The Modified Bunnies

Recently I went out to dinner with the owners and a few of the design team members of Joy Clair. One of the owners did not like the little bunnies on the Easter greeting stamp set because they were dark. Naturally she thinks of bunnies as fluffy and white or pastel. It got me thinking about how to stamp them. I knew I could stamp them in any color…but what and how. So I came up with these:

It is getting close to Easter which means spring cards are happening in my parts! I decided to use the Easter Greetings set to make a set of three 5.5 cards.  The Easter bunnies appear to be black on the package and some people really struggle with that. They think of bunnies as white or pink for the holiday. Something to keep in mind is the packaging is just printed in black. You can stamp the little darlings any color your heart desires. Sometime we get stuck on what we see and assume it has to be that way. It took me awhile to figure out what to do with these sweet little bunnies because I did not want black bunnies on my Easter cards. It then dawned on me that I could stamp them and emboss them in white and silver — which I did!

Silver Bunnies and Water Color Pencils

When  I stamped these bunnies  in silver I used  a watercolor  pencil  to  color  in  the  bunnies.The  embossed  image  resisted  the  watercolor  and  complimented  the  bunnies.

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For  this  card I used purple chalk to shade the bunnies in on mulberry paper. The different textures and old school technique make this card a classic stunner! 

Pink Bunnies and Chalk

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I really wanted to round out the card series and opted to create a spring card with the beautiful lilies that are included in the set.
Once again I used mulberry paper to stamp on. I used Lavender whisper glimmer mist over the image and adhered to a piece of pattern canvas. 

Lilies and Glimmer Mist

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I did not stamp any of the images on regular card stock, but rather specialty paper that I found in a scrap pack through Canvas Corp Brands. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when crafting. Try to break the rules and just have fun! 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz Golden

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Ringing in the New Year with a Layout!

This year I was sick for New Year 2019, so I did the next best thing and scrapped 2018!

Last year for New Year’s Eve we had a fun party and took pictures to document the occasion. For the past year I have been trying to get them into our family album, but nothing matched them. I was really struggling until I got my hands on the Hedgehog Hollow December kit! I found a piece of pattern paper from a Halloween line and the rest just fell into place.

To create the title I die cut it on gold glossy card stock and ran it through my sticker maker. The delicate title can be tricky to adhere, but the sticker maker made it easy. If you do not have a sticker maker try using a needle tip and a bit of liquid adhesive. To create the stars I used the same gold glossy card stock and left over glitter paper and star dies from my stash. Black corrugated paper provided the perfect grounding component of the layout while still adding interest.

The coordinating stamps and dies made the perfect embellishments for the page. A few extra things were done to really make them pop! By stamping on black card stock and embossing in gold it keeps the color scheme. Crystal Drops are the perfect finishing touch to the embellishments!

Ironically this layout is my favorite page I have created in a long time!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Happy Harvest!

I have a small confession to make. I absolutely love old trucks! This vintage truck stamp set, though almost vintage itself, is still one of my all time favorites! I appreciate how I can switch out what is in the back of the truck depending on who I am giving it to or the season. Even though the entire set is wood mounted it is surprisingly easy to line up.

 After I colored it in with distress markers, I cut it out and pop dotted it on the card front.

I want to create an entire card set with different objects in the back for each season of phase of life. I think it would make a perfect gift!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Fall Ombre’

Close to my Heart released an awesome set of stamps that I thought would look fantastic with an ombre effect. 

 I started with the lightest 1 inch by inch ink pad and worked my way down the stamp to the darkest making sure I saturated the stamp as to not dry out.

 For the embellishments I took three buttons and filled them with Nuvo dew drops. 

Such a fun card to make and give!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!