DCC Petal Paper Paper HOP!

Welcome to the DCC Blog hop featuring an awesome new paper stack from DCWV. Please make sure you check out the DCC blog for the complete list of designers participating in this hop as well as the next stop along the way at the end of this post. You can find Petal Paper at Joann’s. They also have an instragram account that you can check out too. You can find it here!

DCWV has a new paper created specifically for making flowers — Petal Paper. DCWV has been a long-time producer of the stack– a set of coordinated papers. Stacks have been made in so many themes and colors over the years. Happy members of the American Crafts family of products, they continue their pursuit of serving the consumer and their crafty needs with new paper stacks releasing several times a year in updated themes and colors. You can find them online and in a variety of craft stores. At first glance it looks like fragile crepe paper, but its not. It’s very cool and I can’t wait to share with you two home decor pieces with you.

Rolled Flowers

I experimented with a couple different kinds of flowers that I have made in the past with felt, card stock and foiled paper. My favorite small flower to make with Petal Paper is rolled flowers!

I placed each flower in a jar that once had a candle in it. I up-cycled a candle votive to finish of the decor piece. Here is the tutorial on how to create it:

HUGE Flower

Another one of my favorite kinds of flowers to make is made with hearts! I made a small one with the paper and thought it was cute, but then it dawned on me that similiar flowers were being sold on Etsy for $45-$60 for one big one. So, I created a HUGE flower that is so easy to make!

This flower is 22 inches! It would be perfect on a wall as a back drop or as a center piece for a table. You could easily make two flowers per paper stack! The best part is it comes together fast and only requires scissors and glue. Check out this tutorial on how to create one:

What’s Next?

Please leave a comment on my post telling me know which flower you like better — the rolled one or the huge one. I like them both and can’t pick a favorite. Would you consider subscribing to my blog? I switched platforms a year ago and have not gotten all of my subscribers over here. I would truly appreciate having you on my crafty journey! Your next stop is:


Designer Connection Crafts

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Pearls and White — A Cut Cardstock Hop!

I am super excited to be joining in the amazing Cut Cardstock Hop. I hope you find my creation inspiring and useful. Before I share with you my project let’s go over the amazing prize for this hop and how you can win it. Up for grabs is a $40 gift card to Cut Cardstock! All you have to do is stop at each creator’s blog, check out their project and leave a comment or upload a project that includes Cut Cardstock products. That’s it! How awesome is that?

I created a goodie bag and matching candle base for a reception table.

These table settings came together in under 45 minutes with the help of a Mandalay die from Brutus Monroe and similar bag die from Tonic Studios. I used Vellum and Shimmery Black Metallic cardstock on both pieces. To adhere the vellum to the cardstock I used adhesive sheets. These worked wonderfully with the vellum! All you need to do is lay the vellum on the adhesive sheet on one of the sticky sides and run it through your die cut machine. I ran my vellum through with each die three times to make sure it cut all the way. Simply peel the vellum off to reveal the adhesive and place on the cardstock.

Liquid adhesive is the best option when assembling the gift bags. Place the vellum piece first on the bag before it is put together. Once the vellum piece is in place, the bag can be put together.

For the candle I die cut the same image on both the cardstock and vellum. I simply layered them by offsetting the vellum on top so the gorgeous shiny black could be seen.

This tablescape would be perfect for an elegant evening reception (black and white is classic) or a bridal shower.

Now it is your turn to hop on through to Judy’s blog. Also, make sure you check out CutCardStock for more inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog before you leave. What is your favorite wedding color scheme? Please consider following my blog too! I switched platforms and have not gained back all my followers, so I feel like I am at ground zero again when really I have been doing this for twenty years.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Left Overs

As I previously stated in another post, I had the pleasure of being a guest educator for the Clique Kits this month. I created a mini album featuring my bout with depression. I taught how to use a gel press plate to create background pages as well as different ways to use gelatos and foam stamps. I was sent a ton of beautiful paper that did not make it’s way into the mini album I created. So I made the following layouts with the paper as well as the odds and ends of what I had left.

To create this page I fussy cut and tore a few of the collage pages I was sent. After I adhered them to the 12 by 12 page, I outlined them and added some dots along the edges. I used a rainbow foam stamp with some gelatos to create the corners of the page and topped it off with a sweet layering butterfly stamp.

A combination of mixed media techniques were used to create the above pages. I love to splat paint in layers. Starting with a blank 12 by 12 paper that will be the base of the layout splat one paint color. Adhere pattern paper on top of the base and splat another color of paint. Finally, add the mats for your images and splat with another paint color. By layering the paint splats you create great texture without a bunch of bulk which can make it challenging to store.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

O-Fish-ally Awesome Cards

I am currently obsessed with this scene buider fish stamp. The best part is for this month, April 2020, it is only $5! Needless to say I snatched it up and created two interactive cards with it.

I had a been playing with spinner cards all week. I had an idea stuck in my head on creating a card with this set as a spinner — but a little different. I actually wanted to expose the majority of the circle that spins to create an illusion that the fish were swimming. To hide the brad that is needed to make it spin I added the sand castle. Now the fish are swimming around it.

