Thursday, December 22, 2011

Frosty & Fabulous!

My friend Cyndi is hosting a Sketch Challenge on her blog,  It's something new she's doing and calling it The Scrappy Chick Sunday Sketch Challenge (SCSSC01) and this is the first one.  Since I have some new stamps just screaming for some ink I decided to play along.  Here's my entry:

This cute little stamp is called Frosty and Fabulous and he's from the My Favorite Things Pure Innocence collection.  I think he's just too cute!  I stamped him with my Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Classic Crest and colored him with my Copics.  The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye, the base of my card is Bazzill and I used Neenah for my icicles created with a Martha Stewart punch.  The ribbon is from my stash and I'm afraid I don't know the origin.  I did add some Star Dust Stickles to the icicles but it's hard to see it in the photo. 

This is the original sketch and as you can see, rather than use a sentiment, I decided to use an image.  I love sketches but I really love that you can put your own creative twist on things.

I love how my card turned out!  I hope you like it too and thanks for stopping by to take a look!  Now you should head straight to your stamping happy place and create your own version of this fun sketch!

Rubber hugs!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stampendous Snowfall Pair

Now don't these two look all cute and snuggly?  I think they're adorable!  This is an image from Stampendous in one of their new Jumbo Clings called Snowfall Pair.  I stamped my image with Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah and colored it with my Copics.  I cut it out and layered it on Bazzill, Reminisce and Bo Bunny papers.  I added some Polar White Flower Soft on their hats and some Stampendous Shaved Ice for the snow.

I don't know if you've played with the Stampendous Shaved Ice but it's like glitter on steroids!  It's so awesome and sparkly, I love it!  It's a simple card but cute and very easy to do.  I hope you enjoy looking and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday...

... to my Uncle Wake and my friend Gary.  This is a card I made for Gary.  He's turning 50 today and has Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer.  He's a sweet guy I've known since I was about 12, so it's been a while.  I know he's partial to pick-up trucks and I'm hoping he likes the color red!

My image is from Stampin' Up!, stamped on Neenah and colored with Copics.  The sentiment is printed on my laser printer using Magneto font.  I cut it to look like a banner and added holes for the DMC floss to attach the banner to the truck.  I added the dirt road and grass with my Copics but wanted to keep it clean and simple without too much fuss.  I also used a little Silver Fox Smooch for my chrome and Glossy Accents for my glass.  My image is layered with Bo Bunny and Bazzill papers and the base of my card is Bazzill.  Gary likes things clean and simple so hopefully this card will be just right!  Thanks for looking and happy birthday to two special guys!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Favorite Things - Flurry of Love

I fell in love with this cute little set the minute I laid eyes on it and had to add it to my ever growing collection of My Favorite Things stamps.  There's just something about this Pure Innocence line that really appeals to me.  This card is definitely in the Cute and Simple (CAS) category of cards.  Some days you just NEED cute and simple!

I stamped my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Classic Crest and colored it with my Copics.  Once the image was colored, I went over the "furry" parts of her hat and boots and all of the snowflakes with my Marvy Snow Marker.  Once the "snow" dried, I heated it up with my heat gun to get that nice velvety raised look.  I layered my little cutie on Bazzill and Little Yellow Bicycle papers pop-dotting my image and the green layer right behind her.  I used my MFT snowflake die and cut my three snowflakes out in white and one little one in my blue Bazzill then pop-dotted the snowflakes.  I decided to add just a little bling from Queen & Co. and that really polished the card off without going overboard.  So there you have it!  One CAS card coming right up!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look and if you have time, let me know what you think.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Kiss the Cook Miller

Just  imagine, it's the Fourth of July, hot as blazes outside and you're ready to cook out some hamburgers and hot dogs.  Who ya gonna call?  No, not ghostbusters, it's Kiss the Cook Miller!  He is the 6th and final preview from Simply Betty Stamps Teen Scene Kitchen Fun collection.  He's all fired up and ready to grill!

In typical Lea fashion, my image is on Neenah, colored with Copics, cut out and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I was feeling very patriotic when I colored him so I paired him with Piggy Tales' Yankee Doodle Dandy line over Bazzill.  I layered my image and then using the star Nestability, I cut out and layered some stars.  I used my white Signo gel pen from Uni-Ball to write my sentiment.  I really love how this one turned out.  So this is the last image in this collection.  I sure hope you have enjoyed this release. I've certainly enjoyed creating my cards for you.  Thanks for joining me!

