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Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Freebie


You need to check out the Freebie Friday image every week HERE or else you'll have to visit the Sew Many Cards Store HERE later to get this adorable bear. Also, if you join the Sewn Together ning group, you might find more free images. Ok so you WILL find more. :)

Monster Hop


That title has the "Monster Mash" running in my head now. LOL And I'm evil and I'm going to get it into your head too. Hahahahahahahaha. So everybody has to sing with me (I'd love to make it play the music but I don't want to mess with the audio player I have already so you lucked out there) .

Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Monster Mash


I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise


He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash


From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes


They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash


The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son


The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"


They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash


Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?"


It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it's a graveyard smash
It's now the mash
It's caught on in a flash
It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash


Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you


Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash


My favorite "Halloween Song" is probably "Witches Invitation" by Carmen but most people don't know it. My youngest son's favorite song is "Witch Doctor" although I heard him singing "Monster Mash" (accapella) in the back seat of the car yesterday.

Well, today is the day for Sarabeth's Happy Halloween Monster Blog Hop. Be sure to start there and participate in her challenge:

Create any Halloween Home decor (3 entries)

Share a pic of YOU in a Halloween costume and tell us about it (2 entries)

Share a Halloween Memory (1 entry)

Winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Die Cuts R Us Shop!!!

There are over a dozen of us here on the Halloween Hop so please go back to the beginning if you just now found my blog without going to the other blogs first. Sarabeth

You should have come from Emma and when you get done here, you should go to Angela.

Make sure you visit each one of the blogs because you never know who's got a give away. (hint hint someone else also has one too).

I'm going to get you started by thinking of my Halloween memories. (blogger isn't letting me keep all the colors the same and I don't know html good enough to fix it)
I can remember the hard plastic mask with the tiny mouth hole for fresh air. I can remember my Dad taking my brother and me around our tiny town (while Mom stayed home to hand out candy) and getting homemade goodies like pop corn balls, and candy or caramel apples (now days you worry about razorblades and poisons). Some of the costumes I remember are Wonder Woman, Wendy (friend to Casper the friendly ghost) and an Old Lady. I can remember being at my school dressed as an Old Lady, and the other kids couldn't figure out who I was (which when there's only 10 kids in your class it's not hard to eliminate/narrow down your choices and figure it out). I walked around the gym for our Halloween parade, hunched over and leaning on my cane. I won a prize for that costume and performance.

Have fun. I'll see you around the blog hop. :)

Halloween Blog Hop


Who: YOU!

What: Happy Halloween Monster Hop!

When: 10-30 through 11-01

Where: Scrap Happie blog to start off with

Why: Think of it as adult Trick or Treating

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sneak Peak Day

Exciting things are happening over at Sewn Together. If you haven't already joined us on the ning network yet, make sure you get over there soon. There's a freebie, a scavenger hunt, and a blog hop.
Speaking of Blog hop, you should have gone to Sarabeth's blog yesterday. Also you should go see what Donna has for you today. Tomorrow, you have GOT to go see what Jeri is going to show you.

Every month we will be hosting a Week-long Blog Hop/Party for Angela's new releases! Wha hoo! Isn't that so exciting!

Today's my day to show you some sneak peaks of up coming stamp releases. I love what Angela has created and it is my pleasure to work with them and I have so much fun coloring them and I hope you do too. Every day for the next 6 days the SMC DT will be showing you Sneak Peeks of the new releases for 11/03/09.

Welcome to the Sew Many Cards Release Party Countdown Stop #6. Here is some sneaky peaks of the cards I made:


To be a part of the Sew Many Cards Party Release Hop:


-create a post with a link to the hop showing us your Sew Many Cards Creation (you can get your freebies HERE)

-include your guess on what you think the image(s) is/are. Remember that every day another image or two will have a sneak peek posted. You have until 11/02/09, midnight, CST to submit your creations.


Earn entries:

-by guessing what the image is (there are 9 total)- earn up to 9 entries

-for every creation you make using an SMC image

-for leaving a comment on the DT's personal blogs


There will also be a Scavenger Hunt! Start your Hunt HERE Find out the name of the Stamp used in the creations, leave a comment with your answers. Stop in the SMC Shop HERE for help! Everyone who submits the correct answers will be entered into a random drawing to win free digi's from SMC!

The hop will start on 10/28 at Angela's Blog & the Sew Many Cards Ning Group and go through 11/02 with the sneak peeks. The final reveals, winners and new challenge will be posted on 11/03/09 so stay tuned!


