Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Coquettes are rather Spooky!!

I had some time today to make a couple of cards, just for the fun of it; so I decided to give The Coquettes a little Halloween makeover, as the last cards I used them one, were very pastel and pretty.


My first card is for this week's Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.com.  I love a sketch challenge, and this one was fun, and worked perfect with my little coquettes.  I also used some leftover Echo Park Happy Halloween Cardstock, such a fun collection.  I added an extra layer to my card compared with the sketch, but i think it works.  I used some gorgeous halloween twine, and a die cut tag on which i stamped my sentiment.
I coloured the Coquettes with my Letraset Promarkers to coordinate with my cardstock.

My second card is something really unusual for me, it's a CAS; Clean And Simple, not something i tend to do very often, and something i usually struggle with.  However i saw the CAS Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.com and decided to be brave and give it a go.  As soon as I saw the sketch I thought 'Washi Tape' and the rest was very simple after that.  I die cut Hamlet using a Wonky Rectangle die, and coloured him with Letraset Promarkers.  I added him to my card with some foam pads to give him a little height.  I then stamped my MFT sentiment with Black Versafine Ink.

I do love Halloween, Hope your all having fun getting ready for your Halloween Celebrations, and if you fancy picking up some Halloween Crafty Goodies, check out Simply Betty Stamps.com as there is a sale on all Halloween Clear and Rubber stamps.

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Saturday, 29 October 2011

It's the Great Secret Pumpkin Exchange Blog Hop...


Halloween is not quite over yet ladies!  Neither are the celebrations at Simply Betty Stamps!

As you all know you still have until the 30th to upload your projects to any of the 12 days of Halloween, so if you haven't done so and still want a chance at all the never before released digis, and the rest of the prizes head on over there and upload your projects accordingly!

There will be three days of It's the Great Secret Pumpkin Exchange Blog Hop. Each day will have a Spooktacular Prize, however the details on how you can win the prize will not be revealed until October 31st and winners of each prize will be announced on Nov. 10th .

Let's get started with day one!

Starts here: SBS
Ends here: SBS



Here is what i got from my Secret Pumpkin,

A beautiful Steampunk Halloween Card, and some yummy card
and some wonderful Halloween fluffy sock :)

My Secret Pumpkin, was the totally fabulous Cindy Bundy :D
Thank You C :D

So there you have it, today promises to be one fun fun hop and we all hope you will leaves us a comment or two :). Get to hopin'!  And have a frightfully good time!

Happy Hopin'
Suzi
xxx


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Things are getting Spooky with the Pixies..

It's time for a new Pixie Dust Studio Challenge, and this week, everything's gone a little Spooky, so we want to see your Spookiest, Scariest Creations using a Pixie Dust Image.

For my card I chose 'Princess of the Bunnies' from the Moonbeam Collection.  Looks like the full moon has had some sort of effect on her, and the bunnies!!

I coloured Princess and the Bunnies with my Letraset Promarkers. I also gave the bunnies, some fangs!!

My Card base is a 5 x 7 easel card made from silver grey cardstock.  I diecut the moon out of my blue vellum, then added a sheet of white paper behind it to brighten the blue, and i coloured the moon with Letraset Promarkers.  Using scraps of the silver card i die cut and embossed some tombstones, and created a little grassy border.  To finish the card off I added my sentiment using tiny alphabet stickers, and a few clear gems for stars.

I had such fun with this card, I love how versatile the Pixie Dust images are, I'm sure Kathy wasn't thinking of blood thirsty bunnies when she drew this cute image.

I can't wait to see your Spooky creations,
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

On the Ninth day of Halloween


Whatcha think of the three cuties from yesterday so far?  Are ya ready for day 9 and our release featuring the last three images in this line?  Of course you are!  

Let's get started...

On the ninth day of Halloween
My true love gave to me
Nine ghosts a-booing
Eight monsters shrieking
Seven pumpkins glowing
Six goblins gobbling
Five scary spooks!
Four skeletons
Three black cats
Two trick or treaters
And an owl in a rotten oak tree

So today all you have to do is incorporate a ghost in your projects.  Like yesterday you have two chances to win the three new images we will be introducing today... Lulu, Hamlet, and Priscilla!


I used Hamlet for my Day 9 Project.
I'll be adding Priscilla and Lulu a little later, hope you'll pop back to meet them.
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx


Edited: Here as promised are Priscilla and Lulu


Monday, 24 October 2011

On the Eighth Day of Halloween...


Happy day 8 of the 12 days of Halloween!  Today we have combined the 8th day with a new release sneak peak!  That's right we have a brand new line, and they are the cutest!  Let's get right to it...

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

So today you must incorporate a Monster in your projects pretty simple yeah?
You will see three of our newest stamps appearing on our projects today, the new line is called the Coquettes and today we are presenting Cosette, Nicolas, and Lolli!  Please let us know what you think!  Leave a message for a chance at one of these digis (they will not be available in digi form)!  Today's prize is also all three of these in digi form, but of course you have to participate and join today's challenge!  That's two chances for all three of these fun images in digi form!

I couldn't resist using Lolli from the Coquettes for my Day 8 project.  I'm imagining she's standing there wondering what the weird cries and screams are, it's just those monsters shrieking in the background!!

Here are some more cards featuring the adorable Coquettes.  They are so much fun to work with, and these cards are definitely not very halloweenee lol!!
Nicolas

Cosette

 Lolli

Thank you for visiting with me today
See you tomorrow for Day 9
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Sunday, 23 October 2011

On the Seventh Day of Halloween..


My true love gave to me
Seven pumpkins glowing
Six goblins gobbling
Five scary spooks!
Four skeletons
Three black cats
Two trick or treaters
And an owl in a rotten oak tree

SO get those pumpkin stamps, embellishments, stickers, punches, and dies out and get them onto your projects to participate in today's 12 days of Halloween, 7 Pumpkins Glowing!  Remember one person will be chosen to be our next DT member for 2011!  One participant that participated in all challenges, and will be chosen by popular demand.  

Of course today we have a new prize for one lucky winner... today's Prize is all six previous Digis from days 1-7!  That's right 6 Halloween Teen Scene DIGIs and you all know what I am going to say next... these Teen Scene Halloween Digis have never been available in digi and never will be!  You don't want to miss this opportunity do ya?! 
For today's challenge I used Pumpkin Carvin' Alex from the Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween Collection.

I want to say a massive thank you to all of you that have taken the time to leave comments on my recent posts.  Lots of you have said how much you like my colouring on my 12 Days of Halloween Projects; so I thought i'd let you know how I've been creating these projects.

All of my 12 Days of Halloween Project have been created in Photoshop.  I created a moonlight background by filling my background with a main colour, then on a separate layer i used the customs shapes tool to draw a full moon. I then went back to my background layer and added some lighter patches to give the impression of moon light.

To create the atmosphere in my background I use a combination of 'Cloud' brushes that i downloaded (there are absolutely tons of free photoshop brushes out there, just google and you'll find them)  I add my Clouds onto a new layer, using either a lighter or darker colour than my background.  I then play around with the blending mode, and opacity levels for each layer until i get the effect i'm after.

My main image is coloured by using the bucket fill tool to add my main colour to each area of the image, I then use the dodge and burn tools at add my shading and highlights.

Finally I add my text onto another layer.

I hope that doesn't all sound too complicated, because it's really not; most of the time i'm just playing around with different brushes and layer effects, it's all trial and error.  I really want to encourage you to have a go, as it's can be great fun, and you can create some amazing effects.  You can then use the backgrounds you've created on digital pieces like today's, or print them out to use as background papers on your card.

If you use digital stamps and images that have been created by other people, please remember to link back to your source, and give credit to the artists out there. It is wrong to use other peoples work and claim it as your own, so don't do it!!

Thank you for visiting with me today
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

 

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Happy Haunty Halloween Hop

Hello there, welcome to the Happy Haunty Halloween Hop, you should have arrived from Pam's Blog, if not, you'll find the full hop list below, so make sure you don't miss any stops, cos there are some wonderful creations for you to drool over, and lots of prizes to be won.


Today is also Day 6 of the 12 Days of Halloween over at Simply Betty Stamps; so i'd like to share with you my creation for today...



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




If you want to win a very special Simply Betty Stamps Digi stamps, then just create a project based on the Sixth Day of Halloween, and add it to the linky tool on the Simply Betty Stamps Blog.


To be in with a chance of winning a Haunty Halloween Hop prize all you have to do, is visit all the stops on the hop, and leave a comment at each stop(before 8pm EST on Wednesday 26th October),  Here is the full hop list,
 Start Here..
Cyndi Bundy
Taylor Usry


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!


That's all from me for today, your next stop is Jingle, I'm sure she has something truly spooky to share with you.
Happy Hopping
Suzi

Friday, 21 October 2011

Happy Birthday Pixie Challenge

It's time for a new challenge over at the Pixie Dust Studio Challenge Blog, and this week we've celebrating Birthdays, so all you have to do is create a Birthday Card; can't get much simpler than that!!

For my card I used Pixi Flower, Pixi Teddy & Pixi Lilly, all three of these adorable little Pixies are free on the Pixie Dust Studio Blog.

I found the background paper in a mixed paper pack, no idea who made it, but i thought it would be perfect for this card.  I also found this cute little teddy bear button in my stash, but didn't like the colour of it, so use my promarkers to change the colour.  I used a silver mirri card blank for my base, to which i added my backing paper.  I matted my image onto a scrap of silver paper i had leftover from a previous project.  I then coloured my images, to create a nice cheery card, I found a couple of pink embellishments in my stash, and some green baker's twine.

A very simple card, but kinda cute i think!  Want to see what the rest of the Pixie's created for this challenge, then hop over to the Challenge Blog, and don't forget to link your creations up there too, to be in with a chance of winning more beautiful images from Pixie Dust Studio.

Bye for Now
Suzi
xxx

On the fifth day of Halloween...



My true love gave to me
Five scary spooks!
Four skeletons
Three black cats
Two trick or treaters
And an owl in a rotten oak tree

You all know what to do right?  Just add spooks to your projects, either five spooks, one spook with the number 5, it's open to you imagination!  Now remember we will be watching really closely at the participants, the more you enter the more of a chance you will have at that big prize of being part of the DT for 2012!  Let me tell you, we have some awesomeness coming in 2012!

I've used Tootsie for my scary spooks, and doesn't she look scary!! 

I can't wait to see how you interpret today's challenge, i've been having great fun checking out all the entries so far, and remember you've plenty of time to join in any of the challenges, as the linky tools stay open for them all until October 30th at 10pm PST.

See you tomorrow for Day 6
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

On the Fourth Day of Halloween


...My true love gave to me
Four Skeletons  
Three black cats
Two trick or treaters
And an owl in a rotten oak tree

I couldn't resist using this gorgeous image from Jude and his Shenanigan Crew Halloween Collection; he's called Skeleton Peter, and I love him.

Thank you for visiting with me today, come back tomorrow for Day 5.
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

On the Third Day of Halloween..



My true love gave to me
Three black cats
Two trick or treaters
And an owl in a rotten oak tree

As you have probably already guessed, today's challenge is to incorporate a black cat on your projects!

Today's Prize is another non digi released digi... Evil Queen Rio from the Teen Scene Halloween line! YEEEHAW!  I know many, many of you bought these awesome stamps, as they were never available in digi form, and let me assure you that they will continue not to be available in digi form unless you win them.  I encourage you to still play along for the digi version as you can have lots of fun with digis!  They can be colored digitially, resized, merged... well lots of fun!  I do hope you will all continue to play along and again you have until October 30th at 10PM PST to upload for day 3!

On today's project i used the super cute Witchy Boo Betty Digistamp; I flipped her so she's flying in the opposite direction, as this made it easier to fit her into the centre of my piece, and you can still read the text over the moon.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls Challenge#3


It's time for Challenge #3 at Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls and this week we are looking at the work of another awesome Director and Producer;



Guillermo del Toro has a habit of creating wonderfully dark films, which contain great storylines, and wonderful imagery.  Most famous for Pan's Labyrinth, he has Directed and Produced films as diverse as Hellboy, Blade II, and Kung Fu Panda 2.

Your challenge is to create a project inspired by any of Guillermo's work, it can take the form of a card, layout, digital picture, whatever takes your fancy.  Just remember to come back here and link up your creation, and share with us your inspiration.



For my project I was inspired by Pan's Labyrinth, and the freaky looking man with eyes in his hands!  I decided to create a digital picture based on this, drawing some freaky hands and adding eyeballs to the centre.  For my Ofelia I used the 'Alice in Wonderland' Digital stamp from Dilly Beans Digi Stamps.

I hope you'll be inspired to check out the work of Guillermo del Toro, and hopefully join in this weeks challenge.
Thanks for visiting with me
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

On the Second Day of Halloween..


Welcome back to day 2!!  Whoohoo!  Have you started day one?  Ready for day 3?  Ha!  Guess we have to get through day 2 first huh?

Okay let's get started with today's prize... You all remember Mummy London from our Teen Scene Halloween right?  Remember these have never before been available in digi, and they will not be available in the future, but Mummy London DIGI is today's prize!

So let's get to the challenge....

On the second day of Halloween
My true love gave to me
Two trick or treaters
And an owl in a rotten oak tree

The Challenge today is to incorporate some Trick or Treaters in to your projects.  Pretty easy yeah?  Like yesterday you have until October 30th at 10PM PST to upload your Two Trick or Treaters project below!  Have fun and happy Trick or Treating!

For today's challenge, I used 2 of the super cute Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween images,  Franken-Scott and Pumpkin' Judy (Both available in store now). Don't they make the cutest couple of tricksters!

Come back tomorrow to see what Day 3 has in store
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx


Monday, 17 October 2011

On the First Day of Halloween


...My true love gave to me
An owl in a rotten oak tree!

Welcome to the Simply Betty Stamps second annual 12 days of Halloween!  If you all joined us last year, welcome back!  If you are new, hang on to your coloring media it's going to be a bumpy Broom stick ride!

Let me explain the game... unlike last year where you had two or three days to complete your projects, this time around you have until the 30th of October to upload all your projects for all the 12 days.  Of course each day will have it's own linky, but you must upload your projects accordingly.  Each project must be a new project.  On the 30th, all links will close, the winners will be announced on Nov. 5th.  There will be several winners, but one person that enters ALL 12 days and is best of the best will be chosen to be a part of our DT for 2012!

For today you must create anything; card, scrap page lay out, altered item.. ANYTHING using an owl and creepy tree in  your project.  Pretty simple right?  

You have until 10pm PST on the 30th October to upload your project and be considered for the prize. 

 The prize for today is Miller Igor from  the Teen Scene Halloween in... DIGI form!  That's right you heard me right DIGI form for one lucky winner!  The Teen Scene Halloween line has never been available in digi form, nor will they ever be in the future, so you may want to play along on for this one!  

So get going on that Owl in a Rotted Oak tree project!

As you can see I decided to create a digital project for this challenge.  I used the awesome Shelby from The Zander Zone, along with the cutest little Halloween Owl and tree that I got from PixelPaperPrints Etsy Store

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of our 12 Days of Halloween
Have a great day
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls Challenge # 2

Time for Challenge Number Two over at Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls, and for this challenge I've picked one awesomely talented man to focus on;



Terry Gilliam, is a wonderful Artist/Animator, Actor, and Director.  I'm sure many of you will know him from the Monty Python team, but since then he's directed some of the most fantastical fantasy films ever made.

The Challenge is to Create a Card/Project based on any of Terry Gilliam's Work



For my card I decided  to focus on one of his more recent films; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnususs.
I found this wonderful still from the film, which inspired me to create my card.


Here's the inspiration photo:

and here is my card:
I used a digital paper for my background, to which i add a very ornate frame, I did this in phototshop, and then printed it out at the size i wanted.  I then used two of the soon to be release 'Coquette's from Simply Betty Stamps for my Tony and Valentina.  I cut out the inside of the frame and added some silver foil to the back to give the impression of the mirror.  I layered this onto some black and white polka dot paper, and a silver card blank.


You have a week to join in the challenge, still needing some inspiration then hop over to the Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls Blog to see the truly magical creations from the rest of the BBDolls.


