Friday, December 24, 2010

Last challenge for the 12 days of Christmas

So for the last Challenge I decided to use Betty it only seems right.  She flies across the Christmas eve sky with her lil black helper delivering lovely, scary emo gifts to everyone!  My moon on the breast of the new fallen snow has some bling to it, and the ribbon along the bottom reminds us all that the naughty and nice list can change any time. Lol
Merry Christmas to Betty and the DT thank you so much for such a fun event.
And to everyone who played along thank you for all the wonderful inspiration I hope the holiday season finds you happy and safe!

Friday, December 17, 2010

SBS challenge 11 skully jolly christmas

Here is my rather late entry!  Always busy the last couple days of school before break, but lots of fun too!
So who decided to let the kids decorate by themselves?  You know they can't agree on anything :) Fun challenge I used Trim the tree Rio, Back to school Miller and Tangled Jude as the family kids. Rio is humming "deck the halls" Miller is late as usual and not too happy with Rio's choices, and while they argue poor lil Jude just wants a tree up so Santa will visit. Fun, fun, fun and skull and cross bones worthy situation!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sbs challenge day 10

Here is my super quick card for this challenge.  I used Rio for this one and she was being an attention diva so her fellow scare-o-lers somehow didn't make it onto the card.( :)OK so I spent the last 2days painting the backdrop for our choir program.  No other parents cared to help out so I was alone except for a lil help from the choir teacher herself.  So I whipped this lil card up in the last 2hrs. Sorry for it's simplicity I do kind of like how she turned out though.)  I colored her with sharpies, added sheet music to her hands and notes around her.  Her friend cat, and spider came scare-o-ling with her.  She is placed on pink paper embossed with snowflakes which I then used a dauber with white pigment ink over top the embossing to make it pop.  I frosted the edges of the card and background paper. Like I said quick but I kinda like how she turned out.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 9 at SBS Ghost of Christmas Past

Here is my next entry, I choose to use Mercius from the Steampunk line.  I gotta say that if Jacob Marley looked like this I might just welcome a visit. Hehehe. Anyway I colored my image with pencils this time an used my sharpies to outline.  I wanted a dark outline with light colors as if his form was wispy.  I also wanted a 3d look to the mirror as if he was reaching out.  I colored a second image cut out only the arms and attached it to the outside of the mirror which is cut from the french manor cartridge at 4and a half ".  Drippy goo is used on the sparkle white paper behind the image on the inside, and a ghost punch on the corners of the bronze paper.  I used the same elastic ribbon to camouflage the mirror hole on the inside that I used on the outside with black ribbon roses.  I used a few beads and some beading wire to make the chains Marley has to carry. Lots of pics.



Saturday, December 11, 2010

SBS Day 8 Sandy Claws

Now... many of us wait until the 25th for Santa Clause to come to town... but today SANDY CLAWS is coming instead! Or well he has actually arrived! All you have to do is create your version of Sandy Claws on your projects  Here is my Sandy Clause, a lil more difficult challenge as I have never seen the Nightmare Before Christmas Movie.  I choose to use the Skeleton Peter Digi from SBS.  I added a Santa hat and present to his sack.  I drew on some stitching lines to look more like Jack's bag.  A simple background of speckled navy cardstock, I cut the swirl out of the same paper and popped it up.  A cream circle behind Peter and the MS spiderweb punch instead of snowflakes in a sparkling white paper.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

SBS Challenge day #7

Today the challenge was to use an emo image and use purple, lime, and turquoise.  I decided to do a layout this time.  We try to make a small craft to decorate tables and trays at our local hospice most holidays.  My Father in law spent a good bit of time there before he passed and it really helps us through the holidays to give back to a place that helped us through.  This page will be for the picture hospice always takes of the kids when we make our delivery.  I hope you like Rio giving a holiday helping hand!  The white glitter paper behind Rio is punched with a MS border punch, the little bit of lime fluff is a feather Halloween trim i got at Joann's at 90% off. The snowman is cut at 4" from the snow friends cricut cartridge, I just cut off his head,cut around Rio's hand and arm then inserted the head.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

SBS Challenge #6! Visions of Steampunks! & a story:)

So have you ever come across an image and a story or background just popped into your head?  When the Steampunk line came out I fell in love with the Grace image.  She looked so gentle and sweet but you could tell she had been through some rough times.  I saw her immediately as a post Civil war southern belle.  Here is a little Christmas background for the Grace card I did for my entry.  I will show the card first for those who are not interested in the story.

It is the first Christmas since the war ended, Grace is walking to her friend's house.  They are throwing a welcome home party for Christian, her childhood playmate.  Christian was attending school up north when the war broke out. No longer a believer in Southern politics he joined the Union Army.  Grace is wearing what remains of her 2 favorite party gowns.  A lovely olive green silk gown which she has salvaged quite a bit of, and a burgundy brocade with only the blouse left.  Her petticoats and crinolines have long since been sacrificed, bandages for some stray soldiers wounds, wash cloths and various mundane things.  Instead she bustles the dress with bits and pieces of broken men's belts.  She has learned to adapt these past few years, 2 lovely dresses become a serviceable gown.  Where once she had traveled this road in a  carriage loaded with sweets and presents, now she walks bearing the gift of apples harvested by her own hand.  She stops and picks a bough of Holly leaves and gives thanks for what she does have.  When she was younger Grandpap (a sailor) would tell her you can whether most any storm if you just batten down the hatches.  Grace did just that, she learned, adapted, improvised and she survived.

I hope everyone can take a little strength from my Grace's story!
Happy Holidays

Oops forgot to tell you how I did this card first of all I kinda wanted an almost hourglass shape, I did this by using 2 different colored papers the tan in almost an egg shape then cut one end off flat.  The Green is a circle cut in less than half, for each half.  I used an ivory lace on each side I used the same lace which I finger gathered into a rosette and added a piece from an old broken bracelet, I used a burgundy and mauve ribbon behind it.  Since I wanted a Christmas feel I replaced the maple leaf with holly and leaves in Grace's hand.  The sentiment is a stamp and I cut flower around it with my only nestabilities set I used some old beads around  it then added some leaf sequins and red center beads.  I useda dusty mauve ink and inked the edges of the tan and a green distress ink on the lite green patterned paper.  All of this is placed on holly background paper and onto a white card.  Grace is colored with Sharpies.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 5 at SBS Jingle Spells, Jingle's a Witches Christmas day!

So today I decided to use witch Betty as an Icy Witch.  Who needs to dream of a White Christmas when you can cast a spell for one.  Blue, White and Silver are my favorite Christmas colors, funny cus I don't do well in the cold:)  Any way here is my entry for today, I was going to put a lil snow fairy in Betty's hand like she was an ingredient for the spell but since I still have to use my phone camera it looked like a mess up spot. pooh how long does it take to get something shipped gheesh.  Oh well, hope you like my Icy Witches for Christmas.  I drew some swirls in 4 different blue shades to float up from the cauldron, Gold star tinsel along the top, Above Betty's field head it says "Casting for a White Christmas" It has some gold doodling around the circle. I also added snowflake doodles to Betty's hat and Icy witches has added gold doodling as well. I know I know you can't see it.  So sad about that. Can't wait till the next challenge.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 4 Sugar and Spice and everything Scary!

So as soon as I heard the challenge this week candy and spiders came to mind, this is what the result was.  A couple of real spiders and then 1 candy spider in  Candy Cane London's dream.  Sorry for the pic again my new camera has not been delivered yet.:( I wish my lil pepermint spider showed up better, he has google eyes! Sweet spider-plum Dreams to all!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SBS day 3 Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree your branches are so dry and Creepy!

Here is my entry for day 3.  I have no idea what hit me with this one, probably because I had a dish with lil google eyes sitting on my desk when I started this.  I used Witch Betty coloring her with sharpies.  I wrapped the tree which is cut from the heritage cart with tinsel ribbon.  Then added small gems and the lil google eyes.  I added a lil cotton fluff to Bettys hat and snowflakes to the top corners.  The Bat and spider were just a natural touch to the tree, at least in my mind. Lol!  I embossed the bird in red and added a red ribbon trail.  For the sentiment I changed the deck the halls song, I was getting ready to print this when Hubby walked in and asked what the Hell is wrong with you? lol After Printing "Deck the boughs with bats and eyeballs, Tra lalalala lala la la" I tore the paper and inked it first with blue and then black.I really liked the way this turned out. I just wish I had my new camera to really share the colors .  Cheers

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 2 of the 12 days of christmas at SBS

Day 2 card inspired by the Grinch.  Here are my versions of Cindy Loo and the Grinch, the sentiment is inspired by my baby niece who says Prezzie instead of present.  The light post is from stampin up, my Grinch is SBS halloween Vamp Christian, my Cindy Loo is Gothic girl from  .  The stamps were all colored with sharpies, the front layer of snow is embossed with the swiss dots folder.  Lots of clear glitter to add an icy feel.  This is so much fun hope you like it.

The pic is still from my phone so sorry the sentiment says "Ready for your Prezzie" under the girl and Christian is saying "Prezzie, Prezzie Bah Humbug"

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Simply Betty Challenge 12 days of Christmas day 1

The first challenge is to use a Halloween Digi on a Christmas card.  I chose pumpkin London, her stripes reminded me of candy cane and peppermints.  I colored her with sharpie markers then cut her out.  I used the snowflakes embossing folder in the cuttlebug to emboss my lt blue textured cardstock.  I cut out the pepermint candy from the Joys of the Season cartridge.  The senntiment is from My Pink Stamper I added a red and gold ribbon for the trim.  It all fits in an A2 envelope and is for my lil Sweetie.( SBS are her fav.'s and she spent the day helping take care of her baby nieces)

Here is my super simple card.  Sorry for the crappy photo my camera is having issues and all I have is my cell phone to take pics.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blog Hop Winner!

Thanks goes to Crystal for hosting a great hop!  All the wonderful comments were much appreciated so thank you to everyone.  My winner for the hop is .....
A Scrap Above said...
Hi Rachel~

I love the Tag, and you colored the digi stamp with sharpies is amazing! (see, that's what I do too, I don't have "copics")
LOVE LOVE LOVE your Family album, the little house is too cure, and I simply LOVE the key!
I am a new follower on your blog,cant wait to see more great projects.
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C
Have a great night everyone!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cricut Card Fairy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cricut Card Fairy Blog Hop. This month we are practicing being thankful for all the blessings in our lives. What are you thankful for? Do you stop daily and thank those around you for blessing you? Do you appreciate the small things in life? I sure hope so! With that in mind my wonderful fairies have put together some awesome THANKSGIVING/THANKFUL themed crafty items. Along the way there will be opportunities for inspiration, and blog candy. So make sure you hop all the way through, leave comments on every blog, and then a comment here on my blog when finished. I will be giving away a BNIP Hello Kitty Greetings cart to a person that comments on ALL the blogs and here too! Happy hopping! 

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I have been having issues trying to post this so I hope it goes through this time.

I have 2 projects I would like to share the first is a simple tag cut on my cricut and embossed with the cuttlebug.  The digi is Grace from Simply Betty Stamps, colored with sharpie markers.

My next project is my first paperbag album.  I am most thankful for my family so this is a family album with plenty of space for each member to add what they are thankful for this year. 

Here is the cover.  The flower was made with the cuttlebug and my Dahlia nestabilities the bronze paper was embossed with my swiss dots as was the family title which is cut from the Heritage cart.

Page 1 the little house in the corner was made when I cut out a page full of arrows for my daughters class the space left over in between each arrow looked like a house and I hate to waste anything.:)
The tag is pg 1 pocket

pg 2
The lg paper bag pocket tag.

There are more pages but there is a lot more hopping to do so I will share more on my blog later.

Right now you need to hop on over to for more fun.

Make sure to leave comments along the way for chances to win some great candy.    My candy is a surprise stamp set!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A work in progress and my Thankful post for today!

Today I am Thankful our VETERANS, without these brave men and women who knows what America would be today!

The two most loving, influential men in my life were Veterans.  My grandfather a very hard working farmer, who served in the Army,  and my Father-in-law (seen below) who was a Navy man.  Although both are no longer with us the lessons, love and laughter they brought our lives remains still, in our Hearts!

