This has been a long time coming and I hope you enjoy what you are about to see.  Please change all of your links as well as your bookmarks and Google readers to reflect my new address!!  THANKS SO MUCH!  I hope you love the improvements!!  Now come on over!!!!  www.hemidemisemiquaverdesignblog.com

So we have a new family who moved in up the street.  It just so happens that I ran into the “Dad” of the family on the train weeks ago and they said they were moving onto my street.  I chuckled and introduced myself.  Nothing like being late welcoming someone to the neigborhood!  So I made some nice moxy fab cupcakes with fun pearly gates…um…err..fences.  So now I can welcome them properly.  I chose the colors of their house as a starting point and went from there!  Hope you like it!  Um..those wraps for the cupcakes?  Another Fancy Flours find!  Tee hee hee. 

I am giving a concert at Swarthmore College today.  All Medieval music.  Fun times.  I am also figuring out how I am going to get htis house cleaned in time before my whole family comes for my brother’s wedding on the 15th.  Man…I have a ton of stuff to do.  Pray for me! LOL!  Also…there will be  something special happening with my blog soon…stay tuned… ;))))

 

Supplies:

Stamps: Boards and Beams

Paper: Ripe Avacado, Ocean Tides, Polka Dot Parade

Ink: Ripe Avacado, Copic Markers

Ribbon: Ripe Avacado Grosgrain

Other: Spellbinders Tag Die, Pearls (Ellen Hutson), Cupcake Surrounds Fancy Flours

The Challenge:

“Button up for Winter — I don’t know about most of you, but where I live there are a lot of things that need to be done before winter hits, and that’s what we’re doing with our cards today — buttoning up for winter — BUT, it is still fall, not winter, so today’s challenge is to make a fall card and incorporate a button on it — that’s it — oh, I’m seeing lots of cozy, warm, homey cards in my mind, but I can’t WAIT to see how you all interpret this challenge!!!  Remember to try to keep it simple, quick and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!  (Oh, and  a button can be real, faux, sticker, stamped — whatever, we’re easy!)”

Well…first off “HAPPY HALLOWEEN!”  I have a very special project for you today!  First…here is the card to go along with it!  My card is not very warm…but it IS very spooky for today and it matches my project to go along with it!  I hope you enjoy!

Do you like it?  OK…now on to the project!  I found this site through a video I was watching called Fancy Flours.  YES!  I exclaimed,  I had been looking for these chocolate transfer papers for a LONG time!  I had the perfect house cookie cutter for it for my spooky houses.  So I microwaved (YES…microwaved) the white chocolate (white chocolate chips), spread it over top of the sheet using an off-set spatula over top of the whole image which is attached to an acrylic backing.  Then I melted the dark chocolate chips and spread it over the cooled white chocolate.  I then added some halloween colored candy beads on top.  I packaged them up for the kids to take to school for the faculty.  Enjoy!

Supplies:

Stamps: Trajan Monogram Edition, Simple Alphabet, Faux Ribbon (which made the guidelines for my stitching!) Spooky Sweets II

Paper: White, American Crafts,

Ink: Palette Noir, Versamark

Ribbon: Black eyelet, Black Embroidery Floss

Other: Large Glassine Bags, Black Embossing powder (for spider), Giga scalloped Circle Marvy Punch, Black Button, dimensionals, glue dots to hold ribbon in place.

Go see what the other girls did! 

Darlene (we will miss you!)

Sharon

Julie

Dee

Tammy

Janine

Jennifer

First of all…..THE PHILLIES WON THE PENNANT!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh the loveliness of Christmas!  Doesn’t it make you joyful?  I really think we should remember how we felt as children at Christmas time.  So excited and full of awe at its very meaning.  I really wanted to capture the childhood whimsy of Christmas and yet make what was inside special with a little more elegance.  Don’t you think that polka dots never go out of style?  I feel like polka dots and stripes are one of those things that always work in any kind of design.  Trendy or classic, it can be everything I suppose.  It is all in how you use them.  So here is my whimsical elegant box.  A sweet reminder of the first day the tree gets put up at home and all of the ornament boxes come out.  Such a joyful time for a joyful reason.  I hope you try this yourself.  It would be a wonderful gift for anyone.

these small ornament balls were found at Michaels for I believe $3.99.  There are enough ornaments in the box in which it came to make two of these gift boxes!  So the egg box is only $4.00 and the ornaments for this project is roughly $2.00.  Not too shabby for a gift that looks like it costs a fortune.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I will be happy to answer them in the comments section.  Thanks!  Have a great day!  I will be speding my day with Cindy Lyles!  How fun!

Supplies:

Stamps: Take a Bough

Paper: Polka Dot Parade, Ripe Avacado, Aqua Mist

Ink: Versa Magic Chalk Ink, Palette Noir

Ribbon: Ocean Tides Satin

Other: Papertrey Egg Box, Clear Frame with Polka Dots, EK success 1 3/8 inch punch (for inside of box for the circles), 3/4 inch EK success circle punch for the ornament balls. Nestabilities, We R Memory Keepers Hardware.

