Monday, October 29, 2012

Through The Craft Room Door

I hope you enjoyed our blog hop! It was fun to get so many thoughtful comments and new followers! I really do appreciate each and every one! Thank you! And we have new subscribers to the TTCRD magazine, too! If you don't have a subscription yet, please consider getting one. It's a great magazine, loaded with wonderful ideas, tutorials, and free digis. And you get access to thg previous digis when you subscribe! The new issue is the holiday issue, and Colleen did a fabulous job with it. There is a video on the right that will give you a preview, so please check it out!

My first order of business today is to announce my winner of the blog hop! Drum roll, please. (Insert sound of your choice here.) And the winner is: Chris of My Inspirational Journey! Congratulations, you have won a $20 gift certificate to Oozak! All you have to do is email me and I will get that taken care of post-haste. Or not. Naw, I am just kidding. I will get it sent out to you ASAP! :^)  Oh, yeah, I guess you need my email address: 

'K, now for a word from our sponsor! Squigglefly will provide the winner of this week's challenge with three images of your choice. Cool, huh? So be sure to rev up your engines and get your two entries in this week. Gotta love "anything goes", right?

My sister, Merrilyn, had a party Sunday for the family in town. Her two granddaughters from Minnesota, Melanie and Nicole, were visiting. I had apparently met them over 20 years ago, when they were little. I didn't remember that, but I have selective memory now, it appears. Anyway, Merrilyn was also dog-sitting for my brother's Pomeranian puppy, Elmo. He is knee-high to a grasshopper and came running over to see me--so excited! Too excited. He peed on my foot. Lovely. He really is a little cutie, though. Wags his tail almost constantly. Also has very sharp baby-teeth. Guess how I know that?

The party was a lot of fun; I enjoyed seeing the family that I see so seldom since we live out in the middle of nowhere. And I don't crawl out from under my rock very often to visit. Merrilyn fixed delicious turkey on the grill, scrumptious beef brisket, and yummy squash. Gary, my love, took a fruit salad and tomatillo salsa. (Remember, he is the cook in this family, although neither dish required any cooking--just chopping.)

My daughter and her family couldn't attend the party, as her older daughter, Kelsey, is sick and needed to go to urgent care. Found out that she has pneumonia in one lung, and I guess that really frightened her. But she got antibiotics, so I am sure she will be feeling much better in no time. Meanwhile, she has decided she doesn't want to go to The Deli for Thanksgiving dinner this year. She wants a home-cooked turkey dinner. Yeah, well, I guess they are going to stay home, then, and Angela will be fixing a turkey. Because the first turkey I fixed for Gary and I in 1970 was also the last turkey I fixed. Get my drift? I. do. not. do. turkey dinners. Angela, I hope your child changes her mind, or you are going to be very busy at the end of November! (Insert extremely evil grin here. And that's from me, not my evil twin!)

My older sister, Barbara, will be coming out today from Wisconsin. She hopes to finish healing from her knee surgery here. We expect to go to the Rubber Stamp Convention in Mesa on Saturday. I plan to buy some items for blog candy. I am almost to 100 followers, wow--thanks so much, and need to celebrate when I reach that milestone. That means that one of you can win some fun stuff from me in the near future. Of course, you have to be a follower to qualify! :^) So, be on the lookout for that.

Guess I should get back to today's card.

Since Squigglefly is our sponsor this week, I have used an image from that store. I chose Cheryl Alger's "A Cat and Her Witch", because I got a kick out of the witch's costume and the cat's expression. I printed both this image, and my sentiment from Create with TLC, on Make It Colour Blending Card. My DP is from the Doodlebug Design Haunted Manor collection. I paired it with Stampin' Up CS.

Per my modus operandi, I used lots of die cuts on this card. Can you tell? No? Well, then, are you blind? Oh, sorry, that wasn't nice. Must have been that darn twin again. If you see her, would you give her a piece of your mind. I'd do it myself, but I don't have any pieces to spare.

