Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Go mad with Embossing!

Its go mad with embossing this week at Fab'n'Funky!  And since I am so into all the new fun I've been having with my Stampendous! embossing powders, tinsels and chunky glitters I thought I would share another Stampendous! card with you today!

I used the new Stampendous! Cling Jumbo Merry Magical set and embossed the JUMBO sentiment in Ruby Red embossing powder on a speckled ivory background.  Before I stamped it I had it pre-misted with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Aspen Yellow and Peppermint Candy.  I also added some Iridescent Gold after it was embossed.

The set also comes with a lovely huge snowflake-y swirl which I stamped in  a mustard/gold ink.  Last I added some of Stampendous' new Gold Crystal Halo Glitter in spots.  Along the bottom edge, which was punched with an EK Success border punch I also sprayed some of the Gold Glimmer Mist.  Background paper is from Graphic 45 and ribbons are from May Arts.

Be sure to join our challenge this have til next Tuesday night!

AND don't forget just a few more days to win my BLOG CANDY!!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back 2 Skool Release Day!

Its release day at Simply Betty Stamps with the whole Teen Scene Back 2 Skool gang!  There are 6 new images, if you haven't seen them all be sure to head over to the Simply Betty Stamps blog to see LOTS of cute samples using these kooky teens!

Today we are also showing you the last 3 of the line.  My first card is with Mad Scientist Christian.  I got such a kick out of him when I first saw him and still giggle at him :)  I found this perfect paper at my LSS for him then added an embossed piece from a Tim Holtz folder.  Its distressed with orange ink on the raised parts.  Sentiment is part of a background stamp from Stampendous! (Frightful Phrases).

Package deal for our new Teen Scene Back to School:
Six New Teen Scene Back 2 Skool Stamps, 12 papers, 2 sheets of 12x12 Sticker Sheets all for $40!

All six new Teen Scene Back 2 Skool Stamps for $28 used code Skool28
Any three new Teen Scene Back 2 Skool Stamps for $14 used code Skool4

Be sure to hop around and leave comments at the SBS blog AND on the DT blogs,  Betty is going to pick the winner from one of us... so why risk it.... leave comments everywhere!

Don't forget about our awesome challenge!  The more participants the more the prizes we will have to offer!  Currently we have the following:

Treat Boxes and it can be found here.
Gettin' Sketchy with it found here.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Back 2 School with Simply Betty Stamps

Its Back 2 School time at Simply Betty Stamps with previews of the Teen Scene School Line!  Today we have 3 of the 6 Teens to show off to you...Pile of Books Miller, Sporty Lola, and Artist London.


First up is Artist London!  I pulled out some old Love, Elsie papers for my color inspiration and used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch for my Layout.  You can add anything you want to London't canvas...I cut a piece of the pattern paper then added a dimensional sticker.

And next is Sporty Lola who looks like a Demon Deacon (local college team  Wake Forest , but not my team!)  For her I kept it monochromatic which happens to be the challenge at Fab'n'Funky this week.  And for my layout I used the Clean and Simple sketch of the week.  

So, what are you waiting for?  Hop over to the SBS blog and check out some more peeks from our awesome DT!  Hurry, hurry!  (There's stamps to be won!)

While you are at it head to the SImply Betty Challenge blog!  Its not too late to play along with the Treat Container Challenge til this Friday OR the Sketchy Challenge which lasts til next Friday!   AND if thats not enough, Everyday Emos are on SALE right now at the SBS store!!

Simply Betty Stamps: Getting Sketchy (DT)
Fab'n'Funky: Mono Madness (DT)
Pile it On: Girls Just wanna have fun
My time to Craft: Here come the Girls
Totally Gorjuss: As you like it
Make it Monday: Anything goes

Thanks for popping in today!  Don't forget to scroll down and enter for my Blog Candy give away from last post!!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Stampendous! Saturday and BLOG CANDY

Woo Hoo!!  Its Saturday again and time for my last weekly Blog Candy from Stampendous!  Its been a GREAT few weeks of giveaways hasn't it!!  Before I get to this week's project the winner of last week's Jumbo Merry & Magical set is #10 JenD!  Congrats!!  Shoot me an email with your snail mail!

