Sunday, February 28, 2010

They're almost here

Your Next Stamp is holding another BLOG HOP on 3rd March to celebrate the release of  the new Easter and Mother's Day stamps!!

There are prizes to give away, so make sure you join us at the Your Next Stamp blog to be part of the fun!

Before the blog hop begins, Karen is holding a "Grab our Cute Blog Hop Badge" Contest over at her blog HERE. To enter the contest to win some YNS stamps, all you have to do is:

1. copy the badge from Karen's sidebar,

2. post it on your blog,

3. post on Karen's post HERE saying you've done so!

Hope you will "hop" along with us on 3rd March!! The new release stamps are soooo cute!! Beth

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Unscripted Saturday # 44

Well it's Saturday and I'm out of town so this was ready to go Friday! Todays sketch # 44 at Unscripted Sketches was created by Liz:
Here is my card Using a Mo's Digital Pencil free digi:

Well I hate to be this abrupt but it is what it is! Have a great weekend and can't wait to get back to see all your amazing creations! Beth aka BR-T

Friday, February 26, 2010

Paper Cutz Friday!

Yippie Skippie! It's Friday which means another fun challenge from Paper Cutz Challenges. Create a  card, LO or craft project for a feminine birthday with a digital or hand stamped image of a fairy, pixie, butterfly or bird using pink, green, either lavender or blue, and white only. I finally got around to using this great Itty Bitty Betty Butterfly. It was about the time I purchased her I found out about all the freebies out there and have been cataloging them ever since. Here is my card:

Isn't she the cutest? I layered her atop of a digital sentiment and added some pearls and buttons for interest. The lovely patterned paper is an older print from Close To My Heart. Well I hope this intrigues you to play along this week! Have a wonderful ink filled day! Beth

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge...

Making a scene & using two images is the name of the game over at Kraftin Kimmies this week. As soon as I saw the challenge I had a preconceived notion of the end result and believe me that rarely happens so I knew this was for me!
Of course a big thank you goes out to Dustin Pike for offering up the ship backdrop and barrel some time ago as Freebies THANKS BE TO YOU!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Keeping it real

****second posting today

It's still Winter aaauuugh! Nothing left to do but bust out my Ice Skating Rachel from Inky Impressions Rubber Stamps and tackle some challenges.

Challenges this card meets:
Fussy and Fancy  Bedazzle us
Daring Cardmakers  Winter Birthday Cards
Kitchen Sink  Create your own background paper
Our Creative Corner  Try a new technique (I took a patterned paper and recreated a new one by stamping on it)

Well there you have it! Now i'm off to clean a bit... just a bit! Beth

Keepin it Spring

I just love all the challenges out there wanting to bring on the Spring! I received this awesome stamp set the other day from Your Next Stamp, doesn't Fhiona and her pony Maggie look like the best of friends?  Lucky for me the YNS challenge wants the Spring colors so Spring colors they'll get! Here is my card:

I incorporated this card into several other challenges as follows:
Cute Card Thursday  Metal Mania
Paper Sundaes  Distressing (I distressed the edges and the brads to get down to the silver.)
Stamp Something  A touch of Spring
SophistiCat Challenges  Embossing (the flower the image is on has an embossed edge)
Practical Stampers  Stamps
Incy Wincy  Touchy feely ( I affixed the dots of felt that remained in the ribbon to her helmet)
Crafty Creations  Stitching
One Stitch at a Time  Stitching
Well there you have it I pray you all have a terrific Tuesday, my kiddos get to wear shorts and such because its beach theme tomorrow.... brrr what the heck kids can cope way better anyhow! Beth

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Unscripted Sketches # 43 plus a bonus round...

It's Saturday and I'm here to share Unscripted Sketches new sketch with a twist! We thought it would be fun to intermittently add on a piggy back challenge so we did. Here is this weeks sketch created by our awesome dt member Liz :
Our piggyback is a color challenge of:


Initially looking at these colors I was totally overwhelmed, what I chose to do was modify the darker tan to brown and the grass green to more zesty color. You do what you need to do you can forgo the colors all together and choose your own that's why it's called Unscripted Sketches! Here is my card using Toby Cub from TGF:

Well now it's you turn to show us your handiwork and who knows perhaps next week you'll find your card showcased at Unscripted Sketches! Have a great Saturday!!! Beth

Friday, February 19, 2010

Paper Cutz in the making...

Well if you can believe it it's Friday again so get out your band aids because it's time for a Paper Cutz Challenge! This week we'd like you to create a "get well card". Sick people (beside my own family) make me uncomfortable, this has to be some sort of oxymoron being an EMT but it's harder to assess these patients unlike a trauma. When I'm uncomfortable I protect myself with humor so I created a humorous "Get Well Card":
So, now it's your turn to show us how send out your well wishes.

