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Thursday, October 31, 2013


Hey All!

It is HALLOWEEN!!!!  I waited until today to post because I just wanted to wish you all a very safe, spooky, and happy Halloween.  The weather here is perfect for a creepy Halloween night.  It is rainy, windy, dark and grey.  Perfect for the creatures to come out and haunt.  Trick or Treating has been postponed here in Indianapolis until tomorrow because of the stormy weather.  So I'm going to curl up and watch a scary movie in peace tonight.   HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

Harrowing Hugs!

Count Curtis

"God, please let me be the person that my dogs think I am."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Hey All!

Glad to see that you are back safe and sound.  I've enjoyed my visits this week with all your wonderful stuff!  I've noticed, there are a lot of you who love Halloween like I do.  I've really enjoyed your Halloween creations so much.

Speaking of. . .(close your eyes Bonnie!)
Skeletons are one of my most favorite characters during Halloween.  Isn't that cut out circle feature cool?  I got my inspiration from THIS CARD. When I saw the card that inspired me, this one came into my head.  I used various stamps for this: The big skull and Halloween ticket are by Craft Smart (wood mount), the skeleton is by My Minds Eye, and the skeleton hand holding the ticket is by my buddy Mark at Deadbeat Designs, and the French script background is Stampabilities.  This is a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 square card.
I'm sending this one to my Vet's office.  I used real gauze to wrap a piece of beige colored card stock.  The image is by Stampendous.
Love this Halloween martini glass by Impression Obsession.  Super quick and easy card to make for those "adult" Halloween lovers on your list.  Colored it all with Bic markers.  The background paper is My Mind's Eye.

OK, Halloween stuff shown, now my Fall project (You can open your eyes now Bonnie):

I bought the template for this box months ago and just now got around to using it.  It is a great box with a drawer for cards (holds 6 A2 sized cards perfectly) and a shelf for the envelopes.  The template is by Creations by AR which you can find HERE.  These are a sample of the cards that are inside:

Same stamp, just colored differently.  The first has just solid color trees and the bottom has variegated colored leaves.  I colored the bottom by just making lots and lots of dots with different colored markers.  On both, I added the dots at the bottom of each tree to simulate fallen leaves.  The stamp is by Memory Box.  There are 3 each for a total of 6 cards in the set.  Each says something different.  I'm giving this set to my Mom and sister.

Pic of the Week:
Even weeds are beautiful in the Fall!
Well, that's it for this post.  Sorry I put in so much, but I've had lots to share.  I know my posts are like epic journeys!  LOL  Thanks so much for always coming to see me and leaving me such great comments.  You all are truly the highlight of my week.

Hope you are all well and happy!



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Hey All!

There you are!  Come on in and get out of that rain.  Here, let me take your umbrella.  Glad you made it despite this rainy evening!  Would you like something to drink?  Tea, coffee, alcohol?  LOL

I have to apologize up front for the photos on this post.  I tried to take some of them in very dim lighting to show the candle light, so they didn't come out to my standards. . .

This is a card I made for my Mom's doctor.  My Mom asked me to make a card for her to give to her doctor for Halloween.  This is a "Tunnel" card.  As you will see below.  The only stamping I did is the "boo".  The rest was already on the paper.  The swirlies and the spider are all done in black glitter.  I just chopped up the paper and paneled it, raising each section with dimensionals.  Here is the inside:
Now, I've added my own touch to this tunnel card.  Where there is supposed to be the sentiment there in the raised center cutout, you can only see a piece of vellum.  That is my twist. . .and here is the surprise revealed:
Set the card over an electric tea light and it reveals a spooky scene.  The scene was created using a die cut from Impression Obsession.  I attached it behind the vellum.  What do you think?  And I couldn't just send her in to her doctor with just a card now could I?  Heck no!  I had to make her a little treat box too:
With treats inside:
I made this eyeball box I think a couple of years ago.  So I got my instructions out and made it again for her to give.  Don't you love the eyeball candy?  They are peanut butter filled!  LOL  The box with insert is very simple, and if you want the instructions, send me an email and I'll send them to you.

So, I liked the Halloween Tunnel card so much that I made one as a birthday card for my Mom:
The leaves were punched out from various foil and glittery papers.  Inside:
You can kind of see the light from the electric tea light there at the bottom.  This vellum was already pre-stamped with the leaves so it made this one so easy to do.  The message to the recipient is on the back panel.   The tutorial for the tunnel card is HERE.  Where I deviated from the tutorial is putting vellum over the opening.

I also made this for my Mom's birthday from Shotsy and Gunther:
See that belly band?  Here it is from the back:
And when you open it up:
Tah Dah!  A gift card for Grandma!  

