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Friday, October 16, 2009

Prowling At the 1st Midnight Madness Blog Hop

Welcome to Prowling at the 1st Midnight Madness Blog Hop. Here at Midnight Madness we are 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 the list of how we are giving away these prizes:


  • One Grand prize random drawing valued at $100
  • 350th BRAND NEW Sketch Player SPECIAL Prize valued at $50
  • 11 “Cards from the Crypt” (picked by our DT members from MMSC archives)
  • 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 Priscilla’s Midnight Madness Blog to be eligible for the prizes. Prize winners will be notified at the end of the week.

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

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 http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/

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 or words listed on their blog and as long as you visit them in order, you will 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 WITH IN 48 HOURS to claim your prize. If by any chance the 350th BRAND NEW player or any of the “Cards from the Crypt” winners are not claimed, then those prizes will be added to the random winners drawn. To start off, you must begin at Pricilla’s Midnight Madness Blog! If you have not started there, I suggest you go back and begin again . . . you don’t want to miss out on the Prizes! If you have arrived from Charlotte's Blog then you are on the correct course.  If you want a chance to win you will have to follow the instruction listed above. Thank you and have fun on the Hop.


· Meet the Midnight Madness Design 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, our valued challenge players, about ourselves. You are welcome to leave a comment here at my blog and tell us something about you. So here are some interesting things about me!


1. What was your reason to get into cardmaking/paper crafting?  I had decided to finally quit my job after 16 years and stay home with my kids.  I wanted to find something that I could use as an outlet and still be productive.  My neighbor introduced me to rubber stamping (which I was certain was not going to be my thing)...Boy, was I wrong! I was hooked on this almost immediately and chose to start selling my cards on ebay to supplement our income with my having quit my job.  As they say, the rest is history ; )

2. Where do you get most of your inspiration from?  I don't quite know how to answer this one.  I know that I choose images that appeal to me and I usually will work with whatever I have to work well with my image.  Ideas do inspire me, especially if it is something that I haven't tried before and looks interesting.  I don't often relate my creations to anything in particular or even really get inspired by something that I see not card related.  My drawings are often inspired by life things, but not so much my cards.  For the most part, my cards come to life very spontaneously almost every single time that I make one.  I create anything that I make as I go, and step by step it falls into place. 

3. Is there a specific time of day when your best creations are made and is there a particular food/drink item you just have to have with you?  I frequently work into the wee hours of the night.  I do work best when I am alone.  I don't eat or drink while I am working, and I really hate stopping once I start..even for a break.  This can really take it's toll at times, because I am not a quick crafter.  I can take hours upon hours and even days to create just one card.  If I'm motivated, I'm motivated, and if I'm not, I'm not!  That's pretty much all there is to it.  You will see that some of my cards are fantastic while others are ...wellll, ok.  There's the difference. 

4. What tool could you not live without?  There are just WAY too many to mention, but if I have to choose just one, I would have to say that I could not live without my stickles!!  You will be hard pressed to find a card from me that does not have stickles on it somewhere.  Just seems naked without it in my opinion.  Have to sneak in here though that gems take a close second in this category ; )

5. If your house was on fire and you could run in and save ONE CRAFT ITEM, what would that be?  I would have to choose my Cricut for this one mostly because I am such a penny pincher, and that would be the single most expensive craft item that I have right now.  However, in reality, if we had a fire, the only thing I would really care about saving is my family...anything else could be replaced. 

6. What is your favorite crafting technique?  I Love to make shaker cards!! 

7. What would you love to find at a yard sale?  Rubber stamps or really any good craft supplies would be a huge find for me.  Have never found that anywhere near me though. 

8. What makes you laugh the hardest?  My husband!!  But, yes, he can also make me cry the hardest. 

· 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 Priscilla’s Midnight Madness Blog! We will email you when we verify that you have entered your name in Mr. Linky, you will need to email back the phrase in order to qualify for your prize. Even if your card hasn't been chosen from the Crypt you are still eligible for the Grand Prize and Random Drawings.

