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Add a Little Dazzle/Stampendous Blog Hop Day #3 and Challenge #43

Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous Blog Hop Day #3 and Challege #43.  Are you ready for more exciting inspiration? Today we have a special treat for you at Add a Little Dazzle.  Normally, this is our weekly challenge day and so to keep with tradition we are doing the Stampendous Blog Hop and Dazzling Diva Challenge #43.  Join us today, be inspired, and show off your beautiful creations this week. Let’s get started!

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Today is Day 3 of the  Add a Little Dazzle and Stampendous Blog Hop!  In addition, it is also Dazzling Diva Challenge #43

This week Dazzling Diva Challenge #43 is all about Home for the Holidays or Anything Goes.  The holidays are soon approaching and we are all busy creating and so this week to keep in line with the Stampendous blog hop the Dazzling Diva Design Team has decided to focus on the Holidays.

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So pull out your holiday stamps, make a card, and share it with us by linking to the bottom of the post.  You have until Tuesday, September 23rd to enter.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to our boutique.

pumpkin butter 1Different Traditions

All of us have such different backgrounds and celebrate the holidays in such different ways.  As a child, I grew up in a hispanic home that resided in the United States. Although we lived here in the United States and embraced many of the ways that the holidays were celebrated here, we also kept many of our traditions from Colombia.

During Thanksgiving, my family prepared the traditional turkey but instead of mashed potatoes we had arroz con frijoles, arepas, and apenadas to name a few. Pumpkin Pie was definitely not on our list of items around the table.  Arequipe was and we enjoyed these foods greatly while celebrating this american holiday.  We were thankful to God for the great opportunity to be in this country and celebrated it while keeping some of our own customs.

pumpkin butter 4Embracing the Difference

Now that I have a family of my own it is even more different. As you can tell from my last name I married a wonderful american man.  I keep the hispanic part in our holiday celebrations, but I also embrace my husband’s american culture.  Our home is very culturally diverse and you never know what we will be eating, watching, or listening to as we switch back and forth between English and Spanish all the time. 

Our holiday table has a great variety of foods that embrace both cultures. We usually do an american style Thanksgiving, a Hispanic style Christmas, and a Spanglish New Year’s Eve. It really keeps things interesting around our home and friends never know what they will be eating at our home. 

One of the things I have learned to like is pumpkin. This wasn’t one of these staple foods in my home growing up.  My husband loves pumpkin and after 11 years of marriage I have grown to love it, too.  I have learned how to prepare many of his favorite foods and recently learned how to make Pumpkin Butter. I have to tell you I wasn’t sure if I would like it but after tasting it I fell in love with it.

So, for this project I have embraced my husband’s culture and created this homemade gift of Pumpkin Butter and placed it in this jar that I decorated using Jumbo Leaves Stamp Set.  I stamped the leaf onto a piece of Dark Rich Chocolate Craft Metal Sheet, poured Gold Embossing Powder over it, and set it with the Heat Tool. Then, I took the coordinating Leaf Die Cut Set and die cut the leaf.  This time I added some interesting color to my leaf with Copper Inka Gold.   Then, I created a beautiful metal embossed circle with the  Leaf Background Stamp Set for the jar lid.

What Are Your Holiday Traditions?  Leave Me a Comment and Tell Me.


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Prize Alert! 

Enter for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack!  Be sure to stop by and comment on each of the Design Team Blogs for a chance to win 1 of 6 prize packs from both companies! You have until Sunday, September, 21st to enter. The winners will be announced on both company blogs the following week.  You must leave a comment on all blogs.

Be Sure to Visit Each of the Designers on This Blog Hop!

Asia King
                                       Add a Little Dazzle << You Are HERE
Jamie Martin
Lee-Anne Cross
Martha Lucia Gomez
Kate Capper
Lydia Brooke-Evans
Graciela Chavez
Keren Baker
Vicki Dutcher
Cathy Parlitsis


 Did You Miss the Previous Day of the Blog Hop?
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Stampendous and Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop Special!

During this week’s blog hop, we are offering a special pack of Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets.  This pack includes metal sheet colors that the Dazzling Diva Design Team will be using in their projects throughout the week. In addition, you will receive one pack of 25 pillow boxes in either large gift size or party favor size.  

Order your Stampendous Blog Hop Pack today and receive EXCLUSIVE PDF TUTORIALS using Stampendous Products and Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets. This offer is ONLY available this week.  Order your Stampendous Blog Hop Pack today!

Challenge #42 Winner – Marie Flayer

Enter Challenge #43 Below!

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  1. Oh, this is lovely. My favorite holiday traditions revolve around getting together with family. I love a traditional Thanksgiving dinner….turkey with all the trimmings! Yum.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  2. Such fabulous ideas, thanks for sharing your talent for design!
    We always have traditional Norwegian cookies on Christmas Eve!

    Carol B

  3. I made jam for gifts this year and your leaf idea is the prefect addition!

  4. I love everyone’s designs with the metal sheets…and your leaves are just beautiful. That jar of pumpkin butter sounds yummy!!!

  5. These would make wonderful little gifts! So pretty but still simple enough to make multiples.

  6. Your leaf jar is simply beautiful! Would love the recipe for the pumpkin butter!

  7. Pumpkin Butter sounds yummy! Do share the recipe! And your jar is just darling with it’s beautiful metal leaf! Thanks so much for joining us on this blog collaboration, we’ve had such fun playing with the metal and stretching our limits!

  8. The leaf is just breathtaking. Do you share your Pumpkin Butter recipe?

  9. Love what you did to the pumpkin butter jar!

  10. Pumpkin butter? Sounds interesting! Are you going to share the recipe? I would LOVE to try it! This is my favorite entry for the hop today!

  11. Lovely way to dress
    up the bottle!
    Carla from Utah

  12. Te voy a escribir en ESPAÑOL…Leyendo toda tu introducción a tu proyecto, te juro que me encantaría tomarme un buen café contigo y conversar toda la tarde también colombiana y se lo mucho que se extrañan nuestras tradiciones cuando se vive fuera del país, la familia y la cantidad de platillos riquísimos, a mi me encantan los tamales tolimenses, en honor a mi querida abuela…es maravilloso que toda esa multiculturalidad que te ha tocado vivir la puedas aplicar a tu trabajo y a tu familia.
    Me enamoro la decoración de tu empaque, pero lo que mas me gusto fue la hoja… Como decimos por estas tierras… Está de muerte lenta !!! jajaja Gracias por compartir!

  13. Another great project Monica, you are always so creative. Love your projects!

  14. Another gorgeous project, Monica! The Inka Gold really finished the leaves off nicely. Bet it’s yummy!

  15. does pumpkin butter taste anything like apple butter?

  16. Thank you for sharing you family traditions. It is interesting who tradition morph and change during our different times in life. My latest tradition is I volunteer to work on thanksgiving so my coworkers can spend time with their families. (A confession also. I don’t like turkey) :).

  17. Amazing projects today! It just keeps getting better every day!

  18. Glad they your cultures blended so well. My husband and I were both American and we both loved Italian food (though we were both of German descent). He did not like turkey so Thanksgiving and Christmas (when I made turkey) I had to make him a big pot of spaghetti and meatballs. I used my grandmother’s recipe for the sauce and the meatballs. He was happy and the rest of the family helped him eat it too. I miss those days now that he is gone and the kids have grown up. times moves on. Love your jar and the leaf.

    • Mary Lou,

      Thank you for sharing your precious memories with us. I am sorry that your husband is now gone and your kids have grown but am so glad you have those memories. Really makes me realize even more how blessed I am. Hugs! Monica

  19. The homemade pumpkin butter sounds delicious and ready to deliver in such a pretty jar. Traditions make the holidays so memorable, thank you for sharing yours with us this week.

  20. I love the idea of different cultures mixing and trying new things. I definitely love all things pumpkin. I love this project.

  21. Monica you have done so well with these leaves stunning job 🙂
    Kate xx

  22. Monica, this is such an amazing gift…that leaf is stunning and I bet that pumpkin butter is yummy 🙂 The Inka Gold adds such a punch to an already gorgeous piece of metal!

  23. Our Thanksgiving tradition is to have dinner at a favorite restaurant with friends.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  24. Just amazing what you create with the metal and other products!

  25. I usually host Thanksgiving and it’s just a fun time with family. We always save a few dishes that is only served at Thanksgiving and Christmas – green bean casserole, potatoe casserole, black bottom cupcakes… the main dish can change but we love our sides and desserts! 🙂 Love your canning project today. I’ve never had pumpkin butter but I love apple butter!

  26. Stunning the leaf is simple gorgeous, fabulous colors and the heat embossing on metal is a truly beautiful technique. The pumpkin butter looks YUMMY!!!! It’s great that you have developed a taste for pumpkin, it has many uses.


  27. That Pumpkin Butter jar is looking gorgeous and elegant by adding this gorgeous leaf and red ribbon!!

  28. Your pumpkin butter looks beautiful and I love the idea of it- recipe please!!
    Gorgeous treatment of the stamp and metal! x

  29. WoW! I want to come celebrate the holidays at your house!! Sounds like you have a wonderful time!!
    I am totally in love with the metals!! I am definitely putting these on my MUST HAVE wish list! They add such richness and elegance to all of the projects I have seen this week!! Looking forward to the rest of the week so I can fall even deeper in love with them! TFS!

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