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!

Have You Tried Foil Paper?

I first discovered foiled paper while living in Germany. I thought it was over priced wrapping paper because it looked like it on rolls at the market. I soon learned that it is what they use to make the traditional German stars at Christmas to hang on their trees.

Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the paper and the tradition. That all changed at Creativation 2017 when I was introduced to the owners of Rinea Foiled Paper. After growing up in Germany making these stars with the nuns and moving back to the states, Diane (one of the owners) decided to bring the paper to America. I have been on the design team ever since meeting her in 2017! It is one of the only ones I serve on now because I am passionate about the paper and the history behind it.

Here are a few things I have created the last few months with the paper.

Resin Pendant

I used Mocha Starstruck as a base and poured resin that I had added alcohol ink to create this pendant.

Shakers

Rinea Foiled Paper is also wonderful as shaker bits! I like to take my scraps and use them inside shakers.

Delicate Floral Frames

Foiled paper is my favorite substrate to use with my delicate dies. The secret is to use two sheets. It allows the die to cut cleaner and not get stuck in the metal.

Fairy Tags

This is my favorite recent creations with Rinea Foiled Paper. I used Colorburst for the background and layered the fairies on top of the tags with a sentiment and gems. The delicate (and sometimes tiny wings) were perfect with Rinea by Poppy Stamps https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1465949&u=1740744&m=93612&urllink=&afftrack=.

A Few Videos

Finally, here are a few video tutorials I created for the Rinea channel.

If you have not played with this amazing substrate go check them out! There is also lots of great inspiration on their blog found through their website too!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Rinea Foiled Paper

A new player in the craft industry is Rinea Foiled Paper. I discovered this small business about three years ago and have been hooked ever sense! As a design team member I have played with this paper a lot. This year I have done videos for their channel and wanted to share a few with you.

Distress It with Alcohol Ink

This is my favorite substrate to use alcohol ink on. It creates the most amazing distressed look.

Make Flowers!

My favorite 3D embellishment to make with Rinea Foiled Paper are flowers!

Die Cut It!

Rinea Foiled Paper die cuts beautifully!

Ink It Up!

Lots of people don’t know you can ink on it too!

What is Your Favorite Way to Use Rinea Foiled Paper?

Or maybe I should ask, how would you use it? I hope you enjoyed this video round up of some of my favorite ways to use Rinea Foiled Paper.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Trifold Circle Card

Recently I got my hands on an amazing stamp set with a gorgeous cake as one of the images. I wanted to create a unique card instead of the Standard A2 size. So, I came up with this fun twist on a tri-fold card. I added a pop out type circle featuring the image.

I just love how when it is opened the image is shown, Such a fun card to give and make. Here is the video tutorial on how to create your own:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Stop Hounding Me Foxy!

Lawn Fawn has the best interactive dies on the market. Usually I can withstand the temptation to purchase them, but then the Magic Picture Changer came along and I just had to have it. The Magic Picture Changer allows the card holder to pull a tab and reveal a different image.

Cute little card, right? Then start pulling the tab…

To reveal another picture!

Tips and Tricks

There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a card with this die.

  1. Stamp the images after you die cut your pieces.
  2. Use a little powder on the pieces to ensure a smooth transition.
  3. The scored lines are to be folded and adhered to create a track for the card.
  4. Adhere the pieces by placing adhesive in the corners and not along the edges. This will allow everything to move freely while holding it together.
  5. Place the tab on last. This will not only serve as a cute way to tell the holder to pull it, but it also is a blocker. It will stop the inside piece from poking out of the bottom of the card.

Tutorial:

I created a tutorial on how to assemble these types of cards. It will provide clarity on the above tips.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Denim and Diamonds

I recently have started swapping pocket letters with a great group of online ladies. When I was asked to join the “Denim and Diamond” swap I did not hesitate. Once I realized what I signed up for I was a little scared. I kept thinking of cowgirls, but did not want to incorporate that into it. I then realized that I had an old pair of my daughter’s jeans that had bling on the leg. She wore them all the time when she was 6 (ten years ago) and I found them for her at Walmart for $6. I decided to use those as the base. I first cut them down to ATC size (2.5 by 3.5) and mod podged them with extreme glitter Mod Podge to a baseball card for stability. As they dried I added my signature stamp to the back of nine ATC blue cardstock cut bases. Once they were dry I attacked them to the blue cardstock. I inked up one of Rita Barakat’s stamps with white paint and stamped it in a random order on the denim. I decided on this particular stamp because the circles in the hair looked like places for bling. Once it dried I added gems and bling items from my stash and stuffed a baseball sleeve to create the pocket letter. It was missing something so I created a layered heart embellishment and a shabby chic flower from the leftover denim. I added a butterfly charm and attached it to the sleeve.

I never dreamed that my scraps (literally!) would create something beautiful. To make the two embellishments check out this video:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

BLOG HOP with Rita Barakat and Technique Junkies! NEW RELEASE!

 We are celebrating a new Illustrator at Technique Junkies Stamps.
We have 10 new stamps from Rita Bakarat in the Technique Junkies line! You can see all of the new stamps HERE.
If you’ve come from Geovana Smith’s blog you are in the right place. If not head to the Technique Junkies Blog for the start of the hop.
Make sure you comment on all the stops along the hop. One lucky person who comments will receive a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate! Comments will be open until Saturday May 19th and the winner will be announced May 20th on the Technique Junkies Blog.

I created these cards with the new Rita Barakat stamps through Technique Junkies:
Here is a video on how to use Copic Markers to shade in hair and skin:

And here are some close ups of the cards and tag!

Here are the links to the new stamps I used: Sweetie , Sassy Sue and Zoe AND a 10% off coupon for my readers!TJ10Betz 
I had so much fun creating these projects! My favorite style is bright and colorful. These stamps are perfect for adding a whimsical focal piece to any project. Please make sure you hop on through the blogs.
Now hop on over to Ceal Pritchett!
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Hop links (in order). Full list will be posted on the Technique Junkies blog
Rita Barakat http://RitaBarakat.com
Stephanie Eatonhttp://inkedartist.com/
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Links to new stamps (links will be live before the hop time)
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Far East Paper Bag Junk Journal

My daughter is taking Honors History this year. One of her assignments is to do a report on an Asian country’s history. Since she is in honors she gets a little bit more freedom with how to present the report. She has decided to present it in this paper bag journal I created. Her teacher gave her permission to use it knowing that I created it. My daughter is super excited to use do the report. I created a video for you on how it came together and a few tips on how to make one.

The Junk Journal kit is from Calico Collage
The paper trimmer is from Cutter Pillar . Make sure to use the coupon code: BETZ20 for 20% off your entire order.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!