Crafty Betty

Projects 112-114 of 365: Christmas Cards for Elizabeth Residences December 13, 2010

I always enjoy doing card classes for the ladies (and a few gentlemen) at Elizabeth Residences, an assisted living facility about 45 minutes from my home.  I was so excited to be invited to do another class with them, as it has been several months since I have been back….

Then the morning of the class (last Thursday) I got the dreaded news that my grandmother (from Arkansas) had passed away over night.  I had just returned from flying out to see her and be with my mother after “Granny” had had a stroke the prior week.  I so hoped she would recover, as I hadn’t spent nearly as much time with her over the years as I had wished I had.  There was so much lost time that needed to be made up for from when my brother and I were children and custody cases led to our father taking us so far away from so much of our family.  In recent years as all the true stories of those dark days come to the surface I’ve been trying and promising to spend more time with this whole HALF of my family.  Its just so hard to accept that where I thought I still had several years its already too late.  I will always regret waiting too long.  I will always be sorry for not trying harder to visit like I said I would.  On the rare occasions that I did get to spend time with them it was so special for me, and it was a beginning to filling in that hole in my gut from wondering “who am I.”  Visiting down there always feels like its the place I am supposed to be.  There are people who look like me, and like the same things I like.  It feels like I place I could call home.

This year has been so tough…I lost both of my grandmothers in the past 5 months, and a long line of other misfortunes this year.  So All I can say is that I have no doubt that next year will be a better year.

….Anyways….I still went and held the card class, as I already had everything all planned and packed up ready to go…and I knew it would take my mind off things for a little while, since I couldn’t go back to Arkansas  any way….there was a huge winter storm on its way in….

Here are the three cards I had everyone make:

Projects 112-114 of 365: Christmas Cards for Elizabeth Residences

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112 of 365: Simple Santa

 

The Simple Santa card is cased from a card by J. Belanger on SplitCoast Stampers

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113 of 365: Blue Christmas

 

 

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114 of 365: Ornamental Season

 

The Ornamental Season card is cased from a card by Marie Shaughnessy from SplitCoast Stampers.

Stamp Sets Used:

  • Many Merry Messages
  • Snow Swirled
  • Tags Til Christmas
  • Lovely as a Tree
  • Christmas Punch
  • Serene Snowflakes

 

Thanks for stopping by….be back soon!

StampinBetty

 

Project 100 of 365: Midnight Musings Web October 4, 2010

Ok….One more card, then really I’m going to bed…LOL!  I seriously do need to get to bed, otherwise I’m going to oversleep my first day at work….

This card is based on a card by Phyllis Johnson, but I did make quite a few changes.  Again, since its Halloween, I dirtied up all the pieces (I’m still sticking to my guns….Halloween isn’t supposed to be pretty…hehe), purposely made it so all the pieces weren’t so perfectly lined up and even, added some spooky glam with pearl stickles, and replaced some of the expensive Designer Paper with my homemade patterned paper.

Project 100 of 365: Midnight Musings Web:

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100 of 365: Midnight Musings Web

Don’t you just love how the spider web emboss folder makes the dsp crack a little, letting the white core just peek through….Helps add to the disorder of the Spooky Halloween Cards.

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100 of 365: Midnight Musings Web- Inside

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Whisper White
  • Wicked Fun DSP

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Midnight Musings Jumbo Wheel
  • All Holidays (for inside the card)

Ink:

  • Basic Black

Accessories:

  • Spiderweb Emboss Folder
  • Stickles- Pearl
  • Circle Punches

Woohoo!!  I am finally tired now, so typing up these projects must have been just what I needed… and I’ll still get almost 6 hours of sleep 🙂

Good Night,

StampinBetty

 

Project 98 of 365: Midnight Musings on Square Lattice September 30, 2010

Here’s another Halloween card.  This one is based a card by either Lauren Maroco or Diana Gibbs (they both posted very similar cards on Splitcoast and/or the demo site.)  I changed the ribbon, the colors, and did not use DSP, and made my own patterned paper with a Jumbo Wheel Stamp.  So I guess I only cased the layout???  Lol.

Project 98 of 365: Midnight Musings on Square Lattice

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98 of 365: Midnight Musings on Square Lattice

Supplies:

Paper:

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

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Midnight Musings Jumbo Wheel

Ink:

  • Jumbo Stampin Around Cartridge- Basic Black
  • Basic Black
  • Cajun Craze

Accessories:

  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder
  • Black Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for looking!  There’s Plenty more to come.

StampinBetty

 

Project 97 of 365: Sanded Candles

Hi all!

Well, its official….I am returning to my old job selling Mercedes Benz here in Milwaukee.  I know, who woulda thought…this craft loving girl is also obsessed with high-end German cars 🙂  It all started when I was 23 and bought a 2000 BMW 323i.  I remember people thinking I was being impulsive and irresponsible when I bought that car……But I truly wasn’t!!!   I caught all kinds of flack over it, about how I could have gotten a brand new Sunfire or whatever other crappy car for the same price.  I told them that I got a better deal and guaranteed them all that I would have this car far longer than all of my other friends who had recently purchased brand new cars.  I was right!!!!  I drove that car for over 8 years!!  I traded it in last year to get my 2006 Envoy, not because the car was worn out, but because we needed a larger vehicle.  I miss that car every day!!!  In the end I did save more money than all those who thought I was being young and dumb.  In that same time they had all bought at least 2 cars, making my purchase the cheapest of them all!!  When I traded that car in it was still beautiful (except for the few lovely door dings acquired by living in Milwaukee), there wasn’t a blemish in the interior, and it still handled way better than most of the new cars my friends have.  You hit the gas and it really went, you turn the wheel and it turned, and on the highway you never had to turn the radio up to cover up the “road noise”, and my favorite part…..no jiggly sounding loose parts.  So yes, I admit it, I am, and will always be a car snob!!  It has nothing to do with showing off to others, my car was a basic model, and the smallest 4 door car they made.   It is all about the feeling of driving a well built car that I knew wasn’t going to fail me when I needed it most!!

I know….that was a BMW, but I sell Mercedes Benz…..well….. When I applied for the job the first time I thought I would be selling BMW, but alas, they tricked me after getting me excited about selling cars, and then broke it to me I would be selling Mercedes Benz.  I wasn’t too thrilled in the beginning.   I knew nothing about Mercedes Benz, in fact, I thought they were only for elitist jerks who like to prove to their neighbors they make more money.  I was soooooo wrong!!!  And as soon as I pay off my current debt a Mercedes Benz is on the top of my “reward myself” list.  I can honestly say you will not find a higher quality car out there.   You spend more upfront, but if one car lasts you as long as 2 cheaper cars…..then in the end you actually paid less 🙂

Time to get back to the task at hand and get some of this growing pile of finished cards posted for you all…

Project 97 of 365: Sanded Candles

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97 of 365: Sanded Candles

This card is based on a card by Holly Krautkremmer (on both the Stampin Up demo site, and Splitcoast Stampers).  I just changed up the colors and made a few minor adjustments.

Supplies:

Paper:

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

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Sanded- Background

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive

Accessories:

  • Rhinestone or Brad (non SU)
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Paper Crimper
  • 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch

Thanks for looking!

StampinBetty

 

Project 91 of 365: Pumpkin Patch September 23, 2010

One more card in my texture folder adventure…

This one is based off a card made by Geraldine Andrade.  I found her card while browsing samples at the Stampin Up demonstrator only site.  Her card uses the same basic layout, but I changed up the colors, and since I didn’t have that fabulous new punch from the Holiday Mini catalog I just used rectangles and the ticket corner punch for the greeting.  I also added some large brads in the upper right to help balance out the layout.

Project 91 of 365: Pumpkin Patch

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91 of 365: Pumpkin Patch

This card is definitely full of texture…you’ve got the embossing folder, the torn paper, the layered pumpkins, and the the big brads…how much more texture could you ask for in one card?

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Very Vanilla
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Old Olive

Stamps:

  • Holiday Best

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • Tag Corner Punch
  • Five Petal Punch
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Medium Vanilla Brads
  • Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Emboss Folder

It’s time for bed now….But come back tomorrow when I hope to post the AWESOME haunted house I built using the new Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge!!

StampinBetty

 

Projects 89-90 of 365: Pumpkin Thank You’s September 22, 2010

A few days ago I stumbled across another blogger with a great Stampin’ Up! blog.  Her blog is Odden Designs (and while I didn’t copy the web address to link 😦 I do know it shows up right away if you google Odden Designs.  Well, she had these really cute, simple 3×3 thank you cards that I just loved.  So I had to make the 3×3 pumpkin card for myself (completely copied from her card) and then I made a simple modification by adding another, different shaped pumpkin and made it into a 4×4 card. So quick and simple that it will be hard for you to resist making these cards for yourself too 🙂

Project 89 of 365: Pumpkin Thank You Cards

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89-90: Pumpkin Thank You Cards

Aren’t those pumpkins just too cute….just circle and oval punches are all you need…

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Whisper White

Stamps:

  • Because I Care (“thank you”)
  • Baroque Motifs

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Old Olive

Accessories:

  • Oval Punch
  • Circle Punch
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder
  • Sizzix Big Shot

My “texture day” is not over yet….I still have one more to post yet tonight 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 88 of 365: Punched Stars Card

This is the second card in my “Day of Texture” cards that I’m posting today.  I really couldn’t decide what greeting to put on the front of this one, so you could use it as a notecard with no greeting on it, or there is plenty of space on the right side to add a greeting.  My first instinct was that this would make a perfect Father’s Day card, but since it is September I really didn’t want to commit to that 🙂  This would also make a good masculine birthday card or thank you card…

Seriously….It’s all about the embossing folder and a little ink to distress and bring out the embossing…love the effect.

Project 88 of 365: Punched Stars Card

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88 of 365: Punched Stars Card

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Cajun Craze
  • Old Olive
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder
  • Small Star Punch
  • Large Star Punch
  • Tombow/Snail Adhesive
  • Glue

Thanks for stopping by.

StampinBetty

 

Project 87 of 365: Vintage Wallpaper Fall Card

Where the heck have I been for the past 12 days.  Lol!   Well I have been BUSY.  I have gotten lots of projects done, but with no time to post them.  I was in total home repair/improvement mode.  After getting the much needed storm damaged windows replaced I had a bunch of trim work to do (paint, and fill in the nail holes).  Then several windows needed new window treatments since some of the windows had to become different sizes, or styles, so I finally broke out that sewing machine I begged my husband to get me last Christmas so that I could learn to sew, and I made my own Roman Shade for my craft room.  I am sooooo proud of that shade…I need to take a picture of it and post it on here.  It took me two days to make it (An experienced person could have finished it in a few hours…but I haven’t sewn anything since high school home ec  class) and I was so surprised at how well it worked out!!!

Well all of this spawned more improvements that I have been just dying to do……I painted and then put up a custom closet system in my dream walk-in closet  (since we all know 12o year old houses don’t have walk -in closets it is actually this weird bonus room that was added to our TINY master bedroom as part of an addition to the house by a previous owner, and since I hated having a weird L-shaped bedroom with NO closet space I decided to put up closet doors, and make a really BIG dream closet.)

After that I just HAD to finish up the kitchen…..I love the color the previous owner painted the kitchen, but it was like they didn’t finish it because they didn’t paint the parts of the kitchen where the cabinets are????  It looked so drab and boring on the walls where all the cabinets and stove are because the walls were white, and the cabinets are super plain white cabinets.  So I got some more of that beautiful earthy blue color as what is on the other 2 1/2 walls  (its pretty dramatic….I’ll have to get some pictures of this up here too.) and painted above and below the cabinets.  This $30 worth of paint made it look like such a different kitchen.  Before it was blah, boring, and outdated….Now its updated and modern.  I really can’t believe this big of a change came from just painting!!

I’ve also done quite a few other smaller things….I’ve been on such a home improvement kick.  It’s been all about those inexpensive finishing touches that have been missing.  Plus I think I’m really into fixing stuff because things are finally starting to go right with this place, and I’m starting to LOVE my house again.  I was getting soooooo frustrated, because everything was going wrong with this place for the longest time….Every time we tried to fix something we ran into bigger problems, but starting with the window installation everything started to finally go our way!!!!  The new windows are AMAZING….now we just need to find a way to save up the money for the rest of the windows (we were only able to do 6 windows, but at least that included all the biggest windows.)

But now I’m back, and today it is all about texture.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again….I love all the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (by Sizzix).  On several of the cards that I will be posting today the embossing is actually the focus of the card.

Project 87 of 365: Vintage Wallpaper Fall Card

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87 of 365: Vintage Wallpaper Fall Card

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Cajun Craze
  • Old Olive
  • Very Vanilla

Stamps:

  • Holiday Best

Ink:

  • Cajun Craze

Accessories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Snail/Tombow Adhesive

I’ve got plenty more to post so stop back soon!

StampinBetty

 

Projects 83-86: How much time do you have? September 9, 2010

Where to start, Where to start?….

I had started stamping some 4×4 panels with the bees from the Just Buzzin By stamp set.  I was just randomly stamping these with black ink, and as I saw them all laying out I had a great idea.  What if I started with the same basic panel, but then finished each card with varying amounts of “extras” to show you what you could accomplish in 5, 10, 15, and 20 minutes.

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83-86 of 365: Just Buzzin By

It worked out great, because sometimes you need a card “right now”, so this 5 min notecard would work perfectly.  It is just the plain black/white bees mounted on 2 contrasting colors of cardstock.  It doesn’t get any simpler than this, yet it is so cute, and anyone would be happy to receive it with your personal note inside!!

Project 83 of 365:  Just Buzzin By in 5 Minutes

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83 of 365: Just Buzzin By in 5 Minutes

Next, in 10 minutes you can color all the bees yellow (Daffodil Delight) to give it a little more pop…..

Project 84 of 365: Just Buzzin By in 10 Minutes

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84 of 365: Just Buzzin By in 10 Minutes

With 15 minutes you can go another step further by completely coloring the bees, even giving them rosy little cheeks, and mounting them on contrasting layers of cardstock.

Project 85 of 365: Just Buzzin By in 15 Minutes

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85 of 365: Just Buzzin By in 15 Minutes

If you have 20 minutes you can really deck this card out.  We have our panel with fully colored bees, mounted on several layers of cardstock, transformed into a 5 x 7 card, and then the braided taffeta ribbon (you braid this yourself from 3 strips of the 1/8″ ribbon).  This card is still super simple but with the coloring and the braiding it just takes longer.

Project 86 of 365: Just Buzzin By in 20 Minutes

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86 of 365: Just Buzzin By in 20 Minutes

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Bashful Blue

Stamps:

  • Just Buzzin By

Ink:

  • Staz On- Black (or Memento- Tuxedo Black)
  • Stampin Write Markers

Accessories:

  • Snail Adhesive
  • 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

So there you have it, how much time do have?

StampinBetty

 

78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother August 21, 2010

Thursday (Aug 19th) was my birthday, unfortunately it could not have been any further from a happy birthday at all.  That morning my brother got HIT by a car while riding his bicycle!!!

My brother is probably the healthiest, most fit person I have ever known.  He was training to be in the next Iron Man competition.  He had a professional coach, and had been doing VERY well in recent triathlons that he had competed in, so it just angers me to no end that in the blink of an eye that all got ripped away from him by some idiot who obviously shouldn’t have been driving (I mean, if you are fit to drive a car you would have seen a 6 foot tall man riding a bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  I don’t think there is any legitimate reason this guy could possibly give that would excuse the fact that he not only plowed into a person who is far from invisible, but he also accelerated just before he hit him (my brother remembers hearing the car speeding up). Since he was actually speeding up as he hit my brother it threw him up onto the front of the car, and then when the idiot realized he hit someone he slams on his brakes throwing my brother from the hood of his car, smashing to the ground.

His injuries are BAD, but thank God, not life threatening.

While I realize this could have been worse I am still SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO angry at the guy who did this.  What was he doing that he didn’t see my brother???????  It was early morning, and the intersection was VERY well lit, not to mention it was already pretty  light out, plus my brother’s bike has flashing lights on it, the bike has reflectors on it, as does his helmet, and to say it again, he is a 6 foot tall, very muscular man.  If you can’t see him, with all those visibility enhancers, you have ABSOLUTELY NO business driving a car.  To top it off, the guy who hit him could not speak a single word of English, so as my brother is laying on the ground in absolute agony, and most likely in shock, the guy hands him a cellphone expecting him to call 911 himself.  PLEASE do not send me any immigration controversy stuff over this statement as I am all for immigration, and inviting to other cultures, at the same time I DO NOT think you should be able to get a driver’s license if you can not speak at least a minimal amount of English so that when you ALMOST KILL someone you will be able to at least call 911 and get the poor guy some help (I’m sure 911 would have had Spanish speaking operators if they guy could have even figured out how to call for help, but he didn’t know how!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can you have a driver’s license and not know how to call for help, and if you can’t speak or understand a word of English how can you even know the driving laws of this country, road signs are all in English!!)  Again, I am not starting an immigration debate I am just venting frustration about this whole situation, and I am not applying my anger to a whole group of people, my frustration is with this ONE person who I don’t think should have been driving since he could not see a 6ft tall person on a bike with blinking lights in the morning light and could not communicate, at all, to be able to get the man he almost killed some help.

Thanks to this person its not likely my brother will be able to achieve a goal he had his heart set on and worked SOOOOO hard trying to accomplish.  Not to mention, due to the extent of the injuries, the BEST case scenario still has my brother not being able to work for 3 months.  He has a wife and child to support and has a wonderful job that he got after graduating college with a 4.0 GPA.  So this man who has NEVER harmed anyone, whom I’ve never even heard wish ill will against another person now has his entire life changed by someone who obviously wasn’t paying any attention to driving.  My brother has made a life of doing good things, he was in the Marines after graduating high school, then went to college, graduated at the top of his class, married a wonderful woman, and has the most adorable daughter, and he is the ONLY person in my family who has called me to wish me a Happy Birthday every single year no matter what he was doing.  But this year, thanks to some thoughtless, uncaring person I didn’t get that call!

Project 78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother

78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother

Get Well Card Inside

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Whisper White
  • Old Olive DSP

Stamps:

  • Sincere Salutations
  • Curvy Verses
  • Watercolor Trio

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • Chocolate chip 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon
  • medium white brads

StampinBetty