I must admit that as a crafter of over 3 decades it is challenging to find new products that blow me away. My 2019 list of My Favorite Things are not all new things to the craft industry. The items I have listed are currently my “go to” things this year. Most are new, but not all and there is one that might surprise you! Here is the direct links to each item. To see them up close, in action and more information please check out the video I created for you!
Rinse Well The most go to thing on my desk to clean my brushes!
Ultra Mod Podge This is a multi-purpose medium! It is a glue, sealer and can be used to paint pour. I like it because I can use it as traditional Mod Podge and get no brush stroke marks.
Dina Wakley Media Journal The paper in this little journal is amazing! It is super absorbent with wonderful texture and thickness.
Make Art Station I think it is the magnets that set this apart for me. They don’t pinch!
Simon Hurley Stamps Not only are these super cute, but they also can work with other sets in his line.
Archival Mini Ink Pads The best waterproof ink pads around and in the perfect size for my over crowded craft room (my real estate in my studio is super valuable!)
Dome Ink Blenders Not only do they leave no harsh lines I like them better than blender brushes. They are cheap and can be used with a multitude of handles.
Catherine Pooler Mini Ink Pads Once again the size is what gets me! Take the best colored ink around and put them in an easy to store container. You will want the refills for these!
Etchall Stencil Spray I like this better than the trending Pixi spray because I can actually find it and it’s not sold out. I have been using this for years!
Tri-Blend Markers I appreciate that this solves all my shading questions in one marker! No longer trying to match and buy three markers. Tri Blends take the guess work out of it.
I hope you enjoyed this year’s list! Now, I want to know…what are your favorites for 2019? Tell me in the comments!
In August of 2019 I decided that I wanted to change up my exercise routine and start running. The reason I decided to run is quite simple –I was told I can’t. I have hip dysplasia and was over weight — not a good combo for running. Well, I am that person in which when I am told I can’t do something I set off to do it. That is exactly what I did! I started to run and documented it along with my health and wellness journey on my Instagrm account, Scrappy Betz to hold myself accountable. A lot of people started following along and requested this article — What Beginner Runners Need.
Here are my ten tried and true must haves for running. This is not a sponsored post and everything (with the exception of the Sudio Ear Buds — which are the BEST) I purchased on my own. I stand behind this 110%!
I run in the sunny state of Arizona. Sunglasses are a staple in my car, wardrobe, purse and anywhere else I can stash them. I learned quickly that the glasses I wore everyday were not good for running. After researching different options I found these at Costco for $29! I love them and didn’t break the bank purchasing them.
A Cute Hat
A pony tail works and so does a thick sweat band, but I prefer a hat because it protects me from the sun and I don”t have to worry about my hair being cute. Tiny Trucker Co has my favorite hats!
A Little Motivation
I never realized how important self talk is when running. I love motivational quotes and images from this store. I am a closet comic book nerd, so I find a great deal of encouragement and joy when I see my magnet on my refrigerator everyday.
A Sassy Sweatshirt
I run in the morning and it is chilly, so a sweatshirt is a must. You could use any sweatshirt, but I love mine from SheShow because when I get to hot I tie it around my waste so the sass is on my butt! If you do order make sure you size one to two sizes larger than you think you wear. These run a little small.
A Sports Bra
The most terrifying running experience I have ever had was not on my run, but after trying to take off a sports bra! I thought I was going to strangle myself or rip a boob off. The ones that give me the best support and are easy to get off are by Under Armour. I take any padding out too! Otherwise it slips around and makes your boobs look weird.
A Good Pair of Running Shoes
This is probably the most important thing on the list — what you run in! I am embarrassed to say that when I first started running in August my shoes were over 15 years old. I was tripping and realized the soles were falling off the bottom. I went to my local run shop — Tortoise & Hare Footware . They watched me walk and scanned my foot for the perfect size and fit. I immediately started running better and my time improved. Plus, I was no longer sore. A good pair of running shoes is a must!
I did not discover the importance of socks until a few weeks ago. Occasionally, I would get blisters. Come to find out it was my sock that were the culprit. When I was shopping for running shoes for my daughter, the sales rep told us about SwiftWick socks. The store had a sale of by three get one free. They are a bit pricey, but I bought four pairs. They are amazing! It is important that you get the right size for your foot because they have compression in them and that needs to be in the right spot.
Anyone else have a hard time finding good earbuds? Sound quality, comfort and range are important to me. I really like Sudio! With its wireless design, minimalistic charging case, and microphones on both sides, Tolv is the perfect match for any adventure. The sophisticated earbuds hold 7 hours of battery life while the portable case offers 4 additional charges for an astounding 6 days of standby life. Tolv introduces a new graphene driver for intense and clear sound quality. It also features the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology compatible with IOS and Android, and up to 15 meters of range.
Nothing is more annoying than a crappy pair of athletic bottoms that itch an cause rashes. I have sensitive skin and most material that is skin tight leaves me a rashy itchy mess. I was watching the news one morning and RBX came on boasting about their amazing workout clothes at affordable prices. They were offering a great sale, so I ordered a pair. When they arrived I noticed they were not only buttery soft, but they fit great! Like my bum looks amazing in them. I promptly ordered more.
A Stamp Set
Last but not least, every crafty runner probably would love a runner stamp set. I really have no practical purpose for this other than I like it. I wanted it and I bought it. It is part of the Lovely Legs Line by Colorado Stamps.
Now Go Run!
I never imagined that I would end up enjoying running. I still am as slow as a turtle and have a long way to go, but I am loving every minute of it. My daughter has joined me in my 5K and my youngest is doing his first next month.
One of my favorite things to stamp with is Art Foamies! They can be used on a multitude of substrates from Fabric to paper and produce clear crisp images. Paint, ink and everything between can be used on them as well. Clean up is a breeze too! You just need a little soapy water.
Here are a few projects I have used them on.
Another great feature of Art Foamies is you don’t need a special block to stamp them. Rita Barakat has some really great ones! I love her Blooms and Cloud! Go check her website out for more great ideas!
In 1993 I moved to Germany as a college transfer student. In the market there was the most beautiful shiny paper. I thought it was wrapping paper, but it was expensive. I later learned that it was foiled paper used to make stars to decorate Christmas trees. Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the gorgeous foiled paper until 2017.
In 2017 I attended Creativation and met the owner of Rinea. The owner had lived in Germany and learned how to make them as a little girl. She had a hard time finding it in the United States when she moved back and set out to bring it to America. That is how Rinea was born! It is a small business specializing in foiled paper. Of course there is so much more that can be done with the paper besides making stars. One of my favorite things to do with the foiled paper is create delicate dies by running it through my cuddle bug.
The foiled paper is surprisingly durable while feeling fragile. There is paper center that is sandwich between two pieces of thin foil.
When creating dies with Rinea Foiled Paper it is best to do two at a time. By folding the paper in half it allows it to release easier from the die.
I created some pretty awesome textured backgrounds with stencils recently and wanted to use them, so I created three tags! To create the backgrounds I used Colorburst and modeling paste over a stencil. You can see how here:
After I die cut the tags I added my stamped Rita Barakat images to create these:
I used alcohol markers for the skin and hair. Here is how you can use copic markers to create skin tones and hair!
For each tag I added a little glitter and glitter drops to finish them off!
These tags were created for a swap! I am super happy with how they turned out!
My Mom is a preschool teacher and I offered to make all of her students’ families cards. I thought these elves were the sweetest! It took me about three hours to create 16 cards (4 of each design) because I used a card making workshop from Close to My Heart.