Crafty Betty

Project 76 of 365: Baby Blanket Shower Card August 17, 2010

This card is the card I made for a Baby Shower I attended on Sunday.  The inspiration for the card was the baby blanket I had bought as a gift from the mother-to-be’s registry.  It was so cute, and I soon as I bought it I knew I had to make a card based on the design of the blanket.

Project 76 of 365: Baby Blanket Shower Card

Inspiration for card:

Thanks for stopping by!

StampinBetty

UPDATES (9/1/2010):

I had a request for more info on the items used to complete this card….

I used the Cricut Animal Kingdom, New Arrival, and Create a Critter Cartridges to get all these shapes, and I drew extra lines on the zebra and lion (yes, I made a yellow and brown zebra….but that is the colors they used on the baby blanket I used for inspiration).  Then I also hand cut away some of the head on the monkey layers so that it would have that multi-color look like on the inspiration piece.  I believe this monkey is from New Arrival, and I also cut it so just the head and hands showed, as well as cutting off the tail and attaching it so it would show behind the monkey (as in the inspiration piece.)

If you would like me to make this same card for you it would be $5 plus shipping (this card does take a long time to put together.), just drop me a note with your email so we can discuss : )

Hope this helps!!

Have a great night

StampinBetty

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Project 73 0f 365: Jungle Baby Card August 14, 2010

This card was also a special request from my Sister-In-Law.  This card is for a Baby Shower where the theme is jungle animals.  Another request, from the mother-to-be, is that she doesn’t want any gender stereo-type colors or themes for the baby/baby shower.  They know that they are having a girl, but want to avoid the stereo-type of all pink and things like “princess” or “spoiled”.  I completely understand where she is coming from….but….I can totally see myself going pink-crazy if I were to have a baby and it were a girl 🙂   I, too, don’t like those “spoiled” or “brat” type themed clothing either.   Unless, of course, it were from the grandparents and it said something like “my grandma/grandpa spoil me rotten”  because grandparents get to spoil their grandkids….at least that was always what my grandparents always said about all the grandkids they didn’t raise themselves.

Well, I think I  succeeded in no gender stereotypes on this card.  When I first completed the card I didn’t really like it.  It just looked so plain and 2D.  So I went back with my Stampin Write Markers and gave it more depth with shadows, and definition on the leaves and such, and then highlights from a white gel pen.  It made a world of difference.  The card was “OK” when it was just paper, but so much better with the added dimension gained with the markers and white pen.

Project 73 of 365: Jungle Baby Card

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73 of 365: Jungle Baby Card

Well it’s time to get ready for the concert, and tomorrow afternoon I will be going to that baby shower with my Sister-in-Law.  So hopefully I will find time tomorrow night to post some more of the projects I have sitting here waiting to be blogged about 🙂

StampinBetty

 

72 of 365: Birthday Movie

Where to start, where to start…..the dentist visit or the concert????  Well obviously the concert 🙂

I am so excited.  Tonight I am going to the Bret Michels concert at the Wisconsin State Fair!!!  So actually 2 exciting things:  I have never been to the State Fair and, well… its Bret Michels.  Why, you ask, am I so excited over Bret Michels?  Well, that comes with a story.  It either starts with my brother and I constantly listening to an old Poison TAPE (thats right, a cassette tape, google it if you are too young to remember those LOL!!) and singing along when we were kids…Or more likely it comes from my guilty pleasure of watching that ridiculous VH1 show Rock of Love.  Because, even though I know every word to all the old Poison songs, my brother and I grew up without cable TV, so no MTV to actually see the band or the trouble they got into.  I honestly, did not know who Bret Michels was until the Rock of Love.  Too funny 🙂 Today kids would try to make claims of child abuse if they didn’t have cable TV, but back then it was just a thing for city kids to waste time on.  We lived WAY out in the country growing up, and it didn’t seem like we were missing out on anything….  Wow how the world changes (btw…I’m not “old,” will be 32 next week.)

I LOVED watching that completely ridiculous show…  All three seasons, thinking/knowing he was never really going to find that special someone on that show.  Heck, I probably would have continued watching and laughing my a$$ off even if it went to 10 seasons.  I think it was a way to wind down, and let my brain go numb since ,at the time, I was DEEP DEEP DEEP into my graduate studies and visions of statistics and patterns even haunted me in my sleep, so watching something completely senseless probably helped reduce stress.  LOL!

Well, there you have it…I’m going to my first concert in probably over 10 years (Last concert I went to see was Bob Dylan, on some kind of come back tour,  in Green Bay), and since our seats are pretty close to the stage I will probably behave like a star-struck teenager. 🙂

The first project I am posting today is a Birthday card my Sister-In-Law asked me to make.  It was for her friend whom she regularly goes out to movies with.  Her only real request for the card was for it to have a tub of popcorn on the front.  In many ways I actually like the inside of the card more than the outside.  Plus I personalized the inside message with an inside joke the 2 of them share.  To do this I just made some word art in photoshop.  All of the paper piecing is from my Cricut and Gypsy

Project 72 of 365: Birthday Movie Card

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72 of 365: Birthday Movie Card

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72 of 365: Birthday Movie Card Inside

I have quite a few things to post for you, so we will see how far I get today 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Projects 56-66: New Baby Girl Scrapbook Kit July 20, 2010

Hi All,

You’ve probably been wondering were I disappeared to for the past week….Well I have been cooking up some really cool stuff for you.  To start with I am going to slowly start adding crafting kits for purchase to this blog (like the album kit posted today.)  My goal with these kits will be to make great projects which you can complete at home in about an hour or 2 without any special tools or supplies!!!  How cool is that?

The album kit I am posting today is designed for new born baby girls (I am working on a VERY similar album for new born boys, I just need to find paper with the “right” colors.)  This album is a 6×6 album, designed to stay as THIN as possible (less than an inch thick even after you add photos) so you can just slip it in your bag or desk, and you will have the perfect Brag Book for any time someone asks about your beautiful baby.

For $19.99 you will receive:

1. A very nice 6×6 album with 10 page protectors (20 pages).  This album cannot be expanded, it is designed to stay thin, so all pages are permanently inserted with no posts or rings.

2.  All the die-cuts shown in all the pictures below.  Plus, any die cut made of multiple layers is already assembled for you!!!  So no need for you to try and solve the puzzle of how/where to attach the tiny layers 🙂

3.  All the patterned and solid CARDSTOCK (not thin paper) used.  Again, to keep this album as thin as possible, both sides of each sheet are used.  This is very high quality (non SU) cardstock which is solid on one side and patterned on the other.  Since it is very sturdy you can use both sides, saving you from an unsightly over-bulging album.

4.  You will also be emailed a PDF of all instructions (including photos) to complete the album.  The BEST part is that all you need to complete the album is the adhesive of your choice and a couple markers, and you can complete this album in 1 hour (maybe 2 hours if you add photos right away.)

While this will be presented as several projects (for the purpose of fulfilling my 365 in 365 goal) you will receive EVERYTHING in this post as part of your KIT!!

Buy it now for 19.99 plus shipping by clicking HERE

Project 56 0f 365: Page 1 of New Baby Girl Album

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56 of 365: Page 1 of New Baby Girl Album

(in your kit the hand written portion will not be done for you….this way you can write whatever you want to here.)

Project 57 of 365: Pages 2-3 of Baby Girl Album

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57 of 365: Pages 2-3 of Baby Girl Album

Project 58 of 365: Pages 4-5 of Baby Girl Album

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58 of 365: Pages 4-5 of Baby Girl Album

Project 59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

Project 60 of 365: Pages  8- 9 of Baby Girl Album

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60 of 365: Pages 8-9 of baby Girl Album

(I just love the above page 🙂 …)

Project 61 of 365: Pages 10-11 of Baby Girl Album

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61 of 365: Pages 11-12 of Baby Girl Album

(this one looks better in person)

Project 62 of 365: Pages 12-13 of Baby Girl Album

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62 of 365: pages 12-13 of Baby Girl Album

Project 63 of 365: Pages 14-15 of Baby Girl Album

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63 of 365: Pages 14-15 of Baby Girl Album

Project 64 of 365: Pages 16-17 of 365

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64 of 365: Pages 16-17 of Baby Girl Album

(yours won’t have the messy glue….LOL….and the color here is a bit deceiving, the polka dot paper is more of a rose red with light pink dots, than the red red it looks like in the picture)

Project 65 of 365: Pages 18-19 of Baby Girl Album

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65 of 365: Pages 18-19 of Baby Girl Album

(so cute…)

Project 66 of 365: Page 20 of Baby Girl Album

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66 of 365: Page 20 of Baby Girl Album

So there you have it everyone!!! If you like this kit buy it HERE for just $19.99 plus shipping.

