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

 

Projects 94-96 of 365: 3×3 Halloween Cards September 26, 2010

Next, I based these 3 small cards on the 3×3 cards made by “cindy89” over on the Stampin Up! Demonstrator site.  These cards are almost completely copied from her cards.  There are only minor changes…

Projects 94-96:  3×3 Halloween Cards

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94-96: Halloween 3x3's

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94 of 365: Happy Halloween 3x3

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95 of 365: 3x3 Owl Halloween

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96 of 365: 3x3 Crow and Candle

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Cajun Craze
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Wicked Fun DSP
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Old Olive
  • Newsprint DSP
  • Very Vanilla
  • Old Olive DSP

Stamps:

  • Dark & Dreary
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:

  • Basic Black
  • Cajun Craze

Accessories:

  • Circle Punches: 1/2″, 1 3/4″
  • 2″ Scallop Circle Punch (non SU)
  • Word Window Punch
  • Polka Dot Rich Razzleberry Ribbon
  • Scallop Trim Corner Punch
  • Rhinestone (non-SU)

Well, I’m off to a good start on my Halloween Cards.  I have a bunch more to post, but they will have to wait.

Until Next Time,

StampinBetty

 

Project 81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes September 4, 2010

If you live in Wisconsin, isn’t this some crazy weather?  A few days ago it was so hot and humid that you didn’t want to leave your house, now its chilly and windy and you need a sweater.  Wow, it was summer one day and fall the next.

This card is another one made from all those Black Magic blocks I had made way back when.  And again, I’m sticking with some bold colors on this one.  I really like the way this one turned out with the different shades of blue pencil, set off by the Bermuda Bay paper.  The Layout is super quick and simple so keep the layout in mind for the next time you need a quick card. (The coloring isn’t so quick, but it is simple.)

If you need direction on how to do the Black Magic Technique just read the previous post (Project 80.)

Project 81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes

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81 of 365: Black Magic Get Well Wishes

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White

Stamps:

  • Kind & Caring Thoughts (retired hostess set)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:

  • Whisper White Craft
  • Basic Black Marker
  • White Gel Pen

Accessories:

  • Hodge Podge Hardware- Silver
  • 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for checking out another card 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 80 of 365: Black Magic Birthday Card September 2, 2010

So awhile back when I first discovered the Black Magic Technique I stamped and colored soooooo many images, but then they just sat in a pile waiting to be used, so today I decided to use a couple of them.  Not only this, but I also challenged myself to use colors I don’t normally use.  I decided it was time to be BOLD and use some bold colors, since I almost always tend to stick with Earthtones and Neutrals.  I just like “warm” colors 🙂  I do, somewhat, have a mixed feelings over my use of such dramatic and contrasting colors here, but in the end I do like it…I guess that is why they call it challenging yourself.

In case you have not yet discovered the Black Magic technique, it is so cool and so simple.  All you do is take a piece of black (or any darker colored) cardstock and stamp solid images using Whisper White Craft ink.  You then heat set the Craft ink, and when it is set you color over the white areas with either Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor pencils or PrismaColor pencils (I suppose any colored pencil might work, but I have got great results from these 2 types of pencils.)  Remember to use multiple shades of the same color to get results with more depth, and for that extra kick highlight with a white gel pen.

Maybe the reason I like this technique so much is because I get to visit one of my childhood favorite past times….Coloring 🙂

Project 80 of 365: Black Magic Birthday Card

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80 of 365: Kind and Caring Birtday

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Cameo Coral
  • Basic Black

Stamps:

  • Kind & Caring Thoughts (retired hostess set)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:

  • Basic Black- Marker
  • Whisper White- Craft Ink

Accessories:

  • PrismaColor Pencils or Watercolor Pencils
  • HodgePodge Kit- Silver
  • 1/4″ Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Fancy Label Punch
  • Tag Corner Punch

Thanks for checking it out.  I have more in store for you so keep checking back 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 55 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Pear Pizzazz July 12, 2010

I saved my favorite one for last tonight.  The background paper in this one truly reminds me of retro kitchen wallpaper 🙂

Believe it or not….I actually decorated the inside of this card.  I usually don’t put anything on the inside of the card until I go to use it, but I could tell by the little sliver the original creator left showing that she had replicated the main image in the lower corner of the inside as well, so I just had to do it too….after all I am being a total “follower” today since all of today’s cards are cased (with only minor changes).

Project 55 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Pear Pizzazz

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55 of 365: Friends Never Fade in Pear Pizzazz

Cased from a card posted by Jen Timko on the demonstrator-only site.

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Whisper White
  • Baja Breeze textured
  • Greenhouse Gala DSP

Ink: (markers)

  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Marina Mist
  • Daffodil Delight

Stamps:

  • Friends Never Fade
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Accessories:

  • Button Latte
  • Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon

That’s all for now.  Have a Great Night!!!

StampinBetty

 

Project 31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box June 17, 2010

Yep, I also tried to trick you guys a bit….My gift to Rebecca (for her birthday) also included this cute stationary box to store that stationary set that I had made for her 🙂

Split Coast Stampers had posted the Stationary Box as their weekly tutorial last week.  You can check that out here.

Project 31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box:

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31 of 365: Pink and Navy Stationary Box

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31 of 365: Stationary Box Open

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Not Quite Navy

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Not Quite Navy

Stamps:

  • Baroque Motifs
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes

Accessories:

  • White Emboss Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Daisies Die
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Sticky Strip
  • Tombow Multi Glue
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Rhinestone Brads
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Word WIndow Punch

Non SU Items

  • Rollerball Pen (for the gift set)
  • Rhinestone

Contents of Stationary Box

The above picture is the contents of the stationary box, you can see the full details of these items in the previously posted blog.

Take Care,

StampinBetty

p.s.  I still got more stuff coming yet today!!! So keep coming back.

 

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).

Hope my blog is inspiring you to keep on Stampin!

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Til Next Time…

StampinBetty