Saturday, 31 July 2010

Oh, Alice! Chapter 24 - Broken Glass..

`Now tell me, Pat, what's that in the window?'

`Sure, it's an arm, yer honour!' (He pronounced it `arrum.')

`An arm, you goose! Who ever saw one that size? Why, it fills the whole window!'

`Sure, it does, yer honour: but it's an arm for all that.'

`Well, it's got no business there, at any rate: go and take it away!'

There was a long silence after this, and Alice could only hear whispers now and then; such as, `Sure, I don't like it, yer honour, at all, at all!' `Do as I tell you, you coward!' and at last she spread out her hand again, and made another snatch in the air. This time there were TWO little shrieks, and more sounds of broken glass. `What a number of cucumber-frames there must be!' thought Alice. `I wonder what they'll do next! As for pulling me out of the window, I only wish they COULD! I'm sure I don't want to stay in here any longer!' 



Your mission this week  with Oh, Alice, should you choose to accept it, is to try a technique using cracked glass, crystal effects (or glossy accents), or a window stamp/technique.  



 For my card i used the 'Stained Mosaic' technique that i discovered a while ago at splitcoast stampers, they have an excellent tutorial which explains is far better than i could, you can find all the details here


I used a Sweet Pea image of Alice (Thank You Jess), and coloured it with my promarkers before creating the stained mosaic effect. I used the 'Pastel Blooms' papers and sentiment from craftworkcard for my card.  I layered a flower motif onto some grey/silver card and embossed the petals to give it some texture, before adding a button and blue gem to the centre.


Don't forget to visit the Oh, Alice Blog to see all the other wonderful creations from the design team, they've come up with some wonderful examples of different techniques you can use to create your 'Broken Glass..'


Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 29 July 2010

StampInsanity - Katie for a Cure

StampInsanity has a very special challenge for you this week. Beth has created a new set for her cousin who is battling breast cancer. Here is what Beth writes about the new set:
“Katie for a Cure is a very special set I designed to honor my cousin Kate, who earlier this year, at age 33, was diagnosed with breast cancer.   Kate is the picture of health and vitality, and her spirit is magical.  She has two very young children, and is in the prime of her life – which makes her diagnosis all the more distressing.   As only Katie can, she is fighting this disease with the strength and grace of a pure champion.   Her story is sadly not unique, but this is my Katie, and I had to do something. It is tragic, but I am sure that my family is not the only one to have this disease repeatedly rearing its head at us.  It is my hope that together we will raise a donation that we can all be proud of.  And if nothing else, Kate will get a smile from all the beautiful cards that you share with us.  Thank you all in advance for your donations and your creations!”
This great set is only $10 and ALL the proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Research!!! This week the super talented ladies at Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge will be joining us!



Your challenge is to make your card
Pink & Black. Here is my Katie card...


I decided to create a heart shaped easel card, as the main message of this card is love and support.  I coloured Katie with my letraset promarkers, and created the background with the letraset airbrush set, and a scrapbooking template. I used the "Your Strength Amazes & Inspires Me." sentiment, as this one really touched me, as everyone i've known that has had to battle this disease has done so with great strength, bravery and dignity.


NOW GO CHECK OUT WHAT
THESE GROOVY GURLZ CREATED!! 

Don't forget about the Fantastic Femmes d' crafty!!  at Fussy & Fancy.
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Walking in a Winter Wonderland with the Pixies

It's Thursday so it's Pixie Dust Challenge day, and it's our final Christmas in July Challenge.  This week we would love to see your winter wonderland creations, using the colours Navy/Blue, Silver/Grey, Ivory/White.

For my card i decided to use the super cute Tinsel the Gnome, and i wanted to create a little home for him.  So before printing out my 'Under the Mushroom' image, I erased the flowers from the centre of it, and added a couple of windows and a door.  I coloured my images with prismacolour pencils, and used a grass border punch on some white pearlescent card to create some snow covered grass.  I layered my grass and images onto a dark silver card base, before adding some white pearls for snow, and a silver metallic die cut sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by, and i hope you have fun with your challenge cards
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Creating a Big Fish-y Scene with the Burtonesque Dolls



This week, we are so excited to be sponsored by the fabulous Smeared Ink!



Here's some 411 from Smeared Ink's site:
"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."

