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  Before it was blah, boring, and outdated….Now its updated and modern.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

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Project 79 of 365: Weekend Wedding Card September 1, 2010

I’ve got a few cards to post for you today, so we will just have to see how far we get 🙂

So I am still searching for that “dream job.”  As much as I love crafting, with all the home repairs we are in need of and some of the things my husband and I want to do, I’ve decided it would be easier to do with a steady income, as you can never really predict what’s going to happen when you are running a tiny online craft business.  Don’t worry, I have no intention of abandoning everyone!!  This blog is my “therapy” and keeps me creating.  It is the perfect mix, because all of the jobs I am qualified for are so totally different than what I do here, my arts and crafts keep me well rounded 🙂  By education and professional experience I am a TOTAL numbers person, I actually have FUN running statistical models.  In graduate school I used to affectionately refer to my advanced stats homework as being like playing with a video game….if you keep working at it eventually you will get it “right.”   And I gotta tell ya….the feeling of satisfaction of being able to make sense of all the piles of what would seem like pointless data, or random effects to most people is much the same way as I feel when I complete a cool craft project.  My life needs both of these extremes to be satisfied 🙂

It would also be nice to work in a field that actually puts my Political Science Master’s Degree to work, and help payoff those student loans…LOL!

The project I am posting today is a wedding card I made for a wedding I attended about a week ago.  This card was super quick, and you might recognize that it is very similar to other wedding cards I made this summer.  I think this is because I loved the way that first one turned out, and since I was always running short on time for all the rest I ended up making different versions based on that card.  The one thing I have tried to do on ALL the cards was to match the colors of the wedding cards to their invitations/wedding colors.  I thought this would give the cards more of a personal touch.

Project 79 of 365: Weekend Wedding in Cherry Cobbler

79 of 365: Weekend Wedding in Cherry Cobbler

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Cherry Cobbler

Ink:

  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Whisper White Craft

Stamps:

  • Bella Toile
  • For the Bride

Accessories:

  • Whisper White Satin Ribbon
  • Half-Back Pearls from Pretties Kit
  • White Emboss Powder
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder- Sizzix

Remember that the New Holiday Mini Catalog is online as of today!!!  There is so much cool stuff in there I wish I could buy it all 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 53 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Rich Razzleberry July 12, 2010

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

 

Project 51 of 365: Friends Never Fade in White

Hi Everyone,

I have found an efficient way of keeping up with my 365 projects in 365 days challenge!!  If I sit down with just one stamp set at a time and create several projects focusing on just that stamp set I seem to get a lot of projects done in one sitting, and in not a lot of time.  This is a true life saver with all the driving I have been doing to spend time with my grandmother…And if I get the job that I have been crossing my fingers for, this efficiency will help me continue with this challenge 🙂

The stamp set I set my focus on today is the Friends Never Fade set from the brand new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  I was able to create 5 completely different cards in about 2 hours….How’s that for efficiency? I must confess that none of these are really “original ideas” and a couple are outright copies of other cards I have seen.  There are just so many awesome cards posted on various sites using this set that I just could not help myself but to make them for myself 🙂  I will give credit to the appropriate person on each card.

Project 51 of 365: Friends Never Fade in White

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51 of 365: Friends Never Fade in White

This card is basically a complete replication of a card made by Wendy Wexler (except the extra blob of ink.  lol. ) that I saw on the demonstrator-only website.

If you look closely you will see that I made an “oopsy” on this card.  My first thought was to start over, but then I remembered how I always tell everyone at classes and workshops, that it doesn’t matter if you mess up, just to go with it, because homemade cards aren’t supposed to be perfect.  If we wanted perfect cards we would go to the store and buy them.  (The mistake is the extra blob of green ink by the stem of the flower…I dropped the stamp..lol… If I didn’t point it out, and if you didn’t own the stamp, you may have just thought that was part of the stamp…)

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White

Ink: (All Markers)

  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Marina Mist
  • Daffodil Delight

Stamps:

  • Friends Never Fade
  • Because I Care

Accessories:

  • Marina Mist Ribbon
  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Piercing Tool and Mat
  • Stampin Dimensionals

Keep checking back as I attempt to get all 5 of these cards posted tonight.  Believe it or not, it takes longer to post these to the blog than to make them 🙂

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

49 0f 365

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 41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday June 29, 2010

Have any of you guys ever seen stamp set and thought  “I just have  to have that,” then ordered it right away, waited impatiently for many days for it to arrive, and then you finally get it and  you leave it sit for a month (or often times much longer) without ever using it? This is something I have done far more times than I would like to admit.  The main stamp used in this card is a perfect example of this.

As soon as I saw the All a Flutter a la carte stamp in the back of the Summer Mini Catalog I just HAD to have it.  I had so many ideas in my head about how I was going to use it.  The whole 1 1/2 weeks I spent waiting for it to arrive seemed like torture.  Well I got that stamp over a month ago, and have I posted a single project using it?  Nope….today is the first time I touched that stamp, even though it seemed so hard to wait for it to arrive.  lol!

Luckily, I’m really loving this first card I finally made with it.  In case you are wondering….the butterflies are stamped in versamark onto cardstock vellum, heat embossed with black embossing powder, and then colored with markers, and popped up with dimensionals.  It’s just such a happy card 🙂  I am  so glad I finally put this stamp to use, and I hope to use it much more often in the future.

Project 41 of 365:  All a Flutter Birthday

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41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday

Kinda makes me want to go to the park 🙂  In the picture it doesn’t show all that well, but the background was textured using the square lattice textured impressions folder.

This card was inspired by a similar card made by Wanda Cleveland, another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Cardstock Vellum
  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Old Olive

Markers:

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Crushed Curry
  • Concord Crush

Stamps:

  • All a Flutter
  • Watercolor Trio

Accessories:

  • Scallop Oval Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • 1 1/4″ Square Punch
  • Black Emboss Powder
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder

Thank you for checking out my latest creations.  Be sure to check back soon 🙂

StampinBetty

 

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