Saturday, October 29, 2011

12 Days of Halloween

Get ready for some more 12 Days of Halloween projects as I've got three more for you today! I worked on day five, ten and twelve which means I only have three more days left to finish for the ultimate prize. Whoohoo! For each of my projects I'm still using the same paper - Matilda from Cosmo Cricket.

On the fifth day of Halloween
My true love gave to me...
Five scary spooks!

Incorporating spooks in this project was an easy task - along with the main image, Freddie Kruger Boy from Simply Betty Stamps; I used a tombstone in Epitaphs, spiderweb and skull, all from Inkadinkado, and the fifth element is the scared kitty charm.

I've enjoyed using these tombstones today, and as far as sentiments go, they strike a chord in my funny bone. :D This one in particular says "The grass isn't greener on the 'under' side." As I was coloring Freddie, it was intriguing to discover little bits of details - for example, it took me a while to figure out hes belt was a personal knife sharpener complete with side pockets for more knives - well, at least that's how I colored it. He he!

On the tenth day of Halloween
My true love gave to me...
Ten ghouls a-groaning

This one was a little more challenging to figure out how to fit ten ghouls onto a card but after some creative thinking and stretching of definitions, here's how I counted them up... five are under the tombstones, both bats, the girl and yes, the crow AND spider!

On this card I used Miss Betty Burton Chibi from Simply Betty Stamp and I colored a few feature with the Atou Spica glitter pen. (Don't we all wish glitter showed up better in the photograpsh!) I also used more tombstones (Epitaphs from Inkadinkado). These ones say "It was a bad day," "Holy smokes it's hot down here," "Poor rover rolled over," "Does anyone have a shovel," and my favorite "dying to be here."

On the twelfth day of Halloween
My true love gave to me...
Twelve bats a-flying

One bonus about these challenges is that I'm trying to use every Simply Betty Stamp that I have so I can officially declare them inked up! As a result, I've had to get a little creative with a few of my projects as I try to incorporate non-traditional Halloween images... this one included. This is Lilly Pie and to fit the them I have a baker's dozen of bats that have burst out of that fresh hot pie!

This image was really fun to color and her hair really was a puzzle at first - however, I loved how it turned out to look like a ponytail - gosh I wish my hair was that thick! In this project, and the one before, the "moons" are really blank Halloween labels from Martha Stewert that I colored using T0, T1 and T3.

That's all for today and hope you enjoyed them! :D Tomorrow is a busy Saturday but I hope to get a few more projects done - we'll see. LOL

Update: I'm the 2012 DT winner of the 12 Days of Halloween at Simply Betty Stamps!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Drew & Angelica

It's the start of another challenge at Make it Colourful and this time the theme is "Coloring Texture!" The basic idea is to stay away from all the smooth blending and rough if up. My main textures can be found in the brick and a little in the sidewalk and wall. However, others on the team say there is a lot more than that. ;D

For my project I used Drew and Angelica from Simply Betty Stamps and created a scene for them to go trick-or-treating in using Urban Objects and Urban Street elements from Make it Crafty. The chippies I used were Fine Swirls and a medallion from Filigree Jewels with sticker added in the center which was stolen from my daughter's project today! LOL

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:

Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #177 - Halloween colors
Simply Betty Stamps 2nd Day of Halloween - Two Trick-or-Treaters
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #54 - Embellishments

Here's a closeup of the colored image that I scanned in before doing anything with it. I can never get the colors to match up in my photos so the scans are sometimes a great alternative. I had colored the image as normal then went back in with some Warm grays to add more depth - I really liked how it turned out when compared to an earlier version. Lastly the white was added on Drew with acrylic paint and a brush to help her costume get a shiny look.

Update: I'm the 2012 DT winner of the 12 Days of Halloween at Simply Betty Stamps!

Abigail Apple

Here's a card I made using the cute Abigail Apple from Kraftin' Kimmy Stamps - I just discovered their "fruit" line and absolutely love these gals! Of course I could color her any which way but I wanted to choose an apple to inspire me so I picked a Golden Delicious. ;D

The sketch I used is for the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #101 which I'd like to enter this card into. The clock face is a die from Tim Holz and I've shamlesly used the sample that was provided with the packaging! LOL

Lastly, here's a closeup of Abigail in her Golden Delicious dress.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


The challenge this round at Little Miss Muffet Stamps is to incorporate clouds into you project. That's always a fun one and you can color your own or include clouds in your embellishments. Also, come on over to the challenge blog and make sure you see all the inspiration - there is a variety of ideas!! :D

For my project I used Megan from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and combined her with Fern Log from Make it Crafty. I kept the card simple as I really liked how the colors on the images came out so I really wanted to draw all the attention into the center. So I minimized it to some chippes, rhinestone gems and two dragonfly brads to fill an empty spot up on the corner.

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges.

