Sunday, January 15, 2017

Challenge #25 Midway: Optional Theme...Out with the Old, In With the New

Oopsies. Looks like I have two apologies to make. First, I'm so sorry that I still haven't posted the winners for the last challenge. I can't believe how busy these first two weeks of January have been. I hope they are NOT an indication of what is to come or I'm never going to survive it. If it works out, I'll hopefully be posting the winner announcement later this week.

Secondly, I'm sorry that I'm a bit late in getting this midway published. Again, it has just been one of those days. Apologies especially to my Merry Maidens whose patience I am surely testing. Anyway, I'm finally able to get on with it so here we go...

It is time to see what the Merry Maidens have been up to with their images from Ike's Art, our guest sponsor this month!


Check out the lovely images that the Merry Maidens got to work with this month for the mid point of the challenge.Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to the appropriate sections within the digital stamp area of the Ike's Art store.


I Luv My Teddy from the Fleaz Navidad Set  (My Latest Designs section)


Ponies (Animals section)
http://www.ikesart.com/#!__digi-animals


A Christmas Wish  (My Latest Designs section)
http://www.ikesart.com/#!__digital-art-stamps


Polynesian Girl--Yet to be uploaded to the store



Now normally I showcase a specific set of papers that I designed for the month. Sadly, I'm still no closer to getting them done. Given the theme of the challenge, the team members opted to use previous papers as part of their 'old'. I need to get my act together and have them ready by the winner announcement for this challenge. At least I have an idea of what to create, now it is just finding the time to implement it.

Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of January will earn ONE digital paper.  The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post. Additionally, one random winner will earn a full set of six papers.


 Now check out what the Merry Maidens came up with to inspire you. Clicking on the names will take you to the individual blogs where you can check out the details for all these wonderful cards.


http://patacakespages.blogspot.ca/

New Item:
 Image used.

Old Item:  
The paper.


http://www.fstampaholic.blogspot.com/

New Item:
 Image used.

Old Item:  
The paper.



New Item:
 Image and the embellishments used.

Old Item:  
The paper and the die used to cut the image.


http://www.granmargaret.blogspot.com.au/

New Item:
 Image used.

Old Item:  
The paper.


So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for January. Whether you choose to link up two Anything Goes themed cards simply to earn your free paper this month, or you choose to also follow the optional theme to have a chance at the sponsor's prize, it is completely up to you! 

Here is a refresher of the details for this challenge...

Please remember that this is a CARDS ONLY link up. While we've had some lovely tag entries in the past, we've sadly had to disqualify them.


Challenge #25

Optional Theme: 
Out with the Old, In With the New
Happy New Year! It was quite a year last year, wasn't it?! Lots of changes in the world and in our own lives. As we bid a fond farewell to one year and say hello to a new one, we thought that this challenge would be a good time to reflect that same kind of thinking in our projects.
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, be sure to include on your card, something old and something new that you have just received in the last month. So dip into your stash AND grab one of your shiny new items or toys, or it could even be a new technique you're trying for the first time, and get busy creating. Please be sure to let us know what your new and old item(s) areIf you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15.00 gift certificate from Ike's Art.

If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab.  As this is a unique kind of link up where we have both an anything goes Christmas option and an optional theme to follow, be sure to read all the details and rules you need to know in order to participate, by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).

You can find the Challenge Details Summary along with the link up for Challenge #25 by clicking HERE.

 Don't Forget, if everything goes according to plan...

  • Hopefully this week I'll get a chance to post the winners from Challenge #23.
  • Be sure to join us on January 23rd when Pat will be here to share a Christmas Tradition.
  • Next up it will be time for our new challenge to start on February 1st.
  • Then, the winners from Challenge #24 will hopefully be posted sometime between February 8th & 10th.
  • Other special posts may be published throughout the month.  Be sure to sign up to have our posts delivered by email or follow us through Bloglovin' so you don't miss a thing!
the_12_moc_linkup@outlook.com

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Challenge #25: Optional Theme...Out with the Old, In With the New

Hello and welcome!  Before we begin, from all of us here at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up, we wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with good health and prosperity!  It is amazing that a brand new year is upon us. For those of you who have been with us during the last two years, we thank you for your continued support. If you are brand new, welcome! We're so glad you found us!

Now I must apologize to those of you who applied to be on our DT, with the craziness of the season, I just haven't had time to get the new team members contacted and set up. I will do my best to do so during this coming week. Apparently, my Christmas wish of getting five extra hours a day was just too big to fulfill. 😉

Right now, as it is the first day of a new month AND a new year to boot, it is time for our next challenge to get started! Here is what you need to know...


The Basics

While you can find out ALL the information you need to know in order to participate in the challenge by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page (or by clicking HERE), here is a refresher of the basics.
  • Anyone can link up as many Christmas and/or December holiday themed cards (including Happy New Year's cards) throughout the month with an ANYTHING GOES theme.
  • Every person who has linked up a MINIMUM of two (2) cards will be eligible to receive a specially designed Christmas themed digital paper.
  • Each month there will be an OPTIONAL theme to follow.  Anyone who submits a card adhering to the monthly theme, will have the chance to win a prize from that month's guest sponsor.
  • Every holiday card you submit to the link up, earns you one chance to win a special digital Christmas kit that will be offered up after the year is complete.
Now that the basics are out of the way, how about we get on with the details of Challenge #25.

Challenge #25

Optional Theme: 
Out with the Old, In With the New
Happy New Year! It was quite a year last year, wasn't it?! Lots of changes in the world and in our own lives. As we bid a fond farewell to one year and say hello to a new one, we thought that this challenge would be a good time to reflect that same kind of thinking in our projects.
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, be sure to include on your card, something old and something new that you have just received in the last month. So dip into your stash AND grab one of your shiny new items or toys, or it could even be a new technique you're trying for the first time, and get busy creating. Please be sure to let us know what your new and old item(s) areIf you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15.00 gift certificate from Ike's Art.
Talking about Ike's Art, it is time to refresh ourselves with the details of this great returning sponsor...

Hi there – I am Ike……a nickname that I got hooked with many years ago due to my surname, and in my profession at that time, …they just loved to give nicknames ☺.
I live in Greece and have a passion for kitties ☺
I am a complete nutter or should I say I’m ‘zany’ hahaha. I have a very strange/sick sense of humour and I must admit I spend a lot of time talking to myself!! Well, I get more sense out of me! I reckon in a few years I shall be known as the “crazy cat lady” ☺
I am an artist and have a strange mind when it comes to creating my art. I either go completely true to life… right down to the last hair… or I go totally surreal. I have a passion for all things horror/Gothic etc. I’ve always loved horror films and books and I guess that’s why it creeps into my stuff ! Had I been a bit younger I swear I would have been a Goth……luuuuuv it.
Next time around I am gonna be a witch or a cat ☺
I started my Blog 5 years ago and although I love crafting, my real passion is drawing, and now I just love making digital images.


Cat Lovers’ Challenge : http://showusyourpussies.blogspot.gr/
My Shop:  www.ikesart.com
Check out all the fabulous images that the Sleigh Belles got to work with this month for the start of the challenge. You'll get to see the images that the Merry Maidens worked with at the midway. Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to the appropriate sections within the digital stamp area of the Ike's Art store.

It Wasn't Me from the Fleaz Navidad Set  (My Latest Designs section)
http://www.ikesart.com/#!__digital-art-stamps


Poinsettia Cluster  (Other section)
http://www.ikesart.com/#!__other


 Robins (Animals section)
http://www.ikesart.com/#!__digi-animals


 Christmas Poinsettia (Other section)
http://www.ikesart.com/#!__other
Now normally I showcase a specific set of papers that I designed for the month. Unfortunately, I have been so super busy that I just didn't get a chance to get them started never mind finished! Given the theme of the challenge, the team members opted to use previous papers as part of their 'old'.

I am hoping that I'll be able to find some time to put together a set before the midway.

Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of January will earn ONE digital paper.  The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post. Additionally, one random winner will earn a full set of six papers.

Now check out what the Sleigh Belles came up with to inspire you. Clicking on the names will take you to the individual blogs where you can check out the details for all these wonderful cards...

http://susanrenshaw0404.blogspot.com/
New Item:
 Image used.

Old Item:  
The paper.


http://indianainking.blogspot.com
New Item:
 Image used.

Old Item:  
The paper and sentiment which is from a retired set.


New Item:
 Sentiment stamp and image used.

Old Item:  
The paper.


http://craftinghelen.blogspot.co.uk/
New Item:
Gold metallic gems and also a new way of using Glamour Dust with a glue pen.

Old Item:  
The paper.


So what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for January! Whether you choose to link up two Anything Goes themed cards simply to earn your free paper this month, or you choose to also follow the optional theme to have a chance at the sponsor's prize, it is completely up to you!

If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab and all the details you need to know in order to participate, in the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).

We have a packed month as usual; so, Pat and I and the rest of the gang hope to see you back with us soon!
  • Join us in about a week (between Jan 8 &10), when we hope to publish the names of the winners and top picks from Challenge #23. 
  • Then, be sure to join us again on January 15th, for our midway post where you'll get to see cards created by the Merry Maidens!
  • Then during the third week of January, Pat should be here to share a Christmas tradition and.or recipe with us all.
  • Other special posts may be published throughout the month.  Be sure to sign up to have our posts delivered by email or follow us through Bloglovin' so you don't miss a thing!

