Witch Way?

Isn't Halloween all about the candy?!  :)  It is for me!  So much so that I can't buy it too far ahead of time or there won't be any left for trick-or-treating!  Eeek! 

Stamps - Hambo (Wee Henrietta Witch, digital), sentiment computer generated
Paper - SU Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum & Basic Black cardstocks, Cosmo Cricket DP (Matilda)
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - SU bat punch, Nestabilities (circle), Cuttlebug embossing folder, orange gemstones, foam squares (popped up bat, pumpkin and witch)
Coloring - Copic markers 

Tomorrow is a no school day here, so I'm trying to plan some fun activities for what is supposed to be a gorgeous fall day!  I think a picnic in the park is in order!  We miss parks so much in the winter months!  We're fortunate to have a handful of nice ones close by.  Maybe a treasure hunt in the backyard.  A bike ride.  Homemade peanut butter popcorn balls?  A trip to the library?  Oh, the fun of a no school day!
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Operation Julie’s Smile Blog Hop

Mark your calendars!
Operation Julie's Smile Blog Hop
Location: Sponsored by Sweet Stamp Shop
Time: ‎8:00 A.M. Friday, October 7

I wanted you to know about a blog hop that is coming up this week for a good cause.   The details are below:

**Many may know that a few weeks ago, Julie Ranae had to have emergency oral surgery resulting in the removal of her two front teeth. The dentist at that time believed the best course of action would be to remove the rest of her teeth and replace them with permanents. (as to avoid years of dental work) Relieved at finding a solution to this major dental problem .. she visited the office for dental surgery the week. Unfortunately, it wasn't the visit she was expecting. After the consultation and scheduling the surgery, the surgeon's office informed her that she would need to bring $4000 back to the appointment with her and they would proceed. This amount would not include the 'dentures' to follow.

Julie is sitting today without front teeth that were pulled with the belief that they would be replaced immediately.  It is an overwhelming experience for our dear friend and one that I hope our creative community can help with.**

I have also added a donation button on the sidebar for any who might be interested in donating to the cause.  As a member of the design team over at The Stamping Boutique, I will be participating on their blog.
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Comfort Food

After making this card, I've started dreaming of Thanksgiving food!  We usually make the pies for the occasion, so it will soon be time to think about what kinds of pies to bake!  My favorite is either cherry of French Silk, but I always buy the French Silk if we choose that one.  I have a feeling we won't be getting that one this year, though, as I think I usually end up eating quite a bit of it myself.  Others tend to go for apple and pumpkin.  Why is it that pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving tradition?  I'm not particularly fond of it!  :)-  One year, we were served cheesecake by my brother and sis-in-love and that was wonderful!  I'd choose cheesecake again in a heartbeat!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - SU Basic Black CS, Gina K white CS 7 Gypsies DP
Ink -  SU Basic Black
Accessories - SU buttons, SU ribbon, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), SU oval & word window punches
Coloring - Copic markers

Thanksgiving food is comfort food to me.  Maybe it's the warm mashed potatoes, the savory turkey, the green bean casserole, the hot dinner rolls with butter, etc.  My mouth is beginning to water!  Until then, we like this for comfort food:  Macaroni & Cheese with a side of corn.

Homemade Mac-n-Cheese

2 - 2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
16-oz. light cottage cheese
2/3 cup light sour cream
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. onion powder
Combine all ingredients in a 2-quart casserole dish.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
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The Nearly Forgotten Holiday

After a chilly weekend, we're looking forward to a week filled with beautifully mild days!  We're going to enjoy them by grilling, visiting the park and going for some long walks!  Winter is coming and this kind of weather won't be here very much longer.  Funny how you appreciate things more when you know they won't be here forever.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made with Thanksgiving in mind.  All too often, things move from Halloween to Christmas without much thought going into this holiday other than the delicious meal that is devoured in a couple hours and the Black Friday deals the following day.  This year we won't be spending Thanksgiving with my parents or siblings as we usually do, so I want to send some warm gratitude their way.  I used a clear stamp set from Prickley Pear to make a simple card and played along with the current sketch challenge over at Card Patterns.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Oak & Maple Leaf Clear Stamp Set)
Paper - SU Early Espresso & Daffodil Delight CS, Basic Grey DP (Mellow)
Ink - SU Early Espresso
Accessories - Prickley Pear Scalloped Circle Die, SU scalloped border punch, American Crafts stitched ribbon, SU Brights Buttons, SU Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie markers (for sentiment), baker's twine

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More Excitement!

