Friday, October 29, 2010

Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps Collide!!! My trifecta project!!

What do you get when Two Companies Collide?  One fun fun fun blog hop!  Christy Croll of Tiddly Inks and Betty Boo of Simply Betty Stamps are big Halloween fans so naturally there had to be a fun Trick or Treat Blog Hop for you all! 

Theme: Trick or Treating with Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps

Dates: 6 PM CST on October 29th to 6 PM CST on October 31st

How to Participate: Post your creation on your personal blog between 12 PM CST and 5:55 PM CST on October 29th. The title of your post should be "Trick or Treating with Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps".

Once your blog post is completed, visit the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and Simply Betty Stamps and link your blog hop post in the Inlinkz list at the bottom of the Blog Hop post in order to be qualified for the prizes. There is no need to sign up in advance the Inlinkz list will close at 6 PM and then we hop, Halloween style, from the both Tiddly Inks challenge blog and Simply Betty Stamps.  

For your blog hop project please create a Trick (a favorite technique) or a Treat (just a project to share). 

The blog hop will run until October 31st at 6 PM.  

Prizes: Two random blogger participant winners will be announced November 5th and highlighted on the hosting blogs Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps. Each will receive a $10 gift voucher from Tiddly Inks.  Simply Betty Stamps will be giving away a $10 gift voucher as well! 

First - you should have arrived here from Melissa's gorgeous blog!!  

But, if you get lost here is the Blog Hop list for both DTs!

Start with Christy

Many of the design team members are offering freebies and prizes along the way, so even if you don't plan on entering a card, come along and find all the tricks and treats.

Happy Halloween and happy colliding! :)

For my project today I created a 12x12 scrapbook LO.  I wanted to use two images - one from Christy and one from Betty in large format.  Obviously too large for a card.  I chose Devina from Simply Betty and Spooky Birthday from Tiddly Inks

I used a mat stack so that everything would be easily coordinated.  I also paper pieced both ladies with the coordinating paper.  Devina's bustiere and Spooky Birthday's dress and hat are all paper pieced.  I added sparkly deliciousness to Devina's gown and Spooky's hair and witch hat.
 The ladies measure about 6" tall each.  The rest of the gals are colored with my Copic and Prismacolor markers.  I trimmed them out, glittered them up and set them aside to dry.

I worked on my page while they dried.  I ran designer paper through the center creating a balanced focal point.  I stitched the papers together with a wide zig zag stitch.

I then added 3 self adhesive border stickers to pull in the colors and compliment the gals.  I created 2 areas for journaling or photos using the same coordinating papers.  These squares measure 4x4.

I used my photo corner punch to embellish both photo squares as well as the entire 12x12 page itself to help tie it all in together. 

As a last piece, I added 11 bats as over at the SBS Challenge blog today is the 11TH day of Halloween!!!  I'm pretty impressed with myself that I was able to combine 3 projects into one!!!

I hope you enjoy and have been inspired to play along!!!!  I will be offering up a free surprise TI image to one lucky person!!!  Please leave me some love with your email and when the hop is over I will use to pull a number and I will email you with your free image!!  (Christy said it was ok!! =) 

Please keep on hopping to the always fabulous Nicole's blog!!!

Crafty Hugs!!


Bombshell Monthly Challenge - Pockets!!!


I'm here with you today to bring you this month's awesome Bombshell Challenge presented by the very lovely Ms. October - Mary Ann K.!!

Here is our challenge:
Hello everyone and happy October ! Here is the Challenge. Make a Halloween card or an invitation to a Halloween Party, but it has to be in a pocket . It can be any type of pocket, like an envelope or a pop out. Use Bombshell stamps and get a little paint or glitter going on. 

I created a pocket card using non-traditional Halloween colors but blinged it up a bit by using pumpkin rhinestone stickers.

All of the DP is from SU!  The ivory card base is shimmery and from The Paper Company - picked up at ACM.  I cut the label and it's edging out with my Cricut.  I ink distressed it with yellow and charcoal chalk inks and my spongy dauber.  I then stamped my "Bombshell Sentiment" with black ink in the center.

I adhered all of my patterned paper down first, then my ribbon.  I then stitched the edges for added visual interest plus extra strength in the pocket. 

Then I added my label using 3-D foam adhesive and the edging was added using my glue pen. 

I used Bombshell Angel as my focal gal.  I inked her up and colored her in with my Copics and Prismacolor markers.  I then used my Versamark Pen and clear embossing powder to shine up her outfit. 

I used a straight stitch around her perimeter and used a "you're invited" sentiment from a $ stamp I had from ACM.  The sentiment was punched out with my SU! word punch.  I added a pull tab using my SU! tab punch that I added with a decorative staple and skull brad. 
My last bit of bling was added at the top with sparkly pumpkin rhinestone stickers!!

