Be You Card (DCC Hop Featuring Rinea)

I am super excited about today because it is the wonderful Rinea hop with my designer friends from the Designer Craft Connection Blog. This hop is personal because I am not only a design team member on the Rinea team, it also it the company that pulled me back into the industry. The designers in this hop are some of the best in the industry and I actually know a few of them in real life! Needless to say, this hop is special to me.

What is Rinea Foiled Paper?

Rinea Foiled Paper founder grew up in Germany in which she learned how to make a traditional German star using foiled paper. Upon returning to the United States she had a hard time finding the correct paper to pass on the tradition to her family, so she decided to find a manufacturer and bring it here. The name is the first two letters of her children followed by the initial of their last name. Since bringing it to the United States the company has grown into carrying many colors, sizes and tools that can be used with the foiled paper.

My Project

One of the things I am most impressed about Rinea Foiled Paper is how well it cuts delicate dies! For this card I die cute the butterfly and the mandala. I like to die cut two at a time. By cutting it in pairs it allows all the little bits to release from the die easier. I used the Starstruck in Blush to matte the focal point. To distress it I crumpled it up, ran some ink over it and flattened it out. I really like how it flattens back out while keeping the crumpled look. For the dog I cut the hat and cape out of Starstruck Lavender.

I like to mix the foiled paper with regular cardstock on projects otherwise the shine can be overwhelming. By using the foiled paper in place of cardstock in areas it really takes your project to another level.

Make sure you check out the other wonderful blogs for more inspiration. Also subscribe to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog (and mine too! 🙂 )

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Mail Art with Gel Press and Art Foamies

I have a pretty good relationship with my mailman. He drops packages off about three times a week. Since I work from home I am usually at home and answer the door. He often will wait for me to answer and we will strike up a conversation. It was during one of these chats that he told me postal workers love to see envelopes decked out in art! Ever since I have been stamping, painting, and drawing on my envelopes.

One of my favorite techniques is using the gel press with paint and a Rita Barakat art foamie stamp. To keep a nice clean area for the address I use washi tape to mask off the spot to write. I use three strips of the standard size tape.

I created this particular envelope for a card I made that I will be sharing at the end of the month. So make sure you subscribe and don’t miss out! I am going to mail this to one of you with the card 😉

Here is how to create mail art . Make sure you check it out because it is a great tutorial!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

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

Three December Dreams Layouts

I recently have signed up for a subscription box with the focus on memory keeping. My first crafty love was scrap booking. I was doing it long before it was a fad. When I got into the art industry I was advised to do more with my planner and mixed media. Those are both enjoyable, but I really miss creating layouts for our family album. Three years ago I was completely caught up in my albums and now I am so very far behind. I have wanted to get back to it and share the paper crafting part of me, but I keep hearing the friendly advice “Just let it go. That is not where it is at for you.” I finally had to ask myself why I was holding myself to someone else’s expectation regarding my hobby and work?

I finally decided to go ahead and plunge back into memory making. Right now my goal is to get caught up. I want things to be pretty of course, but I will feel much better once all my pictures are safely homed in albums. The easiest way for me to stick to it is to purchase a subscription box — which I did! My style is bright and whimsical. I wanted a subscription box that fit that aesthetic. After months of researching I found The Fairy tale Kit Club and knew it was the one. It is a “flat kit” in that there are not a lot of bulky products in it. At first I was a little panicked when I saw how much paper goods there were in it, but then I remembered that this is for my albums that I want to lay flat.

With the December Dreams Kit I created three layouts.

For this layout I pulled in blue glitter sticker letters and a pink dollie.

One of the challenges I faced while using The December Dreams Kit was working with bold pattern paper.  Through playing with the paper in the box I learned that it is pleasing to the eye to mix the patterns as long as I used contrasting colors.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to see the lights! This kit was perfect for documenting that!

I am hopeful that in 2019 I will be able to catch up on my scrapbook. What do you think? Is scrap booking not where it is at or do you still enjoy it? Please answer in the comments. I will send one person a little Christmas cheer in their mail from the comments.  The Winner will be announced on December 19, 2018.

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!