Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chili Dogs...Hold the Chili

Since a popular challenge is for fall colors.... I decided to inject some of the bounty and colors of fall into my lunch! Told my husband he was on his own for lunch and gave him the list of options. He saw my salad and said, "That looks really good!" I offered to make him one. He declined my generous offer opting instead for chili cheese dogs! Sounds dreadful...

Don't get me wrong! I love hot dogs! But only when it is at the local hot dog shop! My favorite is Coney Island. Coney is followed closely by Milwaukee Wiener House. Both of these have been in business for YEARS! Ate at both of them as a kid. Still love to order soda in a bottle with a straw! Ahhh...childhood memories. That reminds me of a sisters Coney Island story! That tangent will have to wait for a later post! I'm a hot dog, mustard, sauerkraut and a FEW onions purist!  Chili does NOT belong anywhere in the scope of hot-dog-ness!

Since hubby didn't offer a trip to a one true hot dog shop....I stuck with my salad creation! My salad of mixed greens, baby carrots, orange peppers, shredded Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, a few croutons, some sliced turkey, a little balsamic vinegar mixed with grape seed oil....PERFECTION! Yummy AND photogenic! Hubby has no idea what he missed out on! Notice my lunch location:  My Bubble!

Ombre Salad
~Base card - Papertry Ink Orange Zest
~Layer of white card stock embossed with Sizzix Branches with Leaves smudged with Orange and Yellow
~Tag stamped with script background stamp, color blast on white glossy using alcohol ink and dryer to spread the wet ink, then run through printer using Lavinia Zen Tree, dotted with three Smooch colors, and yellow Tulip paint
~Ombre colored flowers - used white card stock and yellows/golds/oranges
~Flower die cuts: Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland and Cuttlebug
~Three flower brads
~Two foil gold leaves (unearthed while cleaning and organizing)
~Ribbon assortment
~Hello sentiment stamped on white card stock, cut using Stampin' Up Word Window punch
Inspiration | Challenges
Just Us Girls - technique week - ombre
Lavina Stamps - autumn colors
Fairytale Stampers - ribbon, flowers
Jellypark Friends - autumn
A Creative Need - yellow, orange
Fresh Brewed Designs - tag
Pile it On - use two or more die cuts

Thanks for clicking by!

Here's to Coney Island memories, bottled soda with a straw, lunch in My Bubble, and all the bounties of fall!

Nancy in Iowa


  1. Gorgeous colours Nancy, thanks for entering the Lavinia Challenge and good luck in the draw. Hellen (DT)

  2. Beautiful! Awesome job combining all of those challenges. Love the shades of yellow into orange and that tag with the tree and lovely flowers. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  3. That salad looks yummy deluxe!!! I'm with you on the hot dogs chili on mine either! Just sorta ruins the taste of the entire thing! Chili just belongs in a bowl by itself or with Fritos and cheese over it!
    LOVE this beautiful fall card. The colors are just like the salad - YUMMY! So very pretty.

  4. OMG--beautiful Thank you for sharing with Fairytale Stampers - Myrna (DT)

  5. Lovely!! Thank you for joining us at A Creative Need!

  6. YUMMM that salad looks wonderful! and so does your card :) love the colours. Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  7. Such a pretty card - inside and out!

    And a yummy salad, too! Delicious, I'm sure.

    Now....... about your DH's desire for lunch. I like Chili Dogs.

  8. Well your salad does look YUMMY!! Your card and tag beautiful!! Love the bright and up lifting colours!! Thanks for sharing with us at Fresh Brewed Designs "Tag" challenge...good luck!!
    Take care,

  9. I am so hungry now! LOL! That salad looks amazing, but not as spectacular as your card! Holy Wow! Gorgeousness! Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  10. Such a warm and friendly card! Love those bright colors!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  11. Great colors and fabulous papers. Love the dies you used, perfect for our challenge at Pile It On. Thank you for joining us and don't forget to check on Wednesday who's the lucky winner.
    Anna xxx


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