Saturday, 6 September 2014

I saw the world. I learnt of new cultures. I flew across an ocean.

There’s an awesome new release of Betty Boos over at Simply B Stamps, the second collection of Bettys Around the World and my first card features the fabulous African Betty.

To make up my card I’ve followed the current challenge over at Sketch n’ Dies, using my trusty Nesties to frame up African Betty.  I did make the centre element bigger to accommodate the image, she was too beautiful not to have centre stage.  I found yellow, orange and brown papers in my stash that to me were just the right palette for an African beauty.  While I thought a distressed edge would look good for evoking rough African grass I decided just one layer of distressing was enough so I only did the base designer paper.  With my distressing I am entering this in the current challenge at A Little Bit Crafty ~ Distress It.  For the floral element on the sketch I wrapped some mulberry flowers around a Magnolia Chandelier Garland, so I’m also entering this in the current flowers challenge at Dream Valley.

My second make is a tag featuring Arabian Betty.

I grew up watching reruns of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ so I just had to do this image up in shades of pink with blonde hair.  To help put together my tag I played with the Tic Tac Toe board at Creative Knockouts, featuring stamping, a sentiment and both ribbon and twine.  Originally I cut a tag shape using my paper trimmer but getting the layers right was proving difficult especially as I started with a fairly small base and the paper kept slipping.  So I abandoned that and cut one using a layered die from Papertrey Ink and also cut the paper for the sentiment with a Nestie.  Being a magical being I also had to add some sparkle to my Jeannie card using gems.  As I have three die cuts and some sparkle on my tag I’m linking it up over at Scrapbooker PhD.  With I’m also entering my tag in the current challenge at Divas by Design.

My final card features the elegant Egyptian Betty.

I’ve always loved Liz Taylor and this image reminded me of her Cleopatra so that’s the colouring I went with, although I know Cleo wasn’t really alabaster skinned and highly unlikely to have had Liz’s amethyst eyes.  In keeping with the elegant image I stuck with a black and white theme but added in gold for interest and because the Egyptians loved their gold.  With my pop of colour and black and white base I am entering my card in the current challenge at Stampin’ Royalty Challenge.  The layout of my card follows the current sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and to decorate my card I played Tic Tac Toe over at Fab ‘n’ Funky featuring flowers, ribbons and pearls).

I loved playing with these images, they are super fun to colour and make lovely projects.  You can see more of these fab images over at the SBS blog and also on the DT’s personal blogs, with a full list at the bottom of this post.

Skin African Betty E02, E11, E13, E21, E25, E27, (cheeks R32), Arabian & Egyptian Betty E000, E00, E11, E21 (cheeks E02)
Eyes African Betty E23, E29, 0 Arabian Betty BG000, BG05, 0, Egyptian Betty V000, V15, 0
Lips R24, R29, R46
Hair African & Egyptian Betty T4, T6, 100, Arabian Betty Y13, Y15, Y17, Y26
Outfit African Betty V000, V01, V09, V12, V15, V17, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, Arabian Betty RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, RV09, Egyptian Betty N0, N1, N2, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Chalks & Powders etc
Pink Mica
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Spellbinders Nestabilities ~ 5x7 Matting Basics & ATCs
Gems from stash
Magnolia Chandelier Garland ~ Lilac
Mulberry Flowers from stash
Prima Flowers ~ Create Memories
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Black Soot, Tea Stain, Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain & Worn Lipstick
BoBunny Double Dot ~ Gingerbread Vintage
DCWV ~ Far East, Royal Garden & Starburst
Glitz Design Sunshine in My Soul ~ Suns
Kaisercraft Cardstock ~ Liquorice
Kaisercraft Violet Crush ~ Dainty
My Mind’s Eye Notable ~ ‘Silly’ Cheery Paper
Ribbons & Trims etc
Creative Knockouts #53 ~ Tic Tac Toe (Stamping, Sentiment, Ribbon/Twine) (Arabian Betty)

Divas by Design ~ Tags (Arabian Betty)

 Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow, what lovely creations!! You've been busy! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.


  2. Simply beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at SSW2.

  3. A gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing with us at Dream Valley Challenge. Marlene DT

  4. All of these are fantastic, Emily, but I especially love the African Betty card because of the purple. :-D Incredible coloring and marvelous use of the sketch! Wonderful flower embellies.
    NanaConnie Guest DT for September

  5. Wow! What great cards, love the black and white one that you used our sketch for. the pearls are a nice added touch. Thanks for joining us.
    Hugs, Heide SSW2-DT

  6. Lovely creations. I love the tag that image is gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week. Hugs, Justyna xx

  7. Nice job coloring on all of them (my favorite was the first ... loved the purples) So pretty. Thanks for sharing all of them with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 this week.
    ~Jo, SSW2-DT

  8. Wow you have been very busy what wonderful creations. Love your colouring and added embellishments. Great cards and thanks so much for sharing your talents with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and good luck.
    Kathie SSW2~DT

  9. wow!! gorgeous!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Divas by Design this week.

  10. Love your tag. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Creative Knockouts.

    Hugs Helen (DT)

  11. Your African Beauty card is just stunning. I'd pay money for that. The inking is really beautiful. But my favorite part - the flowers. Something about the flowers just makes the card for me. Thank you for joining ScrapbookerPhD's die cut and sparkle challenge.


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