CHALLENGE DETAILS SUMMARY
Each month we'll include a summary of details for the particular challenge taking place. If you are new, please be sure to familiarize yourself with all the details and rules in the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page.  Please note that dates and times listed below are for this particular challenge only:
  • Cards for this challenge will be accepted from 6:00 p.m. (18:00 hrs), January 1st until 11:59 p.m. (23:59 hrs), January 31st, 2016.  
  • If you wish to receive the free digi paper being offered up for this month, you need to link up a minimum of two (2) Christmas or holiday themed cards
  • This is NOT a progressive challenge. You can jump in at any time.
  • Only a maximum of three (3) entries will qualify for the draw for this month's prize of  a $15 gift certificate to the Ike's Art store. You must add 'FT' after you name so we know which cards to add to the random draw for the sponsor's prize.
  • No backlinking.
  • Make sure when entering your project that you mention The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up in your post with a link back to this blog.
  • Please remember to link directly to your blog post where we can see your creation, and not just the generic link to your blog.
the_12_moc_linkup@outlook.com

We look forward to seeing you participate!
Link Up Below:

If you have any problems linking up, please be sure to leave a comment.

The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge #25
Please link up your Anything Goes Christmas and/or December holiday themed CARDS with the optional theme of Out with the Old, In With the New, below. Be sure to add FT after your name if you followed the theme.  Please see above for all the rules and details.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Challenge #24 Christmas Traditions and Recipes

Not Turkey Again?!
In many families, roast turkey is served for Christmas Day dinner. If yours is one, I bet you've heard the words, "Not turkey again?!" many times. Well, try some of the following recipes and they won't complain for a long time!
For some yummy leftover ham recipes, scroll down further for the answer to the age-old question, "Not ham again?!" 

BBQ Turkey Pizza
-Pat Martin
Pizza crust

BBQ sauce
Toppings: leftover turkey, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup cooked & crumbled bacon
1/4 cup chopped onion
blend of shredded mozzarella & cheddar cheeses
Place pizza crust on pan or stone and cover with BBQ sauce. Add your toppings and then your cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees F/204 degrees C until cheese is melted. Yum!

Turkey Hot Cakes 
  -Kathy Toscano
2-1/2  cups leftover turkey
2   cups leftover mashed potatoes
2 cups Stuffing
1 Egg, beaten  
Salt & pepper to taste
**Mix above in large bowl and chill in fridge for one hour. 
Heat 1/4 cup oil and 2 TBSP butter in large or electric frying pan. 
Form leftover mix into flattened balls and heat until browned on both sides.
Drain and serve with or without leftover gravy. 
Depending on the size of your flattened balls, makes 16-20 fry hotcakes.

 Personalized Turkey Pot Pies
  -Pat Martin
4 cups leftover turkey chopped
Assorted canned vegetables (whatever your family likes-I use peas, carrots, green beans, sliced potatoes & mushrooms)
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup, thinned to gravy consistency with milk
Refrigerated pie crusts (each package I buy has 2 crusts, which is enough for 2-1/2 pot pies)
Using oven-proof bowls (like Pyrex or Corning Ware), cut out crust to line bottom of bowls. 
Pour ¼ cup thinned soup in bottom of bowl, then add by small handfuls turkey and veggies, adding more soup as you add. 
This is where your family’s personalizing comes in (I don’t like peas, daughter doesn’t like mushrooms, etc.) 
Top with crust and cut holes to vent (I carve each person’s initials in crust). Bake at 350 degrees until crust is golden brown (remember, everything is already cooked!).
If you’re trying to cut carbs, just skip the bottom crust and put on a top crust.


Turkey (or Chicken) Croquettes
  -Pat Jung
3 c leftover turkey/chicken, chopped coarsely 1 can cream of chicken soup (do not thin)

Mix together the above and chill for at east two hours.
When ready to cook, heat oil in shallow pan (I use electric frying pan), enough to cover half of each croquette.
Place one bowl each flour, 2 beaten eggs, bread crumbs next to container of turkey mix.
Using an ice cream scoop, form balls of the mix and roll each in flour first, egg second, bread crumbs last (I place mine on a cookie sheet and pop into freezer until I have enough for a full pan).
Gently place each croquette in heated oil until browned on both sides (remember, the turkey is already cooked). Drain on paper towels and serve with creamy chicken gravy:
1 can cream of chicken soup, thinned to gravy consistency with milk. Heat, stirring often.
I often serve these with leftover mashed potatoes.

