Tips, Tricks and ideas for Using Digital Download Kits!

I am part of a Christmas swap with a crafty group. I have a few fun craft goodies for my partner, but I also wanted to include something handmade. So, I put together the pieces for a Christmas mini album that she can bind and finish off with her special holiday stories and pictures. My very favorite Christmas kit is Joyful Christmas ! I decided to make the pieces from that 🙂

I get a lot of questions about the printer I use. For a long time I thought the paper had more to do with the quality of the image, but after a fight with my printer I learned it really does come down to the printer. I ended up having to print this kit on three different types of paper and I show them in the following video with further explanation. I also get asked about how to make pockets and I show one type you can make in it too! Lastly, I make a card from the cover sheet that is fast and gorgeous. I hope you watch the video and get a lot of ideas! 

Here are the links to the things I covered in the video:
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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Autumn Pocket Card with Tags Using Digital Art

 I think that a lot of times digital art gets a bad rap because there are so many out there that do it poorly. However, I have found a company that does it well! Calico Collage provides beautiful downloads that follow copyright laws and print straight. There are gorgeous junk journal kits that you can have in your hands in a matter of minutes with little cost and the ability to use them over and over again. As some of you know I don’t have much in my stash that is traditional in style. I like to use digital art when I need something that is out of my comfort zone because it is easy to get my hands on and does not cost me an arm and leg for something I might only use a handful of times.

I downloaded the Autumn junk journal kit and created this traditional in style, yet unique style card with it. I love to take things and use them in ways they were not intended to be used for –including a junk journal kit. Why stop at just creating a journal when you can create a fun card?

 To make this card I printed up one of the pattern paper pages and the sheet that had the pocket and tags. I made the tags double sided and thought it would be fun to write my message on the front of the card instead of the inside. I used stamps from Hero Arts, a wood piece I inked orange and burlap flowers I got on sale at Hobby Lobby to finish it off. I added some orange gems to the sunflower just to leave my mark. I really could not keep this entirely traditional 😉

Here is the video tutorial I created for you showcasing how to make this particular pocket and card:
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Witches ATC Cards!

I am hosting a Halloween theme ATC swap. I found these beautiful images at Calico Collage and knew they would make the perfect base for my cards. I did not want to take away from the gorgeous images, so I used some coordinating embellishments from Lisa Kettell Designs Etsy store and some bling from my stash.

For this card I used a fun sugar skull and made a swirl of bling out of gems from my stash. I wanted to hide her bare chest as to not offend anyone in my group. If this was a piece of art that I could show first and then trade or for my own collection I would have left her bare.

 For this card I used a few different ink spays on the resin face. It started of white and I wanted to grunge it up a bit. I adhered some gems across the top making sure not to take away from the image.

 I sprayed the crescent moon a few different colors for this card. I them added a layer of swirling bling to it.

 For this card I altered the sweet little baby face into a creepy one with ink sprays. 

This card I used a laser cut wooden piece from a store on Etsy called Pork Chop. I laid her on two black swirly pieces.

This last one I added the crescent moon to and made sure to strategically place the bling as to hide her bare chest.






Here is a video of the process and more details. Enjoy!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Pocket Card with 2 ATC

Mermaids seem to be all the rage right now! I totally have jumped on the trend. Today I made this fun set of ATC cards using a digital download sheet from Calico Collage

I was able to make the set in about thirty minutes. I utilized my Scan-n-Cut to cut the images out. I put together a video for you here . Please check it out!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Finnabair Steampunk

In October of 2016 I attended a mixed media retreat. I learned how to do the Finnabair technique and made this box:

I was addicted to this new form of art that I had never ventured into before. I taught it to my daughter and for Christmas we made boxes like the above for the ladies and for her Grandpa a big letter for his man cave! 

 When I was designing for Beacon I made this canvas:

 I have not gotten much of an opportunity to use this technique until a recent ATC trade in which I had to alter playing cards. One of the themes was steampunk. I created this for the trade:

 When I made the above card I wanted it to be an “Alice in Wonderland” theme. So, I used three digital downloads from Calico Collage . I was so happy with the outcome that I sent the owner a picture of it. She liked it so much and asked if I had done a video tutorial on it. Sadly I had not, but I decided to go ahead and do one. This is the card I created in the tutorial:

There are a few things to keep in mind when doing this technique. First, use your leftovers! Don’t go out and buy things for it because you will go broke. This is a great way to use up your stash. The cool thing is you don’t have to just use medal. You can use anything. I mean ANYTHING. It all gets gessoed black so it does not even matter. Second, it takes some time because there are multiple steps that require drying. Third, use a light touch and dry brush technique to apply the metallic color. If you want to check out the video on how to do this please go HERE.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz

Unicorn Journal

As you know unicorns are all the rage right now. Starbucks even came out with a limited edition drink that actually sold out in ten hours at my local store. Sadly I did not get one, but I really only wanted it for the picture I would take of it and post on instagram…or maybe put in this journal:

I had a lot of fun creating this! I still am not sure what I am going to use it for, but it will find a use soon enough. Since it is a digital download I can reprint pieces I want as often as I need them. I am thinking a birthday card made from one of the gorgeous pages and even a gift card holder! I did a fun walk through of it so you can see the inside on my YouTube. You can check it out here

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Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Mod Podge Blog Hop

This might be my favorite project this year:

 I wanted to create a fun serving tray that I could carry two drinks on that would not only serve as something of function, but also a focal piece. I have no intention of serving food on it so I knew I could add some fibers on the inside of the tray to finish it off.

 I started off with dominoes that I found at Walmart, a tray I picked up at Joann’s, Beacon 527 adhesive, Cowgirl Digital from Calico Collage , Sparkle Mod Podge (because every Cowgirl can benefit from a little bling, right?), and Dishwasher Mod Podge.

 The first thing I did was adhere the digital download images to dominoes. I did not ink the edges, because those would not be seen in the tray. I also really liked the white! For this tray I needed 34 dominoes.

 Using Beacon 527 I laid the dominoes like tile on the tray making sure to mix up the pattern to create interest.

 I applied a medium coat of the sparkle Mod Podge first stirring well with my brush. It is important to stir and not shake it. I let this dry overnight.

 Since my intention is to use this as a serving tray with cold beverages I needed to make it waterproof. I will never run it through a dishwasher because it is medal and will rust. Plus, I wanted to use some fun burlap in it. The dishwasher Mod Podge is safe for a dishwasher which means it is waterproof so I finished off the project with it. I layered it on really thick making sure that it filled in the holes between the dominoes. I let this sit for 28 days.It takes that long to properly make sure it is cured. I then finished it off by adding burlap to the edges with the Beacon 527.

I am very happy with how it turned out! Not only can I serve drinks on it, I can also prop it up to display when not in use. 
Make sure to check out how other crafters used Mod Podge in their art!
Until Next time — Happy Crafting!
Betz

Fairy DIY Gift

I made a necklace, matching card and gift bag for a Fairy Fan. I thought I would share how I did it. This was a super easy thing to make using a digital download. I found mine at Calico Collage ! She has the best art I have ever seen and a huge selection. It was hard to pick which one I wanted to feature.

To see how I put it together I made a video tutorial for you. You can find it here

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Sugar Skull ATC

Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner! Every time I think about it or Day of the Dead which is November 2 I associate sugar skulls with them. I decided I wanted to make a spooky yet beautiful sugar skull ATC card. I download an ATC digital print sheet from Calico Collage and pulled out my Rinea Foiled Paper to make a shiny bright flower. I used vellum to give it a spooky appearance over the original digital art. I then used a permanent rubber cement technique to adhere the rest.

I uploaded a nice tutorial on the process here. Feel free to check it out!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

I like to take the kids on a trip over spring break. This year we could not be gone long so we decided on the Petrified Forrest. It ended up being one of the best trips EVER!

 The first stop on our trip was to see the Man Standing on the Corner in Winslow AZ

 Reaally the only good place to stop for lunch on the way to the Petrified Forrest was in Winslow and we stumbled upon this place which ended up being the highlight of the trip for me!

 I adored all the medal animals!

 Inside this hotel was an AMAZING art gallery that was open to the public. Though the pieces are political in nature I was mesmerized and could appreciated the beauty in it.

 Once we reached the Petrified Forrest we checked into our hotel. We decided on the Wigwam motel. Not only is it a historical mark, the Cozy Cone motel in the movie “Cars” is based off this place AND the historical cars that line the wigwams. These cars were not added after the movie. Disney based the characters off of these cars that have been here for decades. I also happen to be a sucker for old cars. In fact, my dream car is a 1956 baby blue white topped Chevy. I was in heaven!

 This was our Wigwam we stayed in. It was so much fun! The inside had two queen beds, a bathroom and a television. It was quite comfortable and the shower was pretty good!

 The next day we headed to the Petrified Forrest and we ran across the old Route 66 that was never paved.

 If you are ever on I40 and see these small wooden poles you are looking at the old Route 66!

 The first stop in the Park was the amazing Painted Desert.

 Finally we saw what we came for — the Petrified Forrest!

 The trip, though short, was so much fun! I created an album to document it all in. One or two pages in my family scrapbook just was not going to be enough room.

You can see the album and get more of the story here

The journaling kit I used is actually a digital download from Calico Collage  and check out Brutus Monroe for the awesome peg stamp alphabet and ink.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting