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.



Project 41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday June 29, 2010

Have any of you guys ever seen stamp set and thought  “I just have  to have that,” then ordered it right away, waited impatiently for many days for it to arrive, and then you finally get it and  you leave it sit for a month (or often times much longer) without ever using it? This is something I have done far more times than I would like to admit.  The main stamp used in this card is a perfect example of this.

As soon as I saw the All a Flutter a la carte stamp in the back of the Summer Mini Catalog I just HAD to have it.  I had so many ideas in my head about how I was going to use it.  The whole 1 1/2 weeks I spent waiting for it to arrive seemed like torture.  Well I got that stamp over a month ago, and have I posted a single project using it?  Nope….today is the first time I touched that stamp, even though it seemed so hard to wait for it to arrive.  lol!

Luckily, I’m really loving this first card I finally made with it.  In case you are wondering….the butterflies are stamped in versamark onto cardstock vellum, heat embossed with black embossing powder, and then colored with markers, and popped up with dimensionals.  It’s just such a happy card 🙂  I am  so glad I finally put this stamp to use, and I hope to use it much more often in the future.

Project 41 of 365:  All a Flutter Birthday

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41 of 365: All a Flutter Birthday

Kinda makes me want to go to the park 🙂  In the picture it doesn’t show all that well, but the background was textured using the square lattice textured impressions folder.

This card was inspired by a similar card made by Wanda Cleveland, another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.



  • Cardstock Vellum
  • Whisper White
  • Basic Black
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie


  • Versamark
  • Old Olive


  • Tangerine Tango
  • Crushed Curry
  • Concord Crush


  • All a Flutter
  • Watercolor Trio


  • Scallop Oval Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • 1 1/4″ Square Punch
  • Black Emboss Powder
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder

Thank you for checking out my latest creations.  Be sure to check back soon 🙂



Project 23 of 365: New Stampers Cards June 13, 2010

Yesterday was so much fun and a total “girls” day!!  First I went to an early movie with a good friend and her 2 daughters, then we went to Barnes & Noble (couldn’t we all just sit in there with a cup of coffee and browse books all day?!?), then a late lunch at Noodles & Company, and then we all came back to my house for an evening of crafts and movies!!  Too much fun.

So in our all girls day I got to introduce 3 NEW people to stamping….I’m pretty sure they will be back for more.  My lovely friend Tina has told me over and over again how she just isn’t into crafts and is not an artsy person at all.  I had already told her daughters that we would make some kind of project before they went home, I just hadn’t picked out a project yet.  So when Tina happened to flip through my NEW catalog (yep, the non-crafter has seen the new catalog and you have not…hahaha) and mentioned that she thought this one little “get well soon” card was cute and would be perfect for her father-in-law who just had surgery, it was settled, we would all be making that card!

I love it when Non-Crafters think they won’t like stamping, and then after just one project they are ready for more!!

The card we made was a smaller card, and very simple, which was perfect since our group ranged in age from 8 to 32.  A version of the card we made can be found on page 150 of the brand new catalog (being released July 1, 2010).  So this card also serves as a sneak peak to some of the things you will find in our new catalog.

Project 23 of 365: New Stampers Cards:

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23 of 365: New Stampers Cards

I just love how all these brand new stampers made their own version of this card!!  Obviously this is a family of unique and crafty girls (even if Tina didn’t know she was crafty).  (My card is the one in the lower right corner.)



  • So Safron
  • Whisper White
  • Tangerine Tango


  • Certainly Celery
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Marina Mist (one of the new CORE colors from the 2010-2011 catalog)


  • Thoughts & Prayers


  • Snail Adhesive
  • Tombow Glue
  • Dimensionals

Non SU:

  • pearls

Can’t wait for another Crafty Girls Day!!!!

Will be back soon with another post…..I have many projects finished and ready to go, I’ve just gotten so busy that I haven’t gotten around to posting them, so don’t worry, I am still going strong on my goal of completing 365 projects in 365 days!

Come Back Soon!

Stampin Betty