There's Magic in the Air with Paper Cupcakes - BLOG HOP

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You have arrived on the 9th stop of the "
There's Magic In The Air" Recipe Blog Hop.

The image Nina asked me to use is Jessie. Isn't she just the cutest fairy! I've colored her with markers and of course inked the edge. Crimped the mat for additional interest. You have a chance of winning this image in a random drawing, by leaving a comment for me. Sweet huh?

Here is one of my family's favorite Christmas recipes: (well it's not MINE, I got it from McCormick, but it's always a hit when I make it.)

Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake
8 ounces gingersnaps, finely crushed
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice
whipped cream
pecan halves

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine gingersnap crumbs, butter and sugar. Press into bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
2. Beat cream cheese and brown sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add next 4 ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 50 minutes or until lightly browned on top and almost set.
3. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
4. Run knife around inside edge of pan and release sides.
Place on serving plate and garnish with whipped cream and pecan halves.

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This is the final word, so be sure to post your secret sentence on your blog & link it back here to Mr. Linky below.

If you arrived on my blog first, you need to go to the beginning of this blog hop HERE to get all the directions and to hop along & collect all the clues. If you arrived from craftieodamae's blog then you are on the right path. Remember to leave a comment on my blog then your next stop now is to go over to Nina's blog to see another card/project, find a new recipe, and see the Final Challenge.

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Magic Monday - Sweet Trouble

Today's Limited Time Free Image from There's Magic in the Air is Sweet Trouble and the Challange is..."Clean and Simple card with limitations on what you can use (e.g., "NO" brads, bows, or anything that would make it challenging to mail) and a color requirement PINK, of course, must appear on your card somewhere."

I've used ribbon, but no bow to make it lumpy, and I've used Aleene's Paper Glaze on the Candy Canes.


Magical Monday - Anything BUT a Card

OK SO today's FREE Limited TIME Image from There's Magic in the Air is NOT THE ONE I USED LOL - it IS Snowy Flight, but I used the wrong image in today's Challenge....when you see today's actual free image, I think that you will see how I got confused, and well...I guess I subconsciously just wanted to use the turtle :) Nina was gracious enough to let me go ahead & post it as a sneak peek of the images that will be available in her new store, Paper Cupcakes! How Exciting! This Week's Challenge was to make "anything but a card." I have made a little card purse. I found the instructions online..... on Andrea Walford's blog Sunny Stampin' Inc., so head on over there for the step by step, she also offers a template, which I did not download, I just used the dimensions she gave.

So here it is..
for my ribbon tabs, I used a Cuttlebug ribbon label die cut and cut it in half, and I used the slit punch to make the scallops

~Project Recipe~
Stamps: Paper Cupcakes Shellie - Shell Sledding

Paper: Rainbow Sherbet dsp, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Copic & Prismacolor markers, Stickles, Cuttlebug ribbon label die cut, sheer ribbon, SU slit punch


Magical Monday - Cozy & Bright

It's Magical Monday again!! Time for another Limited Time FREE Image from Nina May at There's Magic in the Air. Today's image is called Cozy & Bright and the challenge is to use something fuzzy, be it flock, fuzzy fiber, fuzzy anything. I've used Fun Flock on the antlers.

Here it is and don't forget to stop by & See Nina and get your image :)

Hope you enjoy!

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: There's Magic in the Air Cozy & Bright, by Nina May, Studio g sentiment
Paper: DCWV dp, Real Red, Garden Green
Ink: VersaFine Crimson, Real Red
Accessories: Christmas ribbon from Michael's, Copic & Prismacolor markers, Fun Flock


Magical Monday - Skating By

Good morning! It's Magical Monday again! This Weeks Limited Time FREE Image is Skating By , by Nina May at There's Magic in the Air. This week's challenge is to use something reflective. Here is my card and I've used some sheet metal that I got a while ago at a local scrapbooking store, this is really cool stuff. It's a very thin metal sheet. and I've pierced some lines on it to give it some dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: There's Magic in the Air Skating By, by Nina May
Paper: DCWV dp, Basic Gray, light burgundy cs
Accessories: American Crafts ribbon, sheet metal, paper piercer


