St Paddy Whimsical Gate Card

I have recently joined the Joy Clair Design Team and could not be more excited to be part of such an amazing company! If you are not familiar with Joy Clair check out their blog and website. The stamps they create are my perfect match. They have everything from Biblical stamps to sassy stamps! Here is my first post I did for their blog on creating a gate card:

The Lucky Charm stamp set is perfect to create a whimsical card for St Patrick’s Day! My favorite style is childlike and colorful. When I saw this stamp set the rainbow screamed to me that it needed to be a handle on a card. Using the gate fold I made this card:

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Directions:

To create this card you will need alcohol markers, fast drying waterproof ink, Nuvo Dew Drops, green cardstock, embossing ink and embossing powder.  

First determine the size of the card and score two lines to create a gate. This is a 4.25 by 5.5 card. It is scored at the 2 1/8 line, flipped and scored again. The inside measures 4.25.

Set the card base aside. Using embossing ink, stamp the clovers randomly on a piece of cardstock cut down .5 inches smaller on each side of card base. Heat set it and cut down the middle. Carefully attach to the front of the gate card.

For the rainbow, stamp the image with waterproof ink. Carefully color in the sections with puffy paint or dew drops. Modeling paste is a great way to make a cloud! Just tap it on making sure there are lots of rises and add a little glitter. Set aside to dry completely.

For the Leprechaun, shading him in with markers or colored pencils is the perfect touch. 

To assemble the card, attach the rainbow coming off the edge of one side of the gate. A button is a perfect accent! Ground the leprechaun on a piece of solid card stock with pop dots. Finish off the card with a few dots of Nuvo Drops. Don’t forget to add a sentiment!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

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Geo Metric Card Set

When I received this box I was drawn to the chipboard pieces. I had so much fun creating stained glass effects out of them that I wanted to make sure they got on cards. I have rainbow DecoFoil in my stash and knew it needed to go with the unicorn. The rest just kinda happened.

The January 2019 Hedgehog Hollow box has to be my favorite so far! As a mixed media artist I was a little intimidated by it at first. Everything in it was amazing, but I did not know how I would use all if it, but I did! Sometimes getting out of our comfort zone stretches our creative muscle. We grow as artist and end up creating amazing things. That is what happened with this card set.

I wanted to utilize the stencil in the box. To do so I created several backgrounds with DecoFoil Transfer gel. Transfer gel is easy to use, but it does require time to dry. Therefore, I create several backgrounds at once. My original thought was to create five cards, but I thought it would be fun to clean the palette knife I was using to lay the gel out on a piece of paper. The effect was stunning! Each card was foiled with a different color. I also wanted to use the embellishments I created through out the month. To see how I made them please check out these video tutorials:

Stain Glass Effect with Chipboard

3D Geometric Animal Shapes

Heart Card

Butterfly Card

Unicorn Card

Lion Card

Deer Card:

Owl Card

If you have not played with the January 2019 Hedgehog Hollow kit give it a go!

Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Bad Bad Girl Couture

A longtime favorite paper crafting subscription club on mine has recently changed directions and are discontinuing all their kits. I took advantage and purchased a few for 50% off. Bad Girls Couture created the edgiest vintage kits around. This is what I did with a couple of them.

For this page I used a stencil by Prima and Nuvo mouse to give it some texture. Layering was a big part of the success of it all. The little ribbon trim with gems was one of my favorite things included in the kit.

The same techniques were used to create this layout. The leaf is my favorite element on the page.

By incorporating simple techniques creating stunning pages is easy.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Layouts with Gears

Kiasercraft has come out with some amazing paper. One line that I am currently obsessed with is Factory 42. It is full of grungy gears. It is perfect for Father’s Day and manly birthday cards. Joann sells some a large variety of buttons. Recently I found gear buttons half off. Between the buttons and the paper line I was able to create three layouts.

The page came together in about 20 minutes. By layering the gears on top of each other along with the paper it creates depth and interest.

This page was a struggle to create. We went to Disneyland literally just to met superheros. I thought I lucked out when my daughter did not want to stand in long lines at the Happiest Place on Earth to meet the princesses when she was little. This must have been payback because we had to wait in long lines to meet these guys. The grungy gears provided the perfect substrate for teenagers and superheros.

I always struggle with Birthdays — especially grown up birthdays. There are very few lines that offer something other than cute for Birthdays. The clocks were the perfect accent to this grown up birthday page.

There are still a few sheets left of Factory 42 and lots of gear buttons. How would you use them?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Basketball Layouts

Normally I am not a fan of the themed paper lines with coordinating stickers, but sometimes I just have to get pages done. My oldest son plays basketball and a lot of photos have collected over the years. The pictures are pretty good and the diffidently need to be in the album. I picked up the Carta Bella Basketball online. I found basketball gems and foam stickers from Hobby Lobby and bought those. From my stash I pulled out my Nuvo drops. I made these:

Layering different pattern paper with the same color scheme and theme can really take a page from drab to fab!

Sticker usage needs to be strategic as to make sure it does not look like a sticker sneeze. Sometimes all it takes is just one.

By using gems and foam it keeps the page interesting. The Dew Drops pulled the entire layout together.

To create this page clustering the pictures in one corner and off setting it with the title in the other creates balance.

To mask a misplaced measurements stickers can be used.

Once again, careful placement of stickers is key to an eye pleasing page.

Sometimes paper packs are a crafter’s life safer! By incorporating a few simple strategies you can create some cute layouts.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!