Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!!

Candy candy candy candy candy!!

Okay ... calm down ... deeeeep breath ....

Halloween is about more than candy - there's also the Great Pumpkin, Addam's Family and Munsters marathons, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.  It's a time when adults can dress up in costumes and pretend to be anything we like.  We're allowed to be gothic and unreservedly goofy.  It's practically a religion here in San Francisco.

For DH and me it's the beginning of the holiday season - all of which is serious fun, lots of romance, and quite a few traditions.  Since we're terrible home-bodies Halloween is about a lovely dinner and watching our favorite movie, NBC.  And in honor of the occasion I made him this card:


The background is all digiscrapped with Raspberry Road's fab new Haunted Dreams kit, with the exception of the tree in the window which is from NewLifeDesigns.  All printed on Cryogen White paper.

Sally was drawn by Simply Betty Stamps.  She's colored with Copics:  G20, G24; E09, YR07, YR02, E34; V01, V05, V06, BG 72, BG78, Y32, Y35, Y38.  The cauldron is from Priscilla Styles, also colored with Copics:  C3, C5, C7; E37, E59, E53; Y15, YR04, R08.

I didn't have any thick foam adhesive, so Sally and the cauldron are elevated off the page with a couple of folded paper springs.  All on plain orange cardstock.  Inside is this sentiment:


The font is Burton's Nightmare with a couple of photoshop layer styles and printed on vellum, and "Spell" is spelled out with the new Bones chipboard Thickers.

Entered in the Oh Alice! Halloween in Wonderland challenge and the Simply Betty/Burtonesque Dolls 12th Day of Halloween witch challenge.  Sally's not a traditional crone-warty-pointy-hat type of gal, but with her skill at herbs and potions she is obviously a witch.  (I still regret not buying the Deadly Nightshade canister when we were in Disneyland.)  Also the Incy Wincy Designs Anything Goes challenge.

What spooky fun did you have today?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Skater birthday card

My nephew's turning 12 already.  Gah!  He just got an xbox so we got him a skateboard game, and of course I had to make a coordinating card.



The skater image is from Sports Clip Art - check them out, they're free!  And lots of silhouettes, which transfer easily to a die-cut.  I used two free fonts - Graffonti for the name, and Degrassi for the "Happy Birthday, Dude!" on the base.

My new camera really picks up the sparkle from the Cryogen White cardstock!!  Colored with Copics:  B39, B26, B14, B12, BG01, YR04, YR07; and white Signo pen to accent.  The blue background paper is plain cardstock stamped with a Stamp Camp image using Versamark Watermark ink; I decorated the envelope with the same stamp.

Think this'll make me the favorite aunt for a while?

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Cookbook Project: Tuna Mousse and a Freebie!

This is a great alternative to regular tuna salad in a brown-bag lunch or bento with some crackers and raw veggies.  Of course it's also good as a party dip - if you do dips which I don't because of the double-dip germiness possibilities, eeeewwwww!  So either make sure it gets spooned out onto plates, or do individual servings.  You can pipe it onto toast points, crackers, zucchini or carrot slices, or into celery cut 1" to 2" long.  Or prepare individual serving sizes using Chinese-style spoons, endive or small butter lettuce leaves, shot glasses, etc.  There are so many creative possibilities.

The recipe for Spuma di Tonno is from Michael Chiarello, not one of my favorite TV personalities but I have to admit he does some nice things with food.


This page was so much fun - not the least because of the visual pun.  Tuna Moose was colored with Copics: B21, B26, Y11, BG72, C1, and C3, and the antlers with E34, E37, E53, and the blender.  Outlined with Sakura Glaze pens; black Glaze topped with Glossy Accents for the eye.  Tuna, antlers, and tuna fish can were all borrowed from other sources.  Font is Qokijo.  The bracket is from ateets Sunporch kit.  Little fish stamped with a couple of SEI inks.

What do you think of the fish hook and journalling page?  The page itself was originally an outline of a pirate map from Lee Hansen Graphics.  She has some wonderful clip art and coloring pages for scrapbooking and other crafts, and they translate well to die-cutting, too.  Check her out, she has fun stuff!  I cut the page from a Basic Grey distressed paper, rubbed some Distress Tea Dye on it and inked the edge with Copic BG72 to help it stand out.  And I love them so much I had to make them available for you as both a free WPC cutting file and a PNG file.  Personal, non-commercial use only, please play nice.  I would love to see what you make with these!