Friday, December 16, 2011


Hello to everyone and welcome! I don't know about you but this has been a very long week and I'm ready for the weekend. My weekend is centered around finishing my Christmas shopping and baking. The dd and I plan to make our homemade candy trays & cookies and we may even bake a chocolate cake just because we're in the mood for one. :-) It has been awhile and we love Ina Garten's (a.k.a. Barefoot Contessa) Beatty's Chocolate Cake, YUM-O!

Now for the October deets. I used dp's from Echo Park's the Apothecary Emporium collection and the stamps are from Toil & Trouble and You're My Type-Upper by Taylored Expressions. All of the stamped images were colored with Copic markers and the mirror/picture frame has a touch of Smooch on it while I used Stickles on the spider's web and witch's hat for a little pizzazz. I did a lot of fussy cutting but it was worth it. I pulled out my Pennant Border die (which I do not use nearly enough!) and die cut a border in black while punching 1/2" circles for my stamped alpha's. The black crow also received a Smooch "eye" and a touch-up on his feathers. Again I used Taylor's 2012 Mini-Dated Calendar download and framed it with a border of liquid pearls against a black backdrop. Ribbon and Copic colored rhinestones finish it off. The cute little witch in the frame is my dd and since October is her birth month I chose to feature her, at age three, in her Halloween outfit. This was such a FUN page and I can't wait to show you September which is my ds's birth month. :-)


Have a great weekend and just in case you're craving a little chocolate here's a link to Ina's awesome cake. I use Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate bars which are easier to find and less expensive but just as good. Another quick tip, crush the powdered coffee with the back of a spoon until it is finely ground. Enjoy!

Stamps: Toil & Trouble & You're My Type-Upper (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: the Apothecary Emporium (Echo Park), Choice Snow White (TE store), cs
Ink: Memento's Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Pennant Border Die & Mini-Dated 2012 Calendar Download (Taylored Expressions); 1/2 " circle punch (EK Success); Orange Peel & Silver Stickles/Silver Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger); Tuxedo & Silver Fox Smooch (Clearsnap); black cording & string from stash; orange polka dot ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Copic markers; clear rhinestones (PS); 3D foam dots (Therm-O-Web) 


Mona Pendleton said...

Super cute calendar page Lisa! Darling photo and love all the detail!

Lisa Minckler said...

LOVE October....this is FABULOUSLY wonderful. Geesh, I'm not gonna have to pick a favorite am I? It's just not possible....but man, I really like this one. :)

Hugs to you L1,
L2 haha

Margaret said...

Ohhhh... So much to look at and love on this one! Lots of wonderful added touches that really make this one awesome! And your cake sounds yummy too!!

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