My Crypt Pick card for MMSC19 is Loz. Congratulations, Loz. Your card was wonderful and we appreciate your support in joining us each week at the MMSC.



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I wanted to do something a little bit different for my blog hop project, so I have tried something that I have NEVER done before!!!  Flower arranging!!!  I have to tell you.....I was so nervous to do this.  I was thinking it would turn out soooo bad.  I had originally wanted to do a swag, but in our almost craftless little town, there were no supplies to make a swag with, and I did not have the time to order them online and be done in time for the hop, so I opted for the broom....which is perfect for Fall anyway, right?  So, I get all this stuff home...lol probably around $50 plus just in flowers, because I had no clue what to use or what would look nice...Didn't even know where to begin, but I just started putting things together, and I have to say...I am really loving the way that it turned out.  I was soooo surprised at how quick it was to make.  It is VERY full, so you can't really almost even tell that it is a broom, but that is the way I like it.  It is now hanging proudly in my house.  I can't say that I would do another broom like this again, because that is something that you can't just use anywhere or all the time, but I am thinking that I would LOVE to try out the swags and wreaths.  It is just so much fun to do. 










My 2nd item is a pumpkin made out of dryer hose that is spray painted, hot glued and filled with flowers to use as a centerpiece.  This is so easy to do too.  I had so many flowers leftover from my broom that this was a breeze to fill up.  A fun little thing that you can do with this if you want to make it a simpler pumpkin is to buy some of the cinnamon scented pine cones that they have out right now and put those inside of the dryer hose before you glue it together, and then put little pinholes in the top and bottom of the pumpkin where it is not visible (do this after spraypainting).  Then you can add cinnamon sticks as the pumpkin stem, a few leaves, and you will have an amazingly scented centerpiece to display on your table.  There you have it....my Fall blog hop projects.  I hope you enjoyed viewing them and that you might try something new to challenge yourself with.  You might find out how much fun you are missing out on. 







I would be thrilled to hear what you think of my projects and so appreciate your stopping by to play in our blog hop today.

Thank you for playing in our weekly challenges and for all your support each week. We love showing off our creations to 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!

 


70 comments:

chercroppin said...

What a sweet card, great choice!

Love your fabby creations, you did great!

Off to my next stop! : )

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I love your crypt pick and your projects are gorgeous girl!! Love your arrangement!! Gorgeous!! That pumpkin is so clever!! Fab creations!!

Have a great day!!
hugs,
Chris

Carol said...

Carolyn you may have found a new craft to experiment and enjoy!!! Your projects are beautiful and I love that awesome pumpkin idea...really unique and clever! Great job!

Hugs,
Carol

Lovely Linda said...

Carolyn - how clever are you!!! Love both of these - it seems that you have the 'golden touch'! Everything you do is amazing!! Love it!! I enjoyed reading about you too!! Thansk for sharing - it is always a pleasure to come and see! God bless you! {{{hugs}}}

jesskittelson said...

I love the flowers and the pumpkin! How festive!

Dawn B. said...

This is a beautiful arrangement.. I love the colors of all the flowers. Really great job..Who woulda thunk a dryer vent could look so good..

Valarie (vampme3) said...

I just LOVE your pumpkin flower arrangement, and Loz's card is really sweet!

Joan Ervin said...

What a clever idea to make a pumpkin out of a dryer hose...gotta try that one!!!! Your flowers are gorgeous, too, and I love the crypt card you chose, too!!!

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

Just a beautiful fall center piece and decorations, very clever with the supplies you used for the pumpkin. I love all those flowers, very nicely arranged and the colors are very vibrant. Thanks for sharing your wonderful gift. Jane

Craftyanny said...

What do I think?? I think they're blooming marvellous!!!

Sandy S. said...

