Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Greetings! It’s time for a new Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls challenge! This time, we are asking you to take a favorite fairy tail, and turn it into a scary tales! Create your own dark version of your favorite Fairy Tale! I chose to work with Little Red Riding Hood. I worked with Emma, who is from the Simply B Stamps Original Steampunks collection.

She’s not afraid of a little wolf! I’m afraid to see what the wolf looks like now…Look! There’s blood on her hands and mouth!

I colored Red with a combo of Copics and watercolor markers. I cut her out and mounted her on to some Kraft cardstock that I had stenciled with blood splatter (from Martha Stewart’s cupcake decorating stencils), and Distress Ink. I added a few touches of white to the blood, and I made my sentiment (Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf) using a JustRite stamper.

I got a giggle out of this one. Again, it feels so good to be creepy! And I loved coloring this image. Little Red Riding Hood kicked that wolf’s a**!
So head on over to the Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls Blog to see some more Scary Tales! And then, join in and play! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

12 Months of Halloween: January

Hello my spooktacular friends! Simply B Stamps has a new, monthly challenge for you! It’s the 12 Months of Halloween! Every month on the 28th, we will have a new challenge for you.

“We have a fun and simple little challenge for you today! 

Our challenge is Monochromatic and one Halloween color!  All you have to do is create a black and white Monochromatic project and throw in one other Halloween color; Orange, Lime Green, Purple, or any other one color you would deem SPooKy!

One lucky winner will be deemed Halloween Queen of the Month! As  Halloween Queen of the Month, you will get a digi to work with, a badge, and be the star of our next Halloween challenge!  Sounds like fun right?  SO let's get those Halloween stamps, papers, and embellishments out and get to crafting!”

For this project, I chose to work with Lavinia Portrait. This image was drawn by the same artist that does those insanely amazing Steampunks that I am nutty about. This image is just stunning.

Isn’t she gorgeous? I decided to work with green, and go with a subtle, creepy Halloween card. I colored this amazing image in with my watercolor markers and Copics. Here’s a closer look.

You can click on this, or any other image, to see it bigger. Not to toot my own horn (much) but I LOVE how this card turned out. I may actually frame it!

Here’s an even closer look, so that you can really see the shading, and gradations of color.

Did you notice my background? I made it using a beautiful stencil from Dreamweavers. I used black chalk for it, and i think it is the perfect background for Lavinia.

I just love that stencil! Damask always catches my eye, but this particular pattern is especially beautiful. I distressed the edges of my grey cardstock, and added a few simple, black cabochons. This focal image and background say enough on their own.

I really hope you will play along with this challenge! It certainly is a fun one! Hop on over to the SBS Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created.

A side note. As I mentioned yesterday, Strange Skin is having a sale on all of their digis. They are currently 50% off! Please click HERE to see all of the images. There are more details in my post from yesterday, so feel free to take a peek.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Strange Skin Sale!

Greetings fellow crafters! I am excited to not only share a new card with you, but to also let you know about a fantabulous sale that’s going on! Strange Skin is having a 50% off sale on ALL of their digis!!! From now until February 2nd! You’ve gotta go to their Etsy shop for this sale, so click HERE! This is a seriously crazy deal. And to get you in a Strange Skin kinda mood…here is my latest creation.

This is from the Sweet & Spicy Hearts collection. I love this heart! Now, the collections are what’s posted on Esty, but if you convo Pam, you can get any single image you want….yes, at the 50% off price as well! But at half price, why not just snag the whole collection?

I used my watercolor markers and 1 green Copic to color this image in. I kept the card simple, as I wanted the heart to really take center stage.

Wanna see some more of my Strange Skin Creations?


This is my favorite image of theirs, and probably my favorite card that I’ve made with their stuff. This is the Bride of Frankenstein Cameo. The Cameos are easily their most popular collection.


This is a pendant I made with a domino, using their Grave Hands image.


Here is of Course, Freddy, from their Famous Monsters 3 collection.


This lovely key is from the Keys to my Heart collection. I adore this key!!!

Not only is Strange Skin having this awesome sale, but on February 1st, there will be several new collections available too! Now, these new images will NOT be on sale, but I am sure you’re going to want to snag some of them, as they are so unique! That’s one of the best things about Strange Skin, they have images you will never find anywhere else!!!

strange skin badge

Soon I will have a preview from one of the new collections, so please be on the lookout! Happy shopping!!! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ring in the New: Bombshell Stamps January Hump Day Hop!

Happy Hump Day! The last Wednesday of the month is one of my favorite days of every month. Why? Because that means it’s time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month I challenged the players to “Ring in the New!” Meaning, they had to have or do something new with their project. A new technique, use a new image, try a new product. It left things very open and I think, very exciting!

I was super inspirited by Bombshell Alaine’s latest tutorial. Check it out in all of it’s awesomeness HERE. As soon as I saw it, I knew that was what I was going to do for my project. So I Pinned it so that I could easily go back to it later. I also used this month’s sketch challenge which you can see HERE. So without any further adieu, here’s what I came up with.

I loved this technique! I used images from Speed Shop, and I think they are such a great choice for doing this type of coloring. I actually have the other car in this set colored up already too! I will reveal it at a later date. ;)

In comparing mine to Alaine’s, I probably should have let more of the black show through. But I still like it. It’s hard to tell, but the chrome was colored with a metallic pencil, so it’s uber shiny.

I changes Kathi’s sketch around just a wee bit….but I know she won’t mind! I was so stoked to realize that I had cardstock from DCWV that perfectly matched my car! I couldn’t believe it! I always color first, then match paper later.

So now I send you off. Off to my dear friend Laura’s blog, where you are sure to see something fabulous. I hope that, if you didn’t get to hop with us this month, you will next month! We would love to have you. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Bombshell Blog: http://bombshellstamps.blogspot.com/
Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com (me!)
Laura: http://craftylittlewoman.blogspot.com/
Alaine: http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Mary: http://sparkly-train.blogspot.com
Meredith: www.papercanteen.com
Cheryl: http://inktrap.blogspot.com
Paula: http://heyheypaula-heyheypaula.blogspot.com/
Kelli: http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com
Stempelientje: http://stempelientje.blogspot.com/
Glittery Katie: http://ferrishyn-frontier.blogspot.com
Kathi: http://kathstales.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rock Goddess

Greetings! I have a card to share with you that I am entering in the latest Kenny KSmudgy Antics and Paper Creations Ink challenges. Kenny K’s challenge is to “Bling it On,” while at Smudgy Antics, it’s “Tall, Dark & Gruesome.” Lastly, at Paper Creations Ink it’s Love/Romance. Ok…well Star from Kenny K may not be gruesome, but she’s tall (when she’s standing) and has dark hair.

Hmmm…maybe she IS gruesome…could she be hiding her fangs behind her arm? It’s possible… But it IS clear that she has a “love” for her guitar…so I think she fits into the PCI challenge.

I colored Star in with my watercolor markers and Copics. I also used some Sakura Star Dust pens as eyeliner and for her laces.

See the sparkly? That, along with the rhinestones add to the “Bling it On” challenge. The star stamp is from Inkadinkado.

And of course I wanted to get some Smeared Ink stamps on here as well, so the “Goddess” and the barbed wire are both from SI.

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow, because it’s time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! I chose a fun challenge for the participants (at least, I thought it was fun!), so I do hope you’ll hop along with us. Thanks for stopping by today. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


This is kind of a late posting for me, but I really, really wanted to play along with this week’s Haunted Design House challenge (“Chic Freaks”), and I’m almost outta time! Plus, it’s been waaaaay too long since I made something creepy. So I pulled out my Smeared Ink stamps and went to work.

I started off by coloring in 2 of the Glam Vamps (because really, who’s more chic than these two?). I colored them with my “triple threat cocktail” (hmmm… I may need to coin that phrase!) of pencils, watercolor markers and Copics. Here’s a closer look.

I mounted these sinister sisters on to a olive green cardstock that I stamped and embossed the skull from Quoth the Raven. Added a few spritzes of Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist and “rawr.” from the Creepy Lil Grumpies set.

It feels good to get my creep on again! I need to keep going with this….more of the goth, right? Hopefully this week there will be more. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, January 20, 2012

It’s the Playtime Release Day!

Hello Bloggy friends! It’s release day for the Simply B Stamps new Jude and the Rockers Collection: Playtime. I love this collection, as I’ve said all week. Today we are featuring Beep Beep Jude. And he is for sure, one of my faves of the set. You should have started this hop at the SBS Blog, so if you haven’t, please go back there to start at the beginning.  Before I share my project with you, I wanted to share Phoenix’s. when he saw this image, e just had to color it in for himself! And, he wanted to make me a card with him. Why? Because this image reminded him so much of himself!

He is stoked to be on my blog again! He’s so proud of himself, and so am I. Usually you see these cars in red and yellow, right? well, at Phoenix’s school, they have those, but they also have a yellow and teal one, which Phoenix prefers.

I love how he colored Jude! Now, here’s my project.

There’s Phoenix in the car at school! If he’s outside, then he is often seen driving this car. None of the others, just this one. Why? Because he loves teal. What other 5 year old knows what teal is? That’s my boy!!!

I used watercolor markers and Copics for the image of Jude.Isn’t he a cutie?

It may be hard to see if the pic is small (by clicking on any of them, you can see it bigger), but I added some glossy accents and clear microbeads in assorted places from some added points of interest and texture. I also embossed my title. This was a ful page to make (but…aren’t they all?)! Now it’s almost time for you to keep hopping!  First, here's the full hop list:
You start at the SBS blog
 Alison (me!)
and end back at SBS again!

Before you get to hopping along and seeing all the fun the DT has created for you let me share some deals and two new surprise Bettys with you!
Just Betty

Just Betty is here just for fun! Waving hello to the stamping world! Isn't she just the cutest!
Next up Scrapbooking Betty!

She is ready for that crop night! Look at all her awesome little tools!!
Don’t you love them? Get all the details on how they can be yours at the SBS blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cookin’ Up Fun!

Hello! We are nearing the end of the Simply B Stamps preview of the new Jude and the Rockers Playtime Collection. I hope you are enjoying this set as much as I am. It’s gotten me scrappin’ again, which I have been wanting to do so badly. Today, we are sharing Tea Time Lily.

My kids LOVE to pretend to cook. What kid doesn’t? So I snapped these pictures a few months ago while they were playing. I thought these photos were perfect with Lily.

I colored Lily in with my watercolor markers and my Copics. Look at that yummy cake she’s got! I coordinated her to what Rhiannon is wearing in the photos. And made her tablecloth blue to match my kids’ table.

It’s a simple layout, but the business of the photos and the bold colors of the paper were enough to me. No real need for embellishments beyond Lily. So why don’t you head off now to the SBS Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has “cooked up” for you! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dressing Up, Rhiannon Style, and Tag, You’re it!

I have two fun projects to share with you today. The first is a layout I made of my daughter featuring one of the new Jude and the Rockers Playtime collection from Simply B Stamps. The second is a project for this month’s Bombshell Stamps Pinup challenge, which is to make a tag.

For my daughter's 3rd Birthday, my husband and I got her a treasure chest filled with wonderful dress up clothes. Well, one of the first nights after she had it, she decided to put on basically all of the clothes in the chest. And as I looked at her, all I could keep seeing/hearing in my head is that episode from friends when Joey puts on Chandler’s entire wardrobe and says (in a very Chandler voice) “Could I be wearing anymore clothes?” You know the episode right? I mean, just look at all of those layers!


Silly girl! Isn’t it adorable, what she did? So, when I saw Dress Up Ariel from SBS, I knew she had to be on this layout! I tried to color her similar to the way Rhiannon looks. And I love that Ariel has a bustle, sort of like the one Rhiannon created on herself!

I used my new combination of watercolor markers and Stickles. I am really happy with how she turned out. Especially her glasses.

I used an alphabet stamp set from Technique Tuesday for my lettering, the “&” sign is from Fiskars. Then of course I used that fabulous stencil from Crafter’s Workshop for the star pattern.

