Friday, September 22, 2017

Halloween Cards!

I had a little fun in my craft room. Okay...I had a lot of fun in my craft room creating some Halloween cards!
 For this one I used Distress Ink to create the background and splattered it with black ink. The witch is from Brutus Monroe as well as the circle die and markers I used to shade her face in. The sayings in this stamp set are to die for!
 For this card I stamped the image and cut it out along with the sentiments. I added pop dots and adhered it to a sheet of waxed paper. I finished it off with some black sequin. Once again, you can find the stamp set and paper at Brutus Monroe
This card I really had fun with! I wanted it to resemble a bloody spooky night. I die cut the circles, stamped them and embossed not only the sentiments, but the edges as well. I used Dylusions ink spray in Cherry pie on the sentiment. I colored in the scarecrow and background with markers. Before I adhered it to the card base I splattered it with white ink. I added a few scarlet bottle-cap sequins to finish it off. Supplies can be found Here .

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Witches ATC Cards!

I am hosting a Halloween theme ATC swap. I found these beautiful images at Calico Collage and knew they would make the perfect base for my cards. I did not want to take away from the gorgeous images, so I used some coordinating embellishments from Lisa Kettell Designs Etsy store and some bling from my stash.

For this card I used a fun sugar skull and made a swirl of bling out of gems from my stash. I wanted to hide her bare chest as to not offend anyone in my group. If this was a piece of art that I could show first and then trade or for my own collection I would have left her bare.
 For this card I used a few different ink spays on the resin face. It started of white and I wanted to grunge it up a bit. I adhered some gems across the top making sure not to take away from the image.
 I sprayed the crescent moon a few different colors for this card. I them added a layer of swirling bling to it.
 For this card I altered the sweet little baby face into a creepy one with ink sprays. 
This card I used a laser cut wooden piece from a store on Etsy called Pork Chop. I laid her on two black swirly pieces.
This last one I added the crescent moon to and made sure to strategically place the bling as to hide her bare chest.






Here is a video of the process and more details. Enjoy!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Mixed Media Mini Canavas


Instead of giving a card, why not give a small canvas? I created two canvases using Dina Wakely paint, plastic mesh, and Brutus Monroe stamps.
For the Birthday Canvas I first painted the canvas with white gesso and topped it off with Dina Wakely paint and stencils. I added plastic mesh with Sparkle Mod Podge and heat set it so it melted right into the canvas. I layered three strips of washi tape on the bottom, punched four stars out of Rinea Foiled Paper and placed them in the corners. I stamped an image from the Birthday Badges stamp set on a scalloped circle and inked the edges. I placed that in the corner and topped it off with a fun clay candle by Lisa Kettell Design.

I had so much fun creating the Birthday canvas that I decided to create an "Owl Always Love You" with the Owl Love You stamp set and coordinating die.
You can find the stamps and coordinating dies at Brutus Monroe . 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Thanks A Latte

I had so much fun making a set of thank you cards that are perfect for the fall!

I used the magical Ghost ink to create this awesome background and a Coffee Lover stamp set. To see more please visit HERE because I am over on the blog today with this card!

Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Halloween Treat Bag!

I made these adorable treat bags for my kiddos and a few of their friends.

All of the supplies can be found HERE !

I made a tutorial for you HERE that is about 10 minutes long.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Woodland Card

I am over on the Brutus Monroe Blog today with this fun whimsical card:
I think this is my favorite new release stamp. I just love the "deer in the headlights" guy. I shaded him in with color pencils, cut him out and added some dimension by putting him on pop dots! This was so much fun to make!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jazz Up a Christmas Card!

I know, I know....it is only September. Why am I posting about Christmas? Well, it takes me several months to actually make my cards. I like to have them out right after Thanksgiving. Otherwise I forget, so I start early. I received some really great Christmas themed products from Brutus Monroe . When I saw the stencil I new I wanted to make a card out of it. It is important that my cards are flat so they can go through the mail with one stamp. This is what I created:

 
One of my current obsessions is embossing the edges. It gives a beautiful frame to the card without creating a ton of bulk. Here is a video I made as I created this card. I hope you enjoy! 


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Mermaid Canvas

The family and I took one last vacation of the summer to Santa Monica California over the Labor Day weekend. One of the things we enjoyed doing the most was collecting sea shells. My very favorite were the little ones that reminded me of butterflies. I knew I wanted to create something with them when I got home so I came up with this:
I have been wanting to create a mermaid canvas for several months and have been collecting my supplies to do so. The Mermaid I found at Calico Collage . It actually is a digital download of paper mermaid dolls! The next thing I found were the pretty little wood laser cut mermaids. Finally, I was browsing Lisa Kettell Designs and found mermaid clay tails that I could paint. 

 I used several different metallic paints on the tails as well as a little glitter glue on the tails. The last thing I had left to find were the shells and I found those on the beaches of Santa Monica.


Here is a video of the process:
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Got Scraps?

Do you have a collection of bits of paper -- scraps? Often times I will go through my scraps and will be amazed at how pretty the paper is and wonder why I did not use it up. Then, I wonder how I could use it. Often times we get stuck in a rut with our scraps. They are not big enough to be a base and to small to mat a photo. I discovered a great way to get the most millage out of my scraps by punching them! I like to create seasonal or themed "kits" to work out of. This allows me to utilize my supplies so I don't turn into a hoarder. I also come up with the most creative projects when I have a few things set up and ready to go in a kit. I rummage through my stash of scrap paper and pull out all the scraps that would go with my theme. Next, I look through my stash for half used packages of things that would match. I punch out shapes and put them together to create unique embellishments for projects. When I have thoroughly enjoyed a kit and need to move on I either pass on my leftovers to my scrappy friends or toss them -- and I don't feel guilty about it. I really do get the most I can out of my supplies when I do it like this.

After I got done setting up this kit I noticed that some punches worked better than others and some downright hurt my hand! I wanted to share with you this information. That way if you are looking to purchase punches you will have a better idea of comfort and quality.

Fiskar: The Fiskar Hexagon punch is by far the most comfortable easy punch I have ever used. It fits nicely in my hand and is smooth. It does not require a lot of pressure or squeezing on my part to punch the shape.  I used it on card stock and cork. It cut like butter! However, the other Fiskar punches I have (most of which I have not used before this project and are new) did not punch through anything thicker than a flat piece of paper easily and hurt my hand. I will buy the Fiskar brand with the handle like that on my Hexagon punch, but I will never purchase any of the other kinds again.

Close To My Heart: These punches are about average. They cut pretty smooth, but after time they do become dull in places. When they get dull I punch them on foil a few times and that helps. I bought these because I used to sell the product, otherwise they would not be in my stash. They do not hurt my hand -- which is great!

Stampin' Up: I really like these punches! Not only do they punch well, stand the test of time, but they are super CUTE! They also have coordinating stamps which is really nice. They don't hurt my hand when I use them. I don't know if they can punch in anything thicker than a piece of flat card stock because I have never had the need to do so. I have used them a lot and they have not gotten dull yet -- that is good because they are on the rather high end for cost. I will purchase these again.

EK: These are by far my favorite! I love them! They are fairly priced, can cut through thicker materieal, never hurt my hand and I have not had to sharpen them yet. I use these a lot, simply because they are so comfortable. They have a nice locking mechanism on the bottom as well. I always look at these stamps before I check out any other brand. I will purchase these again.

Here is the tutorial I created showing how to use your punches and a few ideas on setting up a kit.
 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Heart of a Lion Book Marker

Joy Clair Stamps and Rinea Foiled Paper have teamed up this month to bring you amazing projects featuring the new Ghost ink! I created a tutorial for you on how to use this amazing new ink as well as the back story to it. You can find those HERE .

In the mean time I have to share with you this book marker I made for my Bible!

The step by step tutorial is on the Rinea blog today! You can go here to visit: Rinea Inspires

I am super excited about this new way to use this Foiled Paper. 

Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Emobssing Folder Technique 4!

Today I am sharing with you the fourth and final technique in this series -- Embossing on the embossed and misting. Well, in my case, color bursting it! The first thing I did was run a white piece of flat card stock through my machine with an embossing folder. I tool my embossing ink and lightly rubbed it over the raised image and embossed it with penny embossing powder. I sprinkled three Color Burst colors and misted. Lastly I used a baby wipe to pick up the color on the raised image. As that dried I die cut my tag and stamped the image. I used alcohol marker to color it in. I assembled the card on a brown glitter card base.  To see a demonstration of this technique please visit HERE . For supplies check out Brutus Monroe .

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Embossing Folder Technique 3!

Today I am going to share with you the third technique in this four part series -- Foil! That's right --FOIL! Give it a try! You will absolutely love it. I used Rinea Foiled Paper with beautiful stars, but you could use just regular aluminum foil from your kitchen to make a fun masculine card with gears or outer space theme. I like the Rinea for this card because it holds it shape so well and is hard ti wrinkle. You can find the entire line with gorgeous colors and tools Here . I used the embossing folder and stamp set from Brutus Monroe . To see this technique please visit Four Techniques .Make sure you come back tomorrow to see the last technique -- it is a show stopper!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Embossing Folder: Technique 2

Today I am sharing with you the second technique to our four part embossing series: distressing! This technique is one of my favorites. It works best with cardstock that has a different color core. Run your paper sandwiched between the embossing folder through your machine. Now, lightly sand it until the color in the core of the paper peaks through! To see the tutorial I created for you visit HERE . For the supplies, please find them Here . Come back tomorrow and see the third technique!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How to Use an Embossing Folder: Technique 1

Embossing Folders are so much fun and have lots of uses! They can really bring another layer of depth to a card or project. Over the next few days I am going to share with you four ways you can use an embossing folder. Today I am sharing with you the first and most used way: emboss. To do this technique you simply run a sheet of paper through your machine in the embossing folder. This on its own is a gorgeous use! I used a piece of white card stock to create the card above. I stamped a sentiment and used Silver Embossing Powder. I layered it on a silver glitter card base. The embossing folder I used can be found here Petal Lace.

I created an tutorial on all four of the techniques that you can view: Here .

Check back tomorrow to see the next technique!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

September 2017 Planner Set Up

It is that time of month -- set up next month's planner. For the month of September I used The Planner Society August kit. It is a dreamy pretty blue with a lovely girl. I decided on my rainbow glitter TN to set it up in. Here is what the inside looks like:









I created a walk thru of how I set it up HERE . Please go check it out!



Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Color Burst Card

I am obsessed lately with Color Burst! I created a couple of cards using an embossing technique. There are a few things to keep in mind when playing with any kind of paint or ink. The most important is to keep your color families together. Keep reds, oranges and yellows in one family and blues and greens in another family. There is one exception to this rule and that is PURPLE. Purple will turn everything brown except for blue and red, so mix it with only those colors. I also like to just use three colors at a time. If you keep those two things in mind sky's the limit and whatever your create surely will be a masterpiece!

Please check out the video to create these cards HERE
For supplies go HERE

Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mardi Gras Display

I don't know why I have such a thing for Mardi Gras -- I've never been! Maybe it is because I like green and purple....oh and the masks! I have been wanting a cool display piece for sometime to showcase in my craft room and made this:


I wanted the mask to be the focal point of the piece, so I used foiled paper as well as flowers by Pedaloo. I have more details, a step by step tutorial and a video on how to make this on the Rinea Blog . Please make sure you check it out!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Thursday, August 17, 2017

When You Have Nothing Left to Give....Give Anyway

The last ten years I have been sick. I did not even know that I was sick because I was so used to not feeling good that I thought it was normal. In the summer of 2016 my general practitioner finally convinced me it was time to see a Hematologist. My blood work had come back for years with a high white blood cell count, but this time it had to be dealt with because it was far to high. It took about a year of medical testings and procedures to get answers and we still are not to the bottom of it. In that year I became hopeless and sad. I had to close down my kennel in which I bred Golden Retrievers and was unable to serve. I was doing everything to hold myself together and get better -- after all I am a mom to three kids. While going for treatments and testings I met a lot of really sick people and it was through this experience and journey that I decided to donate my hair -- the one physical feature that I treasured most.

It has taken me three months to document this journey, but it is a journey that is important to me. I want to share my layout with you and that journey to bring awareness to the organization I donated through that  provide children with hair loss at no charge to their families. In fact the name of it is "Children With Hair Loss".

Now, before I share with you my journey I have to tell you that there are tears involved. I did cry as I walked through putting the layout together. I almost did not share it because I felt so silly crying over hair, but I know it is more than just my hair I am crying over. Please check out the day that I donated here: Children With Hair Loss and the aftermath as I put the video together here:When You Have Nothing Left....Give

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Something Exciting from Rinea!

I am super duper excited to share with you the new GHOST INK by Rinea! Ghost ink is specifically designed to remove color from foiled paper. In January of 2017 at Creativation I was working in the Rinea booth in which I stumbled across a new technique. I had stamped an image and did not like the placement of it. The ink was still wet and I thought I could remove it with a Wet One (all I had on hand). When I removed the image it took off all of the color. I thought that was really cool and wondered what would happen if I let the ink dry. I tried it again letting it dry completely. It did not work at all. So, I tried it again waiting until it was almost dry and it worked! I showed it to the owners of Rinea and they were super excited! We all decided to go home and play with it for the next few months. The technique was hit or mess depending on what ink I used, humidity, and what I used to wipe the foil. I really wanted to showcase this fun technique, but there were far to many variables that did not always allow it to work. Rinea also played with it on their end and decided to come out with an ink specifically for this technique and their foiled paper! I am so happy about this because it opens up so many more ways to use this fabulous foiled paper.

Here is a tag I made using the Ghost Ink, Rinea Foiled Paper and Brutus Monroe stamps and supplies:


You can find the Ghost Ink HERE and the rest of the supplies HERE

Please make sure you check out the tutorial and demo on the Ghost Ink HERE




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pocket Card with 2 ATC

Mermaids seem to be all the rage right now! I totally have jumped on the trend. Today I made this fun set of ATC cards using a digital download sheet from Calico Collage



I was able to make the set in about thirty minutes. I utilized my Scan-n-Cut to cut the images out. I put together a video for you here . Please check it out!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!