Thursday, December 31, 2009

This will be my last post...

of the year! Gotcha!!! I have missed you all so much but my children have been on winter break, and with the holidays, I've been keeping busy!  I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as mine and this new year the best to date!  Speaking of the New Year I have been diligently working on the Greeting Farms 12 Days of Sketches for a chance to win the entire January release how awesome wold that be! Today I would love to share days 1 & 2:



I don't know about you but I love these stamps because of their ease to color plus they are so adorable! Do you like that grey ricrac? I love it first and formost because it's from many moons ago when our goods were made good in the USA. Back then it was 10 cents for 6 yards! Ok here is the best part there is a gaurantee that if this product is faulty in any way they will reimburse you for the cost of labor and materials on which it was applied...what happened to US?

Lets get bck to cheery thoughts shall we? If you want a chance to win the new January release from TGF head on over th their sight to get the details. I am off to bed but will be playing catch up tomorrow to visit all my blog pals...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Inky Impressions Challenge # 26

I cannot believe how Christmas is drawing so near, I am so excited! My kids are out of their minds crazy, it's too funny!
This week at Inky Impressions Challenges we'd like to see you incorporate embossing (you choice) along with some glitter or flocking. I used the awesome  digi stamp again how could I not after all! For my embossing I chose my Swirls folder and glittered up the ornaments with Prisma glitter though it was hard to capture. Here is my card:

I hope you stop by Inky Impressions Challenges to share your take on this great challengeas well as viewing the rest of the Inkettes  fantastic creations! Have a terrific day! Beth aka BR-T

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Aren't these two stamp sets so uniquely charming?!? The holiday spirit has Torendi in a generous mood! They have added these two adorable stamps sets to the SALE section of the store. Regularly $40, marked down to $25! (until Sunday night) It's their lowest price EVER! They will make the PERFECT stocking stuffer for any crafty friend (or yourself if your significant other is a little on the slow side). Priority shipping is always $5.00 at Torendi, so order today and they will arrive just in time to save the holidays! :D

If you would like to learn more about these stamps before ordering, please watch Tiffany's video. Product Review #1 Video

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! Unscripted sketch # 36

As it should be with only 6 days left til Christs Birthday! Today wewill be visiting yet another Santa through Bills work, it's the Kids Christmas Party courtesy of Pfizer. Before I get to Unscripted Sketch I want to share some pictures with you. Last Sunday we had a wintry fog it was really bizarre, it did however create the most beautiful white glistening trees ever! These photos are several days later but still stunning to me!

It was pretty cool taking these because it was warming up and you could hear all the crackling of the ice as is was falling off the branches. I also want to share my families snow man it's not a fat rolly polly fellow it's a long stretch out fella!

My kids were proud and apparently Igor (our dog) was too! I bet he can't wait to add some color tomorrow morning!!!

Ok now onto this weeks Unscripted Sketch # 36, again by the brilliant mind of SarahKaye! I made humble thank you/Christmas gift this year for all the kids teachers, they deserve way more! Here is one of the bags I decorated using the sketch, it's a wretched photo but I wasn't used to working with something so tall!


 I created my own handles for the first two bags then after that I decided the twisted whatever-you-call-it looked ok after all! I really lik this tree, it's from a very old long since retired Close To My Heart set called Designer Christmas. I had fun with this sketch and wish I would have photographed all 6 bags but I lost to father time! I hope you have time to play along this week too! Beth aka BR-T

Friday, December 18, 2009

Paper Cutz # 22

Happy Friday soon to be New Year...where did the time go? This is the final challenge of the year for Paper Cutz we'd like you to create a new card to welcome the new year!

 Aren't these cows too funny? They are from Doodle Factory Country set, the hat and horn sere cut from the Celebrations Cartridge  and I colored it with my PrismaColors. The sentements are bits and pieces from several Close To My Heart stamp sets. I hope you enjoy my take on the last sketch of the year. I cant wait to see yours! Beth aka BR-T

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Spotlight on Linen Ribbon...

Hello! I am so excited because today I have the opportunity to show you some new takes on a product we all love... ribbon! This Shinzi Katoh Designs Torikago Linen Ribbon is wonderful because it's a natural fiber which is very appealing to me and it goes perfectly with any of the Earth Love paper line by Cosmo cricut found in the Joy Kit both avaolable at the Torendi store.  With Christmas stirring around in the back of my mind I couldn't resist an ornament.

