Crafty Betty

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


112 of 365: Simple Santa


The Simple Santa card is cased from a card by J. Belanger on SplitCoast Stampers


113 of 365: Blue Christmas




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!



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 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.)



  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White


  • Staz On Black

Stamp Set:

  • Elements of Style


  • 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…



Project 14 of 365: All Star Birthday May 31, 2010

Today is my husband’s nephews’ birthday.  He has twin nephews who are very into baseball, and play on a little league team.  So when my husband mentions to me an HOUR before their birthday cookout that we needed birthday cards I was like what the heck am I going to be able to whip up in less than an hour (plus I still needed to get ready to go.)  I almost went to the store and bought cards….but I realized that would just not be right since I am trying to show everyone how easy it is to make their own.

As I thought about it I knew I had recently purchased the “Just Baseball” stamp set, but I wanted more that those 3 simple stamps, so I pulled out the trusty Cricut as I have tons of cartridges, and even the Gypsy, that have not seen their fair play time since I started on this self-imposed Stampin’ Up! Challenge.  I decided I was still going to post the cards here on my blog, even though I used my Cricut, because the paper, and the stamps inside are Stampin’ Up!  And since I’m the boss here I win 🙂

Jason and Brian play on a little league team called the Red Sox, and their jerseys look like the Boston Red Sox, so I decided that would be the theme for the card.  I cut the words “All Star” from the Baseball Cartridge, Their initials from the “black letter” cartridge, and “birthday” from the “Stamping” cartridge.  I had also cut out baseball player silhouettes, but I decided not to use them as the card was getting crowded.

Inside the card I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the “Birthdays Count” stamp set, and then stamped off with all the images from the “Just Baseball” stamp set.

Project 14 of 365: All Star Birthday

14 of 365: All Star Birthday

14 of 365: All Star Birthday

If you look close enough you will see that the glue is not even dry yet….but I had to get the pictures snapped, and get on the road because we were about to be late for their birthday cookout, so excuse the messy glue 🙂

Inside of the All Star Birthday Cards:

14 of 365: All Star Birthday inside

14 of 365: All Star Birthday inside



  • Whisper White Textured
  • Night of Navy Textured
  • Real Red Textured
  • Yoyo Yellow Textured

Stamp Sets:

  • Just Baseball
  • Birthdays Count (retired)

Classic Ink:

  • Real Red
  • Night of Navy


  • Cricut
  • Baseball Solutions Cartridge
  • Blackletter Solutions Cartridge
  • Stamping Solutions Cartridge

I’m happy with the results since I only had an hour, and the boys thought it was pretty cool that their baseball birthday cards were homemade.  Even their mom liked the cards and she’s not into crafts….

Well I still have another project to post today, so check back soon!

Hope Everyone had a Great Memorial Day weekend!