Bonum appetitionem!  (in Latin)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Miss Muffin Rio

Making her baking debut on the fifth day of our Simply Betty Stamps Teen Scene Kitchen Fun collection preview is Little Miss Muffin Rio.  She is absolutely adorable!  I love her happy expression on her cute little bespeckled face!

My image is on Neenah and colored with Copics with Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the edge.  My base is Bazzill and for the patterned papers I used Best Creation's Mom's Kitchen line.  I love the paper and thought it was perfect for this image.  I added some Doodle Twine between layers in pink and aqua.  The Queen & Company rhinestones are just a little extra bling but also carry over the polka dot theme from the paper.  I used MS Word to print out my sentiment and layered it on Bazzill,ti along with an oven mitt I cut out of the patterned paper, a cute and inexpensive way to embellish.  So that's it for today, come back tomorrow for our final preview!

Bom appetite! (in Portuguese)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pan Slingin' London

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle!  Today we are previewing Simply Betty Stamps Pan Slingin' London, fourth in the Teen Scene Kitchen Fun collection.  Isn't she a hottie!?  I thought she looked sassy and certainly too cute to be cookin'!  I thought she kind of had that look like "you want me to do what with what?" 

My image is on Neenah and colored with Copics.  I cut the image out with a Spellbinder's Nestability and inked the edge with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  The base of my card is Bazzill with layers of Doodlebug Designs and EK Success (the green one) papers.  I added some Prima flowers with Queen & Co. rhinestones.  I typed up my own little sentiment in MS Word, layered it and pop-dotted it on.  She is sizzlin'! 

¡Buen apetito!  (in Spanish)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spaghetti Christian

Hi there!  Today we are previewing the Simply Betty Stamps image Spaghetti Christian from the new Teen Scene Kitchen Fun collection.  He's so cute in his chef hat that when I saw this paper I knew I had to use it!  My image is on Neenah and colored with Copics.  The base of my card is Bazzill.  The cute chef paper is Karen Foster's Chef Accessories.  I've combined that with Bo Bunny Walnut Gingham and a Lasting Impressions check.  I thought they were both very "chef-like" and they went perfectly with the Karen Foster. I used a Retro Kitchen Cuttlebug folder to add a little texture.  I finished it off with some Doodle Twine from Doodlebug Designs and my sentiment is one I did myself in MS Word.

It's a simple card but I think it's cute.  Anyway, I hope you like it and I sure appreciate you taking time to stop by and look.

Buon appetito!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cupcake Lola

Oh how I love a good cupcake!  They're just the right size and full of tastiness!  I can say no to a lot of things but a cupcake is not one of them.  Today's Simply Betty Stamps image is Cupcake Lola and she's as sweet as they come! 

As usual, my image is on Neenah and colored with Copics.  The base of this card is Bazzill, I love the wide range of colors Bazzill carries.  If you can't find a color to match your paper, you aren't looking hard enough!
I then layered Bo Bunny's Sweet Tooth Temptations patterned paper using each side for a different layer.  I added an edge of Bo Bunny Raspberry Dot paper that I punched with a Martha Stewart punch to the striped side of the Temptations paper.  I trimmed my image, used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to tone down the whiteness, layered it on Bazzill and then layered it onto the Bo Bunny Raspberry Dot.  This, of course, was layered onto the striped Temptations paper.  I stamped a sentiment from Stampin Up!, layered it onto more of the Raspberry Dot and pop-dotted it onto my card.  I added three dew drops for visual interest and that completed my card.  I'm pleased with how it turned out but I must admit, making this card has made me crave cupcakes.  Guten appetit!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Baking Betty

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!  As usual, I ate too much but Thanksgiving Day only comes once a year so I indulge myself a little.  Of course, every day should be thanksgiving day as I have much to be thankful for.  God's grace shines upon me, I have a wonderful family and wonderful friends, and a little bit of a creative gift that allows me to share my love of stamping and creating with you.  Thank you for being a part of my life here in blog land.

Today Simply Betty Stamps is releasing the first image in the Teen Scene Kitchen collection beginning with Baking Betty.  She is such a cutie, I just love her!

I colored Baking Betty on Neenah with my Copics, which, as you know, is my favorite medium.  I cut her out with a Spellbinders Nestie and edged her with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  The base of my card is Bazzill.  I layered Karen Foster's In the Kitchen paper with Lasting Impressions checks and added my image piece to the top.  I cut out a couple of images from the paper as accents.  I printed out my sentiment, punched it out, added a couple of pearls and some ribbon.  One Baking Betty card cooked up and served!

Check back tomorrow to see what the next course is from the kitchen.  I'm sure it will be tasty!  Bon appetit!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's a Simply Betty Sale!

Are you all ready for Christmas? How about Black Friday?!!

Betty is, and she's also ready with sales!

ALL Rubber and Clear Simply Betty Stamps are now on sale!

Everything is 30-55% off!

Sale starts now and ends Friday!

Grab your favorite Emos from $3.75-$4.80

Jude and the Rockers, Teen Scenes from $3.75-$4.25!

Funky Pirates, Burton Chibis, Rag Dolls, and many more all $3.75-$4.55

Check it all out at Simply Betty!!

Won't you help spread the word by posting this badge on your side bar, pretty, pretty please? Place this on your side bar, leave a comment letting us know you have placed the badge on your sidebar for a chance on six brand Spankin' NEW digis coming next week... oh and just so you know the new images for next week will not be available to anyone else as digis! You won't want to miss this opportunity, the new line is YUMMY! 3 winners will be chosen!! Winners will be announced Saturday and images emailed! Just leave a comment, your email address and a link to you blog where you have added the badge!

Happy Shopping, and at least on line, it's always No stress shopping! No crowds, no BLACK eyes from fighting over that last item!

Gift Certificates are available!
To purchase a Gift Certificate email simplybstamps @ yahoo dot com, the following:

Name of Recipient
Name of Sender
Amount of Gift Certificate
Date you would like the Certificate emailed
Paypal account where you want the invoice for your Gift Certificate sent.

The Recipient will get an electronic Gift Certificate to use at Simply Betty Stamps! It's that easy!

Oh and just FYI... Sweet Gothic Kids Birthday images now available in digi form for a short time!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fluffy Reindeer Tail Levi

Now isn't he the cutest tail end of a reindeer you've ever seen!?  Meet Fluffy Reindeer Tail Levi, the newest Christmas Sketchy Zombie from Simply Betty Stamps!  I have had such a good time coloring zombies for this release.  I decided that since this is a guy I would keep the design on this card more masculine.  It's not always easy for me to do masculine cards as I like embellishments and ribbons and glitters and there's really not a lot you can use for a guy without making it too girly.  So out came the buttons!  Buttons are wonderful little touches that depending on the style of the button can easily masculine or feminine.  My image is on Neenah and colored with Copics.  The other papers are Bazzill and Bo Bunny's Blitzen.  The card is simple with just a little layering, a simple sentiment and a few buttons.  I did tone the white of the Neenah down with some Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

So, that's it for today.  I hope you like Levi, I think he's a cutie.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jinglin' Jessi

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jinglin' Jessi all the way!
Oh what fun it is to stamp
When Lea gets to play, hey!
Yeah, I know, I'm being corny!  Well, there's nothing corny about Jinglin' Jessi, this image from Simply Betty Stamps is as cute as they get!  She seems very happy for a zombie so I felt the need to color her happy colors.  She's all decked out in purple and lime green.  My two favorite colors!!  I had to give her purple curls and I figured if she's going to run around in a strapless dress in the winter, then she's gotta be cold, right!?  Hence the icy blue skin.  Yeah, I know she's a zombie and therefore she's dead, or is she undead?  Either way she's just so darn cute!

I colored her with Copics on Neenah and layered her on some purple Bazzill.  My other layers are Bo Bunny and a piece of unknown origin paper.  As soon as I saw this cutie, I knew I had to use this piece of Bo Bunny from the Winter Joy collection.  Using a Memory Box die I cut the blue accent swirl that I used to mount my sentiment from A Muse onto.  I added a couple of ribbons from my stash and some purple dew drops.  I love how this card turned out.  It's bright, fun and one of my favs!  Thanks for stopping by!  Jingle bells, jingle...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Peppermint Brooke

This young zombie could seriously use a peppermint!  Have you ever smelled zombie breath?  Well, I haven't either but I can just imagine how stinky it would be!  So today Simply Betty Stamps is introducing Peppermint Brooke, the newest image in the Sketchy Zombie Christmas collection.  I decided that I wanted my cute little zombie to look like a freshly made zombie so I colored her with my Copics in a normal skin tone and then I went in and added W2 and W5 to kind of "putrify" her a little.  I must say that looking at the card in person is a little too different than looking at her on the computer.  On my screen she really doesn't look nearly as putrified as she does in person and that disappoints me.  I was really going for a freshly dead look!    

