Sunday, October 31, 2010
WHOO HOO!!! Today is the big day! So my project today doesn't really seem to reflect the scariness of Halloween, nor does it reflect the craziness of the Crazy Halloween Challenge that ends here at Fun And Mental Changes tonight (click HERE for deets), but let me assure you that this project is PERFECT for today.
I picked the pink palette in honor of the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the GORGEOUS witch in honor of Halloween and I PROMISE.... I went CRAZY trying to master the use of the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page and that was pretty scary!!! Yes, oh yes, this project is PERFECT for today!!!
It's so hard to believe that this Halloween season is almost over... it feels like it just started!!! That's it! I propose that we have "Second Halloween" in April!!! :) Who's with me?
Copics I used for this project: E35, E42, E49, E50, E51, E53, R81, RV34 and RV91 (RV91 is lighter than RV34).
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
So today I wanna talk about Martha Stewart again. Now some of you might be getting a little worried that I'm starting to obsess about this woman... well, with what she did to me...., but I'm NOT! It is not in my imagination that this woman just happens to rock the Halloween season, bares a striking resemblance to a witch and creates death traps and torture devices. You all remember what happened to me a couple of weeks ago! But Martha Stewart attack aside, she really did create an awesome product with the spider web punch around the page punches! Now if I could JUST learn how to use them! So I followed the included instructions, but I STILL didn't line this up right! Oh well, still pretty great card for my first try.... so what if I had to lop off the bottom because it looked completely jacked and gnarled?!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This just looks hand made! There's nothing I hate more than projects that are PERFECT! I want someone to know that I put my blood, sweat and tears into a card or project that I made them by hand. And where Martha Stewart is concerned, that might be EXACTLY what I put into it!!! But honestly, I love this card so much, this one might just be a keeper! I'll just have to make another one to give away... it will give me good practice with that punch-around-the-page punch set!
For those who don't know about my Martha Stewart attack, you can read all about it HERE.
Copics I used for this: Girl Doll - E02, E18, E35, E42, E49, C2, C4, C6 and W3
Boy Doll - BV02, BV13, BV25, C2, C4, C6, C9, E35, E42, E49, G21, G85, Y13, YG63, YG91, YR15, YR23 and W3
Now for a little shout out! Yesterday I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Betties (plural for Betty)! These women ROCK!!! They are a hoot to be around and are BEYOND HELPFUL!!! Betty Barb was kind enough to help with the finishing touches on my project donating her valuable Zots. "Thank you Betties! Any time you want to help with my projects, I promise, you won't have to twist my arm!!!" And it was a load of fun enjoying the pizza muffins with them. We decided that the best part of the pizza is the burnt and crusted cheese on the bottom and edges of the pizza. In fact, we decided that we really should just skip the whole pizza formality and just ask for the pan scrapings next time. I know you all are with me.... I KNOW this isn't JUST a "Betty" thing! hahahahahaha. Have a great one folks! I'll see you again tomorrow for a special Halloween post.... I'm working on it now.... MUWHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ok. So here's a quick mani featuring my ALL-TIME-FAVORITE black polish. Color Club's Black goes on SO smooth and dries perfectly. This is by far the best black nail polish to own. I mean, let's face it, black is hard to get on, but to have one that glides off the brush makes application a breeze. Honestly, I could go on and on about this polish.... but I won't! I'll get on to the fun Konad stuff!!!
So I stamped the spider from Konad's image disc M28 using China Glaze's OMG holo nail polish. I love the holographic polishes, but this line is my favorite among them all. Unfortunately folks, I think this line is discontinued which really is unfortunate, because all of these holos work AMAZINGLY with the Konad system... and I'm not sure why! :) Anyway, I applied a mini red stone that photographed orange (weird), but it's red and makes this mani rock. I only stamped my ring finger on both hands, so with my Martha Stewart wound and the fact that the rest of my fingers are just polished black, well.... you only get to see one finger today. hahahahahaha... sorry folks!
Thanx for everyone's AWESOME comments in the Inking Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop yesterday. Have a great day.... we're only 4 days away from the Halloween festivities!!! MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Monday, October 25, 2010
First I printed the words as small as I could and still be able to read the message using my laser printer onto the paper that I would be using to color in my image with Copics. Then I pulled out my Stampamajig and stamped my little Ebony image on the included acetate following the instructions that were included with the Stampamajig. It's a tool that is used to place stamped images PERFECTLY. I LOVE this great little tool!!! I bought it on clearance at Michaels about a year ago for $5! That was the best $5 I ever spent. I use the Stampamajig, mainly, for placing sentiments... I can't stand when they are crooked on my cards... but it came in real handy this time for placing the image around the wording!!!
The instructions for the Stampamajig are really well written and the tool is just so easy to use.
Finally, before stamping Ebony on my project, I cleaned the stamp (without removing it from my acrylic block... the placement on the block is vital when using the Stampamajig) and then placed a trimmed piece of Scotch tape over the skull on the rubber image to be sure the skull wouldn't stamp. Once the rubber was inked, I used a set of tweezers to pull off the tape and then, using the Stampamajig again, stamped the image on my project.
I used Copic markers to color her in and backed her on Rusty Pickle Pirate Princess paper. The die cut that is shown was done using Lacy Labels Cricut Lite cartridge and I accented the project to bring a little "grunge" using washi tape that I got from The Greeting Farm... yet ANOTHER product that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE... along with some miscellaneous clock stamps!!! For a final touch, I colored some white pearls using a pink Copic marker to match the pearls to my project. Aren't Copics just so great?!? I cannot wait to send this one out!
Welp, that's about it for my project! Now you're off to the fabulous Emma's blog for her Inking Pink Blog Hop project! Have a blast on the hop and remember... Awareness Saves Lives!!!!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Don't forget... visit O.C. Nail Art and use code FITTERTWIT at checkout to receive free images along with your free shipping on orders over $30!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Have a great one gang..... 11 days till Halloween!!! YEEEE!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Colors I used:
Dress - R14, R27, R29, R59 and C9
Hair - C2, C4 and C9
Skin - E50, C2 and R29
Gravestone and Misc. - C2, C4, C5 and C9
Have a great one gang... HALLOWEEN IS ALMOST HERE.... CAN YOU FEEL IT?
Monday, October 18, 2010
Ok, so here's another Halloween mani.... well, sort of. I wish I could show you all my nails like I usually do, but Martha Stewart ruined it!!!
You all know I'm a scrapper and said "scrapping" needs tools.... sometimes manly tools I might add. From pliers to drills, this crafting hobby COULD look like a mechanics garage in some circles. Well... there are RULES in those circles! First Rule: blades ALWAYS have safety caps that PULL off!!! Freakin Martha Stewart and her special craft knives with the lids that slide to the side to remove!!! Who would know you had to read instructions TO REMOVE A FREAKIN SAFETY CAP!?! Whatever! You can kind of guess where this is going.... I sliced my finger open trying to remove a safety cap from a Martha Stewart cutter thingy (that's the technical term BTW)! And of course I sliced the very middle finger on my left hand which is the hand I ALWAYS photograph for these blog pics of my nail art.... well, cuz I'm right handed.
This morning was quite a sight with me trying to finagle taking a pic using my left hand. GOD, WHY AM I NOT AMBIDEXTROUS?!? That is like some sort of super power! And I would totally use that power for good! I wouldn't kidnap people and write ransom notes with my left hand so no one would trace the handwriting back to me or rob a bank using my gloved left hand as a dominant hand for the heist... I swear!!! I would use my super ambi-powers for good, like holding a craft knife with my LEFT hand to remove a totally retarded safety cap, that doesn't come off like every other safety cap, only to suddenly slip and try to slice the middle finger of my RIGHT hand so that now I could take decent blog pics of uber-kewl Konadicures to share with all of you.... I swear! But then again, if I was ambidextrous I'd be able to take AWESOME pics with my left hand anyway so HUH! Never mind! :)
So here's my one-finger mani. Sorry you don't get to see the other digits, but clearly we can all agree that Martha Stewart ruined this for everyone. But so you know, I polished the tip with Creative's Rebel With A Cause and then stamped the image from M24 in Konad's black special nail polish. For info on a great deal for Konad nail stamping at O.C. Nail Art, CLICK HERE! :) Have a great Monday folks.... may Martha Stewart not mess up YOUR day! :)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Congratulations DEBRA!!! You are the winner of the October 31st Cricut cartridge! Please email me at email@example.com with your mailing address. Thank you to everyone who participated in this drawing.... I hope to see everyone's projects in the Crazy Halloween Challenge. I'll be giving away a set of THREE Tickled Pink Stamps to one lucky winner! :)
Friday, October 15, 2010
Everything you need to create this card will be provided during the class except for copic markers, adhesive, scissors, and paper trimmer, so please be sure to bring those items with you. Project kits are also available for purchase if you cannot attend the class.
"Girlz Rule" will be previewed at the event for pre-booking in November. And this one ROCKS MY SOCKS!!! Hope to see you there!!! :)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
So for today's post, I am featuring this place card over at The Bug Bytes. Be sure to click on the link to check out the deets for this project. The Bug Bytes is THE PLACE to go for ANYTHING Cricut!!!
Also, I wanted to remind everyone that I will be announcing the winner of the blog candy on October 15th... there's still time to enter. Click HERE if you'd like to win the October 31st Cricut cartridge. AND, I've also got the Halloween challenge going until Halloween night for a chance to win THREE Tickled Pink Stamps... and my faves at that! Click HERE for details to enter your "Crazy Halloween" project for the challenge.
Have a great one folks... hope you enjoyed this super simple project!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Just a quick post today! I just wanted to share with everyone a little site that I found that let's you personalize those vintage "Poison" labels that are so popular now a-days for both Halloween projects as well as the "Tim Holtz-esque" (I totally just made that up! HA!) projects and, of course, STEAMPUNK!!! LOVE IT!!! So instead of stamping or printing out the same ol' same ol', personalize your poison! Here's the site: http://www.shadowmanor.com/attic/howto/labels/
They save easily as a JPEG pic and print just as easily. This tool is THE BEST, I give it 100 high fives! I'm working on a project NOW using these..... stay tuned! :)
Monday, October 11, 2010
Today's Halloween project is my Witch's Walk drink menu. Since the party starts at midnight, well, the pricing was just for effect! Anyway, I thought I'd share some party drink recipes for you guys to use at YOUR Halloween party!!!
Vamp's Blood (NON-alcoholic): 6 oz. package of any red Jell-0 gelatin mix added to 2 cups of boiling water in a mixing bowl. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 4 cups of ice cold water, stir and place in fridge until almost completely set up. Break gelatin up into pieces with a wire whisk and add to drink mix below before serving.
Vamp's Blood part two: In a LARGE punch bowl combine 48 oz. cranberry cocktail, 1 liter of ginger ale, 1/2 cup lime juice. Chill and serve 3/1 with gelatin mix above. Serves MANY!
Bat Juice: In a large punch bowl combine your favorite clear citrus soda (7up, Sprite, Fresca, etc.) with lime sherbet. Be sure to stir mixture until the sherbet is blended with the soda and drink is slightly "slimy". Chill before serving and enjoy. Serves MANY!
Were Whisky (alcoholic): 2 oz. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whisky combined with 10 oz. Coca Cola. Serve over ice. Serves one.
Witch's Brew (alcoholic): 6 oz. package of lime gelatin added to 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add 3 cups of pineapple juice and set aside.
In a large cauldron (big enough to place a punch bowl inside), place chunks of dry ice in the bottom with 2 cups of water to make the dry ice "steam". Be sure to wear gloves because dry ice will burn the skin and keep away from kids and pets. In a punch bowl, add the gelatin/pineapple mixture along with 1 liter of your favorite clear citrus soda or ginger ale and 2 cups of vodka. Stir to blend and CAREFULLY place the punch bowl on top of the dry ice mixture being careful not to spill the punch onto the dry ice. The "steam" is just for effect and should not be mixed with the punch. Serves MANY!
*Note: The dry ice can be purchased in a block and broken into chunks with an ice pick. Again, be sure to wear gloves and keep away from children and pets.
Hope you all enjoy these drinks and be sure to check out my Crazy Halloween Challenge HERE. Also, check out the give-away that's ending in a few days HERE. There's still time to win the Halloween goodies!!!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
So here's the front cover! SUPER CUTE cover! The simple cat with the blinged-out eyes is perfect. Well, and of course I love those skulls! :)
Here is the inside flap of the CD cover along with one of the paper inserts. I punched the side... a nice little addition! :)
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ok, so I FINALLY found the site where I first discovered THE COOLEST Halloween Konadicures! I want to send out a special "Thanx" to Konaddict with my apologies for not remembering what an AMAZING resource for nail designs your site is!!!!
There were SO MANY image plates used for this mani. Please excuse the smeared bats and cuticle oil...hahahahahahaha! SEE GANG, you don't have to be a professional to use this nail stamping system!!! I'm SO not a professional, LOL! I will post my OC Nail Art code below so that everyone can get some free goodies.
For the "Boo" on my thumb, I used image plates M17 and M18 stamped in white. I then did both white and black for the remainder of the images (image plates M3, C1, C4 and C5). I think this turned out super cute and will be better the second time around. Note to self... the lighter color should ALWAYS be stamped first! The black bat bled through the white bat that I put on top making one of my nails look a little smeared. Whoops... still cute though! These nails say, "I'm sooooo ready for Halloween!"
To use my code for fun goodies, go to O.C. Nail Art. At checkout, use code "FITTERTWIT" for free images with a $30 purchase and free shipping to US and CAN. Have fun with these gang!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Also, we are having a "mental Halloween" challenge here at Fun And Mental Changes for a pretty big prize haul. If you'd like to upload your creation, click HERE.
Finally, The Town Scrapper is having a distress challenge this week. To see the deets and check out what the design team had to contribute, click HERE.
Well that's about it for this week. So far, the odds of winning the prize goodies from all of these are VERY good.... so be sure to head over and check them out! :)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Sorry gang! I wish I had a finished project for you today, but I'm off to work today and couldn't finish this one in time. BUT at least you all get a list of the Copics I used on this BEYOND ADORABLE C.C. Designs Pumpkin Pixie. She is SOOOOOOO great! I'm trying to decide what to do with her, and I'm thinking about putting her on the top of a treat box. As soon as I finish this project, I will post it. This one is going to take a little thought, but I know that as soon as the project is done, it's going to be great!
- I also wanted to post a little reminder of the Challenge that is running until Halloween. Create an original project with the theme of "Crazy Halloween" and post it to the InLinkz at the bottom of the challenge post.... CLICK HERE... and receive these AWESOME Tickled Pink Lil Lolita stamps! Good luck to everyone who enters.
- And don't forget that I'm also giving away the October 31st Seasonal Cricut cartridge.... check out the deets HERE. Speaking of which, I haven't heard from the winner of my blog candy from the Little Hop of Horrors. If anyone knows Chris (the winner of the random drawing), please have her email me. Thanx everyone!
