Crafty Betty

Project 21 of 365: Blue Bride June 9, 2010

Isn’t it funny when you sit down and you have a project in mind, and you work, work, and work on it….Then in the end your project is nothing like the one you started making?  Well, that is exactly what happened here.

While I like this card, I was NOT planning on making a wedding card, and I was NOT planning on running the Frilly Lacey border all the way up the card.  So this is truly one of those projects that revealed itself as it went along…Luckily I am happy with the outcome…but it does seem like something is missing, so if anyone has any suggestions on what this card needs for that “finishing touch” please let me know by leaving a comment below.

This card started from the Mojo Monday 142 challenge, and then I also got the colors from the Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 33.  I love combining these two challenges!  They both come out on Monday and it is SOOOOOO much easier to jump in and get a project finished when you already know what colors AND layout you are using.

Project 21 of 365: Blue Bride

Mojo Monday Week 142 & Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 33 Submission

21 of 365: Blue Bride

21 of 365: Blue Bride

It is probably a good thing this became a wedding card, as it seems like every week we are getting another wedding invitation, so I will need plenty of wedding cards this year.  Hmmmm, maybe my husband and I should get around to having that Wedding Reception we told everyone we would have when we broke the news that we decided to have a small wedding in Vegas instead of a big wedding at home…

Close Up of Card:

21 of 365: Blue Bride

21 of 365: Blue Bride

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Night of Navy
  • Bashful Blue
  • Certainly Celery

Stamps:

  • For the Bride
  • Blissful Bride
  • Fresh Cuts

Ink:

  • Night of Navy Classic
  • Night of Navy Craft
  • Versamark

Accessories:

  • Clear Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons

For more information on the Mojo Monday Challenge Click on Picture below:

For More information on the Cutain Call Color Challenge Act 33 Click on picture below:

Thank you for checking out my cards!!  Come Back soon to see what’s new.

StampinBetty

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Project 18 of 365: Elegant Friends June 5, 2010

Yesterday my blog hit its first milestone…..The StampinBetty blog has exceeded 1000 visitors!  Wow!!!  I’m a bit stunned, and I am so incredibly motivated to keep up with my challenge of completing 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 days.

Nothing too interesting happened today, so we can get right to the project 🙂

Today’s project is for the The Mojo Monday Week 141 Challenge.  This week we had the option to go with a round or a square sketch, and I just had to do the round layout since I have never done a circle card.  I know….I’m just soooo square….Okay…the joke was corny but what do you expect at 1:30 AM 🙂

Even though this card looks quite clean and simple I actually put a lot of work into it, including heat embossing the background on the paper, and making the flowers.  I just love making my own patterned paper, and embellishments.  I often regret the amount of money I used to spend on store-bought embellishments (stickers, flowers, rub-ons, etc) because they all just sat around and got out-dated.  For whatever reason I always end up making my own embellishments, they just seem to flow better that way, whereas whenever I use stickers or such they always end up looking awkward and out of place….

Project 18 of 365: Elegant Friends

Mojo Monday Sketch 141

18 of 365: Elegant Friend

18 of 365: Elegant Friend

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Very Vanilla
  • Kraft
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip Craft
  • Chocolate Chip Classic
  • Chocolate Chip Stamp and Write Marker

Stamp Set:

  • Friends 24-7

Accessories:

  • Stamp-a-ma-Jig
  • Circle Scissors Plus
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Daisies Bigz Die
  • Clear Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tacky Tape

Non-Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Cricut Expression
  • Cricut Gypsy
  • Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge
  • Large Clear Rhinestones
  • Tacky Glue

Remember to shop at my Stampin Up! site for all your Stampin Supplies.

