Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful & Grateful


Just finished my entry for the Unity Stamp Company monthly "be inspired" challenge. There's still time so if you'd like to join in click the link:

Here's the inspiration for this month's challenge:


Here's my entry: 

It's so sparkly! I'm pretty happy with how it came out and I love the stamp; it's the SOTW (Stamp of the Week) stamp from last week, I believe. It's called Thankful & Grateful Oak. It's soooo pretty!!!

I stamped the tree on some pretty paper (from BoBunny) cut into a square and embossed it with some copper embossing powder and layered it on gold glitter paper (DCWV Naturals paper pad; 12x12) and dark red. The sketch showed a sort of semi circle shape in the background so I drew one out on the back of the gold glitter paper and cut it out to fit on the background paper from BoBunny Autumn Song collection. I stamped the sentiment that came with the SOTW and embossed that in copper as well. 

The inspiration picture showed some zig zag lines so I decided to try using my sewing machine and stitched around the layered mats using variagated colored thread and a zig zag stitch. For the focal image I decided to leave the thread loosely hanging off the corner but I cut it off on the sentiment. 

I distressed the edges of all the papers with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink. Then I used my Cricut and using the Straight from the Nest cartridge found leaves that I cut at about 1" out of olive green cardstock. I distressed all the leaves with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, & Spiced Marmelade and randomly placed them along the curve of the gold glitter paper. The focal image, the sentiment and a few random leaves are on foam 

That's my fall card and my entry. Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed and crafty day. 

Hugs~Bettina :) 


Stamp: Thankful & Grateful Oak by Unity Stamp Company
Inks: VersaMark, Tim Holtz: Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmelade
Papers: dark red cardstock; olive green cardstock; DCWV Naturals 12x12 paper stack; BoBunny 6x6 Autumn Song Collection
Embossing powder: copper
Misc supplies: ATG gun; Scott 3M foam tape; Tombo monomulti glue; variagated thread

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Paisley Has a Prezzie card

Hi again,

Bonus post & a video!!! Yay!

For this post I wanted to share the actual card I entered in Jamie's (Scrappin Stampers) monthly challenge (I talked about it in the previous post). It came out so cute.

The challenge was to make a fall or back to school card or project. The card was inspired by AmyR who is Prairie Paper & Ink on YouTube. She made these awesome cards on Kraft cardstock using white embossing or white stamping and coloring with colored pencils. I love that look and wanted to try it out for myself.  The stamp I used is Uptown girl Paisley has a Prezzie, by Stamping Bella, and her actual image shows her holding a present behind her back. Well, I wanted her to hold a pumpkin to really make it more fall themed.

I used my new Spectrum Noir colored pencils to color her in and then I used my Cricut Create a Critter cartridge (p. 70) to cut out the pumpkin from orange cardstock; it's cut at 0.75". To add details to the pumpkin I used a VersaMarker pen; it's like the pen version of the VersaMark sticky ink pad. With that pen I drew on the lines and used white embossing powder. For some shading I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and for even more detail I used a white gel pen.

For the "bow" I wanted to do something a little different. I found some orange organza ribbon in my stash and played with it by folding the ribbon back & forth on itself and fanning it out. When I liked how it looked I stapled it and hot-glued it behind the image like you see here.

Finally, I embossed the sentiment with a copper embossing powder and used the Wink of Stella pen (not the brush) to add some sparkle to the pumpkin and all the purple areas on the stamped image.

So, that is the card for today. I will post more soon since I'm working on more challenge entries.

I did promise a video so here it is. Hope you enjoy!

Talk to you again soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a blessed & crafty day!

Hugs~Bettina :)

Supplies used:
Stamps used: "Uptown Girl Paisley has a Prezzie" from Stamping Bella, "Greetings" by TPC Studio.
Spectrum Noir Markers: OR1, OR2, GB3
Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils (Essentials Set): 001, 039, 095
Inks: Versa Mark; Versa Marker;Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo; 
Gel Excel Reminisce white gel pen
Embossing Powder: Recollections Black Fine Detail, Recollections Detail Embossing Powder: Snow; copper embossing powder (probably Recollections)
Cricut Cartridge: Create a Critter (p. 70) for the pumpkin
Papers: Kraft cardstock from SSS card kit; BoBunny Autumn Song collection (6x6 paper pad)

Embellishments: orange organza ribbon from Michaels
Adhesives: Foam dots, Tombo Mono-Multi Glue, ATG tape, hot glue

Teacher Thank You card

Hi there,

I had wanted to have a crafty weekend but had so many mishaps that I was only able to make 2 cards. I still need to make 3 or 4 cards & other projects because I plan to enter several challenges going on (more on that in later posts, I think)

So here's one of the cards I made.

It's a flip card I made using my new Sizzix Square Flip-Its die set. In no time at all with this set of 12 dies you can make this type of card with all the layers. So fun!!! It's hard to see, but I actually embossed the sentiment; I feel like it stands out just a bit more that way. Next time I will try to use a lighter weight paper because I used a 110 lb paper here and find that it's hard to stay closed. Since it's my first time making this type of card and using this die set I'm not sure if it's supposed to be that way? 

The papers are by Mambi. The stack of books is actually a stamp by Unity Stamp Company and I colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, fussy cut it, and stuck it on with some foam tape.

I had intended to use it as an entry for Jamie at Scrappin Stampers. She has a monthly challenge on her Facebook page. However, I changed my mind and will just keep this card on hand. Never hurts to have a teacher thank you card handy, right?!  I will share my actual entry card to Jamie's challenge in another post instead. :)

I'll be back in a bit with more posts and a video tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed & crafty day!

Hugs~Bettina :)

Supplies used: 

Dies: Sizzix Cards-Square Flip-its #2 (559175)

Stamp: Itty Bitty by Unity: Struggle is Part of It; TPC Studio (sorry, not sure of the name of this stamp set. Had to throw out the packaging because it was a mess) but the set has several versions of "Thank You" and some speech bubble stamps. Hope that helps :) 

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; VersaFine Black Onyx

Papers: Recollections 110 lb white cardstock; Mambi Sheets 8x8 school pad

Embossing powder: Recollections Detail Black

Scott 3M foam tape, ATG gun

Spectrum Noir: TB4, TB5, JG1, JG4, GB3, GB4, DR3, DR6 

Inkadinkadoo embossing buddy

Monday, September 15, 2014

Make Magic Happen

Hi there,

Time for a Halloween card, I think. Been sick all last week but finally feeling better and ready to make something. Here's the card I created yesterday using my new Itty Bitty stamp by Unity called "Make Magic Happen".

When I got the stamp I knew I wanted to try some chunky embossing powder that I remembered I had in my stash. It's Recollections chunky embossing powder in Aged Black and it's got these wonderful gold specks mixed in. Here's a close up of the amzing texture you get. Looks like a metal pot! I LOVE it!!!

I also knew I wanted to use distress inks to try to create a glow coming from the pot as though there's something magical brewing. ;) Then I wanted it to fade into a purple/dark background. After I laid out the colors and blended them as much as I could I sprayed it with water and everything magically blended and all the splotches from my feeble attempts at blending disappeared.

I tried stamping the sentiment in Brilliance: Galaxy Gold but didn't like it because it didn't stand out at all. Since it was pigment ink, I used a sponge dauber and sponged over the sentiment in the same ink in a circular motion until the words blended in. This created a subtle shimmery cloud that seemed to be hovering over the pot. Then I used Memento Luxe: Wedding Dress ink to sponge around the edge of this "cloud" which created a subtle fog effect. Totally covered up my, err, mistakes. lol.  Then I embossed the sentiment onto the shimmery cloud with black embossing powder. Also colored in the spider and used purple, green, & pink Zazz glitter glue and stickles to add sparkle to the bubbly pot.

I cut the image to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" then sponged around the edges of the card with black soot and mounted the image on a purple mat that was cut ever so slightly larger (also sponged with black soot) and finally placed it on some background paper from the DCWV Spooky Time stack using some dimensional foam tape.

So, that's the card. It was so much fun to make and I absolutely LOVED using the chunky embossing powder.

Here's a video on how I made the card (once again not without technical difficulties-lol):

The list of supplies used is at the bottom of this post but I thought I'd try and take a snapshot of everything I used (if you're a visual person, like me) ;)

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed & crafty day.


Supplies used:

Stamp: Itty Bitty by Unity: Make Magic HappenInks: Tim Holtz distress inks: Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot

Other inks: Versamark, VersaFine Black Onyx, Brilliance: Galaxy Gold, Memento Luxe: Wedding DressEmbossing powder: Recollections detail black: ebony, Recollections chunky: aged black
Papers: white cardstock, Recollections: purple, black, DCWV The Spooky Time stack
Misc.: Zazz glitter glue in grape (purple), grass (green), & taffy (pink), Stickles by Ranger; Scott 3M foam tape, ATG gun

Spectrum Noir: GG4, GG5, True Black, Inkadinkadoo embossing buddy, stamp majig by Inkadinkadoo