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

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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 73 0f 365: Jungle Baby Card August 14, 2010

This card was also a special request from my Sister-In-Law.  This card is for a Baby Shower where the theme is jungle animals.  Another request, from the mother-to-be, is that she doesn’t want any gender stereo-type colors or themes for the baby/baby shower.  They know that they are having a girl, but want to avoid the stereo-type of all pink and things like “princess” or “spoiled”.  I completely understand where she is coming from….but….I can totally see myself going pink-crazy if I were to have a baby and it were a girl 🙂   I, too, don’t like those “spoiled” or “brat” type themed clothing either.   Unless, of course, it were from the grandparents and it said something like “my grandma/grandpa spoil me rotten”  because grandparents get to spoil their grandkids….at least that was always what my grandparents always said about all the grandkids they didn’t raise themselves.

Well, I think I  succeeded in no gender stereotypes on this card.  When I first completed the card I didn’t really like it.  It just looked so plain and 2D.  So I went back with my Stampin Write Markers and gave it more depth with shadows, and definition on the leaves and such, and then highlights from a white gel pen.  It made a world of difference.  The card was “OK” when it was just paper, but so much better with the added dimension gained with the markers and white pen.

Project 73 of 365: Jungle Baby Card

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73 of 365: Jungle Baby Card

Well it’s time to get ready for the concert, and tomorrow afternoon I will be going to that baby shower with my Sister-in-Law.  So hopefully I will find time tomorrow night to post some more of the projects I have sitting here waiting to be blogged about 🙂

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

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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 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 18 of 365: Elegant Friends June 5, 2010

Yesterday my blog hit its first milestone…..The StampinBetty blog has exceeded 1000 visitors!  Wow!!!  I’m a bit stunned, and I am so incredibly motivated to keep up with my challenge of completing 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 days.

Nothing too interesting happened today, so we can get right to the project 🙂

Today’s project is for the The Mojo Monday Week 141 Challenge.  This week we had the option to go with a round or a square sketch, and I just had to do the round layout since I have never done a circle card.  I know….I’m just soooo square….Okay…the joke was corny but what do you expect at 1:30 AM 🙂

Even though this card looks quite clean and simple I actually put a lot of work into it, including heat embossing the background on the paper, and making the flowers.  I just love making my own patterned paper, and embellishments.  I often regret the amount of money I used to spend on store-bought embellishments (stickers, flowers, rub-ons, etc) because they all just sat around and got out-dated.  For whatever reason I always end up making my own embellishments, they just seem to flow better that way, whereas whenever I use stickers or such they always end up looking awkward and out of place….

Project 18 of 365: Elegant Friends

Mojo Monday Sketch 141

18 of 365: Elegant Friend

18 of 365: Elegant Friend

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Very Vanilla
  • Kraft
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip Craft
  • Chocolate Chip Classic
  • Chocolate Chip Stamp and Write Marker

Stamp Set:

  • Friends 24-7

Accessories:

  • Stamp-a-ma-Jig
  • Circle Scissors Plus
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Daisies Bigz Die
  • Clear Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tacky Tape

Non-Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Cricut Expression
  • Cricut Gypsy
  • Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge
  • Large Clear Rhinestones
  • Tacky Glue

Remember to shop at my Stampin Up! site for all your Stampin Supplies.

For more information on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge Click on the Picture Below:

Mojo Monday 141

Mojo Monday 141

 

Project 16 of 365: Chocolaty Thanks June 1, 2010

Today has been an interesting day…..It started with the unveiling of “Sneak Peak 2010-2011” for Stampin’ Up!’s new catalog.  The catalog is not set to release to the public until July 1st, but demonstrators get a little sneak peek of portions of the catalog so that we can wow you all with some of the new stuff.  You know….we gotta hook so we can keep you coming back for more 🙂  So it took all day, because with any new release this big the system always gets clogged, but I did, just now get my order submitted for some new goodies.  Which means I should have my order in about a week and a half (since it does taken a LONG time to get stuff from Utah to Milwaukee) and you will get peek of what is to come in July!!

There is a lot of exciting stuff happening for the July catalog…..and I’m not going to try to BS you, there are a few disappointments, but all in all I really do see more positive than negative.  As we move closer and closer to the new release I will clue you in on more of the BIG news, but for now my word of advise is if there is any 8 1/2 x 11 paper that you use a lot I suggest stocking up now, and NOT waiting til July, as there is a bit of a price increase on paper in July.  The most noticeable increase is in the 8 1/2 x 11 which will increase from $5.50 to $6.95 for a pack of 24 of the same color.  So while it is not a super huge increase….if you go through a lot of it or are planning on making a ton of invites for some occasion I would stock up now and save some money!

Other big news is that our NEW downstairs tenants started moving in today!!  They are very nice and we are so happy to have them here, especially since they didn’t freak out when one of our big dogs got a little too excited that someone was petting him and decided he was going to try to jump up and give her a hug….yeah our dog is bigger than her, but she wasn’t upset, and knew to just push him down so he knows that is NOT acceptable.

The project that I am posting for you today is based on Splitcoast Stamper’s weekly Featured Stamper Challenge.  What they do is each Sunday they name a stamper who is known for their beautiful work, and what you are supposed to do is look at their gallery, choose one of their cards, and then CASE it, which means base your project on the one they made, but this challenge is NOT about how good you can copy someone else because you do need to change at least two things.  Last week when I submitted a card for this challenge I changed basically everything but the layout 🙂  But this week I sooooo loved the card that I kept it VERY similar to the original.  I slightly changed the color, used different die cut images and changed the greeting from “thinking of you” to “thanks.”  To see the card I based mine on click HERE.  The featured stamper’s name is Cathleen (screen name: ctorina)

The changes I made are:

1. Slight change in color….I used Kraft paper instead of the parchment type paper she used, and an ever so slightly different brown.

2. Used the Thank You Kindly Stamp Set instead of Sincere Salutations

3. Used my Cricut to cut a custom sized scalloped square (she used nestabilities),  and used the SU lattice die instead of the Fleur de lis design she used.  Also used circle scissors because I did not have the circle nestabilities.

4.  Used lighter colored pearl beads instead of half-back dark gray pearls.

5. Slightly thinner and lighter ribbon.

I know this sounds like I changed a lot about the card, but if you look at the card it is more similar than different.  I just thought her card was so elegant, and made me think of yummy chocolates 🙂

One other change……I assembled the whole card upside down. LOL!!!!   OK that wasn’t a planned change, and you would have never known if I had not told you, but it was just funny that I realized after I put the finishing touches on the card that it was upside down.  So how do you fix an upside down card?

1.  Send it the way it is and let the receiver think they are the crazy one.

2. Just cut the entire card front off and attach it to a new card.

3.  If I would have realized it before I added the pearls and ribbon, I could have just covered the circle that said “thanks” with a new one turned the right direction. (since I used snail to attach it if I tried to pull it off to flip it over I would have ended up tearing the paper, so it is better to just cover with a new one the exact same size.)

Project 16 0f 365: Chocolaty Thanks

16. Chocolaty Thanks

16 of 365: Chocolaty Thanks

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Kraft
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Stamps:

  • Thank you Kindly

Accessories:

  • 1″ Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)
  • Lattice Biz Die
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Snail

Non-Stampin’ Up! Items

  • Cricut with Accent Essentials Cartridge
  • Pearl Beads