For more information on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge Click on the Picture Below:

Mojo Monday 141

Mojo Monday 141

 

Project 16 of 365: Chocolaty Thanks June 1, 2010

Today has been an interesting day…..It started with the unveiling of “Sneak Peak 2010-2011” for Stampin’ Up!’s new catalog.  The catalog is not set to release to the public until July 1st, but demonstrators get a little sneak peek of portions of the catalog so that we can wow you all with some of the new stuff.  You know….we gotta hook so we can keep you coming back for more 🙂  So it took all day, because with any new release this big the system always gets clogged, but I did, just now get my order submitted for some new goodies.  Which means I should have my order in about a week and a half (since it does taken a LONG time to get stuff from Utah to Milwaukee) and you will get peek of what is to come in July!!

There is a lot of exciting stuff happening for the July catalog…..and I’m not going to try to BS you, there are a few disappointments, but all in all I really do see more positive than negative.  As we move closer and closer to the new release I will clue you in on more of the BIG news, but for now my word of advise is if there is any 8 1/2 x 11 paper that you use a lot I suggest stocking up now, and NOT waiting til July, as there is a bit of a price increase on paper in July.  The most noticeable increase is in the 8 1/2 x 11 which will increase from $5.50 to $6.95 for a pack of 24 of the same color.  So while it is not a super huge increase….if you go through a lot of it or are planning on making a ton of invites for some occasion I would stock up now and save some money!

Other big news is that our NEW downstairs tenants started moving in today!!  They are very nice and we are so happy to have them here, especially since they didn’t freak out when one of our big dogs got a little too excited that someone was petting him and decided he was going to try to jump up and give her a hug….yeah our dog is bigger than her, but she wasn’t upset, and knew to just push him down so he knows that is NOT acceptable.

The project that I am posting for you today is based on Splitcoast Stamper’s weekly Featured Stamper Challenge.  What they do is each Sunday they name a stamper who is known for their beautiful work, and what you are supposed to do is look at their gallery, choose one of their cards, and then CASE it, which means base your project on the one they made, but this challenge is NOT about how good you can copy someone else because you do need to change at least two things.  Last week when I submitted a card for this challenge I changed basically everything but the layout 🙂  But this week I sooooo loved the card that I kept it VERY similar to the original.  I slightly changed the color, used different die cut images and changed the greeting from “thinking of you” to “thanks.”  To see the card I based mine on click HERE.  The featured stamper’s name is Cathleen (screen name: ctorina)

The changes I made are:

1. Slight change in color….I used Kraft paper instead of the parchment type paper she used, and an ever so slightly different brown.

2. Used the Thank You Kindly Stamp Set instead of Sincere Salutations

3. Used my Cricut to cut a custom sized scalloped square (she used nestabilities),  and used the SU lattice die instead of the Fleur de lis design she used.  Also used circle scissors because I did not have the circle nestabilities.

4.  Used lighter colored pearl beads instead of half-back dark gray pearls.

5. Slightly thinner and lighter ribbon.

I know this sounds like I changed a lot about the card, but if you look at the card it is more similar than different.  I just thought her card was so elegant, and made me think of yummy chocolates 🙂

One other change……I assembled the whole card upside down. LOL!!!!   OK that wasn’t a planned change, and you would have never known if I had not told you, but it was just funny that I realized after I put the finishing touches on the card that it was upside down.  So how do you fix an upside down card?

1.  Send it the way it is and let the receiver think they are the crazy one.

2. Just cut the entire card front off and attach it to a new card.

3.  If I would have realized it before I added the pearls and ribbon, I could have just covered the circle that said “thanks” with a new one turned the right direction. (since I used snail to attach it if I tried to pull it off to flip it over I would have ended up tearing the paper, so it is better to just cover with a new one the exact same size.)

Project 16 0f 365: Chocolaty Thanks

16. Chocolaty Thanks

16 of 365: Chocolaty Thanks

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Kraft
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Stamps:

  • Thank you Kindly

Accessories:

  • 1″ Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)
  • Lattice Biz Die
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Snail

Non-Stampin’ Up! Items

  • Cricut with Accent Essentials Cartridge
  • Pearl Beads
 

Project 2 0f 365: My Attempt at “Sunny Day” May 17, 2010

As many of you probably know Michelle Zindorf is AMAZING at making cards with brayer techniques.  You can check out her blog here.  She does tons of tutorials on her techniques, and actually tours parts of the country doing Brayer Classes.  I first stumbled upon her blog when browsing over samples at a site that is for Stampin’ UP! demonstrators only.  I go there almost everyday to get inspiration or see what colors or stamp sets are HOT right now.  Another demonstrator had posted a very similar card and a link to Michelle Zindorf’s site.  I am so glad she did.

I had purchased my Stampin’ UP! brayer well over a year ago and I had yet to even take it out of the package as I hadn’t a clue how to use it, and the longer I left it sitting in its package the more and more I began to truly believe that it was likely just a disaster waiting to happen, and mess that would take too much energy to clean up…..Well thank you Michelle Zindorf…..If I hadn’t seen how she makes the colors just come alive that brayer would still be sitting in its package.

While I still don’t really have a clue about how to “properly” use a brayer I gotta pat myself on the back and say my card looks dang good for someone who just looked at a picture and crossed her fingers.  While Michelle Zindorf does an EXCELLENT job at telling you the step by step of which materials she is using, and the order in which she is doing them…..I couldn’t find any directions on HOW she was actually doing this….i.e….how the heck do I actually roll this darn thing and come up with the magic she does instead of a bunch of smears on the paper where you can actually see where the edge of the brayer was.  Somehow, by what can ONLY be explained as pure magic, once I was finished with the card and had everything assembled, all those brayer edge blemishes have vanished??????

It makes perfect sense why she does not go in-depth in the process of using the brayer….she holds classes where she gets paid to teach these techniques, so it would be counter-intuitive for her to give that info out for free on the internet.  I can’t blame her for that….I’m out here trying to make a buck too 🙂   But if she ever stumbled across my rambling newby blog and felt sorry for this poor girl and wanted to shoot me a few tips I would definitely be all ears.

Well on to the task at hand…..my 2nd project on my quest to 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 days….This is my attempt at Michelle Zindorf’s “Sunny Day” card that she posted just last week.

Remember that you can purchase all the Stampin’ UP! items used in this project HERE.  I have the link set up so that it opens in a new window making it easy for you to see which supplies are used in this window, and locating them in my Stampin’ UP! shop in the other window.

Awash With Flowers Sunny Day Card

My attempt at Michelle Zindorf's "Sunny Day" card

Stampin’ UP! Supplies:

Paper:  Whisper White, Summer Sun, Dusty Durango, and Always Artichoke smooth cardstock

Ink: Dusty Durango, Really Rust (I’m so sad to see you go in July 2010), Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Green

Galore, and Crushed Curry classic inks. (The last one was supposed to be Summer Sun, but the great friend that I am I loaned that ink

pad to a friend figuring that I wouldn’t need it since it too will be retiring in July 2010.)

Markers: Green Galore, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, and Always Artichoke

Punches: Photo Corner

Stamp Sets:  Awash with Flowers, Medallion Background (I’m in love with this stamp)

Accessories: Circle Scissor Plus (Michelle Zindorf used the Big Shot and a Circle Die), White Gel Pen (a MUST HAVE, the card would not

look the same without the white highlights!!!!), Brayer, Sponge, and Old Olive Brads.

I’m not going to go into the specifics on how to do this since this card is completely copied from Michelle Zindorf’s (and I have included a link to her blog above if you want to follow the step by step, and she rightfully asks that others do not post HER tutorials on their sites.)  I am still in amazement that the Circle on this card started off as plain WHITE cardstock.  I have a feeling that Michelle Zindorf will be the inspiration of several projects to come….hopefully as I better learn the brayer technique I will veer into creating my own creations and not rely on complete and utter copying of her art.  I still look at my card and can’t believe that I really made that!!!

Well that is all for now….back to work to figure out what project #3 of 365 will be….

Remember to Shop at My Stampin’ UP! site to help fund this adventure I have taken on.

StampinBetty Out…..