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Thursday, October 31, 2013

SBS Pumpkin Swap

Happy Halloween! Anyone going Trick or Treating tonight???   Hope you all have a great time.

This past month over on the Simply Betty Facebook Fan Page we had a Halloween Secret Sister Pumpkin Swap.  What fun! All stuff for Halloween.  It turned out that my Secret Sister BreAnn McFarland and I had each other's name.  She really spoiled me and sent me tons of great stuff.

 First of all - This cute LED Haunted House light - 

Some Window Gel Stickers - 

A couple paper pads embossing folder, Halloween twine and Washi Tape and some really cool stickers

All these fabulously cute Halloween stamps.

I'm really going to have a fun time next year getting lots of Halloween cards and projects made with these.

Look at this gorgeous necklace and pin that she made me.  The necklace cameo is Steampunk!  Love it!

More fun stuff - tinsel, vampire blood, pumpkins, and she knows what I like - chocolate!

And last, but certainly not least, her Kitty Boo card.  This is just so gorgeous.  I'd love to know more about using PhotoShop so I could make a card like this.  Love it.

And the inside -

It turns out that BreAnn does NOT have a blog, so I wanted to show the things that I bought just for her for the swap.

 I can't leave without show you the card that I sent to BreAnn - 

Blog Hop List:

Hope that you enjoy hopping around to see all the fun things that were swapped.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

SBS October Fan Page Challenge

Hi everyone!  Yes, another post from me already, but I had to get this one posted before tomorrow.  I'm such a procrastinator. This is for the Simply Better Stamps Fan Page Challenge for October.  If you go HERE, you can read all about it and there's still time for you to join in the fun.  I chose to use Fortune Teller Betty for my card.  I had this idea in my head from the start but wasn't sure how it was going to turn out in the end.  Overall, I'm pretty pleased with it.

Materials Used:

  • Image - Simply Betty Stamps - Fortune Teller Betty
  • Sentiment - "Wild and Witchy" Studio 6 Sticker Flip Pack
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up; Basic Black; Xpress It Blending Card
  • Designer Paper - My Mind's Eye - Happy Haunting
  • Accessories - Curtain Tieback - Vintag charm; gold braid; Bling from Hobby Lobby; Graphic45 Steampunk Spells chipboard wall photo; Rug - oval layered sticker; Crystal effecs on the crystal ball.
  • Copic Markers: E00, E11, E13; E40; E97; R14, R20, R27, R43, R46; W3; Y21, Y23, Y38; V04, V12, V15; YG00, YG11, YG13, YG23; YR02, YR16, YR21, YR65
This challenges ends tomorrow night and then Voting will begin on Tuesday for only 2 days.  I hope that you'll stop over at the Simply Betty Stamps October Fan Page Challenge and vote for my card!  Thanks for stopping by.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

SBS October Fan Page Challenge - Use Digi and crystals
Come and Get it Challenges - Halloween
Crafty Calender Challenge - Halloween
Digi Designs - Halloween
The Kraftyhands Challenge - Halloween Colors
A Creative Romance - Add Metal
Card Makin Mamas - Trick or Treat
QKR Stampede - Seeing Orange
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Stampin with the Dragon - Halloween
Happy Campers Craft Collective - Halloween

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Monthly Challenge - Snowman Fun

Happy Saturday my friends.  Yep, still have almost an hour and a half until midnight!  I'm a little behind in getting my Monthly Challenge cards done for the swap group I belong to on Splitcoaststampers.  There's a group of 11 of us and each month a different person sends out swap supplies to the rest of the group and then we make one or more cards from whatever is sent.  We're allowed to add extras to the supplies if we want to.  This card is for the September challenge which we received from Krista (kristastampinfun).  I'm needing to get my Christmas cards done, so this was perfect. 
I know that Krista's favorite color is purple so I wasn't surprised at the colors she sent.  Happens to be my favorite color too so I just went with it.

Materials Used:
  • Image, designer paper, and ribbon all from the swap.
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up Lavendar Lace and Whisper White; Shimmer White
  • Ink - Tuxedo Memento Black
  • Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
  • Accessories - Frosty Border die cut; Liquid Pearls; Lavendar brad
  • Copic Markers - B0000; C0, C1, C4, C6, C9; YR04; BV00, BV01, and BV11
That's it for tonight.  

I'm submitting this card for the following challenges:
Graph'It Marker Colouring Challenge - Alternative Christmas Colors
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
The Outlawz Friday Challenge - Anything Goes with Alcohol Markers/Christmas
Totally Paper Crafts - No Squares Allowed
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Recipe
Crafty Little Fairies - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
ABC Challenges - Recipe
Craft-Dee BowZ - Must have a bow

Sunday, October 20, 2013

OSAAT #186- Just For You

Hello my friends and Happy Sunday!  Well, something's new at Maggie's Cat House.  Can you tell what it is??  Two things really.  First, after 2 years, I decided the time was right to step down as part of the Design Team for The Perfect Sentiment Challenge.  It has been an incredible two years and I'm grateful to Jennipher Lowery for giving me the chance to be on her Design Team.  I'm really going to miss that team, but thought that it was the best thing to do now.

The good news is that I was invited to be part of the Design Team for One Stitch at a Time!  I am super excited to be part of this great Team!  I'll be posting my cards every other week.  Here is my first card for this week. I almost forgot to mention that I printed this out twice, cut out the flowers and then mounted them with dimensionals over the bottom image to give it more depth.

Materials Used:
  • Image - Stitchy Bear -  Barbara Jensen Designs - Sunflower
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Tea Shoppe
  • Cardstock - XPress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Mellow Moss and Early Espresso
  • Designer Paper - Authentique - Thankful Collection
  • Ink - Memento - Rich Cocoa
  • Accessories - Ribbon, Stampin Up Delightful Daffodil; Decorative Edge Scissors; Nestabilities, Classic Circle and Lacey Circle Dies; Stampin Up, Small Label punch; Dew Drops, and Stampin up Dimensionals.
  • Copic markers - E18; Y23, Y32, Y35; YG91, YG93, YG95
Our sponsor for this week is our very own StitchyBear Digi Outlet.  The prize is a complete set of digi images that the team used in challenge 184.  In order to win this fabulous prize, you must use an Image from our store.  The Runner up prize. For person using none store image... Prize is $3

I do hope that you'll all play along with us and check out the One Stitch at a Time Challenge blog to see what the rest of this week's Design Team has created for your inspiration.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
Allsorts - Ribbons and bows
Color Me Creative - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug - Bingo
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Layers
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Divas by Design - Autumn colors
Inkspirational - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Autumn
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes
Cards Galore - Flowers
The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes

Paper Sweeties - Colors

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PSC 96 - Clean And Simple Thank you

Hello my friends and happy Wednesday. That means it's time for another Perfect Sentiment challenge. This week we want you to create a card with a sentiment of Thank You and make it Clean and Simple.  Here's mine.

Materials Used:
  • Image- Stitchy Bear - Barbara Jensen Designs - Yo
  • Sentiment - Stampin Up - Much Appreciated (retired)
  • Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Regal Rose
  • Designer Paper - Basic Gray - Bittersweet
  • Layout - Retro Sketch #19
  • Accessories - Sissix embossing folder; various punches; bling and ribbon from my stash
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B00; E11, E13, E17, E21, E23, E25, E27; E50, E51, E53; E40, E41; R81, R83, R85; Y08, Y15, Y23
Our fabulous Sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear
who will award 3 free digis to our random winner.

Now it's your turn, so go check out the Perfect Sentiment Challenge and see what the rest of the Design Team has in store for you.  Enter your card and you could be the random winner or picked as one of the Perfect 3.  Good luck!

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
City Crafter Challenge - Thanks
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Ribbon
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Ribbon
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow
Digi Darla's Challenges - Pink
Whoopsi Daisy - Spots and Dots
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Think Pink
Catch The Bug Challenge - Think Pink
Paper Creator's Crafts - Dies or Punches
A Creative Romance - Pink
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, October 6, 2013

ScrapFest 2013

I can't believe that it's already/only been two weeks since I have been home from ScrapFest 2013 which was held at Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN!  I had a fabulous time.  First of all, I met 3 other ladies that are members of one of the blogging groups that I belong to - Paper Bloggers Reunited on  This is a great group of ladies, and we were so sad that the rest of the group couldn't be there with us.
This is Brandy, Brenda, Nancy, and me.

We were there from Thursday the 19th (I got there late that evening) through Sunday, the 22nd.  My weekend was packed full of workshops.  First we had to check in and get our badge and map of the Mall.  It's a HUGE place and was the first time I had ever been there.
I wanted to get the most out of the trip as well as hanging out with the Paper Bloggers. There were plenty to choose from.   I must say even with having a map of the Mall (which is HUGE), I still had some trouble locating a couple of the workshop classrooms.
 My first workshop was with Tim Holtz at 9 a.m. on Friday. After getting in to the hotel about 11 the night before, it was hard to get up at 6 so I could get breakfast before going over to the Mall.  Brandy and Brenda made the sacrifice to get up early too to meet up with me before I left for my workshop.

What a fun guy!  And a great workshop.  This is a picture that Brenda took of me at the workshop unbeknownst to me.  LOL!  I was really hard at work.

 We made this beautiful Christmas wall hanging and we were given a fabulous package of gifts.

In many areas of the Mall, they had booths set up for Make & Takes. This is just one area and must have been early in the morning because they usually had long lines to wait for a turn to play.

 It was fun playing with lots of different products and seeing what all the vendors had to offer.
Here are a few that we did.

Bo Bunny



I can't remember what Make & Take this was.  Sorry.  But it was fun as well as all the others that I was able to make.  

As fun as the Make & Takes were, I loved all he workshops that I signed up for.  In addition to the Tim Holtz one, I went to the following ones:

Northwoods Rubber Stamps
The Northwoods class is the only workshop that all 4 of us went to. We learned to blend marker colors using water and a paintbrush.  To save time the images were already stamped and we added the color.

Here are 3 cards that we made in the Holiday HoneyPOP card class that Brenda and I went to.  There is one more that is Halloween.  I didn't get that one finished yet. Here you can see the inside of one of them so you can see the POP.
This was presented by Inky Antics and you can now buy the special honeycomb pad that you use to make the pop in the middle of the card.  Brenda was the lucky winner of a random drawing and won the Halloween stamp set and a pad of the honeycomb paper.  Go you Brenda!

After all this, we ate a quick dinner and then went to the Basic Gray Crop Night. I must say I didn't get a whole lot of my own work accomplished.  I did get to meet Paige who I know from one of the other blogging groups that I belong to - I Dream of Paper Bloggers -
She's such a sweet person, and I was so glad that we got to meet up.  It's always nice to put faces to names.

There were a couple of issues with the crop - mainly the area of the Mall where they had it.  The lighting was terrible and the chairs they had were hard and low to the ground.  I had intentions to color some digital images with my Copic markers to make my Christmas cards.  I think I ended up getting 2 of them done.  Not much we could do about the lighting, but Brenda had the great idea to go get some pillows since our table was right outside of the Sears store.
LOL!  Those pillows ended up going home with Nancy since she had the room in her car to take them.  Basic Gray also had a Make & Take at the crop so we all worked on that together.

On Saturday morning I attended the Capture Travel Journal Album workshop presented by Basic Gray.  It is so full of fabulous pages that there was not enough time to get it all done at the workshop, but they had great written instructions so I could finish it at home. One of these days after I get the photos in it, I'll do up a blog post to show the whole album, but here is the cover and one set of pages.

I have a lot of photos to resize to fit into this album.

Saturday afternoon I attend the Graphic45 Steampunk Tags workshop!  Next to Basic Gray, Graphic45 is one of my favorite companies. I'm just learning about Steampunk so it was fun to go to this class   Here are the 3 tags that we made using the Steampunk Spells Collection.

As I was sitting there working on my cards, they were doing a random drawing and I was thinking that I would just love to be a winner and guess what!!!!  They called my name!   I was so excited to see my gift which included a 6 x 6 paper pad, stickers, chipboard, and a stamp set for Secret Garden collection.

After dinner at Tony Roma's Saturday night, then packing up and getting ready to leave in the morning, and a good night's sleep (well, maybe not all that much sleep), we all went off early to the Mall.  The one Make & Take I wanted to go to was Graphic 45, but the line was always so long, we never had time for that one.  We decided to get to the Mall early so we'd be first in line and I'd be able to go to it before my last Workshop at 11. Well, we neglected to look at the time schedule and realize that it was Sunday, so the Mall didn't open early and the Make & Takes didn't open until 11 which meant that I was going to miss the Make & Take.  I asked the other girls to see if they could make an  extra one for me.  The Graphic 45 girls did even better.  They sent me a baggie full of chipboard and tags from Bohemian Bazaar, some Steampunk cardstock flowers and some stickers from the Twelve Days of Christmas collection.  These Graphic 45 girls are the best.
So I come to the last workshop - Santa's List Album by Teresa Collins.
 I didn't realize that this was a 2 hour class and I had only allowed one hour for it before I had to leave to check out at the hotel and catch my airplane so I only was able to get my pages in order and have them bound into the album, but I've since been able to get the pages all finished.  Here is the front of the album.  The pages are various sizes.  It's going to be a Christmas gift.
 That was it.  A great time and so glad that we all decided to go this year.  It was the first time for all of us.  We heard just a few days after it was over that Archiver's (the sponsor of ScrapFest) was closing its store at Mall of America and so we're not sure if there will be another one or where it would be if they do it again.  We all hope they do.  I know some of our other Paper Bloggers were hoping to go next time.

I'll leave you with one last photo of the 4 of us as we left to go our separate ways.
What a great bunch of girls. I'm so happy that I was able to meet them and enjoy their company for a few days.  It's a memory that I'll carry with me forever and look forward to many online chats and maybe more meet ups in the future.  Blessings to all the Paper Bloggers.