Saturday, November 6, 2010

90-Minute Scramble


I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Earlier today, I hosted a 90-minute card making scramble over in the Hero Arts Flickr pool. The theme was to make a Christmas card, using non-traditional flowers. Everyone that played along had an hour and a half to finish a card, take a picture of it, load it onto the computer and post it on the challenge thread. I've been on the other end of one of these challenges and I have to say it's much easier hosting it, but it's tons of fun either way! I think we had about 30 people playing today, so a nice turn out. The cards were all wonderful! If you'd like to see them, check out the link here.

Here is the card I made to show everyone an example.

I used paper from the beautiful Christmas pack of Webster's Pages for the background and leaves. The Hero Arts Music Background stamp was embossed in white on white card stock and I used the resist technique to add some shading with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The handmade flower was rolled using a dark red card stock, then Stickles and a pearl were added. The sentiment is also from Hero Arts.

Here is a close-up of the flower.

I had such fun today hosting the challenge! I hope we continue them in the future! It really gets those creative juices flowing!

Hope the rest of your weekend is fun! :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fab Five! :)

Happy Friday!

It's definitely a happy day for me! I was a Fab Five winner yesterday on the Hero Arts Blog! It came at the perfect time too. I've been searching local stores here for a few stamps that I want and have not been able to find them. Now I can order them with my winnings! Yay!

Here is the card I won with:

I have been on vacation all week and it's been so nice! The weather has not turned too cold yet and no snow either. Another reason to be happy! The temps this weekend are suppose to be close to 60 degrees. Gotta love that in Minnesota, in November!
So since I've had the week off, I've used much of the time to make lots of Christmas cards and tags!

I've made multiples of this card here, to send to family and friends this year. Still have quite a few more to make but I'm getting there.

I have been busy making other Christmas cards too. Some for the Hero Arts November contest and some just for fun.

These are all in my Flickr photostream so if you need any info, just click on the link over on my sidebar.

And if you haven't heard yet, I am hosting the next 90-minute card-making scramble in the Hero Arts Flickr pool on Saturday November 6th at 3:00pm Central time. I'd love it if you could hop over and play along! Click here to read all about how this challenge works. I've got a fun theme and a nice prize package for one randomly chosen winner! Hero Arts is also going to give one lucky winner a free digikit! So come and play. . .these scrambles are so fun! :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More Christmas Creations

Hi everyone!

I've decided to change the colors and header of my blog to reflect what it looks like outside this time of year. The trees have all lost their leaves, no snow has fallen yet and this weekend we are suppose to have temps in the high 50s. I'm not complaining though! Every single day we can get without any snow is a good day for me! I think snow is really pretty when we get the first couple of snowfalls, but it gets old very fast when you have to drive a half hour to work and back (so scary!) and when you have to shovel! (It hurts these aging bones!)

Anyway, enough about how much I hate winter. . .I'll get through another one like always, and have a smile on my face doing it. (It will probably be frozen that way!)

I do have some creations to show you today. The past few days, I've been playing with inking techniques for the Hero Arts November challenge. Love getting inky! This first one is a tag I made using the Classic Holly stamp.

These next two cards were made using alcohol inks on watercolor paper, as shown in Jennifer McGuire's Holiday Thinking Inking class for week 5. Love the effect!

This card is for my older sister, Nancy. I just used emboss resist on this one. I love the way the Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder looks by itself, using just VersaMark and no ink color. I cased one of Shari's cards from the Hero Arts blog today, when she introduced Pia for her Win-a-Day win.

And I just had to include this photo! For some reason, my kitty, Murphy was very interested in this particular card! Not sure why. . .And yes, he is as soft as he looks and as sweet as can be! Best cat I ever had!

One more thing! There is a fabulous giveaway on the Simply Create blog. Check it out to win a set of 48. . .yup, that's right. . .48 Prismacolor Art Markers! Awesome!
I hope you are all having a great week and I'm glad you stopped by! :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Hi all!

I have a fun post today of some Halloween goodness from where I work. Just a few neat things that we do at this time of year.

Of course you have to have pumpkins.

And I love all the different kinds of apples that come into the store in the Fall! Yum!

Our cake decorator made this haunted house! It sits on top of our salad bar and is quite large. She wasn't quite finished decorating the front of the house, but you get the idea. It's made of graham crackers and lots of frosting!

Here's another view.

The shiny windows are made by melting Jolly Rancher candies and letting them cool. Looks like stained glass! So cool!

Close-up of the door.

She also makes caramel apples. We use the large Honey Crisp apples and the highest quality Abdallah caramel! She loves to add fun ingredients like crushed Butterfinger or Snickers candy and toffee chuncks! Again. . . YUM!

It wouldn't be Halloween without pumpkin cookies! Cute!

Last but not least, the amazing tree cake! If you look closely, you'll see that it is actually made using all cupcakes! Isn't it just adorable?!

That's it for me today. Hope you enjoyed my Halloween post and have a fun, spooky, treat-filled day! :)