When ordering your kit you will also receive a matching album (as pictured below)….If you request a specific album I will do my best to get you that one, but it is first come first serve.  If no request is made I will randomly choose an album for you 🙂

6x6 Albums for Baby Girl Scrapbook


Copyright notice: This kit is the original design of StampinBetty.  You can replicate this item for your personal use, but it is not allowable for you to use these designs for your profit without my consent.  Thank You 🙂

Hope you like this kit!!

StampinBetty


 

Project 10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio May 24, 2010

I’m back….as promised with a second post today.  Be warned, I am having one heck of a bad case of the “Mondays.”  Gee…who would think that is even possible when you work from home. LOL!

If you are new to my blog, I promise I am not always as negative as I sound  in my two posts today, but I REALLY need to vent.  Not only do I need to vent, but so does my attic…literally…which is where all my frustrations of the day are coming from.

I do all my work in our walk-up attic, which lucky me, is an attic where 2/3 of it is finished space giving me a small office nook, and another kind of small room which I use for all my crafting.  Normally I consider myself quite the lucky lady that I have this space all to myself to do with as I please, but today it had me in tears!!!  While the rest of our house has forced air heat and central air, the attic rooms honestly have 2 FAKE vents, making it appear, to an unsuspecting buyer, that this FINISHED portion of the attic has heat and air conditioning….Too Bad “Holmes on Holmes” doesn’t come to Wisconsin…. he would probably love to see a home where someone went to the trouble to put “fake vents” in a room, and then market it as a finished attic with a bedroom and large walk-in closet….

Well, what happened today is not technically the house’s fault….but….if there weren’t fake vents in the attic I wouldn’t need to have a portable heater to use the room in the winter, or a portable air conditioner for the summer.  Today it was 90 degrees outside, and I guarantee the attic was reaching close to 100 degrees.  So I hooked up the $300 portable room air conditioner which I bought just last fall and used maybe 3 or 4 times, and the thing starts beeping at me.  So I pull the owner’s manual out, open to “troubleshooting,” expecting to see some simple answer….but of course I have the light that is blinking that means I need to call the service center and have a technician come out and fix it.

Ok, that seems simple enough.  I figure it sucks that I won’t be able to create today, but at least the air conditioner is under warranty, and it should get fixed in the very near future.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!!!  All started out fine, the lady gets my model and serial #’s, and even gets me a repair ticket #, then the bomb hits….She said all she needs is the ORIGINAL PAPER RECEIPT FROM THE STORE WHERE I PURCHASED the air conditioner.  At first I thought no problem, it should be right here with the owner’s manual….but it wasn’t.  So then it just had to be in last year’s tax receipts…..but it wasn’t.  So that put the whole process on hold.  The lady tells me all I should need to do is call the store where I purchased it and if I paid with a credit card they should be able to look up the transaction and just print a new receipt.

Fine, I called TARGET, I got transfered, I talked to Someone in India, was told I could go to the store provide them with my credit card and ID and they would print a receipt.  Drove to the store, was told they “can’t” print me a receipt for anything more than 90 days ago, I ask to speak with management, as I had printed all my credit card info showing the date, and store where the purchase was made (unfortunately that was not enough detail for proof-of purchase for HAIER AMERICA, it had to be the ORIGINAL store receipt), and I wasn’t asking to return the air conditioner or for a refund (as I purchased it more than 6 months ago, and just needed a receipt so HAIER would honor the warranty).  The BOY (not man) at the counter calls the manager who refuses to come down and talk to me and instead I can hear her telling him to just tell me “There was nothing they could do, they do not have access to past transactions.”  Wouldn’t the IRS like to know that they can not recall transactions from 6 months ago (since their corporate office also told me there was NO ONE in the company that could provide me with a new receipt, because they DO NOT keep the details of transaction)?  If they got audited they could be made to show detailed transactions from 10 years ago!!!

So I call my credit card company in the off-chance there was something they could do with their buyer-protection service.  I have to say everyone at the credit card company was not only IN the U.S. they were all VERY friendly, and there were no less than 3 people who actually went out of their way to try to help me try to find a way to get this whole thing resolved.  Unfortunately no luck…

Even with all the additional info the credit card company armed me with I still spent over 4 HOURS  on the phone with a countless number of Target employees, including 2 managers, who all gave the same bottled answer, “I’m sorry we do not have access to that information.”  A high level manager at the corporate office even admitted that this was a problem that she had been trying to work on for over a year to be able to RESTORE the ability to recall transaction information for people in cases such as mine.  When I told them this just didn’t make sense….We could all SEE that I had paid for the item, but yet no one was willing to do anything to make this right!!!  She and several others said that ultimately it was my responsibility to hang on to the receipt.  I understand that I did, in fact, lose the receipt, but I provided them more than ample information to get a new one.  I even asked several of the people if they had ever lost a receipt, and every person I asked said yes, everyone loses a receipt at some point.  So then they should have understood my frustration, and I provided more than enough information (thank you again to my credit card company)…gee…I think the only thing I didn’t provide them with was the color of the underwear that I wore on the day I bought the air conditioner.  🙂

When I realized that no matter how many managers I pleaded my case to (and even cried to 2 of them) NO ONE was going to take 5 seconds out of their day to help someone who made an honest (and lets admit MINOR) mistake.  I know, this seems like ridiculous lengths to go to for a $300 air conditioner, but money is TIGHT these days, I can’t buy another one, and this one is supposed to be under warranty.  I called HAIER again, and thought that if I told them everything I had gone through for the past 4 hours that they would have a heart and accept all the credit card info I provided, and know that there was no way anyone would go this far out of their way for a $300 air conditioner, but I got a very rude man who claimed to be both the Supervisor, and Top Manager in charge, and said there was absolutely nothing he was willing to do without the ORIGINAL receipt, and when I mentioned the air conditioner was in my office he quickly jumped all over me and said that since it was used for COMMERCIAL USE there would be NO WARRANTY anyway.  Seriously…..this is a HOME OFFICE????

SOOOOOOOOO sorry for the rant, but I gotta say I am actually a little broken hearted right now.  I have been a DEVOUT Target addict for well over 10 years.  They have gotten a very large percentage of my income for many many years!  I thought they were the greatest place in the whole world to shop (my wedding registry was even there)…..Now I gotta tell you the thought of ever walking back through the doors of any TARGET makes me ill.  I don’t think I can…..Which really sucks since they always have lots of cool stuff. ( I know they didn’t make the faulty air conditioner, but they are the ones refusing to give me the stupid piece of paper I need to get HAIER to fix or replace it.)  It’s easy to say I will never purchase HAIER products again, but no more Target really hurts!!!  I mean what has the world come to when someone like me can provide an OVERWHELMING amount of evidence that I purchased the air conditioner and the date I purchased it yet everyone tells me “Too bad, so sad, suck it up and stop calling us, because WE DON’T CARE.”  Normally I would admit to being a Drama Queen, but everything that happened today was ridiculous, and I think I have the right to be disgusted, but if anyone out there thinks I am in the wrong or did something wrong (besides misplacing the receipt) please let me know….because I would really like to find a reason not to personally BOYCOTT Target.  (don’t worry I won’t make anyone sign a petition to boycott with me, because I am sure many of you love Target the way I did for so many years…..)

So on to the Project I promised, and you were so nice to read (or at least skim to get down to the picture).  At least this pretty card makes me smile, so hopefully you will too.  I used a technique called Black Magic….or in this case, brown magic.  This is so simple, but so dramatic at the same time.  Simply stamp a mostly solid stamp using white ink on dark colored paper (can use any paper, but the results are more dramatic when on dark paper.) Then color over the image with watercolor pencils or (like I did) use beautiful Prismacolor pencils, and if you want a little more POP, highlight your images with a white gel pen.

Project 10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio (I also submitted this as part of Splitcoast’s Technique Lover’s Challenge)

10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio

10 of 365: Black Magic Watercolor Trio

Click HERE to open my Stampin’ UP! store in a new window so you can purchase any of the Stampin’ UP items used in this project or any other project. Your purchases help support this crazy ride to complete 365 projects in 365 days.  You can also support this journey through donations made by clicking the DONATE button in the upper right column of the blog.  I accept donations of any amount….even $1.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 6×12 Ruby Red Texture Cardstock (108697)
  • 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 Cameo Coral (105566- multipack which includes the chocolate chip also used)
  • 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 Chocolate Chip

Ink:

  • Whisper White Craft (101731)

Stamp Set:

  • Watercolor Trio (wood mount-117050 or clear mount-120084)

Accessories:

  • 1″ Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired, but your could used the grossgrain ribbon)
  • White Gel Pen (105021)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or Refill 104331)
  • Prismacolor Pencils (non-Stampin’ UP!)

Hope this inspires you to create.  Sorry again, for the rant…..but like they say, sometimes you just feel better if you have someone to tell about it….

I PROMISE to start my next post with a POSITIVE message 🙂

Be Back Soon!

Stampin Betty