Crafty Betty

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:


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


  • 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


  • 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….



Project 13 0f 365: Anniversary Explosion Box May 30, 2010

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

Hi All!

The project I am posting today is a belated Anniversary gift for some friends.  When I posted my first blog they had mentioned they liked the Explosion Box Project, and since I had neglected to make them an Anniversary Card, I told them I would make them one if they told me what colors they liked.  Tina said she liked Green and her husband liked Dark Purple, so I hope the colors I used are close enough.  I will soon find out as I will be giving this to them when I head over there in a little while for a pre-Memorial Day cookout!  Yum- Yum…I can’t wait…..Plus I get to give them their gift in front of other people…and maybe, just maybe, some of those people will want one too 🙂

I have been thinking about either holding an Explosion Box class or selling them per request (incorporating colors/themes the people want.)  I am still working out how much is a fair price….So if any of you out there would like me to make an Explosion Box for you, or are interested in hosting a class let me know!!  Email me at

These boxes really show better when they are filled with pictures and momentos….so click HERE to be taken to the original one I made a couple weeks ago which looks more polished since it is full of pictures and other little things 🙂

Project 13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13.  Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

Click Here to be taken to my Stampin’ Up! site to purchase current Stampin’ Up! products used to complete this project.



  • Whisper White Textured
  • Rich Razzleberry Textured
  • Kiwi Kiss Textured (Retired)
  • Bermuda bay Tetured
  • Walk in the Park DSP (Retired)

Classic Ink Pads:

  • Kiwi Kiss (Retired)
  • Old Olive
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Bermuda Bay

Stamp Sets:

  • Vintage Vogue
  • Lovely Letters


  • Versa Mark Pad
  • White Emboss Powder
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Simple Flower Embosslit
  • Lattice Bigz Die
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Ornament Punch
  • Stickles (non SU)
  • Pearls (non SU)
  • Crystal Effects

More Pictures:

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13. Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

I have so many projects partially finished or still floating around in my head so check back often to watch me complete 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 Days.

Have a Fun and Safe Memorial Day!



Projects 11 & 12 of 365: “A Day at the Beach” and “Stenciled Inspirations” May 28, 2010

Hi All,

It’s been a few days, but I am back, and as promised back to a more positive attitude!!  Yesterday I held a small workshop up in Kaukauna, WI, and we had a lot of fun.  We even put together some ideas for future events….So hopefully I will be keeping myself busy 🙂  Plus, as it turns out, one of the girls gave me a good lead on a retirement community about 45 min from here that would probably have fun doing crafts.  Many of you don’t know this, but for awhile I was doing crafts twice a month at an Assisted Living Facility in Caledonia, WI.  I had SOOOO much fun there, but unfortunately they were a newly opened facility and since they did not have many residents yet, they did not have room in their budget, and even with the HUGELY discounted prices I gave them they were unable to continue inviting me back 😦  I actually really miss going there!!  So I’m pretty excited that I might get to go back to doing crafts in retirement and/or assisted living communities again.  It’s just so much fun when their eyes light up like little kids that they were able to create something so pretty.  The ladies (and occasionally, depending on the project, I would get some of the men to join us) would all be sitting in our “craft area” long before I even arrived because they were so excited to make something new.  Gee, I really do miss them…..maybe I should give a call over there and see if they are ready for me to come back yet?????

On another happy note….Our new downstairs tenants will be moving in next week.  This is super cool for many reasons.  First, the apartment won’t be vacant since the last tenants are moving out this week (they were picture perfect tenants.  I am sad to see them go….why do 20-something girls have to fall in love and move in with their 7-year boyfriends….lol…Congrats to her.) But more importantly, I found out that one of the new tennants also has a fascination with paper products!!  She is an illustrator, and while I didn’t ask her specifically what she did, I guess I just pictured “commercial” type of work….but I checked out her blog a couple days ago, and she actually does a lot of wedding invites, and such.  While she is a true artist, i.e. she draws all her images, while I just make stamps and such look pretty it is still cool to know that we might be able to bounce some ideas off each other.  Plus I think some of her images would make AWESOME rubber stamps….  Not only that, but when she was viewing the apartment I had somewhat jokingly tossed around the idea of starting a screen printing business in the basement since she illustrates, and I had recently bought I hobby screen print set-up and realized how easy it was.  In some ways I was just happy that she didn’t think I was a crazy lady and run out of the house…as those who know me better will attest that when I like something I tend to get very excited like a little kid.. 🙂   So I was quite surprised when she answered my email and actually brought up our screen printing conversation from a couple months ago.  Seriously….how cool would it be to start our own little screen printing company in the basement and/or garage……When they get here next week I will do my best to keep my excitement under check and not jump up and down like a little kid, and give them plenty of time to settle in before I try to get anyone to jump into business LOL!!!  But it is pretty exciting to have someone moving in that shares some of the same interests….Plus, even though she is moving from New Orleans, she actually knows more people in Milwaukee than I do….Then again, I guess that is not too shocking since I probably know about 1o people here….I really need to get out more.

I knew there was one more exciting thing today….I am going to watch the new “Sex and the City” movie tonight with Tina.  I’m gonna call her my bestest Milwaukee friend, even though I haven’t know her all that long.  (Our husbands work together.)  We have already found ways to get into all kinds of “trouble,” granted innocent trouble.  We are both light weights where you have no idea what kind of crazy ideas we will get in our heads when we have a drink or 2 (and I am being serious when I say a drink or 2, cus that’s about all we can handle, lol).  So I am a bit concerned since she said we should have a cosmo before the movie to get  “In the Spirit.”  Hopefully she doesn’t tackle me in the parking lot again….Maybe I should wear football pads tonight…just in case 🙂

Now, before you all fall asleep, here are a couple super SIMPLE 6×6 scrapbook pages for you.  The first one “A Day at the Beach” is one of the make-and-take projects I did for yesterdays workshop.

Project 11 of 365: A Day at the Beach

11 of 365: A Day at the Beach

11 0f 365: A Day at the Beach

Don’t give me a hard time about the outfit….The only “tropical” pictures I could find were from when my brother got married in Hawaii 8 years ago!!!

Please click HERE to shop my Stampin Up! site to purchase any of the supplies needed to complete either of the 2 projects shown today.  You can also click on the DONATE button on the upper right portion of the blog to contribute and help me on this quest to complete 365 Stampin UP! Projects in 365 Days.



  • 6×6 Old Olive Cardstock (100702)
  • 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 Mambo Melon Cardstock (115320)
  • 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 Tempting Turquoise Cardstock (102067)
  • Whisper White Scraps

Classic Ink:

  • Old Olive (102277)
  • Pumpkin Pie (105216)
  • Tempting Turquoise (100814)
  • Melon Mambo (115656)

Stamp Set:

  • Tropical Party (wood-118515 or clear 120081


  • Bold Brights Brads (106957)
  • Soft Subtles Brads (106954)
  • Earth Elements Brads (106955)
  • Dimensionals (104430)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill-104331)

Project 12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations



  • 6×6 Sage Shadow Textured
  • 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 Whisper White
  • 3×3 Rich Razzleberry

Classic Ink:

  • Sage Shadow (102532)
  • Perfect Plum (101437)
  • Rich Razzleberry (115658)


  • Folk Flowers Stencil (118139)
  • Sage Shadow Grosgrain 1/4″ ribbon (111369)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill-104331)

Hope you like these simple scrapbook pages…..Check back often for more paper crafting ideas!!!



Project 3 of 365: Vintage Vogue 6×6 Page May 17, 2010

Here we go, here we go, here we go Now…..I am on a roll….Or I’ve just had too much caffeine 🙂  Either way I am back with project #3!!  I made this project for a workshop I held about a week ago for my great friends in Green Bay, WI.  I miss them so much now that I am in Milwaukee, but lucky for me they all love crafts too and often invite me up there to hold my workshops.

My inspiration for this 6×6 scrapbook page comes from page 26 of the Occasions Mini catalog that just expired April 30, 2010….But have no fear as ALL the items used in the project below are still available at My Stampin’ UP! Shop!  I was so excited when Stampin’ UP! announced that certain items in the Occasions Mini would still be offered, not only that but they will be added to the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog set to come out July 1, 2010.  The “Vintage Vogue ” set that I absolutely fell in love with is one of those carryover items.  HOORAY!!!

On with the show….Every time I picked up that catalog I would just stop on page 26 and admire that scrapbook layout.  I loved the Right 2/3 of it.  The combination of the White background and Crushed Curry just spoke to me, and I gotta tell you I’m really not a big fan of Yellow  LOL!  Then when it was mentioned that there would be people at this workshop who had never done scrapbooking before, but were very interested in trying it out I immediately knew I had to find a way to turn this 8 1/2 x 11 page into an easy 6×6 Make-and-Take project.  If you look at the original you will be able to see the adjustments I made, and can judge for yourself which version better suits your needs 🙂

PROJECT  3 of 365: Vintage Vogue 6×6 Page

Vintage Vogue-Crushed Curry 6x6 Page

Click on the picture to get a larger view.

Going forward I am going to  try to include item #’s for Stampin’ UP! products used to make it easier for you to order supplies needed.  This way you can click on any of my in-text links to my shop (like HERE) which I have set up to open in a new window so you can reference back to this page to get your item # and then to speed up your shopping you can search by item # and voila your shopping is just that easy 🙂



1.  6×6 Whisper White (106529 or the neutrals multipack 108589)

2.  4×5 Crushed Curry (115319 or 2009-2010 InColors Multipack 115319-which would also include the Soft Suede needed here)

3.  3 3/4 x 4 3/4 Whisper White

4.  1×4 Soft Suede (115315 or the 2009-2010 InColors Multipack 115318- which also includes the Crushed Curry from above)

5.  1 1/2 x 4 Pretty in Pink Textured Cardstock (only available in the Soft Subtles Multipack 108695)

6. Whisper White Scraps


– Crushed Curry Classic (115659)

– Old Olive Classic (102277)

– Pretty In Pink Classic (101301)


– Soft Suede (only avail in the the InColors Marker Pack 116329- You could sub with any brown marker)

Stamp Set:

– Vintage Vogue (wood mount 117690 or clear mount 118598) (I’m loving the new clear mount, saves so much storage space and CHEAPER!!)


– Old Olive 5.8″ Satin Ribbon (117292)

– Clear Buttons (105447)

– Silver Brads (104336)

– Stampin’ UP! Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976- from the new Summer Mini)

– Stampin” UP! Matchbox Bigz XL Die (114890)

– Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430-  you should always have tons of these on hand, that little 3D pop makes a huge difference in your projects)

Some of the Smaller details that you may not see clearly in the photo is that the Soft Suede Strip is ran through the Sizzix Big Shot machine using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder, and the Pretty in Pink Strip is randomly stamped in Pretty Pink Ink using the vine-ish stamp from the Vintage Vogue Set.  Then The big F is stamped in Old Olive ink, cut out, and attached to the shape cut with the Matchbox die using Stampin’ Dimensionals…..before attaching the F….color just the word “friends” from the F stamp with Soft Suede Marker (right on the rubber stamp) then stamp this on that die cut…then attach your “F” lining it up with where you stamped “friends.”   Basically ALL the little cut out embellishments are attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give them just that little POP that makes your project go from ho-hum to AWSOME…….look at that I am even rhyming now….I gotta cut back on the caffeine.

In case you are wondering who the “hotties” in the photo are 🙂  On the right is my bestest friend Kelly, and on the left is yours truly.

Again….if you like what you see here, PLEASE help support my quest to complete 365 projects in 365 days (and blog about all of them) by shopping at my Stampin’ Up Site just click where you see the underlined words and you will be taken right to my site.

As always I welcome comments and critiques.

Until Next time,