Thursday, 30 September 2010



From October 1st to Oct 31st there will be 12 challenges. 


Each day there will be a different prize and you will have one day to enter each challenge.  Now here is the twist... it will be Reality TV style!  In the first challenge we will eliminate all but 12 participants to enter into the next round.  The second challenge all but 10 will be eliminated... and so on and so on, until only one person remains.  That one person will get one amazing prize!!

Each day the prize will grow, Betty will be adding lots and lots of goodies, from rubber stamps, to papers, to embellishments!  This will be one mother load of a prize!!!  Betcha can't wait to see what goodies you will get, eh?  Me too, I'm curious!

Check back to SBS Challenge blog tomorrow to get started!!

StampInsanity Challenge #29 - Metallic Mania

Time to get your groove on with the Groove Gurlz and this week's challenge is all about Metal, Metallic Mania is the name of the game, and all you have to do is use something metallic on your card/project.  Here's mine...

For my card i used the fangtastic Henry from the Halloween Henry Collection, Isn't he just to die for?
For my layout, I used this weeks sketch from Splitcoaststampers, it's there 300th sketch challenge, and what a cool sketch.  I kept my background very simple, just using some red cardstock, and some black glossy cardstock (i distressed the edge, and ran a red marker around it).  I coloured Henry with my promarkers before layering him onto some black cardstock, I added a cute sentiment from the selection, using a cirlce punch to cut it out.  My metal for the challenge is the little metal red roses that i attached either side of my image; just a little metal, but the perfect embellishment for this image.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Groovy Gurlz creation's cos they are gorgeous, as always.
Thank you for visiting

Pixie Dust Challenge #42 - Swirly Swirls

Time for another fun challenge over at the Pixie Dust Challenge Blog. This week it's all about Swirls, use as many swirly swirls as you can on your creations.  Here's mine...
Can you guess what my favourite disney movie is?  Yep It's The Little Mermaid, and that's what inspired today's card.  As soon as I saw Prince Charming and Princess Ariel in the Pixie Dust Studio I knew i'd have to make a card using them together.

I used a pale blue cardstock to make my card blank, I then embossed some blue vellum with swirls, and some cream cardstock with pebbles.  I cut my papers with a swirly line, then adhered to my card blank.  Prince Charming and Princess Ariel are coloured in promarkers then cut out and adheared with foam pads.  To finish my card I added a sentiment, and created some swirls with a mix of white and cream pearls.

I hope you have a chance to play along with our challenge this week, don't forget to add your link to the challenge blog to be in with a chance of winning a free image of your choice.

Thank you for visiting with me
Take Care

Wednesday, 29 September 2010



The gals from The Burtonesque Dolls, Simply Betty Stamps and Simply Betty Challenges blogs figured it was a good time to put together a blog hop of our very own:

This hop is ALLLLLLLLLLLLL about Betty and since October is Betty's favorite month and there are sooooo many exciting things happening, why not do it just before?!!  This way we can get things warmed up for the whole October and Halloween theme.  Kinda like an apple pie!! 

And since Halloween is her favorite time of year you will be seeing mostly, if not all Halloween cards and we have used only Betty Emo's images.

I count myself very lucky to be able to call Betty my friend, she is one of the nicest, wackiest and most talented people i've come across in Blogland, and I'm honoured to get to work with her images.  One of Betty's greatest creations is 'The Burtonesque Dolls' Challenge Blog; a place full of wonderful challenges and some of the nicest people on the planet.  Just wanted to let you know I love you Betty, and thank you for enriching my life :)

Without further ado, let's check out some more inspiring and creative cards from all the ladies.  Please note because this is an appreciation blog hop there are no prizes.  It's just for fun but the ladies wouldn't mind some luving from you anyway!!

So LET'S GET HOPPING!!  You should have by now hopped your way through most of our list of talented ladies, and come to me!  If you've stumbled across my blog first, here's the full blog list for you.  Definately don't want you to miss any stops...

Hope you've enjoyed our homage to Betty
Take Care

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Are you a 'Spoonie'?