Magical Monday - Monochromatic

Good morning! It's Magical Monday again! This Weeks Limited Time FREE Image is Elegant Pumpkins, by Nina May at There's Magic in the Air. Can be used for Thanksgiving or just any Fall type card. This weeks challenge is to do a monochromatic card. This means using any one color (and you can use different shades of this color), and you may use a neutral (white, gray or black) Of course you may color the image as you see fit, just the remainder of the card has to be monochromatic. Here's my card.
Of course I chose my color to be green and my neutral is white. Even the stitching I used green thread :) hehe
~Card Recipe~
Stamps: There's Magic in the Air Elegant Pumpkins by Nina May
Paper: Garden Green, Green Galore, Rainbow Sherbet dsp
Accessories: PTI New Leaf satin ribbon, Lime green satin ribbon, Lush Kaiser Pearls, Copic & Prismacolor markers


Magical Monday - Cornucopia

This week's Limited Edition free image from Nina May at There's Magic in the Air is Cornucopia. Such a great detailed image. This week's challenge is to create a card using buttons.

I printed it out at about 3.5x4" colored with markers and inked all of the edges, except the base, using distress inks. I tied the raffia on the buttons and stuck those on with glue dots.

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: There's Magic in the Air Cornucopia, by Nina May
Paper: Bazzill Avocado, PTI Ripe Avocado, Bazzill rust, More Mustard
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain & Tea Dye
Accessories: buttons, raffia, Stickles Yellow, alcohol markers


TMITA - Autumn Splendor

It's Magical Monday again! This week's image is Autumn Splendor by Nina May. So head on over to There's Magic in the Air and get your limited time free image and join us in the challenge~! This week's challenge is a photo challenge - there's a photo over there to inspire you. This is what I came up with.I printed it out at about 3.5x3" and colored with my markers. Inked the edges of the panel and stamped and punched out the sentiment, which I put in the center of the daisy.
Hope you like it!

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Digital Image: There's Magic in the Air Autumn Splendor by Nina May, TAC Tag Tidbits
Paper: Crushed Curry, Bazzill Rusty color, Pumpkin Pie dsp
Ink: Really Rust
Accessories: Sheer Fall Ribbon, Prima Daisy, markers


Magical Monday..... Harvest Geese

Good morning! It's Magical Monday again and this weeks Limited time FREE Image from There's Magic in the Air is Harvest Geese. The challenge this week is to use pop dots or foam squares to make a 3-D element on your project "pop"

On my card, I've simply popped up the sentiment, but then I thought that just wasn't enough LOL so I've stamped the leaves, cut those out and popped them up on different levels. Some have two layers of dimensionals.

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: There's Magic in the Air Harvest Geese, by Nina May, Inque Boutique Mini Thanksgiving
Paper: Old Olive, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust dp, WeRMemoryKeepers dp, white
Ink: VersaFine Sepia
Accessories: Really Rust reinker, foam squares, Copic & Prismacolor markers, Fall trim


Magical Monday - Introducing SPOOKTACULAR

Good Morning~ This weeks image from There's Magic in the Air is Spooktacular Pumpkin - isn't that ghost just the cutest!!? This week's challenge is to use some kind of 3-D coloring element, like liquid applique, Crystal Effects, paper glaze, stickles, fun flock, Flower soft, crackle medium - those kinds of things. I've used the liquid applique. If you've never used this stuff it's SUPER COOL!!, if comes in like a pen type applicator and you squeeze it on and then shoot it with your heat gun and it POOFS up!! super awesome for snow, beards, lambs & stuff :) it does come in colors too, but so far I only have the white.

here's a close up of the Liquid Applique

Hope you enjoy this week's image & join us in the challenge!

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: digital image:
There's Magic in the Air Spooktacular Pumpkin, by Nina May, $1bin sentiment
Paper: DCWV dp, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: VersaFine Onyx
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Copic & Prismacolor markers, Liquid Applique


Hello & Merry Christmas!

Here's a nice Quickie card. Simply stamped the Asian teapot from my new Dream Gardens set and cut it out for the focal point on this card. Used the Rich Razzleberry dot grosgrain ribbon, just flipped it over ;)
~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Dream Gardens, Clearly Wordsworth sentiment
Paper: Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Certainly Celery dsp
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, VersaFine Olympia Green
Razzleberry dot grosgrain ribbon

This one was inspired by Carrie! Thanks Carrie I wouldn't have thought of it myself, but I love it!!

She used this image that I sent to her for a NON-tradional image Christmas card challenge and I just think it's Fabulous!! The Sentiment comes from my Merry Muffins set by Stampendous (I think you have this too dontcha Carrie?) - colored with markers and Cinnamon stickles on the Coffee parts

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Impression Obsession Espresso, Stampendous Merry Muffins
Paper: Melon Mambo, Green Galore, Melon Mambo dsp
Ink: VersaFine Onyx
Accessories: Cinnamon Stickles, Copic, Prismacolor & Bic Markit markers


Magical Monday - Mouse Candy!

Happy Monday! LOL is it RIGHT to say that???
Well it's another Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air. Today's Limited time FREE Image from There's Magic in the Air is.... Mouse Candy. Isn't it just the cutest!! and the Challenge this week is a COLOR challenge. The Challange is to use Black and Orange and ONE other color.... of course I chose green. Lime Green... and it's coming to you by way of the Coredinations Black Magic cardstock and the little green pearls (Thanks Stuffie) BTW I also got the "trick or treat" stamp from our very own Nina :) heehehe

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Digital Image- There's Magic in the Air Mouse Candy, by Nina May, $1 Michael's sentiment stamp
Paper: Coredinations Black Magic cs, SU Tangerine Tango, Black
Ink: VersaFine Onyx
Accessories: Kaiser Lush pearls, Copic & Prismacolor markers


World Card Making Day

Well yesterday apparently was World Card Making Day.... here's some cards I've made this weekend ;) some were yesterday some Friday Night, but I am SURE it was after midnight.
I got my new SU order, soo you might see a color theme going on - heehee

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: SU Dream Gardens
Paper: SU Cottage Wall dsp, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Bazzill olive green
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: sewing machine - zigzag stitch

This one I also used a new SU set, On a Pedastal - it's just so CUTE! :)

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: SU On a Pedestal
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Purely Pomegranate, black
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, VersaFine Onyx
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, black brads

Watercolored this one with reinker. oh and this one is 4.25" square

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Rubbernecker Coffee & Tea inchies, SU Thank You Kindly
Paper: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, SU Cottage Wall dsp,
Ink: VersaFine Onyx, Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Rich Razzleberry re-inker, dew drops


Magical Monday - Dancing Hearts

Good Morning! It's Magical Monday again and this weeks Limited time FREE Image from There's Magic in the Air is Dancing Hearts. The challenge this week is to use BLING on your card. I thought since there's a lot going on in the image, I'd keep the card 'simple' - My bling is the purple Stickles on the shelf. Hope you like it!

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Image: There's Magic in the Air, Dancing Hearts by Nina May
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Elegant Eggplant, American Crafts lime green
Accessories: Purple Stickles, Copic & Prismacolor markers


Magical Monday - Eldon with Flower

Good Morning... You know I am not writing this in the morning, right?! lol Mornings are NOT a good time for me... especially Mondays. but here's a bright spot for ya :) It's Magical Monday once again at There's Magic in the Air. This week's Limited time FREE Image is Eldon with Flower by Nina May- Isn't he just the cutest? and this week's challenge is to use ribbon~with a bow on your card.... I don't usually use "bows" per say, usually "pretty knots" hahaha - so here's what I came up with
- Here I've printed him out at about 3x3.5" and colored with markers - added a little purple Stickles in the flower center and I lightly sponged the sky in light blue with a holey sponge - I tied the bow and stuck it on with a glue dot ;) Couldn't really decide on a sentiment for the front.. so I just left it blank
Hope you like it & join us in the challenge

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Digital Image: There's Magic in the Air Eldon with Flower, by Nina May
Paper: Pacific Point, Tempting turquoise, Bazzill textured turquoise
Ink: Memento Summer Sky
Accessories: light blue organdy ribbon, purple Stickles


Magical Monday - Deco Flower - Embossing Challenge

Gooood morning! This week's Free Limited Edition digital stamp is Deco Flower by Nina May at There's Magic in the Air. Today's challenge was my idea - so today I challenge you to emboss with this image. While I used my Perfect Medium pen to do heat embossing directly on the image after I colored it, you can emboss any part of your card. Dry embossing will be included as well.....so even scoring for decorative effect would be included ~ sky's the limit so as along as it's embossing... it works!

I've actually used both heat & dry embossing.

Here's a close up of the heat embossing I did.... I colored first, so there wouldn't be any white peeping out. I used Tanzanite PearLustre embossing powder - I jut love the way this stuff melts! and for the yellow I used Sparkle n Sprinkle Dandy Dandelion , which is semi-transparent and has glitter in it ;)

So get on over there and pick up this week's image and join us in the challenge!

