Saturday, June 2, 2012

Welcome to Hollywood Day 2

Welcome back to the second day of the Hollywood release!  Make it Crafty and Simply B Stamps have teamed up to bring you this fabulous theme of Hollywood characters and backgrounds that you can mix and match to recreate a variety of movies and more.  :D

You should have arrived here from the fabulous ALYCE!

For my card today I used Beauty Spa Rio from Simply B Stamps and the Beauty Salon Set from Make it Crafty and merged them together to come up with this fun scene that is reminiscent of a glamorous Hollywood Star prepping for her next movie.  :D  I thought it would be fun to show that the salon could be used for other purposes - with all the individual elements the ideas are practically endless!

Don't forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win some awesome prizes - then tomorrow come back for Day 3 and a fun movie guessing game!  You'll have a chance to win the entire release plus the movie of your choice!!  You could make it a coloring slash movie date at your house for a fun girls night out.  :D  And if you can't wait, there is also a great sale going on where the collection are 25% off during the hop duration.

I also took this opportunity to use my new diecut door and create a Hollywood Star door for the background!  The diecut is called the Park Glen Door Diecut from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I just released it this week - you should check out the link as I have other samples with the door too!!

For this project, the door was cut out of textured cardstock and then I cut a silhouette of the same color in a non-textured cardstock so I could have a solid door.  Then I had a yellow felt star on hand and colored it orange with my Copic marks to add to the top. For the door handle I found some extra hardward that was perfect.  :D  I love how it turned out.

Thanks for coming by and for leaving such wonderful comments yesterday.  {blush}  I hope you're equally inspired today and if you get lost in the hop, just check out the list below.  See ya later, aligator!
Your next stop in the hop is the fantastic ALISON!

Barbara (that's me)

Friday, June 1, 2012


Ready for another challenge at Some Odd Girl?  This month is a color challenge with a nice summer combination that would be perfect for beach and water themes!  However, I wanted to make something a little different and went with Wishes, the fairy.

I'd have to admit that this color scheme had me stumped for a while and I kept veering off into purples, greens and browns.  But I finally found some yellows and blues that worked well together and stuck with it.  I think the pink is suppose to be more of a sandy orange color so I think the colors are off on my monitor a little in my craft room.  (Note to self to get that fixed.)  Either way, the blue and yellow is what stood out the most for me.

On a side note I just have to ask - why is it that my work space is soo appealing to my youngsters?!  The other day I went in and found my self-sticking pearls and gems all over the chair and today I found my next project "neatly" folded into origami next to the toy bin!  Really?  Oh, yes, really.  LOL

The main stamp I used is Wishes from Some Odd Girl with the coordinating sentiment but I also used the oval note stamp from Sweet Thinkin' Mae.  Thanks for dropping by and make sure you don't miss out on the fabulous projects from the design team at the SOG Blog - they're stunning!

Welcome to Hollywood Day 1

Welcome to the combined release hop for Make it Crafty and Simply Betty Stamps!!  We have so much exciting goodness to bring you that we had to divide it into three days.  :D  What's the theme you ask?  Hollywood!   For this post I'll include all the basic details of the release, hop and prizes then a little more personal for the next two days.  ;D

I'm lucky to be the first on the hop!

Simply Betty Stamps has a range of characters from Betty Monroe, through to Action Chris the movie director!!  Make it Crafty has a range of background scenes perfect to switch and match with your famous characters!!  Here's my project for the day which uses Hollywood City Corner, Christian the Dark Hero and Action Chris.

Of course we are going to have heaps of fun with this theme so June 1st  and June 2nd we will be showcasing the release and then June 3rd we're bringing you a fun guessing game... Will you be able to guess the movie??  There's a grand prize involved and we'll be giving you some clues to help!!

Join us for the two inspiration days and leave a comment along the way for your chance to win a selection of new images.  There will be FOUR winners each day receiving a surprise character with matching background digi stamps. Then on June 3rd, guess 6 out of 12 movies correctly and you will have a chance to win the Grand Prize!


What's in the Grand Prize?  Glad you asked because I have those details too.  LOL  The Grand Prize includes a DVD Movie of your choice PLUS the whole collection of MiC & SBS digi stamp Hollywood release images!  In addition, a Second Prize will receive the whole collection of MiC & SBS digi stamp Hollywood release!

Can't wait?!!  But we know some of you just can't wait so both Betty and Zoe are offering you
25% off their Hollywood collections between June 1st and June 3rd!
We hope you have lots of fun with us this weekend!!!

Your next stop in the hop is the talented COLLEEN!

Here's the complete hop in case you get lost along the way...
Barbara (That's me!)

Thursday, May 31, 2012


It's another challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!!  I set the theme to one of my favorites today which is "Rainbows, Clouds or Wings" and I decided to use clouds on my project.  The real reason is I found this fantastic idea from Ellen Hutson who created a gorgeous card using a clear plastic sheet and a bunch of liquid dots!  It was incredible and I wanted to give it a try... so here's my attempt.

The background was created with Crystal Effects and dotting in a regular patterns.  I placed a vellum sheet on top of my grid paper pad and dotted every other intersection to create the pattern.  The ideas originally was to use a clear plastic sheet but I couldn't find mine and settled for the vellum... however, I must confess that the clear acetate looks much better!  She also used a heart shape to cut into a cloud and I love that idea too!

The image is Paprika, which is a rubber stamp from Little Miss Muffet Stamps, and I went for non-yellow themed raincoats.  Don't get me wrong, I love yellow raincoats but I always try to color my images differently each time.  It keeps me motivated to try new things because I can easily get stuck in a rut.

This is one of those cards that is better felt than seen because each of the rain drops pops out a little and creates a nice texture.  Then adding the felt clouds keep your fingers interested.  LOL

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Make it Monday Week #91 - Anything Goes (JFF)
Great Impressions Challenge #3 - Anything Goes

Lastly, I have some exciting news to share - Little Miss Muffet Stamps is getting into diecuts!  I've posted the first one today and will be taking pre-orders - they'll ship as early as next Wednesday!  Check it out...
Diecuts - Park Glen Door

You're going to love it - I'll have projects showcasing the diecut as early as this weekend too.  :D

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Creepin' Kit

I have some great tags to show off using the Creepin' Kit from The Greeting Farm plus Cheeky Geeky because she's so cute and I needed an 8th image!  I made these tags for two reason... first to try out a bunch of different paper types (more on that in a separate post) and second, I needed some year-end Teacher gifts.  School gets out this week and I'm soo looking forward to the break - I think my kids are too!  LOL  Unfortunately for me, my own break is only for another week before my summer classes start.  Bummer. 

Each image is basically colored using the same way but on different paper types.  I wanted to experiment more with The Paper Project so you get a sneak peek at the end results before post about the experiment details.  :D  Lucky you!  So if you see an uncannily similarity between the boys and girls... well, that was planned.  He he he

Everything is built upon a large tag die from Stampin 'Up and the little ticket tags I used are from Whimsy Stamps and their coordinating ticket die was super quick to use.  So other than just grabbing a few colorful sheets of paper, the coloring is what took the longest on these projects.

I made eight tags and gift bags all together and if you're familiar with the Creepin' Kit then you know I would be short one image for all eight tags.  I could have duplicate one, but nah, I was too excited abut Cheeky Geeky which was released this month to pass her by.... some perhaps some would say "With Eight You Get Cheeky Geeky!"  LOL  Ok, movie reference - a bad one, but still a reference.  Can anyone guess which movie?

Each tag was tied together with an envelop onto a small bag full of chocolate... the tag is eye candy, the gold and silver wrapped chocolate is the real candy, but the real treasure is found in the envelope!!  :D  Hmmm, what do you think... a simple Thank You card? A gift certificate somewhere?  Or maybe small promises to redeem later on?  It could be any of those things but unless you find your name on it, then I'm not telling.  ;P

Thanks for letting me share my projects with you today and hope you're having a fantastic week!  If you get a chance to stop by again, I've got some fun things planned including a combined release of Make it Crafty and Simply Betty Stamps, updates on The Paper Project (of course), and exciting news about Little Miss Muffet Stamps!!

Monday, May 28, 2012


Here is a bit of inspiration with Little Miss Muffet Stamps using the new Build-a-Critter that was released last week.  I made up all six critters possible... well, all six normal critters!  LOL  I left out the skunk-aroo and racoo-eavers.  He he he 

These little critters I had actually drawn a long time ago for a class that I taught in drawing.  I was teaching how a simple body could be used to create all sorts of different animals and they got to choose how to decorate the critter.  After building the critter I taught them a little about shading.  It was a fun class.

There are a couple of things on the card I was excited to use... the sentiment beads have been sitting in my craft room for over two or three years so I threaded them onto hat pins and placed them behind the ribbon rose.  I think those beads are way back when I made jewelry... or attempted to make jewelry.  I think I managed to create a few bookmarks but never went past that.

Then the ribbon rose was something I found in the store - I was so excited I finally found some, except I didnt' anticipate they would be too big to use on most of my projects.  So it was neat they fit and the color scheme worked out ok too.   And lastly it always feels good to move out the older paper.

This is probably another gift set of cards that I'll bundle up and save for when needed.  It was fun to put together and I actually used them for show and tell last week at my daughter's school - it was career day and they asked me to come talk about being an artist.  Let's just say the 2nd grad was full of great questions but the Kindergartener's were only interested in the pretty pictures part.  LOL  They were all sweet and next time I'll know just to bring a drawing pad and a pencil for their age group.  :D

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you've enjoyed these cards.  :D  Make sure to head on over to the LMMS Challenge Blog for more mid-week inspiration and then to the LMMS Store for some shopping!

I'd like to enter these into the following challenges:

House of Gilli Challenges - Diecuts and Punches
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #104 - Sentiment & Flowers

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jolly Santa

The challenge over at Make it Colourful this week is to Colour on Kraft paper and you'll want to join in on this one since it's actually the last challenge!  Zoe has some other things planned up her sleeve so things are going to be a little different - you'll just have to stay tuned.  BUT before you worry about that... here's some samples from the current challenge. 

I colored these with Prismacolor Pincils on Kraft paper.

Jolly Santa from Make it Crafty

Elizabeth J from Make it Crafty

For those who were around when I posted my last Prismacolor Pencil project you might remember that I didn't like it - and I'd have to be honest that I don't hink my opinion has changed yet.  LOL  It's so different from Copic Markers that I just don't feel that I have a knack for it and its difficult to get my brain wrapped around the color system.  I'd like to say never again, but knowing my history and the word "never" that would be a sure sign of it happening again real soon!  He he he

Mice are Nice

I can't believe it's not July already!  Not that I'm complaining, but there is so much going on but instead of whizzing past it feels like I'm trudging through it in slow motion!  It's actually nice that it's still May and that I haven't falling too far behind on my duties... I suppose that means I need to get my bills done for the month.  LOL

I haven't posted anything for a while - or what seems like a while - so I wanted to pop in real quick and share another card I made with the Mice are Nice diecut sheets from Lili of the Valley.

It's Memorial Weekend here in the US and we have an extra day off from school and work - n-i-ce!  :D  However, this is also giving me a chance to work on some secret projects that I've had in the works.  :D  It's going to be so exciting and there are loads of suprises in the future for Little Miss Muffet Stamps - so stay tuned.  In the mean time, have a great weekend!