Crafty Betty

Projects 25-27: Catalog Sneak Peak June 14, 2010

I have a treat for you today!!!  I have created 3 cards for you and they are ALL taken from the pages of the brand new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog set to release on July 1, 2010.  If you have not yet ordered your catalog be sure to send me an email at betty.ray020@gmail.com.  I am charging $9 for the catalog and this includes PRIORITY mailing, so really you are only paying $3-4 for you catalog (that’s less than I pay for them, but I do this in the hope that you will also choose me as your demonstrator for your purchases from the catalog.)  I will be mailing these out the same day I receive my stock of them (expected to be here 1 1/2 to 2 weeks from now). So order early as I did not order that many catalogs….remember….I’m the broke crafter 🙂  After my initial stock is gone you can still order catalogs, but at the normal SU price of $9.95 plus shipping.

I am also very happy to announce that my blog has been live for 1 month, and as of today I have passed 2,000 views…I’ll take that as a sign that I am doing something right 🙂  Now if I can just find some people in the area to hold workshops so I can sell some stuff the world would be a happy place.  Please contact me if you would like to hold a workshop or class in your home, and you live within a 1-2 hour drive of Milwaukee.  I can teach technique classes for a per person fee, which includes everyone completing the project and taking it home with them, or if you live less than 1 hour from Milwaukee we can do the traditional workshop where you gather a group of friends to make a couple simple cards, and browse the catalog (no per person fee, and the hostess receives FREE stuff based on the amount of sales at the party).  I also hold classes where you get to complete 12 cards or several scrapbook pages, and just pay a fee (this way people are not expected to browse the catalogs and buy stuff, they just get to hang out with friends, and make some really cool stuff.)  Just email me if any of these ideas sound interesting to you!!  betty.ray020@gmail.com (thats zero-two-zero) or just post a comment below with your email and I will contact you.

Projects 25-27: Catalog Sneak Peak Cards

25-27 Sneak Peak

25-27 of 365: Sneak Peak Cards

These cards are all very simple and literally come from the pages of the new catalog….I thought this would be a good way of giving you a sneak peak into the catalog without breaking any rules 🙂

Project 25 of 365: Great Friend in So Safron

25 of 365

25 of 365: Great Friend in So Safron

Supplies:

Paper:

  • So Safron
  • Crumb Cake
  • Rich Razzleberry

Stamps:

  • Great Friend

Ink:

  • Rich Razzleberry
  • So Safron
  • Whisper White CRAFT

Accessories

  • Tombow Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • White Emboss Powder
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Paper Piercer

Project 26 of 365: Because I Care Sneak Peak

26 of 365

26 of 365: Because I Care Sneak Peak

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Blushing Bride (New for 2010)
  • Pear Pizzazz (New for 2010)
  • Whisper White

Stamps:

  • Because I Care (Brand New Level 1 Hostess Set, so sign up to host a party with me and this set could be yours!!!!)

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • New Scallop Border Punch
  • Scallop Corner Punch
  • Tombow Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Certainly Celery Ribbon
  • Soft Subtles Button

Project 27 of 365: Butterfly Friends

27 of 365

27 of 365: Butterfly Friends

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Crumb Cake (formerly kraft)
  • Sahara Sand DSP
  • So Safron Textured
  • Not Quite Navy
  • Marina Mist (new for 2010)

Stamps:

  • Friends 24-7
  • En Francais

Ink:

  • So Safron
  • Not Quite Navy

Accessories:

  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Button Latte Button
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Pearls
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Glue

Hope everyone enjoys their little peak into the new catalog 🙂

Stampin Betty

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Project 22 of 365: Black and White with a POP of Color June 11, 2010

So I am sitting here giddy like a school girl because all my SU 2010-2011 Sneak Peak items are arriving tomorrow.  I already know that I will be sitting by the front window watching for the UPS truck to arrive all morning….Even though I know the UPS guy doesn’t get here until 12:30-2:30.

I don’t know which I am more excited about….all the great new stuff I ordered or that I will finally get to see the new catalog.  Each demo gets a complimentary copy of the new catalog with their June order!!!  But if any of you out there want to purchase your very own catalog contact me at betty.ray020@gmail.com and I will put you on my pre-order list for when the rest of the catalogs arrive nearer the end of June.

I have been hearing all kinds of good stuff about the new catalog from those who have already received theirs.  By the way it sounds I should probably be concerned about ending up bankrupt from all the NEW stuff that I will just “HAVE” to have.