Oh and one more thing. The image below is just ONE of the adorable images from Angela's new Winter Bonus Pack!!! You can get the entire Winter Bonus Pack FREE with a $10 purchase the whole month of Nov. - more details and images on the blog. Be sure to come on over and check out the other cuties here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sewn Together Challenge #10

The Challenge today: Make a Thanksgiving/Fall Card and include buttons, brads or flowers (or all) . I chose pilgrim Tayla and colored her with my Prisma markers. I glued two buttons and a felt flower to meet the challenge parameters. I used an old sketch card that I had started but never finished so I don't remember much of the background details. I know the leaf print is a digi-printable but don't remember who I got it from. It was printed on velum so the background color shows thru. The beginnings of this card worked perfectly for this challenge because it gave me a spot for the large flower, two buttons (I could even included a single brad in the small square but I thought it would take away from the leaves).
Thanks for looking at my card.
Be sure to check out everyone else's creations and be sure to check back this weekend for big new release information. I may even give you a sneak peak on Thursday (hint, hint)!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SSDS Challenge: Follow the Sketch

Here's the Sketch!

And here's my card!
We also had to use a rubber stamp that was sent to us from Michele's Pixie Cottage. It's been a long time since I used a rubber stamp and digital has so spoiled me for making various sizes so I could have made the image smaller to make it fit in the small rectangle as required by the sketch. :) And the rubber was unmounted and I couldn't find any EZ Mount foam but it was suggested that you just mount it temporarily on your acrylic block anyway and it worked out just fine. It IS a cute image, and the sketch called for flowers on the right side so I think I did pretty well with this challenge.
I colored it with my PrismaMarkers and I used DCWV cardstock, OTC flowers, and some pre-sticky ribbon that I got from Walmart years ago but can't remember name on package (it's been out of the package for a long time).

Thanks for looking and please look at the SSDS blog to give the sketch a try and to see what the rest of the design team came up with. This is my last post with them.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Freebie

You need to check out the Freebie Friday image every week HERE
or else you'll have to visit the Sew Many Cards Store HERE later.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sewn Together Challenge #9

Time to make something using this sketch.
And this is the card I made.

I use DCWV cardstock, plus their pattern paper from Fun in the summer sun pack. I colored Eris with my prismamarkers.

Thanks for looking and make sure you check out the rest of the team's creations.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

True Beauty set #2

Here's four more for the group submission - fyi, there's been some final additions made before final submission to the group.

I colored the butterfly with red Bic marker and the green Bic marker was used on the leaves. After that, I swiped an ink pad over the image then took a kleenix to dab on the pad and rub more ink into the areas that didn't get much color the first time. All the papers and cardstock came from scraps of DCWV. The felt flowers came from Making Memories 5th avenue collection Elizabeth (red) and Sophie (blue and green) and were attached with Scotch quick dry glue.

The second card was colored with colored pencils and I again used more DCWV scraps. The ribbon came from Oriental Trading Company's ribbon grab bag. Both cards followed previous Amy R. from Prairie Paper and Ink sketches. AMYRS74 and AMYRS7.

This next set uses sketches from other web sites. First , I followed Cutie Sunday for inspriation on this card. The pink paper background is from DCWV. I ran the diagonal piece thru my cuttlebug using the Houndstooth folder. The image was colered with my new Atyou Spica markers. The glitter in those markers tie in with the glitter swirl.The bottom card was colored with colored pencils again. The button came from a Walmart craft grab bag and I tied a couple of strands of embroidery floss in the holes. I used more scraps for the card/paper pieces trying to follow AllSorts Sketch Challenge but not the monochromatic portion of the challenge. The flowers are from Oriental Trading Company.

Thanks for looking

True Beauty set #1

Some online friends and I are using the True Beauty set from the Angel Company to submit to magazines for publishing. There's a few finishing touches that I still will add before submitting, but here's what they look like so far.
This card is 4" square and followed the sketch on The Pixie Cottage. I used all cardstock from DCWV Fun in the Sun Summer Cardstock Stack. I distressed the edges of the cardstock with my Heidi Swapp edge distresser. I colored the image with colored pencils except the butterfly and the flowers at the top were colored with cheap waxy crayons (my son's stash) and blended with OMS and a q-tip (couldn't easily find my blending stump so grabbed one of the q-tips I keep for chalks). The flowers came from Oriental Trading Company and were attached with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

This card is also using DCWV Fun in the Sun except the small bit of orange stripe paper - that one is Creative Memories. The ribbon came from Oriental Trading Company grab bag. The foam butterflies came from a package of foam bugs that I got at Walmart. They were a bright yellow but I took Mango ink from Memories TM to change the color to look more like the colors in the card. This card is following the sketch provided by Sweet Sketch Wednesday that I got off my friend Lisa's blog. I used my Prisma markers to color this butterfly image.


