Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's the Great Secret Pumpkin Exchange Blog Hop day 3!


It's here, it's finally here!  Sad that it's over but it's here!!!  Whootwhoot!

I will have loads of pictures to share with you all later tonight, but for now here are the pictures from Saturday night's maze in our back yard!

How about something to nosh on?  Scotty my step son

Alex one of our closest friends! Shoot 'em up Meyers!

My crazy husband

My crazy husband and Jonathan our new crazy fun friend!

Meyers again... does that look creepy or what!

My Beautiful Spider Princess

Well, I hope you all enjoy your nigh of haunting, Trick or Treating, and candy giving.  What ever you do please be safe, have a great time and take lots of pictures to share with me!  you never know, one of your pictures may end up as a stamp!  

Your next stop is: Alison!  If I know Alison, she will have some awesomeness for you to see!

If you need the complete blog list here it is:

Start: SBS Blog
Betty you are already here yay!
Ends back at: SBS Blog

It's the Great Secret Pumpkin Exchange Blog Hop day 2

How are you all enjoying the hop so far?  
Pretty cool yeah?

Today I have something a little bit different to share.  I have Some fun pictures from our own little maze we put together every year.  Each year we save up all the donations we receive from visitors and add to the maze.  From last year's donations we were able to put in two new scenes... a Zombie Babies ward, and the Widow's Lair scene.

Here is the Zombie Baby ward.. pretty creepy if you ask me!

 Baby Jimmy Jugular

 Baby Hungry Harold

 Our Nurse Rotting Rio, and proud Mommy Looney Lyndsie!

Our Widow's Lair With Crazy Christina!

I have already shared my secret Pumpkin so I thought today I'd share a bit about me, my crazy family, and our loony ward (our home) during October!  We do this every weekend starting the second weekend in October, and this is our fourth year.  We had an outstanding night tonight!  I will of course share more pictures tomorrow with tomorrow's post!  And well it's Halloween!!!  Now here's an awesome picture of me, and two of my ghouls... However your next stop is Cyndi (which was my secret Pumpkin hee hee)!

Here's the blog hop list for today in case you have lost your way!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's the Great Secret Pumpkin Exchange Blog Hop!

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is my absolute FAVORITE Halloween movie!  I love it, watch it all the time, Halloween or not!  

So as you have already read on the SBS blog... I had this crazy idea of doing a Secret Santa... or Pumpkin as I much more prefer Halloween goodies instead of Christmas goodies!  

This is what I got from my Secret Pumpkin person... LINDA!!

An awesome card Featuring Draco the Ghost, a Chocolate Dollar, and an awesome box made with Witchy Wednesday, and of course the socks below... 

 Here's a close up of the card...isn't it fabulous!

My warm Pumpkin socks!  Whoot whoot!  Have I ever told you all that I have a Sock obsession?  That's why I did this Secret Pumpkin exchange and made my gals include Halloween sockies!  Aren't they like super, duper awesome!!

Well I hope you are enjoying the whole Secret Pumpkin Trick or Treat Blog hop so far, I will have a new project tomorrow for you, no more Secret Pumpkin goodies, but I do have a few other fun stuffs!

Now before you go head on over to Aeryn's blog for her Secret Pumpkin post!

Oh, and if you would like to start at the beginning here is the blog hop list for today!

Starts here: SBS
Betty  (you are here)
Ends here: SBS

Friday, October 28, 2011

12 Bats a Flying...

It's the end of our 12 days of Halloween... booohooo!

No worries we have much more in store for the rest of the year, and one more Halloween hoopla for the last three days of October!!!

Today I have used Cosette from our new the Coquettes line!  All spiffied up in Halloween colors!  I decided to make this a spinner card, to match my dizzy Bat!  If you would like to know how to make this spinner card I have instructions here.

I hope you have enjoyed the 12 days of Halloween and we all look forward to seeing your Halloween night pictures!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What's New Wednesday at Canadian Nickel Scrap'n

Hello, hello all you happy bloggers!  

Today I am super excited to be Guest Designer for Canadian Nickel Scrap'n blog!  Whoot whoot! If you are new to her blog you are in for a treat!  She has the most amazing projects, gets sooo much done and still has time to be a mean baking and cooking mommy and I am sure awesome wife!

Check her out she is fun, fun, fun!

First, off I want to thank Nicole for having me... she and I go way back, and the love of Halloween is something I think will bond us forever and ever!  

As many of you know, I am the owner of Simply Betty Stamps. I am a crafter by heart.  Have always been, I think I started the scrapbook trend! HA HA HA!
I remember having a polaroid camera, taking pictures of my friends constantly and making my own scrapbooks with my doodles, and stickers I found here and there.  Again, all this before the Scrapbooking industry hit!  I fell in love with rubber stamping in High School.  I remember walking in to my first stamp store called Stamp, Stamp, Stamp.  I looked at a few stamps and thought, "Oh my gosh, these are expensive I will never have a collection!"  Well, here we are 4355 wooden stamps (that's after two months of purging), 285 clear stamp sets, and well not to mention my own lines, later!  

Nothing is more soothing to me than sitting, stamping and coloring!  Crafting in general really!
Here are a few cards with our new line the Coquettes!

I would like to offer all six clear stamps as a thank you prize for Nicole's What's New Wedneday.... she can figure out the distribution and give you all the details on how you can win these cuties!

Thank you for stopping by have a great Wednesday.

Crafty Sprouts Halloween Week!

Hello all you Halloween fans!  Today I am guest Designer for Crafty Sprout's Day 2 of their Halloween week!  Whootwhoot!  If you haven't gotten to see day 1 you can HERE.

I was so excited to be asked by Erika!  Of course I would be guest Designer, and not only that, but I offered three awesome Zombie Teen Clear stamps for her visitors!  You can get all the details here.

Today I have a super Too Cute To Scare card for you.  Using our brand new Lolli from the Coquettes!
I paired her up with Crafty Sprouts' awesome Monster Kisses Sentiments found here.   She has some super awesome sentiments!  I know I love my Monster Kisses!  
How's that for a super cute Halloween?

Erika has some super fun stuff going on everyday this week please hop on over to Crafty Sprouts to check out all the details on prizes, happenings, and a ghoulish good time!  She has great blog candy and to win it all you have to do is leave a comment over at Crafty Sprouts, and at her Guest DT members blogs!  Pretty simple!  Have a great Tuesday see you soon for more Halloween fun!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Haunty Halloween Hop

Happy Saturday everyone!  Welcome to our Haunty Halloween Hop!  It's all about anything Halloween...that's my kind of HOP!!!  I looove Halloween!  Just to show ya how much I love it I have a few things I would like to share for this hop...

Before I get started let me do the hop thing, you probably made your way over here from Angelique Nederpel's  blog I bid you a happy welcome!  If you have stumbled upon this on your own and would like to start at the beginning please hop on over to Cyndi Bundy's blog (she's one of my awesomest best friend!) and get your Haunty Halloween Hop party started!

Ok so today I have a special card, with a special sneak peek... I know that's cheating, but I am allowed to cheat and sneak peek ya an image or two right?  

This is Hamlet, he is a brand spankin' new image that will be accompanied by five more in this line (sneak peaks start on the 24th)!  I was going to use this for another special post, but I had to share it now as I am so proud of it.  I rarely like what I make, but I LOVE what I did with this one!

I used my Happy Haunting (maybe it was the October 31st) cartridge for the window.  I placed it on my image and decided where I wanted the image to show through.  Once I had figured out where I wanted the image showing through I cut out pieces of the creepy window frame to allow the image to bee seen.  It's that cool?  I know, I know conceited huh?  Heeh heeh, I just really like how it turned out!

Okay so whatcha think?  Pretty awesome no?  Ok, ok enough about me, time for you to head on over to our next Haunty Hop person Taylor Usry!  Hop on over and check out what she has in store for you!

I have sponsored this hop with a $10 gift Certificate for Simply Betty Stamps, but I also want to throw in a quick, small but cool little prize... this is a mini prepared card kit!  I think I will call it The Addams Family Quick Put it together kit!  Everything to complete six cards is included as follows; Stamped and die cut (where necessary) images, papers, embellishments, colored sheet with all cards you can create with copics colors used list.  It's nothing huge, no stamps are included, but everything is ready for you to just slap it all together and create the following cards:

Here is what the kit looks like:

Whew, was that a long post or what!!?  Okay, so in case you have lost your way, or would like to start at the beginning here is the complete list of participants in their hop order: 

Betty Roberts  you are here!

This is one Haunty Hop you don't want to miss as there are TONS of fabulous Halloween prizes from these wonderful sponsors:

Stampendous! ( 5 winners... 1 Halloween bg cling stamp each winner..Crowscape, Graveyard, Beware Gate, Castle Gate, Pumpkin Fence)

Karber Digital Designs...2 digis to one winner

Skipping Stones Design...Halloweenie set

Smeared Ink  (5 single digis...1 each to 5 winners? or 5 to 1 winner?)

Strange Skin...1 set of choice (except Zombies)

Jens Digi Stamp...(5 images to one winner)

Simply Betty Stamps...($10 Gift Certificate)

La-La Land Crafts ($10 Gift Certificate)

Dreamweavers Stencils: 3 prizes: each is 4 stencils, 2 brushes,  with 3 technique sheets each!

Hop starts today October 22nd and ends Wednesday October 26th at 8pm EST.  have fun hopping! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On the Fourth Day of Halloween

Welcome to day four of our 12 days of Halloween!  yay!!  
I am very excited as tonight is exactly 12 days until Halloween!  I have a little tradition I do with my kids 12 days until Halloween, where each day we do something fun and Halloweenish!  Tonight we baked Halloween cupcakes with the little guy yay!  I will share pictures later with my 12 days of Halloween album, I promise!