I hope you enjoy and have been inspired!!!

Crafty Hugs!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bombshell Monthly Bloghop!! Just Halloween!

Hey Y'all!!

Happy *almost* Halloween!!!  I'm so excited!!!  I'm thrilled to be here today joining my fellow gorgeous Bombshell Gals in our monthly hop!!

This month's theme was what else but...Halloween!!

I pulled out a few of my girls and colored them up as I was going to use multiple images on my card but as I started my placement....they all seemed crowded and not quite right.
  I ended up using Butterfly Queen.  I tucked the rest of my pre-colored images in the pocket book that I made last month!!  =)   I colored her in with my Copics and set her aside.  I used lots of Halloween-y colors and sparkles!!

My cardbase is light green measuring at 5.5x5.5.  My next layers are all from a fantastic mat stack that I picked up at Michael's at the beginning of the Halloween season.  It's just fabulous!  I've used it for so much yet my creations look all different!  LOVE IT!

Anyhoo...I layered three fab pieces of the DP using my cracked punch from MS on the last layer so that the orange really popped.

I ran stitching around the edges with purple thread in a zig zag pattern as well as in a straight stitch. I added three strips of black, green and pearl adhesive strips to the left side.  I added a MS Halloween 3-D sticker to the bottom right hand corner.

My sentiment was printed out in MS Word, edge inked and backed with purple cardstock.  Before adhering my girl to the card I ran a bow of orange and black polka dotted ribbon.  Through my bow I've added a darling rhinestone buckle and another piece of black and white ticked ribbon.  I then added Butterfly Queen with 3-D foam adhesive.

I hope you enjoy and have been inspired!!

Keep hopping along to see all of the gorgeousness that awaits!

Crafty Hugs!!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hop For A Cause - Inking Pink!

Greetings Everyone!!  Today is the day it starts!!!  The first annual Inking Pink Blog Hop!!

I'm so lucky to be on the SBS team with Patricia who has put her heart and soul into bringing this amazing hop together.  Along the way you will find some SERIOUSLY fabulous blog candy (here as well!) and some simply gorgeous creations.  I know you will be so kind and leave lots of love!!

For my blog candy I am offering up a STUNNING turquoise, pink, white and chartreuse Lily Pulitzer silk scarf as well as a variety of pink craft supplies!!!  When the hop ends, I will be picking a winner at random using to send my goodies out to.

My creation today is a 6x6 card starting with a pink (what else?  ;) card base.  I then used a slice of Basic Grey flowery DP as my next layer that I had in advance stitched twice around the edges with ivory thread.

I then chose this yummy Hambly screen printed paper (the dress forms) and mounted that to a slice of SU! Pure Pomegranate.  I used black thread to stitch the two together to add visual interest.

My main image is from Christy Croll's Tiddly Inks 'Dare To Be Aware' set.  I colored Christy's gorgeous woman along with the Awareness Ribbon in with my Copic markers and carefully trimmed them out.

I adhered her to a piece of shimmery ivory cardstock from The Paper Company (purchased at ACM) and stitched the perimeter with black thread.  It seemed a bit 'empty' so I used an old SU! sentiment stamp that says 'from the heart' and I added the Ribbon in the lower left corner of my main panel.

Before adding my main panel to the card I tied a pink ribbon using PTI grosgrain ribbon (THE BEST) first so that there would be balance to the entire creation.

I added my main layer using foam adhesive.  My interior is quiet with a scrap of the Basic Grey DP with matching Basic Grey letters with the simple word of 'hope'.

Before I sign off and you hop to the next amazing blog I also wanted to share with you what my six year old daughter created along with me for this event.  I carefully explained to her what I was doing and why I was doing it.  She loves all forms of art (particular to Christy's designs) but she loves art in any form and was thrilled that I printed her this image on fabulous PTI cardstock and allowed her to use my Copics to create.  

Thank you for joining me as well as my fellow artists, designers, women, and survivors in this amazing event.

Please head to the fabulous Nicole's blog to see what gorgeousness she's created today!!!

Crafty Hugs -


Our paper crafting community spans the globe and brings all of us together under a common roof. Join me, and 24 other talented women for our first: 

Blog Hop for Awareness that has been creatively titled:

"Inking Pink"

Many of us have family or friends that have been affected by breast cancer and all of us want to encourage all of you to check yourself! For my friend Patricia and her fellow team members at The Beary Scrap DT, they have recently found out that one of their dearest friends and alumni team mates has Breast Cancer. In her honor, we are "hopping" in hopes of helping to spread awareness throughout the world.

The hop will start October 26 HERE

From here you will be guided on a journey around the world to visit all the talented artists participating in this amazing event. Some of your fellow crafters along the hop are even offering blog candy! Please be sure to give a little comment of love to each and every crafter along the way.