Welp, that's about all for today. Have a great one gang! 23 DAYS TILL HALLOWEEN!!!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Is it really any wonder why I LOVE Halloween so much!?! The Halloween color palette is one of the most vibrant and energetic color palettes there is! Everything from purple to green, orange and red, the visual sense comes to life with the Halloween splendor! Wow, that was almost "Christmas Poetic"... hahahahahaha! But you know what I mean. Unlike some holidays where the color palette is muted and sombre, Halloween is SO the opposite! And OH-HOW-GREAT that color palette is to color with the Copics I love so much!!!
Copics I used for this project (and there were A LOT) were:
Skin and face: E50, E51, E53, R14 and R29
Hair: E09, E33, E44 and E49
Outfit: B69, N1, N9, R14, R24, R29, R59, Y13, Y18, YR12, YR15,
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
What's a Konadicure? Konad is a REUSABLE nail STAMPING system and if you read this blog, then you have an "in". Head over to O.C. Nail Art (click HERE), spend $30 or more and receive free images when you use the code FITTERTWIT (choose free image plate of your choice). Add to that free shipping to the US and I'd say that's a pretty screamin deal!!! And not only is this nail art system reusable, you can use any color you want to create gorgeous manis! To see a really great tutorial, click HERE! It gives you TERRIFIC instructions of how the Konad nail art system works!
So for this AWESOME Halloween mani, I used image plates M69 and M1. I also used the Konad Special Polish in Black and Gold Black Pearl. I started with a base coat using my Nail Aid Pink Growth and followed that with polishing my nail tips orange using OPI's Tangerine Scene. Once dry, I stamped the tips with the butterfly lace pattern on image plate M69 in the Gold Black Pearl and then IMMEDIATELY stamped the spider from M1 in black (a wonderful characteristic of the special nail polish is that you can stamp multiple times and the rubber stamper doesn't move that special polish). I polished a Seche Vite topcoat and my first Halloween mani of the season was done!!! Stay tuned..... I have another AWESOME Konadicure lined up! I'll also let you know who the designer of this Konadicure is as soon as I find them. Wish me luck.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I already posted the challenge that I'm running from now until Halloween night, but if you haven't seen it, you can check it out HERE..... GREAT PRIZE for this challenge gang!!!
But there's more! This morning, Nicole over at Canadian Nickel Scrap'n announced the winners of her Little Hop of Horrors prizes. Congrats to all the winners!!! If you didn't win, you have another chance at the Grand Prize. I'M GIVING AWAY THE OCTOBER 31ST CARTRIDGE!!!! Here's how to win: from now until October 15th, post a link back to this blog post ANYWHERE (facebook, twitter, etc.) letting others know about this give-away, then leave a comment here letting me know where I can find the link. Or devote a blog post with a link to this giveaway and you get DOUBLE the chance of winning. Or do both! Leave a comment here for every shout-out or every blog post. The more you share, the more opportunity you have to win! Finally, you must appear on this blog's followers list to be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 16th! Good luck to everyone... I just love second chances!!!
..... I bet you're dying to know who the winner of the blog candy is already aren't you? The winner of the Little Hop of Horrors Pumpkin Carvings Seasonal Cricut cartridge is:
#134 Chris said, "I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!"
Congrats Chris!!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
So while I was making this I discovered that I used up all of my red flowers last Christmas. Funny enough, I didn't have my Copics yet, so normally that would cause a problem. NOT this time! I'm SO diggin those red veiny flowers!!! Copics are the best!
Don't forget about the challenge that started yesterday here at Fun And Mental Changes, you can check out the challenge post HERE. And today's the day I'll be announcing the winner of the Pumpkin Carvings Seasonal Cricut cartridge from Saturday's blog hop. Stay tuned for that a little later today. I've got my fingers crossed for you! LOL!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
1. I know there are 365 days in a calendar year.
2. I know I'll never dance naked for a full moon.
3. Anything having to do with "crazy", "mental" or "manic" draws me like a moth to a flame.
I credit #3 to my ex-husband and have decided that "crazy" is a pretty fun way to be. I won't make this a "preachy" post, but suffice it to say that in reality I am full of Love, Power and a Sound Mind. But because that is true, I take "crazy" to a really fun level and appreciate anyone else who does the same! We're all a bit crazy in one way or another and quite frankly, I think that is what separates US from the BORING!!! In the spirit of Halloween and all that is crazy and manic, here is today's fun Halloween project. I hope no one is sick of that MS Drippy Goo punch yet, because I'm no where near being done using it this month! hahahahahaha! I also used the same TSG Halloween Additions set that I used for the October 1st project! I love those versatile sets that let you customize or build your projects.
Ok, so after yesterday's AMAZING blog hop, and all the WONDERFUL comments that you all left about my project, well, I wanna see yours now!!! We're going to be having a fun little challenge for the next 29 days here at Fun And Mental Changes. The challenge is to create an ORIGINAL Halloween project with the theme of "Crazy", "Mental" or "Manic" and post it to the InLinkz at the bottom of this post. You must include a link to this challenge in your post to be eligible to win. A random winner will be announced on this blog, November 1st. Everyone will have until Halloween night at 11 p.m. to get their project entered. And this challenge prize is going to be BIG!!! The winner will receive 3 Tickled Pink Lil Lolita Stamps!!! Check them out below (click on pic to enlarge). So be sure to bookmark this post and get in touch with your inner artistic crazy! I can't wait to see what YOU ALL create!!!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
And now for my scary good fun before you head over to Gloria's blog on the next stop of this hop. Today I've got the "Welcome" sign that I will be hanging in my foyer this Halloween. I used my Simple Frame Gypsy cut file as well as the pumpkins and faces from the Pumpkin Carvings Seasonal Cricut Cartridge (just like the one I will be giving away... see below). I inserted a piece of acetate into the frame that I dabbed with slate alcohol ink mixed with blending fluid and stamped with a web and a spider using Staz On. The "Welcome" message was done using the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge. Because I used my Gypsy for this project, OF COURSE, I have Gypsy cut files for you!!! Click HERE for the Simple Frame (I adjusted the simple frame to fit this project. The cut file is a much smaller version) and HERE for the Pumpkin Faces.
Isn't this soooo neat?!? The alcohol ink makes the acetate look like marble and gives the overall project an aged and "weathered" look. I LOVE how this turned out!
Prizes Up For Grabs
- Simply Betty Stamps - Set of 5 Halloween Digi’s
- Tickled Pink Stamps - Halloween Digi’s
- Tiddly Inks - $10 Gift Voucher
- Scrappy Moms Stamps - Haunting we will Go stamp set
- My Pink Stamper - Stamp Set
- The Greeting Farm - 2 Halloween Digis
- Scrap Hut - October 31st Cricut Cartridge (North America Only)
- Winners for the prizes above will be drawn after the hop.
- And I'm giving away the Pumpkin Carvings Cricut Cartridge to someone who leaves a comment here on this post.... don't you just love blog candy? :) I will pick a random winner using random.org on Monday and post the winner here on my blog. Good luck everyone!!!
How The Hop Works to Win Those Prizes:
The hop begins over at Barbs awesome blog and ends with Nicole. So if you're just now joining us, you will want to head over to Barb's blog to start the hop fun from the beginning (click on the highlighted "Barb"). Each blog will direct you to the next in the order of the hop. Be sure to leave a comment at each blog along the way because some lucky hoppers are going to win the very cool prizes listed above and you can't win if you don't leave comments. You will see the most incredible projects, learn some really cool stuff and I'll see you again on your way through. Enjoy the hop! :)
I hope you all enjoyed my project for The Little Hop Of Horrors. You should now be on your way to Gloria's blog for the next freightfully delightful project on our blog hop. Have a fang-tastic time and thanx for stopping by! :)
Friday, October 1, 2010
Today I used my TSG Halloween Additions stamp set and my MS Drippy Goo punch to make this super cute and super easy card. The perfect card if you have a lot of invitations to make! ;)
Have a great one gang.... I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!