Today’s project is so pretty.  I have seen interior decorating shows where they decorated rooms almost entirely in black and white, but then just added a splash of color here and there to finish off the look.  This always ends up looking so elegant!  So that is my inspiration for this card.

Project 22 of 365:  Black and White with a Pop of Color.

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22 of 365: Black and White with a POP of Color

I just love the Elements of Style Stamp Set, I have had the hardest time putting it down!!  You can find the Elements of Style Set in the Summer Mini Catalog (be sure to download your PDF copy by clicking on the catalog in the right column of this blog.)

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Staz On Black

Stamp Set:

  • Elements of Style

Accessories:

  • Stamp n Write Markers (Real Red, Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy, Basic Black)
  • Real Red 5/8 Ribbon
  • Crystal Effects
  • Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive

This card is so pretty, yet very easy, so try it out for yourself!  I will be back soon with more projects…

StampinBetty

 

Project 20 of 365: Rich Razzleberry Any Occasion Cards June 8, 2010

All I can think of is how cold and gloomy it is for a June Day.  Wisconsin is known for crazy weather changes but really????  Two days ago I got a SUPER red sunburn just from walking around and looking at cars, now today I have on a sweater, and thick socks, and I’m still a bit chilly.

I don’t know about you but I find it so hard to be productive when its gloomy and rainy out all day.  All I want to do when it is like this is curl up with a cozy blanket on the couch with a mocha and watch cheesy old chic flicks, and drift in and out of lovely naps.

Well, lets blame the weather for the lazy cards I am showing you today.  They are really cute but so simple that each one of them can be completed in less than 10 minutes, and with minimal supplies!!  I actually saw VERY VERY similar cards to these on a SU Demonstrator only website, and I do apologize that I did not note who made these to give them their proper credit.  The only real change I made was to make cards with each of the flower stamps in the Fifth Avenue Floral Set, instead of just 2, and I did not put any sentiments on them, as this way I can use them for sweet note cards, or I can quick grab a sentiment stamp and add it when I realize I need a card for someone.  I tend to make a lot of cards without sentiments on the outside or inside.  I do this so that whenever I do need a card I can simply add it without having to make a new card.  On the inside I often times like to have them blank so that I can write the person a longer, more personal, note.

Project 20 of 365: Rich Razzleberry Any Occasion Cards

20 of 365: Rich Razzleberry Any Occasion Cards

20 of 365: Rich Razzleberry Any Occasion Cards

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Crumb Cake (also known as kraft)
  • Rich Razzleberry

Ink:

  • Versamark Pad
  • Versa Mark Marker

Stamps:

  • Fifth Avenue Floral

Accessories:

  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Snail Adhesive

See how simple that is, mass produce them and have a bunch around for whenever you need a card!!

That is all for now.  I’m working on another card tonight, but probably won’t be done in time to post it today.

Come Back Soon!

StampinBetty

 

Project 17 of 365: Three simple and sweet 10 minute cards June 3, 2010

Hi All!!

So I just found a way to put a positive spin on the fact that Stampin’ Up! is increasing the price on cardstock….Hello!!! With the addition of the clear mount stamps, which are sold for an average of $3-7 less per set, that really goes a long way to make up for the $1.50 per pack increase in the 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.   It also encourages me to work more with alternative sizes of paper.  Most people know that I have mostly gravitated to the standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) card.  Probably because I get 2 of them out of each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, and the A2 envelopes are always readily available…..If I am ever out of my Stampin’ Up! envelopes I can always run to any office store, or Target/Walmart-type stores to grab some in a pinch (not that I’m ready to walk back into a Target store again…..see posts from last week for details of the nightmare experience.)

I noticed that the 12×12 paper isn’t changing all that much in price, so I decided to try out some 4×4 notecards because you can get 4 cards from the 12×12 paper and still have a 4×4 square of scrap paper for punching and such left over.  And rather than purchase the more expensive envelope made for this size card…..they easily fit in the A2 envelope 🙂

The inspiration for these very sweet, extremely simple cards comes from this weeks Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers.  This week they named “Emily” as the featured stamper, and I chose to “case” her card titled “True Friend“.  When I saw the simple embossed white background with a cute ribbon on the top, I was off and running.  With the 3 cards I made I used a different embossed background on each, various different styles of ribbons, and different stamp techiniques.  Yet, each of these cards only takes about 10 minutes to make!!!!  And since there are not tons of layers or fancy folds it is very economical, even with the ribbon.

