Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Purple Peace

Good afternoon everyone!  Another post today as I'm busy making Christmas cards.  I made this one a couple of nights ago using a stamp set from PTI called Snowflake Serenade.  Bazzill card stock, some ribbon  and a button from stash, CTMH ink, Sakura Stardust pen.  Easy peasy and oh so pretty!

12 Days of Christmas Betty Style - Day 3

Good morning all!  It's time for another fun round of challenges at Simply Betty Challenges!  We've moved on to Day 3...
Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree your branches are so dry and creepy! 
So you can guess what the challenge is, right?  Using any SBS image incorporate a creepy Christmas tree! Just think Emo! I think if it were up to our youth there would be ornaments with bats, skulls and spiders! Make it cute, make it scary whatever you do, just make it a Creepy Christmas Tree!

I used none other than Rio Trimming the Tree from the Emo Christmas line.  She was perfect for this challenge!  I used a digi DP, tree and then decorated it with some skulls and other goodies before printing it out.  Colored with Copics, CTMH Liquid Glass, Spica clear glitter marker, silver paint pen, card stock from stash.

Be sure to visit the Simply Betty Challenge blog to check out the rest of the awesome projects made for your inspiration!  :O)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Whatcha Got Cookin'?

Hi there people!  I'm late, but I'm here with my challenge post for Doodle Dragon Studios Challenge Blog.  This next 2 weeks we are having ourselves a recipe challenge!  You MUST use any Doodle Dragon Studios image, embossing (heat or dry), bling and metal.  This challenge runs through Saturday, December 11th!

I used one of the adorable Christmas peekers for my card.  For the embossing:  CB folder on the DP (it's hard to see), nestie is embossed, sentiment & bear's nose are heat embossed.  For the bling:  jewel brads, Stickles on the Santa hat, DP is glittery.  For the metal:  jewel brads, prezzie charm.

Come on over and join us and see the other amazing projects from the DT!

12 Days of Christmas Betty Style - Day 2

Good morning, crafty bleeps!  We're on to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas at Simply Betty Challenges.  Here's what today looks like:

You're a mean one Mr. Grinch! Create a Chaotic Grinchy Christmas scene with any of the Emos!

I used Bahumbug Christian for my card...how could I not?  Look at his face!  I was originally going to make him green and grinchy as soon as I saw this image, but I never got around to using him for the release.  I used some hoarded SEI DP and a past sketch from Mojo Monday.

Stop by the Simply Betty Challenges blog and see what the other girls have been up to...and play along!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Meowy Christmas!

***Please scroll down for my 12 Days of Christmas post for Simply Betty Stamps!  Thank you!***

Good morning again!  It's Saturday, and you know what that means!  Time for another sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches!  I saw this one and knew it was meant to be a layout for me...surprise, right?  LOL!  I just flipped it over for my sample.

I used the uber cute Kitty Note and the Christmas Hat digital images from Wink Wink Ink for my replica of Salem.  I merged them in Photoshop CS2.  This hat is so fun because you can add it to any animal, person or stamp!  Now that's versatility!  Not to mention it's just $1.50!  Woohoo!  WWI is also having a Winter Bundle Sale right now...it includes 5 complete stamp sets and the Christmas Hat image for $20!  Don't forget that these come in B&W for you to color PLUS colored versions (perfect for when you're low on time)! 

Don't forget to check out the US Blog to see what the other talented DT members made this week!  :O)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Blessed is the Season...

Good afternoon bargain shoppers and deal seekers!  I hope everyone made it home from the Black Friday sales in one piece!

I wanted to pop on and share a card I made with a NEW RELEASE stamp set from Wink Wink Ink called Just for You.  It is so sweet and has so many possibilities!

We also have an awesome WINTER BUNDLE of all of the stamps released since October, including the brand new JUST FOR YOU set!  A $26.50 Value for just $20!  This deal is good through December 26.

We know it's getting down to the wire for making those last minute Christmas cards and that's where this WINTER BUNDLE is going to make your life a whole lot easier!  Even if you don't have time to color 50 images for everyone on your Christmas list, that's okay!  Our stamps come in pre-colored versions as well as black and white!  So if you are running short on time, just print, cut, and use to embellish all kinds of projects in a fraction of the time!

Don't forget to jump over to Wink Wink Ink and pick up your free (while supplies last) potted tree image and enter our TRIM A TREE CONTEST!

12 Days of Christmas Betty Style - Day 1

Good morning, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and FOOD!  Now that we're officially in Christmas mode, Simply Betty Challenges is putting on the 12 Days of Christmas!  If you were around for the 12 Days of Halloween, you know that Betty is beyond generous in her prizes.  Be sure to check out the SBC Blog for all the details!  Before I tell you all about the first day I want to share some fun news with you.  Betty and the crew have asked me to stay on as a permanent DT member!  WOOHOOOOOOOOOO!  Thanks girls!

12 Days of Christmas - Day One
It's Beginning to look a lot like a Spooky Christmas! Time to turn our favorite Halloween images into something Christmas! Take any Simply Betty Stamps Halloween Image and create a Christmas project!

I used the Lola Mummy Digital image for my card.  I had so much fun with this one!

Come play along with us for your chance at some awesome goodies!  Don't forget to check out my awesome DT Sistah's projects too!  :O)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Release at Simply Betty Stamps!

Good morning everyone!  Happy Hump Day and Thanksgiving Eve!  Who's ready for turkey and pumpkin pie?  I know I am!  :O)  Better yet...who's ready for a new release at Simply Betty Stamps?  I knew you would be!!!  A fun new line called Sweet Gothic World Kids will leave you feeling satisfied...with none of calories!  Check them out for their premier on the Simply Betty Challenges Blog!

Without further adeu, I introduce you to Tilly and Alex!  Doesn't she look just like she's wishing for her very own Edward?  Wish granted, girlfriend...there's Alex showing up in her daydream.  I did most of this card in Photshop.  I printed the panel, did a little coloring, gave it a good dose of Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer, double matted it, added the ribbon and gave some extra sparkle with some Stickles.

Next up we have Sally.  What a diva!  I love her and those fun shaped balloons!  I decided to go out of my comfort zone on this one and do an easel card.  I have made one before this and it could hardly be called finished (though I was pretty happy with it at the time).  I keep seeing all these amazing easel cards and decided I was going to try it out.  Wow!  It took FOREVER to finish and it's pretty heavy after all the layers were added.  I used some of my favey Olivia DP from Basic Grey and the sketch at Taylored Expressions.  I even added a little stitched pocket where I added a tag for a note and a gift card!  I'm telling you, I am pleased with myself over this puppy!  Oh, take a look at that charm!  :O)

You can purchase these sweeties right now at the SBS Shop!  Don't forget to peek in to see what the rest of the team have up their sleeves...visit the SBC Blog to check it out!

Other Challenges I Entered:
Artful Inkables
Paper Take Weekly
My Time To Craft
Party Time Tuesdays
Kaboodle Doodles
Karber Weekly
One Stitch At A Time
Bee Crafty
Crazy 4 Challenges
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle
Daring Cardmakers

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kenny K DT Call & an Award!

First up, wish me luck!  I have decided to apply for the DT at Kenny K's...check out their challenge blog!  I absolutely love the fun, sassy and sexy images!  I would keel over out of my chair if I were to be picked!  LOL!  It did say to post 2 pics, but it's a hard decision...sassier or sweeter?  I've added 2 of each, but know I really CAN follow directions!  :O)

I got this fab award from Kellie, the Tickled Pink Waffler herself!  I'm so flattered that she thought of me!

By accepting this award I must complete the following tasks:
1) Thank and link back to the person who awarded me.  Kellie Winnell is the bestest new bloggy friend you could ever hope to make!  Quite the doll and I love our little gossip sessions!  Thank you SO MUCH, Kellie, my favey redheaded Aussie!

2) Share 8 things about myself.
I am a Diet Coke addict.  Coffee?  EWWWWWWWWWW!
I love tattoos...if you don't like them, don't look!
I 'm a natural redhead.
I gotta have my music!
I have an obsession with tweezers...that's all I'm going to say.
I love Halloween!  It's my fave holiday of all!
I have a phobia of snakes!  It doesn't matter if they're babies and non-poisonous or not...you wanna see a chubby girl run REALLY fast?  *shudder* 
I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 

3) Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that I have recently discovered.

4) Contact bloggers to let them know about the award…. 

Special Birthday with ABS...

Good morning everyone!  How is everyone this fabulous Tuesday morning?  I'm here to share my card for the second challenge at Anita Be Stampin Challenge!  Did you all have time to pop in for the blog hop we had on Saturday?  There were some awesome projects...if you care to hop now you can start HERE.  Our challenges will normally last just one week, but due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, we've decided to give you two weeks for this one!  Please link up at the ABS challenge blog by Monday, December 6th!  :O)

Another sketch for you today...and it's another great one!  I used the PCP EXCLUSIVE FREEBIE digi called Missy for my card.  If you'd like to get this little cutie, join us over at the ABS PCP Group!  I finally got me some of the delish Pixie-licious DP in a blog candy I won...THANKS STEPH!!!  I also used Copics, Bazzill card stock, BG pearls, nesties, ribbon and button from stash, CB embossing folder, CTMH ink, sentiment by Verve, pop dots.

Check out what the rest of the ladies on the DT have created for you on the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog!  Have a great day!

Other Challenges:
Daring Cardmakers
Fairy Fun Fridays
Alice in Wonderland
Crazy 4 Challenges
One Stitch At A Time
Karber Weekly
Kaboodle Doodles
Party Time Tuesdays
Paper Take Weekly
Artful Inkables

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Time to Deck the Halls!

***If came looking for the Simply Betty Stamps Recipe Swap, please scroll down...you won't to miss the yummy goodies I have left the recipes for!***

Good morning everyone!  Happy Monday!  Surely it's a short work week for a lot of you in the US...enjoy your time off celebrating all you're thankful for with family and friends!

Today I wanted to let you know about a fun little contest going on over at Wink Wink Ink.  TRIM A TREE CONTEST!  Melanie has made up a freebie of a little potted pine tree.  Grab it and decorate it up any way you'd like.  Link your creation up to inLinkz by clicking HERE!  Voting by the public will start on December 19 and go through Christmas day, so be sure to tell all of your family and friends to come and check it out and cast their votes!  Each person is allowed to vote on their top 3 choices.  Prizes will be:
1st place- $15 worth of stamps
2nd place- $10 worth of stamps
3rd place- $5 worth of stamps
***ONE entry per person, please!***

Here is my sample done up all in pink!  :O)

I hope you'll join us and enter yourself to win some fantastic prizes!  :O)

Recipe Swap at Simply Betty Stamps!

Good morning everyone!  This week at Simply Betty Stamps we will not be having our weekly challenge due to the Holiday.  We'll be having a new release on Wednesday and Friday is the beginning of the 12 Days of Christmas!  Are you excited?  We sure are!  However, today we have a little something special...no prizes, no judging, just a fun little swap... a Recipe Swap!  Hop around to some of our DT gals blogs that are listed on the SBC blog and grab yourself a yummy recipe for the Holidays!  Share your own to our inLinkz on the challenge blog!  We would love to gather as many recipes as possible...just for fun and sharing!

If you came by way of NICOLE'S fabby blog, you haven't missed a beat!  If not, hop back over to the Simply Betty Challenges blog to start out!

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings
My boys (this includes my hubby, son and Dad) always ask for these for any occasion!  They are a hit!

*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2 cans crescent rolls...I used Pillsbury 8 count cans in original flava.
2 small to medium apples...more on the medium side.
2 sticks butter...I don't skimp.  (The original recipe says you can use margarine, but what's the point anyway?  I shouldn't be making these for the holidays what with being on a diet, but don't think I'm passing it up!)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon...I use double this amount.
1 can Mountain Dew

*Core and slice apples into 8 pieces (I removed the skins as well).
*Wrap each in a crescent triangle. I basically just tried my best to get every inch of the apple covered by the dough.
*Line them up in 2 rows in the center of a 9x13 inch pan.
*Melt butter, cinnamon, and sugar together. I just nuked the butter and then stirred in the sugar and cinnamon until it had a pretty smooth, pourable consistency.
*Pour the butter mixture directly on top of the apples...use it all!
*Pour the Dew around the perimeter of the pan.
*Bake for 45 minutes.
*Eat warm with a scoop, or 3, of vanilla ice cream.  YUMMY!

Easy Peanut Brittle

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1 cup roasted salted peanuts (I use dry roasted.)
1 Tbs. butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda

*Stir sugar and corn syrup together.
*Microwave on high for 4 minutes...the bowl (and the mixture) will be HOT!  Be careful!
*Stir in peanuts and microwave on high another 3-5 minutes (I only do 2 minutes here) or until lightly brown.
*Add butter and vanilla and mix well.  This smells SO good!
*Microwave on high for 1 additional minute.
*Add baking soda and stir until light and foamy.
*Immediately pour onto a buttered cookie sheet. 
>>>If you like your peanut brittle with a lighter texture with lots of air in it, DO NOT shake the cookie sheet to move the mixture around!<<<
*After it's hardened (usually about 10 minutes), break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Now hop on over to MEREDITH'S blog to see what kind of goodies she's got a recipe for!  :O)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Anita Be Stampin Blog Hop Gets Unscripted!

Welcome to the Anita Be Stampin Winter Digi Release and Blog Hop!   

If you've arrived from Joni's blog you're on the right track!  If you only stopped by to see what's going on with me (Awwww, shucks!  Thank you!), then be sure to start right back at the beginning on the Anita Be Stampin Blog...you don't want to miss any of the inspiration!  

All of the new digi images are available NOW at Anita Be Stampin, and we are celebrating by having a blog hop filled with inspiration.  Be sure to visit all of the stops on the blog hop today and leave a comment, because one lucky winner who comments on EVERY blog along the way will win the entire digi release!  Woohoo!

 The first image I used for you today is called Aspen.  She's so sweet all bundled up in her fluffy coat.  I decided to make a digital layout with her.  The photos are from my front door last December.  One minute there was absolutely NO precipitation...then we had a bit of rain and about an hour later this is what I see!  See the icicle hanging from the Christmas lights in the little photo?  You gotta love the weather in Kansas City!

The next image I used is called Sasha.  So carefree!  I love this image!  I paper pieced her hat and scarf with some snowflake paper.  I made the flower using some nesties and added snowflakes all around.  Those of you who come by often will know that I have a thing for snowflakes and snowmen!  :O)  The stamped sentiment is by PTI.

The last card I have for you today uses Angeline.  How beautiful is she?  This card combines my ABS post with my Unscripted Sketches post.   I followed sketch #82 for today's US challenge...be sure to head over and check out what the other girls did!  On this one I tried my hand at watercoloring with distress inks.  Obviously I need some more practice, though I do think it's ok.  I went a little Stickle crazy and put it on just about everything...I do love my bling, you know!  The sentiment is one that I made in Photoshop...love it!

That's it for me!  I hope that you liked my projects and I thank you for stopping by.  Now it's time to hop on to the lovely and talented Rachel's Blog!   

Remember to leave a comment on every blog on the hop today for your chance to win all of the ABS digi images released today.  Here is the list of all of the stops on the hop today, just in case you get lost along the way.  

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