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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Part Deux

LOL, I really don't know what happened but apparently I'm in Christmas card hyperdrive!  Bear with me and I promise that I'll return to fall sometime soon :)

In the meantime, lets fast forward to December when the first snowflakes start to fall...

Isn't he precious?!  He's just one of the fabulous goodies from the TLC Christmas Club which is already underway!  If you haven't signed up already, you can go to the TLC blog site and find out how to!  Trust me, there are some amazing goodies in this club that you don't want to miss out on - and that cute penguin is just one of them!  The digi paper behind him is from the TLC Christmas Club, too!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by :)

Recipe:
Image, Sentiment & Digital Paper:  TLC
Wassau embossed cs 
Colorbox Sky Blue Pigment Ink
Queen & Co. Pearls
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Felt snowflake trim in stash
EK Success 3D Foam Dots

Challenges:
Sketches By Carly - Sketch #42
Charisma Cardz Challenges - Anything Goes 
Digi Doodle Shop Challenges - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Use a Digi
Crafts and Me Challenges - Use Blue
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Karen's Doodles - Emboss It!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

Happy Tuesday friends!!  Time for another fun Color Challenge over at The Outlawz!! 

This week, we have some fab colors just in time for Halloween!  Jenn chose our color palette, and here is what she challenged us with:


Along with these spooktacular colors, our Octoberfest Oddball Twist is to use a recycled item on your project!


Since we just moved about 6 months ago, I've got tons of empty moving boxes - some of which are just in no condition to use again.  So, I drew a star on one of the boxes, cut it out, painted it and distressed it to make the perfect recycled, matching embellie :)

Our Sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps - and you know how cute their images are right?


Well one lucky winner will win 7 free images from Bugaboo!!  Thats one witchin' prize ;)  But ya can't win 'em, if you don't play along!!!

Hope you can join us in our Color Challenge at The Outlawz!!

Recipe:
Copic Markers -W1, W3, W7, C2, T1, T3
Image:  Wicked Honey by Sassy Studio Designs
Sentiment:  Birds Cards
Paper:  Bazzill Textured Brights cs and Martha Stewart Essential Collection
Making Memories Distress Ink in Black 
Sweet Petites Polka Dot Ribbon
Cinnamon Touch Deco Dimensional Paint Gloss by Pebeo


Challenges:
Some Odd Girl - Black & White Colored Image
Crafty Cardmakers - Cute with a Dark Twist
Daisy Doodles Challenge Blog - Halloween
MMM - Orange and Black
Pollycraft - Spookys Going On
The Crazy Challenge - Scary Ladies

Monday, October 24, 2011

We Need A Little Christmas!

I love that song (I'm actually humming it while typing)!  Every time I hear it, it puts a little bounce in my step! 

Have you heard about the TLC Christmas Club is?!  It's 21 days of images, sentiments, word art, papers and anything else Paulette feels like throwing in for good measure!  For one flat price, you get something sweet delivered to your inbox every day!  Right now, Paulette is offering a special deal on the club - for every new member that signs up for the club by Thursday, Paulette is going to extend the days of the club!  Whats even better is that our normal 21 day club has already been extended to 23 days of goodies!!!  To find out more on how to sign up for the TLC Christmas Club, click here.

For my creation today, I am using a Christmas Club pre-goodie from TLC - a little something I got to play with while for waiting for the club to start!  It definitely got my Christmas juices flowing and that push I needed to start my cards!


Thanks for stopping by and hope you get to do something today that makes you smile :)


Recipe:
Copics:  W1, W3, W7 and R24, R29, YG63
Image:  TLC
Wassau cs
Studio G Chalk Ink in Red
Diamond Stickles

Challenges:
Catered Crop - FTR23 (polka dots, Copics, ribbon, and die cuts)
Christmas Card Challenge - Recipe (2 dp, ribbon and bird)
Christmas Inspirations - Die Cuts or Punches
Corrosive Challenge - Flying Things
Crafting When We Can - Christmas
Paper Sundaes - Sundae Bar (Black, Sparkle, Flowers, Distressing)
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Sparkly
Fussy and Fancy - Black, Border and Bling
Winter Wonderland - Vintage Christmas 
Stampin' Sisters In Christ - Time (clocks, calendars, seasons, etc.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Let's Hang Out

Woot, woot!!  It's finally Saturday!!!  I've been waiting all week for today and I was starting to think it would never come!!  I'm soooo excited (and this really is not an accurate description of my excitement, lol) because my hubby and I have a date night tonite!!  My oldest is away for the weekend with Girl Scouts and my twins went to Grandma's :))  Having all three gone in one night very rarely happens anymore so I can barely contain myself!!!

So, not only will I get some quiet time with my main man, I was able to fit in some crafting time :))

I just got this new set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Spider Greetings and all the images and sentiments included are adorable beyond words!!  Just look at this little guy!


Too stinkin' cute, right?!  And I just love that sentiment with him!!    If you love him, and wanna take a look at him and all the other fab images/sentiments in the Spider Greetings set, click here!!    I'm thinking of giving this card to my daughter to give to one of her girlfriends instead of the usual email :)

Well I'm off to a kid-less Saturday night!!!  :)))  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by today :)

Recipe: 
Image & Sentiment:  Hanging Spider, Full-Web and Hang Out by Clear Dollar Stamps
Papers:  Black and purple cs in stash, K&Company Tim Coffey
Making Memories Distress Ink in Black
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Diamond Stickles
Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers
Bauble in stash 

Challenges:
Allsorts - Halloween
Craft Your Days Away - Halloween Colors
Di's Digi Designs - Halloween
Just Some Lines - Halloween
Sweet Stampin - Trick or Treat
Alphabet Challenge - Soon Be Halloween
Card Makin' Mamas - Halloween
Charisma Cardz  - Embossing 
Crafting For All Seasons - Halloween

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FALL Challenge at Guylou's Inimitability!

Morning friends!!  It's time for a new challenge over at Guylou's Inimitability and my dear friend and wonderful teamie, Gina, has chosen an amazing recipe challenge for you to follow!!  And, I just love this recipe because the results are low-cal, low-fat and loads of fun!!


Any recipe has key ingredients, and for this recipe, this is what Gina would like to see on your FALL projects:


F - Fabric
A - Amber
L - Lace
L - A leaf or leaves

For today's creation, I used the awesome and fun image, new in the store, called Thanksgiving Goodies!  This is one that I know I'll be using quite a bit this season!  


The image has been merged in Print Artist with the fabulous new sentiment from the Funny Fall set in the TLC store, which you can find by clicking here

By playing along, you have a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to the Guylou's Inimitability store!!!   

Our challenge runs until 10 p.m. on November 3rd - plenty of time to get those "Fall" recipe creations in! 

Hope to see you there!

Recipe:
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Thanksgiving Goodies by Guylou's Inimitability
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  K& Company Pumpkin Pie 12x12 paper pack, Wassau cs
Crocheted trim, felt flowers and button in stash
Making Memories Distress Ink in Brown

Challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - Autumn
MMCS - Food and Drink
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Apples
Clear It Out Challenge Blog - Trims
CES -Forever Autumn
ABC DT Challenge - Pumpkin

Pinching Myself

Still!!!

I am so wicked excited and completely honored  because I was invited to be a part of the Digital Design Team at Clear Dollar Stamps!!! Can you believe it?!  Of course I said yes!!  Woohoo!  So now you know why I'm still pinching myself :))

If you aren't familiar with their products, I urge you take a look around their site - they have it all!  Clear stamps, digi stamps, digi papers, and sentiments!!  To take you to their site, click here.

When I got this image from Clear Dollar Stamps, I had to ink it up right away!  You know me and my sunflowers!!  It's from the Sunshine and Smiles digital set which includes some amazing sentiments to match!  You can find the set by clicking here!