Another inspiration for these cards was that Stampin’ Up! is retiring my 2 FAVORITE baby themed stamp sets “Nursery Necessities” and “Cute & Cuddly.”  So I just had to use them and encourage you to run over to my Stampin’ Up! site to get yours before they are gone!!! They retire at the end of this month, so get your while you still can….  On my Stampin’ UP! page click the “shop now” button, and then go to the “Last Chance Stamp Sets.”  If you were thinking about any of these sets get them NOW, before they are gone forever.

Project 17 of 365:  Three Simple and Sweet 10 minute cards

17 of 365: Three Sweet & SImple 10 min Cards

17 of 365: Three Sweet & Simple 10 Min Cards

One of the things I loved about these cards was getting to break out my Copic Markers.  Copic Markers are a whole NEW experience in coloring!!!  I am totally and completely in love with them.  I haven’t had them very long, so my technique is not so great yet, but I still love the way it looks even if I am not perfect at coloring with them.  I used my Copics on the stamped bear image.  At one point I actually had the bear WAY too dark, but with the magic of Copic, I did not have to throw it away and start over.  All I had to do was go over the dark areas with a lighter shade of brown a few times, and voila, it lightened up!  These are alcohol markers so you can just continue coloring, layering, blending away, and not crumble up your paper.  Just look at how you can shade without having dramatic lines in between the two colors you are blending together.  Stamped images just look so much LESS flat when you can color, shade, and shadow until your heart is content. 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Bashful Blue
  • So Safron
  • Melon Mambo

Stamps:

  • Cute & Cuddly (on the last chance list so get yours now!!)
  • Nursery Necessities (on the last chance list so get yours now!!)
  • Best Yet (retired Hostess set)

Classic Ink:

  • Bashful Blue
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • So Saffron

Accessories:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Lattice Square Emboss Folder
  • Perfect Polka Dots Emboss Folder
  • 1 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • Bashful Blue Stitched Ribbon
  • So Saffron Ribbon (some leftovers I had from SAB 2009)
  • Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Snail Adhesive

Non- Stampin’ Up! Items:

  • Copic Markers
  • Memories Black Die Ink (DO NOT use Staz On with Copic Markers, and the Basic Black ink will smudge)
  • 2″ Scallop Circle Punch (slightly larger than SU so it fits around the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch)
  • Cuttlebug D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder
17 of 365: Melon Mambo Bear

17 of 365 Melon Mambo Bear

17 of 365: Baby Blue Boat

17 of 365: Baby Blue Boat

17 of 365: So Safron Friends

17 of 265: So Safron Friends

A funny story for you to finish off this post…..

While in the process of typing up this post today I managed to get a 13″ scrape down my arm (starting above my elbow, running all the way down my arm, wrist, and halfway up my thumb) and it was not a craft related incident.  Lol!  While working up in my attic office space I could hear someone outside who seemed to be calling for their dogs.  I know that feeling all too well…..  So I got up and looked out my window  I am in the attic…3rd floor) where I can see down the alley and in most of the backyards.  I immediately spotted the 2 dogs, about 2 houses down (as I know the dogs that live there, and these weren’t them).  So I run down the stairs, grabbing some flip flops as I went, out the door, down the alley….I spotted the owner, and told her they were a few houses down, and asked her if the were friendly, she said they were….And for the most part they were.  We were having the darnedest time getting them to come back…we each had a dog by the collar, but they did not want to leave the dogs that were on the other side of the fence.  Eventually her daughter came with leashes and treats.  I hooked a leash on the dog I had, and while he was fine before, he just started JUMPING on me as soon as the leash was on????  He wasn’t angry or anything, at least I don’t think, because he wasn’t trying to bite me, but he just kept jumping on me….maybe he was excited because he thought he was going for a walk.  Well, his nails must be long, because I now have a very stinging scrape (the kind that bubbles up above the skin) running all the way down my arm.  It actually looks like I have a seam down my arm LOL!  Well I guess it makes up for all the times my dogs have gotten overly playful and jumped on visitors 🙂

Until Next Time….