So I'm not having a good day today, and the easiest way to describe is I've only a couple of spoons for the whole day.  This made me realise that not everyone is aware of 'The Spoon Theory' and how it helps people like myself with invisable disabilities explain to 'normal' people how we feel.  Some of you will know I have Fibromyalgia amongst other health problems; I don't want to complain about it, because I know there are alot of people out there dealing with far worse problems. I just felt that today I wanted to share 'The Spoon Theory' with you all.  Please take the time to read it, and I hope it helps you understand just a little more.
Thank You for visiting with me, and normal service will resume tomorrow, lol

The Spoon Theory
by Christine Miserandino
My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing.
As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead of continuing the conversation. She then asked me out of the blue what it felt like to have Lupus and be sick. I was shocked not only because she asked the random question, but also because I assumed she knew all there was to know about Lupus. She came to doctors with me, she saw me walk with a cane, and throw up in the bathroom. She had seen me cry in pain, what else was there to know?
I started to ramble on about pills, and aches and pains, but she kept pursuing, and didn't seem satisfied with my answers. I was a little surprised as being my roommate in college and friend for years; I thought she already knew the medical definition of Lupus. Then she looked at me with a face every sick person knows well, the face of pure curiosity about something no one healthy can truly understand. She asked what it felt like, not physically, but what it felt like to be me, to be sick.
As I tried to gain my composure, I glanced around the table for help or guidance, or at least stall for time to think. I was trying to find the right words. How do I answer a question I never was able to answer for myself? How do I explain every detail of every day being effected, and give the emotions a sick person goes through with clarity. I could have given up, cracked a joke like I usually do, and changed the subject, but I remember thinking if I don’t try to explain this, how could I ever expect her to understand. If I can’t explain this to my best friend, how could I explain my world to anyone else? I had to at least try.
At that moment, the spoon theory was born. I quickly grabbed every spoon on the table; hell I grabbed spoons off of the other tables. I looked at her in the eyes and said “Here you go, you have Lupus”. She looked at me slightly confused, as anyone would when they are being handed a bouquet of spoons. The cold metal spoons clanked in my hands, as I grouped them together and shoved them into her hands.
I explained that the difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn’t have to. The healthy have the luxury of a life without choices, a gift most people take for granted.
Most people start the day with unlimited amount of possibilities, and energy to do whatever they desire, especially young people. For the most part, they do not need to worry about the effects of their actions. So for my explanation, I used spoons to convey this point. I wanted something for her to actually hold, for me to then take away, since most people who get sick feel a “loss” of a life they once knew. If I was in control of taking away the spoons, then she would know what it feels like to have someone or something else, in this case Lupus, being in control.
She grabbed the spoons with excitement. She didn’t understand what I was doing, but she is always up for a good time, so I guess she thought I was cracking a joke of some kind like I usually do when talking about touchy topics. Little did she know how serious I would become?
I asked her to count her spoons. She asked why, and I explained that when you are healthy you expect to have a never-ending supply of "spoons". But when you have to now plan your day, you need to know exactly how many “spoons” you are starting with. It doesn’t guarantee that you might not lose some along the way, but at least it helps to know where you are starting. She counted out 12 spoons. She laughed and said she wanted more. I said no, and I knew right away that this little game would work, when she looked disappointed, and we hadn't even started yet. I’ve wanted more "spoons" for years and haven’t found a way yet to get more, why should she? I also told her to always be conscious of how many she had, and not to drop them because she can never forget she has Lupus.
I asked her to list off the tasks of her day, including the most simple. As, she rattled off daily chores, or just fun things to do; I explained how each one would cost her a spoon. When she jumped right into getting ready for work as her first task of the morning, I cut her off and took away a spoon. I practically jumped down her throat. I said " No! You don’t just get up. You have to crack open your eyes, and then realize you are late. You didn’t sleep well the night before. You have to crawl out of bed, and then you have to make your self something to eat before you can do anything else, because if you don’t, you can't take your medicine, and if you don’t take your medicine you might as well give up all your spoons for today and tomorrow too." I quickly took away a spoon and she realized she hasn’t even gotten dressed yet. Showering cost her spoon, just for washing her hair and shaving her legs. Reaching high and low that early in the morning could actually cost more than one spoon, but I figured I would give her a break; I didn’t want to scare her right away. Getting dressed was worth another spoon. I stopped her and broke down every task to show her how every little detail needs to be thought about. You cannot simply just throw clothes on when you are sick. I explained that I have to see what clothes I can physically put on, if my hands hurt that day buttons are out of the question. If I have bruises that day, I need to wear long sleeves, and if I have a fever I need a sweater to stay warm and so on. If my hair is falling out I need to spend more time to look presentable, and then you need to factor in another 5 minutes for feeling badly that it took you 2 hours to do all this.
