Crafty Betty

Projects 67 and 68 of 365: Memories of Grandma August 4, 2010

Well, it seems as though life is slowly but surely getting back to normal.  It’s kind of odd in a way…but when Monday came around I decided its a new week, and its time to get everything back on track.  First of all….the house needed a major cleaning…I can’t believe how messy things can get in just a couple of weeks.  Its not so much that we weren’t picking up after ourselves, as just not doing the cleaning, cleaning stuff, because I was constantly running back and forth to where by grandmother was (over 2 hours away in Waupaca, WI), plus spending what seemed like hours a day on the phone checking up on grandma or answering questions for others looking for updates.

Grandmother passed away July 24th, and the funeral was last Thursday.  While I miss her terribly, I have to admit that when I got the call I breathed a sigh of relief.  She was in so much pain…to an extent that I would not wish on anyone.  It was so hard to see her like that, knowing there was no chance she would be getting any better.  The only question I will always wonder is why the he** her doctor would have advised her to have breast cancer surgery at the age of 86, knowing that she had a BAD heart. She probably had less than a 50/50 chance of waking up from the surgery much less recovering from it.  At that time she was in NO pain from the cancer, and while I wouldn’t call her “healthy” (she was 86 after all) she was mostly comfortable.  It just seems to me that this whole thing would have been so much less painful for her if they would NOT have done the surgery, fact-be-told, I also think she would have lived longer and been more comfortable, and possibly have even spent the rest of her days at home where she wanted to be (or at least several months at home in much less pain).

I have many projects to post for everyone….including an entire throw I crocheted mostly in the time spent visiting grandmother, a picture board completed for the funeral, another wedding card from a wedding we attended on Saturday, as well as the two digital scrapbook pages I am posting today.

In honor of grandmother I did complete a couple scrapbook pages using My Digital Studio (a digital scrapbook and card making software by Stampin Up!)  All of the pictures used in these two pages are very recent pictures of grandmother.  They were taken at my cousin’s wedding this past March.  She looked so nice that day, and that special sparkle was in her eyes just like I always remembered.  The last time I visited grandmother she was barely opening her eyes, but just for a second or two she seemed to open them wide and look right at me, and that magical sparkle was still there.  That sparkle let me know SHE was still in that body even though everything was fading.  When I drove home that last time that’s all I could see, and that sparkle is how I choose to remember those last days.

Project 67 of 365: Grandma’s Sparkle

67 of 365

67-365: Grandma's Sparkle

Project 68 of 365:  Memories of Grandmother

68 of 365

68 of 365: Memories of Grandmother

I Love You Grandmother, and thank you so much for raising me to be the person I am today. – Forever your little girl-  Betsy

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Project 8 of 365: Upsy Daisy Thank YOU! May 23, 2010

First of all….let me tell Ya’ll (getting back to my southern heritage…) I almost fell off my seat when I logged in today and looked at my hit counter!!!  At first all I saw was that diagonal line just racing up with every hit coming in, then when I looked closer I realized I had OVER 200 hits TODAY alone, and the day is not even over.  Can you imagine how big the smile on my face was.  Let me tell you, I was smiling from ear to ear, and if my husband were home I would have ran right down to him jumping up and down like I had just won the lottery.

Right now I would be very proud to do a re-enactment of Sally Fields accepting her award…”You like me, You REALLY like me.”

So today’s project is a dedication to every single one of you who have stopped by to check out this newby blog.  If you keep showing me this kind of love there is no way I could possibly fail at this challenge.  I would feel way too guilty after all the great responses I have been getting from all of you.  Just last week when I finally posted that first project I sat here thinking how silly this might be, and how in the world would people stumble across me, but some how, some way you have all stumbled to me.

The huge bump in hits I got today is most certainly due to the gallery I posted over at Splitcoast Stampers just last night!  So I will do my best to keep Splitcoast Stampers Updated with the new projects as well.  Originally I had popped over there to see what great challenges they had going on.  Those challenges are a fantastic way to get the creativity pumping when you are experiencing a block….

So here is my great big thank you to YOU!!

Project 8 of 365:

Upsy Daisy Thank You Card

8 of 365: Upsy Daisy Thank You Card

As always click HERE to open my Stampin’ UP page in a new window so you can purchase any/or all supplies you need to complete this card.  I have changed this from previous versions, as I found out the link I was using before was actually defaulting to a generic Stampin’ UP site where I would not have gotten credit for your purchases.  So when you click the above link to my store, to shop go to the PRODUCTS tab accross the top, under that heading click on SHOP NOW!  For those of you who would like to help support my quest to complete 365 projects in 365 days, but do not want to purchase more products, or maybe you are a demonstrator, or already have a demonstrator you can also donate directly to me by clicking the DONATE button on the upper right portion of this blog.  I accept any size donations, so even $1 is great 🙂  (donations are processed on the secure PAYPAL website.)