StampinBetty

 

Project 15 of 365: Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 32 and FTL92: Thinking of You May 31, 2010

Wow…..I have had quite the productive day, which is extra surprising since my husband and I went to a cookout yesterday and then watched movies and played video games with friends until after 1am… I think I was able to drag my butt out of bed about noon, and then continued to lay around the house like a lazy bones until probably 2pm.  Yet, I still completed 3 projects today, went to another cookout/birthday party, and when I finish this post I think I’m going to work on another project since I am on a roll 🙂

As I have been writing up these posts today I’ve had the TV on in the background and there’s a show on the History Channel (I think) called “American Pickers.”  It’s mostly been on because the remote is in my crafting room, and I am in the adjacent office nook and I’m being too lazy to get up and go change it….but anyway….half the time I find those guys pretty annoying, and half the time I’m dazzled by the stuff they find.  Well….thanks to them I now think vintage gas station signs, and gas pumps are sooooo Cool!  Thank Goodness I’m broke otherwise I would be running off to every flee market I could find to get gas station memorabilia lol!  The other super cool antique that I just wish I could afford to get my hands on are antique slot machines that have not been modified.  I don’t even know what it is about them that I think is so cool, but every time I see one older than about the 1960s I just wish it were mine, if its one of those from the 1890-1940s I’m just in awww.  Maybe this explains why I really wanted to get married in Las Vegas.  It’s actually pretty funny because I am not really a gambling person, had never been to Las Vegas, yet it was all my idea to get married in Vegas.  Yeah, I know, sometimes I just don’t make sense….but I kinda like that about myself.

Anyway…. this project is a combination of  Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 32 and FTL92 which is a layout challenge from the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog.  In my version I decided I wanted to make a small note card…..so the measurements on this one are a small 4×4.  Plus I just had to find a way to incorporate the “Kind & Caring Thoughts” stamp set I had borrowed from a friend.  Sure, it would have made more sense to make use of the beautiful flowers in the borrowed stamp set, but, the images just weren’t working with my “Clean and Simple” design….But not to worry, I did get permission to borrow this set for awhile, so I have plenty of time to make some great stuff with it.  My main intention in borrowing the set was to do many “Black Magic” projects with the flowers so be sure to check back often to see what I come up with.

Project 15 of 365: Thinking of You

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 32 and FTL 92

15 of 365: Thinking of You

15 of 365: Thinking of You

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Summer Sun
  • Summer Picnic DSP (retired)
  • Apricot Appeal
  • Regal Rose

Classic Ink:

  • Rose Red

Stamp Set:

  • Kind & Caring Thoughts

Accessories:

  • Rose Red 1″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

I really like how simple and sweet this one came out and it would be super easy to mass produce these if someone wanted a set of note cards.  And of course….I would be more than happy to make you a bunch of them 🙂  If you would be interested in purchasing this card or any of the cards I list in this blog just send me an email betty.ray020@gmail.com. Or you can also contact me to make a custom order for cards or scrapbook pages for any occasion.

For more information on the Curtain Call Color Challenge click on the image below.

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 32

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 32

For more information on the Clean and Simple Stamping Challenge FTL92 click on the image below.

FTL92

FTL92

Hope you enjoyed this sweet and simple card….  Remember you can shop for all your Stampin Up! supplies at my Stampin’ Up! shop. Other ways to help support me on my crazy ride to complete 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 days are through the donate button on the upper right portion of the blog, or I sell all completed projects you see here, as well as taking custom orders for any occasion.  Just email me at betty.ray020.gmail.com and let me know what you are interested in.

Hope to See you back soon!!

StampinBetty

 

Projects 11 & 12 of 365: “A Day at the Beach” and “Stenciled Inspirations” May 28, 2010

Hi All,

It’s been a few days, but I am back, and as promised back to a more positive attitude!!  Yesterday I held a small workshop up in Kaukauna, WI, and we had a lot of fun.  We even put together some ideas for future events….So hopefully I will be keeping myself busy 🙂  Plus, as it turns out, one of the girls gave me a good lead on a retirement community about 45 min from here that would probably have fun doing crafts.  Many of you don’t know this, but for awhile I was doing crafts twice a month at an Assisted Living Facility in Caledonia, WI.  I had SOOOO much fun there, but unfortunately they were a newly opened facility and since they did not have many residents yet, they did not have room in their budget, and even with the HUGELY discounted prices I gave them they were unable to continue inviting me back 😦  I actually really miss going there!!  So I’m pretty excited that I might get to go back to doing crafts in retirement and/or assisted living communities again.  It’s just so much fun when their eyes light up like little kids that they were able to create something so pretty.  The ladies (and occasionally, depending on the project, I would get some of the men to join us) would all be sitting in our “craft area” long before I even arrived because they were so excited to make something new.  Gee, I really do miss them…..maybe I should give a call over there and see if they are ready for me to come back yet?????