I think she was starting to understand when she theoretically didn’t even get to work, and she was left with 6 spoons. I then explained to her that she needed to choose the rest of her day wisely, since when your “spoons” are gone, they are gone. Sometimes you can borrow against tomorrow’s "spoons", but just think how hard tomorrow will be with less "spoons". I also needed to explain that a person who is sick always lives with the looming thought that tomorrow may be the day that a cold comes, or an infection, or any number of things that could be very dangerous. So you do not want to run low on "spoons", because you never know when you truly will need them. I didn’t want to depress her, but I needed to be realistic, and unfortunately being prepared for the worst is part of a real day for me.
We went through the rest of the day, and she slowly learned that skipping lunch would cost her a spoon, as well as standing on a train, or even typing at her computer too long. She was forced to make choices and think about things differently. Hypothetically, she had to choose not to run errands, so that she could eat dinner that night.
When we got to the end of her pretend day, she said she was hungry. I summarized that she had to eat dinner but she only had one spoon left. If she cooked, she wouldn’t have enough energy to clean the pots. If she went out for dinner, she might be too tired to drive home safely. Then I also explained, that I didn’t even bother to add into this game, that she was so nauseous, that cooking was probably out of the question anyway. So she decided to make soup, it was easy. I then said it is only 7pm, you have the rest of the night but maybe end up with one spoon, so you can do something fun, or clean your apartment, or do chores, but you can’t do it all.
I rarely see her emotional, so when I saw her upset I knew maybe I was getting through to her. I didn’t want my friend to be upset, but at the same time I was happy to think finally maybe someone understood me a little bit. She had tears in her eyes and asked quietly “Christine, How do you do it? Do you really do this everyday?” I explained that some days were worse then others; some days I have more spoons then most. But I can never make it go away and I can’t forget about it, I always have to think about it. I handed her a spoon I had been holding in reserve. I said simply, “I have learned to live life with an extra spoon in my pocket, in reserve. You need to always be prepared”
Its hard, the hardest thing I ever had to learn is to slow down, and not do everything. I fight this to this day. I hate feeling left out, having to choose to stay home, or to not get things done that I want to. I wanted her to feel that frustration. I wanted her to understand, that everything everyone else does comes so easy, but for me it is one hundred little jobs in one. I need to think about the weather, my temperature that day, and the whole day's plans before I can attack any one given thing. When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom. I miss never having to count "spoons".
After we were emotional and talked about this for a little while longer, I sensed she was sad. Maybe she finally understood. Maybe she realized that she never could truly and honestly say she understands. But at least now she might not complain so much when I can't go out for dinner some nights, or when I never seem to make it to her house and she always has to drive to mine. I gave her a hug when we walked out of the diner. I had the one spoon in my hand and I said “Don’t worry. I see this as a blessing. I have been forced to think about everything I do. Do you know how many spoons people waste everyday? I don’t have room for wasted time, or wasted “spoons” and I chose to spend this time with you.”
Ever since this night, I have used the spoon theory to explain my life to many people. In fact, my family and friends refer to spoons all the time. It has been a code word for what I can and cannot do. Once people understand the spoon theory they seem to understand me better, but I also think they live their life a little differently too. I think it isn’t just good for understanding Lupus, but anyone dealing with any disability or illness. Hopefully, they don’t take so much for granted or their life in general. I give a piece of myself, in every sense of the word when I do anything. It has become an inside joke. I have become famous for saying to people jokingly that they should feel special when I spend time with them, because they have one of my "spoons".
© 2003 by Christine Miserandino

Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #20: Edward Scissorhands' Cutting Edge Design

Can you channel Edward Scissor Hands in this SKETCH CHALLENGE! 
Here's the Sketch....

and here's my take on it...

All you have to do this week is follow the sketch.  For my card I took inspiration from Edward Scissorhands and decided to go for a blue colour palette and a icy cool feel.  I used Angelica from the Punky Teens range of images at Simply Betty Stamps.  I used cardstock from my local paper mill for my card base, and my embossed panel.  The patterned paper is from the Dirty Rodeo Paper Pack from The Greeting Farm; I love how the stars on the paper match the stars on Angelica's trousers.

This was a fun challenge for me, as i rarely choose blue as the main colour for my cards, so this made a nice change.  Hope you have fun with this weeks challenge too, don't forget to check out the rest of the Burtonesque Dolls Creations.

Take Care

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Kickin' It Old Skool with The Greeting Farm

It's the weekend, and I managed to find some time to play, so I thought I would tackle the 'Kickin' It Old Skool' Challenge that The Greeting Farm is running.  It's such a cool challenge, basically you have to get out your older TGF stamps and give them some love.  The hardest part for me was deciding which TGF stamp to use, as I have so many, and they really haven't been getting alotta love recently; infact the two I used on this card had never been inked up (bows my head in shame!!!).

I used Navajo Anya and Sheriff Ian along with papers from the Dirty Rodeo Paper Pack.  I decided to make the challenge a little harder for myself, and go back to an 'Old Skool' style of colouring, which for me meant getting our my watercolours.  It was nice to work with watercolours again, something I haven't done in quite a while, but I must admit, I do prefer the neater look that i can get using my promarkers.

Thanks you for visiting and Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Oh Alice CHAPTER 32: Journey to the Center of the Earth...

Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!

"I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think--'"

(for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over)

"yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.)...

Now it's time to really fall down the rabbit HOLE this week with this challenge! Your task if you wish to accept it is to create a card with a WINDOW or HOLE in the card!

 I have to admit I found this challenge a little tricky to start off with, window cards are not something i make very often.  I had a little rummage through my craft stash (as I tend to do when i'm stuck for ideas/inspiration) and I came across this double aperture card.  So that was my card blank sorted out, I then decided that I wanted it to look like Alice was falling down the rabbit hole, so I looked through my Alice images and decided that Ivy from Tickled Pink Stamps was perfect.  I wanted to be able to show Alice's back view from inside the card, so I printed Ivy out and then using my lightbox traced around her to create a back view.
The rest of the card came together easily after this point, i printed a tiled floor paper for the inside of my card. Used a couple of punches to create some grass and leaves, and added some pale blue roses to the front of the card.

So that's how i created my card, don't forget to pop along to the Oh Alice Blog to see what the rest of the design team has created for your inspiration.  Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing your Window cards.
Thanks for visiting

Friday, 24 September 2010

Simply Betty Challenge #2 - Not Your Traditional Halloween!!

SO! This week we want you to create a new Halloween color combo, diverging from the traditional Black, Orange, Purple and Greens. Make a project, card or layout creating a new color combo using anything but these colors.

 OK, You will probably have noticed that i didn't manage to avoid Green, but I think i did pretty well with the whole Non Traditional Halloween colours.  I used the rather spooky Millerstein image from the Halloween Emos.  I used papers from the 'Cupcakes' range by Crafts House, which was basically the least halloweeny paper I could find in my stash.  I stamped the 'Happy Halloween' sentiment with pink ancient page ink. As a finishing touch i created a little pumpkin head out of a scrap of coordinating paper.

A rather psychadelic colour combination, but I like it.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have chance to join us in this week's challenge
Take Care

Thursday, 23 September 2010

StampInsanity Challenge #28 - Show 'Em Who's Emboss!

We are putting on our power pumps and showing the world who’s the boss… with our mad embossing skillz! Dry or heat – relief or depressed… show us your power embossing! That's the challenge this week, and here's my card...
I couldn't decide between dry embossing and heat embossing, so i went with both.  I used a sizzix embossing folder to create my brickwork background on some coordinations cardstock. I used Joszette from Les Coquettes Collection,  I coloured Joszette's outfit and body with my promarkers, and used distress ink to colour her hair, before i embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Make sure you visit the rest of the Groovy Gurlz to see their awesome creations, and remember there is still a few days left to apply to be one of the next Groovy Gurlz.

