Heart Flower — Be Mine Valentine Hop

Hello friends! Today I am super excited about the hop because one of you can win a $40 gift card to CutCardStock. Now, let me tell you something….$40 can go along way in the store because the prices are rock bottom! The inventory is huge too with paper, stationary items and ribbon. In order to be entered for a chance to win you must comment at each stop along the hop or upload a project that includes product from CutCardStock.

Heart Flower

I made a flower from hearts created from one sheet of cardstock.

I used one sheet of paper from this pack:

First cut 3 small hearts ( I started mine at 2 inches), 4 medium hearts, and 5 large hearts.

Distress the edges…

Now ink them.

Place them on a brad from smallest to largest fanning them out with each placement.

Starting on the inside of the flower crumple each heart until you are left with what looks like a piece of trash.

To make the flower bloom simply peel back each heart. Pop a center if you want to complete it.

Hop List

Now it’s time to hop on to the next wonderful crafter. Make sure you leave a comment at each stop.

Blog Hop List

1) CutCardstock.blog – https://cutcardstock.blog/2020/02/07/be-mine-valentine-blog-hop/‎

2) Niki – https://www.tealkatsblog.com/cutcardstock-valentine-blog-hop/

3) Amber Rain – https://notableink.com/?p=6521

4) Betz – https://betzgolden.blog/?p=5121

5) Teri – https://terismailbox.blogspot.com/2020/02/be-mine-valentine-giveaway.html

6) Samantha – https://coykoicrafting.wordpress.com/…/…/my-punny-valentine/

7) Crystal – https://crystaljustus.blogspot.com/2020/01/cutcardstock-valentine-blog-hop.html

8) Heidi – https://bluescallopcreations.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/cutcardstock-be-mine,-valentine!-blog-hop/

Las Vegas Market

What is the Las Vegas Market?

I had the privilege of attending the Las Vegas Market Winter 2020 show. What is the Las Vegas Market? It is the world’s largest home decor, interior design, furniture and gift show in the industry held twice a year at the World Market in Las Vegas. There are three 16 story building full of show rooms showcasing the up and coming trends. The majority of these products are not available to the public right now, but they are what is going to be hot in 2020 – 2021. Here are a few pictures from the Las Vegas Market. To see all the pictures, full coverage as well as the companies these come from please follow my Instagram account.

Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with crafting. The trends we see in crafting are taken directly from what is hot in interior design. The crafting community is usually about a year or two behind what is being released in the interior design industry. This is a sneak peak of what will be hot in our industry in the near future.

Upcoming Trends for 2020

The 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue. I noticed that gold is being paired with blue instead of silver. In fact, I did not see much silver at all. A clean white palette will make a sharp comeback. Remember the days when having white walls was “out”? Well, white walls are back! The farmhouse style is changing too! Instead of silver and gray it is gold and black. Tribal pieces are not going to be seen much anywhere, but vibrant tropical will be everywhere. Pink Blush will be paired with Classic Blue a lot. The fabric I saw the most of was velvet and faux white fur. White furry chairs, benches and pillows are going to be big. The 1960’s couch and chairs seem to be making a comeback with a twist — scalloped edges. Fresh flowers full of color and greenery were everywhere! The southwest vibe was still present, but not center stage like is has been in 2017-2019. Surprisingly, unicorns, rainbows and sloths are still going to be around for awhile. I saw them everywhere! Snarky sassy humor is taking a center stage in stationary and gifts.

Bringing it Back to Crafting

I was inspired by the Market and wanted to bring it full circle into my craftroom. Therefore, I created this “Mood Board” type journal page to refer to over the next year.

Here are a few up close pictures:

I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to live creatively in your life!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

Let's Hear It For the Critters!

Close to My Heart came out with an adorable pet line last season. I normally do not purchase kits because I have a slew of products, but my pet paper supply is low. You don’t have to twist my arm to get me to make a purchase of cute whimsical brightly colored cats and dogs!

Krypto Layout

Sadly I only created one layout with the paper and stamp set because I do not have many non scrapped pictures of my boy!

Cards!

I was not done playing with this fun line yet, so I made some cards.

A lot of these were made with the stickers in the pack. I am not a sticker fan. In fact, I normally don’t like them. I think they are cheesy, but these worked great for this set! There is a childlike whimsy to this line and that is why the stickers work!

The cat cards were entirely made from the stickers in the kit. I bought the dog stamp set so I was able to utilize some of those on the following cards.

BUT!!!

These are my favorite pet cards I have ever made. Sadly, they are sympathy. I made them from my heart though and it is just a small thing I can send to someone that has had to lose their fur baby.

Close to My Heart still has the stamps and dies I used to create this last set of cards. You can find them here.

So, I want to know — dogs or cats? Do you have a preference?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Few of My Favorite Things in 2019!

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!

The List!

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!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

10 Things Beginner Runners Need

Crafter Gone Runner

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.

The List!

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%!

Puma Sunglasses

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.

My daughter and I at our first 5K!

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!

Socks!

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.

Wireless Earbuds

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.

Athletic Bottoms

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.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Art Foamies Round Up!

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!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas Layouts that Shine

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.

The blush matches perfectly with Prima’s Frank Garcia Santa Baby line. The gold is a great addition to anything for Christmas as seen on the layout above.

There are so many things I use this paper on in my craft room. It has become a staple! Here are a few more things you can do with it:

Do you know of any products you would like in your country?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!