Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Evil Twin

*This is my second post of the day, for my inspiration project for Paper Vineyard, please scroll down.*

Ok gang... are you ready for a fun one?!?  This time the challenge over at The Burtonesque Dolls is TWINS!!!  Flip an image to create TWINS!  Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum have NOTHIN on The Burtonesque Dolls BABY!!!  Check it out! 

So I couldn't help myself!  I'm so in love with the Pipper new release over at Simply Betty Stamps, I had to reuse her again for this challenge.  I mean, come on.... she NEEDED an evil twin, didn't she?!?  hahahahahahaha!  It's hard to believe that she's the good one!!!  LOL!  I just wish this looked as good in the pic as it looks in real life.  For some reason I just couldn't get a good shot of this.  The row of black roses look perfect paired with that cute skullie.  That skullie is actually a button.  I removed the shank and filled the eyes with red stickles.  SO CUTE!!!!  Copics used:  E00, E000, E11, BG000, BG01, B41, B45, C0, C2, C5, C7, C9, E33, E39, R21, R22, R29, R59, W0, W3, W5.  The paper is from the DCWV Immortal Love collection (of course).  Click HERE to see what the rest of the Dolls created to inspire you for this REALLY fun challenge!!!

There's No Place Like Home

 Graphic 45's Magic of Oz arrived at Paper Vineyard last week and this week the design team had a BLAST playing with all the goodies!!!  I took a cue from my new blog friend Barb and used a scrapbook layout she completed as inspiration for my project.  The simplicity of using up those mini-scraps is just BEYOND brilliant.  She is the newest of the MANY talented blog friends I have, so don't be surprised if you see me saying her name A LOT!!!  Her talent is out of this world and TOTALLY up my alley [thanx for the card Barb, it is WONDERFUL]!!!

So, of course, I used Copics for this project.  LOTS of E40's and R20's and finished up with YG20's... with a little Y18 and Y00 thrown in to make the cat tails and the shiny doorknob.  For some reason, my shadowing lightened A LOT on this pic, so I'm going to try and take another pic in better lighting and re-post.  Hopefully I can show this a little better.  For some reason, I've been sucking with my camera.... what is up with that?  Anyway, I am OVER THE MOON for this new Graphic 45 line (you should see all the chipboard tags in this one) and HIGHLY recommend you check it out.  Click HERE to see what the rest of the design team created with this uber-kewl line!!!  Click HERE to get your hands on the AWESOME Make It Crafty Mushroom House digi!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I'm Not Perfect... OK!?!

So... over at Paper Vineyard, we were supposed to design a gambling-themed project (or bunco) using Sizzix die and embossing products... no other company's dies/embossing folders were to be used.  Nope!  Couldn't do it!!!  I DID, however, use the Sizzix Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder and Spellbinder's dies.  Is it MY fault that the Sizzix Big Shot is compatible with just about every die/embossing folder out there?!?  And how unfair is it to ask me to NOT play with all my toys.... REALLY?  
When I first sat down to create this challenge project, THIS is what I created:

Now, not to question anyone's powers of observations, but this project is NOWHERE NEAR a gambling/bunco project!!!  hahahahahahahaha!  I was just so inspired by the new Technique Tuesday Love Makes The World Go Round, that I was moved to use it and went in a totally different direction when I sat down to complete my challenge project.  Then, once it was complete, I realized that I was SOOOO off-task that I needed to do another project.  NO WAY was I going to be able to follow the rules on this one.  You all would never believe that I'm the one who created the challenge in the first place.... hahahahahahahahha!  Go figure!

So, for the above projects I used my sewing machine, Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Gears die, Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Paper Rosettes die, EK Success Card Suit punch, Martha Stewart circle cutter, Prima Fairytale flowers, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, DCWV paper - embellishments - and chipboard letters, Cosmo Cricut paper, Bazzill paper and bling, and finally, Creative Impressions Red Swirl Ribbon.

Click HERE to check out what the rest of the design team created for this super hard challenge.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Prepping The Twilight Release Party!!!

The upcoming Twilight: Breaking Dawn is scheduled for release on November 18th and I've got a jump on the festivities!!!  Well, I sort of HAVE to... that is, if we want to reserve the auditorium!!!  All we need is 200 people!  NO PROBLEM!  hahahahahaha!  So, to help out, Paper Vineyard (in Chandler, AZ) has offered to be "Party Central" for the release festivities and to act as the hub for all interested parties to sign up.  If interested in joining us for Twilight games, prizes, fun and crafts, and to receive discounted movie tickets for the day of the premier (no waiting in the long lines, we just head to our auditorium), then truck it over to Paper Vineyard and sign up.  You MUST sign up by September 1st!!!!  Payment will not be required until October, but in order to reserve the auditorium, we need a head count.

Now for MORE fun!!!  I created this Twilight-inspired notebook for our party (click on pic to enlarge).  I am also planning more uber-cool crafty goodness (I'm team Jacob BTW, but I promise to cater to you "Team Edward" freaks! hahahahhahahaha) to go with all the games and prizes.  We will also be running Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse on the store's big screen!  I can HARDLY wait!  This party is going to ROCK!!!  WHY didn't I do this sooner???

Friday, June 17, 2011


WOO HOO!!!!  We made it!!!!  Today is RELEASE DAY for the Burton-weenies over at Simply Betty Stamps!!!  But first, let me introduce you to Pipper!

So, this is Pipper.... she is MY FAVORITE in the line.  The expression on her face fits about a dozen different sentiments I have and brings to mind about dozen more of my own!!!  And yes, I went with pink again today.... I told you I was having a "thing" with pink!  HA!  But it just seems to work with the Burton-weenies, doesn't it?  Head over to The Burtonesque Dolls and see how Pipper inspired the other Dolls and be sure to RUN over to Simply Betty Stamps and pick up ALL the Burton-weenies!!!  Thanx for joining us this week and enjoy playing with the Burton-weenies!!!

*** The sentiment is another Create With TLC sentiment... they seem to go so well with these Burton-weenies!  LOL!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Release Day Sneak Peek Day 5

I'm having a "thing" with pink.... WTH!!!???!!!  When I first saw the Burton-weenies, I thought these would be the PERFECT images to grunge out and goth up, but what did I do?  Yah, I went with pink!  My version of the Burton-weenies are hard core, warm and fuzzy!  WORD!

This is Harley in all her pink and purple glory!!!  Be sure to head over to The Burtonesque Dolls for some REALLY hard core designs from the other Dolls and tune in tomorrow for MY FAVORITE image of the whole line and for RELEASE DAY!!!!  WOOT-WOOT!!!

Note:  The BEAUTIFUL sentiment is another one from Create With TLC and the skullie is a Creepy Glowbugg creation!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Release Day Sneak Peek Day 4!!!

Another sneak peek for the upcoming release of the Burton-weenies at Simply Betty Stamps!!!  Today I got to play with Raven!!!  Isn't she just so sweet and sassy!?!   Didn't I tell you guys how great these were to color?!? And that Create With TLC sentiment is just so perfect for this peace loving weenie!!! hahahaha!

So, head over to The Burtonesque Dolls blog and see how the rest of the dolls played with Raven!  LOL!  Also, tune back in tomorrow for more Burton-weenie fun!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Burton-weenies Sneak Peak Day 3!

Ok, so along with the sneak peek of the new releases (coming this Friday... I can't wait!), TODAY the Dolls are having a little challenge with Ellanor:  PUT ME IN A BURTON MOVIE!!!  Well, hopefully you can tell that I turned the new Ellanor stamp, from the upcoming Burton-weenies line, into Lydia from Beetle Juice (click on pic to enlarge)!!!  But I couldn't just stop there!!!  Our guest DT's played a little with Ellanor, so I had to have my fun too!  Check it out!

I am DIGGIN this new line!!!!  I mean really... aren't these just so hip and cool?!? 
Be sure to head over to The Burtonesque Dolls for more inspiration with the new Ellanor Burton-weenie and to get the deets on this challenge!!!  And join us tomorrow for more Burton-weenie-sneak-peek fun!

More Gypsy Fun

So I created this project featuring the new We R Memory Keepers Travel Light line that we are featuring for Paper Vineyard's design team challenge this week (click HERE to see what the rest of our design team created).  This project also happens to be June's Gypsy 101 class project (Click HERE for the June class schedule at Paper Vineyard).  You will need your UPDATE Gypsy, your UPDATED Cricut and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for this class.  Also, be sure to bring your basic scrapbooking tool kit with you including red tacky tape so that your gift bag will be secure to hold whatever you want to put in it... because this one is pretty large!

Along with covering basic functionality of your Gypsy in this class, we will also be covering how to make your projects EASIER to cut and how to cut them up to 20% larger.  This really does come in handy when you're making gift bags!  If you own a Gypsy, this is a class that you're going to want to attend!  Hope to see you there!

And whether you own a Gypsy or not, this week's challenge for Paper Vineyard's DT turned out some pretty incredible projects for inspiration, so be sure to check it out and leave some love! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Burton-weenie Release Day 2

Today is day 2 of the Burton-weenie release for Simply Betty Stamps.  I'm kind of slackin today as I didn't create a card to show, but you DON'T want to miss the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G work the rest of the Dolls made!!!  I'm serious!  This stuff on day two blew me away!!!! So head over to The Burtonesque Dolls and show some love.... you'll be glad you did!  They ROCKED day 2.  Tune in tomorrow for day 3 of the Burton-weenie release, that one's pretty good too.  Psssst... I made a really cute one!  LOL!  ;)

**As I said yesterday, all of the images from this line will be available for sale at Simply Betty Stamps on Friday, but feel free to check out all the other COOL stuff by clicking HERE.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Another Piercing

IT IS RELEASE WEEK FOR THE DOLLS and Simply Betty Stamps!!!  The Burton-weenies are here and the entire line will be available at Simply Betty Stamps starting Friday!  So all this week The Burtonesque Dolls are bringing you sneak peeks.... first in this AWESOME lineup is Jack Jack!  Isn't he just so cool!?!

So, yes, Jack Jack has a staple through his head.  Scrappers know that attempting to "fix" a mistake USUALLY results in making the problem worse.  Long story short, I put a staple through his head and we're calling it "Another Piercing" and LEAVING IT ALONE!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  I was so sad to misplace the staple right at the very end; what a bummer to make a mistake like that on such an AMAZING image!!!  This dude is so cool and so fun to color.  I didn't realize just how great until I saw all the other Dolls' projects and noticed that what I thought was hair could also be interpreted as a HOOD!!!  Yep, Jack Jack is actually wearing a hoodie, but I just colored it as hair.  It's all about perception people!  LOL! 

Okie dokie gang... that does it for today's sneak peak of the Burton-weenies Jack Jack.  The Dolls will be featuring ALL of the images in this new line this week, so be sure to stay tuned to The Burtonesque Dolls each day to see all the Dolls' creations!!!  We'll even have some features from the Simply Betty Design Team!!!

***This guy was so easy to color! The Copics I used to color Jack Jack were E000, E00, E11, C0, C2, C4, C6, C0, B91, B93, B97 and B99.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ode To Twilight...AGAIN!

You missed the nail art didn't you?!?  It's been awhile my lovelies!  Mainly because I had a biting relapse, and I don't mean the brooding vampire kind!!!  Luckily I stopped the biting with the help of some TLC and my beloved Nail Aid, now I'm back on track and dippin into the Konad.  With Twilight on the mind since the release of the trailer (click HERE for the vampy/wolfy goodness) for Breaking Dawn, well, you know, it's all I can think about!  So my nails get a little mani with Twilight in mind!

Base coat is Nail Aid Peeling Nail Therapy, 1 coat of China Glaze Innocence (kinda fitting here), 1 coat of Seche Vite for quick dry, and Konad image plate M64 with Konad Special Polish in black.  I finished this off by adding some red bling before sealing the whole thing with another coat of Seche Vite.

So I'm LOVING this mani!!!  The pink is creamy and ever so subtle making that red bling pop out on top of the black background.  I'm hoping that I get at least a week's worth of wear out of this one.... it's just so GORGEOUS!!!  Now I'm off to watch Eclipse and enjoy a latte!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Ok, so when I created the CD jacket for the design team the other day (click HERE to check it out), it got me thinking about MY OWN Twilight wedding.  Yes, yes, I'm already married.... but how uber kewl would it be to renew vows under the moonlight???  Yah, pretty freakin kewl I'd say!!!  So I did a search and LOOKIE WHAT I FOUND!