Stunning!

want2win2 said...

the pumpkin is so sweet! love it

Abby said...

OMG both the broom and pumpkin are GORGEOUS! I can't believe you made the pumpkin from a dryer hose...incredible!

Abby:)

Kym Weber said...

OMG! The broom floral arrangement and pumpkin dryer hose centerpiece is absolutely gorgeous! You did a fabulous job putting them together. I just love the pumpkin centerpiece using a dryer hose. So awesome!

Grace said...

OMGosh, how clever is the dryer hose pumpkin!!! LOVE that idea!!! Love your arrangement and how you set the photo amongst all the leaves!!! Wow!!! Love the cards from the crypt on this hop! What a great idea and loved reading the interview! TFS!

Karen W said...

This is just so pretty and colorful, I love it!

Joanne Travis said...

I love fall and your beautiful projects capture all of the warmth and beauty of the season. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle ~ daydreams505 said...

Carolyn, I just love your flower arrangements! If this is your first time trying this, then you have a GIFT for this craft too! I'm not surprised at all. :) You are so creative. Michelle

Magda said...

Woow, your creations are fantastic! I love pumpkin with flowers. Great idea.
Magda x

Phyllis said...

Carolyn, Those flowers are just so lovely, You are so talented at arranging them. The pumpkin made out of dryer hose is just tooo cute!! Your creations are artfully displayed too!! Beautiful blog hop projects!!

Phyllis BlogLess MMDesign Team Member

Shazza said...

wow what fabulous projects. I love all the beautiful colours of flowers you have used and your pumpkin is inspired!
x

HazelQ said...

Cute arrangement of flowers, I love the pumpkin one :)
Hugs
Hazel

Loz said...

The Flowers are fantastic and the pumpkin flowers arrangement is perfect. Loz

glowinshadow23 said...

Wow what a great job with your flower arranging! All the colors are beautiful together.

Mary said...

You picked such a gorgeous card!

Mary

Lisa said...

wonderful job, I love the colours

Jenny said...

Gorgeous flower arrangement! Love all the pretty colors.

Ewik21 said...

What a sweet card, great choice!
Hugs Ewa

Our Little Inspirations said...

The bouquet in the "pumpkin" is amazing and so clever!! THe flowers in the broom are just lovely and look so pretty photographed among the lush green lawn and fallen leaves of autumn! Beautiful projects!!!

Kristine said...

I'm absolutely LOVING your gorgeous floral arrangements!! :) I've never done any of that but you did an amazing job--so festive and Harvesty!! LOVE IT :)

Shirley N said...

That is a beautiful floral arrangement!!!

JPScraps said...

Gorgeous, beautiful, creative......

Mary Lou said...

Hi carolyn~~ your projects STUNNING, AWESOME, UNBELIEVEABLE, WELL DONE!!!! Super crypt card choice and I know Loz has always participated and I love viewing her creations too. I gonna try the dryer vent project :D
Thanks and blessings
Mary Lou

Nancy said...

Wow!!!
What great projects!!!

cabio's craft corner said...

Lovely picked of the crypt card Carolyn. How creative are you to use the dryer hose. That is so clever and the project looks so pretty too!
Hugs,
Cabio

Crafty Nanny said...

Wonderful creation...great pumpkin, my sister made me one of these last year for Halloween!!

Sandy x

Stampin Mindy said...

What beautiful work I love all those flowers

pam124 said...

Fabulous job and awesome crypt card!!!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOWZA ... are you sure you've never done floral design before!!! I'm a certified florist and you can come work for me anytime!! These are AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL!!
Your crypt card choice is wonderful and I'm so glad you were inspired to try your hand at something new! WELL DONE!!
BTW ... I'm having a wonderful time at the HOP ... you ladies sure know how to throw a party!!

sugar n spice said...

Goodness me girl, you could earn a fortune as a florist to the stars with this creation, it's just outstandingly beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing all that effort to create this project.
Hugs
Suzi x

iluvmybugs said...

