Crafty Betty

Project 87 of 365: Vintage Wallpaper Fall Card September 22, 2010

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  Before it was blah, boring, and outdated….Now its updated and modern.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

 

Project 74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card August 17, 2010

First of all, the Bret Michael’s concert was awesome!!!  I am so glad my friends offered me their extra ticket.  I was able to get up to the front row and snap some close-up shots (of course security shoo-ed me back to my seat after my “allotted” 10 seconds of photo snapping was up.  LOL!).  Our tickets were in row 13 right in the middle area, so we had a great view, unfortunately this also meant that my ears were ringing so loud that even though I was totally beat and wanted to fall asleep as soon as I got home I couldn’t, because all I could hear was the ringing 🙂

Who knows….maybe my friends and I will even end up on VH1.  The Milwaukee concert was supposed to be part of the first Episode of Bret Michael’s new VH1 reality show (called something like Life as I Know It) set to air in October.  Hopefully it will be as mindlessly entertaining as Rock of Love or Charm School. : )

The card posted below is the Birthday card I made for my Father-in-Law.  He loves going to the casino with his uncle, sometimes even in those big groups on tour buses.  He’s not some big gambler or anything, he mostly just goes for fun, and this is a good thing since he is a widower, it gets him out of the house and keeps him from being as lonely.  He is such a GREAT guy, I would hate to think of him unhappy!

I wanted to use a slot machine as the inspiration for the card, unfortunately I didn’t have any Cricut cartridges with a slot machine, and I couldn’t find any vector images that would have properly cut with my Sure Cuts A Lot, so I decided to just make the front of the card look like the windows on the slot machine with the winning 777 showing.  I think it worked out pretty cool.

Just a hint…..if you have super tiny, intricate cuts that you need to layer, the best way is to use a Zyron sticker machine.  For the “Happy Birthday” I just used the cheaper 1.5″ sticker machine.  It worked great because I didn’t have to try to use (and clean up) glue on these TINY slivers.

…And I finally was able to pull out at least a couple Stampin’ UP! stamps for the inside of the card.  I used the “Game Night” set and a really old retired set for the “Happy Birthday.”

Project 74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card

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74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card

74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday-Inside

Check back soon as I plan on getting back in my craft room and back to some Stampin’ UP! stamping.  Let me know if you have any requests for a stamp set I should concentrate on.

StampinBetty

 

Projects 28-30: Stationary Birthday Gift June 17, 2010

The same day I actually completed my first post to this blog (date on post says May 13, but it wasn’t actually posted until May 16) and was wondering how many months it would take for someone to stumble across my blog (except my friends whom I told over and over again they had to check it out) Rebecca found me, and let me know that she would be checking out my blog regularly, so I had better keep my word of completing 365 SU projects in 365 days. 🙂  Well her birthday was a little over a week ago, and I had wanted to thank her for being my first non- coerced follower.  I also knew she was a little down because her fiance had recently been deployed overseas, and would not be able to celebrate her birthday with her, so I played a little trick on her….I know…it’s not nice to mess with people who are already down, but it was a NICE trick 🙂

I asked her for her address so I could send her a birthday card.  Now wouldn’t it have been pretty cheesy of me to then send her just a birthday card???  What kind of surprise would that have been? Instead I made her a stationary set so she could use it to keep in touch with her friends and family.

And did I mention she also has a stamping blog…..check it out 20 Something Stamper.  She has the cutest coffee card on there that she just posted today, and I am going to just have to case it 🙂 I love the retro feel of it!!!  We are now online stamping buddies encouraging each other to keep creating.  That’s what is so great about the internet….If there aren’t many people in your immediate area that share your interests you have the internet, that can make people far away seem just like a neighborhood friend.

Project 30 of 365: Any Occasion Stationary Cards

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30 of 365: Any Occasion Stationary Cards

Project 29 of 365:  Not Quite Navy Note Cards

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29 of 365: Not Quite Navy Note Cards

Project 28 of 365: Tag Punch Gift Tags

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28 of 365: Tag Punch Gift Tags

Cool News!!!  In the new catalog both the small tag punch and the large tag punch are returning!!!  Unfortunately I do not know what the name of the tag stamp set is that I used.  It was retired long ago, and I bought the set second hand, and it did not have the label on it (but the individual stamps do have the SU copyright on them).

Supplies for all the Stationary Items:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Not Quite Nave
  • Pink Pirouette

Ink:

  • Versamark (pad and marker)
  • Not Quite Navy

Stamps:

  • Fifth Avenue Floral
  • an unknown retired set compatible with the tag punch

Accessories:

  • White Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Daisies Die
  • Rhinestones (non SU)
  • Navy Ribbon
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Glue

I’ll be back with more posts yet today to get caught up 🙂

StampinBetty