Today the challenge is to incorporate skeletons in your projects as the song says...

Oh the 4th day of Halloween my True Love (but I prefer to say "Ghoul") gave to me
Four Skeletons!

Here are my four little skeletons!  Of course you can use one Skeleton and the number four, or four skeletons the choice is yours!  

I used Skeleton Peter Digi for my project, I just merged him four times.  The paper again is from K&Co., and I used my Copics to color my Peters in!  I really, really like how this one turned out!  Hope you like it too, see you all soon with more Halloween fun!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On the third day of Halloween...

My "ghoul" Love gave to me... Three Black Cats!

Welcome back everyone, I missed the post yesterday but you cans still see my card at the Simply BEtty Stamps blog!

Today, for the first time in a long time I am very happy with my card..whoohoo!

I have used Emo Witch Betty for my image, and Tim Holtz die for the cat... I LOVE THIS DIE!  It's one of his newer movers, so cool!  The  paper is K&Company.  The super large bow is made from Ribbon I had from about four, maybe five years ago from Michaels!  Don't you just love it when you finally use something from your stash that you were waiting for the absolute right project to us it on, I do!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed today's card see you tomorrow for day 4!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 1 of 12 Days of Halloween...

October is finally here!  Yay!  What better way to celebrate than with 12 days of Halloween!  So let's get this Halloween party started, again, and agian, and again depending on how many Halloween posts I get done from here until the actual day right? *wink, wink* 

Today our day one is all about an owl in a rotted oak tree!  I found the best owl on my October 31st Cricut cartridge whoo whoo!  The image is the Addams couple found in my shop (plenty still available) and I had this one colored for months, but never got around to actually building a card... today I thought it was the perfect image for my first day of the 12 days of Halloween!  It was my first attempt at a black and white colored image, not bad eh? The paper is from Echo Park Apothecary Emporium.  The orange and purple background was done using the Holiday Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.  

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today, see you tomorrow for day 2!

Copics used: W3, W5, W7, W9, 100

Don't forget to hop on over the SBS blog to check out the rest of the SBS girls creations!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Special rush release....

I was hoping that this release would be on track for Monday as usual, with a preview then a release on Tuesday.  However, many times we are faced with challenges and are at times forced to take a different route and make changes accordingly.

Here is the newest line: Jude and the Rockers Fall...I have all mine colored up with my Copics, but have been so pre-occupied with everything that I did not get a chance to make cards, these are digitally colored by my awesome friend Lelia!  However please check out Simply Betty Stamps blog to see al the awesomeness the DT has created with these cuties!

...and the reason I am rushing to get this line out...
My son Christian 17, has had a sore throat for about a month now.  The first doctor said it was tonsillitis's.  Seven days of Amoxocillin was administered.  Two days after the last pill, he was sick again, with a sore throat, and a fever.  Back we went to put him on Caphlex... again seven days of antibiotics.  On the fourth day he was not improving so we took him back.  Ok it's strep now.  They kept him on Caphlex but gave him a booster shot.  Three full days of starting to get better, he was able to eat again, drink, and talk.  He fell sick again on the fourth day, this time they took a culture and send it to the lab.  Monday I got a call that I needed to take Christian in to a specialist, well not just any specialist an Oncologist to go over his culture with me.  That appointment was for today Friday, I have of course been stressed the whole time, day after day.  When one is not given test results over the phone, one does not worry.  When we are asked to come in to discuss the results something is up.  The last thing I ever imagined, was to hear the doctor tell me that my 17 year old son has throat cancer.  The first question out of my mouth was, "Is my son going to die?"  I still can't believe I mustered enough energy to roll those words out of my mouth.
Christian has Stage 1 throat cancer, he will not die from it, but of course they can't ever say to me 100% no he is not going to die.  That 99% that he is going to survive it, still puts a mother on edge.  My son needs an operation immediately.  We have had a series of bad luck, like everyone else due to financial situations.  Our brand new Nissan broke down, no problem we will fix it when we fix it.  Our house needs minor repairs, again no big deal it will get fixed when it gets fixed.  My son needs an operation that will help him get well and be the class clown, kind hearted, silly kid he is... Now there's a problem!  We can't just fix it when we fix it and let it sit. He will be going through testing for a week, as he has expressed his "bones" hurting as well.  Doctors would like us to move quickly on the operation to prevent any further stages or other unpleasant issues.  We live 1 1/2 hours away from the hospital, and you can imagine I do not want to be far from my son.  I am not asking for a hand out, or pan handling is that the word?  I am willing to offer my products at discounted rates in the hope that it will bring in what is going to be needed in the next week or two while we go through the motions.  There are always extra medical bills as the insurance doesn't cover anyone 100%, we have a co-pay that have no idea where to pull it from, we don't have a magic top hat :(.  I am not asking again, for a hand me down, just asking that if you ever wanted a Simply Betty Stamp, your purchase would be a blessing at this moment.    
Thank you for taking the time to read and cross your fingers my son gets better.

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