Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bombshell February Hump Day Hop! Leap into Action!

Greetings on this very rare 29th of February! Do you know anyone that has a birthday today? I knew a guy back from elementary school who does. I wonder if he’s having a big celebration. But I digress. As you probably know, the last day of every month is the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop. And I am the lucky one that gets to pick the theme each month.
This month, since it’s a leap year, and since the hop is actually on the 29th, I decided to go with “Leap into Action!” That means that I wanted the participants to make their Bombshells into heros. There are many types of heroes. Firemen, policemen, nurses, super heroes, and advocates, just to name a few. I decided to go the super hero route with mine.

How cool super rad does my Pirate’s Life Bombshell look? Don’tcha just love her Bat Girl costume? You can snag it for yourself! My friend Anita, and fellow Bombshell fan, drew this little number up and shared it on the Bombshell forum. HERE is the link. Be sure to thank Anita for it if you download this awesome costume!

I’ve had the costume for quite a while. I was waiting for the right opportunity to use it, and by golly, this was it! I went with the classic bat girl colors, though sometimes the images I found looked more purple than blue… I used a mix of watercolor markers and Copics for her.

I had fun making the background. Cutting all of those little strips isn’t as bad as you may think. But I wanted a real dynamic quality to the card, and I think those stripes gave it just that. My “super rad” is from Bam Pop!, I just had to use it here. A few rhinestones, some “explosions,” a little bit of sparkly ink. Voila! Finished!
Now it’s time for you to leap on over to Awesome Alex’s blog. The entire hop list is below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SBS Halloween Challenge #2

Halloween greetings! Today the Halloween Crew of Simply B Stamps is asking you to show us your treat bags!  Any hand made Halloween treat bag, trick or treat bag, cupcake holder, anything Halloween that would hold any special treats! Here’s what I made.

I used Halloween Zombie Miller for this little treat holder I made. I started off with making the box using a Coluzzle template.

How silly is Miller? I think he’s on a bit of a sugar high, don’t you? I used my watercolor markers to color this image in.

I also used an EK Success jack o’ lantern border punch for the bottom of the box. Also, some super cool spider web stamps from Basic Grey.
Won’t you play along? There are prizes to be won! Please visit the Simply B Stamp Blog for more cool projects and to check out all of the deets on entering your trick or treat box project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Meet Liberty Betty!

Hello! I have another project featuring one of the new Bettys from Simply B Stamps. Did you see my post yesterday? Betty is doing a very limited, 2 day release for the betty Series 2. You only have until today to snag these cuties in digi form. Then they will disappear until April, when they will be rereleased in rubber only. Plus, there is also a 30%off sale going on right now too! Visit the SBS Blog for all of the deets. But first, here’s Liberty Betty.

So first off, this is not a card. It’s a really big embellishment that I will eventually use on a scrapbook page. It’s really big! It’s almost 9” tall by over 4” wide. Being from New York , I immediately gravitated towards this Betty. I also used the newest Deconstructed Sketch, though I changed it up a wee bit.

I was worried at first about whether or not I could get the color of her dress correct, but luckily, I had a few Copics in my small arsenal that were just purrfect! And I thought that she just had to have red hair. It’s so stunning against that green!

I used Black Lightening Brilliance ink (which has a beautiful glimmer) for the “New York” and around a lot of my edges. I also used Mustard Seed Distress Ink along with a Crafter’s Workshop stencil for the stars behind Liberty Betty.

My “stamp” sticker is from Mrs. Grossman’s. and I thought it worked so well with this sketch and super huge embellishment I’ve made. Now I need to either find some of my NYC pictures, or just make a trip in! I think I’d rather just go in for a visit, since I haven’t been there in a while!

Please be sure to visit the SBS Blog for all of the info on this release, and on the sale. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

It’s a Surprise Betty Release!

Surprise! Who wants to see some new Betty’s from Simply B Stamps? The 1st collection of Betty’s were so cool and popular, that Betty decided to come out with a second series. And, she decided to do a very special, very limited digi release! For today and tomorrow only, you can purchase and of the Series 2 Bettys as a digi. After that, they will not be available again until April, and can only be purchased in rubber. So if digis are your thing, snag ‘em quick! Today, I am sharing Bikini Betty with you.

With the weather we’ve been having, I feel like beach weather is almost here in NY! And I am thrilled about it! But how damn cute is this Betty? And I love her ducky!

