Sunday, September 30, 2012

Digi Galore Goth Challenge

Hello, Bloggers!  The latest challenge over at Digi Galore is GOTH, and we are sponsored by Delicious Doodles.

For this challenge, I used the Black Widow digi.  Isn't she so cool with all her spider friends?  I colored her with Copics and accented the spiders with Black Stickles.

I added Glossy Accents to her eyes to make them pop!  I finished off the card by inking all of the edges with Black Soot distress ink and some goth red roses.

For details on how to enter our challenge, be sure to pop by Digi Galore!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Spooktacular Banners For Special Needs Kids Blog Hop: Hello Kitty Candy Banner

Welcome to the annual Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children! I am joining in on Day Two.

I am delighted to join with more than 3 dozen other women who have each made at least one Halloween-themed banner that will be donated to hang in the room of a medically-fragile child at Pediatric Specialty Care in Pennsylvania.

Our Hop Hostess (Ellen CardMonkey Jarvis) works at PSC’s Bucks County site as Admissions Coordinator. The Banner Hop starts there (CLICK), so please be sure to circle back to the beginning to see all of the terrific banners that have been made for these very special children.

Ellen shared this information with us about Pediatric Specialty Care: “PSC is a very special place where children stay either long- or short-term, typically after hospitalization.  Most are dependent on ventilators and other technology to survive. Some have been born too early or with genetic diseases or birth injuries.  Other children suffer injuries later in life that require constant care later, including brain injuries from trauma or loss of oxygen (from choking, suffocation or drowning) and spinal cord injuries.

These children and their families -- and PSC’s staff -- will be thrilled to receive the Halloween banners, to help brighten the season when their friends and siblings will be out trick-or-treating.”

Here is the banner I am sending to a child at PSC:

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Since this banner is going to a child, I wanted to be sure to stay away from anything scary.  Candy immediately came to mind!  I don't know about you, but when I think of Halloween, I get excited about all the candy!  YUM! :)

I created my banner using a base of cardstock and patterned paper from an older Doodlebug collection.  The orange trim is patterned paper cut with a scallop edge punch.  I cut the banner letters out of the same paper using the Storybook Cricut cartridge.  The green circles backing the letters were cut with a Nestie.  Hello Kitty was cut from the Hello Kitty Greeting Cricut cartridge.  

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I added Googly eyes to Miss Kitty, a sticker to her tummy, and a 3-D Jolee's lollipop sticker. I lucked out with the lollipop sticker.  It fit perfectly in her hand!

All of the letters have a little embellishment.  For example, the letter C has dimensional candy apple stickers.

Here is a close up of the second Hello Kitty included on the banner:

This hop is two days (Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2), and on each day you will see different banners. So, be sure to check out both days' hops to see the truly inspirational work of these generous bloggers, and leave some love (comments) on as many sites as you can – because if you do, you can up your chances to win some Spooktacular blog candy, including from these sponsors:

Madge's Scrappin' Lounge is donating a $25 gift certificate to her store at!
Lisa Peters - $15 shopping spree to her adorable paper piecing store at Scrapping With Lisa Designs at

Lucy Kelleher - Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart is donating a $10 Gift Certificate which you can use towards any Close to My Heart products! ( To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog ( and become a follower of her blog. For an additional entry, "Like" her Facebook page at:
Debi Weidleman - Independent Consultant for Stampin' Up is also donating a $10 Gift Certificate which you can use towards any Stampin' Up products -
Erica's Craft Room is donating two Cricut cartridges (!!!) -- Pretty Pennants and Mini Books.  Please visit and say thank you to Erica at 

To qualify, all you have to do is leave at least one comment on our Hostess’s site CLICK HERE to visit cardmonkey's paper jungle to name which banner spoke to you – ghostly or not!  What made it appealing to you?  Leave additional comments on as many banner makers’ sites as you’d like for extra chances to win!  Prize winners will be announced on Monday, September 3 on the CardMonkey site, where there will be a round-up of all of the Spooktacular banners for 2012.

Please move on your way to the next stop, which is: Yvette's Blog. Thank you again for visiting!

Below is the complete lineup for today:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Sandie Dunne -
  3. Ashley -
  4. Lucy ~
  5. Dena ~
  6. Yvette ~
  7. Jamie ~
  8. Nancie ~
  9. Beth ~
  10. Erica ~
  11. Jearise ~
  12. Jenny -
  13. Lisa T.-
  14. Robin ~
  15. Jessica S ~
  16. Lori A ~
  17. Jenny D. ~
  18. Linda Simpson -
  19. Beckie ~
  20. Scrappin Madge:
  21. Jennifer R ~
  22. Debbie T ~
  23. Tami McD ~
  24.  Susan ~

Happy Birthday, Leanne!

***If you're looking for the It's a Wildlife Blog Hop, CLICK HERE.***

***If you're looking for the Digi Galore post, CLICK HERE.***

Today is Leanne's birthday!  She is one of the very talented DT members over at Lollipop Crafts.  We're celebrating by participating in a blog hop.  My blog isn't one of the actual stops on the hop, but you can hop on over to Lollipop Crafts to join the hop and see what the other LC DT members have created for Leanne!

I recently came across a cute cupcake digi from BirdieBrown's Etsy shop.  There are some really cute digi's there, and I'm definitely going to have to add more to my digi collection!  I inked up this cupcake digi with copics and added some Stickle accents to the frosting.  I also added Glossy Accents to the stars and ribbon.  I love how that makes the stars and ribbon look like epoxy stickers.  They also better match the paper which has a glossy look in some sections.

 I fussycut the cupcake and then adhered it to a circle mat that I cut with my Nesties.  The sentiment was computer-generated and cut out with an SU! Word Window punch.

Hope you like your card, Leanne!  Have a wonderful day.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!