Pick of the Week
These are pumpkins some friends, family and I carved. . .Can you guess which one is mine?

Hope you enjoyed your visit today.  I'm always glad that you come for a visit.  I'm still making my way around to visit all of you.  So if I haven't seen you yet, I'm on my way!

Enjoy the upcoming weekend and the rest of your week!



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Hey All!

Welcome back to another edition of the Wednesday Evening Post!

I wanted to start by telling you that I celebrated a milestone this week. . .On October 4th, I celebrated 1 year since my heart attack!  Can you believe it has already been a year????  I had an ultrasound done on my heart on September 28th and a cardiologist appointment on October 3rd.  He said everything looked great and my heart was 20% stronger than right after the heart attack.  I had even lost more weight (total 38 pounds) and the ultrasound showed nothing abnormal.  I just wanted to share the good news with you all!

Here are my cards this week.  And can you believe it???  No Fall or Halloween!!!  GASP!

My best friend's birthday was last week, and I made this for him.  I really like these treat box cards.  This one is stuffed with Hershey's toffee nuggets.  This is a House Mouse image which I colored with my colored pencils and oms.  Here is the pic with the tag pulled out:
The paper looks like cake frosting with sprinkles.  I fashioned the candle and then attached it with a dimensional.  I wrote my message on the back of it.

My next card you will need sunglasses for!:
I was so thrilled this week.  Melanie Muenchinger (a stamp designer from Stamp TV) sent me 3 sets of her stamps.  She had noticed on my profile that I was a caregiver for Jay and she said that touched her heart and she wanted to send me some "happy mail".  So I used one of the sets she sent to make this thank you card for her.  This flower comes from her set "A Year of Flowers 2".  She is so talented!  I Stamped the floral images in Versamark ink, then embossed them with white embossing powder.  I created the background by covering the card stock with Mustard Seed Distress ink, then stamping it off twice to achiever a very light image.  I then colored the petals of the main flowers with my water brush and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink to achieve the various shading levels.  I cut the stems from green card stock.  Thanks so much for your kindness Melanie. . .it was so appreciated!!

Last card:
I did this card for my sister who loves that insurance commercial where the camel wanders through the office asking everyone what day it is. . .What's even funnier about the commercial is that the camel actually uses my sister's name (Julie) and her ex-husbands name right after (Mike).  I must have been drinking when I made this because I'm noticing in the picture that stuff is kind of crooked!  Dang!  Oh well, it was just for laughs anyway.  The image is a digital from Doodle Pantry.

Pic of the Week

That's all I've got. . .Hope you are all doing well and enjoying this gorgeous Fall weather we've been having.  I'll be seeing you on your blogs this week!



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Hey All!

October is finally here!!!  For those of you who are observant, you noticed two new elements that I've added to my blog.  The first element is the YouTube video of the song This Is Halloween from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Just press the small play button and enjoy my most favorite Halloween song!  You'll also see right below it the Halloween countdown clock!  Both are located to your right in the side bar at the top.

On to the post. . .

My sister's birthday was yesterday and this is the card I made for her.  I created another one of those punch pumpkins from an oval Spellbinder's die.  However, I got a little creative with this one and embossed that great leafy swirl pattern across the front of it.  It is embossed with Zing sparkly copper glitter embossing powder and it is so sparkly.  Added two patterned paper panels behind it and a 3-D happy birdaty banner (made from scratch and embossed with the same ep).  The card is a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 square.  I love how my pumpkin turned out.

Ahhhh. . .the dark side of House Mouse. . . .BBBWWWWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA.  There is a lot of fussy cutting going on here!  Both main images are cut out and attached with dimensionals.  The fence is a die by Spellbinders as are the grave stones.  The specialty box is called a Flat Backed Treat Box and is a tutorial on SCS by my own blogging buddy Patti J. from Cherrish Each Precious Day.  You can find the tutorial HERE.  It is a great, well written tutorial and these have so many ways to use them.  I added some mini Reeses in the little box.  Can you imagine this with a (dare I say it now) Christmas scene?

This is just a simple Autumn note card.  I started with a scratch piece of card stock and stamped the script writing on it.  Then I used a leaf punch and punched 3 leaves from it.  Then just distressed them a bit with Distress inks.  Ran the background piece through in a CB embossing folder for a wood grain look, attached the leaves with dimensionals, added the copper brad and twine, and completed it with the little hello tag.

Pic of the Week
Hope this post finds you all well and happy.  I'll be back to visit you again this week to see what you've been up to. . .I hope I find that there are lots of Halloween and Fall projects to look at!



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."