Sunday, October 31, 2010

Who's feeling Krafty?

I am! Let me tell you I avoided Kraft forever because I knew then exactly what I  know now... Kraft Rules! I know that sounds ridiculous but I need more cs like I need more cs!  Here is a thank you card I created using Summer from TGF Roll Call Collection.

I hope you like it and have a Happy Halloween!

Crafty Ann's   Ribbon, Gems and a paper embellishment
Aud Sentiments  Thanks
CCEE Stampers  Clean & Simple
Creative Cottage  Embossing
Fab 'n' Funky  clean & simple
Paper Pretties  Square card
Going Grey  Thankful
Our Daily Bread  Sparkle, Dies, Texture
Wee Memories  Anything Goes

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Witch Stix...

 Yesterday was my kiddos school Halloween Party, I was signed up to bring a treat. My mom was the best room mother hands down and when she came to my school with the treats for our parties I always beamed with pride...MOM YOU WERE AND ARE THE BEST!!!!!!
I wanted to make my kiddo's to beam so I thought long and hard and came up with these:

 Now I will admit these were super time consuming, but I feel I figured out how to smooth out most of the bumps, so next time it will be way more enjoyable. If you want the recipe as well as the directions to make this as easy as possible you can email me at I will be glad to mail them to you!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Orange & Bown equals Pink?

Yep that's right at Ella's Pink Scrapbook Challenge # 27 we want to see the colors Orange and Brown. Now I'll be the first to admit I wasn't jumping up and down over this palette. However when all was said and done I was quite pleased with my results.

This picture is from out adventures at the Roca Berry Pumpkin Patch, we had the best time ever! This photo was originally color but scream sepia for the challenge. ?The fun border is from the  QuicKutz Contemporary border. I rather fancy the remnants over the intended cut,there is something to be said about negative space.
Well thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the rest of the dt creations here.
The Paper Variety  Photo Inspiration  Went for the weather worn feel
Crafty Creations  Halloween/ Fall Themed
Simon Says  Punches or Die cuts
4 Crafty Chicks  Roll with The Punches or Dies
Tip Top Tuesday  Anything Goes
Easy Craft Project  Fall

Here are some more pictures of my children on our fun day:


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

YNS Challenge # 28

Hello and happy hump day!!! Today at Your Next Stamp Challenges we have a fabulous challenge Of creating a bookmark, I having the privilege of being my towns librarian makes me very happy. I am trying to get the children so excited about books Literacy rules!!!  I decided to create a corner style bookmark because I have never created one before!


I think Just Swimming by Mermaid is one of my favorite stamp sets ever which just so happens to be my 1st ever YNS stamp, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Do you want to know the hardest thing about creating this project? No foam tape!!!! I am addicted to the stuff but knew I had to forgo it so this is flat, flat, flat! Well I hope you play along this week and find the perfect book to nestle this into. Beth

Tip Top Tuesday  Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly  Sparkly & Bright
Craft Your Passion  Add Glitter & Sparkles
Let's Ink It Up  Let's Make A Scene
Sweet Stampin'  Anything But A Card
Fun With Shapes and More  Book mark
Alphabet Challenge  Z is for  Zig Zags
Paper Players  1 dp, something punched, sentiment
Timeless Tuesday  No Buttons or Bows
Creative Card Crew Let's Punch it!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another Birthday Card....

Happy Tuesday, hopefully  you've  all recovered from Monday Mayhem. I go through it every Monday with my kiddos. Today I have another Birthday Card to share using Jade from TGF Roll Call Kit.

She is my favorite image from the kit, I have a confession to make I have several of each image all colored up just waiting  for their turn to be positioned on a card. They are all just staring at me from their clear sleeves, I feel so guilty!  
Do you like the square button with the stars? I actually drew those on using a Souffle pen by Sakura. I also want to mention the fabulous die cut of Contemporary flourishes from Quick Kutz I love it  but I always avoided the 12 inch long dies because I didn't want to have to buy the 12 in. platform and cutting mat with no place to store them.... guess what? You don't need them! I just ran 1/2 of the die through and carefully repeated the run with the second 1/2! So how about those two tips for Tuesday hmmmm.... perhaps I'll find two more tips for next Tuesday, just don't bank on it folks, I'm as flighty as a kite who lost it's tail! Thanks for stopping by!

Paper Pretties  Green Purple & Orange
Raise The Bar  Orange, Black & Purple
Totally Paper Crafts  Stick a number on it (#'s on tag)
Aly's Sunday Sketch  Distressing (distressed all the back panels)
Sentimental Sunday  Distressing
Stamptacular Sundays  Orange Green Purple & White
I Did It Creations  Surprise Me (Open)
One Stitch At A Time  Celebrations
Lexi's Creations  Birthday
A Spoon Full Of Sugar  Punches & DieCuts

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Karen!!!

  Happy Birthday Karen I hope your day is fantastic! We thought it would be fun to give Karen a surprise Birthday hop because she is the best ever and we want her to know it! I made a Karen a card using Day Dream Fhiona and lots of layers.


I think she's pondering on her big wish what do you think?

 So now you need to continue the hop by hopping over to Chris's blog.  When you've finished hopping, be sure to stop by Karen's blog to wish her Happy Birthday.
Don't forget Karen is also having her Birthday Bash Sale at YNS . Thanks for stopping bye!!! Beth

Challenge List:
Stamp Insanity  Pink
Speedy Cat  Die cuts or Punches
Frosted Designs  Die Cuts
One Stop Craft  Photo Inspiration
Stampin' Royalty  Ribbons, I layered mine
2 Sisters  Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers  Ruffles
Party Time Tues  Birthday
Tip Top Tuesday  Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon  Hearts

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Karen will be celebrating her 34th birthday on Monday, so she is holding a special YNS Birthday Bash Sale at from today until Tuesday October 26th (midnight EST) to celebrate!  Yippee!!
Karen has randomly selected stamps from the YNS Store and placed them into the "Karen's Birthday Bash Sale" section HERE! 

You'll find a variety of YNS stamps on sale for 10% - 40% off! Plus be sure to check out the embellishments section of the store as well...all brads, buttons and baubles are 10% off!
The YNS store now carries single pots of the Twinkling H2o's so be sure to check out these awesome sparkly paints!

Sale starts today and ends Oct 26th at midnight, so get yourself on over to and grab a bargain!

Pink Cat Studio Release!

...............Second posting today scroll down for Pixie Dust Studio challenge

Hello welcome back for a fun release from Pink Cat Studio! Aren't these ice skaters fabulous? Did you know you can get all of these for $9.99 wow! I wish I had more time last week to make a project for each digi but it didn't work out. I was lucky enough to find time to make this festive card using Itty Bitty Betty  Ice Skating.

I wish I could skate 1/10th as well as Betty! LOL!!! Can you say Liquid Applique? I used plenty on this card. I really like to lay out the applique and then add glitter to the mix before heating it up, you should try it! If you need to see more amazing inspiation, stop on over toThe Pink Cat Studio blog where Melissa has all the dt creations on display! Have a great day! Beth

Southern Girls  Glitter it up
Stampavie  Blue & Brown
Going Grey  Christmas
I did It Creations  A card for a girl
On Stitch at A Time  Embellish it
Paper Sundaes  A Card for a Child
Pear Tree Designs  Open Theme
Tuesday Throwdown  Anything Goes

Pixie Dust Studio Challenge

Happy Thursday!!! I don't know where these days have all gone! Time is sailing on so fast my head is spinning! 
Today at Pixie Dust Studio Challenges we have a great sketch to work with and a few theme options, here is the sketch:

 The themes to choose from are : Halloween, "Think Pink" (for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) or Fall. I chose think Pink to pay tribute to some amazing ladies out there who give me perspective to life...

I chose to use Victoria from the twilight series Kathy created she exudes strength.  I hope you can play along, there are so many options on how to play this week! Beth

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

For Fun!

Yippie! I actually made a few cards for fun as of late! Here is a Fall Birthday card using Windy Day Fhiona.

I used another of Caz's great tickets she made available here.  The fun ribbon and fall flowers are the Affinity Collection from the Paper Studio. Well thanks for stopping by!

Challenge List:
Delightful Challenge  Add Metal
Stamp Insanity  Creative Ways to use Die Cuts (I used the excess cuts and adorned the corner of my card)
Stampin for the Weekend  Halloween/ Fall
Paper Cutz  Anything Goes
Stampin B's  Fall Colors
Totally Paper Crafts  Autumn
All Sorts  Bingo  Diag Brads-Flowers-Ribbon
Crazy4Challenges  Fall/ Autumn
Our Creative Corner  embellishments

Friday, October 15, 2010

ScrapFest Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp SURPRISE BLOG HOP!

If you didn't arrive here from Maureen's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the start of the hop at Karen's blog and begin hopping!

The hop starts today (Friday, October 15th at 9:00 EST) and ends on Sunday, October 17th at midnight (EST).

So what's this surprise hop about? Well....if you've popped by any of the YNS DT's blogs this week, you may have read our posts about today's very special hop showcasing a VERY special, NEW and EXCLUSIVE YNS stamp! The DT have been 'in the know' about a secret project involving YNS and ScrapFest for a little while, and now the day has finally come when we can officially announce the proud news that Karen was approached by Lisa (owner of ScrapFest in Ontario) to design an exclusive YNS stamp for this autumn's ScrapFest (15-16 October 2010) - YAY!!! And here it is:

This stamp will be available to buy from the Your Next Stamp booth at ScrapFest Ontario, but fear not if you can't get along to ScrapFest as Karen is also selling this fabulous stamp in the YNS online store!! IMPORTANT: This stamp will only be available to buy online for the duration of ScrapFest, so do not delay in placing your order! As it is only available for a very limited time, Karen is offering the stamp at a very special price of $6 with FREE SHIPPING!! (*NB Free shipping only applies to the ScrapFest stamp - if you include other items in your order, you will be charged shipping accordingly).If you do plan to pop along to ScrapFest this weekend, don't forget to print out this voucher and take it along to the YNS booth to receive 10% off your purchase of YNS stamps:

(Click on the voucher to open it in new window ready for printing) 
So now you need to continue the hop by hopping to Jenny's blog.  Be sure to complete the hop as we have a prize draw at Simonne's blog where you can enter to win one of these gorgeous and exclusive YNS ScrapFest stamps. [If you purchase one of these stamps and then find you are the lucky winner of the prize draw, you will be given a $6 gift certificate to spend at the store instead.] To enter, please leave your details in the InLinkz widget on Simonne's blog. The lucky winner will be randomly chosen on Monday October 18th.

Thanks for hopping with us today! Beth


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Think Child!

                                                    second posting scroll down for Pink Cat Studio rubber release

It's time for another scrapbook challenge! 

(ex: Playful Fun, Dress Up, anything with a child)
I really enjoyed the outcome of this layout all the bright zany activity is balanced out with the black and white photo. Don't you love those paper clips people? I have but a few left....The We are Friends sentiment came from the cover of the Bam Pop paper pack, I popped them onto the picture which I was taught to never do.... Whatever!
Well I hope you can play too and have fun with it! Beth


Challenge List:
Scrap Your Crap  use multi manufactures supplies
Paper Play  Photo Inspiration
ABC Challenge  F is For Flowers
Stamptacular Sunday  Buttons Flowers And Friendship Plus stamping which I stamped onto my ribbon.
Little Red Wagon  Something old  my people paper clips something new flowers felties
Pile it On  threes
Secret Crafter  Distressing  I distressed the photo and the green metal frames around the people clips (Click to see)

Release the Birds!!!

That's exactly what Melissa is doing owner at Pink Cat Studio is doing, she has a rubber relaese today of bird images!

I love this image! How could one not, it's so tweet! Thanks for stopping by....Beth

Challenge List:
Penny's Paper Crafter  So Long As It Flies
Fab-n-Funky  Yummy Yummy Yummy
Ellephantastic  Anything Goes
My Grafico Anything Goes
City Crafter  Take Flight
Papertake Weekly 3 of A Kind (Birdies)
The Crazy Challenge  Fruitalicious

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

YNS Challenge # 27

Happy Wednesday!!! I want to say wow on all the amazing creations on  your own flowers challenge, I could almost smell them! This week at Your Next Stamp Challenge blog we want to see some negativity! No not the evil, wicked, mean & nasty kind, we want nicely negative, in other words a white image stamped on dark card stock. Now lets just say you don't have a super powerful white pigment based white ink pad I did a few techniques of other supplies for substitutions: 

This technique is using an Embossing Ink with a White EP:*******************************

This technique is using an Embossing Ink with a clear Embossing Powder, and the brayering on black ink. You have to go over the image when done brayering with tissue to get excess ink off:

Finally this is white acrylic paint. You need to paint it out really thin on a plastic surface and then treat it like a stamp pad. Might I suggest you wash of your stamps right away. As long as it's not a foam pad if you are forced to let the paint dry onto your stamp with a little scrubbing it will come off:
There are many other alternatives as well use your imaginations!

Here is my card using Cute Witch Ellie her Kitty 

Your Next stamp offers 2 fabulous prizes for you to win:
1. Winner – one lucky winner, chosen by, will win $10 in YNS Stamp Bucks (to spend on YNS stamps) and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!

2. Top Pick – one lucky entry, chosen by Karen, will win $5 in YNS Stamp Bucks (to spend on YNS stamps) and the Top Pick Blinkie to proudly display on their blog! [NB You must use a YNS stamp on your creation to be eligible to win the Top Pick prize].

We’d love to see you use a YNS stamp on your challenge card/creation, but if you don’t have one, then you can still join in and be entered into the prize draw! As our challenge runs for 2 whole weeks you have plenty of time to hop on over to the YNS Store and pick up some of these cuties yourself! And if you do use a YNS stamp on your challenge card/creation, you’ll be entered into the prize draw TWICE and be entered into the Top Pick draw – that’s 3 chances to win!
So are you ready for some negativity? Bring it! Beth

Challenge List:
Aly's Sunday  Halloween
Let's Ink It Up  Use Halloween Colors
Cupcake Craft  Scary Creature/ Halloween
The Shabby Tea Room  Pumpkin on card
Paper PlayTime  Orange Main Color
I Did It Creations  Halloween
Baby Bud Challenge #1 - Fall/Halloween 
ColourQ  Black, Orange, Green, Purple, White
Going Grey  3D
Tuesday Taggers  More Than 2 Legs
Tuesday Throwdown  3 elements (My rickrack ribbon)
Stampin for the Weekend #48 - Autumn Inspiration

Monday, October 11, 2010

[Click on the voucher to open it in new window ready for printing]

Your Next Stamp will be at ScrapFest Oshawa 2010 (Canada) this weekend (15-16 October). To celebrate, Karen is offering a 10% discount voucher for those attending the show! Simply print out the above voucher and present it at the YNS Booth to receive 10% off your purchase of YNS stamps!

The Your Next Stamp DT also have a very special blog hop planned for this coming Friday (October 15th) where we will be showcasing a VERY special stamp! The stamp will only be available for a very limited time and will be at an amazing price with free shipping to boot, but we can't tell you anymore than that right now as it's top secret! So be sure to pop back here on Friday to hop along with us, see this extra special stamp, and be in with a chance to own it yourself! Any crafter who isn't able to grab this stamp will definitely be disappointed! Beth

Pixie Dust Studio Release!!!!