Um, can you say "match made in Burtonesque heaven"?!? ;) The Smeared Ink sisters, Terra and Tori, also host the Smeared and Smudged Ning site, so be sure to check that out.

The Dolls were thrilled to work with the fab images from Smeared Ink's Carnies line - just perfect for this week's challenge: Create a Big Fish-y Scene. Here are some photos for inspiration:





For my card i used the Fortune Teller digital image from Smeared Ink, and took inspiration from the picture of the witch from the film.  I love the idea that you could see the future in her blind eye, and adpated the digi image, so that the crystal ball became an eye.  I also gave her and eye patch.


Not only were the Dolls able to work with the Carnies rubber stamps and the Fortune Teller digi, but you have a chance to win them, too!

Thank you for visiting with me, and have fun with the challenge
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 26 July 2010

Friends Having Fun with GLEE

It's time for another Pop Culture Challenge with Friends Having Fun, and this month's is really fun, and so simple.  All you have to do is create a card based on GLEE or one of the songs featured in GLEE.




Choosing my favourite song was actually alot easier than i thought, I love this version of Over the Rainbow.

For my card i used images from Pixie Dust Studio, Swinging on a Wish from the Oh Happy Day Collection,  and the gorgeous No Place Like Gnome from the new Gnome World Collection which is released on August 3rd.

I can't wait to see what your favourite GLEE song is, remember you've got all month to link your creation to the FHF Challenge Blog

Thank You for visiting with me, and have a great week
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Halloween is Hoppin' at Tiddly Inks

It's time for the much anticipated Halloween in July blog hop @ Tiddly Inks, I love Tiddly Inks images, especially the Gothic and Halloween ones, so I couldn't resist joining in the fun today.

As soon as I saw Franko Boto, I knew I had to add him to my collection, he's such a cute little robot. I printed him out and coloured him with my prismacolour pencils. I wanted to give him a spooky glow, but he still looks cute to me.  For my background I cut strips of green and black polka dot patterned paper and wove them together.  I stuck this to a black gloss card base, and added a couple of strips of green organza ribbon to the edges.  I trimmed Franko Boto and layered him onto another piece of black gloss card, before sticking him to my card base at an angle.  To finish my card i added a little dotted border detail to the image, echoing the dots on Franko's head.

I had such fun colouring Franko in, i can't wait to join in the blog hop and see everyone elses creations.
Thank you so much for visiting me, and i look forward to reading your comments.
Have a Fun Hop
Suzi
xxx

Pixie Dust Gift Card Challenge

This weeks challenge over at the Pixie Dust Challenge Blog is to create a gift card holder; not something i've done before so I browsed the net and came across this great tutorial for making a Criss Cross Gift Card Holder

I decided to use one of the Sugarplum Fairy images i'd printed out the other day, she's so cute and easy to colour, even when printed out this small (1" x 1/2").  I used some scraps of paper i had lying around my workdesk from previous projects, and i simply followed the directions in the tutorial.  To decorate my gift card holder i added some pink paper roses, and I added some sakura stardust pen to the fairy to make her shimmer.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to link your project to the Pixie Dust Challenge Blog to be in with a chance of winning a free image.

Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Amber Ink. Grand Opening Blog Frolic!

Welcome to the Amber Ink. Grand Opening Blog Frolic! Today the Amber Ink. store officially opens its doors, and you are invited to hang out with us! We've also invited some special friends to participate, in addition to our Brilliant th(Ink)Tank Girls, so get ready to drool!

My Card today features two of my favourite Amber Ink sets, Oh What a Doll - Wave Hello & Make a Scene - Under the Sea.  I created my background scene in photoshop, simply copying and pasting the images into a new project, and resizing them as i wished.  I then added my beautiful doll image to the project, and printed it out twice.  I decided to use a spotlight technique on this card, and thought a heart shape would be pretty.  The rest of my card is very simple, i took some pearlescent grey cardstock and made a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card from it, cut a piece of coredinations card slightly smaller, and embossed it with small bubbles embossing folder.  I gave this a gentle sand before adhering it to my card base.  I then simply layered my images on top, carefully aligning my heart so it matched up with the background scene.

Not only do we have eye candy for you, but we're giving away some secret hidden prizes along the way. You won't know where they are hiding, so make sure to leave some love wherever you go. Winners will be chosen from the comments on the pre-selected blog posts.

Without further ado, here's the list of genius...go forth and comment!

Amber's Blog...she's da' boss!
Charmaine Ikach
Dawn Burnworth
Jodi Collins
Karin Martin
Michele Boyer
Nicole Anderson
Patricia O'Hagan (aka Pinky) 
Paula Williamson
Sankari Wegman
Shannan Teubner
Suzi McKenzie- that's me!!
Taylor Usry 

Have a brilliant day, and HAPPY SHOPPING!!


Please Scroll Down for today's Pixie Dust Studion Release:)

Pixie Dust Studio - Nutcracker Release

Yes, It's time to show you the whole of 'The Nutcracker' Collection from Pixie Dust Studio, available to purchase in the store today.

I have a 'fairy' special card to share with you today...
It features the beautiful 'Sugarplum Fairy'; well five Sugarplum Fairies to be precise.  My idea behind this card was to give the impression of the Fairie's dancing, I also wanted to get some dimension and perspective into it, so i printed the Sugarplum Fairy out in three different sizes.  I then remember i had this gorgeous pearlescent patterned paper in my collection, call 'Tutti Frutti' which was just perfect for this card.  My card base is an aqua colour, i then used two papers from the Tutti Frutti collection to create the impression of a dancefloor, i used a deep border punch to create a pretty fence in the background.  I coloured my fairies in with promarkers, and some sakura stardust pen to add a little shimmer.  To finish my card off I added a computer generated sentiment, which i had layered onto a scrap of the pattern paper.

I think this card is one of my favourites, i love fairies and ballerina's, so this card just reminds me of my happy childhood, such precious memories.  I hope you have as much fun with these images as i've had.  Don't forget to check out the Pixie Dust Challenge Blog on Thursday to see this weeks new challenge, i'm sure you'll come up with something marvelous for it featuring these gorgeous new images.

Thank You so much for visiting with me
Have a wonderful day
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 19 July 2010

I'm Nuts About Pixie Dust Studio!

Yes, I admit it I'm Nuts about Pixie Dust Studio, and the new 'Nutcracker' collection which is released in store tomorrow.  On today's card I featured the cute 'Nutcracker' image; Isn't he adorable, and just perfect for a boy card.  I couldn't find a sentiment in my collection that went with this image, so i came up with one myself, and Yes, I'll be the first to admit it, it's very corny, but I bet it made you laugh :)

I used papers from Prima's My Little Guy collection, I decided to use a few patterns, and a few geometric shapes.  My layout is partly inspired by one of my friends Rachel's card (Thanks :))  I find it quite difficult when it comes to embellishments for masculine card, after all flowers do seem a little girly.  So the only real embellishment i added to this card, was some stars cut from one of the patterned papers, and a few dots of black pen.

I can't wait till tomorrow to share with your another 'Nutcracker' card, aswell as the whole collection being available in store.  Don't forget to visit the rest of the Pixies (all their deets are in the sidebar >>>> that way!), as they have some beautiful cards to share with you.

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Sunday, 18 July 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow???

Hopefully your garden will 'Grow Green' just like the awesome set of images Amber Ink has available with all the new releases on Tuesday when they have their Official Grand Opening.
As you can see, this set is jam packed with images, giving you the capcity to create some wonderful gardening inspired creations.  For my card i only used the gorgeous Gardener and the Grow Green sentiment, but you'll be spoilt for choice with this set.  I also used some of the ipapers that Amber designed to coordinate with this set, i'm loving the polka dot papers, and will be using them on so many different projects.  So nice to be able to print out however many sheets you want too, no more running out of your favourite designs.

Come back tomorrow to see another of my creations feature the gorgeous images from Amber Ink.
Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Scroll down for some Pixie Dust Sneaky Peeks!!!

Time for some Pixie Sneaky Peeks

It's almost time for the next release at the Pixie Dust Studio, and this one is sooooo pretty, one of my favourite childhood memories is being taken to the ballet to see 'The Nutcracker', I'm not sure how old i was, because i don't remember much of the story, but i do remember the wonderful characters and the beautiful dancing.  So you can imagine my delight when i saw 'The Nutcracker' collection of images from Pixie Dust Studio, everyone brought back wonderful memories.

My Card today feature's the adorable 'Claire' with her nutcracker.  I decided i wanted to make a very pretty card with this image, so i decided to focus on pretty pastel colours. I used papers from the 'Sweet Nothings' Paper pack by Papermania, along with a die cut sentiment and star paper i got free with a magazine.

I paper pieced Claire's outfit, using my light box to trace the outline of her dress onto my patterned paper.  You could if you wanted print Claire onto your patterned paper, and then simply cut her outfit out, but i prefer to use just a scrap of paper for the outfit, and then the rest of the sheet as part of my background design ( I hate to waste pretty paper).  I then coloured Claire with prismacolour pencils.  I die cut a scalloped rectangle to layer my image onto, and before adding my image, I added a cloud of pink pencil, which i blended, to create a nice glow behind my image.

I die cut a ribbon tag from cardboard and the pink paper, and then added the diecut sentiment to it with foam pads, before threading a piece of pink ribbon through it and adding it to my card .  To finish my card off I scattered some pastel pearls, to give the impression of sweet candy snow (not sure if that makes sense!)

Thank you for visiting with me today, and don't forget to visit the rest of the Pixies, to see what pretty previews they have for you.
Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Oh, Alice! Chapter 22: Dancing under the Sea...

"Will you walk a little faster?" said the whiting to the snail;
"There's a porpoise right behind us and he's treading on my tail!
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle, will you come and join the dance?`
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you-WILL you join the dance?"

Hello everyone! Greetings from here in Wonderland...or maybe today it's UNDERland? As in Under the Sea, perhaps ;)So, today's challenge involves all things sea-worthy and we at Oh, Alice are challenging YOU to create a card or project using sea life! Turtles, whales, dolphins are fabulous as are other sea creatures as in merfolk and those deep, dark creatures you sometimes hear about but seldom see.... the possibilities are as endless as the ocean itself!

 For my card I used the adorable 'Can I Keep Him' Baby Mermaid from Amber Ink, along with some Amber Ink Digipapers, all these and so many other beautiful images and papers will be available from Amber Ink on the 20th July, when they have their offical Grand Opening.

I hope you have as much fun with this week's challenge as I did, and don't forget to link your card to the Oh, Alice! blog to be in with a chance of winning this weeks gorgeous prize.

Have a wonderful day all
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 15 July 2010

I'm a (th)Ink Tank Girl!!!

I can hardly believe it, but i'm lucky enough to be one of the very first (th)Ink Tank Girls; I was amazed and extremely honoured when Amber asked me to join her wonderful team, and what a team...


And these are the talented ladies joining me on the first ever Amber Ink Design Team!


 
 
 
Make Sure you pop back tomorrow to see some peaks of the very yummy goodies we have coming for you on the 20th July , You're gonna love them :)

Bye for Now
Suzi

Please scroll down for this weeks, Pixie Dust, and StampInsanity Posts :)

StampInsanity Challenge#18 - Radical Ribbons & Rockin' Rhinestones

Uncoil your ribbons and shine up those sparklies!  What awesome new ways can you come up with to use these embellisments?

 For this weeks challenge i decided to use Jack from the 'What the Heart Wants' collection of digistamps by StampInsanity, i'd definately choose him, lol!!  I printed Jack out on an A5 sheet of cardstock, fullsize, so he took up most of the page, I then chopped his legs off (ouch!!).  I wanted to show how it's possible to make quite large cards using digital stamps.  The card base i chose is 8" x 8" with an embossed spotty frame; I chose a piece of patterned paper from the 'Funky Vintage' set of papers by Dovecraft.

I decided to try my hand at sewing a sentiment with my ribbon, I kept it very simple and just went for the word 'Love'.  I practised on a scrap of card first, writing the word in pencil and then pricking holes where i needed to bring my ribbon through the card.  Once i was happy with my practise piece, i took the ribbon out of it, and used the card as a template on the back of my patterned paper.  I pricked the holes, and then using a thin blue ribbon, i sew on the sentiment.   I then mounted my patterned paper on some blue cardstock.  To coordinate with the sentiment i created a frame around the piece of patterned paper using a blanket stitch. By putting the patterned paper on some cardstock I made it alot easier to sew the frame.  I then mounted this whole piece on my card base using foam pads to give some dimension.

I coloured Jack with my prismacolour pencils, before cutting him out, and attaching him with foam pads to my background.  All that was left to do, was to add some Rhinestones to my creation.  Using the pattern of the paper as a guide, i added some gold and blue gems, along with a few heart gems.  To finish is all off, I added some clear gems to the embossed spotty frame of my card to tie it all together.

I had great fun with this card, and i'm sure i'll be trying to create other hand sewn sentiments for my cards.  Now it's time for you to hop over to the StampInsanity Blog to check out the awesome creations that the rest of the Groovy Gurlz have to share with you today.

 Thanks for visiting with me today
Suzi
xxx

Please scroll down for this weeks PIXIE DUST CHALLENGE It's a christmas colour challenge!

Pixie Dust Challenge #31 - Christmas inspired Colour challenge...

Inspired by Christmas cookies, cookie tins, sprinkles, frosting, christmas trees, Christmas dinner... you know... all the fixin's!  This week we have a great color challenge for you...

FOREST GREEN - CRANBERRY - IVORY
 
 
 
For this weeks challenge I decided to try something a little different for me; So I've created a corner bookmark, coordinating card, and a box for them to go into.  The bookmark was so simple to make, i just followed a super cool tutorial i found on Splitcoaststampers.
I chose to use the 'Santa's Surprise' image from the Pixie Dust Studio for this project, afterall you don't get anything more Christmassy than Santa :)  All my cardstock and papers came from the DCWV Holiday Collection Scrapbook Kit in a Stack.
 
Now Why don't you pop over to the Pixie Dust Challenge blog to get all the details, and to see what super seasonal surprises the rest of the Pixies have for you.
 
Do you want to be a Pixie too?  Check out all the details for the Pixie Dust DT Call, and collected your image here

Have a wonderful day
Suzi
xxx
 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Burtonesque Dolls Challenge#11 - "Wood" You Like To Be In A Movie?

This week's challenge: "Wood" You Like To Be In A Movie? That's right, we're taking our inspiration from Ed Wood and challenging you to create in BLACK & WHITE! Once again, we are thrilled to have Tickled Pink Stamps as our sponsor!

This week's prize is the two stamps the DT worked with: 20s Evie and 30s Lylah from the Lil Lolita line!

 For my card i used 20's Evie, isn't she adorable?  I knew i had a sizzix filmstrip die in my collection, so i thought that would be perfect for this weeks card.  I created 2 diecuts from black gloss cardstock, and cut the middle bar out of one of them, this made a perfect frame for Evie; for the other i founds some pictures from the film Ed Wood and printed them out to fit my diecut, i also printed out a mini version of the film poster. I then chose my papers, a very simple grey and white striped cardstock and a black and white rose patterned paper, i love the rose on Evie's dress and decided to make roses a feature of my card.  I made a rolled paper rose from a sheet of the rose patterned paper, i then airbrushed this with my black promarker to create a black rose.  To finish it off i added some cosmic shimmers glitter glue, and punch some frond branched out of white cardstock.  I added some clear stardust pen to the leaves and to Evie.

Thanks for visiting with me
Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Only 10 Days to go until....

Spread the word  to win $10 Gift Certificate. Repost the Poster on your blog and then
Visit Amber Ink's Facebook Post and leave a comment to enter the draw.
Can't wait to see all the new releases, should be good :)
Suzi
xxx

Oh, Alice! Chapter 21 - Breaking all the Rules...


"At this moment the King, who had been for some time busily writing in his note-book, cackled out `Silence!' and read out from his book, `Rule Forty-two. ALL PERSONS MORE THAN A MILE HIGH TO LEAVE THE COURT.'

Everybody looked at Alice.

`I'M not a mile high,' said Alice.

`You are,' said the King.

`Nearly two miles high,' added the Queen.

`Well, I shan't go, at any rate,' said Alice: `besides, that's not a regular rule: you invented it just now.'

`It's the oldest rule in the book,' said the King.

`Then it ought to be Number One,' said Alice. "

Hello everyone!

Today we have a fun and rather rebellious challenge for all of you out there in WONDERLAND!   We start out with a lovely sketch by Sammi:

The catch?  You must RE-CREATE this sketch somehow.   Switch out a panel or two, flip on its side, upside down, etc.  There are no rules except to break them, meaning you can't follow the sketch exactly!  Makes no sense right?  GOOD. :)

Today we also are thrilled to announce another wonderful sponsorship from SPESCH DESIGNER STAMPS!   Thank you so much to Tracey Feeger for allowing the DT to work with your adorable images!   Tracey is offering a prize of a VERY generous $10 Gift Certificate to the Spesch Designer Stamps Store!  Be sure to check out all of her cute designs and be sure to play along this week for your chance to WIN!

Go ahead...BREAK all the rules...you KNOW you want to!

 The first thing i did with this weeks card, was choose some papers and cardstock to work with, I decided to use papers from the 'For Him' Colossal paper pack by Papermania, i thought the mix of colours would work very nicely with my Cheshire Cat image from SpeschdesignerStamps. I found a nice coordinating cardstock in my stash. I used a 7" x 10" white card blank from my stash for my cardbase, i then layered on some blue cardstock before i create my first background layer, using two patterned papers, in a patchwork style.  For my main background layer, i used two patterned papers with the same pattern, but in different colourways; I lined them up to try and create a plesant join.  I then layered these papers on blue cardstock, then white cardstock, before adding them to my card base.


I took my Cheshire Cat image, copied and flipped it, so i had two cats, and printed them out.  I then coloured them with promarkers to coordinate with my papers, and cut them out.  I then played around with the layout of the two cats until i came across a variation i was happy with; i then added foam pads to the back of the cats and added them to my card.  I printed and die cut my sentiment, layering it on patterned paper, and blue cardstock, I adhered it to my card with a foam pad.


For my embellishments, i die cut a series of circles from patterned paper, blue cardstock, and white cardstock.  I layered these on top of each other and added to my card with a foam pad.  To finish my card off i added pearls to the three circle embellishments i'd created, as well as adding some to the circles in the patterned paper.


I look forward to seeing what you do with Sammi's awesome sketch, don't forget to upload it to the Oh, Alice! Blog to be in with a chance of winning this weeks prize.


Thank you so much for visiting with me, Have a wonderful weekend all
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Christmas in July with the Pixie Dust Studio

And so begins our CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!  

All month Pixie Dust Studio will be bringing you Christmas in July.  This week we have a great sketch for you to use.  The twist is that your card should be Christmas themed.  



 For my card this week i decided not to use a Christmas themed image, but to alter one of my favourite Pixie Dust Images....


Yes, I used the adorable Alice from the Down the Rabbit Hole Collection, I also used the party hat and present from Party with Wink from the Oh Happy Day Collection.  Giving Alice a makeover was very simple,  I had to  cut around her arm and hand which has the tea cup in it, and slot in my present image; I also removed the bow from her hair and replaced it with the party hat.  I chose papers from the Naughty and Nice Christmas Paper Pack by Papermania, I love this non traditonal colour scheme.  I found a 'You're Invited' sticker in my stash and used that for my sentiment, i created a little frame around it with green and pink gems.  To finish my card off i added 3 pink heart nailhead, i recently discovered that these have glue on the back of them, and all i had to do was apply heat to them to melt the glue, so i treated myself to a heat applicator tool for gems and rhinestones.  I highly recommended this tool it made it so simple to attatch the hearts, and will be wonderful for other heat activated/iron on embellishments.

So are you ready to get into the Christmas Spirit, and make your first Christmas Cards of 2010!!  If you are then why not try our sketch challenge, and you may be the lucky winner of a Pixie Dust image of your choice.

Thank you for visiting with me, take care
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Burtonesque Dolls Challenge#10 - Burton Boys

This week we have a fabu Sponsor!

Barb from Stamp It Crazy has been so generous to provide the DT with the awesome Skellington Images you see below.  However she has an awesome range of Halloween and fun stamps!  Check them out at Stamp it Crazy.net!
This week is Burton Boys week... what is your favorite Burton Boy?   So, the challenge as you may have guessed is add a Burton Boy to your project anything you want just add a Burton Dude!  Remember you have until Monday July 12th at 10PM PST to upload to inlikz for your change to win three rubber stamps from Stamp It Crazy!
 
As you can see, I decided to create an easel card for this weeks challenge. I made my easel card from two pieces of black cardstock, one 10" x 5"(scored at 2.5" & 5"), and one 5" x 5".  I then created a background paper for my card using two of the Jack Skellington Heads.  I then stamped my main Jack Skellington Image onto a piece of silver mirrir board, and onto a piece of white paper.  I heat embossed the image on the mirrir board, before trimming it and layering onto some black card stock.  I then stuck this in the middle of my background paper, and added some black and white pearls in the corners .

I then printed a quote from the film, and trimmed it before layering onto the white paper, next to my Jack Skellington image.  I adhered this to the easel card base, and added some black and white pearls in the corners. The pearls serve a dual purpose of being decorative and holding the easel card in place.

I can't wait to see who your favourite Burton Boy is, you've got so many to choose from.  Thank you for visiting with me today, and Have a great week
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 5 July 2010

A Blue Monday..

It's been a very strange sort of a day today, and not one of my best.  It started off badly when i received news that my cousin Paul had been killed in a car crash in the early hours of this morning; such a terrible shame.  I didn't know him very well because he was a bit younger than me, and we moved to Scotland when he was still young; But i do know he'd grown up to be a lovely young man, and I know that his Parents and Sister will be heartbroken, and it's such a horrible feeling knowing that people you love are in pain and you can't do anything to help them.

I've not been able to concentrate on much today, but this evening, i decided to do some colouring in, and i discovered that this weeks Tiddly Inks Challenge was still open, and had a nice simple theme, red white and blue.  I'd printed some Tiddly Inks images out the other week, and hadn't had a chance to play with them, so i decided to use the Home Sweet Home image, along with Katrina to create my card.  I created a very simple garden area on a piece of card which i'd already printed a sky pattern onto.  I then coloured my images with prismacolour pencils, before cutting them out and adding to my background. I mounted my background onto a red card blank, before adding five red roses to finish my card off.

Like i said, it's not been a great day, but i managed to occupy myself with a little card making, and alot of thinking.  One thing today has taught me, is that it's so important to let the people we love, know how much we love them.

Thank you for visiting with me today, and please stay safe my friends
Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Rock n' Rolla - Take Me Out!!!

Last night i was having a surf and popped over to the Smeared & Smudged Forum; with it being the start of a new month they had some new challenges up, and the Rock N Rolla Inspiration Challenge really took my fancy.
JULY CHALLENGE:
"Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand
 View the video HERE



 After watching the video, i had a browse through my stamp collection, and sorted out a few stamps that reminded me of the video.   'David' is from a set by Sunday International, and it's one of my favourite stamps which i've had for about 4 years now, and it's a while since i used it.  The other stamps were a mixture of Stampin' Up and Bo Bunny Background stamps.  I stamped my images in brown stazon ink, and then added prismacoloured pencils to some areas, which i then blended with ordourless spirits.  I then added some black soot distressing ink, blended it a little, and then spritzed with water.  When it was almost dry i added some freehand doodling in black glaze pen.

I've no idea what i'm going to do with this card, not exactly the sort that most people would like to receive.  I did have great fun creating it tho, and it was so nice to let my mind go a little off track and embrace my 'funky' side again.

Thank you for looking, and i hope you like today's creation, and if you don't Sorry, but remember it's more important to enjoy what your creating than to court public favour.
Have a wonderful weekend all
Suzi
xxx

Oh, Alice! - CHAPTER 20: In MY Country...

 "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else -- if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing." 

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!" 

(Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 2) 

Hello, Peeps  Can you believe July is here already?  Such a wonderful time of year, if you lucky like me, the sun will be shining, and you'll have been indulging in a little tennis, and strawberry's & cream; got to love Wimbledon!

To honour American Independence day, with the 4th being right around the corner, we have a PATRIOTIC theme for you today!  WONDERLAND has gone red, white, and blue!  Yep, that's right!  

Call it inspiration, a color challenge....I guess it's really both!   Your mission this week is to use RED, WHITE and BLUE on your card or project! 
 
 
 For my card i chose to use the adorble 'The Tweedles' image from Busy Beauties Boutique, this image is their interpretation of Tweedledum & Tweedledee and I love it!

I printed out a sky background paper from my pc, but it looked a little too pale for my card, so i added some worn lipstick distressing ink to give the impression of clouds.  I then created some grass using layers of red card, and my grass border punch.  I printed the Tweedles out and coloured them with prismacolour pencils and odourless spirits, i then mounted them onto my background with foam pads to give some dimension.
 
 
In addition we have a WONDERFUL Sponsorship opportunity today.  Thank you SO much to EMILY from EAD Designs!  ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a WONDERFULLY GENEROUS gift certificate to the EAD Designs Store!   Just get your red, white and blue on and ENTER your card here to win!

You have until Friday, July 9th at 8pm CST to enter to WIN the gift certificate from EAD Designs!  Good luck and have a safe and wonderful US holiday, everyone!

Friday, 2 July 2010

We're Jammin' Out with Pixie Dust Studios.

It's Friday, and it's Release Day at the Pixie Dust Studio, and today we're revealing the Jammin' Out collection, and i'm sure your going to love it as much as I do, it features some super sweet and cute characters.
My first card for today features the adorable Music Pixie.  I had great fun with this card, i used papers that i'd got free with a magazine ages ago, i love the music theme of these papers and the wonderful bright colours.  I printed Music Pixie out twice, using one copy as my template for the musical note that i cut out of pattern paper, and the other copy i used for my Pixie. Music Pixie is coloured with a mixture of promarkers, sakura glaze & stardust pens, and embellished with a couple of pearls.  I kept my layout very simple for this card, as i wanted to make a feature of the patterned paper aswell as the gorgeous Pixie; to tie my whole design together i added pearls to coordinate with the coloured dots on the paper.

My second card features the super sweet  Jam & Jelly, I think this is one of my favourite images; I decided it was perfect for a little friendship card.  I used a pale blue patterned paper to represent the sky, and added a couple of strips of green card for grass, which i punched with my new grass border punch.  I used my largest heart nestie as a template to draw the heart behind Jam & Jelly; I then coloured them with prismacolour pencils and ordourless spirits, before cutting them out and adding to my card.  To finish my card i stamped the 'Best Friends' sentiment, and added some pink and blue gems to the heart and the bottom of the card.

My final card today feature's Jamba the Panda, Isn't he cute!  I kept this card very simple, just black and white with the addition of a little brown and green for the bamboo.  I rounded the corners on my card blank and papers to give the card a slightly different look.  I then created a couple of pearl frames around my image. To finish my card off i added some black glaze pen to Jamba's eyes and nose to give them a little shine.

I do hope you've enjoyed looking at today's card, don't forget to check out the rest of the Pixies creations, as they are all out of this world as always

Have a great day, and a very Happy Holiday Weekend to all my American friends.
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Pixie Dust Challenge#29 - Red, White & Blue

Hello again, it's time for another Pixie Dust Challenge, and my first sneak peek of the new 'Jammin' Out' images which are released tomorrow.
My card features the gorgeous 'Jam & Jelly' image from the 'Jammin' Out' Collection. I love this cute pair, they work so well together for friendship cards.  My sentiment was a freebie from Tlc Creations, I've recently discovered their WordArt and love it.  I kept this card fairly simple, the papers were downloads i've had for a while, so i printed them out, and mounted them onto pale blue card, i coloured my image with prismacolour pencils and mounted it onto a couple of coordinating papers.  I decided not to add any embellishments to this card, as i wanted the image to be the focal point, and i couldn't think of anything to enhance it any further. What do you think? Would you have added anything else to it? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Make sure you come back tomorrow for some more creations using the awesome 'Jammin' Out' Collection of images.  Please remember to visit the Pixie Dust Challenge Blog and link your creations, as we love to see what you make.

Have a great day all
Suzi
xxx

Please scroll down for this weeks StampInsanity Post, and some gorgeous new releases:)

StampInsanity Challenge#16 - Beach Babes & Colour Challenge


Today also brings us another StampInsanity Stamps Challenge
AND a new summer-y release!!!

Challenge #16 is to use Red, White and Blue!
Wow! I cann't believe that we're already in July!!!
Here's "Hang Ten Henry" from the new "Beach Babes" Stamp Set!
I kept my card fairly simple for this challenge.  My background paper was a download i got years ago, can't remember where from, but it was perfect for this challenge. I printed Henry and the 'Hang 10' sentiment out, and then trimmed them and adhered to my card.  I then coloured Henry in, i tried a slightly different colouring technique this time, using minimal cover and leaving lots of white paper; i'd love to hear your thoughts.  To finish my card off i added some silver shell beads.


Here's a look at the entire "Beach Babes" set
which can be found at the Stamp Happens Shop!


Don't forget to visit the Groovy Gurl's to see their awesome creations :)

Shelley {July Guest Gurl} - http://shelleyscreations.blogspot.com/



Thanks for visiting with me
Suzi
xxx

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