Surf’s Up Dude!

I am taking a little break from all the awesome holiday crafting to share with you a new Simon Hurley Release from Ranger. He came out with a fun beach theme with one stamp set and one background stamp. Check out the video I did and see why I am obsessed with them.

In the video I created several backgrounds for five more cards. Here are the complete cards!

Surf’s Up!

I created “Surf’s Up!” on the video. I used Glossy Accents to make the glasses shine.

Hang Loose!

For the “Hang Loose” card I wanted to create a background that matched his red hair, so I opted for a sunset. To create it I used Distress Ink and splattered a little water on it. My original thought was not to have the surf board stand. I wanted him riding it, but it didn’t all fit on the card front. Once I stood it up an tucked it in the opening I loved it and wanted to repeat it in other cards.

Waving Hello!

“Waving Hello” was suppose to be a red head, but I had created the last one with that so I wanted something different. This one is probably my favorite dude out of all of them. One of my favorite things to create is hair and I adore his! Once again, the card could not really fit him on the surf board, so I had him hold it.

You Got This!

“You Got This” is a celebration of keeping it simple. I really wanted to just make a background with the background stamp on the card front. I appreciate how the girl really stands out on this.

Ride The Wave!

“Ride The Wave” was partially created in the video. Once again I wanted the background to be a sunset.

Seas The Day!

“Seas The Day” is the last card I created. To make him a little crazy in the water, I offset him on his board and gave him sunglasses.

These cards were a ton of fun to create! I love how they turned out and can’t wait to mail them after the holidays. You can get these stamp sets at the Ranger site and get 20% off with the code SIMON20.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Exploding Birthday Box

My daughter turned 16 over the summer and I knew that not just any card would do. She has a fantastic sarcastic personality and not a fan of bright colors. I had a fun exploding Box Die Set from Pink and Main that I wanted to use. I made the first one in a traditional fashion:

It turned out great and I had a blast making it, but it ended up better suited for one of her best friends. So, I ordered Fired Up! stamp set because she likes dragons!  I also picked up the Celebration Pack from Pink and Main and die cut out each piece twice.

 I adhered the edges:

 And added the panels:

 Making sure I kept the back one up and not folded down.

 I added the sentiment and a few gloss dots from Pink and Main to what would be the front of the box.

 Next I lined up the inside pieces so they touched each other to create even spacing.

 I got my poppers ready!

 And adhered them to the inside of the box.

 This was the final box!

 But it was to young for her. It was cute, but not perfect for her. So I thought outside of the box and created this:

Here is a great video I did on the entire process:

Here is where you can find all the Tim Holtz products used in the video.

It looks like three is the lucky number! It took that many attemps to get the perfect Birthday Box for her.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Hipster Birthday Cards

Have you ever been looking through your stash and discovered an awesome set of stamps that you did not even know you had? That recently happened to me. I stumbled upon my Tim Holtz Hipster stamp set and I was inspired to make a set of sarcastic cards!

 I colored the images in with Distress Markers and cut them out with my Scan N Cut. I set those aside and started on the base of my card. I used Distress Oxides  to create the backdrop. For the banner, I used Distressed ink on Stamping Paper and Watercolor Paper. I randomly stamped the Birthday Stamp Set and created two banner pieces using the Thin Fish Tail Banner Die Set . I inked all the edges and assembled the cards making sure to set each Hipster on pop dots for some added dimension. I finished off the card with Tonic Nuvo Drops . Here is a close up of each card:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Halloween Cards!

I had a little fun in my craft room. Okay…I had a lot of fun in my craft room creating some Halloween cards!

 For this one I used Distress Ink to create the background and splattered it with black ink. The witch is from Brutus Monroe as well as the circle die and markers I used to shade her face in. The sayings in this stamp set are to die for!

 For this card I stamped the image and cut it out along with the sentiments. I added pop dots and adhered it to a sheet of waxed paper. I finished it off with some black sequin. Once again, you can find the stamp set and paper at Brutus Monroe

This card I really had fun with! I wanted it to resemble a bloody spooky night. I die cut the circles, stamped them and embossed not only the sentiments, but the edges as well. I used Dylusions ink spray in Cherry pie on the sentiment. I colored in the scarecrow and background with markers. Before I adhered it to the card base I splattered it with white ink. I added a few scarlet bottle-cap sequins to finish it off. Supplies can be found Here .

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

When You Have Nothing Left to Give….Give Anyway

The last ten years I have been sick. I did not even know that I was sick because I was so used to not feeling good that I thought it was normal. In the summer of 2016 my general practitioner finally convinced me it was time to see a Hematologist. My blood work had come back for years with a high white blood cell count, but this time it had to be dealt with because it was far to high. It took about a year of medical testings and procedures to get answers and we still are not to the bottom of it. In that year I became hopeless and sad. I had to close down my kennel in which I bred Golden Retrievers and was unable to serve. I was doing everything to hold myself together and get better — after all I am a mom to three kids. While going for treatments and testings I met a lot of really sick people and it was through this experience and journey that I decided to donate my hair — the one physical feature that I treasured most.

It has taken me three months to document this journey, but it is a journey that is important to me. I want to share my layout with you and that journey to bring awareness to the organization I donated through that  provide children with hair loss at no charge to their families. In fact the name of it is “Children With Hair Loss”.

Now, before I share with you my journey I have to tell you that there are tears involved. I did cry as I walked through putting the layout together. I almost did not share it because I felt so silly crying over hair, but I know it is more than just my hair I am crying over. Please check out the day that I donated here: Children With Hair Loss and the aftermath as I put the video together here:When You Have Nothing Left….Give
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

Summer Paradise Card

Hi Friends! I am just having way to much fun with the Summer Paradise kit from Calico Collage . I just adore the pin ups and had to make a card with the scraps.

I did it off the cuff and it was FAST! Check it out here: Summer Paradise Card and make sure you subscribe to my channel and blog if you have not already done so 🙂 I have a lot of fun things coming up!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz