Showing posts from July, 2010

Simply Betty Saturday

Yes, I know that this card isn't too creepy, BUT I'm showing it anyway :) This is one of the new digi's called Summer Christian... from the My Kids Emo World Summer Edition line from SBS.  We all know my take on the whole summer season from last time, BUT Christian is such a cool dude... perfect for those tweens & teens... Hell, who am I kidding, this image works for "adults" too.  :)  I know several 30-40 year-old male teenagers, don't you?  ;)  I know... I'm married to one! Digi:   Summer Christian Rubber Stamp:  retired TAC sentiment Paper:  Bazzill greens, Neenah white, TAC black, kraft packing paper Ink:   VersaFine Onyx Other:  fish net, EK Success edger punches, bat brad (MM), bat trim (May Arts), metal star button (unknown) Copics:   0, BV20, E000, E00, E02, E11, 31, E35, E57, G21, G24, G28, V99, YR20, YR23, YR24  Christian DOES have bats on his shorts, so it adds just a touch o' the creepy.  I accented with a couple of little

Fiendishly Fun Friday - Salem's Lot revisited...

Ok, was it just me, or did this mini-series / movie scare the holy bejeezus out of you as a kid?  That crazy looking vampire with those wicked knarly teeth (and I don't mean knarly in a GOOD way...)!   Evidently I missed the remake with Rob Lowe... ummm... was it any good? I also remember my sisters reading the book back in the day... Go HERE for a movie & book summary.

Fiendishly Fun Friday - Lenore

I love Lenore, here's a link to the film/cartoon/video/fantabulously-freaksome-awesomeness that is THE NEW TOY Be warned, this is probably not for the squeamish. But then if you're squeamish then you're probably lost, run, quick, before Barb finds you and locks you away in her Closet of Cute. Seriously, with the amount of locks and chains and iron bars on that door, ain't no cute getting out here :P

Fiendishly Fun Friday : Transformer Owl

Found this on YouTube. Mother nature is a crazy lady.

I normally try NOT to pimp myself out, but...

... this time I'm gonna make an exception :)  Most of you know that I am also an independent consultant for The Angel Company.  Well, a few of us Angels got together and came up with a few different Copic Clubs and I am here to spread the word. {insert evil winky grin here} Please pop over to my "normal" blog HERE for details. Thanks, I now return you to your regular(?) creepy programming...

A couple of creepy crawlies for you today...

Joy.  I finished my HDH049 Macabre Monday card last night... and NOT without difficulty, I might add.  I will suggest to you that if you want to cover Grunge Paper with patterned paper, do it PRIOR to die-cutting it :)  Yes, I thought it would be easy to just glue it on after... notsomuch. The plan was to Glimmer Mist the GB so that the grey wouldn't show on the edges... but the mist would probably cause issues with the patterned paper, so THAT'S why I tried it.  I had heated the GB after misting because I am too impatient to wait for it to dry on it's own... it changed shape and shrunk in one direction.  Yeah... totally eff'd up... JUST so you know.  :)  So I just ripped the paper off, sprayed & inked the back and used it anyway... paperless.  Worked out ok, me thinks. Stamps:   skull (Artful Illusions), web (Inkadinkado) Paper:  GrungePaper (Tim Holtz), black & premium white cardstocks (TAC) Ink:   Tuxedo Memento , Moonlight White Brilliance , French Lil

Hello, my name is Barb, and I am an Enabler...

Well, most of you with kids are gearing up for Back to School:  shopping for clothes, supplies, and whatnot.  So Betty has decided that the parents deserve a little shopping fun too! Not only a little shopping fun, but some cool deals too... online & indoors beats this heatwave hands down! Right now at Simply Betty Stamps : My Little Shoe Box papers, stickers, and overlays are 50% off! BoBunny papers, stickers, and embellishments are 40% off! All Rubber is 30% off! All Digis are 25% off! How's that for a sweet Back to School mom has done all the shopping reward!? So hurry on over the Sale ends Thursday night at 11:59 PM (California time)!! Have fun shopping! See you all soon for winners of the first SBS Challenge (a new one starts on the 5th!), a New Release Blog Hop August 6th , and lots more fun!

Gruesome Twosomes and other various winners...

Did you think I had forgotten about the past few challenge winners?!  I know... I'm awful.  Maybe I can delegate this job to one of the Macabre Minions ?!!!!  LOL! HDH046 - Wacko Jacko's Gruesome Twosome:   Andrea for her fabulously gruesome rubber rat & innards-filled jacko (even tho it is from last year... it's just too good), and to Alison for a fabulous shaker card!  Great job, ladies!!!  Grab your GT badges from the sidebar and linky back here! HDH046 prize winner , whom will receive a little sumpin' sumpin' from me  is:  Alison !  Please email me your mailing address so that I can get your prize pack out! And of course the wonderful work of our Macabre Minions : MMistress Lynx, Donna & Susan ... you guys are awesome! HDH047 - Freaker's Free for All Gruesome Twosome:   Lady Brayton for her fantastic scrapbook page, and Andrea for her phenomenal plague mask.  Fabulous work, girls!  Grab the Gruesome Tw