Have a great week

Pixie Dust Challenge - Lets get Sketchy...

This weeks challenge is a sketch from Dani.
She is the Sketch Artist for Pixie Dust Studio - isn't that great !

 For my card i decided to use Lil' Red from the Goodies Collection.  I came across these stick-on eyes amongst my stash the other day, and thought this was a perfect opportunity to have a play with them.  
So the first thing i did with my image was stick the eyes on, this gave Lil'Red a completely different character, she looked rather blue and out of sorts to me; hence the blue colour scheme.  
I then decided that as she looked very different to normal, that i couldn't go for a traditional red riding hood background; so Lil' Red got transported through a 'worm-hole' type portal and ended up in Wonderland.

I printed out my background papers, one in colour and one in grey scale, trimmed them both to exactly the same size, and then cut a circle out of the coloured one (for my wormhole);  I added some black dots to it using a template, and then adhered it to my grey scale background.

To finish my card off I added a sentiment, and some black pom poms.

I love how my card turned out, and loved working with the sketch, I can't wait to see what you all create with it.

Have a great week

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #19 Trick or Treating in Burton's Neighborhood!

If you lived in Tim Burton's neighborhood what would it be like to go Trick or Treating? Would Jack and Sally be handing out treats, would the Mad Hatter be lurking in the shadows? Your challenge this week is to create a card or project inspired by Trick or Treating in Burton's Neighborhood! 

 I figured if you went Trick or Treating in Burton's Neighbourhood, then you'd have plenty of company, lots of little kids dressed up in cool costumes, and what's cooler than a little skeleton?
So i thought Skeleton Peter from Simply Betty Stamps would be perfect for this challenge.  So i made him the focus of my easel card, adding some pumpkin and skull embellishments and a bit of ribbon to finish it off.

Then i thought he looked a little lonely, so I decided to make another piece for this weeks challenge...
Whilst looking online for a cute halloween treat bag template or something similar, I came across a tutorial for a Lumineria; as soon as i saw this I had to have a go, and they are so simple to make.  I used Skeleton Peter and Franken-Jude for this, along with a pumpkin die for my aperture.

I had real fun making the Lumineria, I do hope you have chance to give the tutorial a go, and this weeks challenge, we'd love to see your idea of Burton's neighbourhood Trick or Treaters!!

Thanks for visiting with me

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Oh Alice - CHAPTER 31: Fighting for the CROWN

`Why the Lion and the Unicorn, of course,' said the King. 
`Fighting for the crown?'

`Yes, to be sure,' said the King: `and the best of the joke is, that it's my crown all the while! Let's run and see them.' And they trotted off, Alice repeating to herself, as she ran, the words of the old song: --

`The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.' 

Hey everyone!  We have a wonderful challenge today and a prize at stake from The Mad Hatter herself!    Jessica will be giving away an {Ippity} prize pack of stamps plus a nice array of 6x6 designer paper to ONE lucky winner this week who is "Crowned" by!

Speaking of crowns, THAT's this week's challenge, brought to you by our very own Twisted Sis Sammi:  Use CROWNS and/or MYTHICAL Creatures on your card or creation today!

 I decided to create my own mythical creature for this week's card, so I combined two images from The Greeting Farm,  the Unicorn digi, and Alice from the Wonderland digi set. My Alicorn is coloured with promarkers, then trimmed and mounted on foam pads onto my background.  I created the impression of hills with a sheet of dotty paper, and a circle nestie.  To finish it all off I added some pink felt flowers and pink butterflies.

Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to upload your creation to the Oh Alice blog to be in with a chance of winning this weeks awesome prize. 

Friday, 17 September 2010

Simply Betty Challenges - The First Challenge

It's Friday, and Friday's are now officially Simply Betty Challenge day, so today we announce our very first challenge.  Something nice and easy to start off with, an inspiration challenge; all you have to do it take inspiration from the photo below, use either the pattern, the colour or if your very brave both!  The only other thing you need to is link your creation to the Simply Betty Challenge blog to be in with a chance of winning this weeks awesome prizes.

Here is the photo:
 Here is my card:
I used Monster Dude from the Punky Teens Collection for my card. He looks like a fun guy, you'd definately want to cuddle him in that suit, he'd be so cozy and furry, lol!

So that's my take on the challenge, can't wait to see what yours will be like.
Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 16 September 2010

StampInsanity Challenge #27 - One Layer Wonders

Time to get Groovy with the StampInsanity Groovy Gurlz, and this week's challenge, sounds simple but it's not, all you have to do is create a card/project with One Layer, no background paper, no matting layers, just all on one layer. Have Fun!!!
Once again I've used my favourite StampInsanity image, the beautiful Pierrette, this time i've given her the halloween treatment and she's looking a little orange!  I printed my image out, then trimmed my paper to size so i could use my spider web punches all around the page.  After punching my egdges, I coloured Pierrette in with my promarkers.  I then stamped my background images, before using my airbrush adaptor to add the orange and dark grey to the background.   To finish my card I stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment and stuck my one layer to my card blank.

Would you like to be a Groovy Gurl??  There is still time to apply for a spot on the team for the next term!  Click here for deets!***

Thank your for visiting with me

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

The Goodies are here.................


Yes The Goodies have arrived, and you can now get your hands on these super sweet and delicious images at Pixie Dust Studio.

Isn't Baker Fairy a cutie, she reminds me of myself, I love baking, infact i used to be a Baker, well that was my maiden name, lol!! My paper choice for this card was very simple, as soon as I saw all these yummy cupcakes, I knew that would be what Baker Fairy was creating.

Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to check out the rest of the Pixies gorgeous creations.

Haunting we will go....

...with a hop, a blog hop that is!  It's release day at Simply Betty Stamps, and you can now get your hands on the Haunting Beautiful Emo Halloweenies. What's a hop without some Prizes....
Three Lucky Winners will be receiving 2 FREE rubber stamps from the Emo Halloweenies!  All you have to do is participate in our Blog Hop Challenge... of course there are a couple of  twists to it.  You have one day to complete your creation!    The challenge?  Very simple Create your best Halloween creation!  It can be a card, a treat bag, a scrapbook page, or mini album anything Halloween!  Pretty simple so far?  Here is the second catch, you must use a Simply Betty Stamp image that is NOT Halloween... so No Jude and his Shenanigan Crew, no Punky Teens.  You can use everything else! 

Can't wait to win the images, then why not take up one of Betty's Awesome Hop Discounts

Any 12 for $31.50 use code SEPDIGI3150
Any 6 for $15.75 use code SEPDIGI1575
Any 3 for $7.85 use code SEPDIGI785

Pre-Orders: For Emo Halloweenies only Shipping October 1st 
5 Halloweenies $26.00 use code PRERUB26

Rubber in stock:
Any 3 for $15.00 use code 3RUB1500

For my card i used the super scary Lola Mummy from Simply Betty Stamps.  My Haunted House in the background is from Tiddly Inks, don't you just love how these images work together.  We've got purple felt grass and a spotty sky.  I used some sequin waste to give the impression of a fence, and added the word 'Boo' in orange ribbon, I used quite a few staples on this card, but i think they add to the effect as well as adhering my elements to the card nicely.

Now onto the hop! 
 You should have already visited most of the stops on the hop, but here is the full hop order, if you've just started.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Burtonesque Dolls - Challenge #18 Burton's School of Ghouls

Challenge #18 Burton's School of Ghouls

Welcome back to all of you Burtonesque crafters. We hope Back to School was a success and you all had a fun long weekend.  With all the little kiddies heading back to school this past week the Dolls have been sharpening thier pencils and pulling out their Markers. Your Challenge this week is to create Burton style "Ghoul School" for all those Ghouls and Boys! Create your crafty project and add all those elements of school. 

 For my card I decided to use Back to School London and Miller, you can find both of these Kool Kids over at Simply Betty Stamps.  My background was a free clipart image i found online of some school lockers.  I then created my sentiment in my word processing programme, printed it out, and coloured to coordinate with my images, before cutting it out.  I then simply layered everything onto my black card base, using some foam pads to give London and Miller a bit of added dimension. A fairly simple card, but i hope you like it.

I look forward to seeing your ghoulish creations, have fun

Monday, 13 September 2010

Sneaky Peek of some Sweet Goodies from Pixie Dust Studio

It's nearly time for a new release from Pixie Dust Studio, so it's time for me to tempt you with some sneaky peeks.  Today's card features the very sweet Lil' Miss Cupcake from the Goodies Collection which will be released this week. I used papers from the Dovecraft 'Piece of Cake' paper pack, along with some chocolate brown cardstock from my local paper mill.  I decided to try something a little different with my ribbon, and went for a ruffled effect, turned out quite pretty i think.  I couldn't decide between flowers and pearls, so i went for both, a little over the top, but I think this would make a great birthday card for a little girl who loves pink!

Thank you for stopping by, and come back tomorrow for more sweet stuff :)

Saturday, 11 September 2010

CHAPTER 30: Hey there, Nice Stems...

Just as Alice said this, she noticed that one of the trees had a door leading right into it. `That's very curious!' she thought. `But everything's curious today. I think I may as well go in at once.' And in she went.

Once more she found herself in the long hall, and close to the little glass table. `Now, I'll manage better this time,' she said to herself, and began by taking the little golden key, and unlocking the door that led into the garden. 

Then she went to work nibbling at the mushroom (she had kept a piece of it in her pocked) till she was about a foot high: then she walked down the little passage: and THEN--she found herself at last in the beautiful garden, among the bright flower-beds and the cool fountains..."

Hello out there!  It's a lovely day here in Wonderland and we are celebrating the summer with a nature theme today!  Well, TREES and FLOWERS to be more exact!   We scored a GREAT sketch sponsored by PAGEMAPS today that is just perfect for today's theme:

For my card I used the very pretty Poppy from Tiddly Inks.   I coloured her with promarkers and popped her up with foam pads to give some added dimension.  I really liked working with this weeks sketch, perfect for creating a scene.  I went for autumnal colours, cos it doesn't feel like summer here anymore, lol!!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to play along with our challenge.

Have a wonderful weekend all

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Hold the Front Page - It's a Pixie Challenge

It's Thursday so that means it's time for another Pixie Dust Studio Challenge.  
The new challenge is called  " In Between the Newsprint "
Use Black/White and ONE other color!!!
 For my card I used the adorable Frankie Funhouse Fairy from the Funhouse Collection. I think she's wonderful, and perfect for those gothic halloween inspired cards.  As you can see my plus one colour is Red, I love this colour combination, to add more depth to my image, I used shades of grey rather than just black, afterall black + white = grey, so I think it's allowed tehe!!  I used a mini template from for my spider web and spider.  I tried to give the inpression of stitches with my ribbon detail.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have time to play along with this weeks challenge.
Take Care

Sunday, 5 September 2010

A little announcement...

Some of you may have noticed I have a new DT listed on my sidebar; Yes I've been lucky enough to get a spot on the Simply Betty Challenges DT.  I am very excited and honoured to say the least, I love working with Betty's images, and you should see the amazing talent on the DT, I'm surrounded by some of the most talented (& Wacky!!) ladies in blogland.

So I thought i'd share with you a little creation of mine...

This is the first of a few bookmarks I'm working on this weekend.  I've a fundraiser next weekend for my local Fibromyalgia Support Group and I promised to make some cards, and decided a few bookmarks might sell well too.

I used the adorable Franken-Jude from the Jude and his Shenanigan Crew collection of digi images just released at Simply Betty Stamps.  My bookmark is fairly simple, a card base, a black punched background piece, and them my image; I've punched the corners to echo the spiderweb and added some black ribbon.

Friday will be Challenge day over at Simply Betty Challenges, with our first challenge on September 17th, but don't wait till then to visit the blog, hop over there now and see the amazing talent Betty has aquired for her DT.

Thank you for stopping by and Enjoy the rest of your Weekend :)
Take Care

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Oh Alice! - What makes you Shine or Sparkle?

`Why, what are YOUR shoes done with?' said the Gryphon. `I mean, what makes them so shiny?'

Alice looked down at them, and considered a little before she gave her answer. `They're done with blacking, I believe.'

`Boots and shoes under the sea,' the Gryphon went on in a deep voice, `are done with a whiting. Now you know.'

