Life is Short and the World is Wide

My new obsession is Ken Oliver’s Colorburst for Brutus Monroe. I used it to create the backdrop for the sweet little campers and sentiment for this card. I stamped three of the five trailers from the Road trip Brutus Monroe Stamp set, colored them in with Style-file markers, and cut them out on my Brother’s Scan N Cut. I layered my colorburst piece on white card stock and adhered to a black card base. I used pop dots to adhere the trailers. I stamped the sentiment with surface ink and layered it on a small colorburst strip. I finished it off with little acrylic bubbles.
You can find all of the supplies to create this card at Brutus Monroe. I am also on the blog today so pop over and say hi!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Sugar Skull Card

 I have a confession to make….though I am on who likes to push the limits in my art and I love edgy things, I have always steered clear of skulls. It is not like they offend me. I just struggle with the concept of them and making them pretty. However, living in the Southwest and participating in Day of the Dead and Cinco De Mayo I have grown to admire Sugar Skulls. I thought it was time that I used them in my art.

 I wanted to create something colorful, whimsical and pretty so I stuck with bright bold embellishments that I made with Rinea Foiled Paper

I found these Sugar Skull paper dolls to be gorgous and I had to use them from Calico Collage .

I upload a step by step how to on making this card here . Please go check it out and don’t forget to subscribe if you have not already done so!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Spring Flowers!

It is getting warm in the valley and the sun is shining everyday! Flowers are blooming and I thought it was time to bring a few indoor. Only thing is, I tend to have a black thumb. I also wanted to hang them on my wall. So, what is a gal to do? Make here own! 

 I have several of these awesome wood divider trays in my stash from Prima packaging. They held beautiful resin pieces! I decided they would make a perfect back drop for my flowers.

 Since I am using the beautiful shiny metallic foil paper by Rinea I decided to paint the trays black to really make the flowers pop!

 I used 527 by Beacon to adhere three trays together for the piece. I set it aside to dry as I made my flowers.

 Each flower will take almost one piece of Rinea foil paper. I used my Scan n Cut to cut the hearts needed to make the pedals of the flowers.

 Each flower used 1 heart measuring .5 inches, 2 hears measuring .75, inches, 3 hearts measuring 1 inch, 4 hearts measuring 1.25 inches and 5 hearts measuring 2 inches (though after I made the first one I realized it was to big, so I put the 2 inch hearts away for another day 😉

 Take a brad and place it on it’s back with the prongs up….

 Put a hole at the bottom of each heart. It is easy and fast to add a hole to each set of hearts.

 Place the hearts on the brad in order of size.

 Adhere the brad making sure none of the hearts can slip off.

 There are a few ways to create the pedals. You can roll them using a pencil.

 Make sure to separate out each heart to create the flower

 Keep rolling until all of your hearts are fashioned into a flower. You can see this flower in the picture above with the three trays adhered.

 Or, and this is my favorite way to make them, you can crumple each heart individually around the center….

 until you get a little ball….

 Slowly pull it apart……

 Until the center is revealed.

 I suggest the assorted pack for crafters to do this project if you want a lot of different color flowers! It  has ten gorgeous colors and metallics included. I also added a few embossed flowers just to mix it up.

 Once you are done you can leave it as is with the brads or you can pop another center into the flowers. I had these lovely flower resin pieces in my stash and decided they would be the perfect finishing touches to this piece.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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

Summer Paradise Planner

Hi Friends! I am super excited about the new and one of a kind planner kits that you can digitally download! I talked at great lengths with the owner of Calico Collage about what us planner gals would find useful. I am proud to present the “Summer Paradise Planner Kit”

This is not like your typical Etsy sticker planner kit. This is entirely different and amazing! I show you here . Please go check it out — you won’t be disappointed! 
Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting 
Betz

Summer Paradise Travel Journal

It is no secret that I love to travel! Infact, in the summer the kids and I are on the road for the month of July. It is hot here in the valley and I like to get out of the heat and see new places. With that being said, it takes a lot of planning and I need a place to keep information while on the road. I could store it in my phone, but I have had my phone crash or could not get service on the road. I prefer to have a hard copy and I like it to be pretty 🙂

Here is a video showing you how I set up my travel journal. I hope it gives you some ideas on how you can create one too and set out on an adventure!

Summer Paradise Travel Journal

Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Guest Designer For Brutus Monroe!

Hi Friends! I am super exited about April! Do you know why? I am guest designing for the awesome stamp company — BRUTUS MONROE! If you are not familiar with their products you have got to check them out here! First, head over to their  blog and see how I made this edgy postcardand fun card:

Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Bash Your Stash Week 1 April 2017

How many of us have a slew of things in our stash that we probably will never use? I know I do! So, for the month of April I thought it would be fun and beneficial to host a BASH YOUR STASH challenge! To learn more about the challenge and join along check out my video laying it all out for you here


The above is what I created for week one….well a sneak peak. You can find the full reveal and details in the video! I hope you play along and get that creative mojo going!

Until next time — Happy Crafting!

Betz

Spotted Pooch ATC Card

I made nine of these Crazy Dog ATC for a stamped image swap! I used Tim Holtz and my very favorite paper — Rinea !!!! 

I uploaded how to video on how to make this ATC! Check it out here and make sure you subscribe to my channel. I have a lot of great creative things coming to my YouTube and blog you won’t want to miss out on.

CRAZY DOG ATC TUTORIAL

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Shamrock Pot

With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up I knew I needed something for my table, so I created this:

The First thing I did was cut out shamrocks on my Scan and Cut 2 using a pattern already provided in the machine. You can see how I did it here: Cutting Shamrocks . I used the emerald green Rinea. You can find it here: Rinea Foil Paper

After I cut my shamrocks I selected three different embossing folders to add some texture and character.

 I ran them through my Cuttlebug and was pleased with the outcome!

 I punched three scalloped circles using the Embossed Gold by Rinea

 A pot of gold for me would contain things that are of most value. At the end of my rainbow my gold would be peace, love and strength. I knew that had to be the heart of each shamrock. I found my gold (these words) at Calico Collage and I punched them with my 1 inch circle punch and inked the edges.

  I applied Quick Grip by Beacon to hold it all together.

 I ran across these awesome straws at the new aquarium in town and I shamefully admit that I grabbed a handful of them for this project. I punched another scalloped circle on cardstock and adhered the straw to it.

 I then adhered it to the back of the shamrock.

 I painted a little pot I found at the craft store.

 I added crackle paint and rubbed a little distress ink over it to make it look more realistic.

 I finished it off my adding a row bling horseshoes, green and gold coins, and two sweet little butterflies that I cut out of purple Rinea and a punch I had in my stash.

Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz