Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Strange things come out at night at The Stamping Boutique

Yes indeed, very strange things are out and about at The Stamping Boutique, and the strangest thing so far I've seen is 'Medusa', now isn't she a scary sight.

I'm rather sad now, as this is the last post I will be making as a member of The Stamping Boutique's Design Team, my six months is up today.  I can not believe it's been six months already, and I've had a truly wonderful time working with some very talented designers and the truly awesome talent that is Tracey Malnofski.

The Stamping Boutique has a DT Call on at the moment, and I highly recommend that you apply, not only will you have the chance to work with some wonderful images, but it's one of the friendliest groups of ladies i've been lucky enough to work with.  Not sure if your work is of a high enough standard, well i'm sure it is, but you'll never know unless you give it a go; so go ahead and apply what do you have to lose?  You can find all the details here.

That's all from me for today, hope your all safe and well, and find some time in your day to create something fun.
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Back 2 Skool you go...

It's Tuesday so that means it time for another awesome Release at Simply Betty Stamps.  Did you like the previews yesterday?  Well we've another 3 images to share with you today, and you can now get them all over at Simply Betty Stamps.

I've only the one card to share with you today, unfortunately i'm a little under the weather at the moment, so I've not been as productive as I would have liked.  I do have to say that I love my card for today, featuring the super sweet Schoolgirl Betty...
I think the Teen Scene images are some of my favourites to colour of all the images i get to play with.  I love how they are cute but all have a little quirky edge too, and they are not skinny, I have real trouble with skinny images, partly because they are a pain to colour, and I also think they are very unrealistic and reinforce negative body image issues on younger crafters.

Sorry lecture over, want to see the rest of the Teen Scene Back 2 Skool collection then hop over to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog and you'll see some awesome creations by the very talented design team.

That's all from me for today,
Have a great day
Hugs
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 29 August 2011

Back to Skool with Simply Betty Stamps

It's that time of year again, all the lovely little ones get to go back to school and torment their teachers for a bit, lol!!  Good thing i've not got kids, don't think i've the patience, and I don't want to share my crafty goodies lol!!

To Celebrate the return to school Simply Betty Stamps is releasing another awesome collection of Teen Scene Images; the Teen Scene Back 2 Skool Collection will be availalbe tomorrow in store, but for now here's some sneak peeks...

Sporty Lola
Lola obviously has excellent ball skills, and looks very pretty in pink. I used digital papers for this card from the Pretty n Pink Pirate Set by Peachpopclipart.  To which I added some black and white striped washi tape, pink crystal brads, and a sentiment made using my dymo label maker.

My next card, erm, well, you see the cat was sick on it, then the dog ate it along with my homework, and then the big bullys stole my school bag.  So i've not got anymore cards today!!!! Bad Suzi

I guess today's report would be 'could do better', we'll have to see if I can do better tomorrow, when we reveal the rest of the Back 2 Skool Collection.

Hop over to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see the rest of today's sneaky peeks.  You'll see the Teacher's got a few pets in her class today!!

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 26 August 2011

Let's Get Sketchy with Simply Betty Stamps

Yipheeeee it's Friday, hopefully you've all had a great week, and are looking forward to a long weekend.  It's time for another card challenge at Simply Betty Challenges, and it's a really simple one.  All you have to do is use a sketch, from anywhere you like (please link to the sketch so we can find it too) and a Simply Betty Stamps image.

I was spoilt for choice with all the wonderful new release from Simply Betty Stamps this week, but decided to create another card featuring 'Igor Miller'.  I used this weeks Sketch Challenge #347 from Splitcoaststampers for my layout, this layout was just perfect for this card.  My papers are from Echo Parks Happy Halloween Collection, along with the house and fence die cut stickers.  My sentiment is a wordart i printed onto Letraset Safmat.

Miller is coloured with Letraset Promarkers, and then i decided to add a sponged background using some Black Soot Distress Ink, and a foam pad blending tool.  As i was sponging my background the top right corner of the paper decided to curl, so i thought i'd leave it like that; a nice little happy accident i thought.

Hope you like my card today, and don't forget to pop over to Simply Betty Challenges to see the inspiration from the rest of the DT.  Don't forget to get your new Halloween stamps from Simply Betty Stamps.com before stocks run out!!

Have a great weekend
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tag Your It!!

Good morning it's Thursday so time for another fun challenge with the Pixies :) 

This week we are challenging you to ... 
Add a TAG to your card/project OR CREATE a TAG!!! 


I used the adorable Just LION Around image for my card this week. He really s a little cutie.  I raided my paper stash this week, using a background paper from a K&Co mixed collection. I can hardly believe how much patterned paper i have, but i just can't resist buying more, i'm a sucker for a pretty paper!  I used some orange and green card stock from my stash to create my card base and tag.  I created a pocket on the front of the card to put the tag in, but decided it look better on top.  I coloured my little lion with Letraset Promarkers, and a little white gel pen for highlights.  I added a star eyelet and some baker's twine to my tag before adhering it to my card.  To finish it all off I stamped the 'UR2CUTE' sentiment directly onto the patterned paper.


That's all from me for today, why don't you pop over to the Pixie Dust Studio Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Uber talented Pixies have created for your inspiration.


Have a great day
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Stamping Boutiques Bitten by the Bug 2!!

The Halloween Bug has hit The Stamping Boutique, and they are sponsoring a Happy Hauntings Challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  You might have noticed by now that I quite like Halloween, so I had to play along with this challenge.

I've used the Haunted Bird House image on my card. This and all the other Halloween and Fall inspired images are available for $1 each today as it's 'One Buck Wednesday', so go grab yourself an image or two.

I coloured my image with my Letraset Promarkers, and matted it onto some black cardstock.  I used some purple haunted paper for my background, to which i added my image and a sentiment.  I diecut the bat and fence from cardstock, adding some white card behind the bats face and colouring it's eyes. The bat is raised on foam pads so i could bend his wings a little. To finish my card off I added a pumpkin brad.

That's it for now, I'm off to play with some more fun images.
Pop back soon to see what i've been up to!
Have a great day
Suzi
xxx

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Halloween
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Happy Hauntings
Designed2Delight - Anything Goes
Digi's with Attitude - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Teen Scene Halloween Release Day is Finally Here!!!

Good Day Friends, Did you enjoy yesterdays previews?  I'm sure you did, and todays images are even better, I think these might be my favourite Simply Betty Stamps images of all time.

Introducing Lola Addams
The Addams Family is one of my favourite films of all time, and Wednesday is my favourite character, reminds me of myself!! I adore this image of Lola as Wednesday, she looks so unimpressed, lol!  I thought a little bit of colour might cheer her up, so out came the pink pens and paper, sequin waste, washi tape and stapler.  Her expression might not have changed, but she looks mighty pretty in pink.

Christian Addams
Here is Christian, drawn as Gomez Addams, but i've coloured him here as Beetlejuice.  He looks wonderful however you colour him. This is my DT card for the new challenge over at the Burtonesque Dolls, so hop over there to get full details of the challenge, and see the rest of the Dolls awesome creations.

The Whole Group Together
I love this image of all the Teen Scene's together in their Halloween Costumes, looks like a group photo from a very cool party.  I spent a long time colouring this image, but it felt like minutes, I do love colouring, and this image just captures you imagination.  I kept the rest of the card very simple so that the image is the main focus, using the background paper to create a torn frame, and adding a ribbon and rose as my finishing touches.

So that is the Teen Scene Halloween Release, a gorgeous selection of stamps, all available NOW in store at Simply Betty Stamps.com.  Make sure you visit the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see some wonderful discount offers, and the truly divine creations from the rest of the DT.

Have a Spooktacular Day
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 22 August 2011

A Teen Halloween Preview

Hello My Beauties, Today I get to share with you three of the amazingly awesome Halloween Teen Scene images from Simply Betty Stamps.  They will all be released tomorrow, and you are going to want them ALL!!

Introducing..
Mummy London
Isn't she gorgeous, I love anything Egyptian, so I love this image.  I kept my card fairly simple, printing off backing papers from an Egyptian themed craft CD.  The scarab is from an online tutorial site, DragoArt.com; Where you can learn to draw just about anything.

Igor Miller
I love this image, so cute and creepy, Igor is such a neat character.  I used a Halloween Dotty Paper from My Mind's Eye Black Bird Collection for the background of this card. I coloured Igor in coordinating coloured Letraset Promarkers, and added a Halloween WordArt Sentiment using Letraset Safmat.  To finish my card, I embellished it with a Spider diecut and web, and a couple of Bats.

Evil Queen Rio
This is definately the cutest Evil Queen I've ever seen.  I tried to make her look more evil by colouring her skin green, but she still looks mighty cute to me.  My background paper for this card is from Echo Park's Happy Halloween Collection. I kept the embellishments very simply on this card, adding just a few black gems and a Halloween Sentiment printed on Safmat.

That's it for Today, The Best Halloween Images Ever!!! (in my personal opinion) will be previewed and released Tomorrow.

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 19 August 2011

Come and get some Candy!!!

Release day is finally here, you can now get your hands on the Candy Jar collection @ Pixie Dust Studio.  Such a lovely selection of super sweet and cute images, you'll have so much fun colouring them, I did.

Here's my card for today, featuring the very yummy Candy Corn...
Isn't he spooktacular!!  I love how this card turned out, I'm really getting into the Halloween Spirit, I hope you are too, because i've loads more Halloween Treats for you next week.

Have a great day
Hugs
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 18 August 2011

My Girl Lollipop

Let me introduce you to one very sweet little lady; this is Miss Lolli Pop, and she is part of the wonderful Candy Jar Collection of images available tomorrow at the Pixie Dust Studio.

I coloured Miss Lolli with my Letraset Promarkers, taking my colours from the 3 lollipop buttons; I then came across this paper in my stash, and couldn't believe how well it went with the colours I'd used.  I used one of the my favourite border punches to give the paper the look of a note book.  I then added some washi tape along the bottom of the card before adding my sentiment using Tiny Tag Alphabet Stickers from Cosmo Cricket.  I added the all important lollipop buttons, and then decided it still needed something else.  So I decided to add some pink organza ribbon, I used a thin metallic thread to sew a running stitch through the ribbon, then i simply pulled the thread tight to get the ruffles and added a few stitches at the bottom to secure it; I added the ribbon to my card using staples.

My Miss Lolli Pop card also fits with this week's Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge, which is 'Tween Teen's Dream', create a card/project suitable for a tween or teen??

I'll see you tomorrow, with another Pixie Dust Card, and you'll be able to purchase the Candy Jar Collection.

Have a great day
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A Sweet Sneak Peek

It's time for a very sweet sneak peak from the Pixie Dust Studio;  The Candy Jar Collection is being released on Friday 19th August, and this is my first sneak peek for you, my card features the 'Gumball Smiles' image.

Want to see more from the collection, then visit the rest of the Pixies today, to see their sneak peeks.

Have a great day
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 15 August 2011

Monsters on the Island!!


It's time for a new challenge at Desert Island Craft Challenges! This time the Itinerary was chosen by the lovely Suzie McFloozy! Remember to enter you need to use at least 3 items from the list, but we love it when you use as many as you can!


Suzie's Itinerary
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

Here's my project...
I decided to use these cute little monster stamps from Recollections to create a bookmark.  I stamped my monsters onto some white cardstock, and patterned paper.  I then cut the monsters out of the patterned paper, and adhered it to the cardstock, so that the pattern replaced the monsters bodies.  I then used a mix of Sakura pens to colour the eyes, teeth, feet, horns, hands, nails and tongue, before adding black pearls to the eyes for pupils.  I then added some Tiny Type Alphabet Stickers from Cosmo Cricket, along with some bright dotted ribbon, and a few staples to finish it off.

I hope you'll have time to join us and don't forget to upload your project before the 31st August to be in with a chance of being chosen as a Guest Designer at Desert Islands Crafters Challenge.

Have a great day
Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 13 August 2011

A Pretty Sneaky Challenge Card

I've got something a little special to share with you today.  Betty @ Simply Betty Stamps.com has lots of beautiful images being released over the next couple of months, and she thought it would be fun to let you have a little sneaky peek now and again.  So I got to play along with some challenges, and here is what i came up with.....

This is The Corpse Bride from the Burton Chibis Collection which will be released in September, isn't she beautiful.  I coloured her with my beloved Letraset Promarkers, following the sketch at I love Promarkers Challenge Blog.  I love this paper, such lovely shades of blue with those beautiful butterflies it's from the Papermania Spring Life Colossal Paper Pack.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges
I love Promarkers - Sketch Challenge
The Pink Elephant - TPE111 - Butterflys
Flutter By Wednesday's - #166 - Anything Goes (as long as it's got an angel, fairy or butterfly)
Inspire me Fridays - #19 - Anything Goes
AiFactory - Anything Goes Monthly Challenge
Delightful Challenges - Things with Wings

Thank You for visiting with me
Have a Wonderful Weekend
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 12 August 2011

Anything Halloween with Simply Betty Challenges

It's time for a new challenge over at Simply Betty Challenges, and it's a nice one this!  All you have to do is create something Halloweenie and use a Simply Betty Stamps image, Simplez!!


If your a fan of Simply Betty Stamps then I highly recommend that you make time to make a project for this challenge, because the prize is very special. This challenge's prize is two non-released digis, not only will you win these, but you will be a part of those two digis release date!  How's that for a prize?  Not too shabby I think! 


Here's my card for this weeks challenge, and as you can see I decided to keep it very simple.  I love using more than one image on a card, and with the Sweet Gothic Kids being so cute, it's hard to choose which one to use, so I used four of them, Sally, Alex, Scott and Wednesday.  I decided to try something a little different with my colouring, going for shades of grey, with the addition of one vibrant colour.  I love this green skully paper, so went for a lime green.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out, I'm loving that zesty green.  My sentiment was printed onto Letraset Safmat, which is wonderful stuff if you want to add text or images to a project, and you want a transparent background.


Thank you for visiting with me today
Have a great day
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Live, Love, Laugh with the Pixies

Hello Pixie fans, It's Thursday so time for a new Pixie Dust Challenge, and the theme this week is..
Boy themed, add buttons or brads

Your challenge is to create a Boy themed card/project, and add either buttons or brads.  Nice and easy and lots of fun :)

Here's my card..
I chose the adorable Jingles the Jester from the 'Have a Ball' Collection of images at the Pixie Dust Studio, Isn't he fun!  My background is from a digital kit called 'Box Society: Alternatives 2' by Studio Gypsy, which i purchased from Scrapbookgraphics.com, unfortunately it looks like it's no longer available.

My card was fairly simple to make, as my background does a lot of the work for me, I printed the background in two sizes, then trimmed one to fit my card blank, and trimmed the other to create the panel that Jingles is standing on.  Before adding my panel to my card I attached some little flags i created for my sentiment, adding the sentiment stickers from the Tiny Type Alphabet Sticker Sheet by Cosmo Cricket.  I then coloured Jingles, using a mixture of Letraset Promarkers for the base colouring, to which i added some shading with a Tuscan Red Verithin Prismacolor Pencil.  I added Jingles to my card with some thin foam pads to give him a little dimension.  The finishing touch for my card was the 3 red crystal brads, which i added to the bottom of the card.

This was such a fun card to work on, it's impossible not to smile whilst colouring this cute image in.
Hope you'll have time to play along with the Pixies this week, don't forget to hop over to the Pixie Dust Studio Challenge Blog to see the creations from the rest of the Pixies, and to upload your project.
Have a Pixielicious Day
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Halloween is SWEET!!

Halloween is Sweet, especially when you've got the Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween images in the house to play with.  Today you get to see the final three images, and they are all available in the Simply Betty Stamps Store NOW!!

Let me introduce you to the very handsome Franken-Scott...
He really is Franken-tastic!! Look at those eyes, are they not the most wonderfully spooky eyes you've seen.

Now I said yesterday if you didn't like the images I'd eat my Witches Hat, well I really hope you do like them, because Witchy Wednesday does not want to give me her hat, she rather likes it...

So that's two of the three, but Where's Tilly? Tilly is hanging out over at Simply Betty Stamps along with the rest of the DT inspiration.  A little warning tho, Tilly Bites!!

The Sweet Gothic Kid Halloween images are available as digital stamps for one week only, so if you want them in digi form, you better get them quick, prefer to play with an actual stamps, don't worry they are in Store NOW, just make sure you get yours before they sell out.

Thank you for visiting with me today
Have a Spooktacular Day
Hugs
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 8 August 2011

Halloween is coming, Halloween is coming...

Are you excited yet?  It's that wonderful time of year when all the ghosties and ghoulies are dusting off their best haunting apparel to get ready for the years best holiday, Yes Halloween is coming...

If you like Halloween as much as I do, then the place to be this month is Simply Betty Stamps.  We have THE BEST Halloween images, and if you don't agree with me, well I'll eat my witches hat, tehe!!

Today we are previewing the first three of the Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween images, and then tomorrow we'll share with your the final three, and you'll be able to purchase them.

Let me introduce you to Ragdoll Sally, isn't she a cutie.  She looks so sweet and innocent, but I'm sure she's got a wicked mind in that cute little head of hers!!

For my second preview today I decided to make a bookmark, after all what's Halloween without a few spooky ghost stories.  Pumpkin Judy is featured on my bookmark, showing you that you can be cute and spooky, well not 2 spooky!!

So that's the two girlies for today, what about a boy??  Well if you want to see today's Handsome Halloween Hunk, then you'll have to visit the rest of the Simply Betty Stamps Girls, cos he's out and about their blogs somewhere.

See you tomorrow with some more gorgeous Sweet Gothic Kids from Simply Betty Stamps.
Bye for now
Suzi
xxxx

Thursday, 4 August 2011

It's Release Day at Pixie Dust Studio, time for a new challenge too!!


Today's the BIG day! It's Release Day for the newest Pixie Dust Collection, The Winter Collection!
 Stop by the Pixie Dust Studio and pick out your digis now! Kathy also has a special price listed if you purchase the entire collection. Check it out!

This week's challenge is "Anything Goes" BUT YOU MUST USE A PIXIE DUST IMAGE.
I chose "Socket the Reindeer" from the Winter collection for my card.

Socket is so cute, and such fun to colour.  I coloured him with my Letraset Promarkers and a little white gel pen for highlights.  I used Echo Parks' Everybody Loves Christmas Papers along with some red and white card stock from my stash.  I used my Swiss Cheese Border punch to add a detail to the border of my middle panel.  My sentiment is Tiny Text Alphabet Stickers from Cosmo Cricket ( I love these).  To finish my card I added some red organza ribbon along with a double heart charm.

Make sure you visit the rest of the Pixies to see their stunning creations using the Winter Collection.  Don't forget to join in the challenge, all you need is a Pixie Dust Image and your imagination.  Have Fun
Thanks for visiting 
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Wanna Meet Pixie Jinglebell??

Of course you want to meet Pixie Jinglebell, here she is..
I decided she'd look pretty in pink and purple, so I raided my stash and came across this lovely non traditional christmas patterned paper, DCWV's Rose Tinted Xmas Stack.  I coloured Pixie with Prismacolor Verithin Pencils, using the white pencil to blend the other colours.  I added my paper to my card base, along with some washi tape, irridescent snowflakes with crystal brad centres, and a few clear gems.

Pixie Jinglebell will be available in Store on August 4th along with the rest of the Winter Collection.  Check out the rest of the Pixie's blogs to see more tempting sneak peeks.
Bye for Now
Suzi
xxx

P.S. Do you like to Read?  If you do you might want to join us at Pixie's Bookshelf, for lots of book inspired fun!!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Merkids meet Desert Island Crafts Challenge!!!

So I've a special treat for you today, not only a new Desert Island Crafts Challenge, but more Merkids, in fact you can get you hands on all of the Merkids Now in store at SimplyBettyStamps.com


First of all I'm going to show you my favourite Merkid.....
Isn't she beautiful, and very special to me, as her name is 'Suzi'; Betty named her after me, is that cool or what!! I wish i was as pretty and slim as her, lol!!


I'm entering this card into this weeks Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, which is “FRIENDS are Heaven Sent!”  I think it fits the challenge perfectly.


Onto our new Desert Islands Craft Challenge; Our Guest DT Today is Katie Tate, and here is the Itinerary she wants us to use for our creations; remember you need to use atleast 3 items from the list, more if you feel up to it!

Katie's Itinerary
1. Color Your Image (any coloring medium)

2. Stitching

3. Use a quote for a sentiment

4. Something with Wings


5. Make it Pop Up

6. Use 3 different shapes

7. Make it Manly

8. Use felt/fabric (not ribbon)

9. Give it Life (use an image of something alive)

10. Use 3 different colors only (apart from skin/hair)



Here is my card...
 This handsome chap is Cornelius, look at those muscles and such beautiful eyes too!!
Make sure you pop over to Simply Bettys Stamps Blog to see all the Merkids available, aswell as the rest of the DT's awesome creations.

Sorry my post is a little late today, I had to make an unexpected visit to the Doctors and Dentist this morning, but i'm feeling much better now.

Thanks for visiting with me
Suzi
xxx

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