The papers I used were Neenah for the image, Bazzill for my base and accents and My Mind's Eye "be Merry" for the prints. I accented with some pink ribbon from my stash and a few pink dew drops.   At any rate, the card came out as cute as a card can look with a putrified zombie.  I actually kind of like the contrast between cute peppermint-y colors and a zombie with decaying flesh.  Not something you see every day, now is it!?  I do hope you enjoy Peppermint Brooke, I sure had a good time making her into a card!  Come back tomorrow as there will be yet another zombie on the loose! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Falala Lexi from Simply Betty Stamps

Fa la la la la la la la la.....Falala Lexi!  This is her debut with Simply Betty Stamps and isn't she cute?  Who knew a zombie could be so darn adorable!?  I just love her and I do hope you like her too!

The papers I used are Neenah, Bazzill and Echo Park's Wintertime Collection.  I loved the colors and since I really wanted her to look cold (i.e. blue) I decided this paper was perfect!  Of course I colored my image with Copics, you know they're my favorite!!  My sentiment is from A Muse, the ribbon is from an unknown source as well as the button and the embroidery floss, just goodies from my stash!  I think she came out really cute and hope you think so too!  There are more from this Simply Betty Stamps collection being released over the next few days so keep checking back for more great images and cards. 
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  I enjoy knowing that someone appreciates my little masterpieces!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Batty Betty Birthday Blog Hop

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday Batty Betty!
Happy birthday to you!
Now, how many of you did the music in your head as if you were singing it!?  That's what I figured!  This is a special blog hop today to wish our wonderful friend, Betty, a very happy birthday!  If you landed here from Alison's page, you're on the right track.  The complete list of blogs is below in case you've gotten lost along the way.  For Betty's card I used one of the Sweet Gothic Kids images, Judy Present, found here.  I merely modified her hat from a Christmas hat to a party hat which was very easy to do with a little masking and it allowed me to turn her into a birthday image.  I colored her with my Copics and layered her on Bazzill and Echo Parks Summer Days paper.Then it was just a matter of adding a sentiment, a few cute buttons for embellishments and a little Stickles to sparkle her party hat.  A sweet little card for a very sweet lady!

For the inside of her card, I printed off my sentiment and added a little of the Echo Park paper just to dress it up a little bit.  I think it was just the right touch!  I hope you like my card for Betty and I hope you will join us in wishing Betty the happiest of birthdays with many more to come!  We love you Betty, happy birthday!
From here you may hop to Barbara's blog and see what wonderful creation is waiting for your hopping pleasure!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Here's the complete list in case you lost your way!
Lea (Me!)
Thanks and have a blessed day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Simply Betty Stamps - Jude and the Rockers Christmas Release

Hi there!  I have three cute cards for you today from Simply Betty Stamps.  These are from the new Jude and the Rockers Christmas collection and they are just adorable!  You can see the entire collection on the web site for Simply Betty Stamps or you may visit our blog for more samples of each new image.  My first card is Big Gift Lilly.  She is just the cutest little thing and kind of reminds me of Cindy Loo Who!  Lilly is colored with Copics, distressed with a little Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink and layered on Neenah Classic Crest, Bazzill and My Mind's Eye "be Merry" papers.  I added a few dew drops that I colored with my Copics and cut out three little trees that I pop-dotted in the lower right corner.  I love her rockin' PJ's!

 Big Gift Lilly

Next up is Carrots for Rudolph Ariel!  She's just so stinkin' cute!  My youngest son has decided he wants to leave out carrots for Rudolph this year.  After all, he is the one leading the whole sleigh and pulling Mr. Chubby around all night!  I guess he's right so I've conceded and carrots will become a new tradition in our household.   Well Ariel is just sooo cute she had to be colored with Copics!  I cut her out with a Spellbinders Nestie and did the next size up as well for layering.  I added a little Tim Holtz Distress Ink and layered her over Bazzill and Bo Bunny papers.  I added two layers of ribbon and using a little of the Bazzill I used for the base of the card, I cut out the snowflakes with a die from My Favorite Things and added bling with some Stickles.  I love how she came out!

Carrots for Rudolph Ariel

Last, but certainly not least, is cute little Cookies for Santa Jude.  He reminds me of my son's best friend, Michael, except Michael has the most darling curls you have ever seen.  There's just something about Jude that makes me think of Michael!  Again, I used my Copics to color him, added some Bundled Sage Tim Holtz Distress Ink  and layered him with Bazzill and the two printed papers.  I hate to say this, but, I don't know which company to give credit to for these cute papers.  There was nothing printed on the back so I'm at a loss.  They really are perfect for this particular image.  The Santa faces are glittered so I wanted to keep my embellishments to a minimum and used just a little gingham ribbon as an accent.  Sometimes simple really is the way to go! 

Cookies for Santa Jude

That's it for my preview cards for this collection release and I do hope you enjoyed looking at them.  Hopefully they've inspired you to head to Simply Betty Stamps and purchase these cute little rascals.  I'm sure they will find their way into your heart and spark your creativity!  Happy stamping and thanks for looking!

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's the Great Secret Pumpkin Exchange Blog Hop Day 3

Happy Halloween!  Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!

Okay so let's get on to the final hop prize and how you can win it or one of the other two prizes!

Today is our final hop day, with a new set of ghouls, I mean gals, and a final prize.  Today's prize is one mega bucket!  It has 12 new stamps, yep you heard me!  And they haven't been released yet!  That means you will not only get the stamps before everyone else, but if you choose to, you can be a part of the release. It's not required but it is an open invitation to be Guest Release DT Member.  Both of these lines will not, I repeat, not be available in digi, and if you are a digi lover and you win this prize, or any of the other two prizes and would like to switch them out for digis Betty will grant that wish for you!

SO how can you get in on any of these three awesome prizes?  It is soooo simple you may re-read this twice to make sure you read it right!

All you have to do is upload your best Halloween picture on the Simply Betty Stamps blog with Mr. Linky!  Yep that's it!  It's Halloween night, I know we are all going to have our cameras out and ready to flash people, you know what I mean by flash!  LOL

Your picture must be Halloween, your family trick or treating, having dinner in your costumes, anything Halloween and in a costume!  You will have until Nov. 3rd to upload your picture, the DT gals and Betty will vote on three of our favorites in the following catagories:  Cutest, Funniest, Most Original!  Mr. Linky will be gone by Nov. 3rd, and the three winners will be announced Nov. 10th on Betty's Birthday!  Whoohoo!  Like yesterday, today you can win a secret Betty digi just by leaving a comment on the SBS blog letting Betty know what you thought of all the gal's posts and projects! 
Thank you all so much for hopping and here we go....

So, on to revealing my Secret Pumpkin!  Not only did she give me a treat (my card and coffin), she gave me a pair of socks so she wouldn't have to smell my feet, and she gave me something good to eat, Snickers!  Now, how cool is that!?  Thank you, Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer for being such a ghoulishly sweet Secret Pumpkin!  Just look at this cute little combo Aeryn made!  I must confess, the coffin is empty.  When it arrived, it was full of Snickers, now it's not.  They have all disappeared!  I'm sure they'll reappear sometime soon on my hips or rear end but in the meantime, I've just been licking my lips!

Here's a close-up of just the card she made using
Vampire Christian from the Emo Halloween Collection.

Isn't he just adorable in his own spooky little way?  Love the sentiment too!  Here's a picture of the socks Aeryn sent me.  I propped my feet up on my stamping desk just for the occasion!  Notice all the mess on my desk?  Yep, that's what happens after two busy weeks of stamping, Halloween has exploded all over my desk!

Thank you Aeryn for making my Halloween even more special and fun by being my Secret Pumpkin! 

So, I thought that since it's Halloween I would give you an extra treat and show you another card I made using Witchy Boo Betty in digi format.  I don't know about you, but I love digis!

