Sunday, July 31, 2011

Say “Hello!” to Summer…the Merkid, that is!

It’s time for another new collection from Simply Betty Stamps! This week The Burtonesque Dolls as well as the Simply Betty Team are sharing new projects featuring the Merkids line. Sweet little mermaids that are sure to brighten up your day! Today, we are sharing Frosty and Summer. I have a project featuring Summer.

Isn’t she cute? My pal and fellow SBS and TBD’er called my card “zesty,” and I think she picked the right word for this card!

I colored Summer in using a combo of colored pencils and watercolor markers. I kept my layout simple, as I thought that the patterns on my paper, plus sweet little Summer did enough for the card.

I had the chipboard senti just laying around, and I added a thin line of Diamond Stickles around the edge of the card just for a little shimmer.

Please be sure to visit The Burtonesque Dolls Blog to see more fabulous Merkids creations, and to get the whole scoop on this new release! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Nevermore…and an Announcement

Greetings! ‘Tis Friday yet again (hooray!), which means it’s Smeared Ink day for me. I have announcement in regards to my Fridays… This will be my last post as a part of the Smeared Ink Design Team. My Co-Captain Kelli and I have decided to step down from our positions. We will not be returning to Smeared Ink for the next term. It was a very difficult decision for both of us, but we think it’s for the best. However, we will miss our fellow DT members dearly. They are all very special and important to us.

But on to my card… I decided to use one of my favorite Smeared Ink sets for this post…”Quoth the Raven.”

I stamped the hearts in the background with a deep blood red. Then I added the “Nevermore” on top. And I inked and embossed the edges.

On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped the collage image included in the set and embossed that as well. I used a color from Color Box called Lava Black. It’s a beautiful black with a reddish tinge to it. I tore the edges around the image and inked them.

After I adhered the collaged image, I used some tan chalk and chalked over the white of the card.. It aged the card nicely. It was a simple card to make, but I think it has a lot of impact.

I will still be an active participant of at Smeared and Smudged, and I of course will still be using my Smeared Ink stamps frequently. I will miss my team…but who knows what the future holds? Never say never… ;)

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July Bombshell Hump Day Hop!

It’s the last Wednesday in July (how the hell did that happen?!), which means it’s time for Bombshell Stamps’ Hump Day Hop! I changed things up a bit this month and gave us a Color Challenge. I love color challenges, and I thought this would allow us to be totally free in what images we use, and the theme. Here’s the inspiration pic I provided:

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I got this lovely image from Design Seeds. They have the most beautiful color palettes. I challenged the Bombshell fans to use at least 3 colors from above. I managed to use all 5! Here’s my creation.

I used 2 images from the Hula Girl set. Aren’t they pretty? I colored them with my watercolor markers. I also used a bunch of different patterned papers. As well as this month’s Bombshell sketch. Here’s the sketch itself.

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And here is a close up of the central image, which I adore.

It’s just so pretty! I love the swallow. And I love the combination of flowers. 

I stayed away from embellishments, because I didn’t want it to get too overwhelming. I think all of the various patterns was enough.

Now it’s time for you to get hopping! We have some fresh meat joining us this month, as well as some of our tried and true participants. Thanks to all of you who are playing, and commenting! These hops are so much fun, and you all rawk for participating!

Bombshell Blog: http://bombshellstamps.blogspot.com/
Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com (me!)
Alaine:
http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com/
Jennie: http://piratejennie.blogspot.com/
Kelli: http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com
Terra: http://www.moresmearedink.blogspot.com
Laura: http://craftylittlewoman.blogspot.com/
Meredith: http://www.papercanteen.com
Fiona: http://idontdostraight.blogspot.com/
Ike: http://suzy-ikesworld.blogspot.com/
Kapree: http://kc-consultant.blogspot.com/
Cheryl: http://inktrap.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

The Burtonesque Dolls: Musical Interlude

It’s time for another Burtonesque Dolls Challenge! This one is so much fun! I hope you will play along! Here’s the challenge. Musical interlude… create a card inspired by any Nightmare Before Christmas song! Make sure to put a part of the lyric as your sentiment.

I chose to use the Finale/Reprise as my inspiration. Though it was a tough choice! I fell in love with these lines:

My dearest friend, if you don’t mind

I’d like to join you by your side

Where we can gaze into the stars.

Isn’t that beautiful? I immediately thought of the Tiddly Inks image “You and Me” (hey! Alison the Witch is now available for purchase!!! You know you want her! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click HERE!). I hadn’t used it yet, and I have been itching to. I thought it worked perfectly for these lyrics.

I gave the sweet characters a look very similar to Jack and Sally (if Jack had hair!) without being too crazy about being exact. A loose representation, really. I added the patches to my Sally.

I must say, I am quite happy with the way the coloring came out (all watercolor markers). I wasn’t sure how I was going to do Jack, so I decided to give him a pinstripe that is reversed from what it is in the movie. Aren’t they cute?

The moon and the stars I have had for,  like-ever. It’s a set from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I just love it. And the mesh stamp is from Smeared Ink’s Quoth the Raven set.

Please be sure to visit the rest of The Burtonesque Dolls to see what musically inspired projects they have created. The links are on my sidebar. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Witch Alison: By Tiddly Inks!

*To see the newest Simply Betty Stamps Challenge, and the last of the Sweet Gotick Kids Christmas preview, please scroll down to the next post. Thank you!

A few weeks ago, I was uber lucky to win a custom drawn did by Christy Croll from Tiddly Inks! It took me a while to figure out what I wanted (thank goodness for Christy’s patience!) but we finally worked it out to be a witch (no big surprise, right?) with a crow as her familiar. I chose a crow for a whole lot of reasons, and I thought he would make the perfect companion for my little witch. I must tell you, that I ADORE the way she came out! And I love that it was a collaboration of sorts. It was truly wonderful, and I am honored to introduce you now to “Witch Alison!”

Seriously, isn’t she awesome?!? Don’t you want her for yourself??? Fingers crossed (and perhaps a kind email or two) that Christy will release her in the Fall! This first version (of many, many more to come!) was done entirely with markers. All watercolors sans her skin (Copics).
Of course, I couldn’t leave her unmounted…so I created this card for her. Along with a tutorial! Here is the completed card:

There are many, many layers and products used for it. Wanna learn how to do it yourself? Here we go!!!
I’m calling this “Product Pandemonium.” I used lots of things to create this look, but if you don’t have all of the things I used, have no fear! You can still make something rad using less layers! Here’s what I used:
Chalk, Stamps (clear and rubber), Versa Mark Ink, Glue Pad, Pigment Ink, Glitter, Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Screen
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Here are some of the product I used. As I was making the card, my original plan (which was to just use chalk, stamps, and Versa Mark), morphed into the completed project.
I of course had Witch Alison colored and cut out beforehand.
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I started off by using Smeared Ink’s Urban Decay set. This set is a total must have! I inked it well with Versa Mark. The stamp I’m using is the one you see in the watermarked sheet at the bottom.
I stamped it several times over the entire card, trying to get the images to blend as seamlessly as possibly. You can’t really see this in a photo since it’s a clear ink, so you’ll have to take my word for it. ;)
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Then I went in with my chalk. I used Chalklet Puffs (from EK Success) to apply the chalk. You can use a Q-Tip, but they break down pretty fast. You can see the texture from the stamp showing through. Please click on any of my photos to see it bigger.
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Then I moved on to purple. See how cool the image looks?
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After I finished that, I decided that I still needed more texture. So I went back in with a different Urban Decay stamp and added it to where there’s negative space.
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I chalked it with grey. See it? It’s like tire treads.
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Lookin’ good…but it still needs more. Enter Glimmer Screen and Mist.
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I used the color Raven (no really. That’s what it’s called!), with my Halloween tree Glimmer Screen. Sprayed it 2x. You can see the screen in the top right. Now this covered the chalky goodness I created  a wee bit more than I would have liked. I should have kept the spray closer to the card to get a more concentrated spritz. But, it still looks cool.
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Then I stamped the tree (it’s made to go with the screen) using purple pigment ink. You don’t want to place it directly on top of the non-sprayed area…slightly off center is what you should be going for.
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Next, I grabbed my Smeared Ink Quoth the Raven set, and pulled out this harlequin pattern. I inked it using the 2 greens you see here. This ink is from Color Box. I don’t know what I would do without them. I have 5 of these sets. I use them on everything!They’re called Petal Points.
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I stamped them a couple of times and then added the “Quoth the Raven” sentiment to the bottom. But it still needs more!!!
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I broke out my Glue Pad and some super fine lavender glitter and went to town. Inking and glittering random spots around the edges. While I did all of these steps, I kept placing Witch Alison on to the card to see where I wanted to add things, and if I needed to keep going. See how sparkly it is?
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After I glittered the card up, I decided it was just about finished. I added a mess of pop dots to Witch Alison, and stuck her on to her new home.

And here she is again, completed. What do you think? Really, this tutorial is all about playing with those fun products you have laying around. You don’t always need to add a bajillion expensive 3D embellishments. Use those tools that you have…ink, sprays, stamps, glitter, to create fabulous backgrounds. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and that you’ll try it for yourself. A super duper huge thanks to Christy for createing this amazing image just for me!!! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sweet Gothic Kids Christmas Release Day!

Welcome to the last day of the Simply Betty Stamps Sweet Gothic Kids Christmas Preview. Today is officially release day! You now have the opportunity to snag these sweeties in clear stamp form, or for ONE WEEK ONLY, in digi form! We have one more Kid to introduce you to. Here’s Tree Top Wednesday!

“Not a card?” you’re probably thinking… That’s because there’s a new SBS challenge with the Scrap Team! That’s right! And your challenge is to make a Christmas tag using the following colors: Cranberry Red, Hot Cocoa Brown, Snow White, and Teal. Such yummy colors!

Isn’t she sassy? I colored her with a combination of watercolor markers and pencils. I stuck to the colors required, and didn’t add any additional colors except for her skin, and the green of the light wire.

And how cute is that background stamp??? It’s from Inkadinkado. And I chose to color in only some of the lights (with marker). Then, I went around the whole thing with X-Mas red Stickles, and I adhered that rad button with it as well.

I do hope you will play along with we Scrap Team Gals! Be sure to visit the Simply Betty Stamps Blog and the Simply Betty Challenge Blog for more inspiration, and the SBS Store to snag these babies for yourself! Thanks for stopping by! Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SISC69: Goin’ Goth! Plus, Sweet Gothic Kids Christmas Preview Day 5: Tilly

It’s a big day! A fang-tastic new StampInsanity challenge is up, and I have another Simply Betty Stamps preview to share with you!

This week’s StampInsanity challenge is Goin’ Goth! What could be better?!?! For this challenge, I used one of my favorite SI images, Lilith.

I kept it looking kind of unfinished on purpose. Goth is creepy, gets you thinking… I wanted it to look like the story may or may not be finished here.

I colored Lilith with my watercolor markers. I think she came out pretty rad. If you click on any of my pics, you can get a bigger, better view.

I obviously didn’t want to go with all black for this card. Too obvious for me. I wanted those pops of color to be unexpected and surprising. I love this paper I have on the left side. It’s so soft and fibrous. It tears beautifully. I “stitched” on top of it with black Stickles. I am really happy with the end result.

On to something…cuter. ;) It’s time to meet Reindeer Tilly. Who I think may be my favorite image from this Simply Betty release (though it’s really tough to choose!).

Isn’t she adorable? I know…I don’t use “adorable” on my blog much…but how could you resist her? And look…she’s got a teeny spider on her ear!

Tilly, unlike Lilith, was colored entirely with my pencils. There’s a lot of layering goin’ on here, and I couldn’t be happier with how she turned out.

My sentiment is from Tattered Angels. I kept this card (like some of the others I’ve shown this week) non-Christmas-y. I wanted you to see the versatility of these fab images.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Ward 2 gals of StampInsanity.

Ward 2: 
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Kelli forSpecTextBoxBig Alison (me!) forSpecTextBoxBigKapree

 

And of course, the rest of the Simply Betty gals! You can check out their creations on the SBS Blog. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sweet Gothic Kids Preview: Day 4- Santa Scott

Are we getting you in the Christmas spirit? The Simply Betty gals and I have been working really hard on bringing you some Holiday Cheer in July! We are previewing the latest SBS collection, Sweet Gothic Kids Christmas. Today, we are introducing you to Santa Scott.

I used some really crazy paper for my background, so I kept the layout and embellishments simple. I colored Scott in with my watercolor markers. Doesn’t he look thrilled to have all of those cookies? :)

I am really happy with his hair. I love the high and low lights I achieved on this one. Sometimes ya just get it right, right? ;)

My paper is from DCWV, and my rub-on senti is from American Traditional Designs. All of these new images will be available for sale starting this Friday. The will be in clear stamp form, and for ONE WEEK ONLY you will be able to purchase them in digi form. They will of course be in the Simply Betty Stamps Shop. Please be sure to visit the rest of the SBS gals by hopping over to the SBS blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sweet Gothic Kids Preview Day 3: Alex Wrapping

Greetings! It’s time for another installment of the latest Simply Betty Stamps release…the Sweet Gothic Kids Christmas line. These are all so cute! Today, we get to hang with Alex…who is busy wrapping presents. For me. ;)

He’s got an armload of paper and bows, and he’s ready to get started! I was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday Challenge. Here’s the sketch:


I used some really pretty paper on this card. I hope you can see them all. You can click on any of my photos to see them bigger.

I colored Alex in with my markers. Look at all of the teeny details on the wrapping paper! I love Betty’s images!

My sentiment is from JustRite Stampers. Gotta love ‘em! I had totally forgotten I had their Christmas set until yesterday. And then I knew I had to use them with this release!
I hope you will join me again tomorrow for yet another fabulous preview from SBS! Be sure to visit the SBS Blog to see the rest of the DT’s offerings. You will be able to purchase these cuties for yourself starting this Friday. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sweet Gothic Kids Christmas Preview Day 2: Sally

It’s Day 2 of Christmas in July with Simply Betty Stamps! The SBS gals are previewing Sally today. She is super cute! I opted to go without the customary colors for Christmas.

And my purples actually look purple in my photos this time around! Huzzah! Isn’t Sally cool? I love her little outfit.

I colored Sally with my colored pencils. She was super easy to color, and a lot of fun too! If you are one of those intimidated by coloring, I highly recommend picking up Sally for yourself. There aren’t any confusing angles or what have you. She’s standing nice and straight, so it’s easy to do the high and low lights.

I cut out a circle with my Coluzzle (I know…it’s old school- but I love it!), and wrote “You spin me round and round” twice. I also added some Liquid Pearls in Platinum for a bit of dimension.

Al of the brand new Sweet Gothic Kids Christmas line will be available starting on Friday. They are available in clear…and guess what?! For ONE WEEK ONLY, you can buy them in digi form! But you’ve gotta act fast, ‘cause after that 1st week, you will only be able to buy them in clear stamp form. So be sure to visit the Simply Betty Blog to see other rad creations by the rest of the DT, and hop over to the SBS Shop starting on Friday to pick up these cuties! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!