Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Hello everyone and Merry Christmas!  This is the last Burtonesque Dolls challenge for 2010. 
The challenge is WE WISH YOU A SCARY CHRISTMAS.  You can use any Nightmare Before Christmas image to create your best Christmas project...with a Burton flair.

The prize for this week is:


I used the amazing Oogie Boogie image created by our own Suzi.  I found the other images online and added them in.  The tree looks much better in person but I guess that is true of most scanned images.  I added dimension to the middle and decorated it with some cute garland I got at Pat Catan's.

I hope you like it!

Let's wind this year up right.  Give it all you've got and join in on the fun.  Good luck and the Dolls will be back next year!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sketch Challenge at The Burtonesque Dolls

Woohoo...leave the design to us this week and follow this fun sketch provided to us by the lovely Cheri over at Graphic Cat Creations.

Your challenge this week is to create a stunning project using this sketch with a Burtonesque Flair!

It can be Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland or perhaps some about Edward Scissorhands.  The winner of this challenge will receive Simply Betty Stamps original Emo Kids, Christian and Lola rubber stamps.  Now that is an AWESOME prize!

Here is my project:

I started with the amazing sketch and decided to make it a bit dark.  The only actual color I used was red.  I found this super image of Tim Burton as Edward Scissorhands. I added some texture and shading to the layers.  I colored the candycane with Copic markers, cut it out and attached it to the main image for a pop of color.  I used an EK punch for the bat edges.  Super fun!
You will have until Dec 20th, 11:00pm to get your projects uploaded into the link.  Please check out The Burtonesque Dolls site to see what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I found some beautiful paper at Archivers a few days ago and I just had to use it.  I decided to make two Blue Christmas cards.  The images are from Kenny K and I absolutely love them.  I colored them with Copic markers.  I also added some white flock to the fur trim and some liquid applique for a little poof.  The ribbon is leftover from my friend Barbie's wedding.  I took it off of the favors that were left at the end of the reception.  Thanks Barbie!

I used an EK snowflake punch on the top card and added a little stickles for some shimmer.  I wanted these to be ver clean cards so I only added snowball embellies on the corners.  I hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.


Challenges entered:

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge:  Blue Blue Christmas
Lollipop Crafts:  Welcome Winter
Craft Your Passion: Anything goes
2 Sisters Challenge:  Sparkly Christmas

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


It is time for another Burtonesque Dolls challenge.  Okay, so what is Christmas without that Oogie Boogie right? Today we are challenging you to create the perfect Oogie Boogie project. We have a very special prize for you today, one very special Christmas Digi of that bug man himself Oogie Boogie... all decked out in Christmas gear! This will be an exclusive digi, will not be sold later and only a few of you will have the privilege of having this digi. Other special exclusive NBC sets to be given away later as well.

For my project, I used an amazing digi created by our own Suzi...woot woot!!!  I colored him with Copic markers.  The background paper, card stamps and poker chips are all from Stampin' Up!  I added a Santa hat and some Christmas bulbs that I bought several years  ago on clearance at Pat Catan's, my second home.  I had a great time with this challenge and I hope you do too!
So what are you doing still reading this... get going! Have fun and make it Boogie!



Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Hi all.  This week at The Burtonesque Dolls we are doing a JUST FOR FUN challenge.  That means there is not a prize and we are doing it just for fun.  It is a SCENE IT challenge.  The object is to use this scene from Alice in Wonderland as your inspiration:

                                                   Here is my attempt at it:

I know, I know...I used pink and black last week.  I guess I am just in a pink and black funk.  My background is from a guilty pleasure I have, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  One of these extremely rich women held an Alice in Wonderland tea party for her daughter.  She is only 4.  This woman spent $60,000 on this party complete with diamond Barbie necklaces for all 25 of the little girls.  It must be nice to have that much money!

Anyway, I started with a picture from that party.  I then added some flowersoft to the arrangements on the table.  I used the White Rabbit image I got from Sassy Studio Designs and colored her with Copics.  I added white flocking to the bunny ears.  I used liquid applique on her tail.  All the papers are generic.  The teacup was just a clipart picture.  The various ribbons were just leftovers from other projects.

You have seen mine, now let's see yours!  I can't wait!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge...LET'S SKETCH!

I am so excited to announce that I made The Burtonesque Dolls Design Team!!!   Woooo Hoooo!!!!
This is my first official DT post.  Here goes....

It's a sketch this week for The Burtonesque Dolls challenge. 
This week the Dolls have a great sketch created by Cheri over at Simply Betty Challenges, so grab your papers, embellies and images and leave the design to us.  Use this sketch as your inspiration and let loose.

Here's the best part, you get to do all the creative stuff since the design is done for you!!!  How fun is that?!
You are free to use any image you want but don't forget to add your Burtonesque style.

Here is mine:

My image is from Sassy Studio Designs and I colored it with Copics (of course).  I got the paper at Joann's.  My niece, Alicia, decided this should be pink and boy oh boy is it.  I can't wait to see what you come up with and please be sure to check out what the Design Team has created at TBD!


Friday, November 5, 2010


After living through the Simply Betty Challenges 12 Days of Halloween I thought I would try something else I hadn't done before.  I am attempting to enter several challenges with one card.  I noticed quite a few bloggers doing this so I am going to give it a try.  Here is my card:

I tried to incorporate the rules for all of the challenges listed below so I started with the image which had to be a fairy, butterfly or angel.  I found the image online and colored her with Copic markers and added some flower soft to the grass.  I used stickles on her wings for a little sparkle.  I also popped up her body with SU dimensionals.  Those of you who follow my blog know that I have photography & scanner issues.  Once again the picture doesn't show the dimensions very well. 

Next I tried to incorporate the sketch for another challenge so that became my layout.  Then there were some embossing challenges so I embossed the white background with a floral embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  I used the folder for the blue strip on the left also.  Then I put a white strip down the center and added some glitter dots to it.  I used all generic cardstock, then I added a few embellishments and there you have it.

I found another challenge asking for clean and simple so I chose not to include a sentiment.  I felt the card was cleaner without one.  I gave it a good shot I think considering I did it fairly quickly.  I was having trouble with my truck and ended up spending more time at the shop than I had planned.  My poor truck had to remain hospitalized as it was "unsafe" to expensive.

Here is a list of all the challenges I am entering with this card:

1.  2 Sisters Challenge 11 - no designer paper
2.  Flutter By Wednesday challenge #129 - use fairy/angel/butterfly and anything goes
3.  Freshly Brewed Challenges - sketch and anything goes
4.  Incy Wincy Designs #66 - anything goes
5.  Dutch Dare Card Challenges - clean & simple
6.  Craft your Passion Challenges - anything goes
7.  Creative Cottage - #26 embossing
8.  Lexi's Creations - #26 anything goes
9.  C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #75 dry embossing

Whew!!!! That's a lot to keep track of.  Luck to all and thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ON THE 12TH DAY OF HALLOWEEN... ghoul love gave to me, 12 witches cackling.  Simply Betty Challenges gave us our last Halloween challenge which was to use witches in our project.  Here is my entry:

I made a crystal ball with bat wings.  This is the front of the card.  I used SBS Cassandra digi.  I am partial to that one as it shares a name with my niece.  I cut an acetate circle and added a hammered metal base.  I embellished the base with a layer of black drippy goo and a layer of orange drippy goo courtesy of my MS drippy goo punch.  I also added some MS cobwebs. 

Here is the inside.  I used a cloudy background for the inside of my crystal ball.  You can't tell but there is a little cobweb at the top to cover where the bat head is on the outside.  The sentiment is from SU and is one of my favorite ones.  I added a couple of stars on the inside and there is also one on the acetate front.

The bat wings were cut out using my silhouette.  I used pearl paper and added depth with Copic markers.  Once again my photography skills failed me.  The bat wings look fabulous in person.