This last card has light green and light blue cardstock from DCWV again but the printed green and blue stripe papers came from Creative Memories. The card is following the sketch at Prairie Paper and Ink. I faux stitched the teal stitches around the solid blue circle. The big brads came from Oriental Trading Company. This image was also colored with colored pencils and the purple edges under the the postage stamp were colored with Bic marker.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday Freebie

I've run out of creativivity for the day (hope to get back to it tomorrow) but I wanted to post a peak of Sew Many's Freebie that you can get right now.


Angela made a really adorable cat & as some of you remember cats are near and dear to me (two in the house, 3 outside, and one in the ground). In fact I colored this kitty, to resemble one of the neighborhood kitties that has decided I am a nice cat-lady.

If you like this image then why not visit the Sew Many Cards Store HERE
You can also check out the Freebie Friday image every week HERE

SSDS Challenge: Inspiring Color Challenge

Today's challenge is to use the photo of fall trees and use those colors. I saw red, yellow and green leaves as well as neutrals in the tan colored bridge. I didn't really use any neutrals unless you count the tree branch.
Speaking of the image, we also were to use a used Sue McMahon Five Design and this is the one I picked because the photo had trees. I probably should have colored my leaves on this tree more fall like (more yellow and less green). I used red paper and yellow and green cardstock from the DCWV Fun in the Summer Sun 8x8 pack. The green cardstock was embossed with my friend's Impressibility texture "plate" (it isn't really a plate but I'm not sure what else to call it). I need to try more cardstock shims but I moved the Impressibility to see the embossing and couldn't figure how it went back. I didn't distress it because the embossing came out so light I didn't think I'd do a great job and I'd end up with a ruined piece of cardstock. You can see it when you hold the card in your hands but I can't make it show up for the photo.

Be sure to go to SSDS and see what everyone else came up with. Thanks for looking at mine.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sewn Together Challenge #8

It's time for another Sewn Together Challenge and today it's Pink, Green and White day. I chose Miki in a Ghost Costume out trick or treating the night away. :) I colored him with my Prismamarkers. The pink background is from DCWV paper pack while the striped piece is from SEI. I faux stitched the swirls (pattern from Oriental Trading Company).

I hope you enjoyed looking at my card and be sure to check out what everyone else had made.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

SSDS Challenge: Recipe

It's time for another Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturday Challenge. The recipe is to create a 4x7 card, with 3 designer papers, 5 flowers, glitter and wet embossing. There was some discussion among our group about embossing glitter (a comma can make quite a difference - just read the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves for hilarious consequences of placing commas in the wrong place), so I took up the challenge to use my glitter embossing powder. I used it as a border around my DP blocks. I applied the embossing ink from the EK success pens along one side at a time and embossed it with Inkadinkado Sparkle Embossing powder. My DPs were from different paper packs (probably DCWV) and I loosely followed the sketch provided by Doodle Street Challenge #3. The flowers are from Oriental Trading Company and I used my faithful Matte Accents for the center of the flowers (I tried to hurry the drying time by using my heat gun (it was out after all) and ended up making the liquid bubble/boil so it looks a little "funny" and feels rubbery). The image is from Sewn Together and was yesterday's freebie so be sure to get your copy of this image. I colored it with colored pencils. I should have left it alone, but I did also use a blending stump too.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sewn Together Challenge #7


I chose to use Jaden because I haven't used him much before and there are so many cute images that I have a hard time picking and choosing. I used flowers that I got from Oriental Trading Company and Accent Essentials Mattewas used to attach them and to put a dot in the center of the flower. The paper is from DCWV Fun in the Summer Sun pack.

Don't forget to look at the Freebie Friday and join us on the PaperCraftPlanet for more freebies.

Thanks for looking at my card and please see everyone's creations.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

SSDS Challenge: Halloween

It's a bit early for me to think Halloween but I know somepeople can't wait for September to end so they can start decorating their yards with mummies and witches and spiderwebs (my webs are all natural - I let the spiders do all the work- LOL). So this is what I came up with.
I used a Sure Cuts a Lot file from either SVG cuts or My Scrap Chick (I forgot now, but it'll come back to me when I am trying to go to sleep tonight). They both have free cutting files so sign up for both of them.
Next, I inked the top of the casket with black to make it look really dirty and spooky. I tried to keep the inside of the card as clean as possible so it was still possible to write on the cream colored cardstock.
Thanks for looking and be sure to check out the Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Challenge blog to see what everyone else came up with.