Crafty Betty

Project 81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes September 4, 2010

If you live in Wisconsin, isn’t this some crazy weather?  A few days ago it was so hot and humid that you didn’t want to leave your house, now its chilly and windy and you need a sweater.  Wow, it was summer one day and fall the next.

This card is another one made from all those Black Magic blocks I had made way back when.  And again, I’m sticking with some bold colors on this one.  I really like the way this one turned out with the different shades of blue pencil, set off by the Bermuda Bay paper.  The Layout is super quick and simple so keep the layout in mind for the next time you need a quick card. (The coloring isn’t so quick, but it is simple.)

If you need direction on how to do the Black Magic Technique just read the previous post (Project 80.)

Project 81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes

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81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White

Stamps:

  • Kind & Caring Thoughts (retired hostess set)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:

  • Whisper White Craft
  • Basic Black Marker
  • White Gel Pen

Accessories:

  • Hodge Podge Hardware- Silver
  • 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for checking out another card 🙂

StampinBetty

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Project 80 of 365: Black Magic Birthday Card September 2, 2010

So awhile back when I first discovered the Black Magic Technique I stamped and colored soooooo many images, but then they just sat in a pile waiting to be used, so today I decided to use a couple of them.  Not only this, but I also challenged myself to use colors I don’t normally use.  I decided it was time to be BOLD and use some bold colors, since I almost always tend to stick with Earthtones and Neutrals.  I just like “warm” colors 🙂  I do, somewhat, have a mixed feelings over my use of such dramatic and contrasting colors here, but in the end I do like it…I guess that is why they call it challenging yourself.

In case you have not yet discovered the Black Magic technique, it is so cool and so simple.  All you do is take a piece of black (or any darker colored) cardstock and stamp solid images using Whisper White Craft ink.  You then heat set the Craft ink, and when it is set you color over the white areas with either Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor pencils or PrismaColor pencils (I suppose any colored pencil might work, but I have got great results from these 2 types of pencils.)  Remember to use multiple shades of the same color to get results with more depth, and for that extra kick highlight with a white gel pen.

Maybe the reason I like this technique so much is because I get to visit one of my childhood favorite past times….Coloring 🙂

Project 80 of 365: Black Magic Birthday Card

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80 of 365: Kind and Caring Birtday

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Cameo Coral
  • Basic Black

Stamps:

  • Kind & Caring Thoughts (retired hostess set)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:

  • Basic Black- Marker
  • Whisper White- Craft Ink

Accessories:

  • PrismaColor Pencils or Watercolor Pencils
  • HodgePodge Kit- Silver
  • 1/4″ Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Fancy Label Punch
  • Tag Corner Punch

Thanks for checking it out.  I have more in store for you so keep checking back 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box June 17, 2010

Yep, I also tried to trick you guys a bit….My gift to Rebecca (for her birthday) also included this cute stationary box to store that stationary set that I had made for her 🙂

Split Coast Stampers had posted the Stationary Box as their weekly tutorial last week.  You can check that out here.

Project 31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box:

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31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box

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31 of 365: Stationary Box Open

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Not Quite Navy

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Not Quite Navy

Stamps:

  • Baroque Motifs
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Accessories:

  • White Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Daisies Die
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Sticky Strip
  • Tombow Multi Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Rhinestone Brads
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Word WIndow Punch

Non SU Items

  • Rollerball Pen (for the gift set)
  • Rhinestone

Contents of Stationary Box

The above picture is the contents of the stationary box, you can see the full details of these items in the previously posted blog.

Take Care,

StampinBetty

p.s.  I still got more stuff coming yet today!!! So keep coming back.

 

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.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 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

Accessories:

  • 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

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 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)

Accessories:

  • 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!!!

StampinBetty

 

Project 4 0f 365: Combining Challenges “Mojo Monday 139” and “Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30”: Gettin’ Dirty May 19, 2010

Hi All,

First of all excuse the long title.  My true title for this project is “Gettin’ Dirty” cus its not a clean one….hehehe.

