Hey, Pumpkin

I'll love you 'til the end of vine.


Claire Keay Pumpkin Costume Halloween


One of my all-time favorite stamp illustrators, Claire Keay, just released two new stamp sets for October, and, yes, I HAD to get my hands on this one. Well, you know, it was destiny formed more than 20 years ago.



I'm not much of a seamstress but I did try my hand at making the kids' Halloween costumes because, well, imperfections just gave them more character. They were Peter Pan (complete with fairy dust glitter), a Lady Bug and Ballerina, and then there was the year I made all four of us M&M's.

Baby Ben was just two years old when I sewed my first costume and it never occurred to me he would NOT want to go Trick-or-Treating. Oh my. I was floored, and not just because my costume masterpiece would go unused, but because of all that candy I, oops, he would miss. After much humiliating begging and grovelling, Baby Ben agreed to try at least one door. He quickly grasped the concept of costume = candy. Smart, that kid!

Pumpkin-adorned Ben made it half way around the block with a respectfully filled bucket when one of our neighbors got into the spirit of Halloween and answered the door with a "Boo!" Well, one "Boo!" sent Baby Ben into a tizzy and we had to run all the way home. This has to be one of the most under-utilized costumes of, at least McClain family lore.


Claire Keay Pumpkin Boy


I've been a huge fan of Claire Keay every since I ran across her stamps at My Favorite Things. Oh dear, they're just so adorable. Great news – Claire just opened up a new on-line store of digital stamps called Jellypark and, if that doesn't start your engines, she's also started a new Jellypark Friends Challenge Blog with a fabulous design team headed up by Jennifer Scull. I'm crazy excited that Jennifer asked me to be their guest. I can't wait to see what's next from Claire and her friends.


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe


Oh my goodness, gracious gravy with pumpkin pie! The entries for our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #23 are just amazing. It's not too late for you to join in. I played by including Jane's and Kristi's fall colors, polka dots, Copic markers, thread, buttons, pearl brads, seam binding, twine, die cuts, tags, and by paper piecing, sewing, and making a bow bouquet. I also used Kristi's crepe paper idea by using Dollar store crepe paper I tea stained to match my paper. Shew!

The Catered Crop FTR23 recipe also includes the ingredient to "make us laugh." You know I can't pass up an opportunity for some bad Pun(kin)s.

A man was arrested for carving up 100 pumpkins. He must have been out of his gourd or going through a rough patch. The District Attorney squashed the motion to dismiss and the accused faced jail or a hefty vine. Orange you glad this seedy character is off the streets? That's the scoop.


Hee Hee – I warned you. Here's the rest of the recipe.





The Jellypark gang is hosting a Costume challenge this week and also playing along with the Pile-it-On By Happy challenge. So, in honor of that, here are a few challenges I piled on for this card:


Have fun . . . and I'll see you soon at the Catered Crop Quickfire.


Star Power

Woo hoo, witchy woman. See how high she flies.
Woo hoo, witchy woman. She got the moon in her eyes.
        ~ Witchy Woman by the Eagles, 1972

Miss Star Witch


According to my witch-watch, it's quarter-past time for another Halloweenie post. I seem to be under the spell of yet another witch.

Miss Star Witch


This little cutie is called Miss Star Witch. She's a digital stamp from the very talented Tammy Siemers Thompson at A Day for Daisies. I'm so crazy excited that A Day for Daisies is sponsoring our Catered Crop challenge. I absolutely adore her images.


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

Yeah, I went kind of crazy with the star thing, right? I covered a chipboard star with this gorgeous paper using ModgePodge. After that dried I covered it with Crystal Effects and then sprinkled Diamond Dust glitter onto it. Lesson learned – if you put too much Crystal Effects on your star, your glitter will clump up and lose its sparkle. So, if you try something like this, just a little dab of Crystal Effects will do ya. 

I'm following Sarah's recipe for her beautiful card in our Catered Crop FTR21 party this week. I picked up her crackle medium (on the moon), ribbon, lace, mini-tag, studs (pearls), and thread. Here's the rest of my recipe.

  • Paper – My Mind's Eye Stella Rose, Bazzil and Neenah
  • Stamps – Miss Star Witch, Stampin' Up! Tiny Tags
  • Color Mediums – Memento ink, Copics, Stampin' Up! Pastels
  • Fibers – Jillibean Soup Baker's Twine, My Mind's Eye seam binding
  • Tools – Stampin' Up! Jewelry Tag Punch
  • Embellishments – Stampin' Up! Chipboard Star and Circle (retired)
  • Misc. – Diamond Dust glitter, Ranger Distress crackle paint, ModgePodge, Crystal Effects, Distress Stickles, and Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds

Come join us at the party – it's hopping. You could be our next inspiration or the winner of a $12 gift certificate to A Day for Daisies.


Miss Star Witch


See you later, my pretties!


Just Ribbin’

Did you take your meds today? You seem a few fries short of a happy meal.
   ~ My Sister (just yesterday)


Yep, that's me . . . definitely a few flies short of a happy meal. Oh, you guys are in such trouble because after yesterday's post, I'm still playing with frogs. Stay tuned, because tomorrow – it's raining frogs!

I know the suspense is killing you, So, here's just a sneak peak of tomorrow's post.


As you can tell from the colors, it's another Halloween post. I happened upon this great Kraft-paper pillow box at one of the paper crafting stores (okay, Archivers). Sizzix also makes a die cut to make a pillow box you can find just about anywhere. I ran it through a Tim Holtz embossing folder for a wood grain look. Cool, huh?

I really made this to show off  the ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel September Club Kit. So yummy, and such a good deal.



Catered Crop Recipe

  • Paper – Kraft pillow box from Archivers (because I was too lazy to get out my Sizzix pillow box die), My Mind's Eye Mischievous
  • Fibers – May Arts Ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel, Benzie Bazaar felt for the mum
  • Tools – Tim Holtz embossing folder; My Favorite Things Rolled Die-namics
  • Misc. – Goodies to go inside the box.

Want another sneak peak?



And, just because it's fun to keep my sister guessing . . .

Biologists have recently produced immortal frogs by removing their vocal cords.

They can't croak.

Hee Hee! I got a million of 'em. See you tomorrow.