Crafty Betty

Project 69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding August 6, 2010

I cannot believe that it is Friday already!  Where did the week go???  Oh yeah…it probably went to the brilliantly “simple” home improvement ideas I had on Tuesday.  If my husband knew what was good for him (and our bank account) he would post a picture of me by every cashier at Home Depot with a note saying DO NOT LET THIS WOMAN BUY ANY HOME IMPROVEMENT ITEMS.  LOL!!!

I think every time I step into a home improvement store I suddenly snap into this overly optimistic mood, and have delusions of my actual home improvement ideas.  Or, just to move some of the blame off myself, maybe I should sue all companies that put instructions on the back of their projects making it sound “so simple” or  “no fail.”  I think that my crafting spirit somehow believes that it can magically transform into “Super Handywoman,” because everytime I get to the store I am 100% confident that I can fix this or that all by myself, yet somehow it never quite works out the way I envisioned.

At Home Depot I purchased $80 worth of items to fix 5 issues in the house.  I was so proud of myself, and already preparing how I was going to WOW all of you with all that could be done with that money, but alas only 2 of those projects are complete (and one of those I’m still not so sure about.)

The biggest disaster was caulking the bathtub.  I tackled this first as it should have been a 30 minute job max.  We have been having problems with re-caulking the tub.  For whatever reason no caulk wants to stick, and it just peels off as soon as it gets wet (and yes we have been following the directions.)  Caulking the tub was supposed to be a surprise to Mike when he got home from work.  After all its not rocket science.  I asked the Home Depot guy what to do about the issue, and he showed me some caulk remover (as maybe the new caulk wasn’t sticking because there was too much old stuff left behind) and he picked out a caulk for me.

Our house gave me yet another surprise….When I decided I would make sure I got all the old caulk out I found yet another SNEAKY surprise left by the previous owner.  The caulk was up to 2 inches thick, and once I got to the end of that I could stick the plastic knife I was using 3-4 inches in before it was stopped by anything.  There was nothing behind the lowest level of tiles????  I was starting to get scared that the whole wall would collapse if I pulled out all the caulk…not to mention how much caulk was actually falling down inside the gaping hole between the tub the wall and the tile.  Why can’t Holmes on Homes come to Wisconsin?  Our house would be a real treat!!

So once I got all the caulk out I was left with the mystery of what to do about the hole.  In the end I realized it doesn’t make sense to over do this as we are going to have Bathfitters come in next year (hopefully) to install a tub and surround around our current tub….as much as I love the idea of real tile we have to go with what we can afford 😦  So I start pushing caulk back in the opening, and run out of caulk before finishing (since I wasn’t expecting the big hole), and now Home Depot is closed.  I was so upset, that after working on my 30 min project for over 5 hours I was basically going to have to start over the next day after I got more caulk because, the way I understand it, to get a proper seal I don’t think you can let half of it dry and then finish the rest???

Well….the next day I decided not to pull the caulk back up and start over, because I had stuffed it pretty far back in the space between the tub and tile, and instead start where I left off with the new caulk, and then when I had caulk all the way around I went back around with a thin coat all the way around.  It looks much better now, but until I take a shower after writing this article, I won’t know if it did the trick…

This was just WAY more difficult than it was supposed to be!!

As for the adventures with the rest of the home improvements I will add them to later posts.

On to something that did work out as planned….

This is the card I made for a wedding Mike and I attended last Saturday.  The colors used on this card are inspired by the colors used on their invitation.

Project 69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding

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69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Old Olive DSP (didn’t have Pear Pizzazz)

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Pear Pizzazz

Stamps:

  • For the Bride
  • Bella Toile
  • Very Versatile
  • Vintage Vogue

Accessories:

  • Satin Ribbon
  • Pearls
  • White Emboss Powder

Check back for more projects and Home Improvement Thrills 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday June 29, 2010

Have any of you guys ever seen stamp set and thought  “I just have  to have that,” then ordered it right away, waited impatiently for many days for it to arrive, and then you finally get it and  you leave it sit for a month (or often times much longer) without ever using it? This is something I have done far more times than I would like to admit.  The main stamp used in this card is a perfect example of this.

As soon as I saw the All a Flutter a la carte stamp in the back of the Summer Mini Catalog I just HAD to have it.  I had so many ideas in my head about how I was going to use it.  The whole 1 1/2 weeks I spent waiting for it to arrive seemed like torture.  Well I got that stamp over a month ago, and have I posted a single project using it?  Nope….today is the first time I touched that stamp, even though it seemed so hard to wait for it to arrive.  lol!

