While attending Creativation I did a walk through of the Stamper’s Village. I am a little hard to impress these days. I have been in the industry for over 30 years, seen it all (usually several times in different packaging) and have it if I love it. Therefore, when a stamp set knocks my socks off I have to get it. Hero Arts did just that with their new Heroscapes.
This was the stamp that I originally knew I had to have! The samples I saw in the Hero Arts booth were gorgeous. Naturally I played with it first and created these cards:
The first card I created was the traditional way using the stamps as they were intended. Then I wanted to do something a little different…
I went fall! What do you think? For the last card I created on a Facebook Live video and was inspired by the flowers in Texas and sunsets in Arizona.
I was not intending on buying two stamp sets, but the tulips reminded me so much of my time in Holland when I lived in Germany. It has ended up being my favorite!
The next card I created on YouTube showcasing how to use these types of stamps with a few tips!
If I can’t use a product more than one way chances are I am just not going to keep it. That is one thing I like about stamps — they can be used a ton of different ways. Joy Clair has an extensive collection of Bible Art stamps that I adore. However, I like to use them in different ways as to get the most bang for my buck.
I always start first with the stamps in my Bible and then I create something else with the same set. For this set it was cards!
When I first saw this stamp set I did not think of the Armor of God like I should have. I thought of the Army, so I created a couple Patriotic Cards.
Not Really For the Bible
Than there are those sets that are not intended for Bible art. This particular set is probably the farthest thing most people would want to include in their Bible because it is tattoo art, but I like to create the unexpected. I decided on ATC cards for this set.
At the end of the day ALL things are used for His glory, so just pull out your Bible and start creating 🙂
Thermoweb has blown my mind! They have come out with Transfer Gel Duo. It is a gel that allows you to foil without heat. It gets better. They came out with flock! I watched quietly as Rina K (Gina K‘s daughter) demoed her new Electro Pop line that has flock, glitter gel and ink. I then walked around the booth and saw the awesome samples created with the new line. I became instantly obsessed with it and asked if I could play with some to feature on my social media. They gave me a little of everything. I had so much fun creating cards with it!
What the Flock?
There are some things to keep in mind when working with the new Transfer Gel Duo line. It is super sticky, so take care when you are letting it dry and what it touches. You know it is dry and ready to be used when it is clear. It is easier to gel a batch of substrates and store them, than to do one at a time. Store them with a piece of wax paper between them as to avoid sticking together. Don’t throw out your scraps! Use them to create another substrate (see video above on how to do this).
Electro Pop Shine
This glitter gel is amazing! It is so BRIGHT — just the way I like it. The glitter is not super chunky, but it also is not real fine either. It is not runny either. It works best on stencils that are not fine detailed.
I am curious, are you more into flock, foil or glitter? Let me know in the comments!
Simon Hurley’s February 2020 release with Ranger is a lot of fun! Between the birds, dogs and nod to high school doodling I could not help but to create 25 samples and 5 videos. Then there is the ink! It is not only gorgeous and bright, but also blendable and easy to work with for a variety of techniques.
Don’t let the title fool you — no bleach is required. This technique can be used with just water. The results are awesome!
Here are the samples of this technique as promised in the video. The Bundle for this is here.
Tone on Tone
Super simple technique with stunning results.
The following samples I created as I was discovering this technique and playing with the new stamps. The bundle for these samples is here.
Pull Apart Backgrounds
Timber is a fun new background stamp in which you get to decide how many trees you want to create. You can have a forest or a single tree. Color them different or all the same. The possibilities for this stamp is endless! It pairs beautifully with the new bird set. The bundle for these samples is here.
Like I stated previously the new ink is full of possibilities.
Here are the sample cards I created while discovering all the amazing uses for this ink! The bundle used to create these samples can be found here.
I have to confess that when I saw the scene building stencil I was a little scared, but it ended up being my favorite! I also created my favorite card with it.
Here is my very favorite card:
Here are a few more samples created with the new stencils:
Now that you have seen all the new Simon Hurley line, which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments! I am torn between the Birds, Dogs and the scene builder stencil. What’s yours?
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!
Sadly I only created one layout with the paper and stamp set because I do not have many non scrapped pictures of my boy!
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.
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?
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.