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!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Star Struck ATC

My daughter is involved in the drama department at her school. She has been in one play and one musical this last year. There was a mini album class featuring Graphic 45 and their vintage hollywood line. I knew it would be perfect for her, so I signed her up. She cam home with lots of scraps which I was thrilled with! I could not wait to make cards with them, but first this ATC:
To see the details on how to make your own ATC please visit the Rinea Blog . There is a ton of great inspiration over there!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz