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Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Friday everyone!! It is not only the beginning of the weekend but the Midnight Madness' First Fall Blog Hop with lots of eye candy and prizes along the way!!!!!!

Welcome to prowling at the 1st Midnight Madness Blog Hop. The design team of Midnight is celebrating you, our players, with a fun and exciting blog hop. We have TWENTY FIVE exciting prizes to give away. As a matter of fact, here is a list of how you can win:

One Grand Prize random Drawing worth $100
350th Brand New Sketch Player Special Prize worth $50
11 "Cards from the Crypt" (picked by our Dt members from MMSC archives)
and 12 random Package winners drawn

You have until Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12 p.m. Midnight EST to leave your name in Mr. Linky at the Midnight Madness Blog to be eligible for the prizes. Prize winners will be notified at the end of the week.

You don't have a blog.... that's o.k., read here.....

If you would like to be entered in the Prowling at the 1st Midnight Madness Blog Prizes and you DO NOT have a blog you still can participate. You will have to follow these directions

1. Leave a comment on the Midnight Madness Blog Hop Comment Section with your email address, first name and last name initial.
2. Link up to Mr. Linky with first name and last name initial and in the URL space enter this address

In order to have a chance at winning any of the prizes, you must gather a secret phrase along the blog hop. Each Design Team member will have a particular word listed on their blog and as long as you visit them in order, you have the secret phrase at the end. If you are picked as a prize winner you will be contacted by email and you must email back the secret phrase within 48 hours to claim your prize. If by any chance any of the 350th Brand New Player or any of the "Cards of the Crypt" winners are not claimed, then those prizes will be added to the random winners drawn.

To start off, you must begin at the Midnight Madness Blog!! If you have not started there, I suggest you go back and begin don't want to miss out on the Prizes! If you have arrived from Denise's Blog- KC242 Designs by Denise then you are on the correct course. If you want a chance to win you will have to follow the instructions above. Have fun on the hop!!!

Meet the Midnight Madness Team
We thought it would be fun to feature in this section of our blog hop something to help you get to know the design team members and for us to get to know you. We have all chosen some questions with answers we wanted to share with you about ourselves. You are welcome to leave a comment here at my blog and tell me something about you as well. So here are some things about me.

1. What was your reason to get into paper crafting/paper crafting?

I have always enjoyed anything crafty. When I had my first daughter, my sister, Jeanne, introduced me to stamping. She is a Stampin up Demonstrator. (My sister is smiling now since I just gave her all the credit. LOL!) At first I did it when I had a chance. My time was limited since I had a newborn and was working full time. When my second daughter was born, 7 years ago, I resigned my job. I began stamping for me as an escape or to do something just for me. Since Meghan had colic and needed a lot of my attention for the first few years, I had limited time to stamp. Now as they are growing up I have more time.

2. Where do you get most of your inspiration from?

Most of my inspiration comes from the surroundings around me in nature, stores, etc. or from viewing others creations.

3. Is there a time when your best creations are made and is there a specific food or drink you just have to have with you?

Many of my better ideas come in the middle of the night when I should be sleeping although I am a very early riser and not a night person at all. Sometimes I begin creating at 3 a.m. when the kids are sleeping and all is quiet.

4. What tool could you not live without?

This is a very difficult question for me since there are so many things I enjoy using. I would have to say the cuttlebug would be my most used craft item. I enjoy using my dies and embossing folders to add texture. My second tool that I enjoy is my sewing machine.

5. What is your favorite medium for coloring?

I love to color with copics but since I still have a limited supply, I love using prisma color pencils and gamsol or even watercolors or chalks. The medium I use, depends on the effect I want. Chalks work well for backgrounds and skies.

6. What is your favorite crafting technique?

I really don't have a favorite. I love trying new things.

7. Tell us something about
yourself that would surprise us.

Well I hate to admit it...but I was a movie star in my former life. No just kidding....I live a pretty normal life or so I think. I am happily married to my hubby, Scott for the past 11 almost 12 years. I was a special education teacher, first, second and third grade teacher, as well as assistant principal of an elementary school before staying home with my two precious daughters. I now home school my two girls.

In addition to crafting, I play piano and sing. I sing in a special women's group for our church.

8. And finally my last question...(PHEW! Can you tell this is my fave thing to do...)
If you could do something dangerous just once, with no risk- what would you do?

I love to hike and view the nature around me. If I did not get motion sickness or if I wasn't a chicken!!! I would love to sky dive to see the views from the sky or mountain climb.

Cards from the Crypt

For something a little fun to honor our Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Players, we thought we would go back into the crypt of archived challenges and pick some of our favorites to feature here. Our winners will need to do the blog hop and collect a word from each of the blogs to collect the winning phrase and place their name in Mr. Linky at the Midnight Madness Blog! We will then email you when we verify that you have entered you name in Mr. Linky, you will need to email the phrase back to us in order to qualify for your prize. Even if your card has been chosen from the crypt you are still eligible for the Grand Prize and Random Drawings.

My card from the crypt is featuring MMSC17. My choice is a very loyal MMSC player with a lot of talent: Valerie Florer. I just love the texture she added, colors, the flower and her unique take on the sketch.

Here is her creation:

Congratulation Valerie!!!

Now on to my fall creations!!

My project is with Harvest and Thanksgiving in mind. These also meet the Crazy4 Challenges challenge this week to create a Thank you card or project or one with a Thanksgiving Theme (Of course these pictures were taken before we had snow on the ground today). I am not only showing you stampin or paper projects but some of my other crafts including flower arranging and tole painting as well.

Being the expert photographer that I am....I cut off some of my pieces or blocked
them with other pieces so I will show them here individually.

First is my Tole Painted Scarecrow. Scott and I enjoy creating these type of project together. It is a light box. You will also the top half of the flower arrangement that I cut off in my first picture. LOL!

Here is a pumpkin I created with a roll of toilet paper, material, a paper bag, a cinnamin stick, and raffia. This is not my original idea but something I saw on my dear friend and Spotlight Diva Dt Sister Dawn's (My Stamping Thyme) blog. The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil. This little boy is abundantly blessed as I am.

The next picture shows a candle I created. I used an Inkadinkado Autumn stamp set with leaves and flourishes.

The same stamp used for the candle is also used on this napkin ring holder I created. The punch is I used Moraccan Lace from EK Success.

This last photo is a matchbox favor box I created to serve as place setting markers. The opposite side of the pumpkin has the person's name. The inside has chocolate nougats. The pumpkin is from the Fall Whimsy set from SU and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado. I used the SU Sizzix matchbox die to create the inside of the box holding the nougats.

I hope you enjoyed my creations!! And now it is time for the revealing of the SECRET WORD!

Thank you for playing in our weekly challenges and for all your support each week. We love sharing our creations with you and visiting your blogs each week to see what you have created. We hope you are enjoying this special Blog Hop and that you are finding something new along the way. Thanks for joining us today!


Nannieflash said...

Hi Chris wow what fabulous creations, youve been a very busy lady but the end results are stunning. Good luck with the blog hop hope it all goes well. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card and awesome creations Chris!

Off to my next stop! : )

Doris P. said...

This fall-creations are so besutifull! Specially the candle and the napkinring. You coloured the Inkadinkado stamp so great!

Grace said...

Wow Chris... your project is over the top!!! I love all the fall themed things... especially that candle and napkin ring! What a great idea!!! TFS!!!

Carol Hurlock said...

Chris...I love your scarecrow light box!!! I know a place I can put that in my Everything looks so beautiful. I love the candle...that is so pretty. Great job!


Danielle said...

Wow Chris - what amazing fall projects you've done! You have been super busy - gorgeous work my friend!
Hugs, Danielle

Lovely Linda said...