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Chocolate Chip (102128)

5 x 3 3/4 Pretty in Pink (100459)

4 3/4 x 3 1/2 Whisper White (100730)

Ink (classic):

– Chocolate Chip (100908)

– Pretty in Pink (101301)

Stamp Sets:

– Upsy Daisy (111710)

– Thank You Kindly (111700)

Accessories:

Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (117287)

– Snail Adhesive (104332 or Refill 104331)

As you can see this is a very simple yet pretty card.  It is probably one of my favorites…. Hmmm maybe I should use this on at my upcoming workshop this Thursday????  The chocolate chip ribbon does not look like it matches in the photo, but there must have been something going on with my camera flash, because in person it looks great.

Please keep the positive feedback coming, and if there is a project you would like to see me tackle on this adventure let me know, and I will see what I can do!

Thank You for visiting,

StampinBetty

 

Project 3 of 365: Vintage Vogue 6×6 Page May 17, 2010

Here we go, here we go, here we go Now…..I am on a roll….Or I’ve just had too much caffeine 🙂  Either way I am back with project #3!!  I made this project for a workshop I held about a week ago for my great friends in Green Bay, WI.  I miss them so much now that I am in Milwaukee, but lucky for me they all love crafts too and often invite me up there to hold my workshops.

My inspiration for this 6×6 scrapbook page comes from page 26 of the Occasions Mini catalog that just expired April 30, 2010….But have no fear as ALL the items used in the project below are still available at My Stampin’ UP! Shop!  I was so excited when Stampin’ UP! announced that certain items in the Occasions Mini would still be offered, not only that but they will be added to the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog set to come out July 1, 2010.  The “Vintage Vogue ” set that I absolutely fell in love with is one of those carryover items.  HOORAY!!!

On with the show….Every time I picked up that catalog I would just stop on page 26 and admire that scrapbook layout.  I loved the Right 2/3 of it.  The combination of the White background and Crushed Curry just spoke to me, and I gotta tell you I’m really not a big fan of Yellow  LOL!  Then when it was mentioned that there would be people at this workshop who had never done scrapbooking before, but were very interested in trying it out I immediately knew I had to find a way to turn this 8 1/2 x 11 page into an easy 6×6 Make-and-Take project.  If you look at the original you will be able to see the adjustments I made, and can judge for yourself which version better suits your needs 🙂

PROJECT  3 of 365: Vintage Vogue 6×6 Page

Vintage Vogue-Crushed Curry 6x6 Page

Click on the picture to get a larger view.

Going forward I am going to  try to include item #’s for Stampin’ UP! products used to make it easier for you to order supplies needed.  This way you can click on any of my in-text links to my shop (like HERE) which I have set up to open in a new window so you can reference back to this page to get your item # and then to speed up your shopping you can search by item # and voila your shopping is just that easy 🙂

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

1.  6×6 Whisper White (106529 or the neutrals multipack 108589)

2.  4×5 Crushed Curry (115319 or 2009-2010 InColors Multipack 115319-which would also include the Soft Suede needed here)

3.  3 3/4 x 4 3/4 Whisper White

4.  1×4 Soft Suede (115315 or the 2009-2010 InColors Multipack 115318- which also includes the Crushed Curry from above)

5.  1 1/2 x 4 Pretty in Pink Textured Cardstock (only available in the Soft Subtles Multipack 108695)

6. Whisper White Scraps

Inks:

– Crushed Curry Classic (115659)

– Old Olive Classic (102277)

– Pretty In Pink Classic (101301)

Marker:

– Soft Suede (only avail in the the InColors Marker Pack 116329- You could sub with any brown marker)

Stamp Set:

– Vintage Vogue (wood mount 117690 or clear mount 118598) (I’m loving the new clear mount, saves so much storage space and CHEAPER!!)

Accessories:

– Old Olive 5.8″ Satin Ribbon (117292)

– Clear Buttons (105447)

– Silver Brads (104336)

– Stampin’ UP! Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976- from the new Summer Mini)

– Stampin” UP! Matchbox Bigz XL Die (114890)

– Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430-  you should always have tons of these on hand, that little 3D pop makes a huge difference in your projects)

Some of the Smaller details that you may not see clearly in the photo is that the Soft Suede Strip is ran through the Sizzix Big Shot machine using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder, and the Pretty in Pink Strip is randomly stamped in Pretty Pink Ink using the vine-ish stamp from the Vintage Vogue Set.  Then The big F is stamped in Old Olive ink, cut out, and attached to the shape cut with the Matchbox die using Stampin’ Dimensionals…..before attaching the F….color just the word “friends” from the F stamp with Soft Suede Marker (right on the rubber stamp) then stamp this on that die cut…then attach your “F” lining it up with where you stamped “friends.”   Basically ALL the little cut out embellishments are attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give them just that little POP that makes your project go from ho-hum to AWSOME…….look at that I am even rhyming now….I gotta cut back on the caffeine.

In case you are wondering who the “hotties” in the photo are 🙂  On the right is my bestest friend Kelly, and on the left is yours truly.

Again….if you like what you see here, PLEASE help support my quest to complete 365 projects in 365 days (and blog about all of them) by shopping at my Stampin’ Up Site just click where you see the underlined words and you will be taken right to my site.

As always I welcome comments and critiques.

Until Next time,

StampinBetty