Crafty Betty

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

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Projects 5 & 6 of 365: Penciled Inspirations May 20, 2010

Yee Ha….I’m back, and determined to make my 365 Stampin’ UP! Projects in 365 days.  I am so excited that almost every time I check my hit calculator the number increases… People out there are already checking me out!!  Knowing people are watching will definitely keep me working towards this crazy goal of mine!

If any of you out there are within a 2 hour drive I sure could use a few more workshop bookings, and I would love to finally meet some people in the area that are either already in LOVE with paper crafting or are interested in checking it out.  I always provide free make & take projects at my workshop, so get a few people together and we can have a great evening of STAMPING!!  Just shoot me an email at betty.ray020@gmail.com and we will set it up…I can usually put things together on short notice as well.

Projects 5 & 6 of 365:  Penciled Inspiration

Projects 5 & 6: Penciled Inspirations

Projects 5 & 6 Penciled Inspirations (click for larger view)

I had actually stamped these images a couple of days ago, but was having a hard time finding layouts for them.  In the end I settled for something simple and sweet.  I just love these textured Specialty Designer Series Papers Stampin’ UP! has started using.  Granted….in the photos you can’t appreciate it as much but in person they are really something.  They are so thick and the texture gives them that little extra touch of richness that such a simple project needs.

These papers remind me of old school wall paper patterns which I just LOVE…..well…let me clarify what I mean by love.  I HATE, HATE, HATE wallpaper, can’t stand it, and just the thought of it brings up very angry feelings 🙂  I don’t think I can express the feelings of distaste strong enough.  I have vowed to never ever give a second thought to buying a house with wallpaper in it, even in the tiniest of doses.  This is stems back to a traumatic wallpaper removal experience I had a few months ago with a kitchen full of 1980’s blah (not retro-cool) wallpaper.  Yep, I can be a bit of a Drama Queen…  I think it was the biggest nightmare of all the do-it-yourself ideas I have ever had, and believe me, I have all kinds of wonderfully fantastic home improvement ideas.  Of course many of them don’t quite turn out like the beautiful pictures in my head (my poor, poor husband who puts up with these whims…).  I knew that the project would not be as easy as it looked or as easy as the “Home Network” makes it seem in all their lovely home remodeling programs, but GEE, really???  It took an entire week to just get the stuff down, and I must have taken some of my frustrations out on the wall itself, because there was much wall repair needed after the paper and glue came down.  Those walls should have just been thanking me they weren’t getting the wrath of the evil PMS monster…LOL!

But before I get too far off track, I do really love the patterns that were in the SUPER old fancy wallpapers.  Many of my friends know how I love to recreate these patterns on many other things.  I have even gone as far as to make my own “wallpaper” of sorts…..but it is safely encased in a frame to be looked at and enjoyed, but never to have to be scraped and sweated over to take it down…  I have even tossed around the idea of stenciling and entire wall in my Fantabulous crafting space, because I would rather spend a week putting it up than a week taking it down when I changed my mind years down the line 🙂

The second card (the one on the right) so reminds me of the old suitcases with hard sides and the leather or metal on the corners… I thought these were so cute and reminiscent of days gone by.

Project 5 of 365: Inspired by Nature in Pencil

Inspired by Nature in Pencil

Project 5: Inspired by Nature in Pencil. Click for larger image

As always click HERE to shop for all the Stampin’ UP! supplies used to create this project or many others.  To simplify things for you the link is set to open in a new window, and I provide the item numbers below.  So all you have to do is put the item number in the search field (on right side of Stampin’ UP! screen) and your shopping is just that easy.  Plus your purchases help support my quest to complete 365 Stampin’ UP! projects in one year and blog about every one of them.

Supplies:

Paper:

– 7 x 10 Chocolate Chip (105566- multi pack which will also include the More Mustard also used in this project)

– 4 x5 Chocolate Chip

– 5×5 More Mustard

– 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP- More Mustard Grid Pattern (Retired)

– 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP- Chocolate Chip Damask Pattern ( Retired)

– Chocolate Chip Scraps

– More Mustard Scraps

Ink:

– Whisper White Craft Ink (101731)

Markers/Pens:

– Watercolor Pencils (101879)

– White Gel Pen (105021)

– Chocolate Chip Marker (100071)

– Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill 104331)

– 1″ Chocolate Chip Ribbon (111849)

– Photo Corner Punch (109042)

– Scallop Oval Frame Bigz Die (114521)

Stamp Sets:

Inspired By Nature (111656)

Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)

Project 6: Retro Upsy Daisy

Project 6: Retro Upsy Daisy

Project 6 of 365: Retro Upsy Daisy: click for larger view

The only item in this project not listed in the previous one is the Upsy Daisy Stamp Set (111710).

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Til Next Time…

StampinBetty