Friday, October 29, 2010

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long

Hope everyone is doing well on this beautiful Friday. I'm off to do Halloween parties in 2nd and 4th grade today. In 2nd grade we'll be making globes out of pumpkins and in 4th grade we'll be making care packages for our troops to send out for the upcoming Veterans Day holiday. I went through my card stash last night and picked out 30 cards to add to the care packages. It feels good to know that they'll be going to a good home and surprising a soldiers loved one in the mail.

Today is also challenge day over at the Christmas Stampin All Year Long blog! The assignment this week is to use purple and silver on your card. I absolutely love these colors for a holiday card. Here's what I came up with using all Stampin Up goodies.
The sponging technique was totally inspired by Michelle Zindorf and the snowflake was stamped with Versamark and popped up on dimensionals. For the silver requirement, I wrapped some yummy silver cording around the card base and adhered the trimmed ends beneath the main image panel.
I hope you'll play along with us this week. We've only got about another month of challenges and then we're all finished! Thanks for stopping by today. Have a super weekend and a Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Does this pumpkin make my butt look big?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I decided to sit down and play with the current Mojo Monday sketch and came up with this yesterday afternoon. The image is by CC Designs and the papers are from the last SU Sale-A-Bration catalog.
I offset her from the center of the circle a bit because I was going to add a sentiment. The only problem I had was deciding which sentiment to use. For some reason I just couldn't decide, so I left it off and decided that I'll add one when the occasion comes up for me to use this card.

Quick post today - I'm off to the farmers market!
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 25, 2010


My haunted house was a HUGE success!! A little birdie even told me that it's the best one the school has ever had! After a month of planning, painting & prop making, I can finally kick up my heels and relax a bit.

And that's exactly what I did all weekend long. The weather here was windy, cold and rainy - and I loved every minute of it! It's finally starting to feel like Fall around here and I'm a happy girl because that's my favorite time of year. Every year around this time, my son and I like to try out different pumpkin recipes. We have a slight addiction to pumpkin anything. Over the weekend I made some delicious pumpkin pie pancakes and I thought I'd share the recipe with you. It's a vegan recipe, but feel free to substitute ingredients to your liking.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 T sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t fine sea salt
1/4 t pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
1 1/4 cups of vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin
1 T corn oil

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

2. In a blender, combine the soy milk, pumpkin puree and corn oil. Process until smooth and then add to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix with a few strokes until combined.

3. Ladle 3 tablespoons of batter onto a hot oiled griddle for about 2 minutes and flip.

Serve with pure maple syrup or almond butter cream (recipe follows)

Almond Butter Cream

3 or 4 pitted dates
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup blanched almonds

Soak the dates in the water until soft. Place the dates and their soaking liquid in a blender, add the almonds, and blend until smooth and creamy. Store in the refrigerator, tightly covered, until ready to use, up to 1 week.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long

This will be a quick one for me today, because I'm on my way to set up the haunted house that I've been prepping for all month!

Today is challenge day over at CSAYL and we have a brand new sponsor! Robyn's Fetish has generously donated our prize for this weeks challenge. The winner will have their choice of any 5 digital images OR any 4 digital images and 1 pack of paper.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to use something metallic on your card.

I was given a cute image called "Bella da Snowlady" to play with.
This was a great image to paper piece, and I used my new favorite color combo that I mentioned yesterday.
For the metallic part of the challenge, I added a snowflake charm by Karen Foster and tied it on with some yummy purple ribbon.
Be sure to hop on over to the CSAYL blog to check out the challenge post and see what the rest of the design team came up with.
Have a great weekend!
I'm off to the Harvest Carnival!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pink Cat Digital Release Day!

Check out the new goodies available from Pink Cat Studio today!
I just love these cute Winter images.
Melissa has also created a free digi that you'll get with any purchase from the Pink Cat store today only.

The first image that I played with was the polar bear. As soon as I saw that little cutie, I thought he needed a sweetheart to rub noses with. Here's a close up of these little lovebirds.
Isn't that sentiment great?
As a PCS customer, you can get all of Melissa's cute sentiments for free! Check them out right here.

To add some fun details, I used liquid applique on their tails.

And added eyelashes to the girl.

We've got lots of winter birthdays in our circle, so that's what inspired this card using an adorable Lily image. Eeeeek!
Isn't she the cutest?!
And I'm just loving this color combo of purple and green!

I placed a sparkly snowflake behind Lily, and then added loads of glitter to her outfit.

I "grounded" the image by punching out an oval and covering it with Stickles.

It's supposed to look like ice....did I succeed?

Here's a simple little gift bag that will definitely be going home with a teacher this year.

After coloring Betty, I cut her out and popped her up onto a tag that I cut with my Nestabilities. Then I colored the trim and some of the image with a gold paint marker for a little holiday sparkle.

Every girl should have gold ice skates.

Remember that color combo that I mentioned before?
I couldn't help myself...

This time I added some turquoise for a *pop* of color.

Well, that's it for me today.

It's been awfully quiet in blog-land lately :-(

I hope you like what I had to share with you today.
If you're feeling inspired, hop on over to the PCS digi store and get some of these great images for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Distressed Thursday on a Monday

This is Thursday.Isn't she super cute?!
Club Anya is having a distressing challenge and I wanted to ink up this Greeting Farm cutie and play along.
These are the two items that I always use when distressing...
I used the Heidi Swapp tool along the edges of all the cardstock and then sponged on some Creamy Caramel ink.
Even though this card is distressed, and inked, and torn, and ragged, I still had to add some "girly" touches like ribbon and flowers.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long

Oh yeah baby - Friday is finally here!
It's also challenge day over at CSAYL!
Oh yeah, and did I mention that Pink Cat Studio is our sponsor this week?!
Does it get any better than that?

This week we want you to work with an inspiration photo and voila, here it is...

I was inspired by the traditional colors and all of the snowflakes.
Here's what I came up with using an image from "Itty Bitty Christmas".

Here's a close up of Betty, Bobby and their reindeer.
I decided to flock Rudolph's antlers for some fun fuzzy texture.
And I was thrilled to finally have a use for these red snowflakes that I've been hoarding for waaaaay to long. I layered a couple of them and added a button to the middle.

I hope you'll play along with us! You can check out the challenge post right here. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

For the birds

Pink Cat Studio is back today with some new rubbah! Melissa has put together three great sets that were originally released as digitals.

Do you remember the sock cupcake that I made for Valentine's Day? My neighbor gave me these socks the other day and I just had to make another one! This one has a Halloween theme...
I cut the image into a tag shape and added some rub-on letters for the sentiment. Then I tied it all up with three ribbons and finished it off with a skull that my friend made out of polymer clay.

Check out this cute little lollipop chick...

Adorable, no?

To make my own candy embellishment, I stamped out a decorative circle and punched it out. Then I wrapped it in some clear plastic and tied off the ends.

The rest of my projects were done when these images were released as digis, but I thought I'd share them again today.

This bird image was the perfect size and shape for a checkbook cover...
These owls on a unicycle crack me up...

And this rub-on sentiment was perfect for this image...

If you love these images and gotta have em', hop on over to the PCS store and you'll have them in your hot little hands in no time!