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Hello everyone LISA HERE with today's post! We are embarking on a brand new theme this month with our Too Cute To Spook Collection. Hallowe'en is fast approaching and it is time to commemorate this occasion with some fabulous new images and of course some fun and facts along the way...

Hallowe'en originated from two different avenues coming together: pagan and Christian traditions. Although today, it has mainly lost its religious connection and is now more of a fun night for children to dress up and have a little fun. What does Hallowe'en mean to you? For me it is a time to explore different sides of your psyche and for one day, revel in the freedom of pretending to be someone completely different. Do you know how Hallowe'en is celebrated in some of the nations around you? Well, if you don't, I hope that you will stick with us over the next four weeks as we explore different aspects of Hallowe'en and some of its customs. Now, I do understand that many people in varying religions do not accept or participate in anything to do with Hallowe'en. It is certainly not our intention to offend anyone who does not believe in this occasion; so if you do not celebrate Hallowe'en, I hope that you will join us again next month. We hate that you won't be with us for our freebie and new releases this month, but we certainly understand your reasons.

For those of you who do celebrate this unique custom, you are in for a treat as Naomi has created some new images just for the occasion. Let's check out the first one...


Pumpkin Kins

  Pumkin Kins will be available in the store for purchase as soon as Naomi gets back on track.  However, if you are wanting to purchase it right away, please contact me (links below) and we'll make arrangements for you to get it sooner rather than later.  It is a bit of a stressful time as she cares for Michael after his surgery but they are both doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

It was my intentions today, to start sharing some of the neat Hallowe'en tidbits I have come across in my research.  Unfortunately it is now after 5:30 am my time (EDT) and since I'm about to face plant into the keyboard, along with the fact that this post was supposed to be out over an hour and a half ago (sorry Suze), I'll just have to wait until next week to start sharing some interesting facts with you all.  What I do have to share with you today is just as good and that is a card from the ever fabulous Suze from Craftysuze who has created this wonderful project to show off the Pumpkin Kins...
I just love the little expressions on their faces.  You know they must be having one great conversation that only the two of them are privy too!  Now if you happen to like the backdrop that Suze used for her card this week, I have an in with the creator, so if you are interested in obtaining it (it is a freebie) just drop me a line (email link below). Thanks Suze for your wonderful card this week!  You always do a great job of showcasing Naomi's sweet images.

Sneak peek guesses...
This week we had a traditional sneak peek.  While there were some of you who guessed on a few different aspects of the image, only one person actually got it completely correct:  
 D- said... I am guessing a sweet little pumpkin or two nestled amongst some vines and leaves.     Crafty hugs, D~
So, I will be creating (whoops, haven't done it yet) a trio of word art images inspired by Hallowe'en to send out to D~.

Now as I said, there were a couple people who got some of the parts correct:
Kimberly Goodman said...Smiling pumpkin.
ike said... Hmmmm - I reckon it's a girly in a Pumpkin Patch :-)
So since Kimberly and Ike each got an element correct (smiling pumkin and pumkin patch), the fair thing to do is send each of these fine ladies one of the items from the word art trio that I'll hopefully get a chance to create in the next couple days.

So, D~, Kimberly and Ike, please send me an email by clicking HERE with the subject heading 'CBD Sneak Peek: Pumpkin Kins' and I'll send you off your goodies as soon as I've created them.

Thanks to all of you who continue to stop by and check out the sneak peeks each Saturday and offer up your guesses.  It really does mean a lot to me!

Okay, moving on...

Now, it is your chance to win a copy of these two sweet Pumpkin Kins...
It is time once again to try and give away a few copies of this adorable new release.  To be eligible, just leave me a comment letting me know what your favourite Hallowe'en tradition is?  With readers all over the world, I am really looking forward to seeing what you have to say.  I hope that you will play along for your opportunity to win Pumpkin Kins.  Not only is this cute little image suitable for your Hallowe'en cards but I think it would be perfect for any type of fall themed card including Thanksgiving which will be here in just a little under two weeks for us Canadians.  So, what is stopping you from entering?!  Leave the answer to the above question in a comment ON THIS POST by noon on October 16th, in order to have your chance at winning this image.

Winners will be announced on October 17th, when it will be time for the next new release!!!!
Which brings me to the winners of the last new release.  To be eligible to win a copy of the last new release. The Manchester Family, I had asked you to leave me a comment letting me know if you could be a sock monkey, what would you look like?  I was totally thrilled with the response I got.  Here are the answers I received (please note that I have edited out parts of the comments and only included the actual answer to the question.  To see the full comment, please go to the comment section of that original post HERE)...

 ike said...
...I think if I was a plush Socky Monkey, I would have a purple Punk hair do, tattoos and be dressed like a Goth and with spiky Biker Boots LoL

Fit Kitty said...
Ok, if I were a sock monkey, I would be a girl (obviously) and I would have a big smile on my face, showing all my sock monkey "teeth". And I would be holding a small sock kitty in my hands...

Iris said...
If I were a sock monkey I'd wear purple and some wild striped socks.
scrapclose2theheart said...
...I would be in the traditional colors with the red heel. I would have a BIG GRIN on my face b/c I smile a lot. I saw some with glasses & I do wear glasses. BUT, I wouldn't be one in one of those girly tutus! Too fru fru for me. Dress me in jeans & a t-shirt & I will be a happy camper.

Kimberly Goodman said...
For me to be a sock monkey the sock would have to be either red or blue cause they look the best, wear glasses because I ain't as young as I used to be. I need a sock puppy glued to my side and being under feet. The monkey also needs to have a pair of sissors in one hand and something crafty in the other hand. Oh, and my sock has to have a little more stuffing as I'm full figured.

Edwina said...
...I would be a pink monkey with lime green sparkles on it and wear a hat with flowers, ribbon, and a butterfly decorating the hat if I am a sock monkey.

D- said...
Well if I was a sock monkey I would be dressed in black jeans and a blue or green shirt. I have hazel eyes that change shades of colors depending on the color I am wearing especially green. Since I teach small reading support groups in an elementary school I would be holding a book....

Aren't all these answers great?  If I had the ability to make sock monkeys, I would create your perfect type for each of you.  Can you imagine that tea party?  Oh what fun.  Now generally, I try to give away one image for roughly every three people that participate in answering the designated question when it comes to handing out the new release images.  Well, it is very possible that this may be the last time you see me over here.  I could be out of a job when Naomi finds out I'm sending this image to each of the ladies who took the time to share their ideal sock monkey replica with me.  So, that means that the following individuals walk away with a copy of the Manchester Family...

 Fit Kitty
  scrapclose2theheart aka Patti
 Kimberly G
Winners, please contact me by clicking HERE with the subject heading 'Image Win:  Manchester Family' to get your copy of Naomi's sweet image from the last release.  Please note that it might take me a few days to get back to you though, so I appreciate your patience.

Now what would a new theme be without a new set of jokes?  Here is the one for this week:

 Q:  How does a girl vampire flirt?
A:  She bats her eyes.
Please come back and visit with me on Saturday when it is time to show the next peek in our Too Cute To Spook special collection of Hallowe'en images. 
 Until Saturday, have a fantastic couple days and good luck everyone!


That's such a cute image and what a wonderful DT card! Your joke is pretty cute lol
Believe it or not ... I love all things Fall EXCEPT Halloween! LOL!! I only do it for the kids!! LOL!!! Loving that card you made!! Soooooooooooo cute!!!! Loving those pumpkins!!!!!
Fit Kitty said…
My favourite Halloween tradition is getting out my cat masks/ costumes and deciding which cat I'll be: black, white, pink, or tiger-striped. Fun!

Thanks for the win on the Manchester Family - I enjoyed reading what everyone would be if they were a sock monkey - too cute! Hope Naomi doesn't fire you for being so generous - I'm off to email you now.

I look forward to your little guessing games and sneak peeks. Thank you!
Edwina said…
My favorite changes through time. I love seeing the children dressed up so giving out candy to them is my most favorite. Having Hot Apple cider with a snack apple Cider doughnuts is my next favorite. Edwina Brown
PS. I love this digi. It is great for Fall.
Our favorite Halloween thing to do is driving our little guy to Ohio (we live equal distance from their zoo and ours) and let him go Trick or Treating with the animals. It is fun as we see some of the animals (some are not out due to the costumes scaring them), spend a wonderful day out together as a family and our son gets some treats. Then the following weekend we go to a pumpkin farm and take a hayride out to the fields for the little guy to pick his favorite pumpkin. Fun for the whole family.
D- said…
Oh my goodness I am ABOSOLUTELY THRILLED. Thanks so very much!
And thanks for the email. Since I have gotten back to work I am SOOOOOO behind. When I opened my email I had 449 of them. ugh. And yes I will be opening and reading each one. It is my main way to keep up with my blog visits.
Sending you 2 emails now.
Crafty hugs,
dmcardmaker at AOL dot com
D- said…
I do not have a fav tradition so to speak but I do love to decorate my hallway bulletin board with a Halloween/fall theme each year. I change the board up each month. It is so fun to hear the excited voices outside my classroom door as they discover the newly added details.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Crafty hugs,
Iris said…
For the past few years, my favorite Halloween tradition has been handing out Halloween candy at my church - it is fun to see the children of our congregation as well as the neighborhood children dressed up in their costumes. Some of the adults dress in costume too - my husband always dresses as a chipmunk which is pretty funny since in real life he is a quiet, rather reserved person.

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