Crafty Betty

Project 41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday June 29, 2010

Have any of you guys ever seen stamp set and thought  “I just have  to have that,” then ordered it right away, waited impatiently for many days for it to arrive, and then you finally get it and  you leave it sit for a month (or often times much longer) without ever using it? This is something I have done far more times than I would like to admit.  The main stamp used in this card is a perfect example of this.

As soon as I saw the All a Flutter a la carte stamp in the back of the Summer Mini Catalog I just HAD to have it.  I had so many ideas in my head about how I was going to use it.  The whole 1 1/2 weeks I spent waiting for it to arrive seemed like torture.  Well I got that stamp over a month ago, and have I posted a single project using it?  Nope….today is the first time I touched that stamp, even though it seemed so hard to wait for it to arrive.  lol!

Luckily, I’m really loving this first card I finally made with it.  In case you are wondering….the butterflies are stamped in versamark onto cardstock vellum, heat embossed with black embossing powder, and then colored with markers, and popped up with dimensionals.  It’s just such a happy card 🙂  I am  so glad I finally put this stamp to use, and I hope to use it much more often in the future.

Project 41 of 365:  All a Flutter Birthday

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41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday

Kinda makes me want to go to the park 🙂  In the picture it doesn’t show all that well, but the background was textured using the square lattice textured impressions folder.

This card was inspired by a similar card made by Wanda Cleveland, another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Cardstock Vellum
  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Old Olive

Markers:

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Crushed Curry
  • Concord Crush

Stamps:

  • All a Flutter
  • Watercolor Trio

Accessories:

  • Scallop Oval Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • 1 1/4″ Square Punch
  • Black Emboss Powder
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder

Thank you for checking out my latest creations.  Be sure to check back soon 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 40 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful in Classic Stripes

So here we are.  Already at the end of my 3 card tribute to the soon retiring Bloomin Beautiful stamp set 😦  This is one of those sets that I was truly surprised about when they announced it was retiring.  I almost wish I would have posted these in the reverse order and ended with the card I liked the best instead of starting with the one I liked best….but this is a cute card too, and best of all it is super simple.  Who wouldn’t smile if they received such a brightly colored card.

This card was inspired by a card from the demo only site by Robin Merriman.

Project 40 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful in Classic Stripes

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40 of 365: Bloomin' Beautiful in Classic Stripes

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Whisper White
  • Kiwi Kiss

Ink:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Crushed Curry

Markers:

  • Daffodil Delight
  • Old Olive

Stamps:

  • Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • Classic Stripes

Accessories:

  • Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon
 

39 of 365: Monotone Bloomin’ Beautiful

I’m back…the second card in my tribute to the retiring Bloomin’ Beautiful set is this monotone card with a splash of melon mambo.  I really love the look of these black and white cards that just use color to frame or pop the project.  My little twist on this one is that I used basic gray and white instead of the full out black and white.  Once again I also highlighted one of the blooms with the Crystal Effects.

38 of 365: Monotone Bloomin’ Beautiful

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39 of 365: Monotone Bloomin' Beautiful

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Basic Gray
  • Melon Mambo

Ink:

  • Basic Gray
  • Basic Black

Stamps:

  • Bella Toile
  • Bloomin’ Beautiful

Accessories:

  • Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Crystal Effects
  • Square Lattice Textured Impression Emboss Folder
 

Project 38 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful Velvet

Hi All!

Today I decided to do a tribute to a stamp set that I am very sad to be seeing retire tomorrow 😦  I just love the flower stamp from the Bloomin’ Beautiful set, and just as I am starting to use it more and more it has to go and retire on me.  So here is my tribute….3 cards to honor “Bloomin’ Beautiful.”

This first card is pretty darn cool.  I liked it even more when I accidently tore the old olive paper while in the process of distressing it.  I decided to continue with that piece by just haphazardly pasting it back together, because what says distressed better than torn and tattered??? Doesn’t that wrinkled and inked background look fabulous?

Project 38 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful Velvet

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38 of 365: Bloomin' Beautiful Velve

This photo doesn’t show it very well, but the red part of the flower is heavily covered with Crystal Effects.  This glassy dimensional element is what takes this card from good to great!  Before I forget to mention it…this card was inspired by a card made by Victoria Harrell.  She posted a similar card on the demonstrator only site, and this is my take on her card, with several alterations.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Old Olive

Ink:

  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Old Olive
  • Basic Black

Markers:

  • Old Olive
  • Real Red
  • Cherry Cobbler

Stamps:

  • Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • En Francais

Accessories:

  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Black Velvet Ribbon (non-SU)
  • Crystal Effects

Well that’s my start to my Bloomin’ Beautiful Tribute. More to come shortly…

StampinBetty

 

Project 37 of 365: Friends Never Fade Sneak Peak June 25, 2010

So yesterday I finally got the remainder of my Sneak Peak order, and I just had to break out this cute stamp set “Friends Never Fade.” I had already seen many cards made with this set, and knew that I also wanted to use the new Pear Pizzazz cardstock as well as the new Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  In the end I accidently cased a card I had seen on SplitCoast Stampers.  I am laughing at myself a bit on this one.  Often times I copy other people on purpose, but this time I must have just had this other card stuck in my mind.  The card I am talking about is by Jeannie Maier, and mine is slightly different, but close enough to being the same that I think I should give her credit 🙂

And check out the patterned paper on this one…..Isn’t it so cute?  It is another sneak peak from the new catalog and it’s called Greenhouse Gala.

