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Nose Dive

  So here it is.... my SECOND digital coloring project.  Don't ask to see my first!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!  I just recently got the Wacom Bamboo Craft tablet and pen that came with Photoshop Elements 8 and DOVE into the world of digital coloring.  The box arrived with EVERYTHING I needed to get started... well, except I don't have a color printer! :/  Not too big of a deal since I CLEARLY need more practice, but I'm getting there and predict that my next purchase will, in fact, be a color printer! :) Now for the product review.  So the Bamboo craft tablet is WONDERFUL!!!  It came with a little tutorial to learn how to use it.  It was interactive and pretty simple.  The tablet ALSO came with Photoshop Elements 8 which is NOT so easy to use.  Reading some reviews on Photoshop I know why.  Actually, the Photoshop Elements has MANY of the components of Photoshop (the full professional version) so just a little word of advice.... prepare for a HUGE learning curve.  But judging by the


***Click HERE for the Fun And Mental Changes give away deets!*** ***This post is one of two post for today.... scroll down to see my project for The Burtonesque Dolls, Musical Interlude challenge!*** Paper Vineyard is rolling out the new Grapevine Designs Custom Albums and Kits and this cupcake album was one of the first albums Grapevine Designs featured. As soon as I saw that chipboard "cupcake in the raw" (I mean before any paper got cut or any decorations added to it), what you see here is EXACTLY what I saw! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Don't you love it when design ideas become reality JUST how you pictured them???? There are going to be PLENTY more where this came from..... stay tuned!!!

I Call For A Redo!!!

*** CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON THE FUN AND MENTAL CHANGES GIVE AWAY***    I was sooooo excited about the new We R Memory Keepers 2011 Halloween line that I couldn't wait to play with it for this Musical Interlude challenge at The Burtonesque Dolls.  The challenge is to create a project inspired by one of the songs from A Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.  Be sure to include the lyrics in your project.  Of course, my lyrics are from This Is Halloween.  I really thought this was SO FUN....well, that WAS until I saw the creations turned in by the other Dolls.  Click HERE to see the AWESOME projects and check out the deets to this challenge.  You have until August 1st to add your project to win an AMAZING prize, but as for me, I think I might just have to go buy A BUNCH of stamps and r edo this one!!!  All the Dolls are really just a bunch of ENABLERS!  LOL!   

So Lame

So over at Paper Vineyard, the challenge was to create a birthday project and it COULDN'T be a card.  I've personally been creating WAY too many cards lately so I was happy to try my hand at something new..... only I didn't. :(  Instead, I was busy preparing for last week's Cricut Swarm.  Now, while I missed creating a project specifically for our Birthday Non-Card challenge, I figured the cupcake box that I made would fit the bill PERFECTLY for a birthday-themed project.  The box also has an insert for a cupcake to fit inside.  I made it with my Cricut (cuz of the whole Cricut Swarm bit) and while I ADORE this box, I sort of had a little melt down making it and I decided that this is the last Provo Craft product I will ever buy.... let me share why (read through to find out the cartridge I used for this project)! Most of you know that I DESPISE Provo Craft.  I hate that the Cricut is a one-of-kind product that I loved.  Really, it's like I have battered wife sy

Funky Potters Final Peek

Ok gang.... here he is!  Harry Potter is the final sneak peek for the Simply Betty Stamps' Funky Potters!  Isn't he great!!!  This line is awesome and I really had a blast with this week's sneak peek of the line.  The Dolls pulled out all the stops and the projects this week at The Burtonesque Dolls has been A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  Click HERE to see it all and be sure to head to Simply Betty Stamps tomorrow for the release of the Funky Potters.  I hope you all have as much fun with this set as I did.    Before I run, here's a closer look at Harry. *** Click HERE for Fun And Mental Changes current blog give away!!!***

No Waiting!

*** Please scroll down to view Simply Betty Stamps Funky Potters Sneak Peek****                                                                                       WOO HOO!!!  IT CAME TODAY!  That means NO WAITING and I can announce the give away today!!!  YAY!  What you are looking at doesn't seem like much in the pic to the left, but I assure you it is A LOT.... and it could be all yours!!!!  The good folks at Nantucket Bagg donated this AWESOME lime green and pink "diddy" to one lucky winner here at Fun And Mental Changes!!!  WAIT till you see what this thing is!!!  You'll see very quickly that you've been missing it all along.   Ok, so first off, what are we looking at?  What you see in the picture is a bag.  Well no, not a bag, it's an apron.  No, not an apron, it's a tool organizer.  No, not a tool organizer, it's a wall organizer.  No, not a wall organizer, it's a backpack.  No wait... it's ALL OF THEM ROLLED INTO ONE!!!!  This A

Sneak Peek Day Five... I HAD To Do It!!!

As much as I tried to keep with the theme of Harry Potter (cuz I bought all those embellishments and paper you know), I just COULDN'T NOT use the wonderful McGonagall image for a Halloween card!!! I mean, look at her... she's PERFECT!!!  I bet you're all sitting on pins and needles waiting for the release on Friday!!! hahahahahahaha!  This Funky Potters line is going to fly out the door, I'm sure!!!  So one more day till the big release and I'll give you three guesses who we're featuring tomorrow.... Swing by tomorrow for the last sneak peek and be sure to head over to The Burtonesque Dolls , see what the other dolls created with McGonagall and show some love!  See you all tomorrow!!!!

Funky Potters Sneak Peek Day Four

Pansy Parkinson ya'll!!!  We're just TWO days away from the release of these AWESOME Funky Potter images and I'm having a BLAST with them!!!  But while you're waiting, you might want to see all the other awesome stamps over at Simply Betty Stamps and we'll see you tomorrow with another great Funky Potters sneak peek.  Don't forget to swing by The Burtonesque Dolls and see what the rest of the Dolls made with Pansy.... you WON'T be sorry!  I promise!!!

Poor Scabbers

Ok, day three of Simply Betty Stamps' Funky Potters Sneak Peek is RON!!!!  I LOVE this image, and today's sneak peek is part of our bi-weekly challenge.  So... hopefully you can tell by my project for The Burtonesque Dolls that the challenge this time is Potter in Wonderland featuring Ron Weasley in Wonderland where The Cheshire cat has just eaten his rat, Scabbers. I had so much fun with this challenge!  As usual, the story in my head is always so funny as The Cheshire cat takes on a voice like the Cheetos cheetah (which we all know was stolen from American McGee's Cheshire Cat in Alice anyway). And to break out my Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper and embellishments is ALWAYS added fun as well. So let's see what you can do!  The challenge this time is to create your own Potterish character and place that character in any Burton movie... basically the Potters using the Flue Network and end up in Burtonland!  It doesn't have to be Ron either it can be any c


A little birdie just told me that there is going to be a HUGE, GINORMOUS, UNBELIEVABLE give way coming to Fun And Mental Changes!!!  Stay tuned.... next week is going to be EXCITING!!! ***Please scroll down for Simply Betty Stamps' Funky Potter Sneak Peek Day 2! :)

Potter Peek Day Two!

After submitting Hermione oh-so-late (click HERE to see Hermione), I figured I better get on the ball with Ginny!  These awesome Potter images will be released at the end of this week, so stay tuned the whole week to see ALL these uber-kewl images by Simply Betty Stamps.  Click HERE to see what the rest of the design team made with Ginny.

Potter Sneak Peek Day One!

  OMGOSH I'M LATE!!!  So sorry for the late post everyone!  For WHATEVER reason, I thought our sneak peeks for the Simply Betty Stamps Funky Potter line started tomorrow.  DANG IT!!!  Welp, here it is.  My offering featuring Hermione.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on these super fun Harry Potter paper and embellishments which were PERFECT for this release (click on the pic to enlarge and see all the groovy details).  Check out what the rest of the Dolls created for this fun sneak peek.  Click HERE .

Totally RED

Whoa!  So much red!  I don't think I've ever done anything quite so, uh, red.... hahahahahaha!  But I wanted to use this awesome sentiment by Created With TLC , so I knew I had to just dive into it!  LOL!  And the perfect image to go with it.... Tickled Pink's 30's Lylah!  Lylah is one of my favorites and you can sure see why!  This project also features paper that I received at an all night crop not too long ago.  One of the lovely ladies who attended gave away a TON of My Mind's Eye paper.  Yah, she just gave it away!!!!  I couldn't believe it.  This stuff is the good stuff, feels like fabric instead of paper and I got it for FREE!!!  Girls Rock!  And 30's Lylah rocks!  Lylah was one of my first stamps from Tickled Pink, so I thought it was perfect to use as another submission for the Tickled Pink Stamps  DT Call .  I blinged this one out simply with some tule, some ribbon and pearls... the perfect accent to this wonderfully RED tag! hahahahahaha.  The C


Ok folks... you know how much I LOVE Make It Crafty digi stamps and I ADORE Tiddly Inks !  Well, the two have teamed up for one AWESOME release coming up on July 14th!  STEAMPUNK!!!  And yes, I know you all know how fond I am of steampunk!  So mark your calendars and tune in for what promises to be one incredible release day match up!!!  Cick HERE for all the deets!!!


Ever since Graphic 45 came out with their Steampunk Debutante Line last year, I've been CRAZY for the whole Steampunk theme, and STOCKED up on everything steampunk I could get my hands on.... that includes the AWESOME Victorian Steampunk Lilith from Tickled Pink Stamps you see here! AND NOW I see that there is a DT Call over at Tickled Pink Stamps, so isn't this just the perfect time to pull out all my new favies (and old favies) and give it a go!!! Seen here are a couple of merged stamps and some word art.  The scroll is one of my favorite stamps from Make It Crafty .  I actually used this scroll for a candle that I personalized with my sister and her husband's wedding date.  To see that project, click HERE .  I popped Lilith on top and added some word art.  I thought about just making it say "REWARD", but adding the "Wanted Dead or Alive" kind of gave me a chuckle so I went with that.... especially since I added the "Missing You" sentimen