For the second card I was inspired by a porthole and knew a shaker would be perfect! To see how both of these cards were created please watch this video tutorial I made for you.

Here is a list of all the products I used to make both of these cards:

April 2020 Stamp of the Month: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Card Front Spinner Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shaker Window and Confetti Maker Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Stitched Frame Die Cuts: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shaker Window and Foam Acetate: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Shimmer Pens: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Liquid Glass: https://betzgolden.closetomyheart.com…

Cut Cardstock: http://www.cutcardstock.com/betzgolden

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Out Run The Darkness — The Struggle is Real

Baby Blues Out of Control

I am going to address a hard topic. Something a lot of society steps away from because there is a lot of fear and shame associated with it. Depression. Yep, I said it — depression. I did not even know I really had it until I started to come out of it. In 2004 when I had my last baby I got the “Baby Blues” in a bad way. I did not see a doctor about it because I had three little ones under the age of four and we were in the middle of a move. I just did not have the time to deal with it. I became accustom to dealing with it. The months I spent napping when my kids napped turned into years of wanting to sleep all the time. I thought it was normal — aren’t most Moms exhausted all the time even after their child is sleeping through the night?

Fast Forward 8 Years

In 2012 or so my blood work came back bad. So, I blamed my lack of energy, not wanting to be around people and general soreness on my health. I was diagnosed in 2017 with Celiac Disease. That did contribute to most of my symptoms. However, that underlying low energy and just wanting to be alone did not go away. In 2018, when my oldest started his senior year I hit rock bottom. Not only was I sad, I also did not even know what my purpose in life was now that my kids were turning into young adults.

On the outside I faked it well. I always appeared to be looking on the bright side. In fact, I was accused of being an optimist to the extreme that people thought I was unrealistic and never had a bad day in my life. If they only knew the truth was I was trying not to fall apart. I was scared that if I let on that I was miserable and sad I would crumble and be judged.

Time To Get Better

Finally in January of 2019 I decided I did not want to feel bad anymore and I started working out. I lost 29 pounds pretty much off the bat, but I was not doing it for that — I was sticking to it because I was not feeling bad emotionally. Eventually I hit a stand still with the weight loss and decided to see a trainer. My daughter was the receptionist at a local semi private gym and was working out with a fantastic lady who shed 185 pounds. She really helped my daughter deal with the stresses of high school. I knew that if there was anyone I wanted to train me it was her.

That was the best decision I have ever made regarding self care. Not only was I feeling better about myself I actually wanted to go to the gym — not necessarily to work out, but because I liked the people. I wanted to be around people for the first time in over 15 year.

I took up running in October of 2019 as another way to get my cardio in. That’s when I finally kicked depression’s ass! Don’t get me wrong — I hated running at first. I also did not just start off running. It was a gradual growth. Pretty soon I recognized that I felt really good after I ran. Next thing I knew I was able to run a mile without stopping. Three months into it I started to like it. I looked forward to my run days. I signed up for my first 5K and have been running them about once a month.

It’s Time….

I worked in collaboration with Clique Kits for April 2020 in which I put together a mini album documenting my struggle with depression and loss of 65 pounds (so far). Here is what I used to create the album:

Here is what I created with the Clique Kit:

I divided the album up into four sections. The first section is the “Before” section. I briefly discuss what lead me to the point of finally realizing I had an issue.

The next session is about the journey I took to get out of depression. My journey is far from over. It is something I will be on for the rest of my life. I really feel like this is my life long battle, so I left extra pages to fill up as I continue to grow and change.

Naturally since I took up running I have a section for the 5Ks (maybe marathons someday) I complete.

Thrive is the last section of the album. This is a lifetime process for me. I am never really going to have an end to it. I will reach milestones along the way and learn how to thrive. Therefore creating a section celebrating that was needed. Right now it is blank because I am still waiting on pictures to be delievered, but also because I have so much more work to do and document in this section.

To see a complete walk through of the album check out my video here. You can also find links to everything I used to make your own album like mine.

Finally, here are the videos I created to make this album.

In Conclusion

I want to thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you. If you struggle with depression please understand that you are not alone and there is nothing to be ashamed of. I would like to encourage you to seek outside help. Go talk to a counselor and don’t try to beat it on your own. There is no shame in it and if you need medication that is OK! We treat broken arms with casts and pills to help deal with the pain, right? Same holds true for mental health issues!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Little Birdie HOP!

I am stoked about today’s hop! Make sure you visit Designer Crafts after you read this post for the hop list. It combines my first love (scrapbooking) with mixed media. This fabulous line truly bridges the gap between paper crafting and mixed media. Here is what Little Birdie sent me for this hop and their Grand Launch in the USA!

It’s All About the Birds!

What could be better than celebrating the Grand Launch of Little Birdie than to create layouts featuring birds? My son has wanted a bird for several years. For his Birthday we finally got him one –Ari. She is a sweet little thing that has captured out hearts.

