Monday, October 24, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 Remix - October + Give-Away!!!

Hello! Hope this post finds you all well. I have three things to share with you. FIRST, I have my October tag(s) for Tim's 12 Tags of 2016 Remix. I had soooooo much fun making these, and loved the remix of the February, 2015 (See mine here.) tag, and the October, 2015 (See mine here.) tag. That Tim inspires me in leaps and bounds, and I couldn't decide on just one of the creatures, so I did all three, and used up almost a whole pack of ephemera...gotta love that! I followed Tim to the tee, aside from adding more paint colors and Word Keys, so there are no step out photos today.  Make sure you keep reading until the end for the other two things I have to share.

SECOND, I am showing and sharing with you a glimpse into my mad brain. It like yours, never turns off, and so I make notes or draw all my ideas out (even on napkins), because if I don't I'll forget. And then...I make charts. I make charts for everything...and I mean everything. Yes, feel free to feel sorry for my family, but hey, we are so organized around here. So, when I purchased these dies last year, I made a chart for other ways I could use them besides at Halloween. I like to get a lot of bang for my buck, so when I purchase very themed oriented products, I think of different ways I can use them, and write them all out in A CHART. I have files and files of charts on my computer. Yikes, that's scary! So in the chart below, I have listed by occasion ways you can use these creatures other than at Halloween, and some sentiments that you can use on tags or cards, or to help generate ideas and inspire you. You can see how versatile these dies are. DO NOT JUDGE ME! Some of the sentiments are a bit racy and rude, but that's how I roll. Feel free to print (I had to copy and paste, so it's not the best copy...sorry.) and add to, and please share your ideas with me and others.
Monster (#660959)
Vampire (#660960)
Zombie (#660961)
Or Lost Zombie (#661590)
Valentines or Love
Let's do the Monster Mash!

Valentine...I could just eat you up!

I'm crazy mad for you!

You may be a monster, but you're my monster.

It was love at first bite.

Valentine, you don't suck.

Bite me!

Creatures of the night, exchanging glances...

Your cold blood is about to get hot.

I love you to the tomb and back.

I love you almost as much as zombies love brains.

Zombies...they love you for what's on the inside.

My love for you will never die.

Tonight, we're gonna wake the dead.
Mothers/Fathers Day
From Your Little Monster

From Your Mini Me

Quite frankly, you're the best parent ever.

You're the best Momster ever!

As a parent, you don't suck.

Thanks for letting me suck the life out of you.

For teaching me to always suck it up...Thanks.

Just think, if you hadn't of bitten me back, who knows where I'd be now.

Thanks for putting your stake into me.

Thanks for all the blood, sweat, and tears.

Blood is thicker than water.
You brought me into this world, and I'm glad you didn't take me out.

If it wasn't for you, I'd have no killer instinct.

For all the times it went unsaid, "Thanks for not beating my brains out."

I'm so glad I got my brains from you!


You're in for a monster of a good time!

Birthdays can be monstrous. Hope yours isn't.

Wishing you  a monstrously awesome birthday!'s your birthday!

Happy Frankin' Birthday.

It's your birthday. Eat, drink, and be scary.

We're monster jammin' tonight!

I'm monstrously proud of you!

Have no fear! You can do it!

Have a fang-tastic day.

I hope your birthday doesn't suck!

I hope your birthday doesn't bite!

I vant to suck...the helium from your birthday balloons!

In honor of your birthday, tonight we're dining at a stake-house.

Hope your birthday  doesn't give you high blood pressure.

Party 'til the sun comes up!

In true vampire form, never reveal your real age.

Fang-tastic news!

I'd stake my claim in you. Congrats!

Happy Birthday to the only person I would rescue in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

A little closer to the grave...have a happy birthday!

Let's party until the dead of the night!

Today, on your birthday, choose your outfit carefully. You may become a zombie and have to wear it forever.

Hope you survive your birthday.

Birthdays are like zombies...they just keep coming and coming until you're dead.

I heard zom-body's having a

Congratulations...zombies love a girl with brains!

Congrats Brainiac!

Dead proud of you!
Get Well/Cheer Up
Sorry you feel monstrous...get well fast!
In the old days, they'd bleed you to get about sucking!  Hope that makes you feel better.
Sorry you feel like the Walking Dead...get better soon.

Zombies hate fast food...just keep running!

Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the zombies from following you!


Jealousy is a green eyed monster. I'm so sorry.

Sorry I've been a monster to deal with.

I'm sorry I got so mad.

Why should I apologize for the monster I've become? No one has apologized for making me this way!
I'm sorry I'm so cold blooded.

I suck. Please forgive.

I've been a real blood sucker.

My tongue is as sharp as my teeth. Please forgive what I said.

I'm sorry I showed my fangs.

I deserve a stake through my heart.
I'm so completely brain dead...please forgive me.

I was so dead wrong.

You probably wish I was dead...

A zombie no more...I've snapped back to my senses. Please forgive me.
Friends don't let friends become monsters!

