My 5 Favorites Crafty Finds

I get asked all the time what I like and what I do not like. I hesitate to share what I do not like because it is strictly my preference and opinion. I do not want to give a product a bad rep simply because I do not vibe with it. However, I am more than happy to share with you what I do like and use often. These five things I use in my craft room on a daily basis.

1) Neenah White Cardstock

This should be a given right? I know most paper crafters know exactly what this is and have a stash of it that is dug into on a regular basis. However, some of you have no clue what it is and why it’s such a big deal. Isn’t cardstock all the same? It really is not. Neenah cardstock lends itself well to stamping, ink blending and alcohol markers. It makes a great cardbase and is universally known for it’s superior quality. Since I use it daily it is only fitting that this is the top of my list! I like to get it here along with all of my cardstock because the prices are excellent, shipping is cheaper than most, they get the order out fast and have excellent customer service. Plus they have a lot more things besides cardstock like ribbon, pens, envelopes etc.

2) Dream Drops

I have been a huge fan of Nuvo drops for years, but Dream Drops is an evolution of the traditional Dew Drops. It is dreamy to say the least! I use them on almost everything that comes across my craft table and I have them in every color. You can find them here.

3) Blending Domes

I have a confession to make. Ready? Oh boy! Please don’t throw things at your screen as you read it, but……I do not like blending brushes. There I said it. In fact, I rather loathe them. Remember how in the beginning of this post I said I would not say what I don’t like? Well, apparently I lied because I don’t like those brushes. I can not ever seem to get them clean and they don’t blend smooth for me. I do like these blending domes by Scrapbook.com though! They are cheaper than the brushes and can be used on any handle you have. You can just get the refill instead of the handle and the domes. What makes these so awesome is they are cheap enough that I can have one for each ink pad and they blend effortlessly because there are no hard edges like on other foam or sponge blenders. You can get them here.

4) Silicone Mat

This silicone mat is my best friend. It seriously has been a game changer with my videos because I can put it over my glass mat and it cuts the glare plus I can still see through it. It stays put and has been able to handle everything I have thrown on it. I have really struggled with finding a perfect craft mat. Either it can withstand everything, but slides around or it can’t withstand much and stays put. I would have never considered buying this mat either. In fact, I have passed over it several times because I thought it was just another craft mat. I even rolled my eyes up in my head because I thought it was just another product on an over saturated market of craft mats. Ranger sent it to me and I have been hooked ever since! If you are a YouTube Crafter or enjoys doing lives on any social media outlet you are going to want this mat! The price point on it is not bad either. I have paid far more for less superior mats. You can find it here.

5) Rinse Well

Do not let this cruddy picture fool you! Rinse Well is awesome. I like to dabble in paint, but constantly having to dump my water to get fresh can be annoying. Not to mention the times I have accidentally mistaken my paint water for my coffee. I keep this on my desk. It actually has dirty paint water in it now that I need to drain. There are little grooves on the bottom of the bowl that you can really scrub your brush on. Once the water is dirty you just push the little valve. It washes away the dirty water and fills the bowl with clean water. There also are some handy spots to dry brushes. I paint a lot and only need to change this out weekly. The link for it is here.

I hope you enjoyed these five picks. Tell me in the comment what your go to craft items are these days. I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Picture Changer

I discovered the Lawn Fawn Picture Changer Die cut about a year ago. When I purchased the die set and add on I also picked up a few Lawn Fawn Stamps to use with it. One set is not for the set, but it was so cute I just could not pass it up!

This sweet little Fortune Teller Tabby set is actually made for the spinner set.

To create the glass on the ball I covered it with a thin layer of Glossy Accents.

I used Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir markers to color in the image on Solar White Cardstock.

For the following two cards I used the Picture Changer Thin Cut and Shake Your Tail Feather’s Stamp.

I love the Peacock stamp set! There are so many things that it can be used for in addition to this kind of interactive card.