Have a great week
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Welcome to the Xander Zone


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 Kristi 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.


Here is my card for Christian;




As you can see not only did I use Xander, but I used Phoebe and Shelby from the 'Xander Zone' Collection.  This is quite an experimental card for me as I coloured my images digitally before printing them out.  I used lots of purple on my card as that is Christian's favourite colour, I added some of my favourite things to the card too, you'll notice the sequin mesh, and ticket sentiments.  I resisted the temptation to add any pink pearls (another of my very favourite things).  I'm hoping that this card, along with all the others that are being sent, will bring a smile to Christian's face.  He is a lovely young man, who has a difficult battle ahead, but i know with our support and prayers, he will win the war and grow into the man he's meant to be.


I know money is tight for everyone at the moment, but i ask that you give as much as you can spare, even if it's only pennies/cents; it all adds up and will help pay for Christian's treatment.  I thank you in advance for your generosity and the support you've given Betty and her family at this difficult time; I know that it has lifted her spirits to know what we all care so very much.

From here please hop over to Zeni 

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


Suzi 
 Zeni 
   Raven 
  Lea  
  Sandra 
  Elsa 
  Cheri  
Carley  
Pam  
Susan
Simply Betty Stamps


Thank you for joining us today for this special hop.
God Bless You All
Hugs 
Suzi
xxx













Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls First Challenge

It's time to launch the first challenge over at Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls, and we've made this one really easy, your challenge is

Halloween - Create a card/project based on your Favourite Halloween Film, Book or Memory, and please share your inspiration with us!

Nice and Easy, Yes?  Well Yes and No, Yes as I love Halloween, and No because I've been spoilt for choice, What Film to Use?  So I thought i'd go through a few of my favourite Halloween films and see if I could find a common link...


See a common link?  Yes they all feature Witches, I realised I quite like Witches, I remember wanting to dress up as a Witch for Halloween when i was a child.  So I decided to create a little Witchy card...



I used this adorable little 'Witchy Boo Betty Digi' from Simply Betty Stamps.com.  Not only did I use this image because I love it, but also because I'd like to encourage you to visit Simply Betty Stamps and make a purchase, or click the donation button on my sidebar.  You see Betty's 17 year old son Christian has just been diagnosed with Throat Cancer, so they really need all the help they can get.  Betty and her family are really nice people and would never ask for help unless it was really needed, and it's needed now.  So show them you care, by either purchasing from Betty's store or making a donation, it doesn't matter if you can't donate much, every penny/cent adds up, and will help pay for Christians med bills.

Thank you for visiting with me today
Hugs
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 3 October 2011

Jude and The Rockers Fall and An Appeal for Help!

Today I'd like to share with you a couple of cards I've made with the newly released Jude and the Rockers Fall Collection of images at Simply Betty Stamps.

The images were released earlier this weekend, as Betty's had some bad news and needs to get some money coming in now.  Betty's 17 year old son Christian has been diagnoised with Throat Cancer, which in itself is more than any parent/family/teenager should have to deal with, but to make matter's worse in the USA they don't have a National Health Service like we do over here, so have to pay for their treatment, and in most cases up front.

Betty really is one of the nicest people I know, she's the sort of person that would do anything for anyone if they needed her help, so I'm asking you to show Betty that people do care, and to help out in whatever way you can.  You can buy Stamps and Digistamps from Betty's store, or donate to the 'Help Christian Fund' using the donate button (It's on my blog on the sidebar, aswell as on the Simply Betty Stamps Blog).  I know that times are tough financially for us all, but some things are more important, and remember every penny/cent counts cos it all adds up.

In exchange for your donation you will get the awesome 'Zander' digistamp...
Zander is the first in a new collection of images from Simply Betty Stamps.  We will be running a contest too, all you have to do to enter is create a card with Zander, blog it and send it on to Christian.  The winner of the contest will get the rest of the Collection of images for free.


My cards feature Ariel and Oscar from the Jude and The Rockers Fall Collection, along with papers from W R Memories Autumn Splendor Collection which are also available in Betty's Store.

Thank you for taking the time to visit with me today,
Hugs to you all
Suzi
xxx

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