Not what you were expecting? That's the best selling point for me with Torendi's products they ease the transition of pushing the envelope! This wonderful ribbon screamed "Modernize Me!" so I was compelled to do so.This was a breeze to create: Cut a bunch (my very technical term for a lot!) of 1 1/2 circles. Again I chose this awesome patterned paper by Cosmo Cricut from the Earth Love line and black card stock from American Craft which is supplied in the kits avail at the store (colors may vary!). I also cut seven 2 inch circles from some red card stock from my scrap heap and punched out a 1 1/2 cicle from them making sure they were off center. Now for the fun part I broke out my hot glue gun to affix all the smaller circles in no particular order to tired old ornament and then looped some ribbon around the larger circles and affixed them as well. Below is a detail shot of the wonderful image on the linen:

For my next creation I wanted to show you something that got me really excited, because this is a naural fiber you can emboss it how cool is that? I wanted to create a precious object with the remainer of my ribbon so by framing it on my card I was able get this point across.

Here is a close-up of the embossed ribbon:

To emboss the ribbon simply rub the edges onto an embossing ink pad and the dip into embossing powder I choose a copper color. You will have to repeat several times on each side to get the result from this card. I hope you are left with some craft for thought and be sure to check out all of the stunning linen Ribbon Torendi has to offer in the Embellishment section! Have a fantastic day! Beth aka BR-T

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Christmas Tree ...

belongs to my kitty! At first I tried to put the kibosh on this but I soon dicovered I would not win, so I decided to take some pictures insted!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

So who wants to go to CHA??? The Torendi girls need your help! We want to "hire" you to come and walk the floors of CHA with us in January and help us decide on what is "trendy" enough for Torendi to stock up on! How do you apply? SIMPLE! Everyone who makes a purchase between NOW and December 21st will automatically be entered for a chance to go to CHA*. Make two purchases, double your chance and so on. It's just that easy! Our new "employee" will be announced December 22nd, just in time for some extra holiday cheer!

*(Torendi is not covering airfare, hotel, meals or any other travel expenses. We are just providing you a pass to get into Winter CHA to have some fun with the torendi team!)*

The CHA "VIP" will also get a guest spot right here on the Torendi blog to tell everyone about the experience, new products, and all the Torendi fun! :D

Are you already going to CHA? Maybe help spread the word to a friend you would like to see join you! :D Also, there are NEW items in the SALE area!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Unscripted Sketch # 35

Happy Saturday! This will be my shortest post  because Santa came to Town!!! Here this weeks sketch at Unscripted Sketches.

Here is my card! Ok my kids have already left so I gotta go for no hope to see you this week at Unscripted Sketches!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Paper Cutz Challenge # 21

Happy Friday to you, I don't know about you but I am so excited because my kiddos get to go back to school again after 3 snow days! We had the best time shoveling ourselves out and sledding for hours. I have however been deprived of me time and the blogging world I need to survive! I know you know what I am talking about!!!
I want you to know we are delighted at Paper Cutz from your support by playing along we had an amazing turnout last week thank you!!! This week we'd love to see some snowflakes and or snowmen how fun! Here is my take:

I decided to go with another Swiss Piixie digi stamp this week isn't she the cutest!  I used my Prismacolor Markers to bring her to life, I think they work quite wonderfully plus they are made right here in the USA! I won't pass by something not made here but it feels good to still find a few things...
I am really looking forward to your brrific creations thanks for stopping by! Beth aka BR-T

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Inky Impressions Challenge # 25

This weeks challenge is to ADD SNOWFLAKES to your card or project using Inky Stamps or Images. I am lucky enough to own this wonderful digi image Rachel's Gingerbread Christmas. You can find her here! I think she is darling and all the details makes this an exciting image to color in! I attempted to make it look like we are just outside her house looking in. Well this challenge will be going on for TWO WEEKS so there is plenty of time to come and join the fun!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

One more for BELLABDAY3

So I wanted use up the paper I created for the earlier posting as well as submit a card for the contest (who wouldn't want to win the entire new release?) WOW!!! Here is my final card for the night and thanks to all who stopped by today I don't think I have ever had that many visitors!

Have a good night I'm going to sleep.....

Bella Birthday Bash Blog Hop!!!

Second posting today scroll down for more......

Welcome to the Bella Birthday Bash Blog Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Bloggabella. If you just came from Sparkle Creation can you say WoW!!! Its a hard act to follow but the show must go on! I am giving you three cards today!

I guess you could say I left cute at the door and drug in some grunge! I did some experimentation with trying to get Calliope Ketto to look like she was actually flitting around. I hope you like them or can at least appreciate a different grasp of reality! The 2 AM card making realty! LOL!

Remember,three gift certificates for $100 in Bella Bucks will be hidden along the hop, but we’re not telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!!! Make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!! The winners will be announced on Monday, December 7 at the Stamping Bella Blog. MWAH!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Stamping A Latte to feast your eyes on Jodi's bellerific creation!!!

Unscripted Sketch # 34

Well it's Saturday and you know what that means....Unscripted Sketches is back with a crazy amazing sketch!