What a creative use of dryer hose...that pumpkin is amazing!!! Your flower arranging is great!!! TFS

Hugs,
Terry

gocanucksgo said...

Great crypt pick!!! I love your dryer hose pumpkin idea. Keep up the great work =)

Sue said...

Loz's card is so nice, great pick. Your flower arrangements are lovely. The dryer hose idea is wonderful, thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

What a fun project! And your vase is so unique. Thanks for the blog hop. This is such fun!

lotsa scrap said...

For never having arranged flowers, your creations are beautiful!

Nunt said...

What a colorful and beautiful project!

Lil Sis said...

Wow how clever are you even my OH was impressed with your projects.
Hugs Beccy x

Lee said...

I made some of these pumpkins years ago, but forgot how to do thwm. Thanks for showing me how again & for doing it so beautifully! Love it!

Laura said...

You've found another natural talent!! Wow, spectacular!!

Juut said...

Your flower arrangement turned out really Great!
Judith

Lori said...

Nice job! Did you get any hot glue burns??? I always used to when I helped my mom with her arrangements. Yours are very beautiful!

Dragonlady said...

Hi there,

What fantastic flower arranging and you say you have never done it. Another string to your bow I think.

Ali x

Spyder said...

Love your flowers, its a shame we don't have halloween 'madness' over here!
((Lyn))

Sue @ McMahon Five Designs said...

What a fantastic project, Carolyn! Who knew you could do that with dryer hose! Awesome! I also love Loz's Crypt card you chose! Very nice!

peggysue said...

What a lovely bouquet you've created, and the flowers, they so strikingly represent Fall. Stickles are awesome, I agree. And it takes me hours to make one card too, I can relate, fussing and switching things here and there.

Priscilla said...

I just love your ideas here with these projects..I will have to plant them in my memory because these are keepers. I think they came out FANTASTIC. Very creative dear. Thank you for sharing all that info about yourself too..I learn a couple of new things about you :) Thanks for helping make this blog hop a success :)

Little Moos and My Creative Pink. said...

You all are so creative, I love how you made the pumpkin..
Christina

Benzi said...

Just the sweetest card from Loz...great choice from the CRYPT. Your flower arrangement is just beautiful. This reminded me of the real flowers I have taken from my flower garden and put in my real pumpkin. Haven't done that in a while, though. Love the Fall creation you made.

Rosalee said...

Love your Creations and posts. Cool work

Janice said...

You've never done this before?!! Wow-gorgeous project!

Cassandra said...

All I can say is WOW!!! You can decorate for me ANYTIME!! The colors are amazing and they just say FALL and HOLIDAYS!! Fantastic!! Thank you for your giveaway!

Cassandra V.
cvansyckle@gmail.com

Linda said...

WOW your creations are WONDERFUL!!! I really love the pumpkin!!

WiKKori said...

HI
When I was in USA in 2001, 2002 and 2004 I've travelled through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont tracking the most beautiful outdoor fall decorations. This made by You is truly outstanding!

Claire said...

Gorgeous projects!! Love them!! Claire xx

Chris said...

what a great idea! the pupmkin is fabulous!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Oh my goodness!! Your projects are sooo stunning!! What beautiful flowers!! LOVE the pumpkin with the flowers inside!! Thanks for sharing all of this!! This is so fun!! Hopping on....

Jessica G. said...

Gorgeous flower arrangements; I never would have guessed those wonderful pumpkins are made out of dryer vent!!

stephanne said...

Your floral displays are beautiful and I am loving your pumpkin dryerhose creation, how neat is that??? Just beautiful!!

JoAnn said...

I love your projects! I have got to try that with the dryer hose! It was beautiful! I also liked that idea to make it smell good. Thank You.

Cheryl Walker said...

Love all your projects they are beautiful, and I love the pick you did tooo!!

Hugs,
Cheryl