Witchy Boo Betty

I had the fortune to go shopping with my sister – she was running an errand to complete here costume, and I, was just along for the ride knowing that she’d be hitting a craft store!  It was great fun and while I was there, I found so many things that weren’t on my list – imagine that?!  One of those was these black and white lollipop straws sitting next to the Sixlets candy and that’s when the light bulb went off – they’d be a perfect in making lollipop sticks!  And lucky for me, I already had shaker tops to use.  😀

The image I used on this is Witchy Boo Betty from Simply Betty Stamps and I’m entering it into the 12 Day of Halloween challenge.  The challenge is to make something with a shape (the lollipop) but I had to make a card holder to go along with it.  😀

I ended up making three, for my three munchkins! 
All three of them use images from Simply B Stamps.  This one below is 

The last one I made merged two images together from the Jude and His Shenanigan Crew theme:

 Last but not least, is a lollipop holder that my daughter made for her cousin.  We put this one in the mail and had to add extra postage for the sucker!  LOL   
This image from The Greeting Farm and is Wild Sprouts Dressy.
Thanks for coming by and hope you have a great Halloween day!

Little Witch Ariel

Shuckie-darn!  😦   I’ve totally missed out on all the fun action over at SBS Challenge where Betty likes to have a 12 Days of Halloween challenge every year.  It’s such a fun way to get into the festivities.  But I’ve managed to catch the tail end and I’ll be able to finish out the month with a few days at least.  😀

For my project I’ve used Little Witch Ariel which is a Simply B Stamp image and part of the Jude and His Shenanigan Crew Halloween theme.  Then for the card, I used some chipboard embellishments from Make it Crafty and created the Halloween scene.  The house was backed by yellow paper to light it up.  😀

I’d like to enter this into the following challenge(s):
Simply Challenged Challenges – Who’s that Ghoul
12 Days of Halloween

Graffiti MiC

‘Sup Make it Crafty fans?!  Remember the project I was coloring and posted on Make it Crafty FaceBook?  Well, here’s the final result and if you remember the before version then you’ll notice I wasn’t very brave with my ongoings!  LOL  I was planning on casting hard dark shadows and darkening most of it as if a street lamp was the only source.  But I had liked what I colored too much to venture any further.  ;D

This project revisits the Urban Street Collection and also shows off a secrete MiC graffiti sentiment for Make it Crafty fans!  (More on the graffiti sentiments, from Little Miss Muffet Stamps, will be revealed here later this month.  I know, it’s such a tease!)  To create this scene, I’ve used elements from the Urban Street, Factory Elements and Urban Fencing combo packs from Make it Crafty but you can get them all in the Urban Street Collection.  And trust me… you’re going to want them ALL!  The character is a Toxic Teen from Simply B Stamps.  As an embellishment, I took some soft metal I had and used metal stamps to create the “be crafty” sentiment.  ‘Cuz, you know… Make it Crafty… be crafty?! 

The colors were inspired by Faye when she submitted her own project into the teal, mustard and brown color challenge in the MiC FaceBook group.  I was impressed by the mustard color choices and just had to try them out!  The teal didn’t work out for me as well as it did for her, but the general color is there to count. 

Little Miss Muffet Stamps Images:
Make it Crafty Images:
or get it all in the …  Urban Street Collection

Simply B Stamps Images:
Toxic Teens Tommy

I also want to direct you over to Jennifer Dove‘s blog for a fantastic coloring give away that she is having!  Just check out all these goodies she’s included…
Thanks Jennifer for including Little Miss Muffet Stamps as one of your favorites!!  Muah!

Betty Dorm Mouse Tea Party

Today is the third and final day of the combined release with Simply B Stamps and Little Miss Muffet Stamps and we have lots more inspiration and games for today!  If you’re just joining in on the celebration be sure to check out the details at the LMMS Blog or SBS Blog which is also where the two games will be hosted today – Guess Who (at SBS) and a Scavenger Hunt (at LMMS).  My project is in the Scavenger Hunt and I was in charge of all the clues too.  😀 

(Create your own at http://www.festisite.com/)

I thought about a Rubus, like the example about, but I took the easy route and gave you picture clues!  You can start the game HERE with instructions on how to leave your Scavenger Hunt answers on the LMMS Blog and you have until Wednesday, April 10th to participate.

As you already know, this release as many images!  So for this card, I used elements from the following combination packs to create this scene.

There are so many combinations with the Tea Party elements and I love what I’ve seen from the DT and Guests.  They’ve done a fantastic job and very creative too!  I experiments with stacking the tea cups in several different configurations and yesterday I saw one with the saucer plates that was adorable – wish I had throught of that one!  LOL  However, this is what I was able to come up with and even merged one of the Skull and Crossbones onto a cup for that Simply Betty twisted touch.  😀

If you read my tip from yesterday, you’ll also notice the shadows on this project too.  The ones cast by the sugar cubes is from the Copic BV20 marker so that will give you an idea of how light the color is so it won’t be so scary to use.  It’s easy to blend out if you don’t like it too.  ;D  Then the darker shadows are from BV23.

Thanks for coming by today and we hope you’ve enjoyed all the inspiration this week!  You can find all the new images in the What’s New section at Little Miss Muffet Stamps or in the New Items at Simply B Stamps.  These Tea Party elements are priced just right and the combo packs are even offered at 75 to 85% off!  So pick them up while you can then show us what you create in the “Anything Goes” challenge at LMMS.  😀   Cheers!

Betty in Wonderland Tea Party

Welcome back to the Mad Tea Party Release with Simply B Stamps and Little Miss Muffet Stamps!  If you’re just joining in on the celebration we have a 3-day event with games, sales/discounts, prizes, a freebie, a blog hop, tutorials and lots of inspiration!  This is one event that you don’t want to miss out on!  😀  Check out all the details at the LMMS Blog or SBS Blog.  This is Day 2 and today we’re sharing tips, tutorials and inspirational cards.

My project today combines images from both companies to create a generic Birthday card.  Along with chipboard from Make it Crafty, buttons/flowers from Stampin’ Up and a zipper from my local craft store, here are the elements I merged together to create this image …

My tip I wanted to share today was about casting shadows.  I’m starting to get more brave when coloring in shadows and I think it’s something you can do to… the hardest part is taking the first plunge!  On this image here I’ve used Copic color BV23 and sometimes I’ll use BV25 if I don’t think the shadows is showing up.  However, you can start out with BV20.  When applying shadows I try to remember when my light source is coming from then I draw the shadow (no blending needed) where needed.  This is done after I’ve colored my entire project.  The purple-gray color seems to overlay on other colors well without standing out too much.

That’s my inspiration and tip for today and I hope it was helpful and inspiring.  😀  Next you can head back over to the the LMMS Blog or SBS Blog and check out the other gal’s fabulous creations!  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you’ll take the plunge and try shadows on your next project!  😀 

Betty Queen of Hearts Tea Party

Let’s have a wonderland type of day with a Blog Hop!!  To day is the start of a huge combined release between Simply B Stamps and Little Miss Muffet Stamps and we’re having a 3-day Tea Party!!

You should have arrived here from RACHEL’S radical blog!!
(For the full Blog Hop list, click HERE or HERE.)

Each day we’ll have something new for you to drool over and to keep up on all the events you can visit the LMM Blog to get started.  I won’t spoil all the details but I will say there will be games, ten hidden prizes, free digi and up to 70% off when you buy one of the combination mega packs!!  It’s big!  Very BIG!  And it all starts today!!

My first project uses Betty Queen of Hearts from Simply B Stamps plus the For Alyce Sentiment which I wrapped around the balloons.  Then I used several Little Miss Muffet stamps and came up with this merged scene.  I even used the LMMS Party Banner Diecut!  All of these images are listed here and were to find them…

The floor was actually an idea from a striped pattern paper in the same paper pack that I had originally planned to use, however, all the patterns combined started to get super busy and it didn’t even make it close to the card.  😦  I was worried that it would look out of place but now that I see it in 2D form, I think it worked out ok.  The table that the desserts are sitting on is actually a table tiered tray!  LOL  But that’s the benefits of working with digital stamps and that tiered dish easily became a fancy dessert table!  Yummy!

In addition to the release today, this blog has actually hit a milestone of 1000 posts!  Can you believe it?  I have 27 of those in draft mode but this one is the official one-thousandth post.  I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the release!!

You’re next stop in the hop is TRISH’S terrific blog!
And remember to leave your comments along the way for chances to win prizes!

Jude Valentine

It’s been a long time since I’ve created a journal page and these three characters came together perfectly for the scene!  They’re part of the Jude Valentine release from Simply B Stamps and I thought made a great story.  Now tell me, with of the two girls do you think is the most mischievous and instigator of this Valentine crime scene?  LOL

The three images, from left to right, are Ariel Cupid, Jude’s Heart and Brittany’s Bag of Valentines from Simply B Stamps.  Then I also used a ribbon slide chippie from Make it Crafty called Fancy Ribbon Sliders. And I just found a fun way to use those sliders by cutting them in half and using them as tags sticking out from behind a layer – it looks awesome!  I used one HERE on my Frenchie Claudine project.

I have forgotten how fun it is to create pages in my journal and how much the extra space gives way for background, stories and trying new techniques.  See all those blank pages… yes, I will have to do that again.  ;D  I would like to enter this into the Simply Challenged Challenges “Anything Goes” themed challenge.

Dark Fairy Brittany

How about some Halloween?  Or at least, some dark magic to counteract the sweet Valentines theme?  At least it’s purple so the color scheme works well with the season.  He he he.  This was actually an image I was able to color over the winter break and was finally able to get it onto a card.  When I first saw this one I knew I wanted to have glowing hands plus it gave me the challenge to work with the colors reflecting which was fun too.  Check it out…

This image is Dark Fairy Brittany from Simply B Stamps which is currently still available as a digi.  I love this Jude line style which has always inspired me to really get into my the coloring and this one was no exception.  I first started by coloring the whole image, keeping in mind that there was two light sources – one from the upper corner and the other would be from her hands. The shadows are probably all over the place as I experimented with the idea.

Once the image was colored then I worked on the glow in her hands.  I started with the darker YG colors and worked my way out to the lighter colors.  The glow around the hands was done first then I added the reflection on the wings, shoes, face and clothes.  Finally as an added touch, I grabbed the white gel pen and added a few more details.

I really wanted the green to stand out as much as possible so I stayed away from those colors when putting my card together.  It’s not as bright as I had originally wanted but the over all effect and final result turned out better than I had thought.  Funny how that works!  LOL

I’d like to submit this into the following challenge:

Betty and Rudolph

Is everyone ready for Christmas yet?  I can’t believe it’s only a week away and wonder where all the time has gone.  Luckily this week feels like a vacation with the kids in school and not much happening on my side of things so I actually get to choose between activities!!  Hmm… do I go to IKEA for fun or schedule a few yearly appointments to get them out of the way?  Choices, choices!  It’s been a while since I’ve had so much fun!  He he he

This is another tag I created for the snowball kits.  This one uses Betty and Rudolph from Simply B Stamps.  I just love that little Rudolph guy – he’s so cute!!  😀

I’m entering this into the following challenge:
Simply Challenged Challenges – Red, Green, Gold, Silver 

Update: I was the winner for this challenge at Simply Challenged Challenges!

Steampunk Gang Jacob

Here’s an interesting project that has been on my desk for a while and I finally finished it this week.  The image is Steampunk Gang Jacob from Simply B Stamps and I enlarged it to fill the the card and bring Jacob more into focus.  After coloring Jacob, I decided to go all out and experiment on the background using red tones and keeping it in the earth tones.  This is what I came up with …

Every single time I do a background like this I mumble to myself “it’s ruined, it’s ruined!” LOL  Seriously, it never starts out the way I like it and with all the bold colors being gradually added in splotches, I truly think this one will end up in the rubbish.  It just goes to show that some techniques never look finished until… well… until their finished!

My blending on this one isn’t as smooth as I wanted it to be so I decided to add slashes in the background to hide the fumbles.  It keeps up with the edgie feeling that the image already has and to help them blend into the background I added leaves as a final touch.  After that, it started to look ok and I decided it was time to stop while I was ahead.  He he he.

This fits right into the monthly challenge at Simply Challenged Challenges – the theme is “Fall / School Inspired” and perhaps this is Mr. Newton the new math teacher.  ;D