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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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 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

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.

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

 

Project 1: Urban Oasis Explosion Box May 13, 2010

Hi everyone!  Well more than likely….hello no one 🙂  I am sure it will be several months before anyone stumbles upon this blog except, of course, the friends I call or text and remind them over and over to come check out whatever cool thing I made that day.  Anyway….. the idea behind this blog is that I have challenged myself to create 365 Stampin’ UP! projects in one year.  When I first came up with the idea I thought I was being crazy, and that this would be a very hard task, but as I searched around the web I saw many people posting several projects a week, so maybe this isn’t going to be as tough as originally thought.  That is, not until you factor in my personality 🙂  I am a chronic PROCRASTINATOR!!  I have no idea how I survived Graduate School…..I just can’t seem to even start a project until it is so late in the game that there truly isn’t enough time to complete a polished looking result, yet here I am telling the world I am going to complete 365 projects in 1 year.  This does not mean that I am going to make a project and actually post it everyday.  Things will come up, illness, family, vacations, or days where I just don’t feel like it.  On other days I will make or post multiple items….All in the intent that there will be 365 projects here by the end of the year.  Hopefully I don’t follow my normal pattern where I would end up posting about 200 projects all on the last day.  LOL!!  So I need you guys to keep me on track and push me to finish this!!

Along the way you will learn a lot about me.  I like to talk 🙂 so I’m sure you will hear whatever gripe or praise I happen to have  on my mind on any given day.  Hopefully I learn about other people to…..  Share with me, I need more human contact….I sit at home all day with my two AWESOME bullmastiffs, and even though the looks on their adorable faces make it look as though they understand me, and they always seem to give me big slobbery kisses just when I need them the most 🙂 It isn’t the same as really talking with others.

I am a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator, and being honest, I hope this site helps me meet new customers (and friends).  I live in Milwaukee, WI, and even though I have been here for a few years I know almost NO ONE besides a few people I met at Graduate School who are too busy to lift their heads from their books, and the few friends I have met through my husband.  So basically I am a lonely craft loving girl reaching out to find others like me.  Their are links along the sides of this blog to shop my Stampin UP! site so no matter where in the country you are I can be your “demonstrator.” I am a “house wife,” but this isn’t exactly by choice…..It almost seems as though continuing my education has actually made it harder to find a job.  I started with Stampin UP! almost 2 years ago.  This was mainly just a hobby for me, and a way to get discounts to feed my crafting addiction, but now I am turning what I LOVE into my full time career!!

So on with the show……  My first project is the cute “Explosion Box Scrapbook” I have been working on the past couple of days.  See….I am already behind and this is just the first project..hahaha.  I really wanted this to be “something.”  I usually start with someone else’s idea and work from there, or when I am learning a new technique I will completely copy their project….whenever possible I will give the appropriate person credit for their hard work.  For this first project I am actually very proud to say I designed this one myself…..  Part of the hope with this 365 project challenge is that by the end of this one year project I will be better at envisioning and designing my own projects.

Without further delay……PROJECT 1: Urban Oasis Explosion box

Urban Oasis Explosion Box

Project 1: Urban Oasis Explosion Box

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

Paper:  12×12 Textured Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Whisper White, and a scrap of Kiwi Kiss (retired)

12×12 DSP:  Urban Oasis (retired…couldn’t help myself, this was the patterns/colors that inspired my wedding)

8 1/2×11 Cardstock: Real Red (scraps), whisper white (scraps), Baja Breeze (scraps….So excited this color is returning July 1, 2010!!!)

Punches:  Ornament Punch, Trio Flower, Corner Rounder

Sizzix Dies: Lattice, Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Ink: Going Gray, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss (retired), Old Olive

Markers:  Versa Mark

Stamp Sets:  Vintage Vogue, Frames with a Flourish, Lovely Letters

Other:  Clear Emboss Powder, Silver Emboss Powder, Vanilla Smooch Spritz, Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, Crimper

Adhesives:  Snail, Sticky Strip, Tombow Multi, Dimensionals

Non-Stampin UP! Supplies: Silver Sharpie Paint Pen, Pearls

Box Top:  Ornament Punch Flower

Ornament Punch Flower for Explosion Box Top

Ornament Punch Flower

To View LARGER image click on photo

A great tutorial on how to create this Ornament Punch Flower by Becky Jensen can be found at:  www.stampthat.com/blog/ornament-punch-rose-tutorial

Before assembling the flower I Sponged the edges of the individual petals with Going Gray Ink.  Then after assembling the flower I sprayed with Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, followed by the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  Sometimes I wish I had not used the silver smooch as it left big splatter marks……but I LOVE the effect of the vanilla shimmer!!!  The Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz is very subtle and may not even show up well in the photo, it just gives it that “sparkle.”

Then I punched 3 more ornaments from the Kiwi Kiss textured paper (retired) scraps….I folded them in half, and then I ran those through my crimper, unfolded them and then sponged the edges and ridges with Old Olive Ink.  I used Glue (not sticky strip as in tutorial) to assemble my flower.

Below are various pictures of the box open…you could easily substitute the retired items used with new ones.

Stampin Up Explosion Box Open

Stampin Up Explosion Box Open

Opened Explosion Box

Explosion Box Opened 2

Stampin Up Explosion Box Opened 2

Explosion Box Open

Stampin Up Explosion Box Open

Stampin Up Explosion Box, Beautiful WIngs Embosslit

Stampin Up Explosion Box, Beautiful WIngs Embosslit

A tutorial for cutting and assembling the Explosion Box can be found at www.craftbits.com/project/altered-scrapbooking-scrapbook-in-a-box.  Sorry I do not know who made the tutorial….no name to be found in it, but it was very easy to follow.

So there….I’ve done it 1 project down and 364 to go…..hopefully I can do the other ones quicker or I will be in trouble.

Remember you can buy all the Stampin UP! projects featured here at my Stampin UP! site.  Your purchases would definitely help fund this wild adventure I started (and my husband would greatly appreciate not going bankrupt over my silly quest.)  Shop here.

Til Next Time….

StampinBetty