Fabulous image, right?  Just love those sunflowers!!  They're the perfect flower to send to someone when they need a little cheeriness!!

I love this new cardstock that I got from Wassau!  It's already embossed and the crinkles in it look almost exactly the wood fence in the image.  The flowers, leaves, and flourishes were SVG files that I cut on my Cricut Expression and distressed along with the image in Making Memories Distress Ink.  The pearl centers were just plain old white self adhesive pearls that I colored with my Copics in the same shades of brown that I colored the fencing.

Clear Dollar Stamps is coming out with a new release soon (which I can't wait for), so stay tuned!!! 

Recipe:
Medium:  Copic Markers (Y08, Y17, E31, E29, E57, YG63)
Image:  Sunshine and Smiles, CDS
Papers:  Wassau Crinkles Cocoa cs, K&Company Pumpkin Pie 12x12 paper pack
Making Memories Distress Ink in Brown
Close to My Heart Self-adhesive pearls (flower centers)
Crocheted lace trim in stash

Challenges:
Card Positioning Systems - Sketch
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes 
DigiStamps4Joy - Seein' Double
FabnFunky - Distressed or Torn
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge - Make Your Own Flowers
My Time to Craft - Punches & Dies
The Paper Shelter - Harvest

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

We made it to another glorious Tuesday!!  Is it me or doesn't it feel like it was just Friday?!   Seems like the days in between are getting shorter and shorter!!

Being it is Tuesday :),  it's time for our Color Challenge over at The Outlawz!!  And my fabulous teamie Roxann has chosen an awesome color combo for you to play with this week:  Let's hear it for Rust, Mustard, and Navy!!



Our Octoberfest Oddball Twist is to add a glittery embellie to your project!!

When I first saw this color palette, I immediately thought, hmmm...all boy :)  So, for my creation today, I decided to use this precious little image from our Sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps, called Bugaboo Brats Sean Dog



And, here's the awesome part - one lucky winner will win seven *7* generous images from Bugaboo!  Seven!!!  Butcha can't win, if you don't play along!


So stop on over and check out our challenge!  We'd love to see you play along with your fabulous creations!!

Recipe:
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Bugaboo Brats Sean Dog by Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment:  TLC
Digi Paper: Summer Driggs Happy Halloween and Shabby Princess Kristie
Making Memories Distress Ink
Hemp Twine
Glitter Brad in stash
Buttons in Stash
EK Success 3D Foam Squares
Felt flower in stash

Challenges:
Heart Song Inspirations - Flowers and/or Felt
Karen's Doodles Challenge Blog - Animal Antics
Forever Friends - Use Sentiment
Stamptacular Sunday - Anything Goes
Creatalicious - Distress Your Edges
Bugaboo Stamps - Animal Antics
Stampin' Sisters In Christ - 2 of Everything

Monday, October 17, 2011

What?! No Copics?!

I know- hard to believe, right?!  I wanted to do something a little different than my usual so I decided to put my Copics down, and give them a breather.  I actually used my watercolor pencils for the first time in over 6 months!!

TLC has a new set in the store called Autumn, The Extras and it is jammed packed with gorgeous Fall images!!  You can find the set by clicking here

I took the Autumn Leaves Blocked 2 image from the set and duplicated it four times block-style in Print Artist to make it look uniform.  The sentiment is also by TLC and is part of the new set called, Fabulous Fall, which you can also find by clicking here.  I matted the sentiment onto a scalloped oval and then put some foam squares underneath it to pop it up and make it stand out in real life.  What I love about this card is that it can be printed over and over again easily to make the perfect mail-friendly Thanksgiving card! 

Thanks for stopping by today and hope that you have a great day!  :) 

Recipe:
Medium:  Faber-Castell Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Image:  Autumn Leaves Blocked 2 by TLC
Sentiment:  Be Ye Thankful by TLC
black & kraft cs in stash

Challenges:
Crafty Boots - Autumn or Halloween
Digi Darla Challenge - Fall Fun 
Paper Sundaes - Halloween or Fall
Pile It On - Fall is For Fun
Fussy And Fancy - Fall or Halloween 
Mami Doodles - Mother Nature
Stampin' For the Weekend - Colors of Autumn
Wags and Whiskers - Fall Colors
Delightful Challenges - Colors of Fall

Stampavie and More- Autumn

Sunday, October 16, 2011

DT CALL - Guylou's Inimitability!!

Are you looking to join a fun and talented Design Team?   Look no further! We are currently looking to add a new enthusiastic member to the Guylou's Inimitability Design Team!!

To find out how to apply to the DT Call, click on the DT Member badge below which will take you to the Guylou's Inimitability blog for more info:


Hope to see you there and lots of luck!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Oh Baby!

Yippee!!  It's Saturday!!!  Although upon waking this morning, I completely forgot that!!!  I woke up early this morning completely panic stricken that I had missed the alarm and that the kids missed the bus - please tell me someone's done that too!!  Luckily I caught myself before I got out of bed (this time!!), so I was able to roll over and catch a few more zzzz's.  *insert smiles*  :))))

Anyway, I had to make a baby shower card yesterday, and even though we know the sex of the baby (pink power!!), I really didn't want to use a "baby" girl image and decided on something a bit cuter ;)

Isn't that Donkey the cutest thing you've ever seen?!  He's from Meljen's Designs and so is the adorable sentiment which matches perfectly!!  I recycled the doily from my dining room and believe it or not, the papers (not including the cs) were digi papers I found for free over at Birds Cards!!! 

Enjoy your Saturday and hope you get to do something that makes you smile!!

Recipe:
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image & Sentiment:  Sweet Little Donkey (freebie) by Meljen's Designs
DCWV The Shimmer Stack cs in pink & grey
Digi Papers by Birds Cards
White Sheer Ribbon in stash
Glitter Heart Brads by Doodlebug Designs, Inc.

Challenges:
Meljen's Designs - Challenge #80 Ribbon
Addicted To Stamps - Sketch
Bugaboo Stamps - Animal Antics 
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Girly
Fairy Fun Fridays - Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice

Friday, October 14, 2011

CDAC Progressive Round #4

TGIF!!!


Have you heard about the new Progressive Challenges over at the CDAC?  If you have, hopefully you're joining us for Round #4! 

If you haven't, don't worry, you can still buy into the Progressive Challenge for a measly $1.00!!!  Click here for all the info on how you can join in the fun and be given the chance to win some Copics!!

We were given some awesome Halloween and Mystical images to play with this round!!!

For my creation today, I used the image from Designed2Delight, which was included in our set of freebies!  And lemme tell you, it is A-dorable!

And it wouldn't be complete without this fantastic sentiment from TLC, which I merged with the Kitty image in Print Artist!


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have an awesome weekend!!!

Recipe:
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Designed2Delight
Sentiment:  TLC
Paper:  Bazzill Textured Bright cs, Martha Stewart Essential Paper Pad
Black Hemp Twine
Spiderweb SVG file cut on Cricut Expression
Making Memories Distress Ink in Black


Challenges:
CDAC Progressive Challenge Round #4
Paper Crafting Journey - Black, White & Orange
The House That Stamps Built - Halloween
Paper Pretties - Halloween Inspired
The Pixie Cottage - Sketch and/or Dark and Spooky
Simon Says Stamp - Halloween or Goth
My Time To Craft - Orange & Black
Shopping Our Stash - Boo Are You 
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Halloween

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

G's Birthday Blog Hop!!


I'm super excited today because we, the Design Team members of Guylou's Inimitability, are hosting a special Birthday Blog Hop to celebrate the birthday of our fearless leader, Guylou!!!

If you've come from Kim's blog, then you're headed in the right direction.  If not, then you should start from the beginning of the hop which is over at Brenda's  blog.


Here's a list of the Blog Hop order just in case you get lost along the way:


Gina http://ginasgorillaspeak.blogspot.com/ 

You want to start at the beginning (Brenda) because every person that comments on each of the DT's blog AND leaves a Happy Birthday message on Guylou's blog (we will be checking!!), will be in the running to win a glorious RAK which includes one pack of 4 copic multiliners, one pack of 2 stardust pens, a black memento ink pad, and a $5 gift card to Guylou's Inimitability store!!!  WOW - what a RAK!! 

For G's birthday card, I used the new image from Guylou's store, called Fairy 1 and she is just out of this world. 

G - I just want to tell you what a fabulous friend and amazing mentor you have been in my life.  Thank you for believing in me and my talent!  Today, I celebrate you - the wonderful woman you are to me and to everyone that knows you.  I truly wish you the best birthday filled with lots of sweet surprises and hope that the year ahead brings you many blessings.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  

Our hop will run until Sunday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST.   A winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on Monday.
Your next stop along our hop is Tracy and she has something fabulous to share with you!!

Happy Hopping and lots of luck!!!

Recipe:
Medium:  Copics  
Image:  Fairy 1 by Guylou's Inimitability
Sentiment:  TLC
Paper:  K&Company Happy Trails
EK Success Sticko Collection
StarDust Stickles
Pure Color wire ribbon 
Colorbox Sky Blue Pigment Ink


Challenges:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Challenge 76 Sketch
Flutterby Wednesday - Use your scraps 
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthdays
Ribbon Carousel Challenges - Sparkle and Bling with Sparkle 
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Things With Wings
I Did it Creations - Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Color Challenge at The Outlawz!!

Morning friends!!  It's Tuesday and you know what that means!  Time for another Color Challenge over at The Outlawz

My teamie Brenda is challenging us to make a creation using some pretty cool colors this week:  Crushed Orange, Dark as Night Black, and Fresh Pine Green!!   Perfect for those fall inspired creations or maybe some last minute Halloween projects!



Now for our challenge this week, we have an Octoberfest Oddball Twist - your projects must also include some leaves! 

For my creation today, I used this adorable image from Bugaboo Stamps who happens to be our Sponsor for the month of October.

By playing along, you have the chance to win a very generous seven (7) images from Bugaboo!!  Wow!

Hoping this has inspired you to come play along with us this week.  Don't forget to stop on by the other Design Team members blogs (Guylou, Brenda and Roxann)- they have some fab creations that are sure to inspire and would love it if you stopped on by!! 

Have a great day everyone!!

Recipe:
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Hween Brat Pumpkin by Bugaboo Stamps
Paper:  K&Company Tim Coffey Specialty Paper 
Cuttlebug Spots & Dots embossing folder
Brads in stash


Challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Halloween 
Stamps + Fun = Creativity - Halloween
Victorine Stamps - Halloween
Woodware USA - Anything Goes
Wee Memories - Halloween
Bows & Berries - Inspiration Photo
Clear it Out - Halloween
Creative Card Crew - Halloween 
Everybody Art Challenge - Halloween

Sunday, October 9, 2011

TLC Design Team Blog Hop!!

We're celebrating the new Design Team over at TLC and what better way to celebrate than with a Blog Hop chock full of fabulous creations and inspiration! 

Hopefully you've come from my talented teamie Hetty's blog.   If not, you should go back to the TLC blog and start from the beginning!!  Trust me, you don't want to miss any stops along the way, because each one of my teamies has a fabulous creation to show you using one of Paulette's images and will be giving away the very same image they used for FREE on their blog!!

Here is a quick list for you all just in case you get lost along the way!:
For my creation today, I was thrilled to receive and work with the Teddy and Me image!  It's absolutely adorable and can be used with so many of Paulette's word art sets.  Trust me, it was hard to narrow it down to just one!

