Tuesday, November 30, 2010

BIG NEWS: I'm the December Guest Designer for Flutter by Wednesday's!

I was asked to be Decembers Guest Design Team member for Flutter by Wednesday's.  I've been keeping this under wraps for a long time and it just snuck up on me.  Can you believe it's December!  Ahhhhh!  Please check out Flutter by Wednesday's and play along with the fun challenges. 

http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.com/2010/11/our-last-guest-designer-of-2010.html

Monday, November 29, 2010

I think he is happy here.

Well I think our new family member is happy in his new home.  He is the most relaxed kitten I've ever seen.  Not one scratch yet, not even on the dog.  If you put him on your lap he is happy to stay as long as you let him.  The best thing is he loves my craft room.  Lots of little knocks and crannies to hide from a 5 year old and a 65 lbs. Golden Retriever.  His favorite spot is under my Ott Lites so I moved his bed right next to me.  I guess it's because of the warmth they put off. 
There has been a lot of discussion regarding his name.  I still can't get Pea or hubby to stop calling him a her.  Buddha just isn't fitting him, so I think we are changing it.  Not sure why it matters to my husband since every cat we have ever owned has been called Puss by him.  So we think the new name is Lutefisk.  What is Lutefisk you ask?  Lutefisk is a traditional dish of the Nordic countries and parts of the Midwest United States. It is made from stockfish (air-dried whitefish) or dried/salted whitefish (klippfisk) and lye (lut). Its name literally means "lye fish."  Discusting right, it's a big Christmas thing for the large Swedish and Norwegian population in the Twin Cities area.  I've never tried it, but have poked at the gross looking frozen bags of it at Ikea and the grocery.  So why name the cat Lutefisk?  It just sounds like a cats name to me.  The bonus, we can call him Fiskars for short.  Fiskars is a great name for a crafty cat don't you think?

I guess I'm starting to sound like a crazy cat lady.  I'll try to stop posting pictures (I said try).


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oh, Alice CHAPTER 41: Off With Their Heads!

`Let's go on with the game,' the Queen said to Alice; and Alice was too much frightened to say a word, but slowly followed her back to the croquet-ground.

The other guests had taken advantage of the Queen's absence, and were resting in the shade: however, the moment they saw her, they hurried back to the game, the Queen merely remarking that a moment's delay would cost them their lives.

All the time they were playing the Queen never left off quarrelling with the other players, and shouting `Off with his head!' or `Off with her head!' Those whom she sentenced were taken into custody by the soldiers, who of course had to leave off being arches to do this, so that by the end of half an hour or so there were no arches left, and all the players, except the King, the Queen, and Alice, were in custody and under sentence of execution.

Welcome back to the land of wonder and where the saying, 'Off with her head' is a regular statement! Well here in wonderland this week, that is exactly what we want you to do. This week we want you to take your stamps and yep you guessed it,'Off with their heads'. So we are asking you to alter your stamps and mix it up a little by giving them a new head or body. Ohhh this is going to be sooo much fun seeing what you come up with!!!

I had a lot of fun with this one.  I started with the Club Anya and Friends Case the Card Challenge.  I loved the latticey look to the card with all the cut work.  So how did I make my heart flourish work?  I used my Cricut with the seasonal Thanksgiving cartridge.  I used the pumpkin scroll work and cut it apart and made hearts.  I then added the small black bling to copy the dots on the original card.  The sentiment was the perfect touch and super easy since it's a sticker.  The design team received these a few months back from E. A. D. Designs to use in a challenge they sponsored.  I loved getting to use them again.  I loved how the designer paper looked like wall paper behind my cut out head.  The card suit embellishments are buttons with the shank cut off.
Stamp: The Greeting Farm Royal Pain Digi
Copic:  E000, E00, E11, YR21, YR23, YR31, R24, R27, R29, C5, C7, C9
Border Punch:  EK Success Card Suits
DP:  Stampin Up Jackpot
Up for grabs this week is a Scor Buddy from the lovely people at http://www.scrappingreatdeals.com/Oh Alice! Challenge blog by the 3rd of Dec. to play along with us.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Black Friday Card

Did you go out for the big sales?  I went to Walmart for the 12:00 sale. I did good, got everything on my list. 

Here is a quick black Friday card.