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: digital imageL There's Magic in the Air - Deco Flower by Nina May
Paper: K&Co Verbena dsp, PTI Ripe Avocado, DCWV plum cs
Ink: Distress Inks - Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint
Accessories: Tanzanite PearLustre & Sparkle n Sprinkle Dandy Dandelion embossing powder, dotty ribbon, Swiss Dots embossing folder, HS edge distresser, Copic & Prismacolor markers, Perfect Medium Pen


Magical Monday - Introducing Nat & Av

Here's today's SUPER CUTE image - Free Limited Edition digital stamp is Nat & Av: You're Special by Nina May at There's Magic in the Air. So run on over to There's Magic in the Air to get your Free Copy for a limited time!! - This week's challenge is a Sketch from Nilla....

Not a lot to say about this one..... Colored with markers. DP is from a little $1 pack from the Target $1spot hehe ;) Hope you join us this week for your chance to win a prize.

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: There's Magic in the Air - Nat & Av: You're Special, by Nina May, SU Lots of Thoughts
Paper: dp from Target $1spot, Real Red, Summer Sun, PTI New Leaf & Spring Rain
Ink: VersaFine Majestic
Accessories: Buttons, markers


More Relaxing by Gigi

So here's another card with Gigi ~ she's just too cool - chillin' on her tube. sorry about the kinda same color scheme, but actually I did this one first - before the challenge was issued, I was so excited to play with this image! LOL - and it just worked so well! :)

As always you can click for a larger view. The sentiment is popped up and I tied the ribbons together and fed it through the slot punched hole in the image panel.

~Card Recipe~
There's Magic in the Air Gigi on Tube , by Nina May, Impression Obsession sentiment
Paper: Bazzill Pink, SU Green Galore, dp from Big Lots ;)
Ink: black for inking edges
Accessories: Lime & Pink organdy ribbon, brads, SU slot punch, Copic & Bic markers


Magical Monday - Introducing Gigi

It's Magical Monday again! This week's Free Limited Edition digital stamp is Gigi on Tube by Nina May at There's Magic in the Air. The challenge this week is a Paper Piecing challenge. Nina has a link over there's that's a pretty good tutorial if you'd like one. Here's my take.....

I've printed Gigi out... at about 3.5x4" on the white, then again on the striped paper for the umbrella and bikini and the green paper for the tube. Cut those out an placed over the image on white that I colored with markers. I also used markers on the umbrella dots and Signo white pen on the tube's dots. I also inked the image panel with green ink, and popped up the sentiment

Here's some close ups

~~Card Recipe~
There's Magic in the Air Gigi on Tube , by Nina May, Our Craft Lounge sentiment
Paper: SU Pretty in Pink, Bazzill Doodlebug Limeade, PTI New Leaf, striped & plaid dp
Ink: Nick Bantock Sapmoss Green, VersaFine Crimson Red
Accessories: Dew Drops, Copic markers, Uniball Signo white pen


Elvis in Boots

Here's another card I've made with this week's Free Limited Edition digital stamp is Elvis in Boots by Nina May at There's Magic in the Air.
I printed this one out at about 3x3.5", and colored with markers, inked the image panel with chalk ink. Stamped the orange cs with Versamark and Swirly background by Rubbernecker.

~Card Recipe~
There's Magic in the Air Elvis in Boots, by Nina May, Rubbernecker Swirly Background, SU Heard from the Heart
Paper: Bazzill turquoise, SU Pacific Point, misc orange, GP110
Ink: Colorbox Chalk ink Chocolate & Blueberries Queue, VersaMark, VersaFine Deep Lagoon
Accessories: Copic & Bic markers, Dew Drops



Boys Birthdays

Made some boyish birthday cards this past weekend. It's just too easy to make the girly ones, though the boy ones do tend to be simpler without all the ribbon & frills heehee

The first one is Soccer Riley, and I guess it could be sent to a girl too :)

Colored Riley with markers and cut out the star and popped that up on foam squares

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Hanna Stamps Soccer Riley, Inque Boutique Mini Stars
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, patriotic dp
Ink: VersaFine Majestic, black
Accessories: Sizzix photo corner die cuts, markers

This one is definitely for a little space dude ;)

Colored this one with markers too and cut out the space ship and planet - the planet is a little raised off the card base due to the image & mat there under it and the rocket is on foam squares

here's a detail of that

~Card Recipe~
Stamps: Lizzie Ann Designs Out of this World
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Bazzill bright orange & light blue
Ink: VersaFine black & unknown on the planet
Accessories: markers, blue brad