Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day 8 of the Christmas A Go-Go Giveaway

Welcome to day 8 of the 2nd annual Christmas A Go-Go Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. Make sure to stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $250+ Prize Pack full of Fa-La-La-Luscious treats from 12 of the most fabulous shops around. Each day you will find daily holiday trivia that can earn you lots of extra entries (see details below). There will also be shop features for all of our participating shops. They will be reminiscing about their favorite holiday movies and giving us a peek at how they do what they do.

A big part of the Christmas Giveaway are the holiday recipes. What better way to enjoy the holiday season than with some old favorites and a few new desserts and dishes. Our shops are sharing their favorites and we invite you to do the same. You can submit your own recipe to earn 10 extra entries and have it posted on the blog for everyone to enjoy. See details below.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. During December they will all have a Christmas theme. A special treat for any spooky movie fan and just maybe a chance for some more extra entries.

Marie Antoinette Compact Mirror D - Pill Box - Eat Cake - Edwardian Victorian Woman Ladies - Royal Queen France Paris French - Pill Case

Marie Antoinette Compact Mirror D - Pill Box

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through December 31st and get 10% off your order. Use code DECEMBER10 at checkout.

Holiday Trivia Game
Test your knowledge and earn an extra entry each day. Each daily post will have a holiday trivia question. Leave your answer on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway. Please do not post answers anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

**You can only post 1 answer per 24 hour period. Rafflecopter runs on Eastern Standard Time. So if you miss a day you can not make it up.**

Today's Trivia Question ~ What three gifts did the Wise Men bring?

Yesterday's Question ~ In the 1969 animated TV classic "Frosty the Snowman", what was the name of the magician's (Professor Hinkle) rabbit?

Answer ~ Hocus Pocus. 

Featured Shop - Junkmill

Junkmill is run by Chandra from Rockford, Michigan. Junkmill is filled with amazing digital artwork for all your crafting needs (you'll see lots of them in Laughing Vixen Lounge). And now all of these fabulous collage sheet are available for instant download through the Etsy shop! No more waiting for them to be emailed. Just a simple download after purchase.

RETRO HOLIDAY - Digital Printable Collage Sheet - Vintage Christmas Holiday Santa, Rudolph, Snowmen & Angels, 1.5" x 2", Instant Download

RETRO HOLIDAY Digital Collage Sheet

How did you choose your shop name?
"JUNK is what we work with and MILL is what we do.
When I’m mixing elements in Photoshop to create the collage images, I imagine a little clockwork-style mill grinding away in the back of my brain with gears and whistles and smokestacks, so when I stumbled across the term, it just stuck. I like that it hints at what the shop is about, yet it has a bit of mystery. It’s actually a mining term for a huge drill bit designed to tear through junk, concrete and metal."

12 DAYS of XMAS - Digital Printable Collage Sheet - Vintage Christmas Carol Images for Labels, Gift Tags, Hang Tags, Advent Calendar

12 DAYS of XMAS Digital Collage Sheet

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"After hunting high and low for cool, creepy collage sheets and coming up empty-handed, I started collecting my own images and putting together sheets for myself and my collage artist friends. When I discovered Etsy, I thought I’d list a few of the sheets “just to see,” and Junkmill was born. It turns out that my friends and I weren’t the only ones looking for dark and moody collage images. I offer a range of subject material, but the Gothic, spooky and creepy themes that started Junkmill continue to be some of the most popular."

VICTORIAN GIFT TAGS - Digital Printable Collage Sheet - Vintage Holiday Hang Tags, Antique Shabby Chic Christmas, Instant Download

VICTORIAN GIFT TAGS Digital Collage Sheet

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"I tend to follow my own interests and whims when designing collage sheets. I always work from the premise that if I think an image or object is interesting, unique or inspiring, it’s likely others will too. I’m always drawn to macabre and kitsch imagery, like our zombie pin-ups, our retro horror magazine covers and our rockabilly girls, but I find inspiration everywhere – from Victorian books and turn-of-the-century lithographs to my collections of antique medical ephemera and vintage gumball machine toys. As my significant other (aka “the guy who drives all the shop orders to the post office”) explains it when his friends ask, “It’s humorous and horrifying at the same time, not that flowery, girly stuff.”