I so wish you could see the sparkle on the stars!  They are just so much prettier in real life, the camera never seems to do my sparkles justice.  I think she came out pretty cute.  I also did a card I sent to my Secret Pumpkin but the post office decided to lose my package that I sent so Erika unfortunately didn't get to participate.  I can't even begin to tell you how angry I am with the post office but more than that, I feel awful for Erika not getting her goodies.  I did take a picture of the card before I mailed it to her and I'd like to post it below.  I used Punkin' Judy from the Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween Collection.  When you have time please go to Erika's site, and give her some love.  I feel just awful that her package is out there missing in action.

I'm so hoping Erika's box shows up soon.

Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you have a safe and spooky Halloween!
If you landed here from Alison's blog then so far so good, your next stop is Rebecca and you know what happens from there, but if you should happen to get lost along the way here is the complete list for you:

Ends back here: SBS Blog

From all of us at Simply Betty Stamps we wish you and your family a very Happy Halloween, stay safe out there, have a Spooktacular good time and fill those bags up with loads of candy (then send them all to me bwah ha ha ha ha)!
We can't wait to see your awesome pictures!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Haunty Halloween Hop

Welcome to our Haunty Halloween Hop!  I love Halloween more than any other holiday of the year.  I thought this would be a fun way to share my love of the holiday and my love of making cards.  Also...
...its Day 6 of the 12 Days of Halloween at The Simply Betty Stamps blog

On the sixth day of Halloween
My true love gave to me
Six goblins gobbling
Five scary spooks!
Four skeletons
Three black cats
Two trick or treaters
And an owl in a rotten oak tree

All you have to do is incorporate Goblins in your project and Betty Addams DIGI is all yours! 

If you arrived here from Mary's blog then you are right on track, if not why not go back to the beginning of the hop at Cyndi's blog!

I've done all of four days and here they are!  I hope you like them!
An owl in an rotten oak tree!

 Two trick or treaters!

Three black cats!

Four skeletons!
Okay, I'm posting a few more cards in my quest to complete the 12 days!

Five scary spooks!

Six goblins gobbling!

Seven pumpkins glowing!

Eight monsters shrieking! 
  Check back again as there will be more added!
Happy Haunty Halloween Hopping!

If you got lost along the way here's the hop order:

Lea Kimmel **you are here**

AND we have TONS of fabulous Halloween prizes from our wonderful sponsors!

Stampendous! ( 5 winners... 1 Halloween bg cling stamp each winner..Crowscape, Graveyard, Beware Gate, Castle Gate, Pumpkin Fence)

Karber Digital Designs...2 digis to one winner

Skipping Stones Design...Halloweenie set

Smeared Ink  (5 single digis...1 each to 5 winners? or 5 to 1 winner?)

Strange Skin...1 set of choice (except Zombies)

Jens Digi Stamp...(5 images to one winner)

Simply Betty Stamps...($10 Gift Certificate)

La-La Land Crafts ($10 Gift Certificate)

Dreamweavers Stencils: 3 prizes: each is 4 stencils, 2 brushes,  with 3 technique sheets each!

You have until Wednesday October 26th at 8pm EST to leave comments!  All the prizes will be drawn randomly from  all the comments on all the hopper's posts

From here hop on over to Angelique's blog 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

DICC Challenge #18

Here's my entry for the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge #18.  Of the 10 things you could possibly use, I've used most of them!  It's a 1. Halloween Card, 2. SBS Image, 3. Favorite Color (purple and lime green), 5. Candy Colors (think Fruit Stripe Gum, Jolly Ranchers, etc), 6. Not Square, 7. Stripes, 8. Shades of Gray (love my kitty), and last but not least, 9. Bats (also gray!) and Spiders (no spiders, yuck!)!  My sweet little Betty Witch is all about pink, purple and green!  I colored her with my Copics on Neenah Classic Crest paper, cut the image out with my Wonky Squares Nestie, edged her with some Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and layered her on "the Midnight Spell" paper from DCWV.  How appropriate is that name!  I gave her a lovely purple bow and then gave her some magic dust (Star Dust Stickles) she's pouring into the cauldron.  I stamped my sentiment in the Seedless Preserves and gave it a little Lime Green Stickles accent.  What fun!  I so love Halloween and my pretty in pink Betty Witch!  Thanks for stopping by for a look.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Simply Betty Stamps

Yay!!  I'm officially one of the newest Design Team Members of Simply Betty Stamps!  I can't even tell you how exciting this is for me.  I so love these stamps, they're fun, quirky and a little different.  Kind of like me!  Well, a whole lot like me, to be honest!  As one of the newest members of the DT, I was able to participate in my first ever Sneak Peek for part of the Teen Scene Christmas Release.  Now, how cool is that!?  These are the cards I created.  First up is Season's Greetings Lola.  I colored her with my Copics on Neenah Classic Crest and airbrushed and Glimmer Misted the background.  The papers are Basic Grey.  I used the snowflake die from My Favorite Things to add a few snowflake accents, added a little bling and used some sparkly ribbon and Flower Soft to complete the card.  I love how she turned out!