The pic above was posted on Pam Gibson's blog HERE.  So was the collage below.  I'm gonna have to email Pam and let her know about the CD jacket.... she could probably use it!

OMG.... this is just so amazing!!!  I KNEW a Twilight wedding would be awesome!!!  I want one... I wonder if Pam needs a new BFF!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Getting A Jump On It!

OOOOOO.... SUMMER IS HERE!  And boy can I feel it!  Wouldn't I love to live near a beach right now.  So this is what I created for July's Copic Palooza at Paper Vineyard!!!   Now while the sentiment on the front of my folio page says, "Soakin Up The Sun", this would make an ADORABLE card that says, "With the proper SPF protection.... of course!" on the inside.  You could even throw in a sample packet of sunblock for an extra special card that anyone would appreciate, ESPECIALLY by the time July gets here!!!

So here's a close up.  We'll be playing with Glitter Ritz glitter to embellish this little girl's totally awesome and vintage swimsuit.  We will also be learning how to "drop in" scenery with our coloring projects (grass and pavement), not to mention that you'll leave class with this super fun completed project... well, this one is going to be one you don't want to miss!!!  Here is the list of markers that I used for this project:  Dress and Hat:  Y23, E31, Hat Flowers:  G24, YG03, E04, E27, YR15, YR23, RV10 and RV34, Skin:  E00, E000 and E11, Hair:  E27, Y23, Eyes:  BG01 OR YG03, Ground:  Blender 0, Y28, YG03 and G24

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

It's A Great Day For A White Wedding

It has been sooooo long since I've designed with the wonderful ladies of Paper Vineyard's design team!  Getting back on the designing wagon has suddenly come so easy to me over the past couple of days or so... I've been designing up a storm.  Part of the reason for the sudden burst of creativity came from this little gem pictured below!  Just a little warning here... this post is VERY pic heavy!!!

 Yep!  It's the DCWV Immortal Love stack I told you all about the other day (inspired by the Twilight Saga movies).  So with Breaking Dawn coming out later this year, the Wedding theme for today's challenge over at Paper Vineyard was SUPER easy.  I can clearly imagine what wedding goodies Edward and Bella would put together, what their wedding colors would be, etc.  Well, now you can see how this one just sort of made itself!  hahahahahahha!

So my creation is the CD jacket for a wedding photo compilation; the template is pictured above. This would make a wonderful keepsake for special guests at any wedding or to attach to the inside back cover of a wedding album.  Using the Martha Stewart scoring board, I scored a 7 x 10" paper vertically at the 1" mark and the 6" mark.  I then scored horizontally at the 5" mark and trimmed the edges from 1/2 of the sheet, then folded the rest of the score lines to create the CD pocket.  I rounded corners using my Corner Chomper and punched a decorative edge along the front using an EK Success edge punch.  Prior to adhering my edges with red tacky tape for a strong hold, I glued the liner and the white cover using the Paper Vineyard's new SEI White Elegance wedding line.  Then, using my NEW (just bought last Friday on Competitor Coupon Day at Paper Vineyard) Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two I cut out the frame for the cover title and blinged it out with the coordinating Want 2 Scrap pearl accents made to fit this set PERFECTLY!!!  Finally, I printed and cut the title on vellum and embellished the CD jacket with red bling and miscellaneous ribbon.  Now for some fun....

Each backdrop for this CD jacket is a different page from my new Immortal Love paper stack (there are certainly more pages in the stack, I only photographed a few)... you can just imagine how beautiful this jacket would be as an addition to a mini book... just a thought!  LOL!

Ok folks... that does it for today.  Be sure to click on the link above for more design inspiration from the rest of the design team and we'll see you next week for more creative fun!

P.S. The first backdrop page is my favorite... which one is yours?
P.P.S. Here's a link for those of you who HAVEN'T seen the new sneak peek trailor of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part I:  CLICK HERE
Here's a link for those of you who HAVE seen the new sneak peek trailor of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part I:  CLICK HERE
My gift to you... LOL!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Copic Class

UGH!  I almost forgot to post this!!!  So above is June's Copic Palooza that I'm teaching at Paper Vineyard.  I ALWAYS feature Kraftin Kimmie Stamps (fell in love with them last year when I found Charlotte) for my Copic Palooza and this month is ANOTHER adorable character:  Angie.  The stamp set is included in the cost of the class and includes Angie in her robe holding her beloved coffee mug, two sentiments that say "Thanks a Latte" and " I don't do mornings" and an enlarged image of slippers.... too perfect!  So along with coloring this fabulous image, we are also going to be doing paper piecing AND using our Copic markers to customize embellishments.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one; it's going to be so much fun!!!

