Crafty Betty

Project 92 of 365: Haunted Mansion September 23, 2010

How excited was I this morning when I received a note from Kim Score over at Paper Punch Addiction saying that she would be using my Pumpkin Patch card (project 91) as one of here inspiration links on her blog today?! ¬†I’m telling you there is nothing better than when one of the “WOW” crafters stumble on to you, and like what they see ūüôā ¬†So if you get a chance click on the link above and check out her blog, she has some awesome stuff over there and is a whiz at making great creations from the basic shape punches used by Stampin’ Up!

More excitement….if you can handle it…..I’m having a hard time typing this up because I know I have a box full of new stuff from the Holiday Mini catalog just waiting for me to go start experimenting for upcoming workshops! ¬†(I know…I gotta get that catalog posted up here already so all of you can drool over all the great new stuff.) ¬†I literally wanted almost EVERY thing from that catalog, so Stampin’ Up! definitely did good with this one. ¬†In fact, all the stuff I can’t afford right now is going on a Christmas wishlist to be distributed to all the people who ask me what I want for Christmas ¬†LOL! ¬†Most years when people ask me what I want for Christmas I usually refuse to answer or make up jokes (except for my husband who gets many specific requests…hehe….) because I hate “asking” people to buy me stuff, and I’m worried of someone buying me something that maybe they really couldn’t afford, but thought I would be disappointed if they didn’t get me whatever ridiculous thing I wanted. ¬†But this year I think I will put together my Stampin Up wishlist, because there is stuff in EVERY price range.

Well I gotta hurry up already, and get this thing finished up so I can go play!!!

This haunted mansion came from the new Cricut Cartridge- Happy Hauntings. This is the FIRST year I have ever done anything decorative or crafty surrounding Halloween. ¬†I am probably one of the few people who have never really gotten into the “Halloween Spirit,” ¬†but there is just something about all the great stuff out there this year that I can not resist. ¬†This Haunted Mansion is currently the centerpiece on my table as my FIRST EVER Halloween decoration (that’s right, even as a child I have NEVER had a Halloween decoration in my house. ¬†A few years I dressed up and did the trick-or-treat thing, but we lived so far out in the country that no one came by our place to trick-or-treat anyways, so there was no need for decorations.)

I also purchased my first Halloween stamp sets, so I will soon be showcasing my FIRST halloween cards that I will be making. ¬†What a year of firsts for me… ¬†LOL!

Project 92 of 365: Haunted Mansion

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92 of 365: Haunted Mansion Front

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92 of 365: Haunted Mansion Side

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92 of 365: Haunted Mansion Back

Can you believe that this whole thing is just made out of card stock? ¬†It is surprisingly sturdy!! ¬†When I picked it up to move it from my craft room to the dining room (downstairs) I was worried it would fall apart, but to my surprise it was heavier than I thought it would be, and while the walls did move a bit while carrying it they quickly put themselves back in place when I set it back down. ¬†I made this about a week ago, and have moved it to different rooms, up and down stairs, in and out of the photography booth, yet nothing came apart…..Yay!!!

I was thinking about offering this haunted house as a kit to purchase, but it does take at least an hour to put together (and that was after it was all cut and removed from the Cricut mats), and it can be a bit trying on your patience….but once it is done it is awesome, and if you stored it in a ¬†sturdy sided plastic box you could use this as a centerpiece year after year (since it needs to be glued together to make it sturdy, you can’t fold it up to store after assembled).

If this is something you would be interested in please let me know and make me an offer of what you think I should sell such a kit for.  This house stands more than a foot tall once assembled. (shipping is simple and cheap as it is shipped flat and you assemble it.)  Just leave me a comment with your email or email me at betty.ray020  at  gmail.com

(of course you know to replace the spaces and the word “at” with the @ symbol…just have to type it in this way due to crazy spam creating software that read blog posts to get your email address and fill your inbox with nonsense….the new age of telemarketing….LOL)

You can also create this on your own if you have a Cricut Expression and the Happy Hauntings Cartridge, but you will need the special 12×24 paper to make one as large as this one I made (putting two 12×12 sheets of paper together will not work).

Hope you enjoyed this one….I know I had fun making it!!

StampinBetty

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Projects 56-66: New Baby Girl Scrapbook Kit July 20, 2010

Hi All,

You’ve probably been wondering were I disappeared to for the past week….Well I have been cooking up some really cool stuff for you. ¬†To start with I am going to slowly start adding crafting kits for purchase to this blog (like the album kit posted today.) ¬†My goal with these kits will be to make great projects which you can complete at home in about an hour or 2 without any special tools or supplies!!! ¬†How cool is that?

The album kit I am posting today is designed for new born baby girls (I am working on a VERY similar album for new born boys, I just need to find paper with the “right” colors.) ¬†This album is a 6×6 album, designed to stay as THIN as possible (less than an inch thick even after you add photos) so you can just slip it in your bag or desk, and you will have the perfect Brag Book for any time someone asks about your beautiful baby.

For $19.99 you will receive:

1. A very nice 6×6 album with 10 page protectors (20 pages). ¬†This album cannot be expanded, it is designed to stay thin, so all pages are permanently inserted with no posts or rings.

2. ¬†All the die-cuts shown in all the pictures below. ¬†Plus, any die cut made of multiple layers is already assembled for you!!! ¬†So no need for you to try and solve the puzzle of how/where to attach the tiny layers ūüôā

3.  All the patterned and solid CARDSTOCK (not thin paper) used.  Again, to keep this album as thin as possible, both sides of each sheet are used.  This is very high quality (non SU) cardstock which is solid on one side and patterned on the other.  Since it is very sturdy you can use both sides, saving you from an unsightly over-bulging album.

4.  You will also be emailed a PDF of all instructions (including photos) to complete the album.  The BEST part is that all you need to complete the album is the adhesive of your choice and a couple markers, and you can complete this album in 1 hour (maybe 2 hours if you add photos right away.)

While this will be presented as several projects (for the purpose of fulfilling my 365 in 365 goal) you will receive EVERYTHING in this post as part of your KIT!!

Buy it now for 19.99 plus shipping by clicking HERE

Project 56 0f 365: Page 1 of New Baby Girl Album

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56 of 365: Page 1 of New Baby Girl Album

(in your kit the hand written portion will not be done for you….this way you can write whatever you want to here.)

Project 57 of 365: Pages 2-3 of Baby Girl Album

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57 of 365: Pages 2-3 of Baby Girl Album

Project 58 of 365: Pages 4-5 of Baby Girl Album

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58 of 365: Pages 4-5 of Baby Girl Album

Project 59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

Project 60 of 365: Pages  8- 9 of Baby Girl Album

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60 of 365: Pages 8-9 of baby Girl Album

(I just love the above page ūüôā …)

Project 61 of 365: Pages 10-11 of Baby Girl Album

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61 of 365: Pages 11-12 of Baby Girl Album

(this one looks better in person)

Project 62 of 365: Pages 12-13 of Baby Girl Album

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62 of 365: pages 12-13 of Baby Girl Album

Project 63 of 365: Pages 14-15 of Baby Girl Album

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63 of 365: Pages 14-15 of Baby Girl Album

Project 64 of 365: Pages 16-17 of 365

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64 of 365: Pages 16-17 of Baby Girl Album

(yours won’t have the messy glue….LOL….and the color here is a bit deceiving, the polka dot paper is more of a rose red with light pink dots, than the red red it looks like in the picture)

Project 65 of 365: Pages 18-19 of Baby Girl Album

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65 of 365: Pages 18-19 of Baby Girl Album

(so cute…)

Project 66 of 365: Page 20 of Baby Girl Album

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66 of 365: Page 20 of Baby Girl Album

So there you have it everyone!!! If you like this kit buy it HERE for just $19.99 plus shipping.

When ordering your kit you will also receive a matching album (as pictured below)….If you request a specific album I will do my best to get you that one, but it is first come first serve. ¬†If no request is made I will randomly choose an album for you ūüôā

6x6 Albums for Baby Girl Scrapbook


Copyright notice: This kit is the original design of StampinBetty. ¬†You can replicate this item for your personal use, but it is not allowable for you to use these designs for your profit without my consent. ¬†Thank You ūüôā

Hope you like this kit!!

StampinBetty


 

Projects 42-45: Eclipse Movie Hats July 3, 2010

Hi all!

Tis true, I am slightly behind on my 365 project goal. ¬†It has been a sad time around the house… My grandmother, who was the closest thing I had to a “Mom” growing up has fallen very ill and has “temporarily” been placed in a nursing home. ¬†Personally, I’m not so sure this is a temporary move for her.

First, I should clarify, that I have a VERY lovely, kind mother, unfortunately I did not know how wonderful she was until I was almost 30 years old, as unusual events resulted in my brother and I being raised by our grandparents and ill father. ¬†This is why I say my grandmother was my Mother-figure growing up, and I have to say Grandma did an AWESOME job raising us!!!!! ¬†My brother is now an Electrical Engineer, with a wonderful wife, and beautiful daughter, and they live Charlotte, NC. ¬†I have a Master’s Degree, the best husband in the world, and the two coolest Bullmastiffs ever, here in Milwaukee. ¬†Who could ask for more??? ¬†I know sooooooo many others who grew up in situations like ours and took such a drastically different path than we did, and I can only believe that my grandparents must have played a BIG role in this. ¬†They never gave us anything for free, we had to work hard for everything. ¬†They never babied us because we had unfortunate childhoods. ¬†They didn’t have a lot of money, but what they did was make sure we knew we could do anything we wanted as long as we worked hard at it. ¬†They made sure we knew life was not supposed to be easy…to get somewhere in life you had to fight for it, and never give up. ¬†They reminded us that if someone told us we couldn’t do something because we didn’t have the “right upbringing” we had to stand up and SHOW them we could. ¬†Because of our grandparents we knew the world did not OWE us something just because we had it harder than others, and that the only way someone was going to get us down was if we let them.

Four years ago today, grandfather passed away. ¬†Now it seems as though grandmother wants to give in and join him. ¬†I visited her 2 days ago (her nursing home is 2 1/2 hours away). ¬†After spending the day with her it was clear that she misses grandfather terribly (they were married well over 60 years, and since they owned and ran a business together they never spent more than 24 hours apart.) ¬†I thought about how hard it was to think of her being gone, but I also thought about how unfair and selfish it is to continue to beg her to fight and stay here. ¬†She is 86 years old and in constant pain every day. ¬†She has had so many surgeries, and there is no way her life will ever be comfortable again. ¬†Yet family members insist on more and more treatments and surgeries to keep her alive. ¬†It hurts me to think of the pain she is in and the fact that she will never be well again, yet is forced to endure more and more pain, instead of accepting the fact that no one lives forever and it is not fair to “torture” someone. ¬†How could they even agree to giving a frail 86 year old chemotherapy???? ¬†When our pets are in pain that we know we can not make better, putting them to sleep is considered the only humane thing to do. ¬†Yet, when our parents and grandparents are in torturous pain, and begging to “go home” after having lived a very LONG and FULL life we pump them with poisonous chemo, and further surgeries just so we don’t have to say good-bye. ¬†SHAME on us!!!!!

I would not wish her agony on anyone, which is why I kneeled beside her bed with her almost lifeless hand in mine and told her how much I loved her, and how thankful I was that she raised me to be the person I am, and with tears in my eyes I told her that if she was tired and if she felt she had waited long enough to be reunited with grandpa that it was okay to go to him, that everyone was taken care of here, and no one would be upset at her for her for going.  She grasped my hands with more strength than I had felt from her in a long time, looked me in the eye, with tears in hers, and said thank you, I love you so much.  It was the hardest thing I have ever said to anyone, I only wish the rest of them would tell her the same and let her go peacefully.

Sorry for diverging from the goal of the blog, but let’s just say writing it out and posting it for others to read is my budget-friendly therapy. ¬†Isn’t therapy all about getting it out and telling someone else so that you don’t hold it all inside. ¬†So thank-you for being my therapist….just don’t send me a bill. ¬†LOL! ūüôā

Today’s projects aren’t Stampin Up, but they are too cool to not show you all, plus they were the other time consumer that has put me behind on my 365 goal (luckily I am only a few projects behind, and there are still 10 1/2 months to get them all done).

In total we made 12 of these hats (I think there was one missing when we took the photos.) ¬†There are 4 different “designs” in these hats (hence counting them as four projects.) ¬†There is my hat which is totally different from everybody else’s (completely covered with black and white photos with red satin ribbon.) There is Tina’s hat which has the basic design of the rest, but then I cut some really cool stuff on my die cutter for her to add, and she used red and black tulle ribbon. ¬†Then there are Team Edward, and Team Jacob hats.

I should also be clear that I did not make all the hats.  The design for all the hats (except mine) was a collaborative idea from Tina, her two daughters, and me.  And everyone helped put the hats together.

Projects 42-45:  Eclipse Movie Hats

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42-45: Eclipse Hats

Project 45 of 365: My Hat

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45 of 365: My Eclipse Hat

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44 of 365: Tina's Eclipse Hat

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44 of 365: Tina's Eclipse Hat

The reason I am including Tina’s hat as project 44, even though she assembled it, is because I made the die cut Edward profile, and Cullen Crest for her, and making these die cuts was quite a “project” ūüôā ¬†But aren’t they awesome??

More photos of the hats:

If anyone is interested in purchasing a hat like one of these please let me know and we can work out a price and details for you.  I can make hats like these for ANY occasion!!  Email me at betty.ray020@gmail.com or leave a comment below with your email asking me to contact you.

StampinBetty