Thursday, July 15, 2010

The summer vibes are hoppin'!

The summer heat has certainly arrived here in Southern California! I'm hiding away from the heat in my scrapbook room and enjoying some time with the new Simply Betty My Kids' Emo World, Summer Releases! Today is the day, friends...the Emo Kids have hit the market and by participating in today's release blog hop, you could WIN all 6 digi-stamps FREE! :)

Rio here, is just BEAMINGat the thought!

To participate, you will need to start at the official Simply Betty Stamps blog to kick-off the blog hop and leave a comment on each of the DT members' blogs to enter! If you are arriving from Kim's are on the right track!

I certainly think Miss Rio is on the right track, if you ask me! Check out that bikini body! Naturally, Rio shops with her BFF, London, so they both scored glittery shades to sport on the beach together! ;)

Long as the summer days may be, I won't keep you from the inspiration've got a blog hop contest to continue! Next up, you'll want to shimmy on over to Barb's blog for even more, hoppin' fun! Best of luck to you all and I hope you are loving these kids as much as we are!

Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia

Supplies: Stamps-SBS Rio, Sentiment-KI Memories, Paper-SU! Cardstock, Patterned-DCWV "Tahiti Beach," Cricut Cartridge-Sun from "Doodlecharms," Waves-Kiwilane Designs Templates (, Stick Pins-Fancy Pants, Misc. Twine, Distress Inks, Chalk Inks, Stickles, and Glossy Accents.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Simply Betty "Rocks"!

Happy Monday, friends! I admit this is not a "happy" day based on the fact that it is a Monday (I am not a Monday person). Nor is it a "happy" day simply because I do not have to work. No, today is "happy" BECAUSE it's the first day of Betty's My Kid's Emo World SUMMER RELEASE SNEAK PEEKS! Woot!
I am L-O-V-I-N-G this release! Each image is just as cute as the last and they have SO much personality! Today's card is inspiring me to head out to the pool with my IPOD and a good book (I'm reading Holly Black's Curse Workers: White Cat, by the way)! London here, has the right idea!

After my new-found challenge love, I decided to head on over to the Mojo Monday blog and to my surprise, last week's 146 sketch worked out very well. I omitted the three horizontal strips on the sketch, and let London make her own waves using my beloved Kiwilane designs border strips.

I also printed a second digi-image of London and cut out her sunglasses so I could pop them up; I gave them even more dimension with some Glossy Accents and some stickles to make them look more realistic.

I hope you'll agree that London, and Betty of Simply Betty Stamps are ROCKIN' this new Summer release! Check out the links below to see what some of the other design team members have whipped up for you using more of the collection's images!

Betty's Blog
Catherine's Blog
Kim's Blog

Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Say "hi" to the SBS Sketch Challenge!

Okay...I will admit it. I am not a challenge kinda' gal.

That's not true.

I didn't *know* I was a challenge kinda' gal.


Many a challenge I have passed up, not out of fear or lack of confidence, no-no, out of sheer lack of interest. Oh, I've heard all about how fun it can be to push yourself creatively; to mix up your usual routine; to think outside the box. Even then...uninterested. That is, until Betty of Simply Betty Stamps announced her FIRST SIMPLY BETTY STAMPS CHALLENGE! I admit, I was skeptical at first, but now-I believe!

Because of this month's SBS Sketch Challenge, I completed this card in *30 MINUTES*! What?! Oh yes, my friends, I am a believer.

After just a half an hour, this doll, Lola, is ready for her close-up!

Here is the original SBS Sketch challenge that I started with:

I am sure by now, you too are itching to participate in this month's debut challenge, but you must know, that its speedy road to completed cards is not this challeneges' only attraction. If you participate in this month's challenge, and link to your project from the SBS Blog by July 29th 11:59 EST, *YOU* could be the guest designer for the month of AUGUST! Please swing on by the SBS Blog to not only see what teh other DT members have come up with, but to read more about how you can be a member of the SBS know that means FREE images, right?! ;)

So, TRUTH OR DARE, dear readers?

Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia

Supplies: Paper-Basic Grey, SU! Cardtock, Wavy Borders- Kiwilane Designs (, Sentiment Stamp- Claudia and Company, Misc: Image colored with Primacolor Markers and Copics, Embellished with dimensionals and half-back pearls

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Trio of Cuteness!

I finally sat down to play with my new Cricut Lite cartridge yesterday, and this cute little trio is what came of it! I picked up "B is for Boy," "Block Party," and "Carnival" at a Walmart in Anaheim a few weeks ago, and just now got around to playing with them. Sad, but true.

For this group, I used "B is for Boy," which is a great cart for both boys and girls. I saw "Sugar and Spice" at my local Walmart today and I may need to go back for it because it is made by the same designers as "B is for Boy". You know I am a sucker for cute animals, so this cart was at the top of my wishlist when I began hunting for the newly released Lite carts.

I thought I was being so clever with this one...get it? "Eyes love you"...LOL *shrugs*

Sentiment by Caludia and Company (thanks Lisa, for this too cute set)!

Sentiment by Hero Arts

I used some older papers by My Mind's Eye, along with some new wavy border templates from KiwiLane Designs (check 'em out by following this link) to make the borders on each card. I LOVE these new templates; they make card making super fast and are perfect for coordinating gift sets. I have also been using them on my scrapbook layouts in their 12" form.
Oh, and they are having a sale on thier borders...25% off until July 9th!

Thanks for stopping by today! I would love to see what you've created with this cartridge, so leave me a link if you have a lil' somethin' to share!
Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bite Me ;)

Happy Thursday, friends! It's *almost* Friday! I am looking forward to scrapbooking and playing in my scrapbook room tomorrow with some new toys and goodies I ppicked up at CKC Riverside a couple weeks ago. If you have a chance to go to a CKC event, I highly recommend it; there were dollar bins everywhere! I scored so many fabulous things for just a DOLLAR!

I digress...I wanted to stop in and share a little card I made using some new wavy templates I made with stencil plastic and my Cricut, which show cases one of the Emo Kids stamps from Simply Betty Stamps. The phrase "Bite Me" is by Artful Inkables and goes well with the soon to be released SBS Vampy Vampire line as well! Check back soon for Betty's Vamps! Until then, here's Rio!

Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia