Crafty Betty

Project 70 of 365: Grandma’s Memory Board August 11, 2010

Do all my home improvement projects count as crafts??  LOL!  If so I could show you what has been keeping me from the wonderful world of projects I usually post here 🙂  Actually, as I have time I probably will post some of the home improvements we have done this year.

As promised last week this is the photo display I made for my grandmother’s funeral.  I wanted something more than just pasting pictures to a board.  I wanted a theme….something that would make everyone smile as they browsed over the pictures…and their own memories of grandma.  My grandparents owned several concessions that were regularly booked into fairs, and they LOVED all the travelling.  So the best fitting theme I could think of was the Carnival.  Armed with my Cricut, Gypsy, and pile of textured cardstock I went to town.

Project 70 of 365: Grandma’s Memory Board

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70 of 365: Grandmother's Memory Board

I know I have been moving away from concentrating solely on Stampin Up!, but I think this is an appropriate move.  While I am sure the majority of my projects will still be Stampin’ Up!, as I am so completely in love with their products, there are so many other crafts that I also love and want to share with you.

Check back soon!

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 56-66: New Baby Girl Scrapbook Kit July 20, 2010

Hi All,

You’ve probably been wondering were I disappeared to for the past week….Well I have been cooking up some really cool stuff for you.  To start with I am going to slowly start adding crafting kits for purchase to this blog (like the album kit posted today.)  My goal with these kits will be to make great projects which you can complete at home in about an hour or 2 without any special tools or supplies!!!  How cool is that?

The album kit I am posting today is designed for new born baby girls (I am working on a VERY similar album for new born boys, I just need to find paper with the “right” colors.)  This album is a 6×6 album, designed to stay as THIN as possible (less than an inch thick even after you add photos) so you can just slip it in your bag or desk, and you will have the perfect Brag Book for any time someone asks about your beautiful baby.

For $19.99 you will receive:

1. A very nice 6×6 album with 10 page protectors (20 pages).  This album cannot be expanded, it is designed to stay thin, so all pages are permanently inserted with no posts or rings.

2.  All the die-cuts shown in all the pictures below.  Plus, any die cut made of multiple layers is already assembled for you!!!  So no need for you to try and solve the puzzle of how/where to attach the tiny layers 🙂

3.  All the patterned and solid CARDSTOCK (not thin paper) used.  Again, to keep this album as thin as possible, both sides of each sheet are used.  This is very high quality (non SU) cardstock which is solid on one side and patterned on the other.  Since it is very sturdy you can use both sides, saving you from an unsightly over-bulging album.

4.  You will also be emailed a PDF of all instructions (including photos) to complete the album.  The BEST part is that all you need to complete the album is the adhesive of your choice and a couple markers, and you can complete this album in 1 hour (maybe 2 hours if you add photos right away.)

While this will be presented as several projects (for the purpose of fulfilling my 365 in 365 goal) you will receive EVERYTHING in this post as part of your KIT!!

Buy it now for 19.99 plus shipping by clicking HERE

Project 56 0f 365: Page 1 of New Baby Girl Album

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56 of 365: Page 1 of New Baby Girl Album

(in your kit the hand written portion will not be done for you….this way you can write whatever you want to here.)

Project 57 of 365: Pages 2-3 of Baby Girl Album

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57 of 365: Pages 2-3 of Baby Girl Album

Project 58 of 365: Pages 4-5 of Baby Girl Album

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58 of 365: Pages 4-5 of Baby Girl Album

Project 59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

59 of 365: Pages 6-7 of Baby Girl Album

Project 60 of 365: Pages  8- 9 of Baby Girl Album

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60 of 365: Pages 8-9 of baby Girl Album

(I just love the above page 🙂 …)

Project 61 of 365: Pages 10-11 of Baby Girl Album

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61 of 365: Pages 11-12 of Baby Girl Album

(this one looks better in person)

Project 62 of 365: Pages 12-13 of Baby Girl Album

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62 of 365: pages 12-13 of Baby Girl Album

Project 63 of 365: Pages 14-15 of Baby Girl Album

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63 of 365: Pages 14-15 of Baby Girl Album

Project 64 of 365: Pages 16-17 of 365

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64 of 365: Pages 16-17 of Baby Girl Album

(yours won’t have the messy glue….LOL….and the color here is a bit deceiving, the polka dot paper is more of a rose red with light pink dots, than the red red it looks like in the picture)

Project 65 of 365: Pages 18-19 of Baby Girl Album

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65 of 365: Pages 18-19 of Baby Girl Album

(so cute…)

Project 66 of 365: Page 20 of Baby Girl Album

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66 of 365: Page 20 of Baby Girl Album

So there you have it everyone!!! If you like this kit buy it HERE for just $19.99 plus shipping.

When ordering your kit you will also receive a matching album (as pictured below)….If you request a specific album I will do my best to get you that one, but it is first come first serve.  If no request is made I will randomly choose an album for you 🙂

6x6 Albums for Baby Girl Scrapbook


Copyright notice: This kit is the original design of StampinBetty.  You can replicate this item for your personal use, but it is not allowable for you to use these designs for your profit without my consent.  Thank You 🙂

Hope you like this kit!!

StampinBetty


 

Project 13 0f 365: Anniversary Explosion Box May 30, 2010

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

Hi All!

The project I am posting today is a belated Anniversary gift for some friends.  When I posted my first blog they had mentioned they liked the Explosion Box Project, and since I had neglected to make them an Anniversary Card, I told them I would make them one if they told me what colors they liked.  Tina said she liked Green and her husband liked Dark Purple, so I hope the colors I used are close enough.  I will soon find out as I will be giving this to them when I head over there in a little while for a pre-Memorial Day cookout!  Yum- Yum…I can’t wait…..Plus I get to give them their gift in front of other people…and maybe, just maybe, some of those people will want one too 🙂

I have been thinking about either holding an Explosion Box class or selling them per request (incorporating colors/themes the people want.)  I am still working out how much is a fair price….So if any of you out there would like me to make an Explosion Box for you, or are interested in hosting a class let me know!!  Email me at betty.ray020@gmail.com.

These boxes really show better when they are filled with pictures and momentos….so click HERE to be taken to the original one I made a couple weeks ago which looks more polished since it is full of pictures and other little things 🙂

Project 13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13.  Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

Click Here to be taken to my Stampin’ Up! site to purchase current Stampin’ Up! products used to complete this project.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White Textured
  • Rich Razzleberry Textured
  • Kiwi Kiss Textured (Retired)
  • Bermuda bay Tetured
  • Walk in the Park DSP (Retired)

Classic Ink Pads:

  • Kiwi Kiss (Retired)
  • Old Olive
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Bermuda Bay

Stamp Sets:

  • Vintage Vogue
  • Lovely Letters

Accessories:

  • Versa Mark Pad
  • White Emboss Powder
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Simple Flower Embosslit
  • Lattice Bigz Die
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Ornament Punch
  • Stickles (non SU)
  • Pearls (non SU)
  • Crystal Effects

More Pictures:

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

13. Anniversary Explosion Box

13 of 365: Anniversary Explosion Box

I have so many projects partially finished or still floating around in my head so check back often to watch me complete 365 Stampin’ Up! projects in 365 Days.

Have a Fun and Safe Memorial Day!

StampinBetty

 

Projects 11 & 12 of 365: “A Day at the Beach” and “Stenciled Inspirations” May 28, 2010

Hi All,

It’s been a few days, but I am back, and as promised back to a more positive attitude!!  Yesterday I held a small workshop up in Kaukauna, WI, and we had a lot of fun.  We even put together some ideas for future events….So hopefully I will be keeping myself busy 🙂  Plus, as it turns out, one of the girls gave me a good lead on a retirement community about 45 min from here that would probably have fun doing crafts.  Many of you don’t know this, but for awhile I was doing crafts twice a month at an Assisted Living Facility in Caledonia, WI.  I had SOOOO much fun there, but unfortunately they were a newly opened facility and since they did not have many residents yet, they did not have room in their budget, and even with the HUGELY discounted prices I gave them they were unable to continue inviting me back 😦  I actually really miss going there!!  So I’m pretty excited that I might get to go back to doing crafts in retirement and/or assisted living communities again.  It’s just so much fun when their eyes light up like little kids that they were able to create something so pretty.  The ladies (and occasionally, depending on the project, I would get some of the men to join us) would all be sitting in our “craft area” long before I even arrived because they were so excited to make something new.  Gee, I really do miss them…..maybe I should give a call over there and see if they are ready for me to come back yet?????

On another happy note….Our new downstairs tenants will be moving in next week.  This is super cool for many reasons.  First, the apartment won’t be vacant since the last tenants are moving out this week (they were picture perfect tenants.  I am sad to see them go….why do 20-something girls have to fall in love and move in with their 7-year boyfriends….lol…Congrats to her.) But more importantly, I found out that one of the new tennants also has a fascination with paper products!!  She is an illustrator, and while I didn’t ask her specifically what she did, I guess I just pictured “commercial” type of work….but I checked out her blog a couple days ago, and she actually does a lot of wedding invites, and such.  While she is a true artist, i.e. she draws all her images, while I just make stamps and such look pretty it is still cool to know that we might be able to bounce some ideas off each other.  Plus I think some of her images would make AWESOME rubber stamps….  Not only that, but when she was viewing the apartment I had somewhat jokingly tossed around the idea of starting a screen printing business in the basement since she illustrates, and I had recently bought I hobby screen print set-up and realized how easy it was.  In some ways I was just happy that she didn’t think I was a crazy lady and run out of the house…as those who know me better will attest that when I like something I tend to get very excited like a little kid.. 🙂   So I was quite surprised when she answered my email and actually brought up our screen printing conversation from a couple months ago.  Seriously….how cool would it be to start our own little screen printing company in the basement and/or garage……When they get here next week I will do my best to keep my excitement under check and not jump up and down like a little kid, and give them plenty of time to settle in before I try to get anyone to jump into business LOL!!!  But it is pretty exciting to have someone moving in that shares some of the same interests….Plus, even though she is moving from New Orleans, she actually knows more people in Milwaukee than I do….Then again, I guess that is not too shocking since I probably know about 1o people here….I really need to get out more.

I knew there was one more exciting thing today….I am going to watch the new “Sex and the City” movie tonight with Tina.  I’m gonna call her my bestest Milwaukee friend, even though I haven’t know her all that long.  (Our husbands work together.)  We have already found ways to get into all kinds of “trouble,” granted innocent trouble.  We are both light weights where you have no idea what kind of crazy ideas we will get in our heads when we have a drink or 2 (and I am being serious when I say a drink or 2, cus that’s about all we can handle, lol).  So I am a bit concerned since she said we should have a cosmo before the movie to get  “In the Spirit.”  Hopefully she doesn’t tackle me in the parking lot again….Maybe I should wear football pads tonight…just in case 🙂

Now, before you all fall asleep, here are a couple super SIMPLE 6×6 scrapbook pages for you.  The first one “A Day at the Beach” is one of the make-and-take projects I did for yesterdays workshop.

Project 11 of 365: A Day at the Beach

11 of 365: A Day at the Beach

11 0f 365: A Day at the Beach

Don’t give me a hard time about the outfit….The only “tropical” pictures I could find were from when my brother got married in Hawaii 8 years ago!!!

Please click HERE to shop my Stampin Up! site to purchase any of the supplies needed to complete either of the 2 projects shown today.  You can also click on the DONATE button on the upper right portion of the blog to contribute and help me on this quest to complete 365 Stampin UP! Projects in 365 Days.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 6×6 Old Olive Cardstock (100702)
  • 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 Mambo Melon Cardstock (115320)
  • 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 Tempting Turquoise Cardstock (102067)
  • Whisper White Scraps

Classic Ink:

  • Old Olive (102277)
  • Pumpkin Pie (105216)
  • Tempting Turquoise (100814)
  • Melon Mambo (115656)

Stamp Set:

  • Tropical Party (wood-118515 or clear 120081

Accessories:

  • Bold Brights Brads (106957)
  • Soft Subtles Brads (106954)
  • Earth Elements Brads (106955)
  • Dimensionals (104430)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill-104331)

Project 12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

12 of 365: Stenciled Inspirations

Supplies:

Paper:

  • 6×6 Sage Shadow Textured
  • 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 Whisper White
  • 3×3 Rich Razzleberry

Classic Ink:

  • Sage Shadow (102532)
  • Perfect Plum (101437)
  • Rich Razzleberry (115658)

Accessories:

  • Folk Flowers Stencil (118139)
  • Sage Shadow Grosgrain 1/4″ ribbon (111369)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332 or refill-104331)

Hope you like these simple scrapbook pages…..Check back often for more paper crafting ideas!!!

StampinBetty

 

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!! May 21, 2010

Hi All!

I’m back….Today I decided to try something I haven’t really worked with much..  My Digital Studio by Stampin’ UP!  I really don’t know why I don’t spend more time with this program….It has a lot of cool options and things to play with.  Normally, I am all about gadgets and technology.  Afterall, I am one of those people who will stand in line when things like the iPhone get released, yet, Stampin’ UP! comes up with a digital program to use their exclusive colors, papers, embellishments, and stamp sets, and I just leave it to get lost in the mounds of data in my overworked MacBook Pro…..

I’ve been browsing the internet a lot lately for inspiration to keep up with my challenge of completing 365 Stampin’ UP! Projects in one year…There are a lot of people out there using My Digital Studio with fantastic results….so just like many of my other Stampin tools that I leave collect dust, I realized it was time to get in there and figure it out already.  While I am no where near as up-to-speed on this software as I should be I am letting you all see the simple page I created today.  The way I see it….it can only get better from here.  (LIke if I take the recommended online tutorials offered to Demonstrators by Stampin’ UP!)

Today’s Project Inspiration:

Today is one of our cuddly bullmastiff’s birthday.  Clyde turned 3 today.  Mike, my husband, pretty much thinks I am insane because I make a big deal out of their birthdays.  OK…..I know they don’t know its their birthday, but for some reason it just seems important to me to recognize it.  Tis true…I sing “Happy Birthday” to them while I feed them on their birthdays…  They are like my kids afterall…. 🙂

Anyways…..Clyde is so adorable, he has the typical Mastiff face that makes it look like he is always sad.  If you want to see “Puppy Dog” eyes I don’t think any dog can beat his.  I laugh at him and make jokes that he needs Puppy Prozac because he looks like he is about ready to jump off a tall building.  He is such a laid back, cool dog.  The only things that can make him excited are Walks, Treats, and usually a brand new chew toy….his favorite being those knotted ropes that he can chew on for hours.

So, for his birthday (after Mike went to work…since he picks on my for doing these things) I ran to the pet store and got him a new rope to play with.  I even got a second one so Bella (our 2 yr old bullmastiff who is much more hyper!!) would actually let him play with it instead of pouncing on him and stealing it.  I was so excited when I walked in the door….I was expecting him to run up to me, tail wagging, just begging me to give him the new rope in my hand.  Instead, he couldn’t have been less interested!!! LOL!  I had to dangle the thing in his face for 5 minutes, then he finally took it…..chewed on it less than a minute….and then left it lay on the floor while he wandered off to be alone and lay around all mopey looking……And people wonder why I call him “Eeyore.”

I ran and got my camera, snapped a bunch of “Mopey” pictures of him then it was up to my craft room to make a scrapbook page of Clyde’s reaction to his birthday…..Maybe turning 3 for a dog brings up the same feelings as turning 30 does in people….But I don’t think I took my 30th birthday as harshly as Clyde is taking his 3rd 🙂

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!!

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!!

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!!

Supplies:

My Digital Studio- Stampin’ UP!

While it was fun playing with this program….for what ever reason I experience more joy crafting the old-fashioned way.  I like cutting, coloring, stamping, making a big mess, and what-have-ya……Crafting is my therapy, so I guess I find it more therapeutic to get in there and get my hands dirty 🙂  But working with My Digital Studio will be fun for working on hybrid projects (where you mix the digital and hand-made in the same project), when I am in a pinch for time, or when I am traveling and I am looking for a way to pass time…afterall, I rarely go anywhere without my trusty macbook.

To purchase your copy of  “My Digital Studio” or supplies to complete any of the projects found here shop at my Stampin’ UP! site.  Your purchases help to support me in my challenge to complete 365 projects in 365 days.

Until Next Time,

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