1)  There She Goes - Color Challenge 82
2)  The Pink Elephant - Sketch












3)  Crazy for Challenges - Circles
4)  Flutter by Wednesdays - butterfly & Thank You
Stamp:  TSG Sweet Pea
DP:  SU Sweet Slumber
Embossing Folder - Birthday Set 2
Punches, MS
Nesties:  Standard Circles SM, Classic Scallop Circle SM

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Turkey Day

It's going to be a COLD Turkey Day for us.  High of 14 with a windchill of 5.  It was nasty today with a snow sleet mix most the day.  With the boys trapped inside I did get my Christmas trees put up.  A day early this year, not to bad.  Now to get the outside done now that everything is covered in ice.  I hope to sleep in tomorrow, wake up to hot chocolate and the Black Friday Ads in bed, followed by a long hot shower alone.  A girl can dream, right?  Have a great day and Happy Birthday Daddy!  Gobble til you wobble!

1)  Club Anya & Friends Saturday Sketch Challenge













2)  Colour Q













3) Anyone for Anya - Girlie
4)  Pile it On - Winter

Stamps:  TGF Beanie Anya, trees Northwoods, Sentiment A Muse
Embossing Folders:  Distressed Snow, Cardinal

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Day of School Scrapbook Page

I actually got to another scrapbook page.  SHOCKING!  This one is for The Pink Elephant's red, blue, and yellow scrapbook challenge.  I've been having more fun scrapbooking than card making lately.  Funny how you go through phases.  Maybe it's because I get to scrap so infrequently.

New Addition to the Family

Well this is what I've been busy with all weekend.  A early Christmas present for my daughter (and me).  This is Buddha (at least for now) he is a lynx point Siamese.  I have had Siamese most my life and have been looking for another.  I found him at an animal rescue group and could resist.

So far so good, our Golden Retriever has kept her distance so far.  He is a very sweet kitty but still like a little alone time.  That drives Pea crazy, but I tell her to give the kitty a little break.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

There She Goes: Holly's Sketch

1.  There She Goes TSG81 Holly's Sketch












2.  Colour Q CQC #59












Just a quick post tonight, lots going on.  I'll fill you in later.  Finished this one just in time tonight.  Enjoy!

Copic V05, 06
YG21, 23, 95, 97
YR14, 15, 16, 18, 23
E25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 34
DP:  Imaginisce Apple Cider
Stamp:  TSG Bountiful Blessings
Embossing Folders:  Swiss Dots, Welcome Baby

Oh, Alice Chapter 40: Hooka Are You?

"Who are YOU?" said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, "I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

~Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,Chapter 5

Welcome to the mad world of Wonderland! Once again we are here to inspire you to create great things! The Caterpillar (Absalom) was the wisest creature in Wonderland. At least he thought so, and so did most of the others.

He is a fascinating character because of his wisdom, and his lack of understanding metamorphosis. Kind of a weird oxymoron, don't you think? Our challenge this week is to use either a caterpillar or a butterfly in your project. If you'd like to go one step farther, use a definition or dictionary paper in your design (any subject is fine).

If you are fortunate, you may find yourself wisely winning your choice of three 4x6 reprints from our sponsor, Maigan Lynn Beaudoin Shaw. FanTASTic!! Maigan is such a delightful artist, and the team appreciates the chance to work with one of her images!

My mojo was on vacation this week, sad to say.  This was one of those cards that the more I did the worse it got.  I've pulled it apart and remade it a few times.  I just don't think I'm going to ever be happy with it.  I used the sketch from Truly Scrumptious Challenge 45 Happy Birthday.  I colored the image with color pencil then used Gamsol to blend it.  All the punches are from Martha Stewart.  I think I have every butterfly she has ever put out.  I used a Hero Arts friend definition stamp to stamp the punched butterflies.  The pink and teal cardstock is shimmery so I used StazOn for the stamping.  The sentiment is from sweet Pea.  I'm also going to enter this is Flutter by Wednesday's Challenge #131.



Remember, you have all week to play this challenge! Link your project to the Oh Alice! Challenge blog and HAVE FUN! You have until Friday Nov. 26th at 11:59 CST to get inky and enter to win! Happy creating!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

ATC Calendar

This month for ATC club we each made our ATC according to an assigned month of the year.  I had January and August.  This months hostess (thanks Ruthann) made us calendar kits that the ATC and a small calendar fit on a page for each month.  When I get a few pages done, I'll post pictures.  Here are my 2 ATC's.

January

August



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Turkey in the Straw

I quick little goodie for Thanksgiving.  I saw these chocolate turkeys at my local chocolate shop and thought they would make cute little goodies.  I added a little "straw" to the bags and topped them with a Nesties Labels One.  I used Denami's turkey and pumpkin and a sentiment from an old Stampin Up set Fall Feast.



Monday, November 15, 2010

Farm Fresh Friday Scrapbook Challenge

This weeks Farm Fresh Friday Challenge at The Greeting Farm is a scrapbook page.  I had fun with this sketch and it came together very fast.  I used the hat from My Guy Ian and Wild Sprouts Summer.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Some snow, a card, and some happy news

First things first, I thought I would share some of my snow with those of you that have none.
We have had a very warm fall until Friday night when our first snow of the year started.  This is what I woke up to on Saturday morning.  I thought we would maybe get a few inches but it ended up to be closer to 7.  Time to become a hermit for the next 5 months.  I still got out in it for the great craft show at Canterbury.  Usually it would have been packed but the snow stopped a lot of people so we made it through in record time (and spent more than usual since you could see everything).  Our Golden Retriever is loving it and you can't keep her in the house.  Any tips on how to keep the snow off the long butt fur would be great.  She is coming in and pulling it off on the carpet and leaving little snow puddles everywhere.

Now for my card.  This one is for 2 challenges.  First Club Anya and Friends Case the Card Challenge combined with Pink Elephants blue, red, and yellow Challenge.  I used Fleur Anya and Cosmo Cricket Early Bird designer paper.
And last but not least, the happy news.  My Oh Alice card is one of Mercy's Magnificent Musings this week.  You can see it here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Oh, Alice Chapter 39: Nothin' but Tea and Time...

"Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter's remark seemed to have no sort of meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English. `I don't quite understand you,' she said, as politely as she could.

`The Dormouse is asleep again,' said the Hatter, and he poured a little hot tea upon its nose.

The Dormouse shook its head impatiently, and said, without opening its eyes, `Of course, of course; just what I was going to remark myself.'


`Have you guessed the riddle yet?' the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.


`No, I give it up,' Alice replied: `what's the answer?'


`I haven't the slightest idea,' said the Hatter.


`Nor I,' said the March Hare.


Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'


`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'


`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.


`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'"

Greetings friends in Wonderland!

Today we have a fun challenge for you based on a lovely inspiration piece that the Mad Hatter herself just might "need" one of these days!

But first, a BIG warm WONDERLAND welcome to Tracy Evans, our November/December Guest! Tracy has wow'd us with her projects for a while and we are thrilled to have her here at our Twisted Table.

This week, we have an inspiration piece, again from one of Jess's favorite designers, Tarina Tarantino (Shown above).

It LOOKS like a watch, but in this case, the face of "Father Time" is the Mad Hatter himself. We can just see him, shouting out from this beautiful piece and startling it's owner "YOU HAVEN'T EVEN MET TIME!". Boy, it sure feels like that some days..time simply moves TOO QUICKLY to catch!

For my card I used the colors in the inspiration piece.  Who would have thought how difficult it would be to find some designer paper in purple, pink, blue, orange, black, and green.  I reached deep into the stash for this paper from Sce3nic Route called Laurel.  The stamp stamp is from Unity (called Butterfly Garden) and reminded me of the frame around the picture of the hatter.  I thought embossing it in black would give it the lacquered look of the frame.  I then colored in the image with color pencils and tried blending it with Gamsol.  Lesson learned, Gamsol and embossing powder don't mix.  The Gamsol smeared the black from the powder into the color.  Change of plans.  I got out my Pearlescent Watercolors and went to painting in the image.  I like how it came out all iridescent.  I used Nesties standard circles large and classic scallop circle small to make the window in my card and the blue frame around the window.  I also mounted the image on acetate inside the card for a little interest.  The inspiration for the sketch is from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #99.  The window and butterfly is inspired by the Flutter by Wednesday's Challenge #130.



Have a bedazzler of a time this week, creating after this piece!  Make sure you check out the whole teams projects at Oh, Alice and enter your into the Inlinkz tool.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall is in the Air

According to the news tonight fall is here.  Today was our last day of nice weather (in the 60s).  Tomorrow it starts cooling down and before we know it the snow will be here for months on end.  Yuck!  Here is another card to celebrate my favorite season while it's still here.

1)  Club Anya & Friends Saturday Sketch














2)  Colour Q













Copic:  E09, 18, 19, 33, 35, 37, 50, 51, 93
YR, 23, 24
YG95, 97
Nesties:  Classic Ovals Sm & Lg
Stamp:  TGF Beanie Anya
DP:  Imaginisce Apple Cider

All Tied Up

I finally broke out this fall designer paper from Imaginisce.  It's so cute that I seem to want to squirrel it away.  I also broke out the new Beanie Anya stamp.  I thought her cozy hat would be great in fall colors.  The GF challenge was to tie something other than ribbon, so I choose twine.  More of everything is coming soon.