My work in progress page is one my daughters favorite pictures of her Grandfather. We only have a paper copy but it deserved a special place!  Emily and I have been working on it but it is still not quite how we would like it.(sorry for the crappy pic camera is acting up so this is from my phone)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day of the Dead

So for Spanish class they are learning about and celebrating the Day of the Dead tomorrow.
Kyle had to take in a cake for the celebration, and after seeing the blog hop this week I decided to make a sugar skull for the class as well.  Here is my skull and then the simple cake. 

                                              The flowers are made from orange chocolate. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quick Happy B-day wish!

Happy Birthday to Angela with ! Hop on over to send her a birthday wish and enter a chance to win some AWESOME candy.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Tag Swap

Here is my Kinderstamp0 tag for the swap.  the digi is from some odd girl "Witchy Tia".
Tia is colored with sharpie markers, her moon is a tinkerbell cuttlebug set, cut and embossed with my cuttlebug.  Of course I had to use MS drippy goo punch since it's halloween, placed under the pocket flap.  I used black net cut into a strip to make the lower bow, and a 1/4" black satin for the top ribbon. 

Here is a lil close-up of the embossing and the m&m treat tag with plenty of blank space for journaling.
Thanks for looking
Love how tia turned out. :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A page for my sweet baby

This is a page for a baby pic of my daughter.  The image is Kaylee from some odd girl.  The so super sweet sentiment is from my pink stamper set.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Simply Betty Challenge day 2

This turned out even better than I thought. I knew I wanted to put Christian and Betty together and started with that image.  After I colored them with mostly sharpie markers I used a lt gray chalk to make a foggy background with a lil almost force field around them. I did the same with a red/orange and pale yellow for the moon.  The tree I love this was cut from the heritage cricut cartridge cut at 7".  The cloak has a layer of black glitter glue, and I added ruby 3d glitter gel to some of the eyes on my ribbon. I used grommets for the hanger ribbon, and added beaded bats from a ribbon I got at JoAnns. I hope you like this I may enter it in a few challenges, but made it for Simply Betty.

I am also entering this into these challenges: -spooky

Check out this super cute Blog Candy from Paper,Ink,Color

Friday, October 1, 2010


Meet Frankie isn't he adorable!  He was colored with crayola colored pencils. He was the freebie from bugaboo stamps here is a link to his set.      
I knew when I first saw this monochromatic challenge at  that Frankie would be perfect in greens, duh lol. 
I also entered him in challenge 19 at paper playtime their challenge was to use embellishment so since I used 2 diff. ribbons and buttons thought he qualified.  the other challenge I entered him in was paper cutz at here the challenge was to use at least 3 diff. papers.  This was fun.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Simply Betty Challenge 2

My first easel card!  So the was for the SBC blog, rules= no halloween colors for this halloween card.  Christian was colored with crayola markers in grays, blue & red.  Happy Halloween was stamped with versa mark and embossed with a red glitter embossing powder.  The dripping blood and grave markers are from a MS stamp set.  The blood was embossed, and the markers stamped with Tim Holtz distress ink. Hope you enjoy it, this was a lot of fun .

This is the front of the card before it is folded up.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Emily, my 9yr old darling daughter colored this for simply betty

Emily cut off her curls, for a more sassy look, then added batlike wings to both London and her cat.  She saw the pic.s for the Simply Betty challenge and decided to follow the challenge rules. We had a fun time coloring these together.  Colored pencils were used for both her and my pictures.  Thanks for looking.

Simply Betty Challenge

If you can't read the square buttons they spell "bewitching".  This was a fun challenge based on a pair of funky socks. Lol :)  I decided to color Betty's socks to match the challenge socks then colored her undershirt to match.  I used the sentimentals cricut cartridge to cut the frame.  The drippy goo punch from martha stewart makes the right border, with a black polka dots being a wire edged ribbon, and the "bewitching" squares are brads mounted on dimensional dots.  A few jewels on the frame and purple border and viola.  Em and I had lots of fun with this!

Just a close up of how she was colored, it is amazing what you can do with crayola colored pencils.

Monday, September 20, 2010

My DS Christopher is 11 here is the card my DD and I made for him!

Ok so I got the robotz cartridge in the mail just in time!
The drippy goo punch was used only because it is Chris's fav.
Found the cutest stamp set with robots that match perfectly.
Just another pic of the card and the matching envelope.