2 Bloom Cartridge-Fence Challenge

This week's BBTB2 challenge was chosen by our Scrapper Extraordinaire, Theresa who chose the fence/gate cut from the Cricut Lite Bloom cartridge. Believe it or not, I don't own the Bloom cart (imagine that!) but there are loads of other fences/gates on other carts so I finally decided on one from Picturesque. Since I wasn't quite with the crafting program after our little getaway, I thought maybe a tag would be simpler, however I got pretty involved with making it really 3D so... I loved the look of the tag feature of the cut but there was no fence attached so I added some by using the coordinating corner feature and welded them in Design Studio. I also welded the shadow of the "Spring" cut from Stretch Your Imagination to the top and hid the contour of the hole at the top to make the fence. I cut the individual fence pieces many times and cut them apart, in some cases by hand. to make the fence 3D. The pieces were embossed with the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder for texture and inked bit with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I cut "spring" and the flowers in white card stock and colored them with my Copics because it was easier, then used some Stardust Stickles on them to match the glitter on the background DP which is from the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack.
I did a bit of resizing of the blank tags to fit how I imagined the fence would attach. My first attempt left the fence too far out and sort of flimsy, so I added the outer posts directly to a middle tag piece (welded in DS) behind the DP background layer so they would have something to attach to and I could then also attached the first fence slat to the tag front for more stability. (Okay, I just read what I wrote and I'm pretty sure I've lost 99% of you, but I'm leaving it in, just in case it makes sense to somebody. LOL) I orginally planned to use my Cricut for flowers, but this DP had cute glittery flowers and grass mounds at the bottom so I fussy cut them out and glued them to better match the background. The flower centers are Rain Dots and the butterfly is an MS punch attached to fine wire for flight. Finally, I attached a larger tag pieceto the back with strips of adhesive foam to frame it better and give the entire tag more stuctural strength. So much for a simplified project. LOL My DT sisters found fabulous fence cuts on all sorts of cartridges so pop over to BBTB2 and be inspired. with so many possibilites there's no reason not to play along.

Macabre Monday Flesh-eating Frenzy

It's time for another Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House and this week's challenge is Flesh-eating Frenzy. You know, create a fabulously dark and creepy piece with zombies, carniverous plants, flesh eating bacteria...(you get my drift). Let me tell you, try Googling"flesh eating" and I guarantee it'll put you off your feed so I chose the lesser of a whole bunch of disgusting evils with this free coloring book image from Zombies Stained Glass Coloring Book by Dover Publications. (You get them in the monthly newsletter.) I KNEW this one would come in handy! Kinda fitting considering it was Super Bowl weekend so I colored the lovely cheerleaders in GREEN BAY PACKERS, WOO HOO! colors (seemed to go well with their lovely mottled green complexions) and used the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug folder for pigskin (sort of) texture. The border punch is EK success Swiss Cheese (hee hee, couldn't fit a cheese head on the little darlings)
The cheer is computer generated and I've printed the image twice so I could pop the hand. The fleshy bone is a portion of the Twip puppet by Phee McFaddell (not sure she had this in mind)that I fussy cut and added for effect. I'm quite pleased with my coloring of the zombie complexions, using W0 over G21 and then dabbing on some colorless blender to get the lovely mottled effect. Wanna see more? (Of course you do!) Pop on over to Haunted Design House to see the rest of the Minions fabulously creepy concoctions. We dare you to play along.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

BBTB2 Blog Hop Winner and Getaway Pix

Happy Saturday everyone! Thought I'd share a few trip pix from Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur, CA before I reveal what you really came here to see. Although David booked the trip hoping for a storm, I was more than thrilled with the gorgeous weather, especially when we saw the spectacular sunset from the balcony of our room. We stayed in an Upper Coast House with ocean view the entire length of the room (and bathroom). Total privacy so the curtains stayed open.

The property is large and all structures were designed to blend harmoniously with the natural beauty. This is the reception area.

and here is the lower meadow from where I took the pic.

Scattered throughout the property are fabulous sculptures.

Making a wish...a BIG one!

And amazing fountains. This is the entrance to the restaurant.

But here you can see it juts out over the ocean for unobstructed views.

There are hidden places at every turn

I wish I'd thought to bring my suit.

There's an amazing spa and even a yoga yurt. Truly a place to restore both body and soul.

It was hard to say goodbye to such beauty.

and wind our way back along the coast to home. But I appreciate your patience so without further ado, the WINNER of the $30 gift certificate to Custom Crops is...

Number 22 BunnyFreak! who wrote...

WooHoo! Congrats BunnyFreak! Please email me at dlmundinger(at) yahoo(dot) com so I can arrange for your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated in the hop (and put up with my travelogue). Also, it is not lost on me that I have recently reached 1000+ followers. I'm a bit overwhelmed and was afraid to mention it until I was pretty sure the number would stick (LOL) so stay tuned for more blog candy (as soon as I figure out what it will be) xx D