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Now it's time to "ham it up" with these leftover ham recipes:

Breakfast Muffin Sandwiches
-Sue Watson
Leftover ham slices, warmed up
English muffins, toasted
Cheese slices
Eggs, overeasy, overmedium or scrambled
Cook eggs individually to each family member's choice.
Toast muffins.
Add cheese slice, ham slice and egg.
Happy Day-after-Christmas!

Crustless Ham & Cheese Quiche
-Marie Traficanto

4 cups leftover ham, cut into bite-sized pieces
24 oz small curd cottage cheese
12 oz cheddar cheese,cubed
6 eggs
6 Tbsp. Flour

Paprika to sprinkle on top
Mix all together, put into a buttered or cooking sprayed 9"x13"  glass casserole dish. Sprinkle paprika on top.  
Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes.  
(All photos credited to CanStock.com)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Challenge #24 Midway: Optional Theme...Welcome to the North Pole

Hello there folks! It is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #24. Just 10 more days and the big day is here.

Right now though, it is time to see what the Merry Maidens have been up to with their images from  Limited Runs, our guest sponsor for this month!

http://limitedrunsstamps.blogspot.ca

Check out the beautiful images that the team worked with this month for the midway of the challenge. Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to the page they are located on in the Limited Runs store...

Balancing Elf (Christmas, section: 41-50)
http://limitedrunsstamps.blogspot.ca/search/label/Christmas


Santa Headshot (Christmas, section: 71-80)
http://limitedrunsstamps.blogspot.ca/search/label/Christmas

Penguin Cupcake Set (Christmas, section: 21-30)
http://limitedrunsstamps.blogspot.ca/search/label/Christmas


Vintage Santa (Christmas, section: 71-80)
http://limitedrunsstamps.blogspot.ca/search/label/Christmas

 
While team members had the option of working with any of my Décosse's Dynamite Doodles papers, I did create a special set called Welcome to the North Pole.  Check out the preview...


Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of December will earn ONE of the digital papers from this set. The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post. Additionally, one random winner will earn the full set of papers.

Have your say in determining which paper will be offered to those who link up a minimum of two cards this month by completing the poll in the sidebar on the top right hand side.
I'm also attempting something new here that might get more poll participation. I've built in a link up right here that allows you to 'like' a particular paper. I'm still going to keep the poll for now as I have no idea whether or not this will work.

DIGI PAPER POLL
Please click "like" to choose the ONE paper that you would like offered up to participants who link up a minimum of two cards during the month of December. Poll will be open until December 31st, 11:59 p.m.



Now check out what the Merry Maidens and my Co-coordinator Pat came up with to inspire you. Clicking on the names will take you to the individual blogs where you can check out the details for all these wonderful cards.


http://patacakespages.blogspot.ca/




http://www.fstampaholic.blogspot.com/


http://www.granmargaret.blogspot.com.au/


So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for December. Whether you choose to link up two Anything Goes themed cards simply to earn your free paper this month, or you choose to also follow the optional theme to have a chance at the sponsor's prize, it is completely up to you! 

Here is a refresher of the details for this challenge...

Please remember that this is a CARDS ONLY link up. While we've had some lovely tag entries in the past, we've sadly had to disqualify them.

Challenge #24

Optional Theme: Welcome to the North Pole
Welcome to the North Pole. On the left is the road that will take you to Santa's Workshop. Follow to the right and you'll find the Penguin Pavilion. Unfortunately, its Santa's busy season and with just 24 days until the big event, the elves are just too busy to take you on a tour. However, you are more than welcome to take a look around by yourself. Just be sure not to touch anything or you will end up on Santa's naughty list. Oh, and be sure to grab a cup of cocoa and a candy cane from Mrs Claus before you head back home.
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, be sure to include an element that might be found in the North Pole (fantasy version of course). Examples include: elf type images, Santa, Mrs Claus, presents, toys, images that have a sign for the North Pole in them, penguins, reindeer, polar bears, etc.  If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $10.00 gift certificate from Limited Runs.


If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab.  As this is a unique kind of link up where we have both an anything goes Christmas option and an optional theme to follow, be sure to read all the details and rules you need to know in order to participate, by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).

You can find the Challenge Details Summary along with the link up for Challenge #24 by clicking HERE.

 Don't Forget, if everything goes according to plan...

  • Be sure to join us on December 23rd when Pat will be here to share a Christmas Tradition.
  • Next up it will be time for our new challenge to start on January 1st.
  • Then, the winners from Challenge #23 will hopefully be posted on January 8th.
  • Other special posts may be published throughout the month.  Be sure to sign up to have our posts delivered by email or follow us through Bloglovin' so you don't miss a thing!
the_12_moc_linkup@outlook.com

We look forward to seeing you participate!