The hop will run through October 31 to give all of you enough time to "hop" around and visit each blog.

We all hope you will join us in our hop, and most of all we all want YOU to give yourself the greatest gift and do a self-check. The more you do it, the more breast aware you will be!

Thank you for joining me and all the other ladies and I hope to make this a huge success!!

The following is a list of the beautiful ladies on the hop.

Tiddly Inks Challenge #27 - Spinner Card

Hello Everyone!!!

I'm so glad you're here with me again this week as I get to show off this week's SUPER FUN challenge!!!  Spinner cards!!!  I know some of you may be intimidated to make this but it's SUPER easy, I promise!!!  There are so many tutorials out there.  I knew how to do this but I wanted to find an easy tutorial for you all to check out so please check this one out if you need step by step help. 

I used the following images in my project:

 My card measures 8"x 4".  My creative process always starts with my paper choice.  So I wanted our slumbering bunny to look cozy and adorable so I chose a palette of light yellow, blue and purple.  I printed him out in the highest quality twice.  Once on PTI white cardstock and the second time on patterned designer paper.

After coloring him in I then cut out the blanket from the image printed on DP and I ran a small stitch around the edge to make it more dimensional.

I then adhered it to my image and trimmed it out.  I then created my spinner card track.  I free hand cut for the opening but it is easier to use the word punch as displayed in the video example above.  My opening was cut wider so I used nickels in lieu of pennies.
 And in lieu of the dimensional (that's never worked well for me) I use a small button.  I use hot glue to adhere the nickels on either side of the button.  I then test my spinner BEFORE adhering it to my image.

Once I was happy with how smooth it glided I then added my image to my spinning mechanism.  I had extra room in the corners from where I cut so I added 4 white brads that I think add a little extra something something visually.

Once I had my entire spinner piece ready I worked on the background of my card.  I added the polka dot paper after I'd stitched a quick little border.  I then trimmed out the clouds from the foggy background and added them to the back along with the star from my original image.

I used the Harmony Border for the background behind my spinner track for added visual interest.

I hope you enjoy and have been inspired to try this fabulously fun and super WOW factor card!!!  Please come and play along!!! 

I cannot wait to see what you create!!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Simply Betty Stamps Challenge - On the Ninth Day of Halloween....

My Ghoul gave to me POTIONS to play with!!

I couldn't help myself and needed to use gorgeous Rio for this beauty!!!  I also printed out one of the accessories from Bugaboo line of HP-esque stamps. It's an amazing shelf filled with all kinds of potions!!!

I colored Rio and the potions images with my Copics, trimmed them out and set them aside.

I then created my card base which is 6x6 on light yellow cardstock.  I then used some super dark-esque black designer paper as my main base layer on top of my base.

I pulled a scrap of purple, polka dotted paper and stitched the edges a couple of times around.  I then used my sentiment from PTI, "create without limits", inked in SU! Only Orange.

As I started to put everything together, I added a self-adhesive, border sticker made out of sparkly bones to the bottom and a wide, black Grosgrain ribbon to pull it all together in the center.

I then adhered everything down popping Rio up on foam dots.

I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired!!!  Please come join us at the SBS Challenge Blog for lots and lots of fun!!!

Crafty Hugs!

Smeared and Smudged Monday - Oh The Horror Challenge!!

Hello Everyone and Happy Smeared Ink Monday!!

Today I took my creation cues from the awesome Oh The Horror challenge that our ever fabulous Terra has set forth:

Welcome to Oh, The Horror!! Every month I will be posting a new challenge. Use the horror movie listed as inspiration for your project, and then share your project in a comment.

THE RULES: Use the movie poster or the actual movie as inspiration for your project. When you're done, upload a picture to this discussion or link to your project on your blog. Be sure to title your post "Smeared and Smudged Oh! The Horror October Challenge".

Here is what I came up with!!!

I used a card base of shimmery ivory measuring at 6 x 5.75.  I then used some tattered/grungy Fancy Pants DP, stitched twice around the edges.

I used my Cricut to cut out a variety of spiders from black designer paper that I had JUST used in a previous project.  I added different colored brads to their eyes to make them pop. The biggest one is adhered with a pop dot and the rest are added with mini-glue dots.
 I created a decorative strip using the same shimmery ivory, zig zag stitched with black thread.

I used both Smeared Ink's Chicks Dig Guns and Killer Bo Peep sets for my gorgeous gun toting hottie, cross hairs, and the tarantulas.

Everything is colored with my Copics, trimmed or punched out and placed just so.  I truly love how this came out!!!

I hope you enjoy and are inspired!!

Please come play along!!!

Crafty Hugs!