Crafty Betty

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



  • Chocolate Chip Textured
  • Kraft
  • Very Vanilla


  • Chocolate Chip


  • Thank you Kindly


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

Non-Stampin’ Up! Items

  • Cricut with Accent Essentials Cartridge
  • Pearl Beads

Project 13 0f 365: Anniversary Explosion Box May 30, 2010

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

Hi All!

The project I am posting today is a belated Anniversary gift for some friends.  When I posted my first blog they had mentioned they liked the Explosion Box Project, and since I had neglected to make them an Anniversary Card, I told them I would make them one if they told me what colors they liked.  Tina said she liked Green and her husband liked Dark Purple, so I hope the colors I used are close enough.  I will soon find out as I will be giving this to them when I head over there in a little while for a pre-Memorial Day cookout!  Yum- Yum…I can’t wait…..Plus I get to give them their gift in front of other people…and maybe, just maybe, some of those people will want one too 🙂

I have been thinking about either holding an Explosion Box class or selling them per request (incorporating colors/themes the people want.)  I am still working out how much is a fair price….So if any of you out there would like me to make an Explosion Box for you, or are interested in hosting a class let me know!!  Email me at

These boxes really show better when they are filled with pictures and momentos….so click HERE to be taken to the original one I made a couple weeks ago which looks more polished since it is full of pictures and other little things 🙂

Project 13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13.  Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

Click Here to be taken to my Stampin’ Up! site to purchase current Stampin’ Up! products used to complete this project.



  • Whisper White Textured
  • Rich Razzleberry Textured
  • Kiwi Kiss Textured (Retired)
  • Bermuda bay Tetured
  • Walk in the Park DSP (Retired)

Classic Ink Pads:

  • Kiwi Kiss (Retired)
  • Old Olive
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Bermuda Bay

Stamp Sets:

  • Vintage Vogue
  • Lovely Letters


  • Versa Mark Pad
  • White Emboss Powder
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Simple Flower Embosslit
  • Lattice Bigz Die
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Ornament Punch
  • Stickles (non SU)
  • Pearls (non SU)
  • Crystal Effects

More Pictures:

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13. Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

I have so many projects partially finished or still floating around in my head so check back often to watch me complete 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 Days.

Have a Fun and Safe Memorial Day!