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

Mother’s Day Card

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! This year I decided to make my Mom a card with a bunch of fun stuff from Brutus Monroe that just came out! First up creating a base using the Scratch background with the Lemon Zest Surface Ink.

 I also stamped the butterfly with the same stamp and ink

 I used the Detail ink in Raven to stamp these gorgeous roses from the Banner stamp set.

 I wanted to add some color so I dabbed Sage Surface Ink on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and grabbed my paint brush.

 I painted the leaves with it.

 I did the same thing again using the Rouge Surface Ink on the roses.

 As the roses dried I stamped the sentiment on two tags that I had made out of the tag die cuts with the Peg Alphabet.

 I used my Scan n Cut to cut the flowers and cut out the backing from pop dot packaging.

 I put the butterfly together.

 I then put it all together.

 This went off in the mail today! I mailed her a little gift too (she lives in another state) so I did not have to worry about smashing the butterfly into an envelope.

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

Enchanted Rose Coaster

I am going through this phase right now that includes dominoes, Brutus Monroe Surface Inks and background stamps. No Joke! It is hard to find a universal ink that does everything and can be used on anything. Add to that a big beautiful image and being able to use it all on an everyday item…or at least something that most homes have in a new way makes me a happy crafter! I created this:

It’s a coaster. A totally usable functional beautiful coaster. I’ m over on the Brutus Monroe Blog today in which I show you how to create this step by step. Check it out here: Brutus Monroe. I am even enabling because you can visit the store and pick up the stamp and inks. Sorry….not really….but don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉 For realz though! Head over and check it out! This is one of the coolest things I have come up with in my wee little brain in a long time.

Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Happy Planner Pregnancy Journal

Hi friends! I had an online friend ask me to make her a planner for her pregnancy. She is due in December and she wanted somewhere to keep notes, appointments and a few pictures. She really likes elephants and wanted it more of a grown up theme than a baby theme. I am all about that! I really appreciated that she was not doing the stereotypical type planner. She picked out the Mandala kit from Calico Collage and I had a few elephant prints in my stash. This is what I created for her using the downloadable kit and my stash:

To see the inside go here 🙂

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to use a planner and possibly a gift for someone special.

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!