Next up was Rio and Frosty.  Aren't they just the cutest?  Again, my image was colored with Copics on Neenah, layered on Bazzill and Echo Park papers.  I stamped the sentiment from Amuse, added a few little stamped snowflakes around the edge, layered and voila!  I just added a few pearls and the card was done.  Easy peasy and cute to boot!

The last card I did for the Sneak Peek was Betty and Christian under the mistletoe.  As usual, they are colored with my Copics on Neenah and layered on Little Yellow Bicycle and Bazzill papers.  Using a Nestie, I cut them out and sponged a little green ink around the edges.  I added some ribbon and a little bling.  Done!  Three cute cards with some cool images from Simply Betty Stamps.  Pretty cool, huh!?  Go check out the stamps and you can also go to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see what other members of the team created.  You won't be disappointed!

Hope you enjoy my cards from my newest endeavor!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Simply Betty Stamps Blog Hop and Auction

Welcome to the Xander Zone!!  You are in for quite a trip through todays Blog Hop and Auction.  Our dear friend Betty Roberts, owner of Simply Betty Stamps has just found out this week that her 17 year old son Christian has Stage 1 Throat Cancer.  He will be having surgery next week and many months of Therapy to follow.  (To read more from  Betty on what’s going on please go HERE)

Betty’s DT and the Crafty Sprouts DT along with a few friends have come together today for the From the Xander Zone Blog Hop and Auction!  If you are stumbling into this hop please head to Crafty Sprouts to catch the beginning of the hop!

If you hopped here from Raven then you are right on track!

As you hop along today you will see cards created with Xander, the first in a new series to be released called “From the Xander Zone”.  He is available with a donation to Betty’s family.  Christian will be undergoing Surgery next week to remove his tonsils and then the thrice weekly Therapy will begin on the tumor.  His therapy could last for many months.


There is also  a contest running through October 16th and Christian will pick a random winner who will receive the whole collection!  The details on the contest are at the SBS blog.

As you hop today you will also see many cards and projects up for Auction.  In order to make a bid on an item leave a comment on that person’s blog with your offer AND your name and email address.  Please remember that it might not be you who gets the winning bid, so check back if you really want it! 

At the end of the Hop (Tuesday night October 11th at 9pm EST the auction will come to a close.  Winners will be sent a paypal invoice and the Winners will be announced on the Simply Betty Stamps blog.  Please note that we are asking for timely payment, with 48 hours of the announcement on Tuesday morning or the runner up will be chosen.  This is for the simple fact that Betty’s family needs this money as quickly as possible for all of these unexpected and out-of-pocket needs.

Here's the card I created for the hop using "Bella the Vampire."  I think she's gorgeous and spooky looking all rolled into one and was so pleased to use her in my card for Christian.  Of course I stamped her on Neenah and colored her with my Copics (E50, E51, E53, R02, YR14, YR16, YR18, E08, G21, G24, G28, BG000).  I cut her out using a Spellbinders Nestie and distressed her with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Antique Linen all over and Rusty Hinge around the edge.  I layered her on Bazzill and Cosmo Cricket papers.  I typed my own sentiment and printed it out on Neenah, distressed it and layered it as well.  I had a few off-white flowers in my stash that I also distressed, added the bling in the middle and attached to the layered sentiment.  The card itself was so simple to create, however, I think she's as lovely as her name!  I hope you like her too. 

From here please hop over to Lelia at

If you get lost along the way, here’s the hop order!


I can't even begin to tell you how honored I am to be included in this hop to raise money for Christian.  It means a great deal to me and I would like to thank Betty and her Design Team at Simply Betty Stamps for allowing me to participate.  It has truly been a pleasure!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Favorite Chef

What's cookin' in your stamp room?  I cooked this one up with My Favorite Things!  She's colored with my Copics, of course, on Neenah.  The other papers used are My Mind's Eye, Bo Bunny, Basic Grey and Bazzill.  Boy that's a lot of B's!  The buttons are from my stash and the twine is My Mind's Eye.  I did use a Martha Stewart punch to edge the piece of Bo Bunny.  I do love how my little chef turned out!  Now, it's time to cook up something new!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Limited Copic Marker Challenge

Marianne changed the challenge to color with only 3 Copics, so being the smartie britches that I am, I colored her with only 2.  Yep, that's right.  2 Copics, no blender!  What a fun challenge and whether I win or not, I had a great time playing along!

School Girl Challenge

This is an image by Marianne Walker that she posted for a challenge.  The challenge was to color the image with a limited number of Copics.  The limit was set at 6, I used 4 and my blender.  I think she's pretty darn cute. 

Hello Cupcake!

Here's a little sweetie I did from My Favorite Things Pure Innocence line called Hello Cupcake!  Of course she's colored with Copics.  The paper is Bazzill and My Mind's Eye.  I used a MFT die to create my flower too!  I used a petite scallops nestie to layer her with. Added a little ribbon and "Voila!"  Isn't she cute?

For the inside I stamped my sentiment and using the MFT jumbo ric rac die I added a piece of the cupcake paper.  I love how it turned out.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Somebunny Loves You!

Here's a cutie I created to play along with the My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge 35 and I think I'll enter it in the Charisma Cardz Challenge for Anything Goes too! What a great sketch!  I colored the main image with my Copics (E21, E30, R02, RV11, RV32, E23, E25, E27, Y11, Y13, Y15, C0) and sponged some Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the image.  I did round the corners at the top of image and added a small strip of the same paper as the background paper I had punched out with an EK Success punch.  I cut a piece of Basic Grey and two strips of pink polka dot paper of unknown origin!  The houndstooth paper is My Mind's Eye.  The card base itself is Neenah.  I put a strip of green ribbon in the mix as well.  I stamped my sentiment, rounded the corners and sponged it with the same Distress Ink.  Layered it all up and added the cute flower I created with a Spellbinder's rose die and colored with my RV11 Copic, added the brad and voila!.  I loved creating this card and it all came together very nicely!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cheers! to My Favorite Things Stamps

I so love a glass of bubbly!  Isn't she just adorable?  I have fallen in love with stamps from My Favorite Things!  Right now, they are definitely one of MY favorite things.  I love their sketches too as they are fresh and fun.  I also used a SU heart stamp as well to create a background paper but we'll get to that in a moment.  I stamped my main image on Neenah Classic Crest with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored her with my Copics (E30, E21, R02, E23, E25, E27, BG02, BG05, BG07, Y23 and C0).  I cut her out and added a little shading around her with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the edges and added my Stampendous ultra fine multi glitter to her dress with a Quickie glue pen, a little touch of Stickles to her ears and Glossy Accents on her glass of bubbly.  I set her aside and moved on to the Lasting Impressions paper piece.  I took a heart stamp and colored on it with my Copics (BG02, BG05, BG07, B05, G02 and G05).  I spritzed the stamp with some Copic blender solution and stamped my heart on the paper.  I took my Colorless Blender "0" and using the tip-to-tip method I added some stripes of color to the stamped image.  I stamped several of these hearts and repeated the same process on each one.  I punched out my tab with the same Lasting Impressions paper, folded it over, stamped Cheers! and attached it to the bigger piece with the hearts.  I cut my strip of Bo Bunny paper that had the hearts on it that inspired my stamped hearts, cut my Bo Bunny dots paper to fit and then layered the whole card on Bazzill.  I added some cute little blue-green rhinestones from Queen & Co. to finish the card off with that extra little bit of pizzazz.  I'm so please with how it all came together.  I planned to enter the MFTWSC from last week but alas, I missed the deadline!  That's okay, there are a couple of others I'm going to enter my adorable young lady in, Pile It On! PIO #35 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Charisma Cardz Challenges #35 - Anything Goes at  Why not join me?  You just might win!  Here's a close-up of her sparkly dress.  It reminds me of the 50's dresses that were so sparkly!
I love sparkles, don't you?