Crafty Betty

78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother August 21, 2010

Thursday (Aug 19th) was my birthday, unfortunately it could not have been any further from a happy birthday at all.  That morning my brother got HIT by a car while riding his bicycle!!!

My brother is probably the healthiest, most fit person I have ever known.  He was training to be in the next Iron Man competition.  He had a professional coach, and had been doing VERY well in recent triathlons that he had competed in, so it just angers me to no end that in the blink of an eye that all got ripped away from him by some idiot who obviously shouldn’t have been driving (I mean, if you are fit to drive a car you would have seen a 6 foot tall man riding a bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  I don’t think there is any legitimate reason this guy could possibly give that would excuse the fact that he not only plowed into a person who is far from invisible, but he also accelerated just before he hit him (my brother remembers hearing the car speeding up). Since he was actually speeding up as he hit my brother it threw him up onto the front of the car, and then when the idiot realized he hit someone he slams on his brakes throwing my brother from the hood of his car, smashing to the ground.

His injuries are BAD, but thank God, not life threatening.

While I realize this could have been worse I am still SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO angry at the guy who did this.  What was he doing that he didn’t see my brother???????  It was early morning, and the intersection was VERY well lit, not to mention it was already pretty  light out, plus my brother’s bike has flashing lights on it, the bike has reflectors on it, as does his helmet, and to say it again, he is a 6 foot tall, very muscular man.  If you can’t see him, with all those visibility enhancers, you have ABSOLUTELY NO business driving a car.  To top it off, the guy who hit him could not speak a single word of English, so as my brother is laying on the ground in absolute agony, and most likely in shock, the guy hands him a cellphone expecting him to call 911 himself.  PLEASE do not send me any immigration controversy stuff over this statement as I am all for immigration, and inviting to other cultures, at the same time I DO NOT think you should be able to get a driver’s license if you can not speak at least a minimal amount of English so that when you ALMOST KILL someone you will be able to at least call 911 and get the poor guy some help (I’m sure 911 would have had Spanish speaking operators if they guy could have even figured out how to call for help, but he didn’t know how!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can you have a driver’s license and not know how to call for help, and if you can’t speak or understand a word of English how can you even know the driving laws of this country, road signs are all in English!!)  Again, I am not starting an immigration debate I am just venting frustration about this whole situation, and I am not applying my anger to a whole group of people, my frustration is with this ONE person who I don’t think should have been driving since he could not see a 6ft tall person on a bike with blinking lights in the morning light and could not communicate, at all, to be able to get the man he almost killed some help.

Thanks to this person its not likely my brother will be able to achieve a goal he had his heart set on and worked SOOOOO hard trying to accomplish.  Not to mention, due to the extent of the injuries, the BEST case scenario still has my brother not being able to work for 3 months.  He has a wife and child to support and has a wonderful job that he got after graduating college with a 4.0 GPA.  So this man who has NEVER harmed anyone, whom I’ve never even heard wish ill will against another person now has his entire life changed by someone who obviously wasn’t paying any attention to driving.  My brother has made a life of doing good things, he was in the Marines after graduating high school, then went to college, graduated at the top of his class, married a wonderful woman, and has the most adorable daughter, and he is the ONLY person in my family who has called me to wish me a Happy Birthday every single year no matter what he was doing.  But this year, thanks to some thoughtless, uncaring person I didn’t get that call!

Project 78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother

78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother

Get Well Card Inside

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Whisper White
  • Old Olive DSP

Stamps:

  • Sincere Salutations
  • Curvy Verses
  • Watercolor Trio

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • Chocolate chip 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon
  • medium white brads

StampinBetty

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77 of 365: Bridal Shower Card

Today I went to a bridal shower for the wife of a co-worker/close friend of my husband.  Yep, I said bridal shower for the wife…..they have already been married for a year, as they eloped just before her husband went to Iraq with the Army, and now that he is home they are going back and doing all the wedding stuff.

Anyway….  I DO NOT like this card I made for her.  Yet, I am still posting it because it took me a long time to make it and the creative vision behind it was good.  Once again, I was basing the card off the wedding invitation.  This invitations has a bunch of small flowers all over it that are Orange, Red, Pink, and Purple.  So I decided to take the bouquet from the Blissful Bride set, use a marker to get just the flowers and not the stems, and then made a mask so I could overlap the flowers without making a total mess of it. (Like I said the design inspiration behind it was quite good, but….) I then colored in all the tiny flowers and covered them with Glassy Glaze thick embossing powder.  That part of the project turned out pretty close to how I envisioned (which is why I am still posting it), but it was all down hill from there 😦  Maybe if I would have made this card a few days a go, instead of early this morning, I would have had more time to better design the rest of the card.  Well, I have a week until the wedding ceremony to do better on the next card 🙂

77 of 365: Bridal Shower Card

77 of 365: Bridal Shower Card

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Peach Parfait

Stamps:

  • Blissful Bride
  • Occasional Quotes (used inside, not shown)

Ink: (mostly markers)

  • Peach Parfait
  • Rose Red
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Regal Rose
  • Basic Black

Accessories:

  • Glassy Glaze thick embossing powder (UTEE)
  • Heat Gun
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Swirls Texture Plate

Thanks for looking!!

StampinBetty

 

Project 76 of 365: Baby Blanket Shower Card August 17, 2010

This card is the card I made for a Baby Shower I attended on Sunday.  The inspiration for the card was the baby blanket I had bought as a gift from the mother-to-be’s registry.  It was so cute, and I soon as I bought it I knew I had to make a card based on the design of the blanket.

Project 76 of 365: Baby Blanket Shower Card

Inspiration for card:

Thanks for stopping by!

StampinBetty

UPDATES (9/1/2010):

I had a request for more info on the items used to complete this card….

I used the Cricut Animal Kingdom, New Arrival, and Create a Critter Cartridges to get all these shapes, and I drew extra lines on the zebra and lion (yes, I made a yellow and brown zebra….but that is the colors they used on the baby blanket I used for inspiration).  Then I also hand cut away some of the head on the monkey layers so that it would have that multi-color look like on the inspiration piece.  I believe this monkey is from New Arrival, and I also cut it so just the head and hands showed, as well as cutting off the tail and attaching it so it would show behind the monkey (as in the inspiration piece.)

If you would like me to make this same card for you it would be $5 plus shipping (this card does take a long time to put together.), just drop me a note with your email so we can discuss : )

Hope this helps!!

Have a great night

StampinBetty

 

75 of 365: Crochet Flower Chain

Filed under: Crochet,Uncategorized — CraftyBetty @ 10:47 pm

This is a quick crochet flower chain I made today….It’s not perfect, but it will be cute to add to a card front.  I made this while trying to learn how to make crochet flowers.  Not to bad for a first attempt 🙂

My goal for tomorrow will be to design a card for this to go onto…

Project 75 of 365: Crochet Flower Chain


StampinBetty

 

Project 74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card

First of all, the Bret Michael’s concert was awesome!!!  I am so glad my friends offered me their extra ticket.  I was able to get up to the front row and snap some close-up shots (of course security shoo-ed me back to my seat after my “allotted” 10 seconds of photo snapping was up.  LOL!).  Our tickets were in row 13 right in the middle area, so we had a great view, unfortunately this also meant that my ears were ringing so loud that even though I was totally beat and wanted to fall asleep as soon as I got home I couldn’t, because all I could hear was the ringing 🙂

Who knows….maybe my friends and I will even end up on VH1.  The Milwaukee concert was supposed to be part of the first Episode of Bret Michael’s new VH1 reality show (called something like Life as I Know It) set to air in October.  Hopefully it will be as mindlessly entertaining as Rock of Love or Charm School. : )

The card posted below is the Birthday card I made for my Father-in-Law.  He loves going to the casino with his uncle, sometimes even in those big groups on tour buses.  He’s not some big gambler or anything, he mostly just goes for fun, and this is a good thing since he is a widower, it gets him out of the house and keeps him from being as lonely.  He is such a GREAT guy, I would hate to think of him unhappy!

I wanted to use a slot machine as the inspiration for the card, unfortunately I didn’t have any Cricut cartridges with a slot machine, and I couldn’t find any vector images that would have properly cut with my Sure Cuts A Lot, so I decided to just make the front of the card look like the windows on the slot machine with the winning 777 showing.  I think it worked out pretty cool.

Just a hint…..if you have super tiny, intricate cuts that you need to layer, the best way is to use a Zyron sticker machine.  For the “Happy Birthday” I just used the cheaper 1.5″ sticker machine.  It worked great because I didn’t have to try to use (and clean up) glue on these TINY slivers.