`And what are they made of?' Alice asked in a tone of great curiosity.

`Soles and eels, of course,' the Gryphon replied rather impatiently: `any shrimp could have told you that.'

`If I'd been the whiting,' said Alice, whose thoughts were still running on the song, `I'd have said to the porpoise, "Keep back, please: we don't want YOU with us!"'

`They were obliged to have him with them,' the Mock Turtle said: `no wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.'

`Wouldn't it really?' said Alice in a tone of great surprise.

Today we are still sad about the departure of some of our friends from our Twisted little table, but we are THRILLED to welcome some new members!

A glistening welcome to CREEPY GLOWBUGG GLORIA and ANDREA MURDOCK! We also are THRILLED to be bringing back EMMA EADS as our faithful "Dormouse"-she'll be around to scope out your creations and leave you some love! Last but not least, welcome to Kellie Winnell as our September Guest Tea Party Member! LOTS going on today! We are thrilled to have these ladies with us and know they will really SHINE!

Speaking of shine...and SPARKLE....we welcome SPARKLE CREATIONS as our sponsor this week! Sparkle is offering a wonderful prize-a $20 credit to the Sparkle Creations store to one random winner this week, IN ADDITION to a coupon code for ALL WHO ENTER this week's contest! How generous is THAT? ON your HONOR, just enter 10OHALICE after you link your card here to enjoy a 10% discount until SEPTEMBER 13th!
 My card features the beautiful Charlotte with a Rose  I stamped her with Memento ink and coloured with Letraset promarkers, before adding some Sakura Stardust to make her sparkle, and a gem for her earring.  My papers came free with a magazine (love freebies).  I added lots of pearls and gems to create some sparkle, aswell as a grass border with ribbon and sequin flowers.
I stamped my sentiment and then punched out some circles from paper scraps to create my flower.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend all

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Happy Birthday StampInsanity ...

Can you believe that StampInsanity Stamp Company is a YEAR OLD?!   What a great year – Full of gorgeous images for us to create with and wonderful inspiration from the Groovy Gurlz.
In honor o fStampInsanity's birthday, we have a new Maddie to help us celebrate!  ***You can get your copy in the new StampInsanity Store!***  Ready to see her?

 Isn't she gorgeous?  You definately want to check out the rest of the Groovy Gurlz creations cos they are awesome.

To really let us celebrate StampInsanity's 1st birthday Beth is offering a whopping 50% off for one week only!  Sept 2 – Sept 8 at midnight!  Enter code: BDAY2010 to get your special birthday discount! :) Don’t miss out!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Harry Potter's visiting the Pixies!!!

Dumbledore, Ron, Harry Potter Hiimself and Hermione!
The Critters: Scabbers, Crookshanks and Hedwig!

Don't they look exactly like the movie characters?!
I'm so in love!!!
I couldn't help myself and had to use Harry to create a bookmark, and I knew exactly what sentiment I wanted to add to it....'I Solemnly Swear I am up to No Good', such a cool sentiment.  I purposely kept the bookmark very one dimensional, as I want it to be usable.  I used my label maker to make the sentiment, which adds a bit of texture to the bookmark without any added depth.  The background paper is a scrap i had lying around, and i used a textured kraft card for my bookmark base.

I can't wait to see what you all create with these awesome images, they really do capture the imagination.
Thank you for stopping by

Simply Betty Stamps Blog Hop Bonanza

Today's a very special day, as Simply Betty Stamps has 2 new lines being released, and they are both awesome.

Jude and his Shenanigan Crew 
These images are inspired by Betty's very active toddler Jude. Matthew Synowics is the artist of Jude and Crew!  

Punky Teens
The Punky Teens are a group of funky, fun, and very different kids!  Artist 
Alexander Landa brought them to life for Betty.  His art style as you will see, is very unique and different... right up my alley!

I used the very sexy Drew from the Punky Teens line. I thought she'd work brilliantly on a bookmark.

All these fun new images you will see as you hop along are now available at 

Now onto the Hop!  

Four lucky winners will receive three free digis of their choice from these two lines!  All you have to do is leave us some lovin!

Good luck now off you go blog hoppin'!


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