Crafty Betty

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

35 of 365

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

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Project 19 of 365: CosmoBella Hits the Town June 5, 2010

I have the cutest card today…well at least I think so 🙂  I just wish I would have come up with it last week, because with the Cosmo and all the Pink this would have been perfect for “Sex and the City 2” movie night!

I made this card as part of Splitcoast Stampers Technique Lover’s Challenge #275.  Each Monday they post a technique to try…This week the technique was to create a Tent Card.  This is a  card that stands on its own, has a cut out in the center and a dangling image.  I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to use this Stamping Bella stamp that my great friend, Kelly, gave me a couple years ago.  Of course now that I found the perfect project to use it on it was MIA.  After much searching I found the Cosmo wielding Bella, and designed the rest of the card around her.  So, no, the stamp is not from Stampin’ Up! but all the papers and brads are 🙂

Project 19 of 365: CosmoBella Hits the Town

19 of 365: CosmoBell

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

While this front view is cute it is even better when you view it from the side and see how the card is actually open and the image is really “dancing” there in the center.  I tried to make it look like Cosmo Bella was in a trendy downtown bar with the vintage-looking wallpaper design in the background.  Sure its a bit pink, so this bar probably wouldn’t attract too many men, but if you’re hanging with the girls, having a Cosmo, are your really looking for guys???

Then for some extra 3D effects I added a couple of flowers.  One made with the XL Fancy Flower Punch, the other one made from the Flower on the Tropical Island Bigz Die.  These flowers are so fun and addicting to make.  This is why I prefer to make my own embellishments rather than buy them.  I don’t know what embellishment I would have bought that would have worked the same as the flowers…

Here is a better view from the side so you can get a real feel for why this card is so cool…

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

The idea behind the tent card is that it is a 3D card that also folds flat so it can be mailed in a regular envelope.  Obviously mine would not fold flat (due to the roses), but a girl’s gotta have fun and I really wanted to give this card some SUPER girl power 🙂

Everyone is sworn to secrecy…..Do not tell my husband that this card ended up costing me $40!  Don’t worry the card itself did not cost $40 to make.  The issue was that I did not have the jump rings to dangle Bella from, and I did not want to substitute thread (it wouldn’t have the same affect).  I knew it was dangerous to take a “quick” trip to JoAnn’s to get the $2 package of jump rings, but I risked it and FAILED.  Try as I might I just could not go in, buy the jump rings I needed, and walk out 😦  But hey, I got some new crafting toys that I will share on my blog 🙂

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Rose Red
  • Cameo Coral
  • Sweet Always DSP (retired)
  • Raspberry Tart (retired)

Ink:

  • Rose Red

Accessories:

  • XL Fancy Flower Punch
  • Bigz- Frame, Oval Scallop
  • Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder
  • Bigz- Tropical Island Die
  • Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads
  • Pop-Up Glue Dots
  • Snail Adhesive

Non-SU:

  • Cosmo Bella Stamp- by Stampping Bella
  • Jump Rings
  • Copic Markers (oh how I love my Copics!!)

Please Stop back soon to see what the next StampinBetty adventure might be, and remember that you can get all your Stampin Up! Supplies from my Stampin Up! site.

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

19 of 365: Cosmo Bella

 

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