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!!!

StampinBetty

 

Projects 112-114 of 365: Christmas Cards for Elizabeth Residences December 13, 2010

I always enjoy doing card classes for the ladies (and a few gentlemen) at Elizabeth Residences, an assisted living facility about 45 minutes from my home.  I was so excited to be invited to do another class with them, as it has been several months since I have been back….

Then the morning of the class (last Thursday) I got the dreaded news that my grandmother (from Arkansas) had passed away over night.  I had just returned from flying out to see her and be with my mother after “Granny” had had a stroke the prior week.  I so hoped she would recover, as I hadn’t spent nearly as much time with her over the years as I had wished I had.  There was so much lost time that needed to be made up for from when my brother and I were children and custody cases led to our father taking us so far away from so much of our family.  In recent years as all the true stories of those dark days come to the surface I’ve been trying and promising to spend more time with this whole HALF of my family.  Its just so hard to accept that where I thought I still had several years its already too late.  I will always regret waiting too long.  I will always be sorry for not trying harder to visit like I said I would.  On the rare occasions that I did get to spend time with them it was so special for me, and it was a beginning to filling in that hole in my gut from wondering “who am I.”  Visiting down there always feels like its the place I am supposed to be.  There are people who look like me, and like the same things I like.  It feels like I place I could call home.

This year has been so tough…I lost both of my grandmothers in the past 5 months, and a long line of other misfortunes this year.  So All I can say is that I have no doubt that next year will be a better year.

….Anyways….I still went and held the card class, as I already had everything all planned and packed up ready to go…and I knew it would take my mind off things for a little while, since I couldn’t go back to Arkansas  any way….there was a huge winter storm on its way in….

Here are the three cards I had everyone make:

Projects 112-114 of 365: Christmas Cards for Elizabeth Residences

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112 of 365: Simple Santa

 

The Simple Santa card is cased from a card by J. Belanger on SplitCoast Stampers

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113 of 365: Blue Christmas

 

 

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114 of 365: Ornamental Season

 

The Ornamental Season card is cased from a card by Marie Shaughnessy from SplitCoast Stampers.

Stamp Sets Used:

  • Many Merry Messages
  • Snow Swirled
  • Tags Til Christmas
  • Lovely as a Tree
  • Christmas Punch
  • Serene Snowflakes

 

Thanks for stopping by….be back soon!

StampinBetty

 

Project 103 of 365: Leaves of Gratitude November 17, 2010

I am sooooo in love with the Day of Gratitude stamp set in the current Holiday mini catalog!!!!  I have more card ideas, and borrowed ideas from others over at Splitcoast Stampers than I know what to do with 🙂
I believe I cased this card from Mary Brown, but if I am incorrect please let me know.  I am more than happy to give credit where credit is due…..
You  are all probably wondering how my new job selling cars is going…..so far so good….as you have probably guessed by my lack of time to get all of my oh-so-fun projects posted here…..Plus I really gotta update this page….I haven’t even had time to get the new catalog and specials posted here for you.  Oh the fun of time management and trying to fit 36 hours of work into every 24 hours 🙂
 
Project 103 of 365: Leaves of Gratitude
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103 of 365: Leaves of Gratitude

 

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude

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StampinBetty

 

Project 98 of 365: Midnight Musings on Square Lattice September 30, 2010

Here’s another Halloween card.  This one is based a card by either Lauren Maroco or Diana Gibbs (they both posted very similar cards on Splitcoast and/or the demo site.)  I changed the ribbon, the colors, and did not use DSP, and made my own patterned paper with a Jumbo Wheel Stamp.  So I guess I only cased the layout???  Lol.

Project 98 of 365: Midnight Musings on Square Lattice

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98 of 365: Midnight Musings on Square Lattice

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Very Vanilla

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Midnight Musings Jumbo Wheel

Ink:

  • Jumbo Stampin Around Cartridge- Basic Black
  • Basic Black
  • Cajun Craze

Accessories:

  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder
  • Black Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for looking!  There’s Plenty more to come.

StampinBetty

 

Project 97 of 365: Sanded Candles

Hi all!

Well, its official….I am returning to my old job selling Mercedes Benz here in Milwaukee.  I know, who woulda thought…this craft loving girl is also obsessed with high-end German cars 🙂  It all started when I was 23 and bought a 2000 BMW 323i.  I remember people thinking I was being impulsive and irresponsible when I bought that car……But I truly wasn’t!!!   I caught all kinds of flack over it, about how I could have gotten a brand new Sunfire or whatever other crappy car for the same price.  I told them that I got a better deal and guaranteed them all that I would have this car far longer than all of my other friends who had recently purchased brand new cars.  I was right!!!!  I drove that car for over 8 years!!  I traded it in last year to get my 2006 Envoy, not because the car was worn out, but because we needed a larger vehicle.  I miss that car every day!!!  In the end I did save more money than all those who thought I was being young and dumb.  In that same time they had all bought at least 2 cars, making my purchase the cheapest of them all!!  When I traded that car in it was still beautiful (except for the few lovely door dings acquired by living in Milwaukee), there wasn’t a blemish in the interior, and it still handled way better than most of the new cars my friends have.  You hit the gas and it really went, you turn the wheel and it turned, and on the highway you never had to turn the radio up to cover up the “road noise”, and my favorite part…..no jiggly sounding loose parts.  So yes, I admit it, I am, and will always be a car snob!!  It has nothing to do with showing off to others, my car was a basic model, and the smallest 4 door car they made.   It is all about the feeling of driving a well built car that I knew wasn’t going to fail me when I needed it most!!

I know….that was a BMW, but I sell Mercedes Benz…..well….. When I applied for the job the first time I thought I would be selling BMW, but alas, they tricked me after getting me excited about selling cars, and then broke it to me I would be selling Mercedes Benz.  I wasn’t too thrilled in the beginning.   I knew nothing about Mercedes Benz, in fact, I thought they were only for elitist jerks who like to prove to their neighbors they make more money.  I was soooooo wrong!!!  And as soon as I pay off my current debt a Mercedes Benz is on the top of my “reward myself” list.  I can honestly say you will not find a higher quality car out there.   You spend more upfront, but if one car lasts you as long as 2 cheaper cars…..then in the end you actually paid less 🙂

Time to get back to the task at hand and get some of this growing pile of finished cards posted for you all…

Project 97 of 365: Sanded Candles

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97 of 365: Sanded Candles

This card is based on a card by Holly Krautkremmer (on both the Stampin Up demo site, and Splitcoast Stampers).  I just changed up the colors and made a few minor adjustments.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Gray
  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie DSP
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Very Vanilla

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Sanded- Background

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive

Accessories:

  • Rhinestone or Brad (non SU)
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Paper Crimper
  • 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch

Thanks for looking!

StampinBetty

 

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

 

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