Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge #8

Well I suppose this week's challenge is pretty self-explanatory huh?  I had to use Lilith cuz she just does NOT look impressed about anything.  LOL!!  Baaaahhhh humbug!  I had a hard time taking a picture - about 20 later....AAAARGH!  Not sure what my issue with that is today. 

SO!  GREAT NEWS!!  Every week the prize will ALWAYS be a Lil Lolita stamp so to find out which one this week and for all the challenge details please visit the LLB blog. 

Also check out this week's DT projects as they have really outdone themselves....but I'm biased cuz it's Christmas stuff.  My favorite!!

My card this week is going to be entered into the Stamptacular Sunday challenge, which is Christmas (hmmm you don't say?!!  WAHOO!!) and also Cute Card Thursday for their sketch this week. 

Once again, I used an older sketch from CLP Challenge Blog.  Lovin' their sketches and wish they have them more then once a month!! 

Paper: Misc paper.
Embellishments: Prima flowers, misc brades, Basic Grey Opaline pearls
Punches: EK Success christmas border punch, Spellbinders pointsetta nestie
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #13

Challenge #13 Big Fish

Create a fun scene from the movie "Big Fish".  This week's challenge is sponsored by:

and here's some info from TBD challenge blog about this week's sponsor:

"We are dedicated to bringing you high quality unmounted rubber stamps that offer you new and interesting avenues of expression. Our design style is edgy, wild, distinct, and fun. We embrace the unusual, and offer you a unique perspective when it comes to rubber art stamps."

As soon as I saw this image I immediately thought "where are those tarot cards?!!".  Ummm ya, they were a gift.  I'm not exactly a "tarot" girl myself but to each their own.  :)  Well, I searched HIGH and lo for them and they were nowhere.  Then I started thinking this "Internet" thing we are all so fond of MUST have some pics so VOILA!  I found a few and printed them off to be a part of this gypsy's act. 

The movie "Big Fish" is about a man always telling big stories about his life to everyone and anyone who would listen.  So many exaggerated stories were told so over the years his son had heard them all many times and never believed them....until his father's funeral, when one by one the characters started showing up.  One of his stories was about him working in the carnival and that's where I went with my card.  What good carnival doesn't have a gypsy or two??

My first picture doesn't really show you how I 3d'ed the flourishes so hopefully you can get an idea from these pictures:

All these stamps & the gypsy digi as used above. 

For more inspiration please visit The Burtonesque Dolls challenge blog, where the dolls have come up with some AMAZING and inspiring stuff! 

Come on, Come all

Monday, July 26, 2010

Snowman Poop Tutorial

Hello all!!  So many people were curious about the snowman poop that I thought I would throw together a quick tutorial.  And I  mean QUICK cuz I have so much to do...don't we all tho?!!

Next you will decorate the front of you package any way you want to.
You can find more inspiration at

Finished product:

The sentiment was printed from my word processing program
and is NOT a stamp, although one should be made
don't ya think?!

I hope this helps and if I've left anything out please let me know
as I did this pretty quickly.  hee hee.  I was really amazed at how
many people had never seen these and how many people
said they were going to be making them.  HAVE FUN!!!

Successful Blog Hop & Winner

Good morning all!!  Wow!!  Did this Christmas in July blog hop go well or what?!!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  It was amazing!!

Thank you Jess at KinderStampO for hosting such a great event!  We know it was a lot of work and we are all grateful for the exposure and the opportunity to learn something new.  Making me create something Christmasy in July was a great thing too!!  LOL!!

There were a lot of people asking if they could "scraplift" my project.  What do you think I did?!!!  LOL!!  My inspiration came from my great friend Cheri at Graphicat Creations "Snowman Poop".  Originally I wanted to thank her in my blog hop post but I plain forgot with so much going on so here's my chance.  Thanks Cheri!!  If you haven't seen hers please pop over as she has some wonderful creations and a blog FULL of inspiration for you!  So, please feel free to "scraplift", "copy", "case" anything from my blog.  That's what it's here for. 

I also wanted to thank new subscribers for following my blog.   YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!! I hope you find something here that inspires you to create!!  I am grateful for ALL comments and sorry if I don't get time to get back to you all.  The number of comments was pretty overwhelming!!  THANK YOU!  ♥♥


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She said "OMG, That is so stinkin' cute! I was laughing so hard after I read the sentiment that my husband came in and had to see it too. :) Thanks for sharing. My Favorite store is Peachy Keen."

Congratulations Star and thanks for joining our Christmas in July blog hop!!

My next post wil have a few more pictures and clearer instructions on how to make these little cuties so stay tuned!!   

Friday, July 23, 2010

Christmas in July Blog Hop

On the Seventh day of Christmas ...