Project 37 of 365: Friends Never Fade

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37 of 365: Friends never fade

I’m lovin’ this color combination…..All colors used in this project are BRAND NEW from the 2010-2011 Catalog.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Early Espresso
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Whisper White
  • Greenhouse Gala DSP

Ink:

  • Marina Mist
  • Early Espresso
  • Pear Pizzazz

Stamps:

  • Friends Never Fade
  • Inspired By Nature

Accssories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Scallop Oval Punch

Thanks for checking out my new projects….Be sure to check back often to see my progress on completing 365 projects in 365 days!

StampinBetty

 

Project 36 0f 365: True Friends eat Crumb Cake :)

Hi all….as promised I am back 🙂  The girls and I had a lot of fun brain storming ideas for our “Eclipse” hats, and even made a last minute run to Joann’s to get some extra pizzazz for the hats. Then pizza and movies, and tomorrow we will be hard at work manufacturing them 🙂  I will have to find something “Stampin Up” to add to them so I can justify adding them to this blog.  LOL!  Either way I will be sure to at least add a picture so you can see just how crazy we decide to go…

So this project is actually cased from page 108 of the 2010-2011 catalog.  (In case you are wondering…I just got 2 cases of the catalogs in today so if you want one be sure to contact me at betty.ray020@gmail.com, or leave me a comment including your email and I will contact you.) The only change I made was using Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White card stock.

Project 36 0f 365: True Friends eat Crumb Cake

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36 of 365: True Friends eat Crumb Cake

I thought this was so simple, but so cute.  Another 10 minute card for when you need a card in a hurry.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Crumb Cake
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Early Espresso
  • Crumb Cake

Stamps:

  • Simple Friendship

Accessories:

  • Mat Pack
  • Piercing Tool
  • Dimensionals
  • 1 3/4 Circle Punch

Hopefully I will be back with another project yet tonight 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze

Hi All,

Have no fear…I am keeping up on making all of my projects 🙂  I have a bunch to post for you today, but we will just have to see how far I get as I have some friends coming over tonight.  More precisely I have my “non-crafting” friend and her daughters coming over again, and I am soooooo picking on her, because guess why she is coming over???  You got it….she decided she wanted to make hats for when we go to watch Eclipse on July 2nd.  It was all HER idea, and she even went to the craft store all by herself and picked up a bunch of stuff to use.  LOL.  Another non-crafter is hooked 🙂  So tonight we will make up some ideas for these hats and then tomorrow we will start working on them.  I think we have to make 12 in total, so this is going to be fun!!

But until she gets here in about an hour, I thought I’d try to start posting some of the cards I have been working on this week.  So enough with the chit chat, its straight to business today 🙂

Project 35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze

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35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze

Sorry for the slightly blurry photos…not quite sure what was going on between me and the camera today, but all three photos I took were a little blurry.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Baja Breeeze Textured
  • So Saffron
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Melon Mambo
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Old Olive

Stamps:

  • Season of Friendship
  • Sweet Little Sentiments (retired hostess set)

Accessories:

  • Diamond Glitter Stickles
  • Dimensionals

Okay, I got one done, and they are almost here already.  I’ll try to post more later tonight 🙂

Betty

 

Project 34 of 365: Baja Breeze Wedding June 22, 2010

So it has been a few days since my last post….It has been pretty busy around here.  Went to a wedding on Saturday, went to Polish Fest on Sunday (yep, my husband is half Polish and half Italian), and survived some more crazy weather yesterday.  Suffice it to say I was not going to be in the third level of our house while we were under a Tornado WARNING 🙂  Luckily, living so close to Lake Michigan (just a few blocks away), once all the crazy stuff hit the cooler air of the Lake everything simmered down, and passed over us.  Unfortunately, we can not say the same for areas just West of us that were hit by the same storm.

I have NEVER been good about being alone in serious weather.  Some people think its a thrill, but not me, I am the first one into the basement every time. My husband laughs at me, but if he thinks I am bad now he should have seen me as a little kid where I would actually be crying out of fear that a tornado was going to get me.  I used to even have reoccurring nightmares about running from tornadoes and having nowhere to go.  At least now I am fine with thunder and lightening, and even wind, but I still don’t do well when they start reporting serious wind damage, or there are reports of tornadoes anywhere near or heading in our direction.

I have found a system that helps me NOT panic, and keeps me calm enough to handle the storms without giving it away to others that I am actually terrified.  I have an actual action plan of what to do.  I think the reason why it works so great is that it keeps me busy organizing, and doesn’t leave time for panic.  It is all planned out, I know exactly what to do.  The best part is that EVERY time I have put my action plan into action (because of actual tornado warnings or sirens) the storms always deteriorate or quickly pass without any of the forecasted dangers.

On to happier things…

The project I am posting today is the card that I made for the wedding we attended this past Saturday.  I chose the colors to match the colors they used on their invitations.  On this card I did a few “extra” things that I do not do often; I simply decorated a coordinating envelope, as well as putting a little extra effort into decorating the inside of the card.

Project 34 0f 365: Baja Breeze Wedding

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34 of 365: Baja Breeze Wedding

Inside of card:

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Baja Breeze
  • Baja Breeze DSP

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Baja Breeze

Stamps:

  • For the Bride
  • Bella Toile
  • Vintage Vogue
  • Very Versatile

Accessories:

  • White Emboss Powder
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder
  • White Satin Ribbon
  • Pearls

That is all for now.  Check back soon, as I have been working on a huge organization project for organizing your paper and stamps!!  It is taking a long time to complete this, but it will all be worth it when completed!!

Til Next Time,

StampinBetty

 

Project 33 of 365: One Layer Wonder June 17, 2010

Ok….One more card….I told you I had a lot of projects for you today.  I have been so busy crafting, but not so busy about posting 🙂

This last post I have for you today is pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself.  Split Coast Stampers has many weekly challenges, one of them is the Technique Lovers Challenge.  The challenge is to create projects using whichever technique they list on Sunday.  This week’s challenge was to complete a One Layer Card.  I almost did not participate in this challenge.  Some of you might be thinking easy, piece of cake, but not me.  I was thinking how the heck could I possibly make something cool with just 1 piece of paper!!  I have NEVER done a one layer card.  In fact, I often make those darn cards that won’t even fit into an envelope. LOL!!  So this was truly a challenge for me.

Late last night it finally clicked for me.  I had seen a Michelle Zindorf card (I think she might just be my stamping hero!) where I would have sworn this card had 4 layers, but it only had two.  So I cased that card, and even reduced it an additional layer so that it truly was a one layer card, and in my opinion a One Layer Wonder.

What would I have done if I had not found Michelle Zinforf’s inspiring blog?  She has opened up a whole new world of stamping for me.  She is actually a watercolor artist, who has taken her watercolor skills, and her fabulous understanding of color and dimension and has transformed them into a way of helping us crafters feel a bit more artisitc.  Visit her blog and see a tutorial for her version of this card HERE.

Project 33 of 365: One Layer Wonder

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33 0f 365: One Layer Wonder

All I can say is wow!  I am always amazed by how well her tutorials work out.  I would have never been able to think up something like this on my own.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Cameo Coral Craft
  • Old Olive Craft
  • Versa Mark Marker
  • Sahara Sand
  • Soft Suede
  • Chocolate Chip

Stamps:

  • Bloomin Beautiful
  • Baroque Motifs

Accessories:

  • Clear Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Gold Paint Marker
  • Stampin’ Write Markers (Sahara Sand, Blush Blossom, and Soft Suede)
  • Post-It Note
  • Stampin Sponges

Well, that is all for today….Back into the Craft room to come up with more…

StampinBetty

 

Project 32 of 365: Father’s Day Suit

The other day I was searching all over to find a tutorial on those oh-so-cute shirt and tie cards when I ran across something even better…A tutorial for a card front that looks like a suit.  It is PERFECT for Father’s day!  I made this one for my Father- In-Law (still trying to come up with a card for my dad).

In this card I also incorporated the colors from the Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 34.  (Can you believe that Dusty Durango and Rich Razzleberry look good together??!!)

I think this turned out just perfect.  While my father-in-law dresses nice he is not a “formal” guy, so this more casual card, with the off-beat colors is such a better fit!  I’m really liking this one and I am likely to make more “suit” cards in the future.

Project 32 of 365: Father’s Day Suit

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32 of 365: Father's Day Suit

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Gray Textured
  • Dusty Durango DSP
  • Sahara Sand
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Rich Razzleberry

Stamps:

  • All Holidays

Accessories:

  • Basic Gray Corduroy Buttons
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Whisper White Satin Ribbon
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Multi Glue

For more info on the Curtain Call Color Challenge click on the picture below:

Curtain Call

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 34

To get the tutorial for the suit card is made by Jackie Topa.  Click HERE to see it.

I’ll Be back for more soon!

StampinBetty