Here is my card using SarahKaye's sketch:

Isn't this digi darling it's from Pollycraft called Cherry Kisses Snowball, it's free!!! One technique I thought I could share is embossing your brads. I placed each of the silver snowflakes under my craft heat gun and when I knew they were hot I dipped them into snow white embossing powder. The powder semi melts and then I finish it of with the heat gun. Well that's all for now I hope your weekend is fantastic!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Paper Cutz # 20

Where did this week go? Wow!!! Well the good news it's Friday, and with each Friday comes another fantastic sketch from Paper Cutz. This week is so wide open we want a Christmas image digi or hand stamped it's up to you. Here is my entry:

Isn't this digi image too cute? It's a Swiss Pixie from All That Scraps. This card hits on several other challenges as well:

1) Sketch Saturday the sketch
2) 2RedBananas Christmas/Winter
3) Corrosive Challenges Red & Green
4) Stamp Scrap & Doodle Christmas
5) Secret Saturday Crafter Christmas Trees
6) Frosted Designs Same shape Different Sizes
7) Cupcake Craft Red & Green
8) SophistiCats Snowflakes and Sparkle
9) The Pink Elephant use fav coloring medium Prismacolor Markers
10) Penny's Challenges No DP allowed
11) Creative Card Crew Christmas

Well there you have it! I can' wait to see what you come up with this week! Beth aka BR-T

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Bellas...

Make sure you hop along this Saturday, it's gonna be great! THREE $100 BELLA BUCKS GIFT CERTIFICATES will be hidden along the hop.. but we’re NOT telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!! Beth

Ninja Power!!!

This week Torendi is sponsoring the Pink Ninjas!! You have got to check them out they will help you leap outside the box! This weeks prompt is KAWAII! This means cute in Japanese! Play along for a chance to win the new Torendi "I Heart Kawaii" rub-ons, there is even a coupon code on the Pink Ninja Blog!

I really think the picture itself could stand alone but there were several Torendi supplies just screaming to be a part of the fun! The Monster is my most prized possession he's so cute! I also used samples from Bam Pop Volume 3 Collection . Puffy power from these fun Tangerine Chit Chat Thickers really pulled the whole page together! Well I know you all have some Kawii in you and it's time to lay it all out! Remember if you post over at the Pink Ninjas you could win those awesome Rub ons! See you again soon! Beth

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I love my life!!!

I am so pumped to say the least!!! have you seen these awesome stamps? You must check them out at Inky Impressions Rubber Stamps also you still have time to participate in the challenge of Gift Bags. You can find all the details at Inky Impressions Challenges! Well I'm off to shop drop and roll but I will have some more fun things to post when I get back! See you soon! Inky Rules!!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Gypsy anyone?

Today is the last day to sign up for a chance to win a Gypsy courtesy of Custom Crops for more info visit The Gypsy Spot.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Computer update!

Ok I'm not certain if my old desk top is savable however my brother was able to retrieve all 14,ooo pictures! Holy Cow! He is storing them for me until I can get an external drive to store them on, Thanks Nat!!! I love ya baby brother!!!

Unscripted Sketches # 33

Well did you survive Black Friday? I stayed home and played with my kiddos it was a great time! I did make a small purchase and buy a few Swiss Pixies Digis from All That Scraps.
I cannot believe I bought digi's that is a big step for me! It's Saturday as you know and that means a brand new Funtastic sketch from Unscripted Sketches jut for you!

Isn't this terrific? It screamed layout to me and I so need to do layouts so when the inclination arises I don't argue! Here is my take for this week:

Isn't Oscar too cute on those ginormous (I love it that that's a real word!) pumpkins? That very well may be my only picture from the pumpkin patch as my desktop crashed and burned big time last night! I cannot think about all the pictures... It is what it is! I hope you can play along again this week I saw some amazing work last week! We love your inspiration it is what makes US! Beth aka BR-T

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Friday to you! Have you tackled the Black Friday Scam-a-rama yet? I say this because my husband is already angry about a purchase he made in the wee hours of the morning... buyers beware if it's sound too good to be true it is! Remember commercializing Christmas only empowers the companies who drain us of our powers and resources everyday! It's only stuff and we can't take it with us... Now if were talking about Scrap booking my whole monologue earlier is void and Null!

Why not stay at home and complete some challenges you wanted to do earlier this week but time got away from you! Paper Cutz has a little gift this week for you make whatever your heart desires!!! Here is my card:

I need to resupply my Birthday Thank You stock plus get a bunch created to refill those card tins I made last year for my Mom and MIL...I know it's not store bought but it's a true gift because it hurts a little as I invest my time and my passion for these. I know you do to! So show us your card totally up to you! Beth


Torendi's Sale is going on now! use coupon code: THANKS

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stop by Torendi this Friday...

Who's ready to shop!?! Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and of course Torendi is going to be involved! They are offering 20% off EVERYTHING in the store! That's right, ANYTHING! Imported items, stamps, paper packs, and even our new kawaii rub-ons! Friday November 27th - Sunday November 29 just use coupon code THANKS and the 20% off will automatically be taken off your purchase. So be sure to stop by!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!!!

***Second Posting today scroll down for more....

I want to say Thanks to everyone who entered my blog I was quite surprised with the outreach! After dumping my duplicates I ran the numbers:

that # 23 is of great significance to non other than Dotty Jo! Woohoo you go girl! I could never imagined a person I actually correspond with would be my winner so that makes two happy dancers! Send me your address to itsabrt@gmail .com so I can get your goodies out to you! Have a great day! Beth aka BR-T

A card to share

I had plenty-o-time to create a card using many challenges today and I love it!

Challenges met:
1) One Stop challenge - Snowflakes
2) All Sorts - card revolving around Christmas carol or song I chose Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
3) Farm Fresh Friday - No designer paper I did however stamp some white Christmas trees
4) Creative Card Crew - Use of fibers I chose waxy flax
5) Caardvarks - Coloring in an image
6) Artful Inkables - use of a tag
7) Kraftin Kimmies - Merry Christmas/ Happy Winter

Well I hope this inspires you have a great evening!!! Beth

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I scream you scream we all scream for ....

*****Second posting for today, please scroll down

We all know cupcakes have taken the crafting world by storm and why shouldn't they they are simple gesture for almost any occasion. I want to show you a sweet treat that I haven't seen anywhere but at the Torendi store:

Isn't this the sweetest!?! Do you want to know how you could win this yummy treat? Of course you do! Torendi has generously offered this pixicake as the prize over at Etsy Inspired Challeges! All you need to do is create a card inspired by The Etsy shop Sleepless Imagination.

I just have one more terrific Terendi Item to show you,prepare to be amazed!

Are these not fantastic! These were specially designed for the store they are the I heart Kawii vinyl rub-ons, there are two other sets as well a a phrase set you must go see! I want them really bad soon hopefully very soon! BR-T

Unscripted Sketch # 32

h ah ah ah stayin alive stayin alive! We did it another week blazed on by which leads us to another Unscripted Sketch for you to enjoy. I want to apologize for not commenting on many of your creations. I got myself caught up in trying out for design teams. Now I wait to hear back...and wait...and wait... Luckily for me I have all of you to help keep me preoccupied with all of you creativity! Something new at Unscripted started last week.. we are introducing a new blinkie for being the 1st person to upload their project to Mr. Linky. Grab the blinkie in the sidebar if you are lightening quick! We’re also happy to announce that each week we’ll be choosing a random winner for those who have posted their link to Mr. Linky. You’ll have until 6 p.m. EST this Thursday to post your link to Mr. Linky in order to be considered for the drawing. The winner will be announced next Saturday. If you are chosen you get to grab the Unscripted Winner blinkie! So are you ready to see the sketch?

This is a fantastic sketch you can do anything imaginable with it! Let's give SarahKaye a big thank you for this! THANK YOU!!!

I chose to try a side paneled step card, holy cow if it weren't for my husband I would have never figured it out!!! Of course once he explained it to me I was like oh yeah! Well it's in you ball park now I promise to stop by this week! Beth

Friday, November 20, 2009

Last minute card for two Challenges...

I have been meaning to do this card all week but it didn't happen til now. I am a sucker for Kraftin Kimmies stamps especially the Moonlight Whispers collection! Crazy 4 Challenges is sponsored by Kimmie this month so you have a chance to win some stamps you need to use acetate. On Kraftin Kimmie's blog Circles are the theme so I combined the two for this card:

I stamped the cute cupcakes onto small acetate circles and added orange Stickles but they just didn't pop like i had imagined so I cut off the corner of the card affixed some acetate and stamped the cupcake anD Happy Birthday on the inside of the card. For a tad more bling I used the Stickles on the acetate so it's to the left and right of the inside sentiment. Well that it for tonight, don't forget to stop by Unscripted Sketches tomorrow for a brand new terrific Sketch! Good night BR-T

Thankfully its Friday!

Happy Friday! It's another fantastic Challenge at Paper Cutz the theme is Thanksgiving! I love everything about Thanksgiving in relation to food! I seemed to however, never been moved to but a turkey image gasp I how about a snowman instead! He looks pretty thankful wouldn't you say? I am really excited about the sentiment because I finally figured out how to create the circle sentiment on my old Microsoft Word program. Perhaps now I can create some watermarks with pizzaz!

The image is one of the Your Next Stamp's limited edition of digital stamps. They are fantastic! Well I hope your Friday is the start of a Craftastic Weekend! Beth aka BR-T