Crafty Betty

Project 8 of 365: Upsy Daisy Thank YOU! May 23, 2010

First of all….let me tell Ya’ll (getting back to my southern heritage…) I almost fell off my seat when I logged in today and looked at my hit counter!!!  At first all I saw was that diagonal line just racing up with every hit coming in, then when I looked closer I realized I had OVER 200 hits TODAY alone, and the day is not even over.  Can you imagine how big the smile on my face was.  Let me tell you, I was smiling from ear to ear, and if my husband were home I would have ran right down to him jumping up and down like I had just won the lottery.

Right now I would be very proud to do a re-enactment of Sally Fields accepting her award…”You like me, You REALLY like me.”

So today’s project is a dedication to every single one of you who have stopped by to check out this newby blog.  If you keep showing me this kind of love there is no way I could possibly fail at this challenge.  I would feel way too guilty after all the great responses I have been getting from all of you.  Just last week when I finally posted that first project I sat here thinking how silly this might be, and how in the world would people stumble across me, but some how, some way you have all stumbled to me.

The huge bump in hits I got today is most certainly due to the gallery I posted over at Splitcoast Stampers just last night!  So I will do my best to keep Splitcoast Stampers Updated with the new projects as well.  Originally I had popped over there to see what great challenges they had going on.  Those challenges are a fantastic way to get the creativity pumping when you are experiencing a block….

So here is my great big thank you to YOU!!

Project 8 of 365:

Upsy Daisy Thank You Card

8 of 365: Upsy Daisy Thank You Card

As always click HERE to open my Stampin’ UP page in a new window so you can purchase any/or all supplies you need to complete this card.  I have changed this from previous versions, as I found out the link I was using before was actually defaulting to a generic Stampin’ UP site where I would not have gotten credit for your purchases.  So when you click the above link to my store, to shop go to the PRODUCTS tab accross the top, under that heading click on SHOP NOW!  For those of you who would like to help support my quest to complete 365 projects in 365 days, but do not want to purchase more products, or maybe you are a demonstrator, or already have a demonstrator you can also donate directly to me by clicking the DONATE button on the upper right portion of this blog.  I accept any size donations, so even $1 is great 🙂  (donations are processed on the secure PAYPAL website.)

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Chocolate Chip (102128)

5 x 3 3/4 Pretty in Pink (100459)

4 3/4 x 3 1/2 Whisper White (100730)

Ink (classic):

– Chocolate Chip (100908)

– Pretty in Pink (101301)

Stamp Sets:

– Upsy Daisy (111710)

– Thank You Kindly (111700)

Accessories:

Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (117287)

– Snail Adhesive (104332 or Refill 104331)

As you can see this is a very simple yet pretty card.  It is probably one of my favorites…. Hmmm maybe I should use this on at my upcoming workshop this Thursday????  The chocolate chip ribbon does not look like it matches in the photo, but there must have been something going on with my camera flash, because in person it looks great.

Please keep the positive feedback coming, and if there is a project you would like to see me tackle on this adventure let me know, and I will see what I can do!

Thank You for visiting,

StampinBetty

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Projects 5 & 6 of 365: Penciled Inspirations May 20, 2010

Yee Ha….I’m back, and determined to make my 365 Stampin’ UP! Projects in 365 days.  I am so excited that almost every time I check my hit calculator the number increases… People out there are already checking me out!!  Knowing people are watching will definitely keep me working towards this crazy goal of mine!

If any of you out there are within a 2 hour drive I sure could use a few more workshop bookings, and I would love to finally meet some people in the area that are either already in LOVE with paper crafting or are interested in checking it out.  I always provide free make & take projects at my workshop, so get a few people together and we can have a great evening of STAMPING!!  Just shoot me an email at betty.ray020@gmail.com and we will set it up…I can usually put things together on short notice as well.

Projects 5 & 6 of 365:  Penciled Inspiration

Projects 5 & 6: Penciled Inspirations

Projects 5 & 6 Penciled Inspirations (click for larger view)

I had actually stamped these images a couple of days ago, but was having a hard time finding layouts for them.  In the end I settled for something simple and sweet.  I just love these textured Specialty Designer Series Papers Stampin’ UP! has started using.  Granted….in the photos you can’t appreciate it as much but in person they are really something.  They are so thick and the texture gives them that little extra touch of richness that such a simple project needs.

These papers remind me of old school wall paper patterns which I just LOVE…..well…let me clarify what I mean by love.  I HATE, HATE, HATE wallpaper, can’t stand it, and just the thought of it brings up very angry feelings 🙂  I don’t think I can express the feelings of distaste strong enough.  I have vowed to never ever give a second thought to buying a house with wallpaper in it, even in the tiniest of doses.  This is stems back to a traumatic wallpaper removal experience I had a few months ago with a kitchen full of 1980’s blah (not retro-cool) wallpaper.  Yep, I can be a bit of a Drama Queen…  I think it was the biggest nightmare of all the do-it-yourself ideas I have ever had, and believe me, I have all kinds of wonderfully fantastic home improvement ideas.  Of course many of them don’t quite turn out like the beautiful pictures in my head (my poor, poor husband who puts up with these whims…).  I knew that the project would not be as easy as it looked or as easy as the “Home Network” makes it seem in all their lovely home remodeling programs, but GEE, really???  It took an entire week to just get the stuff down, and I must have taken some of my frustrations out on the wall itself, because there was much wall repair needed after the paper and glue came down.  Those walls should have just been thanking me they weren’t getting the wrath of the evil PMS monster…LOL!

But before I get too far off track, I do really love the patterns that were in the SUPER old fancy wallpapers.  Many of my friends know how I love to recreate these patterns on many other things.  I have even gone as far as to make my own “wallpaper” of sorts…..but it is safely encased in a frame to be looked at and enjoyed, but never to have to be scraped and sweated over to take it down…  I have even tossed around the idea of stenciling and entire wall in my Fantabulous crafting space, because I would rather spend a week putting it up than a week taking it down when I changed my mind years down the line 🙂

The second card (the one on the right) so reminds me of the old suitcases with hard sides and the leather or metal on the corners… I thought these were so cute and reminiscent of days gone by.

Project 5 of 365: Inspired by Nature in Pencil

Inspired by Nature in Pencil

Project 5: Inspired by Nature in Pencil. Click for larger image

As always click HERE to shop for all the Stampin’ UP! supplies used to create this project or many others.  To simplify things for you the link is set to open in a new window, and I provide the item numbers below.  So all you have to do is put the item number in the search field (on right side of Stampin’ UP! screen) and your shopping is just that easy.  Plus your purchases help support my quest to complete 365 Stampin’ UP! projects in one year and blog about every one of them.

Supplies:

Paper:

– 7 x 10 Chocolate Chip (105566- multi pack which will also include the More Mustard also used in this project)

– 4 x5 Chocolate Chip

– 5×5 More Mustard

– 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP- More Mustard Grid Pattern (Retired)

– 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP- Chocolate Chip Damask Pattern ( Retired)

– Chocolate Chip Scraps

– More Mustard Scraps

Ink:

– Whisper White Craft Ink (101731)

Markers/Pens:

– Watercolor Pencils (101879)

– White Gel Pen (105021)

– Chocolate Chip Marker (100071)

– Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill 104331)

– 1″ Chocolate Chip Ribbon (111849)

– Photo Corner Punch (109042)

– Scallop Oval Frame Bigz Die (114521)

Stamp Sets:

Inspired By Nature (111656)

Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)

Project 6: Retro Upsy Daisy

Project 6: Retro Upsy Daisy

Project 6 of 365: Retro Upsy Daisy: click for larger view

The only item in this project not listed in the previous one is the Upsy Daisy Stamp Set (111710).

Hope my blog is inspiring you to keep on Stampin!

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Til Next Time…

StampinBetty