1)  Card Patterns Sketch 89










2)  Greeting Farm - Farm Fresh Friday:  All tied up- use something other than ribbon tied

Stamp:  TGF Beanie Anya
DP:  Imaginisce Apple Cider
Copic: E09, 18, 19, 33, 35, 37, 50, 51, 93
YR21, 23, 24
Embossing Folder:  Birthday Set 2

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Little Indian Girl

I finally got back into my craft room for a little bit tonight.  I combined three challenges to make this card.  The stamps are Navajo Anya from The Greeting Farm and Bountiful Blessings from There She Goes.  I didn't make a list of the Copic markers I used for this one since I think I used about 50 different colors.  So here she is...

1) Truly Scrumptious - Sketch + petals, pearls, & pins
2)  Club Anya and Friends - masking
3)  There She Goes - Create a Scene

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Oh, Alice Chapter 38 Tickets, Please!

`Tickets, please!' said the Guard, putting his head in at the window. In a moment everybody was holding out a ticket: they were about the same size as the people, and quite seemed to fill the carriage.



`Now then! Show your ticket, child!' the Guard went on, looking angrily at Alice. And a great many voices all said together (`like the chorus of a song,' thought Alice), `Don't keep him waiting, child! Why, his time is worth a thousand pounds a minute!

`I'm afraid I haven't got one,' Alice said in a frightened tone: `there wasn't a ticket-office where I came from." And again the chorus of voices went on. `There wasn't room for one where she came from. The land there is worth a thousand pounds an inch!'

-- Chapter 3, Through the Looking Glass

Greetings friends in Wonderland! We are FULL STEAM AHEAD into November and today's challenge is JUST the ticket! Our ride this week is sponsored by our own Tasha who is generously donating a $15 gift certificate to Stamping Bella (in honor of their cute new Alice stamp) which will be awarded to one randomly selected winning traveler!


But before we get started, there are some changes at our twisted tea party table! We are bidding farewell to longtime design team members Jen and Suzi, so please leave them some extra love as you visit their last Oh, Alice! DT posts. We will really miss their superb talents! Donna, our amazing October guest designer, is stepping up to the table so we are back to our twisted thirteen. Welcome Donna, we are so glad you are staying where it's always time for tea! Be sure to check back next week for to find out who our guest designer will be for the holiday season!

So, do you have YOUR ticket ready for a ride on the Wonderland Express? Our twisted sis Lynne is the conductor this week and she says you can't travel with Oh, Alice! if you don't show us your ticket! You can make a ticket, use a ticket stamp, use a real ticket. Use one ticket or a whole row of tickets! So hop on it and get YOUR ticket ready to take a journey through Wonderland!

This week I wanted a one way ticket to a nap so I used this stamp from Picture Show.  The background ticket stamp is from Tim Holtz.  The designer paper is also Tim Holtz - Lost & Found.  I used Distress Ink in mustard seed, rusty hinge, and pine needles.
I popped up the couch for at little dimensional interest.  I also used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #98. for the sketch.


Get ready to travel with these inspiring examples from the members of our Twisted Tea Party:

Jessica aka MAD HATTER
Donna
Andrea
Emma
Erin (me)
Gloria
Jen
Ky
Lynne
Margie
Peggy
Randi
Sammi
Sara
Suzi
Tasha

It's time for you to get those tickets ready so you can travel with us on the Wonderland Express! You don't want to be left behind as this train leaves the station, so enter your new creations by 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 using the InLinkz tool at Oh, Alice. Good luck, or maybe we should say Bon Voyage, as we can't wait to see where your creations will take us!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A little happy news

I forgot to mention a little piece of happy news.  My Oh, Alice card for this weeks challenge was one of Mercy's Magnificent Musings.  You can see it here.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hugs

I got a little bit of time to stamp tonight.  Here's what I came up with

1)  The Greeting Farm - Farm Fresh Friday color challenge





2)  Anyone for Anya - sketch challenge













3)  Pile it On - Bear & Friend
4)  Flutter by Wednesday - butterflies
Stamps:  The Greeting Farm- Cuddle Anya , Sentiments
DP:  The Girls Paperie - Paper Girl
Copic:  BG000, BG01, RV10, RV11, E40, E41, E42, E50, E51, E93
TH Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Nesties:  Standard Circles SM & LG

A little something to hold you over

I've been so busy the past few days that I haven't had much of a chance to craft.  Here is a scrapbook page to hold you over until I have a card to show.

This is from our last trip to Michigan in 09.  The clouds and tree are dies from MFT.  The tree die even makes the tree texture and a knot hole embossed into the paper. 

For those of you blog addicts like me I found this post interesting at Prairie Paper & Ink regarding the use of retired stamp sets. I have to say I agree with her.