Without you my life would be monstrous.
You don't suck. So glad we're friends!
You're a great friend, but if zombies are chasing us, I'm tripping you!

I'm so happy you are my zombie apocalypse buddy!
Just For Fun
There lives a monster in all of us.

The Artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.

As we got older, the monsters crept from under our bed to inside our head.

Instead of a sign that says, "Do not disturb.", I need one that says, "Already disturbed,  proceed with caution!"

If there's one thing we've learned from fairytales, it's that men can be monsters or vampires, but a woman will still fall in love with them!

I'm not a morning person.

Warning: I bite.

Keep Calm
And Nom Nom Nom.
Zombie: (n.) The only men that will love you for your brain.

When life closes a door, it opens a window...and then zombies climb in and eat you.

When I die, I want my tombstone to offer free wifi...just so people visit more often.

If you can't beat them, eat them!

What happens in the dead of the night, stays in the dead of the night.

THIRD, since the Monster Dies are only available this year until they run out, AND since this October marks my 5 year blogiversary, I've decided to do a give-away of all three dies. When you comment below, make sure to tell me if you don't have any of them and want a particular creature or all three. I'll put you in the running for the dies, and announce the winners on Friday. Where you live is no matter. If you already have the dies, of course I would still appreciate your comment. ;0) I'll also print you out a copy of the chart above to help your ideas flourish. Good luck!
A huge thank you to all of you who have supported me these five years, with your comments, likes, shares, class attendance, demo attention and the like, here and on social media, and of course in person. My cup truly runneth over! Those of you who blog, know that it's time consuming and sometimes hard work, and of course there is no compensation. I (and you) do this to share our love for the Art, and it's you the readers with your generosity of time and words, that make why I and others do this. Your validation and encouragement mean the world to me, and I hope that I do the same for you. Life would be dull without all of you. MWAH!!!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Yay!! What an awesome & generous giveaway!! I do not have any of the monster dies!
    Love your tags! So creepy & gorgeous!

  2. They are so awesome, I don't have any dies and the reason is I never knew until reading your blog that you could use them for other holidays!!! Love your chart.. If I was lucky enough to win the zombie is my favorite. Thank you for sharing

  3. Those are so freakin cool looking. I cannot imagine all the hours you spent on making them! I think the Vampire is the best.

  4. your tags are afreakinmazing!!!!! i love them... but i really love the glimpse into your way of thinking.. so organized!! i love how you are thinking. i have never thought outside the box when it comes to using my dies for things other than the obvious..thank you so much.. i will look at my zombie die differently now..

  5. OMG Anita that list is amazing - I dream of being that organised but never seem to get there! I have none of these amazing dies that you have showcased in such great style & would love to get a chance at any of them ( ok let's be greedy & say ALL!) keep those charts coming girl....they rock & I promise I will try to get my life organised

    Sally xx

  6. The vampire is my favorite! And your charts had me rolling on the. Floor! I love your mad crazy beautiful soul!

  7. Your are so talented I am jealous! I don't have the vampire or the monster and would love either! I would especially love another trip with you as the star❤️💜💚

  8. First, thank you for visiting my blog recently! It meant so much to me. Love the details of your tags! I do not have any of the dies. Thanks for doing the giveaway and congratulations on Five Years!

  9. Happy Birthday to your great Blog - i love your Art <3 The Monster are fantastic - i will love to create halloween-tags with them ( sorry vor my bad English Anita) I dont habe any of the great dies. Many hugs, Dagmar

  10. I love your tags they are beyond amazing! I would love to get my hands on the Zombie dies. Thanks for a chance.
    PS: my first time to your blog but not the last. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  11. Amazing post and amazing tags Anita! I' can't choose, they're all fantastic! I don't have the Vampire, thanks for the chance! Barbara

  12. Yay on the 5 years!! I love all three tags, they look amazing!! But your charts - WOW, you have given me so many ideas now for my one and only die in this set - the Zombie - thank you so much (sadly, ideas do not flow for me like they do for you). Your chart is fantastic! I agree, blogging is time consuming and often difficult, but it takes us ages to make creations and it is always nice to give/receive some encouragement, it makes it all worthwhile! If I am lucky enough to win, I would love either the Monster or Dracula.... Hugs, Anne xx

  13. You have once again rocked it with your take on Tim's October Tag Remix Anita xx Wonderful backgrounds and your charts !!!!! .............well that is organised.......but a totally great idea x

    Great Giveaway and thanks for the chance to join in
    Sending you my best wishes...hope you are feeling so much better now too
    Annie xx

  14. I've been a follower of yours for some time now, and I'm a silent viewer who is filled with inspiration after reading your blog. I don't have either die, so either would be fine. What an awesome give-a-way. You did such a perfect job with them. I work with a girl who charts everything too. You two are just too darn organized.

  15. So amazingly cool. I don't know what is more awesome, the incredible tags or your fantastic suggestions for alternative ways of using these dies. I really love how you used the ephemera as your background. (No need to put me in for the drawing). Congrats on 5 years - you are truly an inspiration to all of us!