This card includes several other challenges:
Creative Card Crew   Get Well Soon
All Sorts  1 image 2 buttons 3 different solid card stocks (recipe may vary)
Lexi's Creations  Spotted or Striped
Simon Says   3 types of Embellishments ( ribbon,brads,buttons), 2 patterned papers or a coordinating card stock, one image.
Have a fantastic Friday, but if this one isn't the best don't worry next Friday will be here before we know it! Beth

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I don't know about you but...

I have a real yearning for Spring now!  Yes I realize I live in the Midwest and technically we have many weeks to go, but I just don't know how much longer I can hold out!!! I am sure you can relate? Well though I cannot bring you fun in the sun just yet, Inky Impressions Challenges can help you dream of the days to come. Our new challenge is Think Spring - Use Bright or Pastel colors on your creation!!! Doesn't that just warm you right up? I for obvious reasons, chose my lovely Flower Lili for my card, to me she is what spring means to me most, f lowers! Here is my card:

I just love this card it came together quite nicely.  I have finally started to appreciate the paper flowers after dragging my feet for so long, 

My card applies to the following challenges as well:
The Pink Elephant  Ribbon
Our Creative Corner  Something old that's new (the buttons and flowers)
Practical Scrappers  Flowers 
A Spoon Full Of Sugar  Spring Time 
Polka Doodles   Hearts / Flowers
Lexi's Creations  Spotted or Striped
Kaboodle Blog  Spots & Stripes
PaperPlay Challenges  Birthday for someone special (it's a secret) 
Penny's Challenges  Birthday

Well, that sums it up! I hope your yearning for Spring inspires you to play along. Be sure to check out the rest of the Inkettes, you will be glad ya did. Have a Happy Hump-Day! Beth

Monday, February 15, 2010

The fun of fabric...

Happy Monday to you all and Happy Presidents Day!  Now if these two factors don't get you excited how about some Fabric!  I would like to show you one of the three fabric lines you can find in the  Torendi store, its the Knit "Pinocchio" Fabric. Now I haven't seen a rendition of this tale I haven't liked yet and this fabric gives us a nice abridged version minus several hundred words. Being a picture person this is right up my alley.
I happened upon a mini photo album hidden in the deepest darkest depths of my crafting cupboard, needless to say it was a sad sight to behold.  With this fabric and some TLC I was able to give this album a mini lift so to speak:

Here is a closeup of the magnetic clasp on the wrap around strap of the book:


I also wanted to have a go at the whole Mod Podge treatment to stiffen the fabric so I would not only be able use my die-cuts on them but I also hoped I would be able to use my embossing folders and as luck would have it it worked!  I found that Earth Love from the Joy Kit and My Boyfriend from Cosmo Cricket (both available and on SALE) plays well with the fabric. Here are two cards I created by cutting out scenes from the fabric and  adding some extras from stashes around the house.
I am starting to get into buttons and was thrilled to hear that very soon Torendi will be selling some fantastic buttons from Cosmo Cricket.

Close up of the embossing:


Another detail of embossing:

Well, I hope you found some inspiration in these creations . I just love having the opportunity to play with these supplies as I know you will too! Until next time. Beth

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Unscripted Saturday's Sketch # 42

Happy Saturday to all! I just wanted to say I saw some of the most awesome creations last week for the Unscripted Sketches WOW! You will be so inspired by all the creations made this week be sure to take the time & stop by the Unscripted Sketches blog!  This weeks sketch was hard for me seriously hard but now that I am looking at the sketch again,  I am not sure what the trouble was. Here is the sketch followed by my card:

Don't you just love this sweet fairy? I believe she is retired now, there are so many retired TGF stamps I would love to own but such is life. I couldn't bring myself to make another Valentine's Day card but I need to make a few more for my family. So besides finiching up my creations for Mondays Torendi spotlight I have plenty of work to be done! I have some fun things to share on Monday so I hope you'll stop by here or the Torendi Blog. Well that's all for now have a great day! Beth

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wait a minute shouldn't it be Monday?

I cannot believe I haven't posted anything for 5 days, time really got away from me this week! I am lucky to have even gotten this weeks Paper Cutz challenge which is to create a card for a teen. My niece will be 16 this year and if I remember correctly I was pretty full of myself at that age so I thought I could create a card to reflect this. Of course I must admit I am still full of myself ! So here is my funny Birthday card for the week:

Here is the inside:

I really enjoyed stopping by your blogs this week to see your green, blue, black and white cards you came up with some outstanding work to say the least. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week as well, have a fantastic Friday!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Happy Joy Joy...

