Pumpkin Season

I almost missed the peak of pumpkin season. I have been planning for the end of year holidays for so long that October just flew by me. Luckily, a local high school where Baby 2 played water polo had their annual pumpkin patch athletics fundraiser. We were able to pick up quite a few gems.

Inspired by the gourd-geous fruit, I eeked out a few delightful projects.

Glazed Pumpkin Donuts - You can click through to the recipe from my Pinterest board here.

I think my friend, Margaret, had the same idea. She sent home some tasty, fresh baked pumpkin bread. So, I had to reciprocate with a Pumpkin thank you card. I didn't have much time to "craft", so I used one pumpkin stamp (masked for the second image) bought years ago at a stamp show, used Pearlescent watercolors and topped it all off with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's "Glory Be" set. The second image shows the shimmer on the pumpkins.

And, this one isn't so pumpkiny, but I did use Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses in my Boo bags.
These bags were fun to make.

I lightly sprayed Easy-Tack over take out containers (1 side at a time) and lay a 4"x6" piece of sheer, netted fabric on top. Each fabric had a Halloween design on top (see photo).

Then I sprinkled Martha Stewart's fine Onyx glitter over the fabric and spread over the side of the container with my fingers so that the glitter adhered to the adhesive coming through the net of the fabric. When you peel off the fabric, the design comes through the areas where glitter didn't stick.

I highly suggest a paper covering over your desk area and a second sheet of paper to collect and re-purpose the glitter.

Well, I can't believe it, but another month has passed. I'm looking forward to several excuses to visit with friends and family and taste all kinds of goodies in the next 2 months. Happy Halloween!


From 50 Shades of Gray...comes an Invitation

The WOW! design team blog post for October was themed "50 Shades of Gray". You may or may not be familiar with a popular book series called “Shades of Grey”. It has climbed best seller lists across the country.  I haven’t read the series myself, but I liked the title and the book covers. The idea of using Shades of Gray (the color) was further defined in my head when I saw Erika’s layout last month. She did it all in different grays. 

Inspired by a Stampin' Up project at www.myhappyplace.typepad.com, I put together this invitation. A square slip and wine charm (to be brought to the event) will sit inside this dainty box. Of course, these particular invitations need to be hand delivered. 



A little WOW - Card #2 for World Card Making Day

I really think World Card Making Day should be a weekend event. And last weekend should have been like a prep period. :D

There are so many inspirational cards and designers out there on Pinterest, on Blogs, in local scrapbook stores, and among friends. There isn't enough time in 24 hours to get past the tip of the iceberg.

Particularly when you have to work and run the kids around town!

So....drum roll....card #2 finally. Simple - matted card stock, Stampin' Up "Confetti" stamp, Copic marker in Ice Mint and Sherbert WOW! Embossing Powders for the sentiment and on the butterflies. My sentiment is crooked, I know. It wasn't a clear stamp, and I remembered why I don't work well with those.

I did also manage to tape down this card's elements. There's no sentiment yet on the outside or on the inside. I have a few ideas, but what do you think this card should say? 

One card down, 2 to Go & a Giveaway from WOW!

Good day!
I had one card done from my must-have list of 3 before I went to bed last night. I woke up already accomplished for today. (Tricky, tricky).

Here's a Sentiment card with a thought I think many of my friends could use to hear this week. Seems like it was a tough week for a lot of folks. Hang in there, guys and gals!

I'm entering this card in for the

WCMD 2012 Challenge 3: Sketch Challenge by Sharon Harnist posted at ellenhutson.com

Since I was putting this together just before midnight, I was a little accident prone. I poked a hole in the delicate leaf and I didn't stamp my sentiment quite right. Easily fixed with a button over the hole and flipping over the card stock for Take 2 on the stamping. What are you fix-it tips? 

Don't forget to stop by the WOW! blog to enter our giveaway. 

There is a chance to win a full 12-pack of powders and (as a separate prize) a pack of Christmas stamps. We will promote the prizes on both the US and UK blogs. So, for our international designers, point your cursors to either site. 

All you have to do to enter is: 
1. Leave a comment on the blog.
2. Follow blog.
3. Link a WCMD project to the blog (just one). 
Good luck!


Happy World Card Making Day...or Weekend!

Let the fun begin!
Happy World Card Making Day....or Weekend! 

Since I have a short tether from my home office this weekend for work, I will also be able to participate in this year's online festivities for WCMD. 

I have plenty - PLENTY - of paper and inks to keep me busy all weekend. Some of the girls on the WOW! Design Team are also sharing in the fun. Don't forget to check out our blog for fun giveaways!

I will also be keeping the page activity here going all weekend long. Might as well..I'm online, I need content on the blog, and I'm feeling crafty!

By the end of the weekend, here are the Top 3 Cards I must create: 

1. a Thank You card
2. a Hero Card for OWH (Support & Thank our Troops)
3. a Sentiment Card (only words)

Come back and see how I'm doing. You can also follow my progress @Chilispice on Twitter and see the trends we're following by adding #worldcardmakingday to any post. 
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