Wow Chris - all this and you have not been well! you are a CRAFT MACHINE!! Love everything here - it is all amazing and gorgeous! Well done Chris - now get some sleep and get better! Thanks for the inspiration! God bless you!! {{{hugs}}}

Dawn B. said...

Oh my goodness Chris this is so pretty.. I love that you and your hubby create some projects together.. Amazingly done. I am so happy you tried the tp roll.hehehe.. Great job. I am going to case that candle when my girls come to visit..hugs toyou.

Jessica G. said...

Amazing autumn creations, Chris! You are one multi-talented crafter!!

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Hi Chris,
Love your beautiful autumn creations...especially the candle and napkin holder! Thanks for featuring my card from the crypt!

Joan Ervin said...

Oh, my, Chris...your display is just gorgeous!!!! The tp holder is a hoot, the light box is amazing, and the candles look AWESOME!!!!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I really have no idea how you find the time to do what you do, Chris!! I love ALL the Fall decorations you have made. puts the rest of us to shame!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris...I had lots of fun reading a bit about you and seeing your fall creations. I especially love the should do a tutorial on it:)

Have a great weekend!

Anne said...

Hi Chris
Your totem scraecrow is awesome!!!!!!
Anne x

Kym Weber said...

Your Thanksgiving table display is absolutely stunning. I love how you have taken your stamps and created them with craft projects and items like the napkin ring holder and candles. Just fabulous!

Diamond Doll said...

Fab Halloween projects love them all.
Trish (-:

Beth Phillips said...

love the lightbox!

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Chris, first off I think this team has a sky diving least for a few of us!! I cracked up with your comment about the professional photographer.....sounds like my hubby!!! LOL
Your projects are beautiful, each one of them. I love the little pumpkin...such a neat idea. The candles and napkin holders are beautiful. A great table display!

Magda said...

Chris, I love your creations. They`re so funny and fantastic.
Have a nice weekend.
Magda x

Rachel said...

WOW!! Beautiful Chris such Gorgeous fall creations!!

Michelle's Daydreams said...

Chris, these are all so pretty! The scarecrow is darling and the pumpkin too! I've never stamped on a candle.... Maybe I need to try that soon. :) It was fun learning some more about you too. Michelle

Karen W said...

Chris your projec is just amazing, love it!!!

Joanne Travis said...

You set such a beautiful scene for all of your fabulous projects, Chris!! This should be featured in a craft/holiday decorating magazine!! Awesome work.

Nancy said...

Oh Chris,
Your projects are drop dead gorgeous!!!
No matter what medium you use, it's spectacular!!!
I LOVE visiting your blog!

Phyllis said...

Chris, sorry you have been under the weather, but your art hasn't suffered. The projects you made for the blog hop are wonderful!! I especially love the toilet paper pumpkin!! You are very creative and do such beautiful work. Your cards are always just GORGEOUS!!

Phyllis BlogLess MMDesign Team Member

Betty J Schaub said...

Love, love, LOVE your projects! I just to dabble in painting on wood. Made a few projects and sold them. Alas, that is my downfall; I create and sell everything. Now I have none of those items for myself. :o(

Love your card and the crypt pick! TFS

Cindy Haffner said...

Your work is STUNNING.

Holly Moore said...

Such a sweet lil table setting. I especially like the scarecrow and the punkin card. Very nice job!

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

SO many things there Chris, you really rolled out the red carpet for us here. Don't know you tole painted too. Love the stamping/coloring on the taper candles, the pumpkin center piece, pumpkin name plates, rings.. you are so ready for your guests. What a nice table you set, how welcoming Chris.

Shazza said...

fabulous projects, love the candle

Ashley Lydia Durand said...

wow your candle and setting and pumpkin are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!I do especially love the way the candle came out ! I think IM going to have to try to make one, even though Im scared how mine will come out! You are sooo talented, and I hear you about loving your cuttlebug!!!!

HazelQ said...

Cute scarecrow :)

Unknown said...

Surprisingly, I like the toilet paper roll pumpkin the most. What a great idea!

Mary said...

Such a beautiful card you chose and I love your fall creations!!!


Lisa said...

wonderful ideas thanks for sharing

Jenny V. said...

Wow Chris! Your projects are awesome. You have great ideas. Love how you use that toilet paper and turn it into a pumpkin.

Ewik21 said...
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Ewik21 said...

This fall-creations are so besutifull! Specially the candle and the napkin. Hugs Ewa

Carol L said...

Wow! Great projects! I must say a roll of toilet paper never looked so good until you got your hands on it!!!

Kristine said...

What a gorgeous place setting and decorations Chris!! My sister toll paints a little. I also play the piano (took 8 years of lessons growing up) and I sing in a worship team at church too! :) I also used to teach Special Ed at our Middle School for a couple years before I had my girls, and I too have been married 11 years, will be 12 this December!! We have SO MUCH in common, are you sure you're not my twin? Hmmm, LOL! Hugs!!

cabio's craft corner said...

Chris, all those Halloween items you creations are so unique. They would make wonderful additions for the Halloween!

Shirley N said...

Your place setting and decorations are so pretty. It was nice learning about you. I admire anyone who can home school their children.

JPScraps said...

Beautiful creations!

Danni said...

Just wonderful creations! So creative!!

Mary Lou said...

Hi Chris~~fabulous creations!! Absolutely stunning candle and napkin rings!! Your work is sooo gorgeous!!
Great crypt card~~sooo soft and elegant!!
Mary Lou

Annette Bowes said...

Hi Chris, another wonderful collection of stunning projects so love the table favor! Valeries card is beautiful. Fantastic Blog Hop, hope you are all well again. Take CareX:)

Carolyn said...

I always know I am in for a treat when I visit your blog. Wow is always my first words when I am here. Your projects are simply amazing. How could I even choose one over the other to rave about. They are all stunning. I do love the beauty of the candles. You are an extrordinarily talented woman, and it is such an honor to be creating alongside you with the MMSC. I am so blessed to be able to call you my friend too. Thanks for always leaving your supportive comments and for your caring ways.

Hugs to you.

Sandra said...

Love your creations! Like the embossing on your pumpkin!!

Sandy x

pam124 said...

Chris, I'm never disappointed with your creations and this is no exception. Beautiful array of neat holidays items. Love the card from the crypt you chose also!

Stampin Mindy said...

How Beautiful ! I love your candle and napkin holder, all of it is so beautiful!

scrapperjulia said...

Hey Chris, I love your projects especially the candles!

Darlene said...

LOVE your tablescape!! What beautifully crafted pieces for the holiday table!! Great Crypt card choice and please let me say ... you ladies sure know how to do a Blog Hop! Very Well Done!! Thanks for the fun!!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Love your projects...TFS


gocanucksgo said...

Fantastic setup!!! I love the treat box as well. Keep up the great work =)

stampinfrog said...

Chris all of your Fall creations are GORGEOUS! You are a very talented artist!GORGEOUS,GORGEOUS,GORGEOUS!

Jeannie said...

I love your place setting Chrissie! You did good!!! BTW, thanks for commenting on me!!! Love it!! Talk to soon! Jeannie

Sue said...

Valerie's card is so pretty. Your creations are all so nice. I like to do alot of different things also, but time (and I am retired now!) is always so limited. Was nice to get to know you better and see all the things you are creating while raising young children AND homeschooling.

Donna said...

Gorgeous table for Thanksgiving. Could I come to your house? Thanks for the hop. I just love all the inspiration!

2amscrapper said...

Love your creations, especially the stamping on the candle.

Lol said...

Hi Chris,
Thanks for your lovely comments on my Anyone for Anya card, paper piecing in the UK means making a pattern with small pin pricks in your paper with a sharp ended tool (which I don't own hence the improvisation!)
Love the idea of the american way I'll have to give that a go.