Isn't she just precious - and that teddy bear she's snuggling?!  Love her!!  The sentiment is from TLC as well - it was a freebie offered on the TLC blog awhile back (Paulette is always giving away free, amazing sentiments so stop by the blog often if you don't already!!).  I used my new paper pad from Authentique called the Journey Collection which was a gift from dear friend (thank you again sweetie *hugs*), and paper pieced her umbrella with it.  The rosette that I made was inspired by the umbrella and I used mini pearls to accent the scalloped oval frame around her.


So here's the fun part!!!  Paulette is the most generous gal I know on the planet and said I could give you this image today as part of our fabulous hop!  Just click on the image below and right click to save yours!!  
 
Congratulations to our new team and thank you Paulette for all your generosity and creativity!  Your next stop along the hop is our new DT member, Jennifer's blog who has something amazing to share with you!

Have fun hopping and don't forget to create with some TLC!

Recipe:  
Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Teddy and Me by TLC
Sentiment:  TLC freebie
Paper:  Ocean cs, Wassau Silver cs and Authentique Journey Collection 6x6 pad
Close to My Heart self-adhesive pearls
Glossy Accents for rosettes
Pure Color white lace

Challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Halloween ABC Challenge at Bugaboo!!

Hey my craft-happy friends!!  Hoping that you all survived the week and are finally enjoying the start of your weekend !

 A couple posts back, I told everyone that I was chosen as October's Bugaboo's Biggest Fan and that I would be lucky enough to be joining the fabulous Bugaboo team for an upcoming challenge!!!      Well today finally came (woot, woot!!)  and I finally get to show you all what I cooked up for this week's challenge !!

The challenge this week over at the Bugaboo Stamps blog, Catch the Bug Challenge Blog,  is a Trick or Treat ABC challenge which means your projects should have a Halloween theme to it, and be Anything But a Card (ABC).


Every Halloween, we have family come down and trick or treat with the kids!  The kids love showing off their costumes to their grandparents and having pizza all together.  After trick or treating, we always watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - a tradition here in our house.  So this year, I thought it would be cute to make some little treat holders for the kids while everyone watched their fave Halloween movie!!

For today's little project, I chose  4 of Bugaboo's Halloween images (Hween Brat Witch, Hween Brat Pumpkin, Hween Brat Kitty and Bobblehead Hween Frank), all of which are just too darn adorable!!  And here are some pics of each one individually:

To start my project, I found these treat box templates on the internet, and then printed them, scored them and cut.
After assembling the boxes with a little Glossy Accents, I wrote Trick or Treat in the blank circle at the top of the boxes.  You could write anything here that you want - i.e. names, Boo, Spooky, etc.
The circular panels behind the images were embossed with some Cuttlebug folders and then distressed, so the design would show.
I filled the baggies with some Autumn Mix (yummy candy corn and candy punkins)  and tied with some wired gingham ribbon from Pure Color and voila:  some Halloween treat boxes for the kiddies (and of course I will have to make some more for the big kiddies, hehe)!!!

Hopefully this has inspired you to get your spook on and play along with the Bugaboo Halloween ABC Challenge!  Hope to see you all there!

Recipe:
Medium:  Copic Markers and Copic Multiliner 
Image:  Hween Brat Pumpkin, Hween Brat Witch, Hween Brat Kitty and Bobblehead Hween Frank by Bugaboo Stamps
Black & Orange cs in stash
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Spots & Dots Embossing Folder
Pure Color 5/8'' Gingham Ribbon

Challenges:
Cuddly Buddy - Checks, Plaids or Ginghams
Forever Night Challenge Blog -Trick or Treat
Fussy and Fancy - Fall or Halloween
Our Craft Lounge - Trick or Treat
Charisma Cardz - Black and Orange
Meljen's Designs -Halloween
Pixie Dust Studio - Anything But a Card
Stamp Insanity - Anything But a Card
The Paper Shelter - Halloween
Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog - Bootiful Halloween Projects-Pretty Spooky
ABC DT Challenge - October Challenge Pumpkins