Crafty Betty

Projects 115-118 of 365: Snow Swirled and Delightful Decorations Cards December 21, 2010

Hi all,

I’ve got some more Christmas cards for you…..Can you believe Christmas is just a few short days away!!!  I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping…LOL…..good thing I always give out a lot of handmade gifts….

On another note….. I just got braces on my teeth last week.  I had no idea the pain people really go through with these things!!!  I was expecting the teeth to be sore, no surprise there, but I had no idea how badly these things tear up the insides of your cheeks!!!  This is insanity-level pain, and I only have the top ones on right now (won’t be getting the bottom ones for another 3 months because they have to move the top ones a bit to get the lower ones to fit.).  And I also love how they wait to spring on the list of foods you can’t eat until they already have these torture devices on….. There are TONS of healthy foods on the list of things you can not eat…. so I better stock up on the vitamins.  Can’t have (or at least have to be very very careful with) raw vegetables, whole apples, nuts, popcorn, etc…..I know its logical, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it 🙂   On the other hand….On the suggested list are ice cream, cake, brownies, pudding….Doesn’t it sound like a license to go junk food crazy???  🙂

On to the cards….  All of these cards are pretty quick to finish, so if you still need to make more cards before Christmas hop to it, and try these on for size…

Project 115 of 365: Delights of the Season

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115 of 365: Delights of the Season

Not much explanation needed for this one, just a simple card pieced together, but don’t you just love that ornament punch.  I could not have been happier than when I saw that Stampin Up had made two more stamp sets to use with this punch (Contempo Christmas and Tags Til Christmas), and they are both MUST HAVE sets!!!  (please ignore the sloppy glue marks on this one…..this was one of the earlier versions when I was experimenting with what to do with the strings on the ornaments….tiny glue dots are much less noticeable than using actual glue…)

Stamp Sets:  Delightful Decorations, Many Merry Messages

Project 116 of 365: Decorate with Joy





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116 of 365: Decorate with Joy


Stamps Used: Delightful Decorations

Project 117 of 365: Snow Swirled Resist

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117 of 365: Snow Swirled Resist

This card happened because I had seen a really similar card online somewhere last year, but I didn’t have the really pretty patterned paper that they had used on the bottom of the card….So I did what I do best….I improvised and made my own patterned paper.  I started with a plain old sheet of whisper white card stock.  Then I used my versamark glue pad to randomly stamp the snowflakes from the Snow Swirled Stamp Set all over my 12×12 sheet of cardstock.  I then sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder and used my heat gun to emboss it.  After that I used a sponge dauber and Soft Suede Ink to rub all over the paper.  In person this really looks so much more beautiful and sparkly than in the picture.  It actually looks quite suede like from the rubbing of the ink across the paper and purposely applying the ink uneven.  This is one of those projects where it pays off to be sloppy 🙂  (this technique is called Emboss Resist.)

Stamps Used:  Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Project 118 of 365:  Snow Swirled Navy



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118 of 365: Snow Swirled Navy


Ask anyone who has ever done a Christmas card class and they will likely tell you that I am obsessed with heat embossing.  I just love the effect, the smooth raised texture of the ink.  It just looks so classy and professional.  And running a close second to heat embossing would be using any of the emboss folders or texture plates in my Sizzix Big Shot.  “Texture, Texture, Texture” is my motto and I can’t get enough of it when I’m making cards!!  Seriously, all these texture effects are soooooo easy and so much cheaper than the been-there-done-that patterned paper that everyone has.  So don’t be intimidated by that heat gun, give it a shot, you will be hooked just like me.

If you are wondering how I got the tree and the greeting lined up so straight…..check out the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (yes, that ‘s its real name.)  If you are a perfectionist this will be your best friend!!

Stamps Used:  Snow Swirled

Hope you guys are more prepared than I am for Christmas day 🙂

Stop Back Soon For More Fun!!!



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.



  • Whisper White
  • Baja Breeze Textured
  • Greenhouse Gala DSP


  • Baja Breeze


  • Friends Never Fade


  • Large White Brads

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



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.)



  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Soft Suede
  • Whisper White


  • Rich Razzleberry


  • Friends Never Fade


  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • White Satin Ribbon

Back with more soon….