Luckily, I’m really loving this first card I finally made with it.  In case you are wondering….the butterflies are stamped in versamark onto cardstock vellum, heat embossed with black embossing powder, and then colored with markers, and popped up with dimensionals.  It’s just such a happy card 🙂  I am  so glad I finally put this stamp to use, and I hope to use it much more often in the future.

Project 41 of 365:  All a Flutter Birthday

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41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday

Kinda makes me want to go to the park 🙂  In the picture it doesn’t show all that well, but the background was textured using the square lattice textured impressions folder.

This card was inspired by a similar card made by Wanda Cleveland, another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Cardstock Vellum
  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Old Olive

Markers:

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Crushed Curry
  • Concord Crush

Stamps:

  • All a Flutter
  • Watercolor Trio

Accessories:

  • Scallop Oval Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • 1 1/4″ Square Punch
  • Black Emboss Powder
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder

Thank you for checking out my latest creations.  Be sure to check back soon 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 40 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful in Classic Stripes

So here we are.  Already at the end of my 3 card tribute to the soon retiring Bloomin Beautiful stamp set 😦  This is one of those sets that I was truly surprised about when they announced it was retiring.  I almost wish I would have posted these in the reverse order and ended with the card I liked the best instead of starting with the one I liked best….but this is a cute card too, and best of all it is super simple.  Who wouldn’t smile if they received such a brightly colored card.

This card was inspired by a card from the demo only site by Robin Merriman.

Project 40 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful in Classic Stripes

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40 of 365: Bloomin' Beautiful in Classic Stripes

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Whisper White
  • Kiwi Kiss

Ink:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Crushed Curry

Markers:

  • Daffodil Delight
  • Old Olive

Stamps:

  • Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • Classic Stripes

Accessories:

  • Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon
 

Project 38 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful Velvet

Hi All!

Today I decided to do a tribute to a stamp set that I am very sad to be seeing retire tomorrow 😦  I just love the flower stamp from the Bloomin’ Beautiful set, and just as I am starting to use it more and more it has to go and retire on me.  So here is my tribute….3 cards to honor “Bloomin’ Beautiful.”

This first card is pretty darn cool.  I liked it even more when I accidently tore the old olive paper while in the process of distressing it.  I decided to continue with that piece by just haphazardly pasting it back together, because what says distressed better than torn and tattered??? Doesn’t that wrinkled and inked background look fabulous?

Project 38 of 365: Bloomin’ Beautiful Velvet

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38 of 365: Bloomin' Beautiful Velve

This photo doesn’t show it very well, but the red part of the flower is heavily covered with Crystal Effects.  This glassy dimensional element is what takes this card from good to great!  Before I forget to mention it…this card was inspired by a card made by Victoria Harrell.  She posted a similar card on the demonstrator only site, and this is my take on her card, with several alterations.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Old Olive

Ink:

  • Kiwi Kiss
  • Old Olive
  • Basic Black

Markers:

  • Old Olive
  • Real Red
  • Cherry Cobbler

Stamps:

  • Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • En Francais

Accessories:

  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Black Velvet Ribbon (non-SU)
  • Crystal Effects

Well that’s my start to my Bloomin’ Beautiful Tribute. More to come shortly…

StampinBetty

 

Project 35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze June 25, 2010

Hi All,

Have no fear…I am keeping up on making all of my projects 🙂  I have a bunch to post for you today, but we will just have to see how far I get as I have some friends coming over tonight.  More precisely I have my “non-crafting” friend and her daughters coming over again, and I am soooooo picking on her, because guess why she is coming over???  You got it….she decided she wanted to make hats for when we go to watch Eclipse on July 2nd.  It was all HER idea, and she even went to the craft store all by herself and picked up a bunch of stuff to use.  LOL.  Another non-crafter is hooked 🙂  So tonight we will make up some ideas for these hats and then tomorrow we will start working on them.  I think we have to make 12 in total, so this is going to be fun!!

But until she gets here in about an hour, I thought I’d try to start posting some of the cards I have been working on this week.  So enough with the chit chat, its straight to business today 🙂

Project 35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze

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35 of 365: Season of Friendship in Baja Breeze

Sorry for the slightly blurry photos…not quite sure what was going on between me and the camera today, but all three photos I took were a little blurry.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Baja Breeeze Textured
  • So Saffron
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Melon Mambo
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Old Olive

Stamps:

  • Season of Friendship
  • Sweet Little Sentiments (retired hostess set)

Accessories:

  • Diamond Glitter Stickles
  • Dimensionals

Okay, I got one done, and they are almost here already.  I’ll try to post more later tonight 🙂

Betty

 

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 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 betty.ray020@gmail.com.

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

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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.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 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

Accessories:

  • 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!

StampinBetty