So, my first non-coerced reader, Rebecca, introduced me to an online paper crafting challenge called “Mojo Monday,” this is where the layout from this design is from.  When I saw the sketch I knew it had potential….and not wanting to copy anyone else this time I ended up just sitting and staring at the layout sketch trying to figure out just where to start.

After awhile I sat it down to get some other work done….In the meantime I ran accross another weekly challenge called “Curtain Call Color Challenge” and from the combination of these two challenges comes my card “Gettin’ Dirty”.  Combining the two challenges really did make it easier to get started….I already knew my basic layout, and I knew what colors I would be using, so now all I had to do was fill in the blanks.

The Color Challenge Colors were: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Kraft, and Pink Pirouette.  Of course I immediately thought how the heck am I going to get this BOLD pumpkin pie to mesh with my more subtle pink, white, and kraft????  Then ding, ding, ding…..this is where the “Gettin’ Dirty” party comes in……DISTRESS the heck out of everything!!!

While I’m not totally in love with the outcome I do appreciate it….This challenge pushed me to use colors together that I normally wouldn’t.  While it’s not likely I will be pairing Pumpkin Pie and Pink Pirouette again in the near future, it does open my eyes to experimenting more with non-traditional color pairing.

Without further ado…….

Project 4 0f 365:  Gettin’ Dirty  🙂

Mojo Monday #139 and Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Mojo Monday #139 and Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Remember you can always click my shopping links (like HERE) to open my Stampin’ UP! shop in a separate window and get all the Stampin’ UP! Supplies needed to complete this project.  I try my best to list the item numbers below to help speed up your shopping.  All you need to do is enter the item # into the “Search” box on the left side of the Stampin’ UP! Screen.  Your purchases help fund this crazy adventure I have taken to complete 365 Stampin’ UP! Projects in 365 days.

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

– 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Basic Black (102851 or multipack 108588 which will include the whisper white also needed)

– 4 x 5 1/4 Pink Pirouette (will be returning as a Core Color 7/1/2010!!!)

– 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 Pumpkin Pie DSP- polka dot sheet- (112159)

– 2 x 3 Pink Pirouette

– 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 Whisper White (100730 or multipack 108588)

– Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, and Kraft scraps

Stamp Sets:

– Friends 24-7 (113218)

– Sense of Time (113804)

– Fifth Avenue Floral (113734)

– Vintage Vogue (wood 117690 or clear 118598)

Ink:

– Basic Black Classic (101179)

– Sahara Sand Classic (105208)

– Pink Pirouette Classic (will be available 7/1/2010)

– Whisper White CRAFT (101731)

Accessories:
– Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip Felt Flowers (retired)

– Pumpkin Pie Brad (106955)

– Hemp Twine (100982)

-Distress Tool (106958- Cutter Kit)

– Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (118772)

– Log Cabin Smooch Spritz (119921)

– White Emboss Powder (109132, Heat Tool 100005)

– Stampin Sponges (101610)

– Stampin Dimensionals (104430

– Snail Adhesive (104332 or Refill 104331)

– Tombow Multi Glue (110755)

– Top Note Die (113463)

Non- Stampin’ UP!:

– Crackle Glaze

– Pearls

If you haven’t already figured out why this is called “Gettin’ Dirty” it is because I distressed the edges of absolutely everything, except the black card base.  I also sprayed the Log Cabin and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz’s over everything except the layer stamped “You only Live Once…” Plus all edges of all layers are sponged with the Sahara Sand ink (used this because it was the closest thing I had to a Kraft-colored Ink.)

If you are interested in the Mojo Monday Challenge it can be found by clicking on the below picture of the Layout for this challenge.

Mojo Monday Week 139

Mojo Monday Week 139 Challenge

More info on the Curtain Call Color Challenge Can be found by clicking on the below picture of this week’s color challenge.

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Hope this helps spark your own creativity.

Please leave comments whether good, or about how to improve my work……as I am still a “newby” so I can use all the help I can get!!

Take Care,

StampinBetty