I am so doing the dance of glee as I am lucky enough to have been asked to be a Guest Design Team Member during March for Your Next Stamp!!!  A while back I  was fortunate enough to win a fantastic mermaid set called Just Swimming By thanks to Karen's generosity and the luck of the draw with a Pink Elephant Challenge Here are two cards you may remember from previous postings:

  Isn't that mermaid darling? There are two other fabulous Under The Sea sets plus many other fun and amazing sets for your stamping pleasure click here to see the rest of Karen's store. YNS also runs  their own challenge blog and the current challenge is to use a charm. Whilst you don't have to use a YNS image, if you do your chances are better in the drawings.  I would also like to mention Your Next Stamp is having a fun contest dealing with the color purple. You have until tomorrow Monday night to email Karen your thoughts on what it means when you read:
Your Next Stamp is going purple!

All you need to do is guess what the above statement means for your chance to win a surprise gift pack - COOL!!! Click here for the full details and Good Luck!!! Have a great night and a wonderful beginning of the week Yes, it is possible to have Mondays that are Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, just start by singing the song ! Beth

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Unscripted Saturday's Sketch # 41

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! Today will be a quick post because our day will be a Movin & a Groovin one! Here is our sketch for the week:


And here is my card:

I hate to be so short but I have to go! Please stop by Unscripted Sketches to see the rest of the fabulous DT creations and while your there why not play along! Have a fantastic Day! Beth

Friday, February 5, 2010

Let's all do the TGIF dance!!!

Though I have no idea how it is already, but I am so glad it is...FRIDAY! My husband teases me about being a SAHM and every day is like Friday. There is something magical about this day. Oh yeah I remember now, it's time for a new Paper Cutz Challenge and this week we'd like to see your Valentine cards using Green, Blue, Black & White only. Now don't get me wrong, I love Reds and Pinks but these twists are what make life so interesting don't you think? I think you will find a lot of inspiration with the design teams creations so be sure to check out the rest of the gangs work! Here is my card:

I rather fancy this card, to get the pseudo tie-died look I took 2 sheets of glossy photo paper (I use the cheapo stuff from Sam's) spritzed them with water and dropped several drops of ink refils in varying colors toward the center on one of the sheets. I then took the uninked sheet & pressed it  directly on top of the inked one and smoothed all around. Keep in mind the ink will seep from the edges and may stain your  work space and hands! I let this dry for several hours and then wiped off the excess water and then stamped my image several times for the hot air balloon and the extra hearts.
My card hits on many challenges:

Paper Play  Love Notes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge  Love
La-La-Land  Hearts
ABC Challenge  Something New I have yet to use this awesome hot air balloon by TGF
Practical Scrapper  Die Cuts
Papertake Weekly  Love Actually
Double Dutch  Be My Valentine
Stamp Scrap & Doodle  Open Challenge
Our Creative Corner  Music Challenge
Frosted Designs  Valentine without Red & Pink
Creative Belli Blog  Ribbon

Well with that I'd like to say thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see your creations! Beth

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What A Charming Day

 Hump day is here again and Inky Impressions has a great challenge for you! We would love to see you add some "Charms" to your card. We are also is doing something a little different. For all who participate in our challenges we will pick one card or project to be posted on our blog and you will also get a fun new blinkie!!! Wanna know what it says??? I've been Inked by the Inkettes!!! How fun is that!?!

I received this sweet love charm from Nicole when she sent me this lovely Flower Lili , I will always love this stamp!  The phrased backdrop I found when I went totally insane one night and downloaded more free digi's than I thought possible! It's from Squigglefly.  Well Id like to strongly urge you to check out the challenge site, the rest of the Inkettes work is over-the-top awe inspiring to say the least! I am so very lucky to be working along side the creative women. I will leave you with that for now how a terrific day! Beth

OOPSIE! I forgot to post the other challenges for my card!:
Creative Card Crew~Valentine
Challenge Up Your Life~Valentine
Creative Belli~ribbon
Cute card Thursday challenge blooming gorgeous
Corrosive challenge All you need is love
Lexis Creations Challenge Valentines
Sophisticats Challenge Love
Creative Card Crew - Valentine's

Flower Lili  Inky Impressions Rubber Stamps
Phrases Squigglefly

Heart Border Stamp Fiskers
Ribbon Basic Narrows
Love Charm a gift from Nicole
Red and White CS Close To My Heart
Pearls Basic Grey
Paper Flowers Unknown
 Lg.Circle Spellbinder

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Toendi Kit available!

February's Kit is here! If you are a Love Fool or just a fool in love, you are bound to heart this kit too!

This kit includes:

3 pieces of American Crafts Cardstock

2 pieces of Jillibean Soup Great North Beans Patterned Paper

1 13 x 7.5 inch sheet of E.A.D Designs Vinyl Love Hurts Rub-ons in Dark Red 

1 Piece of Jillibean Soup Kraft Paper

2 stamps from the Shinzi Katoh NY Stamp Set (this month is the hot dog and condiments)

Shinzi Katoh NY Stamp Set storage box and 4 colors of chalk ink.

15 red tickets 

1 yard of black and kraft twine from Ikea. 

Black and white buttons 

FIND IT IN THE STORE HERE! Also, don't forget you can save money by signing up for the 6 month kit club!