Rainbow Bridge Cards

My first pet was a hamster named Cookie. I grew up in apartments and was limited on what kind of pet I could have. It was pretty much fish, small birds and rodents. I think Cookie escaped from his cage after a move and I never saw him again. As an adult I am a huge dog lover! In fact, I used to breed Golden Retrievers for service, mobility and pets. As a result I have two Golden Retrievers.

This past spring I had to put my first down. He was 14 years old when it was time to let him go. We have a local Children’s Hospital in which he served as a Gabriel’s Angel for just shy of a decade. I found this stamp set shortly after saying goodbye to him:

I know it is hard to see, so click through to see it on the Close to My Heart website!

Cards

I created four cards with this set:

The above are tri-fold cards. I did a LIVE tutorial on my channel in which I created the kitty.

The last two I created on Facebook under 20 minutes using the scraps from the tri-fold card. In conclusion, creating these cards helped me work through some of the grief I was struggling with the loss of my fur baby.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Spring Stroll Cards and Envelopes

I had a lot of fun creating for Joy Clair this month! This is my last design team project and really like how it turned out. The colors are some of my favorite. I was pleased with how well everything went together even though they were from a few different manufacturers.

Spring Stroll

The Spring Stroll stamp set lends itself well to card makers. Have you ever had wonderful pattern paper in your stash as well as coordinating goodies that you really wanted to play with, but did not have the project for them? That happened to me with a line I have had in my stash for about three years. The colors are dreamy and remind me of spring. I decided to create a six card set and matching envelopes. The corner floral stamp on this set is perfect tucked in opposite corners of a envelope. To save time I used the same items on each card, but got different looks with each of them because of the double sided paper. 

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The Cards

To add a layer of interest and depth I used corrugated paper in mint and foam sheets I found at the dollar tree in pink. To color the images in Marvy markers were the perfect choice! The bows are another favorite thing in my stash! They are easy to make with liquid adhesive and add that perfect finishing touch along with Crystal Drops.  

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For the first three cards I used the pattern paper to create my card bases. The inside I mounted a sentiment with a matte to make it pop. By using pattern paper as a card base it really jazzes up the card and allows you, the creator, to use up some of your stash. Why buy a card base when you can just use something from your stash to create one? 


To use up the scraps from the larger cards I created these standard A5 cards. By stamping the envelopes it really gave the set a special edge. Everything coordinates and is not perfectly matched. I do not like to make a set of the exact same card. I get board, but sometimes I want speed too, so I use the same items in different ways on each card. This allows me to stay inspired and creating a gorgeous card set! 


Have you created spring cards? Go through your stash and see what you can come up with instead of buying special paper. 

Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

Concord and 9th Turn About Stamping

I have been secretly lusting after the Turn About stamps by Concord and 9th. I need another stamp set like I need a hole in my head and have done a good job of holding off. Well, that is until I saw the new Bundle Up Stamp Set and coordinating dies! The sweet little girl faces had me, so I placed my order for them along with two Turn About Stamps. Though I adore my new stamps and have had so much fun playing with them there were two things that rubbed me wrong about them. First, the girls are not included with the coordinating die set! I had to fussy cut them out. I would have paid a few dollars more to get them. In fact, I may not have bought the dies had I known the girls were not in it. Secondly, the Turn About stamps were created for the Misti. I don’t have a Misti, but two other stamp platforms. I had to do some tweaking to get them to work, but finally figured it out. Now that I know how to use these on other platforms I will happily purchase more! For those of you that are interested in these stamps here is a video I created showing how to use these on other stamping platforms along with a few hints and tips.

Turn About Video

I used Rinea Foiled Paper  on each card and you can learn how to do that in the video as well!

This would be a perfect card for January!

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The little bird sits perfectly on her bun, but her part line is very high and I preferred the bird  covering it.

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It is so easy to make your card season just by switching up the ink colors!

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Over all I really enjoyed the new (to me) stamp sets! They can be used for so many different occasions. It is a good value!

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

October Afternoon Christmas Cards

Have you ever ordered a paper line that you did not see in real life and once you finally received it you were less than impressed? That recently happened to me. I found what I thought would be the perfect paper for Christmas. When it finally arrived I just did not like it. I mean it was okay, but it looked like a lot of stuff out there. Plus it was a lot of paper and sticker embellishments — not my thing at all. I did not pay much for it, so I was not upset that I was not in a hurry to use it. Then my husband called and asked if I had any extra cards. I told him I would make him a set. He needed them to give his employees for Christmas. I did not want to use my good stuff or take the time to make them because more than half would probably just end up in the trash (the gift card is the real gem for them). I knew this lime would be awesome for the task at hand. In two hours I created 16 cards. I am surprised to say that not only did I have a great time creating them, they are my favorite ones yet!

I had so much fun creating the cards that I made matching envelopes too. The truth is I just did not want to keep the stickers. I am happy to say that there is nothing left of the line and I got some pretty awesome cards out of it!

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To amp up the cards I inked the edges and pop dotted at least one element on each one. I am not a fan of the felt ribbon the kit came with so I cut it apart and used it as embellishments. The focal piece of each card was a die cut from the line as well. I did incorporate a few foam stickers I found at the dollar store as well as poinsettia buttons from my stash.  To finish each card off I added glitter dew drops and clear glaze from Tonic Studios Nuvo brand.

The next time you get something you are not thrilled with don’t discard it. Use it as an opportunity to play with no expectations. You may end up with some of your favorite projects!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!