My 5 Favorites Crafty Finds

I get asked all the time what I like and what I do not like. I hesitate to share what I do not like because it is strictly my preference and opinion. I do not want to give a product a bad rep simply because I do not vibe with it. However, I am more than happy to share with you what I do like and use often. These five things I use in my craft room on a daily basis.

1) Neenah White Cardstock

This should be a given right? I know most paper crafters know exactly what this is and have a stash of it that is dug into on a regular basis. However, some of you have no clue what it is and why it’s such a big deal. Isn’t cardstock all the same? It really is not. Neenah cardstock lends itself well to stamping, ink blending and alcohol markers. It makes a great cardbase and is universally known for it’s superior quality. Since I use it daily it is only fitting that this is the top of my list! I like to get it here along with all of my cardstock because the prices are excellent, shipping is cheaper than most, they get the order out fast and have excellent customer service. Plus they have a lot more things besides cardstock like ribbon, pens, envelopes etc.

2) Dream Drops

I have been a huge fan of Nuvo drops for years, but Dream Drops is an evolution of the traditional Dew Drops. It is dreamy to say the least! I use them on almost everything that comes across my craft table and I have them in every color. You can find them here.

3) Blending Domes

I have a confession to make. Ready? Oh boy! Please don’t throw things at your screen as you read it, but……I do not like blending brushes. There I said it. In fact, I rather loathe them. Remember how in the beginning of this post I said I would not say what I don’t like? Well, apparently I lied because I don’t like those brushes. I can not ever seem to get them clean and they don’t blend smooth for me. I do like these blending domes by Scrapbook.com though! They are cheaper than the brushes and can be used on any handle you have. You can just get the refill instead of the handle and the domes. What makes these so awesome is they are cheap enough that I can have one for each ink pad and they blend effortlessly because there are no hard edges like on other foam or sponge blenders. You can get them here.

4) Silicone Mat

This silicone mat is my best friend. It seriously has been a game changer with my videos because I can put it over my glass mat and it cuts the glare plus I can still see through it. It stays put and has been able to handle everything I have thrown on it. I have really struggled with finding a perfect craft mat. Either it can withstand everything, but slides around or it can’t withstand much and stays put. I would have never considered buying this mat either. In fact, I have passed over it several times because I thought it was just another craft mat. I even rolled my eyes up in my head because I thought it was just another product on an over saturated market of craft mats. Ranger sent it to me and I have been hooked ever since! If you are a YouTube Crafter or enjoys doing lives on any social media outlet you are going to want this mat! The price point on it is not bad either. I have paid far more for less superior mats. You can find it here.

5) Rinse Well

Do not let this cruddy picture fool you! Rinse Well is awesome. I like to dabble in paint, but constantly having to dump my water to get fresh can be annoying. Not to mention the times I have accidentally mistaken my paint water for my coffee. I keep this on my desk. It actually has dirty paint water in it now that I need to drain. There are little grooves on the bottom of the bowl that you can really scrub your brush on. Once the water is dirty you just push the little valve. It washes away the dirty water and fills the bowl with clean water. There also are some handy spots to dry brushes. I paint a lot and only need to change this out weekly. The link for it is here.

I hope you enjoyed these five picks. Tell me in the comment what your go to craft items are these days. I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Bun Intended ATC Set

I have always had a thing for creating hair in art. I like to shade it, color it, high light it and glitter it up. That probably is why I am obsessed with these Bun images from Ink Road Stamps. So far there are four available.

I created two different kinds of backgrounds for these four ATCs. The first two are created with Colorburst.

The last two I created using Colorburst and alcohol ink on Rinea Foiled Paper. I don’t know what have me the idea to try these two mediums together — much less on Rinea foiled paper. I am glad I did because it turned out amazing!

I have a video tutorial on how to color in these images here. The cute little bows are actually wee little resin pieces from The Ink Road Stamps. I thought they were perfect as embellishments for the buns.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Fix Your Card When You Put the Card Front on the Wrong Side

I like to create my card bases all at once, so it is easy to just grab one and create when I am in the mood. Sometimes this results in my Watermark accidently ending up on the inside of the card. Instead of tossing the card or tearing it apart trying to save it there is a simple solution. This recently happened to me. I made this card:

Cute and Sassy, right? You can imagine the groan and slew of curse words I said when I opened it to see that my watermark was on the inside where my sentiment was to go.