Here is a close shot of Cassandra.  I colored her with Copic markers.  Green is my favorite color so I had to make her dress green.  I gave her red hair in honor of my sister who is my Cassandra's mother. 

I must take a moment to thank Betty.  I had an absolutely wonderful time participating in these 12 challenges.  I pushed myself harder than I thought I could and loved every minute of it.  The grand prize winner won't be announced until November 5th.  I feel sorry for my family and friends who must deal with me until then. 

I must also take a moment to congratulate all who participated.  You all were amazing.  What a great group of people and such spectacular work.  Good luck to all and thank you so much for stopping by.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

ON THE 11TH DAY OF HALLOWEEN... ghoul love gave to me, 11 bats a flying. Simply Betty Challenges asked us to use bats in our project. We are so close to the end. This is sooooooooo exciting. Here is my entry:


I used SBS Fez digi for my main image and colored him with Copic markers and used dimensionals from SU to pop him up.  The coloring took forever but it doesn't really show up in my picture.  I seem to keep having that problem.  He sort of blends in with the grass but in real life it is quite cool.  I cut the bats, moon and vellum ghost (I LOVE vellum) out with my silhouette and added some glitter to the main bat's eyes.  I was rushing and had a glitter accident all over.  I will be cleaning it up tomorrow. 

I sponged the moon, background and grass with SU inks, misc. colors.  The bottom web punch is from MS.  The gravestone is a stamp from Smeared Ink.  The pumpkin and sentiment are from SU.

I am still fairly new to blogging and challenges.  This 12 day challenge has sure taught me a lot.  Simply Betty Stamps are awesome and I have had a great time using them.  I hope all the other crafters are enjoying this as much as I am!

Thanks for stopping by.  FTPD

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ON THE 10TH DAY OF HALLOWEEN... ghoul love gave to me, 10 creepy spiders spinning their webs just for me. Simply Betty Challenges asked us to incorporate spiders in our project. Here is mine:

I know, I missed day 9.  I just didn't have time to work it in but I am happy to jump back in.  My cardstock is from SU and the background paper is from MM.  If you look closely at the background, you can see that my words are upside down (accident) but I like it anyway.  I cut out the webs with my Silhouette.  For the image I used the Spiderella digi and colored her with Copic markers.  I added some googly eyes to the spider.  He is a cutie!!!

I had trouble with the scanner and the camera today again so this was the best shot I could get.  The colors are much deeper than they appear in the picture.  Someday I will get the hang of this.  I hope you like it.

I am amazed at how many challenges are on the web.  I don't know how most of the crafters can keep up with them.  I am hoping to enter more in the future,  I just need to learn time management.

Thanks for stopping by.  FTPD

Saturday, October 23, 2010

ON THE 8TH DAY OF HALLOWEEN... ghoul love gave to me 8 waltzing zombies dancing around a witch cauldron.  Simply Betty Challenges challenged to use zombies and/or witch cauldrons.  So here you go...

I cut the cauldron out using my silhouette and shaded him with various SU inks and some Copics.  The image is from Smeared Ink and it is called Build a Zombie.  I LOVE it!!!  I colored my zombie with Copics.  I got quite a late start on this one and didn't get to it until about 9 pm.  I am so glad I finished in time to enter it.  Good luck to all and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, October 22, 2010


Aunt Sylvia



I am dedicating the above cards to Bert.  His last name must remain a secret to protect the innocent.  The Warrior Women images are from Barbara Jensen Designs.  I colored each with Copic markers.  I used minimal layering to not distract from the images themselves.  Thanks for stopping by.   xoxoxo


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ON THE 7TH DAY OF HALLOWEEN... ghoul love gave to me 7 Skellington heads.  Simply Betty Challenges challenged us to use Jack Skellington or any skeleton.  I know, I know, I missed day 6.  What can I say?  Life caught up with me.  So here is my entry.

