Sunday, October 31, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


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

Practice Makes Perfect


Ok... so after yesterday's attempt to use the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page border punches, I found myself trying and trying to perfect it pretty much the entire day.....
THEN....
I watched the company's video tutorial and lo and behold, LOOKIE WHAT I DID (click on pic to enlarge)!!! Just a little note, for the punches to work, the measurements have to be right on! But after practicing, I made a spooky journaling mat and a web-bordered card! YAY ME!!!
So here's the link to the video for all of you who ran out and bought the punch set the minute you saw yesterday's post.... well, I'm imagining you did cuz that's what I would've done! LOL! Ok, now, really, here is the link: HERE. Have a great one gang! Tomorrow's the big day!!!! :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

TWO DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!!!

Wow! I'm surprised there haven't been more entries for the "Crazy Halloween" challenge that ends Halloween night, especially considering that there are THREE Tickled Pink stamps up for grabs.... but I guess that just means the odds of winning are SUPER HIGH!!! hahahahahhahaha! So if anyone out there is still interested in entering the challenge, click HERE for the details to enter. Good luck to everyONE? HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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

Christmas Already?!?

Wow... I gotta be honest, this seems a little soon for me to be doing ANYTHING Christmas. I'm not even through all the uber-fun Halloween stuff yet!!! But I designed a scrapbook layout for today's button challenge over at The Town Scrapper (Ontario, Canada) featuring Victoria Case's Made With Love Lola. Click HERE to view what all the designers made for this challenge and to upload your own button-featuring creation!!! You have until Thursday at 9 p.m. to upload your project.

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

Spooky!!!


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

Inking Pink Blog Hop

Hi Hoppers! Danielle, a.k.a. FitterTwit here.... so glad you made it!!! If you're mid-hop, you should be arriving here from Chelsea's blog. Was that a great project or what!?! If you're just joining us and need to start the hop from the beginning, you're gonna want to head over to our lovely Hop Hostess Patricia's blog to start the fun here on our VERY IMPORTANT Inking Pink Blog Hop! Here's to Breast Cancer Awareness!!! My project for this hop is a reminder card..."Remember your checkups!" What a wonderful way to say "I love you" to a dear friend or family member. Now you may not be able to see it in the pic above, but I altered The Greeting Farm's Ebony so that her tee shirt reads, "Say YES to Mammograms!" So, today I wanted to share HOW I added the words to her tee.

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

Ode To Young Frankenstein


So, today is overcast and dreery (SO WONDERFUL) and I pulled out Young Frankenstein, a Halloween classic, to pop it into the dvd player and couldn't help but be struck by the urge to do another Halloween mani! You know you love them!!! hahahahahaha. So with the movie put on hold, I went in search of the PERFECT image plates! Here's what I did.
Base Coat: Nail Aid's Rapid Growth
2 Coats: OPI's Gargantuan Green Grape
Image Plates: M7 and M19 (for french tip)
Images Stamped: in black Konad special nail polish
Top Coat: Seche Vite for quick dry
I'd say these babies are perfect for the Young Frankenstein viewing.... don't you agree? Gotta run folks! Time to pop popcorn and press "play"! :)

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

ONLY 10 MORE DAYS!?!

ONLY 10 MORE DAYS!?! I can't believe Halloween's almost here!!! I'm so excited! So I'm going to try to fit in as many Halloween Konadicures as I can between now and then. Today's is a simple orange and black "quickie" using Nail Aid's Pink Growth as a base coat, then two coats of OPI's Tangerine Scene, nail stamp from image plate M15 using Konad special nail polish in black and then a top coat of the beloved Seche Vite! THIS IS SO GOTH!!! I love it! I'm going to do this again in red and black... stay tuned for that!!!

I went ahead and covered the ghastly-gash-al-a-Martha Stewart so that I could show you the entire mani. Please forgive the nasty cuticles... ever since the Martha Stewart attack, I just haven't really cared for them while waiting to heal. But at least you all get to see this awesome mani!!! Get yourselves ready.... Halloween's almost here!!!
For a GREAT deal on Konad Nail Stamping, check out OC Nail Art! Code "FITTERTWIT" gets you free images with a $30 purchase. Add to that, FREE SHIPPING, and you're well on your way to your OWN ghoulish manis! Be sure to choose your free image plate prior to check out! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another Work In Progress


Ok... this little guy ROCKS MY SOCKS!!! I discovered him while hopping in the Little Hop of Horrors put on by Canadian Nickel Scrap'n when Gloria of Creepy Glowbugg showcased this little guy for her project. OF COURSE I had to have him and OF COURSE I had to scrap-jack her idea. When coloring with Copic markers.... don't be afraid to copy someone else's coloring. It is a great way to discover how highlights and lowlights get created on a project. And THIS particular image was expertly drawn by the artist to include all the shadows.... so the hard work was done! All I had to do was color the dark areas dark and the light areas light. I LOVE IT WHEN IT'S EASY!!! :) To get your hands on this little gem, Marvin The Bat, CLICK HERE. He arrived to me in a digi file (three different images).... and you all know how much I'm diggin the digis!!!

Have a great one gang..... 11 days till Halloween!!! YEEEE!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween GOLD!

Just a quick one today folks! I finally got around to coloring the new Simply Betty Spooky Hallow digis and all I can say is.... "MEGA HIGH FIVE"!!! I'm tellin you... you GOTTA check these out!!! Click on the link above! :)

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

I Am So Lucky!

Today is Showcase Monday over at The Town Scrapper and here's my featured project! I just LOVE this Kraftin Kimmie Charlotte stamp and have used it on MANY occasions, but this one is just cuter than the rest.... and I can't put my finger on it! HA! (that's my little pun for this morning's post! ;)

Anyway, head over and check out what the rest of The Town Scrapper's design team has to offer... you won't be sorry.... the showcase today is great! :)
Oh... and the title for this post is referring to the lovely ladies who were with me last night while I was coloring this oh-so-adorable Charlotte. You ladies ROCK and I'm so lucky to get to hang out with you! :)

Martha Stewart Ruins Everything!



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

Halloween Invite Envelopes

Ok, so I received a request yesterday for instructions for my Halloween envelopes. And the good news is, you can use these for ANY envelopes... hahahahahaha! I'm a bit partial to the Halloween ones though... just so you know! LOL! So I'm going to go through the Martha Stewart way and then I'll post a link to a video using Scor Pal to create envelopes!

Now, I have some recent issues with Martha Stewart... but I'll go into that tomorrow. For the purposes of scoring or creating envelopes.... well, NOTHING beats Martha Stewart's Score Board. Aside from the fact that it only cost me $10 with a 50% coupon at Michaels, it also includes an ON-BOARD envelope template (LOVE) and a scoring/folding tool that ALSO stores ON-BOARD!!! Now the little trick with the Martha Stewart Score Board envelope template is that it also includes a little "cheat" that tells you how to make envelops from the #1 size envelope to the A2 envelope that I love so much, all the way to a #10 envelope. You can find the little "cheat" right on the ON-BOARD envelope template!!! So for the A2, I just slide the template on my score board, placed a sheet of 8.5" x 8.5" paper on my board and scored the opposing corners at 3" and 3 5/8". I clipped the triangles that were created by the "intersecting" (HEY! Geometry IS good for something!!!) score lines. Then I folded and adhered.... easy!

Here's how I decorated the back! :) For an awesome video on how to do envelopes using a Scor Pal, click HERE. Have a great one folks... "see" you tomorrow.

Inking Pink

I really hope you all will join us for a VERY important cause and see some things, learn some things and have a chance to win some really cool stuff! This blog hop is going to be PACKED with incredible projects....you won't want to miss this!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 31st Cartridge Winner



Congratulations DEBRA!!! You are the winner of the October 31st Cricut cartridge! Please email me at fittertwit@yahoo.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

Copic Class

ANNOUNCEMENT! I will be at Paper Vineyard in Chandler, AZ on Sunday, October 17th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will be creating this super cute card and everyone will leave with their card creation AND this INCREDIBLE Kraftin Kimmie Charlotte stamp for future masterpieces!!! The class is VERY limited so reserve your spot quickly! Class price is $30. Phone: 480-656-2058!

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!!! :)

You'd Think I'd Have Had Enough!


Wow.... so HOW many times can I use this image??? HAHAHAHAHAHA! I can't help it! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Victoria Case Magical Sophie stamp !!! But, I promise, this is the last time you'll see her this season. I've got WAY too many new and oh-so-cute stamps and goodies coming and I'll have to use ALL of them this Halloween.... you know how it is.

