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!

Elves for Preschoolers

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.

Elf Cards

How to Color An Elf

There are several different ways to color in the sweet elves. I decided to use the Tri Blend Spectrum Noir Markers in Tan, Dark Red, Green, and Fair Skin Tone. I like these because they are matched perfectly for flawless shading. It is like getting three alcohol markers in one for a fraction of the price.

Here is a video tutorial on how to use them and color in the elves:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

OH SNAP! Thanksgiving Card

Do you struggle with making Thanksgiving cards? I always have until I found this stamp set from Joy Clair. It totally has changed my Thanksgiving Card game.

Not only were these cards fun to make, by utilizing the same sketch I was able to use up a lot of my handmade and pattern paper.

Here are close ups of each of them:

Paper Details

The handmade paper I used on some of these cards were made on a geli press. Here is a video on how to do it:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

For this hop I have combined coffee and Christmas. I created two cards with Christmas Coffee and Ugly Sweater Background Builder Set. Confession: when I requested these stamps I did not realize how well they matched with each other. It was a happy surprise!

To create the base I stamped the background in different colors. I used a stamp platform on the mugs to for perfect alignment. I pop dotted them mugs on the card for dimension.

To finish off each card I added Nuvo Drops.

Hop List:

Now it is time to hop! Make sure you stop by all the blogs and leave them some love.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Lovely Legs

Have you heard of the Lovely Legs stamps? I saw them about a year ago and thought they were pretty cool. I hesitated purchasing any at that time because let’s face it, I need stamps like I need a hole in my head. A year later I see several sets that I just could not pass up. Here are two projects I made with two of those stamps.

Mama You’ve Got This

There is something beautiful about a woman breastfeeding that I adore. When I saw this stamp I had to have it. Of course I could not get away from my bright colors and shaded it accordingly.

Our Differences Are Beautiful Art Journal Page

I thought I would use this stamp first on a card, but it ended up in my art journal. I used the 6 by 6 Dina Wakeley Art Journal. I gessoed the pages first, layered on paper, adhered collage paper, painted some more and white gessoed an area for my stamped image. Once the gesso dried I stamped my image and water colored it in. I used the pages to clean my brush and put the title in the opposite corner

I have two other Lovely Legs stamps that I purchased that I will share soon!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!