Friday, September 13, 2013

The Outlawz Alcohol Markers "Chocolate" Challenge

Today marks my first Outlawz challenge as a member of the Alcohol Markers DT. I switched over from the Greetings Card group this week. I am really excited to be a part of the Alcohol Markers team. I did my first GDT with them 1-1/2 years ago, which started me on my journey as a DT member. Guess I have come full circle, huh? I also want to thank my team leaders and teammates, from the Greetings Card group, for a wonderful past year. I wish them all the best.

Our sponsor this month is Digistamps4Joy. Our DT member, Jen, is one of the talented artists for DS4J. And this month's winner, chosen at random, will win 5 digis of his/her choice. Kewl, huh?


It's been a week since my last post. And I wish I could remember everything that happened in this last week. Sadly, I can't. I have been reading so much that I let everything else just pass me by. Well, I did clean house and made a card and did the laundry and ate at Bourbon Steak with friends on Saturday night. (Bourbon Steak is a restaurant up at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale.)

About that meal. To start, they bring out french fries, fried in duck fat, with three dipping sauces. I don't eat fries often, and duck fat didn't sound too good to me, so I passed on the starter. (I actually would have preferred a really good dinner roll. That I would have eaten.)

For an appetizer, Gary and I split an order of cold prawns, served with two sauces. When the prawns arrived, we noticed that there were only two of them. But they were huge! And darned if they weren't tough to chew. Overcooked, and for $30, you would expect better. But did we complain? No. Because it takes a lot for us to complain. Obviously.

Gary ordered the Wagyu filet, medium. He got it medium rare, but did he complain? No. Because it takes a lot for us to complain. Again. 

I actually loved my meal. I had really delicious Alaskan halibut, served with a wonderful risotto, English peas, and royal trumpets. It just melted in my mouth. My tummy was doing the happy dance. 

Gary's favorite course was his strawberry shortcake. He said it was really good. And I had the beignets with Macallan 18 year butterscotch pudding. I have no idea what the 18 years mean. Nor do I care. All I know is that each bite was incredibly sweet and satisfying. 

I doubt that we will ever go back; as Gary says, we have had lots of better meals at less expensive restaurants. So there is that. But it was a pretty place to eat. And a Michael Mina restaurant. For those of you who care.

Now, to my friends and family who are stunned that I cleaned house. I had to. The Directv guy was coming over to install updated equipment for our three televisions. Since he had to see most of my house, it needed to be clean. That's just the way I roll. And Gary didn't do a bit of it, because I actually cleaned during the week. Whaaaaaaat? Yes, that's right. I did it all by myself. And I'm paying the price for it still. My back is just one big ache. Vacuuming still rips it up. Oh well...I'll let G do that when we clean again next year. (Just kidding, I think. About next year, not about Gary.)

So on to my card for the challenge. Chocolate. One of my favorite subjects. And I found a really cute image to use: The Paper Shelter There's A Penguin In My Cocoa. Love this little guy. I printed him on MICBC and used my Copics for coloring. (Now there's a shocker for you, especially since this is the Alcohol Markers card.)

G40, G43, G46, YR21, YR24, YR27, E23, E25, E27, E50, E51, E53, R00, R46, R59, C0, C2, C5, C7, Copic Spica

Here's a list of my card components:
DP: American Crafts Kringle & Co.
CS: Stampin' Up
Dies:   MFT Always Time for Tea
          Spellbinders Circles
          Cheery Lynn Pine Branches, Christmas Knick Knacks, Sofia's 
             Heart Doily, and Mini Sofia's Heart Doily         
Wink of Stella Brush Clear
Flower Soft Polar White

And I followed, (in my own way, of course), a sketch from this week's Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge.

I also used my Zutter to distress my DP. That pretty much does it for this go-round for me.

And I have to say, the creations by my talented alcohol teamies are really worth a look! (Notice I did not say alcoholic teamies. 'Cuz that just would not have been nice. And I am always nothing if not nice. OK, you can quit rolling your eyes now.) 

I have to go. All this chocolate has made me hungry. And I have to find something to eat that has no calories. At all. Because I am trying to make up for the beignets I had last Saturday. 

Have a great weekend! And be sure and join us with your creation--color a chocolate image, or color an image in chocolate browns. Easy peasy!



  1. Penny, your card is gorgeous. Love your coloring and those dies. I think you are great for this DT.

  2. This is gorgeous Penny. The image is so cute and your colouring is wonderful. I love all your die cuts, especially the beautiful cheery Lynn Sofia heart doily.
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Hi Penny,
    your Chocolate Christmas card is so awesome! I love your way of coloring and the wonderful details!

  4. Hey Penny - so glad you've joined us and I'm sure we should raise a glass or munch some chocolate to celebrate :)
    Love the card - such a sweet image, beautifully coloured and great use of die-cuts as always!

  5. Fabulous card, Penny! The image is adorable and wonderfully-colored! Great details! We are thrilled to have you on our team! Always love your food stories! Have a great weekend!

  6. Penny so happy to have you with us. Love your darling card, especially the penquin. I love everything about this one, the pine branches are beautiful and so is your fantastic coloring.

  7. Super card Penny, great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us this week @ Sunday Sketch & Stamp.
    Happy Crafting
    Carole xXx

  8. Hi Penny thank you for your visit today and advice about Mum.
    I love this card and you are so right for this DT you have such a special crafting style and are super talented . Sending hugs across the pond xxxxElaine

  9. Penny, Fabulous card! Awesome job on the sketch and that darling image is colored just perfect and all those amazing die cuts. The penguin is the cutest sitting on the marshmallow in the chocolate, you really nailed this challenge.
    Hugs, Pat

  10. First let me say I adored reading about your night out with hubby. However, I cannot believe you passed on the duck fat husband would have had to be super quick to grab a few before I scarfed them all, lol. Next, so happy you are part of the Alcohol Markers Team! And in conclusion, after seeing your card this week, which is fabulous and festive, and reading your blog, which is also fabulous and fun, I cannot wait to see and read more!

  11. Fab card Penny! love yor coloring and fab papers

  12. Fabulous card Penny and fabulous coloring on the digi!
    Love the Paper Shelter digi's :-)

  13. Great card, love the die cuts and image :)@
    Thanks for joining us at Sunday Sketch and Stamp x

  14. I always enjoy my visits here and never leave without a smile. Life has also shown me that the most expensive is not always the mostest. Now its a good thing the alcoholic thoughts dd not realise otherwise we would not have seen such a yummy choccie creation. Love the festive feel of your card. Enjoy your new design team post.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  15. Congrats on your new Alcoholic ink DT!!! (hehehe). Loving your card and your beautiful coloring- and love the image framed with that CL die, and the other dies you added as well. Glad you got your house cleaned and the TV all set up- I think you need chocolate to celebrate your new DT- no $30.00 prawns, just a simple slab of Dove or something yummy : )

  16. Congrats on your new dt gig!

    Your penguin is adorable and colored beautifully. He looks absolutely regal on the rest of your very elegant card.

    Great take on the sketch.

    Glad you got your house cleaned.


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