I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far.  If you've come over from Crafty Deb's then you're heading in the right direction.  If you'd like to start from the beginning go back to KinderStampO.  There is pretty much blog candy on every blog as well as an overall "main" blog candy so lots of opportunity to win!!  FUN OR WHAT?!! 

My project actually made me giggle as I was making it.  I think these things are so friggin cute!  Each of these little snowmen packages consist of marshmallows and a packette of hot chocolate.  These are sooooo easy to make and very inexpensive if you need a bunch!  :) 

Here are all my snowmen napping on the job!! 

And now my little soldiers are all standing at attention!!  

I even embossed the back of the little package.
What the heck hey?!

And here is a close up so you can see the sentiment.  


I will draw a winner's name at random and the lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate for their favorite online store.  So when you leave a comment, please include your favorite online store where you order most of your scrapbooking or card making goodies!!  The Christmas in July blog hop ends 9pm Sunday night, July 25th so I will be drawing a winner on Monday July 26th.

NOW!  To carry on to the next great project:

Copy for Blog Hop

Instructions For the Wrapper:  Cut a piece of cardstock to 4" x 12" or whatever width you want.  I based mine on  the width of the hot chocolate packette.  Then score at .5" for the tab at the top, flip your 12" piece around on your Scor-Pal and score at 5" and 6.5".  This will give you the bottom of your package.  That's it!  Then start to decorate any way you want!  If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to comment.  :)
Paper:  Three Bugs in a Rug and SU's "Whisper White" cardstock
Embellishments:  Misc silver decorative wire, black Stickles for mouth, eyes & buttons and EK Success fastener staples. 
Punches:  EK Success snowflake punch, Quickutz Snowmen from "Merry & Bright" Edition and Quickutz ovals for oval window.

Blog Hop Christmas In July

This Saturday I, along with 14 other very talented papercrafters, are in an amazing

Christmas in July Blog Hop!!

Each designer will represent one of the 15 days of Christmas and will somehow also incorporate the number of the day in their project : )

I happen to be Day 7 and have 7 of my project to show you.  Here's a sneak peak - ha ha!!  Not much huh?  Ya, woo a snowman - woopity doo.  Well if you'd like to see more, check it out on tomorrow and the blog hop is sooo big it will continue throughout the weekend.


This blog hop is being organized by Jessica from KinderStampO.  Thanks Jess!  Woo! 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge #7


I REALLY like this challenge this week!  I use to have a hard time with purple but over the past year, it's starting to become one of my favorites to work with.  Not my favorite color yet but easy to create with!

So you can use any shades, any Lil Lolita stamp and any project. 

Check out all the details at Lil Lolita Boutique challenge blog and please visit the DT inspirational projects!! 

I used an older sketch from CLP's sketch archive and changed a few pieces around.  I also made my own flowers using pieces of ribbon!  I LOVE THEM!  Definitely going to make more and they are so easy!  Hope you enjoy this week's challenge!

Stamps:  Tickled Pink Lil Lolita "Lylah"
Paper:  Basic Grey and some homemade
Embellishments:  Homemade flowers with misc ribbon, Prima flowers, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers & lace, Magnolia chandelier garland, Prima Eline gems, tuelle and Prima pearls.
Punches: MS "Scroll Lace" border punch
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Friday Sketchers #111

This edition of Heidi and her big jugs......of for my friend Sheri's husband, Bill, who just had a bit of surgery last week and now is recovery mode.  CHEERS to a successful surgery!  Now I'll send along some mojo healing power.  hee hee  Bill likes beer so what more of an appropriate card to cheer up a guy hey?!!  hee hee snicker

Once again I added Liquid Applique to the foam and even added "guy" glitter.  That's the kind that doesn't glitter too much but just enough to make him thirsty.  LOL!!  This time I also added Glossy Accents to the beer mugs. 
I'm also entering it into this week's Friday Sketchers #111 sketch challenge.  I love all the layers on this one.  I must admit that maybe I shouldn't have made my digi image so big.  Ahhh the hazards of learning digi's.  hee hee  But I really enjoyed coloring her. 

Stamps:  Victoria Case "Heidi"
Paper: Basic Grey (given to me - thanks Simone!)
Embellishments:  SU buttons, Liquid Applique, Glossy Accents, CTMH hemp and Jillibean Soup journaling sprouts (the label)
Punches:  Quickutz Moxie (?)
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #12

Sounds easy doesn't it?!  NOT!!  I got wound around an idea that I just couldn't bring together so this is what I ended up with.  I fully understand the meaning of "CHALLENGE".  LOL!  I'd love to see some of your creations!!!  

This week we were sponsored by Michelle Perkett digi images and Michelle was generous enough to provide this image to me.  THANKS MICHELLE!!  Don't forget to check out all the other DT creations for this week. FABULOUS!

Here's the details from TBD blog for this week's challenge:

Now for this week's challenge! Christmas in July seems to be a very popular theme this year. But you know us - we have to put the Burtonesque spin on it. So our challenge is The Nightmare Before Christmas in July! We're dying to see how you fuse Halloween and Christmas on this one! And this week we are sponsored by Michelle Perkett Studios.

Michelle Perkett began her line of cards and prints in 2004 and first began selling them in gift shops and trade shows across the US. In 2009, Michelle started selling her designs as digital stamps and since then has designed for The Angel Company, Faerie Song and is working with a company in the UK who will be selling her stamps on QVC UK this summer!

PRIZE ALERT!!  Michelle has provided 4 digi images (most, if not all) seen on TBD creations.  SO!!  Dig out your xmas or Halloween papers and hop to it!!  :)

StampsHappy Halloween Witch
Paper:  Scenic Route Paper Co. "Brighton"
Embellishments:  Prima die cut felt snowflake, xmas tree charm from Hobby House UK, misc ribbon and 7 Prima black crystals. 
Punches:  MS border & bat punch
Ink: Colored With Copics & Spica pen

Monday, July 19, 2010

Crafty Creations Challenge #76

Just a quick post today.  Isn't this just the cutest stamp?  hee hee Although, I don't really want to send it to anyone - cuz it means they are sick or broke something and that's not fun!  LOL!  I colored this image from Stampavie awhile ago and finally got around to using it now.  Just cuz.  I can't stand having colored images around and not being put on a card.  What a nut!  Ya!  I know it!  :) 

So I used the sketch below from Crafty Creations Challenges #76.  I had a hard time backing away from this one as it's just nice & simple like this.  I wanted to put more bling and flowers on it but I controlled myself.  hee hee

Saturday, July 17, 2010


WHOA CHECK THIS OUT!!  Kellie from Tickled Pink Stamps  is celebrating many things but this one is for the 550 followers she has.  Tell me you wouldn't want to receive THIS in the mail?!!

That is 30+ stamps and over $200 worth of goodies. Now comes the questions, how long for? and how do I enter? Here are the 3 rules of the candy…

1. You have to post the pic of the candy on your blog or in your side bar with a link back to this here post.

2. You have to add your link to Mr Linky


When does it end….? You have until August 16th and Winner will be announced August 17th.

Friday, July 16, 2010

"Kickin' It For Michelle" Card Drive

When I saw Michelle Oatman's story my heart went out to her so
I joined the card drive, which you can find over at

Here's a little info from A Spoon Full of Sugar blog, where she happens to be a DT member. 

"We would like to share some sad news today, some of you may already know from her blog, our design team member Michelle had an accident about two weeks ago, which has left her with the loss of her right eye and a long road of recovery ahead. In an effort to cheer her up and raise awareness for what happened to Michelle we are holding a card drive in her honor. We have many generous companies and individuals helping us with this special card drive and we hope you will help too!

We are asking that everyone please create a card in dedication to Michelle and mail it off to her. We would love nothing more than to flood her mailbox with well wishes from around the world. Michelle has shared so much of herself on her blog and in her design team work and this is a just a small way for us to give back to her."

If you would like to learn more please visit A Spoon Full of Sugar

So, this is my little piece I'm sending over to her.  Isn't that the cutest image?  I got it from Whimsy Stamps and it's a freebie there so if you get a chance, please grab it and make up a card for Michelle.

And as you know me, I always make my cards dual purpose but my 2nd purpose wasn't as dedicated (no offence) as the first purpose.  I used one of my favorite blogs:

Stamps:  Meljen's Freebie Donkey
Paper: Crate Paper "Brook Collection"
Embellishments: Misc ribbon, Basic Grey Opaline pearls, Stardust Stickles, pearl ribbon slider buckle from Wild Orchid Crafts UK and Zva pearls.
Punches:  MS border punch & MS butterfly punch
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge #6

I must say this was easier then my last attempt at photo inspiration.  I was soooo feelin' it this week!!  DANG NABBIT!  I just noticed the stripes!!  OH well...c'est la'vie!!  LOL!

This week I used 20s Evie as I did in my TBD post on Monday too but she is just soooo classy!!  I think she's my favorite from this new line of Lil Lolita's at Tickled Pink Stamps!!  I enjoyed coloring and got some inspiration from Jodie from Oz blog.  Her coloring is fabulous!

I added lots of little embellie's but my favorite is the chandelier baubles sent from my sister.  THANKS LADEE!!  I notice on the pic they are somewhat difficult to see but IRL they look fab.
As does everything else.  LOL!!

So would love to have you join us this week at LLB and please pop over to visit the other DT projects.  As usual, they have done a FABULOUS job with their creations!! 

