Crafty Betty

Projects 115-118 of 365: Snow Swirled and Delightful Decorations Cards December 21, 2010

Hi all,

I’ve got some more Christmas cards for you…..Can you believe Christmas is just a few short days away!!!  I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping…LOL…..good thing I always give out a lot of handmade gifts….

On another note….. I just got braces on my teeth last week.  I had no idea the pain people really go through with these things!!!  I was expecting the teeth to be sore, no surprise there, but I had no idea how badly these things tear up the insides of your cheeks!!!  This is insanity-level pain, and I only have the top ones on right now (won’t be getting the bottom ones for another 3 months because they have to move the top ones a bit to get the lower ones to fit.).  And I also love how they wait to spring on the list of foods you can’t eat until they already have these torture devices on….. There are TONS of healthy foods on the list of things you can not eat…. so I better stock up on the vitamins.  Can’t have (or at least have to be very very careful with) raw vegetables, whole apples, nuts, popcorn, etc…..I know its logical, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it 🙂   On the other hand….On the suggested list are ice cream, cake, brownies, pudding….Doesn’t it sound like a license to go junk food crazy???  🙂

On to the cards….  All of these cards are pretty quick to finish, so if you still need to make more cards before Christmas hop to it, and try these on for size…

Project 115 of 365: Delights of the Season

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115 of 365: Delights of the Season

Not much explanation needed for this one, just a simple card pieced together, but don’t you just love that ornament punch.  I could not have been happier than when I saw that Stampin Up had made two more stamp sets to use with this punch (Contempo Christmas and Tags Til Christmas), and they are both MUST HAVE sets!!!  (please ignore the sloppy glue marks on this one…..this was one of the earlier versions when I was experimenting with what to do with the strings on the ornaments….tiny glue dots are much less noticeable than using actual glue…)

Stamp Sets:  Delightful Decorations, Many Merry Messages

Project 116 of 365: Decorate with Joy

 

 

 

 

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116 of 365: Decorate with Joy

 

Stamps Used: Delightful Decorations

Project 117 of 365: Snow Swirled Resist

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117 of 365: Snow Swirled Resist

This card happened because I had seen a really similar card online somewhere last year, but I didn’t have the really pretty patterned paper that they had used on the bottom of the card….So I did what I do best….I improvised and made my own patterned paper.  I started with a plain old sheet of whisper white card stock.  Then I used my versamark glue pad to randomly stamp the snowflakes from the Snow Swirled Stamp Set all over my 12×12 sheet of cardstock.  I then sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder and used my heat gun to emboss it.  After that I used a sponge dauber and Soft Suede Ink to rub all over the paper.  In person this really looks so much more beautiful and sparkly than in the picture.  It actually looks quite suede like from the rubbing of the ink across the paper and purposely applying the ink uneven.  This is one of those projects where it pays off to be sloppy 🙂  (this technique is called Emboss Resist.)

Stamps Used:  Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Project 118 of 365:  Snow Swirled Navy

 

 

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118 of 365: Snow Swirled Navy

 

Ask anyone who has ever done a Christmas card class and they will likely tell you that I am obsessed with heat embossing.  I just love the effect, the smooth raised texture of the ink.  It just looks so classy and professional.  And running a close second to heat embossing would be using any of the emboss folders or texture plates in my Sizzix Big Shot.  “Texture, Texture, Texture” is my motto and I can’t get enough of it when I’m making cards!!  Seriously, all these texture effects are soooooo easy and so much cheaper than the been-there-done-that patterned paper that everyone has.  So don’t be intimidated by that heat gun, give it a shot, you will be hooked just like me.

If you are wondering how I got the tree and the greeting lined up so straight…..check out the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (yes, that ‘s its real name.)  If you are a perfectionist this will be your best friend!!

Stamps Used:  Snow Swirled

Hope you guys are more prepared than I am for Christmas day 🙂

Stop Back Soon For More Fun!!!

StampinBetty

 

Projects 94-96 of 365: 3×3 Halloween Cards September 26, 2010

Next, I based these 3 small cards on the 3×3 cards made by “cindy89” over on the Stampin Up! Demonstrator site.  These cards are almost completely copied from her cards.  There are only minor changes…

Projects 94-96:  3×3 Halloween Cards

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94-96: Halloween 3x3's

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94 of 365: Happy Halloween 3x3

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95 of 365: 3x3 Owl Halloween

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96 of 365: 3x3 Crow and Candle

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Cajun Craze
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Wicked Fun DSP
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Old Olive
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Very Vanilla
  • Old Olive DSP

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Cajun Craze

Accessories:

  • Circle Punches: 1/2″, 1 3/4″
  • 2″ Scallop Circle Punch (non SU)
  • Word Window Punch
  • Polka Dot Rich Razzleberry Ribbon
  • Scallop Trim Corner Punch
  • Rhinestone (non-SU)

Well, I’m off to a good start on my Halloween Cards.  I have a bunch more to post, but they will have to wait.

Until Next Time,

StampinBetty

 

Project 93 of 365: Spiderwebs and Candles

Woohoo…..over the past few days I have made sooooo many cards with the new goodies I ordered from the fall catalog!!!  I must have been in the zone.

The first bunch of these cards are all Halloween cards, and I am pretty darn happy with myself for the results.  As mentioned in the previous post I”m not really a Halloween person, but this year I must have caught the spirit.  Maybe it started with that awesome haunted house…

I must confess that since I have not previously made Halloween cards that most of these were at least started/inspired by other cards I have seen on Splitcoast Stampers or the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator only site.  I will give credit where ever necessary 🙂

This first card was inspired by a simple card by someone using the screen name “Speedy Stamper” on Splitcoast Stampers.  The layout is based on her card, but I changed all the colors, distressed the web, added some brads, and then added the “happy halloween” greeting.

Project 93 of 365: Spiderwebs and Candles

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93 of 365: Spiderwebs and Candles

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Basic Gray
  • Old Olive
  • Very Vanilla

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:

  • Basic Black

Accessories:

  • Black Striped Ribbon
  • 1 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • 2″ Scallop Circle Punch (non-SU…this one is slightly bigger)
  • Word Window Punch
  • Spiderweb Emboss Folder
  • Dimensionals
  • Medium Black Brads

Thank you for looking, and there are many more Halloween Cards to Come!!

StampinBetty

 

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

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White

Stamps:

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

Ink:

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

Accessories:

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

Thanks for checking out another card 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 80 of 365: Black Magic Birthday Card September 2, 2010

So awhile back when I first discovered the Black Magic Technique I stamped and colored soooooo many images, but then they just sat in a pile waiting to be used, so today I decided to use a couple of them.  Not only this, but I also challenged myself to use colors I don’t normally use.  I decided it was time to be BOLD and use some bold colors, since I almost always tend to stick with Earthtones and Neutrals.  I just like “warm” colors 🙂  I do, somewhat, have a mixed feelings over my use of such dramatic and contrasting colors here, but in the end I do like it…I guess that is why they call it challenging yourself.

In case you have not yet discovered the Black Magic technique, it is so cool and so simple.  All you do is take a piece of black (or any darker colored) cardstock and stamp solid images using Whisper White Craft ink.  You then heat set the Craft ink, and when it is set you color over the white areas with either Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor pencils or PrismaColor pencils (I suppose any colored pencil might work, but I have got great results from these 2 types of pencils.)  Remember to use multiple shades of the same color to get results with more depth, and for that extra kick highlight with a white gel pen.

Maybe the reason I like this technique so much is because I get to visit one of my childhood favorite past times….Coloring 🙂

Project 80 of 365: Black Magic Birthday Card

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80 of 365: Kind and Caring Birtday

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Cameo Coral
  • Basic Black

Stamps:

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

Ink:

  • Basic Black- Marker
  • Whisper White- Craft Ink

Accessories:

  • PrismaColor Pencils or Watercolor Pencils
  • HodgePodge Kit- Silver
  • 1/4″ Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Fancy Label Punch
  • Tag Corner Punch

Thanks for checking it out.  I have more in store for you so keep checking back 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 55 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Pear Pizzazz July 12, 2010

I saved my favorite one for last tonight.  The background paper in this one truly reminds me of retro kitchen wallpaper 🙂

Believe it or not….I actually decorated the inside of this card.  I usually don’t put anything on the inside of the card until I go to use it, but I could tell by the little sliver the original creator left showing that she had replicated the main image in the lower corner of the inside as well, so I just had to do it too….after all I am being a total “follower” today since all of today’s cards are cased (with only minor changes).

Project 55 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Pear Pizzazz

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55 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Pear Pizzazz

Cased from a card posted by Jen Timko on the demonstrator-only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Whisper White
  • Baja Breeze textured
  • Greenhouse Gala DSP

Ink: (markers)

  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Marina Mist
  • Daffodil Delight

Stamps:

  • Friends Never Fade
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Accessories:

  • Button Latte
  • Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon

That’s all for now.  Have a Great Night!!!

StampinBetty

 

Project 31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box June 17, 2010

Yep, I also tried to trick you guys a bit….My gift to Rebecca (for her birthday) also included this cute stationary box to store that stationary set that I had made for her 🙂

Split Coast Stampers had posted the Stationary Box as their weekly tutorial last week.  You can check that out here.

Project 31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box:

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31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box

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31 of 365: Stationary Box Open

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Not Quite Navy

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Not Quite Navy

Stamps:

  • Baroque Motifs
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Accessories:

  • White Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Daisies Die
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Sticky Strip
  • Tombow Multi Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Rhinestone Brads
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Word WIndow Punch

Non SU Items

  • Rollerball Pen (for the gift set)
  • Rhinestone

Contents of Stationary Box

The above picture is the contents of the stationary box, you can see the full details of these items in the previously posted blog.

Take Care,

StampinBetty

p.s.  I still got more stuff coming yet today!!! So keep coming back.