I used watercolor markers and Copics for this sweetie. She was so much fun to color! I loved doing her hair.

My sentiment is from StampInsanity. The Series 2 Betty’s are available for $4.25 a digi. And, in case you didn’t know, there is a huge sale going on right now in the Simply B Shop! Today through Feb. 29th take 30% off any $25 or more purchase!  Use Coupon code SpringCleaning! Use at simplybstamps.net. You cannot use the coupon code on the Series 2 Bettys though.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another project featuring one of these fabulous new Bettys. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!!!




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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rise and Shine!

Greetings, bloggy friends! I have a Bombshell Stamps card to share with you today. And it’s one of those cards that I just made to make it. No challenges, no requirements, nothing but me having fun. I used Rise and Shine, which is one of the newest sets for me.

I colored this pretty little Bombshell a couple of weeks ago, but nothing I paired with it was working for me. The today, inspiration struck and I assembled it pretty quickly.

I used a double whammy of watercolor markers and Copics for her. I used a bunch of scraps I had, and some cardboard that I embossed with green powder. I loved the texture on the cardboard and from the powder.

This was such a relaxing and fun card for me to make. I guess that Bombshell is sending off some good vibes! She was wonderful to color, and I can already envision what else I can do with her. Well, I’m off to create some more! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

You’re Sweet!

I made a simple little card for Gene for Valentine’s Day. I used one of the newest images from Strange Skin. You can find it in the new Sweet Treats collection. It’s a jelly roll…but I made it into more of a cake roll with the way I colored it.

I used my Copics and watercolor markers to color this yummy treat in. My sentiment is from Inkadinkado.

It’s a very basic card…but I like it. Yeah, I could add a bunch of things to it….but I think I like the simplicity of it. The sweet polka dots with the delicious looking cake. I think that’s all the card really needs!
Did you see my post from yesterday? I may have some wonderful blogs for you to check out. Take a look see and see if you know the 5 wonderful ladies I chatted about! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Saturday greetings! I was planning on sharing a card with you today, but instead, I have something that tugged on my heart strings a bit. My dear friend Alex gave me a blog award! How cool is that? I was so touched. It really makes you feel good when someone thinks all of the time an effort you put into your art is worth something. That it’s inspired them, made them giggle…or just made them feel…something.
Liebster Blog
Truth be told, I have not heard of this award before. But I am so glad I have now! Here are some more details on this award.
These awards give small bloggers with less than 200 followers some well deserved recognition for their creations. Here are the rules:
* Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

 * Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
* Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
* Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
* Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.
Here are my five, in no particular order…
1. Kelli –Cajun Stamping Queen- Oh Kelli, my Bestie… I love her so damn much. I have watched her grow and evolve…we have shared many a laugh, and a few tears. We have met in person! And this gal is uber talented. Not just with the crafts…but with cooking too! She has some damn good recipes on her blog! She is for sure out of the box, and she is just finding a beautiful niche for herself with altered tags. Watch the magic grow with me, and visit my girl Kelli.
2. Laura –Crafty Little Woman- Laura and I became friends back in the days of Twilight Tuesdays…when I first started my little bloggy. We have many things in common, and I am a big fan of her creations. She is a sweetheart. With a bit of a beautiful dark side that comes out in some of her work. She is wonderful.
3. Kathi –Kat’s Tales of Stamping and Scrapping- I think the only reason Kathi doesn’t have 1000 followers yet, is because she only just recently put up a follower box on her blog! Finally!!! Now all of you that know and love Kathi, go become a follwerer too! She is the Bombshell Stamps DT Coordinator Extraordinaire. And I think she freakin’ rocks. She has a great sense of humor, and her projects are funny , cool and always inspirational. One day Kathi, one day…we will finally meet!!!
4. Dianne –Spinnin’ Tails- Dianne and I were on the Smeared & Smudged DT together. She is uber talented, and is very cool. We have chatted quite a bit via email, and to be honest…it hasn’t been often enough for me. To be honest, she has hit some lows in the past year, and she needs us to help her up. Dianne, I hope you know that I am here for you. Always and anytime. Please visit her and spread some good cheer.
5. Lea –(th)INK Positive- Lea and I are on the Simply B DT together. I like to think our friendship is growing. She has a wicked good sense of humor, and by golly, this gal has talent! I love how she colors, and her paper combinations are always funky and cool. She’s a great woman that I look forward to getting to know better.
This is a great, and well-deserving group of 5 amazingly talented ladies! I do hope you will pay them a visit, become a follower, and show them some love!
I would like to thank Alex again for giving me this award. It means so very much to me. We all sometimes hit a point where we wonder if anyone is looking…if anyone notices…if anyone even remembers that we are here. Is my stuff still good? Is it still cool and relevant? You gave me the pick me up I needed, Alex. Thank you so very much!!!
Have an inspiring day…..

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New DICC, Bombshell Challenge, and Scrappy Chick Sketch

Hello! There are a couple of challenges going on that I’d love for you to play along with. The first is the new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge. The second is what would typically be the GDT Challenge from Bombshell Stamps, but Glittery Kate had to fill in for our original GDT’er.  Last, but certainly not least, I used the latest Scrappy Chick Sketch.
This time the latest itinerary from DICC was created by our very own Taylor. Here it is:
Taylor's Itinerary
1. 2 or more patterned papers
2. stars
3. green
4. sparkle/bling
5. kraft
6. polka dots
7. twine
8. stitching (faux or real)
9. 2 or more die cuts
10. stickers
And this is Glittery Katie’s challenge:
“What goes through your mind when you think of love, maybe cherubs, chocolates music and whispering sweet nothings to your honey bun or perhaps something a little darker....broken hearts, tears and thoughts of sweet, sweet revenge
So here's my Valentine challenge to you this month, I want to see what's in your hearts the good AND the bad.
If you like sweet nothings- great but lets see a little bit of your dark side too!!!”

For the itinerary, I used #’s 1, 4, 5, and 6. And of course, I went with the naughtier side of Valentine’s Day!!!
Oh! And here is the link to Cyndi’s sketch. Click HERE for the sketch and deets!

I pulled out my markers once again for this card. I also used Pumice Stone Distress Inks for the edges.

I used watermark ink and then clear embossing powder for the background. I used Bombshell Stamps for the whole card of course, from the Bombshell Angel set and Man’s Ruin.
I do hope you will play along with at least one of these challenges! They were easy to combine! Please visit DICC, The Bombshell Blog, and The Scrappy Chick. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!





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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Simply B Challenges: Spritz, Paint & Mask

Welcome to the newest Simply B Stamps challenge! This one was SO up my alley! I really hope you’ll play along. This month we challenge you to….
SPRITZ, MASK & PAINT
We want to see you get out your sprays, mists, masks or paints to make your project!  Let's get messy!
Totally fun, right??? My fingers were pretty well inked by the time I finished this card. Just the way I like it! It makes me feel like I’ve really done something cool. And I hope you’ll agree!

I used the lovely Romance Grace from the Valentine Steampunk collection (not to bee confused with the Teen Scene Steampunk Valentine collection).

I colored her with watercolor markers and Copics…then I got inky. I dug out some Glimmer Screens and sprays from Tattered Angels, chalk, ink pads, and Stickles. Plus some pearls and cogs.

There are a ton of layers here…I hope you can see the image that I actually put on top of Grace. I used a compass with Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist. Subtle, but just what I needed to give the focal point a little extra oomph.

The banner and sentiment are also from Tattered Angels.  I held my cogs on with Stickles. Please click on any of the photos to see it bigger. You miss some of the details with the pictures being tiny.
So, you want to play along, don’t cha??? I know you do! Head on over to the SBS Blog for all of the rules, and find out who our winners are from last month. Plus, you will also get to see what the rest of the DT created, which is always a treat! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!!!





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Sunday, February 12, 2012

This Blood’s for You: Day 3 of the S&S Bloody Valentine Hop

It’s Day 3 of the Smeared & Smudged Bloody Valentine Hop. I’m sorry to say that it’s over already, as I was having a good time making a bit of a mockery of this silly holiday. But, have no fear! I may just have a few other anti-Valentines up my sleeve. If there’s time, of course.

So for today’s offering, I have card that features another Strange Skin image. I realized that I had never used this one before…and I don’t know why. Being a vampire fanatic and all. So this one was drawn by Jorge, and I really like it. Oh! And I used this month’s Very Sketch Challenge from S&S for the layout of the card.

This is the Fangtastic Vampire Girl. She’s sort of reminiscent of Strange Skin’s Cameos, which is why I am now totally nutty for her. Those Cameos are amazing.

This pic is a little out of focus, but at least you can basically see the coloring I did on her. I think. I actually used 10 markers to color her in, so I hope you can see the shading.

I did something new in Photoshop! All by myself! For those of you that really know me, this is truly a feat. I made my own sentiment!!! Go me!

I kept the sketch the same, except for turning it on it’s side and adding my faux staples, which I made with Liquid Pearls. I wanted real staples, but didn’t want to lif my patterned papers and risk ripping them…and I hate when you can see them on the inside of a card…so I opted for the Pearls.

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the Bloody Valentine Hop! Here is the full hop list. Please make sure to stop by and say hi to everyone. Thanks for popping in to say hello to me! Have an inspiring day!

Tori

Ike

Sara

MaryKay

Alison (me!)

Helen

Jane

Black Dragon

Kapree

Sugar

Monique

Lady Brayton

Kelli

Lisa

Kristy

Steph

Jennifer

Susan G.

Jamie S.

Fiona

Shell

Trisha

Dianne

Saturday, February 11, 2012

S&S Bloody Valentine Hop: Day 2

Welcome, welcome! It’s Day 2 of 3 for the Smeared & Smudged Bloody Valentine Hop. I personally hate Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a bullshit holiday, so I normally avoid it as much as possible. Now that I have kids, I need to pretend to be “in the spirit,” but, you’ll probably still catch me in green that day. ;)

Even with my distaste for V-Day, I do enjoy making cards for it. Any excuse to make a card, I guess! Here I used a Simply B Stamps image. This is a zombie Betty…which I think was available on the PCP group. I had the perfect sentiment in my head for her….

Isn’t she fab? I love how voluptuous she is! My sentiment (which I created using a Just Rite alpha stamper), reads: “I love you more than zombies love brains” and I added a “xoxo.”

So I colored my zombie with my markers, and then….I chalked over her completely. I know, I know…that scares some of you. To work so hard on coloring, to then basically hide all of the details with chalk??? But the effect was just what I needed! It made her look perfectly grungy.

I used a single spritz of Candy Apply Red Glimmer Mist (stirred, not shaken), and a mess of ink colors for a bit more distressing. I also inked up my lil’ button heart.  I do wish I had a stamp of a brain though. That really would have completed this card perfectly… I may have to go on a quest.

And now it’s time for you to hop along t the rest of the Bloody Valentine Bloggers. The complete list is below. Thanks for stopping by! Have an inspiring day!

Tori

Ike

Sara

MaryKay

Alison (me!)

Helen

Jane

Black Dragon

Kapree

Sugar

Monique

Lady Brayton

Kelli

Lisa

Kristy

Steph

Jennifer

Susan G.

Jamie S.

Fiona

Shell

Trisha

Dianne

Friday, February 10, 2012

Birthday Teens Release Day and Day 1 of S&S’s Bloody Valentine Hop

It’s a big day today! Not only is the Simply B Stamps Birthday Teen collection finally getting released for your retail thereputical pleasure, but it’s also Day 1 of the Smeared & Smudged Bloody Valentine Hop. Let’s start with the SBS release, as I can’t wait any longer to show it to you!

It’s Lily Munster! It’s Betty as Lily Munster! Call her whatever you want, she’s awesome!!!I love, love, love everything about this image. Coloring her was a blast! And have I mentioned how I want to own that dress for myself?!

This photo shows the colors closer to what they are in real life. You can see I used my dynamic duo of markers (watercolors and Copics), along with a bit of chalk for the edges.  I also used chalk (and Martha Stewart cupcake stencils) for my background.

I broke out one of my favorite punches (gotta love spiderwebs…even if I don’t love spiders!), and I used a sentiment from Create with TLC. Don’t you just love her…and really this entire collection? If you’ve missed any of the images, I’ve been previewing them all week, so feel free to check out my older posts.
And now, on to the Bloody Valentine Hop! This is a 3 Day hop, meaning, that for the next 3 days, each of the bloggers in the hop will have a new project! A new, bloody Valentine project! For my first, I started off with an image from Strange Skin. The image is from the Conversation Hearts collection.

I made a bloody, goopy, heart pin! I printed the image on to cardstock, colored it with watercolor markers (using shades of red and a blue), and then I used a shit-ton of Glossy Accents on top. But I made sure to not cover it completely, or evenly. I wanted it a bit drippy.