Shelly's Images TTT Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (bling, FREE and Kraft)
Charisma Cardz Challenge #43 - Anything Goes
PaperCrafting Journey Challenge #22 - digi
The Paper Shelter Challenge #26 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

12 Days of Halloween

I'm excited to show four more projects for the 12 Days of Halloween at Simply Betty Stamps. The ultimate prize, if you enter all 12 days, is a chance at a DT spot for 2012! After mulling it over... I decided to go for it! :D So here are four days, plus the one from yesterday, leaves me seven more days to work on - I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

On the third day of Halloween
My true love gave to me...
Three black cats

I needed a couple cards for school this week so that's what I focused my efforts on. Each of them uses paper that I had stashed from last year which is Matilda from Cosmo Cricket. Where are the three cats? Two of the cats are from a die cut so I put one in the background and one on top of a jack-o-lantern; the third cat, of course, is Lynx.

The image is Lynx & London from Simply Betty Stamps and I used Filigree Jewels chippies from Make it Crafty. I had colored Lynx yesterday as a black cat so today I wanted to give him some color and went for a Siamese look in tribute to my college feline friend. I'm submitting this card into the Third Day of Halloween challenge.

On the fourth day of Halloween
My true love gave to me...
Four skeletons

On this next card I have a cork sheet for the center and cut it out with my diecuts. Then I stamped four skulls on it with images from Inkadinkado, however, you can only see three of them in the end - so it was a good thing that the image had one which makes the fourth.

The spiderwebs are also from Inkadinkado and instead of using chippies in the corners I stamped two of them in black. The main image is Mad Scientist Christian from Simply Betty Stamps and is actually a school themed image! I'm submitting this one into the Fourth Day of Halloween challenge.

My true love gave to me...
Seven pumpkins glowing

This one turned out to be my favorite out of the set and actually started out being my least favorite, go figure. The challenge is seven pumpkins and I'm sure if you count the half pumpkin images in the decorative paper then I have more than enough. LOL However, there are six mostly complete ones that are visable and the felt pumpkin embellishment makes the seventh - as I count them.

I used Ali & Snuggles from Simply Betty Stamps and corner chippes in Love Heart Swirls from Make it Crafty with gems on them. I also dug out my punchinella ribbon (can't remember how to spell it) and added a strip to break up the busy decorative paper. Finially I used my marker to draw a dashed line on the white and assembled it all together. I'm submitting this one into the Seventh Day of Halloween challenge.

My true love gave to me...
Nine ghosts a-booing

This last card has plenty of ghosts to count but I couldn't resist drawing one more in the image as well. I used a ghost on the paper as a guide and thought it would be fun to have it coming out of the pile of leaves. Since the leaves were already haunted at this point, I also added a few eyes burried in the pile - oh, what a surprise Oscar will be getting! LOL

The main image is Oscar Pile of Leaves from Simply Betty Stamps and I used chippies from Fancy Ribbon Slider and Filigree Borders from Make it Crafty (covered with silver acrylic paint). I had fun coloring this image and ended up coloring from edge to edge! This is the last one and will be entered into the Ninth Day of Halloween challenge. Hope you liked them and got some ideas to inspire you with. ;D

Update: I'm the 2012 DT winner of the 12 Days of Halloween at Simply Betty Stamps!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I'm ready for the 12 Days of Halloween over at Simply Betty Stamps! Time had gotten away from me so I'm glad that I didn't miss in on the action - love the fact that I have this whole week to make up for my missed time. ;D true love gave to me
An owl in a rotten oak tree!

The images that I used for this project are: Lynx from Simply Betty Stamps and for the background I used Old Oak Tree and Cave from Make it Crafty (as well as a chippie from Swirly Corners). The cat turned out to be fun and I think tells an interesting story. ;D

This was small enough that I put in my ATC Journal and kept the layout extremely simple - Other than adding a chippie and two gems, that was it and pretty much stands on it's own. I loved how it turned out, however, next time I need to figure out a better transition between the sky and the cave - maybe put some details or grass at the top of the rocks?

The background was inspired by the Spooky Night Sky challenge over at Make it Crafty and since it was my "brilliant" idea, I thought I'd come up with another example but this one not so scary. I kept the upper corner with the moon bright then went as dark as possible in the other corners to hopefully give the feel of a spooky dark forest. The eyes were added for fun and rather completes the project, I think.

Update: I'm the 2012 DT winner of the 12 Days of Halloween at Simply Betty Stamps!

Bobo Petal Sprite

I finally got the colored image onto a journal page for the Make it Colourful challenge - coloring snow! To get close up images and details of the scene... check out a previous post HERE. The images I used are all from Make it Crafty: Bobo Petal Sprite, Festive Elements, Winter Objects and Winter Scene Elements, plus some Snowflake Stars chippies too.

I wanted to keep a feel for winter and snow so I used light colors in the paper and embellishments. The pink was chosen for the ribbon to give more of a focus to Bobo Petal Sprite and pull out those pinks of her petal hair.

The chippes were covered with acrylic dauber paints in a pearl - which looks like a mix between silver and white. Then a quick sentiment was found and that sums ups all the embellishments. Hope you like it and once you get your snow project finished you can upload it into the Make it Crafty Gallery!

"Fantastic Project Award" - Thank Linda for such a sweet reward!