Crafty Betty

Project 81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes September 4, 2010

If you live in Wisconsin, isn’t this some crazy weather?  A few days ago it was so hot and humid that you didn’t want to leave your house, now its chilly and windy and you need a sweater.  Wow, it was summer one day and fall the next.

This card is another one made from all those Black Magic blocks I had made way back when.  And again, I’m sticking with some bold colors on this one.  I really like the way this one turned out with the different shades of blue pencil, set off by the Bermuda Bay paper.  The Layout is super quick and simple so keep the layout in mind for the next time you need a quick card. (The coloring isn’t so quick, but it is simple.)

If you need direction on how to do the Black Magic Technique just read the previous post (Project 80.)

Project 81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes

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81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes



  • Bermuda Bay
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White


  • Kind & Caring Thoughts (retired hostess set)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes


  • Whisper White Craft
  • Basic Black Marker
  • White Gel Pen


  • Hodge Podge Hardware- Silver
  • 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for checking out another card 🙂



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



  • Chocolate Chip
  • Whisper White
  • Old Olive DSP


  • Sincere Salutations
  • Curvy Verses
  • Watercolor Trio


  • Chocolate Chip


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



Project 51 of 365: Friends Never Fade in White July 12, 2010

Hi Everyone,

I have found an efficient way of keeping up with my 365 projects in 365 days challenge!!  If I sit down with just one stamp set at a time and create several projects focusing on just that stamp set I seem to get a lot of projects done in one sitting, and in not a lot of time.  This is a true life saver with all the driving I have been doing to spend time with my grandmother…And if I get the job that I have been crossing my fingers for, this efficiency will help me continue with this challenge 🙂

The stamp set I set my focus on today is the Friends Never Fade set from the brand new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  I was able to create 5 completely different cards in about 2 hours….How’s that for efficiency? I must confess that none of these are really “original ideas” and a couple are outright copies of other cards I have seen.  There are just so many awesome cards posted on various sites using this set that I just could not help myself but to make them for myself 🙂  I will give credit to the appropriate person on each card.

Project 51 of 365: Friends Never Fade in White

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51 of 365: Friends Never Fade in White

This card is basically a complete replication of a card made by Wendy Wexler (except the extra blob of ink.  lol. ) that I saw on the demonstrator-only website.

If you look closely you will see that I made an “oopsy” on this card.  My first thought was to start over, but then I remembered how I always tell everyone at classes and workshops, that it doesn’t matter if you mess up, just to go with it, because homemade cards aren’t supposed to be perfect.  If we wanted perfect cards we would go to the store and buy them.  (The mistake is the extra blob of green ink by the stem of the flower…I dropped the… If I didn’t point it out, and if you didn’t own the stamp, you may have just thought that was part of the stamp…)



  • Whisper White

Ink: (All Markers)

  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Marina Mist
  • Daffodil Delight


  • Friends Never Fade
  • Because I Care


  • Marina Mist Ribbon
  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Piercing Tool and Mat
  • Stampin Dimensionals

Keep checking back as I attempt to get all 5 of these cards posted tonight.  Believe it or not, it takes longer to post these to the blog than to make them 🙂



Project 23 of 365: New Stampers Cards June 13, 2010

Yesterday was so much fun and a total “girls” day!!  First I went to an early movie with a good friend and her 2 daughters, then we went to Barnes & Noble (couldn’t we all just sit in there with a cup of coffee and browse books all day?!?), then a late lunch at Noodles & Company, and then we all came back to my house for an evening of crafts and movies!!  Too much fun.

So in our all girls day I got to introduce 3 NEW people to stamping….I’m pretty sure they will be back for more.  My lovely friend Tina has told me over and over again how she just isn’t into crafts and is not an artsy person at all.  I had already told her daughters that we would make some kind of project before they went home, I just hadn’t picked out a project yet.  So when Tina happened to flip through my NEW catalog (yep, the non-crafter has seen the new catalog and you have not…hahaha) and mentioned that she thought this one little “get well soon” card was cute and would be perfect for her father-in-law who just had surgery, it was settled, we would all be making that card!

I love it when Non-Crafters think they won’t like stamping, and then after just one project they are ready for more!!

The card we made was a smaller card, and very simple, which was perfect since our group ranged in age from 8 to 32.  A version of the card we made can be found on page 150 of the brand new catalog (being released July 1, 2010).  So this card also serves as a sneak peak to some of the things you will find in our new catalog.

Project 23 of 365: New Stampers Cards:

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23 of 365: New Stampers Cards

I just love how all these brand new stampers made their own version of this card!!  Obviously this is a family of unique and crafty girls (even if Tina didn’t know she was crafty).  (My card is the one in the lower right corner.)



  • So Safron
  • Whisper White
  • Tangerine Tango


  • Certainly Celery
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Marina Mist (one of the new CORE colors from the 2010-2011 catalog)


  • Thoughts & Prayers


  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Glue
  • Dimensionals

Non SU:

  • pearls

Can’t wait for another Crafty Girls Day!!!!

Will be back soon with another post…..I have many projects finished and ready to go, I’ve just gotten so busy that I haven’t gotten around to posting them, so don’t worry, I am still going strong on my goal of completing 365 projects in 365 days!

Come Back Soon!

Stampin Betty