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 97 of 365: Sanded Candles September 30, 2010

Hi all!

Well, its official….I am returning to my old job selling Mercedes Benz here in Milwaukee.  I know, who woulda thought…this craft loving girl is also obsessed with high-end German cars 🙂  It all started when I was 23 and bought a 2000 BMW 323i.  I remember people thinking I was being impulsive and irresponsible when I bought that car……But I truly wasn’t!!!   I caught all kinds of flack over it, about how I could have gotten a brand new Sunfire or whatever other crappy car for the same price.  I told them that I got a better deal and guaranteed them all that I would have this car far longer than all of my other friends who had recently purchased brand new cars.  I was right!!!!  I drove that car for over 8 years!!  I traded it in last year to get my 2006 Envoy, not because the car was worn out, but because we needed a larger vehicle.  I miss that car every day!!!  In the end I did save more money than all those who thought I was being young and dumb.  In that same time they had all bought at least 2 cars, making my purchase the cheapest of them all!!  When I traded that car in it was still beautiful (except for the few lovely door dings acquired by living in Milwaukee), there wasn’t a blemish in the interior, and it still handled way better than most of the new cars my friends have.  You hit the gas and it really went, you turn the wheel and it turned, and on the highway you never had to turn the radio up to cover up the “road noise”, and my favorite part… jiggly sounding loose parts.  So yes, I admit it, I am, and will always be a car snob!!  It has nothing to do with showing off to others, my car was a basic model, and the smallest 4 door car they made.   It is all about the feeling of driving a well built car that I knew wasn’t going to fail me when I needed it most!!

I know….that was a BMW, but I sell Mercedes Benz…..well….. When I applied for the job the first time I thought I would be selling BMW, but alas, they tricked me after getting me excited about selling cars, and then broke it to me I would be selling Mercedes Benz.  I wasn’t too thrilled in the beginning.   I knew nothing about Mercedes Benz, in fact, I thought they were only for elitist jerks who like to prove to their neighbors they make more money.  I was soooooo wrong!!!  And as soon as I pay off my current debt a Mercedes Benz is on the top of my “reward myself” list.  I can honestly say you will not find a higher quality car out there.   You spend more upfront, but if one car lasts you as long as 2 cheaper cars…..then in the end you actually paid less 🙂

Time to get back to the task at hand and get some of this growing pile of finished cards posted for you all…

Project 97 of 365: Sanded Candles

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97 of 365: Sanded Candles

This card is based on a card by Holly Krautkremmer (on both the Stampin Up demo site, and Splitcoast Stampers).  I just changed up the colors and made a few minor adjustments.



  • Basic Gray
  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie DSP
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Very Vanilla


  • Dark & Dreary
  • Sanded- Background


  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive


  • Rhinestone or Brad (non SU)
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Paper Crimper
  • 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch

Thanks for looking!



Projects 94-96 of 365: 3×3 Halloween Cards September 26, 2010

Next, I based these 3 small cards on the 3×3 cards made by “cindy89” over on the Stampin Up! Demonstrator site.  These cards are almost completely copied from her cards.  There are only minor changes…

Projects 94-96:  3×3 Halloween Cards


94-96: Halloween 3x3's

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94 of 365: Happy Halloween 3x3

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95 of 365: 3x3 Owl Halloween

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96 of 365: 3x3 Crow and Candle



  • Cajun Craze
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Wicked Fun DSP
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Old Olive
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Very Vanilla
  • Old Olive DSP


  • Dark & Dreary
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes


  • Basic Black
  • Cajun Craze


  • Circle Punches: 1/2″, 1 3/4″
  • 2″ Scallop Circle Punch (non SU)
  • Word Window Punch
  • Polka Dot Rich Razzleberry Ribbon
  • Scallop Trim Corner Punch
  • Rhinestone (non-SU)

Well, I’m off to a good start on my Halloween Cards.  I have a bunch more to post, but they will have to wait.

Until Next Time,



Projects 28-30: Stationary Birthday Gift June 17, 2010

The same day I actually completed my first post to this blog (date on post says May 13, but it wasn’t actually posted until May 16) and was wondering how many months it would take for someone to stumble across my blog (except my friends whom I told over and over again they had to check it out) Rebecca found me, and let me know that she would be checking out my blog regularly, so I had better keep my word of completing 365 SU projects in 365 days. 🙂  Well her birthday was a little over a week ago, and I had wanted to thank her for being my first non- coerced follower.  I also knew she was a little down because her fiance had recently been deployed overseas, and would not be able to celebrate her birthday with her, so I played a little trick on her….I know…it’s not nice to mess with people who are already down, but it was a NICE trick 🙂

I asked her for her address so I could send her a birthday card.  Now wouldn’t it have been pretty cheesy of me to then send her just a birthday card???  What kind of surprise would that have been? Instead I made her a stationary set so she could use it to keep in touch with her friends and family.

And did I mention she also has a stamping blog…..check it out 20 Something Stamper.  She has the cutest coffee card on there that she just posted today, and I am going to just have to case it 🙂 I love the retro feel of it!!!  We are now online stamping buddies encouraging each other to keep creating.  That’s what is so great about the internet….If there aren’t many people in your immediate area that share your interests you have the internet, that can make people far away seem just like a neighborhood friend.

Project 30 of 365: Any Occasion Stationary Cards

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30 of 365: Any Occasion Stationary Cards

Project 29 of 365:  Not Quite Navy Note Cards

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29 of 365: Not Quite Navy Note Cards

Project 28 of 365: Tag Punch Gift Tags

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28 of 365: Tag Punch Gift Tags

Cool News!!!  In the new catalog both the small tag punch and the large tag punch are returning!!!  Unfortunately I do not know what the name of the tag stamp set is that I used.  It was retired long ago, and I bought the set second hand, and it did not have the label on it (but the individual stamps do have the SU copyright on them).

Supplies for all the Stationary Items:


  • Whisper White
  • Not Quite Nave
  • Pink Pirouette


  • Versamark (pad and marker)
  • Not Quite Navy


  • Fifth Avenue Floral
  • an unknown retired set compatible with the tag punch


  • White Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Daisies Die
  • Rhinestones (non SU)
  • Navy Ribbon
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Glue

I’ll be back with more posts yet today to get caught up 🙂