Hugs Lol xxx

Benedicte said...

great project!

Nunt said...

Love those napkin rings, they are simple yet elegant!


Beccy said...

Wow what fabulous projects love that scarecrow and the stamp you have used on the candle.
Beccy x

Cheryl said...

WOW fantastic!!! Such gorgeous creations and so very creative!!
Hugs xx

Risa said...

Wow...your creations are awesome Chris! The Fall color theme table setting is blowing me away right now! Everything is so beautiful! Great job!!

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

What lovely Autumn creations!!

Lori said...

I love fall creations! Yours are amazing, thanks for sharing a variety!

Juut said...

Mmmm Lovely!

Dragonlady said...

Wow Chris,
Your creations are stunning.

Ali x

Spyder said...

Fabulous makes Chris, I'm just back from US and they have such wonderful things over there for halloween and thanks giving (which of course we don't do over here in England) loved the visit!I've missed doing my blog!!

Sue McMahon said...

Hi Chris! Your projects are awesome! Love them all! Your Crypt pick is fabulous too. The background paper is so yummy!

peggysue said...

First of all, love all of your fabulous creations. Secondly, teach me your secret to getting up at 3 a.m., I think you're either a natural night nowl or a morning person and I am definitely not the latter! I like hiking too, hope you have some pretty areas near you to indulge in the hobby.

Gwen said...

Love your and all!

Priscilla said...

Chris, your projects are over the top went above and beyond. Wow!!!Thank you for doing all that and your pictures are magazine worthy :) Or maybe even TV said you were a Movie star right?? ;) How about your own craft show?? I would watch. Anyway, thank you for helping make this blog hop a success :)

Little Moos and My Creative Pink. said...

I love your project and it all looks so great together..


Benzi said...

Wow! I see you love Fall and I love all your creations...especially, I adore scarecrows. Lovely card you have chosen from the CRYPT.

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love all of your projects- lovely coloring- LOVE the candle! TFS

Janice said...

What cute creations..I just love visiting your blog!

Cassandra said...

I absolutely love the Napkin Rings and candle! Thank you for the Giveaways and Happy Belated Birthday!

Cassandra V.

Linda said...

WOW you have some very fabulous decorations for fall!!

Melody said...

I love your beautiful and elegant setting! I so admire your style!

Queen La Rubba said...

Love your scarecrow! Simply darling!!! and your Napkin Rings!!! Love them! Happy Fall to you! Thanks for the op to hop along with the Midnight Blog Candy and a chance to possibly win!!
Rachael D
Queen La Rubba

WiKKori said...

All creations in youe fall setting are adorable, but most of all I like the pupkin thim a little boy pic on it. How nicely done!

Claire said...

Wow, great projects, you have been busy!! Love the boy carrying the pumpkin! Claire xx

Chris said...

you had me going, I believed you were a star, there's a skater and piano player, why not an actress.
thanks for all the nice things you say when you visit my blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris!! :) I've FINALLY got some time to sit and do this blog hop with all of your lovely talented ladies!! I'm having fun and of course I knew when I got to your blog, I'd find some very GORGEOUS creations!! ;) I just ADORE your Fall setting..especially that!! Love that sweet pumpkin too!! This is so fun!! TFS!! Off to hop some more...

stephanne said...

All of these items are beautifully done, love the pumpkin toilet paper, not your idea but executed perfectly, the whole display is gorgeous, wonderful stuff!!
Have a great week!!

JoAnn said...

I love that pumkin you made with toilet paper. I'm thinking about trying that. That is what I love about all this, all the inspiration from all of you great crafters.

Liz Williams said...

I love your scarecrow and all these fabulous fall projects. This is fun checking out all these wonderful blogs.

Cheryl Walker said...

Love the fall projects you made, they are all sooo wonderful, and I LOVE the candle!!! Beautiful!!!!

Thank you for a wonderful blog hop, Im enjoy'n this one:)

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