Today, I get to announce that I am now a member of the Prickley Pear 2011-2012 Design Team!  How exciting is that?!  I am so happy to be a part of this team and can not wait to begin working along with all the team talent using these fabulous images and dies!  To celebrate, I created a clean and simple one-layer card and entered it into the Less is More sketch challenge this week!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Oak & Maple Leaf Clear Stamp Set)
Paper - textured white CS
Ink - SU Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
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What a Hoot!

I've seen some wonderful cards recently in green and just had to try some of it out for myself!  This little owl with his spider friend seemed perfect for a whimsical card.  I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out with my oval Nestabilities.  I then paper pierced around the edge and added a second scalloped oval for a frame.  I inked up the sentiment with my Wild Wasabi ink and then used a black marker to go over the inked stamp, creating the stripes you see on the word, "HOOT."  Just for good measure, I added three green gemstones.  Come on now, you know I couldn't resist adding some bling, didn't you?!

Note:  2 Cute Rubber Stamps and Digital Stamp Images are now 40% off in the Etsy Shop!  Just type in the Etsy Coupon Code: FALLSALE  when you check out!  Sale starts today 9/27 and ends Sunday Oct 2nd!

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Best of Friends Owl - digital), Pink by Design (sentiment, You're a Hoot set)
Paper - Kraft CS, textured lime green CS, Gina K white CS, SU Wild Wasabi CS, My Mind's Eye DP (Fly a Kite)
Accessories - SU Basic Black marker; Wild Wasabi markers (used on sentiment), Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), paper piercer, green gemstones
Coloring - Copic markers
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Changing of the Season

Today is the beginning of a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  The theme is "Changing of the Season."  Come join the fun!

I made this card for the challenge and could hardly contain my glee putting all those orange gemstones on it!  LOL!  I do love to use bling when the opportunity arises!  And orange, of all colors!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Dramatic Tree, digital)
Paper- Kraft CS, SU Early Espresso CS, Copic Blending Card, Basic Grey DP (Mellow)
Ink - SU Early Espresso
Accessories - orange gemstones, American Crafts ribbon, 1/4-inch circle punch, SU Early Espresso marker, SU scalloped border punch, paper piercer, distressor
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Happy Haunting!

I took some time to play along with this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers this afternoon.  Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques!  These little monsters aren't scary at all!

Stamps - SU (Make a Monster), C.C. Designs (sentiment)
Paper - textured white & black CS, My Mind's Eye DP (Out of the Blue)
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - googly eyes, SU oval punch, foam squares (popped up sentiment)
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Reality Check

Every now and then, it's good for me to go through my crafty things and purge, organize and rearrange.  For one thing, it's so nice to work in a clean craft room.  For another thing, it brings me back to reality, showing me that I probably have enough in my creative stash to keep me busy for this and another lifetime!  :)  How easily I tend to add to my collection without thinking about what I already have!  This weekend, I dug in and am now in the middle of the whole reorganizing process in my little craft spot.  You probably remember that when we moved to this house I had to downsize quite a bit!

From this (an entire bedroom in the basement):

To this (a little walk-in closet off the kitchen):

Since the second picture was taken, I've rearranged a few times (That's just what I do!  LOL!).  Recently, however, there's been one thing bothering me about my current set up:  I don't work in the room itself at all!  I haul my crafty things out to the kitchen island to work!  Three things bug me about this:

1.  I make a total mess of my kitchen island, the heart of our home.
2.  I can't leave my mess there when I'm in the middle of a project.
3.  I spend a good amount of time going back and forth to grab supplies in the middle of a project.

I love having a place to store my creative goods, but it bothers me that I don't actually work in the room and, instead, make my little family look at my creative mess (it's not always pretty) whether they choose to or not!

Wracking my brain and looking for ideas one afternoon over the weekend, I realized I had what I needed to create a little counter height work table that would fit snugly in the room!  (My dear sis-in-love got me thinking about this through Pinterest, btw...Thanks, sis!)  I had purchased two Closet Maid storage cube units & fabric bins from Target last year (on sale) to organize things by color (an idea which I still love):

I realized that these units are 36 inches high, the perfect counter top height!  Put two back to back and voila!  A nifty little craft table that I can stand up next to and work!  I should tell you that I rarely sit down while crafting unless I'm coloring an image and that I figure I can still do in the kitchen.

Here's a picture of where I'm at right now (in the transition stage):

Notice that I still have a few things to put away?!  :)  Stay tuned...

**Enjoy your Monday!**
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