Did I digress again? I apologize profusely. Kinda like I sweat. So back to the dies: they are, in no particular order, (I love saying that; heaven only knows why), Magnolia Doohickey Lovely, Spellbinders Lacey Circle and Grand Oval, Poppystamps Walking Cat and Sitting Cat, Cheery Lynn Polynesian Sails Oval, Memory Box Twiggy Tree and Perky Pumpkin Face and Great Pumpkin.

I added a bit of black netting, some miscellaneous ribbon, miscellaneous buttons, and a SU mini clothespin. Gee, lots of junk on this card, huh. What was I thinking?

I colored my pumpkin die cut as well as the witch with Copics. I used: C1, C3, C5, C7, C10, V12, V15, V17, YG21, YG23, YG25, E000, E00, E11, YR12, YR14, YR16, YR18. I also accented the image with a white gel pen and a bit of Copic Spica on the buckles and the cat's eyes. Then I used Copics to dot around both my image and my sentiment. Am I through yet? I believe so.

OK, Peeps, it's up to you now. Can't wait to see what you come up with this week! Have a great one!


  1. Penny, your card is adorable. Love the bright color. I just used that same sentiment which is perfect for Halloween. Those trees are wonderful in the Halloween colors.

  2. Wow, great card Penny!!
    Enjoy the convention, I'm going tomorrow to a convention in the Netherlands :)
    Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog!!

  3. Hi Penny,

    I like your colorful card! It seems so funny and really awesome!!


  4. Oh My... Penny i love so much your card! so fun and perfect design !

  5. Wowzer, are these ever gorgeous or what! I love your colors and you always put so, so much into everything you do. Going to check out TTCRD - glad you had such a great, fun party!

  6. Wow- you have put together another incredible card!!! Love all of the dies and the netting- and the pumpkin- awesome!!! Love the TLC sentiments- there always seems to be one that is perfect for a project! Oh Penny, we always have cooked Turkey on Thanksgiving- my husband loves to eat (never gains a pound either), so if we come the hostess buys a bigger Turkey...hehehehe Hope your niece's pneumonia clears up soon....!

  7. Great card, amazing design. I love all the details you have used, especially those purple spooky trees. cute image and of course it is colored so beautiful. I really love this card.

  8. Penny sweetie, I'm passing along the Sunshine Blogger Award to you! More info at:

  9. Hey Penny I love this! So many elements I no particular order ;)...the tree die, the oval die, the papers and adding the netting was brilliant! Yes there is a lot on it but it works!!


  10. Oh Penny, that card is so dear and I love the image you used and colored. That witch is adorable and spookalicious LOL. On another note, I love to read that you are getting together with all your sisters that is always great. I also pray your sister's Barbara knees get all better in time to go to the stamp convention. You can take pics and share what you saw over there. Penny, I was laughing when you said the Pom peed on your foot because My sister had one called foxy and every time she brought her over to visit, if anyone petted her she would get excited and let loose a stream of pee on anyone's leg. I just think the poor dogie had weak bowels. Pomeranian's are extremely friendly and lovable. Hugs always!

  11. What a cute card! Love your design and your coloring as well. hugs, Frances.

  12. Wow Penny your creation is stunning, love the image and how did you make that great pumpkin?

    Hugs x

  13. That is the cutest little witch.

  14. Your 'junk' always looks so darn fabulous and no exception here! Love the whole feel to this gorgeous creation. Sounds like the family party was fun too :)

  15. The family party sounds great, except for the getting peed on part.

    The card is fantastic. I love the witch and her cat. Great coloring on her. I also love all the bits and bobs you used on your card.


  16. Cute card! That cat on that stamped image cracks me up. He looks adorably grumpy. :) Sounds like the get-together went great. I'm glad! And Larry's puppy sounds cute but dangerous. ;) :)


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