Crafty Betty

Projects 115-118 of 365: Snow Swirled and Delightful Decorations Cards December 21, 2010

Hi all,

I’ve got some more Christmas cards for you…..Can you believe Christmas is just a few short days away!!!  I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping…LOL…..good thing I always give out a lot of handmade gifts….

On another note….. I just got braces on my teeth last week.  I had no idea the pain people really go through with these things!!!  I was expecting the teeth to be sore, no surprise there, but I had no idea how badly these things tear up the insides of your cheeks!!!  This is insanity-level pain, and I only have the top ones on right now (won’t be getting the bottom ones for another 3 months because they have to move the top ones a bit to get the lower ones to fit.).  And I also love how they wait to spring on the list of foods you can’t eat until they already have these torture devices on….. There are TONS of healthy foods on the list of things you can not eat…. so I better stock up on the vitamins.  Can’t have (or at least have to be very very careful with) raw vegetables, whole apples, nuts, popcorn, etc…..I know its logical, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it 🙂   On the other hand….On the suggested list are ice cream, cake, brownies, pudding….Doesn’t it sound like a license to go junk food crazy???  🙂

On to the cards….  All of these cards are pretty quick to finish, so if you still need to make more cards before Christmas hop to it, and try these on for size…

Project 115 of 365: Delights of the Season

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115 of 365: Delights of the Season

Not much explanation needed for this one, just a simple card pieced together, but don’t you just love that ornament punch.  I could not have been happier than when I saw that Stampin Up had made two more stamp sets to use with this punch (Contempo Christmas and Tags Til Christmas), and they are both MUST HAVE sets!!!  (please ignore the sloppy glue marks on this one…..this was one of the earlier versions when I was experimenting with what to do with the strings on the ornaments….tiny glue dots are much less noticeable than using actual glue…)

Stamp Sets:  Delightful Decorations, Many Merry Messages

Project 116 of 365: Decorate with Joy

 

 

 

 

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116 of 365: Decorate with Joy

 

Stamps Used: Delightful Decorations

Project 117 of 365: Snow Swirled Resist

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117 of 365: Snow Swirled Resist

This card happened because I had seen a really similar card online somewhere last year, but I didn’t have the really pretty patterned paper that they had used on the bottom of the card….So I did what I do best….I improvised and made my own patterned paper.  I started with a plain old sheet of whisper white card stock.  Then I used my versamark glue pad to randomly stamp the snowflakes from the Snow Swirled Stamp Set all over my 12×12 sheet of cardstock.  I then sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder and used my heat gun to emboss it.  After that I used a sponge dauber and Soft Suede Ink to rub all over the paper.  In person this really looks so much more beautiful and sparkly than in the picture.  It actually looks quite suede like from the rubbing of the ink across the paper and purposely applying the ink uneven.  This is one of those projects where it pays off to be sloppy 🙂  (this technique is called Emboss Resist.)

Stamps Used:  Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Project 118 of 365:  Snow Swirled Navy

 

 

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118 of 365: Snow Swirled Navy

 

Ask anyone who has ever done a Christmas card class and they will likely tell you that I am obsessed with heat embossing.  I just love the effect, the smooth raised texture of the ink.  It just looks so classy and professional.  And running a close second to heat embossing would be using any of the emboss folders or texture plates in my Sizzix Big Shot.  “Texture, Texture, Texture” is my motto and I can’t get enough of it when I’m making cards!!  Seriously, all these texture effects are soooooo easy and so much cheaper than the been-there-done-that patterned paper that everyone has.  So don’t be intimidated by that heat gun, give it a shot, you will be hooked just like me.

If you are wondering how I got the tree and the greeting lined up so straight…..check out the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (yes, that ‘s its real name.)  If you are a perfectionist this will be your best friend!!

Stamps Used:  Snow Swirled

Hope you guys are more prepared than I am for Christmas day 🙂

Stop Back Soon For More Fun!!!

StampinBetty

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Projects 104-110 of 365: Scrabble Tile Necklaces November 19, 2010

Tis true…if you love Stampin Up’s Patterned Paper as much as I do you can wear it!!! 🙂

I’m sure you have all heard or seen this Scrabble tile jewelry trend, so ofcourse I just had to jump on the bandwagon.  And I am so glad I did…..These cute little pendants are so fun and easy to make.  All I did was trim little focal areas out of some of my favorite patterned paper, adhered it to the tile, sanded the edges and sealed it with epoxy resin, attached a jewelry bail (so I could dangle from necklace), and there you have it….I personalized piece of art for your neck or charm bracelet.

I also stamped a small image on one of them….the one with the little vine/leaves was just stamped in Really Rust ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a pendant, necklace, or charm bracelet just let me know….I take custom orders.

Projects 104-110 of 365: Scrabble Tile Necklaces

(please excuse the photo quality…they were taken on my iphone and without proper lighting.)

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Projects 104-109

Come Back for more fun Soon!!

StampinBetty

 

Project 103 of 365: Leaves of Gratitude November 17, 2010

I am sooooo in love with the Day of Gratitude stamp set in the current Holiday mini catalog!!!!  I have more card ideas, and borrowed ideas from others over at Splitcoast Stampers than I know what to do with 🙂
I believe I cased this card from Mary Brown, but if I am incorrect please let me know.  I am more than happy to give credit where credit is due…..
You  are all probably wondering how my new job selling cars is going…..so far so good….as you have probably guessed by my lack of time to get all of my oh-so-fun projects posted here…..Plus I really gotta update this page….I haven’t even had time to get the new catalog and specials posted here for you.  Oh the fun of time management and trying to fit 36 hours of work into every 24 hours 🙂
 
Project 103 of 365: Leaves of Gratitude
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103 of 365: Leaves of Gratitude

 

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude

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StampinBetty

 

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

 

Project 53 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Rich Razzleberry July 12, 2010

Besides loving the stamp set that is the focus of all of today’s projects (Friends Never Fade) I am soooooo in love with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Emboss Folder.   Actually I’m in love with all the embossing folders.  I use them all the time!!  Of all the crafty things I have ended up “wasting” money on, the embossing folders are definitely NOT something I have any buyer’s remorse from.

What’s so great about the emboss folders is that you can use the textured paper in place of the expensive patterned paper.  You can brayer craft ink in the emboss folder to create textured and printed paper all-in-one.  And sometimes a simple card can just use a little texture.  If you browse back over my past projects you will start to notice my love affair with textures 🙂   (Whether it is with emboss folders, dimensionals, textured paper, embosslits, or heat embossing, textures just make the project.)

Project 53 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Rich Razzleberry

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53 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Rich Razzleberry

This card is cased from Diana Ochoa Chu on the demonstrator only website (I just added the pretty bow.)

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Soft Suede
  • Whisper White

Ink:

  • Rich Razzleberry

Stamps:

  • Friends Never Fade

Accessories:

  • Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder
  • White Satin Ribbon

Back with more soon….

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