And on to the next! Tag! You’re it! Laura, my good friend and Bombshell Pinup for the month of January, has challenged us to create a tag with our Bombshell Stamps. And that’s just what I did with my new (for me) Mermaid Treasure set.

I really like the mermaid in this set, but honestly, I chose this one because of all the extra goodies in it. Like the treasure chest and the plant background stamp. I like the sentiments too.

I stamped the plant stamp by coloring each individual item with my watercolor markers. The extra fish (which is another cool image in this set) were done with a few types of ink. The chest was stamped on a separate piece of cardstock, cut out, colored in and attached. The of course I had to add some Stickles to all that treasure spilling out! The sentiment was done with a Fresco pad. I added some yarn for a tassel and that was that. There’s still time to play along with this fun challenge, so won’t you join us? Go to THIS THREAD to play.

But before you start making tags, please be sure to visit the SBS blog, to see what the rest of the DT has cooked up for you. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lunch Time with Brittany

Who’s hungry? I have the newest Jude and the Rockers preview from the new Playtime collection from Simply B Stamps. It’s Lunch Time Brittany, and she’s chowing down! Would you like to join her?

I used the latest Deconstructed Sketch for this card, though I did alter it a bit. I thought it was a really fun sketch, but Jen always has great ones!

I colored the image with a combination of watercolor markers and Copics. I really like how the rug and Brittany’s jeans came out.

I used Stickles around the edge of the card (as per the sketch) and some glittery embossing powder on the edge of the green cardstock. Gotta have some sparkle!

It’s time for you to head off now to the SBS Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created. And be sure to check out the Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls Blog for a special announcement. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

DICC, Plus Betty, Betty, & More Betty!

Hello! It’s going to be a busy week for me, as Simply B Stamps has a brand new (and adorable!) collection to share with you. That preview kicks off today, as well as the first new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge of 2012! Today, our very own Lelia Pierce has her itinerary up today.  As always, to play along, you need to use at least 3 items.

1)  Monochromatic

2)  Stitching

3)  Metal

4)  Embossing

5)  No Designer/Pattern Paper

6)  Handmade Flower

7)  Distressing

8)  Sentiment

9)  Up Cycle

10)  Chipboard

If you visited the SBS Blog yesterday, you may have seen the card I am about to share with you. We have a new challenge up, and you can get all of the deets there. But, I also wanted to use that card for today’s DICC, so I waited to post it here until today. I used #’s 2, 3, 4, 8, and 10.

I know, I know…it’s Winter. But I really love that little turkey. And this Betty (Fall Frolic Betty) is just so joyful! I needed to use this image.

I used watercolor markers and Copics (for the skin only) on this image. Seriously, I love that turkey!

So, perhaps Leila wanted us to use actual “metal”…but I did “metallic” instead. I rubbed a bronze metallic pigment on to the embossed area. You can see it best in this photo. My stitching is a rub on.

On to the first preview for the new Jude and the Rockers Playtime collection. I have been waiting and waiting for this set to come out, because it reminds me so much of my little ones! You’ll see why…

This is Spelling Blocks Oscar. He is done with Copics and watercolor markers too. Like Oscar, my son loves to build. Like seriously LOVES it. So I just had to make a layout with pics of him doing one of the things he does best.

Please remember that you can click on this (or any other) picture to see it bigger. Here’s my Phoenix in his room making a rather long wall. It’s cool at first glance. But then, when I really looked at it…I saw this crazy hole that I swear, defies the laws of physics!

Do you see the arrow? It’s pointing to the crazy hole. I don’t know how he did it. It still confuses me. But I’m no engineer. He' was really proud of that hole!

In addition to the adorable Oscar, I used a mess of Glimmer Mists, a little journaling, a bit of doodling, some paper scraps and 2 stickers. I think it’s a playful layout, which is just what this new collection is all about. Just wait until you see the rest of the set!

Now it’s time for you to visit the DICC Blog and the SBS Blog, to see even more cool creations from the DT’s. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!