The solution to this is really simple. In fact, I am kinda scared to share it with you because it is like “duh!” easy. Just take another piece of cardstock and adhere it over the side that has your watermark on it. Stamp the sentiment and no one will ever know that you messed up. Well, unless it is you getting a card from me. The only time I ever mat the inside of a card is when I mess up like this OR the card base is a dark color and I want a dark sentiment.

Make sure you watermark the back of your card before sending it off!

Here is a video tutorial on how to shade in the cute little coffee mug from Ink Road Stamps.

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What is your best card hack? Tell me in the comments! I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Add a Transparency to A Waterfall Card

Waterfall cards are a lot of fun, but sometimes I like to use die cuts on the piece that slides. This can be tricky because they tend to get stuck. I recently learned a trick through a Lawn Fawn class on how to make them slide easy and smoothly with dies cuts. A layer of transparency is the solution. Here is a video on how to do it: Video

Here is what the card looks like:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You Spin Me Round Round Round Right Round

…or something like that….I never claimed to get the lyrics right to a song, but chances are you know what song I am sing in my head (and now you are too — YOU ARE WELCOME!)

I have been creating a lot of interactive cards it seems as of late. My current obsession are spinners! People love to get them and are in awe that you made them. They are fun to make and super easy to create! Here are the ones I have recently made:

This sweet little tulip was the first spinner card I ever made. Lawn Fawn is where I learned how to make it. I took their class at Creativation 2020. Once I got home I remembered that I actually had a spinner die!

I made a slew of rainbow cards with Close to my Heart stamps. Here is how to do it!

A few months later I found this stamp and had to have it! I created this card with it:

Then Close to my Heart came out with an Around the Clock stamp and thin cut set that I just had to have. Not only can you make cards with it on it’s own that are super sweet, you can create spinner cards too! Here is how to do it.

This is how to create a card without the spinner aspect:

The possibilities for spinner cards is endless! Here is a list of supplies to help get you started on creating these interactive delights!

Card Front Spinner Die Cuts

Around The Clock Stamp and Thin Cuts

Fly By Greeting Stamps

Rainbow Wishes Stamp Set

Cut Cardstock

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!

Be A Shark!

Isn’t it wonderful when you can stretch your supplies? I am learning how to create art in my Bible. I enjoy using stamps, but once I use the set in my Bible it is a challenge to use it again. So, I have tried to pick at least two passages to use the same stamp set on. I also like to use the stamps outside of the Bible on other projects.

You Are Jawsome

I actually used two stamp sets for these projects.

Liquid Glass or Glossy Accents are perfect on bubbles to give them shine. I used glimmer mist on the back ground and watercolors on the images. To stamp archival ink was the best option because it is not water reactive. Baby Shark stamp set can be found here.

Little Duckies

I utilized the ducks in the set as well as the shower head to create an entirely different type of Bible Art page and card.

How do you stretch a stamp set?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Create a Landscape with Stamps

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.

Lavender Fields

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.

Tulip Fields

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!

Here is the video I created making this card:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Stretch a Bible Art Stamp Set

If I can’t use a product more than one way chances are I am just not going to keep it. That is one thing I like about stamps — they can be used a ton of different ways. Joy Clair has an extensive collection of Bible Art stamps that I adore. However, I like to use them in different ways as to get the most bang for my buck.

Rainbows

I always start first with the stamps in my Bible and then I create something else with the same set. For this set it was cards!

Something Patriotic

When I first saw this stamp set I did not think of the Armor of God like I should have. I thought of the Army, so I created a couple Patriotic Cards.

Not Really For the Bible

Than there are those sets that are not intended for Bible art. This particular set is probably the farthest thing most people would want to include in their Bible because it is tattoo art, but I like to create the unexpected. I decided on ATC cards for this set.

At the end of the day ALL things are used for His glory, so just pull out your Bible and start creating 🙂

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Art Foamies Round Up!

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!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!