The Mixed Media paste can be used two ways. You can use it as a modeling paste (which I did in this layout) and/or gesso by adding water. To create this type of background use the paste over a stencil. Once it dries mist it. If the mist is to vibrant add a light layer of water before the mist dries.

I finished off the layout by adding a little water to the paste and flicked it on the page.

For this layout I used the paste as gesso by adding water and then applying it with a paint brush. Once it dried I applied layers of the Color wash making sure each dried between layers.

The paper pack came with a fussy cut sheet. I ran mine through a Scan N Cut. This made it really easy to add to layouts with the hard work done This sweet blue bird is from the fussy cut sheets.

This was my final layout I created with the Woodland Series and it is my favorite. I utilized the images I cut on my Scan N Cut in several spots on this layout. My favorite was tucking the birds into the flowers.

A Little Bitty Art

Have you ever had an art itch? Something that you just had to create because you could not stop thinking about it? When I saw the little journaling cards and twine I had to create a sweet little ATC.

Background Creation

I have created a video showing how to create these backgrounds. I demonstrate how to use the Mixed Media Paste through a stencil, how to use it as gesso, color washing and adding layers.

Time to Hop

Now comes the fun part — hopping! Leave a comment on my blog sharing with me your favorite product from The Little Birdie. Once you leave your comment please hop on through the following designers’ blogs. Little Birdie mailed each of us a different kit, so you are going to see new stuff and ideas at each stop!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Harry Potter and Magical Spells!

Since it is almost Halloween I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few layouts I made to document our time in World of Wizards (Universal Studios). We went on vacation in the summer of 2019 and spent a day with Harry Potter and all things magical.

The paper line I used for these layouts is by Photoplay. I adore the design, but do not like that it is glossy. If I was not desperate for it, I probably would have not bought it just because it was glossy.

The conductor at Platform 9 3/4 was amazing!

This picture of my son is my favorite! He looks so much like a wizard and was smiling. It is hard to get a teenager to smile sometimes 🙂

My favorite part of the park is the Butterbeer. I liked it so much that I had to make some at home!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Home Spun Christmas Card

The sweet little icons on the Christmas stamp set from the CTMH bundle I have been working out of are so cute, but nothing to me is more iconic than Christmas trees.

How to Make It

Select two different shades of green and stamp the trees alternating between the two. Use kraft paper as your base to give it that home spun feel. Bazzil dot card stock is a wonderful card front that compliments the images. Use a circle that you die cut from the card front for the sentiment. Simply swipe your lighter ink over it and stamp it with the darker. To finish the card add a few Nuvo Drops.

To add a little more dimension use pop dots to adhere the card front to the base.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

May 2019 All Day Crop!

May 2019 I attended my first all day crop at The Paper Collage! I have not attended a crop in years and never a local one. At this point in my life getting away for a day is easier because my kids are older. I also am craving more adult contact! Add that to the fact that even though I am a scrapbooker at heart I do not do it as much as I like. I plan on attending these monthly because it is a good excuse to do what I love – scrap and talk!

Adventure is Out There

For spring break my daughter and I toured universities. This is a two page layout created with Close to My Heart kit. Though I am not a fan of premade pages I do like this one because I got the entire week on a two page spread! I struggle with two page spreads.

Sweet!

I did not discover these pictures until I was at the crop and had nothing on me that matched. So, I did what every crafter does and went into the store and bought coordinating product! The little red and black embellishments are found objects. The Paper Collage carries a lot of items not intended for paper crafting, but can be used for it.

Banquet 2019

I can’t believe this was the last Basketball Banquet because my son is graduating. The pictures are tiny, so I played on white space and utilized the bottom portion of the page.

Junior Prom

For these pages I used the Happily Ever After Sleeping Beauty Inspired kit. I thought they were just perfect with my daughter’s pink dress. I added a littler Blush Rinea Foiled Paper. Layering and pop dots are key to using these kits because they are beautifully busy.

Ironically I spent more time chatting than crafting and would not change a thing! I can not wait until June’s crop! The theme is mermaids!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How To Use a Cut File With a Scan N Cut

Yesterday I was on the Joy Clair website sharing how to use a cut file with a Scan N Cut. I know there is a way to directly link the file into my machine, but I am techno challenge and don’t have the patience or desire to figure it out. This is for all of you that, like me, want to stay in our comfort zone while crafting!

Betz Golden is going to show us how we can use Cut Files with a Scan N Cut using a file from the Cutting Cafe! With the end of the school year fast approaching, this is a great project for a teacher. 

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For each of these cards I used scraps from my stash and buttons I had purchased on sale at Joann’s that I forgot I had. To create the cards, I downloaded the cut fie from The Cutting Cafe and printed it. I scanned the printed copy into my Scan-n Cut and saved it. I used the saved file to cut the elements of each of the cards and assembled. Here is the tutorial:

I also included the list of supplies in the video description for your convenience as well as here:

These cards were a lot of fun! Adding the glaze to each coffee cup really set it off. 

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden