Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Use Stickers in a Planner

I love things that are pretty and functional! Needless to say, one of my very favorite things is my planner. 
To help keep me organized during the week I use icon stickers. For this week I used stickers by SRM! There were two sheets. One with icon and words. The other fun doodle strips!
I really appreciate that the icons are black and white. I like everything to match so this allowed me to color them in to coordinate with my Palm Spring themed planner. I used my copics. 

 Once I got all the icons colored in I added them to my weekly spread.



 I used the fun little dots above in a whimsical fashion in my Girl Boss insert. This is my work notebook! Finally, I used the fun doodle strips to make columns for my shopping list! I like to categorize everything according to how I shop. It just makes it easier for me and saves time. These doodle strips were perfect for that!
If you want to see how I set my planner up for summer please check out my walk through HERE .
Also, make sure you check out how other designers used stickers in their planner today too! 

 Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Sunday, June 18, 2017

4th of July Card

Summer is in full swing in these parts and I can't wait for the 4th of July! To kick it off I made a fun card! Let me show you how to do it.
 To assemble this card you are going to need Star Struck Sapphire and  Glossy Ruby foiled paper. Cut approximately 8 squares at 1.5 inches. Then, cut those squares in half to make triangles.

 Roll each triangle around a pencil with the point as the center.
Gently squeeze the bottom of rolled foiled paper. The edges need to be fairly flat as to line up with the rest  of the petals.
 Adhere the pedals forming a circle on a card base. Make a rosette out of the Rudy Foiled Paper. Flip the leftover Ruby Foiled paper over and punch out flowers with the gold side.
 Assemble punched flowers and images on top of flowers and adhere.
 Add some bling for the center of each flower.
 Let adhesive dry and give to a loved one!

I like these flowers because they can be used on a multitude of projects. Make sure you check out Rinea Blog for more inspiration!

Until next time ~ Happy Crating! 

Betz

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Finnabair Steampunk

In October of 2016 I attended a mixed media retreat. I learned how to do the Finnabair technique and made this box:
I was addicted to this new form of art that I had never ventured into before. I taught it to my daughter and for Christmas we made boxes like the above for the ladies and for her Grandpa a big letter for his man cave! 

 When I was designing for Beacon I made this canvas:
 I have not gotten much of an opportunity to use this technique until a recent ATC trade in which I had to alter playing cards. One of the themes was steampunk. I created this for the trade:
 When I made the above card I wanted it to be an "Alice in Wonderland" theme. So, I used three digital downloads from Calico Collage . I was so happy with the outcome that I sent the owner a picture of it. She liked it so much and asked if I had done a video tutorial on it. Sadly I had not, but I decided to go ahead and do one. This is the card I created in the tutorial:
There are a few things to keep in mind when doing this technique. First, use your leftovers! Don't go out and buy things for it because you will go broke. This is a great way to use up your stash. The cool thing is you don't have to just use medal. You can use anything. I mean ANYTHING. It all gets gessoed black so it does not even matter. Second, it takes some time because there are multiple steps that require drying. Third, use a light touch and dry brush technique to apply the metallic color. If you want to check out the video on how to do this please go HERE.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Father's Day Cards

It is almost here -- Father's Day! Do you struggle with finding the perfect gift for Dad? I know I certainly did! Now, I encourage the kiddos to make cards for their Dad served up with a homemade breakfast and a new lego set (really aren't men all into legos?) . I'm obsessed with Brutus Monroe's Stamp of the Month and thought it would pair nicely with a mustache embossed sheet of Rinea Foiled Paper in Copper.
 For the first card I ran a piece of Rinea Foiled Paper through my Cuddlebug with a mustache embossing folder I had in my stash. I adhered it to black cardtock, punched some stars out of Ruby Rinea Foiled Paper and assembled the card. I used some mesh from my stash to add a bit more texture to the card making sure it stayed flat so I could mail it.
 For the next card, I embossed copper foiled paper again. Only this time I used a white card base and assembled the card.
These cards are so much fun to make! They are easy enough the a kiddo can put it together for their Dad.

Make sure you check out the Rinea Blog for more inspiration!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brutus Monroe May New Releases!!!

I have some fun things to share with you! Brutus Monroe has new releases today! I was able to play with all the new stamps and dies! Yes! There are now coordinating dies with stamps! This release Brutus Monroe came out with a snow globe die. This is exciting because eventually there will be a snow globe for each state and some countries! The snow globe stamps are the same size, so the die will fit all of them. So far I have the San Francisco snow globe (where I grew up -- SF Bay Area) and the Las Vegas snow globe (new release). I love these because like the Starbucks destination mug, when you visit a city eventually you will be able to purchase the snow globe for it. You can make cards with them, or luggage tags!   You could even make ornaments out of them for Christmas. Make a tag out of them and put them on a gift. The possibilities are endless! The other new die is for the Owl set! I have created some fun samples using all of the new releases. Check them out and then go over to the Brutus Monroe site and poke around ;-)









  A few of these will be on The Brutus Monroe Blog in June! Make sure to check it every Sunday :-)

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Monday, May 22, 2017

Unicorn Journal

As you know unicorns are all the rage right now. Starbucks even came out with a limited edition drink that actually sold out in ten hours at my local store. Sadly I did not get one, but I really only wanted it for the picture I would take of it and post on instagram...or maybe put in this journal:
I had a lot of fun creating this! I still am not sure what I am going to use it for, but it will find a use soon enough. Since it is a digital download I can reprint pieces I want as often as I need them. I am thinking a birthday card made from one of the gorgeous pages and even a gift card holder! I did a fun walk through of it so you can see the inside on my YouTube. You can check it out here

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Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mod Podge Blog Hop

This might be my favorite project this year:
 I wanted to create a fun serving tray that I could carry two drinks on that would not only serve as something of function, but also a focal piece. I have no intention of serving food on it so I knew I could add some fibers on the inside of the tray to finish it off.
 I started off with dominoes that I found at Walmart, a tray I picked up at Joann's, Beacon 527 adhesive, Cowgirl Digital from Calico Collage , Sparkle Mod Podge (because every Cowgirl can benefit from a little bling, right?), and Dishwasher Mod Podge.
 The first thing I did was adhere the digital download images to dominoes. I did not ink the edges, because those would not be seen in the tray. I also really liked the white! For this tray I needed 34 dominoes.
 Using Beacon 527 I laid the dominoes like tile on the tray making sure to mix up the pattern to create interest.
 I applied a medium coat of the sparkle Mod Podge first stirring well with my brush. It is important to stir and not shake it. I let this dry overnight.
 Since my intention is to use this as a serving tray with cold beverages I needed to make it waterproof. I will never run it through a dishwasher because it is medal and will rust. Plus, I wanted to use some fun burlap in it. The dishwasher Mod Podge is safe for a dishwasher which means it is waterproof so I finished off the project with it. I layered it on really thick making sure that it filled in the holes between the dominoes. I let this sit for 28 days.It takes that long to properly make sure it is cured. I then finished it off by adding burlap to the edges with the Beacon 527.
I am very happy with how it turned out! Not only can I serve drinks on it, I can also prop it up to display when not in use. 

Make sure to check out how other crafters used Mod Podge in their art!

Until Next time -- Happy Crafting!

Betz