  16. Thank you for all you do to bring out my creativity. I love your blog but love your classes even more.

  17. I don't have any of the monster dies because I didn't think they would be suitable for anything other than halloween! Thanks for sharing your chart ideas!

  18. Love these! I don't have these dies and they look so fun to work with! Congrats on 5 years! That's amazing!! And thanks for the opportunity to win! Be blessed. Kathy H.

  19. OMGosh Anita!
    I am still laughing at some of those phrases!! What a mind you have-awesome! haahaa i still think my favorite is "zombies don't like fast food-keep running! LOL
    Your tags are absolutely too cool- not only the die parts, but your backgrounds really do speak to me- you added so much interest to these- well done!!
    Geesh I don't have any of the dies and if i was the lucky one to be picked I would be happy with whatever you chose to send! ")

    Happy Blog-i-versary and thank you so much for taking the time to create and share all that you do! It means alot to so many of us!

  20. I love all your creations Anita, I've been silently watching each and every post. Thanks for always sharing such wonderful creations and how-tons with us. I love your chart too, what a fabulous way to get things out of your head and onto paper. Currently I only have the zombie die, would love to have them all. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. WOW girl!! Your tags are so awesome Anita... How Ghoul :D That is quite the list!! back to the really make them come :D

  22. Congrats and what an awesome giveaway I would love them all as I have none and would love to create something spooky with them than you so much

  23. I am sooo in love with your tags! I don't have any of them. I've been an admirer but and hope to jump into Tim's world with you for 2017!

  24. Wow! Your tags are amazing. All those wonderful layers and colors. You are such an inspiration to all of us and Happy Anniversary. It's been a wonderful journey and can't wait to see what you have in the works for the next five years. Fantastic giveaway and I don't have any of the dies and would love to win. Love your chart. Thanks for sharing.

  25. How clever you are to think outside the box in the many uses of these dies! I love the idea of sending cards with images to say "get well". Please throw my name in the hat, I'd love to use any of these dies! You gave us so many beautiful examples and ideas. Thanks.

  26. I just had to pop in and say WOW! I just adore these. You have done an amazing job showing off how awesome they can be. What a way to celebrate. HUGE Congrats to your anniversary. It's been awesome stalking you all these years and being inspired. Thank you for all you share. (Oh and don't include my comment in your giveaway. I just wanted to drool ;)

  27. I think the charts are an amazing idea. I've never purchased these dies because I thought they were so "limited" now I know differently. As always, you are so inspiring. BTW I purchased that cold cup after your amazing video. Haven't had the courage to color it like you did but just love the cup. Thanks again!

  28. Those tags have so much detail in them! Beautifully done.
    And, the thought put into to make that list is inspiring. You really get a bang for your buck with all those options!
    Now that I see how versatile these are, I'd be happy to win any of the three. Thanks so much for the opportunity and your amazing inspiration!

  29. Beautiful tags. Love the matrix you created with all your idea. I don't have any of these dies. thanks as always for sharing.

  30. Happy 5th Blogiversary! Not only are you sharing 3 phenomenal Halloween tags, but your chart of holiday ideas to use the monster days are SO creative. I love coming up with unsual ways to use seasonal dies, but have never created tables. I don't have any of these TH dies, but I'd certainly would cherish them. Peace, my friend!

  31. Lovely tags, very detailed. Great ideas on your chart, too. (So organized😊) Congrats on your 5 years blogging!

  32. I look forward to your posts. This one was great. Why not do more videos. You are a great "explainer" as my 2nd graders used to say. Think about it. i'd love to see you on youtube more. Great tags!

  33. Your tags are great. Congrats on 5 blogging years. I love the monster dies but don't have any of them, so any or all would make me happy. Thanks for the great ideas for using them.

  34. Wonderful Halloween tags Anita, so original and so much fun! Congrats on your five years, wow!! Such a generous giveaway, but no need to include me in the draw, I really don't use dies too much. happy weekend :)

  35. Sorry I'm late Anita!!! Huge congrats on 5 years!! Raise a prosecco to 5 more and then some!! It's always an inspiration and great fun to stop by here. Your tags are totally BRILLIANT!! The lists!!! What a howl!! Nicola x

  36. That was a very generous give away - congrats to the winners. LOVE your chart...Brilliant idea and hysterical - love how your mind works! Congrats on 5 years!

  37. Hi Anita! Congrats on your five anniversary! Fabulous giveaway!
    Your tags are absolutely stunning and well done... so inventive.
    Mar xx

  38. Fantastic tags! Anita Love them all and feel well n truly treated by your creativity.
    Love how your brain works and I can so relate to being a list and chart lover! lol . Thanks for sharing this one - some fab ideas listed .
    Hope you had a happy Halloween
    hugs x

  39. Your sentiments for these dies are hysterical! And the tags you created are just fantastic. Thanks.

  40. Totally fabulous tags - each one an absolute delight - and I just love your collections of sentiments and phrases - so clever! Inspirational as always.
    Alison x


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