Crafty Betty

Project 74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card August 17, 2010

First of all, the Bret Michael’s concert was awesome!!!  I am so glad my friends offered me their extra ticket.  I was able to get up to the front row and snap some close-up shots (of course security shoo-ed me back to my seat after my “allotted” 10 seconds of photo snapping was up.  LOL!).  Our tickets were in row 13 right in the middle area, so we had a great view, unfortunately this also meant that my ears were ringing so loud that even though I was totally beat and wanted to fall asleep as soon as I got home I couldn’t, because all I could hear was the ringing 🙂

Who knows….maybe my friends and I will even end up on VH1.  The Milwaukee concert was supposed to be part of the first Episode of Bret Michael’s new VH1 reality show (called something like Life as I Know It) set to air in October.  Hopefully it will be as mindlessly entertaining as Rock of Love or Charm School. : )

The card posted below is the Birthday card I made for my Father-in-Law.  He loves going to the casino with his uncle, sometimes even in those big groups on tour buses.  He’s not some big gambler or anything, he mostly just goes for fun, and this is a good thing since he is a widower, it gets him out of the house and keeps him from being as lonely.  He is such a GREAT guy, I would hate to think of him unhappy!

I wanted to use a slot machine as the inspiration for the card, unfortunately I didn’t have any Cricut cartridges with a slot machine, and I couldn’t find any vector images that would have properly cut with my Sure Cuts A Lot, so I decided to just make the front of the card look like the windows on the slot machine with the winning 777 showing.  I think it worked out pretty cool.

Just a hint…..if you have super tiny, intricate cuts that you need to layer, the best way is to use a Zyron sticker machine.  For the “Happy Birthday” I just used the cheaper 1.5″ sticker machine.  It worked great because I didn’t have to try to use (and clean up) glue on these TINY slivers.

…And I finally was able to pull out at least a couple Stampin’ UP! stamps for the inside of the card.  I used the “Game Night” set and a really old retired set for the “Happy Birthday.”

Project 74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card

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74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday Card

74 of 365: Slot Machine Birthday-Inside

Check back soon as I plan on getting back in my craft room and back to some Stampin’ UP! stamping.  Let me know if you have any requests for a stamp set I should concentrate on.

StampinBetty

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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

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67-365: Grandma's Sparkle

Project 68 of 365:  Memories of Grandmother

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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

 

Projects 46-50 of 365: Creating with Artistic Etchings July 9, 2010

I’m Back!!! 🙂

First off, all I can say is my grandmother is one tough cookie.  She is somehow still ticking, but it won’t be long….now it will be a blessing when she goes, as even with all the pain medication you can still see that she is in absolute agony.  I now pray each day that “God” will help her find the peace she needs.  Thank you to everyone for the emails, texts, and phone calls of support.  It has meant so much to me.  It has been hard to deal with the double sorrow of the situation…sadness that she will soon be gone, and very sorry for the pain that she is somehow enduring.  The hardest part is seeing her in such pain and wishing, with all my heart, there was something I could do to take the pain away.

So please forgive me but this post will be a quick one.  I will be simply posting the projects, photos, and supplies (no fun chit chat today…)

Project 46 of 50: Artistic Etchings 1

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46 of 365: Artistic Etchings 1

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Riding Hood Red
  • Basic Black
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Riding Hood Red
  • Sahara Sand
  • Basic Black
  • Walnut Stain Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon

Project 47 of 365: Artistic Etchings 2

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47 of 365: Artisitic Etchings 2

Inspired by Andrea Munno’s card on the Demo only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Baja Breeze
  • Basic Black
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Riding Hood Red
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Sahara Sand
  • Basic Black
  • Riding Hood Red

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • Large Rhinestone (non-SU)

Project 48 of 365: Artistic Etchings 3

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48 of 365: Artistic Etchings3

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Riding Hod Red
  • Black Soot- Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • Extra Large Silver Brad (non- SU)
  • Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon

Project 49 0f 365: Artistic Etchings 4

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49 of 365: Artistic Etchings 4

Inspired by a card by Patti McDermott on the Demo only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Crumb Cake
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Basic Black
  • Very Vanilla

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Walnut Stain- Distress Ink (non-SU)
  • Black Soot- Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Linen Thread
  • 1 3/4″ Circle Punch

Project 50 of 365: Artistic Etchings 5

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50 of 365: Artistic Etchings 5

Inspired by a card by Ilina Crouse on the Demo only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Very Vanilla
  • Basic Black
  • Newsprint DSP

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Riding Hood Red
  • Black Soot- Distress Ink (non-SU)

Stamps:

  • Artistic Etchings

Accessories:

  • Stampin Dimensionals

Thank you everyone for checking out my projects.  Soon things will be back to normal and we will be back to the silly nonsense chit chat that usually accompanies the projects 🙂

Take Care,

StampinBetty