Check out Paper Vineyards class schedule (HERE) for details on this class (there are two classes scheduled).  Hope to see you there!

*** Copics used: 
Skin:  E00, E000, E21
Hair, Mug and Eyes:  E31, E25, E47, E49
Barette:  R22, R59
Shadows:  C0, C2, C4

Friday, June 3, 2011

Kissie Kissie

Ok gang!  I don't have much to post today other than I'M TOTALLY DIGGIN MY NEW OCTOPODE FACTORY DIGI!!!!!!!!  This little guy is awesome!!!  Click HERE to get your hands on him.  Also, the Create With TLC sentiment is pretty perfect with this little guy, huh?!?

Now when I originally colored him, I made the center of his eyes green and that WAS just so cute, but with all that eye area looking back at me (haha), I just knew I couldn't just leave it so clean and cute.  I had to "creep" this cutie pie up a bit..... VIOLA!!!   Here's a close up of those blood shot eyes (click on pic to enlarge):

As always, there's a little story playing in my head as I'm coloring this guy and it makes me chuckle out loud as I'm picturing a hung-over butterfly who dipped into the dead flower garden that was just a little too over-shaded.  The flowers are (of course) fermented and we end up with a cross between Betty Ford and the insect version of Pepe Le Pew!  I'm just sayin!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Immortal Love For Paper Crafting

Ok, so my title is a bit corny.... I CAN'T THINK... it's going on midnight.  But I wanted to show you the vampy goodness I picked up at Joann's the other day along with the super fun card that I made with it.  Here's the goods:

But first, let me remind everyone that I was NOT at CHA in January and missed this gown you see here that is made entirely of paper, and not just any paper.  This paper is the Twilight-inspired paper called Immortal Love from DCWV that I just now discovered at Joann's... FIVE MONTHS LATER.  The dress being shown at January's CHA (yah, you remember... the one that ALL my friends went to and CONTINUE to brag about to this day) along with a decorated room all using the same paper from this line.  But I'm not bitter (much), so let me share the link.  The pics really are incredible.  You can check it all out HERE.  Here's a pic of the paper stack itself:

Back to the paper:  I'm IN LOVE with this paper.  We all know what a TWARD I am and to find this paper line sent my creative juices into overdrive... the juices that had been dormant for the past couple of months.  So here's my first project with this "to die for" paper (pardon the pun).

OOOOO this was fun!  I used the Martha Stewart (you know, I wrote a post about how she tried to kill me) punch around the page to create the lace-effect border.  I used a wonderful FREE sentiment from Create With TLC (please donate so we can continue to get this awesomeness for free) along with a Loralie Designs Corset II stamp that my friend Nancie stamped for me. The AMAZING red glazed-stripe paper is from the DCWV Immortal Love paper stack (Hi, I'm captain redundance.  Have I said Immortal Love paper stack enough?).  Of course Copics were used to color this (Multiliner, R14, R59, C0, C2, C9 and E59... that's it).  A quick note about the Loralie corset stamp:  I had to draw by hand the decorations that I saw on the cover of the rubber stamp set.  I was a little taken aback by this because of the $15 price point, so I thought I better mention that if you're not comfortable drawing in your designs, you might want to pass on this set.  I personally am one of those people who is NOT comfortable with it, but surprised myself with how well I really WAS able to copy the design.  Couple that with the pleasure of this paper stack (the Immortal Love paper stack) and you can bet that yesterday afternoon was sheer bliss!!!  I am in the mood for a Twilight marathon I think!!!  Oh wait!  I almost forgot, I finished this off quite simply with some washi tape from TGF and my HomePro (lovingly called my purple monster.... or Charlie) and some nailheads.  Whew... I've got some more creating to do with this WONDERFUL paper!  I found me some more inspiration----> check out these cards!  Actually, I'm fixin to scrapjack!  LOL!

**Ok, one more time:  Immortal Love paper stack.  Good night.