MERRY MINIS - Digital Printable Collage Sheet - Retro Vintage Christmas Sampler, Holiday Variety, 1" Circles, 25 mm Round, Instant Download

MERRY MINIS Digital Collage Sheet

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I’ve been busy all summer building my collection of pre-Victorian books, so expect to see tons of great antique images hitting JUNKMILL this fall, including some very odd medical illustrations and new assortments of Medieval fairy tale inspired prints."

EDMUND DULAC - Digital Printable Collage Sheet - Gothic Medieval Fairy Tale Illustrations, 1" x 2" Domino Tile, Instant Download

EDMUND DULAC Digital Collage Sheet

You'll have a chance to win a choice of 10 digital collage sheets from Junkmill. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post.

RETRO HOLIDAY Digital Collage Sheet

Visit Junkmill and use coupon code VIXEN20 at checkout for 20% off your order.

Featured Shop - Junkmill[Relics]
Junkmill[Relics] is also run by Chandra from Rockford, Michigan. Her shop is filled with Vintage ephemera, embellishments, oddities and upcycled items.

Junkmill[Relics] has a great assortment of original and reproduction labels which make for fun craft projects.

You'll also find fabulous goodies like vintage shot glasses, salt and pepper shakers and pinup matchbooks . Great to add a little retro flair to your home.

You'll have a chance to win a custom assortment of reproduction vintage labels from Junkmill[Relics]. Enter now on the main giveaway post.

Sample Of Vintage Labels

Visit Junkmill[Relics] and use coupon code VIXEN20 at checkout for 20% off your order.

Since it's Christmas, I asked the shops to share their favorite holiday movie.
"Try as I might, I just can’t think of a movie that reminds me of the holidays more than Die Hard. Nothing captures the holiday spirit quite like Bruce Willis battling terrorists at an executive Christmas party. I remember watching it with my brother endlessly when we were young, and it always seemed to be on infinite repeat over Christmas break. Give me a big cozy blanket, a cup of my Insane Hot Chocolate and surround sound set to eleven and I'm set.”

For a little holiday fun, I asked the shops to share with us some of their favorite recipes and craft how to's.

For a little holiday fun, I asked the shops to share with us some of their favorite recipes and craft how to's.

Insane Hot Chocolate

"This rich cinnamon hot chocolate is great for getting all sugared up and trimming the tree or wrapping packages. It’s my take on classic hot chocolate, amped up with a little cappuccino mix and tons of super-sweet toppings."

2 Tbsp. Instant hot chocolate

1 Tbsp. Maxwell House International Café Cinnamon Dolce Cappuccino (the powder mix that comes in the little rectangular tins)

Handful Miniature marshmallows

Handful miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Reddi-wip whipped cream

Mix powder hot chocolate and powder cappuccino in a large mug. For super-smooth, no lumps hot chocolate, add just enough boiling hot water to cover the powder, stir until blended and lump-free. Place marshmallows in mug then add 8 oz. boiling water. As the water hits the marshmallows, they melt into the hot chocolate forming an ooey-gooey layer of deliciousness. Top with a generous portion of Reddi-wip whipped cream. Sprinkle Cinnamon Dolce Cappuccino mix on top of the whipped cream and garnish with miniature chocolate chips. Delicious!

Earn 10 Extra Entries ~ Submit Your Holiday Recipe.
Submit your own holiday recipe or craft how-to for an extra 10 entries in the giveaway. You will find the entry, with full details on how to submit the recipe, on the Rafflecopter widget on the main Giveaway Post. We will post submitted recipes daily.

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