HDH049 - Appalling Arachnids

HDH Macabre Monday Rules: 1 . Create a dark and macabre SOMETHING (card, scrap page, altered item, whatever) that follows the specific Macabre Monday challenge given. Cutesy is fine, but creepy is better :) 2. You have until the following Sunday night @ 5pm central time to post your creation and please leave a direct-link back here. 3. If you upload to any online galleries (TACPCC, S&S, PCP, SCS, etc.) , please tag the title using HDH049 . 4. Weekly giveaways!  Some weeks will be loaded with loot, others not-so-much ... but the thrill is in the win, right?!  Some prizes shall be by random drawing, others hand picked... and I'm not telling you ahead of time :) 5. I'll be selecting a weekly Gruesome Twoso me (my top two favorite creations) from all

La la la la la la Lola...

All in green :)  I know that this Simply Betty's line of stamps is called "My Kids Emo World"... but I decided to give Lola a bit of gray hair today :)   This is the first time I've colored her up, and I must say that straight hair is hard!  No hiding mistakes in a lock of curls or anything... dammit.  So needless to say, the back of this image panel looks as colorful as the front... lots and lots of marker ink and it still isn't fabulous.  BUT practice is the key, right?! I am sooooooo diggin' the eyes, though.  I probably should have added some Glossy Accents to them, but I didn't... they look glossy already, don't they?  I love how Betty's stamp artist added eyeball highlight areas to help you color :) Stamps:  Lola (SBS), sentiment/box (Studio G) Paper:  white (Neenah & PTI), black (TAC), green (DCWV) cardstocks Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Other:  texture plate (PTI), white pen (Signo), Stardust silver glitter pen, metal trim (JoAnn'

And now...

.introduce you to The Sisterhood of the Sinister ... Haunted Design House's very own Macabre Minions ! {trumpets sounding: doot doot doot doooooot} wait a sec... ... ... {maybe it should be shrieking screams instead?} ':) At any rate, here they are! Lynx {Sultana of the Sinister & Macabre Mistress} I'm also known as Blackdragon because I ALWAYS wear black and adore dragons.  I love darker art, but not the gorey stuff.  I have a warped sense of humour, and love to have inky fingers.  I am known to have an artistic flair and create detailed scenic pieces that tell a story. I am one busy mum of three hailing from the UK.  When I've got a free moment between the kids & oldies, I am busy creating work for the five other design teams of which I am part and I am hoping to open an Etsy shop very soon!  I was very proud when Barb made me one of the two Macabre Mistresses, along with the wonderful Oz. The Oz {Sovereign Monarch of Mayhem & Macabre

Halloween is Hoppin' at Tiddly Inks!

I was so happy to get this done in time for Tiddly Inks Halloween Hop!  The hop is running 6pm CST on July 22 to 6pm CST on July 24... and I have a feeling there will be a TON of participants for this one :)  For additional deets or to start hoppin', just pop over to the TI Challenge blog ! Now, on to the show :)  I chose Gossmere for my very first EVER TI image... I know!  Can you believe I've waited this long?  Isn't she freakin' cute?!  I just can't decide if she is a vamp or a witch... either way, she's got a princess complex, right?! Digi:   Gossmere (TI) Rubber Stamp:   Delightfully Spooky (TAC) Paper:   Bazzill, PTI white & Neenah cardstocks Ink:   VersaFine Onyx Other:   Tim Holtz embossing folder, EK Success & MS border punches, spider confetti, MM felt flower , black felt flower (handmade), misc. gems, Scor-bug , silver glitter pen Copics:  0, BV0000, BV20, BV23, YG01, YG03, YG91, G24, V01, V06, V09, V99 These photos are horribl

Check out this bit of awesomeness...

... ala' Macabre Minion Mistress Lynx !  She'll be posting it on her blog soon, but I just had to show you now :) Be sure to check her blog for more details!!

Merry Freakin' Christmas...

Ahhh... the holidays... HDH style `:) Yes, the endless pursuit to get the winter cards done before the spring thaw... I've been pretty good the last two years, but I'm waaaay behind this year.  Yes, I know... it's only July... but I just don't like doing 150 cards that all look alike... you know what I'm sayin'? Sooooooo, for my very special friends, I get to make doosies like this one!  They make me happy... in a twisted, demented, totally WTF kinda way :) What spurned this bit of happiness today?  Two challenges... and they're not even mine!  I know... I'm totally psyched (no, not psycho... well, not really)    :)  There are probably more challenges to which this little baby would apply, but I'm just stickin' with these two: Stampotique (Christmas in July) The Burtonesque Dolls (Nightmare Before Christmas) I started with the Tickled Pink sketch, but strayed too far AND I didn't realize I had to use certain available stamps, so I'

An oldie... but goodie

The Oz is slowly working up some magic for us, but until all of the chemo is out of the way, we will have to be content with this bit o' beautimous-ness from a few months back... check THIS out!!  Love love LOVE it!  I'm so glad she reminded us of it {sigh}  :)  Big hug, Oz!

This could be some fun, kids....

Right?  Now cross your fingers to see if I can get something done in time for it!! Go HERE for details on how to join the fun.

HDH048 - Wayward Words

HDH Macabre Monday Rules: 1 . Create a dark and macabre SOMETHING (card, scrap page, altered item, whatever) that follows the specific Macabre Monday challenge given. Cutesy is fine, but creepy is better :) 2. You have until the following Sunday night @ 5pm central time to post your creation and please leave a direct-link back here. 3. If you upload to any online galleries (TACPCC, S&S, PCP, SCS, etc.) , please tag the title using HDH048 . 4. Weekly giveaways!  Some weeks will be loaded with loot, others not-so-much ... but the thrill is in the win, right?!  Some prizes shall be by random drawing, others hand picked... and I'm not telling you ahead of time :) 5. I'll be selecting a weekly Gruesome Twoso me (my top two favorite creations) from all

HDH047 - surprise!

I got something done for my challenge this week!  And not only for MY challenge , but also for Stamp It Crazy's challenge , too :)  Love ya' SIC Barb!  I'll admit it... I started this card last week for The Burtonesque Dolls' challenge "The Burton Boys".  This image is PERFECT for that... oh well... c'est la vie.  At least I finished it... and me likey alot. Stamps:   A Man A Mess- Goth39 (Stamp It Crazy), Background Soup (TAC), That Guy (retired TAC) Paper:   black cs (TAC), Neenah white cs, random turquoise cs Ink:  Memento Tuxedo , Noir & Jardin Moss Palettes Other:  hardware (WeRMK & Karen Foster), spring, jewlry wire, Turquoise Glimmer Mist, 1/16" hole punch, super cool web trim gifted by Creepy Glowbugg (thanks, man!) Copics:   0, BG72, G21, G85, W2 The turquoise mist shows up awesomely on the black cardstock!  In real life it is way better than the photos... trust me.  I know the wire is a bit wonky, but I guess the rest

Summer Fun Edition of My Kids Emo World Release Bloghop!

Yeay!  Here it is... Release Day :)  If you were just at Alicia's blog , you are on the right track! If you haven't stopped at the Simply Betty Stamps Blog first, you need to start there!  Why?  For a chance to win the entire Summer Fun edition of My Kids Emo World!  Be sure to visit each of the SBS design team blogs & leave a little love...  SIX people will win one new release image, and ONE lucky person with get 'em all! {muhuwah ahh ahh ahh ahhhh} ... uh yeah, that was my attempt at the evil, shifty eyed, greedy bad guy laugh... in case you didn't know :) The contest ends Saturday night July 17th , so check the SBS blog for details. And now... on to the the lovely Summer Betty ! Isn't she awesome?  For this card, I wanted Betty to be a vamp.  So instead of tanning herself by sunlight, she's getting a moon-tan :)  I added a little white lace Stickles to the moon & top of the umbrella as well as some little gray gems to Betty's suit, hair batty

Creepy here....

Greetings! Creepy Glowbugg here with a card sample for this week's Macabre Monday, "Freaker's Free-for-All" challenge. This is the card I made in my head for last week's "Wacko Jack-os" Macabre Monday. As usual, I never actually made the card, until a week later. I really wanted to try this technique with Stazon, acetate, Glossy Accents, and glitter. This is the end result. I love it! I am all about the sparkly colors! I made a few pieces while I was on a roll, so you can expect to  see more of this technique very soon. Can I just say that YouTube is a real fount of crafter info. I found out how to make my own glimmer sprays and stamp cleaner, not to mention a million new techniques to try. Priceless knowledge. Hope this inspires you to play along this week, and maybe even try a new technique (I'm a poet and didn't know it!). Thank you to Barb, the Mistress of the Macabre herself,  for inviting me and the other 'minions' to be a part of

New Simply Betty July Release Preview!

Ok, I'll admit it... I am NOT a Summer kinda gal.  Summertime for me usually involves sunburn, bugs & heat exhaustion... yeah... not really up my alley :)  So what is fabulous about THIS Summer?   Summer Fun My Kids Emo World digi stamps   ... that's what!  This is Summer Christian ... is he not just the most laid back dude?  Reminds me a bit of a young Matthew McConaughey... minus the abs :)  And he is so much fun to color... from the surfboard all the way to the key lime cocktail! Yesterday, a few of the Simply Betty Stamps DT showed off London, Christian, Miller, Lola, & Rio ala Summer Fun, and if you missed them, be sure to check out this SBS blog post !  Bookmark that site, because today & tomorrow will be more previews and then THURSDAY is the big day... tune in to the SBS blog for a RELEASE DAY blog hop   for a chance to win the entire release! :)   Digi:  Summer Christian (available soon at SBS !) Rubber Stamp:  That Guy (retired TAC)   Paper: