Crafty Betty

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

 

Project 54 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Baja Breeze July 12, 2010

Another fabulous item in the new catalog is the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper.  It’s just so pretty and coordinates so well with the Friends Never Fade set.  I am an admitted DSP hoarder, but I think this blog has helped me stop that nasty habit.  My problem was that I was always buying all the pretty papers, but then never using them.  I was always saving them for some special occasion that never seemed to come along..  LOL!  I have no idea why I do that.  So shortly after I started this blog, and really took a good look at the piles of beautiful paper I already owned I made a commitment to myself….either use it or if its really so pretty that it needs special attention frame it and hang it on the wall.  Since my walls are not covered with framed patterned paper LOL, I think have finally broken my pretty paper hoarding habit.

Project 54 of 365:  Friends Never Fade in Baja Breeze

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54 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Baja Breeze

This card is cased from a card on the demonstrator-only site by someone who just goes by “Diana.”  Her card was a standard A2 card, but I changed it to a 5×5 square card, and used the Greenhouse Gala DSP instead the stamped background she used.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Baja Breeze Textured
  • Greenhouse Gala DSP

Ink:

  • Baja Breeze

Stamps:

  • Friends Never Fade

Accessories:

  • Large White Brads

I’ve Still got one more to post yet tonight….

StampinBetty

 

Project 53 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Rich Razzleberry

Besides loving the stamp set that is the focus of all of today’s projects (Friends Never Fade) I am soooooo in love with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Emboss Folder.   Actually I’m in love with all the embossing folders.  I use them all the time!!  Of all the crafty things I have ended up “wasting” money on, the embossing folders are definitely NOT something I have any buyer’s remorse from.

What’s so great about the emboss folders is that you can use the textured paper in place of the expensive patterned paper.  You can brayer craft ink in the emboss folder to create textured and printed paper all-in-one.  And sometimes a simple card can just use a little texture.  If you browse back over my past projects you will start to notice my love affair with textures 🙂   (Whether it is with emboss folders, dimensionals, textured paper, embosslits, or heat embossing, textures just make the project.)

Project 53 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Rich Razzleberry

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53 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Rich Razzleberry

This card is cased from Diana Ochoa Chu on the demonstrator only website (I just added the pretty bow.)

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Soft Suede
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Rich Razzleberry

Stamps:

  • Friends Never Fade

Accessories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • White Satin Ribbon

Back with more soon….

StampinBetty

 

Projects 46-50 of 365: Creating with Artistic Etchings July 9, 2010

I’m Back!!! 🙂

First off, all I can say is my grandmother is one tough cookie.  She is somehow still ticking, but it won’t be long….now it will be a blessing when she goes, as even with all the pain medication you can still see that she is in absolute agony.  I now pray each day that “God” will help her find the peace she needs.  Thank you to everyone for the emails, texts, and phone calls of support.  It has meant so much to me.  It has been hard to deal with the double sorrow of the situation…sadness that she will soon be gone, and very sorry for the pain that she is somehow enduring.  The hardest part is seeing her in such pain and wishing, with all my heart, there was something I could do to take the pain away.

So please forgive me but this post will be a quick one.  I will be simply posting the projects, photos, and supplies (no fun chit chat today…)

Project 46 of 50: Artistic Etchings 1

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46 of 365: Artistic Etchings 1

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Riding Hood Red
  • Basic Black
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Riding Hood Red
  • Sahara Sand
  • Basic Black
  • Walnut Stain Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon

Project 47 of 365: Artistic Etchings 2

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47 of 365: Artisitic Etchings 2

Inspired by Andrea Munno’s card on the Demo only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Baja Breeze
  • Basic Black
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Riding Hood Red
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Sahara Sand
  • Basic Black
  • Riding Hood Red

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • Large Rhinestone (non-SU)

Project 48 of 365: Artistic Etchings 3

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48 of 365: Artistic Etchings3

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Riding Hod Red
  • Black Soot- Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • Extra Large Silver Brad (non- SU)
  • Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon

Project 49 0f 365: Artistic Etchings 4

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49 of 365: Artistic Etchings 4

Inspired by a card by Patti McDermott on the Demo only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Crumb Cake
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Basic Black
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Walnut Stain- Distress Ink (non-SU)
  • Black Soot- Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Linen Thread
  • 1 3/4″ Circle Punch

Project 50 of 365: Artistic Etchings 5

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50 of 365: Artistic Etchings 5

Inspired by a card by Ilina Crouse on the Demo only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Very Vanilla
  • Basic Black
  • Newsprint DSP

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Riding Hood Red
  • Black Soot- Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Stampin Dimensionals

Thank you everyone for checking out my projects.  Soon things will be back to normal and we will be back to the silly nonsense chit chat that usually accompanies the projects 🙂

Take Care,

StampinBetty

 

Project 40 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful in Classic Stripes June 29, 2010

So here we are.  Already at the end of my 3 card tribute to the soon retiring Bloomin Beautiful stamp set 😦  This is one of those sets that I was truly surprised about when they announced it was retiring.  I almost wish I would have posted these in the reverse order and ended with the card I liked the best instead of starting with the one I liked best….but this is a cute card too, and best of all it is super simple.  Who wouldn’t smile if they received such a brightly colored card.

This card was inspired by a card from the demo only site by Robin Merriman.

Project 40 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful in Classic Stripes

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40 of 365: Bloomin' Beautiful in Classic Stripes

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Whisper White
  • Kiwi Kiss

Ink:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Crushed Curry

Markers:

  • Daffodil Delight
  • Old Olive

Stamps:

  • Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • Classic Stripes

Accessories:

  • Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon
 

39 of 365: Monotone Bloomin’ Beautiful

I’m back…the second card in my tribute to the retiring Bloomin’ Beautiful set is this monotone card with a splash of melon mambo.  I really love the look of these black and white cards that just use color to frame or pop the project.  My little twist on this one is that I used basic gray and white instead of the full out black and white.  Once again I also highlighted one of the blooms with the Crystal Effects.

38 of 365: Monotone Bloomin’ Beautiful

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39 of 365: Monotone Bloomin' Beautiful

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Basic Gray
  • Melon Mambo

Ink:

  • Basic Gray
  • Basic Black

Stamps:

  • Bella Toile
  • Bloomin’ Beautiful

Accessories:

  • Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Crystal Effects
  • Square Lattice Textured Impression Emboss Folder
 

Project 38 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful Velvet

Hi All!

Today I decided to do a tribute to a stamp set that I am very sad to be seeing retire tomorrow 😦  I just love the flower stamp from the Bloomin’ Beautiful set, and just as I am starting to use it more and more it has to go and retire on me.  So here is my tribute….3 cards to honor “Bloomin’ Beautiful.”

This first card is pretty darn cool.  I liked it even more when I accidently tore the old olive paper while in the process of distressing it.  I decided to continue with that piece by just haphazardly pasting it back together, because what says distressed better than torn and tattered??? Doesn’t that wrinkled and inked background look fabulous?

Project 38 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful Velvet

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38 of 365: Bloomin' Beautiful Velve

This photo doesn’t show it very well, but the red part of the flower is heavily covered with Crystal Effects.  This glassy dimensional element is what takes this card from good to great!  Before I forget to mention it…this card was inspired by a card made by Victoria Harrell.  She posted a similar card on the demonstrator only site, and this is my take on her card, with several alterations.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Old Olive

Ink:

  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Old Olive
  • Basic Black

Markers:

  • Old Olive
  • Real Red
  • Cherry Cobbler

Stamps:

  • Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • En Francais

Accessories:

  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Black Velvet Ribbon (non-SU)
  • Crystal Effects

Well that’s my start to my Bloomin’ Beautiful Tribute. More to come shortly…

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

 

Projects 25-27: Catalog Sneak Peak June 14, 2010

I have a treat for you today!!!  I have created 3 cards for you and they are ALL taken from the pages of the brand new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog set to release on July 1, 2010.  If you have not yet ordered your catalog be sure to send me an email at betty.ray020@gmail.com.  I am charging $9 for the catalog and this includes PRIORITY mailing, so really you are only paying $3-4 for you catalog (that’s less than I pay for them, but I do this in the hope that you will also choose me as your demonstrator for your purchases from the catalog.)  I will be mailing these out the same day I receive my stock of them (expected to be here 1 1/2 to 2 weeks from now). So order early as I did not order that many catalogs….remember….I’m the broke crafter 🙂  After my initial stock is gone you can still order catalogs, but at the normal SU price of $9.95 plus shipping.

I am also very happy to announce that my blog has been live for 1 month, and as of today I have passed 2,000 views…I’ll take that as a sign that I am doing something right 🙂  Now if I can just find some people in the area to hold workshops so I can sell some stuff the world would be a happy place.  Please contact me if you would like to hold a workshop or class in your home, and you live within a 1-2 hour drive of Milwaukee.  I can teach technique classes for a per person fee, which includes everyone completing the project and taking it home with them, or if you live less than 1 hour from Milwaukee we can do the traditional workshop where you gather a group of friends to make a couple simple cards, and browse the catalog (no per person fee, and the hostess receives FREE stuff based on the amount of sales at the party).  I also hold classes where you get to complete 12 cards or several scrapbook pages, and just pay a fee (this way people are not expected to browse the catalogs and buy stuff, they just get to hang out with friends, and make some really cool stuff.)  Just email me if any of these ideas sound interesting to you!!  betty.ray020@gmail.com (thats zero-two-zero) or just post a comment below with your email and I will contact you.

Projects 25-27: Catalog Sneak Peak Cards

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25-27 of 365: Sneak Peak Cards

These cards are all very simple and literally come from the pages of the new catalog….I thought this would be a good way of giving you a sneak peak into the catalog without breaking any rules 🙂

Project 25 of 365: Great Friend in So Safron

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25 of 365: Great Friend in So Safron

Supplies:

Paper:

  • So Safron
  • Crumb Cake
  • Rich Razzleberry

Stamps:

  • Great Friend

Ink:

  • Rich Razzleberry
  • So Safron
  • Whisper White CRAFT

Accessories

  • Tombow Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • White Emboss Powder
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Paper Piercer

Project 26 of 365: Because I Care Sneak Peak

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26 of 365: Because I Care Sneak Peak

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Blushing Bride (New for 2010)
  • Pear Pizzazz (New for 2010)
  • Whisper White

Stamps:

  • Because I Care (Brand New Level 1 Hostess Set, so sign up to host a party with me and this set could be yours!!!!)

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • New Scallop Border Punch
  • Scallop Corner Punch
  • Tombow Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Certainly Celery Ribbon
  • Soft Subtles Button

Project 27 of 365: Butterfly Friends

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27 of 365: Butterfly Friends

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Crumb Cake (formerly kraft)
  • Sahara Sand DSP
  • So Safron Textured
  • Not Quite Navy
  • Marina Mist (new for 2010)

Stamps:

  • Friends 24-7
  • En Francais

Ink:

  • So Safron
  • Not Quite Navy

Accessories:

  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Button Latte Button
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Pearls
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Glue

Hope everyone enjoys their little peak into the new catalog 🙂

Stampin Betty

 

Project 22 of 365: Black and White with a POP of Color June 11, 2010

So I am sitting here giddy like a school girl because all my SU 2010-2011 Sneak Peak items are arriving tomorrow.  I already know that I will be sitting by the front window watching for the UPS truck to arrive all morning….Even though I know the UPS guy doesn’t get here until 12:30-2:30.

I don’t know which I am more excited about….all the great new stuff I ordered or that I will finally get to see the new catalog.  Each demo gets a complimentary copy of the new catalog with their June order!!!  But if any of you out there want to purchase your very own catalog contact me at betty.ray020@gmail.com and I will put you on my pre-order list for when the rest of the catalogs arrive nearer the end of June.

I have been hearing all kinds of good stuff about the new catalog from those who have already received theirs.  By the way it sounds I should probably be concerned about ending up bankrupt from all the NEW stuff that I will just “HAVE” to have.

Today’s project is so pretty.  I have seen interior decorating shows where they decorated rooms almost entirely in black and white, but then just added a splash of color here and there to finish off the look.  This always ends up looking so elegant!  So that is my inspiration for this card.

Project 22 of 365:  Black and White with a Pop of Color.

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22 of 365: Black and White with a POP of Color

I just love the Elements of Style Stamp Set, I have had the hardest time putting it down!!  You can find the Elements of Style Set in the Summer Mini Catalog (be sure to download your PDF copy by clicking on the catalog in the right column of this blog.)

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Staz On Black

Stamp Set:

  • Elements of Style

Accessories:

  • Stamp n Write Markers (Real Red, Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy, Basic Black)
  • Real Red 5/8 Ribbon
  • Crystal Effects
  • Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive

This card is so pretty, yet very easy, so try it out for yourself!  I will be back soon with more projects…

StampinBetty