Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Holiday Hoopla: September Bomsbshell Hump Day Hop

It's the last Wednesday of the month of September (YIPPIE!!!), so that means it's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop. Here's the topic I chose for this month.
Holiday Hoopla
Many of our major holidays are just around the corner. I think we all know what my favorite holiday is (Halloweenie! )...but what's yours? My challenge to you is to make a Bombshell project for your favorite holiday. Bonus points if you make a decoration!!! Use any holiday you want and create something that's going to make us want to celebrate!!!
Ooh, I have really been looking forward to seeing what everyone makes for this hop! But first, let's take a look at mine, shall we?

I'm pretty stoked about this project! I'm probably going to hear a collective gasp from everyone reading this...but I need a break from cards! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE making them...but I adore doing other things! Altering stuff. Using weird supplies (ie masking tape!). Truth be told, I'm faster at making cards than other things (cause I get so damn anal about everything)...but I actually had some time to do what I really wanted. And it was fabulous! My mom had the kidlings, and Gene and I enjoyed some peaceful time together while the sun shone brightly in the living room where I created this little bottle. It was a glorious time!


This lovely Bride of Frankenstein was created by using Bombshell Angel, along with one of the fang-tastic new digi costumes that were just released. I colored her with my watercolor markers. She is attached to a bottle that came from a Wendy's Kid's Meal! I took the label off, and covered the bottom half with masking tape. Then I used a few colors of Distress Ink on it to dull it down.


After that, I stamped some assorted screw heads all over the tape using Staz-On and Smeared Ink stamps (Urban Decay collection). Then I grabbed some twill tape, and stamped "nuts bolts" on it and adhered that to the bottle.


Added some twine, tied on some screws, and proceeded to fill my little bottle. And I think it's rad! This will look perfect with my Halloween decorations, as I use a ton of white. Then, I can keep it out after Halloween since it serves a function. And truth be told, I keep a lot of decorations out all year long! :)

Now it's time for you to visit the rest of the folks on the hop! Here is the complete list.

I know you will enjoy the rest of this hop. I hope it makes you want to create something fabulous with your Bombshell Stamps! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Burton Chibis Release Day!

Greetings! As promised, I have 2 more cards for you today featuring the latest Simply Betty Stamps collection: Burton Chibis. Let’s start off with Willy Wonka!

How joyful is he?! Of course, wouldn’t you be if you were in his shoes? I LOVE this movie *the original and the Johnny Depp version), so I was really excited to work with this image!

I used my watercolor markers to color Mr. Wonka in, and I added some additional embellishments to make this card even sweeter. A little glitter, a candy stamp (Inkadinkado), and some alcohol ink-dyed cabochons.

I think this card is funky and fun! But now it’s time for some Halloween! I give you…Miss Betty Burton…

October is quickly approaching, and this little lady was just begging to be decked out in the colors of Halloween. Doesn’t her dress look like it’s made of satin? At least…that’s what my Mom said! :)

I love her little bat. I always wanted a pet bat. It’s totally my Dad’s fault. There’s this pet store we went to from time to time (ya know that guy Mark Marrone that’s always on the Martha Stewart Show? Yeah…that guy! He’s got a store in the next town over!). We actually got our chinchilla from there…and he had this bat. A sweet, adorable fruit bat. And I wanted him! That and the monkey that was also there. My Dad even said he wanted them too! But we never got them. But I digress…

 

Speaking of Martha Stewart, that’s where the border punch came from. Isn’t it fab? Perfect for Miss Betty Burton! The sentiment is from Bombshell Stamps.

Speaking of Bombshell, I hope you will hop along with us for the latest Hump Day Hop! It’s gonna be great! But until then, please be sure to visit the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created for this wonderfully whimsical release. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Burton Chibis! Preview Day

Who wants another release from Simply Betty Stamps? I’m sure you do! This time around, we have the Burton Chibis! Quirky and cute for sure! Today I am sharing a card using Corpse Bride.

I loved using these shades of purple and blue! I colored the Corpse Bride in with my watercolor markers.

Isn’t she sweet? I love the butterflies flying around her! I inked the edges with a pale blue. I did the same around the sentiment.

I used some stitch rub-ons and purple ink…followed by some pretty, sparkly embossing powder. If you click on this (or any) image, you can see it bigger.

Tomorrow there will be more new images, plus it’s release day! So you can snag Corpse Bride and all of her friends up for yourself! The rest of the DT has some awesome projects to share with you today and tomorrow (I know, ‘cause I’ve seen ‘em!), so I do hoe you’ll stop by the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see their creations. I’ll have 2 cards to share with you tomorrow.

As an aside, today is the last day to sign up for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! The theme is Holiday Hoopla, and you can find all of the details HERE. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

StampInsanity 76: Photo a Mojo

It’s time for a new StampInsanity challenge! This week, we are trying to inspire you by choosing one of two photos. I chose the second…this is what it looks like:

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Beautiful colors and makeup, huh? I love the feathers on her eyelashes. I decided to work with one of my favorite SI images, Kassandra.

So of course, I pulled the colors directly from the photo and used my markers to color Kassandra in.

I’ve never given her black hair before, and I think she looks fabulous with it! Aren’t the other colors rad, too?

As I mentioned before, I love the feathers on the model’s eyelashes. So I took out 2 pallets of my Petal Point ink by Color Box, and swept the ink from the center out. I used turquoise, pink and lime green. Then I embossed it with clear powder for a bit of sheen and texture. My sentiment is from StampInsanity of course. I added only some turquoise to the bottom of it. That’s it! It came together really quickly. I didn’t do any extra embellishing, as I didn’t think it needed it, since the background is so pretty.

So? Do you want to play along? Then visit the StampInsanity blog to see more awesome creations, plus the other inspiration photo. I hope you also visit the rest of the Groovy Gurlz. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Steampunk Halloween Release!

Squee!!! It’s release day for Simply Betty Stamps’ Steampunk Halloween collection! Best SBS collection EVER! I have 3 more creations to share with you today, so let’s get started!


This is Druscilla. Isn’t she an elegant demon? Perhaps an older version of Simi for al you Dark Hunter fans out there? I love her gown, and her horns, her wings…well…all of her really!


This was another project that Phoenix assisted on. He chose the colors I used. And I think he picked a great combination! You’ll notice I broke out my Heidi Swapp bat masks again…just love ‘em! I also sprinkled some fabulously chunky gold glitter around the bottom of Druscilla’s gown.


Now let’s move on to Lydia, the Living Dead Girl. Ooh, she’s a fun one…trust me!


So she’s dead. Big deal…Don’t you wanna party with her? I used the latest Deconstructed Sketch for my layout. And I gave it a funky 80’s twist.


I really want her dress for myself! I fashioned her kitty after one of my mom’s..she can be as creepy as this one when she wants to! I used some Pumice Stone Distress Ink around the edges of the image.


How perfect is the turquoise tulle with this card? Unexpected, but perfect! The Spooktacular is from Stampendous!


Ok. Now…this last image is my favorite. No, really. I love them ALL…but there’s something extra special about this one. I bring you, Beatrix the Witch…


Isn’t she the most beautiful witch image ever? So elegant and lovely…with her enchanted pumpkins swirling about. I adore her. And, I really like the lack of color I used on her too!


I love white Halloween decorations. Again, I’m into the unexpected. And I love white pumpkins, so I needed to make sure I had some here.


I got some beautiful mossy green scrim (the fabric), and I shredded it a bit for some added texture. Plus, I used some ultra-cool, clear micro beads that I got from my girl Kelli. You can see them in the corner.


This is even prettier in person…you would see more subtleties in the coloring, and a touch of glimmer on the image. This one is a keeper for me. :)

So???? Are you totally ga-ga over this collection??? As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I am! So rush, rush, rush on over to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see the rest of the DT’s creations, and then over to the SBS Shop to purchase these truly unique images for yourself. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Steampunk Halloween by Simply Betty Stamps

It’s official! This is my absolute favorite collection that Simply Betty Stamps has put out! I LOVE THIS COLLECTION! It’s the Steampunk Halloween, and believe me when I say, you are all going to want it! All of the Steampunks are incredible, and I really have a ton of projects I plan on doing with all of the older sets…but this one…oooh…this set rocks my socks to the max! Plus, it’s a big collection (in size and quantity)! There are 7 images in this set! And they are about 5 inches tall. You will want them all! Ok…I can’t wait any longer…let’s take a peek!

Let’s start off with Draco the Ghost Gent. He is creepy cool…seriously.

Look at his clothes! Look at his face! Look at the awesome top hat! Can you tell I’m excited? ;) Now…look at the background. If you stopped by yesterday and saw my latest Bombshell Stamps creation, I made a card using this same mask (from Tim Holtz). I am on a serious mask kick lately (perhaps because Halloweenie is coming?!), as you will see on several projects this week.

I colored Draco in with my markers, using very soft, almost pretty tones. Then I aged those colors by using layers of grey and tan. For the backgroung, I had a scrap leftover that was previosly sprayed with a couple shades of Glimmer Mist. I took my clock Mask and chalked brown on top of it, to give the clock a subtle, ghostly vibe.

You can see the glimmer a bit here. The sentiment is from Stampendous. I won it from Cyndi’s awesome blog…and this image is actually part of a much bigger, Halloween sentiment stamp. Now…on to Bella the Vampire!

Isn’t she stunning? She is so very elegant…and lethal. ;) I love coloring her dress.

More watercolor markers here. And…another mask. This one os from Heidi Swapp. Love. It. Lots of layers of Distress Ink for this one. Plus three, teeny rhinestones!

I used foam dots to pop Bella off the page. Look out! She may come to get you! Next up is Jacob the Werewolf…

I made a book mark! With a paint chip! I have a bit of an obsession with paint chips. I use them fairly often, and every time I am in a home goods store, I come home with a wad of them. My friend Rebecca made me a lovely bookmark with a paint chip last year…and you can see some of her others HERE.  So that’s where the inspiration came from. But look at that handsome wolf…

I love his outfit. How it’s starting to rip in the sleeves since he’s transforming??? So cool! More with the markers and masks here. But different techniques from the others.