So I did this card for The Town Scrapper (which, BTW, is where I got this cute little gem). Today starts the sketch challenge for the week over there. If you'd like to participate, click on the link above. Of all types of challenges, sketch challenges are my favorite. And this particular sketch is super fun just because of all the design elements that are so perfectly placed.

Check back in tomorrow... I will be announcing the winner of the October 31st Cricut Cartridge. There's still time to enter, here's THE LINK for the details. Good luck everyone! :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CAUTION



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

Personalize Your Poison


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

Cocktails Anyone???


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

Thank You Dana Edwards!

Well, today I just had a BLAST with my new friend Dana! She showed me how to make this AMAZING mini-album using a simple 5"x 5" CD cover/sleeve. Let me walk you through it!


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! :)


All the paper inserts (3 in all) were simply bound by tying a thin metallic string... THAT'S IT! :)


The last couple of pages here were done the same as the first with the edge punched.


And finally the last page is the actual back side of the CD sleeve that is meant to hold a CD. I'm going to be using it to hold a couple of tags. This really is THE GREATEST Halloween mini-album I've ever seen!!! I'm so glad I got the opportunity to make it and even more glad to have spent the time with Dana. Thank you Dana Edwards!!! :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

More Easy Halloween Nails!


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

Give Aways!

I just have a quick reminder today... There is only a week left to enter to win the October 31st Cricut cartridge. If you'd like a chance to win, click HERE.

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

What's On My Desk
























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

Halloween Heat


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,
Misc: E11
The image is a Simply Betty Emo Halloween digi called Rio Devil. To check out all the awesome Halloween goodness over at Simply Betty, click HERE. I hope you all like this project. I think it turned out super cute and I can't wait to find this card a home! :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My First Halloween Mani

Ok, so last Halloween I found the GREATEST Konadicure I have ever seen but did not have the image plates to do it, so I saved the image and FORGOT to include the name of the person who did this nail design. So for the record, I am NOT taking credit for this design, however I am taking credit for how good it turned out!!! I made only a couple of mistakes, but they are livable! This is STILL an amazing mani!!!! I have been growing out my nails specifically for this Konadicure. This mani is the reason I quit gnawing on my nails!!!

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

And The Winner Is....

This may be the announcement for the winner of The Little Hop of Horror's blog candy, but I'm no where NEAR done with the give-aways this month!!!

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 fittertwit@yahoo.com to claim your prize.

Hey Ghoulfriend!

Today is our Monday Showcase at The Town Scrapper and I decided to use up the paper that I worked with yesterday for my project today. Is it me, or does Martha Stewart ROCK Halloween??? This paper is from this year's Halloween paper pack... love it! Anyway, Phebe at The Town Scrapper (Ontario, Canada) carries The Greeting Farm stamps, among others, and that's what I chose to feature in today's showcase. This is TGF's Ebony. Isn't she perfect? How she can be all smiles in the middle of a graveyard is beyond me.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Anyway, if you'd like to get your hands on her, you can reach Phebe at 519-882-0623 or by email at info@townscrapper.com.

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

What I Know... There's A REALLY Big Challenge!!!

Now I don't claim to know it all (pretty close though... JK!), but there are some things I just KNOW!!!
1. I know there are 365 days in a calendar year.
2. I know I'll never dance naked for a full moon.

AND

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

Velcome To The Little Hop of HORRORS!!!

MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! So I tried to make the title sound really spooky and ran out of room to include my evil laugh... hahaha! WELCOME HOPPERS! Are you thoroughly spooked and amazed? I know I am! You already know that today is the start of our Halloween celebration with a blog hop organized by my good friend Nicole of Canadian Nickel Scrap'n. If you're currently hopping, you should be arriving here from the Fabulous Eulanda's blog... wasn't that Caramel Corn Box AWESOME?!? If you haven't arrived from Eulanda's blog and are just now joining us, hop to the bottom of this post for details on how the blog hop works.


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

IT'S OCTOBER 1ST!!!

Ok everyone, the countdown begins! 30 days until Halloween and only hours until our Halloween Blog hop! I cannot wait to show everyone the project I made, but I'm even more excited for the goodies I have for you!!! Be sure to join us tomorrow for The Little Hop Of Horrors and a ton of fun with a chance to win some really great prizes.

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!