Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Think Ink Challenge - Scary Stuff!

Back with one more challenge for you today....this one comes from the design team of Artful INKables rubber stamps. So what's the deal? This was the 'Think Ink Tuesday' Challenge,which was a 'Recipe Challenge' issued by AI's very own Jackie Rakoski over at Stampin' Sister. The recipe consists of:

1 image
2 different ribbons
3 layers
and any type of scallops

I stuck 'fairly' close to the recipe. I had to resist the urge to include a very scary greeting and I did add a little 'light' to the windows, which may or may not be acceptable....old habits die hard, I guess! I decided to '3-D' the haunted mansion and I thought the Martha Stewart Spider Web was the perfect 'scallop' for a scary greeting. The orange polka dot ribbon was just a store find, but the deep purple with metallic threads is a May Arts ribbon which you can also grab from AI.
Hope you will pop over to the AI Blog and see what others are doing and get in on the challenge. One lucky entry will win a fabulous prize from Artful INKables, so get all the details there!

So today is the official 'day before my birthday' celebration. Now you would think that this idea would have originated from my very own know....drag out the birthday celebration as long as possible, but it really wasn't. Beginning this morning, I am awakened with my morning 'smooch' from Paul with the words 'Happy Day-Before-Your-Birthday'...tomorrow it will be the usual....and then Friday, it will end with 'Happy Day After-Your-Birthday'. Ya know, now that I think about it, I MAY have been the one who started all this when it was HIS birthday...
oh well, anyway....

I enjoyed a couple of hours this morning with my youngest grandson and spent time with camera in hand. Yes, I do have a few shots to share with you because they will be something we can ALL appreciate, children or not! Then from there, I was treated to lunch at The Cracker Barrel by my mom. My son Alex and the aforementioned Alex, jr also came along, so it was a lovely time. From there, my mom and I stopped off at a new little bakery and cafe and each grabbed a cup of wonderful coffee. I found myself walking out of the cafe with quite a large 'birthday' cupcake for dessert. Then my mom and I came back to my home for a little while. She was anxious to see all the projects I have been working on. She used to do quite a bit of rubber stamping when I had my store, so she has a real appreciation for the love that I give to each card. She left with one or two in hand!

Tomorrow, the actual real day that I am supposed to celebrate, I will be back to share a few photos with you, hopefully another project and of course, my favorites list for this week. Paul has the next couple of days off and I have BIG plans to do a little 'paper, rubber stamp, glitter, embellishments, etc shopping
as we head out of town.
OH! I received a lovely, LOVELY surprise gift in the mail today from one of my dearest friends....not someone who I have known all my life, but someone I have come to love since the first week of this blog. I will share that gift with you tomorrow as well.
Have a great night!


Crystal said...

I really like how you popped up the house and added a little bling...Great Halloween card!!!!

CFLanger said...

FAB card Julie!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Great card, Julie! I Love the colors and how you arranged everything!

Happy "day-before-your-Birthday"! Your post made me smile - this is something my Mom used to do . . . only she called it "birthday-eve" or "whatever-eve" and always had a small gift for me to open on that "day-before"! I am thankful for the memory - I lost my Mom 4 years ago and miss her terribly - that wasn't something I had thought about in quite a long time!

Courtney Baker said...

Very cute I love the house!

angelwhispers said...

Love the card Julie xx The haunted house looks fab with the lighted windows xx

Sandi said...

Julie, Happy Birthday the day after, hope you have a riotous time. Love the Halloween card. Hugs

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Super cute! :)