Saturday, October 30, 2010

Betty Witch

I made this coffin for the 11th Day of Halloween Challenge over at Simply Betty Stamps! The challenge is to create a card or project using bats and with it getting down to the last two days, I thought something a little more complicated would be in order. This was my very first attempt at making an explosion box, and of course, bats and Count Dracula go hand in hand so I started with a custom coffin shape.

I bow down to anyone who has ever made an explosion box and grovel at their feet! Man, this was so much harder than I thought it would be. One thing I learned about this project is the lid is NOT the same size as the box... so next time I need to make the lid slightly bigger. Here's the side view of the coffin with custom made handles to "help" open it.

Ta-da! Here's the box fully exploded in all it's glory! The saying reads.... "Expecting someone else? Mua ha haa!" Finding the devil in a coffin would be so much more scary, I think, so I used Betty Witch in this project. ;D I gave the bats jeweled eyes and even made eleven of them for the project.

After fumbling with closing the box several times I realized I could use a rubber band to hold it together while I tucked in all the bats. It made it so much easier! You can also see the bottom half of the lid in this pictures with the green paper lining.

One more detail I added was I tried to give the inside an upholsterer lining feel by using striped decorative paper and creating a puckered look with the jeweled "buttons." The other challenge entered was to use candy wrappers... and I did! The orange/brown fire-ie lava floor in the coffin is made from Hershey's Chocolate Caramel Kisses wrappers. Yum. ;D

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Halloween
Challenge: Fairy Fun Friday - Challenge # 38
Main Stamp:
Betty Witch (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R24, G21, G24, G28
-hair: W4, W6, W8
-clothes: W4, W6, W8, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR16, YR18, R22, R24, R29, R59
-other: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR16, YR18, R29, R59, G21, G24, G28

Did you know? Solution mining is a mining process used to recover minerals such as copper and uranium through boreholes drilled into a deposit. Leaching solution is pumped into the deposit where it makes contact with the ore then the solution bearing the dissolved ore content is then pumped to the surface and processed. This process allows the extraction of metals and salts from an ore body without the need for conventional mining involving drill-and-blast, open-cut or underground mining.
[In-situ Leach,]
"On the 11th day of Halloween my Ghoul love gave to me... 11 Bats a Flying!"
Update: I won the top two at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hansel with Present

I made this card using Hansel with Present from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. Head on over to The Stamping Bazaar this week and participate in the very first challenge! The challenge is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided and there is still time to get your entry in!

I actually made this an easel card and here's the rest of the card from the side view.

Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #1
Main Stamp: Hansel with Present (TSB)
Patterned Paper: A Heart Warming Holiday (TPS)
Copic Colors:
-hansel: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, R20, E04
-clothes: 0, G40, G82, G85, G99
-other: G85, G99, R35, R37, R39, E55, E57

Did you know? The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration which is awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy." It takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. It may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and civilians under military command.
[Victoria Cross,]


Welcome to the InStyle Stamps New Release Blog Hop! The theme for this hop is "Give Thanks" and I used William digi from InStyle Stamps to decorate these tags. You should have arrived here from Axa and your next hop in the line is Genevieve.

When your finished with the hop, head on over to the InStyle Stamp Blog and cast your votes. These pin charms were made as teacher gifts and the tag gives them a cute way to say thanks!

Theme: InStyle Stamps New Release Blog Hop
Main Stamp: William (ISS)
Patterned Paper: The Green Stack (DCWV)
Metal Die: Whiff of Joy Magical Tag
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11
-hair: E51, E53, E55
-clothes: 0, W3, W6, W8, E55, E57, E59, E95, E97, E99

Did you know? The origins of the standard railroad gauge considerably predate the Roman Empire, and may even predate the invention of the wheel, having to do with road rutting. The initial impetus for the ruts probably came from the grooves made by sleds and slide cars dragged over the surfaces of ancient trackways. Since early carts had no steering and no brakes, negotiating hills and curves was dangerous, and cutting ruts into the stone helped them negotiate the hazardous parts of the roads.
[Track Guage,]

Tiny Dancer

Come join this week for a new challenge at Wags 'n Whiskers and create a card or project with a black & white or sepia theme. There is also a surprising announcement that you won't want to miss! I made this card using Tiny Dancer from Wags 'n Whiskers.

Challenge: Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #37
Main Stamp: Tiny Dancer (WnW)
Patterned Paper: Mod Retro (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? An afterimage is an optical illusion that refers to an image continuing to appear in one's vision after the exposure to the original image has ceased. One of the most common afterimages is the bright glow that seems to float before one's eyes after looking into a light source for a few seconds. The phenomenon of afterimages may be closely related to persistence of vision, which allows a rapid series of pictures to portray motion.

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x01D

When using ABC plates for dry embossing and metal dies, it is suggested to alternate the surface of the cutting plate, Plate B, the thinnest plate, to prevent warping or breaking. However, over time plates A and C can also warp but because they are thicker, it often goes unnoticed until there is a problem. To prevent this, the way I remember to flip them is to have all plates facing the same direction when in use. So if I'm using Plate B upside down then I make sure to use the other plates upside down as well and visa versa. That way, I know Plates A & C are getting the pressure applied evenly throughout their use and warping is prevented.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I made this card using Rio from Simply Betty Stamps for the 10th Day of Halloween Challenge! The challenge is to create a card or project using spiders and with a skirt like that, Rio and spiders naturally go together. :D

I used spiders from all over the house including a purple ring spider and the Lego spider in the center, not to mention spider paper and another fun metal medallion I found at the local scrapbook store. This was the first time I fumbled around making the paper medallion behind it; and I might make another one, maybe. ;D

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Halloween
Main Stamp: Rio (SBS) and Borders 2 (Kelly Panacci)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, E04, YG21, YG23, YG25
-hair: V12, V15, V17
-clothes: W2, W4, W6, W8, YG21, YG23, YG25

Did you know? Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll around the seeds of the cotton plant. According to the Foods and Nutrition Encyclopedia, the earliest cultivation of cotton discovered thus far in the Americas occurred in Mexico, some 8,000 years ago.
"On the 10th day of Halloween my Ghoul love gave to me... 10 Creepy Spiders, spinning their webs just for me!"
Update: I won the top three at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!

Bookworm Fairy

Don't forget about the challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts where the challenge is to create something with a rainbow or rainbow colors. I wish I knew where this reading fairy came from so if anyone recognizes her... leave me a comment!
Update: Thank you Claire {aka Happy Days} for "finding" this fairy for me! ;D

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #12
Main Stamp: Bookworm Fairy (Hannah Lynn Art & Designs)
Patterned Paper: Chicken Coop (October Afternoon)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R20, R22, G21, BG11
-hair: W00, W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes/wings: R17, R22, YR12, YR21, G21, BG11, B12, BV02, V15
-other: E25, E29, E50, E53, YG13, G28

Did you know? Hydroelectricity is the term referring to electricity generated by hydropower; the production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. It is the most widely used form of renewable energy. Once a hydroelectric complex is constructed, the project produces no direct waste.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lil Birthday Lolita Kellita

It's another new challenge at Lil Lolita Boutique today and this time we're previewing a new stamp: Lil Birthday Lolita Kellita! Check out Tickled Pink Stamps blog for a chance to win this cute image! The challenge is to create a card or project with a birthday theme. I also used Kelly's Makup Tutorial on this image.

Challenge: Lil Lolita Boutique - Challenge #21
Challenge: Color Me Copic - Challenge #7
Main Stamp:
Lil Birthday Lolita Kellita (LL&L)
Patterned Paper: AB Lotus (K&C)
Cricut Cartridge: Lacy Labels
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Circles
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R20, R22, R24, E25, E29
-hair: E50, E51
-clothes: R20, R22, R24, R29, E25, E29
-other: YG91, YG95, E25, E29

Did you know? Museum Maluku (MuMa), is a museum dedicated to the Moluccas and the Moluccan community living in the Netherlands. Approximately 12,500 Moluccans arrived in the Netherlands on a temporary basis in 1951 following the end of Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia. Though initially meant to be temporary residents, the Dutch government began regarding the Moluccans as permanent residents of the country in 1956 and began promoting integration within Dutch society.
[Museum Maluku,]

Mushroom House

The challenge this time at Make it Crafty is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided with a vintage theme. I made this card using Mushroom House and Christmas Elves from Make it Crafty.

I started off with vintage style holiday paper but in the end the card looks more modern than vintage! Here's the Mushroom House before it was covered. The other challenges were to make a holiday card; use red and green; and something metallic (brads).

Challenge: Make it Crafty - Fun Challenge #4
Challenge: Pile It On - Challenge #42
Challenge: The Ribbon Girl - Colour Challenge #2
Challenge: Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Challenge #68
Challenge: Wee Memories - Challenge #28
Main Stamp:
Mushroom House and [altered image of] Christmas Elves (MiC)
Patterned Paper: A Heart Warming Holiday (TPS)
Dry Embossing: Sizzix Basic Gray Embossing Folders Plaid & Snowflakes Set
Copic Colors:
-elves: E00, E11, R20, R22, R24, R29, G20, G21, G24, G28, YR23, YR24, B91, B93, 0
-house: G20, G21, G24, G28, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, R22, R24, R27, R29
-plants: YR21, YR24, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
-other: C00, C1, C3, C5, B91

Did you know? The Etruscan Shrew is the smallest known mammal by mass, weighing only about 1.8 grams on average. The Etruscan shrew has a body length of about 4 cm excluding the tail.
[Etruscan Shrew,]

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bikkie with Pumpkin

I made this card using Bikkie with Pumpkin from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. Because the background was so colorful, I thought it would be perfect to color Bikkie in black and white.

Main Stamp: Bikkie with Pumpkin (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Copic Colors:
-platypus : W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, W8
-other: YR12, YR16, YR18, YG21, YG23, YG93

Did you know? Lydia Kamakaʻeha Kaola Maliʻi Liliʻuokalani, was the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. She was an accomplished author and songwriter and is said to have played guitar, piano, organ, ʻukulele and zither. Her book, Hawaiʻi's Story by Hawaiʻi's Queen, gave her view of the history of her country and her overthrow and therefore became the first Native Hawaiian female author.


I made this button jar using Betty from Simply Betty Stamps. This is for the 9th Day of Halloween challenge which is is to create a project and label it Love Potion #9. These corduroy buttons are my current love and I ended up buying two of every color! They feel so soft and add great texture. ;D

Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Halloween
Main Stamp: Betty (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Toil & Trouble (The Girls' Paperie) and unknown
Metal Die: Whiff of Joy Whimsical Tag
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R20, G24, G28
-hair: W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes: R22, R24, R29, W2, W4, W6, W8, YR12, YR16, YR18, E42, YR21, YR23

Did you know? Cued Speech is a system of communication used with and among deaf or hard of hearing people. It is a phonemic-based system which makes traditionally spoken languages accessible by using a small number of handshapes (representing consonants) in different locations near the mouth (representing vowels), as a supplement to lipreading.
[Cued Speech,]

"On the 9th Day of Halloween my Ghoul love gave to me Love Potion #9 in this cute Halloween Treat!"
Update: I made the top four at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gertie, Millie & Hattie

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is to create a card or project with a rainbow. I made this card using Gertie, Millie & Hattie from High Hopes and added a rainbow made out of cardstock. A rainbow doesn't have to include all the colors of the spectrum, as you can see, this one just includes the colors found on my card.

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #12
Main Stamp: Gertie, Millie & Hattie (High Hopes)
Patterned Paper: Delicate Dots (SU)
Copic Colors:
C1, YR12, YR20, G40, G82, G85, B91, B93, B95, Y32, Y35, E55, E57, R20, R22

Did you know? One type of metamorphosis in insects is called holometabolism, where the larvae differ markedly from the adults such as caterpillars to butterflies. While the insect has entered the inactive state (pupa, or chrysalis) it will excrete digestive juices to destroy much of the larva's body, leaving a few cells intact. Then those remaining cells will begin the growth of the adult form using the nutrients from the broken down larva.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Snowflake Chloe

I made this card using Snowflake Chloe from InStyle Stamps which will be released later this month! It's rare to combine red with snowflakes but the decorative paper looked like snowflakes to me so this is how the color combination came to be. Besides, in Texas we hardly ever have "blue" or white winters, just a lot of frost and frozen ice! The challenge entered was a cute holiday card.

Challenge: Wee Memories - Challenge #28
Main Stamp:
Snowflake Chloe (ISS)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11
-hair: E40, E41, E42
-clothes: E50, E51, E53, R20, R22, E44, E47, E49, R24, E07
-other: BG000

Did you know? The North Pole, also known as the Geographic North Pole or Terrestrial North Pole, is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amidst waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice. It defines geodetic latitude 90° North and because all lines of longitude converge there, its longitude can be defined as any degree value.
[North Pole,]