This is an unusual year with the Coronavirus that is sweeping our world. I am so grateful that my children are teenagers and young adults. I enjoy their company and they don’t need constant supervision or entertainment. With all of that being said, we are aware that Easter may be different this year. It may just be the five of us around the table. However, we do still love our family and want to show them even if we can’t be with them right now. We all helped make cards to send out to our extended family over the course of the next few weeks. To keep teenagers interested I opted to create interactive cards using dies from Lawn Fawn.
Family Craft Night Prepping
To have a successful Family Craft night a little bit of prep work is beneficial. I die cut and stamped images for 20 cards (5 of us only needed to make 4 cards – 2 of each style). The stamp and die storage sleeves were perfect to organize each card kit. You could also use sandwich bags. The first card we create together and they do the next on their own. We repeat the process with each new interactive card.
Each card was signed by who created it and a note stating this was a family effort. It really makes receiving the cards extra special.
.Here are a few of the completed cards in the different phase of the card:
The Magic Picture Changer card was a fun one to create! You just need to run a powder pouch over it to help it slide smooth. Also, It is easier to stamp and color the image after you have die cut it. The video on how to create these cards is here:
Which Interactive card is your favorite? Please share!
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!
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.
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!