On another happy note….Our new downstairs tenants will be moving in next week.  This is super cool for many reasons.  First, the apartment won’t be vacant since the last tenants are moving out this week (they were picture perfect tenants.  I am sad to see them go….why do 20-something girls have to fall in love and move in with their 7-year boyfriends….lol…Congrats to her.) But more importantly, I found out that one of the new tennants also has a fascination with paper products!!  She is an illustrator, and while I didn’t ask her specifically what she did, I guess I just pictured “commercial” type of work….but I checked out her blog a couple days ago, and she actually does a lot of wedding invites, and such.  While she is a true artist, i.e. she draws all her images, while I just make stamps and such look pretty it is still cool to know that we might be able to bounce some ideas off each other.  Plus I think some of her images would make AWESOME rubber stamps….  Not only that, but when she was viewing the apartment I had somewhat jokingly tossed around the idea of starting a screen printing business in the basement since she illustrates, and I had recently bought I hobby screen print set-up and realized how easy it was.  In some ways I was just happy that she didn’t think I was a crazy lady and run out of the house…as those who know me better will attest that when I like something I tend to get very excited like a little kid.. 🙂   So I was quite surprised when she answered my email and actually brought up our screen printing conversation from a couple months ago.  Seriously….how cool would it be to start our own little screen printing company in the basement and/or garage……When they get here next week I will do my best to keep my excitement under check and not jump up and down like a little kid, and give them plenty of time to settle in before I try to get anyone to jump into business LOL!!!  But it is pretty exciting to have someone moving in that shares some of the same interests….Plus, even though she is moving from New Orleans, she actually knows more people in Milwaukee than I do….Then again, I guess that is not too shocking since I probably know about 1o people here….I really need to get out more.

I knew there was one more exciting thing today….I am going to watch the new “Sex and the City” movie tonight with Tina.  I’m gonna call her my bestest Milwaukee friend, even though I haven’t know her all that long.  (Our husbands work together.)  We have already found ways to get into all kinds of “trouble,” granted innocent trouble.  We are both light weights where you have no idea what kind of crazy ideas we will get in our heads when we have a drink or 2 (and I am being serious when I say a drink or 2, cus that’s about all we can handle, lol).  So I am a bit concerned since she said we should have a cosmo before the movie to get  “In the Spirit.”  Hopefully she doesn’t tackle me in the parking lot again….Maybe I should wear football pads tonight…just in case 🙂

Now, before you all fall asleep, here are a couple super SIMPLE 6×6 scrapbook pages for you.  The first one “A Day at the Beach” is one of the make-and-take projects I did for yesterdays workshop.

Project 11 of 365: A Day at the Beach

11 of 365: A Day at the Beach

11 0f 365: A Day at the Beach

Don’t give me a hard time about the outfit….The only “tropical” pictures I could find were from when my brother got married in Hawaii 8 years ago!!!

Please click HERE to shop my Stampin Up! site to purchase any of the supplies needed to complete either of the 2 projects shown today.  You can also click on the DONATE button on the upper right portion of the blog to contribute and help me on this quest to complete 365 Stampin UP! Projects in 365 Days.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 6×6 Old Olive Cardstock (100702)
  • 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 Mambo Melon Cardstock (115320)
  • 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 Tempting Turquoise Cardstock (102067)
  • Whisper White Scraps

Classic Ink:

  • Old Olive (102277)
  • Pumpkin Pie (105216)
  • Tempting Turquoise (100814)
  • Melon Mambo (115656)

Stamp Set:

  • Tropical Party (wood-118515 or clear 120081

Accessories:

  • Bold Brights Brads (106957)
  • Soft Subtles Brads (106954)
  • Earth Elements Brads (106955)
  • Dimensionals (104430)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill-104331)

Project 12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 6×6 Sage Shadow Textured
  • 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 Whisper White
  • 3×3 Rich Razzleberry

Classic Ink:

  • Sage Shadow (102532)
  • Perfect Plum (101437)
  • Rich Razzleberry (115658)

Accessories:

  • Folk Flowers Stencil (118139)
  • Sage Shadow Grosgrain 1/4″ ribbon (111369)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill-104331)

Hope you like these simple scrapbook pages…..Check back often for more paper crafting ideas!!!

StampinBetty