I created a nont-traditional Christmas card with this little gingerbread man — Oh Snap. I did not get my placement correct on the card. This is one of those times that I say “Oops! Oh well”, shrug my shoulders and move on. I will mail it to someone who won’t mind!

Here is a video on how to use these thin cuts along with Easter Before and After Stamps:

Here is another one using a Candy Corn Stamp Set:

Last, but not least, here is a video for all you Lawn Fawn Fans! I took the class at Creativation 2020 in which I learned how to create several cards with their new dies and saw the new products. I share them here:

I have had the pleasure of taking a couple Make and Take’s from Kelly — the Founder of Lawn Fawn. It truly is a pleasure! She is very personable and friendly. I am a Lawn Fan because of her. I like to support small businesses that are made of up genuinely good people — she is a great person!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Bug Deal Magic Iris Card

You are not going to believe this, but this card was super easy to make because I cheated.

I used the Magic Iris Die to create the interactive element of the card. You can see how here:

And here is another more in depth tutorial on how to put these types of cards together:

How did I cheat? I stamped the leaves from A Bug Deal Stamp Set on different shades of green cardstock (36 leaves were used to fill the outside ring of the Iris) and ran it through my Scan-n- Cut. I do not have the coordinating die for this stamp set, so I used my electronic cutter. The only thing I colored were the cute little critters.

The entire card came together in about 30 minutes! I still use my thin cut dies, but I must confess that with the Scan-n-Cut they are no longer a need. It is the best addition to my craft room I have made this decade!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

So Much COFFEE!!!!

I have had the sassiest coffee stamp set from Ink Road Stamps for about two years and never played with it until now. I like that it comes with sentiments and an option to swap out what each mug says. In addition there are quite a few options for coffee drinks. There is a mug, paper hot coffee cup and once for iced. These are the cards I created with this fun set!

The above cards were created with die cuts from Stamps of Life. Though I am not affiliated with them, they have some of my favorite die cuts for card making in the industry.

These two cards were created with one die cut set from Ink Road stamps on Rinea Foiled Paper that I used alcohol ink to create the background.

Please check out the video I created demonstrating how to color these sassy coffee drinks in here.

What’s your favorite coffee based drink? Tell me in the comments! I like straight up iced coffee with nothing in it. I am hardcore like that!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting

How to Fix Your Card When You Put the Card Front on the Wrong Side

I like to create my card bases all at once, so it is easy to just grab one and create when I am in the mood. Sometimes this results in my Watermark accidently ending up on the inside of the card. Instead of tossing the card or tearing it apart trying to save it there is a simple solution. This recently happened to me. I made this card:

Cute and Sassy, right? You can imagine the groan and slew of curse words I said when I opened it to see that my watermark was on the inside where my sentiment was to go.

The solution to this is really simple. In fact, I am kinda scared to share it with you because it is like “duh!” easy. Just take another piece of cardstock and adhere it over the side that has your watermark on it. Stamp the sentiment and no one will ever know that you messed up. Well, unless it is you getting a card from me. The only time I ever mat the inside of a card is when I mess up like this OR the card base is a dark color and I want a dark sentiment.

Make sure you watermark the back of your card before sending it off!

Here is a video tutorial on how to shade in the cute little coffee mug from Ink Road Stamps.

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What is your best card hack? Tell me in the comments! I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Add a Transparency to A Waterfall Card

Waterfall cards are a lot of fun, but sometimes I like to use die cuts on the piece that slides. This can be tricky because they tend to get stuck. I recently learned a trick through a Lawn Fawn class on how to make them slide easy and smoothly with dies cuts. A layer of transparency is the solution. Here is a video on how to do it: Video

Here is what the card looks like:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You Spin Me Round Round Round Right Round

…or something like that….I never claimed to get the lyrics right to a song, but chances are you know what song I am sing in my head (and now you are too — YOU ARE WELCOME!)

I have been creating a lot of interactive cards it seems as of late. My current obsession are spinners! People love to get them and are in awe that you made them. They are fun to make and super easy to create! Here are the ones I have recently made:

This sweet little tulip was the first spinner card I ever made. Lawn Fawn is where I learned how to make it. I took their class at Creativation 2020. Once I got home I remembered that I actually had a spinner die!

I made a slew of rainbow cards with Close to my Heart stamps. Here is how to do it!

A few months later I found this stamp and had to have it! I created this card with it:

Then Close to my Heart came out with an Around the Clock stamp and thin cut set that I just had to have. Not only can you make cards with it on it’s own that are super sweet, you can create spinner cards too! Here is how to do it.

This is how to create a card without the spinner aspect:

The possibilities for spinner cards is endless! Here is a list of supplies to help get you started on creating these interactive delights!

Card Front Spinner Die Cuts

Around The Clock Stamp and Thin Cuts

Fly By Greeting Stamps

Rainbow Wishes Stamp Set

Cut Cardstock

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

O-Fish-ally Awesome Cards

I am currently obsessed with this scene buider fish stamp. The best part is for this month, April 2020, it is only $5! Needless to say I snatched it up and created two interactive cards with it.

I had a been playing with spinner cards all week. I had an idea stuck in my head on creating a card with this set as a spinner — but a little different. I actually wanted to expose the majority of the circle that spins to create an illusion that the fish were swimming. To hide the brad that is needed to make it spin I added the sand castle. Now the fish are swimming around it.

For the second card I was inspired by a porthole and knew a shaker would be perfect! To see how both of these cards were created please watch this video tutorial I made for you.

Here is a list of all the products I used to make both of these cards:

April 2020 Stamp of the Month: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Card Front Spinner Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shaker Window and Confetti Maker Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Stitched Frame Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shaker Window and Foam Acetate: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shimmer Pens: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Liquid Glass: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Cut Cardstock: http://www.cutcardstock.com/betzgolden

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Unicorns, Magic and Rainbows Oh My!

Unicorns and Rainbows are still all the rage and they are not going anywhere anytime soon! Close to My Heart has an adorable stamp and die set featuring these magical creatures. The set is quite diverse and can be used for a multitude of projects. I created several cards with this set from cool backgrounds to shakers! Here is a fun video showing how you can create different backgrounds with re-inkers you have in your stash.

Shake It!

Do you have odds and ends of things that could be used as a shaker? Why not create a few shaker cards with them? I love how easy they are to make with these fabulous shaker sets. Nothing goes to waste! Even the inside can be used on other projects as pop dots.

Here are the cards I created:

I found the fun shiny paper in my stash. It is so magical! My local craft store carries it! Wouldn’t it be fun as mermaid scales too?

What is your unicorn? What makes you happy? Brings you joy? Let me know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Hosting a Launch Party!

Little Birdie Crafts is finally making it’s way to the USA and I had the privilege of lunching a party for them at my favorite local craft store. They sent yummy mixed media scrapbook supplies for a Baby Boy theme. My friend, Resa created an amazing diaper cake, banner and samples. The Paper Collage invited 20 crafters to play with the new line.

The ladies made sweet cards for foster families that recently had a baby boy added to their family. Here are a few of the many cards they created:

These ladies were pushed beyond their normal crafty limits. Most of them no longer had babies and are clean and simple card makers. They had a blast trying new mediums they have been intimidated by in the past AND creating for a great cause.

Little Birdie is a wonderful company based in India. They employ underprivileged women to create handmade flowers. These women earn fair wages to support their family. The products may look like things you have seen before, but they are unique. Little Birdie bridges scrapbooking and mixed media effortlessly. For example, their paper is a patterned mixed media substrate like none other. It can withstand lots of wet mediums and has gorgeous patterns that can stand alone. Go Check them out here and tell me which line is your favorite.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!