OH MY!  I almost forgot to mention that I used Sketch Saturday's sketch #111 -{singing} LUV THEM!!  Only I rotated it to the right.  My image was too long - hee hee

Stamps:  Tickled Pink Stamps Lil Lolita "20sEvie"
Paper: Recollections "Hot Pink Damask" and Deja View "Sweet Romance"
Embellishments:  Wild Orchids Crafts flowers, Magnolia chandelier baubles, swirls in the corner of pic are rub-ons from Glitz It Now, pink square gems "Smitten" K&Company and Maya Road chipboard heart covered in Stickles - pink.
Punches:  MS border punch
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Check this out!  It's Tanya's birthday and if you actually go check out her post you can see this stuff all spread out in a few more pictures.  OMG it's crazy blog candy!!  Of course, I guess that's her true style as per her name.  LOL!!  Check out her recent cards too.  She's awesome!! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #11

"Wood" You Like To Be In A Movie?

Challenge #11 is all about Ed Wood and his movies.  From what I understand they were always black and white so this week your challenge is to come up with a project "a la Ed Wood" using any image.  I love making black & white cards!  They are hard to take pics of if you add glitter tho so I've put 2 views in my post today.

This week we are sponsored by Tickled Pink Stamps and the image I've used is 20s Evie from the new Fashonette line.  You can purchase your stamps at Tickled Pink Stamps and they are still on sale!!  Woo hoo!!  She is soooo adorable!!  

PRIZE ALERT!  PRIZE ALERT!  This week Kellie is offering the winner both 20s Evie (who you see here) and 30s Lylah.  Oooooh I love her too!! 

Don't forget to check out this week's inspiration at TBD blog.  The ladies did FABULOUS projects this week!!  AGAIN!! 

I also used CLP Challenge Blog's latest sketch.  I just found it from blog hopping and OMG they are fabulous so am entering this card into that challenge.  I will definitely keep using them wow!! 

Stamps: Tickled Pink Stamps "20s Evie"
Paper: Best Creations Inc."Mr & Mrs." and Silver glitter cardstock. 
Embellishments:  Computer generated film reels and movie clapper, Wild Orchid Crafts lace, misc feather, Prima "Say It With Crystals" gem flourishes, Creative Imaginations Negative Strip and Black Diamond Stickles
Punches: Quickutz "Flourish", SU Journal punch and MS border punch
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink

Monday, July 12, 2010

Friday Sketchers #110

I saw this image on one of the DT members blog a week or two ago and HAD to have it!!  Sometimes I get stumped on images for guys but what beer luvin' guy would pass up Heidi from Victoria Case?  It's for my BIL - snicker.  

I used Friday Sketchers sketch (you can see below) and added some Liquid Applique to the beer foam, which I think you can actually see!  I even added some sparkle but it's sooo white that it didn't show up.  Darn.  

Inside the card I teased my sister about not sitting still long enough so I could finish drawing her legs.  AAAAA ha ha!  She's gonna kill me!!  Thankfully she has a great sense of ha-ha!!

Stamps:  Victoria Case "Heidi"
Paper: Bo Bunny "Paradise"
Embellishments:  SU buttons, Scrapper's Floss, Moxie (I think) Quickutz alphabet, Liquid Applique and misc glitter.
Punches: MS border punch
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Papertake Challenge #44

Ok so I've decided that my cards are and always will be multi-functional cards.  It just motivates me to make more of a kick-a-- card. YEEHAW!!  (FYI - I live in cow country - always have always will)  Whether it works or not, that's what I'm going for! 

SO!!  A fellow DT member put out a request for us to make a card for a little boy down in the US who got hit by a car on his bike.  She says "It was pretty bad and at first they thought he was going to be paralized but thank goodness for those bike helmets b/c he's now expected to make a full recovery. He's at home in a lot of pain with a broken jaw now." 

I thought what a better time then now to finally use CHRISTIAN of Simply Betty Stamps.  Isn't he adorable?!!  Oh just what a tween boy would want to be called.  LOL!!  

I also needed inspiration so grabbed the sketch below from Papertake Weekly Challenge.  All supplies are listed below.  I'm LOVIN' this Bo Bunny "Paradise" paper line.  It's nice to use for mens/boys cards (which you'll see tomorrow too) for something different instead of blues or browns all the time.  I think I've colored every fishing, hunting, atv'ing stamp out there so this was a nice change! 

I made this card as "embellishment simple" as I could since it had a long way to go in the mail.  That was hard.  LOL!!

Stamps:  Simply Betty Stamps "Christian"
Paper: Bo Bunny "Paradise"
Embellishments: Misc brads and CB dots folder
Punches:  MS border punch
Ink: Colored With Copics and Momento Ink