Crafty Betty

Project 82 of 365: What the Hail??? September 6, 2010

Oh yeah, you heard me right, “what the hail?”  So this morning my husband and I were awakened by the sound of HAIL battering the house, his truck, and scattering  leaves and branches everywhere.  Seriuosly…..Can’t our house just catch a break this year???  And it just figures that this would happen 1 WEEK after finally getting the windows replaced from the storm damage we got in July.  By the time I thought about getting the camera out to snap a few pictures of the craziness the pellets had already melted quite a bit, but you still get the idea of our rude awakening 🙂

Labor Day Hail 2010

Labor Day Hail 2010

Labor Day Hail 2010

These pictures were taken by hanging out of a second story window facing the back of the house….  One of the benefits of those fantastic new windows is that you can easily slide up the screen and hang out the window so all your neighbors (who were also checking for damage at their places) think your nuts… LOL!!!

I did make a pretty darn cute card tonight between running around doing tons of errands with my husband and cleaning up after the cookout we had last night.

I got the Just Buzzin By stamp set over a year ago, but like many of my “super cool, had to have them” sets I had yet to use it 🙂  So for the next few days expect to see a few more cards with this set as I have stamped and colored a bunch of images, but I have yet to use them on projects.

What I love about this card is the use of one of my new FAVORITE crafting tools….My Copic Sketch markers!!!!  I’m not an expert with the coloring technique, but I love it.  Images look so much more dimensional, and you can just keep blending and blending with no worry of crumbling up your paper, and if you get it too dark you just rub a lighter color into it until you have the perfect shade you were looking for.

I do admit, this is NOT a quick card.  The layout is sweet and simple, but to get the Copic coloring and shading right it takes time, not to mention the 20 minutes I spent intricately cutting all the shapes so I could pop them up on dimensionals.  The layout of the card is heavily inspired by a person who uses the name “happyinker” on Splitcoast Stampers, but the ribbon, and the coloring are all mine 🙂

Project 82 of 365: Just Buzzin By With Copics

82 of 365: Just Buzzin By With Copics

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Autumn Vine DSP (retired)
  • Close to Cocoa (retired)

Stamps:

  • Just Buzzin’ By

Inks:

  • Chocolate Chip Craft
  • Chocolate Chip Stampin Write Marker
  • Copic Sketch Markers

Accessories:

  • Tag Corner Punch
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Pop-Up Glue Dots
  • 1″ Satin Ribbon
  • Clear Emboss Powder

Take Care, and Happy Labor Day!!

StampinBetty

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Project 19 of 365: CosmoBella Hits the Town June 5, 2010

I have the cutest card today…well at least I think so 🙂  I just wish I would have come up with it last week, because with the Cosmo and all the Pink this would have been perfect for “Sex and the City 2” movie night!

I made this card as part of Splitcoast Stampers Technique Lover’s Challenge #275.  Each Monday they post a technique to try…This week the technique was to create a Tent Card.  This is a  card that stands on its own, has a cut out in the center and a dangling image.  I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to use this Stamping Bella stamp that my great friend, Kelly, gave me a couple years ago.  Of course now that I found the perfect project to use it on it was MIA.  After much searching I found the Cosmo wielding Bella, and designed the rest of the card around her.  So, no, the stamp is not from Stampin’ Up! but all the papers and brads are 🙂

Project 19 of 365: CosmoBella Hits the Town

19 of 365: CosmoBell

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

While this front view is cute it is even better when you view it from the side and see how the card is actually open and the image is really “dancing” there in the center.  I tried to make it look like Cosmo Bella was in a trendy downtown bar with the vintage-looking wallpaper design in the background.  Sure its a bit pink, so this bar probably wouldn’t attract too many men, but if you’re hanging with the girls, having a Cosmo, are your really looking for guys???

Then for some extra 3D effects I added a couple of flowers.  One made with the XL Fancy Flower Punch, the other one made from the Flower on the Tropical Island Bigz Die.  These flowers are so fun and addicting to make.  This is why I prefer to make my own embellishments rather than buy them.  I don’t know what embellishment I would have bought that would have worked the same as the flowers…

Here is a better view from the side so you can get a real feel for why this card is so cool…

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

The idea behind the tent card is that it is a 3D card that also folds flat so it can be mailed in a regular envelope.  Obviously mine would not fold flat (due to the roses), but a girl’s gotta have fun and I really wanted to give this card some SUPER girl power 🙂

Everyone is sworn to secrecy…..Do not tell my husband that this card ended up costing me $40!  Don’t worry the card itself did not cost $40 to make.  The issue was that I did not have the jump rings to dangle Bella from, and I did not want to substitute thread (it wouldn’t have the same affect).  I knew it was dangerous to take a “quick” trip to JoAnn’s to get the $2 package of jump rings, but I risked it and FAILED.  Try as I might I just could not go in, buy the jump rings I needed, and walk out 😦  But hey, I got some new crafting toys that I will share on my blog 🙂

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Rose Red
  • Cameo Coral
  • Sweet Always DSP (retired)
  • Raspberry Tart (retired)

Ink:

  • Rose Red

Accessories:

  • XL Fancy Flower Punch
  • Bigz- Frame, Oval Scallop
  • Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder
  • Bigz- Tropical Island Die
  • Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads
  • Pop-Up Glue Dots
  • Snail Adhesive

Non-SU:

  • Cosmo Bella Stamp- by Stampping Bella
  • Jump Rings
  • Copic Markers (oh how I love my Copics!!)

Please Stop back soon to see what the next StampinBetty adventure might be, and remember that you can get all your Stampin Up! Supplies from my Stampin Up! site.

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

 

Project 17 of 365: Three simple and sweet 10 minute cards June 3, 2010

Hi All!!

So I just found a way to put a positive spin on the fact that Stampin’ Up! is increasing the price on cardstock….Hello!!! With the addition of the clear mount stamps, which are sold for an average of $3-7 less per set, that really goes a long way to make up for the $1.50 per pack increase in the 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.   It also encourages me to work more with alternative sizes of paper.  Most people know that I have mostly gravitated to the standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) card.  Probably because I get 2 of them out of each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, and the A2 envelopes are always readily available…..If I am ever out of my Stampin’ Up! envelopes I can always run to any office store, or Target/Walmart-type stores to grab some in a pinch (not that I’m ready to walk back into a Target store again…..see posts from last week for details of the nightmare experience.)

I noticed that the 12×12 paper isn’t changing all that much in price, so I decided to try out some 4×4 notecards because you can get 4 cards from the 12×12 paper and still have a 4×4 square of scrap paper for punching and such left over.  And rather than purchase the more expensive envelope made for this size card…..they easily fit in the A2 envelope 🙂

The inspiration for these very sweet, extremely simple cards comes from this weeks Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers.  This week they named “Emily” as the featured stamper, and I chose to “case” her card titled “True Friend“.  When I saw the simple embossed white background with a cute ribbon on the top, I was off and running.  With the 3 cards I made I used a different embossed background on each, various different styles of ribbons, and different stamp techiniques.  Yet, each of these cards only takes about 10 minutes to make!!!!  And since there are not tons of layers or fancy folds it is very economical, even with the ribbon.

Another inspiration for these cards was that Stampin’ Up! is retiring my 2 FAVORITE baby themed stamp sets “Nursery Necessities” and “Cute & Cuddly.”  So I just had to use them and encourage you to run over to my Stampin’ Up! site to get yours before they are gone!!! They retire at the end of this month, so get your while you still can….  On my Stampin’ UP! page click the “shop now” button, and then go to the “Last Chance Stamp Sets.”  If you were thinking about any of these sets get them NOW, before they are gone forever.

Project 17 of 365:  Three Simple and Sweet 10 minute cards

17 of 365: Three Sweet & SImple 10 min Cards

17 of 365: Three Sweet & Simple 10 Min Cards

One of the things I loved about these cards was getting to break out my Copic Markers.  Copic Markers are a whole NEW experience in coloring!!!  I am totally and completely in love with them.  I haven’t had them very long, so my technique is not so great yet, but I still love the way it looks even if I am not perfect at coloring with them.  I used my Copics on the stamped bear image.  At one point I actually had the bear WAY too dark, but with the magic of Copic, I did not have to throw it away and start over.  All I had to do was go over the dark areas with a lighter shade of brown a few times, and voila, it lightened up!  These are alcohol markers so you can just continue coloring, layering, blending away, and not crumble up your paper.  Just look at how you can shade without having dramatic lines in between the two colors you are blending together.  Stamped images just look so much LESS flat when you can color, shade, and shadow until your heart is content. 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Bashful Blue
  • So Safron
  • Melon Mambo

Stamps:

  • Cute & Cuddly (on the last chance list so get yours now!!)
  • Nursery Necessities (on the last chance list so get yours now!!)
  • Best Yet (retired Hostess set)

Classic Ink:

  • Bashful Blue
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • So Saffron

Accessories:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Lattice Square Emboss Folder
  • Perfect Polka Dots Emboss Folder
  • 1 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • Bashful Blue Stitched Ribbon
  • So Saffron Ribbon (some leftovers I had from SAB 2009)
  • Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive

Non- Stampin’ Up! Items:

  • Copic Markers
  • Memories Black Die Ink (DO NOT use Staz On with Copic Markers, and the Basic Black ink will smudge)
  • 2″ Scallop Circle Punch (slightly larger than SU so it fits around the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch)
  • Cuttlebug D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder
17 of 365: Melon Mambo Bear

17 of 365 Melon Mambo Bear

17 of 365: Baby Blue Boat

17 of 365: Baby Blue Boat

17 of 365: So Safron Friends

17 of 265: So Safron Friends

A funny story for you to finish off this post…..

While in the process of typing up this post today I managed to get a 13″ scrape down my arm (starting above my elbow, running all the way down my arm, wrist, and halfway up my thumb) and it was not a craft related incident.  Lol!  While working up in my attic office space I could hear someone outside who seemed to be calling for their dogs.  I know that feeling all too well…..  So I got up and looked out my window  I am in the attic…3rd floor) where I can see down the alley and in most of the backyards.  I immediately spotted the 2 dogs, about 2 houses down (as I know the dogs that live there, and these weren’t them).  So I run down the stairs, grabbing some flip flops as I went, out the door, down the alley….I spotted the owner, and told her they were a few houses down, and asked her if the were friendly, she said they were….And for the most part they were.  We were having the darnedest time getting them to come back…we each had a dog by the collar, but they did not want to leave the dogs that were on the other side of the fence.  Eventually her daughter came with leashes and treats.  I hooked a leash on the dog I had, and while he was fine before, he just started JUMPING on me as soon as the leash was on????  He wasn’t angry or anything, at least I don’t think, because he wasn’t trying to bite me, but he just kept jumping on me….maybe he was excited because he thought he was going for a walk.  Well, his nails must be long, because I now have a very stinging scrape (the kind that bubbles up above the skin) running all the way down my arm.  It actually looks like I have a seam down my arm LOL!  Well I guess it makes up for all the times my dogs have gotten overly playful and jumped on visitors 🙂

Until Next Time….

StampinBetty