Designer Note: To make the circle punches on the paper inside where the holes are in the cardboard, Cut your Polka dot Basic paper to size for the insert in the box, then flip around and trace holes.  Use the 1 3/8th inch punch centering it in the trace marks just made.  The punch is smaller than the traced circles to hold the balls upright.  This assures the perfect size holes for the small ornaments.

OK…don’t kill me for overloading you with Christmas this week!  I just need tog et some Christmas things done before “the evil concert schedule” gets hold of me.  This way I will be proactive and maybe inspire someone to do the same…or at least provide something to sort of copy!  Don’t you just love that American Crafts flair?  That little “Santa” flair is so endearing!  I am loving these round cards using the nestabilites.  It just makes it look like you went to so much extra work, but you didn’t at all!  I hope you like it!

ON TO OTHER THINGS!  I will have a project post up tomorrow that I {heart}…it is so sweet.  I also realized it would have been perfect for the PTI blog hop this month.  I even had it done in time for that, but only just barely, so I will share it tomorrow.  Wanna hear something cool?  Cindy Lyles (yeah…I am name dropping) and I are hangin’ out tomorrow!  She lives just about an hour north of me (WHO KNEW?) so we are going to hang out and make inchies…oh yeah…I know, we are complete rebels.  Don’t tell our Moms!  ;)  Then we are going to go to a nice inn for lunch.  An inn is to old people what a rave is to young people…for those younger readers of this blog.  So good times and cold weather will be inevitable!  Holy cow it is cold and windy here!  SO WINDY!  I was in center city yesterday for a rehearsal and I have never felt wind that strong (and I lived in Philly for 6 years!).  Speaking of Philly…GO PHILLIES!   Let’s get this game done and over with!  OK…and another random thing…you know Philadelphia is famous for Tastycakes.  Do you have these where you are?  Anyway they are amazing.  We have some of the coffee cakes in the cabinet right now and I went to go get one to eat and noticed that there was a single one in the package.  Knowing that the girls only eat one sometimes, I thought nothing about it.  I just though to myself “perfect!”  I just wanted one anyway…well…I go to get it…and it is SEALED!  HOLY GYPED BATMAN!  Maybe it is God trying to tell me something!!!   Yeah…I need to lay off the Tastycakes! 

 Have I really been talking that much?  OK…here is the supply list…I will leave you alone now!

Supplies:

Stamps: Believe

Paper; Pure Poppy, Polka Dot Parade, Holiday Vintage Prints, White

Ink: Adirondach Pitch

Ribbon: Pure Poppy Satin

Other: American Crafts Flair, Swiss dot cuttlebug embossing folder, liquid pearls

Well it was so nice to see eveyone hop onto their blogs yesterday and today after the stamping cruise!  Boy I missed you guys!  In honor of the cruise today, I thought I would post a Bella card!  Char e-mailed me from the cruise and said how Emily was cracking her up big time!  I wish I were there so I could have joined in on that!  I LOVE to laugh and am quite self-deprecating, so I think my stomach would have hurt by the time I was finished on that boat!  So I need more cards for my Christmas card stash…so I altered this little Bella a bit and now she is all ready for some serious gifting!!  OK…I have to go to a rehearsal!  I will talk to you soon!  Let me know how you like the card :)

Sophie and I had a blast yesterday making our merengue ghosts!  They turned out so sweetly, I decided to showcase one in one of Lauren’s new Timeless Templates!  Lauren has done such an incredible job with these templates and they can be yours for such an incredibly cheap price…printable and SO fast (plus you get never-before-seen projects from the girls on the PTI team with full color pics and supplies!  Gotta love that!  Well…here is ANOTHER idea!  I just love everything about this!  John said it was his favorite project from me so far!  I think he was almost in tears!  (Just kidding…but maybe he should have been;) )  I mean how perfect would this be for teachers this week on Friday!  How fun!  I am going to leave you with my merengue recipe so you can do this as well!  Go make them…you already have all of the ingredients!  Your kids will be thrilled!

Merengue Recipe:

4 egg whites in mixing bowl add 1tsp. Cream of Tartar

Beat until stiff peaks form

While beating, slowly add between 3/4 cups and 1 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

Fill piping bag with merengue (or ziplock bag with bottom corner snipped off) pick favorite piping bag tip.

Pipe on brown paper grocery bag or parchment paper in concentric circles making sure when you get to the top to add a little ghost flip for the top!

Add mini chocolate chips for the eyes

put paper in the oven and bake at 250 degrees for two hours at least.  You are essentially just “drying out” the meregue, not baking it per se.

 

SUPPLIES:

Template: My Timeless Templates “For Keep{sake}”

Stamps: Spooky Sweets, Spooky Sweets II

Paper: Plum Pudding, Pumpkin SU!, Transparency

Ink: Noir Palette

Ribbon: Plum Pudding Stitched Grosgrain

Other: Buttons, Linen Thread SU!

EDITED TO ADD:

After viewing my blog on my work computer and my laptop, I have noticed that some things or all things in my sidebar have disappeared.  Don’t panic!  I am having some work done on my blog that is very exciting and will be revealed soon!  Thanks for your patience if some thing are not showing up or have gotten a little shuffled!

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