…And I finally was able to pull out at least a couple Stampin’ UP! stamps for the inside of the card.  I used the “Game Night” set and a really old retired set for the “Happy Birthday.”

Project 74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card

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74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card

74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday-Inside

Check back soon as I plan on getting back in my craft room and back to some Stampin’ UP! stamping.  Let me know if you have any requests for a stamp set I should concentrate on.

StampinBetty

 

Project 73 0f 365: Jungle Baby Card August 14, 2010

This card was also a special request from my Sister-In-Law.  This card is for a Baby Shower where the theme is jungle animals.  Another request, from the mother-to-be, is that she doesn’t want any gender stereo-type colors or themes for the baby/baby shower.  They know that they are having a girl, but want to avoid the stereo-type of all pink and things like “princess” or “spoiled”.  I completely understand where she is coming from….but….I can totally see myself going pink-crazy if I were to have a baby and it were a girl 🙂   I, too, don’t like those “spoiled” or “brat” type themed clothing either.   Unless, of course, it were from the grandparents and it said something like “my grandma/grandpa spoil me rotten”  because grandparents get to spoil their grandkids….at least that was always what my grandparents always said about all the grandkids they didn’t raise themselves.

Well, I think I  succeeded in no gender stereotypes on this card.  When I first completed the card I didn’t really like it.  It just looked so plain and 2D.  So I went back with my Stampin Write Markers and gave it more depth with shadows, and definition on the leaves and such, and then highlights from a white gel pen.  It made a world of difference.  The card was “OK” when it was just paper, but so much better with the added dimension gained with the markers and white pen.

Project 73 of 365: Jungle Baby Card

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73 of 365: Jungle Baby Card

Well it’s time to get ready for the concert, and tomorrow afternoon I will be going to that baby shower with my Sister-in-Law.  So hopefully I will find time tomorrow night to post some more of the projects I have sitting here waiting to be blogged about 🙂

StampinBetty

 

72 of 365: Birthday Movie

Where to start, where to start…..the dentist visit or the concert????  Well obviously the concert 🙂

I am so excited.  Tonight I am going to the Bret Michels concert at the Wisconsin State Fair!!!  So actually 2 exciting things:  I have never been to the State Fair and, well… its Bret Michels.  Why, you ask, am I so excited over Bret Michels?  Well, that comes with a story.  It either starts with my brother and I constantly listening to an old Poison TAPE (thats right, a cassette tape, google it if you are too young to remember those LOL!!) and singing along when we were kids…Or more likely it comes from my guilty pleasure of watching that ridiculous VH1 show Rock of Love.  Because, even though I know every word to all the old Poison songs, my brother and I grew up without cable TV, so no MTV to actually see the band or the trouble they got into.  I honestly, did not know who Bret Michels was until the Rock of Love.  Too funny 🙂 Today kids would try to make claims of child abuse if they didn’t have cable TV, but back then it was just a thing for city kids to waste time on.  We lived WAY out in the country growing up, and it didn’t seem like we were missing out on anything….  Wow how the world changes (btw…I’m not “old,” will be 32 next week.)

I LOVED watching that completely ridiculous show…  All three seasons, thinking/knowing he was never really going to find that special someone on that show.  Heck, I probably would have continued watching and laughing my a$$ off even if it went to 10 seasons.  I think it was a way to wind down, and let my brain go numb since ,at the time, I was DEEP DEEP DEEP into my graduate studies and visions of statistics and patterns even haunted me in my sleep, so watching something completely senseless probably helped reduce stress.  LOL!

Well, there you have it…I’m going to my first concert in probably over 10 years (Last concert I went to see was Bob Dylan, on some kind of come back tour,  in Green Bay), and since our seats are pretty close to the stage I will probably behave like a star-struck teenager. 🙂

The first project I am posting today is a Birthday card my Sister-In-Law asked me to make.  It was for her friend whom she regularly goes out to movies with.  Her only real request for the card was for it to have a tub of popcorn on the front.  In many ways I actually like the inside of the card more than the outside.  Plus I personalized the inside message with an inside joke the 2 of them share.  To do this I just made some word art in photoshop.  All of the paper piecing is from my Cricut and Gypsy

Project 72 of 365: Birthday Movie Card

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72 of 365: Birthday Movie Card

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72 of 365: Birthday Movie Card Inside

I have quite a few things to post for you, so we will see how far I get today 🙂

StampinBetty