You wouldn’t want to be on his bad side!!! I have one more image to show you…but alas, no project for her. Say hello to Gillian the Ghost. IMG_3025

I just ran out of time. And I feel really bad about it because she already looks so sad! But, she'll just have to wait a little longer before I finish a project with her. But I doubt she’ll cheer up even then…

So what do you think of these images? You’ll have to wait one more day before you can buy them. But don’t wait. Because I am quite sure that they are going to sell very quickly! Now hop on over to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created with these stunning images. Please be sure to visit me again tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hauntingly fun Bombshell Stamps Hop!

Who’s ready for a spooktacular  hop with some of the Bombshell gals? I know I am! There is a fabulous new set of digis clothes that is to be paired with Bombshell Angel. The set includes 3 fa-boo-lous costumes, a scroll, and some wicked good sayings.


I chose to work with the steampunk/vampy outfit (thought I colored all 3 images immediately, since they’re all so cool!). I kept my card kind of simple…but it’s still cool.

How great is that outfit? Makes me wanna break out my own top hat (yes, I do own one). I stuck to one of my favorite color combos…red, black, and white (at Gene’s suggestion).

I highlighted the white in her outfit with a pale blue. I didn’t want to use grey, because I didn’t want the white to appear dingy.

I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with using my masks lately (you’ll see a lot more of them this week!)…and she just seemed like she needed to have a steampunk edge to her (that’s probably influenced by the AMAZING collection that Simply Betty Stamps is coming out with this week!). So, I broke out my Tim Holtz masks and used that awesome, large clock. I placed it, inked over it with Frost White (Color Box), and then embossed it with Judikins’ Amazing Glaze. Then I added some X-Mas Red Stickles to accent it a bit more. See the texture from the Amazing Glaze?

Please be sure to check out what the other Bombshell gals have created for today’s hop. I am sure you will love everything you see. And, if you have Bombshell Angel, be sure to snag up this awesome new digi set! If you don’t have ANgel yet, what are you waiting for? She is one of the most versatile sets in the entire Bombshell Stamps collection. :) Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

DICC #16: Tiffany’s itinerary

Hello bloggy friends! It’s time for another Desert Islands Crafters Challenge! Have you been playing along with us? Here’s the scoop. Every 2 weeks, we will give you an itinerary to follow…as if you were stranded on an island and had to work with these items. The itinerary will have 10 things on it…you need to use at least 3. This time around, I managed to use 5. The items I used will have a “*” next to it. Here’s the itinerary.

Tiffany’s Itinerary

1. Lined Paper*

2. Books

3. Chalk*

4. Pencils

5. Tape*

6. Ruler

7. Name Tag

8. Lunch Money

9. Plaid School Uniform*

10. Apple for the Teacher*

I used School Girl Betty from Simply Betty Stamps for this. I colored her with markers, then inked and chalked the edges. I even chalked on top of Betty, to dull the colors down a bit, since my apple paper is so distressed looking.

My tape is from Heidi Swapp…it’s really old. The apple paper is from DCWV (also old).

I was going to put a big “S” on the card somewhere…but I thought it best to omit it and use a more fitting letter when I decide who is going to receive it.

This was a fun itinerary! It made me think…that’s the best part of a challenge! I hope you will join in. Please visit the rest of the DICC gals on the Blog. I also have all the gals listed on my sidebar. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

PS: Thank you to all of you that said such sweet things about Phoenix’s card on Tuesday. He got such a kick out of hearing those comments. He wants me to put more of his creations up on my blog! He plans on making specific projects for it! :) I love crafting with my little boy!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bombshell Stamps September Sketch Challenge

I love a good sketch challenge! And Kathi (our fabulous Bombshell DT leader) always makes very inspiring ones! Wanna see this month’s???

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I’ll admit…this was a tricky one for me at first, because I wanted to also use this card for this month’s Pin-Up (Stempelientje) challenge is “Speed and Red.”  Here’s what I came up with.

I hope you can see my little innuendos… The sentiment says “They’re both fast,” and I used paper with screws on it. A bit naughty, no? ;)

This fabulous car is from the Speed Shop set. I highly recommend it for all of you hot rod lovers (or those that know hot rod lovers!). This is such a sweet lookin’ ride!

 

I also broke out my Retro Cowgirls set. I hadn’t used this gal yet, and she was begging to be used… ;) I cut her hat off, because I think it would have been distracting here. The gold on her…ahem…outfit is sparkly. Not sure how well you can see it. You may want to click on this (or any other) picture to see it bigger.

 

That kinda starburst paper (DCWV) also has some glitter on it.

Now…do you want to give it a go??? I think you should! Just link up your creation to the Bombshell Blog for your chance to win a Bombshell stamp set of your choice! Sah-weet! And, while visiting the blog, you can see what some of the other DT gals created for your viewing pleasure. Thanks for stopping by! Have an inspiring day!