I used a Bugaboo digi for the devil and the skeleton is from SU.  I heat embossed him with white embossing powder.  Here is a close up of the them.

The punches used for this are all MS (sorry to say).  I used the bat, drippy glue and the cobweb border.  I colored the devil with Copics and added some stickles to the flames for a little sparkle.  The brads are from SU.

Thanks for stopping by.   xoxoxoxo

Thursday, October 14, 2010

ON THE 5TH DAY OF HALLOWEEN... ghoul love gave to me 5 flying ghosts whispering in the wind.  The ghost(s) can be spooky, cute or funny.  Simply Betty Challenges 12 Days of Halloween is on day 5.  Here is my entry.

I used my silhouette to cut out the pumpkins and colored them with SU markers for depth.  The little witch is from SU.  I colored her with Copic markers.  I went for a Casper & Wendy feel for this one.  I used vellum for the ghosts (thanks to Barbie for the idea) and double layered them.  I wanted that transparent feel.  The sentiment is also from SU.  The cardstock is generic from I don't know where and the background is a spooky graveyard I found online. 

I am also entering this in the SBC monthly scene it challenge.  The challenge was to take inspiration from Sally & Linus in a pumpkin patch from It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  Thanks for stopping by.  xoxoxoxox

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


This is for the Sassy Studio Designs "THINK PINK" challenge.  This challenge is in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The challenge was to use pink.  I used the new Sassy Mummy digi.  I absolutely LOVE this stamp.  I colored her using Copic markers...I love the pink wrap.  I used a beautiful glittery heart paper I have had for quite a while for the background.  I also used my MS drippy goo punch.  I layered a flat black with a shimmer black, then added some scrap pink ribbon.

The pyramid was my mother's idea.  I found the image online and cut it out with some nesties.  The bats are made from the shimmer black and the background paper.  I cut them out with my MS bat punch.  The sentiment is from SU.  The flourish was left over from some graduation announcements I made for my niece. 

Thanks for stopping by.  xoxoxo

Monday, October 11, 2010

On the 4th Day of Halloween... ghoul love gave to me 4 crazy Ravens.  So for this SBC challenge we had to use ravens.  We also had to include this quote from Vincent "His voice was soft and very slow as he quoted The Raven from Edgar Allen Poe: “and my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted? Nevermore…”

So here is my entry.  My cardstock is some tan shimmer paper I got at Pat Catan's.  The DP is from JoAnn's.  I think the chandelier stamp is from Kaiser.  I used James from the Simply Betty Victorian Beauties.  I tried to go for a Victorian feel.  I thought the paper looked like wallpaper.  I cut out four large ravens and alternated them in brown and black (not sure if you can tell in the picture).  I also added a shadowed raven in the chandelier.  I had the gems laying around and thought they went well with the coloring of the card.  I also added a flourish in the bottom right corner but I think the background paper kind of swallows it up.

My last card didn't make the cut for day 3 :'(  so I am hoping to do better this time.  I am still having trouble getting dimension to show in my pictures so I scanned this one.  If anyone has any tips on getting a good picture, I am open to suggestions. 

Simply Betty Challenges is offering great prizes for this 12 day challenge.  Get in on it if you can.

Friday, October 8, 2010

On the 3rd Day of Halloween... ghoul love gave to me, 3 creepy rag dolls to love and cherish each Halloween.

This is day 3 of the Simply Betty 12 days of Halloween challenge.  This was a great challenge.  It took quite a while for me to finish and we only had 1 day to do it.  Sally was the main rag doll image we had to use and she was given to the followers of Simply Betty.  I decided to use Millerstein from Simply Betty as another rag doll.  My third rag doll is from Sassy Studios designs (I hope that doesn't hurt my chances).  All 3 had facial stitching and I thought they worked well together.

I made a box for the 3 dolls to arrive in.  Unfortunately, I still haven't gotten the hang of taking a good picture.  Here is a close-up of the box of dolls.

There is quite a bit of dimension to this card but most of it doesn't come through.  One of these days I will figure out how to take a better picture.  I used a couple of MS punches for the bat and the web borders.  The Jack image I found online and I sponged a little ink around to add more depth.  The green tissue paper is actual tissue paper.  The rest of the cardstock is from SU and the images were colored with Copic markers. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

On the 2nd Day of Halloween.....

This is for the SBC & TBD 12 days of Halloween challenge.  The top 12 were picked for day 1 and I made the cut!  Now for day 2 we were challenged to do a card with 2 trick-or-treaters.  I chose to use Millerstein and Jazzy.  I colored them with Copics and popped them up with SU dimensionals.  The background is actually my grandmother's house in Kentucky.  I tried to think of a place that I wouldn't want to trick-or-treat at and her house was it.  Since her passing it has really fallen apart and many family members believe it is haunted.

I put 3 dancing skeletons on the top and one on the side by a gravestone.  The gravestone on the bottom right is actually a cupcake pick that I found at WalMart.  I thought I could use them somehow in my crafting and a pack of 6 was only $1.79.  I heat embossed the tree and owl image in gold to keep it subtle and spooky.  The tree, pumpkin and sentiment are all from SU as is the cardstock.  I added some spooky grass using my MS drippy goo punch and some soft suede ink.

Having only 1 day to complete each of the 12 projects is quite difficult for me.  My time is very limited but I am going to try my best to get them in on time.  It is a lot of fun!  I wish everyone entering lots of luck.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Hi all.  My sister just started a blog and I wanted to pass along her address so that you may visit her as well.  She has asked me to tell you all that she is a brand new crafter so don't expect too much.  She is way too hard on herself.  Give her a visit at

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hi all. This card is for 2 different challenges. The first is The Burtonesque Dolls challenge #20. The challenge was to use the sketch below created by Paper Addict Catherine who I had the pleasure of meeting back when we were both getting Copic certified.

The next challenge is for Simply Betty Challenges 12 days of Halloween. This challenge goes on for 12 days. You only get one day to complete each card. For the first day you have to include one or more skeleton heads or skeletons on your project. Please see the SBC page for full details.

I did my best to incorporate both challenges on this card. Using the sketch was great...the less thinking the better for me. I used a new image from Sassy Studio Designs called Frankenstein/Zombie. The background paper is covered in skulls with either purple, green or orange eyes. I used my MS drippy goo punch as well as some Nestabilities. The fringe is left over from last Halloween. I think it was from Bo Bunny. I used sparkling orange gumdrops in the corners but for some reason the color doesn't show up in the picture. Oh well, I must learn to take better pictures.
Good luck to all who are entering and happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hello everyone. This week's Simply Betty Challenges challenge was to create a Halloween project without using traditional Halloween black, orange, purple or green. Being a green lover made this a difficult one for me. I think EVERYTHING should be green. I looked around for inspiration and decided to use blue and gold in honor of my very handsome blue and gold macaw, Ferguson.

The picture doesn't do Ferguson justice. His colors are sooooooooooo vibrant and amazing. I couldn't get the scanner to work tonight so unfortunately, the vibrant colors I used for the card don't show up very well either.

I used Simply Betty's Christian vamp digi and colored him in all blue using Copic markers. I don't think you can see very well in the picture but he is dimensional. I also used Azure Smooch on his cape for a little gloss. The haunted house is from SU as well as the sentiment. I heat embossed the house with a deep blue. I also used a Martha Stewart goo punch for the border. SU inks were used all over the background.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog and hope that you will return in the future.

Friday, September 24, 2010

I am so pleased to announce that I won on my first try. I am tickled pink!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


This card is for this week's Simply Betty Challenges challenge. Not only is it SBC's first challenge, but it is my first online challenge. I am soooooooooooo excited. The challenge was to use this picture of Betty's socks as inspiration.

You could use the pattern, colors or both. Obviously, I chose both. I used the Mina Digi from the Victorian Beauties. I started with glossy cardstock and printed the leopard spots. Then I put on my kindergarten scribbling hat and went to town with my Copic markers. After coloring, I printed Mina on the same paper and cut out parts of her dress to match the background. I colored the rest of her with Copic markers.
I did have a bit of an accident with her hair. I wasn't pleased with my shading and really messed it up trying to fix it. After walking away from it for a few minutes it hit me...just color over it with pumpkin Smooch. I think it turned out ok. My friend suggested the color. She said "I think she would be STUNNING with red hair".
I also used some Nestabilities, a few orange gumdrops and some scrap ribbon. The punch behind the ribbon is from Martha Stewart. The cardstock is from SU as is the sentiment. I thought and thought and thought about what I wanted this to say. I decided to use a French stamp. I think it says "You are never more than a thought away", if it doesn't...who cares. It still looks good.
Thanks for visiting and wish me luck on my first challenge please.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This hockey card is for one of the two best hockey players I know...Shawn Weissberg! He has been playing hockey since he was very little. His Gram wanted something super special for him and I was more than happy to create this. The digi I used was from KLM. The cardstock is from SU as are the brads. I used Gina K Pure Luxury for the hockey player and I colored him with Copic markers (my fave). The pattern paper is from my big box of scraps.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I recently made this birthday card for my crazy friend Lisa. This image just screamed LISA to me! I can even see her dressing up like this and going out on the town (lol). The digi I used for this is from Kenny K. I love his "Gothik Angelz". This one is Delores D'ammage. LUV her! I colored her with Copic markers. The cardstock is from SU and the pattern paper is digital (I think - I just had it in a pile of scraps).

Ok it masterpiece. These are ACTUAL people and I am soooooooooo glad that you can actually tell. I was a little worried that this wouldn't turn out but I am happy to say that it did! I think it came out very well. I colored them with Copic markers (ok, maybe OVERcolored is a better way to say it - as the finish was coming off on the paper). I was looking at the actual picture of the family to do the coloring. It took me about two hours to complete the family. I made this card for a friend to give to her daughter. I think she is going to luv luv luv it!

Stamp - there is no stamp for the people. I used a floral background stamp form Rubber Neckers

Cardstock is from SU and Gina K Designs

Punches from SU & Die Cuts from Spellbinders

This was another challenge from our local 3FC group. Our project had to include iris folding in any way we wanted. I chose this evening gown because I wanted to try something a little harder to see if it would come out correctly. I thought this was just lovely.
The pattern is from Snarffsplate and I used some hammered gold paper from Pat Catan's.

I belong to a craft group called 3FC. We give each other challenges once a month. This challenge was to have a flag somewhere on the card. I found the background image online and layered the rest. I thought she was really cute! The digi i used for this is called Patriotic Patty from Sassy Studio Designs and she was colored with Copics. I also used some nestabilities.

This little cutie is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This was made for a lovely little girl named Isabelle. I felt Belle was the perfect image to use. I really love using digis for my projects. I can size them to whatever size I need for my projects. I have several of the fairytale girls.

Stamp by Sassy Studio Designs & SU
Colored with Copic markers
Cardstock by SU
Die cuts by SU
Digital Paper also used

Sorry it took me so long to update my blog. I have been quite a busy girl. This design hits home. I have a close friend that lost both her breasts a while back. She is a great lady and had recently became aquainted with a woman who was about to go through the same thing. I made this card for my friend to give to her new friend the day before her surgery.

Stamp by Stamp Insanity
Colored with Copic markers
Cardstock is SU Melon Mambo & Whisper White
Paper is a floral I picked up at Archiver's - not sure of the brand

Monday, April 5, 2010

I am a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan. I collect all kinds of memorabilia. These are some of my favorite cards. I colored these using Copic markers. I was new to the Copic world when I did these and I don't remember which color combinations I used.
Welcome to my blog. Please be patient with me as I am very new to the blogging world.