Happy Monday!!!! I am excited to announce  the Fall  Leaves collection from the Pixie Dust Studio is now available for your creative pleasure!  Do you want to know the best part? If you buy them as a bundle it only $10!!!! Wowie! My creation for the release had a mind of it's own defying your typical Fall Leaves imagery:

 I must admit this card is rather Spring Loaded, sometimes these thins happen! Don't you love thta fun ticket tag sentiment? Our beloved Caz has these available for download on her blog, you'll just have to figure out where... Be sure to check out the other new release creations before the last of the leaves fall! Beth

Challenge List:
Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge  Girlie
Sentimental Sunday  Tag It
Craftalicious  Anything Goes
Dutch Dare  Tags
Party Time Tuesday  Anything Goes Tuesday
Mami Doodles  Girl Birthday with Sparkle

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How about A Sunday Sneak Peek?

Good Morning and happy Sunday to you! Today I have the pleasure of sharing two sneak peaks for tomorrows release Leaves from Pixie Dust Studio. Here are my cards using Harvest Mouse and  Pocahontas:

Oh my gosh, aren't these just perfect for the seasonal change and holidays?!? They compliment Cosmo Cricket and Matilda really compliments them too! Be sure to stop by the rest of the dt because they have some amazing creations yet to be discovered. Have a great day! Beth aka BR-T

Challenge List:
Secret Crafter  Distressing
Prairie Fairy  Tickets or a tag
Stampin Bee's  Fall Card
Stamp Something  Punches & Die cuts
Polly Craft  Anything Goes

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's Saturday!

Well I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I have a Halloween Card to share with you using the Pink Cat Studio digi image  Itty Bitty Betty - Witch Costume.

The fun Halloween dp is called Matilda by Cosmo Cricket, I love the witches legs best with all those striped socks.The white pumpkins were punched from and embossed sheet using the Boo to You embossing folder and then distressed with white ink to make them pop. Thanks for stopping by! Beth

Challenge list:
Create4fun  use a digi
If the Shoe Fits  Distressing
Fussy & Fancy  Halloween
Crafty Anns  at least one digi and favorite coloring medium  *Prismacolor Markers*
Aud Sentiment  Halloween
Simon Says  Halloween
There she Goes  Orange Purple & Green
OLLCB  Nothing Floral
Cupcake Inspiration  Halloween
Lexi's Creations  Spooky

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pink Cat Studio Release!

For "Sweet Baby" Challenge click here!
For YNS New Release Blog Hop click here!

 Hello again I must say today has been bursting at the seems WoW!  Wow is what you'll be saying when you see Melissa's next line a fun digis from the Pink Cat Studio: . 

Oh my gosh aren't the the cutest and let me tell you they scream for bling and sparkle! I somehow found time to create a card for the three main images all totally different from each other.

There are so many challenges this last week to use autumn colors, I think this is a fun play on those challenges! Don't you just love the Three Christmas Trees?  Isn't that patterned paper great? I received this at the scrap fest last week and it's from the line My Friend Birdie by Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker.That ribbon slider was from my hoarding stash...come on you do it too!

This second card with Lili Elf Carrying Tree was great to work with and I really like how the ribbon and buttons frame the image!


My last card uses Betty & Snowman Decorate Tree I love this image!  I came across last years collection of Cosmo Cricket and found this awesome button off the swap table last weekend. What a find! Now make sure you check out the rest of the dt work because they are created to astound! Thanks for stopping bye! Beth

Challenges Card 1:
Charisma Cards    Autumn Colors
Anything Goes  Christmas
Stampin for the Weekend  Autumn Colors 
Our Creative Corner  Fall Colors
Craftalicious  Autumn Colors
Paper Sundaes  Something From Your Stash
Crazy 4 Challenges Color Challenge

Challenges Card 2: 
City Crafter Blog  Holidays
Digital Tuesday  Bling Ribbons Buttons
Papertake Weekly  Fav Challenge  Nov 10th, 2009 Digi
plus Sparkle

Challenges Card 3:
Totally Paper Crafts  The Great Out Doors
Crafty Ho's  Childrens Card
Fab N' Funky  Use a Digi
Design Dollies  Christmas/ Holiday
Freshly Brewed Challenge  Anything Goes Girlie
My Grafico  Pop Up