Look at that delicious shine! I then attached the heart to chipboard and added a pin back. Ready to wear!!!
Now off with you! Off you go (after you leave me some love!). Pop on over to the SBS Blog to see what the rest of the gals dreamed up for Betty Munster. And below is the entire hop list for the S&S Bloody Valentine Hop. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison (me!)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chris Munster

Greetings! How fantabulous was Rio’s surprise Birthday Hop yesterday? I thought it was awesome! Well, today, we have another preview for the Teen Scene Birthday collection from Simply B Stamps. Only 1 day away from when you can purchase these babies for yourself! Say hello to Chris Munster!

Chris is named after Betty’s husband. It was time he got his own character wasn’t it? And he fits right in to this collection, with that Munster flair!

I used a lot of Copics on this one, and only a few watercolor markers. I also used chalk on the background of the image to tone down the white.

 

And I broke out the icky spider paper. Blech! But I needed to use it, since it went so well with his gift bag. The sentiment (which I repeated), is from Technique Tuesday.

I am so excited for tomorrow’s image!!! She is SO cool! Can you guess what she looks like??? You are going to love her! But, while you count down the hours until tomorrow’s release, why not visit the SBS Blog to see what the rest of the DT created with Chris Munster. Thanks for stopping by, Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Rio!!!

It’s Miss Rio’s Birthday today! So we gals of Simply B Stamps are having a special Birthday Blog Hop for her, and the adorable new Birthday Princess Rio image from the new Teen Scene Birthday collection. As with the entire set, I love this image, and I made sure it was super colorful for the lovely Miss Rio.

Can’t get more colorful than this!!! I just loved coloring this image. Her fab skirt, those big presents, and I always enjoy trying new ways to color glasses.

 

I used watercolor markers for the entire image, except for her hair and skin. They were done with Copics. Oh, and I added a couple of touches with a Ranger white pen (on her glasses) and a wee bit of Sakura’s Stardust pens.

Here you can see the way I tinted and highlighted her specs, and some pretty sparklies from the Stardust pens. I always make sure to color the skin and eyes, and then go back with a pale shade, over the glasses to tint them.

I used some super happy papers and ribbon. This really reminds me very much of Miss Rio. And I do hope she likes what I’ve made! Here is the entire hop list. Be sure to visit everyone, and leave them some love!

SBS Blog

Alison (me!)

Barbara

Betty

Cyndi

Jennifer D

Lea

Lelia

Rebecca

 Suzi

Happy Birthday, sweet Rio! I hope your day is pure magic!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Miller Munster Loves His Cake!

Who doesn’t love cake? I mean really? I have a friend who claims to not like cake much, but I have made several that she has sufficiently drooled over. But Miller Munster, from the new Birthday Teens collection from Simply B Stamps, well….he loves his cake. He goes back for thirds! Take a look.

He is enjoying it so much! Mmmmm….now I want some cake too.

I used a bunch of watercolor markers and Copics for this image. I must say, I really love this collection because of the Munster references. I adore that show! Where else have you seen Munster images??? No where! So I’m sure that if you’re a fan like me, you’ll want to scoop these up at the end of the week!

I always color my images first, then pick out my paper. I chose some great papers that really bring out the colors in the cake. So what do you think of this latest release? I think it’s awesome! Please go and visit the rest of the DT now via the SBS Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Party with London!

Hello! Welcome to Day 3 of the new Simply B Stamps Teen Scene Birthday preview! In case you were wondering, yesterday I didn’t have a post for Lola, because I got to have a special sneaky peek preview on the 1st. Visit HERE to see that post. Now, on to London and her purrr-dy kitty!

Look at all of that confetti! She sure is ready to celebrate!!! Rhiannon loves this card, so I think I may need to just give it to her. She loves the cat, the glitter (which is visible in another pic), and the floofy trim I used. And of course the pink rhinestones!

I used my watercolor markers and Copics for this image. And Stickles on the confetti. Isn’t this a great collection?!

There’s also glitter on the top cardstock. My sweet sentiment is from Create with TLC. This image will be great for so much more than just birthdays. I know you can come up with many uses for it!

So why not head on over to the Simply B Stamps Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created? We’ll be previewing another fab image tomorrow, and I know you won’t want to miss it. Thanks for stopping by today. Have an inspiring day!