Now, onto my card for today.  I used another new Jumbo Christmas set, this one is Jumbo Pine Drift.  I am soooo in love with these new Jumbo Cling sets, and if you haven't seen there are 6 brand new sets on the Stampendous! website that just arrived last week!  This makes a total of 11 new Christmas jumbos for lots of card making fun!

I started by stamping the tree in Vintage Olive Embossing Tinsel then cut the tree out and popped it up on my background.  The background was created on Bazzill bling cardstock stamped with the snowy swirl from the same set and embossed in Opaque White EP.

I added Ocean Spray Jewel Glitter to the ornaments with a Quickie glue pen then also a few little Diamond Dot Silver circle Class-a-Peel stickers.

I also added  a few of the Diamond dots to my sentiment, "Merry Magical" which was also embossed with the Vintage Olive Embossing Tinsel, then cut out with Spellbinders Labels 10.  

So, how do you win this gorgeous set??  This week I want you to leave me a comment but ALSO, please click the "Follow" button to the left if you're not already following me!  I will pick a random winner (US entries only please) next Friday night!  And starting next Saturday we have something new and fun planned with the Stampendous! gals!!

Also this week offering up some Stampendous! blog candy are my regular fellow trouble makers!
So, go leave all my peeps some love too!  Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a great weekend, and I hope all my East Coast friends stay safe!!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Getting Sketchy...

We are getting sketchy at Simply Betty Stamps Challenge blog this week!  All you have to do is use any sketch you want!  How easy is that??  You don't even have to use a Simply Betty image (of course we lurve when you do!!)  AND you have 2 weeks!!

Here's what I came up with using one of the new SBS Teen Scene Halloween images: Mummy London!  I am so in love with this image, maybe its the cat?   

Here's a closeup of her, and the sentiment is new from Stampendous! called Haunty Halloween.  For my sketch I chose Jen's Deconstucted sketch which you can see below:

OK, so I had to share what the FABULOUS prize is for this weeks challenge at Simply Betty...its this new Addams Family Portrait stamp in rubber!  

Also, while you're at the Challenge blog: you can also do last week's Scrappy Challenge to make a treat container!  (Challenges are open for 2 weeks)  And the fabulous prize for THAT is your very own BLINKIE!!  How cool is that?  Did you see my new one Betty designed for me on my sidebar?!!

OK, so what are you waiting for?!  Go get stampy!  -Cyndi

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Create a Tag & Update

This week's Pixie Dust Studio challenge #89: "Tag You're It" is to create a tag or use a tag on something.

I didn't get a chance to play this week because I have a whole lot on my plate right now, and sadly I will be stepping down from the Pixies.  I am going to miss them all tremendously, but I have to go back to the working world again and therefore lighten my DT duites :(

BUT, I do have one last card to share as a team member.  Its not for this challenge, but I never posted it here for some silly reason.  This is "Walter's Jammies" from the Winter Collection.  Its in the Pixie Dust Studio shop along with the newest release Candy Jar!

Here's a closeup of the little cutie, and then below a peek at the inside of the triangle fold card.  My papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather Collection.

I want to thank Kathy again for having me on her wonderful team for the last year and more!  I will miss you and all the Pixies but I won't be far away!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gone Fishing...

Well, summer officially comes to a close for us today.  School starts back tomorrow and all the activities are already in full force.  No more lazy days for things like fishing (not that we fish, LOL)

But I just had to pull out this cute little new guy from Inky Impressions for this last lazy day.  This is Christopher's Catch!  I mean, how sweet is that little face?  I found some old K & co paper in my stash that was perfect for him, added a bit of colored twill and some stickles.  The sentiment is also new from Inky Impressions.

ColourQ: colors
Papertake Weekly: Dies to Die for

Thanks for popping in!  -Cyndi

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We are Family...

Its Release day at Simply Betty Stamps and The Addams Family is in the house! 
 First up for you today is The Addams Family Portrait. Gomez, Morticia, and Wednesday...I mean Christian, Betty and London!

My kids are all like, who are they?  OMG.  I know they saw the newest movie at least.  Geesh.  Icon of my childhood.  My portrait is colored with copics, then I added a touch of Stampendous! Multi glitter.  The background paper is a piece from the Basic Grey Eerie collection, and I embossed the corners with a flourish from the Stampendous! Damask Chair set with Midnight Black EP.

And next, the couple of the hour...Betty and Christian...this is Spooky Couple!  You can also get Christian (Gomez) or Betty (Morticia) as individuals.

After I colored my image with copics I sponged the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink in Dusty Concord, then sprayed it with Pewter Shimmer Spritz  from Tsukineko.   These are my FAVORITE new Spritzes...they don't clog and they aren't too opaque.   I also sponged a touch of Brilliance Moonlight White around the edges.  

My spiderweb was embossed with the spiderweb Cuttlebug folder on more of the Eerie pattern paper.  I then gently ran my Brilliance Moonlight White Dew Drop over the raised part of the web to give it some gorgeous shimmer.  ANd then here's a closeup shot of the Spooky Couple.

OK, now hurry on over to the Simply Betty Stamps web store to pick up a handful of the new Teen Scene stamps!   Also be sure to hop by the SBS blog to see lots more samples and the rest of the release!

Thanks so much for coming by today!  I appreciate your visits and your comments :)  And don't forget that I have Blog candy up for grabs still this week at THIS POST.


Monday, August 22, 2011

They're creepy and they're kooky...

...mysterious and spooky,  They're altogether Ooky, The Addams Family...

Simply Betty Stamps has simply the BEST spookiest Halloween release ever!!  Introducing the newest Teen Scene!  Are they freakin' cute or what??  Today we are peeking Igor Miller, Mummy London, and Evil Queen Rio.  Be sure to hop over to the SBS blog to see tons of eye candy from the DT and for a chance to WIN something fabulous!!

I created 2 cards for you today.  First up is Igor Miller.  I used Jen's Deconstructed Sketch for the layout of this one and papers from Fancy Pants and Reminisce.    I just love his sweet and sneaky little grin :)

And this is Evil Queen Rio.  She's all dressed  up as a Princess for Halloween , but complete with her magic mirror!  The layout for this one uses Sketch Saturday sketch for the week.  Papers are by Best Creation, and flowers from Creative Impressions.

Here's a close up shot of her, her mirror is all shiny with Glassy accents, and her petticoat is glittering with stickles!  She's just a little beauty :)

OK, so don't forget...Simply Betty Stamps blog...pronto!!  Then come back tomorrow for more samples for Release day!  Thanks for stopping in!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stampendous! Saturday and BLOG CANDY

Its time for another round of Stampendous! Blog Candy!  Are you guys loving this yet?!!  Stampendous! has been so generous letting us all give away SO many stamps this month!!

Today, I am dreaming of a pink Christmas!  I'm still playing with Fran's  Encrusted Jewel Technique and loving it!!  This week I started with a pink pattern background paper then embossed my main image (sentiment) in Bright Pink Embossing Powder.  

Around the edges of that panel I stamped parts of the snow flurry/flourish piece from the same Cling Jumbo Merry Magical set  in Champagne ink, then embossing parts with Shabby White Embossing Enamel.  (I did the same on the edges of the fuchsia card base. )  After that I added some Clear Deep Impressions powder around the edges of the main panel, along with some  Silver Crushed Glass Glitter, some Shaved Ice, and Pearlized Mica Fragments.   

Here's a better shot of how all the lovely glitters and micas become embedded when heated together.  If you missed the technique, you can view Fran's How To video HERE.

I hope you are enjoying this lovely new technique straight from the Stampendous! booth at CHA, along with all the brand new fun Jumbo Cling sets and other Fran'tage new releases.  Today I am giving away (courtesy of Stampendous!) the set that I used for this project:

All you need to do is leave me a comment!  (Sorry, open to US residents only)  I would of course love it if you became a follower as well!  And speaking of following, Stampendous! is close to 3000 followers on their Face Book fan page!  You really want to go "like" them so you'll be in the know when some special FB blog candy goes up for grabs!!

From last week, the winner of my Eiffel Tower set is #4  Craftymom 205!!  Shoot me an email!

This week, lots more blog candy giveaways as usual (and only 2 more weeks of this so don't miss out!!)
Wendy Jordan, Wendy Price, Pam Honschu,  and Taylor Usry.    Be sure to go spread some love at all their blogs for multiple chances to win!!


Pixie Dust Studio Candy Jar Release

Happy Saturday, its Candy time!  Not blog candy this time, thats my next post!  But its time for the Candy Jar Release from Pixie Dust Studio!  These are just the cutest collection of treats, from multiple holidays!!  I used Pixie Kiss for my scrapbook layout today.

Here she is close, then below is a shot of the whole double page spread.  This is actually an old Christmas layout that I created a long time back but had never added pictures to.  Now I added the photos and a cute little Pixie Kiss embellishment in the corner :)

Here's a shot at the whole collection, its available NOW in the Pixie Dust Studio web store!  Also be sure to head to the PDS blog to see lots more fun samples from the rest of the DT :)

Thanks for popping in today!  Have a great weekend :)   -Cyndi

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Toot Toot Thursday

Its From the Crypt Thursday!  Or rather from Hogwarts...

Every Thursday we are trying to spotlight some of our not-so-newly released images that you may have missed seeing or haven't seen in a long while.  I wanted to pull out my beloved Harry Potter images that Betty released a number of weeks back.  They were previewed on The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge blog, so if you don't play along there you might just have not seen this magical release!!

I had plans of creating a Hogwarts mini album, but I was just not feeling it.  So...I thought I would adhere the boo pages together and create a Hogwarts scene, reminiscent of the constantly winding and changing staircases at Hogwarts.  My papers are a combo of the Harry Potter line from Creative Imaginations and 2 lines from Graphic 45: Halloween in Wonderland and Steampunk Debutante.

First 2 wizards are 2 of the red headed's Ginny and Ron.  Ron has to be my favorite of these images...I just love his face!

Next is Hermione Granger the smart one with the sassy look on her face and who is supposed to be Pansy Parkinson, but I forgot and colored her more like Luna Lovegood!  (oops)

And lastly, here is Harry Potter himself, scar and all.  He's of course accompanied by his good buddy Hedwig.  In this release was also Professor McGonagall, but I ran out of room.

Be sure to head over to the Simply Betty Stamps  store and pick up a handful of wizardly fun!  And don't forget to check over at the Challenge Blog tomorrow for our newest Scrap Team Challenge!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Unforgettable...In every way

Its time for a new Inky Impressions challenge and this week we want to see something inspired by song lyrics!  Every time I look at this "unfrogettable" sentiment I would sing the old Nat King Cole Song, "Unforgettable", so this was an easy pick for me!!

I used the newly released Mischievous Christopher from Inky Impressions,  Just love him :)  For my card layout I used this months SFYTT from Jen del Muro.  My papers are a combo of October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket.

We hope you join us over the next fortnight in our musical challenge!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping in!


Fab 'n' Funky Challenge and by LORi Designs Spotlight

Its time today for anther Fab'n'Funky challenge!  This week our theme is stitching, either faux or real.  I used my sewing machine and added a lot of zigs and zags!  Our sponsor for the week is Pink Petticoat.

For my card, however I used the new School Girl image from by LORi Designs.  All the school images are in the spotlight this week, so be sure to head to the BLD blog and check out more samples PLUS leave a comment for a chance to win a free digi!

I paired my little girl with papers from Cosmo Cricket and used this weeks Deconstructed sketch from fellow BLD team member Jen at Deconstucting Jen.

I hope you play along with our Fab'n'Funky challenge today!  And be sure to check out this months BLD challenge as well!  Lots of chances to win some stamps!!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fussy and Fancy 1000 Follower Celebration!!

My friends over at Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog are celebrating 1000 followers today!!  And Juanita asked me to play along as a guest :)

"We are so proud and excited that you love our challenge and play along with us each week, we have having a celebration! Of course, there is a challenge to go along with it. As you can see, we have some wonderful sponsors helping us celebrate! Here are the details of how to enter our celebration challenge!
Create a project that celebrates something! It can be a wedding, birthday or any other event that you have need of a card or project for. As an extra fun challenge, use the Fussy and Fancy Friday color scheme!

You have until 12 AM PST on September 16 to enter!"

I have a new card to share with you today from Stampendous!, one of the generous sponsors this month!  This is Changito Tree Lights, one of the newest releases.  I'm a huge Changito junkie and just giggled when this cutie was released!

Here's a closeup of the little booger, I added some Glassy Glaze to all the bulbs to make them shine!

Juanita also shared this peek from Simply Betty Stamps that I posted yesterday. This is The Corpse Bride, coming soon!!   For details on this card and the new Burton Chibi release coming in September, see THIS POST.

Thanks so much for visiting me today!  Be sure to scroll down for my other 2 posts today!!


Monday, August 15, 2011

This is Halloween...

"Isn't the view beautiful? It takes my breath away. Well, it would if I had any. "- The Corpse Bride

Happy Monday!  Its challenge time at Desert Island Crafters Challenge again and today I have a PEEK for you!!  This is The Corpse Bride coming soon from Simply Betty Stamps!  She will be released in just a few short weeks, but you may see peeks of her popping up all over the place!!  If you like Betty's images, be sure to follow me for me peeks of fun stuff to come!!

And check out that AWESOMEly spooky gate!  Its a new  background  stamp from Stampendous! called Beware Gate thats embossed with new Aged Black Embossing Enamel.

So, on to the challenge!!  Its Suzie McFloozy's Itinerary that we follow this week, and here it is:

1 - Dry embossing
2 - Paper piecing (not to be confused with piercing!)
3 - Pearls
4 - Office stationary (paper clips etc)
5 - Kraft card
6 - Ruffles
7 - Stickers
8 - Stitching
9 - Vintage/Old fashioned (could be an image or just style)
10 - Fabric

I used #1 Dry embossing (Tim Holtz folder distressed with purple Metallic rubons)
#3 pearls (from May Arts, tied into my other ribbons)
#6 Ruffles  & # 8 Stitching
(I stitched my ribbon to the panel overlapping pieces to form a ruffled edge)

Here's a shot of the ribbon and pearl trim and the ruffle border

More of the ruffle border, a tad of the embossed black mat, and sentiment)

And finally  closeup of The Corpse Bride herself.  I just love her!!  And just wait to you see the rest of the Burton Chibis coming in September!!   

We hope you will join us this Fortnight in our challenge!  You have until August 31st to play along!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please say hi, I love to read your comments!  And, don't forget to leave a comment for my Stampendous! Saturday blog candy giveaway!



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Stampendous! Saturday with BLOG CANDY

I’m back for this week’s edition of Stampendous! Saturday!  This week I am trying something quite a bit different for me, and I’m still playing with the techniques, so I’ll show you lots more of this in the future!

Our latest Stampendous! catalog was all about Fran’tage!  And while demoing at CHA this July Fran stumbled upon a fun new complimentary technique which she’s calling The Encrusted Jewel Technique. 

Here’s my whole card and its really hard to see all the sparkly gorgeousness going on so I have a couple of close ups for you too!   I stamped the Eiffel Tower from the Perfectly Clear Eiffel Tower stamp set in Versamark Ink on a pattern paper then embossed it with the new Aged Silver Embossing Enamel.  Around the edges I added some of the smaller stamps from the set stamped in Bisque Dew Drop ink.  I added some Aged Gold Embossing Enamel to only parts of the images and then heated them  Now part of that lovely champagne color shows through as well.

Along the bottom of the card I stamped one of the gorgeous Jumbo Cling Romantic Border and embossed that with Chunky White Deep Impression powder.  Before its heated though you want to add small bits of your other “pretties”.  I used  Pearlized Mica Fragments,  Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter, and Silver Crushed Glass Glitter.

I'm linking to the NEW Encrusted Jewel Technique video on YouTube so you can check it out :) 

AND, since its still August I have Blog candy for you again this week!!  I am giving away this beautiful  Eiffel Tower Set courtesy of Stampendous!  Just leave me a comment by next Friday  night (and feel free to follow me!!) 

ALSO with blog candy this week: 

SO many chances to win!!  AND without further delay, my winner from last week is my bud Alison H!  Woo Hoo!!  Just tell me which one of the two you want and send me your address!!

Thanks for coming by today!  Have a wonderful weekend!!